B. I. News on the 'Net, October 20-26, 2014

Windy Day

Today, October 27, 2014, the wind is blowing at 18 mph with gusts at quite a bit higher. This has a tendency to cause some wave action. To see if this would effect the ferry, a trip down Esch Road was taken. From the front yard of Joe Favaza's home, these pictures were taken.

Short video clip from this location


As you can see the ferry was not delayed much because you can see from the first picture that the ferry was inside the harbor by the time the picture was taken. This did indicate there might be some more wind and waves further down south on the island, so a trip to Mike Boyle's Beach was in order. Here are some wave pictures taken from the shorline down there.

Short video clip from this location


Sunrise, Thunderstorms, and Rainbows

There were quite a few people out this morning at sunrise. The sky was just amazing with thunder rolling, lightning flashing, and rainbows appearing. The first picture here was taken by Pam Moxham with her new phone.

While the editor rolled over and went back to sleep, the website creator went out to get these pictures below. They are simply amazing. Thank you, Phyllis Moore, for recording another start to a beautiful day in paradise!

It begins....

For our Christian friends...

Get right to it....

Interesting sky.............


Good morning, world!

Once again, thanks for the beauty on a gloomy, rainy, windy day!


by Cindy Ricksgers

The folks at WordPress notified me a couple weeks ago that I’ve now been writing this blog for three years.

That’s a pretty big accomplishment for me!

I am a terrific "starter."

I’m also a pretty amazing "quitter."

I have the best of intentions, always, and commit quite easily to numerous projects, endeavors, plans and resolutions.

I will call my daughters every week; I’ll write letters and send cards regularly; I’ll pay bills on time. I will walk every day, floss every day, make my bed every day. I will keep an organized studio, a tidy house, a weed-free garden, a well-groomed lawn.

Or, I’ll make those kinds of promises to myself, and give it a shot.

My gratitude journal never lasted more than five days before I’d set it aside for several months. Most exercise programs, the same. I started a diet last week and lasted four days before I sold out for chicken and dumplings.

This blog, I have been maintaining for three years.

I kept the commitment simple: publish once a week, or thereabouts, with no specifics on topic, tone or length.

Even so, I’ve been falling off quite a bit lately.

It’s not for lack of things to write about.

My thoughts seem to organize themselves into sentences and paragraphs all on their own. I’ve had a running narrative in my head about “Life with Dogs” that I add to almost daily. Another, loosely titled "Death All Around Me," involves the lives---from mosquitoes and houseflies to mice and shrews---that I snuff out with little thought and even less guilt...most of the time. If anyone would be interested in hearing whining or complaining, I could come up with several blogs on a dozen different subjects right away.

Sometimes, it has been hard  to refrain from the complaining!

The fact is, I’ve been working a great deal, am behind in most everything, and haven’t had the time or energy to write. Or read. Or respond to comments. I’ve missed it, though.

For the month of November, WordPress hosts two different writing challenges. One is to publish a blog post every day. I think I may commit to it, just to get back on track.

Or at least give it a shot.

This Old Cookbook

This old cookbook was found as an old house was being cleaned and items sorted out. It comes from a project of an elementary classroom from May 1958. BINN will present one recipe each week until the cookbook's last. An attempt will be made each week to actually make the weekly recipe. The title page states, "Dear Mother...I hope this book will help you cook."

Applesauce Cookies

2 eggs......One good tablespoon Lard

2 teaspoons soda......2.5 cups flour

1 cup sugar........1.5 cup applesauce

A dash of salt.....1 teaspoon of vanilla

Mix in the order given

Drop by teaspoon on a greased pan

Bake at 425 degrees til golden brown

John Harrington, 8 years old

These cookies were easy to make, except that butter was used instead of the lard. The recipe makes a little more than three dozen 2.5 to 3 inch cookies. Homemade applesauce was also used, which had very little sugar. They are tasty, but they do not have nearly as much sugar in them as the modern cookie. To add a slight change, the last two dozen cookies had two tablespoons of caramel added, and they turned out to be slightly sweeter, but still much less so than modern cookies. "I like them," Joe Moore stated. "They're easy to make, and worth the effort." The last dozen was baked until they were crispy, and they were good too.

Homemade Applesauce Cookies

Beautiful Fall Day

(Sunday, October 26, 2014) If you are sitting inside somewhere on Beaver Island, go outside! Go out and take a walk! Go for a ride around the island! Go out and enjoy the beautiful fall day! Go enjoy the sunshine! Take a look out your window and set a goal to spend a couple of hours, at least, out in the beauty of this day!

If you're sick and you don't feel well, at least take a few minutes to step outside and feel, smell, and see the beauty that surrounds you. We all hope that you get better, but you will feel better if you can get into the sunshine. It's guaranteed. Go out and do something outside. Take a walk, even if it's just a walk around the house or apartment building. If you golf, head on out and lose a few golf balls in the fall leaves. If you can't do any of these things because you are confined to your location, try to do something that makes you smile.

It's a gorgeous fall day in October on Beaver Island. We can't ask for much more than that. ENJOY!!

Veteran's ALERT--VA Visits BIRHC

(11:30 am) Today, Friday, October 24, 2014, representatives from the Veteran's Administration from Saginaw and Gaylord arrived on Beaver Island to meet with Beaver Island veterans. These representatives will be meeting with veterans from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The group is planning and working with the BIRHC to put together a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The win/win/win situation would make the BIRHC provider and the BIRHC a point at which veterans could get their yearly check-ups and hopefully vaccinations. The idea is to work on proactive, preventative care, as well as save the trips off the island for this care. Some of the representatives are:


1. Dr. Greg Trudell, Gaylord

2. Carrie Seward---Public Affairs Officer  Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw

3. Dr. Christopher Blasy---Chief Of Staff---Chief of Primary Care, Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw

4. Peggy Kearns---Medical Center Director, Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw

5. Lisa Eurick---Strategic Planner Saginaw VA Medical Center

6. Dr. Matt Miller---Chief of Mental Health, Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw

Clip 1

Donna Kubic, Manager BIRHC


Clip 2

Dr. Christopher Blasy---Chief Of Staff---Chief of Primary Care, Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw


Clip 3

Peggy Kearns---Medical Center Director, Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw


Clip 4

Dr. Greg Trudell, Gaylord


In addition to these VA representatives, there was also a veterans' advocate here from Charlevoix County. He is employed by the county and not the VA.

Clip 5

John Hess, Charlevoix County


Clip 6

Dr. Matt Miller---Chief of Mental Health, Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw


Fall Colors 2014

Video of late fall colors on Beaver Island


Pre-School Story Hour

LEGO Club meets Saturdays at 12:30 p.m.

What's Going On at the Rural Health Center?

Did you see the tractor trailers behind the health center?

What is going on at the health center?

The foreman of the seven workers that are working at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center stated, "We are bringing the building up to the current building code."

Donna Kubic said, "We are getting updates and fixing some things that needed fixing."

Donna Kubic's interview:


Lots of activities going on at the BIRHC with construction work going on at the same time.

Video Walk Around the Rural Health Center:


Pictures of the rural health center:

Views looking south of main entrance hallway.......One view looking north

Toward the exam rooms.......toward the eye exam room...........one patient exam room

As you can see by the photo on the right, the workers needed a spot to put their equipment.

Heading down the exam room hallway, looking right at the emergency rooms.....then outside to see a worker

The worker was getting ready to work on the blown in insulation.

Walking past the emergency rooms and back up toward the office.......the chart room......

The patient's charts being protected by the plastic sheet.

Who is that on the other side of the plastic?

Oh, yes, that is Betty Hudgins at work in her office area. Ready to check in patients and working on her computer.

Dog Island: The Plane Crash

by Lance Terrill Olson

This book written by Lance Terrill Olson is presented to BINN subscribers through an agreement between BINN editor and the author. This book is about an imaginary plane crash that takes place on an imaginary island, Dog Island. The book is for sale at a few places on the island.

Chapter 1 Tommy

It was a typical spring day on Dog Island, out in the deep, clear blue waters of Lake Michigan. Sun shining. About 60 degrees. Clear, crisp, and clean air. A slight breeze felt cool on his slightly sweaty brow. The stable flies weren't bad today and the mosquitoes stayed away unless you were in the shade. These mosquitoes on the Island were hardy, and still sucking blood when it was 40 degrees out...

Twelve year old Tommy and his dog Max were enjoying another adventure in the woods. They often went on 'adventures' like this one. Since their small house overlooked the Big Lake, sufficient time was spent exploring the beach...especially after a storm, when 'new' things washed ashore.
But, mostly they had their best adventures out in the woods in the interior of the large island. The island was about 13 miles long, north-south, and about 6 miles wide, with the port and small town at the northeast.

Normally, Tommy would have his pump-up pellet gun along, but he was almost out of pellets so he left it home. He didn't want to have to carry an empty gun around the woods. He also had a 410 shotgun and a .22 rifle that he used when hunting with his dad, but he wasn't allowed to take them out alone too often. They trusted him to keep a level head and be safe, but didn't want him to make a habit of just shooting up shells all over the place. They were expensive.

He did have his trusty hunting knife in a sheath fastened to his belt. His knife was as sharp as a butcher's blade. He learned how to get it that way from an old, retired neighbor whose hobby was woodcarving. The process was slow, using different grades of whetstones to get a fine edge and then stropping the edge on leather until razor sharp. The results were always amazing. His knife or hatchet would really work like they were cutting through butter.
And he had a few scars to prove it. He had two on his hand and one on his arm from the knife and an old one across the top of his left foot from a dull hatchet. That one was big and ugly, but he felt his scars made him look 'tougher' when other kids saw them. After he chopped his foot, it became infected. Now he understood how dangerous a knife or hatchet could be and was more careful with them. He also found out that a cut from a sharp tool would leave a 'clean' wound compared with a dull tool that tore the skin and made a mess. A 'ragged' wound often got infected because it was hard to clean. A cut from a dull tool was harder to heal, harder to suture, and left a big scar instead of a hairline scar.

Tommy understood why his Aunt Christine didn't let his cousin, Kevin, have any type of gun or a knife to "play with" while living in town, off-island. It was a different life over there... there were more people, and more rules to protect people from themselves. Too many kids playing together and a sharp knife meant that someone was going to do something irresponsible and cause an accident. Here on the island, Tommy was thankful that his parents trusted him to be more mature with things that could hurt him. His cousin in town was still playing with squirt guns and plastic knives... staying a little kid for a longer period of time. Wasn't it funny that kids want to grow up fast and learn about the world they live in, but they usually didn't object when their parents wanted them to be kids as long as they could? Anyway...

Tommy, an only child, was blond with blue eyes... typical of his Swedish and German heritage. His eyebrows were almost invisible against his light skin. He was already almost five feet tall, thin, and wiry. Today, he wore his usual dirty white, smelly tennis shoes, faded jeans, and a blue and white checkered, short sleeve shirt that looked like the table cloth at one of the restaurants on the island. His old, well worn, brown leather belt that he got when his Grandfather died was too long for his waist. About eight inches of the end dangled down. He loved that belt like he loved his Grandfather. It was a constant reminder of the fun they had when he was alive. Grandfather was more of a "kid" than Tommy's dad and they really had some nice moments together. Grandfather always had a cigar hidden in his jacket for these walks through the woods. No one approved of Grandfather smoking, but Tommy didn't mind at all.

He remembered once when Grandfather and he were on an adventure out in the woods. Grandfather had the pellet gun and was trying to shoot a stable fly that had landed on a tree. When he hit it, he laughed and said, "...that's it for you, you little bastard!" They both laughed about it for days.

Stable flies would sneak up and bite your ankles or legs and make you jump... what a nuisance! You could actually see where they took a chunk of skin! The thing that was odd about stable flies was that they laid their eggs in organic material... wet leaves in the woods, horse crap, whatever.
House flies, that look the same as stable flies, laid their eggs in dead tissue... like in dead animals. He heard Grandfather say, once, that stable flies began their lives as vegetarians but soon saw the light and started eating meat.

Grandfather said not to tell Tommy's parents about him shooting the fly. Tommy knew why, and he enjoyed being with an adult who could have fun like a kid. Grandfather always treated him like an equal regardless of the vast difference in age.


Max was a mix between a German Shepard mother and a Golden Retriever father. He had some Shepard highlights around his long, narrow muzzle, but his fur looked mostly Golden. His eyes were a beautiful golden color. His fur was long both in summer and winter and he was constantly shedding. Max was in heaven during these adventures with Tommy in the woods. There were so many small animal smells and he often put up a partridge or a woodcock or ran a black squirrel up a tree. He was especially good at walking quietly so he could sneak up on them.

Like most dogs, comfortable with nature, he almost immediately took a dump when they entered the woods. And then he peed often to mark his trail, like Hansel and Gretel and their cookie crumbs... just in case. He watched Tommy walking through a copse of small aspen... well up here they called them popple or poplar. They grow very fast and make good walking sticks when small in diameter. They are soft,  but with strong wood and were easy to carve or just whittle.
On the other side of the popple stand, Tommy stopped to examine a large orange fungus growing on an old maple tree.

All at once, Max came alert. It was the smell of a raccoon.

He had chased one up a tree last summer so he remembered the smell. But this wasn't a pure smell. Something wasn't quite right with it...

About fifty yards away, the female raccoon was quietly walking along a trail in the woods towards where Tommy was closely examining the fungus. Her diseased mind was telling her strange things, like rabies often did. Large predators were after her babies. They had no right to take her babies!
She went crazy when she saw Tommy and began running towards him, snapping her razor sharp teeth and frothing at the mouth. Tommy was oblivious to her frightening advance.

When she was just four feet away from the tender backs of Tommy's legs, Max charged through the brush and grabbed her by the neck, growling and shaking her considerable weight in the air, dancing around with his legs so she couldn't get purchase. He was trying to break her neck or, at least, suffocate her until she was no longer a threat. It was a terrible chance that Max took. If he were bitten, that could be the end for him. She had her sharp claws dug into his face, trying to push him away or put out his eyes, but he kept moving and shaking her in his death grip. It was, literally, a fight to the death!

All of a sudden the raccoon was tapping Max on the head.

Once. Twice. This wasn't right. The raccoon couldn't do that...?! Then it called his name..."Max! Max! Wake up! Wake up! You're shredding the carpet with your feet. Boy, that must be some big rabbit you are chasing," he said, laughing. It was Tommy's dad.

As Max became more awake, he realized it was just a dream. He stood up from the carpet, stretched, then shook himself. Loose hair and dust from his coat were floating in the still, sun beams shining through the windows of the living room. Then he gave a bit of a deep-throated groan and walked slowly to his water bowl and slurped loudly. He was just dreaming... again!
"Well folks, that is how my life is on Dog Island. Yes, it's me talking to you! Never heard a dog talk before?! Well, this is just a story that you are watching in your mind..."

Beaver Island Fire Department On-going Training

Unless you have a relative or close friend involved in the island's volunteer fire department, you would not know that our local fire department continues to train. In the off-season, the training is scheduled weekly. During the busy season, the training may or may not take place once a month or more. This training last night, October 21, 2014, was a realistic scenario of a car in a ditch off the King's Highway. The purpose of the training is to review with hands-on the method of extrication for this situation.

Some of the following pictures can tell the story of the training better that the words that might be used.

The setup for the training


Discussions about how to stabilize the vehicle and make the scene safe

The training continued after dark.

Good job, BIFD, in your training and preparation for situations that might happen on the island!

Trinity Grace Kenwabikise Dies

Trinity Grace Kenwabikise, infant daughter of Patrick John and Rachel Nicole Burger Kenwabikise, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday, October 24, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at Saint Mary's Church in Charlevoix, the Reverend Matthew Wigton officiating. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island, at 2:15 p.m., Saturday, October 25, the Reverend James Doherty will officiate.

Waste Management Committee Meeting

This morning, October 21, 2014, the Waste Managment Committee (WMC) met at the Peaine Township Hall beginning at 9 a.m. The agenda of the meeting included approval of agenda and additions, approval of September minutes, the Manager's Report given by Brad Swearingen, a raise for the Transfer Station manager, since the WMC was tardy in completing this, a discussion and approval of a credit card for the Transfer Station, a report on recycling sold to Bob Mogfor, a look and discussion of the proposed policy manual, a report from Bill Kohls on the committee structure and operating agreement/

It was also determined that the November meeting of the WMC would not take place, all items moved to the December 16, 2014 meeting.

View video of the meeting

Christian Church Seeks Snow Plow Bids

Holiday Bazaar

Mark your calendars! Holiday Bazaar 2014 is Sunday, November 16, 11:00-1:30 at the Gregg Fellowship Center. If you want to reserve a table and haven't received a letter as a past vendor, you can pick up a letter/reservation form at the Community Center or at Jean Kinsley's real estate office. Looking forward to another great bazaar!

MDNR Seeking Input on Northern Great Lakes Islands Management Planning Effort

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), Wildlife Division has initiated a process for developing a management plan for state-owned lands on Northern Lake Michigan Islands.  Based on meetings with internal and external partners, tribal governments, and collaborators, we have developed a preliminary vision and set of draft goals and objectives that could be used in the plan (see below).  This management planning effort is just one of the outcomes of the MDNR’s 2013 Managed Public Land Strategy (http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-31154_64433---,00.html). We are seeking additional input and comments from those interested in management of these island properties.  We are soliciting written comment and will be conducting 3 public meetings.  Meetings will be occurring on:

November 3, 2014 from 2:00-4:30 PM

DNR Rose Lake Field Office

8562 East Stoll Road, East Lansing, MI 48823


November 5, 2014 from 7:00-8:30 PM

Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center

6686 S. Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684


November 6, 2014 from 7:00-8:30 PM

Beaver Island Community Center

26215 Main Street, Beaver Island, MI 49782


Written comments can be submitted to kintighk@michigan.gov until November 30, 2014.

Recently, the Beaver Island Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee outlined a set of recommendations that focus on natural resource protection, economic development, and an environmentally-informed public. Our management plan for state-owned lands will leverage the Beaver Island Plan and the Public Land Strategy to focus our management efforts where we can have the greatest impact to help meet the Governor’s, Department’s, and Division’s goals. Most of the state land on the Lake Michigan islands is administered by the Wildlife Division.

Plan Vision: “Maintain ecological and cultural integrity of Northern Lake Michigan Islands while providing Island-appropriate recreational opportunities and effective administration of state-owned properties.”

Goal 1: Strengthen and broaden coalitions that focus on the effective stewardship of the cultural and ecological resources of the State-owned Lake Michigan Island Properties.

  1. Establish a coalition with local and tribal governments and non-government organizations to increase capacity for stewardship on State-owned Lake Michigan Island Properties.
  2. Collaborate with State Historic Preservation Office, Tribal Historic Preservation Office, and other partners to protect cultural/historical sites on State-owned Lake Michigan Island Properties.

Goal 2: Collaborate with partners to identify, monitor, protect, and manage important ecological characteristics on State-owned Lake Michigan Island Properties.

  1. Continue to identify/document important ecological characteristics of Lake Michigan Islands.
  2. Monitor key elements through time, as appropriate.
  3. Use coalition discussions to help prioritize management efforts.
  4. Provide education and outreach to increase awareness of important cultural and ecological attributes.

Goal 3: Facilitate opportunities for island-based recreation on State-owned land compatible with the maintenance of ecological and cultural integrity.

  1. Collaborate with partners to create, improve, and maintain recreational infrastructure on State-owned Lake Michigan Island Properties.
  2. Promote recreational opportunities on State-owned Lake Michigan Island Properties.

Goal 4: Develop and implement an effective framework for the administration of State-owned Lake Michigan Island Properties.

  1. Identify roles and responsibilities for land management of the Island Properties across the MDNR.
  2. Identify partners that can help meet administrative goals.
  3. Identify and prioritize existing infrastructure issues/needs.

Keith M. Kintigh

Wildlife Field Operations Manager

Northern Lower Peninsula

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Cadillac Operations Service Center

8015 Mackinaw Trail

Cadillac, MI 49601

W: (231) 775-9727x6030

C: (989) 619-2296

Internet Safety for Seniors

A Presentation by Christopher Sorensen

Christopher Sorensen, dressed for "phishing"

On October 20, 2014, Chris Sorensen had presentations at the Beaver Island Community School, two, one for 5th-8th and another for 9th-12th. He then came to the Beaver Island Community Center to do the presentation for Seniors with this presentation sponsored by the Charlevoix County COA and the Beaver Island Community Center. The presentation for seniors began at 1 p.m. and continued for over an hour and a half with lots of good questions and excellent answers. This event was live streamed for BINN subscribers using multiple cameras and a video mixer. The program was also recorded on one camera. The recorded video will be available once processed. Chris Sorensen suggest that a password should actually be made with a pass-phrase with Capital letters mixed with lower-case letters, numbers and symbols. His recommendation is to use the phrase to make a password with at least twelve (12) characters. He also spoke on the practice of "phishing" which may nullify all your password or pass-phrase work by getting you to click on a link that installs a virus on your computer, a data worm or something that records all your key strokes.

This was a very informative meeting for all who were present. If you were unable to attend, you may watch the processed video, or you may wait until Chris returns to the island. He has offered to make more presentations on the island in the future.

Christopher Sorensen also did a presentation that same evening at 7 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School for parents.

Click HERE to view video of this presentation

Absentee Ballot Information

From Jean Wierenga, St. James Township Clerk

Requests to have absent voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your Clerk no later than 2pm Saturday before election day.
You can receive an emergency absent voter ballot up until 4pm on election day if there was a sudden illness or family death. The emergency must have occurred at a time which made it impossible for you to apply for a regular absent voter ballot.



Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

2014 School Board Meetings

First Emergency Services Authority Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

Peaine Township Meeting

August 13, 2014


September 10, 2014

Video of this meeting HERE


St James Township Board Meeting

August 22, 2014

Video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting

September 3, 2014 Video

Waste Management Committee

August 19, 2014


September 16, 2014

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon – Sat  8am – 5pm
Sun Closed 

web: www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org
email: bicommunitycenter@tds.net
phone: 231 448-2022


Community Center Information for October 2014


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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

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

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Airport Commission Meeting

August 2, 2014


Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Internet Safety

Online safety is an ever-changing, ever-present issue affecting most every-one.
Chris Sorensen, Internet Security specialist at GE Capital, will be on Beaver Island conducting workshops for a number of community age groups on Monday, October 20, 2014.

Youth Groups will have two different age-appropriate workshops during their school day.
Seniors will have a workshop at 1pm upstairs at the Community Center (coffee and cookies provided!)
Parents and other Community Adults will have an evening workshop at the BI Community School. Please contact the school to confirm time and area, 448-2744.

Senior Online Safety
October 20, 2014, 1pm
Beaver Island Community Center

Join computer security specialist Chris Sorensen for a non-technical workshop specially created for senior citizens. Learn about the latest hacker pickup lines, online scams, and ways to protect your home computer. This will be a lively back and forth dialog about real-world issues affecting you and your family every day.
* Identify Fraud
* Use the Internet securely
* Configure your devices
* Navigate social networks
Chris Sorensen has been involved in the computer industry for 30 years and is currently an Internet Security specialist at GE Capital. At GE Chris gives frequent talks to employees and senior executives revealing how hackers think. He describes his work as "I teach people how to rob banks".
In his spare time, he enjoys visiting area schools and talking with kids about how to be safe and secure online, and acting as the "geek squad" for his friends and family.

Chris has been visiting Beaver Island for almost 50 years. His 3rd generation home is next to the old McDonough's Market and bank.

For questions regarding the Senior workshop, please call Ann @ 448-2022!

Beaver Island News on the 'Net will be doing video for this event. If live streaming will take place, we will have it announced above under "LIVE Streaming Video."

Armistice Day, November 11th

On November 11, 2014, the AMVETS will have a  ceremony at the Memorial Park at 11:00 AM, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather or cold weather as last year it will be held at the school gymnasium.

Bob Tidmore

Special School Board Meeting

The Beaver Island Community School Board of Education had scheduled a special meeting with the agenda of the meeting only stating "Grievance." As a former Beaver Island Education Association (BIEA) president, the editor is familiar with the process. The process for filing a grievance is to submit the paperwork to the principal/superintendent. This administrator has 15 days to respond to the grievance. (Step 1)

If the BIEA does not accept the response of the superintendent/principal, the grievance then goes to the Board of Education, and the board has 15 days to respond to the grievance. (Step 2) Although the subject of the grievance was not stated on the agenda form, the discussion of the grievance is to take place in a public meeting. This meeting began at 5:15 pm, today, Saturday, October 18, 2014.

The Board of Education's lawyer stated that this issue was not a "Grievance" based upon the contract, and this was not a grievable offense. The word that was scaring the teachers was the word "insubordination." Perhaps, the board is correct, and perhaps the issues may be worked out between the teachers and the administrator. The two sides were asked to continue to work out these differences. The Board of Education voted to deny the grievance. It will be up to the BIEA and the administrator to work out the issue based upon the board's decision.

Video of the Special Meeting HERE

Dody Avery Passes Away

Avery, Dorothy "Dody" Jane Thuerk 3/14/1927 - 10/10/2014 Ann Arbor, Michigan Dorothy "Dody" Jane Thuerk Avery, 87, of Ann Arbor, MI, passed away on October 10, 2014, at Saline Evangelical Home.

She was born March 14, 1927, in Erie, PA, to the late Hugh Campbell Thuerk and Ferol Louise Bull Thuerk. In 1949 Dody received her BA in Fine Arts from Pembroke College in Brown University, and then completed a program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine where she received her certificate in medical illustration in 1952. She met her husband, James ("Jim") Avery, at the University of Rochester and they married in 1950. In 1954 they moved to Ann Arbor when Jim joined the University of Michigan Dental School. Dody played bridge for many years at the Ann Arbor Women's City Club and spent many summers painting water colors at the family cottage on Beaver Island. She enjoyed flower arranging and gardening, and in later years spent much of her time creating intricately patterned beaded bracelets, an interest she shared with her daughter and granddaughter.

Dody was preceded in death by her husband, James Knuckey Avery; sister, Jean Louise Thuerk Howland; and brother, Hugh Donald Thuerk. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Jane Avery, of Battle Creek, MI; son David Lloyd Avery (Susan) of Beaver Island, MI; and son Robert Hugh Avery (Carol) of Coleman, MI. She is also survived by four grandchildren; John Paul Wilson of Battle Creek, Alan James Avery of Bermuda, and Sarah Victoria Avery and Forrest Nathaniel Nevill Avery of Beaver Island.

Cremation has taken place and a private family memorial is planned at a later date. Many, many thanks to the wonderful staff at the Saline Evangelical Home for their care of Dody this year and to the staff of Arbor Hospice who provided additional care to Dody in her last two weeks of life.

Muehlig Funeral Chapel muehligannarbor.com - See original and guest book at: HERE

Mary Beth Kur for Judge

BICS Early Elementary Writings

The following writings are taken from the PreK-1st grade classroom blog: http://mirandarooy.edublogs.org/

Having Fun With Friends

By: Sy Engelsman, 1st Grade

The way to have fun with friends is to play with them.

We play outside.

We play inside.

We play with toys.

We play in the gym.

We play board games.

We watch Roku TV.

We tell each other jokes.

I feel happy doing these things with friends.



By: Alexis Coffell, Kindergarten

I like pumpkins. A seed grows and grows and grows. After it germinates, it grows into a sprout. After that, it is a pumpkin vine. It grows a flower and bees pollinate it. A green pumpkin grows into an orange pumpkin. You find it and it has a seed. You can cook and eat it.

Alexis picture

Miranda Rooy, Beaver Island Community School, National Board Certified



Pre-School Story Hour

LEGO Club meets Saturdays at 12:30 p.m.

Church Schedule Changes

September 7, 2014 Beaver Island Christian Church Service isback to 10 am on Sunday

Holy Cross Sunday Morning will have one Mass at 9:30 am

The Episcopal Mission will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

The Lighthouse Church will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2014:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

(Note Changed date above)

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

Island Treasures New Schedule

The resale Shop is now open Thurs. Through Sat. From 12:00 until 4:00.  Thank you for your support.

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

Worship Leaders for Beaver Island Christian Church

October 26:  Mike Scripps, with special music by students from Lighthouse School
November 2:  Pastor Joseph Fox, Fremont MI
November 9:  Pastor Howard Davis, Grand Rapids
November 16:  Steve Finch, Lighthouse School
November 23:  Pastor El Zwart, Jenison MI
December 7:  Baccalaureate for graduates of Lighthouse School, Steve Finch will give the message
December 14:  Pastor Joseph Fox

Bible study

every Tuesday evening at 7:00; discussion led by pastor of the previous Sunday-

-Everyone welcome!!

  Bible study 7:00 - 8:00; coffee/dessert fellowship after Bible study.


Next to the last one of the season 10/22/14

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

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

November 18, 2014
***additional meetings may be posted as needed

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

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Pathetically Dirty Politics

(Editorial by Joe Moore)

No matter who you think will make a better Judge for the Circuit Court of Charlevoix County, you have to look at the following political flyer and classify it as one of the worst and dirtiest political move in the county. How can anyone accuse a victim of a sex crime as the perpetrator and the cause of the crime? There is no excuse for this type of politics. Perhaps, passing these out at the Charlevoix AppleFest, and talking about this as fact on the radio doesn't outrage you as much as it outrages me.

There is no way that I will post a copy of this outrageous flier. I prefer to place this trash right where it belongs, in the trash. I will comment that this does not help the other candidate for judge. In my mind, there should be an out and out public denial of any complicity in this dirty move by that candidate.

If this is not simple retaliation by an individual prosecuted by Mary Beth Kur, I will be very surprised. I have posted below a letter from the prosecutor of the sex crime case. It was provided by Mary Beth Kur for Judge.

Any attempt to accuse a victim of child abuse and try to make that accusation a factor in the Charlevoix County Circuit Court judicial race is shameful and illustrates politics at its absolute worst.

Shame on those responsible.

Roy C. Hayes Responds

Dear Voters,

This is Roy Hayes. Please be assured that neither I nor my campaign have anything whatsoever to do with "The Pretty Lie, Ugly Truth" Blog. The operators of that blog are not acting on my behalf. I have never met the operator of that website or consulted with her regarding the content of her blog.

I have worked hard to run a clean and positive campaign. I would never resort to personal attacks against someone whom I have considered a friend for the past 20 years.

I encourage all Charlevoix County voters to ignore the negative attacks and focus on the positive attributes of both candidates.

It is my sincere hope that the voters will decide to vote for me because of my extensive and broad based experience over the course of my career in the State and Federal Courts of Michigan and the fact that local judges from Charlevoix, Emmet, Antrim & Grand Traverse County as well as Justice Brian Zahra of the Michigan Supreme Court have exclusively endorsed me as their candidate in this race.

Roy C. Hayes

Cellphone Pictures

There are many times when the editor does not have a camera handy to take the pictures that jump out to hit him over his head. These are a few cellphone pictures taken since last Wednesday.

Gorgeous sunset

Beautiful night flight

Little crane, BIG crane

If you are willing to share some of your cellphone pictures, email them to medic5740@gmail.com, and we'll consider posting them giving you the credit.

Rain, Rain, and More Rain

October 15, 2014, 5:45 p.m., And more rain today, although not quite as much, about half as much. Since the gauge was dumped last night around 8 p.m., we have had only and inch and a quarter today.

October 14, 2014, 6:45 p.m., Since yesterday, there has been almost 3.5 inches of rain. This will once again make the water levels rise. It is forecast to continue throughout the night on and off.

BICS Board Meeting, 10-13-14

Forty-six interested persons attended the community school board meeting tonight, October 13, 2014. Six board members were present. Riley Justis was present and Alice Belfy was present to take minutes. Several members of the public made comments at the beginning of the meeting. An excellent question came from Kathy Speck. She said that several questions had been asked and wondered when and how these questions might be answered. The question was not fully answered. An attempt was made by Jessica Anderson, but the public was awaiting a date and time for the questions to be answered, and that information was not forthcoming. The agenda for the meeting and minutes of prior meetings can be viewed HERE.

Video of this meeting can be viewed HERE

There were several questions asked at the beginning of the meeting during the public comment time. These questions were not answered. Not answering questions can lead to distrust, frustration, and hurt feelings. Perhaps the very first priority should be gathering the questions and publishing answers.

The Perfect Pie

by Cindy Ricksgers

In August or September, when you run across someone over-dressed for the weather in denim or canvas...with all exposed skin shredded as if it came in contact with a major piece of farm machinery...scratching at mosquito bites...with burs in the hair and a smile on the face...the appropriate question is, “Where are you finding the berries?”.

We are foragers here on Beaver Island. Like the weather, it’s a common topic of conversation. The activity often includes secrecy, hijinks and boasting. Good caches of mushrooms are as commonly posted on social network sites as beautiful babies! The best areas for finding them are not revealed, though there is much advice given about where one should look. From the earliest wild asparagus, ramps and morels to Autumn offerings of "Shaggy Manes" and apples, we take advantage of what nature provides. From tiny, heart-shaped strawberries in Spring to bright, cold cranberries in late Fall, we gather berries.

Blackberry season is my favorite, for many reasons. First, their size: it is satisfying to be able to fill a container, set it to the side and then fill another. Anyone who has gathered wild strawberries or the miniature pearls of wild blueberries knows that type of gratification is hard to come by. Second, their abundance. This varies from year to year based on weather and a host of other factors, but when the blackberries are good, this island offers them up from a thousand different locations. One year I froze more than forty quarts of blackberries for winter use! Third, they taste wonderful. Fourth, they are easy to clean. Blackberries are solid. They don’t have the hollow back that raspberries do, that sometimes gives a little worm or bug a hidey place, and necessitates going through each one very carefully.

That same distinction provides reason number five: blackberries make a great pie. Some berries collapse with the handling and the heat. Even when their flavor holds, their texture does not. Often, berry pies have a jam-like filling by the time they are baked. Not so, blackberries! They hold their flavor and their shape through cleaning, sugaring, and baking. A blackberry pie comes out of the oven as plump as it went in.

Reason number six has to do with the camaraderie of blackberry picking. Because it’s a stand up activity, it is great to bring along a friend or two for company. I came upon two raccoons, once, standing on their hind legs, picking blackberries at the edge of Fox Lake Road. They both looked up as I drove by, then resumed their activity and---I imagined---their conversation. I have good memories of berry picking with my aunt, my daughters, and with friends. One year, I ran into Dick DeRosia almost every time I went to pick berries, no matter what the location. Once I came upon Jon and Pat Bonadeo’s parents in the berry patch near my house. For many years after, whenever I saw them, we talked about how wonderful the berries had been that year.

Let me see, reason number seven has to do with the thrill of the hunt and the element of danger from the razor-sharp thorns on whip-like canes...but let’s get back to that pie. All fruit pies are wonderful. Blackberry pies are one of the best.

The perfect pie, though, is a rare treasure. It is based on a combination of fresh raspberries and blackberries, and is possible only in those years when the blackberries come on early enough...and the raspberries hold on late enough...that the two can be found at the same time, in sufficient quantity for a pie. Raspberries collapse in baking, forming nice little cushions of sweetness around the blackberries, which hold their shape. The raspberries deepen to maroon as they bake. Combined with the shiny dark blackberries, the filling becomes a beautiful symphony of purples. The bright effervescence of the raspberries provide the ideal contrast to the winey sweetness of the blackberries. In texture, color and flavor, this pie stands out!

First the picking: blackberries first. Visit your usual haunts, or look in areas that have been recently cleared of trees. Juniper and blackberries are both natural stepping stones in the reforestation of a cleared area, so they often grow together. I have several large juniper in my back field with lovely blackberry canes growing right in the center of them. Let your eyes relax, and you’ll start to see the ripe berries. Before you pluck that first one that shows itself, ripe and ready for the taking, look behind and under. Those berries ripen first, and if you pull the obvious one, it may cause a dozen others to drop to the ground before you can get them. I have an under-handed technique that allows the berries to fall into my palm, but each person will find their own rhythm. Look closely near the ground before you move on, for the ones you’ll otherwise crush with your next footfall. Once you take a step forward, turn around to see the ones you missed, because they were hidden in shadow.

It sounds fussy, I know, but it’s really not. There is no wrong way to pick berries. Even I---who managed to take the fun out of chores and even many games for my children by my insistance that there was one right way to do a thing---could not lessen the thrill of berry-picking. If you accidentally pick one that’s less than ripe, just eat it...or toss it for the birds...or add it to the bowl where a bit of extra sugar will make up for it later. If you pick a berry and it falls apart in your hand, over-ripe, pop it into your mouth! Lick the juices from your fingers! It will likely be the sweetest thing you taste all day. If you have doubt about the exact color or feel of a perfectly ripe berry, taste as you go, until you know for sure.

When you have enough blackberries, it’s time to get raspberries. There is a gravel pit off the Fox Lake Road that has raspberry bushes around the perimeter. The ones near the top ripen first. Later in the season, I look for berries near the bottom of the hollow. Likewise, the logging road that cuts through my property has raspberries leaning in from each side. The ones on the south side are long gone, dried up or fallen to the ground by the time the blackberries ripen. Sometimes, those on the north side are just in their prime. Thinking like that, get what you can, aiming for equal amounts, but happy with what you get.

Cleaning is next. Don’t run water over the berries but, instead, lift or gently pour them into a water bath. Leaves and debris will rise to the top where they can be skimmed off. Lift the berries out one handful at a time, so that you can pick out any discards. From there, put them in a collander to let the excess water drain away. When you’ve gone through all the berries, tip them gently into a bowl. A little moisture is good, as it will help the sugar cling to the berries. I add sugar with a large tablespoon, tasting as I go. You’ll know when they are sweet enough. At that point, you’ll want to assess how much of the mixture you’ll need for your pies, and set the rest aside to add to ice cream, pancakes or cereal, or just to enjoy with milk or cream. To the pie berries, add a heaping tablespoon of flour per pie, and toss well.

Crust. I have always made a decent pie crust, but I used to struggle with it much more than I do now. My recipe called for “five to seven tablespoons cold water.” That rarely seemed like enough. My crust wouldn’t hold together and rolling it out was a nightmare. Though they baked up nice and flaky, making piecrust was a hard job. The senior Darrell Butler, who was raised in a bakery, helped me out with some good advice.

"Get yourself a cup of cold water," he said. "Add it a little bit at a time. Sometimes it will take a little; sometimes it will take all of it. As soon as your dough holds together, stop. If it’s a little wet, just roll it out on a good bed of flour." Just like that, he took the mystery out of piecrust!

My recipe makes four rounds---two double-crust pies---in the eight inch size. I like it because it’s all whole increments, easy to remember, and I don’t have to try to measure vegetable shortening, now that Crisco comes in pre-measured one-cup sticks.

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.

Put 3 cups of flour and 1 cup of Crisco in a bowl. Using a pastry blender or two table knives held parallel, cut the ingredients together until you have a bowl of flour-covered shortening balls, about the size of small peas. Get yourself a cup of cold water. Add it a little bit at a time. Stir it in with one of the table knives, so as not to over-work the dough. As soon as it holds together, stop. Cut the dough ball in half. Cut each half in two, with a slightly larger portion for the bottom crusts. Roll the two larger portions into nice rounds, and fit them into the pie tins. Let your crust hang over the edges; you can trim it later.

Give the berries a stir to make sure the flour and sugar are well distributed, and mound them into the crusts. Roll out the top crusts, cut a little pattern into them to let the steam escape and place them over the berries. Trim the edges if you have too much overhang, and roll the top and bottom edges together; pinch to seal. I make the exact same fluted edge on my pie crust that my mother always made. You’ll find your own way. Or crimp with a fork.

Place the pies in the pre-heated oven. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375. Starting them out in the hot oven ensures that you won’t have a soggy crust. There is nothing more disappointing in a pie than a doughy, soft bottom. Continue to bake the pies at the lower temperature for about another half-hour, until the juices are bubbling up through the vents and the crust looks golden.

Cool slightly, to let the sugars set up, before slicing. Serve warm...with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is perfection.

But, hey, if---in your quest for blackberries and raspberries---you happen upon wild blueberries ripe for the picking, and if you have a mind to, add them to your bucket, and add them to your pie. They will add another layer of flavor and color. When we’re talking about pie, "perfect" is not absolute. There is always room for improvement. Go ahead...make it even more perfect.


*This piece was first published just over a year ago in the Beaver Beacon, our lovely island news magazine. My friend, Bill, stopped me on the street to tell me they liked the story and would publish it. "It will cost you, though," he grinned, "I expect one of those pies...delivered." I laughed and said, "Sure," and then got on with other things. Before I knew it, berry season had given way to the colder temperatures of Autumn.

This year, as the berries started ripening, I thought I’d fulfill that obligation. It looked like it was going to be a good season for blackberries. They ripened, though, one cupful at a time. Enough for topping cereal or decorating a dish of ice cream, plenty for sweet nibbles while walking, but not enough for a pie. Days of rain, then, caused ripe berries to drop to the ground and slowed the ripening process of the green ones. I never did get that pie made.

Bill died this Fall. The loss to his wife and son is tremendous, of course. He was a dear friend to many people here. At his memorial, I heard a dozen people say, “Bill was my best friend!” He contributed greatly to the island in a hundred different ways. He encouraged me and promoted my work whenever he had the chance.

I am not chastising myself for not getting the pie baked and given. Life goes on; things get in the way of even the best intentions. If there is a lesson here (and maybe there isn’t, even...) it is only to live each day to the fullest. That’s the best any of us can do.

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From Holy Cross

This was received from Holy Cross Catholic Church, and at first it seemed to pertain to only off-Island churches and places. After reading the whole thing, you will see how it pertains and informs.

B. I. Historical Society Moves Forward Plans for New Museum

News Release-Click Image below

Electronic Version of Booklet for the Project-click Image below

Good Morning, Beaver Island

Pictures of Whiskey Point going around the harbor

Picture from Whiskey Point

Let there be light and color and sunshine.

Veteran's Administration to Visit BIRHC on October 24th


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15th Anniversary of BINN

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Timeout for Art: A New Venue

by Cindy Ricksgers

When Livingstone Studio, the little island gallery that carries my work, closes for the season, I usually pack up my work and bring it home. Changes in temperature, dampness and small critters could cause problems if artwork over-wintered there. This year, several large works-in-progress are taking up most of the space in my small studio room. Overflow from that dratted 32 drawer cabinet is still occupying precious other storage. I don’t have room for anything else!

On a whim, I called our Community Center, to see if they’d be interested in keeping my framed work for a few months. They loved the idea! We worked out details, and squeezed out time to hang the work.

It looks wonderful!

Sometimes I walk into one of my sisters houses, and see one of my pieces newly matted and framed, and hardly recognize it. That’s how I feel when I see my work arranged at Livingstone each Spring, and how I feel seeing it now in this new venue. It is elevated, somehow, by the surroundings. It’s hard to imagine that it came out of my tiny studio! I can hardly believe I am the one who made it!

It’s a good feeling.

Cantata Letter

October 7, 2014

Dear Friends,
Just want to inform everyone that Cantata rehearsals will start October 19th for our performances December 6th and 7th. We will meet every Sunday at 11:30 at the Christian Church. The Cantata we have chosen for this year may sound familiar to a lot of you--“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” Books and CD’s are available right now. They are on the bench inside the entryway of the Christian Church; you are welcome to go in and pick them up. (Unfortunately we do not have the individual parts CD’s but we will have section rehearsals to help with that.) As always, please bring pencils and hi-liters to use during our rehearsals.
ALSO, some of us have really missed playing chimes! Deb Plastrik has offered to do this with us if we have enough people. Please e-mail her at deb@in4c.net if you may be interested in this. We will see how many we can get together.
Please feel free to share this information with those that you think may be interested in joining us. Call me if you have any questions---448-2393 or e-mail---kspeck@tds.net.
Looking forward to hearing all of your beautiful voices again!

Kathy Speck

October's Peaine Township Board Meeting

(9 pm, October 8, 2014) The Peaine Township Board met at the Peaine Hall tonight, October 8, 2014, beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting was short and to the point. The board appointed the election inspectors for the November 4, 2014, General Election, discussed a proposed letter to be sent to the USCG regarding the Fresnel lens from the St. James Lighthouse, included a Fox Point update, some information about the Phragmites treatements, adjourned in less than one half an houir.

Video of this meeting HERE

BIRHC Newsletter Fall 2014

Time for Vaccines-Flu and Pneumonia

Flu Shots and pneumonia vaccines are available at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. Please call for an appointment 448-2275.

PTA Informational and Organizational Meeting

The parents of school children met at BICS on October 1, 2014, for an informational and organizational meeting. The person from the PTA came to the island to answer questions and give some help to a group trying to get this group started. Fifteen people showed up for the meeting. The teachers were involved in a completely different meeting, so no teachers attended. Perhaps this will change.

The BICS PTA was begun, and officers were elected: President, Judy Boyle; Vice-President, Ralph Williamson; Secretary, Sue Avery; Treasurer, Theresa McDonough.

Video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Board Meeting

The Township Board met on October 1, 2014, beginning at 7 p.m. All board members were present. Reports included a report from the Emergency Services Authority, Donegal Bay Road Project, and the Governmental Center steps. The old business included the Boat Ramp Grant. The new business included the Dangerous Structure Ordinance and a vacancy on the Library Board. This was all that was on the agenda for the night other than approval of minutes and bills.

Video of the meeting HERE.

School Board Ballot

A picture of the draft ballot is presented below.

For the four year terms, three to be elected, running and on the ballot are Janet Nank, Kathy Speck, Angel Welke, and Susan Myers. In addition to the four on the ballot, there are three others are running as write-ins: Gerald LaFreniere, Eric Naranjo, and Judi Boyle. For the terms to completed and ending on 12/31/2016, three positions need to be filled with only two on the ballot: Dave Avery and Judy Gallagher.In addition to these two, three others are running as write-ins: Angela Kohls, Mark Englesman, and Dusty Cushman.

It can be confusing with all these island people running for the positions, and the procedure for write-ins has not be made public at this time. There was an unfortunate problem with the applications to be placed on the ballot, so these others will have to be written in on the ballot. There are three blank lines under the four year term and three blank lines under the term ending on 12/31/2016.

Meghan Costello, DC Chiropractic

Will be on island Saturday, October 25th. Please contact Dr. Meghan Costello for appointments at 231 922 0048. Please note that this time is set aside for you and if you are a no show for appointment, a $30 fee will be charged to you. You may cancel up to three days prior to appointment.

Thank You

Dr Meghan

Common Core Presentation to School Board and Community

(Information taken from beaverislandforum post by KaiLonnie Dunsmore)

KaiLonnie Dunsmore did a 30 minute presentation last night, Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at the school board meeting at 7:30 pm on the common core and school reform. This was a school board work session on identifying school year goals. KaiLonnie invited community members, parents, and candidates for the school board to attend and get an introduction into the new national standards (common core, next generation science standards, social studies C-3 framework) and research on the practices that effective schools are using to support change.

Here's a brief overview of what she shared:
• What are the new national standards and how did they develop?
• What are the main changes that we should be seeing in our school because of the common core and new assessments?
• How do these standards impact the goals we have on BI for student learning, student assessment, and educator evaluation?
• What are successful schools around the country doing to effectively implement the changes required by new standards?
• What questions should we be asking or issues should we be discussing here in our school to prepare our students and teachers for these new learning goals?

View video of the BICS Board Meeting and KaiLonnie Dunsmore's presentation HERE

New Sewer Ordinance in St. James Township

Dermatologist Coming October 24th

Dr Maury Cotter,  Dermatology Assoc of Northern Michigan is taking appointments to see patients at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center on October 24th.  Please call 231-487-2230 for an appointment to be seen on Beaver Island at the Health Center.

Questions call the Medical Center 448-2275.

Donna Kubic

NRESC Recommendations Document

from June 2013


Circuit Court Judge Candidate Forum

This video is courtesy of Petoskey News Review

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