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Beacon Archive

June 2004
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News from the Townships

Thanks from the Beaver Island Hospice

CMU Summer Field Trip Schedule

BICS to Graduate Seven

Tom Kelso 1940-2004

A Fine Mess

Strang Writers Enjoy Beaver Island

The Splendor of Crafts

On This Date

One Hundred Years Ago

Sock Hop Results

Broadway on Beaver: “An Evening with Stephen Sondheim” Premieres

Letters to the Editor: From the CCG

Letters to the Editor: BIRHC Meeting; Optometrist's Contract

Letters to the Editor: Karaoke

Sherry Burris 1956-2004

Henry Ricksgers Junior 1923-2004

BIRHC Truck Raffle

School Election June 14

Thanks to the Steinbachs: a New Fire Truck!

Wildlife Club News

Whiskey Point Light Reports Received

Baroque on Beaver

The Annual "Fashion Tea" July 8

Congradulations to Ryan Wojan

 

Letters to the Editor: BIRHC May 1st Meeting

I was in attendance at the May 1st BIRHC board meeting, and was pleasantly surprised at how well it went. There was little rancor among board members, and the board made the public feel that it was a significant part of the meeting. Public comment was solicited many times during the meeting and input from the public seemed welcome. I hope this is the beginning of a new commitment by the board to include the public in the decision-making process.

That said, I do need to chastise the person(s) who moved the optometrist into the new building without a negotiated contract, as was required for the dentist. After months of hand-wringing over concerns that having a private practice in the 501(c)3 Health Center might be illegal, the board determined there was an absolute need for a signed contract before anyone moves in. For any board member(s) to authorize or sanction such a move is unacceptable. Equal treatment under the law is a fundamental right in this country. I was pleased to see the board call for a special meeting to remedy this problem.

I also want to thank Jerry LaFreinere for his great service to the public as the EMS representative on the BIRHC board, and hope the now vacant EMS position will be filled rapidly. Best wishes, Jerry, in your new position with BIEMS. I am confident the BIEMS will continue to provide the excellent first response services that Beaver Island citizens have been experiencing.

-Kenneth Jay Taylor

Optometrist’s Contract

The contract was approved (calling for no rent) at a special meeting on May 26th (and an NP preceptor from Saginaw Valley State was accepted.)


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