B. I. News on the 'Net, August 2-19, 2018

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 19, 2018

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

Clear skies again, 59°, dew point is 57°, humidity is 93%, wind is at 2 mph from the south, pressure is steady at 1016 mb, and visibility is 6.8 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. A 40% chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs about 80°. Light winds becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. A 30% chance of rain showers in the evening. Lows in the mid 60s. Light winds becoming southeast at 10 mph after midnight.
TODAY: Light winds becoming northwest 5 to 10 knots early in the evening. Mostly sunny early in the morning then becoming sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 19, 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 THAT: if you were to spell out numbers, you would you have to go until 1,000 until you would find the letter A.

WORD OF THE DAY: lunula (LOO-nyuh-luh) which means something shaped like a narrow crescent, as the small, pale area at the base of the fingernail. The uncommon noun lunula is restricted to anatomy, biology, and archaeology or art history. It’s a straightforward borrowing of Latin lūnula, literally “little moon,” but meaning “crescent-shaped ornament” (one of its senses in English). The only common meaning for this uncommon noun is the pale, crescent-shaped are at the base of a fingernail or toenail. Lūnula is a diminutive of lūna “moon,” which is disconcertingly similar to Russian luná “moon.” (The cognate Polish łuna means “glow.”) Both the Slavic and the Latin nouns derive from the same Proto-Indo-European source, louksnā, the same source as Avestan raoxshna- “shining; a light.” ( Raoxshna is also used as a proper female name that in Greek is rendered Rhōxánē “Roxane.” The “original” Raoxshna/Roxane was a Bactrian princess born c340 b.c.; she married Alexander the Great in 327 b.c., and was poisoned in prison in 310 b.c.). Proto-Indo-European louksnā becomes in Old Prussian the plural noun lauxnos “stars,” and Middle Irish luan “moon.” All of these forms derive from the very common Proto-Indo-European root leuk- and its variants louk- and luk- “light, bright.” Lunula entered English in the 16th century.

More Beaver Island Beauty

There is an interesting lighting event going on here on the island from the smoke blowing in from the fires out west. The disaster of the fires is so profound, and there is no way to comprehend the extent of the disaster. What can be seen is the change in the color of the sky over the island.

The picture above shows the sun trying to shine through the smoke and the clouds. The other beauty of the island is certainly effected by this change in lighting.

Checking out the last hatchling on the microwave tower yesterday, there was concern that this young osprey may not be able to survive on his own. He was doing the juvenile begging cry from atop the microwave tower.

A trip back out to the tower at around 7:30 p.m., revealed that this hatchling or fledgling was no longer calling from the tower top nest. (S)he was not on the tower at this time.

Can you see it? It's pretty well disguised in the shadows.

A quick stop back at home found the hummers buzzing and feeding all around the back yard. Some dinner was consumed by the photographer and back out to get a few more pictures was in order.

This buck stopped and stared near Barney's Lake.

On Sloptown Road

The trip would not be complete without a stop out at Gull Harbor. This picture is really not about the sign that indicates the natural area. It is about the grass growing around the sign.

There were no eagles in the eagle tree. There were only a few seagulls. There were adult and young ducks swimming and feeding. A very quiet place as well as enjoyable place to sit int he quiet, Gull Harbor is.

Posted at 11:15 a.m., 8/18/18

Bowling Alley

by Dick Burris

While laying block in a bowling alley; we were working with a hotshot contractor, who was obnoxious to many of his clients and subcontractors.

This particular day and occurrence, comes back to me often, and I feel that it is humorous, so am sharing the incident .

My crew and I were laying a long block wall overlooking this oncoming fiasco. Although I never stopped the work progress on ANY job; I felt the need to stop my block layers and bring them to the scaffold, near where I was standing, overlooking this (to me obvious) amusing fiasco about to happen!

The redi-mix truck was running, with the chute extended inside the building and ready to pour concrete on a higher level floor. His foreman "DJ White" had constructed a retainer bulkhead, for above the lower level floor, to be poured at a later time.

The form was three feet high, and I could see that it would never hold the extreme pressure of concrete to be forced against it. ( there was no way that I could have explained this to (Mac) the general contractor) Cuz he was always right.

Mac yelled to the driver, "Let her go !"

Out  poured the concrete;and Mac said, "Come on, let er roll, I ain't got all day !"

The concrete was rising against the bulkhead, and was about a foot from the top, when the forms broke loose, and the concrete began to flood the lower area.

Mac yelled, "Woah, whoa, woah !!"

And it shot in most that was left in the mixer before the drum stopped rotating.

" Didn't I tell you to stop!?" shouted Mac.

The driver said, "At THAT speed it is impossible for an instant stop."

We had our laughs, and I said, "OK back to work";

I think we actually lost NO time as the wall seemed to be finished ahead of schedule that day.

Posted at 10:45 a.m., 8/18/18

The Swim

by Daniel R. Craig

(Editorial Comment: Don't read this if you have a squeezy stomach.)

"The SWIM"

We were toned out midmorning. Possible DOA/DOS (dead on arrival/dead on scene).

It was late autumn, just after Thanksgiving. We made the scene. It was a small house overlooking a lake. Upon forced entry with the police department. the smell hit you instantly as the warm air rushed into the cool air. We backed off. We called fire to enter with breathing apparatus.

As we waited we spoke to a neighbor. He informed us this gentleman was in good health. He swam across the lake every morning, weather permitting. He had family downstate. He was happy go lucky, his faithful canine friend always by his side. He didn't think he had any major health problems.

Fire hit scene and entered the house. They survey the interior and find the gentleman deceased in bed. Nothing out of the ordinary, probably natural causes. I instruct them back in to open the large doorwall over looking the lake along with the windows they had already opened. After a few, I told the deputy I'd go in and check out the scene. He was glad to let me enter.

I entered into a neat small dining area. Moving to my right I entered the living room overlooking the lake. Then I notice a dog at the base of the couch, lying there as if he or she were asleep. I moved down the hallway and glanced into a bedroom to my left. He was lying in bed as if he to were asleep. I backed out and retreated toward the living room. That's when I noticed a generator over in the corner. There was nothing natural about this. He had put the generator in the house and he and his pal had went to sleep. So sad.

I exited the house and explained the scene and my thoughts to the duputy as the medical examiner/ funeral director pulled up.

Over the years I have been on far to many of these scenes. It's amazing how the mind works. An organ science will never understand. When I write a story I relive the scene. At times I'm dumbfounded at the detail I can recall. Then again, just as much has probably been blocked out to maintain my sanity. After many years in EMS I can tell you life is precious and we're blessed to be here.

I guess we will never understand suicide. Can life really be that bad? In many cases it seems it was. As the others we're going about their business, I walked to the front of the cottage to peer out over the lake. It was a cool, sunny, and beautiful morning and the lake was calm. I envisioned the gentleman swimming the width of the lake as his faithful companion laid on shore anticipating his return. I said little prayer for the two of them.

Always believe, always have faith....stay safe... smile...laugh....love.....494

Posted at 8:18 a.m., 8/18/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 18, 2018

Posted at 8:00 a.m.

Mostly cloudy skies this morning, but don't know if it's actually clouds or smoke from the wildfires as the sky is still a whitish color. 59°, dew point is 58° (another muggy day), humidity is at 95%, wind is at 2 mph from the northeast, pressure is steady at 1017 mb, and visibility is 4.1 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s, Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Northeast winds 10 mph in the evening becoming light.
TODAY: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: East wind 5 to 10 knots. Areas of fog. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE OF August 18, 1991, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is placed under house arrest during a coup by high-ranking members of his own government, military and police forces.

Since becoming secretary of the Communist Party in 1985 and president of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1988, Gorbachev had pursued comprehensive reforms of the Soviet system. Combining perestroika (“restructuring”) of the economy–including a greater emphasis on free-market policies–and glasnost (“openness”) in diplomacy, he greatly improved Soviet relations with Western democracies, particularly the United States. Meanwhile, though, within the USSR, Gorbachev faced powerful critics, including conservative, hard-line politicians and military officials who thought he was driving the Soviet Union toward its downfall and making it a second-rate power. On the other side were even more radical reformers–particularly Boris Yeltsin, president of the most powerful socialist republic, Russia–who complained that Gorbachev was just not working fast enough.

The August 1991 coup was carried out by the hard-line elements within Gorbachev’s own administration, as well as the heads of the Soviet army and the KGB, or secret police. Detained at his vacation villa in the Crimea, he was placed under house arrest and pressured to give his resignation, which he refused to do. Claiming Gorbachev was ill, the coup leaders, headed by former vice president Gennady Yanayev, declared a state of emergency and attempted to take control of the government.

Yeltsin and his backers from the Russian parliament then stepped in, calling on the Russian people to strike and protest the coup. When soldiers tried to arrest Yeltsin, they found the way to the parliamentary building blocked by armed and unarmed civilians. Yeltsin himself climbed aboard a tank and spoke through a megaphone, urging the troops not to turn against the people and condemning the coup as a “new reign of terror.” The soldiers backed off, some of them choosing to join the resistance. After thousands took the streets to demonstrate, the coup collapsed after only three days.

Gorbachev was released and flown to Moscow, but his regime had been dealt a deadly blow. Over the next few months, he dissolved the Communist Party, granted independence to the Baltic states, and proposed a looser, more economics-based federation among the remaining republics. In December 1991, Gorbachev resigned. Yeltsin capitalized on his defeat of the coup, emerging from the rubble of the former Soviet Union as the most powerful figure in Moscow and the leader of the newly formed Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

DID YOU KNOW THAT Coca-cola was originally green?

WORD OF THE DAY: prima facie (PRAHY-muh FEY-see-ee) which means plain or clear; self-evident; obvious. The English phrase prima facie is obviously Latin: prīmā faciē (ablative singular in form) means “at first sight.” ( Faciēs has very many meanings: "physical or outward appearance, looks, sight, scene, good looks,….") It is not incredible that the English phrase at first blush is a literal translation of the Latin phrase: blush, a noun meaning "glance, sight," is obsolete except for the phrase at (on) (the) first blush. Prima facie entered English in the 15th century.

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Posted at 5:15 p.m., 8/17/18

Leonard Kenwabikise Passes Away

Leonard Kenwabikise passed away on August 16, 2018, in South Haven, Michigan.

Leonard Michael Kenwabikise, 66, of South Haven, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born June 7, 1952 to Paul and Isabelle (Wabanimkee) Kenwabikise in Beaver Island, Michigan. He married Peggy McNees on August 29, 1970 at the First Church of God in South Haven. Leonard worked at Lovejoy Manufacturing in South Haven for 44 years before his retirement in 2015. Leonard was a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, and fishing. He especially cherished his time spent with his grandchildren. Leonard had many friends.

He is preceded in death along with his parents by his great granddaughter – Annabelle Kenwabikise and siblings – John, Robbie, Stevie, and Doris Kenwabikise and Margaret Way.

Leonard is survived by his wife of 48 years – Peggy Kenwabikise of South Haven, children – Tony (Gail Gumpert) Kenwabikise of South Haven and Tracy Kenwabikise of South Haven, grandchildren – Austin Kenwabikise, Michael Stephens, and Riley and Kyle King, great grandchildren – Kaedin and Chayton Kenwabikise, and siblings – Caroline (Buck) Ramey, Nancy (Denney) Harris, Pauline (George) Anthony, Sarah Bray, Diane (Sonic) Smith, Mary Kenwabikise-Halpen, Joey Kenwabikise, and Jimmie (Barb) Kenwabikise.

Visitation will be held from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM on Monday, August 20, 2018 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home in South Haven. Funeral services will follow visitation at 4:30 PM with Pastor Gary Guthrie officiating at the funeral home. A Native American Sacred Fire Burning is taking place at the family home until the time of services. 

Beaver Island Flag


At the BI Community Center:

12"x18" Boat flag

  Nick DeLatt said, “Helen Hunting, a talented summer resident, designed this Island flag. Her design captures the Island's namesake - the beaver - as well as its first appearance on a map in 1744. French traders documented and named "Isle de'Castor" for the beaver pelts they traded with Island Indians. Helen's design features the bright Irish green and orange colors, making them as strong and colorful as the Island's early European settlers. In 2017 both Island townships approved her design as the official Island flag.

She dedicated all proceeds from the sale of flags to the Beaver Island Community Center.”

Posted at 10 a.m., 8/17/18

A Few Interesting Pictures

Curious that the plants seem to be indicating an early end to the summer season. The one burning bush in the yard has lost all its leaves; the other is changing as well. There is a definite difference this summer. It's been hot and humid, but almost drought conditions separated by some serious downpours of rain, but nothing steadier than the hot temperatures.

Burning bush changing.....Edges beginning to curl

Berries on tree early.........Hummer feeding frenzy

Interlopers stealing feed

Not sure that any of this has any meaning that can be attributed to the hot summer, but it makes things very interesting.

Posted at 9:30 am., 8/17/18

Rose of Sharon

As you turn the corner at the intersection of King's Highway and Carlisle Road, slow down and look on your right as you make the turn to go to Stoney Acre Grill or the Senior Housing. You will see an apple tree first, then, if you take the time, you will see the Rose of Sharon in bloom separated by two burning bushes. This shrub, also named althea, is beautiful when it is in bloom. The blooming is a little early this year, by almost two weeks. On the island, this blooming usually takes place in the beginning of September, but is now almost two weeks earlier than previous years.

Rose of Sharon in all stages of bloom are very pretty.

Take a peek at these beautiful bushes or shrubs that are about six feet tall. You can see them out the car window on you right as you slow down for the turkeys and ducks and other birds that are migrating.

Posted at 9 a.m., 8/17/18

Hummer at the Feeder

Out mowing the backyard yesterday with the small electric mower, the sounds of hummingbirds buzzing around at the feeders got the brain finally in operation. It was time to take a couple of pictures and get some video of this crazy buzzing.

Although many more pictures were taken, very few turned out as anything but a blur.

View a short video clip HERE

Posted at 8:30 a.m., 8/17/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 17, 2018

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

Dang, got a whole 8 hours of sleep last night. A first in ages that wasn't interrupted. I could get to enjoy this.
Right now we have clear skies, it's 65°, dew point is 62°, muggy thanks to humidity at 89%, wind is at 4 mph from the northeast, pressure is steady at 1014 mb, and visibility is 8.3 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon (we need rain badly) Highs in the lower 80s. North winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. A 20% chance of rain showers in the evening. Lows in the lower 60s. Northeast winds at 10 mph.
TODAY: North wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest in the afternoon. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 17, 1969, the grooviest event in music history–the Woodstock Music Festival–draws to a close after three days of peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll in upstate New York.

Conceived as “Three Days of Peace and Music,” Woodstock was a product of a partnership between John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield and Michael Lang. Their idea was to make enough money from the event to build a recording studio near the arty New York town of Woodstock. When they couldn’t find an appropriate venue in the town itself, the promoters decided to hold the festival on a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York–some 50 miles from Woodstock–owned by Max Yasgur.

By the time the weekend of the festival arrived, the group had sold a total of 186,000 tickets and expected no more than 200,000 people to show up. By Friday night, however, thousands of eager early arrivals were pushing against the entrance gates. Fearing they could not control the crowds, the promoters made the decision to open the concert to everyone, free of charge. Close to half a million people attended Woodstock, jamming the roads around Bethel with eight miles of traffic.

Soaked by rain and wallowing in the muddy mess of Yasgur’s fields, young fans best described as “hippies” euphorically took in the performances of acts like Janis Joplin, Arlo Guthrie, Joe Cocker, Joan Baez, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Sly and the Family Stone and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The Who performed in the early morning hours of August 17, with Roger Daltrey belting out “See Me, Feel Me,” from the now-classic album Tommy just as the sun began to rise. The most memorable moment of the concert for many fans was the closing performance by Jimi Hendrix, who gave a rambling, rocking solo guitar performance of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

With not enough bathroom facilities and first-aid tents to accommodate such a huge crowd, many described the atmosphere at the festival as chaotic. There were surprisingly few episodes of violence, though one teenager was accidentally run over and killed by a tractor and another died from a drug overdose. A number of musicians performed songs expressing their opposition to the Vietnam War, a sentiment that was enthusiastically shared by the vast majority of the audience. Later, the term “Woodstock Nation” would be used as a general term to describe the youth counterculture of the 1960s.

A 25th anniversary celebration of Woodstock took place in 1994 in Saugerties, New York. Known as Woodstock II, the concert featured Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills and Nash as well as newer acts such as Nine Inch Nails and Green Day. Held over another rainy, muddy weekend, the event drew an estimated 300,000 people.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

WORD OF THE DAY: corpocracy (kawr-POK-ruh-see) which means a society in which corporations have much economic and political power. Corpocracy is an unlovely compound noun formed from corporate or corporation plus the common combining form -cracy, ultimately from the Greek combining form -kratía, formed from krátos “strength, power,” and the noun suffix -ía. Corpocracy is not a recent word: it first appears in print in 1935, right smack in the middle of the Great Depression, during FDR’s first term.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 16, 2018

Posted at 8:00 a.m.

Sorry folks slept in after being up ill most of the night. Feeling much better now.

Clear skies this morning, it's 63°, dew point is 59°, humidity is at 87%, wind is at 3 mph from the east, pressure is at 1015 mb and rising, and visibility is at 9.9 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Chance of rain showers in the morning then a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. HIghs around 80°. Northeast winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening then partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. NOrtheast winds at 10 mph.
TODAY: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 16, 1896, while salmon fishing near the Klondike River in Canada’s Yukon Territory George Carmack reportedly spots nuggets of gold in a creek bed. His lucky discovery sparks the last great gold rush in the American West.

Hoping to cash in on reported gold strikes in Alaska, Carmack had traveled there from California in 1881. After running into a dead end, he headed north into the isolated Yukon Territory, just across the Canadian border. In 1896, another prospector, Robert Henderson, told Carmack of finding gold in a tributary of the Klondike River. Carmack headed to the region with two Native American companions, known as Skookum Jim and Tagish Charlie. On August 16, while camping near Rabbit Creek, Carmack reportedly spotted a nugget of gold jutting out from the creek bank. His two companions later agreed that Skookum Jim–Carmack’s brother-in-law–actually made the discovery.

Regardless of who spotted the gold first, the three men soon found that the rock near the creek bed was thick with gold deposits. They staked their claim the following day. News of the gold strike spread fast across Canada and the United States, and over the next two years, as many as 50,000 would-be miners arrived in the region. Rabbit Creek was renamed Bonanza, and even more gold was discovered in another Klondike tributary, dubbed Eldorado.

“Klondike Fever” reached its height in the United States in mid-July 1897 when two steamships arrived from the Yukon in San Francisco and Seattle, bringing a total of more than two tons of gold. Thousands of eager young men bought elaborate “Yukon outfits” (kits assembled by clever marketers containing food, clothing, tools and other necessary equipment) and set out on their way north. Few of these would find what they were looking for, as most of the land in the region had already been claimed. One of the unsuccessful gold-seekers was 21-year-old Jack London, whose short stories based on his Klondike experience became his first book, The Son of the Wolf (1900).

For his part, Carmack became rich off his discovery, leaving the Yukon with $1 million worth of gold. Many individual gold miners in the Klondike eventually sold their stakes to mining companies, who had the resources and machinery to access more gold. Large-scale gold mining in the Yukon Territory didn’t end until 1966, and by that time the region had yielded some $250 million in gold. Today, some 200 small gold mines still operate in the region.

DID YOU KNOW THAT almonds are members of the peach family?

WORD OF THE DAY: anodyne (AN-uh-dahyn) which means anything that relieves distress or pain. Anodyne has a surprising etymology. Its Greek original, anṓdynos “painless,” breaks down to the elements an-, ṓd-, -yn-, -os-. The first element, an- “not,” is from the same Proto-Indo-European source as Latin in- and Germanic (English) un-. The second to last element -yn- is from the noun suffix -ýnē ; the last element, -os, is an adjective ending. The main element odýnē “pain” ( édyna in the Aeolic dialect) consists of ṓd-, a derivative of the Greek root ed-, od- from the Proto-Indo-European root ed-, od- “to eat” (source of Latin edere, Germanic (Old English) etan, Hittite et-, Homeric Greek édmenai, all meaning “eat, to eat.”) In Greek odýnē is something that eats you (cf. colloquial English, “What’s eating you?”). The Germanic languages also have the compound verb fra-etan “to eat up, devour,” which becomes in German fressen “devour, gorge, corrode,” and in Old English fretan “to devour,” English fret, which nowadays usually has only its extended sense “feel worry or pain.” Anodyne entered English in the 16th century.

Feast of the Ascension of Mary at Holy Cross

August 15, 2018

For those non-Catholics, and this is not meant to judge anyone, this is a Holy Day in the Catholic Church. The date is August 15, 2018. Holy Cross had two services, one on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. for those that had to work during the day, and one Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.

The Assumption of Mary into Heaven (often shortened to the Assumption) is, according to the beliefs of the Catholic Church, Eastern and Oriental Orthodoxy,as well as parts of Anglicanism, the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life.

The Catholic Church teaches as dogma that the Virgin Mary "having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory".This doctrine was dogmatically defined by Pope Pius XII on 1 November 1950, in the apostolic constitution Munificentissimus Deus by exercising papal infallibility. While the Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church believe in the Dormition of the Theotokos (“the Falling Asleep of the Mother of God”), whether Mary had a physical death has not been dogmatically defined. In Munificentissimus Deus (item 39) Pope Pius XII pointed to the Book of Genesis (3:15) as scriptural support for the dogma in terms of Mary's victory over sin and death through her intimate association with “the new Adam” (Christ), as also reflected in 1 Corinthians 15:54: "then shall come to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory"

(The above information is from Wikipedia.)

Both services were live streamed.

View the excerpts of video from the two services HERE

Posted at 12:45 p.m., 8/15/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 15, 2018

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

At the moment it looks like a repeat of yesterday. White sky, 65°, dew point of 61°, humidity is at 86%, wind is at 2 mph from the northeast, pressure is rising from 1013 mb, and visibility is 9.6 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s. North winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. East winds at 10 mph.
TODAY: Light winds becoming north 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 15, 1969, the Woodstock Music Festival opens on a patch of farmland in White Lake, a hamlet in the upstate New York town of Bethel.

Promoters John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield and Michael Lang originally envisioned the festival as a way to raise funds to build a recording studio and rock-and-roll retreat near the town of Woodstock, New York. The longtime artists’ colony was already a home base for Bob Dylan and other musicians. Despite their relative inexperience, the young promoters managed to sign a roster of top acts, including the Jefferson Airplane, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Sly and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival and many more. Plans for the festival were on the verge of foundering, however, after both Woodstock and the nearby town of Wallkill denied permission to hold the event. Dairy farmer Max Yasgur came to the rescue at the last minute, giving the promoters access to his 600 acres of land in Bethel, some 50 miles from Woodstock.

Early estimates of attendance increased from 50,000 to around 200,000, but by the time the gates opened on Friday, August 15, more than 400,000 people were clamoring to get in. Those without tickets simply walked through gaps in the fences, and the organizers were eventually forced to make the event free of charge. Folk singer and guitarist Richie Havens kicked off the event with a long set, and Joan Baez and Arlo Guthrie also performed on Friday night.

Though Woodstock had left its promoters nearly bankrupt, their ownership of the film and recording rights more than compensated for the losses after the release of a hit documentary film in 1970. Later music festivals inspired by Woodstock’s success failed to live up to its standard, and the festival still stands for many as a example of America’s 1960s youth counterculture at its best.

DID YOU KNOW THAT: The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."

WORD OF THE DAY: marplot (MAHR-plot) which means a person who mars or defeats a plot, design, or project by meddling. The noun marplot is a combination of the verb mar “to damage, spoil” and its direct object, the noun plot, formed like the noun pickpocket. Marplot is a character in a farce, The Busie Body, written by Susanna Centlivre, c1667-1723, an English actress, poet, and playwright, and produced in 1709. In the play Marplot is a well-meaning busybody who meddles in and ruins the romantic affairs of his friends.

Family Time

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 4 p.m., 8/14/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 14, 2018

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

Looks to be another "white sky" day thanks to the fires in Canada and out west (it's the smoke in the sky). Right now it's 69°, dew point is at 67°, humidity is at 95% so it's muggy again, wind is at 5 mph from the southwest, pressure is steady at 1012 mb, and visibility is 9.1 miles.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds at 10 mph shifting to the west in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain showers. Lows in the lower 60s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph in the evening becoming light.
TODAY: West wind 10 to 15 knots. Patchy fog early in the morning. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 14, 2003, a major outage knocked out power across the eastern United States and parts of Canada. Beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET, 21 power plants shut down in just three minutes. Fifty million people were affected, including residents of New York, Cleveland and Detroit, as well as Toronto and Ottawa, Canada. Although power companies were able to resume some service in as little as two hours, power remained off in other places for more than a day. The outage stopped trains and elevators, and disrupted everything from cellular telephone service to operations at hospitals to traffic at airports. In New York City, it took more than two hours for passengers to be evacuated from stalled subway trains. Small business owners were affected when they lost expensive refrigerated stock. The loss of use of electric water pumps interrupted water service in many areas. There were even some reports of people being stranded mid-ride on amusement park roller coasters. At the New York Stock Exchange and bond market, though, trading was able to continue thanks to backup generators.

Authorities soon calmed the fears of jittery Americans that terrorists may have been responsible for the blackout, but they were initially unable to determine the cause of the massive outage. American and Canadian representatives pointed figures at each other, while politicians took the opportunity to point out major flaws in the region’s outdated power grid. Finally, an investigation by a joint U.S.-Canada task force traced the problem back to an Ohio company, FirstEnergy Corporation. When the company’s EastLake plant shut down unexpectedly after overgrown trees came into contact with a power line, it triggered a series of problems that led to a chain reaction of outages. FirstEnergy was criticized for poor line maintenance, and more importantly, for failing to notice and address the problem in a timely manner–before it affected other areas.

Despite concerns, there were very few reports of looting or other blackout-inspired crime. In New York City, the police department, out in full force, actually recorded about 100 fewer arrests than average. In some places, citizens even took it upon themselves to mitigate the effects of the outage, by assisting elderly neighbors or helping to direct traffic in the absence of working traffic lights.

In New York City alone, the estimated cost of the blackout was more than $500 million.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The drive-through line on opening day at the McDonald's restaurant in Kuwait City, Kuwait was seven miles long at its peak.

WORD OF THE DAY: riant (RAHY-uhnt) which means laughing; smiling; cheerful. The rare adjective riant is a direct borrowing from the French present participle riant “laughing,” from the verb rire, ultimately from Latin rīdēre “to laugh,” which comes from a very complicated Proto-Indo-European root wer- “to twist, bend” ( rīdēre would mean “twist the face or mouth”). Wer- has many suffixes and extensions that form some startling words. The meaning of the root extended with the suffix -t is clearly seen in Latin vertere “to turn,” with its many English derivatives, e.g., revert, convert, invert. The Germanic form of wert- is werth-, source of the English suffix -ward(s), as in homeward(s), toward(s). A variant form of wer- with the suffix -m forms Latin vermis “worm” (from its twisting) and Germanic wurmiz (Old English wyrm “dragon, serpent”; English worm). Finally, somewhat related to rīdēre is the Latin noun rictus “wide open mouth, gaping jaws” (English rictus). Riant entered English in the 16th century.

Early August Back to July 2018 in Pictures

View this video with music by the Beaver Island Goodtime Boys HERE

BICS Seeks Volleyball Coach

Check posting HERE

Deadline August 17, 2018

Posted at 1:15 p.m., 8/13/18

BICS Agenda for Tonight's Meeting

View the agenda HERE

Posted at 1:15 p.m., 8/13/18

View July Board Packet Here

View August Board Packet HERE

Posted at 3:30 p.m., 8/13/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 13, 2018

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

Clear skies and 62°, dew point is 61°, humidity is at 100%, wind is at 3 mph from the southwest, pressure is steady at 1019 mb, and visibility is 9.3 miles.
"Skies are clear this morning with temperatures in the mid 50s to mid 60s. Expect nice morning commutes and overall a beautiful day across Northern Michigan! Today will be mostly sunny with light and variable winds. It will be a fabulous day to get out and enjoy! Highs will be in the lower to upper 80s.

Tonight: Skies will be clear to mostly clear tonight with overnight lows in the lower to upper 60s. Winds will be calm.

Tuesday – Thursday: Skies are looking mostly to partly sunny with highs in the low 80s to low 90s. Wednesday is looking cloudy with scattered showers and storms with highs in the low 70s to low 80s. Thursday will start off clear but skies will turn partly sunny in the afternoon and evening. Some showers and storms will also pop up as we head into the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the low 70s to low 80s.

Friday & The Weekend: Skies are looking mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70s to low 80s. The weekend is looking very nice with mostly sunny skies. Saturday will be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70s to mid 80s. Sunday will be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70s to mid 80s." Thank you 9 and 10!!

1ON THIS DATE of August 13, 1961, shortly after midnight, East German soldiers begin laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city.

After World War II, defeated Germany was divided into Soviet, American, British and French zones of occupation. The city of Berlin, though technically part of the Soviet zone, was also split, with the Soviets taking the eastern part of the city. After a massive Allied airlift in June 1948 foiled a Soviet attempt to blockade West Berlin, the eastern section was drawn even more tightly into the Soviet fold. Over the next 12 years, cut off from its western counterpart and basically reduced to a Soviet satellite, East Germany saw between 2.5 million and 3 million of its citizens head to West Germany in search of better opportunities. By 1961, some 1,000 East Germans–including many skilled laborers, professionals and intellectuals–were leaving every day.

In August, Walter Ulbricht, the Communist leader of East Germany, got the go-ahead from Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to begin the sealing off of all access between East and West Berlin. Soldiers began the work over the night of August 12-13, laying more than 100 miles of barbed wire slightly inside the East Berlin border. The wire was soon replaced by a six-foot-high, 96-mile-long wall of concrete blocks, complete with guard towers, machine gun posts and searchlights. East German officers known as Volkspolizei (“Volpos”) patrolled the Berlin Wall day and night.

Many Berlin residents on that first morning found themselves suddenly cut off from friends or family members in the other half of the city. Led by their mayor, Willi Brandt, West Berliners demonstrated against the wall, as Brandt criticized Western democracies, particularly the United States, for failing to take a stand against it. President John F. Kennedy had earlier said publicly that the United States could only really help West Berliners and West Germans, and that any kind of action on behalf of East Germans would only result in failure.

The Berlin Wall was one of the most powerful and iconic symbols of the Cold War. In June 1963, Kennedy gave his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” (“I am a Berliner”) speech in front of the Wall, celebrating the city as a symbol of freedom and democracy in its resistance to tyranny and oppression. The height of the Wall was raised to 10 feet in 1970 in an effort to stop escape attempts, which at that time came almost daily. From 1961 to 1989, a total of 5,000 East Germans escaped; many more tried and failed. High profile shootings of some would-be defectors only intensified the Western world’s hatred of the Wall.

Finally, in the late 1980s, East Germany, fueled by the decline of the Soviet Union, began to implement a number of liberal reforms. On November 9, 1989, masses of East and West Germans alike gathered at the Berlin Wall and began to climb over and dismantle it. As this symbol of Cold War repression was destroyed, East and West Germany became one nation again, signing a formal treaty of unification on October 3, 1990.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.

WORD OF THE DAY: laeotropic (lee-uh-TROP-ik) which means oriented or coiled in a leftward direction, as a left-spiraling snail shell. The adjective laeotropic “turning leftward” is restricted to describing snail shells. The second element, -tropic “turning (to),” is common enough in the physical sciences, e.g., geography, meteorology, chemistry. The first element laeo- is rare. It comes from the Greek adjective laiós “left, on the left” (there is one ancient lexicographical reference implying the form laiwós). Laiwós is all but identical to Latin laevus and pretty close to Slavic (Polish) lewy. Outside these three branches of the Indo-European languages (and possibly also Lithuanian, among the Baltic languages), laiwo- does not occur. Laeotropic entered English in the 19th century.


BEAVER ISLAND, MI (August  12, 2018) – A unique paddling experience on Lake Michigan will be celebrated at the BIC Center on Beaver Island, Michigan on September 1st, 2018, with the dedication of the Beaver Island Water Trail.  After more than five years of work and collaboration by a unique mix of business, government and special interest organizations, the trail has been fully marked and is ready for use.  The dedication, to which all with interest are invited,  will celebrate both the water trail itself and the unique process that brought it into existence.

At 43 miles in length, the non-motorized water trail circumnavigates the entire Island and is geared for adventure paddling and those accustomed to rustic camping on state designated areas. It aims to enhance access, highlight natural and cultural features and promote tourism on the Lake Michigans largest, most remote inhabited island. The water trail is unique for many reasons including its beautiful natural environment complete with shipwrecks to be paddled over. Family-friendly areas to paddle include Paradise Bay, the islands natural harbor, and segments on the islands inland lakes.  The celebration will include special paddling demonstration events in the harbor, music, and speakers involved in the development of the trail. 

The BIC Center will serve as the water trail’s headquarters and trailhead. “That role fits right in with our mission of preserving and highlighting our islands natural and cultural resources,”  said Carol Creasser, who is Vice President for Community Center Operations of the Preservation Association of Beaver Island.  “And, we are excited to be hosting this special event.  Along with Representative Tristan Cole and Senator Wayne Schmidt, we expect to have Office of the Great Lakes Director Jon Allan here as well as Jack Bergman, our U.S. Congressman.”

The trail is documented in the Beaver Island Paddling Guide, which can be accessed through Michigan Water Trails website at www.michiganwatertrails.org .  The guide is also available for sale in a waterproof, printed version at the BIC Center and, beginning this fall, on the BIC Centers website at biccenter.org.

Funding for the project was secured through the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes Coastal Zone Management Division as well as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division with the majority of funds paid directly to off-island parties that provided services necessary to establish the trail.  PABI is providing in-kind support by acting as the trail head.   For more information on the celebration contact the Beaver Island Community Center at 231-448-2022.


Beaver Island is accessible by both ferry and air service from Charlevoix, Michigan, which is about 30 miles southeast of the islands natural harbor.  Known as “Americas Emerald Isle” with its Irish heritage and traditions, Beaver Island is blessed with many miles of uncrowded beaches, lush forests, abundant fishing and hunting opportunities and a diverse schedule of summer and off season events.  In addition to serving as the trailhead for the Beaver Island Water and Birding Trails, the Beaver Island Community Center serves as the social heart of the community.  Its Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater is the venue for a summer concert series, community concerts and theater, community and professional meetings, lectures, art sales and more.   It also includes a welcome center with information for island visitors as well as space for getting work done (with public use PCs and printers) or hanging out for fun (with video games, movies, pool and more).  Information about upcoming events at the BIC Center and elsewhere on Beaver Island is available at biccenter.org.  Information on getting to the island is available at beaverisland.org or by calling the Community Center at 231-448-2022.

Posted at 7 p.m., 8/12/18

Homecoming Week Off the Ballfield

There were lots of the editor's family here for this specific week. There were many things to do and many things to show the family members who hadn't been here in quite a while. Two trips around the island by the editor providing tour information and making many stops. Here are the pictures of some of things that were seen during the two trips around the island.

Water snakes at Whiskey Point

A beautiful Donegal Bay sky after sunset

Beautiful harbor at dusk.....Fresnel lens, Whiskey Point

Looking back from the point

Garter Snake at Sand Bay....Moths on the front door screen

Fledglings returning to the nest, the adults are gone.

Momma loon feeding a growing hatchling at Fox Lake

Frog at Fox Lake

Berries, Lily Pad flowers, and monarch at Miller's Marsh

Pretty wildflowers at Iron Ore Bay

Small wave, seagull, and not much flow at Iron Ore Bay and Creek

Posted at 6:15 p.m., 8/12/18

Christian Church Bulletin

August 12, 2018

Can versus May

An Editorial by Joe Moore

There still seems to be a serious confusion in communications using these words.  Most times, it really doesn’t make any difference in everyday communications with friends because the situation discussed is usually not as serious nor as formal as in the legal areas.

An example may suffice to explain this.  A teenager wants to stay out with friends until a little later than normal, so they ask, “Mom, can I stay out until midnight at the birthday party?”

Mom, who doesn’t have a problem with this says, “You can, but you better be home by midnight.”

Mom really is giving permission, so her informal answer is accepted, but what she really meant was, “You may (have permission) to stay out until midnight.”

Read the whole editorial HERE

(Now that the election is over, and no accusations can be made, this editorial is posted at 1:45 p.m., 8/12/18)

Mass from Holy Cross

August 12, 2018

The Homecoming weekend masses were well attended, and twelve unique IP addresses viewed the Masses this weekend. The reader on Saturday was Audrey Bielhman, and the reader on Sunday was Joan Banville. Our celebrant was our Father Jim Siler for both services. Father reminded us that there is a holy day of obigation this Wednesday, the Ascension of Mary. There will be two services, one at six p.m. on Tuesday, and another at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

Audrey reading on Saturday with Father Jim reading the Gospel.

The Baptismal Font in the Sunday morning sunshine.

Joan Banville reading on Sunday with Father Jim preparing to read the Gospel.

View video of the services HERE

Posted at 1:30 p.m., 8/12/18

Gillnet Tug Maddie P Visits Gull Harbor

The gill net tug Maddie P, from Naubinway, was pulling nets just east of Gull Harbor this morning about 11:30 a.m. Many sportsfishermen are not happy about this tug, which last year set nets for perch just outside of the harbor near Paradise Bay. It is unknown what fish were targeted out east of Gull Harbor, nor why they visited Beaver Island.

Overnighter at Garden Island

by Dick Burris

Part Three of Garden Island Stories: One evening it was getting dark, so I decided to anchor in a pocket of deeper water, just north of the camp; I placed a heavy anchor astern, one on the bow, and two side anchors. There was an offshore wind that night, that did a 180 degree later.

In the night, I woke to the stern being slapped by the heavy sea. So, I tied the stern line to the samson post on the bow; then unfastened the stern post and it immediately swung around tangling the other three lines. the other lines were switched and then, the bowline was brought up, so the boat was sitting where it was to begin with.


52 Lists for Happiness #33

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 11 a.m.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 12, 2018

Posted at 8:00 a.m.

I'm awake and my eyes are a bit better this morning (I'm hoping it'll last). Pretty shaky but at least I'm up. Although I'm not up to par, it was an exciting weekend for us. Joe celebrated his birthday, Andrea completed her Master's Degree at the University of Washington, while Courtney and MIke celebrated their anniversary. It's 58°, a wee bit foggy, dew point is at 57°, humidity is at 96% so it's a a bit muggy too, wind is at 2 mph from the northwest, pressure is rising from 1019 mb and visibility is 1.1 miles.
Due to being unable to read my phone, I've borrowed this from 9 and 10: " Your Sunday: Another stellar day with abundant sunshine and temps staying warm in the lower to upper 80s. Winds come out of the Northeast at 5-10 mph. A perfect day to spend outdoors!

Monday & Tuesday: Quiet conditions to start off your work week with Monday and Tuesday seeing mostly sunny skies. Highs both days will be in the lower to upper 80s.

Wednesday – Friday: Wednesday brings in the chance for some showers and storms with temps in the low 70s to low 80s. The chance for showers and storms lasts for your Thursday with highs ranging from the mid 70s to low 80s. Things dry out Friday under partly cloudy skies as highs reach the mid 70s to low 80s. "

ON THIS DATE of August 12, 1990, fossil hunter Susan Hendrickson discovers three huge bones jutting out of a cliff near Faith, South Dakota. They turn out to be part of the largest-ever Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered, a 65 million-year-old specimen dubbed Sue, after its discoverer.

Amazingly, Sue’s skeleton was over 90 percent complete, and the bones were extremely well-preserved. Hendrickson’s employer, the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, paid $5,000 to the land owner, Maurice Williams, for the right to excavate the dinosaur skeleton, which was cleaned and transported to the company headquarters in Hill City. The institute’s president, Peter Larson, announced plans to build a non-profit museum to display Sue along with other fossils of the Cretaceous period.

In 1992, a long legal battle began over Sue. The U.S. Attorney’s Office claimed Sue’s bones had been seized from federal land and were therefore government property. It was eventually found that Williams, a part-Native American and member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe, had traded his land to the tribe two decades earlier to avoid paying property taxes, and thus his sale of excavation rights to Black Hills had been invalid. In October 1997, Chicago’s Field Museum purchased Sue at public auction at Sotheby’s in New York City for $8.36 million, financed in part by the McDonald’s and Disney corporations.

Sue’s skeleton went on display at the Field Museum in May 2000. The tremendous T.rex skeleton–13 feet high at the hips and 42 feet long from head to toe–is displayed in one of the museum’s main halls. Another exhibit gives viewers a close-up view of Sue’s five foot-long, 2,000-pound skull with its 58 teeth, some as long as a human forearm.

Sue’s extraordinarily well-preserved bones have allowed scientists to determine many things about the life of T.rex. They have determined that the carnivorous dinosaur had an incredible sense of smell, as the olfactory bulbs were each bigger than the cerebrum, the thinking part of the brain. In addition, Sue was the first T.rex skeleton to be discovered with a wishbone, a crucial discovery that provided support for scientists’ theory that birds are a type of living dinosaur. One thing that remains unknown is Sue’s actual gender; to determine this, scientists would have to compare many more T.rex skeletons than the 22 that have been found so far.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the number of US states that claim test scores in their elementary schools are above national average: 50.

WORD OF THE DAY: Perseid (PUR-see-id) any of a shower of meteors appearing in August and radiating from a point in the constellation Perseus. Perseid may have been introduced into English from Italian Perseidi, coined by the distinguished Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli (1835-1910), who is unfortunately best remembered today for the mistranslation into English of Italian canali “channels” on Mars as “canals,” which has inspired decades and decades of science fiction. Perseid ultimately comes from Greek Perseídēs “offspring or daughters of Perseus,” because the meteors appear to be coming from the constellation Perseus. Perseid entered English in the 19th century.

What Did You Say 59

By Joe Moore

The rainy day going on right now pushes the memory to think of the many rainy day emergencies that have taken place over the many years here on the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes.

“Beaver Island EMS, respond to man down on the side of the road near the Bill Wagner Campground.  Unknown injuries at this time,” the dispatcher paged.

It isn’t a very nice day outside.  The first thoughts in my mind were related to not wanting to do CPR in a roadway in the pouring rain, but I hastened out to the echo car, our emergency response vehicle parked in my driveway.  It wasn’t really cold outside yet, but it was a fall rainstorm with quite a bit of wind.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Garden Island Mail

by Dick Burris

This is a follow-up story about the Garden Island group led by "Key waydenoquey."

Garden Island Mail:

Another trip; a few people were brought to the camp, and we were carrying some of the mail. We ferried the people ashore with a line tied to a shrub on shore and bitten to a cleat on the boat.

As we were pulling out in a very rough sea, and, we in shallow water, and hoping to get out without hitting bottom; we saw some of the clan tugging on the rope and waving franticly. We had forgotten the mail, but didn't know it at that time. We were drifting toward the shallows. and a deckhand said, "What should I do?"

I told him, "Bite the line to the cleat."

And we dragged them into the lake. Later we found why they were doing that. We did bring the mail the next day with more passengers.

Tools for Sale

Amy is passing along some of Dick's tools she'll never use and because he would want them out of the shop and put back to work again.  

Bosch 1.0 H.P. Colt Palm Router with case.  1/4 chuck some bits.  $50 OBO.
Milwaukee Sawzall  Series 6519 with case. (corded. not battery) some blades.  $65 OBO
HILTI TE7-C Rotary Hammer with case.  some bits ($510 new)  $300 OBO
Hitachi 3 1/4 Round Head Air Nailer NR83A with full box of nails $75 OBO
Stanley Bostitch Roofing Stapler $10 OBO
3 Leg pipe vice $25
McCulloch EM 16 ES Electric (corded) chain saw  $10OBO
Milwaukee Magnum 1/2" Hammer Drill with case.  some bits  $75 OBO
2 Milwaukee 9" angle grinders.    1) $25,   1) $45 OBO
2 10" Diamond saw blades $15 each OBO
Chimney brushes and rods  $25 OBO
Milwaukee Generator w/ 5 H.P. Brigge and Stration  Guessing about 2 K output. $75 OBO
Troy-Built TB90BC String Trimmer with brush cutter blade.  $25 OBO
TZORA TITAN 4 wheel electric scooter with extra set of batteries.  Charger and cover. ($2500 new.) $ Best Offer.

All these items are at Karl and Sandy's place on Innisfree Ln.  Call 448-2571 if interested.

Weather by Joe

August 11, 2018

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

Phyllis is not up to doing the weather today. She is under the weather due to the chemotherapy treatment day before yesterday. Anyway, the weather is happening. Looking out the window, it shows sunshine and mostly clear skies right now. The temperature right now is 67 degrees with 100% relative humidity. The wind is from the southeast at 3 mph. The dewpoint is 67 degrees, which could indicate patchy fog until the temperature rises. The visibility is ten miles.

Today it will be mostly sunny with temperatures in the eighties. Winds will be from the northwest at 10 mph. Tonight it will be mostly clear with a low in the 60s. The winds will be light tonight. There is always a chance of a stray shower, but not likely.

On this day in 1934:

A group of federal prisoners classified as “most dangerous” arrives at Alcatraz Island, a 22-acre rocky outcrop situated 1.5 miles offshore in San Francisco Bay. The convicts–the first civilian prisoners to be housed in the new high-security penitentiary–joined a few dozen military prisoners left over from the island’s days as a U.S. military prison.

Alcatraz was an uninhabited seabird haven when it was explored by Spanish Lieutenant Juan Manuel de Ayala in 1775. He named it Isla de los Alcatraces, or “Island of the Pelicans.” Fortified by the Spanish, Alcatraz was sold to the United States in 1849. In 1854, it had the distinction of housing the first lighthouse on the coast of California. Beginning in 1859, a U.S. Army detachment was garrisoned there, and from 1868 Alcatraz was used to house military criminals. In addition to recalcitrant U.S. soldiers, prisoners included rebellious Indian scouts, American soldiers fighting in the Philippines who had deserted to the Filipino cause, and Chinese civilians who resisted the U.S. Army during the Boxer Rebellion. In 1907, Alcatraz was designated the Pacific Branch of the United States Military Prison.

In 1934, Alcatraz was fortified into a high-security federal penitentiary designed to hold the most dangerous prisoners in the U.S. penal system, especially those with a penchant for escape attempts. The first shipment of civilian prisoners arrived on August 11, 1934. Later that month, more shiploads arrived, featuring, among other convicts, infamous mobster Al Capone. In September, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, another luminary of organized crime, landed on Alcatraz.

In the 1940s, a famous Alcatraz prisoner was Richard Stroud, the “Birdman of Alcatraz.” A convicted murderer, Stroud wrote an important study on birds while being held in solitary confinement in Leavenworth Prison in Kansas. Regarded as extremely dangerous because of his 1916 murder of a guard at Leavenworth, he was transferred to Alcatraz in 1942. Stroud was not allowed to continue his avian research at Alcatraz.

Although some three dozen attempted, no prisoner was known to have successfully escaped “The Rock.” However, the bodies of several escapees believed drowned in the treacherous waters of San Francisco Bay were never found. The story of the 1962 escape of three of these men, Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin, inspired the 1979 film Escape from Alcatraz. Another prisoner, John Giles, caught a boat ride to the shore in 1945 dressed in an army uniform he had stolen piece by piece, but he was questioned by a suspicious officer after disembarking and sent back to Alcatraz. Only one man, John Paul Scott, was recorded to have reached the mainland by swimming, but he came ashore exhausted and hypothermic at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. Police found him lying unconscious and in a state of shock.

In 1963, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy ordered Alcatraz closed, citing the high expense of its maintenance. In its 29-year run, Alcatraz housed more than 1,500 convicts. In March 1964 a group of Sioux Indians briefly occupied the island, citing an 1868 treaty with the Sioux allowing Indians to claim any “unoccupied government land.” In November 1969, a group of nearly 100 Indian students and activists began a more prolonged occupation of the island, remaining there until they were forced off by federal marshals in June 1971.

In 1972, Alcatraz was opened to the public as part of the newly created Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which is maintained by the National Park Service. More than one million tourists visit Alcatraz Island and the former prison annually. (from history.com)

Word of the Day: circuitous is an adjective, pronounced ( ser-KYOO-uh-tus) maining having a circular or winding course or not being forthright or direct in language or action. If you guessed that circuitous is related to circuit, you're right—both words come from Latin circuitus, the past participle of the verb circumire, meaning "to go around." Circumire is derived, in turn, from Latin circum, meaning "around," plus ire, which means "to go." Other circum descendants making the rounds in English include circumference ("the perimeter of a circle"), circumvent (one meaning of which is "to make a circuit around"), circumlocution ("the act of 'talking around' a subject"), and circumnavigate ("to go around"). There's also the prefix circum-, which means "around" or "about," and the familiar word circumstance, which describes a condition or event that "stands around" another.

Did you know?

The moon is moving away from the Earth at a tiny, although measurable, rate every year. 85 million years ago it was orbiting the Earth about 35 feet from the planet's surface.

The star Antares is 60,000 times larger than our sun. If our sun were the size of a softball, the star Antares would be as large as a house.

In Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, it has never rained.

BI Transportation Authority Meeting

August 14, 2018, noon

July 10, 2018 regular meeting minutes draft

August 14, 2018 regular meeting agenda

Posted at 1 pm, 8/10/18

Vision Quest

by Dick Burris

Vision Quest:
One day the sheriff asked me to take him to the north end of Garden Island, to investigate a death that happened there.

"Key waydenoquey," the leader of the group had one of the old indian things to do, called "vision quest"; It consisted in staying in a closed tent with a fire in the middle. The heat of the fire would drain the electrolytes from the body, and cause one to have visions. It was one of the things they would do to establish some kind of a status (I think)?

Anyway the lady died in this ceremony, and the sheriff was going over there from Beaver Island to investigate the incident,

When we arrived, The deputy "Capman" aka Capgun rowed ashore, and we pulled the pram back for the sheriff, The sheriff was dressed (fit to kill), and stepped into the pram and it slid to one side dropping him in the lake.

Capman giggled, and was still giggling all the way back.

The sea was running nearly five feet, making us rock and roll; this didn't set too well with the sheriff, because he was prone to seasickness. Key gave him crackers, and told him they would help with seasickness.

I suggested that he sit on the seat in the stern; that, that location presented the least motion, but he insisted on hugging the post of an observation tower near the helm; nibbling on crackers all the way back. You just couldn't help feeling sorry for him.

I think that knowing the whole story, he had to consider it more like suicide or a plan gone wrong,

Beautiful Sand Bay Sunrise

With some of the family here visiting and renting a place on Sand Bay, the sunrise was captured by the editor's youngest sister. She shared the cellphone pictures with BINN. Thsi sunrise was showing some obvious haze or fog, but it is just beautiful.

CCSD News Release

On Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at approximately 2:30 PM, the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office responded to a water rescue between Beaver Island and Garden Island.

Eddie Wicklund, a 52-year-old Plainwell resident’s kayak began taking on water and eventually overturned. Wicklund was in the water for approximately 20 minutes prior to the arrival of the Sheriff’s Office and was wearing a life jacket.

Wicklund was treated and released from the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 10, 2018

Posted at 7:15 a.m.

Home again, home again, giggity gig. I spent almost the entire day sleeping from Petoskey to Charlevoix, on the plane, on the sofa, and in bed. Now awake long before dawn running the dishwasher. I'm surprising Joe with clean dishes for his birthday today

Right now I'm showing mostly cloudy skies, 59°, dew point of 58°, humidity is at 96% so it's a bit muggy out, wind is at 1 mph from the the east, pressure is steady at 1015 mb, and visibility is 5.5 miles. As dawn comes closer I'm sure things will brighten up a whole lot.
Thanks to 9 and 10 for today's forcast as my eyes aren't clear enough to read my phone: " Skies are looking mostly clear this morning with light winds. Temperatures are in the low 50s to low 60s and morning commutes should be just fine. It is going to be another comfortable but beautiful start for your Friday. Today is looking mostly sunny with highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s. Some fair weather clouds could develop late this evening for the U.P. and a few showers could fall for the U.P. around 8pm this evening. The Lower Peninsula will stay mostly sunny through the day with light winds.

Tonight: Skies will be mostly clear to partly cloudy with overnight lows in the mid 50s to low 60s. Winds will light and some light fog could develop after midnight."

MARINE REPORT: Today: Light winds becoming west 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight: Light winds. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday: Light winds. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday night: Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 10, 1846 after a decade of debate about how best to spend a bequest left to America from an obscure English scientist, President James K. Polk signs the Smithsonian Institution Act into law.

In 1829, James Smithson died in Italy, leaving behind a will with a peculiar footnote. In the event that his only nephew died without any heirs, Smithson decreed that the whole of his estate would go to “the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Smithson’s curious bequest to a country that he had never visited aroused significant attention on both sides of the Atlantic.

Smithson had been a fellow of the venerable Royal Society of London from the age of 22, publishing numerous scientific papers on mineral composition, geology, and chemistry. In 1802, he overturned popular scientific opinion by proving that zinc carbonates were true carbonate minerals, and one type of zinc carbonate was later named smithsonite in his honor.

Six years after his death, his nephew, Henry James Hungerford, indeed died without children, and on July 1, 1836, the U.S. Congress authorized acceptance of Smithson’s gift. President Andrew Jackson sent diplomat Richard Rush to England to negotiate for transfer of the funds, and two years later Rush set sail for home with 11 boxes containing a total of 104,960 gold sovereigns, 8 shillings, and 7 pence, as well as Smithson’s mineral collection, library, scientific notes, and personal effects. After the gold was melted down, it amounted to a fortune worth well over $500,000. After considering a series of recommendations, including the creation of a national university, a public library, or an astronomical observatory, Congress agreed that the bequest would support the creation of a museum, a library, and a program of research, publication, and collection in the sciences, arts, and history. On August 10, 1846, the act establishing the Smithsonian Institution was signed into law by President James K. Polk.

Today, the Smithsonian is composed of 19 museums and galleries including the recently announced National Museum of African American History and Culture,nine research facilities throughout the United States and the world, and the national zoo. Besides the original Smithsonian Institution Building, popularly known as the “Castle,” visitors to Washington, D.C., tour the National Museum of Natural History, which houses the natural science collections, the National Zoological Park, and the National Portrait Gallery. The National Museum of American History houses the original Star-Spangled Banner and other artifacts of U.S. history. The National Air and Space Museum has the distinction of being the most visited museum in the world, exhibiting such marvels of aviation and space history as the Wright brothers’ plane and Freedom 7, the space capsule that took the first American into space. John Smithson, the Smithsonian Institution’s great benefactor, is interred in a tomb in the Smithsonian Building.

DID YOU KNOW THAT One in every four Americans has appeared on television?

WORD OF THE DAY: agora (AG-er-uh) which means the place where a popular political assembly met in Ancient Greece, originally a marketplace or public square. In Greek agorá originally meant “assembly,” especially of the common people, not of the ruling class. Agorá gradually developed the meanings “marketplace, the business that goes on in the marketplace, public speaking.” The Greek noun is a derivative of the verb ageírein “to gather,” from the Proto-Indo-European root ger-, gere- “to gather, collect,” source also of Latin grex “flock, herd,” with its English derivatives aggregate, egregious, and gregarious. Agora entered English in the late 16th century.

Plane Crash on North Fox Island

As most of the readers will already know, there was one plane already on North Fox, and the people were there camping. Another plane decided to land on North Fox and a crash occurred between the two planes. The Fox Islands are in Leelanau County. The single engine plane landing was an XTRA 330, and it hit the Cessna 172 that was already on the ground.

A helicopter from the USCG Air Station in Traverse City was dispatched to help. The helicopter transported all five individuals, three with minor injuries.

The aircraft on North Fox Island had to be transported off the island. Since Beaver Island is northeast of the North Fox Island, it seemed to make sense to transport the crashed planes to Beaver Island, and then have them transported off Beaver Island, so that is exactly what happened. The two aircraft were lifted to Beaver Island, and more specifically, Welke Airport, for loading onto trailers for transport.

Paul Welke took pictures of the delivery of the two planes as they were placed on the ground and the procedures of accomplishing that fact. First off, the Sheriff's Department blocked off the roadway to protect the public as the helicopter brought the planes to the hangar area of the Welke Airport.

Imagine, if you will, the surreal picture of the helicopter bringing the plane in and setting it down. Great pictures, Paul Welke!

The process was amazing, and the coordination also quite obvious.

Helicopter landing at Welke Airport

An example of the damage to one aircraft

On Wednesday, the planes were all prepared for shipping off the Beaver Island.

It's pretty obvious that our Island Airways' crew are multi-talented, as well as respected and appreciated by the federal government agencies of the FAA and the USCG.

Weather by Joe

August 9, 2018

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

In Petoskey this morning gearing up for the chemotherapy for Phyllis. She's sleeping this time, but had already told me that, due to her eyesight issues, that it was my job to do the weather today. She can't read her phone or her computer right now. Seeing double with lots of tearing eyes, hopefully temporary and due to the chemo, seems to be her greatest frustration. Of course, I tried to start the coffee maker in the dark and woke her up. Anyway, on with the weather....

Right now, it is 69 degrees with relative humidity at 100%. The wind is from the west at 6 mph. The barometer reading is 29.86. The dewpoint is 69 degrees. These combinations using spell periods of fog possible. Today's high is forecast for 79 degrees with a low tonight of 59. It's supposed to be mostly sunny today with only a 10% chance of showers.

Charlevoix County forecast:

Partly sunny. Numerous rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning. Highs in the upper 70s. Northwest winds 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.
Clear. Lows in the upper 50s. Northeast winds 10 mph.

Word of the Day

Weald---(weeld) a heavily wooded area : forest; a wild or uncultivated usually upland region..

If weald were a tree, it would have many annual rings. It has been in use as a general word for "forest" since the days of Old English, and it has also long been used, in its capitalized form, as a geographic name for a once-heavily forested region of southeast England. Weald is also often capitalized today when used to refer to wooded areas like the Weald of Kent and the Weald of Sussex in England. In time, the word branched out to

On this Day in 1974 on August 9th:

In accordance with his statement of resignation the previous evening, Richard M. Nixon officially ends his term as the 37th president of the United States at noon. Before departing with his family in a helicopter from the White House lawn, he smiled farewell and enigmatically raised his arms in a victory or peace salute. The helicopter door was then closed, and the Nixon family began their journey home to San Clemente, California. Richard Nixon was the first U.S. president to resign from office.

Minutes later, Vice President Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States in the East Room of the White House. After taking the oath of office, President Ford spoke to the nation in a television address, declaring, “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.”

Ford, the first president who came to the office through appointment rather than election, had replaced Spiro Agnew as vice president only eight months before. In a political scandal independent of the Nixon administration’s wrongdoings in the Watergate affair, Agnew had been forced to resign in disgrace after he was charged with income tax evasion and political corruption. In September 1974, Ford pardoned Nixon for any crimes he may have committed while in office, explaining that he wanted to end the national divisions created by the Watergate scandal. (from history.com)

Did You Know?

There is enough fuel in full jumbo jet tank to drive an average car four times around the world.

An average of 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes.

Now you can amaze your friends with these little tidbits of knowledge.

Unofficial Primary Election Results

August 8, 2018

St. James Township

Peaine Township

Accumulated County Totals

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 8, 2018

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

Clear skies this morning with a few puffy clouds floating by at the moment, it's 58°, dew point is 55°, humidity is at 89%, wind is at 2 mph and from the southwest, pressure is steady at 1012 mb, and visibility is 10+ miles. Good day for a flight to the mainland I'd say.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. HIghs in the upper 70s. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.
TODAY: Light winds becoming west 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy then becoming mostly sunny in the morning then becoming sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
THURSDAY: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
THURSDAY NIGHT: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of August 8, 1974, in an evening televised address, President Richard M. Nixon announces his intention to become the first president in American history to resign. With impeachment proceedings underway against him for his involvement in the Watergate affair, Nixon was finally bowing to pressure from the public and Congress to leave the White House. “By taking this action,” he said in a solemn address from the Oval Office, “I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”

Just before noon the next day, Nixon officially ended his term as the 37th president of the United States. Before departing with his family in a helicopter from the White House lawn, he smiled farewell and enigmatically raised his arms in a victory or peace salute. The helicopter door was then closed, and the Nixon family began their journey home to San Clemente, California. Minutes later, Vice President Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States in the East Room of the White House. After taking the oath of office, President Ford spoke to the nation in a television address, declaring, “My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.” He later pardoned Nixon for any crimes he may have committed while in office, explaining that he wanted to end the national divisions created by the Watergate scandal.

On June 17, 1972, five men, including a salaried security coordinator for President Nixon’s reelection committee, were arrested for breaking into and illegally wiretapping the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Washington, D.C., Watergate complex. Soon after, two other former White House aides were implicated in the break-in, but the Nixon administration denied any involvement. Later that year, reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of The Washington Post discovered a higher-echelon conspiracy surrounding the incident, and a political scandal of unprecedented magnitude erupted.

In May 1973, the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, headed by Senator Sam Ervin of North Carolina, began televised proceedings on the rapidly escalating Watergate affair. One week later, Harvard law professor Archibald Cox was sworn in as special Watergate prosecutor. During the Senate hearings, former White House legal counsel John Dean testified that the Watergate break-in had been approved by former Attorney General John Mitchell with the knowledge of White House advisers John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman, and that President Nixon had been aware of the cover-up. Meanwhile, Watergate prosecutor Cox and his staff began to uncover widespread evidence of political espionage by the Nixon reelection committee, illegal wiretapping of thousands of citizens by the administration, and contributions to the Republican Party in return for political favors.

In July, the existence of what were to be called the Watergate tapes–official recordings of White House conversations between Nixon and his staff–was revealed during the Senate hearings. Cox subpoenaed these tapes, and after three months of delay President Nixon agreed to send summaries of the recordings. Cox rejected the summaries, and Nixon fired him. His successor as special prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, leveled indictments against several high-ranking administration officials, including Mitchell and Dean, who were duly convicted.

Public confidence in the president rapidly waned, and by the end of July 1974 the House Judiciary Committee had adopted three articles of impeachment against President Nixon: obstruction of justice, abuse of presidential powers, and hindrance of the impeachment process. On July 30, under coercion from the Supreme Court, Nixon finally released the Watergate tapes. On August 5, transcripts of the recordings were released, including a segment in which the president was heard instructing Haldeman to order the FBI to halt the Watergate investigation. Three days later, Nixon announced his resignation.

DID YOU KNOW THAT There are more collect calls on Father's Day than any other day of the year?

WORD OF THE DAY: calescent (Kuh-LES-uhnt) which means growing warm; increasing in heat. The English adjective calescent comes directly from Latin calescent-, the inflectional stem of calescēns, the present participle of the verb calescere “to become warm or hot,” a verb derivative of calēre “to be warm or hot.” In Latin the element -sc- in the present tense has inceptive force (i.e., “I am beginning to x”); thus the present tense of noscere (also gnoscere) means “I get to know, I find out” and is the source of English recognize, cognition, and other words. Calescent entered English in the early 19th century.

Primary Election Today

Ballots for August 7, 2018


St. James

Great Lakes Water Levels 101
for Island Communities

There will be a webinar available to those who register. There is no cost for this. You can view the poster for this and use the link to register.

Posted 8:30 a.m., 8/7/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 7, 2018

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

Tomorrow morning we head back to the mainland for the next to last chemo treatment. Trying hard to contain my excitement from all the side effects I know will follow it. Oh well, at least I'm at the end of the chemo rather than the beginning. Would be lost doing all this if it weren't for Joe hauling my carcass around to all the doctor appointments and from Charlevoix to Petoskey along with putting up with me in general, so thanks Joseph!

Mostly cloudy skies this morning, 61°, dew point is 57°, humidity is at 88% still muggy, wind is at 4 mph from the northwest, pressure is rising from 1016 mb, and visibility is 8.8 miles.
TODAY: Skies are looking mostly clear to partly cloudy this morning with some light patchy fog. Expect to see some clouds to start the day but overall we will mix out most of the clouds as we head into the afternoon and evening. Temperatures this morning are in the mid 50s to upper 60s with light winds. Morning commutes should be just fine this morning. Today will start off with more clouds than sunshine but as we head into the afternoon and evening the sunshine will be more abundant then the cloud cover. Highs will be in the low 70s to low 80s with winds out of the Northwest/North at 5-10 mph.
TONIGHT: Skies will be mostly clear to partly cloudy tonight with overnight lows in the low 50s to low 60s. Winds will be out of the North/Northwest at 5-10 mph.
TODAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
WEDNESDAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
WEDNESDAY NIGHt: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 7, 1947, Kon-Tiki, a balsa wood raft captained by Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, completes a 4,300-mile, 101-day journey from Peru to Raroia in the Tuamotu Archipelago, near Tahiti.Heyerdahl wanted to prove his theory that prehistoric South Americans could have colonized the Polynesian islands by drifting on ocean currents.

Heyerdahl and his five-person crew set sail from Callao, Peru, on the 40-square-foot Kon-Tiki on April 28, 1947. The Kon-Tiki, named for a mythical white chieftain, was made of indigenous materials and designed to resemble rafts of early South American Indians. While crossing the Pacific, the sailors encountered storms, sharks and whales, before finally washing ashore at Raroia. Heyerdahl, born in Larvik, Norway, on October 6, 1914, believed that Polynesia’s earliest inhabitants had come from South America, a theory that conflicted with popular scholarly opinion that the original settlers arrived from Asia. Even after his successful voyage, anthropologists and historians continued to discredit Heyerdahl’s belief. However, his journey captivated the public and he wrote a book about the experience that became an international bestseller and was translated into 65 languages. Heyerdahl also produced a documentary about the trip that won an Academy Award in 1951.

Heyerdahl made his first expedition to Polynesia in 1937. He and his first wife lived primitively on Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas Islands for a year and studied plant and animal life. The experience led him to believe that humans had first come to the islands aboard primitive vessels drifting on ocean currents from the east.

Following the Kon-Tiki expedition, Heyerdahl made archeological trips to such places as the Galapagos Islands, Easter Island and Peru and continued to test his theories about how travel across the seas played a major role in the migration patterns of ancient cultures. In 1970, he sailed across the Atlantic from Morocco to Barbados in a reed boat named Ra II (after Ra, the Egyptian sun god) to prove that Egyptians could have connected with pre-Columbian Americans. In 1977, he sailed the Indian Ocean in a primitive reed ship built in Iraq to learn how prehistoric civilizations in Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley and Egypt might have connected.

While Heyerdahl’s work was never embraced by most scholars, he remained a popular public figure and was voted “Norwegian of the Century” in his homeland. He died at age 87 on April 18, 2002, in Italy. The raft from his famous 1947 expedition is housed at the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, Norway.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Title 14, Section 1211, of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969, makes it illegal for U. S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles.

WORD OF THE DAY: normcore (NAWRM-kawr) which means
a fashion style or way of dressing characterized by ordinary, plain clothing with no designer names, often a reaction against trendy fashion. Normcore has the unpleasant feel of a neologism such as doublethink in George Orwell’s novel 1984. Normcore may be formed from norm (“a standard, the average level”) or normal (“conforming to a standard”); core may simply be from core (“essential part”) or be a shortening of hard-core (“uncompromising”). Normcore entered English in 2014.

Peaine Meeting Agenda

August 8, 2018

View agenda HERE

Posted at 8 p.m., 8/6/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 6, 2018

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

Gosh, did I ever sleep in. I can't remember the last time that I slept until 7 am. Just waiting on the coffee now. Mostly cloudy skies, 71°, dew point is 70°, and humidity is at 98% so it's very muggy out, pressure is rising from 1013 mb, wind is at 8 mph from the west, and visibility is 7.6 miles.
TODAY: Clouds continue to move in for Northern Michigan creating partly to mostly cloudy skies this morning. Scattered showers and storms will move in later this morning and afternoon. Grab the rain gear as you leave the house this morning and expect some gray and soggy conditions today. Temperatures this morning are in the upper 60s to mid 70s with light winds. Today is going to be mostly cloudy with some scattered showers and storms. Some of the storms could be on the stronger side and possibly severe this afternoon in the Lower Peninsula. Main threats will be gusty winds, heavy rain and frequent cloud to ground lightning. Highs will be in the mid 70s to low 80s with winds out of the West/Southwest at 5-10 mph.
TONIGHT: Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy tonight. Showers will come to an end for the U.P. and Northern Lower Peninsula tonight but the Central Lower Peninsula could see a few linger showers. Overnight lows will be in the mid 50s to mid 60s with winds out of the West/Northwest at 5-10 mph.
TODAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
TUESDAY: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TUESDAY NIGHT: Light winds. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of August 6, 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world’s first atom bomb, over the city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.

U.S. President Harry S. Truman, discouraged by the Japanese response to the Potsdam Conference’s demand for unconditional surrender, made the decision to use the atom bomb to end the war in order to prevent what he predicted would be a much greater loss of life were the United States to invade the Japanese mainland. And so on August 5, while a “conventional” bombing of Japan was underway, “Little Boy,” (the nickname for one of two atom bombs available for use against Japan), was loaded onto Lt. Col. Paul W. Tibbets’ plane on Tinian Island in the Marianas. Tibbets’ B-29, named the Enola Gay after his mother, left the island at 2:45 a.m. on August 6. Five and a half hours later, “Little Boy” was dropped, exploding 1,900 feet over a hospital and unleashing the equivalent of 12,500 tons of TNT. The bomb had several inscriptions scribbled on its shell, one of which read “Greetings to the Emperor from the men of the Indianapolis” (the ship that transported the bomb to the Marianas).

There were 90,000 buildings in Hiroshima before the bomb was dropped; only 28,000 remained after the bombing. Of the city’s 200 doctors before the explosion; only 20 were left alive or capable of working. There were 1,780 nurses before-only 150 remained who were able to tend to the sick and dying.

According to John Hersey’s classic work Hiroshima, the Hiroshima city government had put hundreds of schoolgirls to work clearing fire lanes in the event of incendiary bomb attacks. They were out in the open when the Enola Gay dropped its load.

There were so many spontaneous fires set as a result of the bomb that a crewman of the Enola Gay stopped trying to count them.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Percentage of Americans who say that God has spoken to them: 36.

WORD OF THE DAY: chevelure (shev-uh-LOOR) which means a head of hair. The pronunciation of English chevelure, accented on the final syllable, reveals the still unnaturalized status of the word after nearly six centuries. Chevelure looks like--and is--a French word meaning “head of hair, wig.” In Old French the word was spelled cheveleüre, from Latin capillātūra “hairlike flaw in a gem or gemstone,” a derivative of the adjective capillātus “longhaired,” itself a derivative of capillus “the hair on the head” (and like English hair a collective noun). Chevelure entered English in the 15th century.

The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project #32

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 7:45 p.m., 8/5/18

Mass from Holy Cross

August 5, 2018

This week we had a special return visitor. Father John Paul, former priest of Holy Cross, returned home to celebrate as the primary priest for the Saturday and Sunday services. Holy Cross services took place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, and at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Father John Paul read the Gospel and gave the Homily. Pinky Harmon did the readings on Saturday, and Jacque LaFreniere did the readings on Sunday.

There was special music during communion at both services. Saturday night, Sheri Timsak sang How Beautiful, and it was beautiful. The music on Sunday was also very beautiful.

The two readers

Father John Paul on the right leading the service with Father Jim Siler

Father John Paul reading the Gospel

The talented lady singing on Sunday during communion

Father Jim and Father John Paul

Tammy McDonough poses for photos

View video of the Sunday service HERE

View video of the Saturday Service HERE

Posted at 1:15 p.m., 8/5/18

Music on the Porch Gets Serious! 8/7/18

Ivan (one of the Gerrish family bunch) is bringing his trio to Beaver Island for a concert, Tuesday, August 7, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m. They will be playing music by BEETHOVEN, MOZART, KODALY
at the St. James Episcopal Mission.

The three masterful young men:
Ivan Suminiski, Violin
Joe Skerik, Viola
Kyle Stachnik, Cello

Donations will benefit the Beaver Island Historical Society

Posted at 12 noon, 8/5/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 5, 2018

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

Remember when we were little and our parents would say, "if you can't say something nice about ----, don't say anything at all!". I sure wish that the folks who want to run our counties/states/country would practice that. I'm so sick and tired of commercials bashing their opponent. Just tell me what YOU are going to do for me NOT what the other guy did, or didn't do. If you absolutely must say something because you can't keep your mouth shut, compliment them on their hair, smile, suit, etc. Better yet, let's get rid of the commercials and those dang robo calls. You call me, you won't be getting my vote. Ok, rant for the day is done. (maybe)

It's gearing up to be another muggy day. Right now I'm showing 75°, breezy and mostly cloudy, dew point is at 67°, humidity is at 76%, wind is at 15 mph from the southwest, pressure is rising from 1013 mb, and visibility is 8.8 miles.
TODAY: You may wake up to a few showers and storms on Sunday! Isolated showers are possible throughout the day. Not everyone will see rain. The greatest chance to see a few showers and storms will be in the Northern Lower counties and the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Otherwise, Northern Michigan stays mostly to partly sunny. Highs stay HOT in the low 80s to low 90s. No need to cancel any plans on Sunday! Just pack an umbrella and maybe some sunscreen. Showers and storms will move through quickly.
TONIGHT: Spotty showers and storms continue to impact Northern Michigan. Lows will feel warmer in the mid 60s to low 70s. You’ll want to keep your air conditioning on.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots early in the morning. Slight chance of showers early in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
MONDAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
MONDAY NIGHT: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of August 5, 1957, American Bandstand goes national.

Television, rock and roll and teenagers. In the late 1950s, when television and rock and roll were new and when the biggest generation in American history was just about to enter its teens, it took a bit of originality to see the potential power in this now-obvious combination. The man who saw that potential more clearly than any other was a 26-year-old native of upstate New York named Dick Clark, who transformed himself and a local Philadelphia television program into two of the most culturally significant forces of the early rock-and-roll era. His iconic show, American Bandstand, began broadcasting nationally on this day in 1957, beaming images of clean-cut, average teenagers dancing to the not-so-clean-cut Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” to 67 ABC affiliates across the nation.

The show that evolved into American Bandstand began on Philadephia’s WFIL-TV in 1952, a few years before the popular ascension of rock and roll. Hosted by local radio personality Bob Horn, the original Bandstand nevertheless established much of the basic format of its later incarnation. In the first year after Dick Clark took over as host in the summer of 1956, Bandstand remained a popular local hit, but it took Clark’s ambition to help it break out. When the ABC television network polled its affiliates in 1957 for suggestions to fill its 3:30 p.m. time slot, Clark pushed hard for Bandstand, which network executives picked up and scheduled for an August 5, 1957 premiere.

Renamed American Bandstand, the newly national program featured a number of new elements that became part of its trademark, including the high school gym-like bleachers and the famous segment in which teenage studio guests rated the newest records on a scale from 25 to 98 and offered such criticisms as “It’s got a good beat, and you can dance to it.” But the heart of American Bandstand always remained the sound of the day’s most popular music combined with the sight of the show’s unpolished teen “regulars” dancing and showing off the latest fashions in clothing and hairstyles.

American Bandstand aired five days a week in live national broadcast until 1963, when the show moved west to Los Angeles and began a 24-year run as a taped weekly program with Dick Clark as host.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Maine is the only state a one-syllable name? Now, how many states are running through your head as you double check that fact?

WORD OF THE DAY: vespine (VES-pahyn) which means of or relating to wasps. English vespine is a straightforward borrowing from the Latin noun vespa “wasp” plus the adjective suffix -ine, from Latin -īnus, and one could reasonably--but wrongly--conclude that wespā was the original Proto-Indo-European word for wasp. The original form was wepsā, wopsā, and Latin and English (among other languages) simply metathesized (or transposed) the consonants. Old English has many different forms for the insect: wæfs, wæps, wæsp, etc. The other Germanic languages also display the -ps- and -sp- forms. Outside Germanic, the extremely conservative Baltic languages have vapsvà (Lithuanian) and wobse (Old Prussian), both meaning “wasp.” The Baltic forms, especially the Old Prussian, also show more clearly the Proto-Indo-European root behind wasp and vespa : webh-, wobh- “to weave” (from the nests that wasps construct). Vespine entered English in the 19th century.

Baroque on Beaver Mentoring Program

Photos and story by Chas Helge, DGSP Assistant Director

Scenic Beaver Island is the location for this unique music camp experience that provides students with instruction from the musicians of Baroque on Beaver Island. Great music abounds on the island during the week of Baroque on Beaver, and the students get to be right in the middle of it, hearing performances and giving performances themselves. This camp is designed for students who have at least one year of playing experience on violin, viola, cello or bass and are capable of reading music. Students on the island – both year-around and summer-only residents - participate while a special package was available for mainlanders who flew each day to this island adventure.

A great photo to follow a great concert! Special thanks to members of the Baroque on Beaver orchestra who provided lessons as well as parents and families for their support.

Posted at 2 p.m., 8/4/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 4, 2018

Posted at 7:15 a.m.

Busy day yesterday as the majority of Joe's family arrived to say goodbye to the oldest sister, Leah. So nice to see everyone except for the circumstances. It will be a nice visit regardless as they so seldom land in one spot.

Today we have clear skies, 63°, dew point is 59°, and humidity is at 87% so it's a bit muggy, wind is at 5 mph from the south, pressure is steady at 1017 mb, and visibility is 6.7 miles.
TODAY: Partly Highs in the upper 80s. Southwest winds at 15 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s. South winds 5 to 15 mph.
TODAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy early in the morning then clearing. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: South wind 15 to 20 knots. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
SUNDAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
SUNDAY NIGHT::Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 feet. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of August 4, 1944, acting on tip from a Dutch informer, the Nazi Gestapo captures 15-year-old Jewish diarist Anne Frank and her family in a sealed-off area of an Amsterdam warehouse. The Franks had taken shelter there in 1942 out of fear of deportation to a Nazi concentration camp. They occupied the small space with another Jewish family and a single Jewish man, and were aided by Christian friends, who brought them food and supplies. Anne spent much of her time in the “secret annex” working on her diary. The diary survived the war, overlooked by the Gestapo that discovered the hiding place, but Anne and nearly all of the others perished in the Nazi death camps.

Annelies Marie Frank was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on June 12, 1929. She was the second daughter of Otto Frank and Edith Frank-Hollander, both of Jewish families that had lived in Germany for centuries. With the rise of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in 1933, Otto moved his family to Amsterdam to escape the escalating Nazi persecution of Jews. In Holland, he ran a successful spice and jam business. Anne attended a Montessori school with other middle-class Dutch children, but with the German invasion of the Netherlands in 1940 she was forced to transfer to a Jewish school. In 1942, Otto began arranging a hiding place in an annex of his warehouse on the Prinsengracht Canal in Amsterdam.

On her 13th birthday in 1942, Anne began a diary relating her everyday experiences, her relationship with her family and friends, and observations about the increasingly dangerous world around her. Less than a month later, Anne’s older sister, Margot, received a call-up notice to report to a Nazi “work camp.” Fearing deportation to a Nazi concentration camp, the Frank family took shelter in the secret annex the next day. One week later, they were joined by Otto Frank’s business partner and his family. In November, a Jewish dentist—the eighth occupant of the hiding place—joined the group.

For two years, Anne kept a diary about her life in hiding that is marked with poignancy, humor, and insight. The entrance to the secret annex was hidden by a hinged bookcase, and former employees of Otto and other Dutch friends delivered them food and supplies procured at high risk. Anne and the others lived in rooms with blacked-out windows, and never flushed the toilet during the day out of fear that their presence would be detected. In June 1944, Anne’s spirits were raised by the Allied landing at Normandy, and she was hopeful that the long-awaited liberation of Holland would soon begin.

On August 1, 1944, Anne made her last entry in her diary. Three days later, 25 months of seclusion ended with the arrival of the Nazi Gestapo. Anne and the others had been given away by an unknown informer, and they were arrested along with two of the Christians who had helped shelter them. They were sent to a concentration camp in Holland, and in September Anne and most of the others were shipped to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. In the fall of 1944, with the Soviet liberation of Poland underway, Anne was moved with her sister Margot to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. Suffering under the deplorable conditions of the camp, the two sisters caught typhus and died in early March 1945. The camp was liberated by the British less than two months later.

Otto Frank was the only one of the 10 to survive the Nazi death camps. After the war, he returned to Amsterdam via Russia, and was reunited with Miep Gies, one of his former employees who had helped shelter him. She handed him Anne’s diary, which she had found undisturbed after the Nazi raid. In 1947, Anne’s diary was published by Otto in its original Dutch as Diary of a Young Girl. An instant best-seller and eventually translated into more than 50 languages, The Diary of Anne Frank has served as a literary testament to the nearly six million Jews, including Anne herself, who were silenced in the Holocaust.

The Frank family’s hideaway at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam opened as a museum in 1960. A new English translation of Anne’s diary in 1995 restored material that had been edited out of the original version, making the work nearly a third longer.

DID YOU KNOw THAT The United States has five percent of the world's population, but twenty-five percent of the world's prison population.

WORD OF THE DAY: squiz (skwiz) which means a quick, close look. The noun squiz is a piece of slang used in Australian and New Zealand. Most slang terms are of uncertain origin, and squiz is no exception: it is possibly a blend of quiz and squint. Squiz entered English in the 20th century.

Airport Commission Meeting Agenda and Minutes

2018 Aug 4 Agenda BIAC

2018 June 15 BIAC special meeting minutes Draft

Posted at 11 a.m., 8/3/18

Great Lakes Islands, Part II

This is the second in a series of snapshots of some of the islands that are part of the Great Lakes Islands Coalition (GLIC). The information is taken from material placed online by member organizations at the Island Showcase, GLIC’s website hosted by Northland College. (https://www.northland.edu/sustainability/crc/great-lakes-islands/#island-showcase) You can also check out Manitoulin’s entry there, too.

Read this article on Beaver Island HERE

Posted on 8/3/18 at 10:45 a.m.



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


The Beaver Island Water Trail

The Beaver Island Water Trail is active.  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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Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 3, 2018

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

Overcast this morning and 59°, dew point is at 55°, humidity is at 87% so it feels nice outside this morning, wind is at 4 mph from the northeast, pressure is steady at 1017 mb, and visibility is 9.4 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy in the monring then clearing. Highs in the mid 70s. North winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. Light winds.
TODAY: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy in the morning, then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY NIGHT: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DATE of August 3, 1958, the U.S. nuclear submarine Nautilus accomplishes the first undersea voyage to the geographic North Pole. The world’s first nuclear submarine, the Nautilus dived at Point Barrow, Alaska, and traveled nearly 1,000 miles under the Arctic ice cap to reach the top of the world. It then steamed on to Iceland, pioneering a new and shorter route from the Pacific to the Atlantic and Europe.

The USS Nautilus was constructed under the direction of U.S. Navy Captain Hyman G. Rickover, a brilliant Russian-born engineer who joined the U.S. atomic program in 1946. In 1947, he was put in charge of the navy’s nuclear-propulsion program and began work on an atomic submarine. Regarded as a fanatic by his detractors, Rickover succeeded in developing and delivering the world’s first nuclear submarine years ahead of schedule. In 1952, the Nautilus’ keel was laid by President Harry S. Truman, and on January 21, 1954, first lady Mamie Eisenhower broke a bottle of champagne across its bow as it was launched into the Thames River at Groton, Connecticut. Commissioned on September 30, 1954, it first ran under nuclear power on the morning of January 17, 1955.

Much larger than the diesel-electric submarines that preceded it, the Nautilus stretched 319 feet and displaced 3,180 tons. It could remain submerged for almost unlimited periods because its atomic engine needed no air and only a very small quantity of nuclear fuel. The uranium-powered nuclear reactor produced steam that drove propulsion turbines, allowing the Nautilus to travel underwater at speeds in excess of 20 knots.

In its early years of service, the USS Nautilus broke numerous submarine travel records and on July 23, 1958, departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on “Operation Northwest Passage”–the first crossing of the North Pole by submarine. There were 116 men aboard for this historic voyage, including Commander William R. Anderson, 111 officers and crew, and four civilian scientists. The Nautilus steamed north through the Bering Strait and did not surface until it reached Point Barrow, Alaska, in the Beaufort Sea, though it did send its periscope up once off the Diomedes Islands, between Alaska and Siberia, to check for radar bearings. On August 1, the submarine left the north coast of Alaska and dove under the Arctic ice cap.

The submarine traveled at a depth of about 500 feet, and the ice cap above varied in thickness from 10 to 50 feet, with the midnight sun of the Arctic shining in varying degrees through the blue ice. At 11:15 p.m. EDT on August 3, 1958, Commander Anderson announced to his crew: “For the world, our country, and the Navy–the North Pole.” The Nautilus passed under the geographic North Pole without pausing. The submarine next surfaced in the Greenland Sea between Spitzbergen and Greenland on August 5. Two days later, it ended its historic journey at Iceland. For the command during the historic journey, President Dwight D. Eisenhower decorated Anderson with the Legion of Merit.

After a career spanning 25 years and almost 500,000 miles steamed, the Nautilus was decommissioned on March 3, 1980. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982, the world’s first nuclear submarine went on exhibit in 1986 as the Historic Ship Nautilus at the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut.

DID YOU KNOw THAT It is illegal to hunt camels in the state of Arizona?

WORD OF THE DAY: arctophile (AHRK-tuh-fahyl) which means a person who is very fond of and is usually a collector of teddy bears. Arctophile means just “bear loving, bear lover,” but in modern English specifically a lover of teddy bears, not grizzlies. The suffix -phile “lover of, enthusiast for” is completely naturalized in English, as in cinephile, audiophile. The element arcto- comes from Greek árktos “bear,” the Greek result of a very widespread (and complicated in its development) Proto-Indo-European noun ṛ́tko- (earlier H₂ṛ́tko-) “bear” (the H₂ was possibly pronounced as in German Bach). Greek transposed the -tk- to -kt-. In Hittite the original H₂ṛ́tkos (spelled ḫartaggaš in the clumsy Hittite cuneiform) was probably pronounced hartkas, which is very close to the hypothetical form but is of uncertain meaning: the name of a predatory animal (?), a cult official (?). In the Indo-Iranian languages, Sanskrit ṛkṣa- and Avestan arša- are regular developments from ṛ́tko-. Italic (Latin) ursus has two problems: u- instead of o-, and the exact source of the first s. Celtic artos becomes art in Middle Irish, and arth in Welsh ( Arthur in Welsh means “bear man”). Arctophile entered English in the 20th century.

Great Lakes' Islands Choose People-Focused Strategy


Pam Grassmick, one of the island’s 600 year-round residents, loves it there the most during the spring and fall, when the bucolic landscape is shaking off one season and welcoming another.

“I love to see the island awaken out of the snow. I love that time of year,” she said. “And the other time I really love it is the fall. We have a lot of maple trees and seven inland lakes, and you can really see the changing colors.”

Maybe it’s no coincidence that the transitional seasons are her favorites. Grassmick, 62, is a fourth-generation islander and grew up on a farm there. Her childhood memories are, in many ways, timeless. Just as her ancestors were, she was taught by the Dominican sisters whose mission was to come and educate the Beaver Island children, and non-school hours were filled with farm chores and fun. After Lake Michigan froze, the town’s plow truck would clear the snow off a portion of the harbor, and they would skate, sometimes making a cheerful bonfire on the ice to warm their hands and light the night.

“Those are some of my best childhood memories,” Grassmick said.

Still, she, like many of her classmates, left Beaver Island to try her luck on the mainland. She went to college, became a nurse and worked in Alaska and then Michigan. When she retired, Beaver Island pulled her and her husband back to live in the place she had always gone to recharge her batteries.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Posted at 2:45 p.m., 8/2/18

BI Airport Commission Meeting Venue Change

The Beaver Island Airport Commission will be meeting at the Peaine Township Hall at 9 a.m. on August 4, 2018. This meeting is scheduled just before the Joint Township Meeting, which is scheduled at 10 a.m. at the same location. The Joint Tonwship Meeting agenda suggests that they will go into a Closed Session right at the beginning of this meeting, and then report to the airport commission after this closed session.

Posted at 9:15 a.m., 8/2/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 2, 2018

Posted at 8:00 a.m.

These old eyes are getting worse so there may be some dandy spelling errors in the coming weeks. If it gets too bad, Joe's going to have to cover for me.

Mother Nature is drooling overhead. We've had .07 inches since midnight. I did hear some thunder earlier but that storm went right on past. At the moment I'm showing 61°, mostly cloudy skies, dew point is 59°, humidity is at 93% so it's a bit muggy, wind is at 6 mph from the NW, pressure is steady at 1013 mb, and visibility is 7.6 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning then isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. Light winds becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Isolated rain showers in the evening. Lows in the lower 50s. Light winds.
TODAY: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest in the afternoon. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: tNorth wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
FRIDAY: Light winds. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
FrIDAY NIGHT: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of August 2, 1923, in a hotel in San Francisco, President Warren G. Harding dies of a stroke at the age of 58. Harding was returning from a presidential tour of Alaska and the West Coast, a journey some believed he had embarked on to escape the rumors circulating in Washington of corruption in his administration.

Harding, a relatively unremarkable U.S. senator of Ohio, won the Republican presidential nomination in 1920 after the party deadlocked over several more prominent candidates. Harding ran pledging a “return to normalcy” after World War I and in November was elected the 29th U.S. president in a landslide election victory. Conscious of his own limitations, Harding promised to appoint a cabinet representing the “best minds” in America, but unfortunately he chose several intelligent men who possessed little sense of public responsibility.

In the summer of 1923, as Washington began discussing rumors of corruption in the departments of the Interior and Justice and in the Veterans Bureau, Harding departed on a speaking tour of Alaska and the West. On August 2, he died of an embolism, perhaps brought on by worry over the political scandals about to explode on the national stage. Early the next morning, Vice President Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as president by his father, a notary public, in his family home in Plymouth, Vermont.

For the rest of his first term, one of President Coolidge’s principal duties was responding to public outrage over the Teapot Dome oil-leasing scandals, the revelations of fraudulent transactions in the Veterans Bureau and Justice Department, and the reports of his predecessor’s multiple extramarital affairs.

DID YOU KNOW THAT In the United States, a pound of potato chips costs two hundred times more than a pound of potatoes.

WORD OF THE DAY: nubilous (NOO-buh-luhs) which menas cloudy or foggy. The English adjective nubilous comes straight from Latin nūbilus, a derivative of nūbēs “cloud.” The uncommon Proto-Indo-European root sneudh- “fog, mist, cloud” lies behind the Latin words and appears as well in several Iranian languages, e.g., Avestan snaodha- “clouds” and Baluchi nōd “light clouds, fog”; Greek nythós “dark, dumb,” and Welsh nudd “mist, fog.” Nubilous entered English in the 16th century.

St. James Documents for Today's Meeting

Agenda August 1, 2018

Finance Report August 2018

Supervisor Lens August 2018

Posted 8/1/18 at 1:15

Beaver Island Telecommunications Advisory Committee Structure

St James Township Hall and Property Use Policy

Additional Documents posted at 1:45 p.m., 8/1/18

View video of the meeting HERE

Thanks to Pam Grassmick for doing the video work.

Video posted at 9:45 p.m., 8/1/18

Homecoming Dinner

Sunday, August 12, 2018
4:30 – 7:30
Holy Cross Hall

Posted 8/1/18 at 10:15 a.m.

St. James Financial Documents for August 2018


073118 - SEWER FUND



Posted at 2:30 p.m., 7/31/18

Special Joint Meeting of Peaine and St. James Township

Saturday, August 4, 2018, 10 a.m., Peaine Hall

Agenda 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

2018 Meeting Dates

March 10

June 16

September 15

December 8 (Annual Meeting)

BICS Meeting Schedules

BI Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

St. James Meetings for 2018-19

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule


Holy Cross Church Bulletin for July 2018

Beaver Island Christian Church Bulletin

for August 5, 2018

Posted at 12 noon, 8/5/18

BICS Calendar 2017-18

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