B. I. News on the 'Net, April 20-26, 2015

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for April 27, 2015

It's 38 outside, feels like 31, wind is at 10 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 81%, pressure is steady at 1019 mb, and visibility is 9.6 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s. North winds at 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. North winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of April 27, 1938 - Geraldine Apponyi married King Zog of Albania. She was the first American woman to become a queen.

Did you know that trees do not have life expectancies (most can grown indefinitely)?

Word of the day: os (aws) which means 1. A mouth or an orifice. [plural ora] 2. A bone. [plural ossa] For 1: From Latin os (mouth). Earliest documented use: 1859. For 2: From Latin os (bone). Earliest documented use: 1400.
NOTES: It also appears as an abbreviation in many fields, including
Chemistry: Os - symbol for the element osmium
Computing: OS - Operating System
Medicine: OS - left eye (from Latin oculus sinister)
Linguistics: OS - Old Saxon

Jett Hyler Anderson Born

Jett Hyler Anderson, son of Jessica and Adam Anderson was born at 7:32 am this morning. Gage, Sienna, and Annika welcomed their brother Jett on April 26, 2015. He weighed 8 lbs. 7 oz. This makes the Adam Anderson family equal with two boys and two girls.

Heron Near Rustic Villa Cabins

Fishing in the shallows and then something scare the ducks and the ducks scared the heron.

Then the heron started preaning itself in the weeds farther away.

The heron is perfectly happy to sit in these weeds, and show off.

National Day of Prayer Service Scheduled

The National Day of Prayer is Thursday May 7, 2015. Please join your fellow community members for a brief 30 minute ceremony at 12:00 noon at the AmVets Memorial Park to pray for our Government Leaders on all levels, National, State, and Local.

The purpose is to petition God on behalf of our leaders and those who are in authority over us. No matter what political party you may or may not belong too, no matter what your agreements or disagreements may be please take a moment and stand neighbor to neighbor as we honor our leaders with prayer that they may remain safe, be encouraged to commit to the oaths of office of which they hold, and make decisions for the people of this great nation who have entrusted them with their duties.

The guidance for assembly on this day is to gather at “the prominent flagpole” of the town of the prayer group. In the event of inclement weather, we will gather at the Community Center.

Background:
The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.

Contact Patrick Nugent for more information: 448-2329

UpNorth Live---Stoney Acre Special

$40 deal for $20

View the special and restrictions HERE

Karen Pischner Campbell RIP

Karen passed away after a long battle against cancer.

Karen Pischner Campbell visitation is at Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix Wednesday from 4 p.m.-- 7 p.m. followed by the Rosary at 7 p.m..

Funeral is 11 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, at St. Mary's Church.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for April 26, 2015

It's looking to be another beautiful day this morning. Right now it's 32, feels like 27, wind is at 5 mph from the NW, humidity is at 88%, pressure is rising from 1017 mb, and visibility is at 8.9 miles. Today: Sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. Northwest winds at 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. North winds at 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of April 26, 1975 - B.J. Thomas had the longest title of a number one song at the top of the "Billboard" popular music chart. The song was "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song."

Did you know that the hardest substance in the human body is enamel?

Word of the day: simulacrum (sim-yuh-ley-kruh-m) which means 1) a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance. 2) an effigy, image, or representation: a simulacrum of Aphrodite. Middle English, from Latin, from simulare. First Known Use: 15th century

Pamela S. Brazda RIP

September 28, 1948 - April 24, 2015

Visitation:

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time: 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Location:
Starks & Menchinger Chapel

2650 Niles Rd.

St. Joseph, MI 49085

Service:

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Time: 01:00 pm
Location:

Starks & Menchinger Chapel
2650 Niles Rd.

St. Joseph, MI 49085

Burial:

Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Sodus.

Memorials to:

Elephant Sanctuary

27 East Main St.

Hohen Walk, Tennessee

phone 931-796-6500

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

This month's school board meeting was scheduled later than normal due to the Spring Break on the school calendar. Then the weather and illnes played a part in the rescheduling of the meeting this week. The board met on Friday, April 24, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. for approximately two hours.

Video of the meeting is HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for April 25, 2015

It's 29 here this morning and feels like 23 with beautiful, blue skies. Wind is from the east at 5 mph, humidity is at 88%, pressure is steady at 1018 mb, and visibility is at 9.5 miles. Today: Sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. Northeast winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 30s. North winds 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

On this date of April 25, 1968 - The Beatles refused to perform for the Queen of England at a British Olympic Appeal Fund show because "Our decision would be the same no matter what the cause. We don't do benefits."

Did you know that each red blood cell lives an average of 4 months and travels between the lungs and other tissue 75,000 times before returning to bone marrow to die?

Word of the day: lissom or lissome which means agile; graceful. Alteration of lithesome, from Old English lithe (flexible, mild) + -some (having a particular quality). Earliest documented use: 1800.

TWO Ospreys on the Nest

The question that was creating sadness with the less than positive thoughts was: Did the mate of the osprey on the nest die on the way back to the island? Where is (s)he? That question is answered, and we may actually be viewing the creation of some new baby ospreys. There are two ospreys in the nest.

You watch the video and see if you don't agree that we may actually be watching the creation of the new baby ospreys on the microwave tower on Beaver Island.

 

This Old Cookbook--??+3

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

Apple Fritters with Cherry Sauce

1 cup flour.................2/3 cup of milk

3/4 teaspoon salt.................1 tablespoon of melted shortening

1 teaspoon sugar............3 cups finely diced apples

2 eggs separated

Sift dry ingredients............Beat egg yolks, and add milk and shortening

Stir dry ingredients into egg yolks, milk, and shortening.

Drop from tablespoon into deep fat thats at 375 degrees.

Brown on one side, then turn over and brown.

Cherry Sauce

Combine 2 and 1/2 Tablespoons of cornstarch, 1 cup of sugar and a dash of salt.

Stir in 1 and 1/2 cup of canned sour cherry juice.

Cook until thickened.

Add 1 tablespoon of butter, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 1 cup canned sour cherries.

Cool

Place cherry sauce over apple fritters and serve.

by Gary Coururier, 7 years old

No One Is Exempt from Needing EMS

by Joe Moore

Read about some historically correct, historical fiction about fictional patients of Beaver Island EMS.

All stories are based upon fact, but have fictional characters and fictional patients.

Read this HERE

When Everything Comes Together

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for April 24, 2015

It's rather frosty outside this morning. I keep telling myself that spring IS going to show up one of these days. Right now it's 27 and feels like 21, wind is at 5 mph from the west, humidity is at 88%, pressure is rising from 1019 mb, and visibility is at 9.4 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 40s. Northwest winds about 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s. Light winds.

On this date of April 24, 1990 - The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.

Did you know that you brain weights 2% of your body weight though uses 20% of all oxygen you breathe and 15% of the body's blood supply?

Word of the day: intractable (in-TRAK-tuh-buhl) which means not easily handled, managed, or controlled. From Latin tractare (to handle), frequentative of trahere (draw). Earliest documented use: 1545.

Walleye Fry in Rearing Pond

The Beaver Island Wildlife Club members have been pumping water into the pond that is used for rearing the walleye fry.

Gary Morgan checks on the pump...The windmill that is not pumping.....The water of the pond

Heather Hettinger, a Fisheries Management Biologist, from the Michigan Deptment of Natural Resources, Traverse City Field Office, arrived today, April 23, 2015, on a 3:00 flight. She brought with her approximately 50,000 walleye fry to be placed into the walleye rearing pond out on John and Sally Fogg's property back from the metal grain bins on Barney's Lake Road. Ms. Hettinger arrived at approximately 3:45 p.m. at the location, and almost immediately went to measure the temperature of the water in the rearing pond.

Heather Hettinger explains why she's on Beaver Island

 

Everyone knows that the temperature in the bag of walleye fry has to match the temperature of the water in the pond, so as not to shock and possibly kill the delicate walleye fry. So, ten to fifteen minutes was spent waiting for that to happen.

The walleye fry are approximately 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch in length. This was the best picture of them.

The bags sit in the pond near the edge, picture of bags from a different angle, Heather opens to bag to check the temperature of the walleye water in the bag.

Time to release the fry....bags are rinsed to make sure all fry are released.

The job done, Heather carefully walks out of the pond.

Over the next five or six weeks, the BI Game Club will be feeding the walleye fry, and the fry should grow to over an inch in length. They will be netted after this growing period and then be released in inland island lakes. The most well known location is Lake Geneserath.

Video of this event

 

10 Bogus Excuses People Use When They Steal Photos from the Web

From the beginning of digital revolution up to the current time, there have been those that believe that anything that they can copy is free game and may be used as if it was their own. This is not true. This article on the web really spell it out quite clearly.

Read the article HERE

The most important statement is pretty obvious. From the moment that the shutter release is pressed, the photo belongs to the person who pressed the shutter release. If that person is working for an news agency, organization, or business, then the ownership belongs to that company, organization, or news agency.

If you want to use a copy of that photograph, you need to get permission from the owner of the information. As an example, down below, there is an article that was in the newspaper. This newspaper was contacted and the permission to use the article was obtained from the newspaper. "CMU Beaver Island Bio Station-Researchers in China" was a CMU news release that was printed in that newspaper. But, BINN contacted the newspaper to make certain that they would not mind BINN posting their edited copy of the news release.

Another example is that if you go to the Beaver Island Birding Trail website, you will find a picture of an osprey holding a bass caught in flight. The Beaver Island Birding Trail got permission from Joe Moore, editor, BINN, who took this picture. The permission was for them to use it on their website. Permission was granted. This same photo was placed on the Beaver-Island-News-on-the-Net facebook page. It was used and copied by the photographer Joe Moore to his personal facebook page as well. This picture is the property of Joe Moore and BINN. Sharing this picture is possible, but not legal without permission. If this picture is stolen, meaning copied to someone else's facebook page without identifying the owner, then the picture is stolen.

Here is that photo:

Yet another example is that BINN has given permission to the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce to use some photos from BINN. The important thing here is that permission was given, AND credit for the photo has been provided.

Phyllis Moore has posted something on her facebook page that is quoted here: "When someone shares my photos, I'm usually honored, however that does not apply when they do not give me credit for the photo. That is, quite simply, stealing. The picture is not theirs, it's mine, it will always be mine no matter how much time passes. One can not simply "copy and paste" a photo to their page. That is like going to meet the ferry, liking a particular car, and driving off in it. PLEASE give credit where credit is due."

Some people have used photos that were stolen from BINN without giving any credit where credit is due. These photos were photos of the St. Patrick's Day Games taken out in the public roadway. These pictures were stolen, posted on the web without credit given, and pretty much claimed them as their own. These pictures were taken by Andrea Jo Moore for Beaver Island News on the 'Net. The person involved was not cooperative, but eventually removed the photos after using them for years as their own pictures. They did not have permission from Andrea Jo Moore or from BINN. Here are those pictures:

Even though the digital world makes it easy to steal intellectual property such as video, photos, and other information or data, it is not legal to do so. Another example might be the on-demand viewing of video on BINN by a newspaper. If this newspaper does not attend a meeting videoed by BINN and is not a subscriber to BINN, but still accesses this video by whatever means, including using direct quotes from the video, then this newspaper has stolen the digital material and used it without permission.

There is a moral to this story. If you don't own something, don't represent yourself as the owner.

Emergency Services Authority Schedules Special Meeting

Merlin or Owl-Awaiting Breakfast

Earlier this morning around 8:30 a.m., April 23, 2015, there was a big bird sitting on top of the power pole. It was pretty overcast and not much light for taking pictures. One flash would have chased the bird away, so patiently waiting for a little more light was about all that could be done. Then these pictures were taken.

Unless the identification can be changed by someone more knowledgeable, this bird will be labeled a Merlin.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for April 23, 2015

Ok, Mother Nature, enough is enough! It is cold enough out, that we gave the dogs a steak bone last night, they have decided it isn't good enough to warrant sitting out in the yard to chew on it, so there it lays,waiting for things to warm up. It's 28 outside this morning and with the wind, it feels like 18, wind is at 15 mph from the northwest with gusts up to 19 mph, humidity is at 76%, pressure is rising from 1010 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Brrrrr! Today: Mostly cloudy until about 6 p.m. then partly cloudy. Highs 45 to 49. NW winds 10 to 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 28 to 32. NW winds 5 to 15 mph.

On this date of April 23, 1963 - Jan & Dean recorded "Surf City."

Did you know that honey enters your blood stream within 20 minutes of being eaten?

Word of the day: dour (rhymes with tour; DOU-uhr) which means sullen; severe; gloomy; stubborn. Probably from Latin durus (hard). Earliest documented use: 1425.

What's New at the Beaver Island Library?

There are five new bestsellers, one new audiobook, 57 new children's books, and 27 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week include "The Nightingale," "The Stranger," and "The Buried Giant: A Novel."

First Yacht of the Season

New CMU Boat

Picture and information from Bob Tidmore. Thanks, Bob!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for April 22, 2015

Well, the snow is still here and still coming down, albeit much more slowly. This is NOT a good beach day. Right now it's 30 outside and feels like 23. Humidity is at 87%, pressure is at 29.53 in, wind is from the WNW between 3 and 7 mph, and visibility is 10 miles. Today: Snow showers. High around 35F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph. Tonight: A few snow showers scattered about the area this evening, otherwise a good deal of clouds. Low 29F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 30%.

On this date of April 22, 1978 - John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their first appearance as The Blues Brothers on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

Did you know that Pez was invented in 1927?

Word of the day: ascetic (uh-SET-ik) which means adjective: Practicing severe self-discipline or self-denial. noun: One who practices severe self-discipline or self-denial. From Greek askesis (exercise or training), from askein (to exercise or work). Earliest documented use: 1646.


     

Links

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

Meeting 12/11/14

Video HERE

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

January 15, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

February 19, 2015

February 26, 2015

Video is HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015

Common Core Presentation to School Board and Community

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

January 12, 2015

Video of the meeting

January 27, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

March 9, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Monday, February 9, 2015

Board Meeting Video HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

March 11, 2015

Link to Video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Annual Meeting

March 28, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

April 8, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

 

St. James Township Meeting Video

March 4, 2014 Special Meeting with Lawyer and Auditor

Video available HERE

St. James Township Regular Board Meeting

March 4, 2015, 7 p.m.

View video HERE

St. James Township Annual Meeting

March 28, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

April 1, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

 

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center

BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER

At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon – Sat  8am – 5pm
Sun Closed 

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

Activities............................Movies

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Airport Commission Meeting

November 1, 2014.

Video of the meeting HERE

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet

Menu for Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet

Friday May 15 at the Shamrock

Cocktails at 6, Dinner at 7, awards to follow

Reservations necessary - 231.448.2278

Salad starter with bread service

Choice of

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

Hot fudge sundae

The Nominees Are:

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

BINGO Announcement

BICS Board Meeting Rescheduled

No Meeting Tonight, Monday, April 20, 2015

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for April 20+21, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Loon on Barney's Lake

Visiting or Nesting?

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

Still Here

by Cindy Ricksgers

Surprise Birthday Party

for Rick and Kathy Speck

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

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

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

Clip of Kathy's Special Surprise Gift

 

Wonderful Beaver Island Community Effort

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

Working on a Deck

Picture by Joann Gatliff

Relaxing after a hard day of working on the deck.

Gull Harbor Pics

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

Not much left of the ice mountains.

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

Pussy Willows are out at Gull Harbor.

One lonesome but small iceberg.

Heron and Ducks

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

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

Guarding the Nest

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

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

Short video clip of osprey

 

Thank an EMS or Fireman Volunteer Today

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

 

 

Announcements/Ads

BINGO Announcement

National Day of Prayer Service Scheduled

The National Day of Prayer is Thursday May 7, 2015. Please join your fellow community members for a brief 30 minute ceremony at 12:00 noon at the AmVets Memorial Park to pray for our Government Leaders on all levels, National, State, and Local.

The purpose is to petition God on behalf of our leaders and those who are in authority over us. No matter what political party you may or may not belong too, no matter what your agreements or disagreements may be please take a moment and stand neighbor to neighbor as we honor our leaders with prayer that they may remain safe, be encouraged to commit to the oaths of office of which they hold, and make decisions for the people of this great nation who have entrusted them with their duties.

The guidance for assembly on this day is to gather at “the prominent flagpole” of the town of the prayer group. In the event of inclement weather, we will gather at the Community Center.

Background:
The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.

Contact Patrick Nugent for more information: 448-2329

BICS End of School Year Calendar

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Winter Schedule 2014-2015


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

Open for shopping and donations

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

 
or Donna at 448-2797.

Charlevoix County Transit Spring Hours

Beaver Island

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

10 a.m. service

Bible study

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

-Everyone welcome!!

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

Estate Planning Seminar with Ted Hughes

May 16 from 10-12 at the Community Center


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

2015 Warblers on the Water Events

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

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.

From the Beaver Island Association

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

http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/warblers.htm 

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

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

Gail's Walk Scheduled

Critical Dune Ordinance for St. James Township

Click HERE to view the ordinance

Road Rally

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

5th ANNUAL  GARDEN TOUR PLANNERS EXCITED ABOUT THIS YEAR'S JULY 15th EVENT


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

Chad Michael Wood Obituary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PABI Ice Classic 2015 Ends

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

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

Again, thanks for your support of the Community Center


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

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the information and the pictures!

CMU Beaver Island Bio Station-Researchers in China

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

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

The First Round of Golf

of the 2015 Season

by Joe Moore

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Beaver Island Men's Golf League Information

Charlevoix County Transit Spring 2015 Schedule

Emerald Isle Returns with First Run of the Year

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

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

Wind Moving the Ice

 

Emerald Isle Heads Out

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

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

Peaine Township Road Meeting

Gathering of interested persons

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

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

Video of this meeting is HERE

Drinking Habits Rescheduled

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

Marv Ruis-RIP

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

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

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

EVERYONE NEEDS RURAL EMS

by Joe Moore

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

Click HERE to Read this Story

Osprey and Sandhills-Spring Is Here

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

Lone sentinel osprey guarding the nest

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

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

USCG Cutter Biscayne Bay Breaks Ice in Paradise Bay

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

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

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

This Old Cookbook--??+2

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

Pralines

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

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

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

large pinch of salt

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

Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until creamy.

Drop on well buttered plate or on wax paper.

Christy Verhage, 7 years old

Waterfalls and Flowing Creeks

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

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

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

Ellen Welke Fund Needs Help

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

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

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

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

Donate Here

Dear Dr. Powers

Beaver Island Birding Trail Presentation Update

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

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

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

From Holy Cross

Beaver Island Association's Newsletter 2015

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

BICS Plans BI History Adventure

from Deb Robert

Preliminary information on the Beaver Island History Adventure!

BICS to Host Beaver Island History Adventure

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

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

Volunteers are needed in the following capacity:

Walking the route with students

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

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

Taking pictures

Making food

Set-Up and/or Clean-Up

Contact Person:  Debbie Robert

From the MIDNR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The DNR advises:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visiting Providers at BIRHC

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

Call his office for an appointment
866 400 3376

call Betty, if you have questions 448 2275

 

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

Any additional questions call Betty 231 448 2275

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

Road Rally

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

From Peaine Supervisor Bill Kohls

Road Paving in Peaine

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

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

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

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

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

Memo from Bill Kohls

Road financing

Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter for 2015

From Waste Management Committee

Vacation Bible School

Please Join Us at…

Featuring…

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

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

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

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

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

***Volunteers Needed***

Property Tax Renewal Language

for St. James Township, May Election

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

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


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