B. I. News on the 'Net, April 25-May 8, 2016


Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day! It's 43° outside, clear skies, wind is at 8 mph from the west, humidity is at 76%, pressure is steady at 1011 mb, visibility is 9.7 miles, pollen levels are high for today at 10.1, and the top allergens are ash, birch, and maple. Today: Partly sunny. Scattered sprinkles in the morning. Highs in the mid 50s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Clear. Patchy frost after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. North winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of May 8, 1886 - Pharmacist Dr. John Styth Pemberton invented what would later be called "Coca-Cola."

Did you know that everyone has a unique tongue print?

Word of the day: oenomel (EE-nuh-mel, EN-uh-mel) which means something combining strength with sweetness. Oenomel can be traced to the Greek terms oînos meaning "wine" and méli meaning "honey." The potent, sweet drink dates back to Ancient Greece. The term entered English in the mid-1500s.

The 52 Lists Project #19

by Cindy Ricksgers

Who's the Boss

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 7, 2016

This morning the island will give the final good bye to Captain Lawrence McDonough. Cloudy skies right now, it's 45°, feels like 38°, wind is at 15 mph from the NW, humidity is at 83%, pressure is steady at 1007 mb, visibility is 9.7 miles, pollen level is medium at 5.9, and the top allergens are ash, birch, and maple. Today: Mostly cloudy with isolated rain showers in the morning, then mostly sunny in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Chance of sprinkles after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph in the evening becoming light.

On this date of May 7, 1847 - The AMA (American Medical Association) was organized in Philadelphia, PA.

Did you know that In Texas, two categories of men are exempt from peeping tom charges: men over 50 and men with only one eye?

Word of the day: quaff (kwof, kwaf, kwawf) which means to drink a beverage copiously and with hearty enjoyment. Quaff is of uncertain origin. It entered English in the early 1500s.

BICS Sports Awards Ceremony

May 5, 2016

Cake and lots of trophies and awards

Kim Mitchell of the BI Sports Boosters, presentations to coaches

Simeon Richards, recipient of Bill Burns Sportsmanship Award

View video of the awards ceremony HERE

Costa Rica Trip Report by Participants

at the Community Center, May 4, 2016, at 7 p.m.

(Pictures and Video by Deb Bousquet)

The students that participated in the Costa Rica Spanish Immersion Trip had a meeting to report on the trip on May 4, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the Community Center

Two of the chaperones of the trip also spoke

Each student had an opportunity to give a report.

Following the report in the auditorium, there was an open house in the entry room to the community center.

View video of the report HERE

Some Things Change

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 6, 2016

It's 39° outside this morning, clear skies, wind at 6 mph from the south, humidity is at 93%, pressure is steady at 1014 mb, visibility is 9.6 miles, pollen count is high at 10.5, and the top allergens are ash, birch, and maple. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Southwest winds 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

On this date of May 6, 1889 - The Universal Exposition opened in Paris, France, marking the dedication of the Eiffel Tower. Also at the exposition was the first automobile in Paris, the Mercedes-Benz.

Did you know that your head contains 22 bones?

Word of the day: turpitude (TUR-pi-tood) which means vile, shameful, or base character; depravity. Turpitude finds its roots in the Latin term turpis meaning "base, vile." It entered English in the late 1400s.


by Cindy Ricksgers

St. James Township Meeting

May 4, 2015, 7 p.m.

The St. James Township Board Meeting began in the usual manner with a call to order and the pledge. The minutes from three previous meetings were approved, March 30,2016, with one change; April 6, 2016, and April 12, 2016. Payments were discussed and were approved with the additions provided by the clerk. There were two letter in correspondence, one was read, the other held until later in the meeting. The Dangerous Structures Ordinance is moving forward on one piece of property with the building on it called the Livery. The current status is that a ticket will be filled out, checked over by the the lawyer for the township, and then sent to the property owner.

Kitty McNamara reported on the Sewer Committee and brought a recommendation forward from the committee for approval by the board. The recommendation includes an agreement reached between the committee and Eric Hodgson Enterprises. The board voted to accept payment for the sewer service for the period of April 1, 2015, through May 22, 2016, without late fees, and without going on the businesses tax bill. The payment of $7,717.00 is to be made on 5/22/16.

Joe Moore gave a report on the yacht dock, and the meeting with the DNR in Charlevoix attended by Joe Moore and Joe Timsak. The state data base has incorrect depths listed for the slips, and this needs to be corrected immediately. Also, special events that have already been scheduled need to be put into the system as soon as practically possible. There will be updates sent out within two weeks, and correct information should be available.

Kathy Tidmore spoke for the Human Services Commission. The commission asked for and received $150 from St. James Township to update the services manual that has been previously available.

Bill Haggard reported on the DEQ new reporting policies that require additional positions to be filled and specific procedures completed, adding additional time and effort needed to finish this.

After considerable discussion, the township voted to approve the same website provider and designer as Charlevoix County. The Gillespie versus St James deposition dates include several times on May 16, 2016.

There was only one bid for lawn maintenance. It had minor changes from last year, but was approved.

Discussion took place about the EMS millage, but after discussion the wording for the EMS Millage was approved. The wording for the BIHS millage was also approved. This is for the August ballot.

The resolution for transfer of the EMS and the fire department assets from the township of St. James to the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority was approved after lengthy discussion.

A posting for the St. James Planning Commission is needed.

The transfer station budget was finally received by St. James Township and approved by the township.

The Waste Management Committee is requesting to made into an authority. The St. James board is not in favor of this at this time. The board would like some background information and some rationale presented to them in writing before any action will be taken.

The letter on pocket parks was ready and the costs for maintenance was approved.

The township board voted to have an Internet connection in the township hall.

The cost of the fireworks was discussed, and the order for fireworks was approved by the board.

In public comment, Joe Moore asked to place an antenna next to the Governmental Center to help improve the Internet connection for state required reports. Joe offered to pay for the Internet and make it available to the EMS paramedics for report writing. The board did not agree to this. There were policies that needed to be developed and issues to be discussed with the lawyer. The board stated that if EMS needed a better Internet connection speed to complete the report then EMS should order that connection. After policies were developed and investigated, the board may then consider the request again.

View video of the meeting HERE

National Day of Prayer

May 5, 2016

Opening Prayer wass by Deacon Jim Silee, the National Day of Prayer Coordinator

Pledge of Allegiance was by Bill Kohls, Peaine Township Supervisor

"God Bless America" was led by Sheri Timsak, BIBCO

Prayer for Government Leaders was given by Bob Tidmore, Beaver Island AMVETs

Prayer for Churches was given by Adam Anderson, Beaver Island Lighthouse Church

Prayer for Educators was given by Joe Moore, a lifelong teacher

Prayer for our Military was given by Alvin Lafreniere, Beaver Island AMVETs

Prayer for Families was given by Pinky Harmon, Holy Cross Church

Prayers for Personal Renewal and Moral Awakening was given by Ann Partridge, Beaver Island Community Center

A Beaver Island Blessing was given by Deacon Jim Siler, National Day of Prayer Coordinator

"Amazing Grace" was led by Sheri Timsak, BIBCO

Participants and Attendees

View gallery of pictures HERE

Video of the Prayer Service


Mass Excerpts for May 1

Includes the May Crowning

The final two video clips for this service are made available HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 5, 2016

38°, clear skies, wind at 5 mph from the NW, humidity is at 93%, pressure is rising from 1016 mb, visibility is 9.3 miles, pollen levels are high today at 10.3, and the top allergens are birch, maple, and poplar. Today: Partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 50s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s. Light winds.

On this date of May 5, 1891 - The official opening night was May 5, with a concert conducted by maestro Walter Damrosch and great Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Originally known simply as "Music Hall" (the words "Music Hall founded by Andrew Carnegie" still appear on the façade above the marquee), the hall was renamed Carnegie Hall in 1893 after board members of the Music Hall Company of New York (the hall's original governing body) persuaded Carnegie to allow the use of his name.

Did you know that your mouth produces about 2 to 4 pints of saliva a day?

Word of the day: margaritaceous (mahr-ger-i-TEY-shuh s) which means resembling mother-of-pearl; pearly. Margaritaceous is related to the term margarite, which dates back to Old English with the meaning "pearl."

The More You Think You Know, the More You Have to Learn

by Joe Moore

(These patients are fictional.)

We are paged to the medical center for a 60 year old female.  She had arrived at the medical center with severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, lower left back pain, and a fever.  She had a history of high blood pressure, but had not taken her medication for three days.  The patient had been treated at the medical center for the loss of fluids or dehydration caused by the illness. 

Read the rest of the story HERE

CTE Awards Dinner

at Boyne Mountain

Career Tech Ed Students Receive Award for Oustanding Scholarship. The top 10% of students in each career tech ed program in the Char-Em ISD were recognized last week at the annual CTE Awards dinner. BICS students Sarah and Olya received the award for their outstanding work in our Advanced Business Management course (Advanced "BEST"). Forrest and Katie were awarded for their work in the Allied Health course. Instructors Connie Boyle and Kathie Ehinger are very proud of the work these students have done throughout the year. They are all learning skills that directly relate to the workplace and they will be prepared to follow a career path in the business and health services areas.

Forest, Sarah, Olya, and Katie

CTE Award Winners with Ms. Boyle

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 4, 2016

It's 41°, feels like 34°, wind is at 13 mph from the NW, humidity is at 92%, pressure is rising from 1006 mb, visibility is at 9.3 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 3.5, and the top allergens are birch, maple, and poplar. Today: Rain showers in the morning, then a chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 40s. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers. Lows in the upper 30s. North winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of May 4, 1994 - Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed a historic accord on Palestinian autonomy that granted self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.

Did you know that the Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific?

Word of the day: (TOP-uh-nim) which means 1) a place name; 2) a name derived from the name of the place. Toponym blends top- meaning "place" and -onym meaning "word; name." It entered English in the late 1800s.


by Cindy Ricksgers

Osprey on Watch

As most of you know, the editor of News on the 'Net is obsessed with the osprey and the osprey nest. The following gallery of pictures were taken over a period of a little more than an hour. It amazes some that the osprey can sit still on a tree branch and save his/her energy until a fish moves close to the surface of the water. Do you remember hiding behind something and jumping out to scare your friend, your mom, or your sibling? The osprey is waiting for dinner to present itself just below the surface of the water. When nothing is seen from this vantage point, this osprey just moves to another. No flying round and round like an eagle or other fishing bird, not when there are these easy perches around the edge of Barney's Lake. Just move on to another place to view and look for food.

View small gallery of pictures of the Osprey on Watch HERE

School Election Results

St. James Township

BICS Millage
Char-EM Intermediate Millage

Peaine Township

BICS Millage
Char-EM Intermediate Millage

Beaver Island Totals

BICS Millage
Char-EM Intermediate Millage

The BICS School Operating Millage passed with highest number of no votes in a long time with 35% of the island voters voting NO. YES voters totaled 65%. The Char-Em Intermediate District passed with a higher percentage of votes than the BICS millage with almost 70%..

Late Today

by Cindy Ricksgers

BICS Sports' Awards

Costa Rica Trip Presentation

The BICS students who spent two weeks in Costa Rica on an immersion trip will be sharing some of their experience and reflection this Wednesday, May 4, at the Beaver Island Community Center.

Please come join us at 7pm and enjoy some pictures, stories, lessons, and artifacts - all of which convey just a part of their monumentally educational trip.

We hope to see you there!

BICS Health Occupational Students' Trip

The BICS Health Occupations (HOSA) students took a trip today to Saginaw to observe surgery in the surgical suite of St. Mary's Hospital. St. Mary's of Michigan Medical Center is a hospital in Saginaw, Michigan, United States. St. Mary's is a subsidiary of Ascension Health, and is a teaching affiliate of the Michigan State University. Some very excited students flew back to the island on a 4:30 p.m. flight. They will gladly tell you about their experience. One said, "It was amazing!"

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 3, 2016

It's 36°, feels like 32°, partly cloudy skies, wind is at 6 mph from the south, humidity is at 92%, pressure is falling from 1017 mb, visibility is 9 miles, pollen level is high at 10.2, and the top allergens are birch, maple, and poplar. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. Light winds becoming southwest 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Rain showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows around 40. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of May 3, 1937 - Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With The Wind."

Did you know that more people are allergic to cows milk than any other food?

Word of the day: snuggery (SNUHG-uh-ree) which means a comfortable or cozy room. Snuggery entered English in the early 1800s. The suffix -ery can be used to form nouns denoting place or quality.

Mating Dance of the Loons

The mating dance of the loons is absolutely fascinating especially when one is ready for the reproduction act to begin and the other is not quite ready yet. The loons out on Barney's Lake were taking turns dancing tonight, May 2, 2016, but continue to separate for the better part of an hour. It is likely that there will be a nest with eggs in it very soon. A more beautiful bird, even though it's not a raptor, can not be found in the opinion of this photographer. Beauty and peace combined with unusual and haunting vocalizations make this bird an absolutely fascinating creature to observe.

View a gallery of the mating dances HERE

Video of the unusual dance of the loon


Bank Hours Change

As of May 2, 2016, the Charlevoix County State Bank office here on Beaver Island is open for the months of May and June from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Beginning in July and in August, the bank will be open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and then from 2:30-4 p.m. Then in September through December, the hours go back to 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Finally, during the winter months, January through April, the bank goes back to the Tuesday and Friday only, and open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

These are the bank hours given today, May 2, 2016, until they are changed.

Scam Alert!!

The newest scam to hit Beaver Island recently is begun with a phone call from the 520 area code. The caller identifies himself or herself as calling from the United State Census Bureau. (S)he states that he needs you to complete the information on the phone since you did not complete the form mailed to you. This information request is a scam to get your personal information. (S)he may ask you to confirm certain information that (s)he may have already determined to gain your confidence. Do not provide them with any information. This is an excellent scam to try to get your information in an effort to steal your identity.

There are scams from the IRS, Lottery Offices, and many more. There is a simple rule to help protect your identity. Do NOT out your personal information over the phone unless you KNOW that YOU HAVE CALLED a reputable telephone number, one that is in the local telephone book. If you are NOT SURE, don't give out your information.

From the Census Bureau:

"Avoiding Fraudulent Activity and Scams

We go to great lengths to protect your information.  Below are tips to help you.

If you suspect “phishing” or other scams,contact the Regional Office for your state or National Processing Center immediately for verification and further instructions.


Phishing is the criminal act of trying to get your information - usernames, passwords, social security numbers, and bank account or credit card account details - by pretending to be an entity you trust.  Phishing e-mails often direct you to a website that looks real, but is fake, and may be infected with malware.

Other Scams

You may be the victim of a scam if someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau asks you for certain information.  The Census Bureau never asks for:

  • your full Social Security number
  • money or donations
  • anything on behalf of a political party
  • your full bank or credit card account numbers
  • your mother’s maiden name
What you can do

Should you suspect fraudulent activity, please do the following

  • if you get mail:
    • check that it is an official letter signed by a U.S. Census Bureau director
    • if you continue to question the authenticity of the letter or form call the Regional Office for your state to verify the household survey.  For business surveys please visit our Business Help Site or contact the National Processing Center
  • if someone calls your household to complete a survey:
  • if someone visits your residence to complete a survey:
    • check first for a valid U.S. Census Bureau ID badge
    • if you are still unsure then call the Regional Office for your state to verify you are in a legitimate survey and the visitor is a Census Bureau employee
  • if you get an e-mail and think it is bogus:
    • do not reply, do not click on any links, and do not open any attachments
    • forward the e-mail or website URL to the Census Bureau at ois.fraud.reporting@census.gov
    • delete the message.  We will investigate and notify you of the findings.

Thank you for participating in an important U.S. Census Bureau survey!"

Doctor Martha Guth

Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance

"Congratulations my good friend Martha!" Joe Moore said.

"Martha decided to start her Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance at the University of Michigan three years ago. After all of the hard work, this chapter on our lives came to a conclusion last Friday (April 28, 2016). She was able to achieve this while taking care of our dear son Sebastian most of the time by herself due to my traveling schedule this past years. All the while never canceling a singing contract nor sacrificing hers studies at the university. It is very remarkable what she has accomplished. It was not easy for anyone, but she is my rock star and she proved that, with extreme dedication and sacrifices, things are able to become reality. Take care, Joe, and feel free to add or correct any of this note."

Ricard Lugo

Sunshine, Words, and Pictures

by Cindy Ricksgers

Sunday Drive, May 1, 2016

This type of nature viewing is becoming a tradition, one that should be part of many lives for those who live on Beaver Island. Relaxing, what more could make the day better? A short trip out to the point, around Barney's Lake, past the osprey nest on Sloptown, and then a trip to view the sunset at Donegal Bay, this was the idea.

View a gallery of pictures of this trip HERE

The more interesting pictures from a distance are those presented below:

Different views

Different combinations

Different sunset pictures

Regular sunset pictures

Sounds at Barney's Lake


Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 2, 2016

Another beautiful, island day looks to be on the agenda for today. Right now it's 37°, clear skies, wind at 2 mph from the west, humidity is at 90%, pressure is steady at 1020 mb, visibility is 9.6 miles, pollen levels will be high today at 9.8, and the top allergens are birch, maple, and poplar. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s. Northwest winds at 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

On this date of May 2, 1885 - The magazine "Good Housekeeping" was first published.

Did you know that months that start on a Sunday will always have a Friday the 13th?

Word of the day: jeremiad (jer-uh-MAHY-uh d) which means a prolonged lamentation or mournful complaint. The term jeremiad entered English in the late 1700s and has biblical roots. It references the Lamentations of Jeremiah from the Old Testament.

Baccalaureate for Lighthouse Seniors at Christian Church

This traditional church service for the Beaver Island Lighthouse School Seniors took place today, May 1, 2016, but began a little later than normal. The service began at 10:30 a.m. due to slight memory issue. These students have succeeded at completion of the requirements for a high school diploma and will be done in "nine days and a wake-up." The Beaver Island Christian Church provided a beautiful cake for the Lighthouse students.

From right to left: Jenna Wilk, Jordan Marsh, Trace Butler, Aurora Sizemore, Tash Herrera, Cody Dooley

Former BICS student Trace Butler and Jordan Marsh are shown as successful students from the Beaver Island Lighthouse School with their teacher, Jenna Wilk, who also taught at BICS.

The 52 Lists Project #18

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for May 1, 2016

May Day, first day of May already. Anyone else remember making little paper baskets, hanging them on doorknobs, ringing the bell, and then hiding while surprising the homeowner with spring flowers? We had such fun doing that. Ok, back to the here and now. It's 42°, feels like 37°, wind is at 9 mph from the east, humidity is at 69%, pressure is steady at 1021 mb, visibility is 9.9 miles, pollen level is medium at 6.6, and the top allergens are birch, maple, and poplar. Today: Cloudy. A slight chance of rain in the morning, then a chance in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. North winds at 10 mph.

On this day of May 1, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that U.S. soldiers had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

Did you know that the average hen lays 228 eggs a year?

Word of the day: tuliipomania (too-luh-puh-MEY-nee-uh) which means a widespread obsession with tulips in 17th century Holland, especially of highly prized varieties, as those of a streaked, variegated, or unusual color. Tulipomania is formed from tulip, which derives from the Turkish word tülbent meaning "turban" (for the flower's likeness), and the combining form -mania, which is used to indicate extreme and transient enthusiasm for that specified by the initial element. It entered English around 1700.


By Joe Moore
(These are fictional patients.)

Spring and summer of 1993 brought quite an interesting mix of different types of emergencies.  It is not as if we didn’t have emergencies in the winter, but we have very few of them.  It was usually the beginning of May or late May before the visitors began coming back to the Island for the spring and summer.  More population means more ambulance runs.  Becoming better known for your ability to help get patients to the help they need also helps.  In May and early June the majority of our ambulance runs were related to two body systems, circulatory and respiratory with the emphasis on the heart problems.

Read the stories HERE

Raptor Patrol

Three in three different locations near Gull Harbor

Gallery of photos Here

Beaver Island Christian Church Bulletin for 5/1/16

The Beaver Island Asset Summary Presented on 4/28/16

This document was passed out at the BIA sponsored community meeting at the Beaver Island Community Center on April 28, 2016. The presentation of the document was by Angela Welke. It was presented as a rough draft with recommended additions to be presented to the committee working on this. This was one written item that came out fo the community meeting.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for April 30, 2016

This year is flying past, hard to believe that this is the last day of April already. This morning I'm showing that it's 35° outside, clear skies, wind is at 6 mph from the east, humidity is at 93%, pressure is steady at 1023 mb, visibility is 9.4 miles, and pollen levels are at 9.6 which is medium-high while the top allergens are birch, maple, and poplar. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. East winds at 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of April 30, 1900 - Casey Jones was killed while trying to save the runaway train "Cannonball Express."

Did you know that most fatal car accidents occur from midnight to 3 a.m. on Sunday?

Word of the day: prink (pringk) which means to fuss over one's dress, especially before the mirror. Prink may be a variation on prank meaning "to dress or adorn in an ostentatious manner." It entered English in the late 1500s.

The Erin Motel

by Cindy Ricksgers

Video Report for April

So far in April, 2016, the video crew for BINN has been pretty busy. There have been 581 unique IP addresses viewing the combined live streaming video and the on demand video provied by Beaver Island News on the 'Net with 3.392 views and 122 GB of bandwidth. One hundred thirty-three unique IP addresses have viewed the live streaming video provided in the month of April with a total of 205 views with 11.5 GB of bandwidth. The on-demand video has involved 478 unique IP addresses with total views so far of 3.187 for a total bandwidth of 110.5 GB.

While most of the views are from the United States,in twenty-seven states, there are views from Mexico, Mozambique, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

BINN is looking for advertisers interested in helping to support Beaver Island TV, the live streaming video website found at http://beaverisland.tv. Last week four days of the week involved a live streaming video project, one each day. This week just one live streaming event to be followed Sunday by Mass from Holy Cross Catholic Church.


Bingo is Back!

Maine Islands and Great Lakes Institute Meeting

for the Beaver Island Community

Open House, April 28th

Only shy of seventy people arrived at the Beaver Island Community Center for this meeting beginning at 3 p.m. on April 28, 2016. An additional 36 unique IP addresses accessed the live stream of the event on the Internet. Some great information was shared at this meeting, and some very interesting reports were also provided.

View a gallery of pictures of the speakers at this meeting HERE

View video of this meeting HERE

Speakers at this Meeting

Ken McDonald, BIA................Karen Burns, Island Institute (II).

Andy Dorr, Vinalhaven's Island Manager and past Island Fellow 

Yvonne Thomas, Vinalhaven Resident, Board Member in Partners in Island 
Education, Small Business Owner and Education Director at the Island Institute. 

...........Shey Conover, , Islesboro Resident, School Policy Board Member and Vice President of Programs at the Island Institute

.......Pam Grassmick, BIA

Patrick McGinnity, Maine visitor....Bill McDonough, Maine visitor, Kitty McNamara, Maine visitior, Angel Welke, BI Asset Summary

Larissa McGinnity, parent................Jennifer Kleitch, DNR...........Susie Myers, BICS Board President

Jessica Anderson, BICS......Mark Englesman, BICS.............Brad Grassmick, BIESA.....Don Spencer, BIRHC Board.

............Karen Burns, Director of Community Development with Maine's Island Institute ...

Matt Preisser,Office of Great Lakes, Lake Michigan Coordinator

Jon Allan, Director of the Office of Great Lakes

Free Transit Ride to Polls

If you need a ride to the polls Tuesday you can obtain a  ride free on the Charlevoix County Transit bus.  The hours are 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  If possible call ahead and make a reservation.

The Transit number is   448-2026

Two Islands from Above

(Photos by Rich Gillespie)

Rich Gillespie took a business trip to Menominee, and then he flew back using this trip as an opportunity to get a look at the Emerald Isle in dry dock (picture below). He also got a couple of great pictures of two of the outlying islands, Gull and High. Rich sent these to BINN with permission to share them.

Gull and High Islands

And the Depths of Reality

by Cindy Ricksgers


Phyllis' Daily Weather

Today marks seven years since my Dad took his final sail, and we all still miss him just as much. So many things are going through my mind on this day: like you frightening away the boogie man and saving me from the monsters who lived under the bed when I was little; like the teaching you did of riding bikes, building kites, telling each of us we could be whatever we wanted to be; for wonderful and memorable adventures - like those long, long, l-o-n-g walks (we learned to run the other way when you said "let's go for a hike"), sailing adventures, they were wonderful; that laugh that everyone who ever met you knows; and lastly, but certainly not least, for teaching us to love this island, to "see" both sides of an argument before making our minds up; and for loving us, even when sometimes (albeit not very often), we probably weren't so lovable. Tonight we'll go for dinner at the Shamrock around 5:30, celebrate your life, find someone to choke down a Manhattan, and thank God that he gave us YOU as our Dad.

Ok, on to the weather, right now I'm showing 36° with overcast skies, wind is at 6 mph from the east, humidity is at 83%, pressure is rising from 1020 mb, visibility is 9.6 miles, pollen level is at 9.4, medium-high, and the top allergens are birch, maple, and poplar. Today: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain showers. Highs in the lower 50s. Northeast winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 30% chance of rain showers in the evening. Lows in the mid 30s. East winds at 10 mph.

On this date of April 29, 1852 - The first edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus was published.

Did you know that the average hen lays 228 eggs a year?

Word of the day: woodnote (WOO D-noht) which means a wild or natural musical tone, as that of a forest bird. Woodnote entered English in the mid-1600s. It is formed on the basis of the words wood meaning "a grove or forest" and note meaning "a musical sound or tone."

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

April 28, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Video of this meeting available HERE

Obituary for "Muggs" Bass

Today we celebrate the life of Mary Margaret Isabelle Bass, loving wife, mother, god-mother, aunt and friend to many. She went to be with the Lord March 11, 2016. Known by most as Muggs Bass, she was the daughter of Frank and Nellie O’Donnell and sister to Charlie, Richie, Ronnie, Beverly and Carol-Ann. She is survived by her loving husband Bob Bass to whom she was married for 48 years, four children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; in addition to her sisters and spouses Bev and Gary Cantwell, Carol and Doug Bunting, and brother, Richie. Doug and Gary we’re known to poke fun with Muggs often and each claims to be the favorite brother-in-law. The family declined to comment in regards to the claim. Were we to mention all of her nieces, nephews, God-children (Brenda Vistain, Colleen Sellers, Amy Uhll and Pam Grasskmick), cousins and friends, we’d have to add additional pages. Suffice it to say she was loved by more than many. She will be most remembered for her great Catholic faith in Jesus Christ. She sang and prayed for countless people during the hours of 3-4AM. She was also known to hold vigils by candlelight with her sisters, daughter-in-law and nieces before heading to town.

She desired to share this anonymous Irish Blessing:

“I wish you not a path devoid of clouds, nor a life on a bed of roses. Not that you might never need regret, nor that you should never feel pain, No, that is not my wish for you.

My wish for you is: That you might be brave in times of trial, When others lay crosses upon your shoulders. When mountains must be climbed, And chasms are to be crossed, When hope can scarce shine through. That every gift God gave you might grow along with you. And let you give your gift of joy to all who care for you.

That you may always have a friend who is worth that name. Whom you can trust, And who helps you in times of sadness, Who will defy the storms of daily life at your side.

One more wish I have for you: That in every hour of joy and pain you may feel God close to you. This is my wish for you and for all who care for you, Now and forever.”

And Muggs put this final touch on the blessing: “Now go hit the Pub and get over it.”

Vigil Service will be from 6-7pm, Friday, May 13, at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island.  Funeral Mass will be 11am, Saturday, May 14, at Holy Cross Church.

Visit www.winchesterfuneralhome.com

A Lonesome Paramedic

By Joe Moore

Even though I had two other paramedics on the island at this time, it seemed quite lonesome without my friends.  This is not to say that I wasn’t associating with the other two paramedics.  It’s just that for the last eleven years I had spent a great deal of time with these other two people.  One had taken medical first responder and basic EMT class from me, and together we all had taken the paramedic class.  I had taught all of their children in my classroom at the community school here, gone to birthday gatherings, and worked many ambulance runs and car accidents with them.  Great friends they were!

You can read the rest of the story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for April 28, 2016

It's 37° outside this morning, although it feels like 29°, mostly cloudy, wind is at 12 mph from the east, humidity is at 77%, pressure is rising from 1018 mb, visibility is 9.7 miles, pollen level is medium-high at 9.4, and the top allergens are birch, ash, and juniper. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of April 28, 1789 - A mutiny on the British ship Bounty took place when a rebel crew took the ship and set sail to Pitcairn Island. The mutineers left Captain W. Bligh and 18 sailors adrift.

Did you know that the oldest known vegetable is the pea?

Word of the day: gonzo (GON-zoh) which means filled with bizarre or subjective ideas, commentary, or the like. Gonzo was popularized by Hunter S. Thompson in the early 1970s with the phrase gonzo journalism ; the term came to be used to describe Thompson's literary stye. It may have origins in the Italian term of the same spelling meaning "foolish" or the Spanish word ganso meaning "a lazy or dull person," literally, "goose."

Timeout for Art: Talking

by Cindy Ricksgers

Emerald Isle in Dry Dock

As part of the required maintenance of a passenger vessel, the Emerald Isle is off the island, out of the water, and in dry dock in Sturgeon Bay. Rich Gillespie flew over there to see it, and at this moment is still in the air on his way back, near Gull Island. He is sharing this information with BINN before he even lands back on the island.

BIHS Internship Opportunity

Out Fishing?

Ospreys on the Nest, Loons on Barneys, and Heron in the Harbor

View small gallery of pictures HERE

Different Views of Paradise Bay

The first two pictures are pictures taken from south of Johnson's Point and north of Luney's Point. They represent a slightly different view of the harbor from those seen by most visitors and residents. This view is similar to the view you get when coming to the island on the boat.

This is the view that is seen from the public beach looking out toward Whiskey Point.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for April 27, 2016

Oh, what a beautiful morning! Right now it's 35°, feels like 28°, wind is at 9 mph from the east, humidity is at 70%, pressure is steady at 1021 mb, visibility is 9.9 miles, pollen level is at 9.1, which is medium-high, and the top allergens are birch, ash, and juniper. Today: Sunny. Highs in the lower 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the upper 20s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

On this date of April 27, 1965 - "Pampers" were patented by R.C. Duncan.

Did you know that Americas top selling ice cream flavour is vanilla?

Word of the day: amanuensis (uh-man-yoo-EN-sis) which means a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another; secretary. Amanuensis can be traced to the Latin phrase servus ā manū meaning "slave at hand." It entered English in the early 1600s.

Fox Lake Road: the Reality

by Cindy Ricksgers


Non-Career Wildlife Assistant
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Beaver Island, Michigan

Posting Date: April 21, 2016         Deadline for Response:  May 5, 2016

Beaver Island

Employment Dates:
Approximately June 6 – August 5, 2016

Number of Positions: 2 Non-Career Wildlife Assistants

Work Hours:   
8:00AM – 4:30PM  Monday – Friday (may include weekends)

Pay Rate:       $16.08 per hour for Wildlife Assistant
Brief Job Description

Selection Criteria:


Possession of or working towards a degree in Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biologist, Parks and Recreation, or a related field.

Screening Criteria:

How to Apply
Submit a cover letter, resume, and completed DNR application form (Form PR-7123e) to the Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division, 1732 West M-32, Gaylord, Michigan, 49735 no later than May 5, 2016.  ATTENTION: Jennifer Kleitch

The DNR application can be found by linking to the following web site: 


Note: Civil Service Rule 2-7 requires that all newly hired state employees submit to and pass a pre-employment drug test prior to their actual start.

The Department of Natural Resources is an equal opportunity employer.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Kleitch at 989-732-3541 extension 5031.

Nor'Easter on April 25, 2016

Waves, waves, wind, rain, and lost of all three seemed to be the rule on Monday, April 25, 2016. There were lots of trees down, the power went out at least twice, and the day was not one to be out on the lake. This morning, the 26th, there was a tree down across the East Side Road preventing travel north. Here are some pictures of the waves seen out at Gull Harbor showing the white caps having the tops blown off of them, and the water was across the road from the CMU sign north.

Gull Harbor Road with seagulls standing in the roadway.

View a gallery of the waves HERE


Fox Lake Road: the Dream

by Cindy Ricksgers

Cormorant Control Training

Today, April 26, 2016, the Cormorant Harrassment Training for Control of the Cormorants took place at the St. James Township Hall. The trainer was Tony Aderman. Twelve participants were participating in this training, most who have participated in the past. The training took place at noon. This program required a Volunteer Agreeement with a signature as well as a Statement of Designation that required a signature. There were two St. James residents participating and ten from Peaine, mainly those on or near Lake Geneserath.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for April 26, 2016

It's 35° outside right now, feels like 25°, wind is at 15 mph from the east with gusts up to 32 mph, humidity is at 93%, pressure is rising from 1014 mb, visibility is 9.4 miles, and the pollen level is at 6.1, medium. Top allergens are birch, ash, and juniper. Today: Rain showers and patchy drizzle in the morning, then partly sunny in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 40s. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows around 30°. Northeast winds about 10 mph.

On this date of April 26, 1964 - The African nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.

Did you know that the Eiffel Tower had 2,500,000 rivets? It seems that originally there were NO nuts or bolts in the Eiffel Tower, just rivets. One by one, the rivets are being replaced by nuts and bolts that are easier to fasten and maintain.

Word of the day: puckish (PUHK-ish) which means mischievous; impish. Puckish comes from the name Puck, a sprite in English folklore, and also the mischievous narrator in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Student Interviews on BIRobot

If you are not aware, the BIRobot, the BICS Robotics Team is going to a National Competition. They are scheduled to leave tomorrow, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. This group of students and their mentors have done an amazing job this, their first year of involvement in the Michigan FIRST program. They will be headed to the National Competition that will include teams from the other side of the world as well as many teams from around the US. Mackinac Island is also headed to the competition.

The students involved and willing to be interviewed were videoed today, April 25, 2016, the day before heading to the competition. Interviewed were Simeon Richards, Erin Wiser, Kai Drost, and Jared Robert.

View the Interviews HERE

Citizen of the Year Selected Today

The directors selected the 2015 Citizen of the year today from the following nominees submitted by the Beaver Island Community.

Beaver Island Grand Rapids Club

Kevin Boyle

Dick Burris

Jacque LaFreniere

Judy Gallagher

Beaver Island Fire Department

The winner(s) will be announced at the awards banquet (6-9PM) on Sat May 21st at Holy Cross Hall. The meal will be catered by The Shamrock, Prime Rib or ½ chicken for $22.00. Please reserve a table ASAP by calling the Shamrock at 231.448.2278. Also beer and wine will be provided a no charge by the Chamber of Commerce, Berkshire Hathaway, and Beaver Island Golf Course. A few additional participating beer & wine sponsor members would be appreciated at $100 each. Please contact me.

Steve West


Monday Morning

by Cindy Ricksgers

BICS Student Writing

Presented to the public at the BICS State of the School presentaion

May be viewed HERE

Mass from Holy Cross Catholic Church

April 24, 2016

View video of the mass HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for April 25, 2016

Looks like it's going to be a liquid sunshine sort of day. A good day to get all those "indoor" chores done, or if you don't have any jobs, a good day to curl up with a book. Right now I'm showing 38°, feels like 28°, wind is at 18 mph from the east with gusts up to 22 mph, humidity is at 93%, pressure is steady at 1015 mb, visibility is at 4.2 mile and the current pollen level is 5.6, medium. Top allergens are birch, ash, and juniper. Today: Periods of rain showers in the morning and then periods of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 40s. East winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Periods of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Breezy. Lows in the mid 30s. East winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

On this date of April 25, 1901 - New York became the first state to require license plates for cars. The fee was $1.

Did you know that for every human there are more than 200 million insects?

Word of the day: flivver (FLIV-er) which means an automobile, especially one that is small, inexpensive, and old. Flivver is an Americanism that arose in the early 1900s.

Veteran's Memorial Cermony

April 23, 2016

Shortly after the Bob Banville Funeral Service, many attendees moved down to the Veteran's Memorial to participate in the ceremony planned there.

Here is a gallery of photos of the ceremony.

Video clip of the ceremony


The ceremony ended with the Missing Man formation by Island Airways.

Here is a gallery of photos of the formation.

Short Clip of Flyover


Bob Banville Funeral Service

11 a.m., April 23, 2016

Father Pat Cawley and Deacon Jim Siler

Video of the Funeral Mass HERE

Seventy people watched the mass live at http://beaverisland.tv

Canopy Tour Zipline Pictures

from Costa Rica Trip

with Costa Rican Street Music

When the BICS High School students were given the opportunity to participate in a Spanish Language Immersion program, one of the activites offered as an option was the Canopy Tour using a zipline. Several of the students and Mr. Richards decided to participate. The video below is approximately 235 pictures set to the street music from San Jose, Cost Rica.


Vigil Service for Bob Banville

April 22, 2016

Excerpts from this service including the stories HERE

Approximately 70 unique IP viewers watched this Vigil Service when it was live streamed.

Midwest Invasive Species

The Midwest Invasive Species Network is pleased to announce that residents seeking information and insight on Michigan's invasive species are invited to visit the state's new Michigan Invasive Species website at www.michigan.gov/invasives for help.

The site is a collaborative effort among Michigan's three "Quality of Life" agencies: the Michigan departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development, each of which oversees different aspects of invasive species management.

As reported in the last Island Currents, Tom Clements has been hired as the new coordinator for the C.A.K.E. (Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, and Emmet) which is a new Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area known as a CISMA. Tom is planning a visit in late June with 14 other invasive species specialists to meet with island residents.  Please check community calendars for updates.

For more on Beaver Island's invasive species control efforts visit:  http://www.beaverislandassociation.org


Written by Joe Moore

Imagine a ten year old child of our local deputy sheriff answering this phone call. 

"Beaver Island Substation," ten year old Linda said into the phone. 

"We have... a person.... not breathing.... with no pulse.....at the intersection of Fox Lake Road...... and West Side Road.  My son.........is doing CPR," the caller gasped.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Slow Down and Look Around

It's pretty obvious that there are plenty of opportunities to view nature here on Beaver Island. Most of us just get so busy working and living that we don't slow down and look around. Here are just a couple of animals seen on one quick trip to the point and out to Gull Harbor. The woodpecker flew off before posing for his/her picture as did the snowy owl, but these two were caught in their natural environment.





Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

October 29, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

November 24, 2015

Video of this meeting is HERE

January 28, 2016

Video of the meeting HERE

February 25, 2016

Video by Bob Hamil HERE

March 31, 2016

Video of Meeting HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

September 14, 2015

Video HERE

November 9, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

January 11, 2016

Video of the meeting is HERE

February 8, 2016

Video is available HERE

February 25, 2016

Video by Bob Hamil HERE

March 14, 2016

Link to Video of the 2.5 Hour Meeting

BICS Holds Title I and Parent Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

April 18, 2016

Video for most of the meeting is HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

October 14, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

January 13, 2016

Video of Meeting HERE

January 21, 2016

View video of this short meeting HERE

February 10, 2016

Video available HERE

March 9, 2016

View Video of the Meeting Here

April 13, 2016

View Video HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

View video of the meeting HERE

December 2, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

1/4/2016 at 7 p.m.

Video can be viewed HERE

January 6, 2016

Video HERE

January 20, 2016, at 1pm

View video of this meeting HERE

February 3, 2016

Video can be viewed HERE

March 2, 2016

Video of the meeting available HERE.

March 30, 2016

Video of this meeting HERE

April 6, 2016

View video of the meeting HERE

April 12, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Effective Tuesday, 9/8/15
CLOSED Labor Day, 9/7 Happy Holiday!!
M-F 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-9pm
231 448-2022

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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State of the School Meeting 7-9 p.m., 4/21/16

Meeting was at the Beaver Island Community Center

Superintendent/Principal Judith Gallagher

The presentation regarding the state of the school was begun shortly after 7 p.m. by Superintendent Gallagher. Her comments were about the report that was made available to all those present. A State of the School Report, 2015-2016, was presented by Judy Gallagher Interim Superintendent-Principal at the Beaver Island Community Center.

The report will be posted on the BICS website. Here is the report if you are interested in seeing the whole thing; HERE

During the gathering, Mr. Adam Richards spoke about the Spanish Language Immersion trip to Costa Rica.

Three student participants in the Spanish Language Immersion trip spoke about the trip, and a video was shown.

Kevin Boyle reported on the BIRobot competitions and a video was shown.

Judy Gallagher finished up the presentation on the report.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the presentation HERE

BIRHC Early Bird Drawing Announced

Petitions Turned in for Peaine Township Board

Bill Kohls, Supervisor

Larry Kubic, Treasurer

Carla Martin, Clerk

Ernnie Martin, Trustee

Paul Welke, Trustee

Wildlife Around the Island

Link to small gallery HERE

Ospreys Prepare for Nesting

Guarding the nesting site

Changing of the guard

Both in the nest

Delivering nest building materials

Small gallery of osprey pictures HERE



JUNE 1, 2016

I will be back on the island around the 10th of May and will put up a signup sheet in the clubhouse. You can also call me at home to confirm or enter your team. Hopefully we can get everyone signed up early as I will be going off island twice for graduation activities with a grandson down state at the end of May.


Beaver Island Robotics Team Headed to Nationals

(Picture by MaryRose Doig)

BI Robot Website HERE

Make a Donation or buy a teeshirt HERE

Jeff Powers is helping raise money for this trip to the National competition. See his efforts below:

"Support the BI Robot team http://birobot.org/frc-michigan-championship-results/ and win a Weber Grill Powers Hardware-Gifts is conducting a raffle to benefit the Beaver Island Robotics Team on their miraculous run to the FRC First Robotics World Championship next week. Purchase one ticket for $50.00 or three tickets for $100.00 and the winning ticket will receive a Weber Spirit 310 Propane Gas Gril!!!!! Please purchase tickets at Powers Do It Best Hardware or by calling the hardware at 2314482572 or at 2318814408 or emailing jpowers@powershardware.com, Drawing will be conducted on Wednesday April 27 at 6 pm

Support the Robotics Team and win a gas grill !

Congratulations to the Miraculous Beaver Island Robotics Team on their quest for a world championship "

(by Jeff Powers)

National Honor Society Induction

The program began with a Welcome from Mrs. Judy Gallagher, Principal, followed by a brief background of the National Honor Society by Mrs. Connie Boyle, the NHS Adviser. The National Honor Society members and candidates described the NHS emblem and the cardinal principles:

The Emblem was described by Sarah Avery, NHS Senior. Schollarship was described by Simeon Richards, NHS Junior. Leadership was described by Katie LaFreniere. Service was described by Elizabeth Wiser, and Character was described by Forrest Avery.

The students that were inducted into the National Honor Society were Forrest Avery, Katie LaFreniere, and Elizabeth Wiser. These inductees recited the NHS pledge and received their membership cards.

This ceremony was followed by a reception for the new NHS members, parents, faculty, school board members and BICS students.

The three inductees.......the inductees plus Sarah

(Borrowed pictures)

(Pictures by Deb Bousquet)

Video of the Ceremony


Petitions Turned In for St. James Township Board

The governing board for St. James Township has probably the largest slate in its history. With the retirement of Jean Wierenga, Jim Wojan, and Rick Speck, and their decisions to not run again, some in the community were concerned about who would be willing to run for these positions. The deadline for turning in a petition was yesterday, April 19, 2016, at 4 p.m. The following list of those running for these positions was provided by Jean Wierenga, Clerk of St. James Township:

1.  Supervisor - Kitty McNamara and Bill Haggard

2.  Clerk - Dawn Marsh and Alice Belfy

3.  Treasurer - Diane McDonough and Richard Gillespie

4.  Trustees to fill two seats - Elaine West, Travis Martin, Bob Tidmore, and Jeff Powers

Alice Belfy, Kitty McNamara, and Dawn Marsh are running as Democrats and the rest are running as Republicans.

BICS Students Trip to Costa Rica

The Spanish Language Immersion and Cultural Studies Program began on March 27, 2016, and the program ran until April 12, 2016 for high school students attending Beaver Island Community School. Below are the pictures of the students returning to Beaver Island taken at Welke Airport.

Students returned to the island

Pictures of the return at Welke Airport HERE

On April 19, 2016, Deb Bousquet interviewed some of the participant in the program of immersion and cultural studies. These were the participants that were at school on the 19th, one week after their return:

Katie Lynn LaFreniere...........Brennan Jones...................Kai Drost

Zack Bousquet................Turner Jones.............Svetlana Stebbins

Mark Engelsman...........Adam Richards

Interviews of Some Participants in the Costa Rica Trip HERE




Open House

April 28th

Holy Cross Bulletin May 2016

BICS Lunch Menu May 2016

Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter 2016

BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates

BIESA Meeting Schedule

SAVE THE DATE!    Garden Tour Benefit   Wednesday, July 13th

SAVE THE DATE!    Garden Tour Benefit   Wednesday, July 13th
Another fun day of visits to several new Beaver Island gardens is in the works and we hope you can join us!  Good food (at the Lodge), good company (no more than 40 tickets sold), and gracious hosts who make it all possible, will complete the day.  Our volunteers are making this event better each year and we want to remind you that the proceeds (as well as our silent auction) will support our continuous efforts to beautify the Wellness Garden encompassing the BIRHC and Forest View campuses. A surprise speaker, and of course prizes, will be part of the lunch event. Transportation provided as usual and included in the ticket price! Look for more information as it becomes available through BIRHC, WVBI, and the news forums, as well as News On the Net. Mark your calendars, see you then,     The Wellness Garden Benefit Committee


BOBI (BIDL Book Club)

CC Transit Bus Back to Monday-Friday

In an email, Bob Tidmore notified me that two new transit bus drivers have been hired and effective immediately, the transit bus is back on its Monday through Friday schedule.

Preparing the Community Calendar

BINN is beginning the preparations for the 2016 Beaver Island Community Calendar. The events that are already scheduled for the coming year will be gladly be posted on the calendar. Any organization that has dates can be posted, but they have to be sent to the editor. Joe Moore said, "I have to be aware of the activity in order to post information about the activity." Save your dates now, so there are fewer conflicts!

Bank Hours Change

Starting in January the Beaver Island Branch of Charlevoix State Bank will be starting their winter hours. The hours for January, February, March and April will be Tuesday and Friday from 9am until 2pm. The bank will be closed on January 1st for the New Years Day holiday.

Beach Rangers

Beach Rangers, now is the time to start walking the beaches and recording any dead birds, and fish found.   Recently found were 4 Red Neck Grebes on Donegal Bay. Contact me if you wish to participate and are willing to walk the beaches this fall.
Jacque, 448-2220

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

August 6

November 5

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the winter schedule.  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Thursdays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2016:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

June 18

Sept 17

December 10 Annual Meeting

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.




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

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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