B. I. News on the 'Net, April 1-14, 2020

Peaine Meetings

Bill Kohls and Paul Welke in attendance, Carla Martin, Ernie Martin, and Larry Kubic on the phone.

Agenda April 14th Regular Meeting

Peaine Regular Meeting Packet

Election Committee Meeting

Election Meeting Packet

View video of the regular April Meeting HERE


by Cindy Ricksgers

St James Township Election Committee Meeting

April 14, 2020

View the notice HERE

BICS Board of Education Meeting

April 13, 2020, 7 p.m.

View the public board packet HERE

View video of this meeting HERE

(Thanks to Wil Cwiekel and Zoom for this!)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 14, 2020

It's 28°, feels like 27°, and lightly snowing. Humidity is at 89%, dew point is 25°, wind is from the NW at 5 mph with gusts to 8 mph, pressure is rising from 29.97 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 1 mile. Today expect snow showers in the morning, becoming partly cloudy later. High of 35°. Winds at 15 to 25 mph from the west with higher gusts possible. Tonight mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy after midnight Low near 25°. Winds from the west at 10 to 20 mph.

ON THIS DATE in 1818, Noah Webster, a Yale-educated lawyer with an avid interest in language and education, publishes his American Dictionary of the English Language.

Webster’s dictionary was one of the first lexicons to include distinctly American words. The dictionary, which took him more than two decades to complete, introduced more than 10,000 “Americanisms.” The introduction of a standard American dictionary helped standardize English spelling, a process that had started as early as 1473, when printer William Caxton published the first book printed in English. The rapid proliferation of printing and the development of dictionaries resulted in increasingly standardized spellings by the mid-17th century. Coincidentally, Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language was published almost exactly 63 years earlier, on April 15, 1755. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language. Did you just try to say it? (savit.in)

WORD OF THE DAY umbra (UM-bruh) which means:
1 a : a conical shadow excluding all light from a given source; specifically : the conical part of the shadow of a celestial body excluding all light from the primary source
b : the central dark part of a sunspot
2 : a shaded area
The Latin word umbra ("shade, shadow") has given English a range of words in addition to umbra itself. An umbrella can provide us with shade from the sun. So can an umbrageous tree. (In this case, umbrageous means "affording shade.") The connection to shade or shadow in other umbra words is less obvious. When we say someone takes umbrage, we mean they take offense, but in times past people used the word as a synonym of shade or shadow. These two senses of umbrage influenced umbrageous, which can mean "inclined to take offense easily" as well as "affording shade." ((merriam-webster.com)


by Cindy Ricksgers

Neil Feck (Moore), RIP

Neil Edward Feck (Moore), 65, of Traverse City, passed away April 1, 2020, at Munson Medical Center's Traverse City hospital.  Neil was born on May 9, 1954, to Clara Belle (Wilkins) Feck Moore Cox in Jackson, MI.

A lifelong resident of Traverse City, Neil graduated from Traverse City High School in 1972.  Neil was locally known in the Grand Traverse region as the owner of Heritage Wood Floor Specialists. 

He was an avid fisherman, fishing locally and on remote Canadian lakes.  It was a combination of Neil's love of fishing and ministry that were central to his personal time, and he will be remembered by many from his fishing adventures and dedication to his faith. 

He was actively involved as a member of the East Traverse City Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. 

Neil was a wonderful husband, loving father, proud grandpa and a one-of-a-kind friend.  He was big-hearted, generous and loved to help others.  Favorite past times were spent with friends and family fishing or sharing a meal often made by Neil.  He enjoyed playing guitar, scuba diving, traveling with his wife, and playing chess.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 26 years, Gloria B. Feck; three children, Joshua (Amber) Feck, Jacob (Janel) Feck and Jessi (James) Smith; five grandchildren, Ezra, Sofie, and Matilda Feck, Adriana and Sebastian Smith; four stepchildren, Tina Houston, Angela (Ron) Wiebe, Mishael (Mickey) Wise and Bruce Wise; eight step grandchildren, Alex (Shanyia) Houston, Mason Houston, Cameron Gibson, Jordan (Aaron) Taylor, Alayna Webb, Jayla Wise, Kialie Wise, Braxtyn Wise.

He is survived also by three brothers, Albert Feck, Joseph (Phyllis) Moore, Terence "Mack"Moore; two sisters, Teresa (Chuck) Renaud, Kelly (Julio) Neff and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his sister Lea Feck Spanogle Thrush.

At this time, due to gathering restrictions. the funeral date is to be determined.

Webinar Addressing Great Lakes Water Levels

April 13, 2020

You are invited to join NOAA in the Great Lakes for a webinar addressing water levels in the Great Lakes.
It is not yet spring and already the five Great Lakes are currently near or exceeding record levels due to an abundance of precipitation, highlighted by rainfall and snow melt. Impacts from these levels are widespread and present a number of challenges to those in and around the basin.

We would like to invite you to a multi-partner public webinar on April 13 at 11 am EDT where we will share information on the following:

The conditions that contributed to the high water levels
The climate outlook from 2 weeks through the next season
Some of the impacts from high lake levels
The typical watches and warnings that may occur around the Lakes due to high levels
An outlook for the lake levels themselves
We plan on taking questions at the end that the panel of experts can respond to.

Our panelists will include:

Doug Kluck - NOAA Central Regional Climate Services Director
Jeff Andreson - Michigan State Climatologist
John Allis - Army Corps of Engineers
Brandon Krumweide - NOAA NOS office for Coastal Management.
Gary Garnet - NOAA National Weather Service
Please sign up here:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regist ... 7483824140

Jennifer Day
Regional Coordinator
Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team
4840 State Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(office) 734-741-2266
(personal cell) 313-909-3160

NOAA Regional Collaboration Network
Improving NOAA’s service to the Nation through collaboration
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcF07_f ... e=youtu.be
The Beaver Island Association
P.O. Box 390
Beaver Island, MI 49782


Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 13, 2020

We survived the pandemic Easter! I'm sure it's one many of us will never forget. We were lucky enough to talk to all our kids and granddaughters, hope you were too. I had dreams about ear-less chocolate rabbits (and I didn't even have one). It's amazing what quarantine does to a person.

It's 34°, feels like 24°, the wind is from the NW at 13 mph with gusts to 26 mph, humidity is at 93%, dew point is 32°, pressure is rising from 29.26 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today Will be windy. Light snow will taper off by this afternoon but it will remain cloudy. Temps will be nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds from the wnw AT 25 TO 35 mph. Chance of snow 90%. Winds could occasionally gust over 50 mph. Tonight Windy. Skies will clear late. Low around 27°. Winds from the west at 20 to 30 with higher gusts possible.

ON THIS DAY in 1742. Nowadays, the performance of George Frideric Handel's Messiah oratorio at Christmas time is a tradition almost as deeply entrenched as decorating trees and hanging stockings. In churches and concert halls around the world, the most famous piece of sacred music in the English language is performed both full and abridged, both with and without audience participation, but almost always and exclusively during the weeks leading up to the celebration of Christmas. It would surprise many, then, to learn that Messiah was not originally intended as a piece of Christmas music. Messiah received its world premiere on April 13, 1742, during the Christian season of Lent, and in the decidedly secular context of a concert hall in Dublin, Ireland.

The inspiration for Messiah came from a scholar and editor named Charles Jennens, a devout and evangelical Christian deeply concerned with the rising influence of deism and other strains of Enlightenment thought that he and others regarded as irreligious. Drawing on source material in the King James Bible and The Book of Common Prayer, Jennens compiled and edited a concise distillation of Christian doctrine, from Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah’s coming through the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ and then to the promised Second Coming and Day of Judgment. Jennens took his libretto to his friend George Frideric Handel and proposed that it form the basis of an oratorio expressly intended for performance in a secular setting during the week immediately preceding Easter. “Messiah would be directed at people who had come to a theater rather than a church during Passion Week,” according to the Cambridge Handel scholar Ruth Smith, “to remind them of their supposed faith and their possible fate.”

This didactic mission may have inspired Jennens to write Messiah, but it is fair to say that George Frideric Handel's transcendent music is what made the work so timeless and inspirational. Messiah gained widespread popularity only during the final years of Handel’s life, in the late 1750s, but it remains one of the best-known musical works of the Baroque period more than two centuries later. When you consider that Handel composed the score for Messiah in just 24 days, you begin to understand the incredible esteem in which some of his followers held him. As Ludwig van Beethoven said of Handel: “He is the greatest composer that ever lived. I would uncover my head and kneel before his tomb.” (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW chocolate can kill dogs, as it contains theobromine, which affects their heart and nervous system. (savit.in)

WORD OF THE DAY hypnagogic (hip-nuh-GAH-jik) which means: of, relating to, or occurring in the period of drowsiness immediately preceding sleep. "The hypnagogic state is that heady lull between wakefulness and sleep when thoughts and images flutter, melt, and transform into wild things," wrote Boston Globe correspondent Cate McQuaid (October 1, 1998). Some scientists have attributed alien-abduction stories to this state, but for most people these "half-dreams" are entirely innocuous. Perhaps the most famous hypnagogic dream is that of the German chemist Friedrich August Kekule von Stradonitz, who was inspired with the concept of the benzene ring by a vision of a snake biting its own tail. You're not dreaming if the Greek root hypn-, meaning "sleep," seems familiar—you've seen it in hypnotize. The root -agogic is from the Greek -agōgos, meaning "inducing," from agein meaning "to lead." We borrowed hypnagogic (also spelled hypnogogic) from French hypnagogique in the late 19th century. (merriam-webster.com)

Homeward Bound

by Cindy Ricksgers

Easter Mass from Holy Cross

April 12, 2020

Happy Easter! He is Risen! BINN wants to wish you a day full of joy, wonder, and happiness, along with many blessings on this Easter!

Glorious job of decorating the entire church of Holy Cross! Thank you, Jeanne Gillespie!

The church was beautiful for this Easter Mass!

Thank you, Father Jim Siler! Happy Easter! He is Risen!

View video of the Easter Mass HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 12, 2020

Happy Easter! This Easter is different than anything any of us has celebrated. Yes, of course, there are chocolate bunnies, colored eggs, and jelly beans along with colorful baskets. For most of us - Christians from around the entire world - this holiday is the most important celebration of the year. Better than Christmas. Today causes us to reflect on the central event that formed the Christian church: the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which fulfilled the biblical foretelling of a messiah who would rise from the dead and give eternal life in heaven to those who believe in him. Lent is over, no more fasting and repentance, we celebrate Jesus today. Being in quarantine means that it will give us time to actually reflect on the happenings more than 2,000 years ago on this holy day. May you have a safe, happy, and healthy Easter - but stay 6 feet apart please!

SPECIAL NOTE - Easter Mass at Holy Cross Church on the island will be live-streamed at 9:30 this morning. You can watch it at http://beaverisland.tv/

Right now I'm showing 37°, feels like 33°, wind is from the north at 7 mph, humidity is at 80%, dew point is 32°, pressure is steady at 29.79 inches, cloud cover is 91%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today expect cloudy skies with occasional rain during the afternoon. High of about 42°. Winds from the NE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Tonight: Rain. Low near 35°. Winds from the ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 100%. Rainfall could possibly top one inch.

ON THIS DAY in 1954, Bill Haley and His Comets recorded “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock.” If rock and roll was a social and cultural revolution, then “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock” was its Declaration of Independence. And if Bill Haley was not exactly the revolution’s Thomas Jefferson, it may be fair to call him its John Hancock.

Bill Haley put his enormous signature on rock and roll history during the final 40 minutes of a three-hour recording session in New York City—a session set up not for the recording of “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock,” but of a song called “Thirteen Women (and Only One Man in Town).” It took the group nearly all of their scheduled session to get a useable take of “Thirteen Women,” a song that was entirely new to them but was chosen as the A-side of their upcoming single by their new record label, Decca. With time running out and no chance of extending the session, Haley and his Comets were eager to lay down the song they’d been playing live for many months to enthusiastic audience response. The lead guitarist brought in for the session, Danny Cedrone, had not had time to work up a new solo for the instrumental break on “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock,” so he repurposed one he’d used on a Haley recording two years earlier called “Rock This Joint.” Cedrone was paid $31 for his work that evening, which included performing what is still recognized as one of the greatest guitar solos of all time.

Haley and the band had time for only two takes, and in the first, they played so loud that Haley’s vocals were almost inaudible on tape. In an era before multi-track recording, the only solution was to do a second take with minimal accompaniment and hope for the best. Later, a Decca engineer painstakingly spliced together segments from both takes—a near-miracle given the technology of 1954. The finished version was judged good enough to include as the B-side on “Thirteen Women,” which was released in May 1954.

The single sold a respectable but underwhelming 75,000 copies in the coming months, and was destined to be forgotten until a 10-year-old kid in Los Angeles flipped “Thirteen Women” and fell in love with the now-famous B-side. That kid, Peter Ford, happened to be the son of actor Glenn Ford, who was slated to star in the upcoming teenage-delinquency drama Blackboard Jungle. Peter turned his father on to “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock,” and soon enough, the song was chosen to play over the opening credits of Blackboard Jungle, which is how it became a pop sensation, selling a million copies in a single month in the spring of 1955. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW what a agraffe is? It's the wired cage that holds the cork in a bottle of champagne. (buzzfeed.com)

WORD OF THE DAY expiate (EK=spee-ayt) which means:
1 : to extinguish the guilt incurred by
2 : to make amends for
"Disaster shall fall upon you, which you will not be able to expiate." That ominous biblical prophecy (Isaiah 47:11, RSV) shows that expiate was once involved in confronting the forces of evil as well as in assuaging guilt. The word derives from the Latin expiare ("to atone for"), a combination of ex- and piare, which itself means "to atone for" as well as "to appease" and traces to the Latin pius ("pious"). Expiate originally referred to warding off evil by using sacred rites, or to using sacred rites to cleanse or purify something. By the end of the 16th century, English speakers were using it to mean "to put an end to." Those senses are now obsolete and only the "to extinguish the guilt" and "to make amends" senses remain in use. (merriam-webster.com)


by Cindy Ricksgers

BI Transportation Authority Meeting

April 14, 2020

BITA Agenda April 2020

BITA Income Statement
Transaction List by Vendor March 2020
Grant Summary 3 31 2020
Grant Income Breakdown Fiscal year 10 2019-09 2020 as of 3 31 2020

Easter Sunday Sermon for the BI Christian Church

Posted April 10th for Easter, April 12, 2020

Pastor Dan Johnson has again recorded a message for the BIC Church congregation and others. This service is posted early for any who may not be able to view it on Easter Sunday.

View video of this sermon HERE

Neil Feck, RIP

Gloria and Neil Feck

Neil Edward Feck, 65, of Traverse City, died, April1, 2020. He is the husband of Gloria Feck, father of Joshua Feck, Jacob Feck and Jessi Smith and grandfather of five. Neil is the owner of Heritage Wood Floor Specialists and a Jehovah Witness Elder. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to share your thoughts and more. The family chose Life Story Funeral Home.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 11, 2020

It's 31° outside this morning, wind is calm, humidity is at 92%, dew point is 29°, pressure is steady at 29.88 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Today look for sun and clouds mixed. High of 48°. Wind from the SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight: mainly cloudy. Low around 35°. SW winds shifting to NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

ON THIS DAY, April 11, 1961. Who knows how many other young men arrived in New York City in the winter of 1961 looking like James Dean and talking like Jack Kerouac? It would have been difficult to pick Bob Dylan out of the crowd at first, considering how much he had in common with the other Bohemian kids kicking around Greenwich Village. Artistic ambition? Check. Antipathy toward mainstream culture? Yes. A desire to put his middle-class identity behind him? Definitely. But the singular creative vision that would separate Dylan from the rest of his peers and change the face of popular music wasn’t really in evidence yet. What Bob Dylan did have, though, in addition to his guitar and harmonica, was a unique stage presence and a vast library of American folk songs in his repertoire. On April 11, 1961, he got his first real chance to put those on display with his first major gig in New York City, opening for bluesman John Lee Hooker at Gerde’s Folk City.

Bob Dylan had just arrived in town a few months earlier, but as the prominent producer/talent scout John Hammond would write in the liner notes of his debut album one year later, “The young man from the provinces began to make friends very quickly in New York, all the while continuing, as he has since he was ten, to assimilate musical ideas from everyone he met, every record he heard.” Dylan befriended not only his idol Woody Guthrie—whose hospitalization in New Jersey had been the initial impetus for Dylan to come east from Minnesota—but also some of the significant figures on the burgeoning Downtown folk scene, like Jack Elliot and Dave Van Ronk. Dylan would write about this period in “Talkin’ New York” (1962), which included a verse about his breakthrough gig at Gerde’s:

After weeks and weeks of hanging around

I finally got a job in New York town

In a bigger place, bigger money too

Even joined the Union and paid my dues.

Gerde’s was probably the most important folk-music venue in New York City at the time—the club that every folk act with a national profile played when they were in town. Dylan had previously joined other unknowns like himself onstage at Gerde’s during the club’s Monday “Hootenanny Night,” but the invitation to appear on a regular bill presented a bit of an administrative problem. At just 19 years old, Bob Dylan was too young to obtain the necessary union card and cabaret license. One of the clubs owners, Mike Porco, was interested enough in getting the young man on the bill, though, that he signed on as Dylan’s guardian—”the Sicilian father I never knew I had,” as Dylan put it.

A number of major developments in the year that followed would set Bob Dylan on his road toward stardom, but the very first of those was his appearance at Gerde’s Folk City on this day in 1961. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with? Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, America (north and south) and Antarctica. (savit.in)

WORD OF THE DAY pandiculation (pan-dik-yuh-LAY-shun) which means: a stretching and stiffening especially of the trunk and extremities (as when fatigued and drowsy or after waking from sleep). Cat and dog owners who witness daily their pets' methodical body stretching upon awakening might wonder if there is a word to describe their routine—and there is: pandiculation. Pandiculation (which applies to humans too) is the medical term for the stretching and stiffening of the trunk and extremities, often accompanied by yawning, to arouse the body when fatigued or drowsy. The word comes from Latin pandiculatus, the past participle of pandiculari ("to stretch oneself"), and is ultimately derived from pandere, meaning "to spread." Pandere is also the source of expand. (merriam-webster.com)

Veneration of the Cross-Walk to the Point

April 10, 2020

Since there was no opportunity for any parishioners to attend the Good Friday service and do this special veneration during that service, Father Jim Siler decided to process from Holy Cross Church to the point and back to the church to allow anyone who wished to join in this veneration to be along the route. Several people joined in the walk behind Father Jim, keeping the proper social distance. There were also a few vehicles that were in the procession as well.

View a gallery of photos HERE

The video of this was started ten minutes before the walk began to allow TV 9 and 10's Corey Adkins and his IT people to get the video on the 9 and 10 News website as a live stream also. Just slide past the first ten minutes to view the actual walk.

View video of the Walk HERE

Good Friday Service at Holy Cross

April 10, 2020

This service began with the Stations of the Cross with just one individual moving from one station to the next. The public services have all been canceled, but the live stream for this service was on Beaver Island TV, and the recordings are available on Beaver Island News on the 'Net. The tripod on the video camera collapsed during the service, and there is one point that this occurred and the service was slightly interrupted. BINN apologizes for this short blackout of the video.

View video of this Good Friday Service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 10, 2020

Sunny skies! However, it's 32°, feels like 22°, winds are from the NNW at 10 mph with gusts to 23 mph, humidity is 53%, dew point is 17°, pressure is rising from 29.88 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Today should be sunny with a few clouds. High of 38° with winds from the NW at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight it will be partly cloudy with a low about 28°. Winds from the west 5 to 10 mph.

ON THIS DAY in 1778, Commander John Paul Jones and his crew of 140 men aboard the USS Ranger set sail from the naval port at Brest, France, and head toward the Irish Sea to begin raids on British warships. This was the first mission of its kind during the Revolutionary War.

Commander Jones, remembered as one of the most daring and successful naval commanders of the American Revolution, was born in Scotland, on July 6, 1747. He became an apprentice to a merchant at 13 and soon went to sea, traveling first to the West Indies and then to North America as a young man. In Virginia at the onset of the American Revolution, Jones sided with the Patriots and received a commission as a first lieutenant in the Continental Navy on December 7, 1775.

After departing from Brest, Jones successfully executed raids on two forts in England s Whitehaven Harbor, despite a disgruntled crew more interested in “gain than honor.” Jones then continued to his home territory of Kirkcudbright Bay, Scotland, where he intended to abduct the earl of Selkirk and then exchange him for American sailors held captive by Britain. Although he did not find the earl at home, Jones crew was able to steal all his silver, including his wife s teapot, still containing her breakfast tea. From Scotland, Jones sailed across the Irish Sea to Carrickfergus, where the Ranger captured the HMS Drake after delivering fatal wounds to the British ship s captain and lieutenant.

In September 1779, Jones fought one of the fiercest battles in naval history when he led the USS Bonhomme Richard frigate, named for Benjamin Franklin, in an engagement with the 50-gun British warship HMS Serapis. After the Bonhomme Richard was struck, it began taking on water and caught fire. When the British captain of the Serapis ordered Jones to surrender, he famously replied, “I have not yet begun to fight!” A few hours later, the captain and crew of the Serapis admitted defeat and Jones took command of the British ship.

One of the greatest naval commanders in history, Jones is remembered as a “Father of the American Navy,” along with fellow Revolutionary War hero Commodore John Barry. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT dysania is the state of finding it hard to get out of the bed in the morning? (buzzfeed.com) I'm discovering that more and more as this quarantine goes on.

WORD OF THE DAY permeate (PER-mee-ayt) which means:
1 : to diffuse through or penetrate something
2 : to spread or diffuse through
3 : to pass through the pores or interstices of
It's no surprise that permeate means "to pass through something"—it was borrowed into English in the 17th century from Latin permeatus, which comes from the prefix per- ("through") and the verb meare, meaning "to go" or "to pass." Meare itself comes from an ancient root that may have also led to Middle Welsh and Czech words meaning "to go" and "to pass," respectively. Other descendants of meare in English include permeative, permeable, meatus ("a natural body passage"), and the relatively rare irremeable ("offering no possibility of return"). (merriam-webster.com)

Holy Thursday Mass from Holy Cross

April 9, 2020, at 6 p.m.

View this service HERE

From Charlevoix County COA

Good Afternoon,

Please see attached.  Please contact Kathie at the BI COA Office at 231-448-2124 with any Beaver Island specific questions about home delivered or voucher meals.

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging


From Governor Whitmer Via Toned Message

April 9, 2020

Beginning with a loud tone, the message from the Governor through the emergency communications system:

The State of Michigan has extended Stay Home Stay Safe oirder until April 30th to save lives. Non-essential travel has been prohibited, but you can leave for health and safety reasons, groceries and food, outdoor activities, and caring for others.For additional Guidance see www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

Forest View Raffle Canceled for this Year

April 9, 2020


by Cindy Ricksgers

Gull Harbor Wade

April 8, 2020

The waders were on, the camera still had battery, and the leg were still able to move, so a trip to Gull Harbor was in order to see the Eagle Tree, and to check the water levels. The first thing determined was that there was no way to wade through the old road without getting the cameras wet. The water was just below my armpits, and the waves would have filled the waders with water and would have gotten my cameras wet, so the trip was limited to walking the back trail behind what used to be the inland ponds.

While a couple of years ago you could walk your dog(s) out here, or enjoyed the eagles from the roadway, or watched the suckers or other fish swim across the road, the back road was too wet to walk without the waders on, allowing you to get to an area saturated from the swamp water or from Lake Michigan.

View a small gallery of photos HERE

View video of the wade HERE

Font Lake Run-off from Lake Michigan

April 8, 2020

BINN has previously reported on the Font Lake Run-off from the beginning of the stream, under Donegal Bay, under Indian Point Road, and alongside the St. James Township Campground. You can view the story, but the video link is provided HERE.

This video is the shore side view of the stream. It made sense to try to view the running creek from the Lake Michigan side, so, as part of the erosion story, the Font Lake story of running stream seemed a natural outcome of this wade.

The first views of the St. James Township Park from the shoreline wade.

The waterfall from the Lake Michigan wade.

The erosion around the area of the waterfall.

View video from the Lake Michigan wade of the water fall HERE

Erosion on the North Shore

April 8, 2020

Nothing can show you the seriousness of the erosion issue on the sandy bluffs of Beaver Island than a look at the shoreline from the water. Perhaps a drone video might show a different view, but the up close and personal view of a wade of the north shore of the island certainly gives you an idea of what is happening due to the high water and waves.

From the outset, if this was all in a concentrated area, perhaps caused by a tornado or tsunami, there is no doubt in this editor's mind that this would be classified as a true disaster. This two mile wade showed destroyed shoreline, dead trees, erosion and sliding of trees down the bluff, and not much less than serious destruction or many waterfronts on the bluff.

The blue line shows the approximate wading pathway from Pine Street to the North Shore Park.

The editor took a drive a couple of days ago looking for an easier entry location, but the end of Pine Street at a cottage called "Sunset" was about the best that could be located to go down the bluff to get to the shoreline and into the water in waders. The car was left at North Shore Park for the return transportation to take place. This two mile wade would provide the perspective that the editor wanted, and it certainly was successful in showing the destruction of the sandy bluffs, not only on the north shore, but also at any of the sandy bluffs of Beaver Island.

The steps and the decks placed by several home owners were either already destroyed or on the way to be destroyed with future higher water and future waves and wind. The trees along the shoreline had their roots completely washed clean in some cases and others slipping down the sand bluff. The many locations of the topsoil sliding down the sand with the growth still attached were plentiful.

There are trees after trees after trees either already down, hanging over the water, or soon to come down from the bluff with any other erosion taking place. The shoreline is littered with many items that came from either the bluff or from being pushed in from the waves and higher water.

The housess on top of the bluff that are further back away from the water don't have any serious issues to deal with except clean up. Those that are forty or fifty feet back from the edge of the bluff seem to have no issues at all. One home on the bluff close to the water has large rocks and a steel stucture on the shoreline. This home has no trees down or erosion at all.

View a gallery of close to one hundred pictures of the destruction HERE

View video of the two hour wade showing the event HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 9, 2020

It's a sunny day! Right now I'm showing a temperature of 35°, feels like 27°, humidity is at 74%, dew point is 28°, wind is from the west at 9 mph with gusts to 16 mph, pressure is rising from 29.55 inches, cloud cover is 0%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today there is a 30% chance for showers. Winds will pick up and change to the WNW at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.Tonight will be partly cloudy and windy. A few flurries or snow showers are possible. Low around 30°. Winds from the NW at 20 to 30 mph.

ON THIS DATE in 1865, in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War. Forced to abandon the Confederate capital of Richmond, blocked from joining the surviving Confederate force in North Carolina, and harassed constantly by Union cavalry, Lee had no other option.

In retreating from the Union army’s Appomattox Campaign, the Army of Northern Virginia had stumbled through the Virginia countryside stripped of food and supplies. At one point, Union cavalry forces under General Philip Sheridan had actually outrun Lee’s army, blocking their retreat and taking 6,000 prisoners at Sayler’s Creek. Desertions were mounting daily, and by April 8 the Confederates were surrounded with no possibility of escape. On April 9, Lee sent a message to Grant announcing his willingness to surrender. The two generals met in the parlor of the Wilmer McLean home at one o’clock in the afternoon.

Lee and Grant, both holding the highest rank in their respective armies, had known each other slightly during the Mexican War and exchanged awkward personal inquiries. Characteristically, Grant arrived in his muddy field uniform while Lee had turned out in full dress attire, complete with sash and sword. Lee asked for the terms, and Grant hurriedly wrote them out. All officers and men were to be pardoned, and they would be sent home with their private property–most important, the horses, which could be used for a late spring planting. Officers would keep their side arms, and Lee’s starving men would be given Union rations.

Shushing a band that had begun to play in celebration, General Grant told his officers, “The war is over. The Rebels are our countrymen again.” Although scattered resistance continued for several weeks, for all practical purposes the Civil War had come to an end. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT there is a name for unreadable handwriting? It's griffonage. I'm fairly certain that many doctors use it to write perscriptions as do folks signing their names. Very seldom do you see beautiful, clear handwriting when folks sign their names. Many times just a squiggly line.

WORD OF THE DAY seder (SAY-der) which means:
a Jewish home or community service including a ceremonial dinner held on the first or first and second evenings of the Passover in commemoration of the exodus from Egypt. Order and ritual are very important in the seder—so important that they are even reflected in its name: the English word seder is a transliteration of a Hebrew word (sēdher) that means "order." The courses in the meal, as well as blessings, prayers, stories, and songs, are recorded in the Haggadah, a book that lays out the order of the Passover feast and recounts the story of the Exodus. Each food consumed as part of the seder recalls an aspect of the Exodus. For instance, matzo (unleavened bread) represents the haste with which the Israelites fled ancient Egypt; maror (a mix of bitter herbs) recalls the bitterness of life as a slave; and a mixture of fruits and nuts called haroseth (or haroset/haroses or charoseth/charoset/charoses) symbolizes the clay or mortar the Israelites worked with as slaves. (merriam-webster.com)


by Cindy Ricksgers

McDonough Market Update

April 8, 2020

Well, we weren't the happiest when we saw our invoices online this morning. Our shipments of produce, dairy and GM had many out of stock items. Produce was not too bad, but GM took the hardest hit. No Lysol products, no hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol. No emergenc -C , Zicam or Airborne. Very short on Tylenol products. This is just to name a few. And looks like the coffee creamer will remain out of stock. We are trying our best with these orders, but SpartanNash is short in the warehouse, or sending the bulk of the supplies to bigger stores. We are working with them to try and explain our situation here, we will see if they step up. Thanks for your understanding.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 8, 2020

I slept in, Joe's still sawing logs. Right now I'm showing 39°, feels like 32°, humidity is 97%, dew point is 38°, wind is from the west at 4 mph with gusts to 9 mph, pressure is rising from 29.71 inches, cloud cover is 95%, and visibility is 7 miles. Today will be cloudy with occasional rain showers this afternoon. High near 45°. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tonight there will be early showers, then clearing. Low around 34°. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

ON THIS DATE, Buddhists celebrate the commemoration of the birth of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, thought to have lived in India from 563 B.C. to 483 B.C. Actually, the Buddhist tradition that celebrates his birthday on April 8 originally placed his birth in the 11th century B.C., and it was not until the modern era that scholars determined that he was more likely born in the sixth century B.C., and possibly in May rather than April.

According to the Tripitaka, which is recognized by scholars as the earliest existing record of the Buddha’s life and discourses, Gautama Buddha was born as Prince Siddhartha, the son of the king of the Sakya people. The kingdom of the Sakyas was situated on the borders of present-day Nepal and India. Siddhartha’s family was of the Gautama clan. His mother, Queen Mahamaya, gave birth to him in the park of Lumbini, in what is now southern Nepal. A pillar placed there in commemoration of the event by an Indian emperor in the third century B.C. still stands.

At his birth, it was predicted that the prince would either become a great world monarch or a Buddha–a supremely enlightened teacher. The Brahmans told his father, King Suddhodana, that Siddhartha would become a ruler if he were kept isolated from the outside world. The king took pains to shelter his son from misery and anything else that might influence him toward the religious life. Siddhartha was brought up in great luxury, and he married and fathered a son. At age 29, he decided to see more of the world and began excursions off the palace grounds in his chariot. In successive trips, he saw an old man, a sick man, and a corpse, and since he had been protected from the miseries of aging, sickness, and death, his charioteer had to explain what they were. Finally, Siddhartha saw a monk, and, impressed with the man’s peaceful demeanor, he decided to go into the world to discover how the man could be so serene in the midst of such suffering.

Siddhartha secretly left the palace and became a wandering ascetic. He traveled south, where the centers of learning were, and studied meditation under the teachers Alara Kalama and Udraka Ramaputra. He soon mastered their systems, reaching high states of mystical realization, but was unsatisfied and went out again in search of nirvana, the highest level of enlightenment. For nearly six years, he undertook fasting and other austerities, but these techniques proved ineffectual and he abandoned them. After regaining his strength, he seated himself under a pipal tree at what is now Bodh Gaya in west-central India and promised not to rise until he had attained the supreme enlightenment. After fighting off Mara, an evil spirit who tempted him with worldly comforts and desires, Siddhartha reached enlightenment, becoming a Buddha at the age of 35.

The Gautama Buddha then traveled to the deer park near Benares, India, where he gave his first sermon and outlined the basic doctrines of Buddhism. According to Buddhism, there are “four noble truths”: (1) existence is suffering; (2) this suffering is caused by human craving; (3) there is a cessation of the suffering, which is nirvana; and (4) nirvana can be achieved, in this or future lives, though the “eightfold path” of right views, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.

For the rest of his life, the Buddha taught and gathered disciples to his sangha, or community of monks. He died at age 80, telling his monks to continue working for their spiritual liberation by following his teachings. Buddhism eventually spread from India to Central and Southeast Asia, China, Korea, Japan, and, in the 20th century, to the West. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT There are only two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious." (savit.in)

WORD OF THE DAY berserk (ber-SERK) which means: frenzied, crazed. Berserk comes from Old Norse berserkr, which combines ber- ("bear") and serkr ("shirt"). According to Norse legend, berserkrs were warriors who wore bearskin coverings and worked themselves into such frenzies during combat that they became immune to the effects of steel and fire. Berserk was borrowed into English (first as a noun and later as an adjective) in the 19th century, when interest in Scandinavian myth and history was high. It was considered a slang term at first, but it has since gained broader acceptance. (merriam-webster.com)


by Mike Moore

You probably know that the old man liked chasing little balls with a crooked stick, but did you know that he also enjoyed chasing fish?

I’d beg to go with him for either event.

If it was golf, we were a sight to behold. Him doing practice shots, and such, before putting the ball about where he wanted it 8/10 times.

A brief overview of my golf career:

“Where the $3&& did the ball go?”

“I think it went across the road by that mini-van in the airport parking lot”

“But how? You heard it hit that barn?!”

Some other responses my dad had for my shots:

“I’ve never seen a ball do that! That was like a boomerang!”

“Hey, quick, you better fill in that hole you’re digging.”

The best was this gem, before we’d start the game:

“How many extra golf balls do you have?”

“Well, Dad, I think there’s 15 or 16 in my bag.”

A pregnant pause.

“Well, I‘ve got some more if you need them- HEY there’s some extras in the clubhouse, let’s pick up a few- sometimes I lose some in the rough...”

Now with fishing, I fared better.

My old man always had the same strategy.

Put out one pole with live bait way out there with a bobber. Fish artificial with another close to the boat, and untangle your son’s line every few minutes.

Now to be fair, our tackle was from the Island of Misfit Sportsmen. These were a mix of really old, really rusty, and really experimental reels replete with permanently curled and crusty monofilament line.

My Dad’s “good” pole was red. It looked normal enough except for the tip. He’d broken the tip long ago, but with a combination of some pins and thread he had dog-legged it back together.

It was on this red pole that the magic happened.

The mosquitos were in full howl, and we had spent plenty of time torturing fish. We brought our lines in.

Suddenly, the old man says in a whisper, “Son, do you see the bobber out there?”

I’m not sure why he was whispering at this point, but it made the moment more dramatic.

I looked. “No?” I whispered back.

“Hold still.”

I held still.

The old man stood. I could see water mixed with worm dirt and monofilament swish between his feet in the light of the yellow moon.

He reeled as slow as if he was cracking a safe.

Then, all of a sudden, he jerked backwards, reeling three or four times fast. His rod was hooped beyond a rainbow.

“Yep, we got one!” He grunted.

I watched him lean, the line ting-tinging in elevated pitch. He’d lower, reeling furiously before jerking back into some advanced cobra yoga pose again.

Then, no movement.

“He’s caught in the lily pad, Mike, row us over.”

I pulled in the coffee can filled with cement that we called an anchor, and like Hiawatha the boat headed toward fish without my doing.

As soon as we got close, the fish freed itself, and we were racing after it again.

Eventually, I netted the fish for him. It was a monster of a bass.

He debated tossing it back.

I begged him not to- this was a trophy.

When we got to the boat launch, he had these inspirational words for me:

“I’ll take the rods up, you kill the fish so it’s not suffering.”

“How do I kill the fish?”

This was confusing. I didn’t know how to choke it. Was drowning it a possibility?

“Hit it in the head with the oar!”

“Hit the fish in the head with an oar to stop it from suffering?!”

By that time, my Dad was already at the station wagon, so I grabbed an oar.

This was going to be as easy as a round of golf.

The fish was slippery, but he was on land. Only took me a few smacks to get the fish to play dead.

I told my father that I doubted my efficacy with the oar as an instrument of death.

He responded by grabbing the fish by the gills.

“Looks dead to me. Here, hold this, I don’t want him getting dirty in the car.”

So, I held the mostly dead, oar-beaten bass by the jaw in the front seat while we exchanged thoughts on the battle.

The fish lurched at me twice, but I didn’t drop it.

I had to have one game I was good at.

As we neared the part of East Side Drive where golf balls go to die, I couldn’t hold the fish any longer.

We laid him gently in the back hatch. We had to rinse him before revealing his greatness to Mom though. He was caked in dust from the road.

My old man had the beast mounted.

At least we got one trophy together!

Catching Up

by Cindy Ricksgers

St. James Township Public Notice

April 7, 2020

Water Levels to Remain High During Seasonal Rise

April 7, 2020

DETROIT -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that Lakes Michigan, Huron, St. Clair and Erie set new monthly mean water level records for March 2020, which were previously set in 1986. All of the lakes are now in their period of seasonal rise and will continue to rise toward their peaks, which are projected to occur in the late spring or summer.

March was fairly wet in the Great Lakes region with precipitation near to above average across the region. During the spring, water levels on the Great Lakes are usually in a period of seasonal rise due to increased rainfall and runoff. Water levels are expected to rise toward their seasonal peaks over the coming months and will continue to be near or above record high water levels. Significant erosion continues in many locations as water levels remain extremely high. Strong storm systems and resulting large waves have led to substantial erosion along much of the Great Lakes coastline.

"After a generally drier month of February, March brought a return to wetter conditions experienced across the Great Lakes basin," said John Allis, chief of the Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office, Detroit District. "During this period of seasonal rise for the Great Lakes, near or above record high water levels will continue to cause impacts along the shoreline."

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges those impacted by the high water levels in 2019 to prepare for similar or higher levels in 2020. The most recent six-month forecast of Great Lakes water levels still forecasts that water levels could peak very near last year's record levels.

The Detroit District monitors and forecasts Great Lakes' water levels and provides the data and analysis on their Website www.lre.usace.army.mil.

During response operations, Detroit District, Emergency Management Office conducts emergency operations to save lives and protect specific properties (public/ facilities or services), which includes providing technical support and direct support during flood operations.
Assistance is supplemental to local and state efforts and normally at the request of the state's governor or local municipality.

In addition, citizens of Indiana and Michigan may decide to work on personal construction projects to alleviate erosion or flooding, which could potentially impact the nation's rivers, streams, wetlands and other aquatic resources that may require a permit from the Corps of Engineers' Regulatory Office.

To find more information about Great Lakes high water, emergency management and the permit process visit this link: https://www.lre.usace.army.mil/About/Great-Lakes-High-Water/ which includes information about how to protect property and investments along the coast and related Corps programs and authorities.

Beaver Island Public Statement Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 7, 2020

From the Shamrock:

April 7, 2020

**Curbside Pick Up Only**

In order to protect our employees & customers we will no longer let customers enter the building. We would appreciate you paying with credit card on the phone, check or exact change if possible. Thank you. Please be safe.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 7, 2020

It's 40° outside this morning, feels like 37°, light rain (more like a drool) wind is from the east at 7 mph, humidity is at 81%, dew point is 35°, pressure is rising from 29.87 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today: expect rain with a high around 42°. Winds from the east at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight: Showers early and then cloudy overnight. Low around 35°. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

ON THIS DATE in 1949, the musical , by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, was based on a book by James Mitchener and told the story of an American nurse stationed in the Pacific during World War II. It was an instant success and ran for 1,925 shows. It won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Tony Awards , and was adapted to film in 1958. (The Book of This Day in History - by Jim Daley)

DID YOU KNOW THAT "I Am" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language? (savit.in)

WORD OF THE DAY maverick (MAV-rik) which means:
1 : an unbranded range animal; especially : a motherless calf
2 : an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party.
When a client gave Samuel A. Maverick 400 cattle to settle a $1,200 debt, the 19th-century south Texas lawyer had no use for them, so he left the cattle unbranded and allowed them to roam freely (supposedly under the supervision of one of his employees). Neighboring stockmen recognized their opportunity and seized it, branding and herding the stray cattle as their own. Maverick eventually recognized the folly of the situation and sold what was left of his depleted herd, but not before his name became synonymous with such unbranded livestock. By the end of the 19th century, the term maverick was being used to refer to individuals who prefer to blaze their own trails. (merriam-webster.com)


by Cindy Ricksgers

Great Lakes Exploration and Learning from Home

he HOMES @ Home series is returning for the month of April to support Great Lakes exploration and learning from home!

This series is full of Great Lakes fun facts, activity suggestions for your family, and daily challenges. Geared for families with scalable activities from younger to older learners, each lesson features different Great Lakes content and hands-on activities you can do right at home. Learn more about this series in this Michigan State University Extension news brief.

Videos will be live streamed and recorded on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.—11 a.m. throughout April. The first 20 minutes includes fun, engaging content, followed by 10 minutes for Q&A -- as well as a family challenge!

To watch the video via Zoom, visit https://msu.zoom.us/j/550958988. Viewers can also watch virtually with friends on the MI Sea Grant Facebook Page, where it will be live streamed.

Families that complete 5 challenges from the different HOMES @ Home episodes can complete this Google form to receive a Great Lakes Jr. Scientist certificate to print and proudly display at home. 

Topics for this week include:

  • Tuesday, April 7 – Lake Sturgeon: Dinosaurs in the Great Lakes
  • Thursday, April 8 – Exploring Herpetology: Fun with Amphibians and Reptiles

Each topic will incorporate Great Lakes Literacy Principles helping increase understanding and stewardship of the Great Lakes.

If viewers missed any lessons, they are all archived, along with lots of other great MI Sea Grant videos and activities, on our website https://www.michiganseagrant.org/educational-programs/h-o-m-e-s-at-home/.

Please share this opportunity with your networks.


April 6, 2020

Good morning,

Just a note to keep you up to date on what is going on with the COA and to respond to requests for more information.  Please find attached the April 2020 Senior Hi-Lites NewsletterShould you have ANY questions about program requirements or qualifications, please contact Kathie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island or Sheri Shepard in the COA Office. 

We have had no one express interest in the Wellness Check program partnered with the Sheriff’s Department this month.

All COA Advisory Board Meetings are CANCELLED at this time until further notice.

All Mainland Senior Centers are CLOSED at this time until further notice.

Beaver Island COA Office Updates:

The BI COA Office is located at 26466 Donegal Bay Rd will be open on Wednesday’s this month by appointment only.  The phone number is 231-448-2124.  The COA has been sending emergency frozen meals for Kathie to dispense as needed during the COVID-19 crisis.

Meal Voucher Program update:

Vouchers can be used for takeout and curbside pick-up of meals from the only participating providers listed below:

  • Beaver Island Community School
  • Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli

Other Updates:

  • Only Frozen meals are being made available on the mainland for seniors at this time.  No other services are being provided due to the lack of Personal Protective Equipment and the high risk to staff and aging clients.
  • We anticipate Governor Whitmer extending the Stay Home Stay Safe order this week until the end of April.
  • We are taking everything into consideration with each new change on a daily and weekly basis so if you have a question, please call as the information out there today may not be the same tomorrow.

I wish you all on the island to Be Safe and to Be Well and to understand that during this unprecedented crisis, nothing will be the same as it was.

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

View Senior Highlights HERE

Kathleen Richards, RIP

April 6, 2020

Kathleen Ann Richards devoted her life to serving and helping others around her, particularly the less fortunate. A lifelong, passionate learner, she earned admiration and respect as a compassionate, feisty woman of indomitable inner strength devoted to issues of justice.

She was born in Muskegon, Michigan to Angela (Burcon), the daughter of Polish immigrants, and Freely Richards who died suddenly in Kathy’s youth.

Her birth on March 18 in 1946, shortly after World War II, placed her on the leading edge of the Baby Boomer generation. The youngest of five children, she outlived all of her siblings -- Patrick (and Aggie) Richards, Janet (and Jim) Nesbitt, Robert (and Joyce) Richards, and Mary (and Dennis) LaFaive.

To her nieces and nephews, Aunt Kathy was the favorite aunt who unfailingly sent them annual birthday greetings throughout their lives.

She loved and adored her only child, Adam Richards, his wife Sheri (Russell), and her four wonderful grandsons: Simeon, Elisha, Micah, and Demetrios, who adored her in return.

Kathy served a full career in the United States Postal Service, working devotedly in Seal Beach, California, and in Western Michigan in Kentwood, Walker, and Wyoming. She was affectionately known by her co-workers as "Duckbutt." Kathy was a devout Christian woman and, for the last several years of her life, a member of St. Patrick's in Spring Lake, Michigan. She was married to Christ and participated in Eucharistic adoration regularly. Kathy was a pillar of strength with a contagious laugh, unpretentious and generous to the end.

Her passing will leave an enduring void in the lives of many.

Veteran's Memorial Flags Flying

April 5, 2020

Thank you to our veterans!

Signs of Spring

April 5, 2020

Besides the many deer and the displaying of the male turkeys, and the turkeys chasing each other around, there is also the interesting interactions of the smaller birds. As the Mackinaw was preparing to change the buoys, these robins were in the act of either doing a pre-mating dance or competing with another male robin for the female in the area. There were pictures of this as well, but unfortunately the editor accidentally deleted them. All you see above are the pictures that survived.

View short video of these robins HERE


by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 6, 2020

It's 36°outside this morning, feels like 34°, wind is from the WSW at 6 mph, humidity is at 84%, dew point is 32°, pressure is rising from 30.15 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Rain showers possible this morning with overcast skies into the afternoon. High around 44°. Winds light and variable. Tonight partly cloudy. Low around 34°. Winds light and variable.

ON THIS DATE in 1896, the Olympic Games, a long-lost tradition of ancient Greece, are reborn in Athens 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I. At the opening of the Athens Games, King Georgios I of Greece and a crowd of 60,000 spectators welcomed athletes from 13 nations to the international competition.

The first recorded Olympic Games were held at Olympia in the Greek city-state of Elis in 776 B.C., but it is generally accepted that the Olympics were at least 500 years old at that time. The ancient Olympics, held every four years, occurred during a religious festival honoring the Greek god Zeus. In the eighth century B.C., contestants came from a dozen or more Greek cities, and by the fifth century B.C. from as many as 100 cities from throughout the Greek empire. Initially, Olympic competition was limited to foot races, but later a number of other events were added, including wrestling, boxing, horse and chariot racing, and military competitions. The pentathlon, introduced in 708 B.C., consisted of a foot race, the long jump, discus and javelin throws, and wrestling. With the rise of Rome, the Olympics declined, and in 393 A.D. the Roman Emperor Theodosius I, a Christian, abolished the Games as part of his efforts to suppress paganism in the Roman Empire.

With the Renaissance, Europe began a long fascination with ancient Greek culture, and in the 18th and 19th centuries some nations staged informal sporting and folkloric festivals bearing the name “Olympic Games.” However, it was not until 1892 that a young French baron, Pierre de Coubertin, seriously proposed reviving the Olympics as a major international competition that would occur every four years. At a conference on international sport in Paris in June 1894, Coubertin again raised the idea, and the 79 delegates from nine countries unanimously approved his proposal. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was formed, and the first Games were planned for 1896 in Athens, the capital of Greece.

In Athens, 280 participants from 13 nations competed in 43 events, covering track-and-field, swimming, gymnastics, cycling, wrestling, weightlifting, fencing, shooting, and tennis. All the competitors were men, and a few of the entrants were tourists who stumbled upon the Games and were allowed to sign up. The track-and-field events were held at the Panathenaic Stadium, which was originally built in 330 B.C. and restored for the 1896 Games. Americans won nine out of 12 of these events. The 1896 Olympics also featured the first marathon competition, which followed the 25-mile route run by a Greek soldier who brought news of a victory over the Persians from Marathon to Athens in 490 B.C. In 1924, the marathon was standardized at 26 miles and 385 yards. Appropriately, a Greek, Spyridon Louis, won the first marathon at the 1896 Athens Games.

Pierre de Coubertin became IOC president in 1896 and guided the Olympic Games through its difficult early years, when it lacked much popular support and was overshadowed by world’s fairs. In 1924, the first truly successful Olympic Games were held in Paris, involving more than 3,000 athletes, including more than 100 women, from 44 nations. The first Winter Olympic Games were also held that year. In 1925, Coubertin retired. The Olympic Games have come to be regarded as the foremost international sports competition. At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, more than 10,000 athletes from 200 countries competed, including nearly 4,000 women. In 2004, the Summer Olympics returned to Athens, with more than 11,000 athletes competing from 202 countries. In a proud moment for Greeks and an exciting one for spectators, the shotput competition was held at the site of the classical Games in Olympia. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the strongest muscle in the body is is the masseter muscle? Of course, you probably call the masseter your jaw muscle. In ordinary parlance, muscular "strength" usually refers to the ability to exert a force on an external object—for example, lifting a weight. By this definition, the masseter or jaw muscle is the strongest. The 1992 Guinness Book of Records records the achievement of a bite strength of 4,337 N (975 lbf) for 2 seconds. (google.com)

WORD OF THE DAY incarcerate (in-KAHR-suh-rayt) which means:
1 : to put in prison
2 : to subject to confinement
A criminal sentenced to incarceration may wish their debt to society could be canceled; such a wistful felon might be surprised to learn that incarcerate and cancel are related. Incarcerate comes from incarcerare, a Latin verb meaning "to imprison." That Latin root comes from carcer, meaning "prison." Etymologists think that cancel probably got its start when the spelling of carcer was modified to cancer, which means "lattice" in Latin—an early meaning of cancel in English was "to mark (a passage) for deletion with lines crossed like a lattice." Aside from its literal meaning, incarcerate has a figurative application meaning "to subject to confinement," as in "people incarcerated in their obsessions." (merriam-webster.com)

From the Station

April 6, 2020

*Additional Information from the Station*

Thank you for working with us during these very challenging times. We are doing our best to look out for the health of our customers, our staff, and our families. In order to help us continue to provide what is needed in a safe and efficient manner, please note the following:

1. Please email your order/shopping list whenever possible (islandenergies@gmail.com). The earlier the better. A day ahead is ideal. This is especially important with a larger order.
2. Calling ahead for smaller purchases and gas is a huge help. Please try to avoid showing up without advance notice if at all possible. If you do show up without notice, we will still get your order ready etc, but you may have an extended wait.
3. Our phone lines are limited, and often busy. Please be patient as we work through the phone calls and orders. Again, emailing well in advance is ideal and will free up our phone lines.
4. Please be efficient in your shopping and limit your trips. If possible, get enough supplies to last several days. The Stay Home, Stay Safe Order is still in effect and we are all supposed to stay out of the public as much as possible.
5. Please do not try to hand anything to an employee. Please do not ask an employee to hand anything to you. We have a system in place to maintain at least 6ft of social-distancing at all times.
6. If you’ve been off the island please abide by all requests to self-isolate for 14 days upon return/arrival. Send someone to get your supplies for you. Don’t shop before you isolate.

Please know that we miss the normal way of doing things. We miss interacting and chatting with our customers. Stay safe, stay healthy, and thank you again for working with us during these unprecedented circumstances

Deer, Deer, and More Deer

April 5, 2020

View a gallery of deer pictures HERE

USCG Cutter Mackinaw Replaces Ice Buoy

April 5, 2020

While the editor was fooled the other night with the Mackinaw anchored off of Sand Bay, today it came into the harbor to replace the main buoy for the St. James Harbor, better known by locals as Paradise Bay. The Mackinaw placed a smaller vessel in the water to check on the buoys in the harbor area marking the proper channel from the southern marina and BIBCO dock over to the northern marina and the Bud Martin fule dock.

The launched smaller vessel

The ice buoy placed there last fall.

The Mackinaw coming in to replace the buoy.

The summer buoy with the smaller vessel in the background.

View a gallery of photos of the Mackinaw replacing the buoy HERE

View video of the replacement of the buoy HERE

Palm Sunday Mass from Holy Cross

April 5, 2020

Today 137 unique IP addresses viewed this service from Holy Cross Catholic Church for the Palm Sunday Service. It does seem somewhat strange to have the church pews empty, but the service is pretty much the same, except for the lack of music. Thank you Father Jim Siler for being willing to share this with anyone, anywhere in the world!

Beaver Island News on the 'Net and Beaver Island TV is pleased to have the opportunity to provide this live from Holy Cross, as well as, the recording for those to watch at a later time.

View video of this Mass HERE

Christian Church Service for Palm Sunday

April 5, 2020

Pastor Dan Johnson has recorded a Palm Sunday service, for April 5th, for the island. It is available on video and in text at the link shown below.


Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 5, 2020

It's mostly cloudy, 30°, winds are calm, humidity is 79%, dew point is 24°, pressure is rising from 30.23 inches, cloud cover is 76%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today expect partly cloudy skies to continue High near 43°. Winds west at 5 to 10 mph.Tonight: clear to partly cloudy. Low of 29°. Winds light and variable.

ON THIS DATE in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt establishes the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), an innovative federally funded organization that put thousands of Americans to work during the Great Depression on projects with environmental benefits.

In 1932, FDR took America’s political helm during the country’s worst economic crisis, declaring a “government worthy of its name must make a fitting response” to the suffering of the unemployed. He implemented the CCC a little over one month into his presidency as part of his administration’s “New Deal” plan for social and economic progress. The CCC reflected FDR’s deep commitment to environmental conservation. He waxed poetic when lobbying for the its passage, declaring “the forests are the lungs of our land [which] purify our air and give fresh strength to our people.”

The CCC, also known as “Roosevelt’s Tree Army,” was open to unemployed, unmarried U.S. male citizens between the ages of 18 and 26. All recruits had to be healthy and were expected to perform hard physical labor. Blacks were placed in de-facto segregated camps, although administrators denied the practice of discrimination. Enlistment in the program was for a minimum of 6 months; many re-enlisted after their first term. Participants were paid $30 a month and often given supplemental basic and vocational education while they served. Under the guidance of the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture, CCC employees fought forest fires, planted trees, cleared and maintained access roads, re-seeded grazing lands and implemented soil-erosion controls. They built wildlife refuges, fish-rearing facilities, water storage basins and animal shelters. To encourage citizens to get out and enjoy America’s natural resources, FDR authorized the CCC to build bridges and campground facilities. From 1933 to 1942, the CCC employed over 3 million men.

Of Roosevelt’s many New Deal policies, the CCC is considered by many to be one of the most enduring and successful. It provided the model for future state and federal conservation programs. In 1942, Congress discontinued appropriations for the CCC, diverting the desperately needed funds to the effort to win World War II. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT A pangram, or holoalphabetic sentence, is a sentence that contains every letter of the alphabet at least once. The most famous pangram is probably the thirty-five-letter-long “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” which has been used to test typing equipment since at least the late 1800s. (savit.in)

WORD OF THE DAY forsooth (fer-SOOTH) which means: in truth : indeed — often used to imply contempt or doubt. Forsooth sounds like a dated word, but it is still part of modern English; it is primarily used in humorous or ironic contexts, or in a manner intended to play off the word's archaic vibe. Forsooth was formed from the combination of the preposition for and the noun sooth. Sooth survives as both a noun (meaning "truth" or "reality") and an adjective (meaning "true," "sweet," or "soft"), though it is rarely used by contemporary speakers and writers. It primarily lives on in the verb soothe (which originally meant "to show, assert, or confirm the truth of") and in the noun soothsayer (that is, "truthsayer"), a name for someone who can predict the future.(merriam-webster.com)

Sunset from Whiskey Point

April 3, 2020

A beautiful sky was viewed looking to the west from Whiskey Point, while looking out to see the USCG Cutter Mackinaw. The sunset had quite the nice color to it, and then it seemed almost like the sky was showing the summer tint to it.

Pretty sky over the harbor

The sky reminiscent of the summer Beaver Island sky.

View video of the Whiskey Point Sunset HERE

Beavers on Barney's

April 4, 2020

Lots of evidence out at Barney's Lake that the beavers have been at work this winter. One view is the increased size and the freshness of the wood on the beaver house on the far side of Barney's Lake straight across from the boat launch. Besides, the evidence of the beaver, there is also a pretty high level of water for this inland lake as well.

Quite a bit of the ice is off the center of the lake with the two ends still having ice, but the ducks have found the open water.

The beaver lodge across the lake.

Bench in the water and the boat launch completely in the water.

View the video of the lake showing ice and beaver chews HERE

USCG Cutter Mackinaw Anchors Off Beaver Island

April 3, 2020

The USCG Cutter Mackinaw was anchored off of Sand Bay yesterday at sunset, and many thought that they might be out exchanging summer buoys for ice buoys. This did not turn out to be true. They Mackinaw was just anchored there, and left and head down to Grand Traverse Bay this morning. False hopes sometimes allow some interesting discussions. Several friends met at the point to check out the cutter, and a few converstations took place from the proper social distance. It was certainly nice to see people and talk to people that haven't been together for quite a while.

Mackinaw sitting off Sand Bay

Ice buoy still there on Saturday morning.

View video of this mistaken purpose HERE


Finally, members asked me to share/re-share the following info on Great Lakes water levels:

  • Signup for April 13 webinar on Great Lakes water levels by US federal government (NOAA)
  • Recording of State of Michigan High Water Virtual Townhall (March 26, 2020).  The bulk pertains to Michigan (i.e., regularly questions and impacts to our state parks and other sites) but the first 20 minutes provides a Great Lakes-wide overview of the high water trends and forecasts.  https://youtu.be/JWawb751EIs  

Michigan High Water Town Hall Video

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 4, 2020

April showers have arrived. Right now it's 36°, feels like 31°, wind is from the north at 8 mph with gusts to 12 mph, humidity is at 94%, dew point is 35°, pressure is rising from 30.06 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 5 miles. Today expect the rain to be ending this afternoon. High near 40°. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Tonight it will be mostly clear. Low near 28°. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

ON THIS DATE in 1928, poet and novelist Maya Angelou-born Marguerite Johnson-is born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents divorced when she was three, and she and her brother went to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. When she was eight, she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. When she revealed what happened, her uncles kicked the culprit to death. Frightened by the power of her own tongue, Angelou chose not to speak for the next five years.

From this quiet beginning emerged a young woman who sang, danced, and recorded poetry. After moving to San Francisco with her mother and brother in 1940, Angelou began taking dance lessons, eventually auditioning for professional theater. However, her plans were put on hold when she had a son at age 16. She moved to San Diego, worked as a nightclub waitress, tangled with drugs and prostitution and danced in a strip club. Ironically, the strip club saved her career: She was discovered there by a theater group.

She auditioned for an international tour of Porgy and Bess and won a role. From 1954 to ’55, she toured 22 countries.

In 1959, she moved to New York, became friends with prominent Harlem writers, and got involved with the civil rights movement. In 1961, she moved to Egypt with a boyfriend and edited for the Arab Observer. After leaving her boyfriend, she headed to Ghana, where a car accident severely injured her son. While caring for him in Ghana, she took a job at the African Review, where she stayed for several years. Her writing and personal development flourished under the African cultural renaissance that was taking place.

When she returned to the U.S., she began publishing her multivolume autobiography, starting with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Four more volumes appeared during the next two decades, as well as several books of poetry. In 1981, Angelou was appointed Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. She was nominated for several important awards and read a poem written for the occasion at President Clinton’s inauguration.

Angelou died on May 28, 2014, in North Carolina. She was 86 years old. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT hot water will turn into ice faster than cold water? The Mpemba effect is the observation that warm water freezes more quickly than cold water. ... Hence the faster freezing. Another is that warm water evaporates rapidly and since this is an endothermic process, it cools the water making it freeze more quickly. (savit.in)

WORD OF THE DAY solecism (SAH-luh-siz-um) which means:
1 : an ungrammatical combination of words in a sentence; also : a minor blunder in speech
2 : something deviating from the proper, normal, or accepted order
3 : a breach of etiquette or decorum
The city of Soloi had a reputation for bad grammar. Located in Cilicia, an ancient coastal nation in Asia Minor, it was populated by Athenian colonists called soloikos (literally "inhabitant of Soloi"). According to historians, the colonists of Soloi allowed their native Athenian Greek to be corrupted and started using words incorrectly. As a result, soloikos gained a new meaning: "speaking incorrectly." The Greeks used that sense as the basis of soloikismos, meaning "an ungrammatical combination of words." That root, in turn, gave rise to the Latin soloecismus, the direct ancestor of the English word solecism. Nowadays, solecism can refer to social blunders as well as sloppy syntax. (merriam-webster.com)

Interview with Wil Cwiekel

Regarding the Governor's Executive Order

April 3, 2020

Mr. Wil Cwiekel, Superintendent/ Principal of Beaver Island Community School, set up a Zoom interview meeting so that BINN and he could get out some important information about the rest of the school year, under the Governor Whitemer Executive Order ending the Face to Face Instructional Learning. The District's Instructional Learning Plan needs to be constructed, submitted to the Char-Em ISD for approval before the learning can continue.

Mr. Cwiekel has decided that this might take some time to complete all fourteen of the requirements of the Governor's Executive Order, and the ISD plan might take a day or so to be approved after it is evaluated. The announcement was given that the April 6, 2020, return to learning was just not enough time to complete this Learning Plan. BICS learning will begin again using many modes of communication including the Internet, phone, and other means, but not beginning until the day after Easter, April 13, 2020.

The interview took place between Joe Moore, editor, and Superintendent Wil Cwiekel with both sitting in their living rooms.

View video of the interview HERE

Emerald Isle Docks at Beaver Island

April 3, 2020

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the arrival HERE

BIBCO Makes a Freight Run

April 3, 2020

With the help of several people, BINN has pictures of the Emerald Isle maiking its first trip of the season. It was to be a trip for freight only as some shelves are getting a little low on stock.

The Emerald Isle on its return trip from Marine Traffic.

EI leaving Beaver Island this morning (Thanks Brian Cole)

The EI docking in Charelevoix and the EI leaving Charlevoix (Thanks Mary Pischner)

One freight connection made and freight on its way to Beaver Island.

Interesting fact: There are two USCG cutters north of Beaver Island, the Mackinaw and the Alder.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 3, 2020

Beautiful morning here. It's 35°, feels like 34°, wind is from the east at 7 mph with gusts to 8 mph, humidity is 79%, dew point is 29°, pressure is ri°°sing from 30.15 inches, 0% cloud cover, and visibility is 10 miles. Lots of sunshine today with a high around 43°, winds from the east at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight the clear skies will change to cloudy skies and rain. Lows around 34°. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

ON THIS DATE in 1817, the legendary Texas Ranger and frontiersman “Big Foot” Wallace is born in Lexington, Virginia.

In 1836, 19-year-old William Alexander Anderson Wallace received news that one of his brothers had been killed in the Battle of Goliad, an early confrontation in the Texan war of independence with Mexico. Pledging to “take pay of the Mexicans” for his brother’s death, Wallace left Lexington and headed for Texas. By the time he arrived, the war was over, but Wallace found he liked the spirited independence of the new Republic of Texas and decided to stay.

Over six feet tall and weighing around 240 pounds, Wallace’s physique made him an intimidating man, and his unusually large feet won him the nickname “Big Foot.” In 1842, he finally had a chance to fight Mexicans and joined with other Texans to repulse an invasion by the Mexican General Adrian Woll. During another skirmish with Mexicans, Wallace was captured and endured two years of hard time in the notoriously brutal Perote Prison in Vera Cruz before finally being released in 1844.

After returning to Texas, Wallace decided to abandon the formal Texan military force for the less rigid organization of the Texas Rangers. Part law-enforcement officers and part soldiers, the Texas Rangers fought both bandits and Indians in the vast, sparsely populated reaches of the Texan frontier. Williams served under Ranger John Coffee Hays until the start of the Civil War in 1861. Opposed to secession but unwilling to fight against his own people, Williams spent most of the war defending Texas against Indian attacks along the frontier.

During his many years in the wilds of Texas, Wallace had hundreds of adventures. Once, Indians attacked Wallace while he was working as a stage driver on the hazardous San Antonio-El Paso route. He escaped with his life but the Indians stole his mules, leaving him stranded in the Texas desert. Forced to walk to El Paso, Wallace later claimed he ate 27 eggs at the first house he encountered after his long journey, then he went into town to have a “real meal.”

In his later years, Wallace decided he had enough of life as a fighter and adventurer. In exchange for his loyal service, the state of Texas granted him land along the Medina River and in Frio County in the southern part of the state. Always happy to regale listeners with highly embellished tales of his frontier days, Wallace became a contemporary folk hero to the people of Texas. As one of his admirers concluded, Wallace was the perfect symbol of “old-timey free days, free ways, and free land.”

Wallace died in 1899 and is buried in the Texas State Cemetery. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW that the "pins and needles" feeling you sometimes get has a name? It's paresthesia.

WORD OF THE DAY cocoon (kuh-KOON) which means to wrap or envelop in or as if in a cocoon. Since at least the late 1600s, English speakers have been using the noun cocoon for the silky covering that surrounds a caterpillar or other insect larva in the pupa stage of metamorphosis. The word derives, via French cocon, from Occitan coucoun, which, in turn, emerged from coco, an Occitan term for "shell." Linguists believe the Occitan term was probably born of the Latin word coccum, a noun that has been translated as kermes, which refers to the dried bodies of some insects that are sometimes found on certain trees. The verb cocoon has been with us since the latter half of the 19th century. (merriam-webster..com)

Another Scam

Please Note: Today we were notified of a phone scam where scammers were posing as Health Department of Northwest Michigan employees attempting to sell COVID-19 tests or asking for personal information regarding Medicare/Medicaid.

The calls appear to be originating from the Health Department. Anyone who receives these calls should hang up immediately.

DO NOT give out any personal information. If you want to verify if the call is coming from the Health Department, hang up and call us directly at 1-800-432-4121.

MEA, AFT, and Governor Whitmer Telephonic Townhall

April 2, 2020

This editor decided it was important to listen to this townhall to get the general gist of what the teachers' unions and the governor were going to do to explain the executive order that is posted below in the story below.

There were several really relevant statements made that showed that the unions and the governor were working together on this. First of all, the MEA spokesman stated that the MEA was in complete support of the actions by Governor Whitmer.

Governor Whitmer made several statements that also made the editor feel optimistic. The governor said that the educators are the superheroes in this pandemic. She further thanked the teachers for all of the that they put in trying to educate students in a non-face-to-face instructional situation.

The executive order includes closing the school buildings in the state for the rest of the school year. There is to be an "Alternate Learning Plan" to be developed by each school district, and that this plan should be "driven by the experts on the front lines-the teachers." The Intermediate districts and the local district will be the ones making the decisions about any learning, and they are responsible to make sure that each student gets the opportunity to learn.

All school employees are to be paid for the rest of the school year, although some, like bus drivers, may be reassigned to provide different services as determined in the "Alternate Learning Plan."

Sunset at Donegal Bay

April Fool's Day

It was a beautiful evening on this day to view a sunset with clear skies and several families and individuals out, keeping social distancing, to view the sunset. The rock below seems to represent the true water level of the lake on the west side of the island. It was high and dry not so long ago.

Rocks that mark the line are in the water.

View a gallery of sequential pictures HERE

View video of the sequence HERE

School Closed for the Remainder of the School Year

April 2, 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has given an executive order for the remainder of this current school year. This executive order is posted below. Mainly, the summary is that students will be given a grade on the work completed so far. Seniors will graduate with the credits needed for graduation. Employees will be paid for the remainder of the school year. That's the gist of the information.

Read the Executive Order HERE

Charles McDonald, RIP

Charles Kenneth McDonald, age 82 of Greenville, died Thursday evening, March 26, 2020.

He was born October 8, 1937 in Charlevoix, the son of John Charles and Mary Ellen (Gallagher) McDonald. He grew up in Charlevoix, spending many summers on Beaver Island, and graduated from Charlevoix High School, then went on to graduate from Ferris State College. He was a proud veteran, having served in the United States Army.

Chuck enjoyed a long career as an insurance agent, working for Farm Bureau and later for Kemp Insurance Sure. He loved being part of the Kemp Insurance family, and especially enjoyed visiting with anybody who stopped in the office, client or not. Chuck loved people and loved a good conversation.

In his later years, he enjoyed pontoon rides on Turk Lake with his son, Scott, and family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally, on September 8, 2001. He was also preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Jack and Andrew McDonald. He is survived by his second wife, Gale; son, Scott (Karen) McDonald of Greenville; grandchildren, Nikki (Jake) Sias of Cedar Springs and Mitch (Katie Partyka) McDonald of Rockford; great-grandchild, Alaina, with another great-grandchild arriving in June; Gale's son, Aaron (Vanessa) Lee of Grand Rapids; Gale's grandson, Jude; and by many special cousins who treated Chuck like a brother.

Memorial services will be delayed, and arrangements will be announced in the near future. Memorial contributions may be given to ASPCA or a charity of your choice. Hurst Funeral Home is serving the McDonald family, and memories and messages of condolence may be shared at www.hurstfh.com.

St. James Township March 2020 Financial Documents

Bills for approval 3/7/20-4/1/20

Gen Fund Budget 4/20

Payroll 3/7/20-4/1/20

Road Budget 4/20

Sewer Budget 4/20

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 2, 2020

Thank you all for the thoughts, prayers, comments, calls, for Joe's brother passing away from Covid-19. It was a long night, and we slept in. Thank you again for caring. We appreciate it, and you! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Adam Richards family. Adam's mother, Kathleen Richards passed away yesterday also.

Right now I'm showing 31°, sunny skies, calm winds, humidity is at 100%, dew point is 31°, pressure is rising from 30.17 inches, cloud cover is 0%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today will have abundant sunshine. High of 44° and winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight clear skies. Low of 27°. Winds light and variable.

ON THIS DATE in 2005, John Paul II, history’s most well-traveled pope and the first non-Italian to hold the position since the 16th century, dies at his home in the Vatican. Six days later, two million people packed Vatican City for his funeral, said to be the biggest funeral in history.

John Paul II was born Karol Jozef Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland, 35 miles southwest of Krakow, in 1920. After high school, the future pope enrolled at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University, where he studied philosophy and literature and performed in a theater group. During World War II, Nazis occupied Krakow and closed the university, forcing Wojtyla to seek work in a quarry and, later, a chemical factory. By 1941, his mother, father, and only brother had all died, leaving him the sole surviving member of his family.

Although Wojtyla had been involved in the church his whole life, it was not until 1942 that he began seminary training. When the war ended, he returned to school at Jagiellonian to study theology, becoming an ordained priest in 1946. He went on to complete two doctorates and became a professor of moral theology and social ethics. On July 4, 1958, at the age of 38, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Krakow by Pope Pius XII. He later became the city s archbishop, where he spoke out for religious freedom while the church began the Second Vatican Council, which would revolutionize Catholicism. He was made a cardinal in 1967, taking on the challenges of living and working as a Catholic priest in communist Eastern Europe. Once asked if he feared retribution from communist leaders, he replied, “I m not afraid of them. They are afraid of me.”

Wojtyla was quietly and slowly building a reputation as a powerful preacher and a man of both great intellect and charisma. Still, when Pope John Paul I died in 1978 after only a 34-day reign, few suspected Wojtyla would be chosen to replace him. But, after seven rounds of balloting, the Sacred College of Cardinals chose the 58-year-old, and he became the first-ever Slavic pope and the youngest to be chosen in 132 years.

A conservative pontiff, John Paul II's papacy was marked by his firm and unwavering opposition to communism and war, as well as abortion, contraception, capital punishment and homosexual sex. He later came out against euthanasia, human cloning and stem cell research. He traveled widely as pope, using the eight languages he spoke (Polish, Italian, French, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin) and his well-known personal charm, to connect with the Catholic faithful, as well as many outside the fold.

On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot in St. Peter's Square by a Turkish political extremist, Mehmet Ali Agca. After his release from the hospital, the pope famously visited his would-be assassin in prison, where he had begun serving a life sentence, and personally forgave him for his actions. The next year, another unsuccessful attempt was made on the pope's life, this time by a fanatical priest who opposed the reforms of Vatican II.

Although it was not confirmed by the Vatican until 2003, many believe Pope John Paul II began suffering from Parkinson's disease in the early 1990s. He began to develop slurred speech and had difficulty walking, though he continued to keep up a physically demanding travel schedule. In his final years, he was forced to delegate many of his official duties, but still found the strength to speak to the faithful from a window at the Vatican. In February 2005, the pope was hospitalized with complications from the flu. He died two months later.

Pope John Paul II is remembered for his successful efforts to end communism, as well as for building bridges with peoples of other faiths, and issuing the Catholic Church's first apology for its actions during World War II. He was succeeded by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Francis, who succeeded Pope Benedict in March 2013, canonized John Paul II in April 2014. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the strip separating window panes has a special name? It's muntin. So what's the difference between a mullion and a muntin? A mullion is a heavy vertical or horizontal member between adjoining window units. Muntins are the narrow strips of wood that divide the individual panes of glass in a traditional sash. (buzzfeed.com)

WORD OF THE DAY pleonasm (PLEE-uh-naz-um) which means:
1 : the use of more words than those necessary to denote mere sense (as in the man he said) : redundancy
2 : an instance or example of pleonasm
Pleonasm, which stems (via Late Latin) from the Greek verb pleonazein, meaning "to be excessive," is a fancy word for "redundancy." It's related to our words plus and plenty, and ultimately it goes back to the Greek word for "more," which is pleōn. Pleonasm is commonly considered a fault of style, but it can also serve a useful function. "Extra" words can sometimes be helpful to a speaker or writer in getting a message across, adding emphasis, or simply adding an appealing sound and rhythm to a phrase—as, for example, with the pleonasm "I saw it with my own eyes!" (merriam-webster.com)

Public Statement on Covid-19 from BIESA

April 1, 2020

This document is downloadable.

From the Beaver Island Boat Company:

To our Customers, Visitors, Employees, and Community:

Beaver Island Boat Company, after much consideration and discussion, has decided to delay the start of our 2020 season until May 1st.

Keeping our customers, communities and employees safe and healthy is a top priority for us at this time. The decision to delay service was a difficult one as we take our responsibility for the transportation of needed goods and services to the Island very seriously.

This is an unprecedented time of uncertainty and we share in your frustration and concern. Future additional changes in service remain a possibility. We will continue to monitor this situation very closely and make updates as needed.

If you had a vehicle reservation in April we will be reaching out to assist you in rescheduling or please call us at 1-231-547-2311.

We are grateful to our staff who remain deeply dedicated to the island community and are working diligently to ensure the vessels will be ready to serve the Island as soon as it is feasible to do so. We are also thankful to the Island residents and our community of businesses who have supported each other during this difficult time.

As information is changing daily, we will do our best to post any notices related to COVID-19 and how it is impacting BIBCO on our website, on social media and sent to our newsletter emails.

Stay healthy and safe,
Tim Mcqueer

From Father Jim Siler

April 1, 2020

to stephanieadkins, me
Dear Stephanie,

Thank you and God bless you for considering promoting the Church to provide prayer, support and hope in these difficult times.

The rite of venerating the cross should be carried out with the splendor worthy of the mystery of our salvation. For over 2000 years the Catholic Church has throughout the entire world on Good Friday made the veneration of the Crucified Christ on the Cross the highlight of the Good Friday services. It is the only day of the year the Catholic churches throughout the world do not celebrate the Mass itself, that is the Eucharistic celebration, which is the source and summit of our faith. However, On Good Friday the the source and summit of our faith is transfer from the Eucharist to the Crucified Lord and Savior Jesus Christ upon the Cross.

On beautiful Beaver Island there is also a long standing,  hundreds of year tradition to honor the dead by doing a procession through town to the Whiskey point lighthouse and back to the Church and Cemetery where the Mass, celebration of life and committal takes place honoring the dead.

Because of the mandated quarantine this year at the hour of Christ’s actual death 3PM. The Crucified Lord upon the Cross will be processed along the same route venerating the most Holy Cross. The Crucified Christ upon the Cross is the ultimate destruction of sin and death, which in three days will lead to the Resurrection!
All are invited to tune in live stream on beaverisland.tv or Venerate from your windows, your vehicles or the street corners of town or in front of your homes and businesses.


God Bless Fr. Jim Siler
Pastor Holy Cross Catholic Church
Beaver Island


We call “good” this day when our Lord loved us and gave himself up for us, redeeming us from sin and death. In remembrance and love let us enter into reflective silence and prayer:

O Lord and Savior,
Son of God

What a wondrous love is this
That submits to betrayal and beating, 
Crucifixion and burial, 
Rather than give us up to death.

When we were sinking down, 
You dove into the icy murk of this fragmented world.
Here you courted condemnation and death,
Luring the devil away from us who
Were its lawful prey.
For our rescue you endured birth, scorn and betrayal.

For our sake you were bound and beaten, 
Ridiculed and spat upon,
Pierced with thorns, 
Accused falsely,
Condemned unjustly and 
Led forth to the executioner’s hammer and spikes.

For us, you accepted agony meekly,
Although you could have ended it all with a mere thought.

Today we watch in silence,
Commemorating the death you died,
Knowing that it should have been we, 
Not you.

Let the vision of this time we will
Spend together today, remain in our hearts forever.

The next time we are inconvenienced by
Someone’s need of us,
Help us to remember the inconvenience
Of the cross you bore for us.

The next time we are being misunderstood
Or misrepresented, help us to recall how
You endured the misplaced condemnation
Of your people in order that we might live.

The next time we feel abandoned, 
Remind us that we may one day be with you in paradise because of what
You have done and endured for us.

Death itself is put to death on this day, which we call “good”!

The rite of venerating the cross should be carried out with the splendor worthy of the mystery of our salvation. For over 2000 years the Catholic Church has throughout the entire world on Good Friday made the veneration of the Crucified Christ on the Cross the highlight of the Good Friday services. It is the only day of the year the Catholic churches throughout the world do not celebrate the Mass itself, that is the Eucharistic celebration, which is the source and summit of our faith. However, On Good Friday the the source and summit of our faith is transfer from the Eucharist to the Crucified Lord and Savior Jesus Christ upon the Cross.

On beautiful Beaver Island there is also a long standing,  hundreds of year tradition to honor the dead by doing a procession through town to the Whiskey point lighthouse and back to the Church and Cemetery where the Mass, celebration of life and committal takes place honoring the dead.

Because of the mandated quarantine this year at the hour of Christ’s actual death 3PM. The Crucified Lord upon the Cross will be processed along the same route venerating the most Holy Cross. The Crucified Christ upon the Cross is the ultimate destruction of sin and death, which in three days will lead to the Resurrection!
All are invited to tune in live stream on beaverisland.tv or Venerate from your windows, your vehicles or the street corners of town or in front of your homes and businesses.


God Bless Fr. Jim Siler
Pastor Holy Cross Catholic Church
Beaver Island

BICS Seeks Elementary Teacher

April 1, 2020



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

The Chamber of Commerce of Beaver Island has posted this, and BINN found it on facebook. It's a very nice video, viewable on YouTube.

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

The Beaver Island Water Trail is active.เธข  Check out the paddling guide.

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

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

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Transfer Station Hours

October 30, 2019

The Transfer Station Winter Hours are 11:00 a.m til 5:p.m. Monday thru Saturday effective this Friday.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 1, 2020

It's currently 36° here, cloudy skies, wind is from the NE at 4 mph, humidity is 95%, dew point is 35°, pressure is at 30.09 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Expect cloudy skies early and becoming partly cloudy by this afternoon. High of 42°. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight it will be partly cloudy. Low near 30°, winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.

ON THIS DATE in 1621, at the Plymouth settlement in present-day Massachusetts, the leaders of the Plymouth colonists, acting on behalf of King James I, make a defensive alliance with Massasoit, chief of the Wampanoags. The agreement, in which both parties promised to not “doe hurt” to one another, was the first treaty between a Native American tribe and a group of American colonists. According to the treaty, if a Wampanoag broke the peace, he would be sent to Plymouth for punishment; if a colonist broke the law, he would likewise be sent to the Wampanoags.

In November 1620, the Mayflower arrived in the New World, carrying 101 English settlers, commonly known as the pilgrims. The majority of the pilgrims were Puritan Separatists, who traveled to America to escape the jurisdiction of the Church of England, which they believed violated the biblical precepts of true Christians. After coming to anchor in what is today Provincetown harbor in the Cape Cod region of Massachusetts, a party of armed men under the command of Captain Myles Standish was sent to explore the immediate area and find a location suitable for settlement. In December, the explorers went ashore in Plymouth, where they found cleared fields and plentiful running water; a few days later the Mayflower came to anchor in Plymouth harbor, and settlement began.

The first direct contact with a Native American was made in March 1621, and soon after, Chief Massasoit paid a visit to the settlement. After an exchange of greetings and gifts, the two peoples signed a peace treaty that lasted for more than 50 years. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT there is a word to describe the groove located just below the nose and above the middle of the lips and it is philtrum. (buzzfeed.com)

WORD OF THE DAY loon (LOON) which means:
1 : lout, idler
2 chiefly Scotland : boy
3 a : a crazy person
b : simpleton
There are a number of theories about the origin of loon as it refers to a crazy person, its most common current meaning. One is that it comes from loony, meaning "crazy." But based on currently available evidence, loony is a late 19th-century alteration of lunatic that didn't come into use until decades after the meaning of loon in question. (It's still possible that loony influenced the development and spread of this meaning of loon.) Another guess is that this loon is from the avian loon, inspired either by the bird's maniacal cry or its displays to distract predators, such as skittering over water with its neck crooked. This is certainly possible, and is the origin story favored by some. But the story our dictionaries favor is a bit more quotidian: the current use of loon developed from earlier uses, primarily in Scottish and other northern dialects of British English, of loon to refer to a lout (an awkward, brutish person) or idler (someone who is idle, lazy, or inactive). While that loon, which is from Middle English loun, never spread to British English more broadly, immigrants from the regions where it was used had a significant influence on American English, and it's not far-fetched to posit that their loon developed into the distinctly American use of the word to refer to daffy people. (merriam-webster.com)


lssued Morch 31, 2020

The Health Department or Northwest Michigan, in collaboration with the Northern Michigan  Public Health Alliance (NMPHA), issues the following advisory to protect the health of the public in the 31- county NMPHA region :

Northern Michigan Counties are seeing an influx of individuals who are seeking shelter from areas with significant COVID-19 community spread or returning from travel outside of these counties. While we understand the desire to seek shelter in our communities with fewer COVID cases, this potenially poses an unnecessary risk to all residents of Northern Michigan.

The increased population to the northern Michigan area places a substantial strain on our communities as travelers seek supplies  such as groceries and toiletries, as well as potentially needing health care in the event.they become sick. During this public health crisis, many rural communities may not be equipped with personnel, supplies or resources for a surge in population.

If you still choose to travel to your seasonal home or return home from travel, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, in addition to the Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance, is advising that you abide by the following guidelines:

  1. If you are sick, stay at home and do not leave your residence.
  2. If you have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider for assistance.
  3. All individuals traveling to seasonal homes or returning home from areas with community spread should self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to your destination.

4. Following the 14-day self-quarantine period, please obey the Governor's "Stay at Home" order and do not go out unless absolutely necessary.

5, All residents, whether full time or seasonal, should adhere to the Governor's Stay at Home order and only venture out to obtain essential supplies and services when absolutely necessary. If you do need to go out, please adhere to social distancing protocols and limit the number of people going out for supplie sor services.

By following these simple guidelines, the risk for spreading COVID-19 lowers significantly, thus protecting everyone who lives, works, and plays in beautiful northern Michigan.

Antrim Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego County residents who need resources can call 211 or utilize the Health Department's free Community Connections program by calling 1·800-432-4121.

Lisa Peacock, RN,MSN, WHN-PBC, Health Officer

Video Report from BITV

March 2020

Month Unique visitors Number of Visits Bandwidth
January 805 1334 309 MB
February 460 893 294 MB
March 640 1113 379 MB

Over the first quarter of 2020, BITV has had a total of 1905 unique visitors, with 3340 visits, and total bandwidth used of 982 MB. This report comes from the website host.

The hits on this website page is in the 30-40 range during the week, Monday through Friday, but usually jumps up on Saturday and Sunday to 86 and 205 respectively.

Video server #1 Statistics

ID of Video

Unique IPs Views Data transfer


384 736 17.2 GB

BINN video

225 360 26,4 GB

Archived video

142 158 1,8 GB

Total of 743 Unique IPs, 1254 views, and data transfer of 45.4 GB

Video Server #2 Live Streamed Video

The live streamed server has had 621 views, 244 viewers, and 64 hours of video watched.

The majority of the viewers are, of course, from Michigan at 431 views, next is Florida with 65 views, followed by 36 from Nevada, and 32 from Indiana.There are viewers in fourteen different states, and a few from Ireland.

So, in this first quarter, Beaver Island TV has been used by many, and the editor has been busy working to provide this service to the community. Many thanks to Dawn Marsh for her help in getting this information out to the public.

Beaver Island News on the 'Net Visitors

This is from the web host for http://beaverislandnews.com


Unique visitors


Pages viewed













It's been a busy quarter for Beaver Island News on the 'Net.



BIRHC Meeting Dates 2020

Meetings are on Saturdays at 10 AM in the BIRHC Community Room
37304 Kings Highway

April 25, 2020

July 18, 2020

September 12, 2020

December 12, 2020

Beaver Island Telecom-munication Advisory Committee




St James Township Meeting Time Change

St James Township Regular Monthly Meeting times have changed from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM.เธข  The board will continue to meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the St James Township Hall at the Point.เธข เธข 

BICS Basketball Schedule

19-20 Basketball Practice Schedule

BI BBall Game Schedule

Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

Island Summit Final Reports

The Island Summit took place down at the CMU Biological Center on the east side of Beaver Island this past September from the 23-25. There were participants from twelve Great Lakes islands. These are the reports from that summit.

Short Summary

Complete Report

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule for 2020

Time is noon at the BI Airport

February 3, 2020

April 20, 2020

August 17, 2010

October 26, 2020

Library Story Times

Please join early childhood educator, Kim Mitchell, for story time with your baby, toddler, or preschooler beginning Monday, September 11. 2017, at 10:30 a.m.. As well as reading stories, also included are songs, finger plays, movement, art, and free-play. Each week will focus on a specific theme along with activities to develop listening, socialization, gross and fine motor skill-building, creativity, as well as play-time while caregivers get a chance to socialize, and of course, check out books!

No cost is required, but registration is appreciated so enough materials are available, though visitors to the island are welcome to drop-in. Kim has taught toddler play groups for Lamaze and preschool and has numerous books, toys, and activities she would love to share. If interested, please contact Kim at beaverislandkim@gmail.com or call 448-2532.

New Library Hours

The Beaver Island District Library is pleased to announce new hours of operation intended to optimize the availability of our facility, staff, and resources to the school.

*Note also the new closing time for the school year.*

Weekdays:เธข เธข  8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:เธข เธข  12:00 - 5:00

Weekdays during scheduled school breaks, the library will open at 10:00 and close at 5:00.

Public Meeting Dates



List including St. James Finanace and Public Works Committee Meeting HERE


From Chamber Director Paul Cole

March 31, 2020

These are difficult times, and every community across the world is adjusting and responding to significant changes, including our small island. In the face of immense uncertainties and challenges, Beaver Islanders remain strong, resilient, and caring with small acts of kindness still happening daily. Our Beaver Island community continues to support each other whether it is through an anonymous gift of a take out dinner, a mailed in tip to their regular waitress, or a phone call to ask if we are okay. Everyone is doing whatever he or she can to see that we continue to support each other through these days of isolation. The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce would like to take a moment and thank all of the island business and services that continue to serve the community by doing their part during this unparalleled time.

Powers Hardware continues to provide tools, supplies, and guidance on projects. During this time we can use our responsible social distancing to tackle those needed home projects.

Island Energies is helping keep us fueled in our cars and homes. We can still hit the road to enjoy the Island while we are socially distancing by spending some of our time connecting with the beautiful island nature and spending time with our families. They are also continuing to provide pick up food and essentials to help keep us going.

Shamrock Restaurant continues it’s service to our community by providing great take out meals with a regular menu and is adding fantastic specials throughout the week.

Dalwhinnie’s Deli is providing us with breakfast and lunch take out orders filled with home baked freshness and care 5 days a week.

McDonough’s Market continues to provide those high quality provisions, with customer service that is above and beyond during this critical time. They’ve recently revamped their entire operation to provide you with your order of groceries safely in the parking lot and have posted their isles of supplies on Facebook.

Whiskey Point Brewery is still opening weekly for take out original and special island craft beer and wine.

Island Airways continues to provide Beaver Island with the essential and necessary services to keep us going and supported. They are providing transportation to and from the island, mail, UPS, prescription and grocery deliveries, and are at the ready for air ambulance service if needed.

Fresh Air Aviation is continuing to meet essential transportation and service needs for the Island community at this time.

Beaver Island Boat Company is gearing up to provide essential services later this week to get those spring supplies to our Island community.

PABI/WVBI is providing us with great music and information to keep our Island community updated and entertained.

Roberts John Service continues to provide all of your plumbing and electrical needs during a time where home maintenance is especially important.

Northern Islander whose wonderful articles and updates about the Island community will help keep us informed and together.

Eager Beaver Clean & Store, LLC,  continues to meet all of your  laundry needs.

Beaver Island Medical Center, EMS, and Fire department, staff and volunteers are on the frontlines, and on call 24/7 to provide immediate, competent, and caring emergency services.

Public Safety- our Law Enforcement keeping us safe and secure.  

Beaver Island Community School teachers, staff, and board are ensuring that the needs of our Island children are being met by providing quality education for students in virtual formats.

Township boards are continuing to guide and inform the public while working diligently on community goals.

U. S. Postal Service is always open, efficient, and friendly, and there to keep us informed and connected with the rest of the world during these times.

Beaver Island Transfer Station is continuing to handle the Islands waste needs in a friendly, efficient manner.

These businesses, and many, many, others, along with the Islanders behind them, help keep us running. It’s a good reminder that while all of these changes may be jarring, the Island business and people who run them care about this community, and always have. The truth is that this list could go on and on, because everyone in our Island community has been doing their part to keep us safe, even if that is by staying home, and for that we want to make sure to say THANK YOU! This is what makes our Island special.

Beaver Island will continue to practice social distancing, and the public and private sectors have helped set up protocols that prioritize safety while still providing essential services. If you are a resident currently on the mainland and choose to return to your Island home, the Chamber thanks you for following CDC guidelines and observing a two-week quarantine for your community's safety.

Soon, we will welcome spring to the shores of Beaver Island. Temperatures will rise, flowers will bloom. Eventually, this pandemic will pass, and life will return to its usual rhythm. When it’s safe, know that the Chamber will do everything in its power to support the business and the Island community as we transition back to normality.

Until then, we will work together to weather this storm together. We will continue to lift our hands in a kind wave as we pass each other on the road, we will continue to work hard and lift each other up. Most importantly, we will protect each other by staying apart now, so that we may come together later. These are trying times but we will get through this together. Thank you to each and every Islander for their resilience and support.

Walter Daniels, RIP

1923 - 2020

Walter “Wally” Daniels, 96, Cheboygan, Michigan, passed away peacefully March 29, 2020, at home.

Walter was born October 26, 1923, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to Felix and Mabel (Tipler) Daniels. He was a member of St. Mary and St. Charles Catholic Church in Cheboygan, Michigan. Walter married Fannie Louise Maddix of De Pere, WI, January 15, 1944.

Walter was an excellent bowler, golfer, and was a life-long avid fisherman and hunter which he enjoyed up to the age of 94.

During World War II, he served as a Marine in the South Pacific. He was badly injured in a jeep rollover accident (legs crushed) during the war and spent much of 1943 in a body cast in Oakland Naval Hospital, mustering out of the Marines early 1944. He began a career in paper making with the Hoberg Paper Co. (Charmin) in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Charmin Paper Co. was bought by Procter & Gamble in 1956. After being promoted, he and his family transferred to Cheboygan, MI in 1961 where he retired as Paper Making Specialist Manager in 1985. After his retirement, he and Fannie would go out to Pops Bakery Shop for coffee and donuts after church. Pop (Wallace Rash) was a baker by trade but had bought land to build a restaurant along with dreams of building a golf course. Walter, having a background in landscaping from his youth and a lot of free time on his hands, started drawing out a potential course on napkins. What started out on napkins became the Rippling Rapids Golf Course over the years with Walter building all eighteen greens by hand. After his first wife passed away in 2002, he married Lynne (Rash) Pelcha Oct 25, 2003.

Walter is survived by his wife: Lynne Rash-Daniels, Cheboygan, MI, children: Walter (Sally), Maineville, OH; Linda Daniels-Goodrich, Gloucester, VA, stepson: Michael (Courtney) Pelcha, Indian River, MI; brothers-in-law: Tim Rash, John (Patricia) Rash, Peter (Janine) Rash; his grandchildren: Gina (Scott) Wollangur, Janice (Scott) Holden, Walter (Tiffany) Daniels III, Janelle (Billy) Cook, Todd (Brenda) Goodrich, Paula (Mike) Provo, Adam (April) Goodrich, great-grandchildren: Tricia (Josh) Dunn, Kelsi (Kyle) Reger, Tyler Cunningham, Jordan Cunningham, Ellie Cannady, Kinsey Daniels, Mikey Cook, Mark Goodrich, Carl (Daniel) Goodrich-Gonzalez, Eric Goodrich, Nick (Kim) Goodrich, Breanna Goodrich, Dylan Goodrich, Kara Goodrich, Lacy Nixon, great great-children: Tara Goodrich, Oliver Goodrich; many Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, first wife Fannie, an infant son Felix V. Daniels: his brother Thomas, sisters, Leola VanderLinden and Edith Amerson, sisters-in-law: Shirley (Jim) Stammer,  Loula Maddix- Wildfong, Effie (Al) Trepanier and brothers-in-law: James Maddix, Walter Maddix and William Rash.

Entombment will be at Ft. Howard Mausoleum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. A celebration of life will be scheduled later.

Memorials or gifts may be made to the Cheboygan County Humane Society cheboyganpets@hughes.net or Hospice of the Straits, 722 South St, Cheboygan, MI 49721.

(Editor's Note: This is Courtney Moore Pelcha's father-in-law Wally.)

Erosion on the NE Side of Beaver Island

March 30, 2020

BINN did a story on the erosion issues on the East Side of Beaver Island, but it seemed necessary to check out some shoreline on the northeast and north part of the island as well. Not surprising, the sandy bluffs are where there is erosion issues in the highest degree, just like on the East Side of Beaver Island. None of the homes that were checked were in any danger at this time, but the wind and the waves have worked really hard to erode the sand dunes.

A few examples of the erosion seen on this trip:

View a gallery of photos for this trip HERE

View video of this trip HERE

Holy Cross Bulletin for April

March 30, 2020

Carlisle Road Deer

March 30, 2020

Although these deer do not come by Carlisle Road every day during the daytime, it is surely nice to see this group of deer have survived the crazy winter. The mom and her two little ones were joined on this day by three others. They were checking out the ground under the bird feeders first and were finally scared away by the traffic on King's Highway.

"Hey, Mom, how come we aren't running away from that human?"

"Okay, we will, but those sunflower seeds were tasty."

"Can we play, too? .......No, head across the road and down Jimmy's driveway."

And they did!

Birds and Fog

March 30, 2020

The last few days may seem to be boring to some while they are locked up in the house with coronavirus on their minds. There is still a lot to see on Beaver Island during this "Stay Home, Stay Safe" period of time. While not connecting with many people, saying "Hello" from a distance still seems to make sense, and the Beaver Island wave as you go by is still a cultural habit and makes all feel better.

Going out to take pictures is still self isolation, and over the last few days it make sense.

View a small gallery of fog and birds HERE

The first loon of the season??

Fog across the harbor

Beaver Island Bald Eagle

Courtesy of Wings of Wonder

March 30, 2020

The Beaver Island Bald Eagle is now fully recovered. We are just waiting for the Corona Virus quarantine to be over and it is safe to bring him back up to the island where he can fly free once again. In the meantime he seems rather content to enjoy this 'holiday' and all the daily free meals.

View video clip provided by Wings of Wonder HERE

Mass from Holy Cross, 9:30 a.m.

March 29, 2020

Father Jim Siler

View video of this service HERE

Christian Church 11 a.m.

March 29, 2020


Pastor Lee Bracey

Pastor Bracey's Sermons for the last two Sundays

Don't Let Anything Steal Your Blessings, March 22, 2020

Dealing With Worry, March 29. 2020

View video of this service HERE

From the BI Cultural Arts Association

March 28, 2020

Dear Baroque on Beaver Lovers,           

On Beaver Island there are still patches of snow where the plows pushed it together.  There is little ice in the harbor, so Mother Nature is showing all the normal signs of the coming of Spring.  However, there is also something very serious in the air and that is Covid-19.  I’m sure you are all sick of hearing about it.  Though at this time we don't have the information we need to make important decisions about the 2020 Festival, please know the health and safety of our patrons, musicians, and staff is of the utmost importance to us.  With that said, the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association has met, discussed the future, and decided WE WILL NOT CANCEL THE FESTIVAL at this time, but continue to evaluate the situation and make a determination when we have a better sense of what is going on. 

Meanwhile, Festival Director Matthew Thomas, Music Director Robert Nordling, Choral Director Kevin Simons, Operations Director Allison Kistler, and Librarian Laura Schipper have all been hard at work to create a fantastic festival this year, and they will continue their efforts.  As of now, we will move forward toward what we know will be another superb Baroque on Beaver Festival for 2020.

Thank you as always for your support and love for Beaver Island and Baroque on Beaver.  We are truly blessed to have you as part of our community.  Please keep yourself and your family safe, and fingers crossed that we will gather to celebrate great music and each other’s company this summer.

For the BICAA Board,

Tamara McDonough

Dorothy Gerber Strings Practice Challenge

March 28, 2020

Two Beaver Island students in this program were recognized in the practice challenge. They were Sophie McDonough and Elish Richards.

View the edited video HERE

Hello from Hawaii

by Cindy Ricksgers

Snowmen and Snow Angels

by Mike Moore

Well, with snow comes snowmen, and snow angels. Trying not to get impales by icicles. Avoiding yellow snow. Stepping far away from brown snow, and wondering what the dog ate, or maybe someone returning something purchased last night from a bar?

And, yes, the making and use of snowballs.

The teachers were really concerned about snowball fights. I get it, sometimes there’s chunks of ice in there, and whatnot.

However, there was a worse fate than being hit with a snowball.

You could get whitewashed.

A kid would tackle you and rub snow roughly on your face. It was awful. Like 15 grit sandpaper cutting you up. Your hot tears would combine and freeze the whole thing into a mask of pain.

Anyhow, we got a lecture one day that went like this.

“You will NOT throw snowballs. If you do, you will wish you didn’t!”

These words hung in the air. Teachers sneered and gritted their teeth.

Someone snapped a photo of one of the teachers, and sent it to Clint Eastwood. Clint studied it for weeks. At first he was saying, “Go ahead pal, make my day if it’s convenient.” After seeing the photo, he was able to adjust his look and delivery.

We went outside. I got hit in the back by some ninja-kid who disappeared into the ether. Like every three minutes. Kids told on each other. Nothing was seen by a teacher.

We got another lecture.

Clint Eastwood got tougher.

At lunch recess, snowballs were flying everywhere. Now, it is certainly true that it was mostly boys, but I don’t know if it was ONLY boys.

I don’t even remember if I threw one. I know I had one at the ready. However, at the end of recess came the reckoning.

Long before Guantanamo Bay, there was considerable interrogation taking place in the elementary classroom. Kids tried to make deals. You couldn’t plead the 5th. There wasn’t good cop / bad cop. There was scary Sister, and “I think I just had an accident” Sister.

In those days, your parents trusted the teachers more than they trusted you!

The boys were made to get into a line. Sister was in another room. We were alone, and too scared to speak. The girls sat. Some laughed quietly from the pressure before being silently “shushed” by a friend trying to keep the girls out of this. Most just trembled with eyes forward.

One by one, the boys would go into a room with Sister. You’d hear a muffled voice, and then a SLAM!

Or maybe two. It might have been an echo. We haven’t talked about this since it occurred, so I’m not sure.

A kid would leave. There were kids who would cry. Other kids would have a goofy grin, but snap a look over their shoulder every few seconds. Some just had wide eyes that screamed, “Don’t talk to me!”

I was the last in line.

She opened the door.

My life flashed.

“Go back to class.”

I was spared! How could this be?!

I decided to keep quiet about the whole thing.

Somehow the other boys found out.

Ever wish you could have been spanked by a nun?

Me neither, except one week when I was reminded of this “unfairness” by having a very clean whitewashed face each day.

Sometimes what’s behind door #1 is preferable- even when it scares the poop out of you.

But, like a boy named Sue, I got stronger.

Eventually, I’d do other things that would help my buddies to forget about my unspanked backside.

However, never forget that lesson about door #1...

From Peaine Township Clerk

Please provide a reminder in regards to the Peaine Township Proposed Budget Public Hearing, Annual Meeting of Electors, and Special Meeting, tomorrow at noon. Please see info below.

Also, please note that a link to meeting documents is on the homepage of the Peaine Township Website. If you click on the link for the March 28th, 2020 Meetings (under News and Announcements on the homepage), you will find all of the draft budgets and a separate meeting packet for each of the three meetings. This should allow remote participants to follow along as each meeting progresses.

Peaine Township Annual Public Hearing - Proposed Budget, Annual Meeting of Electors and Special Meeting March 28, 2020

Consistent with Executive Order 2020-21 whereby the Governor directed that residents remain at home or in their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible please attend the Public Hearing for the Budget/Annual Meeting of Electors/Special Meeting for the Budget remotely using the call information provided on the Notice and Agenda. 

Due to the high number of users utilizing remote meeting platforms, you may experience delays or difficulties in calling in or accessing the online meeting platform.  Please keep trying to access the online meeting platform if you do not succeed the first few times.  The Township will make reasonable efforts to ensure the platform is open and accessible before conducting a remote meeting.  Please contact the Township by phone or email if you experience any difficulty in accessing the conference call meeting.

Peaine Road fund 2020 - 2021 draft budget

Special Meeting Packet

Meeting Packet Proposed Peaine Budget Public Hearing1

Meeting Packet Peaine Annual Meeting of Electors2

Peaine Road Fund

View video of this meeting HERE

Additional Budget Documents for St James Annual Meeting

Four of the five board members were at this meeting. On called in on the phone. The public was allowed to call in to this meeting. Those present kept the six feet personal space requirements. Supervisor McNamara was at the end of the table toward the harbor, Clerk Julie Gillespie was at the end of the second table closest to the lighthouse, Paul Cole was near the center of the two table, Jessica Anderson was at the desk, and Joe Moore was behind the camera. All kept the proper distancing throughout the meeting.

DRAFT Budget WManagement 2020 2021 (2)

airport commission budget for adoption

dock_sewer_street_funds for adoption march 28 2020

View video for the annual meeting and budget hearing HERE

List of Beaver Island Essential Services

March 27, 2020

Welcome to the April Edition of the Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter

March 27, 2020

Font Lake Overflow

March 27, 2020

This is officially Spring, so a quick trip and walk out by Font Lake to check the overflow efforts was in order. On March 26, 2020, Editor Joe Moore did just that. Starting on the Font Lake side of Donegal Bay Road and following the run off creek to check out the overflow methods was part of the order of this Thursday. The pictures and video show that the current overflow procedures are working quite well and the flow is definitely running with spring run-off waters.

Looking out toward Font Lake from the pools of water.

One of the pools of water coming up from Font Lake run-off

Bales of straw holding back and slowing the overflow.

Run-off going under Donegal Bay Road and Indian Point Road

Going into the campground and checking out the flow into Lake Michigan

Some more bales of straw on the creek on the Lake Michigan side of the roads.

The run-off creek showing the amount of the overflow

The waterflow going over the edge of the bluff down to Lake Michigan

Pile of logs for firewood for the campground and a bulldozer left after cutting trees.

View video of this walk to check the overflow HERE


by Mike Moore

The fun part of getting older is not remembering which stories you’ve told, and which you haven’t. For the reader this can range from curious disinterest to fascination. For the storyteller, it’s brand new each time! And away we go!

It was a time when the school playground (it was on the Palmer side of the school then) was the most important place in the world. There was a slide that had a fireman’s pole to slide down. There was a set of monkey bars on one end of a rectangular monster of a jungle gym. There were swings of course. For a good while there was a teeter totter- a device that you’d sit on while a bigger kid sat on the other side. Then, the bigger kid would tell you to close your eyes and he’d run away, leaving you to fall suddenly onto broken ankles. And, there was a weird thing called a “bugaboo.”

The bugaboo, or whatever, was a huge spring in a center that was welded to four poles. Upon these four poles were four seats with handles. You sat and went up, down, left, right, in, out- in all sorts of vomit-inducing movements.

Getting off the thing was more dangerous. You’d get hit by the seat over and over again until the spring settled. There’s still kids that repeat words as a result.

Now, before I get into the story, a couple of quick notes.

Our teacher was Sr. Marie Eugene. She studied education as an understudy to drill sergeants. She quit because the drill sergeants were too subtle in their redirection. She taught K-3 in one room. She had a tattoo of Machiavelli’s “The Prince” on her right bicep that would wink at you when she prayed the rosary. (Ok, maybe a little exaggeration there, prison tattoos are sometimes hard to interpret). I’m sure she was a sweet lady. To us, though, she was the LAW. That woman could stop a riot with an eyebrow. God rest her soul.

Erick Kenwabikise was the greatest daredevil, and a celebrity of sorts to us. I remember the day he went down the fireman’s pole upside down! Scared Sr. half to death. We were amazed. The fireman’s pole went from boring to the coolest thing you could do- if you went upside down. So many double dog dares. So many warnings not to attempt.

Erick could jump from one end of the jungle gym to the monkey bars, swing himself upside down and then upright standing on top.

It was an impressive demonstration of courage and agility.

Until one day when he hit his forehead on the monkey bars. That was super scary.

Erick, if you’re reading this, I wonder if you remember that? You were actually showing the teacher what you could do after we all begged you to. I think something distracted you. You were in the air, you hit your head, and landed flat on your back. We grabbed the nun and told her to fix you. Spooky. Hope you don’t do that anymore. As we age, we need to lessen our demonstrations on jungle gyms for nuns. I only do that once or twice per month anymore. You were a beast on the jungle gym though- hope you’re half as nimble as you were!

Anyhow, our story begins with the first snowstorm of the year. It was a heavy wet snow, perfect for snowballs...

Snowballs, and corporal punishment.

St James Township Annual Meeting Documents

Posted March 23, 2020 for March 28 meeting at 11 a.m. Updated on March 26, 2020

Consistent with Executive Order 2020-21 whereby the Governor directed that residents remain at home or in their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible please attend the Public Hearing for the Budget remotely using the call information provided on the Notice and Agenda.


2020.2021 St James Township General Appropriations Act

St James budget for adoption march 28.2020

2020.2021 General Appropriations Act

budget for adoption march 28.2020

DRAFT Minutes of 3.30.2019 BUDGET AND ANNUAL (1)

Motions for Annual Meeting 3.28.2020


View video for the annual meeting and budget hearing HERE

Northern Lights League Boys' Basketball

All League Team

1st Team

Sr.  Isaiah May, Maplewood Baptist ---- 74 pts. (Player of the year)

Sr. John Robert, Beaver Island ---- 60 pts.

Jr.   Micah Bailey, Maplewood Baptist ---- 56 pts.
Jr.  Joe Larson, Hannahville ---- 54 pts.
Sr. Jaron LaFlamme, Munising Baptist ---- 47 pts.

2nd Team

Sr.  Spencer Piippo, Maplewood Baptist ---- 38 pts.
Sr. Jordan Bugg, Grand Marais ---- 36 pts.
So. Gage Sagataw, Hannahville ---- 34 pts.
So. Marquis Harmon, Ojibwe Charter ---- 23 pts.

Jr.   Travis Johnson, Big Bay de Noc ---- 18 pts.

Honorable Mention

Jr.   Elisha Richards, Beaver Island

So. Pau Rosello Carreras, Ojibwe Charter
Jr.   Dominic Morse, Mackinac Island
Jr.   Thomas Howse, Grand Marais
So.  Symon Wilson, Munising Baptist

Jr.   Quintan DeLaat, Beaver Island

So. Brayden Willour, Big Bay de Noc
Fr.  Seth Mills, Paradise
8th   Matt Cowell, Mackinac Island

Good News from the Historical Society

March 26, 2020

Good news for our members, community and friends of Beaver Island. Over the fall and winter BIHS volunteers worked hard at digitizing an earlier edition of the Historical Society Cookbook. The new edition has all of the original recipes plus new recipes from our Island Families and longtime Summer Residents. Thank you for everyone's efforts!

The book order is currently at the printer and after our communities get the all clear to resume operations the cookbooks will be ready to distribute. The Historical Society is looking at an approximate date of a May 15 release date.

If you would like to pre-order an advance copy, please visit our website. The price will be $20.00 + tax and $3.50 for postage to mail off the island. The postage is an estimated media postage rate. If the postage is higher, we will contact you. Island in-person pick-up should be available at the museum May 15. This will be based on Island public health recommendations.

The original cookbook was published to help establish the Historical Society and convert the Print Shop into a museum. This new edition has a similar mission.... to help fund the construction of the new museum addition and the future restoration project of the Print Shop's original structure.

Please visit https://www.beaverislandhistory.org/store/ to place your order or email bihistory@tds.net to reserve a copy.

Budget Documents for Peaine Township 20-21

March 26, 2020

The Peaine Township Board will meet on March 28, 2020, at noon to have a budget hearing and their annual meeting. The documents for the budget are below:

Peaine General Fund Budget

2020 Notice-Budget Hearing & Annual Meeting Peaine Township

Draft Budget 2019-2021 BI Airport Commission

DRAFT Budget WM 2020 2021

Road fund 2020 - 2021 draft budget

WM Accompanying Notes for the 2020 2021 budget

Wm budget workbook 2020 2021 3 26 2020

Bids for Lawn Care

St. James Township

March 25, 2020

Bid Submittal Form-1

Copy of Form Bid for Lawn Maintenance 2020(5204)

COVID-19 Strikes Family

March 25, 2020

by Editor Joe Moore

My brother Neil Feck is in ICU on a ventilator from the coronavirus. This is not just a "hoax" and it is not contained. He is in Munson Hospital, Traverse City, MI. If you have the opportunity, we'd appreciate some positive thoughts and prayers for him.

Bishop Raica Transfered

March 25, 2020

From Father Peter Wigton:

"We will miss you Bishop Steven Raica! God’s blessings upon you. May you be always guided by the Blessed Mother and protected by her love. You will always be in our prayers."

From Father Jim Siler:

"God's plans for the good of his people are always manifested by the leadership of our Shepherds. Bishop Raica will be dearly missed; he will remain in our love and prayers for his episcopate and his new flock. Let us all come together in prayer that the Lord lead and guide our new shepherd whomever that may be according to his most holy will. Ave Maria!

The Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama, welcomes Bishop Steven J. Raica to its diocese.



Notice from Island Energies, aka The Station

Hours Monday-Saturday 10-4. Closed Sunday.

Effective Monday, March 23rd
In light of current circumstances, we have unfortunately reached the point where we need to transition to curb-side service only until further notice. We will still be here to provide the supplies that you need. However, this is in the best interest of the health and safety of our customers, staff, families, and community. This is as new and strange to us as it is to you. Please be patient as we navigate this transition together. We don’t have every detail ironed out, but please be aware of the following:

1. Orders can be placed via phone at 231-448-2007 or email at islandenergies@gmail.com (include a phone number in all emailed orders).
2. Gas/Diesel sales will be pre-pay only.
3. Please pay with a credit/debit card (preferably by phone) and use check or cash only if necessary.
4. Existing House Accounts can still be used for gas/diesel/propane refills.
5. Please call ahead to allow as much advance notice as possible.
6. Our hours will remain 10-4 Monday-Saturday and CLOSED SUNDAYS until further notice.
7. More instructions (pick-up process etc) will be given as your order is processed.
Again, please be patient as we fine-tune this process.
Thank you


To All My Island Community!

Please stay Home, Stay Safe & Healthy. The more people do this, the sooner this will be over.

My COA Office will now be CLOSED to slow down the person to person contact. I will be OPEN only 1 day a week.
SO my schedule will be....
March 25th 8am- 1 pm
April 1st, 8am - 4 pm
April 8th, 8am - 4 pm
April 15th, 8am - 4 pm
You may come to my office by APPOINTMENT ONLY!! I want everyone to feel safe. Please call my cell phone to make an appointment 231-620-5199.
I will be selling Meal Vouchers these days to use at Dalwhinnies and the School. I also have Frozen homemade meals available, You may have up to 7 at a time.

The school will reopen April 7th for meals.
****If anyone wants Meals at the school the week they are back, April 7th, You need to let them know by this Thursday March 26th.

If you would want Meals Delivered to your house, Please follow these rules!
1. Call and schedule your meal with Dalwhinnies or the School.
2. Call the Transit to schedule a Meal pickup. Use this Number ONLY 844-792-6900
3. If you are paying with CASH, Please have it in an envelope, outside your door, for the Transit driver. Drivers WILL NOT have change.
4, If you have a Meal Voucher, Please set it outside for the Transit driver.
5. The transit driver will not be going into the home. They will knock, leave the food at the door, and leave.

Please call me if you wish NOT to come to my office, but would like to purchase meal vouchers.

Transit will also be delivering Groceries, Meals, Mail, Freight, Prescriptions Monday - Friday 11-2pm. This is only during the "Stay at Home Executive Order" THANK YOU TRANSIT AND DRIVERS! Same rules, Schedule a pick up! If you need your Mail picked up please call the post office, or write a note giving THE TRANSIT permission to do so.

I might not be in my Office for a few weeks, But I am Still Working For You. I will be available to you 24/7 during this scary time. PLEASE feel free to call me with questions about the virus, Emergencies, if you need food, groceries, prescriptions, or just to check in ....I Care!

Cell 231-620-5199 any time!
office 448-2124 leave a message.

Take Care and God Bless!
Kathie Ehinger

Northern Lights Conference Names Girls Basketball All-Conference Teams

March 23, 2020

Two Lady Islanders were named to the Second Team All-Conference in girls basketball. The Lady Islanders named to this team were Sky Marsh and Elsie Burton. Congratulations, Lady Islanders!!

Elsie shoots a jumper......Sky shoots a jumper

From Sheri Richards, Realtor

March 23, 2020

A note to my wonderful clients:

All of us are constantly monitoring the ever-changing situation with regard to COVID-19. This unprecedented situation has no manual or guidebook; we are all in it together, figuring it out and making decisions on a day-by-day or even hour-by-hour basis. My first priority is the welfare of my staff, associates and customers. This being said, the door of the Beaver Island Real Estate One office is closed for the time being.

For most other states real estate and banking are considered "Essential Services", which means I will be able to facilitate and close transactions so all pending sales will still be able to close. What is unclear is how and if I will be able to show properties.

Real Estate One is researching to find out more details and then I will post an update for your information. Rest assured, I am still available to service your real estate needs, and look forward to working with you. The office phone is forwarded to my cell phone - 231-448-2449 or try me on my cell - 231-675-6717.

I can also be reached by email - s.richards.realtor@gmail.com

If there are any other needs you may have – emotional, physical, or financial, please reach out. I am ready and willing to assist in whatever way that I can. Best wishes to you all during this time of struggle.

Be well ~

Shamrock Take Out Menu

March 23, 2020

Tonight is Pizza Night!

Let's support our local restaurants during this pandemic!

From Island Airways

March 21, 2020

These have been some dark days but there are some rays of hope mixed in the darkness (just like in this picture from last evening). We are all learning what our new normal is in these challenging days. This week Paul and I have faced a great deal of criticism for continuing to provide uninterrupted air service to Beaver Island. We have answered these critics simply stating, “It is essential that Beaver Island have food, medicine, and the ability to travel for urgent appointments.” It really is that simple. Beaver Island is not closing down or giving in to panic.

We have taken phone calls from panicked parents wanting to be sure their college students whose classes have been cancelled can come home……we will get them home. And calls from people asking “what if my grandmother in Grand Rapids gets ill? Can I get to her?” We will get you to her. “What if my kids are laid off from their job and need to move home?” We will get the kids home.

Isn’t this what Beaver Island is all about? When the rest of the world turns inside out we on Beaver Island take care of our own? We help each other? We are all in this together? The key word in all those questions is “HOME.” Beaver Island is home for some many – those of us who live here year-round, those who escape winter for a few weeks, those who were born and raised here and still call this home. We need to be open for business to get everyone where they need to be.

In the coming days and weeks, Paul and I will maintain our service. It is not just for us, or for our staff, but for our entire Island family.

Now for the story of the attached picture. Last night, after Paul had already flown then entire day, fought bad weather, cross winds that never let up, and had just gotten home and was unlacing his boots when the phone rang. Someone’s four-year-old was injured on the mainland and could we get Dad there. Paul was lacing his boots so fast it was unbelievable. “Let’s go” is all he said as he listened to my end of the call. He had the Apache ready so fast and we were on our way. If anyone thinks we are not taking this pandemic seriously please think about it from our point of view…..we are not only looking out for just the two of us but for all of us. How do we say no to anyone who wants to be home? Or who needs an emergency flight? Or what if it was your 4-year-old? I took this picture on that flight last evening.

These are dark days for sure but there are rays of hope. We are all in this together and this is another time for Beaver Island to shine and do what Beaver Island does best – take care of each other. Be welcoming. Be home.

It is also time that we all reach out and thank our fellow Beaver Island business owners for continuing to get the job done in these challenging times:

• McDonough family for making sure we have all the supplies we need and for being so well stocked.

• Hodgson family for continuing to provide carry out meals

• Martin family for keeping us fueled

• Jeff Powers for being sure we can do the home improvement projects we now have time for AND for taking care of the pets in our lives

• The Island contractors for continuing to build the Island’s future

• All the business owners, rental homeowners, and shops who are prepared to carry on for Beaver Island

We are all in this together!

Angel & Paul Welke
231 675 7882 mobile number
231 448 2374 home

From Fresh Air

March 23, 2020

Be rest assured that we are an essential service

The Governor of Michigan has issued a Stay at Home Order for non essential businesses effective midnight tonight but please be advised Transportation is considered an essential service and Fresh Air Aviation is still able to provide air service to our island communities as requested. We are here to serve you as needed and please do not hesitate to call with questions 231-237-9482 or 231-448-2089.

As per the Executive Order you are still able to travel between your residences in Michigan and other essential travel needs such as medical appointments or picking up supplies.

Our hours of operations at both our Charlevoix and Beaver Island locations will be reduced and based on demand so please make sure to call in advance if you need to pick up or drop off freight. Also be advised we will call you when your freight is available for pick up at the Beaver Island terminal such as UPS or Fedex.


Keith and Rachel Teague

Governor Whitmer Executive Order

All Michigan residents and most businesses are being advised to stay in their homes under an executive order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. The executive order, released shortly before a Monday press conference, goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24 and will last for three weeks, ending April 13. Violation of the order is punishable by a misdemeanor.

Public schools will remain closed through April 13, Whitmer said.

Read the Executive Order HERE

Beaver Island Birding Events Canceled

March 23, 2020

After careful consideration for the health of birding participants, the Beaver Island Birding Trail's Warblers on the Water events are canceled for Memorial Weekend. It would be impossible to social distance in vans or on a boat. You will be receiving a full reimbursement from the Beaver Island Association via PayPal or by check for your scheduled field trips. If you have questions about the refund or the event, please contact us at: treasurer@beaverislandassociation.org

Spring has arrived and it may not feel as exhilarating as other years. At a time of so many unknowns with CORVID-19, spring migration and getting outdoors can have a healing effect. We hope you have an opportunity to take a quiet walk and enjoy the spring awakening and return of bird calls. Please plan on joining us in 2021 and follow our island's birds on our Facebook page.

All the very best to each of you!

The Beaver Island Birding Trail Committee and Field Trip Leaders

Disaster Waiting to Happen or Already Happening

Erosion of Bluffs of Beaver Island

March 21, 2020

If you built or purchased a house on the shoreline of the Lake Michigan Island called Beaver Island, you need to have someone check on that house if you are not here on Beaver Island right now. Some of these structures, even with previous measures taken, can NOT be photographed from the beach area because there is little to no beach area to walk on to get there.

While the rest of the world is concerned with the coronavisrus, and this is very important to prevent its spread to certain groups of older or immuno-compromised people, the water and the waves are doing a number on the water side of their property.

A short drive and talk with one member of the Beaver Island community that is facing these serious issues seemed logical. Pam Grassmick was willing to take me around and show me several of these issues. Thank you Pam!

Pam Grassmick talks about the erosion issue.

View video of this interview HERE

Above is an example of the erosion and washing away of the bluffs on Beaver Island.

According to many intelligent people, it is possible to have the water level of Lake Michigan increase nine to fifteen inches higher. Watch the videos and spend some time researching the areas of higher water levels of the Great Lakes as well as the wind and weather issues that face the Beaver Island community.

The erosion caused by waves and high water of the shoreline.

One of the methods tried to protect the shoreline, but the erosion is still winning.

View a gallery of photos taken along the bluff on the East Side HERE

View video of the walk and view the erosion issues HERE

St. James Township Annual Meeting and Budget Hearing

Notice of Proposed 2020-2021 Budget Meeting

Notice of St James Township Annual Meeting 03.28.20

Father Jim Siler "Blessings"

March 19, 2020

Father Jim Siler did blessings at many point from the Holy Cross Catholic Church all the way to Whiskey Point, stopping at each house or business, giving the blessing. Father Jim walked the entire way to the point and back. BINN editor in a care kept ahead of Father Jim and took pictures and video of this special blessing.

View video of this trip HERE

Special St. James Meeting

March 19, 2020

The special meeting will take place on Friday, March 20, 2020, at 2 p.m.

2020-02-20-02 Remote Attendance Resolution

Notice of Special Meeting.March20.2020.docx

SJTBagn 03202020_special

BI Emergency Services Special Meeting

March 19, 2020

The meeting today was especially designed to handle the coronavirus issues in discussion. The basic Peaine Township telephone policy of attendance was used during this meeting. It was also approved for use by the BIESA. A committee will be meeting and getting an informational notice posted in the near future. Many aspects of the pandemic were discussed as well as they pertained to the island.


Tim McDonough, fire chief, Rick Speck, bookkeeper, Joe Moore, videographer, Gerald LaFreniere, and Angel Welke were present.

There were people who called in on the phone to participate in the meeting. They will be mentioned in the minutes of the meeting. Calling in as board members were Tammi Radionoff and Jim McDonough. Calling in for EMS was Cody Randall.

BIESA Board members present: Bob Turner, Bill Kohls, and Kitty McNamara.

View Fire Department Budget HERE

View BIEMS Budget HERE

View video of this meeting HERE

Beautiful Beaver Island

March 18, 2020

by Johnny James Jamrock

Johnny James Jamrock did a video of Beaver Island for the Lake Geneserath Fishing Tournament this winter. He and his photographer came over for a day and a half to check out things on the island and to document the trip. The video was completed after this trip including the editing and the drone footage to make this excellent video.

Johnny James Jamrock

Drone picture

The videographers and photographers

View the video HERE

From the District Library

March 18, 2020

All of the NEA Big Read Events will be postponed until this fall. Dates to be determined.

The Essence of Beaver Island

March 17, 2020

by Corey Adkins

One of the amazing things about Beaver Island is the love and caring people that live here. Corey Adkins captured this video about the musicians joining together to visit those older Islanders that would not be attending any of the activities downtown. This video is on youtube, but Corey Adkins gave permission to BINN to share the video on this website and on Beaver Island TV. \

Today, being a special day for the Emerald Isle, and with all activities canceled in Ireland, it seemed appropriate to share this with all the subscribers to see an example of the love and caring people that do this wonderful work on Beaver Island. Thank you to all the musicians, and thank you to Corey Adkins for allowing us to share this video.

View the Essence of Beaver Island HERE

From the Diocese of Gaylord

March 13, 2020

The church as always will remain open 24/7 for private prayer. Adoration times will be posted throughout the week days.

God bless you all,

Fr. Jim Siler

Read the Bishop's letter HERE

Invasive Species' Plans

March 13, 2020

Beaver Island Archipelago Terrestrial Invasive Species Administration (2)

Beaver Island Archipelago Terrestrial Invasive Species Strategy (2)

NEW Terrestrial Invasive Species Ordiance - DRAFT 1-22-2020 (2)

Welcome to Our Newest Business Subscriber

View the KM Advertisement HERE

High Water Information

March 5, 2020

There may be a meeting in April 2020 to help discuss the options for property owners on the shoreline with danger of erosion causing serious damage to their home.

Megan Anderson, PEM

Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet County
Office of Emergency Management &
Homeland Security
P.O. Box 480
Petoskey, MI 49770

Living on the Coast Booklet

Factsheet Moving a Home due to High Water.Final

Thank you for sharing, Pam Grassmick!

BIBCO Schedule 2020

February 19, 2020


Snowy Owl Battle

January 22, 2020

The Snowy Owls were seen in many locations over the months of late November and early December. Cynthia Johnson watched one fly over her truck with a duck in his talons. Cynthia followed the owl to down near the public beach, and got video of the owl being attacked by another snowy owl in what appears and attempt to steal the duck.

Cynthia Johnson sent the video to BINN, and some editing was done to the video to remove some shaky parts. In addition a few pictures from BINN and sound track was added as well.

View the edited video HERE

The Founding Documents for the Airport Commission

The Intergovernmental Agreement

The Rules for Procedure

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

BI Transfer Station and Recycle Center

Beaver Island Transfer Station Rates Effective 1_2019

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