B. I. News on the 'Net, September 30-October 5, 2014

Bite of Beaver 2014

The Bite of Beaver is held in the Holy Cross Hall. This year it fell on October 4, 2014. Scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and run until 3 p.m., the Bite of Beaver opened early and ended early. By 2:30 p.m., most of the food vendors had torn down and were gone. By 2:45 p.m. the hall was being put back to its normal tables and chairs set-up. Twelve tables were covered with all kinds of deliciousness including the meatballs, ribs, and desserts of every imaginable kind.

Video of the Bite of Beaver


Community Center Artisans

While the Bite of Beaver is going on down at the Holy Cross Hall, the Community Center was serving Mac and Cheese and hosting the island artisan in the auditorium. There was a lot of jewelry as well as glass etchings and wild animal fur hats at ear muffs, candles, stuffed animals, paintings, and more.

Video of the Artisans


Beaver Boodle 2014

Even though the weather was not very nice, fifty-three brave and dedicate souls participated in the "pavement-only" Beaver Boodle this year. The route had to be modified due to the pressure wave and the rainfall that occurred on October 3, 2014, flooding Gull Harbor Road, the normal route of the Boodle. There was no dry sunshiny day to celebrate. It was chilly, windy, and plainly not too pleasant weather that greeted the participants this year.

The route sent participants from the public beach to the point, then after the loop by the lighthouse, head back toward town, go up the post office hill, take the back road to the Catholic Church, then down the hill to the public beach and down the street to the finish line in front of the Beachcomber.

View more pictues of the event HERE

View video of the Boodle HERE

Islanders Win Soccer Against Polar Bears on Saturday

The Island Volleyball Team flew off the Island at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning, October 4, 2014. With some members of the volleyball team also on the soccer team, this left some of the younger students and the boys, who were not able to play volleyball on a girls' team. There was some concern that the high school girls on both teams might cause the Islander soccer team to have problems on Saturday morning because these ladies would not be available to play soccer. The Islander soccer team did just fine. Yes, the Lady Islanders were missed, but the rest of the team stepped up to the plated and hit another home run. The Islanders beat the Polar Bears with a score of 5 to 1.

With just 2.5 minutes left in the game, one of the Grand Marais players was injured, and due to flight schedules and due to the outcome not being able to be changed in that short of a period of time, both coaches and the referee decided to call the game at that point. The injured player and the soccer coach were flown off the island with Valley Med Air Transport service with the destination being Marquette General Hospital. The rest of the team was transported to Newberry by Island Airways. All made it home safely by Saturday afternoon.

Pictures of Saturday's Soccer Match HERE

BIRHC Newsletter Fall 2014

Islanders Win Soccer Friday Night

Beaver Island won a soccer match playing against Grand Marais on Friday night, October 3, 2014, with the final score: Islanders 9, Polar Bears 3. The Islanders had shot after shot on goal. Several shots went wide of the goal, but excellent work by the Grand Marais goalie Dominick kept several shots from going into the goal. Excellent sportsmanship was shown by both teams. The Polar Bears didn't like losing, but they took the loss well With the wet conditions several players slipped and fell on the wet grass, and the moss on the field and around the perimeter of the field made the edges of the field slippery. One spectator slipped and fell breaking the need umbrella. Rain and a chilly wind had some effect on the play, but the players from both teams played on with gusto.

Pictures of this match HERE

Water Level Friday-Slightly Lowered Saturday

The harbor level and the level of water around the perimeter of the island was higher on Friday. The reason for this raise in water level could easily be explained by the pressure changes and the recent rainfall measure in inches. There were several pictures taken of the increase of water level on Friday during the day.

Heading from McDonough's Market to the point.

The water level is up.

So, just how much change was there between Friday and Saturday. Similar pictures were taken at the same locations so you can see the differences between Friday and Saturday.

Saturday at Whiskey Point.....Friday at Whiskey Point

Saturday at Bud Martin's dock.....Friday at the same location


So, how much difference was there when comparing the two days? The best guess that was made was a four to six inch difference. St. James Marine had to raise its gravel ramp to be able to unload and load the barge.

Beaver Boodle Route Changed

Another change for the island was the route of the Beaver Boodle. Most years, this route goes to the point, around Gull Harbor, and then back towards the boat dock. This year the route was changed to be a pavement route for this 5K race. Susan Avery stated, "There is a change to the route of the Boodle this year because of flooding out at Gull Harbor. It will start at the public beach and head north, do a turn around at the lighthouse, head back down Main Street, turn up by the post office, and then head towards the Catholic Church, back down to the beach and then north back to the Beachcomber."

The last pictures shows the water completely across the road on Saturday, which is the reason for the change in the Boodle route. The water was completely across the road and about four inches deep, no issue for vehicles, but definitely an issue for walkers and runners. It's been a really wet week, and the rain and the cold are supposed to last for a few more days. Fall is here, ready or not!

A Little Rainy--Blub...Blub...

As of 11 a.m. this morning, October 3, 2014. from 11 p.m. last evening, a period of twelve hours, Beaver Island has received a little over two inches of rain, and it's still raining. As the saying goes, "A nice day for ducks."

A memory of not so long ago, a beautiful sunshiny day with the rays reflecting off a burning bush.

Time for Vaccines-Flu and Pneumonia

Flu Shots and pneumonia vaccines are available at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. Please call for an appointment 448-2275.

PTA Informational and Organizational Meeting

The parents of school children met at BICS on October 1, 2014, for an informational and organizational meeting. The person from the PTA came to the island to answer questions and give some help to a group trying to get this group started. Fifteen people showed up for the meeting. The teachers were involved in a completely different meeting, so no teachers attended. Perhaps this will change.

The BICS PTA was begun, and officers were elected: President, Judy Boyle; Vice-President, Ralph Williamson; Secretary, Sue Avery; Treasurer, Theresa McDonough.

Video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Board Meeting

The Township Board met on October 1, 2014, beginning at 7 p.m. All board members were present. Reports included a report from the Emergency Services Authority, Donegal Bay Road Project, and the Governmental Center steps. The old business included the Boat Ramp Grant. The new business included the Dangerous Structure Ordinance and a vacancy on the Library Board. This was all that was on the agenda for the night other than approval of minutes and bills.

Video of the meeting HERE.

School Board Ballot

A picture of the draft ballot is presented below.

For the four year terms, three to be elected, running and on the ballot are Janet Nank, Kathy Speck, Angel Welke, and Susan Myers. In addition to the four on the ballot, there are three others are running as write-ins: Gerald LaFreniere, Eric Naranjo, and Judi Boyle. For the terms to completed and ending on 12/31/2016, three positions need to be filled with only two on the ballot: Dave Avery and Judy Gallagher.In addition to these two, three others are running as write-ins: Angela Kohls, Mark Englesman, and Dusty Cushman.

It can be confusing with all these island people running for the positions, and the procedure for write-ins has not be made public at this time. There was an unfortunate problem with the applications to be placed on the ballot, so these others will have to be written in on the ballot. There are three blank lines under the four year term and three blank lines under the term ending on 12/31/2016.

Men's Fall Golf League Results

Bill & Jeff P.
Buck & Joe
Kirk & Rob
Jeff M. & Brad
Travis & Chad
Frank & John
Ron W. & Larry L.
Ron S. & David
Week #4 Results
Team #6 beat Team #3 13-7
Team #2 beat Team #5 14-6
Team # 4 beat Team #8 15-5
Team # 7 beat Team #1 11-9
Week #5 Schedule
Team #3 vs Team #5
Team #2 vs Team #6
Team #4 vs Team #7
Team #1 vs Team #8

Meghan Costello, DC Chiropractic

Will be on island Saturday, October 11th and Saturday, October 25th. Please contact Dr. Meghan Costello for appointments at 231 922 0048. Please note that this time is set aside for you and if you are a no show for appointment, a $30 fee will be charged to you. You may cancel up to three days prior to appointment.

Thank You

Dr Meghan

Holy Cross in the Fall

Courtesy of Mark Pearson

Mass on Sunday is at 9:30 a.m.

Forest Health Program

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
Volunteer Survey Training

This program will take place at the Beaver Island Community School, Science Room, on October 7, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Blessing of the Pets

Holy Cross, Beaver Island

The annual Blessing of the Pets will take place Saturday, October 4, 2014, at Holy Cross Church following the Bite on Beaver. The blessing will take place at Holy Cross, perhaps in the Memorial Garden, but, if raining it could take place in the rectory garage The Blessing of the Pets will take place around 4 p.m.

Many churches in the United States celebrate the Feast of St Francis of Assisi on October 4th each year. The feast commemorates the life of St Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment. It is a popular day for pets to be “blessed”.

Double Volleyball Match

Lady Islanders vs. Ojibwe Lady Eagles

Today, September 30, 2014, beginning at 12:30 pm, the Lady Islanders played two matches against the Ojibwe Lady Eagles. The two matches were won by the Lady Islanders in just three games in each match. So, Congratulations, Lady Islanders on winning both matches today! Pictures and video are being processed and will be available as soon as the processing is completed.

View pictures of the volleyball team matches

View video of the volleyball team matches

Even Though....

by Cindy Ricksgers

I spent more than nine hours today sitting in this computer chair.

I had work to do.

Even though it was a glorious warm and bright day---and lord knows there won’t be many more like this before winter---I worked.

Even though this is the last day off I will have for 33 days---except for October 8th, when I am accompanying my aunt to the mainland for her doctor’s visit---I spent it working.

I had reports to write to the agencies  whose funding assisted with our treatment of invasive species this year. I had a news article to write for our local news magazine reporting on the treatment. I had letters to write with regard to specific issues that came up. I had Emails to answer.

I am not a fast writer. I write, then edit, then rewrite. I search for the correct word or the perfect phrase. I check spelling, definitions and syntax.

Still, it wasn’t all work.

Over coffee this morning, I checked mail, read book reviews and "Brain Pickings," which arrives in my in-box every Sunday morning. I read several blogs that I follow, and made comments. I checked a familiar social media site for news and events in my family. One nephew ran a 5K today; another went to the zoo with his family. A niece reported that Christmas decorations were already up in a store she visited. I read Phyllis’s weather report. Through the day, during pauses in my writing and thinking processes, I took my turns at "Words with Friends."

So, maybe seven hours of work, out of the nine I spent sitting in this chair.

It’s not even a particularly comfortable chair.

I did get outside. I have dogs to walk.

They need exercise...and so do I.

We need, now and then, just to get out in the fresh air...

...to walk, and breathe, and appreciate what’s out there.

So even though there were floors to sweep and towels to fold, weeds to pull and leaves to rake...

morning and evening, we spent the best way we could: we just walked.

The Night of the Herons

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

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

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

Thank You, Jim Haveman!

Jim and Barb Haveman

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

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

Tammy welcomes all who attended

Bill, Donna, Connie at the Yacht Club

Mr. Haveman (Jim) listens as Bill McDonough speaks

Bill Haveman speaks about the dedication of local Islanders

The reception continued after the speeches on the roof deck.

Video of the event may be viewed HERE

Beaver Island Taekwondo Club Has Successes

Beaver Island Taekwondo Club with Coach Dave Avery

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

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

Awaiting results:

Some of the club receiving medals:

Some action shots:

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

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



Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

2014 School Board Meetings

First Emergency Services Authority Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Peaine Township Meeting

August 13, 2014


September 10, 2014

Video of this meeting HERE


St James Township Board Meeting

August 22, 2014

Video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting

September 3, 2014 Video

Waste Management Committee

August 19, 2014


September 16, 2014

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon – Sat  8am – 5pm
Sun Closed 

web: www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org
email: bicommunitycenter@tds.net
phone: 231 448-2022


Community Center Information for October 2014


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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

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

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

A completely new feature includes a monthly calendar for each month of the entire year of 2013. Please send me your events and they will be posted so others can schedule their events without conflict. Email your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com.

If you or your organization has an event you'd like posted on this Community Calendar, please contact me and I'll add it in.  Please try to get me the information as early as possible.

Airport Commission Meeting

August 2, 2014


Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Threatened and Endangered Species: osprey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Journey to Wellness

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

Beaver Island Community School

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

The elk heart before being cut open.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Then outside on the soccer field:

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





COA Lunch at BI Community Center

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

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

The dinner was well attended.

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

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




Charlevoix County State Bank Hours

Changed to Mon-Friday 9a-1p

Church Schedule Changes

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

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

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

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

St. James Episcopal Mission
Schedule of Clergy

Sept. 21st - Rev. Bruce Campbell

September 28th - Rev. Ann Webber

Holy Cross Mass Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

Sept. 27

(Note Changed date above)

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

Island Treasures New Schedule

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

B I Christian Church Ministers

Bible study

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

-Everyone welcome!!

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


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

Beaver Island Human Services Commission
2014 Schedule of Meetings
3:15 p.m.
Beaver Island Community School
The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.

November 18, 2014
***additional meetings may be posted as needed

Members: _rotating_(Char-Em Human Service Coordinating Body), Adam Richards (BIRHC),  Alice Belfy(BICS), Judi Meister (Food Pantry), Ann Partridge(COA liaison/Community Center), Lois Williams (Hospice/Helping Hands), Kathy Tidmore(St. James Township Rep.), Pam Grassmick (Peaine Township Rep.),        ______ (AmVets)

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Fall Men's Golf League Results

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

Common Core Presentation to School Board and Community

(Information taken from beaverislandforum post by KaiLonnie Dunsmore)

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

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

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

The Milky Way

Photo by Frank Solle

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

by Cindy Ricksgers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christine and I headed out together.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fortunately, we had time!

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

We set off for Garden Island.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dancing on the Lawn of What’s Left of Summer

That title is not my own.

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

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

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

Trust me…it’s not my line.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

And a few other incidentals.

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

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


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

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

Sensing excitement, the big dog came, too.

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

I cut every bloom.

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

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

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

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

Fall Colors Blooming

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

Then on to Greene's Lake:

Then on to Fox Lake:


Erosion to West Side Road

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

The erosion was obvious.

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

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


Lines on the Kings Highway

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

Looking south

Looking north

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

Setting a Precedent

An Editorial by Joe Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerald LaFreniere Running for School Board

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

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

Pie Contest


From Holy Cross

New Sewer Ordinance in St. James Township

Optometrist Coming October 10th

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

Dermatologist Coming October 24th

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

Questions call the Medical Center 448-2275.

Donna Kubic

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

NRESC Recommendations Document

from June 2013


BICS Volleyball and Soccer Schedules

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

Circuit Court Judge Candidate Forum

This video is courtesy of Petoskey News Review

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