B. I. News on the 'Net, September 10-16, 2012


Jackie "Mouse" Passes Away

Thomas Martin, know to most island people as Jackie Mouse, passed away last night, September 15, 2012. More information will be posted when it is available.

Beaver Island Natural Areas

Monday, September 17 2-6pm and
Tuesday, September 18 9am-6pm

Here's your chance for an intimate look at the island's natural features. On Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday LTC staff will transport participants via van to visit and explore LTC's five Beaver Island Preserves as well as other natural areas. Local experts will be on hand to provide added insight. Bring a picnic lunch for Tuesday. Participation limited to 15; cost is $25 per person for vehicle transport around Beaver Island. Information on travel arrangements to the Island, lodging, and food can be provided. For questions, please call 231-347-0991.

Michigan DNR Weekly Fishing Tip

Weekly Fishing Tip: Fall Crappie Fishing…Difficult, but Not Impossible
Although plentiful and easy to fish for in the summer, crappie can be difficult to target as the weather cools off. Difficult…but not impossible.

One thing anglers should do is look for good water as crappie can be found in areas with higher oxygen content. For instance, target spots where streams dump into the lake or areas where the lake has yet to turn over. You could also head towards locations where the wind and waves are strongest.

Another thing for anglers to remember is to pay attention to the weather. When it's very sunny out crappie will stick close to the bottom, but when it's cloudy they're likely to be within a few feet of the surface.

And lastly, try a variety of baits when you're out crappie fishing. These should include bright, flashy lures during poor visibility and live bait during periods of lake turnover. It's hard for crappie to turn down a jig tipped with a minnow.

To learn more about fishing for crappie in Michigan, check out their page on the DNR's Michigan Fish & How to Catch Them website .

This tip was adapted from Michigan Outdoor News.

Peaine Political Team Creates Website

http://www.teamupforchange.org is a website created for a group of Peaine residents running for township offices in Peaine Township. Participants in this team up for change program are Jack Gallagher, current supervisor; Krys Lyle running for township clerk; Tina Morgan running for township treasurer; and Brad Grassmick running for township trustee.

While this group has decided to work together, each one of the individuals is running for the individual positions in Peaine Township government. There is no box on the ballet to check to vote for all of them at the same time. The ballot will have other individuals running for these positions as well.

Peaine Township Board Meeting Video of September, 12, 2012

Video of the meeting viewed HERE

Principal/Superintendent Talks About the New School Sign

Kitty McNamara explains the sign was in the plan.


Glass Beads for Cancer Children

Glass Beads an Excellent Fundraising Purpose

Beads of Courage

Making a bead after selecting the colored glass rods

Taking the beads off.....explaining the Beads of Courage...A contribution for the fundraiser


Why Does Verizon Want to Tear Down the Kings Highway BIFD/BIEMS Tower?

AT and T on the left.....Emergency Services tower in the middle.....Verizon tower on right


Donegal Bay Road Emergency Tower Not Working


CCE Emergency Dispatch has not repaired this equipment on the Donegal Bay tower.

Bite of Beaver Island Oct 6th

Important Change - Bite will be Noon to 3:00

Only three Chef Tables remain un-sold.

Letter to the Editor

Clarification of Facts from Previous Events Regarding the NREC

Upon receiving an e-mail from Russ Mason stating that both townships had endorsed “wildlife certification”, I asked Supervisor Gallagher to write Russ Mason to correct the record and inform the DNR that the information they had received that the township boards had approved “wildlife certification” was erroneous. Indeed QDM had been endorsed but wildlife certification had not been brought to the township boards for approval. In fact, there never had been a document called wildlife certification developed by the DNR.

We on the Natural Resources Ecotourism Commission received apologies from members of the DNR including Russ Mason and Brent Rudolph for passing along misleading information. At the regular township meeting where Supervisor Gallagher addressed his letter's statements, line by line, the Peaine board had no further comments on this issue and agreed that all of Gallagher's comments were factually accurate. Ultimately due to Gallagher's letter, correcting the misinformation that had been supplied to the DNR in Lansing meetings, the hunters of the island received their Antler Point Restriction designation.

As to the dissolution of the NREC, the community and the townships recognized the value and re-created an organization, NRESC, to take up the vitally important matter of protecting our natural resources for the Island's economic benefit.

I know that this election year is filled with passion but let's get the facts correct, move forward and deal with the real issues that affect the quality of life for our community.

Pam Grassmick

Amazing Occurence

Okay, what's so amzing about a butterfly landing on your nose? So, BINN will ask the views of this story, when was the last time that you had a Monarch butterfly land on your nose? Then, the next question is, have you had one stay on your nose long enough for three separate views could be recorded? It's an amazing occurence! BINN is glad that Laura had this experience and was willing to share the documentation.

When Laura gets to Nashville, BINN would like to see and hear a song that was written about this uniqe experience!

Rita Palmer Recipient of AMVETS Scholarship

Last night, September 11, 2012, the AMVETS Post 46 awarded this years $1,000 scholarship to Rita Palmer. Rita is in her second year of college at Northwestern Community College which is based in Traverse City, Michigan pursuing a degree in Business Management. Best of luck to Rita from the AMVETS.

NRESC – September 17, 2012 – MEETING AGENDA – Peaine Township Hall, 7 pm

1. Call to Order

2. Adoption of Minutes for NRESC Meetings of July 16, 2012; August 2, 2012 (with MSU); and September 8, 2012 (with MSU)

3. Action Items:

a. Recommendations for NRESC appointment by Township Boards (see below)

b. Selection of NRESC Officers (Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer) (see below)

4. Roundtable Sharing

5. Other Business


Under the NRESC authorizing resolution, the Township Boards must approve appointments to the NRESC. Some appointments are at-large, while others are representatives of organizations specified in the authorizing resolution. Six 2011 appointments expire this month:

· At large: Bill Cashman and Pam Grassmick

· Peaine Township appointee: Sandy Birdsall

· Peaine Trails Committee: Doug Tilly

· St James Planning Commission: Jayne Bailey

· DNR: Brian Mastenbrook

Cashman, Grassmick, and Mastenbrook have asked to be reappointed. Peaine Township posted its slot.


The current officers are:

· Chairman, Peter Plastrik

· Vice Chairman, Bill Cashman

· Secretary, Pam Grassmick

· Treasurer, Sandy Birdsall

Art on Hanigan Road

Mushroom sculptures on Hanigan

Pheasant on the side of the Kings Highway

Beaver Island 911 Memorial Gathering

Students of the Beaver Island Community School, parents, staff, and teachers walked down to the Beaver Island Fire Department to participate in this memorial gathering. Community members also gathered to remember the 9/11 disaster and to thank the first responders on the Island. The Elks Club of Charlevoix was providing apple pies to each and every first responder on Beaver Island to include Beaver Island Fire Department, Beaver Island EMS, and the Beaver Island deputy of the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department. The short ceremony was carried out by Rich Gillespie, Charlevoix County Commissioner, in which the leader of the organization was presented a pie. Rich Gillespie presented a pie to Donna Kubic, manager of the BIRHC; Danielle Dedloff, Executive Director of BIEMS; Tim McDonough, Fire Chief; and Travis Williams, deputy.

The 9/11 memorial at the BI Fire Department

Community members talk prior to the ceremony

The pies are placed on tables, and Rich Gillespie says a few words.

Leaders of the organizations presented apple pies

The label on each pie

Cory Adkins from TV 9&10 covered the event.

9-11 Memorial Gathering at 10 am on 9/11/2012 Video



School News

School Sign and Scoreboards Replaced

New school signage and new gym scoreboards are a reality at Beaver Island Community School. The school signage in front of the school is getting a big upgrade as the construction identification sign is finally replaced with a permanent school sign . The new sign has a 2-line amber LED screen to keep the community informed of upcoming events and accomplishments. Funding for this school sign is from a designated building improvement area of the school's general fund and from the sinking fund which the board has maintained for building improvements. The sign was envisioned as part of the school building project a few years ago and is finally a reality. The school will set guidelines which will allow other governmental and non-profit groups to have their messages displayed on the sign.

Thanks to a major fundraising effort, the school's small and malfunctioning scoreboard has been replaced by new upgraded boards. The following businesses and individuals made major contributions to the scoreboard fund: Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island Sports Boosters, Charlevoix State Bank, Island Airways. Martin Gas and Oil, McDonough's Market, Olivia Schwartzfisher #14, Schwartzfisher Stoneworks, TDS Telecom and The Shamrock. Special thanks go to Barbara Schwartzfisher for pursuing donations and to Gerald LaFreniere for pushing the project forward. And, a special thanks to the following local contractors and parents who helped install the scoreboards: Kevin McDonough, Ernest Martin, Gerald LaFreniere, John Robert, Ryan Smith and Tony Rouch.

Only One Week Left in Fall Men's Golf League

1 7 Jeff-Ryan 35 13 76 212 35.33 97
2 8 John-Doug 36 10 73 219 36.50 93
3 1 Ernie-Chuck 35 14 68 226 37.67 88
4 4 Travis-Gerald 39 7 66 233 38.83 88
5 5 Bob-Stan 41 11 68 241 40.17 83
6 9 Joe-Buck 37 8 61 223 37.17 79
7 3 Frank-John 39 9 59 225 37.50 76
8 2 Ron S.-David 40 11 56 262 43.67 69
9 6 Rob-Dan 39 6 51 237 39.50 67
10 10 Francis-Larry 40 10 53 260 43.33 60
Team #1 beat Team #6 14-6
Team #2 beat Team #8 11-9
Team #5 beat Team #3 11-9 *
Team #7 beat Team #4 13-7
Team #8 tied Team #10 10-10
Team #7 beat Team #9 12-8
* Scorecard was corrected
when checked!

David Broder's Beaver Island Columns

Published in Limited Edition Book Form

Volume Covers 40 Years of Observations on American Politics and Culture;

All Sales Benefit Beaver Island Rural Health Center

BEAVER ISLAND, Mich., September 11, 2012 --The Beaver Island Rural Health Center (BIRHC) announced today that it is selling a lavishly-illustrated, limited-edition volume of the Beaver Island columns of the late Washington Post columnist David S. Broder. The book includes all 33 columns that Broder wrote from or about his adopted summer community in northern Michigan during his long career as a commentator. All proceeds from book sales will benefit the BIRHC, a nonprofit clinic that provides front-line medical care and support services to the Island community The Pulitzer-prize winning Broder, who died in 2011, regularly visited Beaver Island as far back as his honeymoon in 1951. His custom of writing a column about the life and times of the Island's few hundred residents began in 1970, and evolved into a nearly-annual ritual that linked the virtue--and quirk--of this remote community to the larger political and cultural issues that the country was facing at the time. Broder often wrote these pieces with an ironic, humorous twist. In an early column, a broken gas pump at Beaver Island's general store served as a metaphor for America's energy crisis in the 1970s. Decades later, anti-terrorism rules from the Dept. of Homeland Security mandated the installation of a new fence around the island's picturesque ferry dock, and prompted Broder to riff on the absurd extremes of regulatory overreach. The columns became an eagerly-anticipated treat for Broder's millions of readers, and have now been brought together in a single, limited-edition volume. The book is generously illustrated with dozens of beautiful color images of Beaver Island scenery, donated by professional and amateur photographers who live or vacation here. The Broder family underwrote the production costs associated with the book, so 100% of the proceeds from book sales go directly to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. Individual copies of the book can be purchased for $25, or five copies for $100. We are grateful to the Broder family for this generous gift, said BIRHC Director Donna Kubic. Revenue from these sales will help us provide vital services to our community, and will serve as a lasting legacy for David Broder.

This book is an important tribute to our father as well as to Beaver Island, said Josh Broder. Our father had tremendous faith in Americans and our civic institutions, as amply demonstrated in his writings from the Island. Readers who may have wondered what Beaver Island looks like will be delighted to see all of the photos in this book, along with the columns. We are pleased to present this opportunity as we honor David Broder's life and values.

The Beaver Island Columns is a limited-edition volume and is being sold by the BIRHC on a first-come, first-serve basis. The books went on sale on Beaver Island in June, and fewer than 300 copies remain from the original print run. Interested buyers should contact Donna Kubic by email at: donna@birhc.org , or by calling 231-448-2275.

From Matt Broder

My name is Matt Broder. I'm one of David Broder's sons, and I'm writing to let you know about a wonderful project involving a special set of the opinion pieces he wrote for The Washington Post . As you may know, he vacationed on Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan most summers, and from there penned a series of lighthearted columns that connected the events on that remote Island to the larger national issues of the day. He wrote his first Beaver Island column in 1970, and his last in 2010. My brothers and I compiled all 33 of these columns into a single volume, The Beaver Island Columns , which we self-published this summer, combining David's written pieces with beautiful photographs of Beaver Island contributed by the community.

Please note this is not a profit-making venture. In recognition of our father's love of the Island and its residents, the family underwrote all of the production costs for the book. 100% of the proceeds from sales go directly to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, a nonprofit that provides front-line medical services to this remote community. You'll find more details about this project, including how to purchase the book, in the attached press release (above). We would be thrilled if you would let your readers, listeners and viewers know that they can purchase and enjoy this keepsake, and support an important community institution at the same time. I should mention that quantities are limited -- fewer than 300 copies remain.

211 Service in Operation in Charlevoix County



Peaine Township Meeting of August 8, 2012

Video of the entire meeting may be viewed HERE

Bird Festival Feasibility Study and Comments

Invasive Species Summit

Video of the summit can be viewed HERE

Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial

View the Tribute to Veterans Video

2012 MAD Camp Performance

Almost fifty MAD Camp participants joined fourteent MAD Camp staffers for another wonderful music, art, and drama camp. It is amazing to see the final performance of these talented teachers and talented youngsters. The link to the final MAD Camp Performance for 2012 is HERE. 

Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act Presentation

The scheduled presentation covering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meeting Act (OMA) took place at Peaine Township Hall, yesterday, May 23, 2012. The presentation was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m., but the questions extended past 4:20 p.m. This presentation was given by Robin Luce Herrmann. Ms. Herrmann is a lawyer who represents the press in FOIA and OMA court actions. She had previously represented the Petoskey News Review (PNR) in a court case after the PNR was denied a FOIA request from the Charelvoix County Prosecutor. The PNR won this court action. The Charlevoix County Prosecutor had been asked to come give this presentation, but no mutually acceptable date had been determined.

Robin Luce Herrmann provided a large amount of information about many aspects of both of these acts and answered several questions related to these specific pieces of law including court decisions and Attorney Generals opinions.

Video of the Presentations Can Be Viewed HERE

Mute Swan Presentation, Bike Trails, and Garden Island Indian Cemetary

At the Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee meeting tonight, May 21,2012, there were three presentations lasting just over an hour all together. These presentations included the mute swan presentation that basically showed the invasive species designation, and how to tell the invasive from the native swans. The second presentation was a short presentation and discussion about designating some trails on Beaver Island as bike trails. The third presentation was an introduction to the Indian Cemetary on Garden Island and the destruction taking place.

Video of all three presentations can be viewed HERE

St James Township Board Meeting, September 5, 2012

Link to Video HERE

WMC Links

Meeting Dates

New Prices for Transfer Station

NRESC Has Its Own Website

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meetings Schedule for 2012

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

B I Community Center Activities


Recycling Info

Visit the Charlevoix Recycling Website for more information

Notre Dame Professor leads study into Beaver Island's Irish Heritage

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

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!


STONEY & the PUB SPECIALS Sep 10th -16th

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL

*Thurs/ BEARS & PACKERS @ 8




TUES - its $2 Tuesday in the PUB…ALL Domestic BEER OR 10oz DRAFTS!

WED - is WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY …ALL Wine $1 off a Glass & $3 off a Bottle…in Stoney or the PUB!

THURS – THIRSTY THURSDAY…Stoney Long Island's, Beaver Island Punch OR

Proper Draft Pints…ALL 20oz. BIG and $1 off!





Complimentary HOT DOG Buffet Noon-5pm…AND… JIM'S HOMEMADE PIZZA 5-8:30!

Good Times with Good Friends…

Our best to you,

Stoney & Staff


Regular Meeting—Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 7:00 PM

AGENDA (draft)

•  Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance

2. Public Comment and Agenda --

a. Receive Public Comments

b. Review, Revise if Needed, Approve Agenda

3. Review, Revise-if-Needed, Approve Minutes—August 8, 2012 Board Meeting

August 14, 2012 Special Board Meeting and August 24, 2012 Joint Township Special Board Meeting

4. Review and Approve bills for payment

•  Review statement of work performed by deputy officers

•  Discuss any questions regarding bills submitted for approval

5. Presentation – Little Traverse Conversancy/Prudential Preferred on Fox LakeProperty

6. Commissions, Committees and Boards

a. Posting vacancy for Human Services Commission – Term Ending 9/30/2015

7. Township Updates

a. Emergency Medical Services Agreement – Expected signing this week

8. Special Meeting to set 2013 – 2014 Millage Rates - September 26, 2012

9 . Financial Reports

10. Public Comments

11. Adjourn

Please Attend the Next Regular Board Meeting, October 10, 2012—7:00 PM

Short Trip on the Island

Ride around Whiskey Point to Gull Harbor, and eagle soaring and cormorants

Ride down to Barney's Lake

Ride back from Fox Lake in the road

Off Sloptown Road

Last Mixed Doubles Outing of 2012

The day was a wonderful sunny day with a north, northeast wind blowing at about 10 mph. The five teams began playing at 1:30 pm on Sunday, September 9, 2012. The match was a Pinehurst modified model with both male a female hitting a drive on every hole. Then the two would switch balls for the second stroke. Once two hits had taken place, the rest of the hole was played as a best ball competition.

The winners of the outing were Frank Solle and Nel Worsfold with an excellent score of 38. Second place went to Doris and Lars Larsen, 41, with a tie for third with a score of 42. Congratulations to Frank and Nel for another win! (Photo from Frank Solle)

September 8, 2012, End of Season Party

This gathering took place at the Niehaus' new hangar built out on Welke Airport. With no way to count the number of attendees at this 'show the hangar,' anniversary,' and 'end of the season' party, the very rough estimate of four hundred attendees will be provided. Paul and Liz, always friendly and congenial, gave opening remarks, and the eating began. This is the island's favorite type of gathering with many different salads, snacks, and with several choices of meat including hot dogs, brats, barbecue pulled pork, and many, many deserts. Coffee, lemonade, and water were also provided with additional refreshments being BYOB. The following photos were snapped very early on to give an idea of the atmosphere of the party before the music began.

Thank you, Paul and Liz, for a wonderful, old-fashioned, hangar party!

Governor orders flags lowered September 10

to honor Pfc. Shane Cantu of Corunna

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff within the state Capitol Complex and at state buildings, grounds and facilities throughout Michigan in honor of Army Pfc. Shane Cantu, of Corunna, on Monday, Sept. 10. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Wednesday, Sept. 12, as they will remain lowered on Tuesday, Sept. 11 in honor of Patriot Day.

Cantu, 20, died Aug. 28 in Afghanistan. He was a member of the U.S. Army, 1st Battalion, 503 rd Infantry Regiment, 173 rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

“Pfc. Cantu made the ultimate sacrifice in service to this country, and he will forever be remembered as a hero by the community of Corunna and the entire Great Lakes State,” said Snyder. “I extend heartfelt condolences to his parents, sisters and entire family during this time.”

Cantu was a 2010 graduate of Corunna High School, where he was a three-year starter on the football team. He attended Adrian College before joining the Army, and was based in Germany and Italy prior to service in Afghanistan.

Cantu was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal and Army Good Conduct Meal posthumously. His other awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon. Cantu received the NATO Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge posthumously. He also received the Parachutist Badge, Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge and the Overseas Service Bar.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Nelson-House Funeral Home in Owosso. The funeral service will be 5 p.m. Monday at Corunna High School's Nick Annese Field.

This flag order is in accordance with Executive Order 2006-10, III.B.3 . Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.

Men's Fall Golf League

1 7 Jeff-Ryan 35 12 63 177 35.40
2 8 John-Doug 35 17 63 183 36.60
3 4 Travis-Gerald 36 15 59 194 38.80
4 5 Bob-Stan 41 15 57 200 40.00
5 1 Ernie-Chuck 43 3 54 191 38.20
6 9 Joe-Buck 35 10 53 186 37.20
7 3 Frank-John 37 8 50 186 37.20
8 2 Ron S.-David 46 7 45 222 44.40
9 6 Rob-Dan 36 13 45 198 39.60
10 10 Francis-Larry 47 5 43 220 44.00
Team #8 beat Team #1 17-3
Team #6 beat Team #2 13-7
Team #7 beat Team #3 12-8
Team #4 beat Team #5 15-5
Team #5 beat Team #10 15-5
Team #6 tied Team #9 10-10
Team #1 vs Team #6
Team #2 vs Team #8
Team #8 vs Team #10
Team #3 vs Team #5
Team #4 vs Team #7
Team #7 vs Team #9

October is Full of Flavor & Color on Beaver Island

( BEAVER ISLAND , Mich ) – The weekend of October 6 will be among the most colorful, recreational and flavorful on Beaver Island .

Beginning at 10am at the historic Print Shop, the Island Boodle 5k Run takes participants through scenic St. James, along the waterfront and back through wooded trails during one of the most beautiful times of year. Benefitting Island Sports Boosters, the event draws serious runners as well as families, many with babies in strollers and four-legged friends.

The boodle is started with a canon firing from a Civil War replica canon. It's for runners, walkers, and bikers.

As Mother Nature paints the trees in vibrant shades of reds, yellows and oranges, the island's amateur and professional chefs will be serving up tasteful samples of seasonal treats during the 11 th Annual Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival . Enjoy bite size bits of everything from soups and pizzas and other specialty fare, all at affordable prices. Activities will be held from 1-4pm at the Holy Cross Hall.

The Holy Cross Hall gets packed with those wanting to try the many delicacies.

Also part of the day's festivities is an Arts & Crafts Show will take place at the Community Center from 11am-4pm and an “Apple Pie Contest” at Holy Cross Hall at 1:30pm. During the evening, the island's pubs will be offering live music and entertainment.

Once on the island – whether participating in the Boodle or Bite of Beaver – visitors will find plenty of fall colors and natural activity to keep busy. The West Michigan Tourist Association features a Beaver Island Color Tour Route as one of 26 on its website:

Starting at the ferry dock in downtown St. James, turn right at the Ace Hardware. Turn left at the top of the hill onto The Kings Highway heading south out of town. Turn left on McCauley's Road. Turn right on East Side Drive. At the south end of the island it becomes West Side . Don't forget to stop and visit the Lighthouse just before Iron Ore Bay . Cross the 4-way intersection onto Paid Een Ogs Road . Turn left onto The Kings Hwy back to town.

Beaver Island's fall colors are spectacular and occur a little later than on the mainland because of the temperature moderation brought about by Lake Michigan, says Steve West, Director of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce. By early October, colors should be making a spectacular show – just in time for the Island Boodle and Bite of Beaver.

Overnight rooms during the fall season on Beaver Island start at $75/night and Oak Wood Condos is offering two-bedroom suites (with kitchen and living areas) starting at $95/night.

Getting to Beaver Island is easy. The Beaver Island Boat Company runs through December, with limited runs in the early and late season. The 32-mile ride takes approximately two hours. Participants of the Island Boodle can get a discounted fare – at just $40/roundtrip for adults and $20/roundtrip for children. Fresh Air Aviation and Island Airways also both provide plane service to the island. All three services operate out of Charlevoix.

Those searching for a truly removed up-north destination will find it on Beaver Island , one of the purist four-season vacation destinations in Michigan . When it comes to natural escapes, nothing compares to America 's Emerald Isle – Beaver Island . For more information, call 231-448-2505 or log onto www.BeaverIsland.org .



Health and Human Services Fair

The Health and Human Services Fair will take place on Friday, September 28, 2012 from 1 pm to 6 pm at the Beaver Island Community School. There will be many on-island and off-island organizations present (like Beaver Island EMS and the Food Pantry, as well as the Charlevoix County Community Foundation and the Women's Resource Center. The gathering of organizations is all about offering you information that can benefit you financially, emotionally, and physically. Also, Charlevoix Area Hospital will provide some on-the-spot services like free cholesterol screening that requires no fasting and gives you results in 10 minutes.
Some of your Beaver Island neighbors will be there to give talks as well. To name just a couple: Andy Kohls will provide good insights into care for pets--such close companions for many people. Also, Brad Grassmick will talk about heart health, dissecting an elk heart in the process.
Stop by just after lunch, when you pick your students up from school, right before dinner. There will be something helpful and interesting there for everyone.
Please send any questions about this upcoming event to Adam Richards at 448.2067 or adamanos@gmail.com

From Holy Cross Parish Council

Effective May 23, 2012

Summer Mass Schedule for Holy Cross Church

Sunday: 10:00am

Saturday: 5:30pm

Monday and Tuesday and Saturday Mass: 9:00am

Friday Mass: 12:00pm: with Holy Hour Following

Other Liturgies

Rosary before weekday Masses and on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00am

Confession is heard Saturday from 3:00 to 3:30pm

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

BIRHC Board Meetings in 2012

September 15

November 17

All meetings held at the BIRHC Education Room at 9:30 a.m.

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Announces

2012 Meeting Schedule

At 2 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School

The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.

September 20, 2012

October 18, 2012

November 15, 2012

Members: Mary Cook (Char-Em HSC), Donna Kubic (BIRHC), Bob Tidmore (AmVets), Alice Belfy/Adam Richards (BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.)

NRESC Meeting Dates Determined

September 8, Saturday, from 10-4 for meeting with MSU facilitators to continue the planning process.

Monday September 17, 7 pm, for next regular meeting of the NRESC.

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My Walk to Heaven by Jim Heit

(photos and story by Jim Heit)

My walk to heaven, a Trilogy, my story, but more importantly, a story about us as members of the human race.

The Mackinac Bridge, the third longest suspension bridge in world, connects the lower and upper peninsula in the state of Michigan. I have driven over it, sailed under it, but never had the opportunity to walk it, until this year. This required me to leave my Beaver Island home and head back to America(the mainland).

That accomplished, it was soon the early morning of the event. A 4:00am wake up call, out the door by 5:00am,  driving from Charlevoix to  Mackinaw City  and arriving in the darkness of 6:00am. Feeling lucky, we soon found the staging area for our bus which would take us north across the bridge. From there we would walk back in the southbound lane. The walk, which officially started at 7:00am, was delayed by the Governor's speech.

Even though we were out of range of the loudspeakers, one of the Governors "handlers" came to our bus driver and ask her to shut off the engine so that we might hear the speech. I did not want my fellow passengers wondering what was being said, so I took it upon myself to telepathically deliver his message. This is a summary: You shall expect to see a chicken in every pot, jobs for all, student loans forgiven, mortgages paid off, free health insurance, no more wars, and of course neighbors and in-laws that you can get along with. WOW, this as the  billboards proclaim, Pure Michigan! A rousing cheer went up!, you got my vote! I was indeed in the promised land, just like in Mose's time.

My encounters: Our bus driver was a delightful middle age women, who loved her job and her kids, but never the less was headed to college. School was to start Tuesday. the fourth, and we were her warm up act. This is where it all started; the nonstop next two hours of laughter. Info: There are 150 school buses, 50 people to a bus, times 9 trips = 67,000 bodies.

I, Jim, have an alter ego called The Red Shoe Walker.

When the occasion calls for it, I become him and me; an ambassador of joy and laughter. Well, the journey was underway with a search for the youngest and the oldest,  the most infirmed, and the most far out. I found them all in the next two hours. First up was a woman in her eighty's using a walker, and actually shuffling her feet. She was with her great granddaughter. I politely ask her age; with a smile, and her eyes sparkling; she said, "Sonny, I'm thirty nine!" My eyes watered; and I told her she was an inspiration! What did she do for me?; she called me Sonny! Imagine that; at my age! We did indeed serve one another at that moment in time.

Next up was a man with a big Macawon his shoulder. I had to inquire; what keeps him from flying off? He replied that he found him on the street, was unemployed,  took him in, and would never fly off. I can't imagine those huge claws digging in for five miles. This was the man's ninth trip, but a first for the bird. Animals are not allowed on the walk; so it was definitely an illegal!

In the next moment I heard some complaining behind me. There were three teenagers, with one of them from Germany. This was her first time in America, and she was getting tired from too much walking and texting. As a peacemaker, The Red Shoe Walker went into action. He offered to push or pull, but that wasn't getting anywhere. Plan two: I suggested a picture of yourself crossing the finish line and posting it on Facebook! Now I spoke to her in her language and suddenly she wasn't tired any more. That girl went!

Next: One of many Michigan National Guardsman(picture) on duty. I shook his hand and thanked him for helping keep us safe. He appreciated that acknowledgement.

Next: A four year old boy Imagine how many steps those short leg's had to take to keep up. Maybe the equivalent of fifteen miles? More inspiration!

Next: The center span; Could this be the end? Is it my time to depart? There was NO wind, and the sun was shinning brightly; but the cables holding the bridge up looked like they were being plucked by a giant hand. I was in southern California in the nineteen eighties when the Northridge earthquake hit; and this was just like that. People starting walking like they were drunk; and try as I might, I could not help staggering. People looked around at each other with disbelief. Could this be the road to heaven? I was at peace and was laughing like a kid on a amusement park ride. Whoopee, are you ready for me God? Well, it was just not our time.

Next: The Red Shoe Walker finally meets Superman and Spiderman. It was a brief encounter with each of us encouraging each other to keep up the good work as down the road we went.

Next: There were people(picture) on top of the beam that connect the two towers five hundred feet above the water. They were everyday people like you and I. I ask a Army Captain for permission to climb, but alas, he said not at this time. Inspiration! Not now, but later?

Next: A blind lady with the appropriate cane walking alone. A person in a wheelchair also.

And so it went.......We all got our certificates, and now the real challenge, how do we find the car?

The consensuses, was follow the crowd; except the crowd went a zillion different directions! We picked one, and you guessed it, it was the wrong one! And so we went around and around in this maze, eventually I appointed  my sister- in - law as chief scout. I called her Tonto. She wasn't honored, and eventually quit, parking her you know what on the nearest bench. Ask, just ask, she said. This I did, but to no avail. Usually the response was don't ask me, I'm lost also. We knew if we eventually came across a large body of water(Lake Huron) that we would not flounder forever, and so it was. Our five mile journey had now become seven or eight, but our spirits never faltered. The required t-shirt and fudge shopping was next with many choices. It went very well with finding them all in the same store. It was staffed with teenage girls from India, good looking, with a ton of charm to go with it. They were selling, and I needed to be convinced. It was then game on, and a fun game it was. It was smile vs. smile, and I was determined to win. At one point I went over the top, bent over the counter, looked into her eyes, and said, you have very beautiful eyes, and I love your smile; but no. She then cheated, smiled back, and stuffed yet another sample of fudge into my mouth. Agh; not fair at all!

The bottom line you ask? I got the equivalent of a purchase in free samples; but ended up buying two t-shirts when all I need was one. We all "won" and the prize was in the exchange of the joy and laughter. Tonto was back on the job, and we were back on Interstate 75 within five minutes. I turned on Tom Tom, my GPS, with the voice of the English lady Mandy guiding us down the road. She is bossy, but I love her accent. The passenger count on the ferry back was sparse; twelve, out of a possible three hundred, so it was stretch out and take a nap time.

I can hardly wait until next year, when we as a large group of people, different, but ultimately the same, come together to once again to share that five mile stretch of laughter and joy on a bridge called The Mighty Mac. Pure Michigan at its finest. Thanks to my brother Don, and his wife Mary(Tonto) for making this experience possible.

Love to all,

I am Jim, aka. The Red Shoe Walker

PS My dog Katie, and cat Gracie  were in bed waiting for me, with questions where have you been? We have been keeping the bed warm for you!

BIEMS Receives Thank You Letter

Click on the image above to view the Thank You Letter

Notes from August Focus Groups

The NRESC with Michigan State help offered opportunities on August 1 and August 2 for the "summer people" to have input into the plan that will eventually be developed for the natural resources of Beaver Island. The following is the list of items suggested by those attending these focus groups:

Click on the above document to view the notes from the August Focus Groups

Winner of the Car in BIRHC Raffle

The raffle winner for the BIRHC Car Raffle was one of three hundred sixty-one tickets sold. The lucky lady was Jeanne Gillespie! Congratulations, Jeanne!

It's a Boy!

(The best birth announcement seen in a long time)

"My son RYLEY EDWARD MAUDRIE finally decided to come join us this morning at 4:04 am weighing in at 6 lbs. 0 oz.., 18 1/2 " long. Briana (Maudrie) had 18 hours of anxious waiting and alot of pain. a couple scares, but Ryley's healthy as can be and seems to be a very happy baby so far,." posted Rob Coffell on facebook.

Serious Dry Spell Obvious Looking at Barney's Lake

It's been really dry on Beaver Island for quite a long while. The Font Lake pictures below made it essential to check out Barney's Lake, and what was found is not very pretty. This is a definite drought and the inland lakes as well as Lake Michigan seem to reflect the seriousness as you view the shorelines of each.

From the top of the hill...

Panorama from the bottom of the hill at the shoreline...

From near the boat launch looking right, looking down, looking left..

Looking at the south end of Barney's Lake..

The question of the day is this: Where's the water?

Kenwabikise Memorial Service at Whiskey Point

A memorial service for John Paul Kenwabikise, Kenneth David Kenwabikise, and Dennis Michael Kenwabikise was held at Whiskey Point beginning at 11:30 am today, September 2, 2012. This is the 30th anniversary of this very sad day in the history of Beaver Island. These three Kenwabikise boys left this earth on September 2, 1982. (Pictures by Phyllis Moore. The editor was on an emergency page from the memorial service.)

Kathleen McNamara welcomed everyone to the memorial service.

Brian Cole provided the remembrance.

Sheri Timsak read the Poem Do Not Stand on My Grave and Weep.

Pat Nugent read a scripture and gave a prayer.

Simon Kenwabikise place a wreath made by Heidi Vigil.

Wreath at Whiskey Point

Video of the Memorial Service


Beach Cleanup

Everyone meets at the Community Center at 9am on Saturday, September 15, 2012, for bags and data cards. Return with collected trash and items by noon for a free hotdog lunch. Sponsored by the Beaver Island Association. Call Ken McDonald (2981) with questions or to get supplies early.

Font Lake Water Level Down


Any doubt we are in a drought?

The New Panty Tree

Without having any real information about its purpose or possible joke, a quick trip out to the St. James Township Campground will reveal some women's panties up in a couple of trees. Here is what was found:

Any possible explanations will be considered!

The Blue Moon Isn't Blue

Daytime pictures on August 31, 2012

A few photos taken at the playground or Whiskey Point demonstrate the possibilities, but the second full month of the month of August is what makes the name Blue Moon. Enjoy!

Trying to get the moon inside the lighthouse glass......Moon almost all the way above the lighthouse...Moon inside the lighthouse windows

Making the First Licensed Air Transport Flight

The two on-call EMS personnel to make the very first licensed emergency air transport flight for Beaver Island EMS were Paramedic Shirley Curtis and EMT Vince Pickardt. The patient was flown off the island in less than an hour and arrived at the most appropriate facility in a very short period of time. Congratulations, Shirley and Vince! Congratulations, BIEMS Executive Director Danielle Dedloff and Beaver Island EMS for finally achieving this lofty goal!

Shirley Curtis, paramedic....Vince Pickardt, EMT

BICS Newsletter

BICS Volleyball Home Games August 24, 2012

Beaver Island News on the 'Net streamed the entire double volleyball match between Maplewood Baptist and Beaver Island. There were two glitches during this process. The first two games did not have sound, but the last six games were just about as perfect as possible with the equipment used. Thanks to BICS for the Internet access because it couldn't be streamed live on the Internet without their Internet access.

More than one hundred people (from more than 100 different IP addresses) viewed the live streaming video of these matches. Some quotes were "fantastic," "amazing," "Thanks for the live coverage News on the 'Net."

State/Region Uniques %
MI, United States 75
WI, United States 36
FL, United States 1
AK, United States 1
DC, United States 1
AZ, United States 1
CA, United States 1
MA, United States 1

The Lady Islanders won both matches 3 games to 1 and 3 games to 1.

Link to Video of Match 1

Link to Video of Match 2

Getting ready for the game, Tim, Rick, Kerry, and Heather

The team members are introduced

At a time out............ Olivia serves

The following pictures are by Frank Solle. Thanks Frank, for your great pictures!

Beaver Island Volleyball Schedule 2012

  (Home Game**)












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.

Career Opportunity for Nurse Practitioner

A unique opportunity to live and work on a beautiful island located 32 miles from Charlevoix, Michigan accessible by ferry and air service

The position

•  - Collaborative practice with another NP in a new beautiful health clinic

•  -Clinic hours, an eight hour shift, three days a week

•  -On-call coverage shared between the two practitioners who work together on developing schedules (minimal amount of monthly calls)

•  -An opportunity to know and treat patients of all ages, providing primary health care, managing chronic and acute problems and developing wellness programs

•  -Provide emergency services in collaboration with the EMS

•  -Collaborate with off-island physician on appropriateness of care

•  -Benefit Package:

•  -Rural Site Qualifies for student loan repayment

The Community

•  -A safe, friendly, small-town atmosphere on the largest inhabited island in the Great Lakes with a year round population of 650 and summer tourist season with a boom of thousands of visitors

•  -Beach walking, hiking trails, kayaking, canoeing, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, All Within Your Backyard!

•  -Drive to work in 5-15 minutes, with no traffic

•  -Family First Atmosphere, with three churches and an excellent K-12 public school with small teacher-student ratios, new building under construction and strong support in the community for funding

•  -A nine-hole golf course where you can play without lines and reservations

•  -Best prices on Lake Michigan frontage in the State

Beaver Island Rural Health Center

PO Box 146, Beaver Island, MI 49782 

Donna Kubic, Managing Director 231-448-2275, e mail donna@birhc.org

BICS Welcomes New Employees

Peaine Special Meeting, August 14, 2012

Watch Video HERE

BIEMS Receives License

Beaver Island EMS stated that they could have the air transport service licensed within 30 days of receiving the pieces of information needed. On July 12, 2012, at the Joint Township Board Meeting, both boards approved the contract and the license application was sent in very shortly after that meeting with the required information. The BIEMS agency was inspected, the aircraft was inspected along with the required equipment, and one of the ambulances was also inspected. Verbal approval to operate was received one week ago, and the actual license was mailed and postmarked on August 10, 2012. BIEMS has met the 30-day-promise, and here is the proof:


BIEMS Has Licensed Air Transport Vehicle

On Monday, August 6, 2012, at 12:41 PM, Danielle Dedloff received an e-mail from Lori Lynn, State of Michigan, EMS Division, stating that the State has approved the Island Airways Britten Norman Islander, N866JA, as an ALS transport vehicle for Beaver Island EMS

Beaver island EMS fleet now includes 1- Basic Life -Support transport vehicle, 1- Advance Life -Support transport vehicle, 1- Advance Life -Support non-transport vehicle, and 1- Advance Life -Support AIR TRANSPORT Vehicle.

Congratulations to Beaver Island EMS for this approval!

BIEMS Licensing Air Transport Vehicle

The timeline for accomplishing this task moved forward quite quickly once an agreement was reached at the Joint Township Board Meeting on July 12, 2012. On July 16th Island Airways provided the proof of insurance document, the last piece of paper needed to mail in the licensure application packet. On July 17th, the application packet was mailed to the State of Michigan EMS Division.

Gerald LaFreniere, Danielle Dedloff, Donna Kubic, and Joe Moore pose for a picture of success!

On August 3, 2012, Jay Peck, as representative of Bob Struck of UPEMS Corporation, arrived on the aircraft.

Jay Peck, Director of EMS from East Jordan and UPEMS board member

The equipment necessary for licensing was sitting in the hangar awaiting the inspection.

The equipment list is verfified. All equipment is present for licensure.

All equipment is present and accounted for, Sir!

The paperwork for the inspection was completed by noon on August 3, 2012. Also inspected at the EMS office was the BIEMS agency paperwork and the non-transporting emergency response vehicle. The paperwork was faxed immediately to UPEMS, verified by the Director of UPEMS, Bob Struck, and faxed down to Lansing for the EMS Division of the Department of Community Health.

The Island Airways aircraft identification number

Approval to begin operations will most likely be received on Monday, August 6, 2012. The BIEMS agency and the aircraft have completed all necessary steps to become licensed as an air transport vehicle.

Congratulations to Island Airways, Beaver Island EMS, and the Committee appointed by the two townships for a job well done!

Timeline of Events in Negotiations for Air Ambulance

The following document was provided to BINN from BIEMS to indicate the efforts to successfully negotiate an agreement with the air transport provider. The major item not agreed upon is the lease fee for the aircraft. The air transport provider wants to share the income for these emergency flights on a 50-50 basis. BIEMS wantss to pay a flat fee---at least that is what was stated by Jack Gallagher at the Peaine Township Meeting on July 11, 2012.

Click HERE to view the BIEMS timeline

Forestview Apartments for Rent

There are three apartments for rent at Forestview Apartments. This senior housing project is right next door to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center and right across the street from Stoney Acre Grill and Donegal Danny's Pub. The video below shows the apartment that is designed from someone who is physically handicapped or otherwise handicapped, but the other apartments have the same basic layout.


Tax Payer Contributions by Township

This comparison chart is being presented for clarity:

Comparison of taxes paid by St. James and Peaine Taxpayers for Joint Projects for $80,000 Taxable Value

Funded agency

St. James taxpayer pays

Peaine taxpayer pays

St. James taxpayer pays approximately this much more

BI Fire Department

.9643 x 80,000 = $77.14 .6637 x 80,000 = $53.10


BI Rural Health Center

2.000 x 80,000 =$160.00

2.000 x 80,000 = $160.00

same amount

BI Airport

0.9014 x 80,000 = $72.11

0.6204 x 80,000 = $49.63


BI Transfer Station

1.4464 x 80,000 = $115.71

0.9955 x 80,000 = $79.64


BI Emergency Medical Svc

0.9948 x 80,000 = $79.58

0.6847 x 80,000 = $54.78


BI Historical Society

0.2347 x 80,000 = $18.78

0.1615 x 80,000 = $12.92


Two editorials on this subject by Joe Moore:

Equity in Tax Bills

How Serious is the Inequity

The information below is reprinted from a previous editorial on Beaver Island News on the 'Net by Joe Moore:

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 millage

Peaine millage

BI Fire Department



BI Rural Health Center



BI Airport



BI Transfer Station



BI Emergency Medical Svc



BI Historical Society



St James pays 6.5316 mills and Peaine pays 5.1258 mills for jointly funded operations.

St. James taxpayers pay 1.4058 mills more than Peaine taxpayers for jointly funded operations.

Why should a St. James Township property owner have to pay more tax dollars for jointly funded operations than any Peaine Township property owner?

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.

St. James individual taxpayers are paying between 31.17% and 45.28% higher taxes for the jointly funded operations.

At this Special Peaine Township Meeting of March 31, 2012, Bill Markey suggested that perhaps St. James Township should decrease their millages instead of having Peaine increase their millages for joint projects. This certainly will not work since the amount of money raised by St. James Township is just matched by Peaine Township, so the inequity of individual taxpayers will just continue. If St. James decreased its funding, Peaine would just match that decrease. If this cycle continued, the organizations trying to provide services to Beaver Island would eventually have no money to fulfill their mission.

It is Joe Moore's position that any jointly funded accounts should be taxed equally based upon equal millage, so that each Beaver Island taxpayer is paying the same amount of millage tax for the jointly funded operations. Joe Moore's request made at the Special Meeting of March 31, 2012, was to have the Peaine Township Board reflect and consider the fairness of these tax rates for jointly funded operations.

Equity in Tax Bills

Why should a St. James Township property owner have to pay more tax dollars for jointly funded operations than any Peaine Township property owner?

How Serious is the Inequity