B. I. News on the 'Net, September 2-8, 2013

 

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!)

Tugboat Duluth Visits Paradise Bay

The early morning risers this morning, September 8, 2013, saw a vessel looking somewhat like the Wendy Anne out in the harbor anchored. It was anchored out from the St. James Marine dock with a barge and long floating pipes. At first glance, you might have thought that it was the local tug and barge owned by Matt Fogg, but a different view shows that it is not our local tug. The barge and pipes are used in dredging. It is likely that this vessel came into the harbor to get out of the weather.

TUGBOAT
Duluth
Specifications-----Duluth
Dimensions (Registered):
70.1 x 19.5 x 9.6 ft Steel Hull
Tonnage (Registered):
Tonnage
(Registered):
87 Gross Tonnage
70 Net Tonnage
Propulsion:
Engine: One Cummins K38M (1,200 hp)
Reduction Gear: One Twin Disc gear MG-5301 w/ 5.96:1 reduction
Hydraulic Steering System
Electronic Controls in the pilot house
Fuel Capacity:
Four tanks
6,000 gallons total
Support Equipment:
Two deck winches, fire alarm system, two generators, galley, two crew quarters that sleep a total of six, head, life jacket-vests, lifeboat-raft, life rings, E.P.I.R.B., first aid equipment, portable fire extinguishers, washer/dryer, two marine radios, radar, GPS, depth finder, and autopilot.

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

Flags at Half Mast Today at Veterans Memorial Park

Today the flags at the park will be at half mast in honor of Glenn Arden a veteran of WWII.

AMVETS Post 46

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

Starting Out by Cindy Ricksgers

It seems that I, Cindy Ricksgers, now hold the position of “Phragmities Administrator” for Beaver Island.

The more I learn about the invasive Phragmites that we are battling here, the less I like the title. It’s kind of like being “administrator of dread disease” or “person in charge of blight and disaster”.

In fact, the non-native, European strain of Phragmites could very well spell disaster for our native plants and wildlife, our beaches, our tourist industry, and life as we have known it on this island.

It has that potential. We are not going to let that happen. For that reason---though I don’t like the title---I very much like the job.

For the last several years, Pam Grassmick has coordinated and spearheaded efforts to stop the spread of this giant, aggressive grass on Beaver Island and the other islands in this archipelago. She is a wealth of information! While driving to treatment sites recently, she rattled off names and places, problems and solutions, dates and deadlines faster than I could write. I’ll have to get back with her to flush out my notes.

It is evident, though, that we have the best information available, the support of the community and some very good people working on this. In addition, we are making progress. I am confident that we can win this fight!

I’ll be posting here with news, plans and ideas. There will be information about how to report Phragmites when you find it, and  how to help with time or money.

Please bookmark this link, and check back often.

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.

Emerald Isle Back in Service

"The Emerald Isle will be running her normal schedule today," said Barb Schwartzfisher in an email this morning, September 5, 2013.

As the Emerald Isle left the dock this morning, the BI Boat Company posted the following on facebook:

"Good News this Morning!! The Emerald Isle Is Back in Service.

Schedule thru the weekend.
Sep 5th- Sep 6th
Departs Beaver Island: 8:20 AM
Departs Charlevoix: 11:30 AM

Sep 7-Sep 8th
Departs Beaver Island: 8:20 AM, 2:20 PM
Departs Charlevoix: 11:30 AM, 5:30 PM
"

What's Going On? Why the Secrecy?

An editorial by Joe Moore

Beaver Island News on the 'Net is a news service with ability to live stream video of events while they are happening wherever there is an Internet connction. BINN has the ability to get news out to the Beaver Island Community and the world in a very short period of time. Imagine the chagrin when Editor Joe Moore pulled into town to see the Emerald Isle a long way out of the harbor doing "sea trials."

This is embarrassing and humiliating, or at least it should be that way for those in power and in control of the information about the Emerald Isle. It would have been so easy to pick up the telephone or send an email to say something, anything, or at least notify the news services that this was happening. Instead, this editor had to discover it himself.

Beaver Island Boat Company is the operator of the Emerald Isle. No information was forthcoming from the Beaver Island Boat Company. The Beaver Island Transportation Authority is the owner of the Emerald Isle. No information was forthcoming from the Beaver Island Transportation Authority. The questions that are obvious are the title of this editorial. Who knew what, when, and why was the information so secret?

You can get more information from an individual walking down the street than you can get from the owners and operators of the vessel. This is wrong, The latest update about the Emerald Isle on the BIBCO website is dated August 22. The latest information on the BIBCO facebook account is dated August 28. That's a full one and two weeks ago. Perhaps, the actuality of this situation is that these groups don't want anyone to know what is going on. Perhaps you have to be a part of an elite group in order to get any information. This may or may not be true, but it certainly seems that way.

BINN isn't interested in who is responsible for the breakdowns and the cancellations, but we believe we have a right to know, without having to discover it on our own, when and if the Emerald Isle will begin running again. We believe the public has a right to know this information, and we believe we shouldn't have to wait until after the information is one or two weeks old. We shouldn't have to wait until the September 10, 2013, BITA meeting, and we shouldn't have to read and watch the news about Beaver Island from an off-Island news source. Apparently the Charlevoix Courier, TV 9&10, and the Petoskey News Review have an easier time getting information than the on-Island news services.

Once again, it will be stated: A simple phone call or an email would have been so easy to do to provide this information instead of keeping this information secret. BINN believes that the people have a right to know.

On another note: The crew and BIBCO workers deserve a standing ovation for all of their extra work since this Emerald Isle issue first came up this summer. BINN applauds their extra efforts and work including the captains, engineers, mechanics, dock crew, office crew, and all of those working so hard to get people and freight back and forth from Beaver Island to Charlevoix. An excellent effort by the workers is obvious to everyone! Good job!

Eagle and Others at Gull Harbor

Gulls and Cormorants in the shallows near Gull Harbor

Driving around the loop that includes Gull Harbor is a normal way to finish a trip to Whiskey Point. The birds were all in the shallows and then something out of place caught the attention,. There was something dark in the grass at Gull Harbor, but, between the blades of grass, a white head was seen. This could be a seagull, but backing up might provide a better idea. Sure enough there was something unusual in the grass by the edge of the water. Stop the car, get out, take a camera, and walk slowly. All of a sudden this is what came out of the tall grass:

Yes, that's an eagle! Okay now what? The eagle did not fly away. It just went away from whatever was in the grass. It flew and landed on a rock.

Then, a quick hop and the eagle's talons were in the water.

The next second or two, the eagle didn't like getting its picture taken and off it flew to the safety of the dead tree.

Having hassled the eagle enough for this, the eagle was left alone in the treetop at Gull Harbor.

First Day of School on Beaver Island

Today, Wednesday, September 4, 2013, is the first day of the 2013-14 school year for the Beaver Island Community School. The school has new students and new teachers. BINN will give these new island residents a little time before calling and setting up an interview. The new teachers and staff are: Ashley Helmer, Rachael Wilber, Melissa Williams, and Kathie Ehinger. These new people are a English teacher, a science teacher, and a Chapter 1 aide, as well as a health occupations teacher respectively. The school has 70 students, a ten more than last year.

There are a total of twenty employees serving out island students and families. These twenty individuals are now working with a new school motto, Where Kids Come First, and under a new pricnipal/superintendent, included in the twenty. Some major changes in technology use have already been implemented for the faculty. You can view the interview with Riley Justis, principal/superintendent below.

As stated earlier, the newer staff members will be approached for an interview in the near future. Congratulations, BICS! Here's to a terrific school year and some excellent learning!

Check of the BICS website HERE

Meet Riley Justis, BICS Principal and Superintendent

Although Riley Justis has been working at the school since June of 2013, the public would not have had much opportunity to get to know him. Today, August 23, 2013, BINN set up an interview with him to have him introduce himself to the Beaver Island Community. Mr. Justis has had experience in a very rural school in Alaska as well as in the city of Detroit. He has scheduled a coffee meeting on Thursdays from 7-8 a.m. for parents and community members to meet and greet and to have discussions of ways to expand the educational opportunities for the students. One of the major changes has been a change in the school website with a special statement, Where Kids Come First.

Video interview with Riley Justis

 

Beaver Island Boodle Scheduled

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

BIRHC Drawing for the Car

Four hundred and four tickets were sold for this car drawing.

Connie thanks everyone for their support and help during another raffle year.

Travis digs deep for the winning ping pong ball.

And the winner is.....

Number 233.

Which is......Jeanne Gillespie!

Thank you to Frank Solle for the pictures and the story!

Men's Fall Golf League

*

Team #1 Played out of division match

DIVISION #1 STANDINGS
#   WEEK #2 RESULTS
PLACE:
TEAM
S. P.
T.P.
 T.S.
S.AVE.
1
#5
Chuck & Ernie 36 14
26
73
36.50
2
#3
John & Doug 38 10
18
74
37.00
3
#4
Travis & Gerald 39 10
18
77
38.50
4
#1
Jeff M. & Ryan 37 0
12
73
36.50
5
#2
Ron W. & Larry 39 6
6
75
37.50
* Teams #1 & #2 have played out of
division matches.
DIVISION #2 STANDINGS
#   WEEK #2 RESULTS
PLACE:
TEAM
S.
P.
T.P.
 T.S.
S.AVE.
1
#9
Rob & Dan 40
15
25
80
40.00
2
#10
Ron S. & David 44
7
17
87
43.50
3
#8
Frank & John 45
5
15
83
41.50
4
#7
Jeff P.& Bill 36
13
13
72
36.00
5
#6
Joe & Buck 38
0
10
76
38.00
* Teams #6 & #7 have played out of
division matches.
RESULTS WEEK #2
DIVISION MATCHES
Team #5 beat Team #2 14-7
Team #3 tied Team #4 10-10
Team #7 beat Team #10 13-7
Team #9 beat Team #8 15-5
OUT OF DIVISION MATCH
Team #1 tied Team #6
SCHEDULE FOR WEEK #3
DIVISION MATCHES
Team #1 vs Team #4
Team #2 vs Team #3
Team #6 vs Team #9
Team #7 vs Team #8
OUT OF DIVISION MATCH
Team #5 vs Team #10
 
OUT OF
DIVISION
MATCHES
FOR O/A
TOTAL PTS.
 
LEAGUE
FOR
#
 
WEEK #2 RESULTS
STANDINGS
LEAGUE
PLACE:
TEAM
S.
P.
T.P.
 T.S.
S.AVE.
 
1
#5
Chuck & Ernie
36
14
26
73
36.50
0
26
2
#9
Rob & Dan
40
15
25
80
40.00
0
25
3
#3
John & Doug
38
10
18
74
37.00
0
18
4
#4
Travis & Gerald
39
10
18
77
38.50
0
18
5
#7
Jeff P. & Bill
36
13
13
72
36.00
5
18
6
#10
Ron S. & David
44
7
17
87
43.50
0
17
7
#8
Frank & John
45
5
15
83
41.50
0
15
8
#1
Jeff M. & Ryan
37
0
12
73
36.50
2.5
14.5
9
#6
Joe & Buck
38
0
10
76
38.00
2.5
12.5
10
#2
Ron W. & Larry
39
6
6
75
37.50
0
6
   

 

     

Links

Music on the Porch 2013 Video

HERE

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

BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER

At the Heart of a Good Community

•  FALL & WINTER HOURS:

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!

Watercolor Class Planned

Watercolor instruction will again be offered by Destin artist Sharon Long beginning the Thursday after Labor Day. Mark your calendars for Sept 5-10 (photo walk on the 8th) Classes will have limited space so book early to secure your spot. Already 3 people from off-island are coming for this. Remember that the materials will be provided so even if you come for one lesson and don't feel its your thing, you haven't purchased alot of supplies. This time period was chosen because many islanders said they had company, or kids at home and couldn't attend last summer's classes in August. So please give me a call 448-2894, or email me, leonor.jacobson @ gmail.com. I will be happy to take your booking! We had a such a nice time; looking forward to again seeing some of our hidden talents on BI. More details will be forthcoming. All levels welcome!

submitted by Leonor Jacobson

TO ALL WOMEN ON BEAVER ISLAND

The AMVETS Post #46 Ladies Auxiliary would like to invite you to a gathering at:

2:00 PM Wednesday, September 11, 2013

at the Beaver Island Community Center

for a get-together of conversation and munchies The kids will be in school so ‘Come on down and have some fun!’ then go pick up your kids at school.

P.S. Please also think about joining our group..we meet once a month for an hour or so.

CAROL’S BARN DEDICATED ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2013

Over one hundred and fifty people met up behind the Island Treasures Resale Shop today, September 1, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. for the dedication of Carol's Barn.

This structure will allow the Resale Shop storage space for some of the bigger items including furniture. The Dedication Ceremony MC was Sheri Timsak.

Sheri Timsak introduced Deb Robert, the youngest daughter of Carol LaFreniere, to say a few words.

Sheri Timsak next introduced Donna Stambaugh for a presentation and comments.

Gerald LaFreniere, Project Manager for Carol's Barn, was provided a large Thank You card, as well as a life-time gift certificate for used t-shirts.

Video of the above

 

Father Jim spoke, read some scripture, and blessed the building and those working to get it done, and alll those present.

Father Jim asks Gerald to repeat the sayings that were passed on to him..."An Island Treasure" and "Couldn't say no to the grandchildren."

Father Jim ends with a blessing of the entire group.

Sheri Timsak thanked a couple more people, and then the Open House of Carol's Barn and the dedication was over. There was a lot more to see, and refreshments included cake and tea.

 

Evelyn Mary Bovee Passed Away

Evelyn Mary Bovee passed away at her home surrounded by her family. Evelyn was born November 8, 1912 in Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada to James and Elsie Gagnon. Evelyn graduated from South Lake High School in St. Clair Shores, Michigan in 1930. She attended Cleary College and graduated from Eastern Michigan University where she met and married her husband, Norvall C. Bovee.

Evelyn was visibly active in the Mt. Pleasant community her entire adult life. She devoted twenty five years of service as a Girl Scout leader and received the “Thanks Badge,” scouting’s highest honor. She was President of the United Way for three years and served the senior citizens of Isabella County untiringly through her work at the Hospitality Center and later the Commission on Aging. She helped lead the Expansion Fund for Central Michigan Community Hospital and served as the board of trustees’ chairperson during the 1970s. She was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce in 1975 in recognition of her good works on behalf of her community.

Evelyn loved Central Michigan University to which her husband gave so much. She became a huge supporter of the Biological Station on Beaver Island where she maintained a summer home. She served as the Secretary to former Presidents, Judson Foust and Charles Anspach.

Evelyn had a dog practically her entire life (and one cat). She also enjoyed sewing, knitting, reading and spending time with her friends and family. Many who knew her were touched by her gentleness, understanding, friendship, and keen sense of humor.

Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Sue Evelyn Woods of Marysville, and son Ken (Stephanie) Bovee of Mt. Pleasant; as well as her grandchildren, John (Mary) Woods of Ortonville, Melinda Wiegand of Marysville, Dan (Jackie) Bovee of Wheaton, IL, and Jessica (Erik) Bredberg of Mt. Pleasant; and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, James and Elsie Gagnon, and her husband Norvall.

Memorial services for Evelyn will be held at Clark Family Funeral Chapel on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ronald Thompson and Rev. Diane Gordon officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Clark Family Funeral Chapel on Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. as well as Monday, September 9, 2013 from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Evelyn and Norvall Bovee Scholarship Fund or Woodland Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

 

Announcements

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

September

8 Pastor Howard Davis

15, 23: Pastor El Zwart, Hudsonville MI

30: Pastor Harold Kruse

October

6: Pastor Harold Kruse

13: Pastor Howard Davis

20 and 27: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt

November

3: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt

10: Pastor Howard Davis

17 and 24: Pastor Harold Kruse

BINGO News

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.

 

Oh, Yeah!

by Cindy Ricksgers

I live on Beaver Island.

When counting my blessings, I never mentioned it.

I forget, sometimes, how special it is.

When I was in college, coming back here to work only in the summertime, my daughters complained: they would miss all their friends, there would be nothing to do, they would die of boredom. “Hey, guys, we are lucky to be able to do this,” I told them, “Summers on Beaver Island..that’s how the rich people live!” As it turned out, they made new friends and found plenty to do. Now they wish they could be here in the summertime.

This is where I always wanted to be. From the time I was eleven years old, and we were able to take annual vacations to Beaver Island, I never wanted to leave. No one ever felt as lucky as I did when that finally became a reality.

It’s easy, though, to get caught up in the “day-to-day”.

We work hard here, just to get by.

I doubt any of us here chose this place for the money-making opportunities. We came for the peace, the beauty, the atmosphere..still, we have basic needs.

The “rat-race” here is not a battle that will ever be won.

We’ve been making great strides, but I think our pay rate here is still a bit less than it would be on the mainland. Career opportunities are rare. I am not the only one with a terminal degree working at menial labor. Besides, we pay more for almost everything, from electricity and gasoline to milk and bread. There are a few “frequent traveler” promotions, but we pay the same amount on boat or plane as any visitor. Things break down and need to be replaced, just like they do anywhere.

It’s easy, then, to get caught up in the struggle. In the summer, when there are lots of jobs to be filled, some people work dawn ’til dark, and beyond. I don’t even attempt that pace anymore..and yet, I find myself somehow with several jobs, working too much, with too little time for pleasure. I sometimes get out to see the sights only when I have visitors.

I designed a bumper sticker a few years ago that said: “Beaver Island: Dreamers at Work“. I think that kind of says it all. The struggle is to hold on to the dreams. To remember what brought me here. To remember to slow down enough to enjoy it. To keep in mind all the things that make this place so special.

I live on Beaver Island!

I stopped in the middle of the road on my way home from work the other day, to have a staring contest with a white-tail deer.

I changed out of work clothes last night, then decided to take the dogs for a swim. I grabbed my book and drove down to Fox Lake..in my pajamas.

Wild blackberries are in abundance this year. I’m able to pick a quart every day from the bushes around my house. Before that it was raspberries, from my garden and the field beyond. Strawberries before that. I have eaten fresh berries every day for months!

People know me, and I know them.  When they ask how I’m doing, they really want to know.

The water all around..the sky overhead..

I live on Beaver Island!

See more about Cindy's blog by clicking HERE

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

BICS Volleyball Team Splits Against Maplewood Baptist

The Double Matches Were Live Streamed at beaverisland.tv with 52 unique IP address viewers

In a very close competition today, August 29, 2013, the BICS Lady Islander Volleyball team played very well against the Maplewood Baptist team. In the first volleyball match the Islanders lost, but in the second match the Lady Islanders kicked it in and won 3 games to 1 game. In one game, Olivia Cary served ten straight winning serves! The Maplewood Baptist team tried to come back from a 2-1 losing streak, but the Islanders were not to be denied. Congratulations on a wonderful four hours of volleyball! Double matches sure take it out of the players as well as the spectators.

Video of all the pictures taken during the matches and the demonstration

 

Sign outside in front of school says it all!

Lady Islanders............Maplewood Baptist

More pictures and video from Match Number One

More pictures and video from Match Number Two

Video and pictures of Tae Quan Do Demonstration Between Matches

 

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

Messy Beach

About 150-175 paces around the harbor from Masini's beach on the west trail into the woods south around the harbor-you will find this messy beach spot. If you know who might have participated in making this such a mess, would you please suggest that they go down and pick up a little bit, so the Beach Cleanup group does not have to spend valuable time cleaning up this mess? This is obviously not what the Island wants visitors to see. If you made the mess, please go down and clean it up.

Pictures of this area were taken on August 27, 2013. There is no way to know when the mess was created. Too bad that a visitor had to point out this mess to an island resident.

Men's Fall Golf League

This fall's Men's golf league has been divided into 2 divisions by stroke average with the 5 teams with the lowest stroke average in Division #1 and the 5 teams with the highest initial stroke average in Division #2. Each team will play a match against the other 4 teams in their division and 1 match outside their division. Matches within the division will be scored on a 20 point system and count toward places in their division. The out of division match will be 5-0 for the team scoring the lowest net score and the points will go toward the overall League Standings. The teams will be playing for 1st and 2nd place money in each division and then all teams will be playing for 1st and 2nd place money in the overall league standings, with the division points and cross division points being added together.

DIVISON #1 STANDINGS
#   WEEK #1 RESULTS
PLACE:
TEAM
S. P. T.P.  T.S. S.AVE.
1
#1
Jeff M. & Ryan 36 12 12 36 36.00
2
#5
Chuck & Ernie 37 12 12 37 37.00
3
#3
John & Doug 36 8 8 36 36.00
4
#4
Travis & Gerald 38 8 8 38 38.00
5
#2
Ron W. & Larry 36 0 0 36 36.00
 
*
Team #2 Played out of division match
DIVISION #2 STANDINGS
 
#
  WEEK #1 RESULTS
PLACE:
TEAM
S. P. T.P.  T.S. S.AVE.
1
#6
Joe & Buck 38 10 10 38 38.00
2
#8
Frank & John 38 10 10 38 38.00
3
#9
Rob & Dan 40 10 10 40 40.00
4
#10
Ron S. & David 43 10 10 43 43.00
5
#7
Jeff P.& Bill 36 0 0 36 36.00
* Team #7 Played out of divison match
RESULTS WEEK #1
DIVISION MATCHES
Team #1 beat Team #3 12-8
Team #5 beat Team #4 12-8
Team #6 tied Team #8 10-10
Team #9 tied Team #10 10-10
OUT OF DIVISION MATCH
Team #7 beat Team #2 by 2 strokes
SCHEDULE FOR WEEK #2
DIVISION MATCHES
Team #2 vs Team #5
Team #3 vs Team #4
Team #7 vs Team #10
Team #8 vs Team #9
OUT OF DIVISION MATCH
Team #1 vs Team #6
2013 MEN'S FALL LEAGUE RESULTS OUT OF
DIVISION TOTAL PTS.
OVERALL LEAGUE STANDINGS MATCHES FOR
WEEK #1 FOR O/A LEAGUE
  LEAGUE FINAL
#   WEEK #1 RESULTS STANDINGS STANDINGS
PLACE:
TEAM
S. P. T.P.  T.S. S.AVE.  
1
#1
Jeff M. & Ryan 36 12 12 36 36.00
0
12
2
#5
Chuck & Ernie 37 12 12 37 37.00
0
12
3
#6
Joe & Buck 38 10 10 38 38.00
0
10
4
#8
Frank & John 38 10 10 38 38.00
0
10
5
#9
Rob & Dan 40 10 10 40 40.00
0
10
6
#10
Ron S. & David 43 10 10 43 43.00
0
10
7
#3
John & Doug 36 8 8 36 36.00
0
8
8
#4
Travis & Gerald 39 8 8 38 38.00
0
8
9
#7
Jeff P.& Bill 36 0 0 36 36.00
5
5
10
#2
Ron W. & Larry 36 0 0 36 36.00
0
0

It might sound complicated, but it's really not. Most of the guys play for fun anyway.

Nice Story on Travis Williams

Read HERE

Something Missing?

As you drive south down the Kings Highway on your way past Paid Een Ogs Road, you might miss something that has been on the west side of the road for years and years. Before we reveal the answer to this, we want to add a few more clues. What project that was completed almost eighteen years ago included Mike McGinnity, Bill Markey, Jim Wojan, Tim, McDonough, Dick Burris, Joe Moore, and a Gaylord company? What project moved Beaver Island into the forefront of the entire County of Charlevoix?

The answer to each of these questions is historically very important. The first repeater tower for Beaver Island emergency communications was installed. Prior to this tower, BIEMS and BIFD would have to hope to be able to reach the tower at the fire department station in town in order to communicate off island. The first step was to install a telephone dialer at this fire station, so BIEMS could use the telephone to call Charlevoix Area Hospital for emergency medical communications. This was the only way to contact the hospital from the ambulance. It didn't provide much privacy for the patient, especially since many people on the island had pagers or scanners.

The next step was to install an ambulance radio capable of calling the hospital directly. The ambulance radio and the tower on the Kings Highway happened very much in the same time frame, all within a year or two of each other. The repeater tower was a guyed tower, meaning that the guy wires kept the tower from being blown over. The tower and the radio license were in the name of St. James Township while Peaine Township donated the use of the property at their old township hall., When this tower was put up, there was no cellular telephone coverage for the island. The two cell phone towers were placed on the property in later years.

Short Video Clip of Site

 

Another advantage of the repeating tower including a repeater at the Kings Highway location was that there was no longer any off-Island communications heard through the repeater because there was a private tone included in the design of the communications system. Prior to this, many a fireman and EMSer would hear ambulance dispatch and communications from Alger County in the UP. This repeater tower made it possible to communicate with another repeater tower on the mainland located at the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department in Charlevoix. The system was designed to allow a 448-2911 telephone number to ring in at the CCSD, who then would dispatch the Beaver Island emergency services, whether fire or EMS.

Yes, this means that the tower was installed before the advent of the 911 Center for Charlevoix, Emmet, and Cheboygan counties. The tower served the island well for many years!

Jump to the present day and you will find the site looking a little different. The 100 foot guyed tower is gone. That's what is missing. In its place Verizon is planning on placing a tower that is self-supporting. At the same time, AT&T is working to upgrade their service on the tower at this location to 3G. It's almost like we have some competition happening with our cell phone companies of Verizon and AT&T. Who can get the better service and who can get there first?

The guyed tower is gone, and the base for a self-supporting tower is in its place.

Newest Nationally Registered EMT

Rachel Champenoy, NREMT

Congratulations to Rachel Champenoy, Beaver Island's newest nationally registered emergency medical technician. Rachel recently passed the difficult National Registry Exam, and will soon become a State of Michigan licensed EMT. Rachel currently works as a veterinary assistant for Dr. Jeff Powers, DVM.

Phragmities Volunteers Needed

Garden and High islands are slated for 3 days of Phragmites treatment during the week of September 1-7, 2013. These two islands have had non-native Phragmites treated in previous years. We will be using volunteers to treat the remaining small patches of Phragmites under the license of a certified herbicide contractor. Due to changes in volunteer schedules, we are now in need of a couple of replacement volunteers to join us. We are happy to schedule one day and as with all things islands-it will be weather dependent. Transportation to the islands is provided by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa (LTTB) through Mike Weede-Paradise Bay Dive Shop. These island shorelines provide vital habitat to many plants, shorebirds, waterfowl, and fish. Additional instructions are being e-mailed to interested individuals. For more information contact: Pam Grassmick 448-2314 or Cindy Ricksgers 448-2960.

Rollover Accident on the Island

On August 24, 2013, at approximately 11:03 a.m., the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office on Beaver Island (along with BI Fire Department and BIEMS) was dispatched to East Side Drive, South of Hannigans Road in Peaine Township for a personal injury rollover accident.

Robert Kuehne, age 78 of Okemos, was driving a black 1995 GMC Yukon Southbound on East Side Drive when he reported he fell asleep. The vehicle then failed to negotiate the curve, struck an electric pole, and continued into the wood line where it struck a large tree causing the vehicle to roll over.

Kuehne sustained a head injury and was flown off Beaver Island to the Charlevoix Area Hospital.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident. Kuehne was wearing his seat belt.

Youngest Golfer Gets a Hole in One

John Works congratulates Bennie Davis on his hole in one on Hole #4.

Although there is no other youngster that can we know about who can boast a hole in one on the fourth hole of the Beaver Island Golf Course, yesterday, August 23, 2013, Bennie Davis, 11, son of John Davis, and grandson of Howard Davis, hit a ball off the tee box on hole number four, and the family watched the ball go in. Bennie will have something to brag about when he heads home in the near future.

(L to R) Howard, Bennie, John, Denise, Thomas, and Isaac

CMU Biological Station Draws Record Number of Students

The inclusion of field experience, research possibilities, and excellent facilities allow college undergraduates and graduate students the opportunities that are not available in a campus college experience. The local high school students also had an opportunity to learn at the CMUBS. Meg Works was one of those students.

View story HERE

Erin McDonough Appointed by Governor Snyder

Erin McDonough, daughter of Kevin and Linda McDonough, has received a wonderful appointment by the Governor of the State of Michigan. This appointment needs to be confirmed by the Senate.

You can read the story HERE.

Emerald Isle Has Mechanical Problems

In an very short interview this morning, Barb Schwarzfisher spoke of some issues with the oil from an engine on the Emerald Isle. The procedures in place went into effect, and the Beaver Islander was put into service as the primary ferry causing schedule changes and some reservation issues for customers of the Beaver Island Boat Company. Barb Schwartzfisher stated that the Emerald Isle may be out of service for three to five days due to this issue. Barb said, "The Emerald Isle came back to the Island under its own power."

Short video interview with Barb Schwartzfisher

 

Short video clip of the Beaver Islander headed out on the 11:20 run from Beaver Island

 

Beaver Island ready to depart

Beaver Islander leaving Paradise Bay for Charlevoix

Link to Beaver Island Boat Company website

Margaret "Peggy" Gregory Sworn In as BI Postmaster

Several Island people gathered to witness the swearing in ceremony of Margaret "Peggy" Gregory as the Beaver Island Postmaster.

Linda Woods from Saginaw, Manager of Post Office Operations for zip codes 486, 487,and 497 areas, northern Michigan, excluding the UP, performed the swearing in, the same oath that the President of United States takes.

Linda Woods, Craig and Peggy Gregory with Craig and Lillian Gregg holding the Bible, and Ruth Gregg

Peggy Gregory during the oath and after the oath was administered

Snacks and cookies provided

Video clip of the Swearing in Ceremony and Short Interview of Peggy Gregory

 

Wellness Garden Fundraisers a Success

Leonor Jacobson and Connie Wojan are pleased to say that the many donated auction items have raised over $2000 for the maintenance and continued improvements on the BIRHC Wellness Garden this summer. The Victorian Dollhouse donated by Phil and BJ Wyckoff was auctioned off at over $1000. The fifteen hand-decorated birdhouses raised $475. The rest was raised by the Bounty Basket, gourmet dinner for 4, spring clean-up package, kitchen design appointment, cottage closing, spa service, and many more items. Thanks go out to these donors for making all of this possible and for helping us raise this amount: Artists Doris Larson, Judy Jones, Lois Stipp, Lois Williams, Frank Solle, Jan Paul, Yvonne Crandall, Eileen Bauord, Leonor Jacobson, Cheryl Podgorski, Laura Gillespie, Jacque LaFreniere, Kris Ries, Nancy Peterson, Gaye Paget, the Forest View residents, Jane Early, John Bowie and Larry Forth; Business Donors: Heidi Vigil, John Roberts, Dave Avery, Karen Whitecraft, Pete LoDico, Marijean Pike, Gordon Heika, Larry and Donna Kubic, Sara Busby; as well as Bounty Basket Donors, Alvin LaFreniere, Pete LoDico, Barb Murphy, Shirley Detwiler. Heidi Vigil, Betty Scoggin, the Broder Family, and Pat Rowley for three donations of art pieces.

Look for the news in Late September or early October about our annual garden walk between the two buildings to show off the additions we have made. See you then!

From Connie, Leonor. and all the Wellness Gardeners

Care to help out? Call BIRHC (Betty 2275) and leave your name and telephone number. We will let you know when to join in the fun!

Andrea Moore Featured in CMU Life Article

Read Article HERE

TDS warns customers: Don’t get caught in phishing scam



MADISON, Wis. (Aug. 22, 2013)--
TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) has learned that some customers are receiving scam emails (see below). Known as phishing, the emails are fraudulent attempts to scam customers into providing email addresses and passwords. They suggest that TDS is expanding the customers email quota.

“These emails should be deleted,” said DeAnne Boegli, national communications manager for TDS. “TDS does not conduct business this way. We do not contact customers via email or phone to verify sensitive account information.”

To protect against all phishing attempts, TDS advises customers not to provide confidential information (e.g., passwords, social security numbers, date of birth, etc.) to any request they did not initiate. According to TDS, any emails requesting such data should be deleted immediately.

“Thankfully our customers are smart and did not fall for the scam,” Boegli added. “But we want to make sure everyone remains vigilant to this type of activity.”

TDS also warns that sometimes the emails include links. The email asks customers to click the link and supply the information. While they may look real, oftentimes, the links take customers to a counterfeit website, generate viruses, or install spyware instead. Do not follow any included links.

For more information on phishing or for prevention tips, visit the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission web site, www.sec.gov/investor/pubs/phishing.htm.

......................................................................

Phishing email TDS customers are reporting receiving (this is the scam email!):

Dear Tds.net User:

This mail is to inform all our valued customers that we are currently upgrading our tds.net Admin database, e-mail Center and expanding e-mail quota limit from 500 MB to 2.6 GB. You need to Upgrade and expand your e-mail quota limit to 2.6 GB before you can continue to use your  e-mail.you are required to complete your details below and send it to us.This information  would be required to verify and upgrade e-mail account to avoid being closed. Please clicking on the reply button;

Full Name:
User Name:
Email:
Password:

Your account will remain active after you have successfully confirmed your
account to the monitoring Center.

Thanks for using our Email Services.
Copyright©Tds.net Web Admin 2013 All Rights.
............................................................................................

For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager - Public Relations / TDS Telecommunications Corp. / 608-664-4471 / cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com

Headquartered in Madison, Wis. it is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. For 44 years, the company has been connecting people with high-speed Internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in over a hundred rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. Today, TDS has nearly 1 million customer connections in service and 2,500 employees. Business customers select from the latest technologies, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted) phone service, dedicated high-speed Internet and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com or tdsbusiness.com for more information.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. also manages the operations of TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC (TDS HMS) which consists of OneNeck IT Services Corp., Vital Support Systems, and VISI Inc. The business unit is growing rapidly; now employing more than 500 people throughout the U.S. TDS HMS companies specialize in engineering and management of IT infrastructure, including: hosted application management, managed hosting, and ReliaCloud™ enterprise cloud services. TDS HMS owns and operates Tier 3 data centers in Iowa, Minn., and Wis. Visit oneneck.com, vitalsite.com, visi.com, and reliacloud.com for more information.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless; broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million customers nationwide through its business units, TDS Telecommunications Corp., U.S.Cellular®, and TDS Hosted & Managed Services. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employs 10,700 people. For investment information, visit teldta.com.

 

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
peainetownship@gmail.com
http://www.charlevoixcounty.org/peainetwp.asp

Also

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:

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

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

Barge and Tug Moved

When some St. James Township Board members spoke out at a meeting of the board, there was some discussion about the old barge. It needed to be moved in order for the plans for a fishing pier and a future boat launch could begin. Today, August 20, 2013, saw Bud Martin at work with his sons moving the barge and the tug. Here are the pictures of what this area looks like as of 2:30 p.m. today.

The new barge location now.

The new tug Shamrock's location now.

Video clip of the site

 

Signage Placed at Whiskey Point

The signage placed on the board on Whiskey Point.

The Whiskey Point Light with scaffolding, part of the restoration equipment and process.

Short Video Clip

 

Beach Clean-up

BICS Soccer Schedule

BICS Volleyball Schedule

Whiskey Point Light Restoration Begins

Several bricks from the outside of the light tower were broken and in pieces as they were removed and then replaced by this group of workers.

There were palettes of mortar and bricks and the scaffolding almost blocking the lighthouse itself.

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

The airport looks a little different as they prepare for the site work.

Video of the township airport on Sunday, August 4, 2013

 

Site Plan

CMU Researches Game Fish Consumption

Central Michigan University is conducting a research study to determine the dietary game fish consumption of Beaver Island community members. A 2012 sediment study conducted on Lake Geneserath by Dr. David Long (link to video of presentation) revealed higher than expected contaminant levels, including mercury and DDT at the sediment surface. By dating sediments, it was determined that these contaminants likely entered the system in the 1960s and 1970s, but unlike other systems, they are persisting at the sediment-water interface. CMU is currently conducting a follow up study on lake sediments, fish tissue, and dietary consumption of game fish in the Beaver archipelago. If you would like to participate in this study, please complete the Fish Consumption survey. Your identity will remain anonymous. More information can be found below. These data will be made available after completion of the study. Thank you for your participation!

Potential Impact of Dietary Fish Consumption on the Beaver Island Community

The purpose of this research study is to determine the dietary game fish consumption of Beaver Island community members. For that reason, we will be surveying adult members (age 18 years and older) about their fish consumption habits. If you are willing to participate, our questionnaire will ask how often you eat fish caught on or around Beaver Island , where the fish were caught, and the type of fish consumed. The anonymous survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. There are no foreseeable risks associated with this project. There will be no compensation for participating in the survey. This is an entirely anonymous questionnaire, and so your responses will not be identifiable in any way. All responses are confidential. Your participation is voluntary, and you may choose to stop at any time if you want. This study is being conducted by Dr. Rebecca Uzarski (email: uzars2rl@cmich.edu ) and Dr. Salma Haidar (email: haida1s@cmich.edu ), School of Health Sciences , Community Health Division, who can be reached at 989-774-2485 or 989-774-2623, if you have any questions.

If you are not satisfied with the manner in which this study is being conducted, you may report (anonymously if you so choose) any complaints to the Institutional Review Board by calling 989-774-6777, or addressing a letter to the Institutional Review Board, 251 Foust Hall Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859.

Take the Fish Consumption Survey online:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XVBT5XF

THANK YOU!

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 our Township Home page which is: http://www.charlevoixcounty. org/peainetwp.asp
There is a link at the top of the page marked "Calendar" that will take you directly to the calendar.

If anyone would like to reserve the Hall for an event they need to contact Julie Martin during our office hours Thursdays 10am-2pm . 448-2389 or peainetownship@gmail.com . I can also be reached at juliemartin88@gmail.com or my home number is 448-2074
Qualifications for the use of the Peaine Township Hall
Non-Residents will be charged a non-refundable $25.00 fee for the use of the Hall.
Residents - no charge for the use of the Peaine Township Hall for any activity except: USE OF THE KITCHEN FACILITIES - Which requires a $25.00 FEE. (Adopted by the Board 10/2004)
Upon booking your event you are required to mail the rental fee of $25 made out to Peaine Township to Julie Martin P.O. Box 375 Beaver Island, MI 49782
Rules of the Hall are posted there.

St. James Episcopal Church

Schedule of Clergy

Sept 8 &15 Fr. Madson

Oct 13 Rev. Carol Spangenberg

News from our District Library

New Hours:

Monday - Friday 10 am--6 pm

Several Subscriptions Have Expired in August and 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.

SUBSCRIBE or Renew

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