B. I. News on the 'Net, April 13-19, 2015

Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet

Menu for Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet

Friday May 15 at the Shamrock

Cocktails at 6, Dinner at 7, awards to follow

Reservations necessary - 231.448.2278

Salad starter with bread service

Choice of

  • Prime Rib with au jus and baked potato $23
  • Roasted Half Chicken with mashed potato and gravy $18
  • Pan Roasted Salmon with tzatziki sauce and wild rice $22

Hot fudge sundae

The Nominees Are:

  • Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids
  • Richard Gillespie
  • Ed Wojan
  • Fire Department Auxiliary
  • Bud Martin
  • Pete Plastrik
  • Bill McDonough
  • Darrell Butler
  • Donna Kubic

BINGO Announcement

BICS Board Meeting Rescheduled

No Meeting Tonight, Monday, April 20, 2015

Tonight’s school board meeting has been rescheduled for Friday April 24th @ 3:30 pm. Two board members are not able to attend due to illness and the Superintendent/Principal and another board member are grounded in Charlevoix due to weather issues.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for April 20+21, 2015

Chilly, wet morning today. Right now it's 37 and feels like 28 thanks to a 15 mph wind from the east with gusts up to 25 mph. Humidity is at 95%, pressure is falling from 993 mb, and visibility is at 6.2 miles. I'm going to include the forecast for tomorrow too as I'm on a 7:30 flight to the mainland in the morning (hopefully and weather permitting). Today: Rain showers. Highs in the upper 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the southwest 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 mph. Tonight: Rain showers likely in the evening then rain showers likely and a chance of snow showers after midnight. No snow accumulations. Lows in the mid 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

Now for the weather tomorrow: Chance of rain showers and snow showers in the morning and numerous rain showers and snow showers in the afternoon. No snow accumulation. Highs in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow night: Numerous snow showers and rain showers. Lows around 30. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of April 20, 1916 - Chicago's Wrigley Field held its first Cubs game with the first National League game at the ballpark. The Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings.

Did you know that the first toothbrush was invented in 1498?

Word of the day: stolid (STAHL-id) which means having or showing little emotion; dull; impassive. From Latin stolidus (dull, stupid). Ultimately from the Indo-European root stel- (to put or stand), which is also the source of stallion, stilt, install, gestalt, stout, and pedestal, stele, and epistolary. Earliest documented use: 1600.

Loon on Barney's Lake

Visiting or Nesting?

This loon was seen on Barney's Lake on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

Still Here

by Cindy Ricksgers

Surprise Birthday Party

for Rick and Kathy Speck

Use of social media may seem quite crazy nowdays, but the use of facebook worked pretty well for the surprise birthday party held at the Beachcomber for Rick and Kathy Speck. Friends and neighbors gathered to surprise the couple. Rick and Kathy both turned seventy years old this year, and even though there might have been individual separate celebrations, this event organized by Andi Kohls and Diane McDonough was meant for the community to wish them a Happy Birthday!

When they walked in, the traditional "SURPRISE!" did seem to surprise Kathy, and it was quickly followed by the singing of "Happy Birthday to YOU!" Kathy walked from table to table in the Beachcomber to thank people for attending and to give everyone a chance to wish her a good year.

Besides the liquid refreshments, the Shamrock provided snacks, including meatballs and wings, cheese and crackers, and later, hot pizza was brought over.

Clip of Kathy's Special Surprise Gift


Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for April 19, 2015

It's 37 and feels like 29 this morning, wind is at 14 mph from the east with gusts up to 19 mph, humidity is at 69%, pressure is falling from 1021 mb, and visibility is at 9.9 miles. The sun is shining with just a few scattered clouds marring the blue skies. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Rain. Lows in the lower 40s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of April 19, 1897 - The first annual Boston Marathon was held. It was the first of its type in the U.S.

Did you know that the first taxi service began in New York in 1907?

Word of the day: brio (bree-oh) which means vigor; vivacity. Brio entered English most directlPhyllis' Daily Weathery from Italian in the early 1700s. Ultimately it derives from the Celtic word brīgos, which means "strength."


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for April 18, 2015

It's 37 outside this morning although it feels like 30, wind is at 11 mph from the NW with gusts to 20 mph, humidity is at 80%, pressure is rising from 1019 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

On this date of April 18, 1775 - American revolutionaries Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott rode though the towns of Massachusetts giving the warning that the Regulars were coming out. Later, the phrase "the British are coming" was attributed to Revere even though it is unlikely he used that wording. Wonderful Beaver Island Community Effort

Did you know that before 1863 the postal service in the US was free?

Word of the day: asafetida (as-uh-FET-i-duh) which means a soft, brown, lumpy gum resin having a bitter, acrid taste and an obnoxious odor, obtained from the roots of several Near Eastern plants belonging to the genus Ferula, of the parsley family. Asafetida comes from the Medieval Latin term asafoetida, which in turn is related to the Persian term āzā, meaning "mastic; gum."


Some hard-working guys gathered to work on the deck at the Kathleen Wood residence.

Working on a Deck

Picture by Joann Gatliff

Relaxing after a hard day of working on the deck.

Gull Harbor Pics

No sense going to the point without a trip around Gull Harbor.

Not much left of the ice mountains.

The mainland looks so close tonight. Must be an east wind.

Pussy Willows are out at Gull Harbor.

One lonesome but small iceberg.

Heron and Ducks

Note the reflection of the heron at the bottom of the picture.

One duck on the ice, and the other is swimming around the ice.

Guarding the Nest

So far there is only one osprey out at the microwave tower. This one osprey is spending most of its time guarding the nest as it awaits a mate. On this eveining, April 17, 2015, the osprey did leave the nest for a very short period of time, taking a couple of loops up into the air circling around a couple of times, and then landing back near the nest. Every once in a while, the osprey did a somewhat short calling, which is assumed a call for a mate.

So far there is only one osprey that has been seen out in this area.

Short video clip of osprey


Thank an EMS or Fireman Volunteer Today

April is the month designated to thank the volunteers in your community. If you haven't thanked a fireman or EMS volunteer, this is the month to thank them! Nationally, the number of volunteers are decreasing drastically. Luckily, Beaver Island has one of the highest ratios of volunteers for many different organizations! If you get an opportunity, thank a volunteer TODAY!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for April 17, 2015

It's another chilly morning. Still too early to take my coffee out on the back deck in my bare feet. A beautiful sunrise thanks to Power's webcam. It's 35, wind is ranging from 2 mph to 6 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 97%, pressure is steady at 1018 mb, and visibility is at 2.4 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. Light winds. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of April 17, 1970 - Johnny Cash performed at the White House at the invitation of President Richard M. Nixon. He played "A Boy Named Sue."

Did you know that the first US coast to coast aeroplane flight occurred in 1911 and took 49 days?

Word of the day: opisthograph (o-PIS-thuh-graf) which means a text written on both front and back (of some parchment, papyrus, stone, etc.). From Greek opistho- (back) + -graph (writing). Earliest documented use: 1623.

Peaine Township Road Meeting

Gathering of interested persons

Approximately fifty-five people attended the meeting today, April 16, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. Pat Harmon, Charlevoix County Road Commission (CCRC) manager and Jim Vanek, CCRC Engineer, met at the Peaine Hall with Peaine Supervisor Bill Kohls to discuss three questions: Will it help? What will it cost? What to expect?

This was not a Peaine Township Board meeting. It was a meeting to help answer questions related to the possible paving of roads in Peaine Township. Bill Kohls had previously provided the cost and other information in another story that you can read below(down near the bottom of this page).

Video of this meeting is HERE

Drinking Habits Rescheduled

Due to an island funeral, the cast and crew have decided to postpone the production "Drinking Habits" to Sunday, April 26, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are still available, so call the Community Center soon to reserve your seats.

Marv Ruis-RIP

Marvin Henry Ruis
(December 4, 1947 - April 15, 2015)

Marvin H. Ruis, 67, of Beaver Island and Pensacola, Fla., formerly of Ellsworth, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at his Florida home.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Belltower Reformed Church, with visitation from 11 until noon. Local arrangements by Hastings Funeral Home in Ellsworth, online at www.hastingsfuneral.com


by Joe Moore

I can’t think of one old time Island name that hasn’t had a need to use the services of BIEMS one way or another with one exception, the Greens.  The Wojans, McDonoughs, Gillespies, McCaffertys, Ricksgers, Connaghans, Palmers, Boyles, and many more have used our services over the last 20 years.    '

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Osprey and Sandhills-Spring Is Here

Sandhills in Ricksgers' field, something spooked them, and off they went!

Lone sentinel osprey guarding the nest

All the time waiting to see if another osprey would arrive the sandhills could be heard in the fields, but none were seen. Anywhere along Sloptown Road, a quick stop was made, and the sandhills could be heard, but none were seen othere than the two shown above.

Picture of Osprey taken 04/15/15 by Frank Solle

Chad Michael Wood Obituary

Chad Michael Wood, 48, of Lawton and Beaver Island, formerly of Lakeview, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015. He was born June 30, 1966, in Alma, and grew up in Lakeview, graduating from Lakeview High School in 1984. In 1989, he received a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Michigan Technological University in Houghton. Chad was a Senior Network Manager for Pfizer in Kalamazoo.

Chad loved sports cars, all sports especially hockey. He loved to socialize with his numerous friends, and enjoyed high-end electronics for work and personal use.

He is survived by his mother, Kathleen Gatliff Wood of Beaver Island; brothers, Coley E. (Terrie M.) Wood of Lakeview, Shane P. (Tracy) Wood of Cedar Springs; nieces, Devin Wood, and MacKenzie (Dominick) Bartnick; nephews, Dawson Wood, and Jacob Ware.

Visitation will be from 5-8 pm, Thursday, April 23, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix where a prayer service will be recited at 7 pm.

Mass will be 11 am, Saturday, April 25, at Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island, the Reverend Patrick Cawley officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island.

Memorial contributions may be made tothe Holy Cross Cemetery Fund, c/o Kathleen Wood, PO Box 44, Beaver Island, MI 49782.

Please sign Chad's guestbook at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com

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for April 16, 2015

Raked the backyard yesterday so I'm paying for it today with some very sore muscles, but the backyard looks so much better. It's a little chilly this morning at 39, with a windchill of 33, wind is ranging from 7 mph to 10 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 63%, pressure is falling from 1026 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: There is a 50% chance of rain showers. Highs in the upper 50s. Southeast winds 10 mph in the morning and becoming light. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. Light winds.

On this date of April 16, 1962 - Walter Cronkite began anchoring "The CBS Evening News".

Did you know that the dollar values on the board game Monopoly have been the same since 1935?

Word of the day: codex (KOH-deks) which means a manuscript volume (as opposed to a scroll), especially of an ancient text. From Latin codex (tree trunk, wood block, book). Earliest documented use: 1581.

PABI Ice Classic 2015 Ends

The Ice Classic tower went in the water at 3:40 PM on April 15th 2015


The winner is Bill Welke, son of Bob and Sue Welke, with a time of 3:46 PM, just 4-minutes off the actual time of 3:40 PM.   The other close entry’s are shown below. Bill will split the purse of $865 with the Community Center.

Again, thanks for your support of the Community Center

Kathy Speck   April 15th 12:05 AM
Taylor Rohlfs  April 15th 2:25 PM
Gary  -2267  April 15th 3:10 PM
Bill Welke  April 15th 3:36 PM
Richard Acker   April 15th 7:06 PM

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the information and the pictures!

CMU Beaver Island Bio Station-Researchers in China

CMU researchers share freshwater experience in China
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 10:48 am
CMU Press Release in the Midland Daily News (Reprinted with permission from Midland Daily News)
MOUNT PLEASANT — Researchers from Central Michigan University’s College of Science and Technology recently traveled more than 7,200 miles to address watershed health issues in Poyang Lake, China’s largest freshwater lake, located in Jiangxi Province.
Bin Li, CMU geography professor and leader of the collaboration, said the trip was an investment in creating opportunities for students and building research relations with Jiangxi Normal University.
“Similar to the Great Lakes, Poyang Lake is facing many ecological challenges but also has unique characteristics,” Li said. “This international partnership provides opportunities for CMU students to have a global impact — they can learn a different culture, conduct research in a foreign country and contribute to established ecosystems research that can be applied around the world.”
Donald Uzarski, Institute for Great Lakes Research director and professor of biology, is the CMU administrator of a $10 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. He leads a research team at CMU that is at the forefront of detecting, tracking and mapping the spread of invasive species in the large Great Lakes coastal wetlands ecosystem.
“Poyang Lake’s ecosystem is suffering from many of the same issues as the Great Lakes, but at a much larger magnitude,” Uzarski said. “The Chinese have similar issues of pollution, invasive species, habitat degradation and extremely low water levels.”
Poyang Lake provides the winter habitat for migrating Siberian cranes, a threatened species. The lake connects to the Yangtze River, the largest river in China, and during the wet season when the river backs up, the lake floods. As a result, Poyang Lake water levels can fluctuate between 30 to 40 feet each year and produce expansive coastal wetlands that provide the cranes’ habitat.
“My lab is working with Chinese scientists to build mathematical tools to monitor the wetlands’ health and pinpoint causes and solutions when degradation occurs,” Uzarski said. “We are essentially reconstructing our current $10 million Great Lakes project at Poyang Lake on a much smaller scale.”
Daelyn Woolnough, IGLR scientist and assistant professor of biology, studies freshwater mollusks and gave research presentations at Jiangxi Normal University, Nanchang University and Beijing Capital Normal University.
“Despite Poyang Lake’s small volume, it ranks high when it comes to diversity and contains more than 40 species of mussels, compared to the approximate 20 species found in Michigan lakes,” Woolnough said. “The mussels in Poyang Lake are related to mussels found in the Great Lakes, which gives us the opportunity to see many unfamiliar species.”

She said that the fluctuation of water levels at Poyang Lake and the changes it causes is an opportunity for CMU researchers to analyze and apply their findings and study how changes in water levels would affect Great Lakes mussels, albeit on a much larger scale.
Biology graduate student Trevor Hewitt, Clinton, accompanied faculty researchers on the trip. He helped graduate students at Nanchang University extract DNA from Poyang Lake water samples collected by Chinese researchers and looked to find new genetic markers for freshwater mollusks.
“We used much of the same equipment in China as we use at CMU,” Hewitt said. “Even though Poyang Lake and the Great Lakes are different, scientists share similar concerns, and there is great potential for research opportunities for graduate students.”

The First Round of Golf

of the 2015 Season

by Joe Moore

If you’ve never played golf, you will simply not understand what I’m about to write.  If you are one with a queasy stomach, you won’t want to read this.

The weather was beautiful yesterday.  My summer golf partner was up here on the island for a few days.  My golfing buddy was also up for a trip out to the golf course.  So, we set a 2 p.m. tee time.  The sun was shining.   There wasn’t much wind.  It was warm enough that you could get by with a light jacket or a sweatshirt.  Out to the golf course I was headed.

The first stop was to get the golf clubs out of the old house that we use for storage.  There was a cat inside the old house.  “YEEEEEOOWOW!” said the cat, and quickly ran away.  The cat scared the “bejesus” out of me.  The thoughts going through my head were flying high and fast.  How in the world did this cat get inside this house?  There wasn’t any door open, no window open, and no other way in than from underneath the old trailer with two additions and a self-supporting roof.  Drywall is falling from the ceiling, I noted.  That means that the roof is leaking pretty badly.  I should probably get working on tearing this place down.  What am I going to do about the cat inside the house?  I wonder what the cat has been eating.  I probably don’t want to know. 
Never mind, I’m on my way to the golf course.  I grabbed the golf clubs, and then I headed out.  Where did I put that pull cart?  Oh, yah!  I put them in the trunk of the red bomb with the sunflower seeds.  The red bomb doesn’t get driven very often in the winter.  It only is used when I’m not on-call for the local EMS agency, so that means it I don’t usually drive it more than once or twice a week.  I don’t have a storage building, so I keep some of the bird seed in trash cans by the bird feeders, but I had some extra seeds shipped, and I had to have somewhere besides my house to store them.  I chose the red bomb trunk since it doesn’t get used very much.

Let’s get back to getting ready for golf.  I opened the trunk of the red bomb, and the odor emanating from the trunk reminded me of a septic tank that had overflowed.  Whew, did it stink!  There must be some dead animal in here somewhere.  Moving the bags of seeds to look for the folded pull cart was quite a challenge.  I want you to imagine the picture of this from the viewpoint of someone driving past.  Here is a somewhat overweight sixty plus year old man with one hand plugging his nose.  This same person is trying to move 40 pound bags of sunflower seeds out of the way with one hand.  Note to self:  Find a better place to store the sunflower seeds.  Yes, there it is.  There is the pull cart.  Way back in this crater of a trunk.  There is no way to get that cart out of there with one hand.  Take a big breath, hold it.   Use two hands to move the sunflower seed bag and then step back.  Take another breath, hold it, and step in.  Pull on the other sunflower seed bag, and the paper bag of seeds rips and there are seeds all over the trunk.  Use your hands to move the pile of seeds so you can get at the cart.

Here we go.  Two hands are reaching in to move the seeds out of the way to get at the cart.  Now, it’s nice and warm outside.  The temperature is close to the sixty degree mark on the thermometer.  The light jacket is in the echo car, our emergency response vehicle.  There is no need for gloves because it’s really warm.  Remember the smell?  Well, with two bare hands, I moved the seeds and immediately discovered the cause of the smell and the reason for the bag ripping and spreading seeds all over.  There, half in my hand, and half in the pile of seeds is a dead, rotting carcass of another animal, the second animal of the day.  The first one live and scaring the “bejesus” out of me, and the second one was dead, smelly and now all over my hands.  It’s much too late to get the latex gloves out of the echo car.  It’s much too late to plug my nose again with dead animal all over both hands.  There is only one thing left to do, besides swear a blue streak.  The thoughts in my mind right then could not be put in print without a censor’s beeping, beep, beep, BEEP.

With dead squirrel all over my hands, I might as well finish the body removal, so, ignoring the smell, I reached right back into the trunk, grabbed the rotting skeleton, covered with sticky seeds, with both hands.  I carried the carrion out of my yard, across the Kings Highway, and back into the cedars, dropping the carcass.  Now, just how liquid can you imagine that the dead animal’s body can become?  Well, you guessed it.  After the scream the unprintable words, and the tossing flesh getting on my shirt because of the feel of the animal to begin with, then the carrying of the dead animal across the road, there was no way to go to the golf course dressed in these same clothes, wreaking of dead animal, but I still had to get the pull cart out of the trunk, which I did forthwith.
Now, with dead animal slime on my hands, my pull cart, and my clothes, I was glad that my wife was sleeping on the couch as I came in.  I went into the bathroom, washed my hands and arms, and stripped.  A quick shower was in order.  I got clean clothes out and on, and said “good bye” to my sleepy wife, and headed to the golf course.

I was quite ready to play the course with no tee markers and no flags marking the holes on the green.  I enjoyed the company of my summer league partner and my buddy.  How was the golf, you ask?  You can just consider the following.  The first four holes were like the gathering of clubs, the scared cat, and the loading of the clubs into the echo car.  The last five holes were like the dead animal episode.  Was it a good round of golf?  For a golf addict, any round of golf is a good round if you forget the bad things that happened. 

I wonder if that spirit of the squirrel is laughing somewhere in animal heaven.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for April 15, 2015

It's 28 outside this sunny Wednesday morning, wind is at 2 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 84%, pressure is steady at 1029 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. Light winds becoming east 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s. Southeast winds at 10 mph.

On this date of April 15, 1871 - "Wild Bill" Hickok became the marshal of Abilene, Kansas.

Did you know that The modern parachute was invented in the late 18th century by Louis-Sébastien Lenormand in France, who made the first recorded public jump in 1783?

Word of the day: bibliogony (bib-lee-OG-uh-nee) which means the art of producing or publishing books. Also known as bibliogenesis. From Greek biblio- (book) + -gony (origin). Earliest documented use: 1835.

Flags at Half-Mast

President Abraham Lincoln died at 7:22 a.m. on April 15, 1865, one hundred and fifty years ago.

Governor Rick Snyder calls for flags to be flown at half-staff as part of a national day of remembrance for Abraham Lincoln. The day marks the 150th anniversary of the day the nation’s 16th president died.

“We do not lack for reminders of President Lincoln’s actions, which will live in our nation’s hearts for as long as we remain a strong and united country,” Snyder said. “Today we will remember the person-his dedication to what we should stand for and the courage to fight for it. Let us all pause today and reflect on President Lincoln’s vision for America and what we all can do moving forward in that spirit.”

 AMVETS Post 46

Beaver Island Men's Golf League Information

Charlevoix County Transit Spring 2015 Schedule

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for April 14, 2015

After early rain yesterday turned out perfect, so we'll hope for the same today. Right now it's 35 and feels like 29, wind is between 7 mph and 10 mph from the west, humidity is at 81%, pressure is at 1021 and rising, and visibility is at 9.4 miles. Today: Sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. West winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the lower 30s. Light winds.

On this date of April 14, 1902 - James Cash (J.C.) Penney opened his first retail store in Kemmerer, WY. It was called the Golden Rule Store.

Did you know that Spain's largest source of income is from tourism?

Word of the day: recto (REK-toh) which means the front of a leaf, the side that is to be read first. From Latin recto folio (right-hand leaf), from rectus (right). Ultimately from the Indo-European reg- (to move in a straight line, lead, or rule) that is also the source of regent, regime, direct, rectangle, erect, rectum, alert, source, surge, arrogate, abrogate, regent, and supererogatory. Earliest documented use: 1789. NOTE: In languages that are written left-to-right, such as English, recto is the right-hand page. In languages written right-to-left, such as Arabic, recto is the left-hand page. The other side is called verso.

PABI Ice Classic

April 13, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore

BINN photo

From both views the tower seems to have a list to the left with puddle of water all around it.

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for this information:

2013 12:18 PM April 11

2012 No Ice

2011 12:20 PM  April 10th     

2010-4:10 PM March 18

2009-1:58 PM April 9, 2009

2008-11.34 PM on April 8

2007- 2:52 PM on March 28th

2006- 8:29 PM on March 29th

Emerald Isle Returns with First Run of the Year

Click the picture above to read the story and see more pictures

Click HERE to see the video of the Emerald Isle Returning for its first trip of 2015 season

Wind Moving the Ice


Emerald Isle Heads Out

For its first trip of the 2015 season, the Emerald Isle headed out this morning, April 13, 2015, for its first scheduled run. It was raining and windy with winds 10 mph with gusts to 20.

Here are a few pictures from Rob Coffell from the boat as it left.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for April 13, 2015

Two days of being out in warm weather and fresh air certainly did me in. I slept like the dead until 7:15! It's 57 outside right now, so still warm compared to what we've had all winter. Humidity is at 43%, wind is at 11 mph with gusts to 22 mph from the SSW. Today: Rain showers. Highs in the mid 50s. South winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the west 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 30 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Scattered sprinkles through the night. Lows in the mid 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

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 act prohibited trade with any country other than Britain and Ireland.

Did you know that 90% of all volcanic activity occurs in the ocean?

Word of the day: colophon (KOL-uh-fon, -fuhn) which means 1. A note at the end of the book giving information about its production: font, paper, binding, printer, etc. 2. A publisher’s emblem, usually on the spine or the title page of the book. From Latin colophon, from Greek kolophon (summit, finishing touch). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kel- (to be prominent; hill), which also gave us colonel, colonnade, column, culminate, excel, and hill. Earliest documented use: 1628.



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

Meeting 12/11/14

Video HERE

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

January 15, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

February 19, 2015

February 26, 2015

Video is HERE

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

Common Core Presentation to School Board and Community

View video of the BICS Board Meeting and KaiLonnie Dunsmore's presentation HERE

January 12, 2015

Video of the meeting

January 27, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

March 9, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Monday, February 9, 2015

Board Meeting Video HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

March 11, 2015

Link to Video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Annual Meeting

March 28, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

April 8, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE


St. James Township Meeting Video

March 4, 2014 Special Meeting with Lawyer and Auditor

Video available HERE

St. James Township Regular Board Meeting

March 4, 2015, 7 p.m.

View video HERE

St. James Township Annual Meeting

March 28, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

April 1, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE


Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon – Sat  8am – 5pm
Sun Closed 

web: www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org
email: bicommunitycenter@tds.net
phone: 231 448-2022


Check www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org or the Community Center for listings

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

Community Calendar

A completely new feature includes a monthly calendar for each month of the entire year of 2015. Please send me your events and they will be posted so others can schedule their events without conflict. Email your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com.

If you or your organization has an event you'd like posted on this Community Calendar, please contact me and I'll add it in.  Please try to get me the information as early as possible.

Airport Commission Meeting

November 1, 2014.

Video of the meeting HERE

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

News on the 'Net welcomes minutes to all public meetings. All organizations are welcome to submit meeting minutes for publication on this website. Please email them to medic5740@gmail.com.

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Ecotourism Goals Draft, rev. 3, 19 Jan 2010

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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USCG Cutter Biscayne Bay Breaks Ice in Paradise Bay

The Biscayne Bay, a USCG Cutter, left the ice operations in Lake Superior, the St. Mary's River, and the Soo Locks to travel down today, April 12, 2015, to Beaver Island to break out the ice in Paradise Bay. The Emerald Isle, the Beaver Island Boat Company operated ferry, is scheduled to make its first trip on April 13, 2015, tomorrow.

Click the picture above to see the story and more pictures.

Click HERE to view video of the cutter opening a path for the Emerald Isle

This Old Cookbook--??+2

This old cookbook was found as an old house was being cleaned and items sorted out. It comes from a project of an elementary classroom from May 1958. BINN will present one recipe each week until the cookbook's last. An attempt will be made each week to actually make the weekly recipe. The title page states, "Dear Mother...I hope this book will help you cook."


3/4 cup water....................2 cups nuts

2 cups light brown sugar.............1 teaspoon vanilla

1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar.......1 teaspoon cinamin

large pinch of salt

Cook sugar, cream of tartar, and water until 240 degrees

Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until creamy.

Drop on well buttered plate or on wax paper.

Christy Verhage, 7 years old

Waterfalls and Flowing Creeks

A trip down the island was the order of business this afternoon to check out the waterfalls and the flowing creeks. Here are the pictures and video of the trip:

Click the picture above to see the pictures of the waterfalls and flowing creeks

Click this link to see the video of the waterfalls and flowing creeks

Pancake Supper at the Gregg Fellowship Center

The Gregg Fellowship Center was the location of a fundraising dinner to benefit the Beaver Island Food Pantry. The pancake dinner began at 5 p.m. and went on until after 6:30 p.m. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, and sausage along with coffee, water, or juice. Then there were all kinds of deserts. If you went away hungry, it's your own fault.

The Beaver Island Food Pantry is a wonderful local charity organization.

We hope you had an excellent breakfast for dinner tonight and made a donation to the Beaver Island Food Pantry!

If you couldn't make it to the pancake supper, but would like to donate, click the link below:

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left.

PABI Ice Classic

from Bob Tidmore

Things are starting to change around the tower.  A large crack runs E-W thru the middle of the base and the runners are no longer frozen into the ice.   This is usually a sign the ice is starting to move.  If the ice breaker would come in and break up the ice to the ferry boat and we get a good N wind it will take the ice out there and this area could go next.  However this year the bubbles are off at the marina and that area is frozen solid where in previous years it was open water.   Who knows?

Photo by Bob Tidmore

Seven Sisters 2

Just to remind everyone that this building is being torn down. It used to be owned by Stanley Floyd, and it used to be called the Seven Sisters. The old portion of the building is being removed. Two-thirds of the structure has been torn down. It was originally a log cabin as you can see from the picures if you look on the left side of what's left.


Stebbins, Erna Florence (nee: Teskey), age 81, a long-time resident of Troy, passed away on April 9, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert James Stebbins, to whom she was married to for 42 years. Dear mother of Erna (Carl) Kriigel, Elaine (Michael) Testerman, Robert Matthew Stebbins, Andrew (Sally) Stebbins, Martin Stebbins, Janet Stebbins and Kathleen (John) Cuddohy. Loving grandmother to 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Cherished sister of Margaret “Mimi” Hunt, the late Cecilia Fleischman, the late Theresa Yob Reiley, and the late Francis Teskey.

Mrs. Erna Stebbins retired from employment with the City of Troy. She enjoyed summer visits to Beaver Island (Michigan), sewing, working in her flower gardens, and decorating her home. Erna was known for her kind and gentle ways, her ability to overcome obstacles, and was an inspiration to her family. The family will receive visitors on Sunday, April 12, 2015, from 3:00 pm until the scripture service at 6:30 pm at the Price Funeral Home, 3725 Rochester Road (between Big Beaver and Wattles Roads) Troy, (248) 689-0700. The interment will be on Monday, April 13, 2015, at 11:00am at the Romeo Cemetery, Romeo, Michigan. Memorials to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, 7168 Columbia Gateway, Suite 100, Columbia, Maryland, 21046. Share memories with the online guestbook at www.pricefuneralhome.net

Ellen Welke Fund Needs Help

The Ellen Welke Memorial Fund is used by those that have medical flight needs. This fund helps those who are seriously ill or injured and need to make repeated trips over to the mainland for assessments and treatments.

The Ellen Welke Flight Ministry Fund continues to need our help. If you would like to help, please send your check to Holy Cross Church, 37860 Kings Highway, Beaver Island, Michigan 49782. Please make your check out to Holy Cross Church and place "Ellen Welke Fund" on the memo line.

"Having been the recipient of some help from this fund for my family, it is a fund that can be truly life-saving and gives you a chance to work through the medical issues without adding financial worries on top," BINN Editor Joe Moore stated.

Every donation made using the Live Streaming Donation Button for the next two weeks will be given to help the Ellen Welke Flight Ministry Fund.

Donate Here

Dear Dr. Powers

Beaver Island Birding Trail Presentation Update

Registration is not required for presentations; however, field trips do require registration and trips are nearing capacity.  All events are free. So if you haven't registered for a field trip, please do soon.  http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/warblers.html

Following Greg Butcher's presentation on May 23rd at 4 p.m., Nancy Seefelt will be sharing her experiences related to bird research around the archipelago.  It is a fascinating presentation that she has shared with others around Michigan, so please mark your calendars.  

Nancy Seefelt is a Michigan native who grew up in Sterling Heights, near Detroit. After high school, she enrolled at Central Michigan University (CMU) and discovered Beaver Island when she took a class at the CMU Biological Station after her freshman year. Nancy received her M.S. degree from CMU and her doctorate from Michigan State University and currently holds a faculty position in the Biology Department at CMU During the summer field season, much of her research focuses on avian ecology, specifically the breeding biology of waterbirds (gulls, terns, herons and cormorants) in northern Lake Michigan and the stopover ecology of migrating songbirds along Michigan shorelines. The migration work involves censussing, mist netting, and remote acoustical monitoring; the acoustic monitors also track the sounds of migratory bats. In addition,Nancy monitors the breeding activities of the endangered Piping Plover as part of the recovery program for this species. As a vertebrate ecologist and evolutionary biologist, Nancy has been studying birds throughout the Beaver Island Archipelago for over 20 years.

From Holy Cross

Drywall Mike Passes Away

Michael H. Wekenman (Drywall Mike), 71, of Belding passed away unexpectedly Sunday evening April 5, 2015, at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Campus in Grand Rapids. Mike was born on January 17, 1944, in Allegan, the son of Richard W. and Florence M. (Kidder) Wekenman. He graduated from Belding High School with the Class of 1962 and later graduated from Michigan State University. He was a member of the Belding American Legion Post 203. Mike enjoyed spending time on Beaver Island, fishing, hunting, reading and was a big fan of Michigan State athletics. He especially enjoyed time at his grandfather’s cabin in Canada. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Mike is loved and survived by his sons; Jason Wekenman of Belding, Aaron (Rachelle) Wekenman of Laingsburg, two grandchildren; Chelsey, Kendra and two brothers; Thomas (Gayle) Wekenman of Mississippi and Rick Wekenman of Washington State. Mike was preceded in death by his parents. In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place and a time to celebrate his life for family and friends will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be given to the Alvah N. Belding Library. Envelopes will be available at Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding, where cremation services have been entrusted.





BINGO Announcement

BICS End of School Year Calendar

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

BINN sponsors a Community Calendar as a one-stop location for anyone to view the meetings, programs, and events taking place on Beaver Island. BINN just included the entire year of 2015 in this location. Events already planned for a specific week or date could be placed in this location, so that no one else schedules an event that might conflict with your meeting, program, or event. In order for the editor to place these meeting, programs, or events on the Community Calendar, that information has to be emailed to the editor at medic5740@gmail.com. Please get this information to the editor as soon as possible.

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

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

Winter Schedule 2014-2015

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
12:00 until 4:00

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

Charlevoix County Transit Spring Hours

Beaver Island

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2015:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:
June 20
Sept. 19
Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

10 a.m. service

April 12 – Pastor Howard Davis
April 19 – Steve Finch, Worship Leader
April 26 – Pastor El Zwart

Bible study

every Tuesday evening at 7:00; discussion led by pastor of the previous Sunday-

-Everyone welcome!!

  Bible study 7:00 - 8:00; coffee/dessert fellowship after Bible study.

Estate Planning Seminar with Ted Hughes

May 16 from 10-12 at the Community Center

Back by popular demand, this seminar will introduce attendees to estate planning and its goals; wills; living trusts; probate court administration of decedents' estates; techniques used to avoid probate; using powers of attorney to plan for disability;  writing a letter of instruction to survivors; and how to get started with preparing an estate plan.
Theodore E. Hughes, Michigan Assistant Attorney General for Law (Retired), is a graduate of the Detroit College of Law and has practiced in the area of estate planning,  a subject which he has taught at the Thomas Cooley Law School and the MSU Evening College.
Mr. Hughes has co-authored eight nationally-published books on estate planning and settlement. For 25 years he appeared as the guest estate planning attorney on WKAR radio's "Newstalk."
The Community Center and the Friends of the Library are co-sponsoring this event.  Are you a parent of young children who would like to have a babysitter available during the presentation? Please call Audrey with Friends of the Library at 231 448-2280 to let us know.  If there is any demand for this, we will provide it.

2015 Warblers on the Water Events

We are pleased to announce the updated link to the Beaver Island Birding Trail for the 2015 Warblers on the Water Events. The events will be held over Memorial Weekend- May 22-24.  The festivities include presentations and field trips by expert field guides. http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/warblers.html

Thanks to our generous island sponsors for their assistance with the Beaver Island Birding Trail events. The sponsors are the Beaver Island Association, Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island Community Center, Beaver Lodge, Central Michigan University, Dalwhinnies' Bakery and Restaurant, Island Airways, and the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant. 

Message to All B.I. Organizations

BINN is willing to post any and all events on the News on the 'Net website! There is one exception to this rule.

BI News on the 'Net cannot post your event if you don't send the information to BINN!

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.

From the Beaver Island Association

We are pleased to announce the updated link to the Beaver Island Birding Trail for the 2015 Warblers on the Water Events. The events will be held over Memorial Weekend- May 22-24.  The festivities include presentations and field trips by expert guides.  


Thanks to our generous 2015 sponsors for their assistance with the Beaver Island Birding Trail events. 

The sponsors are the Beaver Island Association, Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Lodge, Central Michigan University, Beaver Island Community Center, Dalwhinnies' Bakery and Restaurant, Island Airways, and the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant. 
The Beaver Island Association 
P.O. Box 390 
Beaver Island, MI 49782

Gail's Walk Scheduled

Critical Dune Ordinance for St. James Township

Click HERE to view the ordinance

Road Rally

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 12:30 p.m.

Beaver Island Player Production

April 25, 2015, 8 p.m.


Spring is here and the Wellness Gardeners’ thoughts are turning toward the joys and tasks of maintaining and improving the BIRHC Wellness Garden.  The Annual Garden Tour Benefit, our sole fundraiser, celebrates its 5th year in 2015!  Again featuring gardens on the northern part of the Island, our tour includes six new gardens discovered with the aid and discerning eye of a well-known local landscaping professional.   This year’s tour builds on our successes -- access to unique and private spaces created by the hands of the gardeners themselves and described in their own words,  a presentation in a public space with its own unknown story, a delicious lunch at The Lodge, and a dessert tea at our final garden, all with transportation provided.  This year we plan to include a speaker with tips and information we all want to hear, either at lunch or tea.  So get your calendar out and mark the date:  Wednesday, July 15th (9:30 - 3 pm) the 5th Annual Garden Tour Benefit!  Tickets will be available to purchase beginning July 1st at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. 

Two Aught Aught Two—The Crazy Year of BIEMS

by Joe Moore

I have already mentioned the difficulty that all EMS providers generally have when taking care of children.  We frequently get angry.  I’m sure that there is an inborn reason for this.  Like last night, my seventeen year old daughter had gone to an open gym school function that was supposed to get over at five o’clock.  When she was not home by 5:30 p.m., I was slightly concerned.  Actually, I was worrying myself into an ulcer by quarter to six.  I went out looking for her.  Now, if we had not had a snow storm the day before with six inches of snow and a roadway completely covered with ice, I probably would have waited at home for her and then really reamed her out with a lecture about responsibility.  Instead, I went to look for her.  This is a bad mistake because when you get to where she was supposed to be, and she is not there, you begin to develop the worst case scenario.  I was not thinking about my daughter driving around and drinking or doing anything illegal.  I was thinking about my daughter, being the nice person that she is, offering to give someone a ride home. 
I was thinking about her taking someone home and sliding off the road, into a tree, and lying there helpless in the car in the dark.  You see, I didn’t leave to look for her until it was dark, and around here in December, it gets dark about six in the early evening.  I was so worried that I took the echo car out and started driving the roads looking for a car in the ditch.  When I finally settled down and started thinking rationally, I stopped and called home to make sure that she hadn’t already gotten home and to ask my wife for some rational ideas.  “Maybe she offered to take someone home.  Start by going down the road by the Christian Church.  You know her friends live down that way,”  my wife’s wisdom had kicked in overriding my emotional distress.  Sure enough, I drove down the road and found my car parked in the parking lot of the Beaver Island Christian Church.  The church had decided to offer the kids an opportunity to get together and socialize by providing the kids with a dinner after the open gym day. 
Here is where the silliness and the emotions of an EMS provider and a parent are similar.  I entered that facility to greetings like, “Hello, Mr. Moore.  How are you?” with smiles on their faces and with the ridiculous look of anger on my face.  Instead of feeling quite relieved that my daughter was not injured, that my car was not in a ditch and made undriveable, and that she was being a good person attending a church function, I walked into the building absolutely fuming with anger.  Where was the sense and the logic to that?  What did I hope to accomplish?  I was angry with my daughter because she was all right and at church?  How much more ridiculous could my behavior get?  I think they call this transference.  I think my emotional brain got short-circuited.  I think my emotional brain was overwhelmed with relief, but it couldn’t stop emoting so the emotion just changed to the most basic human emotion—anger.  I hope I learned something from last night’s fiasco.  I also hope that my daughter learned that I love her dearly and was worried about her.  I hope she learned that one simple phone call can keep an overemotional father from getting an ulcer.

As long as I am confessing, I might as well tell you about the nervous breakdown that I was having last night as well.  As the only paramedic on the island at this time of year, I get pretty paranoid about being ready for the emergency that can happen at any time.  I try to put my shoes in the exact same place every night.  I put my radio in the same location every night.  It’s in the same location when I am home during the day, too.  I have everything in its particular place in the echo car also.  I know exactly where each piece of equipment is located because I put it there.  I also know when each drug box will outdate because I am the one that needs to get the outdates replaced. 
So, if you will imagine, yesterday with an ambulance run that kept me up from about 2:20 a.m. until just a little before 7 a.m., I was pretty groggy for most of the day.  On top of being groggy, I could not find my radio when it was time to go to bed.  I turned the house upside down, ranting and raving at myself the whole time.  “What did you do, put the radio on top of the echo car at the airport, and just drive off letting it fall into a snow bank somewhere?  Did you leave it in the bathroom at the ambulance garage?  Did you leave it in the Charlevoix Ambulance?  Where in the world did you leave it?” 
I was pretty hard on myself.  When it was time for bed and I couldn’t find the radio, I knew there was no getting to sleep until I had a radio.  Thank goodness, we keep an extra radio at the ambulance garage, so I could go get it and come home and get some sleep to rid my head of the grogginess.  I woke up feeling rested this morning and began the search for my radio.  I looked everywhere I have ever left my radio in the house.  I found nothing.  I want to tell you how wise my wife is. 
She can take a disaster like losing my radio and turn it into an adventure.  “Did it slip down in the crack of your recliner?  Did it come off your belt in the echo car?  Is it between the seats in the echo car?”  I’m not a stupid man.  I have learned to listen to my wife throughout the years.  She is “always right, sometimes!”  She always tells me that.  She was right again.  I turned the chair upside down.  I tried putting my arm down in the crack between the side and the seat of the recliner.  It simply wasn’t there.  “I’m going to go back down to the ambulance garage and see if I have left it inside the ambulance,” I stated, getting more frustrated every moment.  “I have to return this radio to its charger anyway.”  I walked out to the echo car, which we keep in my driveway with a heater plugged into it so that nothing will freeze. 
I unplugged the cord and opened the door to the echo car.  There, wedged between the driver’s seat and the post separating the front seat from the back was my radio.  This radio had fallen off my belt and lodged itself there, hiding from me.  Last night I had gone out to the echo car and turned on the inside lights and simply did not see it sitting there.  That radio could have slipped out the door in the dark at any of the many places that I went looking for it last night, but it was just sitting there innocently waiting for me to find it.  Needless to say, I was greatly relieved.  Instead of just going back into the house to tell my wife that she was right, I got in the echo car and drove down to the deli, which also doubles as the only place to get breakfast on a Sunday morning.  I bought some really sugary, icing-covered chocolate doughnuts for my wife.  I bought a cinnamon roll for my daughter who had been wanting to make some for the last two days.  I drove home, told them about the radio, and said, “I love you.  Thanks for being right, SOMETIMES.”

“BIEMS, respond to the medical center for an 8 year old female who is sick,” came the page at 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning in late March.  Having slept in a little, I was just getting my first cup of coffee when the pager went off.  I thought, “Where else would she be if she was sick?  Isn’t the medical center the place to go when you are sick?”  The paramedic PA had called for help; we found this out later.  Another of our little ones from school was sick.  We walked in to find this young girl sitting on the edge of an examination table in one of the examination rooms of the medical center.  The patient was alert and oriented and talking to her mom. 
The PA related the story to us, “She came in with a temperature of 101.  Mom had given her Motrin at home for the temperature of 103.  I decided to give her an injection of antibiotic in the left glutes.  She complained about it hurting, and then became unconscious for about 30 seconds.  While unconscious she was shaking like a seizure.  When she woke up, she was lethargic.  That’s why I called EMS.” 
She wasn’t unconscious when we arrived.  Her vitals signs were all normal.  Her temperature was 98.3 when we took it.  Her lungs were clear.  Her pupils were equal and reactive to light.  She had good grip strength and feeling in her hands, and she could dance a jig if we asked her to do it.  She had no incontinence.  The PA was even beginning to question if any of her report had actually happened. 
“Oh, it really happened,” the mom said loudly and clearly.  We made a telephone call to medical control and asked the doc’s opinion.  “If the mom wants her evaluated, send her over by ambulance,” the doctor said.  “We could wait to see if anything else develops, but leave the decision to the mom.”  The patient remained stable with no further problems all the way to Charlevoix Hospital.  We had transported her by the normal means of local airlines, Charlevoix Ambulance to the hospital.  What caused this seizure-like condition?  What was the diagnosis?  Charlevoix Hospital could not find anything wrong with the patient.

Sometimes in rural EMS just like EMS everywhere, we do everything right, and the patient still dies.  It is very hard to feel good about an ambulance run, how and what you did in participating in that ambulance run, and still lose a friend, a neighbor, or a former student’s mother.  I had taught some of the children of this family.  I had them in my algebra classes and in my physics classes.  I had been their teacher.  I had transported their grandma when she had serious illness.  I had even transported one of them.  On this April day, we were paged to assist the PA at the family home.  When we arrived, the PA just walked out the door with no report at all.  Everybody on our EMS service responded to this home-every paramedic, every first responder, every EMT. 
When we arrived on scene around 6:30 p.m., we found a non-breathing pulseless 66 year old female patient.  We began to provide the Advanced Cardiac Life Support that we had been trained in providing.  The PA’s husband, an experienced paramedic, was in attendance at this emergency.  I was “running the code,” which meant I was the one barking out the orders and administering the medications.  We began CPR in the house and quickly moved the patient onto a backboard, onto our ambulance cot, and out into the ambulance.  Every one of the paramedics had a job to do.  The only history we had came from the husband. The husband had told us that she had had bowel problems and was in pain.  He said she was thrashing about the bed when he called 911. 
We quickly hooked up our monitor in the back of the ambulance and it showed asystole, the lack of electrical activity.  We continued CPR, started an IV, an 18 gauge in the left AC near the elbow.  I asked for the epinephrine, and the experienced paramedic handed it to me all ready to go.  I pushed the drug.  The monitor now showed Ventricular Tachycardia without a pulse.  We defibrillated at the 200 joule energy level, and the monitor now showed asystole again.  CPR continued throughout this process with ventilation with 100% oxygen.  I asked for Atropine, and it was in my hand immediately, and pushed.  While I was doing this, another paramedic hooked up the pacing pads and attempted to get the heart going with a regular external pacing rhythm.  Pacing did not work.  I asked for epi and pushed it.  We now had an Idioventricular rhythm WITH A PULSE.  What we were doing seemed to be working! 
We began to transport to the local airport.  Two minutes later, we were back to no pulse.  Another paramedic intubated the patient, putting a tube directly into the trachea to be certain that the airway was clear and ventilations were only going to the lungs.  After intubation and 100% oxygen, we had a pulse again.  The monitor showed a wide complex beat with a pulse of 91.  We did not have a blood pressure that we could obtain in the arm, but we could see the heart beat in the carotid artery.   We next gave Lidocaine and set up a lidocaine drip, an IV with a pump that measures the amount of drug going into the patient so that the dosage can be very precise.  We defibrillated again because we saw ventricular fibrillation (VF) on the monitor.  We still saw VF and defibrillated again.  We saw asystole on the monitor again.  We were NOT going to give up. 
I asked, got, and pushed Atropine again going back to the drug that had worked before.  CPR continued while we called medical control to get further orders.  We were ordered to continue CPR, give high doses of epiniephrine, and one amp of bicarb.  These were already drawn up, ready and waiting, before the orders were given by the doctor.  We loaded the patient into the aircraft at the local airport.  CPR continued on the airplane.  Ventilating the patient continued on the airplane.  The high doses of epinephrine were given and the one amp of bicarb was given.  When we landed in Charlevoix and loaded the patient into the ambulance, the patient had a carotid pulse. 
We arrived at the Charlevoix Hospital with a patient whose heart was beating.  We had done everything that our training and our medical control had ordered.  We had success in starting an IV, in intubating our patient, in following the ACLS protocols, in following our medical control orders, and we proved that our EMS system, rural though it might be, could do the job required successfully accomplishing the task put before it.  Unfortunately, for the family and for our EMS crew, the patient did not survive this cardiac arrest.  Over a period of one and one-half hours, we had managed to give the family some hope of success.  We had achieved success.  We were praised by the medical control doctor for doing everything right, but the patient still died.  We all took the time from our regular jobs to attend the funeral of a wonderful mother, a neighbor, and an EMS success.

I have had the opportunity to experience some of the conditions that EMTs and paramedics learn about so I have some first hand knowledge about some of these conditions.  I have experienced a bout with depression so I am pretty empathetic with behavioral or psychiatric emergencies.   I have had a spontaneous pneumothorax, a collapsed lung.  I have had a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot that blocks the blood flow to the lung preventing oxygen from being absorbed.  I have been on the blood thinner named Coumadin because of that embolism.  I know what prevention of clotting can do when you cut yourself shaving.  Normally, you put pressure on the little cut, and the bleeding stops quite quickly.  The clotting doesn’t happen as easily, nor as quickly if you are on Coumadin. 
This is to explain why I was especially in tune with the next patient.  BIEMS was paged to the medical center for a wonderful woman who was a choir member, church decorator, and caring wife to the school handyman.  She was a 53 year old female patient with a history of heart disease causing a condition called Atrial Fibrillation.  Because of this condition, she was taking the blood thinning drug called Coumadin.  We were called to the medical center for this very patient at 11 a.m. in April.  When we arrived, we found this patient sitting on the BIEMS cot with her skin pink, warm, and dry.  She had an IV already running, but became dizzy, pale, and sweaty.  Her heart rate was quite high at 153, blood pressure 120/90, and her pulse oximetry reading was 100% on 4 liters per minute of oxygen by nasal cannula.  She was short of breath and fatigued lately for the last four days.  She denied having any chest pain, discomfort, or pressure.  She said she had been taking Pepto Bismal for her stomach problems recently. 
Contact with medical control was made, and we had completed all of their orders prior to the contact except the “transport in position of comfort.”  We loaded her and took her to the airport for local airlines flight to Charlevoix accompanied by BIEMS with the patient on our cot, and, with a quick transfer to Charlevoix EMS, our experienced paramedic took the patient to the hospital.  He was giving report to the ER registered nurse, who was quite rude to him, when she began questioning his treatment, the reliability of his vital signs report, and his diagnosis of atrial fibrillation on the monitor.  The patient’s care was transferred to the ER staff, and this experienced paramedic came back to the island quite angry with the exchange in the ER in front of the patient.  He wasn’t sure that he wanted to participate in a medical control where this kind of behavior took place.  He said, “After all, I do this for a living down in Traverse City.  I was just trying to help BIEMS out.  I have never been treated like this before down at Munson.  I don’t think I want to take patients to Charlevoix anymore.  I’ll help you out here on the island, but you can take the patients over to the Charlevoix Hospital.”

I was just as angry when he related this exchange.  I was angry for more than one reason.  First of all, it is difficult enough in the rural setting of EMS to get people to volunteer without their integrity, training, and professionalism being questioned in the ER by an RN.  Second of all, I was angry because this exchange took place in front of the patient.  And last, but not least, I was angry because there was a protocol for this kind of situation in the Protocol Book, on the shelf in the ER, that all emergency room staff were supposed to use when dealing with EMS.  I wrote a letter to the ER supervisor about this situation stating all of these concerns.  The letter ended up going to our medical control director physician, and I truly made this RN angry when she was suspended from working in the ER for this behavior.  I don’t know how long she was suspended from working in the ER, but I know that we had made an important point for volunteer, rural EMS. 
There had been no violation of protocol by this experienced paramedic.  He had simply giving his report just like he was used to giving it in his job.  The RN in the ER at Charlevoix was not used to having an advanced life support professional,  but volunteer, paramedic tell her at the end of his report, “You need to rule out the atrial fibrillation with a fast conduction through the AV node as the cause of the patient’s dizziness.”  How dare an EMS prehospital EMT, paramedic or not, tell the ER nurse what to do!  You will never guess what the cause of the patient’s dizziness was.  Oh, yes you will.  The atrial fibrillation with a fast conduction through the AV node was the cause of the patient’s dizziness, and she was transferred down to Munson Medical Center to see a cardiologist to consider some special kind of surgery.

There are so many nice people living on this island—nice kids, nice adults, nice grandparents.  It is always harder to work on a patient that you know than one that is a stranger. 
At 11:30 a.m. in May, we are paged to the Donegal Bay Road and Font Road intersection for an 80 year old female who has fallen.  This nice lady had been out walking with her 80 year old husband on this nice May morning.  She had slipped on a rock on the gravel roadbed and had fallen onto her right side.  When EMS arrived, the patient was in the middle of the road complaining of pain in her right hip area.  She could not move the right leg, and her husband had waved down a passer-by to call 911.  The patient was in a great deal of pain.
Everything we did made her hurt.  She was a sweet older lady who hardly ever complained, but today, we could do nothing right.  It took us quite a while to splint her legs together with a pillow in between because of the rocky surface we were working on, but we got the hip splinted using one leg splinted against the other.  We then worked to clear the bigger rocks out of the way, no small task on a gravel road in the springtime, because we needed to log roll her onto the backboard to provide splinting in the vertical direction for that possibly fractured hip.  We were as careful and as gentle as we could possibly be.  We managed to get our patient onto the ambulance cot and into the ambulance with her hip splinted to help prevent the pain that movement was sure to cause.  We hooked up a cardiac monitor and a pulse oximeter while the other vital signs were taken.  We got a set of vital signs that were quite unusual.  The pulse rate was 108 beats per minute, the blood pressure was 230/100, and respirations were 30.  She had sinus tachycardia alternating with normal sinus rhythm depending upon whether we touched or moved her at all.  Her oximeter reading was 98% on non-rebreather mask.  Her vital signs came down once she was in the ambulance with no movement and on oxygen.  The pulse was 86, respirations 20, and blood pressure was 160/80.  She was two miles of bumpy gravel roads, and one mile of paved roads away from the nearest airport.  We could not get an IV.  Her veins were difficult to locate.  The patient had sensation, feeling, and movement in all her extremities including the injured leg, but could not lift her right foot up.  The leg was externally rotated, and there was severe swelling to the pelvix on the right side.  We called medical control from that intersection with a report before we moved.
 “Charlevoix Area Hospital, 57 Alpha 2 Beaver Island with a priority two patient.  We have an 80 year old female patient with a possible fracture-dislocation of the right hip.  The hip is immobilized with pillow splint and backboard.  Her vital signs are all within normal range with the blood pressure slightly higher than normal due to the pain.  We are three miles away from the airport on bumpy, gravel roads, but we are unable to establish an IV at this time.  We request permission to give morphine as an intramuscular injection (IM) before beginning transport of this patient to the airport.” 
The medical control doctor came on the radio and responded, “Beaver Island, you may go ahead and give the patient 6 milligrams of morphine IM, and continue to attempt the IV enroute.” 
We repeated the order knowing full well that this doctor had been on Beaver Island before and was well aware of what we were facing with the bumpy roads.  It was also quite obvious that this doctor was concerned with the pain that could cause other problems with this patient other than the injury.  The patient began to relax after the IM injection of morphine, even though each bump caused her to wince.  We drove very slowly to the airport knowing full well that we had taken the best care possible of our patient, and now what she needed was an orthopedic surgeon to repair her hip. 
Rushing her and hurting her on the bumps was not going to make anything any better.  We took our time getting to the local airport.  Central Dispatch had arranged the local airline flight and the aircraft was awaiting our arrival.  We carefully loaded our patient into the plane, helped her husband into the front of the plane, and joined her in the back to monitor her on the flight across the 32 miles of water separating our rural EMS from the mainland.  She arrived at the hospital after the normal means of transport, and we accompanied her there.  We gave our verbal report, but stayed around for a little while to watch the ER staff.  Several IV attempts later, the medical control physician got an IV running with a 24 gauge catheter (very small).  We didn’t feel too badly about not being able to get the IV.  We also noticed another IM injection of morphine to help with pain.  As we were leaving, we noticed them wheel in an IV pump for pain medication and the arrival of the orthopedic surgeon.  We took almost an hour and twenty minutes to get this patient to the airport and another twenty minutes to half an hour to get her to the hospital.  Almost two hours for the whole process, but we had treated her like our own grandmother.  We have saved her from a very painful ambulance ride.  We had done our jobs as professionally as we could have.

Beaver Island Association's Newsletter 2015

This newsletter succeeds in proving information about activities and improvements of the island ecologies and non-native, invasive species. It provides information about changes in laws in Michigan. There is truly a lot of good information in this newsletter. It is presented here with permission of the BIA.

BICS Plans BI History Adventure

from Deb Robert

Preliminary information on the Beaver Island History Adventure!

BICS to Host Beaver Island History Adventure

On Friday, May 22, 2015, the students and staff at Beaver Island Community School will participate in a morning of fun, historical adventures based around local BI History.  Students will be broken into multi-age "families" and will hike an approximately 2-3 mile trek, competing in historical challenges along the way.  It is hoped that this day will give students a chance to learn about and experience some of the same things that their ancestors did.

If you are available on that day, and would be interested in helping out, have a historically-based talent you would like to share, or would just like to join in the fun, please contact school at 448-2744.

Volunteers are needed in the following capacity:

Walking the route with students

Running a challenge station along the route (Staff will plan and gather materials ahead of time.)

Helping out with a craft/game/activity at the beginning of the route

Taking pictures

Making food

Set-Up and/or Clean-Up

Contact Person:  Debbie Robert

From the MIDNR

DNR encourages public to enjoy springtime baby animal sightings, but remember to leave wildlife in the wild

With the arrival of spring, wild animals are giving birth and hatching the next generation of Michigan’s wildlife. Baby red foxes appeared in dens during the last days of March and the first days of April.  Young great-horned owls have already hatched and are growing up in stick nests high above the ground. Mourning doves have made nests, and some have already laid eggs. The first litters of cottontails will appear soon.

Springtime brings with it an increase in sightings of nestlings and baby animals. The Department of Natural Resources encourages Michigan residents to get outside and enjoy the experience of seeing wildlife raising its young, but reminds them that it is important to remain at a distance.

"These are magical moments to witness but, unfortunately, sometimes the story has a different ending when people take baby wild animals out of the wild," said DNR wildlife technician Katie Keen. “Please resist the urge to try to help seemingly abandoned fawns or other baby animals this spring. Some people truly are trying to be helpful, while others think wild animals would make good pets, but in most cases neither of those situations ends well for the wildlife.”

"We appreciate the good intentions of those who want to help, but the animals are better off left alone than removed from the wild," Keen added.

The animals most commonly rescued by well-intentioned citizens include white-tailed deer fawns and raccoons.

“Spring is the time for fawns,” said DNR wildlife technician Holly Vaughn.  “Remember a fawn’s best chance for survival is with its mother.  Do not remove a fawn that is not injured from the wild.”

“Fawns rely on their camouflage coat to protect them from predators, while their mother stays off in the distance,” Vaughn added.  “The mother will not return if people or dogs are present. If you find a fawn alone, do not touch it, just quickly leave it alone. After dark the mother deer will return for her fawn.”

It is not uncommon for deer to leave their fawns unattended for up to eight hours at a time. This behavior minimizes the scent of the mother left around the fawn and allows the fawn to go undetected from nearby predators. While fawns may seem abandoned, they almost certainly are not. All wild white-tailed deer begin life this way.

Most mammals have a keen sense of smell, and parents may abandon their young if humans have touched them. Other wildlife, such as birds, should not be handled either. Adult birds will continue to care for hatchlings that have fallen from their nest. If people move the hatchlings, the adults may not be able to locate and care for them.

The DNR advises:

  • It is illegal to possess a live wild animal, including deer, in Michigan. Every day an animal spends with humans makes it less likely to be able to survive in the wild.

  • Many baby animals will die if removed from their natural environment, and some have diseases or parasites that can be passed on to humans or pets.

  • Some "rescued" animals that do survive become habituated to people and are unable to revert back to life in the wild.

  • Eventually, habituated animals pose additional problems as they mature and develop adult animal behaviors. Habituated deer, especially bucks, can become aggressive as they mature, and raccoons are well-known for this too.

“If you find any baby animal, it should be left in the wild,” said Vaughn.  “The only time a baby animal should be removed from the wild is when you know the parent is dead or the animal is injured. Please contact a local licensed wildlife rehabilitator before removing the animal.”

For a list of licensed rehabilitators visit www.michigandnr.com/dlr or call your local DNR office.

Springtime brings sightings of baby animals, like this young fawn hidden in the tall grass. While fawns may seem abandoned, they almost certainly are not – deer often leave fawns unattended for long periods to help prevent them from being detected by predators

Eagles on the Harbor Ice

Chuck Carpenter and BINN Editor Joe Moore were both trying to get pictures of the pair of eagles that were flying over and landing on the Paradise Bay ice. Here are some that were gotten, but getting close to an eagle is not so easy.

Changes Around Town

7 Sisters

The most significant change noted today involves the house that was known as "Seven Sisters" or also known as Stanley Floyd's House. The farthest north portion of the building has been torn down and is being burnt on site. Here are a few pictures taken today, April 8, 2015, around 4:30 p.m.

Walking up to take pictures.

Heading back north.


The Beaver Island Fire Department building in town is getting an addition and a facelift. The windows and doors have been replaced, and the crew working today is putting on the siding. BINN got pictures from each direction of harbor-side, post-office-side, and then the front of the building on the back road.

The new addition from the harbor side, and the rest of the building from the harbor side.

The view of the building including the addition from the post office side.

The view from the back road as they finish working on this side.

Ain't She Sweet

See her walking down the street...

And I ask you very confidentially...

Ain't she sweet!

This Old Cookbook--??+1

This old cookbook was found as an old house was being cleaned and items sorted out. It comes from a project of an elementary classroom from May 1958. BINN will present one recipe each week until the cookbook's last. An attempt will be made each week to actually make the weekly recipe. The title page states, "Dear Mother...I hope this book will help you cook."

Unbaked Cookies

2 cups of sugar.............1 teaspoon of vanilla

1/3 cup cocoa.....................1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup milk..................3 cups oatmeal

1/2 stick oleo or butter

Mix sugar, cocoa, and milk in sauce pan.

Bring to a full rolling boil and boil one minute.

Mix with the oatmeal and peanut butter.

Drop from a teaspoon onto waxed paper.

by Kim Raeburn, 7 years old

More Growth—EMS Grows and Medical Center Provider Distrust Grows

by Joe Moore

(This is historical fiction meaning that it is based upon factual information with special consideration for protection of private health information. This takes place on Beaver Island in about fifteen years ago.)

As I sit here writing this, I have just come in from using an electric snow blower to clear my driveway.  Beaver Island had received some six inches of snow with blowing and drifting all night long.  At 2:20 a.m. this morning, BIEMS was paged to the BIRHC for an 87 year old female patient with chest tightness and pressure.  I think that we could have our work cut out for ourselves this morning as I get dressed, and almost immediately call Central Dispatch that “57 Echo 4 is on scene.”  I live directly across Carlisle Road from the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.  Upon arrival I found two of the “emergency rooms,” the rooms set aside for emergency treatment, both with a patient.  I’m sure that our current FNP saw the expression on my face.  “I have a twofer going,” she said after seeing the look on my face.  “We are only going to transport one, though,” she said.  “We have an 87-year old female patient, (who she named), with chest pain beginning about 12:45 when she woke her daughter.  I got the second call and called in the RN to be with the second patient that you don’t have to worry about.  It’s muscle spasms in the back.  The one to transfer was given a GI cocktail because she has a history of GERD, (gastroesophageal reflux disease, really bad heartburn that can eat away the lining of the esophagus).  I have also given her two nitro’s which seem to have relieved the pressure and pain.  Since she is a full-code and since I am seeing something different on her EKG, I think we will be transferring her to Charlevoix.  The son has already contacted the airline and the plane is waiting for you.  I have an IV going.  She is on the monitor, and she has a pulse oximeter hooked up.  I have her on three liters of oxygen by nasal cannula.  I have orders for additional nitro as needed and morphine.  I’ll get the morphine and give it to you.”  She went to the pharmacy, grabbed the morphine and the syringe, and brought them to me.  Then she turned the patient over to me in Room number five, and she and the RN went in to take care of the second patient.  By this time the ambulance with three helpers arrived.  My fellow teacher, my friend, and a fellow musician, two males and a female, were there ready and willing to help me move the patient.  We moved her from the BIRHC bed onto the BIEMS ambulance cot, set up the IV pole on our cot, put on the monitor stand, and Gary went out to get the monitor and the drug boxes from the echo car.  We moved the oxygen tubing from the rural health center tank to our portable tank with its “Ox-Clip”, which clips on the rail of our cot.  We had the patient loaded and ready to go very quickly.  My teaching colleague MFR got into the driver’s seat, my female EMT in the EMT seat, and Gary brought the echo car.  Central Dispatch called to ask our estimated time of arrival, and I answered that we would be at the airport in about four minutes.  The ambulance was our 57-A1, a used ambulance purchased as our backup ambulance.  It did not have four-wheel drive, and we had had a little bit of snow this night and early morning, so it did take us a little more like seven minutes to get to the airport.  We loaded the patient into the local airline’s aircraft, knowing full well that Newflight would no longer fly to Beaver Island at night, and Gary and I, the patient’s son and daughter, and our pilot climbed in to fly to Charlevoix on this windy, but very clear  and cold night.  During the flight, our patient complained of chest tightness.  I quickly got a set of vital signs, and then I administered another nitro tablet under her tongue.  Five minutes later the chest pressure was gone, and I got another set of vital signs.  Twenty minutes later, we landed in Charlevoix and were met by 53 alpha 3, the Charlevoix EMS ambulance, with EMT-Specialist/RN Ann and EMT-Specialist Chuck on board.  A long time ago, we had purchased our ambulance cot and set them up so that we could just put our ambulance cot into the Charlevoix Ambulances without having to move our patient onto their cot.  Charlevoix EMS had purchased brand new powered ambulance cots, and now we had to move our patient off our cot onto theirs on the tarmac of the Charlevoix Airport with wind and blowing snow.  This was not fun for the patient or either ambulance crew, but was fairly quickly accomplished.  Since Charlevoix EMS is not yet and advanced life support service, and since I was the paramedic, I needed to accompany the patient to the hospital.  Upon arrival at the hospital, I gave my report to John, the RN in the ER at Charlevoix Hospital.  I quickly wrote up the run report, promising both the ER and Charlevoix Ambulance a better and more readable report after returned to the island.  We loaded BIEMS equipment back into the Charlevoix Ambulance and I got a taxi ride back to the Airport.  Both the pilot and Gary were waiting for me at the airport, and I wasn’t sure which made me feel better:  the trust shown me by the provider, or the knowledge that I could get home to sleep in my own bed.  Such is the great relationship that we now have with the nurse practitioners at the BIRHC.  Things were not always that way as you may have guessed by the previous writing.

In the previous year, we hardly ever took a patient to the medical center.  The PA’s there had no choice if they needed to get a patient to the hospital, they had to call BIEMS.  We were the only transporting agency for prehospital patients.  At noon on this July day, we were paged to the medical center by the paramedic PA for a 76 year old male who was doing construction work on his house.  He had been hanging cabinets at the construction site, and “I twisted and felt a pop between 10 and 10:30 a.m.  I waited an hour, and then came in to the medical center.”  His leg aches, but he couldn’t feel anything below his ankle.  The patient was found by EMS sitting in a wheel chair at the medical center with the PA stating that the patient needed to go to Munson, and that this had been cleared by medical control.  She further stated that she, the patient, and medical control did not see the need for any spinal immobilization.  Arrangements had been made for Newflight fixed wing air transport to come to the island and take over care of the patient.  BIEMS paramedics started oxygen at 2 liters per minute, called and got an order for pain medication.  The four milligrams of morphine was given as an intramuscular injection (IM).  The PA also gave the patient some anti-nausea medication as an IM injection.  The patient was loaded onto the BIEMS ambulance cot and transported to the township airport to await Newflight.  The patient was stable throughout the transport to the airport.  While waiting for the aircraft, the feeling came back into the patients foot, but he was still unable to flex the foot.  Care was turned over to the Newflight medic and RN at the township airport for transport to Traverse City Airport and Newflight ground ambulance to Munson Hospital.  The provider at the medical center was polite, but definitely in command.  There was not much give and take, but more like, “You do this and then do that.”

Less than a week later, we were paged again to the fancy restaurant which had remodeled and now had condominiums instead to hotel rooms attached to the bar and restaurant combination.  Excuse me, the cocktail lounge and restaurant combination.  We had been called to the second floor condominium for a 69 year old male patient with an implanted defibrillator.  At 7 p.m., he and his wife had finished dinner and had gone back up to the condo to relax.  His implanted defibrillator had fired, and he had collapsed onto the floor.  He woke back up after the defibrillation, and his wife had helped him from the floor onto the bed.  Upon EMS arrival, the patient was conscious and alert with no labored respirations and in no pain.  His skin was pale, but warm and dry.  He obviously had a cardiac history, and his cardiologist had told him that the implanted defibrillator may save his life one day.  This was that one day.  The patient and his wife were very much thankful for the defibrillation that had save his life, but were quite unsure what they should do now.  “Should he go to the hospital to be check out?” the patient’s wife asked me.  I said that I didn’t have any idea what his cardiologist would suggest, but I would gladly contact my medical control at the Charlevoix Hospital and ask what they would suggest.  I called on the condo phone, and the ER suggested that the patient get an IV and be transported to them so he could be evaluated.  The patient was on all kinds of medications, which were gathered up, and the wife packed up the suitcases, since she didn’t know if they would be coming back to the island after going to the hospital.  This had been my first time to have this kind of patient.  Interestingly enough, the medical control RN in charge of the Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority, our medical control, was at the restaurant, came up to the room to check on us, and started the IV on this patient.  We wrote up the paperwork as a cardiac rhythm disturbance, monitored the patient, and flew him over to the Charlevoix Hospital by normal means.

In late July, we were paged once again to the medical center for a 25 year old male logger who had been cutting down a tree.  The limb of the tree came crashing down striking the patient on the back of the head and neck.  The diameter of the limb was estimated at five or six inches.  The patient had been transported to the medical center by personally owned vehicle by a co-worker.  The co-worker reported that the patient had been unconscious for “at least 30 seconds.”  The patient reported that he had been dizzy after the accident.  The PA at the medical center reported that the patient had complained of pain at the base of his skull at C1 and C2 when the area was palpated.  The patient was alert and oriented, but had a headache. (No kidding?)  He was feeling slightly nauseated.  We noted that the falling limb had broken the patient’s hard hat.  The patient received cervical immobilization and complete spinal immobilization using a backboard and head blocks.  He was loaded into the ambulance and transported to the Charlevoix Hospital by normal means.

On the first day of August, we had an interesting evening beginning around 9 p.m.  The paramedics had studied the treatment of a cardiac dysrythmia called supraventricular tachycardia, which is basically the electrical activity of the heart going into a fast infinite loop like sometimes happens with a Window’s computers when it locks up and crashes.  Well, this is a pretty good analogy because, if you don’t stop this infinitie loop, the patient’s heart will eventually not be able to continue to beat because the muscle will get angry not getting the oxygen it needs and finally refuse to work together with any other muscle tissues of the heart and effective heart beats will cease.  So the patient’s heart will crash somewhat like the Window’s computer when it locks up and crashes.  The 48 year old father of two of my favorite math students presented himself to the medical center with this condition that we had studied in paramedic class, but never thought we would ever see here on the island.  The patient was met at the medical center by our PA, and three paramedics.  The patient was quickly ushered into an examination room and told to lie down on the bed.  The patient had felt that his chest was pounding, and felt dizzy.   He also had pain down his arm.  The patient was not doing anything but sitting when this occurred.  The arm pain had gone away, but he had driven himself to the medical center.  He denied any loss of consciousness, but he had taken two aspirin at the beginning of this whole episode.  He had not previous heart history or any history of anything like this.  A quick set of vital signs showed a pulse rate of 210, just about twice the normal rate.  This was matched with a blood pressure of 98/60, and respirations of 20.  The patient was immediately put on oxygen at 4 liters per minute per protocol by nasal cannula.  An IV was established using a 20 gauge catheter and a 1000 milliliter bag of normal saline.  Blood was drawn during the establishing of the IV so that the patient did not need to get stuck with another needle later on.  The patient was hooked up to the cardiac monitor.  Following the American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support protocol for this condition, we told the patient to bear down like he was constipated, which is one of the vagal maneuvers that can sometimes slow down the heart.  This did not do anything, so we had him try harder which also didn’t do anything to his heart rate.  His skin was becoming pale, moist, and ashen which was not a good sign.  We went immediately to another vagal maneuver, which involves putting the patient’s face in ice water.  The cardiac monitor showed no change in his electrical activity, and his heart rate was still 212 beats per minute.  His lungs were clear with no fluid sounds.  We knew this patient needed to be transported even if we were successful in resolving his potentially life threatening arrhythmia. 
We moved down the protocol to the next step which is administration of a drug named Adenosine.  This drug basically stops the heart chemically with the hope that when the heart begins beating again, it will do so at the normal rate.  We gave the patient a 200 milliliter bolus of fluid to eliminate the possibility of internal blood loss being the cause of the fast heart beat.  It was time to chemically stop the heart.  The Adenosine is followed immediately with a fast push of normal saline into the patient’s vein to get the drug into the veins and to the heart quickly.    The first dose of Adenosine cause the heart monitor to show atrial flutter with bundle branch block which is an even scarier rhythm than what we had, but within four minutes we were back to a heart rate over 200 again.  The second dose of this drug is doubled and it is flushed into the vein quickly with 20 more milliliters of normal saline.  This dose actually stopped the heart for a short period of time, and all four of the healthcare providers held their breath for that short period of time.  The heart rate after this dose that chemically stopped the heart was 106, a little faster than normal, but almost half as fast as it had been.  We had stopped that infinite loop.  The patient’s blood pressure was up to 136/90, and his respirations were back to normal.  Within one minute of the administration of the doubled-dose of the chemical-heart-stopping drug, the patient’s vital signs were back to normal range.  We gave another 250 milliliter bolus of fluids as directed by medical control, continued to monitor the patient and his vital signs, and transported him to the township airport. 
While some of us were busy with the patient, another one had called and found out that the local airlines could not fly due to weather.  The USCG helicopter was arranged to fly from Traverse City Air Station.  There was no difficulty getting this flight approved by the Flight Surgeon.  The paramedic RN on our BIEMS crew, Bee, had to fly with the patient in the helicopter to monitor him since they USCG did not have a paramedic on board.  Bee arrived in Charlevoix at the hospital a little after midnight, and for the first time in a long while, actually got a run report signed by a physician, and it turned out to be our medical center physician as well.  Bee didn’t need to spend the night in a motel because she worked in the ER at Charlevoix, and she had a place to spend the night.  We were glad to get our paramedic friend and our equipment back the next morning.  This was one time when our patient actually beat us back to the island because he made an earlier flight arrangement than Bee.  This was also one of the few times that the medical center PA had worked together with us to accomplish a cooperative goal in providing care for the patient.

Our EMS crew’s family is not immune to medical problems needing an ambulance either.  One of our EMT’s relative was found being treated at the medical center by our less than cooperative PA.  We also had our less than cooperative medical control doctor on duty at this time.  It always amazes me to note the difference between doctors who want EMS to help the patient in the field before they get to the hospital and those that don’t want EMS to do anything to change the patient’s symptoms before they get to the hospital.  There is a really strange dichotomy of doctors still in our prehospital field.  This relative had gone to the medical center because she had been having an increasingly difficult time of breathing over the last two weeks, and finally today, she could not catch her breath even just sitting still.  There was also pain underneath her scapula on the left side of her back.  When EMS arrived at the medical center, the patient had a saline lock, which is the same idea as an IV except the patient does not get any extra fluid with a saline lock.  The patient had this saline lock to provide a route for administration of IV drugs, but the medical control physician did not want the patient to get any drugs. 
We put the patient on four liters of oxygen by nasal cannula per protocol, but the PA’s contact with the physician denied us the ability to help our patient by giving the IV medicine that is written in our protocol.  The patient had a history of congestive heart failure, and she had swollen ankles to the extent that you could barely see any ankles.  She had crackles in her lung fields which meant fluid was backing up into her lungs.  The patient had taken 80 mg of the drug by mouth at about two p.m. this afternoon, but it didn’t seem to be doing anything to help remove the fluid from her system.  It should have worked by now since it was four hours later. 
The patient was a 62 year old female who was somewhat overweight.  Now, we had our hands tied, and could not do much of anything to help her.  We loaded her into the ambulance, took her to the local airport, and flew with her to the hospital by using the local airlines.  When she arrived in the ER, she received an x-ray to confirm fluid in her lungs, and was almost immediately given the very drug we wanted to give her almost forty-five minutes earlier.  The entire BIEMS crew was very frustrated by this ambulance run.  Why didn’t the patient get the treatment needed when she needed it?  Why did she have to wait forty-five minutes to get that treatment in the hospital?  Why was this treatment in our protocols if we weren’t going to be allowed to use it?  You can be assured that this issue was going to be discussed at the next medical control meeting, and the protocol was either going to be followed, or it was going to be ripped out of the protocol book.  Boy, were we hot!

Just like in the big city, rural EMS agencies get called to situation in which there truly is not an emergency.  At midnight on a warm August evening, we were paged to an unknown accident at the south end of Beaver Island at Iron Ore Bay.  It is quite a ways down to that location, and we had a police car, and echo car, and an ambulance driving lights and siren down the dirt roads to the southernmost tips of Beaver Island at midnight.  Upon arrival, we found a truck stuck in the sand at Iron Ore Bay after obviously traveling on the beach sand close to the water.  There was no damage to the vehicle, no accident, and no injury.  The deputy didn’t even write the driver a ticket.  We wanted him to throw the book at the idiot who had gotten us all out of bed, but that didn’t happen.  When you are wakened at midnight with an adrenalin rush of being paged to a motor vehicle accident, and upon arrival, there is no accident, nothing, it is a real letdown.  Blood hungry wolves we must all be!

Another really rough situation is being called to the home of one of your neighbors who has just suffered a cardiac arrest.  You want to throw the drug box into your patient.  You want to do everything in the cardiac arrest protocol to try to save the patient.  However, you also have the training to know when nothing you do will change the outcome.  We were paged to a 61 year old male patient with a serious history of heart disease at 8 p.m. on a chilly September evening.  Upon arrival of BIEMS, we found this patient with no breathing and no pulse.  The patient had come home from a busy day and lied down to take a nap.  The patient had an advanced directive called a Do Not Resuscitate Order.  We applied the cardiac monitor and found asystole, lack of any electrical activity, in three separate cardiac leads.  This is also in the protocol for our rural EMS.  We made contact with the medical control doctor and received the order to cease resuscitation efforts.  We helped make the arrangements to transport the body to the mainland using the local airlines.  We also helped make arrangements for the body to be picked up by a local Funeral Home.  The medical control physician would sign the certificate of death based upon our evaluation.  We helped the wife, but we lost a friend and neighbor.  This was to happen two more times this year with friends and neighbors with terminal illnesses.  We helped as best we could.

We had several other cardiac patients, some assaulted trauma patients, and motor vehicle accident patients this year.  A friend’s mother had a cardiac event, but the next event that was really close to me was one patient who was a former student of mine. She had her emergency one evening shy of the New Year’s Eve.  We were paged to her home for a 22 year old female experiencing abdominal pain.   Upon EMS arrival this pain was a generalized pain in her abdomen with no specific location.  It had been occurring off and on for a month, but now the pain was severe and had started one and a half hours ago.  The patient had hyperactive bowel sounds with guarding of the abdomen, which means that the muscles of the abdomen tighten involuntarily to protect the organs inside.  The vital signs were all within normal limits.  Oxygen was administered by nasal cannula, and one IV attempt was unsuccessful.  There was rebound tenderness on the right, which means someone pushes down and then releases quickly.  The patient was nauseous, but had not yet vomited.  This patient was related to one of our EMTs, and he arranged the flight with the local airlines, and he accompanied his patient to the mainland as relative and as EMT.  The transport arrangements were the same as others mentioned above.

This ended the busy year with a great deal of growth in our EMS organization.  The winter season was upon us, and we hunkered down for a busy winter for our rural ambulance service.  We planned training sessions and yet another Basic EMT class was being taught to our high school seniors during the day and to adults at night.  We tried to figure out how to work with the one PA and the one medical control physician so that we could provide good patient care from our rural location in the middle of Lake Michigan.  We hoped and prayed for something that would bring us all together for the same purpose—providing good patient care for our friends, relatives, and neighbors.

Eagle Overhead

Just before dusk tonight, April 5, 2015, an eagle flew right over the post office building--the camera jumped out of the bag and snapped three pictures before the eagle disappeared into the dusky haze.

Birds in the Harbor

The geese have been back for a little over a week. Some of the ducks stayed all winter, but some others have come back. The seagulls are beginning to show up. Recently, with the ice still covering the harbor, eagles have been seen on the ice of the harbor. Many have assumed that there had been fish caught in the ice or other food is available. No matter the reason, it is good to begin to see these birds that help us believe that Spring just might be about to arrive here on Beaver Island.

There were a lot more things to see near Paradise Bay today!

Visiting Providers at BIRHC

Dr Cotter, Dermatologist
Will be Seeing Patients
Friday, May 15, 2015

Call his office for an appointment
866 400 3376

call Betty, if you have questions 448 2275


Dr Jon VanWagnen, O.D.
Charlevoix Eye Center
Friday, May 29, 2015
9 am until 4 pm
Call his office for appointments
231 547 7800

Any additional questions call Betty 231 448 2275

Dr. Patrick Richmond, D.P.M., P.C., Petoskey Foot Specialists & Heel Pain Centers has offered to travel to Beaver Island to see patients if there is enough interest to make it worth Dr Richmond’s time.
Please call the Health Center 448-2275 if you would make an appointment to see Dr Richmond so we may determine if the need is great enough for Dr Richmond to make plans to see patients here on the island at the Clinic.

Road Rally

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 12:30 p.m.

Beaver Island Player Production

April 25, 2015, 8 p.m.

The NEW Community Message Board

Take a look - go to www.beaverisland.org and click Message Board (top right) and log in. Give it a try. Spread the word! Best wishes from THE ISLAND.      Steve West for the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

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Citizen of the Year

The Citizen of the Year nomination deadline is April 20.  Here is a link to the nomination form.


The awards banquet will be Friday May 15 at the Shamrock. The guest speaker will State Rep Triston Cole.

From Peaine Supervisor Bill Kohls

Road Paving in Peaine

Attached to the email is my memo to the township board regarding road paving costs and other considerations.  Also attached are estimates prepared by Jim Vanek at the CCRC.  I did not, however, attach the survey referenced in the memo.  (The survey will be available at a later date when [presumably] people have had a chance to review and consider the memo.

Pete Plastrik will discuss the survey at the April 8th meeting and it’s likely that we will have at least one information meeting relating to roads/road paving.  I will invite Pat Harmon to any meetings dedicated to roads/road paving.

Personally, I think it’s important to have a thorough discussion, and I am hoping for wide dissemination of this memo.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Darkey Town Road.................East Side Road

Paid Een Og Road................Sloptown Road

Memo from Bill Kohls

Road financing

Weight Restrictions ON

From Peaine Township

Weight restrictions are now in effect on Beaver Island.  Let's all protect our newly paved Kings Highway and other paved roads from heavy vehicle damage.  The frost will soon be out of the ground and spring will be here. Thank you.

Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter for 2015

Community Players Presentation

From Waste Management Committee

Vacation Bible School

Please Join Us at…


“Weird Animals: Where Jesus’s Love is One-of-a-Kind”
June 30th, July 1st & 2nd
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

For children ages 3 – 12.
(Arts & Crafts, Music, Storytelling, Imagination Stations, Games & more!)
To be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church
***Family Picnic immediately following VBS on Thursday, July 2nd…Details to follow.***

As always, there is no charge to attend VBS.
If you would like to make a donation to this program, please send it to the Beaver Island Christian Church, earmarked for VBS!

Brought to you by: Beaver Island Christian Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Lighthouse Fellowship and the St. James Episcopal Mission

Please register early:
Debbie Robert 448 – 2048 or debrob2@yahoo.com
Kim Mitchell 448-2532 or beaverislandkim@gmail.com

***Volunteers Needed***

Property Tax Renewal Language

for St. James Township, May Election

Language for Operational millage, Airport millage, and Transfer Station millage

This language was approved at the St. James Township Meeting on 2/4/15.

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