A very appreciated phone call came to the editor's house a little after 10 a.m. the morning after Thanksgiving. Kurt Smith was working for the BI Boat Company this day, and happened to see this snowy owl behind the Beaver Island Community School and in the BIBCO parking lot. Sheri Timsak called to let us know about it. A quick trip over there produced several photos, but these two, although pretty much the same, were the best of the twenty or so pictures taken. Let's face it. The editor is consumed with an undying interest in nature, and this seems to become a worse affliction every day and every opportunity that presents itself. Enjoy!
..........There it is over in the corner...Zooming in with the camera....Not quite in focus yet
It's great to see this snowy owl here on Beaver Island!
For those of you who like this sort of thing, Kurt Smith called back for a second round of pictures and a little video. See them HERE
Damaged by a motor vehicle accident that smashed the runway side of the building, the repairs seemed to have been delayed. The repairs are now completed, however.
The waiting room in the terminal
Fixed base operator now has a door into their office area from the outside.
Potatoes peeled yesterday with tables all set up the day before Thanksgiving at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Arrival at approximately 2 p.m. to begin the process of carving three turkeys. The day has gone well so far. Somewhat Ecumenical service at Holy Cross, watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and watch the first half of the Packers versus Lions footbal game. Putting the potatoes on the stove, making sure to light the burners in the new kitchen at the Gregg Fellowship Hall, the favorite day of the year is going well. Turkeys carved and a whole roaster of mashed potatoes are done. Time to get the heat table ready for serving. Water in the steam table, heaters placed and ready to go. And before you know it the people are starting to arrive, some with a dish to pass, others with salads, and still others with desserts. Ice water glasses filled, food moved out to the steam table. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stufing, and gravy in place ready for the dinner to begin. Four plus hours of preparation and more than 75 people enjoyed the Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Gregg Fellowship Center. A terrific day, all in all!
November 22, 2011, was a windy and cold fall day on Beaver Island. The day was a recall of memory to a Winnie the Pooh movie, hence the title to this group of pictures. First a crow in a bush has its feathers all fluffed out as protection from the cold wind.
Whisky Point crow fluffy in protection from the wind
Wave action at Gull Harbor
Look closely and you'll see Jonathon Livingston Seagull and a friend
Wish we could find some place out of the wind to eat....Follow me, I know where to get some corn.....
Me too, if you turkeys would get out of the way
When I opened this letter, which looked just like any other junk mail, I noticed that this listed a magazine that to which I had subscribed. I noticed that all the address information was correct, so I decided to see what this was all about. After reading both sides of the letter, a red flag popped up, and I was concerned enough to call the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department as well as my bank, the Charlevoix County State Bank.
How did you get my address? We got your address from the publisher.
How would you transfer the money from my account? This would be an electronic transfer.
How did you get the account information? We got it from the check that you used to pay the subscription fee.
What would have happened on December 2, 2011, if I had not called and canceled this? We would have debited $40.00 from your account.
If you get one of these letters, make certain that you contact the phone number and cancel your payment. Most have probably already thrown this out as junk mail. Keep your eyes open and keep track of your bank account. If you see one of these transactions and you did not authorize it, make sure you call your bank right away.
Here is the letter with both sides. Click on the small picture to enlarge it.
SANTA'S WORKSHOP and LUNCH WITH SANTA!! The AMVETS and AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary will be holding the Children's Lunch with Santa on Saturday, December 17, 2011, from 11:30 - 1:00 PM at the Gregg Fellowship Hall at the Beaver Island Christian Church. All children and their parents and/or grandparents are invited to come and have a hot dog lunch before seeing Santa, who will arrive at 12:00 Noon. Bring your camera to take a picture of your child with Santa.
The AMVETS and AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, in conjunction with the BICS, will again be hosting a Santa's Workshop on Monday, December 19, 2011, at the school. The children will be able to purchase items for $1.00 each for their families members. The AMVETS and the ladies will be available with paper to help in wrapping the packages. The ladies ask that the children again bring tags with the recipient's names to be put on each present after it is wrapped.
WE WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!!
(For More Background and information as well as pictures and video, go HERE) (The BINN article is down on the linked page. Article name: Changes at Barney's Lake )
November 18, 2011
Dear Beaver Island residents and visitors,
Little Traverse Conservancy (LTC) recently received a grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation to help fund improvements to the Barney's Lake and Little Sand Bay Nature Preserves. Included in the project are: a parking area, new and improved trails, trail signage, improved boat storage and shoreline access, and a natural history interpretative sign for the Barney's Lake Preserve; and an interpretative sign and directional signs for the Little Sand Bay Preserve.
Barney's Lake Parking Area
In mid-September, Jim Wiojan constructed a six-car, gravel-surfaced parking lot on the East side of Barney's Lake Road. Jim also positioned boulders to control vehicle access on the West (lake) side of the road. Please note that we plan to reposition the boulders somewhat next Spring. They were placed before the fencing and storage racks, and we can see now that slightly different placement would make the site more attractive and user-friendly.
Boat and canoe storage areas
In late-September, eight volunteers helped LTC staff clear a previously flagged new trail loop on the eastern half of the Preserve, create a connector trail leading from the new parking lot, and install trail map signs. The volunteers came equipped with chain saws, a tractor with brush hog, and a hand-held power brush-cutter. In addition to clearing the new trail segments, junipers encroaching on pre-existing two-track roads were cut back. Trail maps with a "You Are Here" indication were placed at each of the 10 trail intersections as well as at the parking lot. The new and improved trail system totals 1.75 miles in length.
Map of the trails
The Barney's Lake Preserve name sign was moved closer to the new parking area, and a new sign identifying the parking lot as the location of the Preserve's trailhead was added to help guide preserve visitors. Four “interior" boundary signs were installed where pre-existing two-tracks leave the Preserve, to help prevent trespass on private property.
Anne Fleming, LTC's Communication Coordinator, in consultation with Island residents and other experts, has drafted interpretative signs about the natural history of both the Barney's Lake and Little Sand Bay Preserves. We have contracted with Universal Sign Systems of Grand Rapids to construct the signs. Although the signs should be done soon, we will likely wait until Spring to install them. At that time we will also install several sandblasted wood directional signs for Little Sand Bay Preserve (to match the Preserve name sign), to help better guide visitors to the parking area and trailhead there.
As you probably know, Island residents and visitors have stored boats on the lakeshore at the Barney's Lake Preserve for many years. Unfortunately, this has resulted in negative impacts to the fragile shoreline environment and was detracting from lakeshore scenery. In an effort to protect resources yet provide safe and easy access for small boats, LTC staffers along with the help of four Island volunteers constructed storage racks in October and November. There is enough storage to accommodate 16 canoes, kayaks, etc. as well as about six larger rowboats in an area just back from the shoreline.
We are asking that after May 1, 2012, boat owners no longer their store boats on the shore of Barney's Lake, and that the storage racks be used instead. There should be plenty of room to accommodate the number of currently stored boats, plus more. Please contact LTC to make arrangements for free boat storage on the new storage racks (231-347-0991).
We also installed split rail fencing to control vehicular access to the lakeshore. The design for this was done in consultation with Tim McDonough, Beaver Island Fire Chief, in the hope that it will allow adequate fire/emergency access to the water, yet still function to control recreational traffic.
On related Beaver Island LTC Preserve matters:
We continue to plan and collaborate with the Beaver Island Historical Society on options for preserving the historic old house on the Little Sand Bay Preserve.
Beavers have once again set up housekeeping in the wrong spot at the Little Sand Bay Preserve, threatening to flood the trail and boardwalk. As such, we have no choice but to remove them, and plans for that are underway.
Formal acquisition of a new 27-acre preserve on the North end of Beaver Island (within walking distance of St. James) has just been finalized. It will be known as the George and Althea Petritz Nature Preserve. It includes an access trail to the shore (located on Lake Drive just east of Maple Street), 500 feet of shoreline, extensive sand dunes, and great views of the Islands to the North.
LTC is indebted to the many volunteers that helped with this project, and to the Charlevoix County Community Foundation for the funding to make it possible. It is our hope that these projects will lead to improved outdoor recreation and protection of natural resources on Beaver Island. Please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions on our Beaver Island nature preserves or their management.
Doug Fuller, Director of Stewardship 231-344-1009
Ms. Rooy got news of her successful completion of the National Board certifying her today. Waiting until the National Board's website notification system was repaired was quite stressful since this should have been posted on this past Friday, November 18th. Lots of friends told Ms. Rooy to keep positive thoughts in mind. Ms. Rooy was afraid she would have to wait until Monday to get the news. Obviously, the news was early and very positive. Congratulations, Miranda, on your national certification!
Ronan Michael Wearn- November 20, 2011, 3:18 AM. 7lbs, 20.5 inches.
The longest discussion of an issue at today's BIRHC Board Meeting, November 19,2011, from 10-noon, was the discussion about whether the rural health center and the island's emergency medical service should merge. The discussion covered many topics related to this issue, and many presented obstacles, but others stated the obstacles could be overcome. There was a decision after almost an hour's worth of discussion to create a task force or committee to research the many aspects and to report back to the BIRHC Board for their January meeting.
Intense conversation took place about this merger issue at the BIRHC Board Meeting, November 19, 2011
The BIRHC attorney was present and spoke
Don Spencer and Connie Wojan received Emeritus Director awards from Denny Cook
Jeff Powers DVM shows off a nice eight point buck he took this year. Powers, Island Wildlife Club President, has been practicing QDM principals on his Beaver Island land for several years
This fall marks the first deer hunting season on Beaver Island when three on a side antler point restrictions have been in effect. However, most of the Island 's private hunting camps have been practicing basic Quality Deer Management (QDM) principals for several years. The food plots and trigger discipline appear to be having the desired impact.
“There are lots of young bucks around this season. I have heard from numerous people that they are excited those young bucks they are seeing will be protected with the new antler restrictions. So far I have yet to hear a negative comment about the regulations. My camp is excited to see what the next few years brings,” said Island land owner and hunter Todd Ireland .
“According to the latest's Michigan statistics each deer hunter spends on average over $1000 per season. We hope to get more of them to visit Beaver Island for a fall hunt in future years as the QDM program and more bucks mature.” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steve West.
This sunrise picture was sent by Bob Tidmore. It is a beautiful picture of the sunrise as seen from the Veteran's Memorial. Thank you, Bob!
Well, when a new sign goes up on Beaver Island, particularly if it is a road sign, it usually is news. For many years, people didn't know where the 25 mph speed limit ended and where it began when you were driving out of town. It has been obvious where the 25 mph speed limit began when you were headed into town because there is a warning sign saying "25 mph ahead" and then a "25 mph speed limit" sign to notify you when you were to slow down. Some probably thought that once you passed this speed limit sign going out of town, you were okay to speed up. There is no doubt now when it is legal to speed up now because there is a sign that you see headed out of town toward the Four Corners that states, "25 mph ends."
Here is the sign, so we know when we can speed up.
The sign is across the Kings Highway from the Rasmussen's summer cottage.
Below are the premier air dates of the 30 minute Beaver Island show. The show airs on The Sportsman's Channel . That is 395 on Dish Network.
Beaver Island , Michigan : Carp & Smallmouth
A big thanks to our Chamber member partners who helped make this great Beaver Island marketing opportunity happen. THANKS! Indigo Guide Service, E J Hodgson Ent. Inc, Island Airways, Beaver Island Lodge and Roger & Nancy Wilcox.
This is part of a series of news releases from the Airport Commission regarding the recent court action on the acquisition of property for the runway protection zone at the Beaver Island Airport . There has been some misinformation about this matter circulating and we'd like to take the time required to get the correct, factual information into the hands of the citizens, but this will take a little time.
I (Mike Scripps, Airport Commission Chair) will commit to working on gathering this information, along with other members of the Airport Commission. Please bear in mind that most of our information has to be verified by the state, feds, attorneys, etc. This by its nature takes some time.
First of all, we want to assure the tax payers of the Island that the liability issue (tax payer money) is being addressed. The following information came from the Michigan Department of Aeronautics: The limit of the cost to the townships is approximately $30,000. The Airport Commission has been designating and setting aside funds for this. We are prepared to pay our share and move ahead.
Please be patient with this project as there is a lot of information to cover, some of it quite complex. As we sort through the matter we will share this information with you.
Mike Scripps and the BI Airport Commission Members
Update on BI Airport land acquisition – November 16, 2011
Just this afternoon the Michigan Aeronautics Commission formally approved the transfer of funds for the land acquisition at the Beaver Island Airport .
2 ½ percent is the correct co-pay amount, which will be approximately $30,000 (that is $15,000 per township). The Airport Commission has been designating and setting aside funds for this. We are prepared to pay our share and move ahead.
We thank you for your patience as we verify information with the state and federal officials and will continue to bring you more factual information in the near future.
Mike Scripps, Chair - Beaver Island Airport Commission
November 17, 2011 - 3rd in a series of information about the Beaver Island Airport:
How airport improvements are funded
Relax, it's not Tax dollars (well not 95% anyway)
The Airport Improvement Fund (AIP) was established in 1970. It's purpose is, well, to improve airports. The important thing here is that this fund is funded by USERS of airports. It's funding comes primarily from taxes on aviation fuel, currently 19.4 cents/gallon federal taxes and 3 cents state. Other sources are taxes on passenger tickets, user fees, registration fees, and other similar sources. In 2009, 2.2 billion dollars was spent on passenger airports, just over 800 million at general aviation (GA) airports. The term GA, general aviation, is defined as all aviation, other than scheduled air. Fresh Air and Island Airways fall in this category, as does charter, instruction, air ambulance, private and recreational flying, etc.
The AIP is administered by the FAA, airports division, however, a few states have a strong enough organization that the Feds give them all the money for that state and let them administer it. These states are designated as "Block Grant" states. Michigan is a Block Grant state. This means we deal primarily with Michigan Department of Aeronautics, or" Aero," or" Lansing ."
Between teaching and my flying, I log right around 400 hours a year, burning about 4000 gallons, paying about $896.00/year in fuel taxes to fund the AIP. The 2 companies that fly here pay about 11 or 12 times that amount. Add to that the other 6 or so planes that fly here regularly gives a very rough amount of $13,800/year paid by planes that regularly use Beaver Island . Note - I'm aware that Island Air doesn't land at township airport, but the passengers contribute to the tax with their fares. Now, not all airports qualify to receive AIP funds, and not all who qualify spend all their entitlements, so we get a lot more than we give. There are other factors at work here also. Island airports are given a high priority because of our winter dependence on air travel, much more than Traverse City, for example. Another big factor is our location - sort of in the middle of nowhere, so to speak. This means any over water flights in Northern Michigan could land here in an emergency.
By the way, this airport is big enough to land any plane that flies. (Taking off would take a little preparation, but could be done) Add up all these factors, and the state determined that we are entitled to $150,000/year in entitlement funds. These funds can be spent on things like runway paving and maintenance, property, terminal buildings and the like, but cannot be spent on hangars, general maintenance , utilities, etc. The share is usually 95% AIP funds, 5% local match. This is by far the best deal out there for improving the infrastructure of any community. Just look at the recent improvements in lighting, a weather station, snow plowing equipment, and the like to make this a very safe and workable airport, all at minimal cost to the taxpayers and users.
I think we all are aware of the mess that overspending has gotten this country into, but allow me to re-emphasize these are USER dollars, not tax dollars. As user funded dollars, these funds are obligated to be used in the AIP. No, they can't be used for anything else, that's been tried and failed.
Mike Scripps, Chair – Beaver Island Airport Commission
November 18, 2011 – 4th in a series of information on the Beaver Island Airport
What are the benefits of Beaver Island 's public Airport?
Continuing with background information, we need to look at public vs. private airports. First off, I never thought I'd be explaining the benefits of an airport to an Island community, but here goes. Second, the private airport on B.I. obviously refers to Island Airway's airport, owned by Paul Welke. I have known Paul since he came here, and he is a fine man, a good citizen of the Island, a hard working businessman, and an excellent pilot, as well as mechanic. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about Paul. The story goes that when Paul's dad landed on the old grass strip, he complained about how rough it was and was told, in typical Island fashion, "Well, if you don't like it you can build your own." And in typical Island fashion, he did.
This information is meant to inform, and not necessarily to have to choose one over the other. Island Airways has done an excellent job of growing their business to keep up with the population, adding buildings and improvements as needed. The only problem arises when a private owner wants to sell and retire, as the cost of capital can add a significant amount to the cost of doing business.
*A publicly owned airport, such as the Beaver Island Airport, stays in the hands of the entity that owns it, be it township, city, county, state, or authority. Succession is easy and inexpensive. The ownership stays with the community.
*Publicly owned airports are eligible for AIP funds, paid for by people who fly. The grants of 95% and 97.5% paid for by AIP funds are the best way to improve the infrastructure of a community for a very small fraction of the cost.
*Another difference is privately owned airports are operated with little or no say by the public, public airports allow public input, usually answering to a governing unit, elected by the people.
Publicly owned airports are run by a government employee, a company, or something similar, but about 2 out of 3 smaller airports in Michigan are run by a person who manages the airport for the owning entity, and also runs a business at the airport. This business is referred to as a fixed base operator, or FBO. The combination manager/FBO works well in most cases-the operator gets a place to do business, while also performing management duties for the governing body. *The governing body gets to keep the airport attended at much less than the cost of a full time employee. This is the situation at the Beaver Island Airport where Rachel Teague from Fresh Air Aviation serves as the manager/FBO.
*Additionally, the success of a privately owned airport is due mainly to the strength of the owner; governments can make changes easily until the right combination is found.
November 19, 2011 The savings experienced by air passenger consumers with two Island charter services
I don't think many people realize the impact Fresh Air Aviation has had on the Island 's economy in the last 5 1/2 years. Based on about 15,000 round trips times, 5 1/2 years times $25 savings per ticket, the entrance of Fresh Air Aviation has saved air travelers $2,062,500 dollars!!!!
That's not like a 2 million dollar project where most of the money goes to materials and some off Island work, but a direct savings of over $2 million dollars on air fares to/from the Island . This has allowed a lot of people, especially groups, to be able to afford to visit the Island . This is extra money ALL of us save and one of the biggest contributors to the Island 's economy in the last 5 years. Yes, bigger than CMU's building, bigger than the Community Center, bigger than the Marathons - all great things to be sure, but nothing comes close to the 2 million dollars of direct savings to consumers - money able to be spent elsewhere on the Island .
This is possible because, in addition to a fine private airport, we also have a public airport that meets State and Federal safety guidelines that allows relatively easy entry to an air charter company, and also allows easy exit, when it's time to move on. By the way, exclusivity of operation is prohibited at a public airport, making other operators possible if demand allows.
When I started coming to the Island in the late 60's, the airport was a grass strip. Joe Mc Phillips did a night landing for our band using car headlights for airport lights. Since that time, we have extended the runway several times, paved it, added runway lights, VASI lights-that's visual approach slope indicator lights for night and low visibility landings, an AWOS-automated weather observation system, and NDB approach – that is a non directional beacon, which was upgraded to a GPS approach, an environmentally safe fuel system, an inside weather computed station, and an enlarged apron area. Tremendous improvements over the years, thanks to volunteers like Robert Gillespie, Joe Reed, Jim Wojan, Don Vyse, and many others - sorry if I missed your name/
In conclusion to this segment, let me repeat- Competition in air travel has been a tremendous saving boost to this Island's economy. It was made possible by a public airport, paid for by all the users of the U.S. air transportation system. We are indeed fortunate to have been able, through a lot of hard work by a number of good people through the years to continuously grow and improve this airport.
Chair – Beaver Island Airport Commission
FOIA Request from K. McBride:
The following is a formal request for information pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act by an individual and from a public body. The request is directed to Beaver Island Airport Commission, Beaver Island, MI(BIAC). If the request requires that it be deferred to a township for further clarification or response, as a resident of St. James Township, I direct it to St. James Township(SJT), Beaver Island, MI. Please provide a copy of the current and binding employment/consultant agreement between the BIAC/SJT with Mr.Gary Voogt, et al, to include but not limited to terms defining scope of responsibility, authority and compensation structure to include wages, fees, expenses, bonuses, in-kind and all other. Please provide a copy of the minutes of the BIAC and SJT authorizing Mr. Voogt to negotiate the land purchase for the Beaver Island Airport runway extension (safety zone) . Additionally, a copy of the BIAC agreement with Mr. Voogt specifically stating the scope of his responsibility and authority in negotiating the land purchase from the Albins to include Mr. Voogt's, et al, compensation for services.
Regards, Kirk D. McBride
The following report was prepared by Jack Messer, director of Charlevoix County Commission on Aging:
The report to the commissioners was designed to be delivered to the Committee of the Whole to help them make an informed decision regarding the future for COA services. The entire focus group report, is posted in its entirety on the COA web site. The highlights of what the COA learned are included in the Report to the Commissioners by Jack Messer for the purpose of addressing generational differences. This is an important part of the discussions regarding the development of a "sustainable model" for senior services. The COA is now try to following up with the focus groups, and the public, regarding where we go from here. Thus: save the date below
Save the date..
December 13 th St James Township Hall – invitation from the COA Advisory Board for feedback and information gathering session regarding COA programs and services. Information about the alternatives that the COA Executive Director is presenting to the County Commissioners and addressing opportunities and challenges.
Both new and used
November 25th and 26th
At the Beaver Island District Library
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
|Island Treasures will be closed for the Thanksgiving weekend to allow our volunteers time for families and feasting. We will reopen on Thursday, Dec. 1 for Christmas shopping and treasure hunting.
If you need help with donations or shopping, please call Donna at 2797.
Thank you for the tremendous support from our volunteers, donors, and shoppers.
CHARLEVOIX, MI - Beaver Island Boat Company (BIBCO) is proud to be named “November Business of the Month” by the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce.
The Charlevoix Chamber stated, “The business of the month is a business that goes above and beyond business as usual, positively impacting the community.” Selection is done by the Chamber Ambassador Committee and BIBCO will be a contender for the Charlevoix Chamber's Business of the Year Award.
When asked what they enjoyed about being a Charlevoix business, BIBCO stated “Charlevoix's beauty and natural waterway is the best part of being here. Passing under the drawbridge and waving to people along the boardwalk is an essential experience in Charlevoix and we are happy to be a part of it.”
The Beaver Island Boat Company stated that they feel privileged to not only be a ferry service for passengers, vehicles and pets but also so many of life's essentials that are transported to Beaver Island.
Pictured left to right): Erin Bemis (Charlevoix Chamber), Tim McQueer (BIBCO), Cathy Dewey (BIBCO), Barb Nunemaker (BIBCO).
Station Owner, Mr. Joseph Moore
Executive Director, Katrina Martin
Director, Mary Jane Martin
Assistant Director, Rob McPherson
On a time machine trip taken about two weeks ago, this recorded footage was located and the plan is to re-record it from the old video format to the newest video format. This is just too good not to share with all. One portion of the newscast will be shared at a time. This newscast video was made many years ago in a classroom and in a building that no longer exists--a trip down memory lane. Please let the editor know what you think about this idea.
So we go back in time when Beta tapes and VHS tapes were first coming out, when the first and only video camera was purchased by the school, and when Mr. Moore was teaching Social Studies at the Beaver Island Community School. Social Studies? Yes, Social Studies. These students were middle school students with four grades in the classroom.
Here we are! The Social Studies class reporting on WTIM (The class nickname was "What Time Is Math?"). The time period of the video report was beginning in 1750. The program name was Back to the Future.
This is the first reporter presentation by Rene Gillespie. Rene was responsible for the 1750-1752 timeline, and no editing has been done to the original video tape. Please remember that this presentation was done before computers and before PowerPoint presentations, and back when the art work was done by hand. The only pictures used were from a collection of historical drawings of historical figures. All the other boards and artwork were done by the individual presenter.
The second reporter was Jennifer Wojan. As previously stated, please remember that video was brand new to students and staff of Beaver Island Community School. The idea of editing was only in its infancy as well. This video tape is being presented in its entirety, so that you can experience or re-experience the beginnings of video production in the early years of these students. Mistakes are presented on purpose, and, for a reason. The reason is to give you the idea of what it took to accomplish this project that was never presented in any final form. The students were all proud of the effort and work that went into this project.
Two options for this one because of a different video delivery method experiment.
2nd method for Jeff Cashman (This brings up the video in a separate window.)
At this point, the students were responsible for all the camera work, so you might see that some of the pictures are out of focus. The students were not all ready to present, so the timeline got out of order. By this time, the students were in charge of all phases of the production. There was no money in the budget for a video editor, nor was there any expertise in this area available at the time. When the students discovered that the pictures were out of focus, they immediately corrected this by redoing all of the pictures that were out of focus, but all these pictures are not accompanied by any information. You just see pictures without descriptions.
Friday, November 11, 2011----The hearing in circuit court, held over the last two days, allowed a jury of peers to decide the issue in the two island townships' property dispute with Keith and Christy Albin. The jury reviewed the facts of the case and made a decision. Allen Ackerman, attorney for the Albins stated, "This was a jury decision, and I hope there is no ill will. Let's hope this can finally be resolved and everyone can move on. This decision was not the fault of the people of the island nor the fault of the island officials."
The decision was in the favor of the Albins. The decision found that the date of the "taking of the property" was 2003. This was a significant decision in that this decision determined the value of the property. The year 2003 was the actual value of the property and this is when Albins lost the property. "The value of the property, based upon an appraisal at that time by the townships, was $750,000," stated Mr. Acherman, "and the jury awarded the amount of the Albin-obtained evaluation of 2003 which was $693,000."
The property was taken from the Albins eight years ago based upon the jury's decision. This amount is significantly higher than the amount that was offered by the townships, based upon an appraisal done in 2010. In 2010, the value of the property, by the townships' newer appraisal, was $350,000. The jury awarded almost twice this amount.
Mr. Ackerman stated, "This was one of the most quiet court cases that I have been involved in, and I'm sixty-four years old. There was not one raised voice. The townships presented their case with integrity."
Mr. Ackerman stated, "My hope is that the island people and island officials can get past this and move on into the future with no ill will."
The jury in this trial had to decide three issues:
Issue 1 was to determine when the" property had been taken." The jury decided in this judgement that the property "had been taken" on August 18, 2003. Issue 2 was to determine the amount of acreage taken. The jury decided in its judgement that the entire 150 acres had been taken. Issue 3 was to determine the value of the property taken. The jury in this judgement determined the value of property was $693,000.
From the beginning, it was known that amount of property needed in the "runway protection zone" was a specific twenty acres of Albin property, yet the negotiations for the property continued to include the entire 150 acres. The 150 acres was valued at that time at $5000 per acre, which was $750,000. During this time the agreements were signed by the townships and the Albins at least twice, once as an exchange for DNR property, and this exchange plus the other exchange was denied by the State of Michigan. Interesting as well is that the Airport Committee and the two townships have known since 2001, the year the airport was improved; paved, the runway extended, and widened; that the FAA required this specific twenty acres as part of a "runway protection zone."
This judgement is against St. James and Peaine Townships and not against the Airport Commission. The townships had previously paid the Albins the amount for twenty acres evaluated in 2008-9 at $191,000. This means that the amount of money owed the Albins in this judgement is still $502,000. The Albins may still be entitled to not only this half million dollars, but also interest, appraisal fees, and lawyer fees over the last 8 years.
Lawsuit Verdict and Potential Consequences:
Last Thursday, a Charlevoix County Circuit Court jury reached a verdict in the Townships' lawsuit to acquire land for the Township Airport. After considering evidence presented at the trial, the jury upheld the Albins' claims that the Townships took 150 acres of their property next to the Airport in August 2003 with a value of $693,000. This value is $502,000 greater than the $191,000 paid to the Albins in June 2010 and creates a potentially significant liability for St. James and Peaine Townships. The Townships are also responsible for interest from August 2003.
Acquisition of this land, including various fees and costs, (legal fees, appraisal fees, court costs) was to be financed with 95% Federal/State funds. The original amount allocated by the State for this acquisition, including fees and costs, was $300,000. The Townships were to provide 5% of the cost. At the present time, the actual amount of fees and costs for this acquisition is not known but should be known in about a month.
Additional funding from Federal/State allocations is expected to be received by the Townships to assist in payment of the costs and fees incurred in this acquisition. It is possible, however, that the allocations received will not cover all acquisition costs. In this case, the Townships will be responsible to pay the difference. The amount of additional funding or when it might be received is not known at this time. A delay in obtaining this information is expected. Using additional allocations to pay for the land acquisition may well defer other planned Airport investments for some period of time.
Significant Information about the Lawsuit:
In June 2010, St. James and Peaine Townships filed a lawsuit in the Charlevoix County Circuit Court to acquire property owned by the Albins next to the Township Airport. This property was required as a result of expanding the length and width of the airport runway in 2001. Approximately 20 acres were required to satisfy the land requirements of Federal and State aviation authorities. The lawsuit was filed under the Townships' right to acquire private property for public need and use.
The Townships asked that the 20 acres be transferred to them for use as a “runway protection zone”. Title to the property was transferred to the Townships shortly after filing the lawsuit and $191,000 was paid to the Albins. The amount paid was based upon a professional appraiser's estimate of the value of the 20 acres.
Under the law governing the taking of private property by a governmental authority, the Albins had the right to challenge the Townships' claims concerning 1) the value of the property taken, 2) the date on which it was taken and 3) the amount of the property taken. In this type of lawsuit, the jury, after considering the evidence submitted, provides the answer to each of these issues.
The Townships claimed 1) the property was taken in June 2010, shortly after filing the lawsuit, 2) only 20 acres were taken and 3) the value of the property taken was $191,000. The Albins claimed 1) the property was taken in August 2003, 2) 150 acres were taken (all property owned near the airport) and 3) the value of the property taken was $693,000.
After nearly two days of testimony and evidence, the jury upheld the Albins' claims.
As additional information is received, it will be reported to you. You may contact me by telephone (Township Hall 448-2389 or Home 448-2441 or email email@example.com ) if you wish further details.
Supervisor Jack Gallagher
The Peaine Township meeting started at 7 p.m. at the township hall, with the first decision being about who should run the meeting since Jack Gallagher was over in Charlevoix attending a legal proceeding. The winner ended up being Larry Kubic, who ran the meeting quite well, and accomplished all the items on the agenda including two items that were added to the agenda, the need to schedule a joint township meeting with St. James with Michael Slattery, consultant on the air ambulance/air transport issue. Also added was the desire to have the two townships share the costs of having Mr. Slattery come to answer any and all questions about this important issue.
It hardly seems possible, but Christmas is almost upon us. With that in mind, the Beaver Island District Library is going to have a Children's Book Sale on November 25th and 26th from noon til five.. This will be children's books only , no adult books. This would be a terrific time to pick up some new books for your kids. Books make wonderful Christmas gifts, so please stop in and check out all the great books we'll have for sale.
We're all set for Mother Nature to slip on her white coat. Plants and planters are stored, the new Dan Gentle benches from the Memorial Garden are on display in the entryway and getting rave reviews from those who hadn't seen them while they were outside, the new eaves are up and working great. We are ready for Jack Frost to begin painting our windows!
Did you know that libraries are magical places? It's only at the library that you can travel back in time. It's only in the library that you can change forms – you can be a giant, a dragon, a tiny ant, even an earthworm. In the library you can fly, you can become a Super Hero, you can be and do anything. How you ask? Though your imagination and a good book! Stop in, bring the kids and introduce them to fantasy books, science fiction, and authors such as Tolkien and Rowling or Keene and Stein, check out fun books like “There's a hair in my dirt” or “Diary of a Whimy Kid”. We have literally thousands of books to pick from.
When you enter the library check out the posted lists of Best Sellers just inside the door. We think you'll be pleasantly surprised by how many of them we own. Remember, if it isn't available, we can reserve it for you when it is returned.
We also have many, many new DVD's for your entertainment. While we love getting them as gifts, please do not donate those that are severely scratched/broken. You don't want to watch those, and neither do our patrons. We can repair a lot of minor scratches, but if it looks as though it's been kicked around on the floor, we'd just as soon you toss it in the trash. Remember, we do NOT take any VHS tapes.
With the holidays upon us, remember we have a huge music collection and each CD may be checked out just like a book. You can listen to jazz, classical, country, Irish, and many Island musicians.
Working with the school's 21st Century Learning program, librarian M.G. Roe, has been reading to many of the school children as part of the after school project. This is a great way to get the younger generations interested in reading.
Don't forget, The Children's Book Sale on November 24th and 25th from noon to five! Lots to chose from and they make great gifts. Think of all the happenings coming up in 2012 – New Year, Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, and for just the fun of it and to exercise your, and your kids' imaginations. We look forward to seeing you!
The Chamber of Commerce will purchaser a full page ad in the December issues of the Beaver Beacon and NorthernIslander to support: Christmas After Hours Open House – 5-8 PM Friday December 9, 2011.
Participating member businesses will be listed in the ad. Member businesses that want to be included should send their business name and a one sentence description of their sale event to Chamber@BeaverIsland.org no later than November 20 .
“This is the second year we have been pleased to support this local retail event. We hope this encourages Islanders to plan some local Christmas shopping,” said Chamber Executive Steve West.
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Custodial and Hospitality Lead
The CMU Biological Station is looking for a seasonal Custodial and Hospitality Lead for the 2012 season, April 1 to October 31. The person who fills this role will work in the spring and fall doing custodial, hospitality, and kitchen assistant duties. During the summer the person will do custodial and hospitality work while supervising one student employee. These duties include but are not limited to cleaning bathrooms, cleaning classrooms and labs, cleaning housing units, washing linens, cleaning social areas, washing dishes, assisting with food preparation, and other duties as assigned.
Duties will require moderate to heavy lifting and the individual to be on their feet throughout the day.
The minimum qualifications for the position are:
High School degree or equivalent
At least one year of work experience
Possession of a valid driver's license
Must live on Beaver Island
General computer knowledge
Previous supervisory experience
Some college or an associates degree
$10.50/hr, 40 hrs per wk (may be less at end of season), plus 3 meals per day. Position does not include benefits.
Job offer would be contingent upon passing a criminal history check, preemployment physical, and driver's license check.
INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS SHOULD EMAIL A RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO firstname.lastname@example.org
CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community.
real appreciation of the DNR/MSU offer. After the discussion, the Executive Committee members agreed to recommend the following: (a) Plastrik should send to the Steering Committee a short note describing the meeting; (b) the Township boards would be briefed about the meeting; and (c) The Executive Committee would recommend to the Steering Committee that the offer be accepted.
During last month's St. James Township Board meeting, Rick Speck was asked by his board and Donna Kubic to get an opinion from the St. James Township lawyer regarding the possibility of some type of combination of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center and Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service. St. James board members seemed to agree that these two organizations have similar goals, work well together, and are more likely to benefit from a combination instead of the Emergency Services Authority that was established in 2002 and constituted. The lawyer's opinion can be read below in a memorandum from YOUNG, GRAHAM, ELSENHEIMER & WENDLING, P.C. to Rick Speck, St. James Township Supervisor:
Arlington, VA – The deadline for high-school students and their teachers to submit essays for the Bill of Rights Institute's national Being an American Essay Contest is fast approaching. The Contest asks students to explore the Founding principles outlined in the Constitution by answering the question: “ How does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty? ”
The Contest, which has quickly become the largest high-school essay competition of its kind, totaling over 80,000 submitted essays, is administered by the Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational organization in the Washington, D.C. area devoted to educating young people about the Constitution and Founding principles.
“This contest is unique in that it gives students the opportunity to think about the important Founding principles communicated in our Constitution,” said Dr. Jason Ross, Bill of Rights Institute Vice President of Education Programs. “This contest is vital to helping students see the Founding principles as a meaningful part of the American experiment of self-government.”
The top three student winners from each of five geographical regions will be awarded cash prizes of $1,000 (First Place), $500 (Second Place), and $250 (Third Place). Teacher sponsors of each student winner will also receive a cash prize of $100.
Essays must be submitted online at www.BillofRightsInstitute.org/ Contest by 11:59 P.M. PST on December 15, 2011. Supporting contest materials, including lesson plans meeting Common Core standards, are provided at no cost to teachers who want to incorporate the Essay Contest into their classroom.
The Contest is sponsored by the History Channel . “We are pleased to support the Bill of Rights Institute's Being an American Essay Contest,” said Dr. Libby O'Connell, SVP, Corporate Outreach and Chief Historian, History Channel. "The contest encourages students to think critically and truly makes the past relevant in their lives today."
The Essay Contest serves as a key part of the Bill of Rights Institute's mission to educate young people about the words and ideas of America's Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society. Complete contest details can be found below.
BEING AN AMERICAN ESSAY CONTEST
2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR PARTICIPATING REGIONS:
North Eastern Region:
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia as well as Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands
Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin
Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming
Alaska, Arizona , California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington as well as Guam, American Samoa, and American Armed Forces Schools Abroad (APO)
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Bill of Rights Institute, Arlington, VA.
The Bill of Rights Institute, founded in 1999, is a nonprofit educational organization. The mission of the Bill of Rights Institute is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America's Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society.
FUNDING PROVIDED BY: History Channel (New York City, NY).
CONTEST GOAL: To help promote dialogue among students and teachers about American Founding principles. The Essay Contest serves as a key part of the Bill of Rights Institute's mission to educate young people about the words and ideas of America's Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society.
ESSAY QUESTION : “ How does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?”
ELIGIBILITY: Students in grades 9-12 who are U.S. citizens or legal residents and are either attending public, private, religious, or charter schools, being home-schooled, or participating in a GED or correspondence school program but are no older than 19 years of age. Military bases and U.S. territories are also invited to participate.
ESSAY LENGTH: No more 1,000 words.
JUDGES: High school teachers
STUDENT CASH PRIZES: Three cash prizes per region will be awarded to students:
TEACHER CASH PRIZES: Cash prizes of $100 will be awarded to the teachers of all winning students:
CONTEST START DATE: September 17, 2011
DEADLINE FOR ESSAY SUBMISSIONS: December 15, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST. All essays must be submitted at www.BillofRightsInstitute.org/ Submit .
WINNERS ANNOUNCED: February 2012
WEB SITE AND CONTEST GUIDELINES: www.BillofRightsInstitute.org/ Contest
At the St. James meeting on Wednesday, November 2. 2011 CMU representatives presented a plan for use of the boathouse for research. Their plans include the ability to modify the environment including temperature of each of the proposed twelve tanks to be installed there, each with its own individual heat pump. This will make this research facility unique in the State of Michigan. Here is the newsletter that they passed out at the meeting, so you can read more about it.
Here is an opportunity to have your voice heard in an important planning process on Beaver Island. The St James Township Board is developing a 5-year recreation plan with goals and priorities. As part of the process the township is seeking input from all year-round and seasonal residents of Beaver Island, as well as visitors. There will also be an opportunity for public feedback on a draft plan.
Please take a few minutes to respond to this survey online by going to this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/ s/RRRHSF5 . It's easy and fun—if you haven't taken one of these online before, try this one! If you prefer to fill out a printed copy of the survey, it can be picked up at (and returned to) the Community Center, the Health Center, the Library, McDonough's Market, or Welke Airport terminal. The survey results will be included in the plan. Thank you.
Chelsea Retiremenht Community
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Randi Hunter, manager of the Charlevoix AmericInn and a Navy veteran serving from 2000-2004, is establishing a discount program for veterans. The idea is for veterans to obtain an ID card from the Veterans Affairs offices in Charlevoix and Emmett counties. When this card is produced at area businesses, the veteran would receive a discount on purchases or services. Registered veterans will then be provided with a list of participating merchants.
"There isn't much out there for veterans after their service," said Randi. "I wanted to change that. Anyone who has ever served can get this ID card and then qualifies for these discounts. I was interviewed on Monday the 24th by the Petoskey News Review, and I hope to expand this to many more businesses in Charlevoix and Emmet counties. There are over 7800 veterans in these two counties, and they deserve something after serving their country."
Participating businesses who have already signed up to provide discounts to veterans are: Island Airways will give a 10% discount year round, Northern Michigan Dust Control will give a 25% discount year round, Fox Motors of Charlevoix will give a 10% discount on parts and labor.
Business owners or managers who wish to register for the program may contact Hunter at (231) 237-0988 or via email at Charlevoix.email@example.com.
Welcome to Beaver Island for the 2011 Deer Hunting Season. This is the first year that Antler Point Restrictions are in place as we continue our efforts to increase the quality of the Deer Hunting Experience on Beaver Island and Garden Island. Our club's efforts to produce a detailed data set of observations and harvest information was crucial in obtaining this new management status for Beaver Island. Your help is needed to help us to continue and expand these record keeping efforts. You can help in the following ways:
1. Beaver Island Wildlife Club volunteers led by Jacque Lafreniere will be available at the Boat dock prior to your boarding the ferry to conduct Deer Biological data checks.
2. Complete the attached Camp Survey form, which will provide us statistical information on deer observations, and your harvest information on any deer taken.
3. If you are unable to do either of the above, send an email photo of your deer with as much data as you can provide us, such as : Sex, Antler Points, Diameter of antler beam at the base of the horn, if a doe, was she producing milk? These photos can be sent to any of the Beaver Island Wildlife Club Board Members:
Jeff Powers firstname.lastname@example.org Tom Kludt email@example.com
Mark Lafreniere firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Tidmore email@example.com
Phil Wyckoff firstname.lastname@example.org Doug Tilly email@example.com
Paul Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org Gary Morgan email@example.com
Bruce Beaudoin firstname.lastname@example.org Bill Detwiler email@example.com
Don Tritsch firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Powers, President, Beaver Island Wildlife Club
Free Cholesterol Screening, Blood Pressure monitoring, EKG test.
Call the Beaver Island Rural Health Center 448-2275 for an appointment
This is made possible through a grant from the American Heart Association.
The video is now in stock at McDonough's Market (231) 448-2733 and the Beaver Island Boat Co (888) 446-4095 . The suggested retail price is $9.95. There would be a charge for shipping and handling if you want the DVD mailed.
The updated and complete list of Chamber member merchants selling the new I Dream of the Island DVD: McDonough's Market, Beaver Island Boat Co. (both locations), Paradise Bay Coffee Shop, The Blue Pearl, The Community Center, and the Beaver Island Marina. This DVD makes a wonderful Christmas gift.
The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is seeking applicants interested in serving on its board of directors. Board positions will be filled at the annual meeting, Saturday, January 21, 2012.
Board terms are for three years and directors are not compensated. The BIRHC board meets every other month on the third Saturday. Directors are expected to attend most of the meetings, either in person or by speakerphone.
Candidates should be team players who will champion the cause of the Health Center and be willing to contribute their time and talents to board activities, including fundraising. Full or part-time residents are encouraged to apply by letter to the BIRHC Selection Committee, P.O. Box 146, Beaver Island, MI 49782.
For more information, applicants may contact Donna Kubic, Managing Director; Denny Cook, President; John Martin, Vice President; or John Works, Secretary. Candidates should send or drop off a letter which states their interest and tells a little about themselves by the deadline of December 21, 2011.
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
November 21, 2011
January 16, 2012
March 19, 2012
May 21, 2012
July 16, 2012
Executive Committee to meet at 4:30 p.m. at Peaine Township Hall **denotes date or time change
November 21, 2011
December 19, 2012
January 16, 2012
February 20, 2012
March 19, 2012
April 16, 2012
May 21, 2012
June 18, 2012
July 16, 2012
Volunteer to support The Beaver Island Community School
College and Career Day! - May 2012
Donna Kubic, manager of the BIRHC, announced today that the flu shots are now available. Please call BIRHC at 448-2275 to set up an appointment.
We post school events, religious events, sports events, visiting minister events, and many other events including musical events, special events, and even regularly scheduled events. At the very least, the event will go on the Community Calendar, so others won't schedule something at the exact day and time of your event. Imagine the following:
Two well known and exceptional fundraising events are scheduled on the same day. How sad for those who work so hard to raise funds for a good cause.
This can be avoided by sending your dates to BINN,. You can send them by postal mail, email, or even call the editor at 448-2416. Email email@example.com
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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The music played in the Holy Cross Hall in the late 70's and early 80's, recorded for posterity and shared here.
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