B. I. News on the 'Net, October 29-November 3, 2013

Who's This?

This former Beaver Island Community School graduate was caught singing in a duo this past weekend. This did not take place on Beaver Island, nor even in Michigan. Although this wonderful singer has left the Island, her beautiful voice and her talent in teaching children is well known.

The first person that send the editor an email with the correct name of this singer will receive the ability to give a gift subscription to someone who does not already subscribe to Beaver Island News on the 'Net. This is being done in the spirit of Thanksgiving. Send your email to medic5740@gmail.com

Eagles on Vacation

Snowing in the Sunshine

Sunday, November 2, 2013, just a short time before the Michigan versus Michigan State game, the sun was shining, but a quick look outside the front window showed that the snow was coming down in the sunshine. Here are two pictures showing what caught the eye.

Progress of the Terminal Building

The walls are up, but no trusses yet.

What is That?

A trip around Gull Harbor on Gull Harbor Road was made after being off the Island for a couple of days. Out of the corner of an eye, something didn't look right. "What is that?" the photographer asked. "Is it an animal on top of a rock? an animal laying on the rock? a bunch of ducks huddled together on a rock?"

Can you tell by this picture what this is?

It was puzzling because a biologist has just passed the car that was stopped, and it did not catch his eye. It was necessary to get the mystery solved. A quick walk toward the object of interest was necessary.

Zooming in with a big lens finally answered the question.

Who would have thought that these were not real ducks? Who would have thought that the rock was really like a kayak with a duck hunter in camouflage inside? Mystery solved!

Trunk or Treat Successful

While the rain poured down outside on Halloween night, the children out trick or treating did definitely get wet, but they only got slightly wet when they went to the Gregg Fellowship Hall for the Trunk or Treat event planned by the Beaver Island Christian Church. While BINN editor Joe Moore was off the island for medical appointments, Ron Marsh set up the video camera to get some record of the Trunk or Treat event. Thank you, Ron Marsh!


Airport Commission Meeting Announced

The Beaver Island Airport Commission will have a special meeting with the Michigan Department of Aeronautics and Mead and Hunt. It is scheduled to take place at the Peaine Township Hall on November 22, 2013, at 1 pm.

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting

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

Video of this meeting can be viewed HERE.

Free Ride to Vote

Charlevoix County Transit offers free rides to polling places for all Local, State and Federal elections.  Call 231-448-2026 to schedule a free ride to cast your vote in any election. 


John James Boyle, 74, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at his home in Bloomington, Minnesota on October 19, 2013, of natural causes.

John is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Marge, of Bloomington.  He also leaves behind his children Michael Boyle, Stacey Boyle Ng (Ben) and David Boyle (Donna), and his five beloved grandchildren, Isabella and Aidan Boyle, and Griffin, Connor and Charlotte Ng, all of California. 

John came from a large family.  His parents Jack and Bea Boyle predeceased him, as well as his sisters Sharron Simpson (Neil) and Grace Matela (Ray).  John’s remaining ten siblings survived him as well: Morris Boyle (Sally), Don Boyle (Chris) Neal Boyle (Connie), Bernie Boyle (late wife Kathy), Steve Boyle, Tim Boyle, Pat Boyle, Theresa Gacek, Jean McDonough (Gary) and Susan Heynig (Doug).  John is also survived by many cousins and other extended family.

John was born on Beaver Island February 23, 1939.  In the early 1940’s, he moved to Chicago with his family, and in his youth he worked alongside his father Jack in his construction company.   John attended Mt. Carmel and Breman high schools, and Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where he graduated with a degree in engineering in 1961.  Upon graduating, he took his new bride Marge and their baby Mike across country to Los Angeles to work in the aerospace industry in the 1960’s.  Children Stacey and Dave followed. John worked at Douglas Aircraft, later McDonnell Douglas, as an aerospace engineer for many years, including many seminal aerospace projects, such as the Apollo rockets to the moon. In the 1980’s, John went to Hughes Helicopters.  He and Marge remained in Los Angeles until 1990.  With the kids in college, John and Marge relocated to Minneapolis for a job at Honeywell.  They remained in Minneapolis thereafter. John worked at Honeywell where he was Director of Precision Weapons.  He also worked at Alliant Tech Systems, and then SAIC until his retirement in 2009.   

John was an accomplished man in many areas.  From home repairs and improvements, to coaching his kids’ basketball and football teams, John was a great husband and father, always devoted to his family.  He was an insatiable reader, and a dedicated follower of his Chicago home teams, from the Cubs to the Bears.  Coming from a large and enthusiastic Irish family, John loved a good argument and a spirited debate.  In his younger years, he enjoyed golf and was hoping to be able to get back onto the course. John cherished his Irish heritage, and had deep ties to Beaver Island.  John loved the water and could sit all day enjoying the view, whether bay, lake or ocean, despite never learning to swim!  Most of all, the great love of his life was Marge, together 53 years, who was selflessly dedicated to caring for him through a series of health setbacks in the last few years.

John was a towering figure to family and friends, and a good man of deep integrity.  He will be dearly missed.

Funeral mass will be 12 noon, Sunday, November 3, 2013, at Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island. John will be waked at the Holy Cross Convent on Saturday, Nov. 2, beginning at 4 pm, where the Rosary will be recited at 5:30 pm at the Convent.

Cremation will follow.



Lyn Jenks Presentation on Affordable Care Act

Video of this entire presentation is HERE

Link to the Charlevoix Hospital Video Presentation HERE


St. James Township Meeting, October 2, 2013

Video of the Meeting can be viewed HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

Peaine Township Meeting, October 9, 2013

Video for this meeting may be viewed HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!

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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

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

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Just a Little Crazy Debut

Just a Little Crazy will debut at the Beaver Island Community Center on November 9, 2013, at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. This is the 20th year of the Beaver Island Community Players, and all are invited to share the celebration.

Algoway Day 2

The winds continue to blow across Lake Michigan and the Algoway is still anchored in Sand Bay, although a little farther out than when the pictures were taken yesterday evening. At 2 pm this afternoon, the pictures were taken from the beach down at Mike Boyle's Beach.

First picture taken from the roadway, the second from the beach.

Scaring some birds as the beach was approached

Nighttime pictures taken from the same places as above.

The Algoway was still anchored in Sand Bay at 8 pm tonight, October 26, 2013.

A little before 5 am this morning, Sunday, October 27, 2013, the Algoway left Sand Bay and was headed to Charlevoix, which explains why it was waiting. While other vessels continued to move on the Lake Michigan, the Algoway needed to be able to get into the cement plant in Charlevoix to dock and unload. The wind was preventing that. See you next time, Algoway!

Deer Near the Golf Course

A doe and her triplets that have hung around the golf course all summer and fall.

Some Huge Puff Balls

The lens cover was placed to give you some perspective on how large these puff balls really are. The one on the right had a second right next to it yesterday, but someone harvested it before these pictures were taken.

Trivia Pub Quiz Scheduled

The trivia experts will be out in strength on November 24, 2013, to compete. The competition that will benefit the Beaver Island Food Pantry will take place at Stoney Acres beginning at 3 p.m. Come on out and have some fun!

Algoway Seeks Respite from Forecast in Sand Bay

Southwest gale forecast caused the Algoway to seek the refuge from winds 35-50 knots and waves 7-10 building to 15-28 feet occasionally according to the marine forecast.  Sand Bay welcomed the Algoway for respite from the wind and waves.

Launched June 23, 1972; the Algoway(2) is an example of a medium sized Great Lakes self-unloading bulk carrier built by Collingwood Shipyards, Collingwood, ON for Algoma Central Corp., Sault Ste. Marie, ON. She is powered by 4 Fairbanks Morse 1666 horsepower 10-cylinder diesel engines as well as 3 V-12 cylinder 700 horsepower auxiliary diesel engines made by Caterpillar. Two of the three auxiliary engines can be connected to the main power train giving the Algoway a rated speed of 17 m.p.h. The combined total output of the 6 driving engines is 8064 horsepower. She is also equipped with a 600 horsepower bow thruster. The Algoway's 17 hatches feed into 4 holds where she can carry 20750 tons at maximum Seaway draft of 26 feet and is capable of carrying 24000 tons at her maximum mid-summer draft of 28 feet 10 inches. Her bow-mounted self-unloading equipment consists of a three belt gravity system with two cleated steel chord belt elevators feeding a 250 foot discharge boom that can be swung 105 degrees to port or starboard. The system can discharge at a rate of up to 3810 tons per hour.
On April 9, 1999; the Captain of the Algoway was awarded the traditional "Top Hat" for his vessel being the first of the 1999 navigation season into the port of Goderich, ON. The Algoway had arrived in Goderich light from Marysville, MI to load salt for Chicago, IL.
The Algoway currently sails under the management of Seaway Self Unloaders (partnership of Algoma Central and Upper Lakes Group). Her cargo could consist of coal/coke, aggregate, slag, iron ore/oxides, salt, fertilizers, grain products, gypsum, quartzite, or sand. The Algoway is equipped with a precision navigation system known as DGPS (Differential Global Navigation System). Similar in size to her fleet mates Agawa Canyon and Algorail, the Algoway can visit smaller ports that are not as accessible to larger carriers.
A versatile vessel, boatwatchers should see the Algoway on the Great Lakes for many navigation seasons to come.

Overall dimensions


650 feet


72 feet


40 feet

Southwest gale caused the Algoway to seek the refuge from winds 35-50 knots and waves 7-10 building to 15-28 feet occasionally according to the marine forecast.

"There's a big boat out the mouth of the harbor." Yes, there was.

Algoway headed into Sand Bay

Algoway in Sand Bay out of the winds and waves

M-DOT Visits the Island

Along with the typical fall visitors to Beaver Island when it is chilly and windy, the representatives from the Michigan Department of Transportation made the trip to Beaver Island today.

They were invited to the Island by Barbara Schwartzfisher, Director of the Beaver Island Transportation Authority. The four visitors came in at Welke Airport with Island Airways, and had a whirlwind tour of the following:

Transfer station
Medical Center, Senior Housing/EMS
Parking Lot/Storage Building
Fire Hall   
Street Project
Community House
CMU Boathouse
Lighthouse Renovation
County Garage
Ferry Dock

After the tour, the four members arrived at the BITA office for a thirty minute presentation by Barb Schwartzfisher on the new ferry boat plans and the results of the Emerald Isle issues this past summer of 2013.

Introductions in the lobby of BITA

Barbara making her presentation......MDOT reps listen to presentation

After the presentation at the BITA office, the MDOT team went to Dahlwhinnie's for lunch. Then out to the Beaver Island Airport to see the progress of the construction there.

The construction of the terminal at the Beaver Island Airport

MDOT reps at the Beaver Island Airport

The MDOT representatives then were taken back to Welke Airport to fly back to the mainland.

Video of the Visit from MDOT



Trunk or Treat October 31, 2013 from 5:00 - 6:30PM

The Beaver Island Christian Church is once again sponsoring this event for those who live in the more remote areas of the Island. This event will be held in the parking area of the Gregg Fellowship Center. Anyone wanting to pass out treats are welcome to come and enjoy the fun.  We will have hot dogs, chips & cider for a free will donation.  Any questions feel free to call Jean 2893.

BIRHC Annual Meeting Scheduled

December 14, 2013 at 10 a.m.

BIRHC Education and Community Room

2014 Garden Tour

Save the Date

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

Holy Cross Mass Schedule for Fall 2013

Sunday morning mass 10:00 am

Events at the BI Christian Church

October 31 Trunk or Treat going from 5 - 6:30PM.

November 17 Holiday Bazaar

Nov 28 Thanksgiving Dinner starting at 6PM

December 7+8 Christmas Cantata

Ministers Schedule


20 and 27: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt


3: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt

10: Pastor Howard Davis

17 and 24: Pastor Harold Kruse


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

At 2 p.m. at the 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.

October 17, 2013

November 21, 2013

Members: _______(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)

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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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.


Sheriff's Department Reports Facebook Scam

Sheriff Schneider would like to advise citizens to beware of a new type of scam reported recently involving Facebook.  Subjects are hacking into unsuspecting Facebook members accounts and recording their friends list and their personal information.  The suspect then creates a new Facebook account using the victim’s name and personal information.  Suspect then “refriend” all the original friends on the new account and then attempt to scam the victim.  The victim thinks they are communicating with a friend but it is actually a stranger trying to scam them.  In the recent reported case, the “friend” was trying to get the victim to click on a link call the “United Nations Helping Foundation Program.”  The “friend” told the victim the foundation gives up to $100,000 to people who are deaf, retired, elderly or disabled.  The victim figured out this person was not her friend by asking questions only her true friend could answer.  The scammer then disconnected once it was obvious the victim had figured out this was a scam.  The victim wanted law enforcement to advise citizens about this scam and said it is easy to combat if the user asks questions to establish the true identity of the “friend.”  We hope this helps.

Char-Em United Way Helps Families Cover Prescription Costs
Local Savings Exceed $300,000

Char-Em United Way and FamilyWize are proud to announce that their partnership has saved over 2,700 residents of Charlevoix and Emmet Counties more than $300,000 on everyday prescription costs.
The free FamilyWize drug discount card is distributed by Char-Em United Way. "No one should be forced to choose between paying for food, rent or medicine because of the high cost of prescriptions. That’s why we’ve partnered with FamilyWize to distribute free prescription discount cards to everyone in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties," states Lisa Luebke of Char-Em United Way.

Distributed through United Ways, the FamilyWize card can lower the cost of medicine up to 75% for people without insurance or who take medications not covered by their plan. Lowering the cost of medication enables more people to get the medicine they need and increases patient adherence. Taking medication as prescribed reduces illness, complications, disease progression, and related healthcare costs. These reduced costs to the patient, the family, the employer and the community are far greater than the cost of the medicine.

FamilyWize prescription discount card will still be needed by millions of people across the country with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Prescription benefits have not been well defined under the Essential Health Benefits portion of the ACA and they will vary based on the state, exchanges and insurance plans. Everyone is encouraged to carry a FamilyWize card as backup and always ask the pharmacy to compare prices in order to get the most affordable medications.

These cards can be used by everyone in the community, not just people without insurance. They can even be used by people with health benefits, including Medicaid or Medicare. It’s easy.  It’s just like a coupon you can keep using every time you need to fill a prescription. All you have to do is present a FamilyWize card at a local pharmacy to get the savings.
Locally, the FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards are accepted at Kmart, Rite Aid, Meijer, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Huff’s Pharmacy, Glen’s Pharmacy, Kelbel Pharmacy, East Jordan Family Pharmacy, Indian River Village Pharmacy, Central Drug Store, Central Lake Pharmacy, McLaren-Northern Michigan Pharmacy, and R and R Prescription Services. They have no usage or age limits, income requirements or registration forms, and can be used immediately.

The easiest way to obtain a card is to visit www.charemunitedway.org or www.FamilyWize.org. You can print a card, look up drug prices and obtain a list of participating pharmacies. Local businesses and employers can also get cards to give to their employees. For residents without internet access FamilyWize cards can be obtained from the Department of Human Services, Friendship Centers of Emmet Co., Community Free Clinic, Petoskey and Charlevoix Public Libraries, Manna Food Project, K-Mart Pharmacies or by calling United Way at 487-1006.

For more information, contact United Way at 231-487-1006 or info@charemunitedway.org

for the 2013-2014 season

Responsibility when two or more inches of snow or significant drifting

  1.  Removal of snow from areas determined through meeting with representative of Building/Grounds Committee
  2. All plowing must be completed at least 1 hour before scheduled event.
  3. Bid must be submitted on an hourly rate basis with assurance the snow plowing will be for the entire 2013-2014 season.

A calendar of special events will be provided.
Unsatisfactory performance will result in forfeiture of the bid award.
Damage done to church grounds while plowing must, in the spring, be repaired to the church’s satisfaction.
Bids must be submitted to the Beaver Island Christian Church, PO Box 21, by Friday, November 8, 2013.
Beaver Island Christian Church reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids.

Beaver Island Christian Church
Judi Meister, moderator (448-2963)
October 23, 2013

Stoney & the PUB Halloween Events

Live MUSIC Fri & Sat, Nov 1 & 2 By RIGORMORTIS
MON-SAT: Full Menu Available ALL Day, PLUS Daily Specials!
Tues. $2 TWOSDAY All Domestic Bottles or 10oz. Drafts
Wed WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY $1 off a Glass
(In Stoney or the PUB) $2 off a House Btl, $5 off List Btl
Costumes/Prizes/Drink Specials & Fun Plus…LIVE MUSIC @ 9pm w/RIGORMORTIS
Sun. Bloody Mary Bar & Free Hot Dogs Noon-4 &
Jim & Pam's PIZZA...Homemade & Super YUMMY! 4-8:30
Happy Halloween from Stoney & the PUB! We Appreciate Your Patronage!

Holy Cross Mission Announcement

The Mission will begin at Sunday Mass on November 3, 2013. Click on the picture above to read the announcement

Another Rip-Off

For those of you that have been successful using this coupon, News on the 'Net would like to hear from you. You can email your experiences with this to medic5740@gmail.com. Here is the experience of one senior on Beaver Island. Following the directions, you are to print out this coupon and take it with your prescription to your pharmacy. Since that's not so convenient on Beaver Island, the next best method was to take the coupon to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center and have the prescription and coupon faxed to the local drug store.

So what was the result of doing this from Beaver Island? First of all, the drug company who is doing this promotion got $185 from the senior's pharmacy insurance. Then the bill from the local pharmacy arrived in the amount of $106.20. This means that the drug company received $291.20 for the free Epi-Pens. Here is the rip-off website that explains it: http://mylifeandkids.com/how-to-get-free-epipens/ The title of the page is "How to Get Free Epi-Pens." Now the last time anyone of you looked, FREE does not mean a bill of $106.20.

This is a corporate rip-off to get you to buy 2 Epi-Pens when you usually only need one. Mylan Specialty (the makers of the Epi Pen) want you to go ahead and buy these. You will find in the small print a statement that they will pay a maximum of $100 of your co-pay, but it doesn't work out that way. Contact with Central Drug Store in Charlevoix verified that this is not going to get you free Epi-Pens.

Here is the primary fact surrounding this offer. If you have a commercial insurance, and if your commercial insurance has nothing to do with Medicaid or Medicare, you can get $100 off your co-pay. If you don't have insurance at all, and if you are not qualifying for Medicaid or Medicare, you can get up to $100 off the retail cost of the Epi-Pen. The translation is that if you are part of these two populations in the United States, you will not get anything. So the 15.1% of the US population, our seniors, will get nothing. And children who are in poverty will get nothing.

"Those who get any form of government insurance do not qualify for this offer," stated the manufacturer's representative.

Checking around for the prices for emergency medical services provided the following information: One set of two Epi-Pens cost $405 for an EMS service. A vial of Epinephrine containing 100 doses of the same drug amount without the autoinjector costs emergency medical services a total of $12.05 with the cost of syringes added. One box of 100 insulin syringes costs $17.65. So the medication costs of 100 doses of this drug is $29.70 for the EMS services or 30 cents per dose, but the consumer having to buy an Epi-Pen, two doses, the only way you can buy it as an autoinjector, may have to pay $250-400 for just a two dose package, .

Hunter's Safety Class

On Monday, October 21, 2013, John Clevenger, a DNR officer, and Ron Svoboda flew to Beaver Island to teach a Hunter Education class. Ron Svoboda would like to thank the many volunteers who helped with the class and made the trip very enjoyable. Travis Williams was one of the volunteers.

In order to purchase a hunting license in the State of Michigan you must have a Hunter Safety Certificate. The certificate is given out after you have successfully passed an exam covering many hunting and safe gun handling topics. The Beaver Island class was a home study class which means the students study on their own. At the end of a time period certified Hunter Safety Instructors expose the students to live 22 rifle instruction, archery instruction, and "hands on" safe gun handling. Later the DNR officer for Charlevoix County explained the rules in the hunting and trapping guide. He also answered many questions about lawful and unlawful hunting.
All of the approximately 16 students, ages 9 and up, plus two adults passed the exam and received their certificates. It was obvious to this instructor that these young people studied hard and understood the material. It was a pleasure instructing such a bright well prepared group.

Where to Begin?

by Cindy Ricksgers

Today is my day off.

It lies before me, a broad landscape with endless possibilities.

An unblemished apple.

A bag of coins to spend however I choose.

Where do I start?

No alarm this morning, I sleep until the little dog nuzzles me awake.

A perfect cup of coffee, then, to be savored as I plot my day.

I have a list of things I need to do. Housekeeping chores, of course. Shall I wash clothes and hope the weather clears so that I can hang them on the clothesline…or plan to spend the afternoon at the laundromat? I have letters to write and bills to pay. I stewed the last of the tomatoes last night; they have to be processed today. I need to flesh out my plans for the after-school art class, and make examples to illustrate the project.

I have a list of things I’d like to accomplish, if I have time. This includes things like mending, rearranging and minor repairs. I want to bake bread today. I’ve got a swatch of nice fabric to re-cover the seat of my desk chair. I’m still in the middle of the major re-organizing project that I started two weeks ago. The studio needs to be put in order so that actual studio work can happen there. This week I also have a suitcase full of clothes --“hand-me-downs” from my sister, Brenda--that need to be put away. Since I’ve promised myself that for everything I bring in to this house, I will let something go (because otherwise “enough” quickly becomes “too much”), that entails going through what I have in closet and dresser, and weeding out what I no longer wear. While I’m at it, I’d might as well pack up the warm weather clothes for storage and bring out the winter sweaters. And oh, glory be, if I could take the time to hem the four pair of slacks that are useless to me until it’s done, it would be a great day!

Then there is the list of “should”s. These are things that are good for my body or good for my soul: study, read, write, draw, exercise, meditate. They should be my first consideration, I know, but the benefits--or lack thereof--are not as immediate as a messy desk, unpaid bills or having no clean socks. Too often, these are squeezed into breaks or rest periods between other tasks…or they are put off until last…or neglected completely.

The moments rush past – they always do – turning into hours and then this precious day is gone.

Last night we had our first snow of the season. Our warm, lingering Autumn is quickly turning bitter. Though the snow didn’t last, clearly Winter will be here before we know it.

This morning, trying to slow down and savor this time before it’s gone, I started my day with a walk in the woods.

Visit Cindy's blog at : http://cindyricksgers.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/where-to-begin-3/

Township Airport Terminal Progress

Shamrock Italian Buffet Fundraiser

Eric and Dana Hodgson once again stepped forward to help out a community member in need. Pam Chapman had previously fallen off a ladder and ended up with compression fractures of her lumbar spine. Pam is in a back brace and is in a great deal of pain. Eric and Dana put on a wonderful Italian Buffet that included pizza, salad, spaghetti, and cheesy bread as well as several types of desserts. At 5:30 pm tonight, October 21, 2013, the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant was packed with no empty seats.

There were several families waiting for a table, and everyone commented on how good the food and desserts were. Thanks to Dana and Eric Hodgson for another wonder fundraiser!

Pam Chapman posted on facebook: "Just a few things to say, this Island is unlike any other place I've ever known. And what makes this Island is the people here. Dana and Eric you go out of your way to help people in need. And I can't thank you guys enough for what you do for people in this community. I never thought in this 26 or so years I would fall off a ladder but I did. And this community was like angel wings wrapping around me."

Video Clip of the Attendees


Approximately one hundred fifty persons attended this fundraiser raising over $3300 to help Pam Chapman! Way to go, Beaver Island!

Get better Pam! The community is with you!

Need Heat, Got Food

The Health Center News, Fall 2013

November Millage Election for St. James

This election will take place on November 5, 2013


This proposal renews the 1 mill fire protection millage previously approved by the electors that expired in December, 2012.

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the Township of St. James, County of Charlevoix, State of Michigan be increased by up to one dollar ($1.00) per thousand dollars ($1,000) (1mil) of the taxable value on all taxable property in the township for five (5) years, 2013 through 2017 inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for fire protection, and shall the Township levy such millage for this purpose?  If approved and levied in its entirety, it is estimated that the 1 mill would raise an estimated $46,802 for the township when first levied in 2013.



This proposal renews the 2 mills road construction and maintenance millage previously approved by the electors that expired in December, 2012.

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the Township of St. James, County of Charlevoix, State of Michigan be increased by up to two dollars ($2.00) per thousand dollars ($1,000) (2 mills) of the taxable value on all taxable property in the township for five (5) years, 2013 through 2017 inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for road construction and maintenance, and shall the Township levy such millage for these purposes?  If approved and levied in its entirety, it is estimated that the 2 mills would raise an estimated $93.604 for the township when first levied in 2013.



This proposal renews the 2 mills medical center millage previously approved by the electors that expired in December, 2012.

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the Township of St. James, County of Charlevoix, State of Michigan be increased by up to two dollars ($2.00) per thousand dollars ($1,000) (2) mills of the taxable value on all taxable property in the township for five (5) years, 2013 through 2017 inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for the operation of the islands medical center, and shall the Township Levy such millage for this purpose?  If approved and levied in its entirety, it is estimated that the 2 mills would raise an estimated $93,604 for the township when first levied in 2013.

“Gently Used, Barely Used, Like New”

The Transfer Station is no longer able to accept cloth as part of the recycling program.  This change has a direct affect on the operation of Island Treasures Resale Shop.  Previously, when we received donations of clothing that were stained, torn, or otherwise unusable, we would take them to the transfer station where they were recycled for free. Now, because of a change of Transfer Station policy, the rejected clothing items must go into a $4.00 “green bag” 

Transfer station employees, Bob and Amy, told us that over half of the volume of cloth that they handled, over the years, was generated by the resale shop.  Now, the resale shop must absorb the cost of the four dollar green bags.  To help defray the added cost we will have to raise the prices of clothing and linen items.

We are asking our generous donors to carefully sort each donation of linens and clothing.  Items must be not be stained, torn, or frayed.  Please check that buttons and zippers are working.  Clothing is accepted in season.

The Resale Shop, including Carol’s Barn, is open Thursday through Saturday from noon until 4:00.  If you need help at other times, just call.

People frequently ask about “big” donations.  We do not accept mattresses, upholstered furniture, large appliances, computers, or TVs.

We are happy to serve our community and financially aid our first responders.  Thank you for the decades of support and encouragement.

FYI- We have been at the Donnegal Bay Rd. location for 6 years!  Time flies when you are having fun!

Call Donna at 448-2797.

The Moon and Clouds

Tonight, Saturday, October 19, 2013, the moon and clouds were quite interesting.


Progress at the Township Airport Terminal

A trip out to the Township Airport does not reveal much visual change from the last few trips out to this location. This is not saying that there hasn't been progress. It simply means that there is not the need to take pictures to show what progress has taken place. The foundation is complete. The items that needed to be put under the foundation and the floor are in place. The cement floor is very close to completion. The wood portion of the structure will, when begun, actually begin to share the shape and visual view of the structure.

Of course there has been power and phone lines run, the parking area is pretty much completed, and the supporting foundation with footings is complete. Hopefully, there will be a little more construction and visual changes taking place in the near future.

Video on Monday, October, 21. 2013


BI Christian Church Announcement-Holiday Bazaar

This year's Holiday Bazaar will take place on Sunday, November 17, 2013, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Letters with reservation information are available at Jean Kinsley's real estate office, the Community Center, and the District Library. Reservation forms must be returned by Monday, November 11, 2013. Telephone or personal contact reservations are not accepted.
In the tradition begun several years ago, the Beaver Island Food Pantry will be serving home-made soup for a donation.
Also, in the tradition begun several years ago, each vendor will donate an item for a drawing. Tickets for this drawing will be sold for 25 cents. Funds raised from this drawing will be donated to the Beaver Island Food Pantry.
There will be a few additions to the bazaar this year:

1. There will be a decorated Christmas tree just inside the door. If you bring a canned good to donate to the Food Pantry, you will get 1 free ticket for the drawing mentioned above. If you bring an unwrapped toy to put under the tree, you will receive 2 free tickets for the drawing. The donated toys will be given to Island children for Christmas. Other gift items placed under the tree will be gratefully accepted.

2. There will be an "Ugly Christmas Sweater" parade at 12:00. Prizes will be awarded in 2 categories: "Adult" and "Kids of All Ages". Winners will be selected by bazaar attendees.

3. There will be a table where young children can write and mail a letter to Santa.

4. Vendors will be participating in "Vendor Wars" (someone has been watching t o many "Storage Wars" episodes!) Bazaar shoppers will have an opportunity to vote for the most festive display table.

For more information, contact Judi Meister (2963) or Jean Kinsley (2856) or Judy Boyle (3189).

Mark your calendars! Plan to shop locally!! Some new vendors, some new items offered by returning vendors, baked goods, and birthday calendars!

"Lunch with Lyn"

Lyn Jenks, CEO of Charlevoix Area Hospital, hosted a luncheon on Beaver Island

President and CEO of Charlevoix Area Hospital held “Lunch with Lyn” on Beaver Island at the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant.

Ms. Jenks used this lunch as a great opportunity to discuss the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) and the Michigan expansion of Medicaid and talk more about the services offered at Charlevoix Area Hospital. The goal of this session was to have an open discussion about health care and how it relates to you as the patient.
The event took place Wednesday, October 16, 2013, from 11:30 am-1pm. The banquet style meal was provided by Charlevoix Area Hospital. This lunch was open to the public and all were encouraged to attend.

Approximately fifty island residents attended the luncheon at the Shamrock. The beginning of the luncheon had Lyn Jenks explaining what the luncheon schedule would be with lunch first, followed by a presentation, and ending with a question and answer period.

And lunch was served.

After the majority of attendees were ready to listen even though they were not done eating, Lyn Jenks got up to make her presentation.

True to her introduction, the topics stated at the beginning were completely presented and appropriate question and answer period was allowed. Lyn Jenks, CEO of Charlevoix Area Hospital and her Communications Coordinator, Katherine A. Forrester, posed for a picture after the presentation.

Video of this event available HERE

Knives, Swords and Lots of Gold Medals

Thanks to Dave and Sue Avery, five Beaver Island students were able to compete in their first Taekwondo tournament on Saturday, September 28, 2013, by Dave and Sue began as an afterschool program in 2012 and continued throughout the summer. The kids trained hard, breaking boards, sparring each other, and wielding knives and swords throughout their forms programs. Their hard work paid off when they came home with a total of 15 medals for the group. The group was comprised of two tenth graders, Sarah Avery and Ryan Boyle; two seniors Erin Boyle and Jewel Cushman and one seventh grader Forrest Avery. Forrest and Ryan won gold medals in events that qualify them to participate in the upcoming Junior Olympics. Congratulations to all and keep your feet and fists flying!

Bermuda sent its National squad to the tournament in Kalamazoo in order to qualify for its standings for national ratings. Because Forrest is a dual citizen, and won gold in forms, he is now a member of Bermuda's Junior Olympic Team and is eligible to compete in the World Cup and the Junior Olympic games.

BIRHC Annual Meeting Scheduled

December 14, 2013 at 10 a.m.

BIRHC Education and Community Room

2014 Garden Tour, Save the Date

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

Transit Hours

Charlevoix County Transit will be switching to Fall/Winter Hours on Beaver Island beginning Monday, October 14, 2013.  Service will be available weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  As the transit provides services on a first come/first serve basis, it is suggested you call a day in advance for transportation for your scheduled appointments.   The Spring/Summer service schedule will be announced in April, 2014.  To contact the transit office, call 231-448-2026.

West Side View from the Bluff

Beautiful fall colors


Panorama in Video


Emergency Air Transport

The First Year

In the interest of providing information for the public, BINN had requested a profit and loss statement for the first year of emergency air transport by the Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service, the agency with the State of Michigan license for emergency air transport. This income statement has been provided. At the point in time that the BIEMS had completed its first complete year of emergency air transport, the following are the figures provided:

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This chart shows the income from BIEMS from August 2012, the beginning date of the licensed air transport to the beginning of August 2013. The chart provided shows that BIEMS received income for 60 ground ambulance transports making an income of $24,218. BIEMS received $45,786 for ten air transports, but paid out $30,390 to the air carrier. This works out to two-thirds of the income going to the air carrier and one-third of the income for the flights going to BIEMS for these ten flights. There were more flights than ten, but these are only the flights that have been paid by Medicare and insurance companies. There are several flights, with BCBS as the insurance company, that have been billed, but have not been paid as of the beginning of August 2013.


The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is seeking applicants interested in serving on its board of directors. The board position will be filled at its annual meeting on Saturday, December 14, 2013.
Board terms are for three years and directors are not compensated. The BIRHC board meets on a Saturday morning every third month. 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 Managing Director Donna Kubic. Candidates should send or drop off a letter which states their interest and tells a little about themselves by the deadline of November 15, 2013.


Are you struggling with your faith in God, your Church, your Family or your very self ?

Father Tom Allender, S.J., from the California Provence of Jesuits, is coming to give a mission to all of us on Beaver Island beginning the first weekend of November.

All Are Welcome

How Long Will This Continue?

Editorial by Joe Moore

This information is based upon the 2000 census:

St. James Township has 20 square miles of land, while Peaine Township has 73 square miles of land.  Peaine has 200% more area of land to serve by emergency services and other joint projects.  St. James has 331 housing units, while Peaine has 410 housing units.  Peaine has 24% more housing units.  St. James has per capita income of $20,109 while Peaine has per capita income of $33,091.  Peaine has 64% higher per capita income.

Why then does the St. James taxpayer have to pay 48.5% more in millage for property taxes than a Peaine taxpayer for all joint projects?
Over the last twenty years, Peaine Township has not levied over a million dollars in taxes that was levied as millage in St. James Township.  Why is this fair?  Why does a St. James Township taxpayer pay 48.5% more millage for every single joint operation including the BI Transfer Station, BI Fire Department, BI Emergency Medical Service, the Township Airport, and the BI Historical Society?

There was a seven year period where the Peaine Taxpayer paid more millage than the St. James taxpayer.  This happened about thirty years ago.  Doesn’t the last twenty years more than make up for these seven years that occurred more than twenty years ago?  Just because St. James matched dollars for some of this seven year period, doesn’t the last twenty years of Peaine matching dollars make up for these seven years?  St. James has had to settle for matching dollars for twenty years while Peaine only had to settle for matching dollars for seven years.  St. James has had to deal with this 300% more years than Peaine.

Where would all these joint operations be if the Peaine millage had not been decreased for more than twenty years?  Beaver Island will never know the answer to this question. 

How many more years will the St. James taxpayer be paying more for the same joint operations?  How many more years of the St. James taxpayer paying almost fifty percent more in taxes than the Peaine taxpayer for these joint operations?

Does the fire department serve all of Peaine Township?  Does EMS serve all of Peaine Township?  Doesn’t the history of the island include history of Peaine Township?  Isn’t the Transfer Station available to every single taxpayer in Peaine Township?  Isn’t the Township Airport available to a Peaine taxpayer just as much as to a St. James taxpayer?  If this is one Island, then why doesn’t the Peaine Township taxpayer pay the same millage as the St. James taxpayer?

Michigan Student Service Award Recruitment for 2013/2014

Char-Em United Way’s Volunteer Connections works to promote and connect people with volunteer opportunities in our community. In an effort to promote volunteerism and civic engagement, Char-Em United Way’s Volunteer Connections recognizes those students who have shown outstanding dedication to their communities by awarding them the Michigan Student Service Award. Students involved in the Michigan Student Service program over four years will complete and document 400 hours of non-paid community service that meet a recognized community need, under the auspices of a nonprofit organization, government program, community group or school. All students are awarded a medallion and a certificate of distinction signed by Governor Snyder. These awards are presented during the end of the year awards ceremony at each school.

Students who become involved in volunteer work will achieve a more positive sense of well-being and purpose, and will become active in their communities as adults. Char-Em United Way is committed to helping students achieve this. Students can submit hours to Char-Em United Way for tracking to Lisa Luebke at info@charemunitedway.org

Benefits to MSSA are:

  • Medallion of Distinction to wear at graduation
  • Certificate of Distinction for Commitment to Service
  • Community-wide recognition for the time and effort you gave to make a difference in the lives of others in your community
  • Learn new skills
  • Network with others
  • Build your college application
  • Build your scholarship resume
  • Build your resume

For More Information on the Michigan Student Service Award, contact Susan George, MNA Civic Engagement AmeriCorps*VISTA Char-EM United Way 231-487-1006

Fifty Shades of Smoke

The mornings are cooling down, aren't they? The cat curls up into a ball on the end of the sofa. The dog stays on that old blanket under your bed a little bit longer. The floor chills the bottoms of your bare feet, and the hair on your arms lifts to cool sunlight shining through the kitchen window. You look into your loverʼs over the table, through the steam from a hot cup of coffee. Your eyes lovingly communicate a shared thought, your finger tips touch, and you both jump up to race to another room to.....

the woodstove's cherry red chimney rattling, popping roar. You smell intense heat and dense smoke erupts, settling down onto and into the new living room furniture, including the sofa recently vacated by your frightened feline. Duke the dog shoots out between your legs through the kitchen door. What is happening? Well, the burning creosote that had built up inside the stove pipe from last winter's fires has ignited and is now burning at extremely high temperatures which threatens to warp your stove pipe, crack the masonry chimney, as well a damage the wood burner itself making it useless. The intense heat also threatens to ignite combustibles in your walls and ceiling, as well as the roof rafters.

You both race from the house leaving behind the squawk of new smoke detectors and call 911, and you remember that it takes 10 to 20 SECONDS for the mainland 911 operator to answer calls from Beaver Island. Don't hang up. When dispatch answers, you tell the operator your location, that every one is out including the dog and cat, where the seat of the fire is located and YOU STAY OUTSIDE. The Beaver Island Fire Department will enter your home, eliminate the heat source and haul your ashes OUTSIDE, and check and stop any fire spread in the walls and rafters. However, it isn't a tidy process; drywall sheets have to be torn down, water is squirted into the places where it's hard to reach, and the black ashes left get tracked around by heavy, wet fire boots.

This time, however, the fire is stopped in the chimney. The BIFD firefighters managed to keep most of the drywall intact, prevented the fire from spreading to the roof, and kept most of the hauled ashes in the bucket. Only some chunks of drywall, wet batts of insulation, a tipped over antique table, and black, muddy bootprints disturb the room. Unsettled, you and your beloved sit down to the now cold cup of coffee in the now
smoky afterglow of a Beaver Island morning. Your shared thought returns.

"We better get down to McDonough's Store and borrow (rent free) the chimney cleaning rods and brushes."

Well, the thought was a day late and a dollar short this time, but NOW is the time to clean your chimney before the cold weather settles in. And, if you don't know how or need help with the task, ask any Beaver Island firefighter, and he or she will be glad to help you out or direct you to someone who can.

Please Practice Safe Chimney. Your fire department thanks you. -- Jim Stambaugh

BICS Basketball Schedule

St. James Township Fishing Pier and Boat Launch Drawings

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

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

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

Beaver Island Township Airport Project

Site Plan

Subscriptions Have Expired in October and November

Several family and business subscriptions expired in June and others expire in July. . This is a reminder to those that wish to renew online. If you do renew online using a credit or debit card, and the Paypal SUBSCRIBE button, BINN will automatically make a donation of $10 in your name to the Beaver Island Food Pantry. If you are not sure when your subscription expires, please email the editor at medic5740@gmail.com, and your subscription expiration will be included in a return email.


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