Iron Ore Bay, South End road curve was recently closed due to heavy erosion. Winds and water have washed away Betsy Point completely, allowing the southern currents to meet eastern tides. X waves mark the spot and have taken away shoreline to give back sand that floods into the Iron Ore Creek drain and change the shoreline and the view. A detour is still possible via Betsy Smith trail to Westside Road. No need to drive down and look, it’s closed. Driving will only increase the erosion and may be dangerous.
Ed Wojan Realty has listed a three million dollar mansion in the Wall Street Journal and the Northern-Islander.com and print newspaper. That's the second time this year Beaver Island and the NorthernIslander have appeared in the famous Wall Street Journal. (WSJ)
Earlier this year, WSJ reviewed the most recent and revealing book about Beaver Island and King Jesse James Strang, The King of Confidence.
Written by Miles Harvey, the book covers many scandals and "confidence" men working the United States in the pre-Civil War era of prosperity and growth in the country. The award winning novel is based on research from the pages of the 1856 NorthernIslander, originally owned and published by King Strang.
You will be reading more about this author, this book, Our Town, Our Island and the blossoming real estate market on Beaver Island soon! On the other end of the spectrum, how about an off the grid cabin on ten acres
Like her mother and Grandmother before her, Natalie ‘Nads’ Doughman spent her childhood summers on Beaver Island. Many years later, a fateful deli management offer brought her here full-time, and she hasn’t looked back. Since last spring, Nads and her husband Bryan have managed the Beaver Island bakery and deli, Dalwhinnie. Together, the pair have expanded the menu to include new takes on old classics, as well as iterations from their previous vegan pop-up venture, Peace and Love Eatery, which they ran together in Cincinnati.
Described by friends as giant-hearted,
POSTED AUGUST 5, 2020 WVBIAll millage proposals passed in both townships…all by comfortable margins, though the vote in favor of the school millage was not as strong as the others. Both county wide millages—for recycling and senior citizens passed overwhelmingly.
In the only contested island elected position, Ernie and Travis Martin each got 68 votes to take the Republican nominations for the two open Peaine Township trustee seats. Long-time board member Paul Welke was left behind with 65 votes.
In Charlevoix County, long-time board member Nancy Ferguson was soundly defeated in the Republican primary for that seat by Scott Hankins, who more than doubled her vote count at 485 to 216. Hankins won 36 to 22 in St. James, but there was a tie in Peaine with 50 votes for each candidate.
In the contested Republican primary to replace term-limited Triston Cole was won by Ken Borton with 55% of the vote beating out Tony Cutler and Jimmy Schmidt with 36 percent and 9 percent of the vote respectively. Borton won handily in both townships on the island as well, with 64 of 90 votes in Peaine and 40 of 58 votes in St. James.
On the national level, Dana Ferguson beat out Linda O’Dell in the Democrat primary race to take on First District U.S. Representative Jack Bergman this fall, taking 64 percent of the vote. On the island, Ferguson won by just three votes in St. James, but O’Dell won by two in Peaine.
Other islanders stepping up to serve who won uncontested primaries in St. James are Kitty McNamara, Supervisor, Julie Gillespie Clerk, Paul Cole and Joe Moore, Trustees and Diane McDonough, Treasurer. In Peaine, Doug Tilly for supervisor, Carla Martin for Clerk and Vicki Smith for Treasurer.
All of these results are unofficial at this point with some votes still outstanding in off island races, but that’s the way the results look.
There’s a link to the township results as well as the tallies for the county in today’s script online:
St. James: charlevoixcountymi.documents-on-demand.com/document/a2ca81f6-b8d6-ea11-a307-000c29a59557/St.%20James%20Twp%20Aug%202020.PDF&fromFrame=1
Charlevoix County: www.charlevoixcounty.org/elections/current_election_results.php
Meantime, a battle goes on about whether absentee ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. on election day to be counted. The League of Women voters brought a suit seeking that result has lost all the way up the chain to the Michigan Supreme Court in a decision last Friday. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, who says she should have official state-wide results my midday today, is still pushing for that and allowing clerks to start counting absentee ballots ahead of election day. She’s calling on the state legislature for those changes among others, but it does not appear likely that will happen.
BEAVER ISLAND 1/2 MARATHON & PARADISE BAY 5 K
This event is NOT canceled! The Beaver Island Half Marathon plus 10K and 5K. Start at 9:00AM for 1/2 Marathon, 9:30AM for 10K and 10:00AM for 5K. Packet pick up and day before registration will take place on Friday, September 4th, 2020, 5-6 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School. Important- We will not have any sort of event after the race to practice social distancing. WE ask that runners do not congregate when the race ends at the public beach. In addition start times will be slightly staggered to no allow crowding and increase safety.
Fun opportunity to explore the Island! September 5th is the day of three great races. Our half marathon, 10 K and 5 K. All three races begin at the public beach and end at the public beach; but in between, you will see amazing scenery, wildlife, and flora. We have participant medals for every runner/walker, plus prizes for first place in all age categories for the ½ marathon. Come to Beaver Island and run, then relax on our very special island.
The proceeds go to help support The Beaver Island Community School programs. Please join us! You will be glad you did!
More Information and to register go to-https://runsignup.com/beaverisland
Saturday, September 5th
BAY 5 K
You’ve heard me talk about Baroque on Beaver and how much I enjoy that music festival each year. Well, the bad news is that COVID-19 has essentially eliminated those classical music concerts on Beaver Island this summer. The good news, though, is that they are being replaced with virtual events that we can enjoy from home!
I’ve attached the schedule of events to this message so you can see if there’s something that appeals to you. Wouldn’t it be fun to watch these at the same time so we can be in the audience together, even though we’re apart?
I’m planning to attend all the events, and if you’d like to enjoy any of them with me, let me know and I’ll remind you before it happens. Obviously you don’t need me to tune in, and I think you’ll really enjoy this music and the discussions that surround it. You can find out all about it, and how to tune in through YouTube, at www.baroqueonbeaver.org, and at the Baroque on Beaver Facebook page.
Help us share the joy starting this Friday! Read more for the full schedule here online at the Northern-Islander!
The Huron Jewel, a beauty of a 78 foot tall ship returns to Beaver Island Municipal Marina, Saturday, July 18 in the afternoon and will offer deck tours Saturday and Sunday.
Under state guidelines for protection against the virus, guests will be allowed in limited and safe numbers to board the ship that Hugh and Julie built over the last several years.
Sponsored in part by the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce, the tours offer visitors a glimpse of old-time sailing on the high seas, using wind and water.
The Huron Jewel was sponsored in a previous year by the Beaver Island Historical Society as part of a Pirate Party held at the marina and many residents and tourists enjoyed the visit. The company normally offers destination sailing trips, weddings and other adventures.
This year, Hugh and crew are offering a Boat Buddy program to create awareness and raise fund. Anyone can buy a ticket to send a “Boat Buddy” on a sail aboard the ship. For the price of the ticket, your “Boat Buddy” completes the trip, and you get daily photos plus your buddy comes back with a t-shirt and bandana souvenirs.
Everyone is invited to come down Saturday afternoon or Sunday, times are not set just yet so call the Chamber of Commerce for more information or contact the Huron Jewel at ditallship.com. Chamber 231-448-2505
If you want to come by with proper PPE, we are happy to give deck tours at the dock, for a suggested donation of $5 per person. No mask? No worries - Schooner Huron Jewel bandannas are available for sale at the schooner.
Islanders and visitors came out in force and entourage, as over 100 vehicles participated in a drive-through parade downtown St. James, Saturday July 4th. Led by Charlevoix County Sheriff Joe Callien, Dick McEvoy’s baby blue Cadillac convertible and followed by Joseph Moore, live-streaming on Beaver Island News on the Net, the next car held WVBI Radio Station hostesses, PABI Director and DJ, Cynthia Jaye. It was Marcy’s first Beaver Island parade and first live radio broadcast, a journey she said she enjoyed immensely.
“I am amazed at the turnout for this, Marcy said, accompanied by her children Aiden and Livvy. The cars were lined up all the way back to Isle Haven even as we had finished our circuit, they just kept coming.”
The car parade began on Kings Highway at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, passed by the public beach, then wound down Main Street to the Lighthouse where the Chamber of Commerce director, Paul Cole handed out goody bags for adults and children. “Props to Welke airport for the goody bags and the continuous airplane fly- bys across Paradise Bay.” Marcy added.
Beaver Island, MI - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2020
Nick Assendelft, Public Information Officer, AssendelftN@Michigan.gov, 517-388-3135
Boaters should be aware of hidden debris in lakes, rivers from high water levels, erosion, Many areas around Michigan have experienced damaging impacts of record or near-record high water levels that have caused extensive erosion and inundated infrastructure. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and its partners on the High Water Action Team warn those who recreate on the water to watch out for debris in lakes or rivers or along the shores due to the high water levels.
As lake levels have risen, the impact is being felt in a number of ways. Along the Great Lakes, erosion and storms have undermined docks, decks, stairs and trees and washed the debris away from the shoreline. On inland lakes, high water can inundate marinas, yards or public property, making it difficult to see structures in the water.
Next with the Storyteller's Night Sky
Beaver Island, MI - Mary Stewart Adams, hosts the Storyteller's Night Sky program on WVBI 100.1 FM Wednesday, after the news at 7 am, 3 & 6 pm, midnight, 3 & 4 am. The Beaver Island Dark Sky Committee hopes to schedule with Mary sometime soon. Herewith a list of public events you are welcome to join, for finding out all the best stories in the stars.
Summer Solstice Stars with Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 7 pm Program held online