B. I. News on the 'Net, September 23-29, 2013

AT&T Flips Switch on 3G

On September 30, 2013, at or just before noon, BINN Editor Joe Moore took a trip out to the King's Highway tower site. While standing near the old Peaine Township Hall, the cellphone made a noise, one like the computer makes when you get a facebook message. "Da-Dunk, da-dunk, da-dunk," the I-phone sounded. Joe pulled his I-phone out the case and noticed right away that there were five bars of signal and the "3G" next to the signal strength. This "3G service" wasn't available last week when the trip was made out to the tower site to check on the work on the Verizon tower. Rich Gillespie stopped and his phone started ringing and he noticed that his newer phone said "4G" which means a 3G or 4G signal.

Moving down the Paid-Een-Og Road to the Township Airport, it was discovered that the cellphone made that same sound several times. Stopping at the Township Airport, several questions came to mind. What had changed? Why was the cellphone downloading emails when there was no wireless service standing out on the tarmack of the airport?

While the cellphone did not indicate "3G" at the township airport, it had a capital E next to the signal strength.Verifying that the wireless service was not available, several emails were attempted, and these emails were successfully sent. A short time later, the emails were responded to. Could it be that this part of the island had upgraded service without anyone announcing that it was completed?

Once home, a serious search of the Internet was taken, it was determined that the "E" stood for the Edge Network, and the only thing found was this info from the AT&T website:

"EDGE Network

The largest national high-speed wireless data network in the U.S., AT&T's EDGE Network spans more than 17,000 cities and almost 40,000 miles of U.S. highways. EDGE provides typical download speeds of 70-135 kbps"

 The next questions were: Can I get on the Internet using Safari from the phone? Can I get an AT&T coverage map that explains what this represents? The coverage map came up on the phone on an Internet page and showed that the Island was mostly covered by 3G service. A copy of this map picture will be posted as soon as it is processed.

The only explanation that makes any sense is that AT&T flipped a switch remotely and turned on the 3G service because that's what the coverage map says.

District Library Special Meeting

The Beaver Island District Library Board met for a special meeting this morning, 09/30/2013, to determine the district millage rate to be levied for the April 1, 2014-March 31, 2015 fiscal year. There was a lengthy discussion of the budget and the programs to be offered in the future. the final resolution that was passed was to levy .8500 of the 1 mill voted millage. This represents a decrease of millage for the district library. Although decrease does not represent a large decrease, the library board was more interested in getting a one year period of time completed under the new library director, and interested in an expansion of library activities.

Local Taequondo Students Successful in Competition

The BICS students traveled to Kalamazoo for a taequondo competition with their coach Dave Avery and Sue Avery. The students participating in this competition were Jewel Cushman, Erin Boyle, Ryan Boyle, Sarah Avery, and Forrest Avery. All of our local students did very well in Kalamazoo. Here is a picture of them showing their medals:

Jewell Cushman: gold in breaking and bronze in weapons.

Erin Boyle: silver in forms, silver in synchronized forms(with Sarah and Ryan) and silver in breaking.

Ryan: silver in synchronized forms, bronze in forms (individual) and gold in breaking

Sarah: silver in synchronized forms (with Erin and Ryan) Gold in weapons and silver in breaking

Forrest: silver in breaking, gold in individual forms and silver in weapons.

Jewell Cushman setting his boards to take the gold in his division

NE WS Flash--Sat Sept 28 at 11:40 AM

Only one Chef Table remains at Holy Cross Hall for the Bite of Beaver Island Sat Oct 5th-noon to 3:00. Space forces us to hold to twelve (12) tables. First come---last table.

Some new Chefs and new foods this year, smoked beef brisket, assorted pie, coco shrimp, beef mushroom barley soup---egg foo young and much more.

Chef Entry Form---Holy Cross Hall http://www.beaverisland.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Chef-form-Bite-2013.pdf

Fifty Shades of Smoke

The mornings are cooling down, aren't they? The cat curls up into a ball on the end of the sofa. The dog stays on that old blanket under your bed a little bit longer. The floor chills the bottoms of your bare feet, and the hair on your arms lifts to cool sunlight shining through the kitchen window. You look into your loverʼs over the table, through the steam from a hot cup of coffee. Your eyes lovingly communicate a shared thought, your finger tips touch, and you both jump up to race to another room to.....

the woodstove's cherry red chimney rattling, popping roar. You smell intense heat and dense smoke erupts, settling down onto and into the new living room furniture, including the sofa recently vacated by your frightened feline. Duke the dog shoots out between your legs through the kitchen door. What is happening? Well, the burning creosote that had built up inside the stove pipe from last winter's fires has ignited and is now burning at extremely high temperatures which threatens to warp your stove pipe, crack the masonry chimney, as well a damage the wood burner itself making it useless. The intense heat also threatens to ignite combustibles in your walls and ceiling, as well as the roof rafters.

You both race from the house leaving behind the squawk of new smoke detectors and call 911, and you remember that it takes 10 to 20 SECONDS for the mainland 911 operator to answer calls from Beaver Island. Don't hang up. When dispatch answers, you tell the operator your location, that every one is out including the dog and cat, where the seat of the fire is located and YOU STAY OUTSIDE. The Beaver Island Fire Department will enter your home, eliminate the heat source and haul your ashes OUTSIDE, and check and stop any fire spread in the walls and rafters. However, it isn't a tidy process; drywall sheets have to be torn down, water is squirted into the places where it's hard to reach, and the black ashes left get tracked around by heavy, wet fire boots.

This time, however, the fire is stopped in the chimney. The BIFD firefighters managed to keep most of the drywall intact, prevented the fire from spreading to the roof, and kept most of the hauled ashes in the bucket. Only some chunks of drywall, wet batts of insulation, a tipped over antique table, and black, muddy bootprints disturb the room. Unsettled, you and your beloved sit down to the now cold cup of coffee in the now
smoky afterglow of a Beaver Island morning. Your shared thought returns.

"We better get down to McDonough's Store and borrow (rent free) the chimney cleaning rods and brushes."

Well, the thought was a day late and a dollar short this time, but NOW is the time to clean your chimney before the cold weather settles in. And, if you don't know how or need help with the task, ask any Beaver Island firefighter, and he or she will be glad to help you out or direct you to someone who can.

Please Practice Safe Chimney. Your fire department thanks you. -- Jim Stambaugh

Whiskey Point Lighthouse Nears Completion

At least from the outside, it appears that the brick replacement, sanding, and the painting appear to be almost done as you can see from these pictures. BINN is not sure the progress of any work on the inside of the light, but the outside is almost painted, the last step in the restoration of the outside. The glass is back in the top of the light, the metal has been sanded and painted. BINN will post a completed picture once the scaffolding comes down.

Scavengers and Predatory Birds at Gull Harbor

This morning on facebook there was an announcement that someone with a camera should go out to Gull Harbor because there was a golden eagle in the dead tree out there. In actuality, there was more to see than just one eagle in a tree. There were a total of five vultures flying around, at least four eagles, and a raven. Whether all of these were the same or different individual animals, there is no way to determine if they were the same or not. You can be the judge. You can also let the editor know if the original eagle is a young bald eagle or a golden eagle.

Definitely an eagle, but an immature bald eagle or golden eagle or another?

Eagle in flight, two eagles in a tree, two vultures in flight

Four vultures of the five seen, two eagles still in the tree, an eagle in flight

Another tree and another two eagles

An eagle searches the sky.......a vulture in a tree

Possibly a raven because it didn't caw, turn around and another eagle in the tree, and then they were all gone.

Thank you to Brontae for her posting on facebook. This trip was well worth the drive and the walk and the work in processing these few pictures out of two hundred taken.

Meet the New BICS Science Teacher

Rachel Wilber

Rachael Wilber is the newest science teacher at BICS. She recently obtained her teaching certification from Grand Valley State University after getting her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from NMU. She moved here with her boyfriend, Colt, and has been enjoying the small town life and supportive community!


Meet the New BICS English Teacher

Ashley Helmer, English Language Arts

Ashley Helmer is the new English Language Arts teacher at Beaver Island Community School. She was born and raised in Saginaw, MI, and attended Sagianw Valley State University. While there, she got her Bachelors degree in Secondary English Education and a Masters degree in Principalship. After obtaining her BA, she moved to New York City with her husband Chad and two shih tzus to teach English Language Arts to middle schoolers in the NYC Public School district. Upon leaving for NYC, she and her husband knew their goal was to always return to Michigan to settle down. During her sixth year of teaching, she and her husband became pregnant with their first child. Finn was born in April, prompting the couple to make the move back to the mitten. While never visiting the island prior to the move, she loves the people she has met in the community. She and her husband are looking forward to raising Finn in a peaceful and beautiful place.


Finding Fall's Rhythm

by Cindy Ricksgers

This morning, I threw on warm, loose clothing and filled my lidded coffee cup. I added a tattered wooly blazer and a black felt hat with a large, orange silk flower in the rim. I put the camera in my pocket, and set out for a walk. The dogs were stunned! In the last several weeks, every invitation for a walk has turned into a disappointment to them. Summer traffic discouraged walks down the Fox Lake Road. Any off-road walks were necessarily abbreviated because of the mosquitoes.

All excursions were limited by my schedule. There were days when, having arrived home late, I tried to convince them that a brisk jog two or three times around the perimeter of the yard counts as a walk. Or a few trips back and forth to bring groceries, mail and other supplies in from the car. A wander through the garden to pick what’s ripe. Perhaps followed by the added bonus of pulling weeds and dead stalks, and adding those items to the compost.

Most often lately (and most convincing, I might add) it has been a long meander through the berry brambles, in the woods and fields that surround my house. In my busy end-of summer mode, multi-tasking was key. The dogs weren’t fooled. They know that when I have my bucket and head for the blackberry bushes, they are getting a “wander” not a “walk”. They follow for a while, then find a patch of sunshine for a nap. They know a true squirrel-chasing, smelling-every-new-thing, heart-racing walk when they get one.

This morning they got one. We headed out the back door, across the side yard and through the field to the old logging trail. Dodging mud puddles, we turned left toward the deep woods. We did not turn back at the moss-covered stone that marks the back of my property. The cool morning had at least temporarily quieted the insect population. We took the curve to the right. Past the little deer blind, tucked into the woods. Past the cut logs and treetops where Dusty has been cutting firewood. Around the next bend to the left, then several curves more before we came to the open area with the little hunting camp. Just beyond the building is a pond, almost completely hidden by the tall grasses this time of year. If we get close, and wait, I’ll sometimes be rewarded by the sight of a Sandhill Crane. A pair of them have nested there for several years now. The dogs generally find something wet and mucky to roll in, and consider that their own reward.

They were thrilled for the long outing! They didn’t realize I had more on my agenda than their good jaunt. I was scouting the path to make sure it was passable for my planned hike with my friend, Judi, this afternoon. I was gathering ferns and grasses to try out an idea for a children’s art project. I was taking photos of this lovely Fall day. Finally, now that cool weather has made the woods more accessible, I was checking to see if the blackberries were producing well out beyond my patch. This time, happily, they were duped. They thought the walk was for their benefit alone.

This afternoon, with Judi, we retraced our steps for another pleasant walk. Invigorating, relaxing, beautiful.

Just exactly what we’ve been waiting for, here on the Fox Lake Road.

Visit Cindy's Blog HERE

Men's Fall Golf League Results

The fall golf league turned out to be a five week event. In order to make the league competitive, Buck Ridgeway divided the teams into two divisions. The five week league then would have two division winners as well as an overall winner. The results shown in a table are:

1 #7 Jeff P.& Bill 35 12 47 178 35.60 5 52
2 #5 Chuck & Ernie 38 10 42 186 37.20 5 47
3 #1 Jeff M. & Ryan 38 10 41 193 38.60 2.5 43.5
4 #3 John & Doug 40 0 43 188 37.60 0 43
5 #6 Joe & Buck 39 6 40 186 37.20 2.5 42.5
6 #8 Frank & John 40 0 36 198 39.60 5 41
7 #2 Ron W. & Larry 35 12 40 186 37.20 0 40
8 #9 Rob & Dan 40 8 40 204 40.80 0 40
9 #4 Travis & Gerald 36 8 34 197 39.40 5 39
10 #10 Ron S. & David 40 14 37 218 43.60 0 37

The overall winner of the Men's Fall Golf League was the team of Jeff Powers and Bill Kohls. Second place was the team of Chuck Carpenter and Ernie Martin.

Division #1 Results

1 #3 John & Doug 40 0 43 188 37.60
2 #5 Chuck & Ernie 38 10 42 186 37.20
3 #1 Jeff M. & Ryan 38 10 41 193 38.60
4 #2 Ron W. & Larry 35 12 40 186 37.20
5 #4 Travis & Gerald 36 8 34 197 39.40

The winners of Division #1 were John Roberts and Doug Meany.

Division #2 Results

6 #7 Jeff P.& Bill 35 12 47 178 35.60
7 #6 Joe & Buck 39 6 40 186 37.20
8 #9 Rob & Dan 40 8 40 204 40.80
9 #10 Ron S. & David 40 14 37 218 43.60
10 #8 Frank & John 40 0 36 198 39.60

The winners of Division #2 were Jeff Powers and Bill Kohls.

District Library Creating Young Adult Area

With the hiring of a new library director and the summer season past for 2013, the ideas of director Patrick McGinnity related to the creation of a young adult area are almost completed. Last weekend a wall was removed and changes to the area that used to house a copy machine and one computer were made. As you can see in these photos and in the video, the area has been transformed and will soon be complete.

Director Patrick McGinnity shows the new Mac monitor screen, the focal point of the area

A table an stools are right under the monitor

The comfortable chairs and a view of the area.

Video of Patrick McGinnity Introducing the Young Adult Space


King's Highway Tower

On Monday of this week, the tower was up, the antennas were on the top, and there were two cables run from the top of the tower down to the ground. The crane was still in place on Monday morning.

On Tuesday morning, the crane was gone. All four cables were up to the antennas on the top of the tower, and all of the work was being done on the ground.

There is progress toward getting better cellphone service on the Island.


Whiskey Point Lighthouse Work Continues

The workers continue to make progress in the restoration of the lighthouse at the point. Today, Tuesday, September 24, 2013, we see that the glass is out and the work has began on painting at the top of the lighthouse. The picture on the right shows the lens in place while the workers continue to work diligently toward the restoration.

The excellent work of restoration is a great thing for the island. Thanks to Don Vyse for all of his efforts at getting grants and moving this project forward.


Airport Terminal Progress

The work on the terminal seems to be somewhat at a standstill. The cement blocks are all up, the cement blocks have been sealed and the insulation has been put on the outside of the block. The dirt has been placed around the outside of the building on two sides.

The well drillers were at work today. This is probably needed for the geothermal heat that is planned for the terminal.




Music on the Porch 2013 Video


St. James Meeting, August 2013

Video when processed

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

Peaine Township Meeting August 2013

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Fri 11am – 5pm

Sat 11am – 9pm

Sun Closed!

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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

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

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

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

St. James Township Meeting Video

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

Video of this meeting can be found HERE.

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Beaver Island Birding Trail Takes Wing

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

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

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

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

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

BINN Live Streaming Video Takes a Step Forward

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

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

Crankin' T's

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

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

Can You Grow Potatoes in a Home Garden?

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

BICS Basketball Schedule

Historical Society Seeks Members

ORV Trails Discussion

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

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

Mike and Sharon Hurkmans

Miranda Rooy Invited to Washington, D.C.

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

Miranda's Comments


St. James Episcopal Church

Schedule of Clergy

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.

November 17 Holiday Bazaar

Nov 28 Thanksgiving Dinner starting at 6PM

December 7+8 Christmas Cantata

Ministers Schedule


30: Pastor Harold Kruse


6: Pastor Harold Kruse

13: Pastor Howard Davis

20 and 27: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt


3: Pastor Jan Beaderstadt

10: Pastor Howard Davis

17 and 24: Pastor Harold Kruse


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

At 2 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School

The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.

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)

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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.



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

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

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


"An Invitation from Ron Thorpe to Attend Congressional NBCT Event

Dear Ms. Rooy:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ronald Thorpe"

Lunch with Lyn

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

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

Lyn Jenks Presentation

Connie Wojan introduces Lyn Jenks

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

Lyn Jenks answers a question

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

Video of this entire presentation is HERE

Link to the Charlevoix Hospital Video Presentation HERE

The webpage at Charlevoix Hospital also includes additional information.

King's Highway Tower Nears Completion

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

2013 Phragmites Treatment Completed on Beaver Island and Outer Islands

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

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

Outer Islands

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

Beaver Island

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


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

From Waste Management

Request for Bid

Fork Lift for Sale

2013 Fall League Division Standings

Division 1 Standings

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

Division 2 Standings

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

Week 4 Results

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

Week 5 Schedule

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

Standings to Date

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

Towers Pictures

Donegal Bay Road Tower

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

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

King's Highway Tower

Tower at old Peaine Hall going up quickly

Last 2013 Mixed Team Golf Outing

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

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

BICS Soccer

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

Beaver Island Boodle Scheduled

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

Bite of Beaver Forms to Participate

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

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

More Leadership of Charlevoix County Pictures

Photos by M. Chris Leese

CMU and Lighthouse at Whiskey Point

Historical Society Museum

Community Center and Greenhouse at CMU

Little Sand Bay Preserve and Welke Airport

Video of Peaine Township Meeting

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

View video of the meeting HERE

Paul Welke Receives Award

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

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

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

Link to TV 9 and 10 Article and Video

2013 Outer Islands’  Phragmites Control Efforts

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

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

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

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

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

St. James Township Meeting

Video of the Meeting may be viewed HERE

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

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

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

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

The meeting ended with a small amount of public comment.


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

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

BICS Soccer Schedule

BICS Volleyball Schedule

St. James Township Fishing Pier and Boat Launch Drawings

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

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

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

Beaver Island Township Airport Project

Site Plan

St. James Episcopal Church

Schedule of Clergy

Oct 13 Rev. Carol Spangenberg

News from our District Library

New Hours:

Monday - Friday 10 am--6 pm

Several Subscriptions Have Expired in September

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


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