B. I. News on the 'Net, April 22-May 5, 2019

This is Sunday

by Cindy Ricksgers

Mass from Holy Cross

May 5, 2019

With two funerals on Saturday, there was no regular Mass on Saturday, but the Sunday Mass was at the regular time of 9:30 a.m. Bill McDonough was the reader with Father Jim Siler our celebrant. Today's service was live on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv.

Bill McDonough, reader; Jim Siler, celebrant

Today was also the May Crowning

Before the crowning........after the crowning

The choir sang "Immaculate Mary."

View video of the service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 5, 2019

Slept in obviously and woke to another beautiful day. It's 52°, sunny, humidity is at 55%, wind from the SSW at 10 mph with gusts to 20 mph making it feel like 48°, pressure is steady at 29.83 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are high for today at 10. Top allergens are ash, birch, and maple. The marine report is as follows:
Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming northwest early in the evening. Chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight North wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Light winds. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Night North wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1961, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. is launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to travel into space. The suborbital flight, which lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere, was a major triumph for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

NASA was established in 1958 to keep U.S. space efforts abreast of recent Soviet achievements, such as the launching of the world’s first artificial satellite–Sputnik 1–in 1957. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the two superpowers raced to become the first country to put a man in space and return him to Earth. On April 12, 1961, the Soviet space program won the race when cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was launched into space, put in orbit around the planet, and safely returned to Earth. One month later, Shepard’s suborbital flight restored faith in the U.S. space program.

NASA continued to trail the Soviets closely until the late 1960s and the successes of the Apollo lunar program. In July 1969, the Americans took a giant leap forward with Apollo 11, a three-stage spacecraft that took U.S. astronauts to the surface of the moon and returned them to Earth. On February 5, 1971, Alan Shepard, the first American in space, became the fifth astronaut to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 14 lunar landing mission.

DID YOU KNOW THAT in Alabama bear wrestling matches are prohibited? True and still on the books.

WORD OF THE DAY avenaceous (av-uh-NEY-shuhs) which means of or like oats. The very rare adjective avenaceous, meaning “of, like, or pertaining to oats,” is used only in botany. Avenaceous comes straight from the Latin adjective avēnāceus “made from oats,” a derivative of avēna “oats,” which comes from the same Proto-Indo-European source as Lithuanian avižà and Slavic (Polish) owies, both meaning “oats.” Avenaceous entered English in the 18th century.

Emerald Isle on the Way

May 4, 2019

Updated at 11:26 am Saturday

Photos courtesy of Lori Taylor-Blitz

ATTENTION: 5/4/2019 

The Emerald Isle just left the Pine River channel on its way to Beaver Island. Arrival time approx. 1:30 pm Island departure to Charlevoix Approximately 2-2:15pm Charlevoix second Departure 4:45-5:00 pm

Bridge in Charlevoix Not Working

May 4, 2019

Picture courtesy of Lori Taylor-Blitz

ATTENTION: 5/4/2019 the Bridge is stuck about 3/4 in the up position. We are awaiting MDOT repair personnel which should arrive around 10:30 am. They were able to get the bridge down to allow vehicle traffic. We’re sorry for any inconvenience and once again thank you for your patience!  AS soon as it is operational we will update todays departure schedule. Posted at 9 a.m., 5/4/19

May 3, 2019

Sources note that the bridge in Charlevoix is closed to traffice, both US-31 traffic and boat traffic. The MDOT has workers on their way to the location and may be there to work on it as soon as 1 p.m., but there will be no relief to the traffic issue or the boat traffic issue until the bridge is completely able to close. The first relief will most likely be to get the traffic moving on the highway through Charlevoix over the Pine River. This means that the second issue, getting the Emerald Isle ferry back to the island may be delayed for an unknown period of time. It is possible that the boat may be delayed by a couple of hours, but this is just a guess.

From the BIBCO website: "ATTENTION: The 5/3/2019 11:30 am boat is delayed until 12:30pm due to a bridge malfunction. We’ll be updating our Facebook page and website periodically with more information once we learn more! Thank you for your patience. "

Posted at 12:15 p.m, 5/3/19

Here are the pictures from the Charlevoix bridge, first stuck in the up position and then not able to get all the way down.

These pictures were sent to BINN by Sheila Davis who was on scene at the time. She stated, "It looked like a speed bump in height, but traffic was re-routed."

From BIBCO website: "The 5/3/2019 11:30 am trip is scheduled to leave at 6 pm as long as the bridge is repaired. "

Posted at 2:45 p.m., 5/3/19

From Central Dispatch CCE, "Charlevoix Bridge has reopened and is resuming normal traffic."

Posted at 3 p.m., 5/3/19

From BIBCO: "UPDATE: The 5/3/2019 boat is cancelled due to the bridge not being able to operate. Posted at 9 p.m., 5/3/19

"On 5/4/2019 our tentative schedule will be 7 am from Charlevoix, 9:30 am from Beaver Island and 12:00 pm from Charlevoix. If you were planning to travel at our original schedule times we've just bumped the time back an hour or so. We're sorry for any inconvenience and once again thank you for your patience!:" from BIBCO website


Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 4, 2019

Oh what a beautiful morning on Beaver Island! Sun is shinning, sky is blue, 28°, humidity is at 98%, wind is from the WNW, pressure is 30.03 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are high at 9.8 today, Top allergens are ash, birch, and maple. Marine report as follows:
Today Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight South wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday West wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Night North wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE When a music critic wants to indicate that a song lacks lyrical sophistication, he or she will often refer to its lyrics as being of the “moon in June” sort. It’s a label left over from the Tin Pan Alley era, when even great composers like Irving Berlin churned out a hundred uninspired Moon/June tunes for every highly original classic like “Blues Skies” or “Puttin’ On The Ritz.” If rock and roll has an equivalent in the area of clichéd lyrics, it is probably “Baby” and “Maybe”—a rhyming pair made most famous in the smoldering early-rock classic “Be-Bop-A-Lula,” which was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, by the rockabilly legend Gene Vincent on this day in 1956.

The story of how the decidedly un-complex lyrics of “Be-Bop-A-Lula” got written is shrouded in a certain amount of controversy. Officially, Gene Vincent’s business manager, Bill “Sheriff Tex” Davis, is credited as the co-writer, but Sheriff Tex, a savvy 40-year-old from Connecticut, seems an unlikely source of such naïve gem. The story that has the greater ring of truth credits a young man named Donald Graves—a buddy Gene Vincent made in a Portsmouth, Virginia, Veteran’s Hospital. Vincent—born Vincent Eugene Craddock in 1935—had just reenlisted in the U.S. Navy in the spring of 1955 when he suffered a devastating leg injury in a motorcycle accident. That injury would land him in hospital for more than a year, where a fellow patient remembers Vincent and Graves tooling around the facility working out the song that would eventually become a classic. By the time Gene Vincent’s demo tape reached Capitol Records the following spring, however, Graves had been bought out of his share in “Be-Bop-A-Lula” by Sheriff Tex, reportedly for just $25.

It wasn’t the obvious brilliance of “Be-Bop-A-Lula,” but rather the uncanny resemblance between Gene Vincent’s voice and Elvis Presley’s that explains the speed with which Capitol snapped Vincent up and got him into the studio. In fact, when Vincent and his Blue Caps recorded “Be-Bop-A-Lula” on May 4, 1956, it was as a “B” side to a now largely forgotten tune called “Woman Love.” As soon as disk jockeys began “flipping” Vincent’s debut single, however, “Be-Bop-A-Lula” became a smash, rising to #7 on the pop charts and selling more than 2 million copies in its first year of release.

DID YOU KNOW THAT in Carrizozo, New Mexico it's forbidden for a female to appear unshaven in public? It's on the books there.

WORD OF THE DAY organon (AWR-guh-non) which means an instrument of thought or knowledge. The Greek noun órganon means “tool, instrument, sensory organ, body part, musical instrument (whence the English name of the musical instrument), surgical instrument, table of calculations, (a concrete) work, work product, and a set of principles for conducting scientific and philosophical work.” This last meaning first occurs in the works of the Peripatetic philosopher Alexander of Aphrodisias, who lived in the late 2nd and early 3rd centuries a.d. and was the most famous ancient Greek commentator on Aristotle. Órganon is a derivative of the Greek root erg-, org- (also dialectal werg-, worg-), from the Proto-Indo-European root werg-, worg-; the Germanic form of this root is werk-, whence English work. Organon in its sense “bodily organ” entered English in the late 16th century; the philosophical sense entered English in the early 17th century.

Male Osprey Still Checking on Nest

After being on the island for almost three weeks, the male osprey is still making an effort to come back and check the microwaver tower for his mate. The male osprey is always on Beaver Island before the female arrives, but this year, the female has not come back to meet her mate. Those osprey watchers and, some may call addicts, are still hopeful that the female may return to meet this osprey, rebuild up the nest, and have some eggs to hatch.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

Posted at 8:45 p.m., 5/3/19

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

May 3, 2019

Sports Awards!  Thank You Athletes, Parents, Coaches, and Spectators!
On Wednesday, Islander athlete enthusiasts came together to celebrate the 2018-2019 season and recognize stellar performance by our team members. In addition, the school as a whole was honored for the second year in a row by the Northern Lights League with the Kitty McNamara Sportsmanship Award. Go Islanders!

Tomorrow--Saturday, May 4th Elementary Basketball Tournament at Maplewood!
Tomorrow BICS 4th-6th grade elementary basketball team head to the Tournament in Kinross at Maplewood.  Go Islanders!

Saturday is Movie Day at the Community Center
Come on down to the Community Center this Saturday, May 4th, for an afternoon and/or evening movie. Here’s what will be on the big screen:
4:00 pm—Mary Poppins Returns                   7:00 pm—Destroyer

National Honors Society Induction Ceremony Monday, May 6th 3:00 pm
Monday, May 6th the NHS will hold their Induction Ceremony in the High School Commons at 3:00 pm. Please feel free to join us in celebrating academic excellence!

Thursday, May 9th Family Science Education Night with CMU Honors Students
Join the CMU Honors Students in the BICS gymnasium Thursday, May 9th from 3:30-5:00 pm. There will be dozens of science displays and activities…and door prizes, giveaways, and snacks!

Friday, May 10th the 4th & 5th Grade Play at the BICC 7:00pm
Tickets on sale now on the Beaver Island Community Center for the 4th & 5th Grade play. You don’t want to miss this!  Get your tickets now!

Classroom Interruptions
As we all know keeping classroom interruptions to a minimum is what we strive for at BICS as well as parents.  That being said it is often necessary for parents to come pick up their child or need to speak with their child.  In these cases, after being buzzed into the building please come to the office so one of our office staff members can call your student to office or go and get them for you.

Softball Sign Up
If you are in 7th-12th grade and are interested in signing up to play softball, please let school office know and we will give the list to Tammy LaFreniere who is coordinating this non-school event. Softball will start next Thursday, May 9th and will run from right after school until 5:00 pm every Thursday and Friday. 

Yearbooks on Sale Now
Attached you will find an order form for anyone wanting to order a BICS yearbook.  Price is $16.00 please turn in your order form along with the money to either Ms. Wiser or the school office.

Experience the Best of Beaver Island While Supporting School Sports
The 2019 Beaver Island Community School Sports Boosters Coupon Books are now available! The $25.00 booklet contains coupons for a wide range of gifts and services from more than 30 Island businesses totaling over $1,000.00 in value. These make great gifts! This project is coordinated by the BICS Sports Boosters. All proceeds from the sale of the booklet go directly to supporting athletic programs for the students of Beaver Island Community School. Contact the school for more information on where you can purchase your booklet!

Upcoming BICS Events
We have a lot of great events coming up! Be sure to mark your calendars with the following:
May 6—NHS Induction Ceremony (3:00 pm)
May 9--CMU Honors College Family Science Night (3:30-5:00 BICS Gym)
May 10—4-5th Grade Play (7:00 pm—purchase tickets at BI Community Center)
May 17—2nd-3rd Grade Trip to Mackinac Island
May 18—BICS Bash and Banquet
May 20-23—4-5th Grade Camp Hayo-Went-Ha Trip
May 23—Last day of Pre-K
May 24—Island Cleanup and Community Celebration Concert (12:00 pm-3:30 pm)
May 28—BICS Student Dental Sealant Clinic
May 29—BICS Open House (3:00 pm-5:00 pm)

Have a Great Weekend!

Music During Warblers on the Water

Charlevoix County Transit Beaver Island Summer Hours

Beginning the week of May 20th

:Posted at 12:30 p.m., 5/3/19

Career Technology Awards

April 30, 2019

Riley, Mackenzie, Skylar and McKenna were recognized as the Char-Em Career Tech Education Awards Ceremony at Boyne Mountain. They were selected by their teachers (Connie Boyle for Business and Kathy Ehinger for Health) as the top 10% in their class. Congratulations on your hard work!

Business Technology winners with Mrs. Boyle

Health Occupations winners with Mr. Cwiekel

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 3, 2019

Extremely foggy this morning. It's 35°, wind is from the SSE, pressure is at 30.16 inches. Visibility is less than a mile at the moment. Today the pollen levels are medium-high at 9. Top allergens are ash, birch, and maple. Marine report as follows:
Today Light winds becoming west 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Areas of fog in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Light winds. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday Light winds. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday Night South wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1469, the Italian philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli is born. A lifelong patriot and diehard proponent of a unified Italy, Machiavelli became one of the fathers of modern political theory.

Machiavelli entered the political service of his native Florence by the time he was 29. As defense secretary, he distinguished himself by executing policies that strengthened Florence politically. He soon found himself assigned diplomatic missions for his principality, through which he met such luminaries as Louis XII of France, Pope Julius II, the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, and perhaps most importantly for Machiavelli, a prince of the Papal States named Cesare Borgia. The shrewd and cunning Borgia later inspired the title character in Machiavelli’s famous and influential political treatise The Prince (1532).

Machiavelli’s political life took a downward turn after 1512, when he fell out of favor with the powerful Medici family. He was accused of conspiracy, imprisoned, tortured and temporarily exiled. It was an attempt to regain a political post and the Medici family’s good favor that Machiavelli penned The Prince, which was to become his most well-known work.

Though released in book form posthumously in 1532, The Prince was first published as a pamphlet in 1513. In it, Machiavelli outlined his vision of an ideal leader: an amoral, calculating tyrant for whom the end justifies the means. The Prince not only failed to win the Medici family’s favor, it also alienated him from the Florentine people.

Machiavelli was never truly welcomed back into politics, and when the Florentine Republic was reestablished in 1527, Machiavelli was an object of great suspicion. He died later that year, embittered and shut out from the Florentine society to which he had devoted his life.

Though Machiavelli has long been associated with the practice of diabolical expediency in the realm of politics that was made famous in The Prince, his actual views were not so extreme. In fact, in such longer and more detailed writings as Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy (1517) and History of Florence (1525), he shows himself to be a more principled political moralist. Still, even today, the term “Machiavellian” is used to describe an action undertaken for gain without regard for right or wrong.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Red cars may not drive down Lake Street (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

WORD OF THE DAY vigesimal (vahy-JES-uh-muhl) which means of, relating to, or based on twenty. The English adjective vigesimal comes from the Latin adjectives vīgēsimus and vīcēsimus (also vīcēnsimus) “twentieth.” There is an obvious connection in meaning between the adjectives and the Latin numeral vīgintī “twenty,” but there is also an obvious difficulty in form. The fluctuation between -g- and -c- in the Latin words has never been satisfactorily explained, as the expected Latin form would be vīcintī. Vigesimal entered English in the 17th century.

They Are Back

Cormorants are back at Whiskey Point

Windy and Waves

If you want to get to the Gull Harbor area, you may need either a canoe, kayak, or a boat, but you might get away with some waders unless you encounter the east winds of the last couple of days.

The water is definitely going across the roadway before you get to the natural area sign.

BICS Sports Awards

May 1, 2019

View the program HERE

Superintendent/ Principal Wil Cwiekel........Athletic Director Kerrie Smith....

Cheerleading coach recognizes graduating senior as a leader

Basketball coach Dan Burton......Soccer coach Mike Myers

Five coach represeentatives announce the Bill Burns Sportmanship Award Nominees

Bill Burns Award Winner

View a gallery of photos of the night HERE

View video of the sports awards HERE

St. James Township Meeting

May 1, 2019

There were four of the five board members present for the meeting, with Travis Martin being off Island. The attendees were limited in number as well with the new Deputy Supervisor Cynthia Pryor being on of the four.

Board members preseent; Julie Gillespie, Paul Cole, Kathleen McNamara, and Diane McDonough

Elaine West for the Northern Islander.....Jessica Anderson, Deputy Clerk.....Cynthia Pryor, Deputy Supervisor.....Sheri Richards

Also present was Joe Moore, editor; Beaver Island News on the 'Net.

View video of the meeting HERE

St. James Township Documents for Meeting on May 1, 2019


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Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 2, 2019

Using a technical term - it's another yucky day. Right now we have cloudy skies, 35°, feels like 28°, humidity is at 97%, wind is from the east at 9 mph, pressure is at 30.18 inches, and visibility is 4 miles. Like I said, a yucky day. Mother Nature needs to get her act together and give us some spring sunshine and warmth. Pollen levels are at 9.1 (medium-high). Top allergens are birch, maple, and poplar. Marine report is:
Today Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots early in the morning becoming variable 10 knots or less. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Light winds. Patchy fog. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday Light winds. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday Night Light winds. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1972, after nearly five decades as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), J. Edgar Hoover dies, leaving the powerful government agency without the administrator who had been largely responsible for its existence and shape.

Educated as a lawyer and a librarian, Hoover joined the Department of Justice in 1917 and within two years had become special assistant to Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer. Deeply anti-radical in his ideology, Hoover came to the forefront of federal law enforcement during the so-called “Red Scare” of 1919 to 1920. The former librarian set up a card index system listing every radical leader, organization, and publication in the United States and by 1921 had amassed some 450,000 files. More than 10,000 suspected communists were also arrested during this period, but the vast majority of these people were briefly questioned and then released. Although the attorney general was criticized for abusing his authority during the so-called “Palmer Raids,” Hoover emerged unscathed, and on May 10, 1924, he was appointed acting director of the Bureau of Investigation, a branch of the Justice Department established in 1909.

During the 1920s, with Congress’ approval, Director Hoover drastically restructured and expanded the Bureau of Investigation. He built the corruption-ridden agency into an efficient crime-fighting machine, establishing a centralized fingerprint file, a crime laboratory, and a training school for agents. In the 1930s, the Bureau of Investigation launched a dramatic battle against the epidemic of organized crime brought on by Prohibition. Notorious gangsters such as George “Machine Gun” Kelly and John Dillinger met their ends looking down the barrels of Bureau-issued guns, while others, like Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, the elusive head of Murder, Incorporated, were successfully investigated and prosecuted by Hoover’s “G-men.” Hoover, who had a keen eye for public relations, participated in a number of these widely publicized arrests, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations, as it was known after 1935, became highly regarded by Congress and the American public.

With the outbreak of World War II, Hoover revived the anti-espionage techniques he had developed during the first Red Scare, and domestic wiretaps and other electronic surveillance expanded dramatically. After World War II, Hoover focused on the threat of radical, especially communist, subversion. The FBI compiled files on millions of Americans suspected of dissident activity, and Hoover worked closely with the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and Senator Joseph McCarthy, the architect of America’s second Red Scare.

In 1956, Hoover initiated Cointelpro, a secret counterintelligence program that initially targeted the U.S. Communist Party but later was expanded to infiltrate and disrupt any radical organization in America. During the 1960s, the immense resources of Cointelpro were used against dangerous groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, but also against African American civil rights organizations and liberal anti-war organizations. One figure especially targeted was civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., who endured systematic harassment from the FBI.

By the time Hoover entered service under his eighth president in 1969, the media, the public, and Congress had grown suspicious that the FBI might be abusing its authority. For the first time in his bureaucratic career, Hoover endured widespread criticism, and Congress responded by passing laws requiring Senate confirmation of future FBI directors and limiting their tenure to 10 years. On May 2, 1972, with the Watergate affair about to explode onto the national stage, J. Edgar Hoover died of heart disease at the age of 77. The Watergate affair subsequently revealed that the FBI had illegally protected President Richard Nixon from investigation, and the agency was thoroughly investigated by Congress. Revelations of the FBI’s abuses of power and unconstitutional surveillance motivated Congress and the media to become more vigilant in future monitoring of the FBI.

DID YOU KNOW THAT in Utah, marriage between cousins is against the law only if they are younger than 65.

WORD OF THE DAY bombinate (BOM-buh-neyt) which means to make a humming or buzzing noise.The verb bombinate comes from Latin bombināre “to buzz,” a possible variant or corruption of bombilāre, bombitāre, or bombīre “to buzz, hum,” all derivatives of the noun bombus “a buzzing, humming.” The Latin verbs and noun ultimately come from Greek bómbos “a humming, buzzing” and its various derivative verbs. The specific form bombināre is apparently a coinage by the French satirist François Rabelais (c1494–1553) in a Renaissance Latin parody of scholastic Latin in the Middle Ages. Bombinate entered English in the second half of the 19th century.

Prescription Drop-Off Program Successful

CCSD Sheriff Announces

On April 30, 2019 Sheriff Chuck Vondra is pleased to announce how successful the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office prescription drug drop-off (POD) program has been. Over the period of April 24, 2018 until April 24, 2019, the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office has disposed of 793.5 lbs. of unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications which were brought to the POD box located inthe lobby of the Charlevoix County Jail.

Since 2015, the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office has disposed over 2,250 lbs. of unwanted medications and drugs, keeping them off the streets, out of our waterways, and out of reach from children and citizens of the communities.

Sheriff Vondra encourages anyone with unused medication to please dispose of it by bringing it to a POD box. The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s POD box located in the jail is available 24 hours a day, every day. There is also a POD box over on Beaver Island at the Beaver Island Substation.

Road Rally This Sunday

Holy Cross Altar Society Schedules Bake Sales

All bake sales are located across from the post office on Main Street.
May 25, 2019  10 am - 12 noon
June 29, 2019  10 am - 12 noon
August 31, 2019  10 am - 12 noon

Eager Beaver Spring Hours

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 1, 2019

Rainy morning here, 35°, wind is from the ENE at 23 mph making it feel like 24°, humidity is at 88%, pressure is at 30.13 inches and visibility is about 2 miles. It's going to be a cold, wet day. Pollen levels for today are low at 1.1. Top allergens are birch, maple, and poplar. Marine report ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...
Today East wind 15 to 25 knots. Gusts up to 30 knots decreasing to 25 knots early in the evening. Rain showers likely. Chance of drizzle in the afternoon. Patchy fog in the morning. waves 2 to 4 feet.
Tonight East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Slight chance of drizzle. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Thursday East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Thursday Night North wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1931, President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates New York City’s Empire State Building, pressing a button from the White House that turns on the building’s lights. Hoover’s gesture, of course, was symbolic; while the president remained in Washington, D.C., someone else flicked the switches in New York.

The idea for the Empire State Building is said to have been born of a competition between Walter Chrysler of the Chrysler Corporation and John Jakob Raskob of General Motors, to see who could erect the taller building. Chrysler had already begun work on the famous Chrysler Building, the gleaming 1,046-foot skyscraper in midtown Manhattan. Not to be bested, Raskob assembled a group of well-known investors, including former New York Governor Alfred E. Smith. The group chose the architecture firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon Associates to design the building. The Art-Deco plans, said to have been based in large part on the look of a pencil, were also builder-friendly: The entire building went up in just over a year, under budget (at $40 million) and well ahead of schedule. During certain periods of building, the frame grew an astonishing four-and-a-half stories a week.

At the time of its completion, the Empire State Building, at 102 stories and 1,250 feet high (1,454 feet to the top of the lightning rod), was the world’s tallest skyscraper. The Depression-era construction employed as many as 3,400 workers on any single day, most of whom received an excellent pay rate, especially given the economic conditions of the time. The new building imbued New York City with a deep sense of pride, desperately needed in the depths of the Great Depression, when many city residents were unemployed and prospects looked bleak. The grip of the Depression on New York’s economy was still evident a year later, however, when only 25 percent of the Empire State’s offices had been rented.

In 1972, the Empire State Building lost its title as world’s tallest building to New York’s World Trade Center, which itself was the tallest skyscraper for but a year. Today the honor belongs to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tower, which soars 2,717 feet into the sky.

DID YOU KNOW THAT in Gainesville, Georgia, you are not allowed to eat fried chicken any other way than using your hands.

WORD OF THE DAY guddle (GUHD-l) which means to catch (fish) by groping with the hands, as under rocks or along a riverbank. The verb guddle “to catch (fish) by groping with the hands, as under rocks or along a riverbank” is a Scottish word with no known etymology. Guddle was used by several Scots writers, the most popular being Robert Louis Stevenson. Guddle entered English in the first half of the 19th century.

What Did You Say 67

By Joe Moore

This story begins with a patient seen in the doctor’s office with a severe difficulty breathing problem.  The patient receives a nebulizer treatment, and then is sent on her way with the instructions to come back if his problem continues and to do a nebulizer treatment every four hours.  The patient, a 60 year old male, follows the instructions, but at 2 a.m. simply cannot breathe.  He is exhausted, and needs help, so his female live-in friend calls the office, and is told to dial 911.

The EMS providers arrive to find a patient barely breathing, even though he had just finished an albuterol nebulizer treatment.  With a short phone call to the medical control physician, EMS gets an order to administer a duoneb, a combined nebulizer treatment of two drugs.  The paramedic on scene mixes the duoneb drugs with some inhalation saline to help control the amount of drugs and to hopefully get the drugs further down in the respiratory tree.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Wreck Salvages: Niko Chain

by Dick Burris

The shipwreck Niko had a chain leading to a mushroom anchor. The anchor was at the end of more than four hundred feet of chain, that led out from the shipwreck. My trusty hacksaw was able to cut through both sides of a link to free it, so it could be lifted for salvage.

The salvage operation began with the "Lois", Don Cole’s fishing boat. On the Lois was a lifting capstan, which we used to lift the chain into the boat. Don, his sons, and Perry Fortier were on the deck of the Lois to distribute the chain as it was brought up from the twenty nine foot bottom land. My job was to go down and hook the chain, at the bottom with a rope, and lifted each time with the capstan; while the crew distributed it around the deck, to keep the boat trimmed equally in the water. Needless to say, there were a lot of trips to the bottom to hook the chain for the lifting.

Finally after placing 420 feet of heavy chain on deck, weighing approximately two ton; it was time to cut the chain, because the Lois had only about three inches of freeboard.

I had brought a cutting torch, so cutting the chain was an easy job.

We dropped the other part of the chain in the lake.  This last piece was hooked to the mushroom anchor. When we were back in Lapeer, where I was living at that time, I called Clyde Fogg, and told him that there was still about 90 feet of chain, and the anchor, left on the bottom. So the chain and anchor was brought up; and the mushroom anchor is now lying below the rudder displayed on the Fogg property in the harbor.

The chain was spread out on the Fogg property, and cut into four equal sections. Don Cole used to spread one of the sections, out on his lawn.

The chain was hauled to Lapeer, and later, back to Beaver Island, where I used one of the sections for anchorage in Cable Bay for years; until the ice took it away one winter. I still looked for
it, to no avail.

Note: It took thirty minutes to hacksaw it underwater, and an almost an hour to hacksaw it on dry land. I think the water cleaned and lubricated it underwater, This was a mystery to me.

Zest (April A ~ Z Challenge)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 30, 2019

Cloudy skies, 35°, feels like 28°, humidity is at 95%, wind is from the ENE at 11 mph, pressure is 30.33 inches and visibility is 10 miles. Expect rainy weather late tonight through tomorrow afternoon. Pollen levels for today are 8.9 which is medium-high. Top allergens are birch, maple, and poplar. Marine forecast: there is a small craft advisory until 8 pm
Tuesday East wind 10 to 15 knots. Slight chance of rain. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Night East wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Rain. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Wednesday East wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Rain likely. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DATE in 1803, representatives of the United States and Napoleonic France conclude negotiations for the Louisiana Purchase, a massive land sale that doubles the size of the young American republic. What was known as Louisiana Territory comprised most of modern-day United States between the Mississippi and the Rocky Mountains, with the exceptions of Texas, parts of New Mexico, and other pockets of land already controlled by the United States. A formal treaty for the Louisiana Purchase, antedated to April 30, was signed two days later.

Beginning in the 17th century, France explored the Mississippi River valley and established scattered settlements in the region. By the middle of the 18th century, France controlled more of the modern United States than any other European power: from New Orleans northeast to the Great Lakes and northwest to modern-day Montana. In 1762, during the French and Indian War, France ceded its America territory west of the Mississippi River to Spain and in 1763 transferred nearly all of its remaining North American holdings to Great Britain. Spain, no longer a dominant European power, did little to develop Louisiana Territory during the next three decades. In 1796, Spain allied itself with France, leading Britain to use its powerful navy to cut off Spain from America.

In 1801, Spain signed a secret treaty with France to return Louisiana Territory to France. Reports of the retrocession caused considerable uneasiness in the United States. Since the late 1780s, Americans had been moving westward into the Ohio and Tennessee River valleys, and these settlers were highly dependent on free access to the Mississippi River and the strategic port of New Orleans. U.S. officials feared that France, resurgent under the leadership of Napoleon Bonaparte, would soon seek to dominate the Mississippi River and access to the Gulf of Mexico. In a letter to Robert Livingston, the U.S. minister to France, President Thomas Jefferson stated, “The day that France takes possession of New Orleans…we must marry ourselves to the British fleet and nation.” Livingston was ordered to negotiate with French minister Charles Maurice de Talleyrand for the purchase of New Orleans.

France was slow in taking control of Louisiana, but in 1802 Spanish authorities, apparently acting under French orders, revoked a U.S.-Spanish treaty that granted Americans the right to store goods in New Orleans. In response, President Jefferson sent future president James Monroe to Paris to aid Livingston in the New Orleans purchase talks. On April 11, 1803, the day before Monroe’s arrival, Talleyrand asked a surprised Livingston what the United States would give for all of Louisiana Territory. It is believed that the failure of France to put down a slave revolution in Haiti, the impending war with Great Britain and probable Royal Navy blockade of France, and financial difficulties may all have prompted Napoleon to offer Louisiana for sale to the United States.

Negotiations moved swiftly, and at the end of April the U.S. envoys agreed to pay $11,250,000 and assumed claims of its citizens against France in the amount of $3,750,000. In exchange, the United States acquired the vast domain of Louisiana Territory, some 828,000 square miles of land. In October, Congress ratified the purchase, and in December 1803 France formally transferred authority over the region to the United States. The acquisition of the Louisiana Territory for the bargain price of less than three cents an acre was Thomas Jefferson’s most notable achievement as president. American expansion westward into the new lands began immediately, and in 1804 a territorial government was established. On April 30, 1812, exactly nine years after the Louisiana Purchase agreement was made, the first of 13 states to be carved from the territory–Louisiana–was admitted into the Union as the 18th U.S. state.

DID YOU KNOW THAT it's still on the books in Rhode Island that you may not sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday.

WORD OF THE DAY sesquipedalian (ses-kwi-pi-DEY-lee-uhn) which means given to using long words. Sesquipedalian comes directly from the Latin adjective sesquipedālis “having a (linear or square) measure of one and a half (Roman) feet.” Unsurprisingly, sesquipedālis is used in farming, military fortifications, architecture, and construction. The poet Horace (65–8 b.c.) uses the phrase sesquipedālia verba “words a foot and a half long” in his Ars Poetica (c19–18 b.c.), a poem in which Horace sets forth his ideas on “poetic art.” It is from Horace’s phrase that English has its only meaning “having or using very long words.” The first part of sesquipedālis is the adverb and prefix sesqui, sesque “one and a half times,” from an earlier, unrecorded sem(i)que, a contraction of sēmis “one half, a half more” and the generalizing particle -que. Pedālis is easy: it’s an adjective meaning “measuring a foot, a foot long, wide, deep, etc.,” a derivative of the noun pēs (inflectional stem ped-) “foot”; -ālis is a very common adjective suffix in Latin, the source of the English adjective suffix -al. Sesquipedalian entered English in the 17th century.

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Yet Another Difficult Letter (April A ~ Z Challenge)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 29, 2019

It's currently 37°, cloudy skies, wind is from the east at 9 mph making it feel like 31°, there is a 30% chance of rain today, pressure is at 30.3 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen report for today has the levels at 6.7 which is medium. Top allergens are birch, maple, and poplar. Marine report states the following: ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING...
Today East wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of rain in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 3 feet in the afternoon.
Tonight East wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of rain. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Tuesday East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Night East wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Rain showers likely. Waves 2 to 4 feet

ON THIS DATE in 2004, the National World War II Memorial opens in Washington, D.C., to thousands of visitors, providing overdue recognition for the 16 million U.S. men and women who served in the war. The memorial is located on 7.4 acres on the former site of the Rainbow Pool at the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. The Capitol dome is seen to the east, and Arlington Cemetery is just across the Potomac River to the west.

The granite and bronze monument features fountains between arches symbolizing hostilities in Europe and the Far East. The arches are flanked by semicircles of pillars, one each for the states, territories and the District of Columbia. Beyond the pool is a curved wall of 4,000 gold stars, one for every 100 Americans killed in the war.An Announcement Stone proclaims that the memorial honors those “Americans who took up the struggle during the Second World War and made the sacrifices to perpetuate the gift our forefathers entrusted to us: A nation conceived in liberty and justice.”

Though the federal government donated $16 million to the memorial fund, it took more than $164 million in private donations to get it built. Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, who was severely wounded in the war, and actor Tom Hanks were among its most vocal supporters. Only a fraction of the 16 million Americans who served in the war would ever see it. Four million World War II veterans were living at the time, with more than 1,100 dying every day, according to government records.

The memorial was inspired by Roger Durbin of Berkey, Ohio, who served under Gen. George S. Patton. At a fish fry near Toledo in February 1987, he asked U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur why there was no memorial on the Mall to honor World War II veterans. Kaptur, a Democrat from Ohio, soon introduced legislation to build one, starting a process that would stumble along through 17 years of legislative, legal and artistic entanglements. Durbin died of pancreatic cancer in 2000.

The monument was formally dedicated May 29, 2004, by U.S. President George W. Bush. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it received some 4.4 million visitors in 2005.

DID YOU KNOW THAT in North Carolina it's against the law to sing off-key?

WORD OF THE DAY clown car (KLOUN kahr) which means a group whose size seems absurdly excessive for the purported function of the group, and whose effectiveness is therefore questionable. The term clown car in its original sense “a very small car used in a circus comedy act, in which the normal passenger capacity is greatly exceeded by the numerous clowns who climb out from inside,” dates from the early 1950s. The disparaging, usually political sense “a group whose size seems excessive for the function of the group, and whose effectiveness is therefore questionable,” dates from about 2013.

Mass from Holy Cross

April 28, 2019

This week was part of the first week after Easter. Today was the day that Easter was celebrated in the Greek Orthodox Church. Many Orthodox Christian churches, including the Greek Orthodox and the Russian Orthodox churches, celebrate the “miracle of Easter” on the Easter Sunday date in the Julian calendar. Many people see Easter as the most important event in the church calendar. The Roman Catholic Church celebrated Easter last week.

The reader on Saturday afternoon was Pinky Harmon. The reader on Sunday was Kathleen McNamara. The celebrant for both services was our Father Jim Siler.

The symbols of the day no matter which date you celebrate Easter.

Pinky Harmon...............Kitty McNamara................Fr. Jim Siler

The Easter Candle

View video of the services HERE

Nesting on Barney's Lake

April 28, 2019

Normally, within the next couple weeks, BINN would be providing information about loons nesting on Barney's Lake on the small narrow islands starting just about thirty feet off the shoreline. This year, so far, the loons have not made a nest on these areas. The loons are on the lake, but haven't made a nest in their normal locations, possibly because someone else is nesting in the neighborhood. There is a nest of a goose close to the same area that the loons normally nest. This nesting reminds the editor of the battle between the mute swans and the loons in past years over the same nesting location. Perhaps that will happen again. Perhaps there will be another battle out on this lake that has lots of water this year.

Loons on Barney's Lake

Loons making mating motions and displays

One goose nest......

Will there be a war on this island?

Fox Lake

April 28, 2019

With the first trip around the island completed this past week, there was a need to head to the West Side Road and head across to Fox Lake to check out the water levels. All of the inland lakes seem to have some fairly high water levels this year as does Lake Michigan also.

Some pictures were taken looking from the northeast to the west from the public boat launch area of Fox Lake. It was impossible to walk down to the point area where you could walk last year to see the small inlet on the northwest end of the lake. Even walking toward that area through the woods got the tennis shoes wet as the water came up from below the leave to saturate the shoes.

Welcome sign at the boat launch

High water in the lake...these were all completely dry last year.

Looking from the northeast to the west.....

These pictures were taken standing at the boat launch area looking first from left then to the right in four steps.

Under the Doubled Eagles

April 28, 2019

Lots of action at Gull Harbor with double eagles in the eagle tree and then a triple, and then a double double, but they were not staying in one place for very long. There were also some herons in the swamp this morning. It was necessary to add some music to the pictures, so the Beaver Island Goodtime Boys are playing "Under the Double Eagle" in the video at the link below.

View the video HERE

Wendy Anne Leaves with Barge

April 28, 2019

"The barge is headed out of the harbor," was the message on the telephone, so a quick trip back into town was in order. Thanks to Jeff Connor, the first picture was taken when the message was heard.

After a quick trip into town from Carlisle Road a few more pictures were taken of the Wendy Anne leaving with the first load of logs shipped from Beaver Island to the mainland.

According to the forum post, the barge will be returning on the 1st or 2nd of May. Safe travels to the Wendy Anne and crew.

View a short video HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 28, 2019

Sunny skies, 30°, there is a 10% chance of rain later today, humidity is at 93%, wind is from the SSW at 1 mph, pressure is at 30.15 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium-high at 9.3. Top allergens are birch, maple, and juniper. Marine report as follows:
Today Light winds. Sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday East wind 10 to 20 knots. Rain likely. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Night East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1789, three weeks into a journey from Tahiti to the West Indies, the HMS Bounty is seized in a mutiny led by Fletcher Christian, the master’s mate. Captain William Bligh and 18 of his loyal supporters were set adrift in a small, open boat, and the Bounty set course for Tubuai south of Tahiti.

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

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

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

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

In 1831, the Pitcairn islanders were resettled on Tahiti, but unsatisfied with life there they soon returned to their native island. In 1838, the Pitcairn Islands, which includes three nearby uninhabited islands, was incorporated into the British Empire. By 1855, Pitcairn’s population had grown to nearly 200, and the two-square-mile island could not sustain its residents. In 1856, the islanders were removed to Norfolk Island, a former penal colony nearly 4,000 miles to the west. However, less than two years later, 17 of the islanders returned to Pitcairn, followed by more families in 1864. Today, around 40 people live on Pitcairn Island, and all but a handful are descendants of the Bounty mutineers. About a thousand residents of Norfolk Island (half its population) trace their lineage from Fletcher Christian and the eight other Englishmen.

DID YOU KNOW THAT in Texas it's illegal to sell your eyeballs.

WORD OF THE DAY brainchild (BREYN-chahyld) which means a product of one's creative work or thought. The noun brainchild is so common that we forget what a startling metaphor it is: one of the earliest citations for it reads, “All my braines Children fraile and mortall be.” Brainchild entered English in the 17th century.

Turkeys Strutting Their Stuff

Five males trying to impress just two females near Carlisle Road this week.

View a gallery of photos HERE

Deer Over the Week

Lots of deer moving all over the island, including in some people's yards.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Beaver Island TV

April 27, 2019

Today's broadcast includes more first time broadcast video for BITV, but it will be done before the 4 p.m. Mass from Holy Cross live stream today.

It is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

David McCauley Family Poto and Document ID

Dr. Heather VanWormer "Charisma, Community, Crisis"

Fran Hammond, daught of Bud Hammond, early airmail pilot

Greene's Farm Interview

Joe and Carlie O'Donnell 2001

The broadcast will begin today at 10:45 a.m.


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

X (April A ~ Z Challenge)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 27, 2019

Brrr! Cold morning at 32°, and there is some white stuff on the deck! Humidity is at 72%, wind is from the NW at 15 mph, feels like 21°, pressure is at 29.91 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are high today at 10. Top allergens are birch, maple, and poplar. Marine reports is as follows: ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON...
Today Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots. Gusts up to 30 knots decreasing to 20 knots in the afternoon. Mostly sunny early in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Waves 4 to 6 feet subsiding to 2 feet or less in the afternoon.
Tonight North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Sunday Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Night Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1963, Margaret Annemarie Battavio’s very first single, “I Will Follow Him,” reached #1 on the U.S. pop charts. With her 15th birthday only six weeks behind her, and three more years of high school ahead of her, the singer better known as Little Peggy March became the youngest female performer ever to top the Billboard Hot 100, but she’d never crack the top 10 again. Financial exploitation by an unscrupulous manager and a string of disappointing singles thwarted Peggy’s efforts to capitalize on her early success, but if this sounds like the familiar start of a depressing episode of VH1’s Behind the Music, think again. Her domestic career may have peaked while she was still in pigtails, but Little Peggy March pulled herself up by her bootstraps to build a career of impressive proportions in the parallel universe of Europop.

Little Peggy March went on to score hits in Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Japan, but the place that really made her career was Germany. Maybe it was because she learned their language, or maybe it was because “I Will Follow Him” pushed some kind of button in their national psyche, but whatever the reason, the Germans went bonkers for Peggy March. Songs like “I Wish I Were A Princess,” “My Teenage Castle (Is Crumbling Down)” and “Johnny Cool” fell flat commercially in America. But over in Germany, where the magician David Copperfield is revered as a Sex Gott and David Hasselhoff was the first human invited to sing on the toppled Berlin Wall, little Margaret Battavio from Lansdale, Pennsylvania, spent the 1960s and 70s scoring hits like “Telegram aus Tennessee,” winning the Baden-Baden Shlagerfestspieleand raking in the deutsche marks with albums like Hey, Das Ist Musik Für Mich. And if those accomplishments alone do not impress, consider this: In the 1980s, Peggy March also wrote songs that got Europeans to spend money on records by Audrey Landers (of Landers Sisters fame) and by the duo of Jermaine Jackson and Pia Zadora.

After spending the better part of two decades living in Germany, Peggy March eventually returned to the United States, where she still holds the record for youthful chart achievement that she set on this day in 1963.

DID YOU KNOW THAT in Pauling, Ohio (still on the books) policemen are allowed to bite a dog if they think it will calm the dog down.

WORD OF THE DAY groupthink (GROOP-thingk) which means the lack of individual creativity, or of a sense of personal responsibility, that is sometimes characteristic of group interaction. Groupthink is a disparaging term modeled on doublethink “the mental ability to believe simultaneously two contradictory things,” appearing in 1984, by George Orwell (1903–50). Groupthink entered English in the early 1950s.

First Fuel Barge Trip of 2019

April 26, 2019

"The Wendy Anne is coming in the harbor with the Petroqueen," the phone call came in a little after 4:30 p.m, so BINN Editor Joe Moore went in to catch the first trip of the fuel barge for 2019. The wind was blowing pretty good from the SW gusting up to almost 40 mph, but the Wendy Anne came in the harbor opening and headed toward the Matt Fogg dock. The Petroqueen was tied up on the side of the dock closer to town, and the Wendy Anne tied up on the side of the dock farthest from town. Pictures and video of this entrance into the harbor can be viewed at the links below.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video HERE

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

April 26, 2019

Thanks to All
A big warm THANK YOU to everyone for making the Shakespeare Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser a great success! With your generous support we raised over $1,400 (beating our goal of $1,200) for our AP Literature Trip to England in June 2019! A special thanks to our chef Josh Runberg for making such a delicious meal and Judy Boyle for serving as event coordinator creating the Elizabethan venue! This wonderful evening was brought to you by the efforts of many students, parents, BICS staff, and community members! Thank you all for making this such a special night! You can enjoy some of the evening's pictures with captions on our Facebook page. If you were not able to donate to the AP English Literature Trip to England, but would still like to help us reach our overall goal, please give your donation to Jamie Moon in the office.

Tomorrow Saturday April 27th Elementary Basketball Tournament on Mackinac Island
Tomorrow BICS 5th & 6th Grade elementary basketball team head to the Tournament on Mackinac Island.  Go Islanders!

M-STEP Testing April 30th – May 3rd
Next week the 3rd through 7th Graders will take the M-STEP testing.  Please remember the importance of a good night’s sleep and healthy meals.

Yearbooks on Sale Now
Attached you will find an order form for anyone wanting to order a BICS yearbook.  Price is $16.00 please turn in your order form along with the money to either Ms. Wiser or the school office.

Experience the Best of Beaver Island While Supporting School Sports
The 2019 Beaver Island Community School Sports Boosters Coupon Books are now available! The $25.00 booklet contains coupons for a wide range of gifts and services from more than 30 Island businesses totaling over $1,000.00 in value. These make great gifts! This project is coordinated by the BICS Sports Boosters. All proceeds from the sale of the booklet go directly to supporting athletic programs for the students of Beaver Island Community School. Contact the school for more information on where you can purchase your booklet!

Upcoming BICS Events
We have a lot of great events coming up! Be sure to mark your calendars with the following:
May 1—BICS Sports Awards (7:00 pm)
May 6—NHS Induction Ceremony (3:00 pm)
May 9--CMU Honors College Family Science Night (3:30-5:00 BICS Gym)
May 10—4-5th Grade Play (7:00 pm—purchase tickets at BI Community Center)
May 17—2nd-3rd Grade Trip to Mackinac Island
May 18—BICS Bash and Banquet
May 20-23—4-5th Grade Camp Hayo-Went-Ha Trip
May 24—Island Cleanup and Community Celebration Concert (12:00 pm-3:30 pm)
May 28—BICS Student Dental Sealant Clinic
May 29—BICS Open House (3:00 pm-5:00 pm)

Have a Great Weekend!

Writers (April A ~ Z Challenge)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Telecommunications Committee Minutes and Info

Draft Tele Ad Com Min 04162019

Telecom Update from Boyle 04162019

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 26, 2019

Cloudy skies this morning, 39°, wind is at 6 mph from the west making it feel like 35° outside, humidity is at 99%, pressure is at 29.65 inches, and visibility is 5 miles. According to all my sources, today is going to be windy with a high in the mid 40s.
Pollen report has today as medium-high at 8.9. Top allergens are birch, maple, and poplar. Marine report
Today Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots rising to up to 30 knots with gusts to around 40 knots in the afternoon. Slight chance of rain early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less building to 5 to 8 feet in the afternoon. Waves occasionally around 10 feet.
Tonight Northwest gales to 35 knots with gusts to around 40 knots. Slight chance of rain. Waves 6 to 9 feet.
Saturday Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Saturday Night North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 2009, Chrysler and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union reach a tentative deal that meets government requirements for the struggling auto manufacturer to receive more federal funding.

As part of the deal, the UAW agreed to let Chrysler reduce the amount of money it would pay toward healthcare costs of its retired workers. The month before the deal was announced, President Barack Obama issued an ultimatum to Chrysler that it must undergo a fundamental restructuring and shrink its costs in order to receive future government aid. Obama also gave Chrysler a month to complete a merger with Italian car maker Fiat or another partner. Although Chrysler reached a deal with the UAW as well as its major creditors shortly before the one-month deadline, Obama announced on April 30 that Chrysler, after failing to come to an agreement with some of its smaller creditors, would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, then form a partnership with Fiat. The move made Chrysler the first big automaker to file for bankruptcy and attempt to reorganize since Studebaker did so in 1933.

The Chrysler Corporation was originally established in 1925 by Walter P. Chrysler (1875-1940), an auto industry executive who once headed General Motor’s Buick division. In 1928, under Walter Chrysler’s leadership, his company acquired the Dodge Brothers Company, thereby becoming the world’s third-largest auto maker, after GM and Ford.

After decades of expansion, Chrysler’s success came to a halt after the 1973 oil crisis led to skyrocketing gas costs and new government standards for emissions. Chrysler’s gas-guzzling vehicles faced stiff competition from smaller, more fuel-efficient imports. By 1979, the company’s financial situation had become so dire that a federal government bailout loan was required to rescue it from near-collapse. The company eventually rebounded: In 1984, it launched the minivan, which proved to be a big success, and in the 1990s, it had another hit with the Jeep. However, in 1998, Chrysler, once again experiencing financial problems, merged with German automaker Daimler to form DaimlerChrysler. In 2007, the company was split and hedge fund Cerberus Capital Management paid $7.4 billion for an 80 percent stake in Chrysler.

In 2008, Chrysler, hit hard by the global recession and slumping auto sales, received a $4 billion bailout loan from the federal government. However, on April 30, 2009, the company declared bankruptcy. On June 10 of that same year, the automaker emerged from bankruptcy, selling the bulk of its assets to Fiat and receiving $6.6 billion in exit financing from the U.S. government. That day The New York Times reported: “As envisioned by Chrysler, Fiat and the government, [the sale] will create a new carmaker freed from the old Chrysler’s crushing labor costs and debt levels. In Fiat, which will run the company, it will have gained a partner skilled in making and selling small, fuel-efficient cars around the world.”

DID YOU KNOW THAT if you cut down a cactus, you could be sentenced to 25 years in prison (Arizona)

WORD OF THE DAY pseudepigraphy (soo-duh-PIG-ruh-fee) which means the false ascription of a piece of writing to an author. The noun pseudepigraphy comes from Late Latin pseudepigrapha, a neuter plural adjective (from pseudepigraphus) used as a noun meaning “books or writings falsely titled or attributed to Hebrew writings supposedly composed by biblical patriarchs and prophets.” Pseudepigrapha was borrowed unchanged from the Greek compound adjective pseudepígrapha (from pseudepígraphos), composed of pseudḗs “false” and the Greek combining form -grapha, neuter plural of -graphos “drawn or written.” Pseudepigraphy entered English in the 19th century.

Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative Agenda

May 9, 2019
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

BICS Sports Awards

Beaver Island TV

April 25, 2019

The video being broadcast today, actually rebroadcast, is some that has never been provided before, some from over a year ago, but mostly not seen on http://beaverisland.tv

Ed McCaulley from July 2009 about 1 hr.

Evening of Sondheim from May 2004 about 45 minutes

Frank Ettawageshik from July 1991 about 2 hours

Garret Cole from August 2005 about 1 hour

George Anthony from 1995 about 1 hr.

Greene's Farm Interview about 1 hr.

Frederick "Rob" Deane from August 2010

As always, this is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

The broadcast will begin today at 11:30 a.m.


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Verse (April A ~ Z Challenge)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 25, 2019

48° this morning, wind out of the SW at 16 mph making it feel like 42°, 30% chance of rain, humidity is at 65%, pressure is 29.75 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Partly cloudy conditions today with the wind steady at 16 mph. Pollen levels are high for today at 10.6. Top allergens are birch, ash, and juniper. Marine forecast:
Today Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming west 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Tonight West wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of sprinkles. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Friday Night Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DATE, April 25, 2014 officials from Flint, Michigan switched the city’s water supply to the Flint River as a cost-cutting measure for the struggling city. In doing so, they unwittingly introduced lead-poisoned water into homes, in what would become a massive public-health crisis.

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT in Quitman, Georgia, chickens are not allowed to cross the road. (the law is still on the books there)

WORD OF THE DAY frisson (free-SOHN) which means a sudden, passing sensation of excitement; a shudder of emotion. Frisson is still unnaturalized in English, as its pronunciation shows. In French frisson means “shudder, shiver.” Frisson comes from Old French friçons, a plural noun meaning “trembling (as before the onset of a fever).” Friçons in turn comes from Latin frictiōn-, the stem of frictiō, an irregular derivative (as if from the verb fricāre “to rub,” with a short i) of the verb frīgēre (with a long i) “to be cold, lack vigor.” Frisson entered English in the 18th century.

St. James Township Board Minutes

for meeting on April 3, 2019

View minutes HERE

Posted at 2:45 p.m., 4/24/19

Visitors to Barney's Lake

Barney's Lake Near Sunset

Quite an amazingly beautiful and quiet time!

Useful (April A ~ Z Challenge)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 24, 2019

Obviously I slept in. Clear skies this morning, 39°, wind is from the WSW, humidity is at 61%, pressure is steady at 30.03 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. The allergy report for today is high at 11.2. Top allergens are birch, ash, and juniper. Marine report is as follows:
Today Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Thursday West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Thursday Night West wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1800 the Library of Congress was established.

President John Adams approves legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress,” thus establishing the Library of Congress. The first books, ordered from London, arrived in 1801 and were stored in the U.S. Capitol, the library’s first home. The first library catalog, dated April 1802, listed 964 volumes and nine maps. Twelve years later, the British army invaded the city of Washington and burned the Capitol, including the then 3,000-volume Library of Congress.

Former president Thomas Jefferson, who advocated the expansion of the library during his two terms in office, responded to the loss by selling his personal library, the largest and finest in the country, to Congress to “recommence” the library. The purchase of Jefferson’s 6,487 volumes was approved in the next year, and a professional librarian, George Watterston, was hired to replace the House clerks in the administration of the library. In 1851, a second major fire at the library destroyed about two-thirds of its 55,000 volumes, including two-thirds of the Thomas Jefferson library. Congress responded quickly and generously to the disaster, and within a few years a majority of the lost books were replaced.

After the Civil War, the collection was greatly expanded, and by the 20th century the Library of Congress had become the de facto national library of the United States and one of the largest in the world. Today, the collection, housed in three enormous buildings in Washington, contains more than 17 million books, as well as millions of maps, manuscripts, photographs, films, audio and video recordings, prints, and drawings.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Bingo games cannot last more than 5 hours in North Carolina.

WORD OF THE DAY rhubarb (ROO-bahrb) which means a quarrel or squabble. Rhubarb has a complicated origin. There are several odd Middle English spellings (as one would expect), e.g., reubarb, reubard, reubarbe, etc., from Anglo-French or Middle French reubarbe, rubarbe, reu barbare, all from Late Latin reubarbarum, rheubarbarum. The Latin forms are probably from Greek rhêon bárbaron “foreign rhubarb.” Rhêon is a variant of rhâ “the dried root of rhubarb used as a medicine,” perhaps ultimately related to Persian (an Iranian language) rewend “rhubarb.” Ancient Greek authors also associated rhâ (or Rhâ) with the Scythian (another Iranian language) name for the Volga River. The baseball slang meaning of rhubarb “a loud quarrel on the field, especially between a player and an umpire,” dates from about 1938. Rhubarb entered English in the late 14th century.

Holy Cross Bulletin May 2019

Beaver Island TV

April 23, 2019

Today's broadcast will begin at 11 a.m. at http://beaverisland.tv, and as always is available to anyone, anywhere.

Spring Run-Off on Beaver Island 4/22/19

Paul Cole Interview 10/26/18

Jewell Gillespie Award 1993

Cynthia Johnson TV 1999

St. Pat's at Donegal Danny's with Danny, Danny, and Brother Jim and friends including Cindy Gillepie Cushman

Talent Show 1989

Don Cole and Joe LaFreniere driving and talking


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Twain (April A ~ Z Challenge)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 23, 2019

Wet morning, so far we've received .67 of an inch. Drippy and damp, so a good day to be indoors until the Spaghetti Dinner at the school beginning at 5. At the moment it's 37°, feels like 26° thanks to the NW wind at 10 mph, drizzling out, humidity is at 98%, pressure is rising from 29.82 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels for today are medium at 5. Top allergens are birch, ash, and juniper. Marine report: ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...
Today Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Periods of showers in the morning, becoming scattered. waves 2 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet in the morning.
Tonight Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Wednesday Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday Night Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DATE William Shakespeare is born.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT one of the craziest laws is without any doubt the one that’s still in effect in Waynesboro, VA, stating that it’s against the law for a woman to drive a car in main street, unless her husband is standing in front of the car waving a red flag.

WORD OF THE DAY bardolatry (bahr-DOL-uh-tree) which means great or excessive adoration of or reverence for William Shakespeare. Bardolatry, an excessive devotion to “the Bard” (William Shakespeare), is a combination of bard, from common Celtic bardos (Old Irish bard, Welsh bardd), and the combining form -latry, from Greek latreía “service, worship.” Bardolatry was coined by George Bernard Shaw in 1901.

BIRHC Newsletter

April 22, 2019

Spring Run-Off

April 22, 2019

A trip around the island was just the thing on this quite sunny day. It's supposed to be rainy tonight and may even tomorrow, so today was the day. The running water in the spring has such a nice sound, and the freeze frames of the pictures give a good idea of the mvoement of the water as well as the quantity of the water moving at the time.

There were several waterfalls that were passed to get to the ones that were more commonly able to be viewed. The run-off near Jacobson's is one example of this, then Cable's Creek, and, of course, Iron Ore Creek.

View a gallery of photos HERE

To hear the sounds that are mentioned above, you will need to view the video at the link below:

View video HERE

Songs (April A ~ Z Challenge)

April 20, 2019

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 22, 2019

A gray morning, possibly a damp day. Right now it's 40°, feels like 37°, wind is from the east at 7 mph, humidity is at 74%, pressure is rising from 30.11, and visibility is 10 miles. Expect showers on and off all day. Pollen levels for today at high at 10.9. Top allergens are birch, ash, and juniper. Marine report:
Today East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming northeast with gusts to around 20 knots in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Northeast wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Periods of showers and scattered thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday North wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Tuesday Night Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 4 feet. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE in 1889 the Oklahoma land rush begins.

At precisely high noon, thousands of would-be settlers make a mad dash into the newly opened Oklahoma Territory to claim cheap land.

The nearly two million acres of land opened up to white settlement was located in Indian Territory, a large area that once encompassed much of modern-day Oklahoma. Initially considered unsuitable for white colonization, Indian Territory was thought to be an ideal place to relocate Native Americans who were removed from their traditional lands to make way for white settlement. The relocations began in 1817, and by the 1880s, Indian Territory was a new home to a variety of tribes, including the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Cherokee, Creek, Cheyenne, Commanche, and Apache.

By the 1890s, improved agricultural and ranching techniques led some white Americans to realize that the Indian Territory land could be valuable, and they pressured the U.S. government to allow white settlement in the region. In 1889, President Benjamin Harrison agreed, making the first of a long series of authorizations that eventually removed most of Indian Territory from Indian control.

To begin the process of white settlement, Harrison chose to open a 1.9 million-acre section of Indian Territory that the government had never assigned to any specific tribe. However, subsequent openings of sections that were designated to specific tribes were achieved primarily through the Dawes Severalty Act (1887), which allowed whites to settle large swaths of land that had previously been designated to specific Indian tribes.

On March 3, 1889, Harrison announced the government would open the 1.9 million-acre tract of Indian Territory for settlement precisely at noon on April 22. Anyone could join the race for the land, but no one was supposed to jump the gun. With only seven weeks to prepare, land-hungry Americans quickly began to gather around the borders of the irregular rectangle of territory. Referred to as “Boomers,” by the appointed day more than 50,000 hopefuls were living in tent cities on all four sides of the territory.

The events that day at Fort Reno on the western border were typical. At 11:50 a.m., soldiers called for everyone to form a line. When the hands of the clock reached noon, the cannon of the fort boomed, and the soldiers signaled the settlers to start. With the crack of hundreds of whips, thousands of Boomers streamed into the territory in wagons, on horseback, and on foot. All told, from 50,000 to 60,000 settlers entered the territory that day. By nightfall, they had staked thousands of claims either on town lots or quarter section farm plots. Towns like Norman, Oklahoma City, Kingfisher, and Guthrie sprang into being almost overnight.

An extraordinary display of both the pioneer spirit and the American lust for land, the first Oklahoma land rush was also plagued by greed and fraud. Cases involving “Sooners”–people who had entered the territory before the legal date and time–overloaded courts for years to come. The government attempted to operate subsequent runs with more controls, eventually adopting a lottery system to designate claims. By 1905, white Americans owned most of the land in Indian Territory. Two years later, the area once known as Indian Territory entered the Union as a part of the new state of Oklahoma.

DID YOU KNOW THAT if you're considering moving to Mobile, Alabama: Stink bombs, “funk balls,” and any object “the purpose of which is to create disagreeable odors” are strictly illegal there. Also illegal: “spray string,” confetti, and bathing in public fountains.

WORD OF THE DAY anthropocene (AN-thruh-puh-seen) which means a proposed epoch of the present time, occurring since mid-20th century, when human activity began to effect significant environmental consequences, specifically on ecosystems and climate. Anthropocene is a compound of Greek ánthrōpos “human being, man (as opposed to an animal or a god)” and the English combining form -cene, which was extracted from words like Miocene, Pliocene, and Oligocene, names of geological strata and epochs. The combining form -cene ultimately comes from the Greek adjective kainós “new, recent”; it was coined by the English geologist Sir Charles Lyell (1797–1875). Anthropocene entered English in the 20th century.



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 4/16/18

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

St. James Township Meetings Schedule

September 5, 2018

View video of the meeting HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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

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Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

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Easter Brunch

April 21, 2019

Today was the traditional Easter Brunch at the Beaver Island Christian Church Gregg Fellowship Hall. There were quite a few volunteers, which made the work much easier to accomplish and the clean-up also easy. The Runberg family; John, Carol, and Joshua; put in a lot of work in the kitchen to help out. Many thanks to all those who worked to make this traditional brunch a success.

The food was served at a little after 11:30 a.m. to over one hundred people. There were scrambled eggs, ham, breakfast casserole, pancakes, and lots of various dishes not only of potatoes, but vegan casserole, and lots of desserts also.

View a small gallery of photos HERE

View a video clip of attendees HERE

Easter Sunday Mass 9:30 a.m.

April 21, 2019

This particular service at Holy Cross was similar to the Easter Vigil, except there was no candlelight service, and the Mass was quite a bit shorter than the night of the Vigil Mass. There was still a lot of great music with Brian Foli and Sheri Timsak singing the "Water of Life" music. As usual, the editor forgot to mention the beautiful music during communion at the Vigil and at the morning Easter service. "How Beautiful" was sung by Sheri Timsak, bringing tears to more than one set of eyes in the building.

Once again Patrick Nugent narrated and did the readings today.

After the "Easter Alleluia" by Sheri Timsak, Father Jim read the Gospel and gave a sermon.

The Rite of Sprinkling followed the Renewal of Baptism Promises.

View video of this Mass HERE

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass 8:00 PM

April 20, 2019

The Easter Vigil is on of the most interesting and most beautiful services of the entire year. It includs lots of music and singing and joyful praise. The service starts outside with a fire and proceeds with a candlelight service for close to half of the service.

Patruct Nugent narrates.....Prayers and lighting from the fire

Outside with fire and lighting candles

The entrance into the church begins with the Easter Candle.

The Easter Candle is in place.

Sheri Timsak sang the Exultet

With the reading done, the candlelight portion of the service ended.

There was another reading called the Epistle and then Father Siler continued the service

The renewal of the Baptismal Promises took place with sprinkiling of the water and service continued like any other Mass. Sheri Timsak and Brian Foli sang a song about the "Water of Life." All of the parts of the Mass were sung by the Holy Cross Choir. It was a beautiful service taking about two hours time altogether.

View video of the service HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

April 20, 2019

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 21, 2019

Happy Easter! Overcast skies and 42° here this morning. Wind is from the S at 6 mph. humidity is at 72%, pressure is rising from 29.90 inches and visibility is 10 miles. Expect a cloudy day with a high around 46°. The current pollen report has today at high, 10.6. Top allergens are birch, ash, and juniper. Marine report states the following:
Today Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots early in the morning becoming variable 10 knots or less, then becoming northeast 5 to 10 knots early in the evening. Cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. or less.
MondayNortheast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Night East wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Rain showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1973 “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” tops the U.S. pop charts and creates a cultural phenomenon.

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

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

DID YOU KNOW: You’d think Windsor Castle was named after the House of Windsor, but it’s the other way around. The royal family changed its name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in 1917 so it would sound less German and chose Windsor because they had ties with the English town.

WORD OF THE DAY Easter egg (EE-ster eg) which means a hidden message, as a cryptic reference, iconic image, or inside joke, that fans are intended to discover in a television show or movie. Easter egg, in the sense “a hidden message, reference, or inside joke that fans are intended to discover in a piece of software, television show, or movie,” is meant to invoke the traditional Easter egg hunt and dates from the mid-1980s. The original sense of Easter egg dates from the 16th century.







St James Township Meeting Time Change

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

Telecommunications Committee 2019 Meeting Schedule

Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2019 Meeting Dates

June 15

September 21

December 14 (Annual Meeting)

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

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

Public Meeting Dates



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

BIESA Meeting Dates


Thursday, February 22, 2019 2:00PM

From the BIESA minutes for May 31, 2018


Posted at 1:45 p.m., 7/27/18

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

May 2019

Waste Management Committee Meeting Schedule

1st Tuesday of the Month at 1 p.m. at Peaine Hall

View schedule HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

April 20, 2019


Contradance Summer 2019 Schedule

Dances start at 7 p.m. at the St. James Episcopal Church


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