A general request was posted on the Beaver Island Forum to see if anyone got a picture of the reported funnel clouds. This picture was submitted by Don Tritsch as a possible funnel cloud.
This picture has the general shape of the possible funnel cloud on the right hand side, but the left hand side is difficult to see. If this is a funnel cloud, there is a fairly wide base covering a large area. Again, if this is over water, the storm must have been quite powerful to continue with the massive weight of the water. It is possible that this is the "anvil" on top of a Cumulonimbus storm cloud viewed as it became visible over the lake. It may take a meteorologist to clearly identify what this is.
This double reflection, first off the windows in the house across the harbor and then reflected off the water is quite an impressive sight. This picture was sent in by Bob Tidmore. This just-before-sunset picture is wonderful. Thank you, Bob!
Our Islander soccer team flew to the UP on Friday to participate in the Northern Lights League Soccer Tournament. The Islanders won one soccer game against Munising Baptist. This game was tied after the normal periods of play and went to a shoot out to determine the winner. The video taping was done by Olivia Cary with editing by BINN.
The Islanders lost one game playing against Grand Marais. This was reported by Olivia Cary, an injured soccer player who also filmed some of the tournament. The Islanders took third place at this tournament.
Chelsea Retiremenht Community
805 W. Middle Street
Chelsea, MI 48118
Central Dispatch paged Beaver Island Fire Department this afternoon for standby related to three funnel clouds coming across Lake Michigan. They were reported as being just north of High Island. A quick response to the western shore at Donegal Bay did not reveal any water spouts or funnel clouds. That does not mean that there weren't funnel clouds. It just means that BIEMS and BIFD did not see any funnel clouds. There was some interesting clouds to be seen over the lake however.
Gull Harbor clouds off to the north, north of Hog Island
Interesting clouds out north of High Island, but no funnel clouds
Seen soaring in the ski over Paradise Bay were three eagles way up high on the fringe of the clouds.
This one was content to sit in the tree out at Gull Harbor for a while until spooked by something.
The eagle was spooked by someone on the walking trail and flew almost directly overhead.
Randi Hunter, manager of the Charlevoix AmericInn and a Navy veteran serving from 2000-2004, is establishing a discount program for veterans. The idea is for veterans to obtain an ID card from the Veterans Affairs offices in Charlevoix and Emmett counties. When this card is produced at area businesses, the veteran would receive a discount on purchases or services. Registered veterans will then be provided with a list of participating merchants.
"There isn't much out there for veterans after their service," said Randi. "I wanted to change that. Anyone who has ever served can get this ID card and then qualifies for these discounts. I was interviewed on Monday the 24th by the Petoskey News Review, and I hope to expand this to many more businesses in Charlevoix and Emmet counties. There are over 7800 veterans in these two counties, and they deserve something after serving their country."
Participating businesses who have already signed up to provide discounts to veterans are: Island Airways will give a 10% discount year round, Northern Michigan Dust Control will give a 25% discount year round, Fox Motors of Charlevoix will give a 10% discount on parts and labor.
Business owners or managers who wish to register for the program may contact Hunter at (231) 237-0988 or via email at Charlevoix.email@example.com.
Driving around a little bit yesterday the 27th of October, the fall colors were still very nice to look at. A quick trip home to grad the camera made perfect sense, and these photos were the result.
Pics taken off Sloptown Road
Out by Protar's Tomb
Tamarack along the Kings Highway
At approximately 7:30 p.m. last night, October 27, 2011, the Wendy Anne tug and barge returned to the island after taking a load of logs off. The webcams showed something out by the mouth of the harbor, and that something had to be identified.
While everyone knows that a team sport is exactly that, it is interesting to see what the results of the team efforts have been so far in the soccer season. So, Coach Myers provided these statistics.
We will start with the one that is the most impressive. Gus Connaghan, the Islander soccer goalee, has had one hundred thirty-nine saves (139). That is pretty impressive. Alex Williams has not been in the goal as much as Gus, but he is still credited with twenty-one saves (21). Now we move on to the scoring of assists and the scoring of goals. Jenna Battle has 1 assist and 7 goals for the 2011-12 season. Olivia Cary has 4 assists and 3 goals. McCauley Connaghan has five assists and five goals. Olivia Schwartzfisher has one assist, which is excellent since Olivia S mostly plays defense. Gus Connaghan has two assists and three goals. Nick Williams has three assists and one goal. Billy Lemmink has one assist and three goals. Brighid Cushman has two assists and three goals.
This question has been asked many times by many older folks as they are driving by the school in the late afternoon. "I thought school got out around 3:30," someone remarked recently. There is an excellent program in the afternoon after the school day is officially over. It's called the After School Program, funded by a grant received by the Beaver Island Community School. The program director of this afternoon, after school program is Laura Gibson. Laura administers the program and Patty Cull works with her. Here are some documents that were sent out to parents. These should answer some of the most frequently asked questions by those not having contact with the school. Here are the documents that tell when and what and how often about the activities taking place at school after school hours. Then you need to add the sports program information to the high school and junior high school students as well. Our Beaver Island students have lots of activities and educational programs to attend.
Activities for grades 7-12.......... Activities for K-8
Newletter about after school activities
Calendar of after school activities for the year
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Walk the plank! Down to Davy Jones locker!
Eric and Dana donated pizzas, to feed the scurvy crew, and as you can see Eric even fed Sharky a snack!
Thank you to the workers who made the night fun for the kids!
An erie, gloomy, and watery depth feeling surrounded the participants in the Halloween Carnival...Was that a ghost?
Enjoy the evening, kids, it's all for you!
Lot and lots of wonderfully costumed children!
Many games to play and sights of costumed friends to view!
From Tina Walker:
I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to all of the dedicated fun loving people who helped make Halloween Carnival 2011 - "Down to Davy Jones' Locker" such an awesome evening of fun! I have no words that can truly express my gratitude for the warm and caring atmosphere that was shared over the past three days it took to set up and take down, at Peaine Township Hall, for this event. You are truly amazing and wonderful people!
Volunteers - Operators & Their Games:
Cap'n Shirley Detwiler ~ Tickets & Treat Bags..........Cap'n Sharon Hurkmans ~ Deep Blue Duck Pond......Tina Morgan ~ Barrel O' Bones................
............Cap'n Kathy Ruis - Scurvy Skull Toss...........Cap'n Kenn Scoggin ~ Diggin' Fer Treasure
.....................Cap'n Marijean Pike ~ Shark Bite.........1st Mate - Betty Scoggin ~ Refreshments........... Cap'n Tom Whitman ~ Goblets O'Grog .........Cap'n Gary Morgan ~ Load The Cannon-
Here's Cap'n Doug Tilly ~ Game Builder and Video Tech. and Sharon Hurkmans posing with " Cap'n Skelly-Bones" the Pirate!
Our sincere thanks to the following businesses, who's generosity has also helped make this event possible:
An Occasion To Remember, Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island Electric, Central Drug Store, East Wind Spa, Fresh Air Aviation, Gruler's Farm Supply, Harbor View Motel, Hogarth's Pest Control, Island Airways, Martin Gas & Oil, McDonough's Market, Powers Do It Best Hardware, Shamrock Bar and Restaurant, Stoney Acre Grill and Pub, TDS Telecom, Wendy White DDS, and Jim Wojan Excavating.
Very Special Thanks To: bibabes+2 (Cheryl), BI Community School, Bill & Shirley Detwiler, Lenor Jacobson, Francis & Marijean Pike, and Doug Tilly
Thank you all, who came out to share some time with friends and family. We hope you enjoyed the experience!
Some more pictures taken by Tina Walker of the Halloween Carnival
Lots of children enjoying the games of the carnival
Isn't this a great time we're having?
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.
Welcome to Beaver Island for the 2011 Deer Hunting Season. This is the first year that Antler Point Restrictions are in place as we continue our efforts to increase the quality of the Deer Hunting Experience on Beaver Island and Garden Island. Our club's efforts to produce a detailed data set of observations and harvest information was crucial in obtaining this new management status for Beaver Island. Your help is needed to help us to continue and expand these record keeping efforts. You can help in the following ways:
1. Beaver Island Wildlife Club volunteers led by Jacque Lafreniere will be available at the Boat dock prior to your boarding the ferry to conduct Deer Biological data checks.
2. Complete the attached Camp Survey form, which will provide us statistical information on deer observations, and your harvest information on any deer taken.
3. If you are unable to do either of the above, send an email photo of your deer with as much data as you can provide us, such as : Sex, Antler Points, Diameter of antler beam at the base of the horn, if a doe, was she producing milk? These photos can be sent to any of the Beaver Island Wildlife Club Board Members:
Jeff Powers firstname.lastname@example.org Tom Kludt email@example.com
Mark Lafreniere firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Tidmore email@example.com
Phil Wyckoff firstname.lastname@example.org Doug Tilly email@example.com
Paul Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org Gary Morgan email@example.com
Bruce Beaudoin firstname.lastname@example.org Bill Detwiler email@example.com
Don Tritsch firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Powers, President, Beaver Island Wildlife Club
The Lady Islanders cut things a little close on Thursday night against the Lady Bobcats. The Islanders and Bobcats went two games to two games with a fifth game to be the playoff on Thursday night. The Islanders won the match three games to two games. The Friday morning games went fairly quickly with the Islanders taking the first three games and the match.
Pictures from Thursday evenings' game are HERE
The Islanders were minus one player due to an injury that occured on Thursday night during the soccer game, but they soon were able to overcome the Bobcats and play very agressively, guarding the ball, and moving the ball down the sides of the field. Here is the video of the Friday day soccer game.
Sunrise video taken by Phyllis Moore at Gull Harbor
Video editing experiment using Vegas Movie Studio
* 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
6 Hour Happy Hours, 6 Days a week
and on the Seventh Day... it's ALL Day!
Enjoy a GREAT time at Danny's!
Our best to you, Peace,
Liam & Marilyn
"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."
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.
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 Cholesterol Screening, Blood Pressure monitoring, EKG test.
Call the Beaver Island Rural Health Center 448-2275 for an appointment
This is made possible through a grant from the American Heart Association.
The 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.
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
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.
The video is now in stock at McDonough's Market (231) 448-2733 and the Beaver Island Boat Co (888) 446-4095 . The suggested retail price is $9.95. There would be a charge for shipping and handling if you want the DVD mailed.
The updated and complete list of Chamber member merchants selling the new I Dream of the Island DVD: McDonough's Market, Beaver Island Boat Co. (both locations), Paradise Bay Coffee Shop, The Blue Pearl, The Community Center, and the Beaver Island Marina. This DVD makes a wonderful Christmas gift.
The 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.
The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is seeking applicants interested in serving on its board of directors. Board positions will be filled at the annual meeting, Saturday, January 21, 2012.
Board terms are for three years and directors are not compensated. The BIRHC board meets every other month on the third Saturday. Directors are expected to attend most of the meetings, either in person or by speakerphone.
Candidates should be team players who will champion the cause of the Health Center and be willing to contribute their time and talents to board activities, including fundraising. Full or part-time residents are encouraged to apply by letter to the BIRHC Selection Committee, P.O. Box 146, Beaver Island, MI 49782.
For more information, applicants may contact Donna Kubic, Managing Director; Denny Cook, President; John Martin, Vice President; or John Works, Secretary. Candidates should send or drop off a letter which states their interest and tells a little about themselves by the deadline of December 21, 2011.
Beaver Island 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.
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.
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:
|Funded agency||St. James||Peaine|
|BI Fire Department||0.9643||0.6637|
|BI Rural Health Center||2.000||2.000|
|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.
|Funded agency||St. James > Peaine mills||St. James > Peaine dollars|
|BI Fire Department||0.3006||$12.00|
|BI Rural Health Center||same||same|
|BI Transfer Station||0.4509||$18.36|
|BI Emergency Medical Svc||0.3001||$12.00|
|BI Historical Society||0.0732||$0.28|
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.
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.
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
Volunteer to support The Beaver Island Community School
College and Career Day! - May 2012
Click Here for information and Form for Submission
Donna Kubic, manager of the BIRHC, announced today that the flu shots are now available. Please call BIRHC at 448-2275 to set up an appointment.
We post school events, religious events, sports events, visiting minister events, and many other events including musical events, special events, and even regularly scheduled events. At the very least, the event will go on the Community Calendar, so others won't schedule something at the exact day and time of your event. Imagine the following:
Two well known and exceptional fundraising events are scheduled on the same day. How sad for those who work so hard to raise funds for a good cause.
This can be avoided by sending your dates to BINN,. You can send them by postal mail, email, or even call the editor at 448-2416. Email email@example.com
The Human Services Commission of Peaine and St. James townships has put together a resource manual--a guide to services available to all residents of Beaver Island. A copy of this resource manual appears below. Printed copies will soon be available at a number of locations, including the medical center and the library. Other locations will be announces later. Many thanks to Joan Vyse and Judi Meister for coordinating the information in the manual.
Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE
The Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS was presented to both St. James and Peaine Townships at their meetings in August. This feasibility evaluation was completed by a consultant Michael Slattery to eliminate any misunderstandings and to provide the information for BIEMS and the two townships to move forward. This report is many pages long, but Beaver Island News on the 'Net believes that it is important enough to post the entire document including all of the legislation that pertains to this issue. You may view this report by clicking on the link below.
(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)
Update: 2/19/11---This video has had 108 viewings in the months of January and February so far. We hope that the views are getting the importance of having an air ambulance on Beaver Island and ready to go for the emergencies that have occurred here. It is obvious that ill and injured people are searching out other methods of transport since the transports for 2010 were down 50% compared to the last four years. While part of the cause is the depressed economy, the other part is the concern of being transported to the mainland and having a huge bill for that transport. BINN will continue to have this video available until something gets resolved with this issue. Comments so far: "You must be very proud of your son for doing this excellent video." "We never realized that this was still an issue." "Wow, a very important issue that seems to have been put on the back burner for too long. It's a burning issue."
Beaver Island has two flight services, and neither of them are currently certified or licensed to transport emergency patients from Beaver Island to the mainland. We thank the crews of the USCG helicopters for coming to do medical evacuations. We thank the flight services that have helped us get patients to the mainland for the last seven years and before. We thank Northflight for providing this service as well.
While a lot of things have changed over the last 7 years including a new school, a new executive director of EMS, new township supervisors,and new rural health center board members, there is one thing that has not changed.
When Phillip Michael Moore made this video as a Master's degree project, no one would have guessed that seven years later Beaver Island would still not have achieved this goal.
Please take the time to view the video. Please take some time to think about this, and then start asking some questions about how this can be resolved.
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The music played in the Holy Cross Hall in the late 70's and early 80's, recorded for posterity and shared here.
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