B. I. News on the 'Net, April 6-12, 2015

This past week was a pretty busy one and the rollover was late, but we still got it all covered!

PABI Ice Classic

April 13, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore

BINN photo

From both views the tower seems to have a list to the left with puddle of water all around it.

Emerald Isle Returns with First Run of the Year

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

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

Wind Moving the Ice


Emerald Isle Heads Out

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

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for April 13, 2015

Two days of being out in warm weather and fresh air certainly did me in. I slept like the dead until 7:15! It's 57 outside right now, so still warm compared to what we've had all winter. Humidity is at 43%, wind is at 11 mph with gusts to 22 mph from the SSW. Today: Rain showers. Highs in the mid 50s. South winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the west 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 30 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Scattered sprinkles through the night. Lows in the mid 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of April 13, 1775 - Lord North extended the New England Restraining Act to South, Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. The act prohibited trade with any country other than Britain and Ireland.

Did you know that 90% of all volcanic activity occurs in the ocean?

Word of the day: colophon (KOL-uh-fon, -fuhn) which means 1. A note at the end of the book giving information about its production: font, paper, binding, printer, etc. 2. A publisher’s emblem, usually on the spine or the title page of the book. From Latin colophon, from Greek kolophon (summit, finishing touch). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kel- (to be prominent; hill), which also gave us colonel, colonnade, column, culminate, excel, and hill. Earliest documented use: 1628.

USCG Cutter Biscayne Bay Breaks Ice in Paradise Bay

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

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

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

This Old Cookbook--??+2

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


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

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

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

large pinch of salt

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

Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until creamy.

Drop on well buttered plate or on wax paper.

Christy Verhage, 7 years old

Two Aught Aught Two—The Crazy Year of BIEMS

by Joe Moore

I have already mentioned the difficulty that all EMS providers generally have when taking care of children.  We frequently get angry.  I’m sure that there is an inborn reason for this.  Like last night, my seventeen year old daughter had gone to an open gym school function that was supposed to get over at five o’clock.  When she was not home by 5:30 p.m., I was slightly concerned.  Actually, I was worrying myself into an ulcer by quarter to six.  I went out looking for her.  Now, if we had not had a snow storm the day before with six inches of snow and a roadway completely covered with ice, I probably would have waited at home for her and then really reamed her out with a lecture about responsibility.  Instead, I went to look for her.  This is a bad mistake because when you get to where she was supposed to be, and she is not there, you begin to develop the worst case scenario.  I was not thinking about my daughter driving around and drinking or doing anything illegal.  I was thinking about my daughter, being the nice person that she is, offering to give someone a ride home. 
I was thinking about her taking someone home and sliding off the road, into a tree, and lying there helpless in the car in the dark.  You see, I didn’t leave to look for her until it was dark, and around here in December, it gets dark about six in the early evening.  I was so worried that I took the echo car out and started driving the roads looking for a car in the ditch.  When I finally settled down and started thinking rationally, I stopped and called home to make sure that she hadn’t already gotten home and to ask my wife for some rational ideas.  “Maybe she offered to take someone home.  Start by going down the road by the Christian Church.  You know her friends live down that way,”  my wife’s wisdom had kicked in overriding my emotional distress.  Sure enough, I drove down the road and found my car parked in the parking lot of the Beaver Island Christian Church.  The church had decided to offer the kids an opportunity to get together and socialize by providing the kids with a dinner after the open gym day. 
Here is where the silliness and the emotions of an EMS provider and a parent are similar.  I entered that facility to greetings like, “Hello, Mr. Moore.  How are you?” with smiles on their faces and with the ridiculous look of anger on my face.  Instead of feeling quite relieved that my daughter was not injured, that my car was not in a ditch and made undriveable, and that she was being a good person attending a church function, I walked into the building absolutely fuming with anger.  Where was the sense and the logic to that?  What did I hope to accomplish?  I was angry with my daughter because she was all right and at church?  How much more ridiculous could my behavior get?  I think they call this transference.  I think my emotional brain got short-circuited.  I think my emotional brain was overwhelmed with relief, but it couldn’t stop emoting so the emotion just changed to the most basic human emotion—anger.  I hope I learned something from last night’s fiasco.  I also hope that my daughter learned that I love her dearly and was worried about her.  I hope she learned that one simple phone call can keep an overemotional father from getting an ulcer.

As long as I am confessing, I might as well tell you about the nervous breakdown that I was having last night as well.  As the only paramedic on the island at this time of year, I get pretty paranoid about being ready for the emergency that can happen at any time.  I try to put my shoes in the exact same place every night.  I put my radio in the same location every night.  It’s in the same location when I am home during the day, too.  I have everything in its particular place in the echo car also.  I know exactly where each piece of equipment is located because I put it there.  I also know when each drug box will outdate because I am the one that needs to get the outdates replaced. 
So, if you will imagine, yesterday with an ambulance run that kept me up from about 2:20 a.m. until just a little before 7 a.m., I was pretty groggy for most of the day.  On top of being groggy, I could not find my radio when it was time to go to bed.  I turned the house upside down, ranting and raving at myself the whole time.  “What did you do, put the radio on top of the echo car at the airport, and just drive off letting it fall into a snow bank somewhere?  Did you leave it in the bathroom at the ambulance garage?  Did you leave it in the Charlevoix Ambulance?  Where in the world did you leave it?” 
I was pretty hard on myself.  When it was time for bed and I couldn’t find the radio, I knew there was no getting to sleep until I had a radio.  Thank goodness, we keep an extra radio at the ambulance garage, so I could go get it and come home and get some sleep to rid my head of the grogginess.  I woke up feeling rested this morning and began the search for my radio.  I looked everywhere I have ever left my radio in the house.  I found nothing.  I want to tell you how wise my wife is. 
She can take a disaster like losing my radio and turn it into an adventure.  “Did it slip down in the crack of your recliner?  Did it come off your belt in the echo car?  Is it between the seats in the echo car?”  I’m not a stupid man.  I have learned to listen to my wife throughout the years.  She is “always right, sometimes!”  She always tells me that.  She was right again.  I turned the chair upside down.  I tried putting my arm down in the crack between the side and the seat of the recliner.  It simply wasn’t there.  “I’m going to go back down to the ambulance garage and see if I have left it inside the ambulance,” I stated, getting more frustrated every moment.  “I have to return this radio to its charger anyway.”  I walked out to the echo car, which we keep in my driveway with a heater plugged into it so that nothing will freeze. 
I unplugged the cord and opened the door to the echo car.  There, wedged between the driver’s seat and the post separating the front seat from the back was my radio.  This radio had fallen off my belt and lodged itself there, hiding from me.  Last night I had gone out to the echo car and turned on the inside lights and simply did not see it sitting there.  That radio could have slipped out the door in the dark at any of the many places that I went looking for it last night, but it was just sitting there innocently waiting for me to find it.  Needless to say, I was greatly relieved.  Instead of just going back into the house to tell my wife that she was right, I got in the echo car and drove down to the deli, which also doubles as the only place to get breakfast on a Sunday morning.  I bought some really sugary, icing-covered chocolate doughnuts for my wife.  I bought a cinnamon roll for my daughter who had been wanting to make some for the last two days.  I drove home, told them about the radio, and said, “I love you.  Thanks for being right, SOMETIMES.”

“BIEMS, respond to the medical center for an 8 year old female who is sick,” came the page at 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning in late March.  Having slept in a little, I was just getting my first cup of coffee when the pager went off.  I thought, “Where else would she be if she was sick?  Isn’t the medical center the place to go when you are sick?”  The paramedic PA had called for help; we found this out later.  Another of our little ones from school was sick.  We walked in to find this young girl sitting on the edge of an examination table in one of the examination rooms of the medical center.  The patient was alert and oriented and talking to her mom. 
The PA related the story to us, “She came in with a temperature of 101.  Mom had given her Motrin at home for the temperature of 103.  I decided to give her an injection of antibiotic in the left glutes.  She complained about it hurting, and then became unconscious for about 30 seconds.  While unconscious she was shaking like a seizure.  When she woke up, she was lethargic.  That’s why I called EMS.” 
She wasn’t unconscious when we arrived.  Her vitals signs were all normal.  Her temperature was 98.3 when we took it.  Her lungs were clear.  Her pupils were equal and reactive to light.  She had good grip strength and feeling in her hands, and she could dance a jig if we asked her to do it.  She had no incontinence.  The PA was even beginning to question if any of her report had actually happened. 
“Oh, it really happened,” the mom said loudly and clearly.  We made a telephone call to medical control and asked the doc’s opinion.  “If the mom wants her evaluated, send her over by ambulance,” the doctor said.  “We could wait to see if anything else develops, but leave the decision to the mom.”  The patient remained stable with no further problems all the way to Charlevoix Hospital.  We had transported her by the normal means of local airlines, Charlevoix Ambulance to the hospital.  What caused this seizure-like condition?  What was the diagnosis?  Charlevoix Hospital could not find anything wrong with the patient.

Sometimes in rural EMS just like EMS everywhere, we do everything right, and the patient still dies.  It is very hard to feel good about an ambulance run, how and what you did in participating in that ambulance run, and still lose a friend, a neighbor, or a former student’s mother.  I had taught some of the children of this family.  I had them in my algebra classes and in my physics classes.  I had been their teacher.  I had transported their grandma when she had serious illness.  I had even transported one of them.  On this April day, we were paged to assist the PA at the family home.  When we arrived, the PA just walked out the door with no report at all.  Everybody on our EMS service responded to this home-every paramedic, every first responder, every EMT. 
When we arrived on scene around 6:30 p.m., we found a non-breathing pulseless 66 year old female patient.  We began to provide the Advanced Cardiac Life Support that we had been trained in providing.  The PA’s husband, an experienced paramedic, was in attendance at this emergency.  I was “running the code,” which meant I was the one barking out the orders and administering the medications.  We began CPR in the house and quickly moved the patient onto a backboard, onto our ambulance cot, and out into the ambulance.  Every one of the paramedics had a job to do.  The only history we had came from the husband. The husband had told us that she had had bowel problems and was in pain.  He said she was thrashing about the bed when he called 911. 
We quickly hooked up our monitor in the back of the ambulance and it showed asystole, the lack of electrical activity.  We continued CPR, started an IV, an 18 gauge in the left AC near the elbow.  I asked for the epinephrine, and the experienced paramedic handed it to me all ready to go.  I pushed the drug.  The monitor now showed Ventricular Tachycardia without a pulse.  We defibrillated at the 200 joule energy level, and the monitor now showed asystole again.  CPR continued throughout this process with ventilation with 100% oxygen.  I asked for Atropine, and it was in my hand immediately, and pushed.  While I was doing this, another paramedic hooked up the pacing pads and attempted to get the heart going with a regular external pacing rhythm.  Pacing did not work.  I asked for epi and pushed it.  We now had an Idioventricular rhythm WITH A PULSE.  What we were doing seemed to be working! 
We began to transport to the local airport.  Two minutes later, we were back to no pulse.  Another paramedic intubated the patient, putting a tube directly into the trachea to be certain that the airway was clear and ventilations were only going to the lungs.  After intubation and 100% oxygen, we had a pulse again.  The monitor showed a wide complex beat with a pulse of 91.  We did not have a blood pressure that we could obtain in the arm, but we could see the heart beat in the carotid artery.   We next gave Lidocaine and set up a lidocaine drip, an IV with a pump that measures the amount of drug going into the patient so that the dosage can be very precise.  We defibrillated again because we saw ventricular fibrillation (VF) on the monitor.  We still saw VF and defibrillated again.  We saw asystole on the monitor again.  We were NOT going to give up. 
I asked, got, and pushed Atropine again going back to the drug that had worked before.  CPR continued while we called medical control to get further orders.  We were ordered to continue CPR, give high doses of epiniephrine, and one amp of bicarb.  These were already drawn up, ready and waiting, before the orders were given by the doctor.  We loaded the patient into the aircraft at the local airport.  CPR continued on the airplane.  Ventilating the patient continued on the airplane.  The high doses of epinephrine were given and the one amp of bicarb was given.  When we landed in Charlevoix and loaded the patient into the ambulance, the patient had a carotid pulse. 
We arrived at the Charlevoix Hospital with a patient whose heart was beating.  We had done everything that our training and our medical control had ordered.  We had success in starting an IV, in intubating our patient, in following the ACLS protocols, in following our medical control orders, and we proved that our EMS system, rural though it might be, could do the job required successfully accomplishing the task put before it.  Unfortunately, for the family and for our EMS crew, the patient did not survive this cardiac arrest.  Over a period of one and one-half hours, we had managed to give the family some hope of success.  We had achieved success.  We were praised by the medical control doctor for doing everything right, but the patient still died.  We all took the time from our regular jobs to attend the funeral of a wonderful mother, a neighbor, and an EMS success.

I have had the opportunity to experience some of the conditions that EMTs and paramedics learn about so I have some first hand knowledge about some of these conditions.  I have experienced a bout with depression so I am pretty empathetic with behavioral or psychiatric emergencies.   I have had a spontaneous pneumothorax, a collapsed lung.  I have had a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot that blocks the blood flow to the lung preventing oxygen from being absorbed.  I have been on the blood thinner named Coumadin because of that embolism.  I know what prevention of clotting can do when you cut yourself shaving.  Normally, you put pressure on the little cut, and the bleeding stops quite quickly.  The clotting doesn’t happen as easily, nor as quickly if you are on Coumadin. 
This is to explain why I was especially in tune with the next patient.  BIEMS was paged to the medical center for a wonderful woman who was a choir member, church decorator, and caring wife to the school handyman.  She was a 53 year old female patient with a history of heart disease causing a condition called Atrial Fibrillation.  Because of this condition, she was taking the blood thinning drug called Coumadin.  We were called to the medical center for this very patient at 11 a.m. in April.  When we arrived, we found this patient sitting on the BIEMS cot with her skin pink, warm, and dry.  She had an IV already running, but became dizzy, pale, and sweaty.  Her heart rate was quite high at 153, blood pressure 120/90, and her pulse oximetry reading was 100% on 4 liters per minute of oxygen by nasal cannula.  She was short of breath and fatigued lately for the last four days.  She denied having any chest pain, discomfort, or pressure.  She said she had been taking Pepto Bismal for her stomach problems recently. 
Contact with medical control was made, and we had completed all of their orders prior to the contact except the “transport in position of comfort.”  We loaded her and took her to the airport for local airlines flight to Charlevoix accompanied by BIEMS with the patient on our cot, and, with a quick transfer to Charlevoix EMS, our experienced paramedic took the patient to the hospital.  He was giving report to the ER registered nurse, who was quite rude to him, when she began questioning his treatment, the reliability of his vital signs report, and his diagnosis of atrial fibrillation on the monitor.  The patient’s care was transferred to the ER staff, and this experienced paramedic came back to the island quite angry with the exchange in the ER in front of the patient.  He wasn’t sure that he wanted to participate in a medical control where this kind of behavior took place.  He said, “After all, I do this for a living down in Traverse City.  I was just trying to help BIEMS out.  I have never been treated like this before down at Munson.  I don’t think I want to take patients to Charlevoix anymore.  I’ll help you out here on the island, but you can take the patients over to the Charlevoix Hospital.”

I was just as angry when he related this exchange.  I was angry for more than one reason.  First of all, it is difficult enough in the rural setting of EMS to get people to volunteer without their integrity, training, and professionalism being questioned in the ER by an RN.  Second of all, I was angry because this exchange took place in front of the patient.  And last, but not least, I was angry because there was a protocol for this kind of situation in the Protocol Book, on the shelf in the ER, that all emergency room staff were supposed to use when dealing with EMS.  I wrote a letter to the ER supervisor about this situation stating all of these concerns.  The letter ended up going to our medical control director physician, and I truly made this RN angry when she was suspended from working in the ER for this behavior.  I don’t know how long she was suspended from working in the ER, but I know that we had made an important point for volunteer, rural EMS. 
There had been no violation of protocol by this experienced paramedic.  He had simply giving his report just like he was used to giving it in his job.  The RN in the ER at Charlevoix was not used to having an advanced life support professional,  but volunteer, paramedic tell her at the end of his report, “You need to rule out the atrial fibrillation with a fast conduction through the AV node as the cause of the patient’s dizziness.”  How dare an EMS prehospital EMT, paramedic or not, tell the ER nurse what to do!  You will never guess what the cause of the patient’s dizziness was.  Oh, yes you will.  The atrial fibrillation with a fast conduction through the AV node was the cause of the patient’s dizziness, and she was transferred down to Munson Medical Center to see a cardiologist to consider some special kind of surgery.

There are so many nice people living on this island—nice kids, nice adults, nice grandparents.  It is always harder to work on a patient that you know than one that is a stranger. 
At 11:30 a.m. in May, we are paged to the Donegal Bay Road and Font Road intersection for an 80 year old female who has fallen.  This nice lady had been out walking with her 80 year old husband on this nice May morning.  She had slipped on a rock on the gravel roadbed and had fallen onto her right side.  When EMS arrived, the patient was in the middle of the road complaining of pain in her right hip area.  She could not move the right leg, and her husband had waved down a passer-by to call 911.  The patient was in a great deal of pain.
Everything we did made her hurt.  She was a sweet older lady who hardly ever complained, but today, we could do nothing right.  It took us quite a while to splint her legs together with a pillow in between because of the rocky surface we were working on, but we got the hip splinted using one leg splinted against the other.  We then worked to clear the bigger rocks out of the way, no small task on a gravel road in the springtime, because we needed to log roll her onto the backboard to provide splinting in the vertical direction for that possibly fractured hip.  We were as careful and as gentle as we could possibly be.  We managed to get our patient onto the ambulance cot and into the ambulance with her hip splinted to help prevent the pain that movement was sure to cause.  We hooked up a cardiac monitor and a pulse oximeter while the other vital signs were taken.  We got a set of vital signs that were quite unusual.  The pulse rate was 108 beats per minute, the blood pressure was 230/100, and respirations were 30.  She had sinus tachycardia alternating with normal sinus rhythm depending upon whether we touched or moved her at all.  Her oximeter reading was 98% on non-rebreather mask.  Her vital signs came down once she was in the ambulance with no movement and on oxygen.  The pulse was 86, respirations 20, and blood pressure was 160/80.  She was two miles of bumpy gravel roads, and one mile of paved roads away from the nearest airport.  We could not get an IV.  Her veins were difficult to locate.  The patient had sensation, feeling, and movement in all her extremities including the injured leg, but could not lift her right foot up.  The leg was externally rotated, and there was severe swelling to the pelvix on the right side.  We called medical control from that intersection with a report before we moved.
 “Charlevoix Area Hospital, 57 Alpha 2 Beaver Island with a priority two patient.  We have an 80 year old female patient with a possible fracture-dislocation of the right hip.  The hip is immobilized with pillow splint and backboard.  Her vital signs are all within normal range with the blood pressure slightly higher than normal due to the pain.  We are three miles away from the airport on bumpy, gravel roads, but we are unable to establish an IV at this time.  We request permission to give morphine as an intramuscular injection (IM) before beginning transport of this patient to the airport.” 
The medical control doctor came on the radio and responded, “Beaver Island, you may go ahead and give the patient 6 milligrams of morphine IM, and continue to attempt the IV enroute.” 
We repeated the order knowing full well that this doctor had been on Beaver Island before and was well aware of what we were facing with the bumpy roads.  It was also quite obvious that this doctor was concerned with the pain that could cause other problems with this patient other than the injury.  The patient began to relax after the IM injection of morphine, even though each bump caused her to wince.  We drove very slowly to the airport knowing full well that we had taken the best care possible of our patient, and now what she needed was an orthopedic surgeon to repair her hip. 
Rushing her and hurting her on the bumps was not going to make anything any better.  We took our time getting to the local airport.  Central Dispatch had arranged the local airline flight and the aircraft was awaiting our arrival.  We carefully loaded our patient into the plane, helped her husband into the front of the plane, and joined her in the back to monitor her on the flight across the 32 miles of water separating our rural EMS from the mainland.  She arrived at the hospital after the normal means of transport, and we accompanied her there.  We gave our verbal report, but stayed around for a little while to watch the ER staff.  Several IV attempts later, the medical control physician got an IV running with a 24 gauge catheter (very small).  We didn’t feel too badly about not being able to get the IV.  We also noticed another IM injection of morphine to help with pain.  As we were leaving, we noticed them wheel in an IV pump for pain medication and the arrival of the orthopedic surgeon.  We took almost an hour and twenty minutes to get this patient to the airport and another twenty minutes to half an hour to get her to the hospital.  Almost two hours for the whole process, but we had treated her like our own grandmother.  We have saved her from a very painful ambulance ride.  We had done our jobs as professionally as we could have.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for April 12, 2015

Yes, I did, I really, really slept in and enjoyed every second of it (almost 9 hours). It's 39 outside this morning and feels like 32, wind is at 13 mph from the south with gusts up to 21 mph, humidity is at 72%, pressure is steady at 1020 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. South winds at 10 mph shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of April 12, 1877 - A catcher's mask was used in a baseball game for the first time by James Alexander Tyng.

Did you know that Canada has more lakes than any other country?

Word of the day: caseous (key-see-uh s) which means of or like cheese. Caseous comes from the Latin word cāse, which means "cheese."

Waterfalls and Flowing Creeks

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

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

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

Pancake Supper at the Gregg Fellowship Center

The Gregg Fellowship Center was the location of a fundraising dinner to benefit the Beaver Island Food Pantry. The pancake dinner began at 5 p.m. and went on until after 6:30 p.m. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, and sausage along with coffee, water, or juice. Then there were all kinds of deserts. If you went away hungry, it's your own fault.

The Beaver Island Food Pantry is a wonderful local charity organization.

We hope you had an excellent breakfast for dinner tonight and made a donation to the Beaver Island Food Pantry!

If you couldn't make it to the pancake supper, but would like to donate, click the link below:

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.


PABI Ice Classic

from Bob Tidmore

Things are starting to change around the tower.  A large crack runs E-W thru the middle of the base and the runners are no longer frozen into the ice.   This is usually a sign the ice is starting to move.  If the ice breaker would come in and break up the ice to the ferry boat and we get a good N wind it will take the ice out there and this area could go next.  However this year the bubbles are off at the marina and that area is frozen solid where in previous years it was open water.   Who knows?

Photo by Bob Tidmore

Seven Sisters 2

Just to remind everyone that this building is being torn down. It used to be owned by Stanley Floyd, and it used to be called the Seven Sisters. The old portion of the building is being removed. Two-thirds of the structure has been torn down. It was originally a log cabin as you can see from the picures if you look on the left side of what's left.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for April 11, 2015

It's 30 outside this morning and feels like 25, wind is at 5 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 93%, pressure is rising from 1020 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Light winds.

On this date of April 11, 1986 - Kellogg's stopped giving tours of its breakfast-food plant. The reason for the end of the 80-year tradition was said to be that company secrets were at risk due to spies from other cereal companies.

Did you know that John Kellogg invented corn flakes?

Word of the day: verdant (VER-dunt) which means 1 a : green in tint or color b : green with growing plants 2 : unripe in experience or judgment : green. English speakers have been using verdant as a ripe synonym of green since the late 16th century, and as a descriptive term for inexperienced or naive people since the 1820s. (By contrast, the more experienced green has colored our language since well before the 12th century and was first applied to inexperienced people in the 1540s.) Verdant is derived from the Old French word for green, vert, which in turn is from Latin virēre, meaning "to be green." Today, vert is used in English as a word for green forest vegetation and the heraldic color green. Another descendant of virēre is the adjective virescent, meaning "beginning to be green."


Stebbins, Erna Florence (nee: Teskey), age 81, a long-time resident of Troy, passed away on April 9, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert James Stebbins, to whom she was married to for 42 years. Dear mother of Erna (Carl) Kriigel, Elaine (Michael) Testerman, Robert Matthew Stebbins, Andrew (Sally) Stebbins, Martin Stebbins, Janet Stebbins and Kathleen (John) Cuddohy. Loving grandmother to 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Cherished sister of Margaret “Mimi” Hunt, the late Cecilia Fleischman, the late Theresa Yob Reiley, and the late Francis Teskey.

Mrs. Erna Stebbins retired from employment with the City of Troy. She enjoyed summer visits to Beaver Island (Michigan), sewing, working in her flower gardens, and decorating her home. Erna was known for her kind and gentle ways, her ability to overcome obstacles, and was an inspiration to her family. The family will receive visitors on Sunday, April 12, 2015, from 3:00 pm until the scripture service at 6:30 pm at the Price Funeral Home, 3725 Rochester Road (between Big Beaver and Wattles Roads) Troy, (248) 689-0700. The interment will be on Monday, April 13, 2015, at 11:00am at the Romeo Cemetery, Romeo, Michigan. Memorials to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, 7168 Columbia Gateway, Suite 100, Columbia, Maryland, 21046. Share memories with the online guestbook at www.pricefuneralhome.net

Ellen Welke Fund Needs Help

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

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

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

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

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Dear Dr. Powers

Beaver Island Birding Trail Presentation Update

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

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

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for April 10, 2015

It's squishy out. Note that new technical weather terminology which means it's been raining for a while so there's lots of mud to squish under your feet, or wheels if you're driving. Right now it's 34 outside with a windchill of 27, just enough to wake you right up when you force the critters to go outside. Wind is at 8 mph from the east with gusts to 28 mph, humidity is at 98%, pressure is rising from 991 mb, and visibility is at 2.2 miles. Yes, it's foggy. Today: Cloudy. Scattered rain showers in the morning then a chance of rain showers and snow showers in the afternoon. Breezy. Highs in the upper 30s. West winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers in the evening then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows around 30. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph decreasing to 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of April 10, 1849 - Walter Hunt patented the safety pin. He sold the rights for $100.

Did you know that frozen foods were first introduced in the 1920?

Word of the day: frangible (FRAN-juh-buhl) which means readily broken; breakable. From Latin frangere (to break) which also gave us fraction, refract, chamfer, defray, infringe, and fracture. Earliest documented use: 1440.

From Holy Cross

Drywall Mike Passes Away

Michael H. Wekenman (Drywall Mike), 71, of Belding passed away unexpectedly Sunday evening April 5, 2015, at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Campus in Grand Rapids. Mike was born on January 17, 1944, in Allegan, the son of Richard W. and Florence M. (Kidder) Wekenman. He graduated from Belding High School with the Class of 1962 and later graduated from Michigan State University. He was a member of the Belding American Legion Post 203. Mike enjoyed spending time on Beaver Island, fishing, hunting, reading and was a big fan of Michigan State athletics. He especially enjoyed time at his grandfather’s cabin in Canada. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Mike is loved and survived by his sons; Jason Wekenman of Belding, Aaron (Rachelle) Wekenman of Laingsburg, two grandchildren; Chelsey, Kendra and two brothers; Thomas (Gayle) Wekenman of Mississippi and Rick Wekenman of Washington State. Mike was preceded in death by his parents. In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place and a time to celebrate his life for family and friends will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be given to the Alvah N. Belding Library. Envelopes will be available at Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding, where cremation services have been entrusted.

Peaine Township Meeting

April 8, 2015

The meeting's agenda included a discussion or report from WMC, Planning Commission, Accounting and Audit Services, CMU's East Side tower proposal, election inspectors appointments, Fox Lake, Road discussion and survey by Pete Plastrik, and public comment.

View video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Association's Newsletter 2015

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

BICS Plans BI History Adventure

from Deb Robert

Preliminary information on the Beaver Island History Adventure!

BICS to Host Beaver Island History Adventure

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

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

Volunteers are needed in the following capacity:

Walking the route with students

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

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

Taking pictures

Making food

Set-Up and/or Clean-Up

Contact Person:  Debbie Robert

From the MIDNR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The DNR advises:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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for April 9, 2015

This week must be wearing track shoes as it's been speeding past. I could hardly believe it was already Thursday. We have some wet weather coming in all across Michigan so hunt up your rain coats. Hopefully it'll melt the remaining snow. It's 33 outside this morning with a wind chill of 25, wind is from the east at 10 mph with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 96%, pressure is 29.95 inches, and visibility is 7 miles. Today: Occasional rain showers. Patchy fog. Highs int he mid 40s. East winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Patchy fog in the evening. Occasional rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 30s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of April 9, 1865 - At Appomattox Court House, Virginia, General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate Army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in the parlor of Wilmer McClean's home. Grant allowed Rebel officers to keep their sidearms and permitted soldiers to keep their horses and mules. Though there were still Confederate armies in the field, the war was officially over. The four years of fighting had killed 360,000 Union troops and 260,000 Confederate troops.

Did you know that there are over 15,000 different kinds of rice?

Word of the day: expurgate (EK-spuhr-gayt) which means to remove parts considered objectionable. From Latin expurgare (to purge), from ex- (out) + purgare (to cleanse). Earliest documented use: 1621.

BITA April Meeting Canceled

Eagles on the Harbor Ice

Chuck Carpenter and BINN Editor Joe Moore were both trying to get pictures of the pair of eagles that were flying over and landing on the Paradise Bay ice. Here are some that were gotten, but getting close to an eagle is not so easy.

Changes Around Town

7 Sisters

The most significant change noted today involves the house that was known as "Seven Sisters" or also known as Stanley Floyd's House. The farthest north portion of the building has been torn down and is being burnt on site. Here are a few pictures taken today, April 8, 2015, around 4:30 p.m.

Walking up to take pictures.

Heading back north.


The Beaver Island Fire Department building in town is getting an addition and a facelift. The windows and doors have been replaced, and the crew working today is putting on the siding. BINN got pictures from each direction of harbor-side, post-office-side, and then the front of the building on the back road.

The new addition from the harbor side, and the rest of the building from the harbor side.

The view of the building including the addition from the post office side.

The view from the back road as they finish working on this side.

USCG Busy with Icebreaking

Update: These vessels are free from the ice and moving now. As of 8:30 a.m., 4/9/15, several vessels are northwest of Copper Harbor.

This morning, April 8, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., finds the Coast Guard busy north of the Beaver Archipelago and off Whitefish Point in Lake Superior. The two vessels that are at a standstill north of the Beavers are CSL Niagara and CSL Laurentien, both Canadian vessels. The USCG vessel Hollyhock is working to get the Joe Thompson moving easst toward the Mackinac Bridge. The Captain Henry Jackson, another Canadian vessel, if moving west toward the straits with a destination of Milwaukee.

The Pierre Radison, a Canadian icebreaking is in the St. Mary's River south of Lime Island headed north. The USCG Biscayne Bay is headed down the St. Mary's River and is north of the Pierre Radison. The USCG Katmai Bay is north of Neebish Island. The Lee A Tragurtha is in Lake Superior headed toward Whitefish Bay.

The vessels headed toward Whitefish Point, west, northwest and southwest of Ile Parisienne, and stuck in the ice include from south to north: Edwin H Gott, Roger Blough, Tecumsah (Canadian), Paul R Tragurtha, John G Munson, James R Barker, Cason J Callawy, Edgar B Speer, and the Herbert C Jackson. Near these vessels is the USCG Cutter Mackinaw and the tug Presque Isle.

Almost directly north of Whitefish Point is the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Samuel Risely, which appears to be helping two more vessels move toward Whitefish Point. These vessels are Philip R Clarke and Kaye E Barker.

The Coast Guard cutter Alder and the Canadian vessel Michipicoten are in the St. Mary's River near the Soo.

You can keep track of these and other vessels on the Great Lakes by visiting the following website: http://www.marinetraffic.com/

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for April 8, 2015

North of us there are 12 freighters stuck in the ice that the Coast Guard are trying to cut a path for. We're a couple hundred miles south so you'd think it would be quite a bit warmer...NOT. Right now it's 35 with a wind chill of 26 and falling, wind is at 13 mph from the east with gusts up to 18 mph, humidity is at 63%, pressure is steady at 1022 mb, and visibility is at 9.4 miles. Today: Cloudy. Scattered rain showers in the morning, then patchy drizzle in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Cloudy. Patchy drizzle in the evening, then a chance of rain and patchy drizzle after midnight. Patchy fog through the night. Lows in the mid 30s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

Did you know that Italy and France produce over 40% of all wine?

Word of the day: perambulate (puh-RAM-byuh-layt) which means to walk through; to roam. From Latin perambulare (to walk through), from per- (through) + ambulare (to walk). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ambhi- (around), which is also the source of ambulance, alley, preamble, bivouac, and obambulate. Earliest documented use: 1450.

PABI Ice Classic

April 8, 2015

April 7, 2015

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for this information:

2013 12:18 PM April 11

2012 No Ice

2011 12:20 PM  April 10th     

2010-4:10 PM March 18

2009-1:58 PM April 9, 2009

2008-11.34 PM on April 8

2007- 2:52 PM on March 28th

2006- 8:29 PM on March 29th

Ain't She Sweet

See her walking down the street...

And I ask you very confidentially...

Ain't she sweet!

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for April 7, 2015

Lots of birds outside twittering, but I have to wonder if it isn't just the sound of their beaks chattering from the cold. Right now it's 27 and feels like 20, wind is at 6 mph from the east with gusts to 21 mph, humidity is at 64%, pressure is steady at 1028, and visibility is 9.9 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 40s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph increasing to 30 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A 40% chance of rain, snow and light freezing rain after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of March 7, 1948 - The musical "South Pacific" by Rogers and Hammerstein debuted on Broadway.

Did you know that the color of a chile pepper is no indication of its heat (usually the smaller the the hotter)?

Word of the day: catacomb (KAT-uh-kom, -koom) which means 1. An underground cemetery with passageways and recesses for graves. 2. A thing or a place that is complex or labyrinthine. From Latin catacumbas, of obscure origin. Earliest documented use: 971.

This Old Cookbook--??+1

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

Unbaked Cookies

2 cups of sugar.............1 teaspoon of vanilla

1/3 cup cocoa.....................1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup milk..................3 cups oatmeal

1/2 stick oleo or butter

Mix sugar, cocoa, and milk in sauce pan.

Bring to a full rolling boil and boil one minute.

Mix with the oatmeal and peanut butter.

Drop from a teaspoon onto waxed paper.

by Kim Raeburn, 7 years old

More Growth—EMS Grows and Medical Center Provider Distrust Grows

by Joe Moore

(This is historical fiction meaning that it is based upon factual information with special consideration for protection of private health information. This takes place on Beaver Island in about fifteen years ago.)

As I sit here writing this, I have just come in from using an electric snow blower to clear my driveway.  Beaver Island had received some six inches of snow with blowing and drifting all night long.  At 2:20 a.m. this morning, BIEMS was paged to the BIRHC for an 87 year old female patient with chest tightness and pressure.  I think that we could have our work cut out for ourselves this morning as I get dressed, and almost immediately call Central Dispatch that “57 Echo 4 is on scene.”  I live directly across Carlisle Road from the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.  Upon arrival I found two of the “emergency rooms,” the rooms set aside for emergency treatment, both with a patient.  I’m sure that our current FNP saw the expression on my face.  “I have a twofer going,” she said after seeing the look on my face.  “We are only going to transport one, though,” she said.  “We have an 87-year old female patient, (who she named), with chest pain beginning about 12:45 when she woke her daughter.  I got the second call and called in the RN to be with the second patient that you don’t have to worry about.  It’s muscle spasms in the back.  The one to transfer was given a GI cocktail because she has a history of GERD, (gastroesophageal reflux disease, really bad heartburn that can eat away the lining of the esophagus).  I have also given her two nitro’s which seem to have relieved the pressure and pain.  Since she is a full-code and since I am seeing something different on her EKG, I think we will be transferring her to Charlevoix.  The son has already contacted the airline and the plane is waiting for you.  I have an IV going.  She is on the monitor, and she has a pulse oximeter hooked up.  I have her on three liters of oxygen by nasal cannula.  I have orders for additional nitro as needed and morphine.  I’ll get the morphine and give it to you.”  She went to the pharmacy, grabbed the morphine and the syringe, and brought them to me.  Then she turned the patient over to me in Room number five, and she and the RN went in to take care of the second patient.  By this time the ambulance with three helpers arrived.  My fellow teacher, my friend, and a fellow musician, two males and a female, were there ready and willing to help me move the patient.  We moved her from the BIRHC bed onto the BIEMS ambulance cot, set up the IV pole on our cot, put on the monitor stand, and Gary went out to get the monitor and the drug boxes from the echo car.  We moved the oxygen tubing from the rural health center tank to our portable tank with its “Ox-Clip”, which clips on the rail of our cot.  We had the patient loaded and ready to go very quickly.  My teaching colleague MFR got into the driver’s seat, my female EMT in the EMT seat, and Gary brought the echo car.  Central Dispatch called to ask our estimated time of arrival, and I answered that we would be at the airport in about four minutes.  The ambulance was our 57-A1, a used ambulance purchased as our backup ambulance.  It did not have four-wheel drive, and we had had a little bit of snow this night and early morning, so it did take us a little more like seven minutes to get to the airport.  We loaded the patient into the local airline’s aircraft, knowing full well that Newflight would no longer fly to Beaver Island at night, and Gary and I, the patient’s son and daughter, and our pilot climbed in to fly to Charlevoix on this windy, but very clear  and cold night.  During the flight, our patient complained of chest tightness.  I quickly got a set of vital signs, and then I administered another nitro tablet under her tongue.  Five minutes later the chest pressure was gone, and I got another set of vital signs.  Twenty minutes later, we landed in Charlevoix and were met by 53 alpha 3, the Charlevoix EMS ambulance, with EMT-Specialist/RN Ann and EMT-Specialist Chuck on board.  A long time ago, we had purchased our ambulance cot and set them up so that we could just put our ambulance cot into the Charlevoix Ambulances without having to move our patient onto their cot.  Charlevoix EMS had purchased brand new powered ambulance cots, and now we had to move our patient off our cot onto theirs on the tarmac of the Charlevoix Airport with wind and blowing snow.  This was not fun for the patient or either ambulance crew, but was fairly quickly accomplished.  Since Charlevoix EMS is not yet and advanced life support service, and since I was the paramedic, I needed to accompany the patient to the hospital.  Upon arrival at the hospital, I gave my report to John, the RN in the ER at Charlevoix Hospital.  I quickly wrote up the run report, promising both the ER and Charlevoix Ambulance a better and more readable report after returned to the island.  We loaded BIEMS equipment back into the Charlevoix Ambulance and I got a taxi ride back to the Airport.  Both the pilot and Gary were waiting for me at the airport, and I wasn’t sure which made me feel better:  the trust shown me by the provider, or the knowledge that I could get home to sleep in my own bed.  Such is the great relationship that we now have with the nurse practitioners at the BIRHC.  Things were not always that way as you may have guessed by the previous writing.

In the previous year, we hardly ever took a patient to the medical center.  The PA’s there had no choice if they needed to get a patient to the hospital, they had to call BIEMS.  We were the only transporting agency for prehospital patients.  At noon on this July day, we were paged to the medical center by the paramedic PA for a 76 year old male who was doing construction work on his house.  He had been hanging cabinets at the construction site, and “I twisted and felt a pop between 10 and 10:30 a.m.  I waited an hour, and then came in to the medical center.”  His leg aches, but he couldn’t feel anything below his ankle.  The patient was found by EMS sitting in a wheel chair at the medical center with the PA stating that the patient needed to go to Munson, and that this had been cleared by medical control.  She further stated that she, the patient, and medical control did not see the need for any spinal immobilization.  Arrangements had been made for Newflight fixed wing air transport to come to the island and take over care of the patient.  BIEMS paramedics started oxygen at 2 liters per minute, called and got an order for pain medication.  The four milligrams of morphine was given as an intramuscular injection (IM).  The PA also gave the patient some anti-nausea medication as an IM injection.  The patient was loaded onto the BIEMS ambulance cot and transported to the township airport to await Newflight.  The patient was stable throughout the transport to the airport.  While waiting for the aircraft, the feeling came back into the patients foot, but he was still unable to flex the foot.  Care was turned over to the Newflight medic and RN at the township airport for transport to Traverse City Airport and Newflight ground ambulance to Munson Hospital.  The provider at the medical center was polite, but definitely in command.  There was not much give and take, but more like, “You do this and then do that.”

Less than a week later, we were paged again to the fancy restaurant which had remodeled and now had condominiums instead to hotel rooms attached to the bar and restaurant combination.  Excuse me, the cocktail lounge and restaurant combination.  We had been called to the second floor condominium for a 69 year old male patient with an implanted defibrillator.  At 7 p.m., he and his wife had finished dinner and had gone back up to the condo to relax.  His implanted defibrillator had fired, and he had collapsed onto the floor.  He woke back up after the defibrillation, and his wife had helped him from the floor onto the bed.  Upon EMS arrival, the patient was conscious and alert with no labored respirations and in no pain.  His skin was pale, but warm and dry.  He obviously had a cardiac history, and his cardiologist had told him that the implanted defibrillator may save his life one day.  This was that one day.  The patient and his wife were very much thankful for the defibrillation that had save his life, but were quite unsure what they should do now.  “Should he go to the hospital to be check out?” the patient’s wife asked me.  I said that I didn’t have any idea what his cardiologist would suggest, but I would gladly contact my medical control at the Charlevoix Hospital and ask what they would suggest.  I called on the condo phone, and the ER suggested that the patient get an IV and be transported to them so he could be evaluated.  The patient was on all kinds of medications, which were gathered up, and the wife packed up the suitcases, since she didn’t know if they would be coming back to the island after going to the hospital.  This had been my first time to have this kind of patient.  Interestingly enough, the medical control RN in charge of the Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority, our medical control, was at the restaurant, came up to the room to check on us, and started the IV on this patient.  We wrote up the paperwork as a cardiac rhythm disturbance, monitored the patient, and flew him over to the Charlevoix Hospital by normal means.

In late July, we were paged once again to the medical center for a 25 year old male logger who had been cutting down a tree.  The limb of the tree came crashing down striking the patient on the back of the head and neck.  The diameter of the limb was estimated at five or six inches.  The patient had been transported to the medical center by personally owned vehicle by a co-worker.  The co-worker reported that the patient had been unconscious for “at least 30 seconds.”  The patient reported that he had been dizzy after the accident.  The PA at the medical center reported that the patient had complained of pain at the base of his skull at C1 and C2 when the area was palpated.  The patient was alert and oriented, but had a headache. (No kidding?)  He was feeling slightly nauseated.  We noted that the falling limb had broken the patient’s hard hat.  The patient received cervical immobilization and complete spinal immobilization using a backboard and head blocks.  He was loaded into the ambulance and transported to the Charlevoix Hospital by normal means.

On the first day of August, we had an interesting evening beginning around 9 p.m.  The paramedics had studied the treatment of a cardiac dysrythmia called supraventricular tachycardia, which is basically the electrical activity of the heart going into a fast infinite loop like sometimes happens with a Window’s computers when it locks up and crashes.  Well, this is a pretty good analogy because, if you don’t stop this infinitie loop, the patient’s heart will eventually not be able to continue to beat because the muscle will get angry not getting the oxygen it needs and finally refuse to work together with any other muscle tissues of the heart and effective heart beats will cease.  So the patient’s heart will crash somewhat like the Window’s computer when it locks up and crashes.  The 48 year old father of two of my favorite math students presented himself to the medical center with this condition that we had studied in paramedic class, but never thought we would ever see here on the island.  The patient was met at the medical center by our PA, and three paramedics.  The patient was quickly ushered into an examination room and told to lie down on the bed.  The patient had felt that his chest was pounding, and felt dizzy.   He also had pain down his arm.  The patient was not doing anything but sitting when this occurred.  The arm pain had gone away, but he had driven himself to the medical center.  He denied any loss of consciousness, but he had taken two aspirin at the beginning of this whole episode.  He had not previous heart history or any history of anything like this.  A quick set of vital signs showed a pulse rate of 210, just about twice the normal rate.  This was matched with a blood pressure of 98/60, and respirations of 20.  The patient was immediately put on oxygen at 4 liters per minute per protocol by nasal cannula.  An IV was established using a 20 gauge catheter and a 1000 milliliter bag of normal saline.  Blood was drawn during the establishing of the IV so that the patient did not need to get stuck with another needle later on.  The patient was hooked up to the cardiac monitor.  Following the American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support protocol for this condition, we told the patient to bear down like he was constipated, which is one of the vagal maneuvers that can sometimes slow down the heart.  This did not do anything, so we had him try harder which also didn’t do anything to his heart rate.  His skin was becoming pale, moist, and ashen which was not a good sign.  We went immediately to another vagal maneuver, which involves putting the patient’s face in ice water.  The cardiac monitor showed no change in his electrical activity, and his heart rate was still 212 beats per minute.  His lungs were clear with no fluid sounds.  We knew this patient needed to be transported even if we were successful in resolving his potentially life threatening arrhythmia. 
We moved down the protocol to the next step which is administration of a drug named Adenosine.  This drug basically stops the heart chemically with the hope that when the heart begins beating again, it will do so at the normal rate.  We gave the patient a 200 milliliter bolus of fluid to eliminate the possibility of internal blood loss being the cause of the fast heart beat.  It was time to chemically stop the heart.  The Adenosine is followed immediately with a fast push of normal saline into the patient’s vein to get the drug into the veins and to the heart quickly.    The first dose of Adenosine cause the heart monitor to show atrial flutter with bundle branch block which is an even scarier rhythm than what we had, but within four minutes we were back to a heart rate over 200 again.  The second dose of this drug is doubled and it is flushed into the vein quickly with 20 more milliliters of normal saline.  This dose actually stopped the heart for a short period of time, and all four of the healthcare providers held their breath for that short period of time.  The heart rate after this dose that chemically stopped the heart was 106, a little faster than normal, but almost half as fast as it had been.  We had stopped that infinite loop.  The patient’s blood pressure was up to 136/90, and his respirations were back to normal.  Within one minute of the administration of the doubled-dose of the chemical-heart-stopping drug, the patient’s vital signs were back to normal range.  We gave another 250 milliliter bolus of fluids as directed by medical control, continued to monitor the patient and his vital signs, and transported him to the township airport. 
While some of us were busy with the patient, another one had called and found out that the local airlines could not fly due to weather.  The USCG helicopter was arranged to fly from Traverse City Air Station.  There was no difficulty getting this flight approved by the Flight Surgeon.  The paramedic RN on our BIEMS crew, Bee, had to fly with the patient in the helicopter to monitor him since they USCG did not have a paramedic on board.  Bee arrived in Charlevoix at the hospital a little after midnight, and for the first time in a long while, actually got a run report signed by a physician, and it turned out to be our medical center physician as well.  Bee didn’t need to spend the night in a motel because she worked in the ER at Charlevoix, and she had a place to spend the night.  We were glad to get our paramedic friend and our equipment back the next morning.  This was one time when our patient actually beat us back to the island because he made an earlier flight arrangement than Bee.  This was also one of the few times that the medical center PA had worked together with us to accomplish a cooperative goal in providing care for the patient.

Our EMS crew’s family is not immune to medical problems needing an ambulance either.  One of our EMT’s relative was found being treated at the medical center by our less than cooperative PA.  We also had our less than cooperative medical control doctor on duty at this time.  It always amazes me to note the difference between doctors who want EMS to help the patient in the field before they get to the hospital and those that don’t want EMS to do anything to change the patient’s symptoms before they get to the hospital.  There is a really strange dichotomy of doctors still in our prehospital field.  This relative had gone to the medical center because she had been having an increasingly difficult time of breathing over the last two weeks, and finally today, she could not catch her breath even just sitting still.  There was also pain underneath her scapula on the left side of her back.  When EMS arrived at the medical center, the patient had a saline lock, which is the same idea as an IV except the patient does not get any extra fluid with a saline lock.  The patient had this saline lock to provide a route for administration of IV drugs, but the medical control physician did not want the patient to get any drugs. 
We put the patient on four liters of oxygen by nasal cannula per protocol, but the PA’s contact with the physician denied us the ability to help our patient by giving the IV medicine that is written in our protocol.  The patient had a history of congestive heart failure, and she had swollen ankles to the extent that you could barely see any ankles.  She had crackles in her lung fields which meant fluid was backing up into her lungs.  The patient had taken 80 mg of the drug by mouth at about two p.m. this afternoon, but it didn’t seem to be doing anything to help remove the fluid from her system.  It should have worked by now since it was four hours later. 
The patient was a 62 year old female who was somewhat overweight.  Now, we had our hands tied, and could not do much of anything to help her.  We loaded her into the ambulance, took her to the local airport, and flew with her to the hospital by using the local airlines.  When she arrived in the ER, she received an x-ray to confirm fluid in her lungs, and was almost immediately given the very drug we wanted to give her almost forty-five minutes earlier.  The entire BIEMS crew was very frustrated by this ambulance run.  Why didn’t the patient get the treatment needed when she needed it?  Why did she have to wait forty-five minutes to get that treatment in the hospital?  Why was this treatment in our protocols if we weren’t going to be allowed to use it?  You can be assured that this issue was going to be discussed at the next medical control meeting, and the protocol was either going to be followed, or it was going to be ripped out of the protocol book.  Boy, were we hot!

Just like in the big city, rural EMS agencies get called to situation in which there truly is not an emergency.  At midnight on a warm August evening, we were paged to an unknown accident at the south end of Beaver Island at Iron Ore Bay.  It is quite a ways down to that location, and we had a police car, and echo car, and an ambulance driving lights and siren down the dirt roads to the southernmost tips of Beaver Island at midnight.  Upon arrival, we found a truck stuck in the sand at Iron Ore Bay after obviously traveling on the beach sand close to the water.  There was no damage to the vehicle, no accident, and no injury.  The deputy didn’t even write the driver a ticket.  We wanted him to throw the book at the idiot who had gotten us all out of bed, but that didn’t happen.  When you are wakened at midnight with an adrenalin rush of being paged to a motor vehicle accident, and upon arrival, there is no accident, nothing, it is a real letdown.  Blood hungry wolves we must all be!

Another really rough situation is being called to the home of one of your neighbors who has just suffered a cardiac arrest.  You want to throw the drug box into your patient.  You want to do everything in the cardiac arrest protocol to try to save the patient.  However, you also have the training to know when nothing you do will change the outcome.  We were paged to a 61 year old male patient with a serious history of heart disease at 8 p.m. on a chilly September evening.  Upon arrival of BIEMS, we found this patient with no breathing and no pulse.  The patient had come home from a busy day and lied down to take a nap.  The patient had an advanced directive called a Do Not Resuscitate Order.  We applied the cardiac monitor and found asystole, lack of any electrical activity, in three separate cardiac leads.  This is also in the protocol for our rural EMS.  We made contact with the medical control doctor and received the order to cease resuscitation efforts.  We helped make the arrangements to transport the body to the mainland using the local airlines.  We also helped make arrangements for the body to be picked up by a local Funeral Home.  The medical control physician would sign the certificate of death based upon our evaluation.  We helped the wife, but we lost a friend and neighbor.  This was to happen two more times this year with friends and neighbors with terminal illnesses.  We helped as best we could.

We had several other cardiac patients, some assaulted trauma patients, and motor vehicle accident patients this year.  A friend’s mother had a cardiac event, but the next event that was really close to me was one patient who was a former student of mine. She had her emergency one evening shy of the New Year’s Eve.  We were paged to her home for a 22 year old female experiencing abdominal pain.   Upon EMS arrival this pain was a generalized pain in her abdomen with no specific location.  It had been occurring off and on for a month, but now the pain was severe and had started one and a half hours ago.  The patient had hyperactive bowel sounds with guarding of the abdomen, which means that the muscles of the abdomen tighten involuntarily to protect the organs inside.  The vital signs were all within normal limits.  Oxygen was administered by nasal cannula, and one IV attempt was unsuccessful.  There was rebound tenderness on the right, which means someone pushes down and then releases quickly.  The patient was nauseous, but had not yet vomited.  This patient was related to one of our EMTs, and he arranged the flight with the local airlines, and he accompanied his patient to the mainland as relative and as EMT.  The transport arrangements were the same as others mentioned above.

This ended the busy year with a great deal of growth in our EMS organization.  The winter season was upon us, and we hunkered down for a busy winter for our rural ambulance service.  We planned training sessions and yet another Basic EMT class was being taught to our high school seniors during the day and to adults at night.  We tried to figure out how to work with the one PA and the one medical control physician so that we could provide good patient care from our rural location in the middle of Lake Michigan.  We hoped and prayed for something that would bring us all together for the same purpose—providing good patient care for our friends, relatives, and neighbors.



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Emergency Services Authority

Meeting 12/11/14

Video HERE

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

January 15, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

February 19, 2015

February 26, 2015

Video is HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015

Common Core Presentation to School Board and Community

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

January 12, 2015

Video of the meeting

January 27, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting

March 9, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Monday, February 9, 2015

Board Meeting Video HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

March 11, 2015

Link to Video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Annual Meeting

March 28, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

March 4, 2014 Special Meeting with Lawyer and Auditor

Video available HERE

St. James Township Regular Board Meeting

March 4, 2015, 7 p.m.

View video HERE

St. James Township Annual Meeting

March 28, 2015

Video of meeting HERE


Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon – Sat  8am – 5pm
Sun Closed 

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


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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Airport Commission Meeting

November 1, 2014.

Video of the meeting HERE

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for April 6, 2015

Ok, this morning I'll be trying to get over to the dentist again. We'll see how that goes at 8:00. In the meantime, it's lightly snowing. Right now it's 26 outside with a wind chill of 18, wind is at 7 mph from the east, humidity is at 96%, pressure is steady at 1023 mb, and visibility is at 2.3 miles. For today: Snow. Highs in the upper 30s. East winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Snow likely. Lows around 30. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of April 6, 1971 - Carly Simon and James Taylor first met at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles.

Did you know that over a third of all pineapples come from Hawaii?

Word of the day: quiescent (kwee-ES-uhnt, kwy-) which means still; inactive; not showing symptoms. From Latin quiescere (to rest), from quies (quiet). Earliest documented use: 1605.

Eagle Overhead

Just before dusk tonight, April 5, 2015, an eagle flew right over the post office building--the camera jumped out of the bag and snapped three pictures before the eagle disappeared into the dusky haze.

Community Easter Brunch

The Beaver Island Christian Church sponsors this Community Easter Brunch every year after the Easter Services are over. This year it was scheduled for 11:30 a.m., but got going about ten minutes to twelve. The members of the community attended with just a little shy of seventy members, which is pretty good considering that a large number of community members are in the southern part of the U.S. and/or on Spring Break.

There was French Toast with pecans, veggie salad, Lil's Breakfast Caserole, Scrambled Eggs, Ham, Rolls, Fresh and frozen fruit. There was plenty of goodies to eat, good company, and a grand time was had by all!

Short video clip of the Brunch


Happy Easter!

Ice and Open Water at Gull Harbor

April 4, 2015

Panorama of Gull Harbor

Open water seen out from Gull Harbor

Zoomed in pictures of the ice mountains

Normal view of ice mountains

Happy Easter from Holy Cross

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

PABI Ice Classic

Photo Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Photos Friday, April 3, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Birds in the Harbor

The geese have been back for a little over a week. Some of the ducks stayed all winter, but some others have come back. The seagulls are beginning to show up. Recently, with the ice still covering the harbor, eagles have been seen on the ice of the harbor. Many have assumed that there had been fish caught in the ice or other food is available. No matter the reason, it is good to begin to see these birds that help us believe that Spring just might be about to arrive here on Beaver Island.

There were a lot more things to see near Paradise Bay today!

Long Time, No See

This statement is one of those that is reserved for someone or something that you have previously had good relations with, and, of course, you have not seen in quite a while. That is appropriate for the ice buoy marking the mouth of St. James Harbor near Whiskey Point. The ice buoy had been pulled under the ice and covered with snow for most of the winter. Just the top of it showed up yesterday, 4/2/2015, but it is fully visible today the 3rd of April. So, "Long time, no see!"

Visiting Providers at BIRHC

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

Call his office for an appointment
866 400 3376

call Betty, if you have questions 448 2275


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

Any additional questions call Betty 231 448 2275

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

What's New at the Library?

See what's new this week at the Beaver Island District Library at: http://wowbrary.org/ nu.aspx?fb&p=9446-40 There are ten new bestsellers, 13 new children's books, and 45 other new books. The new bestsellers this week include "The Girl on the Train: A Novel," "Station Eleven: A novel," and "Endangered."




BICS End of School Year Calendar

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Winter Schedule 2014-2015

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

Charlevoix County Transit Winter Hours

Beaver Island

Winter Hours

(Effective Monday, November 17, 2014)

  Demand Response Service

Monday – Friday

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Closed Weekends 

Phone 231-448-2026

For Service

Children under 6 yrs $.50

Sr. Citizen  (60 and over) Currently Free

Handicap $.50

Youth (ages 6 to 19) $1.00

Regular Fare (ages 20 to 59) $1.50

Passenger fares are double 15 miles and over.

Note: There will be a $10.00 fee on any returned (bounced) checks written to Charlevoix County Transit

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

April 12 – Pastor Howard Davis
April 19 – Steve Finch, Worship Leader
April 26 – Pastor El Zwart

Bible study

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

-Everyone welcome!!

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

Estate Planning Seminar with Ted Hughes

May 16 from 10-12 at the Community Center

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

2015 Warblers on the Water Events

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

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.

From the Beaver Island Association

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


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

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

Gail's Walk Scheduled

Critical Dune Ordinance for St. James Township

Click HERE to view the ordinance


Road Rally

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

Beaver Island Player Production

April 25, 2015, 8 p.m.

Easter Egg Scramble

at the Community Center with photos by Deb Bousquet

The numbers were down partially because the school was on Spring Break.

Video of the event


The NEW Community Message Board

Take a look - go to www.beaverisland.org and click Message Board (top right) and log in. Give it a try. Spread the word! Best wishes from THE ISLAND.      Steve West for the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

The Message Board Guiding Principles

Our goal is a kind, considerate, constructive and informative message board.

The Beaver Island Community Message Board (The Board) is provided as a place for everyone to use to communicate events like births, fun events, deaths, a special sale or price, opportunities to serve, open houses, opportunities to join, meetings and much more. The board is a place for civil informative communication about the Island so many of us love – Beaver Island, MI.

The board is not a place for political discussion at the local, state, national or international level. It is not a place for rumors, to criticize, reprimand or accuse.

Your must register with your actual first and last name, email address and phone number. The email address and phone will not be public. You may choose to include them in your posts.

Posts outside our guiding principals will be deleted - three strikes and you’re out. The World Wide Web is huge. There is room for just about any post somewhere. Some posts and contributors may not fit here.

Citizen of the Year

The Citizen of the Year nomination deadline is April 20.  Here is a link to the nomination form.


The awards banquet will be Friday May 15 at the Shamrock. The guest speaker will State Rep Triston Cole.

St. James Township Meeting

April 1, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

Math and Reality Don't Always Match

by Joe Moore

As a 64-year-old, the editor of BINN had never done any work on a flag pole.  Oh, I had raised and lowered flags from when I was fourteen years old in the Traverse City Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.  We met in a building that was on the old airport probably near where the car dealerships are now right off of Garfield.  I had saluted many flags and had even moved up in the ranks to be a cadet captain and had gone to encampment down at Selfridge Air Force Base.
However, I had never needed to replace the rope on a flag pole, so yesterday’s experience was my first time.  I went to the garage and got two wrenches to loosen the bolts holding up the flagpole.  That presented no problems, and I successfully was able to lay the flagpole down in the yard.  Nothing to this, right!

 Using all the mathematical and logical processes, I reasoned that the rope that had broken was the correct length.  It had just broken in a windstorm.  I measured the distance from the top of the flagpole down to the rope tie bracket and got twelve feet.  I measured the rope that had broken and got twenty-four feet.  That was logical, so I went to the hardware store and bought a fifty foot package of rope.  I also bought one foot of heavier rope just to see if it would work on the pulley on top of the flagpole.
Using the broken rope as my guide, I measured the new rope against the broken rope.  I got to the end of the broken rope, used my knife and cut it off with six inches extra for the new rope, just in case.  I then figured out that the distance between the two clips used to hold the flag would be determined by using the old rope as a model as well.  So, I began to measure off the old rope again, and tied a simple knot on the rope to mark the location of the clips.  Using a knife, I cut the clips off the old rope, located the knots on the new rope, and tied a bowline to hold each clip at the locations of both knots. 

It should be all set to go!  I used the rope and pulley to get the snaps at the top.  Then I stood the flagpole back up inserted the bolts, and just put the nuts on without tightening them.  I reached for the rope and attempted to tie it to the bracket.  Apparently six inches is not enough extra length to make the rope tie to the bracket.  Well, now we have piece of rope that is too short at twenty-four and a half feet, so the other piece is twenty-five and a half feet in length  because 50-24.5=25.5, right?
Now, let me explain that logic and mathematics do not always work in concert in a practical situation.  So, after doing the whole process again, using the second piece of rope, the piece that should be twenty-five feet, six inches length, it also is too short.  I still don’t know how that happened because the math should give me at least an additional foot of rope since the first try, right?

Well, there still wasn’t enough rope to do the tie to the bracket.  It was time to check the piece of rope that I had one foot of.  I vowed that if it would work, I’d buy thirty feet of rope to make certain that I got enough.  So, down to the hardware store I went.  Thirty feet six inches of heavier rope was sold to me for the flagpole.  I went through the whole process for a third time.  I guess the old saying “the third time’s the charm” is a true saying.  There was plenty of rope left over when the flag pole was righted and secured.  Plenty of rope left over after the flag was run up the flagpole.  As a matter of fact there was five feet too much rope.

One of the veterans came over to check out the job that I had done, and he cut off the extra rope.  Now, you explain to me how 24.5 feet of rope wasn’t enough, 25.5 feet of rope wasn’t enough, but 30 feet six inches of rope left five feet too much rope.  If you can figure it out, send me an email at medic5740@gmail.com

Anyway, the flag is flying at the Gregg residence, which was the reason for this adventure anyway.

Birding 101: 10 Birding Tips for Birders in Northern Michigan

Another great article pointing out the possibilities of birding on Beaver Island

This Old Cookbook-??

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

Tuna Noodle Casserole

1 package of noodles.............1/2 cup milk

2 cans tuna..............1/2 cup of cracker crumbs

2 cans mushroom soup

Mix cooked noodles with tuna, soup, milk

Put in casserole dish and sprinkle with cracker crumbs

Cook in 350 degree oven.

by Shirley Graham, 7 years old

MaryAnne Palmer Ferguson RIP

Funeral Services will be held on Beaver Island, Saturday May 23rd at 3:30 P.M. at Holy Cross Church with the burial following at Holy Cross Cemetery. MaryAnne will be on the 11:30 boat out of Charlevoix if you want to meet the boat.

The Twenty-first Century Begins for BIEMS

by Joe Moore

I guess it is only fitting that the very first BIEMS run in the year 2000 was to involve a retired physician as patient, and our paramedic instructor as paramedic.  Our 65-year-old male physician patient was having chest pain that started while he was attending a prayer meeting this Saturday afternoon.  The patient presented himself to the medical center and stated, “I’ve had four doses of nitro spray.  It has relieved the pain somewhat.  It started as a nine on a scale of zero to ten, but is now down to about a three.”  The patient was given 325 mg aspirin by mouth at the medical center.  He was started on oxygen at 10 liters per minute and had an IV started with normal saline to keep his vein open.   His vital signs were pulse of 68 with an elevated ST segment shown on the ECG, lungs clear with respiration of 20, a blood pressure of 140/84, and skin pale, cool, and clammy.  Our friend had a history of open heart surgery five years ago and a heart attack only last year, after which they placed a couple of stints in his cardiac arteries. 

The patient had a fairly long list of medications that he was taking including Coumadin, a blood thinner usually given for people with atrial fibrillation.  Within ten minutes of BIEMS arrival, our retired physician was loaded onto the ambulance cot and was being transported to the local airport.  The BIEMS cot was loaded directly into the local airline’s aircraft, and our paramedic instructor climbed in with him.  He was the only licensed paramedic on the island on this, and therefore the best qualified person to transport our patient.  The patient reported that he was pain-free at this time.  In less than 20 minutes, the patient was loaded into the Charlevoix EMS Ambulance, and we accompanied the patient to the hospital.  Our friendly patient was moved from the BIEMS cot to the Charlevoix Hospital ER bed using a sheet lift, and a verbal report was given to the nurse in the ER.   Our friend was treated in the Charlevoix ER and then transferred up to Northern Michigan Hospital to be treated by a cardiologist.

In May of this same year, BIEMS was paged to Lake Geneserath for a capsized boat.  The phone call had been placed by another resident on the lake who had seen two men fishing in a boat earlier.  When she looked out onto the lake a good while later, she saw the boat overturned with two men holding onto the capsized boat.    There were two men in the water when BIEMS, the fire chief, and the local deputy arrived at the lake.  The two men were on the far side of the lake away from the residence that reported the emergency.  The deputy and I searched driveway after driveway trying to find someone home that had a boat available to use to try to reach the men in the water.  We found a couple at home who had a boat in their garage.  The owner had just gotten the motor set up for the season.  The deputy and I acted like a tractor, and together we pulled the 16 foot aluminum boat and motor that was on a trailer from the garage.  We pushed the trailered boat across about 100 yards of lawn down to the water’s edge and into the water.  The deputy, the fire chief, an MFR-firefighter, and I went out to help the two men out of the water.  Both men were not able to pull themselves into the boat due to the coldness of their muscles and the hypothermia that each was suffering from. 

They had been in the cold water of the inland lake for about one hour.  It took twenty minutes to get them back to the shore near the launch point of the borrowed boat where the ambulance was waiting.  Both patients were cold and wet.  The men were wrapped in blankets and transported in a very warm ambulance to the medical center.  Here we began the process of passive rewarming for our patients.  We warmed blankets in the dryer.  We took IV bags and heated them in the microwave.  We placed warm IV bags in the groin, the armpits, and at the neck.  The core temperature was taken rectally.  (You can tell when a patient is very ill.  They don’t care about where you take the temperature, and they don’t care if you take their clothes off.)  Warmed towels and warmed blankets were replaced as needed to keep the temperature around them quite a bit higher than the air in the building.  Some of us working to assist them actually broke out in a sweat from the heat around the patients.  Of course, we also turned up the thermostat of the medical center as well. 

We even rigged a method of warming the oxygen that was given by non-rebreather mask.   We hooked up a humidifier to each oxygen tank after warming the fluid in the plastic humidifier jug that was attached to the regulator of the tank.  We then wrapped this plastic humidifier jug in hot packs designed to warm up anything that needed warming up.  We got a patient history on each patient.  Each patient’s skin was pink, but cold.  Both patients were alert and oriented, but only slightly confused.  Their vital signs were within normal limits for any 76 year old male and 85 year old male.  We continued the passive warming for about 40 minutes, and then arranged for two local airplanes to take the two patients to Charlevoix.  We arranged for two ambulances to meet us at the Charlevoix Airport also.

 We carefully loaded up one patient on the ambulance cot and another on a folding cot.  We replaced the IV bags with warmer ones.  We replaced the blankets and sheets with nice warm ones.  We loaded both patients into our very warm ambulance and drove to the local airport where both airplanes had been warmed up and were awaiting our arrival.  We flew both patients in separate airplanes to Charlevoix where both planes were met by a Charlevoix EMS Ambulance to transport the patients to Charlevoix Hospital.  Interestingly enough, the patient’s body temperature was close to normal when each arrived separately at the hospital.  Both patients were to arrive back on Beaver Island the next day to resume their spring fishing vacation.

By June of this year, we were ready to begin the process of licensing as an advanced life support agency.  We four paramedic students, having passed our exams in April, had received our paramedic licenses.  It was now time to get all the paperwork done for the Bennett Bill.  This bill would allow us to function as an advanced life support (ALS) agency for two years while we completed a development plan to become a full time ALS agency.  We responded to an emergency for a 43 year old male patient who wandered into the deputy’s substation residence with a severe head laceration.  He stated that he tripped over a table and fell striking his head on the corner of the wood stove.  This had happened about three hours ago.  He went to sleep for a while and decided to get some assistance now.  He was able to walk even though he stated that he had consumed at least a 12-pack of beer.  His vital sings were within normal limits.  He was oriented, and his pupils were reactive to light and of equal size.  We transported the patient to the medical center where the nurse practitioner advised the patient that he should go to the mainland to be treated.  BIEMS contacted the local airport.  They were not able to fly due to the weather.  BIEMS contacted Northflight.  They were not able to fly due to the weather either.  Our last resort was to contact the USCG Air Station in Traverse City.  The Flight Surgeon would not put a crew at risk in the poor weather for “only a laceration.”  Patient care was turned over to the nurse practitioner with a stable patient and a pressure dressing was applied to the wound on the head.  BIEMS could not transport the patient anywhere due to the weather. 

We had several runs with our chronic patients that have been mentioned earlier in this writing.  They are not going to be written about again this year because nothing much had changed except the weather and the year.  In the early evening at about 7 p.m. in July, we were paged to an address on Donegal Bay Road.  There we found a 38-year-old male patient complaining of shortness of breath and chest pain.  The patient stated, “My heart is pounding out of my chest.”  He further stated that he has had this problem for about a month and has been having these symptoms on and off for a month.  The pain came on while he was lying in his bed.  He tried to sit up and could not sit up.  He tried to sleep and he couldn’t sleep.  The pain was in his left chest.  He was concerned that he might die from a heart attack since cardiac problems ran in his family. 

He stated that he had not eaten at all today, and only had water to drink all day.  The patient denied having any alcoholic beverages or any drug usage that day.  He smoked about a half of pack of cigarettes per day.  He continued to describe his pain as starting in the front of his left chest, but now it is radiating to his back.  His vital signs were a little abnormal with a pulse rate of 128 and regular, respirations of 18, and a blood pressure of 1760/114.  His temperature taking orally was 99.4 degrees.  An IV was started to provide a route for drug therapy if needed and to keep the vein open.  He was alert and oriented with an oxygen saturation of 95%.  His lungs were clear in all fields.  After oxygen was applied, his saturation went up to 98-100%.  The patient stated he had been coughing up yellow/green mucous for about two days. 

He was loaded onto the ambulance cot and taken to the medical center to be evaluated by the nurse practitioner.  He was given a baby aspirin to chew which did not cause any change in pain complaint.  He was given .4 mg of nitroglycerin under his tongue which did not cause any change in his pain level either.  The patient was loaded back into the ambulance to be taken to the local airport.  Enroute to the airport, the patient stated that it was still hard to breath.  We noted no accessory muscle use, no nasal flaring, and no retractions in his chest.  He was showing sinus tachycardia on the monitor.  The patient, on the BIEMS ambulance cot, was loaded into the local airline’s aircraft and flown to Charlevoix with further transport to Charlevoix Hospital by normal means.

In July, we were called an emergency at the medical center for a 50-year-old male patient who was complaining of acute pain in the right upper abdomen radiating to the right flank.  This patient had a previous history of kidney stones.  There had been a decrease in urine output for the day with a strong odor.  Pain medications had been taken four times today.  He had been treated with pain medication and an anti-nausea drug last night.  His vital signs were all within normal limits with his skin warm and dry.  His abdomen was soft, but there was tenderness in the upper right quadrant.  The stethoscope revealed normal bowel sounds.  There was a great deal of pain on palpation of the right flank. 

An IV of normal saline was started and run at about 150 ml per hour.  The medical control physician ordered pain medication and anti-nausea medication tonight as well, and the patient received both medications before leaving the medical center.    The patient was transported by normal means to Charlevoix Hospital by local airline.

We were now up and running as an ALS agency whenever we had a paramedic available.  We had five paramedics available on this day and all responded.   We were called to his residence in early August for this patient having a seizure.   I was the first paramedic on scene. The previous Saturday night, he had fallen and struck his head again, and he was again treated at the medical center for a laceration to his head.  He had been intoxicated last Saturday night.  The people staying near his house stated he had been stumbling and falling since last Saturday night.  He had numerous bruises to his chest, face, arms, and legs.  Witnesses state that he had four seizures this morning lasting about five minutes each.  When he would wake up after one his seizures, he would refuse any medical help.  He would refuse to be taken to the medical center.  Upon BIEMS arrival, the patient was found on the floor actively seizing with full body involvement called grand mal.  His airway was opened, and he was quickly transferred from the floor to the ambulance cot.  The patient had been incontinent and his pants were wet.   His first set of vital signs, taken in his house, indicated a heart rate of 132, respirations of 28, and a blood pressure without a stethoscope of 172.  His skin was pink, but wet and warm.  He was moaning.  His pupils were equal and reactive to light.  We loaded the patient into the back of the ambulance and immediately obtained a 12-lead EKG. 

While one paramedic did the EKG, another paramedic started an IV of Ringers Lactate, which had some added electrolytes, in his right arm.  As soon as both were established and completed, the patient had yet another grand mal seizure that lasted about two minutes.  His airway was difficult to maintain, but it was opened again.  The patient was given 5 mg of Valium slow IV push to help control his seizures.  Oxygen was administered by non-rebreather mask at high flow.  We continued the assessment and noticed that the patient had a condition known as “raccoon eyes”.  This condition is usually an indication of a fracture of the base of the patient’s skull.  We began transportation of the patient to the local airport.  Enroute, we obtained a blood sugar which was within normal levels.  The patient did not have normal reflexes in his feet.  We loaded the patient into the local airline’s aircraft and flew with him to Charlevoix.  Now, since we were ALS, we needed to go directly to the hospital with the patient accompanying him in the Charlevoix EMS ambulance.  The patient was turned over to the RN in the ER at Charlevoix Hospital, and a verbal report was given to the ER physician, who happened to be the physician who visited Beaver Island on a regular basis.

The next emergency was quite unusual in several respects.  We were called to meet a boat coming into the Beaver Island Marine with a “sick” woman aboard.  The boat was not at the marina when we arrived so we pulled the ambulance up as close to the filled-in dock as possible.  The patient, we learned on the radio, was a 62-year-old male, who had taken a “Dramamine” while out in the boat.  That’s all we knew until the boat roared up to dock.  We learned that twenty minutes after taking the “Dramamine”, he began feeling tightness in his throat so he took “Pseudoephedrine” and immediately began to feel worse.   The patient vomited, and then he became difficult to arouse.  He was quite lethargic.  The patient’s friend stated that he was allergic to red die, and “Pseudoephedrine” is red.  We needed to strap the patient to a backboard in order to get her out of the boat and onto the dock. 

The nine people who responded each had a role to play with some responders doing the medical treatment and other taking care of the movement of the patient from inside the boat to finally up on the dock.  With four people in the boat and four people out of the boat on the dock, the process of moving the patient was not very difficult, just risky.  One slip and our patient could end up in the water.  The patient was moved into the ambulance with ease.  The patient became slightly more responsive and complained about difficulty breathing, and he was actually gasping to breathe.  Vital signs were obtained with a pulse of 99, respirations of 20, and a blood pressure of 88 by palpation (without a stethoscope.)  An Epi-pen was immediately administered in the upper, outside of his leg. 

The IV was started of normal saline, and, per protocol, 25 mg of Benadryl slow IV push was administered.  The patient continued to experience difficulty breathing.  A pulse oximeter reading of 86% was obtained.   The patient’s vital signs were not very good.  Her new vitals were pulse of 115 and irregular with a faint radial pulse, blood pressure was not obtainable, and her respirations were gasping.  Her skin was pale, cool, and wet.  He was barely conscious and barely responsive to pain.  Report was radioed to medical control.  BIEMS received the following order, “Give one amp of epinephrine 1:10000 IV push.”  The dose was unusual since that is the dose used for a cardiac arrest patient.  The order was repeated to the physician over the radio, “Your order was for one amp of epi 1:10,000 IV push.”  The doctor confirmed his dosage. 

The cardiac monitor was immediately applied to this patient prior to the administration of the ordered drug.  The patient had a regular sinus rhythm, very normal prior to administration of the IV drug.  Immediately following the administration of the epinephrine 1:10,000 IV, the patient heart slowed, and then jumped to 140 beats per minute.  There was no change in her pulse oximeter reading so the patient’s breathing was assisted with a bag-valve-mask and 100% oxygen.  The patient was not tolerating the assisted ventilations very well, and she was conscious enough not to tolerate any airway adjunct.  She was acting like she might vomit.  Her blood sugar was measured with a glucometer, and a reading of 226 was obtained.  This patient was transported to the local airport and flown over to Charlevoix.  BIEMS personnel accompanied her to the hospital.  By the time the patient arrived in the ER at Charlevoix Hospital, her vital signs were all within normal limits.  The patient was monitored in the ER for a little over an hour and released to spend the night in a motel there in Charlevoix.

This year was the busiest year ever up to this point for our local EMS group.  There were some interesting statistics for viewing as I looked back over our record book.  We had successfully passed our paramedic exam in April.  We became an Advanced Life Support more than half-way through the year.  However, a full 82% of our ambulance runs for this year of 2000 were advanced life support runs.  Several of them were definitely life threatening emergencies requiring advanced life support.  We had our chronic patients who were always ALS.  We had heart attacks, severe allergic reactions, seizures, and many other emergencies that required our ALS skill and drugs.  We ended this year full of satisfaction with having successfully helped many people and having finally “gone ALS.”


From Peaine Supervisor Bill Kohls

Road Paving in Peaine

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

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

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

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

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

Memo from Bill Kohls

Road financing

Another Nice Hike

by Joe Moore

Some of you have had a laugh or two about some of the adventures that this editor has been involved in. Well, today was another one of those days. If you read about the adventure yesterday with the undercarriage of the car caught up on the frozen snow drifts as we were on our way to Gull Harbor from the Skip McDonough side, you already know that we were stuck out there and pretty much stranded. The only telephone number that we could remember in this stressful situation was McDonough's Market, and we were rescued by Jim McDonough.

Today was a very busy day for BINN. There was the Annual Meeting of Peaine Township, the Annual Meeting of St. James Township, the Easter Egg Scramble, and the serious desire to get out to Gull Harbor to get some pictures of the ice mountains. The ice from over by Hog Island had blown in to make huge piles of ice at Gull Harbor. We had seen them from a distance yesterday, but after the rescue, we just went home to recover from the embarassment.

As is the practice of the editor of BINN when having others do video work at some events, the editor needed to verify that the event was being covered and to check to see what might be going on at the St. James Annual Meeting. A quick look into the township hall revealed about fifty spectators and the BINN reporter running a video camera. All right! Now we can head out to Gull Harbor to check out the ice. Being very careful and driving the "red bomb," I wanted to be sure that I did not need to call for help after getting stuck. Making sure that I kept the tires on the high spots of the frozen drifts, I sucessfully made it out to Gull Harbor past the first sign and all the way to the second sign. I parked the car, shut it off, and began my exploration of the ice.

Walking as carefully as you can walk on ice in a pair of tennis shoes, the ice mountains were within reach. A long hike, being very slippery, was necessary to get anywhere close to the piles of ice. There were chunks of ice in piles with some of them the size of pretzels, and there were chunks of ice the size of a large motor boat. some were piled on top of each other at least ten feet high. Some were twelve inches thick, thirty feet long and eight feet wide. The view was amazing with the bright sunshine reflecting off the ice, and the blue shadows showing the truth of "blue ice." Some were very irregularly shaped and looked like piles of icy snowballs stacked like cordwood.

The sun was shining, and the surface of the ice seemed to have a very thin layer of semi-liquid water. It was as if the temperature was right near thirty-two at the ice surface. This made the ice very slippery.

As I approached the northwestern end of the ice mountains, the height decreased a great deal and came much closer to the shoreline. I wanted to get close to the ice chunks to get some idea of how high these piles of ice really were. Getting farther from shore, I wasn't frightened of falling through the ice. I was worried about falling and getting hurt. As I began to walk out, I noticed that my steps were becoming shorter, and it became increasingly difficult to maintain my balance. My feet were slipping almost on every step. I got close enough to get some of the approximate dimensions given above, but decided it was a good idea to head back before I fell on my backside or injured myself. So back, zigging and zagging, toward the shore I walked.

I was congratulating myself for getting out near the ice mountains and getting some fairly interesting pictures. I began looking around to see if there was an easier way back to shore. There really wasn't any shortcut and a straight line would have had me marching through standing water. Carefully, ever so carefully, I walked. Now, my normal step is somewhere around thirty inches, but on the ice out at Gull Harbor, I would guess my feet moved forward about eight inches with each step. I got all the way back to the very last little rise before the shore when the left foot went out from under me.

"Crap!" I yelled as the right foot also slipped on the ice and down I went. Let me tell you the ice is hard, and the beauty of the ice changed into something different immediately. It was me against the ice. The anger with my clumsiness overshadowed the sunshine reflecting off the ice. My mind went back to the snowshoe adventure to Font Lake. "This can't be nearly as difficult as trying to stand up in a three foot snowdrift," I thought. The next thought was exactly the same though. How do I get up? "Well, just stand up, stupid," I said to no one. The next thing I knew I was on my back on the ice. I imagined from a distance looking like a huge turtle with his legs in the air. In my case, it was two legs and two arms. Sitting up wasn't easy because both of my gloves were slipping on the ice. That fall actually hurt.

So, I want you to picture how an inch worm moves. Then imagine a huge inch worm with legs slipping on the ice. The front part of the worm slides forward and stops, and the back end of the worm slowly moves up and kind of touches the front end. Well, that's how this editor moved for about twenty feet to the nearest scraggly trees where I could get something to hold on to. Once at the two trees, I could put one foot against the base of one of them and use the other to help me back to my feet. Yes, another adventure this had become!

I was finally back on two feet. I checked the camera to make certain that I hadn't damaged it in the falling, slipping and crawling. I checked my coat pocket to make certain that I didn't have to go back out onto the ice to find my video camera. Camera? Check. Video camera? Check. Okay, here we go. Heading back to the car seemed so easy once I had gotten off the ice. I really had to take smaller steps to make certain I didn't find any more ice. I didn't want to slip and fall again. How would I explain that to anyone that drove down the road. No one had seen my hilarious trip back off the ice. No one would ever know.

I got back to the car, and reached to open the door. It wouldn't open. I walked around the car to the driver's door. It was locked. Of course, the keys were in the ignition! I stood there trying to figure out how I could have opened the door of the car when I arrived and how the door could have been locked in the process. Somebody had to be playing a joke on me! This has got to be the best practical joke ever! I kept waiting for someone to pop out from somewhere saying, "Gotcha!"

Luckily, the fall did not damage anything. I checked to make certain that the camera worked. I checked to make certain that the video camera worked. I checked to make certain the cell phone hadn't come off my belt with all my crazy, adventurous trip out on the ice. Everything worked. I called my wife and told her that I had locked the keys in the car. I asked her to pick me up at Audrey's driveway, and I began walking down Gull Harbor Road with steps that must have resembled the tracks of a snake. I moved from one side of the road to the other to gingerly avoid the slippery ice. I wanted to walk in snow with my tennis shoes. I wanted to walk in mud with my tennis shoes. I wanted to walk on anything but ice. From the Garden Island end of Gull Harbor I walked and walked and just as I was about thirty feet from the driveway mentioned above, Ann and Dorothy Willis drove up with my wife just behind them. I have never been so glad that they didn't come along an hour earlier. I know my face was flushed with embarrassment even though they never saw my predicaments.

The resolution was interesting as well. Phyllis brought me to the Governmental Center, and I went in to ask the deputy to drive me back to the car. Phyllis had brought me another set of keys, so all I had to do was get back out there to get the car without getting another vehicle stuck. Deputy Ben drove me out to Gull Harbor. I got the car, and I drove it home. This will be my last trip to Gull Harbor for the winter until the snow and ice are completely gone.

2015-16 Beaver Island Visitor Guide Coming Soon

The new 2015-16 Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce Visitors Guide. It will be in print in mid April. The photo is by Frank Solle.

March Usage Stats for BINN

In March, including live streaming video and on demand video within BINN, two hundred and seventy-five (275) unique IP addresses have accessed the video. The number of views included seven hundred fifty-four (754).The data transfer so far this month has been 128.6 Gigabytes, most of this from on demand video. Sixty-four (64) unique IP addresses have viewed the live streaming of events that take place on Beaver Island.

Of these views, 176 were from here in Michigan, 18 from Florida, 17 from Illinois, 7 from Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, 5 from the District of Columbia, nineteen other states or provinces had at least one viewer, but less than five.

The website had 313,806 hits; 217,455 files were viewed; 12,973 pages were viewed; 5,833 visits to the website; hits per day averaged 11,622; the average pages viewed per day averaged 480; over 1700 views of the special meeting video; and some access was attempted from 27 different countries.

If you do a Google, Yahoo, or Bing search for "Beaver Island News," today, the first entry is Beaver Island News on the 'Net.

Weight Restrictions ON

From Peaine Township

Weight restrictions are now in effect on Beaver Island.  Let's all protect our newly paved Kings Highway and other paved roads from heavy vehicle damage.  The frost will soon be out of the ground and spring will be here. Thank you.

Michigan’s Five Birding Trails Offer Wildlife-Viewing Adventure

Those looking for an outdoor adventure this spring are encouraged to give birding trails a try! With increasing popularity, birding trails are popping up along Michigan’s scenic roadways. Now with five different trails to explore, for the beginning birder or the seasoned veteran, wildlife-viewing hot spots have never been easier to find and enjoy.
With prime birding areas noted along well-known driving routes, a birding trail is like a treasure hunt for those looking to get out and enjoy Michigan’s outdoors. Birding trail stops are typically in county parks, nature preserves or Department of Natural Resources' state parks or wildlife areas – allowing access to all who are interested. Visits in May and June will provide the greatest opportunity to witness both migrant and nesting birds. Routes also include many options for amenities such as restaurants, hotels and campgrounds.
Five birding trails, each offering unique experiences, are located around the state:
  • Superior Birding Trail – Along Michigan’s oldest birding trail, bird species and other wildlife can be found at 10 sites along 150 miles in the Upper Peninsula, from Seney National Wildlife Refuge to Whitefish Point.

  • Sleeping Bear Birding Trail – This new trail is 123 miles long, running from Manistee to Traverse City along the scenic M-22 highway and Lake Michigan shoreline, and contains more than 35 birding sites including a “bonus loop.”

  • Beaver Island Birding Trail – “The Emerald Isle of Michigan Birding,” this new trail is located entirely on Lake Michigan’s largest island, encompassing 35 sites on over 100 miles of roads.

  • Saginaw Bay Birding Trail – This new, 142-mile trail follows the Lake Huron shoreline, stretching from Port Crescent to Tawas Point State Park with more than 20 birding sites.

  • Sunrise Coast Birding Trail – Soaring along the Lake Huron coast, Michigan’s newest trail features 28 sites along its 296-mile route from the Au Sable River in Oscoda to Mackinaw City.
Birding trails promote wildlife viewing and conservation education, and provide economic benefit to local communities. Birding is a great way to enjoy the diversity of Michigan’s wildlife and habitats and to build an appreciation of the state’s unique natural resources. These trails are made possible through the efforts of, and partnerships between, Michigan Audubon chapters, government agencies, land conservancies, private industries and many dedicated individuals working together to create more opportunities to experience the outdoors and visit local communities.

For more information, visit the Michigan Audubon Society birding trail website or www.michigan.gov/wildlife.

Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter for 2015

Community Players Presentation

From Waste Management Committee

Vacation Bible School

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

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

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

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

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

***Volunteers Needed***

Property Tax Renewal Language

for St. James Township, May Election

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

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

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