B. I. News on the 'Net, April 17-23, 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 23, 2017

It's going to be another great day on the island, not as perfect as yesterday was, but darn close. Right now I'm showing mostly cloudy skies, 39°, feels like 33°, wind is at 9 mph from the NW with gusts to 30 mph, humidity is at 88%, pressure is steady at 29.92 inches, and visibility is 9.8 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. North winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. East winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

MARINE REPORT Today: West wind 5 to 10 knots becoming north 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots in the morning. Partly cloudy early int he morning then becoming partly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet. Tonight: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of April 23, 1985 - The Coca-Cola Company announced that it was changing its 99-year-old secret formula. New Coke was not successful, which resulted in the resumption of selling the original version.

Did you know that male lions can't roar until they are at least one year old? Although the age of roaring differs from individual to individual, but most male lions start roaring at the age of 1, not 2. However Lionesses' roars develop slower, around 1 and 1/2years to 2 years of age.

Word of the day: lacuna (luh-KYOO-nuh) which means a gap or missing part, as in a manuscript, series, or logical argument; hiatus. In Latin lacūna means “ditch, pit, gap, deficiency, hole, hole where water collects.” The modern French lagune “lagoon,” Italian laguna “lagoon,” and Spanish laguna “lagoon, gap” are obvious developments from lacūna. Lacūna in turn is a derivative of lacus “basin, tub, cistern, pond, lake,” the source (through Old French) of the English lake. Latin lacus is also related to Scots Gaelic and Irish loch. Lacuna entered English in the 17th century.

Woodpeckers at the Feeders

April 22, 2017

Ride Around the Island

April 22, 2017

Some of us were tired of sitting inside on such an absolutely beautiful day. It was sunny and warm, and it was decided to take a ride. First to Whiskey Point, back through town, and then out to Barney's Lake, and a quick check on the ospreys. Then a trip down the west side of the island and then all the way around.

Iron Ore Creek

View some video clips taken on the ride HERE

New Waterfall and Bay

Joyce Bartels' Memorial Solar Project Dedication

View a TV News story about this project HERE

Haslett Community Church

All are welcome to attend the 11:15 a.m. dedication of the Joyce Bartels Memorial Solar Project. Refreshments will be served. The church's Green Team will be available to answer questions about how to begin the process of "going solar." The church is 0.4 mile east of the intersection of Marsh Road and Haslett Road.


Sunday, 4/23/2017
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Haslett Community Church
1427 Haslett Road, Haslett

Joyce Bartels was the volunteer coordinator for the Beaver Island Historical Society for many years and a summer resident on Beaver Island. This was found as a facebook article, and BINN thought that the island families might be interested in knowing about this project.

From the church's website:

Joyce Bartels Memorial Solar Project

Over the past several years our church's Current Events group hosted a series of presentations on environmental concerns, especially regarding climate change, and on how, as Christians, we might best respond to them. Convinced that one excellent way to do so is through the use of renewable energy, our Team started reaching out to people who had come to those presentations to see if they might be interested in financially supporting a solar energy project for our church- support they could give without in any way diminishing the financial support they otherwise would give to our church's ministry.

That effort, which has reached out as well to folks beyond HCC, has succeeded in gathering pledges that total over 87% of the $59,400 needed to put an array of solar panels on the south roof of our sanctuary. The array is designed to generate about two-thirds of the energy we use annually and to save us an estimated $3000 a year in our energy costs. At its February meeting, our Church Council gave the final go-ahead to this project which we're calling the Joyce Bartels Memorial Solar Project in honor of HCC's first and foremost environmental leader.

We now invite any and all members and friends of HCC who'd like to help fund the rest of the project to do so, again with the provision that any gift you might give will not diminish the financial support you otherwise would plan to give to our ministry. Happily, at this point we're only a few hundred dollars short of our goal!

The technical challenges of the installation have been worked out, the panels have arrived and, weather permitting, the array will be installed within the next week. We will have a Service of Blessing and Dedication of the project this coming Sunday April 23rd, the Second Sunday of Easter and the day after Earth Day. All are invited to attend.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 22, 2017

Wow! and thank you for all the posts, phone calls, messages, emails, hugs, etc. I know that some found it odd that I'd post it all on FB, however with over 850 of you reading my stuff, I'd STILL be sending messages. I'm lazy, and this way was much easier. I'm not afraid to say the word, cancer, and truly don't think I should hide it. Thank you is kind of a puny reply to such an outpouring of love and prayers, but it's all I have at the moment. So, thanks for joining me on this journey that will "officially" begin next Tuesday. P.S. I think Joe could use a hug too if you think of it. Now, let's get back to "normal" things;)

It's going to be a lovely day on Beaver Island today. Right now I'm showing clear skies, 34°, wind is at 3 mph from the west, humidity is at 88%, pressure is rising from 30.01 inches, and visibility is 9.4 miles. Today: Sunny. Highs in the mid 50s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the morning. MARINE REPORT Today: Light winds becoming southwest 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots. Mostly clear. WAves 2 feet or less.

On this date of April 22, 2000 - Elian Gonzalez was reunited with his father at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington. He had to be taken from his Miami relatives by U.S. agents in a predawn raid. As of 2015 he was studying industrial engineering at the university in his home province of Matanzas in Cuba.

Did you know that aichmophobia is the fear of needles and pointed objects. The origin of the word Aichmo is Greek (meaning spear or spear point) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear).

Word of the day: kaput or kaputt (kuh-PUT, -POOT) which means broken; ruined; finished. From German kaputt (broken, ruined), from French être capot (to be without winning a trick in a game of piquet), perhaps from Provençal. Earliest documented use: 1895.

Hearing for Re-Zoning

Peaine Township April Meeting Minutes

BICS Weekly Update

Checking on Wildlife

Gull Harbor Eagles

View a small gallery of pictures of eagles HERE

Barney's Beavers

View a small gallery of pictures of Barney's Beavers HERE

Sloptown Ospreys

View a small gallery of pictures of Sloptown Ospreys

Cormorants near Paradise Bay

(Pictures by Jeff Powers)

"Cormorants were preying in the Perch Fishery areas near Paradise Bay today," stated Wildlife Club member Jeff Powers.

They were near Whiskey Point. These birds were quite a way out, but the shear numbers of birds was quite astonishing. They were congregated out the mouth of the harbor where some of our local fishermen had been fishing for perch this last fall and some this winter.

(These pictures by BINN)

Hopefully, the perch fishery will not be devastated by the cormorrant population, and perhaps the cormorrant harashment policies of the State of Michigan may continue to be applied to prevent this.

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Minutes and Agenda

Minutes for March meeting.........Agenda for April 27, 2017, 2 p.m. meeting

(Received on 4/21/17 at 12 p.m.)

Windy, Windy Day

Winds coming out of the East seem to be much stronger and produce more storms than other directions. Yesterday, April 20, 2017, was not an exception. The temeprature and dewpoint didn't help the island yesterday either with the fog that moved in during the afternoon. This put a halt to the flying ability of the island air services, so some items didn't get to the island as expected.


Shout-Out to Alvin LaFreniere

Driving by the Veteran's Memorial yesterday in the really windy day with wind from the east, it was noted that the flags were flying at the memorial. Alvin LaFreniere takes care of this every year, and it is a great service to not only the AMVETs, but also for the whole community. Thank you, Alvin!


Coming to the BIC Center

PABI Road Rally, May 7, 2017, Meet at Shamrock at 12:30 p.m.

COA Sunday Dinner and Serenade of Strings, May 7, 2017

Drinking Habits 2, May 27, 2017, 7:30 p.m.; May 28, 2017, 8 p.m.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 21, 2017

As you know, if you're at all connected to the island, you can't keep a secret long. So, in light of that, I'd rather tell you myself, rather than have it come up in the island rumor mill. We, you are being dragged along, are going on an adventure. Remember earlier in the week when I told you all how the cardiologist gave me a clean bill of health? Well, my CAT scan was not nearly as good. It seems that our friend, Henry B. Nine, wanted a girlfriend. They have discovered a mass in my upper right lung. No crying and carrying on here - I blubbered all over Carolyn and Deacon Jim, took a deep breath and decided I'll deal with this like I do most things, with a sense of humor. I'm totally warped. I won't be making $2 Tuesday at the Pub next week as I have another appointment in Petoskey with doctors who are going to tell us the route this adventure will go. Hopefully, in a very short time, Henry will discover that he's going to have to remain celibate, and a hermit who just lives in my brain. Because I DO have so many who faithfully read my meanderings every day, In my world, God has a sense of humor, so I think he felt that Joe was getting a bit bored being retired from EMS, so I get to be his entertainment for a bit. I say a bit, because we're going to send Henrietta packing and be done with this. I felt that you deserved to know where/what was going on. There will be, I'm sure, many days coming up where I won't be able to get the weather done. On those days, you'll just have to stick your hand out the window and decide if it's hot/cold/wet/dry/etc. The rest of the time I'll be here just to bug you.

Ok, on with the weather. Right now I'm showing overcast skies, 37°, feels like 29°, wind is at 12 mph from the west, humidity is at 97%, pressure is falling from 29.66 inches, and visibility is 9.4 miles. Today: Cloudy. Chance of rain showers and areas of drizzle in the morning, then a chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clearing. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph in the evening becoming light. MARINE REPORT Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through This Evening Today: Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers early in the morning. Waves 3 to 5 feet. Tonight: North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

On this date of April 21, 1916 - Bill Carlisle, the infamous ‘last train robber,’ robbed a train in Hanna, WY. So, have you ever heard of Bill Carlisle? I hadn't so, of course, I had to look him up on wikipedia:

William L. "Wild Bill" Carlisle (May 4, 1890 – June 19, 1964) was one of the last train robbers of the American West known as the "Robin Hood of the Rails" and "The White-Masked Bandit".

As a teenager he began to ride the freight trains and by 1905 he was a hobo. In 1907 aged 17 he rode the train to Montana to work as a ranch hand.

By early 1916 he was destitute, with only a nickel in his pocket; he decided the quickest way to obtain cash was to hold up a train. Carlisle robbed his first train in Wyoming on 9 February 1916 wearing a white bandanna over his face and armed with a toy pistol and a .32-caliber pistol. During the robbery he gave coins to a guard to make up for his lost tips, gave a dollar to a man to pay for his breakfast and bowed to a woman who tried to take his gun from him. He held up two more trains over the next two months. He was caught on 22 April 1916 and was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins on 10 May 1916 after a two-day trial, even though he never shot anyone during the robberies and did not take money from women, children or servicemen. In prison he worked in the shirt factory.

Because of his good behavior in prison, in 1919 his life sentence was commuted to 25–50 years. However, Carlisle decided he could not wait that long to be released, and on 15 November 1919 he escaped from Wyoming State Penitentiary by being carried outside the walls in a packing crate with a shipment of shirts. He again robbed a train on November 18 but found most of the passengers were soldiers and sailors returning from service in France during World War I; Carlisle did not take money from these. When a young man pointed a revolver at him Carlisle knocked it away, but it went off and injured his left hand. He was arrested again on 2 December 1919 in a cabin near Glendo, Wyoming having been hunted by a posse who shot him through the lung while capturing him, necessitating his being carried down from the cabin strapped to the back of a pack horse. Following surgery to remove the bullets in his lung and hand and a 33-day stay in hospital he returned to Wyoming State Penitentiary on 18 December 1919.

Carlisle was paroled on 8 January 1936 for good behavior and on 23 December 1936 he married Lillian Lavina Berquest (died 1962), the superintendent of the local nursing home who took care of him after an operation for a ruptured appendix. The couple raised an adopted daughter and opened a cigar shop and newsstand in Kemmerer, Wyoming before moving to Laramie, Wyoming where they opened a gas station and later a motel, which flourished partly because of his train-robbing reputation. During the 1940s he toured the United States to promote Westerns. The rights to his story were bought in 1950 but the film was never made. He wrote his autobiography in 1946, and received a full pardon from the Governor of Wyoming in 1947. Carlisle sold his motel in Laramie in 1956.

After his wife's death in 1962 he returned to Pennsylvania and died there from cancer in 1964 aged 74 in the home of his niece, Mrs. Hilda Cammie and her husband Francis.

Did you know that achluophobiais the fear of the dark?

Word of the day: tailsman (TAL-is-man) which means 1) An object, such as a stone, believed to have occult powers to keep evil away and bring good fortune to its wearer. 2) Anything that has magical powers and brings miraculous effects. From French or Spanish, from Arabic tilasm, from Greek telesma (consecration), from telein (to consecrate or complete), from telos (result). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kwel- (to revolve), which also gave us colony, cult, culture, cycle, cyclone, chakra, collar, col, and accolade. Earliest documented use: 1599.

St. James Township Special Meeting

April 24, 2017, 7 p.m.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 20, 2017

It's looking to be a "liquid sunshine" sort of day. Right now I'm showing 38°, feels like 28°, wind is at 18 mph from the east with gusts to 28 mph, humidity is at 84%, pressure is falling from 29.92 inches, and visibility is 9.2 miles. Today: Rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning then rain showers likely in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 40s. East winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 45 mph. Tonight: Cloudy with a 50% chance of rain showers. Lows in the mid 30s. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 35 mph shifting to the west 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph after midnight. MARINE REPORT Gale Warning In Effect Through This Afternoon Today: East wind up to 30 knots. Gusts up to 35 knots. Rain showers early int he morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 4 to 6 feet in the morning. Tonight: West wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

On this date of April 20, 1769 - Ottawa Chief Pontiac was murdered by an Illinois Indian in Cahokia. According to wikipedia: "Pontiac or Obwandiyag (c. 1720 – April 20, 1769) was an Odawa war chief who became noted for his role in Pontiac's War (1763–1766), an American Indian struggle against British military occupation of the Great Lakes region and named for him. It followed the British victory in the French and Indian War, the North American front of the Seven Years' War. Pontiac's importance has been debated in the war that bears his name. Nineteenth-century accounts portrayed him as the mastermind and leader of the revolt, but some subsequent scholars argued that his role had been exaggerated. Historians today generally view him as an important local leader who influenced a wider movement that he did not command.

The war began in May 1763 when Pontiac and 300 followers attempted to take Fort Detroit by surprise. His plan was foiled, so Pontiac laid siege to the fort, where he was eventually joined by more than 900 warriors from a half-dozen tribes. Meanwhile, messengers spread the word of Pontiac's actions, and the war expanded far beyond Detroit. In July 1763, Pontiac defeated a British detachment at the Battle of Bloody Run, but he was unable to capture the fort. In October, he lifted the siege and withdrew to the Illinois Country.

Pontiac's influence declined around Detroit because of the unsuccessful siege, but he gained stature as he continued to encourage resistance to the British. Seeking to end the war, British officials made him the focus of their diplomatic efforts. In July 1766, he made peace with British Superintendent of Indian Affairs Sir William Johnson. The attention that the British paid to Pontiac resulted in resentment among other tribal leaders, as the war effort was decentralized and Pontiac claimed greater authority than he possessed. He was increasingly ostracized, then assassinated by a Peoria warrior in 1769."

Did you know that ablutophobia is the fear of bathing? Ablutophobia (from Latin ablutere 'to wash off") is the persistent, abnormal and unwarranted fear of bathing, washing, or cleaning. This phobia is a situational specific phobia. Ablutophobia tends to be more common in children and females than in males. However, the fear generally dissipates in children as they learn that bathing is not something to be feared.[1] Ablutophobia is more common in European nations as well as people of European descendants in other countries, it is because bathing was not a common practice for a long time in most part of Europe until modern age. Scientists say that in 16th century, almost all people of English, French and other European countries had symptoms of ablutophobia. Elizabeth the first of England is known as one of the most "clean" person of Europe from that period of time, for washing her body once a month. However, back then that was considered to be too much of washing and unhealthy. A research shows that the symptoms of ablutophobia led to a major contribution of the development of fragrance.

Word of the day: latitudinarian (lat-i-tood-n-AIR-ee-uh n) which means 1) allowing or characterized by latitude in opinion or conduct, especially in religious views. 2) a person who is latitudinarian in opinion or conduct. Latitudinarian, derived from Latin latitūdō “breadth, latitude,” reached its peak of usage in the mid-19th century. It was associated with the controversies of the so-called “Broad Church” of the Church of England, in opposition to the High Church (Anglo-Catholicism, the Oxford movement) and the Low Church (evangelical). In modern usage latitudinarian has been replaced by liberal. Latitudinarian entered English in the 17th century.

BICS Sports Awards

All pictures and video by Cheryl Phillips

Beaver Island News on the 'Net has been very pleased to live stream all of your home games, except one, this year. Congratulations to all of the Beaver Island athletes in basketball, soccer, and volleyball. It's truly a pleasure to be part of your sports programs and to provide the people who want to watch the games, the opportunity to watch the games. Perhaps, BINN will be able to get some of the off-Island games live streamed back to the isalnd in the future.

Special congratulations to Katie LaFreniere for her special Sportsmanship Award, given in memory of Bill Burns! All of those nominated are excellent in sportmasshp, but great job, Katie.

Nominees; Forest Avery, Sky Marsh, Simeon Richards; and Katie Lafreniere receiving the Bill Burns Sportmaship Award from Mike Myers

View a large gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the award ceremony HERE

A list of the awards given is HERE

Island Fellow Update

Beaver Island has an exceptional opportunity to launch its own Island Fellow program modeled on a highly successful one on Maine's islands over the past 17 years. In response to goals identified at numerous community meetings over the past two years, our Island Fellow would focus on communications  to advance economic development and public safety through a multi-media communication position reaching not only visitors and residents, but also the mainland. A concerted and engaging communication's effort key to celebrating our past and moving Beaver Island forward.  Whether sharing stories that portray our island as a wonderful place to visit, retire, or raise a family; promoting the wealth of recreational and cultural activities the archipelago has to offer; or conveying important information pertaining to public safety or responsible use of our recreational resources, an energized and highly-qualified Island Fellow will be the integral to improving community communications on the island and beyond.

More than half of the total cost to have an Island Fellow for a year is being covered by the State of Michigan, and an additional $10,000 has been raised in the community from various forward-thinking island organizations and businesses. Beaver Island has until May 1st to secure the balance required to insert an Island Fellow for a year into our community.

Can we secure the remaining $10,000 before May 1st so that Beaver Island can reap the benefits of the Island Fellows program as so many Maine islands have done for years? We believe we can, and with your help we will. A substantial portion of this amount could be covered with an in-kind contribution of simple housing for the Island Fellow for a year (a one room apartment or the equivalent). 

If you are interested in additional information about the position and the benefits the island stands to gain, check out the March 29th Forum post or contact one of the organizers of this effort listed below. Anyone who wants to help fund this position through either a cash donation, or the offer of free or reduced-price rental for a year are encouraged to ask for a copy of the Site Application which has been shared with both townships by contacting Kevin Boyle, Pam Grassmick, or Patrick McGinnity.

You can learn more about the very successful Island Fellow program run by the Maine Island Institute and see how useful Island Fellows focused on communications and outreach have been in advancing economic development on their islands at http://www.islandinstitute.org/program/community-development/island-fellows.

And to find out more about the Island Institute visit http://www.islandinstitute.org.  

Birds to See in Springtime

A few samples.....Seen on a ride mid-afternoon on Wednesday, April 19, 2017


In eagle tree, a younger one...in the pond under the tree....Is that lunch??

Same eagle tree, different mature eagle

Barney's Lake loon with a heron visiting the lake

Osprey in the osprey tree on Sloptown

Deer in Fogg's front yard on the hill above Barney's Lake

Sandhill flying over the area

St. James Planning Commission Special Meeting

April 20, 2017

St. James Township Documents for March 2017

Regular Meeting Minutes..Closeout of Sewer Funding...BIAC Resolution

What Did You Say 14

by Joe Moore

I was downtown on July 4th setting up the video camera and computer for a live stream of the 4th of July Parade on Beaver Island when a man walked up to me with his daughter and his grandkids.  I didn’t see him coming, and certainly was concentrating on getting everything set up with an umbrella over the top of all the equipment so I could actually check the computer screen and see what was going on to find out if everything was working or not.  I couldn’t see the screen in the bright sunshine, so I took off my shirt and draped it over my head and over the computer screen to see if the connections and programs were working.

“There’s the guy who saved my life when I broke my head open,” the man who approached the truck said.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 19, 2017

Home safe and sound, heart is healthy, AND I don't have to go back for a year! Now to wait for the results of the CAT scan. Oh well, I'm home! Anyhow, enough of my stuff. Right now it's 40°, feels like 35°, mostly cloudy skies, wind is at 7 mph from the west with gusts to 24 mph, humidity is at 89%, pressure is rising from 29.72 inches, and visibility is 9.4 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Rain showers after midnight. Lows around 40. East winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph after midnight.

MARINE REPORT Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming north early in the evening. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet. Tonight: East wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Rain showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

On this date of April 19, 1775 - The American Revolution began as fighting broke out at Lexington, MA. From theamericanrevolution.org "The Battles of Lexington and Concord were actually the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War. They were fought on April 19, 1775, in Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts Bay, within the towns of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotomy (present-day Arlington), and Cambridge, near Boston. The battles marked the outbreak of open armed conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and its thirteen colonies in the mainland of British North America.

About 700 British Army regulars, under Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith, were ordered to capture and destroy military supplies that were reportedly stored by the Massachusetts militia at Concord. Dr. Joseph Warren alerted the colonists of this. The Patriot colonists had received intelligence weeks before the expedition which warned of an impending British search, and had moved much, but not all, of the supplies to safety. They had also received details about British plans on the night before the battle, and information was rapidly supplied to the militia.

The first shots were fired just as the sun was rising at Lexington. The militia were outnumbered and fell back. Other British colonists, hours later at the North Bridge in Concord, fought and defeated three companies of the king's troops. The outnumbered soldiers of the British Army fell back from the Minutemen after a pitched battle in open territory.

More Minutemen arrived soon thereafter and inflicted heavy damage on the British regulars as they marched back towards Boston. Upon returning to Lexington, Smith's expedition was rescued by reinforcements under Hugh, Earl Percy. A combined force of fewer than 1,700 men marched back to Boston under heavy fire in a tactical withdrawal and eventually reached the safety of Charlestown.

The British failed to maintain the secrecy and speed required to conduct a successful strike into hostile territory, yet they did destroy some weapons and supplies. Most British regulars returned to Boston. The occupation of surrounding areas by the Massachusetts Militia that evening marked the beginning of the Siege of Boston.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his Concord Hymn described the first shot fired by the Patriots at the North Bridge as the "shot heard 'round the world"."

Did you know the number 2 is the only number greater than zero that when added to or multiplied by itself gives you the same result (4)?

Word of the day: kerfuffle (ker-FUHF-uh l) which means a fuss; commotion. Kerfuffle entered English in the mid-1900s from Scots curfuffle. Cur- comes from Scots Gaelic car “to twist, turn,” from Old Irish cor “a turn.” Fuffle is a word of imitative origin meaning “to disorder, confuse.”

Advertising Beaver Island

A BIG thanks to – Beaver Island Boat Co.,, Island Airways, and others for your participation with your Chamber of Commerce in a beautiful joint Beaver Island ad.

The WMTA Circle Tour and Lighthouse Map is very popular and as a result the advertising is expensive. By sharing the expense Beaver Island appears on a full panel.

Request a free copy of the map


Coming in the July issue of Traverse Magazine – a big Beaver Island feature story.         

A Bacon Experiment

by Joe Moore

When a lot of recipes are posted on facebook or on other social media, I usually just zip by them and ignore all the details. A couple of months ago, I stopped on one and decided that I would try it. The idea was to use breakfast rolls as the crusts for an apple pie. I didn't have the fresh apples, but I had apples from the tree in my yard frozen in the freezer, so I figure I was all set. This particular recipe might have worked for the fresh apples, but it certainly didn't The apple filling was just wonderful, but no matter what I did, the crust would not get crispy and part of it did not cook at all.

This pretty much turned me off to these recipes, UNTIL I read another one just a couple of days ago. This recipe was for bacon-wrapped fresh green beans with a little bit of maple syrup. Well, I didn't have any fresh green beans, but I took this idea to the thinking process, and, knowing that just about everything tastes good with bacon, including the bacon ice cream made by Laura Green, I look in the refrigerator and saw the fresh brussel sprouts that my wife had just purchased.

Thinking that this might be an interesting experiment, I cut each brussel sprout in half, after washing them, of course, and put them on a paper towel and rolling them to dry them off. I got out the bacon and cut the strips into thirds. With just a half of a toothpick, I wrapped the half brussel sprout in the bacon and placed it on a rack over a flat pan. I figured about eight to ten for each person depending on size. When I had them all wrapped and ready, I preheated the oven to 375 degrees. I stole this temperature from the green bean recipe. I baked the bacon-wrapped brussel sprouts until the bacon was crispy on the top, about thirty-five minutes.

I took them out of the oven to cool with the plan to reheat them for dinner. I mixed a little brown sugar in a little bit of water, about a tablespoon of each, and then I drizzled the sprouts with the brown sugar solution. These were all prepared a couple of hours before dinnertime. When they were cool, they were placed in a glass pan and refrigerated.

When the rest of the dinner was pretty much complete, the glass dish was rewarmed in the microwave and added to the table for dinner.

There wasn't a single one of them left after dinner was compelted. This experiement was delicious. This went very well with the smoky grilled pork chops and the baked potatoes. They would be an amazing appetizer or a complete meal also.

This was one experiment that did work out, even if the apple pie was a disaster. I have tried the Circle M bacon wrapped asparagus with barbeque sauce. It seems that just about any vegetable could take the place of the green beans in this recipe, but I've found the ones that work very well for my sense of taste. Then I actually went online and found the recipe, so I didn't invent anything.

Weather by Joe

April 18, 2017

Phyllis is off to the mainland for a couple of doctor appointments and for a day with our daughter Courtney, so you have just the basics here today for the weather.

It's just a little before 8 am with a temperature of 36 degrees. We have clear skies with a pressure of 30.31 and visibility of ten miles. The windchill is 31 with the dewpoint of 30 degrees. The humidity is 80 percent. There is a 40 percent chance of rain after midnight tonight, but generallly a nice day is ahead of us. There are no watches or warnings currently for any bad weather.

The Marine Forecast is for ESE winds at around 15 kt.with increasing clouds. The waves should be around 2 feet.

Peaine Representative for Library Board and Human Services

Library Board member sought......Human Services member sought

Christian Church Bulletin

for Easter

Bingo Starts Soon

Bingo fans, the games will start on Wednesday the 26th of April at the Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6.15p.m. Games start at 7p.m. Caller on the 26th will be Bob Bass.

From May 10th, games will be every two weeks until August 2nd, when they will be weekly for that month. From September 13th, every two weeks until closing game on November 8th.

Mark your calendars and come out and enjoy a fun evening.

Volunteer Appreciation Week

This week, April 17-23, 2017, has been identified as Volunteer Appreciation Week. This seems very appropriate considering this past weekend was the celebration of the new beginnings of a new year by a large majority of citizens of this country. Easter marks the beginning of this year for Christians. How escellent it is to celebrate this week for volunteers.

First of all, the volunteers that participated in the weekend activites from Holy Thursday through yesterday's Easter services and Easter Brunch should be recognized. They all put in a great deal of effort to make this past weekend so great. They are identified in the pictures and in the videos of the weekend, but some of those who might not get much recognition should be named. The hard-working family of the Avery and Spershott should be thanked for all the work on the Easter Brunch. Not only setup, and cooking, and serving, and clean-up could escape their efforts. Thank you to Rose Spershott and Sue Avery for all of their efforts.

Thank you to the Holy Cross choir for all of your efforts in providng escellent music for all four of the church's services this past weekend. Thank you to Pam O'Brien for all of her work organizaing and making sure that all went off without too many hitches. Thanks to Judi Meister for her work with the Beaver Island Christian Church as accompaniest and several other roles. These services were also spirit-lifting. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped make the Beaver Island Easter weekend so terrific!

Thanks to our local EMS volunteers for all of their efforts this year and specifically this past weekend. They're efforts are often overlooked, but so necessary when medical emergencies occur.

Thanks to our local fire department for all of their efforts to maintain their skill levels and for their preparation for any and all rescue and fire fighting efforts.

Thanks to all the board, committee, commission, and authority members who put in their time without payments, and frequently without thanks. Thank you!

Throughout the week, BINN would like to post more thank you's from several of the groups on Beaver Island. Just send them to medic5740@gmail.com and we will post them.

Thank You to Resale Shop Volunteers

by Donna Stambaugh

Island Treasures Resale Shop has been serving Beaver Island for over 30 years.The shop is run by volunteers in a year round operation. The winter crew keeps the shop open Thursday through Saturday from noon until 4:00 PM. As extra people return to the Island for the summer, the schedule expands to Tuesday through Saturday.

Volunteers accept donations during our regular hours of operation and at other times as needed. Each donation must be sorted, inspected, priced, and displayed. The counter is always staffed by a volunteer cashier. Our buildings must be kept clean, and that too is a volunteer effort.

We accept donations of clothing, kitchen wares, games, toys, puzzles, CDs, tools, sporting goods, house wares, and seasonal decorations. Our favorite donations are furniture, however we cannot accept upholstered pieces  or mattresses.

Island Treasures Resale Shop provides an opportunity to acquire affordable, good quality items. We provide the community with a chance to reuse, recycle, and repurpose!  People are very grateful for the service that lets them donate items that they know can still be put to use. Our shoppers are delighted to shop at “the Beaver Island” K-mart!  Treasures truly can be found every day that the shop is open.

Since its inception, the Beaver Island Fire Department Auxiliary dedicated all of the profits to buying equipment for our volunteer fire department. Volunteers helping volunteers- it doesn’t get any better than that!  In recent years we have expanded to include equipment purchases for Beaver Island EMS.

Our group was very proud to finance 6 new self contained breathing apparatuses for our fire fighters this past year. Good, safe equipment is not inexpensive. That purchase came to about $30,000!  We earned the money with the cooperation of our donors and shoppers.

Resale Shop volunteers are great people who will welcome a few new volunteers this summer if you are interested.  Just stop in at the shop and ask about this opportunity.

Thank you, Donna, for your dedication and leadership!



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 1, 2017

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Emergency Services Authority

October 27, 2016

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December 29, 2016

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February 23, 2017

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March 30, 2017

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BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

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Peaine Township Meeting

January 11, 2017

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February 8, 2017

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March 8, 2017

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Peaine Annual Meetings

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April 12, 2017


St. James Township Meeting Video

January 4, 2017

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March 8, 2017

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April 5, 2017

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Beaver Island Community Center


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Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

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Easter Afternoon Drive Pictures

Sloptown Osprey

Sloptown Sandhills

Sloptown Geese

Harbor Heron

Whiskey Point Flicker

Harbor buoy cormorant

Can you see the Barney's Lake Road Sandhills?

Barney's Lake Road deer

Donegal Bay Road deer

Donegal Bay Sand dune plants

Easter Sunset

As part of a busy day beginning with Easter services, followed by the Easter Brunch at the Gregg Fellowship Hall, it seemed only appropriate to make certain that the day was ended with a ride and a view of the Beaver Island Easter Sunset. The views and the colors were gorgeous. Phyllis Moore even live streamed the sunset using Facebook Live for those that couldn't be here for it.

From this.....

To this...

View a gallery of the sunset HERE

View video of the sunset HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 17, 2017

Mostly cloudy skies this morning, 35°, feels like 29°, the wind is at 7 mph from the NW with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 90%, pressure is rising from 30.01 inches, and visibility is 6.9 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 40s. North winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 30s. Light winds.

MARINE REPORT Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: East wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of April 17, 1917 - A bill in Congress to establish Daylight Saving Time was defeated. It was passed a couple of months later. Of course I was curious as to why the heck we continue to do this and this was what I found:

DST (Saylight-saving time) is touted as an attempt to save energy: changing the clocks during the spring and fall months “moves” an hour of daylight from early morning, when many people are still asleep, to the evening, when people are generally at home and more likely to use artificial lights and other electric appliances.

But, why change the clocks at all? Is it really worth having to re-adjust the body’s internal clock by an hour twice a year? Who came up with this idea, anyway, and why?

Benjamin Franklin is often credited with coming up with the idea of what we now call daylight-saving time. It is true that, as an American delegate in Paris in 1784, Franklin published an essay titled “An Economical Project,” in which he made the simple argument that natural light is cheaper than artificial light.

What many people either forget or never knew, however, is that Franklin’s essay was written, like much of his work, rather tongue-in-cheek: it was a joke.

In the essay, Franklin, knowing that Parisians were notorious for sleeping in, wrote that he was awakened by accident at 6 a.m. one morning, only to “discover” that the sun was actually shining at that hour.

This got his scientific brain working, and he calculated that if he had slept until noon, as was usual in Paris, and then stayed awake six hours later in the evening, he would have “wasted” the free daylight and instead would have had to pay for artificial light.

Franklin went on to offer some “regulations” that might aid in an attempt to save money. These included a tax on every window built with shutters, rationing candles, limiting coaches on the streets after sunset, and ringing church bells and firing cannons at sunrise to wake everyone up.

“Oblige a man to rise at four in the morning, and it is probable he will go willingly to bed at eight in the evening,” he wrote.

Modern times

It was not until the 20th Century that Franklin’s idea of making better use of the daylight hours — “saving” daylight — was actually put into practice, however.

The practice of setting the clocks ahead one hour in the spring, in order to make better use of the daylight hours, was first put into action during World War I as in effort to save fuel.

At 11 p.m. on April 30, 1916, Germany and Austria became the first countries to mandate national time changes. Other European countries immediately followed suit, and even Britain admitted it was a good idea and implemented the practice three weeks later.

The United States, however, did not establish daylight-saving time until 1918. An act of Congress established standard time zones throughout the country and set daylight-saving time on March 19, 1918. Clocks remained an hour “ahead” for two straight years.

The act was repealed in 1919, even though President Woodrow Wilson tried to veto it. Daylight-saving time then became optional for states or municipalities, so for awhile, cities such as New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago stayed on daylight-saving time, while other parts of New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois reverted to standard time.

Then came World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted year-round daylight-saving time, known then as “war time,” from February 2, 1942 until September 30, 1945.

The law was again repealed when the need to conserve fuel for the war effort no longer existed. From 1945 until 1966, there was no federal law regarding daylight-saving time; it was again the decision of individual states and/or localities, leading to fairly widespread confusion.

For example, in 1961, the Committee for Time Uniformity, a lobbying group organized by the transportation industry, discovered that on a 35-mile stretch of Route 2 between Moundsville, W.Va., and Steubenville, Ohio, motorists had to endure seven time changes.

It was the Interstate Commerce Commission, looking out for the interests of the transportation industry and, to a lesser degree, the broadcasting industry, that ultimately pushed for standardization.

The Uniform Time Act was passed in 1966, creating a national daylight-saving time that would start the last Sunday in April and end the last Sunday in October every year. Any state that wished to exempt itself could do so by passing a state law.

In 1972, the law was revised so those states with more than one time zone could exempt just the parts of the state within one of the zones.

Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) and Hawaii, and the territories of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, are the only places in the U.S. that do not observe DST, but instead stay on “standard time” all year long.

The federal law was amended once again in 1986 mandating that daylight-saving time start the first Sunday in April, rather than the last.

In 2007, DST was again extended so that it now lasts from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November.

So, most of the nation will try to adjust to “falling back” an hour before going to bed on Saturday night (or scrambling to do it Sunday morning). It will be slightly lighter upon awakening in the morning (for a little while, anyway), but darker earlier in the evening.

For those who lament the end of daylight saving time, there is one consolation: an extra hour of sleep.

Did you know that the word 'taxi' is spelled the same in English, German, French, Swedish, and Portuguese?

Word of the day: cramoisy (KRAM-oi-zee) which means 1) of a crimson color. 2) crimson cloth. From French cramoisi, from Spanish carmesi, from Arabic qirmizi (of kermes). Earliest documented use: 1423.

An American Woodcock

(picture and video by Oakwood Lodge, Cynthia Johnson)

Cynthia Johnson named this woodcock "Dancing Dan," and he was dancing alongside the Kings Highway.


Superbly camouflaged against the leaf litter, the brown-mottled American Woodcock walks slowly along the forest floor, probing the soil with its long bill in search of earthworms. Unlike its coastal relatives, this plump little shorebird lives in young forests and shrubby old fields across eastern North America. Its cryptic plumage and low-profile behavior make it hard to find except in the springtime at dawn or dusk, when the males show off for females by giving loud, nasal peent calls and performing dazzling aerial displays.



BITA Meeting

Spring Serenade

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

Harold E. Kruse Celebration of Life Service

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

Roy Elsworth Memorial

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

New Chamber Event in May 2017

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule


Holy Cross Bulletin for

April 2017

Christian Church Bulletin



BICS School Calendar 2016-17

BICS Events Calendar 2017

BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates Schedule

BI Airport Commission Meeting Schedule

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Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.



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