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Library News 9-16-10

While this has been a very busy summer for the Beaver Island District Library, things are beginning to slow up a bit now that Labor Day is just a memory. Stop in and see the September display case focused on the needlework of board member Krys Lyle.

During the summer we've had many old friends stop in, some who haven't been back to the island in years. They are always surprised by what our small library has to offer patrons. The back garden and music room receive many ooohs and ahhhs while the fact that we are now automated, with an online catalog, amazes them also. Equally, the Langford and Banghart families are owed the deepest appreciation for all they have done.

Very, very special thanks go to Mrs. Connie Wojan for giving us another wonderful summer of Story Time. The little ones absolutely love her, her stories, and the imaginative art projects. The children have made everything from giant turnips and mice to firebirds during craft time! We look forward to 2011 and Mrs. Wojan's return with new tales and projects. Just as deserving is Pam Moxham for all the tender, loving care she's given all the flowers and plants around the library. They looked spectacular this summer and we can hardly wait to see what will be blooming next year.

Due to the tremendous increase in computer usage, we have jumped our speed from 3 megabytes to 10, which helped eliminate the drag that was occurring in the afternoons. We have also added battery backup for our servers which has been a lifesaver when the power flickers.

An abundant supply of new books are on our shelves, many on the New York Bestseller Lists, both children's and adults. Just inside the front door to the library is a printout of the Bestseller list with items we own marked. If what you want is already checked out, let us know and we'll put a hold on it so that the next time it comes in, it'll be saved for you. If you are a year ‘round patron we can interloan items that we don't have on our own shelves however, you must know the title and author for us to do so.

Grand totals for the summer season were:

JUNE 2010

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New Cards


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Now that school has started and homework assignments are starting to appear, don't forget to check out our website at http://beaverisland.michlibrary.org where you can easily find homework helper links. You can also search, and reserve, books via our online catalog link. Just use the number at the bottom of your library card and register. You must be a registered user to reserve/check out items. If you don't have a library card yet, stop inand we'll get you all set up. It's an easy, painless process that only takes a couple minutes.

The Beaver Island Health & Human Services Fair

The Beaver Island Health and Human Services Fair was held on September 16th , from 2pm-7pm at Gregg Fellowship Hall with speakers in the Christian Church as well.. There were many on- and off-island organizations present to provide you with information that could help you physically, financially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Adam Richard Introduction to the Health Fair followed by Island Groups


Familiar Faces

There were lots of familiar faces at the health fair. These taken below are just a few of the participants in the health fair that live right here on Beaver Island.

Pan of the crowd and interviews from off-Island groups


Soon to Become Familiar Faces

The people from the mainland came to the Island to make certain that we realized that Charlevoix and Emmet Counties have services that are available to us. We even had the chance to do some networking with these visitors as you can see by the final picture with Judi Meister having a serious conversation.


Second clip of off-Island groups


Wendy White DDS


BIEMS Ambulance Tour


Bite of Beaver Island Update

Nine (9) Chef Tables have been sold as of 9-16. Twelve tables is the absolute maximum possible within the space. Chef and Craft / Art entry forms for the October 2 Bite of Beaver Island . Forms can be picked up at the Chamber office or found on line here:

Chef http://www.beaverisland.org/chef-form.pdf

Craft http://www.beaverisland.org/craft-form.pdf

Space is limited. First come first table choice. The food will be at Holy Cross Hall and Crafts will be at the Community Center. The entry fee is $30.00

Island Boodle 5K entry forms can be picked up in the Chamber office or found here:



Chef: Steve West (231) 448-2505
Craft: Ann Partridge (231) 448-2022

Video to No Longer Be Available

As previously reported on this website, the MotionBox video company has gone out of business and the company was sold to a another company that will not be supporting the videos placed on this website from January 2010 until the end of July 2010. The videos numbered over 700 clips during this period of time. There is no way that this editor can take the time to download, upload, and recode these 700 video clips on each of the pages during that period of time. So, unfortunately, the videos taken during this period of time and placed on MotionBox will no longer be available after October 31, 2010.

BINN immediately upon the sale of MotionBox, began to place video on a different streaming video server. For those that don't have any experience in video, one hour of video takes approximately twelve hours from capture, through editing, then uploading, then coding pages, and finally you have the video clips available. If only the work did not have to be done over again, the videos would be kept available for you in the archives. But, alas, there are not enough hours in the day to redo seven months of video for archives. The time to do this would be measured in months, not days or hours. We apologize for any inconvenience. We hope you will understand the huge amount of effort and the lack of time to redo these pages.

We will continue to do video clips for this website, hopefully expanding the meetings, the events, and the news that takes place on Beaver Island. We will attempt to bring you, our subscribers, "Today's news as close to today as possible." Unfortunately, yesterday's news in the form of video clips will not be available after October 31, 2010.

Beaver Islander Versus Hannahville at Hannahville

Some believe that sports results should only be reported after a successful match. BINN believes that our efforts at sports are just as important as the results. Some believe that success only comes with winning, and, of course, that is the measure in professional sports. The success in high school sports also needs to be measured in the positive outcomes of conditioning, social interactions with other athletes, and pure enjoyment of the game(s). No matter the final score, Beaver Island Community School athletes are winners! So did Beaver Island win against Hannahville in soccer this past weekend?

The answer to the questions is a simple "no," and the scores, if the only thing considered, show that the Islanders loss was large. Friday night the Islanders lost with a score of 7 to 1. Saturday morning. the Islanders loss with a score of 8 to 0. Without any video of the games, there really is no way to review the many positive occurences in these games by the Islanders. This editor knows that there must have been some wonderful team outcomes during these games even if the Islanders did not win. The real positives that come from having the lower scores included the ability to accept the "defeat" with good sportsmanship and to concentrate on the positives that did occur. Most of us on the Island will be out there watching your home games and being involved in your successes no matter how small. Of course, we will be sad for you if you do not have the winning score, but we will still be there to support you, win or lose.

The moral to the above rambling is that success can measured in many ways. In volleyball it is much easier to see the successes because of the scoring differences between the games of soccer and volleyball. Every point in volleyball is a success, and the team with the most successes wins the game. The team with the most successful games wins the match, but each and every point does represent a success. Unfortunately in soccer, nothing is there to measure the good attempts at scoring a goal. The only thing measured in a soccer match is the number of goals.

So, let us dwell on the successes in volleyball. Friday night in Game 1:, Beaver Island had 25 successes and Hannnahville had 22, so the Islanders won the first game. In Game 2, Hannahville had 25 and the Islanders had 19 successes, so Hannahville won the second game.In Game 3: HV 25 BI 16. In Game 4: HV 25 BI 21. So even with 81 successes, Beaver Island lost the match on Friday night.

On Saturday morning, the opposite occurred. Beaver Island had 100 successes, which was enough for them to win the match and three of the four games. In Game 1, BI 25 HV 15. In Game 2, HV 25 BI 15. In Game 3, BI 25 HV 22. In Game 4, BI 25 HV 13. While some will continue to measure these with "who won the match," others will see the successes and ignore the final outcome. Which are you, one who views the outcome only, or one who measures successes along the way?

Golfers for Emmalee

This fundraising effort took place on Sunday, September 11, 2010, at the Beaver Island Golf Course. It was certainly a beautiful day for golf even if it was windy. So beautiful in fact that a few participants were out practicing and not present for the above photo taken by Frank Solle.

Video Pan of the participants  

The teams were placed in two flights with one flight's teams being handicapped.   The results of both flights were very close, an indication of some very good golf being played.

This is just another example of how much Beaver Island people are willing to combine a fundraising effort with a beautiful, but windy, day outside on Beaver Island. Forty people joined in to have some fun and to help raise money to cover some of the expenses for the Emmalee Antkoviak family.


Flight #1: Actual score plus handicap equals score for places.

1st Place:

Jeff Mestelle-Ryan Smith-Chuck Carpenter-Ernie Martin 33 + 4 = 37

2nd Place Tie:

Doris Larson-Lars Larson-Ruth Igoe-Pete Igoe 38 + 0 - 38

Pete LoDico-John Runberg-Fred Rheem-Bob Evans 37 + 1 = 38

3rd Place Tie:

Bob Simpson-Ron Wojan-Annette Dashielle-Nel Worsfold 37 +2 = 39

Joe Moore-Frank Solle-Larry Kubic-Buck Ridgeway 36 +3 = 39

Flight #2:

1st Place:

John Works-Carolyn Works-Jerry LaFreniere-Sharon Scamehorn 39

2nd Place:

Paul Welke-Angel Welke-Mary Delameter-Ben Delameter 41

3rd Place:

Eric Hodgson-Dana Hodgson-Liam Hodgson-Jean Gillespie 42

4th Place:

Shirley Sowa-Audry Bielman-Chris Heika-Mary Ann Ridgeway 52 

The team of Meg Works-Ron Marsh-Drew Garland-Emily Boyle had to dropout do to the illness of one of their team members.

The main sponsors of this event include the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant/Beachcomber/Harbor Market, the Beaver Island Golf Course, and Island Airways. All greens fees and all entry fees were donated to the Antkoviak family. This should be slightly more than $2000. The donated gift cards for each of the two first place teams was in the amount of $200 by the Shamrock/Beachcomber/Harbor Market. Other door prizes were given away by random names drawn. Thank yous to all who came out to participate with special thanks to Dana and Eric Hodgson, John and Carolyn Works, and Paul and Angel Welke. There was a picnic style meal available to all particants set up and waiting at the Shamrock after the golfing event.

Thank you to the following as well:

Hole Sponsors

Island Airways

Power's Do It Best Hardware

Beaver Island Boat Co.

Charlie & Carol Creasser

Door Prizes

McDonough's Market

Island Airways


Ice Cream Social After Mass Commemorating 150 Years

On Sunday, September 12, 2010, the parish of Holy Cross held an ice cream social after mass. There were several former Dominican Sisters and one former priest present at the ice cream social. This was an opportunity for all to reacquaint with former nuns and priests. It was also an opportunity to just get together and enjoy each other's company.

Father Pat and Father Dan...Father Gabe and Ron Wojan

Father Pat.....Sister Dennis Michael and MaryAnn Weaver..Sister Dennis Michael.......Skip McDonough

What a wonderful get-together!

Generic Drugs Cost More With Insurance Than Without

Seniors Look Closely!!

This title seems like a contradiction that no one would believe, but research pretty much shows exactly that. There are certainly drugs that you couldn't afford without insurance, particularly those that have yet to become generic. There are certainly prescription plans that only require a certain amount of insurance copay for each prescription, such as a $5, $10, or $15 copay that is found in some BCBS negotiated MESSA plans. Imagine the frustration when drugs were priced in Canada with a cost less than all but the $5 copay. Then, imagine the frustration when the drugs were purchased in Canada, were less expensive than the copay, and were in the same packaging as the USA prescription drugs.

This led to some more research. Some specific medications were chosen, prescriptions obtained, and drugs purchased in one local pharmacy, one insurance-approved mail-in pharmacy, and one pharmacy without insurance. Any logical person would say, “The insurance-approved mail-in pharmacy or the local pharmacy accepting insurance will be less expensive.” Unfortunately, this would be absolutely incorrect as the following will show.

A ninety day supply of the prescriptions was obtained; the local pharmacy requiring refills every thirty days; the mail-in pharmacy providing 90 days; and the no insurance pharmacy providing 90 days. And, what do you think was the result?

Seven prescriptions were obtained from three separate sources mentioned above. The drugs were warfarin for clotting issues; ibuprofen for pain and inflammation; lisinopril for high blood pressure; cyclobenzaprine for muscle pain and spasm; flutacasone propionate, a nasal spray for allergies or sinus inflammation; simvastatin or lovastatin, a cholesterol lowering drug; and fexofenadrine for allergic rhinitis.

The cost from the local pharmacy, which was the copay for the insurance was $154.20. The cost from the mail-in insurance-approved pharmacy was $140.06. The cost from the pharmacy without insurance was $119.50. You literally can save about $45 by getting the 90-day supply of these drugs from a specific pharmacy without any insurance, a savings of $15 per month.

Does this make any sense? Buy your prescriptions in Canada or go to a pharmacy and DO NOT SHOW your prescription card, and you will save money. Make sense? Not to most of us. Now, this will not necessarily work for all prescriptions as has been mentioned above, but why does it happen this way? Who is making all this money? Are the drug companies raking in huge profits on the backs of the insured population? Are the insurance companies getting kickbacks from the drug companies? How does this happen in a free enterprise system? By what mechanism can this be allowed to happen not only to insured patients, but does it also happen to Medicaid and Medicare patients as well?

This means that anyone with insurance needs to spend some time to figure out where to purchase their prescription drugs. You also need to investigate how much the prescriptions cost with and without insurance. One specific pharmacy was able to provide the drugs with the situation that cost less whether with or without the insurance. This needs to be seriously investigated by the state and the federal authorities because this certainly cannot be the system that was meant to function in the USA.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Beaver Island Booster Club sponsored dinner at the Shamrock 5:30-7:30 pm

Photo by Frank Solle

Dominican Sisters Return for Holy Cross Anniversary

Seven Dominican Sisters have traveled up to the Island today, Friday, September 10, 2010, to renew acquaintances and to help celebrate the Anniversary of Holy Cross Church. The sisters who were able to come for this visit include Judith Kirt (Dennis Marie when serving on the Island; Linda Theil; Julia Mae Groulx; JoAnne Toohey (Dennis Michael when serving on the Island); Lorraine Rajewski (Wilma when serving on the Island); Dominica Nellitt; these sisters flew to the Island. The seventh Dominican took the boat. Here name is Sister Catherine. Below is a short video clip for the Dominican Sisters to re-introduce themselves to the Islanders.


B.I.R.H.C. Thanks the Community for Supporting its Raffle


Everyone at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center extends a huge thank you to all who supported our car raffle. We understand that these are very difficulttimes for many people and could not be more grateful to those who, despite shrinking wallets, maintained their practice of buying tickets every year. All who bought tickets should feel good about the fact that raffle proceedswill go directly towards financing Health Center services.

On Labor Day Leslie Colwell, whose parents are Jim and Sandy Birdsall, won the 2010 Chevy Cobalt. This year a total of 394 tickets were sold. In addition $425 dollars was given in lieu of buying tickets. Many people played a role in this remarkable success: Board member Denny Cook came up with the successful idea of an early drawing to reward those who bought tickets this spring. The Beaver Island Boat Company donated the cost of bringing the car over on the ferry. In addition to B.I. R.H.C. board members, Sally Lounsberry, Joe Reed, LeonorJacobson, and Adam Richards were dedicated ticket sellers.

Dave Kring, owner of Dave Kring Chevrolet-Cadillac also donated his commission back to the Health Center as he has done for many years. McDonough's Market was again very gracious in allowing us to display the car in their parking lot and selling tickets when our sellers were not there. Ken Slater and Pete Lodico allowed the Health Center to enjoy the benefits of their GM discounts and credits.

Board member Pete LoDico deserves special credit for all the time he spends every year researching and pursuing the best possible deal for us.

Once again, from everyone at the Health Center: Sincerest thanks for your support!

Submitted by Connie Wojan


Peaine Township Meeting 9/8/2010

Several hot topics were discussed at this meeting to include the joint agreement on the township airport, quality deer management, and funding for all services, especially the rural health center. Another special Peaine Township meeting is scheduled for September 22, 2010, at 7 pm. Peaine Township is not prepared to meet on the 15th of September to discuss this with St. James Township.

To view video clips of this meeting, please click on the link below:

Meeting Video 9/8/2010

BIA New Video Available

Click HERE

This was specifically put together for shoreline owners.

Marathon Started at 9 a.m. on September 4, 2010

The temperature outside was 52 degrees and the wind was blowing and gusting. This might be described as a blustery day. Then the rain began to come down in sheets blown by the gusty wind. The Second Annual Beaver Island Marathon started at 9 a.m., September 4, 2010. The walkers started earlier. The half marathon runners, which was the majority, started at 9:30. There was also a 5K Harbor Run that started later.

It appeared that the numbers attending this marathon were down, but the staggered start made it difficult to gauge. The cancellations of the ferries owned and operated by the Beaver Island Boat Company must have had some effect on the numbers as well. The nasty, windy weather for ferry travel caused a cancellation of boats the day before the marathon, but most marathon runners were pleased with the temperature and the rain. The only complaints about the weather were those related to excessive wind felt out at Donegal Bay. Most comments from runners were praising the race organization, the beautiful route, and the cooler weather.

The participants ranged from junior high school age up through seniors in their 70's. There were those running in competition against themselves for a personal best time. There were those running the full marathon (with the white) mixed with those running the half marathon (with the green). Some family members ran the shorter races, and some ran in the full marathon. Smiles were seen on faces from the runner in first place all the way to the runner in dead last.

For results of all events, click this link

For full marathon pictures and story click HERE

For half marathon pictures and story click HERE

For the Harbor Run pictures and story click HERE

Beaver Island Marathon 2010

Pictures and Video clips are available now! Here are a couple examples:


Full Marathon start and finish first loop


Harbor Run start and finish


Full Marathon, Part 1


Full Marathon, Part 2


Half Marathon, Part 1


Half Marathon, Part 2


Half Marathon, Part 3


Harbor Run


Awards, click HERE

Chamber of Commerce News

Sept 9, 2010

Member Input Sought - Marathon

In spite of some of the worst weather ever seen in northern Lake Michigan in early September the 2nd Beaver Island Marathon went well. Runners totaled about 250 with total visitors over 500. Member comments and suggestions are welcome and will be reviewed at the next directors meeting set for the 15th.

Quality Deer Management (QDM) Passes Hurdles

Both the Island Wildlife Club and Conservation Club have agreed on a QDM plan. Both Township boards have, by unanimous vote, endorsed QDM. Your Chamber directors endorsed QDM early this year. The news of Island wide agreement has been forwarded to the Wildlife Chief of the DNRE. It is expected, after review and some modifications by the DNRE, that the plan will be set in deer hunting regulations for the 2011 season.

Deer Management Plan approved by Conservation Club, Wildlife Club, and both townships HERE

St. James Township Meeting September 1, 2010

(Thanks to Ronnie Marsh for the video work at this meeting.)

Video clips of this meeting HERE

News Release from The Nature Conservancy of USA

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Melissa Soule, The Nature Conservancy (USA)
Aug. 20, 2010 (517) 316-2268 or msoule@tnc.org
Megan Seymour, US Fish & Wildlife Service (614) 416-8993 ext. 16 or Megan_Seymour@fws.gov

Laura Mousseau, Nature Conservancy of Canada
519.826.0068 or Laura.Mousseau@natureconservancy.ca
New Report Counts, Categorizes & Ranks Great Lakes Islands
Scientists Say World’s Largest Collection of Freshwater Islands Globally Rare;
Needs Conservation Action to Protect Threatened Species

TORONTO — With more than 32,000 islands in its waters, the Great Lakes contain the world’s largest collection of freshwater islands, but these islands are dynamic, undergoing many changes that threaten the islands’ flora and fauna, including climate change, habitat degradation, invasive species and some natural processes, according to a new report published by scientists from leading conservation organizations in the United States and Canada.
The report, titled “Islands of Life,” ranks and describes the biodiversity (biological diversity) and threats to priority islands found in the Great Lakes. These islands provide essential habitat for migratory and nesting birds as well as rare plants and animals like the piping plover and Pitcher’s thistle, found nowhere else on Earth.
“This information has never been collected and categorized before,” said Dr. Patrick Doran, director of science in Michigan and the Great Lakes for The Nature Conservancy. “From conducting research and then analyzing the report, we learned that islands ranked highest in biodiversity are often also subject to greater threats from human activity. This helps us and others decide and prioritize our conservation action.”Dr. Doran said that he hopes others will read and learn from the report to make more informed decisions about conservation acquisitions, practices and other strategies aimed at protecting the most vulnerable habitats for rare and declining species in the Great Lakes.
“No matter what side of the lakes you live on, what we do on land and in the water affects the health of this critical freshwater system,” said Chris Maher, regional vice president for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “Partnerships like this help share our science and leverage the information so that we are collectively working together to ensure the health of the lakes and the islands within them that provide critical habitat for wildlife.”
The Nature Conservancy collaborated with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Information Centre, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Great Lakes Program, University of Minnesota, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Great Lakes Islands Project to create the report.Biodiversity of the islands was measured by the number of species, plant communities, ecological systems, and ecosystem functions, along with shape complexity, geological diversity, shoreline diversity, size, and distinctiveness. An island with a high biodiversity score may provide habitat for specialized plants, animals and natural communities. According to the report, the top 10 islands based on highest total biodiversity scores are:

1. Manitoulin Island (South) Lake Huron Northern Coast
2. Manitoulin (North) South Coast North Channel
3. Pelee Island (Main) Western Lake Erie Islands
4. Walpole Island St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair and Detroit River
5. Point aux Pins Rondeau System
6. Drummond Island (Main) South Coast North Channel
7. Great LaCloche Island North Coast North Channel
8. Long Point Long Point, Turkey Point Systems and Northeast Coast
9. Drummond Island (Southcentral) Lake Huron Northern Coast
10. Squirrel Island and Cockburn Island (South) Lake Huron Northern Coast
Common threats to the islands include incompatible residential and cottage developments, tourism and recreation, marinas and resorts, increased road and building densities, increased access points for boats and other vehicles, incompatible agricultural practices and invasive species. According to the report, the top ten most threatened islands are:
1. Manitoulin Island (North) South Coast North Channel
2. St. Joseph Island (West) St. Mary’s River
3. Grosse Isle St. Clair and Detroit River
4. Grand Island (West) Welland Canal – Niagara River
5. Grand Island (East) Welland Canal – Niagara River
6. Manitoulin (South) Lake Huron Northern Coast
7. Kelleys Island Western Lake Erie Islands
8. Drummond Island (Main) South Coast North Channel
9. Wellesley, Sugar, South Bass, Harsens, Madeline Islands (Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, St. Marys River, Lake St. Clair)
10. Beaver Island, Wolfe Island (Lake Michigan, Lake Ontario)

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. The Conservancy and its more than 1.1 million members worldwide have protected more than 117 million acres on Earth. The Nature Conservancy embraces a non-confrontational, market-based approach for accomplishing its science-driven mission. For more information, visit http://nature.org/michigan.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada's leading land conservation organization. Since 1962, NCC has helped to protect more than 2 million acres (8,100 square kilometres) of ecologically significant land nationwide.


To see a full copy of the report, visit http://conserveonline.org/library/islands-of-life-a-biodiversity-and-conservation/view.html.
Additional Online Component (Note: Works best with the latest version of Google Earth):

Islands of Life Google Earth Application - A Web-based Companion to the Islands of Life Report:


This application is developed for quick and effective communication, data-sharing, and analysis and rapid decision-making. This application enables audience to zoom in on any Great Lakes island to make a quick assessment of the conservation value and other island features of the island, including biodiversity components and threats to that island’s biodiversity.

Charlevoix County State Bank Hours Changed Sept. 1

The bank hours will change to Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. til 1 p.m. on September 1, 2010.

Phragmites Treatment

On Wednesday,Thursday, and Friday, August 25-27, 2010, members of the Beaver Island community agreed to be trained in the recognition and method of treatment to help eliminate the phragmites' invasion of the Beaver Island shoreline. These volunteers were trained by the Michigan DNRE on Wednesday night with treatment being completed on Thursday and Friday. Some groups started on Thursday morning at 7:15 am and didn't finish their assignments until shortly after 5 pm. Some groups need to continue the work on Friday in order to finish.

Brian Mastenbrook was on the island to participate in the DNRE assigned areas. The Michigan DNRE was to treat all state land on Beaver Island, Whiskey Island, and Garden Island The DNRE brought ten additional people to complete its assigned area.

According toBeaver Island's Phragmites Administrator Jacque LaFreniere, almost all of the shoreline of Beaver Island was completed. You will see a list of volunteers listed in the next story. This list may not be complete, but includes those sent to BINN by Jacque.

A huge and loud "THANK YOU" is given to these volunteers for their efforts in making Beaver Island a better place to live, visit, and vacation!!

For more information, watch the video clip of the interview with Jacque LaFreniere below:

Jacque LaFreniere describes the process of phragmites poisoning 

List of Phragmites Volunteers

Below is a list of the walkers and the areas they have agreed to walk.

Annette Dashiell -- Greene's Bay to Oliver’s Point
Tom Sell ---McCauley Pt to Bonner's Landing
Pam Grassmick-- west end of Little Iron Ore Bay to Lighthouse
Bob and Alana Anderson---Western Shores
Dale and Terry Keyes --Spencer's north to Trudgeon’s on Redding/Western Shores
Frank Solle--- Spencer’s south to Olivers Point
Dawn George- -~ N shore town campground west to Garden lsland View Rd.
Peter lgoe--lsle Haven Motel to 0lney's
.lacque/Laura Gibson---0lney's to Favazza
Lois Williams and Nel Worsford -» Pine Street to Sucker Point
Ruthie and Dalton Cothran---Cables Bay
Sandy and Jim Birdsall-~-McCauley Point to Hooker’s (North end of Donegal Bay)
Jack Spanek/ Ken Taylor--Hooker’s to lndian Point
Rick and Kathy Blalock--North end of Sand Bay to north of Jewell Road
Bob and Kathy Tidmore~ Gull Harbor to Sucker Point
Mike and Kelly Collins-- (Harbor) Playground beach to Beaver Harbor Condo
Marty and Jayne Maehr--- South end Lighthouse to Kelly's Point
Lars and Doris Larson--- Kilty’s Point to Cables Creek
Ken McDonald/Jim and Donna Stambaugh---Martin’s Bluff to Campground
Ed and Willy WeIter--- Sand Bay
Dave and Sharon Blanchard---lndian Point to Garden lsland View
Beth and Ed Leuck --- Martins’ Bluff to Kilty’s Point
DNRE ---- Whiskey Island
The DNRE will treat all state land and LTC at Little Sand Bay
Extra helpers include:
.Jim and Judy Jones
Ed Troutman
Jeff and Sarah Stone

Pilot Safety Seminar Scheduled

SEPTEMBER 18, 2010, 11:00AM
Beaver Island
Welke Airport (6Y8) 36155 East Side Drive

A custom briefing with the island pilots in mind. Flying over Lake Michigan to get to Beaver Island brings up several topics for discussion. We will be looking at open water flying, cold land survival, and what to remember when landing at non-towered airports, VFR or IFR.

Topics include: Open Water Flying, Cold Land Survival, and Uncontrolled Field Operations.

Sponsored by Welke Airport, Island Airways, the Michigan FAASTeam, and the Michigan Department of Transportation.

(from the MDOT websute)

Beaver Island Gears Up for Annual Fall Festival

The 9th annual Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival will be held on Saturday, October 2. The day begins at 10:00 a.m. with the Island Boodle, a 5K Walk and Run, organized by Mike and Gail Weede which benefits the Island Sports Boosters. (Registration: Pick up forms at the Chamber office or online at BeaverIsland.org).

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

Deb Harwood, the Island chef who took her dream of starting an Island food festival to the Chamber a decade ago, is chairperson this year and has added some new fun activities to the event. Along with great food, fresh Island apple cider from the cider press, and the annual pie contest and benefit auction, Third Coast will be performing at the hall. Outside, free hayrides along the harbor will be provided by Andy's Grooming Barn and Beaver Island Financial Center . Harwood says some surprise culinary characters will also be on hand to entertain the crowd.

Prizes will be given out to the top two apple pie contestants, one for the best decorated table, and one to a student at BICS who submits the winning name for the Historical Society's stuffed Island Beaver – a mascot who will be on display at the Bite.

Main Street will have additional spots to visit with a number of merchants planning special food tasting events or sales. The Community Center will have artisans selling their wares (artisan forms available at the Community Center or online at BeaverIsland.org).

Starting at 4:00 p.m. at the public beach (weather permitting), Linda Frysinger is organizing a bike ride of various lengths, another benefit for the Sports Boosters.

Nightlife for the festival weekend includes: Live music at Donagal Danny's Pub on Friday, Oct. 1, starting around 8:30 p.m. Friday will also be the final performance of Beaver Tales 2 at the Community Center, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. On Saturday evening, Third Coast will perform at the Shamrock.

Apple Pie Contest

Please have your entry at the Hall kitchen by noon on Oct. 2. Judging will take place at 1:30 with winners announced at 2:00 . Pies will be judged on presentation (10 pts), general appearance (10 pts), and taste (30 points). Apples must be the main ingredient although other elements (like raisins, cream, etc.) may be used without penalty. Questions: call Elaine West 448-2377.


Elaine West

231-448-3046 IslandNews@tds.net

Deborah Harwood: dharwood@juno.com (chairperson of Bite of Beaver Festival)

Steve West: chamber@beaverisland.org (director of BI Chamber of Commerce)

Amvets Memorial Bricks

Bricks are available for families or business to sponsor the Beaver Island Veterans Memorial Park. These bricks will go in the sidewalk leading to the memorial site. 
You can purchase a 4 x 8 brick with one line of text(18 characters/line) for $100 or  an 8 x 8 brick with 4 lines of text (18 characters/line) for $200. 

If you have trouble printing the form on the this page e-mail us at  amvetspost46@yahoo.com
and we will e-mail one to you. 

We plan on ordering the first batch the week after labor day so please get your orders in as soon as possible. 

Charlevoix County Transit-Beaver Island Service

Demand Response Service 9 am til 3 pm Monday through Friday

Reservation Service 6 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 6 pm (Reservation prior service required)

Phone 231-448-2026 for service

Fares for less than 15 mile distance:

Childred under 6..... $.50

Youth from 6 to 19....$1.00

Regular fare from 20 to 59.....$1.50

Seniors 60 and above......$.50 (Currently free...paid by COA)

Handicapped individuals.....$.50

Island Treasures Resale Announcement

Island Treasures Resale is having a big 1/2 price sale on all summer clothing! We are now accepting donations of fall and winter clothing and sporting goods. Please be sure that your donations are clean and in good repair. We are always eager to accept useful household items such as dishes, kitchenware, towels, rugs, linens, etc. There is room for small furniture such as tables, dressers, chairs , and desks. Keep us in mind as you do your fall cleaning or close your cottage for the season. If you have questions, call the shop at 448-2534 or call Donna at 448-2797. We can pick up items for you if you have difficulty with delivery. Please do not leave items at the shop when we are closed. THANK YOU for your support of our Fire Department, the crew that is on call 24/7!

Men's Fall Golf League

Week six of the fall golf league brought games that were very, very close. Most of the match scores were determined by one or two shots. Whenever teams score 10-10, 11-9, or 12-8, it means that the matches were so close as to be literally even up with either team close to winning. As you can see below, Chuck and Ernie are well ahead and in first place. Jeff and Ryan are a little behind, but the next four teams are so close that any of them could end up in third place. The handicap league scoring seems to keep most teams quite competitive in the matches. The score averages for 9 holes of golf range from a low of 37 to a high of 42, but most teams have scored the low and the high in the last six weeks. Week seven should be interesting.

1 5 Chuck-Ernie 41 12 75 229 38.17
2 2 Jeff & Ryan 39 8 67 223 37.17
3 3 Larry & Joe 42 9 61 233 38.83
4 4 Joe-Buck 41 10 60 235 39.17
5 8 Frank-John 43 8 60 246 41.00
6 1 Ron & Bob 39 10 57 228 38.00
7 7 Rob-Dan 40 12 54 244 40.67
8 6 Bob E.-Ron S. 44 11 46 254 42.33


Brett Maudrie's Address

Maudrie, Brett W.
B. Co. 2-327 IN, 1st BCT
101st ABN DIV
... COP Fortress
APO, AE 09354

Over 60 and Need Assistance?

Did you know that if you are over 60 and either a seasonal or year round resident of Beaver Island that you may be eligible for senior services from the Charlevoix Commission on Aging?

An individual, according to Jack Messer, Director of the Charlevoix Commission on Aging, needs only to demonstrate that they need assistance leaving the house.

On July 26, 2010, the Beaver Island Human Services Commission hosted a public meeting with representatives from island organizations, members of government, and interested individuals to discuss homebound senior services with Jack Messer. Topics of discussion included recent changes to the by-laws and the advisory role of the COA commissioners. Mr. Messer went on to clarify COA roles in the community regarding hospice, emergency communication devices for seniors, senior housing project initiative, homebound food services, and RN medication management. Of particular interest was the lack of coverage for bathing and housekeeping during vacation of our one qualified care giver. Jack Messer stated that 2 weeks without homecare such as assistance is not to be unexpected. He commented that the Commission on Aging is not a medical model but a social model. He stated that he based his view of home services much as conservationists do, where you address the “greatest need for the greatest numbers”. Inconsistencies in county services were pointed out that require the COA to function as a safety net on the island for our elderly, one of those being that the Visiting Nurses Association of the Northwest Community Public Health Agency, which services all of Charlevoix County but does not service Beaver Island making discharge planning from mainland hospitals difficult. A cooperative partnership agreement was discussed between the BI Rural Health Center and COA and will be explored. The BIRHC attorney submitted a document for review to aid in the development of such an agreement. Lack of communication between COA and the island community was pointed out as an on-going issue and the hope was that better communication, to year round and seasonal residents, could improve services and assist COA with caring for our home bound elderly in a more supportive and efficient manner.

Previous meetings with Charlevoix County human and health service agencies took place in January of 2010 with a gap analysis of County services to Beaver Island produced. Examples of those gaps includes: Home Care and Aging Services from the Health Department, COA RN Medication management, foot care, and a tax preparer for seniors. In addition, a letter was sent in June to the Charlevoix County Commissioners from the township supervisors and the Human Services Commission requesting homecare services during extended absences of our one time care provider.

Minutes of this meeting can be found on-line under the Beaver Island Human Services website: www.peaine.org If you have any further questions, Ann Partridge can be reached for Meals-on-Wheels comments at: 448-2022, Donna Kubic from the BI Rural Health Center has received funding from the United Way for the purpose of assisting elderly homebound: 448-2275, Commission on Aging, Jack Messer at (866) 428-5185, or forward comments to Pam Grassmick for the Human Services Commission: 448-2314.

-submitted by the HSC

From Jack Messer:

A phone call was received on Friday evening, August 20, 2010, from Jack Messer, Director of the Charlevoix Commission on Aging. Jack Messer stated that there were inaccuracies in the above statement from the HSC. He also stated his disappointment with this summary of the meeting and he indicated that it was not a fair summary, that it put undue negativity on those working hard on the island and the mainland with the COA, and that he did not wish to jump into this dialogue due to its tone. He further stated that he would seek some counsel from some island people (he did not suggest whom) before he sent anything for this website..

Peaine Township Meeting August 11, 2010

Video clips of this meeting are HERE

BICS Calendar for 2010-11 Approved

Beaver Island Rural Health Center with

Free Shingles Vaccine

Shingles is a disease caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Once a person has had chickenpox, the virus can live, but remain inactive in certain nerve roots within your body for many years; if the virus becomes active again, usually later in life, it can cause shingles. About 1 in 5 people have shingles at some time in their life, impacting an estimated 2 million people in Michigan. It can occur at any age, but it is most common in people over the age of 50. It is uncommon to have shingles more than once, but about 1 in 50 people have shingles two or more times in their life.

A vaccine has been developed that can prevent you from developing shingles. The Herpes zoster vaccine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States in 2006. Call the Beaver Island Rural Health Center 448-2275 if you qualify for the free vaccine and make an appointment.

Donna Kubic, RN, Managing Director

Preventive Care / Wellness Screening at BIRHC

$25.00 fee includes the following:

· Review of Medical History

· Height & Weight

· Blood pressure check

· Cholesterol , anemia , and blood sugar screening


To make an appointment for a Wellness Screening, call the BI Rural Health Center - 448-2275

You can schedule a screening Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm , or after hours upon request.  Beaver Island Health Wellness Screening Program is designed to emphasize the benefits of preventive medicine .

from Donna Kubic, RN, Managing Director

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

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Thank You SO MUCH for supporting your Beaver Island Community Center !

We have another great year in store...stay tuned!

Summer Hours begin on June 7, 2010

Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm

Sunday 10am-6pm

Events for September

Beaver Island Senior Center Activities for September

Commission on Aging Menu for September

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

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 NEW!

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission Minutes NEW!

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes (includes agenda when available) New Feature for 2010!

Waste Management Committee Minutes (New for 2010!)