Beaver Island Dark Sky Project Files Sanctuary Application
International recognition sought for island’s unique dark skies.
BEAVER ISLAND, MI (January 25, 2021)—After a six month preparation process and about two years from the first glimmer of the idea, the Beaver Island Dark Sky Project working through the island’s Chamber of Commerce and Beaver Island Association, has filed an application with the International Dark Skies Association (IDA) for recognition of about a third of the island as a Dark Sky Sanctuary. Chamber President Paul Cole, who helped lead the effort, says the idea got its start with Bill Markey and Dick McEvoy after a dark sky presentation to summer visitors. “The idea bounced around for a bit and then late this summer we organized a small group to get the application done,” he said. The proposed sanctuary lands encompass part of a Michigan DNR Wildlife Division research area on the island. “We got in touch with the DNR and discussed the value to the island of the designation and our mutual interest in preserving the natural dark skies in the research area as well as the rest of the island. They quickly offered their support.” The Sanctuary is planned to include a research area managed by Central Michigan University, which has a classroom and research facilities on the island, as well as the newly established Beaver Head Light House Park, which is owned by Charlevoix County.
COOKIE CARNIVAL IS ON!
MaryEllen Dawson reports the annual fundraiser for Gregg Fellowship Cookie Carnival will forge onward with tasty boxes of cookies for all
Please participate in this very important fundraising event by ordering fabulous sugar cookies with icing, the famous nutmeg logs, mint brownies and more.
COOKIE CARNIVAL CHANGE OF PLANS!! Due to the rise in cases of Covid 19, we would like everyone to remain safe on the Island, so our plans for Cookie Carnival are as follows. We will have Cookie Carnival BY ORDER ONLY. Orders can be picked up on December 12 from 11-2. If paying with a check, make it out to “BICC.” Order/price sheets will be placed around the community for you to pick up. Fill out the order with your name and phone # and take it to Kathy Speck. There will be a drop box on Kathy’s back deck ON PINE ST. for the order sheets. Orders can also be placed with Kathy by phone 448-2393. Order sheets will be placed for your convenience at the following businesses: McDonoughs Market, Community Center, Resale Shop, Island Energies Gas Station, Powers Hardware and on BI Christian Church website: bichristianchurch.com. All orders must be received by Kathy no later than Monday December 7th. We are very excited to be able to fill the homes in the community with all sorts of delicious treats for the Christmas season. We hope everyone will understand the reason for our decision. The best part is “We get to make cookies and you get to eat them.
Is Hog Harvesting a definition of sustainability? Yes. Sustainability is a term that has been bandied about quite frequently lately, oftentimes with no clear definition or relation explained.
Try this one. You must feed your family. To do that, you have to kill an animal. Butchering and processing the resulting FOOD feeds your family. Knowing how to do it right, may save your life as well.
For some, the recent Hog Harvest workshop at Flattail Furs Farm with guest instructor, Mike Baker was an adventure into an experience they never had. For others, a lesson in preparing fresh meat for cooking or serving, making sausage, prosciutto and charcuterie.
For hog-raisers intending to harvest and butcher in the near future, either without a nearby processor or for their own expertise, the workshop was worth a trip from Tennessee and Wyoming. Find out why inside…(Photos by MayPole Studios, Bethany Fritz)
Fossil Hunting on Beaver Island? Oh Yes! We have plenty of them. And, they are waiting to be discovered, on every shore.
FOSSILSWhat are they? Where do they come from?How do they form? How many different kinds of fossils can you find on Beaver Island? Where do you find them?That’s a secret!The fossil at right is beautifully formed from shells and actually a large stone worthy of a museum piece. At left, Cynthia Hunting’s collection of fossils gathered over many years with children and grandchildren on Beaver Island.
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!