B. I. News on the 'Net, November 12-18, 2012

Bliss Fest Music Organization Seeks Artist Design of Logo Contest

Island Treasures Black Friday Sale

News From the Beaver Island Community School

November 19, 2012

For more information, contact Kitty McNamara, 231.448.2744, kittym@bics.us

BICS Recognizes Academic Achievement

Forty percent of the secondary students earned a 3.5 or higher grade point average in the first marking period. These students are being recognized for Consistent and Exceptional Academic Performance: Forrest Avery, Sarah Avery, Emily Boyle, Erin Boyle, Ryan Boyle, Olivia Cary, Marissa Crandall, Tessa Jones, Simeon Richards, Hannah Robert, Alex Williams and Nick Williams. Students Emily Burton and Meg Works are being recognized for Commended Academic Performance and Achievement for earning a B- average or better for the first marking period. All of the students are enrolled in a rigorous course of study and most of these students are also involved in student council, athletics, and other school and community activities. Congratulations!

BICS School Board sets Annual Goals

At its October board meeting, the school board adopted four annual goals:

•  Develop a district-wide Communications Plan, including development of a unique BICS ‘Dashboard' that will be used to report on the status of school accomplishments & achievements compared to determined targets.

•  Continue to update board policies, making sure those policies support the intended culture of the school and are flexible enough to allow the use of common sense and good judgment in implementation.

•  Continue to work on implementation of the graduate profile requirements which help build a solid path to career and college readiness.

•  Develop and follow a timeline for transition from the current administrator to a new administrator.




Sponsored by the AMVETS Post #46 and AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary.

A More Active Winter Forecast

AccuWeather. com reports Sandy is a sign of what is to come for the East during winter of 2012-2013 with an active coastal storm track expected, AccuWeather meteorologists agree.

In reviewing the original winter forecast, meteorologists now expect more weak, fast-moving snowstorms and cold for the Midwest than previously forecast. Meteorologists originally forecast a near-normal season for lake-effect snow in the Great Lakes, but they now forecast above-normal snow for some areas.

In reviewing the original winter forecast, meteorologists now expect more weak, fast-moving snowstorms and cold for the Midwest than previously forecast. Meteorologists originally forecast a near-normal season for lake-effect snow in the Great Lakes, but they now forecast above-normal snow for some areas.

"[Sandy] gave us an idea of what can happen off the East Coast if we get phasing to take place," AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok explained. "And we also saw a couple storms, not as extreme as Sandy, but have a similar impact. So, that is a little bit of a prelude of what we think can happen."

Phasing refers to a northern branch of the jet stream meeting with the southern branch of the jet stream, allowing big storms to impact the East. Think of it as two smaller rivers merging together into one larger one.

Originally a weak El Niño, which is classified by above-normal water temperatures in the central and equatorial Pacific Ocean, was forecast. Now meteorologists expect a neutral phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) for the winter, which is characterized by near-normal water temperatures in the central and equatorial Pacific Ocean.

More Clippers, Cold Shots for the Midwest
A higher frequency of clipper systems is expected for the northern Plains and Midwest compared to what meteorologists were expecting early in the fall. Clipper systems are fast-moving storms, originating from Alberta, Canada, that carry little moisture. Light to moderate snow usually falls on the northern edge of the clipper system track. Below-normal snowfall was previously forecast for eastern portions of the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and northern Illinois. AccuWeather meteorologists now expect near-normal snow in this zone due to more frequent clippers. Cold shots following the clipper systems will hold temperature departures down more too. With more cold crossing the Great Lakes, this change also impacts the forecast for lake-effect snow in some areas.

"With more clippers, we may see a moderate season [of lake-effect snow] predicted overall for the Great Lakes, but there could be a few areas that could be a little bit heavier off of Lake Superior and northern Lake Michigan," Pastelok said. Above-normal snow is forecast for the typical snowbelts across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and northern portions of Lower Michigan as a result.

Wildlife Club Dinner Raffle Results

The Beaver Island Wildlife Club Raffle winners for 2012 include the first winner of the gun was Jim McDonough. The winner of the binoculars was Tom Kludt. The winner of the GPS was Mark Deaudoin. There were additional prizes. Carol Creasser won bird shot shells. Pat Nugent won a spur knife. Bob Welke won a $100 gift certificate. Rex Dowling and Andy Kohls each won an engraved knife. The Swearingen camp won a spotlif and a knife. Don Tritsch won a head lamp. Sally Fogg won a knife and bird shot shells. Fred and Marty Walstrom won a knife and a spotlight. Bruce Wildie won a filet knife. Butch Holgarth won a spot light and a filet knife. Paul Johnson won a spur knife. John Haggard won a spotlight. Larry McDonough won a filet knife. The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Leroy Schwandt.

Lots of prizes and an excellent dinner make for an absolutely excellent Wildlife Club Dinner and Raffle!

BIRHC Annual Meeting Scheduled

The Annual Meeting of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 10:00 AM in the health center community room.


A drawing for a beautiful hand-made afghan donated by Anna Mae Maxwell (aunt to Loretta Slater and others) will be held on November 17th. A donation of any size to the Beaver Island Food Pantry entitles you to one (1) ticket in the drawing. Afghan and tickets are at McDonough's Market. Drawing will be at Wildlife Dinner, Saturday, November 17, 2012.

Last night at the Hunters' Dinner the drawing was held for the hand-made afghan donated by Anna Mae Maxwell. The winner is Sarah Rohner! Congratulations, Sarah!

Thanks to all for your donations to the Beaver Island Food Pantry.

Judi Meister
Patrick Nugent
Miranda Rooy
Chris Vanlooy

B I Airport Commission Meeting

This morning, Saturday, November 17, 2012, beginning a little after 9 am, the Beaver Island Airport Commission met at the St. James Township Hall. Upon arrival at the hall, both new township supervisors were being briefed by AC Chairman Mike Scripps and committee member Don Vyse. This was a two on two discussion of the current history and previous history of the Airport Committee and its conversion to Airport Commission. The discussion continued until the arrival of all the other AC members. Questions were asked, and answers were given. Then the regular meeting began.

Video of this meeting may be viewed HERE

Who Is This?

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association board members are not eligible for this contest. This is a contest with a prize. If you are the first person to send an email to the editor of BINN, and if you correctly identify this person AND his connection to Beaver Island, you will be able to give someone else a six month subscription to Beaver Island News on the 'Net as a Thanksgiving or Christmas present. Can you identify this Puerto Rican Bass? Can you explain how he is connected to Beaver Island? If so, send an email to the editor of BINN at: medic5740@gmail.com

Waste Managment Meeting for November 20th Canceled

BICS Christmas Caroling Announced for December 18th

The elementary staff at BICS is excited to announce that we will be trying something new for the annual Christmas Program this year. We are planning to take all of the elementary students Christmas Caroling out in the community and share their beautiful voices and songs with those who otherwise may not have been able to attend the program at the Community Center. A wonderful group of parent volunteers have taken this idea to the next level and decided to make some treats to deliver along the way.

Caroling will occur, starting at 3:30 on Tuesday, December 18th.


Contact Debbie Robert at 448-2744 (school) or 448-2048 (home) if you would like more information.

Come, join in as we remind these students and ourselves of the Reason for this Season!

If you know of someone who would appreciate having carolers please let me know. We will make every effort to visit as many as we can!

A Few Deer Hanging, Some Hiding

There are not so many deer hanging around the harbor this year. BINN say one doe hanging over by the Marine Museum, and three bucks hanging at the Emerald Isle Hotel. There are lots of deer being seen.

Three bucks hanging

Some deer hiding...

BICS After-School Program Professional Development

Flights of fancy and understanding the care of the environment are just two things the students at BICS have been learning about since the 21st Century after school program began its fourth year on September 17, 2012. Tours of the planes at Island Airways graciously provided by Paul and Angel Welke and cleaning the Walleye pond with Tom Klutz provided opportunity for our students to expand their academics beyond the reading and math they work on daily. There have been trips to the library and for a few lucky young ladies a trip to Camp Hayo-went-ha for sights on success training.

Happily, there is more yet to come including the chance for BICS students to see the adults that administer the after school programs doing some learning of their own. On November 29-30, 21st Century coordinators and their PALs will be heading to beautiful Beaver Island, instead of Kalamazoo, to have a day of professional development. PAL stands for Program Activity Leader, and here on Beaver Island we have two of the best: Patti Cull and Jacque LaFreniere. The PALs will be having training in classroom management and motivating the unmotivated student.

Program Coordinators like me, Jenna Wilk, will be looking at statistics and data analysis for program improvement strategies. What a great way to show off our beautiful island home and keep economic growth going in northern Michigan! A hat off to Christie Cloud-Webb and Kitty McNamara for leading others with such insight and remembering that keeping things close to home helps all of us in the long run.

Opening Day Firearm Deer Season Sunset

A quick trip out to Donegal Bay after 5:15 pm on November 15, 2012, provided a gorgeous sunset view. Glad to have gotten there in time to capture this beautiful natural phenomena.

Lawrence McDonough Turns 98 Today

Lawrence McDonough, once a farmer, and former owner of the barn that Stoney Acres is housed in, and once a captain for the Beaver Island Boat Company, turns 98 today. Consider stopping by his home on Carlisle Road and wishing him a "Happy Birthday."

Beaver Island Gas Prices

There are lots of mainland people complaining about gas prices, but there is one gas price on Beaver Island that you can definitely be happy about. The price of gasoline at the Station has decreased, making most island people quite happy. What is the price at the pump at the station? You can see for yourself in the picture below:

Carol's Barn

We miss you, Carol. Our group of dedicated volunteers is lost without you. We have been trying hard to keep things going at Island Treasures Resale Shop this week , but gosh, we miss you Carol. Packing the money pouch with exactly the right denominations, recording the daily earnings, writing up the sign so that we could continue our friendly competition- you did so much for our beloved Resale Shop. You paid the bills, prepared the deposits, and ordered the stickers and vacuum cleaner bags. You called Timmy to update him on our earnings and to remind him to buy things for the fire department.

You and I talked often about the fact that neither of us knew what we were doing, but that we must be doing something right - we were making money and people love the place.

We miss your wit and, Geez, Louise, your willingness to sub in anytime we needed your help.

We just want you to know, Carol, that when we get that building built out back, it will be because you were the mover and shaker on that project. It will be easy for you to recognize the building because we are calling it Carol's Barn.


Beaver Island Lodge Wine Pairing Menu

November 24, 2012

2012 November 14 Peaine Township Meeting

This meeting video should be able to be viewed on any electronic device with Internet access. It has been tested on desktop, laptop, Ipad, and Iphone 4.

Hurkman's Special Weapon in the Squirrel Wars

(Story and Pictures by Mike and Sharon Hurkmans)

This is what happens to squirrels when they come into our yard. This owl saw this squirrel at our feeder station less than 20' away from our house. He swooped down and killed the squirrel. The Owl let us go outside and take pictures of him with the squirrel.

He made the beak clicking noise to let us know that we were getting to close to him and his meal. And that he would attack us if we would have gotten too close to him. He couldn't fly off with the squirrel as the squirrel was too heavy for him to lift.

He kept trying to drag him off into the woods and finally was successful at doing that and he waited until it was almost dark to take advantage of the fine meal he had caught.

Our special weapon is a Great Horned Owl.

Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center hosts
'Wildlife of Michigan in Winter' photo contest

The Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon today announced a “Wildlife of Michigan in Winter” photo contest. Entrants are asked to submit favorite photos from last year or take a trek through the woods, fields or wetlands this winter and capture the beauty of wildlife in a wintry scene.

Photos must be of Michigan wildlife photographed in nature during winter. Entries are limited to two photos per person. Photos must be securely matted without a frame or glass, with a minimum size of 8 x 10 and maximum size of 11 x 16. Laminated photos or those without a matte will not be accepted. An entry fee of $4 per photo must accompany each submission. Please include photographer's name, address, email, phone number and name of wildlife and location photographed on the back. This contest is intended for amateurs only; the works of published photographers will not be considered.

The deadline for submission is 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. An impartial team of volunteers with knowledge of photography will judge the photos. Winners will be announced Feb. 2. Three winners will be chosen. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive a gift card and/or prize with a value equivalent to $50, $35 or $25.

Photos may be submitted by mail or delivered to:

Gillette Nature Association
6585 Lake Harbor Road
Muskegon, MI 49441

Winning photos will be on display at the Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center through Feb. 28. Entries may be picked up on or after Feb. 28; those not picked up within two months will become property of the Gillette Nature Association.

Questions may be directed to Elizabeth Brockwell-Tillman, park interpreter, at 231-798-3573 . The Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center is one of 10 visitor centers managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Visit www.michigan.gov/ dnrvisitorcenters for more information.

BIMF Artist Submission for 2013

Dear BIMF Friends and Artists, It is that time of year again when we start searching for artists to perform at the Beaver Island Music Festival. I am sending this out to all of our active emails this time because so many have asked us after the deadline or have that group that they know and would love to have submit. This year you will have that chance and have all the requirements to submit to BIMF. We will continue to have Thursday as an evening of music, so there are more opportunities to have fun and enjoy. The dates for this year are July 18, 19, & 20. If your group is interested in performing at the 2013 festival the deadline for applying is January 15, 2013 and any applications received after this date will only be considered for the 2014 festival. It is very important in our selection process that you include, information about your group, size and list of all ban d members that would be attending if selected, and a CD . Due to the large amount of applicants it is crucial in our selection process that we have an actual CD from your group. Please send all of your press kits to: BIMF Selection Committee PO Box 23, Beaver Island, MI 49782 . Our committee will be making all of their selections by January 31, 2013 We select based on quality, originality, diversity, personality, desire to perform on Beaver Island, and try to have only one group from each musical category. We have also established a performing rule that no band can play the festival more than 2 years in a row (no exceptions) and must wait at least 1 year before reapplying. This rule has been put in place so that we can continue to bring a diverse and new festival to Beaver Island each year. If your group is chosen to perform for this year's festival you will be contacted shortly after the final selection date. We will try to have our final line up posted by March 1, 2013 .
*If you are not selected this y ear please continue to submit for future years and remember that we have an open-mic session that is open to all performers during the festival. You can register for a slot any time after February 1, 2013 .
A special note to all artists that have applied to or performed at our festival before:
If we have received all of this information concerning your group from past years, everything about your group remains the same, and we have a current CD, all you will need to do is e-mail me at bimfburton@yahoo.com to reactivate your application.
We continue to keep all submissions to our festival each year for the convenience of your group and our selection committee. We look forward to hearing from your group and wish you good luck for this year‘s selection!

From Stoney Acres

Friday Nov.15th @ Stoney
FUN...FUN...FUN ...

Senior Michigan DNR Official Hunts Beaver Island

In late October the Beaver Island Wildlife Club and the Chamber of Commerce hosted a hunt visit by the Russ Mason Ph.D. Mason is Chief, Wildlife Division Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). He is an avid shotgun hunter for upland game birds and water fowl and was a key figure in getting Quality Deer Management (QDM) three on a side antler restrictions in place on Beaver Island .

With the help of Wildlife Club VP Tom Kludt and members Bill Parsons, Phil Wyckoff and Mark LaFreniere, Mason had a wonderful two day hunt. Chamber of Commerce members Al and Lori Forte, Marijean Pike, and Fresh Air Aviation also provided support for the visit.

"The round trip airfare from Charlevoix is inexpensive, flights are convenient, the burgers at the Shamrock are great, and there are plenty of places to stay. Beaver Island is a waterfowling destination not to be missed. The hunting is like nothing else in Michigan and arguably in the United States," said Mason. "We set up on the south side of the inlet to St. James harbor."

In addition to bagging a daily limit of ducks in a very short time Mason harvested a nice turkey and enjoyed hunting grouse and woodcock.

Sum Goooood Caaake?

by Kate Garland

Once again this year, I've had requests for my Vodka Christmas Cake recipe so here goes. Please keep in your files as I am beginning to get tired of typing this up every year! (Made mine this morning!) 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 cup water, 1 tsp. salt , 1 cup brown sugar, Lemon juice, 4 large eggs, Nuts, 1 ...bottle Vodka, 2 cups dried fruit.
Sample a cup of Vodka to check quality. Take a large bowl, check the Vodka again to be sure it is of the highest quality then Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point, it is best to make sure the Vodka is still OK. Try another cup just in case. Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 eegs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit. Pick the fruit up off the floor, wash it and put it in the bowl a piece at a time trying to count it. Mix on the turner. If the fried druit getas stuck in the beaterers, just pry it loose with a drewscriver Sample the Vodka to test for tonsisticity. Next, sift 2 cups of salt, or something. Check the Vodka. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find. Greash the oven. Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over. Don't forget to beat off the turner. Finally, throw the bowl through the window. Finish the Vodka and wipe the counter with the cat. ?

(Not sure if this is an original recipe or not, but it is sure to raise the eyebrows of some who actually know how to bake.)

BICAA Mini-Grant Available

The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association announces Mini-Grants for 2012: Applications for cultural arts projects are Due December 20, 2012 and must be completed before September 30, 2013: For more information, please email Krys Lyle, BICAA Coordinator, krys@kryslyle.com, or Anne Glendon, BICAA Board Chair, aglendon2@gmail.com . All applications must be submitted electronically using the attached form. Please see attachment for more details.

BINN has posted the attachment for all to access on the homepage of BINN at http://beaverislandnews.com with a link to the application form.

Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial Ceremony

The Veteran's Memorial Ceremony was held at the Veteran's Memorial on November 12, 2012, at 11 a.m. with a brisk wind and temperature just above freezing


Bob Tidmore introduction as Jim and Karen Wojan look on...

Marissa Crandall explains the Operation American Soldier

Alvin LaFreniere remembers the Island vets who gave their all.

Bob Hoogendoorn prays for all the veterans and those serving now

The event ended with taps, played by Bob Hoogendoorn, and the AMVETS were dismissed by Bob Tidmore.

211 Call Data

Christmas Bazaar

The November 11, 2012, Christmas Bazaar took place at the Gregg Fellowship Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. and continuing until 2:30 p.m. In addition to all the jewelry, candles, stuffed animals, excellent photography, and intricate woodworking and much, much more, there was also an excellent choice of soups for lunch. The editor personally tried every single type of soup, and they were all delicious. The winner, if there was to be one chosen, would be very difficult to determine. The types of soups ranged from chicken noodle to vegetable bean to cheesy corn chowder. Bagels and birthday calendars were also available.

Video clip of all the items for sale and the artists


A walk around the Christmas Bazaar around the perimeter

Birthday calendars.....Jewelry....

Artistic woodworking......Native American jewelry

StillPoint Photography.......Mark's furs

Lots and lots of different items

From miniatures to Pampered Chef to bags

Stuffed animals ....

Finishing the perimeter and beginning the inside tables

BI Boat Shop.............. Mo's work.......... Nuts

Cutting boards and Monopoly......modeling some fur.......Coffee and tea from Paradise Bay

Stuffed animals and, last but not least, lunch in the form of soups

The BINN editor decided that each and every soup should be tasted, just a little bit of every single one. They were all delicious!

Pub Trivia Quiz Bowl at Stoney Acres

Between forty and fifty people joined in teams of three to five to compete for the group that knows the most trivia. This took place at Stoney Acres Grill and Donegal Danny's Pub beginning at 3 pm on Sunday, November 11, 2012. The first place team was Cheryl Kludt, Andy Kohls, Kathy Ruis, Jenna Wilk, and Pat Anderson. Here is little video to show the atmosphere of the event. The event raised almost $300 for the Food Pantry.


Stoney Acre dining room was packed full of excited trivia buffs

Filling out the raffle papers, the team lists, and Linda Wearn getting ready to start

The two organizers of the event: Carol Gillespie and Linda Wearn

You could tell that this was a very popular event with lots of laughs!



Link to Proof Ballots

On the Charlevoix County website, there are Proof Ballots that you can view at this address:


Click 2012 November proof Ballots, then scroll down to pages 19+20 for St. James and 21+22 for Peaine

Peaine Special Millage Setting Meeting 9/26/12

Video available HERE

Peaine Township Board Meeting Video of September, 12, 2012

Video of the meeting viewed HERE 

St. James Township Board Meeting Video

This meeting took place on October 4, 2012, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the St. James Township Hall. The meeting video is available at the link below:

View video by clicking HERE

Special Meeting of St. James Township Board

Video of the meeting HERE

K and M wins lowest bid for replacement of roof on St. James Township Hall.

NRESC recommended appointees approved.

Peaine Township Meeting of August 8, 2012

Video of the entire meeting may be viewed HERE

Bird Festival Feasibility Study and Comments

Invasive Species Summit

Video of the summit can be viewed HERE

Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial

View the Tribute to Veterans Video

2012 MAD Camp Performance

Almost fifty MAD Camp participants joined fourteent MAD Camp staffers for another wonderful music, art, and drama camp. It is amazing to see the final performance of these talented teachers and talented youngsters. The link to the final MAD Camp Performance for 2012 is HERE. 

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.

Video of the Presentations Can Be Viewed HERE

WMC Links

Meeting Dates

New Prices for Transfer Station

NRESC Has Its Own Website

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

COA Events November 2012

Recycling Info

Visit the Charlevoix Recycling Website for more information

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

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!

Veteran's Day Ceremony

BINN: AMVETS POST 46 will conduct a Veterans Day Ceremony on MONDAY, November 12, 11 AM at the Veterans Memorial Park on the harbor. All community members are invited.

Spaghetti Dinner Sponsored By the Lighthouse School

Monday November 12th not Tuesday November 13th

Spaghetti Dinner sponsored by the Lighthouse School

Peaine Township Hall
Monday, November 12th

5:00 PM Seniors
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Free Will donation

Thank You Veterans!

Today is Veteran's Day! Thank you so much for your service! Our country, our state, and our community are very thankful! The Beaver Island Veteran's Day Ceremony will be held on Monday at 11 am.

Carol LaFreniere Obituary

Carol Ann LaFreniere, 68, of Beaver Island, died Sunday, November 4, 2012, at her home. A memorial service was held at 11:00am, Thursday, November 8, 2012, at the Beaver Island Christian Church. The Reverend Howard Davis officiated. Visitation was on Wednesday from 4 - 6:30 pn, when friends were invited to join the family at BINGO, in Carol's memory.

Bingo in Honor of Carol LaFreniere


Carol was born July 27, 1944, in Flint, the daughter of Clarence and Marie (McLean) Schlacter. She married her former husband, Gerald LaFreniere on October 16, 1965, and he died in August of 2008.

Carol was a member of the Beaver Island Christian Church, and was a charter member of the Beaver Island Fire Auxiliary.

She is survived by her children, Michelle LaFreniere, Gerald (Tammy) LaFreniere, Deborah (John) Robert; grandchildren, Charlie and Emily Gray, Katie and Jessica LaFreniere, Hannah, John Brady, and Jared Robert, Britta Cieslak; and many children and grandchildren of the heart.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Beaver Island Fire Auxiliary Building Fund.

Nice Day for Ducks

The chance of rain today was listed at 80% and it might as well have been 100% because it is pouring outside at 9:45 am on Saturday. The wildlife must know something that humans don't because there have been no turkeys, no bluejays, and no squirrels coming to eat the corn that is put out everyday. There are lots of inside chores to get done, so let's get at them and get them done. Have a great day! "It's not rain! It's liquid sunshine!"

Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps! This is the 237th year! Happy Birthday!

The Disaster on the East Coast Continues

For those who have lost everything, whether in New York state or on the Jersey shore, the disaster has not ended. This is a video of some specific instances of volunteers helping out wherever and whenever they can. It was hard to watch this video without tears coming into the eyes.

Where Is the Tax Relief for St. James Township Taxpayers

Now that the election is over, it is time to bring this issue back up to the taxpayers on Beaver Island whether they pay taxes in St. James or in Peaine Townships. The following editorial was written by the editor of Beaver Island News on the 'Net, and he is responsible for all statements made. This position is his position only, not the position of News on the 'Net, nor of any family members. In short, the editorial is a response to two specific points: "Why do St. James individual taxpayers pay more for the joint services than does each individual Peaine taxpayer?" and "Are these tax amounts fair?" You can read the whole editorial by clicking on the small picture below.

Stoney News

MONDAY ... VETERAN'S DAY ...a Huge THANK YOU to all of you, who served all of us so well!
Please come in and enjoy a Burger & Fries Special on Stoney...11-2 pm.
Next Friday... DOE CAMP ...
Please join us for...
Good Times with Great Friends at Stoney & the PUB!

Wildlife Club News

Free Cob Corn at Power's Hardware

Available at the hardware during regular business hours. Bring a five gallon pail or other means to carry and take as much as needed. Must get rid of soon before it spoils. Freshly cut on Beaver Island last week.
There is still about 1/2 a gaylord box of Cobbed Corn at the Lumber Yard.. Please bring own pails to collect it and use it.

Dinner and Raffle

The Beaver Island Wildlife Club will host its annual dinner at the Shamrock on November 17, 2012, from 5-9 p.m. The drawing for the raffle prizes will be held between 7 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 each or 11 for $100. Also there will be 50/50 raffles through out the evening. It's a great evening of fun and food. Please join us for the only fund raiser the club holds each year.

Bick Buck Contest

Sign up now for the Big Buck Contest at Powers Hardware. It is a 50/50 payout. $10 gets you in and entry must be made PRIOR to Nov. 15. The contest is for Firearm season only. Entered bucks will be scored by Deny Keehn on Beaver Island only. No exceptions, so if you get your deer the night before you leave... contact Deny immediately.

2012 November 7 St James Township Meeting Video

Rich Gillespie Wins Re-election

In about 400 vote victory, Rich Gillespie won the county comissioner race against Nancy Ferguson. Rich won in all the townships that he represents. Congratulations, Richie!

Election Results

What's happened with the Peaine Township vote counts? At 8:30 pm tonight, November 6, 2012, there was a discrepency of one vote between the votes counted by the ballot machine and the Application to Vote forms. The forms said 281 voters and the ballots stated 280 on the machine. The ballots were removed from the machine and counted. At 8:55, there was still a discrepancy of this one vote. A search for possible problem points was begun. All the absentee ballot envelopes were checked for a missing ballot. The sign-in sheets were rechecked. Piles of votes were also checked and rechecked. Stubs from the ballot tops were checked. At 9:25, a double check and triple check of counted ballots turned up one pile with 26 ballots instead of the 25, and so all 281 ballots were accounted for. At 9:30, the group began learning how to run an unofficial total. After the reports, three copies, were printed of the unofficial results, the ballots would need to be re-inserted into the machine to recount for an official count. This was begun at 9:50. BINN left the building at 10:15 pm with unofficial results.

The results were found on the Charlevoix County website at 11:20 pm.

Interesting fact for Peaine Township: 85% of the registered voters in Peaine Township voted in this election.

Interesting fact for St. James Township: 79 % of the registered voters in St James Township voted in this election.

The Undefeated Lady Islanders Volleyball Team

(Photo by Frank Solle)

Coach and Athletic Director Kerry Smith said, " I would like to recognize that the Lady Islanders went undefeated in regular season play 10-0 and are the Northern Light League Champions this year for the first time since 2008."

BINN agrees! Congratulations to the Lady Islanders for a wonderfully successful season!

Operation American Soldier

The Beaver Island High School National Honor Society Chapter is collecting items to send to soldiers for the holidays. If you would like to donate items, please give them to a NHS member (Marissa C, Olivia C and Erin B, or adviser Connie Boyle). Elementary students are having a friendly classroom competition to collect items, so they will be happy to turn them in for you. NHS will be hosting a Fun Night for students in grades 7-12 on November 16 and the students may bring items as part of their admission.

Wish List items include:

Coffee, Tea & Powder Drink Mix
Protein Bars
Hard Candy & Chocolate Candy
Holiday Decoration Items
Playing Cards & Small Games
Canned Fruit With Flip Tops
Snack Pack Pudding
Tuna In Envelopes
Beef Jerky

The items that cannot be shipped are any liquids that contain alcohol (all liquid items must be alcohol free – shampoos, hand sanitizers, etc), no tobacco and no pork products.

If you would like to make a donation for items to be purchased, checks can be written to “Operation American Soldier”.

All items will be sent to Operation American Soldier who will mail them to soldiers. If you know of a soldier who would like to receive a stocking filled with items, please give the name and address to Connie Boyle.

Please bring items to Beaver Island Community School by Friday, November 16th

Thank you for your help and continued support!













Bingo is returning to Beaver Island! Beaver Island Christian Church will host what they hope will be the FIRST OF MANY enjoyable Wednesday evenings on October 17, 2012, at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Current plans are for bingo games on the first and third Wednesdays of the winter months (no bingo on November 19). Start time is 7:00 p.m.. More details later.

BIRHC Board Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 10:00 AM in the health center community room.

From Holy Cross Parish Council

Effective May 23, 2012

Summer Mass Schedule for Holy Cross Church

Sunday: 10:00am

Saturday: 5:30pm

Monday and Tuesday and Saturday Mass: 9:00am

Friday Mass: 12:00pm: with Holy Hour Following

Other Liturgies

Rosary before weekday Masses and on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00am

Confession is heard Saturday from 3:00 to 3:30pm

BIRHC Board Meetings in 2012

November 17

All meetings held at the BIRHC Education Room at 9:30 a.m.

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.

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 Schedule

Saturday, October 27, from 10 am – 1 pm

Those below are at Peaine Hall 7 pm

January 21, 2013

March 18, 2013

May 20, 2013

July 15, 2013

September 16, 2013

Message to All B.I. Organizations

BINN is willing to post any and all events on the News on the 'Net website! There is one exception to this rule.

BI News on the 'Net cannot post your event if you don't send the information to BINN!

Subscriptions Expire

You can subscribe online by using PayPal and a credit card. Please click the link below if you wish to renew online:





Squirrel War--Success??

About three weeks ago, Lil Gregg began having issues with squirrels getting into her house. With the hardware cloth patches to holes chewed into the siding at the roofline, and efforts to keep the squirrels out by her daughter Ruth, the war against the squirrels began. It seemed as if the squirrels were winning until Hogarth got a phone call and made their first visit.

All of the details of the squirrel war now had a professional pest eliminator on board. Traps and openings filled with one way doors and persistence became the order of the day. Thirty squirrels were caught and relocated.

Exterior traps with squirrels in them.......one way doorway from the attic to the outside

Trap name and flashing blocking a squirrel chewed hole.

At some point the squirrel, who was described as the "one that knew his way in the house" was caught on the inside of the house. Attempts had been made to chase this squirrel out open doors, but there was no success until the traps were placed inside the house.

The squirrel caught in the inside trap.

The lead squirrel caught after 30 others....The winner of the squirrel war--Hogarths

Short video clip describing the war


So why does the title of this story have question marks after the word "Success"? Some of the doubters willl probably say, "Let's wait to see if any other squirrels find a way into the house."

Standby for the next installment: Lil Gregg called and said she had another squirrel in the house at about 2:30 pm on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

This makes a total of three known house invasions by squirrels. Hopefully, the squirrel population causing these invasions can be relocated, but relocated somewhere else. Is there a squirrel heaven?

Election Day on Beaver Island

Polls are open from 7 am until 8 pm. In St. James and in Peaine, the voting location are the respective township halls. Please get out and vote. BINN does not endorse any candidate and does not have any position on any issues, so you won't find any directives on this website. BINN will, however, report on any issues and all the outcomes as soon as it becomes public information.

Peaine Township Hall location for voting

St. James Hall location for voting

BICS and BIEMS Team Up

As part of a two-day professional development program, the BICS faculty and staff flew off-Island on Thursday, November 1, 2012. Upon return, and at 8 a.m, on November 2, 2012, the adminstration, faculty, and staff met in the high school commons area for the American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR and AED program for adults, children, and infants.

A watch-and-then-do CPR and AED program

The program was being taught by three AHA instructors, all on the team of Beaver Island EMS-Gerald LaFreniere, Jim Stambaugh, Joe Moore; and BIEMS Executive Director Danielle Dedloff. The program is a hands-on practical skills program that emphasizes the importances of early CPR compressions that are "push hard and fast." This joint effort between BIEMS and BICS is just one example of the cooperative partnerships formed here on Beaver Island.

A picture of the CPR students doing hands-on activities

Avian Botulism a Serious Issue

Beach walkers.... if you decide to clean up the beaches of the bird carcasses, the transfer station will take them free of charge in doubled household garbage bags.

I am also asking for a crew to gather and take care of Sand Bay. Prior to the big blows from SANDY, there were about 50+ birds along the beach (and I only covered about 1/2 of the bay). If we could get several folks together we could divide up the bay into sections, haul the bagged birds to the road and have a pickup gather them up for the transfer station. Call me at 2220 if interested with dates and times you are available.

Jacque LaFreniere,
Avian Botulism monitor for Beaver Island

Donate to the Live Streaming Project

The Live Streaming Project includes BICS Sports Events, Peaine Township Meetings, Joint Township Meetings, and much more.

Your donation may allow these events to be live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv

A Very Nice Story on Paul Welke and Island Airways

http://www.9and10news.com/ story/19977598/special-report

Airport Commission Announces Funding for New Terminal Building

The chair of the Beaver Island Airport Commission announced today, October 29, 2012, that Mead and Hunt had told him that the BIAC was to received a grant to fund the building of the new terminal building at the Township Airport. Video of the announcement and comments can be viewed HERE

Mike Scripps announces grant for terminal building.

Mike shows House Bill 4025 that funded the grant program.

House Bill 4025 became PA 0226 and can be viewed HERE

Mike thanks Joe Reid and Don Vyse, former airport committee chairmen, for their efforts at updating the airport.

Three Airport Chairmen pose for a photo outside the current terminal building.

Beaver Island Basketball Schedule 2012-2013





JAN 4 OJIBWE & BARNSTORMERS @ BEAVER ISLAND Rescheduled to Feb 15, 2013

JAN 5 OJIBWE & BARNSTORMERS @ BEAVER ISLAND Rescheduled to Feb 16, 2013













Proposed Beaver Island Garage

For Charlevoix County Services on Beaver Island

Site plans and artist renditions may be viewed by clicking on the schematic above.

Thank you to County Commissioner Rich Gillespie for the above information!

Dahlwhinnie's Dining Out Menu

The CC Commission on Aging's representatives have approved the menu submitted by Dahlwhinnie's to offer seniors an additional option when deciding to dine out. The addition of a a breakfast menu to a lunch menu provides another option for Dining Out seniors. The menu was available as of Monday, October 8, 2012, and is presented below exactly as presented to BINN with only one thing added. The thing added was the word 'and' in front of the word 'milk.' The following menu items are available from 7-10 a.m.:

#1 1 egg, hashbrowns, orange juice, fruit cup, toast with butter, and milk

#2 1 egg, hashbrowns, orange juice, fruit cup, oatmeal, and milk

#4 Egg sandwich with cheese, orange juice, fruit cup, hashbrowns

#5 1 egg vegetable cheese omelet, hash browns, orange juice

The Dining Out Lunch Menus available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. is:

#1 Fresh spinach salad with grilled chicken, red onion, honey mustard dressing, fruit, bread with butter, and milk

#2 Chili--(beef, chicken, or turkey) with tomatoes, beans, peppers, and onions, fruit cup, crackers, and milk

#3 Meat loaf, potatoes, vegetable, fruit, roll with butter, milk

#4 Open face pulled pork sandwich, vegetable, sweet potato, fruit, and milk

#5 Hot turkey or beef sandwich and potatoes with gravy, vegetable, fruit, and milk

#6 Tuna melt on wheat with cheddar, fruit, mixed vegetable

Prediction of Record Low Water Levels

You can participate and listen to the discussion.

Interesting discussion to take place on October 31, 2012

Thanks to Jim Heit, for this link:
The weekly water levels forecast at the Detroit District Hydraulics and Hydrology homepage has been updated. To see this new forecast please visit

http://www.lre.usace.army.mil/ greatlakes/hh/ greatlakeswaterlevels/ waterlevelforecasts/ weeklygreatlakeswaterlevels/ index.cfm

BICS Honor Society's Operation American Soldier

COA Events November 2012

Michigan Study Suggests Merit Curriculum-No Impact

Michigan Merit Curriculum gives small boost to best students, with little or negative impact on lower achievers

October 22, 2012
ANN ARBOR—The class of 2011, the first group of students exposed to the Michigan Merit Curriculum for their entire high school careers, saw mixed results.

The introduction of the merit curriculum reduced graduation rates slightly for students who entered high school with weak academic skills. For those who entered with strong skills, the curriculum did not have an impact on their high school completion rates, according to an analysis released today by the Michigan Consortium for Educational Research.

The consortium is a partnership between the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the state of Michigan. The results of the research were presented at a conference at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing today.

Performance on standardized tests rose slightly for students who entered high school with strong skills. The impact on test scores was small or negative for those who entered high school with weak skills. The best-prepared students saw better performance in science, reading and math. All students experienced declines in writing scores.

Results show that the merit curriculum reduced the five-year graduation rate among lower-achieving students by approximately 4.5 percentage points (from 49 percent to 44.5 percent). The merit curriculum also appears to have prompted some students to extend their stay in high school beyond the traditional four years, perhaps in an effort to meet the more rigorous curricular requirements.

In 2006, Michigan adopted the merit curriculum, a set of high school graduation requirements that emphasize math and science. The goal was to increase the rigor of high school courses and better prepare students for college. The first students covered by the curriculum started ninth grade in fall 2007 and would have been scheduled for an on-time graduation in spring 2011.

"These findings are for the first set of students subject to the new requirements. The results may change as schools and teachers gain experience with the curriculum," said Susan Dynarski, a professor at U-M's Ford School of Public Policy, School of Education and Department of Economics. "As more students complete their high school years, we will find out whether the curriculum boosts college attendance and success, a key goal of the reform."

Additional findings indicate large gaps across income groups and Michigan's districts in high school graduation and college attendance. Four-year high school graduation rates range from less than 50 percent to over 90 percent across Michigan's largest school districts. Fifty-seven percent of low-income freshmen graduate high school within four years, compared to 85 percent of students with higher incomes. And 31 percent of low-income students attend college within five years of entering high school, compared to 61 percent of students with higher incomes.

The merit curriculum also appears related to some personnel changes. Additional results released at the conference showed that the teaching staff at Michigan's high schools has shifted toward merit curriculum subjects, with those teaching these topics rising from 58 percent in 2004 to 71 percent in 2011.

"Between 2004 and 2011, the overall number of high school teachers in Michigan fell. However, with the introduction of the MMC it appears that schools and districts focused their limited resources on teachers who taught core academic subjects," said Kenneth Frank, a professor at MSU's College of Education.

The merit curriculum requires that students take Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2, as well as Biology 1 and either Chemistry or Physics. Students must take four years of English Language Arts and complete two years of a foreign language.

"The findings of this first study are important and must be seen as a diagnostic tool for our teachers, administrators, and education leaders," said State Superintendent Michael P. Flanagan. "The Michigan Merit Curriculum is the right direction and must be maintained. We need to delve deeper now and see how we can help schools deliver it successfully to every student in Michigan."

The study uses data from 700,000 students enrolled in Michigan's public high schools to examine the effects of the merit curriculum. The research was funded by a grant by the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education.

Joining Dynarski and Frank on the study are Brian Jacob, professor at U-M's Ford School of Public Policy, and Barbara Schneider, professor at MSU's College of Education and Department of Sociology.

The reports are available at the MCER website: http://www.michiganconsortium. org .

NRESC Draft Goals and Objectives for Natural Resources Plan

Brian Mastenbrook will be attending our meeting on Saturday and will discuss the draft plan the DNR has released, which includes Beaver archipelago, and the input process. See info below:

The Northern Lower Peninsula (NLP) Regional State Forest Management Plan has been released for public input. The DNR will accept comments on this draft plan through Jan. 2, 2013.

Send your comments and ideas via email to forestplancomments@ michigan.gov .

DNR Press Release: http://us.mg205.mail. yahoo.com/dc/launch?.partner= sbc&.gx=1&.rand=cqt19tslhvjfo

http://www.midnr.com/ Publications/pdfs/ ForestsLandWater/RSFMP/NLP/ NLPMgmtPlanSec4MA1GreatLakesIs land.pdf

More related to the our islands are under special resource area: http://www.midnr.com/ Publications/pdfs/ ForestsLandWater/RSFMP/NLP/ NLPSection5.pdf

Peter Plastrik

School Board Moves Forward in Plan to Replace Superintendent/K-12 Principal

Shamrock " Senior" Menu Available to ALL!

After a discussion today, September 26, 2012, with Dana Hodgson, it is possible to replace mashed potatoes with French fries, so this makes the possibilities on the Shamrock menu a total of thirty possible combinations for food and three possibilities for drinks.

Lots of options and choices...

Dana and Eric Hodgson announced this morning, October 16, 2012, that the senior menu posted above will be available to all ages. If paid in cash, the cost of these menu items, all thirty possible combinations, will be $6.60 plus tax. This means that the menu, listed as the senior menu, is available for anyone for $7. This is a wonderful possibility for all! Thank you, Dana and Eric!

The BINN editor arrived at the Shamrock for lunch today, and suddenly realized that the senior vouchers were not in his pocket, but at home. With this new option, the same lunch was received without any issues and the $7 price was paid instead. This will allow several of the old gang who used to meet at the Community Center an opportunity to congregate again for lunch. Thank you again, Dana and Eric!

New Information on NRESC Meeting Schedule

1. The next NRESC meeting for the natural resource management planning process will be Saturday, October 27, from 10 am – 1 pm. Main purpose is to complete the drafting of Vision-Goals-Objectives that will be shared with community/stakeholders for feedback and to determine next steps in our community outreach. A phone conference call in will be used.

2. The NRESC has adopted a regular meeting schedule for the next year, as required. All meetings will be on 3rd Monday of every other month (just like the past year) at Peaine Township Hall at 7 pm. Please note the dates:

November 19, 2012

January 21, 2013

March 18, 2013

May 20, 2013

July 15, 2013

September 16, 2013

Chamber Recommends ORV Trails on State Land to NRESC

Letter from Chamber to NRESC

Chamber ORV Resolution

MI ORV Locations

Peaine Township Meeting, October 10, 2012

Tonight's Peaine Township meeting began at 7:05 p.m. with all board members present. The paperwork included a Profit and Loss for the fiscal year April 2012-March 2013, minutes of the last Regular Board meeting and the Special Board meeting, General Checking from the Peaine General Fund and Peaine Township Airport Checking from the Airport Fund. an agenda, and the BIEMS Budget. Also included was the 2012 Tax Rate Request sent to the county for Peaine Township, which included a Taxable Value of all properties in Peaine Township of $71,634,050 and the allocated and voted millages for the township. You can view the agenda of the meeting by going to the Peaine Township Board Meeting Minutes below.

Video of the meeting may be viewed HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Career Opportunity for Nurse Practitioner

A unique opportunity to live and work on a beautiful island located 32 miles from Charlevoix, Michigan accessible by ferry and air service

The position

•  - Collaborative practice with another NP in a new beautiful health clinic

•  -Clinic hours, an eight hour shift, three days a week

•  -On-call coverage shared between the two practitioners who work together on developing schedules (minimal amount of monthly calls)

•  -An opportunity to know and treat patients of all ages, providing primary health care, managing chronic and acute problems and developing wellness programs

•  -Provide emergency services in collaboration with the EMS

•  -Collaborate with off-island physician on appropriateness of care

•  -Benefit Package:

•  -Rural Site Qualifies for student loan repayment

The Community

•  -A safe, friendly, small-town atmosphere on the largest inhabited island in the Great Lakes with a year round population of 650 and summer tourist season with a boom of thousands of visitors

•  -Beach walking, hiking trails, kayaking, canoeing, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, All Within Your Backyard!

•  -Drive to work in 5-15 minutes, with no traffic

•  -Family First Atmosphere, with three churches and an excellent K-12 public school with small teacher-student ratios, new building under construction and strong support in the community for funding

•  -A nine-hole golf course where you can play without lines and reservations

•  -Best prices on Lake Michigan frontage in the State

Beaver Island Rural Health Center

PO Box 146, Beaver Island, MI 49782 

Donna Kubic, Managing Director 231-448-2275, e mail donna@birhc.org

Forestview Apartments for Rent

There are three apartments for rent at Forestview Apartments. This senior housing project is right next door to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center and right across the street from Stoney Acre Grill and Donegal Danny's Pub. The video below shows the apartment that is designed from someone who is physically handicapped or otherwise handicapped, but the other apartments have the same basic layout.


The Tax Inequity Between Individual Taxpayers in Peaine And St. James Townships

(An editorial by Joe Moore, St. James Taxpayer)

(September 26, 2012) This editorial will not focus on the correctness of property evaluations. This editorial will not focus on the length of time a taxpayer is in residence on Beaver Island. This editorial will not focus on the taxpayers ability to pay taxes. This editorial will not focus on "Why should I vote to raise taxes on my property?" This editorial will not focus on whether Peaine should or should not change its method of setting millage, even though tonight's Peaine Special Board Meeting will set millages for Peaine Township. This editorial will use simple mathematics to state and show the differences between the tax millages of St. James and Peaine Township and ask for the reason that they are not equitable on an individual taxpayer basis.

Here is the basis of the bold statement above. As a St. James taxpayer, I pay more tax for all the joint operations on Beaver Island than does the Peaine taxpayer six hundred yards south of me. I want to know why. The fire department, the EMS, the transfer station, and the airport are operations that have to be available to all Beaver Island residents. We have to be able to put out fires. We have to have someone come take care of us when we are sick or injured. We have to have a way to get rid of our trash. We have to have an airport owned publicly with public control. Hopefully none of these statements are controversial.

Right or wrong, the SEV in Peaine Township has gone up at an exponential rate even though the Peaine Board hired a state approved assessor. Right or wrong, the St. James SEV has gone up in a much more linear fashion. I am not interested in whether they should have or should have not gone up in this way. These are simply facts. Here is a graph of the SEVs, showing the SEV of both St. James and Peaine for the last several years.

Most high school students Algebra II would be able to recognize that the blue dots, representing the SEV of Peaine, most likely represents an exponential function. Most of the same students would be able to recognize that the brownish red dots most likely represent a slight increase above a linear function. They might also state the obvious, which is that the SEV in Peaine Township has been going up at a much higher rate. Again, make sure that you understand that this editorial is NOT about whether it should have or should not have. It is instead a statement of mathematical fact.

With the increase in SEV in Peaine Township, and considering two taxpayers, one in St. James and one in Peaine, the value of the property in Peaine has increased at a higher rate than the value of the property in St. James, even if they started out at the exact same value, say back in the late seventies or early eighties. The individual taxpayer in Peaine has also been paying a lower millage than the individual property owner in St. James for the last eighteen years even with the equal dollar match that is historically been in effect. Here is a graph of the lower millage rates that Peaine taxpayers have been paying over the last several years for joint operations.

The millage rates shown above are the millage rates that would have been in place if all the joint operations were millages in Peaine Township instead of some of them being taken out of general funds. These millage differences are based upon the SEV and not on taxable value because many things can happen to change taxable value. This millage rate graph shows that in the last several years, the only years where the millage rates were even close were the years in the late nineties. Each individual St. James taxpayer has been paying more millage for the same services for the last several years. Why is that not seen by everyone to be inequitable?

There are totals available related to the joint operations over the last eighteen years and based upon the millages shown in the graph above. Again, the SEV is used to calculate these numbers. Perhaps the numbers are only half as big if the taxable value was 50% of the SEV. That does not really matter if you are just trying to point out the inequity between the townships. The percentages of SEV still shown this same inequity.

This last graphic has .00018, which is more correctly written as .18 mills. What this means is that the average St. James taxpayer has been paying .18 mills more than the average Peaine taxpayer for the same jointly funded services as an average over the last eighteen years. Whetherthe total dollar amount is $150,000 or $75,000 shouldn't be the issue. The issue is that this represents a lot of money that the St. James taxpayers have been paying, and that the Peaine Township taxpayers have not been paying on an individual basis.

I want to know why Peaine taxpayers and board members consider this an equitable situation. If the fire department is called down the East Side of Beaver Island to a tree on a wire that is on fire or a grass fire or a house on fire, don't the residents of Peaine get the same fire response as a St. James taxpayer? If someone in Peaine has chest pain or is injured, doesn't this person get the same EMS response? If you have trash in Peaine, don't you have the same facility for disposal? Then why do I pay more taxes for the same access than you on an individual basis?

Some will say that St. James sets the millage in Peaine township. That is not a true statement. The Peaine Township Board sets the millage in Peaine Township. How did you determine that your fair share was based upon total dollars being equal? Inequity is inequity. What would happen if St. James Township decided to lower its millage rate? You can bet that the Peaine taxpayers and the Peaine Board would lower theirs as well. Is that equity. I can honestly say that there is not one chance in the world of having Peaine Township increase the millage rates that they pay for joint operations. Why would they do that to increase their own taxes, especially in an election year?

I have several more questions to ask. Why would a St. James taxpayer want to volunteer to provide services to a Peaine taxpayer, knowing full well that they are not paying their fair share? Why would a Peaine Board member expect that volunteer to provide the same level of service in this situation? Why are St. James taxpayers paying for the payments for a fire hall in Peaine Township?

The answers to these questions are that we are one island providing services to all islanders at the same level of service no matter where that service is provided. If you, as an individual, expect the same level of service, on an individual basis, you should pay your fair share of taxes to keep these services operational. Peaine taxpayers are not doing that because Peaine board members don't want to increase their personal property taxes. That is the only explanation that makes any sense to this St. James taxpayer.

Some will suggest that contributing the exact dollar amount to the joint operations is paying the township's fair share. These services are available to taxpayers on an individual basis. The amount paid, dollar for dollar, does not match the services being provided on an individual basis no matter what system of mathematics you use.

(The facts and figures for this editorial come directly from the Charlevoix County Equalization Department in a $60 FOIA request.)

Tax Payer Contributions by Township

This comparison chart is being presented for clarity:

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

Funded agency

St. James taxpayer pays

Peaine taxpayer pays

St. James taxpayer pays approximately this much more

BI Fire Department

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


BI Rural Health Center

2.000 x 80,000 =$160.00

2.000 x 80,000 = $160.00

same amount

BI Airport

0.9014 x 80,000 = $72.11

0.6204 x 80,000 = $49.63


BI Transfer Station

1.4464 x 80,000 = $115.71

0.9955 x 80,000 = $79.64


BI Emergency Medical Svc

0.9948 x 80,000 = $79.58

0.6847 x 80,000 = $54.78


BI Historical Society

0.2347 x 80,000 = $18.78

0.1615 x 80,000 = $12.92


Two editorials on this subject by Joe Moore:

Equity in Tax Bills

How Serious is the Inequity

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

Peaine Township Millage Rates Set

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

Millage rates in the two townships for jointly funded operations

Funded agency

St. James millage

Peaine millage

BI Fire Department



BI Rural Health Center



BI Airport



BI Transfer Station



BI Emergency Medical Svc



BI Historical Society



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Equity in Tax Bills

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

How Serious is the Inequity