TV 9 and 10 Web Producer Kalin Franks and Associate Editor of Photojournalism Stephanie Adkins came to Beaver Island On Monday, May 13, 2013, to do several interviews. BINN editor Joe Moore caught up with them and got them to do an interview for BI News on the 'Net.
Tuesday night at Peaine Township hall at 7:00 PM
Memorial Bricks Flag Day in June Election of officers Memorial Day Breakfast discussion Etc.
The seagulls moved inland the year Bill Wagner planted corn on my Grandpa's island farm.
They left the harbor where their gliding watch decorated the landscape and dirtied the docks. They abandoned, temporarily, the fishing boats where they lazily waited to claim the discarded remains of each day's catch.
For the novel taste of earthworms and slugs, they came inland to follow the slow, gray tractor as it muddled over and plodded through the tough, overgrown fields, left fallow for thirty years.
My Dad noticed them first. “Get my gun,” he shouted to my daughters, “here's dinner!” They remembered his similar suggestions at holidays, that Santa's reindeer might make a good venison stew, or that the Easter Bunny might be good to eat. They knew he was teasing. Still, both responded with the squeals, looks of horror and groans he expected, and that made him grin.
Seeming more like one large, feathery organism than several hundred birds, the seagulls followed the tractor closely. Seagulls hovered overhead, flapped alongside and marched behind, like white rag ribbons bouncing along with the humming machine.
Bill led the parade daily, tilting over the broken soil with the birds, like bouquets of kite tails, in close attendance. They gave him the comic appearance of a balloon man.
The seagulls stayed when Bill went home at night, keeping watch over the tractor and the plow.
Impatient to get started each morning, the birds were already fluttering busily, vying for position, as the farmer made his early trek across the field to begin his work day.
Dragging the plow behind, the tractor slowly transformed the field. The first pass lifted the earth in clumps, pulled out the juniper, tossed up a few rocks. The second time over, the lurching machine turned the brittle grass under, exposed the roots and left a finer texture. With the disc attached the tractor made waves in the freshly turned, dark earth. Fertilizer next, then the planter left crooked rows of yellow kernels as the small machine moved grudgingly over the stony field. Another swipe covered the seeds, and a deposit of weed killer completed the job.
The work took nine days from start to finish.
Bill plowed one long day in the rain, and allowed the rain to keep him home the next.
The seagulls had perfect attendance.
We watched the progress from the house and yard.
Aunt Katie drank her morning coffee on the kitchen porch, to enjoy the smell of freshly plowed soil with the morning sun. After dinner she and Dad took their beers outside. Leaning back in their lawn chairs, they followed the tractor's path with their eyes as their voices and laughter filled the evenings with sound.
My daughters protested the change.
“Nothing's going to be the same!” they told me day after day.
“Now he's ruined our fort!”
“There goes the rock pile!”
“That was my favorite little tree!”
Every report was a sad one.
Each pronouncement, they thought, was the one that would finally raise me up and drive me out of the house, to throw myself in front of the tractor, if necessary, to stop Bill's wild destruction.
I understood their feelings.
I remembered, too.
In my own childhood, we made paths, piled stones, made forts and “hide-outs” in the tall grass. We found wildflowers and berries and caught fireflies as we roamed the fields morning and evening.
“Wait,” I told my young daughters, “you'll have great fun playing in the tall corn.”
“Watch the birds,” I said, “They're so funny!”
“Watch your Grandpa,” I told them.
That's what I was doing.
Every day Dad walked the field.
His long stride covered the rough ground easily. He seemed to be measuring with his steady pace.
He moved quickly, as if he had a specific destination, then stopped suddenly, and without plan, to study the changes around him.
Feet planted firmly in the soil, his legs formed a triangle with the ground. His broad shoulders rounded, back swayed and arms akimbo with thumbs hooked into his belt loops, hands resting on his hips.
He would stand for so long, surveying the daily progress, that his solid form could have looked like a statue.
Except for his head, nodding his grinning approval at everything he saw.
Now, that field has been planted nearly every year for more than twenty five years.
My cousin, Bob, has it planted this year with alfalfa and kale, in anticipation of pasturing his lambs there.
Aunt Katie still lives in Grandpa's farmhouse there, as she has since she retired. Though she's older and more frail, she still enjoys having a beer outside in the evening, to watch the activity on the farm.
Bill Wagner died many years ago; he's still remembered and respected as a good man and a hard worker.
My daughters are long grown and gone from home, with children that wander the fields when they come here.
My Dad, so hard to believe, passed away close to fifteen years ago.
Many things have changed, with the passage of time, but the memories flutter, like those long ago seagulls, so close and so vividly that I can almost hear the laughter.
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"On Friday, May 24 th, 2013, the students and staff at Beaver Island Community School will participate in a morning of fun, historical adventures based around local BI History. Students will be broken into multi-age “families” and will hike an approximately 3-mile trek, competing in historical challenges along the way. In doing so, we hope to give students a chance to learn about and experience some of the same things that their ancestors did."
This Peaine Meeting had an agenda that included many items. The meeting started off as usual with agenda modification and approval of minutes. There were no financial reports available until Thursday between 10 am and 2 pm during regular Peaine Supervisor hours. Ernie Martin was approved to sit on the Planning Commission. The update for the township airport included the awarding of the contract to Kevin (Barry) McDonough for both projects: his lowest bid of $798,000 for the terminal construction and $300,000+ for site work. Elaine West also requested approval for a loan application in the amount $100,000 from the Michigan Aeronautics Commission, which had considerable discussion. It was suggested that the $100,000 loan could be acquired at 3.3% interest over a ten year period. This loan application was approved by the Peaine board, but no authority to complete the loan disbursement was given.
Donna Kubic presented the need for emergency phones in other locations besides the public playground, perhaps Iron Ore Bay and/or Wagner Campground. There was considerable discussion and Donna was given the approval to investigate, determine locations, and report back to the board. Pam Grassmick requested $3000 from the Peaine Board to increase the funds available for Phragmities administrator and treatment. The need for inland site treatments was presented as well as the outer islands part of the Little Traverse Band area of responsibility.
Bob Tidmore brought up the BI Wildlife Club idea of placing on dock on the two lakes, Geneserath and Fox, to make wading in the water not necessary to get a boat on each lake. The Wildlife Club was willing to donate funds to this purpose. If the two docks were to be 40 feet in length, the cost to the township would be $2800 after a donation by the BIWC of $2000. Further investigation was suggested including the original letter of handicap access. Is this required? How much would it cost? etc.
Larry Kubic presented the information that four or five Peaine properties could go up for sale for delinquent taxes in the near future. The State and County get first chance to purchase, but then it would go to an auction. Jean Wierenga was granted the lawn work as the only bidder. Pam O'Brien was also given the gardening work. Fox Pointe grant application and the fact that there was no site plan was provided. The recreation plan includes this land as well as other land in Peaine. The grant will not be awarded until December 2013.
Sheriff W.D. (Don) Schneider would like to advise citizens of the latest scams being reported in the last few weeks:
1) The caller identifies themselves as the Social Security Administration and states they will be visiting the citizen at their home. They proceed to ask questions of the citizen reference their social security number and account numbers. We believe the only reason they advise they will make a home visit to the citizen is to make their call sound ligitimate. After these calls we have not experienced any visits being attempted.
2) The caller identifies themselves as being from Medic Alert and states that someone in your household must have fallen recently and requested this emergency alert phone system be installed at your house. They also state the system has been paid for, but they need to verify some information and ask you to push 1 to set up the installation. The phone number calling is 734-794-3078 , a non-working phone number. We are asking citizens to hang up and refrain from pushing 1 or giving them any information.
Jane Schmidt's Memorial Service will be Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 11:00 am at the Beaver Island Christian Church. A luncheon will follow at the Gregg Fellowship Center at approximately NOON .
St. James Meeting of 4/4/13
This St. James meeting began with a reconvened Budget Hearing after the figures for 2012-2013 were verified by former Supervisor Rick Speck. His expertise was requested by the board in a previous meeting. The budget was the highest priority at this meeting, but there was an additional item on the agenda. The appointment to the library board took some discussion and one community member was very upset at the appointment made by the board. The decision made by unanimous vote by the St. James Board was to appoint Joe Moore to the Beaver Island District Library Board to replace Jean Wierenga who had resigned from the Board.
Celebrity Basketball March 1st
(March 1, 2013) There was a fundraising event tonight at six at the BICS gym. The BICS boys and girls team played in a game against members of the public service agencies of the island including Beaver Island EMS, Beaver Island Fire Department, and Beaver Island Rural Health Center, as well as Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department. There were other guest players besides. This was truly a fun event for all participants and for all the spectators. Beginning at 6 p.m., the game was fun to watch.
BI Boat Company Schedule for 2013
NRESC Meeting Was Live Streamed
The NRESC members present
This meeting started at 10 a.m. today, March 2, 2013. You can view some of the paperwork that was presented in PowerPoint and vocal presentations HERE.
Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial
Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act Presentation
The scheduled presentation covering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meeting Act (OMA) took place at Peaine Township Hall, yesterday, May 23, 2012. The presentation was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m., but the questions extended past 4:20 p.m. This presentation was given by Robin Luce Herrmann. Ms. Herrmann is a lawyer who represents the press in FOIA and OMA court actions. She had previously represented the Petoskey News Review (PNR) in a court case after the PNR was denied a FOIA request from the Charelvoix County Prosecutor. The PNR won this court action. The Charlevoix County Prosecutor had been asked to come give this presentation, but no mutually acceptable date had been determined.
Robin Luce Herrmann provided a large amount of information about many aspects of both of these acts and answered several questions related to these specific pieces of law including court decisions and Attorney Generals opinions.
Beaver Island Community Center
BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER
At the Heart of a Good Community
FALL & WINTER HOURS:
Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm
Sat 11am – 9pm
Check www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org or the Community Center for listings
Human Services Commission Resource Manual
You will need Quicktime or another music player to enjoy this link.
The music played in the Holy Cross Hall in the late 70's and early 80's, recorded for posterity and shared here.
Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted
Wondering About Invasive Species?
If you are interested in finding out about invasive species, the following links will take you to the State of Michigan website. There is a a lot of information there about aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. The website is very well done, and the information is presented in an interesting and logical way including "Invasive Species of the Month." If you've been wondering what this is all about, here's a chance to take a look at the state's information.
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Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!
Regular BI Airport Commission May Meeting
This was the first airport commission meeting in a long while to have no one in the audience. It's also the first one that took place the morning after the 5th and 6th grade play and began at 9 a.m. No live streaming video of this event took place, but it was recorded and is posted. You can view it by clicking the link above.
The tree clearing has been completed at the airport. It was completed by Schwartzfisher Stoneworks.
The area that is cleared.
The will be a bid opening on May 8th at 2 pm at the township airport. Two airport commission members will be meeting at 1 pm.
The BIAC approve the resolution for a $100,000 loan from the Michigan Aeronautics Commission.
Two airport committee members were appointed to a subcommittee to begin work on the new terminal lease and participate in the negotiations for that lease.
Jim Wojan reported on the road issue. Part of the road will have to be abandoned because the new terminal will be sitting on that location.
There was a new requirement discussed where Rachel Teague will be the back-up, but Travis Martin will be hire to do the new required inspections related to the fuel tank and the fuel pump. Travis has the Class A and the Class B license and Darrell Butler will be trained to do the Class C inspections. This hiring is already a part of the airport manager's job description, so this was only a report.
The next regular meeting of the BIAC is 8/3/13 at 9 a.m. at the Peaine Hall, but there will be other special meetings necessary to move forward with the site work and the new terminal building construction.
5th and 6th Grade Play-"Born to Be Wild"
This play was very funny and quite well played by the 5th and 6th graders. It was live streamed from the Community Center. Each 5th and 6th grader played an animal or more than one animal.
Mrs. Robert introduces the 5th and 6th graders
The fly and the spider near the web..
The female preying mantis invites her mate to dinner...
Flamingos on one foot
Raffle results read
St. James Township Meeting
There was some concern that the meeting would not have a quorum, but Jim Wojan got back on the Island so that the meeting could take place with a quorum. The meeting was live streamed. The trustees present were Tim McDonough, who chaired the meeting, Jean Wierenga, and Jim Wojan.
Live Streaming Report
In the month of April, 372 unique IP addresses viewed live streamed video LIVE from Beaver Island. With the event on the 3rd being the most popular with 225 unique IP addresses, no less than fifty viewed the other live streams on 10th, 21st, and 28th. Sixty unique IP addresses viewed the St. James Township Meeting and the 5th and 6th grade play. There were a few glitches with the Born to Be Wild production on the 3rd of May at the Community Center. Interestingly enough, not one glitch from Whiskey Point with the St. Jame Township Meeting on 1st.
BI News on the 'Net wants to thank the Chamber of Commerce for its help in accomplishing the life streaming video from the St. James Township Meeting. BINN will continue to work on the live video working for reliability and improvement from standard definition to high definition video hopefully in the near future.
Boating Safety Classes
WHAT ARE THOSE PURPLE TRIANGLES HANGING FROM THE TREES?
Purple triangles are returning to ash trees this summer in an effort to detect Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) activity on Beaver Island. This beetle was first discovered in 2002 in southeast Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. It was probably introduced through infested solid wood products. As of June 2009, Emerald Ash Borer infestations were known to be present in 12 states and two Canadian provinces. As you drive through Michigan, the visual devastation to the ash trees by this one insect is readily apparent and 30 million ash trees have been killed in southern Michigan alone. Beaver Island's 2011 EAB survey found no Emerald Ash Borers present in the 16 traps. Last winter, assistance for the 2013 trapping season was secured from John Bedford, Pest Response Program Specialist, with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Dr. James Buck with the USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Federal funding has been severely cut for EAB monitoring in the Midwest; yet, these two agencies recognized the unique situation on Beaver Island and provided the quarantine signs, traps, lures, and entomology expertise to prevent the devastation from reaching here. Signs related to the archipelago firewood quarantine are in place at all points of entry in an effort to prevent EAB introduction. We appreciate the assistance of the Beaver Island Boat Company and the airlines in maintaining the firewood quarantine to protect our forests. The result of these efforts may make Beaver Island the final refuge for ash trees in the Midwest.
For additional information contact: Pam Grassmick, Beaver Island Association, 448-2314.
New Grandbaby for Skip McDonough
This picture was taken from facebook because it was a very special picture of female McDonough family members. The mom is Danielle Cary Scheller. Danielle's mom is Lynn McDonough Cary. Lynn Ann's mom is Skip McDonough. Norah Scheller is Danielle's first child. Savannah Marie Scheller, 7 lbs 4 oz, 19 inches long, is the newest addition to the family. Blake and and Danielle are the proud parents of Savannah, born on May 2, 2013. Lynn and Gregg Cary are the grandparents, and Skip McDonough is the great grandmother.
(L to R) Skip, Savannah, Danielle, Norah, Lynn
BIRHC BOARD SETS 2013 MEETING SCHEDULE
The Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors has set its meeting schedule for 2013. The board will now meeting quarterly instead of every other month. Meetings are held at 10 a.m. in the community room of the BIRHC. Meetings will be held on the following Saturdays: March 23, June 22, September 28. The annual meeting will be held on Saturday, December 14.
Events at the BI Christian Church
April 17 Bingo
May 1 and May 15 Bingo.
May 18 Memorial for Jane Schmidt- time has not been set
Memorial for EB Lange May 26.
June 25 thru 27 Vacation Bible School.
Week of July 15 thru 20th Museum Week Art Show.
July 25 Rita Gillespie Blood Drive.
August 4 Community picnic in celebration of the 50 years of the BICC
August 10 annual Bake Sale Women's Circle of the Christian Church starting 9AM until NOON
October 31 Trunk or Treat going from 5 - 6:30PM.
Nov 28 Thanksgiving Dinner starting at 6PM
12: Pastor Don Sinclair, Central Lake MI
19: Pastor Harold Kruse; Baccalaureate, Beaver Island Communiity School
26: Pastor Harold Kruse
2 and 9: Pastor Gerry Heyboer, Grand Rapids MI
16: Karl Hinkle Music Ministry, Carmel IN
23 and 30: Pastor Howard Davis
7: Pastor Kurt Kirchoff, Lansing MI
14: Pastor Kathy Swearingen, Lansing MI
21 and 28: Pastor Bob Whitlock, Muskegon MI
4 and 11: Pastor Todd Sutton, Washington DC
18 and 25: Pastor Ed Ross, Jackson MI
1: Greg Lawson, South Bend IN
8, 15, 23: Pastor Don Sinclair, Central Lake MI
30: Pastor Harold Kruse
6: Pastor Harold Kruse
13: Pastor Howard Davis
20 and 27: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt
3: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt
10: Pastor Howard Davis
17 and 24: Pastor Harold Kruse
St. James Supervisor Bill Haggard Announces Office Hours
Bill Haggard will continue to maintain the same office hours as the previous supervisor.
Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 pm and games start at 7:00 sharp!
Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule
At 2 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School
The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.
April 18, 2013
May 16, 2013
June 20, 2013
September 19, 2013
October 17, 2013
November 21, 2013
Members: _______(Char-Em Human Service Coordinating Body), Adam Richards (BIRHC), Alice Belfy(BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice/Helping Hands), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.), ______ (AmVets)
From Holy Cross Parish Council
Effective May 23, 2012
Summer Mass Schedule for Holy Cross Church
Monday and Tuesday and Saturday Mass: 9:00am
Friday Mass: 12:00pm: with Holy Hour Following
Rosary before weekday Masses and on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00am
Confession is heard Saturday from 3:00 to 3:30pm
NRESC Meeting Schedule
Those below are at Peaine Hall 7 pm
May 20, 2013
July 15, 2013
September 16, 2013
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Shamrock " Senior" Menu Available to ALL!
New office hours for the Peaine Township Supervisor BILL KOHLS
This is definitely plenty of lead time for those that might want to stop in and talk about some specific issue or issues in general.
Resource List for Emmet County
3rd Annual Gail's Walk
Weekly Fishing Tip: Northern pike season now open
This past Saturday marked the opening of the inland walleye, northern pike and muskellunge seasons in the Lower Peninsula – will you be getting out soon to try your hand at northern pike fishing?
Northern pike like to spend their time in the weedy shallows of both the Great Lakes and inland waters. In rivers they can be found around log jams or fallen timber. They are often taken with live bait (such as large minnows) or different kinds of artificial lures.
When fishing for northern pike, many anglers like to use a six to eight-inch wire or steel leader directly in front of hook or lure. Pike have large, deep mouths with extremely sharp teeth. They are known to engulf the entire bait or lure and sever the fishing line with their teeth when it is attached directly to the hook or lure. This leaves the angler watching as the fish swims away with their offering.
Want to learn even more about northern pike in Michigan? Read our detailed informational sheet about this toothy predator online !
AND Stoney is serving Lunch & Dinner MOM'S DAY Sunday May 12th Lunch=Full Menu + Swedish Crepes Dinner=Full Menu + Slo Roasted PRIME RIB + a PRAWN SAUTE
Please Join Us at Stoney...Where Good Times are the Best Times!
Dr. Jeffrey Powers, DVM, was recently appointed to the Alumni Council of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. Congratulations to Dr. Powers! First meeting to attend is on May 2, 2013.
Kim Newport has won the OPIE Award, the Outstanding Person in Education award for Beaver Island. The program has been in existence for many years. The Michigan Education Association sponsored the "Outstanding Persons in Education" (OPIE) awards, on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at a special dinner and ceremony at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls. The winners are selected anonymously by their peers in their staff group. Twenty-nine area teachers and aides were selected for the 16th Annual OPIE Award. Kitty McNamara, Brian Bousquet, Karen Johnson, and Kimberly Read attended the banquet.
(Thank you to Kimberly Read for the information and the pictures.)
Everything you wanted to know from Island Cleanup, 5th and 6th boys bball, Awards ceremonies, and graduation. (Click on the image above.)
Based upon a document notarized on December 22, 1981, and witnessed by two year round residents, there IS NOT an easement for this trail that includes bikes or motorized vehicles or snowmobiles. The document states:
"A six-foot wide WALKING PATH EASEMENT from the (insert legal description)... The easement is intended to allow the continued use by members of the general of the old railroad grade now commonly referred to as 'The Kuebler Trail' as a nature walking path for walking and cross-country skiing use only....No vehicles of any kind are to be used by members of the general public over this walking easement."
This is about as clear any any legal document can be. No vehicles of any kind are allowed on this easement or on the privately owned property either. This particular easement can be revoked or changed by the majority of the owners of these properties.
While this article is not a popular one, it is factual. Let's assume that you own two pieces of property, but they are separated by another piece of property owned by someone else. Without the agreement of the person who owns that property, you could not legally walk, drive, ride a bicycle, or otherwise cross that property from A to B without the permission of the owner. This is very similar to the Keubler Trail situation. Even if most of the trail is open to public use, all it takes is one group of property owners that do not want bicycle traffic on their controlled portion of the Keubler Trail to effectively shut down bicycle traffic on the Kuebler Trail. Now it might be possible to ride your bike to that portion of the trail that is not allowing bicycle traffic, and then walk your bicycle through that section. There has to be a compromise here somewhere. This reporter is doing exactly what his job is, which is to report the information. If you have other information about other parts of the Keubler Trail, BINN is willing to consider posting it.
We have a lot of very intelligent people on Beaver Island, and most of them are resourceful. Let's have someone step up to the plate and get this compromise completed.
This year's Citizen of the Year Banquet took place at the Beaver Island Lodge with a menu that looked, smelled, and tasted quite delicious. On the menu for the night were: Tomato Pesto Crusted Chicken Breast with creamy Cheddar polenta, Filet of Beef with Lobster & Boursin mashed potatoes & a Merlot reduction, and Grilled Halibut with corn coconut curry sauce & cherry tomato chutney.
Chamber Executive Director Steve West began the ceremony after dessert was served.
Steve West read the Chamber of Commerce Resolution, and Jeff Cashman received the first ever Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce Marketing Award.
“For more than a decade Jeff Cashman served as the designer and host of the Chamber of Commerce web site. During that time his dedication, talent, skill and work far exceeded what he charged the Chamber. As a result Beaver Island gained a great deal of valuable marketing and advertising that provided economic benefits to the whole community. The Board of Directors commends and thanks Jeff Cashman for his important and valuable contribution.”
Jeff Cashman and Rachel Teague with Marketing Award.
Steve West next introduced the Chamber of Commerce President Rachel Teague. Rachel began by describing the nominations of several people. Twenty-eight nomination letters were received for this, the 12th year of the Citizen of the Year Award.
Ed and Willie Welter were nominated for their community good works including the donation of the communication towers and the Community Center challenge grant.
Don Seeley was nominated for his work to get the Beaver Island Electric Surcharge removed from the electric bills of all island meters, saving all power customers on Beaver Island an approximate $120 per year.
Rachel continued with the nominations.
Michelle LaFreniere was nominated for her generosity and compassion and willingness to help out with cupcakes for any needed situation. Michelle is also the driving force behind the headstone cleaning project at Holy Cross Cemetary. Her "giving nature" more than makes her a deserving nominee.
The Beaver Island Fire Auxiliary and volunteers were nominated for there wonderful work at provided Island Treasures to second owners, and, in so doing, also raising thousands of dollars for needed equipment for the fire department and EMS.
Animal lover Andi Kohls was nominated for her kindness and willingness to help the pet owners of Beaver Island.
Pete Plastrik was nominated for his community service to several island organizations, especially his current Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee work and coordination.
The Beaver Island Airport Committee and Commission for its current and past members for the work they have done to move forward to make improvents to the township airport including a modern, safe airport with a new terminal building.
Donna Kubic was nominated for her hard work on behalf of the entire island in your job as Beaver Island Rural Health Center managing director. Donna has put in many, many overtime hours to make certain that several projects get completed. Her work with BIEMS, senior helpmate, exercise, and many others show her work ethic and her desire to improve the Beaver Island Community.
Rachel continued the nominations...
It was a complete surprise to this year's Citizen of the Year, Joe Moore. "I was completely surprised by this. This makes two surprises in the last couple of weeks. This one is amazing."
Photo on left courtesy of Elaine West.....Photo on right by Phyllis Moore
Photo on left by Elaine West.....Photo on right by Jeff Cashman
Certificate from State of Michigan senator, representative, and governor
Joe Moore live streaming the Citizen of the Year Banquet Ceremony (Photo by Jeff Cashman)
The beautiful sunset..
Weekly Fishing Tip: "DNR Live: Fish" scheduled for Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Anglers and others interested in fisheries management in Michigan are invited to join the Department of Natural Resources at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 for “DNR Live: Fish” – a one-hour online forum designed to answer questions from the public about the state's fisheries, fishing seasons and regulations.
The one-hour video event will stream live on the DNR's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/miDNR . A Facebook account is not required to access the page and watch the livestream event.
The online forum will feature a panel of DNR experts who will answer a variety of questions about fisheries management and angling, including current and new regulations and fishing opportunities.
The public is invited to post questions in advance on the DNR's Facebook page, send via Twitter to @MichiganDNR (using the hashtag #DNRlive), or email to email@example.com . Questions will also be taken during the event itself.
For more information about how to participate in the “DNR Live: Fish” online forum, visit www.michigan.gov/fishing .
Take a small branch, fly it up to the top, and deliver it to the nest
Enough resting---get back to work
I want it on the other side, dear.
Time for a break soaring off into the wind with soaring on my mind..
A deer with a white head??
Interested in understanding the current patient experience at Charlevoix Area Hospital, the hospital conducted a patient satisfaction survey in 2012 and in early 2013 completed a similar emergency department survey.
When the survey results arrived, they came with good news. Patient satisfaction scores were consistently high (at or above 90%) on nursing and physician care. Patients felt they were treated with courtesy and respect, were listened to and had instructions explained well to them by both nurses and doctors. The same numbers were reflected in patient's overall rating of their hospital stay and whether they would refer someone to Charlevoix Area Hospital.
On the emergency department survey, very high marks were received for compassionate nurses and physicians, short wait times, clear discharge instructions, and patients feeling that sufficient time was dedicated to their concerns. 9 out of 10 people said that they were satisfied with their overall experience and would recommend Charlevoix Area Hospital's Emergency Department to others.
In addition to striving to provide exceptional health care, the hospital wanted to take things one step further. A new practice was recently implemented where surgical patients are given a CAH mug that contains a cup of soup, a bag of crackers and a thank you card signed by the staff to take home with them. Chris Good, RN, Surgery Manager, said, “We wanted to do something nice for the patients, and thought the Cup of Soup would be a great way to show our appreciation. We know our patients have other options for care, and we're glad they chose Charlevoix Area Hospital.”
Lyn Jenks, CEO, added, “Especially when working in a small community, it is the little things that can make all the difference. We are committed to making that personal connection with everyone who comes through our doors.”
Everyone wants happy customers. If a hospital visit is necessary, then the goal is to have the patient feel like they can arrive and be cared for not only with competence, but with compassion and concern. By focusing on creating a positive process of care, providers can shape the stories that their patients will tell, and if all goes well, they will be happy ones.
It was a dreary day for mid-September, cold and windy with an icy-like layer of fog hanging over everything. There were no passenger planes flying to or from the island this day, and conditions worsened as the day went on. The ladies in the office had been commenting on the growing storm all morning, worrying over plans they had made for the weekend and wondering how long the storm would last. Being in the middle of Lake Michigan, Beaver Island could claim some extremely heavy thunderstorms; and occasionally a random fog would settle for several days, but this storm was different. It was almost tangible, like there was an electric charge in the air. The storm was going to be massive once it decided to start.
I was stocking the ambulance jump kit in the office and contemplating whether I should run home to shut the windows or not when the emergency pager tones went off. I had been called out many times before in all sorts of weather. In fact, it is the only time I can walk through the rain and not feel wet. My concentration on the patient and the situation take over, and I find a separation between mind and body. As dispatch was relaying the situation we were headed toward, I tossed a handful of Bandaids back into the box and ran out to the ambulance garage carrying the jump kit. When I got into the garage, I unplugged the rig and jumped into the driver's seat. I radioed dispatch to let them know I was on my way, and that my time to the scene was about 6 minutes. Beaver Island is only fifteen miles long and about half that wide, but most of the roads are still dirt; so as close as everything is, it's still usually a slower response than one on the mainland. Several volunteer first responders also answered the call and said they were on their way, as well as our director who stated he was closer to the scene than anyone and would be there when we arrived.
My mind was doing its normal pre-emergency preparation and putting everything in order. Oxygen, small oxygen mask, jump kit----my mind starting to tick off the things I would need to take to the patient immediately and wondering at the same time how serious the situation was. The thought of treating pediatric patients always made me somewhat uneasy because of the precarious nature of a child to sustain normal function until they cannot physically maintain any longer. "Compensate, compensate, compensate, CRASH" was what I had been taught about children in my EMT class. My confidence wavered slightly as I pulled into the driveway, and I reminded myself that we had an excellent team and everything would be fine. The only issue was that the weather was not good, and planes were not flying.
As I walked through the front door with the oxygen and jump bag on my shoulder and announced myself, I saw our director, John, sitting on the floor next to a woman holding a small child. The child was gasping to get a breath and wheezing on expiration. My heart clenched, and I quickly unloaded the oxygen and a small mask. John took the jump bag from me and started an IV. We loaded the child onto the gurney and into the ambulance. This was a load and go.
On the ride from the house, I was driving and sitting next to me was the child's mother in the front of the ambulance. I kept wondering how we were going to get off the island while all the planes were grounded. The first stop would be the medical center where we would stabilize the child and get ready to fly off the island. The parents had tried both an inhaler and a breathing treatment with no luck. As we unloaded the gurney and wheeled the child into the medical center, I was concerned that the resources of our tiny medical center would not be sufficient for this case. There is no regular doctor on Beaver Island. The position was shared by a couple of physicians, each would come a couple days a week on an alternate week basis; but, because the planes were not flying, a doctor would not be coming. We had a physician's assistant (PA) and the emergency personnel. Since I was also the medical assistant to the PA during normal business hours, it was up to me to get a chart started for the child, take vitals, record emergency information, determine allergies, and take a chief complaint. The child was sitting on the gurney holding the mother's hand and doing another breathing treatment while I asked questions and filled in all the required information. I was half listening to the PA and John, our director, discussing what the best course of action would be to care for this child. On any other given day, the child would have been taken to the airport and flown to the mainland airport where the mainland ambulance would transport the child for further care. The weather was not going to allow normal procedures for this day.
In the course of filling out the medical history, the mother told me that the child had previously had asthma attacks that were sometimes controllable with the inhaler or a breathing treatment and occasionally needed to be in the hospital for more aggressive care. The child's mother stated that this attack was worse than normal and that an attack like this had only happened once before. The mother laid her hand on my arm, which somewhat startled me, so I looked into her face to see what was wrong. She looked me straight in the eye and very quietly said that the last time the child was this bad, the child coded. My insides went slightly jittery at this revelation, but I assured her we would work quickly and that we would do everything possible to help. I had seen adults code in the ER and there were always a lot of people and equipment available. I felt very inadequate just at that moment in the tiny medical center with three other people to help the child if something went wrong. I kept thinking in the back of my mind that the storm should pass and open the sky, so we could fly this poor child off to get better equipped assistance. Just about the time I was finishing with the child's chart, John came into the room and announced that the US Coast Guard was going to send a helicopter to the township airport for transport. I could see that the parents were starting to feel better because we had a plan and were finally able to take some action.
John and I loaded child and parents back into the ambulance amidst the dense fog and headed out to the airport. The weather was not getting better. The wind had picked up and the Coast Guard had radioed back telling us that the wind might be too much for the helicopter but they would try.
Thirty minutes later, the huge orange helicopter touched down and we loaded mother and child into the back. The father wanted to go, but there were weight restriction for the helicopter, so he had to stay on the island. As we were loading, John looked at me and asked if I was going. I did not hesitate. I wanted to see this child safe and the parents' concerns eased slightly. We had decided that the best position for the child would be sitting up, so we put the child in a car seat instead of on a gurney. The gurney would not fit in the helicopter in any case. I climbed in beside the child with the oxygen tank with humidifier and knelt down close to the child. One of the crew members, the swimmer, gave me a headset to speak to the crew in case I needed something during the flight. John leaned in and pulled the ear piece back to speak to me. He told me that I had all the equipment that I was allowed to take with this patient. He also said to make sure I kept breathing because I would be no good to the child if I fainted. He smiled at me and stepped back away from the helicopter so we could take off.
I have been in my fair share of planes living on an island for many years and working with the EMS for most of those years. I had never, until that moment, floated straight off the ground into the sky. The sensation momentarily released me from the worries of transporting this child through a churning storm across twenty plus miles of open water to what I felt was safety. As my mind reoriented and snapped back to the small child under my hands, I began to reevaluate the child's breathing and oxygen concentration. I laid my hand on the child's chest to feel any changes in breathing, praying at the same time that the little heart would keep beating. I could feel the wind from the storm pulling and bumping, trying to throw us off course. I kept my hand on the child's small chest feeling the fast, thumping rhythm of the heart and the labored, gasping breathing until we landed on the top of the hospital fifteen minutes later.
There were several nurses and a doctor waiting for us on the helicopter pad. I waited for one of the Coast Guard crew to open the side door, and then I climbed out to help put the child onto the hospital gurney. I gave my report conveying all of the pertinent information and vital signs to one of the nurses, and they whisked the child away. The child was safe .
I climbed back up into the helicopter and we headed to the mainland airport. The storm had worsened and the fog had finally been dissipated by the spattering rain. The storm had not fully engaged yet but it was fairly clear that I would not be going back to the island that day by any means. There were two people stuck---the father on Beaver Island, and me on the mainland. I would have given anything to trade places with the dad.
The US Coast Guard never brings us back to the island, but we are very glad that they will take our urgent patients to the mainland. Many thanks to the US Coast Guard for helping us get this severely ill young child to the hospital! At the same time, I was looking forward to that paramedic class that would start next year, so that we would be able to provide more advanced treatments which would shorten the time to needed treatments for our patients.
(As I look back on this experience, I am so proud to have participated. I am no longer on the island. The current Beaver Island EMS is an Advanced Life Support agency with a licensed aircraft for patient transport, an air ambulance, if you will. No matter how advanced the treatment, the family will still want to get their loved one in a hospital. The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is a much improved institution from the old medical center. There are two providers there now. This one child is now grown up and in college. Where did the time go? Keep improving the healthcare on Beaver Island because you never know when a severely ill child will need your help.)
The following information was provided by Buck Ridgeway from his winter hunting grounds. Since the weather has started to represent something that resembles Spring, it's time to get your men's golf league team on the board and ready to play the matches for the 2013 season.
Once upon a time this dollhouse was handmade with love by Phil Wyckoff for BJ's and his granddaughters.
As the house was erected BJ thought of everything she wanted in it. She shopped for the flooring, the wallpaper, the furniture, and all the extras including some figurines to inhabit the lovely home. She shopped at stores all over the state and then some, looking for items to make this a desirable miniature rendition of a victorian classic. As time went on, and she and Phil continued to lead their busy professional and social lives, the dollhouse was set aside for a "rainy day project" until it got moved. Phil's hangar seemed the ideal location to finish the house but alas, as time went on, the grandchildren grew, Phil and BJ became involved in BI projects ,and the Victorian dollhouse got pushed farther into the back of their minds.
Then this past fall, BJ and Phil decided to clean the hangar out and "Voila!" there was the dollhouse draped in it's covering waiting to be restored by somebody. The furniture and other decor were stacked neatly in boxes aplenty. BJ knew what she wanted to do with this item: give it a good permanent home. BUT it needed to be finished! For what home would sell without some fresh paint, wallpaper and flooring? And how best to offer this to the public??
An auction of course! The Health Center would be doing their Wellness Garden Auction in the summer and the team of Wojan/Jacobson would likely take this on. A quick call to Leonor and Connie to see if any interest was there. Yes! Yes!! they said. But who would be able to finish it? Well, you can bet Connie accepted that challenge and sure enough she worked all winter on this (thank goodness for the snowy days that kept her inside!!) And then, after the main house work was done, BJ inspired the knitters (Jean Kinsley and Cathy Jones) to join in the fun of finishing the decorations, placing the furniture and staging the home for "sale" . They added their personal touches of little hand- knit rugs, including some of BJ's mothers work. Leonor called on Mary Scholl to paint two miniature original pieces of art which will hang on the walls as a finishing touch of BI uniqueness.
The miniature landscaping around the house will be provided by some of the Wellness Gardeners and lastly, the home will go on display in the Health Center beginning in June. Stop in and see the work of our dedicated "crew" and then plan on making a bid on this one-of-a-kind auction item handmade by Phil and BJ and their BI friends and neighbors. The winner of this home will be featured in several area newspapers in late August/Sept. time period. Bids will be taken at both the BIRHC and online so please watch for more details !
Watercolor instruction will again be offered by Destin artist Sharon Long beginning the Thursday after Labor Day. Mark your calendars for Sept 5-10 (photo walk on the 8th) Classes will have limited space so book early to secure your spot. Already 3 people from off-island are coming for this. Remember that the materials will be provided so even if you come for one lesson and don't feel its your thing, you haven't purchased alot of supplies. This time period was chosen because many islanders said they had company, or kids at home and couldn't attend last summer's classes in August. So please give me a call 448-2894, or email me, leonor.jacobson @ gmail.com. I will be happy to take your booking! We had a such a nice time; looking forward to again seeing some of our hidden talents on BI. More details will be forthcoming. All levels welcome!
submitted by Leonor Jacobson
The Peaine Township meeting on April 10, 2013, starated right on time at 7 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. The agenda had just a few items on it. There was no controversy, and the meeting went by quite quickly with the minutes and bills approved, there were only a couple of other items on the agenda. The Peaine Township Planning Commission needs one more person, a Peaine resident, to complete the commission. At this date, there have been no applicants. Some discussion took place and the supervisor will make some calls and contacts to see if this position could be filled. There was a letter from a taxpayer about the township possibly placing a dock at the boat launch on Lake Geneserath for boat launch and fishing off the dock by youngsters. Gerald LaFreniere was appointed to the library board, replacing Carol Burton who had resigned.
With the arrival of spring, wild animals are giving birth and hatching the next generation. Baby red foxes appeared in dens during the last days of March and the first days of April. The first litters of cottontails will appear soon. Great-horned owls have already hatched and are growing up in stick nests high above the ground. Mourning doves have made nests, and some have already laid eggs.
As springtime brings an increase in sightings of nestlings and baby animals, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages Michigan residents to get outside and enjoy the experience of seeing wildlife raising its young, but reminds them that it is important to remain at a distance.
"These are magical moments to witness but, unfortunately, sometimes the story has a different ending when people take baby wild animals out of the wild," said DNR wildlife biologist Erin Victory. “Please resist the urge to try to help seemingly abandoned fawns or other baby animals this spring. Some people truly are trying to be helpful, while others think wild animals would make good pets, but in most cases neither of those situations ends well for the wildlife.”
"We appreciate the good intentions of those who want to help, but the animals are better off left alone than removed from the wild," Victory added.
Victory explained that the species that are most problematic are white-tailed deer and raccoons. “Deer seem so vulnerable and helpless, but really they stay still because that is a mechanism to let them be undetected. Raccoons seem cute and cuddly, but they grow up to be mischievous and aggressive. It's best to just leave them alone.”
It is not uncommon for deer to leave their fawns unattended for up to eight hours at a time. This behavior minimizes the scent of the mother left around the fawn and allows the fawn to go undetected from nearby predators. While fawns may seem abandoned, they almost certainly are not. All wild white-tailed deer begin life this way.
Most mammals have a keen sense of smell, and if humans touch them, their parents will abandon them. Other wildlife, such as birds, should not be handled either. Adult birds will continue to care for hatchlings that have fallen from their nest, and although most birds do not have a strong sense of smell, if people move them, the adults may not be able to locate and care for them.
The DNR advises:
"Licensed wildlife rehabilitators are trained to handle and care for wild animals. They know the peculiarities of diet for the birds and animals they assist. They also know how to release them so they can survive in the wild," said Victory, "If you know of a deer or other animal that has truly been orphaned – and remember, most are not – a licensed rehabilitator may be able to help."
The Michigan Crankun T's Club will be returning to Beaver Island this year on Saturday, September 21,2013, for a car show and cruise. The event will be sponsored by the Beaver Island Boat Co, The Shamrock & the Chamber of Commerce. According to cl ub president Bob Fitzgerald the group is looking forward to a return visit because they had a wonderful time on friendly Beaver Island in 2011. About 20 Model T Fords with a variety of bodies are expected for the weekend event.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
After a little bit of research and just a quick walk through the transfer station and recycling center, it became quite obvious that a large amount of money could be saved if more of the "trash" could be recycled. There is a large quantity of each green bag received by the transfer station that could be recycled. A figure given at a previous Waste Management Committee meeting was 75-80% of the contents could be recycled. Imagine if your family or your employees were provided the opportunity to save your family and/or your business some money?
The mathematics is quite convincing. If you could cut your trash quantity down to 25% of the current amount, you would pay $4.50 for a big bag of trash instead of four times that amount $18.00. This seems like something worth doing. The various categories of recyclable materials that are currently accepted is quite large. Perhaps the name of the building should be changed to emphasize the need for more recycling. Just a switch of the two names would do a lot. This suggestion would make the building name, The Beaver Island Recycling Center and Transfer Station. This would put the emphasis on recycling, which is where the island families and businesses could actually save money. The difference is just one of sorting the materials and placing them in the proper recycling boxes.
Road sign..............Express lane
Lots of options for recycing!
Beaver Island, MI—After one visit to Powers' Do It Best Hardware, you just might end up looking for ways to add to your home improvement to-do list. On February 26, 2013, Powers Do It Best will begin accepting entries for a $1000 Shopping Giveaway. One local winner, selected at random, will receive $1000 in merchandise from Powers Do It Best.
Denni Cady-Stid says that the giveaway should create plenty of excitement among Powers Do It Best customers. "One of the best things about the drawing is that our customers have an opportunity to make a wish list and get the items they really want to use in their home improvement or garden project. And for one of our neighborhood customers, that wish list will come true. We're looking forward to helping make that happen."
Full details about the $1000 giveaway are available at Powers Do It Best Hardware. The giveaway will be promoted through the store's advertising materials, and entries will be accepted exclusively at Powers Do It Best, located at 26259 Main Street. There is a limit of one entry per household per day. One winner will be chosen from each participating store.
About Powers Do It Best Hardware:
Powers Do It Best Hardware is located at (26259 Main Street and has been serving customers in the Beaver Island area for 15 years. Powers Do It Best Hardware offers a complete line of merchandise offered: hardware, plumbing, lumber, housewares, gifts, paint and electrical supplies for everyone from the do-it yourself homeowner to the professional. Powers Do It Best Hardware has been a Do it Best Corp. member since 2005.
About Do it Best Corp.:
Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Do it Best Corp. is the only full-service U.S.-based, member-owned hardware, lumber and building materials buying cooperative in the home improvement industry. With annual sales of $2.68 billion, Do it Best Corp. is the second largest co-op in the industry, serving 4,000 member-owned stores in the United States and in 53 foreign countries.
With the summer season approaching, this would seem to be something important to consider and the Island fishermen would want to become aware. The island might want to consider some method of keeping these hitchhikers out of the inland lakes. The link is to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.
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NRESC Planning Process – Adopted January 21, 2013
The NRESC intends to produce a full draft set of recommendations for natural resource management that will be submitted to the Township Boards and shared with the community/stakeholders for feedback by May 1, 2013. Once a draft is completed, the NRESC intends to hold a 45-day feedback proc
Adopt deadline and revise process for completing draft recommendations
Completed - January 21, 2013
May 1-June 15
Working session of NRESC to review/revise draft based on feedback from various sources
June 22 (public session)
NRESC submits final recommendations to township boards
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