B. I. News on the 'Net, November 25-December 1, 2013

Airport Terminal Project

(Photographs by Andrea Moore)

The following pictures were taken on the last Friday of November 2013, just before the crew arrived to begin the shingling of the roof. The contractor stopped to say that the plan was to get the building closed in this coming week. Here are the views of the building:

The view driving into the airport.

View from the south..........view from the west

Inside the building

Inside the building

View from the north.......view from the northeast

Video Walkaround


Beaver Island's

Thanksgiving Day All Faiths' Prayer Service

Beaver Island's Thanksgiving Service returned this year at the Holy Cross Catholic Church at 10 a.m. All Beaver Island Churches participated and gave thanks on Thanksgiving morning. This was an all faith's prayer service with each church taking part.. Music was led by Kathy Speck with accompaniment by Judi Meister. The Community Choir sang two pieces and sang along with the congregation. Caroline Works, representative of the Episcopal Church did a reading. Jean Wierenga, representative of the Christian Church, did a reading. Kathy Brouard from the Lighthouse Fellowship read a prayer and led the group in the Lord's Prayer. Bob Bass had the responsibility to read some information about George Washington and Abe Lincoln who are the ones officially responsible for the holiday in the U.S. Father Jim was the MC and did the Sign of Peace and also did a prayer. The sermon after the Gospel reading was excellently presented by Pat Nugent.

This was a wonderful service hosted by Holy Cross with approximately sixty people in attendance. Hope your Thanksgiving was as wonderful!

Beaver Island Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The Beaver Island Community Thanksgiving Dinner took place at the Gregg Fellowship Center beginning at 6 p.m. There was, of course, a lot of preparation for this special dinner. Three turkeys were roasted: one at the Moore household, one at the Carpenter household, and one at the Meister household. These three turkeys were taken to the fellowship center at approximately 2:30 p.m. The three turkeys had to be carved, and the thirty pounds of potatoes, peeled on the day before by volunteers, needed to be cooked and mashed. These were begun while the Lions football game completed the second half.

There is lot of preparation that goes into setting up the fellowship hall including setting up the tables and chairs as well as setting the tables for about eighty people. At about 5:15 pm, ice water is placed on the table for eighty, with ice in each of the eighty glasses. Then it's time to make certain that the potluck food, dish to pass food, is placed in the proper location. Pies are cut, and serving spoons placed. Then the serving pans with the hot water bath is readied. There must be a heat source lighted and the water must be hot. About thirty water pitchers of hot water are carried from the kitchen to fill the steam table.

At five minutes before six, the two-inch sheet pans are taken out of the oven to be placed in the steam table. One contains the carved turkey with white meat on one end and dark meat on the other. Another contains the stuffing. The last pan is filled with mashed potatoes and placed in the steam table. The other food is added to the serving area as guests arrive. By 6:15 most of the guests are in the building, and it's time to give thanks.

This was the first time in twenty-seven years that Ron Gregg and family had had Thanksgiving with Lillian Gregg. This is the first time that Lillian Gregg was not working to provide the community dinner on Thanksgiving. This is the first time Lil was not at this dinner. We missed her, but are very glad she got to spend some time with her son and son's family.

Then it was time to eat! Sixty people had a wonderful dinner with some meals delivered! Lots of food, lots of good fellowship, lots of laughter, and lots of helpers. A wonderful way to celebrate Thanksgiving!

Hope your Thanksgiving was terrific!


Weekly Fishing Tip: Mark your calendar for the 2014 Winter Free Fishing Weekend! 
Are you looking for an opportunity to take someone fishing this winter, perhaps someone who has never been before? Consider scheduling your outing for February 15 and 16 as part of the 2014 Winter Free Fishing Weekend!

As part of that weekend, all fishing license fees will be waived for those two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors can enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for many different species of fish. Please note all fishing regulations will still apply during that time.

For many, the annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend is a tradition – will it become one for you as well?

Numerous activities in communities throughout Michigan will be going on as part of the 2014 Winter Free Fishing Weekend. Maybe you would want to plan one of your own in your community? For more information, or resources to help you participate, please visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.

Improved Cell Phone Service

A short drive tonight, November 27, 2013, to Donegal Bay and around Gull Harbor verified the rumor that AT&T and Verizon Cell Service have been turned on on the Donegal Bay tower. Below is a table of signal strength tests made with two I-phones of the same model with one on the AT&T network and the other on the Verizon network:











Daddy Franks





Beaver Lodge Road





Campground Road





Pine Chip Road





Font Lake





Port St James Campground



no, E


Donegal Bay Corner



no, E


Pavilion Lot





Pavilion Lot





Island Woods and Font Lake





Indian Point and Island Woods





Indian Woods and Lake Michigan





St. James Marine





Whiskey Point





Gull Harbor ID Sign





Gull Harbor other end





Overall, in this test, Verizon never lost its 3G connection, while AT&T lost 3G at the Port St. James Campground and at Donegal Bay corner. Other than that, the two phones on the two networks provided acceptable service at each of these locations. It is very obvious that the Donegal Bay tower has been turned on for both AT&T and Verizon.

Taking a trip a little south of the Four Corners, to the Township Airport, down to the end of the Kings Highway, across McCauley'sand up the East Side Road, the results produced 3G throughout the trip for AT&T. There was one place between Mike Boyle's Beach to just before Pebble Beach sign the Verizon phone showed less than 3G. It still seems that there has been a much improved cell phone coverage for at least the northern and northeastern part of the Island.

Further improvement of your cell phone signal inside your home can be achieved also. If you have any signal at all outside your home, you can bring an amplied version of that signal into your house. It will take an investment of money and of effort on the cell phone owner's part. First, do a little search for something called a "Zboost" and see which one you want to purchase. There is a two frequency one that will boost the AT&T and the Verizon signal and make it work better in your house that it does outside your house. One from Radio Shack cost about $200 several years ago, but it made both services signal much better inside out home than outside. Amazon has one on sale for $160. This and other cell phone signal repeaters help make the signal much more useful in and around your home.

Free Will Donation Dinner for John Matela

Monday, December 2, 2013, 5-7 pm
Menu: Assorted Mac & Cheese Buffet, Salad & Garlic Bread

DNR Offers Osprey Education Programs for Classrooms, Organizations

The comeback of the Osprey in southern Michigan is a great conservation story, one the Department of Natural Resources would like to share with classrooms and organizations. Nearly absent from much of the state due to the effects of DDT and other pesticide use, the osprey population continues to rebound in southern Michigan.  
DNR osprey experts are available to speak to classes or groups for approximately one hour, detailing the biology, life cycle, decline, reintroduction and research of the osprey in southern Michigan. This interactive program includes a PowerPoint presentation and/or a game that illustrates the concept of bioaccumulation of pesticides in top predators. The program is free of charge.
A portion of the education program focuses on research involving ospreys. In southern Michigan, monitoring efforts are tracking the revitalization of this species. This year, several birds were banded, and three osprey chicks from area nests were outfitted with “backpack” satellite telemetry units. These units, funded by grants from DTE Energy and American Tower Corporation, are helping scientists track the young birds’ daily movement and seasonal migration patterns.
“The great part of this research project is that anyone can follow along and find out where the birds are at any time just by visiting the Osprey Watch of Southeast Michigan’s website," said Julie Oakes, DNR wildlife biologist. “One young osprey is currently in Florida, another in Cuba and the third made it all the way to South America.”
Partners of this monitoring project include the DNR, Huron Clinton Metroparks, the Detroit Zoological Society, Osprey Watch of Southeast Michigan, Huron Valley Audubon Society and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services. Because ospreys often nest on cell phone towers, several cell phone tower companies also assisted with this project, including American Tower Corporation, Verizon Wireless, McFarlin Tower, Skyline Services LLC, Earthcom, Hydaker-Wheatlake Inc., Clearlink Wireless Solutions, Newkirk Electric and Crown Castle International.
To view the travels of the three young ospreys, visit the Osprey Watch of Southeast Michigan website at www.owsem.org.
To schedule an education program for your school or organization, contact Holly Vaughn at 248-359-9062 or Julie Oakes at 248-328-8113.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.
USDA Wildlife Services research biologist Brian Washburn outfits a male osprey chick with a satellite telemetry unit. (Left to right) Barb Jensen of Osprey Watch, Julie Oakes of the DNR and Dr. Sarah Woodhouse and Tom Schneider of the Detroit Zoological Society assist./

Kubota Winners

The winner of the 2013 PABI KUBOTA RTV 1100 Raffle is DAVI (and HANS) STEIN of Beaver Island! Congratulations! Thank you to all who participated in the PABI KUBOTA Raffle in support of the Beaver Island Community Center!

Info and picture from Ann Partridge

Beaver Island Birding Trail Has Website

The domain is active, and “out there” and we hope to have the site completed by the end of January.


Below are prototypes of the proposed 9 x 12 inch signs that will be placed at birding hot spots.  The white indicates observation from the road side and the orange indicates a trail to get out and walk. Obviously, the number 12 is a mock up, and all signs will have QR codes attached which we have obtained.

A QR code, or quick response code, is a type of two-dimensional barcode that was originally designed for the auto industry. QR codes were originally invented in 1994 by DensoWave, a subsidiary of Toyota. The QR codes were originally designed to track vehicle parts during the manufacturing process. More recently, QR codes have become popular outside of the auto industry due to the amount of data a QR code can hold, and their easy readability. QR codes work by being scanned with a smartphone. Smartphones have applications that can be downloaded that have the capability to scan and read QR codes, pointing the user to the intended information. Most QR code scanner apps are provided free of charge as are many online QR code generators. QR codes can be generated with many types of information including websites, contact information, pictures, coupons, discounts, and more. QR codes have been proven to be a very effective marketing tool and have the ability to connect users to all types of information.

Mark your calendars for May 23rd and 24th-so that you can attend some of the birding presentations and go on the birding field trips.

Travelin Hunter TV Host Visits

The Travelin Hunter TV host Tony Smotherman spent about ½ hour visiting and taping at the Print Shop Museum. He posted a photo on his Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/beaverisland#!/TravelinHunter Thanks to Bill Cashman for opening for us! Tony’s show about hunting on Beaver Island will air next year.  -  Steve West

Annual Toy Drive

The Annual Toy Drive has begun! The toys collected go to children who qualify for assistance. Any child who lives on Beaver Island or Charlevoix County and qualifies will receive brand new toys.
If you would like to donate, please drop off the toys to Connie Boyle at home, leave it in her car (or Neal's), bring it to the school office or the collection box at Island Airways Airport Terminal (on the Island or in Charlevoix).

This toy drive is in memory of Ellen Welke. She always organized toys and treats for every child on the Island. Ellen made arrangements for Santa to fly to Beaver Island every year. It was important to her that every child have a fun holiday!

Toys should be donated by December 14th. If you have toys to donate after the 14th, a second shipment can be made. Having them by the 14th helps the Social Service staff know how many toys they have and if they need to do any extra shopping. If you would like to donate money for toys, contact Connie Boyle.

Toys should be unwrapped so staff can decide which age and gender the toy is appropriate for.

Thank you so much for your generosity - I am told every year that the Beaver Island Collection is the BEST! ~Connie Boyle
(You can call me at 231-448-2491 or email me at connieb@bics.us)

Some Facts about Hazardous Waste

There is a difference between Household Hazardous Waste and Business Hazardous Waste.  There is a difference between Household Hazardous Waste and Universal Hazardous Waste.  Common business hazardous waste includes fluoroscent lights, batteries, consumer electronics, antifreeze, and mercury containing devices.  Household hazardous waste is exempt from the HazMat regulations.  Business hazardous waste is NOT exempt.  If your business generates small quantities and keeps a record of these small quantities, the business may also be exempt from the HazMat regulations.

From CFR 49, 171.1d(5) Functions not subject to the requirements of the HMR. The following are examples of activities to which the HMR do not apply:

 (5) Transportation of a hazardous material in a motor vehicle, aircraft, or vessel operated by a Federal, state, or local government employee solely for noncommercial Federal, state, or local government purposes.

There is currently a bill, passed unanimously in the state House, that would exempt these common household hazardous wastes from the business hazardous waste category.  This bill has not passed the state Senate, and is currently in the Senate Natural Resources Committee.  It was to allow collection of certain business hazardous waste without going through the same procedures that are currently requiring HazMat training and certification.

Here is the communication received via email from the Michigan DEQ:

"Hi Joe.  Thanks for your inquiry on household hazardous waste collections.  As we discussed, household hazardous waste (solvents, corrosives, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, etc.) and non-hazardous liquids (used oil, antifreeze, etc.) are all exempted from the more rigorous hazardous waste and liquid industrial waste regulations that businesses must follow.  Waste generated from a home from ordinary day-to-day living , even if they’re ignitable, toxic, corrosive or toxic, are subject to the non-hazardous solid waste regulations.  The non-hazardous solid waste regulations require all transfer stations (secondary locations collecting waste subject to non-hazardous solid waste management standards) to be permitted, licensed (or otherwise exempted from permitting and licensing) AND the collection location and activity must be identified in the county solid waste plan.  To address the need to authorize such collections, recently House Bill 5005 was introduced by Representative LaFontaine.  It passed the house unanimously on 11/13/13 and is now under review by the senate.  To address specific questions related to pharmaceutical collections, the Director issued a letter, attached. To address questions related to collecting waste subject to the liquid industrial waste generator regulations, including hazardous waste generated by Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQG) of hazardous waste, program staff issued Operational Memorandum 121-2 which requires the municipality to take generator responsibility for any collected business waste.

I believe your best option would be to work with a vendor familiar with the regulations and what is necessary for safe collection, handling, transport and disposal or recycling.  Any collected CESQG hazardous waste would have to be managed in compliance with both Rule 205(4) of Part 111 (see page 50) and the Part 121 requirements for collecting business waste.  As we discussed, they could also opt to just take universal waste types and manage all of the collected waste of that type in accordance with the universal waste requirements. 

With regard to U.S. DOT regulations that apply to any waste collected by the municipality, I’d point you to discussing your questions with Sgt. John Holder of the Michigan State Police, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.  He should be able to help confirm when those regulations do/don’t apply to wastes given they are responsible for implementing the U.S. DOT regulations in Michigan.   It won’t hurt to have taken the US DOT course, but I believe you are correct in that generally, only hazardous waste subject to full hazardous waste regulation, falls into the definition of a U.S. DOT hazardous material that must meet those regulations. (bolded by editor)

For more information on household hazardous waste, please see our household hazardous waste web page.  For questions specific to a planned collection, you’d likely be best to work with the district program staff and I’d be glad to put you in contact with them after helping you ferret through understanding the different regulations and how choosing one option or another may impact your handling and costs.  Hopefully this helps you on the path to establishing permanent collection options for your community.

As always, thanks for contacting our Department of Environmental Quality, Environmental Assistance Center. If time permits, please consider completing our customer service survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/oeacs.  It is short and will help us serve you better.
Tip:  The DEQ offers free pollution prevention assessments to businesses with less than 500 employees.  To learn mores about the assessment and how to qualify, request a free pollution prevention assessment.  To learn more about this program, see the RETAP Program Web Page at www.michigan.gov/retap.

Christine Grossman, Compliance Assistance Specialist
Training and Outreach Unit, Office of Environmental Assistance, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Here is the attachement referred to in the email above.

Scott VanLooy Passes Away

Scott A. VanLooy, 46, of Bellaire, passed away at his home. Scott was born on February 12, 1967 in Detroit. He is survived by his mother Christine VanLooy (Ed McDuffie), of Bellaire, his father Hank (Margie) VanLooy of Bellaire, a sister Stacey (Michael) Kelly of Urbandale, IA., 3 step-brothers, Brian (Lisa) Rathke of Bellaire, Todd (Mary) Rathke of Bay City, Kevin Rathke of Bellaire, 2 nieces Maia and Blythe , 7 step nieces and nephews, Maggie, Katie, Matt, Faith, Wesley, Claudia and Jordan. Scott was a 1985 graduate of Traverse City Central. He was employed by various food industries in the Traverse City area.

Memorial services will take place on Saturday, November 30, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Fr. James Gardiner will officiate. Interment will take place in Lakeview Cemetery, Bellaire. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellaire Food Pantry or to the Beaver Island Food Pantry.

Cookie Carnival Scheduled

December 12, 2013, will be the   going from NOON until 4:00PM at the Gregg Fellowship Center.

Healthcare Signup Scheduled

Pub Trivia Quiz

The Trivia Quiz was a contest held at the Stoney Acre Grill beginning about 3:30 pm on Sunday, November 24, 2013. This was a contest between nine teams with four or five members per team. There were ten round of ten questions each. The trivia included questions like: What country is know as the Land of Ice and Fire? What are the names of the three government divisions in the U.S. government? What are all the name sall the states that begin with the letter M?

This fundrasiser for the Beaver Island Food Pantry is organized by Linda Wearn and Carol Gillespie. It is a wonderful opportunity to gather together and have a laugh or three, and, for those who can, an opportunity to have a relaxing, but competitive afternoon, that is is lots and lots of fun.

"Thanks to everyone who participated in the Pub Quiz. We had nine teams and several donations from people who couldn't attend. The first place team consisted of Denni Cady, Bill Markey, Dick McEvoy and Marlene Wiser The second place team had Neal Green, Brenden Martin, Bridget Martin, Kathy Richards and Karen Slanga. Thank you Liam and Marilyn for providing Stoney/Danny gift certificates for members of the winning teams. We had fun--hope you did, too!"

Carol Gillespie and Linda Wearn

With the participants' donations and donations from others, this event raised $365 for the Beaver Island Food Pantry.




Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting

The Beaver Island Airport Commission met this morning, November 2, 2013, at the St. James Township Hall beginning at 9 a.m. Some of the items on the agenda included the scheduling of meetings for 2014, adjustments to the 2013 budget, terminal building update, and the Airport Manager's Report.

Video of this meeting can be viewed HERE.

Lyn Jenks Presentation on Affordable Care Act

Video of this entire presentation is HERE

Link to the Charlevoix Hospital Video Presentation HERE


St. James Township Meeting, October 2, 2013

Video of the Meeting can be viewed HERE

St. James Township Board Meeting, November 6, 2013

You can view the video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Board Meeting, November 6, 2013

You can view the video of this meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

Peaine Township Meeting 11/13/13, at 7 pm

Video is available HERE

Peaine Township Meeting, October 9, 2013

Video for this meeting may be viewed HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!

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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

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

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Anishinaabe Cultural Presentation

by Hank Bailey, Fish and Wildlife Technician


Pat Putney, Elders and Cultural Department Manager

1:30 pm, November 21, 2013

This presentation ran from 1:30 pm until 3:15 pm with a ten minute break in the middle. The event was live streamed by BI News on the 'Net. The presentation was about the culture of Anishinaabe and was made by two citizens of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians mentioned above. Pat Putney is of the Crane Clan, and Hank Bailey is of the Black Wolf Clan.

Pat and Hank brought lots of hands on materials for the children to touch.

Hank Bailey..........................Pat Putney

"There is nothing more important than respect of Mother Earth."

The second part of the presentation included an introduction to different types and styles of Indian dancing. Although the names were spoken, they are not remembered, just the importance of moving respectfully into the circle of life represented in the dancing circle.

Then the BICS students were invited to join the dancing.

The presentation ended with the students doing a little hands-on with the items at the top of this story.

Video of the Presentation HERE

BICS Basketball Schedule

Island Gets Rave Reviews from Leadership Charlevoix County Visitors

The Leadership Charlevoix County program came to Beaver Island for the third year in a row this year, and the island garnered rave reviews from the participants. The nine-session program has started with an overnight retreat on the island since it started in 2011. This year’s class is the largest ever, with 18 participants, including Patrick McGinnity, the Beaver Island Library director.

While on the island, the Leadership participants visited the Community Center, the Community School, Little Sand Bay, the Health Center, and much more, including the CMU Biological Station, where they spent the night. They also participated in ascavenger hunt that took them to a number of locations in the harbor district.

Here are some comments made by the Leadership participants after their visit:

“I cannot say enough about this experience. I had been to Beaver Island before, years ago, but never learned so much about the culture. The island people are truly family, and it shows that working and living together is always better when you work as a team.”

The Leadership group visited and heard from Gaye Paget of the Beaver Island Health Center, Joseph Moore of the Beaver Island Emergency Services and Angel Welke of Island Airways. One student said: “This is where I really discovered the importance of neighbors working together to keep each other safe. When Angel said that hearing a siren on the island meant a neighbor needed help, it made me think about how close the community really is.”

After hearing about how much island residents recycle, one participant said, “It made me realize how much more I can do at home,” while another commented, “Imagine what the world would look like if everyone recycled that way!”

Another participant said, “The food for the whole trip was amazing, especially at the Community Center food and baked goods. Thank you to all that volunteered to make this event go so smoothly. There was so much information packed into this trip. It was a great informative way to get to know what is available on the Island. Everything was impressive from the Community Center, School, Library, CMU, Medical Clinic, Airport,etc. I thought the Island would be behind in technology and a bit more rustic, instead it was top notch. Very impressive.”

And one Leadership participant summed up the feelings of the entire class very succinctly: “I had an absolute blast! It was my first time on the island, and now I know that visit won't be my last.”

The Steering Committee of Leadership Charlevoix County expressed its appreciation to the many individuals and organizations that helped make this latest retreat the best ever. They especially wish to thank the ongoing sponsors who have also provided services and funding to make it possible for Patrick McGinnity to participate in the Leadership program this year. They currently include: the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce, Island Airways, Hodgson Enterprises Inc., the Beaver Island Association, and Powers Hardware. Leadership Charlevoix County is sponsored by the Boyne City, Charlevoix and East Jordan Chambers of Commerce with support from the Beaver Island Chamber. The program is made possible by a generous grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. For more information, visit www.leadershipcharlevoixcounty.com or call Ann Partridge at the Beaver Island Community Center, 231-448-2022.

St. James Township Special Meeting

A Special St. James Township Board meeting took place at Whiskey Point beginning a 7 pm on November 19, 2013. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the suggested agreement provided related to the acquisition of property adjacent to the Yacht Dock property.

Video of this meeting can be viewed HERE

Holy Cross Receives Baby Grand Piano

Richie Gillespie and crew moved a baby grand piano into the Holy Cross Church. This piano was a gift to the Parish from Julie and Bob Neff. The piano was moved up near where the lector did the readings. Moving the piano into the downstairs portion of the church will allow the choir to move down to this same area. This places the choir and the pianist close to the altar and makes the communication between the priest and the choir much easier. This is a change in the location of the choir only; the organ will still be in the choir loft and available to anyone who wishes to play it.

"I'm delighted that my baby grand has been adopted by a nice Christian family," said Bob Neff. "In the Spring, I'll exercise my visitation rights. Till then, I send warm wishes."

Holy Cross Mass Location Change

Due to the new construction to begin in the basement of the rectory, the weekday masses will be move back to the Holy Cross Church. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday masses will be in the church.

BI Cultural Arts Association Announces Call for Community Arts Mini-Grant Applications

The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association (BICAA) announced the opening of their 2014 Community Arts Mini-Grant cycle. This is at least the eighth time BICAA has made Mini Grants available to local individuals and organizations. Over the last decade BICAA’s Community Arts Mini-Grant program has awarded almost $10,000 in grant funds in support of Island cultural initiatives.
Effective December 1, 2013 individuals or organizations may apply for a grant to support arts or culture-related projects within the Beaver Island community. The grant application is available from the Baroque on Beaver website:http://www.baroqueonbeaver.org or by phoning the BI Cultural Arts Association: (231) 448-2149.
Grant applications must be post marked by January 15, 2014. All projects receiving grant money need to be complete by December 31, 2014.
In 2014 BICAA has set aside $1000 to fund projects which will directly benefit the Island and residents of St. James and Peaine Townships.
During BICAA’s formative years proceeds from the annual Baroque on Beaver Festival funded the Community School's instrumental music program, MAD camp scholarships, Instrument Petting Zoo and other cultural enrichment opportunities for children and families. In more recent years the Community Arts Mini-Grant initiative has focused on supporting various locally based proposals, including a Recorder Group, BI’s Community Players, and Comedy Club, as well as many other programs that assist local groups to bring all forms of the arts to a wide and diverse audience.


BIRHC Annual Meeting Scheduled

December 14, 2013 at 10 a.m.

BIRHC Education and Community Room


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2014, from 11:30 am--1:00 pm




Sponsored by the AMVETS Post #46


The AMVETS will again hold a Santa’s Workshop on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at the Beaver Island Community School so that the school children can pick out and purchase gifts for their family and friends.

This is a fun occasion for the workers as well as the children. If anyone in the community would like to come and help wrap, etc. please call Dee Gallagher (448-2262) for details.

2014 Garden Tour

Save the Date

Planning for next summer's events can sometimes be tricky if you don't have any dates so we are announcing the date of our annual Garden Tour Benefit now. It will be on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Dana D"Andraia and Jan Paul are putting together a wonderful fun­filled day for you and your guests. Our vans and lunch seating gets filled up quickly so please mark you calendars and be ready to buy tickets in advance of that date. We will have more information for you next spring so keep reading the " news" and watch for flyers in June. Have a wonderful winter and we'll see you next summer! Leonor, Connie and the Wellness Gardeners.

The Health Center News, Fall 2013

Need Heat, Got Food


Holy Cross Mass Schedule for Fall 2013

Sunday morning mass 10:00 am

Events at the BI Christian Church

Bingo:  December 4

December 7+8 Christmas Cantata

8 Baccalaureate Sunday for 3 graduates of the Lighthouse School with lunch at GFC after the service

Cookie Carnival on Thursday, December 12 12:00 - 4:00.  Call Jean Carpenter (2896) to pre-order nutmeg logs and/or party cookies (or you can sign up on the bulletin board by the kitchen door).  You can also call Jean to volunteer to help on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Santa's Luncheon on December 14.


Bingo:  December 18

Ministers Schedule


8 and 15:  Pastor Harold Kruse

8 Baccalaureate Sunday

22:  a sermon written by Pastor Kruse

24:  Christmas Eve service
29:  Pastor Harold Kruse



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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

Beaver Island Human Services Commission
2014 Schedule of Meetings
3:15 p.m.
Beaver Island Community School
The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.

February 18, 2014
April 15, 2014
September 16, 2014
November 18, 2014
***additional meetings may be posted as needed

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

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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.

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by Cindy Ricksgers

There were a few – not many, but a few – times in my life when I checked the mirror to see just how good I looked.

In my sixty-one years, there have been a handful of instances where everything that I have to offer synchronized with the style of the moment…and I looked really good!

Kindergarten, no. Oxford-style saddle shoes emphasized my tiny ankles, skinny legs and knobby knees. White ankle socks continually migrated down into the shoes. Hand-me-down dresses were just a bit long for my small frame and I can remember having to frequently pull my underpants from where they’d wedged.

Most of my childhood followed that pattern.

There was a time, though, around 1969, when Twiggy was modelling mini-skirts and my skinny frame seemed to suit the styles.

There were days in the seventies where – in my worn jeans and tennis shoes – I felt very “of the moment.”

There was a brief period in the late eighties when slouchy socks, big sweaters and big hair made me look almost fashionable.

Most of my life, though, that quick look in the mirror was just to make sure I was “presentable.”

“Is my hair just awful?”

“Does this outfit make me look short?”

“Will the jacket hide my belly-fat, or make me look dwarf-like?”

These are the types of questions I would ask myself before heading out the door.

This morning, getting ready to walk the dogs, I put clothes right over the long underwear I had slept in: a paint spattered, long-sleeved black T-shirt, gray sweat pants purchased from the Re-Sale Shop and scissored to the correct length and a navy blue sweatshirt, inside-out. I added wooly socks in an off-white shade and faded red athletic shoes. Over that, the magenta parka that has seen better days. The front is stained and the zipper doesn’t grip, but it’s still warm. I pulled up the hood. Added gloves: one red, one blue.

I stole a glance in the mirror before I left the house.

This is November, after all.

Though – with their red plaid or blaze orange combined with “camo” and Carhartt‘s – they are not known for their fashion sense, there are hunters in these woods.

There is a possibility that I could encounter someone, while out on my walk.

I wasn’t pausing to appreciate my good appearance.

I wasn’t making sure I was presentable.

What I said out loud as I stopped to check the mirror was, “Okay, let’s see how bad I look…”

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Beaver Island Community Center December Information

Live Nativity Scheduled

The Live Nativity is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 6pm. It will be held on the lawn in between the blue apartments and the Anderson's Marina. Free refreshments and cookies.

Lake Effect Snow?

11/23/13, 2:05 pm On a normal day, even when cloudy, the street sign is easy to read. No so today! The forecast is for 1-3 inches of snow. The island seldom gets lake effect enhancement of a snow storm unless the wind is from the right direction. Today it must be from the right direction. Wind is from the north-northewest with a temperature of 20 degrees. This must be part of the bands of lake effect snow that run from Lake Superior on down across the UP and down into the lower peninsula.

Airport Terminal Progress

November 23, 2013: The following pictures were taken at approximately noon on Saturday. The wind is howling, and wind chill is wavering from 0-10 degrees The workers are not on the job due to the wind. Roofing on a windy day is not so safe.

Terminal present....terminal future

South elevation

View from the old terminal building

West elevation

North Elevation

Airport Improvement Meeting

A historic event took place yesterday afternoon at the Peaine Township Hall beginning at approximately 1:07 pm. The very first Beaver Island Airport MAP (Michigan Airport Planning) meeting took place on Beaver Island. Most often, Beaver Island Airport Committee members have to travel to off-Island locations to meet with the Office of Aeronautics, a division of the Michigan Department of Transportation. In addition to the MDOT people, the Mead and Hunt BIAC consultants, and the airport terminal architect were also at this public meeting. One MDOT representative was Betsy Steudle, the State Block Grant Coordinator, MDOT, Office of Aeronautics. She is the one in the sixth picture. Kelly Crannell is another representative from MDOT. She is the Project Manager from the MDOT, Office of Aeronautics. Kelly is in the seventh picture, bottom right.

Stephanie Ward and Rod Nettleton were the Mead and Hunt representatives at this meeting. Mead and Hunt are the consultants that work to help the Beaver Island Airport Committee/Commission work with the State of Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the FAA. Stephanie and Road are in picture four closest to the top on the left.

Out of the whole meeting lasting more than an hour, the BINN editor got a piece of information that would provide stress to any emergency medical technician on Beaver Island. Where would the island be if there was no way to evacuate a patient during the hours between sunset and sunrise? There seems to be a situation where the FAA flies specific flight patterns for an approach to the Beaver Island Airport every two years. There seems to be some obstructions to the landing path labled as "sixty foot trees, two hundred and five feet from the runway approach." This means that the nightime approach may not fit the requirements for night operations at the Beaver Island Airport. It was also suggested that this might cause significant problems for both of the flight services flying to and from Beaver Island during the night time hours.

The MDOT, Department of Aeronautics, suggested that this approach issue for the East/West runway at the Beaver Island Airport become the first priority of the Beaver Island Airport Committee. Other airports have been effected with this specific issue, and it may take as much as a year to get night operations restored by the FAA if they are taken away. This situation was discovered during a search for an improved approach possibility called WAAS. The Airport Manager had not been notified of the possiblity of shutting down the airport for night operations, nor of the FAA flight that may cause this to happen. Rachel Teague found this information on her own.

Video of this entire meeting HERE

Clinton Bruce McDonough Dies

Clinton Bruce McDonough, of Charlevoix, passed away November 15th at the age of 23. Clinton was born in Irving, Texas, September 12, 1990. He moved to Charlevoix in 1994 and graduated from Charlevoix High School in 2008.

After graduation, Clinton moved to Lake Orion to pursue work in the culinary arts. He moved back to Charlevoix to be closer to family, and he was most recently employed at Wojan Window and Door of Charlevoix.

He is survived by his mother, Judy (John) Harris (née McDonough); his brother, Travis Longley; his father, Billy Longley; his aunts Mary Lou (Randy) Stevens, Kathy McDonough, and Lisa (Rusty) Nichols; his uncles Ron McDonough, Shawn (Jean) McDonough, and Kelly McDonough; and many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bruce and Gretchen McDonough.

Clinton was an avid outdoorsman, and he enjoyed hunting with his brother and uncles. His many passions included maintaining a strong connection to his Irish heritage, pursuing his love for music, and spending time with family and friends. Clinton recently completed a cross-country adventure with his dog, Cujo, that took him from Michigan to Oregon and back.

Clinton’s generous spirit lives on through his donation to Gift of Life Michigan.  Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

The visitation will be held from 9:30 am to 11:00 am, Saturday, November 23rd, at Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix.  A memorial service will follow at 11:00 am.

Arthur M Anderson in Lee of Beaver Island

With the winds blowing at gale force for the last two days, many of the ships are waiting in the lee of some land mass to be protected from the strong winds. The Arthur M Anderson is in Sand Bay seeking refuge from the wind and the waves.

On this anniversary of the sinking of the Carl D Bradley, it is probably fitting to have this vessel in the lee of the Island. Here is some information about the Arthur M Anderson:

The Arthur M Anderson is a Self Discharging Bulk Carrier vessel, whose home port is Duluth, Minnesota. The vessel's destination is Port Inland. The vessel 767 feet long and 70 feet wide. The vessel was built in 1952.

One of the better known lake boats recognized by name on the Great Lakes is the Arthur M. Anderson. Reknown for her heroic role involving the well documented tragic loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald on a stormy November 10, 1975; the Arthur M. Anderson was the last vessel to have had visual, radio and radar contact with the Edmund Fitzgerald before her disappearing beneath the huge waves of Lake Superior. Built by the American Ship Building Company, Lorain, OH as their hull #868; the straight deck bulk carrier was launched February 16, 1952 and christened as the Arthur M. Anderson for the Pittsburgh Steamship Division, U.S. Steel Corp., Cleveland, OH by Mrs. Anderson in honor of her husband Mr. Arthur Marvin Anderson. Mr. Anderson was a director of the United States Steel Corp., a member of its finance committee and vice chairman of the J.P. Morgan and Co. at the time of the launch.

Holiday Bazaar

The annual Holiday Bazaar was held today, November 17, 2013, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Gregg Fellowship Center next to the Beaver Island Multi-Denominational Christian Church. There were lots of crafts, photos, food, and items for sale. Here are a few of the pictures of the event just as the boat whistles its departure.

Video Clip of Bazaar Outside and Inside

Pictures inside


Lots of variety and things to buy! A good time was had by all!

There was also a Soup Bar available for all those attendees and participants. There was a wide variety of soups to try. A donation to the Beaver Island Food Pantry was requested in exchange for the soup.

The BICS String Group serenaded the shoppers with Christmas music.

Island Treasures' Black Friday Event


Shopping Event

Friday, November 29

doors open at 11:00


red clothing 1/2 price

door prizes

new arrivals


Charlevoix County, November 15, 2013:

An estimated 1.5 million Michiganders will travel during the 102-hour Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend and Sheriff Schneidedr would like all of them to arrive at their destinations safely. The combination of long distance travel and a relatively short time period can turn deadly. Ten people were killed in car crashes during the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday. In order to avoid becoming a statistic Sheriff Schneider advises you to get plenty of rest before driving, avoid alcohol and wear your seatbelts.

Crashes spike on Wednesday and Sunday evening - the two heaviest travel times. Postponing your departure until Thursday morning decreases the likelihood of being involved in a crash with a deer or drowsy or drunk driver by almost 50%. The holiday coincides with the firearm deer season, which means hunters will add to the numbers on the road during the high travel holiday. A large deer herd, combined with large numbers of cars on the road, creates a high probability for collisions. In 2013 almost 49,000 deer-vehicle crashes were reported. These crashes caused 1,197 injuries and 8 deaths. November was by far the worst month for car-deer crashes, 33% of these crashes occur between October 15 and Thanksgiving each year.

"Most often, you'll see a deer near dawn or dusk," said Sheriff Schneider. Motorists are encouraged to look beyond the beam of their headlights for eyes of deer that may be near the path of your vehicle. The best way to avoid a deer/car collision is to slow your car down! Deer travel together, if you see one chances are others are coming so please proceed with caution. Remember to heed deer crossing signs. If you do hit a deer make sure you report it to your local police or Sheriff's office.

For more safety tips Sheriff Schneider encourages residents to visit the Michigan Sheriffs' Association website at www.misheriff.org or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/misheriff.org where you can sign up to receive monthly newsletters. Founded in 1877 the Michigan Sheriffs' Association is the oldest law enforcement organization in Michigan.

Waste Management Committee Special Meeting

This meeting was scheduled at 6:30 pm at the St. James Township Hall, but was posted to start at 6:15 pm making BINN late to the meeting on November 11, 2013. The purpose of the meeting was to vote on the recommendation for the Transfer Station Manager, but there were other issues on the agenda including minutes of the last seven meetings, which were decided to be tabled until the next regular WMC meeting, the third Tuesday of the month. After the discussion of the minutes, this recommendation for Transfer Station Manager was approved and was to be presented to the St. James Township Board at their special meeting at 7 p.m. Another topic on the agenda was the fact that Don Welke was the only Transfer Station employee that was trained in Hazardous Material collection, processing, and transport. The discussion centered around Angela Welke possibly having the proper certification and her willingness to be present at the Transfer Station to handle the interim perhaps one day per week. This was also to be presented to the two townships with Angela Welke training the new manager in this hazmat program.

Video of the portion of the meeting available HERE

Special St. James Township Meeting

This special meeting on November 11, 2013, was held at 7:00 p.m. at the St. James Township Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to vote on the recommendation of the Waste Management Committee recommendation for the Transfer Station Manager. The township board also took up the hazmat issue presented by the WMC with the conditions that the township attorney be consulted and that the certification of Angel Welke being consistent with the requirements of the transfer station. In addition, the township lawyer had approved the township to move forward and be willing to accept the agreement with the Wollam Foundation and be willing to accept the donation of the property and the conservation easement.

Video of this meeting available HERE

Chimney Swift Structure

View from Kings Highway......View from Public Beach.....View from school yard...

As suggested at the St. James Township Board Meeting this month, this structure can be viewed from several different locations. These pictures were taken at the beginning of the week.

Finished structure before the signs are placed.

You can read more about chimney swifts in an article below.

Chimney Swifts

by Kay Charter

Chimney Swifts are small charcoal gray birds with stubby bodies and long, tapering wings.  Their appearance has led some birders to refer to them as "flying cigars."  They feed exclusively on aerial insects like flies, winged ants and mosquitoes.  Each swift eats a couple of thousand insects a day, making these little birds excellent at mosquito control.

Chimney Swifts were once common across the eastern half of the country.  Before European settlers arrived, the birds nested in the tops of dead trees. As our forebears cut down dead trees for firewood, the birds moved their nest sites to the masonry chimneys that sprouted up across the land.  In recent decades, brick and stone chimneys have been capped off or replaced with metal thereby reducing the numbers of suitable nest sites for the birds.

In order to slow the losses - and perhaps even turn the numbers around - artificial chimneys have been erected in some areas.  Saving Birds Thru Habitat on Leelanau Peninsula has three, and hopes to add more in the future.  Beaver Island has at least one pair of nesting swifts at the South Head Lighthouse.  Now another will be added in St. James.  Thanks to a grant secured by Conservation Resource Alliance, a chimney swift nesting structure will built in the hope of attracting a pair of these delightful little flying cigars.

Kay Charter
Executive Director
Saving Birds Thru Habitat
Omena MI, 49674-0288

(An artificial chimney is being constructed next to the old medical center, the Governmental Center.)


Charlevoix County Transit

6:00 a.m.--7:00 p.m. (Monday thru Friday - except Holidays)
9:00 a.m.--4:00 p.m. (Saturday – except Holidays)

8:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m. (Monday thru Saturday - except Holidays)

11:00 a.m.--4:00 p.m. (Monday thru Friday - except Holidays)

(Hours subject to change.)

Children under 6 years .50
Senior Citizen (60 and over) .50
Handicap: .50
Youth: (ages 6 to19) 1.00
Regular Fare: (ages 20 to 59) 1.50

Note:  All passenger fares are double 15 miles and over.

(Fares subject to annual review.)

Mainland: (231) 582-6900
Beaver Island: (231) 448-2026
Toll Free (800) 918-3447

Jill Drury, Manager
Charlevoix County Transit
1050 Brockway Street
Boyne City, MI  49712

Since 1980, Charlevoix County Transit has been providing public transportation throughout the County, and Beaver Island a few years later. The transit system operates 20 ADA accessible buses and provides over 117,000 rides annually.

BIRHC Annual Meeting Scheduled

December 14, 2013 at 10 a.m.

BIRHC Education and Community Room

St. James Township Fishing Pier and Boat Launch Drawings

These were the first drawings presented as options by the engineer for the water side of this project.

This is the parking area suggested for the boat launch portion of this project

This was another option based upon the some suggestions made at the special meeting.

Beaver Island Township Airport Project

Site Plan

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