B. I. News on the 'Net, September 5-11, 2011

Hot Air Balloon Rides Available on Beaver Island

Location changed to Public Beach for the balloon this evening, 9/9/11

For demonstration purposes the Grand Traverse Balloon came over to Beaver Island and put on a demonstration at the Beaver Island Community School Soccer Field. The whole school turned out to see this hot air balloon demonstration.

The balloon started on its side with kids holding down with a rope from the top as the crew blew air into it.

Holding the balloon on its side was necessary to fill the balloon with air. A look inside the opening at the bottom and some size perspectives.

Finally, full of air, it was time to heat the air to get the balloon upright... Tieing ropes to the balloon to control it.

Even the youngest students were fascinated with the balloon as they stand and sit in its shadow.

Jeff Cashman goes up to take a picture of the school students and staff in the shadow of the balloon.

Then BINN editor Joe Moore goes up and takes a picture and some video.

They will be giving rides at the public beach beginning around sunset today, September 9, 2011. BINN editor Joe Moore videoed the hot air balloon going up, and then was asked if he would like to go up to get a picture. After a short pause, the BINN editor climbed into the hot air balloon and ascended with video running. Here is a quick video tape of the demonstration. If you are interested in a ride with the balloon tethered, head out to public beach before sunset. "What an interesting feeling, " Joe commented, "You don't even know that you are rising until you take the time to look down."


Time for the balloon to get ready for the night's festivities at the public beach, and time for students to get back to class.

After the soccer and volleyball games, BINN went down to the public beach to get a few pictures of the balloon after dark. Grand Traverse Balloons was giving free rides in the balloon tethered down at the public beach.

The burner glow made the most interesting light in the area above the public beach.

Almost an unreal sight for the residents of Beaver Island....

Islander Soccer Friday Night

Three students are still sitting on the sidelines due to eligibility issues, but the young Islander team did a great job against a much larger Hannaville team. The score does not reflect how well the Islanders did, but give this younger team some time, and they'll be really on top of things.

Playing hard, but dejected by the goals scored by Hannahville.

Defending against a corner kick and then offensive corner kick

Hannahville goalie and strong, as well as big, defensive players for Hannahville hold off the Islanders rush.

Controlling the ball was the issue to work on

The two officials for soccer

A very happy McCauley after scoring the only Islander goal.

Hard fought, but the result is inevitable.

Lady Islander Volleyball Friday Night

The Lady Islander Volleybal results on Friday night against the Hannahville team was not to be a repeat of the loss in soccer that occurred earlier the same evening. In three straight games, the Lady Islanders took the honors of winning with scores of 25-17 , 25-23 , and 25-19.

Hannahville versus Beaver Island

Excellent Lady Islander serving

Digging, bumping, setting, working together--that's our Lady Islanders

Great teamwork and good sportsmanship!

All of this in front of a cheering crowd..

Concentration and intensity were evident! Great job, Lady Islanders!


BEAVER ISLAND, MI - On September 17, 2011, the ‘Crankun T' Model T Club will have a car show and cruise on Beaver Island. 

The classic cars will be parked from 9a.m to 12p.m. in the parking lot of Jewell Gillespie Park. The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to marvel at the cars and ask the owners questions.  At 12:30 p.m. the cars will start their cruise around Beaver Island. There is no cost to the event.

Beaver Island Boat Company (BIBCO), the ferry service to Beaver Island, is a sponsor of the event. On September 16, 2011, a total of 13 Model T's will be loaded onto the Emerald Isle ferry vessel for transfer to the Island. The boat departs at 11:30 a.m. from Charlevoix to make the 2-hour trip to Beaver Island. Make sure to arrive by 10 a.m.. to  watch the cars being loaded onto the boat. You will be able to view this  from the gate around the BIBCO dock. This would be a great way to see get a sneak peak of the classics before you “Ride the Boat” to Beaver Island.

For more information on the event please call the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce (another sponsor for the event) at 231-448-2505 or email at chamber@beaverisland.org .

For more information on Beaver Island Boat Company or how you can view or to setup a way to get footage or pictures of the vehicles being loaded, please contact Cathy Dewey at 231-547-2311 103 Bridge Park Dr., Charlevoix, MI 49720  cdewey@bibco.com

Bite of Beaver and Beaver Boodle Handy Links

Here are handy links to the Bite & Boodle entry forms.

Chef: http://www.beaverisland.org/2011-chef.pdf Space is limited, don't delay.

Craft, Sweets, Packaged Food: http://www.beaverisland.org/2011-craft.pdP

Boodle 5K: http://www.beaverisland.org/2011boodle.pdf Questions? 

Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce (231) 448-2505  Chamber@BeaverIsland.org

BI Transportation Authority Meeting Scheduled

The BITA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at 12 noon. The meeting will take place at the BITA office building.

Anthony Tony Wojan, 75, Passes Away

Anthony Tony Wojan, 75, Charlevoix, died Sept. 4, 2011, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Winchester Funeral Home, Charlevoix. Tony Wojan, 75, passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, in the arms of his family, following complications after open heart surgery on Aug. 30 at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital.

The family moved to Charlevoix in 1948 where Tony worked as a logger with his father and then worked on the car ferries in Ludington. He then became a builder and finish carpenter until 1988.

Tony married Donna Richards of Oregon in July of 1971. Together they built and opened Donto Kennels on Barnard Road in 1976. Tony spent his life dedicated to his family, friends and the local community of animals that he cared for over the years. It wasn't unusual to walk into Donto Kennels and find Tony working with a big smile on his face and a favorite cat on his shoulder.

Tony enjoyed his family and friends and was always ready to greet you with a hot cup of coffee and good conversation. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, poker, and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan. In the winter months when the native northerners were heading south to Florida, Tony would head south to Torch Lake in pursuit of the mighty whitefish, which he would cook for family and friends. Tony had a zest for life and will be deeply missed by family and friends.

Tony is survived by his wife Donna; sisters, Madelyn Renaud of Charlevoix, Delores Gallagher of Riverdale, Ill., Mary Wood of Roseville, Phyllis (Norman) Switzer of Oak Grove; brothers, Walt Wojan of Beaver Island, and Albert Wojan of Charlevoix; many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Sophie Wojan; brothers, Edward Wojan, Ted Wojan, and Daniel Wojan; sister, Stella
Duberville; and beloved nephew, Jeffrey Renaud.

Family and friends will gather for a memorial service from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Kelsey B's Restaurant, 230 Ferry Ave., in Charlevoix (formerly known as Nanny's).

Tony and his wife, Donna, were instrumental in the development of the Charlevoix County Humane Society, as well as financial supporters. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to
the Charlevoix County Humane Society, 614 Beardsley St., Boyne City, Mich. 49712.

Those wishing to share a memory of Tony, or condolences, may do so at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com .

Bud Martin's Flag and Anchor

Bud Martin has put up a flag pole on his property across from the DNR building. Included in the display next to the flag pole is an old boiler painted black as well as an anchor. The boiler came from Squaw Island. Charley Martin, Bud's father, had hauled two of the boilers from Squaw Island with the intention of selling them for scrap metal. The anchor is historical from the Beaver Island Archipelago, but the history has not yet been verified.. Thank you to Bob Tidmore who sent these pictures to show the display.

Boiler and Flag Pole

Anchor and boiler

End of August 2011 Library News

Whew! It's been a very busy summer. If you've driven past the library you've noticed that the parking lot has been full as has the bike rack, and that doesn't even begin to take the walkers into consideration, nor those who come in the back way.

Many, many thanks to Connie Wojan and her marvelous Story Hour. This summer we have topped all previous summers for number of children attending and loving every minute of her story-telling and craft- making. The kids have made everything from play dough characters to kangaroo puppets. So thanks, Connie for making summer 2011 fun for both the kids and their parents.

The library is very happy to announce and acknowledge that MG Roe Stoup has received her level 1 library certification. The Beaver Island District Library now has three certified librarians to meet your reading needs.

In June we had a total of 1681 patrons and a circulation of 2424 and 467 folks used our public computers. By the end of July, we had 2830 patrons and a circulation of 2747 with 713 people on the public computers. We do not count those accessing our WiFi via their private laptops and cell phones. We purchased a new printer and connected it to the public computers freeing up the old one so that folks using their own laptops now have a way to print.

At the end of July we held a huge book sale covering two full days. It was a huge hit and garnered the library a grand total of $939.50!

Our display case has rotated through some terrific collections this summer. June saw the Red Hat Ladies display and at the present time we are showing Local Island Artists in the case. If you have a special collection you'd like to share, contact one of the librarians. Each display is shown for one month. Give us a call at 448-2701.

Announcing the New Built-in Orderly Organized Knowledge Device, Otherwise Known as the BOOK! It's a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It's so easy to use even a child can operate it. Just lift its cover. Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere--even sitting in an armchair by the fire--yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM.

Here's how it works: each BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. These pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence. By using both sides of each sheet, manufacturers are able to cut costs in half.

Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet. The book may be taken up at any time and used by merely opening it. The "browse" feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and move forward and backward as you wish. Most come with an "index" feature, which pinpoints the exact location of any selected information for instant retrieval.

An optional "BOOKmark" accessory allows you to open the BOOK to the exact place you left it in a previous session--even if the BOOK has been closed. BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus a single BOOKmark can be used in BOOKs by various manufacturers.

Portable, durable and affordable, the BOOK is the entertainment wave of the future, and many new titles are expected soon, due to the surge in popularity of its programming tool, the Portable Erasable-Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylus... aka the PENCIL.

Congratulations Sandy and Pete LoDico

and Mike and Nicole Morea

Preston Peter Morea was born on September 7, 2011, to Mike and Nicole Morea. Preston Peter weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. and was 20 inches long. The newest grandchild of Sandy and Pete enters the family.

Labor Day Annual Cable Creek "Bridge Walk " 2011

by Tina Walker

We met at 10:00 am.  Peaine Township Parks and Trails Committee Chairman, Doug Tilly,  and committee member Tina Walker arrived first. Doug, being prepared with a chainsaw, cut up a fallen tree. After the debris was cleared, Doug went down to the river to do a minor clean-up.

There  were 17 walkers present at the Cable Creek Bridge. Father Joe started things off with a prayer, and then we all introduced ourselves to each other.

Doug gave a brief history of the bridge and Ken Gitersonke gave an account of how many walkers attended in past years.

After the crossing of the bridge we all went to Gary and Tina Morgan's home for coffee, tea and a table loaded with delicious goodies. We sure worked up an appetite after the walk. The first bridge walk was held in 2004.

Please consider joining us next year. We had a wonderful time.

Cable's Creek Bridge Walk History


News from Holy Cross

Ed Wojan Continues Holy Cross "Basket of Joy" Raffle

This year marks Ed Wojan's 47th year of raising money with the Basket of Joy for Holy Cross Catholic Church. Included in the basket were hotel packages, clothing, and other donations to make up this Basket. The estimated value of the Basket was near $2500. Ed, and his two daughters, have gone around and sold raffle tickets for in recent years. The Basket of Joy raised close to $7000 for the church. The winner of the Basket was drawn on Sunday night at 9 p.m. of Homecoming Weekend. The winner of the Basket was Will Goodwin from Chicago.

Homecoming Dinner

In another fundraiser, the Chicken Homecoming Dinner served approximately 380 people to help raise funds to cover expenses for Holy Cross as well.

Spirituality Retreat for Women Scheduled

On September 12, 2011, a Spirituality Retreat is scheduled from 9 am. til 3 p.m. at the Holy Cross Hall. The presentation is to be completed by Brother Mike Witman.

Frank Solle's Eagle Pictures

Frank sent these pictures that he took out at Gull Harbor because he knows that eagles, ospreys, and other raptors are fascinating to some people. These pictures are very good and suggest that this is an adult eagle perhaps searching for prey.

Thanks, Frank, for sharing these!

Tenth Anniversary 9/11 Observance

Please join the AMVETS Post 46, The Beaver Island Volunteer Fire Department, The Beaver Island Emergency Medical Service, The Sheriffs department and The Beaver Island Community School
For an observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

When:  Sunday September 11th
What Time:  1:00 PM
Where:  The St. James Fire Hall

We Have a Winner!

The winner of the drawing for the car raffled by the Beaver Island Rural Health Center is Pete LoDico. Congratulations, Pete!

Wildlife Pictures

Heron watching

You keep track of the water approach, and I'll make certain that nothing attacks from the air.


Turkey Vultures soaring at Gull Harbor

Lot's of soaring competitors, but I think this guy on the right wins the competition.

Congratulations Shane and Emily McDonough

on the arrival of their son! Welcome, Charlie Allyn McDonough. 7lb. 2oz. and 22 inches!

(Editor's note: The spelling of the name may be incorrect. This info and pic was taken off facebook.)

AMVETS Scholarship Awarded

From a letter sent to one applicant:

"The AMVETS voted to award this year's scholarship to Alexandra Kuligoski. There was a 4-way tie, and we selected the winner by drawing the name. We were all very impressed with your letters and we wish we could have helped all of you.

Thanks for taking the time to submit your well written letters and wish you the best.

Bob Tidmore
Post 46"

Break-In and Vandalism

On September 4, 2011 at approximately 6: 45 a.m. an employee from the Beaver Island Municipal Boat Dock arrived at work discovering property from the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce laying throughout the property.

The employee observed a subject inside the Chamber building at that time.  When the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office was contacted however, the suspect fled the scene.

The investigation revealed that the 24 year old Grand Rapids man, who's name is presently being held pending arraignment, had forced entry into the building after leaving the bar.  He knocked over electronic equipment and threw property outside the building, however, nothing was stolen from inside the building.

The Municipal Dock employee later observed the suspect waiting to catch the Beaver Island Ferry and called the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office.  The suspect was apprehended before he could leave on the boat and is currently being held at the Charlevoix County Jail pending charges of breaking and entering.

Update: Charlevoix Prosecutor John Jarema has charged Jamison Gary Johnson with “COUNT 1: Breaking and Entering-A building with intent” in connection with the break in at the Chamber of Commerce office on September 4, 2011.

Labor Day at Stoney

Mon. Sept 5th 1st year of being open Labor Day...join us for Lunch 11-2 and Dinner 5-8:30.

We appreciate your patronage....Happy Autumn! Stoney & Crew

Emerald Ash Borer Traps Negative

"Last week PPPMD inspector Jane Winkler removed and inspected the 15 EAB baited panel traps she installed on Beaver Island earlier this summer.

She submitted suspect adult samples from three of those traps for verification.  Yesterday, Mike Philip, PPPMD's entomologist, was able to confirm that none of the submitted samples were in fact EAB.  The specimens were of an insect very closely related to EAB, Bronze Birch Borer (BBB).  Both EAB and BBB are metallic wood-boring beetles in the genus Agrilus.  BBB is native insect that is well established in Michigan and infests almost exclusively trees in the genus Betula (birch).

As I am sure you are aware, the fact that EAB was not detected by any of traps does not mean that it may not be present on the island.  It will be critical to continue to monitor and investigate those ash trees that may begin to show the early symptoms of infestation.

I remain available to help support your efforts to protect the ash on Beaver Island from EAB," said John M. Bedford, Pest Response Program Manager, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division.

Link to EAB Trap Map

More Bricks Installed at Veteran's Memorial

There are more bricks being installed at the Veteran's Memorial. The work began today, Tuesday, August 30, 2011, and will continue on Wednesday as well. The AMVETs are putting forth a great deal of effort to make this memorial beautiful and the Island should be more than proud of this wonderul memorial. The brick orders over the last few months have arrived and are now being installed. There is plenty of space for you to buy a brick for your loved one who was a veteran.

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for these pictures.

A Video Tribute to the Veteran's Memorial

With slightly over 270 bricks in the planned walkways and many volunteers of the AMVETS Post 46, the work at the Veteran's Memorial is moving along quite well. Beaver Island News on the 'Net offers this fifteen minute video to honor the veterans and the work of the AMVETs in getting this far in just fourteen months. In July 2010, the oldest veteran on the Island was Carl Felix, Carl turned the first shovel full of dirt in early July 2010. In this short period of time, a wonderful memorial has been created for the Beaver Island veterans. Here with music to accompany the walk to and through the memorial is our attempt to show off the memorial for those not able to view it in person.

Link to Video of the bricks

Beaver Island Marathon

The Beaver Island Marathon took place on September 3, 2011, following the course shown in the map below.

The Beaver Island Marathon Course

No roads were “closed” during the 3rd annual Beaver Island Marathon run this Saturday morning, September 3, 2011.. The course was the same Boston Marathon qualifying course as last year. There were many people along the course route to welcome and cheer the runners on. Many were there to watch the finish at the Public Beach. Lots of volunteers were out helping keep the runners safe with water stations, providing help to drivers to keep the cars and the runners separated, and to cheer the runners along the way. Thanks to the many volunteers.

Marathon Course................Medal Design.................Shirt Design

The Marathon, Half-marathon, and 5K race all started here. They're off!

(Pictures by Jim Stambaugh)

The weather was cooler, but the humidity was 100% with pouring rain as the runners were out on the course for the full marathon, half marathon, and 5K runs. The rain came down in buckets for a while, but, by the time, the last racer left the course, the sun had come out. The rain made the course muddy on the clay and gravel roads of Port St. James. The racers had the start of the race out to Whiskey Point that was paved and the bike path out to the St. James Campground that was paved. Other than that the pavement was not part of the race. One racing fan asked, "How can they keep track of who is in what race? They are going out toward Donegal Bay and others are coming in from Donegal Bay."

Our local Beaver Island EMS were well prepared for the health issues that come from these, having been involved for two years now. BIEMS transported two runners by ambulance to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center where they were treated and released. Other than these two, there were several with sore feet with blisters and a sprained or sore ankle or two. The temperature and the rain helped to keep the runners cooler than in past years.

The Full Marathon Runners made two laps of the route. Here they pass the Holy Cross Hall for the first time.

The 5K runners made one trip out to Whiskey Point, around Gull Harbor, and back to finish at the playground.

The finish line for the half marathon and the full marathon.

Results of the marathon will be posted when they become available.

Comedy Group to Hold Auditions

The Beaver Island Comedy Group is planning to add several members to their troupe along with possible guest stars for upcoming productions, and also meet with those interested in writing or working the technical aspects of the shows. They will hold open audition at the Community Center on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.

Those interested in being part of the comedy group should be at least eighteen years old and should be prepared to participate in two of the following for their audition:

a. Improvisation;

b. Bring an idea for a comedy sketch to explain to the group;

c. Perform in a scripted role with others;

d. Prepare a monologue or stand-up routine (1 - 2 minutes in length);

e. or perform something original you've selected.

If interested in working behind the scenes on the production - writing, lighting, stage manager, props or videographer - please attend the audition, so the Comedy Group can talk to you about your interests.

Questions: give a call to any member of the Comedy Group.

Sign-Up Forms Available

The following fall event entry forms are now available in the Chamber office and at the Community Center. In a day or two they will be available on line for download and printing.

Questions about the events: Chamber@BeaverIsland.org (231) 448-2505

For information about the apple pie contest please contact Elaine West: (231) 448-2377

A New Slice on the Annual Apple Pie Contest


On October 8th, the former winners of the Bite of Beaver Island Apple Pie Contest will be the judges for the annual baking competition. As the judges won't be entering the contest there are even more opportunities for great bakers out there to “take home the crown” and win the Annual Pie Contest. You need to turn your pie into the kitchen at Holy Cross Hall between 10 a.m. and noon on October 8, 2011. Judging will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the announcement of the top two winners of the prizes at 2:30 p.m.

Please put your name on the bottom of the pie tin. All are welcome to watch the judging. Pies will be judged on taste, appearance and presentation. This is the eleventh year for this annual Beaver Island Pie Contest.

If you have questions, call Elaine West at 448-2377.

By Amanda Strong

After an exhausting day, all you want to do is put your feet up and spend time with the person you care about the most … and then your spouse walks into the room.  Upon their arrival, you close your computer hoping you don't appear too startled to raise suspicion.  Sharing intimate details of your life on Facebook with someone else probably wouldn't go over so well with your significant other.  Your relief is temporary, because this will likely become a reoccurring theme when you continue to “network” with that special person.

This deception happens every day when a person decides to carry on an affair, especially one where social media plays a prime role.  With over 700 million users on Facebook alone, many of those ask themselves, “am I crossing the line?” when they carry on with another “friend” either new or old.

Things become foggy when you're consistently tempted to look up an ex or confirm a friend who may not be the greatest choice to allow back into your life.  The lines begin to blur and lies turn into infidelity. Before becoming just another statistic, ask yourself these three questions:

IS THE RELATIONSHIP REAL?   Cyber relationships are tricky.  Either you begin to correspond or communicate with someone after a reconnection or you meet someone entirely new.  This excitement or newness resembles the easier days without responsibilities, work, and children. You feel special from all the attention solely focused on you, swept away with the thought of a less complicated life.

The reality may be difficult to swallow when you realize that the person you make that connection with a. may not be the person you thought you knew or b . turns out to be very similar to the person you're currently with when the fun times fade and reality slaps you in the face. Social networking hands you the opportunity to be anyone you want to be. Someone living in a fantasy may not grasp the impact on their family and themselves. Their new relationship is real to them, but could it be masked by all the hype that surrounds social networking. When you take away Facebook, and you're just one on one, can you look at the person and feel your new reality will stand the test of time?

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE? Lonely or feeling like you want more out of life? Vulnerability, mixed with the ease of connecting (or reconnecting) with people, is a recipe that may derail one's path.  A person may feel they're receiving more support from a friend than a spouse. This attention sometimes leads to a tighter bond with your social media “friend” than the person you sleep next to at night. But is this new relationship based on finding the support, more so than the person giving it? 

Sometimes the relationship is not about the attraction or compatibility but the needed strength to get out of a difficult or lonely situation. Ask yourself, are you using this new relationship as an out? Do you truly believe this person will be around in six months? Be honest with yourself with where you are in life, and why you've pursued another relationship in the first place.

WHY TAKE THE RISK? Some people are going to cheat, whether facilitated by cyber relationships or not. Others may look for their ex and get into trouble pursuing the past or innocently be struck out of the blue with a connection they never thought would happen. Are you impulsive and want to just go for it? Have you thought about the consequences and decided to cross the line anyway? Ask yourself, are you risking your marriage or relationship because you found a more exciting and passionate person; think this is your soul mate; or feel this is your way out of your current situation?

Even if you get wrapped up in the hype and the temptation seems too much to handle, there's always that split second before you post something or encourage communication when you know you shouldn't.  Your actions could destroy the ones you love and change your life completely.  Ask yourself, why would I choose to face those consequences? If you deal with the truth before you cross the line, you may save yourself from making a huge mistake.

Couples are now citing Facebook on their divorce papers as one of the reasons their marriage fell apart.  Can social media be blamed for giving everyone such an easy tool to cheat? Words of advice, be honest with yourself, because your decisions are yours, and only yours, to make.

Social networking sites aren't losing sleep over your choices, that job is solely your responsibility.

Amanda Strong graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Televison/Radio and is the author of the highly acclaimed new book, With Just One Click, the first of its kind about the complexity of Facebook relationships.

New Feature--Birthdays This Week

Christie Heller Purdue on Monday, September 5

Dee Gallagher and Jessi Smith on Thursday, September 8

Sue Howard on Friday, September 9

Dave Bair and Judi Meister on Sunday, September 11

Speaker Scheduled to Present at B.I. Community Center

This presentation is open to the public. "A very dynamic speaker with a very dynamic message, " stated Alice Belfy. "He spoke at a conference that Kitty McNamara attended."

View announcement PDF

B. I. Community School Board Meetings Schedule

View Meetings Schedule HERE

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Receives Grant

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center will be the site of a new emergency generator soon, thanks to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. The grant for $31,795.00 was announced by the Grand Traverse Band on August 10, 2011.

The Tribal Chairman is Derek J. Bailey.

Beaver Island Rural Health Center President Denny Cook and Charlevoix County Commissioner Richard Gillespie submitted the application for the propane generator. A recent assessment by Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet County Emergency Management determined that the health center was especially vulnerable to localized power outages. Director Gregory K. Williams visited the island last year, and concluded that the health center would be a good candidate to serve as the working command center in the event of a community emergency.

The Charlevoix County Local Planning Team and Local Emergency Planning Committee also supported the grant application.

The BIRHC will be seeking bids for the 55kW propane generator project.

Frank Solle's Sandhill Crane Pics

Frank got these nice pictures of sandhill cranes on the move. Thanks, Frank!

It appears that the sandhills are beginning to congregate here on the island for their flight south to warmer climates. Since these pictures were taken, two groups of sandhills were seen flying over the Beaver Island Golf Course. One group had thirteen in it and another had nine. They were all headed to the same field and could be heard calling in this field.

An Open Letter to the Beaver Island Community

The Beaver Island Association Supporting Environmental and Economic Sustainability

Board of Directors

Bob Anderson, Treasurer

Pam Grassmick

Peter Igoe, President

Jim Jones

Beth Leuck

Ken McDonald, Vice President

Taffy Raphael, Secretary

Craig Schrotenboer

Bob Tidmore

August/September, 2011

To the members of the Beaver Island Community :

I am writing to encourage you to join the Beaver Island Association.

Our organization has taken on important roles in protecting the island environment and in helping to promote the local economy. We need your support in these efforts.Summarized below are a number of the important initiatives underway.

The Environment :

•  The Beaver Island Association, under the leadership of Pam Grassmick, spearheaded the drive to eradicate invasive Phragmites from island beaches. The program has been exceptionally successful and we have now formed a committee, led by Craig Schrotenboer,to take the leadership roleto focus on the most harmful 9 additional invasive species threating the island. The charter of the committee is to identify the presence of invasives, create an inventory and then arrange for control or eradication.The committee is planning an Invasive Species Summit to be held at the BI Community Center on June 14, 2012. In addition to Craig, members of the committee are Beth Leuck, Annette Dashiel, Jim Jones, and Bob Anderson.

•  Craig also represents the association on the board of the Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee (NRESC). The work of the committee will be coordinated with the NRESC.

•  The BIA (under Ken McDonald) is the sponsor of the annual beach cleanup to remove trash and items harmful to wildlife, and provide data to a clearing house monitoring the Great Lakes (The Alliance for the Great Lakes [GreatLakes.org]). This year's cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, September 17 at 9 a.m. with a free hot-dog lunch at the Community Center to follow. Ken is coordinating this effort with the BI Community School,encouraging student participation in the clean-up.

•  We have contributed to the promulgation of common sense regulations regarding ATV use on beaches and dunes.

•  The association sponsors a free summer lecture serieson topics of interest to island residents and visitors, presented by expert guest speakers.

•  The BIA funded the placement of fire danger signs at critical island locations, and coordinated training with the fire department to maintain accurate fire danger warnings.

The Economy& Educational Initiatives

•  Our organization has undertaken various analyses and data presentations to increase awareness regarding property tax levels and spending.

•  Bob Anderson has initiated discussions with the townships and the Charlevoix Road Commission regarding enhanced maintenance and improvements of island roads. He is coordinating this with our representative on the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners.

•  Paul Glendon, BIA president emeritus, initiated a thoughtful discussion of the concept of consolidating the St. James and Peaine townships. We intend to help facilitate this discussion.

•  The BIA (Taffy Raphael and Beth Leuck) has undertaken initiatives with the Kitty McNamara, the principal of the Beaver Island Community School, to expand the horizons of the high school students by establishing a “Career Day” program, bringing successful graduates and other good role models to Beaver Island to give the students a firsthandconnection with exciting educational and career paths. The first of these is planned for the Tuesday after Memorial Day, 2012.

•  Taffy and Beth will also be working with CMU Biological Station staff to initiate a series of educational field trips for students at BICS.

We also have initiatives to enhance communications on goings on around the island. 

•  Jim Jones is working to improve our website to include links to more relevant sites and the Beaver Island Forum. In addition, the website will include summaries of recent BIA Board M eetings and our Annual Meeting so that members can be informed of BIA activities and progress. Also included will be the BIA email address so that members may communicate more easily with the board.

•  The BIA publishes a twice yearly newsletter, mailed to homes, to provide members with an update of progress on our initiatives and future association plans.

•  Board members have been assigned to act as liaisons with the townships (St. James: Peter Igoe/Bob Tidmore; Peaine: Ken McDonald/Pam Grassmick), and we plan to report periodically via the website on township government proceedings.

Of course there are other things in which we are involved and we are eager to hear from members of their ideas of subjects of importance in which the Beaver Island Association might play a positive role. Please join and give us your thoughts.

Annual dues are only $20 (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012). I hope you will consider becoming a member. Your support will benefit residents, property owners, and visitors to Beaver Island.

To join please send your check of $20 to : The Beaver Island Association, Bob Anderson, Treasurer, P.O. Box 390, Beaver Island, MI 49782


Peter Igoe, President

BICS School Newsletter Number 1 for School Year 2011-2012

The file is a PDF and can be viewed HERE

New Charlevoix County Link for NRESC

http://www.charlevoixcounty. org/govern7039258.asp

Men's Fall Golf League Competition Very Tight

With the success of this Wednesday, September 7, 2011, golf round, Frank Solle and John Runberg, former summer champions, have surged into a one point lead over Buck Ridgeway and Joe Moore. Next Wednesday's golf match should be quite interesting as these two teams are playing head to head in an even match with no handicap for either team. The third place team of Jeff Mestelle and Ryan Smith are in the mix as well as they play Rob Latimer and Dan Merriman next Wednesday with only four points keeping them out of first place. The next two weeks of the men's fall golf league should be interesting as the top teams play against each other. The last Wednesday of the league will be a playoff with first place playing second place, third playing fourth, etc. so the golf standing for the fall league could hinge on one chip shot or one putt.


1 6 Frank-John 40 13 49 149 37.25
2 1 Joe-Buck 38 10 48 146 36.50
3 5 Jeff-Ryan 40 10 45 144 36.00
4 3 Chuck-Ernie 37 12 40 159 39.75
5 2 Rob-Dan 43 7 39 161 40.25
6 7 Bob E.-Ron M. 44 9 36 168 42.00
7 4 Francis-Larry 44 11 33 176 44.00
8 8 Stan-Ron S. 43 8 30 183 45.75



TEAM #1 TIED TEAM #5 10-10
TEAM #6 BEAT TEAM #2 13-7
TEAM #3 BEAT TEAM #8 12-8
TEAM #4 BEAT TEAM #7 11-9



TEAM #2 VS TEAM #5 TEAM #2 -3
TEAM #3 VS TEAM #7 TEAM #7 -1
TEAM #4 VS TEAM #8 TEAM #8 -1

Beaver Island Association Schedules Beach Clean-up

The Beaver Island Association Beach Cleanup is Saturday September 17, 2011. Like last year everyone meets at the Community Center at 9am for bags and data cards, then returns at noon for a free hot dog lunch. Call Ken McDonald with questions or to get materials early.

Beaver Island Association Invasive Species

Click Here to View Slides

Peaine Township Meeting, August 10, 2011

There was just a quorum of three township board members with John Gallagher absent and Paul Welke absent from the meeting. Each was absent for personal reasons. Colleen Martin, clerk, called the meeting to order explaining that two members were absent. She also made a motion to appoint Pete LoDico to chair the meeting which was promptly passed. This township meeting was a very short meeting with business completed quickly and without much discussion. The total time for the meeting was 12 minutes 4 seconds including the introduction and the motion to adjourn. You may watch the video of this meeting by following the link below.

Meeting Video for August 2011

St. James Township Meeting, August 3, 2011

The Board of St. James Township met at 7:30 p.m. at the township hall. Minutes and Bills were passed after discussion. There were several letters reported in the Correspondence item. Rick Speck got some information together about the millage rate that has to be turned in to the County in September. No action needed is on this issue. Discussion included NO decreases in medical center or EMS millage. Rick presented an extensive report about the reservations consideration for the the public marina. There will not be any reservations system put in place using the State of Michigan at this time. Pete Plastrik was appointed as the St. James representative to the soon to reform NRESC. St. James Township board will ask NRESC to participate in the writing of the Five Year Recreation Plan to qualify for grants. Deadline for grant submission is January 2012. Kathy Tidmore reappointed to the Human Services Commission as St. James representative. There was board comment and public comment.

View Video of the Meeting HERE

Parking in Charlevoix

Click the above link to go see their flier.

First of all, BINN wants to welcome its newest business subscriber, Mainland Parking and Shuttle Service.

The parking issue at the Charlevoix Airport has caused some consternation to some people who have parked their vehicle there. (See the story and update below.) The City of Charlevoix has taken over management of the airport, and has hired an airport manager. This manager appears to view the Islanders using the airport for parking as just another source of income for the airport.

Mainland Parking and Shuttle Service is a new business located just down the road from the airport. Mainland is literally directly across the highway from Dr. Shaperkotter's office. If that doesn't ring a bell, then it is next to an old motel and before Fox Motors. They have a nice sign that indicates the location. If going south from the airport, it will be on your left side.

The editor of BINN met with one of the two partners in this venture, Daniel J Drost to see an enthusiastic person who wants to help resolve these parking issues for the Islanders. The business is just getting off the ground floor with just one year round parking permit issued at this time. Mr. Drost wants to make certain that everyone knows that they began this venture because of the City's position on the parking at the airport. Mr. Drost wants to let everyone know that he has done work over here on the island, spent money here for lodging, meals, and relaxation at the local pubs. He is interested in providing lots of service for the Island residents and visitors. In a conversation today, July 22, 2011, he stated, "If someone was needing us to go pick up something at one of the businesses in the area, we would be glad to pick it up and send it over on the plane. We would like to work with the flight services. Perhaps they (the flight services) might be willing to let us know when the owner of a car is flying over to the mainland. We could then have the car ready, warmed up if its cold outside, and ready to go. We fully expect that we might need to jump a car or two if the battery goes dead. That will all be part of the Parking Service that we offer. We had a few people who went over on the boat as customers this week. They came and picked me up, and I drove them back down to the boat dock, then brought the car out here. There was no extra charge for this service. Of course, we did it exactly in reverse when they came back to the mainland."

For this extra service, Mainland Parking and Shuttle Service charges the exact same amount as the City of Charlevoix at the airport. They have an economy plan that allows you to be responsible for you own transportation to your car, but be sure to talk to them about this, if you are interested. BINN has the second year round parking permit at Mainland Parking and Shuttle Service, and is more than willing to share our experience with you.

Holy Cross Altar Society Raffles Original Lighthouse Painting by Lois Stipp

The Holy Cross Altar Society is doing its annual raffle for fundraising. The Altar Society will be selling raffle tickets from now until October when the Bite of Beaver takes place. This smaller print of the original painting will be presented to the altar society member who sells the most tickets. The drawing will take place on October 8, 2011, at 2 pm at Holy Cross Parish Hall. The tickets are on the island, and they should be available now. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. They will be for sale after mass on weekends, at McDonough's' Market, or you can contact Audrey Beilman for more information at 448-2083. The altar society has received a raffle license from the State of Michigan, #X78435.

Natural Resources and Ecotourism Steering Committee Resolution

Proposed By-laws for NRESC

BIRHC Will Dispose of Expired Drugs

Rather than just throwing your expired prescription drugs or over the counter drugs in the trash or down the drain, the Beaver Island Rural Health Center has become a "pill drop off" location. They will dispose of these items for you. The rural health center also has needle disposal containers and are willing to provide them to you as well. Here is their flyer.

Bike Event Will Precede Boodle 5K in October

A bike ride to benefit Beaver Island Sports Boosters will be held, Saturday, Oct., 8, 2011, at 8 a.m . Bikers will meet at beach parking lot next to Holy Cross Parish Hall , bike 2-12 miles and make a donation of your
choice based on miles biked. Flyers will be posted around town after July 4th and be available at the Chamber of Commerce office . Bike rental is available. You could make it a duathlon if you register for and run or walk the Island Boodle 5K at 10 a.m Registration fee benefits the Beaver Island Sports Boosters. Call Linda Frysinger at 231-651-9618 for further information.

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

We post school events, religious events, sports events, visiting minister events, and many other events including musical events, special events, and even regularly scheduled events. At the very least, the event will go on the Community Calendar, so others won't schedule something at the exact day and time of your event. Imagine the following:

Two well known and exceptional fundraising events are scheduled on the same day. How sad for those who work so hard to raise funds for a good cause.

This can be avoided by sending your dates to BINN,. You can send them by postal mail, email, or even call the editor at 448-2416. Email medic5740@gmail.com

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

The Human Services Commission of Peaine and St. James townships has put together a resource manual--a guide to services available to all residents of Beaver Island.  A copy of this resource manual appears below.  Printed copies will soon be available at a number of locations, including the medical center and the library.  Other locations will be announces later.  Many thanks to Joan Vyse and Judi Meister for coordinating the information in the manual.

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

BI Christian Church Resident and Visiting Ministers

11: Howard Davis

18: Harold Kruse

25: Harold Kruse

Consultant Report Available

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

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

Air Transport for Island Medical Emergencies (ATIME for Us)

by Joe Moore

Read Article HERE

32 Miles of Water

(Copyright 2004, Phillip Michael Moore)

Update: 2/19/11---This video has had 108 viewings in the months of January and February so far. We hope that the views are getting the importance of having an air ambulance on Beaver Island and ready to go for the emergencies that have occurred here. It is obvious that ill and injured people are searching out other methods of transport since the transports for 2010 were down 50% compared to the last four years. While part of the cause is the depressed economy, the other part is the concern of being transported to the mainland and having a huge bill for that transport. BINN will continue to have this video available until something gets resolved with this issue. Comments so far: "You must be very proud of your son for doing this excellent video." "We never realized that this was still an issue." "Wow, a very important issue that seems to have been put on the back burner for too long. It's a burning issue."

Beaver Island has two flight services, and neither of them are currently certified or licensed to transport emergency patients from Beaver Island to the mainland. We thank the crews of the USCG helicopters for coming to do medical evacuations. We thank the flight services that have helped us get patients to the mainland for the last seven years and before. We thank Northflight for providing this service as well.

While a lot of things have changed over the last 7 years including a new school, a new executive director of EMS, new township supervisors,and new rural health center board members, there is one thing that has not changed.

Beaver Island does not have an FAA Certified Air Ambulance that is licensed by the State of Michigan.

When Phillip Michael Moore made this video as a Master's degree project, no one would have guessed that seven years later Beaver Island would still not have achieved this goal.

Please take the time to view the video. Please take some time to think about this, and then start asking some questions about how this can be resolved.

Beaver Island News on the 'Net Presents "32 Miles of Water" in its final form (28.5 minutes). The previously video, viewed here, was a slightly shortened version. The video is in high quality, but is still streaming video.


On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

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Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

September Senior Center Activities

September COA Menu

September Community Center Activities

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!