B. I. News on the 'Net, October 10-16, 2011

BICS Weekend Sports

The weekend of October 14+15, 2011, Friday night and Saturday morning, were a couple of blustery days, windy and cold. The Beaver Island Islanders were playing the Mackinaw Island Lakers. The Islander soccer team won the game on Friday night 3-1, but lost the Saturday morning game 4-3. So the soccer games were split with the Islanders winning one and losing one. The Lady Islander volleyball team lost the volleyball match on Friday night 3-1, but the Lady Islanders were on fire on Saturday morning and won in three straight games, 3-0.

SOLEC-State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference

In 2010, Peter  Annin, journalist and author of the 2006 book  Great Lakes Water Wars , organized a marvelous long weekend for top journalists on Beaver Island.   Peter was scheduled to come to the Great Lakes Islands Symposium when the symposium was cancelled largely due budget crunches in organizations and Great Lake agencies.  Peter came anyway and built on the symposium idea for alumni journalists of the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources to better understand issues related to Great Lakes islands.  Both Dave Ewert (TNC) and Karen Vigmostad of the GL Islands Network(former International Joint Commission-GL Islands) presented on Beaver Island along with many others, and they are now scheduled to present at the SOLEC meeting.  This is an important meeting for Great Lakes policy makers and researchers which occurs every two years and brings Beaver Island into the spot light. This conference will take place October 26+27, 2001, at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. Dr. Jim Gillingham has agreed to attend the conference and report back to the NRESC.

Click HERE to view the conference agenda

McKee Sons Back in the Lee

The McKee Sons is back getting protection from the wind by using Beaver Island to keep it out of the windstorm that has been gusting on Lake Michigan for Friday and Saturday, October 14+15, 2011. These two photos were sent in by John Ackermann who reported yesterday and this morning that the McKee Sons was in the lee of Beaver Island in Sand Bay seeking shelter from the storm. John Aclermann has "been lucky enough to spend the last couple of weeks at our cottage on Wicklow Beach, about 1/2 mile south of Point LaPar."

Friday picture....................... Saturday morning picture

Some Fall Pictures by John Ackermann

Thank you for sharing your photographs!

Halloween Carnival 2011

Coming on October 21st at Peaine Township Hall, 7 p.m.

Christmas Bazaar

November 13, 2011,   1-4pm at the Gregg Fellowship Hall.  If you want to sign up call Jean at 448-2856 or Judy at 448-2963. Sign up early, as the available spaces fill up fast.

Doug Bugai Has Passed Away

Doug Bugai, manager of the Beaver Island Transfer Station, passed away today, October 14, 2011.

TRAVERSE CITY — Douglas Neal Bugai, 61, of Beaver Island and a native of Greilickville, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at his family home, surrounded by his family. Doug was born on Friday, July 7, 1950, to the late Stephen and Ethel Bugai in Traverse City. Following graduation from high school, Doug served our country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Following his discharge, he worked for many years in saw mills and the oil fields, but for the last 14 years he worked for the Beaver Island Transfer Station.

He made Beaver Island his home for the last 21 years. Doug loved the out of doors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He also enjoyed country music, as well as Polish dancing. Doug was a member of the Beaver Island AmVets and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Traverse City. Doug was proud to serve as a volunteer fireman on the Elmwood Fire Department and was honored as one of their Fireman of the Year.

Doug is survived by his son, Stephen "Stef" Bugai, of Beaver Island; his brother and wife, David and Linda Bugai, of Traverse City; his nieces and nephews, Tony (Julie) Bugai, of Kalkaska, Mickie (Hal) Miller and Mindy (Nate) Kujawski, all of Traverse City, Courtney and Tyler Skipski, of Three Rivers; eight great-nieces and nephews; and one great-great-niece, Lilly.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services for Doug will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with Father Jim Hayden officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Beaver Island AmVets or to the Elmwood Township Fire Department.

Please share your memories and condolences with the family by way of Doug's online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

2011 October BICS Newsletter

More Fall Pictures

It's an exceptionally beautiful fall on and around Beaver Island this year. On a quick trip over to the mainland today, a suggestion jumped up with a slap in the face. Why not take a few shots on the way back to the Island?

Of course, Phyllis Moore had the same idea. Thanks for sharing.

A Few Pictures from Jim Heit

These are for those of you who have had leave the Island before the beauty of the fall. Thank you, Jim, for you willingness to share these.

A Beautiful Day at the Beaver Island Golf Course

Attention all golfers, duffers, and those who have dusty golf clubs that have not been used in a while. Today was an absolutely gorgeous day for playing golf. Three medium size groups of golfers were on the the golf course enjoying the day as two other interested golfers began play. There was nothing but wonderful afternoon sunshine, beautiful colors, and beautiful leaves to see. There were some, although very few, absolutely beautiful golf shots as well. A couple birdies didn't hurt to make the day perfect. Eighteen holes of golf on a beautiful golf course with a friend is really a perfect way to bring in the fall here on Beaver Island. It is highly recommended that you give this fall golf a try. You know some of us will, so why not join in?

Beaver Island Association Announces Invasive Species Summit

The Beaver Island Association is scheduling an Invasive Species Summit for June 14 from 1-4 p.m. at the Community Center.

Lady Islanders at Mackinac Volleyball Tournament

The Lady Islanders were in a pool with Maplewood Baptist, Detour, Posen and Wolverine. The other pool was Mackinac Island, Alanson, Ellsworth, Manistique JV, and Northern Michigan Christian Academy. The Islanders played every team in their pool 2 games with the total points up to 15.

The Lady Islanders won one and lost one against. Maplewood, lost 2 to Detour, won one and lost one against, Posen and won both games against Wolverine. At the end of pool play the Lady Islanders had won 4 games and lost 4 games. When the pool play was done, the teams were placed in brackets based upon their performance in pool play

In the bracket play 2 games to 21, and if they are tied, they play a thirrd to 15. The Lady Islanders were placed in 6th place out of the ten teams. The Lady Islanders had to play Northern Michigan Christian Academy in the first bracket game, The Islanders lost the first game and won the second game. The Lady Islanders lost the third game by 4 points 11-15.

The Beaver Island Lady Islanders placed fifth overall out of the ten teams. Ellsworth ended up being the overall tournament winner. The Lady Islanders played well. There were some really tough teams, but the Lady Islanders hung in there and did their best. Brogan Maudrie won MVP for Beaver Island at the tournament.

Good job, Lady Islanders! Good job, Coaches Kerry and Heather!

Cyril (Tim) Joseph Timsak

Cyril (Tim) Joseph Timsak, formerly of Beaver Island, went to heaven to join his beloved Vera on September 27, 2011. He was 89.

Tim was born to Joseph and Anna Timsak of Bridgeport, Connecticut, on August 22, 1922. He married the love of his life, Vera Jean Munton on June 3, 1945.

Tim worked various jobs for many years until making his home with Vera in Muskegon and working for Anaconda Wire Factory for 33 years.

Tim and Vera moved to Beaver Island in June 1973 with their two children, Joseph and Jacque after purchasing the Shamrock Bar with his cousin, Barb Beckers. After owning the Shamrock for 1-1/2 years, they sold their ½ to Barb and began working for the St. James Municipal Yacht Dock for many years before retiring. He loved the outdoors and would spend many hours walking or just sitting in the sun. Tim loved his conversations with the boaters that would come in the summer and made some lasting friendships there. They spent the next years living in Charlevoix and traveling.

Tim is survived by his children, Joseph (Cheryl), and Jacqueline, grandchildren, Joey (Jenni), Krystle (Royce) and Bryan, great grandchildren, Chloe and Brody, his brothers, David (Carol), Robert (Anne) and sister-in-law Vera Fanjoy, many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Vera, his parents and stepfather.

Winchester Funeral Home handled all the arrangements including the cremation.

A private family ceremony will be held in the spring.

Fall Colors on Beaver Island

Out by Protar's Home.......................On top of a bluff.............................On West Side Road..........................At Fox Lake

Get a look at the fall colors before they are gone..... Windstorms take much of the color away...Get a look while it lasts.....

 Now Available

The DVD, "I Dream of the Island"

Great Christmas Gift

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.

Update: Barney's Lake Boat Racks Completed

5 p.m. October 8th: As reported in a previous article (below), the Little Traverse Conservancey (LTC) was to build canoe and kayak racks on one side and boat racks on the other side. They have actually completed some of this as promised.

Here we count room for sixteen canoes and kayaks

Here is room for three aluminum boats.

What's all the fuss about?

Bite O' Beaver and Artisans

October 8th: 5 p.m.: Begiining after the Beaver Bike and Boodle, the Artisans were set up in the Beaver Island Community Center with lots and lots of items for sale from jewelry to candles, from fur ear muffs to stuffed animals, from lights in a bottle to painting on wet ones containers. This was truly an amazing collection of crafts and arts and home made items.

Artisans and Crafts


Some hands-on crafts for the littler ones in the lobby of the Community Center.


In the auditorium, the craft tables were all set up....like that necklace....close up..what do you think?

Canned good and scarves...................fur items, hats, ear muffs..........Jewelry..................Jewelry....................Stuffed Animals..............Lights in a bottle ..................

Items that were eye-catchers......Intrigue..................Homey..............Wine bottle stoppers..........

Time to Head Down to the Hall for the Bite of Beaver


The hall was packed with lots of people tasting wonderful things...

Paradise Bay....................Shamrock....................AMVETs Post 46............Wine Tasting

Suzi with freshly made cider....................Meatballs of every kind.............lots of desserts........bacon ice cream????Delicious!!!!......More desserts..

If you went away hungry, you did so because you didn't have enough time to try a little bit of everything at Bite of Beaver.

The Beaver Bike and Boodle

October 8, 11:30 a.m.

This fundraiser for the Beaver Island Sports Boosters seems to be quite a success in getting bikers, runners, and walkers out to participate. The two lonely bikers left on a different route at 8 a.m., so they could be done in time for the Boodle, a 5K run from the museum out to and around Gull Harbor and back. The winners may claim bragging rights, but anyone who participated is a winner. The video of the Bike and Boodle was processed first this day, so it will be presented first.

10/8 2:15 pm

It was a beautiful morning with lots of friendly people who wanted to participate in the Beaver Boodle. The registration took place in the Beachcomber, but the starting line was at the Mormon Print Shop Museum.

Quiet with a beautiful sunrise.......Reflections of the early morning sun

Biker duet headed out to Donegal Bay

Coming from the Beachcomber where registration was held

Registrars working at the Beachcomber

Headed down to the starting line...Bob and Maura Turner, Ron Gregg, Bill McDonough, Dan Burton and girls

"Give momma five!" and momma was Christie Heller Purdue

Canon ready..........Canon fires......Race starts.........First two out of the gate

Runners, walkers, and bikers are off....

Headed for the finish line......Made it.....

The first person across the finish line was Cameron LaVasseur.

Male Runners:

1.  Cameron Burton             21:10

2.  Christo Miner                   22:35

3.  Dave Dewey                     23:18

Female  Runners:

1. Linda Frysinger                  30:30

2. Leslie Shanlain                   32:31

3. Laura Gibson                      34:04

Male Walkers:

1. Michael Risinger               42:51

2. Jeff Stone                            45:34

3. Jeff Risinger                       45:36

Female Walkers:

1. Sarah Rohner                     45:35

2. Maureen Turner              48:14

3. Erin Myers-Dixon             105:3

St. James Township Board Meeting 10/5/2011

The St. James Board met beginning at 7:30 p.m. on October 5, 2011. The Board quickly approved the minutes of the previous meeting and approved the bills to be paid with additions. There were some letters that were read by Supervisor Speck, and the meeting proceeded quite efficiently. A report was made by BIEMS Executive Director Sarah McCafferty with BIRHC Manager Donna Kubic that is proposing that the BIEMS be merged into the BIRHC. A list of several positives and only a few negatives was circulated to all present. The Lighthouse Restoration project is soon to be requesting funds through two grants to restore the exterior of the lighthouse. A request for bids will be posted to re-roof the St. James Township Hall. It will include tearing off the existing shingles, repairing any sheeting issues, and using 30-year shingles. The NRESC Bylaws were approved as was the Beaver Island Wildlife Club representative on the the NRESC, Jeff Powers. There was a request from the Office of Emergency Management to submit a letter to participate in the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Plan Update. This also was approved unanimously. A motion was passed to approve the supervisor discussion with the township attorney about merging BIEMS and BIRHC. Connie Wojan thanked Don Vyse for his years of dedication to the Lighthouse Restoration project. Jim Wojan thanked Don Vyse for his continued support and work on the Airport Commission. The meeting adjourned.

Click HERE to view video of the meeting.


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.

A Trip to Donegal Bay and Back

October 6, 2011

Video by Phyllis Moore, edited by Joe Moore

Sounds of the waves lapping on the beach, a beautiful sunset, and deer crossing in town. It doesn't get much better than this.  

Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department News Release

8:52 a.m. 10/7/2001

Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider has completed an 11 week investigation into the capsizing of the sailing vessel WingNuts, which was competing in the Chicago to Mackinac sailboat race.

This investigation was predicated upon the capsizing of the sailing vessel, WingNuts, resulting in the death of Peter B. Morley, age 51 , and Susan M. Makowski-Bickel, age 40, on July 18, 2011 shortly after midnight. The crew of the WingNuts was engaged in the Chicago to Mackinac sailboat race. The Medical Examiner ruled that both victims died first of blunt force trauma to the head with a secondary cause by drowning.

The capsizing was the result of a severe storm front moving across Lake Michigan with wind speeds approaching hurricane force. The storm was well radio broadcasted by the National Weather Service.  The crew of the WingNuts was aware of the approaching storm.  Armed with that knowledge, the crew lowered the main sail and relied on the #3 head sail to maintain steerage. The crew continued to prepare for the storm by dressing in foul weather gear, PFDs, and attaching their tethers to the boat.

At the peak of the storm, the vessel rolled ninety degrees.  The crew was not concerned at that point due to prior history of the vessel always returning to normal trim. However, the vessel continued to roll and capsized.

It is at that point when tragedy struck.  It is reported by several crewmembers of struggling to free themselves of the vessel due to their tethers.  The tethers became entangled in the rigging causing them to be held down under the water line as the vessel tossed and rolled by the wave action.  The tethers had to be released or cut by a fellow crew member to free them of the vessel.  This problem was acerbated by the pitch darkness of the night.

Based upon victim and witness statements, it would be noted by Sheriff Schneider that this tragedy could very easily have taken a higher toll of lives.

It should be clear that a number of things went wrong as well as a number of things went right.  Further, this investigation will generate more questions then answers.  Those answers should come from competent experts in the field of personal flotation devices (PFD) and tethers.  The question was raised in regards to the vessel design and did this design contribute to the vessel capsizing?  Again, that question would be best answered by experienced naval engineers with a specialty in sailing vessels.

Under the column of what went right, the crew had prepared themselves for the storm as described above. This was followed by a team effort, after capsizing, to ensure each of the other crewmen were aided in freeing themselves from the vessel.  With the exception of one crewmember, all of the crewmembers had dawned their PFD.

The exception was one crewmember who had gone below deck to rest.  Given the circumstance that he was below deck at the time of the capsizing, placed him in more serious peril.  By not being encumbered by his PFD, and focusing on the vessel instrument lights, it allowed him to find his way out from under the hull.  Had he worn and inflated his PFD, there is a strong indication that he could have been trapped inside with fatal results. 

Five of the six survivors were able to climb on top of the hull to await rescue.  The sixth survivor was too exhausted to pull himself up on the hull so he held on to the rudder.  The crewmembers using their emergency strobe lights and whistles were able to draw the attention of the sailing vessel, Sociable.  The Sociable, using a life sling, was able to retrieve the six survivors from the WingNuts and later transported them to shore for medical evaluation.  The crew of the Sociable is commended for their valiant efforts in rescuing the survivors of the WingNuts.

Looking at what went wrong, we only need to look at two main areas of concern.  First, no one would argue that the PFD is an excellent safety device under the majority of circumstances.  It should also be pointed out there are many types of PFDs. Each type of PFD has unique purposes and the correct one to use is dependent upon the person and the situation. 

To make this point, look at a self inflating or type 1 PFD.  If given the scenario of being trapped under an overturned boat, the ability to escape is of serious concern.  The opposite would happen if someone was injured or incapacitated and fell overboard, where the self inflating or type 1 PFD would be of significant advantage. There is no correct answer for this situation. Armed with the knowledge of the PFD being used, the recommendation would be practice the ability to deflate the vest, if found to be trapped.

Second, the issue of the tethers brings about additional concerns.  Again, there is no correct answer.  In review of the survivors' statements, it is of concern when the tether becomes entangled in rigging or any other equipment. Another concern is the ability to be able to unhook the tether from the harness or PFD once the PFD is inflated.  To be clear, the tether is an excellent piece of equipment.  The user needs to know the dangers that may cause them concern under certain conditions.  Those concerns could be easily erased by a simple knife, conveniently secured to one's self, for rapid deployment.

As reflected above, the concerns of the Sheriff generate more questions then answers.  The intent of this report is to challenge the boating public to review, investigate, and educate the public as well as ultimately provide changes to continue working towards a safer environment for our boating enthusiast.

Lady Islanders Knock Eagles from the Sky

An experienced Lady Islander volleyball team completed overwhelmed the Ojibwe Eagles on Wednesday. The Eagles looked very much like the Lady Islanders looked years ago, when volleyball was just beginning as a sport for the island. There were only a few good volleys. Playing the best three out of five games for two matches, the Islanders won the two matches in six winning games straight. This is probably not such good preparation for the Mackinac Island volleyball tournament that is to be played this weekend. The match from last weekend was a better preparation with the Lady Islanders playing the alumni. You can watch the entire evening of volleyball HERE.

With any luck someone attending will provide some information and a few pictures.

Island Treasures Resale Shop Announcement

We have lots of Halloween Costumes for children here at Island Treasures. Come by Thursday-Saturday from noon til 4

St. James Township Hall Needs Roof


St. James Township Board is advertising for bids to replace roofing at St. James Township Hall, 37735 Michigan Ave.



Remove old shingles and replace with all new 30 year shingles.

Color of shingles must match as close as possible to the red roof at the

CMU building next to Hall.

Install Ice & Water Shield & Metal Eave Edge

Felt Paper Over All 

Proof of Insurance included with Bid and submit to:

St. James Township , P.O. Box 85 , Beaver Island by

5 PM on October 14, 2011 .

Bids to be opened at Special Meeting on October, 17, 2011.

Work must be completed by November 1, 2011.

St. James Township Board reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids.

October 6, 2011  

Jean Wierenga, Clerk

St. James Township

Beautiful Blooms at Veteran's Memorial

These flowers were planted last fall and they certainly are showing their stuff for the first week in October. These are a beautiful addition to the already wonderful project.

Community Service by Lighthouse Students and Staff

The Beaver Island Lighthouse School staff and students came into town to help out by working at the Veteran's Memorial. They planted cedar trees along the property lines to further improve the visual effect of the memorial. Thank yous to Bob Tidmore for sharing the pictures of this hardworking group of lighthouse students.

Out-of-the-classroom, public service by the Lighthouse students

B. I. Christian Church Schedules Women's Bible Study

Beaver Island Christian Church is hosting a Free four week women's Bible study and discussion group. They will study bible book of Ephesians. They will meet on Wednesday October 19th and 26th as well as November 2nd and 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Gregg Fellowship Hall. Fellowship before and after the study hour is encouraged.

On-site baby sitter provided with advance notice.


Over 45 people attended the Wellness Garden Walk which took place on Sunday October 2nd.

Although it was not a scheduled event on most calendars we decided to invite the public to come by and see what we have done over the past few months.  They wandered the various paths and were guided by signs and given more details by Connie and Leonor.  Some kids came with parents to show them where the Fairy Garden was being worked on.  Some seniors came to see the new path lined with burning bushes(courtesy of Sue Welke), lilacs and hydrangeas that leads to the back of the Forest View Senior Apts.  Many were struck by the colorful array of Marianne' Weavers' Butterfly Garden.  Several noticed the homemade birdhouses in Gail's Garden (from Cheryl Podgorski)  Others asked about the newly donated original art work from Doris Larson (Greene Town Gate) which is being auctioned off in the Health Center Lobby until Friday November 3 (12 noon)  Come give us a bid at your leisure!!!

The Pink Garden had a sign showing an addition being planned this fall  by Pam OBrien to include 250 pink bulbs donated by BJ Wykcoff, as well as pink irises from Jean Carpenter, pink phlox from Joyce Erber.

Alana and Bob Anderson's day lilllies now line the front entrance of Forest View as well as more yarrow and salvia from Joyce and John Erber.  The WhiteGarden has been anchored with lilac and  deutzia and will be finished in the spring.  Joyce Runberg's white phlox, Joann Cashman's white roses and white irises from Ruth Igoe will be included in here with a plethora of other lovely plants raised in Heidi's BI Gardens.

Many were impressed with the new sprinkler hoses  and watering spigots mounted throughout the areas (donated by Martin Well, Robert's John Service)  and  buried by Garrett Cole and Jerry LaFreniere.

Of course they were offered treats donated by Nancy and Roger Somers (Daddy Franks Ice cream)

and hot dogs and chips from Marilyn and Liam Racine (Stoney Acres).  Kate Garland did a wonderful job of including everyone in a walkthru at the Forest View apts after serving them the ice cream.  

The beautiful weather we had after four continuous days of rain made the day even more special!!  Thanks to Dana and Eric Hodgson we were able to announce the event with our newly donated road signs!!!

There only remains a few more flowers to plant and wood chips to spread before we put the garden to sleep for the winter.  We could not have accomlpished all of this without the additional help of Dana D'Andreia, Ruth Igoe, Sara McCafferty and kids, Pete Lodico, The Lighthouse School staff and students, Jacque, Patti and Judy Boyle with the Rangers, Barbara Rahn, Barb Spencer, Michele LaFreniere,  Pam Moxham,  Jon Bonadeo , Brandon Maudrie and of course as mentioned in August, the people who turned out for the Garden Tour and Auction which raised over $2500 this summer to cover the costs of all that was purchased.  Thanks Beaver Island Community!!  This is your Wellness Garden.  Come by and use it;  Relax , Reflect, Renew  yourself.

See you in the Spring, Leonor and Connie

BIRHC and Forestview Apartments Gardens Open House

About 45 people came to see the BIRHC and Forestview Gardens at an open house scheduled for Sunday.  The visitors toured the senior apartment complex and had ice cream there. The ice cream was donated by Daddy Franks. Several also headed over to Stoney Acres/Donegal Danny's Pub for a hotdog lunch. The hot dogs were compliments of Marilyn and Liam Racine. 

Connie Wojan and Leonor Jacobson were encouraged  by the praise and support many offered as well as some suggestions.

A few more volunteers have joined the ranks as well.  The volunteers will be planting the potted shrubs on Wednesday at noon if the weather permits.  Any helping hands are welcome and please bring a shovel.

After this phase of planting is finished the volunteers will be cutting back dead flowers and mulching the rest.  They also are counting on some kids who need community service hours to come help at some point.  The school students should call Leonor at 2894 so that Connie or Leonor can be there to help supervise. They have ordered the spring plants from Jeff Powers, and will also be working with the three ladies (Cheryl, Pam and Heidi) and Denise McDonough to fill the summer flower order. 

The funds from the Garden Tour and Auction this past summer generated $2700 which not only paid for some previous expenses, but also will cover the above mentioned future costs. 

Another Beaver Island Garden Tour is slated for next summer on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, which will also be a fundraiser. The funds raised in July 2012 will help pay for a paid position of gardener for three to four months work.  Any questions, give Leonor or Connie a call.

  "We would like to thank everyone for their generosity, for their comments and suggestions, and for their support of these efforts," Connie enthusiastically stated.

If you were unable to attend this open house to see what's up, you can watch the video tour of the BIRHC and Forestview Apartment walking tour HERE.

Bike Event Will Precede Boodle 5K in October

A bike ride to benefit Beaver Island Sports Boosters will be held, Saturday, Oct., 8, 2011, at 8 a.m . Bikers will meet at beach parking lot next to Holy Cross Parish Hall , bike 2-12 miles and make a donation of your
choice based on miles biked. Flyers will be posted around town after July 4th and be available at the Chamber of Commerce office . Bike rental is available. You could make it a duathlon if you register for and run or walk the Island Boodle 5K at 10 a.m Registration fee benefits the Beaver Island Sports Boosters. Call Linda Frysinger at 231-651-9618 for further information.

Hospital Association Honors Local Health Care Leader

Awardee recognized for work in Petoskey

LANSING, Mich. — October 3, 2011---Two Michigan health care leaders were honored Sunday evening with the 2011 MHA Health Care Leadership Award , presented by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) during the MHA Health Foundation Governance Leadership Forum in Plymouth. Winners of the award included David T. Buzzelli , retired Dow Chemical Company executive and chair of the Board of Directors at Northern Michigan Regional Health System, Petoskey; and Kathleen Griffiths , president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Chelsea Community Hospital.

David Buzzelli joined the board of trustees of Northern Michigan Regional Health System in 2007 and was elected its chair in 2010 during a time of considerable challenge. The health system's CEO had unexpectedly passed away in late 2009; negotiations were under way to pursue affiliation with a larger health system; the pressure of uncompensated care was taking a toll; and several health care services that Northern Michigan had long offered to residents in the 22-county region were forced to close.

Buzzelli provided the organization with the clear direction and focus the organization needed. By creating an open forum for expressing varying perspectives, keeping the board informed, and providing access to resources, he strategically led the board to become a more cohesive group through its ability to make confident, informed decisions.

Under Buzzelli's guidance, Northern Michigan Regional Health System has received a number of quality and service awards, including achieving Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and attaining Environmental Leadership Circle status for the third consecutive year from Practice Greenhealth, the national membership group for health care organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable, environmentally preferable practices.

Buzzelli is a leader, an innovator and a visionary, often proposing new ways to look at issues. He also encourages others to lead, creating the Futures Committee to help the governing board respond to change in ways that will determine the system's positive future and implementing education requirements for trustees to arm them with knowledge for making confident decisions.

Saturday October 1st Soccer Highlights Video

The solo scorer for the Saturday, October 1, 2011, soccer match for the Islanders was Jenna Battle. Her quick actions and intense play allowed her to score the only two goals for the Islanders. Although there were many shots on goal by many of the Islander team, Jenna was there twice to score these goals. Good job, Jenna!

First Half Highlights and First Goal


Quick Second Goal


Last of first half highlights


2nd half highlights including Paradise goal


BICS Soccer

The Islanders hosted the Paradise soccer team this weekend. With all but one student team member eligible, the Islanders spent most of their time on offense, which kept Paradise at bay. The teams were very close for a while on Friday night, but the Islanders surged ahead and ended with a 5-3 win. The excellent defense by Olivia S., Matthew, and Jewell kept the Paradise team from scoring more goals.

Video Highlights of First Half


Video Highlights of Second Half


Goalie Gus Connaghan looks on as Olivia Cary brings the ball down the field

Jewell with a corner kick....Jenna chases one down......and another........Jewell launches one........McCauley brings it down.....Brighid controls the ball

Oliva brings one down the side.....Olivia keeps control.....Nick brings one down.....Olivia and McCaulley fight it out with the Paradise goalie..

Paradise puts on an attack...Jewell kicks it down the field.....Brighid with a good pass....Jenna on the attack.......Get that ball...........Move it around..........YES, good goal, Olivia!

Paradise goalie save........Score is tied............McCaulley sends it down..........Gus, good save!.......Paradise gets another goal

Brighid kicks from close range....And IN THE GOAL it is!

Gus comes out of the goal, and it's not long and Gus scores a goal

Another Islander goal.....Islanders on the attack again!........Another Islander goal..........The Connaghan brothers at work...

On Saturday morning, the Islanders, who had taught Paradise some good offensive skills and some good defensive skills had a much more difficult time getting the ball in the goal.

There were many shots on goal, but the Islanders only ended up with two goals (2) to Paradise's one goal (1), making Saturday another win for the Islanders. Jenna Battle, who was denied a goal on Friday even after many shots on goal, scored both Islander goals on Saturday. Great job, Jenna!

Ball in the goal..........Paradise coaches and the scoreboard

Gus on the attack........Getting in close.....Not working? Pass to other side.....Gus slams one....

Corner kicks, but no success....

Jewell gives a lot on defense

Another shot on goal...........Nick almost got it.................Score

Attempting to score, but just not there again...

Attack after attack, but no score....Great job, Islanders, of keeping the pressure on the Paradise defense...

Friday Night Volleyball--Islanders Versus Islander Alumni

Well, this was just an amazing evening of volleyball. The current Islanders were up against some of the Lady Islander All Stars. This gave the young Lady Islanders a real workout, and provided a good team to play to give some hard fought competition.

Hilary Palmer, Leaha Cary, Maeve Green, Jessica Anderson, Heather Cary, and Danielle Cary: The Islander Alumni

This match was to include five games and all five games were played. This gave many of the Lady Islanders an opportunity to get out on the court and play. Here is the favorite picture of the evening for the editor:

Olivia Cary blocking Heather Cary's spike

Literally hundreds of photos were taken of this evenings volleyball match. Click HERE.

Christmas Contata Plans Underway-Rehearsal Begins Today

11th Annual Christmas Cantata

Yes, there will be a Christmas Cantata again this year!  Music has been ordered (also part-dominant CDs!)

The first rehearsal is scheduled for Sunday, October 9, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. at Beaver Island Christian Church. 

Former choir members--new choir members--come join us in preparing this annual gift to the Beaver Island community. 

Peaine Township Millage Rates Set

At a special meeting of the Peaine Township Board last night, September 28, 2011, at 7 p.m., the board set the millage rates for the fiscal year beginning on April 1, 2012, running until March 31, 2013. These millage rates are different from the millage rates set by St. James Township Board at its meeting on September 7, 2011. Jack Gallagher presented the information about how the Peaine Township millage is approximately the same percentage of total millage at 37.53% for Peaine and 37.68% for St. James.

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

Millage rates in the two townships for jointly funded operations

Funded agency St. James Peaine
BI Fire Department 0.9643 0.6637
BI Rural Health Center 2.000 2.000
BI Airport 0.9014 0.6204
BI Transfer Station 1.4464 0.9955
BI Emergency Medical Svc 0.9848 0.6847
BI Historical Society 0.2347 0.1615

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

$40,000 Taxable Value Comparison St. James and Peaine Individual Taxpayer

Funded agency St. James > Peaine mills St. James > Peaine dollars
BI Fire Department 0.3006 $12.00
BI Rural Health Center same same
BI Airport 0.2810 $11.24
BI Transfer Station 0.4509 $18.36
BI Emergency Medical Svc 0.3001 $12.00
BI Historical Society 0.0732 $0.28

Total St. James > Peaine Taxpayer.......1.4058 mills........$56.23 dollars

Let's use a $40,000 taxable value for an example. For fire protection, the St. James Township taxpayer will pay .3006 mills or $12.00 more than a Peaine taxpayer. The Rural Health Center is exactly the same amount for taxpayers in both townships. The St. James taxpayer pays .2810 mills or $11.24 more than a Peaine taxpayer for supporting the township airport. The St. James taxpayer will pay .4509 mills or $18.36 more than a Peaine taxpayer for support of the Transfer Station. The St. James taxpayer pays .3001 mills or $12.00 more than a Peaine taxpayer for support of the Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service. The St. James taxpayer pays .0732 mills $0.28 more for support of the Beaver Island Historical Society than does a Peaine taxpayer.

What does this total up to in differences between the millages of the two townships? This means that the St. James taxpayers are paying 1.4058 mills more for the jointly funded operations than a Peaine taxpayer pays. So, for an individual taxpayer in St. James Township with a $40,000 SEV, the St. James taxpayer pays $56.23 more in taxes than a Peaine Township taxpayer for these jointly funded operations. This is a significant difference in yearly taxes between the two townships; taxpayers, and it becomes even more significant if you add up the difference over a five or ten year period. (Assuming the same differences for five years, the difference is up to $280 for five years and $560 for ten years.)

An arrangement of an equal dollar contribution by Peaine Township using the St. James Township millage dollars raised seems somehow unfair to the individual taxpayers in St. James Township.

Video Clips of the Special Peaine Township Meeting of September 28, 2011

Rural Health Center and Total Costs to Date Discussed

Discussion of Joint Millages

Percentages, Millage Approval, and Adjournment


Erin McDonough to Co-Chair Gov. Snyder's Blue Ribbon Panel

LANSING, MI -- Michigan United Conservation Club's (MUCC) Executive Director Erin McDonough was tapped to co-chair a Blue Ribbon Panel on State Parks and Outdoor Recreation created by Governor Rick Snyder in an Executive Order ( E.O. 10 of 2011 ) announced Friday.

“I am excited for this opportunity to serve on such an important panel with such a distinguished group of members who are committed to Michigan's future as a leader in outdoor recreation opportunities,” McDonough said. “Michigan's state parks amass more than 25 million visitors annually and are a key component of our outdoor heritage and our economic turn-around.”

The Blue Ribbon Panel is charged with taking a comprehensive look at Michigan's state park and outdoor recreation system with the goal of providing a vision for the future of Michigan's 100 state parks, recommending strategies for expansion and allocation of resources, and further recommending strategies for creating more linkages between state, county, and local parks to maximize use and cost efficiencies.

“As we look to the future of outdoor recreation in Michigan, what a great opportunity to combine MUCC's mission of conserving, protecting, and enhancing Michigan's natural resources and outdoor heritage with the priorities of the state of Michigan,” said McDonough.

McDonough will co-chair with Jon Allan, the Executive Director of Environmental Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs at Consumers Energy Co. The Blue Ribbon Panel will also consist of 14 other members chosen by the Governor and are directed to issue final recommendations in September of 2012.

Changes at Barney's Lake

Video Story about Changes at Barney's Lake


9/27/11 3:30 p.m. As you come down the hill on Barney's Lake Road from the Four Corners, you automatically note some changes taking place here at the Little Traverse Conservancy property at Barney's Lake near the public access area. First of all the rocks have been purposely moved to narrow down the public access driving area on the lake side of the road. Plans are in progress to provide structures for boat storage on the left and for canoe and kayak storage on the right. The plan will still allow a vehicle to pull in, but only far enough to unload boat, canoe, or kayak, and fishing equipment etc. There will be no parking on the lake side of the road.

A new addition to the Barney's Lake Conservancy property is a much larger parking lot on the opposite side of the road. These changes include walking trails with access from this parking lot to the trailhead., Below are some pictures of the area map and the proposed plan. There have been slight modifications in the plan after conversations with Chief Tim McDonough, BI Fire Department. A gate blocking access to the launch site has been removed from the plan, but fence narrowing the opening to the old launch site will be placed instead of the gate.

A map of the trails and the Barney's Lake area

The plan for making this property more accessible to visitors

Letters are taped, with protection fromthe weather, to each canoe and boat asking owners to move them from the shoreline to the storage areas provided by May 2012

Pictures of the stone's new location and the driveway to the parking lot.

Video interviews with Doug Fuller and Sandy Birdsall Describing the Changes and the reasons behind the changes

Description by Doug Fuller of the changes to the Conservancy property.


Introduction of Sandy Birdsall, and thank you by Sandy Birdsall


Explanation of the water side changes and the reasons for them


Beaver Island Airport Commission Meetings Scheduled

The Airport Commission has scheduled three meetings over the next few months. The first meeting on this schedule is for October 1, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Peaine Township Hall.

Click Here for three meeting schedule

Island Treasures  Resale Shop

Starting in October
Thurs. Fri., and Sat. 12:00 until 4:00
Thank you for a busy, profitable, and enjoyable summer. If you need help with a donation, please call the shop at 2534 or Donna at 2797.

BIA Invasive Species Mind Map

Link to Flowchart

NRESC Meeting Dates Determined

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Steering Committee

2011-2012 Meeting Schedule

All meetings open to the public

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

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

** October 27, 2011 at 7 p.m.

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

Beaver Island Community School College and Career Day, May 29, 2012– Volunteers Wanted

Volunteer to support The Beaver Island Community School

College and Career Day! - May 2012

Click Here for information and Form for Submission

Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

BI Christian Church

Resident and Visiting Ministers

Worship leaders for October:    

16:  Pastor Bob Whitlock     

23 and 30:  Pastor Harold Kruse

Watch for date and time of 3rd Annual Trunk 'n Treat in the parking lot of Gregg Fellowship Center

Peaine Township Board Meeting, 9/14/11

The Peaine Board moved forward with the issue revolving around the Phragmities Administrator and the treatment of the shoreline. They agreed to send a bill to the State of Michigan for the costs of treating state land. The board agreed to appoint the recommended names on the NRESC with Sandra Birdsall being the Peaine representative. Paul Welke asked about why the board members had not received information about the Township Airport issues prior to the meeting. Jack Gallagher asked that the two Peaine representatives for the airport commission bring to the airport commission the township request for information and the budget that was supposed to be presented to the township in July 2011. Jack Gallagher and Paul Welke both made suggestions related to the Air Ambulance issue. (There was one error in the discussion suggesting that the Feasibility Study for Air Ambulance was not available. This feasibility study has been on the News on the 'Net and the county website since it was made public at the August meetings of St. James Township and Peaine Township. Since it is a 41 page document, the electronic availability and the printing ability made more sense than printing all 41 pages for anyone interested.)

The Air Ambulance Feasibility Study Report by Michael Slattery is available at the following locations:

http://beaverislandnews.com/ 110714%20BIEMS%20FW%20AA% 20Evaluation%283%29.pdf

http://www.charlevoixcounty. org/downloads/feasibility_ evaluation_2011.pdf

For Video of the Complete Meeting or Parts of the Meeting, Go HERE

Jenny Bousquet Continues Her Music

Searching through several websites, BINN found this one website that provides information about Jenny Bousquet and her music. The music found here is impressive in its beautiful harmonies. Take a quick listen and see if you like what you hear. BINN likes it, and sends out applause to the musical style and efforts by this former Island resident and former BICS student.

Link to page on Jenny Bousquet

Flu Shots Available

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. 

A Video Tribute to the Veteran's Memorial

With slightly over 270 bricks in the planned walkways and many volunteers of the AMVETS Post 46, the work at the Veteran's Memorial is moving along quite well. Beaver Island News on the 'Net offers this fifteen minute video to honor the veterans and the work of the AMVETs in getting this far in just fourteen months. In July 2010, the oldest veteran on the Island was Carl Felix, Carl turned the first shovel full of dirt in early July 2010. In this short period of time, a wonderful memorial has been created for the Beaver Island veterans. Here with music to accompany the walk to and through the memorial is our attempt to show off the memorial for those not able to view it in person.

Link to Video of the bricks

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

Beaver Island Association Invasive Species

Click Here to View Slides

Holy Cross Altar Society Raffles Original Lighthouse Painting by Lois Stipp

The Holy Cross Altar Society is doing its annual raffle for fundraising. The Altar Society will be selling raffle tickets from now until October when the Bite of Beaver takes place. This smaller print of the original painting will be presented to the altar society member who sells the most tickets. The drawing will take place on October 8, 2011, at 2 pm at Holy Cross Parish Hall. The tickets are on the island, and they should be available now. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. They will be for sale after mass on weekends, at McDonough's' Market, or you can contact Audrey Beilman for more information at 448-2083. The altar society has received a raffle license from the State of Michigan, #X78435.

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

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 medic5740@gmail.com

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

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

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

Consultant Report Available

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

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

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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 Transfer Station Information

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Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

October Senior Center Activities

October COA Menu

October Community Center Activities

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!