B. I. News on the 'Net, September 7-14, 2014

Treating Garden Island-Phragmites Control

by Cindy Ricksgers

Although I’ve been working as Phragmites Administrator for a year, I’ve had little firsthand experience with the plant or its treatment.

Oh, I can identify Phragmites. I can distinguish between the native plant and the invasive species. I’ve been learning a lot about its growth, spread and habits, and the many ways scientists and conservationists are working to keep it under control. I’ve seen some pretty frightening photographs of areas where Phragmites has run rampant. I’ve gone through the records of our treatment here on Beaver Island and the smaller surrounding islands in this archipelago.

My contribution, though, has been mostly in the form of paperwork and reports.

That all changed yesterday.

To learn more about the work involved in treating invasive Phragmites, I went along yesterday as part of the crew. An old, clumsy and untrained crew member, but nonetheless...

I had no idea!

Unable to find transportation to the outer islands on the weekend, Jeff Powers generously offered, and then rearranged his hardware and veterinary schedule in order to take us out and pick us up.

Our contractors, Pam Hilton, Marc Seelye and Christine Miller had been up early, planning and preparing. Several heavy totes and containers had to be loaded onto the boat. A bit of training, safety instructions, waivers and permission slips circulated.

We started out shortly after nine in the morning, Jeff at the helm with six passengers. Along with the three certified contractors, there were three helpers: Pam Grassmick, Dave Blanchard, and me. We would have started sooner, but I neglected to call Pam Grassmick, who was faithfully waiting by the telephone for the "go ahead."

(Personally, I find it hard enough to get myself up, dressed and out the door in the morning. I don't know how I ever managed to get my daughters up and off to school.)

It was a blustery day, cool but also beautiful. I had never been to any of the outer islands before, so was looking forward to the experience...while at the same time dreading the possibility that I would look (or be!) incompetent, incapable or in-the way!

We came to Garden Island after a brisk boat ride, and lowered the small boat. The gear was transferred, and Marc paddled equipment and crew in to Northcutt Harbor in two trips.

Jeff headed back to Beaver Island, to continue his busy day.

We divided into two teams and went off in opposite directions, following the shoreline with plans to meet back at this location at a specified time, to be ready to go when our ride returned.

One member of each team took GPS readings and recorded the coordinates for each stand of invasive Phragmites we found. It was noted how large the area was, and graded: scattered, patchy or dense. The other two members were responsible for herbicidal treatment.

The water level is up this year. We were often walking in the cold water in order to follow the shore. The ground was covered with irregular and sometimes slippery rocks.

It’s evident that our treatment is helping. Areas that had been treated last year were always smaller stands, and graded "scattered" or "patchy." When we came to Indian Point, which had not been treated last year (weather conditions made travel impossible), we came upon a massive stand (I think they approximated it at 80 feet x 100feet!)of the invasive plant. We noted many long runners trailing through the water, with dangling roots and leafy vertical starts every few inches.

The stand was so dense, it was difficult to gauge where I’d been, and where I needed to be. We were sloshing through deep water with a mucky bottom, and filled with runners ready to catch us up.

You may note that in addition to the protective clothing and rubber gloves that make all movement more difficult, a strong wind came up off the water, making it necessary to work backward toward the shoreline, to avoid the wind carrying the herbicide. Through it all, Pam Hilton carried a large, heavy backpack sprayer.

After treating this area, we made our way---through the stoney, grass filled water and dense, brushy woods to the DNR cabin. From there, we followed the trail through the woods back to Northcutt.

I was wet, cold and exhausted.

Pam Hilton checked her watch.

"We’re early," she said, "It took us 45 minutes on that trail. If we were to walk back, 45 minutes, we’d have about twenty minutes more work time before we had to head back."

("Are you KIDDING me?" was the thought going through my head)

"It’s up to you," was what I think I spoke out loud.

Pam Grassmick had the idea to build a campfire. It was a dandy one!

I started to warm up and dry out.

I started to think this was not so bad.

Beautiful views!

Lovely, knowledgeable, hard-working people!

Worthwhile, important work!

Good exercise!

(Of course this counts as exercise! Every muscle in my body aches!)

"So....how far do you think we walked today?" I asked.

(My guess would have been 18 miles, based on how tired I felt, but I knew a more reasonable estimate would be half that.)

"Oh....at the most, I’d say maybe three to three and a half miles," was the reply.

(Are you KIDDING me?)

For their expertise, caution, patience, devotion and hard work, these people earn their pay!

Volunteers deserve our undying gratitude!

I returned to Beaver Island with new respect for the entire process, and the people that make it happen.

Much thanks to all of you!


September 14, 2014

Today 4 teams braved the "cool" and "windy" conditons
to play.
Although the scores were not as close as last time overall
the golf was very good considering the conditions

1st Place:
Joe Moore and Annette Dashiel 38

2nd Place:
Frank Solle & Nel Worsfold 41

3rd Place:
Buck Ridgeway & Theresa Laurain 44+1=45

4th Place:
Bill and Janice Freeman 44+1=45

Thanks to everyone who played today.

Thanks to Denni for all her help with the scorecards etc.

Islanders Sweep Soccer and Volleyball This Weekend

Both Friday night and Saturday soccer and volleyball games were live streamed on the Internet for BINN subscribers as well as on http://beaverisland.tv

The Islander soccer team and the Lady Islanders played soccer and volleyball against the Paradise Rockets on Friday and Saturday, September 12th and 13th. The Lady Rockets had just six members on the volleyball team and Rockets had only eight or nine members to their soccer team. The coaches played the same number of players on each side of the volleyball court and on each side of the soccer field. Both soccer teams had returning coaches, Island coach Mike Myers, and Rocket coach Al Smith. The volleyball coaches for the Lady Islanders are Kerry Smith and Heather Cary. The volleyball coach for the Lady Rockets was Marshall Kirby.

On Friday night the Islanders beat the Rockets on the soccer field going eight goals ahead before the game was called. On Saturday morning the Islanders beat the Rockets on the soccer field again going eight goals ahead before the game was called. Apparently a lead of eight goals by one team or another ends the game Island soccer posted two wins against Paradise!

On Friday afternoon, the Lady Islanders beat the Lady Rockets in volleyball winning the match three games to none. On Saturday morning, the Lady Islanders beat the Lady Rockets with the same number of games as the previous afternoon.

On Friday night the Islanders hosted the Rockets for a dance before the Saturday morning matches were to be played. This social aspect of the weekend sports is important for the students that seem so isolated due to their locations.

The Rockets from Paradise, Michigan

The game always begins with the Pledge of Allegiance

Soccer Friday Night

A run of soccessful Islander goals...

Paradise scored a few goals too.

Lady Islander Volleyball

Our victorious Lady Islanders!

Link to Saturday pictures

And when processed, see below:

Link to Friday soccer game

Link to Friday volleyball games

Link to Saturday soccer game

Link to Saturday volleyball games

New Sewer Ordinance in St. James Township

Peaine Township Meeting

September 10, 2014

Video of this meeting HERE

Fall Men's Golf League Results

    TEAMS: S. P. T.P.  T.S. S.AVE.
1 6 Buck & Joe 36 19 19 36 36.00
2 5 Bill & Jeff P. 34 17 17 34 34.00
3 2 Jeff M. & Brad 38 13 13 38 38.00
4 4 Kirk & Rob 44 7 7 44 44.00
5 7 Frank & John 45 3 3 45 45.00
6 8 Ron S. & David 52 1 1 52 52.00
7 *1 Ron W. & Larry L. 0 0 0 0 0.00
8 *3 Travis & Chad 0 0 0 0 0.00
* Do to an emergency, these teams will make
up their match by next Wednesday.
Team #2 beat Team #4 13-7
Team #5 beat Team #7 17-3
Team #6 beat Team #8 19-1
Team #1 vs Team #3 to be made up
Team #1 vs Team#4
Team#2 vs Team #3
Team #5 vs Team #8
Team #6 vs Team #7


Always Remember!


Firemen and EMTs Died to Help Others!

They went in to rescue and treat any they found along the way!

Optometrist Coming October 10th

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

Dermatologist Coming October 27th

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

Questions call the Medical Center 448-2275.

Donna Kubic

AMVETs Award Scholarship

Last night the AMVETS voted to award this years $1,000 scholarship to Christine Runberg. Thanks to all those who applied and the support of the community that made this scholarship possible.

Bob Tidmore

Inside BICS #1

Shared by Riley Justis with BINN

BICS to Observe 9/11 Silence

BICS will hold a moment of silence for the victims and their families tomorrow at 8:46 am.  Teachers will be discussing with their classes the impact and gravity of this event on America.

In discussion, if we were to hold the silence for one second for each victim on 9/11 we would remain silent for over 49 minutes- a thought that adds perspective to a horrific act of violence in America.

Riley Justis

BICS Board Meeting Video

View Video HERE

Procrastination, Pain and the Best-Laid Plans

by Cindy Ricksgers

Visit Cindy's Blog by clicking her name above.

First, Procrastination.

For as long as I can remember, I have been a procrastinator. I put things off until the last possible moment. I let deadlines loom large. I allow energy provided by adrenaline  to drive me through the finish.

Panic would be another suitable "P" word, as I let things go sometimes until I am on the edge of nervous meltdown.

Perfectionism might be another. I read somewhere that procrastination is a direct result of having paralyzingly high standards, of knowing that even the best efforts will not be good enough. I like that idea, mainly because it sounds infinitely more flattering than other definitions.

Like lazy. Slothful. Indolent. Slow.

Whatever the cause, I have learned to work with it.

I create imaginary early deadlines to get the adrenaline pumping.

I plot for eleventh hour marathons to meet commitments.

I imagine "worst-case scenarios" and plan how to deal with it.

Mainly, I go easy on myself. Some deadlines are self-imposed and more flexible. I concentrate first on the ones that are not.

I do hate to disappoint.

These last few weeks have been an exercise in shuffling commitments, balancing activities and trying hard not to let anyone down.

Much of it is out of my control. People are leaving, plans are changing, businesses are closing for the season.

It seems that most everything is in flux right now. With five jobs to consider, I am juggling. My thoughts are swirling!


I can increase my hours at the hardware store---and must complete a couple orders and consider how the scheduling will work out and who will be filling in while I and others can’t be there--- but not until after the Phragmites treatment is completed this year, and I have to arrange for time off from the hardware during treatment, which dates have changed due to permits taking longer than expected, and for that I have to right away get copies made and papers filled out, volunteers called and transportation secured and all the "i"s dotted and "t"s crossed so that funding is secured and treatment is successful and because of the later dates, must make other arrangements to get Aunt Katie to her doctor’s visit on the mainland, and have to schedule a time this week to pack up and move my artwork from the summer gallery into my storage---which is non-existent since I haven’t had time to organize my studio---and vegetables and blackberries are ripening on the vines and need to be taken care of and---now, after a quick phone call---while I’m in town today be sure to pick up a couple bottles of household cleaner for Aunt Katie’s house so it’s there when I need it on Wednesday and deal with the two love seats still stored in her pole barn...

And all of this exacerbated by Pain.

Because, one week ago, buoyed by a day without one hundred obligations, I decided to paint the bedroom floor. That was the first step, only, in plans that included putting covers on the outlets, trim around the closets and baseboard around the perimeter of the room in order to have one room in my house finished. It was a humble goal...foiled by the fact that in carefully moving an empty bookcase a short distance, I put my back out.

Followed by visits to the Medical Center, heat therapy, ice-packs, muscle-relaxers and pain pills, two nights of sleeping on the living room floor (that I wish I had swept more thoroughly when I was able!), one and a half days of missed work, every day walking carefully, treating myself tenderly, doing as much as possible in an ibuprofen fog, cursing myself for the things that I should have done sooner as slowly I start to feel normal again...

As for the Best-Laid Plans, well...



Community School Board Meeting,

June 9, 2014

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

2014 School Board Meetings

School Board Meeting Video

BICS Board Meeting, July 14, 2014 Video HERE

August 11, 2014


First Emergency Services Authority Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Peaine Township Meeting, 6/11/14

Video of the meeting HERE

August 13, 2014


St James Township Board Meeting, June 4, 2014

Video of the meeting is HERE

July 1, 2014


August 6, 2014

Video of this meeting is HERE

Waste Management Committee

June 17, 2014, Regular Meeting at 9 a.m.

Link to Video of the Meeting

August 19, 2014


Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community


Mon – Sat  9am – 9pm
Sun  10am – 6pm

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


Community Center Information for Summer 2014


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

List of Birds Seen on Beaver Island

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

Click to see the List HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

Human Services Commission Resource Manual

Complete Guide to Charlevoix County Human Services HERE

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Airport Commission Meeting

August 2, 2014


Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Birding Trail Update

The Beaver Island Birding Trail’s dedication on May 23-24 of this year ushered in a flurry of bird-related activities on the island and outstanding press coverage. The BIBT web site at beaverislandbirdingtrail.org has received almost 270,000 “hits” since its inception in February 2014 with the majority of those coming during the months of May and August. A grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation provided funds to publish 6000 rack cards, 2000 birding checklists (checklists allow birders to know what birds might be found in an area), and 4000 island maps with 35 hot spots for viewing birds shown and described on the map. These birding aids, distributed through the Beaver Island Community Center, proved very popular with both residents and visitors, so much so that more are being printed to keep the BICC supplied to meet the demand. Several adjustments have been made to the rack cards, checklist, and map before the second printing in hopes that the new editions will last well into the future.

The BIBT was used in July by a group of visually impaired teenagers from various states who came to the island courtesy of Running Blind Adventure Camps. The teens were introduced to bird songs and taught about bird habitats as part of their four-day stay on the island.

Due to the popularity of the field trips during the May dedication, another field trip is planned for late September. Birders visiting the island will travel on the ferry, observing birds as they cross Lake Michigan. Because these birds are found on open water, this field trip is the Beaver Island Pelagic Birding Tour (pelagic means “open water”). The tour was offered to 30 participants, and it filled by August 25. Look for visitors with binoculars on September 20-21! In addition, BIBT representatives will attend the Midwest Birding Symposium at Tawas Point in Spring 2015 to promote the BIBT and Beaver Island, and they are engaged in regional planning with the State of Michigan to promote birding events around the state. Coordination of events with the Sleeping Bear Birding Trail is also underway.

More birding activities will occur on the island in 2015. "Warblers on the Water," a series of field trips and talks by experts, is being planned for May 2015. Check the Event tab on the BIBT home page after January for updates and more information.

The popularity of the BIBT and the events surrounding it and the enthusiastic support of the birding trail’s corporate and conservation partners (see the Partners link on the BIBT home page) has been an unexpected pleasure. Residents and visitors alike are gaining a heightened awareness of the high quality birding available on Beaver Island, and this interest should translate into more island visitors in the future.

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

A Journey to Wellness

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

Beaver Island Community School

Come and meet people from all sorts of on-island and off-island organizations whose work it is to aid you in physical, mental, emotional, and financial health. And enjoy any of several different demonstrations, from yoga to massage to working with your pet. There will be an obstacle course for children, and there will also be lots of give-aways.

The Beaver Island Health & Human Services Fair

Live Well. Feel Well. Be Well.

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

Beach Cleanup 2014

While there were fewer participants in this year's Beach Cleanup---sponsored by the Beaver Island Association---the weather was perfect. Twenty four volunteers cleaned about 17 miles of Beaver Island beaches. The most unique items found were a coast guard life ring and locator beacon, a weird plastic adjustable step and a bright red golf ball.
Long term participants have noticed a definite decrease in the amount of trash on the Island's beaches. Also it appears that at least a third of the items found washed off or were tossed off boats.
Everyone returned to the Community Center around noon to enjoy a Nathan's hot dog lunch. The B. I. A. would like to thank all the volunteers for their time, the Community Center for the space, Carol Creasser for donating the hot dogs and McDonough's Market for donating the buns.

It’s Bite & Boodle Time On Beaver Island

Chef Tables - Advance Registration Required

Please put Saturday October 4th on your calendar. The Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival and the Island Boodle 5K Run/Walk make for a wonderful fun autumn day. Run in the morning, eat in the afternoon, apple pie contest, and craft items at the Community Center.

For more info as well as chef table and run entry forms please see www.BeaverIsland.org where you can download forms. Questions, please call the Chamber of Commerce office at 231.448.2505.

Don’t delay---chef tables are limited to twelve (12) and they sell out fast. Table space and selection is based on when your $30.00 table fee is in.

Here are direct links to all three Bite Weekend forms.

Chef Form


Craft’s Form


Boodle 5K Form


When the Lake Flips Over

by Paul Cole

When the lake “flips” over
The fall is New Years for me. I guess it comes from living on a Island and thinking about how to prepare for the winter. I always looked at the fall as New Years. I would reflect on what would need to be done for the winter, and change what was necessary to getting ready for its arrival. It was also a time we adjusted to the lake and moved our nets as the summer “flipped over”.
When fishing trap nets during the summer in August we always pulled them out to mend them, and get ready to set for the fall spots. In August the seaweed, and dirt would rise and cling to our nets...my dad would say the “Lake flipped over”. I always found this so odd when it was the peak of summer in all its beauty , it suddenly became so cloudy and dirty. I am sure it has something to do with the water temperature. The water would be dirty for several days and take some time to get back to the crystal clearness. We always tried to get them out before this happened as it was a chore to clean them, but we did and would reset them moving on.
Many things “flip over”.
Years ago my Dad would take us out to “camp” in the old cabin at Nomad that use to be a dance hall. He would walk the land and talk of houses long gone, and memories of Gat and Julie Cole. It was calming for him and he loved to bring up stories with a bit of history. He could not hold on to the land. It was complicated as other distant relatives connected to it wanted to sell it and he let it go. He moved on to create new memoires in different parts of the Island.
Growing up in the “loop” with my relatives was always colorful...lots of card playing, cooking, and storytelling. During the summer months, cars would go back and forth between Ray and Claries, my grams walking across the street to visit Rita or Mabel. It was a small world full of characters and laughs. The land that my grams cooked on, chopped wood, and played cards has changed hands, and that is sad. However is has always been about the people that gave it life in the first place.
For me in the past couple of years I have seen some houses catch fire and recently one sold. It is hard to adjust at times when the lake flips over and gets cloudy, but we always do. Families and friends often are mending and adjusting to the change in currents as generations pass on. It is the people and the memories of them that help clear the water. Land and houses change hands, but the people who raised us instilling values and laughter is far more valuable than the land. New memories will unfold. The water will become clearer, it always does.

NRESC Recommendations Document

from June 2013


St. James Township Meeting

September 3, 2014 Video

Ice Water Challenge at BICS

Video of this HERE

Thank You From Medical Center and Senior Housing

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center and the Board of Directors of Forest View Community senior housing are thrilled and grateful for the community’s outstanding support of our 2014 car raffle. Four hundred and twenty-seven tickets were sold which means that approximately $20,000 will go the Health Center and $5000 to the corporation which manages Forest View. This success would not have happened without the help of many people:
Ken and Loretta Slater for allowing us to use their GM discount as they have for many years; Pete LoDico for negotiating the deal, selling tickets and donating his GM credit card points; McDonough’s Market for once again allowing us to use their parking lot to display the car and for selling many tickets for us; and finally special thanks to our other faithful sellers who all set new records for sales this year- Larry Kubic, Sally Lounsberry, Rod Nackerman, Leonor Jacobson and Terry Keyes.
Many thanks to the entire community,
Connie Wojan and Pete LoDico

A Fond Farewell

to Bill Cashman

A Memorial graveside service was held on September 2, 2014, followed by a Memorial tribute at the Beaver Island Community Center.


Lilly's Pad Party for 2014

September 12, 2014

We Have a Winner!

( 7:45 pm, 09/1/2014)At a drawing taking place at Donegal Danny's Pub and Stoney Acre Grill, the ping pong balls for over 400 tickets sold for the BIRHC Car Raffle, a 2014 Chevy Cruze IS, were placed into a box after verification that all tickets sold were represented by a ping pong ball.

Connie Wojan and Donna Kubic set up the ping pong balls to verify that they were all there.

After the box was taped shut by Rick Speck, Connie made sure there was only one opening into the box.

The Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department Deputy, known to most everyone as Ben, reached in after Rick Speck shook the box every which way and pulled out just one ping pong ball.

Ben reached in and pull out one ping pong ball, and Connie read the number and looked up the name that matched the number.

The winner of the car is Gaye Paget from the Early Bird group of tickets that were sold. Congratulations, Gaye!

Video of the drawing



Charlevoix County State Bank Hours

Changed to Mon-Friday 9a-1p

Church Schedule Changes

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

Holy Cross Sunday Morning will have two Masses at 8:00 am and 9:30 am

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

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

St. James Episcopal Mission
Schedule of Clergy

Sept. 14th & 21st - Rev. Bruce Campbell

September 28th - Rev. Ann Webber

Holy Cross Mass Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

Sept. 27

(Note Changed date above)

Annual meeting Dec. 13.

Island Treasures New Schedule

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

B I Christian Church Ministers

September 14 and 21:  Pastor Don Sinclair, Central Lake

Bible study

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

-Everyone welcome!!

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


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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission 2013 Meeting Schedule

Beaver Island Human Services Commission
2014 Schedule of Meetings
3:15 p.m.
Beaver Island Community School
The Commission is a collaboration of organizations that advocates for the emotional and physical needs of island residents and visitors of all ages.
September 16, 2014
November 18, 2014
***additional meetings may be posted as needed

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

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Men's Summer Golf League Ends

And the Winners Are:

Jeff Powers and Bill Kohls

Congratulations to the Men's League Winners!

In second place was the team of Ron Wojan and Larry Laurain. In third place was the team of John Robert and Doug Meaney. In fourth place was the team of Howard Davis and Joe Moore.





Bill & Jeff P.






Ron W. & Larry L.
Howard & Joe
Jeff M. & Brad
Francis & Larry
Rob & Dan
Ivan & Buck
Travis & Jason
Frank & John
Gerald & Kirk
Ron S. & David
Riley & Chad
Team 6 forfeit since you can't use a sub for playoff 
Team #5 beat Team #1 11-9
Team #2 beat Team #7 11-9
Team #3 beat Team #10 12-8
Team #4 beat Team #9 14-6
Team #8 beat Team #13 13-7
Team #11 Forfeit 12-0
Team #6 Forfeit 0-12

Joe Howell Passes Away

Episcopal Priest Joe Howell, who served Beaver Island for many years, has passed away. Joe Howell died yesterday, August 31, 2014. More will be posted when available.

Joseph A. Howell 

Reverend Joseph A. Howell age 85, of Grand Rapids, died on August 31, 2014. Funeral Services will be held on October 4, 2014, at 11:30am at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Health Ministries or D.A. Blodgett--St. John’s.

                                                         IN MEMORY:  FR. JOE HOWELL
The Reverend Dr. Joseph A. Howell (Fr. Joe) died on August 31 following a lengthy illness   He was ordained to the Episcopal Priesthood 59 years ago, on St. Andrew's Day, November 30, 1954.  He served parishes in Kalmazoo, Mi,  Western Springs, IL., Wilmette, IL, and at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, MI, for 22 years, until his retirement in 1993.  Following his retirement he served as Seasonal Resident Priest at St. James Episcopal Mission on Beaver Island for over 12 years until ill health forced his retirement from there as well.  His devotion to the Mission on the Island brought him and his wife , Jeanne,  back at Christmas and Easter every year also , and saw the transition of the Mission from a summer chapel to a year 'round congregation.  Even though his Alzheimer's Disease was robbing him of his memory, he never forgot his years on the Island and continued to speak of them right up to the time of his death.  He is survived by Jeanne, sons, Joe, Jr. (Penny) The Rev. Chuck (Liz) daughter, Lisa (Jose)  Campos and step-daughter, Meredith Soddy (Tim) four grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and four step-great-grandchildren.  His funeral will be at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 134 N. Division, Grand Rapids, on October 4, at 11:30 AM.  Visitation will be an hour before the service and during the luncheon following.  Private internment of his cremains will be in the Memory Garden at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Grand Rapids, later that afternoon.  Condolences may be sent to Jeanne at 148 Sligh Blvd., NE, Grand Rapids, MI  49505.

House Party Tradition Alive and Well

Whether the party was on Saturday night at John and Beth McCafferty's on Beaver Island, in Eatonville, Washington at Philip and Jessica Moore's on Sunday, or on Donegal Bay on Sunday, the House Party Tradition is alive and well. The block party gatherings, the join us and follow the live music, and the joyful celebration of the weekend continue to spread the joy and love of living.

From Washington state, Phillip Michael Moore and his wife Jessica "hosted a BBQ for 60+ neighbors last night and am already thinking of what we can do next year! I love entertaining and love that I finally have a house and yard that allows me to do it. And really love that I have friends and neighbors that made it such a great party!"

The adopted Beaver Island version of the house party could be the drawing of people to the live music out in the Donegal Bay Area.

From the "You Are My Sunshine" from thousands of miles away in Washington State to the irish jigs and dances played by Brian Roman and John McCafferty, from the music of Beans joined by Cory and Layla to the combination of Hilary Palmer and PAUL with Cory Sowa on Bass and Layla on drums to the piano and harmonica of Ed Palmer at the Circle M and the Danny and Danny guitar and fiddle at Stoney Acres, the family house party tradition is alive and doing well, not only on Beaver Island, but across the country as well.

Through the miracles of modern day technology, we get the opportunity to see and hear some of the wonderful social events called a house party

From Eatonville, Washingon:


From Donegal Bay, Beaver Island:

PAUL, Hilary Palmer, Cory Sowa, and Layla

Cory Sowa, Beans, and Layla


Cory Sowa, Beans, and Layla

Days Gone By

by Cindy Ricksgers

Here it is, the first of September.

Another summer season gone.


These flowers open and bloom for one day.

Sometimes I notice how beautiful they are.

Sometimes I pay attention to all of the blossoms, and how many buds are waiting to open.

Too often I see how many spent blooms need to be removed.

Maybe that’s the gardener in me.

Maybe it has  more to do with age, or just my perspective of the world.

I find myself -- too often--looking with pensive sadness at days gone by, unretrievable, rather than the days ahead.

Rather, even, than this present, precious day.

September is a time of change on Beaver Island.

The Labor Day weekend marks the end of our tourist season. Children are soon going back to school. Summer residents and visitors are packing up and closing cabins. There is a hint of Fall and the premonition of Winter in our cool nights and chilly mornings. The growing season is nearing its end.

This is a time of good-byes.

My birthday, falling near the end of August, gets my mind going to times past and years gone by.

The melancholy persists with the end of Summer and all the changes it brings.

Punctuated, this year, by the death of a dear one.

Bill Cashman was a good friend to Beaver Island. Map-maker, builder, writer, historian....Bill wore many hats, and wore them all with a dapper sensitivity to this island and its people. He had a keen knack for seeing and encouraging the strengths of any individual. He was a champion of lost-causes and long-shots, and often doggedly pursued an idea that he deemed worthy when all around him were prepared to abandon it.

Bill was a long and good friend to me. He hired my husband and took an interest in our family. He supplied some of the materials to build our little house. He supported me early on in my artistic endeavors, and later helped to set up a website to feature my Collagraph work. He visited my house several times to see my new work and  take notes on my processes. Bill encouraged and promoted my writing, through all my lazy, procrastinating tactics to avoid it.

I ran into Bill in the Post Office just two days before he died. Both on the run, we exchanged pleasantries.

He’d been battling cancer for quite some time. He was skinny and pale, but had a bounce in his step and a twinkle in his eye.

“Good!” was his emphatic response to my “How are ya?”

Bill knew how to appreciate the present moment!

As we move into the shortening days of Autumn, through sad good-byes and seasons past, I aspire to do the same.


3rd Mixed Couples Beaver Island "Pinehurst"

Today 7 teams tee it up under cloudy skies, but as the day progressed the temperature warmed and the sun came out.
Today was the closest we've had since we started playing these Mixed Outings as you can see by the scores below.
1st Place Tie between:
Howard Davis & Nel Worsfold 41
Buck Ridgeway & Theresa Laurain 41
3rd Place Tie between:
Ric & Kathy Blalock 42
Bill & Janice Freeman +1 42
Pete & Ruth Igoe 42
Joe Moore & Annette Dashiel & Paul & Ann Glendon shot 44's.
Thanks to everyone who played today. 
Our next scheduled outing is September 14th!
Thanks to Denni for all her help with the scorecards etc.

Pictures, Results and Video of the Half Marathon and 5K

(Posted 9 a.m. August 31, 2014)

The video was taken by Deb Bousquet, reporter for Beaver Island News on the 'Net. The rough cut video is presented to represent the first Labor Day Weekend run. Results and information will be presented once it is received. The Half Marathon and the 5K race took place on Saturday, August 30, 2014, with one beginning at 10 a.m. and the other at 11 a.m.

Video page 1 of the Half Marathon and 5K HERE


Video page 2 of the Half Marathon and 5K HERE


Results can be viewed HERE


Pictures of Half Marathon and 5K

Captain Kevin McDonough Is One of the 20 Most Fascinating People

Click HERE to read article

Kelton's Duck Race

$1770.00 was raised for Kelton Hunter!

Getting prepared for the race

"Okay, this is what's going to happen"

The ducks are off, but some are trying to get away. Get back in the race.

And just that quick, the race is over. Time to pick up the losing ducks and figure out who wins what.

And the drawings for the prizes begins.

Shirley draws and Sheri writes it down.

What a great fundraising idea!

Below is a list of all the donations and the winners! Prizes may be picked up at the Beaver Island Boat Dock before 6pm on Saturday and Sunday and by 8pm on Labor Day. Thank you to everyone for the generous donations and/or prizes!

Special thanks to all who helped out at the public beach today:
Cameramen/women: Joe Moore, Frank Solle, Steve West, Deb Bousquet, and Kitty McNamara Green
Our Water Girls and Duck Wranglers: Maeve Green and Cristin Cole
Our Duck Savior: DJ Blanchard
Our Duck Plucker: Shirley Sowa
Thanks again to all who bought ducks, donated prizes and made donations! $1770.00 was raised for Kelton Hunter!

Lisa Gillespie, Michelle LaFreniere, and Sheri Timsak



































Video of the Duck Race


The video is for those who wanted to be at the duck race, but couldn't be there.

Phragmities Treatment Is On

Doing Good Work

by Cindy Ricksgers

This photo, of a very healthy stand of invasive Phragmites, was taken at Cheyenne Point, right here on Beaver Island, just ten years ago!

Ed Leuck sent it to Pam Grassmick yesterday, and she forwarded it to me.

I was just there yesterday, at Cheyenne Point, with Pam Grassmick and three of the contractors that will be handling the Phragmites treatment here this year.

There is invasive Phragmites there, still, and it will be included in this year’s treatment. This year, however, there are scattered stalks, topping out at perhaps four feet tall...certainly nothing like this high, dense stand!

We are doing good work here on Beaver island, to preserve our natural wonders and keep invasive species in check.

Thursday, August 28th, there will be a Public Meeting at the Peaine Township Hall, at 4PM, to address concerns regarding invasive Phragmites and its treatment. Please attend if you can.

Having now received the “go-ahead” from the federal agencies, we are hoping to get some volunteers to help with treatment on Garden, High and Whiskey islands. It’s not a walk in the park, but it is a day spent with knowledgeable, caring people in beautiful surrounding, for a worthy cause. Please consider helping, if you’re able.

I continue to be impressed by the community support, and donations of time and money for this ongoing project.

I hope you’re all as heartened by the progress we’ve made as I am!

St James Township Special Meeting

This special meeting was called on August 22, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. at the BIRHC Education Room for the purpose of going into a closed session and having a conference call with the township attorney. The topic of discussion was the sewer serving the downtown area. There were four township taxpayers in the audience including the editor of BINN, Bob Tidmore, Jack Gallagher, and Keith Albin. There were three other individuals sitting with the board including Karen Wojan, Marie Shimenetto, and Gary Vogt. Shortly after the meeting was called to order, the township board went into closed session. When the door opened, the board came out of closed session and passed two motions related to their closed session. Questions were asked, but no explanation was provided to those asking the questions, and no clear answers were given.

Video of this meeting HERE

District Library Board Meeting

The Beaver Island District Library Board had its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, August 21, 2014. There were two very special visitors, one the librarian for the State of Michigan library and one for the northwestern portion of northern Michigan. They were sitting in on the meeting for at least a portion of the meeting. This meeting was not very contentious, and some interesting discussions took place. The board thanked Donna Stambaugh for her many years of service on the library board as this was her last official meeting as a board member. There was cake, kool-aid, and ice tea for this portion of the meeting.

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Waste Management Committee Meeting

The regular meeting of the Beaver Island Waste Management Committee took place on August 19, 2014, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. The meeting agenda included a manager's report, a financial document review, a discussion of scrap metal collection at the Transfer Station, a reminder that there would be a review of the policy manual at the September meeting on September 16, 2014.

Video fo this meeting may be viewed HERE

BICS Volleyball and Soccer Schedules

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

Beaver Island Rural Health Center

Career Opportunity

Beaver Island Rural Health Center has an opening for a certified nurse practitioner to work in a unique, rural practice shared with another family nurse practitioner. Brand new, beautiful facility. Duties include half time, routine primary care and urgent care for patients of all ages. Clinic and on call hours required. Great opportunity for an experienced practitioner to have a collaborative practice with another Nurse Practitioner.

Send letter, resume, request for information to

Beaver Island Rural Health Center
PO Box 146
Beaver Island, MI, 49782
Via email to donna@biruralhealth.org

Phone inquiries may be directed to Donna Kubic, Managing Director at

New Book by Lance Olson

"Dog Island: The Plane Crash"

Lance Olson, one of the organizers of the Blacksmithing visits and demonstrations for the Island Museum Week, has written a book. The book is about to be published and may be available in McDonough's Market and/or the Beaver Island Historical Society Print Shop Museum within a week or two. Here is a look at the front cover and the rear cover of this book.

Circuit Court Judge Candidate Forum

This video is courtesy of Petoskey News Review

Majority of Subscriptions Have Expired Prior to or in September

Several family and business subscriptions expired in July, August and September. This is a reminder to those that wish to renew online. If you do renew online using a credit or debit card, and the Paypal SUBSCRIBE button, BINN will automatically make a donation of $10 in your name to the Beaver Island Food Pantry. If you are not sure when your subscription expires, please email the editor at medic5740@gmail.com, and your subscription expiration will be included in a return email.

If BINN does not hear from you this by the end of next week, September 15, 2014, we will be canceling subscription for those that are past due. We are sorry to have to do this, but costs are increasing, and we need to provide service only to those who support us. If you are unable to access your News on the 'Net, please check your expiration date and send an email to medic5740@gmail.com


Mackinaw Bridge Pipeline Leak Could Destroy Beaver Island Tourism

"A rupture in either of Enbridge’s two oil pipelines running under the Straits of Mackinac could result in an unprecedented environmental catastrophe to the waters and shorelines of northern Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Within twelve hours a spill could reach Mackinac and Round islands. In two days it could reach Bois Blanc Island with damage stretching to Rogers City within 10 days. Within sixteen days, a spill could reach Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan."

When, in the past, Beaver Island had a rescue boat, it was included in a plan to be put to work containing a spill or a leak of this pipeline. The two townships raffled off the rescue boat captained originally by Alan Muma, the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department Deputy on Beaver Island. The BI Fire Department took over control of the rescue boat after Alan Muma left, and, after some unfortunate mechanical problems, the boat was raffled off using the BIEMS raffle license.

There have been some reports of neglect related to the maintenance agreements by those running the oil through this pipeline.

Link to story 1

Link to story 2

Link to story 3

Here's a simulation of a contaminant release scenario from the Mackinac Straits area, based on current flow models, over a period of several days.

Watercolor Class Schedule and Sign-up for September 8-12

September will bring watercolor artist Sharon Long to Beaver Island once again. With a generous mini-grant from Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association helping the community, the class fees have been reduced this year. Half-day sessions will cost $45 and full day sessions will be $90. The fees include 3 hour or six hour lessons including all supplies. There is a limit in class size due to her  teaching style Those of you who have taken classes with Sharon previously are urged to sign up by emailing me as soon as possible. New students need to be aware that the beginning of the week, Monday-Wednesday (Sept 8-10), will be more intensive class instruction (perfect for beginners), especially morning time sessions. The afternoons and latter week days (Thursday and Friday), are generally more relaxed creative time for individualized help, as well as intermediate and advanced artists participation. As a bonus (weather permitting) Sharon will be giving a photo walk on Sunday Sept 7th to teach you about using the lens as an artist's eye. This is free of charge to all class enrollees. Please go to sharin2art.com/blog for a look at her work. If you know you can participate in the classes or have any questions, please email me at leonor.jacobson@gmail.com. I will get back with you about scheduling after July 10th. Have a wonderful summer!!

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