B. I. News on the 'Net, September 22-28, 2014

The Night of the Herons

After dinner, a trip out to the point and around Gull Harbor was on the schedule. Going around there, two huge birds were sitting in the dead tree out there, but no camera was available. A quick trip back to the house, the camera was now in the car, and the hope was that these birds would be still in the tree.

No such luck! Instead, the herons decided to give a show of their own. There is no way to know how many herons that were moving around out at Gull Harbor tonight. If there was less than four, a hat might end up eaten, but there could have been more. The Night of the Herons was underway there at Gull Harbor. One picture would be taken, and out of the corner of the eye another movement was seen showing yet another heron.

Here are the pictures taken on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at Gull Harbor over a forty-five minute period of time starting around 6:30 pm::

Thank You, Jim Haveman!

Jim and Barb Haveman

Jim Haveman has retired from his service to the State of Michigan. Last night, September 27, 2014, a thank you reception was secretly arranged at the St. James Yacht Club. Bill and Tammy McDonough and friends had taken the time and effort to arrange this surprise for Jim and Barb Haveman. A small group of older, dedicated-to-service island people were invited to participate in the event, and given the opportunity to thank Mr. Haveman.

Jim Haveman was the largest piece in the puzzle in our BIRHC getting funding for the new building and to restoration of the State of Michigan grant for operations. This monetary grant is what keeps our rural health center operating. The friendly working relationship between our rural health center board, Bill McDonough, Donna Kubic, and the state has maintaned our healthcare level at the highest level possible.

Tammy welcomes all who attended

Bill, Donna, Connie at the Yacht Club

Mr. Haveman (Jim) listens as Bill McDonough speaks

Bill Haveman speaks about the dedication of local Islanders

The reception continued after the speeches on the roof deck.

Video of the event may be viewed HERE

Beaver Island Taekwondo Club Has Successes

Beaver Island Taekwondo Club with Coach Dave Avery

A trip downstate to a competition in Kalamazoo, Michigan, took the Taekwondo Club into uncharted waters. Our students and adults did a wonderful job of representing the island in the big city. Those that received medals are listed below:

Brendyn Oliver received a silver in breaking, silver in sparring, and bronze in forms. Austyn Oliver received a gold in breaking, a silver in forms, and a bronze in sparring. RileyWilliamson received a gold in forms, a silver in sparring, and a bronze in breaking. Quinn Jones received a gold in sparring and a silver in breaking. John Robert received a gold in weapons, a bronze in breaking, and a bronze in forms. Levi Connor received a silver in breaking and a silver in forms. Jewell Gillespie Cushman received a gold in breaking, a silver in forms, a silver in weapons, and a silver in sparring. Forest Avery received a silver in breaking, a silver in sparring, a silver in weapons, and a bronze in forms. Sarah Avery received a gold in breaking and a gold in weapons!

Awaiting results:

Some of the club receiving medals:

Beaver Island should be very proud of all of them, especially those who competed against higher ranks!

Many thanks to Sue and Dave Avery for their work with these athletes!

Threatened and Endangered Species: osprey

Ospreys, large fish-eating raptors, are experts at spotting fish in water from high above. They fold their wings back, thrust their large talons forward and smash into the water, snatch a fish, then take flight again. Larger than most hawks, but smaller than eagles, they have made a comeback in southern Michigan over the past 20 years.

Beaver Island is fortunate to have ospreys, and one nest location, on top of the microwave tower, is especially popular for viewing. The field across the road (Bob Graves place) has two dead trees in which the osprey like to rest and eat. Other ospreys have been seen on the south end near Iron Ore Bay as well as the Lake Geneserath area.
Ospreys were initially listed as a threatened species in Michigan, but were removed from the list in 2009. One important reason osprey were delisted is because of the 10-year-long Osprey Reintroduction Project that took place from 1990 to 2000. This project involved moving 50 chicks from the northern parts of the state to areas in southern Michigan, and there are now more than 30 known nests in southern Lower Peninsula plus dozens of nests in the northern Lower and Upper peninsulas. The species is known to be very faithful to historical nesting grounds, which made the osprey's return to the southern Lower Peninsula progress slow.

After World War II, the use of a new insecticide, known as DDT, increased. Small birds, fish and mammals accumulated the pesticide within their bodies. Raptors feeding on the contaminated fish, birds and rodents were, in turn, poisoned by a progressive build-up of the pesticide. DDT was especially harmful to birds because it caused eggshell-thinning, which resulted in weak eggs that broke under pressure. As a result, very few young birds hatched and made it to adulthood. DDT has not been used in Michigan for decades, and the birds are now reproducing much more normally.

If you live in an area with a large body of water nearby, you may be lucky enough to see an osprey. They will be flying over lakes looking for fish or just waiting for the right time to drop from the sky and grab the fish right out of the water! Their very large stick nests won’t be too far away, in the top of a tree or---in Michigan---it's common to see osprey nests on the top of cellular towers. They prefer to nest over or near the water, where they can see clearly for 360 degrees around the nest.

The osprey restoration program has been successful, but concerns remain. Ospreys still need to be protected from killing or capture, especially in their wintering grounds in Florida, the southwestern U.S. and Central America. With help and support from the public, the osprey will continue to be an awe-inspiring sight.

There are several other easy ways you can help conserve this special bird:

For more information on Michigan's threatened and endangered species and the 40th-anniversary celebration, visit www.michigan.gov/wildlife.

3rd Semi-Annual Beaver Island Health & Human Services Fair!

A Journey to Wellness

Friday, September 26, 2014, from 1-4pm

Beaver Island Community School

Dr. Brad Grassmick used the high tech equipment to show the workings of the human heart today at the health fair. His program on his I-Pad was just part of the interesting presentation. Dr. Grasmick also brought in an elk heart, and dissected the elk heart to show the valves between the chambers and the differences in size and muscular content of the different parts of the heart.

The elk heart before being cut open.

Dr. Grassmick also showed the causes and risk factors for heart attacks. He spoke about blood pressure and body mass index in addition to the risk factors. He also showed the completely unorganized electrical activity of a heart that is fibrillating (quivering with no blood flow to the brain or heart). His anatomy and physiology presentatiion was a perfect set-up for the second part of the program, the AED demonstration.

AED stands for automatic external defibrillator. As Joe Moore explained, the fibrillating heart is not circulating any blood to the heart or the brain. The very best way to give a patient a chance to live is to stop the quivering of the heart in the hopes that the heart will begin to beat normally again and begin circulating blood to the brain and heart.

"All brands of defibrillators have voice directions provided to users," Joe Moore continued to explain. An example of the defibrillator that is kept just outside the gymnasium was shown to those present. Then another defibrillator trainer was used to demonstrate the use of the AED. After one demonstration, Joe invited one member of the audience to come up and follow the directions. Joe asked the audience to repeat the directions of the AED voice, and the same procedure was followed by the audience member who had no medical experience.

All those present were invited up to put on gloves and explore the elk heart at the end of these two presentations

Throughout the high school area of the BICS, many representatives of different organizations were set up and ready to provide information.

Besides this presentation that began at approximately 1:10 pm, there were other demonstration and experiences scheduled. At 2 pm, Yoga, Personology, and Nutrition took place, 2:30pm was Massage, 3:30-4:00 was celtic Body Prayers, and out on the soccer field from 2:15-2:45 was a demonstration of Ways That Your Pet Can Benefit Your Health.

There were many organizations and groups present including Alcona Health Insurance, .a place to get rid of old prescriptions and donate old eyeglasses, Charlevoix Hospital, McClaren Northern Michigan Hospital, Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department, Alcoholic Anonymous, Wendy White, DDS, American Red Cross, Health Department of Northwest Michigan, North Country Community Mental Health, Beaver Island Rural Health Center, Hospice, Helping Hands, Circle of Strength, United Way, Northern Community Mediation, US Department of Agriculture Rural Development, Women's Resource Center, Dr. Jeff Powers, Department of Human Services, Commision on Agine, Office of Veteran Affairs, Beaver Island Food Pantry, Beaver Island EMS, Surveys, Goodie Bags, and Door Prizes.

Here are a few pictures of just some of the people and presentations.

Then outside on the soccer field:

A wonderful afternoon of gaining information about all aspects of human life presented by the Human Services Commission and BICS.





COA Lunch at BI Community Center

Beginning at 11:30 am on September 26, 2014, before the Health Fair, the Beaver Island Community Center hosted the COA Lunch. The menu included barbecue chicken, beans and broccoli, coleslaw, grapes, and dinner roll. For dessert was a banana/coconut pudding.

In the kitchen serving up the lunch was Susi Harman, Glen Felixson, and Pam Nicholas.

The dinner was well attended.

Kathy Richards, Pat Bonadeo, and Ann Partridge represented the BI COA.

These ladies came over from the Charlevoix County Commission of Aging.


Fall Colors Blooming

Miller's Marsh was the beginning stop to show the colors.

Then on to Greene's Lake:

Then on to Fox Lake:


Erosion to West Side Road

There was a lot of rain that came down this last week and the roadway going down the hills on the West Side Road had an amazing amount of erosion. In some places the side of the roadway was washed into the woods. Here are three pictures of the erosion taken by Laura Green:

The erosion was obvious.

Today, September 25, 2014, BINN editor Joe Moore took a trip down the West Side Road to see the repair made by the CC Road Commission. The work is obviously completed, but the road is obviously covered with new clay and gravel mix.

The roadway washed into the woods, water still runs down the hill in trickles


Fall Men's Golf League Results

Bill & Jeff P.
Buck & Joe
Travis & Chad
Jeff M. & Brad
Kirk & Rob
Frank & John
Ron W. & Larry L.
Ron S. & David
Week #3 Results
Team #2 beat Team #1 13-7
Team #4 beat Team #3 12-8
Team #5 beat Team #6 15-5
Team #7 beat Team #8 14-6
October 1st
Week #4 Schedule
A-1 vs B2
Team #3 vs Team #6
A-2 vs B-1
Team #2 vs Team #5
A-3 vs B-4
Team #4 vs Team #8
A-4 vs B-3
Team #1 vs Team #7
October 8th
Week #5 Schedule
A-1 vs B-1
Team #3 vs Team #5
A-2 vs B-2
Team #2 vs Team #6
A-3 vs B-3
Team #4 vs Team #7
A4 vs B-4
Team #1 vs Team #8

Common Core Presentation to School Board and Community

(Information taken from beaverislandforum post by KaiLonnie Dunsmore)

KaiLonnie Dunsmore did a 30 minute presentation last night, Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at the school board meeting at 7:30 pm on the common core and school reform. This was a school board work session on identifying school year goals. KaiLonnie invited community members, parents, and candidates for the school board to attend and get an introduction into the new national standards (common core, next generation science standards, social studies C-3 framework) and research on the practices that effective schools are using to support change.

Here's a brief overview of what she shared:
• What are the new national standards and how did they develop?
• What are the main changes that we should be seeing in our school because of the common core and new assessments?
• How do these standards impact the goals we have on BI for student learning, student assessment, and educator evaluation?
• What are successful schools around the country doing to effectively implement the changes required by new standards?
• What questions should we be asking or issues should we be discussing here in our school to prepare our students and teachers for these new learning goals?

View video of the BICS Board Meeting and KaiLonnie Dunsmore's presentation HERE

The Milky Way

Photo by Frank Solle

Treating Whiskey Island (*sob* without a camera!)

by Cindy Ricksgers

After two days when weather and transportation woes kept us away from our task, last Thursday was a godsend.

The lake was calm, the day was cool but mild, and transportation was arranged.

On this day, it was just the three contractors: Pam Hilton, Marc Seelye and Christine Miller...and me.

I’d been scheduled to work at another job, but decided last minute that I’d like to get the "full experience," and rearranged things to make it possible. Having an even number of workers (even one as barely competent as myself) allows for splitting up and thus covering more territory.

As we set out for Whiskey Island, a narrow band of baby blue sky met the steel gray waves at the horizon. Above that, a narrow ribbon of white clouds divided that bit of sky from the ceiling of heavy gray clouds that blocked the sun and were our almost constant companion that day.

When I took a photograph, my camera beeped, but I couldn’t see what was wrong. When we got to Whiskey Island---another island I had never before visited---I took another. Again the beep. There, I could read the screen: "NO MEMORY CARD." UGH! In the interim days of rain, I had taken my camera out to photograph the many varieties of Fall mushrooms that were popping up all over my yard and down the Fox Lake Road. I’d taken the memory card out to download those photos onto my computer...and never put it back. What a disappointment!

Whiskey Island Is small---about 130 acres---and shaped like a kite. It sits to the north and west of Beaver Island, and is roughly halfway between Garden and High, the other two islands we visited.

We split into two groups, with one person handling the herbicidal treatment while the other took GPS coordinates and notes. We set off in opposite directions, to walk the perimeter of the island.

Christine and I headed out together.

The shore was covered with acorn-sized gravel on a steep incline. Sand cherries grew right up to the water line and spread their branches out over the water. Within the first minute, we realized the only way we were going to be able to walk the shoreline was to walk in knee-deep water. It was cold! Within ten minutes, my feet were numb. By the time we made it around the island and met Marc and Pam, it felt like I was lifting heavy logs each time I took a step.

We zig-zagged from the waterline through the shrubbery to the higher dunes, to make sure we weren’t missing anything.

We came upon a small stand of native Phragmites, with the characteristic bronze stalks. In that case, we make note of the location, but do not treat the plant. Healthy stands of native Phragmites and other native plants help to keep invasives from moving in to an area, and should be left alone.

We also found one small stand of invasive Phragmites, evident by its more aggressive growth pattern, large, dark, raggedy seed heads and straw-colored stalks. We noted the coordinates, and treated it with herbicide.

We met Pam and Marc coming from the other direction.They, too, had found just a couple small stands of Phragmites. After the many large stands we had encountered on High Island, this was very good news! We had walked the perimeter in just about an hour. The boat was waiting for us.

Next, back to High Island, to get what we had missed there.

We had found High Island to be much worse than expected, based on prior treatment there. Each team had run into issues that had prevented them from completing  treatment in the time we had. The herbicide cannot be applied after four PM; we were limited to the amount of herbicide that we could carry on our backs and we were traveling through very rough and sometimes impassible terrain. Each team had carefully noted the size and location of every untreated stand, as well as specific issues (like thigh-deep muck that was impossible to walk through) that made treatment tricky. If we hadn’t been able to return there until next year, we would have known, at least, to make those areas a priority.

Fortunately, we had time!

We set out again in teams of two. Christine and I started at what had been our finish point on Monday, and back-tracked through the same section of shoreline, finding and treating each stand we had missed. Pam and Marc had their own sets of coordinates, with areas to treat in the other direction. By two PM we had wrapped up treatment on another island!

We set off for Garden Island.

We had, on Saturday, divided into two teams of three, and headed out in opposite directions on Garden Island. We had to meet back at our starting location at four o’clock, so had to allow time for the return. Because my group walked the trail through the island, we had a bit of time to spare (and Pam Hilton does not like to waste any time!) but we hadn’t known how long it would take us. Both groups had clearly recorded their stopping point, so we knew exactly where to begin.

We started at Indian Harbor near the little DNR cabin, and walked the shoreline to the location that the other team and turned around the other day. The four of us stayed together, for this short distance

We expected to find a couple small stands that had been noted and treated in previous years. When we’d left Garden Island on Saturday, we had agreed that it wouldn’t be the worst disaster if they had to wait until next year. With so many variables of wind and weather that are out of our control, that is always a possibility.

We found and treated the Phragmites we expected. Then, in the last little section before the end of our trek, we found more. From deep in the center of a huge stand of cattails, we saw the distinctive brown seed heads of invasive Phragmites, towering over the surrounding growth.

The stand was right in the center of an acre or more of cattails, with dimensions of about 50 feet by 50 feeet. It was probably growing there last year, but not visible in that location. This year, it had gotten tall enough to spot.

Christine and Marc waded in. Pam and I---each barely five-foot tall---stayed back.

We quickly lost sight of them, in the tall reeds, but we could hear them. Exclamations and splashes and the occasional cuss word kept us apprised of their location and activities.

They were in cold water to their waists, with twenty-foot tall Phragmites surrounding them, with the additional complications of heavy backpacks, rubber gloves and heavy, sodden clothes and shoes. At one point, Marc stepped in a hole that brought the cold water up past his chest. When they finally came out of there, Christine stopped to dump a minnow out of her shoe!

It was a long day, but a good one! With the completion of Garden Island, every bit of shoreline on the outer islands that we had scheduled for treatment this year was accomplished!

I think I’ve said it before, but it’s well worth repeating: These folks really earn their pay!

Many thanks to the crew at Pam’s Invasive Plant Management LLC for your professional and thorough work here, and for allowing me to experience it firsthand!

Dancing on the Lawn of What’s Left of Summer

by Cindy Ricksgers

That title is not my own.

It’s a line – I think from a poem – by a writer whose name I should know but don’t.

I think I have an idea where I could find that information, but I don’t dare go looking for it.

If one more single thing distracts me from the task at hand, I may as well throw in the towel.

Trust me…it’s not my line.

I came home from my short day of work today with the very best of intentions. With the next three days to get caught up on everything, I was determined to give it a good go.

I brought a wall clock home from the hardware store, to fill the blank space on the kitchen wall where a clock used to be, and that I look at a dozen times every day, expecting to still see a clock there. It wasn’t as nice as the one I’d had or the one I wanted as a replacement, but it would serve the purpose.

It turns out, it takes almost an act of Congress to get through the packaging on that ten dollar clock!

First the hard plastic, impenetrable clam shell…and where did I put the scissors? Then two Phillips-head screws had to be removed to detach the clock from the display box.

I spent a half-hour looking for a Phillips head screwdriver before digging my electric drill out of the closet---which needed to be charged before it would work---and finally used a table knife to loosen the screws and release my new clock.

We’ve had several days of wind and rain, with an autumn-like chill in the air…but when did the season change?

By the time we got home, I was sure we were facing frost.


I grabbed a bucket, and picked whatever blackberries were ready for picking. I gathered every green bean,  pepper and summer squash that was out there. I picked all the red tomatoes, then all the nearly-red tomatoes, then any that---if I get terribly lucky---just might ripen on a window sill.

With the day’s vegetable harvest, I started a pasta sauce.

I also began writing the first of four reports I have to complete over the next couple days.

Because I’m crazy, I also started rearranging the living room furniture.

And a few other incidentals.

So, with the dogs attentive to all the goings-on, coffee brewing, laundry in the washing machine, compost to the bin, sauce simmering, paperwork in progress and – no kidding – the sofa halfway into the dining room, I happened to look outside and notice the marigolds.

Four nice marigold plants, blooming exactly where I’d planted them, on the corners of the beds near the beans, pumpkins and tomatoes. There they stood, ready to repel whatever pests their scent is supposed to repel, or suppress whatever blight in the soil they are supposed to suppress.


Not knowing that---if we get frost tonight---this is the last day of their lives.

I grabbed the scissors from where I’d used them to wrestle the clock’s packaging into submission, and headed out the door.

Sensing excitement, the big dog came, too.

Detecting a hint of Italian sausage in my mostly vegetable sauce, the little dog opted to stay in and guard the stove.

I cut every bloom.

I snipped all the buds. They may open, yet, inside.

A bit past your prime? Don’t worry! Come hang out with the young ones!

A little raggedy or crooked? No problem! Come and join the party; there are no rejects here!

We’re having end-of-the-summer spaghetti and sauce, and my marigold friends are the stars of the show!



Community School Board Meeting,

June 9, 2014

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

2014 School Board Meetings

School Board Meeting Video

BICS Board Meeting, July 14, 2014 Video HERE

August 11, 2014


First Emergency Services Authority Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

District Library Board Meeting

August 21, 2014.

Video of this meeting HERE

Donate to the Food Pantry

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Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

Peaine Township Meeting, 6/11/14

Video of the meeting HERE

August 13, 2014


St James Township Board Meeting, June 4, 2014

Video of the meeting is HERE

July 1, 2014


August 6, 2014

Video of this meeting is HERE

St James Township Special Meeting

August 22, 2014

Video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting

September 3, 2014 Video

Waste Management Committee

June 17, 2014, Regular Meeting at 9 a.m.

Link to Video of the Meeting

August 19, 2014


Beaver Island Community Center


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September - May HOURS

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Community Center Information for October 2014


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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.

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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.

Airport Commission Meeting

August 2, 2014


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!

Lines on the Kings Highway

Lines have recently been painted on the new asphalt of the King's Highway in Peaine Township from the Four Corners south. Frank Solle stopped on Tight's Hill and took these two pictures, one facing north and the other facing south. Thanks, Frank for your pictures.

Looking south

Looking north

Notice the passing/no passing lines that are painted on the King's Highway? Notice no bike lanes painted on the sides of the road? Notice the slanted gravel sides?

Setting a Precedent

An Editorial by Joe Moore

The Beaver Island Community School Board of Education voted 4-3 to extend the contract of Riley Justis, Principal/Superintendent at the monthly meeting in September. Why is this setting a precedent? There are several reasons for the title to this writing.

One, the principal/superintendent position is the most important leadership position at our school, with lead teachers coming in a close second. It seems to this former BICS teacher, having provided over thirty years service to the community school, that it makes no sense whatsoever to renew a contract prior to an evaluation. The increase of pay or renewal of position of other leadership jobs on Beaver Island always are preceded by an evaluation. As a matter of fact, the raise or the continuance of the employment of other positions are based upon the evaluation. This is true in the Beaver Island District Library. This is true in the Beaver Island Transfer Station. It should be a requirement for all public entities. The board voted to renew the contract without a completed evaluation, without a poll of the BICS teachers, and without any input from the Char-Em superintendent.

The one evaluation that the currrent principal/superintendent has had was discussed in a closed session, making public input impossible. This also made staff and community member input nonexistent.

This seems completely out of order, and completely without a precedent.

Two, how many of the board members who voted for this renewal of the principal/superintendent are long-time BICS board members? I counted four that have have been on the school board for more than seven months, and three of them voted "No." One long time school board member made the motion for renewal of the contract prior to the evaluation, and that board member and three recently appointed board members agreed to pass the motion 4-3. As a matter of fact there have been several board members resign from the board in that same seven months. Karen Johnson, Dawn Marsh, Brian Cole, and Barb Schwartzfisher have at one time or another resigned from the board in this seven or eight months. Why have these people resigned?

Three, the school population has decreased over these same seven months. More island residents are homeschooling their kids. Why is the population going down, and why are these parents removing their children from our school?

Four, living in a small place, there are bound to be rumors. I am only interested in facts, most often, but there is a rumor out there in the community that the leader of our school, our principal/superintendent, has attempted to deny our teachers their first amendment rights, guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, by stating that they may not discuss any issues with the school board under penalty of insubordination. It is rumored that this dictatorial approach has caused a divide amongst our teachers and the administration of the school.

Five, long term teachers of our local school district and parents are concerned about some of the administrator's decisions. This is evidenced by the attendance at school board meetings. In the past there might be five people maximum attending the meeting, one or two of them lead teachers. In the last seven months, there has been anywhere from eight to twenty people attending the meetings of our local school board. That indicates concerns by the staff and the members of our community with what is going on in our local school district.

There are those that want to "let the principal/superintendent do his job." There are those that are concerned with the curriculum decisions being made. There are those that are afraid to voice his/her opinion due to possible consequences. There are those questioning saying, "what is going on here?"

Six, there has never in the history of the Beaver Island Community School, been sixteen community members interested in running for the positions on the school board. There has never been such an interest. This suggests that something is wrong with the school, at least in the opinion of these whose applications were rejected, and those that will be running as write-in candidates. The BICS has never had this many wanting to get on any board in this community in the last forty years. Why? Historically, the school board has made decisions that have been aligned with the community.

Now, there is nothing in this editorial that suggests that the current leadership is interfering with the education of the children of our community. There are questions that need to be answered. They cannot be ignored. So, the biggest question is this: Why was this decision made? There are others: Will the new board membership elected in November have any input into the education of our children? When will the questions framed by the community be answered? When will the questions posed in this editorial be answered? Are our children getting all the help they need with their education? Is the curriculum appropriate for Beaver Island?

When will these questions be answered? When will decisions be justified publicly? When can we get back to the "community" in the name of the Beaver Island Community School?

Will the school district then just automatically renew all contracts in advance of evaluations? This should happen in advance of the evaluations because the board did so for the person who has the most impact on the education of our children. If you do this for the leadership, are you then logically required to do the same for all employees? When did our school board lose control of the education of our children?

I will end with one thing that has bothered me since viewing it in the video. "You can't evaluate me for things that I don't have complete control over." The Beaver Island Community School has always been led by leadership of consensus in the past instead of the decision of one. This leads to more questions. What is the purpose of a policy committee? What is the purpose of a curriculum committee? What is the purpose of all these groups if every decision can only be made by one person?

Gerald LaFreniere Running for School Board

(All community members running for this position will be given equal space to present their ideas.)

Part A
  1. Gerald N. LaFreniere---4 Year Term (I will be running as a write-in candidate. More information will be provided to voters as we get closer to the election.)
  2. Full Time Island Resident for 47 years.
  3. Spouses Name: Tammy
  4. Business/Title/Employment: Robert’s John Service (20+ years.)
  5. Community Involvement: BI EMS (15 Years), Board Member: BI Rural Health Center (4 Years), Board Member: BI District Library (1 year), United States Army (7 Years)
Part B
  1. Quality or talent you bring to the board---First and foremost---Honesty, common sense, and an ability to speak up for what I think is right, even when the topics and discussions get tough.
  1. Most important Challenge facing BICS---The biggest challenge I see facing the School Board is that, for the most part, we have a very new board. Most of us have been on the board a very short time and this is going to be even more evident with the election in November. At the same time, we have a principal/superintendent and almost half of our teaching staff that has been with us for only one year or less. We need to work with our community, parents and experienced teaching staff to help provide guidance as we move forward. I am also personally committed to becoming more educated in being a board member and executing those duties with honesty and integrity. I would hope that anyone joining the board would join me in gaining that knowledge. While continuing to move forward and keeping our children academically competitive, we must also not lose sight of the unique culture and experience that is Beaver Island Community School .
  1. Key Goal---My goal is to ensure that all of the students at Beaver Island Community School  receive a top-notch education while being completely transparent in our interactions with the community and families and fiscally responsible to the taxpayers of Beaver Island, whether they are voting members of this community or not. Being a member of the Board of Education can be tough and it is going to take a team of people who are committed to our students and are committed to providing them the most experienced, well-trained and highly qualified teachers and the best resources than we can afford to offer them.

District Library Meeting

September 18, 2014

(Posted 9/19/14 at 10:30 a.m.)

Two interesting facts were presented at this library board meeting, but not necessarily in this order. The Beaver Island District Library is no longer a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, basically due to the proper forms not being submitted for the last several years. There is a serious question about this: As a governmental entity, are donations still tax deductible? This appears to be under research by the library director.

Second, the tax levy was discussed. With the property evaluations being down in both townships, the tax levy would need to be increased to prevent too much loss in the fund equity. The tax rate was to be increase a small amount from .85 mills to .92 mills. This would still require the board to use approximately $25,000 of the fund equity to function in the fiscal year beginning in April 2015. This increase was quite small at .07 mills.

Policies and procedures will be looked at during the next two months by a subcommittee.

More information is available in the video HERE

Pie Contest

Men's Fall Golf League Results Week 2

Bill & Jeff P.
Buck & Joe
Travis & Chad
Ron W. & Larry L.
Kirk & Rob
Jeff M. & Brad
Frank & John
Ron S. & David
Week #2 Results
Team #4 beat Team #1 12-8
Team #3 beat Team #2 15-5
Team #5 beat Team #8 18-2
Team #6 tied Team #8 10-10
Week #3 Schedule
Team #1 vs Team #2
Team #3 vs Team #4
Team #5 vs Team #6
Team #7 vs Team #8




Charlevoix County State Bank Hours

Changed to Mon-Friday 9a-1p

Church Schedule Changes

September 7, 2014 Beaver Island Christian Church Service isback to 10 am on Sunday

Holy Cross Sunday Morning will have two Masses at 8:00 am and 9:30 am

The Episcopal Mission will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

The Lighthouse Church will still have their service at 10 a.m. on Sundays

St. James Episcopal Mission
Schedule of Clergy

Sept. 21st - Rev. Bruce Campbell

September 28th - Rev. Ann Webber

Holy Cross Mass Schedule

Beginning Father Day's Weekend, June 14th-15th

Saturday Evening Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 P.M. The welcomed change will provide a GOOD NIGHT OUT and SACREDNESS OF FAMILY TOGETHER IN SUMMER ON THE BEAVER. Tammy McDonough will grace us with her talented guitar and prayer filled song...this Mass will prove to be more than the "Guitar Mass" of yesteryear.

Sunday morning Mass at 8:00 A.M. (for early risers, workers, golfers, boaters)...this Mass will be quieter but ALWAYS a prayer filled better than "LOW" Mass.

Sunday morning Principal Mass at 9:30 A.M. (This time change is to better accommodate our Beaver Island Boat Schedule to Charlevoix which leaves at 11:20 A.M.) Followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet Prayer for those wishing to remain to pray.

Weekday Masses: Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 A.M... Wednesday Rosary at 9:00 A.M.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2014:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

Sept. 27

(Note Changed date above)

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

Island Treasures New Schedule

The resale Shop is now open Wed. Through Sat. From 12:00 until 4:00.  Thank you for your support.

B I Christian Church Ministers

September 21:  Pastor Don Sinclair, Central Lake

Bible study

every Tuesday evening at 7:00; discussion led by pastor of the previous Sunday-

-Everyone welcome!!

  Bible study 7:00 - 8:00; coffee/dessert fellowship after Bible study.


Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 pm and games start at 7:00 sharp on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month!

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

Beaver Island Human Services Commission
2014 Schedule of Meetings
3:15 p.m.
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 16, 2014
November 18, 2014
***additional meetings may be posted as needed

Members: _rotating_(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)

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Treating High Island-Phragmites Control

by Cindy Ricksgers

(Posted 9/16/14 at 6:15 pm)

Winds kept us off Lake Michigan and away from our task on Sunday, but Monday dawned with warm sunshine and calm waters.

We set out to treat invasive Phragmites on High Island.

As you can see on this map, High Island sits on the west side of Beaver Island (that’s the top portion of Beaver Island in the lower center), and is a much greater distance to travel from our good harbor, than it was to Garden Island the other day.

Weather is always a concern on the great lakes. Last year---and possibly the year before that, too---the treatment on this island was not completed due to inclement weather and travel concerns. We wanted to be sure to attend to it this year..

Dave Blanchard, who had helped us on Garden Island, couldn’t make this trip. Stan Eagle agreed to come along.

[Stan Eagle---a part-time resident of Beaver Island, eighty years old with a history of skin cancer---was willing to help, and greatly appreciated. Still, I have almost twenty years on him, and I know how my bones ached after this endeavor. Where are our young, strong residents? This problem affects all of us: our land values, the natural features and wildlife that we care about, our jobs and our economy are at stake. You can bet I'll have more to say about this in the future!]

We divided into three groups of two: one to handle the herbicide application; the other to document the location (per GPS readings) and size of each stand of invasive Phragmites. We set off in various directions with instructions on where and when to meet for our return trip.

Christine and I came upon several areas where the invasive reed had been successfully treated, where the dead stalks had been sheared off by the ice.

Unfortunately, we also noticed areas where this tenacious plant was sending out new growth.

We saw previously treated areas where---in just two short years---invasive Phragmites was able to assert it’s presence with frightening audacity...

...and areas that had nor been treated in recent years where it threatened to take over.

We saw seed heads pushed over by the recent winds and rain...

and runners shooting out over the sand.

Christine treated...

and treated...

and treated...

while I took pictures, documented locations, assisted where I could, and mainly tried not to slow down the operation!

One dense stand of Phragmites was 160 long, and extended in from the shoreline at least 40 feet! Another band was estimated at thirty feet wide, but scattered stalks stretched inland almost two hundred feet. One stand was so dense, the stalks (20 or more in height!) were actually holding Christine up in the water (which was still to her waist!) as she applied the herbicide. She noted that minnows, trying to swim away from her, were trapped by the tangle of thick growth.

It was quite overwhelming, and reaffirmed everything I have learned about the necessity of keeping this plant under control.

Every now and then, I just had to remind myself to pause, breath, and pay attention to the beautiful surrounding.

That’s what we’re working to save, after all.

New Transportation Executive Director

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Hires New Executive Director

Mary Cook succeeds Barbara Schwartzfisher

Beaver Island, MI, September 15, 2014, (posted 9/16/14 at 5pm)

The Beaver Island Transportation Authority recently completed a hiring process to replace long-time executive director Barbara Scwartzfisher who left the position to head the Thunder Bay Area Transportation Authority in Alpena. The Beaver Island Transportation Authority is pleased to announce that island resident Mary Cook is the new Executive Director Mary was among seven candidates (four from Beaver Island) for the position, and she stood out because of her strong business and communication background. Mary also has a good understanding of the job of the Beaver Island Transportation Authority through her several years in the role of bookkeeper for the Authority.

The Beaver Island Transportation Authority was established by St. James Township in the early 1990’s to pursue state and local funding to build the Emerald Isle ferry boat. Under the direction of Barbara Schwartzfisher, the Transportation Authority has grown to become a strong example of a private-public partnership which is essential in maintaining a viable ferry service to and from Beaver Island. The authority board is looking forward to working with Mary Cook to maintain a strong relationship with the Beaver Island Boat Company, the State of Michigan, and the local community.

BI Waste Management Committee

September 16, 2014

(9/16/2014 1:15pm) The Beaver Island Waste Management Committee met this morning, 9/16/14, at 9 a.m. at the Peaine Township Hall with members Paul Welke, Angel Welke, Jean Wierenga, Bill Kohls, and Joe Moore in attendance. Committee members absent were Bill Haggard and Ernie Martin. The agenda included approval of minutes, the manager's report, a review of financial documents, a discussion of the manager's evaluation and salary, overhangs for the doors at the transfer station, a discussion of items to be placed "out there" for the public, the purchase of Gaylord boxes, a review of the tax rate was presented, the purchase of a snowblower for the transfer station, the committee structure and operating agreement to be sent to the Peaine lawyer, the need to have the policies placed all in one place and presented to committee members, and the discussion of the policy manual or a more formal document.

Video of this meeting HERE

Governor Snyder Appoints Char-Em ISD staff member to Chair Autism Council

LANSING, Mich.---Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced the appointment of Diane Heinzelman, of Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, to serve as Chair of the Autism Council. Heinzelman is the Director of Special Education for Char-Em ISD.
Pursuant to Executive Order 2012-11, the 12-member council was created to act in an advisory capacity to review and adopt the Michigan Autism Spectrum Disorder State Plan. Heinzelman was appointed by the Governor to serve on the council in December 2013. Following the resignation of the chair in June, Heinzelman met with Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to discuss her chairing the council. The Lieutenant Governor made the recommendation to Gov. Snyder who endorsed Heinzelman for the chair position.
Heinzelman was appointed to represent school systems on the council. She has been an educator for nearly 30 years, working in various positions, including special education planner/monitor, supervisor of special education, elementary assistant principal, teacher of hearing impaired children, and a teacher of learning, emotionally, and cognitively impaired children.
She is past president of the Michigan Association of Administrators in Special Education and the Women’s Resource Center board of directors. She is the most recent recipient of the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce Athena Award and the Batten Award, which is given to a special educator who exemplifies leadership, honesty, integrity, and dedication. Heinzelman has a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education and a master’s degree in education administration, both from Grand Valley State University.

From Holy Cross

BICAA Grant Helps Assure Successful B I Watercoloring Workshop

September has brought us more rain, heavy winds and now temperatures in the 40's. However that hasn't stopped any enthusiasm in the hearts of newly budding artists, as well as some seasoned ones who wanted to refine their skills.

Sharon Long arrived to a classroom of ladies who all walked out of their sessions with paintings to frame. Wendy White, Ruth Kelly, Pam Greve, Janet Nank,Theresa Mooney and Linda Troutman all had a successful three days. Then arrived the off-island group for another week. Two ladies from Manistee area, (Ginny Masengarb and Char Myers), two from Higgins Lake, (Cindy Wright and Verna Petrosky), an Indiana lady (Kit Costella), Don Goodrich from Torch Lake, Barb Clagett of Charlevoix all rented cottages or were hosted here.

They went on a photowalk on Sunday before classes got started  to get an artist's perspective of nature photography. (Thanks to Ruth and Peter Igoe, Bob Evans, Dana and Frank D'Andraia, Ed and Linda Troutman for offering your gardens) By Monday we added other local artists to our week long sessions including Lois Williams, Jackie Evans, Kitty McNamarra, Tom Hawkins, Linda Troutman, Judy Boyle and Leonor Jacobson.

Lunch out at our restaurants was a must every day and the guests staying in cottages all ate dinners out too. This provided some boost to our slowing economy here on BI due to the early arrival of cold weather. I had several people thank us for supporting their businesses. So we in turn  thank Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Board for helping our instructor defray her travel expenses so that she could reduce the prices of lessons to our art students this year.

Thanks also go out to Ed Troutman and Linda Wearn who represented the BICAA Board at our end of week Art Show.  It took place rather impromptu at the BI Community Center. Liz Lanier stayed open extra hours to accommodate us on our final art day. Over 40 people supported us by coming to see our show and Judy Boyle along with Dennis Winslow interviewed Sharon Long on "Live at 5" on WVBI. Thank you B I for encouraging us!  We'll try to make it an annual  event.

submitted by Leonor Jacobson

Judy Boyle watching artist Sharon Long planning out painting

Lois Williams

Verna Petrosky, Leonor, Jackie Evans, Lois, Barb Clagett, Linda Troutman getting instruction in watercolor class

Treating Garden Island-Phragmites Control

by Cindy Ricksgers

Although I’ve been working as Phragmites Administrator for a year, I’ve had little firsthand experience with the plant or its treatment.

Oh, I can identify Phragmites. I can distinguish between the native plant and the invasive species. I’ve been learning a lot about its growth, spread and habits, and the many ways scientists and conservationists are working to keep it under control. I’ve seen some pretty frightening photographs of areas where Phragmites has run rampant. I’ve gone through the records of our treatment here on Beaver Island and the smaller surrounding islands in this archipelago.

My contribution, though, has been mostly in the form of paperwork and reports.

That all changed yesterday.

To learn more about the work involved in treating invasive Phragmites, I went along yesterday as part of the crew. An old, clumsy and untrained crew member, but nonetheless...

I had no idea!

Unable to find transportation to the outer islands on the weekend, Jeff Powers generously offered, and then rearranged his hardware and veterinary schedule in order to take us out and pick us up.

Our contractors, Pam Hilton, Marc Seelye and Christine Miller had been up early, planning and preparing. Several heavy totes and containers had to be loaded onto the boat. A bit of training, safety instructions, waivers and permission slips circulated.

We started out shortly after nine in the morning, Jeff at the helm with six passengers. Along with the three certified contractors, there were three helpers: Pam Grassmick, Dave Blanchard, and me. We would have started sooner, but I neglected to call Pam Grassmick, who was faithfully waiting by the telephone for the "go ahead."

(Personally, I find it hard enough to get myself up, dressed and out the door in the morning. I don't know how I ever managed to get my daughters up and off to school.)

It was a blustery day, cool but also beautiful. I had never been to any of the outer islands before, so was looking forward to the experience...while at the same time dreading the possibility that I would look (or be!) incompetent, incapable or in-the way!

We came to Garden Island after a brisk boat ride, and lowered the small boat. The gear was transferred, and Marc paddled equipment and crew in to Northcutt Harbor in two trips.

Jeff headed back to Beaver Island, to continue his busy day.

We divided into two teams and went off in opposite directions, following the shoreline with plans to meet back at this location at a specified time, to be ready to go when our ride returned.

One member of each team took GPS readings and recorded the coordinates for each stand of invasive Phragmites we found. It was noted how large the area was, and graded: scattered, patchy or dense. The other two members were responsible for herbicidal treatment.

The water level is up this year. We were often walking in the cold water in order to follow the shore. The ground was covered with irregular and sometimes slippery rocks.

It’s evident that our treatment is helping. Areas that had been treated last year were always smaller stands, and graded "scattered" or "patchy." When we came to Indian Point, which had not been treated last year (weather conditions made travel impossible), we came upon a massive stand (I think they approximated it at 80 feet x 100feet!)of the invasive plant. We noted many long runners trailing through the water, with dangling roots and leafy vertical starts every few inches.

The stand was so dense, it was difficult to gauge where I’d been, and where I needed to be. We were sloshing through deep water with a mucky bottom, and filled with runners ready to catch us up.

You may note that in addition to the protective clothing and rubber gloves that make all movement more difficult, a strong wind came up off the water, making it necessary to work backward toward the shoreline, to avoid the wind carrying the herbicide. Through it all, Pam Hilton carried a large, heavy backpack sprayer.

After treating this area, we made our way---through the stoney, grass filled water and dense, brushy woods to the DNR cabin. From there, we followed the trail through the woods back to Northcutt.

I was wet, cold and exhausted.

Pam Hilton checked her watch.

"We’re early," she said, "It took us 45 minutes on that trail. If we were to walk back, 45 minutes, we’d have about twenty minutes more work time before we had to head back."

("Are you KIDDING me?" was the thought going through my head)

"It’s up to you," was what I think I spoke out loud.

Pam Grassmick had the idea to build a campfire. It was a dandy one!

I started to warm up and dry out.

I started to think this was not so bad.

Beautiful views!

Lovely, knowledgeable, hard-working people!

Worthwhile, important work!

Good exercise!

(Of course this counts as exercise! Every muscle in my body aches!)

"So....how far do you think we walked today?" I asked.

(My guess would have been 18 miles, based on how tired I felt, but I knew a more reasonable estimate would be half that.)

"Oh....at the most, I’d say maybe three to three and a half miles," was the reply.

(Are you KIDDING me?)

For their expertise, caution, patience, devotion and hard work, these people earn their pay!

Volunteers deserve our undying gratitude!

I returned to Beaver Island with new respect for the entire process, and the people that make it happen.

Much thanks to all of you!


September 14, 2014

Today 4 teams braved the "cool" and "windy" conditons
to play.
Although the scores were not as close as last time overall
the golf was very good considering the conditions

1st Place:
Joe Moore and Annette Dashiel 38

2nd Place:
Frank Solle & Nel Worsfold 41

3rd Place:
Buck Ridgeway & Theresa Laurain 44+1=45

4th Place:
Bill and Janice Freeman 44+1=45

Thanks to everyone who played today.

Thanks to Denni for all her help with the scorecards etc.

Islanders Sweep Soccer and Volleyball This Weekend

Both Friday night and Saturday soccer and volleyball games were live streamed on the Internet for BINN subscribers as well as on http://beaverisland.tv

The Islander soccer team and the Lady Islanders played soccer and volleyball against the Paradise Rockets on Friday and Saturday, September 12th and 13th. The Lady Rockets had just six members on the volleyball team and Rockets had only eight or nine members to their soccer team. The coaches played the same number of players on each side of the volleyball court and on each side of the soccer field. Both soccer teams had returning coaches, Island coach Mike Myers, and Rocket coach Al Smith. The volleyball coaches for the Lady Islanders are Kerry Smith and Heather Cary. The volleyball coach for the Lady Rockets was Marshall Kirby.

On Friday night the Islanders beat the Rockets on the soccer field going eight goals ahead before the game was called. On Saturday morning the Islanders beat the Rockets on the soccer field again going eight goals ahead before the game was called. Apparently a lead of eight goals by one team or another ends the game Island soccer posted two wins against Paradise!

On Friday afternoon, the Lady Islanders beat the Lady Rockets in volleyball winning the match three games to none. On Saturday morning, the Lady Islanders beat the Lady Rockets with the same number of games as the previous afternoon.

On Friday night the Islanders hosted the Rockets for a dance before the Saturday morning matches were to be played. This social aspect of the weekend sports is important for the students that seem so isolated due to their locations.

The Rockets from Paradise, Michigan

The game always begins with the Pledge of Allegiance

Soccer Friday Night

A run of soccessful Islander goals...

Paradise scored a few goals too.

Lady Islander Volleyball

Our victorious Lady Islanders!

Links to Soccer and VB Games

Link to Saturday pictures

And when processed, see below:

Link to Friday soccer game

Link to Friday volleyball games

Link to Saturday soccer game

Link to Saturday volleyball games

New Sewer Ordinance in St. James Township

Peaine Township Meeting

September 10, 2014

Video of this meeting HERE

Fall Men's Golf League Results

    TEAMS: S. P. T.P.  T.S. S.AVE.
1 6 Buck & Joe 36 19 19 36 36.00
2 5 Bill & Jeff P. 34 17 17 34 34.00
3 2 Jeff M. & Brad 38 13 13 38 38.00
4 4 Kirk & Rob 44 7 7 44 44.00
5 7 Frank & John 45 3 3 45 45.00
6 8 Ron S. & David 52 1 1 52 52.00
7 *1 Ron W. & Larry L. 0 0 0 0 0.00
8 *3 Travis & Chad 0 0 0 0 0.00
* Do to an emergency, these teams will make
up their match by next Wednesday.
Team #2 beat Team #4 13-7
Team #5 beat Team #7 17-3
Team #6 beat Team #8 19-1
Team #1 vs Team #3 to be made up
Team #1 vs Team#4
Team#2 vs Team #3
Team #5 vs Team #8
Team #6 vs Team #7


Always Remember!


Firemen and EMTs Died to Help Others!

They went in to rescue and treat any they found along the way!

Optometrist Coming October 10th

Dr. Jon VanWagnen, optometrist now operating as Charlevoix Eye Center is taking appointments to see patients at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center on October 10th.  Dr VanWagnen offers comprehensive eye exams, emergency eye care, contact lens fitting and post-surgical management.
Please call (231) 547-7800 Dr VanWagnen’s office to schedule an appointment on Beaver Island. 
Donna Kubic

Dermatologist Coming October 24th

Dr Maury Cotter,  Dermatology Assoc of Northern Michigan is taking appointments to see patients at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center on October 24th.  Please call 231-487-2230 for an appointment to be seen on Beaver Island at the Health Center.

Questions call the Medical Center 448-2275.

Donna Kubic

AMVETs Award Scholarship

Last night the AMVETS voted to award this years $1,000 scholarship to Christine Runberg. Thanks to all those who applied and the support of the community that made this scholarship possible.

Bob Tidmore

Inside BICS #1

Shared by Riley Justis with BINN

BICS Board Meeting Video

View Video HERE

Procrastination, Pain and the Best-Laid Plans

by Cindy Ricksgers

Visit Cindy's Blog by clicking her name above.

First, Procrastination.

For as long as I can remember, I have been a procrastinator. I put things off until the last possible moment. I let deadlines loom large. I allow energy provided by adrenaline  to drive me through the finish.

Panic would be another suitable "P" word, as I let things go sometimes until I am on the edge of nervous meltdown.

Perfectionism might be another. I read somewhere that procrastination is a direct result of having paralyzingly high standards, of knowing that even the best efforts will not be good enough. I like that idea, mainly because it sounds infinitely more flattering than other definitions.

Like lazy. Slothful. Indolent. Slow.

Whatever the cause, I have learned to work with it.

I create imaginary early deadlines to get the adrenaline pumping.

I plot for eleventh hour marathons to meet commitments.

I imagine "worst-case scenarios" and plan how to deal with it.

Mainly, I go easy on myself. Some deadlines are self-imposed and more flexible. I concentrate first on the ones that are not.

I do hate to disappoint.

These last few weeks have been an exercise in shuffling commitments, balancing activities and trying hard not to let anyone down.

Much of it is out of my control. People are leaving, plans are changing, businesses are closing for the season.

It seems that most everything is in flux right now. With five jobs to consider, I am juggling. My thoughts are swirling!


I can increase my hours at the hardware store---and must complete a couple orders and consider how the scheduling will work out and who will be filling in while I and others can’t be there--- but not until after the Phragmites treatment is completed this year, and I have to arrange for time off from the hardware during treatment, which dates have changed due to permits taking longer than expected, and for that I have to right away get copies made and papers filled out, volunteers called and transportation secured and all the "i"s dotted and "t"s crossed so that funding is secured and treatment is successful and because of the later dates, must make other arrangements to get Aunt Katie to her doctor’s visit on the mainland, and have to schedule a time this week to pack up and move my artwork from the summer gallery into my storage---which is non-existent since I haven’t had time to organize my studio---and vegetables and blackberries are ripening on the vines and need to be taken care of and---now, after a quick phone call---while I’m in town today be sure to pick up a couple bottles of household cleaner for Aunt Katie’s house so it’s there when I need it on Wednesday and deal with the two love seats still stored in her pole barn...

And all of this exacerbated by Pain.

Because, one week ago, buoyed by a day without one hundred obligations, I decided to paint the bedroom floor. That was the first step, only, in plans that included putting covers on the outlets, trim around the closets and baseboard around the perimeter of the room in order to have one room in my house finished. It was a humble goal...foiled by the fact that in carefully moving an empty bookcase a short distance, I put my back out.

Followed by visits to the Medical Center, heat therapy, ice-packs, muscle-relaxers and pain pills, two nights of sleeping on the living room floor (that I wish I had swept more thoroughly when I was able!), one and a half days of missed work, every day walking carefully, treating myself tenderly, doing as much as possible in an ibuprofen fog, cursing myself for the things that I should have done sooner as slowly I start to feel normal again...

As for the Best-Laid Plans, well...

Mary Beth Kur for Circuit Judge
She has everything it takes.

It’s Bite & Boodle Time On Beaver Island

Chef Tables - Advance Registration Required

Please put Saturday October 4th on your calendar. The Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival and the Island Boodle 5K Run/Walk make for a wonderful fun autumn day. Run in the morning, eat in the afternoon, apple pie contest, and craft items at the Community Center.

For more info as well as chef table and run entry forms please see www.BeaverIsland.org where you can download forms. Questions, please call the Chamber of Commerce office at 231.448.2505.

Don’t delay---chef tables are limited to twelve (12) and they sell out fast. Table space and selection is based on when your $30.00 table fee is in.

Here are direct links to all three Bite Weekend forms.

Chef Form


Craft’s Form


Boodle 5K Form


NRESC Recommendations Document

from June 2013


BICS Volleyball and Soccer Schedules

Volleyball Schedule...................Soccer Schedule

New Book by Lance Olson

"Dog Island: The Plane Crash"

Lance Olson, one of the organizers of the Blacksmithing visits and demonstrations for the Island Museum Week, has written a book. The book is about to be published and may be available in McDonough's Market and/or the Beaver Island Historical Society Print Shop Museum within a week or two. Here is a look at the front cover and the rear cover of this book.

Circuit Court Judge Candidate Forum

This video is courtesy of Petoskey News Review

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Mackinaw Bridge Pipeline Leak Could Destroy Beaver Island Tourism

"A rupture in either of Enbridge’s two oil pipelines running under the Straits of Mackinac could result in an unprecedented environmental catastrophe to the waters and shorelines of northern Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Within twelve hours a spill could reach Mackinac and Round islands. In two days it could reach Bois Blanc Island with damage stretching to Rogers City within 10 days. Within sixteen days, a spill could reach Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan."

When, in the past, Beaver Island had a rescue boat, it was included in a plan to be put to work containing a spill or a leak of this pipeline. The two townships raffled off the rescue boat captained originally by Alan Muma, the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department Deputy on Beaver Island. The BI Fire Department took over control of the rescue boat after Alan Muma left, and, after some unfortunate mechanical problems, the boat was raffled off using the BIEMS raffle license.

There have been some reports of neglect related to the maintenance agreements by those running the oil through this pipeline.

Link to story 1

Link to story 2

Link to story 3

Here's a simulation of a contaminant release scenario from the Mackinac Straits area, based on current flow models, over a period of several days.

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

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