B. I. News on the 'Net, September 19-25, 2011

Tragedy Strikes the McDonough Family

15 year old Logan Marie McDonough died Tuesday evening from injuries sustained in an afternoon car crash in Leelanau County. Logan, daughter of Todd and Julie McDonough, was the passenger in the vehicle driven by Lane Rudd, 16.

The Sheriff Department still isn't sure why the accident happened, but at approximately 3:20 Tuesday afternoon, September 20, 2011, the car left the road, struck a utility pole and eventually came to a rest on the car's roof.  Both Lane and Logan were transported to Munson Medical Center, where Logan died. 

The entire Island community sends thoughts and prayers to the McDonough family in this time of loss. There are no words that can express the feelings of so many who grieve with you.

A Facebook memorial page is already set up for Logan McDonough.

Visitation at Glen Lake High School from 5:45-9 pm. A short visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. before the funeral service. The Funeral service will be Friday @ 11am at the Glen Lake Highschool.

Logan Marie McDonough, 15, of Cedar, died unexpectedly Tues. Sept. 20, 2011.

She was born Oct. 5, 1995, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Todd J. and Julie C. (Jarvie) McDonough.

Logan was an extremely smart and friendly sophomore at Glen Lake High School. She enjoyed playing soccer and spending time with her friends. She also enjoyed babysitting and working with her mom at her daycare. Logan loved spending time on Beaver Island with her family.

She is survived by her parents, her sister Casey L., brothers Peyton J.W. and Brady T. all at home, Grandmother Skip McDonough of Beaver Island, grandparents Edward and Yvonne Jarvie of Traverse City, and a large extended family, many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandfather Bud McDonough.

A funeral mass will be held Fri. Sept. 23, at 11 am, at Glen Lake High School Gymnasium with Fr. Pat Cawley officiating. The family will receive friends Thurs. Sept. 22, at the Glen Lake High School Auditorium from 5:45 to 9 pm. Memorial donations may be made to the Logan Marie McDonough Scholarship Fund, ? Glen Lake High School, 3375 W. Burdickville Rd., Maple City, MI 49664.

Arrangements have been handled by the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign her online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com

Russell Palmer, 76, Passes Away

Eugene Russell Palmer, 76, of Traverse City, formerly of Beaver Island, died at home Sunday, September 18, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer. Visitation will be from 6-9:00pm, Friday, September 23, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island, 2:30pm, Saturday, September 24, the Reverend Joseph Blasko officiating.

Russell was born April 16, 1935, in St. James, the son of the late Clarence and Lorraine (Boyle) Palmer. He grew up and attended school on Beaver Island, and began sailing on the lower Great Lakes at the age of 16. He served in the US Army from 1958-1960.

In March of 1961, he married Ann Marie Martin in Manistee, and she preceded him in death on December 9, 1985.

Russell worked on the C&O Car Ferry and retired after 25 years.

Russ enjoyed hunting, fishing, and boating; playing guitar, dancing, and singing those island songs.

Russ is survived by his sons, John Michael (Ms. Robin Burrell) Palmer, William Joseph (Mitzi Jean) Palmer, Robert Daniel (Brenda Lee) Palmer; daughter, Yvonne Marie Palmer; grandchildren, Adam, Amber, Ashley, Aaron, Alina, Kari, Lisa, and David; great-grandchildren, Krystian, Lexi, Dylan, and Jack; sisters, Virginia Palmer, Evelyn (Tom) Oleksy, Roberta Palmer, and Maryann Ferguson; brother, Edward (Mary) Palmer; numerous nieces and nephews.

Russ was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Edison Palmer; sisters, Grace and Irene; brothers, Perry and Robert.

Those wanting to share a memory of Russell, or condolences, may do so at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com




Posting Date Sept. 23, 2011

Emerging Leaders Hold Retreat on Beaver Island 

Leadership Charlevoix County (LCC) is off to a great start with a recent retreat to Beaver Island. The 14 participants of the inaugural class learned about the history of the island, as well as modern life and the many organizations that collaborate to provide important services to island residents. The leadership participants visited the Beaver Island Community Center, Mormon Print Shop, Beaver Island Community School and Community Health Center. The Little Traverse Conservancy conducted a tour of Little Sand Bay and the group visited the Beaver Island Fire Station to see a chunk of steel beam that came from the rubble of the World Trade Center brought down by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.

LCC used CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island as the setting for the overnight stay and team-building experience. Participants enjoyed a bonfire on the shores of Lake Michigan as they began to build their team and skills as leaders.

The participants will continue to meet on a monthly basis for another eight months to learn about and discuss topics including government, health and human services, economic development, education, arts and philanthropy, environmental and natural resources, and various leadership skills such as creativity, communications, business ethics and media relations.

An important aspect of the program is a mentorship where participants connect with current county leaders. Class participants will work together to create and carry out a community service project that addresses some needs in the county. There will be various homework assignments that include attending a governmental meeting and creating a personal leadership plan.

The Leadership class of 2012 includes: Thomas Cannon, City of East Jordan; Cathy Dewey, Beaver Island Boat Company; Darcie Dietrich-Buell, Boyne District Library; Jill Drury, Charlevoix County Transit; Christopher Faulknor, Boyne City Gazette; Betsy Granstra, Charlevoix Area Community Pool; Sue Hocquard, Charlevoix County Transit; Jennifer Kenney, Harbor Industries; Sara Kessler, Spanner, Solace Spa and Boyne Area Gymnastics and Dance; Sheri McWhirter, Petoskey News-Review; Erin Nickel, East Jordan Iron Works; Bethany Pearson, Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce; Laura Potter, Charlevoix Public Library; and Jennifer Sabsook, Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District.

For more information or questions regarding Leadership Charlevoix County, contact Mishelle Shooks at shooks@charlevoix.org or 231.547.2101. Questions can also be directed to the Boyne City, East Jordan, Charlevoix and Beaver Island Chambers of Commerce.

Photo caption : The inaugural Leadership Charlevoix County class of 2012 at Little Sand Bay on Beaver Island includes (from left) Erin Nickel, Jennifer Kenney, Bethany Pearson, Betsy Granstra, Laura Potter, Sheri McWhirter, Christopher Faulknor, Darcie Dietrich-Buell, Cathy Dewey, Sara Kessler, Thomas Cannon, Sue Hocquard, Jennifer Sabsook and Jill Drury.

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

Volunteer to support The Beaver Island Community School

College and Career Day! - May 2012

Click Here for information and Form for Submission

Come Say Farewell to E. B. Lange

The Beaver Island Christian Church will be hosting an open house on Sunday afternoon, September 25, at 1:30 to give the community an opportunity to say farewell to E.B.Lange.  This will be held in the Gregg Fellowship Center.  Coffee, cake and punch will be served.  Everyone welcome!!!

Click HERE for Poster in WORD format

Bite of Beaver and Beaver Boodle

Beaver Island gears up for annual fall festival

Click Here for a poster of the event

The 10th annual Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2011.

The day begins with a Bike Ride at 8:00 a.m. (weather permitting), starting at the public beach parking lot. Ride 2 to 12 miles and make a donation of your choice to the Sports Boosters based on miles ridden. Call organizer Linda Frysinger at 231-651-9618 for more information.

Be at the Print Shop Museum at 10:00 a.m. for the start of the Island Boodle, a 5K Walk and Run, organized this year by Judy Boyle. The Boodle also benefits the Island Sports Boosters. (Registration: Pick up forms at the Chamber office or online at BeaverIsland.org).

The Community Center will be the site for booths featuring arts, crafts, sweets and packaged foods from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The annual apple pie contest will be judged by former 1 st place winners this year. Bring your pie to the kitchen at Holy Cross Hall between 10 a.m. and noon . Put your name on the bottom of the pie tin. Pies will be judged on presentation (10 pts), general appearance (10 pts), and taste (30 points). Judging will take place at 1:30 p.m. with the announcement of the top two winners (with great prizes from Dalwhinnie and the Blue Pearl) at 2:30 p.m.

The top two pies will be auctioned off, with the proceeds donated to the organization of the baker's choice.

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).

Also at Holy Cross Hall during the Bite of Beaver:

* Entertainment

* Freshly made apple cider (watch it being made!)

* Hayrides for the whole family sponsored by Andy's Boarding and Grooming Barn and Beaver Island Financial Center .

Nightlife for the festival weekend includes a special event at the Community Center on Saturday, October 8 th at 8pm , the Peacemeal String Band . Enjoy old-time traditional & contemporary folk featuring the hammered dulcimer, claw hammer banjo, tenor guitar, and Appalachian-style fiddle - exciting vocal harmonies and a unique mixture of musical styles. Tickets – contact the Community Center.

Here are handy links to the Bite & Boodle entry forms.

Chef: http://www.beaverisland.org/2011-chef.pdf Space is limited, don't delay.

Craft, Sweets, Packaged Food: http://www.beaverisland.org/2011-craft.pdP

Boodle 5K: http://www.beaverisland.org/2011boodle.pdf Questions? 

Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce (231) 448-2505  Chamber@BeaverIsland.org

Chamber of Commerce Receives Restitution

9-22-2011 The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce has received a check for $300 from the 90 th District Court in Charlevoix. The money is restitution paid by Jamison Johnson for the Labor Day weekend break in at the Chambers office.

“It appears that Mr. Johnson plead guilty and agreed to pay the damages we requested,” said Chamber Director Steve West. “Thanks to the good police work of Deputy Travis Williams he was apprehended quickly. Professional evidence gathering work resulted in a solid case.”

Jim Heit's Pileated Woodpecker Pics

What a great treat this is! You seldom see a pileated woodpecker, let alone get a chance to photograph one! Thanks, Jim!

Phone Scam in Charlevoix County

From the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff Don Schneider is warning the citizens and business owners in Charlevoix County of a telephone scam taking place around the community.

A company called Hometown Publishing is contacting people, via the telephone, and is offering advertisement space on a local map that would feature Boyne City, East Jordan, and the county.  The sales pitch is somewhat high pressured, stating that payment had to be made that day by credit card.  Sheriff Schneider is advising people not to give out their credit card or any financial information to a company that you do not know or trust.

Hometown Publishing is also stating that it is endorsed by the Sheriff's Department when in fact the Sheriff's Office has never endorsed them ever.  The Sheriff's Office has not or is not endorsing any advertisement from this company.

Lady Islander Volleyball

(Pictures Courtesy of Rick Speck)

From Coach Kerry Smith:

We played league games Friday night against Maplewood Baptist the newest member of the Northern Lights League. We played a double match Beaver Island won the first match and Maplewood Baptist won the second match. Both games count for league standings.

Saturday we went to Sault Ste. Marie to play in the 1st Northern Lights League Volleyball Tournament. There were 6 teams: Beaver Island, Hannahville, Mackinac Island, Maplewood Baptist, Munising Baptist & Ojibwe. The tournament was set-up as a round robin with pool play in the morning where every team had to play each team 2 games to 21. Beaver Island defeated all 5 of the teams. After pool play, the teams were rated 1st -4th by number of wins then put into brackets which were 1st (Beaver Island) vs. 4th (Mackinac Island) and 2nd (Maplewood Baptist) vs. 3rd (Hannahville). Beaver Island beat Mackinac and Maplewood beat Hannahville to make it into the final. In the final round Beaver Island  had to play 3 games, 2 games to 25 and 3rd game to 15. Maplewood Baptist won the 1st game, Beaver Island won the 2nd game, and in the final game both teams were tied at 16 but 17 was the cap, Maplewood ended up winning the final  point making them 1st place. Beaver Island got 2nd place.

The girls played really well together as a team and worked extremely hard. I am very proud of their performance and look forward to watching them play more great volleyball this season.

Result of the Final Pinehurst Mixed Golf Outing

The last mixed golf outing of the 2011 season took place on September 17, 2011. The outing was played on a windy, but sunny day. The golf scores were anything but sunny, but the potluck meal after the outing made up for the day of playing golf not so well. The scores were all in the forties, but fun was had by all. (Photos by Frank Solle. Thank you, Frank.)


First Place: Jeff Mestelle-Sharon Scamehorn 42

2nd Place: Buck & Mary Ann Ridgeway- 44

3rd Place: Pete & Ruth Igoe 45

Joe Moore & Annete Dashiell 46

Laea & Doris Larson 46

Frank Solle & Nel Worsford 47

John & Carolyn Works 49

Birthdays This Week

Monday, September 19: Coin Guy, Donavan Langford III, Katie Fox

Tuesday, September 20: Barbara Douglas

Wednesday, September 21: Kristen Potter, Jeff Mestelle, and Nathan Ayers

Thursday, September 22: Jen Tillery

Saturday, September 24: Mary Buys Cook

Sunday, September 25: Robert Coffell and Leroy Fockler

Beaver Island Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click HERE to donate

Cormorants Again

Cormorants making themselves at home in the harbor area

Beaver Island Association Beach Clean-Up

BINN came across a group tallying the amount of trash and the type of trash found at the public beach, the Jewell Gillespie Park. Emmalee Antkoviak, John Brady Robert, and Grainne' Cushman worked with KK Belfy and Michelle LaFreniere to clean this park area.


Ken McDonald said, "Today was the BI Beach Cleanup. 32 volunteers cleaned miles of beach." Here is the list items picked up at the public beach:

Cutting the Corner a Little Too Tight

Crank-In T's Visit Beaver Island

Model T's and Model A's coming to Beaver Island? Yes, you betcha! From completely restored Model T's and A's to some that were just purchased and need to be fixed up. Lots of old vehicles and quite the variety were all parked down at the Jewell Gillespie Park, the public beach area of Beaver Island. Members of the Crank-In T's of Michigan travel all over Michigan to show these historical vehicles. These members seemed to be more that willing to talk about their car, to help fellow members with loans of tools or advice, and, as you'll see in the video, to help another member get his vehicle running.

Lot's of Island people interested in these vehicles...The chance to see them on Saturday, September 17, 2011, from 9 a.m. til noon.

Bud Martin looks at one of the engines...

Helping one another is part of the code of the Crank-In T's membership

Lots of different vehicles

One needing to be restored, and one that is restored.

Restored vehicles and new friendships made...What a great day it was!

Robert (Bob) Fitzgerald, President of Crank-In T's of Michigan

Video Clip of the Crank-In T's at Jewell Gillespie Park


Meet Glenn Cashman

First of all, Glenn Cashman's father is named Bill, but he is not the Bill Cashman that lives on Beaver Island. It is possible that many generations ago, these two Bill Cashmans may be somehow related, but Glenn does not believe that there is much, if any. Glenn is a soft-spoken married man, who graduated from Lake Superior State University and is seeking his Masters degree from there as well. He is about eight credits short of his Masters degree in Curriculum Development. He is currently taking a reading class. So, meet Glenn Cashman in his own words.

Short Video Interview with Glenn Cashman


Tearing Down a House

Kaitchlin's House is No More

During World War II, when John Clifford White was in the service, Catherine O'Donnell White rented this house from Rae Gilden McCaulley. John White, Kevin White's father was a child in this house. Audrey Bielman, Shirley Sowa, and Jim White (now in Muskegon) were all born in this house. The oldtimers always referred to the house as "Kaitchlin's House."

The house across the road from "Salty's" was reduced to a pile of rubble yesterday, September 15, 2011. The house, formerly belonged to a member of the White family, then later, Nuclear Joe McDonough, and then Osa Livingston Cieslak. The house belongs to Mike Martin now, and Rich Gillespie came down the road with a big loader to do the rubble-reducing job.

BINN assumes that anything with any value had already been removed from the structure, as Rich Gillespie began his work.

Rich and his loader coming down the road

The loader moving behind the house, then Rich and Mike discuss the best way to do this Rubble-making job.

Fifteen minutes later the results were a house move from a foundation and getting ready to fall down, but it didn't fall.

Frank Solle took this picture from behind the house...

Rich and Mike have another discussion about what more needs to be done...

Finally the pile of rubble has been completed, the house is no longer..

Video of the Kaitchlin's House Destruction


McKee Sons Visits Sand Bay

Great Lakes freighters often seek refuge out of the strong west winds of the fall in Sand Bay. On September 15, 2011, this self-unloader, quite large, used the lee of the Island to rest out of the wind. This is not the first time that this vessel has anchored out from Mike Boyle's beach. BINN reported on the last time that it stayed overnight in Sand Bay, safe from the rolling seas caused by the west winds of September.

The self-unloading barge McKee Sons was built in 1945 initially as a type "C4-S-B2" fast troop transport by Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Chester, PA christened as the Marine Angel. Her overall length at construction was approximately 510 feet with her power coming from a 9,900 shp steam turbine engine. The Marine Angel was acquired by Amerisand Steamship Co. in 1952 with partial ownership shared with Boland & Cornelius (American Steamship Co.) whose fleet would operate the converted vessel on the Great Lakes. The retrofit of the Marine Angel included lengthening of 123 feet, new fuller bow, replacing the midship pilothouse with a new bow pilothouse, and an overhaul of her engine. This was completed at Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, MD. After being towed up the Mississippi River into the Great Lakes, her conversion to a self-unloader was finished at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Inc., Manitowoc, WI in 1953. She was christened McKee Sons and entered service that same year. As such, she became the first salt water vessel to sail as a self-unloader on the Great Lakes. The vessel was named in honor of the 11 sons of the 3 McKee brothers who were the principals of Sand Products Corporation, Detroit, MI.

The vessel was first spotted by editor Joe Moore from Gull Harbor.

This sighting prompted a quick trip down to Mike Boyle's beach to get a few more pictures and a little video.

The vessel was gone on the morning of September 16, 2011, enroute on its schedule voyage.

Short Video Clip of the McKee Sons


Not Eagles, Instead Vultures

There have been quite a few of these birds soaring in the winds between the Paradise Bay Harbor and Gull Harbor for the last couple of weeks. Some have suggested that these are eagles, and there may be eagles soaring at different times of the day, but the ones caught in these pictures, enjoying the soaring are vultures instead. These birds are sometimes mistaken for golden eagles due to the beautiful color seen when the sun shines through the lighter colored feathers of their wings.

CMU Biological Center Closing Party

We are having our closing party on October 8th this year. Anyone and everyone is welcome.

BI Christian Church

Resident and Visiting Ministers

September 25: Harold Kruse

Worship leaders for October:    

 2:  Jayne Bailey     

9 and 16:  Pastor Bob Whitlock     

23 and 30:  Pastor Harold Kruse

Watch for date and time of 3rd Annual Trunk 'n Treat in the parking lot of Gregg Fellowship Center

Peaine Township Board Meeting, 9/14/11

The Peaine Board moved forward with the issue revolving around the Phragmities Administrator and the treatment of the shoreline. They agreed to send a bill to the State of Michigan for the costs of treating state land. The board agreed to appoint the recommended names on the NRESC with Sandra Birdsall being the Peaine representative. Paul Welke asked about why the board members had not received information about the Township Airport issues prior to the meeting. Jack Gallagher asked that the two Peaine representatives for the airport commission bring to the airport commission the township request for information and the budget that was supposed to be presented to the township in July 2011. Jack Gallagher and Paul Welke both made suggestions related to the Air Ambulance issue. (There was one error in the discussion suggesting that the Feasibility Study for Air Ambulance was not available. This feasibility study has been on the News on the 'Net and the county website since it was made public at the August meetings of St. James Township and Peaine Township. Since it is a 41 page document, the electronic availability and the printing ability made more sense than printing all 41 pages for anyone interested.)

The Air Ambulance Feasibility Study Report by Michael Slattery is available at the following locations:

http://beaverislandnews.com/ 110714%20BIEMS%20FW%20AA% 20Evaluation%283%29.pdf

http://www.charlevoixcounty. org/downloads/feasibility_ evaluation_2011.pdf

For Video of the Complete Meeting or Parts of the Meeting, Go HERE

St. James Township Meeting, 9/7/11

Of interest in this meeting were the re-discussion of reservations for the public yacht dock, the reappointment of two members to the Beaver Island Transportation Authority, the resignation of Jacque LaFreniere as Phragmities Administrator effective at the end of this treatment season, Don Vyse's report on receiving donations for Whiskey Point Lighthouse renovation, and serious discussion of the inequity of property taxes paid by St. James Township residents in comparison to the Peaine Township residents.

You may view video of any part of this meeting HERE

Jenny Bousquet Continues Her Music

Searching through several websites, BINN found this one website that provides information about Jenny Bousquet and her music. The music found here is impressive in its beautiful harmonies. Take a quick listen and see if you like what you hear. BINN likes it, and sends out applause to the musical style and efforts by this former Island resident and former BICS student.

Link to page on Jenny Bousquet

Auxiliary Donates for Radio Equipment to BIEMS

The Beaver Island EMS thanks the Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary and Resale Shop volunteers for their recent donation to EMS. The donation of $4,491.29 was spent on new radios and pagers for EMS. Thank you!

The federal government through the communications regulatory body, the Federal Communications Commission, has required the public safety frequencies to change their bandwidth by the end of 2012. The plan is to cut the width of the frequency range for each channel in half, which would provide almost twice as many channels. Several years ago, the Citizen Band radios were divided into Upper Single Side Band and Lower Single Side Band for the same purpose-gaining more channels. Beaver Island EMS isbeing proactive in making sure that all radios and all pagers will be able to be converted to this narrow band requirement when it is required. The proposed change-over date to the narrow band requirement is during 2012 with all radios converted by December 31, 2012.

Narrowbanding FCC Mandate
In an effort to promote greater spectrum efficiency, the FCC is requiring all Public Safety and Industrial/Business licensees using 25 kHz VHF and UHF radios systems migrate to minimum 12.5 kHz efficiency by January 1, 2013

Flu Shots Available

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

End of Summer Party at Port St. James Pavilion

On Sunday, September 11, 2011, the event of the year took place at the Port St. James Pavilion. This party was to mark the "End of Summer" for anyone interested in attending.

"Lisa Gillespie, Joanie Banville, Dawn Marsh, and Michelle LaFreniere decided it would be a great way to end the summer of 2011 and got the ball rolling for the Jimmy Buffet End of Summer Party at the Pavilion on Donegal Bay. The party was open to friends, families, even the dogs. Not a huge turn-out, but those who arrived with their drinks and a dish to pass had a grand time that was culminated by a beautiful sunset - the only kind you see from Donegal Bay. It was also a fitting end to an emotional day," Phyllis Moore wrote on facebook. It couldn't be said in a better way.

As the conversation flowed, one heard the following, "We had to come to this party to see our neighbors. We have seen them all summer long."

From the youngest who attended to the oldest who attended, all were glad that they had come to this event to have some fun, socialize, and maybe have a beer or some wine.

Thank you Michelle, Joanie, Dawn, and Lisa for the wonderful idea! Can we make this an annual event? Wouldn't this be an excellent idea, an annual party on Beaver Island to mark the "End of the Summer!"

A wonderful sunset, a terrific symbol of the party!

The completely relaxed atmosphere that you feel at the pavilion, the relaxed and friendly company, the young children, the dogs; all made for a wonderful time to slowly unwind after a very busy summer season. Now, BINN realizes that there is a lot of fall activities yet to come, but, with school back in session, with the majority of the tourists back on the mainland, and with summer residents preparing to leave the island, this was a terrific way to relax.

Short Video Clip of the Party


9-11 Statement from Carl Levin

Dear Mr. Moore:

Each of us will forever remember the morning of September 11, 2001. To commemorate the heroism and resolve that was displayed in the face such a hate-inspired event, I would like to share with you my statement today on the ten year anniversary of 9-11.

As we each commemorate this event in our own way, let us remember how we came together as a nation on that day, and in the ensuing weeks and months, to aid one another and to address this grave threat.

Carl Levin

Beaver Island's Tenth Anniversary 9/11 Observance

The morning began with a page to all Charlevoix, Emmett, and Cheboygan EMS, Fire, and Law Enforcement agencies time to coincide with the 8:46 a.m. crash of the first aircraft into the Twin Towers ten years ago. Radio silence was maintained until 9:11 am on 9/11/11 in memory of those lost in the 9/11 disaster. For some, this was a very emotional reminder of this "attack on our country."

The AMVETS Post 46, The Beaver Island Volunteer Fire Department, The Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service, The Sheriffs department and The Beaver Island Community School gathered together for an observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It took place on Sunday, September 11, 2011, at 1 p.m. at the Beaver Island Fire Department Station #1 in St. James Township.


A piece of the ruins of the World Trade Center at BIFD with fire boot representing all public service personnel who died in the 9/11 disaster.

Island public service personnel honored at this observance: AMVETs, EMS, and Fire Department..

Bob Tidmore spoke:

"We on Beaver Island have a physical reminder of that day with a part of one of the World Trade Towers on display here at the Fire Department. When we look at the piece of twisted metal we can only imagine the noise, dust and confusion on that terrible day as those towers came to the ground.

During that time in New York City and Washington DC members of law enforcement, emergency medical personnel and firefighters became heroes when many of them sacrificed their own lives to save others. Today, September 11, let us remember those who gave their lives there and honor those who still respond to our daily calls. God Bless the United States and the men and women in public safety who put their lives on the line every day as our first line of defense against disaster. We are honored to have with us today our own first responders from the Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service, the Fire Department and the Sheriffs Department. We thank them most gratefully for their dedication and service to our community. These men and women exemplify the meaning of good citizenship and we appreciate their service. There is also one group we also want to remember, individuals who work closely with these men and women and are an integral part of their efforts, and that is the excellent staff at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. At this time lets all give them a round of applause.

Also let us not forget those men and women in our armed forces who are in harms way as they combat the terrorist threat this country still faces. Let us hope for a safe return to their homes and families.

We have with us today students from the Beaver Island Community Schools to share with us their thoughts on the significance of 9/11."


Adam Richards made a few comments and then he introduced the BICS students who were to speak.


Michael McCafferty spoke.


Olivia Schwartzfisher spoke:

"I am honored to stand before you today to reflect on the images of September 11th, 2001. Images that have shaped me... images that have had the greatest impact on the shaping of my person... Images that at times, I cannot shake from my very soul. Images that as a younger child instilled fear in me…..Fear that I worked hard to overcome.... Images that have given me pride in my country.... Images that have given me tremendous sorrow, yet tremendous joy as how we as a country rose together, as one people, truly one nation under God. Images of the twin towers falling, people jumping, releasing themselves from a fate of fire. Images of our Pentagon burning, our military leaders for one brief moment overcome by smoke and fire. A hole in the ground in a field in Pennsylvania, created my brave men and women, to save our Capitol or White House. I carry with me the image of the President's face the moment he was told this was happening. He was talking to children, my very age, and yet, his resolve was not to scare them.

Our world changed that very instant.

We all can close our eyes and know right where we were at the moment we learned of this tragic happening. We can trace our actions of that horrific day, and the coping we had to do to grasp what was actually happening around us.

Through a child's eyes, these images I've endured. Through a young adult's heart, I have hugged Brett Maudrie as he has returned safely to us. As he has fought for our freedoms; as a result of an action that has taken place ten years ago today. He gets it; he gets the significance.

It is not about the defeating of America, It is not about the altering of our existence. It is, however, about holding our heads high and fighting for our freedoms; the freedoms that made this happen in the first place. Our nation, may have changed at that moment; however we all, became stronger. We were touched to our very soul, our very core at that moment. The images that we never should forget; the images that we hold, in our heart massacred. We should play them over and over, in our hearts and minds, as these images have shaped us. We are truly one nation under God, indivisible in spite of tragic events, stronger, more resolved as a nation because of images that happened that fateful day when I was a child.

Thank you and GOD BLESS AMERICA."


Kathy Speck led the entire assembly in the emotional singing of "God Bless America."


Paul Niehaus read a prayer prepared by Bob Hoogendoorn.


And the program ended with the playing of "Taps" by Paul Hiehaus.


Saturday BICS Volleyball

This last Saturday's was a completely opposite morning when compared to the previous evening. One of the reasons for this was the injury of the Lady Islander's main spiker, Olivia Cary. It was also noted that the other spiker from last year's Lady Islander team was helping the officials with a linesman's job. One other taller spiker was sitting on the bench as well. None of this is written as an excuse for the team's failure to win one game on Saturday morning. These are just facts. The Lady Islanders lost three straight games on Saturday morning, the complete opposite of winning three straight games the night before.

The Lady Islander team was on the court doing their best to score points, but the Hannahville team seemed to have improved a great deal from the night beforel

The Lady Islanders played with intensity and effort, and the younger girls on the court worked hard.

Some of the Lady Islanders were playing for their first time as members of the team as well as the first time in league play.

The Lady Islanders did their best. The spectators were very supportive and cheers were heard for the accomplishments of the younger players on the team as they carried the burden of playing in these games.

Saturday Soccer

Again, the Islander soccer team saw three players on the bench joined by a fourth who was injured. The result was the same as Friday night, but the Islanders had several more shots on goal in this match.

Although the Islanders were not victorious in the final outcome, there were plenty of smaller battles that were won by individual Islander team members.

A penalty kick and a goal scored by Jenna Battle were some of the highlights of the Saturday morning soccer game. Good job, Jenna!

The Islanders played with heart and gave the Soaring Eagles a good run while making them play defense.

Video of Friday Night Volleyball

Game 1


Game 2


Game 3


Hot Air Balloon Rides Available on Beaver Island

Location changed to Public Beach for the balloon this evening, 9/9/11

For demonstration purposes the Grand Traverse Balloon came over to Beaver Island and put on a demonstration at the Beaver Island Community School Soccer Field. The whole school turned out to see this hot air balloon demonstration.

The balloon started on its side with kids holding down with a rope from the top as the crew blew air into it.

Holding the balloon on its side was necessary to fill the balloon with air. A look inside the opening at the bottom and some size perspectives.

Finally, full of air, it was time to heat the air to get the balloon upright... Tieing ropes to the balloon to control it.

Even the youngest students were fascinated with the balloon as they stand and sit in its shadow.

Jeff Cashman goes up to take a picture of the school students and staff in the shadow of the balloon.

Then BINN editor Joe Moore goes up and takes a picture and some video.

They will be giving rides at the public beach beginning around sunset today, September 9, 2011. BINN editor Joe Moore videoed the hot air balloon going up, and then was asked if he would like to go up to get a picture. After a short pause, the BINN editor climbed into the hot air balloon and ascended with video running. Here is a quick video tape of the demonstration. If you are interested in a ride with the balloon tethered, head out to public beach before sunset. "What an interesting feeling, " Joe commented, "You don't even know that you are rising until you take the time to look down."


Time for the balloon to get ready for the night's festivities at the public beach, and time for students to get back to class.

After the soccer and volleyball games, BINN went down to the public beach to get a few pictures of the balloon after dark. Grand Traverse Balloons was giving free rides in the balloon tethered down at the public beach.

The burner glow made the most interesting light in the area above the public beach.

Almost an unreal sight for the residents of Beaver Island....

Bud Martin's Flag and Anchor

Bud Martin has put up a flag pole on his property across from the DNR building. Included in the display next to the flag pole is an old boiler painted black as well as an anchor. The boiler came from Squaw Island. Charley Martin, Bud's father, had hauled two of the boilers from Squaw Island with the intention of selling them for scrap metal. The anchor is historical from the Beaver Island Archipelago, but the history has not yet been verified.. Thank you to Bob Tidmore who sent these pictures to show the display.

Boiler and Flag Pole

Anchor and boiler

End of August 2011 Library News

Whew! It's been a very busy summer. If you've driven past the library you've noticed that the parking lot has been full as has the bike rack, and that doesn't even begin to take the walkers into consideration, nor those who come in the back way.

Many, many thanks to Connie Wojan and her marvelous Story Hour. This summer we have topped all previous summers for number of children attending and loving every minute of her story-telling and craft- making. The kids have made everything from play dough characters to kangaroo puppets. So thanks, Connie for making summer 2011 fun for both the kids and their parents.

The library is very happy to announce and acknowledge that MG Roe Stoup has received her level 1 library certification. The Beaver Island District Library now has three certified librarians to meet your reading needs.

In June we had a total of 1681 patrons and a circulation of 2424 and 467 folks used our public computers. By the end of July, we had 2830 patrons and a circulation of 2747 with 713 people on the public computers. We do not count those accessing our WiFi via their private laptops and cell phones. We purchased a new printer and connected it to the public computers freeing up the old one so that folks using their own laptops now have a way to print.

At the end of July we held a huge book sale covering two full days. It was a huge hit and garnered the library a grand total of $939.50!

Our display case has rotated through some terrific collections this summer. June saw the Red Hat Ladies display and at the present time we are showing Local Island Artists in the case. If you have a special collection you'd like to share, contact one of the librarians. Each display is shown for one month. Give us a call at 448-2701.

Announcing the New Built-in Orderly Organized Knowledge Device, Otherwise Known as the BOOK! It's a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It's so easy to use even a child can operate it. Just lift its cover. Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere--even sitting in an armchair by the fire--yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM.

Here's how it works: each BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. These pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence. By using both sides of each sheet, manufacturers are able to cut costs in half.

Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet. The book may be taken up at any time and used by merely opening it. The "browse" feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and move forward and backward as you wish. Most come with an "index" feature, which pinpoints the exact location of any selected information for instant retrieval.

An optional "BOOKmark" accessory allows you to open the BOOK to the exact place you left it in a previous session--even if the BOOK has been closed. BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus a single BOOKmark can be used in BOOKs by various manufacturers.

Portable, durable and affordable, the BOOK is the entertainment wave of the future, and many new titles are expected soon, due to the surge in popularity of its programming tool, the Portable Erasable-Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylus... aka the PENCIL. 

Emerald Ash Borer Traps Negative

"Last week PPPMD inspector Jane Winkler removed and inspected the 15 EAB baited panel traps she installed on Beaver Island earlier this summer.

She submitted suspect adult samples from three of those traps for verification.  Yesterday, Mike Philip, PPPMD's entomologist, was able to confirm that none of the submitted samples were in fact EAB.  The specimens were of an insect very closely related to EAB, Bronze Birch Borer (BBB).  Both EAB and BBB are metallic wood-boring beetles in the genus Agrilus.  BBB is native insect that is well established in Michigan and infests almost exclusively trees in the genus Betula (birch).

As I am sure you are aware, the fact that EAB was not detected by any of traps does not mean that it may not be present on the island.  It will be critical to continue to monitor and investigate those ash trees that may begin to show the early symptoms of infestation.

I remain available to help support your efforts to protect the ash on Beaver Island from EAB," said John M. Bedford, Pest Response Program Manager, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division.

Link to EAB Trap Map

A Video Tribute to the Veteran's Memorial

With slightly over 270 bricks in the planned walkways and many volunteers of the AMVETS Post 46, the work at the Veteran's Memorial is moving along quite well. Beaver Island News on the 'Net offers this fifteen minute video to honor the veterans and the work of the AMVETs in getting this far in just fourteen months. In July 2010, the oldest veteran on the Island was Carl Felix, Carl turned the first shovel full of dirt in early July 2010. In this short period of time, a wonderful memorial has been created for the Beaver Island veterans. Here with music to accompany the walk to and through the memorial is our attempt to show off the memorial for those not able to view it in person.

Link to Video of the bricks

A New Slice on the Annual Apple Pie Contest


On October 8th, the former winners of the Bite of Beaver Island Apple Pie Contest will be the judges for the annual baking competition. As the judges won't be entering the contest there are even more opportunities for great bakers out there to “take home the crown” and win the Annual Pie Contest. You need to turn your pie into the kitchen at Holy Cross Hall between 10 a.m. and noon on October 8, 2011. Judging will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the announcement of the top two winners of the prizes at 2:30 p.m.

Please put your name on the bottom of the pie tin. All are welcome to watch the judging. Pies will be judged on taste, appearance and presentation. This is the eleventh year for this annual Beaver Island Pie Contest.

If you have questions, call Elaine West at 448-2377.

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

BICS School Newsletter Number 1 for School Year 2011-2012

The file is a PDF and can be viewed HERE

New Charlevoix County Link for NRESC

http://www.charlevoixcounty. org/govern7039258.asp

Men's Fall Golf League Competition Finally Over

Fall Golf League Final Standings

1 1 Joe-Buck 38 12 76 221 36.80
2 5 Jeff-Ryan 39 8 66 217 36.20
3 3 Chuck-Ernie 37 12 65 235 39.17
4 6 Frank-John 39 8 61 231 38.50
5 2 Rob-Dan 37 12 58 239 39.83
6 4 Francis-Larry 40 8 57 253 42.17
7 7 Bob E.-Ron M. 41 14 57 251 41.83
8 8 Stan-Ron S. 51 6 40 286 47.67
TEAM #1 BEAT TEAM #5 12-8
TEAM #2 BEAT TEAM #4 12-8
TEAM #3 BEAT TEAM #6 12-8
TEAM #7 BEAT TEAM #8 14-6

Picture by Frank Solle. Thank you, Frank!

As you can see by the standings and picture above, Joe Moore and Buck Ridgeway took the title in the fall golf league by playing their game and continuing the steady play they have been doing for the last few weeks. Although Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith gave them a run for their money during the play-off night, they were not able to pull off a strong finish to win the first place bragging rights. With a win against Frank Solle and John Runberg, Chuck Carpenter and Ernie Martine almost took over second place, but didn't quite make the mark being one point less than Jeff and Ryan, putting Chuck and Ernie in third and moving Frank and John to fourth.

One interesting event happened on the golf course on this last day of fall golf league play-offs. One team's member swung at his golf ball on a tee box of hole number eight.with a swing speed of about 90-100 miles per hour. The golf ball went up less than eight inches and landed in the hole where the tee had been. The tee was launched numerous yards, but the ball didn't go anywhere. Now this is not posted here to make fun of the player or point fingers, but what happened on the tee box for hole number nine is completely unbelievable. This same player stood on the tee box for hole number nine and stated, "If I do the same thing that happened on hole number eight, I'll drop my drawers right here and now." This same person swung at about 90-100 miles per hour club speed, and the tee was launched numerous yards once again, but, unbelievably, the ball went up in the air a very small height and landed once again close to the hole made by the tee. You the reader will have to imagine the result.

Beaver Island Association Invasive Species

Click Here to View Slides

Holy Cross Altar Society Raffles Original Lighthouse Painting by Lois Stipp

The Holy Cross Altar Society is doing its annual raffle for fundraising. The Altar Society will be selling raffle tickets from now until October when the Bite of Beaver takes place. This smaller print of the original painting will be presented to the altar society member who sells the most tickets. The drawing will take place on October 8, 2011, at 2 pm at Holy Cross Parish Hall. The tickets are on the island, and they should be available now. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. They will be for sale after mass on weekends, at McDonough's' Market, or you can contact Audrey Beilman for more information at 448-2083. The altar society has received a raffle license from the State of Michigan, #X78435.

Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee Resolution

Proposed By-laws for NRESC

Bike Event Will Precede Boodle 5K in October

A bike ride to benefit Beaver Island Sports Boosters will be held, Saturday, Oct., 8, 2011, at 8 a.m . Bikers will meet at beach parking lot next to Holy Cross Parish Hall , bike 2-12 miles and make a donation of your
choice based on miles biked. Flyers will be posted around town after July 4th and be available at the Chamber of Commerce office . Bike rental is available. You could make it a duathlon if you register for and run or walk the Island Boodle 5K at 10 a.m Registration fee benefits the Beaver Island Sports Boosters. Call Linda Frysinger at 231-651-9618 for further information.

Message to All B.I. Organizations

BINN is willing to post any and all events on the News on the 'Net website! There is one exception to this rule.

BI News on the 'Net cannot post your event if you don't send the information to BINN!

We post school events, religious events, sports events, visiting minister events, and many other events including musical events, special events, and even regularly scheduled events. At the very least, the event will go on the Community Calendar, so others won't schedule something at the exact day and time of your event. Imagine the following:

Two well known and exceptional fundraising events are scheduled on the same day. How sad for those who work so hard to raise funds for a good cause.

This can be avoided by sending your dates to BINN,. You can send them by postal mail, email, or even call the editor at 448-2416. Email medic5740@gmail.com

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

The Human Services Commission of Peaine and St. James townships has put together a resource manual--a guide to services available to all residents of Beaver Island.  A copy of this resource manual appears below.  Printed copies will soon be available at a number of locations, including the medical center and the library.  Other locations will be announces later.  Many thanks to Joan Vyse and Judi Meister for coordinating the information in the manual.

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

Consultant Report Available

The Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS was presented to both St. James and Peaine Townships at their meetings in August. This feasibility evaluation was completed by a consultant Michael Slattery to eliminate any misunderstandings and to provide the information for BIEMS and the two townships to move forward. This report is many pages long, but Beaver Island News on the 'Net believes that it is important enough to post the entire document including all of the legislation that pertains to this issue. You may view this report by clicking on the link below.

Feasibility Evaluation for Establishing a Fixed Wing Medical Evacuation Capability for Beaver Island EMS

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

Update: 2/19/11---This video has had 108 viewings in the months of January and February so far. We hope that the views are getting the importance of having an air ambulance on Beaver Island and ready to go for the emergencies that have occurred here. It is obvious that ill and injured people are searching out other methods of transport since the transports for 2010 were down 50% compared to the last four years. While part of the cause is the depressed economy, the other part is the concern of being transported to the mainland and having a huge bill for that transport. BINN will continue to have this video available until something gets resolved with this issue. Comments so far: "You must be very proud of your son for doing this excellent video." "We never realized that this was still an issue." "Wow, a very important issue that seems to have been put on the back burner for too long. It's a burning issue."

Beaver Island has two flight services, and neither of them are currently certified or licensed to transport emergency patients from Beaver Island to the mainland. We thank the crews of the USCG helicopters for coming to do medical evacuations. We thank the flight services that have helped us get patients to the mainland for the last seven years and before. We thank Northflight for providing this service as well.

While a lot of things have changed over the last 7 years including a new school, a new executive director of EMS, new township supervisors,and new rural health center board members, there is one thing that has not changed.

Beaver Island does not have an FAA Certified Air Ambulance that is licensed by the State of Michigan.

When Phillip Michael Moore made this video as a Master's degree project, no one would have guessed that seven years later Beaver Island would still not have achieved this goal.

Please take the time to view the video. Please take some time to think about this, and then start asking some questions about how this can be resolved.

Beaver Island News on the 'Net Presents "32 Miles of Water" in its final form (28.5 minutes). The previously video, viewed here, was a slightly shortened version. The video is in high quality, but is still streaming video.


On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

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Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

September Senior Center Activities

September COA Menu

September Community Center Activities

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

News on the 'Net welcomes minutes to all public meetings. All organizations are welcome to submit meeting minutes for publication on this website. Please email them to medic5740@gmail.com.

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!