B.I. News on the 'Net, September 27-October 3

BICS Soccer and Volleyball Today

Soccer starts at 5 p.m. Volleyball after.

Come out and support our young people!!

Halloween Party

Restoring a Dune

The eroded dune is from illegal ORV use. The Trails Committee identified the need to restore this area across from the public access site to Lake Geneserath. The Lighthouse School students supplied the man power to plant 500 plugs of certified native beach grass as a restoration project. The plants were obtained from the Charlevoix Soil and Conservation District.

(Story and photos by Pam Grassmick)

Ground Breaking Ceremony for Senior Living Facility

The groundbreaking ceremony for the took place at 10 a.m. on September 30, 2010, just east of the BIRHC Carlisle Road access and across from Stoney Acre Grill and Donegal Danny's Pub. The Beaver Island Development Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation, is beginning this project. One bystander said, "Thank goodness." In preparation for the ceremony some of the tall grass and sod was removed.

This project will be completed by Beaver Gems

Quite a few people gathered on Carlisle Road

Pete LoDico spoke about the project and gave thanks to those who helped

The ceremonial breaking of the ground

Don Spencer, Jane MacKenzie, Rick Speck, Ray Cole, Connie Wojan, and Pete LoDico

Jane MacKenzie and Pete LoDico

The future driveway entrance location

Plans were viewed in a BIRHC room

Possible future tenants look on as the plans are explained

Pete LoDico Thank-yous and Groundbreaking Ceremony


Iron Ore Creek Culvert Work Progress

The culvert going under the road for Iron Ore Creek needed to be replaced. The bid was won by Gillespie Enterprises, and Rich Gillespie and crew were working on the project today, Wednesday, September 29, 2010. BINN went down there to photograph the progress of this project, and was surprised that one piece of the culvert was already in place and preparations were almost complete for the second piece. Here are some pictures of the project and its progress.

Detour sign on West Side Road....the trail used as the detour........detour sign on the South End Road side

Working equipment operated by Rich Gillespie.....Creek on the north side of the road...looking into the culvert from north to south

Digging to make room for the large second piece....look at the creek from the first piece covered by dirt....Iron Ore Creek roadway....Rich Gillespie concentrating

Digging down enough for piece two.....the old rusty culvert..Iron Ore Creek water side....Jimmy standing near culvert.... dirty water for a while

News Release Beaver Island Community Development Corporation

Ground-breaking for the long-awaited Senior Housing will be held Thursday, September 30, at 10 a.m. on the site of the development, on Carlisle Road , across the street from Stoney Acres. The public is invited to attend. The ground breaking follows the closing on Wednesday on the financing for the development. The affordable housing for low and moderate income seniors is being developed by the not-for-profit Beaver Island Community Development Corporation and is expected to be ready for occupancy in June, 2011, a date which is subject to change based on weather conditions. The construction contractor is Beaver Gems.

The rental apartments will have rental rates which are set through the grant process which provided funding and which are available to qualified tenants. . The anticipated rent is $567 for a one-bedroom unit and $629 for a two-bedroom unit. Utilities are included in the rent, and the building will be heated through a geo-thermal system. The building will include six individual apartments, 4 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom, each with their own kitchen and bath. In addition, the building will have a laundry room, community room, and a community kitchen area. Any interested tenants should contact Pete LoDico, president of the corporation. An independent off-island management company will handle the leasing, and contact information will be available at a later date.

The Beaver Island Community Development Corporation thanks the following people for their assistance in making the development possible: Jeff and Nancy Traudt and the Gill Family for donating the land, Jane MacKenzie, from Northern Homes for her dedication in obtaining grants and the loan, Nina Simpson Jones and Ray Cole for their three fund-raising dinners; U.S Department of Agriculture; Michigan Housing Development Authority; BI Quilters; Charlevoix Community Foundation; the Grand Traverse Band of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians; Beaver Gems for its patience; St. James Township; Beaver Island Rural Health Center; and most important—all of those individuals who came to fund raising dinners and who made the donations that made the ground breaking possible.

Memorial Service Scheduled

There will be a Memorial Service for Dan Van Vels at Peaine Township Hall this Sunday, October 3, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. for more information call 448-2142.

At Stoney

Thursday, Sept 30th. Baby Back BBQ Ribs...finger lickin good!
Friday, Oct 1st. Yellow Lake Perch...Dinner or Basket!
Saturday, Oct 2nd. Lobster Tail Dinner...Single $16.95 Twin $29.95...add a tail to any Steak for $14! Yummy!
Free Goobers in the Pub!
Sunday, Oct. 3rd. Free Dogs per usual, also...Jim is baaaaaaack!!! Pam & Jim will be doing their Famous PIZZA, every Sunday from 4-9pm. Dine-in or Carry-out. Buy 2 pizza's/get $3 off, Buy 3/get $5 off...mamma mia!
Monday, Oct 4th. SIZZLER Dinner $7.50. Free Popcorn in the Pub!

Please Join Us for Happy Hour every day, Sports, Fun, & Great Food,
Our best to you!
Liam & Marilyn

BICS Wins Friday Night and Saturday Games

September 24.2010, 9:30 p.m.--

The BICS soccer team went the entire two halfs without a score as did Munising Baptist. The officials decided to play two additional 5 minute halfs to determine the winner. In the first five minute half of the overtime, Beaver Island scored a goal. Munising was unable to score in either overtime half, so BICS, the Islanders' soccer team wins their first home game of the season.

A hardy bunch of spectators, friend and family

Islanders versus Munising Baptist

Upperclassmen prepare for the Pledge of Allegiance

Captains meet for coin toss

Both teams had opportunities to score, but just fell short of getting it in the goal.

All members of both teams played hard

There were a few players who went down and were injuring slightly.

But, the Islanders managed to get the soccer ball in the goal during the overtime to win the game.

Video Clip of the Winning Goal plus a little extra


The teams and the spectators were ready for a good match.

In the volleyball games inside the BICS gymnasium, the Islanders played very well winning the first game .

Game 1


The second game was up for grabs and within sight, but the Islanders lost this one 18-25.


Game 2


Since the format now is to play up to 25 with every serve scoring a point, the Islanders needed to get right back at it, and they did.

Game 3



Game 4 and 5


The Islanders won the next two games and therefore the best three out of five games against Munising Baptist. Way to go, Islanders!


September 25, 2010, 5:00 pm--

The BICS volleyball team played inside the BICS gymnasium first thing this morning beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Islanders soundly won the first game. Then the JV lost the second game. Coach Kerry Smith put the varsity team back in for game three, but they lost game three. Now, the Islanders were down with one game to two games won by Munising Baptist team. The Islanders were able to win the fourth game, and this necessitated an overtime playoff game with the team getting fifteen points declared the winner. The Islanders won the coin toss and decided to take the serve. Olivia Cary served five straight winner putting the Islanders up 5-0. To keep us all on the edge of our seats, the score quite quickly had Islanders 7, Munising 6. The Islanders took a time out, and when they came back from the time out, the girls were ready to win this game, which they did with a score of 15-10. Congratulations, Lady Islanders on your win!

Video of Games 1


Video Games 2


Video Games 3



The Islander soccer team had to go outside in the windy, cold, and rainy morning air to continue to play against the challenging Munising Baptist team. This game provided more scoring by the Islanders and several opportunities for the Munising team as well. The Islanders went out to a 3-0 lead at the half, but the Munising Baptist team kept the Islander scoring down in the second half, but the Islanders won the game with the score 4-0. Congratualtions, Islanders on your morning win at home!

First Half Highlights includes three goals

Second Half Highlights includes one goal


Lots of Rain and Now Wind

September 24, 2010, 8:45 a.m.-- The rain poured down yesterday in spurts, at times coming down in "buckets" or "like cats and dogs." The unofficial rain gauge in the front yard on Carlisle Road showed 2.25 inches of rain. It is 68 degrees out this morning with winds out of the south-southwest at 17 mph and gusting much higher. There is a wind advisory posted until 7 p.m. tonight. There are reports of a tree down on the East Side Road with power off to the CMU Biological Center and north on East Side Road. Both ferries are tied up to the dock, and the scheduled 8:20 a.m. boat did not leave the island. There are some concerns regarding the BICS sports events for this afternoon.

Pictures of the waves at Donegal Bay

From the BIBCO website:

09/24/2010 Friday Departure Cancelled due to weather.

We will resume our normally scheduled departures on 09/25/2010.

Video of the windy day includes sounds of wind in the old McDonough store, now a bank

Welcome to the World the Newborn Richards Baby!

From Adam Richards from the Beaver Island Forum:

We have a healthy, currently unnamed, baby boy!

Sheri had him at 650pm on 09-23-10 at CAH. He is 8lbs, 2oz, 22”, and unlike his dad, has hair. Like his dad, though, he's a real looker.

Sheri is well, baby is well, life is good+++

A son, Demetrios Herman Richards, was born on Sept. 23, 2010, at Charlevoix Area Hospital to Adam and Sheri Richards of Beaver Island. Demetrios was 8 pounds, 2 ounces at birth. His siblings are Simeon, Elisha and Micah. His grandparents are Kathleen Richards of Spring Lake, and Sheryll and Orval Russell of Grand Rapids. Great-grandparents are Sidney and Lily Smit, of Dutton

Peaine Township Special Meeting on 9/22/10

To view the video clips of this meeting, CLICK HERE

Yes, the meeting was yesterday, and the video clips are up today, the 23rd.........Peaine Board votes to grant the BIRHC the full two mills allowed. Millage was the primary discusssion topic after the airport committee (commission) was discussed. The township attorney was in attendance via telephone as this airport issue was discussed.

Photo from Frank Solle

Bite of Beaver Island Oct 2


The Chamber of Commerce reports that Holy Cross Hall Chef Tables sold out on 9-23 for the Bite of Beaver Island Food Fest slated for Saturday October 2 .

Community Center Craft Tables are available. Craft entry forms and Island Boodle 5K forms can be picked up at the Chamber office and Community Center.

Link to Craft Form: http://www.beaverisland.org/craft-form.pdf

Link to Boodle 5K Form: http://www.beaverisland.org/Island-Boodle-2010.pdf

Bike Ride

Along with the BI Boodle and Bite weekend, there will be a bike ride of various lengths starting at 4 PM on Sat ., weather permitting, from Holy Cross/beach parking lot w/ donations to Beaver Island Sports Boosters gladly accepted. You can contact Linda Frysinger 231-651-9618 for further information.

Questions: Events sponsor, the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce can be reached at (231) 448-2505 or Chamber@BeaverIsland.org .

Christmas Contata Rehearsals Started This Sunday

For those previous participants who might be wondering what to do on Sundays after their regular church service, do we have the answer for you! Kathy Speck, director, announced in emails and letters today that the contata rehearsals began this Sunday, September 26, 2010, at 11:30 a.m. at the Beaver Island Christian Church. This wonderful Christmas gift to the the Beaver Island community will take place on December 4th and 5th. This will be the tenth annual Christmas Contata, and any and all previous participants are invited to come and participate in this decade of holiday musical gifts. If you have questions, please contact Kathy Speck at 448-2393 or e-mail at Kspeck@tds.net

Ruth Hallahan Passes Away

Ruth Hallahan, 91, of Beaver Island, passed away Sept. 19, 2010. Arrangements are pending at Winchester Funeral Home. More information will be posted when it becomes available.

From BICS Soccer Coach Matt Ritchie

Beaver Island vs. Hannahville
Friday 1-9 L
Doug scored the only goal and Matthew assisted.
Saturday 0-8 L
I thought our players played real hard both games and kept a good, positive attitude afterwards. Hannahville has a good team this year and were simply too much for us this time around.

BI vs. Boyne Concord Academy
Jenna, Billy, Olivia Cary, and Jewell (on a PK) each scored a goal. Jenna and Billy had one assist each.
This was a good nonconference win for our team. We played smart and passed very well against a team that was very similar to us skill and talent wise. I thought we controlled most of the play, but the game got a lot tighter after Olivia sprained her ankle. Despite the injury, our team overcame the adversity, and I’m proud of them for that.

BI vs. Grand Marais
Friday 0-6 L
Saturday 0-3 L
I was not at this game, so I do not have much to share. Kerry told me that we played well enough to win on Saturday, but we just couldn’t finish our shots.


COME OUT and Support our BICS Soccer Team this weekend at the first homegame of the Season!

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Announces Mini-Grant Program 

The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association (BICAA) is sponsoring a mini-grant program for 2010-2011 to support the creative work of local artists who enrich the cultural life of the Beaver Island community. Funding for the program is generated by proceeds from Baroque on Beaver, the annual classical music series that combines the talents of year-round and seasonal residents with professional musicians from across the state of Michigan .

Visual and performance artists are able to apply for funding to cover costs for materials to create their art, rental of rehearsal and performance space, travel expenses or fees for attending seminars or classes, opportunities to branch out into new art forms and other reasonable needs.

The program was created a year ago by the BICAA Board of Directors as a means of fulfilling its mission to support year-round cultural arts in the Beaver Island community. Two grants were awarded in 2009: (i) to the Beaver Island Community Players for assistance in the production of Beaver Tales II by compensating writers and composers for creation of new musical numbers for the show and (ii) to the Recorder Group to purchase new music and to obtain additional recorder lessons. BICAA has previously invested proceeds from Baroque on Beaver in the string program and other cultural activities for students at the Beaver Island Community School (BICS).

Eligibility criteria and applications for the mini-grant program may be obtained from BICAA Board member Miranda Rooy, mirandarooy@hotmail.com and will be posted by October 1 on the BICAA website, www.baroqueonbeaver.com . Applications will be accepted electronically and must be received by November 1, 2010. A Selection Committee composed of Board members and community residents qualified in specific areas of the arts will review applications and make recommendations on awardees for Board approval. Awards will be granted in mid-December. For more information, please contact Anne Glendon, aglendon@sbcglobal.net .

Eligibility requirements for candidates:

  1. Year-round or seasonal residents of Beaver Island for a minimum of 2 years
  2. At least 2 years of engagement in the art form for which support is being sought
  3. Submission of a completed application which includes a statement of need for funding. This would include, but not be limited to costs associated with:
    • Rehearsal or performance space
    • Release time from work to practice or create artwork
    • Materials, equipment, training
    • Other needs consistent with the type of art involved.
  4. Agreement to report on, share, demonstrate, show or perform whatever work is produced as a result of the grant during the 2011 Baroque on Beaver annual festival or at another Island event.

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association: Mini-Grant Application

Name of Artist(s):

Beaver Island Address: 

Year-round Mailing Address:


Beaver Island Phone(s): Alternative Phone(s):

Approximate annual residency dates on Beaver Island :

1. Type of Art to be funded (include all that apply)

__ Musical performance

__ Musical composition

__ Visual art (please specify medium)

__ Poetry, Short Story or other literary art (please specify form)

__ Dance

__ Theater

__ Other (please specify)

2. Purpose of request: Please describe in one paragraph what the funds will be used for.

3. Statement of Need: Please explain (no more than 1 page) why you are seeking funding at this time. Describe your engagement in this art form over the past 2 years and give a compelling reason why this mini-grant is important to achieving your artistic goals. 

4. Amount requested (anticipated grant range is $150-$750): _______

5. Letter of Agreement: Please attach a letter (or multiple letters from all the members of the applicant group) that clearly states agreement with the requirement to show, display or otherwise demonstrate how the mini-grant funds were used by July 15, 2011. 

6. Name and contact information of two references who can attest to your work:

Please use additional pages as needed.

Applications are due by November 1, 2010. Electronic applications preferred. Please send to Miranda Rooy, mirandarooy@hotmail.com . Attachments that cannot be sent electronically may be mailed to BICAA, PO Box 326 , Beaver Island , MI 49782 . Awards will be decided by the BICAA Board and announced in mid-December.

At the Shamrock


Fall Specials

Library News 9-16-10

While this has been a very busy summer for the Beaver Island District Library, things are beginning to slow up a bit now that Labor Day is just a memory. Stop in and see the September display case focused on the needlework of board member Krys Lyle.

During the summer we've had many old friends stop in, some who haven't been back to the island in years. They are always surprised by what our small library has to offer patrons. The back garden and music room receive many ooohs and ahhhs while the fact that we are now automated, with an online catalog, amazes them also. Equally, the Langford and Banghart families are owed the deepest appreciation for all they have done.

Very, very special thanks go to Mrs. Connie Wojan for giving us another wonderful summer of Story Time. The little ones absolutely love her, her stories, and the imaginative art projects. The children have made everything from giant turnips and mice to firebirds during craft time! We look forward to 2011 and Mrs. Wojan's return with new tales and projects. Just as deserving is Pam Moxham for all the tender, loving care she's given all the flowers and plants around the library. They looked spectacular this summer and we can hardly wait to see what will be blooming next year.

Due to the tremendous increase in computer usage, we have jumped our speed from 3 megabytes to 10, which helped eliminate the drag that was occurring in the afternoons. We have also added battery backup for our servers which has been a lifesaver when the power flickers.

An abundant supply of new books are on our shelves, many on the New York Bestseller Lists, both children's and adults. Just inside the front door to the library is a printout of the Bestseller list with items we own marked. If what you want is already checked out, let us know and we'll put a hold on it so that the next time it comes in, it'll be saved for you. If you are a year ‘round patron we can interloan items that we don't have on our own shelves however, you must know the title and author for us to do so.

Grand totals for the summer season were:

JUNE 2010

JULY 2010


























New Cards


New Cards


New Cards



Now that school has started and homework assignments are starting to appear, don't forget to check out our website at http://beaverisland.michlibrary.org where you can easily find homework helper links. You can also search, and reserve, books via our online catalog link. Just use the number at the bottom of your library card and register. You must be a registered user to reserve/check out items. If you don't have a library card yet, stop inand we'll get you all set up. It's an easy, painless process that only takes a couple minutes.

The Beaver Island Health & Human Services Fair

The Beaver Island Health and Human Services Fair was held on September 16th , from 2pm-7pm at Gregg Fellowship Hall with speakers in the Christian Church as well.. There were many on- and off-island organizations present to provide you with information that could help you physically, financially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Adam Richard Introduction to the Health Fair followed by Island Groups


Familiar Faces

There were lots of familiar faces at the health fair. These taken below are just a few of the participants in the health fair that live right here on Beaver Island.

Pan of the crowd and interviews from off-Island groups


Soon to Become Familiar Faces

The people from the mainland came to the Island to make certain that we realized that Charlevoix and Emmet Counties have services that are available to us. We even had the chance to do some networking with these visitors as you can see by the final picture with Judi Meister having a serious conversation.


Second clip of off-Island groups


Wendy White DDS


BIEMS Ambulance Tour


Video to Be Continued, But January-July 2010 Video Will Be Lost

As previously reported on this website, the MotionBox video company has gone out of business and the company was sold to a another company that will not be supporting the videos placed on this website from January 2010 until the end of July 2010. The videos numbered over 700 clips during this period of time. There is no way that this editor can take the time to download, upload, and recode these 700 video clips on each of the pages during that period of time. So, unfortunately, the videos taken during this period of time and placed on MotionBox will no longer be available after October 31, 2010.

BINN immediately upon the sale of MotionBox, began to place video on a different streaming video server. For those that don't have any experience in video, one hour of video takes approximately twelve hours from capture, through editing, then uploading, then coding pages, and finally you have the video clips available. If only the work did not have to be done over again, the videos would be kept available for you in the archives. But, alas, there are not enough hours in the day to redo seven months of video for archives. The time to do this would be measured in months, not days or hours. We apologize for any inconvenience. We hope you will understand the huge amount of effort and the lack of time to redo these pages.

We will continue to do video clips for this website, hopefully expanding the meetings, the events, and the news that takes place on Beaver Island. We will attempt to bring you, our subscribers, "Today's news as close to today as possible." Unfortunately, yesterday's news from January through July 2010 in the form of video clips will not be available after October 31, 2010.

Who's Ripping Off the Seniors??

Some specific medications were chosen, prescriptions obtained, and drugs purchased in one local pharmacy, one insurance-approved mail-in pharmacy, and one pharmacy without insurance. Any logical person would say, “The insurance-approved mail-in pharmacy or the local pharmacy accepting insurance will be less expensive.” Unfortunately, this would be absolutely incorrect as the following will show.

A ninety day supply of the prescriptions was obtained; the local pharmacy requiring refills every thirty days; the mail-in pharmacy providing 90 days; and the no insurance pharmacy providing 90 days. And, what do you think was the result?

Seven prescriptions were obtained from three separate sources mentioned above. The drugs were warfarin for clotting issues; ibuprofen for pain and inflammation; lisinopril for high blood pressure; cyclobenzaprine for muscle pain and spasm; flutacasone propionate, a nasal spray for allergies or sinus inflammation; simvastatin or lovastatin, a cholesterol lowering drug; and fexofenadrine for allergic rhinitis.

The cost from the local pharmacy, which was the copay for the insurance was $154.20. The cost from the mail-in insurance-approved pharmacy was $140.06. The cost from the pharmacy without insurance was $119.50. You literally can save about $45 by getting the 90-day supply of these drugs from a specific pharmacy without any insurance, a savings of $15 per month.

Does this make any sense? Buy your prescriptions in Canada or go to a pharmacy and DO NOT SHOW your prescription card, and you will save money. Make sense? Not to most of us. Now, this will not necessarily work for all prescriptions as has been mentioned above, but why does it happen this way? Who is making all this money? Are the drug companies raking in huge profits on the backs of the insured population? Are the insurance companies getting kickbacks from the drug companies? How does this happen in a free enterprise system? By what mechanism can this be allowed to happen not only to insured patients, but does it also happen to Medicaid and Medicare patients as well?

This means that anyone with insurance needs to spend some time to figure out where to purchase their prescription drugs. You also need to investigate how much the prescriptions cost with and without insurance. One specific pharmacy was able to provide the drugs with the situation that cost less whether with or without the insurance. This needs to be seriously investigated by the state and the federal authorities because this certainly cannot be the system that was meant to function in the USA.

Dominican Sisters Return for Holy Cross Anniversary

Seven Dominican Sisters have traveled up to the Island today, Friday, September 10, 2010, to renew acquaintances and to help celebrate the Anniversary of Holy Cross Church. The sisters who were able to come for this visit include Judith Kirt (Dennis Marie when serving on the Island; Linda Theil; Julia Mae Groulx; JoAnne Toohey (Dennis Michael when serving on the Island); Lorraine Rajewski (Wilma when serving on the Island); Dominica Nellitt; these sisters flew to the Island. The seventh Dominican took the boat. Here name is Sister Catherine. Below is a short video clip for the Dominican Sisters to re-introduce themselves to the Islanders.


B.I.R.H.C. Thanks the Community for Supporting its Raffle


Everyone at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center extends a huge thank you to all who supported our car raffle. We understand that these are very difficulttimes for many people and could not be more grateful to those who, despite shrinking wallets, maintained their practice of buying tickets every year. All who bought tickets should feel good about the fact that raffle proceedswill go directly towards financing Health Center services.

On Labor Day Leslie Colwell, whose parents are Jim and Sandy Birdsall, won the 2010 Chevy Cobalt. This year a total of 394 tickets were sold. In addition $425 dollars was given in lieu of buying tickets. Many people played a role in this remarkable success: Board member Denny Cook came up with the successful idea of an early drawing to reward those who bought tickets this spring. The Beaver Island Boat Company donated the cost of bringing the car over on the ferry. In addition to B.I. R.H.C. board members, Sally Lounsberry, Joe Reed, LeonorJacobson, and Adam Richards were dedicated ticket sellers.

Dave Kring, owner of Dave Kring Chevrolet-Cadillac also donated his commission back to the Health Center as he has done for many years. McDonough's Market was again very gracious in allowing us to display the car in their parking lot and selling tickets when our sellers were not there. Ken Slater and Pete Lodico allowed the Health Center to enjoy the benefits of their GM discounts and credits.

Board member Pete LoDico deserves special credit for all the time he spends every year researching and pursuing the best possible deal for us.

Once again, from everyone at the Health Center: Sincerest thanks for your support!

Submitted by Connie Wojan


Peaine Township Meeting 9/8/2010

Several hot topics were discussed at this meeting to include the joint agreement on the township airport, quality deer management, and funding for all services, especially the rural health center. Another special Peaine Township meeting is scheduled for September 22, 2010, at 7 pm. Peaine Township is not prepared to meet on the 15th of September to discuss this with St. James Township.

To view video clips of this meeting, please click on the link below:

Meeting Video 9/8/2010

BIA New Video Available

Click HERE

This was specifically put together for shoreline owners.

St. James Township Meeting September 1, 2010

(Thanks to Ronnie Marsh for the video work at this meeting.)

Video clips of this meeting HERE

News Release from The Nature Conservancy of USA

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Melissa Soule, The Nature Conservancy (USA)
Aug. 20, 2010 (517) 316-2268 or msoule@tnc.org
Megan Seymour, US Fish & Wildlife Service (614) 416-8993 ext. 16 or Megan_Seymour@fws.gov

Laura Mousseau, Nature Conservancy of Canada
519.826.0068 or Laura.Mousseau@natureconservancy.ca
New Report Counts, Categorizes & Ranks Great Lakes Islands
Scientists Say World’s Largest Collection of Freshwater Islands Globally Rare;
Needs Conservation Action to Protect Threatened Species

TORONTO — With more than 32,000 islands in its waters, the Great Lakes contain the world’s largest collection of freshwater islands, but these islands are dynamic, undergoing many changes that threaten the islands’ flora and fauna, including climate change, habitat degradation, invasive species and some natural processes, according to a new report published by scientists from leading conservation organizations in the United States and Canada.
The report, titled “Islands of Life,” ranks and describes the biodiversity (biological diversity) and threats to priority islands found in the Great Lakes. These islands provide essential habitat for migratory and nesting birds as well as rare plants and animals like the piping plover and Pitcher’s thistle, found nowhere else on Earth.
“This information has never been collected and categorized before,” said Dr. Patrick Doran, director of science in Michigan and the Great Lakes for The Nature Conservancy. “From conducting research and then analyzing the report, we learned that islands ranked highest in biodiversity are often also subject to greater threats from human activity. This helps us and others decide and prioritize our conservation action.”Dr. Doran said that he hopes others will read and learn from the report to make more informed decisions about conservation acquisitions, practices and other strategies aimed at protecting the most vulnerable habitats for rare and declining species in the Great Lakes.
“No matter what side of the lakes you live on, what we do on land and in the water affects the health of this critical freshwater system,” said Chris Maher, regional vice president for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “Partnerships like this help share our science and leverage the information so that we are collectively working together to ensure the health of the lakes and the islands within them that provide critical habitat for wildlife.”
The Nature Conservancy collaborated with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Information Centre, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Great Lakes Program, University of Minnesota, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Great Lakes Islands Project to create the report.Biodiversity of the islands was measured by the number of species, plant communities, ecological systems, and ecosystem functions, along with shape complexity, geological diversity, shoreline diversity, size, and distinctiveness. An island with a high biodiversity score may provide habitat for specialized plants, animals and natural communities.

10. Beaver Island, Wolfe Island (Lake Michigan, Lake Ontario)

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. The Conservancy and its more than 1.1 million members worldwide have protected more than 117 million acres on Earth. The Nature Conservancy embraces a non-confrontational, market-based approach for accomplishing its science-driven mission. For more information, visit http://nature.org/michigan.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada's leading land conservation organization. Since 1962, NCC has helped to protect more than 2 million acres (8,100 square kilometres) of ecologically significant land nationwide.


To see a full copy of the report, visit http://conserveonline.org/library/islands-of-life-a-biodiversity-and-conservation/view.html.
Additional Online Component (Note: Works best with the latest version of Google Earth):

Islands of Life Google Earth Application - A Web-based Companion to the Islands of Life Report:


This application is developed for quick and effective communication, data-sharing, and analysis and rapid decision-making. This application enables audience to zoom in on any Great Lakes island to make a quick assessment of the conservation value and other island features of the island, including biodiversity components and threats to that island’s biodiversity.

Beaver Island Gears Up for Annual Fall Festival

The 9th annual Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival will be held on Saturday, October 2. The day begins at 10:00 a.m. with the Island Boodle, a 5K Walk and Run, organized by Mike and Gail Weede which benefits the Island Sports Boosters. (Registration: Pick up forms at the Chamber office or online at BeaverIsland.org).

The Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival will run from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Hall, where amateur and professional chefs will present “bite size” portions for reasonable prices. (Vendor forms now available at the Chamber office or online at BeaverIsland.org).

Deb Harwood, the Island chef who took her dream of starting an Island food festival to the Chamber a decade ago, is chairperson this year and has added some new fun activities to the event. Along with great food, fresh Island apple cider from the cider press, and the annual pie contest and benefit auction, Third Coast will be performing at the hall. Outside, free hayrides along the harbor will be provided by Andy's Grooming Barn and Beaver Island Financial Center . Harwood says some surprise culinary characters will also be on hand to entertain the crowd.

Prizes will be given out to the top two apple pie contestants, one for the best decorated table, and one to a student at BICS who submits the winning name for the Historical Society's stuffed Island Beaver – a mascot who will be on display at the Bite.

Main Street will have additional spots to visit with a number of merchants planning special food tasting events or sales. The Community Center will have artisans selling their wares (artisan forms available at the Community Center or online at BeaverIsland.org).

Starting at 4:00 p.m. at the public beach (weather permitting), Linda Frysinger is organizing a bike ride of various lengths, another benefit for the Sports Boosters.

Nightlife for the festival weekend includes: Live music at Donagal Danny's Pub on Friday, Oct. 1, starting around 8:30 p.m. Friday will also be the final performance of Beaver Tales 2 at the Community Center, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. On Saturday evening, Third Coast will perform at the Beachcomber..

Apple Pie Contest

Please have your entry at the Hall kitchen by noon on Oct. 2. Judging will take place at 1:30 with winners announced at 2:00 . Pies will be judged on presentation (10 pts), general appearance (10 pts), and taste (30 points). Apples must be the main ingredient although other elements (like raisins, cream, etc.) may be used without penalty. Questions: call Elaine West 448-2377.


Elaine West

231-448-3046 IslandNews@tds.net

Deborah Harwood: dharwood@juno.com (chairperson of Bite of Beaver Festival)

Steve West: chamber@beaverisland.org (director of BI Chamber of Commerce)

Amvets Memorial Bricks

Bricks are available for families or business to sponsor the Beaver Island Veterans Memorial Park. These bricks will go in the sidewalk leading to the memorial site. 
You can purchase a 4 x 8 brick with one line of text(18 characters/line) for $100 or  an 8 x 8 brick with 4 lines of text (18 characters/line) for $200. 

If you have trouble printing the form on the this page e-mail us at  amvetspost46@yahoo.com
and we will e-mail one to you. 

We plan on ordering the first batch the week after labor day so please get your orders in as soon as possible. 

Charlevoix County Transit-Beaver Island Service

Demand Response Service 9 am til 3 pm Monday through Friday

Reservation Service 6 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 6 pm (Reservation prior service required)

Phone 231-448-2026 for service

Fares for less than 15 mile distance:

Childred under 6..... $.50

Youth from 6 to 19....$1.00

Regular fare from 20 to 59.....$1.50

Seniors 60 and above......$.50 (Currently free...paid by COA)

Handicapped individuals.....$.50

Men's Fall Golf League-Week 7

Week seven of the men's fall golf league was just as interesting due to the huge difference from week six. In week six the teams all scored very closely and the winners were determined by one chip, one putt, or one stroke on one hole. Weeke seven was just the opposite. In this nice fall golf weather, three teams played exceedingly well against three teams that played not so good. The scores, instead of week six of even up, were unusually wide spread. From week six of 10-10, 11-9, and 12-8, week seven had two 17-3 and one 15-5 matches. Fourth place soundly beat first place. as was true of second place beating third place. This caused a major change in the league standings for week seven. Anything can happen in the playoff week, week eight. Any team in the top four can end up in the running to win if strange things happen like they did this week seven.

1 5 Chuck-Ernie 41 12 75 229 38.17
2 2 Jeff & Ryan 39 8 67 223 37.17
3 3 Larry & Joe 42 9 61 233 38.83
4 4 Joe-Buck 41 10 60 235 39.17
5 8 Frank-John 43 8 60 246 41.00
6 1 Ron & Bob 39 10 57 228 38.00
7 7 Rob-Dan 40 12 54 244 40.67
8 6 Bob E.-Ron S. 44 11 46 254 42.33
1 2 Jeff & Ryan 36 15 82 259 37.00
2 5 Chuck-Earnie 44 3 78 273 39.00
3 4 Joe-Buck 34 17 77 269 38.43
4 1 Ron & Bob 35 17 74 263 37.57
5 3 Larry & Joe 41 5 66 274 39.14
6 7 Rob-Dan 39 9 63 283 40.43
7 8 Frank-John 45 3 63 291 41.57
8 6 Bob E.-Ron S. 40 11 57 294 42.00
TEAM #1 BEAT TEAM #8 17-3
TEAM #2 BEAT TEAM #3 15-5
TEAM #4 BEAT TEAM #5 17-3
TEAM #6 BEAT TEAM #7 11-9

Results of the playoff night were very interesting! It couldn't get much closer than this for the Men's Fall League!

1 TIED 2 Jeff & Ryan 40 8 90 299 37.38
1 TIED 5 Chuck-Ernie 40 12 90 313 39.13
3 4 Joe-Buck 39 9 86 308 38.50
4 1 Ron & Bob 39 11 85 302 37.75
5 7 Rob-Dan 38 13 76 321 40.13
6 3 Larry & Joe 40 7 73 314 39.25
7 8 Frank-John 43 9 72 334 41.75
8 6 Bob E.-Ron S. 43 11 68 337 42.13

Obviously Jeff and Ryan are the team to beat for next year's golf league. They managed to win the summer league and the fall league as well. Congratulations to Chuck and Ernie for scoring just as well as Jeff and Ryan in the fall league and for the tie for first place. Joe and Buck just inched out Ron and Bob for third place by one point putting Ron and Bob in fourth place. A good time was had by all. Now the men's golf league is done for the year.

Brett Maudrie's Address

Maudrie, Brett W.
B. Co. 2-327 IN, 1st BCT
101st ABN DIV
... COP Fortress
APO, AE 09354

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