News Update

Community Calendar for June 8, 2017

Today is Thursday June 8th, 2017. I’m Greg Doig with today’s WVBI Community Calendar.

The Saint James Township Board met last evening in a very busy regular monthly session. At the start, Chair Kitty McNamara note the progress on the display area for the old Whiskey Point Light fresnel [pronounced (frə-nĕlˈ)] lens. She said the work should be done in time for the board’s July meeting with the light visible in a new bay window on the harbor side of the township hall.
During the meeting, itself covered lots of ground. Actions included voting to acquire new accounting software for the township for five thousand dollars. Trustee Belfy indicated that a significant advantage of the software was that it was specifically designed for Michigan Townships. She said this would help avoid mistakes that could crop up if the township continued to use Quick Books.
The Board also took action to transfer the money in the township’s fire department account to the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority. That action was part of implementing the authority that had yet to be completed. The board also approved the purchase of new LED tree lights for about ten thousand dollars. They have about a nine year projected payback and are dark sky compliant. The board also approved a zoning change for a lot adjacent to the swimming beach from residential to marine related use. This will allow the operation of a paddleboard rental shop there. The board also appointed Adam Anderson to the Zoning Appeals Board.
Pete Plastrik reported to the Board on his work reviewing the mechanics of township consolidation. Chair McNamara stressed that in receiving the report, the board had formed no view as to whether to proceed with such an action. Rather, the point was to understand what would be involved. In looking at the question, Pete discovered a conflict in the state laws concerning the timing of the election that would be necessary to start the process. Assuming that issue was resolved, he said the process would start with a citizen petition drives to place a consolidation proposal on ballots for spring election in 2018 in both townships. The proposal would specify a name for the consolidated township and its initial millage rate. If voters approved the proposal in both townships, selection of township officials would proceed with primaries in August and a general election in November. Over the same time a special commission made up of members from both townships would work on the mechanics of the consolidation with proposals for that placed before a newly elected consolidated township board at its first meeting.
The meeting concluded with a discussion about the rules governing the use of golf carts on roads. Apparently, the deputy has recently told at least one resident that her cart is not legal for road use even though she was told last year it was. The board said it would look into the advisability and possibility of adopting a special local ordinance on such use.

BI Resale wants you to know – We will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon until 4:00! We will welcome shoppers and donors during those times. Thank you for your continued support!

On this week’s calendar

Next Tuesday John Hess Charlevoix County Veterans Affairs BIRHC 11-2

Thursday – Games Galore 1:00 p.m.

BICS Open House 3:30-5:00
Please join us for an end of the school year Open House at Beaver Island Community School. Our students will have presentations that display examples of their work this year and show the many awards they have one. It’s been a great year with many successes and awards on all fronts: academics, sports, cheer, HOSA, Robotics, Model UN and more. Our Elementary and High School Citizen and Students of the year will be announced. Please join us to learn about the work of our students and to celebrate their hard work and success.

It’s been a long road, but the updated Beaver Island Master Plan is ready for final review by the public. It’s not too late to let your voice be heard. Review the plan (it’s here: and attend the public hearing on June 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. You can find additional background on the plan and the process used to develop it here:

Friday –

Lego Club meets at 1230 at BIDL on Saturday

St James Episcopal 1:00 p.m. Please join us in a service to remember Trudy Works. Memorial gifts honoring Trudy’s life can be made to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center through the Charlevoix Area Community Foundation or directly to the Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary.


3:00 p.m. Beauty and the Beast
PG | 2h 9min | Family, Fantasy, Musical
An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.

7:00 p.m. Get Out
R | 1h 44min | Horror, Mystery
A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.

All movie showings free-will donation! Suggested donation of $5 per person.
Great popcorn, candies and beverages available!
231 448-2022
Thanks to our Corporate Sponsor, the Shamrock Bar & Restaurant.

This year’s tournament dates will be on June 10th-11th. A free fishing weekend, no license required. At this time I am still rounding up details for this tournament. We are open for sponsors for the spring tournament. Sponsors may donate prizes or money to fund tournament expenses. If you would like to become a sponsor you can call me (Levi) at 231-459-6697, meet up with me at the hardware store, or mail your donation to The Beaver Island Wildlife Club. If you talk to Levi ask him about the Spring Turkey photo contest.

Pam Grassmick – Beaver Island remains under an Emerald Ash Borer quarantine along with Isle Royale and Charity Island. “Don’t Move Firewood” signage is at all points of entry and under the watchful eye of the Beaver Island Boat Company and the island airlines. The biggest threat to the introduction of EAB is through firewood being transported to the island. Emerald Ash Borers are native to Asia and are so aggressive that ash trees die within 2-3 years after they become infected. Millions of ash trees are being lost in the US and Canada. Ash trees provide an excellent source for wood products and food for wildlife, it is also a plant of cultural significance to Native Americans for their baskets. Early in June, BIA volunteers will be working with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) to once again place Emerald Ash Borer traps around the island. The large purple triangles with lures will be placed on ash trees and remain until August. To date with technical and entomological services provided by the MDARD, no EAB has been found on Beaver Island. Thanks everyone for your observations and care of our forests.

Public input on a water trail planning effort for Beaver Island will be gathered at an open house on Monday, June 19, at 7 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community Center.
The June 19 open house will include an introduction to the water-trail planning process and information on universal accessibility for paddlers of all ages and abilities. Attendees will be asked to help identify potential access sites and identify community assets that could be featured as part of the water trail system.

The project is being led by the Land Information Access Association (LIAA), a nonprofit community development organization based in Traverse City. LIAA has extensive experience helping communities leverage their recreational assets for economic development, and recently published a state guidebook on water trails, the Michigan Water Trails Manual, available to download for free at For more about LIAA visit

Patrick McGinnity – All are invited to a welcome event for the Island Fellow candidate at the Community Center June 13th between 10 and 11 a.m. Come out and meet Stefanie, who comes to us from Maine, and has education and experience in the communications and environmental writing fields. She has held a Communications Internship at Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, where she taught environmental writing, assisted with hands-on science programs, and did social media work. Stefanie also has a background in photojournalism and video production with Veggies for All, a nonprofit food-bank farm in Maine. She also managed social media for the organization, and got her hands dirty in the fields planting and tending crops.
In related news, the Island Institute’s Island Fellows Program recently received a national award for the Outstanding Program of the Year from the Community Development Society. This is a phenomenal program, and one which we are excited to be bringing to Beaver Island!

The school year is winding down and with it the Islander News reports on WVBI. You won’t want to miss them as they are featuring profiles on each of the five graduating seniors. Listen every day this week after our global news in the mornings from 6:00 to 8:00, at noon, 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. If you do miss the reports, you’ll find them online in our Podcasts. Point you browser at
Upcoming Events
BIHS – The docent orientation location has been changed from the township hall to the school at 10:30am, June 16. It is essential to attend orientation in order to learn the new square purchasing system. There will be an open house at both museums 10am-2pm on June 17, and regular museum hours begin on June 18.
Lori Taylor-Blitz, Executive Director

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The Beaver Island Community Center Fall/Winter/Spring Hours
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am -9pm
Sunday 10-6

The Beaver Island Community Center is now open on Sundays from 10am to 6pm, and will begin ‘FULL’ Summer Hours on Monday, June 12th!*
Sundays 10am – 6pm
Mon – Sat 9am – 9pm
*If you are interested in volunteering at the Center, call Carol at 231 448-2022!

At our website, we’ve tried to include everything, but if we’ve missed your event you can easily add it yourself by using the handy “Post Your Event” button in the upper right of the calendar or by sending an email with the details to¬† And, we can make it easy for your events to show up in a nice calendar on your website, too, so you only have to post them once. Your website can show only your events or those plus other categories from the calendar that you choose.

Weather – Sponsored by McDonough’s Market

WVBI BICC – 62 and clear skies this morning

Today – Mainly sunny to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High 72F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight – Showers early, then cloudy overnight. Thunder possible. Low 52F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Greenes Bay Beach – Boyle Family Station
57 and clear this morning
Same forecast as in town today.
Current Conditions – Greene’s Bay Beach, Beaver Island, MI
As of 8:28 AM Thursday, June 8, 2017
Forecast: Partially Cloudy
Outside Temp: 60.5 F
High Outside Temp: 60.5 F at 8:27 AM
Low Outside Temp: 51.5 F at 5:44 AM
Outside Humidity: 73%
Heat Index: 60.0 F
Wind Chill: 61.0 F
Dew Point: 52.0 F
Barometer: 29.994″ and Steady
Wind Speed: 2.0 Mph
Wind Direction: S
High Gust: 8.0 Mph at 8:13 AM
10 min Avg Wind: 1.0 Mph
Rain Rate: 0.00″/Hour
Day Rain: 0.00″
Storm Rain: 0.00″
Month Rain: 0.42″
Year Rain: 5.19″

Phyllis Moore Weather
Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers. Lows in the mid 50s. Light winds.
MARINE REPORT: Today: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
ON THIS DATE of June 8, 2004 – Nate Olive and Sarah Jones began the first known continuous hike of the 1,800-mile trail down the U.S. Pacific Coast. They completed the trek at the U.S.-Mexico border on September 28.
DID YOU KNOW that the only continent with no active volcanoes is Australia. However, there is one active volcano on Australian territory, that being Big Ben on McDonald Island in the sub-Antarctic territory of Heard & McDonald Island.
WORD OF THE DAY: conflagration (kon-fluh-GREY-shuh n) which means a destructive fire, usually an extensive one.

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… Still no delays to report on Beaver Island.

Hey, let’s be careful out there. Especially in the school zone.

To Lucas and all our listeners, no one will ever become perfect but we can always find ways to improve upon ourselves.

On a lighter note, what do you call a man in a pile of leaves? Rustle-Russell!!!

That’s the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday June 8th, 2017.
I’m Greg Doig at WVBI‚ the Voice of Beaver Island. Have a great day, and thank you for listening!