B. I. News on the 'Net, April 9-22, 2018

COA Sunday Lunch

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

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

Those at the lunch before the trip off the island.

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


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

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

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

View video of this HERE

Raptors in the Sunshine


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

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

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

View a gallery of osprey pictures HERE

Mary Ellen Keshick (nee Nanigaw) Passes Away

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 22, 2018

Can't sleep, probably a wee bit nervous about leaving this afternoon to take the next steps on this journey. We leave at 1:00. At 9:00 tomorrow morning I have the surgery to install a meta-port into my chest which will aid with giving me chemo. Joe and I will have a class called ChemoTeach on Wednesday. Chemo will begin on Thursday. Every morning I'll be having the radiation therapy for five days a week for the next six weeks. As I said, chemo begins on Thursday and is on a 21 day cycle. I'll bore you with what it feels like as I go through it as it happens. Joe and I know nothing about all this, so it's going to be a learning experience. Poor you, you all will have to share it too as I'm taking my laptop along. I'll still be doing my daily posting if at all possible. It'll be just fine. Gee, does it show that I'm procrastinating while waiting for my coffee to finish? Ahhhh, it doesn't get much better than that very first sip of morning coffee!

Clear skies this morning, 29°, wind is at 2 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 85%, pressure is steady at 30.42 inches, and visibility is 8.8 miles.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. Light winds.
TONIGHT: MOstly clear. Lows int he mid 30s. East winds at 10 mph shifting to the southeast after midnight.

ON THIS DATE of April 22, 1964 the New York World's Fair opened.

The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair held over 140 pavilions, 110 restaurants, for 80 nations (hosted by 37), 24 US states, and over 45 corporations to build exhibits or attractions at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, NY. The immense fair covered 646 acres (261 ha) on half the park, with numerous pools or fountains, and an amusement park with rides near the lake. However, the fair did not receive official sanctioning from the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE). Hailing itself as a "universal and international" exposition, the fair's theme was "Peace Through Understanding", dedicated to "Man's Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe". American companies dominated the exposition as exhibitors. The theme was symbolized by a 12-story-high, stainless-steel model of the earth called the Unisphere, built on the foundation of the Perisphere from the 1939 NYC fair. The fair ran for two six-month seasons, April 22 – October 18, 1964, and April 21 – October 17, 1965. Admission price for adults (13 and older) was $2 in 1964 (equivalent to $15.78 in 2017) but $2.50 (equivalent to $19.41 in 2017) in 1965, and $1 for children (2–12) both years (equivalent to $7.89 in 2017).

The fair is noted as a showcase of mid-20th-century American culture and technology. The nascent Space Age, with its vista of promise, was well represented. More than 51 million people attended the fair, though fewer than the hoped-for 70 million. It remains a touchstone for many American Baby Boomers, who visited the optimistic fair as children before the turbulent years of the Vietnam War, cultural changes, and increasing domestic violence associated with the Civil Rights Movement.

In many ways the fair symbolized a grand consumer show covering many products produced in America at the time for transportation, living, and consumer electronic needs in a way that would never be repeated at future world's fairs in North America. Many major American manufacturing companies from pen manufacturers, to chemical companies, to computers, to automobiles had a major presence. This fair gave many attendees their first interaction with computer equipment. Corporations demonstrated the use of mainframe computers, computer terminals with keyboards and CRT displays, teletype machines, punch cards, and telephone modems in an era when computer equipment was kept in back offices away from the public, decades before the Internet and home computers were at everyone's disposal.

One of the fair's major crowd-attracting and financial shortcomings was the absence of a midway. The fair's organizers were opposed, on principle, to the honky-tonk atmosphere engendered by midways, and this was another thing that irked the BIE, which insisted that all officially sanctioned fairs have a midway. What amusements the fair actually had ended up being largely dull. The Meadow Lake Amusement Area was not easily accessible, and officials objected to shows being advertised.

Furthermore, although the Amusement Area was supposed to remain open for four hours after the exhibits closed at 10 pm, the fair presented a fountain-and-fireworks show every night at 9 pm at the Pool of Industry. Fairgoers would see this show and then leave the fair rather than head to the Amusement Area; one was hard pressed to see anyone on the fairgrounds by midnight.

The fair's big entertainment spectacles, including the "Wonder World" at the Meadow Lake Amphitheater, "To Broadway with Love" in the Texas Pavilion, and Dick Button's "Ice-travaganza" in the New York City Pavilion, all closed ahead of schedule, with heavy losses. It became apparent that fairgoers did not go to the fair for its entertainment value, especially as there was plenty of entertainment in Manhattan.

The fair ended in controversy over allegations of financial mismanagement. Controversy had plagued it during much of its two-year run. The Fair Corporation had taken in millions of dollars in advance ticket sales for both the 1964 and 1965 seasons. However, the receipts of these sales were booked entirely against the first season of the fair. This made it appear that the fair had plenty of operating cash when, in fact, it was borrowing from the second season's gate to pay the bills. Before and during the 1964 season, the fair spent much money despite attendance that was below expectations. By the end of the 1964 season, Moses and the press began to realize that there would not be enough money to pay the bills and the fair teetered on bankruptcy. In March 1965 a group of bankers and politicians asked showman Billy Rose to take over the fair, which he declined stating: "I'd rather be hit by a baseball bat" and "cancer in its last stages never attracted me very much".

While the 1939–1940 New York World's Fair returned 40 cents on the dollar to bond investors, the 1964/1965 fair returned only 19.2 cents on the dollar. (Wikipedia)

DID YOU KNOW THAT you have the same number of hairs on your body as a chimpanzee does? The difference is, the hairs covering most of your skin are finer and therefore nearly invisible to the naked eye.

WORD OF THE DAY: biophilia (bahy-oh-FIL-ee-uh) which means a love of life and the living world; the affinity of human beings for other life forms. Biophilia is a New Latin word formed by two Greek combining forms widely used in English, bio- (from bíos “life”) and -philia “love (of).” Biophilia was coined by the German-born U.S. psychoanalyst Erich Fromm (1900-80) in The Heart of Man: Its Genius for Good and Evil (1964) in the meaning “love for humanity and nature, and independence and freedom.” E. O. (Edward Osborne) Wilson, U.S. biologist, theorist, and author (born 1929) expanded the meaning to “the rich, natural pleasure that comes from being surrounded by living organisms” in Biophilia (1984). The word biophilia entered English in 1964.

BICS Graduate Erin Boyle Receives Awards

Posted at 3:30 p.m.

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

Wildlife Searching for Food

by Joe Moore, posted on 4/21/18 at 9:45 a.m.

If you take the time to look around, you will find lots of wildlife doing things and being in places that are unusual. Why would this happen at this time? I believe that we have lots of wildlife that are nearing starvation. We've had hundreds and hundreds of birds in our cedar hedge emptying our bird feeders almost as fast as we can fill them. We've gone through three bell-shaped seed feeders, three large sunflower seed feeders, two feeders full of beef scraps, and that doesn't include the corn. Thanks to friends, we have also fed the turkeys using their donated corn.

In the last three days, the forty pounds of corn is gone, two twenty pound bags of sunflower seeds are gone, and two complete feeders of small seed and three bells are gone. We've had ducks, geese, crows, turkeys, and many other birds under our feeders hoping for seeds to be dropped onto the ground. We've even had seagulls and a raven getting scraps of corn that was left when the turkeys were scared away by the traffic going by. This last snowstorm must be causing plenty of the wildlife a hard time finding food, especially the robins and others that feed on insects and worms.

The deer came right up into my Carlisle Road driveway with all the traffic going on the Kings Highway and Carlisle Road to feed on the corn that was put out there for the turkeys.

Sandhills looking for food in the small pond in the middle of the field on Sloptown

Goose on Font Lake just standing there in disbelief

Deer in the driveway near King's Highway and Carlisle Road

View a gallery of pictures HERE

In the gallery, you see the confused deer going in circles when the traffic frightens them.

Sandhills search for food 

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 21, 2018

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

Another beautiful, island day with clear skies, 33°, feels like 30°, wind is at 4 mph from the east, humidity is at 77%, pressure is steady at 30.45 inches, and visibility is 9.7 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 50s. LIght winds becoming west at 10 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 20s. Light winds.

ON THIS DATE of April 21, 1918, In the skies over Vauz sur Somme, France, Manfred von Richthofen, the notorious German flying ace known as “The Red Baron,” is killed by Allied fire.

Richthofen, the son of a Prussian nobleman, switched from the German army to the Imperial Air Service in 1915. By 1916, he was terrorizing the skies over the western front in an Albatross biplane, downing 15 enemy planes by the end of the year, including one piloted by British flying ace Major Lanoe Hawker. In 1917, Richthofen surpassed all flying ace records on both sides of the western front and began using a Fokker triplane, painted entirely red in tribute to his old cavalry regiment. Although only used during the last eight months of his career, it is this aircraft that Richthofen was most commonly associated with and it led to an enduring English nickname for the German pilot–the Red Baron.

On April 21, 1918, with 80 victories under his belt, Richthofen penetrated deep into Allied territory in pursuit of a British aircraft. The Red Baron was flying too near the ground–an Australian gunner shot him through his chest, and his plane crashed into a field alongside the road from Corbie to Bray. Another account has Captain A. Roy Brown, a Canadian in the Royal Air Force, shooting him down. British troops recovered his body, and he was buried with full military honors. He was 25 years old. In a time of wooden and fabric aircraft, when 20 air victories ensured a pilot legendary status, Manfred von Richthofen downed 80 enemy aircraft.

DID YOU KNOW THAT your right lung is wider and shorter and your left lung in narrower and longer. This frees up space for your liver (located directly beneath your right lung) and your heart (nestled between your lungs).

WORD OF THE DAY: panchreston (pan-KRES-tuh n) which means a proposed explanation intended to address a complex problem by trying to account for all possible contingencies but typically proving to be too broadly conceived and therefore oversimplified to be of any practical use. English panchreston comes via Latin panchrēstos “good for everything, universal.” In Latin, its usage is restricted to medicine or derived metaphors, e.g., Pliny the Elder (a.d. 23-79) uses panchrēstos stomaticē, a phrase of two Greek words with Greek inflections, meaning “universal remedy for ailments of the mouth”; Cicero (106-43 b.c.), in one of his forensic speeches, uses panchrēstō medicāmentō “universal cure” as a scornful periphrasis for “bribe.” The original Greek adjective (and noun) pánchrēstos has the same relatively restricted meaning, i.e., to describe widely useful tools or medications. Panchreston entered English in the 17th century.


by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted 8:15 a.m., 4/21/18

Emerald Ash Borer Protection Continues

by Pam Grassmick

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

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

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

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

Reading Material (April A~Z Challenge)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 8:00 a.m., 4/20/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 20, 2018

Posted 7:45 a.m.

Spent the day "trying" to get organized before we head to the mainland on Sunday. Please note: I am NOT organized. Plus, I start a job, need a break, and then forget what the heck I was doing. Old age. maybe? Then I have to fit in a nap or two. At least the laundry is done. Today is Tackle The Fridge Day - ugh, my least favorite chore and it shows when you open the door and see all those science projects. I've been out of high school 50+ years, I really don't need them. Anyhow, right now we have clear skies, 27°, wind is at 2 mph from the west, humidity is at 86%, pressure is rising from 30.45 inches, and visibility is 8.7 miles. A beautiful sunrise to see via Power's webcam.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 40s. West winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 20s. Southwest winds at 10 mph.

ON THIS DATE of April 20, 2012, an explosion and fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, kills 11 people and triggers the largest offshore oil spill in American history. The rig had been in the final phases of drilling an exploratory well for BP, the British oil giant. By the time the well was capped three months later, an estimated 4.9 million barrels (or around 206 million gallons) of crude oil had poured into the Gulf.

The disaster began when a surge of natural gas from the well shot up a riser pipe to the rig’s platform, where it set off a series of explosions and a massive blaze. Of the 126 people on board the nearly 400-foot-long Deepwater Horizon, 11 workers perished and 17 others were seriously injured. The fire burned for more than a day before the Deepwater Horizon, constructed for $350 million in 2001, sank on April 22 in some 5,000 feet of water.

Before evacuating the Deepwater Horizon, crew members tried unsuccessfully to activate a safety device called a blowout preventer, which was designed to shut off the flow of oil from the well in an emergency. Over the next three months, a variety of techniques were tried in an effort to plug the hemorrhaging well, which was spewing thousands of barrels of oil into the Gulf each day. Finally, on July 15, BP announced the well had been temporarily capped, and on September 19, after cement was injected into the well to permanently seal it, the federal government declared the well dead. By that point, however, oil from the spill had reached coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, where it would inflict a heavy toll on the region’s economy, particularly the fishing and tourism industries, and wildlife. Scientists say the full extent of the environmental damage could take decades to assess.

In January 2011, a national investigative commission released a report concluding the Deepwater Horizon disaster was “foreseeable and preventable” and the result of “human error, engineering mistakes and management failures,” along with ineffective government regulation. In November 2012, BP agreed to plead guilty to 14 criminal charges brought against it by the U.S. Justice Department, and pay $4.5 billion in fines. Additionally, the Justice Department charged two BP managers who supervised testing on the well with manslaughter, and another company executive with making false statements about the size of the spill. It is anticipated that BP, which has set up a $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the spill, will pay billions of dollars more in environmental penalties in the future.

DID YOU KNOW THAT when it comes to interesting science facts about the human body, this is a doozy: your pinky finger generages at least 50% of your hand strength. While the index and middle fingers function, with the thumb, in pinching and grabbing - zipping zippers, buttoning buttons - the pinkie teams up with the ring finger to provide power.

WORD OF THE DAY: claustrophobia (klo-struh-FO-bee-uh) which means a fear of being in a confined place or a restrictive situation. From Latin claustrum (lock, bolt, confined place) + -phobia (fear). Earliest documented use: 1879

Where's All the Food?

Posted 6 p.m., 4/19/18

This robin was flying all around the open areas down by the public beach looking for food. At one point, the bird flew right at the location of the camera, and then the bird stopped less than five feet away. It was as if the robin was asking, "Where's all the food?"

RFP Lawn Service Peaine Township

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

Berthing of the Emerald Isle

Posted on 4/19/18, 5:30 p.m.

Emerald Islse at 1:30 p.m.

The Emerald Isle made its second trip of the season this morning, April 19,2018, heading over to Charlevoix and back. As everyone knows there are lots of empty shelves and many shortages going on this year on the island. With the trip from Charlevoix back to Beaver Island, the Emerald Isle entered the harbor and was ready to dock, but there was a lot of ice in the way. The normal trip time for a one way trip is about two hours and ten minutes, but today's trip back to the island was extended due to the ice in the Emerald Isle's berth. The extra time included almost another hour and fifteen minutes before the ferry could drop its ramp and begin the process of unloading.

View a gallery of pictures for today's adventure HERE

Emerald Isle at 2:45 p.m.

View video of this adventure HERE

Ice Classic Still UP

Posted 11:45 a.m., 4/19/18

Ice Classic on 4/15/18, Thanks to Bob Tidmroe

Ice Classic on 4/18.18

Peaine Township Minutes for April

Posted 11:30 a.m., 4/19/18

Election Committee Minutes

Regular Board Minutes

St. James Township Seeks Bids for Lawnwork

Posted at 10:45 a.m., 4/19.18

View forms HERE

Addendum to bids posted on 4/23/18


Emerald Isle Breaks Free with Shamrock Help

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 4/19/18

With some help of Bud and Nathan Martin and their efforts to break the ice for the BIBCO yesterday, it is reported that the Emerald Isle has broken free of the ice and begun a long awaited ferry trip. The store shelves are pretty bare. Lots of people are awaiting the freight from the mainland. Island Airways has made flights with just freight, which is not unusual, but definitely needed this year.

Yesterday, Bud and Nathan Martin spent more than four hours helping to break up the chunks of ice pushed into the harbor by the wind, cushioned by slush ice, and refrozen by the cold temperatures. In this period of time, the Shamrock tug worked hard to get within forty to fifty feet of the BIBCO dock. Bud Martin docked the Shamrock at his own dock, and shut her down at about 7:30 p.m. More than four hours of work to help out the island and BIBCO. Thanks, Bud and Nathan, for your efforts to help us all!

The photo gallery and video of their efforts can be viewed using the links below.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

Video posted at 10:30 a.m., Four hours of video of the hard work edited down to twenty minutes

Video of Shamrock efforts HERE

Posted at 11:30, 4/1918

Thanks to Jeff Powers for sharing his video and pictures of the Emerald Isle leaving the Island this morning

View clip HERE


by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 8:30 a.m. 4/19/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 19, 2018

Posted at 8:00 a.m., 4/19/18

Whooo hooo!! Clear skies this morning!! It's 31°, feels like 21°. wind is at 13 mph from the north with gusts to 16 mph, humidity is at 73%, pressure is rising from 30.15 inches, and visibility is 9 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs n the upper 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows in the lower 20s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph decreasing to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph after midnight.

ON THIS DATE of April 19, 1876 a Wichita, Kansas, commission votes not to rehire policeman Wyatt Earp after he beats up a candidate for county sheriff.

Born in 1848, Wyatt was one of the five Earp brothers, some of whom became famous for their participation in the shootout at the O.K. Corral in 1881. Before moving to Tombstone in 1879, however, Wyatt had already become a controversial figure. For much of his life, he worked in law enforcement, but his own allegiance to the rule of law was conditional at best.

In 1870, residents of Lamar, Missouri, elected Wyatt town constable. He did a good job as constable, but within a year his wife died of typhoid and he began wandering about the West. Not long after, Wyatt was arrested for stealing horses in Indian Territory, and he fled to Kansas to escape prosecution.

In 1873, Wyatt joined his older brother James in Wichita, Kansas, the rowdy cattle town that was the northern terminus of the Chisholm Trail. Wyatt again pinned on a badge. At first, it appears that he worked for a private security force employed by local saloons and businesses to keep order, but Wichita Marshal Michael Meagher hired him as an official city policeman by 1875.

Wyatt soon proved to be a daunting police officer. He knew how to use his Remington pistol, and he kept his skills sharp with frequent sessions of target practice. However, Wyatt also liked the Remington because it had a strap that made it an effective club: whenever possible, he preferred to pistol-whip his opponents rather than shoot them. He was also a formidable fistfighter. His friend and fellow law officer, Bat Masterson, later recalled that, “There were few men in the West who could whip Earp in a rough-and-tumble fight.”

During the next year, Wyatt again proved his mettle as a law officer, but his political skills were less refined. In April, Wichita held an election for city marshal. An opponent named William Smith challenged Wyatt’s boss, Michael Meagher, for the office. On April 2, Smith made several disparaging remarks about Meagher, and Wyatt took offense. Wyatt confronted Smith and beat him in a fistfight.

Although Meagher won reelection, he was unable to save Wyatt’s job. On this day in 1876, a Wichita commission decided that Wyatt’s violent behavior was unacceptable and did not rehire him as a police officer. As the town newspaper conceded, “It is but justice to Earp to say he has made an excellent officer,” but the young lawman had to learn to control his passions and play the political game.

After losing his job in Wichita, Wyatt immediately moved to Dodge City, where he found work on the police force. A few years later he joined several of his brothers in the booming mining town of Tombstone, Arizona. Unfortunately, wherever Wyatt traveled, trouble seemed to follow. In 1881, the controversial gun battle at the O.K. Corral again raised questions about Wyatt’s fidelity to the rule of law. Many claimed Wyatt helped kill Billy Clanton and Tom and Frank McLaury at the O.K. Corral not for legitimate law enforcement reasons, but because of a personal feud between the Earp brothers and the Clanton-McLaury clans. Although exonerated by a local Justice of the Peace, Wyatt was soon after involved in several other questionable murders, and he was eventually forced to flee Tombstone.

Wyatt Earp seemed unable to control his passions or play the political game, though his propensity for solving problems with bloodshed waned as he grew older. He spent the next five decades of a long and interesting life wandering around the West, dabbling in mostly unsuccessful business ventures in gold, silver, and oil. He eventually settled in Los Angeles where he died in 1929 at the age of 80.

DID YOU KNOW THAT your small intestine is four times longer than you are? If it didn't loop back and forth inside your abdominal cavity, there would be no way for it to fit inside you.

WORD OF THE DAY: booklore (BOOK-lawr) which means:
1) facts and information about books, especially about authors and circumstances of publication. 2) book learning. One of the current meanings of booklore, “facts about books, their authors and publication,” applies mostly to the business of buying, trading, and selling books, especially of first editions and antiquarian books. The other meaning of booklore is as a much less common synonym of book learning. Wulfstan of York (died 1023), Archbishop of York and homilist (a writer or speaker of sermons, usually on Biblical or religious subjects) is the first writer to use booklore. Not surprisingly Wulfstan uses bóclár in the sense “book learning, especially religious book learning.” Booklore entered English in the early 11th century.

Patchwork (April A~Z Challenge)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 9:15 a,m,, 4/18/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 18, 2018

Posted 6:15 a.m., 4/18/18

Since I'm up early, I might as well do the weather. Right now it's mostly cloudy, 31°, feels like 23°, wind is at 9 mph from the north, humidity is at 80%, pressure is steady at 29.92 inches, and visibility is 0.2 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy Patchy freezing drizzle in the morning Highs in the upper 30s. North winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s. North winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph increasing to 35 mph after midnight.

ON THIS DATE of April 18, 1906, at 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California, killing hundreds of people as it topples numerous buildings. The quake was caused by a slip of the San Andreas Fault over a segment about 275 miles long, and shock waves could be felt from southern Oregon down to Los Angeles.

San Francisco’s brick buildings and wooden Victorian structures were especially devastated. Fires immediately broke out and–because broken water mains prevented firefighters from stopping them–firestorms soon developed citywide. At 7 a.m., U.S. Army troops from Fort Mason reported to the Hall of Justice, and San Francisco Mayor E.E. Schmitz called for the enforcement of a dusk-to-dawn curfew and authorized soldiers to shoot-to-kill anyone found looting. Meanwhile, in the face of significant aftershocks, firefighters and U.S. troops fought desperately to control the ongoing fire, often dynamiting whole city blocks to create firewalls. On April 20, 20,000 refugees trapped by the massive fire were evacuated from the foot of Van Ness Avenue onto the USS Chicago.

By April 23, most fires were extinguished, and authorities commenced the task of rebuilding the devastated metropolis. It was estimated that some 3,000 people died as a result of the Great San Francisco Earthquake and the devastating fires it inflicted upon the city. Almost 30,000 buildings were destroyed, including most of the city’s homes and nearly all the central business district.

Despite the utter devastation, San Francisco quickly recovered from the great earthquake of 1906. During the next four years, the city arose from its ashes. Ironically, the destruction actually allowed city planners to create a new and better San Francisco. A classic western boomtown, San Francisco had grown in a haphazard manner since the Gold Rush of 1849. Working from a nearly clean slate, San Franciscans could rebuild the city with a more logical and elegant structure. The destruction of the urban center at San Francisco also encouraged the growth of new towns around the bay, making room for a new population boom arriving from the U.S. and abroad. Within a decade, San Francisco had resumed its status as the crown jewel of the American West.

“You ask me to say what I saw and what I did during the terrible days which witnessed the destruction of San Francisco? Well, there have been many accounts of my so-called adventures published in the American papers, and most of them have not been quite correct.” So began one of the most widely read firsthand accounts of the greatest natural disaster ever to befall a North American city. The words were those of the world’s greatest tenor, Enrico Caruso, who along with the entire traveling company of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, survived the devastating earthquake and fire that struck San Francisco on this day in 1906.

The previous evening had been the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera Company’s San Francisco engagement. Caruso—already a worldwide sensation—had sung the part of Don José in Bizet’s Carmen at the Mission Opera House. He went to bed that night feeling pleased about his performance. “But what an awakening!” he wrote in the account published later that spring in London’s The Sketch. “I wake up about 5 o’clock, feeling my bed rocking as though I am in a ship on the ocean….I get up and go to the window, raise the shade and look out. And what I see makes me tremble with fear. I see the buildings toppling over, big pieces of masonry falling, and from the street below I hear the cries and screams of men and women and children.”

The Palace Hotel, where Caruso and many others in the company were staying, would collapse by late afternoon, but not before all of its guests managed to escape safely. Caruso—or, rather, his unbelievably devoted valet—even managed to remove the bulk of his luggage, which included 54 steamer trunks containing, among other things, some 50 self-portraits. “My valet, brave fellow that he is, goes back and bundles all my things into trunks and drags them down six flights of stairs and out into the open one by one.” That same valet would eventually find a horse and cart to carry the great Caruso and his many belongings to the waterfront Ferry Building—no mean accomplishment on a day when tens of thousands were attempting to escape the fires ravaging the city.

“We pass terrible scenes on the way: buildings in ruins, and everywhere there seems to be smoke and dust. The driver seems in no hurry, which makes me impatient at times, for I am longing to return to New York, where I know I shall find a ship to take me to my beautiful Italy and my wife and my little boys.” By nightfall, Caruso was across the bay in Oakland and boarding a train headed east—news that reached anxious New Yorkers the following day.

DID YOU KNOW THAT this is also the day that Paul Revere and William Dawes set out on horseback from Boston to warn Adams and Hancock (whom the British troops wanted to capture) and rouse the Minutemen. "One if by land, two if by sea".

WORD OF THE DAY: omnishambles (OM-nuh-sham-buh lz) which means a situation, especially in politics, in which poor judgment results in disorder or chaos with potentially disastrous consequences. The first element of omnishambles, omni- “all,” is familiar in English in omnibus, omnipotent, omnivorous, and omniscient, derived from the Latin adjective omnis “all.” Shambles has a gorier history. In the 9th century the Old English noun scomol (spelled variously) simply meant “stool, footstool,” derived from Latin scamellum, scamillum “low stool.” By the 10th century the noun also meant “a counter or table for conducting business”; by the 14th century the word acquired the sense “table or counter for selling meat.” During the 16th century shambles came to mean “slaughterhouse; place of wholesale carnage.” Shambles in the sense “a mess, a ruin, scene of disorder” was originally an Americanism, first occurring in print in 1926.

St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

Honor Student Elsie Burton Nominated

for Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

BICS student Elsie Burton, 10th grade, nominated

Posted 12:45 p.m., 4/1718

Out (April A~Z Challenge)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 9:45 a.m., 4/17/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 17, 2018

Posted at 9 a.m., 4/17/18

Mostly cloudy skies this morning, 26°, feels like 15°, wind is at 12 mph from the northwest with gusts to 21 mph, humidity is at 93%, pressure is steady at 29.65 inches, and visibility is 5.8 miles.
TODAY: Cloudy. Snow showers likely in the morning, then a chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Little or no snow accumulation. Highs in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Chance of snow is 70%.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of light freezing rain and snow showers in the evening, then slight chance of light freezing rain after midnight. Lows in the mid 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

ON THIS DATE of April 17, 1790, American statesman, printer, scientist, and writer Benjamin Franklin dies in Philadelphia at age 84.

Born in Boston in 1706, Franklin became at 12 years old an apprentice to his half brother James, a printer and publisher. He learned the printing trade and in 1723 went to Philadelphia to work after a dispute with his brother. After a sojourn in London, he started a printing and publishing press with a friend in 1728. In 1729, the company won a contract to publish Pennsylvania’s paper currency and also began publishing the Pennsylvania Gazette, which was regarded as one of the better colonial newspapers. From 1732 to 1757, he wrote and published Poor Richard’s Almanack, an instructive and humorous periodical in which Franklin coined such practical American proverbs as “God helps those who help themselves” and “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

As his own wealth and prestige grew, Franklin took on greater civic responsibilities in Philadelphia and helped establish the city’s first circulating library, police force, volunteer fire company, and an academy that became the University of Pennsylvania. From 1737 to 1753, he was postmaster of Philadelphia and during this time also served as a clerk of the Pennsylvania legislature. In 1753, he became deputy postmaster general, in charge of mail in all the northern colonies.

Deeply interested in science and technology, he invented the Franklin stove, which is still manufactured today, and bifocal eyeglasses, among other practical inventions. In 1748, he turned his printing business over to his partner so he would have more time for his experiments. The phenomenon of electricity fascinated him, and in a dramatic experiment he flew a kite in a thunderstorm to prove that lightning is an electrical discharge. He later invented the lightning rod. Many terms used in discussing electricity, including positive, negative, battery, and conductor, were coined by Franklin in his scientific papers. He was the first American scientist to be highly regarded in European scientific circles.

Franklin was active in colonial affairs and in 1754 proposed the union of the colonies, which was rejected by Britain. In 1757, he went to London to argue for the right to tax the massive estates of the Penn family in Pennsylvania, and in 1764 went again to ask for a new charter for Pennsylvania. He was in England when Parliament passed the Stamp Act, a taxation measure to raise revenues for a standing British army in America. His initial failure to actively oppose the controversial act drew wide criticism in the colonies, but he soon redeemed himself by stoutly defending American rights before the House of Commons. With tensions between the American colonies and Britain rising, he stayed on in London and served as agent for several colonies.

In 1775, he returned to America as the American Revolution approached and was a delegate at the Continental Congress. In 1776, he helped draft the Declaration of Independence and in July signed the final document. Ironically, Franklin’s illegitimate son, William Franklin, whom Franklin and his wife had raised, had at the same time emerged as a leader of the Loyalists. In 1776, Congress sent Benjamin Franklin, one of the embattled United States’ most prominent statesmen, to France as a diplomat. Warmly embraced, he succeeded in 1778 in securing two treaties that provided the Americans with significant military and economic aid. In 1781, with French help, the British were defeated. With John Jay and John Adams, Franklin then negotiated the Treaty of Paris with Britain, which was signed in 1783.

In 1785, Franklin returned to the United States. In his last great public service, he was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and worked hard for the document’s ratification. After his death in 1790, Philadelphia gave him the largest funeral the city had ever seen.

DID YOU KNOW THAT in 1989, the United States armed forces bought 3.3 million pounds of SPAM?

WORD OF THE DAY: sitomania (sy-tuh-MAY-nee-uh) which means an abnormal craving for food. From Greek sito- (grain, food) + -mania (excessive enthusiasm or craze). Earliest documented use: 1882. The opposite is sitophobia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Did You Say 27
By Joe Moore

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

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

What did you say?

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Nap (April A~Z Challenge)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 10:30 a.m., 4/16/18

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

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

ContraDance begins in May!

Letter to the Editor-Pro-Consolidation

Possible Consolidation Budget

Posted at 8:45 a.m., 4/16/18

Attached is the proposed budget for Beaver Island Township. This has been painstakingly worked on and through consultation of many people interested in Beaver Island's long term future. The numbers shown were gone over many times to be as accurate as possible. With that, it is important to note that the figures were done conservatively so as not to exaggerate the savings. that said, the savings should be more and better the year after merger costs are complete and better each year after that (which of course, depends on the elected board).

As previously stated, townships were created out of an old English land division system. Some people might have lived their entire lives with 36 square miles which is how townships were originally established. Certainly it made sense because people primarily walked or rode a horse back in those days. That is why a school was based about every 5 miles so children could attend. Now the school sits on the North end of the island because everyone has transportation.

Beaver Island, at one time, was divided into 3 townships, one of those was eliminated many years ago because there was not enough need. We find ourselves there again. A cursory review (as an example) of Supervisors' salaries alone indicates both St. James and Peaine pay amongst the highest salaries per capita for this position. Norwood Township, in Charlevoix County has a Supervisors salary of $5,000. Many West Michigan Townships have salaries of 8 to 13,00. for Supervisors. Beaver Island's two townships have budgeted amounts for these salaries of nearly 65,000.
(Note: this includes deputy supervisor and expenses). This is only stated to show partially where our savings can begin. The idea that our officials will be that much busier is a question but our total
population indicates otherwise.

Consolidation would be the best thing for the islands future. Let's not leave this behind for another generation to deal with. The time is now.

One Island, One Community, One Township!

Possible Consolidation Budget

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 16, 2018

Posted 8:15 a.m, 4/16/18

...and it's still snowing and blowing. Schools are closed all over the state, along with some businesses. In spite of all the plows out doing their best to keep up, the roads are very slick so if you don't have to be out traveling, find a good book/movie and settle in until this passes. Right now I'm showing snow, 27°, feels like 18°, wind is at 10 mph from the north with gusts to around 20 mph, humidity is at 95%, pressure is steady at 29.71 inches, and visibility is 3.7 miles. We are still under a Winter Storm Warning until 8:00 tonight.
TODAY: Snow showers and freezing drizzle in the morning, then snow showers in the afternoon. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 4 inches. Highs in the lower 30s. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Snow showers. Total nighttime snow accumulation of 1 to 4 inches. Lows in the mid 20s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

ON THIS DATE of April 16, 1947 a fertilizer explosion kills 581 in Texas.

A giant explosion occurs during the loading of fertilizer onto the freighter Grandcamp at a pier in Texas City, Texas, on this day in 1947. Nearly 600 people lost their lives and thousands were injured when the ship was literally blown to bits.

Ammonium nitrate was used as an explosive by the U.S. Army in World War II and, after the war ended, production of the chemical continued as its use as a fertilizer became accepted. However, the precautions used in its transport became far more lax in the post-war years.

On April 16, the Grandcamp was being loaded with ammonium nitrate as well as tobacco and government-owned ammunition. Cigarette smoking, although officially banned, was a common practice by longshoremen on the docks. Just two days prior to the explosion, a cigarette had caused a fire on the docks. On the morning of April 16, smoke was spotted deep within one of the Grandcamp‘s holds.

Some water and an extinguisher were used to fight the fire, but hoses were not employed for fear of ruining the cargo; there were already 2,300 tons loaded on the ship. While the ammunition was removed from the ship, the crew attempted to restrict oxygen to the hold in hopes of putting out the fire. Apparently they did not realize that because of ammonium nitrate’s chemical composition, it does not require oxygen in order to burn.

By 9 a.m., flames had erupted from the hold and within minutes it exploded. The blast was heard 150 miles away and was so powerful that the ship’s 1.5- ton anchor was found two miles away. The force of the explosion lifted another ship right out of the water. People working at the docks were killed instantly.

Pieces of flaming debris damaged the oil refineries in the area. A nearby Monsanto chemical storage facility also exploded, killing 234 of the 574 workers there. Nearly all of the survivors were seriously injured. A residential area of 500 homes was also leveled by the blast. Another ship, the High Flyer, which was carrying similar cargo, was pushed completely across the harbor. The crew fled when it came to rest, failing to notice that a fire had started and the next day their ship also exploded. Two people died.

In all, 581 people died and 3,500 were injured. The explosion caused $100 million in damages. A long-disputed court case over the cause of the blast was resolved when Congress granted compensation to 1,394 victims. They received a total of $17 million in 1955. The port was rebuilt to handle oil products only.

DID YOU KNOW THAT armoured knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom evolved into the modern military salute.

WORD OF THE DAY: ken (ken) which means knowledge, understanding, or cognizance; mental perception. English ken comes from the very widespread Proto-Indo-European root gnō- (and its variants gnē-, gen-, and gṇ-) “to know.” The variant gnō- appears in Greek gignṓskein (and dialect gnṓskein), Latin gnōscere, nōscere, and Slavic (Polish) znać “to know.” The variant gnē- forms cnāwan in Old English (and know in English); the variant gṇǝ- (with suffixed schwa) yields cunnan “to know, know how to, be able” in Old English (and can “be able” in English). Ken is recorded in English before 900.

Weekend Weather

April 14th and 15th

Posted 4/15/18 at 4:45 p.m.

The mainland has been geting lots and lots of snow and freezing rain in the last two days. The island was pretty much left out of the first part of the snow, and the nasty sand-like ice chunks are coming our of the sky right now. The wind has been gusting to close to 50 mph here on the island. It's been windy this whole weekend and the Winter Storm Watch is still on for the rest of today and part of tomorrow. Some weather sites suggest that there is a 100% chance of snow going through tomorrow, Monday, April 16, 2018. Now, most of know better than to believe the weatherman, so we'll just have to look out the window and see what is going on for the rest of today and tomorrow.

Saturday's wind and waves at Whiskey Point and Gull Harbor

Sunday's wind and waves at Whiskey Point and Gull Harbor

You can tell by comparing these pictures that the wind has changed directions and there are no white caps in the harbor on Sunday, but it's pretty nasty out there, north and east of Gull Harbor.


Museum Week Hall Dance 2004

Posted at 4 p.m., 4/15/18

The Museum Week in 2004 still had the Holy Cross Hall Dance in the schedule, and on this year of 2004, it included Ed Palmer, Hilary Palmer, Cindy Gillespie Cushman, Danielle Cary, and Rich Scripps. This look back in history is part of the historical tapes being digitized for the Beaver Island Historical Society.

View video of this hall dance HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

April 15, 2018 (Posted 4 p.m., 4/15/18)

The services this weekend included the Saturday afternoon service and the Sunday morning service at the Holy Cross Catholic Church; 4 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. respectively. The reader on Saturday was Heidi Vigil, and the reader on Sunday was Joan Banville. Our celebrant for both services was Father Jim Siler.

Heidi Vigil.................Joan Banville.................Father Jim Siler

View video of the service(s) HERE

52 Lists for Happiness #16

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 15, 2018

Well ok, Mother Nature has decided to include Beaver Island in her party. Actually we are in a Winter Storm Warning until 2:00 am on Monday, so be very careful out there. Roads are going to be slippery and limbs will be coming down in this wind. It's very windy and snowing, 23°, feels like 8°, wind is at 22 mph from the northeast with gusts to 32 mph, humidity is at 75%, pressure is rising from 30.24 inches, and visibility is 2.1 miles. I'm thinking that this is NOT a good day for a beach walk.
TODAY: Blowing snow in the morning. Snow, sleet, and a chance of freezing rain in the morning, then freezing rain, sleet, and snow in the afternoon. Windy. Precipitation may be heavy at times. Today daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 7 inches. Ice accumulation of up to one quarter of an inch. Highs in the lower 30s. East winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 50 mph.
TONIGHT: Patchy blowing snow in the evening. Snow, light sleet, and freezing rain in the evening, then snow and a slight chance of light sleet after midnight. Breezy. Total nighttime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. Ice accumulation of less than one quarter of an inch. Lows in the upper 20s. East winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph shifting to the northeast 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph after midnight.

ON THIS DATE of April 15, 1912, Molly Brown avoids sinking with the Titanic.

A 20th century version of the strong and resourceful women of the Wild West, Molly Brown wins lasting fame by surviving the sinking of the Titanic.

Molly Brown was an unlikely candidate for fame and fortune. Born Margaret Tobin in 1867 in Hannibal, Missouri, she was the daughter of an impoverished ditch-digger. When she was a teenager, she went west and joined her brother, who was working in the booming silver mining town of Leadville, Colorado. She caught the eye of James J. Brown, the manager of a local silver mine, and the couple married in 1886.

Not long after the marriage, James J. Brown discovered a fabulously profitable deposit of gold. Almost overnight, the Browns became enormously rich. The couple moved to Denver, bought a beautiful mansion, and tried unsuccessfully to become a part of the exclusive high society of the city. A flamboyant woman with a forceful personality, Molly appears to have been too much for Denver’s bluebloods to handle. Apparently, she was also more than her husband could handle, and the couple soon separated.

Supported by a sizeable income from her estranged husband, Brown abandoned the narrow social life of Denver to travel the world. Whereas the Denver elite had dismissed her as a coarse upstart, socially prominent eastern families like the Astors and Vanderbilts prized her frank western manners and her thrilling stories of frontier life.

Brown’s rise to national fame began on this night in 1912, while she was aboard the Titanic, returning from a European trip. After the ship hit an iceberg and began to sink, Brown was tossed into a lifeboat. She took command of the little boat and helped rescue a drowning sailor and other victims. To keep spirits up, she regaled the anxious survivors with stories of her life in the Old West.

When newspapers later learned of Brown’s courageous actions, they promptly dubbed her “the unsinkable Mrs. Brown” and she became an international heroine. Eventually, Brown’s money ran out and she faded from the public view, dying in modest circumstances in New York City in 1932. However, the Broadway musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown revived her fame for a new generation in 1960.

DID YOU KNOW THAT in the 1950's, Disneyland bought several cats in order to hunt mice at night? There are now more than 200 felines at the amusement park.

WORD OF THE DAY: pantofle (PAN-tuh-fuhl) which means
1) a slipper; 2) a cork-soled patten covering the forepart of the foot, worn in the 16th century. Pantofle “indoor shoe, slipper” comes from Middle French pantoufle, pantophle (and other spellings). The word occurs in other Romance languages, e.g., Occitan and Italian have pantofla (and other spellings), and Spanish has pantufla. Catalan changed the position of the l in original pantofla to plantofa under the influence of planta “sole (of the foot)”; compare English plantar (wart). Further etymology of pantofle is speculative. Pantofle entered English in the late 15th century.

What You Can and Can’t Do if On Call as Paramedic or EMT

by Joe Moore

Posted at 2 p.m. 4/14/18

After being retired now for months from BIEMS, it was apparent that there were several things that you  simply can’t do when you are on call and things that you forced yourself to do when you were on call.  I though it important to post this since others think that you can do whatever you want, whenever you want when you are on call.  These are things that I have discovered over the last few months.

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Mom (the April A~Z Challenge)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 11 a.m., 4/14/18

Cormorant Control Back

Posted 10:15 a.m., 4/14/18

Photo credit to the article below

Read an article HERE

4th and 5th Grade Play Coming in May

Posted 10:10 a.m., 4/14/18


by Dick Burris

Posted 9:45 a.m., 4/14/18

Foggy day to Gull Island:

One beautiful day on the lake a few of us divers decided to go to Gull Island With Lloyd Cochrans Star craft. The harbor was clear and sunny. So we struck out for Gull Island to dive o the Sunnyside shipwreck. We no more than got out of the harbor, when we hit dense fog. I said and Lloyd concurred that the fog would burn off around 11 or 12noon.

So we proceeded using his compass and watches for our fixes to head west in the channel. He had a fiberglass boat so the compass worked well. We made the turn and headed west, still thick fog, Lloyd checked down; our nautical tools consisted of only a chart compass, and watches!!

OK, we are islanders--lmprovise! so out came som one dollar bills which had to suffice as a (parallel rule}. we folded one and aligned it with another; slid them from the waypoint to the compass rose on the chart, used the chart variation. and established the compass course to achieve the fixes. This actually worked well until we reached Gull Island; still a thick fog.

Fog was so dense I couldn't even see land, much less the lighthouse that I needed for a range tom locate the wreck, but we tooled around for awhile, watching a sounder, which by the way, we DID have, to no avail. We finally gave up and started back.

We encountered another craft that wanted to tag along with us for he was lost in the fog. We were going about 12 mph, and his fuel curve was for much faster for gas consumption. So needless to say, Lloyd gave him gas twice to get him back to the harbor.

On the way back I assumed Lloyd was using back azimuth fixes to follow the same track back; maybe the variation messed it up, but we ended up close enough to #6 buoy off Whiskey to see it!! (Out came the dollar bills again, that directed us back to the harbor.) As we entered the harbor we could see more than 50' again, as it was as clear as when we left.

We had to laugh at ourselves for "the fog will burn off before noon" statement. But had to pat ourselves on the back for making the trip successfully, and even hearing the seagulls on Gull Island. "Spooky!!"

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 14, 2018

Posted at 9 a.m., 4/14/18

Well, the big predicted storm has missed us so far, it's all south of us. I'm not showing us getting anything until Sunday night into Monday and gone by Tuesday. Right now it's breezy, 27°, feels like 15°, wind is at 17 mph from the northeast with gusts up to 23 mph, humidity is at 58%, pressure is rising from 30.30 inches, and visibility is 9 miles.
TODAY: (haven't seen it yet, but my forecast widget says the following) Snow in the morning, then snow likely in the afternoon. Breezy. Total daytime snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Highs in the upper 20s. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow. Windy. Lows in the mid 20s. East winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to around 50 mph.

ON THIS DATE of April 14, 1975 The American airlift of Vietnamese orphans to the United States ends after 2,600 children are transported to America. The operation began disastrously on April 4 when an Air Force cargo jet crashed shortly after take-off from Tan Son Nhut airbase in Saigon. More than 138 of the passengers, mostly children, were killed. Operation Baby Lift was initiated to bring South Vietnamese orphans to the United States for adoption by American parents. Baby Lift lasted 10 days and was carried out during the final, desperate phase of the war, as North Vietnamese forces were closing in on Saigon. Although the first flight ended in tragedy, all other flights took place without incident, and Baby Lift aircraft ferried orphans across the Pacific until the mission concluded on April 14, only 16 days before the fall of Saigon and the end of the war.
NOTE: I chose this little tidbit because there is a connection to the island. Ellen Hill, daughter of Walker Hill (my dad's partner and owner of the Rustic Villa), was one of the airline attendants with the "Baby Lift" and used to tell us tales about it.

DID YOU KNOW THAT in Florida is is again the law to put livestock on a school bus?

WORD OF THE DAY: carking (KAHR-king) which means distressful. Carking derives from Norman French carquier “to load, burden,” from Late Latin carcāre, carricāre “to load.” In Old French, i.e., Parisian French, the dialect spoken in the île de France (the region of France that includes Paris), Late Latin carcāre becomes chargier (which becomes charge in English). Norman French does not palatalize c (representing the sound k) before a, which Old French does; thus in English we have the doublets cattle (from Norman French) and chattel from Parisian French. Late Latin carcāre becomes cargar “to load” in Spanish, the source of English cargo. Carking entered English in the early 14th century.

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update
April 13th, 2018

Posted at 3:30 p.m., April 13, 2018


Lego Club 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 14th   
Lego Club at the Beaver Island District Library on Saturday April 14th at 1:00 p.m.

The Beaver Island 50!
What are the 50 things every Beaver Island student should do on the Island before they graduate? Mr. Cwikiel is seeking ideas to compile for the “Beaver Island 50!” Please encourage your student to write down their ideas and get them to Mr. Cwikiel. Parents are also encouraged to submit their thoughts on classic childhood experiences that are unique to growing up on Beaver Island.

April 17th-20th M-STEP Testing for 5th, 8th, 11th Graders
Next week BICS will be administering the M-STEP testing to 5th, 8th, and 11th graders. Please remember the importance of a good night’s sleep and healthy meals!

Tuesday, April 24th Sun Smarts Safety Workshop at BICS for K-5
On Tuesday, April 24th the Kindergarten through fifth grade students will be participating in Sun Smarts. Sun Smarts is a sun safety workshop put on by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan.

Have a Fantastic Weekend!

Emerald Isle Makes First Trip

Posted at 3:15 p.m., 4/13/18

View small gallery HERE of EI leaving

After the Bristol Bay broke out the ice, just a day or so ago, the Emerald Isle was all ready to make its first trip of the season. With many things going on in the last few days, the editor managed to sleep right through past the departure. Thanks to Mary Holm, there are pictures of the ferry leaving this morning.

Emerald Isle docks and begins unloading just before 2 p.m. on April 13, 2018

View a gallery of photos beginning with Sand Bay and ending with docking HERE

View a video of the Emerald Isle returning HERE

Little Blessings (April A~Z Challenge)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Voters to View Ballot Information

Posted at 9:40 a.m., 4/13/18

The Beaver Island Association letter below has links to the ballots for the election coming up in May, but they can also be viewed by looking at the website provided by the State of Michigan, Secretary of State. You can view the information by filling out the short form on the webpage below.

If you are looking for Peaine information, you would select "Charlevoix" as the county, "Peaine" as the township, and then select the ward number by just clicking on the arrow to select "Ward, Precinct 12" then click the button for "View Ballot."

If you are looking for St. James information, you would select "Charlevoix" as the county, "St James" as the township, and then select the ward number by just clicking on the arrow to select "Ward, Precinct 13" then click the button for "View Ballot."

View the website HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 13, 2018

Posted at 9:15 a.m., 4/13/18

I'm not down at the dock to watch it, but, just heard the Emerald Isle toot and today marks the beginning of the ferry schedule. We are now fully open for business! The store shelves will have to wait a few days as the grocery truck can't get on the boat until Wednesday. So, it you're out of something, you'll have to make do for a few more days.

Feel free to skip this part if you aren't all that interested in "The Travels of Moore Cancer" I don't know why exactly, but a trip to the mainland simply wears me out for a day or two. Yesterday was rather hectic with blood draws, hearing tests (who knew that chemo could hurt your hearing?){Joe discovered that he was right [yes, Joe, it is in print], that I'm losing my hearing in my left ear), meeting with a cancer social worker, meeting my radiation doctor and nurse (the nurse who incidentally used to work for Island Airways back when Paul Barron was still living) Shelley, but I didn't get her last name. Then having another MRI, with and without contrast, getting tattoos so they will be able to pin-point where the radiation will go. We now know it's stage 3 lung cancer. Somehow a tiny bit went to my lymph nodes. Still the same, God has us in his pocket, Muggs is watching over us, and I'm just stubborn enough to beat this thing so I can keep bugging you all for many more years - not to mention driving Joe crazy. The radiation therapy will start on the 23rd and be five days a week for six weeks. The chemo will begin on the 26th following a day of "chemo teach" and more blood draws and shots. That will happen every 21 days, as it's not a daily thing. It was once busy day and so today I'm whipped. Probably a good thing considering how the weekend is looking weather-wise.

There is a Winter Storm Watch in effect until Sunday at 5 pm.
Right now I'm showing 31°, feels like 24°, overcast skies, wind is at 7 mph from the east, humidity is at 99%, pressure is rising from 29.98 inches, and visibility is 7 miles.
TODAY: Chance of rain and snow in the morning, then rain in the afternoon. LIttle or no snow accumulation. Highs in the upper 30s. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Rain, snow, and a chance of freezing rain in the evening, then snow and a chance of freezing rain after midnight. Total nighttime snow accumulation of 3 to 6 inches. Ice accumulation of less than one quarter of an inch. Lows in the mid 20s. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

ON THIS DATE of April 13, 1964, Sydney Poitier becomes the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role as a construction worker who helps build a chapel in Lilies of the Field (1963).

Poitier was born in 1924, while his parents were visiting the United States from the Bahamas, where his father was a tomato farmer. As a teenager, Poitier dropped out of school and returned to America to enlist in the U.S. Army during World War II. After his military stint, he became interested in theater and applied to the American Negro Theatre in New York City. Rejected initially because of his strong island accent, Poitier trained himself in American enunciation and reapplied, this time successfully. He debuted on Broadway in 1946 in an all-black production of Lysistrata, and by 1950 he was appearing in Hollywood films, beginning with No Way Out.

By consistently refusing to play the stereotypical roles that were offered to him as a black actor, Poitier blazed a trail for himself and the performers who followed him. By the time he earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for The Defiant Ones (1958), his work in such films as The Blackboard Jungle (1955) had made him America’s first prominent black film star. With his historic Oscar win for Lilies of the Field, Poitier became only the second African American to win an Academy Award. The first was Hattie McDaniel, who won in the Best Supporting Actress category in 1939 for Gone with the Wind. McDaniel played Mammy, the tough but indulgent slave governess to the spoiled Southern belle Scarlett O’Hara. Critics of the film, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), later pointed to the role as an example of the typical black stereotypes that Hollywood was keeping alive.

When presenting Poitier with his Oscar statuette, the actress Ann Bancroft congratulated him with a kiss on the cheek, a gesture that caused a mild scandal among the show’s most conservative audiences. Poitier took part in a more momentous kiss three years later, when he and Katherine Houghton shared the first interracial on-screen kiss in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967).

DID YOU KNOW THAT a sneeze travels out of your mouth at over 100 mph?

WORD OF THE DAY: tub-thump (TUHB-thuhmp) which means to promote something or express opinions vociferously. Tub-thump, a very rare word, is a back formation of tub-thumper “a vociferous supporter of a cause.” The verb tub-thump was coined by the British author Herman C. McNeile (1888–1937), whose pen name was “Sapper," and who wrote the series of thrillers whose hero was Bulldog Drummond. The only other author to use the verb tub-thump was the American poet and editor Ezra Pound (1885-1972). Tub-thump entered English in 1920.

St. James Municipal Dock Position Available

Posted 4/12/18 at 7:30 p.m.

Peaine Positions Available

Posted 6:15 pm, 4/12/18

Beaver Island District Library Board Position

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority

Timeout for Art: Keep Going

Posted 6:15 pm, 4/12/18

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 12, 2018

How about that? I actually am awake enough to use the computer while waiting for my coffee. We are under a WINTER STORM WATCH from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon. If you have to travel, please be careful!
Right now we have light snow, 34°, feels like 26°, wind is at 10 mph from the east, humidity is at 81%, pressure is rising from 29.74 inches, and visibility is 7.7 miles.
TODAY: Rain, light freezing rain, and light sleet in the morning, then a chance of rain in the afternoon. Patchy fog through the day. Little or no snow accumulation. Ice accumulation of less than one quarter of an inch. Highs around 40°. East winds 5 to 15 mph shifting to the north in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. East winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

ON THIS DATE of April 12, 1954— Bill Haley and the Comets recorded “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock.” If rock and roll was a social and cultural revolution, then “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock” was its Declaration of Independence. And if Bill Haley was not exactly the revolution’s Thomas Jefferson, it may be fair to call him its John Hancock.

Bill Haley put his enormous signature on rock and roll history during the final 40 minutes of a three-hour recording session in New York City—a session set up not for the recording of “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock,” but of a song called “Thirteen Women (and Only One Man in Town).” It took the group nearly all of their scheduled session to get a useable take of “Thirteen Women,” a song that was entirely new to them but was chosen as the A-side of their upcoming single by their new record label, Decca. With time running out and no chance of extending the session, Haley and his Comets were eager to lay down the song they’d been playing live for many months to enthusiastic audience response. The lead guitarist brought in for the session, Danny Cedrone, had not had time to work up a new solo for the instrumental break on “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock,” so he repurposed one he’d used on a Haley recording two years earlier called “Rock This Joint.” Cedrone was paid $31 for his work that evening, which included performing what is still recognized as one of the greatest guitar solos of all time.

Haley and the band had time for only two takes, and in the first, they played so loud that Haley’s vocals were almost inaudible on tape. In an era before multi-track recording, the only solution was to do a second take with minimal accompaniment and hope for the best. Later, a Decca engineer painstakingly spliced together segments from both takes—a near-miracle given the technology of 1954. The finished version was judged good enough to include as the B-side on “Thirteen Women,” which was released in May 1954.

The single sold a respectable but underwhelming 75,000 copies in the coming months, and was destined to be forgotten until a 10-year-old kid in Los Angeles flipped “Thirteen Women” and fell in love with the now-famous B-side. That kid, Peter Ford, happened to be the son of actor Glenn Ford, who was slated to star in the upcoming teenage-delinquency drama Blackboard Jungle. Peter turned his father on to “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock,” and soon enough, the song was chosen to play over the opening credits of Blackboard Jungle, which is how it became a pop sensation, selling a million copies in a single month in the spring of 1955. (and now you have an earworm to get you through the day).

DID YOU KNOW THAT in Clawson, Michigan there was a law that makes it legal for a farmer to sleep with his pigs, cows, horses, goats, and chickens?

WORD OF THE DAY: mercurial (mer-KYOO R-ee uhl) which means changeable; volatile; fickle; flighty; erratic. The English adjective mercurial ultimately comes from the Latin adjective mercuriālis “of or pertaining to Mercurius“ (i.e., the god Mercury), whose original function was as god of commerce, transporters of goods (especially of grain), and shopkeepers. Latin also has the plural noun, derived from the adjective, Mercuriālēs, the name of a guild of merchants. Mercurius is related to merx (stem merc-) “goods, wares, commodities” (and the ultimate source of English merchant and merchandise). By classical times Mercury was completely identified with the Greek god Hermes—the messenger of the gods because he was fast-moving, and always on the move, negotiating, fast-talking, making deals, flimflamming, playing tricks. Mercurius also acquired the meaning “pertaining to the planet Mercury” ( Stella Mercuriī, “Star of Mercury,” a translation of Greek astḕr toû Hermoû), the fastest moving of the planets. Mercurial entered English in the 14th century in the sense “pertaining to the planet Mercury.”

Bristol Bay Video

by Nick Gould

Posted with permission at 8:30 p.m., 4/11/18

Nick Gould has island connections; he is the BMC on Bristol Bay, but he has Island roots. His grandparents were Peter and Dolores (Doney) Gallagher. Many thanks to Nick for his willingness to share his video.


Three Decades of Service Comes to an End
By Joe Moore

I became an EMT in the summer of 1987 after starting the second EMT class ever taught here on Beaver Island.  Out of the first class, only one person continued doing EMS on the island, and all the others left or quit providing any services to the island.  In less than two years, I became an EMS instructor.  On one Saturday in 1989, I took three State of Michigan exams; the Basic EMT exam; the EMT-Specialist exam, and the EMS Instructor/Coordinator exam.  We knew we would not be getting any more classes on the island without having an instructor who lived here, and I was the one chosen to do this.

I was director of the local EMS for years, up to 2006.  I taught all of the first responder classes and EMT classes during that period of time as well as all the continuing education classes and certification classes.  I know that there were at least twenty EMT classes, one every other year at the school, and the others at night for adults at the school, as well as more than ten first responder classes during the school day.  I also know that I taught three EMT-Specialist classes during this time.  I also helped teach a second paramedic class in 2005-06.  I am proud of the fact that many of my EMS students are working in the healthcare field today, a few still in EMS, but most in other medical fields.

At the end of each and every class, I always told the students that they had worked very hard to get this far, so, if they decided to get licensed, they should never give up their license.  They should attend the continuing education classes necessary to keep their EMS license.  At the end of the month of April 2018, I will break my own rule.  My licenses and certifications will all expire, and they will not be renewed.  Thirty years is enough.
This does not mean that I don’t still care about my friends, my neighbors, and the visitors to the island called Beaver Island, where I have made my home.  It simply means that I will not be paying for the privilege to carry a license card in my wallet.  I will still be in the midst of decisions.  I will still be giving my opinion.  I will still be recording and presenting video of these important meetings that determine the future. 

Before I walk away from this three decade period of my life, I need to clarify a few things because I am still a teacher, with or without a license. 

Confidentiality does NOT mean keeping your mouth shut when someone is not doing what you believe should be done in providing excellent patient care.  I was more than once accused of not keeping patient information confidential.  I have always kept patient information confidential.  I have never purposefully disclosed any patient’s identify, nor his/her condition, unless I have received permission from them to do so.  I have never been in violation of the federal privacy protection act, although there are those that have in positions of authority.

I have exercised the “whistle-blower” rights that are granted in the law as well as required by my profession.  There is a major difference.  Violation of patient privacy would be someone looking at a year’s worth of ambulance run reports without patient’s permission by someone who did not participate in the patient’s treatment, nor needed this access for submission to insurance for billing purposes.  What I did do was provide information in the “Investigative Reports” and in conversations with those in positions of importance when medical control protocols and nationally recognized patient treatment protocols were violated by some individuals.  I was required by law to be a whistle-blower in these instances by my oaths taken prior to my licensure at all levels of EMS and all my certifications by accepting these certifications and licenses.  I refused to keep these violations confidential, this was not a violation of individual patient confidentiality.  It was required by these oaths, licenses, and certifications, as well as the state protocols.

Anyone who thinks that I am trying to get back at someone over this historical data is completely wrong in judging my motives.  The simple fact is that history unknown is history that can be repeated in ignorance.  I don’t ever want this to be repeated in the future.  I don’t ever want another paramedic to be treated in the same way as this paramedic by some of those in the political arena of island politics and island families.

I would like to preface the following comments with a statement.  Unless someone can find a national agency, association, or generally accepted group of medical people to write me a letter to support the delay of a patient’s emergency transport by more than two or three hours, I will not change my position or the investigative reports.  Until someone can produce a document or an oath that I took to protect the confidentiality of other providers when they violated my written physician’s orders, called protocols, and the laws of the state, I will continue to present these facts.

How can a delay in the transport of any emergency medical patient be considered as “in the patient’s best interests”?  How can the outcome of the emergency patient’s transport with no equipment in a Coast Guard helicopter be considered to be “in agreement with the family’s wishes”?  How can any person with medical training and licensing believe that there is any positive advantage to deny an available twenty minute transport to definitive care as being “not in the patient’s best interests”?  And lastly, how can an unlicensed facility make these decisions, and, how can the supervising physician sign off on these choices?
Lastly, how can the politicians get away with demeaning the whistle-blower, and provide additional accolades and respect to the violators?

I will be watching, and I will be vocal about anything that isn’t on the up and up.  Goodbye to my licenses and certifications!  You served me well, and you served the island well!

Phil Gregg Interview

by Jim Norgaard 2007

Posted at 4:30 p.m., 4/11/18

This interview included the start-up of the marina, the Beaver Haven Marina, snow mobile trips to Cross Village, talks about tipping over a crane once or twice, and moving on to working for the County Road Commission.

Phil Gregg also talked about being the township clerk for St. James Township that Don Cole handed the job over to Phil. Township meetings were held in the basement of the old medical center and the Civic Association. The morgue used to be in the basement just past where they held the meeting, and then the meteting continued after a person's body had been taken to the morgue. Phil did this for five or six years. Phil talks a little bit about Karl Keebler and some antics that went on. Phil talked a little bit about being a deputy sheriff. He talked about Byron Stockwell, the under sheriff.

Phil Gregg

View video of this interview HERE

Joy - A to Z Challenge

Posted 2 p.m., 4/11/18

by Cindy Ricksgers

Bristol Bay Breaks Ice for BIBCO

April 11, 2018, 9:45 a.m.

This morning the Bristol Bay came from over near Green Bay to break out the ice near the Beaver Island BIBCO dock. This is to allow the ferry to begin its first run that is scheduled for tomorrow, April 12, 2018. The ISCG has made a total of three trips to help out the island this year. The first was the trip to help Bud Martin get his PetroQueen fuel barge in to the island for the island people's need for fuel. The second was to help Joey and Justin Kenwabikise when they got their fish tug stuck in the ice. This trip today was number three.

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Snowy morning

Bristol Bay enters the harbor

Bristol Bay makes first pass near the BIBCO dock

Bristol makes second pass and then heads out.

View video of this HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 11, 2018

As usual, it was so wonderful to sleep in our own bed last night. That also explains why I'm so late in posting this, as I didn't even wake up until 8:00. By the way, thank you all for the thoughts, prayers, phone calls, hugs, and cupcakes and we weave down this bumpy road called cancer. If there was a Cancer County crew, we'd ask them to smooth out the road, but since there isn't, we'll be stepping over, wading through, or trying to circle around the potholes. Ok, on to the weather, and please don't throttle the messenger!
It's snowing!! 34°, feels like 26°, wind is at 12 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 83%, pressure is rising from 29.89 inches, and visibility is 9.8 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Chance of snow showers and slight chance of light freezing rain in the morning. Highs in the lower 40s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear in the evening, then mostly cloudy with rain showers likely with possible snow showers and freezing rain after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Southwest winds at 10 mph shifting to the southeast with gusts to around 25 mph after midnight.

ON THIS DATE of April 11, On this day in 1888, 24-year-old Henry Ford marries Clara Jane Bryant on her 22nd birthday at her parent’s home in Greenfield Township, Michigan. Clara Ford would prove to be a big supporter of her husband’s business ideas: Fifty years later, Henry Ford–who by then had founded the Ford Motor Company, invented the top-selling Model T car and revolutionized the auto industry with his mass-production technology–was quoted in a 1938 New York Times Magazine article as saying, “The greatest day of my life is when I married Mrs. Ford.”

The couple, both of whom came from farm families, first met at a New Year’s dance in Michigan in 1885. During their courtship, they enjoyed such activities as dancing, corn-husking parties and boating excursions. According to “Clara: Mrs. Henry Ford,” a biography by Ford R. Bryan: “The two were impressed by each other, Clara with Henry’s unique mechanical talents and Henry with Clara’s serious and appreciative disposition.” They were engaged in April 1886, but the future bride’s mother thought she was too young to wed and made them wait another two years.

After their marriage, the Fords lived on farm land given to Henry by his father. By 1891, however, the couple moved to Detroit, where Henry Ford began working as an engineer for Edison Illuminating Company. The couple’s only child, Edsel, was born in November 1893. In 1896, Ford completed a four-wheel, self-propelled vehicle with a gasoline engine called the Quadricycle. During the early years of their marriage, the couple lived in 10 different rental homes while Henry worked to develop an automobile. After incorporating the Ford Motor Company in 1903, Henry launched the Model T in 1908. The car, which was in production until 1927, held the record for the world’s top-selling vehicle until it was surpassed by the Volkswagen Beetle in 1972.

In 1915, the Fords moved into a mansion built on land they owned in Dearborn, Michigan. The home, named Fair Lane, included an indoor swimming pool, billiard room, bowling alley and dance floor, as the Fords had always liked to dance. Clara Ford managed the estate staff, pursued such interests as gardening and traveled around the world on business trips with Henry.

Henry Ford died at the age of 83 on April 7, 1947; Clara Ford died three years later, on September 29, 1950, at the age of 84. Their son Edsel, who worked for the family business, preceded both his parents in death, dying at the age of 49 from cancer on May 26, 1943.

NOTE: My grandfather, O.I. Gregg, was the landscape architect for Ford's estate. Besides the pay, Ford gave him a car as a gift.

DID YOU KNOW THAT: Edsel Ford, son of Henry (and no relation to Gerald R.), may forever be associated with Detroit's biggest flop, but he died 14 years before the line of cars bearing his name came out. Edsel himself would most likely have done a much better job with the design—he was, after all, responsible for the body of the super-successful Model A, as well as its braking and transmission systems.

WORD OF THE DAY: astroturfing (AS-truh-turf-ing) the deceptive tactic of simulating grassroots support for a product, cause, etc., undertaken by people or organizations with an interest in shaping public opinion. Astroturfing was originally an Americanism, coined in 1974, meaning “to cover an area with Astroturf (a carpetlike covering made of vinyl and nylon to resemble turf, used for athletic fields, patios, etc.).” Twenty years later (1993) the current sense of Astroturfing “the deceptive tactic of simulating grassroots support for a product or cause, undertaken to influence public opinion” first appeared in Canadian and Australian newspapers.

Peaine Township Documents

for April 2018

NOTICE 4 12 18 election commission meeting

2018 April 11 Peaine Agenda

Minutes public hearing annual special 3 31 18

This video posted at 9:30 p..m., 4/11/18

Peaine Township Board

View video of this meeting HERE

What Did You Say 26

by Joe Moore

What Did You Say 26
By Joe Moore

Not every single call for emergency medical response is a true life or death, or limb saving emergency.  Sometimes, the person needs to get to the hospital for a really good reason, and a person on the street would determine it to be an emergency, so they call for an ambulance.  I’m not talking about the taxi ride to the ER kind of call, though.  I’m talking about a situation that involves a great deal of pain and a condition that can’t be resolved without a trip to an emergency room.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 10, 2018

Well, here we are again, in at the Weathervane in Charlevoix. We'll be spending a whole lot more time on the mainland, or at least I will, as Joe as lots of work to do for the website. I got the roll of the dice that said six rounds of chemo along with six weeks of radiation five days a week. (going to miss a bunch of $2 Tuesdays at the Pub) We're going to get rid of the bad guys! Of course the side effect (one of many) will be the loss of my hair. I'm not vain, I sorta knew this was coming, which was why I haven't cut it in a year. I detest wearing baseball caps or most any hat until it's freezing outside. So, what I'm going to do, once the hair goes, is to get a bunch was washable markers and I can then become a cancer autograph little person. It will have a triple edge - 1) it'll poke fun at cancer and 2) it will show folks that bald is beautiful and doesn't have to be hidden, and 3) it'll make more folks aware of cancer and it's not something to be ashamed of. I'll wear my bald head with pride (not to be prideful, but to show pride) for all those others who also have to go through this awful disease. Yes, I know I will have to also become partly vampire because chemo also doesn't like sunlight, so either I make it a shiny, bald head with sunscreen or I wear a big straw hat... I'll make that decision when the moment presents itself. We don't have a date that this will all begin, but it will be in the next two to three weeks. We have to meet the surgeon who will be putting the port in for the chemo, and the radiation guys who will give me a tattoo to mark the place they plan on aiming their radiation gun at. Finally, we'll get this show on the road and beat this disease. I'll probably miss some weather postings too, but will try not to.

Right now on Beaver Island it's 19°, with partly cloudy skies, wind is from the west, humidity is at 86%, pressure is steady at 30.18 inches, and visibility is 7 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs around 40°. Southwest winds at 10 mph shifting to the west with gusts to around 25 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers after midngiht. Lows in the lower 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

ON THIS DATE of April 10, 1879, Sandor Herz—the future John Hertz, the man behind what will one day be the world’s largest car-rental company—is born in present-day Slovakia.

Hertz immigrated to America with his family as a child and grew up in Chicago. In 1915, he founded the Yellow Cab Company in Chicago as a means of providing affordable transportation to average citizens. Yellow Cab franchises soon opened across the country. In 1923, Hertz bought a rental-car company from Walter Jacobs, who had founded the Chicago-based business in 1918 with a fleet of Ford Model Ts. Hertz renamed the business Hertz Drive-Ur-Self Corporation, and in 1926, it was acquired by General Motors (GM). John Hertz became a member of the board of directors of GM, which in the 1920s overtook Ford to become the world’s biggest automaker.

In 1932, the Hertz company opened its first car rental shop, at Chicago’s Midway Airport. In 1950, Hertz’s inaugural European facility debuted in France. Within five years after that, Hertz became the first rent-a-car business to open 1,000 locations throughout the world. John Hertz, who was also a philanthropist and raised thoroughbred horses, died at the age of 82 on October 8, 1961.

In 2002, Hertz became the first international car rental company to open for business in China. Other milestones in the company’s history include the 2006 rollout of the Green Collection of fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles. The following year, Hertz added the Toyota Prius, the world’s first mass-produced gas-electric hybrid vehicle to the collection. Also in 2007, Hertz began offering hourly car rentals in New York City and Boston. As of 2008, Hertz had some 8,100 locations in 147 countries worldwide. The company’s reservation centers deal with an estimated 40 million phone calls and 30 million reservations each year.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the original name of the University of Michigan, which was founded in 1817, was Catholepistemiad. Yeah, try chanting that at a football game.

WORD OF THE DAY: balladmonger (BAL-uhd-muhng-ger) which means 1) an inferior poet; 2) a seller of ballads. Shakespeare (1564-1616) is the first recorded author to use balladmonger, a compound noun that has nearly always had a belittling or depreciatory sense. Monger is a common Germanic word derived from Latin mangō, “a slave trader; a merchant who adorns or decorates inferior wares to make them look more attractive.” From the Old English period even until the 20th century, monger has had positive connotations, but beginning in the mid-16th century monger and its derivative compounds frequently have had a negative connotation. For example, ironmonger “a merchant or dealer in iron and hardware,” first recorded in the 12th century, is neutral, but Mark Twain’s coinage superstition-monger is certainly depreciatory. Balladmonger entered English in the late 16th century.




Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 1, 2017

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Emergency Services Authority


BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

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Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

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Peaine Township Meeting

Peaine Annual Meetings

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Peaine Township Meeting Minutes

for February 2018


St. James Township Meeting Video


View video of this meeting HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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Ice Fishing Hold-outs

After church on Sunday and a trip to the point, the editor thought he saw someone parked and preparing to go out and do some ice fishing.

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the picture of those people out on the ice, still fishing!

BIRobot Article

Leave it to Beaver Island

New Scam Updated

Sheriff Chuck Vondra would like to advise all citizens of a new scam just reported to our office reference calls from a subject claiming to be a lieutenant from the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office calling to advise the citizen they did not reply to a juror summons and a warrant will be issued for the citizen’s arrest.  These types of telephone calls are fraudulent.  Please do not converse with any subject over the telephone regarding personal information.  If you receive a questionable call, especially if they are requesting funds, be sure to contact your local law enforcement to verify information.

UPDATE on news release sent out on Friday 04/06/18

Sheriff Vondra would like to reiterate the concern reference a scam circulating our community where a male subject poses as Lt. Scott of the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office.  The caller advises there is an outstanding warrant in the citizen’s name because they missed a juror request and funds are needed to clear the charge.  The caller asks the citizen to purchase a “money pack” at Walgreens, Dollar General or Rite-aid.  Once the purchase of the “money pack” is made, the caller asks the citizen to scratch the back of the card for a number and the number is given to the caller.  We have had a citizen purchase a card for $300.00 and turned the number over to the caller.  He then asked the citizen to go directly to the Sheriff’s Office.  When the citizen reached the Sheriff’s Office he hung up.  We will contact the stores listed  here about this scam to try to prevent further scams.   Please be aware and suspicious of all telephone calls/scams.  The subject claiming to be Lt. Scott has a commanding voice, may have an accent, and sounds authentic.


by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

April 9, 2018

We're off again today for doctor appointments. At 4:00 we find out if it's going to be radiation or chemo, or both. We'll be back home tomorrow morning - weather permitting. Right now it's 19°, mostly cloudy skies, wind is at 1 mph from the south, humidity is at 84%, pressure is steady at 30.18, and visibility is 9.9 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 30s. Light winds.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy in the evening, then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s. LIght winds.

ON THIS DATE of April 9, 1939 (Easter Sunday), more than 75,000 people come to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to hear famed African-American contralto Marian Anderson give a free open-air concert.

Anderson had been scheduled to sing at Washington’s Constitution Hall, but the Daughters of the American Revolution, a political organization that helped manage the concert hall, denied her the right to perform because of her race. The first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, resigned her membership from the organization in protest, and Anderson’s alternate performance at the Lincoln Memorial served greatly to raise awareness of the problem of racial discrimination in America.

Anderson had struggled out of a childhood of poverty in South Philadelphia to become a world-renowned classical singer, first winning acclaim in the 1920s and touring extensively in Europe during the 1930s. Though the great Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini told her, “Yours is a voice such as one hears once in a hundred years,” recognition came slowly for Anderson in her native country. Even after her dramatic appearance at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, it was not until 1955 that she became the first African-American to be invited to perform at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House. Three years later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower made her an honorary delegate to the United Nations, and in 1963 President John F. Kennedy awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Anderson died in Portland, Oregon, on April 8, 1993. She was 96 years old.
NOTE: and this is why I've never wanted to join the DAR, even though I qualify.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Grand Rapids itself became very, very annoyed by a 2011 “Newsweek” website article that listed it as one of “America's Dying Cities” and fought back by making a video featuring practically everyone in town lyp-syncing to the song “American Pie.” The video went viral on YouTube, which prompted “Newsweek” to disclaim the original article.

WORD OF THE DAY: mea culpa (MEY-uh KUHL-puh, MEE-uh) which means an acknowledgment of one's responsibility for a fault or error. Aging Roman Catholics who were altar boys before the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) can recite from memory the formula from the Confiteor at the beginning of Mass: meā culpā, meā culpā, meā maximā culpā, traditionally translated “through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault.” The Latin phrase was first used in the 13th century as an exclamation or interjection. The noun use of mea culpa, “acknowledgment of responsibility or guilt,” arose in the 19th century.

'Buffalo' Malloy's Grand Daughters

Interview by Shamus Norgaard 7-27-06

John P. Malloy's grandaughters; Sharon Scamehorn is one.

Memories of the town area of Beaver Island and life here are discussed as well as the migration from Ireland.

View video of this interview HERE

"Divine Mercy" Sunday, 3 p.m.

The special service on Divine Mercy Sunday was held at Holy Cross Church at 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The service was special with a period of time spent in prayers, both spoken and sung, followed by a period of adoration, silent prayer, and an opportunity for confession. This service was beautiful and certainly well worth the time of one hour to give to those present.

View video of the first half of the service HERE

Info from the Save Peaine Township Committee

The following came to the editor from a trusted , but former, colleague. This news service is not going to take any position on this issue, but will post any information that is not negative. There will be an equal opportunity to post anything from those in favor of the consolidation issue. The following link takes you to the "Save Peaine" position. This is being presented even though there was no signature or named members of this committee. We believe the membership includes William and Andy Kohls, Jack and Judy Gallagher, John Works, Doug Tilly, and others.

If BINN choose to present information, the source of the information will be identified, or, if written by an individual, such as the editor, it will be labeled as an editorial. This is a letter to the editor from those named above.


Tug Saga Ends

April 5, 2018


When the helpers got the fish tug running, BINN Editor Joe Moore was called and told they would be breaking ice to get to the dock. Unfortunately, the editor was down with some intestinal flu, and the trip down to the dock did not take place. This bug seems to be going around the island. Stay well!!

Easter Brunch at the Christian Church

April 1, 2018

Although this video is a little later than normal, it is certainly not less important. The Christian Church sponsors an Easter Brunch every year on Easter. This year's brunch began a little bit after 11:30 a.m. The workers that were there cooking included Josh Runberg and Carol Runberg with John Runberg and Joe Moore coming in a little bit later. The brunch included scrambled eggs and ham, sausage and eggs baked in a casserole, French toast cassarole, vegan casserole, breakfast salad, and many others to make the brunch a raving success. There was plenty of food available for any and all that attended, and even some to-go containers were passed out. Many thanks to all the works including Sheri Timsak, Dawn Mooney, and Sky Marsh, who came to help.




Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2018 Meeting Dates

March 10

June 16

September 15

December 8 (Annual Meeting)

BICS Meeting Schedules

BI Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

St. James Meetings for 2018-19

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule


April 2018 Bulletin from Holy Cross


Christian Church Bulletin

April 8, 2018

BICS Calendar 2017-18

HSC Meeting Dates Schedule

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