B. I. News on the 'Net, April 19-May 3, 2021

Weather by Joe

May 3, 2021

Right now on Carlisle Road, Beaver Island, at 7:30 a.m., it is 44 degrees with 99% relative humidity. It's raining. The wind is from the SW at 5 mph. The pressure is 29.68. We received about a half of inch of rain since yesterday. Visibility is currently at seven miles.
TODAY, it is expected to rain. The high will be 48 degrees with winds from the E at 10 to 20 mph. The chance of rain is 90%. Rainfall is expected to be another half000 inch.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for steady rain this evening. Showers are expected to continue overnight. The low will be near 40 degrees. Wind will be from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph. The chance of rain continues to be at 90%. Rainfall tonight could be near a quarter of an inch with locally heavy rainfall possible.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower. The high will be near 59 degrees. Winds will switch to the NW at 10 to 20 mph.
Congressional hearings on General MacArthur begin 1951
The Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, meeting in closed session, begin their hearings into the dismissal of Gen. Douglas MacArthur by President Harry S. Truman. The hearings served as a sounding board for MacArthur and his extremist views on how the Cold War should be fought.
General MacArthur served as commander of U.S. forces during the Korean War until 1951. In late 1950 he made a serious strategic blunder when he dismissed warnings that the People’s Republic of China would enter the conflict on the side of its communist ally, North Korea. Hundreds of thousands of Chinese troops smashed into the American lines in November 1950, driving the U.S. troops back with heavy losses. MacArthur, who had earlier complained about President Truman’s handling of the war, now went on an all-out public relations attack against the president and his Cold War policies. In numerous public statements and interviews, General MacArthur criticized Truman’s timidity. He also asked for permission to carry out bombing attacks against China and to expand the war. President Truman flatly refused, believing that expanding the war would lead to a possible confrontation with the Soviet Union and World War III. On April 11, 1951, President Truman removed MacArthur from his command. Though Truman clearly did not appreciate MacArthur’s approach, the American public liked his tough stance on communism, and he returned home to a hero’s welcome.
On May 3, 1951, just a few days after MacArthur’s return to the United States, the Senate Armed Forces and Foreign Relations Committees began hearings into his dismissal. Partisan politics played a significant role in the hearings, which were instigated by Republican senators eager to discredit the Democratic administration of Harry Truman. MacArthur was the featured witness, and he spoke for more than six hours at the opening session of the hearings. He condemned Truman’s Cold War foreign policy, arguing that if the president’s “inhibitions” about the war in Korea had been removed the conflict could have been “wound up” without a “very great additional complement of ground troops.” He went on to suggest that only through a strategy of complete military destruction of the communist empire could the U.S. hope to win the Cold War.
The hearings ended after seven weeks, with no definite conclusions reached about MacArthur’s dismissal. However, the general’s extremist stance and intemperate statements concerning the need for an expanded conflict against communism during the hearings soon eroded his popularity with the American public. MacArthur attempted to garner the Republican presidential nomination in 1952, but lost to the more moderate campaign of another famed military leader, Dwight D. Eisenhower.
conciliatory; adjective (kun-SILL-yuh-tor-ee)
: tending to win over from a state of hostility or distrust : intended to gain the goodwill or favor of someone
Did You Know?
If you are conciliatory towards someone, you're trying to win that person over to your side. The verb conciliate was borrowed into English in the mid-16th century and descends from the Latin verb conciliare, meaning "to assemble, unite, or win over." Conciliare, in turn, comes from Latin concilium, meaning "assembly" or "council." Conciliatory, which appeared in English a bit later in the 16th century, also traces back to conciliare. Another word that has conciliare as a root is reconcile, the earliest meaning of which is "to restore to friendship or harmony."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)



by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

May 2, 2021

Right now at 7:30 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 46 degrees with humidity at 87%. The wind is from the S at 2 mph. The sky is partly cloudy with pressure at 29.62. Visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudywith increasing clouds with periods of showers this afternoon. The high will be in the middle 50's. Winds will be from the E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 50%.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for rain. The low will be in the middle 40's. Wind will continue from the E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Rainfall could be near a half an inch.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for rain with a high near 50. Winds continue from the E at stay at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is listed as 100%. Expect another half an inch of rain tomorrow.
ON THIS DAY in 1620,
King Charles II grants charter to Hudson’s Bay Company
King Charles II of England grants a permanent charter to the Hudson’s Bay Company, made up of the group of French explorers who opened the lucrative North American fur trade to London merchants. The charter conferred on them not only a trading monopoly but also effective control over the vast region surrounding North America’s Hudson Bay.
Although contested by other English traders and the French in the region, the Hudson’s Bay Company was highly successful in exploiting what would become eastern Canada. During the 18th century, the company gained an advantage over the French in the area but was also strongly criticized in Britain for its repeated failures to find a northwest passage out of Hudson Bay. After France’s loss of Canada at the end of the French and Indian Wars, new competition developed with the establishment of the North West Company by Montreal merchants and Scottish traders. As both companies attempted to dominate fur potentials in central and western Canada, violence sometimes erupted, and in 1821 the two companies were amalgamated under the name of the Hudson’s Bay Company. The united company ruled a vast territory extending from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and under the governorship of Sir George Simpson from 1821 to 1856, reached the peak of its fortunes.
After Canada was granted dominion status in 1867, the company lost its monopoly on the fur trade, but it had diversified its business ventures and remained Canada’s largest corporation through the 1920s.
abjure; verb; (ab-JOOR)
1 formal a : to renounce upon oath
b : to reject solemnly
2 formal : to abstain from : avoid
Did You Know?
Just as a jury swears to produce an unbiased verdict, and a witness swears to tell the truth on pain of perjury, those who abjure their former ways "swear them away." Abjure (as well as jury and perjury) comes from Latin jurare, which means "to swear" (and which in turn is based on the root jus, meaning "law"), plus the prefix ab-, meaning "away." These days, we can casually abjure (that is, abstain from) various vices, but in the 15th and 16th centuries to abjure was a matter of renouncing something under oath—and sometimes a matter of life and death. For example, during the Spanish Inquisition, individuals were given the choice between abjuring unacceptable beliefs and being burned at the stake.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Tails and Tales

Parents and Teachers!
The Beaver Island District Library is planning to provide materials to kids this summer under the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CLSP) theme of Tails and Tales. These materials will be in the form of packets which will include reading materials, crafts, fun activities and more. There are 6 themes and we will provide materials every two weeks on a new theme.
If you wish to sign up your child, please contact the library before June 1. These will be Grab and Go packets. We will have several levels, including Prek-1st graders, Elementary (2nd – 5th grades), teens (6th-12th) and adults! Yes, if you are interested in your own reading program, we will provide materials for you too! Many of the suggested activities can be multi-generational, so you can do them together!
Let’s get excited about reading and plan a wonderful and safe summer for your children and for yourself!
Contact the library at 231-448-2701 to sign up.

Support Let's make this Giant Ping Pong Ball thing happen! organized by Judy Boyle


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What is a community to do when faced with a recreational need? A group of interested players gathered to work toward building two dedicated community pickle ball courts and a bocce ball court at the Peaine Township Park.  The work will be done by local contractors. The cost of the project is approximately $68,000.  Fundraising activities and other grant opportunities are being pursued for the courts continue with the hope of completing the project this summer. To date, the planning group has received interest to help with some of the funding from each of the townships and $6,800 has been awarded by the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. The funding gap is $40,000.  A Go Fund Me page is being developed through a non-profit to allow individuals to donate and potentially write off their donation on personal income taxes.

Pickleball is a wonderful activity for the entire community that we would like to see expanded.  We can make this happen on Beaver Island but only with your support. If you have questions about this project, contact Bob Anderson, Judy Boyle, Dave Paul, Pam Grassmick or any of the enthusiastic pickleball players. Come & try it out——new players welcome, good exercise & socializing.

Weather by Joe

May 1, 2021

Right now on Carlisle Road at 7:30 a.m, it is 40 degrees with humidity at 76%. The pressure is 29.93. It's cloudy with wind from the S at 7 mph. Visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, it expected to get light rain early, then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. The high will be in the mid-50's. Winds will be from the SSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Winds could gust occasionally to over 40 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies during the evening giving way to a few showers after midnight. Low will be near 40 degrees. W winds will shift to E at 10 to 15 mph Chance of rain is 3 30%.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies early followed by increasing clouds with showers developing later in the day. The high will be in the low 50's. Winds will be from the E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.
There are so many to thank here on Beaver Island and in Charlevoix for their help yesterday. We' will start with a huge shoutout to Island Airways, Paul and Angel Welke, Mary Delamater, and the entire crew on both sides. Thank you so much for your help! Then of course, our driver in her car, Pam Moxham. Thank you for your help getting these two old people to the hospital for our procedures. Thank you to Ruthie Gregg for taking care of our house and our dogs. Thank you to Karl Bartells for getting the junk off of our back deck and getting it ready for the gazebo to be set up. Thank you to the rural health center staff for getting all my appointments set up at the hospital, radiology and lab. What an amazing place here on Beaver Island. Thank you all for your prayers, positive thoughts, love, and financial assistance, including meals, gift cards, and all the cards and love we have received. It is all so greatly appreciate.
On May 1, 1926, Ford Motor Company becomes one of the first companies in America to adopt a five-day, 40-hour week for workers in its automotive factories. The policy would be extended to Ford’s office workers the following August.
Henry Ford’s Detroit-based automobile company had broken ground in its labor policies before. In early 1914, against a backdrop of widespread unemployment and increasing labor unrest, Ford announced that it would pay its male factory workers a minimum wage of $5 per eight-hour day, upped from a previous rate of $2.34 for nine hours (the policy was adopted for female workers in 1916). The news shocked many in the industry—at the time, $5 per day was nearly double what the average auto worker made—but turned out to be a stroke of brilliance, immediately boosting productivity along the assembly line and building a sense of company loyalty and pride among Ford’s workers.
The decision to reduce the workweek from six to five days had originally been made in 1922. According to an article published in The New York Times that March, Edsel Ford, Henry’s son and the company’s president, explained that “Every man needs more than one day a week for rest and recreation….The Ford Company always has sought to promote [an] ideal home life for its employees. We believe that in order to live properly every man should have more time to spend with his family.”
Henry Ford said of the decision: “It is high time to rid ourselves of the notion that leisure for workmen is either ‘lost time’ or a class privilege.” At Ford’s own admission, however, the five-day workweek was also instituted in order to increase productivity: Though workers’ time on the job had decreased, they were expected to expend more effort while they were there. Manufacturers all over the country, and the world, soon followed Ford’s lead, and the Monday-to-Friday workweek became standard practice.
fustian; noun; ( FUSS-chun)
1 a : a strong cotton and linen fabric
b : a class of cotton fabrics usually having a pile face and twill weave
2 : high-flown or affected writing or speech; broadly : anything high-flown or affected in style
Did You Know?
Fustian first entered English in the 13th century, by way of Anglo-French, as a term for a kind of fabric. (Its ultimate Latin source is probably the word fustis, meaning "tree trunk.") Several centuries into use as a noun and an attributive noun, fustian spread beyond textiles to describe pretentious writing or speech. Christopher Marlowe was a pioneer in the word's semantic expansion: in his 16th-century play Doctor Faustus, he employs the word in this new way when the student Wagner says, "Let thy left eye be diametarily [sic] fixed upon my right heel, with quasi vestigiis nostris insistere," and the clown replies, "God forgive me, he speaks Dutch fustian." And later, the titular doctor himself is called "Dr. Fustian" repeatedly by a horse dealer—an apt misnomer considering the Doctor's speech habits.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)



Friday, April 30, 2021

Our BEST class, taught by Adam Richards with special guest instructor and Titan Challenge Coach Veteran Ms. Connie Boyle, today competed with other students across the state in the Titan Challenge! The Titan Challenge is an annual simulated business competition that this year took place virtually. We had two teams compete this year, the team consisting of Maggie McCafferty, Aedan Cole, Kassandra LoDico-Fern finished third in the state and the team consisting of Olga Burton and Aiden Dean finished first in the state. Way to go Islanders!

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

Weekly update from Mr. Cwikiel

Friday, April 30, 2021

Congrats to our CTE Students!

On Tuesday, the Char-Em Intermediate School District honored top Career Technology Education (CTE) students from the 11 school districts in the ISD. In this virtual ceremony, Adam Richards, Business Education, Science, and Technology (BEST) teacher honored Olga Burton and Jared Robert. Cody Randall, our Health Occupations instructor honored Zander Holmes and McKenna Turner. Congratulations Olga, Jared, Zander, and McKenna!  Thank you Mr. Randall and Mr. Richards!

Islanders Rise to the Titan Challenge!

Our BEST class, with special guest instructor and Titan Challenge Coach Veteran Ms. Connie Boyle, today competed with other students across the state in the Titan Challenge! The Titan Challenge is an annual simulated business competition that this year took place virtually. We had two teams compete this year, the team consisting of Maggie McCafferty, Aedan Cole, Kassandra LoDico-Fern finished third in the state and the team consisting of Olga Burton and Aiden Dean finished first in the state. Way to go Islanders!

AP Exams Next Week!

BICS has a robust offering of Advanced Placement Courses. Next week, our Juniors and Seniors will be taking the Calculus, Government, and English exams. AP students--we really appreciate you taking on these challenging courses! Study smartly and get a lot of sleep this weekend!

Lids on Kids!

We still have helmets of all sizes available free of charge for any BICS student. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Cwikiel. In the meantime, please remind your children about safe biking strategies, including riding on the right side of the road with the direction of traffic, obeying all traffic laws, no erratic riding in the road, looking and signaling before turning, wearing a helmet and shoes, not wearing headphones, and staying alert at all times.

Student Council Movie Night!

The BICS is sponsoring an exclusive movie night next Friday for BICS students only! For the PreK-6th graders, Abominable starts at 8:00 pm. For the 7-12 graders, Maze Runner will start at 9:45 pm (or so). The movies will be shown on the soccer field…bring your masks, snacks, and blankets to keep you warm.

Beaver Island Community Vaccination Clinic—Second Dose Pfizer, Tuesday, May 4th

The next vaccination clinic planned to administer the second dose is Tuesday, May 4th. If you have not gotten your first dose and still want to get vaccinated, go to the Health Department of Northwest Michigan’s website (http://www.nwhealth.org) to schedule yourself for the next available clinic on the mainland. We will have school in-person on this day like our last clinic.

Mark Your Calendar for End of the Year Activities!

Although we are still planning the details of our end of the year activities in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, here are some dates of activities that we want you to put on your calendar! As these are planned, we will have more information regarding specific timing, location, and attendance protocols.

·         May 11—Sports Awards

·         May 21—Island Cleanup (Noon to 3:20 pm)

·         May 28—Track and Field Day (Noon to 3:20 pm)

·         May 31—No School—Memorial Day

·         June 3—Academic Awards (3:00 pm)

·         June 5—Junior-Senior Celebration “Bash”

·         June 10th-11th—Half Days/Exam Days

·         June 11th—Last Day of School

·         June 12th—Senior Parade (12:30) and Graduation Ceremony (1:00 pm)

“Vacc” to Normal!

Sure, vaccines are an important part returning back to normal, but since so many of our students are not yet eligible for vaccines, we need to continue our vigilance to wear masks, social distance, and wash hands so that we can keep our kids healthy. So, fellow Islanders, keep on being safe—we have been very fortunate so far to have so few cases impact our school…let’s keep it that way! 

Have a Great Weekend

Deb Pomorski
BICS Secretary


by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

April 30, 2021

Right now at 6:30 am on Carlisle Road it is 37 degrees with the wind from the W at 5 mph. Humidity is at 88%. Pressure is 29.92. It is cloudy with visibility at ten miles. Our rain gauge shows just under a tenth of inch of rain yesterday.
Now, I don't know if the previous post got posted or not. We are off today for
Phyllis Gregg Moore
laser radiation for a tumor in her brain.
Joseph Moore
has two medical appointments to try to figure out why vision is such a challenge. The inability to read music and the difficulty in typing and reading the computer has become quite frustrating. That's why it is not know if the first post was posted.
TODAY, it is expected to have clouds giving way to sunshine in the afternoon. The high will be near 50 degrees. Winds will be from the NNW at 10 tp 20 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies in the evening then becoming cloudy after midnight.There is a slight chance of rain. The low will be in the mid-30's. Winds will switch from the NW to the SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for rain showers early with some sunshine later in the day. The high will be in the lower 50's. Winds will be from the SSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. Higher wind gust are certainly possible.
On April 30, 1945, holed up in a bunker under his headquarters in Berlin, Adolf Hitler commits suicide by swallowing a cyanide capsule and shooting himself in the head. Soon after, Germany unconditionally surrendered to the Allied forces, ending Hitler’s dreams of a “1,000-year” Reich.
Since at least 1943, it was becoming increasingly clear that Germany would fold under the pressure of the Allied forces. In February of that year, the German 6th Army, lured deep into the Soviet Union, was annihilated at the Battle of Stalingrad, and German hopes for a sustained offensive on both fronts evaporated. Then, in June 1944, the Western Allied armies landed at Normandy, France, and began systematically to push the Germans back toward Berlin. By July 1944, several German military commanders acknowledged their imminent defeat and plotted to remove Hitler from power so as to negotiate a more favorable peace. Their attempts to assassinate Hitler failed, however, and in his reprisals, Hitler executed over 4,000 fellow countrymen.
In January 1945, facing a siege of Berlin by the Soviets, Hitler withdrew to his bunker to live out his final days. Located 55 feet under the chancellery, the shelter contained 18 rooms and was fully self-sufficient, with its own water and electrical supply. Though he was growing increasingly mad, Hitler continued to give orders and meet with such close subordinates as Hermann Goering, Heinrich Himmler and Josef Goebbels. He also married his long-time mistress Eva Braun just one day before his suicide.
In his last will and testament, Hitler appointed Admiral Karl Donitz as head of state and Goebbels as chancellor. He then retired to his private quarters with Braun, where he and Braun poisoned themselves and their dogs, before Hitler then also shot himself with his service pistol.

Hitler and Braun’s bodies were hastily cremated in the chancellery garden, as Soviet forces closed in on the building. When the Soviets reached the chancellery, they removed Hitler’s ashes, continually changing their location so as to prevent Hitler devotees from creating a memorial at his final resting place. Only eight days later, on May 8, 1945, the German forces issued an unconditional surrender, leaving Germany to be carved up by the four Allied powers.


dross; noun; (DRAHSS)
1 : the scum or unwanted material that forms on the surface of molten metal
2 : waste or foreign matter : impurity
Did You Know?
Dross has been a part of the English language since Anglo-Saxon times. It comes from the Old English word drōs, meaning "dregs," those solid materials that fall to the bottom of a containerfull of a liquid such as coffee or wine. While dross today is used to refer to anything of low value or quality, its earliest use is technical: dross is a metallurgy term referring to solid scum that forms on the surface of a metal when it is molten or melting—remove the dross to improve the metal. The metallurgical sense of the word is often hinted at in its general use, with dross set in contrast to gold, as when 19th century British poet Christina Rossetti wrote "Besides, those days were golden days, / Whilst these are days of dross."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver Island Historical Society Deservess Applause

April 29, 2021

In the recent past, the BIHS has come up with an amazing solution to the current COVID problems of gatherings of people by making Zoom meetings with some pretty terrific presnters.

Dianna Stampler ~ Ladies of the Lights

BIO:  Since 1997, Dianna has been presenting lively and upbeat programs about the area’s historic lighthouses, ghost towns, islands and other unique destinations and activities in her home state of Michigan. Dianna is a passionate professional speaker, with a degree in communications from Western Michigan University and 20+ years experience in radio broadcasting and public speaking.

An established freelance writer, Dianna is a regular contributor to Michigan Blue Magazine and Grand Rapids Family Magazine, Michigan Home & Lifestyle Magazine and has also been published in Michigan Living, Michigan Travel Ideas, Lake Michigan Circle Tour & Lighthouse Guide, Country Lines, Tasters Guild International and Grand Rapids Magazine, among others.

She is a member of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, Great Lake Lighthouse Keepers Association, Michigan Maritime Museum, Historical Society of Michigan and is on the board of the Michigan Hemingway Society. She also sits on the Ferris State University Hospitality Advisory Board, is publicist for the Michigan Brewers Guild and is Executive Director of both the Kent County Hospitality Association and Michigan Craft Distillers Association. Over the years, she’s been involved in countless organizations such as the Michigan One Room Schoolhouse Association, Allegan County Tourist Council, Michigan Culinary Tourism Alliance and Downtown Market Grand Rapids Board.


In honor of Women's History Month the Historical Society hosted: Ladies of the Lights on Sunday, March 21, 2021 @ 4 PM.

Ladies of the Lights: They were women before their time, taking on the romantic, yet dangerous and physically demanding job of tending to the beacons that protected the shoreline. In all, some 40 women have been identified who excelled in this profession over the years — dating back as early as the 1840s and as recent as present day. Nearly 70 images of keepers, their families and their lights make up this presentation. The program includes readings from newspapers and autobiographies, as well as handouts including the list of featured ladies and additional reading references for attendees.

View video of this presentation HERE

Keewaydinoquay of Garden Island: A Story of Hope and Healing by Sara Warber, MD. Sara L. Warber, MD, Clinical Professor Emerita of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan, who studied and sometimes lived with Keewaydinoquay over fourteen years while also training to become a physician. Grandmother Kee, as she was known to the people who gathered around her on Garden Island and elsewhere, generously shared her life-changing perspectives with all who came to her with an open heart. On Earth Day 2021, you are invited to dip into this story of teacher and student, intergenerational friendship, and Nature's gifts of healing. ** J

Please use swarber@umich.edu,  The website is www.mutualreawakening.org 

View video of this presentation HERE

Both of these impressive presentations included a question and answer period at the end with the attendees able to ask questions and make comments. The presentations impressed this editor, both in content and completeness. Great job, BIHS!

Caitlin Marie Boyle

April 7, 1991 ~ March 12, 2021 (age 29)

Caitlin Marie Boyle, 29, passed away at her home on Beaver Island, MI on March 12, 2021, in the loving arms of her parents, Neal and Connie Boyle. Caitlin holds a special place in the hearts of her godparents Daniel Morris (Uncle Mo) Boyle and Aunt Debbie Slack, all her many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Caitlin is proceeded in death by her grandparents Jack and Bea (O’Donnell) Boyle and Guy (Ted) and Mary Ann Bendewald, Aunts Sharon, Grace, Kathy and Uncles Neil, John, Ray and Pat.

Caitlin was born April 7, 1991 and grew up on Beaver Island.  She attended Beaver Island Community School and was a volleyball player, horse woman and lover of all animals. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Sciences at Michigan State University. While at MSU Caitlin was a member of the MSU Ballroom Dance Team, Rodeo Club, Russian Club and more. Caitlin went on to work in the Michigan State Senate and House of Representatives in Constituent Relations and as a Legislative Aide. She was very happy for the chance to work on legislation that helped protect animals. After leaving the House, Caitlin went back to MSU and started studying for a second degree to become a Veterinary Technician, while working full time as a Veterinary Assistant at Lane Animal Clinic in Chelsea, MI. 

Caitlin cared about others more than herself. After her diagnosis, she started a fundraising program to help find a cure for Pediatric brain cancer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Build a Cure for Brain Cancer and sent to P.O. Box 242, Beaver Island, MI 49782 (For more information on the program see Facebook)

There will be a Memorial Mass held in her honor at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island, Wednesday, June 30th at 11 a.m. with Fr. Peter Wigton and Fr. Pat Cawley concelebrating.  

Arrangements are in the care of Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  Please sign her online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.

The family kindly asks that all donations only be made to the Build a Cure for Brain Cancer at Box 242, Beaver Island, MI 49782. We need to try to save the next person's child.

Beaver Island Transportation Authority
Regular Board Meeting

Has been rescheduled from Tuesday May 11, 2021 to
Tuesday May 4, 2021@12 noon

View Agenda HERE

May 2021 Edition of the Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter

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May 2 & 9 – Pastor Gene Drenth
May 16 – Pastor Greg Steere
May 23 – Pastor Dave Martin
May 30 – Pastor Lee Bracey


by Cindy Ricksgers

X is Still a Verb

by Cindy Ricksgers

What In the World

by Cindy Ricksger

BITA Transportation Plan Update

The Beaver Island Transportation Authority (BITA) was awarded a grant through the Michigan Department of Transportation Metropolitan Transportation Planning and State and Non-Metropolitan Planning and Research Program for a study to update BITA’s transportation plan. The last study was completed in 2004. Mp2planning LLC has been selected to complete the project.
BITA is the owner of the M/V Emerald Isle. The vessel was launched in 1997 and provides scheduled ferry service from Charlevoix to Beaver Island. BITA has an agreement with the Beaver Island Boat Company (BIBCO) to operate the vessel through early 2023. BITA provides dollars sought through federal and state programs for vessel maintenance and support equipment for the operation.
Mp2planning will be conducting surveys and produce a final report to include: Surveys of those using the ferry service (Island residents, property owners, and others) to determine customer needs and increase ridership. Mp2planning will also evaluate the BITA and BIBCO organizational structure, passenger fare rates, and future infrastructure needs. Two public meetings will be held June 24th. The first at 10:00 AM at the Beaver Island Community Center and the second at 6:00 PM at the Font Lake Park (be sure to bring a lawn chair). Mp2planning will also meet with various business owners and community leaders on an ad hoc basis. These surveys, public meetings, and individual meetings will allow Mp2planning LLC to explain the process of updating the plan and ensure public input. A final report will be completed by late fall.
Any questions can be directed to Mary Cook, Executive Director, Beaver Island Transportation Authority, 231/448/3049.

BIESA Meeting Documents

April 29, 2021, at 2 p.m.

BIEMS AMENDED 20-21-PROPOSED2021-2022 BUDGET 04-28-21 (1)





BIFD FINAL BUDGET 2020-2021 AMENDED PROPOSED 2021-2022 4-28-21

Weather by Joe

April 27, 2021

Right now on Carlisle Road at 7:30 a.m., it is 38 degree. The pressure is 29.72 with visibility of ten miles. It is partly cloudy right now. The dew point is 34 degrees with humidity at 92%. We had 2/3 of an inch of rain yesterday.
TODAY, it is expected to continue with cloudy skies and have periods of rain. The high will be in the upper 40's. Winds wil be from the ENE at10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for rain with a low near 40. Winds will be from the NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 80% with accumulation up to a half inch.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for showers in the morning with cloudy skies in the afternoon. The will be in the lower 50's. Winds will be from the NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.
On April 27, 1773, the British Parliament passes the Tea Act, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company from bankruptcy by greatly lowering the tea tax it paid to the British government and, thus, granting it a de facto monopoly on the American tea trade. Because all legal tea entered the colonies through England, allowing the East India Company to pay lower taxes in Britain also allowed it to sell tea more cheaply in the colonies. Even untaxed Dutch tea, which entered the colonies illegally through smuggling, was more expensive the East India tea, after the act took effect.
British Prime Minister, Frederick, Lord North, who initiated the legislation, thought it impossible that the colonists would protest cheap tea; he was wrong. Many colonists viewed the act as yet another example of taxation tyranny, precisely because it left an earlier duty on tea entering the colonies in place, while removing the duty on tea entering England.
When three tea ships carrying East India Company tea, the Dartmouth, the Eleanor and the Beaver, arrived in Boston Harbor, the colonists demanded that the tea be returned to England. After Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused to send back the cargo, Patriot leader Samuel Adams organized the so-called Boston Tea Party with about 60 members of the radically anti-British Sons of Liberty. On December 16, 1773, the Patriots boarded the British ships disguised as Mohawk Indians and dumped the tea chests, valued then at £18,000 (nearly $1 million in today’s money), into the water.
Parliament, outraged by the Boston Tea Party and other blatant acts of destruction of British property, enacted the Coercive Acts, known to colonists as the Intolerable Acts, the following year. The Coercive Acts closed Boston to merchant shipping, established formal British military rule in Massachusetts, made British officials immune to criminal prosecution in America and required colonists to quarter British troops. The colonists subsequently called the first Continental Congress to consider a united American resistance to what they saw as British oppression.
rococo; adjective; (ruh KOH koh)_
1 a : of or relating to an artistic style especially of the 18th century characterized by fanciful curved asymmetrical forms and elaborate ornamentation
b : of or relating to an 18th century musical style marked by light gay ornamentation and departure from thoroughbass and polyphony
2 : excessively ornate or intricate
Did You Know?
In the 18th century, French artists rebelled against the ponderousness of baroque style and began to create light, delicate interior decorations, furniture, and architectural elements characterized by fanciful, curved, asymmetrical forms and elaborate ornamentation. The name of their new style, rococo, has been traced to the French rocaille, a term that evoked the ornamental use of rock and shell forms. In time, rococo was also applied to similarly ornamented and intimate styles of painting and music. But all fashions fade, and by the mid-1800s the rococo style was deemed excessively ornate and out-of-date. Now rococo is often used with mild disdain to describe the overly elaborate.

Weather by Joe

April 26, 2021
Right now on Carlisle Road at 8:00 a.m., it is 34 degrees. The pressure is 30.22 with visibility of 3 miles. It is cloudy with a dewpoint of 24 degrees with 68% relative humidity. Night before last we got a third of an inch of rain.
TODAY, it is expected that snow will mix with rain at times and the high will be near 40 degrees. Wind will be from the ESE at 10 to 20 mph. There is a 100% chance of precipitation with a possible accumulation of one to three inches of snow.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for rain/snow diminishing toward morning. The low will be in the mid-30;s. Winds from the ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for continued cloudiness with possible rain in the afternoon. The high will be near 50.The wind will be from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.
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.
epicure; noun (EP-ih-kyur)
: one with sensitive and discriminating tastes especially in food or wine
Did You Know?
The word epicure is currently associated with indulging the appetite, but that is a long way from the teachings of the man to whom we owe the word. The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus taught a philosophy of simple pleasure, friendship, and a secluded life. He believed in the pursuit of pleasure, but pleasure for him comprised tranquility and freedom from pain—not the indulgence of the senses. Detractors of Epicurus in his own time and later, however, reduced his notions of pleasure to material and sensual gratification. When epicure entered English in the 16th century, it was synonymous with the modern term hedonist; later use carried the notion of refinement of palate that we see in the word today.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Contrast Morning and Afternoon Harbor Skies

April 25, 2021

Both of the following pictures were taken from approximately the same spot. One was taken this morning around 9:30, and the other was taken this afternoon at approximately 5 p.m. It is truly amazing that the skiy looks so different as well as the water, and the Whiskey Point buildings. These were both taken today, Sunday, the 25th.

Morning .......versus..........Afternoon

Christian Church Service

April 25, 2021

View video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

April 25, 2021

The reader was Bill McDonough. The celebrant was Father Peter Wigton.

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Weather by Joe

April 25, 2021

Right now on Carlisle Road, it is 31 degrees, feels like 27. BRR! The pressure is 29.98 with visibility of ten miles. It's cloudy. The dewpoint is 23 degrees with relative humidity of 70%.
TODAY, it is expected to have morning clouds give way to afternoon sunshine. The high will be 43 degrees. Winds will still be cool from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies becoming overcast. The will be near 30 degrees. Winds will be from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with afternoon showers. The high will be in the lower 40's. Winds will be from the SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.
Daniel Defoe’s fictional work The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe is published. The book, about a shipwrecked sailor who spends 28 years on a deserted island, is based on the experiences of shipwreck victims and of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor who spent four years on a small island off the coast of South America in the early 1700s.
Like his hero Crusoe, Daniel Defoe was an ordinary, middle-class Englishman, not an educated member of the nobility like most writers at the time. Defoe established himself as a small merchant but went bankrupt in 1692 and turned to political pamphleteering to support himself. A pamphlet he published in 1702 satirizing members of the High Church led to his arrest and trial for seditious libel in 1703. He appealed to powerful politician Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford, who had him freed from Newgate prison and who hired him as a political writer and spy to support his own views. To this end, Defoe set up the Review, which he edited and wrote from 1704 to 1713. It wasn’t until he was nearly 60 that he began writing fiction. His other works include Moll Flanders (1722) and Roxana (1724). He died in London in 1731, one day before the 12th anniversary of Robinson Crusoe’s publication.
clandestine; adjective; (lan-DESS-tun)
: marked by, held in, or conducted with secrecy : surreptitious
Did You Know?
In 1658, the English poet John Milton wrote of "clandestine Hostility cover'd over with the name of Peace." Today, clandestine is used in much the same way. The word often substitutes for secret and covert, and it is commonly applied to actions that involve secrecy maintained for an evil, illicit, or unauthorized purpose. It comes to English by way of Middle French, from Latin clandestinus, which is itself from Latin clam, meaning "secretly."
(From Merriam Webster and history dot com)


by Cindy Ricksgers

Spring Deer Movement

April 23, 2021

Normally, the deer pictures would go into a gallery, and a link to the gallery would be posted here. Instead, the pictures were put into a video with music added from the "On the Beach of Beaver Island" album, with the song "Over the Waves."

View the video HERE

Technology Is Great WHEN It Works!

April 24, 2021

An Editorial by Joe Moore

Let's start this off with BOO, BAH HUMBUG! This morning the computer seems to have decided that the programs purchased over the Internet previously would not work. The message was "Buy Now" or "Buy Later." Now, thinking that the facts of the matter were that the programs had previously been purchased from Cleveridge, that it should be a simple matter to just go back, redownload the program, enter the proper code and then just get the job done. Well, that was a pipe dream!

The Internet website said that I did in fact own the program, but it would not allow me to download it again. This seemed quite strange, so I went back in the emails trying to find the download links. The company links no longer worked. Apparently the company was purchased by another company named "Progress." So I went to that website, registered, spent over an hour trying to find a download link or someway to get the program I needed on the computer so it would operate. One page lead to another page, and finally said that I owned the program already, but there was no record of it when I tried to download it again.

I tried calling the support numbers, and they are not open on the weekend. I joined the support group re-registered the program after re-purchasing the program, so that I would be registered with the new company. It didn't help at all. So, now after spending another half hour going through the process, after having purchased the program twice, I'm not listed as owning any software at all with this company. Apparently the company's website does not update on the weekends either.

Now this wouldn't be such a big issue, if the program wasn't absolutely needed to post items to this website.

So, the next half hour was spent searching for another program that could do the same thing. It's name is Filezilla. So, I know I had purchased this one a long time ago, but figured I'd buy it again, just to make sure that I could bet it downloaded quickly. So, I purchased that program as well. Then I waited and waited for an email that provided the link. It didn't come, and it didn't come. So, I went back out to find a free version of the same program, and whall-ah, it dowloaded immediately. Now, to just get it registered, and get the website updated. I had to wait for another email, and, by this time, I was getting a little perturbed.

The last step is to go find another FTP program, and I finally did find a free version of Filezilla, and it worked to update the website. Not sure how long this free version will work, but I'll be contacting these companies early next week to find out why my purchases are not easily accessible. Two and a half hours after the Weather by Joe was ready to be posted, it finally posted with a free version of an FTP program, and I now own three licenses for FTP programs that I can't access at this time.

Technology at it's finest? I think not. Technology is great when it works, but not so much when it doesn't work. Now, on to do what I tried to do earlier.

Weather by Joe

April 24, 2021

This morning on Carlisle Road it is 42 degrees at 8:-00 a.m. The relative humidity is 85$, /tge oressyre us 28.83. Visibility is ten miles. There is sunshine right now, but clouds are out there too.
TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with occasional rain during the afternoon. The high will be in the low 50's. Wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.
TONIGHT, it is forecast cloudy skies with occasional rain. The low will be around 30 degrees. Wind switches to the NW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for morning clouds giving way to sunshine in the afternoon. The high will be in the lower 40's. Winds will be from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph.
On April 24, 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.
impresario; noun (im-pruh-SAHR-ee-oh)
1 : the promoter, manager, or conductor of an opera or concert company
2 : a person who puts on or sponsors an entertainment (such as a television show or sports event)
3 : manager, director
Did You Know?
English borrowed impresario directly from Italian, whose noun impresa means "undertaking." A close relative is the English word emprise ("an adventurous, daring, or chivalric enterprise"), which, like impresario, traces back to the Latin verb prehendere, meaning "to seize." (That verb is also the source of apprehend, comprehend, and prehensile.) English speakers were impressed enough with impresario to borrow it in the 1700s, at first using it, as the Italians did, especially of opera company managers. It should be noted that, despite their apparent similarities, impress and impresario are not related. Impress is a descendant of the Latin pressare, a form of the verb premere, which means "to press."
(From Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Emerald Isle Irish Festival Statement Concerning the 2021 Féile

Irish Festival Canceled for 2021, but scheduled for 2022

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by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

April 23, 2021

Right now on Carlisle Road, it is partly cloudy with sunshine peeking through at 8:30 a.m. The pressure is 29.99 with visibility of ten miles. The dewpoint is 35 degrees, and relative humidity is 72%.
TODAY, it is expected to become overcast with a high in the lower 50's. Wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.
TONIIGHT, it is forecast for a few clouds with a low near 40 degrees. Winds will continue from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with occassional showers for the afternoon. High will be near 50. Winds will decrease from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.
ON THIS DAY-King Brian of Ireland murdered by Vikings
Brian Boru, the high king of Ireland, is assassinated by a group of retreating Norsemen shortly after his Irish forces defeated them.
Brian, a clan prince, seized the throne of the southern Irish state of Dal Cais from its Eoghanacht rulers in 963. He subjugated all of Munster, extended his power over all of southern Ireland, and in 1002 became the high king of Ireland. Unlike previous high kings of Ireland, Brian resisted the rule of Ireland’s Norse invaders, and after further conquests his rule was acknowledged across most of Ireland. As his power increased, relations with the Norsemen on the Irish coast grew increasingly strained. In 1013, Sitric, king of the Dublin Norse, formed an alliance against Brian, featuring Viking warriors from Ireland, the Hebrides, the Orkneys, and Iceland, as well as soldiers of Brian’s native Irish enemies.
On April 23, 1014, Good Friday, forces under Brian’s son Murchad met and annihilated the Viking coalition at the Battle of Clontarf, near Dublin. After the battle, a small group of Norsemen, flying from their defeat, stumbled on Brian’s tent, overcame his bodyguards, and murdered the elderly king. Victory at Clontarf broke Norse power in Ireland forever, but Ireland largely fell into anarchy after the death of Brian.
bogart; verb; (BOH-gar)
1 : to cause (someone) to do something by means of force or coercion : bully
2 : to use the entirety of or consume without sharing
Did You Know?
The legendary film actor Humphrey Bogart was known for playing a range of tough characters in a series of films throughout the 1940s and 1950s, including The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and The African Queen. The men he portrayed often possessed a cool, hardened exterior that occasionally let forth a suggestion of romantic or idealistic sentimentality. Bogart also had a unique method of smoking cigarettes in these pictures—letting the butt dangle from his mouth without removing it until it was almost entirely consumed. It is believed that this habit inspired the current meaning of bogart, which was once limited to the phrase "Don't bogart that joint [=marijuana cigarette]," as popularized by a song on the soundtrack to the film Easy Rider. Today, bogart can be applied to hogging almost anything.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


On May 25th the Historical Society will have a meeting with the family historians who are writing a family chapter for an upcoming edition of the Beaver Island Journals of History. This is an opportunity to network with the other authors and find answers to your questions about pictures, chapter/word counts and other related topics.
Please call or email the museum (info below for the museum) or contact Jacque LaFreniere to confirm your interest in attending. Limited seating available, if needed the society will schedule other dates as well.
DATE: May 25, 2021
TIME: 5-7 PM
WHERE: Print Shop Conference Room
Lori Taylor-Blitz, Executive Director
Beaver Island Historical Society
PO Box 263
Beaver Island MI 49782


April 22, 2021

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Northern Lights Conference
Boys Basketball
All Conference

1st Team
Sr.  Micah Bailey, Maplewood Baptist ---- 68 pts. (Player of the year)
Sr. Joe Larson, Hannahville ---- 48 pts.
Sr.  Elisha Richards, Beaver Island ---- 47 pts.
Sr.  Dominic Bonnee, Maplewood Baptist ---- 37 pts.
Sr. Nick Exelby, Munising Baptist ---- 36 pts.
2nd Team
Jr.  Marquis Harmon, Ojibwe Charter ---- 32 pts.
Sr. Travis Johnson, Big Bay de Noc ---- 28 pts.
Sr. Mason Thunder, Hannahville ---- 28 pts.
Sr. Quintan DeLaat, Beaver Island ---- 20 pts.
So.  Ryan Swift, Munising Baptist ---- 13 pts.

Honorable Mention
Sr.  Zander Holmes, Beaver Island
Jr.   Josh Sullivan, Maplewood Baptist
Jr.   William (Billy) Parish, Ojibwe Charter
Jr.   Dominic Morse, Mackinac Island
Fr.  Joel Gillespie, Big Bay de Noc

Timeout for Art: Side Hustle

by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

April 22, 2021

Right now on Carlisle Road, Beaver Island, it is 32 degrees at 8:00 a.m. The relative humidity is 80%. The oressure is 29,93. It is partly cloudy with visibility of ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to be generally sunny for the afternoon as cloud slowly 0decrease. The high will be in the mid-40's. Winds will be from the WSW at 10 to 20 mph.
TONIGJT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low of 38 degrees. Winds will be from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.
TOMORROW. it os forecast for a few clouds in the morning with cloudy skies in the afternoon. The high will be in the low 50's. Winds will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.
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 2021—the 51st anniversary—is celebrated on April 22.
ebullient; adjective; (ih-BULL-yunt
1 : boiling, agitated
2 : characterized by ebullience : having or showing liveliness and enthusiasm
Did You Know?
Someone who is ebullient is bubbling over with enthusiasm, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that ebullient derives from the Latin verb ebullire, which means "to bubble out." When ebullient was first used in the late 1500s its meaning hewed closely to its Latin source: ebullient meant "boiling" or "bubbling," and described things like boiling water and boiling oil. Only later did the word's meaning broaden to encompass emotional agitation as well as the roiling of a boiling liquid.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


by Cindy Ricksgers

From the Library

April 21, 2021

Pre-Summer Paperback Sale

Collaborative Summer Library Program

Request for Proposals
April 19, 2021
Beaver Island Community School
 (231) 448-2744

Lawn Maintenance Bid
2021 Mowing Season

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April 21, 2021

Hello friends,

The Charlevoix County Commission on Aging on Beaver Island upcoming events for May.

May is almost here and the Charlevoix County Senior Center site coordinators are planning some fun activities at all their locations throughout Charlevoix County.

On Beaver Island my plan is to begin May with a Garden Meditation (weather permitting). The meditation will be at noon on May 3. We will meet at the Commission on Aging office and then walk to the nearby gardens where I escape for my lunch during the summer months. The meditation is just a chance for participants to reflect on the natural beauty of spring. Bring a lunch if you want this meditation can be done any way you feel comfortable with (sit quietly, chat with a close friend, or find your Zen and enjoy the outdoors.

Also on May 3, the Beaver Island C.O.A. scavenger hunt will begin. A clue or clues will be given for Commission on Aging clients to seek out and find a hidden item or items in and around town. Successful scavenger hunters receive Lucky Bucks to redeem for meal vouchers to be used at Dalwhinnie or the Shamrock.

Window Herb growing sessions are available May 3, 10 and 17. Sing up at the Beaver Island C.O.A. and get tips to grow fresh herbs inside your home. 

On May 5, Cinco De Mayo Bingo. The game begins at 1 p.m. at the Beaver Island Historical Society Print Shop Museum. Call to reserve one of the limited spots and have some bingo fun.

May is also National Salad Month and COA clients are encouraged to share a favorite healthy salad recipe at 1 p.m. at the Print Shop Museum on Friday’s May 7 and May 14.  Celebrate May by turning over a new leaf and incorporating a variety of salads into your diet. Call 448-2124 for more information.

At 1 p.m. on Wednesday’s May 12, May 19 and May 26 join me for some chair yoga at the Print Shop Museum. Limited spots for Chair Yoga, call 448-2124.

On May 20, it is National Be a Millionaire Day. To observe the day there I have planned an activity where we are all millionaires for a day. Call 448-2124 or stop by the C.O.A. office for more information.

The Beaver Island Historical Society and C.O.A Blast from the Past photo ID event will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 7 at the Print Shop Museum. Call 448-2124 or 448-2254 to reserve a spot.

Grace and peace be with you,

Lonnie Allen

Site Coordinator, Beaver Island COA

Charlevoix County Beaver Island

Building coordinator/Maintenance assistant

(231) 448-2124


Beaver Haven Tales #9

by Glen Hendrix

The Beaver Haven Tales by Glen Hendrix come to an end with the following tale number nine about the Beaver Island Lumber Company Whistle.

The Whistle

The old Beaver Island Lumber Company saw mill used to be located where the Beaver Haven Marina was. There was still lots of junk laying around from the old sawmill. On of our least favorite jobs was to use a sledge hammer to bust up the concrete foundations of the mill. Phil fixed up an old diesel engine he said came from the mill.

There was also an old steam whistle at the marina that I think was salvaged from the saw mill. I had never heard an old steam whistle.before and.I was curious to hear what it sounded like. One Sunday I took the whistle to the shop where there was an air compressur used to inflate tires. I heald the whistle in one hand, stuck the air hose in the whistle with the other hand, and opened the air valve. That old whistle still worked----and it was REALLY loud! I was so startled I dropped the whistle. They sound much better from a safe distance.


April 20, 2021

The beauty of a Beaver Island sunset has many viewers on some nights. On April 20th, only one other car was out at Donegal Bay to view this sunset.

View a gallery of photos HERE

Weather by Joe

April 21, 2021

Well, the bird baths all have a covering of ice this morning. The temperature at 8:30 a.m. is 32 degrees. The sun is shing and the birds are singing and flitting allover around the feeders. The pressure is 30.00 with visibility of ten miles. The humidity is 60%.
TODAY, it is expected to be somewhat cloudy with a high in the upper 30's. The wind will be from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for some clouds giving way to clear skies. The low sill be near thirty. Wind will be from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for some clouds in the morning, but sunny skies for the afternoon. The high will be in the upper 40's. Wind will switch to the WSW at 10 to 20 mph.
In the well-trafficked skies above the Somme River in France, Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the notorious German flying ace known as the Red Baron,” is killed by Allied fire on April 21, 1918.
Richthofen, the son of a Prussian nobleman, switched from the German army to the Imperial Air Service in 1915. By 1916, he was terrorizing the skies over the Western Front in an Albatross biplane, downing 15 enemy planes by the end of the year, including one piloted by British flying ace Major Lanoe Hawker. In 1917, Richthofen surpassed all flying-ace records on both sides of the Western Front and began using a Fokker triplane, painted entirely red in tribute to his old cavalry regiment. Although only used during the last eight months of his career, it was this aircraft with which Richthofen was most commonly associated and that led to an enduring English nickname for the German pilot—the Red Baron.
On April 21, 1918, with 80 victories under his belt, Richthofen led his squadron of triplanes deep into Allied territory in France on a search for British observation aircraft. The flight drew the attention of an Allied squadron led by Canadian Royal Air Force pilot Captain Arthur Roy Brown. As Richthofen pursued a plane piloted by Brown’s compatriot, Wilfred R. May, the Red Baron ventured too far into enemy territory and too low to the ground. Two miles behind the Allied lines, just as Brown caught up with Richthofen and fired on him, the chase passed over an Australian machine-gun battery, whose riflemen opened fire. Richthofen was hit in the torso; though he managed to land his plane alongside the road from Corbie to Bray, near Sailley-le-Sac, he was dead by the time Australian troops reached him. Brown is often given credit for downing Richthofen from the air, though some claimed it was actually an Australian gunner on the ground who fired the fatal shot; debate continues to this day.
Manfred von Richthofen was buried by the Allies in a small military cemetery in Bertangles, France, with full military honors. He was 25 years old at the time of his death. His body was later moved to a larger cemetery at Fricourt. In 1925, it was moved again, at the behest of his brother, Karl Bolko, this time to Berlin, where he was buried at Invaliden Cemetery in a large state funeral. In a time of wooden and fabric aircraft, when 20 air victories ensured a pilot legendary status, the Red Baron downed 80 enemy aircraft and went down in history as one of the greatest heroes to emerge from World War I on either side of the conflict.
touchstone; noun; (TUTCH-stohn)
1 : a fundamental or quintessential part or feature : basis
2 : a test or criterion for determining the quality or genuineness of a thing
3 : a black siliceous stone related to flint and used to test the purity of gold and formerly silver by the streak left on the stone when rubbed by the metal
Did You Know?
Since the early 16th century, touchstone has referred to a particular kind of siliceous stone (that is, stone containing silica) used to do a particular job: determine the purity of precious metals. The process involves comparing marks made by rubbing a sample of a metal of known purity to marks made by a metal of unknown purity. The method is accurate enough in the case of determining the purity of gold that it is still in use today. Figurative use extended from this literal use, with touchstone functioning as a word for a test or criterion to determine the quality of a thing, and later to refer to a fundamental or quintessential part or feature of something.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Waste Management Meeting

April 20, 2021, at 1 p.m.

WMC Agenda

View video of the meeting HERE

COVID Update from Bishop Hurley of Gaylord Diocese

April 20, 2021

There are several new updates I want to highlight:

We must continue to keep our churches safe, and at the same time, gradually return to good liturgical practices.

I trust these comments and adjustments to our protocols will be useful to you and serve our people.


BICS Lunch Menu and Senior Order Form for May 2021

April 20, 2021

The school lunch menu and order forms are available here for anyone interested in reserving lunch, either in the school lunch program, or the BICOA senior lunch program.

May school menu

May school menu order form


by Cindy Ricksgers

Northern Lights Conference Girls Basketball
All Conference


1st Team
So. Alix Bleau, Big Bay de Noc ---- 56 pts. (Player of the year)
Fr. Chloe May, Maplewood Baptist ---- 49 pts.
Jr.  Halie Miller, Maplewood Baptist ---- 41pts.
Fr. Camryn Pederson, Big Bay de Noc ----- 33 pts.
7th  Jenessa Platt, Hannahville ---- 28 pts.

2nd Team
So.  Piper Jones, Big Bay de Noc ----- 20 pts.
Sr. Brooke Dziobak, Mackinac Island ---- 18 pts.
Sr.  Jessica LaFreniere, Beaver Island ---- 15 pts.
Sr.  Skylar Marsh, Beaver Island ---- 14 pts.
Fr. Kayley Annand, Ojibwe Charter ---- 13 pts.
Fr.  Aksana Chromy, Maplewood Baptist ---- 13 pts.
Sr.  Ella Cowell, Mackinac Island ---- 13 pts.

Honorable Mention
Fr.  Nonah Thompson, Ojibwe Charter ---- 11 pts.
Sr.  Char Sagataw, Hannahville ---- 6 pts.

Weather by Joe

April 20, 2021

Right now on Carlisle Road it is a chilly 30 degrees, feels like 29. The pressure is 29.97 with visbility of ten miles. The clouds are currently giving way to sunshine at 8:30 a.m. The dewpoint is 17 degrees, and relative humidity is 68%.
TODAY, it is expected for the clouds to give way to sunshine mixed with partly cloudy skies this afternoon. The high temperature will be 36 degrees. Winds will be from the NW at 10 to 20 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for a few passing clouds, but mostly clear. There is a hard freeze expected tonight. The will be in the mid-20's. Wind will be from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a high around 40 degrees. Winds will be from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.
President William McKinley asks Congress to declare war on Spain on April 20, 1898.
In 1895, Cuba, located less than 100 miles south of the United States, attempted to overthrow Spanish colonial rule. The rebels received financial assistance from private U.S. interests and used America as a base of operations from which to attack. The Spanish military responded with brutal force; approximately 100,000 Cuban civilians died in wretched conditions within Spanish concentration camps between 1895 and 1898. McKinley originally tried to avoid an armed conflict with Spain, but the American media, led by newspaper baron Randolph Hearst, lambasted McKinley as weak and whipped up popular sentiment for a war to give Cubans their independence.
On February 17, 1898, the battleship USS Maine, moored in Havana’s harbor, sank after being rocked by two explosions; 252 men onboard were killed. Hawks in the media and within the government immediately blamed Spain, and President McKinley, abandoning his hopes for neutrality in the Cuban-Spanish conflict, bowed to Congressional calls for war. (It was later discovered that the explosion was caused by the spontaneous ignition of faulty ammunitions onboard the Maine.)
Swift, successful naval battles in the Philippines and the army’s capture of Santiago and Puerto Rico, led by future President Theodore Roosevelt and his band of Rough Riders, ended what became known as the Spanish-American War in four months with relatively few casualties. The quick success boosted American confidence, leading to further intervention in foreign affairs in an attempt to liberate what were, in the eyes of the U.S. government, at least, oppressed nations yearning for democracy and independence. Although contemporaries of McKinley and Roosevelt called it a splendid little war, the Spanish-American War is now viewed by most historians as a war of American imperialism.
adulate; verb; (AJ-uh-layt)
1 a : to praise effusively and slavishly : flatter excessively : fawn upon
b : to pay homage to without exercising a critical sense of values
2 : to admire or be devoted to abjectly and excessively
Did You Know?
Man's best friend is often thought of in admiring terms as faithful and true, but there are also people who more clearly perceive the fawning and cringing aspect of doggishness. When the Romans used the Latin verb adūlārī to mean "to fawn on," they equated it with the behavior of a dog toward its master. The noun adulation—meaning "exhibition of excessive fondness" (similar in meaning but not etymologically related to adoration)—was first to develop in English, settling into the language in the 15th century. The adjective adulatory followed in the late 16th century (an adulatory speech, for example, is an excessively flattering one), and the verb adulate was being called into service by the early 17th century.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


In the Tree

April 19, 2021

Osprey in the tree checking out the photgrapher.

BICS Board Meeting

April 12. 2021, at 6:30 p.m.

View the board packet HERE

View video of this meeting HERE



St. James Township Public Works Committee

SJTPWCmin032421-Minutes March Meeting

SJTPWCagn042121-Agenda April Meeting

Two Woodpeckers

April 19, 2021

These two woodpeckers stopped by the Carlisle Road wildlife buffet to check things out today while the sun was shining. There have been many visitors to eat the corn in the turkey feeder, including ducks, squirrels, birds of many kinds, but the most interesting ones have been the two different kinds of woodpeckers. The differences are obvious in size and in coloring. It's just nice to see a variety of birds in the area.

The two visitors

Osprey on the Tower

April 18, 2021

This editor has been taking daily trips past the microwave tower on Sloptown Road, hoping that there might be an osprey return to the tower and another nesting of an osprey pair using the tower as the nesting location. Today at about 6:30 p.m., these pictures were taken showing one osprey on the tower. Here's hoping this osprey has a partner to come and nest in this location. There was no nesting there last year, but fingers crossed for this year.

Island Currents - The BIA Newsletter - Winter 2021

View a PDF of the newsletter HERE

Zoning on Beaver Island

January 11, 2021 (Updated on the 12th)

There is a move to attempt to match the Zoning Ordinance of Beaver Island to match the Master Plan for the Island. In this process, there is a lot of work to be completed. Before moving forward into this process, it is necessary to know where zoning is now before changing it. This Zoning Ordinance is getting a little old and does need work. The plan needs to be and island wide plan, not just a single township plan. Hopefully, both St. James and Peaine Townships will work together to accomplish the needed work.

The zoning ordinance is available online, but this website will make it available HERE for anyone interested. This was a joint zoning ordinance dated in 2004, There have been changes to the Peaine Township Zoning as well as the critical dune requirements. Peaine Zoning was redone in 2017 and their critical dune ordinance addition was done in 2018.

Peaine Township Codified Zoning Ordinance

Critical Dune Amendments & MDEQ Approval Letter 01-25-18

It may also be noted that part of St. James and Peaine Townships are in the Port of St. James Authority, and, if in this property in these areas, their information is important as well.

View PSJA info HERE


will hold its 2021 meetings on the following dates at 12:00 p.m. at the Beaver Island Airport

Feb 1st, April 19th, August 16th , and October 25th - 2021

Public Meeting Dates



St. James finance and pwc meeting dates 2020-2021

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


Search for Rental or Other

from Kelly Becker

ISO year-round rental options, land contract, rent-to-own, or fabulous home purchase options beginning late May, by June 1, 2021, needed. Please feel free to message me on Facebook Messenger, private message me, text or call me at 269-377-5049.


April 19, 2021

Hello friends,
Here is some information from the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging bi-weekly newsletter.
Senior Project Fresh 2021 will be starting soon and all 2020 participants will be receiving applications for the program.
What is Senior Project fresh? The Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH program is aimed at helping older adults eat healthier as they age.
• The program provides participants free nutrition counseling and $20 in coupons that can be exchanged for fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods sold at local farmers markets and roadside stands participating in the program.
• Residents who are age 60 or older with a total household income of $22,459 or less for an individual, or $30,451 for a couple, are eligible to apply for the program.
• Applicants must live in a county participating in the program. The program runs from May 1 to Oct. 31 each year.
• If you think you are eligible and would like to participate in the program, call 231-237-0103 or 231-448-2124 for more information.
The Basil project has started and the Beaver Island C.O.A. has a remaining 12 Basil kits for COA clients interested in growing some basil. The COA provides you with the grow your own basil kit, an extra 4.5-inch clay pot you can be creative with and transplant your basil with it when the plant outgrows the starter pot. I have all the information available now. Call 231-448-2124 for more information or stop by the Beaver Island C.O.A. office from 9 a.m.- noon Monday-Friday to pick up your free basil grow kit and information packet.
I have many more Beaver island Commission on Aging May announcements to make. Be sure to watch for them.

Wendy Anne Returns

April 18, 2021

The Wendy Anne pushing the barge returned to the island with a load for the transfer station and other building materials as well as the propane truck. The barge was full.

Veteran's Memorial Flags are Flying

April 19, 2021

This is just one more evidence of springtime here on Beaver Island. The Veteran's Memorial has the flags flying in the sunshine today. It's a great reminder of the sacrifices made by those who served our country.

Heron Returns

April 19, 2021

This heron has been on Barney's Lake for over a week, but has been quite shy, and immediately flies off as any human approaches, whether on foot or in a car. Yesterday, it was possible to capture the heron prior to its flying off to safety. The editor was not close, but too close for the heron's comfort. Luckily a zoom lens captured the bird before it flew to safety.

There have been other reported sightings of herons including one at Green's Lake and another at Miller's Marsh. Both were checked by the editor yesterday, but none were seen in these locations.

Weather by Joe

April 19, 2021

Right now on Carlisle Road, it is 38 degrees. The pressure is 29.94, and visibility is 9 miles. It is cloudy and rather dark for 8:30 a.m. The dewpoint is 37 degrees with relative humidity at 87%.
TODAY, it is expected to rain this morning with overcast skies this afternoon. The high will be in the lower 40's. Winds will be from the WNW at 15 to 25 mph. The chance of rain is 40%.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies. A low in the mid-20's..BRRRR... The wind will continue from the WNW at 15 to 25 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies, a high near 40, and winds from the NW at 10 to 20 mph.
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, 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.
chlamys; noun (KLAM-us)
: a short oblong mantle worn by young men of ancient Greece
Did You Know?
If you had been a man of ancient Greece, you'd likely have worn a chlamys from time to time. This cloak was a short, oblong mantle, typically made of dark wool, and worn draped over the left shoulder and fastened with a fibula at the right shoulder, leaving the right arm uncovered. The chlamys was popular especially among soldiers and messengers. Modern encounters with the chlamys are most likely to occur at museums where a statue of the messenger god Hermes or the Greco-Roman god Apollo might be seen garbed in such. As deities frequently on the move, these two would have appreciated the fact that the garment provided both protection from the elements and freedom of movement
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


A Great Lakes Jewell

Copyright 2007

This was a project of the Beaver Island Association. The video and pictures take us back to the times when John Works was the Peaine Supervisor, Don Vyse was the St. James Township Supervisor, and Bill Cashman was the Beaver Island Historical Society Director. It's great to see and hear these people, particularly those that are no longer with us. The kids are all grown up now. This is worth the time to watch the video.

View the video HERE

Potato Soup

by Cindy Ricksgers

From the Beaver Island Wildlife Club

April 19, 2021

The Beaver Island Wildlife Club has trees and shrubs available for Island property owners to plant for wildlife. We currently have Black Elderberry, American Plum and American Hazelnut. Coming soon will be some apple trees. Please contact Jacque for a availability and to pick up. 231-448-2220. P.S. I will not hold trees or shrubs beyond a couple of days. So make arrangements to have someone pick up your trees if you are not on island. They should be plants soon and we ask that you protect them with fencing or grow tubes and care for them with water and fertilizer.

Things Missed at 30 mph

April 19, 2021

One thing seems obvious to this editor. There are reasons that some people drive slower than others here on Beaver Island. Yes, it is understandable when you need to get to the store or the post office before it closes. Yes, you need to get to work on time, and, yes, you need to get to that meeting on time. There is also a fine reason to drive much more slowly to take in the natural world around you.

At fifteen miles per hour, the heron in the picture in the story below would never have been seen, let alone photographed. The same is true for some other evidences of springtime here on Beaver Island. Even the editor was driving too fast when in route to Miller's Marsh and Fox Lake before that. It was only an oncoming car that reminded the editor about why the trip or boodle was even taking place. "Slow down. This ain't the mainland," is a slogan that needs to be put more in practice by this editor. First because no one else can see when the vehicle is going so fast and throwing dust into the air, and second, because you miss more than you see at the faster speeds.


for the Beaver Island Historical Society

View the notice HERE

Joe's Junk Website Up

February 1, 2021

Hello Islanders!
My 100 year Joe's Junk clean-up project has officially started. After coordinating with the townships and others, our website is now public and we need your help with inventorying. Feel free to go to joesjunk.org and answer a few questions about your junk.

When we have a good idea of how much junk there is, we can approach potential buyers and coordinate logistics. But we need your help. And tell your neighbors and friends to help too. I recently learned there was a toxic clean-up job here in the 70's. It took years and made the harbor look awful. Let's avoid that. Join us today! Go to joesjunk.org. And remember, IT'S NOT ABOUT BLIGHT OR BLAME. IT'S ABOUT OUR WATER.

Barbara Rahn

B. I. Community School Meetings

January 27, 2021

2021 Meetings Schedule

Committee of the Whole Mtg 2021

Beech Leaf Disease

Added to Michigan’s invasive species watch list

View this information HERE



Mass from Holy Cross

April 18, 2021, at 12:15 p.m.

The beautiful altar area of Holy Cross


Jacque LaFreniere did the readings.....Father Mirch Roman, our celebrant

View video of the service HERE

Beaver Island Christian Church Service

April 18, 2021, at 10 a.m.

Judi Meister welcomes the pastor and reads and gives announcements

Pastor Filkins introduces himself......Rich Speck does a reading.......Judi Meister plays a hymn

Sue Oole does a longer reading.....Pastor Filkins gives the message

View video of this service HERE

Weather by Joe

April 18, 2021

Squirrel Wars update..... The squirrel baffle seems to have worked to prevent squirrels from climbing the base of the tree. They have just decided to jump from another tree top and then climb down to the feeders. So we currently have a tie. Joe 1 Saurrels 1. Next on the plan may involve the bb gun.
Right now on Carlisle Road,at 8:30 a.m., it is sunny. It is 35 degrees. The pressure is 29.95 and visibility is ten miles. The dewpoint is 29 degrees with relative humidity of 79 degrees. No precipitation in the last twenty-four hours. It's so nice to see the sun.
TODAY, it is expected to remain sunny. The high will be in the fifties. The wind will be from the SW 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies this evening with occasional showers overnight. Low will be 36 degrees. Winds will be from the S at 10 to 15 mph. The chance of rain is 60%.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for rain showers early with overcast skies later in the day. The high will be in the low 40's. Winds will be from the W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 50%.
American actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco in a spectacular ceremony on April 18, 1956.
Kelly, the daughter of a former model and a wealthy industrialist, began acting as a child. After high school, she attended the American Academy for Dramatic Arts in New York. While she auditioned for Broadway plays, she supported herself by modeling and appearing in TV commercials. In 1949, Kelly debuted on Broadway in The Father by August Strindberg. Two years later, she landed her first Hollywood bit part, in Fourteen Hours. Her big break came in 1952, when she starred as Gary Cooper’s wife in High Noon. Her performance in The Country Girl, as the long-suffering wife of an alcoholic songwriter played by Bing Crosby, won her an Oscar in 1954. The same year, she played opposite Jimmy Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window.
While filming another Hitchcock movie, To Catch a Thief (1955), in the French Riviera, Kelly met Prince Rainier of Monaco. It wasn’t love at first sight for Kelly, but the prince initiated a long correspondence, which led to their marriage in 1956. Afterward, she became Princess Grace of Monaco and retired from acting. She had three children and occasionally narrated documentaries. Kelly died tragically at the age of 52 when her car plunged off a mountain road by the Cote D’Azur in September 1982.
forfend; verb (for-FEND)
1 a archaic : forbid
b : to ward off : prevent
2 : protect, preserve
Did You Know?
When forfend was first used in the 14th century, it meant "to forbid." The term is still used with this meaning in phrases like "heaven forfend" or "God forfend," but it bears an antiquated patina communicated in our dictionary with an "archaic" label. Other uses of the word are current, though somewhat uncommon. Forfend comes from Middle English forfenden, from for- (meaning "so as to involve prohibition, exclusion, omission, failure, neglect, or refusal") and fenden, a variant of defenden, meaning "to defend."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

First Snake of the Season

While on a ride the other day, this snake was in the middle of the roadway on Sloptown Road. The concern was that it was just there, and not moving. Was the snake dead? Had it been run over by a car?

The answer to both questions is, "No." The snake wasn't moving, just basking in the sun. The editor walked over to the opposite side of the roadway, picked up a stick and gently placed the now awake and wriggling snake in the safety of the grass on the side of the road. No bites and no injury can be reported here.

Weather by Joe

April 17, 2021

Here on Carlisle Road, it is freezing outside. The bird baths are all frozen. The temperature earlier was 27, but at 8:30 a.m., it is 35 degrees. The pressure is 29.95. Relative humidity is 99%. It's cloudy with the dewpoint at 32 degree. Visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy early with peeks of sunshine later. High will be around 50 degrees. Winds will be from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies. The low will be near freezing. Winds will be from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunshine. The high will be near 50 degrees. Winds will switch to the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
The Bay of Pigs invasion begins when a CIA-financed and -trained group of Cuban refugees lands in Cuba and attempts to topple the communist government of Fidel Castro. The attack was an utter failure.
Fidel Castro had been a concern to U.S. policymakers since he seized power in Cuba with a revolution in January 1959. Castro’s attacks on U.S. companies and interests in Cuba, his inflammatory anti-American rhetoric, and Cuba’s movement toward a closer relationship with the Soviet Union led U.S. officials to conclude that the Cuban leader was a threat to U.S. interests in the Western Hemisphere. In March 1960, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the CIA to train and arm a force of Cuban exiles for an armed attack on Cuba. John F. Kennedy inherited this program when he became president in 1961.
Fidel Castro had been a concern to U.S. policymakers since he seized power in Cuba with a revolution in January 1959. Castro’s attacks on U.S. companies and interests in Cuba, his inflammatory anti-American rhetoric, and Cuba’s movement toward a closer relationship with the Soviet Union led U.S. officials to conclude that the Cuban leader was a threat to U.S. interests in the Western Hemisphere. In March 1960, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the CIA to train and arm a force of Cuban exiles for an armed attack on Cuba. John F. Kennedy inherited this program when he became president in 1961.
The plan immediately fell apart–the landing force met with unexpectedly rapid counterattacks from Castro’s military, the tiny Cuban air force sank most of the exiles’ supply ships, the United States refrained from providing necessary air support, and the expected uprising never happened. Over 100 of the attackers were killed, and more than 1,100 were captured
The failure at the Bay of Pigs cost the United States dearly. Castro used the attack by the “Yankee imperialists” to solidify his power in Cuba and he requested additional Soviet military aid. Eventually that aid included missiles, and the construction of missile bases in Cuba sparked the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962, when the United States and the Soviet Union nearly came to blows over the issue.
Further, throughout much of Latin America, the United States was pilloried for its use of armed force in trying to unseat Castro, a man who was considered a hero to many for his stance against U.S. interference and imperialism. Kennedy tried to redeem himself by publicly accepting blame for the attack and its subsequent failure, but the botched mission left the young president looking vulnerable and indecisive.
purloin; verb; (per-LOYN)
: to appropriate wrongfully and often by a breach of trust
Did You Know?
The word purloin features in the title of a famous Edgar Allan Poe story in its past tense form: "The Purloined Letter" was included in Poe's 1845 Tales, and involves the search for a letter that a cabinet minister has stolen and is now using to blackmail the rightful owner, an unnamed woman of royalty. When Poe opted for ­purloin for his story, he was employing a term in use since the 15th century with the meaning "to put away; to inappropriately take or make use of." The word had earlier use, now obsolete, with the meaning "to set aside; to render inoperative or ineffectual," a meaning that links more clearly to the word's Anglo-French origin: purluigner means "to prolong, postpone, set aside," and comes from pur-, meaning "forward," and luin, loing, meaning "at a distance." Its ultimate root is Latin longus, long, meaning "long."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver Island Airport Committee

Monday, April 19, 2021, at noon at BI Airport

April 19 Agenda BIAC

Feb 1 BIAC meeting minutes

March 23 BIAC Special meeting minutes

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

Mr. Wil Cwikiel

Friday, April 16, 2021

Update on Student Quarantine
Parents—thank you again for your cooperation with the quarantine guidelines. We look forward to having your students back in the building on Wednesday, April 21st. Please note, and this goes to all parents, if your student is showing any COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms, please keep them home from school and seek medical care.

PSAT/SAT Testing
Congrats to our high schoolers who have completed a rite of passage—completing their SAT! To our under classmen who completed the PSAT, think of this as practice—and your results will help guide you in improving your game for the SAT!

Talk Sooner.Org Yard Signs
We received several yard signs from SAFE (Substance Abuse Free Environment) in Northern Michigan featuring their “Talk Sooner” campaign. Talk Sooner is a national initiative that encourages parents to have important conversations with their children and provides age-appropriate subject matter for various grade levels. For more information, here is a link to their website: https://talksooner.org/. If you would like to display one of their yard signs in your yard, call the school office and we can get you a sign.

Beaver Island Community Vaccination Clinic—Second Dose Pfizer, Tuesday, May 3rd
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Beaver Island Community Vaccination Clinic this past Tuesday. Thanks to your cooperation, the event ran very smoothly. The next vaccination clinic planned to administer the second dose is Tuesday, May 3rd. If you did not sign up for this week’s clinic but still want to get vaccinated, go to the Health Department of Northwest Michigan’s website (http://www.nwhealth.org) to schedule yourself for the next available clinic on the mainland. The HDNW has simplified the process and allows you to self-schedule available appointments at planned clinics.

Travel Back 100 Years to the Roaring 20s
The Beaver Island Community Center is airing The Great Gatsby (the Leonardo DiCaprio version) on Saturday at 4:00 pm. Our AP Literature class has been reading and analyzing this novel and some of our students may show up dressed in 1920s costumes! The Community Center invites you to enjoy the show…please wear your masks and social distance while in the theatre!

Stay Strong Beaver Island!
The COVID-19 pandemic is now going on its 13th month. We are all fatigued and the recent spike in cases in Michigan is demoralizing. Please stay strong and continue to wash hands, social distance, and wear masks. Together we can help keep our fellow Islanders safe from COVID!

Have a Great Weekend!

Deb Pomorski
BICS Secretary


Coming: Saturday, June 26

WE ARE BEAVER ISLAND RESILIENT! WE MADE IT THROUGH THE COVID WINTER and now wish to gather in person, outdoors, so we can carefully celebrate together.

Come join us on Saturday June 26 for our 6th ANNUAL BEAVER ISLAND SUSTAINBILITY FAIR. We'll kick off our day at 9:30 am with "Urban Grazing" walk and talk with expert Island grower and urban plot gardener Heidi Vigil. We’ll converge at 10:30 am at Paradise Bay Park (newly christened “HeadGate Park”) across from the Shamrock for an opening ceremony, including a Native American Water Blessing with "Grandmother Moon", and Irish Blessing, a new poetry offering by or own Island Poet Bard Robert Cole, life long resident, historian of Island Culture.

At 12:30 we will shift to Heritage Park for an outdoor picnic luncheon and demonstration raised bed garden construction with season extension tips by expert organic gardener and teacher Larry Dyer. We’ll highlight the Resilience of Native American Cultures and their contributions to Beaver Island featuring Anishinaabe Speakers, and Irish Island resilience with live music from both of these cultures.

At about 3:00 pm in Heritage Park we’ll learn about the Beaver Island Sustainability Initiative, with Island-lover Sara Millies-Lucke offering her research and suggestions for "Lowering our Carbon Footprint" on Beaver Island; and Islander Shelby Harris describing her goals as the Island new Invasive Species coordinator, and introducing her team who will be working to preserve Beaver Island’s ecology. We’ll take a dinner break after this, reconvening at 7 pm at Donegal Bay Pavilion for a Dark Sky Dance & Night Sky Viewing Evening!

MORE NEWS TO COME, SO MARK YOUR CALENDARS! And visit Beaver Island Sustainability Fair Face Book page for updates and a complete schedule of events to come.

Beaver Island Sustainability Fair History: We started out in 2016 as “the Beaver Island Eco-Fair” with the theme “Beavers Can Save the Word” – with a Field Trip excursion to prove it led by Nathan Ayers, with Dan Burton and Seamus Norgaard assisting. We explored active Island Beaver Dams and the amazing ecological roles these large toothed-rodents play in soil-building, water purification, and ground water restoration. Did you know that Beavers were actually parachuted into drought-ridden areas out West to help recharge the groundwater supply?

For the next 4 years the renamed “Beaver Island Sustainability Fair” continued to grow, through the guidance of Carol Burton (Patron of the Arts in Rural Communities), Karen Turnbull (formerly of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation), Seamus Norgaard (Tara’s Meadow Education & Retreat Center), and Lori Taylor-Blitz (Beaver Island Historical Society.) In 2019 we had over 100 people attend a highly-celebrated “Strawberry Moon” Native Whitefish and Frybread Feast organized by Mary Kenwabikisi.

When Covid hit us in 2020 we persevered, offering Covid-safe virtual webinars celebrating local Island Food Growers (Bill and Virgin Detwiler, Laura Green, Larry and Maryann Dawson, Jacque and Mark LaFreniere, Kevin Green, and many others!). We also highlighted and honored traditional Island Energy providers Travis Martin of Island Energies, and solar and geothermal innovators Doug Tilly, John Robert, and Billy McDonough of McDonough’s Market. This summer we are determined to gather “in the flesh” again on Saturday June 26, in safe outdoor venues, for another fun celebratory and educational event! 

6th Annual Beaver Island Sustainability Fair

Tara's Meadow Education and Retreat Center nonprofit (www.tarasmeadow.com) is the key organization that sponsored last year's Local Foods and Clean NRG webinars. Tara's Meadow applied for the Charlevoix Co Community Foundation (C3F) grant that helped fund last year's webinars, and is applying for additional funds from C3F this year. In lieu of an actual "Sustainability Organization" on the Island, Tara's Meadow's has stepped forward to fill this gap, and intends to use any C3F funds we might receive this year to nurture an ongoing "Beaver Island Sustainability Initiative." The goals of this initiative are to advance Local Foods, Clean NRG, and Healthy Ecosystems on the Island. These goals were originally established by an ad hoc committee of Islanders and part time Islanders that put on the first Beaver Island Sustainability Fair 7 years ago. 


MY ROLE: I'm the director of the Tara's Meadow nonprofit and Sally Wagoner is our Assistant Administrator. As you know I am a summer Beaver Island resident only, and am busy in the Winter as part time college professor. I have been working on natural resource and environmental issues on Beaver Island for over 10 years now. I am an active participant in the Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative (NLMIC) -- an innovative team effort led by the DNR Wildlife Division to come up with a plan to manage the Beaver Island Archipelago's public lands. I've also been working with the ah ad hoc committee that has put together an annual "Beaver Island Sustainability Fair" for the past 6 years. (Seamus Norgaard)


by Cindy Ricksgers

Peaine Township Seeking Bids

for Transfer Station Single Stream Site Preparation

April 15, 2021

View documents HERE

View page viewable by all HERE

Updates on the Bid Documents below

REQUEST FOR BIDS_Transfer Station_2

Waste Management Bid Amendments_2

WM_Drawing for Bid

Timeout for Art: Momentum

by Cindy Ricksgers

St. James Township Invitation to Bid
2021 Lawn Maintenance

St. James Township is accepting bids for 2021 Spring, Summer, and Fall lawn maintenance (mowing, weed trimming, and picking up debris as needed) at the township owned properties.

View/download the information HERE

Birds at or Near the Feeders

April 14, 2021

Purple Finches

Dark-eyed Juncos

American Tree Sparrow


Emerald Isle First Trip of the Season

April 14, 2021

The first Beaver Island Boat Company trip of the 2021 season left the island this morning at 8:20 a.m., and returned with the unloading beginning about 2 p.m., today, April 14, 2021.

Emerald Isle headed out of the harbor for the first trip of the season. Photo credit Marge Boyle.

Emerald Isle arriving in Charlevoix. Photo credit BIBCO.

Emerald Isle enters St. James Harbor

View a small gallery of pictures of the EI return to the island HERE

View video of the EI return to the island HERE

Wendy Anne Keeping Busy

The Wendy Anne enters Round Lake Channel in Charlevoix towing the Petroqueen. (Pictures courtesy of Courtney Moore)

After bringing a barge load of heavy equipment, the Wendy Anne head out with the Petroqueen to get a load of fuel. It then returned to Beaver Island to await the loading of the barge with Beaver Island garbage and recycling materials.

The Wendy Anne tied up to the Beaver Island dock.

The Petroqueen tied up to its Beaver Island dock.

Beaver Island By 16 Foot Boat

A Restless Viking Production

A little history and a little geography, although not completely correct, is part of this video about a trip to Beaver Island from the mainland in a sixteen foot boat. Over to the island on one day, and back to the mainland on the next. It is worth watching.

View the video HERE

Peaine Township Agenda

April 13, 2021, @ 7 p.m.


Scanned documents received at meeting

lawn care proposal 2020 Peaine Township



View video of the meeting HERE

Peaine Planning Commission Documents

April 13, 2021



P-2125 Dale Critical Dunes Application

Spring Flowers

April 13, 2021

On Barney's Lake Road

Turkeys and Geese Flourish

April 12, 2021

While sandhill-searching, the view in the fields on Sloptown Road did not reveal any sandhills, although they could be heard. Instead, there were lots of turkeys and lots of geese in the field in the fog.

BIDL and BIHS Receive Grant

April 12, 2021

Thanks to a tremendous show of community support, the Beaver Island District Library, in partnership with the Beaver Island Historical Society, has won a grant to have a large portion of the archived Beaver Beacon issues digitized by the Clarke Historical Library. The grant covers up to 5000 pages, and we plan to start from the earliest issues and move forward in time as far as we can.

Clarke Historical Library

Thank you!

Patrick S. McGinnity, Director
Beaver Island District Library
26400 Donegal Bay Road
PO Box 246
Beaver Island, MI 49782
(231) 448-2701

Beaver Haven Tales #8

by Glenn Hendrix

Garden Island

I always wanted to visit the other islands. Here I was in the middle of Lake Michigan, with beautiful and mysterious islands all around, and I didn't have a boat! Phil understood and brought me along on a trip to Garden Island to install a dock in Indian Harbor.

We went in the marina's boat, the Miss B. Haven, a nice wood boat with an inboard engine. It was a beautiful summer day, perfect for my first adventure to another island. We entered the long narrow harbor and pulled up near shore. Then we used the marina's gas powered pump to install pilings to hold up the dock. Phil attached a piece of steel pipe to the discharge end of the pump. We held the pipe vertically where we wanted to install the piling. The water from the pump easily cut a hole in the sandy bottom, and we lowered the piling in. The sand quickly filled in the hole and help the piling in place. After all the pilings were installed, we installed the dock sections. I think Phil did this at no charge to anyone. He probably thought it helped people who took their boats there to fish, and so helped with the marina business.

Then we walked to the Native American cemetery near the harbor. I saw the largest toad I have ever seen. It was the size of a dinner plate! Phil brought along a sprayer and some wood preservative, and we treated the small wood spirit houses that were over the graves. I now know this preservative was pentachlorophenol, a rather nasty chemical, but at the time no one understood this. Phil had the best of intentions. We even used that chemical on the docks at the marina. Thise was my first island adventure.

Today, I have a small fishing boat that runs--and floats--and enjoy exploring the islands.

New Dialing Requirements Coming

10-digit dialing to be required for all calls in 616, 810, 906 and 989 area codes
Michiganders in the 616, 810, 906 and 989 area codes will have to use those area codes when dialing even for local calls starting on Oct. 24 this year, the Michigan Public Service Commission recently announced. However, callers are urged to start dialing all 10 digits beginning April 24 to get used to the new requirement. People who dial only seven digits will still be connected during this “permissive dialing period.” However, on Oct. 24, the change becomes official, and local calls dialed with only seven digits may not be completed. The reason for the change is that 988 has been designated by the federal government as the abbreviated three-digit code to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Any area code that includes the 988 prefix must transition from seven-digit dialing to 10-digit dialing. Customers in other Michigan area codes aren't affected by these changes at this time.

Dark Sky Project-List of Locations

April 7, 2021

Guide to Beaver Island Dark Sky Viewing Areas
These locations are accessible to the public for night viewing in the same way as daytime visits. Some locations have become inaccessible because of high water. It is advisible to visit sites during daylight for familiarity
Beaver Island Dark Sky Sites
ref. Wojan/Cashman Map 2018
List includes ownership and comments on qualities, viewing angles, access and light pollution problems encountered.
BI Dark Sky sites on the Big Lake will have visible light domes over towns and cities on the horizon. Inland sites will have less.
Private Property policy; you have to know somebody.
There are some very good Dark Sky Sites on private property but the BIDSP can only advise that you obtain permission from the property owners before entering private property.
LTC - Little Traverse Conservancy
SoM - State of Michigan
StJ - St James Township
Peaine - Peaine Township
Associations (you gotta know somebody)
Whiskey Point - St. James Twp - All directions
car lights town lights
Potentially one the best viewing areas but until something is done about the excessive light pollution it remains marginal
Gull Harbor - St James Twp- NE to SW
general astronomy, meteor showers, n. lights
seasonally flooded, car lights
Sucker Point - Lookout Point Association All directions
Excellent sky quality with friendly neighbors.
Sucker Point Lake Drive- excellent sky quality
Northeast only, summer sunrises,
Moon and Planet risings
Aurora Borealis. Very dark
Car lights
St. James Township campground - NW to NE
Excellent sky quality but a limited view to mostly north
A prime location for viewing Northern Lights
Donegal Bay Township beach - St. James township
South to North, excellent sky quality
Perfect for sunsets, meteor showers, northern lights, overhead
viewing, and Zodiacal Light. Car lights from the road can be
Donegal Bay pavilion - Port St. James Assoc. - SW - NW
sunsets, meteor showers, western sky
Excellent sky quality but has lighting issues
pavilion has newly installed lighting car lights
McCauley Point - State of MI - 360° All directions
Excellent sky quality with locations with zero lights
1/4 mile trail
Barneys Lake Nature Preserve - LTC - excellent sky quality
Barney's Lake is in a bowl that blocks all light sources
except for the airport beacon when it's operating or the
occasional rare car on the road
Bonners Landing - State of MI - 360° all directions
Excellent sky quality and very dark
The road down the bluff is private so parking is
recommended on top. Less than a 1/4 mile
Township Airport - 360° All directions
Township Airport - 360° All directions
Use the two-track road opposite the runway near the
Coffee Shop. Even with the standing lights at the airport
there is good viewing in all directions. A convenient
The Big Field St of MI Inside proposed BI Dark Sky Sanctuary
Excellent sky quality with zero light sources.
Reach by the two track road north of Miller's Marsh and stop at the "Y". You're there.
Light domes from Traverse City MI can be visible
Camp #3 Clearing. Inside proposed BI Dark Sky Sanctuary
Reached by following Camp#3 Trail (Road) south past
Fire Tower Rd and Green's Lake to where the sky opens up.
Probably the remotest viewing area on the list but with
zero light sources or visible light domes it's probably the
darkest. Partially tree covered but is situated alongside
Tower Ridge swamp with viewing lanes through the trees.
Iron Ore Bay west/Point Betsy - State of MI - NE to NW
high water has reduced usable area
all directions, very dark - north limited
Iron Ore Bay beach - Townships - E to W. Excellent sky quality
Light domes from Traverse City and Green Bay WI lend
Grandeur to viewing the sky over Lake Michigan, but the
lights from the few houses are not a problem. Both sites
on Iron Ore Bay are a long way from town but well worth
it. Outstanding.
Beaver Head Light House - Charlevoix County -
Overhead sky quality is excellent with zero light sources. The
horizons are blocked but the Beaverhead light house
silhouette in the view can be very special
Cables Bay Beach - State of MI - NE to SW
Very dark - north limited
1/4 trail from bridge
Wagners Campground - State of MI, Peaine twp - NE to SE
Excellent for viewing planet and moonrises over Lake
Michigan and the Mainland. Lightdomes from Traverse
City toThe Soo
Little Sand Bay Nature Preserve #1 featured viewing area.
Probably the most convenient but extremely dark viewing
area with the biggest sky. It's considered the best Beaver
Island Dark Sky Viewing Area outside of the Sanctuary. By
the house is very good but there is a short trail to the field
viewing area to the north that has zero light sources
Harbor Beach - Township -
Even with the town lights and the car lights the view of the
sky here is good and familiar constellations and planets can
be identified. Room for lots of improvement.
Whiskey Point - STJ, Central Michigan U., Remains the best example of the need for improvement in the sky quality in the Harbor. Too many unnecessary, unshielded light fixtures withthe wrong color bulbs.




April 7, 2021

(06-April-2021) The Beaver Island Rural Health Center (“BIRHC”) will receive sealed bids for the renovation (cleaning and staining) of the building’s cedar sidewall shingles and trim, as well as minor repairs as needed. The following approximate work applies:
- Cedar Stain Application (including Cedar Exterior Cleaning and Restoration & Cleanup), Lump Sum, as shown on provided building plans;
- An Alternate Bid Item for Cedar Shingle & Trim Repair to areas of shingle that may be in need of repair, per square foot of loose or damaged wood, as determined by the Owner; and
- Miscellaneous related items of work.
This project is funded wholly with BIRHC Maintenance Funds.
A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at BIRHC at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Prospective bidders are required to attend and participate in the conference.
The stain outlined in these documents has been chosen for its color, quality, and performance. BIRHC will review alternate stains proposed by Bidder(s) with similar color and performance criteria. Alternate proposed products must be submitted, along with all technical data, no later than the mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting,
Bids will be received at the office of the Managing Director, 37304 King’s Highway, Beaver Island, Michigan, 49782, until 2:00 PM on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at which time the bids will be publicly opened and read. Bid opening will be subject to COVID-19 MDHHS mandates. Any changes impacting the bid opening will be posted on the BIRHC website.
This Advertisement and the Proposal & Specifications have been posted in the following locations:
- Beaver Island Rural Health Center
- Beaver Island Rural Health Center web site: http://www.biruralhealth.org
- St. James Township – Governmental Center
- Peaine Township Hall
Contract Documents may be examined at BIRHC at the address listed above. Copies of the Contract Documents may be obtained via email (*.pdf) by request from the Beaver Island Rural
Health Center Managing Director, Tammy Radionoff, at email address Tammy@BIRuralHealth.org, at no cost to the Bidder. Contact BIRHC at 231-448-2275 if you require a hard copy, at a cost of $10.00 if picked up, or $20.00 if shipped.

Tammy Radionoff, Managing Director

Documents referred to in this notice can be viewed/downloaded HERE

BIBCO Adds Trips

April 5, 2021

The Beaver Island Boat Company has added some trips to their schedule. April 27th, May 4th, 11th, and 18th. Departure from Beaver Island will be 8:20 a.m. and from Charlevoix at 11:30 a.m. Please check the BIBCO website for a full schedule.

St. James Township Clerk Documents

April 7, 2021, @ 5:30 p.m.

Bills for payment Pontem 033121-033121

Dock Fund 040121-040721

DRAFT Minutes March 24, 2021 Special Budget Hearing Meeting with McN notes

Draft minutes of 030321 regular board meeting

Road Fund 040121-040721-1

Sewer Fund 040121-040721

View video of the meeting HERE

Beaver Island Transit

April 5, 2021



231-582-6900 OR 1-844-792-6900

Seniors Free (Thank you Commission on Aging)
19-59 Years Old $2.00
3-18 Years Old $1.50
Students $1.00 (discounted fare going to/from school only)
Under 3 Years Old Free with adult rider



**Passengers Must Wear a Face Covering or Mask While Onboard Transit Vehicles and Sanitize Hands (provided) Prior to Boarding **

Documents for St. James Meeting

April 7, 2021, @5:30 p.m.

Committee Application

Monthly Finance Report4_April.2021

Posting of Planning Commission position

SJTBagn04.07.21 Agenda

sjtfc_min_mar22.2021 Finance Committee Minutes

SJTPWCmin032421 Public Works Committee Minutes

View video of the meeting HERE

Charlevoix County Community Foundation- Beaver Island Grants

Tara's Meadow Education & Retreat Center Granted:$1,000. Funds will be used for Phase2 of its multi-phase Beaver Island Sustainability Initiative,which includes over arching goals to assist Islanders in enhancing local food production, clean energy initiatives, and healthy ecosystems. Specifically, Phase2 will consist of convening key groups to draft a strategic low carbon clean energy plan and conduct an educational hands-on demonstration of small-scale food production and season extension technologies.The set objectives will help Beaver Island move closer to their goals of food, energy, and ecological sustainability.

.Patrons of the Arts in Rural Communities Granted: $5,000. This year PARC was supporting artists who planned to perform during the Beaver Island Music Festival week in July, plus a summer schedule of events inpartnership with other non-profit organizations and businesses.General support will assist in bringing these events to the communities virtually instead and will support the organization’s mission.

Arts and Culture

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Granted: $5,000. The Baroque on Beaver Festival will be presented virtually this year. Funding will be used for technology and general support.

Beaver Island Historical Society Granted: $5,000 . BIHS must be ready to accommodate the visitors in a post-COVID environment. The Historical Society will reduce the days of operation to 3 or 4 perweek, hire a part-time staff person to work the shifts normally covered by elderly docents, and hire a janitorial service to disinfect the museum daily.

Charlevoix County Community Foundation (C3F) Board of Trustees approved a grant to Peaine Township, during the Environment & Land Use grant cycle. A summary of the grant is as follows:

Grant Purpose:                            to construct pickleball & bocce ball courts in Peaine Twp 

Grant Amount:                            $6,815

Conditions:                                   Public announcement(s) & Follow Up report required

Follow Up Report Due:            April 30, 2022, or sooner if the grant is completed

Another Scam

April 4, 2021

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning Michigan residents to look out for text message scams, known as “smishing” – a form of criminal activity attempting to obtain personal or financial information. 

In a consumer alert that was reissued today, Nessel provides tips on how Michiganders can spot and stop smishing attempts. 

While smishing is used for several different types of scams, most recently criminals have used this format to send bogus COVID-19 vaccine surveys. 

According to the Federal Trade Commission, people across the country have reported getting texts out of the blue, asking them to complete a limited-time survey about the vaccine. 

In exchange, people are offered a free reward and then informed they must pay a shipping fee, which requires bank account or credit card information. 

This is a scam. Do not fall for it.   

“Scammers are continuing to prey on our fears and concerns surrounding the ongoing pandemic. As a result, they are attempting to use the vaccine rollout to bamboozle people out of their personal information. Do not fall for these tactics,” said Nessel in a press release. “Never click on any unsolicited links or attachments that you may receive via text, and if offered a prize or reward, never enter your credit card, bank account information, or any other personally identifiable information to collect it.” 

If you get a suspicious text or email, remember:  



As always, your connection to consumer protection is just a click or phone call away. A library of consumer alerts and additional resources are available 24/7 by clicking hereConsumer complaints can be filed online at the Attorney General’s website, or by calling 877-765-8388. 


1721                       Many Indians from the northern Great Lakes come to Beaver Island for safety.
300 yrs ago

1836                       A treaty gives the Indians sole possession of the Beaver Archipelago.
185 yrs ago

1851                       Construction of the harbor light begins.  Beaver Head light commissioned.
170 yrs ago

1856       ●On June 16, two disgruntled followers of Strang shot and mortally wounded him on McCullough’s dock as Strang was about to board the naval vessel USS Michigan.  The Mormon era was over.
165 yrs ago        

●On July 5, Strang followers are gathered up and forced to leave the Island.

●The beginning of the Irish era on Beaver Island.  Black John Bonner was one of the first to come to the island after the death of Strang. He established a homestead in the area still known as Bonner’s Bluff.

●Building of the Beaver Head Lighthouse is begun—at the wrong site.

1866                       ●Bishop Baraga sent a newly ordained Irish priest, Father Peter Gallagher, to Beaver Island.  At the time, there were two Catholic churches on the island—Holy Cross and a small lakeside chapel that served the south end of the island.
155 yrs ago        

●A large organized group of immigrants arrive at Cable’s Bay from Arranmore.

1871                       U.S. Marshals are attacked by a mob while trying to arrest five island miscreants, creating the Rebellion of 1871; Andrew Roddy goes into hiding for three years before negotiating probation

150 yrs ago        

1876                   ●A dozen families establish Greentown, many moving from Greens’ Bay.

145 yrs ago         ●Building of the Life Saving Station at Whiskey Point began.

1881        The Gibsons build an addition to serve as the Island Post Office.
140 yrs ago

1911      More than 20 years after arriving, Protar began doctoring on Beaver Island and relied on the help and advice of his friend, Dr. Bernhardi.
110 yrs ago        

1951     Horace “Jack” Johnston opens The Beaver Lodge on the north shore of the island as a place for sportsmen to stay when they come to hunt and fish.
70 yrs ago           

1956        ●Beaver Beacon is the first published publication on Beaver Island since the days of King Strang.
65 yrs ago           

●Dr. Harry Vail becomes the new doctor on Beaver Island.

1961         ●The first long distance direct dialing phone call was received on Beaver Island.

60 yrs ago ●The BI Historical Society received a copy of the envelope and letter allegedly sent by Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church, to James Strang, appointing Strang his successor as the leader of the church.  The original is in the archives of Yale University.

1966       The CMU Conference House is renamed CMU Biological Station with James Gillingham as Director.  CMU is the only Michigan university with a facility on an island in Lake Michigan.
55 yrs ago           

1971       Beaver Island was connected to mainland power.
50 yrs ago

2006        ●Construction begins on the new CMU academic center that will replace the original four academic   buildings.
15 yrs ago          

●CMU acquires the former Coast Guard boathouse on Whiskey Point that will provide mooring and storage facilities and a base of operation for vessels used for instruction and research in northern Lake Michigan.

This information was compiled by Susan Oole for the Beaver Island Historical Society.

View/download a PDF of this HERE

April 2021 Edition of the Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter

View/Download the newsletter HERE

Notice to Expired Subscribers

March 27, 2021

What we do: Attempt to live stream and record most public meetings; live stream church services and/or record them for posting later; post daily weather, word of the day, and on this day history; post pictures and video of local events; post historical video for viewing; check on wildlife and record wildlife actions, specifically birds, but others when possible; and attempt to present all the documents for all the public meetings in a timely manner. This is done through four websites including one to direct viewers to the other three, Beaver Island News on the 'Net, Beaver Island News on the 'Net Archives, and Beaver Island TV.




It is with very sad heart that the editor of Beaver Island News on the 'Net when the access to this website is denied to those who have expired. Unfortunately, the editor is too busy taking pictures, recording and posting video, and live streaming to track down email addresses and send a notice of expiration. So, this is the only notification that you will receive. At the end of April, if your subscription has expired, your login information will be removed, and your access denied.

This will also apply to any businesses that may be in this same category. Most of you have been contacted. It would be nice to have some renewals, so that this service can continue, but the majority of the members of our local Chamber are not subscribers. There will be no way to continue without the support of at least some of these businesses.

While it might not be good business practice to admit this, it is essential for you to know that all this live streaming of meetings and church services, the recorded video access including historical video, Beaver Island News on the 'Net, Beaver Island News on the 'Net Archives, and Beaver Island TV, are not even close to breaking even, and a serious discussion about removing some services is underway. After ten years of losing money, it is time make a decision.

Plan Now for Spring Treatment of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

If hemlock trees on your property show signs of hemlock woolly adelgid infestation, now is a good time to plan for spring treatment of this invasive species. Hemlock woolly adelgid (pronounced \ -ə-ˈdel-jəd \), native to Asia, has been detected in Allegan, Ottawa, Muskegon Oceana, Mason and Benzie counties in Michigan. These small insects suck sap from hemlock twigs and ultimately can cause tree death.

Insecticides are available to control the insect, and in many cases, landowners easily can apply them by carefully following label instructions and application rate guidance. Due to certain restrictions on the use of these insecticides, you may need the services of a licensed pesticide application business.

If one or more trees are infested, make plans to act this year. Without treatment, trees with hemlock woolly adelgid are likely to die within four to 10 years. Weakened trees on a home landscape could spell disaster during high winds or storms, and eventually they will have to be removed. Loss of hemlocks in forested areas can reduce shade, winter cover, food and habitat for birds, fish and mammals.

Products containing either imidacloprid or dinotefuran as the active ingredient and labeled for use on adelgids are effective in combatting the insect.

No matter which treatment you select, be sure your treatment plan will include all hemlocks on your property over the next few years. If hemlock woolly adelgid is on your site, hemlocks without symptoms are very likely to be infested over time. This includes trees on your property as well as neighboring properties. It’s a good idea to discuss treatment plans with neighbors and coordinate efforts when possible.

Can I treat trees myself?

Application of imidacloprid or dinotefuran is simple enough for many landowners to do themselves. Products containing these chemicals are available at garden supply stores, packaged under various trade names in liquid or granular form. Check the label or ask for assistance in selecting the right product.

Imidacloprid and dinotefuran products available at garden supply stores generally are applied to the soil close to the tree trunk, where they are absorbed through the root system. Plan your application for a time between early April and late October when the ground has thawed and soil moisture is moderate – not too dry or saturated. Follow all label directions, wear appropriate safety gear and determine the right application rate to ensure positive results. To protect the environment, do not allow pesticide to enter or runoff into storm drains, drainage ditches, gutters or surface waters.

Some products have restrictions on the amount that can be applied to an area per year. Be sure to read the label carefully to determine if the amount you need falls within these limits. If not, you may need to adopt a multiyear plan or hire a professional.

More information on do-it-yourself treatment can be found in the MSU Extension bulletin: Guidelines for homeowner treatments of hemlock trees infested with hemlock woolly adelgid, available at Michigan.gov/HWA.

When should I call a professional?

Licensed pesticide application businesses have a broader range of options for applying treatments than consumers, and their professional skills are recommended in certain situations. A county-by-county list of businesses holding pesticide application licenses can be found on the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s website, Michigan.gov/MDARD. Look for one that is licensed in the “ornamental” category (3B).

If your hemlock trees are within 75 feet of a body of water or in areas with a high water table, or if flowering plants or shrubs are growing around the hemlocks you wish to protect, a trunk injection or bark treatment may be necessary to avoid affecting the environment, groundwater or other insects. Professional applicators can provide these types of treatments.

What should I expect after treatment?

Hemlock woolly adelgid’s cottony, white ovisacs will linger for a time following treatment. If trees are treated in the spring, check new growth in late fall or winter for any fresh signs of infestation.

After treatment, trees should be checked every year. If the insect has returned after dinotefuran was used, reapplication may be needed after one to two years. For imidacloprid, consider retreatment every four to five years.

Do my trees have hemlock woolly adelgid?

If you have hemlock trees on your property, it is important to check them for signs of hemlock woolly adelgid, which infests only hemlock trees. If you are not sure whether your trees are hemlocks, use the Michigan Invasive Species Program’s eastern hemlock identification guide.

The adelgid’s round, white, cottony ovisacs are most visible in the winter and are located on the undersides of hemlock branches at the base of the needles. The publication Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Look-Alikes, available at Michigan.gov/HWA, provides images and information on identifying this and other pests commonly mistaken for it.

How do I report an infestation?

If you suspect trees on your property have hemlock woolly adelgid, report it using the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network at MISIN.MSU.edu. You can report from the field using the MISIN smartphone app, which will log the location and allow you to upload photos of the suspect signs of the insect.

You also can take pictures, note the tree’s location and email the information to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development at MDA-Info@Michigan.gov or report by calling 800-292-3939. Someone will respond to let you know if hemlock woolly adelgid is present or not.

Please do not clip infested branch samples and transport or mail them. This could accidentally spread the insect to new areas. A state interior quarantine makes it illegal to move hemlock anywhere within or out of Allegan, Ottawa, Muskegon, Oceana, or Mason counties. Currently there is no known hemlock woolly adelgid in Benzie County, as the single-tree detection was destroyed. Waste hemlock material in the quarantined counties may be moved to approved disposal sites within the quarantine zone.

For more information on identifying and managing hemlock woolly adelgid, visit Michigan.gov/HWA.

Why Shore Armoring Inevitably Fails

Interesting video about shoreline erosion and armoring the shoreline for protection

View video HERE

Memorial Weekend Presentations

We are offering three engaging presentations from knowledgeable biology professors with decades of research on Beaver Island. All presentations are open to the public and held at the Community Center. Masks and physical distancing are required. State restrictions on the number of occupants will be followed in the auditorium.

On Saturday, May 29th at 4 p.m., Dr. Nancy Seefelt will share her presentation : Avian Migration - Amazing Journeys! Dr. Seefelt teaches ornithology classes at CMU and assists the USFWS with research and monitoring of colonial waterbird colonies along with the Piping Plover recovery program.

On Sunday, May 30th starting at 1:30 p.m., Dr. Beth Leuck will present: Monarchs, Milkweeds, Mimicry, and Migration:The Story of Co-evolution, an Endangered Biological Phenomenon, and the Decline of a Charismatic Butterfly. We will have a brief break and return at 3 p.m. with Dr. Ed Leuck presenting: Orchids and Bog Plants of Beaver Island.

We are keeping the group very small this year due to Covid. (from Pam Grassmick)

All I've Ever Known: Margaret Gallagher's Story

Made in 1992 by John Callister for BBC

View this video HERE

My thatched cottage without modern immenites....

Documentary I produced for the BBC in 1992 that has proven to be very popular from its first broadcast, and continues to attract interest from across the world in 2020. Margaret Gallagher from Belcoo, County Fermanagh, N. Ireland, enjoys her rural lifestyle, living without modern amenities. This was shot on 16mm film. It reached one million views by June 2019 without any advertising and those numbers continue to climb in 2020. Fantastic! Many thanks to all viewers and especially those who have left such kind comments. I was in touch with Margaret in 2019 and she is thrilled at the response. John Callister callister.tv

CMU Biological Center to Offer Classes this Summer

2021 Summer Classes FLYER

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2021 CMUBS Course Schedule

Beaver Island Music Festival 2021

Join our team! Buy a shirt to help our cause today! 

Help keep the music alive! Join the BIMF Team. Together we have the power to accomplish some pretty incredible things. We see it every day! The campaigns you support, the causes you rally behind, and the projects you bring to life, are what keeps the beat going. We need your help to support musicians and the cultural arts to keep the music flowing. You're doing something amazing by purchasing a Team BIMF t-shirt to support us in the work we are doing.

Since 2003 the Beaver Island Music Festival, an annual community-based event, has grown a vibrant cultural community on a remote Lake Michigan island. PARC is dedicated to creating ways to retain and support artists, personnel, festival goers, and community members who have been affected by the many cancellations by trying to minimize the devastating economic impact. We plan to continue events, either in person or by creating new platforms, that will support the mission of our organization and make sure this vital asset to our rural and isolated community does not disappear. These artists represent the cultural history and spirit of the island with a combination of traditional and current music. The Festival means much more than a set of musical performances. It is a way of bringing people to Beaver Island every year to experience the natural beauty, community spirit, enjoy talented musicians, and support an island that depends on summer visitors for its economic resilience. In the coming months we will need your support to keep moving forward into 2021. Beaver Island Music Festival 2020 will become BIMF 2021 with artists returning for a stronger festival. For more information https://bimf.ne

Order your t-shirt HERE

WWTV/WWUP- Preserving History: Saving the Squaw Island Lighthouse

This was an amazing video done by Corey Adkins. The call to him came from Brian Cole, and the project to restore the Squaw Island Lighthouse is quite the amazing and wonderful project documented by Corey Adkins. It can be viewed at the following link:

View the video HERE

Help Clean Up the Island

February 26, 2021

Link to the Joes' Junk website HERE

BI COA Announces Addition

Beginning on March 1, 2021, there will be another location available for seniors to get senior meals. Some island seniors have been waiting for this announcement for quite a while and are quite happy about it. Joining in for the senior meals is the Shamrock Restaurant owned by Hodgson Enterprises. This will be joining the other locations of Dahlwhiine's and the school lunch program.


Hello friends,

The Charlevoix County Commission on Aging on Beaver Island is pleased to announce that on March 1, 2021, the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant will accept COA meal vouchers.

The Shamrock’s COA menu will be available daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 2p.m. and dinner is available from 5-8 p.m.

Also, from 10 a.m. – 2p.m. on Saturday and Sunday the Shamrock will offer COA breakfast during and its regular lunch menu During their weekend brunch.

For questions about the menu or hours call the Shamrock at 448-2278 or information about COA meal vouchers call 448-2124.

I would like to remind all COA clients using the meal voucher program that only one voucher per day can be used. Please do not eat at one establishment for breakfast, lunch or dinner and then go to another establishment for another meal. These actions will not be tolerated by the COA. Questions about the policy can be directed to Lonnie at 448-2124 or the main office in Charlevoix at (231) 237-0103.
Grace and peace be with you,

Lonnie Allen
Site Coordinator, Beaver Island COA
Charlevoix County Beaver Island
Building coordinator/Maintenance assistant
(231) 448-2124

Font Lake Park Project

February 25, 2021

Peaine Township is applying for a grant to improve the Font Lake Park behind the Peaine Township building. The information about the grant and the budget for this project are presented below.

Font Lake Park

Attachment 1 Font Lake Resolution 2021 (1)

A Video from the Past

copyright 2004 by Phillip Michael Moore

About seventeen years ago, the director of Beaver Island EMS was Joe Moore. His son Phillip Michael Moore was in a Master's Degree program in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. It just so happened that the video project for his degree was to be a documentary about BIEMS and the need for a local air ambulance. His video was very professionally done.

It also happened that his grandfather, Phil Gregg, happened to have a heart attack while Michael was on the island filming for this documentary. Lots of volunteer EMS people are shown in this video, along with some of the patients, of course with their permission. The documentary was completed in 2004, prior to the second paramedic class taught on Beaver Island, so some of the current EMS providers were not in this documentary.

At the time of the filming, BIEMS was a volunteer EMS agency with people getting paid only a small amount for each emergency to help cover their gas expenses for participating in an emergency call. Some of them are listed here: Jim Stambaugh, Tim McDonough, Cindy Cushman, Gerald LaFreniere, and others. The "32 Miles of Water" title of the documentary referred to the miles from Beaver Island to the mainland hospitals of Charlevoix and Petoskey.

The Beaver Island community is so fortunate to now have Island Airways with a FAA certified air ambulance that has been operating for more than ten years now. At the time this video was made, the only emergency flights were done by Northflight EMS out of Traverse City, Michigan, or the US Coast Guard helicopter, also out of Traverse City. Sarah McCafferty was the EMS director and then Danielle Dedloff when the BIEMS licensed the Welke Aviation 866JA Britten Norman Islander aircraft with the State of Michigan as an air transport vehicle under the BIEMS agency license. This is the most efficient method of getting a patient off Beaver Island and to a hospital when an emergency occurs.

The concern 17 years ago was the time necessary to get the patient to the mainland hospital with the Golden Hour being the popular EMS period of getting the patient to the operating room within this 60 minute period of time. With the flight time from Traverse City to Beaver Island being almost an hour, this Golden Hour was taken up just getting the aircraft here. Now, with the Island Airways aircraft here on the island, the time to Charlevoix Airport or Harbor Springs Airport is less than 20 minutes or less than half the time to get the plane to the island from Traverse City.

The modern advanced life support agency, completed by a locally based air transport capability makes the island quite capable of transporting a patient within this Golden Hour, but only if the local aircraft and local pilot are available. Thank you, Paul Welke and Island Airways for you commitment to helping BIEMS accomplish this goal.

This video is seventeen years old, or thereabouts, but the accomplishments can still be applauded. Great job and thank you to all the volunteers that allowed this service to accomplish many successes. It has only been four and half years that the BIEMS is now a paid paramedic ALS agency, and the same challenges are still with us here today. The work of all those in the past to get this system set up in an efficient manner cannot be ignored. Great job to all the volunteers!

View this documentary from 2004 HERE

Ways to Give to BIRHC

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center raises only 28% of the funding it needs to operate from patient and insurance payments. The rest comes from property taxes, grants and donations.

There are several ways you can support the Health Center and the essential services it provides:

Amazon Smile

Did you know that much more funding than just patient payments are needed to support our health center operations? We are now a registered charitable organization on Amazon Smile! When you designate BIRHC as your charitable organization and shop through Smile.Amazon.com, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the Health Center. Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know… same products, same prices, same service. Support the Beaver Island Rural Health Center by shopping at smile.amazon.com.

To do this, go to http://www.Smile.Amazon.com, and enter “Beaver Island Rural Health Center” as your charity of choice. Then shop under “Smile.Amazon.com” when purchasing products. Every bit counts!

AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives.


The BIRHC Special Projects Fund

This fund is held with the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. Its purposes are twofold: To fund new and improved programs and to serve as a contingency fund from which the board can borrow to operate the Health Center during times of negative cash flow. This is especially important due to the seasonal fluctuations of property tax receipts and patient revenue. The Special Projects Fund is always kept in liquid investments that do not vary with market conditions. This fund can be spent down to zero in emergency situations. To contribute to this fund click on the Charlevoix County Community Foundation link below and follow the site’s instructions. Specify “BIRHC Special Projects Fund” in the appropriate box on the page.

The BIRHC Endowment Fund

This fund is a permanent endowment fund also held at the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. It was the brainchild of the late Dr. Phil Lange. It is invested under the direction of the Community Foundation’s Finance Committee, is designed to grow over time, and is subject to the Foundation’s spending policy, which provides an annual distribution to the BIRHC.  Because the fund is endowed, the principal can never be invaded. So donating to the BIRHC Endowment is a way to “do good forever.” The long-term goal of the BIRHC Board is to build a 1.5 million dollar endowment that could eliminate the current need to hold several yearly fundraisers in order to keep the Health Center doors open. Endowment Fund donations of $10,000 or more are recognized with engraved plaques on the “Legacy Tree” wall sculpture located in the reception area of the health Center. Gifts can be paid over up to five years.

Checks, made payable to the “Charlevoix County Community Foundation,” with BIRHC Endowment on the memo line, can be sent to the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 718, East Jordan, MI 49727.  Contributions can also be made online at www.c3f.org.

(from biruralhealth.org)

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Transfer Station Website Up and Running

August 19, 2020

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