B.I. News on the 'Net, May 7-13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Some of us have mothers in heaven. Others have mothers right here. Others have mothers far away. The first group will tell you to make the most of the time you have because sooner or later you will belong to their group. Tell your mother you love her while you have the chance!

Sharing a Feeder

Between the many hummingbirdsthat we see by our feeders, the most beautiful bird sharing the feeder now is a Baltimore Oriole. The hummers weren't to happy to share, but they really didn't have any choice.

Baltimoe Oriole and Hummingbird Sharing a Feeder


Other visitors including a male and female duck


Another Use for PAM

This morning something absolutely hilarious happened in the front yard. A squirrel attempted to climb up the pole to get to the newest bird feeder in the yard. He climbed up a short distance and then hurled himself up to try to reach the new feeder. Well, he almost made it, and probably would have except for the idea of how to stop him from getting there came into a brain. So, out went the thinker, and she sprayed Pam on the pole. Yes, an aerosoled cooking oil was sprayed on the pole. The squirrel was foiled by the cooking spray. The squirrel jumped, but instead of reaching his goal of a new bird feeder full of seeds and berries, he ended up sliding right down the pole to the ground. He tried several times, and he was foiled several times. After setting up the video camera twice and two hours and forty minutes later, another attempt was was made by the same squirrel. Hope you enjoy watching the video of another use for the cooking spray PAM.

The Sliding Squirrel


Peter A. Phillips Dies

Peter A. Phillips, 70, of Charlevoix, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Charlevoix Area Hospital. A Rite of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, May 16, at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Charlevoix. Visitation will be from 6-8:30, Tuesday, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix where the Rosary will be recited at 8:30pm. Interment will take place at a later date at Saint Mary's Cemetery in Charlevoix.

Pete was born August 16, 1941, in Kalamazoo to Ivan and Helen (Gallagher) Phillips. He graduated from Charlevoix High School in 1959, and served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1965. He was aboard the U.S.S. Randolph in 1962 when Astronaut John Glenn was retrieved after the Mercury-Atlas 6 three-orbit space mission.

Pete earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Western Michigan University. He worked as an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service before returning to Charlevoix in 1976. In Charlevoix, he owned and operated Phillips Northside Service Station.

Pete was a member of Saint Mary's Church, the Knights of Columbus Pierre de Charlevoix Council, the Charlevoix Rod and Gun Club, the Beaver Island Wildlife Club and the Men's Coffee Clutch at the Townhouse.

Pete is survived by his children, Owen (Laura Willis) Phillips of Charlevoix, Amber (Thomas Slovick) Phillips of Los Angeles, Calif., and Ethan (Tim Johnston) Phillips of Brooklyn, NY; sister, Ann Hanson of Grand Rapids; brother, Richard Phillips of Chicago, Ill; niece Elizabeth (Joseph) Fulsher; nephews Mark Hanson and Kevin (Robin) Hanson; grandnephews Jacob and Brody Fulsher and Kenneth and Nicholas Hanson. Pete also leaves behind numerous friends and will be dearly missed.

Memorial contributions may be made to the the Charlevoix Library, the Charlevoix Rod and Gun Club, or the Beaver Island Wildlife Club.

If you want to share a memory of Pete, or condolences, please do so at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com

Iron Ore Creek Restoration Project

On Thursday March 11, 2012, at approximately 10 a.m., a group of volunteers met at Iron Ore Creek to build a wooden barrier to prevent damage and erosion from four-wheelers driving on the sand dune, which violates a Peaine Township Ordinance. The Peaine Township Board supports the Charlevoix County's ORV Ordinance, which will allow ORV operation on all township roads except Kings Highway from the four corners to the St. James Township line. There is no legal riding of an ORV off the road unless it is on private property and this written permission must be available if stopped.

The barrier will also serve to guide visitors down two designated paths to the water, which will also aid in erosion control. The steps were shoveled off so people can use them. Rocks were removed, that had been placed in the creek, to disrupt the natural flow of the water, from the creek into Lake Michigan. There is a new sign posted asking people to please leave the rip-rap in place. (the rocks) People have removed rocks from the culvert or "the tube," as it is referred to, and this can also cause erosion problems as well. Several volunteers planted beach grass over the entire area in the hopes of preserving this beautiful place for future generations.

CMU Students Assist in Clean-up Of Beach at Wagner Campground

This wonderful group of CMU students are pitching in with a small number of island people and are making this island a better place to live and vacation. This small group of CMU students cleaned up the beach area out at the Bill Wagner Campground. The beach area had several campfire piles of half burnt logs and other trash. These items were removed and the beach area was raked to provide a much nicer beach area for the visitors and campers who arrive at this campground.

This last picture indicate that there have also been vehicles driving down the beach here.

AMVETs Post #46 Sets More Bricks at Memorial

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

Here is a video of the veterans setting the bricks.

View from behind the memorial

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

Loons Versus Swan Game

After the Spring Serenade, a quick trip on the loop from Barney's Lake Road to Sloptown Road and back to town, an interesting sight was observed. Although you can't be sure what the thought pattern of the two loon was, nor could you know what was going on in the mute swan's brain, to just sit and observe this game was hilarious. First the loons began a slight move toward the southern end of the lake, then the mute swan began swimming at a fast rate of speed to catch up and chase the loons away. When the mute swan got fairly close, the two loons would dive. The mute swan would glide to a stop and turn its head back and forth looking for the loons. One loon would pop up south of the swan, and one would pop up north of the swan. The swan would then appear, through the darkening images, to be confused and head at one or the other loon. This loon would dive and come up by the other loon. The swan would then head quickly toward the two loons and, just as he got there, both loons would dive again.

Where did they go?

There they are!

As you can tell, it was approaching the darkness of night. Staying right there and watching the game was a wonderful way to spend a moment with nature!

Spring Serenade Group Recital

Video HERE

Suzuki String Group

All together in one group

John Brady Robert receives the Outstanding Student Award

TDS warns businesses: Shut out hackers with a few basic security measures

For more information contact:
Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager of PR
TDS Telecommunications Corp.
608-664-4471 / cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com

MADISON, Wis. (May 11, 2012)— TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS ® ) warns business owners of a serious issue facing those who own and operate their own phone systems. Voice mail and toll fraud is on the rise as hackers use corporate phone systems to find an open road to major telecom networks.

A private branch exchange telephone system, or PBX, is a phone system owned and operated by a private company. It is then connected with telephone lines purchased from a local telecom provider. TDS has been marketing PBX systems to its business customers for more than twenty years and is reminding businesses that security measures must be taken to prevent fraud.

Voice mail and long distance toll fraud are the most prevalent threats to businesses using a PBX. Hackers gain access to the phone system in order to place long distance calls directly from the business customer's lines, those charges are then billed—and could be costly.

Although no system is 100 percent protected, TDS suggests all businesses with a PBX take the following steps to help prevent PBX hacking:

Businesses are encouraged to contact their local telecom provider to discuss other preventive actions, too.

“By following these suggestions, along with other modifications recommended by your PBX supplier, you can make a significant difference in the security of your PBX systems,” said Tom Canfield, vice president of commercial marketing and product development at TDS. “In an era plagued with fraudulent and opportunistic people, basic prevention measures can really pay off.”

Unauthorized access to a system is usually gained through voice mail menus protected with simple passwords (1111, 2222, 1234, etc.) or unchanged factory default passwords. Once in the system, hackers use system commands to gain dial tone and place calls that appear just like any other call originating from the business.

Many savvy hackers also know the default passwords used by switch vendors. PBX hacking can occur when the PBX vendor, or the customer, fails to change these default passwords during initial installation. Good password management policy and practice is a strong protection step.

“While we work directly with our customers who purchase a PBX from us to take the necessary precautions, we also have business customers with existing PBX equipment from other vendors that could pose a security threat,” says Canfield.

Only customers can differentiate legitimate calls from fraudulent ones. Carriers, like TDS, do not have access or permission to stop calls from happening. Each carrier must pay a portion of the call that is handled by them, so when a call is placed to an international location the domestic carrier must pay the foreign carrier, regardless of any claim of fraud. Those charges are then passed back to the customer by the local carrier. Unfortunately, a large telephone bill could be the first warning a business receives.

“Business customers are responsible for protecting their own PBX equipment from fraudulent use,” adds Canfield. “Thankfully, some basic security measures can help prevent hacking of their equipment. While we normally help set up these security settings with TDS PBX customers, many companies who already own equipment from other vendors need to pay attention to new threats to protect their lines.”

For more tips and information to prevent PBX fraud, visit http://www.tdsbusiness.com/ BusinessResourceCenter.aspx .

CMU Students Work at Heritage Park

While some students were busy raking leaves and putting into the back of a pickup truck, others were working to get the rails secured on the railroad ties. The purpose of this work is to get the site ready for the arrival of a steam engine rail engine that may arrive on the island as soon as July. The students were working quite hard at accomplishing this task.

Pre-drilling the holes and then hammering in the spikes was a great deal of work for these students,.

Railroad spike after railroad spike were hammered into the holes to hold the rails in place.

At the other piece of rail, other students were leveling the railroad ties, and beyond them raking was continuing.

Bill Cashman was present teaching and supervising...

The work continued until Dick Burris arrived with a real rail hammering tool, and Bill Cashman celebrated the job's almost completion.

The rails completed on the ties.

Rails with Music


The Tree House That Isn't

Beaver Island News on the 'Net has reported twice on the progress of the tree house that is being built off the Kings Highway and below the hill where the two buoys mark the driveway. The view from twenty foot high deck was absolutely gorgeous even when the picture was taken in the winter time. However, the tree house that was twenty feet off the ground is no longer a tree house as you will shortly see,

Here is a view of the tree house at about 1 p.m. on May 10, 2012 taken from Whiskey Point

This picture was taken from the driveway of the tree house shortly after the one above.

Later in the afternoon, this picture was taken from Whiskey Point using a zoom lens

It is pretty obvious that the tree house is no longer as tall as the trees that surrounded it,. The building is now much closer to the ground. All this took place in one afternoon, May 10, 2012.

The same location as the second picture above except that later in the afternoon the house is only six feet from the ground,.

Here is a view of the house taken fromthe beach area in front of it.

The view is nice, but not nearly as nice as it was when the deck was twenty feet in the air.

Tree House That Isn't Video Clip


Kayak Ken's Paradise

If you take a drive out to the St. James Campground, you will find Ken Bruland's tear drop trailer with its solar panel for power generation. Ken has a shower enclosure on the right and an awning with chair for shade.

Mother's Day Weekend at Stoney

Sunday May 13th MOTHER'S DAY Dinner at Stoney
Featuring Chicago Style PRIME RIB
Sauteed, Grilled, or Fried SHRIMP
Or Enjoy both as a Combo Plate!
Saturday May 12th
Grilled or Fried FRESH WHITEFISH Daily
Friday May 11th
Jim & Pam's PIZZA 5-8:30 every Sunday, starting May 20th
HAPPY MOM'S DAY Weekend from Stoney

Peaine Township Board Meeting

Link to Video HERE

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

Mute Swan Presentation

Please join members of NRESC on May 21, 2012, at 7 p.m. for a mute swan presentation by DNR Wildlife Habitat Biologist, Brian Mastenbrook at the Peaine Township Hall.
Did you know that the mute swan population in Michigan originated from one pair introduced in Charlevoix County in 1919? Mute swans were introduced from Europe in the last 1800s and escaped from captivity and have established huge populations in a number of states. Mute swans are a problem for three primary reasons: they pose a threat to humans, endanger native wildlife and destroy wetland habitat. As the mute swan population continues to grow in Michigan, the damage and conflicts they create have long-term effects. Come explore the swan's life cycle and implications for our archipelago.

(Sent by Pam Grassmick)

Annual School Election

On May 8, 2012, the annual school election had two items on the ballot, local operating millage and special education millage.

Item #1 on the ballot: The Beaver Island Community School district requested a two-year renewal of 15.7908 mills on non-homestead property: this millage request level had not changed in at least 19 years. Revenue from this source generates approximately 72% of the district's general fund money. The general fund is used for day to day operation of the school; books, supplies, utilities, arts, sports, salaries etc. The election results were 110 yes and 46 no. This millage passed.

Item #2 on the ballot: The special education volte was for Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District to support special education programs and services. This millage supports such professionals as speech therapists, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, and other specialized professionals who work with special education students in districts throughout Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. The request was for a renewal of 1.16 mills for 4 years. Voters in the two counties had approved this same millage amount since 1981. The election results were 107 yes and 47 no. This millage passed on the island.

Frank Solle's Barney's Lake Swan Picture

Monday evening around 8pm

In Our Yard


Hummingbirds have arrived.

This will hopefully be a weekly feature for Beaver Island News on the 'Net. This week Phyllis has taken several pictures and the video above of the creatures that we have had visit us In Our Yard. Many of you already know that the northern part of the island has a large number of turkeys who were fed at the intersection of Kings Highway and Carlisle Road. There are lots of other visitors as well. We hope you enjoy this feature in the weeks to come of the spring and summer of 2012.

Some common visitors included a blue jay, a grackle,

and a white crowned sparrow.

Also the chipmunks that fill their cheeks with seeds or corn.

As well as an occasional duck or two or three.

At Gull Harbor and Barney's Lake

There has been an immature eagle that has been hanging out at Gull Harbor recently. He has been spotted for the last two days. The first time was near the shoreline close to where the waste parts of whitefish that the commercial fishermen dump for the gulls.

Eagle near the shoreline at Gull Harbor...

A common redwing blackbird is seen calling for a mate...

The same eagle?? Not sure, but if it is, it was sighted in the eagle tree at Gull Harbor...

Now moving on to Barney's Lake, we see some loons way out on the north side of the lake. The loons were too far away for any lens available. The pictures came out blurry, but it was still nice to see the return of the loons on Barney's Lake. The loon nesting site has been taken over by the mute swans.

Hopeful for a glipse of an egg or a young swan, but nothing seen...

Finally settled back down on the nest....

A second trip down to Barney's Lake in the afternoon was to see if the loons were still visible. None were seen on the return trip, so they either left or are way up in the northern part of the lake.

Both mute swans were off the nest at this point, but nothing is visible in the nest from this distance...

Meanwhile, after talking to two people who stopped to talk, these two birds began hovering and flying almost in a rhythmic dance from large circles to much smaller ovals.

Possibly more eagles?

On the south side of Sloptown Road, several robins were seen moving in and out of the tall grass.

Robert L. Meaney Passes Away

Mr. Robert L. Meaney, age 92, of Grand Rapids, went to his heavenly home on Saturday, May 5, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel; and by his son, Dennis. He is survived by his children, Mimi and Bill Fischer, Dan and Deb Meaney, Mary and Tom Carpenter, Bob and Ardith Meaney, Doug and Terry Meaney, and John and Lori Meaney; 18 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; sister, Betty Hansen; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jane and Fred Rau, Sandy and Bob Enders, and Jerry Meaney.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, 11:00 am at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish with Rev. Peter G. Vu celebrating. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 pm with a Rosary at 7:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association – West Michigan Chapter.

Francis Paul Stout Dies

Francis Paul Stout, 77, of Ionia passed away May 5, 2012 at his home. He was born February 26, 1935, in Ionia Township, the son of Frank and Fleda (Winchell) Stout. He attended Badder School and graduated from Ionia High School in 1953 and graduated from Michigan State University School of Agriculture in 1957.

Francis married Betty Stone in Ionia on June 21, 1956. They made their home there and raised their family together. He was a lifetime resident of Ionia.

To supplement his farm income, he worked as a substitute Rural Mail Carrier on Route 4 in Ionia County. He became an employee of the Coca Cola Bottling Company and in 1970 became a partner with James Oliver and Larry Hood renaming the Company Hood-Stout, Inc. On June 1, 1976, the partners opened the newly constructed public golf course named Rolling Hills in Ionia where he managed and maintained the golf course. Francis later took over as sole owner of the golf course. He retired from the golf course in 1996 but continued to farm.

Francis is survived by his loving wife of nearly 56 years, Betty of Ionia; daughters, Denise (Tim) McDonough of Beaver Island, Cathy (Steve) O'Mara of Ionia, Karen (Mark) Quinn of Naperville, Ill., and Linda Stout of Hubbardston; grandchildren, Lindsay (Andy) Gorlewski, Bradley McDonough, Drew McDonough and fiancée Thayer Kamp all of Chicago, Alex and Riley O'Mara of Kalamazoo, Lauren Quinn of Charlottesville, Va., Matt Quinn of Naperville, Ill., Megan (Bryan) LeRoux of Hastings; great grandchildren, Savannah and Makayla LeRoux of Hastings and Trevor Gorlewski of Chicago; brother, Clyde (Gladys) Stout of Ionia; sister, Ann (Ken) Felice of Ionia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2011, at Lake Funeral Home in Ionia with Pastor Larry Brown and Mr. Dan Balice officiating. Visitation will be Monday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Anyone wishing may make memorial contributions in Francis's name to American Cancer Society or Ionia FFA Scholarship Fund. Online condolences may be made at www.lakefuneralhomes.com

Paramedic Course Ends

.....................Danielle Dedloff..............................Kevin White.......paramedic candidates

The Beaver Island Paramedic program has come to an end, but the two island paramedic students' work has not. While the classroom portion of this intensive educational program is finished, the two students, Danielle Dedloff and Kevin White still have an internship to complete before they have the opportunity to take the national paramedic exam. This internship will require five to six weeks to complete. Each is required to work in four separate and distinct emergency medical services on the mainland spread over this period of time. The internship will be more intense than the classroom portion. Kevin and Danielle will be required to recall information and put that medical knowledge to work on real patients in real emergencies instead of staged scenarios.

Besides the regular paramedic curriculum, these two students have also successfully completed certification programs in several other specialties along with other EMS members.. These specialties are American Heart Association programs in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support; the University of Miami's Advanced Stroke Life Support; and the American Academy of Pediatric's program of Pediatric Education for PreHospital Providers.

These two students will have to continue to study and learn throughout this internship program because after the internship is over, they will be taking two examinations, the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians paramedic written examination and the NREMT'S practical skills examination. Congratulations to Kevin and Danielle as they embark on yet another journey toward paramedic licensure!

Congratulations to their instructors Sarah McCafferty and Joe Moore who have dedicated many hours each week since September 2011 to teach this program on the island!

Beaver Island Fire Department Paged to Grass Fire

The Beaver Island Volunteer Fire Department was paged to a grass fire down Carlisle Road past Stoney Acres. The pole barn belonging to Robert Gillespie was the location of the grass fire. The workshop building was saved from the fire by the hard work of the BIFD. Some building materials were scorched and burnt, but no one got hurt. Lisa Gillespie thanked everyone who helped out on facebook.com. BIEMS responds to all fire calls as well to stand by in case anyone get injured or suffers from smoke inhalation. This certainly is a wonderful and caring community to live in where everyone helps out in an emergency situation. Kudos to the BIFD volunteers for their excellent efforts during this situation! Good job!

Charlevoix County Cell Phone Scam

Sheriff W.D. (Don) Schneider would like to alert citizens of a recent telephone scam contacting many Charlevoix County citizens on their cell phones. The telephone number leaving the text message is 231-327-6468 and the message reads: THE CREDIT UNION CENTER ALERT: YOUR CARD HAS BEEN DEACTIVATED. PLEASE CONTACT US AT 231-327-6468 . This text message is fraudulent and was not sent by Bay Winds Credit Union. DO NOT call the number or provide them with any information. If you called the number and provided any information, please notify your local law enforcement or the Bay Winds Credit Union, their main number 231-547-4483 or toll free 800-638-1182 , so they can close your card to block fraudulent activity and issue you a new card.

Bay Winds FCU would like you to know:

1. Bay Winds does not send out text messages.

2. Bay Winds FCU staff does not know and will NEVER ask you for your PIN number.

3. We will never ask for your expiration date or CVV number on the back of the card.

4. Bay Winds already have your card number so they will not ask you for your full card number.

Please remember to NEVER give out any information over the telephone.



Waste Management Committee Video of April 2012 Meeting

You can view the meeting video HERE

St. James Township Meeting, May 2, 2012

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

Peaine Township Meeting, April 11, 2012

View Video of the meeting HERE

Bill Cashman Featured in CMU Public Broadcasting Program

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

View the program HERE

Bike the Beaver

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

Check out the website HERE

Check out a poster of the event HERE

End of School Year Calendar

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

Click this link to see the end of school year calendar

Happy St. Patrick's Day to All!

Video of the games

More pictures HERE

St. Pat's Music at Night

Video Highlights are available HERE

WMC Links

Meeting Dates

New Prices for Transfer Station

Open Letter from Kirk McBride

This open letter was read at the Peaine Township Board meeting on March 14, 2012. It was made public at this meeting.

NRESC Has Its Own Website

Celebrity Basketball Fundraiser

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

Introduction of players

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Final Score

BI Transfer Station Info

New Boat Design Firm Picked

Senior Parent Recognition, February 3rd

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meetings Schedule for 2012

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

Activities and Menu for April

Ann Partridge made some COA announcements of activities coming up and introduced Pat Nugent who was to do sit-down "Stand-up" comedy.

The stuffed pork chops with vegetable and mashed potatoes and gravy were very tasty, and the efforts of Pat Nugent were very much appreciated.

Video can be viewed HERE


Pure Michigan Campaign

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

Link to story HERE

St. James Recreation Plan Revision and Additional Comments

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

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

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting 01/28/12

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

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

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

Island Airways SBTDC Small Business of the Year

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

Click HERE to view video

NRESC Annual Report to the Townships

Found HERE

Another Great Video by Martha Irvine

Beaver Island Lighthouse School Graduation

View the video

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

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

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Pulitzer Prize Winner David S. Broder's Columns to Benefit Beaver Island 's Rural Health Center

Ann and David Broder on the Beaver Island ferry in 1948

Beaver Island , MI - The Beaver Island Rural Health Center (BIRHC) Board has approved a unique offer and fund raising proposal from the family of the late David S. Broder. The Washington Post reporter and columnist died last year, ending a career covering national politics that spanned more than 50 years. He was often referred to as the “Dean of the Washington Press Corps.” Married to Ann Collar Broder, and son-in-law of Island historian Helen Hoffman Collar, Broder honeymooned on the Emerald Isle in 1951 and wrote about it often in his nationally syndicated columns that were carried in over 300 papers. Some of these columns, written from the Island, are the basis for the project to benefit the Health Center and the community it serves.

Ann and David's sons - George, Josh, Matt and Mike - have researched and compiled the Beaver Island columns, about three dozen in total. They are going to publish the collection in book form, and deliver copies to the Health Center by Memorial Day this year. Ranging from the early 1970s to this past decade, the columns provide wonderful snapshots and insights to Island moments as they simultaneously reference national issues of the day (at that particular time). The Health Center, with support from other civic leaders and marketing by the Chamber of Commerce, will manage the retail distribution and sale of the book.

The Broder family is underwriting the entire cost of the project, so 100% of all revenues collected from book sales will support the Health Center .

"This is a terrific gift from the Broder family, and great opportunity for the Health Center to improve its financial standing. As a facility that serves Islanders and visitors of all ages, 12 months a year, we are constantly under pressure to find new sources of money," said Health Center Board Chair Denny Cook. "We are honored and pleased to be the beneficiary of this truly one-of-a-kind fund raising project. We will do all we can to encourage Islanders, summer residents, their friends, and their guests to acquire copies to read and enjoy for years to come," Cook added.

The exact number of copies to be produced, and the cost, is still being considered by the Broders. These decisions will be made soon, with input from the Health Center, civic leaders and the Chamber of Commerce.

"This book is a tribute to our father, who embraced Beaver Island as our entire family has for five generations, since 1915. He admired and delighted in the people, the characters, and the community over his long adult life - its quirky independence, Irish heritage, self-reliance and patriotism," said oldest son George Broder. "This effort is a demonstration of his and our family's love of Beaver Island that we hope delivers for readers the same type of smiles, laughs and joy we experience when reading these gems."

For more information on how to support and participate in this project, please contact Donna Kubic at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center .

(231) 448-2275 donna@birhc.org

Check out the following link to help with this project




Ride Free to the Polls to Vote

For the local elections, the school election, on May 8, 2012, the State Primary on August 7, 2012, and for the General Election on November 6, 2012, the Charlevoix County Transit will provide free rides to the polls including pick-up and drop-off. Call 231-448-2026 to make reservations.

School Election IN MAY Is Important to District

When Beaver Island voters go to the polls in the school election on May 8 th of this year, they will see two items on the ballot. Voters will be asked to renew the local school district's operational millage. Voters will also be asked to renew a regional special education millage.

The Beaver Island Community School district will request a two-year renewal of 15.7908 mills on non-homestead property: this millage request level has not changed in at least 19 years. Revenue from this source generates approximately 72% of the district's general fund money. The general fund is used for day to day operation of the school; books, supplies, utilities, arts, sports, salaries etc. This is what the district runs on.

The other question on the ballot is whether or not to renew the amount of taxes levied on property owners in the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District to support special education programs and services. This millage supports such professionals as speech therapists, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, and other specialized professionals who work with special education students in districts throughout Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. The request is for a renewal of 1.16 mills for 4 years. Voters in the two counties have approved this same millage amount since 1981.

Renewal of these two millages is essential as State funding for Beaver Island Community School is minimal, amounting to less than 7% of the total. Local box holders will receive an informational flyer in late April. Anyone with questions about the election can contact the school office for more information. The board of education meets on the second Monday of the month at the school at 7:30pm.

Something voters will not see on the ballot in May is school board member elections. In compliance with new state laws, all Michigan school board members will now be elected at the November general elections in even numbered years. In the past, school board members have been elected at the May Annual School Election. Because of this new state law, board members whose terms would have expired June 30th of this year have been extended by law to December 31st.

Beaver Island Classical Music Festival

The end of July is a great time to plan a visit to Beaver Island in 2012. The annual classical music festival, Baroque on Beaver, will offer audiences an exciting choice of musical events from July 24 - 29. Principal Conductor Robert Nordling and Choral Director Kevin Simons have recently announced the program for the week, which will include selections from a variety of composers and styles.

A benefit concert on Tuesday, July 24, will feature The Choral Scholars, a talented group of singers from Grand Rapids, and Fitah Rasendrasahina, a young tenor from Madagascar who thrilled audiences last summer. Wednesday, July 25, will be an evening of chamber music at the Central Michigan University Biological Station. “The Soldier's Tale,” a mixed-media piece by Stravinsky, will be performed by solo instruments and narrators on Thursday, July 26. The Festival Orchestra and members of the chorus will present pieces by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Schubert, and Vaughan Williams on Friday evening, July 27. The Saturday concert by the full orchestra and chorus is entitled “Americana.” It will include Copland's “Appalachian Spring” and choral selections from the Civil War era. On Sunday afternoon, July 29, the festival will conclude with Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony and the traditional finale, “A Gaelic Blessing” by John Rutter.

Throughout the week The Beaver Brass Quintet and other ensemble groups will perform at informal venues throughout town. In the eleven-year tradition of Baroque on Beaver, all events will be free, except for the opening night benefit concert. This promises to be a busy week on the island; anyone who is interested in enjoying the festival should make reservations for lodging and purchase tickets for the opening night benefit as soon as possible. Additional information is available at Baroque on Beaver's Facebook page or website www.baroqueonbeaver.org.

Invasive Species Summit, June 14, 2012

At Beaver Island Community Center from 2 pm to 5 pm

Sponsored by the Beaver Island Association

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Super Moon

If you missed it last year, the super perigee moon is back for an encore performance. On Saturday, the moon will be up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the other full moons of 2012, according to NASA .

That's because it will reach perigee, its closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit, at 11:34 p.m. ET and become full just a minute later.

Moon over Whiskey Point at 9:45 pm, Saturday, May 5, 2012

Spring Serenade Solo Recital

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

You can view video of the recital HERE

There was an introduction by Sheri Richards, then the first solo by Jadyn Johnson, "Song of the Wind"


Kaylee Coffell, "Perpetual Motion in D major, by Dr. Suzuki"


Maggie McCafferty, "Twinkle Theme"


Micah Richards, "Go Tell Aunt Rhody"


Sydney Butler, "Boil the Cabbage"


Kai Drost, "Long, Long Ago," by T. H. Bailey


John Brady Robert, "Perpetual Motion in A Major," by Dr. Suzuki


Emmalee Antkoviak, "Bunny Song"


Olga Burton, "Kangaroo Song"

Elisha Richards, "Menuet III," by J.S. Bach


Zander Drost, "Menuet I," by J.S.Back


Brennan Jones, "Waltz of the Flowers"


Tessa Jones, "Here Comes the Sun," by George Harrison


Simeon Richards, "Concerto #2 in G, 3rd Movement," by Sietz

Frank Solle's Moon Over the Point

Thanks, Frank, for sharing this wonderful shot!

Sonoma and the Seven Dolts-A 5th and 6th Grade Play

Video of the Entire Play HERE

The play was directed by Deb LaFreniere Robert, the 5th and 6th grade teacher. Mrs. Robert was assisted in prompting and other ways by Pam Moxham. Ann Partridge managed the lights and sounds. Tina Walker provided the trees.

Character, played by



Forrest Avery

Sonoma White

Paige Pryor

Wicked Queen

Katie LaFreniere

Magic Mirror

Austyn Oliver


Turner Jones


Quinn Jones


Brendyn Oliver


Brennan Jones


Kai Drost


Sharon Schwartzfisher


Ms. Read

Thank you to all who had donated items for the raffle! Great job, 5th and 6th Graders!

Beaver Island National Day of Prayer

The Day of Prayer celebration began at noon on May 3, 2012, and took play inside Holy Cross Church due to the threatening thunderstorms forcast for the day and the light drizzle. The program, although being held in the Catholic Church, was a truly Ecumenical Service with members of all the Beaver Island churches participating. It was a wonderful reflection of the faith and the community pride found on Beaver Island demonstrated by just under thirty participants..

The service began with Kate Garland welcoming all present.

Rich Gillespie opened the service with prayer.

Rich Gillespie also led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Kate Garland and Rich Gillespie Video


Kathy Speck and Suzi Fisher led the group in singing the National Anthem.


John Works, from the Episcopal Church, led a prayer for our governments and governmental leaders.


Bob Hoogendoorn, from the Lighthouse Church, led a prayer for our military servicemen.


Bob Hoogendoorn also led a prayer for our media; national, state, and local.


Pat Nugent, from Holy Cross Parish, led a prayer for all our teachers and all education in our nation.


Bob Bass, from the Christian Church, led a prayer for all the churches.


Peg Hoogendoorn, from the Lighthouse Church, led a prayer for our families and our nation's youth.


Suzi Fisher and Kathy Speck led the group in the singing of "God Bless America."


Kate Garland, National Day of Prayer 2012 Coordinator, led the group in a closing prayer spoken aloud by all present.







Island Merchants Plan Open House

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

Sonoma White and the Seven Dwarfs

The 5th and 6th grade play is scheduled for 7:00pm on Friday, May 4th , 2012 at the Beaver Island Community Center. The admission is $5.00.A raffle will be done in the same fashion as it is at the Christmas Bazaar.

Thank you for continuing to support the 5th & 6th Grade efforts to earn their way to Camp Hayowentha!

Mark Your Calendar!

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

Annual Funky Fun Potluck Salad/Dessert Fashion Show

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

Beaver Island Bike Festival

June 21-23, 2012


Annual Meeting of the BIA

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

Internationally acclaimed Watercolor Artist/teacher/

Sharon Long

Coming to Beaver Island August 18-24

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

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

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

Natural Resources Dates

Swans-On May 21 a public meeting will be held by the MIDNR discussing the appearance of swans on our interior lakes. Learn the life cycle of the swans and how they impact our interior lakes both in terms of beneficial plants and endanger waterfowl.

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

Visiting Pastors for the Beaver Island Christian Church

May 13 and 20 Pastor Harold Kruse

May 20: Baccalaureate for seniors at Beaver Island Community School

May 27: Pastor Howard Davis

June 3: Pastor Jim VanderMeiden

June 10: Pastor Norm Ratering

June 17: Pastor Howard Davis

June 24 and July 1: Pastor Joseph Fox

Coming April 27, 2012 The Alma Choir

Click Here for information


At Beaver Island community Center from 2 pm to 5 pm

Sponsored by the Beaver Island Association

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

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

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

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

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

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

Consultant Report Available

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

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

2nd Annual Gail's Walk
Sunday, May 27th 2012 @ 3:00 pm

In honor of Gail Weede, each year we will have a Memorial Weekend Walk to raise money that will help Island families who experience unexpected or long term medical treatment. This fund would help with bills or expenses related to the condition.
A minimum donation of $10 per person is asked for this 5k untimed event. Children 5 and under are no charge.
If you are unable to join us, but would still like to donate to this worthy cause, any donation would be welcomed and appreciated. Shirts are available in adult sizes S-XL for $10 and XXL are $12.00;The deadline for ordering shirts is April 1st, 2012.

Please email Beth Croswhite or Kerry Smith for walk/shirt order forms or download one from this link HERE

This walk will begin and end at the Public Beach parking lot.

Any questions please call:
Beth Croswhite- 231-448-2820 email: bethjoddy@gmail.com
Kerry Smith 231-448-2601 email: ryanandkerry@tds.net
Joan Banville 231-448-2092 Lynn Cary 231-448-2575
Lisa Gillespie 231-448-2888 Dawn Marsh 231-448-2910

BIRHC Board Meetings in 2012

May 19

July 21

September 15

November 17

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



Monday, May 7: Tessa Jones, Larry Delamater Jr, Jacque LaFreniere

Tuesday, May 8: Bill Supernaw, Patrick Cull, Chelsea Smith, Jason Lome, Kevin O'Donnell, Forrest Powers

Wednesday, May 9: Neil Feck, Phyllis Moore

Thursday, May 10: Deb Plastrik, Jeremy Sowa, Jeremy McBain,

Friday, May 11: Kenny Slough, Linda McGuire-Hannon

Saturday, May 12:

Sunday, May 13: Kim Irwin Pollock,Lorrin Ortmann,Bob Graves

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Announces

2012 Meeting Schedule

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

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

April 21, 2012

May 17, 2012

September 20, 2012

October 18, 2012

November 15, 2012

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

NRESC Meeting Dates Determined

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Steering Committee

2011-2012 Meeting Schedule

All meetings open to the public

Entire Steering Committee to meet at 7 p.m. at Peaine Township Hall

May 21, 2012

July 16, 2012

Executive Committee to meet at 4:30 p.m. at Peaine Township Hall **denotes date or time change

May 21, 2012

June 18, 2012

July 16, 2012

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Violin Happenings

Spring Serenade

Solo Recital - Saturday, May 5

3:00 pm performance

Community Center

Group Recital - Friday, May 11

7:00 pm performance

Community Center


Pre Twinkles:
Bunny Song
Kangaroo song
Cat Kitty

Concert repertoire:
May Song
Song of the Wind
Mrs. Tw Stop Stop
Twinkle Pop

Irish Fiddle Violin Workshop

July 5th and 6th

In front of the little green house on Kings Highway…

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

Details to follow.

Glen McDonough Mem. Concert

July 7th 7pm

In front of the little green house on Kings Highway…

Music on the Porch

Monday, July 16th

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

(Rain location is the Holy Cross Hall)

Private Lessons

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

In-Fisherman TV Show to Air

To view a five minute trailer, click the link below: (Very Nice if you like fishing)


AMVETS Meeting Changed

The May's AVMETS Meeting will be held the third Tuesday of this month, May 15th rather than the second at St. James Township Hall at 7:30 PM. Agenda Items jnclude: Memorial Day Breakfast, Memorial Day Ceremony, Memorial Park Sprinkler System, and summer activities.

Chamber & Pure Michigan Radio

The Beaver Island Chamber of Chamber has reached an agreement with the Charlevoix Convention and Visitors Bureau to be part of the Pure Michigan campaign with 60 second radio spots. The commercial has been recorded by Tim Allen and will begin airing soon. More details at the story link below.

The final script of the message is:

Charlevoix Convention and Visitors Bureau Pure Michigan Script (Final)

Talent: Tim Allen

"They say beauty is in the eye in of the beholder. That it comes from the inside out. Well some say it lives in a small town in northern Michigan where petunias blossom by the thousands , the water magnificently blue, and manicured streets lead to stunning views. Welcome to the beautiful city of Charlevoix where nature's stones have been crafted into one-of-a-kind homes , and a magnificent castle stands tall beyond its era. Where beauty lives in each hello, Every sun-soaked day on the beach, and in the simple delights. Take the ferry over to scenic Beaver Island. Hear the town's excitement, laughter and music blend into a beautiful summer symphony. And where happy people greet us in every shop, restaurant and hotel. Sharing smiles we're sure to pass on. Come enjoy the brighter side of life and feel the glow of Charlevoix's charm because embracing the beauty around us is Pure Michigan. Your trip begins at michigan.org"


Changes to the Little Sand Bay Trail

The familiar way to Little Sand Bay is blocked using large rocks. Now you have to drive up by the old farmhouse to park. The Little Traverse Conservancy intend to place a gate so vehicles will not be able to drive beyond this point. Currently, a portion at the beginning of the trail is marked by pink plastic ribbon. The LTC plans to mow or have the grass mowed, at some point.

You end up where the original parking area and trailhead was.

"The new trail is marked with a map at the trailhead by the Gallagher house, 4x4 posts along the trail where it goes through the open areas, and will be mowed sometime during the next week. We will continue to mow it as needed. The new entrance is marked with our preserve name sign (which we moved up from the old parking area), as well as a “Trailhead Parking” sign with an arrow pointing towards the new parking area. The old access road is now blocked off with a chain."

Why was the access trail changed? The following was the posting on the Beaver Island Forum:

Thank you for your questions about the Little Sand Bay trail. We did consider many aspects of the trail and the needs of trail users before making the changes to the parking area. We conducted an informal survey of preserve visitors, who indicated that they would not object to the change. We truly regret that the added distance will make it difficult for you to visit the preserve.

The condition and maintenance of the long access drive extending far into the interior of the preserve has been problematic over the years. (We have received complaints about low-clearance vehicles bottoming out, and cars getting scratched by the junipers.) In general, we try to locate our preserve parking areas near road frontage, in order to minimize interior road maintenance and vehicular impacts to the preserves. Little Sand Bay has always been an exception to this standard.

In Summer 2009, LTC was approached by the Beaver Island Historic Society (BIHS) about the possibility of acquiring and preserving the Gallagher house (also known as the Early/Doney Home), which is thought to be one of the oldest homes on the Island, dating from Mormon times. BIHS made a preliminary request to acquire and move the house to another site for restoration. Instead of moving the house, in February 2012 LTC's Stewardship Committee approved the decision to keep the house on site and reconfigure the trail head and parking for the preserve. Rather than have two parking areas on the preserve (with associated maintenance costs) we planned that the parking lot near the house would serve double-duty for both preserve and historic site visitors.

The reconfiguration of the trail adds .18 mile (950 feet) to the distance from parking lot to the beach. We designed the trail so it would go through open areas with smooth footing, and made sure to keep the “pedestrian” sized opening at the fence and gate wide enough for a wheelchair to pass (32”).

You may want to check out our new Petritz Preserve, located just north of town with a trail that starts at Lake Street (behind McDonough's Market.) There is a nice trail that goes 1,500 feet to the dunes at the lake shore, instead of the 2,300 foot walk to the beach at Little Sand Bay.

Thanks again for contacting us, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Cindy Mom
Stewardship Specialist
Little Traverse Conservancy
3264 Powell Road
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
231-344-1011 phone
231-347-1276 fax

Video of COTY HERE

Citizen of the Year Banquet Tonight

Tonight, April 28, 2012, the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year was announced. The recipient was completely surprised by the presentation. Congratulations to Kathy Speck, 2012 Citizen of the Year! Holding the legislators,senators,and governor's proclamation is Rachel Teague, Chamber President, with Kathy Speck holding her plaque.

Congratulations, Kathy!

The Rest of the COTY Story

The Shamrock Bar and Restaurant was full to capacity with dinner guests for the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Banquet and Award Ceremony. Dinner provided attendees with several options including salad starter, meal, and desert. The choices for the meal were grilled chicken breast with fresh mushroom risotto, grilled Atlantic Salmon with asparagus and roasted potatoes, or Prime Rib with asparagus and baked potato.

The Beaver Island Comedy Club was the featured entertainment with a special Chamber show at the awards banquet with three special skits. Participating the the comedy club presentation were Elaine West, Wendy White, Phil Becker, Pat Nugent, Jeff Powers, and Kimberly Read.

Steve West introduce the participants in the comedy skits.

The WBEV announcer Phil Becker with the Red Hat Ladies Elaine West and Wendy White.

Kimberly Read in the waitressskit with Phil Becker.

The natural resources skit with Pat Nugent, Jeff Powers,and Phil Becker.

After the wonderfully hilarious performance, the stage was set for the rest of the evening's activity which began with Rachel Teague, president of the Chamber of Commerce. Steve West introducedher to the group.

Steve West's introduction

Link to Rachel Teague's speech which includes all nominees HERE

Rachel Teague's speech included the mention of all twenty-one people nominated for the Citizen of the Year for 2012 with a little bit about each one of the nominees. You can read about it at the link just above this. Then the moment that all were waiting for, the announcement of the winner of the Citizen of the Year for 2012. With tears in her eyes, the 2012 recipient Kathy Speck approached the podium.

Kathy Speck, 2012 Citizen of the Year, is on the podium with her friend and coworker Diane McDonough and Rachel Teague, Chamber President.

Congratulations, Kathy Speck, 2012 Citizen of the Year!

Daddy Frank's New Look

Daddy Franks has been sold and the new owners are putting a lot of work toward getting it ready to open. The most obvious change is the color of the building. It used to be blue. Now it's a bright read. The new owners have decided to build an addition and relocated the kitchen in the addition. The existing building will be used to seat customers. The new owners, Kathie and Mark Ehinger, and the family were up working on the addition this week. Their two sons, Anthony and Derek, were helping with the excavation for the new addition. Next week their daughter Stephanie and her husband Shawn Allen will be up to help. Their dog, an English Mastiff, and named Dozzer is also part of the family.

The new Daddy Franks' menu is available to view HERE.

Meet the Ehingers

Gail's Walk Reminder

This was received from Kerry Smith:

This is a reminder of Gail's Walk on Sunday, May 27th at 3:00 pm. We would like to thank everyone for their donations to this fund. Some of the funds from the 1st Gail's Walk helped a family in need with medical expenses. This is an annual event and we hope to continue building this fund. We appreciate the continued support. Registration will be open on the day of the walk, and we will have some extra shirts available the day of the walk.

There are some railroad tracks across the road from the district library called Heritage Park. These tracks have been placed there to prepare for this steam railroad engine called the DB Harrington.

DB Harrington Project

Tony Gatliff

April 20, 2012--Today at 10:00 I met Tony Gatliff and his brother and Bob Scheys from Phoenix Movers. We measured up the engine and talked to the representative from the Port Huron Museum about what would be involved in the moving of it.

•  The engine weights 24,000 pounds and the coal/wood tender is another estimated 6,000 lbs.

•  The height of the engine, after the removal of the upper portion of the stack (two bolts) is 8'-6”,

•  According to the movers this would require a single-draft lowboy trailer.

•  The parking lot is old asphalt so the movers will have to put down 8' x 10' steel plates to protect it.

•  Phoenix movers believe that they can pick up the engine by the frame with two large forklifts and place it on the lowboy.

•  Tony will assume responsibility for the dismantling of the plastic storage shed and the museum will take care of removing the “stuff” blocking access to the engine.

They (Phoenix) can provide the lowboy but as we discussed today it would be much simpler if we provided the trailer and tractor for the transport as they (Phoenix) would have to ship their equipment to the island, unload it and then return it to the mainland. That and delays for weather could add a significant amount to the project cost.

In summary the removal and loading up of the engine is not that big of a project. Phoenix estimates the transport cost would be in the $100/per hour range. I need to work up a final scope of work for Phoenix and that depends on if we can get a lowboy and trailer for the transport.

Tony and I measured the rail dimensions, they have to be a minimum of 36 inches apart (inside dimensions). The rails they have down here are 2 ¾” wide at the top so that would make the outside-outside rail dimensions for THESE rails 36+2 ¾ + 2 ¾ or 41 ½ inches.

Bob Tidmore (Thanks to Bob Tidmore for this information and the pictures!)

From http://www.rypn.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1369 posts by T.J. Gaffney:

"I have had more than a couple e-mails from those who had little or no idea that another steamer of Pere Marquette heritage existed.

This engine is a 36-inch narrow gauge Porter-Bell & Co. product, a 2-4-0 built for P.M. predecessor Port Huron & Northwestern in 1878. As far as I know, she is one of the few Porter-Bell engines left, and is a rare piece of Michigan's railroad heritage.

After being sold off by the Flint & Pere Marquette (succesor to PH&NW), she went to different lumber company operations around Michigan, until finally being purchased for a display on the history of the lumber industry in Traverse City, Michigan. She remained there until the 1960's, when she was purchased by the Cedar Point & Lake Erie in Ohio, where she was cosmetically restored but never ran. She was later donated to the Henry Ford Museum, who stored her in off-site facility in Navarre, Ohio.

We at the Port Huron Museum acquired her from the Henry Ford Museum in 1992, and have had her in protective storage at our main museum site since then. Future plans envision a display dedicated to the PH&NW with #1 (also known as the D.B. Harrington, after the president of the PH&NW), as the center piece

For others interested in surviving Pere Marquette structures, rolling stock, and the like, please check out the Pere Marquette Historical Society website at:


Fellow P.M.H.S. member Fritz Milhaupt runs what in the author's opinion is one of the most detailed and informative rail history sites on the web.



Phragmites Update 

Once again we welcome spring on Beaver Island with open arms. The beautiful flora of the island is such an important part of its beauty. Unfortunately, the growth of invasive species like Phragmites threaten our beaches and native plants.

Over the past several years we have taken aggressive action against the Phragmites invasion with the help of many concerned citizens and organizations. The progress has been outstanding and we are winning this battle. The studies have shown that the population of Phragmites has gone from 27.1 acres of shoreline in 2007 to approximately 1 acre in 2011.

We plan to continue aggressive treatment as this 1 acre is scattered throughout the island shoreline and can spread very rapidly. The townships' Phragmites program will continue to collaborate closely with state agencies and national organizations. A multi-organizational meeting will take place on Beaver Island mid-May for the purpose of discussing and coordinating invasive species control for the entire archipelago.

The new administrator for the program is Lisa Welke and you may contact her with any questions or concerns you may have.

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

Beaver Island Community School Healthcare Occupations Student Compete in State Competition

Nine BICS students attended the state competition for HOSA, Healthcare Occupations Students of America. The total students attending this event was over seventeen hundred. The students attending this state level competition were Jewell Cushman, Michael McCafferty, Erin Boyle, Meg Works, Emily Boyle, Hannah Robert, Marissa Crandall, Olivia Schwartzfisher, and Olivia Cary. All of these students took the Healthcare Issues Exam.

Five other BICS students qualified to attend, but chose not to travel. Just attending the state competition is an honor, but some of the Island kids did really well. Although none of our students are going to move forward to the national competition, some did exceptionally well by placing in the top eight. In CPR and First Aid, Jewell Cushman and Michael McCafferty placed in the top eight teams out of forty teams participating. In medical photography, Erin Boyle was in the top eight out of thirty. Meg and Emily participated in Forensic Medicine. Hannah Robert participated in physical therapy. Marissa Crandall participated in extemporaneous writing on a secret topic given to the student just before they were to write. The topic was bullying. Olivia Schwarzfisher participatedin medical math. Olivia Cary participated in the courtesy core to be availableto be a patient.

The competition took place on Thursday and then the Friday symposiums were provided for the students to gain more information in the topics presented at this conference. Later on Friday, the students got to participate in an Activity Night which included mechanical bull riding, a padded game like "Sock 'em," an inflatable obstacle course, and a slide.

Four adults attended the conference as chaperones. These adults were Sarah McCafferty HOSA teacher, Danielle Dedloff, Dan McCafferty, and Judi Boyle.

The Health Occupations Class at BICS meets five day a week with topics taught to all students including medical terminology, basic human anatomy and physiology, nutrition, mental health, controlling infections, and infectious diseases along with the rest of the health curriculum.

Congratulations to those HOSA students from Beaver Island! You did us proud!

Beaver Island Talent Show

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

Please view the video HERE.

John Brady Starts the Show


Adam Richards Introduction


The Lil' Dancers coached by Kimberly Read


Suzuki Strings Players


Beat this joke 1


Lighthouse Students skit "Ginger Snaps"


Brighid Cushman and Marissa Crandall sing Adele "make you feel my love"


Randy Osborne song


Lighthouse skit--Trophy Hunter


Sheri, Simeon, and Elisha "Fiddle songs"


"Swagger Jagger"


Intro to Lighthouse dramatic skit


Lighthouse Dramatic Skit "Through the eyes of a child"

Taxpayer Contributions by Township

This comparison chart is being presented for clarity:

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

Funded agency

St. James taxpayer pays

Peaine taxpayer pays

St. James taxpayer pays approximately this much more

BI Fire Department

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


BI Rural Health Center

2.000 x 80,000 =$160.00

2.000 x 80,000 = $160.00

same amount

BI Airport

0.9014 x 80,000 = $72.11

0.6204 x 80,000 = $49.63


BI Transfer Station

1.4464 x 80,000 = $115.71

0.9955 x 80,000 = $79.64


BI Emergency Medical Svc

0.9948 x 80,000 = $79.58

0.6847 x 80,000 = $54.78


BI Historical Society

0.2347 x 80,000 = $18.78

0.1615 x 80,000 = $12.92


Two editorials on this subject by Joe Moore:

Equity in Tax Bills

How Serious is the Inequity

From the Beaver Island Natural Resources & Ecotourism Steering Committee

Peter Plastrik, chairman

April 15, 2012

The NRESC has issued a report that summarizes the results of focus group interviews with 121 year-round Island residents in March conducted by MSU professors John Beck and Julie Brockman. The report summarizes responses made to questions formulated by the NRESC to gain input for its planning process for natural resources management. Beck and Brockman conducted 2 well-attended Community Forums in the evening and met with members of the Beaver Island Wildlife Club and Chamber of Commerce, teachers, senior citizens, 7-12 th graders at the Beaver Island Community School, and students at the Lighthouse School. Additional focus groups are planned to capture the thoughts of residents unable to participate in the March sessions, as well as summer residents of the Island.

The MSU report includes many quotations from the interview sessions and Beck and Brockman's summaries of responses to specific questions, including:

•  The Island itself was described as NOT Mackinac.

•  Many respondents described Islanders as people who like the outdoors, are independent, able to entertain themselves, and friendly.

•  Without exception, all respondents either stated or agreed that they would like to see the natural beauty of Beaver Island remain the same.

•  A couple of respondents wanted the size of the population to remain the same, though they mentioned, in the same breath, that the current population may not be sustainable. In other words, they wanted not too many, but not too few.

•  Direct threats (to the future of Beaver Island's natural resources) come in the form of the overabundance or invasiveness of some species and/or activities such as shoreline algae, coyotes, varieties of flora and fauna, human beings, visible blight, over-fishing and clear-cutting, and the increase in the number of young people who are leaving the Island to live elsewhere.

•  Most, if not all, respondents agreed with the idea that, for Beaver Island to thrive, a balance must be reached between the natural environment and economic growth.

•  Though many students expressed an interest in returning to the Island to live and work after completing their formal education, most felt that this would not be the case due to the inability to make a living on the Island.

NRESC members agreed that the report provided helpful information for the planning process.....and that additional input is desirable. Peter Plastrik, the NRESC chair, thanked Sandy Birdsall, Ed Wojan, Jeff Powers, and Paul Johnson for their work in organizing the focus groups.

A full copy of the MSU report is available HERE and at http://binresc.org/?p=146 .

Beaver Island Dining Out Program Begins April 16, 2012

Beaver Island, Michigan (April 5, 2012)

Jack Messer, the Executive Director of the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging, has announced that changes are planned for the Senior Meals Program on Beaver Island . Having received approval from the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging and the Area Agency on Aging of Northern Michigan, the changes are slated to become effective April 16, 2012.

There is a considerable body of data to support the health benefits for seniors who participate in a meal program that provides a balanced meal, social interaction, and nutrition education. By offering seniors menu choices and flexibility of times, the COA hopes to reach more seniors and encourage them to focus on nutrition as an essential element of good health.

Beginning Monday, April 16, 2012, the Commission on Aging will transition its Congregate Meal program at the Beaver Island Community Center to a Dining Out program featuring certificates which can be redeemed at the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant and the Harbour Market for a meal meeting the 1/3 RDA of nutrition for seniors. Sunday Dinners and special activities will continue to be offered at the Community Center. Home delivered meals, prepared daily, will continue to be offered to homebound seniors for lunch.

Dining Out is an alternative to the traditional and current senior nutrition program and is being offered on Beaver Island in the continuing effort to reduce COA expenses while maintaining needed services. “Not only will we be able to save the taxpayers money, we will be able to enhance the Senior nutrition program for our participants by offering multiple menu choices, as well as multiple times of availability,” said Messer.

Offered Monday through Friday, seniors may order from a menu of AAANM approved entrées for their choice of breakfast (available from 8am to 11am), lunch (from 11:30am to 1:30pm), or dinner (from 5pm to 7pm).

The Dining Out program will be introduced to Beaver Island participants at the COA Sunday Dinner on April 15 th from 11am to 12:30pm at the Community Center. “Dining Out” certificates will be available at this and all Sunday Dinners or through Ann Partridge at the Community Center Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays from 10am to 2pm.

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

Peaine Township Millage Rates Set

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

Millage rates in the two townships for jointly funded operations

Funded agency

St. James millage

Peaine millage

BI Fire Department



BI Rural Health Center



BI Airport



BI Transfer Station



BI Emergency Medical Svc



BI Historical Society



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Equity in Tax Bills

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

How Serious is the Inequity

Changes at the Transfer Station

There have been some changes to the Beaver Island Transfer Station, and you should expect some more changes as time progresses. Don Welke is the new manager. The first change that you will notice for any green bags purchased after April 1, 2012, is the cost. It will increase from $2.50 to $3.00 for the current 20-30 gallon 2 mil green bag. Coming this spring or summer will be a new larger 50 gallon, 2 mil, green bag that will hold two of the smaller bags volume for a price of $4.00.

Once the point of sale computer equipment is up and operating, you will also be able to purchase these bags at the Transfer Station.

There has been an increase in cost for transferring shingles off the island by the waste managment company on the mainland. This cost is to be passed on to the contractors. The new method of paying for Gaylord boxes is also in effect as of April 1, 2012. A link to the new prices can be viewed HERE.

The major change is the cost of Gaylord boxes of shingles. The contractors will have a couple of ways to handle these. No matter what the choices are, if you go to pick up a Gaylord box, you will have to pay for the box itself when it is picked up. This cost will be $25.00 no matter what is to be placed into the Gaylord box. If regular debris, such as construction debris, like drywall, is placed in the box, the cost on delivery of the Gaylord box will be an additional $65.00, bringing the total cost of debris in Gaylords up to $90.00. If the Gaylord box has shingles in it, the cost will be $100.00 on delivery to the transfer station, making the total cost of a Gaylord box of shingles $125.00.

Wait now, and don't get all bent out of shape. First of all, there has been no increase in costs to transfer the waste for consumers including contractors for the last five years.

The costs for the shingle disposal for the transfer station has increased as well. The transfer station staff, in conjunction with the Waste Management Committee, has been working on a plan to possibly get this cost down. This would make the method of disposing of shingles slightly different. Contractors would still need to purchase the Gaylord box(es) to put the shingles in for transport to the transfer station. The contractor would bring the shingles in the box(es) to the transfer station. These box(es) would then be emptied into a special roll-off container, and the contractor would keep the empty Gaylord box(es), and pay the old cost for the box of shingles of $80.00.

As usual, the months of May and October would continue as free months for disposal of yard waste including leaves, grass, and branches. If you are not sure of the costs, a simple phone call to the transfer station can help. Just call them during their open hours at 448-2228.

Consultant Report Available

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

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

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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