B.I. News on the 'Net, April 23-May 3, 2018

Dear Beaver Island Neighbor

(A letter to the editor, posted 11:00 a.m., 5/6/18

Dear Beaver Island Neighbor,

"Beaver Island Residents to Cast Historic Vote in May" is a recent headline in Michigan History Magazine (March / April 2018, page 10).   Friday an article in the Petoskey News stated, “Voters on Beaver Island will participate in a historic vote on Tuesday, May 8, asking whether the island’s two townships should be consolidated into one.”  This certainly is a historic, major, meaningful, and significant time for all of Beaver Island – voters, residents, summer home owners, visitors, and future generations.   We have the opportunity on Tuesday May 8 to decide what direction the future of Beaver Island is taking.

How important is this for Beaver Island?  Since January 2018 there have been at least 26 posts on the Beaver Island Forum on this topic with over 111,400 views.  Yes, over one hundred thousand views!   This is one of the most important undertakings in decades on Beaver Island.   There has been discussion about consolidation on Beaver Island for generations.  It is time for us now in 2018 to make a decision that will impact and improve our home for future generations.  

I have heard one statement over and over these past few months, “We do not need to consolidate because we already act like one township.”   If that is the case, if we are already acting as a unified, consolidated entity LET’S MAKE IT OFFICIAL!  Let us become one BEAVER ISLAND!  Where do you live?  Beaver Island.    Has anyone ever answered Peaine Township or St. James Township?!  Not likely.  We all call Beaver Island home! 

In 2017 both Beaver Island township boards approved the "Beaver Island Master Plan" and according to this plan, "The 2017 Beaver Island Master Plan serves as the official policy guide for the Island's future development and growth..." (page 7).    On page 130 of the Master Plan consolidation of the two townships into one township government is listed as a "top priority."    The Master Plan is a very professional document that provides an excellent strategy for Beaver Island in the coming years.  Referring to the statement “We (Beaver Island) are already working as a consolidated entity” my question is:  In the five pages of “Action Plan Ideas for Government Action” as listed in the Master Plan, which items are the two townships working on in a consolidated manner?  Working on before the vote for consolidation took place?    Here are several examples of items with High or Top priority:

  • Build a new public boat ramp / launch and new fishing pier
  • Provide directional signs to welcome tourists
  • Fund a seasonal position to maintain trails
  • Look for ways to accommodate bicyclists
  • Review regulations for surfaces permitted on waterfront lots to prevent water quality decline
  • Provide affordable options for removing junk cars and large debris
  • Enforce code violations for blight removal and strengthen code requirements
  • Protect dunes
  • Identify and fix culverts that are damaging fish migration and health
  • Lower minimum building size to enable tiny home development
  • Pilot clean energy projects in public buildings
  • Improve communication infrastructure for EMS
  • Two township should plan together for improvements with a Joint Capital Improvement Plan
  • Consolidate the two townships into one township government

The Master Plan was approved unanimously by both township boards.  What actions are occurring with both townships working together for the long-term improvement of Beaver Island?  Which of these listed (just a few of the items listed in five pages of priorities) are currently in process in a CONSOLIDATED way with both townships?  Are any of these

We have discussed so many issues over the last few months.   One comment that has stuck with me, “If we were to establish a settlement on Beaver Island in 2018, would we start with two townships?”  Absolutely not.   If we understand it is not a way to establish a new community, why not take this opportunity to rectify this?   Consolidation is the future of Beaver Island. 

Please feel free to contact me to discuss this issue further or if you have any questions.  My numbers / e-mail are listed below.

Angel Welke

231 448 2374 home
231 675 7882 mobile phone

Beaver Island -- One Island, One Community, One Township
Vote Yes on Consolidation on Tuesday May 8, 2018

52 Lists for Happiness #19

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 5, 2018

Posted at 8 a.m.

Awww, it's almost over. We have to leave on the 4:00 flight. These little intermissions make the rest of the week bearable. For all those who have sent cards, given hugs, called, etc., thank you so very much. You all mean the world to us. I'll do the weather, drink my coffee, let the dogs in and out, in and out, in and out (get the picture), go to Mass, and give God thanks for another week and for keeping His hand on us as we navigate these uncharted waters. We truly haven't been bored.

Right now it's drizzling out, 47°, feels like 45°, wind is at 6 mph from the northeast, humidity is 65%, pressure is rising from 30.09 inches, and visibility is 9.4 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Isolated rain showers. Highs in the lower 60s. Northeast winds at 10 mph. Chance of showers 20%
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Light winds.

POLLEN LEVELS are high at 9.8 for ash, birch and maple.

TODAY: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Scattered showers early in the morning, then isolated showers in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Light winds. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of May 6, 1994 in a ceremony presided over by England’s Queen Elizabeth II and French President Francois Mitterand, a rail tunnel under the English Channel was officially opened, connecting Britain and the European mainland for the first time since the Ice Age.

The channel tunnel, or “Chunnel,” connects Folkstone, England, with Sangatte, France, 31 miles away. The Chunnel cut travel time between England and France to a swift 35 minutes and eventually between London and Paristo two-and-a-half hours.

As the world’s longest undersea tunnel, the Chunnel runs under water for 23 miles, with an average depth of 150 feet below the seabed. Each day, about 30,000 people, 6,000 cars and 3,500 trucks journey through the Chunnel on passenger, shuttle and freight trains.

Millions of tons of earth were moved to build the two rail tunnels–one for northbound and one for southbound traffic–and one service tunnel. Fifteen thousandpeople were employed at the peak of construction. Ten people were killed during construction.

Napoleon’s engineer, Albert Mathieu, planned the first tunnel under the English Channel in 1802, envisioning an underground passage with ventilation chimneys that would stretch above the waves. In 1880, the first real attempt was made by Colonel Beaumont, who bore a tunnel more than a mile long before abandoning the project. Other efforts followed in the 20th century, but none on the scale of the tunnels begun in June 1988.

The Chunnel’s $16 billion cost was roughly twice the original estimate, and completion was a year behind schedule. One year into service, Eurotunnel announced a huge loss, one of the biggest in United Kingdom corporate history at the time. A scheme in which banks agreed to swap billions of pounds worth of loans for shares saved the tunnel from going under and it showed its first net profit in 1999.

Freight traffic was suspended for six months after a fire broke out on a lorry in the tunnel in November 1996. Nobody was seriously hurt in the incident.

In 1996, the American Society of Civil Engineers identified the tunnel as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

DID YOU KNOW THAT black was the only color that Ford produced on the Model T. It was the only paint available which would dry fast enough to keep up with the fast pace of the assembly line.

WORD OF THE DAY: sabulous (SAB-yuh-luhs) which means sandy; gritty. The English adjective sabulous is a clear-cut borrowing from Latin sabulōsus ”gravelly, sandy,” a derivative of sabulum “coarse sand, gravel.” Sabulum comes from an assumed Italic psaflom. (Italic is the branch of the Indo-European language family that includes Latin, Oscan, Umbrian, and the modern Romance languages.) Psaflom comes from the same Proto-Indo-European root bhes- “to rub” as Greek psêphos “pebble” and Germanic sandam (Old English and English sand, German Sand). Sabulous entered English in the 17h century.


Wednesday Evening, May 2, 2018, 7:00 pm

Wil Cwikiel, Superintendent/ Principal

Presentation of gifts to coaches: Ralph W illiamson & Kirn Mitchell

Video of 2017-2018 Sports Seasons
Courtesy of Frank Solle, Stillpoint Photography

Presentation of Certificates and Pins: (Soccer, Volleyball, Boys & Girls Basketball, Cheer) Wil Cwikiel, Superintendent & Kerry Smith, Athletic Director

Soccer Tearn Awards: Coach Mike Myers
Most Improved Offense & Defense
Most Valuable Offense , Defense, Goatie Most Valuable Player Overall
Rookie of the Year Hustle Award

Volleyball Tearn Awards: Coach Maeve Green
Most Improved Player Most Valuable Player Rookie of the Year Hustle Award

Cheerleading Awards: Coach Patti Cull Leadership Awards

Girls Basketball Team Awards: Coach Tammy LaFreniere
Most Improved  Player
Most Valuable Offensive & Defensive Players Coaches Award

Boys Basketball Tearn Awards: Coach Dan Burton
Best Defensive Player Best Offensive Player Most Improved Player Most Valuable Player

Northern Lights League All-League Team Medals: Coaches - Soccer, Volleyball, & Basketball

Bill Burns Memorial Outstanding Sportsmanship Award:
Katie LaFreniere, 2016-2017 Award Recipient, Wil Cwikiel, Principal

Posted at 1:30 p.m., 5/5/18

View video of this Awards Ceremony HERE

St. James Board Meeting Documents

View video of this meeting HERE

Thanks to Pam Grassmick for the video work. Posted on May 5, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

for May 2, 2018








042918 - SEWER USE



Closeup Aerial Imagery


Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 5, 2018

Posted 7:15 a.m., 5/5/18

So nice to wake up to the pups pawing me in the bed to get up and let them out for a run. My OWN coffee, not the motel stuff, my OWN creamer, not the powdered stuff, sigh...the list goes on and on. I'm so blessed to be able to come home for the weekend. It recharges me and gives me the strength to go at it for another week. Thank you, God!

We have clear skies this morning, 42°, feels like 39°, wind is at 7 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 85%, pressure is rising from 29.92 inches, and visibility is 9.2 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. Northwest winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. A 40% chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows around 40°. Light winds.

ON THIS DATE of May 5, 1877, nearly a year after the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Sitting Bull and a band of followers cross into Canada hoping to find safe haven from the U.S. Army.

On June 25, 1876, Sitting Bull’s warriors had joined with other Indians in the Battle of the Little Big Horn in Montana, which resulted in the massacre of George Custer and five troops of the 7th Cavalry. Worried that their great victory would provoke a massive retaliation by the U.S. military, the Indians scattered into smaller bands. During the following year, the U.S. Army tracked down and attacked several of these groups, forcing them to surrender and move to reservations.

Sitting Bull and his followers, however, managed to avoid a decisive confrontation with the U.S. Army. They spent the summer and winter after Little Big Horn hunting buffalo in Montana and fighting small skirmishes with soldiers. In the fall of 1876, Colonel Nelson A. Miles met with Sitting Bull at a neutral location and tried to talk him into surrendering and relocating to a reservation. Although anxious for peace, Sitting Bull refused. As the victor of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Sitting Bull felt he should be dictating terms to Miles, not the other way around.

Angered by what he saw as Sitting Bull’s foolish obstinacy, Miles stepped up his campaign of harassment against the chief and his people. Sitting Bull’s band continued to roam about Montana in search of increasingly scarce buffalo, but the constant travel, lack of food, and military pressure began to take a toll. On this day in 1877, Sitting Bull abandoned his traditional homeland in Montana and led his people north across the border into Canada.

Sitting Bull and his band stayed in the Grandmother’s Country-so called in honor of the British Queen Victoria-for the next four years. The first year was idyllic. The band found plenty of buffalo and Sitting Bull could rest and play with his children in peace. The younger warriors, though, soon tired of the quiet life. The braves made trouble with neighboring tribes, attracting the displeasure of the Canadian Mounties. While the Canadian leaders were more reasonable and sensitive about Indian affairs than their aggressive counterparts to the south, they became increasingly nervous and pressured Sitting Bull to return to the U.S.

Ultimately, though, Sitting Bull’s attempt to remain independent was undermined by the disappearance of the buffalo, which were being wiped out by Indians, settlers, and hide hunters. Without meat, Sitting Bull gave up his dream of independence and asked the Canadian government for rations. Meanwhile, emissaries from the U.S. came to his camp and promised Sitting Bull’s followers they would be rich and happy if they joined the American reservations. The temptation was too great, and many stole away at night and headed south. By early 1881, Sitting Bull was the chief of only a small band of mostly older and sick people.

Finally, Sitting Bull relented. On July 10, 1881, more than five years after the fateful battle at the Little Big Horn, the great chief led 187 Indians from their Canadian refuge to the United States. After a period of confinement, Sitting Bull was assigned to the Standing Rock reservation in South Dakota in 1883. Seven years later he was dead, killed by Indian police when he resisted their attempt to arrest him for his supposed participation in the Ghost Dance uprising.

DID YOU KNOW THAT recycling just one (1) glass jar saves enough energy to watch television for three hours?

WORD OF THE DAY: cinquefoil (SINGK-foil) which means any of several plants of the rose family, having yellow, red, or white five-petaled flowers. The English noun cinquefoil comes from Middle French cincfoille “five leaves.” Cincfoille corresponds to Latin quīnque folia, a translation of Greek pentáphyllon, literally “five leaves,” and the name of the creeping cinquefoil (Potentilla reptans) or the silvery cinquefoil (P. argentea). Cinquefoil entered English in the 15th century.

BIFD Uses New Equipment

Thanks to Dawn Marsh, Donna Stambaugh, Tim McDonough, and John Works

Waterways Exhibit and Museum Week Flyer

BICS Weekly Update

May 4, 2018

Transportation Authority

Posted at 4:15 p.m., May 4, 2018.

Agenda and Notice May 8 2018 Regular Meeting

April 10 2018 reg meeting minutes draft

Beaver Island ESA

Posted at 4:15 p.m., May 4, 2018.



BIESA Agenda 4.26.2018 Draft


Final Draft Compensation Recommendation for adoption 2.22.18

Minutes of March 29, 2018 Meeting

Beaver Island Airport Committee

Posted at 4:15 p.m., May 4, 2018.


2018 BIAC meeting dates

BIAC Jan to March 2018

Feb 23 Agenda BIAC

March 2 BIAC Special meeting minutes

March 2...meeting rescheduled for 3rd time

May 10 Speical meeting for Airport Commission

Overturned Kayaker

Sheriff Chuck Vondra reports on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at approximately 9:14 pm, the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Sub-Station deputy Nicole Olson, the Beaver Island Fire Department, and Beaver Island EMS responded to an overturned kayaker on Lake Michigan on Donegal Bay on the west side of Beaver Island about a quarter mile out.  The kayak reportedly had taken on water and went under, and the kayaker had been submerged in water for about a half hour prior to being rescued.  The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office cautions residents to be careful this time of year due to the water temperature.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 4, 2018

Yesterday consisted of sleeping, a trip to Hobby Lobby (bought yarn - could have done some major damage, but managed to control myself), sleeping, pizza sub for dinner, visiting with Courtney, and more sleeping. Oh, and making an appointment to get all this hair off on Monday. Staying here also offers free haircuts - they have no clue what they are getting with me.

Oh yeah, the weather. Light rain on the island (heavy rain in Petoskey), 44°, feels like 38°, wind is at 12 mph from the northeast, humidity is at 93%, pressure is rising from 29.62 inches, and visibility is 3.6 miles.
TODAY: Patchy fog in the morning. Rain showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning then rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 50s. East winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the northwest 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 40 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

ON THIS DATE of May 4, 1979, Margaret Thatcher, leader of the Conservative Party, is sworn in as Britain’s first female prime minister. The Oxford-educated chemist and lawyer was sworn in the day after the Conservatives won a 44-seat majority in general parliamentary elections.

Margaret Hilda Roberts was born in Grantham, England, in 1925. She was the first woman president of the Oxford University Conservative Association and in 1950 ran for Parliament in Dartford. She was defeated but garnered an impressive number of votes in the generally liberal district. In 1959, after marrying businessman Denis Thatcher and giving birth to twins, she was elected to Parliament as a Conservative for Finchley, a north London district. During the 1960s, she rose rapidly in the ranks of the Conservative Party and in 1967 joined the shadow cabinet sitting in opposition to Harold Wilson’s ruling Labour cabinet. With the victory of the Conservative Party under Edward Health in 1970, Thatcher became secretary of state for education and science.

In 1974, the Labour Party returned to power, and Thatcher served as joint shadow chancellor before replacing Edward Health as the leader of the Conservative Party in February 1975. She was the first woman to head the Conservatives. Under her leadership, the Conservative Party shifted further right in its politics, calling for privatization of national industries and utilities and promising a resolute defense of Britain’s interests abroad. She also sharply criticized Prime Minister James Callaghan’s ineffectual handling of the chaotic labor strikes of 1978 and 1979.

In March 1979, Callaghan was defeated by a vote of no confidence, and on May 3 a general election gave Thatcher’s Conservatives a majority in Parliament. Sworn in the next day, Prime Minister Thatcher immediately set about dismantling socialism in Britain. She privatized numerous industries, cutback government expenditures, and gradually reduced the rights of trade unions. In 1983, despite the worst unemployment figures for half a decade, Thatcher was reelected to a second term, thanks largely to the decisive British victory in the 1982 Falklands War with Argentina.

In other foreign affairs, the “Iron Lady” presided over the orderly establishment of an independent Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) in 1980 and took a hard stance against Irish separatists in Northern Ireland. In October 1984, an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb exploded at the Conservative Party conference in Brighton. The prime minister narrowly escaped harm.

In 1987, an upswing in the economy led to her election to a third term, but Thatcher soon alienated some members of her own party because of her poll-tax policies and opposition to further British integration into the European Community. In November 1990, she failed to received a majority in the Conservative Party’s annual vote for selection of a leader. She withdrew her nomination, and John Major, the chancellor of the Exchequer since 1989, was chosen as Conservative leader. On November 28, Thatcher resigned as prime minister and was succeeded by Major. Thatcher’s three consecutive terms in office marked the longest continuous tenure of a British prime minister since 1827. In 1992, she was made a baroness and took a seat in the House of Lords.

In later years, Thatcher worked as a consultant, served as the chancellor of the College of William and Mary and wrote her memoirs, as well as other books on politics. She continued to work with the Thatcher Foundation, which she created to foster the ideals of democracy, free trade and cooperation among nations. Though she stopped appearing in public after suffering a series of small strokes in the early 2000s, her influence remained strong. In 2011, the former prime minister was the subject of an award-winning (and controversial) biographical film, “The Iron Lady,” which depicted her political rise and fall. Margaret Thatcher died on April 8, 2013, at the age of 87.

DID YOU KNOW THAT a mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night?

WORD OF THE DAY: sith (sith) which means since. In English sith is an archaic or dialect word whose functions as an adverb, preposition, and conjunction have been taken over by since. The Old English siththa is a variant of siththan (originally sīth thām “after that, subsequent to”), an adverbial and prepositional phrase formed from the comparative adverb sīth “subsequently, later” (akin to German seit “since”) and thām, the dative of the demonstrative pronoun, the phrase meaning “subsequent to that, after that.”

Phyllis' Daily Weather

May 3, 2018

For the first time all week, I'm awake before Joe. This chemo/radiation stuff is really kicking my short butt. I'm picturing a long green, colored, caterpillar creeping through my veins and arteries eating both the good and bad stuff (that's what chemo does). It totally wears you out. I can keep my eyes open about 20 minutes at a time, upset tummy (yes, I have meds for that) diarrhea (yes, I have meds for that), loss of appetite (no meds for that), sores inside my mouth, and exhaustion. I don't mean, "I'm ready for a nap", I mean full-on, total, I've worked a 18 hour shift shoveling coal exhaustion. You never feel completely rested. I'm sure I've missed birthday's and anniversaries this week. Sorry about that. I also suffer from chemo brain and if you could see a map of the inside of my head it would look like a kids crayon drawing - just scribbles. At the moment, I'm pretty much useless. Every day I'm thanking God I have Joe. He's been a solid rock. I'm sure there are moments he just wants to shake the heck out of me but he just calmly deals with whatever comes up - including a crazy wife. He has the patience of a saint and says, 'yes, dear' while doing whatever. As I said, I'm so thankful I have him here taking care of me. Bless his soul. Hopefully, we'll be able to make it home for the weekend again.
Marie Connaghan LaFreniere - ignore all my spelling and punctuation errors, poor old Henry is all tangled up with the mess in my brain. I've tried to catch most of them.

As to the weather: Right now it's 36° on the island with mostly cloudy skies, wind is at 2 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 89%, pressure is rising from 29.98 inches, and visibility is 9.9 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers in the morning, then a slight chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 60s. Northeast winds at 10 mph. Chance of showers 50%.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers in the evening, then rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. East winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

ON THIS DATE of May 3, 1859, Andy Adams, one of the most accurate chroniclers of the authentic “Old West,” is born in Columbia City, Indiana.

While still in his teens, Adams ran away from home. He eventually made his way to Texas, where he found work as a cowboy. From 1882 to 1893, Adams witnessed firsthand the golden era of the Texas cattle industry, a time when the cowboys ran cattle on vast open ranges still relatively unrestricted by barbed wire fences. In 1883, he made the first of many cattle drives along the famous cattle trails running north from Texas to the cow towns of Kansas. As farmers began to challenge the ranchers for control of the land, Adams witnessed the gradual fencing-in of the cattle country that would eventually end the short age of the open range. He made his last cattle drive in 1889.

In 1893, Adams left Texas for Colorado, attracted by rumors of gold at Cripple Creek. Like most would-be miners, he failed to make a fortune in the business. He eventually settled in Colorado Springs, where he remained for most of his life. While doing on a variety of jobs, Adams began to write stories based on his experiences as a Texas cowboy. In 1903, he found a publisher for his novel The Log of a Cowboy, a thinly disguised autobiography of his life on the plains. A fascinated public welcomed tales from the former cowboy, and Adams wrote and published four similar volumes in less than four years.

Adams distinguished himself from the majority of other western authors of the day with his meticulous accuracy and fidelity to the truth. As its name implied, The Log of a Cowboy was a day-by-day account of a cattle drive Adams had made from Texas to Montana. The book had little plot beyond the progress of the cattle herd toward Montana, and had none of the romantic excitement offered by less literal chroniclers of the West. Adams’ self-avowed goal was to make his fiction indistinguishable from fact, and as one commentator has noted, “in this he succeeds only too well.”

While a reader searching for a good story might find Adams’ books somewhat dull today, historians and writers looking for an accurate depiction of the cowboy life have found them invaluable. Beyond his five best-known books, Adams also wrote two popular novels for juveniles later in his career. When he died in Colorado Springs in 1935, he left a number of unpublished manuscripts of novels, stories, and plays that historians of the Old West have also found useful.

DID YOU KNOW THAT ants never sleep and that they don't have lungs?

WORD OF THE DAY: forgetive (FAWR-ji-tiv) which means inventive; creative. At first glance forgetive looks like a derivative of forget, to be pronounced with a hard g, accented on the second syllable, and meaning something like “forgetful.” It is, however, a coinage by Shakespeare, and appears in Henry IV, Part 2 (1596-99). Forgetive, obscure in its etymology and meaning, is usually interpreted as a derivation of the verb forge “to beat into shape, form by hammering” and meaning “creative, inventive.”

Videos from the BIHS Collection

Posted on 5/2/18 at 4:15 p.m.

There is one downfall to doing this project of digitizing and posting the videos from the historical society collection of tapes. If all you were doing was just doing the job, and if you had no interest in learning about the history, and if you weren't fascinated by everything that you viewed and heard, you could probably wet a computer to work capturing and converting the videos and then walk away. Editor Joe Moore simply cannot do that. This stuff is just too fascinating and interesting, so one statemetn can be made honestly. Not one video clip has been posted from this collection that hasn't previously been viewed, rewound and portions viewed again.

All of these tapes have great stories. All of these tapes have information about the history of Beaver Island. All of them are getting put into digital format for whatever future use is deemed important to the BIHS. The editor found the George Anthony tape just as fascinating as the two Phil Gregg tapes, and the hall parties and the Music on the Porch tapes have also been great to relive. If you haven't taken the time to view some of these, you are missing out on some of the more personal aspects of Beaver Island hstory. Addiction is the proper term for this particular collection, and addiction is definitely where you will find this editor as he works on this project.

Video Report from April 2018

Posted at 2:30, 5/2/18

552 Unique IP addresses watched 2,638 video clips, and used 101.9 GB of bandwidth during the month of April. Seveny unique IP addresses viewed 113 total live streams using 10.5 GB of bandwidth. 180 unique IP addresses viewed one video clip 1176 times. This video clip, and the one just below it with 1168 views were of the Emerald Isle and the sandhills searching for food. Nick Gould's Bristol Bay video had 935 views. The Fish Tug Saga, the coin change fundraiser, the Central Drug Pharmacy interview, and the Island Weekend Weather of the snow storm each had over 600 views. The Pro-Consolidation video clips had 220 views.

In April, Beaver Island News on the 'Net had 1207 unique IP address visitors, visiting 5229 times, viewing 7,669 pages. This completes the report for April 2018. Basically, 15-20 people view the live stream of the Saturday and Sunday Mass from Holy Cross, and at least twice that many have viewed the other live streams.

Weather by Joe

May 2, 2018

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

Right now on Beaver Island it is 57 degrees with the humidity at 100%. Winds are from the west at 9 mph. The dewpoint is 57 degrees, which usually means fog when the dewpoint and the temperature are the same. The visibility is 4 miles. The pressure is 29.91. It may be a little cooler on the island in some spots, so the fog might not be an issue in those areas, but Charlevoix is pretty foggy and wet.

Periods of rain showers and chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then scattered rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 60s. West winds 5 to 15 mph.
Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain showers. Lows in the lower 40s. Northeast winds 10 mph.

On this Day

The modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster is born when a sighting makes local news on May 2, 1933. The newspaper Inverness Courier relates an account of a local couple who claim to have seen “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface.” The story of the “monster” (a moniker chosen by the Courier editor) becomes a media phenomenon, with London newspapers sending correspondents to Scotland and a circus offering a 20,000 pound sterling reward for capture of the beast.

After the April 1933 sighting was reported in the newspaper on May 2, interest steadily grew, especially after another couple claimed to have seen the animal on land.

Amateur investigators have for decades kept an almost constant vigil, and in the 1960s several British universities launched sonar expeditions to the lake. Nothing conclusive was found, but in each expedition the sonar operators detected some type of large, moving underwater objects. In 1975, another expedition combined sonar and underwater photography in Loch Ness. A photo resulted that, after enhancement, appeared to show what vaguely resembled the giant flipper of an aquatic animal.

Further sonar expeditions in the 1980s and 1990s resulted in more inconclusive readings. Revelations in 1994 that the famous 1934 photo was a complete hoax has only slightly dampened the enthusiasm of tourists and investigators for the legendary beast of Loch Ness.

Word of the Day

pococurante [poh-koh-koo-ran-tee, -rahn-, -kyoo-; Italian paw-kaw-koo-rahn-te] As a noun it means a careless or indifferent person. As an adjective it means caring little; indifferent; nonchalant

I would ask that all voting in next Tuesdays's election are not pococurante, and remember that our community needs its school to survive. (Editorial comment)

Familiar Faces 4

by Joe Moore

Posted at 3:45 p.m., 5/1/18

Familiar Faces 4
By Joe Moore

As part of a project of digitization of the VHS and 8 mm VHS tapes of the Beaver Island Historical Society, I have had the opportunity to see the faces of some of my former patients, unfortunately, some have passed away, no longer with us in this world.  Perhaps, we will be fortunate enough to meet them again, but I’m in no rush to meet up with them.  I’d just as soon stick around here and bug some of those that I find friendly, and pester those that are not so friendly.

“Beaver Island EMS, respond to the CMU Biological Station on the East Side Road for a seventy year old male, who is complaining of chest pain and being dizzy,” our county sheriff dispatched us from Charlevoix.

Read the rest of the story HERE

From Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department

Posted at 1:45 p.m., 5/1/18

Sheriff Chuck Vondra is pleased to announce the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office is looking for more volunteers to be a part of their Victim Services Unit (VSU).

The Unit consists of volunteers, called advocates, from the community who would be on-call to respond in pairs to situations such as natural deaths, suicides, and severe traffic accidents.  The main role of an advocate is to be a temporary support system until a support system is in place for people during a tragedy. 

Volunteers must complete a 20-hour training session conducted by the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association (MSA).  The training will cover a variety of topics ranging from grief training, effective communication skills, and law enforcement protocols.  MSA hosts four to six trainings a year in different locations every year.  Once an advocate successfully completes the training, they are able to assist their Unit and Law Enforcement agencies within Charlevoix County. Volunteers are expected to be on-call five (5) 12-hour shifts a month based on their availability. 

If you are interested in joining or would like more information on the Victim Services Unit, please fill out an application, which can be found on the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office website under Divisions – Victim Services Unit, or call Sheriff Vondra or Coordinator Sarah Kaminski at 231-547-4461. 

Keeping the Feeling

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 12:45 p.m.

Weather by Joe

May 1, 2018

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

Exhaustion is an interesting word with lots of meanings, but finding the actual word that describes the situation with the lady in the room, is difficult. Sleeping is the method of healing at this point in this journey. Taste sensations are completely gone, even for a favorite meal. Sleep seems to be the best thing going right now due to the fatigue caused by this cancer treatment. Chemo brain is a real thing with common knowledge somewhat uncommon. Watching her put on her socks reminded me of a slow motion video. Even walking is in slow motion compared to her normal pace.

On to the weather, It seems pretty warm outside today. There is a very high fire danger today due to the low humidity, the possibility of high winds, and the lack of moisture in the forecast for today. The temperature is near 60with winds from the south at 14 mph with gusts to 20 mph. The humidity is 34%. The dewpoint is 34 with visibility of ten miles.

Sunny, with a high near 62. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 42. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

On this Day

An American U-2 spy plane is shot down while conducting espionage over the Soviet Union. The incident derailed an important summit meeting between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev that was scheduled for later that month.

The U-2 spy plane was the brainchild of the Central Intelligence Agency, and it was a sophisticated technological marvel. Traveling at altitudes of up to 70,000 feet, the aircraft was equipped with state-of-the-art photography equipment that could, the CIA boasted, take high-resolution pictures of headlines in Russian newspapers as it flew overhead. Flights over the Soviet Union began in mid-1956. The CIA assured President Eisenhower that the Soviets did not possess anti-aircraft weapons sophisticated enough to shoot down the high-altitude planes.

On May 1, 1960, a U-2 flight piloted by Francis Gary Powers disappeared while on a flight over Russia. The CIA reassured the president that, even if the plane had been shot down, it was equipped with self-destruct mechanisms that would render any wreckage unrecognizable and the pilot was instructed to kill himself in such a situation. Based on this information, the U.S. government issued a cover statement indicating that a weather plane had veered off course and supposedly crashed somewhere in the Soviet Union. With no small degree of pleasure, Khrushchev pulled off one of the most dramatic moments of the Cold War by producing not only the mostly-intact wreckage of the U-2, but also the captured pilot-very much alive. A chagrined Eisenhower had to publicly admit that it was indeed a U.S. spy plane.

On May 16, a major summit between the United States, the Soviet Union, Great Britain, and France began in Paris. Issues to be discussed included the status of Berlin and nuclear arms control. As the meeting opened, Khrushchev launched into a tirade against the United States and Eisenhower and then stormed out of the summit. The meeting collapsed immediately and the summit was called off. Eisenhower considered the “stupid U-2 mess” one of the worst debacles of his presidency. The pilot, Francis Gary Powers, was released in 1962 in exchange for a captured Soviet spy.

Word of the Day

lassitude (lasəˌt(y)o͞od) a state of physical or mental weariness; lack of energy."she was overcome by lassitude and retired to bed" 2. weariness of body or mind from strain, oppressive climate, etc.; lack of energy; listlessness; languor

Phil Gregg Interview 2006

Posted at 8:30 p.m., 4/30/18

As part of the digitizing project for the Beaver Island Historical Society Oral History Project, the editor came across another interview of Phil Gregg, this one completed by Shamus Norgaard in 2006. This video includes Phil's early life including his bicycle trip to Charlevoix and then coming over to Beaver Island long before he was in the service. It also includes stories of his trip down to Beaver Island from a campsite in the UP, as well as his early years living on Beaver Island and his relationships to the island families that helped them get by in the Gregg's early years of living on the island. Phil also talks about diving and dynamiting pilings as well as rescuing other boaters in trouble.


Watch the entire interview HERE

BICS Board Meeting Packets

031218 Public Board Packet

04918 Public Board Packet

St. James Draft Minutes 4/4/18




School Milage Vote

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Posted 2:45 p.m., 4/30/18

Gull Island Storm

by Dick Burris

Posted 9:45 a.m., 4/30/18

This Gull Island trip was a scary trip:

Archie LaFreniere used to give me a "heads up" on the arrival of some diver friends, so that I could arrange to take them on dive trips. John VanHaver, brought his friends to the island with him, Names from left to right of the pie: John VanHaver,Tom Pletcher, Dennis Gankema, and Mike Gibson.

They had spotted a shipwreck on their flight to the island, near Cheyenne Point, and had a land range for the search. So we cruised down there with all of their dive gear, and made a few passes in the vicinity. Quite quickly, the sounder showed an image, and the grapnel anchor that was dragging from the stern brought us to an abrupt stop. This may be the Shipwreck "Tracy" that was never found,

It was a nice sunny day and they had a fun dive. The Tracy was the schooner that used to ship the maple products to the mainland, from the "Maple Block Co." via rail, to Iron Ore Bay where a tramway was constructed to load the ship.

The next trip the following day was more eventful; There was a storm predicted for that day; and I told them there was a possibility that we might spend several hours in the lee of an island if things were to get too rough. They assured me that they had experienced bad weather before, and they had to leave the island the next day.

So off we went on a "twenty some" mile trip to the shipwreck "Sunnyside" off the north end of Gull lsland . The sea was running about three foot most of the trip to the shipwreck, That made one of the divers seasick.
When we arrived, all but the seasick one suited up and went into the water; I stayed aboard and tried to keep the seasick guy busy to keep his mind off the problem.

In about one hour, the sea really started kicking up, and was now about five foot waves. I handed the seasick hand a lifebuoy with a rope tied to it, and told him to throw it at the first one to surface, and drag him in.
We dragged the first one aboard, later came another with a big piece of wreck-wood; I told him to just drop it, and get in, that it wouldn't stay on the boat anyway in that sea.

When all were on board we weighed anchor and headed back to Beaver Island.

By that time it was REALLY rough; and the (20 foot long)"Burr-ls-Bell" wallowed back through a green sea. The winds were now 55 miles per hour. It was really choppy between the islands with different currents running. I looked out the starboard window, nothing but green, then the port window, still green; my boat buddies faces were also green.

There was no way I could leave the wheel; so I asked if someone would reach below and hand me a beer; That's when someone replied "Raaalph!!." Anyway the beer was good for a dry -mouth situation. We were doing well in the open sea, so just kept going until we were back at the dock.

It was like August, and the windows were all steamed up. One of the guys took his finger and wrote backwards in the windshield "HELP!"

Two of them, now laughing, kissed the dock. "All's well that ends well."

Zip Code

by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

April 30, 2018

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

Good morning, Beaver Island! It's a little late this morning with the weather because of lack of sleep last night. The nausea kicked in early this morning from the chemo treatments, so Phyllis is sleeping and Joe is doing this. Joe couldn't sleep because he knew this was going to happen sooner rather than later.

Right now on Beaver Island it is 44 degrees, but feels like 41. It's kind of dry with humidity of 32%. The winds are from the south at 5 mph. The pressure is 32.20, and the dewpoint is 16 degrees, so fog is quite unlikely. Visibility is ten miles.

Sunny, with a high near 48. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
A 20 percent chance of showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

On this day

On this day in 1945, holed up in a bunker under his headquarters in Berlin, Adolf Hitler commits suicide by swallowing a cyanide capsule and shooting himself in the head. Soon after, Germany unconditionally surrendered to the Allied forces, ending Hitler’s dreams of a “1,000-year” Reich.

Since at least 1943, it was becoming increasingly clear that Germany would fold under the pressure of the Allied forces. In February of that year, the German 6th Army, lured deep into the Soviet Union, was annihilated at the Battle of Stalingrad, and German hopes for a sustained offensive on both fronts evaporated. Then, in June 1944, the Western Allied armies landed at Normandy, France, and began systematically to push the Germans back toward Berlin. By July 1944, several German military commanders acknowledged their imminent defeat and plotted to remove Hitler from power so as to negotiate a more favorable peace. Their attempts to assassinate Hitler failed, however, and in his reprisals, Hitler executed over 4,000 fellow countrymen.

In January 1945, facing a siege of Berlin by the Soviets, Hitler withdrew to his bunker to live out his final days. Located 55 feet under the chancellery, the shelter contained 18 rooms and was fully self-sufficient, with its own water and electrical supply. Though he was growing increasingly mad, Hitler continued to give orders and meet with such close subordinates as Hermann Goering, Heinrich Himmler and Josef Goebbels. He also married his long-time mistress Eva Braun just two days before his suicide.

In his last will and testament, Hitler appointed Admiral Karl Donitz as head of state and Goebbels as chancellor. He then retired to his private quarters with Braun, where he and Braun poisoned themselves and their dogs, before Hitler then also shot himself with his service pistol.

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

Word of the Day

Machiavelian [mak-ee-uh-vel-ee-uh n] being or acting in accordance with the principles of government analyzed in Machiavelli's The Prince, in which political expediency is placed above morality and the use of craft and deceit to maintain the authority and carry out the policies of a ruler is described. It also means characterized by subtle or unscrupulous cunning, deception, expediency, or dishonesty: He resorted to Machiavellian tactics in order to get ahead.

Mass from Holy Cross, 9:30 a.m.

April 28+29, 2018

Posted at 1:30 p.m., 4/29/18

Mass from Holy Cross is a weekly occurence with a live stream on both days, but there is only one recorded and that is Sunday Mass. The readings may be captured on Saturday and/or the prayers, but only the complete Sunday service is recorded.

Saturday Reader Kitty McNamara.......Sunday Reader Anne Partridge

Father Jim Siler, celebrant

View video of the services HERE

Podcasts on WVBI

Included are the interviews regarding Consolidation


52 Lists for Happiness #18

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 8:30 a.m., 4/29/18

Some Springtime-Arriving Wildlife Back

Posted 4/29/18 at 8:00 a.m.

The typical loop was taken by the editor this past evening. The loop includes a trip to the point and Gull Harbor, a trip down by Barney's Lake, and then down Sloptown Road by the microwave tower. There are sprintime birds back and evidence now that insects are hatched and near the surface for the birds to feed on. A few sandhills were seen earlier this month, but they should be arriving in numbers soon also. All of these photos were taken just before the beginning of the performance at the Community Center.

The editor's favorite raptor is the osprey.

Loons on Barney's Lake

Also at Barney's Lake

Two Ospreys in Graves' dead tree

Osprey courtship

View a small gallery of osprey courtship HERE

At Gull Harbor

Also through the shutter

Whiskey Point from the playground

The beauty of the moon

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 29, 2018

When they tell you that during Radiation Therapy and Chemo you'll feel a bit of fatigue, don't believe it. It's not fatigue, it's even beyond exhaustion. I've been home since Friday and have hardly had my eyes open the entire time. We leave again at 4:00 to do it all over again. Hopefully this week will go easier as there is no chemo for the next couple of weeks. Other than being a zombie with chemo brain, I'm doing good. I did do a load of laundry, cooked (warmed up left-over, frozen stew) for dinner and ran the dishwasher. I know, I know, I'm so over-worked. It is a grand learning experience. Thank you all for the caps and scarfs, I now have loads of them and one for every day of the week. I thank each of you for the thoughts and prayers. Let's direct some to Caitlin Marie Boyle as she battles brain cancer. Don't forget there will be a fund raiser/auction for her medical bills at Welke Airport on May 19th! Let's simply kick cancer off the island!

Oh yeah, and I'm here for the weather. Right now I'm showing 28°, clear skies, wind is at 3 mph from the west, humidity is at 85%, pressure is steady at 30.36 inches, and visibility is 9.6 miles.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs in the lower 50s. West winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows in the lower 30s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT when hippos are upset, their sweat turns red? Hippo's 'magic' sweat explained. The really clever thing about hippos is that they produce their own sunscreen, in the form of a sticky reddish sweat. It has told Nature magazine the oily secretion is made up of two unstable pigments - one red, the other orange.

WORD OF THE DAY: vagility (vuh-JIL-i-tee) which means the ability of an organism to move about freely and migrate. The rare English adjective vagile is restricted to biology and refers to an organism’s being able to scatter or be scattered in an environment. The English adjective comes from German vagil, of the same meaning. The German adjective derives from Latin vagus “wandering, roaming.” The German suffix -il and the English suffix -ile come directly from Latin -ilis, -ile ; the English suffix -ity comes from Latin -itat- (the stem of -itās) via Old French -te (French -té). Vagility entered English in the 20th century.

Pro-Consolidation Meeting

The meeting took place at the Welke Airport in their big hangar. Angel Welke read a few letters from supporters of consolidation that she had received. She also answered many questions that were submitted to her on written cards or paper. Those present were interested in getting their questions answered.


Angel Welke read letters in support of the consolidation

Angel Welke answered questions

Not all present supported the consolidation.

View video of this meeting HERE

Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative

Agenda, May 3, 2018, 10:30 a.m. BIC Center

Posted 8 a.m. 4/28/18


by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 28, 2018

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

Let the dogs out this morning and they proceeded to scare a big raccoon out of the compost pile Then then decided that they had to patrol the entire yard to make sure it was safe from intruders. I may be home but haven't spent too much of it with my eyes open. Walked in the door, called Mom, set up my laptop, Mom and Ruthie stopped over for a few minutes, laid down on the sofa and not awake again until after 5. Managed to stay awake until 11:15 or so and then crashed for the night. I'm beginning to feel like I'm hibernating. Hopefully today I'll accomplish something besides perfecting my sleeping.
Right now i'm showing clear skies, 32°, feels like 23°, wind is at 13 mph from the north, humidity is at 66%, pressure is rising from 30.04 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny in the morning then clarings. Highs in the lower 40s. NOrth winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows in the mid 20s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the morning.

ON THIS DATE of April 28, 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 Mayflies live only one day as an adult? During that day they molt twice, mate, and lay eggs in water.

In shoals the hours their constant numbers bring
Like insects waking to th' advancing spring;
Which take their rise from grubs obscene that lie
In shallow pools, or thence ascend the sky:
Such are these base ephemeras, so born
To die before the next revolving morn.

— George Crabbe, "The Newspaper", 1785

WORD OF THE DAY: feint (feynt) a movement made in order to deceive an adversary; an attack aimed at one place or point merely as a distraction from the real place or point of attack: military feints; the feints of a skilled fencer. The English noun feint comes from Old French feinte, a noun use of the feminine past participle of the verb feindre “to feign, pretend, dissemble.” The Old French verb comes from Latin fingere “to shape, form, fashion,” the ultimate source of English faint, fiction, figment, and effigy. Feint entered English in the 17th century.

BICS Sports Awards

Sports awards are next WednesdayMay 2, 2018; family, friends and community are all welcome to come. 

X is a Verb

by Cindy Ricksgers

What Did You Say 28

By Joe Moore

Sometimes, those of us in the rural EMS and public safety service areas get just a little complacent about the few numbers of emergency response, we get blasted back to reality of doing this anywhere.  There are not limitations on the number of emergencies that can occur anywhere.  While urban services are rushed to get to the scene, get the patient loaded and transported, and get back out to be available for the next one, rural services normally have a much slower pace, maybe even going days without having any emergency.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Betsy Smith Centerboard

by Dick Burris

Posted 8 a.m., 4/27/18

B.Smith Centerboard salvage:

I still have two cabled deadeyes, one from the "Betsy Smith", and the other from the "Sunnyside" on North Fox Island.

I found the centerboard of the shipwreck "Bessie Smith", that Sawtelle had beneath the pontoons when it broke up in storm (circa "69"), in Iron Ore Bay, on the south end of Beaver Island. I brought the centerboard on the beach to later load on my trailer.

A few days later, I used a snatch block hooked to, what was then, a cable crossing sign, and was sliding it on plank onto the trailer, using the truck, on the end of the rope to slide it on.

There had been some mention about the legality of shipwreck salvage. I had gone this far, so I proceeded to slide the the centerboard, with planks onto the trailer.

I was just finishing the loading, when I blocked off the only vehicle going through that morning. Of all people, it happened to be an high up DNR official. I told him I was taking it off the beach, and explained what it was. He told me, at that time, there were no restrictions on items taken from the beach; but NOT to take things from the shipwrecks themselves.

Soon after, they included in the restrictions, of artifacts on the beach in their laws. This put an end to my salvage collections.

A lot of the White Oak boards ended up as mantles in many of the fireplaces that I built on the island. Also some of the stone fireplaces had a piece of iron ore installed in them: ore that still lays, in, and around the hull of the wreck.

Marleana Cole Wins Award

Congratulations to Micaela Cole, daughter of Paul and Shirley Cole, the winner of the Political Science Excellence in a Discipline award. Micaela is graduating with a 4.0 GPA. She has been a member of the Honors College and she studied abroad in Mexico. She is currently interning with the Atlantic Council, a foreign affairs think tank, in Washington, DC through GVSU's Washington Center program.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 27, 2018

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

It's morning, and I woke up to the sound of heavy rain here in Petoskey. Checked my Beaver Island computer stuff and the island isn't getting it. What a difference a few miles make!
Right now for the island I'm showing 35°, feels like 30°; wind is 6 mph from the northwest, humidity is 84%; pressure is steady at 29.83 inches, and visibility is 8.3 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Scattered rain showers and isolated snow in the upper 40s; Northwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 50%.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy Isolated rain showers in the evening then isolated snow showers after midnight Lows in the upper 20s. North winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Chance of precipitation 20%

ON THIS DATE of April 27,4977 B.C., the universe is created, according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, considered a founder of modern science. Kepler is best known for his theories explaining the motion of planets.

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

In 1600, Kepler went to Prague to work for Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, the imperial mathematician to Rudolf II, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Kepler’s main project was to investigate the orbit of Mars. When Brahe died the following year, Kepler took over his job and inherited Brahe’s extensive collection of astronomy data, which had been painstakingly observed by the naked eye. Over the next decade, Kepler learned about the work of Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), who had invented a telescope with which he discovered lunar mountains and craters, the largest four satellites of Jupiter and the phases of Venus, among other things. Kepler corresponded with Galileo and eventually obtained a telescope of his own and improved upon the design. In 1609, Kepler published the first two of his three laws of planetary motion, which held that planets move around the sun in ellipses, not circles (as had been widely believed up to that time), and that planets speed up as they approach the sun and slow down as they move away. In 1619, he produced his third law, which used mathematic principles to relate the time a planet takes to orbit the sun to the average distance of the planet from the sun.

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT the first U.S. coins were made of silver from Martha Washington's silver service? Mrs. Washington was very proud to help our the new country, but refused to invite anyone from the Treasury Department to future dinner parties at hei home.

WORD OF THE DAY: treen (TREE-uhn) which means made entirely of wood. The adjective treen dates to Old English (about 1000). Its original adjective meanings “made of tree (i.e., wood), wooden; pertaining to trees or a tree” are obsolete or rare in standard English. Its current sense as a noun meaning “(small) articles or utensils made of wood, woodenware” dates from the 20th century.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 26, 2018

Good morning! Going to be a very long day today so getting right into this. At the moment on Beaver Island it is clear skies, 29°, wind is at 2 mph from the west, humidity is at 88%, pressure is steady at 29.92 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with scattered rain showers in the evening then mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and a chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows int he lower 30s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

ON THIS DATE of April 26, 1954, the Salk polio vaccine field trials, involving 1.8 million children, begin at the Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Virginia. Children in the United States, Canada and Finland participated in the trials, which used for the first time the now-standard double-blind method, whereby neither the patient nor attending doctor knew if the inoculation was the vaccine or a placebo. On April 12, 1955, researchers announced the vaccine was safe and effective and it quickly became a standard part of childhood immunizations in America. In the ensuing decades, polio vaccines would all but wipe out the highly contagious disease in the Western Hemisphere.

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

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT the two tiny holes drilled in every BIC pen is to ensure that the air pressure in the same both inside and outside the pen, which helps the ink flow to the tip.

WORD OF DAY: frugivorous (froo-JIV-er-uhs) which means fruit-eating. The English adjective frugivorous “fruit-eating” is used mostly in biology to describe animals that eat fruit. The first element, frugi-, is a combining form of Latin frux “fruit, crops, produce” related to the verb fruī “to enjoy the fruits or products or results of.” From the form frūg- English has frugal and frugivorous. From fructus, the past participle of fruī (from an assumed frūguī), English has fruit (from Old French, from Latin frūctus) and fructify (from Old French fructifier, from Latin frūctificāre). The second element, -vorous, ultimately comes from Latin vorāre “to swallow ravenously,” whence English has devour (from Middle French devourer, from Latin dēvorāre “to swallow down,” and voracious (from Latin vorāc-, the stem of vorax “ravenous, insatiable.” Frugivorous entered English in the 18th century.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 25, 2018

Yesterday Joe let me sleep in, today I'm returning the favor. We have time to doodle a bit this morning as ra,diation isn't until 10:30 and Chemo Teach at 1:00. Right now on the island it's 35°, feels like 31°, mostly cloudy skies, wind is at 5 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 94%, pressure is steady at 30.06 inches, and visibility is 8 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. North winds 5 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows in the upper 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

ON THIS DATE of April 25, 1719, Daniel Defoe’s fictional work The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe is published. The book, about a shipwrecked sailor who spends 28 years on a deserted island, is based on the experiences of shipwreck victims and of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor who spent four years on a small island off the coast of South America in the early 1700s.

Like his hero Crusoe, Daniel Defoe was an ordinary, middle-class Englishman, not an educated member of the nobility like most writers at the time. Defoe established himself as a small merchant but went bankrupt in 1692 and turned to political pamphleteering to support himself. A pamphlet he published in 1702 satirizing members of the High Church led to his arrest and trial for seditious libel in 1703. He appealed to powerful politician Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford, who had him freed from Newgate prison and who hired him as a political writer and spy to support his own views. To this end, Defoe set up the Review, which he edited and wrote from 1704 to 1713. It wasn’t until he was nearly 60 that he began writing fiction. His other works include Moll Flanders (1722) and Roxana (1724). He died in London in 1731, one day before the 12th anniversary of Robinson Crusoe’s publication.

DID YOU KNOW THAT not all nuts are really a nut? Nuts are defined as a simple, dry fruit with one seed (very occasionally two) in which the seed case wall becomes very hard at maturity. True nuts include pecan, sweet chestnut, beech, acorns, hazel, hornbeam and alder. Peanuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, horse chestnuts and pine nuts are not nuts.

WORD OF THE DAY: velitation (vel-i-TEY-shuhn) which means a minor dispute or contest. English velitation comes from Latin vēlitātiōn- (stem of vēlitātiō) “skirmish,” ultimately a derivation of vēles (stem vēlit-) “light-armed foot soldier wearing little armor, skirmisher,” which is a derivative from the adjective vēlox (stem vēlōc-) “quick, rapid, speedy” (and the source of English velocity). The vēlitēs, a specialized unit of soldiers in the ancient Roman army, were armed with swords, javelins, and small round shields and were stationed in front of the legionary lines. Before the main action began, these skirmishers threw their javelins at the enemy lines to break up their formation and then rapidly withdrew to the rear of the legionary lines. Vēlitēs as a type of soldier or unit in the Roman army were relatively brief: they are first mentioned about 211 b.c. in the dark, dark days (for Rome) of the Second Punic War (218–201 b.c.). The vēlitēs were probably formed owing to lowered property qualifications for military service in 214 b.c. and were drawn from the lowest, youngest, and poorest citizens. Vēlitēs are last mentioned in the Jugurthine War of 112-106 b.c.; presumably they were subsumed into the centuries (a company consisting of approximately 100 men) in a later reorganization of the Roman army. Velitation entered English in the 17th century.

Fundraiser for Caitlin Boyle

Posted at 7 p.m., 4/24/18

Consolidation Announcements

(from Pam Grassmick, posted at 1:30 p.m., 4/24/18)

Consolidation Announcements:

WVBI will broadcast the interview with Angel Welke tonight, Tuesday April 24th after the news at 5 p.m. Kevin Boyle interviews Angel on the campaign to consolidate the two townships on Beaver Island.  On Wednesday, April 25th, after the news at 5 p.m., Bill Kohls will be interviewed on his position to vote no to consolidation.  The interviews will be available as a podcast.  You can listen in at 100.1 FM or via the internet at https://wvbi.biccenter.org

On Saturday, April 28th 2018 from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Beaver Island-One Island, One Community, a pro-consolidation discussion will take place at Welke's Large Hanger.  Angel Welke will answer questions posed by audience members or via e-mail if unable to attend in person.  For more information:  231-448-2374 or lefevream@hotmail.com

Weather by Joe

April 24, 2018

Letting the weather lady sleep in this morning after her surgery yesterday. Everything went well, but it is certainly very tiring to go through. Day One was port placement with radiation postponed due to a delay in the surgery. Today we are on to radiation treatment.

Right now on Beaver Island it is 39 degrees, feels like 35, with a 70 per cent humidity. Winds are from the east at six mph with a pressure of 30.13. Visibility is ten miles.

Today is will be mostly cloudly with isolated showers in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 20%. Winds will switch to the northwest and blow up to 10 mph.

Tonight will be partly cloudy with isolated showers. Temperatures will be in the upper thirties. The wind will switch to the north tonight and be normally between 5 and 15 with gusts to 25.

On this Day

On this day in 1916, on Easter Monday in Dublin, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, a secret organization of Irish nationalists led by Patrick Pearse, launches the so-called Easter Rebellion, an armed uprising against British rule. Assisted by militant Irish socialists under James Connolly, Pearse and his fellow Republicans rioted and attacked British provincial government headquarters across Dublin and seized the Irish capital’s General Post Office. Following these successes, they proclaimed the independence of Ireland, which had been under the repressive thumb of the United Kingdom for centuries, and by the next morning were in control of much of the city. Later that day, however, British authorities launched a counteroffensive, and by April 29 the uprising had been crushed. Nevertheless, the Easter Rebellion is considered a significant marker on the road to establishing an independent Irish republic.

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

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

Word of the Day

loath unwilling to do something contrary to one's ways of thinking. Many usage commentators point out that the spelling of loath, the adjective, is distinct from loathe, the verb that means "to dislike greatly." Merriam-Webster dictionaries do record loathe (along with loth) as a variant spelling for the adjective, but at the same time indicate that the loath spelling is the most common one. The adjective and the verb both hark back to Old English, and the "e" ending in each has come and gone over the centuries—but if you want to avoid the ire of those who like to keep the language tidy, stick with loath for the adjective and loathe for the verb.


by Dick Burris

Posted 8 a.m., 4/23/18

Broken intake valve fix:

Perry Fortier (son in law) and I one day headed out to dive on the shipwreck "Nico". Everything went well to a point where we were crossing the reefs through a channel to get there.

all of a sudden thee engine started to rap hard on the port side, and I shut it down. We tossed an anchor to secure our position as to not wind up on the nearby rocks, then I unscrewed the spark farthest aft, and the water came out. I then took a flashlight, looked in and there was a valve part in there pointed in the wrong direction. So we took off the carburetor and the intake manifolds. Then as we were removing the head. A boat pulled along side and asked if we needed a ride back to the island. I told them if we were still there we'd take them up on it.

Anyway we extracted the piece of valve from the dome of the combustion chamber in thee head, and whittled a small plug from a piece of wood ,and drove it into the head to slow down the cooling water that was entering the crankcase. It was still leaking a little so I left thetappet cover loose to allow the water to run into the bilge.

On the way back Perry announced that water was leeking and he tightened the cover; I shut off the engine and again loosened the tappet cover.

On our way back we saw the Coast Guard boat coming (Flashers and all) from the THEN Beaver Island Coast Guard Station. They asked us if we were in trouble; I told them, "not any more." and explained what had happened. Also that we could limp in on 7 cylinders.

Pat Burris had worried and called them.

A few days later I found a junk engine head, and modified it to work on the 283 marine engine, and was back in action.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 23, 2018

Posted at 7:30 a.m

Slept lousy due to nerves (even though I know it'll all be just fine), can't eat and I'm sooo hungry. Just for your information, chicken noodle soup for dinner does NOT stick to your ribs. I'm also thirsty and can't even have coffee. Sigh. Life's rough. Oh well, over on the island there are clear skies, 33°, feels like 29°, wind is at 6 mph from the south, humidity is at 70%, pressure is steady at 30.33 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. Light winds becoming east. at 5 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s. Northeast winds at 5 mph shifting to the southeast after midnight.

ON THIS DATE of April 23, according to tradition, the great English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-on-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 Harvard researchers have found that even a brief nap can improve your learning capacity and enhance your memory, creativity, and problem-solving skills?

WORD OF THE DAY: Falstaffian (fawl-STAF-ee-uhn) which means of, relating to, or having the qualities of Falstaff, especially his robust, bawdy humor, good-natured rascality, and brazen braggadocio: Falstaffian wit. The adjective Falstaffian derives from Falstaff, the family name of Sir John Falstaff, a fictional character in two of Shakespeare’s historical plays (Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2) and in the comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor. His death is briefly treated in Henry V. Falstaff as a character is fat, vain, boastful, cowardly, bibulous; he lives on stolen or borrowed money and consorts with petty criminals. He has always been a favorite character among playgoers. Falstaffian entered English in the early 19th century.


10TH Anniversary Season at the Beaver Island Community Center Theater Kicks Off

Posted 1:30 p.m., 4/16/18

BEAVER ISLAND, MI (April 16, 2018) – Neil Simon’s Odd Couple is coming to the Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater at the BIC Center at the end of this month – but with a twist.  The Beaver Island Players will present the “Female Version” of the show.  Yes, Unger and Madison are at it again, but this time its Florence and Olive instead of Oscar and Felix. “I’m really excited to be bringing this show to our stage,” said Jaque LaFreniere, the show’s producer.  “It’s a great change-up on a classic Broadway hit.”  The cast for the show includes Laura Green and Becca Foli as the odd couple with support from Marie Boyle, Vicki Smith, Heidi Vigil, Elaine West, Nick DeLatt and Brian Foli. They are under the direction of Stan Jansen.  “I retired last year as a professor in the theater department at CMU and this is a great way to kick off my retirement production experience,” said Jansen.  “The cast is fabulous and the theater at the BIC Center is a great performance space.”

Performances are Saturday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday the 29th at 2:00 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community Center on Beaver Island.  Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for students and can be purchased at the BIC Center or by calling 231-448-2022.

“We’re thrilled to get our 10th anniversary season underway,” said Carol Creasser, the president of The Preservation Association of Beaver Island, which operates the BIC Center.  “It’s going to be a great show.  And it is easy to get over here to see it.  This time of year it is easy to find a place to stay, and there are great places to eat for dinner and a show. Our ferry is running and both of the airlines serving the island have plenty of flights.”  Information on getting to the island is available at beaverisland.org or by calling the Community Center at 231-448-2022.

The Beaver Island Community Center serves as the social and cultural heart of Beaver Island.  Its Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater is the venue for a summer concert series, community concerts and theater, professional meetings, lectures, art sales and more.  Upstairs there are games, a pool table, PCs and printers, and a comfy corner to read or watch a movie on a rainy day.  The lobby has a concession stand, information racks with brochures about island activities and tables that are ideal for laying out plans for the day or grabbing a quick snack.  The BIC Center also houses the main studio of WVBI-FM, the island’s radio station.

Information about BIC Center is available at biccenter.org. Information about other upcoming island events is available at calendar.wvbi.net.

What Did You Say 27
By Joe Moore

Posted at 11:15 am, 4/16/17

One of the most difficult thing to do in the pre-hospital environment, whether it be on the scene of a motor vehicle accident with personal injuries or on the scene of a medical emergency is to do a patient assessment on someone who appears to be awake and alert, but is unable to communicate clearly.  This could be a child with a limited vocabulary, a special needs person, adult or child, or someone who has had a stroke that takes out their ability to speak.  A completely unresponsive patient isn’t as difficult to assess as a conscious patient with the inability to communicate effectively.

What did you say?

Read the rest of the chapter HERE

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

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

ContraDance begins in May!



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 1, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority


BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

Peaine Annual Meetings

View video of the meeting HERE

Peaine Township Meeting Minutes

for February 2018


St. James Township Meeting Video


View video of this meeting HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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Museum Week 2009 George Anthony "The Elders Speak"

Posted at 8:45 pm, 4/22/18

This is part of the digitization project for the Beaver Island Historical Society of tapes of the oral history project. Editor Joe Moore has been working on these for the last few months. This one is quite interesting regarding the American Indian elders, the relatives of those native peoples who lived on and around Beaver Island, and their relationships.

View video of this presentation HERE

COA Sunday Lunch

Posted on 4/22/18, 7:15 p.m.

After the very nasty snowstorm that was with the island people last Sunday, the COA Sunday Lunch was postponed until this Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. Today the lunch was Roast Beef with carrots, potatoes, and onions with a bisquit and bread pudding for dessert. The editor and his wife left before the dinner was over due to a flight off the island, but eating before flying without having to wash dishes, etc. was definitiely a good idea.

Those at the lunch before the trip off the island.

Video added at 4:30 pm, 4/23/18


Sunday Mass from Holy Cross, 9:30 a.m.

Pinky Harmon was reader on Saturday..............Brian Foli was reader on Sunday....

Foureen people viewed the servcies on Saturday and Sunday services from Holy Cross. Father Jim Siler was back from the mainland for both services.

View video of this HERE

Raptors in the Sunshine


Posted on April 22, 2018, at 8:45 a.m.

Two eagles soaring over the Font Lake to St. James Harbor area caught the attendtion yesterday. Some thought that they were just out enjoying the sunshine, but another thought they were searching for easy prey. Then, the editor's favorite raptor returned today to the nest on top of the microwave tower. This year's arrival was on April 21, 2018, almost a week behind the average arrival time. In 2017, the arrival was on Tax Day of April 15th.

Both ospreys are on the nest or near the nest, which signals that they will be working on improving the area for the future laying of eggs and the hatching of their young. The above side by side pictures make it easy to see the differences between and eagle and an osprey. Both were taken yesterday, April 21, 2018.

View a gallery of osprey pictures HERE

Mary Ellen Keshick (nee Nanigaw) Passes Away

Posted on 4/22/18 at 8:30 a.m.

Mary Ellen Keshick (nee Nanigaw), 89, of Petoskey, Michigan, walked on April 19, 2018.  Mary was born on High Island, Michigan on May 4, 1928. Her family was the last to leave the island as her dad tore down his house on High Island and rebuilt it at St. James, Beaver Island, MI. She retired from Allied Bendix Aerospace of Boyne City.  She also worked for the Sarah Fisher Home in Farmington, MI, the Beverly Manor Home and the Montessori Children’s House both in Petoskey.

One of Mary’s favorite past times was playing Bingo. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and participating in traditional and cultural ceremonials.  Mary was a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and a former member of the Northern Michigan Ottawa Association (N.M.O.A.). Mary was also a fluent speaker of the Odawa language known as Anishinaabemowin; it was her first language. She was a well-respected elder in the community.

Mary is survived by one sister, Irene (Nanigaw) Bigeagle of Cheboygan, Michigan, six children: John (Michele) Keshick, Theresa Keshick from Harbor Springs, Michigan;  Yvonne Keshick, Donald Keshick, Robert Keshick and Linda Gokee all of Petoskey, Michigan; 23 grandchildren: Rebecca (Patrick) Prater,  Maritza (Joel) Lopez,  Howard Keshick, Aaron Keshick, Brooke Chamblee, Ryan Chamblee, James Chamblee, Shannon Chamblee, Johnny Keshick, Justin Keshick, Megan Keshick, Trevor Keshick, Kaiah Keshick- Eedy, Samuel Tepakeyah, Ryan Keshick, Tosha Keshick, Amanda Lalonde, Shawn Keshick, Michael Keshick, Jordan Bussey, Ariya Cloud-Hall, Monique Napont,  Jeffrey Gokee, Kacie Gokee and George Hall II, all from Michigan; several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Hattie Nanigaw, one brother Henry Nanigaw, and sisters Agnes (Bernard) Napont and Lena (Moses) Anthony, sons Ronald and Gregory Keshick and daughters Marsha and Maria Keshick.

A sacred fire for Mary’s journey was lit on Friday at her home and will continue through Monday night.  Friends and family will be received at the home during this time and are welcome to participate in this traditional custom.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier church in Petoskey, Michigan. Visitation will take place at her home and at 10:00 AM prior to the funeral at the church.  Burial will immediately follow at Greenwood Cemetery, in Petoskey, Michigan.  Funeral arrangements are being handled by Nelson Funeral Home and cremation service.

BICS Graduate Erin Boyle Receives Awards

Posted at 3:30 p.m.

April 19th was Erin Boyle day at Albion College. Erin Boyle graduates on May 5th and recently received a couple of awards. The first was the Robert B. Notestein Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Anthropology & Sociology. Her name will be engraved on a plaque and will hang at the University. It also came with a monetary award. She was also awarded a departmental honor in Sociology award because of her Thesis entitled : " Pick One: Identity Negotiation Among Mixed-Race People, Children of Immigrants, Transnational Adoptees, and International Students." She was asked to present it at the Northcentral Sociological Association Annual Meeting Convention which was held on April 6th in Pittsburgh. She plans to pursue a career as a Social Researcher.

Emerald Ash Borer Protection Continues

by Pam Grassmick

Posted at 8:30 a.m., 4/20/18

I received a call today from John Bedford with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The call was to discuss the State of Michigan's decision to discontinue all EAB quarantines for economic reasons. John began the work of protecting our ash trees with BI Natural Resources and Ecotourism Committee (NRESC) over a decade ago. BIA members continued the efforts when the NRESC stopped meeting.

Back in December, I ordered the EAB traps and lures from the federal agency to help us identify if the one lone female EAB found last year was a lone hitchhiker or a symptom of a bigger problem. John is very supportive that we continue to monitor using the EAB traps to help formulate a plan. The plan this year is to place the EAB traps in May prior to the know insect emergence and leave them up until late October changing the lures every 6 weeks. As many of you are aware the island's ash trees are an important cultural and natural resource, so tribal entities are also being contacted.

John suggested that Beaver Island could strengthen our tree protection locally by either adopting a local ordinance banning all hardwood and work with our transportation businesses (ferry, airlines, and marinas) to prohibit the import of all hardwood to the island. We may potentially be the last refuge for ash trees and this community needs to come together on appropriate next steps to protect this vital resource. He expects the policy change to occur in May. We need to have a plan in place in anticipation of this change.  Contact me with your suggestions,  Pam Grassmick 448-2314.

RFP Lawn Service Peaine Township

Posted 5:20 p.m., 4/19/18



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

2018 Meeting Dates

March 10

June 16

September 15

December 8 (Annual Meeting)

BICS Meeting Schedules

BI Transportation Authority 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.

St. James Meetings for 2018-19

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule


April 2018 Bulletin from Holy Cross


Christian Church Bulletin

April 8, 2018

BICS Calendar 2017-18

HSC Meeting Dates Schedule

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

Donation goes to the Christian Church Food Pantry--Click the Donate Button on the far left and above.

Donate to the Live Streaming Project

The Live Streaming Project includes BICS Sports Events, Peaine Township Meetings, Joint Township Meetings, and much more.

Your donation may allow these events to be live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv