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BICS Board Meeting, 10-13-14

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

Video of this meeting is being proccessed.

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From Holy Cross

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

The Perfect Pie

by Cindy Ricksgers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

News Release-Click Image below

Electronic Version of Booklet for the Project-click Image below

Good Morning, Beaver Island

Pictures of Whiskey Point going around the harbor

Picture from Whiskey Point

Let there be light and color and sunshine.

Islanders and Lady Islanders

Reports this morning from Mackinaw Island indicate that the Islanders soccer team lost the match last evening in a post-overtime shoot-out. The Lady Islanders volleyball team won last night 3 games to 1.

AMVETs Meeting

Next Tuesday at 7:00, St. James Hall. Wrap of of the year, 2% grant discussion, membership,  and a change in the accounting for the  Memorial Park fund.

Veteran's Administration to Visit BIRHC on October 24th

BEAVER ISLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY 

NORMALLY SCHEDULED
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
TUESDAY OCTOBER 14, 2014
HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR
TUESDAY OCTOBER 21, 2014
BEAVER ISLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY BUILDING
12:00 PM

15th Anniversary of BINN

Beaver Island News on the ‘Net has been in the business of providing weekly news since 1999, so we are celebrating our fifteenth (15th) anniversary. As part of this anniversary celebration, BINN is moving into video even more seriously. We are working toward doing a multi-camera live-streaming video of events happening on Beaver Island, with the option of moving into live-streaming of sports events that take place in the Northern Lights League at off-Island locations. We will still provide news coverage of events on Beaver Island in photos and text, but expand the video capabilities.

We will not leave our dial-up friends without the Beaver Island News on the ‘Net. This is one of the reasons that we do not change the basic website design that we use. Fancier designs take too long to download for our dial-up subscribers.


Right now, we are looking for sponsors for our upgrades and expansions. If you know of any individuals and businesses that might be interested in inexpensive advertising on our homepage, please have them contact Joe Moore, editor at medic5740@gmail.com.

Men's Fall Golf League Results

FALL LEAGUE RESULTS & STANDINGS
WEEK #5
 
TEAMS:
S.
P.
T.P.
T.S.
S.AVE.
PLACE
TEAM #
1
5
Bill & Jeff P.
38
13
69
180
36.00
2
2
Jeff M. & Brad
36
15
60
183
36.60
3
4
Kirk & Rob
46
9
55
218
43.60
4
6
Buck & Joe
40
5
52
191
38.20
5
7
Frank & John
43
11
49
204
40.80
6
3
Travis & Chad
43
7
46
198
39.60
7
1
Ron W. & Larry L.
37
10
45
181
36.20
8
8
Ron S. & David
41
10
24
244
48.80
WEEK #5 RESULTS
Team #1 tied Team #8 10-10
Team #2 beat Team #6 15-5
Team #5 beat Team #3 13-7
Team #7 beat Team #4 11-9
Week #6 Schedule
(Playoff matches, 1st vs 2nd etc.)
Team #5 vs Team #2
Team #4 vs Team #6
Team #7 vs Team #3
 
Team #1 vs Team #8

Early reports on the weather suggest that the play-off night for next Wednesday should be okay and decent for playing golf. Weather-permitting, we will have our play-off night on October 15, 2014. If your team has a conflict with this date, please get together with your opponent for next week, and both teams should arrange to reschedule their match. The scorecards will be on the desk at the clubhouse. If you are playing your match before next Wednesday, please leave the cards on the desk in the clubhouse. After Wednesday's play-off, places will be determined to determine who was in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

Timeout for Art: A New Venue

by Cindy Ricksgers

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

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

It looks wonderful!

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

It’s a good feeling.

Cantata Letter

October 7, 2014

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

Kathy Speck

October's Peaine Township Board Meeting

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

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Archipelago Volunteer Survey Training

On October 7, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. with a break from 12 to 1 for lunch, representatives from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) met with adults from the Beaver Island Community and BICS students at the Beaver Island Community School, to prepare them for the volunteer survey training of the Beaver Island Archipelago forests.This program included training in the science classroom and training out in the woods.

Particularly on the program were pests such as :Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Asian Long-Horned Beetle, and the Emerald Ash Borer, as well as others. Addressed also were the conditions of Beech Bark Disease and Oak Wilt. John Diddams, MDARD, did a presentation on the pests and Roger Mech, DNR, did a presentation on the tree diseases. John Hill from MDARD did the in-depth presentation on the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, while Roger Mech, from the DNR, did the survey protocols training for this pest. And all this was before the lunch break.

After lunch, travel to and from the field was scheduled for practice in using the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Survey Protocols as well as seeing the other pests and diseases, if present.

Then the groups of adults and students returned to the school to get any questions answered and to rap up the day.

Many thanks to Pam Grassmich for organizing and arranging this event!

Video of this event can be viewed HERE

BIESA-Emergency Services Authority to Meet


The Beaver Island Emergency Service Authority will be having a regular meeting on October 9, 2014, at Peaine Township Hall, at 2:00 pm.

Bite of Beaver 2014

The Bite of Beaver is held in the Holy Cross Hall. This year it fell on October 4, 2014. Scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and run until 3 p.m., the Bite of Beaver opened early and ended early. By 2:30 p.m., most of the food vendors had torn down and were gone. By 2:45 p.m. the hall was being put back to its normal tables and chairs set-up. Twelve tables were covered with all kinds of deliciousness including the meatballs, ribs, and desserts of every imaginable kind.

Video of the Bite of Beaver

 

Community Center Artisans

While the Bite of Beaver is going on down at the Holy Cross Hall, the Community Center was serving Mac and Cheese and hosting the island artisan in the auditorium. There was a lot of jewelry as well as glass etchings and wild animal fur hats at ear muffs, candles, stuffed animals, paintings, and more.

Video of the Artisans

 

     

Links

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

2014 School Board Meetings

First Emergency Services Authority Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Peaine Township Meeting

August 13, 2014

HERE

September 10, 2014

Video of this meeting HERE

 

St James Township Board Meeting

August 22, 2014

Video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting

September 3, 2014 Video

Waste Management Committee

August 19, 2014

HERE

September 16, 2014

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center

BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER

At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon – Sat  8am – 5pm
Sun Closed 

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

 

Community Center Information for October 2014

Activities............................Movies

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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

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

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Airport Commission Meeting

August 2, 2014

HERE

Meeting Minutes

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as soon as they are received.

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Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Islander vs Polar Bear Soccer Saturday, 10-4-14

Video HERE

Islander vs Polar Bear Soccer Friday, 10-3-14

Video HERE

Beaver Boodle 2014

Even though the weather was not very nice, fifty-three brave and dedicate souls participated in the "pavement-only" Beaver Boodle this year. The route had to be modified due to the pressure wave and the rainfall that occurred on October 3, 2014, flooding Gull Harbor Road, the normal route of the Boodle. There was no dry sunshiny day to celebrate. It was chilly, windy, and plainly not too pleasant weather that greeted the participants this year.

The route sent participants from the public beach to the point, then after the loop by the lighthouse, head back toward town, go up the post office hill, take the back road to the Catholic Church, then down the hill to the public beach and down the street to the finish line in front of the Beachcomber.

View more pictues of the event HERE

View video of the Boodle HERE

Results of the Boodle

Name # Time
Men Runners
1 Charlie Meyer 114 21:43
2 Marvin Baluyt 112 23:25
3 Scott France 50 24:53:00
4 Rob Groesbeck 38 25:43:00
Men Walkers
1 Tom Whitman 193 34:38:00
2 Jim Heit 171 43:46:00
3 Jeff Stone 182 44:43:00
Women Runners
1 Katie Murray 47 23:16
2 Leslee Pearson 48 25:06:00
3 Larissa McGinnity 39 27:23:00
4 Harriet Groenlar 115 27:30:00
Women Walkers
1 Karla Anderson 165 36:52:00
2 Melissa Hauger 170 39:39:00
3 Willy Welter 172 40:41:00
4 Kim Moline 206 40:46:00
Under 15 Results
1 Gage Anderson No
2 Simeon Richards info
Tied 3 Zander Drost  available
Elisha Richards

Islanders Win Soccer Against Polar Bears on Saturday

The Island Volleyball Team flew off the Island at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning, October 4, 2014. With some members of the volleyball team also on the soccer team, this left some of the younger students and the boys, who were not able to play volleyball on a girls' team. There was some concern that the high school girls on both teams might cause the Islander soccer team to have problems on Saturday morning because these ladies would not be available to play soccer. The Islander soccer team did just fine. Yes, the Lady Islanders were missed, but the rest of the team stepped up to the plated and hit another home run. The Islanders beat the Polar Bears with a score of 5 to 1.

With just 2.5 minutes left in the game, one of the Grand Marais players was injured, and due to flight schedules and due to the outcome not being able to be changed in that short of a period of time, both coaches and the referee decided to call the game at that point. The injured player and the soccer coach were flown off the island with Valley Med Air Transport service with the destination being Marquette General Hospital. The rest of the team was transported to Newberry by Island Airways. All made it home safely by Saturday afternoon.

Pictures of Saturday's Soccer Match HERE

BIRHC Newsletter Fall 2014

Islanders Win Soccer Friday Night

Beaver Island won a soccer match playing against Grand Marais on Friday night, October 3, 2014, with the final score: Islanders 9, Polar Bears 3. The Islanders had shot after shot on goal. Several shots went wide of the goal, but excellent work by the Grand Marais goalie Dominick kept several shots from going into the goal. Excellent sportsmanship was shown by both teams. The Polar Bears didn't like losing, but they took the loss well With the wet conditions several players slipped and fell on the wet grass, and the moss on the field and around the perimeter of the field made the edges of the field slippery. One spectator slipped and fell breaking the need umbrella. Rain and a chilly wind had some effect on the play, but the players from both teams played on with gusto.

Pictures of this match HERE

Water Level Friday-Slightly Lowered Saturday

The harbor level and the level of water around the perimeter of the island was higher on Friday. The reason for this raise in water level could easily be explained by the pressure changes and the recent rainfall measure in inches. There were several pictures taken of the increase of water level on Friday during the day.

Heading from McDonough's Market to the point.

The water level is up.

So, just how much change was there between Friday and Saturday. Similar pictures were taken at the same locations so you can see the differences between Friday and Saturday.

Saturday at Whiskey Point.....Friday at Whiskey Point

Saturday at Bud Martin's dock.....Friday at the same location

Saturday...............................Friday

So, how much difference was there when comparing the two days? The best guess that was made was a four to six inch difference. St. James Marine had to raise its gravel ramp to be able to unload and load the barge.

Beaver Boodle Route Changed

Another change for the island was the route of the Beaver Boodle. Most years, this route goes to the point, around Gull Harbor, and then back towards the boat dock. This year the route was changed to be a pavement route for this 5K race. Susan Avery stated, "There is a change to the route of the Boodle this year because of flooding out at Gull Harbor. It will start at the public beach and head north, do a turn around at the lighthouse, head back down Main Street, turn up by the post office, and then head towards the Catholic Church, back down to the beach and then north back to the Beachcomber."

The last pictures shows the water completely across the road on Saturday, which is the reason for the change in the Boodle route. The water was completely across the road and about four inches deep, no issue for vehicles, but definitely an issue for walkers and runners. It's been a really wet week, and the rain and the cold are supposed to last for a few more days. Fall is here, ready or not!

A Little Rainy--Blub...Blub...

As of 11 a.m. this morning, October 3, 2014. from 11 p.m. last evening, a period of twelve hours, Beaver Island has received a little over two inches of rain, and it's still raining. As the saying goes, "A nice day for ducks."

A memory of not so long ago, a beautiful sunshiny day with the rays reflecting off a burning bush.

Time for Vaccines-Flu and Pneumonia

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

 

Announcements/Ads

Church Schedule Changes

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

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

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

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

St. James Episcopal Mission














Holy Cross Mass Schedule



Sunday morning Mass at 8:00 A.M. (for early risers, workers, golfers, boaters)...this Mass will be quieter but ALWAYS a prayer filled better than "LOW" Mass.


Weekday Masses: Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 A.M... Wednesday Rosary at 9:00 A.M.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

(Note Changed date above)

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

Island Treasures New Schedule

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

B I Christian Church Ministers




Bible study

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

-Everyone welcome!!

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

BINGO News

Last one of the season 10/22/14

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

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

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

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

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PTA Informational and Organizational Meeting

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

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

Video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Board Meeting

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

Video of the meeting HERE.

School Board Ballot

A picture of the draft ballot is presented below.

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

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

Men's Fall Golf League Results

FALL LEAGUE RESULTS & STANDINGS
 
 
TEAMS:
WEEK #4
1
5
Bill & Jeff P.
37
6
56
137
34.25
2
6
Buck & Joe
38
13
47
151
37.75
3
4
Kirk & Rob
42
15
46
172
43.00
4
2
Jeff M. & Brad
34
14
45
147
36.75
5
3
Travis & Chad
40
7
39
155
38.75
6
7
Frank & John
38
11
38
161
40.25
7
1
Ron W. & Larry L.
35
9
35
144
36.00
8
8
Ron S. & David
52
5
14
203
50.75
Week #4 Results
Team #6 beat Team #3 13-7
Team #2 beat Team #5 14-6
Team # 4 beat Team #8 15-5
Team # 7 beat Team #1 11-9
 
Week #5 Schedule
 
Team #3 vs Team #5
 
Team #2 vs Team #6
 
Team #4 vs Team #7
 
Team #1 vs Team #8

Meghan Costello, DC Chiropractic

Will be on island Saturday, October 11th and Saturday, October 25th. Please contact Dr. Meghan Costello for appointments at 231 922 0048. Please note that this time is set aside for you and if you are a no show for appointment, a $30 fee will be charged to you. You may cancel up to three days prior to appointment.

Thank You

Dr Meghan

Holy Cross in the Fall

Courtesy of Mark Pearson

Mass on Sunday is at 9:30 a.m.

Forest Health Program


Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
Volunteer Survey Training

This program will take place at the Beaver Island Community School, Science Room, on October 7, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Double Volleyball Match

Lady Islanders vs. Ojibwe Lady Eagles

Today, September 30, 2014, beginning at 12:30 pm, the Lady Islanders played two matches against the Ojibwe Lady Eagles. The two matches were won by the Lady Islanders in just three games in each match. So, Congratulations, Lady Islanders on winning both matches today! Pictures and video are being processed and will be available as soon as the processing is completed.

View pictures of the volleyball team matches

View video of the volleyball team matches

Even Though....

by Cindy Ricksgers

I spent more than nine hours today sitting in this computer chair.

I had work to do.

Even though it was a glorious warm and bright day---and lord knows there won’t be many more like this before winter---I worked.

Even though this is the last day off I will have for 33 days---except for October 8th, when I am accompanying my aunt to the mainland for her doctor’s visit---I spent it working.

I had reports to write to the agencies  whose funding assisted with our treatment of invasive species this year. I had a news article to write for our local news magazine reporting on the treatment. I had letters to write with regard to specific issues that came up. I had Emails to answer.

I am not a fast writer. I write, then edit, then rewrite. I search for the correct word or the perfect phrase. I check spelling, definitions and syntax.

Still, it wasn’t all work.

Over coffee this morning, I checked mail, read book reviews and "Brain Pickings," which arrives in my in-box every Sunday morning. I read several blogs that I follow, and made comments. I checked a familiar social media site for news and events in my family. One nephew ran a 5K today; another went to the zoo with his family. A niece reported that Christmas decorations were already up in a store she visited. I read Phyllis’s weather report. Through the day, during pauses in my writing and thinking processes, I took my turns at "Words with Friends."

So, maybe seven hours of work, out of the nine I spent sitting in this chair.

It’s not even a particularly comfortable chair.

I did get outside. I have dogs to walk.

They need exercise...and so do I.

We need, now and then, just to get out in the fresh air...

...to walk, and breathe, and appreciate what’s out there.

So even though there were floors to sweep and towels to fold, weeds to pull and leaves to rake...

morning and evening, we spent the best way we could: we just walked.

The Night of the Herons

After dinner, a trip out to the point and around Gull Harbor was on the schedule. Going around there, two huge birds were sitting in the dead tree out there, but no camera was available. A quick trip back to the house, the camera was now in the car, and the hope was that these birds would be still in the tree.

No such luck! Instead, the herons decided to give a show of their own. There is no way to know how many herons that were moving around out at Gull Harbor tonight. If there was less than four, a hat might end up eaten, but there could have been more. The Night of the Herons was underway there at Gull Harbor. One picture would be taken, and out of the corner of the eye another movement was seen showing yet another heron.

Here are the pictures taken on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at Gull Harbor over a forty-five minute period of time starting around 6:30 pm::

Thank You, Jim Haveman!

Jim and Barb Haveman

Jim Haveman has retired from his service to the State of Michigan. Last night, September 27, 2014, a thank you reception was secretly arranged at the St. James Yacht Club. Bill and Tammy McDonough and friends had taken the time and effort to arrange this surprise for Jim and Barb Haveman. A small group of older, dedicated-to-service island people were invited to participate in the event, and given the opportunity to thank Mr. Haveman.

Jim Haveman was the largest piece in the puzzle in our BIRHC getting funding for the new building and to restoration of the State of Michigan grant for operations. This monetary grant is what keeps our rural health center operating. The friendly working relationship between our rural health center board, Bill McDonough, Donna Kubic, and the state has maintaned our healthcare level at the highest level possible.

Tammy welcomes all who attended

Bill, Donna, Connie at the Yacht Club

Mr. Haveman (Jim) listens as Bill McDonough speaks

Bill Haveman speaks about the dedication of local Islanders

The reception continued after the speeches on the roof deck.

Video of the event may be viewed HERE

Beaver Island Taekwondo Club Has Successes

Beaver Island Taekwondo Club with Coach Dave Avery


A trip downstate to a competition in Kalamazoo, Michigan, took the Taekwondo Club into uncharted waters. Our students and adults did a wonderful job of representing the island in the big city. Those that received medals are listed below:

Brendyn Oliver received a silver in breaking, silver in sparring, and bronze in forms. Austyn Oliver received a gold in breaking, a silver in forms, and a bronze in sparring. RileyWilliamson received a gold in forms, a silver in sparring, and a bronze in breaking. Quinn Jones received a gold in sparring and a silver in breaking. John Robert received a gold in weapons, a bronze in breaking, and a bronze in forms. Levi Connor received a silver in breaking and a silver in forms. Jewell Gillespie Cushman received a gold in breaking, a silver in forms, a silver in weapons, and a silver in sparring. Forest Avery received a silver in breaking, a silver in sparring, a silver in weapons, and a bronze in forms. Sarah Avery received a gold in breaking and a gold in weapons!

Awaiting results:

Some of the club receiving medals:

Some action shots:


Beaver Island should be very proud of all of them, especially those who competed against higher ranks!

Many thanks to Sue and Dave Avery for their work with these athletes! And thanks to Sue Avery for these pictures.

Threatened and Endangered Species: osprey




Ospreys, large fish-eating raptors, are experts at spotting fish in water from high above. They fold their wings back, thrust their large talons forward and smash into the water, snatch a fish, then take flight again. Larger than most hawks, but smaller than eagles, they have made a comeback in southern Michigan over the past 20 years.

Beaver Island is fortunate to have ospreys, and one nest location, on top of the microwave tower, is especially popular for viewing. The field across the road (Bob Graves place) has two dead trees in which the osprey like to rest and eat. Other ospreys have been seen on the south end near Iron Ore Bay as well as the Lake Geneserath area.
Ospreys were initially listed as a threatened species in Michigan, but were removed from the list in 2009. One important reason osprey were delisted is because of the 10-year-long Osprey Reintroduction Project that took place from 1990 to 2000. This project involved moving 50 chicks from the northern parts of the state to areas in southern Michigan, and there are now more than 30 known nests in southern Lower Peninsula plus dozens of nests in the northern Lower and Upper peninsulas. The species is known to be very faithful to historical nesting grounds, which made the osprey's return to the southern Lower Peninsula progress slow.

After World War II, the use of a new insecticide, known as DDT, increased. Small birds, fish and mammals accumulated the pesticide within their bodies. Raptors feeding on the contaminated fish, birds and rodents were, in turn, poisoned by a progressive build-up of the pesticide. DDT was especially harmful to birds because it caused eggshell-thinning, which resulted in weak eggs that broke under pressure. As a result, very few young birds hatched and made it to adulthood. DDT has not been used in Michigan for decades, and the birds are now reproducing much more normally.

If you live in an area with a large body of water nearby, you may be lucky enough to see an osprey. They will be flying over lakes looking for fish or just waiting for the right time to drop from the sky and grab the fish right out of the water! Their very large stick nests won’t be too far away, in the top of a tree or---in Michigan---it's common to see osprey nests on the top of cellular towers. They prefer to nest over or near the water, where they can see clearly for 360 degrees around the nest.

The osprey restoration program has been successful, but concerns remain. Ospreys still need to be protected from killing or capture, especially in their wintering grounds in Florida, the southwestern U.S. and Central America. With help and support from the public, the osprey will continue to be an awe-inspiring sight.

There are several other easy ways you can help conserve this special bird:

For more information on Michigan's threatened and endangered species and the 40th-anniversary celebration, visit www.michigan.gov/wildlife.

3rd Semi-Annual Beaver Island Health & Human Services Fair!

A Journey to Wellness

Friday, September 26, 2014, from 1-4pm

Beaver Island Community School

Dr. Brad Grassmick used the high tech equipment to show the workings of the human heart today at the health fair. His program on his I-Pad was just part of the interesting presentation. Dr. Grasmick also brought in an elk heart, and dissected the elk heart to show the valves between the chambers and the differences in size and muscular content of the different parts of the heart.

The elk heart before being cut open.

Dr. Grassmick also showed the causes and risk factors for heart attacks. He spoke about blood pressure and body mass index in addition to the risk factors. He also showed the completely unorganized electrical activity of a heart that is fibrillating (quivering with no blood flow to the brain or heart). His anatomy and physiology presentatiion was a perfect set-up for the second part of the program, the AED demonstration.

AED stands for automatic external defibrillator. As Joe Moore explained, the fibrillating heart is not circulating any blood to the heart or the brain. The very best way to give a patient a chance to live is to stop the quivering of the heart in the hopes that the heart will begin to beat normally again and begin circulating blood to the brain and heart.

"All brands of defibrillators have voice directions provided to users," Joe Moore continued to explain. An example of the defibrillator that is kept just outside the gymnasium was shown to those present. Then another defibrillator trainer was used to demonstrate the use of the AED. After one demonstration, Joe invited one member of the audience to come up and follow the directions. Joe asked the audience to repeat the directions of the AED voice, and the same procedure was followed by the audience member who had no medical experience.

All those present were invited up to put on gloves and explore the elk heart at the end of these two presentations

Throughout the high school area of the BICS, many representatives of different organizations were set up and ready to provide information.

Besides this presentation that began at approximately 1:10 pm, there were other demonstration and experiences scheduled. At 2 pm, Yoga, Personology, and Nutrition took place, 2:30pm was Massage, 3:30-4:00 was celtic Body Prayers, and out on the soccer field from 2:15-2:45 was a demonstration of Ways That Your Pet Can Benefit Your Health.

There were many organizations and groups present including Alcona Health Insurance, .a place to get rid of old prescriptions and donate old eyeglasses, Charlevoix Hospital, McClaren Northern Michigan Hospital, Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department, Alcoholic Anonymous, Wendy White, DDS, American Red Cross, Health Department of Northwest Michigan, North Country Community Mental Health, Beaver Island Rural Health Center, Hospice, Helping Hands, Circle of Strength, United Way, Northern Community Mediation, US Department of Agriculture Rural Development, Women's Resource Center, Dr. Jeff Powers, Department of Human Services, Commision on Agine, Office of Veteran Affairs, Beaver Island Food Pantry, Beaver Island EMS, Surveys, Goodie Bags, and Door Prizes.

Here are a few pictures of just some of the people and presentations.

Then outside on the soccer field:

A wonderful afternoon of gaining information about all aspects of human life presented by the Human Services Commission and BICS.

Inside:

 

Outside:

 

Common Core Presentation to School Board and Community

(Information taken from beaverislandforum post by KaiLonnie Dunsmore)

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

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

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

Setting a Precedent

An Editorial by Joe Moore

The Beaver Island Community School Board of Education voted 4-3 to extend the contract of Riley Justis, Principal/Superintendent at the monthly meeting in September. Why is this setting a precedent? There are several reasons for the title to this writing.

One, the principal/superintendent position is the most important leadership position at our school, with lead teachers coming in a close second. It seems to this former BICS teacher, having provided over thirty years service to the community school, that it makes no sense whatsoever to renew a contract prior to an evaluation. The increase of pay or renewal of position of other leadership jobs on Beaver Island always are preceded by an evaluation. As a matter of fact, the raise or the continuance of the employment of other positions are based upon the evaluation. This is true in the Beaver Island District Library. This is true in the Beaver Island Transfer Station. It should be a requirement for all public entities. The board voted to renew the contract without a completed evaluation, without a poll of the BICS teachers, and without any input from the Char-Em superintendent.

The one evaluation that the currrent principal/superintendent has had was discussed in a closed session, making public input impossible. This also made staff and community member input nonexistent.

This seems completely out of order, and completely without a precedent.

Two, how many of the board members who voted for this renewal of the principal/superintendent are long-time BICS board members? I counted four that have have been on the school board for more than seven months, and three of them voted "No." One long time school board member made the motion for renewal of the contract prior to the evaluation, and that board member and three recently appointed board members agreed to pass the motion 4-3. As a matter of fact there have been several board members resign from the board in that same seven months. Karen Johnson, Dawn Marsh, Brian Cole, and Barb Schwartzfisher have at one time or another resigned from the board in this seven or eight months. Why have these people resigned?

Three, the school population has decreased over these same seven months. More island residents are homeschooling their kids. Why is the population going down, and why are these parents removing their children from our school?

Four, living in a small place, there are bound to be rumors. I am only interested in facts, most often, but there is a rumor out there in the community that the leader of our school, our principal/superintendent, has attempted to deny our teachers their first amendment rights, guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, by stating that they may not discuss any issues with the school board under penalty of insubordination. It is rumored that this dictatorial approach has caused a divide amongst our teachers and the administration of the school.

Five, long term teachers of our local school district and parents are concerned about some of the administrator's decisions. This is evidenced by the attendance at school board meetings. In the past there might be five people maximum attending the meeting, one or two of them lead teachers. In the last seven months, there has been anywhere from eight to twenty people attending the meetings of our local school board. That indicates concerns by the staff and the members of our community with what is going on in our local school district.

There are those that want to "let the principal/superintendent do his job." There are those that are concerned with the curriculum decisions being made. There are those that are afraid to voice his/her opinion due to possible consequences. There are those questioning saying, "what is going on here?"

Six, there has never in the history of the Beaver Island Community School, been sixteen community members interested in running for the positions on the school board. There has never been such an interest. This suggests that something is wrong with the school, at least in the opinion of these whose applications were rejected, and those that will be running as write-in candidates. The BICS has never had this many wanting to get on any board in this community in the last forty years. Why? Historically, the school board has made decisions that have been aligned with the community.

Now, there is nothing in this editorial that suggests that the current leadership is interfering with the education of the children of our community. There are questions that need to be answered. They cannot be ignored. So, the biggest question is this: Why was this decision made? There are others: Will the new board membership elected in November have any input into the education of our children? When will the questions framed by the community be answered? When will the questions posed in this editorial be answered? Are our children getting all the help they need with their education? Is the curriculum appropriate for Beaver Island?

When will these questions be answered? When will decisions be justified publicly? When can we get back to the "community" in the name of the Beaver Island Community School?

Will the school district then just automatically renew all contracts in advance of evaluations? This should happen in advance of the evaluations because the board did so for the person who has the most impact on the education of our children. If you do this for the leadership, are you then logically required to do the same for all employees? When did our school board lose control of the education of our children?

I will end with one thing that has bothered me since viewing it in the video. "You can't evaluate me for things that I don't have complete control over." The Beaver Island Community School has always been led by leadership of consensus in the past instead of the decision of one. This leads to more questions. What is the purpose of a policy committee? What is the purpose of a curriculum committee? What is the purpose of all these groups if every decision can only be made by one person?

Gerald LaFreniere Running for School Board

(All community members running for this position will be given equal space to present their ideas.)

Part A
  1. Gerald N. LaFreniere---4 Year Term (I will be running as a write-in candidate. More information will be provided to voters as we get closer to the election.)
  2. Full Time Island Resident for 47 years.
  3. Spouses Name: Tammy
  4. Business/Title/Employment: Robert’s John Service (20+ years.)
  5. Community Involvement: BI EMS (15 Years), Board Member: BI Rural Health Center (4 Years), Board Member: BI District Library (1 year), United States Army (7 Years)
Part B
  1. Quality or talent you bring to the board---First and foremost---Honesty, common sense, and an ability to speak up for what I think is right, even when the topics and discussions get tough.
 
  1. Most important Challenge facing BICS---The biggest challenge I see facing the School Board is that, for the most part, we have a very new board. Most of us have been on the board a very short time and this is going to be even more evident with the election in November. At the same time, we have a principal/superintendent and almost half of our teaching staff that has been with us for only one year or less. We need to work with our community, parents and experienced teaching staff to help provide guidance as we move forward. I am also personally committed to becoming more educated in being a board member and executing those duties with honesty and integrity. I would hope that anyone joining the board would join me in gaining that knowledge. While continuing to move forward and keeping our children academically competitive, we must also not lose sight of the unique culture and experience that is Beaver Island Community School .
  1. Key Goal---My goal is to ensure that all of the students at Beaver Island Community School  receive a top-notch education while being completely transparent in our interactions with the community and families and fiscally responsible to the taxpayers of Beaver Island, whether they are voting members of this community or not. Being a member of the Board of Education can be tough and it is going to take a team of people who are committed to our students and are committed to providing them the most experienced, well-trained and highly qualified teachers and the best resources than we can afford to offer them.

From Holy Cross


New Sewer Ordinance in St. James Township

Optometrist Coming October 10th

Dr. Jon VanWagnen, optometrist now operating as Charlevoix Eye Center is taking appointments to see patients at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center on October 10th.  Dr VanWagnen offers comprehensive eye exams, emergency eye care, contact lens fitting and post-surgical management.
Please call (231) 547-7800 Dr VanWagnen’s office to schedule an appointment on Beaver Island. 
Donna Kubic

Dermatologist Coming October 24th

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

Questions call the Medical Center 448-2275.

Donna Kubic

Mary Beth Kur for Circuit Judge
She has everything it takes.

NRESC Recommendations Document

from June 2013

HERE

BICS Volleyball and Soccer Schedules

Volleyball Schedule...................Soccer Schedule

Circuit Court Judge Candidate Forum

This video is courtesy of Petoskey News Review

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