B. I. News on the 'Net, May 27-June 2, 2013

Second of June, Beaver Island, Michigan

by Cindy Ricksgers

The weather is doing strange and unpredictable things this Spring.

More than usual, I think.

After several cool days, I stepped outside one morning last week to the kind of heat and high humidity – already at 9 A.M. – that we wouldn't normally see for a month yet. The scent of lilacs wafted along in that heavy air from trees and bushes that were miles away.

I felt blessed that day, walking in that warm, perfumed breeze.

The next day was warm and sunny, but the winds increased.

Rains came in next, and the temperatures dropped.

Today feels downright cold !

Business is following the weather, in its unpredictability.

It doesn't seem to matter if folks are traveling one thousand miles to spend their summer vacation here…when the cold weather lingers, they seem to know it. If the weather is bad, the visitors don't come. In addition, severe Winter storms caused school districts to take “snow days” that they have to make up at the end of the year. Many schools are still in session.

There are other factors.

Seasonal shops and restaurants are just now opening up for the Summer here on Beaver Island. Suddenly, there are more choices of where to go for lunch, dinner or “happy hour.”

A busy day leaves me feeling hopeful and encouraged…and a little bit scared. This long, spare Winter has been hard on my budget; I'm anxious to get some money coming in again. I look forward to the busy-ness of Summer. Still, it has been close to fourteen years since I last worked as a server in this harbor-front establishment. My bosses were kind enough to accommodate my requests for location and hours; I would hate to let them down. Every busy day that I manage to keep the pace, I congratulate myself a little bit…but I know it's going to pick up. I haven't really been tested, yet.

A slow day…or two or three of them in a row…makes me even more afraid. Will this be the year, finally, when the poor economy or the price of travel will keep people away? Will we get enough visitors this Summer? In this tourist-based industry, these are annual, underlying fears. Most of our income for the whole year is dependent on a few short weeks when the sun is bright and the sands are warm. June is always a slow month, I remind myself; things will get better.

My own fortunes…and my moods…are as up and down as the weather.

An income tax refund allowed me to catch up a little bit, and pay one large bill that has been hanging over my head all Winter.

My little dog ran into the road, was bowled over and badly bruised by a car. That demanded an emergency visit to the veterinarian (a godsend at times like that!) for a thorough examination, x-rays, a shot of cortisone and pain medicine for the following seven days.

I sold two paintings through Livingstone Studio – the summer gallery that carries my work here – in the first week that they were open.

I broke a tooth, eating rice cereal one morning. The order of that day was two hours in the dental chair, a temporary crown and a well-used credit card.

I hired a man to take out three trees that have been encroaching on and shading my garden. That's a bigger deal than what it sounds like. It is amazingly hard to find someone on this island to tackle small jobs. Everyone is too busy; many don't want to mess with things like that. The few times that we've had someone willing to work exclusively at odd jobs and repairs, they've had more work than they can handle. I was thrilled to find someone to do the job for a fair price, in a timely fashion. I'm still pleased about it, even though…

I came home last night to find that the last tree had fallen in the wrong direction, poking a hole in the roof of my old shed and taking down a good portion of the back of my garden fence.

That's the way it's been…highs and lows.

My dog survived…things broken are repairable…so in the end, more good than bad.

As the weather warms up, the tourists will come.

It's cold today, but Summer is on the way.

That's how it is, for me, here on Beaver Island, this second day of June.

Live Streamed Kitty McNamara's Retirement Ceremony

at noon on Sunday, June 2, 2013

Beaver Island News on the 'Net live-streamed the Kitty McNamara Retirement Ceremony LIVE from the Beaver Island Community School Gymnasium today at noon, June 2, 2013. Thirty-three unique IP addresses viewed this ceremony on http://beaverisland.tv, and tears were shed up to 2000 miles away.

As all visitors and audience members entered the gym, there was a Powerpoint presentation playing and being displayed on a screen at the front of the room. These pictures were provided over quite a few years of the 31 years of Kitty's work at BICS.

The two newspapers were also present preparing to get some good pictures and an opportunity to write some wonderful articles.

The chairs of the gymnasium began to fill up.

The first speaker welcomed the crowd of well-wishers that filled the seats with overflow going to the bleachers in the gym. Deb Roberts, former student, and now colleague, provided the first comments and listed those that would speak at this ceremony.

The first speaker after Deb Robert was Maeve McNamara Green, Kitty's daughter who just graduated from college. She mentioned that she had a unique perspective of daughter, student, and employee of her mother. She also provided a little snapshot of the history of this period of time from her point of view.

The next speaker was former BICS Board of Education President John Fiegan who spoke of his friendship and working relationship with Kitty McNamara.

The audience was very receptive to the comments of all speakers. One quote overheard between speakers, "I'm sure proud to call her my friend."

The friendly hug between John Fiegen and Kitty McNamara was one of the emotional moments of the ceremony.

After Jon Fiegan cam Barbara Schwartzfisher a former school board president and now a present school board member. She began her comments with a statement that she was worried that her tears could make a big puddle on the floor.

As an interesting and somewhat humorous and ridiculously short ceremony, Barbara Schwartzfisher awarded Kitty McNamara with her awards for graduating Beaver Island Community School.

Following Barb Schwartzfisher was 2013 senior Marissa Crandall.

An alumnus of BICS Patrick McGinnity spoke for the former graduates of the Beaver Island Community School.

Connie Boyle, BICS teacher, provided a view from all the faculty and staff positions.

Another emotional moment was the hug between Connie Boyle and Kitty McNamara.

The last speaker was Mark Eckhardt, former Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District Superintendent. Mr. Echardt gave a presentation and a tribute along with a Michigan government signed certificate.

After all of this tribute, Kathleen McNamara got up to provide her response to these accolades and to describe her experiences from her unique perspective as first teacher, coach, and then principal/superintendent.

Kitty McNamara spoke about her experiences and recognized several groups as being contributors to her successes.

Deb Robert invited everyone to participate in a hot dog picnic lunch.

You can watch the video of this event by clicking HERE.

From Stoney Acre

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Spring into Summer with Stoney & Campbell's PIZZA!

Clean Up This Spring at Powers' Do It Best Hardware

One local winner will rake in $1000 worth of merchandise.

6/1/2013..........The Winner is Theresa Tort McDonough! Congratulations, Theresa!

Beaver Island, MI—After one visit to Powers' Do It Best Hardware, you just might end up looking for ways to add to your home improvement to-do list. On February 26, 2013, Powers Do It Best will begin accepting entries for a $1000 Shopping Giveaway. One local winner, selected at random, will receive $1000 in merchandise from Powers Do It Best.

The contest ends May 31, 2013.

Denni Cady-Stid says that the giveaway should create plenty of excitement among Powers Do It Best customers. "One of the best things about the drawing is that our customers have an opportunity to make a wish list and get the items they really want to use in their home improvement or garden project. And for one of our neighborhood customers, that wish list will come true. We're looking forward to helping make that happen."

Full details about the $1000 giveaway are available at Powers Do It Best Hardware. The giveaway will be promoted through the store's advertising materials, and entries will be accepted exclusively at Powers Do It Best, located at 26259 Main Street. There is a limit of one entry per household per day. One winner will be chosen from each participating store.

About Powers Do It Best Hardware:

Powers Do It Best Hardware is located at (26259 Main Street and has been serving customers in the Beaver Island area for 15 years. Powers Do It Best Hardware offers a complete line of merchandise offered: hardware, plumbing, lumber, housewares, gifts, paint and electrical supplies for everyone from the do-it yourself homeowner to the professional. Powers Do It Best Hardware has been a Do it Best Corp. member since 2005.

About Do it Best Corp.:

Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Do it Best Corp. is the only full-service U.S.-based, member-owned hardware, lumber and building materials buying cooperative in the home improvement industry. With annual sales of $2.68 billion, Do it Best Corp. is the second largest co-op in the industry, serving 4,000 member-owned stores in the United States and in 53 foreign countries.

Location of Smallmouth Bass in the Beaver Archipelago

Read Study from CMU and see map HERE

Victorian Home for Sale


Lovely Victorian Home Readied for Sale on Beaver Island

Once upon a time this dollhouse was handmade with love by Phil Wyckoff for BJ's and his granddaughters.

As the house was erected BJ thought of everything she wanted in it. She shopped for the flooring, the wallpaper, the furniture, and all the extras including some figurines to inhabit the lovely home. She shopped at stores all over the state and then some, looking for items to make this a desirable miniature rendition of a victorian classic. As time went on, and she and Phil continued to lead their busy professional and social lives, the dollhouse was set aside for a "rainy day project" until it got moved. Phil's hangar seemed the ideal location to finish the house but alas, as time went on, the grandchildren grew, Phil and BJ became involved in BI projects ,and the Victorian dollhouse got pushed farther into the back of their minds.

Then this past fall, BJ and Phil decided to clean the hangar out and "Voila!" there was the dollhouse draped in it's covering waiting to be restored by somebody. The furniture and other decor were stacked neatly in boxes aplenty. BJ knew what she wanted to do with this item: give it a good permanent home. BUT it needed to be finished! For what home would sell without some fresh paint, wallpaper and flooring? And how best to offer this to the public??

An auction of course! The Health Center would be doing their Wellness Garden Auction in the summer and the team of Wojan/Jacobson would likely take this on. A quick call to Leonor and Connie to see if any interest was there. Yes! Yes!! they said. But who would be able to finish it? Well, you can bet Connie accepted that challenge and sure enough she worked all winter on this (thank goodness for the snowy days that kept her inside!!) And then, after the main house work was done, BJ inspired the knitters (Jean Kinsley and Cathy Jones) to join in the fun of finishing the decorations, placing the furniture and staging the home for "sale" . They added their personal touches of little hand- knit rugs, including some of BJ's mothers work. Leonor called on Mary Scholl to paint two miniature original pieces of art which will hang on the walls as a finishing touch of BI uniqueness.

The miniature landscaping around the house will be provided by some of the Wellness Gardeners and lastly, the home will go on display in the Health Center beginning in June. Stop in and see the work of our dedicated "crew" and then plan on making a bid on this one-of-a-kind auction item handmade by Phil and BJ and their BI friends and neighbors. The winner of this home will be featured in several area newspapers in late August/Sept. time period. Bids will be taken at both the BIRHC and online so please watch for more details !

VBS Canceled for 2013

After much deliberation and prayerful thought, the Vacation Bible School Planning Team has made the decision to cancel VBS for this year. Scheduling conflicts prevent us from providing a top-notch program that Beaver Island has come to expect. Rest assured, VBS will be back in 2014 (July 1-3)

BIEMS and BIFD Practice Extrication Together

On Thursday, May 30, 2013, the Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service and the Beaver Island Fire Department gathered at Butler's to practice extrication of a patient from a vehicle. The vehicle used was the very first advanced life support vehicle that previously belonged to BIEMS. Watching this vehicle be destroyed to access a patient was very hard for some of the older EMS providers, but the practice session of the two groups working together was priceless. Thank yous to Deb Plastrik for taking these photos and her willingness to share them with BINN.

Communication between the departments and the entrapped patient began as the vehicle was stabilized.

The windshield is sawed out. The posts cut. The roof is flopped back to provide access to the patient.

The Basic EMT class and the high school age firemen pose for pictures.

The patient is packaged and prepared for extrication.

Working together to remove this patient safely, EMS and FD are successful.

The packaged patient who was a willing volunteer. Thank you Donna Kubic!

The firemen continue with practice, The EMT class goes back to class, and a successful practice is excellent!

Graduates of the Leadership Charlevoix County Program

Leadership Charlevoix County website www.leadershipcharlevoixcounty.com

Karen Johmson, Beaver Island's graduate of the LCC program

Leadership Charlevoix County is a comprehensive training experience for community members seeking to play a more active role in leadership. The program creates community awareness, networking opportunities, and focuses on leadership skill development through an educational and hands-on curriculum.

During the 9-month program, members participate in one full-day session monthly, exploring and working with proven community leaders, while developing their own leadership plan. Sessions are held throughout the county, including Beaver Island. In addition to the sessions and a mentor who works with them, the class selects a community need to fulfill.

Kitty McNamara Leaves Legacy at Beaver Island School and Community

If you looked in the dictionary under committed to their job and excellence, you'd find a picture of Kathleen "Kitty" McNamara, the longtime principal and superintendent of Beaver Island Community School who is retiring at the end of this school year.

To say that McNamara will be missed is an understatement. From former board members to parents to staff to students, all say she is the Rock of Gibraltar of the school and has given not only her talent and time but her life to bring the best educational experience to the island's school children.

At the same time, community members are excited to welcome Riley Justis, who will be taking over the helm starting July 1. Justis grew up in Petoskey and is a Petoskey High School graduate. After obtaining his undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University , he taught in a rural fly-in K-12 school in Port Graham, Alaska , and was the curriculum specialist/teaching advisor for a K-12 public school district serving nearly 10,000 students on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska . For the past year he has been the Curriculum and Technology Administrator at Hope Academy Schools for the Future in Detroit. Justis and his wife, Jenny, and their toddler daughter, Sophie, are now making Beaver Island their home.

McNamara first joined Beaver Island Community School in 1979 as a teacher, and then left for a while before being hired back in the 1985-1986 school year as the top administrator. She and her husband, Mike, have two grown children: Brenna and Maeve.

Among her accomplishments, McNamara cites she has always been a strong advocate for public school teachers and students. Through strong and challenging financial times she has maintained a strong K-12 educational system on the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes . McNamara worked legislatively for passage of "isolated schools" funding in 2004 and for 'small schools' funding in 2000. She helped facilitate a major strategic planning initiative for the district which resulted in 21st Century Learning on Beaver Island . She has guided passage of numerous successful millage campaigns, most recently a $3.95 million bond proposal for the renovated and new school addition. She also organized and generated enthusiasm for Northern Lights Athletic League in five of Michigan's most isolated school districts.

"Kitty has made our community a better and stronger place and pointed us to a great future," said Kevin McDonough, a former board member and captain with the Beaver Island Boat Co., where McNamara's husband also works as a boat captain.

McDonough cited that McNamara's door is always open for students, parents, staff and other community members. "She attends as many school and community events as possible," he said. "She also gives considerable guidance to students to attain their future goals. Words cannot explain how she leads by example."

A recent, routine school event brought to mind the epitome of McNamara's devotion to her students and community for parent and current board member Barb Schwartzfisher.

"Just (recently), the 5th and 6th grade class from Beaver Island were leaving for Camp Hayo-Went-Ha (in Central Lake)…moms and dads and kids and friends were all milling around stowing luggage at the ferry dock and making sure the kids were all in the right place," Schwartzfisher said. "I turned around and there was Kitty making sure all was well. One student said to her, 'Ms. McNamara, are you coming on the boat with us?' Her reply was 'no, just making sure you all got off safely.'"

The next instant, she was gone, Schwartzfisher explained, probably back at school leading the fitness walk in the gym before the start of the day. "There isn't anything she wouldn't do, and she always knew what needed to be done-- she just felt it in her soul," she added.

Former board member and a long-time teacher himself in the Chicago area before moving to the island, resident John Fiegen called McNamara "a perfect fit for Beaver Island …or really anywhere she'd want to land."

During his 41 years in education, Fiegen said he has literally meet hundreds if not thousands of other educators. "Kitty stands out for a variety of reasons. If you looked in the dictionary under committed to their job, you'd find her picture. She embodies every excellent quality that one would want to find in someone in education," he said. "She is the person you want behind the desk (where a sign) reads 'the buck stops here.'"

Among the many outstanding projects cited by community residents is McNamara's work on the remodeling and building expansion of the Pre-K through 12th grade school which was completed in 2009. The school was refurbished with new classrooms, technology and teacher workrooms and office areas for the approximately 60-member student body. Her work in securing additional funding for the island as an "isolated" school was also noted among her accomplishments.

McNamara said her most rewarding experience comes from "being a part of a strong community; getting to know students and families and knowing that the connections are life long."

Yet, it is her ability to seamlessly transcend among community members --students, parents, staff, business leaders --on and off the island that really embodies her true nature.

"As an observer, I have never seen anyone that has this gift that comes so naturally," Schwartzfisher said.

Community to celebrate McNamara's tenure

The community will gather Sunday, June 2, for a retirement reception to honor Kitty McNamara for her 31 years of service as superintendent, principal and a teacher at Beaver Island Community School . The event will start at noon at the school with a luncheon following the ceremony.

McNamara's immediate plans are for a trip to Ireland with her youngest daughter Maeve, who just graduated from Northern Michigan University , and her sister Peg and her children. She will then return to enjoy summer on Beaver Island with her family, including grandson Ronan. Her long-term plans are up in the air. "I am open to looking at the next step," she said. "I will be looking for opportunities to use my skills and knowledge in new ways."

McNamara has been working with Riley Justis, who will take her place as Superintendent/Principal. "We've been communicating via Skype and in person since he accepted the position in January of this year," she said. "Riley and I will work together for the first week of June, and then he will take over the leadership role. I am excited about his strengths in the areas of curriculum and technology which are essential in moving the district fully into the information age,' she added.

Career Day at BICS

The above picture shows the highlight of the Career Day at BICS on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. One of the students said, "The whole school smelled like racing car fuel." Some of the kids got to sit in the car when the car was running. Although there were lots of other activities for Career Day, this was certainly the hit for the event.

In addition to the race car owned by Andy Stebbins, there were several other presentation made available to all the students at the Beaver Island Community School. Musician and Gallery Owner Robin Lee Barry made a presentation to the K-4 grades. Dance Teacher Teresa Durough made presentation to grades K-8. Photographer Frank Solle made presentations to grades K-8. Mary Delamater, manager of Island Airways, made presentations to grades K-4 and 9-12. Graphic designer Julie Witthoeft made presentations to grades K-4 and 9-12. Karen Johnson made a presentation to K-4 on marketing. Nate Dorough made presentations on being a Concert Promoter/Manager to grades 5-12. John Bonham made presentations on being a National Touring Musician to grades 5-12. Laurel Kayne made a presentation to grades 5-12 on being an Entrepreneur. Motel Manager Irene Hizelberger made a presentation to grades 9-12. Max Antinori made a presentation to grades 9-12 on the Technology Business.

In addition to these marvelous career opportunities, a group of BICS alumni also had a question and answer session with each of the grade level groups. These alumni were Stryder, Alex, Maeve, Brighid, Jenna, Kristy, Brontae, Olivia, Brogan. The parents also had an opportunity to visit any presentations as well as their own which included College Applications and Financial Aid by Kelly Johnson. There were also college representatives present from NCMC, NMC, CMU, Ferris, and Baker.

This sounds like a fantastic afternoon of learning for the students of the Beaver Island Community School.

Week 1 Men's Golf League Results


1 11 Travis & Gerald 37 15 15 37 37.00
2 1 Ron W. & Larry L. 35 14 14 35 35.00
3 8 Howard & Joe 37 13 13 37 37.00
4 2 Jeff & Ryan 39 12 12 39 39.00
5 6 Bob E. & Ron M. 41 12 12 41 41.00
6 3 Francis & Mike 40 10 10 40 40.00
7 7 Ivan & Buck 40 10 10 40 40.00
8 10 Frank & John 40 8 8 40 40.00
9 12 Ron S. & David 46 8 8 46 46.00
10 4 John-Doug 41 7 7 41 41.00
11 9 Rob & Dan 41 6 6 41 41.00
12 5 Chuck & Ernie 44 5 5 44 44.00
Team #1 beat Team #9 14-6
Team #2 beat Team #10 12-8
Team #3 Tied Team #7 10-10
Team #8 beat Team #4 13-7
Team #11 beat Team #5 15-5
Team #6 beat Team #12 12-8
Team #1 vs Team #11
Team #2 vs Team #3
Team #4 vs Team #5
Team #6 vs Team #7
Team #8 vs Team #9
Team #10 vs Team #12

Help for Tornado Victims from Island Residents

Community Support for Tornado Victims Beaver Island residents and visitors have an opportunity to offer financial support to the victims of last Monday's tornado which devastated Moore Oklahoma. Island churches are taking a special offering on Sunday, June 2 . Donation jars will be placed in some Island businesses. You can also write a check to "Operation Blessing International" and put "OK tornado relief" on the memo line and drop it off at the Rural Health Center. Thank you for your support. Questions about Operation Blessing? You can visit their website @ operationblessing.org

Another Scam and SPAM

This morning another Scam and SPAM email occurred to a friend of Beaver Island, who will remain nameless. This individual called editor Joe Moore about a charge of $149.49 charge that appeared to have been made on his/her credit card. The email stated that the charge of almost $150 had been made for an item that had never been ordered. The transaction ID was invalid. The credit card company was alerted that this transaction was bogus, just like the email was bogus.

The reason for this bogus email is two-fold. The first reason is to get your attention by using the PayPal name. The second is to get you angry enough to click on the links. If you click on the links, you will be asked to provide personal information about you and your account. It's this information that allows them to scam you and get your information to steal money from you using your credit card information. According to PayPal, they have been working to catch these spam scammers, and would appreciate it if you would forward any of these emails to: spoof@paypal.com

New Book Out with Beaver Island Pictures

You can read about a new book The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing For Carp by Kirk Deeter on the popular blog Third Coast Fly. www.thirdcoastfly.com

The cover photo is by Indigo Guide Kevin Morlock and many Beaver Island photos are used in the new book. The book can be purchased at Orvis stores nation wide and on line.

Carp in the Shallows

News Release from Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department

On May 24, 2013, at 1750 hrs, the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office on Beaver Island was dispatched to East Side Drive North of McCauleys Road in Peaine Township for a car vs. bicycle injury accident.

The driver, Steve Crandall age 54 of Beaver Island, was traveling Northbound on East Side Drive in a dump truck pulling a large commercial trailer. Crandall noticed a Central Michigan Student on a bicycle traveling at a high rate of speed about to exit the Central Michigan parking lot.

The driver of the bicycle, Gary Michaud age 21 from Milford, Michigan, was unable to stop his bicycle before entering the roadway. Michaud struck the rear end of the commercial trailer sustaining head injury. He was transported to McClaren Northern Michigan Hospital after transport to Charlevoix Airport by Beaver Island EMS. The patient was transported by Charlevoix EMS to McClaren Northern Michigan Hospital.

Bicyclist Gary Michaud had been consuming alcohol. Driver Steve Crandall was wearing a seat belt and had not been drinking.

Baroque on Beaver Schedule of Concerts

Baroque on Beaver "The Many Colors of Bach" Benefit Concert at Beaver Island Community Center at 7:30pm on July 26, 2013

Baroque on Beaver "Best of Baroque" introducing Concertmaster David Reimer and the Baroque on Beaver String Quartet with the Emerald Isle Winds at Community Center at 7:30 pm on July 27, 2013

Baroque on Beaver  "Ensemble Popourri" CMU Bilogical Station, Gillingham Auditorium at 7:30pm on July 31, 2013

 Baroque on Beaver "Beaver Island Brass Quintet" 2:30 pm Holy Cross Church on August 1, 2013

 Baroque on Beaver "Something Old, Something New" at Community Center at 7:30 pm on August 1, 2013

Baroque on Beaver "Back to Bach" 7:30 pm Holy Cross Hall on August 2, 2013

 Baroque on Beaver featuring Martha Guth and Ricardo Lugo "Midsummer Noel" Holy Cross Parish Hall at 7:30 pm on August 3, 2013

Baroque on Beaver "Gaelic Blessing" Season Finale Concert Festival Chorus at Holy Cross Hall 2 pm on August 4, 2013

(It is with sad heart that BINN will be unable to record or live stream this wonderful event. The legal issues for the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association preclude this. BINN was looking forward to providing the subscribers this opportunity, especially for those unable to attend the concerts, but the decision has been made by the BICAA. If you want to hear this wonderful music, you will have to arrange to be in attendance at the concerts.)



Meeting at Beaver Island, a 50-minute documentary film celebrating a ceremonial, renewed Native American presence on the Island led by iconic Indian leader, Dennis Banks, in conjunction with resident Fred Schoonbeck and his wife, Patty, will premiere Friday, July 19, 2013, at 8 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community Center.

"The premiere will be the centerpiece attraction during the Island's annual Museum Week," said Bill Cashman, long-time Beaver Island resident, director of the Beaver Island Historical Society and co-owner of the popular magazine, the Beaver Beacon . The film is produced by Big Engine Productions of Huntington Beach, Calif.

"The premiere of this beautiful film featuring our Beaver Island is an exciting event," Cashman said. "Dennis Banks is leading a renewal of the Native American presence to the Island that existed here for centuries prior to the arrival of Europeans. But this return also celebrates the peaceful co-existence between those two groups. Both aspects represent a unique history we all can be proud of."

"The documentary film Meeting On Beaver Island ," says producer Darrin James, "is a yearlong record of the community of Beaver Island. It examines the possible impact on the Island of the renewal of traditional native life and ceremonies through the presence of Dennis Banks, founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM), and spiritual advisor to peoples all over the world. Through interviews with natives, scholars and environmentalists, live footage and historical references, our film shows that a culture can make a comeback in the right place, with the right people."

Part of the long-time Indian presence in the area includes the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. These tribes operate out of Traverse City, Petoskey, and other areas in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula. Beaver Island, located 32 miles from Charlevoix, Mich., is part of the Beaver Island Archipelago and is the largest island in Lake Michigan. It always has been considered part of the Indian territory that includes portions of the Traverse City and Charlevoix areas.

Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, will join a panel discussion after the film. Other panel members will include Schoonbeck, Darrin James and Hugh Gall, producers of the film, and Sheryl James, one of the screenwriters.

Schoonbeck, 61, and Banks, 76, first met in 2010 in Grand Rapids, where Schoonbeck lived at the time. Regular visitors and fans of Beaver Island, Schoonbeck, and Patty, decided to settle permanently on the Island in 2012. They own 10 acres on McFaddens Point. They have built a 2,700-square-foot home facing west, offering what Schoonbeck describes as "spiritual" sunset views and rural beach solitude that few places offer.

"When I first stood on this property, I knew I couldn't ‘own' it," Schoonbeck said. "It was something to be shared. I almost heard a voice saying, 'Be peaceful.' I walked away from that first visit permanently marked. Later, in Grand Rapids, when I told Dennis Banks that story, he decided he wanted to have a sweat, and that I needed to have one of what is called a Big Drum. It was almost as if a spirit was speaking to him, and to me. The decision to give me the Drum signifies that he is my big brother, family, and all responsibilities being family implies."

In a larger sense, Schoonbeck added, Meeting On Beaver Island reflects a symbolic reconnection between the early and present-day Beaver Island natives and residents, along with telling the story of the Island itself, against the backdrop of its stunning beauty.

The Big Drum's significance dates back to Tailfeather Woman, a Sioux woman who survived a massacre by U.S. soldiers in the 1800s. She was instructed by the Great Spirit to make a great drum and what songs to play on the drum. When white soldiers heard the drum and the tranquil joy Indians shared in playing it, they were drawn peacefully to the Indians, ending the killing. Tailfeather Woman presented the original drum to the Ojibwe people. Since then, white people have been drawn to powwows as well, the legend recounts.

Banks presented the Drum to Schoonbeck in an official, Indian ceremony on Beaver Island on Thanksgiving Day 2011. This is one of many scenes captured in the film.

"Dennis came to Beaver Island because he realized this was sacred Indian land," Schoonbeck said. He, his wife Patty, and Banks hope soon to create a non-profit organization that will allow various Indian ceremonies and activities to be held at Schoonbeck's home, which can operate as an unofficial Indian Center.

"Our journey has taken us through understanding Beaver Island and what the land has meant to its ancestors. The connection Dennis Banks has to the Island is evident and bringing the land and its peoples' histories together in this film is our way of honoring the shared legacies of Beaver Island."

A movie trailer may be viewed at the following website by clicking on the link on the homepage:


Memorial Day Ceremony

at Veteran's Memorial by AMVETs Post #46

View Video HERE

Gathering to Recognize the Veterans Who Have Passed Away

Bob Tidmore Welcomed Everyone....

.Bob Hoogendoorn Offered Opening Prayer.....

.Emily Boyle Led the Pledge of Allegiance

Bob Tidmore Gave Opening Remarks....

Kathy Speck Led the Singing of "America"

......Jim Latta Read a Poem by Paul Welke

The text of Paul Welke's Poem:

The Bricks - A Dedication to all Beaver Island Veterans, Living and Deceased

Here lie bricks with names of men and women we knew

Who fought on the ground, on the sea, or flew

Sent into battle to fight either low or high

They knew that they themselves or friends might die

The Island sent its very best

And a few were too soon laid to rest

Some were very scarcely trained

And some were badly wounded or maimed

Within each brick a story lies

Of bravery, of hope and some sad goodbyes

Though many brave tales remain untold

They will remain so forever as they have grown so old

Some now lie in sacred graves

Some now lie beneath the waves

Sometimes outnumbered and sometimes outfought

These bricks shall forever mark their spot


Alvin LaFreniene Recited the list of Veterans who died in Service to the country

Brian Gallagher read a list of those vets who passed away since last Memorial Day

Bob Hoogendoorn Play "Taps"

The ceremony ended with dismissal by Bob Tidmore.



Peaine Township Board Meeting, April 10, 2013

The Peaine Township meeting on April 10, 2013, starated right on time at 7 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. The agenda had just a few items on it. There was no controversy, and the meeting went by quite quickly with the minutes and bills approved, there were only a couple of other items on the agenda. The Peaine Township Planning Commission needs one more person, a Peaine resident, to complete the commission. At this date, there have been no applicants. Some discussion took place and the supervisor will make some calls and contacts to see if this position could be filled. There was a letter from a taxpayer about the township possibly placing a dock at the boat launch on Lake Geneserath for boat launch and fishing off the dock by youngsters. Gerald LaFreniere was appointed to the library board, replacing Carol Burton who had resigned.

Video of the Meeting is HERE

St. James Meeting of 4/4/13

This St. James meeting began with a reconvened Budget Hearing after the figures for 2012-2013 were verified by former Supervisor Rick Speck. His expertise was requested by the board in a previous meeting. The budget was the highest priority at this meeting, but there was an additional item on the agenda. The appointment to the library board took some discussion and one community member was very upset at the appointment made by the board. The decision made by unanimous vote by the St. James Board was to appoint Joe Moore to the Beaver Island District Library Board to replace Jean Wierenga who had resigned from the Board.

View Video of this Meeting HERE

Celebrity Basketball March 1st

(March 1, 2013) There was a fundraising event tonight at six at the BICS gym. The BICS boys and girls team played in a game against members of the public service agencies of the island including Beaver Island EMS, Beaver Island Fire Department, and Beaver Island Rural Health Center, as well as Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department. There were other guest players besides. This was truly a fun event for all participants and for all the spectators. Beginning at 6 p.m., the game was fun to watch.

If interested, you can watch it HERE

BI Boat Company Schedule for 2013


Regular BI Airport Commission May Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Meeting, May 8, 2013

Video HERE

Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial

View the Tribute to Veterans Video

5th and 6th Grade Play-"Born to Be Wild"

This play was very funny and quite well played by the 5th and 6th graders. It was live streamed from the Community Center. Each 5th and 6th grader played an animal or more than one animal.

Video of the Play can be viewed HERE

St. James Township Meeting

There was some concern that the meeting would not have a quorum, but Jim Wojan got back on the Island so that the meeting could take place with a quorum. The meeting was live streamed. The trustees present were Tim McDonough, who chaired the meeting, Jean Wierenga, and Jim Wojan.

View Video of the May meeting

Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act Presentation

The scheduled presentation covering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meeting Act (OMA) took place at Peaine Township Hall, yesterday, May 23, 2012. The presentation was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m., but the questions extended past 4:20 p.m. This presentation was given by Robin Luce Herrmann. Ms. Herrmann is a lawyer who represents the press in FOIA and OMA court actions. She had previously represented the Petoskey News Review (PNR) in a court case after the PNR was denied a FOIA request from the Charelvoix County Prosecutor. The PNR won this court action. The Charlevoix County Prosecutor had been asked to come give this presentation, but no mutually acceptable date had been determined.

Robin Luce Herrmann provided a large amount of information about many aspects of both of these acts and answered several questions related to these specific pieces of law including court decisions and Attorney Generals opinions.

Video of the Presentations Can Be Viewed HERE

WMC Links

Meeting Dates

New Prices for Transfer Station

NRESC Has Its Own Website

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!

Beaver Island Community Center Events


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

Recycling Info

Visit the Charlevoix Recycling Website for more information

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 Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

Wondering About Invasive Species?

If you are interested in finding out about invasive species, the following links will take you to the State of Michigan website. There is a a lot of information there about aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. The website is very well done, and the information is presented in an interesting and logical way including "Invasive Species of the Month." If you've been wondering what this is all about, here's a chance to take a look at the state's information.

State of Michigan Website on Invasive Species

Contact information for Invasive Species

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism 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!

Jerry Sowa Memorial Golf Outing

Coming on June 22nd

3rd Annual Gail's Walk

Sunday May 26, 2013, was "Gail's Walk" at 3:00 pm at the Public Beach.

A group gathered to hear the instructions of where to walk.

Gail's walk took place on Sunday, May 26, 2013, beginning at the public beach at 3 pm. The Walk is an annual event in memory of Gail Weede, who was very involved in the fundraising and support of the school sports programs. Gail was also on the school board. This walk has been developed to raise funds to be able to help take care of medical expenses for those in need.

Beginning at the public beach and heading up the hill to the school, the group walked and/or ran south on Kings Highway until they reached the Brothers Road. They made a turn onto the pavement on the right in the subdivision and continued on a walk on Donegal Bay Road. The group continued out to Whiskey Point. The event ended back up at the public beach.

BIRHC Raffle for Car

Tickets for this raffle of this car are available at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. They are also available on select days just outside of McDonough's Market where the car was parked on Sunday, May 26, 2013. The Early Bird Drawing was to take place at noon on this same day.

Early Bird Drawing Winner

The Early Bird Drawing for the BIRHC took place at Dahlwhinnie's at noon today, Sunday, May 26, 2013. The winner of the $1000 Early Bird Award was Terri Carey.

Congratulations, Terri!

Victorian Dollhouse

Many of you may be aware of the Victorian-style dollhouse complete with decor, furnishings, and family which has been donated by Bj and Phil Wyckoff and lovingly restored by Connie Wojan, BJ, Jean Kinsley, Cathy Jones, Phil , and Bruce Jacobson. It is now ready for the Wellness Garden Auction which is taking place at the Beaver Island Health Center from June15- August 15th. Silent bids will be taken in the lobby as well as online and over the phone.

Go to miniatures.com to see the value of this exquisite dollhouse and all the decor which are too numerous to mention. Considering all the care and hours of preparation that these volunteers have given over the winter months , need we say more? "Priceless" is the word that comes to mind! Please stop by the lobby to get a first-hand look at this lovely home. Many people plan to make such a dollhouse for their children or grandkids, but never accomplish the task. In bidding , and possibly winning it now, you would fulfill that dream!

For those of you who have already had the ability to make one of these dollhouses, we have some furniture, decor, and various extra building pieces that will suit a guesthouse for perhaps this home , or yours. We will have a "garage sale" after this main event to rid ourselves of these pieces so let us know if you are interested in anything in particular. We will show them online at biruralhealth.org later this summer so keep watching that space for news.

Since dollhouses are something of a hobby for "miniature" enthusiasts, we have sent an article regarding the auction to three off-island newspapers as well. The winner of this event will be named (and possibly photographed) in an article after the August 15th deadline.

Please keep in mind that the proceeds will be a donation to the BIRHC Wellness Gardens. No healthcare dollars or property taxes pay for the garden plantings, fertilizer, mulch, etc... or for any volunteer. We still have a wish list of some big ticket items to add, including a pergola, an entrance arbor, some hardscape, 2 more picnic tables and benches for the paths. We are hoping to start a stepping stone pathway near the main entry but need to think about weather- resistant cement stones. We will keep you posted on that subject. If you know of somebody or a company that makes permanent weather- resistant stepping stones please let us know, ok. More news to come, submitted by Leonor and Connie, and your Wellness Garden crew.

A virtual tour of the dollhouse will be available after June 1, 2013, on this website.

Beaver Island History Adventure

At the Public Beach

Some archelogical digging

Fryed Bread over an Open Fire

Washing using a scrubbing board

Churning Butter

Using a Cross Cut Saw

Building a Split Rail Fence


Visiting Vessel

The Sturgeon is a research vessel for the US Geological Service. This vessel's purpose is to do research on the fisheries in the Great Lakes.

"The R/V Sturgeon is the newest ship to be added to the current GLSC fleet of 4 research vessels that are used to conduct fisheries and aquatic research across the Great Lakes basin. The R/V Sturgeon is a valuable addition to the GLSC vessel program. The 101-foot vessel is designed to operate with a crew of three and can support a scientific staff of seven for up to a 15-day mission. The R/V Sturgeon includes all of the necessary features to support a wide variety of aquatic science projects in the open waters of the Great Lakes. It uses state-of-the-art electronic navigational and scientific equipment as well as traditional sampling gear such as bottom trawls and gillnets. The R/V Sturgeon is currently stationed at the Cheboygan Vessel Base in Cheboygan, Michigan."

Birds at Gull Harbor


Ducks Landing on Barney's Lake

We are off and growing at the Wellness Gardens!

The plans for Ellie's Walk are just about completed. In early May , Shawna Ross and her staff and CMU Honors Students arrived and worked in a team of 10 to complete the path through the wild-flower woods dedicated to Matt and Ellie Hohn. (Many of them also cleaned out the surronding areas of debris, washed windows of both the BIRHC and Forestview buildings and raked gravel out of the lawn areas). Late May then brought us Ed Leuck and his dedicated volunteer Jim Luteyn, in with the BI collection of native wildflowers. John Gordon, CMU station manager, had signs made and they are in the woods labeling the plants for visitors to see. The Lighthouse School jumped in with kids who made two benches for the pathway, Dan Burton is epoxying them for us, and they will be added to the path in early June. The last step is to highlight Ellie's sunny disposition with a bright area of native, colorful, prairie flowers and grasses. Heidi Vigil, Cheryl Podgorski, Jeff Powers, Denise McDonough, and the Wellness Gardeners will provide the plants for this which will be purchased and planted in the open sunny spot between the two buildings. Many people have donated memorial funds to this project which will be used for the purchases. We intend to highlight this project following the Wellness Garden Benefit luncheon in the gardens on July 10th. All attendees of the Garden Tour will be invited to stop by the presentation. (submitted by Leonor Jacobson)




The Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors has set its meeting schedule for 2013. The board will now meeting quarterly instead of every other month. Meetings are held at 10 a.m. in the community room of the BIRHC. Meetings will be held on the following Saturdays: March 23, June 22, September 28. The annual meeting will be held on Saturday, December 14.

Events at the BI Christian Church

June 25 thru 27 Vacation Bible School.

Week of July 15 thru 20th Museum Week Art Show.

July 25 Rita Gillespie Blood Drive.

August 4 Community picnic in celebration of the 50 years of the BICC

August 10 annual Bake Sale Women's Circle of the Christian Church starting 9AM until NOON

October 31 Trunk or Treat going from 5 - 6:30PM.

Nov 28 Thanksgiving Dinner starting at 6PM

Ministers Schedule


2 and 9: Pastor Gerry Heyboer, Grand Rapids MI

16: Karl Hinkle Music Ministry, Carmel IN

23 and 30: Pastor Howard Davis


7: Pastor Kurt Kirchoff, Lansing MI

14: Pastor Kathy Swearingen, Lansing MI

21 and 28: Pastor Bob Whitlock, Muskegon MI


4 and 11: Pastor Todd Sutton, Washington DC

18 and 25: Pastor Ed Ross, Jackson MI


1: Greg Lawson, South Bend IN

8, 15, 23: Pastor Don Sinclair, Central Lake MI

30: Pastor Harold Kruse


6: Pastor Harold Kruse

13: Pastor Howard Davis

20 and 27: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt


3: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt

10: Pastor Howard Davis

17 and 24: Pastor Harold Kruse

St. James Supervisor Bill Haggard Announces Office Hours

Bill Haggard will continue to maintain the same office hours as the previous supervisor.

  1. St. James Government Building Wednesday's from 10:00AM to 2:00 PM

  2. Office telephone 448-2014

  3. Email address billhaggard.beaverisland@ gmail.com


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

At 2 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School

The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.

June 20, 2013

September 19, 2013

October 17, 2013

November 21, 2013

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

From Holy Cross Parish Council

Effective May 23, 2012

Summer Mass Schedule for Holy Cross Church

Sunday: 10:00am

Saturday: 5:30pm

Monday and Tuesday and Saturday Mass: 9:00am

Friday Mass: 12:00pm: with Holy Hour Following

Other Liturgies

Rosary before weekday Masses and on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00am

Confession is heard Saturday from 3:00 to 3:30pm

NRESC Meeting Schedule

Those below are at Peaine Hall 7 pm

July 15, 2013

September 16, 2013

Message to All B.I. Organizations

BINN is willing to post any and all events on the News on the 'Net website! There is one exception to this rule.

BI News on the 'Net cannot post your event if you don't send the information to BINN!

Subscriptions Expire

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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.

Shamrock " Senior" Menu Available to ALL!

New office hours for the Peaine Township Supervisor BILL KOHLS

Effective February 28th 2013
Thursday's from 10am - 2pm
Peaine Township Hall
Office Phone: 448-2389
Email address: peainetownship@gmail.com

This is definitely plenty of lead time for those that might want to stop in and talk about some specific issue or issues in general.

Resource List for Emmet County



3rd Annual Garden Tour Benefit -- Two Day Event

The 3rd Annual Garden Tour is happening on two days this year. Tuesday July 9th will feature Peaine Twps. hide-ways. We will commence at 9 am and conclude at 1pm. No set luncheon on this day but "noshing" will take place at each garden. Wednesay, July 10th will be a St. James tour with 3-4 personal gardens , and one public garden. Afterwards, we will attend a sit-down luncheon in the Wellness Garden, provided by the Stoney Acres. They will also provide their bus for transportation that day. We still need drivers for the Peaine Twp. Tour so would appreciate you letting us know about your availablity to drive others. We are hoping to fill the cars to occupancy this year in order to cut down on gas emissions, cost, and parking around peoples' homes. Details including the price, lunch menu, and driver sign-up as well as ticket purchase will be available at the health center website biruralhealth.org or by calling Betty (448-2275) or Leonor(448-2894 ) after the 4th of June. We have to limit the tours to 50 people so please plan in advance if you want to be included. Both one -day and two-day tickets will be available. No tickets will be held without payment. Thanks for understanding. We sure hope to see you join us! (submitted by Leonor Jacobson)

Bass Season Opened Last Saturday

Saturday, May 25, 2013, was the opening day of bass season on the Great Lakes and all inland waters except Lake St. Clair, St. Clair River and the Detroit River which do not open until the third Saturday in June. The early catch and release season has been excellent so the opener should be as well.

The DNR recently launched a new section of its website that will help inexperienced anglers find great spots to go fishing in Michigan. The Family Friendly Fishing Waters section of the website connects interested individuals with local fishing opportunities.

The Family Friendly Fishing Waters website can be found at www.michigan.gov/fishing and features a map of Michigan. Visitors can simply click on the county they are interested in fishing and be provided with a list of one or more family-friendly locations to fish. Every county in the state has locations featured.

The DNR designated water bodies as family-friendly based on their ease of access, high likelihood of success in catching fish, identified amenities, and other details. To build this section of the website the DNR asked for the public's help in submitting locations from throughout the state that would be easy for new anglers to access and use.

Each water body's online profile includes its geographic location, driving directions, parking information, hours of operation, species of fish available, typical bait used, and much more.

Potential locations will continue to be accepted by the DNR. Stay tuned to future editions of the Weekly Fishing Report for a link for submitting water bodies at the bottom.

Presentation by Dr. David Long

Dr. David Long from Michigan State University will be presenting data on toxicant levels in Michigan Lakes - including Lake Geneserath, at CMU Biological station on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 7 PM . Community members are welcome to attend.

The presentation was attended by twenty-four people on this short notice including residents of Lake G.. An additional twenty-five unique IP addresses viewed this presentation on http://beaverisland.tv for the live stream of the event. If you missed it, or are interested in viewing the video, the presentation about Toxicants in Lake Geneserath is available HERE

The presentation provided information about the levels of chemicals in Lake Geneserath, the how, and some of the why.

Both Dr. Long and Dr. Uzarski answered questions after the presentation.

Don Uzarski and David Long

Men's Summer Golf League Start Rained Out

With the rain pouring down on the Beaver Island Golf Course, those dedicated golfers that were standing inside the clubhouse were very glad to hear that the start of the Men's Summer Golf League was to be postponed until next Wednesday. The real issue was not the rain, no matter what anyone says. The real reason is that some of the dedicated golfers had another place to be at 4:30 pm in the afternoon after gettng out of work early. That other location is a complete secret, but those really savvy individuals will be able to guess it.

Hope to see you out on the golf course when it's not pouring!

Blanket Making for Oklahoma Tornado Animal Victims

Blanket making for the pet victims of the OK tornadoes. If you are able to donate dollars for fleece and or are able to make a blanket, please contact Mary Cook 2472 ASAP or e-mail marycook@tds.net . Fleece will be purchased later this week. Blankets can be made at home or at a set location to be determined later. Hoping to get blankets shipped to OK by Monday. Thanks to all of you who helped previously with the Joplin Blanket Making Party. The shelter there was so grateful.

May 20 NRESC Meeting at Peaine Hall

Video by Kaylyn Jones

You can watch the video HERE

May 21 Waste Management Committee Meeting at Peaine Hall

Video by Kaylyn Jones

You can watch the video HERE

Congratulations, Sarah Myers McCafferty

Sarah McCafferty, former director of Beaver Island EMS and Health Occupations Instructor at Beaver Island Community School, has successfully completed the nursing program at Lansing Community College. Sarah graduated this past week.

The pinning ceremony.....Sarah, Dan, and family

Congratulations, Sarah and family!

(Thanks to Donna Kubic for the photos)

Beaver Island Community Center Events

BIRHC Thanks CMU Students

BIRHC and Forest View Community Thank CMU Honor Students

The Staff and Board of Directors of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center and Forest View Community senior housing want to send a huge thank you to this year's CMU honor students and their instructors Shawna and Shelley for the collective 75 hours they donated to window washing and grounds clean up at our facilities. The 20 students arrived full of energy and smiles on May 6 th . For three hours all worked at a fast pace to wash all of the windows in both buildings, shovel gravel, spread a 10 yard load of wood chips and hand clear leaves from the entire front of the Health Center building. It was hard to get any of them to take a break and their leaders set a great example by working right alongside the students.

Friday May 10 dawned rainy and 38 degrees. Never-the-less the 4 students and staff member Shauna donned their long underwear, jackets and gloves to clear sticks, limbs and whole fallen trees from the perimeter of the Health Center grounds. While Health Center gardeners hoped a pick-up load of debris would be collected, the five hard working volunteers actually built a dump truck sized pile.

The budgets of both the Health Center and the senior housing are very tight. The cheerful help of these outstanding students saved at least $800 in labor costs which can instead be spent providing services to patients and residents. Thanks to CMU for sponsoring this program every year and to all the hard working participants.

We really appreciate your efforts!

Connie Wojan


NRESC Seeks Community Feedback

May 21, 2013

The Beaver Island Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee (NRESC) is seeking feedback from the Beaver Island community and other stakeholders concerning a draft set of recommendations for natural resources management. The draft was developed in response to a request from the Peaine and St. James Township Boards, which appointed the NRESC. The draft can be read or downloaded from the NRESC web site at http://binresc.org/?p=636 . Printed copies are at the Beaver Island District Library, Beaver Island Community Center, and the Governmental Building.

All comments must be received by June 27 2013 , and will be reviewed by the NRESC before a final set of recommendations is submitted to the township boards in July 2013.

The draft copy of the report can be found HERE:


There are several ways to provide feedback:

1. Online-- go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/ s/ZK7MVMX , fill in your name and comments.

2. Attend The NRESC community forums that will be held

i. June 5 , 630-7 pm. St James Township Hal--just before the St James Township Board meeting. (Plastrik will attend)

ii. June 12 , 630-7 pm. Peaine Township Hall--just before the Peaine Township Board meeting. (Birdsall will attend)

3. Send an email with your comments to NRESC chairman, Peter Plastrik, at pete@in4c.net .

4. Send written comments to Plastrik, P.O. Box 248, Beaver Island, MI 49782.

5. Contact an NRESC member and tell him/her what you think.

- Peaine Township's appointee to the Commission--Sandra Birdsall

- St. James Township's appointee to the Commission--Peter Plastrik

- Peaine Township Planning Commission's appointee--Bill Markey

- St. James Township Planning Commission's appointee--Linda McDonough

- Beaver Island Association's appointee--Craig Schrotenboer

- Beaver Island Community Schools appointee--Dan Martell

- Beaver Island Wildlife Club's appointee--Jeff Powers

- Michigan Department of Natural Resources' appointee--Brian Mastenbrook

- Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians--Bill Parsons and Archie Kiogima, Sr.

- Peaine Township Trails Committee's appointee--Doug Tilly

- At-large members (appointed by the township boards): Bill Cashman, Jim Gillingham, Pam Grassmick, Seamus Norgaard

Giant Hogweed and Serious Outcomes

BINN hopes that there isn't any of this invasive species on the island. If you watch this video link and go to the other website, you will discover how serious this particular plant can be.

"Giant Hogweed is a public health hazard that ranks up there higher than poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac in respect to its potential to harm humans. The reason for concern is that the sap from this plant can cause a severe skin reaction known as photo-dermatitis or photo-sensitivity. The reaction can happen up to 48 hours after contact. After coming in contact with the sap, the skin blisters when exposed to sunlight. Contact with the eyes can lead to temporary or possibly permanent blindness. The weed can be especially troublesome for children that may find the long stems attractive to play with."

Link to News Video

Link to Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

.. and Finnegan said...

by Ron Gregg

My son Tom and his girlfriend Kim were visiting from Orlando and our daughter Kayleigh came up from Nashville for a holiday celebration. We were all gathered around the dining room table and I was attempting to tel l them about something that had happened earlier in the week. I was loading the recyclables and trash into the truck, which requires me to walk under the corner of the roof where the gutter leaks. It had rained a few hours earlier and now only the occasional fat drop of water splatted down. My loyal companion Finnegan was beside me the whole time knowing that this event would ultimately end with one of his favorite things: a ride in the truck. Anyway, I was relating the story as, "I said something to Finnegan, and turned to look at him and he said..." That's when a big fat drop of water landed perfectly in my ear because my head was tilted to look at the dog. I realized I had sort of lost my audience. Tom was motioning for nobody to interrupt, but I realized I must have said something amusing because they were all paying close attention. But that was the end of the story. I got an ear full of icy December water. Tom looked at his mom and could barely control his laughter. Then he turned to me and repeated what I had said. We all got a big chuckle out of it, mostly at my expense.

There is something about pet owners that probably make us all seem a bit insane for talking to our animal friends. I know most do. I have talked to all our dogs and cats over the years. Some are more attentive than others. Finnegan was particularly good at picking up on words and their meaning. After a while, you get sort of accustomed to those one-sided conversations and they don't really seem that one-sided after all. Finnegan would follow me around when I was working around the house and yard. He loved our weekly trips to the convenience center to dump trash and recyclables. He really loved the trip to the landfill, because the lady who operated the scales would always give him cookies. As he got older I would have to lift him up into the truck, but he still loved it with the eagerness of a puppy.

After 13 and a half years of adventures with our family he finally got to a point where he was in too much pain to even get comfortable. He could only stand with great effort, and he would walk only a few steps before stopping and panting. He lost all interest in food or treats. We had to help him lie down and help him stand up. Finnegan was a good sized dog. His mother was a beagle, but we assume he was sired by a yellow lab. In his heyday he was about 75 pounds of energy. He lost a few pounds in his last year, but he was still quite a load to have to carry or help into the truck.

After suffering through the night and most of the day, Ann and I decided we would take him to the vet. Ironically, he perked up with the "ride in the truck" and was happy to see the ladies at the animal clinic. He was still in pain, but he was putting on good show of cheerfulness for all of us. I got him up on the exam table in the clinic and he went quietly and very peacefully surrounded by the vet, an assistant, Ann, and me. He was such a good boy; it was a very emotional event. The vet helped me put him on a cart and wheel him out to our car. We drove him home, wrapped in a towel and a sheet.

I wanted to find a place in the back yard where the violets grew; he always loved laying in them. I found the spot a dug a grave. No small task for a dog of that size. I stopped at times for tears and wishing the kids were here to share in this closure, but continued on.

When the other pets sniffed him goodbye, we took him back to his grave and lay him in it. Ann went back to the house and commenced filling in the grave. I got to a point where just his head was showing as if he were napping. I leaned the shovel against a tree, and knelt down to pat his head one last time. I said, "Goodbye Finnegan, you were a good boy." And he said....

(Ron Gregg is the son of Phil and Lil Gregg. Ron graduated from Beaver Island Community School and Lake Superior State. Ron is also a retired career Army veteran. He is currently working for Bridgestone.)

National Honor Society Community Quiz Bowl

Thank you to all who participated in this year's Community Quiz Bowl hosted by the Beaver Island High School National Honor Society chapter. Seven teams of adults competed in a tournament of 5 rounds of challenging questions. The funds generated from the quiz bowl help the students do service projects, travel to quiz bowls at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, leadership conferences, etc. Some of the service projects have been raking yards for senior citizens, running fun nights for the elementary students, and putt-putt golf for the older students. The NHS students also presented to the older students that it is important to NOT text and drive. There are two apps (AT&T and Verizon) on the itcanwait.com website for your cell phone. The app will send out an automatic reply to anyone texting or calling you that tells them you are driving and cannot answer them at this time.

The winning team was Wendy White, Laurel Kayne, Max Antinori, Denni Cady-Stid, and Cindy Riskgers. Congratulations!

Stained Glass Raffle

The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary will be selling tickets on another stained glass window created by their own Jean Kinsley. The raffle will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:00PM at the Beaver Island Community Center. Tickets (at $1.00/each or 6/$5.00) can be obtained from any AMVET Auxiliary member, or call Dee Gallagher at 231-448-2262 . The window will be displayed in June and July in the window at Prudential Prefered Properties on Main Street. Good Luck to You All!!

From the AMVETs

The annual flag disposal ceremony will be June 14, 2013, (Flag Day) at Doug Hartle's house. The public is invited. We encourage those with flags to check them and if it is worn or frayed replace it and give the old one to an AMVET for disposal. A number of the yellow ribbons around town are looking pretty shabby and perhaps you could check yours, and if it's faded or worn, remove it.
Bob Tidmore

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Open Thurs. through Sat. 12:00 until 4:00

We will be adding days to our schedule in about a month.
We are accepting seasonal clothing, sporting goods, household items, tools, bicycles, and toys. We need dressers, desks, tables, chairs, and bookshelves. We do not accept upholstered furniture. If you need help with your donation, call Donna at 448-2797.
We will soon begin construction of Carol's Barn behind our shop, but don't let the construction keep you away. We will gladly welcome shoppers and help you with your donations.
Island Treasures is a great way to support your Fire Department and EMS. It also an effective way to recycle goods.

Meet Patrick McGinnity, BIDL Library Director


Stephanie Adkins and Kalin Franks Visit Beaver Island

TV 9 and 10 Web Producer Kalin Franks and Associate Editor of Photojournalism Stephanie Adkins came to Beaver Island On Monday, May 13, 2013, to do several interviews. BINN editor Joe Moore caught up with them and got them to do an interview for BI News on the 'Net.


Another Spring

by Cindy Ricksgers

The seagulls moved inland the year Bill Wagner planted corn on my Grandpa's island farm.

They left the harbor where their gliding watch decorated the landscape and dirtied the docks. They abandoned, temporarily, the fishing boats where they lazily waited to claim the discarded remains of each day's catch.

For the novel taste of earthworms and slugs, they came inland to follow the slow, gray tractor as it muddled over and plodded through the tough, overgrown fields, left fallow for thirty years.

My Dad noticed them first. “Get my gun,” he shouted to my daughters, “here's dinner!” They remembered his similar suggestions at holidays, that Santa's reindeer might make a good venison stew, or that the Easter Bunny might be good to eat. They knew he was teasing. Still, both responded with the squeals, looks of horror and groans he expected, and that made him grin.

Seeming more like one large, feathery organism than several hundred birds, the seagulls followed the tractor closely. Seagulls hovered overhead, flapped alongside and marched behind, like white rag ribbons bouncing along with the humming machine.

Bill led the parade daily, tilting over the broken soil with the birds, like bouquets of kite tails, in close attendance. They gave him the comic appearance of a balloon man.

The seagulls stayed when Bill went home at night, keeping watch over the tractor and the plow.

Impatient to get started each morning, the birds were already fluttering busily, vying for position, as the farmer made his early trek across the field to begin his work day.

Dragging the plow behind, the tractor slowly transformed the field. The first pass lifted the earth in clumps, pulled out the juniper, tossed up a few rocks. The second time over, the lurching machine turned the brittle grass under, exposed the roots and left a finer texture. With the disc attached the tractor made waves in the freshly turned, dark earth. Fertilizer next, then the planter left crooked rows of yellow kernels as the small machine moved grudgingly over the stony field. Another swipe covered the seeds, and a deposit of weed killer completed the job.

The work took nine days from start to finish.

Bill plowed one long day in the rain, and allowed the rain to keep him home the next.

The seagulls had perfect attendance.

We watched the progress from the house and yard.

Aunt Katie drank her morning coffee on the kitchen porch, to enjoy the smell of freshly plowed soil with the morning sun. After dinner she and Dad took their beers outside. Leaning back in their lawn chairs, they followed the tractor's path with their eyes as their voices and laughter filled the evenings with sound.

My daughters protested the change.

“Nothing's going to be the same!” they told me day after day.

“Now he's ruined our fort!”

“There goes the rock pile!”

“That was my favorite little tree!”

Every report was a sad one.

Each pronouncement, they thought, was the one that would finally raise me up and drive me out of the house, to throw myself in front of the tractor, if necessary, to stop Bill's wild destruction.

I understood their feelings.

I remembered, too.

In my own childhood, we made paths, piled stones, made forts and “hide-outs” in the tall grass. We found wildflowers and berries and caught fireflies as we roamed the fields morning and evening.

“Wait,” I told my young daughters, “you'll have great fun playing in the tall corn.”

“Watch the birds,” I said, “They're so funny!”

“Watch your Grandpa,” I told them.

That's what I was doing.

Every day Dad walked the field.

His long stride covered the rough ground easily. He seemed to be measuring with his steady pace.

He moved quickly, as if he had a specific destination, then stopped suddenly, and without plan, to study the changes around him.

Feet planted firmly in the soil, his legs formed a triangle with the ground. His broad shoulders rounded, back swayed and arms akimbo with thumbs hooked into his belt loops, hands resting on his hips.

He would stand for so long, surveying the daily progress, that his solid form could have looked like a statue.

Except for his head, nodding his grinning approval at everything he saw.

Now, that field has been planted nearly every year for more than twenty five years.

My cousin, Bob, has it planted this year with alfalfa and kale, in anticipation of pasturing his lambs there.

Aunt Katie still lives in Grandpa's farmhouse there, as she has since she retired. Though she's older and more frail, she still enjoys having a beer outside in the evening, to watch the activity on the farm.

Bill Wagner died many years ago; he's still remembered and respected as a good man and a hard worker.

My daughters are long grown and gone from home, with children that wander the fields when they come here.

My Dad, so hard to believe, passed away close to fifteen years ago.

Many things have changed, with the passage of time, but the memories flutter, like those long ago seagulls, so close and so vividly that I can almost hear the laughter.

(Cindy is a writer and an artist. Her blog postings are wonderful to read. BINN appreciates the opportunity to share this wonderful writing with our subscribers. Cindy's blog is at http://cindyricksgers.wordpress.com and Cindy welcomes comments by email at cindy49782@yahoo.com

BICS to Host 2nd Beaver Island History Adventure

"On Friday, May 24th, 2013, the students and staff at Beaver Island Community School will participate in a morning of fun, historical adventures based around local BI History. Students will be broken into multi-age “families” and will hike an approximately 3-mile trek, competing in historical challenges along the way. In doing so, we hope to give students a chance to learn about and experience some of the same things that their ancestors did."

To view this flyer and/or interested in helping out, Click HERE

Invitation to Celebrate K. McNamara's Service to BICS


Purple triangles are returning to ash trees this summer in an effort to detect Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) activity on Beaver Island. This beetle was first discovered in 2002 in southeast Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. It was probably introduced through infested solid wood products. As of June 2009, Emerald Ash Borer infestations were known to be present in 12 states and two Canadian provinces. As you drive through Michigan, the visual devastation to the ash trees by this one insect is readily apparent and 30 million ash trees have been killed in southern Michigan alone. Beaver Island's 2011 EAB survey found no Emerald Ash Borers present in the 16 traps. Last winter, assistance for the 2013 trapping season was secured from John Bedford, Pest Response Program Specialist, with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Dr. James Buck with the USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Federal funding has been severely cut for EAB monitoring in the Midwest; yet, these two agencies recognized the unique situation on Beaver Island and provided the quarantine signs, traps, lures, and entomology expertise to prevent the devastation from reaching here. Signs related to the archipelago firewood quarantine are in place at all points of entry in an effort to prevent EAB introduction. We appreciate the assistance of the Beaver Island Boat Company and the airlines in maintaining the firewood quarantine to protect our forests. The result of these efforts may make Beaver Island the final refuge for ash trees in the Midwest.

For additional information contact: Pam Grassmick, Beaver Island Association, 448-2314.

BICS May 2013 Newsletter

Everything you wanted to know from Island Cleanup, 5th and 6th boys bball, Awards ceremonies, and graduation. (Click on the image above.)

Events at BICS

5th and 6th Play... Beaver Island History..End of Year Calendar

Spring--Time to Think Golf

The following information was provided by Buck Ridgeway from his winter hunting grounds. Since the weather has started to represent something that resembles Spring, it's time to get your men's golf league team on the board and ready to play the matches for the 2013 season.

Watercolor Class Planned

Watercolor instruction will again be offered by Destin artist Sharon Long beginning the Thursday after Labor Day. Mark your calendars for Sept 5-10 (photo walk on the 8th) Classes will have limited space so book early to secure your spot. Already 3 people from off-island are coming for this. Remember that the materials will be provided so even if you come for one lesson and don't feel its your thing, you haven't purchased alot of supplies. This time period was chosen because many islanders said they had company, or kids at home and couldn't attend last summer's classes in August. So please give me a call 448-2894, or email me, leonor.jacobson @ gmail.com. I will be happy to take your booking! We had a such a nice time; looking forward to again seeing some of our hidden talents on BI. More details will be forthcoming. All levels welcome!

submitted by Leonor Jacobson

So Much To See

"So Much To See"--a draft driving guide for the Island

Why Care About Invasives

Written by Beth Leuck for the Beaver Island Association

Crankin T's Club Schedules a Return Visit

The Michigan Crankun T's Club will be returning to Beaver Island this year on Saturday, September 21,2013, for a car show and cruise. The event will be sponsored by the Beaver Island Boat Co, The Shamrock & the Chamber of Commerce. According to cl ub president Bob Fitzgerald the group is looking forward to a return visit because they had a wonderful time on friendly Beaver Island in 2011. About 20 Model T Fords with a variety of bodies are expected for the weekend event.

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

The B.I. Transfer Station and Recycling Center

After a little bit of research and just a quick walk through the transfer station and recycling center, it became quite obvious that a large amount of money could be saved if more of the "trash" could be recycled. There is a large quantity of each green bag received by the transfer station that could be recycled. A figure given at a previous Waste Management Committee meeting was 75-80% of the contents could be recycled. Imagine if your family or your employees were provided the opportunity to save your family and/or your business some money?

The mathematics is quite convincing. If you could cut your trash quantity down to 25% of the current amount, you would pay $4.50 for a big bag of trash instead of four times that amount $18.00. This seems like something worth doing. The various categories of recyclable materials that are currently accepted is quite large. Perhaps the name of the building should be changed to emphasize the need for more recycling. Just a switch of the two names would do a lot. This suggestion would make the building name, The Beaver Island Recycling Center and Transfer Station. This would put the emphasis on recycling, which is where the island families and businesses could actually save money. The difference is just one of sorting the materials and placing them in the proper recycling boxes.

Here is a video of some of the items recycled HERE



Road sign..............Express lane

Lots of options for recycing!

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

With the summer season approaching, this would seem to be something important to consider and the Island fishermen would want to become aware. The island might want to consider some method of keeping these hitchhikers out of the inland lakes. The link is to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.


Several Subscriptions Have Expired in May -Others in June

Several family and business subscriptions expired om April and others expire in May. . This is a reminder to those that wish to renew online. If you do renew online using a credit or debit card, and the Paypal SUBSCRIBE button, BINN will automatically make a donation of $10 in your name to the Beaver Island Food Pantry. If you are not sure when your subscription expires, please email the editor at medic5740@gmail.com, and your subscription expiration will be included in a return email.


NRESC Produces Timeline

NRESC Planning Process – Adopted January 21, 2013

The NRESC intends to produce a full draft set of recommendations for natural resource management that will be submitted to the Township Boards and shared with the community/stakeholders for feedback by May 1, 2013. Once a draft is completed, the NRESC intends to hold a 45-day feedback proc


Time Line

Adopt deadline and revise process for completing draft recommendations

Completed - January 21, 2013

Feedback processes

May 1-June 15

Working session of NRESC to review/revise draft based on feedback from various sources

June 22 (public session)

NRESC submits final recommendations to township boards

July 1

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