B.I. News on the 'Net, May 5-11, 2014

Garden Tour Benefit Planned for July 16th

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

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

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

Hope you can make it this year!!

Jan Paul and Dana D'Andraia  Co-Chairs

The Grandmother I’ve Become

by Cindy Ricksgers

This has nothing to do with the grandmother I am. I’ve been a grandmother for more than twenty-one years.

As evident in this photograph of myself with my daughters and my first grandchild, Michael, I was a young grandmother, just as I had been a young mother.

Not only young, but modern in thought and actions.

When preparing for my first daughter’s arrival, I painted her bassinet bright orange. No mind-numbing pastels for my child!

I was the mother who was also bohemian, defender of good causes, feminist, forward-thinker, hippie, raising children like no others---do you see how young I was??

As a grandmother, I was the woods-walker, snake catcher, story-teller, beach-lover, dune-climber who offered all the wonders of Beaver Island to my grandchildren.

When Mikey was a baby, I kept chickens. One glorious morning, with baby on my hip, we found our first two eggs in the chicken house. By the time his mother woke up, Michael and I had composed an entire bluesy song about it! When he and Brandon were youngsters, I’d pack a book, fruit and snacks and a thermos in the morning, and we’d go to the beach. I’d read and drink coffee while they built amazing structures in the sand. Madeline, Tommy and Patrick have had their share, too, of exploring the woods and fields and sand dunes.

For evenings, there were other activities. I hold firm to the idea that children like foods they help to make, so mealtime has always been a joint project. Like my own Grandma Florence, I taught them how to play "King’s in the Corner." As a nod to my father-in-law, Jack, I taught them how to play poker (complete with his wonderful repartee: “pair of deuces...pair of tens...pair-a-goric”). I kept an art case, for entertainment on rainy days, just as my mother always had.

The "grandmother" I’m referring to is the stereotypical grandmother---you know, the one "I would never become."

I’m referring to the grandmother who has rows of holy cards (from funerals, no less!) lining a mirror...

who has too many little vignettes featuring photos of children and grandchildren...

and doilies....

religious icons---little collections of succulents---and a fat little dog, sleeping wherever she chooses on a loud-patterned piece of furniture (should I say davenport?).


This, alas, is the grandmother I’ve become.

View Cindy's blog HERE

From BI AMVETS Post 46

Meeting Tuesday night at 7:00 St. James Township Hall

Memorial Day Breakfast
Veterans Park Update
Memorial Day Service
Flag Day Ceremony in June

Post 46

USCGC Buckthorn Sets Summer Buoys

USCGC Buckthorn is one of two members of the Bluebell Class of 100ft Inland Construction Tenders in service with the US Coast Guard, and operates as part of the US Coast Guard's 9th District, Sector Sault Ste. Marie. The Buckthorn came to Beaver Island today, May 11, 2014, to replace the ice buoys with the summer buoys, and to reset the channel buoys since the ice had moved one of them a short distance from the yacht dock. (Photos by Phyllis Moore)

The Buckthorn moves into position for the buoy at the harbor mouth.

Getting ready to pull the ice buoy at the point.

Finally the ice buoy is on the deck. Then the summer buoy is placed.

Having left Whiskey Point, it was work moving the channel buoys

Big anchors on the channel buoys pulled the stern down a bit.

Heading home

Buckthorn finishes the buoys in the harbor.

Two short video clips of the Buckthorn working


(video by Phyllis Moore)

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

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

Awaiting a Partner

Another Oral History Interview

Garrett Cole Interviewed by Jim Norgaard


TV 7&4 Visits Beaver Island

A Look Around the New Terminal Building at the Township Airport

The terminal siding being worked on.

Joe Charlevoix and Christina Burkhart

The waiting room centerpiece

The secondary waiting room/meeting room........The north entrance

Elaine West, BIAC Chair provides information about the new building

Ernie Martin looks at blueprints

The new Fresh Air Check-in Desk

Joe Charlevoix poses with the construction crew.

Short video clips of the visit and the building


Beaver Island “Bucket List” feature airs Tuesday, May 13, 2014 on 7&4 TV
Thank you Island Airways, Shamrock, Don Uzarski, Bill Cashman & Elaine West

Oral History Interviews

There was a Beaver Island Historical Society Museum project with Robert Cole as interviewer. These are presented with the permission of the Museum Director Bill Cashman. These two interviews are presented in their entirety as they were recorded by the interviewer.

Link to Glen Felixson interview at the Model Boat Shop

Link to Glen Felixson interview at the Yacht Dock

St. James Township Board Meeting, May 7, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video for this meeting HERE

B. I. National Day of Prayer Service

Thursday at Noon

Update: Approximately thirty people gathered at Holy Cross Church to celebrate this special Beaver Island Day of Prayer. This was a wonderful gathering of all members of all the churches on Beaver Island for a common goal. If you missed it, think about placing this event in your calendar for next year, and thank Pat Nugent for his efforts in organizing this.

The Beaver Island National Day of Prayer Service is tomorrow, Thursday, May 8. It will be held at the flagpole at Holy Cross Church. If the weather does not cooperate, we will move inside the Church. The service will last approximately 30-minutes. Here is our program:

Opening Prayer: Patrick Nugent, Coordinator

Pledge of Allegiance: Bill Haggard, Township Supervisor

God Bless America: Lead by Kathy Speck, Beaver Island Christian Church

Prayer for our Government Leaders: John Works, St. James Episcopal Church

Prayer for our Churches: Fr. Jim Doherty, Holy Cross Church

Prayer for our Educators: Joe Moore, Lifelong Teacher

Prayer for our Military: Alvin LaFreniere, Beaver Island AmVets

Prayer for Families: Jean Kinsley, Beaver Island Friends of Veterans

Prayer for Personal Renewal and Moral Awakening: Bob Hoogendoorn, Beaver Island Lighthouse Church & AmVets Chaplin

Closing Prayer: Patrick Nugent, Coordinator

Amazing Grace: Lead by Kathy Speck, Beaver Island Christian Church

2014 BICS Sports Awards


Tuesday Evening, May 6, 2014
7:00 pm

Riley Justis, Principal/Superintendent

Video of Fall & Winter Sports Seasons
Courtesy of Frank Solle

Presentation of Certificates and Pins:
Kerry Smith, Athletic Director

Soccer Team Awards: Coach Mike Myers

Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Offense Defense, Most Valuable Offense Defense, Hustle Award

Volleyball Team Awards: Coach Kerry Smith & Asst. Coach Heather Cary

Rookie of the Year, Hustle Award, Most Improved Offensive Defensive Players, Most Valuable Player

Girls Basketball Team Awards: Coach Tammy LaFreniere & Asst. Coach Chris Heikka

Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, Hustle Award, Rookie of the Year

Boys Basketball Team Awards: Coach Travis Williams & Asst. Coach Jenny Justis

Most Valuable Player, Best Offensive Player, Best Defensive Player, Coaches Award

Northern Lights League All-League Team Medals:
All Coaches/Asst. Coaches Soccer, Volleyball, & Basketball

Bill Burns Memorial Outstanding Sportsmanship Award:
Jewell Cushman & Coach Mike Myers


The winner of the Bill Burns Sportsmanship Award is:

This is the best reason to have a sports ceremony. Look at the smiles.

2013-2014 Master List Athletic Awards
Bill Burns
Bill Burns Nominees: Olivia Cary, Jewell Cushman, Ron Marsh, Simeon Richards, Meg Works
Bill Burns Recipient: Meg Works

MVP Offensive: Nick Williams
MVP Defensive: Jewell Cushman
MIP Offensive: Alex Williams
MIP Defensive: Meg Works
Hustle Award: Forrest Avery
Rookie: Riley Williamson

MVP: Olivia Cary
MIP Offensive: Hannah Robert
MIP Defensive: Meg Works
Rookie: Katie LaFreniere
Hustle: Madie Martin

Girls Basketball:
MVP: Meg Works
MIP: Katie LaFreniere
Hustle: Emily Burton
Rookie: Sarah Avery

Boys Basketball
MVP: Jewell Cushman
Best Offensive Player: Alex Williams
Best Defensive Player: Ron Marsh
Coaches Award: Simeon Richards

Northern Lights League Awards:
Soccer All League 1st Team: Jewell Cushman & Alex Williams;
Soccer All-League Honorable Mention: Nick Williams & Meg Works
Volleyball All-League 1st Team: Olivia Cary
Volleyball All-League Honorable Mention: Madie Martin & Hannah Robert
Girls Basketball All-League Honorable Mention: Meg Works & Emily Burton
Boys Basketball All-League All-League Honorable Mention: Jewell Cushman & Alex Williams

2014 BICS Sports Awards Video


Congratulations to all the athletes in soccer, volleyball, and basket ball!

A hearty congratulations to Meg Works, the recipient of the Bill Burns Sportsmanship Award!

If you watched this video for a while, you will notice that BINN is working toward a multi-camera approach to video for Beaver Island. This is part of our plan to upgrade the video eventually to HD video. This is not really possible right now with the slower speeds of Internet on the island until the bandwidth increases for upload and download.

Just a note for all interested in watching this video. You should note that you can move forward or backward in this video. For example, if you wanted to see just the Bill Burns Award, you could click play and then move the slider to the end of the video, and the video would catch up with where you moved the slider. You can move forward and backward and wait for the server to catch up. This is the benefit of streaming video instead of progressive play video.

School Election Results

(May 6, 2014 at 8:15 p.m.)

The St. James voters approved both the local millage for the school and the millage for the Intermediate School District Vocational Education with both being 87 Yes and 22 No. The Peaine voters approved both millages as well. The local millage was approved 49 Yes and 33 No. The Intermediate School District Vocation Education was approved 48 Yes and 35 No.

The BICS operational millage therefore passed 135 Yes to 55 No. The Intermediate millage is voted on throughout the Intermediate School District, so those results are not yet available. Beaver Island approved this millage 134 Yes to 57 No.

Garlic Mustard

by Cindy Ricksgers

Compared to some of the other invasive species here on Beaver Island, garlic mustard looks pretty benign.

It’s an edible herb, for heaven’s sake!

Well, if any of you have ever seen how quickly a mint plant can spread to take over the herb garden-or the lawn, for that matter-you know that some herbs can be terribly aggressive. Garlic mustard is one of them.

Add to that the fact that it grows in moist shade-like our woodland areas-and the damage it can do becomes evident.

“Garlic mustard poses a severe threat to native plants and animals in forest communities,” according to the Plant Conservation Alliance:


Many native widlflowers that complete their life cycles in the springtime (e.g., spring beauty, wild ginger, bloodroot, Dutchman’s breeches, hepatica, toothworts, and trilliums) occur in the same habitat as garlic mustard. Once introduced to an area, garlic mustard outcompetes native plants by aggressively monopolizing light, moisture, nutrients, soil and space. Wildlife species that depend on these early plants for their foliage, pollen, nectar, fruits, seeds and roots, are deprived of these essential food sources when garlic mustard replaces them. Humans are also deprived of the vibrant display of beautiful spring wildflowers.

In addition, chemicals in garlic mustard appear to be toxic to the eggs of certain butterflies, evident in their failure to hatch when laid on garlic mustard plants.

AND, as appears to be the case with all invasive species, garlic mustard is terribly prolific. Each plant can produce thousands of seeds, which remain viable for several years, scatter and germinate. When pulled, it is important to get the entire root, as new plants can sprout from root fragments.

Fortunately, pulling is still-in the case of this particular invasive plant-a good method of control. Removing plants before they go to seed, or before the seed has scattered, will help to keep garlic mustard from taking over our woodland areas.

Let’s get to know the plant, so we can keep it away.

With concern and vigilance, we can protect our beautiful island!



Donate to the Food Pantry

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

Peaine Township Meeting,

March 12, 2014

Video of the meeting HERE

Peaine Township Board Meeting, April 9, 2014

View video of this meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

St. James Meeting, March 5, 2014

Video of this meeting is available HERE

St. James Township Board Meeting, April 2, 2014

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Waste Management Committee, March 18, 2014

Video of this meeting is HERE

Waste Management Committee Meeting 4/15/14

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!


Community Center Information for April


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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

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

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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


Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Wendy Anne Makes First Trip of the Season

At about 4:15 p.m on Monday, May 5, 2014, the same person who called for the Shamrock trip also called for the Wendy Anne. This call was for the Wendy Anne and barge making the first trip of the season off the Island. The Wendy Anne and barge were already headed out past the BIBCO dock, so heading into town and to Whiskey Point didn't make any sense because it would be almost out of sight before arrival there. Instead a quick drive down Carlisle Road managed to get the cameras in position before the Wendy Anne was out side the harbor.

In actuality, the pictures caught the Wendy Anne and barge going past the Coast Guard Station and the Whiskey Point Lighthouse and then headed out into Lake Michigan probably enroute to Lake Charlevoix.

A short video clip of the Wendy Anne leaving on its first trip 

Shamrock Makes First Fuel Run of 2014

At about 1:15 p.m. today, Monday, May 5, 2014, the Shamrock left Paradise Bay headed out on the first fuel run of the year. As one old timer said, "There's Buddy sneaking out of the harbor." Quick moves by Joe Moore and Frank Solle got a picture of the Shamrock and the fuel barge in tow. It appeared that the Shamrock was headed to the UP for its first fuel run of the year. This is a complete surprise to most of the Island residents.

The phone rings and the person on the other side of the phone says, "Buddy is headed out of the harbor, but he hasn't gone past here yet." A quick jump into the car and a short trip into town, and the first picture was taken.

A quick snapshot on the way to the point showing Buddy's dock empty.

Then a quick run to the point to get a picture of the first fuel run of the year as they move out of the harbor. No such luck, but caught it fairly close.

A quick dash to Gull Harbor to see which direction Buddy is going. Looks like he's headed to the UP.

A close-up of the Shamrock and the fuel barge as they pass Gull Harbor.

First Run of the 2014 Season


2014 Men’s Summer Golf League!

It’s time to get signed up and ready to play.

The date for starting the league is still up in the air and depends on how quickly the weather improves. Right now we’re looking at the 21st of May as the earliest and June 4th as the latest date to start league play. Summer league play normally last to mid-August, but is dependent on the number of teams.

It looks like some of the teams from last year may have to be altered, due to some players being off island this summer for work.

If your team plans on playing this summer, please contact Buck (2680) or Frank (2162) and let us know.

If you played last year, but have a new partner or need a partner, please call.

If you have not played in the league before and would like to be on a team, or added to the sub list please call.

Player’s needing a new partner will be given the names of those who called to be added to the league substitute list.

BICS Junior Senior Banquet at Holy Cross Hall

The Banquet is the traditional gathering of students, staff, and family to celebrate the years of education and learning and social contact for the seniors of BICS who are graduating this year. The Holy Cross Parish Hall is decorated by the underclassmen with the the juniors in the design and leadership roles. The Junior Senior Banquest is the closest our BICS students get to a prom. The students have a wonderful dinner, listen to a speaker, (This year Sarah McCafferty), get a sunset ride on the boat, and then come back for a dance, and, normally for games. Unfortunately, the games were too large to fly over to the Island and the boat did not run to bring these games over for the Banquet.

The Senior Class of BICS takes the position of honor usually on the stage of the hall, and all others sit down on the dance floor portion of the hall. Dinner is prepared by junior partents and usually served by the 7th and 8th grade students.

Olivia, Jewell, Ron, Erin

(Thanks to Mary Palmer for this picture)

Here are the pictures of the Holy Cross Parish Hall all decorated and ready for the evening. The Banquet was held on May 3, 2014, beginning at 6 p.m. These pictures were taken at about 4 p.m.

Video of the Holy Cross Parish Hall set-up for Banquet 2014

Keeping Them Alive

by Paul Cole

Growing up often my Mom and Dad would go to the cemetery for a “ride and visit”. They would go on Sundays in the afternoon to walk around and remember people that had passed on. I was lucky to go with them sometimes and realized how much they enjoyed recalling a story or memory of a friend and loved one who had passed, maybe a few years ago, or 50 years ago. The intent was always positive and a way to keep them alive with a funny story or "how caring" a person was. Sometimes they would talk about how one person was related to another, how many kids they had or who could sing and dance the best. My Dad still does this, and I was lucky to walk around two years ago while he told stories and memoires of people long ago.

For some it is a place of quiet comfort to talk to a parent or dear friend about life and its ups and downs. Still others go late in the night to sing a tune that a person loved, or to visit and tell stories about the person at 2:00 in the morning.

I remember a few years ago when Gina Gatliff had her family visiting from Belgium and we listened to some great tunes at the Circle M. After the night was over Danny Gillespie decided to "play a tune for a few" across the street at the cemetery. He visited Russell and Joy, his mother and father, then went to Aunt Georgie's to sing "Cab Driver" and ended up at Jerry’s with a bit of "Sam Hanks". Gina’s family had to adjust to this custom, but loved how we respect those who passed and kept them alive in our hearts. Once this winter I had a family member call me, complaining about the snow and how hard it was to visit the Cemetery. Now that is a die-hard.

I have already told my kids that when I pass on they had better visit me in the cemetery especially to sing a tune. I even asked them to dance a bit, as I love to dance. That will keep my memory alive a bit.

We have a beautiful cemetery and many memories. Keep in mind it takes money to keep it that way. If you have a "few nickels to rub together" as my mom would say, think about donating to the Cemetery. You can mail a check to Holy Cross Cemetery, P.O Box 357, Beaver Island 49782.

We have a way of honoring people when we bury them and a uniqueness in "visiting" them.........Keeping them alive.

Island Treasures New Schedule

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


Beaver Island Birding Trail Invitation


Gail's Walk

Date, Registration, and Order Form

Please Join Us at

Vacation Bible School

On beautiful BEAVER ISLAND

July 1st, 2nd & 3rd

For children ages 3-12.

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

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

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

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

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

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

Sept. 20

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging
Beaver Island Congregate Sunday Dinners 2013/14
(Subject to changes based on Island events!)


Stoney Acre






Stoney Acre

Island Treasures New Schedule

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

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

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

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

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

B I Christian Church Ministers

May 2014

11th------------Pastor Don Sinclair

18th----------Pastor Harold Kruse Baccalaureate for BICC students

25th----------Pastor Harold Kruse

Bible study

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

-Everyone welcome!!

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


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

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

Tickets: Available at the BIRHC lobby starting  July 1st

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

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

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

Call Leonor for more questions (448-2894)


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

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

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

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Mary Beth Kur Visits BICS

Mary Beth Kur visited the freshman and sophomore class at the Beaver Island Community School in Mr. Adam Richards' classroom today, May 2, 2014. This visit included a very interesting presentation of a fictional court case in which the students were required to determine the sentence that they would give to a driver of vehicle in which three individuals were killed in an automobile rollover crash. They had to determine the sentence only by reading the newspaper article written about the case.

This was followed by a presentation and discussion of whether any other information should be considered and included those items that were required to be part of the decision-making process. The students were then given the example information that would be available to someone making this sentencing decision. After the information was read by the students, they were asked to choose the sentence that would be given after the additional information was given.

As was usual when this presentation is given, the sentences were decreased by the majority of the students in the classroom. It was an interesting and educational activity for the students and any adults present.

The Lesson Plan

Complete video of the presentation is available HERE

The following information was found online about Mary Beth Kur:

  • Juris Doctor, University of Detroit, BGS, University of Michigan
  • Former Prosecuting Attorney in Charlevoix County
  • Over 22 years of courtroom experience throughout Michigan with many high profile trials, including homicide and criminal sexual conduct cases. Has successfully handled over 100 trials-jury and non-jury.
  • Served 9 Years as Charlevoix County Corporation Counsel.
  • Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Michigan.
  • Appointed by the Governor of the State of Michigan to serve on the State Domestic Violence Prevention & Treatment Board.
  • Appointed by the Governor of the State of Michigan to serve on the Michigan Executive Clemency Board.
  • Highly skilled, trustworthy, well respected and aggressive in Court.
  • Responsive to clients & recognizes the client's desire for good communication and a favorable outcome in each individual case.

    University of Michigan, B.G.S., 1985

    Law School
    University of Detroit, J.D., 1990 

    1991, Michigan and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan 

  • Emmet-Charlevoix County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Flint, Michigan

Time-Out for Art

by Cindy Ricksgers

There is a special joy in sitting down to sketch that – from selecting a subject to finished image- it all happens together.

That is rare, in art.

The “percolating” stage comes first. Ideas lead to sketches and variations and planning and trials. Sometimes months or even years go by from the time the first kernel of an idea develops until it becomes something tangible.

Execution is next: the gathering of materials and digging in to the selected medium. Whether paint or printer’s ink or clay, the process is long. There is always waiting--thinking--stages leading to completion.

Anticipation is a big part of the process.

I’ve been working on several large paintings that dominate my studio space and make any other activities impossible. With the finish in sight, I’m anxious to be able to access my printing press again. Last week I cleared my drafting table and started adding color to several collagraph images, to make them ready for their final printing.

These were first printed last winter, and were just black-ink outlines with texture. The addition of watercolor is a simple process--most of the excitement comes from selecting the colors--similar, I think, to a child’s coloring book activity. I’m showing them now so that you’ll share in the surprise later.

The thrill will come when these are next run though the press. The plate will be prepared with printing ink--for these I’ll mix a dark blue-black--and these papers will be dampened to prepare them for printing. There are technical aspects: registration and tension and viscosity of the ink.

Mostly, though, it is MAGIC.

See the stages at Cindy's blog HERE

Weekly Fishing Tip

Trout season has arrived!
Trout season officially opened this past weekend on Michigan’s inland waters and early season fishing can be quite good. Many anglers successfully swear by dead drifting worms this time of year due to the cold spring waters temperatures, but those heading out should not overlook spinners or small shallow diving crank baits either.

Worms are deadly in the early season but lure fishing can also be very effective at bringing up a big fish from its deepwater lair under a log or under a cut bank.

To learn more about fishing for trout in Michigan, check out these links highlighting the specific species.

Brook Trout

Brown Trout

Rainbow Trout

Voc-Ed Class Leads Beaver Island Student to Save Life

Life-saving techniques one Beaver Island Community School student learned in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) class is being credited for helping save the life of a fellow island resident.

Ron Marsh, a senior at the school, is being credited with saving the life of Bob Banville by performing the Heimlich maneuver on him Friday, April 25. The 17-year-old was delivering items for the school elementary play to the Community Center a few blocks from the school when he saw Banville in the roadway, waving his arms and trying to flag down a vehicle.

“I know him (Banville) personally and something didn’t look right. He was leaning up against his van, holding his throat and waving his arms,” Ron said.

Ron, who took the CTE Health Occupational course as a freshman, has since taken a CPR class and become a volunteer firefighter with the Beaver Island Fire Department. Ron stopped the vehicle and went to Banville’s aid and performed the Heimlich maneuver, an emergency technique for preventing suffocation when a person’s airway (windpipe) becomes blocked by a piece of food or other object. Apparently, Banville had been eating lunch and was choking on something he ate.

Once Banville’s airway was cleared, Ron called 9-1-1 and waited for EMS to arrive. Ron said he wasn’t nervous while performing the procedure but afterwards felt an adrenalin rush.

“I was a little shaken up afterwards when I really thought about what I had done,” he added.

The training Ron learned through the Char-Em ISD-supported CTE Health Occupational class, as well as training he received from his volunteer role with the fire department and on-the-job training from the Beaver Island Boat Company all paid off.

School Superintendent and Administrator Riley Justis said the student’s training went from “theoretical to practical.”

“I am very proud of him. It’s great to have the opportunity to offer our CTE Health Occupational class here in our small community,” Justis said. “We’re producing kids that have first aid and CPR skills--skills that can save lives. We would not be able to offer (the class) without the support we receive from the ISD voc-ed millage.”

Ron said this one experience has made him even more committed to becoming an EMT and firefighter. “It’s important to know the basics (about first aid) and the Heimlich maneuver because you never know when you can help someone else,” he said.

Emerald Isle Makes First Trip of the Season

Having missed two runs from the 2013 season, and having canceled several runs in the 2014 season due to ice conditions on Lake Michigan between Beaver Island and Charlevoix, the Beaver Island Boat Company has lots of freight to haul to get caught up. Today, April 29, 2014, the Emerald Isle left Beaver Island with a lot of the Island people wondering if there wasn't still too much ice to complete the trip. Several were thinking that the Emerald Isle would make it to Charlevoix, but be unable to come back.

Thanks to Bill Supernaw for the three pictures of the Emerald Isle leaving Charlevoix enroute back to Beaver Island. Here is the Emerald Isle leaving Charlevoix heading back to the island.

Waiting patiently for the first sight of the ferry, many were downtown. Editor Joe Moore went to the point to see the ferry, but it was not in its normal location. It was a bit further north than usual. That necessitated a trip to Gull Harbor to get the first pictures of the return to the island of the Emerald Isle. Here are the pictures taken from Gull Harbor.

The traditional pictures of the Emerald Isle approaching the harbor were then taken.

The ferry passed the lighthouse and the USCG boathouse, which is now the research facility for Central Michigan University and entered the harbor.

And, all those that had been at Whiskey Point began the trip around the harbor to get to the BIBCO dock to welcome the return.

It was then time to take a look to see what things came on the first boat by watching the boat be unloaded.

The beginning of a new ferry season is a very exciting day for Beaver Island! Good job, Boat Company crew! Another sign of Spring!

Video of Arrival of the Emerald Isle


Career Tech Education Recognition Dinner and Awards Ceremony

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, four Beaver Island Community School high school students were recognized for their excellent work in their Career Tech Education classes.  Juniors Meg Works and Hannah Robert (pictured left to right) were recognized for their work in the Advanced Business Education, Services & Technology class.  Sophomores Ryan Boyle and Nick Williams were recognized for excelling in the Allied Health class.  Students, parents and teacher attended the CTE Awards Recognition Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Boyne City Conference Center. It was a wonderful evening, celebrating students who value the importance of hard work. Each student received a certificate and pin of excellence.

The Beaver Island Ice Classic Ends

Don Tritsch announced today that the Ice Classic is over. It fell through the ice today 4-28 at 11:01 AM

Stan Buell of Holland, MI, won with a time of 10:45 AM only 16 minutes from the actual time of 11:01 AM. One-half of the total amount is $527.25.  Other times that were close included Bobbi Welke 8:30 AM, Laura Gillespie 11:59, Ken McDonald 12:00, and Ken McDonald 12:21 PM.

From PABI Ice Classic:

Thanks again for your support. We set a new record this year for the latest time.

Tell Your Beaver Island Story

This is an open invitation for any Beaver Island resident. Beaver Island News on the 'Net is interested in your story. If you are interested in being a part of the BINN project, please email the editor at medic5740@gmail.com or call 448-2416. We are interested in finding out your family background. Where did your family come from? How and why did you (your family) move to Beaver Island? What kind of work do you (your family) do here on Beaver Island? What are some of your family stories that you are willing to share with BINN?

As part of a joint project with Ann Partridge, some Beaver Island people were willing to participate in the Shamrock City Project and came to the Community Center, yesterday, April 29, 2013. Some of these answered the questions related to their family history. Three of these were chosen at random to be worked on last night since the Shamrock City Project had a deadline of April 30, 2013. These three had the video processed and uploaded to a location that may be accessed for the Shamrock City Project. There was no guarantee that they will be used in this project, but BINN has processed this video and has the video links that can be accessed for this Shamrock City Project.

Here are the three interviews that were chosen at random, were uploaded to meet today's deadline, and can be considered for inclusion in the Shamrock City Project:. Click the link below to views the interviews with Garrett Cole, Glen Felixson, and Kathy Tidmore.

Video for Shamrock City Project HERE

Two Beaver Island Seniors Interviewed

Lillian Gregg, 89

Lawrence McDonough, 99


Bush Honeysuckle

I wish this plant looked a little less attractive.

It seems to have a lot going for it.

Bush honeysuckle is a nice looking plant: its glossy leaves are some of the first to emerge in the Spring, and hang on well into the Fall. Attractive, scented flowers blossom in June, followed by edible berries that remain on the bushes through the Winter. It can tolerate some shade, and its root system can help to stop erosion. No wonder they were deliberately and thoughtfully introduced to this country!

Sounds good, right?

In fact, of the four types of bush honeysuckle that grow on Beaver Island, two are native. On the surface, they are almost indistinguishable from the two types that we label “invasive.”

So, what’s the difference?

Not all non-native species are “invasive.” My hyacinths are not taking over the yard, no matter how much I encourage it. Many plants – though not part of our native vegetation – are welcome additions to our yards and gardens.

That is not the case when it is an invasive plant.

I just did an internet search of “attributes of invasive plants”, thinking I’d find a concise,  understandable list that I could share. I was humbled and horrified by explanations that were so far over my ability to make sense of them, I couldn’t begin to interpret them. I tried “characteristics of invasive plants” with similar results. If you’d like that information, it’s out there. Meanwhile, let me explain it as I understand it.

Invasive species have an advantage.

Maybe this advantage comes to them because our climate is even more favorable to their growth than their home climate was. Maybe our soil lacks the microbes that would slow their growth or reproduction. Perhaps the animals that might feed on the plant are not available here. Plants that would compete with them for nutrients, light and space do not grow here. This allows them to be a “bully” in our eco-system, taking over land and space so aggressively that our native species are crowded out.

According to the brochure of Top Ten Invasives (which is the source for my list), published by the Beaver Island Association (<www.beaverislandassociation.org>), invasive plants

  • decrease your ability to enjoy hunting, fishing, mushroom collecting, bird watching and other recreational pursuits
  • if left unchecked, will limit many uses of our islands now and for future generations
  • can harm the natural heritage of our wetlands, fields, forests, lakes and rivers

In the case of invasive Bush Honeysuckle, the plants have a “rampant and aggressive” growth pattern that forms dense thickets. They block the sunlight, preventing other plants from growing there. It is believed they also may release a chemical into the soil that is toxic to other plants. Though it was once believed that it would provide a habitat and food source for wildlife, the opposite is true. Wildlife was left more exposed to predators, and the berries produced have no nutritional value to the birds that eat them.

Though very similar to our native honeysuckle, the invasive plants can be distinguished by their flowers. Native honeysuckle have yellow blooms. The invasive strains (Tatarian, from Russia, and Morrow’s, from Japan) have flowers of pink or white. The older stems of the invasive honeysuckle are hollow; all stems are solid in the native plants. They are generally found in sunny areas, and form dense stands about 6 feet tall.

Cutting alone will not destroy the plant, as it can regenerate quickly from the roots. Pulling is effective in small stands or with young plants. Digging out older plants, being sure to get the entire root system, is one way to control them.  A glysophate herbicidal solution (Round Up)applied to the plants or cut stems can work to kill the plant. As always when using herbicide, care should be taken to protect surrounding plants, water and wildlife.

When purchasing decorative plants, make sure they are not species that can threaten the natural beauty of our island.

As we’re getting out and about this year, let’s all be aware and keep watch for the invasive plants that threaten our landscape.

Interview with Sheri Richards

Suzuki String Instructor


Community Chamber Orchestra meets Thursdays at 2:30 pm at Holy Cross. Other classes begin at 3:20 the same day.

Spring String Serenade

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The String students, part of the Crooked Tree Arts Council program, performed today, April 27, 2014, after the COA Congregate Dinner at the Beaver Island Community Center. The program was quite impressive as was the number of string players. There were students of the BICS playing along with the adults in the string program as well. Those young people in the string program this year include Sophie McDonough, Micah Richards, Lia Slezak, Sierra Woodring, Kai Drost, Zander Drost, Elisha Richards, Simeon Richards, and Anna Slezak. The adults in the program includ Theresa McDonough and Mark Englesman on violin, Sally Stebbins on viola, and Julie Slezak on cello.

The program has some thank yous on it. They included: all who have encouraged us and made this program possible through your generous, Gerber Strings Program, Holy Cross Catholic Church, Beaver Island Community School, Beaver Island Community Center, Glen McDonough Memorial Fund, and Ann Partridge.

There was a quote on the program reproduced here: "It is necessary to be concerned about the importance of educating a really beautiful human spirit." ----S. Suzuki

Pictures of the performers:

Sheri and Julie

Sheri introduces the Twinkle Group

The Twinkle Group and Julie as accompanist

Each of the Twinkle Group played a solo.

Beethoven's "Minuet in G"

Dvorak's "Humoresque"

Bayly's "Long Long Ago"

Chorus from "Judas Maccabaeus"

Seitz's "Concerto No. 5, 1st Movement"

Chamber Ensemble played Rigg's "In the Pirate's Wake," and Telemann's "Sinfonia"

The Community Chamber Group performed: Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," "Twinkle Theme," and "Boil the Cabbage"

Video of the performances is HERE

5th and 6th Grade Play

The 5th and 6th Grade Play took place last night, April 25, 2014, to a completely sold out auditorium at the Beaver Island Community Center beginning at 7 p.m. This entire program including the raffle winners announcements was live streamed on the Internet by Beaver Island News on the 'Net. Approximately twenty different unique IP addresses watched the program with some locations having four or five people watching the program together.

The BICS's 5th and 6th Graders presented "Holiday Celebrities: Criminal Justice" by Bryan Starchman. The program was made up of nine scenes entitled 'The Big Three,' Take My Wife, PLEASE," 'The Odd Couple: Mother Nature and Father Time,' To Tell the Tooth,' The REALLY Odd Couple,' 'Witch Upon a Star,' Breaking and Eastering,' 'Revenge of the Disgruntled Elf,' and 'Plea Bargain.'

The program and performers was introduced by 5th and 6th Grade Teacher Deb Robert

The play has traditionally been performed to raise funds for the 5th and 6th Graders' trip to Camp Hayowentha. The program began with a slide show of last year's trip. Here is a picture from last year's trip.

The back of the program provided a very special thank you to the following people:

"Ms. Pam Moxham for everything you do, always! We love you!

Ms. Ann Partridge for her assistance with all things technical.

Colleen Martin for making the costumes of the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Witch, and Leprechaun; and Tina Drost for the Tooth Fairy!

Kim Jones and Kim Mitchell for their assistance with the raffle!

Frank Solle for taking pictures at our dress rehearsal.

Joe Moore for live streaming this production so off-Island family and friends can join in the fun!

Travis Williams for creating the Hayo-Went-Ha video!

Entire Beaver Island Community for their continued dedication to and support of our kids!

And last but not least, to a set of immensely supportive colleagues and a set of immensely supportive parents who help us with everything--ALWAYS!

We thank you!"

Pictures from the program available HERE

Video of the entire program available HERE

Lighthouse School Students Raise Funds

After putting on a wonderful Spaghetti Dinner at the Peaine Township Hall not too long ago, the Beaver Island Lighthouse School staff and students put on a fundraising Spaghetti Dinner tonight, April 24, 2014, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Gregg Fellowship Center. The building had three rows of tables and chairs set up for the guests with lots of hungry attendees. The lighthouse students were providing excellent service while putting out a very well balanced, yet wonderful dinner. Josh Runberg, Lighthouse School chef, was working to put out a very excellent meal for all those present. Vegetarian and Meat Spaghetti Sauces were available to provide a completely satisfying meal.

Very short clip of attendees


Second very short clip of attendees


Individuals enjoying the dinner

Yes, it's good!

A very well attended fundraiser!

Lil Gregg is served her special dessert. (She made the dessert for the dinner.)

Josh and students working to get the meal served

The food du jour

The clean-up crew.........The greeters at the door

And a wonderful time was had by all!

A huge THANK-YOU goes out to the students and staff of the Lighthouse School for their wonderful hospitality at tonight's dinner at the GFC. Because of their efforts and the generous contributions from our community, $1,271 was raised tonight for the Capital Fund Drive for the church's roof!!

New Business to Open Memorial Day

The Dune Swale Complex

An example of a Beaver Island Birding Trail sign

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is in the process of placing interpretive signage at birding hot spot site numbers 15, 20, 25, 32, and 32.  This Dune Swale Sign will be placed across the road from Wagner Campground.  Their signs are to be installed prior to the BIBT dedication.

Meadow Voles

by Doug Reeves, assistant chief, DNR Wildlife Division

As I was walking along a small rivulet adjacent to a field recently, something darted across the little stream so quickly that--even though I glanced as fast as I could --all I saw was a small wake the animal left. Then it darted quickly down the edge of the stream and off into the grass. At that point I was able to identify it as a meadow vole.

Meadow voles, or meadow "mice" as I have often heard them called, are the base of the food chain in many grassland-dominated areas. Theirs is a very important function in that regard, and to say that they multiply like rabbits is putting it mildly, when conditions are right. Several species of hawks and owls, shrikes, red and gray fox, coyote, bobcat, weasels, mink and several species of snakes all find meadow voles a menu favorite. So they have to produce like crazy for the population to persist! But they have many other traits and behaviors that are worthy of admiration.

As their name implies, meadow voles live in grassland areas. They seem to like moist, grassy areas best and are frequently near water along marsh edges or streams. They are herbivores, eating grasses and forbs, but they can sometimes be seen cleaning up sunflowers and other seeds under bird feeders. Last summer we had a few meadow voles doing just that. One was either albino or piebald, the only such creature I have ever seen. We saw it for several weeks, which surprised me since so many things seek to eat voles, and that one stood out against the background of the short grass and soil. It would seem to have been more easily detected than its normally colored companions. The normal coloration for meadow voles is almost black.

Meadow voles are active all year. During winter they create trails in the grass under the snow. When the snow melts, their trails are readily evident, and as the snow is leaving you can sometimes see a vole running on those trails between patches of snow. For people who have manicured lawns, the voles' activity might be irritating, but for those of us who don’t put a premium on keeping a weed-free, closely cropped lawn, it is kind of cool to see their trails in the spring and realize how much life was going on under the snow. Meadow voles are also the creatures that leave a single round hole in the snow where they appear to come up for a bit of sun and fresh air during winter. Sometimes in snow a foot or more deep you will find a hole with a couple droppings next to it as you snowshoe across a field or marsh. Occasionally one of those holes has wing marks around it and a drop of blood, indicating that a predatory bird was successful at ambushing the vole, but most often the vole just goes back down the hole and on with its business. In summer, they live at, and even below, ground level, sometimes using mole runs as their highways. That keeps them out of sight of aerial predators.

Meadow voles make nests out of grass. They look like small haystacks a little bigger than a softball and are often found at the base of a clump of brush, under or adjacent to a log, or in a group of grass-covered rocks. Baby voles are born naked, with unopened eyes, and they grow up in these nests, then spread out and find their own place to live. Mortality is high, and the average life span of a vole is probably weeks or months rather than years. During wetter years they are particularly productive, but during dry years they do not produce as many young or as frequently. Field studies have shown that northern harriers (a.k.a marsh hawks) and barn owls, where they occur, are also much more productive in years when meadow vole numbers are high. They keep the food chain cranking!

Meadow voles are short-legged, short tailed, pudgy little creatures, but they are remarkably fast when they need to get to safety. I am frequently amazed that they can move so quickly. Most sightings are very brief, lasting only a couple of seconds or less, but sometimes when I am just relaxing along the edge of a field I get the opportunity to watch them collect grass or move about at a less hurried pace. It is then that I contemplate what a difference those little critters make in our world and yet how few people realize their ecological importance.

Learn more about the meadow vole.

How can you help conserve Michigan wildlife and their habitats? There are several easy ways:

With increased funding to the Nongame Wildlife Fund, we can boost our efforts to conserve and manage Michigan’s wildlife. Join us in protecting the natural, wild and wonderful things that make MiNature.

Photo courtesy of Phil Myers, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Beaver Island Nature Preserves and Trails

From the Chamber of Commerce

Nominated For Citizen of the Year

The following nominations for the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce 2013 Citizen of the Year award were received prior to the deadline. The recipient of the award for 2013 will be selected soon by the Chamber board of directors. The winner will be announced on May 17 at the awards banquet.

Eric & Dana Hodgson

Don & Joan Vyse

Employees of the Beaver Island Boat Company

Doug Gillespie

Mike Myers

Andy Kohls

Father Jim Doherty

Beaver Island Airport Commission--past and present

Bill McDonough

Don Vyse

Citizen of the Year Award Banquet

Stoney Acre to Cater at Holy Cross Hall--May 17

This year’s Citizen of the Year awards banquet will be held on Saturday, May 17th, at Holy Cross Hall and will be catered by Stoney Acre Grill. Cocktail hour will start at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., followed by the announcement of this year’s Citizen of the Year. It is always a wonderful evening to honor those who go above and beyond for the benefit of Beaver Island.

Please call Stoney Acre at 231.448.2560 for your reservation and please give them a menu choice from one of the wonderful meals listed below. The cost for the meal will be $25 and does not include tax and gratuity.

Beverages are extra. A cash bar will be available with wine, beer and spirits. The Chamber of Commerce and select members will pick up the tab for beer and wine.

Menu Choices:

Sirloin Tips Gaelic - Braised Sirloin Tips w/ Shallots, Garlic and Seasoning, deglazed w/ Irish Mist and finished w/ Cream. Served over Penne Pasta and topped w/ Grated Ramano.

Roast Chicken Piccata Prcini-Roast - Bone-in Select Chicken Breast Topped w/ a Lemon-Parsley Sauce and accented w/ Porcini Mushrooms. Served w/ New Potatoes and Asparagus.

Baked Rainbow Trout Nantua-Whole - Butterflied Rainbow Trout topped w/ a Shrimp-Butter Sauce and Grilled Prawns. Served w/ Wild Rice Pilaf and Asparagus.

All dinners are served with Amuse, Small Garden Salad, Herbed Bread and Dessert.

Information on School Election, May 6, 2014


BICS End of School Year Calendar

Gail's Walk

Date, Registration, and Order Form

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging Beaver Island Congregate Sunday Dinners 2013/14
(Subject to changes based on Island events!)


Stoney Acre






Stoney Acre

Need Asphalt Work Done?

Paving Contractor Contact Information

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

Rieth-Riley Construction Company

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

Township Airport Floor Plan and Site Plan

Site Plan

Subscriptions Have Expired--Some Will Expire in May and June

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