B.I. News on the 'Net, April 10-16, 2017

Easter Brunch at the Gregg Fellowship Center

April 16, 2017, 11:45 am

Approximately seventy people attended the Easter Brunch at the Beaver Island Christian Church Gregg Fellowship Center for a wonderful meal and fellowship. The pancakes were not only tasty, but they were also quite beautiful. The French toast was excellent, the many other types of breakfast-like items for the brunch also were mouth-watering. There was coffee, orange juice, and water to drink. Many thanks to the crew who put in the extra effort to cook and special thanks to those that stayed around to clean up. The task master for this event was Rose Spershott, and she was very efficient at getting the brunch ready and served.

The younger helpers included Quinn, Riley, and Forrest...the older guy on the right is Joe Moore

Creative pancake makers

Some of the attendees and brunch eaters

CatholicChurch Deacon meets Christian Church minister

A little video of the brunch


Easter Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

April 16, 2017

The Sunday morning Easter celebration of Mass started right on time at 9:30 a.m. with a little more than twice the number of attendees as the Easter Vigil. The lector was Jacque LaFreniered. The Gospel was read by Deacon Jim Siler, and he also gave the sermon. Our priest for today was Father John Paul. The choir was excellent with Sheri Timsak singing "Halleluia" by Leonard Cohen, the Easter verses, with the choir joining on the chorus. Another wonderful beginning to the Easter season. Deacon Jim announced that both he and Father John Paul would not be on Beaver Island next Sunday, but that Father Mathew would be here to provide the Mass.

Seventeen unique IP addresses watched the live stream of Easter Sunday Service, Live from Holy Cross.

Deacon JIm gave an introduction, Jacque did the readings

Father John Paul prays and Deacon Jim gives the sermon.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 16, 2017

Happy Easter from Beaver Island! IT is a rather soggy island as we've received almost a half inch of rain since yesterday. Right now it's 46°, feels like 41°, wind is at 9 mph from the NW, humidity is at 99%, pressure is steady at 29.57 inches, and visibility is 0.7 miles. Today: Areas of fog in the morning. Cloudy with a 50% chance of rain showers. Highs in the lower 50s. North winds at 10 mph shifting to the northwest in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A chance of rain showers in the evening. Lows in the mid 30s. Northwest winds at 10 mph.

MARINE REPORT Today: North wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest in the afternoon. Areas of fog early in the morning. Showers early in the morning, then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of April 16, 1922 - Annie Oakley shot 100 clay targets in a row, to set a women's record. She was born Phoebe Ann Mosey. She also was variously known as "Miss Annie Oakley", "Little Sure Shot", "Little Miss Sure Shot", "Watanya Cicilla", "Phoebe Anne Oakley", "Mrs. Annie Oakley", "Mrs. Annie Butler", and "Mrs. Frank Butler". Her death certificate gives her name as "Annie Oakley Butler".

Did you know that the word 'almost' is the longest in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order?

Word of the day: leporine (LEP-uh-rahyn) which means of, relating to, or resembling a rabbit or hare. Leporine entered English in the mid-1600s from the Latin leporīnus, which is equivalent to lepor-, the stem of lepus, meaning “hare.”

Easter Vigil At Holy Cross

April 15, 2017, at 8 p.m.

The Easter Vigil Service is quite a long service with lots of reading and lots of prayers, spoken and sung. The service includes an interesting start with a fire outside the church where the congregation all get their candles lit to represent the Light of Christ, and then they all process into the church. There is a renewal of Baptismal Promises, and then a complete Mass as well.


View video of the service HERE

The church after the Easter Vigil

Osprey Preparing the Nest

April 15, 2017

From an email, the editor learned that there were ospreys returning to the island. A quick trip out to the Sloptown Road microwave tower indicated that this was exactly correct, and the osprey were observed preparing the nest on top of the microwave tower. Here are a few pictures and a gallery along with a video clip of the nest preparation at 11 a.m.

Guarding the nest location

Bringing in nesting materials, while one stands guard

View a gallery of pictures HERE


Interesting Video Statistics First Half of April

The captureed clips of the BIROBOT competition in Traverse City had over five hundred views as did the video clip of Bud Martin's first trip for fuel. Several clips had over seven hundred views. These were the view clip of the East Wind, the clips of the eagles feasting n the ice, the Waterfalls and Run-offs, and the Miller's Marsh and Iron Ore Bay. This is just one day over two weeks. The top clip viewed so far this month was the clip entitled "Bud Martin, First Fuel Trip" with almost 800 views in just these two weeks.

Rich Gillespie's video of Dick's Gift has over four hundred views. So does the Easter Egg Hunt and Pictures with the Easter Bunny. Others that surprised the editor include over two hundred views of the Procession Before Mass, the First Boat of the Season, and the USCG Mackinaw exchanges buoys.

This year so far in three and a half months there have been over 1000 unique IP addresses viewing over 8700 video clips. The most popular clips are the Conflict Presentation clips from January, so far this year, with over 2000 views. The Walk to Little Sand Bay had over 1600 views. The Cook-off Food and Eaters clip and the Crazy Turkeys clip have ove 1200 views.

Many thanks go to the videographers for BINN including Deb Bousquet and Cheryl Phillips for their help in accomplishing these statistics. Even some of the more traditional clips of meetings have had more than fifty views.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 15, 2017

Lightly raining this morning. It's so badly needed that we can't really complain about it. Take a walk in the woods if you don't believe me - everything is cracking underfoot. Plus, it'll make the mushrooms start to pop up. Right now it's 42° with a windchill of 37°, wind is at 8 mph from the SE, humidity is at 85%, pressure is falling from 29.78 inches, and visibility is 7.2 miles. Today: Rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then rain showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

MARINE REPORT Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through This Evening. Today: Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots becoming southwest in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 knots. Rain showers early in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms through the day. Chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less building to 4 to 6 feet in the morning. Tonight: West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

On this date of April 15, 1967 - The Nancy and Frank Sinatra duet "Somethin' Stupid" hit #1 on the U.S. singles chart. It was the first father and daughter act to hit #1. Sorry if that gives you a bit of an ear worm for the day.

Did you know that according to manufacturer Spalding the average lifespan of an NBA basketball is 10,000 bounces?

Word of the day: sententious (sen-TEN-shuh s) which means 1) abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims. 2) given to excessive moralizing; self-righteous. 3) given to or using pithy sayings or maxims. Sententious came to English from late Middle English. It ultimately derives from the Latin adjective sententiōsus “meaningful.” Sententious entered English in the 1400s.

Good Friday Service At the Christian Church

A small group gathered at the 4:30 p.m. service at the Beaver Island Christian Church for Good Friday. The seven candles of the menorah were extinguished after seven readings with music in between including hymns and some special music played by Joe Moore and Judi Meister. The large candle was brought in by Ruth Gregg while a hymn was sung. Deb Plastrik was the MC and a visiting minister, Jan Beaderstadt, provided the invocation and the communion readings. No pictures or video were done during this service, but the service was beautifully full of symbolism and wonderful reading by local community members. That was what made it quite special.

BICS Weekly Update

April 17-21, 2017

Good Friday, Stations of the Cross at Noon,

followed by service, April 14, 2017

Day 2 of the Triduum including Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil

This service is an extended program including the Stations of the Cross, and then it is followed by the Good Friday Service. It included a great deal of prayer as well as sung prayers, and background music during prayers and processions. The program was approximately 90 minutes in length. Only excerpts of this were recorded, but the entire service was live streamed at http://beaverisland.tv.

Stations of the Cross

Deacon Jim Siler

Pat Nugent, Lector

Reading of the Passion, Father John Paul

Video excerpts may be viewed HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 14, 2017

Beautiful morning, the pinks of the sunrise are still staining the sky from my window. Right now we have clear skies, 36°, windchill of 32°, wind is at 4 mph from the SE, humidity is at 94%, pressure is rising from 30.22 inches, and visibility is 9.4 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. Southeast winds at 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening, then mostly cloudy with rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. MARINE REPORT: Today: Southeast wind 10 to 20 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet. Tonight: Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of April 14, 1918 - The U.S. First Aero Squadron engaged in America's first aerial dogfight with enemy aircraft over Toul, France.

From RallyPoint, the Professional Military Network:
"Six days after being assigned for the first time to the western front, two American pilots from the U.S. First Aero Squadron engaged in America’s first aerial dogfight with enemy aircraft.

In a battle fought almost directly over the Allied Squadron Aerodome at Toul, France, U.S. fliers Douglas Campbell and Alan Winslow succeeded in shooting down two German two-seaters. By the end of May, Campbell had shot down five enemy aircraft, making him the first American to qualify as a “flying ace” in World War I.
The First Aero Squadron, organized in 1914 after the outbreak of World War I, undertook its first combat mission on March 19, 1917, in support of the 7,000 U.S. troops that invaded Mexico to capture Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. Despite numerous mechanical and navigational problems, the American fliers flew hundreds of scouting missions for U.S. Brigadier General John J. Pershing and gained important experience that would later be used over the battlefields of Europe in World War I."

Did you know that laughing lowers levels of stress and strengthens your immune system? From Cancer Connect:

"Laughter May Boost Immune System
According to an article recently published in
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, laughter may reduce stress and increase natural killer cell levels, a type of white blood cell that attacks cancer cells.
Many people experience stress as part of their daily lives. Individuals with health issues, particularly diseases like cancer, often experience a significant increase in their stress levels following a cancer diagnosis. This elevated stress may continue during treatment and after its completion. A few studies have suggested that stress appears to negatively impact health. Other research has reported that a weak immune system, as measured by low numbers of natural killer cells, appears to decrease patient resistance to disease and increase likelihood of death among cancer patients.
Researchers are beginning to investigate therapies that may alleviate stress and correspondingly improve immune response. Most of these therapies are considered complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Mind-body interventions, a type of CAM, are often used to address stress issues. These techniques claim to alter a patient’s mental state and create a corresponding shift in their physical body. Examples of mind-body interventions include meditation, music therapy, and laughter.
Most people would say they feel better during, or immediately following, a bout of laughter. Patch Adams, a doctor well-known for his advocacy of laughter and humor in hospitals, has gone so far as to start a free, “silly” hospital in rural West Virginia. In Japan, laughter clubs are becoming more popular. Interestingly, a survey of rural Midwestern cancer patients reported that humor was one of their most frequently used CAM therapies. Scientists are also beginning to explore laughter by conducting clinical trials that measure specific changes in psychological and physical well-being that appear to result from laughing.
In this study, conducted at the Indiana State University Sycamore Nursing Center, 33 healthy adult women were divided into two groups. The treatment group watched a humorous video, while the control group viewed a tourism video. All participants completed questionnaires regarding their stress and humor levels before and after watching their videos. In addition, blood drawn before and after treatment was tested for natural killer cell levels.
Compared to the control group, the laughter group reported a significant decrease in stress following treatment. Their stress level appeared inversely correlated with their level of “mirthful” laughter. Participants with high scores on the humor questionnaire also had significantly higher numbers of natural killer cells after treatment. The laughing participants’ natural killer cell levels were significantly higher than those of the control group too,.
These researchers conclude that laughter appears to reduce stress and improve activity of natural killer cells, which may benefit cancer patients. Clinical trials of laughter involving cancer patients are needed to clarify the effectiveness of laughter for that specific population. Patients with cancer may wish to speak with their physician about the risks and benefits of CAM or about participation in a clinical trial further evaluating CAM therapies, such as laughter."

Word of the day: compathy (KOM-puh-thee) which means feelings, as happiness or grief, shared with another or others.
Compathy differs from sympathy in that compathy strictly refers to one’s feelings (happiness, sadness, joy, sorrow), whereas sympathy can also refer to political opinions, intellectual ideas, and even physiological relations. Compathy entered English in the 20th century.

Holy Thursday, Mass of the Last Supper, 7 p.m., April 13, 2017

Deacon Jim Siler began the service

Jacque LaFreniere was the lector, Deacon Jim read the Gospel

Father John Paul gave the sermon

A procession went all the way around the inside of the church and then out to the convent.

View video of the service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 13, 2017

Clear skies this morning, 35°, wind is at 3 mph from the ESE, humidity is at 91%, pressure is rising from 30.29 inches, and visibility is 9.7 miles. Today: Highs in the mid 50s. Light winds becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Northeast winds at 10 mph in the evening becoming light. MARINE REPORT: Today: Light winds. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of April 13, 1775 - Lord North extended the New England Restraining Act to South, Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. The Restraining Acts of early 1775 were two Acts passed by the Parliament of Great Britain, which limited colonial trade in response to both increasing and spreading civil disobedience in Massachusetts and New England, and similar trade restrictions instituted by elected colonial representatives. With time the foment would spread to most of its American Colonies. The first restraining act, (15 Geo. III c. 10) known variously as the New England Trade And Fisheries Act, the New England Restraining Act, or the Trade Act 1775 (c.10), limited the export and import of any goods to and from only Great Britain, Ireland, and the British West Indies; it also prohibited the New England colonies from fishing in the waters off Newfoundland and most of America's Atlantic coast, without special permissions and documentation, and imposed stiff penalties on both perpetrators and administrators if violations occurred. Previously legal or finessed trade between the colonies themselves or with other nations was prohibited, and enforced by naval blockade, effective July 1, 1775. The second restraining act, (15 Geo. III c. 18) known as the Trade Act 1775 (c.18), similarly limited the export or import of any goods by way of only Great Britain, Ireland, and the British West Indies for most colonies south of New England; it was passed shortly after the first, upon receiving news in April that the colonial's trade boycott had spread widely among other colonies. Only New York, Delaware, North Carolina and Georgia would escape these restraints on trade, but only for a few months.

Did you know that the grapefruit gets its name from the way it grows in clusters like grapes on a vine? The grapefruit (Citrus × paradisi) is a subtropical citrus tree known for its sour to semi-sweet fruit. Grapefruit is a hybrid originating in Barbados as an accidental cross between two introduced species, sweet orange (C. sinensis) and pomelo or shaddock (C. maxima), both of which were introduced from Asia in the seventeenth century. When found, it was named the “forbidden fruit”; and it has also been misidentified with the pomelo. The grapefruit's name alludes to clusters of the fruit on the tree, which often appear similar to grapes.

Word of the day: hypozeuxis (hahy-puh-ZOOK-sis) which means the use of a series of parallel clauses, each of which has a subject and predicate, as in "I came, I saw, I conquered." Hypozeuxis is a very rare Greek rhetorical term and an oddity. Its meaning as a rhetorical term is perfectly straightforward (a series of short parallel clauses, each having a subject and predicate, as in “I came, I saw, I conquered”). The oddity of hypozeuxis is that it is found only in the writings of Latin grammarians and literary scholars of the 4th century a.d., e.g., in the commentary of Aelius Donatus on the comic play Phormio by Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) (ca. 190–ca.159 b.c.). Hypozeuxis was first recorded and defined in English by George Puttenham (1529-1590), an English literary critic.

Peaine Township Meeting

April 12, 2017

The Peaine Township Board had a meeting tonight, April 12, 2017, beginning at 7 p.m. No information about the meeting, agenda or resolutions, etc., was provided to Beaver Island News on the 'Net. The video for the meeting can be viewed HERE.

Dick Burris Story


Gordon: was a one of a kind person. He was a gentle, sensitive, 265 pound accident happening continuously. Gordon was our mason tender, and always had surprises for us. People that knew him would just laugh when we asked them if they knew him. We asked him to dry up the mortar, so he added (sand and water) which still left it too wet.  One time he was holding a tong full of brick and begging for help, cuz it was hurting him. I smacked the end of the brick , dropping the load on the ground. He had pinched part of his private parts between the brick as he had lifted them from the pile.

One spring day he came in our driveway with his car belching out steam; he related to us, "think nothing of it, it happens all of the time." Then he came in the house, I think he walked on a floor we had just finished, and we told him to sit down. So he sat down in a chair that had curtain rods in it,that destroyed them. We told him he was gonna have to leave. So he got up and tripped over a can of paint, spilling it on the floor.

When he left, he made a U turn onto the lawn leaving deep ruts in the yard. (THEN AS HE BECAME STUCK HE BACKED ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE LAWN AND HIT IT AGAIN. LEAVING 3 SETS OF DEEP RUTS. WE MADE HIM COME BACK AND FILL THEM AND TAMP THEM FLAT, SO WE COULD MOW OVER THEM ) This was like a typical day for Gordon.

Gordon always asked us if he could drive the vehicles, he was not the greatest driver, but I offered to let him drive the big truck. We stood there watching while he backed the truck across Davison road and stalled it; he then flooded it, and ran the battery down. He got out the crank and was cranking it, as the traffic was backing up both ways. We just stood there and watched the show.    Horns were honking, then stopped; He told us they were being polite because he had showed them the crank.  I think the honkers feared for their life, when a burley 265 pound man apparently was threatening them with a crank. He did get it started and was peeved at us for just standing there laughing.

 He once challenged my brother Bob, and I to a leg wrestling match. First Bob, then me. When he lost with us both; he said it made him off balance and decided to leg wrestle both of us at once. My wife walked in just in time to see a big butt flying through the air. Gordon's reasoning did leave a lot to be desired.
One day Bob and I talked Gordon into going with us to the back pasture, to shoot a cow for beef. Gordon had a new "High Standard" pistol which he was so proud of; he was always doing a quick draw, and many other jeopardizing maneuvers with it. At one point he went over a fence and it fell from his holster; later he noticed it had fallen from the holster; there was a panic until he backtracked and found it again. Then we spotted the herd of cattle grazing, at quite a distance. We climbed the fence, and started toward the herd; Gordon with gun in hand, marching a few feet in front of us. We were talking, and planing our next move, when I heard a rumbling noise, and looked up; here came the whole curious herd at dead gallop toward us, but quite a way off. Gordon turned, and saw this; whirled around, pistol waving above his head, shouting "¡ STAMPEEEEDE !" I never had seen a big man run that fast; when he reached the fence he grabbed the top strands and hurled himself over it. He hadn't gone far beyond the fence when we caught up with him. That terminated our little prank.
   There are many more stories, Yes, he was an interesting experience.

What Did You Say 13

by Joe Moore

One of the things about doing rural EMS on the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes is that, as we have already previously mentioned, is that everybody knows everbody else.  You may not think this is a problem, but almost the entire island knows where you were dispatched, why you were dispatched, and what is going on before you even end up transporting the patient. 
What did you say?

Yes, I’m sure that anyone in this small community can find out more quickly than anyone who lives anywhere else.  With the volunteers in the fire department and in the emergency medical services, the law enforcement officer, and the medical center providers and staff, you have the largest percentage of people knowing what is going on.  This can be a really good thing for serious things that happen like a fire or some other disaster, but it can also be difficult when it involves someone who is very touchy about their medical problems becoming part of a public discussion.  There is no way to slow down the Beaver Island rumor mill

Read the rest of the story HERE

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USCG Vessel Mackinaw and Emerald Isle

This morning the ferry Emerald Isle left the island at its normal time on the normal schedule for the second trip of the season. It was noted that the Mackinaw had spent the night near the island, and was headed out this morning as well. Radio communcation was accomplished at around 8:30 a.m. between the vessels, which prompted the check to see about their respective positions. The above picture showes the blue vessel as the Emerald Isle and the green vessel the Mackinaw. The screen shot took place at 8:30 a.m., April 12, 2017.

Baroque on Beaver Festival Names New Concertmaster

Music Director Robert Nordling and the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association are pleased to announce the selection of James Crawford as the Festival orchestra’s new Concertmaster. Mr. Crawford is also the Concertmaster with the Grand Rapids Orchestra.

Reacting to his appointment Crawford said: “I am keenly interested in the Festival Orchestra and making it the best it can be.”

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Chair Frank D’Andraia said: “It will be a pleasure to welcome James Crawford to this important position. He brings both talent and experience and will be an important part of our continued success in attracting music lovers from around the region to Beaver Island. We look forward to introducing him to our Festival audiences and to having him in the concertmaster chair when the Baroque on Beaver Festival opens on July 28, 2017.”

The concertmaster is the link between the conductor and the rest of the orchestra. It's the second-highest position after the conductor. As the violinist with the highest “rank”, the concertmaster sits in the first chair, next to the conductor's podium. The concertmaster leads the orchestra in its tuning prior to the concert, and customarily plays all of the violin solos within pieces.

James Crawford is a native of Charleston, SC, where he began violin studies at the age of seven. He made his first solo appearance with the Charleston Symphony at age ten. At age twelve, he was awarded a full scholarship to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts. Mr.Crawford then continued his musical studies at the Curtis (PA) Institute of Music.

in January of 1994 Crawford joined the Grand Rapids Symphony as Concertmaster. He came to Grand Rapids from North Carolina, where he was Concertmaster of the Western Piedmont Symphony and Associate Concertmaster of the Winston-Salem and Salisbury (NC)Symphonies. Some of Mr. Crawford’s orchestral and chamber music experiences include performances and tours with the Gilmore (MI) Festival, New York Pops, Warner Brothers Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Gamper Contemporary (ME) Music Festival, and the Razoumovsky and Devos String Quartets. Other previously held positions include faculty member and Artist-in-Residence with the Saugatuck (MI) Chamber Music Festival, and assistant faculty member of the Bowdoin(ME) Summer Music Festival.

Mr. Crawford was a First Prize winner in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts"ARTS” Competition, and recipient of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Giannini Award. He was also a winner of the UNC’s International Music Program Concerto Competition and was soloist on its European tour through Germany and Italy. In 1985, Mr.Crawford was a United States Presidential Scholar Finalist.
Crawford succeeds David Reimer as Concertmaster. Mr. Reimer will continue with the Festival Orchestra as Associate Concertmaster.

Mr. Crawford resides in Grand Rapids and is married to Grand Rapids Symphony Violinist Megan Reiter-Crawford. They have four children, Julia, Orion, Naomi and Kenji. The Baroque on Beaver Festival celebrates its 16th consecutive season 2017. The Festival is the signature event of the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association. The mission of the BeaverIsland Cultural Arts Association, a 501-c-3 corporation, is “To serve the Beaver Island community by promoting and supporting the cultural arts, including the annual Baroque on Beaver Festival.”

For more information about BICAA and the Baroque Festival, call (888)511-5189 or consult http://bicaa.org/ .

Weather by Joe

April 12, 2017

The weather yesterday kind of put a damper on one group of people who had gone to Gaylord for a special reason, and Phyllis was with this group, and is therefore not home yet to do the weather. I'll just have to muddle my way through the weather part only. Right now at 7:30 this morning it is 34 degrees with light variable winds with some from the north northwest at 3.6 mph. The high today should be near 44. The barometric pressure is 30.28 and visibility is at 10 miles. It's overcast at 2400 feet, and the dewpoint at 32 is right between the temperature 33 and the windchill 31. The humidity is at 90 percent. The forecast is for clear skies with a 15 percent chance of rain during the overnight hours.

Coast Guard Vessel Mackinaw Replacing Buoys

The USCG Mackinaw removed the ice buoy from the Whiskey Point location at the entrace to Paradise Bay today. The other buoys are also being replaced outside the harbor. The vessel is a large one slightly more than 73 feet in length and almost eighteen feet in breadth. The vessel is a fairly new one being guilt in 2005. The Mackinaw is stationed in Cheboygan

View a gallery of photos HERE


Artifacts to Memories: One Image

by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

April 11, 2017

Well, this won't be like your used to reading Phyllis' weather, but, since she is off to Gaylord this morning, I'll have to do what I can. Right now, at 7:30 a.m., the temperature is 33 degrees with the windchill and the dewpoint also at 33 degrees. Visibility is 4 miles with the wind out of the NNW at 6 mph. it is cloudy and overcast at 700 feet. The humidity is at 99 percent, due to about a half an inch of rain over the 24 hours. The wind is variable and coming basically from the north, but switching to the NNW and the NNE.

The forecast is for no precipitation from now until 11:30 a.m. with the chance of snow beginning then. The high temperature today will be in the mid thirties with wind gusting up to forty miles per hour.

Emerald Isle Returns from First Ferry Run

With CMU vehicles onboard and several CMU employees, along with a few other passengers, the Emerald Isle returned from the first run of the season with lots of freight. Just what did they bring on the first boat? Take a look at the video and you'll see.

View video HERE

View a gallery of photos here

Emerald Isle docks

Some of the freight from the first boat.

Motor Vehicle Accident

Sometime on the evening of April 8th or the early morning of April 9th, a truck hit a tree in the "S-curve" on the King's Highway. These pictures were taken on the morning of April 9, 2017. The pictures speak for themselves.

The tree was hit and the truck slid up the tree

Damage to the vehicle that was towed off King's Highwaty toward Maloney's

Some of the severe damage done to the vehicle.

Hopefully, no one was seriously injured in this accident since the violence of damage is obvious.

From the Sheriff's Department at 1:05 p.m.

Sheriff Chuck Vondra reports on 04/09/2017, at approximately 10:00 hours, the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office on Beaver Island was given information of a damaged truck on Hannon’s Rd. just off of Kings Highway.  The incident occurred at approximately 21:30 hours on 04/08/17.

After talking to the driver, it was determined the vehicle had been northbound on Kings Highway when it was going around the curve, lost control, and hit a tree.

Driver of the vehicle was Beaver Island resident, Jewell Gillespie-Cushman, 21 years old, who sustained minor injuries in the accident. Speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the accident.

First Boat of the Season

The Beaver Island Boat Company and the Beaver Island Transportation Authority sent off the very first ferry run of the 2017 season this morning at 8:20 a.m., April 10, 2017. This video was taken of the morning and of the boat leaving. The video is being posted at 9:15 a.m.

The Emerald Isle ready in its Beaver Island berth, ready to go, engine running

Emerald Isle pulls out and heads out of the harbor

View a gallery of photos HERE




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

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

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Emergency Services Authority

October 27, 2016

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December 29, 2016

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February 23, 2017

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March 30, 2017

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BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

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Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

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Peaine Township Meeting

January 11, 2017

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February 8, 2017

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March 8, 2017

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Peaine Annual Meetings

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St. James Township Meeting Video

January 4, 2017

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March 8, 2017

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On the Beach of Beaver Island

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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

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 10, 2017

Today marks the "official" first day of spring on the island as the Emerald Isle begins her season plying the waters between here and Charlevoix. Wishing the crew calm seas for 2017 and a busy season. I'll also be adding the marine weather reports for this boating season.

I'm thinking that there may not be a weather report tomorrow morning as I'm leaving the island at 8 am to attend the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral in Gaylord. But for today, there is a report and I'll do the forecast for today and tomorrow to be safe. Right now I'm showing 45° with a windchill of 41°, partly cloudy skies, wind is at 7 mph from the SW with gusts to 19 mph, humidity is at 94%, pressure is steady at 29.42 inches, visibility is 6 miles, and we've received .37 inches of rain since yesterday. Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms. Highs around 60°. Southwest winds at 10 mph shifting to the northwest in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 mph. Tonight: Scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then numerous rain showers and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tuesday: Patchy fog in the morning. Numerous rain showers in the morning then a slight chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Colder. Highs in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the west in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy. a chance of rain showers in the evening. Lows around 30°. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.
Today: East wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots in the afternoon. Isolated thunderstorms early in the morning. Scattered showers through the day. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Northeast wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Patchy fog. Numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less. Tuesday: North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Rain showers likely. Waves 2 to 3 feet. Tuesday night: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of April 10, 1790 - The U.S. patent system was established when U.S. President George Washington signed the Patent Act of 1790 into law. The Patent Act of 1790 was the first patent statute passed by the federal government of the United States. It was enacted on April 10, 1790, about one year after the constitution was ratified and a new government was organized. The law was concise, defining the subject matter of a U.S. patent as “any useful art, manufacture, engine, machine, or device, or any improvement thereon not before known or used.” It granted the applicant the "sole and exclusive right and liberty of making, constructing, using and vending to others to be used" of his invention.

The 1790 Patent Act was amended for several reasons. The examination process required an unreasonable amount of time and soon became criticized by those in charge of administering it, the most vocal member being Thomas Jefferson. Investors also believed that “patents were too difficult to obtain” under the act. Congress removed the examination process three years after the 1790 Patent Act was passed, and inventions no longer needed to be deemed as “sufficiently useful and important” to be granted a patent. The new act transformed the process of granting patents from initially requiring strict examination by high government officials to requiring no examination at all. (wikipedia)

Did you know that ostrich meat is the leanest of all red meats?

Word of the day: mensch (mench) which means a decent, upright, mature, and responsible person. Mensch in German means simply “human being, person, individual”; mensch in Yiddish means “admirable human being, honest, honorable person,” rather like the difference in English between human and humane. The German and Yiddish nouns come from Middle High German mensche, from Old High German mennisco, and are akin to Old Frisian männska “person, human being,” Middle Dutch mensche, Old Saxon mennisco. All of these nouns derive from an adjective represented by Old English mennisc “human,” Old Norse mennskr, and Gothic mannisks. These nouns and adjectives all derive from prehistoric Germanic noun stems mannu-, mannon- “human being man,” which are related to Sanskrit mánu- “human being, man,” and Slavic (Polish) mąż “husband” (Czech) muž “man, husband.” Mensch entered English in the 20th century.

What's Up

by Cindy Ricksgers

Dick Burris Uses 'Hummer'

Dick Burris got this gift yesterday at about 5:30 p.m., and began with a short trip downtown. Today, April 9, 2017, Dick took his ride inside the McDonough's Market. It's great to see him able to get around.

Christian Church Bulletin

April 9, 2017

Sandhill Cranes

The first sandhill crane that was standing in the field on Sloptown Road without being worried about the presence of the photographer. Several vehicles passed, and still the crane remained. This was taken on April 8, 2017.

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

Palm Sunday Mass began with a procession from the Holy Cross Parish Hall to the church. The Palm Sunday service continued with close to eighty attendees. This service includes the reading of the Passion, and it lasted a little longer than normal.


Joan Banville, lector

The reading of the Passion

Jim Siler.................. Father John Paul.......... Joan Banville

Father John Paul did the sermon

Procession Before Mass


View video of the service HERE

Dick Burris's Surprise

Rich Gillespie spurheaded a fund rasier to purchase this mode of transport.

View a gallery of pictures HERE


(Thanks to Rich Gillespie for the video.)

Easter Bunny

All the children had an opportunity to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

View a gallery of photos HERE


Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 2 p.m.

This Easter Egg Hunt took place at the Beaver Island Community Center on Saturday.

View a gallery of pictures of this event HERE



BITA Meeting

Spring Serenade

The Spring Serenade will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at 11:15 am , at the Beaver Island Community Center.

Harold E. Kruse Celebration of Life Service

A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Harold E. Kruse on May 27, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Central Lake, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you live your life a Harold lived his. Let the love Jesus Christ shine through you every day.

Roy Elsworth Memorial

Roy Elsworth Memorial will be on Saturday, May 27, 2017, from noon to 4:00pm at the Circle M. All are welcome to join us in a luncheon and celebrating his amazing life, share stories & memories.
From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank each and every one of you all, for your condolences, prayers, love and especially for the outpouring of support & help.
Shari Wojciehowski, Duane & Roger Elsworth

New Chamber Event in May 2017

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

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Holy Cross Bulletin for

April 2017

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April 2, 2017



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Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

Talking Threads Quilt Guild invites all quilters, sewers, knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, and any other crafters to Peaine Township Hall on Wednesdays from 9:30 until noon. � Bring your projects, supplies, and enthusiasm. � Call Darlene at 448-2087 if you have questions , or just stop in on Wednesday.

Island Treasures Resale Shop

We will be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from noon until 4:00. During those hours we will gladly accept your "gently used, barely used, like new " items. Please be sure that your donations be in season, clean, and in good repair. Thank you for your support !

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If you need help with your donation, call the shop at 448-2534

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