B.I. News on the 'Net, September 6-12, 2010

Dominican Sisters Return for Holy Cross Anniversary

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Submitted by Connie Wojan


Peaine Township Meeting 9/8/2010

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

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

Meeting Video 9/8/2010

It Must Be Labor Day

Dick DeRosia visits Beaver Island once a year on Labor Day. Here he is on the island getting ready to watch the Marathon. It must be Labor Day weekend. It really is good to see you, Dick.

Finding a place to have breakfast on this day is also a little difficult.

BIA New Video Available

Click HERE

This was specifically put together for shoreline owners.

Marathon Started at 9 a.m. on September 4, 2010

The temperature outside was 52 degrees and the wind was blowing and gusting. This might be described as a blustery day. Then the rain began to come down in sheets blown by the gusty wind. The Second Annual Beaver Island Marathon started at 9 a.m., September 4, 2010. The walkers started earlier. The half marathon runners, which was the majority, started at 9:30. There was also a 5K Harbor Run that started later.

It appeared that the numbers attending this marathon were down, but the staggered start made it difficult to gauge. The cancellations of the ferries owned and operated by the Beaver Island Boat Company must have had some effect on the numbers as well. The nasty, windy weather for ferry travel caused a cancellation of boats the day before the marathon, but most marathon runners were pleased with the temperature and the rain. The only complaints about the weather were those related to excessive wind felt out at Donegal Bay. Most comments from runners were praising the race organization, the beautiful route, and the cooler weather.

The participants ranged from junior high school age up through seniors in their 70's. There were those running in competition against themselves for a personal best time. There were those running the full marathon (with the white) mixed with those running the half marathon (with the green). Some family members ran the shorter races, and some ran in the full marathon. Smiles were seen on faces from the runner in first place all the way to the runner in dead last.

For results of all events, click this link

For full marathon pictures and story click HERE

For half marathon pictures and story click HERE

For the Harbor Run pictures and story click HERE

Beaver Island Marathon 2010

Pictures and Video clips are available now! Here are a couple examples:


Full Marathon start and finish first loop


Harbor Run start and finish


Full Marathon, Part 1


Full Marathon, Part 2


Half Marathon, Part 1


Half Marathon, Part 2


Half Marathon, Part 3


Harbor Run


Awards, click HERE


From Good Boy Events

Dear Athlete, 
Well by now most of you are home and resting ( I hope).  Ron and I want to once again thank you for participating in the 2nd Annual Beaver Island Marathon.  We realize the commitment, sacrifice and devotion you made to make the trip.  I'm sure this one will be a good conversation piece for years to come.

Seriously, we do appreciate your dedication and devotion to the sport, enduring with the weather (though many enjoyed the cooler temperatures) and for understanding that we had to make last minute changes so that you were safe on the course.  . 

Race results are posted on our website, left column under results for 2010 events and on www.raceservices.com under results.  ASI Photo's will have the pictures ready for you to view later this week.  www.asiphotos.com .

Congratulations to Rich Powers for taking 1st place again this year.  Way to go Rich!   Congratulations to all of you.  Each and everyone are winners in our eyes.

Also, the Good Boy Event clothing  is available on   www.shop.goodboyevents.com  There are shirts, jackets, hats, visors and some event shirts available.  I will be ordering more shirts this week.  Place your order now. 

Check out our line of Life Links.  A very motivational piece of jewelry for both men and women.  Staying focused is hard.  Life Links is an easy way to remind you of your goals.  Customize your link with a picture of yourself crossing the finish line on Beaver Island .  That would be a perfect one to motivate you each day.   

A big thank you to the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce for helping to promote this event, for the keg of beer and much, much more, Beaver Island Boat Company a key sponsor, McDonough's Market for sponsoring this event,  Dalwhinnie Deli, Bakery & Restaurant for the wonderful subs, Shamrock Pub for the delicious pizza, Fresh Air Aviation & Island Air Aviation for jumping in at the last minute and flying so many athletes and others to the island, the members of the Lighthouse Christian Church for working so hard at the finish line and at the post race food area, Ed Troutman (my right hand at registration) , Ken & Mary Plude and Family(they were our great staff, couldn't have done it with out them), Dave - our announcer, Tony and Debbie Newton of Race Services for timing under such adverse conditions,  Beaver Island EMT's to make sure everyone was taken care of when needed,  the groups that manned the incredible aid stations and all of the wonderful residence on Beaver Island.   You are all a very important and valuable part of this event.  If I forgot to mention anyone, please forgive me, it wasn't intentional.   

Do we sound like we just won an Emmy or Oscar?  We feel like it.  Most importantly, MANY THANKS TO ALL OF THE PARTICIPANTS.  Without you coming and putting up with everything, we wouldn't be here.  You're the best!

Please feel free to contact us anytime.  We loved meeting you, your families and friends.  Hope to see you at one of our events soon. 

Healthy Regards,
Ron and Sharon Suffolk
Good Boy Events
PH: 248.437.4524
FX : 248.493.5911

New Beaver Island Marathon Course

The runners asked for more Beaver Island scenery and downtown merchants asked for a little less road disruption. “We hope the new 13.1 mile Boston Marathon qualifying course makes everyone happy,” said Chamber of Commerce Director Steve West. The course was developed by Ron Suffolk of Good Boy Events, the marathon promoter.

The September 4th Beaver Island Marathon started at 9:00 AM at the Jewell Gillespie Garage.

The course was not closed to vehicle traffic. Island drivers were asked to avoid using the course roads between 8:00 and 10:30 AM on Saturday September 4th.

Chamber of Commerce News

Sept 9, 2010

Member Input Sought - Marathon

In spite of some of the worst weather ever seen in northern Lake Michigan in early September the 2nd Beaver Island Marathon went well. Runners totaled about 250 with total visitors over 500. Member comments and suggestions are welcome and will be reviewed at the next directors meeting set for the 15th.

Quality Deer Management (QDM) Passes Hurdles

Both the Island Wildlife Club and Conservation Club have agreed on a QDM plan. Both Township boards have, by unanimous vote, endorsed QDM. Your Chamber directors endorsed QDM early this year. The news of Island wide agreement has been forwarded to the Wildlife Chief of the DNRE. It is expected, after review and some modifications by the DNRE, that the plan will be set in deer hunting regulations for the 2011 season.

Deer Management Plan approved by Conservation Club, Wildlife Club, and both townships HERE

This Deer Management Plan was received in an email along with the above Chamber of Commerce News. The plan was drafted by the Conservation Club and approved by all the following mentioned organizations: Beaver Island Conservation Club, The Beaver Island Wildlife Club, St. James Township Board, and the Peaine Township Board. The plan was endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce that represents 120+ businesses on Beaver Island. BINN is one of those businesses. An assumption was made that the plan was being sent out by the Chamber of Commerce Board to and for the members since it was endorsed by the Chamber Board. This assumption was wrong, but the the above statement is accurate. The Deer Management Plan was sent out in an email from Chamber Director Steve West.

Flag Raising at the Veteran's Memorial Park

On Sunday afternoon, September 5, 2010, at 3 p.m., there was a short flag raising ceremony at the Veteran's Memorial Park directly across the road from Rich Gillespie's home and next to St. James Marine. The five minute ceremony placed the flags on the flagpoles and had them raised in a specific order. First, the Michigan flag was raised, then the Air Force flag, and then the American flag, on a pole taller than the others, was raised after the command of "present arms."

The flags are raised.

A small crowd was present...

Two views of the flags flying in a nice breeze...

The Flagraising Ceremony  

Then Bob Tidmore thanked several people who had helped accomplish this memorial park and get it to where it is today.



St. James Township Meeting September 1, 2010

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

Video clips of this meeting HERE

BIRHC Last Chance to Buy Ticket

Tickets can be purchased from McDonough's staff whenever the store is open. (Thank You!) or during office hours at the Health Center. 

Monday: 10 am-close

  Last Chance:

This year's raffle will be at the Beaver Island Lodge at 7:30 PM . Tickets will be on sale Monday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in front of the Shamrock and from 6:30 pm until the drawing at the Lodge.

As of Thursday morning about 260 tickets have been sold. So we have a ways to go!

Please help us sell as many tickets as possible as all proceeds go directly towards supplementing the Health Center's operating costs in the fall months of the year when cash flow is tight.

Thanks to all who have already bought tickets and to sellers Sally Lounsberry, Leonor Jacobson, Joe Reed and Adam Richards.

Connie Wojan

News Release from The Nature Conservancy of USA

News Release

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

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

TORONTO — With more than 32,000 islands in its waters, the Great Lakes contain the world’s largest collection of freshwater islands, but these islands are dynamic, undergoing many changes that threaten the islands’ flora and fauna, including climate change, habitat degradation, invasive species and some natural processes, according to a new report published by scientists from leading conservation organizations in the United States and Canada.
The report, titled “Islands of Life,” ranks and describes the biodiversity (biological diversity) and threats to priority islands found in the Great Lakes. These islands provide essential habitat for migratory and nesting birds as well as rare plants and animals like the piping plover and Pitcher’s thistle, found nowhere else on Earth.
“This information has never been collected and categorized before,” said Dr. Patrick Doran, director of science in Michigan and the Great Lakes for The Nature Conservancy. “From conducting research and then analyzing the report, we learned that islands ranked highest in biodiversity are often also subject to greater threats from human activity. This helps us and others decide and prioritize our conservation action.”Dr. Doran said that he hopes others will read and learn from the report to make more informed decisions about conservation acquisitions, practices and other strategies aimed at protecting the most vulnerable habitats for rare and declining species in the Great Lakes.
“No matter what side of the lakes you live on, what we do on land and in the water affects the health of this critical freshwater system,” said Chris Maher, regional vice president for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “Partnerships like this help share our science and leverage the information so that we are collectively working together to ensure the health of the lakes and the islands within them that provide critical habitat for wildlife.”
The Nature Conservancy collaborated with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Information Centre, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Great Lakes Program, University of Minnesota, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Great Lakes Islands Project to create the report.Biodiversity of the islands was measured by the number of species, plant communities, ecological systems, and ecosystem functions, along with shape complexity, geological diversity, shoreline diversity, size, and distinctiveness. An island with a high biodiversity score may provide habitat for specialized plants, animals and natural communities. According to the report, the top 10 islands based on highest total biodiversity scores are:

1. Manitoulin Island (South) Lake Huron Northern Coast
2. Manitoulin (North) South Coast North Channel
3. Pelee Island (Main) Western Lake Erie Islands
4. Walpole Island St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair and Detroit River
5. Point aux Pins Rondeau System
6. Drummond Island (Main) South Coast North Channel
7. Great LaCloche Island North Coast North Channel
8. Long Point Long Point, Turkey Point Systems and Northeast Coast
9. Drummond Island (Southcentral) Lake Huron Northern Coast
10. Squirrel Island and Cockburn Island (South) Lake Huron Northern Coast
Common threats to the islands include incompatible residential and cottage developments, tourism and recreation, marinas and resorts, increased road and building densities, increased access points for boats and other vehicles, incompatible agricultural practices and invasive species. According to the report, the top ten most threatened islands are:
1. Manitoulin Island (North) South Coast North Channel
2. St. Joseph Island (West) St. Mary’s River
3. Grosse Isle St. Clair and Detroit River
4. Grand Island (West) Welland Canal – Niagara River
5. Grand Island (East) Welland Canal – Niagara River
6. Manitoulin (South) Lake Huron Northern Coast
7. Kelleys Island Western Lake Erie Islands
8. Drummond Island (Main) South Coast North Channel
9. Wellesley, Sugar, South Bass, Harsens, Madeline Islands (Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, St. Marys River, Lake St. Clair)
10. Beaver Island, Wolfe Island (Lake Michigan, Lake Ontario)

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


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

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


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

Trudy Works Ladies' Golf Tournament Rescheduled

The Ladies' Golf Tournament scheduled for 9/2/10 has been canceled.

The Trudy Works Golf Tournament has been rescheduled for Sept. 9, 2010. Be at the golf course and ready to TEE off at 10:00 a.m.

If you have not been contacted and would like to play in the event contact Floss Frank at 448-2283 or Jean Carpenter at 448-2893.

Charlevoix County State Bank Hours Changed Sept. 1

The bank hours will change to Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. til 1 p.m. on September 1, 2010.

Grant West Wounded in Action

8-31-10 / Noon

On August 30 LCpl Grant West USMC was wounded in action in Afghanistan . This is his third encounter with an improvised explosive devise (IED). He did not tell his family about the first incident. He was able to make a satellite phone call to his brother Gavin and left a message at 3:00 AM on 9-31. Our best information at this time is that he is shaken up but not suffering any serious injuries.

Grant was in a special mine resistant vehicle, likely driving. He and the vehicle commander were medically evacuated by helicopter to camp Leatherneck the Marines major base camp where advanced medical care is available. One hour north by air is the finest trauma hospital in the world. It is not expected that he will need to go there. We should have more information about him in 48 hours.

The good news is that because this is his third potentially lethal encounter with an IED and because his battalion 1-2 USMC is due to rotate back to the states soon he will not return to combat.

Grant plans to return to Beaver Island for a well deserved visit in mid-October. We plan a welcome home event . Will advise on details as soon as we know the date.

Thanks for your prayers. This combat tour for Grant is over.

Steve & Elaine West

Update: 9-1-2010 / 10:45

Lance Corporal Grant West is at the USMC Wounded Warrior Center at camp Leatherneck in southern Afghanistan where he is under observation. This location is safer than the streets of any large city. He will not return to combat operations.

He has been medically checked out – including an MRI. He was exposed to a large category 3 Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) and suffered some temporary problems speaking and walking.

He reports that he is fine now and looking forward to returning to Beaver Island for a relaxing visit.

Grant was involved in major combat operations around hill 7171 in Helmand Province firing a number of advanced Saber missiles as he was trained to do. His Battalion 1-2 USMC is in the process of being relieved in place by another Marine Battalion as they are slated to return home soon. Grant will return with his fellow Marine warriors.

Semper Fedelis Grant.

Gavin West – Captain USMC, 2000-07

Steve West – Corporal USMC, 1968-70

Elaine West – Marine Mom


Phragmites Treatment

On Wednesday,Thursday, and Friday, August 25-27, 2010, members of the Beaver Island community agreed to be trained in the recognition and method of treatment to help eliminate the phragmites' invasion of the Beaver Island shoreline. These volunteers were trained by the Michigan DNRE on Wednesday night with treatment being completed on Thursday and Friday. Some groups started on Thursday morning at 7:15 am and didn't finish their assignments until shortly after 5 pm. Some groups need to continue the work on Friday in order to finish.

Brian Mastenbrook was on the island to participate in the DNRE assigned areas. The Michigan DNRE was to treat all state land on Beaver Island, Whiskey Island, and Garden Island The DNRE brought ten additional people to complete its assigned area.

According toBeaver Island's Phragmites Administrator Jacque LaFreniere, almost all of the shoreline of Beaver Island was completed. You will see a list of volunteers listed in the next story. This list may not be complete, but includes those sent to BINN by Jacque.

A huge and loud "THANK YOU" is given to these volunteers for their efforts in making Beaver Island a better place to live, visit, and vacation!!

For more information, watch the video clip of the interview with Jacque LaFreniere below:

Jacque LaFreniere describes the process of phragmites poisoning 

List of Phragmites Volunteers

Below is a list of the walkers and the areas they have agreed to walk.

Annette Dashiell -- Greene's Bay to Oliver’s Point
Tom Sell ---McCauley Pt to Bonner's Landing
Pam Grassmick-- west end of Little Iron Ore Bay to Lighthouse
Bob and Alana Anderson---Western Shores
Dale and Terry Keyes --Spencer's north to Trudgeon’s on Redding/Western Shores
Frank Solle--- Spencer’s south to Olivers Point
Dawn George- -~ N shore town campground west to Garden lsland View Rd.
Peter lgoe--lsle Haven Motel to 0lney's
.lacque/Laura Gibson---0lney's to Favazza
Lois Williams and Nel Worsford -» Pine Street to Sucker Point
Ruthie and Dalton Cothran---Cables Bay
Sandy and Jim Birdsall-~-McCauley Point to Hooker’s (North end of Donegal Bay)
Jack Spanek/ Ken Taylor--Hooker’s to lndian Point
Rick and Kathy Blalock--North end of Sand Bay to north of Jewell Road
Bob and Kathy Tidmore~ Gull Harbor to Sucker Point
Mike and Kelly Collins-- (Harbor) Playground beach to Beaver Harbor Condo
Marty and Jayne Maehr--- South end Lighthouse to Kelly's Point
Lars and Doris Larson--- Kilty’s Point to Cables Creek
Ken McDonald/Jim and Donna Stambaugh---Martin’s Bluff to Campground
Ed and Willy WeIter--- Sand Bay
Dave and Sharon Blanchard---lndian Point to Garden lsland View
Beth and Ed Leuck --- Martins’ Bluff to Kilty’s Point
DNRE ---- Whiskey Island
The DNRE will treat all state land and LTC at Little Sand Bay
Extra helpers include:
.Jim and Judy Jones
Ed Troutman
Jeff and Sarah Stone

Second Annual BIRHC Benefit Golf Tournament Big Success

The August 14th BIRHC Benefit Golf Tournament organized by John Works Jr. and his family had raised in excess of $8,000 at press time. Everyone at the Health Center would like to thank John, Carolyn, Meg, and Trudy Works and Jenifer Harless, Joan Vyse, Frank Solle and Buck Ridgeway for all the time and effort they put into organizing a fantastic event that was enjoyed by all despite the humid weather. This is the second year that John has taken the lead in putting together a much-needed fundraiser for the Health Center. All proceeds will go directly towards defraying its daily operating costs.

John and the Health Center want to thank and recognize the 60 people who paid $75 each to play and the many individuals and businesses that contributed very generously to the event with cash and prizes.

Off island donors were: Belvedere Golf Club, Dr. Ed Newcomb, Dr. Dan Mann, Charlevoix Area Hospital, Dennis Kolenda, Dr. Jeffrey Ricks, Mike's Glass, Featherly's Auto, Wilderness Golf Course, Wawasgkamo Golf Course, Charlevoix Golf and Country Club, The Weathervane Inn, Tri-Turf, Dave Kring Chevrolet and Carquest Charlevoix, Richmond Insurance.

Island donors were: Eric and Dana Hodgson, Island Airways, Beaver Island Boat Company, the Welter Foundation, Trudy Works, Robert and Lisa Gillespie, Judy and Kevin Boyle, Ruth Kelly, Jim Wojan Excavating, Jr.'s Septic Tank, E.W. Marine, McDonough's Market, Jeff Powers, TDS, Whimsy, Beaver Lodge, Buck and Mary Ann Ridgeway, Elwood and Phyllis Baker, Harbor View Motel, B I Golf Course, Jim and Jenifer Harless, Pete Lo Dico, Alvin LaFreniere and Bob Evans, Marge & Jerry Charbeneau, Martin and Jane Maehr, Frank Solle.

With much appreciation to all those listed above for your generosity even in these difficult times,

The BIRHC Board and Staff

Mixed Golf Outing on August 29th

There was another mixed golf outing on Sunday, August 29, 2010. Ten teams participated in the golf outing. To begin with, there was one team that had won or tied for first place for three consecutive outings. They were given two strokes to even the playing field. They were not necessary as this team scored way out of range of any places without the handicap being applied.

The winners of the golf outing were Jeff Mestelle and Sharon Scamehorn with a score of 41. Second place was won by Jim and Barb Banghart. Third place was wond by Steve and Laura Banghart. Fourth place was won by Ivan Young and Jean Carpenter. Fairway Frank was not available, and Joe Par was on call, so no pictures were able to be taken of the group or the winners.

Pilot Safety Seminar Scheduled

SEPTEMBER 18, 2010, 11:00AM
Beaver Island
Welke Airport (6Y8) 36155 East Side Drive

A custom briefing with the island pilots in mind. Flying over Lake Michigan to get to Beaver Island brings up several topics for discussion. We will be looking at open water flying, cold land survival, and what to remember when landing at non-towered airports, VFR or IFR.

Topics include: Open Water Flying, Cold Land Survival, and Uncontrolled Field Operations.

Sponsored by Welke Airport, Island Airways, the Michigan FAASTeam, and the Michigan Department of Transportation.

(from the MDOT websute)

Beaver Island Gears Up for Annual Fall Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apple Pie Contest

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


Elaine West

231-448-3046 IslandNews@tds.net

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

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

Amvets Memorial Bricks

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

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

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

Gas Price Goes Up on the Island

Gas price on Beaver Island = Expensive....Gas price on Beaver Island is an Essential commodity not matter the price.....Gas price on Beaver Island = much higher than the mainland....At least we don't drive as much as others on the mainland.

Gas Price Goes Back Down

What a difference a week makes! The fuel barge came in and the price of gas went back down from $4.10 to $3.899, a difference of $.20 per gallon. Was it the fear of the price of the gas on the mainland or the fear of the increased cost of transportation of the fuel? Whatever the reason, we're all glad that the cost is back down to its price at the pump that was with us all summer.

Charlevoix County Transit-Beaver Island Service

Demand Response Service 9 am til 3 pm Monday through Friday

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

Phone 231-448-2026 for service

Fares for less than 15 mile distance:

Childred under 6..... $.50

Youth from 6 to 19....$1.00

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

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

Handicapped individuals.....$.50

Island Treasures Resale Announcement

Island Treasures Resale is having a big 1/2 price sale on all summer clothing! We are now accepting donations of fall and winter clothing and sporting goods. Please be sure that your donations are clean and in good repair. We are always eager to accept useful household items such as dishes, kitchenware, towels, rugs, linens, etc. There is room for small furniture such as tables, dressers, chairs , and desks. Keep us in mind as you do your fall cleaning or close your cottage for the season. If you have questions, call the shop at 448-2534 or call Donna at 448-2797. We can pick up items for you if you have difficulty with delivery. Please do not leave items at the shop when we are closed. THANK YOU for your support of our Fire Department, the crew that is on call 24/7!

Men's Fall Golf League

As you can see in the week five results below, the positions in the fall golf league have a tendency to change every week. Obviously, Chuck and Ernie had a wonderful week and played exceptionally well and their opponents had a very rough night. You can see this by the 16-4 results of this golf match. That took the tied teams for first place and put Jeff and Ryan into second place since they did not accumulate as many points in their match. Watch here weekly to see the different teams move around in the fall league.

1 5 Chuck-Earnie 37 12 63 188 37.60
2 2 Jeff & Ryan 38 8 59 184 36.80
3 3 Larry & Joe 38 11 52 191 38.20
4 8 Frank-John 40 9 52 203 40.60
5 4 Joe-Buck 37 12 50 194 38.80
6 1 Ron & Bob 42 4 47 189 37.80
7 7 Rob-Dan 41 8 42 204 40.80
8 6 Bob E.-Ron S. 38 16 35 210 42.00


Next week the 1st place team plays the second place team and the 3rd place team plays the 4th place team. It looks like it's going to be close all year unless something strange happens.

1 1 Ron & Bob 38 12 37 109 36.33
2 5 Chuck-Earnie 38 15 37 115 38.33
3 2 Jeff & Ryan 39 8 35 112 37.33
4 4 Joe-Buck 41 10 34 115 38.33
5 3 Larry & Joe 41 10 31 116 38.67
6 8 Frank-John 42 8 31 122 40.67
7 7 Rob-Dan 41 12 24 124 41.33
8 6 Bob E.-Ron S. 44 5 11 129 43.00

As you can see there is a tie for first place at this point between Ron and Bob with Chuck and Ernie. The third place team of Jeff and Ryan are only two points out of first place. The fourth place team of Joe and Buck are only three points out of first place. Larry and Joe and Frank and John are only six points out of first place. Next week should be quite interesting.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 Results

1 2 Jeff & Ryan 34 16 51 146 36.50
2 5 Chuck-Earnie 36 14 51 151 37.75
3 1 Ron & Bob 38 6 43 147 36.75
4 8 Frank-John 41 12 43 163 40.75
5 3 Larry & Joe 37 10 41 153 38.25
6 4 Joe-Buck 42 4 38 157 39.25
7 7 Rob-Dan 39 10 34 163 40.75
8 6 Bob E.-Ron S. 42 8 19 172 43.00

Jeff and Ryan played an excellent round of golf this week and took a lot of points from Joe and Buck. Jeff and Ryan are tied with Chuck and Ernie for first place with four weeks left in the fall league. Tonight, Wednesday, September 1, 2010, several of the golfers made the statements, "We couldn't do anything right, and they couldn't do anything wrong." Frank and John moved up from 6th place to fourth place and Joe and Buck moved from 4th place to sixth place. There are still a lot of points to be earned, but the top two teams are pulling away from the rest of the field.

Celtic Games Canceled

The previously organized Celtic Games on Beaver Island were organized by Jeremy McBain, editor of the Petoskey paper. This year's games have been canceled. When asked the reason for them being canceled, Jeremy McBain wrote via facebook that the games were canceled due to funding issues. There have not been any public comments by Island businesses, so what is going on? They are canceled is all that anyone will say.

The Cancellation of the Celtic Games-Statement from the Chamber


There has been some misunderstanding concerning who was responsible for the cancellation of the Celtic Games set for September 18 . The first games were run by the Historical Society. Then the Chamber ran them for a few years.

In 2009 the Community Center (PABI) assumed responsibility for the Celtic Games from the Chamber of Commerce . The Community Center ran the games in 2009 and was slated to do so this year. The decision to cancel was announced to the public, by the Community Center, in the August 16-23 time frame.

The Chamber of Commerce is disappointed that the games were canceled with only 30 days pre event notice. Had the Chamber been aware of games related financial problems with respect to the event a few months in advance we perhaps would have offered financial help. We received no notification prior to the public announcement of mid-August.

Kathy Speck, President

Rachel Teague, Vice President

Steve West, Executive Director 

Brett Maudrie's Address

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

Over 60 and Need Assistance?

Did you know that if you are over 60 and either a seasonal or year round resident of Beaver Island that you may be eligible for senior services from the Charlevoix Commission on Aging?

An individual, according to Jack Messer, Director of the Charlevoix Commission on Aging, needs only to demonstrate that they need assistance leaving the house.

On July 26, 2010, the Beaver Island Human Services Commission hosted a public meeting with representatives from island organizations, members of government, and interested individuals to discuss homebound senior services with Jack Messer. Topics of discussion included recent changes to the by-laws and the advisory role of the COA commissioners. Mr. Messer went on to clarify COA roles in the community regarding hospice, emergency communication devices for seniors, senior housing project initiative, homebound food services, and RN medication management. Of particular interest was the lack of coverage for bathing and housekeeping during vacation of our one qualified care giver. Jack Messer stated that 2 weeks without homecare such as assistance is not to be unexpected. He commented that the Commission on Aging is not a medical model but a social model. He stated that he based his view of home services much as conservationists do, where you address the “greatest need for the greatest numbers”. Inconsistencies in county services were pointed out that require the COA to function as a safety net on the island for our elderly, one of those being that the Visiting Nurses Association of the Northwest Community Public Health Agency, which services all of Charlevoix County but does not service Beaver Island making discharge planning from mainland hospitals difficult. A cooperative partnership agreement was discussed between the BI Rural Health Center and COA and will be explored. The BIRHC attorney submitted a document for review to aid in the development of such an agreement. Lack of communication between COA and the island community was pointed out as an on-going issue and the hope was that better communication, to year round and seasonal residents, could improve services and assist COA with caring for our home bound elderly in a more supportive and efficient manner.

Previous meetings with Charlevoix County human and health service agencies took place in January of 2010 with a gap analysis of County services to Beaver Island produced. Examples of those gaps includes: Home Care and Aging Services from the Health Department, COA RN Medication management, foot care, and a tax preparer for seniors. In addition, a letter was sent in June to the Charlevoix County Commissioners from the township supervisors and the Human Services Commission requesting homecare services during extended absences of our one time care provider.

Minutes of this meeting can be found on-line under the Beaver Island Human Services website: www.peaine.org If you have any further questions, Ann Partridge can be reached for Meals-on-Wheels comments at: 448-2022, Donna Kubic from the BI Rural Health Center has received funding from the United Way for the purpose of assisting elderly homebound: 448-2275, Commission on Aging, Jack Messer at (866) 428-5185, or forward comments to Pam Grassmick for the Human Services Commission: 448-2314.

-submitted by the HSC

From Jack Messer:

A phone call was received on Friday evening, August 20, 2010, from Jack Messer, Director of the Charlevoix Commission on Aging. Jack Messer stated that there were inaccuracies in the above statement from the HSC. He also stated his disappointment with this summary of the meeting and he indicated that it was not a fair summary, that it put undue negativity on those working hard on the island and the mainland with the COA, and that he did not wish to jump into this dialogue due to its tone. He further stated that he would seek some counsel from some island people (he did not suggest whom) before he sent anything for this website..

BIRHC Thanks Community

The Staff and the Board of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center want to thank all who voted for our millage renewal on August 3rd . It passed by a margin of almost three to one.

We appreciate your support and will continue to do everything we can to provide high quality, cost effective, and compassionate health care to all who live on and visit Beaver Island.

Connie Wojan

BIRHC Board President

Peaine Township Meeting August 11, 2010

Video clips of this meeting are HERE

BICS Calendar for 2010-11 Approved

The Beaver Island Health & Human Services Fair

Live well, Feel well, Be well

Plan on attending September 16th , from 2pm-7pm at Gregg Fellowship Hall. There will be many on- and off-island organizations present to provide you with information that can help you physically, financially, emotionally, and spiritually.

To name just a few:


In addition to the many other organizations, we plan on making sure that you do not leave empty-handed. And children and teens are as welcome as adults. There will be much for them to see and hear too, as well as games, brain-teasers, and an obstacle course!

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Adam Richards at either 448.2067, or adamr@beaverisland.k12.mi.us

See you there!

Beaver Island Rural Health Center with

Free Shingles Vaccine

Shingles is a disease caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Once a person has had chickenpox, the virus can live, but remain inactive in certain nerve roots within your body for many years; if the virus becomes active again, usually later in life, it can cause shingles. About 1 in 5 people have shingles at some time in their life, impacting an estimated 2 million people in Michigan. It can occur at any age, but it is most common in people over the age of 50. It is uncommon to have shingles more than once, but about 1 in 50 people have shingles two or more times in their life.

A vaccine has been developed that can prevent you from developing shingles. The Herpes zoster vaccine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States in 2006. Call the Beaver Island Rural Health Center 448-2275 if you qualify for the free vaccine and make an appointment.

Donna Kubic, RN, Managing Director

Preventive Care / Wellness Screening at BIRHC

$25.00 fee includes the following:

· Review of Medical History

· Height & Weight

· Blood pressure check

· Cholesterol , anemia , and blood sugar screening


To make an appointment for a Wellness Screening, call the BI Rural Health Center - 448-2275

You can schedule a screening Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm , or after hours upon request.  Beaver Island Health Wellness Screening Program is designed to emphasize the benefits of preventive medicine .

from Donna Kubic, RN, Managing Director

BIRHC 2010 Car Raffle

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center is raffling off a 2010 Crystal Red Metallic Chevrolet Cobalt. It comes loaded: cruise control, air conditioning, an AM/FM/CD player, keyless entry, remote start, all season tires, front and side airbags, a 2.2L, 4 cylinder 155 hp engine and automatic transmission. Tickets are $100 and are available at the Health Center, McDonough's Market and from any board member. A maximum of 600 will be sold.

Thanks to all who bought “Early Bird” tickets. The winner of the $1000 Early Bird Prize was Sally Lounsberry. The car drawing will once again take place on Labor Day, but at a new location: The Beaver Island Lodge at 7:30 PM. All proceeds from the raffle will go directly to supplementing the Health Center's operating budget.

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

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Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Thank You SO MUCH for supporting your Beaver Island Community Center !

We have another great year in store...stay tuned!

Summer Hours begin on June 7, 2010

Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm

Sunday 10am-6pm

Events for September

Beaver Island Senior Center Activities for September

Commission on Aging Menu for September

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

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 NEW!

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Commission Minutes NEW!

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes (includes agenda when available) New Feature for 2010!

Waste Management Committee Minutes (New for 2010!)