B. I. News on the 'Net, May 28-June 3, 2012

Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial

By clicking on the link below, you can view all of the Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial, including all the bricks that were added in the Spring of 2012. It seems amazing that such a small community has so many veterans that a short viewing of their bricks take over fifteen minutes to view with only about three seconds or so per brick.

View the Tribute to Veterans Video

Duck Lake Fire in UP

The Michigan DNR reports that the Duck Lake Fire at 71 percent containment and has updated the structure losses

Cooler temperatures and steady rain since Friday afternoon have aided fire crews in the Upper Peninsula's Luce County in getting a better handle on the Duck Lake Fire. The Department of Natural Resources today reported the fire at 21,135 acres, with 71 percent containment.

The south end of the fire is 14 miles north of Newberry and 7 miles west from Tahquamenon Falls State Park campgrounds. The fire is long and narrow and stretches 11 miles to the north to Lake Superior. There are currently 44 miles of fireline. Of that, 6 miles is Lake Superior shoreline, 23 miles is completed line (that includes County Road 500), and 15 miles is uncontained fireline. Access remains very difficult with few roads.

Fire crews made significant progress Friday, completing an additional 3 miles of fireline. Fireline has been constructed across all of Division G in the southeast corner of the fire, across roughly two-thirds of the east side of the fire, and roughly three-quarters of the fire's west side. Saw crews continue to remove hazard trees.

Crews continue to monitor the lightning fire south of Bodi Lake.

The latest estimate on structure loss includes an additional three homes/cabins and three sheds/outbuildings. There are 138 properties within the perimeter of the fire; 138 sites have been inspected to this point, with one remaining that had no fire number. A total of 138 structures have been lost, with a breakdown as follows:

49 homes/cabins
23 garages
38 sheds/outbuildings
26 campers
1 store
1 motel

The evacuation order was lifted today at 9 a.m. for people with residences within the fire area (Pike Lake, Bodi Lake, Culhane Lake and Little Lake Harbor). The area will close again at 9 p.m. today for the overnight period, and will reopen at 9 a.m. Sunday. Residents entering the fire area are being asked to drive with their headlights on and to give emergency vehicles the right-of-way. Residents entering the fire area are required to drive to and from their property and not wander around the fire area. There are still snags and hazard trees that can fall unexpectedly.

Road closures include County Road 414 east from the intersection with County Road 410 and County Road 500 from M-123 north to Little Lake Harbor, for everyone except residents with property in the fire area. The fire area remains closed to the public. While Crisp Point Lighthouse was outside of the fire area, it is still not accessible because of the closure of County Road 500.

A special note about area tourism and businesses: The DNR reminds the public that the Tahquamenon Falls/Paradise Area is open for business. As crews make good progress on the Duck Lake Fire in Luce County, campgrounds, state parks, resorts and other businesses throughout the region and the Upper Peninsula are open and eager to welcome tourists. The community of Paradise is ready for visitors. Tahquamenon Falls State Park was completely untouched by the fire; its Upper Falls viewing area and Lower Falls campground and visitor center are open.

The Duck Lake Fire is in a remote area, is not currently putting up a smoke plume, is not affecting the surrounding areas and has not seen significant activity since Monday, May 28. While visitors are asked to avoid the immediate fire area, the rest of the U.P. stands ready to offer up Pure Michigan vacation memories.

Today's Duck Lake Fire incident objectives are to:

Provide for public and firefighter safety.
Fell snags around homes and along roads.
Finish line construction toward division breaks.
Search for spot fires outside the line.
Identify hazard trees around structures and roads for saw crews.
Improve, where needed, the fireline that has been built.
Continue getting GPS data on completed line in all divisions.

For today, crews will use bulldozers to extend the fireline, while the Incident Management Team will focus on monitoring the fire. Crews and equipment will be staged in various locations around the fire.
Crews are unable to continue felling snags and hazard trees today; slippery conditions make this too dangerous.

Division supervisors and the overhead team will continue long-term planning today.

Rain is expected to continue through the day Saturday. Overnight rainfall on the fire was 0.1 to 0.5 inches. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 50s, with humidity around 80 percent today. Winds will be northwest at 5 to 16 miles per hour, with gusts of 20 to 30 miles per hour.

A total of 224 personnel (of which 47 are overhead personnel) are involved with fire suppression efforts. People, equipment and agencies fighting the fire include:

Four DNR conservation officers and a sergeant on duty around the clock.
15 DNR fire engines and 4 Wisconsin DNR fire engines
7 Michigan DNR and 2 Wisconsin DNR bulldozers
1 US Forest Service helicopter
4 Michigan National Guard aircraft and ground support.
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community hand crew
WIC #1 hand crew from Wisconsin
MIS #1 hand crew made up of Michigan DNR employees

Cooperating agencies include the Michigan State Police, Luce County Sherriff's Department, Red Cross, Michigan State Police Emergency Management, Luce County Emergency Management, Michigan National Guard, Wisconsin DNR, Minnesota DNR, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and UPCAP (211).

On May 25, Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of disaster in Luce and Schoolcraft counties. The declaration permits authorities to evacuate residents, and establishes a fireworks ban in the two affected counties and an outdoor burning ban in 49 counties:

Alcona, Alger, Alpena, Antrim, Arenac, Baraga, Bay, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Clare, Crawford, Delta, Dickinson, Emmet, Gladwin, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Iosco, Iron, Isabella, Kalkaska, Keweenaw, Lake, Leelanau, Luce, Mackinac, Manistee, Marquette, Mason, Mecosta, Menominee, Midland, Missaukee, Montmorency, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ogemaw, Ontonagon, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Schoolcraft and Wexford.

Memorial Service for Phyllis Fitzpatrick

June 16, 2012

Memorial Service at Holy Cross Cemetery at 2:00 PM

Reception to follow at Beaver Island District Library at 3:00 PM

BICS High School Awards

At 2 pm on May 31, 2012, the High School students, parents, teachers, and community members gathered in the school gym for the high school awards. Ms. Kitty McNamara welcomed everyone and gave a short introduction about the types of awards to be given. Mr. Martell passed out the Scholar Awards. A scholar award is given to any student who has earned all As and/or Bs in any class all year. Mr. Cashman passed out the Determination Awards. The determination award is given to a student who has shown great effort, been a hard worker, etc. in any class. Mr. Richards passed out the Philosopher awards. A philosopher award is given to a student who show exemplary quality of thought in classwork and discussions. Mr. Richards and Ms. McNamara passed out the Personal Strength Awards. A personal strength award is given to all students and reflects their own view of their strengths at well as the views of other students and teachers.

Ms. McNamara pass out the Northern Lights League All-League Academic Team Awards. Mrs. Croswhite passed out the US Army Scholar Athlete Award, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation Award, and two Darrell Dimwiddie Leadership Awards. Ms. McNamara passed out the 21st Century Learning Scholarship Awards.

The 9-12 Citizen of the Year Award was given to Michael McCafferty by Ms. McNamara and Mrs. Croswhite. The 9-12 Student of the Year Award was given to Erin Boyle by Ms. McNamara and Mrs. Croswhite.

The Honor cords were awarded to the highest gradepoint average student, Olivia Schwartzfisher, Valedictorian; and Jenna Battle, Salutatorian.

You can watch video of the High School Awards HERE

7th and 8th Grade Awards and 8th Grade Graduation

At 7 pm on May 31, 2012, the 7th and 8th Grades of the Beaver Island Community School met in the High School area with parents, teachers, and community members. The purpose of this meeting was to present awards and to graduate the 8th graders from Middle School to High School. Ms. McNamara welcomed all those present. Mrs. Boyle passed out the Scholar Awards. Ms. Wilk passed out the Determination Awards. Ms. Wilk received flowers and a short presentation from the 7th and 8th grade students. Mr.Richards passed out the Philosopher Awards. Ms. McNamara and Mr. Richards passed out the Personal Strength Awards. Ms. McNamara passed out the Northern Lights League All-League Academic Awards, and then the 7th and 8th grade Citizen of the Year and the 7th and 8th grade Student of the Year.

The Awards Ceremony completed, the 8th graders showed a PowerPoint presentation with music. Jenna Battle, Salutatorian of the Class of 2012, addressed the Class of 2016. The Eighth Grade Diplomas were conferred by Ms. McNamara, Mrs. Dana Hodgson, secretary of the school board, and Mrs. Dawn Mooney, trustee on the school board.

The Class of 2016 includes the following students: Sarah Avery, Ryan Boyle, Zack Bousquet, Emily Burton, Trace Butler, Liam Hodgson, Jordan Marsh, Taylor Pryor, and Nick Williams.

Video of the Award Ceremony and 8th Graduation HERE

Pictures and more story will be available later.

Wildflower Pictures from Bob Tidmore

Letter to the Editor from Sheriff Schneider

Click on the link to bring up a PDF of a letter from Sheriff Don Schneider about prescription drug abuse and about how to dispose of prescriptions.

Letter to the Editor

BICS Elementary Awards

View Video of Awards Ceremony HERE

The afternoon program began with and a welcome and an introduction by Kitty McNamara, superintendent and principal, as well as an opportunity to congratulate Miranda Rooy, who has joined Deb Robert as a Nationally Certified Teacher. An interesting fact is that less than one-half of one percent of the teachers in the State of Michigan have national certification, and Beaver Island is blessed with two of them.

The presentation of flowers to Miranda Rooy was followed by the pre-school, kindergarten, first and second grade awards.

Mr. Mike Myers then gave a short speech and presented the third and fourth grade awards.

After Mr. Myers, Deb Robert gave a short speech and then presented the awards for the fifth and six grade students.

Pictures and more story will be available soon!

Island Airways Hosts Emergency Management Tabletop Exercise

The gathering of many agendies and their representatives

Many members of the local emergency services organizations, county organizations, and federal agencies all met at the Island Airways hangar here on Beaver Island yesterday, May 31, 2012. The purpose of a tabletop exercise is to gather all the agencies that might be involved in a specific disaster in the same location at the same time to meet and greet, and work toward a solution to a situation that could happen in and around the waters of Beaver Island. The program also provided all participants an opportunity to discuss who could and would do what, when, and where. This is really an important part of planning for a serious situation that could happen.

The Scope and Purpose

The scenario that was worked on throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

Gerald LaFreniere, Kevin White, Danielle Dedloff, Sheriff Don Schneider, Rick Speck, and Rich Gillespie

Donna Kubic, Sheriff Schneider, Jim Wojan, Neal Boyle, Travis Williams, and Gerald LaFreniere

The discussions continued from the immediate response through and toward a resolution of the disaster with all details considered.

Coast Guard representatives, Central Dispatch representative, Beaver Island Boat Company representatives

Tim McDonough, BIFD Fire Chief, would be the Incident Commander for Operations

This program began with refreshments; coffee, donuts, fruit, and snacks, provided by Island Airways prior to 10 a.m., and ended after 1:30 p.m. with some practical hands-on skills at the Beaver Island Boat Company. Thank you to all who participated in this important planning session!

Thank you to Island Airways for hosting this excellent event!

View Video of the beginning of this exercise

Water Transportation Essential to Beaver Island

While some may wonder about the necessity of water transportation in the age of short air transport time, it is pretty obvious that both are needed. One is needed for fast transport over the 32 miles of water between Beaver Island and Charlevoix. One is needed for the trasnport of freight to and from the island. It was interesting to be able to capture a photo of two of the companies involved in moving freight. Here are a few pictures.

Emerald Isle headed out of the harbor

Emerald Isle headed into the harbor

Emerald Isle headed in while the Wendy Anne is headed out

Osprey Build Much Larger Nest

While there has been some rumor that the ospreys are not nesting on the top of the microwave tower, such is just that, an unfortunate rumor. The ospreys have been nesting there season after season, and this year is no different. The birds are much more difficult to see when they are in the nest due to the much larger nest built this year by them. They are there, but you need to stop and take a few minutes to wait for a quick look at the ospreys.

Stoney Specials

FRIDAY'S ...Yellow Lake PERCH & Fresh WHITEFISH!
SATURDAY'S...STEAK Specials... SIZZLERS 8oz, RIBEYES 10oz, NY'S 12oz, & a One Pound PORTERHOUSE!
SUNDAY'S ...Complimentary HOT DOG Buffet Noon-5pm & Happy Hour ALL DAY! Jim & Pam's PIZZA 5-8:30...Home Made & Yummy!
High Standards, Great Quality, Low Prices!
Our best to you, Liam, Marilyn & the Stoney Staff

BIRHC to Have Visiting Physicians This Summer

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center will be host to several family medicine and emergency medicine doctors this summer. Members of these departments at the University of Michigan will be visiting the island starting June 3, 2012, some with their families.

While here, they will have a chance to observe medical services in a rural setting while sharing information with our providers in their speciality areas, including women's health, prenatal care, wound care, strokes, diabetes, pediatric and adolescent care and more.

Visiting doctors include: Mike Johansen, Amanda Kaufman, Sahoko Little, William Meuer, Theresa Peters, James Pribble, Margaret Riley, Eric Skye, Ghazwan Toma and Philip Zazove.

For more information about these visitors, check the BIRHC website at birhc.org or call the Health Center at 448-2275.

CMU Nature Programs

Beaver Island , The Nation & Washington D C

“ Beaver Island displays, in microcosm, the qualities America must somehow recover if it is to survive as a nation,” wrote Broder in 1970.

The family of the late David S. Broder, Pulitzer prize-winning nationally syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, has created a unique book of his “Beaver Island Columns.” Proceeds (100%) will benefit the Beaver Island Rural Health Center .

The book features those wonderful columns (1970-2010) that reflect the history of our nation and how Beaver Island coped with national issues, but it is also full of beautiful color photographs. It's a limited edition book to cherish and will make a great addition to any northern Michigan collection.

David Broder first visited Beaver Island in 1949 with his future wife Ann Collar. The family owns a summer home on the Island . Broder visited regularly and deeply loved Beaver Island 's self-sufficient community. “ Beaver Island displays, in microcosm, the qualities America must somehow recover if it is to survive as a nation,” wrote Broder in 1970.

The Health Center will be hosting a reception with the Broder family present on July 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the St. James Township Hall. Family members will be available to sign books.

The book is $25, five for $100 and the proceeds will benefit the Rural Health Center . It is now available at the Health Center and at a number of Beaver Island merchants. The book can be ordered using a credit card by contacting the Beaver Island Rural Health Center at (231) 448-2275.

Beaver Island Wildlife Club

There will be a meeting of the Beaver Island Wildlife Club next Wednesday June 6th at the Peaine Township Hall, 7:00 PM. The public is invited as we have a special guest Heather-Sikes Hettinger, Fisheries Management Biologist, MI DNR. Ms. Hettinger will discuss the state of fisheries in the Beaver Island Archipelago. We hope you can attend and ask questions…yes the subject of perch in the harbor will be one topic.

Bob Tidmore, Secretary Beaver Island Wildlife Club



Spring Serenade Group Recital

Video HERE

Spring Serenade Solo Recital

This spring, string serenade of solos in recital format took place today, May 5, 2012, at the Beaver Island Community Center. It began at 3 p.m. Sheri Richards introduced each student as each performed. The music was diverse from folk songs through J.S. Bach with a George Harrison piece and a Seitz concerto.

You can view video of the recital HERE

Beaver Island Talent Show

This talent show was a fundraiser for the middle school students of BICS for a trip. There were many talented individuals who participated. There is video available for those who did not attend the evening event on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Pictures and description of the programs will follow later.

Please view the video HERE.

Waste Management Committee Video of April 2012 Meeting

You can view the meeting video HERE

St. James Township Meeting, May 2, 2012

The audience and the board members were of equal number at this monthly meeting of the St. James Township Board. The meeting was calm and quiet with only a couple of issues that seemed to spark, smolder, and then go out, but that is a good thing. The board moved forward with its business in an orderly and fairly smooth and efficient process. You may view video of the meeting HERE

Peaine Township Meeting, April 11, 2012

View Video of the meeting HERE

Bill Cashman Featured in CMU Public Broadcasting Program

This Central Michigan University program features the history of Beaver Island as told by museum director Bill Cashman as well as Deb Rotman, archeologist, from the University of Notre Dame. It includes Antje Price speaking about Protar. Father Dan Connaghan presented information about the history of the Catholic Church. John Runberg, president of the Historical Society, speaks about the history of the fishing industry. Bill Cashman speaks about the Irish connection on Arranmore and the Twinning Ceremony.

View the program HERE

Bike the Beaver

The Beaver Island Bike Festival is scheduled on Beaver Island from June 21-23, 2012

Check out the website HERE

Check out a poster of the event HERE

End of School Year Calendar

Thanks to Kerry Smith for this calendar that specifies the activities and events related to the school children all the way from April to graduation. Thanks, Kerry!

Click this link to see the end of school year calendar

Happy St. Patrick's Day to All!

Video of the games

More pictures HERE

St. Pat's Music at Night

Video Highlights are available HERE

WMC Links

Meeting Dates

New Prices for Transfer Station

NRESC Has Its Own Website

Celebrity Basketball Fundraiser

This crazy, hazy, lazy, histerical gathering of the Beaver Island Fire Department, Beaver Island EMS, and Beaver Island Law Enforcement to play against the co-ed members of the Lady Islanders and the Islanders was interspersed with some regular basketball play. You can view the entire game with some creative time out camera work at these links:

Introduction of players

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Final Score

BI Transfer Station Info

New Boat Design Firm Picked

Senior Parent Recognition, February 3rd

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meetings Schedule for 2012

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

B I Community Center Activities

COA information page 1

COA informqation page 2

Pure Michigan Campaign

Chamber of Commerce and Boat Co pitch in with Charlevoix partners on Pure Michigan radio spot narrated by Tim Allen.

Link to story HERE

St. James Recreation Plan Revision and Additional Comments

Revised St. James Recreation Plan as of January 30, 2012

Additional Comments on St. James Recreation Plan as of January 29, 2012

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting 01/28/12

The BI Airport Commission met this morning at the Peaine Township Hall to discuss the term limits in Peaine Township, an Emerald Ash Borer sign, the 2012-2013 budget, and more. The budget appears to be very tight with very little Development Funds to be left for projects. The MDOT grant was approved and a discussion took place about whether the BIAC needed a DUNS number. Don Vyse mentioned a change in the FAA Terms and Conditions as part of an update. The BIAC will recommend to the the two townships the reappointment of Elaine West and Mike Scripps.

Rachel Teague was asked to explain the needs of the Men's restroom at the township airport terminal and she provided a written Airport Manager Report to the commission. There was some discussion about where and how to send Freedom of Information requests, and the determination was that these should go to the two township clerks. It was mentioned that emails are not sufficient to accomplish a FOI request. The recommended method is by US Postal Service where a return receipt can be obtained.

Video Clips of the majority of the meeting can be found HERE

Island Airways SBTDC Small Business of the Year

Island Airways provides year round air service between Beaver Island and Charlevoix. The company has been working to grow its business with help from the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC). Their business improvement efforts have earned Island Airways recognition as the Northwest Region SBTDC Small Business of the Year. Congratulations to Island Airways!

Click HERE to view video

NRESC Annual Report to the Townships

Found HERE

Another Great Video by Martha Irvine

Beaver Island Lighthouse School Graduation

View the video

Notre Dame Professor leads study into Beaver Island's Irish Heritage

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

The Human Services Commission of Peaine and St. James townships has put together a resource manual--a guide to services available to all residents of Beaver Island.  A copy of this resource manual appears below.  Printed copies will soon be available at a number of locations, including the medical center and the library.  Other locations will be announces later.  Many thanks to Joan Vyse and Judi Meister for coordinating the information in the manual.

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

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

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!

Memorial Day Service TODAY

The Memorial Day service took place at the Veteran's Memorial beginning at noon, today, May 28, 2012. Many were there to join the Island veterans in a sincere and heartfelt "Thank you!" to all our service men and women who served our nation, as well as to all those who gave their lives so that we could remain free.

Video of the Service may be viewed HERE

The veterans and the audience began to gather.

Main Street was lined with cars and trucks.

The program was to begin with a USCG Helo fly-over, so all waited for them.

The Octogenarians were seated, and also waiting.

Then the helicopter arrived and made its east to west pass.

Bob Tidmore began the program.

Then the USCG helicopter from Air Station Traverse City made a second pass

Jim Latta presented information about the history of this day

Alvin LaFreniere read off the list of Island connected service men and women

Bob Tidmore introduced the AMVETs Chaplain

Bob Hoogendoorn said a prayer for the service men and women

There was a rifle salute and taps was played by Paul Niehaus

A Committed Pair of Doves

Rock doves mate for life -- they can meet their partner at any time during the year. Both the male and female help with the care and raising of the young. The male builds the nest, and the eggs are laid shortly after the nest is finished. In the nesting territory, both sexes are aggressive, pecking intruders (even people) on the head.

Jim and Donna Stambaugh Win Early Bird Drawing

Jim and Donna Stambaugh won the $1000 drawing today, May 27, 2012. The drawing took place at Dahlwhinnie's with Charlevoix County Deputy Sheriff Travis Williams pulling the winning tickit.

(Thank you to Frank Solle for these pictures.)

Gail's Walk

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, 2012, many gathered to participate in Gail's Walk, named after Gail Weede who had supported the BICS Sports Boosters. The group gathered and walked the following route: Public beach to the school and left to the Brother's Trail, then right on Karne's to the bike path. Then down to the Back Highway to the top of Gallagher Hill, down to Main Street, out to Whiskey Point, and then back to the public beach.

Gathering and beginning at the public beach.

Even stragglers wouldn't get lost..

Headed to the point.

Headed back toward the public beach

(Thanks to Phyllis Moore for these pictures.)

Paul Welke's Memorial Day Display

Informal video of Paul explaining the items in his collection


Pictures of the display of memorabilia

Uniforms: Marine, Navy, and Army

Two different rifles WWII and Vietnam

Go and check this display out at the Beaver Island terminal of Island Airways

AMVETs Memorial Weekend Sunday Breakfast

By the time this reported took the video and pictures and had eaten a small breakfast, the AMVETs had already served one hundred breakfasts. This is quickly becoming a very special and timely tradition.

AMVETs Sunday Breakfast, May 27, 2012.................

.........................In the kitchen


AMVETS Breakfast at the Holy Cross Parish Hall

Some of the first hundred to eat breakfast here

Some of the workers....

Some in the kitchen...

Some out of the kitchen....

BICS Career Day Final Schedule and Flyer

Career Day Schedule

Career Day Flyer

Broder Book Is Available

This book has arrived this past weekend and is available for sale at the merchants mentioned in a story below. This book will also be available at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, which will receive the proceeds of the sale. The four Broder sons chose the pictures and the columns to be included in the book. The book will sell for $25.00. The title of the book is "The Beaver Island Columns" written by David S. Broder. There will be a "Book Party" on July 3, 2012, at the St. James Township Hall from 5-7 p.m.

After School Program Kids Work in the BIRHC Garden

This afternoon, May 24, 2012, the BICS after school program kids were brought out to the garden at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. The garden that the BICS students were working in is called the Fairy Garden.

NRESC Busy This Summer

1. June 2, 10-4 pm, Peaine Township Hall (PTH), next MSU planning meeting; 7 pm: MSU-facilitated focus group with CMU/BIA.

2. June 18, 6 pm, PTH: Next Executive Committee meeting, if needed.

3. June 27, 3-5 pm : Brian Mastenbrook will present his overview about DNR & the Island – for the public. At Peaine Township Hall. (Community Ctr not available.)

4. At the NRESC meeting on May 21, it was decided to schedule a follow-up meeting in June at which NRESC, without MSU facilitators, will continue working on goals/objectives for natural resource planning. This is set for June 27, 6-9 pm . at Peaine Township Hall. We will serve pizza and beverages.

5. July 16, 6 pm, PTH – Executive Committee, if needed.

6. July 16, 7 pm, PTH -- NRESC regular bi-monthly meeting.

7. August 1-2: MSU facilitated community forum(s) for summer residents (details to be determined)






WHAT: 2nd Annual Garden Tour to Benefit the Wellness Garden project takes place July 11th beginning at 9:00 am at
the public beach parking lot (in front of the Holy Cross Parish Hall)

HOW LONG : ½ day tour begins at 9 am and ends after lunch, in town
All-day tour will end at 4pm, going out of town in the afternoon

COST: $25 for the half -day tour plus catered picnic lunch at the Wellness Garden
including a ride
$40 for the full-day tour, catered picnic lunch , including ride , and dessert
at the final garden stop.

BIKERS OR THOSE WITH OWN TRANSPORTATION: $10 (No Lunch) May pay on the day of the tour
$20 (lunch included but must
buy ticket by July 8th)

TICKET SALES: Pre-sale to those who supported us last year will be available for purchase from June 15th until June 23rd. After that anyone wishing to buy tickets
may get them up until July 8th (if you want lunch) Day of the tour you may pay at the parking lot, no lunch available, provide your own transportation.

WHERE TO BUY TICKETS? At the Beaver Island Rural Health Center M-F 8:30-5

Any questions call Leonor 448-2894 or Betty (BIRHC) 2275


Hazmat Days

As part of Charlevoix County Recycling the Beaver Island Transfer Station accepting Household Hazardous Waste-- Free of Charge --on June 4th and June 5th, 2012. Please refer to the Charlevoix County Recycling site for more details on what qualifies and/or look for the flyers which will be posted around town. The Charlevoix County Recycling site is:

If you have specific questions please call the Beaver Island Transfer Station at 448-2228.

Island Merchants Plan Open House

To celebrate spring (and this quiet time before we are all working too hard again) join us on Saturday June 2nd from 10am - 4pm for light refreshments and drawings (for gift certificates, merchandise, etc.) at each participating location. Come browse while the shelves are fully stocked and the island is quiet. The more places you visit, the more chances to win one of the donated prizes! A map with locations will be available in late May, but some of the merchants involved include: The Toy Museum, Livingstone Studio, Beaver Island Gallery, The Boat Shop, The Blue Pearl, Shipwreck Shirts, The Shamrock Restaurant and Bar, Powers Do It Best Hardware, Sticks, Stones, Feathers and Bones, Island Artisans, Stoney Acre Grill and Beaver Island Gardens. Watch for posters late May, or phone 231-448-2975 after May 6th for more information, or if you are a business that would like to be included in our special day.

Mark Your Calendar!

Beaver Island Christian Church will again be hosting a community Vacation Bible School July 10-12. More information later.

Annual Funky Fun Potluck Salad/Dessert Fashion Show

August 16, 2012 Beaver Island Christian Church Gregg Fellowship Hall 12:30 PM

Beaver Island Bike Festival

June 21-23, 2012


Annual Meeting of the BIA

The Beaver Island Association will hold their Annual Meeting on Sunday, July 22nd at the Community Center. At 4:30-5:00 an informal gathering will take place followed by a feature presentation by attorney and co-author David Fry... Saving the Family Cottage. He will share his extensive experience working with hundreds of families a across the United States in transitioning ownership of vacation property to families' younger generations. David will answer questions following the presentation. 6:15-7 p.m. will be the Annual Meeting. Open to the public, but seating is on a first-come basis.

Internationally acclaimed Watercolor Artist/teacher/

Sharon Long

Coming to Beaver Island August 18-24

Sharon will be offering classes in watercolor in either three-day or five-day sessions and welcomes students at all levels. She will provide all the supplies, and is willing to to teach both islanders and off-island visitors who book ahead.

The Laurain Lodge is holding five rooms for that week until June 15th so book them now to assure a place to stay as well as let Leonor Jacobson know if you plan to attend her classes. The space will be limited to insure favorable instruction time to all.

The price for each of the sessions is still being determined. Please visit her website slongwatercolors.com and call Leonor for more details (231-448-2894) and to hold a spot. after May 15th.

Natural Resources Dates

Invasive Species Summit June 14th from 2-5 p.m. Presentations from tribes, agencies and national organizations will address: Why should we care about about invasive species, effects of invasives on sportsmen, what is being done to address the situation, and how you can help. A free $10.00 invasive species manual will be available to all who attend. Event sponsored by the Beaver Island Association.

Visiting Pastors for the Beaver Island Christian Church

June 3: Pastor Jim VanderMeiden

June 10: Pastor Norm Ratering

June 17: Pastor Howard Davis

June 24 and July 1: Pastor Joseph Fox


At Beaver Island community Center from 2 pm to 5 pm

Sponsored by the Beaver Island Association

The purpose of this meeting is to inform you of the dangers of invasive species, how to control them and their negative impact on outdoor activities, real estate values, the island economy and our environment. Invasive plants are spreading on almost all private and public lands on our island archipelago.

•  Invasive plants can decrease your ability to enjoy hunting, fishing, mushroom collecting, bird watching, and other recreational pursuits.

•  Invasive plants, if left unchecked, will limit many uses our islands now and for future generations.

•  Invasive plants can harm the natural heritage of our wetlands, fields, forests, lakes, and rivers.

•  The longer we wait, the more expensive it will be to control invasive plants.

You can be a part of the solution by learning about Beaver Island's invasive plants and taking action to prevent their spread.

Consultant Report Available

The Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS was presented to both St. James and Peaine Townships at their meetings in August. This feasibility evaluation was completed by a consultant Michael Slattery to eliminate any misunderstandings and to provide the information for BIEMS and the two townships to move forward. This report is many pages long, but Beaver Island News on the 'Net believes that it is important enough to post the entire document including all of the legislation that pertains to this issue. You may view this report by clicking on the link below.

Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS

BIRHC Board Meetings in 2012

July 21

September 15

November 17

All meetings held at the BIRHC Education Room at 10 a.m.



Monday, May 28: Shane Wood, Jared Cole

Tuesday, May 29: Kenneth Butch Leroy Hogarth, Miranda Rooy, Keith Szczepanski

Wednesday, May 30: Kendra Wojan Thorson, Veronica Verburg Purdue, Karen Feck, Gina Gligora

Thursday, May 31: Betty Hudgins, Connie Higdon, Mimi Lewis

Friday, June 1: Angela Thundercloud Gorsh

Saturday, June 2: Brian Tenerowicz, Maureen Cull

Sunday, June 3: Megan Feck

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Announces

2012 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.

May 17, 2012

September 20, 2012

October 18, 2012

November 15, 2012

Members: Mary Cook (Char-Em HSC), Donna Kubic (BIRHC), Bob Tidmore (AmVets), Alice Belfy/Adam Richards (BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.)

NRESC Meeting Dates Determined

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Steering Committee

2011-2012 Meeting Schedule

All meetings open to the public

1. June 2, 10-4 pm, Peaine Township Hall (PTH), next MSU planning meeting; 7 pm: MSU-facilitated focus group with CMU/BIA.

2. June 18, 6 pm, PTH: Next Executive Committee meeting, if needed.

3. June 27, 3-5 pm : Brian Mastenbrook will present his overview about DNR & the Island – for the public. At Peaine Township Hall. (Community Ctr not available.)

4. At the NRESC meeting on May 21, it was decided to schedule a follow-up meeting in June at which NRESC, without MSU facilitators, will continue working on goals/objectives for natural resource planning. This is set for June 27, 6-9 pm . at Peaine Township Hall. We will serve pizza and beverages.

5. July 16, 6 pm, PTH – Executive Committee, if needed.

6. July 16, 7 pm, PTH -- NRESC regular bi-monthly meeting.

7. August 1-2: MSU facilitated community forum(s) for summer residents (details to be determined)

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Men's Golf League Results Week #3

Bob E. & Ron M.
Ron W. & Bob S.
Rob & Dan
Travis & Gerald
Francis & Larry
Howard & Joe
Frank & John
Ivan & Buck
Chuck & Ernie
Ron S. & David
Jeff & Ryan
Team #1 beat Team #12 19-1
Team #11 beat Team #2 14-6
Team #3 beat Team #10 13-7
Team #9 beat Team #4 13-7
Team #8 beat Team #5 12-8
Team #6 beat Team #7 14-6

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.

The audience just before the presentation began.

Jack Gallagher introduced Robin Luce Herrmann.

An animated, educated, and knowledgeable presenter

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

A Note from Phragmities Administrator Lisa Welke

Plans for Invasive Species

On Monday, May 21, 2011, a meeting was held for pre-season planning of the control of invasive species on the Beaver Archipelago. Representatives from several different organizations used their combined knowledge to develop a plan for 2012.

We are very fortunate to have The Nature Conservancy (TNC) donating $ 70,000.00 to this program. Their representative, Shaun Howard outlined their plan of paying for a survey of 6000 acres which includes Hog, High & Beaver Island shorelines and some interior areas of Beaver Island. They are going to survey not only for Phragmites, but 23 other invasives. This is going to be invaluable for our island in deciding what our priorities should be in the coming years.

TNC is planning to fund treatment for High and Hog Islands, and the Odawa Tribe has pledged funding to treat Garden Island. The Beaver Island Association was awarded $ 8,500.00 from the D.N.R. Private Land Incentive Program for invasive species control and will work with the townships to fund treatment for Beaver Island. Many thanks to all of these organizations!

Todd Bowen from Cardno JFNew presented the plan for survey and detailed the steps for treatment. JFNew is very experienced in this field and has a lot of respect for the islands and their natural ecosystems. The surveys are slated to begin mid-June, so if you see their crews out & about, please show them our “island hospitality”.

The results of the survey will be available on the MISIN website so everyone can view them. This site has tons of information on invasive species throughout the entire Midwest.

If anybody has questions about the plan or the invasive species please contact:

Lisa Welke

Phone: 231-448-3164 Email: welke65@gmail.com

There is also an Invasive Species Summit on June 14 from 2-5 at the community center. Everyone is welcome. Please stop by and learn more about maintaining the natural beauty of our islands.

BICS School Newsletter for May 2012

Click here to view the four page newsletter

What's Going On Behind the Print Shop Museum?

Dorothy Feltner and Alanna Toro are the appointmented spokespersons for the archeological dig going on behind the Print Shop Museum today, May 22, 2012. The participants have come to Beaver Island from Northern Michigan University in Marquette. There are a total of seventeen students, ten female and seven male, who are participating in the Seminar in Archeological Field Methods. They are staying at the CMU Biological Station for four weeks. The assistant on site is Angie Campbell. This program is under Dr. Scott Demel.


NMU students working at the dig

Dorothy Feltner, Alanna Toro......Angie Campbell

Two NMU Students Explain


Bill Cashman, director of BIHS

Bill Cashman, BIHS Director, explains


Additional BIRHC Programs

If you were driving past the Beaver Island Rural Health Center today, May 22, 2012, you would have noticed a pretty full parking lot in front of the building. Figuring that there must be something important going on over there, the BINN editor went over to try to find out. Besides, Dr. Wendy White working in her office of dentistry and Sue Solle, FNP, seeing patients for the BIRHC, there were three others in the building providing services to the Island population. One of these comes over twice weekly and another comes twice monthly, and yet another comes twice yearly.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program


Physical Therapy


Mental Health Services

Dan Taylor

Birds in the Entryway

Young robins, we think....


On Sunday morning, May 27, 2012, the young robins were gone from the nest. A video of the empty nest was not too exciting.

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


BEAVER ISLAND – On Friday May 26 the M/V Beaver Islander will celebrate her 50 year anniversary with her first 2012 voyage. The vessel will depart Beaver Island at 8:20 a.m. and will be making her way through the Pine River Channel for a Charlevoix arrival about 10:30 a.m.

To celebrate the M/V Beaver Islander 's 50 year anniversary, in the month of June, the Beaver Island Boat Company will provide a free one-way passenger ticket to anyone who is celebrating their 50 year wedding anniversary or who was born in 1962. The passenger must provide a valid photo ID with birth date or a marriage certificate.

The Beaver Islander was built in 1962 by Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. out of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin for service to Beaver Island. She is 95 feet in length, 27 feet wide, draws 8 feet with a top speed of 13.5 knots and a maximum capacity of 172 passengers and 10 vehicles. From 1962 to 1997 the Beaver Islander was the primary Beaver Island ferry. Although her work load has been lightened by the M/V Emerald Isle , this season she will still service the island for about 68 round trips! Be sure to check the schedule to ride this classic ferry!

From the CCSD

As Memorial weekend and summer approaches Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider would like to remind boaters of a change in the age requirements for operating personal watercraft (PWCs). Beginning October 2011, a person under the age of 16 shall not operate a personal watercraft on the waters of this state unless the person is not less than 14 years of age and 1of the following circumstances applies:

(a) The person is riding the personal watercraft with his or her parent or guardian or an individual 21 years of age or older designated by the parent or guardian.

(b) The person is operating or riding a personal watercraft at a distance of not more than 100 feet from his or her parent or guardian or an individual 21 years of age or older designated by the parent or guardian.

Michigan requires anybody born after December 31, 1978 to have a boating safety certificate to operate a personal watercraft.

Sheriff Schneider would like to see everyone have a fun and safe boating season. Charlevoix County will be teaching four boating safety courses this summer if anyone is interested in obtaining their boater's safety certificate. You can go to the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office website http://www.charlevoixcounty. org/sheriff.asp for a schedule of classes.

Mute Swan Presentation, Bike Trails, and Garden Island Indian Cemetary

At the Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee meeting tonight, May 21,2012, there were three presentations lasting just over an hour all together. These presentations included the mute swan presentation that basically showed the invasive species designation, and how to tell the invasive from the native swans. The second presentation was a short presentation and discussion about designating some trails on Beaver Island as bike trails. The third presentation was an introduction to the Indian Cemetary on Garden Island and the destruction taking place.

Video of all three presentations can be viewed HERE

Waste Management Meeting of May 15, 2012

The minutes were approved after an introduction of the four committee members present to the Recycling Committee members from Charlevoix. Don Welke gave his manager's report, and Ed Troutman discussed the increases and additions to the fee schedule. The Point Of Sale computer is in place and working. Credit accounts for 23 of 33 have been completed. a presentation was made by the members of the Recycling Committee from Charlevoix and discussions on recycle items were discussed including a scheduling of a June 4 and 5 Household Hazardous Materials collection on the island.

Watch the video HERE

Visit the Charlevoix Recycling Website for more information

Spring Open House Saturday, June 2nd from 10am - 4pm

Everyone is invited to visit the participating business's and sign up for drawings at each location. Prizes include gift certificates, merchandise, event tickets, etc., and the more places you visit, the more chances you have to win! Pick up your map at the Community Center on or before June 2nd, and look for posters around town for any last minute changes.

Locations of each business will be listed using letters of the alphabet, but you can start and end anywhere you like. We can't wait to see you!

A Livingstone Studio *New work from all the artists and jewelry designers, gifts in every price range*

B The Beaver Island Toy Museum *Confusion at it's best & abundance in plastic*

C The Beaver Island Boat Shop *Watch artisans at work on a variety of new cherry wood products*

D Beaver Island Studio and Gallery *Visit Lois Stipp's new gallery, next door to the Boat Shop*

E Shipwreck Shirts *Come see our new scarves, bags and other fashionable items*

F The Blue Pearl *Celebrate Dads and Grads with little lovelies from The Blue Pearl*

G The Community Center *Pick up Spring Open House maps and check out our new brochure listing this seasons events*

H The Shamrock Bar and Restaurant *

I Powers Do It Best Hardware *Pruning demonstrations with Barb Rahn*

J Flat Tail Furs *Visit us at our new location next to Daddy Franks, and see our line of fur products and jewelry*

K Daddy Franks *View our newly renovated restaurant and kitchen spaces*

L Sticks, Stones, Feathers and Bones *(At Montaage) 1-4pm Air plants and mini-gardens*

M Island Artisans * Come and see our new look*

N Stoney Acre Grill and Pub *Great food at great prices*

O Beaver Island Gardens *Great selections of all your summer favorites*

BICS Announces Class of 2012 Graduates

(Photo by Frank Solle)

2012 Graduates:

Jenna Battle- Salutatorian

Jamie Campbell

Agustust Connaghan

Matthew Cull

Brighid Gillespie-Cushman

Kaylyn Jones

Dan LaFreniere

William Lemmink

Brogan Maudrie

Michael McCafferty

Olivia Schwartzfisher-Valedictorian

Baroque on Beaver 2012 Program Announced

Principal Conductor Robert Nordling and Choral Director Kevin Simons have announced plans for this year's Baroque on Beaver Classical Music Festival, which will take place on the island from July 24 to July 29. As in the past, concerts will feature music for orchestra, chorus, chamber groups and soloists, and the repertoire will include not only Baroque music but also selections from a variety of composers and styles.

The benefit concert on Tuesday, July 24, will feature The Choral Scholars from Grand Rapids, a group of eight talented graduates of Calvin College who perform throughout Michigan. They specialize in music of the early Baroque and Renaissance. Joining them will be Fitah Rasendrahasina, the young tenor from Madagascar who brought the audience to its feet when he sang at last summer's Night at the Opera.

Several changes in the program for this summer are the results of requests from festival goers and musicians. As the Conductor noted, “Musicians and audiences continue to play an important role in shaping our schedule and our repertoire.” Many people missed having a concert at the Biological Station; this summer on Wednesday, July 25, Baroque on Beaver will return to CMU for an evening of chamber music. This year the full Festival Chorus and Orchestra will perform on Saturday evening, July 28, at the Parish Hall. The concert, entitled “ Americana,” will include Copland's “Appalachian Spring” and choral selections from the Civil War era.

Robert Nordling is particularly excited about “The Soldier's Tale” by Stravinsky, which will be performed Thursday evening, July 26, at the Community Center. The mixed-media piece, based on an old Russian folk tale, features very demanding parts for seven solo instruments and three narrators, one of whom will be Beaver Island poet Robert Cole. The combination of the elements of neo-classicism and jazz, and the story-telling about a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil is, according to Robert, “sure to thrill the audience!”

On Friday night, July 27, soloists and chorus members will join the orchestra to present pieces by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Schubert and Vaughan Williams. The afternoon concert on Sunday, July 29, will feature Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony and the Baroque on Beaver traditional finale, “A Gaelic Blessing” by John Rutter. Audience members will be invited to join the orchestra and chorus to sing this closing piece in the Festival. Anyone who is on the island during the Festival week can also look forward to hearing the Beaver Brass Quintet and other ensembles performing at various times and locations around town. Continuing another tradition of Baroque on Beaver, all events will be free, except for the opening night benefit concert. Baroque on Beaver has recently added a Facebook page and has updated its website: www.baroqueonbeaver.org . Be sure to check these sites for further information. Then mark your calendar and invite your friends to enjoy a fantastic week of beautiful music in a gorgeous island setting.


Week 2 Men's Golf League

1 6 Bob E. & Ron M. 46 13 31 92 46.00
2 4 John-Doug 37 13 27 75 37.50
3 9 Rob & Dan 38 8 22 76 38.00
4 1 Ron W. & Bob S. 36 12 20 78 39.00
5 10 Frank & John 37 12 20 80 40.00
6 7 Ivan & Buck 38 13 19 81 40.50
7 11 Travis & Gerald 40 7 19 81 40.50
8 12 Ron S. & David 46 7 19 88 44.00
9 3 Francis & Larry 45 7 18 92 46.00
10 8 Howard & Joe 37 8 17 79 39.50
11 5 Chuck & Ernie 35 13 15 78 39.00
12 2 Jeff & Ryan 36 7 13 79 39.50

Museum Week Schedule

Although this information is pushed together to get as much information as possible in as little space as necessary, it looks as if the week called Museum Week on Beaver Island will be full of interesting sessions.Monday, July 16, 2012, beginsthis week with Antje Price, the Protar Lady, out at the Protar Home from 1-3 p.m., followed in the evening with Music on the Porch beginning at 7:30 p.m. Kathy Speck will be the Master of Ceremonies. Remember to bring a chair as the evening is usually crowded in the road in front of the Print Shop Museum.

Tuesday find the CMU's Great Lakes Research Station open for tours out in the former USCG Boathouse. Tours will take place all day with Don Uzarski, the Biological Station's director. Pinky Harmon will be running the Bingo games that are scheduled at 7 p.m., Tuesday evening at the Holy Cross Parish Hall.

Wednesday begins the three day Art Show at the Gregg Fellowship Center including a weaver, spinner, and a new book from noon until five,. Wednesday is also the a day of Island archeology beginning at the Boyle Farm and ending with a presentation "Everything you want to know about Island archeology by Deb Rotman."

Thursday is a field trip for children with Jim Gillingham, The art show continues, followed by a 2 p.m. presentation on the South Fox Lighthouse. The evening will have "Biological Discoveries of the Little Traverse Band" with Bill Parsons.

Friday is the last day of the Art Show at the Gregg Fellowship Center. The Protar Home is again open from 1-3 p.m. with Antje Price. A CMU-TV film will be shown at 4:30 p.m. The evening brings a presentation of "What's Down There?" showcasing the underwater adventures of Ross Richardson in Lake Michigan,.

Saturday is the Pet Show at the Print Shop Museum plus all day there will be a "Demonstration of Blacksmithing Skill" at the Heritage Park. The evening will be the "Hey, Smith," a presentation of the art and life of modern artists-blacksmiths with Lance Olson and friends.

Sunday ends Museum Week with "The Dennis Banks Film Project" with Dennis Banks and Darren James.


Thanks to the careful planning, propagating, and caring over the winter, Heidi Vigill (BI Gardens) has put into the ground a new section of the Welllness Garden. Her Peace Garden, honoring our Angels in White (BI Hospice), and in memory of those they served with such love and devotion over the years, has come to fruition with the help of some of our gardening committee: Connie Wojan, Dana D'Andraia, Mary Jean Pike and Leonor Jacobson.
The beautiful pear tree, peonies, roses, as well as various perennials are provided by Heidi. She also will incorporate Ruth Igoe's white irises, Joyce Runberg's white phlox, Joyce Erber's shasta daisies and Joanne Cashman's white roses. Future plantings will also include hydrangeas from Jeff Powers, and annuals from Denise McDonough's and Cherl's flower sales. How nice to have the cooperation of many islanders on this project. Stop by and see what we have going on. Jim Wojan has dropped off the mulch, the Lighthouse schoolkids have spread it , as well as several CMU Masters students. The BICS Rangers are also prepping the Fairy Garden this week for your enjoyment. Things are growing in our Wellness Garden!!


Join in the July 4th Parade on Beaver Island.! Come in costume: we also welcome butterflies, fairy flowers, princes and princesses, as well as a few bunnies, frogs and snails! Young ones must be accompanied by adults. You will be lead through the parade route for as long as you'd like to walk (or bikeride) by a special leader . A banner will be hoisted by two more mature walkers . We encourage local school kids as well as visiting children, to
join in the fun! Support the Fairy Garden and have a good time doing it on July 4th. More information or questions call Leonor 448-2894.

AMVETs Post #46 Sets More Bricks at Memorial

Beginning at 9 am on Saturday, May 12, 2012, the AMVETs began the work on setting 60 more bricks at the Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial. There were some very emotional points in this process. A father setting a brick for his fallen hero son and a friend setting a brick for a fallen hero friend. This job was not easy to watch as the tears filled the eyes and the workers continued to work. This Veteran's Memorial will be used for the Memorial Day Service, so the bricks need to be in place before Memorial Day.

Here is a video of the veterans setting the bricks.

View from behind the memorial

Three of the special bricks placed next to one another....

Peaine Township Board Meeting

Link to Video HERE

The Peaine Township Board took care of several appointments to the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Commision, as well as approved the Codification of the Zoning Ordinance. Jack Gallagher reported that Verizon wants to replace the cell phone tower on Kings Highway, install another tower, and provide 4G service to the Island. CCE 911 Dispatch wishes to place equipment on the East Side Tower. The Board approved posting for bids on the township hall furnace as well. There was a somewhat lengthy discussion about when items needed to be submitted for inclusion in the written agenda. The Board agree that submission should be submitted one week in advance of the meeting to allow for processing and inclusion as well as posting of the meeting agenda online and in several places around town.

Invasive Species Summit, June 14, 2012

At Beaver Island Community Center from 2 pm to 5 pm

Sponsored by the Beaver Island Association

The purpose of this meeting is to inform you of the dangers of invasive species, how to control them and their negative impact on outdoor activities, real estate values, the island economy and our environment. Invasive plants are spreading on almost all private and public lands on our island archipelago. The Beaver Island Association has gathered great speakers to help island property owners understand Invasives and the threats they present, watch for weekly bio postings.

? Invasive plants can decrease your ability to enjoy hunting, fishing, mushroom collecting, bird watching, and other recreational pursuits.

? Invasive plants, if left unchecked, will limit many uses of our islands now and for future generations.

? Invasive plants can harm the natural heritage of our wetlands, fields, forests, lakes, and rivers.

? The longer we wait, the more expensive it will be to control invasive plants.

You can be a part of the solution by learning about Beaver Island's invasive plants and taking action to prevent their spread.

To Register (this will help us have a more accurate idea of expected attendance) , please email your Name, Address , Affiliation or Organization (if applicable) and Phone number to: Beaverislandassocaition@gmail.com ( ONLY ONE NAME OR MARRIED COUPLE PER REGISTRATION PLEASE)

Violin Happenings

Irish Fiddle Violin Workshop

July 5th and 6th

In front of the little green house on Kings Highway…

This workshop is being sponsored by the Glen McDonough Memorial Fund. Trae McMaken will be instructing students for two sessions per day – morning and afternoon.

Details to follow.

Glen McDonough Mem. Concert

July 7th 7pm

In front of the little green house on Kings Highway…

Music on the Porch

Monday, July 16th

Music on the Porch begins at 7:30 p.m. on the Print Shop Porch

(Rain location is the Holy Cross Hall)

Private Lessons

Ms. Sheri will be offering private lessons this summer during summer school weeks. Details in the near future…

Tax Payer Contributions by Township

This comparison chart is being presented for clarity:

Comparison of taxes paid by St. James and Peaine Taxpayers for Joint Projects for $80,000 Taxable Value

Funded agency

St. James taxpayer pays

Peaine taxpayer pays

St. James taxpayer pays approximately this much more

BI Fire Department

.9643 x 80,000 = $77.14 .6637 x 80,000 = $53.10


BI Rural Health Center

2.000 x 80,000 =$160.00

2.000 x 80,000 = $160.00

same amount

BI Airport

0.9014 x 80,000 = $72.11

0.6204 x 80,000 = $49.63


BI Transfer Station

1.4464 x 80,000 = $115.71

0.9955 x 80,000 = $79.64


BI Emergency Medical Svc

0.9948 x 80,000 = $79.58

0.6847 x 80,000 = $54.78


BI Historical Society

0.2347 x 80,000 = $18.78

0.1615 x 80,000 = $12.92


Two editorials on this subject by Joe Moore:

Equity in Tax Bills

How Serious is the Inequity

The information below is reprinted from a previous editorial on Beaver Island News on the 'Net by Joe Moore:

Peaine Township Millage Rates Set

The millage rates for the two townships are presented here for the joint operations, and you can draw your own conclusions based upon this side by side comparison:

Millage rates in the two townships for jointly funded operations

Funded agency

St. James millage

Peaine millage

BI Fire Department



BI Rural Health Center



BI Airport



BI Transfer Station



BI Emergency Medical Svc



BI Historical Society



St James pays 6.5316 mills and Peaine pays 5.1258 mills for jointly funded operations.

St. James taxpayers pay 1.4058 mills more than Peaine taxpayers for jointly funded operations.

Why should a St. James Township property owner have to pay more tax dollars for jointly funded operations than any Peaine Township property owner?

It takes a lower millage rate to raise the same amount of dollars in Peaine Township because the Peaine Township SEV is higher than the St. James Township SEV. It does not take a statistical analysis to see a statistically significant difference in these jointly funded millage rates. An individual taxpayer in St. James Township is paying more to support these jointly funded operations than an individual taxpayer in Peaine Township.

St. James individual taxpayers are paying between 31.17% and 45.28% higher taxes for the jointly funded operations.

At this Special Peaine Township Meeting of March 31, 2012, Bill Markey suggested that perhaps St. James Township should decrease their millages instead of having Peaine increase their millages for joint projects. This certainly will not work since the amount of money raised by St. James Township is just matched by Peaine Township, so the inequity of individual taxpayers will just continue. If St. James decreased its funding, Peaine would just match that decrease. If this cycle continued, the organizations trying to provide services to Beaver Island would eventually have no money to fulfill their mission.

It is Joe Moore's position that any jointly funded accounts should be taxed equally based upon equal millage, so that each Beaver Island taxpayer is paying the same amount of millage tax for the jointly funded operations. Joe Moore's request made at the Special Meeting of March 31, 2012, was to have the Peaine Township Board reflect and consider the fairness of these tax rates for jointly funded operations.

Equity in Tax Bills

Why should a St. James Township property owner have to pay more tax dollars for jointly funded operations than any Peaine Township property owner?

How Serious is the Inequity

Consultant Report Available

The Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS was presented to both St. James and Peaine Townships at their meetings in August. This feasibility evaluation was completed by a consultant Michael Slattery to eliminate any misunderstandings and to provide the information for BIEMS and the two townships to move forward. This report is many pages long, but Beaver Island News on the 'Net believes that it is important enough to post the entire document including all of the legislation that pertains to this issue. You may view this report by clicking on the link below.

Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

Update: 2/19/11---This video has had 108 viewings in the months of January and February so far. We hope that the views are getting the importance of having an air ambulance on Beaver Island and ready to go for the emergencies that have occurred here. It is obvious that ill and injured people are searching out other methods of transport since the transports for 2010 were down 50% compared to the last four years. While part of the cause is the depressed economy, the other part is the concern of being transported to the mainland and having a huge bill for that transport. BINN will continue to have this video available until something gets resolved with this issue. Comments so far: "You must be very proud of your son for doing this excellent video." "We never realized that this was still an issue." "Wow, a very important issue that seems to have been put on the back burner for too long. It's a burning issue."

Beaver Island has two flight services, and neither of them are currently certified or licensed to transport emergency patients from Beaver Island to the mainland. We thank the crews of the USCG helicopters for coming to do medical evacuations. We thank the flight services that have helped us get patients to the mainland for the last seven years and before. We thank Northflight for providing this service as well.

While a lot of things have changed over the last 7 years including a new school, a new executive director of EMS, new township supervisors,and new rural health center board members, there is one thing that has not changed.

Beaver Island does not have an FAA Certified Air Ambulance that is licensed by the State of Michigan.

When Phillip Michael Moore made this video as a Master's degree project, no one would have guessed that seven years later Beaver Island would still not have achieved this goal.

Please take the time to view the video. Please take some time to think about this, and then start asking some questions about how this can be resolved.

Beaver Island News on the 'Net Presents "32 Miles of Water" in its final form (28.5 minutes). The previously video, viewed here, was a slightly shortened version. The video is in high quality, but is still streaming video.