B. I. News on the 'Net, August 19-September 1, 2019

Arranmore Grotto Mass for Barry Pischner

August 31, 2019

The Arranmore Grotto is located out near the Holy Cross Cemetary and just off the Kings Highway. Approximately seventy-five people attended the outside service tonight. Music was provided by the Holy Cross Choir lead by Tammy McDonough on guitar.

Tammy McDonough

The grotto set up for Mass

Father Jim Siler was the celebrant at the Arranmore Grotto.

The service begins.....Pinky Harmon reads....Father Jim reads the Gospel.

Father Jim gives his sermon.

The well attended service continues.

The attendees

View video of the Mass HERE

Great Lakes Weather Presentation

September 3, 2019, 7 p.m. at Peaine Twp Hall

Gull Island Scary Trip

By Dick Burris

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

They had spotted a shipwreck on their flight to the island, near Cheyenne Point, and had a land range for the search. So we cruised down there with all of their dive gear, and made a few passes  in the vicinity, quite quickly the sounder showed an image, and the grapnel anchor that was dragging from the stern brought us to an abrupt stop

Read the rest of the story HERE

Veteran's Bricks

There will be order forms at the AMVETS breakfast Sunday morning for bricks. This is the last order we will make until next spring.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 31, 2019

The last of August already. It seems to have flown past. Right now it's 53°, wind is from the NNW at 2 mph, humidity is 83%, pressure is 30.28 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium-high at 9, while the top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today West wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny early in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight South wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Night Light winds. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1955, William G. Cobb of the General Motors Corp. (GM) demonstrates his 15-inch-long “Sunmobile,” the world’s first solar-powered automobile, at the General Motors Powerama auto show held in Chicago, Illinois.

Cobb’s Sunmobile introduced, however briefly, the field of photovoltaics–the process by which the sun’s rays are converted into electricity when exposed to certain surfaces–into the gasoline-drenched automotive industry. When sunlight hit 12 photoelectric cells made of selenium (a nonmetal substance with conducting properties) built into the Sunmobile, an electric current was produced that in turn powered a tiny motor. The motor turned the vehicle’s driveshaft, which was connected to its rear axle by a pulley. Visitors to the month-long, $7 million Powerama marveled at some 250 free exhibits spread over 1 million square feet of space on the shores of Lake Michigan. In addition to Cobb’s futuristic mini-automobile, Powerama visitors were treated to an impressive display of GM’s diesel-fueled empire, from oil wells and cotton gins to submarines and other military equipment.

Today, more than a half-century after Cobb debuted the Sunmobile, a mass-produced solar car has yet to hit the market anywhere in the world. Solar-car competitions are held worldwide, however, in which design teams pit their sun-powered creations (also known as photovoltaic or PV cars) against each other in road races such as the 2008 North American Solar Challenge, a 2,400-mile drive from Dallas, Texas, to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Mercedes invented a car controlled by joystick. The joystick in the 1966 Mercedes F200 showcase car controlled speed and direction, replacing both the steering wheel and pedals. The car could also sense which side the driver was sitting in, so someone could control it from the passenger seat.

WORD OF THE DAY brackish (BRACK-ish) which means
1 : somewhat salty
2 a : not appealing to the taste
b : repulsive
When the word brackish first appeared in English in the 1500s, it simply meant "salty," as did its Dutch parent brac. Then, as now, brackish water could simply be a mixture of saltwater and freshwater. Since that time, however, brackish has developed the additional meanings of "unpalatable" or "distasteful"—presumably because of the undrinkable quality of saltwater. "The brackish water that we drink / Creeps with a loathsome slime, / And the bitter bread they weigh in scales / Is full of chalk and lime." As this use from Oscar Wilde's "Ballad of Reading Gaol" illustrates, brackish water can also include things other than salt that make it unpleasant to drink. (Merriam-Webster)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 30, 2019

Looking good headed into the weekend. Clear skies, 59°, wind is from the west at 14 mph, humidity is 63%, pressure is 29.97 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium-high at 9.3. Top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods.
Marine forecast is as follows:
Today Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Tonight West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday Night Light winds. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1963, John F. Kennedy becomes the first U.S. president to have a direct phone line to the Kremlin in Moscow. The “hotline” was designed to facilitate communication between the president and Soviet premier.

The establishment of the hotline to the Kremlin came in the wake of the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, in which the U.S. and U.S.S.R had come dangerously close to all-out nuclear war. Kennedy’s administration had discovered that the Soviets had planted missiles capable of launching nuclear warheads into the U.S. on the island of Cuba. The highly tense diplomatic exchange that followed was plagued by delays caused by slow and tedious communication systems. Encrypted messages had to be relayed by telegraph or radioed between the Kremlin and the Pentagon. Although Kennedy and Khrushchev were able to resolve the crisis peacefully and had both signed a nuclear test-ban treaty on August 5, 1963, fears of future “misunderstandings” led to the installation of an improved communications system.

On August 30, the White House issued a statement that the new hotline would “help reduce the risk of war occurring by accident or miscalculation.” Instead of relying on telegrammed letters that had to travel overseas, the new technology was a momentous step toward the very near future when American and Soviet leaders could simply pick up the phone and be instantly connected 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It was agreed that the line would be used only in emergencies, not for more routine governmental exchanges.

An article in The New York Times described how the new system would work: Kennedy would relay a message to the Pentagon via phone, which would be immediately typed into a teletype machine by operators at the Pentagon, encrypted and fed into a transmitter. The message could reach the Kremlin within minutes, as opposed to hours. Although a far cry from the instantaneous communication made possible by today’s cell phones and email, the technology implemented in 1963 was considered revolutionary and much more reliable and less prone to interception than a regular trans-Atlantic phone call, which had to be bounced between several countries before it reached the Kremlin.

In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson became the first U.S. president to use the new system during the Six Day War in the Middle East when he notified then-Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin that he was considering sending Air Force planes into the Mediterranean. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT In Ancient Egypt, people put a dead mouse in their mouth if they had a toothache, according to Nathan Belofsky’s book Strange Medicine: A Shocking History of Real Medical Practices Through the Age. Mice were also used as a warts remedy during Elizabethan England.

WORD OF THE DAY martinet (mar-tuh-NET) which means:
1 : a strict disciplinarian
2 : a person who stresses a rigid adherence to the details of forms and methods
When France's King Louis XIV appointed Lieutenant Colonel Jean Martinet to be inspector general of the infantry in the late 17th century, he made a wise choice. As a drillmaster, Martinet trained his troops to advance into battle in precise linear formations and to fire in volleys only upon command, thus making the most effective use of inaccurate muskets—and making the French army one of the best on the continent. He also gave English a new word. Martinet has been used synonymously with "strict disciplinarian" since the early 18th century. (Merriam-Webster)

Peaine Recreation Plan Public Hearing

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 29, 2019

Blue skies this morning, sunny, 62°, wind is SW 8 mph, humidity is 76%, pressure is 29.81, and visibility is 10 miles. We do have an 80% chance of showers and a thunderstorm developing this afternoon but tonight should be clear. Pollen levels are medium-high at 8.5 while the top allergens are ragweed, chenopods, and nettle. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. A few gale force gusts likely. Scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 4 to 6 feet.
Tonight Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Friday Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Friday Night Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DAY Ishi, who was described as the last surviving member of the Native Amercain Yahi tribe, is discovered in California on August 29, 1911.

By the first decade of the 20th century, Euro-Americans had so overwhelmed the North American continent that scarcely any Native Americans remained who had not been assimilated into Anglo society to some degree. Ishi appears to have been something of an exception. Found lost and starving near an Oroville, California, slaughterhouse, he was largely unfamiliar with white ways and spoke no English.

Authorities took the Native American man into custody for his own protection. News of the so-called “Stone Age Indian” attracted the attention of a young Berkeley anthropologist named Thomas Waterman. Gathering what partial vocabularies existed of northern California Native dialects, the speakers of which had mostly vanished, Waterman went to Oroville to meet Ishi. After unsuccessfully hazarding words from several dialects, Waterman tried a few words from the language of the Yana Indians. Some were intelligible to Ishi, and the two men were able to engage in a crude dialogue. The following month, Waterman took Ishi to live at the Berkeley University museum, where their ability to communicate gradually improved.

Waterman eventually learned that Ishi was a member of the Yahi people, an isolated branch of the northern California Yana tribe. He was approximately 50 years old and was apparently the last of his people. Ishi said he had wandered the mountains of northern California for some time with a small remnant of the Yahi people. Gradually, accident or disease had killed his companions. A white man murdered his final male companion, and Ishi wandered alone until he reached Oroville.

For five years, Ishi lived at the Berkeley Museum. He and Waterman became close friends, and he spent his days describing his tribal customs and demonstrating his wilderness skills in archery, woodcraft, and other traditional techniques. He learned to understand and survive in the white world, and enjoyed wandering the Bay area communities and riding on the trolley cars. Eventually, though, Ishi contracted tuberculosis. He died on March 25, 1916, at an estimated age of 56. His body was cremated according to the customs of his people. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Victor Frankenstein’s Creature is actually vegetarian. Frankenstein and Creature are fictional characters created by Mary Shelley in her novel, Frankenstein. In the novel, Creature says, “My food is not that of man; I do not destroy the lamb and the kid to glut my appetite; acorns and berries afford me sufficient nourishment.”

WORD OF THE DAY augur (AW-gur)
1 : to foretell especially from omens
2 : to give promise of : presage
Auguring is what augurs did in ancient Rome. Augurs were official diviners whose function it was not to foretell the future, but to divine whether the gods approved of a proposed undertaking, such as a military move. They did so by various means, among them observing the behavior of birds and examining the entrails of sacrificed animals. Nowadays, the foretell sense of the verb is often used with an adverb, such as well. Augur comes from Latin and is related to the Latin verb augēre, meaning "to increase." (Merriam-Webster)

Final Men's Golf League

August 28, 2019

The eleventh week of the Men's Golf League was a play-off for the determination of the places for the prize money and the trophies. The second place team and the first place team played hard for the trophy. A little video was taken of the final hole of these two teams playing. You can view that video HERE

The team with the first place score of over 140 points for the season was the team of Gerald LaFreniere and Kirk Welter. The second place team with a score just below 140 was the team of John Robert and John Brady Robert.

Kirk and Gerald with their trophies

John Brady and John in second place.

View video of the awarding of the prizes for the places HERE

Final results of Men's Summer League

Picnic at the Point-History of Beaver Island Ferries

August 28, 2019

The lighthouse at Whiskey will not have any further tours. Today was the last opportunity to climb the Whiskey Point Lighthouse this season. The Picnic at the Point series will continue in the St. James Township Hall through October.

Today's talk was given by Ed Wojan about the history of the Beaver Island Ferries with emphasis on the two Beaver Island Boat Companies, historical and present. The talk was very interesting and the poster was created by the BIHS for this presentation.

Poster shows the ferries with a little info about each

Ed Wojan spoke about the more recent history of the BIBCO, historical and present

Some of the ferries

The new Emerald Isle

Ed answers questions.....Lori Taylor Blitz thanks Ed Wojan

View video of the presentation HERE

Tomorrow's ESA Meeting is Canceled

August 28, 2019

It will be rescheduled.

September 6-8, 2019, Beaver Island, Michigan

Schedule of Events Friday

Schedule of Events Saturday

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 28, 2019

We had a short and wild storm last night that brought us a bit of rain and a fabulous double rainbow. This morning it's gray skies, 62°, humidity is 74%, wind is from the SW at 15 mph, pressure is 29.67 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium-high at 9.1. Top allergens are ragweed, chenopods, and nettle. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Numerous showers developing this morning. Chance of waterspouts. waves 3 to 5 feet building to 4 to 6 feet in the morning.
Tonight West wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of waterspouts. Isolated showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Thursday Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 4 to 6 feet.
Thursday Night Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DAY in 1774, Elizabeth Ann Bayley is born on this day in New York City. She went on to found the first Catholic school and the first female apostolic community in the United States. She was also the first American-born saint beatified by the Roman Catholic Church.

Elizabeth Ann Bayley was born to an eminent physician, Richard Bayley, who served as the first health officer of New York City. Her mother, Catherine, was an Episcopal minister’s daughter who died before Elizabeth’s third birthday, leaving three daughters. Her father remarried and had four additional children. At age 19, Elizabeth married a wealthy shipping magnate, William Magee Seton, with whom she had five children in quick succession. Seton’s health deteriorated after his financial holdings collapsed and he died of tuberculosis in Italy shortly before the couple’s 10th anniversary. Elizabeth’s eldest daughter followed her father to the grave nine years later.

Following these traumas, Elizabeth, who was raised an Episcopalian, received her first Holy Communion and became a Roman Catholic on March 25, 1805. Seton taught in order to support her family and believed in free education for all children, male and female. In pursuit of this goal, she founded the nation’s first Catholic school in Baltimore, which had been the capital of the Catholic colony of Maryland. The school, St. Joseph’s Academy and Free School, would eventually become part of Mount Saint Mary’s University.

In 1809, Seton took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, along with the moniker “Mother Seton.” She then founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph, also in Maryland. Her efforts to establish Catholic institutions in the new United States, protected by the Bill of Rights’ guarantee of freedom of religion, saw her beatified in 1963, and canonized in 1975. Seton Hall University in New Jersey was named in her honor.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the # symbol isn't officially called hashtag or pound? Its technical name is octothorpe. The “octo-” means “eight” to refer to its points, though reports disagree on where “-thorpe” came from. Some claim it was named after Olympian Jim Thorpe, while others argue it was just a nonsense suffix.

WORD OF THE DAY irascible (ir-RASS-uh-bul) which means marked by hot temper and easily provoked anger. If you try to take apart irascible in the same manner as irrational, irresistible, or irresponsible, you might find yourself wondering what ascible means—but that's not how irascible came to be. The key to the meaning of irascible isn't the negative prefix ir- (which is a variant of the prefix in- that is used before words beginning with "r"), but the Latin noun ira, meaning "anger." From ira, which is also the root of irate and ire, came the Latin verb irasci ("to become angry") and the related adjective irascibilis, the latter of which led to the French irascible. English speakers borrowed the word from French in the 16th century.

Storm Pictures

August 27, 2019

With the storm beginning to arrive around 6:30 p.m., catching some photos seemed to be in the plan for seeing as much as Beaver Island might see. There were several people out taking pictures at this time. Some took photos from home.

Interesting water and interesting clouds just before the downpour began.


Miss Demeanor

by Cindy Ricksgers

Familiar Faces 25

By Joe Moore

“BIEMS, respond down the Kings Highway to a 74 year male who is “not feeling right,” dispatch paged.

’57 Echo 4 is enroute,” I called from the echo car about one minute later.

Now, before the story continues, it’s important for you to know that younger people sometimes can’t believe all the things that an older person has done in their lifetime.  You know that many go through many fields of study, work in that field and then move on to another. 

Read the rest of the story HERE

Weather by Joe

August 27, 2019

Right now at 8:30 a.m., it is 64 degrees on Carlisle Road with a 91% relative humidity. We got a little more than a half inch of rain, and it's cloudy right now.The pressure is 29.62 and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to remain cloudy with a 30% chance of showers this afternoon. The temperature will be in the low 70's with the wind from th SW at 15 to 25 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast to remain party cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. The low will be a little below 60, and the wind will switch to the WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a mainly cloudy day with a 20% chance of showers. The high will be in the mid 60's with the wind from the W at 15 to 25 mph.

On this day

The most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history occurs on Krakatoa (also called Krakatau), a small, uninhabited volcanic island located west of Sumatra in Indonesia, on August 27, 1883. Heard 3,000 miles away, the explosions threw five cubic miles of earth 50 miles into the air, created 120-foot tsunamis and killed 36,000 people.

Krakatoa exhibited its first stirrings in more than 200 years on May 20, 1883. A German warship passing by reported a seven-mile high cloud of ash and dust over Krakatoa. For the next two months, similar explosions would be witnessed by commercial liners and natives on nearby Java and Sumatra. With little to no idea of the impending catastrophe, the local inhabitants greeted the volcanic activity with festive excitement.

On August 26 and August 27, excitement turned to horror as Krakatoa literally blew itself apart, setting off a chain of natural disasters that would be felt around the world for years to come. An enormous blast on the afternoon of August 26 destroyed the northern two-thirds of the island; as it plunged into the Sunda Strait, between the Java Sea and Indian Ocean, the gushing mountain generated a series of pyroclastic flows (fast-moving fluid bodies of molten gas, ash and rock) and monstrous tsunamis that swept over nearby coastlines. Four more eruptions beginning at 5:30 a.m. the following day proved cataclysmic. The explosions could be heard as far as 3,000 miles away, and ash was propelled to a height of 50 miles. Fine dust from the explosion drifted around the earth, causing spectacular sunsets and forming an atmospheric veil that lowered temperatures worldwide by several degrees.

Of the estimated 36,000 deaths resulting from the eruption, at least 31,000 were caused by the tsunamis created when much of the island fell into the water. The greatest of these waves measured 120 feet high, and washed over nearby islands, stripping away vegetation and carrying people out to sea. Another 4,500 people were scorched to death from the pyroclastic flows that rolled over the sea, stretching as far as 40 miles, according to some sources.

In addition to Krakatoa, which is still active, Indonesia has another 130 active volcanoes, the most of any country in the world.

Word of the Day

desueitude; noun; (DESS-wih-tood); discontinuance from use or exercise

Desuetude must be closely related to disuse, right? Wrong. Despite the similarities between them, desuetude and disuse derive from two different Latin verbs. Desuetude comes from suescere, a word that means "to become accustomed" (suescere also gave us the word custom). Disuse descends from uti, which means "to use." (That Latin word also gave us use and utility.) Although less common, desuetude hasn't fallen into desuetude yet, and it was put to good use in the past, as in the 17th-century writings of Scottish Quaker Robert Barclay, who wrote, "The weighty Truths of God were neglected, and, as it were, went into Desuetude."

Grand Mariner Visits

August 26, 2019

Imagine the surprise of the Chamber Director and the editor of Beaver Island News on the 'Net when out of the mouth of the harbor near Whiskey Point, the Grand Mariner is coming in to dock at the Beaver Island Boat Company Dock in Paradise Bay. Surprised is a really good word to describe the feelings of those two people.

Grand Mariner Previous Track

The Grand Mariner was coming to dock here and allow its guest to take a Beaver Island tour using the BIBCO buses. Many found a couple hour visit to the island interesting.

The Grand Mariner enters the harbor, docks at the BIBCO dock, and the tour bus operators await the passengers.

View video of the Grand Mariner entry and docking HERE

Sunday Morning Mass

August 25, 2019

Father Jim Siler was joined on Sunday morning by Father Doug, who has a home on the island. The service was shared by the two priests. Father Jim Siler read the Gospel, and Father Doug gave the sermon. The reader for today was Pat Nugent.

Father Jim and Father Doug

Patrick Nugent reads.....Father Jim reads the Gospel.......Father Doug gives the sermon

View video of the service HERE

B. I. Christian Church Service and Organ Concert

August 25, 2019

This service on Sunday morning at the Beaver Island Christian Church was very special. First of all, there were two ministers present, and they worked together to provide the service. Secondly, Judi Meister was joined by an organist in the playing of the hymns and also played a short concert at the end of the service. There were quite a few people in attendance to appreciate this particularly special service.

View video of the service and concert HERE

Christian Church Bulletin, 8/25/19

Saturday Mass and Baptism

August 24, 2019

This service had some very special attendees. The reader was Linda Gatliff Wearn. The celebrant was Father Jim Siler.

The Baptimal Font..............Linda Wearn.................Father Jim Siler

The highlight of this Mass was the baptism of the Purdue twins The family was gathered and was joined by the regular attendees of Saturday afternoon Mass for this special event.

The service ended with the special blessings for the twins.

View video of this special Mass HERE

A Busy Weekend

August 26, 2019

There were a lot of things going on this past weekend and some that came up to move the editor away from these activities. The BIHS had a "thank you" gathering at the Donegal Bay Pavilion Sunday night. This was to thank the docents, volunteer, and members. At approximately the same time, the public safety agencies on the island were involved in a water rescue out from Donegal Bay, which lasted through the thank-you. There was a wonderful organist who played at the Beaver Island Christian Church on Sunday morning at the service there with two ministers and Judi Meister on piano. There were two Masses at Holy Cross, one was the baptism service on Saturday afternoon of the Purdue twins, and then Sunday morning was a concelebrated Mass with Father Doug and Father Jim.

There may have been many more activities going on, but these kept the editor busy throughout the days and nights of this past weekend. Between cutting a phone line on one day and power outage on another, there was no time to just do the mundane things of daily living. The events will be posted as soon as the time allows the processing and uploading of the videos of all these events.

The rebroadcast of Beaver Island events will begin again today after the processing and postings are completed.

Men's Summer Golf League, Week 11 Results

This week's play-off is the last week of the summer league. The leader of the tournament is the team of John Robert and John Brady Robert.

With Abandon

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 26, 2019

Cloudy skies this morning. We badly need a day and night of rain so hopefully that will happen by late afternoon. Even the weeds are brittle and walking in the woods is like trudging through Rice Krispies as the ground snap, crackles, and pops under your footsteps. Right now it's 64°, wind is from the SE at 10 mph, humidity is 83%, pressure is 30.01 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are high at 10.3. Top allergens are ragweed, chenopods, and nettle. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southeast wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Tuesday Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Tuesday Night Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 4 feet. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DAY in 1939, the first televised Major League baseball game is broadcast on station W2XBS, the station that was to become WNBC-TV. Announcer Red Barber called the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York.

At the time, television was still in its infancy. Regular programming did not yet exist, and very few people owned television sets–there were only about 400 in the New York area. Not until 1946 did regular network broadcasting catch on in the United States, and only in the mid-1950s did television sets become more common in the American household.

In 1939, the World’s Fair–which was being held in New York–became the catalyst for the historic broadcast. The television was one of the fair’s prize exhibits, and organizers believed that the Dodgers-Reds doubleheader on August 26 was the perfect event to showcase America’s grasp on the new technology.

By today’s standards, the video coverage was somewhat crude. There were only two stationary camera angles: The first was placed down the third base line to pick up infield throws to first, and the second was placed high above home plate to get an extensive view of the field. It was also difficult to capture fast-moving plays: Swinging bats looked like paper fans, and the ball was all but invisible during pitches and hits.

Nevertheless, the experiment was a success, driving interest in the development of television technology, particularly for sporting events. Though baseball owners were initially concerned that televising baseball would sap actual attendance, they soon warmed to the idea. In particular, they embraced the possibilities for revenue generation that came with increased exposure of the game, including the sale of rights to air certain teams or games and television advertising.

Today, televised sports is a multi-billion dollar industry, with technology that gives viewers an astounding amount of visual and audio detail. Cameras are now so precise that they can capture the way a ball changes shape when struck by a bat, and athletes are wired to pick up field-level and sideline conversation.

DID YOU KNOW THAT you have two body parts that never stop growing, your nose and your ears keep getting bigger, even when the rest of your body's growth has come to a halt.

WORD OF THE DAY wangle (WANG-gul) which means:
1 : to resort to trickery
2 : to adjust or manipulate for personal or fraudulent ends
3 : to make or get by devious means : finagle
Wangle, a verb of uncertain origin, has been used in its newest sense, "to obtain by sly methods," since at least the early 20th century. Occasionally, one sees wrangle used similarly, as in "wrangle a huge salary," but more typically it means "to argue or engage in controversy." Did the "obtain" sense of wrangle evolve through confusion with wangle? Not exactly. Wrangle was used with the meaning "to obtain by arguing or bargaining" since the early 17th century, long before wangle appeared in the language. The sense had all but disappeared until recent decades, however, and its revival may very well have been influenced by wangle. The "obtain" sense of wangle is currently more common than that use of wrangle, but both are considered standard.

Water Rescue at Donegal Bay

August 25, 2019

Today at 4:52 p..m., Central Dispatch paged for a water rescue off of Donegal Bay. The rescue had a vessel out there to help with the boat and the patients. It was originally reported that the rescue boat would pull in near the curve where Donegal Bay Road meets the water area. The ambulance and EMS along with the Fire Department were at this location awaiting the patients at the publicly owned St. James Township property. 57 Echo 4 and 57 Alpha 2 were at that location and 57 Air One was standing by in case there is a need for a medical evacuation. This was the information available at 5:30 p.m.

Getting the patient into the ambulance

The rescue boat dropped the patients off at this intersection on the water's edge. The ambulance was waiting and ready for them. They were loaded up and headed in toward town at a little before six. By five minutes after six, the ambulance arrived at the medical center. Father Jim Siler came to the medical center to help in any way possible, arriving at 6:10 p.m.

Ambulance heading in Donegal Bay Road............Then backing into the medical center

At 7:15 p.m., the ambulance was still at the medical center.

View a short video clip HERE

Veteran's Memorial Flags at Half Mast

The flags at the Veterans Memorial Park are at ½ staff in honor of Bill Kohls' father Richard W Kohls.  Mr Kohls was a veterans of  WWII and spent almost a year in the Southwest Pacific as a member of the 371st Bombardment Squadron serving as aircrew for a B-24 bomber (the “Liberator”) on bombing and reconnaissance missions.

(Thank you to Bob Tidmore for the information and picture.)

Holy Cross Announcement

Labor Day Saturday- Mass WILL BE at the Grotto at 4 pm. Weather permitting! Not the Saturday of the Irish Feile as announced at Church....Please pass the word.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 25, 2019

Another perfect summer day is unfolding before us. Clear, blue skies, 56°, wind is from the SSE at 5 mph, humidity is 95%, pressure is 30.24 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are high at 9.8. Top allergens are ragweed, chenopods, and nettle. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots becoming east 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Tonight Southeast wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Monday Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Night South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DAY 1835, the first in a series of six articles announcing the supposed discovery of life on the moon appears in the New York Sun newspaper.

Known collectively as “The Great Moon Hoax,” the articles were supposedly reprinted from the Edinburgh Journal of Science. The byline was Dr. Andrew Grant, described as a colleague of Sir John Herschel, a famous astronomer of the day. Herschel had in fact traveled to Capetown, South Africa, in January 1834 to set up an observatory with a powerful new telescope. As Grant described it, Herschel had found evidence of life forms on the moon, including such fantastic animals as unicorns, two-legged beavers and furry, winged humanoids resembling bats. The articles also offered vivid description of the moon’s geography, complete with massive craters, enormous amethyst crystals, rushing rivers and lush vegetation.

The New York Sun, founded in 1833, was one of the new “penny press” papers that appealed to a wider audience with a cheaper price and a more narrative style of journalism. From the day the first moon hoax article was released, sales of the paper shot up considerably. It was exciting stuff, and readers lapped it up. The only problem was that none of it was true. The Edinburgh Journal of Science had stopped publication years earlier, and Grant was a fictional character. The articles were most likely written by Richard Adams Locke, a Sun reporter educated at Cambridge University. Intended as satire, they were designed to poke fun at earlier, serious speculations about extraterrestrial life, particularly those of Reverend Thomas Dick, a popular science writer who claimed in his bestselling books that the moon alone had 4.2 billion inhabitants.

Readers were completely taken in by the story, however, and failed to recognize it as satire. The craze over Herschel’s supposed discoveries even fooled a committee of Yale University scientists, who traveled to New York in search of the Edinburgh Journal articles. After Sun employees sent them back and forth between the printing and editorial offices, hoping to discourage them, the scientists returned to New Haven without realizing they had been tricked.

On September 16, 1835, the Sun admitted the articles had been a hoax. People were generally amused by the whole thing, and sales of the paper didn’t suffer. The Sun continued operation until 1950, when it merged with the New York World-Telegram. The merger folded in 1967. A new New York Sun newspaper was founded in 2002, but it had no relation to the original.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the world's oldest toy is a stick? Think of how versatile a stick is. You can use it to play fetch with your dog, swing it as a bat, it can be a horse, or use your imagination to turn it into a lightsaber. Its adaptability, along with how old sticks are, is among the reasons why the National Toy Hall of Fame inducted the stick into its collection.

WORD OF THE DAY kludge (KLOOJ) which means a haphazard or makeshift solution to a problem and especially to a computer or programming problem. The first recorded use of the word kludge is attributed to Jackson W. Granholm, who defined the word in a 1962 issue of the magazine Datamation as "an ill-assorted collection of poorly-matching parts, forming a distressing whole." He further explained that it was derived from the German word klug, meaning "smart" or "witty." Why Granholm included a d in his spelling is not known. What we do know is that speakers of American English have agreed to disregard it in pronunciation, making the vowel pronunciation of kludge reflective of the pronunciation of German klug (\KLOOK\ ). We can also tell you that not everyone agrees with Granholm on the "d" matter: the spelling kluge is also popularly used.

Cheese and Company II

August 24, 2019

The food truck was sitting next to Gillespie Enterprises' office building. The sign said "Open" and it was time to sample the sandwiches available right there in the downtown area, directly across from the BI Boat Company Dock and next to the BITA office driveway. Kevin Gillespie and Brian Bousquet were working, so two sandwich specials were ordered.

The sandwiches were delicious. The service was quick, and this is not the last trip to this location by this editor.

It is understood that this food truck/trailer will be here through the Irish Festival in September, so check it out! You won't be disappointed!

Eleanor VanDyke RIP

Word has been received that Eleanor VanDyke has passed away. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Kohls, Richard W. RIP

Beaver Island, Michigan formerly of St. Johns, Michigan

Richard W. Kohls, 94, of Beaver Island, MI formerly of St. Johns, MI, died Thursday, August 22, 2019. He was born Jun 14, 1925 in Midland, MI, the son of Clarence (Max) and Hazel (Burrows) Kohls.

Dick enlisted in the Army during WWII and spent almost a year in the Southwest Pacific as a member of the 371st Bombardment Squadron serving as aircrew for a B-24 bomber (the “Liberator”) on bombing and reconnaissance missions. After returning from his military service he enrolled in Western Michigan University earning a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. In 1950, Dick started a family footwear business in downtown St. Johns (Kohls Shoes) which he operated until 1963. He then went to work for Oldsmobile retiring 22 years later.

Dick is a member of the American Legion and a former member of the St. Johns Lions Club. On June 26, 1948 he married Helen Arndt and she preceded him in death in 2010. Surviving is a daughter, Karen (Kenneth) Pontius of DeWitt; one son, William (Angela) Kohls of Beaver Island; grandchildren, Kenneth Pontius III (Shannon), Kristin Knight, Megan (Ahbi) Maheshwari, Cassandra (Scott) Wallace Christopher Shockey and six great grandchildren.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 5;00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. Private services will be held on Thursday morning at 10:00 am. Memorials may be made to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, 37304 Kings Highway, Beaver Island MI 49782 or Beaver Island EMS, 37830 Kings Highway, Beaver Island MI 49782.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 24, 2019

Sunny with beautiful, blue skies, 52°, calm wind, humidity is 81%, pressure is 30.34 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. A perfect summer day to kickoff the weekend. Pollen levels are medium-high at 9.6. Top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today Light winds becoming north 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Night Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 79 A.D., after centuries of dormancy, Mount Vesuvius erupts in southern Italy, devastating the prosperous Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing thousands. The cities, buried under a thick layer of volcanic material and mud, were never rebuilt and largely forgotten in the course of history. In the 18th century, Pompeii and Herculaneum were rediscovered and excavated, providing an unprecedented archaeological record of the everyday life of an ancient civilization, startlingly preserved in sudden death.

The ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum thrived near the base of Mount Vesuvius at the Bay of Naples. In the time of the early Roman Empire, 20,000 people lived in Pompeii, including merchants, manufacturers, and farmers who exploited the rich soil of the region with numerous vineyards and orchards. None suspected that the black fertile earth was the legacy of earlier eruptions of Mount Vesuvius. Herculaneum was a city of 5,000 and a favorite summer destination for rich Romans. Named for the mythic hero Hercules, Herculaneum housed opulent villas and grand Roman baths. Gambling artifacts found in Herculaneum and a brothel unearthed in Pompeii attest to the decadent nature of the cities. There were smaller resort communities in the area as well, such as the quiet little town of Stabiae.

At noon on August 24, 79 A.D., this pleasure and prosperity came to an end when the peak of Mount Vesuvius exploded, propelling a 10-mile mushroom cloud of ash and pumice into the stratosphere. For the next 12 hours, volcanic ash and a hail of pumice stones up to 3 inches in diameter showered Pompeii, forcing the city’s occupants to flee in terror. Some 2,000 people stayed in Pompeii, holed up in cellars or stone structures, hoping to wait out the eruption.

A westerly wind protected Herculaneum from the initial stage of the eruption, but then a giant cloud of hot ash and gas surged down the western flank of Vesuvius, engulfing the city and burning or asphyxiating all who remained. This lethal cloud was followed by a flood of volcanic mud and rock, burying the city.

The people who remained in Pompeii were killed on the morning of August 25 when a cloud of toxic gas poured into the city, suffocating all that remained. A flow of rock and ash followed, collapsing roofs and walls and burying the dead.

Much of what we know about the eruption comes from an account by Pliny the Younger, who was staying west along the Bay of Naples when Vesuvius exploded. In two letters to the historian Tacitus, he told of how “people covered their heads with pillows, the only defense against a shower of stones,” and of how “a dark and horrible cloud charged with combustible matter suddenly broke and set forth. Some bewailed their own fate. Others prayed to die.” Pliny, only 17 at the time, escaped the catastrophe and later became a noted Roman writer and administrator. His uncle, Pliny the Elder, was less lucky. Pliny the Elder, a celebrated naturalist, at the time of the eruption was the commander of the Roman fleet in the Bay of Naples. After Vesuvius exploded, he took his boats across the bay to Stabiae, to investigate the eruption and reassure terrified citizens. After going ashore, he was overcome by toxic gas and died.

According to Pliny the Younger’s account, the eruption lasted 18 hours. Pompeii was buried under 14 to 17 feet of ash and pumice, and the nearby seacoast was drastically changed. Herculaneum was buried under more than 60 feet of mud and volcanic material. Some residents of Pompeii later returned to dig out their destroyed homes and salvage their valuables, but many treasures were left and then forgotten.

In the 18th century, a well digger unearthed a marble statue on the site of Herculaneum. The local government excavated some other valuable art objects, but the project was abandoned. In 1748, a farmer found traces of Pompeii beneath his vineyard. Since then, excavations have gone on nearly without interruption until the present. In 1927, the Italian government resumed the excavation of Herculaneum, retrieving numerous art treasures, including bronze and marble statues and paintings.

The remains of 2,000 men, women, and children were found at Pompeii. After perishing from asphyxiation, their bodies were covered with ash that hardened and preserved the outline of their bodies. Later, their bodies decomposed to skeletal remains, leaving a kind of plaster mold behind. Archaeologists who found these molds filled the hollows with plaster, revealing in grim detail the death pose of the victims of Vesuvius. The rest of the city is likewise frozen in time, and ordinary objects that tell the story of everyday life in Pompeii are as valuable to archaeologists as the great unearthed statues and frescoes. It was not until 1982 that the first human remains were found at Herculaneum, and these hundreds of skeletons bear ghastly burn marks that testifies to horrifying deaths.

Today, Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano on the European mainland. Its last eruption was in 1944 and its last major eruption was in 1631. Another eruption is expected in the near future, would could be devastating for the 700,000 people who live in the “death zones” around Vesuvius.

DID YOU KNOW THAT thanks to 3D printing, NASA can basically "email" tools to astronauts. Getting new equipment to the Space Station used to take months or years, but the new technology means the tools are ready within hours.

WORD OF THE DAY sporadic (spuh-RAD-ik) which means occurring occasionally, singly, or in irregular or random instances. Sporadic describes the distribution of something across space or time that is not frequent enough to fill an area or period, often in scattered instances or isolated outbursts (as in "sporadic applause"). The word comes from Medieval Latin sporadicus, which is itself derived from Greek sporadēn, meaning "here and there." It is also related to the Greek verb speirein ("to sow"), the ancestor from which we get our word spore (the reproductive cell of a fungus, microorganism, or some plants), hinting at the seeming scattered nature by which such cells distribute and germinate.(Merriam-Webster)

Basement Stories

by Dick Burris

Vern Hunt Subdivision:

One of our primary subdivisions in Lapeer was the Hunt subdivision, I called him "Uncle Vern" although we weren't related. He was a jolly guy, fun as a "barrel full of monkeys", and fun to work for.
On one of our basements we had an unpleasant experience. There was an out of state

roughing crew working on the basement we had previously laid block on. Across the street there were a very professional black crew roughing another house.

These white idiots started shouting rude, derogatory remarks at the crew across the road.

Perry; my son in law, one of the finest individuals I've ever known; was with me laying block on this basement, and all basements, for that matter. He was a person that wouldn't say s--t if he had a mouthful, and I knew he was as embarrassed, and disgusted as I was.

Finally I had all of this that I could tolerate, and marched next door and told the guys, "If that crew comes over here to kick your asses I'm gonna help them!"

That was the end of the heckling, and Perry and I went on working, without the aggravation of that problem. I always have found work is more pleasant without discord; and should be "fun".

Broken foot:

We were working on the "Hunt" subdivision. Perry and I had just laid all of the long walls of the basement, and started to lay block on a porch section of the front wall. The porch required a special scaffold, and we were using wooden planking. Running short on small planking, I chose a 2x4 to substitute in the scaffold.

We loaded the scaffold with block, and commenced to lay the upper walls. Suddenly the 2x4 broke. I had been on it, and landed on my feet; a block landed with the edge across the bridge of my foot; then six other blocks landed on that block. I told Perry that I thought my foot was broken, and went on to finish the block on the porch wall. We also plastered the outside of the basement; me walking on my heel to do it.

That night the foot iwas a little painful, so I went to the doctor the next morning; and he set the bones, and put on a cast. He wouldn't put on a walking cast, so I decided to go to the island, as I couldn't work with a cast on.
There was a shipwreck chain to be quartered on the island, so out came the cutting torch, and I cut them into 60 foot lengths.

Dick cutting chain

A few days later at the cabin, I was going across the porch on crutches, and fell into a pile of stainless pots. That did it; I thought I may as well go back to work; as it would probably be safer if I did.

I then devised a way to lay block with the cast on. I put on a knee pad, and used a cement block to rest my knee on, and could lay three blocks at a time from each position. Actually this worked fine, for was able to score around 600 block a day with this method.

This is the only injury that ever happened to me in all of these years, other than a chronic back problem .

Notice of Special Meeting
St James Township
Public Works Committee
Date: Monday, August 26, 2019 @ 4:00PM
Place: St James Township Governmental Center

View notice HERE

Weather by Joe

August 23, 2019

At 9 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 56 degrees with dew completely covering the storm door and lots of moisture on the grass. The pressure is 30.23 with visibility of ten miles. The sky is partly cloudy with a dewpoint of 56 degrees allowing for patchy fog with a humidity of 100%.

TODAY, it is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 70. The winds will be from the N at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low near 50 with winds light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a mainly sunny day with a high in the lower 70's with wind from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Word of the Day: excursion; noun; (ik-SKER-zhun); a going out or forth; a usually brief pleasure trip; a trip at special reduced rates; deviation from a direct, definite, or proper course; a movement outward and back or from a mean position or axis; the distance traversed

In Latin, the prefix ex- means "out of" and the verb currere means "to run." When the two are put together, they form the verb excurrere, literally "to run out" or "to extend." Excurrere gave rise not only to excursion but also to excurrent (an adjective for things having channels or currents that run outward) and excursus (meaning "an appendix or digression that contains further exposition of some point or topic"). Other words deriving from currere include corridor, curriculum, and among newer words, parkour

On this Day

Fannie Farmer opens cooking school

On August 23, 1902, pioneering cookbook author Fannie Farmer, who changed the way Americans prepare food by advocating the use of standardized measurements in recipes, opens Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery in Boston. In addition to teaching women about cooking, Farmer later educated medical professionals about the importance of proper nutrition for the sick.

Farmer was born March 23, 1857, and raised near Boston, Massachusetts. Her family believed in education for women and Farmer attended Medford High School; however, as a teenager she suffered a paralytic stroke that turned her into a homebound invalid for a period of years. As a result, she was unable to complete high school or attend college and her illness left her with a permanent limp. When she was in her early 30s, Farmer attended the Boston Cooking School. Founded in 1879, the school promoted a scientific approach to food preparation and trained women to become cooking teachers at a time when their employment opportunities were limited. Farmer graduated from the program in 1889 and in 1891 became the school’s principal. In 1896, she published her first cookbook, The Boston Cooking School Cookbook, which included a wide range of straightforward recipes along with information on cooking and sanitation techniques, household management and nutrition. Farmer’s book became a bestseller and revolutionized American cooking through its use of precise measurements, a novel culinary concept at the time.

In 1902, Farmer left the Boston Cooking School and founded Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery. In addition to running her school, she traveled to speaking engagements around the U.S. and continued to write cookbooks. In 1904, she published Food and Cookery for the Sick and Convalescent, which provided food recommendations for specific diseases, nutritional information for children and information about the digestive system, among other topics. Farmer’s expertise in the areas of nutrition and illness led her to lecture at Harvard Medical School.

Farmer died January 15, 1915, at age 57. After Farmer’s death, Alice Bradley, who taught at Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery, took over the business and ran it until the mid-1940s. The Fannie Farmer Cookbook is still in print today.

Garry A. Duram

June 16, 1946 ~ August 21, 2019 (age 73)

Garry A. Duram, age 73 of Grand Haven, passed away at home on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 after a short courageous battle with cancer. He was born on June 16, 1946 in Muskegon, MI to the late Francis and Caroline (Elzinga) Duram. Garry married the love of his life, Susan Anderson, on November 26, 1965 in Muskegon, MI.

Garry retired from the City of Greenville as the Chief of Police, and was a former police officer in Grand Haven for several years. He always put his faith first and loved to share his passion for the Lord with anyone he came into contact with. Garry cherished making memories with his family and friends. From winters in Nokomis, FL, to summers on Beaver Island, to family trips to Disney World; a lot of amazing memories were made.

Garry will be missed and remembered by his family; wife, Sue; daughters, Lorri (Bill) Keller and Amanda (Ryan) Jager; son, Garry (Teresa) Duram; grandchildren: Ashley, McKenna, and Kayla Duram, Billy (Stephanie) Keller, Jessica (Chris) Witter, Hannah (Larry) Livington, Aiden and Amelia Jager; brother, Ron (Karen) Duram; sister-in-law, Nancy Anderson; brothers-in-law, Rick (Andrea) Anderson and Roy (Janice) Anderson; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Gordon and Tom Duram.

The Memorial Service for Garry will be at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Harvest Bible Campus Spring Lake with Pastor Larry Dyksterhouse officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Love in Action.


Lady Islanders versus Maplewood

The Lady Islanders came out with an excellent warm-up and with a winning attitude, along with the coaches who were new for this year. The teamwork was evident, and the games were demanding, but the Lady Islanders were up for the battle.

The games began with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag as usual with Kerry Smith doing the introductions.

Beaver Islanders versus Maplewood

View a gallery of pictures from Match 1 HERE

View pictures from the second match HERE


Scores for the games:

March 1: Islanders win 25-22; Islanders win 25-12; Islanders win 26-24

Match 2: Islanders win 25-12; Islanders win 25-12; Islanders win 25-17

Great job, Lady Islanders!

View video of the games HERE

Telecommunications Committee Minutes and Documents

Draft Tele Ad Com Min 08142019

Telecom Pools of Service

Telecom Quickstart program info

Peaine Township Recreation Plan

Krys Lyle Made  the Following Announcement 

Greeting Everyone!

We are now embarking on the next phase of review for the recreation plan.  I am attaching the ‘Notice for Review’ with the direct link to the document, which appears on the front page of the website under ’News and Announcements’.  The calendar clock begins August 7th and runs until September 6, 2019.  A public hearing will be schedule in September (TBA).
I encourage everyone to review this draft document for any further revisions.  Many thanks for all who have contributed to earlier comments and revisions.  If you have any questions please direct them to me.
In time,

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 22, 2019

Beautiful morning, a few puffy clouds floating past, 59°, wind is from the north at 8 mph, humidity is 69%, pressure is 30.04 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Another perfect summer day. Pollen levels are medium-high at 9.3. Top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today North wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the morning. Sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday North wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday Night Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1776, the British arrive at Long Island, between Gravesend and New Utrecht, with “near twenty four thousand men ready to land in a moment,” according to one observer.

General William Howe’s large army came to Long Island hoping to capture New York City and gain control of the Hudson River, a victory that would divide the rebellious colonies in half. Five days later, on August 27, the Redcoats marched against the Patriot position at Brooklyn Heights, overcoming the Americans at Gowanus Pass and then outflanking the entire Continental Army. The Americans suffered 1,000 casualties to the British loss of only 400 men during the fighting. Howe chose not to follow the advice of his subordinates, however, and did not storm the Patriot redoubts at Brooklyn Heights, where he could have taken the Patriots’ military leadership prisoner and ended the rebellion.

General Washington ordered a retreat to Manhattan by boat. The British could easily have prevented this retreat and captured most of the Patriot officer corps, including Washington. However, General William and Admiral Richard Howe still hoped to convince the Americans to rejoin the British empire in the wake of the humiliating defeat, instead of forcing the former colonies into submission after executing Washington and his officers as traitors. On September 11, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and other congressional representatives reopened negotiations with the Howe brothers on Staten Island. The negotiations fell through when the British refused to accept American independence.

The British captured New York City on September 15; it would remain in British hands until the end of the war.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the American flag was designed by a high school student? It started as a school project for Bob Heft’s junior-year history class, and it only earned a B- in 1958. His design had 50 stars even though Alaska and Hawaii weren’t states yet. Heft figured the two would earn statehood soon and showed the government his design. After President Dwight D. Eisenhower called to say his design was approved, Heft’s teacher changed his grade to an A.

WORD OF THE DAY chivy (CHIV-ee) which means
1 : to tease or annoy with persistent petty attacks
2 : to move or obtain by small maneuvers
Chivy, which is also spelled chivvy, became established in our language in the 19th century and, at first, meant "to harass or chase." Early usage examples are of people chivying a chicken around to catch it and of a person chivying around food that is frying. The verb comes from a British noun chivy meaning "chase" or "hunt." That chivy is believed to be derived from Chevy Chase—a term for "chase" or "confusion" that is taken from the name of a ballad describing the 1388 battle of Otterburn between the Scottish and English. (A chase in this context is an unenclosed tract of land that is used as a game preserve.) (Merriam-Webster)

Cheese and Company Opens Downtown

August 21, 2019

Kevin Gillespie has organized a corporation in which his food truck/trailer is one of the locations for getting the amazing grilled cheese dishes available anywhere. His trailer in on the island today and was found open at a little after one. He is located right next to his dad's real estate office downtown Beaver Island. The business had a line up of more than ten people when these pictures were taken.

View a short video HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 21, 2019

Cloudy skies this morning, 64°, wind is from the north at 4 mph, humidity is 92%, pressure is 29.87 inches, and visibility is 10 miles, while on the mainland it's extremely foggy. Pollen levels are medium-high at 9.3. Top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Tonight Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots. Clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Thursday Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Thursday Night North wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1858, the Lincoln-Douglas debates began.

Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois and Abraham Lincoln, a Kentucky-born lawyer and one-time U.S. representative from Illinois, begin a series of famous public encounters on the issue of slavery. The two politicians, the former a Northern Democrat and the latter a Republican, were competing for Douglas’ U.S. Senate seat. In the seven Lincoln-Douglas debates–all about three hours along–Lincoln argued against the spread of slavery while Douglas maintained that each territory should have the right to decide whether it would become free or slave. Lincoln lost the Senate race, but his campaign brought national attention to the young Republican Party.

In 1860, Lincoln won the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. In that election, he again faced Douglas, who represented the Northern faction of a heavily divided Democratic Party, as well as Southern Democrat John C. Breckinridge and Constitutional Union candidate John Bell. On November 6, 1860, Lincoln defeated his opponents with only 40 percent of the popular vote, becoming the first Republican to win the presidency.

The announcement of his victory signaled the secession of the Southern states, which since the beginning of the year had been publicly threatening secession if the Republicans gained the White House. By the time of Lincoln’s inauguration on March 4, 1861, seven states had seceded and the Confederate States of America had been formally established with Jefferson Davis as its elected president. One month later, the American Civil War began when Confederate forces under General P.G.T. Beauregard opened fire on Union-held Fort Sumter in South Carolina.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Kleenex tissues were originally intended for gas masks? When there was a cotton shortage during World War I, Kimberly-Clark developed a thin, flat cotton substitute that the army tried to use as a filter in gas masks. The war ended before scientists perfected the material for gas masks, so the company redeveloped it to be smoother and softer, then marketed Kleenex as facial tissue instead.

WORD OF THE DAY misnomer (miss-NOH-mer) which means:
1 : the misnaming of a person in a legal instrument
2 a : a use of a wrong or inappropriate name
b : a wrong name or inappropriate designation
What's in a name? Well, in some cases, a name will contain an error, a misunderstanding, or a mislabeling. Historians have long noted that the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire. The Battle of Bunker Hill was actually fought on Breed's Hill. And the Pennsylvania Dutch are in fact of German ancestry. For such cases, we have the term misnomer, which comes from the Anglo-French verb mesnomer ("to misname") and ultimately has its roots in nomen, the Latin word for "name." (Merriam-Webster)

Unusual Caterpillar

The subscribers to this website know from the pictures shown here that the editor is obsessed with nature and wildlife. This particular one, however, stumped the editor, and research needed to be done to figure out what this was. It's a good thing that the editor didn't attempt to pick up the caterpillar because this particular one is venomous.

White, Furry and Poisonous: The Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar. ... Sometimes, though, their poison triggers a severe allergic reaction, so if you experience swelling and nausea after touching one, get some medical help ASAP. This caterpillar is the larval form of the Hickory Tussock Moth (lophocampa caryae).

Some of the hairs on this caterpillar have barbs, and can get stuck in your skin. They then break off, leaving small 'little spears' in your skin which can cause an allergic reaction. ... Is the hickory tussock moth caterpillar poisonous? No, however it is venomous

To insect lovers, however, Tussock Moth caterpillars are known for their striking tufts of hair, or tussocks. Many species exhibit four characteristic clumps of bristles on their backs, giving them the appearance of a toothbrush. Some have longer pairs of tufts near the head and rear. Judged on looks alone, these fuzzy caterpillars might appear harmless but touch one with a bare finger and you'll feel as if you've been pricked by fiberglass. Some species, such as the Brown-tail, will even leave you with a persistent and painful rash.

National Weather Service to Visit the Island

At 7 p.m. on September 3, 2019, at Peaine Township Hall, two representatives from the National Weather Service office in Gaylord will conduct a presentation which will be open to all and free of charge.

Keith Berger, Observation Programs Leader for the NWS in Gaylord will begin with a virtual tour of the office in Gaylord, followed by a brief presentation of the new NWS forecasts and warnings “zone” created specifically for Beaver Island… a move that is designed to better serve the Island.  Keith will also deliver a presentation titled Great Storms of the Great Lakes, which will cover some of the most infamous "Gales of November" which sank many ships and ravaged the area.  Some may have heard, or even remember, stories of these meteorological monsters passed down through the generations.

Michael Boguth, Senior Forecaster at the NWS in Gaylord, will then give a very informative presentation on the science behind Lake Effect Snow and Great Lakes winter storms.  Mike is one of the NWS’s top forecasters who specialize in Great Lakes weather, and he lived through the 60"+ snow storm in Sault Ste. Marie back in 1995.  Mike eats, lives, and breathes snow…and will conclude with a Q&A to answer anything you've ever wanted to know about winter weather.

The NWS office in Gaylord has been open since 1995 and has forecast and warning responsibility for 25 counties in the northern lower and eastern upper peninsulas.  Its mission also includes nearshore forecasts for over 700 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, and marine warning responsibility for the open waters of northern parts of Lakes Michigan and Huron, the Saint Mary’s River system, and Whitefish Bay.

Beaver Island Telecommunications Committee Meeting Rescheduled

The meeting that was to take place this week has been rescheduled for next week, Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

Mr. Adventure

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 20, 2019

It's going to be another warm one, but we might as well collect as many as we can before the season changes. Right now it's 67°, wind is from the south at 4 mph, humidity is 95%, pressure is 30.00 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels for today are high at 9.9. Top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Patchy drizzle. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Wednesday Night Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots. Mostly clear. waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1920, seven men, including legendary all-around athlete and football star Jim Thorpe, meet to organize a professional football league at the Jordan and Hupmobile Auto Showroom in Canton, Ohio. The meeting led to the creation of the American Professional Football Conference (APFC), the forerunner to the hugely successful National Football League.

Professional football developed in the 1890s in Pennsylvania, as local athletic clubs engaged in increasingly intense competition. Former Yale football star William “Pudge” Heffelfinger became the first-ever professional football player when he was hired by the Allegheny Athletic Association to play in a game against their rival the Pittsburgh Athletic Club in November 1892. By 1896, the Allegheny Athletic Association was made up entirely of paid players, making it the sport’s first-ever professional team. As football became more and more popular, local semi-pro and pro teams were organized across the country.

Professional football first proved itself a viable spectator sport in the 1910s with the establishment of The Ohio League. Canton, the premiere team in the league, featured legendary decathlete and football star Jim Thorpe. From his play with the Carlisle School to his gold medal in the decathlon in Stockholm in 1912 and his time in the outfield with John McGraw’s New York Giants, Thorpe was an international star who brought legitimacy to professional football. The crowds that Thorpe and the Canton team drew created a market for professional football in Ohio and beyond. Still, the league was struggling due to escalating player salaries, a reliance on college players who then had to forfeit their college eligibility and a general lack of organization.

On August 20, 1920, the owners of four Ohio League teams–the Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians and Dayton Triangles–met to form a new professional league. Jim Thorpe was nominated as president of the new league, as it was hoped Thorpe’s fame would help the league to be taken seriously. On September 17, the league met again, changing its short-lived name to the American Professional Football Association (APFA) and officially electing Jim Thorpe as the league’s first president.

The APFA began play on September 26, with the Rock Island Independents of Illinois defeating a team from outside the league, the St. Paul Ideals, 48-0. A week later, Dayton beat Columbus 14-0 in the first game between two teams from the APFA, the forerunner of the modern NFL.

DID YOU KNOW THAT scholars think Hernán Cortés brought the seeds in 1519 with the intent of the fruits being used ornamentally in gardens. By the 1700s, aristocrats started eating tomatoes, but they were convinced the fruits were poison because people would die after eating them. In reality, the acidity from the tomatoes brought out lead in their pewter plates, so they’d died of lead poisoning.

WORD OF THE DAY ethereal (ih-THEER-ee-ul) which means:
1 a : of or relating to the regions beyond the earth
b : celestial, heavenly
c : unworldly, spiritual
2 a : lacking material substance : immaterial, intangible
b : marked by unusual delicacy or refinement
c : suggesting the heavens or heaven
3 : relating to, containing, or resembling a chemical ether
If you're burning to know the history of ethereal, you're in the right spirit to fully understand that word's etymology. The ancient Greeks believed that the Earth was composed of earth, air, fire, and water, but that the heavens and its denizens were made of a purer, less tangible substance known as either ether or quintessence. Ether was often described as an invisible light or fire, and its name derives from the Greek aithein, a verb meaning "to ignite" or "to blaze." When ethereal, the adjectival kin of ether, debuted in English in the 1500s, it referred to regions beyond the Earth or anything that seemed to originate from there. (Merriam-Webster)

Ron Wojan Gets 'Er Done

August 19, 2019

After a couple of years after the loss of the Bill Wagner Memorial Campground sign, that extended completely from one side of the campground driveway to the other, Peaine Township replaced this large sign with a very small sign, which was not much bigger than a medium size computer monitor. It was difficult to see that sign if driving a vehicle or riding a bicycle on the bumpy road, but the samll sign did not do justice to the work that Bill Wagner put in as the primary DNR officer on the island and his work here.

Ron Wojan went out and did some research on the size of the sign necessary to be readable, got the sign made, made the freestanding sign stand, and, just this weekend moved the sign out to its current situation. There is no difficulty knowing where the Bill Wagner Memorial Campground is anymore. It can be located easily and the sign is very nice. Thank you, Ron, for getting the job done!

View a short video HERE

Miniss Kitigan Drum I

Miniss Kitigan Drum... MKD for short


Cheryl Podgorski (Aukeequay) and Kerry Podgorski (Majiiseyquay) were interviewed on August 19, 2019.  The MKD is still a functioning entitiy as most do not know.  The camp on Garden Island is just one of the activities of this group.  They are also responsible for the “Indian Burial Ground” and/or the cemetery on Garden Island.

The interview was fascinating, and it definitely indicated that this group established in 1978 is part of Beaver Island history as well as the Beaver Island Archipelago history.  The transportation out to Garden Island was done by many in the past:  Phil Gregg, Glen Felixson, Jon Barrett, and currently by Mike Weede.

This group was established by “Grandmother” Keewaydinaquay Peschel, know by most Beaver Islanders as just “Kee.”


Keewaydinoquay Pakawakuk Peschel (1919 – July 21,1999) was a scholar, ethnobotanist, herbalist, medicine woman, teacher and author. She was an Anishinaabeg Elder of the Crane Clan. She was born in Michigan around 1919 and spent time on Garden Island, a traditional Anishinaabeg homeland.

According to her biography, she was born in a fishing boat en route to the hospital from the Manitou Islands, which capsized shortly thereafter, and her survival was interpreted as miraculous. Her childhood name, meaning "Walks with Bears", derived from an incident where as a toddler she was left on a blanket as her parents gathered blueberries, returning to see her standing by bears, eating blueberries off the bushes. Her adult name Giiwedinokwe, recorded as "Keewaydinoquay", means "Woman of the North[west Wind]" and came from her vision quest.

She apprenticed with the noted Anishinaabeg medicine woman Nodjimahkwe from the age of 9 and worked for many years as a medicine woman, at a time when her people had little access to conventional medical care and when conventional medical care failed to cure them, healing more than several patients deemed to be terminally ill. At the age of 57, she decided to study anthropology, realizing that people would listen to her more if she had a degree.

Keewaydinoquay founded the Miniss Kitigan Drum, a non-profit organization supporting the preservation and evolution of Great Lakes Native American traditions. Many referred to Keewaydinoquay lovingly as Nookomis (Grandmother). The group has ties with established and recognized tribes in the area. She was the subject of controversy, much of it stemming from her willingness to teach those of other than native backgrounds. She started doing this at a time when native people had just secured their abilities to openly practice traditional ceremonial rites and religious observances. Kee said it "broke her heart" that she could find no Native peoples interested in learning about their own culture, and she offered her teachings to non-natives as the only way of preserving her heritage. She said to critics that the time was late, and that people of good hearts and like minds needed to work together to offset the users and those that were actively hurting the earth. Some other elders at the time affirmed the wisdom of this, and later many who had earlier criticized her came to appreciate the wisdom of these teachings and proclaim them themselves.

She died on July 21, 1999, and was honored with a traditional Midewiwin ceremony on Garden Island.

In the captivating art of the oral tradition—told in the author's own voice—Keewaydinoquay, Stories from My Youth brings to life the childhood years of a Michigan woman of both Native American and white descent. Presented here with the clarity and charm of a master storyteller, the words of Keewaydinoquay contain layers of understanding, conveyed by both what is said and how it is said. The values of the worldview that she shares with us are ones that resonate on far more than just an intellectual level.

The stories span generations and cultures and shed a rare light on the living conditions of Native Americans in Michigan in the early 1900s. They recount Keewaydinoquay's education in the public schools, illuminate the role Christianity played in Native American culture, and reveal the importance of maintaining traditional customs.
This book is written by Lee Boisvert and can be purchased HERE.

Some of the above information comes from the Wikipedia website and the link shown above. Cheryl and Carrie studied under "Grandmother Kee." This oral tradition will be shared with the subscribers in some installments starting with the first video clip that can be viewed HERE

Pancake Breakfast

BICS Fall Sports Schedules



Contradance Weekend

This past weekend of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the island hosted the first ever Contradance Weekend. Approximately fifty visitors came to participate. The event took place in the Holy Cross Parish Hall over this past weekend. The joyous dancing and music emanated from the parish hall, and all who attended had a great time. It is possible that this may become an annual event.

View a short video HERE

Thank you to Larissa McGinnity for sharing her video!

BICS Board of Education Meeting

August 19, 2019, 7-8:30 p.m. at BICS

View public packet for the meeting HERE

Beautiful Sunset Last Night

August 19, 2019

The post sunset picture

View the sunset pictures HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 19, 2019

Kids will be on the ferry back to the mainland this morning. So glad that they were able to come (Courtney too), and that they had a good time. The girls are natural water babies! Until next time.

It's fixing to be a beautiful day. Right now it's 62°, wind is from the west at 4 mph, humidity is 81%, pressure is 29.94 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are low today. Top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today West wind 10 to 15 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Night West wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1909, the first race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, now the home of the world’s most famous motor racing competition, the Indianapolis 500.

Built on 328 acres of farmland five miles northwest of Indianapolis, Indiana, the speedway was started by local businessmen as a testing facility for Indiana’s growing automobile industry. The idea was that occasional races at the track would pit cars from different manufacturers against each other. After seeing what these cars could do, spectators would presumably head down to the showroom of their choice to get a closer look.

The rectangular two-and-a-half-mile track linked four turns, each exactly 440 yards from start to finish, by two long and two short straight sections. In that first five-mile race on August 19, 1909, 12,000 spectators watched Austrian engineer Louis Schwitzer win with an average speed of 57.4 miles per hour. The track’s surface of crushed rock and tar proved a disaster, breaking up in a number of places and causing the deaths of two drivers, two mechanics and two spectators.

The surface was soon replaced with 3.2 million paving bricks, laid in a bed of sand and fixed with mortar. Dubbed “The Brickyard,” the speedway reopened in December 1909. In 1911, low attendance led the track’s owners to make a crucial decision: Instead of shorter races, they resolved to focus on a single, longer event each year, for a much larger prize. That May 30 marked the debut of the Indy 500–a grueling 500-mile race that was an immediate hit with audiences and drew press attention from all over the country. Driver Ray Haroun won the purse of $14,250, with an average speed of 74.59 mph and a total time of 6 hours and 42 minutes.

Since 1911, the Indianapolis 500 has been held every year, with the exception of 1917-18 and 1942-45, when the United States was involved in the two world wars. With an average crowd of 400,000, the Indy 500 is the best-attended event in U.S. sports. In 1936, asphalt was used for the first time to cover the rougher parts of the track, and by 1941 most of the track was paved. The last of the speedway’s original bricks were covered in 1961, except for a three-foot line of bricks left exposed at the start-finish line as a nostalgic reminder of the track’s history.

DID YOU KNOW firefighters use wetting agents to make water wetter. The chemicals reduce the surface tension of plain water so it’s easier to spread and soak into objects, which is why it’s known as “wet water.”

WORD OF THE DAY brandish (BRAN-dish) which means:
1 : to shake or wave (something, such as a weapon) menacingly
2 : to exhibit in an ostentatious or aggressive manner
Often when we encounter the word brandish in print, it is soon followed by a word for a weapon, such as knife or handgun. That's appropriate given the word's etymology: it is a descendant of the Middle English braundisshen, which derives, via brandiss- (a stem of the Anglo-French brandir), from brant, braund, meaning "sword." Nowadays you can brandish things other than weapons, however. The figurative usage of brandish rose alongside its earliest literal usage in the 14th century. When you brandish something that isn't a weapon (such as a sign), you are in effect waving it in someone's face so that it cannot be overlooked.

Beaver Island Christian Church Service

August 18, 2019

View video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

August 18.2019

The normal times for Saturday afternoon Mass and Sunday morning Mass are 4 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. respectively. The reader for Saturday was Pinky Harmon.

Pinky Harmon

The reader for Sunday morning was Brian Foli. The celebrant for both Masses was Father Jim Siler. Sunday's service had some special music for Communion. It included "Amazing Grace" by Joe Moore on violin and Philip Michael Moore on guitar. The choir same a communion hymn. This was followed by a meditation song "Ave Maria" sung a capella by Philip Michael Moore.

Brian Foli.................Father Jim Siler................Philip Michael Moore

During the music at communion, the power spiked and the camera quit recording. The back-up included some distortion, but a communion music file was rescued and is fixed as best as this editor can do.

View video of the Masses HERE

View video of Rescued Sunday Communion music HERE

Men's Golf League, Week 10 Results

August 17, 2019




Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

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

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

St. James Township Meetings Schedule

September 5, 2018

View video of the meeting HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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

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Osprey Saga

by Joe Moore

August 17, 2019

In 2018, the osprey fledglings departed the island on the 19th of August, so it was getting close to that date, and this editor had not seen the fledglings out of the nest. That caused some worry even though friends had seen one in a tree on Sloptown Road. This year, the ospreys were slightly late in arriving, so there was worry that they wouldn't produce hatchlings. That was a waste of worry. The hatchling was seen in the nest after a while. Then there was worry that the fledglings wouldn't learn to fly in time to depart with the parents, going wherever ospreys go at the end of the season.

All of this worry was wasted. There is at least one osprey fledgling, and maybe two. The fledgling was either seen twice on the same day in two different trees, or there were two different fledglings. These old eyes couldn't answer that question. Perhaps your eyes are better than mine. All that can be said here is that the nest on top of the microwave tower was successful at producing at least one hatchling that is now a fledgling. Here are three pictures of the birds seen today.

One in the dead tree....................Another (possibly) in the tree by the tower

So, the osprey addict's season is over for this year, although they might be seen for a few more days.

Pride of Baltimore II Visits

August 15, 2019

This morning, August 16, 2019, was the "Pride of Baltimore" departing Paradise Bat headed out. The vessel had been anchored here for a couple of days, and it was featured in many photos including one sent in to the TV 9 and 10 Newsroom by Layla Hall. These photos were not about anything except the "Pride of Baltimore" and not an attmpt to capture the moon and the vessel together in a photo. Layla did a great job in that picture.

Pride of Baltimore at anchor after it came into the harbor, 8/14/19

Pride of Balitmore the night before it left the harbor, 8/15/19

Read more about the Pride of Baltimore HERE

and HERE

August Full Moon

August 15, 2019

This full moon was captured just outside the Circle M last night while the group was on break. This full moon cast some spooky shadows on the ground as the editor headed home. It distracted enough to prevent all the equipment from being brought out and taken home. A second trip back was necessary to accomplish that task.

This full moon has different names. One is "Green Corn Full Moon" and the other is the "Sturgeon Full Moon." It was gorgeous!

Peaine Township Meeting

August 15, 2019

This meeting was scheduled for Monday, August 12, 2019, but was rescheduled for Thursday, August 15, 2019.

View meeting packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

RIP Danny Peck

Danny Peck

Danny Peck lived on the island for many years, played drums in a large number of different groups, and played with the editor and Mike Moore.

B. I. Cultural Arts History at Picnic at the Point

The Picnic at the Point series, paired with the ability to climb the stairs in the lighthouse, has been quite popular this summer. This is a combination of two really popular parts of the history of Beaver Island. The actual climb up the lighthouse including the up-close-and-personal view of the light, and the gorgeous Paradise Bay harbor view, makes the experience of the history a popular activity.

This week's presentation was about the history of the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association from the perspective of Anne Glendon. Present also at the point was one of the founders of this group, the editor of this website, Joe Moore. The presentation spoke more about the history of the orchestra and chorus's development from a local event with invited visitors with one or two concerts to a professional classical music festival with events over two weekends in July and August. This obviously necessitated the costs and budget increasing and the fees for some of the events also increasing.

The views of attendees and the harbor

Views of family enjoying the lighthouse

View video of this presentation HERE

The Emerald Ash Borer and Wood Movement to the Islands

In 2019, the Townships of Peaine and St. James passed an ordinance regulating and banning the movement of firewood, logs, lumber and wood pallets from the mainland to the Beaver Island Archipelago. Any wood brought to the Islands had to be bark free and/or processed in a manner which made it free of insects and disease.

The major concern was for the forests of the Archipelago, as there has been a massive incursion of the Emerald Ash Borer in the State of Michigan-- which has devastated the Ash tree population on the Michigan mainland. In hopes of keeping the Beaver Islands free of infestation, island volunteers have been monitoring our forests for years, with the help of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

In 2017, an Emerald Ash Borer trap captured a female emerald ash borer. Tests in 2018 and this spring have also found the beetle’s larvae in two isolated Ash locations on Beaver Island. A full court press has ensued with a multidisciplinary team coming to the Island in March of this year to conduct surveys and to begin eradication processes. The team, consisting of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Charlevoix-Antrim-Kalkaska-Emmet Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (COKE CISMA) and volunteer members of the Beaver Island Association.

Pamela Grassmick, a resident of Beaver Island and a member of the Beaver Island Association, has been instrumental in bringing attention to the issue. She and others have worked for over a decade in monitoring our forests and wetlands for invasive species of all kinds. “We actually stripped the trees and looked at the larvae. There are different stages of the larvae and we found all stages present in two spots on the island,” Grassmick said.

Due to the early detection and the control methods now in place, forestry experts think Beaver Island has a good chance of controlling this pest. “The professionals feel confident we can control this on the island – if we get on top of it right now,” Grassmick said.

To that end, the Townships have passed this ordinance and will plan on enforcing it. Signs, bringing attention to the Ordinance, will be placed at all ports of entry to the island. The Beaver Island Ferry Company and both airports will have warning signs placed where travelers to the Islands can see them. Businesses, campgrounds and other gathering places will also post these signs. Pam Grassmick adds: “The Beaver Island Townships’ signs are a vital step in controlling the movement of untreated wood which could harbor invasive forest pests. Islanders recognize that the ecology and economic future are dependent on the health of our forests and it is great to see the township’s support in action.”

All are encouraged to buy or obtain fire wood locally, and to be especially mindful not to move Ash wood around the island or between the islands of the Beaver Island Archipelago.

For more information on the Emerald Ash Borer and the work that is taking place to eradicate it, please go to the Beaver Island Association website: www beaverislandassociation.org. The Township websites will also carry more information about this ordinance.



Resale Shop

The summer schedule at Island Treasures Resale Shop will begin on Tuesday, June 4. The shop will be open Tues. through Sat. from noon until 4:00. Please tell your friends.

St James Township Meeting Time Change

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

Telecommunications Committee 2019 Meeting Schedule

Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2019 Meeting Dates

June 15

September 21

December 14 (Annual Meeting)

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

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:เธข เธข  8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:เธข เธข  12:00 - 5:00

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

Public Meeting Dates



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

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

September 2019


Waste Management Committee Meeting Schedule

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

View schedule HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

September 1, 2019

Contradance Summer 2019 Schedule

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



Special St. James Meeting

August 13, 2019

Tonight's special St. James meeting was related and specifically called for the decision on the Wolam Foundation offer to provide the Anderson marina as a gift to the township with some specific restrictions.

St. James Township Special Meeting Notice

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 7:00PM

View meeting notice HERE

The resolution motion was made by Kitty McNamara, supervisor, and seconded by Paul Cole, trustee. The resolution passed with a vote of 4 Yea to 1 Nay.

View video of the meeting HERE


Speeding Down the Roads

An editorial by Joe Moore, August 11, 2019

I think that we all have to be reminded sometimes about the speed limits and the most important law regarding speed, the one that talks about "too fast for conditions." The Sheriff's Department sent over one of the automatic speed check machines to make certain that we did get reminded. I am the first to admit that I let my foot off the accelerator too late to make the 25 mph speed limit sign. This machine makes me think about it by providing me the actual speed I am going, so I slow down.

Thre is another reason to slow down, even if the speed limit is 55 mph on the roads outside of the 25 mph speed limit sign. The safety of yourself and your family should be the highest priority, so slowing down will generally help you assure that safety. There are many things you will never see if you are zipping down the roadway. Here is a collection of some of those things with an emphasis on wildlife. The car zipping by Barney's Lake in front of me did not get a chance to see the heron go through its many poses, first hiding, then showing its size in an attempt to scare me away. The car in front of me never even saw the butterflies flitting around the boat launch. The one zipping down Sloptown certainly didn't see the deer that was almost killed by their speeding car. Lucky for the deer, it jumped back away from the road at the last second. The driver didn't even know the deer was there. It could have been a bad day for the driver and the deer.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

It has been suggested that there should be a prize for those that slow down enough to actually see what is going on around them: the wildlife, the child coming out of the driveway, and the wilflife that just happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Mathew H. Hohn Memorial

On September 1, 1961, Matthew H. Hohn was hired as an Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University (CMU) in the Dept. of Biology. Hohn was promoted to full Professor in 1965 and as Coordinator of the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island, Michigan, in 1967. He retired from CMU in 1986. After retirement, he lived in St. James on Beaver Island.

Matt and Ellie Hohn

Matthew H. Hohn died on March 18, 1999.  There was a Memorial Service for Matt Hohn down at the CMU Biological Center.

View video of the memorial service at CMU HERE

Submit Your Birds for Testing

Great Lakes region ruffed grouse hunters – we need you!

The ruffed grouse West Nile virus surveillance project will enter year two this fall. The collaborative study began in 2018, between Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources and the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study group.

The study is being conducted to learn more about West Nile virus (WNV) exposure and infection in ruffed grouse in the Great Lakes region. Recently, WNV has become a topic of interest due to a rise in ruffed grouse testing positive for the disease. A study in Pennsylvania recently reported that WNV may have contributed to population declines in areas of lower-quality habitat or where habitat was scarce.  In 2017, WNV was identified in 12 ruffed grouse in Michigan. The virus was confirmed in one ruffed grouse in the early 2000s in Minnesota and detected in Wisconsin ruffed grouse in 2018.

“Evaluating various impacts on grouse populations from influences like weather to the effects of disease is valuable information. By testing birds from key areas in the state, we hope to learn the extent to which ruffed grouse are being exposed to West Nile virus, and how it may be affecting them,” said laboratory technician Julie Melotti from the Michigan DNR Wildlife Disease Lab.

Participation from grouse hunters in the region will be an important component of the study. We encourage grouse hunters to voluntarily submit birds for testing.

Each state has a targeted sampling region and goal. During the 2018 grouse season, Michigan received 209 of the 400 desired samples, from select counties in the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula. Additionally, the Michigan DNR has not documented any unexpected declines in grouse populations across the state and has no data to suggest the state’s populations are in peril. Further information on WNV in ruffed grouse and how to obtain sampling kits in Michigan can be found on the Michigan DNR’s WNV and Ruffed Grouse FAQ sheet.

Minnesota collected 273 sample kits of its 400-sample goal. This year, Minnesota is broadening the sampling area to include the statewide ruffed grouse range. Sampling kits will be made available on Sept. 3. For more information on obtaining a sampling kit, please visit the Minnesota grouse hunting webpage.

In 2018, Wisconsin confirmed its first three cases of West Nile Virus in ruffed grouse. The Wisconsin DNR received 238 ruffed grouse samples last year and plans to release 500 sample kits this year. Hunters interested in assisting the DNR in the surveillance study can obtain test kits from their local wildlife biologists. Contact information for the Wisconsin DNR and additional information regarding ruffed grouse is available online at Wisconsin’s ruffed grouse webpage

The final test results from the first year of surveillance still are being analyzed and are expected by early fall. It is important to understand that many factors influence annual variations in grouse populations in the Great Lakes region.

The multi-year, multi-state design of this surveillance project is its strength, and we are grateful to have the collaboration of our neighboring states on this effort.  These data, once received, will be looked at in the broader context of other variables over time.

The Michigan DNR veterinarian has been contacted about this issue. We are awaiting information about how this can be accomplished here on Beaver Island.

From Kelly Straka, DVM MPH:

"e are currently focusing the surveillance effort in grouse from 4 different 3-county areas across the Upper and Norther Lower Peninsulas as shown below.   Hunters from Beaver Island that may travel to these counties can certainly help us out.  I have attached full instructions that are included with our sampling kits for more information."

Sampling Grouse for West Nile Virus Instructions

St. James Meeting

August 7, 2019, Meeting

April 20, 2019 BIAC meeting minutes


Phragites Ordiance Summary

Phragmites ordin 6-27-08



From Supervisor McNamara:

Attached are the agenda and notes for St James Township's August 7 meeting.  The following was not included in the Supervisor's Lens, but is important to share:  

After more than 18 months of board discussion, public input sessions, research and negotiation, it is now time for the board to make a decision about whether or not St James Township is willing to accept the Gift of the Marina and Waterfront Vacant Lots subject to the forms of the 'Donation and Preservation Agreement' and the 'Conservation Easements' with Little Traverse Conservancy.   

Agenda Item:

·        Anderson/Woollam Marina Project Update & Action Item

o   Review Final Documents

§   Donation and Preservation Agreement between JAW Foundation and the Township

§  Beaver Island Marina Conservation Easement between BI Marine and Little Traverse Conservancy

§  Beaver Island Waterfront Conservation Easement between JAW Foundation and Little Traverse Conservancy.

  • Discuss Resolution to accept the Gift of the Marina and Waterfront Vacant Lots    
To Summarize the Offered Gift -- 6 parcels of waterfront property with marina structures, 2 vacant waterfront lots, up to 100K to improve fuel dock and dispensing equipment, up to 50K to re-side and re-roof pole barn, up to 10K to improve lighting and $ for transition expenses.  Further, the gift  meets the following township goals:
Goals as defined in Master Plan and Recreation Plan
oIncrease and Improve Accessibility to Lake Michigan
oMaximize  Recreational Opportunities Using Existing Assets and Natural Resources
oMake the Island’s Recreational Assets more Easily Accessible to its Own Citizens
}Objectives as defined and to be Met by Project
◦Public Boat Ramp/Launch in Harbor
◦Designate Areas for Public Parking for Boaters
Other Objectives Met by the Project
◦Seasonal Dock Opportunity for year-round and seasonal property owners
◦Non-boater Access to Improved Green Space

◦Improvement of Harbor View and Tidiness of Harbor Area

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Aug. 10th  is our stand up comedy night, Aug. 30th is Erin Corburn Live, both at 8pm

27 August 2019

The Biggest Little Farm

31 August 2019

Secret life of Pets 2

31 August 2019

The Sun is also a Star

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