B. I. News on the 'Net, October 17-23, 2011

Fog Rolling In

Early Sunday morning, October 23, 2001, Phyllis Gregg Moore headed out to see about getting some sunrise photos, but as unexpected as it is, the fog began rolling into the harbor. This photo was taken from the south side of the harbor looking across. You can definitely see the fog beginning to come in. Shortly after this, you could not see across the harbor at all due to the thickness of the fog.

Attention Deer Hunters

Attention: Beaver Island Deer Hunters

Welcome to Beaver Island for the 2011 Deer Hunting Season.  This is the first year that Antler Point Restrictions are in place as we continue our efforts to increase the quality of the Deer Hunting Experience on Beaver Island and Garden Island.  Our club's efforts to produce a detailed data set of observations and harvest information was crucial in obtaining this new management status for Beaver Island.  Your help is needed to help us to continue and expand these record keeping efforts.  You can help in the following ways:

1. Beaver Island Wildlife Club volunteers led by Jacque Lafreniere will be available at the Boat dock prior to your boarding the ferry to conduct Deer Biological data checks.

2. Complete the attached Camp Survey form, which will provide us statistical information on deer observations, and your harvest information on any deer taken.

3. If you are unable to do either of the above, send an email photo of your deer with as much data as you can provide us, such as : Sex, Antler Points, Diameter of antler beam at the base of the horn, if a doe, was she producing milk?   These photos can be sent to any of the Beaver Island Wildlife Club Board Members:

Jeff Powers                   jfpowers@tds.net                 Tom Kludt        northtom@tds.net

Mark Lafreniere          jacquel@tds.net                   

Bob Tidmore              b_tidmore@hotmail.com

Phil Wyckoff               pjwyckoff@aol.com               Doug Tilly       tillydoug@yahoo.com           

Paul Johnson               kpjohnson@tds.net              Gary Morgan garymorganandsons@mail.com

Bruce Beaudoin          bruce@buildersnorth.com     Bill Detwiler   wgdetw@gmail.com

Don Tritsch                 dtritsch@tds.net

Good Luck and enjoy the 2011 Deer Hunting Season

Jeff Powers, President, Beaver Island Wildlife Club

Beaver Island Sunrise

Sunrise video taken by Phyllis Moore at Gull Harbor

Video editing experiment using Vegas Movie Studio

News from Stoney and Donegal Danny's

* Due to unforseen circumstances Rigormortis will be playing Saturday not Friday for Stoney's Halloween party...so
Get your joints moving to Rigormortis Saturday!
Music starts at 9pm Saturday October 29th.
Prize for best costume and most original!..or come as you are!
Great Music! Great Fun!
Music Friday too with '2x4' at 8:30pm
...and remember,
6 Hour Happy Hours, 6 Days a week
Mon-Sat 2-8
and on the Seventh Day... it's ALL Day!
Sun Noon-2am
Enjoy a GREAT time at Danny's!
Our best to you, Peace, 
Liam & Marilyn

Christian Church Seeks Snowplow Bids

"The Beaver Island Christian Church Board is now accepting bids for snowplowing the parking areas of the Church and Fellowship Hall.  A schedule of all events will be provided.  Submit your bid to:  Beaver Island Christian Church, ATTN:  Judi Meister by November 1, 2011. We reerve the right to accept or reject any or all bids."

Haunted House

Date:  October 29th Time:  8-11pm

Price:  Suggested donation of $5.00

Where: Lighthouse School

Concessions stand open with hot drinks and snacks.
We appreciate the support we got last year.  We recognize some people had to wait a long time.  We will be making some changes to try to accommodate the large crowd.  We have built more shelter around out fire pit so people can be warm and dry in bad weather.  We designed the event so that we can have more people going through at a time.  We are looking forward to a great night of Halloween fun.

For Questions, call Steve Finch, Beaver Island Lighthouse School








Lady Islanders Versus Lady Lakers Volleyball

Here is the video of the Saturday Volleyball Games October 15, 2011

Game 1


Game 2


Game 3


Fundraiser for Soldiers of the Michigan Army

The Beaver Island Community School National Honor Society is doing a fundraiser for the Soldiers of the Michigan Army.

No alcohol can be in the items, and nothing flammable can be sent.

View flyer

AeroMed Helicopter Airlifts Patient from Beaver Island

In an historic event requiring an emergent transport of a BIEMS patient recently, the Traverse City-based, fixed-wing Northflight aircraft and the USCG helicopters were unable to respond to the emergency because they were all busy. The USCG was involved in at least two search and rescue missions, and Northflight was involved in a long distance patient transfer. Both of the BIEMS backup emergent transport operations were busy, and the patient needed emergent transport to Munson Medical Center.

Not to be deterred from his mission of getting an emergent patient transport arranged, EMT-Specialist Gerald LaFreniere made contact with AeroMed in Grand Rapids. AeroMed had a twin-engine helicopter and a crew available to fly to Beaver Island. The pilot of the AeroMed helicopter was familiar with Beaver Island because he had formerly been a USCG helicopter pilot and had landed a few times at the Beaver Island Airport. An AeroMed helicopter had never before landed on Beaver Island for a patient transfer or for any other reason.

About this historic event, on-call paramedic Joe Moore commented, “The helicopter crew included a pilot, a physician, and a flight nurse. All treated BIEMS personnel with friendly demeanor and professional respect. They listened to the patient report, asked questions, and received answers as one professional speaking to another.”

USCG MEDIVACs Beaver Island Woman

CLEVELAND — A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew airlifted a 60-year-old woman who was reportedly experiencing stroke symptoms on Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan and transported her to mainland Michigan Tuesday evening.

Search and rescue controllers at the 9th District Command Center in Cleveland received the request for medical evacuation at 5:06 p.m. The Coast Guard flight surgeon, who makes the ultimate determination on what warrants emergency transport, authorized the medevac.

A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., launched aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter. Once on the island, the aircrew embarked the woman and transported her to Harbor Springs, Mich., where she was met by awaiting EMS for further transport to a hospital.

The Coast Guard maintains great working relationships with medical personnel at emergency facilities in remote Great Lakes locations, including northern Lake Michigan's Beaver Island.

Free Health Tests

Free Cholesterol Screening, Blood Pressure monitoring, EKG test.

Call the Beaver Island Rural Health Center 448-2275 for an appointment

This is made possible through a grant from the American Heart Association.

Peaine Township Meeting, October 12, 2011

The Peaine Township meeting on October 12, 2011, began with the adding of two items to the agenda. The two items were to fill a Planning Commission position with Adam Wirth and to allow Donna Kubic and/or Sarah McCafferty an opportunity to present the idea of some type of merger of BIEMS/BIRHC and allow for legal opinions on how this could be done if it could be done. The bills, the minutes, and the Central Dispatch Authority were discussed and quickly approved. There was some issue about whether the BI Wildlife Club members had approved the position for representation on the NRESC. After discussion this was explained by Doug Tilly and approved. The idea of a merger between BIRHC and BIEMS was next on the agenda. Donna Kubic explained that this was just being explored and requested that the Peaine board approve the exploration. Supervisor Jack Gallagher suggested a task force be formed. There was much discussion about this issue including many in the audience. It was finally decided that St. James attorneys, who drafted the Emergency Services Authority document, should continue to explore this possibility of some type of merger between BIEMS and BIRHC.

To View Video of this Meeting, Click HERE

Holy Cross Altar Society Raffled Original Lighthouse Painting by Lois Stipp

Tickets were sold for $1 each or 6 for $5. They were for sale after mass on weekends, at McDonough's' Market, or you could contact Audrey Beilman for more information at 448-2083. The altar society had received a raffle license from the State of Michigan, #X78435.

The winner was Pam O'Brien. Pam was excited and stated, "I am so happy to win Lois Stipp's painting. It means twice as much to me because Lois is my niece."

This fundraising effort for the Altar Society raised $1511.00.

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.

Pictures from Friday Night Soccer

Working hard to protect the goal....

Putting the pressure on the Mackinaw goalie......Olivia Cary scores............

Mackinaw made a mistake in the box, and McCauley gets a penalty kick to score another goal.

A little too much shoving and flying elbows was seen, but the Islanders came out on top.

Pictures from Friday Night Volleyball

Lady Islanders playing hard, but some quite tired from the soccer game.

Setting, bumping, and digging, but the ball seemed to not go where it was meant to go.

Too many balls didn't get over the net, but the Lady Islanders continued to play with heart.

Great spike by Olivia!

Playing hard, but this night Mackinaw came out ahead, partially due to the Mackinaw player in the middle of the last picture; She spiked and blocked very well.

Volleyball Saturday Morning

The Lady Islander woke up and were fresh and well rested for the volleyball games on Saturday morning. The amount of energy seen this morning almost made it seem like this was a different team than the one that played Friday night, and it truly was. The Lady Islanders didn't have to play 80 minutes of soccer before the volleyball games this morning because volleyball played first.

In game one the serves were in, the digs were made, and the sets were right where they needed to be.....

In games two and three, the Lady Islanders were no longer distracted by the Lakers, "Ball's up!" during the serves, and Islanders figure how to spike around Mackinaw's blocker.

The magic was back and the serves came at Mackinaw harder and better than the night before, the same for spikes and bumps-and ace after ace for the Islanders

Younger players because star players, experienced players became mentors, and a proud team moved quickly toward a victory.

Working alongside one another, encouraging one another, and playing as a team guaranteed a Lady Islander victory over the Lady Lakers.

Saturday Soccer

Mackinaw scored a fairly quick goal which seemed to dishearten the Islanders.

And a second goal shortly after the first started to fire up the Islanders, but the fire was burning slowly.

The Islanders began to wake up and start to play as a team and the first Islander goal was scored.

And now the Islanders tied the score 2 to 2 with teamwork and excitement!

But Mackinaw just kept coming and coming at the Islanders to score two goals. The Islanders came back with one, but just couldn't get goal number four. Lakers over the Islanders 4-3.

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,   11a-2:30p

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.

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.

The updated and complete list of Chamber member merchants selling the new I Dream of the Island DVD: McDonough's Market, Beaver Island Boat Co. (both locations), Paradise Bay Coffee Shop, The Blue Pearl, The Community Center, and the Beaver Island Marina. This DVD makes a wonderful Christmas gift.

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.

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

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.

Christmas Contata Rehearsals Underway-

11th Annual Christmas Cantata

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

The rehearsals are scheduled for Sundays 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

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.

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?

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.

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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

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Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

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BI Christian Church

Resident and Visiting Ministers

Worship leaders for October:        

23 and 30:  Pastor Harold Kruse

3rd Annual Trunk 'n Treat in the parking lot of Gregg Fellowship Center on October 31, 5-7 p.m.

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

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Beaver Island Association Invasive Species

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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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October Senior Center Activities

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October Community Center Activities

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

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Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!