B. I. News on the 'Net, October 3-9, 2011

Update: Barney's Lake Boat Racks Completed

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

Here we count room for sixteen canoes and kayaks

Here is room for three aluminum boats.

What's all the fuss about?

Bite O' Beaver and Artisans

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

Artisans and Crafts


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

The Beaver Bike and Boodle

October 8, 11:30 a.m.

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

10/8 2:15 pm

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

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

Biker duet headed out to Donegal Bay

Coming from the Beachcomber where registration was held

Registrars working at the Beachcomber

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

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

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

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

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

The first person across the finish line was Cameron LaVasseur. Other placers will be posted when the information becomes available.

St. James Township Board Meeting 10/5/2011

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

Click HERE to view video of the meeting.

Doug Bugai Leaves Beaver Island

2:00 p.m. 10/7/2011

It has been brought to BINN attention that manager of the Beaver Island Transfer Station, Doug Bugai, has left the island to be down in the Traverse City area with his family. Doug was recently diagnosed with cancer, and it is in the terminal stages. No one knows how long Doug will be able to respond to any well wishers, and here's an address to send letters and cards:

Doug Bugai
10350 Grandview Rd.
Traverse City, MI  44684

Doug's son Steph will be providing more information. BINN will provide this information as soon as it is available.


The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is seeking applicants interested in serving on its board of directors. Board positions will be filled at the annual meeting, Saturday, January 21, 2012.

Board terms are for three years and directors are not compensated. The BIRHC board meets every other month on the third Saturday. Directors are expected to attend most of the meetings, either in person or by speakerphone.

Candidates should be team players who will champion the cause of the Health Center and be willing to contribute their time and talents to board activities, including fundraising. Full or part-time residents are encouraged to apply by letter to the BIRHC Selection Committee, P.O. Box 146, Beaver Island, MI 49782.

For more information, applicants may contact Donna Kubic, Managing Director; Denny Cook, President; John Martin, Vice President; or John Works, Secretary. Candidates should send or drop off a letter which states their interest and tells a little about themselves by the deadline of December 21, 2011.

A Trip to Donegal Bay and Back

October 6, 2011

Video by Phyllis Moore, edited by Joe Moore

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

Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department News Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lady Islanders Knock Eagles from the Sky

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

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop Announcement

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

St. James Township Hall Needs Roof


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



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

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

CMU building next to Hall.

Install Ice & Water Shield & Metal Eave Edge

Felt Paper Over All 

Proof of Insurance included with Bid and submit to:

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

5 PM on October 14, 2011 .

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

Work must be completed by November 1, 2011.

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

October 6, 2011  

Jean Wierenga, Clerk

St. James Township

Beautiful Blooms at Veteran's Memorial

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

Community Service by Lighthouse Students and Staff

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

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

Happy Autumn at Stoney/Live Music

Comfy Food menu soon to start, with real Mashers & Homemade Gravy. Full Menu & Daily Specials!
Monday's: Choice Sizzler Dinner $7.50 Free Popcorn
Tues & Thursday's: Domestic Beer Night & 10oz Drafts $2
Wednesday: Ladies Night $4 Bombs & Happy Hour All Night!
Friday: Lake Perch Basket $11 / Dinner $17
**Live Music This Saturday with the Folk-Ups**
Saturday: Free Peanuts
Join Glen Felixson & Stoney at Bite of Beaver for Swedish Delights! YUM!
Sunday: Free Hot Dog Buffet
***Happy Hour Mon-Sat 2-8 and All Day Sunday***
Foos Ball, Wii, Darts & Free Pub Snacks Daily
Great Food, Great Drinks, Great Prices...Good Times!
Our best to you...year round. We thank you for your patronage.

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

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

On-site baby sitter provided with advance notice.

BIRHC and Forestview Apartments Gardens Open House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bite of Beaver and Beaver Boodle

Beaver Island gears up for annual fall festival

Click Here for a poster of the event

The 10th annual Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2011.

The day begins with a Bike Ride at 8:00 a.m. (weather permitting), starting at the public beach parking lot. Ride 2 to 12 miles and make a donation of your choice to the Sports Boosters based on miles ridden. Call organizer Linda Frysinger at 231-651-9618 for more information.

Be at the Print Shop Museum at 10:00 a.m. for the start of the Island Boodle, a 5K Walk and Run, organized this year by Judy Boyle. The Boodle also benefits the Island Sports Boosters. (Registration: Pick up forms at the Chamber office or online at BeaverIsland.org).

The Community Center will be the site for booths featuring arts, crafts, sweets and packaged foods from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The annual apple pie contest will be judged by former 1 st place winners this year. Bring your pie to the kitchen at Holy Cross Hall between 10 a.m. and noon . Put your name on the bottom of the pie tin. Pies will be judged on presentation (10 pts), general appearance (10 pts), and taste (30 points). Judging will take place at 1:30 p.m. with the announcement of the top two winners (with great prizes from Dalwhinnie and the Blue Pearl) at 2:30 p.m.

The top two pies will be auctioned off, with the proceeds donated to the organization of the baker's choice.

The Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival will run from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Hall, where amateur and professional chefs will present “bite size” portions for reasonable prices. (Vendor forms now available at the Chamber office or online at BeaverIsland.org).

Also at Holy Cross Hall during the Bite of Beaver:

* Entertainment

* Freshly made apple cider (watch it being made!)

* Hayrides for the whole family sponsored by Andy's Boarding and Grooming Barn and Beaver Island Financial Center .

Nightlife for the festival weekend includes a special event at the Community Center on Saturday, October 8 th at 8pm , the Peacemeal String Band . Enjoy old-time traditional & contemporary folk featuring the hammered dulcimer, claw hammer banjo, tenor guitar, and Appalachian-style fiddle - exciting vocal harmonies and a unique mixture of musical styles. Tickets – contact the Community Center.

Here are handy links to the Bite & Boodle entry forms.

Chef: http://www.beaverisland.org/2011-chef.pdf Space is limited, don't delay.

Craft, Sweets, Packaged Food: http://www.beaverisland.org/2011-craft.pdP

Boodle 5K: http://www.beaverisland.org/2011boodle.pdf Questions? 

Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce (231) 448-2505  Chamber@BeaverIsland.org

Bike Event Will Precede Boodle 5K in October

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

A New Slice on the Annual Apple Pie Contest


On October 8th, the former winners of the Bite of Beaver Island Apple Pie Contest will be the judges for the annual baking competition. As the judges won't be entering the contest there are even more opportunities for great bakers out there to “take home the crown” and win the Annual Pie Contest. You need to turn your pie into the kitchen at Holy Cross Hall between 10 a.m. and noon on October 8, 2011. Judging will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the announcement of the top two winners of the prizes at 2:30 p.m.

Please put your name on the bottom of the pie tin. All are welcome to watch the judging. Pies will be judged on taste, appearance and presentation. This is the eleventh year for this annual Beaver Island Pie Contest.

If you have questions, call Elaine West at 448-2377.

Birthdays This Week

Monday October 3rd: Andy Waskul, Ron Marsh, Dawn Marsh, Mary Regina Howard

Tuesday, October 4th: Lisa Lange, Sharon McGinnity, Layla Hall, Jason Stambaugh

Saturday, October 8th: Stephanie Brown

Sunday, October 9th: John Runberg, Jr., Carla Kohoyda-Inglis, Judi Boyle

Please let us know if we are missing someone's birthday.

Hospital Association Honors Local Health Care Leader

Awardee recognized for work in Petoskey

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday October 1st Soccer Highlights Video

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

First Half Highlights and First Goal


Quick Second Goal


Last of first half highlights


2nd half highlights including Paradise goal


BICS Soccer

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

Video Highlights of First Half


Video Highlights of Second Half


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Corner kicks, but no success....

Jewell gives a lot on defense

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

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

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

Friday Night Volleyball--Islanders Versus Islander Alumni

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

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

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

Olivia Cary blocking Heather Cary's spike

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

Christmas Contata Plans Underway-Rehearsals to Begin

11th Annual Christmas Cantata

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

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

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

Cantata performance dates for 2011 are December 3 and 4.

Sister Dominica Nellet

Entered eternal life on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at the age of 65 after 47 years of religious life.

Mass of Christian Burial:
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 4:00 PM
at Dominican Chapel / Marywood.

Evening Prayer with Remembering:
Monday, October 03, 2011 7:00 PM
at Dominican Chapel / Marywood.

We commend Sister Dominica to your prayers

Longing for a little girl after the birth of two sons, the prayers of Chester and Mable Nellett were answered doubly with the birth of not one, but two beautiful daughters, on November 4, 1945. And so it was that Mable dedicated her daughters Jennie and Julia to the Blessed Mother in thanksgiving for this double answer to her prayers.
This would not be the first or last time Jennie and Julia surprised their parents and others. The first time was in an Ann Arbor hospital where Chester had taken his wife in a worried hurry to find out what was wrong with her. The doctors in their home town of AuGres had advised the trip. “Don't you know what's wrong with your wife?” the Ann Arbor doctor asked. “If I knew, I wouldn't be here,” Chester replied. “Take her home; she is going to have a baby!” Even that sage doctor did not know it would be two.
Farming became nearly impossible due to the clay soil in the Au Gres area and soon the family moved to Bay City where Chester could find work as a millwright in the Saginaw Chevrolet Grey Iron Foundry. Mable was a loving mother whose warmth and maternal care made the Nellett home a welcome place. The family was a peaceful and loving one that grew beyond four children by fostering and caring for other children. Among them was Frank, a 3rd cousin. Frank came into the family when he was only 13 months old and remains a dear brother to them.
Because Saint Joseph's in Bay City was known as the French Parish, both girls received their education in grades one through twelve at that school. The call to do some good helping people through religious life in the Dominican order was not so unusual at the time. What was surprising was the fact that the reply to Jennie's letter requesting entry into the congregation contained not one, but two letters of acceptance. Without telling each other – a rare occurrence - Julia had also applied to enter the community.
The first few weeks were filled with homesickness and tears, but encouraging one another to “stick it out for two weeks,” they soon began to feel at home with the new way of life which included much more silence than had been the custom in their lively home; and many more prayer times than they had been used to.
In missions at the House of Studies, Marywood bakery, Holy Cross on Beaver Island, Traverse City, Aquinata Hall and again at Marywood as Food Service Director, Dominica became known as an excellent homemaker and food service director. Wherever she went on mission, she was soon appreciated for her capacity to build caring relationships among the people she worked with and also with the people she served. Inheriting her father's “moxie,” Dominica was able to negotiate with humor and honesty her position and resolve – and always it was in the best interest of her “people” whether they were Sisters or children that she stood her ground. Wherever Dominica went, wherever she lived, she soon made the place a homey welcoming one. There was always laughter echoing from the kitchen, and plenty of helping hands to peel potatoes and chop carrots. Dominica was a natural at building a sense of welcome and of community.
Sister Dominica was one of the food service people who studied food management with the innovative Brother Herman Zaccarelli, C.S.C. at Fontbonne College in St. Louis, Missouri. Here she stayed in a camper on the edge of town where it was cooler, during four summers of study. Here too, Dominica honed her skills in management and gained even more confidence in her abilities.
During a time of Sabbatical at Springbank, South Carolina, Dominica arrived early to offer her help in clearing up the debris and damage of Hurricane Hugo which had swept through the compound shortly before the term began. Then followed years in Saginaw near her elderly parents as head cook at both Luther Manor Nursing Home and most recently Carrollton Public Schools where Dominica served for 19 years. Here Dominica found great delight in the staff she worked with and the children she served. An average day might see 1000 meals prepared for hungry, sometimes finicky students. Dominica's skills in management, her keen sense of humor, her warmth and energy were appreciated every day.
Here too Dominica became an active parishioner at another St. Joseph's Parish, this one a few miles south of her home parish. St. Joseph's, Saginaw is a vibrant multi-cultural parish that serves as an oasis of hope and community in a part of the city of Saginaw that has seen hard times. Known for its diversity among the parishioners, here too Dominica offered her gifts of hospitality, warmth and service as a Eucharistic minister and helper at parish events.
When the option came to return to one's baptismal name, Dominica's twin sister who now bore the name Marcus chose to return to Julia. Dominica asked to return to her baptismal name of Jennie, but was told that since there were no canonized saint Jennie's in the Church's roster, she would need to choose Genevieve or Jennifer. In her usual practical and outspoken manner, Dominica responded: “I've been Dominica longer than Jennie, so Dominica it will be.” And so it was and is ~ although, all those who knew her are certain that there is a Jennie now among the saints in heaven.
Diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, Dominica chose to live every day to the fullest, leaving all who knew her amazed at her courage, humor, equanimity and faith. God called her home on September 29th. She expressed great gratitude and thankfulness for the care she received from her doctors, nurses, aides, CNA's, Sisters, family and friends.

Sister Dominica's brother Chester Nellett preceded her in death. She is survived by her twin Sister Julia Nellett of Grand Rapids, her brother and sister-in-law, Henry and Gaile Nellett of Marseilles, IL, her brother Frank LaLonde of Bay City, and sister-in law Virginia Nellett of Hammond, IN, as well as many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, great grand nieces and nephews and her loving Dominican community.

Peaine Township Millage Rates Set

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

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

Millage rates in the two townships for jointly funded operations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rural Health Center and Total Costs to Date Discussed

Discussion of Joint Millages

Percentages, Millage Approval, and Adjournment


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

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

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

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

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

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

Changes at Barney's Lake

Video Story about Changes at Barney's Lake


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

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

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

The plan for making this property more accessible to visitors

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

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

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

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


Introduction of Sandy Birdsall, and thank you by Sandy Birdsall


Explanation of the water side changes and the reasons for them


Michigan Small Business Applauds Health Care Benefits Reform for Public Workers

“Welcome to the real world” – NFIB Michigan State Director Charlie Owens

Lansing (September 27, 2011) – Legislation giving state and local governments the flexibility to cap health care benefits for public employees and bring their premiums in line with the private sector will improve Michigan's fiscal condition and add fairness to a system that has favored big public unions over small businesses and taxpayers, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) said today.

"Welcome to the real world,” said NFIB State Director Charles Owens.  "Teachers and many other government employees have been living in a fantasy land when it comes to health insurance.  It's time they woke up and realized that taxpayers cannot afford to support these unsustainable perks that do not exist in the private sector."

Under the bill, signed into law today by Governor Snyder, public employers can cap health care benefits at $5,500 per year for an individual worker, $11,000 per year for a worker and spouse, or $15,000 per year for a family.   As an alternative, governments could offer to split the premium costs 80-20 with employees.

“Small businesses that can afford health insurance for their workers typically pay higher rates for much less coverage than what is afforded to the public employees,” said Owens.  “This brings the public benefits into line with the private sector.”

With the state's massive fiscal problems and sputtering private economy, the reform signed into law today was an imperative for Michigan taxpayers, Owens said. 

“Without these changes the system would have collapsed.  The taxpayers would have been hurt badly and the public employees would have lost everything,” said Owens.  “So, as painful as this is, it is a fairer arrangement for everyone.”

For more information about NFIB, please visit www.nfib.com/michigan .

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meetings Scheduled

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

Click Here for three meeting schedule

Goodbye, E.B. Lange

E. B. Lange will be moving off the Island to move into an assisted living facility down near Chelsea nearer to her sons and daughters. On September 25, 2011, the Beaver Island Christian Church organized an open house to formally say goodbyes to her. This open house was held at the Gregg Fellowship Center at 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Several people stopped in throughout the hour and a half gathering.

Short Video Clip taken at the Gregg Fellowship Center


Cake, cookies, punch, and coffee were available for those who stopped in.

Goodbye, E.B., and thank you for all your years of support!

Island Treasures  Resale Shop

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

Beaver Island vs. Ojibwe volleyball match has been rescheduled for Wednesday October 5th at 2:00 pm

BIA Invasive Species Mind Map

Link to Flowchart

NRESC Meeting Dates Determined

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Steering Committee

2011-2012 Meeting Schedule

All meetings open to the public

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

November 21, 2011

January 16, 2012

March 19, 2012

May 21, 2012

July 16, 2012

Executive Committee to meet at 4:30 p.m. at Peaine Township Hall **denotes date or time change

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

November 21, 2011

December 19, 2012

January 16, 2012

February 20, 2012

March 19, 2012

April 16, 2012

May 21, 2012

June 18, 2012

July 16, 2012

Emerging Leaders Hold Retreat on Beaver Island 

Leadership Charlevoix County (LCC) is off to a great start with a recent retreat to Beaver Island. The 14 participants of the inaugural class learned about the history of the island, as well as modern life and the many organizations that collaborate to provide important services to island residents. The leadership participants visited the Beaver Island Community Center, Mormon Print Shop, Beaver Island Community School and Community Health Center. The Little Traverse Conservancy conducted a tour of Little Sand Bay and the group visited the Beaver Island Fire Station to see a chunk of steel beam that came from the rubble of the World Trade Center brought down by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.

LCC used CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island as the setting for the overnight stay and team-building experience. Participants enjoyed a bonfire on the shores of Lake Michigan as they began to build their team and skills as leaders.

The participants will continue to meet on a monthly basis for another eight months to learn about and discuss topics including government, health and human services, economic development, education, arts and philanthropy, environmental and natural resources, and various leadership skills such as creativity, communications, business ethics and media relations.

An important aspect of the program is a mentorship where participants connect with current county leaders. Class participants will work together to create and carry out a community service project that addresses some needs in the county. There will be various homework assignments that include attending a governmental meeting and creating a personal leadership plan.

The Leadership class of 2012 includes: Thomas Cannon, City of East Jordan; Cathy Dewey, Beaver Island Boat Company; Darcie Dietrich-Buell, Boyne District Library; Jill Drury, Charlevoix County Transit; Christopher Faulknor, Boyne City Gazette; Betsy Granstra, Charlevoix Area Community Pool; Sue Hocquard, Charlevoix County Transit; Jennifer Kenney, Harbor Industries; Sara Kessler, Spanner, Solace Spa and Boyne Area Gymnastics and Dance; Sheri McWhirter, Petoskey News-Review; Erin Nickel, East Jordan Iron Works; Bethany Pearson, Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce; Laura Potter, Charlevoix Public Library; and Jennifer Sabsook, Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District.

For more information or questions regarding Leadership Charlevoix County, contact Mishelle Shooks at shooks@charlevoix.org or 231.547.2101. Questions can also be directed to the Boyne City, East Jordan, Charlevoix and Beaver Island Chambers of Commerce.

Photo caption : The inaugural Leadership Charlevoix County class of 2012 at Little Sand Bay on Beaver Island includes (from left) Erin Nickel, Jennifer Kenney, Bethany Pearson, Betsy Granstra, Laura Potter, Sheri McWhirter, Christopher Faulknor, Darcie Dietrich-Buell, Cathy Dewey, Sara Kessler, Thomas Cannon, Sue Hocquard, Jennifer Sabsook and Jill Drury.

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

Volunteer to support The Beaver Island Community School

College and Career Day! - May 2012

Click Here for information and Form for Submission

Phone Scam in Charlevoix County

From the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff Don Schneider is warning the citizens and business owners in Charlevoix County of a telephone scam taking place around the community.

A company called Hometown Publishing is contacting people, via the telephone, and is offering advertisement space on a local map that would feature Boyne City, East Jordan, and the county.  The sales pitch is somewhat high pressured, stating that payment had to be made that day by credit card.  Sheriff Schneider is advising people not to give out their credit card or any financial information to a company that you do not know or trust.

Hometown Publishing is also stating that it is endorsed by the Sheriff's Department when in fact the Sheriff's Office has never endorsed them ever.  The Sheriff's Office has not or is not endorsing any advertisement from this company.

Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

CMU Biological Center Closing Party

We are having our closing party on October 8th this year. Anyone and everyone is welcome.

BI Christian Church

Resident and Visiting Ministers

Worship leaders for October:    

9 and 16:  Pastor Bob Whitlock     

23 and 30:  Pastor Harold Kruse

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

Peaine Township Board Meeting, 9/14/11

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

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

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

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

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

St. James Township Meeting, 9/7/11

Of interest in this meeting were the re-discussion of reservations for the public yacht dock, the reappointment of two members to the Beaver Island Transportation Authority, the resignation of Jacque LaFreniere as Phragmities Administrator effective at the end of this treatment season, Don Vyse's report on receiving donations for Whiskey Point Lighthouse renovation, and serious discussion of the inequity of property taxes paid by St. James Township residents in comparison to the Peaine Township residents.

You may view video of any part of this meeting HERE

Jenny Bousquet Continues Her Music

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

Link to page on Jenny Bousquet

Auxiliary Donates for Radio Equipment to BIEMS

The Beaver Island EMS thanks the Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary and Resale Shop volunteers for their recent donation to EMS. The donation of $4,491.29 was spent on new radios and pagers for EMS. Thank you!

The federal government through the communications regulatory body, the Federal Communications Commission, has required the public safety frequencies to change their bandwidth by the end of 2012. The plan is to cut the width of the frequency range for each channel in half, which would provide almost twice as many channels. Several years ago, the Citizen Band radios were divided into Upper Single Side Band and Lower Single Side Band for the same purpose-gaining more channels. Beaver Island EMS isbeing proactive in making sure that all radios and all pagers will be able to be converted to this narrow band requirement when it is required. The proposed change-over date to the narrow band requirement is during 2012 with all radios converted by December 31, 2012.

Narrowbanding FCC Mandate
In an effort to promote greater spectrum efficiency, the FCC is requiring all Public Safety and Industrial/Business licensees using 25 kHz VHF and UHF radios systems migrate to minimum 12.5 kHz efficiency by January 1, 2013

Flu Shots Available

Donna Kubic, manager of the BIRHC, announced today that the flu shots are now available. Please call BIRHC at 448-2275 to set up an appointment. 

A Video Tribute to the Veteran's Memorial

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

Link to Video of the bricks

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

New Charlevoix County Link for NRESC

http://www.charlevoixcounty. org/govern7039258.asp

Beaver Island Association Invasive Species

Click Here to View Slides

Holy Cross Altar Society Raffles Original Lighthouse Painting by Lois Stipp

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

We post school events, religious events, sports events, visiting minister events, and many other events including musical events, special events, and even regularly scheduled events. At the very least, the event will go on the Community Calendar, so others won't schedule something at the exact day and time of your event. Imagine the following:

Two well known and exceptional fundraising events are scheduled on the same day. How sad for those who work so hard to raise funds for a good cause.

This can be avoided by sending your dates to BINN,. You can send them by postal mail, email, or even call the editor at 448-2416. Email medic5740@gmail.com

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

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

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

Consultant Report Available

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

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

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

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Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

October Senior Center Activities

October COA Menu

October Community Center Activities

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!