B. I. News on the 'Net, April 15-May 1, 2020


by Cindy Ricksgers

From Michigan DNR

Fuel Wood Permits Available Online

 Current maps of areas where cutting will be allowed are available online. The permit form is at Michigan.gov/Fuelwood.

View and/or download the PDF of this HERE

BICS Students Recognized for Accomplishments

Congratulations to our Career Tech Ed students who are being recognized as the top students in their business and health classes at BICS.

Elijah, Jessica, McKenna and Sharon will be receiving awards from CharEm and BICS. Congratulations on your hard work, students! We are Proud of You!

Here are the program and video from CharEm ISD

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 30, 2020

Sigh - it's like a never-ending rain. Feet are beginning to web. Google is busy as folks hunt for ark plans. Right now I'm showing 39°, feels like 32°, wind is from the N at 8 mph with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 96%, dew point is 38°, pressure is rising from 29.67 inches, UV index is at 0, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 7 miles. For today expect a steady rain this morning and showers continuing this afternoon. High around 50°. Winds from the north at 10 to 20 mph Chance of rain 100%, Tonight it should be partly cloudy that will give way to clear skies overnight. Low around 37°. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

ON THIS DAY in 1993, four years after publishing a proposal for “an idea of linked information systems,” computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee released the source code for the world’s first web browser and editor. Originally called Mesh, the browser that he dubbed WorldWideWeb became the first royalty-free, easy-to-use means of browsing the emerging information network that developed into the internet as we know it today.

Berners-Lee was a fellow at CERN, the research organization headquartered in Switzerland. Other research institutions like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University had developed complex systems for internally sharing information, and Berners-Lee sought a means of connecting CERN’s system to others. He outlined a plan for such a network in 1989 and developed it over the following years. The computer he used, a NeXT desktop, became the world’s first internet server. Berners-Lee wrote and published the first web page, a simplistic outline of the WorldWideWeb project, in 1991.

CERN began sharing access with other institutions, and soon opened it up to the general public. In releasing the source code for the project to the public domain two years later, Berners-Lee essentially opened up access to the project to anyone in the world, making it free and (relatively) easy to explore the nascent internet.

Simple Web browsers like Mosaic appeared a short time later, and before long the Web had become by far the most popular system of its kind. Within a matter of years, Berners-Lee’s invention had revolutionized information-sharing and, in doing so, had dramatically altered the way that human beings communicated. The creation and globalization of the web is widely considered one of the most transformational events in human history. 4.39 billion people, including you, are now estimated to use the internet, accounting for over half the global population. The average American now spends 24 hours a week online. The internet’s rise has been the greatest expansion in information access in human history, has led to the exponential growth in the total amount of data in the world, and has facilitated a spread of knowledge, ideas and social movements that was unthinkable as recently as the 1990s. (history.,com)

Forgotten Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grim
A mouse, a bird and a sausage set up house together and for awhile, and things were going well: The bird’s job was to fly into the forest every day and bring back wood; the mouse carried the water, lit the fires, and set the table; the sausage did the cooking, making sure their meals were properly flavored by rolling around in them (of course).

But one day, the bird’s friends in the forest started making fun of him, calling him a poor sap and claiming that he did all the hard work while the others got to stay home and relax. He came home that day and demanded that they try a more equitable system of chores, and they drew lots to determine who did what.

Well, the sausage was tasked with gathering wood, but was gobbled up by a dog when he entered the forest. The mouse was tasked with making the meal, but when she slid through the vegetables like the sausage used to, she got stuck and died. And the bird was supposed to gather the water and light the fires, but somehow he managed to set the house on fire, and then, while trying to draw up a bucket of water from the well to put it out, get tangled in the bucket and pulled into the well himself, where he drowned. The moral of this story appears to be know your place. Also, don’t shack up with a talking cured meat. (mentalfloss.com)

WORD OF THE DAY emblem (EM-blum) which means:
1 : a picture with a motto or set of verses intended as a moral lesson
2 : an object or the figure of an object symbolizing and suggesting another object or an idea
3 a : a symbolic object used as a heraldic device
b : a device, symbol, or figure adopted and used as an identifying mark
Both emblem and its synonym symbol trace back to the Greek verb bállein, meaning "to throw." Emblem arose from embállein, meaning "to insert," while symbol comes from symbállein, Greek for "to throw together." Bállein is also an ancestor of the words parable (from parabállein, "to compare"), metabolism (from metabállein, "to change"), and problem (from probállein, "to throw forward"). Another, somewhat surprising, bállein descendant is devil, which comes from Greek diabolos, literally meaning "slanderer." Diabolos in turn comes from diabállein, meaning "to throw across" or "to slander." (merriam-webster.com)

Update for Peaine Township Voters

April 29, 2020

View and/or download this update HERE

From the Station:

A few more notes from the Station to help us serve our customers efficiently and safely.

1. Please DO NOT wait to call your order in from the parking lot. We understand that our phones get busy, and still strongly encourage emailing orders in advance (islandenergies@gmail.com). Please be patient when trying to call.
2. Do NOT stand by the windows when waiting for orders etc. as this makes it difficult to maintain proper social distancing.
3. Do not loiter in the parking lot. Maintain a minimum of 6ft of social distancing between yourself and other customers.
4. We still ask that you try to minimize the frequency of your trips and plan ahead as much as is feasible.

We’ve got a minimum of 20 more days of the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and all need to do our part to get through these unprecedented times. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we work through these many new challenges! Stay safe!

Beaver Island Telecommunications Advisory Committee
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 5 pm

via zoom or teleconference

View the meeting notice HERE

2020-04-29 Agenda UPDATED

Islesboro Municipal Broadband

Phase 3 Planning (1)

View video of this meeting HERE

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

from OSHA

View on OSHA website HERE

From BI COA, Kathie Ehinger

Hope everyone is Safe and Healthy!

I will be in the office this Friday May 1st, 8am- 3pm

I will have May vouchers ready for you. Please call me at 448-2124 with your request.

I will also be in the office Wednesday May 6th, 8am-3pm. This will be my last day with COA.
My replacement, Lonnie Allen will be in the office after May 15th. Please welcome him as you did me!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 29, 2020

It's pouring rain - or as my dad used to say, "it's liquid sunshine". It's 40° outside this morning, feels like 26°, wind is from the ENE at 15 mph with gusts to 26 mph, humidity is 97%, dew point is 40°, pressure is steady at 29.73 inches, UV index is at 0, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 4 miles. Today expect windy with periods of rain. High around 44°. Winds from the NE at 20 to 30 mph with higher gusts possible. Tonight cloudy and windy at times with periods of rain. LOw around 39°. Winds from the NNE at 20 to 30 mph with higher wind gusts possible.

Today Northeast wind 15 to 25 knots. Gusts up to 30 knots. rain showers through the day. Patchy fog in the morning. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Tonight North wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Rain showers likely. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Thursday North wind 10 to 20 knots. Rain showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Thursday Night North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DAY April 29, 1945, the U.S. Seventh Army’s 45th Infantry Division liberates Dachau, the first concentration camp established by Germany’s Nazi regime. A major Dachau subcamp was liberated the same day by the 42nd Rainbow Division.

Established five weeks after Adolf Hitler took power as German chancellor in 1933, Dachau was situated on the outskirts of the town of Dachau, about 10 miles northwest of Munich. During its first year, the camp held about 5,000 political prisoners, consisting primarily of German communists, Social Democrats, and other political opponents of the Nazi regime. During the next few years, the number of prisoners grew dramatically, and other groups were interned at Dachau, including Jehovah’s Witnesses, Gypsies, homosexuals and repeat criminals. Beginning in 1938, Jews began to comprise a major portion of camp internees.

Prisoners at Dachau were used as forced laborers, initially in the construction and expansion of the camp and later for German armaments production. The camp served as the training center for SS concentration camp guards and was a model for other Nazi concentration camps. Dachau was also the first Nazi camp to use prisoners as human guinea pigs in medical experiments. At Dachau, Nazi scientists tested the effects of freezing and changes to atmospheric pressure on inmates, infected them with malaria and tuberculosis and treated them with experimental drugs, and forced them to test methods of making seawater potable and of halting excessive bleeding. Hundreds of prisoners died or were crippled as a result of these experiments.

Thousands of inmates died or were executed at Dachau, and thousands more were transferred to a Nazi extermination center near Linz, Austria, when they became too sick or weak to work. In 1944, to increase war production, the main camp was supplemented by dozens of satellite camps established near armaments factories in southern Germany and Austria. These camps were administered by the main camp and collectively called Dachau.

With the advance of Allied forces against Germany in April 1945, the Germans transferred prisoners from concentration camps near the front to Dachau, leading to a general deterioration of conditions and typhus epidemics. On April 27, 1945, approximately 7,000 prisoners, mostly Jews, were forced to begin a death march from Dachau to Tegernsee, far to the south. The next day, many of the SS guards abandoned the camp. On April 29, the Dachau main camp was liberated by units of the 45th Infantry after a brief battle with the camp’s remaining guards.

As they neared the camp, the Americans found more than 30 railroad cars filled with bodies in various states of decomposition. Inside the camp there were more bodies and 30,000 survivors, most severely emaciated. Some of the American troops who liberated Dachau were so appalled by conditions at the camp that they machine-gunned at least two groups of captured German guards. It is officially reported that 30 SS guards were killed in this fashion, but conspiracy theorists have alleged that more than 10 times that number were executed by the American liberators. The German citizens of the town of Dachau were later forced to bury the 9,000 dead inmates found at the camp.

In the course of Dachau’s history, at least 160,000 prisoners passed through the main camp, and 90,000 through the subcamps. Incomplete records indicate that at least 32,000 of the inmates perished at Dachau and its subcamps, but countless more were shipped to extermination camps elsewhere. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW that the white, crescent shaped part of the nail is called lunule. (buzzfeed.com)

WORD OF THE DAY disingenuous (dis-in-JEN-yuh-wuss) which means: lacking in candor; also : giving a false appearance of simple frankness : calculating. A disingenuous remark might contain some superficial truth, but it is delivered with the intent to deceive or to serve some hidden purpose. Its base word ingenuous (derived from a Latin adjective meaning "native" or "freeborn") can describe someone who, like a child, is innocent or lacking guile or craftiness. English speakers began frequently joining the negative prefix dis- with ingenuous to create disingenuous during the 17th century. (merriam-webster.com)

May Edition of the Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter

April 28, 2020

The newsletter was received by email and downloaded by the editor. This will be made into a PDF, so that it can be downloaded by anyone. The link for that is below.

Read and/or download the newsletter HERE

From the BIA

The ad hoc Michigan High Water Action Team has scheduled a second High Water Summit webinar town hall for April 28 that will focus on Great Lakes shoreline erosion and permitting. Registration is open and limited to 1,000 attendees. For more information and to register for the webinar go to: http://beaverislandassociaton.org

The April 27th bird sightings can be found at:

Please observe campfires only in designated areas. Last year, a fire site was placed under the Peaine Township sign at Cables Bay. The Peaine sign stated No Campfires, No Glass Containers, ... Now another new campfire site was built within two feet of the sign within the last two weeks. When old campfires are not cleaned-up, it does not mean that more campfires at the site are appropriate. If you want to make a statement, do so at a scheduled Peaine Township meeting.

A campfire was left at the foot of the Little Sand Bay path near Lake Michigan in the past two weeks. No campfires are allowed on Little Traverse Nature Preserves. If the person who placed it there would please clean it up, it would help stop others from thinking a fire on the beach at Little Sand Bay is acceptable.

When one person carves into a tree, it does not give anyone else the right carve additional initials and kill that tree. Please refrain from carving on the island's trees and introducing disease.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our island's natural areas beautiful.

Dave Crown, RIP

Word has been received that Dave Crown has passed away. More information will be posted when available.

From the Boat Company

April 28, 2020

We have adjusted our policies in order to comply with the Governor's new executive order and for the safety of our passengers, communities and crew. The changes are highlighted below.

We will start operating May 1st.

Mask or face coverings must be worn in public and in any public areas of the boat, docks and offices.

for the full executive order go here: https://www.michigan.gov/…/w…/EO_2020-59_Signed_688350_7.pdf

For Island info go to stjamestwp.org or peainetwp.org

Read and/or download the letter HERE

Memorial Day Concert at the Hall 1997

The Jack Cull Memorial Concerts were held at Holy Cross Parish Hall on Memorial Day for many years. The primary organizer was Barry Pischner. This video was recorded by Rich Gillespie, and BINN thanks him for allowing us to digitize and provide this video to the public. The VJ Day video below is also due to him.

The performers, to mention just a few, included Rich Scripps, Barry Pischner, Danny Gillespie, Cindy Gillespie, LD Ryan, and Jerry Sowa.

View video of the concert HERE

VJ Day

On August 14, 1945, it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II. Since then, both August 14 and August 15 have been known as “Victory over Japan Day,” or simply “V-J Day.”

In 1995, on the steps of the Beaver Island Historical Society's Print Shop Museum, the island celebrated this particular holiday.

View video HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 28, 2020

Cloudy, drizzle day. It's 41°, feels like 39°, winds from the ENE at 4 mph, humidity is at 100%, dew point is 40°, pressure is steady at 29.92 inches, UV index is at 0, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is about 2 miles. Today expect it to continue to be overcast with a high around 44°. Winds from the east at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight expect rain showers this evening with a steady, soaking rain overnight and increasing winds from the east at 20 to 30 mph.

ON THIS DAY in 1790, three weeks into a journey from Tahiti to the West Indies, the HMS Bounty is seized in a mutiny led by Fletcher Christian, the master’s mate. Captain William Bligh and 18 of his loyal supporters were set adrift in a small, open boat, and the Bounty set course for Tubuai south of Tahiti.

In December 1787, the Bounty left England for Tahiti in the South Pacific, where it was to collect a cargo of breadfruit saplings to transport to the West Indies. There, the breadfruit would serve as food for slaves. After a 10-month journey, the Bounty arrived in Tahiti in October 1788 and remained there for more than five months. On Tahiti, the crew enjoyed an idyllic life, reveling in the comfortable climate, lush surroundings and the famous hospitality of the Tahitians. Fletcher Christian fell in love with a Tahitian woman named Mauatua.

On April 4, 1789, the Bounty departed Tahiti with its store of breadfruit saplings. On April 28, near the island of Tonga, Christian and 25 petty officers and seamen seized the ship. Bligh, who eventually would fall prey to a total of three mutinies in his career, was an oppressive commander and insulted those under him. By setting him adrift in an overcrowded 23-foot-long boat in the middle of the Pacific, Christian and his conspirators had apparently handed him a death sentence. By remarkable seamanship, however, Bligh and his men reached Timor in the East Indies on June 14, 1789, after a voyage of about 3,600 miles. Bligh returned to England and soon sailed again to Tahiti, from where he successfully transported breadfruit trees to the West Indies.

Meanwhile, Christian and his men attempted to establish themselves on the island of Tubuai. Unsuccessful in their colonizing effort, the Bounty sailed north to Tahiti, and 16 crewmen decided to stay there, despite the risk of capture by British authorities. Christian and eight others, together with six Tahitian men, a dozen Tahitian women, and a child, decided to search the South Pacific for a safe haven. In January 1790, the Bounty settled on Pitcairn Island, an isolated and uninhabited volcanic island more than 1,000 miles east of Tahiti. The mutineers who remained on Tahiti were captured and taken back to England where three were hanged. A British ship searched for Christian and the others but did not find them.

In 1808, an American whaling vessel was drawn to Pitcairn by smoke from a cooking fire. The Americans discovered a community of children and women led by John Adams, the sole survivor of the original nine mutineers. According to Adams, after settling on Pitcairn the colonists had stripped and burned the Bounty, and internal strife and sickness had led to the death of Fletcher and all the men but him. In 1825, a British ship arrived and formally granted Adams amnesty, and he served as patriarch of the Pitcairn community until his death in 1829.

In 1831, the Pitcairn islanders were resettled on Tahiti, but unsatisfied with life there they soon returned to their native island. In 1838, the Pitcairn Islands, which includes three nearby uninhabited islands, was incorporated into the British Empire. By 1855, Pitcairn’s population had grown to nearly 200, and the two-square-mile island could not sustain its residents. In 1856, the islanders were removed to Norfolk Island, a former penal colony nearly 4,000 miles to the west. However, less than two years later, 17 of the islanders returned to Pitcairn, followed by more families in 1864. Today, just a few dozen live on Pitcairn Island, and all but a handful are descendants of the Bounty mutineers. About a thousand residents of Norfolk Island (half its population) trace their lineage from Fletcher Christian and the eight other Englishmen. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT phosphenes are the lights you see when you close your eyes and press your hands to them. (buzzfeed.com)

WORD OF THE DAY garnish (GAHR-nish) which means:
1 a : decorate, embellish
b : to add decorative or savory touches to (food or drink)
2 : to equip with accessories : furnish
3 : garnishee
Although we now mostly garnish food, the general application of the "decorate" meaning is older. The link between embellishing an object or space and adding a little parsley to a plate isn't too hard to see, but how does the verb's sense of "garnishee," which refers to the taking of debtors' wages, fit in? The answer lies in the word's Anglo-French root, garnir, which means "to give notice, warning, or legal summons" in addition to "to equip or decorate." Before wages were garnished, the debtor would be served with a legal summons or warning. The legal sense of garnish now chiefly implies the taking of the wages, but it is rooted in the action of furnishing the warning. (merriam-webster.com)


by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 27, 2020

Another beautiful island day! Right now I'm showing 47°, feels like 39°, wind is from the SE at 4 mph with gusts to 8 mph, humidity is at 44%, dew point is 26°, pressure is steady at 30.13 inches, UV index is at 3 Moderate, cloud cover is 40% and visibility is 13 miles. This afternoon expect rain (there's a 100% chance) High of 48°. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight there will also be a 100% chance for rain. Low of 38°. Winds from the SE at 10 to 15 mph.

ON THIS DAY in 4977 B.C. the universe is created, according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, considered a founder of modern science. Kepler is best known for his theories explaining the motion of planets.

Kepler was born on December 27, 1571, in Weil der Stadt, Germany. As a university student, he studied the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus’ theories of planetary ordering. Copernicus (1473-1543) believed that the sun, not the earth, was the center of the solar system, a theory that contradicted the prevailing view of the era that the sun revolved around the earth.

In 1600, Kepler went to Prague to work for Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, the imperial mathematician to Rudolf II, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Kepler’s main project was to investigate the orbit of Mars. When Brahe died the following year, Kepler took over his job and inherited Brahe’s extensive collection of astronomy data, which had been painstakingly observed by the naked eye. Over the next decade, Kepler learned about the work of Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), who had invented a telescope with which he discovered lunar mountains and craters, the largest four satellites of Jupiter and the phases of Venus, among other things. Kepler corresponded with Galileo and eventually obtained a telescope of his own and improved upon the design.

In 1609, Kepler published the first two of his three laws of planetary motion, which held that planets move around the sun in ellipses, not circles (as had been widely believed up to that time), and that planets speed up as they approach the sun and slow down as they move away. In 1619, he produced his third law, which used mathematic principles to relate the time a planet takes to orbit the sun to the average distance of the planet from the sun.

Kepler’s research was slow to gain widespread traction during his lifetime, but it later served as a key influence on the English mathematician Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) and his law of gravitational force. Additionally, Kepler did important work in the fields of optics, including demonstrating how the human eye works, and math. He died on November 15, 1630, in Regensberg, Germany. As for Kepler’s calculation about the universe’s birthday, scientists in the 20th century developed the Big Bang theory, which showed that his calculations were off by about 13.7 billion years. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT cornicione is the outer part of the crust on a pizza.(buzzfeed.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: zephyr (ZEFF-er) which means:
1 a : a breeze from the west
b : a gentle breeze
2 : any of various lightweight fabrics and articles of clothing
For centuries, poets have eulogized Zephyrus, the Greek god of the west wind, and his "swete breeth" (in the words of Geoffrey Chaucer). Zephyrus, the personified west wind, eventually evolved into zephyr, a word for a breeze that is westerly or gentle, or both. Breezy zephyr blew into English with the help of poets and playwrights, including William Shakespeare, who used the word in his play Cymbeline: "Thou divine Nature, thou thyself thou blazon'st / In these two princely boys! They are as gentle / As zephyrs blowing below the violet." Today, zephyr is also the sobriquet of a lightweight fabric and the clothing that is made from it. (merriam-webster.com)

Election Info for St James Township

Reminder for May 5, 2020 election at St James Township

The polls will be open from 7am to 8pm at the St James Township Hall. The State of Michigan Bureau of Elections is again strongly encouraging people to vote by absentee ballot for the safety of the community.

Absentee ballot applications were mailed to every registered voter of St James Township within the last month. If you did not receive the form, please contact me at clerk.stjamestwp.bi@gmail.com and I will see that you get the application as soon as possible.

I will be available by appointment on May 2 and May 3, 2020, 12 pm to 4 pm to either help you get registered or to issue you an absentee ballot. I will also be available by appointment on May 4, 2020. Please contact me at the above email address.

If you come to the polls, please make sure to wear the proper PPE for the safety and well being of the election inspectors. We appreciate everyone’s consideration during this difficult time.

Thank you.
Julie Gillespie, Clerk St James Township

Welcome, John ‘Jack’ Walter Wojan

Yesterday, 4-25-20, we welcomed our third son: John ‘Jack’ Walter Wojan, 8lbs 11oz, 21.5 inches long and everyone is happy and healthy! Ryan and Amanda are forever grateful for the selfless coworkers who protected Amanda from potential COVID patients while Amanda was working, and the support from their family and friends during this time.

Adventure Drive and Walk

April 25, 2020

Saturday was a day of adventure, driving and walking, and lots and lots of video and pictures. The adventure began with a ride to the Four Corners from Carlisle Road. The turn onto Barney's Lake Road was the beginning of the loop to Barney's Lake, with a stop there, and then onto Sloptown Road past the microwave tower. Then it was back in the King's Highway to the Four Corners. This is the loop that the editor takes just about every day.

On top of this loop, instead of heading to Carlisle Road, a trip was made out to the Little Sand Bay Preserve, the car was parked, and the walking began. The editor noticed the benches on the way and wondered why these benches were located here. The walk down the trail to Little Sand Bay and back answered that question. Each of the benches were used on the way back.

No Beaver Island adventure is complete without a trip to Whiskey Point, so back to the Four Corners, past Carlisle Road and to Whiskey Point and back to Carlisle was part of the adventure. What a beautiful day it was! Legs and feet hurting did not cause us to wish the trip was not made.

Only part of the adventure is shown on this map, but you can imagine the parts left out.

The first discovery, and an ecstatic one, was the return of one osprey near the microwave tower. This made the whole trip worth its while.

Checking out the loon on Barney's Lake was also.

Off we go on the walk.

Not social distancing were the two snakes seen while taking the walk; garter snake and water snake.

In the stream caused by the run-off were lots of "water bugs."

Lots of different shades of green were seen on this walk. Here's just one example.

View a larger gallery of pictures HERE

Whiskey Point reflections

Lots of birds seen on the trip to the point.

View Video of the trip HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

April 26, 2020

Our celebrant today was Father Jim Siler.

View Video of this service HERE


by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

April 26, 2020

Right now on Carlilse Road, Beaver Island, it is 38 degrees with the sun shining. The pressure is 30.14 with visibility of ten miles. The weather station says partly cloudy, but the clouds are not blocking the sun right now. The dewpoint is 29 degrees with a relative humidity of 69%. It's 8 a.m., and the day looks promising.

TODAY, it is expected to have plenty of sunshine with a high in the upper 50s. The wind will be from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph. 0% chance of rain.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low of 38. The winds will be light and variable. It might be a good night to look into the dark sky.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies giving way to cloudy skies with rain in the afternoon, 90% chance. Wind will be from the SE at 5 to 10 mph.

WORD OF THE DAY: promilgate; verb; (PRAH-mul-gayt);

1 : to make (an idea, belief, etc.) known to many people by open declaration : proclaim

2 a : to make known or public the terms of (a proposed law)

b : to put (a law or rule) into action or force

The origin of promulgate is a bit murky, or perhaps we should say "milky." It comes from Latin promulgatus, which in turn derives from pro-, meaning "forward," and -mulgare, a form that is probably related to the verb mulgēre, meaning "to milk" or "to extract." Mulgēre is an ancestor of the English word emulsion ("mixture of mutually insoluble liquids"), and it is also related to the Old English word that became milk itself. Like its synonyms declare, announce, and proclaim, promulgate means "to make known publicly." It particularly implies the proclaiming of a dogma, doctrine, or law.

ON THIS DAY--Polio vaccine trials begin

On April 26, 1954, the Salk polio vaccine field trials, involving 1.8 million children, begin at the Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Virginia. Children in the United States, Canada and Finland participated in the trials, which used for the first time the now-standard double-blind method, whereby neither the patient nor attending doctor knew if the inoculation was the vaccine or a placebo. 

On year later, on April 12, 1955, researchers announced the vaccine was safe and effective and it quickly became a standard part of childhood immunizations in America. In the ensuing decades, polio vaccines would all but wipe out the highly contagious disease in the Western Hemisphere.

Polio, known officially as poliomyelitis, is an infectious disease that has existed since ancient times and is caused by a virus. It occurs most commonly in children and can result in paralysis. The disease reached epidemic proportions throughout the first half of the 20th century. During the 1940s and 1950s, polio was associated with the iron lung, a large metal tank designed to help polio victims suffering from respiratory paralysis breathe.

President Franklin Roosevelt was diagnosed with polio in 1921 at the age of 39 and was left paralyzed from the waist down and forced to use leg braces and a wheelchair for the rest of his life. In 1938, Roosevelt helped found the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, later renamed the March of Dimes. The organization was responsible for funding much of the research concerning the disease, including the Salk vaccine trials.

The man behind the original vaccine was New York-born physician and epidemiologist Jonas Salk (1914-95). Salk’s work on an anti-influenza vaccine in the 1940s, while at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, led him, in 1952 at the University of Pittsburgh, to develop the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), based on a killed-virus strain of the disease. The 1954 field trials that followed, the largest in U.S. history at the time, were led by Salk’s former University of Michigan colleague, Dr. Thomas Francis, Jr.

In the late 1950s, Polish-born physician and virologist Albert Sabin (1906-1993) tested an oral polio vaccine (OPV) he had created from a weakened live virus. The vaccine, easier to administer and cheaper to produce than Salk’s, became available for use in America in the early 1960s and eventually replaced Salk’s as the vaccine of choice in most countries.

Today, polio has been eliminated throughout much of the world due to the vaccine; however, there is still no cure for the disease and it persists in a small number of countries in Africa and Asia.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Lee Bracey Sermon for 4/26/2020

April 25, 2020

View video of the Sermon HERE


by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 25, 2020

Partly sunny this morning, 39°, winds are calm, humidity is 80%, dew point is 33°, pressure is rising from 30.08 inches, cloud cover is 31%, UV index is at 3 moderate, and visibility is 10 miles. Today a mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies in the afternoon. Expect a high around 51°. Winds light and variable. Tonight will be partly cloudy. Low around 37°. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

ON THIS DATE in 2014 officials from Flint, Michigan switched the city’s water supply to the Flint River as a cost-cutting measure for the struggling city. In doing so, they unwittingly introduced lead-poisoned water into homes, in what would become a massive public-health crisis.

The problem started when officials decided to switch the water supply from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the Karegnondi Water Authority to save money for the economically struggling city. Before that connection could be built, the city turned to the Flint River as a temporary water source. By May, residents were complaining that the brown water flowing into their homes looked and smelled weird, but the largely majority-African American and poor citizens went ignored by officials. In August, E.coli and coliform bacteria were detected in Flint’s water.

From there, a leaked memo from the Environmental Protection Agency, and several independent studies, warned of dangerous levels of lead in the water. Although the city switched their water supply back in October 2015, the damage to the pipes had already been done. After months of denial and dodging, the mayor, governor and president declared a state of emergency in Flint. Free water bottles and filters were provided to residents to help them cope.

Unfortunately, the crisis didn’t end there for Flint residents. Over a year later, people were still using bottled water to cook, drink and even brush their teeth. The city’s recovery has been slow, as it works to replace 30,000 lead pipes. In 2017, reports showed that the water in most homes was generally safe, but many residents still don’t trust what comes out of their tap.

In the aftermath, residents filed a class-action lawsuit, and 15 state and city leaders faced criminal charges. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW that wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times. (savit.in)

WORD OF THE DAY nabob (NAY-bahb) which means:
1 : a provincial governor of the Mogul empire in India
2 : a person of great wealth or prominence
In India's Mogul Empire, founded in the 16th century, provincial governors carried the Urdu title of nawāb. In 1612, Captain Robert Coverte published a report of his "discovery" of "the Great Mogoll, a prince not till now knowne to our English nation." The Captain informed the English-speaking world that "An earle is called a Nawbob," thereby introducing the English version of the word. Nabob, as it thereafter came to be spelled, gained its extended sense of "a prominent person" in the 18th century, when it was applied sarcastically to British officials of the East India Company returning home after amassing great wealth in Asia. The word was perhaps most famously used by Vice President Spiro Agnew, in a 1970 speech written by William Safire, when he referred to critical members of the news media as "nattering nabobs of negativism." (merriam-webster.com)

Wendy Anne Arrives with First Load

April 24, 2020

St. James Marine with Captain Matt Fogg arrived today on the Wendy Anne tug pushing the barge. There were a couple of vehicles, some construction equipment, and the huge rolls of fiber optic cable, along with some seed and fertilizer, and other items not unloaded at the time of the pictures and the videos that were taken by BINN.

Welcome, Matt Fogg and Wendy Anne!

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the arrival HERE

Video Updates from Last Week

April 24, 2020

Southwester causes waves over docks.

Font Lake Run-off continues

Deer are not spooked in the early afternoon.

View video HERE

BICS Electronic Zoom Classroom

April 24, 2020

Mrs. Robert's classroom has become virtual due to the COVID-19 restrictions put in place by the Governor of the State of Michigan. The BICS building is closed to the public and is only open for employees to enter to provide the schoolwork for their students.

Governor Whitmer Relaxes Some, Extends Others

April 24, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is extending her stay-at-home order through May 15, while lifting certain restrictions on businesses and outdoor activities.

She has also relaxed restrictions, so some businesses can re-open and the public can participate in more outdoor activities like golf and motorized boating.

People are now required, rather than encouraged, to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as grocery stores if they can medically tolerate it. Employers must provide non-medical grade masks to their in-person employees.

Landscapers, lawn-service companies, plant nurseries, and bike repair shops can resume operating, subject to social-distancing rules. Stores selling nonessential supplies can reopen for curbside pickup and delivery. Big-box retailers no longer have to close off garden centers and areas dedicated to selling paint, flooring and carpet.

Landscaping and more outdoor activities, she said, were “naturally parts of our economy that we could move forward on now. While golfing is allowed, the use of carts is not. State parks will generally remain open and people already were allowed to run, walk, hike, and ride bikes.

Whitmer said people with multiple in-state homes can resume traveling between them, though it is strongly discouraged.

Whitmer said her administration is talking with medical and business experts to assess different jobs and industries for risk, to promulgate safety protocols and to determine “markers” that need to be reached before reopening additional sectors. She said more will be revealed on Monday.

The order does not explicitly address Detroit-area automakers’ ability to restart plants. It continues to list “transportation and logistics" and “critical manufacturing” as sectors where some employees can go to work. Talks continue between the Detroit Three and the United Auto Workers union.

“This is one of what will be many waves,” Whitmer said. “My hope is that we can contemplate the next one. But it all depends on if people observe these best practices, if we can keep the COVID-19 trajectory headed downward and if we can keep people safe."

(Several sources were used in this article. TV 9and10, Associated Press, and FoxNews Detroit.)

One Item on May Ballot

In Both Townships on May 5, 2020

April 24, 2020

This proposal will allow the intermediate school district to continue to levy special
education millage previously approved by the electors and restores millage lost as
a result of the reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963.
Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in
Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, Michigan, be increased by 1.4958 mills ($1.4958
on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 4 years, 2020. to 2023, inclusive, to provide
funds for the education of students with a disability (1.1499 mills of the above is a renewal of
millage that expired with the 2019 tax levy and 0.3459 mill is a restoration of millage lost as a
result of the reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963); the estimate of the revenue
the intermediate school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2020 is
approximately $8,734,626 from local property, taxes authorized herein?

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 24, 2020

Cloudy skies this morning, 36°, feels like 34°, wind is from the east at 6 mph, humidity is at 86%, dew point is 32°, pressure is rising from 29.90 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today the clouds should clear off becoming mostly sunny by afternoon. High around 44° Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight clear to partly cloudy. Low near 35°. Winds light and variable.

ON THIS DATE in 1916, on Easter Monday in Dublin, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, a secret organization of Irish nationalists led by Patrick Pearse, launches the so-called Easter Rebellion, an armed uprising against British rule. Assisted by militant Irish socialists under James Connolly, Pearse and his fellow Republicans rioted and attacked British provincial government headquarters across Dublin and seized the Irish capital’s General Post Office.

Following these successes, they proclaimed the independence of Ireland, which had been under the repressive thumb of the United Kingdom for centuries, and by the next morning were in control of much of the city. Later that day, however, British authorities launched a counteroffensive, and by April 29 the uprising had been crushed. Nevertheless, the Easter Rebellion is considered a significant marker on the road to establishing an independent Irish republic.

Following the uprising, Pearse and 14 other nationalist leaders were executed for their participation and held up as martyrs by many in Ireland. There was little love lost among most Irish people for the British, who had enacted a series of harsh anti-Catholic restrictions, the Penal Laws, in the 18th century, and then let 1.5 million Irish starve during the Potato Famine of 1845-1852. Armed protest continued after the Easter Rebellion and in 1921, 26 of Ireland’s 32 counties won independence with the declaration of the Irish Free State. The Free State became an independent republic in 1949. However, six northeastern counties of the Emerald Isle remained part of the United Kingdom, prompting some nationalists to reorganize themselves into the Irish Republican Army (IRA) to continue their struggle for full Irish independence.

In the late 1960s, influenced in part by the U.S. civil rights movement, Catholics in Northern Ireland, long discriminated against by British policies that favored Irish Protestants, advocated for justice. Civil unrest broke out between Catholics and Protestants in the region and the violence escalated as the pro-Catholic IRA battled British troops. An ongoing series of terrorist bombings and attacks ensued in a drawn-out conflict that came to be known as “The Troubles.” Peace talks eventually took place throughout the mid- to late 1990s, but a permanent end to the violence remained elusive. Finally, in July 2005, the IRA announced its members would give up all their weapons and pursue the group’s objectives solely through peaceful means. By the fall of 2006, the Independent Monitoring Commission reported that the IRA’s military campaign to end British rule was over. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW that those lines on the inside of your wrist have a name? Go ahead and check them out. They are called rasceta. (buzzfeed.com)

WORD OF THE DAY arboreal (ahr-BOR-ee-ul) which means:
1 : of or relating to a tree : resembling a tree
2 : inhabiting or frequenting trees
Arbor, the Latin word for "tree," has been a rich source of tree-related words in English, though a few are fairly rare. Some arbor descendants are generally synonymous with arboreal: arboraceous, arborary, arboreous, and arborous. Others are primarily synonymous with arboreal in the sense of "relating to or resembling a tree": arborescent, arboresque, arborical, and arboriform. And one, arboricole, is a synonym of arboreal in its sense of "inhabiting trees." The verb arborize means "to branch freely," and arborvitae is the name of a shrub that means literally "tree of life." There's also arboretum, a place where trees are cultivated, and arboriculture, the cultivation of trees. And we can't forget Arbor Day, which since 1872 has named a day set aside by various states (and the national government) for planting trees. Despite its spelling, however, the English word arbor, in the sense of a "bower," does not have its roots in the Latin arbor. Instead, it arises by way of the Anglo-French herbe from the Latin herba, meaning "herb" or "grass." (merriam-webster.com)

From McDonough's Market

April 23, 2020

Dear Valued Customers,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your business, your support, and your understanding in these uncertain times. We are truly grateful to be able to serve our community.
We want to continue to provide you with the things you need. To help us better serve you, here are some tips that will ensure better accuracy for your orders.

1. Please remember to put your phone number on your order. This way if we have any questions or a problem with your scheduled time, we can call you.

2. When making your list, please try to have it in store order or department order. This helps us with timing and accuracy.

3. If you know the brands of products you would like or if you would like Our Family brand, please specify. Also, any other specifics that may be helpful like pickle relish; sweet or dill; 16, or 32 oz. etc.

4. Please specify a time for pick up. This helps us schedule our shopping. If you are flexible and you don’t have a specific time, please say so in your email and we will call
you when it is ready.

5. Please try to pick up your order at your scheduled time to protect your products from sun, cold, wind, etc.

6. If we do not have your credit card information, please call us with it.

Some good news in this Covid-19 world. We are getting supplies in every day and we are hearing from our distributors that supplies are starting to recover since the first weeks of this pandemic.

We are transitioning in a second team. This second team will be coming in on Friday and the first team will take a well deserved break. The teams will remain separate for the time being to ensure the health of each team. The second team will follow the same routine as the first team. Please be patient with them as they learn all of the procedures we have put in place.
Thank you again for allowing us to take care of your grocery needs.

Public Statement COVID-19 April 23, 2020

View and download this document HERE

BITA April Minutes

April 23, 2020

The BITA Board met using the COVID-19 special meeting rules using a teleconference. The meeting took place at noon on April 14, 2020.

View the minutes of this meeting HERE

Some Days

by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

April 23, 2020

Right now on Carlisle Road, Beaver Island, it is sunny with a temperature of 35 degrees. The pressure is 29.9 and visibility is 10 miles. There are a few clouds, but not truly cloudy at this moment. The dewpoint is 27 and the humidity is 75%.

TODAY, it is expected to become overcast with a high of low 40s. The wind will be from the E at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies with a low near freezing. Winds will remain from the E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain for today and tonight is 10%.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with highs in the upper 40s. Winds will switch to the ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

ON THIS DAY, William Shakespeare is Born

According to tradition, the great English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 23, 1564. It is impossible to be certain the exact day on which he was born, but church records show that he was baptized on April 26, and three days was a customary amount of time to wait before baptizing a newborn. Shakespeare’s date of death is conclusively known, however: it was April 23, 1616. He was 52 years old and had retired to Stratford three years before.

Although few plays have been performed or analyzed as extensively as the 38 plays ascribed to William Shakespeare, there are few surviving details about the playwright’s life. This dearth of biographical information is due primarily to his station in life; he was not a noble, but the son of John Shakespeare, a leather trader and the town bailiff. The events of William Shakespeare’s early life can only be gleaned from official records, such as baptism and marriage records.

He probably attended the grammar school in Stratford, where he would have studied Latin and read classical literature. He did not go to university but at age 18 married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years his senior and pregnant at the time of the marriage. Their first daughter, Susanna, was born six months later, and in 1585 William and Anne had twins, Hamnet and Judith. Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died 11 years later, and Anne Shakespeare outlived her husband, dying in 1623. Nothing is known of the period between the birth of the twins and Shakespeare’s emergence as a playwright in London in the early 1590s, but unfounded stories have him stealing deer, joining a group of traveling players, becoming a schoolteacher, or serving as a soldier in the Low Countries.

The first reference to Shakespeare as a London playwright came in 1592, when a fellow dramatist, Robert Greene, wrote derogatorily of him on his deathbed. It is believed that Shakespeare had written the three parts of Henry VI by that point. In 1593, Venus and Adonis was Shakespeare’s first published poem, and he dedicated it to the young Henry Wriothesley, the 3rd earl of Southampton. In 1594, having probably composed, among other plays, Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, and The Taming of the Shrew, he became an actor and playwright for the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, which became the King’s Men after James I’s ascension in 1603. The company grew into England’s finest, in no small part because of Shakespeare, who was its principal dramatist. It also had the finest actor of the day, Richard Burbage, and the best theater, the Globe, which was located on the Thames’ south bank. Shakespeare stayed with the King’s Men until his retirement and often acted in small parts.

By 1596, the company had performed the classic Shakespeare plays Romeo and Juliet, Richard II, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That year, John Shakespeare was granted a coat of arms, a testament to his son’s growing wealth and fame. In 1597, William Shakespeare bought a large house in Stratford. In 1599, after producing his great historical series, the first and second part of Henry IV and Henry V, he became a partner in the ownership of the Globe Theatre.

The beginning of the 17th century saw the performance of the first of his great tragedies, Hamlet. The next play, The Merry Wives of Windsor, was written at the request of Queen Elizabeth I, who wanted to see another play that included the popular character Falstaff. During the next decade, Shakespeare produced such masterpieces as Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, and The Tempest. In 1609, his sonnets, probably written during the 1590s, were published. The 154 sonnets are marked by the recurring themes of the mutability of beauty and the transcendent power of love and art.

Shakespeare died in Stratford-on-Avon on April 23, 1616. Today, over 400 years later, his plays are performed and read more often and in more nations than ever before. In a million words written over 20 years, he captured the full range of human emotions and conflicts with a precision that remains sharp today. As his great contemporary the poet and dramatist Ben Jonson said, “He was not of an age, but for all time.”

WORD OF THE DAY: facilitate; verb; (fuh-SIL-uh-tayt); to make easier : help bring about

As with so many English words, it's easy to find a Latin origin for facilitate. It traces back to the Latin adjective facilis, meaning "easy." Other descendants of facilis in English include facile ("easy to do"), facility ("the quality of being easily performed"), faculty ("ability"), and difficult (from dis- plus facilis, which equals "not easy"). Facilis in turn comes from facere, a Latin verb meaning "to make or do." Facere has played a role in the development of dozens of English words,

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Routine [for a Good Morning]

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 22, 2020

Sunny skies, 28°, feels like 24°, wind from the NNW at 8 mph, humidity is at 48%, dew point is 11°, pressure is rising from 30.04 inches, 0% cloud cover, and visibility is 10 miles. Today look for sunshine and clouds mixed. High around 38°. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy. Low around 30°, and winds from the east at 10 to 15 mph.

ON THIS DATE 1970. Earth Day, an event to increase public awareness of the world’s environmental problems, is celebrated in the United States for the first time on April 22, 1970. Millions of Americans, including students from thousands of colleges and universities, participated in rallies, marches and educational programs across the country.

Earth Day was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, a staunch environmentalist who hoped to provide unity to the grassroots environmental movement and increase ecological awareness. “The objective was to get a nationwide demonstration of concern for the environment so large that it would shake the political establishment out of its lethargy,” Senator Nelson said, “and, finally, force this issue permanently onto the national political agenda.”

The 1962 publication of Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring—about the effects of pesticides—is often cited as the beginning of the modern environmental movement in the U.S. Sustainability, organic eating and the “back-to-the-land” movement continued to gain steam throughout the 1960s.

The first Earth Day indeed increased environmental awareness in America, and in July of 1970 the Environmental Protection Agency was established by special executive order to regulate and enforce national pollution legislation. Earth Day also led to the the passage of the Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.

On April 22, 1990, the 20th anniversary of Earth Day, more than 200 million people in 141 countries participated in Earth Day celebrations. Senator Nelson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton. (He died in 2005.)

Earth Day has been celebrated on different days by different groups internationally. The United Nations officially celebrates it on the vernal equinox, which usually occurs about March 21. Earth Day 2020—the 50th anniversary—will be celebrated on April 22. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW the ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated. (savit.in)

WORD OF THE DAY obstinate (AHB-stuh-nut) which means:
1 : perversely adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course in spite of reason, arguments, or persuasion
2 : not easily subdued, remedied, or removed
If you're obstinate, you're just plain stubborn. Obstinate, dogged, stubborn, and mulish all mean that someone is unwilling to change course or give up a belief or plan. Obstinate suggests an unreasonable persistence; it's often a negative word. Dogged implies that someone goes after something without ever tiring or quitting; it can be more positive. Stubborn indicates a resistance to change, which may or may not be admirable. Someone who displays a really unreasonable degree of stubbornness could accurately be described as mulish. (merriam-webster.com)

Beaver or Muskrat?

April 21, 2020

Not know for sure, is this a beaver or a muskrat? The small rodent was seen swimming on Barney's Lake. The editor scared it from the shoreline near the boat launch behind some trees. The editor's guess is that this is a small muskrat, but will leave the identity to those that have more knowledge about the differences.

If the rodent was on the shoreline in full view, it would be easy to identify, but, swimming, it makes it more challenging to be sure.

Second High Water Summit

Second High Water Summit webinar April 28
to focus on shoreline processes, permitting

The ad hoc Michigan High Water Action Team has scheduled a second High Water Summit webinar town hall for April 28 that will focus on Great Lakes shoreline erosion and permitting. Registration is open and limited to 1,000 attendees.

The webinar is open to the public, community officials, private property owners and businesses affected by Great Lakes shoreline erosion.

Presentations will be made by staff of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE); Dr. Guy Meadows of Michigan Technological University; Charlie Simon of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District Regulatory Office; Dan Dietz of Dietz House Moving of Muskegon; and Brian Majka of GEI Consultants in Grand Rapids. Topics will include permitting processes and alternatives for homes or critical structures that are in jeopardy.

The webinar is from 5-6:30 p.m. April 28 and will include ample opportunity after the presentations for questions and comments from the public. Register here.

The first High Water Summit webinar, which was March 26, had more than 750 attendees and covered a broad spectrum of high water impacts around the state. A recording of the webinar can be found at Michigan.gov/EGLEHighWater. Over the past six months, EGLE has participated in more than 30 community meetings around the state to discuss high water issues.

The Michigan High Water Action Team was formed during the Michigan High Water Coordinating Summit in February, which brought together state, federal and local officials, as well as representatives from tribal governments and groups that represent local units of government. A series of town halls is planned to inform Michigan residents of issues related to high water levels around the state with dates and topics to be announced as they are scheduled.

Along with organizing town halls, the multi-agency ad hoc Michigan High Water Action Team will also collaborate to:

Michigan’s water levels are at their highest in more than two decades. From Detroit’s Belle Isle to the U.P.’s Keweenaw Peninsula, these exceptionally high water levels have caused millions of dollars in damage to private property and public infrastructure, including roads and state parks, impacted community water systems and caused public health concerns.

For more information on high water levels and resources such as fact sheets, FAQs, a link to the MiWaters permit portal, safety information and resources for permit holders, go to Michigan.gov/EGLEHighWater.


In accordance with the Governor's orders, the April 25, 2020 regularly scheduled meeting of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors has been rescheduled to May 30, 2020 at 9:30am.
Meetings take place at the Health Center located at 37304 Kings Highway and the public is welcome to attend. Call 231-448-2275 for further info.

Stay safe and healthy!


by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 21, 2020

Brrrr! The ground is covered with white stuff! It's 27° outside, feels like 11°, wind is from the NW at 17 mph with gusts to 34 mph, humidity is 68%, dew point 18°, pressure is rising from 29.64 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today look for wind with snow showers this morning with temps staying right around 30°. Winds from the NW at 20 to 30 mph with occasionally gusting over 40 mph. There is a 50% chance for snow Tonight it'll be partly cloudy. Low around 26°, NW winds at 15 to 25 mph, decreasing to 5 to 10 mph, with occasional gusts over 40 mph.

ON THIS DAY in 1973. The yellow ribbon has long been a symbol of support for absent or missing loved ones. There are some who believe that the tradition of the yellow ribbon dates back as far as the Civil War era, when a yellow ribbon in a woman’s hair indicated that she was “taken” by a man who was absent due to service in the United States Army Cavalry. But research by professional folklorists has found no evidence to support that story. The Library of Congress itself traces the cultural ubiquity of this powerful symbol to the well-known song by Tony Orlando and Dawn: “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,” which topped the U.S. pop charts on April 21, 1973.

“Tie a Yellow Ribbon” was a massive international hit, holding the top spot on both the U.S. and U.K. charts for four consecutive weeks and earning upwards of 3 million radio plays in 1973. It was sung from the perspective of a man returning home after three years in prison and looking anxiously for an agreed-upon sign that the woman he loves would welcome his return. Songwriters Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown got the idea for the song from a story they’d heard while in the Army. New York newspaper columnist Pete Hamill sued Levine and Brown for copyright infringement because he believed they took the idea from a 1971 column of his relating a very similar story as fact. Hamill dropped his suit, however, when researchers uncovered multiple versions of the same general tale dating back at least as far as the 1950s. “Probably the story is one of these mysterious bits of folklore that emerge from the national subconscious to be told anew in one form or another,” Hamill said at the time. To use a more familiar term, it was an urban legend.

Fast-forward to January 1981, when the Library of Congress was inundated by press inquiries over the historical roots of the yellow ribbon. What prompted the sudden interest in the origins of the “tradition” was the spontaneous appearance all around the country of yellow ribbons welcoming the U.S. hostages home after 444 days in captivity in Iran. The Library’s experts heard assertions of connections to the 1949 John Wayne film She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and they found a 1917 song called “Round Her Neck She Wears a Yeller Ribbon (For her Lover Who Is Fur, Fur Away),” but they found no actual evidence of anyone ever actually wearing yellow ribbons or tying them to trees, lampposts, etc. Instead, the Library of Congress ruled that the most compelling evidence explaining the origin of the yellow-ribbon “tradition” was to be found in a television interview with Penelope Laingen, wife of the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Tehran, whose ribbon-bedecked Maryland home appears to have started the trend in 1981. “It just came to me,” she said, “to give people something to do, rather than throw dog food at Iranians. I said, ‘Why don’t they tie a yellow ribbon around an old oak tree.’ That’s how it started.” Her reported inspiration: the Tony Orlando song that reached #1 on this day in 1973. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the foam on your beer has a name? It's barm. It was used to leaven bread, or set up fermentation in a new batch of liquor. (buzzfeed.com)

WORD OF THE DAY colloquy (KAH-luh-kwee) which means
1 : conversation, dialogue
2 : a high-level serious discussion : conference
Colloquy may make you think of colloquial, and there is indeed a connection between the two words. As a matter of fact, colloquy is the parent word from which colloquial was coined in the mid-18th century. Colloquy itself, though now the less common of the two words, has been a part of the English language since the 15th century. It is a descendant of Latin loquī, meaning "to speak." Other descendants of loquī in English include eloquent, loquacious, ventriloquism, and soliloquy, as well as elocution and interlocutor. (merriam-webster.com)

Special Education on the May 5th Ballot

Voters across Charlevoix, Emmet, and parts of Antrim County will have the opportunity to consider renewing the millage that provides funding for special education programs operated and supported by the Char-Em Intermediate School District. This includes programs and services provided directly to Beaver Island students and their families.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, voters are strongly encouraged to vote via absentee ballot. All voters should have received an absentee ballot application in the mail. If you did not, contact your Township Clerk or download a copy from here:

After you complete and return the application to your Township Clerk, you will receive the absentee ballot. Please do this as soon as possible so you have enough time to receive the ballot and vote before May 5th.

If you have any questions about the special education millage, please contact me at wilc@beaverisland.k12.mi.us. If you have any questions about the absentee voting process or the May 5th election, please contact your Township Clerk.

St. James Twp. Public Works Committee Meeting Notice

Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 11 a.m.

This is a virtual meeting.

View previous meeting minutes HERE

View meeting notice with participation information HERE


Monday, June 1, 2020

12 pm Beaver Island Airport

RESCHEDULING April 20, 2020 Regular Meeting

View Notice HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 20, 2020

Beautiful morning! Right now I'm showing sunny skies, 36°, feels like 27°, wind is from the south at 10 mph with gusts to 16 mph, humidity is 66%, dew point is 26°, pressure is falling from 29.66 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Although it's beautiful outside now, by this afternoon it will be cloudy with an 80% chance of rain. Winds SW at 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts possible, Tonight rain mixing with a few flurries and snow showers. Low of 27°. Winds from the NW at 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts possible.

ON THIS DATE in 1841, Edgar Allan Poe’s story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," first appears in Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine. The tale is generally considered to be the first detective story.

The story describes the extraordinary “analytical power” used by Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin to solve a series of murders in Paris. Like the later Sherlock Holmes stories, the tale is narrated by the detective’s roommate.

Following the publication of Poe’s story, detective stories began to grow into novels and English novelist Wilkie Collins published a detective novel, The Moonstone, in 1868. In Collins’ story, the methodical Sergeant Cuff searches for the criminal who stole a sacred Indian moonstone. The novel includes several features of the typical modern mystery, including red herrings, false alibis and climactic scenes.

The greatest fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, first appeared in 1887, in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel A Study in Scarlet. The cozy English mystery novel became popularized with Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple series in the 1920s, when other detectives like Lord Peter Wimsey and Ellery Queen were also becoming popular. In the 1930s, sometimes called the golden age of detective stories, the noir detective novel became the mainstay of writers like Dashiell Hammet, Raymond Chandler, and Mickey Spillane. Tough female detectives such as Kinsey Millhone and V.I. Warshawski became popular in the 1980s. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT There is only one food that doesn't spoil, and that is honey. (savit.in)

WORD OF THE DAY peccant (PEK-unt) which means:
1 : guilty of a moral offense : sinning
2 : violating a principle or rule : faulty
Peccant comes from the Latin verb peccare, which means "to sin," "to commit a fault," or "to stumble," and is related to the better-known English word peccadillo ("a slight offense"). Etymologists have suggested that peccare might be related to Latin ped- or pes, meaning "foot," by way of an unattested adjective, peccus, which may have been used to mean "having an injured foot" or "stumbling." Whether or not a connection truly exists between peccant and peccus, peccant itself involves stumbling of a figurative kind—making errors, for example, or falling into immoral, corrupt, or sinful behavior. (merriam-webster.com)

The Eagle Rescue and Release

The eagle was first seen by Andrew Alvesteffer, and then others, and this eagle was captured and sent off to the Wings of Wonder. After treatment and recuperation, the eagle was doing so well that the eagle was returned to Beaver Island and released at Welke Airport. Thank you to Wings of Wonder and Ken Scott Photography for the video and picutres.

BINN presents two versions of the video; the original and the second one modified to adding Beaver Island Goodtime Boys music to it. The two songs added are Green, Green Grass of Home, and Release Me.

View original Video HERE

View video with added music HERE

Divine Mercy Chaplet

April 19, 2020

Today, live from Holy Cross included two services; the regular Sunday Mass and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The first one was at 9:30 a.m., and the second one was at 3 p.m..

The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, also called the Divine Mercy Chaplet, is a Christian devotion to the Divine Mercy, based on the Christological apparitions of Jesus reported by Saint Faustina Kowalska (1905–1938), known as "the Apostle of Mercy."She was a Polish religious sister of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and canonized as a Catholic saint in 2000. (From Wikipedia)

View video HERE

Old Saddle Road

by Cindy Ricksgers

Mass from Holy Cross

April 19, 2020

Divine Mercy Sunday

View this Mass HERE

Weather by Joe

April 19, 2929

Good morning, all! Looking a little wet outside this morning. On Carlisle Road, Beaver Island, we got a little over an eighth of an inch of rain. The temperature is 34, but it feels like 29. The relative humidity is 96%, and the pressure is 29.53. Visibility is five miles, and the wind is currently coming from the WNW with gusts to 10 mph.

TODAY, it is expected to remain cloudy with a 90% chance of rain. Instead of rain, it is possible that we get a little bit of snow with the cloudy sky. It should, however, change this afternoon to clearing skies. The high temperature should be just shy of 40 degrees. The wind will come from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for the clouds to give way to clearing skies overnight with a low around 28 degrees. The wind will switch to the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a windy day with showers in the afternoon. The high will be 46 degrees with a wind coming at us at 20 to 30 mph from the SSW with gusts higher. The chance of rain is 70%

WORD OF THE DAY: alienist; noun; (AY-lee-uh-nist); psychiatrist

Alienist looks and sounds like it should mean "someone who studies aliens," and in fact alienist and alien are related—both are ultimately derived from the Latin word alius, meaning "other." In the case of alienist, the etymological trail leads from Latin to the French noun aliéniste, which refers to a doctor who treats the mentally ill. Alienist first appeared in print in English about mid-19th century. It was preceded by the other alius descendants, alien (14th century) and alienate (used as a verb since the 15th century). Alienist is much rarer than psychiatrist these days, but at one time it was a common term.


At about 5 a.m., 700 British troops, on a mission to capture Patriot leaders and seize a Patriot arsenal, march into Lexington to find 77 armed minutemen under Captain John Parker waiting for them on the town’s common green. British Major John Pitcairn ordered the outnumbered Patriots to disperse, and after a moment’s hesitation the Americans began to drift off the green. Suddenly, a shot was fired from an undetermined gun, and a cloud of musket smoke soon covered the green. When the brief Battle of Lexington ended, eight Americans lay dead or dying and 10 others were wounded. Only one British soldier was injured, but the American Revolution had begun.

By 1775, tensions between the American colonies and the British government approached the breaking point, especially in Massachusetts, where Patriot leaders formed a shadow revolutionary government and trained militias to prepare for armed conflict with the British troops occupying Boston. In the spring of 1775, General Thomas Gage, the British governor of Massachusetts, received instructions from England to seize all stores of weapons and gunpowder accessible to the American insurgents. On April 18, he ordered British troops to march against the Patriot arsenal at Concord and capture Patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock, known to be hiding at Lexington.

The Boston Patriots had been preparing for such a military action by the British for some time, and upon learning of the British plan, Patriots Paul Revere and William Dawes were ordered to set out to rouse the militiamen and warn Adams and Hancock. When the British troops arrived at Lexington, Adams, Hancock and Revere had already fled to Philadelphia, and a group of militiamen were waiting. The Patriots were routed within minutes, but warfare had begun, leading to calls to arms across the Massachusetts countryside.

When the British troops reached Concord at about 7 a.m., they found themselves encircled by hundreds of armed Patriots. They managed to destroy the military supplies the Americans had collected but were soon advanced against by a gang of minutemen, who inflicted numerous casualties. Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith, the overall commander of the British force, ordered his men to return to Boston without directly engaging the Americans. As the British retraced their 16-mile journey, their lines were constantly beset by Patriot marksmen firing at them Indian-style from behind trees, rocks, and stone walls. At Lexington, Captain Parker’s militia had its revenge, killing several British soldiers as the Red Coats hastily marched through his town. By the time the British finally reached the safety of Boston, nearly 300 British soldiers had been killed, wounded, or were missing in action. The Patriots suffered fewer than 100 casualties.

The battles of Lexington and Concord were the first battles of the American Revolution, a conflict that would escalate from a colonial uprising into a world war that, seven years later, would give birth to the independent United States of America.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Interesting Situations

by Joe Moore

Sitting here in my chair thinking about and praying about the coronavirus, hoping that our local governments and medical providers have a plan of action to help us be prepared for whatever might happen.  Without a plan, we may end up in serious, disastrous, and life ending situation.  While thinking very hard on this, my brain went on strike.  It pointed me to thinking about some of the craziest emergencies that I have been involved in during the thirty plus years of education, certifications, and teaching.

I would like you to imagine that your phone rings, and someone asks you for some help.  All you have to do is walk across the street to be in a position to provide that help.  Of course, you make sure you are prepared for whatever may happen, and you jog across the street to help.

Read the rest of the story HERE

B. I. Christian Church Sermon

for April 19, 2020

There is a study guide for this sermon on the link page below, as well as a song at the end. This was put together by Stephen Kays from PVCC. Lee Bracey is providing the sermon for anyone anywhere to view.

View the sermon, study guide, and song HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 18, 2020

Another sunny morning! It's 38°, feels like 30°, thanks to a SW wind at 10 mph with gusts to 16 mph, humidity is 72%, dew point is 30°, pressure is steady at 29.80 inches, cloud cover is 0%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today will be windy and becoming cloudy in the afternoon. Expect a high around 48°, Winds from the SSW at 20 to 30 mph with occasional gusts over 40 mph Tonight will be windy, There's a 50% chance of snow showers early and then partly cloudy overnight. Low around 32°. WSW winds 10 to 15 mph. 50% chance of rain. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

ON THIS DAY, April 18, 1906, at 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California, killing an estimated 3,000 people as it topples numerous buildings. The quake was caused by a slip of the San Andreas Fault over a segment about 275 miles long, and shock waves could be felt from southern Oregon down to Los Angeles.

San Francisco’s brick buildings and wooden Victorian structures were especially devastated. Fires immediately broke out and–because broken water mains prevented firefighters from stopping them–firestorms soon developed citywide. At 7 a.m., U.S. Army troops from Fort Mason reported to the Hall of Justice, and San Francisco Mayor E.E. Schmitz called for the enforcement of a dusk-to-dawn curfew and authorized soldiers to shoot-to-kill anyone found looting. Meanwhile, in the face of significant aftershocks, firefighters and U.S. troops fought desperately to control the ongoing fire, often dynamiting whole city blocks to create firewalls. On April 20, 20,000 refugees trapped by the massive fire were evacuated from the foot of Van Ness Avenue onto the USS Chicago.

By April 23, most fires were extinguished, and authorities commenced the task of rebuilding the devastated metropolis. It was estimated that some 3,000 people died as a result of the Great San Francisco Earthquake and the devastating fires it inflicted upon the city. Almost 30,000 buildings were destroyed, including most of the city’s homes and nearly all the central business district. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have something in common? Ans. - All invented by women. (savit.in)

WORD OF THE DAY regurgitate (ree-GUR-juh-tayt) which means:
1 : to become thrown or poured back
2 : to throw or pour back or out from or as if from a cavity
Something regurgitated has typically been taken in, at least partially digested, and then spit back out—either literally or figuratively. The word often appears in biological contexts (e.g., in describing how some birds feed their chicks by regurgitating incompletely digested food) or in references to ideas or information that has been acquired and restated. A student, for example, might be expected to learn information from a textbook or a teacher and then regurgitate it for a test. Regurgitate, which entered the English vocabulary in the latter half of the 16th century, is of Latin origin and traces back to the Latin word for "whirlpool," which is gurges. (merriam-webster.com)


by Cindy Ricksgers

Editorial by Joe Moore-SCAMs

April 17, 2020

The scams are just as prevalent during the coronavirus pandemic as they were prior to the pandemic. Now, there are scammers suggesting that you click on their link to get the newest information about COVID-19, and that this information is very important to save members of your family. This scam is new and has many problems including theft of personal information, and some suggest that you provide them payment. Don't be scammed. Check the source, make a phone call to see if the source actually posted it, and verify that it's important to you using common methods.

There is also another scam that is coming to you via the postal service mail. You recieve a card in the mail that suggests that it is from your car manufacturer. It suggests that you contact the phone number on the card. This example may help you from being scammed.

"Please contact the number below from the Chevrolet Service Department. The vehicle that you own has some serious issues that must be taken care of immediately."

A phone call to the number from the editor revealed that they knew the right name on the title of the car, the year and make of the vehicle number, as well as the vehicle ID number. The first request was for the mileage of the vehicle. When I refused to give out the information requested, the person on the other end of the phone suggested that I had called him, and that he was representing the car manufacturer, and he needed information to be able to help me. When I suggested that he have the dealership call me, he began to get angry, which I could tell by the tone of his voice. I asked him which dealership, and he named the dealerships in Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Traverse City.

When I told him that he was not a representative of the Chevrolet Service Department, he raised his voice and suggested that I do something nasty to myself. Then I hung up. After that call, I called the dealership where I bought the vehicle, and was notified that it was a scam, and that the cards were all scams. They told me that I would not get a card in the mail from them, that they would mail a letter on their letterhead, and call me if I did not reply to them, and perhaps, email me from their dealership.

SCAM.....SCAM..........SCAM......These and the vehicle warranty phone calls and other calls on the phone are to be ignored or not answered.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 17, 2020

Beautiful sunny day outside. Right now I'm showing 35°, feels like 29°, wind is from the west at 8 mph, humidity is 73%, dew point is 27°, pressure is steady at 30.07 inches, cloud cover is 0%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today expect sunny skies with a high of 43°. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight some clouds in the evening will give way to clear skies overnight. Low of 32° with winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

ON THIS DATE, April 17, 1790, American statesman, printer, scientist and writer Benjamin Franklin dies in Philadelphia at age 84.

Born in Boston in 1706, Franklin became at 12 years old an apprentice to his half brother James, a printer and publisher. He learned the printing trade and in 1723 went to Philadelphia to work after a dispute with his brother. After a sojourn in London, he started a printing and publishing press with a friend in 1728. In 1729, the company won a contract to publish Pennsylvania’s paper currency and also began publishing the Pennsylvania Gazette, which was regarded as one of the better colonial newspapers. From 1732 to 1757, he wrote and published Poor Richard’s Almanack, an instructive and humorous periodical in which Franklin coined such practical American proverbs as “God helps those who help themselves” and “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

As his own wealth and prestige grew, Franklin took on greater civic responsibilities in Philadelphia and helped establish the city’s first circulating library, police force, volunteer fire company, and an academy that became the University of Pennsylvania. From 1737 to 1753, he was postmaster of Philadelphia and during this time also served as a clerk of the Pennsylvania legislature. In 1753, he became deputy postmaster general, in charge of mail in all the northern colonies.

Deeply interested in science and technology, he invented the Franklin stove, which is still manufactured today, and bifocal eyeglasses, among other practical inventions. In 1748, he turned his printing business over to his partner so he would have more time for his experiments. The phenomenon of electricity fascinated him, and in a dramatic experiment he flew a kite in a thunderstorm to prove that lightning is an electrical discharge. He later invented the lightning rod. Many terms used in discussing electricity, including positive, negative, battery, and conductor, were coined by Franklin in his scientific papers. He was the first American scientist to be highly regarded in European scientific circles.

Franklin was active in colonial affairs and in 1754 proposed the union of the colonies, which was rejected by Britain. In 1757, he went to London to argue for the right to tax the massive estates of the Penn family in Pennsylvania, and in 1764 went again to ask for a new charter for Pennsylvania. He was in England when Parliament passed the Stamp Act, a taxation measure to raise revenues for a standing British army in America. His initial failure to actively oppose the controversial act drew wide criticism in the colonies, but he soon redeemed himself by stoutly defending American rights before the House of Commons. With tensions between the American colonies and Britain rising, he stayed on in London and served as agent for several colonies.

In 1775, he returned to America as the American Revolution approached and was a delegate at the Continental Congress. In 1776, he helped draft the Declaration of Independence and in July signed the final document. Ironically, Franklin’s illegitimate son, William Franklin, whom Franklin and his wife had raised, had at the same time emerged as a leader of the Loyalists. In 1776, Congress sent Benjamin Franklin, one of the embattled United States’ most prominent statesmen, to France as a diplomat. Warmly embraced, he succeeded in 1778 in securing two treaties that provided the Americans with significant military and economic aid. In 1781, with French help, the British were defeated. With John Jay and John Adams, Franklin then negotiated the Treaty of Paris with Britain, which was signed in 1783.

In 1785, Franklin returned to the United States. In his last great public service, he was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and worked hard for the document’s ratification. After his death in 1790, Philadelphia gave him the largest funeral the city had ever seen. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the cardboard sleeve on a coffee cup is called a zarf? (buzzfeed.com)

WORD OF THE DAY vanilla (vuh-NILL-uh) which means:
1 : flavored with the extract of the vanilla bean
2 : lacking distinction : plain, ordinary, conventional
How did vanilla get such a bad rap? The flavor with that name certainly has enough fans, with the bean of the Vanilla genus of orchids finding its way into products ranging from ice cream to coffee to perfumes to air fresheners. Vanilla's unfortunate reputation arose due to its being regarded as the "basic" flavor among ice-cream selections, particularly as more complex flavors emerged on the market. (Its somewhat beigey color probably didn't help.) From there, people began using the adjective to describe anything plain, ordinary, or conventional. (merriam-webster.com)

Beaver Island Public Statement regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Last Updated: April 15, 2020

“Stay Home, Stay Safe” and “Be Aware of What you Share”

As of April 15, 2020, the Beaver Island Rural Health Center is reporting that three patients have been tested for COVID-19 and are following strict medical protocol. All patient tests have come back negative. It is assumed that individuals who have sought testing will contact others with whom they have had recent contact.

While we are in no way ‘out of the woods’ on facing this pandemic, the numbers presented to date for Beaver Island are good. It means that our residents and others coming to the Island are taking the situation seriously and are following the Governor’s stay-home restrictions. It is our hope that Islanders will continue to follow the guidelines as are currently in place until May 1, 2020. We will soon learn more about what the next phase will bring as state officials begin to share plans to safely ease stay-home restrictions.

Regional data is also more positive, as the Health Department of Northwest Michigan shows that there is an overall decline in the number of new cases for the 4-county area since the peak around 10 days ago.

You Asked: Do we have a ‘written plan’ for the Coronavirus Pandemic? The Answer: There is not one single plan for community response; this is a multi-faceted challenge which requires plans from many different agencies, organizations, groups and individuals. The Rural Health Center and BIEMS are working cooperatively and are in constant contact with regional and state oversight agencies to ensure they are keeping up to date on trends and protocols. The CCE Office of Emergency Management (Homeland Security) is the Official regional emergency management agency with responsibility for Beaver Island and they are aware of Island needs. Local businesses have their own plans which are dictated by the Governor’s orders and by guidelines from the Health Department of NW Michigan. Individuals on the island have their own plans for how they are coping with the pandemic and the directives of the Governor. If the Beaver Island trend with covid-19 patients (or any other urgent event) points to an emergency that cannot be handled by existing resources, the Beaver Island Emergency Operations Plan would be called into play. The Beaver Island Emergency Operations Plan is a written plan, which is a subset of the County plan which is a subset of the State plan and provides a process for handling an identified emergency.

The goal of the Township Supervisors is to make sure emergency organizations have what they need to carry out their individual missions during this crisis: BIEMS, BIRHC, BIFD, CCSD (Charlevoix County Sheriff Department). As such, we ask for regular input from their leaders through conference calls and we monitor the Regional CCE Emergency Operations Committee calls three times a week. We plan to release a Public Statement once a week, unless there is something urgent to report.

For updated information click on the "Coronavirus 19" Link on either township's homepage http://www.peainetwp.org/ or http://www.stjamestwp.org/
You can sign up for email notifications of changes to the St. James Twp. website by going to the homepage and clicking the eNotify Tab. This will soon be available for the Peaine Twp. website too.

Kathleen McNamara, Supervisor
St James Township
Phone: 231.448.2014

William Kohls, Supervisor
Peaine Township
Phone: 231.448.2389

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Lifelong Learning

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 16, 2020

It's sunny and 30°, feels like 25°, wind is from the west at 10 mph with gusts to 15 mph, humidity is at 61%, dew point is 19°, pressure is rising from 30.09 inches, cloud cover is 0%, and visibility is 11 miles. Today look for sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. High of 38°. Winds from the west at 15 to 25 mph. Tonight a few clouds with a low about 29°. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

ON THIS DATE in 1881, on the streets of Dodge City, famous western lawman and gunfighter Bat Masterson fights the last gun battle of his life.

Bartholomew “Bat” Masterson had made a living with his gun from a young age. In his early 20s, Masterson worked as a buffalo hunter, operating out of the wild Kansas cattle town of Dodge City. For several years, he also found employment as an army scout in the Plains Indian Wars. Masterson had his first shootout in 1876 in the town of Sweetwater (later Mobeetie), Texas. When an argument with a soldier over the affections of a dance hall girl named Molly Brennan heated up, Masterson and his opponent resorted to their pistols. When the shooting stopped, both Brennan and the soldier were dead, and Masterson was badly wounded.

Found to have been acting in self-defense, Masterson avoided prison. Once he had recovered from his wounds, he apparently decided to abandon his rough ways and become an officer of the law. For the next five years, Masterson alternated between work as Dodge City sheriff and running saloons and gambling houses, gaining a reputation as a tough and reliable lawman. However, Masterson’s critics claimed that he spent too much as sheriff, and he lost a bid for reelection in 1879.

For several years, Masterson drifted around the West. Early in 1881, news that his younger brother, Jim, was in trouble back in Dodge City reached Masterson in Tombstone, Arizona. Jim’s dispute with a business partner and an employee, A.J. Peacock and Al Updegraff respectively, had led to an exchange of gunfire. Though no one had yet been hurt, Jim feared for his life. Masterson immediately took a train to Dodge City.

When his train pulled into Dodge City on this morning in 1881, Masterson wasted no time. He quickly spotted Peacock and Updegraff and aggressively shouldered his way through the crowded street to confront them. “I have come over a thousand miles to settle this,” Masterson reportedly shouted. “I know you are heeled [armed]-now fight!” All three men immediately drew their guns. Masterson took cover behind the railway bed, while Peacock and Updegraff darted around the corner of the city jail. Several other men joined in the gunplay. One bullet meant for Masterson ricocheted and wounded a bystander. Updegraff took a bullet in his right lung.

The mayor and sheriff arrived with shotguns to stop the battle when a brief lull settled over the scene. Updegraff and the wounded bystander were taken to the doctor and both eventually recovered. In fact, no one was mortally injured in the melee, and since the shootout had been fought fairly by the Dodge City standards of the day, no serious charges were imposed against Masterson. He paid an $8 fine and took the train out of Dodge City that evening.

Masterson never again fought a gun battle in his life, but the story of the Dodge City shootout and his other exploits ensured Masterson’s lasting fame as an icon of the Old West. He spent the next four decades of his life working as sheriff, operating saloons, and eventually trying his hand as a newspaperman in New York City. The old gunfighter finally died of a heart attack in October 1921 at his desk in New York City. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.
If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle.
If the horse has a all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes. (savit.in)

WORD OF THE DAY caduceus (kuh-DOO-see-us) which means:
1 : the symbolic staff of a herald; specifically : a representation of a staff with two entwined snakes and two wings at the top
2 : a medical insignia bearing a representation of a staff with two entwined snakes and two wings at the top:
a : one sometimes used to symbolize a physician but often considered to be an erroneous representation
b : the emblem of a medical corps or a department of the armed services (as of the United States Army)
The Greek god Hermes, who served as herald and messenger to the other gods, carried a winged staff entwined with two snakes. The staff of Aesculapius, the god of healing, had one snake and no wings. The word caduceus, from Latin, is a modification of Greek karykeion, from karyx, meaning "herald." Strictly speaking, caduceus should refer only to the staff of the herald-god Hermes (Mercury to the Romans), but in practice the word is often applied to the one-snake staff as well. You might logically expect the staff of Aesculapius to be the symbol of the medical profession—and indeed, that is the symbol used by the American Medical Association. But you will also quite frequently see the true caduceus used as a medical symbol. (merriam-webster.com)




Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

You will need Quicktime or another music player to enjoy this link.

The music played in the Holy Cross Hall in the late 70's and early 80's, recorded for posterity and shared here.

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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Transfer Station Hours

October 30, 2019

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

Around the Island

April 15, 2020

The first trip all the way around the island for this Spring was dusty, causing allergies to act up, but the trip was also completely relaxing and made for the stressful times that all are in today. Many others had the same idea, and several vehicles were passed with waves, and a couple actually stopped to chat for a bit. The island is still a beautiful place in the springtime, and the return of some birds and the movement of the animals in the late afternoon makes for a photographer's dream.

Lots of deer, but only one picture taken.

One loon on Barney's Lake posing for some up close portraits.

A quick stop at Fox Lake to get the view.

Millers Marsh had lots of ducks.

Ring-necked Duck is a diving diuck that prefers smaller bodies of water, such as beaver ponds and Cattail marshes. Males are glossy black head and back, and clean gray sides.

Iron Ore Bay, beautiful blue; road is very close to the shoreline.

Inland view of the culvert.....the marker for Iron Ore......The water side view of the culvert

Iron Ore Creek emptying into the lake......Some beach grass

South Head Lighthouse

Cable's Creek flooded on the Lake G side of the road.

Small waterfall on the inland side of E. Side Drive

Jordan River running freely.

Beautiful trip around the horn for the first trip this year.

Downed Tree

April 15, 2020

Imagine sitting in your living room watching TV, and you hear a loud sound outside somewhere near your house. That's what occurred the other day on King's Highway. Alongside the drive down the hill to Harbor View I and Archie's Cabins, a very large pine tree was blown down due to high winds.

The downed tree taken from the roots end.

View a short video of the downed tree HERE

BI Transportation Authority Meeting

April 14, 2020

BITA Agenda April 2020

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



BIRHC Meeting Dates 2020

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

April 25, 2020

July 18, 2020

September 12, 2020

December 12, 2020

Beaver Island Telecom-munication Advisory Committee




St James Township Meeting Time Change

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

BICS Basketball Schedule

19-20 Basketball Practice Schedule

BI BBall Game Schedule

Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule for 2020

Time is noon at the BI Airport

February 3, 2020

April 20, 2020

August 17, 2010

October 26, 2020

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:เธข เธข  8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:เธข เธข  12:00 - 5:00

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

Public Meeting Dates



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


Wildlife on the Island

April 15, 2020

With the issues going on in the world today with the virus and the lock down, social distancing, and such; the beauty of the wildlife on Beaver Island had been put aside by this editor. Not that interest waned,but the technical world overshadowed the natural world. Still having technical issues, it was time to get back to the wildlife on the island in this editor's mind.

The editor had heard sandhills, their presence was know, but these are the first ones seen.

Several eagles were sighted also. The only that got his picture taken.

Ducks on Barney's Lake

More sandhill cranes.

View a short video clip of the sandhills HERE

Now, apologizing for the lack of the pictures of wildlife does not mean that this beauty is not appreciated. Time will soon be taken to show off the spring here on Beaver Island. Parading turkeys and deer searching for food will be coming soon.


by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 15, 2020

Mother Nature gave us some fresh snow to cover the dirty stuff from yesterday, but the sun is out and it's melting. Right now I'm showing 28°, feels like 19°, wind is from the WNW at 9 mph with gusts to 10 mph, humidity is 61%, dew point is 17°, pressure is steady at 29.97 inches, cloud cover is 0%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today should be a mixture of sunshine and clouds. There is a small chance of flurries or snow showers. High should be around 33°. Winds from the west at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight it will be partly cloudy. Low around 25°. Winds from the west at 10 to 15 mph.

ON THIS DATE in 1947, Jackie Robinson, age 28, becomes the first African American player in Major League Baseball when he steps onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson broke the color barrier in a sport that had been segregated for more than 50 years. Exactly 50 years later, on April 15, 1997, Robinson’s groundbreaking career was honored and his uniform number, 42, was retired from Major League Baseball by Commissioner Bud Selig in a ceremony attended by over 50,000 fans at New York City’s Shea Stadium. Robinson’s was the first-ever number retired by all teams in the league.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia, to a family of sharecroppers. Growing up, he excelled at sports and attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where he was the first athlete to letter in four varsity sports: baseball, basketball, football and track. After financial difficulties forced Robinson to drop out of UCLA, he joined the army in 1942 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. After protesting instances of racial discrimination during his military service, Robinson was court-martialed in 1944. Ultimately, though, he was honorably discharged.

After the army, Robinson played for a season in the Negro American League. In 1946, he spent one season with the Canadian minor league team the Montreal Royals. In 1947, Robinson was called up to the Majors and soon became a star infielder and outfielder for the Dodgers, as well as the National League’s Rookie of the Year. In 1949, the right-hander was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player and league batting champ. Robinson played on the National League All-Star team from 1949 through 1954 and led the Dodgers to six National League pennants and one World Series, in 1955. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, his first year of eligibility.

Despite his talent and success as a player, Robinson faced tremendous racial discrimination throughout his career, from baseball fans and some fellow players. Additionally, Jim Crow laws prevented Robinson from using the same hotels and restaurants as his teammates while playing in the South.

After retiring from baseball in 1957, Robinson became a businessman and civil rights activist. He died October 24, 1972, at age 53, in Stamford, Connecticut. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from history.
Spades - King David
Clubs - Alexander the Great,
Hearts - Charlemagne
Diamonds - Julius Caesar. (savit.in)

WORD OF THE DAY deflagrate (DEF-luh-grayt) which means:
1 : to burn rapidly with intense heat and sparks being given off
2 : to cause (something) to burn in such a manner
Deflagrate combines the Latin verb flagrare, meaning "to burn," with the Latin prefix de-, meaning "down" or "away." Flagrare is also an ancestor of such words as conflagration and flagrant and is distantly related to fulgent and flame. In the field of explosives, deflagrate is used to describe the burning of fuel accelerated by the expansion of gasses under the pressure of containment, which causes the containing vessel to break apart. In comparison, the term detonate (from the Latin tonare, meaning "to thunder") refers to an instant, violent explosion that results when shock waves pass through molecules and displace them at supersonic speed. Deflagrate has been making sparks in English since about 1727, and detonate burst onto the scene at around the same time. (merriam-webster.com)

Peaine Meetings

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

Agenda April 14th Regular Meeting

Peaine Regular Meeting Packet

Election Committee Meeting

Election Meeting Packet

View video of the regular April Meeting HERE


by Cindy Ricksgers

St James Township Election Committee Meeting

April 14, 2020

View the notice HERE

Forest View Raffle Canceled for this Year

April 9, 2020


by Mike Moore

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

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

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

A brief overview of my golf career:

“Where the $3&& did the ball go?”

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

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

Some other responses my dad had for my shots:

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

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

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

“How many extra golf balls do you have?”

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

A pregnant pause.

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

Now with fishing, I fared better.

My old man always had the same strategy.

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

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

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

It was on this red pole that the magic happened.

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

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

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

I looked. “No?” I whispered back.

“Hold still.”

I held still.

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

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

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

“Yep, we got one!” He grunted.

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

Then, no movement.

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

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

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

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

He debated tossing it back.

I begged him not to- this was a trophy.

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

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

“How do I kill the fish?”

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

“Hit it in the head with the oar!”

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

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

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

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

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

He responded by grabbing the fish by the gills.

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

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

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

I had to have one game I was good at.

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

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

My old man had the beast mounted.

At least we got one trophy together!

St. James Township Public Notice

April 7, 2020

Sunset at Donegal Bay

April Fool's Day

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

Rocks that mark the line are in the water.

View a gallery of sequential pictures HERE

View video of the sequence HERE

From the Beaver Island Boat Company:

To our Customers, Visitors, Employees, and Community:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay healthy and safe,
Tim Mcqueer

Holy Cross Bulletin for April

March 30, 2020

Snowmen and Snow Angels

by Mike Moore

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

And, yes, the making and use of snowballs.

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

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

You could get whitewashed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

We got another lecture.

Clint Eastwood got tougher.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I was the last in line.

She opened the door.

My life flashed.

“Go back to class.”

I was spared! How could this be?!

I decided to keep quiet about the whole thing.

Somehow the other boys found out.

Ever wish you could have been spanked by a nun?

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

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

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

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

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

List of Beaver Island Essential Services

March 27, 2020

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

March 27, 2020


by Mike Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was an impressive demonstration of courage and agility.

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

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

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

Snowballs, and corporal punishment.

Bishop Raica Transfered

March 25, 2020

From Father Peter Wigton:

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

From Father Jim Siler:

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

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

The Essence of Beaver Island

March 17, 2020

by Corey Adkins

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

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

View the Essence of Beaver Island HERE

BIBCO Schedule 2020

February 19, 2020

The Founding Documents for the Airport Commission

The Intergovernmental Agreement

The Rules for Procedure

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

BI Transfer Station and Recycle Center

Beaver Island Transfer Station Rates Effective 1_2019

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