B.I. News on the 'Net, September 23-30, 2012

Colleen Sue Currier, “The Flower Lady” of Charlevoix Dies

Colleen Sue Currier, “The Flower Lady”, of Charlevoix, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at Boulder Park Terrace in Charlevoix. She was born April 21, 1961, in Detroit and was raised by her parents, Desmond P. and Margaret “Peggy” I. (Left) Currier in Birmingham. She graduated from Seaholm High School in 1979. She moved with her family to Charlevoix, and attended Northern Michigan University. After college, Colleen lived in Saint Petersburg, Fla. for a short time before returning home to Charlevoix.

Colleen worked in several flower shops before opening her own shop in Charlevoix, Floral Designs By Colleen, that she ran for over fifteen years.

She was a member of Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Charlevoix.

Colleen is survived by her siblings, Irene (Richard) Tanghe, Charlotte Currier, Maureen (Paul) Court, Joseph Currier, William (Maggie) Currier, and Vincent (Kim) Currier; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; and all of her wonderful friends. Colleen's long time boyfriend, Gary Cross, preceded her in death on March 31, 2011.

A Rite of Christian Burial will be 1:30 pm, Friday, October 5, at Saint Mary's Church in Charlevoix, the Reverend Matthew Wigton officiating. Burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island on Saturday.

Visitation will be from 6-8:00 pm, Thursday, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix where the Rosary will be recited at 8:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Cross Cemetery, P.O. Box 357. Beaver Island, MI 49782.

Lady Islanders Win Against Ojibwe

In a double match scheduled today, October 1, 2012, the Lady Islanders won both matches, the first 3-0, and the second 3-0. The Ojibwe Lady Eagles had a rough time against the serving of Olivia Cary, Madie Martin, Marissa Crandall, and Hannah Robert, but they also had a hard time getting motivated to go after the underhand serves as well. The Ojibwe team had a few positive points as they were learning how to get three hits on their side of the net. They also had some booming serves by a couple of young ladies who had overhand serves. No matter what, the Ojibwe team had a good time, and lots of laughs were had on their side of the net. The Islanders were more business than fun with a run of close to sixteen points off of Olivia's serves. Many other of the Islanders had runs of many serves as well. The Ojibwe Eagles were not much of a challenge, and at points throughout the games in both matches, the Islanders did not return volleys that were not that difficult.

The games were streamed live.

Pete LoDico Running for Re-Election

Vote to re-elect Pete LoDico for Peaine Township trustee.

For the past four years I have had a good working relationship with the Charlevoix County Road Commission. We have met with the CCR Commission 3 times and have discussed the following:

1) paving of Kings Highway; 2) new road commission garage; 3) road grader for the island; 4) hard surface test plot for the East Side Drive.

The Kings Highway is on the schedule to be done, but more than likely this will not happen in 2013. We were assured that 2014 would be the year most likely that this will occur. The new county garage would be shared by the CC Road Commission, CC Sheriffs Department, and the Beaver Island Transit. The Charlevoix County Commission applied for a grant, but was denied. However, the commission had set aside $750,000 as matching funds. We are in the process of getting the commission to release these funds to build a 10,000 square foot facility for these above mentioned organizations. This garage will be built east of the transfer station on property owned by Peane and St James Townships.

The Charlevoix County Road Commission is on schedule to get a new road grader in 2014. Beaver Island will be eligible to obtailn the old grader. This would cost about $84,000. We are working to get the road commission to shoulder the majority of that cost.

For two years, I have discused with the road commission about doing a hard surface stabilizer for East Side Drive from Kings Highway to Welke Airport. The commission agreed to do 1/4 mile free of charge in the spring of 2013. With additional funds from the road millage, we would like to do one mile. This lignon (tree pitch) has showed great potential in the Florida everglades.

My good working relationship with the Charlevoix County Road Commission, and Peaine and St James Township boards, we can accomplish all of these goals within the next 2 years.

With the help of other board members, we will keep their feet to the fire to get these goals accomplished as soon as reasonably possible.



Rick Speck Running Write In for St. James Supervisor

It is obvious from the primary election results, that campaigning is not one of my strengths.

However, the duties and responsibilities of the St. James Township Supervisor, dovetail nicely with my education, experience and skill set.

Education: Masters of Business Administration from Wayne State University

Experience: Over 25 years as a civil servant, in the following positions:

Skill Set: Education and extensive experience in accounting and finance;

Consistently exhibit problem analysis and leadership skills;

Highly developed negotiation and facilitation skills:

Duties and Responsibilities of Township Supervisor

subordinate to the Supervisor.

Road, Sewer, and Marina funds.

Because of the education, skills and experiences listed above, I believe I am the best choice for Supervisor and would appreciate your write-in vote on November 6 th . My re-election will assure the citizens of St James a government of competence and continuity.

Thank you,

Rick Speck

Fall Colors Are Beautiful

Photographs from the airplane on Thursday, September 27, 2012, of Beaver Island. Thanks, Neil!

On a trip up to the upper penninsula and back last weekend, the fall colors were almost at the peak of the season. It was obvious that many opportunites to see the fall colors were presented. Hope you enjoy them!

You can probably tell that the red ones are the favorites.

Just one gorgeous drive....


Bingo is returning to Beaver Island! Beaver Island Christian Church will host what they hope will be the FIRST OF MANY enjoyable Wednesday evenings on October 17, 2012, at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Current plans are for bingo games on the first and third Wednesdays of the winter months (no bingo on November 19). Start time is 7:00 p.m.. More details later.

Lady Islanders Win NLL Volleyball Tournament

Today, September 29, 2012, the Lady Islanders have won the Northern Lights League Volleyball Tournament on a over and back set of flights to the Soo. Congratulations, Ladies!

Krys Lyle-Running for Peaine Township Clerk

Hi. I'm Krys Lyle and I m running for Peaine Township Clerk in the upcoming election. Since some of you may not know about my background and the interest, skill, and talent I bring to the position, I'm making this information available here.

Before becoming a full-time Island resident almost twenty years ago, I owned and operated a restaurant in Northern Michigan. My experience as a small business owner helped me further develop the organizational and technical skills I acquired when getting my undergraduate degree from Montana State, and my Master's degree in administration from Ferris State.

I returned from my “ out-west ” adventures in Montana because I've always loved northern Michigan — and still do. Like many Beaver Islanders, I've worked in several different places while living here, including the Lighthouse School, Community School and CMU Biological Station. Throughout this time I've been active in the Island community, working especially with the Baroque on Beaver Annual Music Festival. I currently serve as the Island Coordinator for Baroque, and have been a board member since its inception.

I've served for 12-years as a member of Peaine Township's Planning Commission, and have been the Commission's secretary for most of that time. I helped draft the Island's Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance, which required careful attention to detail and good computer skills. My technical skills also led me to become manager of the Township's webpage on the Charlevoix County Website while also maintaining the web files for all Township Committees. This experience has given me a broad view of Peaine Township policies and practices. My most recent government experience has been serving on the Beaver Island District Library Board.

As Peaine Township Clerk, I would bring organizational and technical skills to the position and would continue to update these skills by attending MTA training sessions. I would be the first clerk to hold regular office hours at the Township Hall for the public's convenience, and would keep records there for ready access by all Board members and Committee Chairs. I would prepare and make regular, accurate reports at all Township Board meetings — while also posting them immediately for public review on our Peaine Township website at www.peaine.org .

I believe fully in independent thinking to achieve common goals. I ask for your vote of confidence and hope to be your loyal servant as Peaine Township Clerk over the next four years.

No Live Streaming This Weekend

BINN is sad to report that there will be no live streaming video of the Northern Lights League Volleyball Tournament taking place in the Soo on Saturday. The one thing that live streaming needs to be successful is Internet access, and there was no reponse from the technology person at the school. This is an unfortunate situation considering the wonderful response to the games on the Island. Hopefully, BINN will have the opportunity to do this again since it was so popular, but it will not be possible for this weekend. Sorry!

BICS Seeks Girls Basketball Coach

Claire Cull, March 23, 1926-September 26, 2012

Roberta Claire Cull, Beaver Island, MI (Formerly of Bay City, MI)

Mrs. Cull died Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at her daughter's home in Bay City. She was surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Cull was 86 years old. She was born on Beaver Island on March 23, 1926, the daughter of the late Carl and Consuella Left. Mrs. Cull is survived by 9 of her 10 children, R. Dale (Nancy) Cull, R. Dennis Cull and his special friend Noel Eichorn, Carly (Bill) Bell, Bonnie Rice, Mary (Dave) VanDenBosch, Jim (Cissy) Cull, Julie (Mike) Cherry, Peggy (Gary) Bowersock and John Cull and his special friend Linda Serva; one brother, Francis “Buddy” Left; three sisters-in-law, Nancy Cull, Sally Hammermister and Lillian Left; one brother-in-law, Roland Cull; 23 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a loving best friend, Lorraine Helmick who cared for her in her final years.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Cull was also preceded in death by her husband, Captain Raymond Cull; a son, Captain Michael Cull; three sisters, Ann Driggers, Carlene Runberg and Sue Hogan; and one brother, Butch Left. A Vigil Service will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2012 at the Gephart Funeral Home, Inc. in Bay City, with Sr. Joanne Toohey, O.P. officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island on Monday, October 1, 2012. Burial will be in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Beaver Island Historical Society. The Cull family would like to extend their appreciation to their dear friend, Dr. Anne Connaghan. www.gephartfuneralhome.com

(The following was submitted by Lisa Welke, Beaver Island Phragmites Coordinator, 231-448-3164, Welke65@gmail.com)


On Tuesday, September 25, I had the opportunity to attend the Michigan Invasive Species Coalition in Gaylord. There were representatives from all over the state and many different levels of involvement. The acronyms were everywhere, DNR, DEQ, TNC, USFWS, MDOT, MDA, MSU, just to name a few. Whether it was a grass-roots organization or a state-wide head of the department, we all came together for the same purpose: to share ideas, successesm and failures and to work collectively on the problem of invasive species.

While preparing for the meeting (with Pam Grassmick's help), I assumed that our input would be rather insignificant since we are a small, remote location. I was wrong. The program for the Beaver Archipelago is far advanced compared to the rest of the state. They are battling on a somewhat random basis without the extensive mapping that we are so fortunate to have.

When I told them that we had a survey of 6000 acres which included 23 invasive species this year, they were amazed. The joint townships, Beaver Island Association, the many generous organizations and most of all, the people of Beaver Island have a right to be proud of our program.

The main theme statewide seems to be EDRR, Early Detection Rapid Response. I believe that we have this covered on Beaver Island but we must be very vigilant. There were some real horror stories of Phragmites that grow through pavement and Japanese Knotweed that grows into foundations and breaks it apart.

Another main topic covered was right-of-ways on roads. The representatives from MDOT said that they don't have a lot of control because so much of their maintenance is hired out to private contractors. They suggested that individual counties work with their road commissions on education and early detection. Care needs to be taken when mowing, such as cleaning mowers, to stop the spread of invasives. This will be difficult statewide but should be manageable for Beaver Island.

The meeting was educational, gave contact information for many helpful agencies and was a proud day for Beaver Island.

Lisa Welke

Beaver Island EMS and Island Airways Reach Agreement on Air Ambulance Services

September 24, 2012

Today the Beaver Island EMS and Island Airways (McPhillips Flying Service, Inc. dba Island Airways) signed a one-year agreement for the provision of fixed wing air medical transport services for Beaver Island.

BIEMS is licensed for air transport service at the Advanced Life Support level. The agreement specifies how and when the service will be available, as well as the method of compensation for the service being provided. A copy of the agreement will be posted when it becomes available.

This agreement is the culmination of several years of hard work by all parties involved. In July 2012, Island Airways was issued FAA operation specification A024 – Air ambulance operations – airplane. Also in July 2012, the legislature of the State of Michigan passed Senate Bill 995 which lowered the required liability insurance from $10 million to $2 million for the air transport operation on Beaver Island. The complete text of this bill can be found at http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/publicact/pdf/2012-PA-0269.pdf . In August 2012, the State of Michigan approved the addition of Island Airways' Britten Norman Islander N866JA to the BIEMS list of approved vehicles.

Senate Bill 995 was sponsored by Senator Howard Walker and Representative Greg MacMaster. These two legislators worked tirelessly on this bill for over one year.

Special thanks to Rick Speck (St. James Township Supervisor) and Jack Gallagher (Peaine Township Supervisor) for their assistance with and facilitation of this agreement. Danielle Dedloff, Executive Director of the BIEMS was also instrumental in this process. She actively pursued State of Michigan licensing for the airplane on the BIEMS license.

About Beaver Island EMS

Beaver Island EMS is a small, rural EMS agency that is supported by the St. James and Peaine Townships. Beaver Island EMS was established in 1986 when we got our first Basic Life Support Ambulance. The first Basic EMT class was held in 1985. BIEMS became an Advanced Life Support agency in 2000. We are a volunteer organization that consists of one year round Paramedic at this time, one Specialist, eight Basic EMT's and five Medical First Responders. On average we do about 100 calls a year and about 40 percent of the patients are flown off the island for further evaluation and care. BIEMS works closely with the Beaver Island Rural Health Center to provide the best possible patient care here on the island.

About Island Airways

McPhillips Flying Service, Inc. (MFS) was established in 1945 by the McPhillips family. In the early 1980s the Welke family purchased the business which is today known at Island Airways. Island Airways is based on and operates from Welke Airport on Beaver Island , Michigan . MFS provides daily air service between Beaver Island and Charlevoix , Michigan . In addition to daily passenger / freight service, MFS provides charter services all over the Midwest and FAA certified aviation repair services.


To learn more about medical air transport services on Beaver Island , contact:

Island Airways, Angela LeFevre-Welke, President, 231 547 2141 telephone angel@islandairways.com

Danielle Dedloff, Executive Director, BIEMS, 231 448 2578 telephone, beaverislandems@gmail.com

Scott Michael Trager Dies Unexpectedly

(The following is from a facebook posting.)

The original may be found at http://m.9and10news.com/default.aspx?pid=2705&wnfeedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.9and10news.com%2Fstory%2F19646894%2Fnorthern-michigan-says-goodbye-to-scott-michael-trager%3Fclienttype%3Drssstory

"With heavy hearts we are sad to report 9&10 News/Fox 32 Anchor Scott Michael Trager died unexpectedly this morning. He was an accomplished journalist, caring family-man, and a friend to many. Scott Michael Trager began his career at 9&10 News in 1990 and was currently the co-anchor of Northern Michigan's favorite morning show Michigan This Morning. Over the twenty plus years he spent at 9&10 News he earned many accolades including two Emmy Awards from the National Television Academy Michigan Chapter. He also helped create the award winning Sports Overtime show while Sports Director at 9&10 News in the mid 1990's.
In spite of these many accomplishments, Trager may be remembered the best for his ability to mix a wonderful sense of humor with his professional journalism as he bantered with Co-Anchors over the 14 years he sat at the Michigan This Morning desk. His unique style will be missed by coworkers and viewers alike.
"For over 20 years Scott Michael Trager has been part of the 9&10 News family. From his dynamic sports reporting to his professional yet funny personality he showed at the anchor desk, his impact will never be forgotten," says Mario Iacobelli Station Owner.
"This is a sad day for everyone who has worked with Scott Michael Trager and for our viewers who have woken up with him each morning. He will be deeply missed," says Bill Kring, General Manager 9&10 News. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Scott's family as they work through this difficult time."
Scott is survived by his wife and three children."

Your thoughts and prayers please for Scott Michael Trager's wife and family.

BIRHC Health News for Fall 2012

The Tax Inequity Between Individual Taxpayers in Peaine And St. James Townships

(An editorial by Joe Moore, St. James Taxpayer)

(September 26, 2012) This editorial will not focus on the correctness of property evaluations. This editorial will not focus on the length of time a taxpayer is in residence on Beaver Island. This editorial will not focus on the taxpayers ability to pay taxes. This editorial will not focus on "Why should I vote to raise taxes on my property?" This editorial will not focus on whether Peaine should or should not change its method of setting millage, even though tonight's Peaine Special Board Meeting will set millages for Peaine Township. This editorial will use simple mathematics to state and show the differences between the tax millages of St. James and Peaine Township and ask for the reason that they are not equitable on an individual taxpayer basis.

Here is the basis of the bold statement above. As a St. James taxpayer, I pay more tax for all the joint operations on Beaver Island than does the Peaine taxpayer six hundred yards south of me. I want to know why. The fire department, the EMS, the transfer station, and the airport are operations that have to be available to all Beaver Island residents. We have to be able to put out fires. We have to have someone come take care of us when we are sick or injured. We have to have a way to get rid of our trash. We have to have an airport owned publicly with public control. Hopefully none of these statements are controversial.

Right or wrong, the SEV in Peaine Township has gone up at an exponential rate even though the Peaine Board hired a state approved assessor. Right or wrong, the St. James SEV has gone up in a much more linear fashion. I am not interested in whether they should have or should have not gone up in this way. These are simply facts. Here is a graph of the SEVs, showing the SEV of both St. James and Peaine for the last several years.

Most high school students Algebra II would be able to recognize that the blue dots, representing the SEV of Peaine, most likely represents an exponential function. Most of the same students would be able to recognize that the brownish red dots most likely represent a slight increase above a linear function. They might also state the obvious, which is that the SEV in Peaine Township has been going up at a much higher rate. Again, make sure that you understand that this editorial is NOT about whether it should have or should not have. It is instead a statement of mathematical fact.

With the increase in SEV in Peaine Township, and considering two taxpayers, one in St. James and one in Peaine, the value of the property in Peaine has increased at a higher rate than the value of the property in St. James, even if they started out at the exact same value, say back in the late seventies or early eighties. The individual taxpayer in Peaine has also been paying a lower millage than the individual property owner in St. James for the last eighteen years even with the equal dollar match that is historically been in effect. Here is a graph of the lower millage rates that Peaine taxpayers have been paying over the last several years for joint operations.

The millage rates shown above are the millage rates that would have been in place if all the joint operations were millages in Peaine Township instead of some of them being taken out of general funds. These millage differences are based upon the SEV and not on taxable value because many things can happen to change taxable value. This millage rate graph shows that in the last several years, the only years where the millage rates were even close were the years in the late nineties. Each individual St. James taxpayer has been paying more millage for the same services for the last several years. Why is that not seen by everyone to be inequitable?

There are totals available related to the joint operations over the last eighteen years and based upon the millages shown in the graph above. Again, the SEV is used to calculate these numbers. Perhaps the numbers are only half as big if the taxable value was 50% of the SEV. That does not really matter if you are just trying to point out the inequity between the townships. The percentages of SEV still shown this same inequity.

This last graphic has .00018, which is more correctly written as .18 mills. What this means is that the average St. James taxpayer has been paying .18 mills more than the average Peaine taxpayer for the same jointly funded services as an average over the last eighteen years. Whetherthe total dollar amount is $150,000 or $75,000 shouldn't be the issue. The issue is that this represents a lot of money that the St. James taxpayers have been paying, and that the Peaine Township taxpayers have not been paying on an individual basis.

I want to know why Peaine taxpayers and board members consider this an equitable situation. If the fire department is called down the East Side of Beaver Island to a tree on a wire that is on fire or a grass fire or a house on fire, don't the residents of Peaine get the same fire response as a St. James taxpayer? If someone in Peaine has chest pain or is injured, doesn't this person get the same EMS response? If you have trash in Peaine, don't you have the same facility for disposal? Then why do I pay more taxes for the same access than you on an individual basis?

Some will say that St. James sets the millage in Peaine township. That is not a true statement. The Peaine Township Board sets the millage in Peaine Township. How did you determine that your fair share was based upon total dollars being equal? Inequity is inequity. What would happen if St. James Township decided to lower its millage rate? You can bet that the Peaine taxpayers and the Peaine Board would lower theirs as well. Is that equity. I can honestly say that there is not one chance in the world of having Peaine Township increase the millage rates that they pay for joint operations. Why would they do that to increase their own taxes, especially in an election year?

I have several more questions to ask. Why would a St. James taxpayer want to volunteer to provide services to a Peaine taxpayer, knowing full well that they are not paying their fair share? Why would a Peaine Board member expect that volunteer to provide the same level of service in this situation? Why are St. James taxpayers paying for the payments for a fire hall in Peaine Township?

The answers to these questions are that we are one island providing services to all islanders at the same level of service no matter where that service is provided. If you, as an individual, expect the same level of service, on an individual basis, you should pay your fair share of taxes to keep these services operational. Peaine taxpayers are not doing that because Peaine board members don't want to increase their personal property taxes. That is the only explanation that makes any sense to this St. James taxpayer.

Some will suggest that contributing the exact dollar amount to the joint operations is paying the township's fair share. These services are available to taxpayers on an individual basis. The amount paid, dollar for dollar, does not match the services being provided on an individual basis no matter what system of mathematics you use.

(The facts and figures for this editorial come directly from the Charlevoix County Equalization Department in a $60 FOIA request.)

Special Meeting of St. James Township Board

Video of the meeting HERE

K and M wins lowest bid for replacement of roof on St. James Township Hall.

NRESC recommended appointees approved.

Ballot Proposals in Michigan for November Election

On the ballot

Type Title Subject Description
VR Proposal 1 Admin of Gov't Would expand powers for emergency managers (EMs) and ability of Governor to appoint EMs.
CICA Proposal 2 Labor Would make collective bargaining a right for public and private workers.
CICA Proposal 3 Energy Would mandate that 25% of the state's electricity come from renewable sources by 2025.
CICA Proposal 4 Labor Would put give home health care providers limited collective bargaining rights.
CICA Proposal 5 Taxes Would require increase in state taxes to be approved by 2/3 majority in Legislature or statewide vote.
CICA Proposal 6 Transportation Would require voters to approve any new bridge or tunnel from the state to Canada.

From: http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Michigan_2012_ballot_measures

On the Charlevoix County website, there are Proof Ballots that you can view at this address:


Click 2012 November proof Ballots, then scroll down to pages 19+20 for St. James and 21+22 for Peaine



Link to Proof Ballots

On the Charlevoix County website, there are Proof Ballots that you can view at this address:


Click 2012 November proof Ballots, then scroll down to pages 19+20 for St. James and 21+22 for Peaine


Peaine Township Meeting of August 8, 2012

Video of the entire meeting may be viewed HERE

Bird Festival Feasibility Study and Comments

Invasive Species Summit

Video of the summit can be viewed HERE

Beaver Island Veteran's Memorial

View the Tribute to Veterans Video

2012 MAD Camp Performance

Almost fifty MAD Camp participants joined fourteent MAD Camp staffers for another wonderful music, art, and drama camp. It is amazing to see the final performance of these talented teachers and talented youngsters. The link to the final MAD Camp Performance for 2012 is HERE. 

Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act Presentation

The scheduled presentation covering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meeting Act (OMA) took place at Peaine Township Hall, yesterday, May 23, 2012. The presentation was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m., but the questions extended past 4:20 p.m. This presentation was given by Robin Luce Herrmann. Ms. Herrmann is a lawyer who represents the press in FOIA and OMA court actions. She had previously represented the Petoskey News Review (PNR) in a court case after the PNR was denied a FOIA request from the Charelvoix County Prosecutor. The PNR won this court action. The Charlevoix County Prosecutor had been asked to come give this presentation, but no mutually acceptable date had been determined.

Robin Luce Herrmann provided a large amount of information about many aspects of both of these acts and answered several questions related to these specific pieces of law including court decisions and Attorney Generals opinions.

Video of the Presentations Can Be Viewed HERE

Mute Swan Presentation, Bike Trails, and Garden Island Indian Cemetary

At the Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee meeting tonight, May 21,2012, there were three presentations lasting just over an hour all together. These presentations included the mute swan presentation that basically showed the invasive species designation, and how to tell the invasive from the native swans. The second presentation was a short presentation and discussion about designating some trails on Beaver Island as bike trails. The third presentation was an introduction to the Indian Cemetary on Garden Island and the destruction taking place.

Video of all three presentations can be viewed HERE

Peaine Special Meeting, August 14, 2012

Watch Video HERE

St James Township Board Meeting, September 5, 2012

Link to Video HERE

WMC Links

Meeting Dates

New Prices for Transfer Station

NRESC Has Its Own Website

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meetings Schedule for 2012

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

B I Community Center Activities

Recycling Info

Visit the Charlevoix Recycling Website for more information

Notre Dame Professor leads study into Beaver Island's Irish Heritage

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

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 Food Pantry and Gregg Fellowship Hall Donations Accepted

Click Here to donate

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!


BICS Sports Booster Fundraising--Order Your Shirt Here

Click on picture or HERE to print your form

Ice Cream Social Planned for Wellness Garden and Forestview Apartments

Sunday, October 7th, from 12 noon- 2pm marks the date and time of our annual garden walk and tour of the Wellness Garden at BIRHC and the senior apts and grounds. Many islanders have had a very bustling summer and were unable to attend the Wellness Garden Benefit and/or the Anniversary Event at Forestview in July. This is your chance to come visit the gardens and apartments before winter sets in.
We have started the Peace Garden thanks to Heidi Vigil (BI Gardens) and her plan has been enhanced by her plantings and the help of generous donors and volunteer gardeners. Lance Olsen, our blacksmith extraordinaire, has donated a Peace Symbol from which we will hang a wind catcher. Also an angel has been donated from Sandy Latimer. Mary Scholl has given a flowering cherry tree.
We added some decor and more flowers to Gail Weede's honorary garden designed by Cheryl Podgorski (Stick, Stones, Feathers and Bones). This includes a beautiful bench from Livingstone Studio, designed and painted by artist Sue Thomson.

We also have additional delightful stepping stones from our BICS Rangers, in the Fairy Garden. The generosity of Dale and Terry Keyes (Paradise Bay Cafe) has brought us a rock lighthouse (honoring our BI Fairy Godmother Tina Walker) to add to the area, as well as landscape fairy silhouettes from Judy Boyle. Pam O'Brien (Bloomers) has added a beautiful birdbath and more perennials to our Pink Garden, and thanks to BJ Wyckoff we have another round of crocus bulbs to put in for spring color!
Marianne Weaver's Butterfly Garden got an additional pop with the donation of Ellie Hahn's blue glass cascading birdbath (Thanks Sue Solle). We also now have plans for a new flagpole donated and placed in the front parking lot of the BIRHC, courtesy of Joe and Marilyn Reed. Thank you!!

Many other touches have been added by donors as well as our new garden volunteers. Thanks to Janet Paul, Peggy Davis, Dana D'Andraia, Janet Nank, Maryjean Pike, Judy Jones, Cary Johnson, Pam Moxham, Karen Whitecraft, Barb Spencer, and numerous others, we finally have some hours being spent on weeding, deadheading and planting.
Ellie's Walk is in the works, with the help of Ed Leuck and John Gordon and the CMU students. The help of Pete LoDico, Jerry LaFreniere, Garrett Cole, Jeff Powers, Jim Wojan, Bob Marsh, and Branden Maudrie was much needed and appreciated. We would love some more helpers to handle the additional caring for the new Forestview plantings. So if you have a bit of a green thumb please join us by calling Connie (2379) or Leonor(2894). Otherwise, hope to see you at our Appreciation Event!

Stoney Acres will have hotdogs, and cash drinks, Forestview will be serving up ice cream, courtesy of Daddy Franks. Stop in after Sunday services, and say hello. See you there!

Connie Wojan, Leonor Jacobson, and Theresa McDonough.

Phone Scams in Charlevoix County

Sheriff W.D. (Don) Schneider would like to inform citizens of Charlevoix County of some recent scams being reported. The latest one, which is rather upsetting, is a telephone call from subjects posing as representing a collections company. When the citizen speaks with them, they advise money is owed and then ask for account numbers and personal information. Never discuss account numbers or personal information over the phone.

The other scam is also upsetting to receive, subject(s) call to advise a family member (usually grandchild visiting another country) is in trouble or has had an accident and is in need of money sent to them. Please always check with your local law enforcement prior to sending any funds so the emergency situation can be thoroughly checked out. Several citizens have sent thousands of dollars and the information was not true and the victim of scam could not recover their money.

There are many forms of telephone, mail and e-mail scams so citizens should be on guard when receiving any suspicious phone calls, mail or e-mail, especially telephone calls because of pressure by the suspect caller.

Sunday Evening Storm Photos

...............A little rainbow piece.....Clouds on the horizon.....Looking south at the building clouds

Beautiful clouds, rain or not..

Water Level Is DOWN Tonight

Taking a little walk down in front of the condos on the beach known to some as Archie's Cabins pointed out the amount of sand visible on this night of September 23, 2012. It looks almost like the tide going out on a sandy beach in Maine. The only difference is that in Maine the tide will come in. On Beaver Island there is not tide coming in. The lower water levels are 'normal' according to those that subscribe to the high/low water cycle theory. Take a look at these photos, and you decide:

Water level down quite a bit from even earlier in the summer

This young lady has quite an imagination. How to spend an early Sunday eveinng on Beaver Island? Let's take out our bike and pedal from one sand bar to another. This was the most creative thing that the editor has seen in a long time. Way to go, Grace!

Pedaling from one sandbar to another and then in toward the beach.

Congregation of Mute Swans

Live Streaming Report

MO, United States 111 46.44%
MI, United States 51 21.34%
WI, United States 36 15.06%
AL, United States 15 6.28%
IL, United States 7 2.93%
NY, United States 6 2.51%
CA, United States 4 1.67%
MA, United States 3 1.26%
00, Cayman Islands 1 0.42%
AZ, United States 1 0.42%
AB, Canada 1 0.42%
OK, United States 1 0.42%
FL, United States 1 0.42%
MN, United States

These stats are taken from the video server.They are the number of unique IP addresses that viewed the live streaming video for the BICS volleyball and soccer games against Munising Baptist on Beaver Island this past weekend. For example, the first line states that 111 different people viewed the games in Missouri?, 51 different people viewed the games in Michigan, and 36 different people viewed them from Wisconsin. BINN would guess that these viewers actually tripled the number of people who were present to watch the games live on the field and in the gym here on Beaver Island. More than 200 different people tuned in to watch the games this past weekend on beaverisland.tv. A lot of work, but worth the effort.

On the sign at at school...."Watch the games live on beaverisland.tv"

Soccer Pictures by Frank

McCauley after the ball...Alex brings it down.... Hannah keeps possession

Simeon kicks after a save...Meg chases it down.... Jewell battles for the ball


Trapped between two players...... Nick on the attack.....Liam heads to head it.....

Battling for possession........Get there, Zack!......On the attach.....

Birthdays This Week

If you see these people or wish to send a card, these are the birthdays that BINN knows are taking place this week. Mary Cook on Monday, September 24th; Leroy Fockler, Bonnie Mullins, and Rob Coffell on Tuesday, September 25th; none know on Wednesday; Melissa Pryor, Rose Cole, and Marilyn Gillespie-Racine on Thursday, Septermber 27th; Marika Struik Bevier, John Peternard, Melissa Bartells, and Mark Malloy on Friday, September 28th; Mellissa Bailey, Kaylyn Jones, and Thomas Freundl on Saturday, September 29th; and Pat Anderson, Courtney Moore Pelcha, and Ann Glendon on Sunday, September 30th.

Island Treasures Resale Shop Changes for Fall

The Resale Shop is now open only on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from noon until 4:00. Volunteers will be on duty to help you with donations and shopping. Start thinking about Halloween costumes and stop in to see what we have. We ask that your donations be "gently used, barely used, and like new." Small appliances must be in working order. We can't sell items in need of repair. If you have questions about your donations , please call Donna at 448-2797.
We have had a successful, enjoyable summer at Island Treasures. Our crew of over 20 people worked longer and harder that any other volunteers. Our Fire Department is grateful for this effort.

Live Streaming Video for BICS Sports Events

Results for home games against Munising Baptist

This evening, September 21, 2012, Beaver Island News on the 'Net streamed the soccer game and the volleyball math live on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv. The weather was not very cooperative for the soccer game with the wind tearing and ripping the tarp put up to protect the computers and the cameras. The game was streamed live, but there were three glitches during the match. These glitches are caused by the connections being disturbed by either someone tripping on the wires or the tarp unplugging the router power plug. The results of the soccer game was Beaver Island 0, Munising Baptist 4.

The volleyball matches were streamed live without any glitches due to the the more controlled environment inside the gym. The volleyball team lost the first game and won the next three. Way to go, Lady Islanders!

The homegame start with the a Welcome to the Munising team and followed with an introduction of the players from both teams by Kitty McNamara.

Emily, Olivia, and Meg serving

Marissa, Maddie, and Olivia serving

Meg, Hannah, and Oliva serving

Awaiting a serve from Munising Bobcats

Photos by Frank Solle

Thank you, Frank for sharing some photos. There is no way to run two video cameras and also take pictures at the same time. Your wonderful photographs are greatly appreciated.

Emily gets one over.... Hannah serves...Olivia with a save

Meg serves......Sarah bumps

The volleyball matches in the morning and the soccer game were once again streamed live. The volleyball matches started in the morning at 8:30 a.m. The soccer game followed the volleyball match. Both were streamed live on the Internet. One viewer posted a picture. The caption on the picture was, "Able to watch Beaver Island Volleybal with a live video stream.. Really Cool!"

K. B.'s picture stolen from facebook. Viewer somewhere near Marquette, Michigan

The Lady Islanders won their volleyball match this morning, September 22, 2012, 3 games to 1.

Hannah serves............Maddie awaits.......Ready for a serve

Olivia serves................Maddie serves.......Olivia ready for serve

Sarah serves...................Play at the net.......Which way will it fall?

Olivia spikes

(Photos also by Frank Solle)

Maddie's hit....Marissa serve's.....Olivia spikes

Maddie's spike.....Hannah sets

Video of the Saturday Volleyball game

The Islander soccer team lost their match this morning with a score of 2 goals to 1. Simeon Richards did an amazing job in the goal for the Islanders saving many shots on goal. Great job, Simeon!

Video of the Saturday soccer game

Video of the complete game except the last five minutes when it started pouring rain.



Health and Human Services Fair

The Health and Human Services Fair will take place on Friday, September 28, 2012 from 1 pm to 6 pm at the Beaver Island Community School. There will be many on-island and off-island organizations present (like Beaver Island EMS and the Food Pantry, as well as the Charlevoix County Community Foundation and the Women's Resource Center. The gathering of organizations is all about offering you information that can benefit you financially, emotionally, and physically. Also, Charlevoix Area Hospital will provide some on-the-spot services like free cholesterol screening that requires no fasting and gives you results in 10 minutes.
Some of your Beaver Island neighbors will be there to give talks as well. To name just a couple: Andy Kohls will provide good insights into care for pets--such close companions for many people. Also, Brad Grassmick will talk about heart health, dissecting an elk heart in the process.
Stop by just after lunch, when you pick your students up from school, right before dinner. There will be something helpful and interesting there for everyone.
Please send any questions about this upcoming event to Adam Richards at 448.2067 or adamanos@gmail.com

From Holy Cross Parish Council

Effective May 23, 2012

Summer Mass Schedule for Holy Cross Church

Sunday: 10:00am

Saturday: 5:30pm

Monday and Tuesday and Saturday Mass: 9:00am

Friday Mass: 12:00pm: with Holy Hour Following

Other Liturgies

Rosary before weekday Masses and on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00am

Confession is heard Saturday from 3:00 to 3:30pm

Consultant Report Available

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

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

BIRHC Board Meetings in 2012

November 17

All meetings held at the BIRHC Education Room at 9:30 a.m.

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Announces

2012 Meeting Schedule

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

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

September 20, 2012

October 18, 2012

November 15, 2012

Members: Mary Cook (Char-Em HSC), Donna Kubic (BIRHC), Bob Tidmore (AmVets), Alice Belfy/Adam Richards (BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.)

NRESC Meeting Dates Determined

Monday September 17, 7 pm, for next regular meeting of the NRESC.

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

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From the Michigan DNR

Timberdoodles, goatsuckers and other wildlife will benefit from partnership to create young aspen forest habitat

Have you ever heard of a timberdoodle? A goatsucker? Both are nicknames for birds found in Michigan's young aspen forests.

From left, Al Stewart of the DNR, Eric Ellis of the Conservation Resource Alliance and Larry Visser of the Ruffed Grouse Society explain how to create young forest habitat out of aspen, alder and dogwood stands.

An American woodcock, Scolopax minor, on the forest floor.

The woodcock, nicknamed the timberdoodle for its long beak – which it uses to probe in moist soil looking for earthworms – is a prized upland bird game species. The whip-poor-will, or goatsucker, has the familiar “whip-poor-will” song that many people recognize. Both of these birds, along with many other wildlife species, depend on young aspen forests to survive.

Young aspen forests must be intensively managed or, as time passes, they will grow into older forests. Historically in Michigan, young forests occurred in areas where there were significant weather events or large wildfires. The wind would blow over a large area of trees or a large fire would burn acres of trees, allowing a new, young forest to appear. In addition to natural events like wind and fire, humans also created young forest as land was cleared in the late 1800s for farming and wood products and pockets of young forests were planted and scattered across the landscape.

Young aspen forests contain many trees close together, providing great cover for wildlife and reducing the threat of predators. In addition, these forests provide a bounty of food, from the buds on the trees to the insects found on and in the ground.

Recently, the Department of Natural Resources, the Ruffed Grouse Society and the Conservation Resource Alliance have teamed together to focus on maintaining young forests in a core area of the northern Lower Peninsula. This core area in Emmet County, selected because woodcock populations are abundant here, holds great potential for creating additional young aspen forests based on the current forest conditions.

“The only way we can have young aspen forests is to create them,” said DNR game bird biologist Al Stewart. “We can assist landowners who are interested in providing this valuable habitat, which benefits many different wildlife species, both hunting and non-hunting interests.”

Teams of resource professionals are currently working with private landowners, power line companies and state forest systems to put young aspen forest habitat back on the landscape. There are many species besides woodcock and whip-poor-wills that benefit, such as white-tailed deer, turkey, snowshoe hare, golden winged warbler and ruffed grouse.

Landowners in the northern Lower Peninsula who are interested in young aspen forest habitat management can contact Brian Piccolo at 989-275-5151 or go to Managing Michigan's Wildlife: A Landowner's Guide at www.michigan.gov/ landownersguide .








Jean Wierenga, Clerk, St. James Township, September 21, 2012

New Shamrock Senior Menu for Fall 2012

After a discussion today, September 26, 2012, with Dana Hodgson, it is possible to replace mashed potatoes with French fries, so this makes the possibilities on the Shamrock menu a total of thirty possible combinations for food and three possibilities for drinks.

Lots of options and choices...

Two Brother Jackasses Arrive on Beaver Island

Andi Kohls received her two jackasses today on the boat. They are brothers. (Photo by Kris Ries, Thank you, Kris)

Definition: jackass n. A male ass or donkey.

Michigan DNR Prescribed Burns


An Interview with Brad Grassmick, Candidate for Peaine Trustee

Brad Grassmick Speaks 1


Brad Grassmick Speaks 2



St. James Township Board is advertising for bids to replace roofing at St. James Township Hall, 37735 Michigan Ave.


Remove old shingles and replace with all new 30 year shingles.

Color of shingles must match as close as possible to the red roof at the CMU building next to Hall.

Install Ice & Water Shield & Metal Eave Edge

Felt Paper Over All.

Include also bid for pole barn metal roof.

Proof of Insurance included with Bid and submit to:

St. James Township , P.O. Box 85 , Beaver Island by 5PM on September 22, 2012 .

Bids to be opened at Special Meeting on September 24, 2012 at 7:00pm at St. James Township Hall.

Work must be completed by October 12, 2012.

St. James Township Board reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids.

September 10, 2012

Jean Wierenga, Clerk

St. James Township

Men's Fall Golf League Final Standings

Ryan Smith and Jeff Mestelle, fall golf league champs

(Thank you, Frank Solle, for the photo.)

1 7 Jeff-Ryan 33 15 35.00 112
2 1 Ernie-Chuck 38 13 37.71 101
3 4 Travis-Gerald 41 11 39.14 99
4 8 John-Doug 38 5 36.71 98
5 9 Joe-Buck 36 14 37.36 93
6 5 Bob-Stan 43 8 40.88 91
7 3 Frank-John 41 9 38.00 85
8 6 Rob-Dan 42 12 39.86 79
9 2 Ron S.-David 49 7 44.43 76
10 10 Francis-Larry 45 6 43.57 66
Team #1 beat Team #2 13-7
Team #4 beat Team #3 11-9
Team #6 beat Team #5 12-8
Team #7 beat Team #8 15-5
Team #9 beat Team #10 14-6

Peaine Township Board Meeting Video of September, 12, 2012

Video of the meeting viewed HERE

Principal/Superintendent Talks About the New School Sign

Kitty McNamara explains the sign was in the plan.


Glass Beads for Cancer Children

Glass Beads an Excellent Fundraising Purpose

Beads of Courage

Making a bead after selecting the colored glass rods

Taking the beads off.....explaining the Beads of Courage...A contribution for the fundraiser


Why Does Verizon Want to Tear Down the Kings Highway BIFD/BIEMS Tower?

AT and T on the left.....Emergency Services tower in the middle.....Verizon tower on right


Donegal Bay Road Emergency Tower Not Working


CCE Emergency Dispatch has not repaired this equipment on the Donegal Bay tower.

Bite of Beaver Island Oct 6th

Important Change - Bite will be Noon to 3:00

Only three Chef Tables remain un-sold.

Letter to the Editor

Clarification of Facts from Previous Events Regarding the NREC

Upon receiving an e-mail from Russ Mason stating that both townships had endorsed “wildlife certification”, I asked Supervisor Gallagher to write Russ Mason to correct the record and inform the DNR that the information they had received that the township boards had approved “wildlife certification” was erroneous. Indeed QDM had been endorsed but wildlife certification had not been brought to the township boards for approval. In fact, there never had been a document called wildlife certification developed by the DNR.

We on the Natural Resources Ecotourism Commission received apologies from members of the DNR including Russ Mason and Brent Rudolph for passing along misleading information. At the regular township meeting where Supervisor Gallagher addressed his letter's statements, line by line, the Peaine board had no further comments on this issue and agreed that all of Gallagher's comments were factually accurate. Ultimately due to Gallagher's letter, correcting the misinformation that had been supplied to the DNR in Lansing meetings, the hunters of the island received their Antler Point Restriction designation.

As to the dissolution of the NREC, the community and the townships recognized the value and re-created an organization, NRESC, to take up the vitally important matter of protecting our natural resources for the Island's economic benefit.

I know that this election year is filled with passion but let's get the facts correct, move forward and deal with the real issues that affect the quality of life for our community.

Pam Grassmick

Amazing Occurence

Okay, what's so amzing about a butterfly landing on your nose? So, BINN will ask the views of this story, when was the last time that you had a Monarch butterfly land on your nose? Then, the next question is, have you had one stay on your nose long enough for three separate views could be recorded? It's an amazing occurence! BINN is glad that Laura had this experience and was willing to share the documentation.

When Laura gets to Nashville, BINN would like to see and hear a song that was written about this uniqe experience!

Rita Palmer Recipient of AMVETS Scholarship

Last night, September 11, 2012, the AMVETS Post 46 awarded this years $1,000 scholarship to Rita Palmer. Rita is in her second year of college at Northwestern Community College which is based in Traverse City, Michigan pursuing a degree in Business Management. Best of luck to Rita from the AMVETS.

Art on Hanigan Road

Mushroom sculptures on Hanigan

Pheasant on the side of the Kings Highway

School News

School Sign and Scoreboards Replaced

New school signage and new gym scoreboards are a reality at Beaver Island Community School. The school signage in front of the school is getting a big upgrade as the construction identification sign is finally replaced with a permanent school sign . The new sign has a 2-line amber LED screen to keep the community informed of upcoming events and accomplishments. Funding for this school sign is from a designated building improvement area of the school's general fund and from the sinking fund which the board has maintained for building improvements. The sign was envisioned as part of the school building project a few years ago and is finally a reality. The school will set guidelines which will allow other governmental and non-profit groups to have their messages displayed on the sign.

Thanks to a major fundraising effort, the school's small and malfunctioning scoreboard has been replaced by new upgraded boards. The following businesses and individuals made major contributions to the scoreboard fund: Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island Sports Boosters, Charlevoix State Bank, Island Airways. Martin Gas and Oil, McDonough's Market, Olivia Schwartzfisher #14, Schwartzfisher Stoneworks, TDS Telecom and The Shamrock. Special thanks go to Barbara Schwartzfisher for pursuing donations and to Gerald LaFreniere for pushing the project forward. And, a special thanks to the following local contractors and parents who helped install the scoreboards: Kevin McDonough, Ernest Martin, Gerald LaFreniere, John Robert, Ryan Smith and Tony Rouch.

211 Service in Operation in Charlevoix County

Full of Flavor & Color on Beaver Island

( BEAVER ISLAND , Mich ) – The weekend of October 6 will be among the most colorful, recreational and flavorful on Beaver Island .

Beginning at 10am at the historic Print Shop, the Island Boodle 5k Run takes participants through scenic St. James, along the waterfront and back through wooded trails during one of the most beautiful times of year. Benefitting Island Sports Boosters, the event draws serious runners as well as families, many with babies in strollers and four-legged friends.

The boodle is started with a canon firing from a Civil War replica canon. It's for runners, walkers, and bikers.

As Mother Nature paints the trees in vibrant shades of reds, yellows and oranges, the island's amateur and professional chefs will be serving up tasteful samples of seasonal treats during the 11 th Annual Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival . Enjoy bite size bits of everything from soups and pizzas and other specialty fare, all at affordable prices. Activities will be held from 1-4pm at the Holy Cross Hall.

The Holy Cross Hall gets packed with those wanting to try the many delicacies.

Also part of the day's festivities is an Arts & Crafts Show will take place at the Community Center from 11am-4pm and an “Apple Pie Contest” at Holy Cross Hall at 1:30pm. During the evening, the island's pubs will be offering live music and entertainment.

Once on the island – whether participating in the Boodle or Bite of Beaver – visitors will find plenty of fall colors and natural activity to keep busy. The West Michigan Tourist Association features a Beaver Island Color Tour Route as one of 26 on its website:

Starting at the ferry dock in downtown St. James, turn right at the Ace Hardware. Turn left at the top of the hill onto The Kings Highway heading south out of town. Turn left on McCauley's Road. Turn right on East Side Drive. At the south end of the island it becomes West Side . Don't forget to stop and visit the Lighthouse just before Iron Ore Bay . Cross the 4-way intersection onto Paid Een Ogs Road . Turn left onto The Kings Hwy back to town.

Beaver Island's fall colors are spectacular and occur a little later than on the mainland because of the temperature moderation brought about by Lake Michigan, says Steve West, Director of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce. By early October, colors should be making a spectacular show – just in time for the Island Boodle and Bite of Beaver.

Overnight rooms during the fall season on Beaver Island start at $75/night and Oak Wood Condos is offering two-bedroom suites (with kitchen and living areas) starting at $95/night.

Getting to Beaver Island is easy. The Beaver Island Boat Company runs through December, with limited runs in the early and late season. The 32-mile ride takes approximately two hours. Participants of the Island Boodle can get a discounted fare – at just $40/roundtrip for adults and $20/roundtrip for children. Fresh Air Aviation and Island Airways also both provide plane service to the island. All three services operate out of Charlevoix.

Those searching for a truly removed up-north destination will find it on Beaver Island , one of the purist four-season vacation destinations in Michigan . When it comes to natural escapes, nothing compares to America 's Emerald Isle – Beaver Island . For more information, call 231-448-2505 or log onto www.BeaverIsland.org .

Beaver Island Volleyball Schedule 2012

  (Home Game**)






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.

Career Opportunity for Nurse Practitioner

A unique opportunity to live and work on a beautiful island located 32 miles from Charlevoix, Michigan accessible by ferry and air service

The position

•  - Collaborative practice with another NP in a new beautiful health clinic

•  -Clinic hours, an eight hour shift, three days a week

•  -On-call coverage shared between the two practitioners who work together on developing schedules (minimal amount of monthly calls)

•  -An opportunity to know and treat patients of all ages, providing primary health care, managing chronic and acute problems and developing wellness programs

•  -Provide emergency services in collaboration with the EMS

•  -Collaborate with off-island physician on appropriateness of care

•  -Benefit Package:

•  -Rural Site Qualifies for student loan repayment

The Community

•  -A safe, friendly, small-town atmosphere on the largest inhabited island in the Great Lakes with a year round population of 650 and summer tourist season with a boom of thousands of visitors

•  -Beach walking, hiking trails, kayaking, canoeing, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, All Within Your Backyard!

•  -Drive to work in 5-15 minutes, with no traffic

•  -Family First Atmosphere, with three churches and an excellent K-12 public school with small teacher-student ratios, new building under construction and strong support in the community for funding

•  -A nine-hole golf course where you can play without lines and reservations

•  -Best prices on Lake Michigan frontage in the State

Beaver Island Rural Health Center

PO Box 146, Beaver Island, MI 49782 

Donna Kubic, Managing Director 231-448-2275, e mail donna@birhc.org

Forestview Apartments for Rent

There are three apartments for rent at Forestview Apartments. This senior housing project is right next door to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center and right across the street from Stoney Acre Grill and Donegal Danny's Pub. The video below shows the apartment that is designed from someone who is physically handicapped or otherwise handicapped, but the other apartments have the same basic layout.


Tax Payer Contributions by Township

This comparison chart is being presented for clarity:

Comparison of taxes paid by St. James and Peaine Taxpayers for Joint Projects for $80,000 Taxable Value

Funded agency

St. James taxpayer pays

Peaine taxpayer pays

St. James taxpayer pays approximately this much more

BI Fire Department

.9643 x 80,000 = $77.14 .6637 x 80,000 = $53.10


BI Rural Health Center

2.000 x 80,000 =$160.00

2.000 x 80,000 = $160.00

same amount

BI Airport

0.9014 x 80,000 = $72.11

0.6204 x 80,000 = $49.63


BI Transfer Station

1.4464 x 80,000 = $115.71

0.9955 x 80,000 = $79.64


BI Emergency Medical Svc

0.9948 x 80,000 = $79.58

0.6847 x 80,000 = $54.78


BI Historical Society

0.2347 x 80,000 = $18.78

0.1615 x 80,000 = $12.92


Two editorials on this subject by Joe Moore:

Equity in Tax Bills

How Serious is the Inequity

The information below is reprinted from a previous editorial on Beaver Island News on the 'Net by Joe Moore:

Peaine Township Millage Rates Set

The millage rates for the two townships are presented here for the joint operations, and you can draw your own conclusions based upon this side by side comparison:

Millage rates in the two townships for jointly funded operations

Funded agency

St. James millage

Peaine millage

BI Fire Department



BI Rural Health Center



BI Airport



BI Transfer Station



BI Emergency Medical Svc



BI Historical Society



St James pays 6.5316 mills and Peaine pays 5.1258 mills for jointly funded operations.

St. James taxpayers pay 1.4058 mills more than Peaine taxpayers for jointly funded operations.

Why should a St. James Township property owner have to pay more tax dollars for jointly funded operations than any Peaine Township property owner?

It takes a lower millage rate to raise the same amount of dollars in Peaine Township because the Peaine Township SEV is higher than the St. James Township SEV. It does not take a statistical analysis to see a statistically significant difference in these jointly funded millage rates. An individual taxpayer in St. James Township is paying more to support these jointly funded operations than an individual taxpayer in Peaine Township.

St. James individual taxpayers are paying between 31.17% and 45.28% higher taxes for the jointly funded operations.

At this Special Peaine Township Meeting of March 31, 2012, Bill Markey suggested that perhaps St. James Township should decrease their millages instead of having Peaine increase their millages for joint projects. This certainly will not work since the amount of money raised by St. James Township is just matched by Peaine Township, so the inequity of individual taxpayers will just continue. If St. James decreased its funding, Peaine would just match that decrease. If this cycle continued, the organizations trying to provide services to Beaver Island would eventually have no money to fulfill their mission.

It is Joe Moore's position that any jointly funded accounts should be taxed equally based upon equal millage, so that each Beaver Island taxpayer is paying the same amount of millage tax for the jointly funded operations. Joe Moore's request made at the Special Meeting of March 31, 2012, was to have the Peaine Township Board reflect and consider the fairness of these tax rates for jointly funded operations.

Equity in Tax Bills

Why should a St. James Township property owner have to pay more tax dollars for jointly funded operations than any Peaine Township property owner?

How Serious is the Inequity