B. I. News on the 'Net, September 16-22, 2013


Beaver Island Birding Trail Takes Wing

According to a survey by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 45 million Americans watched birds at their homes or on trips in 2011.  Expenditures from those activities generated 92 billion dollars and created nearly 780,000 jobs.  With a rich array of migrating, nesting and resident birds, Beaver Island is in a great position to serve as a prime birding site, a win for birders and for the region’s economy.  Currently, plans are going forward to create a virtual (web-based) birding trail around the island, patterned after the Sleeping Bear Birding Trail, which follows M-22.  Thirty-three quality locations with great public access have been identified around the Island.

Kay Charter, Executive Director of Saving Birds Thru Habitat has worked for the past several years with the Beaver Island Community School.  She has now joined forces with Beaver Island residents and state organizations on the development of the Beaver Island Birding Trail, and its associated website.  The planning group expects to launch the website after the first of the year.  Beaver Island Community Center will serve as the trailhead, which will provide access to trail information throughout the week.   A map marking birding sites is being designed.

Interpretive signage at sites will serve to enhance birding experiences and provide insight into habitat and management activities.  There will also be an eBird component, which will allow birders to document and share their sightings.  This component will be made available through a partnership with Michigan Audubon and Cornell University, and will afford individuals the opportunity of documenting and sharing their bird sightings. 

The group plans to dedicate this trail with state, regional and national speakers on May 24th and 25th.  There will also be field trips with expert birders during that celebratory weekend.  For more information, please contact any board member of the Beaver Island Association.

Warblers are one of the avian families that turn birders on. There is a substantial number of nesting warblers on the Island.

BINN Live Streaming Video Takes a Step Forward

Beaver Island News on the 'Net has been working to take the step forward from standard video streaming to high definition video streaming. The speed of the Internet connection will determine whether the video will be standard video or HD video. So far, the only location that has a high enough upload speed for HD is the Beaver Island Community School. So, the next home games for the Islanders are planned to be streamed in HD video. You should be able to check this out while the games are going on at: http://beaverisland.tv

This increase from standard definition to high definition can only take place with an upload speed of at least 3 MB. This means the speed must be much higher than the speeds generally available through most businesses on Beaver Island. For example, the highest speed home Internet today, September 21, 2013 at noon is 8.11 MB download, but only 0.66 MB upload, so this HD video is not going to work on this slow upload speed. The HD step forward for all video will hopefully occur when TDS is willing and able to upgrade the Internet upload speed.

Crankin' T's

This year's group of Crankin' T's involved only four vehicles for the members of the club. This is down quite a bit from 2011's group.

It's still very nice to see these historical cars on Beaver Island.

Can You Grow Potatoes in a Home Garden?

You will have to be the judge and answer this question. These potatoes came from the very small garden behind a house on Carlisle Road here on Beaver Island. There were six somewhat smaller potatoes under the two plants, but these potatoes were raised from seed potatoes purchased from Powers Do It Best Hardware. The total weight of these two potatoes on a digital scale was 3.2 pounds. It was a good year for growing potatoes.

BICS Basketball Schedule

Historical Society Seeks Members

ORV Trails Discussion

ORV Trails Discussion is on the agenda for October's Peaine Township meeting to be held on October 9, 2013, The meeting begins at 7:00 pm.

If you would like to see some trails on the island opened up to ORV use, we are encouraging interested ORV-users to attend this meeting to show your support and to give your input as well. If we all stick together, it might be possible to get some trails opened up for those who like this type of recreation. Hope to see you there.

Mike and Sharon Hurkmans

Miranda Rooy Invited to Washington, D.C.

Miranda Rooy, a National Board Certified Teacher and teacher at Beaver Island Community School, has been selected as one of nineteen participants in a program in Washington, D.C. Out of over 100,000 National Board Certified teachers in the United States, this invitation was only sent to 19 teachers, and Miranda Rooy is one of the nineteen.

Miranda's Comments


Riley Justis, Principal/Superintendent of Beaver Island Community School has just released a press release on 09/19/13:

"It is my pleasure to announce that Beaver Island Community School's Early Elementary Teacher, Miranda Rooy, hs been slected as one of 19 teachers acros the nation to represent the teaching profession and the Nation Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Washington, D.C. this October. These teachers have been selected to provide input and direction for the continued reform and growth of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification Process. Miranda received her National Board Teacher Certification two years ago, an honor reserved for a small number of teacher across the nation and she is one of only 365 in the state of Michigan.

Beaver Island Community School has the honor and the privilege to maintain the highest level of teacher quality and Ms. Rooy's selection once again points to the quality and fidelity of the educational impact of the teachers here at BICS. Please join with us in honoring Miranda Rooy for her work and continued dedication to the craft and profession of teaching and learning in our community and beyond."

"An Invitation from Ron Thorpe to Attend Congressional NBCT Event

Dear Ms. Rooy:

It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in an important bipartisan event being held in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on October 9, 2013.

United States Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, is convening the other 18 board-certified doctors in Congress for a briefing on whether a fully scaled National Board Certification could support the teaching profession in the way a model centered on board certification has strengthened the medical profession. We have selected one NBCT from each of the districts represented in Congress by board-certified physicians to participate in this event. We hope you will accept this invitation to meet with these Congressional members and their staff, including your United States Representative, Dan Benishek of the 1st Congressional District of Michigan, a board-certified general surgeon.

A moderated panel of NBCTs will be at the center of the event.  As an accomplished teacher, you will be a member of this panel. The purpose of this panel is for Congressional members and their staff to learn more about the value of Board Certification, what it means to be an accomplished practitioner in teaching, and the pathways currently in place to move teachers toward such status.

The National Board will cover hotel and costs of your travel. We ask that you arrive at our offices by noon on October 9th. There will be a lunch at the National Board offices on October 9th, and a dinner held in your honor that evening. In addition, we are pleased to provide you with complimentary registration to attend the National Board’s Teaching & Learning Conference, scheduled for March 14-15, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

A century ago, the workforce in medicine bore little resemblance to what it is today. Among the several commitments the profession made to achieve this transformation was the development of board certification. Today board certification in medicine -- while still voluntary -- is nearly universal. In fact, the entire preparation path for physicians from undergraduate and graduate training through residency and into professional practice has been designed so that most physicians achieve such status.

When the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards was created in 1987, the founders had the medical model in mind. The profession built the standards and the assessment process, but the essential missing piece is that we have not taken Board Certification in teaching to scale. Even in the face of growing evidence that shows students in classes with Board-certified teachers learn at a higher rate than students in other classes, the profession has done little to make its own measure of excellence an expectation for all those who move beyond the novice phase.

(Personal contact information was removed.) Once we hear from you, we will follow up with logistics and background information. Thanks for considering this invitation and for all that you do for students and the profession of teaching.


Ronald Thorpe"

Lunch with Lyn

Lyn Jenks, CEO of Charlevoix Area Hospital, will host a luncheon on Beaver Island

President and CEO of Charlevoix Area Hospital will be holding “Lunch with Lyn” on Beaver Island.
Ms. Jenks is excited to host a lunch event on the Island. “I’m looking forward to having an open discussion about health care and the Hospital. This will be a great opportunity to discuss the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) and the Michigan expansion of Medicaid. It’s also a great way to learn more about the services offered at Charlevoix Area Hospital.” The goal of this session is to have an open discussion about health care and how it relates to you as the patient.
The event will take place Wednesday, October 16 from 11:30-1pm. The location for this event will be at the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant. The meal will be provided by Charlevoix Area Hospital. Lunch with Lyn is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.
For more information about Charlevoix Area Hospital and the services offered at the Hospital, visit cah.org.

Lyn Jenks Presentation

Connie Wojan introduces Lyn Jenks

Lyn Jenks provided needed information about the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called ObamaCare, last night in a forty-five minute presentation at the Peaine Township Hall. The September 18, 2013, presentation included a PowerPoint presentation as well as lots of hand-outs and a question and answer session throughout the presentation. The presentation was very informative, and it did not contain political statements or attempts to convince. Lyn Jenks answered questions, and, when she did not know the answer, she spoke clearly and admitted that she did not know the answer. Some answers may not even been worked out yet.

Lyn Jenks answers a question

No matter what, "the Affordable Care Act is the law" and it will "most likely continue to be."

Video of this entire presentation is HERE

Link to the Charlevoix Hospital Video Presentation HERE

The webpage at Charlevoix Hospital also includes additional information.

King's Highway Tower Nears Completion

One hundred and twenty feet in the air the Great Lakes Tower Company places the antenna mounts on the top of the tower.

From Stoney Acres

*ALL DAY ALL NIGHT, ALL DD 20oz. PUB Drinks are $1 off.
Great Food, Great Drink's, Good Times with Great Friends
at Stoney & the PUB

2013 Fall League Division Standings

Division 1 Standings

1 #3 John & Doug 36 14 43 148 37.00
2 #5 Chuck & Ernie 39 6 32 148 37.00
3 #1 Jeff M. & Ryan 43 7 31 155 38.75
4 #2 Ron W. & Larry 38 13 28 151 37.75
5 #4 Travis & Gerald 44 0 26 161 40.25

Division 2 Standings

6 #8 Frank & John 36 14 36 158 39.50
7 #7 Jeff P.& Bill 36 9 35 143 35.75
8 #6 Joe & Buck 35 11 34 147 36.75
9 #9 Rob & Dan 45 0 32 164 41.00
10 #10 Ron S. & David 44 6 23 178 44.50

Week 4 Results

Division Matches
Team #2 beat Team #1 13-7
Team #3 beat Team #5 14-6
Team #6 beat Team #7 11-9
Team #8 beat Team #10 14-6
Out of Division Match
Team #4 beat Team #9 5-0

Week 5 Schedule

Division Matches
Team #1 vs Team #5
Team #2 vs Team #4
Team #6 vs Team #10
Team #7 vs Team #9
Out of Division Match
Team #3 vs Team #8

Standings to Date

John & Doug
Jeff P.& Bill
Chuck & Ernie
Joe & Buck
Frank & John
Jeff M. & Ryan
Rob & Dan
Travis & Gerald
Ron W. & Larry
Ron S. & David

2013 Phragmites Treatment Completed on Beaver Island and Outer Islands

Beaver Island, MI, 17 September 2013 – This year's herbicidal treatment of invasive Phragmites was successfully carried out here.

The contract for 2013 treatment  of invasive Phragmites was awarded to Pam Hilton of Pam's Invasive Plant Management LLC of Charlevoix, Michigan. The team, which included  Mark Seeley and Christine Miller, arrived on Beaver Island on August 31st. Work began almost immediately and was completed by September 8th.

Outer Islands

The original contract called for treatment of Beaver, Garden, High, Trout and Whiskey islands. After walking the perimeter of both Trout and Whiskey Island, Pam Grassmick determined that their treatment was not necessary; the contract was adjusted to reflect that. Volunteers accompanied the team to High Island and Garden Island. They were transported to the outer islands by Mike Weede. The cost of transportation to the outer islands  was covered by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odowas. Wind and weather caused some delays, and an inability to get to the west shore of Garden Island, but work was completed in three days. The outer islands crew included Lynn and Jim Flanagan, Eric Naraanjo, Annette Dashiel, Christine Miller, Brian Grassmick, Dave Blanchard, Pam Gerecke, Stan Eagle, Dawn Elzey, Pam Grassmick, Marc Seeley and Pam Hilton. Because trails through the interior were overgrown necessitating walking the perimeter to get from one growth site to the next it was recommended that two days be allowed for treatment of each of these islands in the future.

Beaver Island

Treatment of invasive Phragmites on Beaver Island went on from early morning to late evening, every day that the team was here. It was determined that a large stand of Phragmites (three acres!) - originally marked on the survey as the invasive type - was in fact native Phragmites. Native Phragmites is a valuable part of our natural areas, and does not require treatment. The plant has distinctive characteristics in the late Summer, making it easy to determine the type. These characteristics are not often evident in Spring, when the original survey took place. A large stand of invasive Phragmites was noted inland, on private property at the south end of the island. This will be marked for treatment next Fall.


Questions or comments can be directed to Cindy Ricksgers at (231)448-2960 or cindyr49782@yahoo.com. An informational blog on the treatment of invasive Phragmites on Beaver Island can be found at <www.stoptheinvasives.wordpress.com>

From Waste Management

Request for Bid

Fork Lift for Sale

Towers Pictures

Donegal Bay Road Tower

Tower top on Donegal Bay Road.......Generator at site........New building in place

Cables going up tower......Equipment on site

King's Highway Tower

Tower at old Peaine Hall going up quickly

Beads of Courage Today

On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, from 2-4 p.m.Beaver Island Jewelry will be hosting another Beads of Courage Open Studio at 32040 E. Side Drive.  I will show how glass beads are made with a torch and kiln if people are interested.
Also I will have some glass beads for folks to "sponsor." They will be $5 and up, made by me. They will be sent, along with a check or cash, from the sponsors to the Beads of Courage program for ill children.

Last 2013 Mixed Team Golf Outing

  September 15 2013
  Despite threatening weather 8 teams played this afternoon.
After the last shot was hit, 3 teams ended up tied for 1st.
It was agreed by all three teams to split the prize $$ evenly.
Results for this Outing:
Score Handicap Net Score
1st Ruth & Pete Igoe 40 - 40
1st Theresa & Larry Laurain 40 - 40
1st Annette Dashiell & Joe Moore 38 2 40
4th Doris & Lars Larson 42 - 42
5th Sharon Scamehorn & Jeff Powers 43 - 43
6th Nel Worsford & Frank Solle 43 1 44
7th Chris Heikka & Buck Ridgeway 47 - 47
8th Ann & Paul Glendon DNF
Thanks to everyone who participated this summer. Hopefully we can
continue these outings next year.
If anyone has ideas to improve these outings in the future, please
let us know.

This outing was fun, and there were many laughs along the way. If you have a chance, join in next year.



Music on the Porch 2013 Video


St. James Meeting, August 2013

Video when processed

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

Peaine Township Meeting August 2013

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!

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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

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

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

The video of the majority of the meeting can be viewed HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

This meeting took place on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.

Video of this meeting can be found HERE.

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

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

BICS Soccer

The Islanders headed off this past weekend for a Friday evening and Saturday morning soccer match against Paradise. The Paradise Rockets did not have a volleyball team, so the soccer team was on their own. The game on Friday night was a confidence builder for the Islanders as they won this match 9-6. Saturday morning, the Paradise Rockets were in the lead and won the morning match 6-4. Thanks to Cindy Cushman, we have a few pictures of the matches.

Progress in Cell Phone Coverage

There has been some progress in the cell phone race between AT&T and Verizon. The tower on King's Highway is on its way to completion. The equipment including a crane, two work trucks, and a trailer full of tower sections arrived. The work of installing the tower was taken on by Great Lakes Tower Company. The crew and foreman began work on this tower this morning, Monday, September 16, 2013. BINN made two trips out to the tower site at the old Peaine Township Hall. Video and pictures were taken of the progress during both trips.


The Donegal Bay tower site is out by the St. James Township Campground. There was quite a change seen out there today as well. Great Lakes Energy put in power on Saturday. On Monday, September 16, 2013, other changes at this site could be noted. There is a second building on site, somewhat bigger than the one housing the EMS/Fire Department emergency services radio equipment. There is also on the west side of the tower quite a bit of heavy, heavy coaxial cable connected to some equipment on the ground and going all the way up the tower. In addition to the power at this site, there is a diesel generator there that holds 190 gallons of diesel fuel. This is assumed to be for backup power for the new building on the site. Video and pictures werre taken of this site also.


Carlisle Road Visitors

The two visitors were very interested in the corn that is placed across the road from 26450 Carlisle Road for the turkeys. The deer were obviously interested in the corn, but the cars kept pulling onto Carlisle Road to go to Stoney Acre for dinner on September 14, 2013. Several times the doe moved away from the corn and nickered so the fawn would also move away, but the fawn kept coming back to the corn to eat. Finally the doe also moved up to the corn and began to eat as well. Finally, the doe and fawn were spooked by the traffic after ten or so cars had passed them, and they moved away from the road and into the woods.

Beaver Island Boodle Scheduled

Saturday, October 5, 2013
5K Race begins at 10:00 AM
Proceeds benefit the Beaver Island Sports Booster Club

Bite of Beaver Forms to Participate

October 5, 2013, 11am to 4pm at the Beaver Island Community Center

October 5th, 2013, 12 to 3 p.m., at the Holy Cross Hall



St. James Episcopal Church

Schedule of Clergy

Sept 8 &15 Fr. Madson

Oct 13 Rev. Carol Spangenberg

Holy Cross Mass Schedule for Fall 2013

Sunday morning mass 10:00 am

Island Treasures Summer Hours

Events at the BI Christian Church

October 31 Trunk or Treat going from 5 - 6:30PM.

Nov 28 Thanksgiving Dinner starting at 6PM

Ministers Schedule


23: Pastor El Zwart, Hudsonville MI

30: Pastor Harold Kruse


6: Pastor Harold Kruse

13: Pastor Howard Davis

20 and 27: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt


3: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt

10: Pastor Howard Davis

17 and 24: Pastor Harold Kruse


Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 pm and games start at 7:00 sharp on first and third Wednesday!

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 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 19, 2013

October 17, 2013

November 21, 2013

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

NRESC Meeting Schedule

Those below are at Peaine Hall 7 pm

September 16, 2013

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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.

Crankin T's Club Schedules a Return Visit

The Michigan Crankun T's Club will be returning to Beaver Island this year on Saturday, September 21,2013, for a car show and cruise. The event will be sponsored by the Beaver Island Boat Co, The Shamrock & the Chamber of Commerce. According to cl ub president Bob Fitzgerald the group is looking forward to a return visit because they had a wonderful time on friendly Beaver Island in 2011. About 20 Model T Fords with a variety of bodies are expected for the weekend event.



Old Peaine Hall - Tower Ready to Go Up

The Verizon tower is now on the island, the tower is on the site, and the base and cement footing is all ready for the tower to go up. There is also a crew and the equipment on the Island to begin the work of putting the tower up.

Beads of Courage

On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, from 2-4 p.m.Beaver Island Jewelry will be hosting another Beads of Courage Open Studio at 32040 E. Side Drive.  I will show how glass beads are made with a torch and kiln if people are interested.
Also I will have some glass beads for folks to "sponsor."  They will be $5 and up, made by me.  They will be sent, along with a check or cash, from the sponsors to the Beads of Courage program for ill children.
Every bead tells a story of strength, honor and hope.
What is the Beads of Courage Program?  
The Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path.
How it works
Upon enrollment each child is given the Beads of Courage bead color guide with a detachable membership card. Their Beads of Courage journey begins when each child is first given a length of string and beads that spell out their first name. Then, colorful beads, each representing a different treatment milestone are given to the child by their professional health care provider to add to their Beads of Courage collection throughout their treatment as determined by the Beads of Courage Bead Guide (available from Beads of Courage, Inc.)
The Beads of Courage® Program is available for the following:
•Cancer and Blood Disorders
•Cardiac Conditions
•Burn injuries
•Neonatal ICU Families
•Chronic Illness
Thanks for helping to get the word out!
Nancy Peterson      448-2205
http://www.beaverislandjewelry.com/  Glass beads & jewelry
Like on Facebook:  Beaver Island Jewelry

Terminal Building Progress

Footings are done. Block is close to being done. Poured floor is next. 9/13/13

Wildlife and Not So Wild

Definitely wild

Not wild, but not fenced

Off the runway, deer!

Food Pantry Request

A note from the Beaver Island Food Pantry:Please think of the Food Pantry as you pack up to leave the Island for the winter. We will gratefully accept any unopened, un-expired items.
The Food Pantry needs donations, food and/or cash, to be able to operate through the coming winter season.
Thank you for your support.
Food Pantry Committee: Beth Croswhite (2820), Judi Meister (2963), Pat Nugent (2329)

Mailing address: PO Box 21


thank you

Information on the Affordable Care Act

Everyone Welcome
Join Lyn Jenks for an informative
presentation on the

Affordable Care Act

As The ACA Rollout … Not (Quite) As Scary as it Sounds will take place on September 18, 2013, at 7:00 PM at the Peaine Township Hall. The presentation is being made by Lyn Jenks, Chief Executive Officer from Charlevoix Area Hospital.

More Leadership of Charlevoix County Pictures

Photos by M. Chris Leese

CMU and Lighthouse at Whiskey Point

Historical Society Museum

Community Center and Greenhouse at CMU

Little Sand Bay Preserve and Welke Airport

Video of Peaine Township Meeting

The Peaine Township Meeting on 9/11/13 was live streamed on the Internet. The meeting had very few motions, but quite a bit of information was provided on specific projects going on currently. The Verizon/AT&T competition seems to be getting some things accomplished. AT&T has been working on the the King's Highway equipment to bring it up to 3G, but it is not there yet. Verizon has concrete poured for a self-supporting tower at the same location. The millages for the township were approved by the board. The district library position appointment was tabled until the recommendation was made by the library board.

View video of the meeting HERE

Continuation of Inequitable Millage

The Peaine Township Board accepted the recommendation of Supervisor Kohls tax millages for 2013. The Peaine Township Board approved these millages. The joint operations millages were once more 1.29 mills less than the millage levied in St. James Township. Here is a table of those millages for the joint operations which shows that the Peaine millage is once more less than the St. James millage for joint projects.

2013 Tax Comparison of St James and Peaine Township
Joint Operation Peaine St James Millage Difference
Fire  0.6499 0.9615 0.3116
Transfer Station 0.9387 1.3888 0.4501
Medical Center 1.9968 1.8 -0.1968
Airport 0.6759 1 0.3241
EMS 0.6759 1 0.3241
Historical Society 0.1690 0.25 0.08102
Total 5.1062 6.4003 1.2941

Somehow this millage inequity needs to be addressed. If, as is spoken many times, "this is one island" how can the Peaine taxpayers allow this inequity to continue. Perhaps somewhere back in the last thrity-nine years of recorded millage history at the Charlevoix County level, the millage was the opposite with Peaine paying more, but, continuing this inequity is mathematically in the favor of Peaine taxpayers. Seven of those thirty-nine years may have been the opposite case with Peaine paying more millage than St. James, but how long will the St. James taxpayers be punished for this seven year period of time? Mathematically, St. James taxpayers are paying 48% more for each joint operation than the Peaine taxpayer. The only exception is the BIRHC millage. In the last twenty years this has amounted to over a million dollars of uncollected millage in Peaine Township.

Paul Welke Receives Award

Today Paul Welke received the Michigan Aeronautics Award of Excellence for his more than 40 years in aviation. Pictures of the plaque he received and the plaque presentation by the Chairperson of the Michigan Aeronautics Commission, J. David VanderVeen.

"In recognition of over forty years of serving the citizens of Charlevoix and Beaver Island by providing safe, efficient, and valued air service to and from the Beaver Island community and by advancing aeronautics in Michigan through your daily demonstration of how aviation provides essential services to communities across the state."

Congratulations, Paul, for a job well done and for your award!

Link to TV 9 and 10 Article and Video

Construction Begun at Beaver Island Airport

The framing for the foundation cement pour is progressing well today, According to one worker, the foundation itself may be on its way to completion by Monday with the block layers working over the weekend. This construction project is moving forward slowly, but the architect and engineer were both on the island yesterday, September 10, 2013. There seems to be some delay in the money arriving even though it is approved already. This is not unusual for a project of this size, 1.2 million dollars for a new terminal building, road moving, and site work including parking area. The plans for this work can be viewed down below, near the bottom of this page. They will not be copied here.

Destruction at Holy Cross

The is plenty of blaming going on regarding the driving down the hill north of the Governmental Building, the side toward town, and the circles of destruction in the back yard of the rectory and the back yard of the convent. This property is owned by Holy Cross Catholic Church, and a caretaker was very upset by the damage done here. There will be no accusations in this article, but it would seem that someone was not in a frame of mind of considering the private property that this destruction took place on. Perhaps the individual or individuals that did this destruction were not thinking at all about the damage. Perhaps they were just thinking about the fun to be had by racing around in a circle in an open space.

The Inequity of Taxes Over the Last 20 Years

Another editorial written by Joe Moore

As most of you are aware, I have been writing editorials on this topic for a couple of years now.  These editorials haven’t accomplished much other than providing information about the inequity in taxes between the Peaine taxpayer and the St. James taxpayer.  The previous perspective has been on the individual level with the question asked, “Why is the St. James taxpayer paying 48.5% more than a Peaine taxpayer for joint operations?”

This editorial will take this individual inequity and bring it out to the actual amounts of money that have been denied to the joint projects due to this inequity.  What is the issue?  Peaine Township taxpayers are levied a millage based upon the equal dollar amounts for joint projects.  Which joint projects?  The joint projects are the airport, the transfer station, the fire department, the EMS, and the historical society. 
On an individual basis, the amounts of the inequity don’t seem like much.  Over the last eighteen years, from 1993-2011, a St. James township taxpayer with a taxable value on their property of $80,000 has paid $3000 plus more taxes for the joint operations mentioned above than an equivalent taxpayer in Peaine with the same valued property.  That doesn’t seem that much, and the Peaine taxpayers might just consider themselves lucky to have not had to pay that $3000 plus in taxes.

Instead of looking at this from the individual perspective, let’s take a look to see how much money was not raised in Peaine Township.  Let’s assume that the millages for both townships should have been the same.  Let’s find out how much money did not end up in the joint operations budgets for this same period of time to see how this seemingly small inequity has affected the budgets of these joint operations.  Instead of figuring this out for each individual operation, let’s just add all these together and find a final figure for this eighteen year period.  (By the way, I am willing to share the spreadsheet with anyone if they are interested and wish to verify these statements and this amount.)

The average amount of millage not levied in Peaine Township for these joint projects over the last twenty years has been 1.2 mills per year.  The calculations of this final amount that did not end up in the budgets of these joint projects has been calculated on a yearly basis, then these yearly amounts were added up for the time period of 1993-2011.  The amount that has not ended up in the budgets of these joint operations due to the method of levying taxes in Peaine Township, which is matching dollar amounts instead of levying the voter approved millage, is   $1,085,570.04.  Now, that doesn’t seem like such a small amount anymore, does it?
If you average this out equally over the last eighteen years, it comes out to $60,300.00 per year that Peaine Township is not contributing to the joint operations.  That is not small change, and it is not only an unfair way to contribute to the joint operations, but is completely inequitable.

As a Peaine taxpayer, I would like you to check these figures, and then I would like you to justify this inequity.  You should answer several questions as a Peaine taxpayer.  Do I get the same access to the fire department, EMS, historical society, airport, and transfer station?  Do I get an ambulance dispatched to my emergency the same as a St. James resident?  Do I get the fire department coming out with the same response as a St. James resident?  Doesn’t Peaine Township have a fire hall just like St. James Township? Can I take my recycling and garbage to the transfer station the same as a St. James resident?  Can I go to the historical society just like a St. James resident?  Do I have use of the Township Airport the same as a St. James resident?  Why do I, an individual taxpayer in Peaine Township, not pay the same amount for these services as an individual St. James Township taxpayer?  If the opposite were true, if the Peaine taxpayer was paying more for these services, wouldn’t the Peaine taxpayer be raising a stink?

Actually, there have been a few years in the history recorded in Charlevoix County in which the Peaine taxpayer actually paid more taxes for these joint operations than St. James taxpayers.  The information that is available from Charlevoix County goes back as far as 1975 with 1983 and 1984 missing.  If you include 1983 and 1984, there are seven years since 1975 that the Peaine taxpayer has paid a higher millage than the St. James taxpayer.  Those years are 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, and 1992.

A Peaine taxpayer has not paid more in taxes for the joint operations for the last twenty years.  The ratio of seven to 20 doesn’t seem to favor the St. James taxpayer.  Some have stated that the reason for this goes back thirty years.  Going back to all of the records from 1975 to present, the only time the Peaine taxpayer paid more in taxes were those seven years, so in a thirty-seven year period, 1975-2012, the Peaine taxpayer has only paid more millage for seven of those thirty-seven years.  The St. James taxpayer has paid more millage than the Peaine taxpayer for thirty of the last thirty-seven years.  No matter how you look at this, there is an inequity in the millage between the two townships with St. James taxpayers getting ripped off.

I have been a St. James taxpayer for the last twenty plus years, and I want to ask these same questions that I have been asking for the last couple years.  When will the Peaine taxpayer be paying the same millage as a St. James taxpayer?  Why won’t the Peaine Township Board step up and levy the millage amount that the voters have approved?  When will the St. James taxpayer get equity?

Why has the Peaine Township Board allowed a twenty year inequity of over one million dollars to continue into 2013? 

I am providing a challenge to the Peaine Township Board  to sit down with the St. James Board and work this out.  I am challenging the Peaine Township Board to take the budgets of the shared operations and levy the millage necessary to make the contributions of individual taxpayers the same millage no matter what township you live in.  I hear all the time that this is one island.  The inequity figures prove that for the last twenty years, one township’s taxpayers, Peaine’s taxpayers, have not paid over a million dollars to the joint operations.  When will this inequity end?

Link to Excel Spreadsheet of this information

Born to Boodle

The author displays his most attractive side while modeling his boodling attire.

JACKSON, MI – These are the confessions of a confirmed boodler.
Almost no one on planet Earth is familiar with the practice of boodling, because it is a hyper-regional phenomenon found in one northern Michigan location.
For all I know, this may be the first quasi-anthropological report published to the outside world.
Boodling was stumbled across on a recent trip to Beaver Island. When I returned home, I wrote about a former Jackson County deputy who is the sole year-round law-enforcement officer on the island. In that story, a "unique island culture" was mentioned without elaboration.

“They have a thing here called ‘boodling,’” explained Deputy Travis Williams.
Don’t bother to look up the word, because dictionary definitions do not apply. Boodling is so big on Beaver Island that people there have an annual 5k run called “The Island Boodle.”
Here’s my best shot at a definition.
“Boodle: To roam in a carefree and loosely structured manner, often with beer.”
Boodling is most likely a social adaptation developed because Beaver Island is a confined space of 54 square miles. The island lies three hours, by boat, off the Charlevoix shoreline.
People on the island cannot go far, but they often travel around to encounter scenery and people. That is the fundamental building block of boodling.
Residents and visitors gather with friends and drive very slowly around the spectacular island on rough gravel roads. Their “island cars” are typically old and battered, which somehow adds allure to the boodling experience.

When two acquaintances pass in opposite directions, they often stop in the middle of the road to talk. Usually this causes no problems because there is no traffic to block.
For advanced boodling, picnic tables are placed in the beds of pickup trucks for the seating convenience of passengers. That may sound illegal, but it is not.
With or without picnic tables, passengers can ride in the back of pickups traveling 25 miles per hour or slower under a Michigan law that explicitly declares it is legal. Deputy Williams said it is commonly known as “The Beaver Island Law.”

If boodling sounds frivolous, I have failed to convey the full picture.
Boodlers have a highly developed appreciation of the grandeur of the world around them. They savor magnificent scenery. They “go to sunset,” as if it is a place.
It felt so satisfying I purchased a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Born to Boodle.”
At its essence, boodling is an easy-going approach to life based on enjoying every possible moment. That habit need not be confined to islands.
If you ask me, our world would be better off with more boodling.

-- Contact Brad Flory at brad@lifeinplaid.com

(posted with permission of the Jackson Citizen Patriot)

Leadership Charlevoix county

Leadership Charlevoix County started its third year with a class of 18 members from throughout the community visiting Beaver Island for their retreat. The nine month program is a comprehensive training and education experience for area residents who are seeking a more active role in county leadership and understanding of their community. The program is a collaborative effort of the Chambers of Commerce in Boyne City, Charlevoix, East Jordan and Beaver Island. The program receives grant support from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation.

This year’s class, pictured on their way to the class retreat on Beaver Island, includes (from left) Ben Hicks of Char-Em ISD, Chad Johnston of Michigan Community Dental Clinics, Cindy Johnson-Minkwic of Boyne Mountain Resort, Patrick Patoka of Boyne Mountain Resort, Hilary Harrington of Site Planning Development, Ben Newington of City of East Jordan EMS, Jessica Davidson of EJ, JP Gerster of Pat O’Brien & Associates, Cynthia Lamberson of First Merit Bank, Cristina Hogarth of Korthase Flinn Insurance, Abbie Hart of Bay Winds Federal Credit Union, Patrick McGinnity of Beaver Island District Library, Chelsea Townsend of Charlevoix Area Hospital, Heather Hand of City of Charlevoix Airport, M. Chris Leese of Photography by M. Chris Leese, Dee Vincent of Harbor Industries, Daniel Reynolds of Health Department of Northwest Michigan, and Don Kirk of EJ.

For more information about Leadership Charlevoix County or how you can get involved, contact Program Coordinator Mishelle Shooks at 231.536. 2440, mshooks@c3f.org, or visit www.leadershipcharlevoixcounty.com.

2013 Outer Islands’  Phragmites Control Efforts

It is said that, “volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, but they have the heart.” With this group of treatment volunteers not only did they have heart; but in addition, they had determination, knowledge of how important the control of Phragmites was on the outer island shorelines, and a healthy sense of humor. 

The wonderful 2013 Garden and High Island volunteers who scoured and treated 35 miles of shoreline for non native Phragmites and Purple loosestrife included:
Lynn and Jim Flannigan, Eric Naraanjo, Annette Dashiell, Christine Miller, Susan Screven, Brian Grassmick, Dave Blanchard, Pam Gerecke, Dawn Elzey, Stan Eagle, Jim and Sandy Birdsall, Pam Hilton, and Marc Seeley.

The Little Traverse Bands of Odawa Indians secured the necessary funding to provide the transportation to Garden and High.  All the volunteers have been accounted for from Garden and High Islands-thanks to the skillful and professional care of Captain Mike Weede and wonderful Deck Hand, Debra Owen. 

These coastal wetlands are the most biologically diverse, productive components of our islands’ ecosystems.   Hundreds of species of plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, fish, and amphibians rely on these healthy wetland habitats for their survival. 

Thank you outer island volunteers from all of us who have a voice and those “other things non-human”.  Your participation was selfless and priceless.
You’re all to be commended for a job well done!
Pam Grassmick (Thank you, Pam, for the story and the pictures!)

St. James Township Meeting

Video of the Meeting may be viewed HERE

The St. James Township Board met at their usual time of 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month, September 4, 2013. The minutes of the last regular meeting and the bills for payment were approved. Jean Wierenga reported on the boat launch and fishing pier project explaining the cost of the project. Phase 1 would be the sea wall, sidewalk, and fishing pier. The estimated cost for this would be $340,000. The funding determination would not be known until November 2013. This would put construction into 2014 if the $280,000 grant was awarded. Funding from other sources would be sought for the difference. Phase 2 of the plan would cost $335,000 and would include the boat launch, parking area, and the rest of the plan. If grant funds were received this portion of the plan would not take place until 2015. For plans of this entire project, look down below for St. James Township Fishing Pier and Boat Launch Drawings.

Don Vyse gave a report on the Whiskey Point Lighthouse Restoration project.. The restoration is in progress. Some good news was provided. The complete outside restoration should be able to take place with the existing moneys in the account. Doug Tilly reported on the Critical Dunes requirements, and the discussion about removing the S-curve on Donegal Bay Road was reported and discussed.

There were no applicants for the NRESC appointment for St. James Township. Sally Lounsberry was re-appointed to the District Library Board.

The board adopted a Fair Housing Policy. Discussion took place about a Dangerous Structure Ordinance. The township hall oil tank needs to be removed. It was decided to put this out on bids. The millage rates for St. James Township, presented in last month's township meeting, were approve with one change. The Township Airport millage was approved at the highest rate allowed. The public restroom building needs to have the roof replaced. This is needed immediately, so bids will be requested within two weeks. The board approved the request to send letters to property owners for funding the Phragmities eradication.

The meeting ended with a small amount of public comment.


BIRHC Raffle Success

Everyone at the Health Center thanks all those who bought tickets on our Chevy Sonic. Your generosity made the 2013 Beaver Island Rural Health Center Car Raffle ended very successfully with a total of 404 tickets sold and a profit of about $22, 000. This money will be used for clinic operating expenses throughout the fall months. The lucky winner again this year was Jeanne Gillespie.

The success of the raffle resulted from a team effort between the entire community (seasonal and permanent) and the Health Center Board of Directors and Staff. Betty Hudgins, Donna Kubic and Deb Plastrik spent many hours organizing mailings and recording ticket sales. McDonough’s Market generously allowed us to display the car all summer in their parking lot and sold tickets for us when we were not there. Frank Solle donated his time and talents to producing eye-catching free raffle posters. Island News on the Net, the Beaver Beacon and the Northern Islander provided free publicity.  Ken Slater graciously shared his GM discount with us.  Finally, Joe and Marilyn Reed picked up the car at the boat dock, stored it in their garage and delivered it wherever we needed it to be.

The Health Center Board members all contributed by buying and/or selling tickets. Larry Kubic and Sally Lounsberry also volunteered to sell in the sometimes sweltering heat of McDonough’s parking lot. Pete LoDico deserves special recognition for also researching and negotiating the vehicle purchase and donating credit card points every year.
With sincere thanks to everyone named above,

Connie Wojan
BIRHC Board President

Islander Sports

Both the volleyball matches and the soccer matches on Friday night and Saturday morning were live streamed at http://beaverisland.tv. The live streaming this weekend attracted 56 unique IP addresses. This means that 56 different individuals viewed the games that were broadcast live on the Internet. There is no way to know if there were more than one individual viewing at a specific IP address.

The soccer match was first with the Islanders having only eleven students eligible, leaving them without any subs, and making them run from the beginning of the match to the end. The Islanders had several more shots on goal than the Hannahville team, but Hannahville pulled off a win 3 goals to 2 goals on Friday night.

The Lady Islander Volleyball team had no difficulty winning the three games in a row to make the volleyball match quite short. The Lady Islanders won the match 3 games to no games.

The volleyball match was first on Saturday morning, and once again the Lady Islanders had no difficulty finishing the match in three games, winning 3 games to no games. Excellent serving was obvious in both of the volleyball matches, and even the Lady Islander subs got a chance to play in both matches.

The Islanders took of in the soccer match and scored first. They once again had a lot more shots on goal, but lost the Saturday morning match against Hannahville with Hannahville having 4 goals to the Islanders 3 goals.

This was the first home games of the season, and several individuals, including former BICS students, have stated that they appreciated the opportunity to view the games online since they were not able to be on the Island. This is quite a unique situation with the live stream capability of BINN. Checking around Northern Michigan you will not find another full game live stream. Go Islanders!

You can view on demand, online videos of these games.

Friday night Soccer HERE

Friday night Volleyball HERE

Saturday morning Volleyball HERE

Saturday morning Soccer HERE

Men's Fall Golf League

John & Doug 38 11 29 112 37.33
Travis & Gerald 40 8 26 117 39.00
Chuck & Ernie 36 0 26 109 36.33
Jeff M. & Ryan 39 12 24 112 37.33
Ron W. & Larry 38 9 15 113 37.67
Rob & Dan 39 7 32 119 39.67
Jeff P.& Bill 35 13 26 107 35.67
Joe & Buck 36 13 23 112 37.33
Frank & John 39 7 22 122 40.67
Ron S. & David 47 0 17 134 44.67
TEAM #1 BEAT TEAM #4 12-8
TEAM #3 BEAT TEAM 2 11-9
TEAM #6 BEAT TEAM #9 13-7
TEAM #7 BEAT TEAM #8 13-7
Out of Divison Match
Team #1 vs Team #2
Team #3 vs Team #5
Team #6 vs Team #7
Team #8 vs Team #10
Out of Division Match
Team #4 vs Team #9


The standings below merely shows a team what they DIVISION TOTAL PTS.
need to do in the upcoming weeks of division play as MATCHES FOR
all team have not played the same number of division FOR O/A LEAGUE
  matches. LEAGUE FINAL
Rob & Dan 39 7 32 119 39.67
Chuck & Ernie 36 0 26 109 36.33
Jeff P.& Bill 35 13 26 107 35.67
John & Doug 38 11 29 112 37.33
Jeff M. & Ryan 39 12 24 112 37.33
Travis & Gerald 40 8 26 117 39.00
Joe & Buck 36 13 23 112 37.33
Frank & John 39 7 22 122 40.67
Ron S. & David 47 0 17 134 44.67
Ron W. & Larry 38 9 15 113 37.67


Great New Beaver Island Map & Guide

“Well done Jeff and Ed, this new map and guide is fantastic,” said Chamber of Commerce Director Steve West.

The original Wojan-Cashman Map of Beaver Island was printed in 1977. The new updated 2013 third edition Wojan-Cashman Map and visit guide of BEAVER ISLAND is a must for visitors. This useful geographic work of art makes a great trip memento or gift. The beautiful 19” x 28” Full Color map is suitable for framing.

This is a complete detailed map of Beaver Island with great new visit information on the back. This is “the map.” It features roads and trails around the Island , topography, private roads, a detailed legend, nature preserves. Valuable features includes lake depth, topography and number & letter codes along the edge that allow easy location descriptions like, Whiskey Point is found at 12-C. Public and private land is clearly marked.

The visit information on the back includes points of interest, a town enlargement, important phone numbers and a brief summary of Beaver Island History.

You can purchase a NEW Beaver Island Map and guide from the following Chamber of Commerce member merchants - McDonough’s Market, Community Center, Oak Woods Condos, Powers Hardware, Island Energy Station, Fresh Air Aviation, Boat Co, Island Airways and the wholesale distributer the Chamber of Commerce office. The current suggested retail price is $5.00 or $7.00 by mail. Mail Orderswww.BeaverIsland.org

Beaver Island Community School Ranks Highest in Char-EM

Beaver Island Community School ranked in the highest rating of the State of Michigan. This is not surprising, but some may find that our school is finally getting the recognition that it deserves.

Read the article on Petoskey News Review

Bring Her on Home DVD Available

The S.S. Keewatin journey from Saugatuck, Michigan to Port McNicoll, Ontario was viewed this week at the Beaver Island Community Center. St. James Marine Company was involved in that move. If you are interested in viewing this and having your own copy of the DVD, you can access the website using the link below.

View Trailer and Order from HERE

Order your copy for $19.99 at the online store HERE

Peaine Township Supervisor Hours and Hall Calendar

Office hours for the Peaine Township Supervisor - BILL KOHLS

Use this time to conduct any township business.
Thursdays from 10am - 2pm
Peaine Township Hall
Office Phone: 448-2389


Announcing the New On-Line Peaine Township Hall Community Calendar.
This is where everyone can go to see updated info and events that are currently scheduled at the Peaine Township Hall. It can be accessed on the Township Home page which is:


There is a link at the top of the page marked "Calendar" that will take you directly to the calendar.

BICS Soccer Schedule

BICS Volleyball Schedule

Proposed St. James Taxes

Right or wrong, the tax rate that is determined in St. James Township determines the reduced tax rate to Peaine Township taxpayers, so this decision, to be made as early as next month, could effect the entire tax bill and tax revenue for the entire island.

St. James Township Fishing Pier and Boat Launch Drawings

These were the first drawings presented as options by the engineer for the water side of this project.

This is the parking area suggested for the boat launch portion of this project

This was another option based upon the some suggestions made at the special meeting.

Beaver Island Township Airport Project

Site Plan

St. James Episcopal Church

Schedule of Clergy

Oct 13 Rev. Carol Spangenberg

News from our District Library

New Hours:

Monday - Friday 10 am--6 pm

Several Subscriptions Have Expired in September

Several family and business subscriptions expired in June and others expire in July. . This is a reminder to those that wish to renew online. If you do renew online using a credit or debit card, and the Paypal SUBSCRIBE button, BINN will automatically make a donation of $10 in your name to the Beaver Island Food Pantry. If you are not sure when your subscription expires, please email the editor at medic5740@gmail.com, and your subscription expiration will be included in a return email.


Donate to the Live Streaming Project


The Live Streaming Project includes BICS Sports Events, Peaine Township Meetings, Joint Township Meetings, and much more.

Your donation may allow these events to be live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv