B. I. News on the 'Net, October 31-November 6, 2011

From Stoney Acres and Donegal Dannys

Wed. Nov. 16th. Doe Camp at Danny's! Featuring 'TWO BUCK' Nite for the Ladies!
'TWO BUCK' Domestic Beer, House Wine, Well Pours, & 10oz. Drafts... AND ...$3 BOMBS & Specialty Drinks!
Happy Hour on everything else ALL NIGHT! Games/Munchies/& More! HUNTERS WELCOME!!!
Fri. Nov. 11th. Veterans Day ...Complimentary Burger & Fries Lunch at Stoney for all Veterans, and a Complimentary Soda/Coffee for their guests.
Our Thanks to all who Served!
Sun. Nov. 20th . TRIVIA by Linda & Carol! The Fun begins at 3pm. Benefits the Beaver Island Food Bank! Please Join Us!
ALSO... Sunday Lunch & Dinner starts this Sunday! Stoney's regular hours 11-2 & 5-8:30pm. Full Menu!
Safe & Happy Hunting...Our Best to You! Liam & Marilyn

St. James Township Lawyer Report

During last month's St. James Township Board meeting, Rick Speck was asked by his board and Donna Kubic to get an opinion from the St. James Township lawyer regarding the possibility of some type of combination of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center and Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service. St. James board members seemed to agree that these two organizations have similar goals, work well together, and are more likely to benefit from a combination instead of the Emergency Services Authority that was established in 2002 and constituted. The lawyer's opinion can be read below in a memorandum from YOUNG, GRAHAM, ELSENHEIMER & WENDLING, P.C. to Rick Speck, St. James Township Supervisor:

Read the Memo HERE

Outdoor Writer Hosted by Chamber and Partners

Outdoor writer Darren Warner is on the Island this weekend bow hunting for deer and learning about the Beaver Island Quality Deer Management (QDM) story. He will be preparing stories for several publications. Over the next five years as QDM develops the Chamber of Commerce will host / assist Warner and others each fall to document and tell the story of improved deer hunting and the economic impact on Beaver Island .

A big Thank You to Chamber of Commerce host partners Fresh Air Aviation, Paul Johnson, Jeff Powers DVM, Ed Wojan and Todd Ireland .

CMU BioStation Has Research Facility Plans for USCG Boat House

At the St. James meeting on Wednesday, November 2. 2011 CMU representatives presented a plan for use of the boathouse for research. Their plans include the ability to modify the environment including temperature of each of the proposed twelve tanks to be installed there, each with its own individual heat pump. This will make this research facility unique in the State of Michigan. Here is the newsletter that they passed out at the meeting, so you can read more about it.

Christmas Bazaar

November 13, 2011,   11a-2:30p

at the Gregg Fellowship Hall. 

If you want to sign up call Jean at 448-2856.

Not much table space left!!  Reserve your space today--call Jean Kinsley (2856) to request a reservation form. 

Deadline for reservation forms is Monday, November 7.  We MUST have a signed reservation form to reserve table space; telephone reservations not accepted.

Beaver Island Recreation Plan Survey

Your Input Requested

Here is an opportunity to have your voice heard in an important planning process on Beaver Island. The St James Township Board is developing a 5-year recreation plan with goals and priorities. As part of the process the township is seeking input from all year-round and seasonal residents of Beaver Island, as well as visitors. There will also be an opportunity for public feedback on a draft plan.

Please take a few minutes to respond to this survey online by going to this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/ s/RRRHSF5 .   It's easy and fun—if you haven't taken one of these online before, try this one!  If you prefer to fill out a printed copy of the survey, it can be picked up at (and returned to) the Community Center, the Health Center, the Library, McDonough's Market, or Welke Airport terminal.  The survey results will be included in the plan. Thank you.

Mammograms Save Lives

With the help of the Circle of Strength Voucher Program,

at Charlevoix Are Hospital, no woman has to go without

a mammogram.

Please call the Beaver Island Health Center

for more information  448-2275.

Trunk and Treat to Trick or Treat

Found at the parking lot of the Gregg Fellowship Center were the most concentrated number of trick or treaters that was to be found anywhere on the island. New this year at the Trunk and Treat event was the addition of an idea of providing children and adults an opportunity to eat a hot dog or two, which may be expanded to a full picnic next year to include potato salad and baked beans. This was a hit with the kids and the adults.

A pretty tasty treat for adults and kids alike!

Some of the adults either passing out treats of hotdogs or bringing kids for the treats.


A completely wide range of costumes worn by a wide range of aged children..

Space helmets, scary costumes, all in good fun.

Some costumes are a lot warmer than others...

And, after the Trunk and Treat at the Fellowship Center, the kids were off to get as much candy as possible doing the "Trick or Treat" at house after house..

Such was the Halloween night on Beaver Island---a good time was had by all!

Video of the Trunk and Treat and some Trick or Treat


Possible Funnel Cloud Picture

A general request was posted on the Beaver Island Forum to see if anyone got a picture of the reported funnel clouds. This picture was submitted by Don Tritsch as a possible funnel cloud.

This picture has the general shape of the possible funnel cloud on the right hand side, but the left hand side is difficult to see. If this is a funnel cloud, there is a fairly wide base covering a large area. Again, if this is over water, the storm must have been quite powerful to continue with the massive weight of the water. It is possible that this is the "anvil" on top of a Cumulonimbus storm cloud viewed as it became visible over the lake. It may take a meteorologist to clearly identify what this is.

Fire on the Water Picture

This double reflection, first off the windows in the house across the harbor and then reflected off the water is quite an impressive sight. This picture was sent in by Bob Tidmore. This just-before-sunset picture is wonderful. Thank you, Bob!

Islanders at Paradise NLL Tournament

Our Islander soccer team flew to the UP on Friday to participate in the Northern Lights League Soccer Tournament. The Islanders won one soccer game against Munising Baptist. This game was tied after the normal periods of play and went to a shoot out to determine the winner. The video taping was done by Olivia Cary with editing by BINN.

Highlights 1 Munising vs Beaver Island


Highlights 2 Munising vs Beaver Island


Highlights 3 Munising vs Beaver Island


Highlights 4 Munising vs Beaver Island


Shoot Out Munising vs Beaver Island


Grand Marais Highlights 1


Grand Marais Highlights 2


The Islanders lost one game playing against Grand Marais. This was reported by Olivia Cary, an injured soccer player who also filmed some of the tournament. The Islanders took third place at this tournament.

EB Lange's Address

Chelsea Retiremenht Community

805 W. Middle Street

Chelsea, MI 48118

Storm Coming Across the Lake

Central Dispatch paged Beaver Island Fire Department this afternoon for standby related to three funnel clouds coming across Lake Michigan. They were reported as being just north of High Island. A quick response to the western shore at Donegal Bay did not reveal any water spouts or funnel clouds. That does not mean that there weren't funnel clouds. It just means that BIEMS and BIFD did not see any funnel clouds. There was some interesting clouds to be seen over the lake however.

Gull Harbor clouds off to the north, north of Hog Island

Interesting clouds out north of High Island, but no funnel clouds

Eagles Enjoying Soaring in the Wind

Seen soaring in the ski over Paradise Bay were three eagles way up high on the fringe of the clouds.

This one was content to sit in the tree out at Gull Harbor for a while until spooked by something.

The eagle was spooked by someone on the walking trail and flew almost directly overhead.

Island Connected Business Manager Helps Veterans

Randi Hunter, manager of the Charlevoix AmericInn and a Navy veteran serving from 2000-2004, is establishing a discount program for veterans. The idea is for veterans to obtain an ID card from the Veterans Affairs offices in Charlevoix and Emmett counties. When this card is produced at area businesses, the veteran would receive a discount on purchases or services. Registered veterans will then be provided with a list of participating merchants.

"There isn't much out there for veterans after their service," said Randi. "I wanted to change that. Anyone who has ever served can get this ID card and then qualifies for these discounts. I was interviewed on Monday the 24th by the Petoskey News Review, and I hope to expand this to many more businesses in Charlevoix and Emmet counties. There are over 7800 veterans in these two counties, and they deserve something after serving their country."

Participating businesses who have already signed up to provide discounts to veterans are: Island Airways will give a 10% discount year round, Northern Michigan Dust Control will give a 25% discount year round, Fox Motors of Charlevoix will give a 10% discount on parts and labor.

Business owners or managers who wish to register for the program may contact Hunter at  (231) 237-0988 or via email at Charlevoix.mi@americinn.com.

Fall Colors Continue

Driving around a little bit yesterday the 27th of October, the fall colors were still very nice to look at. A quick trip home to grad the camera made perfect sense, and these photos were the result.

Pics taken off Sloptown Road

Out by Protar's Tomb

Tamarack along the Kings Highway

Wendy Anne Returns in the Dark

At approximately 7:30 p.m. last night, October 27, 2011, the Wendy Anne tug and barge returned to the island after taking a load of logs off. The webcams showed something out by the mouth of the harbor, and that something had to be identified.

BICS Soccer Statistics

While everyone knows that a team sport is exactly that, it is interesting to see what the results of the team efforts have been so far in the soccer season. So, Coach Myers provided these statistics.

We will start with the one that is the most impressive. Gus Connaghan, the Islander soccer goalee, has had one hundred thirty-nine saves (139). That is pretty impressive. Alex Williams has not been in the goal as much as Gus, but he is still credited with twenty-one saves (21). Now we move on to the scoring of assists and the scoring of goals. Jenna Battle has 1 assist and 7 goals for the 2011-12 season. Olivia Cary has 4 assists and 3 goals. McCauley Connaghan has five assists and five goals. Olivia Schwartzfisher has one assist, which is excellent since Olivia S mostly plays defense. Gus Connaghan has two assists and three goals. Nick Williams has three assists and one goal. Billy Lemmink has one assist and three goals. Brighid Cushman has two assists and three goals.

Beaver Island Versus Munising 10/21/11 Thursday Night Soccer Highlights


What Are All the Cars Doing at School Late in the Afternoon?

This question has been asked many times by many older folks as they are driving by the school in the late afternoon. "I thought school got out around 3:30," someone remarked recently. There is an excellent program in the afternoon after the school day is officially over. It's called the After School Program, funded by a grant received by the Beaver Island Community School. The program director of this afternoon, after school program is Laura Gibson. Laura administers the program and Patty Cull works with her. Here are some documents that were sent out to parents. These should answer some of the most frequently asked questions by those not having contact with the school. Here are the documents that tell when and what and how often about the activities taking place at school after school hours. Then you need to add the sports program information to the high school and junior high school students as well. Our Beaver Island students have lots of activities and educational programs to attend.

Activities for grades 7-12.......... Activities for K-8

Newletter about after school activities

Calendar of after school activities for the year

Trunk or Treat at Gregg Fellowship Parking Lot

Click to enlarge

Halloween Carnival 2011

Walk the plank! Down to Davy Jones locker!

Video of the Halloween Carnival


Eric and Dana donated pizzas, to feed the scurvy crew, and as you can see Eric even fed Sharky a snack!

Thank you to the workers who made the night fun for the kids!

An erie, gloomy, and watery depth feeling surrounded the participants in the Halloween Carnival...Was that a ghost?

Enjoy the evening, kids, it's all for you!

Lot and lots of wonderfully costumed children!

Many games to play and sights of costumed friends to view!

From Tina Walker:
I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to all of the dedicated fun loving people who helped make Halloween Carnival 2011 - "Down to Davy Jones' Locker" such an awesome evening of fun! I have no words that can truly express my gratitude for the warm and caring atmosphere that was shared over the past three days it took to set up and take down, at Peaine Township Hall, for this event. You are truly amazing and wonderful people!

Volunteers - Operators & Their Games:


Cap'n Shirley Detwiler ~ Tickets & Treat Bags..........Cap'n Sharon Hurkmans ~ Deep Blue Duck Pond......Tina Morgan ~ Barrel O' Bones................


............Cap'n Kathy Ruis - Scurvy Skull Toss...........Cap'n Kenn Scoggin ~ Diggin' Fer Treasure


.....................Cap'n Marijean Pike ~  Shark Bite.........1st Mate - Betty Scoggin ~ Refreshments........... Cap'n Tom Whitman ~ Goblets O'Grog .........Cap'n Gary Morgan ~ Load The Cannon-

Here's Cap'n Doug Tilly ~ Game Builder and Video Tech. and Sharon Hurkmans posing with " Cap'n Skelly-Bones" the Pirate!

Our sincere thanks to the following businesses, who's generosity has also helped make this event possible:

An Occasion To Remember, Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island Electric, Central Drug Store, East Wind Spa, Fresh Air Aviation, Gruler's Farm Supply, Harbor View Motel, Hogarth's Pest Control, Island Airways,  Martin Gas & Oil, McDonough's Market, Powers Do It Best Hardware, Shamrock Bar and Restaurant, Stoney Acre Grill and Pub, TDS Telecom, Wendy White DDS, and Jim Wojan Excavating.
Very Special Thanks To: bibabes+2 (Cheryl), BI Community School, Bill & Shirley Detwiler, Lenor Jacobson, Francis & Marijean Pike, and Doug Tilly
Thank you all, who came out to share some time with friends and family. We hope you enjoyed the experience!

Tina Walker


Some more pictures taken by Tina Walker of the Halloween Carnival

Lots of children enjoying the games of the carnival

Isn't this a great time we're having?

Birthdays This Week

Monday: Jordan Marsh

Tuesday: Ted Nickolas, Roxanne Eady, and Andrea Moore

Wednesday: PG Walter

Thursday: Meg Works

Friday: Sarah Wisniewski

Saturday: Anna Martell and Jill Hammond

Attention Deer Hunters

Attention: Beaver Island Deer Hunters

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Lafreniere          jacquel@tds.net                   

Bob Tidmore              b_tidmore@hotmail.com

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

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

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

Don Tritsch                 dtritsch@tds.net

Good Luck and enjoy the 2011 Deer Hunting Season

Jeff Powers, President, Beaver Island Wildlife Club

Munising Lady Bobcats versus Lady Islanders Volleyball Video

The Lady Islanders cut things a little close on Thursday night against the Lady Bobcats. The Islanders and Bobcats went two games to two games with a fifth game to be the playoff on Thursday night. The Islanders won the match three games to two games. The Friday morning games went fairly quickly with the Islanders taking the first three games and the match.


Pictures from Thursday evenings' game are HERE

Thursday Class of 2012 Recognition


Thursday Introduction of the Players


Thursday game 1


Thursday game 2


Thursday game 3


Thursday game 4


Thursday game 5



Friday game 1


Friday game 2


Friday game 3


Islanders versus Bobcats in Soccer Video

The Islanders were minus one player due to an injury that occured on Thursday night during the soccer game, but they soon were able to overcome the Bobcats and play very agressively, guarding the ball, and moving the ball down the sides of the field. Here is the video of the Friday day soccer game.

Friday Highlights 1


Friday Highlights 2


Friday Highlights 3


Beaver Island Sunrise

Sunrise video taken by Phyllis Moore at Gull Harbor

Video editing experiment using Vegas Movie Studio

Fundraiser for Soldiers of the Michigan Army

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

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

View flyer

Free Health Tests

Free Cholesterol Screening, Blood Pressure monitoring, EKG test.

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

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

Peaine Township Meeting, October 12, 2011

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

To View Video of this Meeting, Click HERE

SOLEC-State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference

In 2010, Peter  Annin, journalist and author of the 2006 book  Great Lakes Water Wars , organized a marvelous long weekend for top journalists on Beaver Island.   Peter was scheduled to come to the Great Lakes Islands Symposium when the symposium was cancelled largely due budget crunches in organizations and Great Lake agencies.  Peter came anyway and built on the symposium idea for alumni journalists of the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources to better understand issues related to Great Lakes islands.  Both Dave Ewert (TNC) and Karen Vigmostad of the GL Islands Network(former International Joint Commission-GL Islands) presented on Beaver Island along with many others, and they are now scheduled to present at the SOLEC meeting.  This is an important meeting for Great Lakes policy makers and researchers which occurs every two years and brings Beaver Island into the spot light. This conference will take place October 26+27, 2001, at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. Dr. Jim Gillingham has agreed to attend the conference and report back to the NRESC.

Click HERE to view the conference agenda

2011 October BICS Newsletter

 Now Available

The DVD, "I Dream of the Island"

Great Christmas Gift

The video is now in stock at McDonough's Market (231) 448-2733 and the Beaver Island Boat Co (888) 446-4095 . The suggested retail price is $9.95. There would be a charge for shipping and handling if you want the DVD mailed.

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

St. James Township Board Meeting 10/5/2011

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

Click HERE to view video of the meeting.


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

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

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

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

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.

Christmas Contata Rehearsals Underway-

11th Annual Christmas Cantata

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

The rehearsals are scheduled for Sundays at 11:30 a.m. at Beaver Island Christian Church. 

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

Peaine Township Millage Rates Set

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

Millage rates in the two townships for jointly funded operations

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Island Treasures  Resale Shop

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

BIA Invasive Species Mind Map

Link to Flowchart

NRESC Meeting Dates Determined

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-tourism Steering Committee

2011-2012 Meeting Schedule

All meetings open to the public

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

November 21, 2011

January 16, 2012

March 19, 2012

May 21, 2012

July 16, 2012

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

November 21, 2011

December 19, 2012

January 16, 2012

February 20, 2012

March 19, 2012

April 16, 2012

May 21, 2012

June 18, 2012

July 16, 2012

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

Volunteer to support The Beaver Island Community School

College and Career Day! - May 2012

Click Here for information and Form for Submission

Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

BI Christian Church

Resident and Visiting Ministers

Worship leaders for October:        

November 6: Bob Whitlock

13: Harold Kruse

20: Harold Kruse

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

Flu Shots Available

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

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

Beaver Island Association Invasive Species

Click Here to View Slides

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

November Community Center and COA Information:


BI Community Center........Senior Center Activities.....COA Menu for November

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!