B. I. News on the 'Net, May 30-June 5, 2011

Danielle N. Rafferty, 24, Dies

April 17, 1987 - June 01, 2011 Danielle N. Rafferty of Waterford was born on April 17, 1987 in Pontiac, Michigan to Daniel and Vera (nee: Nicklin) Rafferty and died June 1, 2011 at age 24.

Danielle is survived by her beloved parents, Dan and Vera Rafferty. She is the loving sister of Derek (Kattie) Rafferty. Aunt of Emma, Nick, and Mya. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral mass from St. Patrick Catholic Church 9086 Hutchins Rd. (At Union Lake Rd.) Monday 11 AM (In state 10 AM). Friends may visit Lynch & Sons Funeral Home 340 Pontiac Trail Walled Lake (3 Blks. S. of Maple Rd.) Saturday 5-9 PM and Sunday 2-9 PM.

Uproar at Barney's Lake

The mute swans were herding their hatchlings very close to the adults, although they could not be heard on the north end of Barney's Lake. You could certainly hear the loons' warning calls about one call every three or four minutes. The loons also were down at the far end of the lake barely visible through a zoomed in camera lens. The loons' calls continue for almost 15 minutes before the predator flew from one side of the cove to the other. Now, at least, there was some explanation for the distress calls. What kind of predatory bird was harassing the mute swans and the loons? With all the leaves on the trees, there was no way to identify the predator. Then, all of a sudden, with no known reason, the predatory bird headed down the length of the lake, possible tired of the hunt for a swan hatching or bigger birds.

The adult eagle flew the length of the lake.

Then, again without any notice, a younger eagle also flew from the cove following the adult eagle. It was pretty obvious what all the uproar was about at Barney's Lake after seeing these two predators flying away.

The younger eagle followed the adult.

Nesting on Sloptown Road

With several watchers being very concerned about the lack of ospreys in the nest on top of the microwave tower, a sign of relief may finally be exhaled because the osprey having been reinforcing the nest over the last week and are finally in the nest. One osprey stays in the nest while the other goes off fishing. The lone osprey on the nest was calling the mate over and over again with no response. This is much like the stereotype of a wife nagging the husband to do something and get it done NOW! The osprey in the nest flapped and called to no avail!

Oblivious to the calls of his/her mate, the osprey appears in the air soaring and flying in every increasing circles beginning twenty feet off the ground and increasing in height with each circle. This mate is like a human male responding with the "I'm getting there and look what I've got. There isn't another osprey that has any better catch that I have."

OoooooKaaaay... I'm coming!

Are you happy now?

A little farther down the road closer to the intersection of Sloptown and Kings Highway, these sandhills appeared to be involved in a romantic dance. It may not have been anything of the kind, but that's what it looked like. Both sandhills were taking turns moving in circles around the other. Pretty fascinating to watch!

New Outhouse at Fox Lake Public Access and Boat Launch

Nearly complete, a new outhouse is being built by township employee Darrell Butler, assisted by Beaver Island Parks and Trails Chairman Doug Tilly. The Parks and Trails Committee received approval for this project in late 2010. This outhouse will be ADA compliant. The Parks and Trails Committee hopes to obtain approval for two additional outhouses at Cable Creek Bridge and Greens Lake Access.

Ladies Golf Tournament, July 16, 2011

There is a golf tournament registration deadline of July 8, 2011, for this golf tournament. The fee for the tournament is $20.00 which includes a catered lunch at the Beaver Island Golf Course. The event will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. There will also be a putting contest. If you are interested, please include your stroke average for nine holes of golf, and send a check to Sharon Scamehorn, P.O. Box 193, Beaver Island, MI 49782. Non-members will also have to pay green fees on the day of the event. If you have any questions, please contact Jean Carpenter at 448-2893 or Sharon Scamehorn at 449-2641

New Visitor to Carlisle Road

Here is an interesting new visitor to the Kings Highway-Carlisle Road area. At least it's the first time that this bird has been captured with a camera. The lack of a resident ornithologist makes this identification less that perfectly accurate, but the amateur has decided that this is a Northern Flicker. Unlike most other woodpeckers, Northern Flickers are principally ground feeders, though they also forage on tree trunks and limbs. They have a strongly undulating flight pattern, and they can be easily identified in flight by this pattern and their prominent white rumps. Their whinny call sounds somewhat like laughter. They also give a distinctive call that is often transcribed as klee-yer. Northern Flickers feed principally on ants but also take other insects and some fruit, seeds, and berries.

If this has been misidentified, please do not hesitate to correct this. Please email to medic5740@gmail.com

Summer Fun and Summer Learning at BICS

A 21st Century Summer

This is a WORD document.

2011 Summer School

This is a WORD document

St. James Township Meeting, 6/1/11

The St. James Township Meeting was called to order by Supervisor Rick Speck at 7:30 p.m. on June 1, 2011.

You can view video of this meeting HERE

New Proposed Documents for

Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee

View the unapproved document for the resolution HERE

View the unapproved document for the By-laws HERE

These documents were made public and passed out at the St. James Township Meeting above.

"In Fisherman" TV Crew Shooting On Beaver Island

A producer, a camera person and an underwater camera specialist completed shooting for a television segment featuring Beaver Island fishing today ( 6-2-11 ). After a couple of cool windy days the final day was a winner.In Fisherman TV is one of the most popular outdoor sports shows in the nation. More can be found here: www.in-fisherman.com . The segment featuring Beaver Island will air later this year. Hosting the crew were Indigo Guide Service and Oakwoods Condominiums – Larry and Teresa Laurain.

Glen McDonough Memorial Concert

The 3rd Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert is being held on Saturday, July 9, 2911, at 7 pm at its normal location of 37670 Kings Highway. All donations from the concert will go to the Glen McDonough Memorial Music Schalarship Fund for several musicians. This announcement is from Eleanor, Patrick, and Jenny McDonough, who can be contacted by mail at 301 May St., Charlevoix, Michigan 49720, or by phone at 231-547-6722

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!

We post school events, religious events, sports events, visiting minister events, and many other events including musical events, special events, and even regularly scheduled events. At the very least, the event will go on the Community Calendar, so others won't schedule something at the exact day and time of your event. Imagine the following:

Two well known and exceptional fundraising events are scheduled on the same day. How sad for those who work so hard to raise funds for a good cause.

This can be avoided by sending your dates to BINN,. You can send them by postal mail, email, or even call the editor at 448-2416. Email medic5740@gmail.com

Island Treasures Resale Shop News

"When are you going to be open more?" 
Well, we are going to try to respond to this request starting on June 14, 2011. Our hours will remain the same, noon until 4:00. We will be open Tuesday through Saturday with a great crew of volunteers. This ambitious schedule is a bit of a leap of faith, so if you are interested in helping out, please stop in to sign up.

We have many interesting things for sale- baby stroller, new window shades , kitchen wares, beautiful clothing ( some new with tags), a poker/dining table, German crystal lamp, and much more. 

Thank you for your generous donations that benefit our Fire Department. 

I would also like to thank the faithful winter volunteers who worked during the "slow"days to keep our shop a cheery winter destination. 

Donna Stambaugh

Forest View Apartments Nears Completion

Video Walk Through on 5/31/11


Pictures of Walk Through on 5/31/11

Sign out front

View of the front, vinyl siding not completed yet

Communal Areas and hallway and community kitchenette

One Bedroom Aparatment:

Kitchen and bathroom

Living Room

Office in communal area and hallway outside one bedroom apartment

Two Bedroom Apartment

Entryway has closet.....Kitchen from entrance......Living room.......Looking back at kitchen

Bedroom #1...........Bedroom #2

Bathroom off Bedroom #2

Floor plan of the entire building (large view)

Floor plan of just the common areas (large view)

Floor plan of one bedroom apartment

Forest View Apartments Wish List


1 Computer

1 Printer

Common Area

1 42” wall mount HD TV

3 round dining tables

12 dining chairs

1 couch

2 loveseats

2 coffee tables

3 upholstered chairs

4 end tables

1 game table

2 game table chairs

Art Work from local artists

Donations are requested. Please contact Connie Wojan for further information. The cash donations will be used to purchase these items new.


Music/Specials/Pizza /Sunday Dinner @ Stoney

Stoney/Danny's Summer Music Schedule 2011

F-May 27, Danny, Danny & Cindy S-May 28, Danny & Danny

F- June 3, Jason & Nick S-June 4, Jason & Nick

F-June 10, Flight Squadron Yon

T-June 16, DJ Tom

F-July 1, Danny, Danny, & Cindy S-July 2, Danny & Danny

M-July 4, Boyne City Remedy

T-July 7, DJ Tom

F-July 8, The Folk Ups

T-July 21, DJ Tom

F-July 22, The Folk Ups

F-July 29, Flight Squadron Yon S-July 30, Flight Squadron Yon

F-Aug 5, Jason & Nick S- Aug 6, Jason & Nick

T-Aug 11, DJ Tom

F-Aug 12, Boyne City Remedy S-Aug 13, Boyne City Remedy

F- Aug 19, The Folk Ups

F-Aug 26, Flight Squadron Yon S-Aug 27, Flight Squadron Yon

* Rigormortis and Paul Lamb too…dates to be set yet J

Please join us for some GREAT tunes Music starts at 9pm

Thursday June 2 , Stoney's Famous Baby Back BBQ Ribs
Friday June 3, Yellow Lake Perch AND Live Music with Jason & Nick
Saturday June 4, More Live Music with Jason & Nick 9-close
Sunday June 5 , Jim's PIZZA this Sunday from 4-9... AND then we're open for Stoney Dinner every Sunday
through the Summer 5-9pm. And as always, Danny's Pub will have Happy Hour all day & Our Complimentary Hot Dog Buffet will still be available.
Thank You for your Patronage!
Enjoy a Safe & Happy Summer!
Our best to you,
Liam & Marilyn


Beaver Island Memorial Service

The community gathered together at the Beaver Island Veterans' Park, instead of the previous location at Holy Cross Church, to thank all the veterans and to honor all vetereans. What a wonderful day and a wonderful service it was!

Bob Tidmore began the service with these words:

"We want to thank all those here for attending the first formal ceremony at the Beaver Island Veterans Park . If you are interested in purchasing a brick for a veteran or a brick to support the park please see myself or others after the ceremony. We want to acknowledge and thank all those men and women currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States and especially those serving in harms way. We are honored to have a number of active duty personnel from Beaver Island and we all wish them the best and pray for their safe return to the USA and their families. At this time our Chaplin Bob Hoogendoorn has some comments and then will lead us in a prayer. After that Alvin Laferniere will read the names of those individuals from Beaver Island who gave their life in service to their country. We will close with the the playing of Taps. Thanks again for coming."

Bob Hoogendoorn read two sciptures and then a poem.

Alvin LaFreniere spoke about the Islanders who had died in service to their country, telling the names and a short history of how and when each had died as well as their age.

Then with all veterans at attention and present arms, Taps was played on a new bugle by Bob Hoogendoorn.

Bob Tidmore dismissed the AMVETs and the crowd was invited to come up and look at the bricks that had been placed in this memorial park.

God Bless OUR Veterans!

Three American flags were flown this weekend!

Video of Entire Service

(about 12 minutes)



Outdoor Writers Visit A Big Success

By Steve West

The national outdoor writers visit was a “HOME RUN” for Beaver Island according to Indigo Guide Kevin Morlock. The quote below is just the tip of the PR berg. Much more will follow in print and on the internet.

Kirk Deeter – Field & Stream says on his Blog ….. “Located in the northern waters of Lake Michigan , Beaver Island is home to some remarkable smallmouth bass fishing . But we were there to explore the flats fishing. And (I kid you not) I would rate the flats action on Beaver Island with any other flats experience in America . Yes, that also includes Florida , Louisiana , Texas , Nantucket , Hawaii ... it's absolutely insane around Beaver Island .”


The level of praise we heard from these guys (6) for Beaver Island and outdoor sports opportunity was over the top! They plan to return. - Well done Indigo Guides and Chamber of Commerce partners

NEWS FLASH - In Fisherman TV just arrived. (5-31-11 / AM)


Gail's Walk on May 29, 2011

1st "Gail's Walk"

The reporters were not made aware of the change in the route for the "Walk." This was a new route. This route started at the public beach, went up the church hill, and turned left. The route took a right turn at Ed Wojan's subdivision back towards the Brothers' Place. The trip through the subdivision left the outlet on Donegal Bay Road. The walkers and runners were to take the bike path out to the St. James Campground, do a turn around, and head back into town on the bike path. This distance was meant to be 5K.

Taken at the subdivision intersection with Donegal Bay Road

Shortly after, these were coming back from the campground.

At the finish line with the three leaders.

Video of the start, the intersection, and the leaders heading home.


Another Returning Hero

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

Charlie Filipse coming down the ramp steps

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

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

Welcome to Beaver Island, Charlie Filipse!

Video Clips of Charlie Filipse arrival on Beaver Island


Hummers, Finches, and Other Visitors

Everyone had different ideas of what entertainment is. Imagine this 60+ year old editor sitting on his front deck waiting and watching the bird feeders. No, boredom was not the issue. No, there is plenty of other work to be done. No, the golf course was not too busy for a tee time. Just fascination with birds of any kind is the issue, predators, non-predators, and just about anything that flies into the field of vision. This is a short version of the two hours of watching the feeders. Of course, the cameras were inside when the Baltimore Orioles landed on the feeder, but you can't sit there all afternoon. Orioles are pretty skittish, so you have to sit very still and move very slowly, but finally a snapshot was taken.


The fact of the matter is that all of us were too tired after doing yard work all day to do much else except vegetate. Beautiful birds, satisfying afternoon!

Video of Hummers and Finches


Memorial Holiday Weekend

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

Early picture of the crowd meeting the boat

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

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

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

Enjoy your stay! Don't forget your luggage!

Memorial Weekend Begins!

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


Beaver Island History Adventure


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

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



Watering the Grass at the AMVETs Veteran's Memorial Park

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

Father Pat's Photo Book

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

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

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

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

Men's Golf League Begins

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

1 7 Ivan & Buck 37 15 15 37 37.00
2 9 Rob & Dan 37 14 14 37 37.00
3 10 Frank & John 45 13 13 45 45.00
4 5 Chuck & Ernie 37 12 12 37 37.00
5 8 Howard & Joe 39 12 12 39 39.00
6 1 Ron & Bob 39 8 8 39 39.00
7 4 Larry & Joe 38 8 8 38 38.00
8 3 Francis & Larry 46 7 7 46 46.00
9 2 Jeff & Ryan 39 6 6 39 39.00
10 6 Bob & Ron 45 5 5 45 45.00
TEAM #8 BEAT TEAM #1 12-8
TEAM #9 BEAT TEAM #2 14-6
TEAM #10 BEAT TEAM #3 13-7
TEAM #5 BEAT TEAM #4 12-8
TEAM #7 BEAT TEAM #6 15-5
1 10 Frank & John 38 15 28 83
2 9 Rob & Dan 40 12 26 77
3 7 Ivan & Buck 40 10 25 77
4 8 Howard & Joe 35 8 20 74
5 5 Chuck & Ernie 39 7 19 76
6 1 Ron & Bob 42 10 18 81
7 2 Jeff & Ryan 35 12 18 74
8 6 Bob & Ron 39 13 18 84
9 3 Francis & Larry 44 8 15 90
10 4 Larry & Joe 42 5 13 80
TEAM #1 TIED TEAM #7 10-10
TEAM #2 BEAT TEAM #8 12-8
TEAM #9 BEAT TEAM #3 12-8
TEAM #10 BEAT TEAM #4 15-5
TEAM #6 BEAT TEAM #5 13-7


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

2011 Car Raffle is a Chevy Cruze   

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

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

Mute Swan Still on Nest

As of Saturday evening, the mute swan is still on the nest. No eggs have hatched yet.

CMU Group Produces Music Video

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

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

Access Video HERE

Life Line Screening

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

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

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

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

These medical tests are all important for our older residents to have, but the recommendation is to have them through your family physician or hospital. Another letter came in the mail on Friday from the same place. Interesting that the mailers did not know that the event on the island was canceled.

Special Waste Management Committee Meeting

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

Video of the WMC Meeting


AMVETS Breakfast on Sunday, May 29, 2011

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

Over two hundred residents and visitors ate breakfast on Sunday morning according to Bob Tidmore. A very successful breakfast for the AMVETS, Post 46, who use this fundraiser to help veterans and provide scholarships for the graduates of the Beaver Island Community School . Bob Tidmore thanks all who attended to support the veterans.

First pictures of the morning breakfast, then pictures of some of the workers.

Welcome to the veteran's breakfast, Charlie!

Video of AMVETS Breakfast


Memorial Day Celebration

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

AMVETS Flying Three American Flags for Memorial Day Weekend

Senior Dinner, May 22, 2011

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

Short Video Clip Pan of the Dinner


Spring Serenade 2, May 22, 2011

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

Simeon Richards

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

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


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

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


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

Simeon Richards and his mother Sheri Richards


Laura Gibson and Sheri Richards Speak


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

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


Laura Gibson Speaks


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

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


Laura Gibson welcomed everyone and thanked everyone for coming.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is my sermon from the kitchen.

Lois Williams

May 22, 2011

May Library News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This was a trick question because there are actually two of these wind indicators in the harbor area. Yes, one is on the Fogg property and the other is on the Peterson property.

Beaver Island Waste Management Committee Meeting Video

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

Waste Management meeting video HERE

Waste Management Current Agreement of Two Townships

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

2nd Annual Bike Festival

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

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

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

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

Peaine Township Meeting, May 11, 2011

Link to Video of Entire Meeting HERE

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Wildlife Club To Help Finance Food Plots

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

2011 May 14 Airport Commission Meeting Video

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

Video Clips of the Meeting HERE

FAA Air Ambulance Consultant Visits Beaver Island

Facts are facts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sec. 20922.

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

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

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

Sec. 20931.

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

333.20932 Aircraft transport operation; duties; prohibitions.

Sec. 20932.

(1) An aircraft transport operation shall:

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

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

From the current EMS legislation found here:


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

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

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

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

From the current EMS administrative rules found here:


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

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

May 2011 Wildlife Club Meeting Video

Video Clips of the Entire Meeting HERE

Interlochen Public Radio News Radio Now Broadcasting From Harbor Springs

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

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

BICS May 10, 2001, Newsletter

This is a WORD Document

July 4th Parade Theme

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

Travel Costs This Spring

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. James Township Meeting Video, May 4, 2011

The St. James Township Board met on May 4, 2011, with all board members present. The agenda included monthly approval of minutes and bills to be paid. The supervisor had received several pieces of corresondence. Then under Old Business, a resolution was passed authorizing the township to enter into a three-party agreement with the company, the township, and the bank. This agreement was to allow an Installment Purchase Agreement for the rehabilitation of the WWT system septic tank. This resolution was passed unanimously. The appraisals for Whiskey Island and the harbor DNR property were discussed. The appraisal were put on hold for a couple of weeks to allow the approach directly to the DNR to see if this trade could be expedited without the cost of an appraisal. However, the supervisor was empowered to complete the appraisals if required. A position that was not filled on the Planning Commission is to be reposted. Under new business, Heather Cary and Kerry Smith made a presentation to the board about erecting volleyball court on the public beach playground property. A motion was passed to approve this volleyball court with Jim Wojan dissenting.

The suggested location of the volleyball area

It was agreed and a motion passed to post for the assistant harbormaster/ trash pickup/restroom cleaning position. The supervisor was empowered to hire this position after two weeks of posting. The board went into closed session to discussion the airport RPZ property.

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Newsletter, Spring 2011

Michigan Bans Transport of Firewood to Beaver Island Archipelago

And Other Islands

Due to the present absence of the insect, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has banned the transport of hardwood firewood to several locations including the Beaver Island Archipelago. This poster was made by the department to announce this to the visitors to Beaver Island who come by ferry or personal boat. Although Beaver Island is only one of several islands where this is banned, it is obvious that an attempt is being made to prevent the introduction of the emerald ash borer to these locations. The penalty can be quite expensive.

Thanks goes to the previous membership of the NREC and the previous officers of this organization for following up on this important issue.

4th of July Golf Tournament Information

Note time change on this new flier

Beaver Island To Host National Outdoor Writers

Indigo Guide Service and the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce along with Beaver Island Lodge , The Shamrock, Harbor Market, Fresh Air Aviation and the Beaver Island Boat Co will host a group of national outdoor writers in late May.

“This visit has the potential to produce stories that if purchased as advertising would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Chamber Executive Director Steve West. “Flats style fishing for carp is growing in popularity very rapidly and Beaver Island is the finest location in the nation for it. Our members have teamed up and are going all out for this group of writers.”

 “Now it seems that everyone in the outdoor media world has to do everything.  I'm expecting that we will see these guys blogging from the island, creating immediate interest for the 2011 summer,” said Indigo Senior Guide Kevin Morlock. “Then we will see articles and videos from weeks to even a year to follow.”

Matt Dunn Indigo Guide Service Communications Director and Guide provided the following biographical information about the visiting angler / writers:

Kirk Deeter - editor at large for Field and Stream, editor of Angling Trade, co-editor of Field and Stream's Fly Talk blog, frequent contributor to Field and Stream magazine, published three books on fly fishing , contributed to numerous magazines and websites.

Tim Romano - photo editor for Fly Fish Journal, managing editor of Angling Trade, co-editor of Field and Stream's Fly Talk blog, frequent contributor to Field and Stream magazine, featured photographer on MidCurrent.com , his photography has appeared in numerous other magazines and websites including several cover shots.

Will Rice - contributing editor for The Drake magazine, written for the Denver Post, Saltwater Fly Fishing, the Fly Fish Journal, and is a regular contributor to Angling Trade. 

Caleb Reinhold - creator and manager of Fishpornfix.com , very hip and popular fly fishing video blog, fly fishing filmmaker, will be shooting video at Beaver Island .

Jean Paul Lipton - creator and manager of Roughfisher, leading carp fly fishing blog, publishes regularly in US Carp Pro magazine, written for Bloodknot Magazine and others.

“This is a great example of partnering with members to leverage our marketing investment,” said Chamber of Commerce Vice President Rachel Teague. “Field and Stream is America 's premier outdoor sporting magazine. A one page ad cost $125,000. A typical 2-3 page feature story about Beaver Island fishing would exceed in value our Chamber marketing budget for a decade,” said President Kathy Speck.

PHOTO: Indigo Senior Guide Kevin Morlock prepares to release a large carp after a long fly rod battle in the Beaver Archipelago. His boat is equipped much like bone fish guide boats used in the Caribbean .

PHOTO: As the sun sets an Indigo Guide searches for “one more.”

PHOTO: Brent Pike and his son prepare to release an 8 pound small mouth bass. The Indigo Guides think the next Michigan state record smallie swims in Beaver Isle waters.

Computer at District Library Views Eagle's Nest

The Beaver Island District Library Board voted to set up a special computer to be able to view the eagle's nest webcam that is on the Internet. The webcam is set up out in Iowa, and some watched the hatching of the eggs as the new lives began. Now the two eaglets are too big to be hiding under the adults. You too can view our national bird's nesting habits. You can stop by the district library and view it on the twenty-two inch monitor, or you can go online with your own computer and view it at home. You do have to have Adobe Flash installed on your computer in order to view this webcam. Access the website HERE:


Soccer Camp Signup for Summer

Click HERE for the flyer and registration

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

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

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

Official Program of Michigan Archival Association

for June 14 and 15, 2011, Conference HERE

BI Christian Church Resident and Visiting Ministers

June 5: Howard Davis

12: Howard Davis

19: Howard Davis

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

School Website Calendar

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

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Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Fall & Winter Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 9 am - 9pm
Sundays: Closed (except for monthly COA dinners)

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

Community Center Titles and Tickets for 2011

June COA Congregate Meal Menu

June Senior Center Activities

Activities Brochure 1

Activities Brochure 2

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!