B.I. News on the 'Net, August 20-September 2, 2018

Weather by Joe

September 2, 2018

Right now, it is 69 degrees outside, but it feels much warmer due to the humidity. There is a very light wind coming from the east, immeasurable speed. It is cloudy. There is an 80% chance of rain today, particularly in the afternoon. The atmospheric pressure is 29.95 inches with visibility at 4 miles. It is overcast at 200 feet. The dewpoint is 69 degrees with a humidity of 98%.

Today it will get to about 75 degrees,with winds from the south, southwest at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight the low will be about 65 degrees with a 90% chance of rain in the evening. Winds come from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. We may get up to half and inch of rain total.

Word of the day:

coeval adjective (koh-EE-vul) of the same or equal age, antiquity, or duration. Coeval comes to English from the Latin word coaevus, meaning "of the same age." Coaevus was formed by combining the co- prefix ("in or to the same degree") with Latin aevum ("age" or "lifetime"). The root aevum is also a base in such temporal words as longevity and primeval. Although coeval can technically describe any two or more entities that coexist, it is most typically used to refer to things that have existed together for a very long time (such as galaxies) or that were concurrent with each other in the distant past (parallel historical periods of ancient civilizations, for example)

On this day

On this day in 1969, America’s first automatic teller machine (ATM) makes its public debut, dispensing cash to customers at Chemical Bank in Rockville Center, New York. ATMs went on to revolutionize the banking industry, eliminating the need to visit a bank to conduct basic financial transactions. By the 1980s, these money machines had become widely popular and handled many of the functions previously performed by human tellers, such as check deposits and money transfers between accounts. Today, ATMs are as indispensable to most people as cell phones and e-mail.

Several inventors worked on early versions of a cash-dispensing machine, but Don Wetzel, an executive at Docutel, a Dallas company that developed automated baggage-handling equipment, is generally credited as coming up with the idea for the modern ATM. Wetzel reportedly conceived of the concept while waiting on line at a bank. The ATM that debuted in New York in 1969 was only able to give out cash, but in 1971, an ATM that could handle multiple functions, including providing customers’ account balances, was introduced.

ATMs eventually expanded beyond the confines of banks and today can be found everywhere from gas stations to convenience stores to cruise ships. There is even an ATM at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Non-banks lease the machines (so-called “off premise” ATMs) or own them outright.

Today there are well over 1 million ATMs around the world, with a new one added approximately every five minutes. It’s estimated that more than 170 Americans over the age of 18 had an ATM card in 2005 and used it six to eight times a month. Not surprisingly, ATMs get their busiest workouts on Fridays.

In the 1990s, banks began charging fees to use ATMs, a profitable move for them and an annoying one for consumers. Consumers were also faced with an increase in ATM crimes and scams. Robbers preyed on people using money machines in poorly lit or otherwise unsafe locations, and criminals also devised ways to steal customers’ PINs (personal identification numbers), even setting up fake money machines to capture the information. In response, city and state governments passed legislation such as New York’s ATM Safety Act in 1996, which required banks to install such things as surveillance cameras, reflective mirrors and locked entryways for their ATMs.

Mass from the BI Arranmore Grotto

September 1, 2018

This service was live streamed at Beaver Island TV. The grotto is such a beautiful place, and is even more beautiful when the Holy Cross Church Mass takes place at this location. The only thing that would have made this service better would have been the wind speed. It was a little hard to hear with the wind blowing. The wind also blew the musicians music and their music stands as well with one being blown over. The music was provided by Tammy McDonough on guitar with the addition of a trumpet, a trombone, and a flute; as well as the beautiful voices from a few from the Holy Cross Choir and the singing by the attendees.

The service was well attended out at the grotto, which is very close to the Holy Cross Cemetary and the Four Corners.

Pre-service attendees, more came just before the service started.


Singing the entrance song......The musicians and singers in the choir

Audrey Biehlman did the reading.....Father Jim read the Gospel and gave the sermon

The prayers for all..........the gifts brought up

All in all a quite moving service at the Beaver Island Arranmore Grotto!

View video of the grotto mass HERE

Posted at 7:30 p.m., 9/1/18

A Shortfall May Delay Dental Service on the Island

It has been reported on the forum that the Beaver Island Rural Health Center has a shortfall in the funding for the equipment needed to set up the dental office at their location.  It has been mentioned that there may be a grant available to help cover these costs.
However, this grant funding may delay the island getting the dental service up and running in 2018 and move it up for some unknown period of time.  To counter this, Ken Taylor has begun a challenge grant opportunity.
If the island can raise $7500, Ken Taylor will match that amount with $15,000, but no match for anything under $7500.  This would possibly get the equipment up and operating much sooner than waiting for the grant process.
Ken has posted on the forum that the donation checks should be written to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, but mailed to St. James Township.  It is suggested that the memo line include that the donation is for dental equipment.  St. James Township will collect the money. 
The BIRHC board has not met to discuss this offer, but there will be a meeting on September 15, 2018, where dental care will be discussed.  There have been no comments made publicly by the BIRHC as of today, September 1, 2018.   

Posted at 2:30 p.m., 9/1/18

Hundreds Protest Line Five

MACKINAW CITY, MI—A water protest today against Enbridge Line 5 drew nearly 300 people to the Mackinac Straits, many navigating canoes and kayaks along the Mackinac Bridge and carrying colorful banners, chanting “shut down Line 5.” 

Speaking at a press conference following the large protest flotilla, Michigan tribal leaders, political candidates and elected officials, called on Gov. Snyder and other elected officials to decommission Line 5, with one lawmaker noting this is the fourth year protesters have taken to the water in support of shutting down the 65-year-old pipeline.  

“Every year we join here together to call for the decommissioning of Line 5,” said State Rep. Yousef Rabhi(D-Ann Arbor).  “Well, enough is enough.”

“This is going to spill, it’s imminent,” said Aaron Payment, chairman of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians.  “A spill would decimate the whitefish herd and people have been fishing in this community since the time Jesus Christ walked the earth.” 

Payment was sharply critical of Gov. Snyder:  “The same governor who allowed those children in Flint to be poisoned has been derelict on the Line 5 issue.”

Fred Harrington, tribal counsel for the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa, noted that Line 5 doesn’t just pose a threat to the Mackinac Straits but crosses many Michigan rivers and other waterways.

Harrington expressed disappointment that political leaders have failed to act on Line 5, saying the “people that matter just don’t listen.”

Posted at 2 pm, 9/1/18

Forest View Senior Housing Has Opening

Forest View will be having an opening in Unit 3 in the near future. The link below will provide you with their brochure, full of information about the senior housing.

Click the picture above to view the brochure or click HERE

Posted at 11:30 a.m., 9/1/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

September 1, 2018

Posted at 8:00 a.m.

The island adds a new family today as Jeff Stewart and Rita Palmer tie the knot, jump the broomstick, etc. Congratulations to them both and to their families. So wish I was feeling up to attending. Wishing them many, many happy years together.

Right now it's 72° outside, dew point is 66°, humidity is at 82%, with is at 13 mph from the south south west with gusts to 22 mph, pressure is rising from 29.91 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening then a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots in the morning. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms early in the morning. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning. waves 2 to 4 feet.
TONIGHT: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of September 1, 1850, the P.T. Barnum brings Jenny Lind to New York.

The iconic American huckster, showman and circus entrepreneur P.T. Barnum is most often associated not with refined high culture but of somewhat coarser forms of entertainment—the circus, yes, but also Siamese twins and various human oddities such as “Zip the Pinhead” and the “Man-monkey.” It was none other than P.T. Barnum, however, who brought the greatest opera performer in the world from Europe to the United States in the mid-19th century for a triumphant national tour that set astonishing box-office records and fanned the flames of a widespread opera craze in 1850s America. That star was Jenny Lind—”The Swedish Nightingale”—a singer of uncommon talent and great renown whose arrival in New York City on this day in 1850 was greeted with a mania not unlike that which would greet another foreign musical invasion more than a century later.

Depending on which of two conflicting birthdates one accepts as accurate, Jenny Lind was either 29 or 39 years old in 1849, when she first came to the attention of P.T. Barnum. Barnum was touring Europe at the time with the act that effectively launched his eventual showbiz empire: the two-foot-eleven-inch Tom Thumb, whom Barnum molded into a singer/dancer/comedian after discovering him in Bridgeport, Connecticut. While in England with Thumb, Barnum was told about Lind and proceeded to propose a North American tour to her without ever hearing her sing a note. Her once-in-a-lifetime voice, it seems, was of interest to Barnum only insofar as it helped explain the piece of information that most impressed him: that Lind had recently drawn sellout crowd after sellout crowd during a recent tour of Britain and Ireland. On the basis of her proven box-office pull, Barnum sent an offer to Lind that was unheard of for the time: a 150-date tour of the United States and Canada with a guaranteed payment of $1,000 per performance. After negotiating certain payments by Barnum to charities of her choosing, the philanthropy-minded Lind agree to the tour and disembarked Liverpool for the United States in August 1850.

From the moment of her arrival in New York, Lind was a sensation. By applying his trademark gifts in the area of promotion (including not only a massive advertising campaign but also many bought-and-paid-for reviews in regional newspapers), Barnum had seen to it that this would be the case. But it was Lind’s voice and her genuine connection with audiences that made the tour the smash success that it was—a fact even Barnum acknowledged when he renegotiated her contract upward following her first handful of performances. All told, Jenny Lind’s tour is believed to have netted Barnum close to a half-million dollars, an astonishing sum in 1850. But its most lasting legacy may have been the way in which it helped make opera a democratic sensation in America in the decades that followed.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Kotex was first manufactured as bandages, during WWI.

WORD OF THE DAY: origin (OR-i-jin) which means something from which anything arises or is derived; source; fountainhead. 1350–1400; Middle English < Latin orīgin- (stem of orīgō) beginning, source, lineage, derivative of orīrī to rise; cf. orient

Wildflowers Out and About

Some of these were at Gull Harbor and some were at Barney's Lake.

Posted at 7:30 p.m., 8/31/18

Beaver Island Flag at Veteran's Memorial

The wind put the flag out to be able to see it flying there.

Posted at 7:30 p.m., 8/31/18

Young Loon at Fox Lake

The young loon that has been photographed previously had been being fed by the adult loons, the last trip down to the lake. Today, August 31, 2018, the young loon in the previous photos is now on his own to feed himself. This young loon still has some fuzz, but is approaching the loss of the fuzz and taking on the loon feathers and colors that we are all familiar with. The young loon does not have fear of the photographer at this point or these photos would not have been able to be taken.

A trio of young people were on the dock, just east of the public launch area, and they were told about the approaching young loon. It is assumed that they were on that dock doing some fishing, but warning them was necessary so they wouldn't scare the young loon.

Posted at 6:30 p.m., 8/31/18

Video Report for August 2018

There were 431 unique IP addresses that viewed videos from Beaver Island News on the 'Net and Beaver Island TV. They view 2066 videos using 65.1 GB. 349 unique IP addresses viewed the current recorded video, and 1947 videos viewed, using 55.4GB of bandwidth. Thirty-nine unique IPs viewed 49 total older clips. Forty-six unique IP addresses viewed 70 live streams.

Plans are moving forward to stream recorded video on the Beaver Island TV website. We are currently looking for some supporters to help us finance this effort. There are quite a few events that could be made available for later viewing on Beaver Island TV, even if you are not a subscriber to Beaver Island News on the 'Net. We are also looking at the possibility of doing some issues of a print version. The options are endless, but the project must at least pay for itself.

So far this year, the totals for the eight months of this year included 2723 unique IP addresses, viewing 17,365 individual video clips, using 936 GB of bandwidth. Nine hundred fifteen unique IP addresses viewed the live streamed video, viewing a total of 1761 live streams.

It's been a very busy year, and BINN is looking for videographers to help out, in addition to the need for advertisers..

BTM Episode 174: Why you need to visit Beaver Island, Michigan

Listen to the audio HERE

Posted at 8/31/18, 1:00 p.m.

Thank You, Beaver Island!


Posted at 12 noon, 8.31.18

Timeout for Art: Drawing Class

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 31, 2018

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

Thank you all for the thoughts, prayers, and encouragement as I finished up chemo yesterday. So good to have it over with. Special thanks to Courtney Moore Pelcha for coming down for it and taking pictures.

Since I'm awake bright and early and nothing has stopped working yet, I'll give the weather a try. A bit warmer this morning at 62°, dew point is 57°, humidity is at 84%, wind is at 11 mph with gusts to 19 mph from the south, pressure is steady at 30.13 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. south winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of rain showers in the evening then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph increasing to 30 mph after midnight.
TODAY: South wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots early in the morning. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: South wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
SATURDAY: Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Southwest 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 31, in 1980, representatives of the communist government of Poland agree to the demands of striking shipyard workers in the city of Gdansk. Former electrician Lech Walesa led the striking workers, who went on to form Solidarity, the first independent labor union to develop in a Soviet bloc nation.

In July 1980, facing economic crisis, Poland’s government raised the price of food and other goods, while curbing the growth of wages. The price hikes made it difficult for many Poles to afford basic necessities, and a wave of strikes swept the country. Amid mounting tensions, a popular forklift operator named Anna Walentynowicz was fired from the Lenin Shipyard in the northern Polish city of Gdansk. In mid-August, some 17,000 of the shipyard’s workers began a sit-down strike to campaign for her reinstatement, as well as for a modest increase in wages. They were led by the former shipyard electrician Lech Walesa, who had himself been fired for union activism four years earlier.

Despite governmental censorship and attempts to keep news of the strike from getting out, similar protests broke out in industrial cities throughout Poland. On August 17, an Interfactory Strike Committee presented the Polish government with 21 ambitious demands, including the right to organize independent trade unions, the right to strike, the release of political prisoners and increased freedom of expression. Fearing the general strike would lead to a national revolt, the government sent a commission to Gdansk to negotiate with the rebellious workers. On August 31, Walesa and Deputy Premier Mieczyslaw Jagielski signed an agreement giving in to many of the workers’ demands. Walesa signed the document with a giant ballpoint pen decorated with a picture of the newly elected Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla, the former archbishop of Krakow).

In the wake of the Gdansk strike, leaders of the Interfactory Strike Committee voted to create a single national trade union known as Solidarnosc (Solidarity), which soon evolved into a mass social movement, with a membership of more than 10 million people. Solidarity attracted sympathy from Western leaders and hostility from Moscow, where the Kremlin considered a military invasion of Poland. In late 1981, under Soviet pressure, the government of General Wojciech Jaruzelski annulled the recognition of Solidarity and declared martial law in Poland. Some 6,000 Solidarity activists were arrested, including Walesa, who was detained for almost a year. The Solidarity movement moved underground, where it continued to enjoy support from international leaders such as U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who imposed sanctions on Poland. Walesa was awarded the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize, and after the fall of communism in 1989 he became the first president of Poland ever to be elected by popular vote.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.

WORD OF THE DAY: copse (kops) which means a thicket of small trees or bushes; a small wood. The noun copse, “thicket of small trees grown for periodic felling,” is a shortening of coppice (with the same meaning). Coppice comes from Old French colpeïz, copeïiz, coupeïz "woodland cleared of trees, a cutover," a derivative from an assumed Vulgar Latin verb colpāre "to cut, chop," ultimately from Latin colaphus "a punch (with the fist)," from Greek kólaphos "a slap, blow." Copse entered English in the 16th century.

Finance Commitee Meeting

St. James Township

Special Meeting Agenda for 9/4/18

Posted at 8/30/18, 7 p.m.

Financial Documents for St. James Meeting

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

08-01-18 through 08-30-18 Sewer Fund

08-01-08 through 08-30-18 Road Fund

08-01-18 through 08-30-18 Yacht Dock

08-01-18 to 08-30-18 General Fund

Posted at 8/30/18, 7 p.m.

Latest Scams

Sheriff Vondra would like to remind all citizens of our latest and most serious scams circulating recently.  One of the most serious scam is when subjects telephone a senior citizen advising them their grandson or granddaughter has been in an accident, or has been arrested, etc. and is in need of funds, usually in the thousands of dollars, sent to assist them.  The other scams include subjects impersonating the IRS advising the citizen they need to pay a certain amount of money to stay out of trouble or prevent arrest – or there are telephone calls to citizens claiming to be a court system (usually from down state) advising there is an outstanding warrant and funds are needed to prevent arrest.  Please always remember not to release any information to any person on the telephone.  There also have been identity fraud complaints increasing either by mail or internet.  Be sure to run all information through your local law enforcement prior to releasing any information to anyone.

Posted at 3:45 p.m., 8/30/18

Weather by Joe

Augsut 30, 2018

A day trip to the mainland for Phyllis' last chemo is what is happening today, so this will be very short, sweet, and to the point. Right now, we show 51 degrees on our thermometer. The clouds this morning are supposed to give way to some sunshine later today with a high of the middle to high sixties. The temperatures tonight should be in the mid-fifties with a clear sky. There is very little chance of rain today. Right now we have winds at up to 10 mph from the east. The winds tonight will switch to the SSE. Tonight there will be a 10% chance of rain tonight.

Word of the Day:

buttonhole verb (BUT-un-hohl) which means to detain in conversation as if holding onto the outer garments of the person being spoken to. Buttonhole is easy to pin down as a noun referring to the slit or loop through which a button is passed to fasten something, but its shift to a verb meaning "to detain in conversation" requires some explanation. Buttonhole is an alteration of another verb now long out of use: buttonhold, which literally meant to hold on to the buttons or lapels of someone's coat when speaking to him or her. In the mid-19th century, English speakers altered the verb to buttonhole, perhaps as a result of hearing buttonhold as buttonholed. The overlap is apparent in an early instance of this spelling in an 1862 London publication called All Year Round: "The man who is button-holed, or held … and must listen to half an hour's harangue about nothing interesting."

On this day in 1967, Thurgood Marshall becomes the first African American to be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. He would remain on the Supreme Court for 24 years before retiring for health reasons, leaving a legacy of upholding the rights of the individual as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

From a young age, Marshall seemed destined for a place in the American justice system. His parents instilled in him an appreciation for the Constitution, a feeling that was reinforced by his schoolteachers, who forced him to read the document as punishment for his misbehavior. After graduating from Lincoln University in 1930, Marshall sought admission to the University of Maryland School of Law, but was turned away because of the school’s segregation policy, which effectively forbade blacks from studying with whites. Instead, Marshall attended Howard University Law School, from which he graduated magna cum laude in 1933. (Marshall later successfully sued Maryland School of Law for their unfair admissions policy.)

Setting up a private practice in his home state of Maryland, Marshall quickly established a reputation as a lawyer for the “little man.” In a year’s time, he began working with the Baltimore NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), and went on to become the organization’s chief counsel by the time he was 32, in 1940. Over the next two decades, Marshall distinguished himself as one of the country’s leading advocates for individual rights, winning 29 of the 32 cases he argued in front of the Supreme Court, all of which challenged in some way the ‘separate but equal’ doctrine that had been established by the landmark case Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). The high-water mark of Marshall’s career as a litigator came in 1954 with his victory in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. In that case, Marshall argued that the ‘separate but equal’ principle was unconstitutional, and designed to keep blacks “as near [slavery] as possible.”

In 1961, Marshall was appointed by then-President John F. Kennedy to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, a position he held until 1965, when Kennedy’s successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, named him solicitor general. Following the retirement of Justice Tom Clark in 1967, President Johnson appointed Marshall to the Supreme Court, a decision confirmed by the Senate with a 69-11 vote. Over the next 24 years, Justice Marshall came out in favor of abortion rights and against the death penalty, as he continued his tireless commitment to ensuring equitable treatment of individuals–particularly minorities–by state and federal governments.

(From history.com)

Men's Summer Golf League

August 29, 2018

The Men's Summer Golf League came to a close tonight with the play-offs. The team in first played the team in second, third played fourth, etc. The winners of this year's summer league had been in first place quite a while. The winners were Frank Solle and Ivan Young. "The Buckster would be proud," Ivan Young said, and the editor agreed with him. Buck Ridgeway and Ivan Young had been partners for many years in this league.

Congratulations, Ivan! Buck is looking down on you and clapping his hands for your success.

Concentrating on a shot out of the rough.

The Winners, Frank Solle and Ivan Young

In second place prior to the play-off were Bob Evans and Joe Moore. Unless something really unusual happened in the other matches, these two were probably in second in the summer league. Congratulations to them as well.

The final night had everyone in the league invited to the Shamrock for pizza. Another great summer golf league comes to a close.

Labor Day Breakfast

The AMVETS Labor Day breakfast this year will be held on Monday, September 3, 2018, rather than  Sunday.  It will be from 8:00 AM until noon and features pancakes, sausage,  fresh scrambled eggs plus coffee, milk and lemonade.

Please try and attend, all proceeds will  go towards the upkeep of the Beaver Island Veterans Park and to help Beaver Island veterans.

Posted at 10 a.m., 8/29/18 (Corrected at 8 p.m.)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 29, 2018

Posted at 8:00 a.m.

Number one question I get via email and messenger is, how am I feeling. I'm going ok. Tomorrow is my last day of chemo so I'm a wee bit nervous about that - the side effects are horrible and last for a few weeks. I won't be doing the weather tomorrow as we are on a very early flight off-island and won't be back until late afternoon. Joe may have to cover for me for a few days until I get back on my feet. I thank you all for the thoughts and prayers, they are truly appreciated (and help!) Ok, on to the weather.

It's misting out - rather like the heavens are drooling. It's 61° outside this morning, dew point is 58°, humidity is at 92%, wind is from the northwest between 11 and 14 mph, pressure is rising from 29.85 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 60s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s. North winds at 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph decreasing to 20 mph after midnight.
TODAY: Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Scattered showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less building to 3 to 5 feet.
TONIGHT: North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DATE of August 29, 1911, Ishi, described as the last surviving Stone Age Indian in the contiguous United States, is discovered in California.

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT in Elizabethan England, the spoon was so novel and prized that people carried their own folding spoons to banquets.

WORD OF THE DAY: pathos (PEY-thos) which means the quality or power in an actual life experience or in literature, music, speech, or other forms of expression, of evoking a feeling of pity, or of sympathetic and kindly sorrow or compassion. The English noun pathos comes directly from Greek páthos “suffering, sensation, experience,” related to the verb páschein “to suffer, be affected, feel.” Both the noun and the verb come from the Greek root penth-, ponth, path-. The root path- also forms the noun pátheia “suffering, feeling” and is the second element of apátheia, empátheia, and sympátheia, source of English apathy, empathy, and sympathy. From the root penth- Greek forms the word nēpenthḗs “banishing suffering,” (literally “unsuffering”), source of the English noun nepenthe, the name of a drug or plant that brings forgetfulness of pain and suffering. Pathos entered English in the 16th century.

St. James Special Meeting

August 29, 2018, 12 noon, at St. James Township Hall

Posted at 2:30 p.m., 8/28/18

Dan Rafferty Passed Away

Daniel Thomas Rafferty of Waterford, formerly of Walled Lake, was born February 28, 1950, in Detroit, Michigan, to Thomas Francis and Harriet (nee: Teeter) Rafferty. He died August 25, 2018, at the age of 68.

Mr. Rafferty is the beloved husband of 47 years to Vera Ellen (nee: Nicklin) Rafferty. Loving father of Derek (Kelsey Ramthun) Rafferty and the late Danielle Rafferty (d. 2011). Grandfather of Emma, Nick and Mya. Dear brother of Kathy (Rick) Speck, Nancy (Roger) Sommer, Joannie (Dan) Kenny and Shannon (Dave) Heynig. Brother in law of Allyson (Rick) Abbate, Tina (Tom) Bradley, Tom (Karen) Nicklin and Audrey (Steve) Ingham. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Funeral mass from St. Patrick Catholic Church, 9086 Hutchins Rd. (At Union Lake Rd.)Thursday 11 AM (In state 10 AM). Friends may visit Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 340 Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake (3 Blks. S. of Maple Rd.) Wednesday 2-9 PM (Evening Memory Sharing Service 7 PM).

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 28, 2018

Posted at 8:00 a.m.

What a wake-up! One of the squirrels must have fallen off the treadmill as the power was out and the silence woke me up. Lots of rain during the night, thank goodness! 1.92 inches according to my rain gauge. Of course once I found the candles and got them lit, the power came back on. Figures.
At the moment it's 68°, humidity is at 97%, dew point is at 67°, wind is bouncing around between 11 and 16 mph from the west south west, pressure is rising from 29.72 inches, and visibility is 8 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the morning.
TONIGHT: Periods of rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Patchy fog. Lows in the upper 50s. Northwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.
TODAY: Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots becoming west 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the morning, then becoming variable 10 knots or less in the afternoon. Scattered showers and a chance of thunderstorms early in the morning. Scattered showers and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 5 to 8 feet subsiding to 2 to 3 feet. Waves occasionally around 10 feet.
TONIGHT: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog. Periods of showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 28, 1869, convinced they will have a better chance surviving the desert than the raging rapids that lay ahead, three men leave John Wesley Powell’s expedition through the Grand Canyon and scale the cliffs to the plateau above.

Though it turned out the men had made a serious mistake, they can hardly be faulted for believing that Powell’s plan to float the brutal rapids was suicidal. Powell, a one-armed Civil War veteran and self-trained naturalist, had embarked on his daring descent of the mighty Colorado River three months earlier. Accompanied by 11 men in four wooden boats, he led the expedition through the Grand Canyon and over punishing rapids that many would hesitate to run even with modern rafts.

The worst was yet to come. Near the lower end of the canyon, the party heard the roar of giant rapids. Moving to shore, they explored on foot and saw, in the words of one man, “the worst rapids yet.” Powell agreed, writing that, “The billows are huge and I fear our boats could not ride them…There is discontent in the camp tonight and I fear some of the party will take to the mountains but hope not.”

The next day, three of Powell’s men did leave. Convinced that the rapids were impassable, they decided to take their chances crossing the harsh desert lands above the canyon rims. On this day in 1869, Seneca Howland, O.G. Howland, and William H. Dunn said goodbye to Powell and the other men and began the long climb up out of the Grand Canyon. The remaining members of the party steeled themselves, climbed into boats, and pushed off into the wild rapids.

Amazingly, all of them survived and the expedition emerged from the canyon the next day. When he reached the nearest settlement, Powell learned that the three men who left had been less fortunate–they encountered a war party of Shivwit Indians and were killed. Ironically, the three murders were initially seen as more newsworthy than Powell’s feat and the expedition gained valuable publicity. When Powell embarked on his second trip through the Grand Canyon in 1871, the publicity from the first trip had insured that the second voyage was far better financed than the first.

DID YOU KNOW THAT If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

WORD OF THE DAY: forbearance (fawr-BAIR-uhns) which means forbearing conduct or quality; patient endurance; self-control. Forbearance was originally a legal term “intentional delay in collection of a debt or enforcement of a contract, the expectation being that the other party will pay the debt or fulfill the contract.” The word very quickly acquired the meaning “patience, restraint.” Forbearance is a derivative of the verb forbear, which descends from the Old English verb forberan “to endure, bear, submit to; abstain from, miss, neglect.” The root verb beran “to bear, carry” comes from the same very common Proto-Indo-European root bher- “carry, bear” as Latin ferre, Greek phérein, Slavic (Polish) bierać, all meaning “to carry.” The prefix for- is a Germanic development of the very complicated Proto-Indo-European prefix per, whose basic meaning is “through, forward, in front of," as in Latin per “through” and Greek perí “around.” Forbearance entered English in the 16th century.

Vern Hunt Subdivision

by Dick Burris

Vern Hunt Subdivision:

One of our primary subdivisions in Lapeer was the Hunt subdivision, I called him "Uncle Vern" although we weren't. related. He was a jolly guy, fun as a "barrel full of monkeys", and fun to work for.
On one of our basements we had an unpleasant experience. There was an out of state roughing crew working on the basement that we had previously laid block on. Across the street there was a very professional black crew roughing another house.

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

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

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

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

Broken foot:

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

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

That night, was a little painful, so went to the doctor the next morning; and he set the bones, and put on a cast. He wouldn't put on a walking cast, so I decided to go to the island, as I couldn't work with a cast on.

There was a shipwreck chain to be quartered on the island, so out came the cutting torch, and I cut them into 60 foot lengths.

A few days later at the cabin, I was going across the porch on crutches, and fell into a pile of stainless pots.

That did it; I thought I may as well go back to work; as it would probably be safer if I did. I then devised a way to lay block with the cast on. I put on a knee pad, and used a cement block to rest my knee on, and could lay three blocks at a time from each position. Actually this worked fine, for was able to score around 600 block a day with this method.

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

Dick Burris in a cast

Posted at 3:45 p.m., 8/27/18

Special BICS Board Meeting

regarding Teacher Contract, August 30, 2018, 5 p.m.

083018 Special Meeting Notice

Committee Meetings 2018

2018 Meetings Schedule

Posted at 3:30 p.m., 8/27/18

Labor Day Breakfast

Don't forget the breakfast next Monday.

The estimate was 70 people at the flag ceremony, best turnout so far.  Thanks to Joe Johnson and the boat crew for taking care of our mainland guests on the way over.  They gave them a tour of the boat and a  visit to the wheelhouse.  Jim  Latta and Doug Hartle  did a great jobs setting up the flag ceremony too. 

Our uests were very pleased with their visit.

Bob Tidmore

Brenna Green Wearn and Timothy Trevor Wearn Announce Birth

Ciaran Daniel was born at 1:35 a.m., this morning, August 27, 2018. Ciaran Daniel eighed in at 7lbs. 4oz, and was 21.5 inches in length..

Mom and baby are doing well.

Another Hummer Attempt

Caught the wings extended.

First of all, hearing hummingbirds is easy. Moving a camera up and getting a picture of one isn't. The setting for the shutter was 1/500 second, but, in order to get this picture on this rainy and cloudy day, the ISO had to be at maximim setting, so the pictures are a little grainy. The editor is happy that the time taken to wait for these was worthwhile.

Fascinating Hummers caught feeding

Posted at 1:15 p.m., 8/27/18

Fox Lake Trip

A trip to Fox Lake to check on the loons was met by exactly the opposite as the last trip. Loons could be heard, but were obviously way on the other side of the lake. Loon calls were not heard on the first trip out there where some great pictures were taken. This time, the loon call caught the editor in the position of stepping under branches and over roots, and a trip with a sideway roll over and almost to the water's edge took place. The trip out had not found any blackberries ripe, and this tripping and falling was the last straw. It was time to head back toward town for a burger and shake from Daddy Franks.

Here are a couple of pictures taken before leaving.

Lots of frogs

Water bugs

Posted at 1:15 p.m., 8/27/18

Beaver Island Flag Flying

The Beaver Island Flag was flying this past weekend at the Veteran's Memorial. Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the picture and the info. The second picture was taken just before church on Sunday.

Posted at 12:45 p.m., 8/27/18

Interesting Mushroom by Holy Cross

"I wouldn't eat that," someone said. "Yes, I agree, since I don't know what kind it is," was the reply. "It's still pretty cool looking, so it deserves a picture."

Blue Heron by Rustic Villa

With all of the boat traffic and human traffic headed to Whiskey Point, you don't see the blue herons in the tall grass by the edge of the harbor anymore. On Sunday, there was one there and it didn't mind posing for some pictures.

Heron searching for lunch.

Irish Music Gathering

The Brothers’ Place was the location of some amazing Irish music this past weekend.  Many thanks to Richard Gillespie for willingness to share his video.  BINN would have been ecstatic to be able to be present at this gathering to record the event, if not live stream the entire evening.  It’s simply impossible to video an event that you don’t know about.

Glen Hendrix, fiddler extraordinaire, was the organizer of this event, and participated in the music performed just for the music’s sake.  Danny Gillespie and Danny Johnsten were also participants.  This gathering included vocal music and instrumental music, and included the opportunity to socialize and play music with others as well as learn some new tunes.

About two dozen musicians including those on Irish flute, harp, hammer dulcimer, guitar, banjo, and fiddle as well as Irish drum and others used this opportunity to learn and play and enjoy.

The majority of these musicians left on the boat this morning, August 27, 2018, and played on the way over to Charlevoix.

Watch the video HERE

Posted at 11:45 a.m., 8/27/18

Sally Smith Passes Away

Sally A. Smith, 72, of East Jordan passed away on August 27, 2018 at her home.
Sally was born on December 4, 1945 in Detroit to the late Walter and Margaret (Smillie) Smith.

She was a long time Beaver Island resident who spent many years bartending at the Shamrock. After moving to Charlevoix, she worked for many years at K Mart and Olsens. Sally loved animals especially her dog OC. She enjoyed spending her time crocheting and being with her grandchildren and her great granddaughters. Sally will be remembered for her wonderful personality.

Sally is survived by her two daughters, Marion “Cueto” (Daniel) Ruhling of East Jordan and Shawna (Carl Rasch Jr.) Smith of Boyne City; 3 grandchildren, Carl Rasch III, Nicole Rasch and Kaitlyn Rasch; 2 Great Granddaughters, Evrie and Emmorie Kile along with many close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to her family.
Arrangements are being handled by the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Online guestbook at www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com

Posted at 1:15 p.m., 8/2718

The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project #35

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 27, 2018

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

Another damp morning but not with the downpour of rain we so badly need. At the moment it's 70°, dew point is 67°, humidity is at 90%, wind is between 6 and 9 mph from the south south west, visibility is 10 miles, pressure is steady at 29.80 inches.
TODAY: Patchy fog in the morning. Showers and thunderstorms likely in the morning then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Rain showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms in the evening then showers and thunderstorms likely after midnight. Lows around 70°. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms early in the morning. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Patchy fog in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 4 feet in the morning.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Showers and thunderstorms likely. Waves 4 to 6 feet.
TUESDAY: Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
TUESDAY NIGHT: North wind 10 to 15 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 27, 1883 the most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history occurs on Krakatau (also called Krakatoa), a small, uninhabited volcanic island located west of Sumatra in Indonesia. Heard 3,000 miles away, the explosions threw five cubic miles of earth 50 miles into the air, created 120-foot tsunamis and killed 36,000 people.

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

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

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

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

NOTE: For a great book on this topic, check out Krakatoa by Simon Winchester.

DID YOU KNOW THAT More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.

WORD OF THE DAY: andragogy (AN-druh-goh-jee) which means the methods or techniques used to teach adults. English andragogy is modeled upon pedagogy, which ultimately comes from Greek paidagōgía “the function of a paidagōgós,” by extension “education.” A paidagōgós, literally “child guide,” was a slave who walked a child to and from school. Paidagōgós is a compound formed from paid-, inflectional stem of paîs ”child,” and agōgós “guide,” a derivative of the verb ágein “to lead, take away, carry.” The combining form andr- of andragogy is one of the stems of the Greek noun anḗr (aner-, andr-) “man” (as opposed to a woman or child). Greek anḗr comes from Proto-Indo-European ner-, ǝner-, source of Sanskrit nár “man, human,” and the Latin proper name Nerō. According to Roman grammarians, nero among the Sabines, a rural people that lived northeast of Rome, meant fortis ac strenuus “brave and energetic.” In Celtic (Welsh) Proto-Indo-European ner- becomes ner “hero.” Andragogy entered English in the 20th century.

Mass from Holy Cross

August 26, 2018

A busy weekend this was! Irish music at the Brother's Place, Contradance at the Episcopal Church, and Holy Cross services on Saturday at 4 p.m., and Sunday at 9:30 a.m.. This Sunday service included a double baptism of two young ones, one male and one female.

The music on Sunday was also joyous with the addition of the trumpet to the guitar Mass and the organ playing of the parts of the service. Many harmonies were also included from the choir members, and from those present. Saturday's service included a communion song played on violine of "Amazing Grace" by Joe Moore. Communion on Sunday included a new song sung by Tammy McDonough and Denise Hoffman with the choir joining in. A very wonderful weekend on Beaver Island was had by all.

The reader on Saturday was Pinky Harmon. Father Doug joined Father Jim for the Saturday Service. This was Father Doug's birthday and his 31st of celebrating it on Beaver Island.

The reader on Sunday was Brian Foli. The two youngsters were baptized, and the families and sponsors also participated in bringing up the gifts as well as having a special place during the service.

Seventeen uniqe IP addresses viewed these services online at Beaver Island TV.

Father Doug and Father Jim......Pinky Harmon reading......Father Jim reading the Gospel

Introduction of Father Doug and final prayer

....................The families for the baptism.........Brian Foli reading....Tammy McDonough and Denise Hoffman singing

The families and sponsors

The recessional

View video excerpts of these services HERE

Posted at 2:15 p.m., 8/26/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 26, 2018

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

Dawn is creeping on to the island on cats' paws through the thick, sound deafening fog. It's pea-soup out there.

It's 63° outside this morning, dew point is 62°, and humidity is at 100%, wind is at 5 mph from the north north west, visibility is 4 miles, and pressure is rising from 29.97 inches.

TODAY: Partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers in the evening then mostly cloudy with rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Locally heavy rainfall possible after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. Light winds becoming south 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph after midnight.
TODAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: South wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Patchy fog. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
MONDAY: Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
MONDAY NIGHT: Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of August 26, 1939, the first televised Major League baseball game is broadcast on station W2XBS, the station that was to become WNBC-TV. Announcer Red Barber called the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York.

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

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT: It costs more to buy a new car today in the United States than it cost Christopher Columbus to equip and undertake three voyages to and from the New World.

WORD OF THE DAY: dreamboat (DREEM- boht) which means a highly attractive or desirable person. If you associate dreamboat, a.k.a. heartthrob, with the movies that Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney made in the late ‘30s and early ‘40s, you are correct on the date of origin and datedness of the word. Guy Lombardo, the Canadian-American bandleader (1902-1977), popularized dreamboat in his song When My Dream Boat Comes Home (1936).

Pictures of Patience

There are some really good photographers out there, and they can take some amazing pictures. It isn't the same to view another's picture instead of viewing your own picture. Yes, their pictures may be better, but you had to be very patient to get some of the pictures, and you invested your time into this accomplishment. No matter how poor the quality of the pictures, you become proud of your efforts. The day was overcast and there was rain. What better time to take a picture than completely overcast on a cloudy day with smoke blocking the sun? The challenge was there. The time was there. The hummingbirds were there. The feeders in the cedar hedge even made it more challenging. So here you go.

At the feeder and on a branch

Here it comes! There it goes!

View a small gallery of the approach and the feeding HERE

This was probably the fastest moving thing on this one day, and then there was the slowest moving thing that also presented an opportunity for a picture. The fastest and the slowest on the same day, but both were a challenge due to the lighting. Manual camera settings in all instances, which made it even more challenging.

Posted at 8:15 a.m., 8/25/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 25, 2018

Posted at 7:15 a.m.

Everyone has had lots of various jobs in their lifetime. I was so lucky to have two that were favorites along with two great bosses who taught me so much, not only about the work involved, but life in general. We lost Barb Cruiskshank, my boss at the library for almost 20 years, this past year and it was devastating. Yesterday we lost Shirley Gladish, my first most impression-making boss at the Beaver Island Historical Society. She made the job a fun learning experience on top of my college learning of the subjects. Both ladies helped me so much and willnever be forgotten. They were both much loved.

It's 65°outside this morning, cloudy skies, dew point is 61°, humidity is at 87%, wind is between 7 and 12 mph from the southeast, visibility is 8 miles, and pressure is steady at 29.89 inches.
Having to borrow from 9 and 10 news their forecast as my eyes aren't good enough this morning to read my phone and my machines. So for today: "Saturday: Scattered showers and storms move in Saturday morning. Heavy rain and a few rumbles of thunder are likely during the morning hours. During the afternoon, showers will become hit or miss. If you’re planning on spending time outside, no need to cancel any plans! You may just want to pack a rain jacket! Highs feel cooler in the upper 60s to upper 70s. Winds will be out of the South/Southeast at 5-10 mph."
TODAY: Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots becoming southwest 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. periods of showers and scattered thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 25, 1835, the first in a series of six articles announcing the supposed discovery of life on the moon appears in the New York Sun newspaper.

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT Louis XIV of France really was as unpleasant a fellow as he's been depicted. In 1674, when he was visiting a school at Clermont, he heard from the school's authorities that one of the children, a nine- year-old Irish lad named Francis Seldon, had made a pun about the king's bald head.
Louis was furious. He had a secret warrant drawn up for the child's arrest, and young Seldon was thrown into solitary confinement in the Bastille. His parents, members of one of Europe's richest merchant families, were told simply that the child had disappeared. Days turned to months, months to years, and Louis himself passed away. But Francis spent sixty-nine years "in the hole" for making fun of the king's baldness.

WORD OF THE DAY: embosk (em-BOSK) which means to hide or conceal (something, oneself, etc.) with or as if with foliage, greenery, or the like. The verb embosk “to hide in bushes” doesn’t look quite as bogus as embiggen, but it’s not far off. The prefix em-, a form of en- used before labial consonants ( p, b, m) as in embalm, embankment, and embark, is familiar enough. Bosk is the funny word. It first appears as a singular noun boske (and plural boskes) in the late 13th century, meaning bush, bushes, and is last recorded about 1400 in Cleanness (or Purity), a poem by an unknown author known as the Gawain Poet. Bosk survives in British dialect but reentered standard English in the 19th century through the poetry of Sir Walter Scott and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. As rare as bosk is, its derivative embosk is even rarer. Embosk entered English in the late 20th century.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 24, 2018

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

Summer is creeping away. Now it's pitch black out at 6 am, not so long ago it was light by 5:30. Not liking this at all. Right now I'm showing 65°, dew point is 63°, humidity is at 92%, wind is between 8 and 11 mph from the south, visibility is 10 miles, and pressure is rising from 29.97 inches.
TODAY: Partly sunny. A 40% chance of rain showers in the afternoon. (We need rain badly). Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. chance of rain showers in the evening then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the morning. Chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
SATURDAY: South wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Showers likely. Waves 2 feet or less.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of August 24, 79 after centuries of dormancy, Mount Vesuvius erupts in southern Italy, devastating the prosperous Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing thousands. The cities, buried under a thick layer of volcanic material and mud, were never rebuilt and largely forgotten in the course of history. In the 18th century, Pompeii and Herculaneum were rediscovered and excavated, providing an unprecedented archaeological record of the everyday life of an ancient civilization, startlingly preserved in sudden death.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT According to many language experts, the most difficult kind of phrase to create is a palindrome, a sentence or group of sentences that reads the same backward and forward. Can you write one? A few examples:

Red rum, sir, is murder.

Ma is as selfless as I am.

Nurse, I spy gypsies. Run!

A man, a plan, a canal - Panama.

He lived as a devil, eh?

WORD OF THE DAY: glanceable (GLAN-suh-buhl) which means noting or relating to information on an electronic screen that can be understood quickly or at a glance. The adjective glanceable is awkward in formation: it means not “able to glance” but “able to be comprehended at a glance,” which is desirable when one sees a large red octagonal sign with STOP in the middle of it, less so in other situations.

BICS Volleyball and Soccer Schedules

Soccer Schedule...........................Volleyball Schedule

Posted at 8:30 p.m., 8/23/18

Lady Islanders vs Lady Black Bears

August 23, 2018

This double match was scheduled today, August 30th, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the BICS gymnasium. The Lady Islanders had recently finished a volleyball camp, and the senior Sveta Stebbins lead everyone at the beginning of the match with the Pledge of Allegiance. Will Cwiekel introduced the team members, and our familiar official, Dave Reib, brought his grandson Jacob Reib to begin the learning process for officiating, not that this was necessarily his first game, but this was an amazing chance for some young ones to get into the officiating of games in the Northern Lights League.

There were times during these two matches when the Lady Islanders were playing very well, but there were times when the volleyball hit the floor without so much as an attempt to stop it from going there. Here are the two teams.

Maplewood Baptist Ladies

Beaver Island Ladies

View video of the two matches at these two links

Part One

Part Two

This much posted by 7:30 p.m., 8/23/18

Part 1 in pictures

Posted at 7:45, 8/23/18

Part 2 in pictures

Posted at 8 p.m., 8/23/18

St. James Township Seeks Input

St. James Township has completed an initial draft of the Harbor Plan—an addendum to our 2018-2023 5-Year Recreation Plan. The township seeks public input on the plan, and invites anyone interested to visit http://www.resilientmichigan.org/stjharbor_plan.asp to review the current draft, and to leave your comments. We will also be holding a Public Input Session before our regular September Board Meeting—Wednesday, September 5 at 5:00PM at the St. James Township Hall—where you can voice any questions or comments in person.

The 5-Year Recreation plan as a whole is available here: http://www.resilientmichigan.org/stjames_plan.asp


-Patrick Cull, Deputy Supervisor St. James Township

Posted at 3:30 p.m., 8/23/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 23, 2018

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

It's a bit warmer today, it's 65° this morning, wind is at 9 mph from the southwest, dew point is 56°, humidity is 72%, pressure is steady at 29.95 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs around 80°. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots. clear. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

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

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

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

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

NOTE: This is the favored cookbook in our house. We have the newest copy but our favorite is the one that belonged to my grandma, and we use it often.

DID YOU KNOW THAT A law passed in Nebraska in 1912 set hard rules of the road. Drivers in the country at night were required to stop every 150 yards, send up a skyrocket, then wait eight minutes for the road to clear before proceeding cautiously, all the while blowing their horn and shooting off flares.

WORD OF THE DAY: capitulate (kuh-PICH-uh-leyt) which means to give up resistance. The English verb capitulate is from the Late Latin capitulātus “drawn up or arranged in chapters or headings,” from the verb capitulāre “to arrange in chapters, summarize, stipulate (in a contract), agree.” Capitulāre is a derivative of the noun capitulum, one of whose meanings in Late Latin is “section of a law,” in the Corpus Juris Civilis of the emperor Justinian (483-565). Capitulate entered English in the 16th century.

Joan Ellen Allen Passed Away

May 24, 1958 - August 15, 2018
Born in Battle Creek, Michigan
Resided in Granby, Connecticut

Joan Ellen Allen, 60, of Granby, CT, beloved wife and mother passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Born in Battle Creek, MI on May 24, 1958, daughter of Kenneth Katz and Barbara Wyckoff, she was raised in Michigan and had lived in Granby for the last six years. After graduating from high school in St. Joseph, MI, Joan continued her education at Michigan Technological University where she received her Bachelors Degree in forestry and later at Cornell University where she earned her Masters Degree in plant pathology.

After living in Canada, New York, and Massachusetts, Joan and her family settled in Simsbury where she lived for over 20 years before moving to Granby in 2012. She worked at Ahlstrom in Windsor Locks for several years before taking a position 13 years ago as a plant pathologist at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. While at UConn, Joan served on the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) Committee, the UConn IPM group, the UConn Sustainable Living Team, as well as being a member of the planning committee for the annual Perennial Plant and Garden Conference.

In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, gardening, kayaking, completing crossword puzzles, cooking, baking, playing cards, and spending quality time with her family.

While living in Simsbury, Joan played hockey for the Mother Ducks and served on the board of directors for the Simsbury Land Trust and the Community Farm of Simsbury.

She leaves her husband, Robert Edward Allen of Granby; her parents, Kenneth Katz and his wife Mary of Bluffton, SC, and Barbara Wyckoff and her husband Phil of Beaver Island, MI; three sons, Patrick Hayes and his wife Jackie of Falmouth, ME, Paul Hayes of Denver, CO, and Chris Hayes of Vernon, CT; two stepsons, Ryan Allen and his wife Cristina of Northport, NY, and Cory Allen of Manchester, NH; a brother, Jim Katz of Mill River, NC; two sisters, Suzy McFall and her husband Mark of Ann Arbor, MI, and Julie Katz of McKinleyville, CA; a stepbrother, Charles Bruder of West Layfayette, IN; a stepsister, Deb Grondman of Alto, MI; two grandchildren, Oliver and Natalie; three nieces, Chelsea Froning of Michigan, Corrine Froning of Burlington, VT, and Savannah Dudley of Hendersonville, NC; and three great nieces and nephews.

Her family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 22, 5-8 p.m., at the Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 364 Salmon Brook St., Granby, CT. Memorial donations in memory of Joan may be made to The UConn Foundation, Inc., Attn: UConn Home & Garden Education Center, 2390 Alumni Drive Unit 3206, Storrs, CT 06269.

AMVETs Post 46 Flag Disposal Ceremony

Please join AMVETS Post 46 for their annual flag disposal ceremony Sunday August 26, 2018, at 3:00 PM. It will be at the Stone House (Doug and Jan Hartle's house) across the harbor near the lighthouse.
If you have a damaged flag bring it to the ceremony.

There will be a picnic of hot dogs and hamburgers provided by Post 46 after the ceremony at 4:00 PM.


Posted at 9:30 a.m., 8/22/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 22, 2018

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

The temperature is normal for this time of year, but after all those weeks of hot weather, it feels downright chilly outside. We DO finally have blue skies and not white ones from the smoke, so that's a good thing. Right now I'm showing 60°, dew point is 56°, wind is at 7 mph with gusts to 11 mph, humidity is at 86%, visibility is 10 miles, and pressure is steady at 29.99 inches.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. A 20% chance of rain showers in the afternoon Highs in the lower 70s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. A 20% chance of rain showers in the evening. Lows in the upper 50s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
TODAY: Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 3 to 5 feet subsiding to 2 to 3 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: West wind 10 to 15 knots. Clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DATE OF August 22, 1950, officials of the United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA) accept Althea Gibson into their annual championship at Forest Hills, New York, making her the first African-American player to compete in a U.S. national tennis competition.

Growing up in Harlem, the young Gibson was a natural athlete. She started playing tennis at the age of 14 and the very next year won her first tournament, the New York State girls’ championship, sponsored by the American Tennis Association (ATA), which was organized in 1916 by black players as an alternative to the exclusively white USLTA. After prominent doctors and tennis enthusiasts Hubert Eaton and R. Walter Johnson took Gibson under their wing, she won her first of what would be 10 straight ATA championships in 1947.

In 1949, Gibson attempted to gain entry into the USLTA’s National Grass Court Championships at Forest Hills, the precursor of the U.S. Open. When the USLTA failed to invite her to any qualifying tournaments, Alice Marble–a four-time winner at Forest Hills–wrote a letter on Gibson’s behalf to the editor of American Lawn Tennis magazine. Marble criticized the “bigotry” of her fellow USLTA members, suggesting that if Gibson posed a challenge to current tour players, “it’s only fair that they meet this challenge on the courts.” Gibson was subsequently invited to participate in a New Jersey qualifying event, where she earned a berth at Forest Hills.

On August 28, 1950, Gibson beat Barbara Knapp 6-2, 6-2 in her first USLTA tournament match. She lost a tight match in the second round to Louise Brough, three-time defending Wimbledon champion. Gibson struggled over her first several years on tour but finally won her first major victory in 1956, at the French Open in Paris. She came into her own the following year, winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open at the relatively advanced age of 30.

Gibson repeated at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open the next year but soon decided to retire from the amateur ranks and go pro. At the time, the pro tennis league was poorly developed, and Gibson at one point went on tour with the Harlem Globetrotters, playing tennis during halftime of their basketball games. In the early 1960s, Gibson became the first black player to compete on the women’s golf tour, though she never won a tournament. She was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971.

Though she once brushed off comparisons to Jackie Robinson, the trailblazing black baseball player, Gibson has been credited with paving the way for African-American tennis champions such as Arthur Ashe and, more recently, Venus and Serena Williams. After a long illness, she died in 2003 at the age of 76.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and the chocolate bar in his pocket melted.

WORD OF THE DAY: raffish (RAF- ish) which means mildly or sometimes engagingly disreputable or nonconformist; rakish Raffish is protean in its meanings and possible origins. Its meanings include “mildly, engagingly nonconformist, rakish; gaudy, vulgar, tawdry.” Raffish is obviously a derivative of the noun raff, but it is with raff that real problems arise. Raff means “rabble, the lower sort of people, riffraff.” Raff may be a shortening of riffraff (earlier riffe raffe), from Middle English rif and raf, a catchall phrase of very uncertain origin meaning “everything, every particle, things of slight value, everyone, one and all.” Related phrases or idioms exist in other languages: Walloon French has rif-raf “fast and sloppy”; Middle Dutch has rijf ende raf “everything, everyone, one and all; Italian has di riffa o di raffa “one way or another.” Raffish entered English in the late 18th century.

Time Away

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 5 p.m., 8/21/18

Cheating Death

by Dick Burris

Aquatic death cheating stories:

I kinda consider myself a halfway sharp individual; but the following stories, by admission of some incredibly stupid things that I've done, seem to blow that theory.
In 1966 at 37 years of age I entered the underwater world of "skin and SCUBA diving. I chose the single hose SCUBA regulator, over the double hose cuz it was the newest thing, and less cumbersome. My instructor had given me too much lead weights to wear, and then took half away because he saw me wallowing in the silt on the bottom of the lake.

Read the stories HERE

This a repeat story, but it is such a good one, it deserves a repeat.

Trapped Hummer

After a nice gathering and a birthday dinner, returning home to relax, and taking the dog's out, a hollering came from the back, "There's a hummingbird trapped in the gazebo."

Thinking that the hummer would find its way out on his/her own, the response by the photographer was somewhat slow, expecially after a four hour attempt the previous day to capture the humminbird at the feeders, six of them to be exact. All that was captured the day before was the attack on the feeders by the bees and wasps. It seemed a waste of time, so the response to the back deck was quite slow as well.

The poor hummingbird could not find his/her was out of the gazebo. It couldn't remember the way it got in. Both openings in the gazed, on opposite sides of the tentlike structure were open, but the hummer decided that its only way out was to go to the top of the gazebo, where these pictures showed its idea of gaining freedom.

You should remember that it was dark outside, or at least dusk, and the lighting was not so great for the pictures. The video wasn't much better either.


There was no way to determine when the hummer got trapped in the gazebo. Worried about the poor bird, there really wasn't anyway to be sure that the bird would get out safely. The thoughts of a net passed through the author's mind, but there was not a net handy. Afraid to hurt the hummer, swatting the bird with cardboard didn't seem the proper way to handle the situation either. Using the cardboard to help direct the bird could cause the bird to fly in the wrong direction.

There didn't seem to be any solution that presented itself. The poor hummer could even have a heart attack working so hard to get out of there. The only thing that made it into the author's brain was to use the hands that God gave him, and to put the bird gently and safely out through one of the openings. Fear of crushing the bird passed through the mind and a soft set hand position from volleyball jumped into action.

For a moment there, the hummer was flying inside the hands of the author with the wings tickling the palms. This was just for a moment as the hands guided the hummer carefully to the opening, and, just when the bird was approaching the opening of the gazebo, it slowed its fight, and almost rested on one palm. Short-lived though it was, this was an amazing feeling, and, opening the hands by moving them apart, freed the hummer to fly off to where it could rest after the ordeal.

A strange ending to an almost perfect day, but hopes of safety for this little piece of creation made the slumber that night filled with dreams of hummers being freed.

Posted at 12:30 p.m., 8/21/18


BEAVER ISLAND, MI (August  21, 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.

The schedule for the day includes:


Paddling Outfitters Exhibition at the BIC Center with kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and supplies on display (runs through 6:00 p.n.)


Paddling demonstration by Eric Stickler from Paddle Muskegon at Jewell F. Gillespie Park  (the Public Swimming Beach).


Paddling demonstration by Eric Stickler from Paddle Muskegon at St. James Township Park (next to Lakesports).


Dedication Reception in the Ray & Ann Stanhope Welcome Center and Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater at the Beaver Island Community Center with music, afternoon snacks and beverages, remarks from U.S. Congressman Jack Bergman, Michigan Office of the Great Lakes Director Jon Allan, Michigan DNR Wildlife Biologist Jennifer Kleitch and Lake Access Information Association Executive Director Harry Burkholder.  Also in attendance will be Michigan Senator Wayne Schmidt and Michigan Representative Triston Cole.


Paddling & Water Documentary Films in the Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater at the BIC Center (Sea Kayaking Around Ireland followed by Blue Planet II, Episode 2) with snacks and beverages available at the BIC Center concession stand.


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. Information on getting to the island is available at beaverisland.org or by calling the 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.  

Posted at 8:30 a.m., 8/21/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 21, 2018

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

It's 67° outside right now, wind is at 5 mph from the northeast, cloud cover is 61%, visibility is 8 miles, humidity is 82%, dew point is 64°, and pressure is steady at 1012 mb. I'm thinking that the majority of the rain will be south of us but am really hoping I'm wrong as we need it so badly.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain showers. Highs in the lower 70s. Light winds becoming north5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s. North winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TODAY: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the afternoon. Slight chance of showers early in the morning. Chance of showers in the morning, then slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less building to 3 to 5 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: North wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 4 to 6 feet.
WEDNESDAY: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 21, 1959 the modern United States receives its crowning star when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a proclamation admitting Hawaii into the Union as the 50th state. The president also issued an order for an American flag featuring 50 stars arranged in staggered rows: five six-star rows and four five-star rows. The new flag became official July 4, 1960.

The first known settlers of the Hawaiian Islands were Polynesian voyagers who arrived sometime in the eighth century. In the early 18th century, American traders came to Hawaii to exploit the islands’ sandalwood, which was much valued in China at the time. In the 1830s, the sugar industry was introduced to Hawaii and by the mid 19th century had become well established. American missionaries and planters brought about great changes in Hawaiian political, cultural, economic, and religious life. In 1840, a constitutional monarchy was established, stripping the Hawaiian monarch of much of his authority.

In 1893, a group of American expatriates and sugar planters supported by a division of U.S. Marines deposed Queen Liliuokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawaii. One year later, the Republic of Hawaii was established as a U.S. protectorate with Hawaiian-born Sanford B. Dole as president. Many in Congress opposed the formal annexation of Hawaii, and it was not until 1898, following the use of the naval base at Pearl Harbor during the Spanish-American War, that Hawaii’s strategic importance became evident and formal annexation was approved. Two years later, Hawaii was organized into a formal U.S. territory. During World War II, Hawaii became firmly ensconced in the American national identity following the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

In March 1959, the U.S. government approved statehood for Hawaii, and in June the Hawaiian people voted by a wide majority to accept admittance into the United States. Two months later, Hawaii officially became the 50th state.

DID YOU KNOW THAT 71% of office workers stopped on the street for a survey agreed to give up their computer passwords in exchange for a chocolate bar.

WORD OF THE DAY: kyoodle (kahy-OOD-l) which means to bark or yelp noisily or foolishly; yap. (If you've ever been to our house you know that our two dogs have this down to a science.) Kyoodle began as and still may be an Americanism. The word has no distinguished etymology (except for the vague label Imitative), which exactly fits the verb and also one of its noun meanings: mutt, noisy dog. Some distinguished American authors have used the word, however, including John Steinbeck, John O’Hara, and Sinclair Lewis. Kyoodle entered English in the late 19th century.

St. James Township August Minutes

August 1, 2018

Posted at 11:45, 8/20/18

Loons at Fox Lake

With the lack of loon nests on Barney's Lake, the trip down to Fox Lake seemed a nice alternative way to see the growing hatchling down there. The adult loon is still diving and brinigng food to the young one, but now the young one is looking below the water and watching the adult do the fishing. Cosmetically, this bird now looks kind of like a shaggy dog that is losing its hair. The coloring of the loon adult is beginning to show below the brown fuzz that is still present. This three hour adventure with the drive and the walk were well worth the effort.

At first the loons were not visible from the boat launch, and the wait had to begin. There were no loon calls on the lake this late Sunday afternoon. There were no visitors at the boat launch, and very little traffic on the Old Fox Lake Road. It was just a perfect late afternoon of peace and quiet with the sun shining through the left over blown smoke from the fires out west. Finally, impatience forced the walk down to the west end of the lake, and this walk was rewarded with the first viewing of one adult loon and the hatchling in the distance. It was almost as if the teenage loon wanted to primp and pose for the pictures, all the while waiting patiently and watching the adult bring the meal.

Imagine the quiet, perfect scene with no one else around. No sounds except the light breeze. Imagine snacking on the blackberries that you picked on your way to the lake. Here is what was seen.

The adult feeding the young loon.

Where'd you go?

Give me a ride?

See me, watch me, and dance

Protect me

Okay, okay, okay

Okay, it's time to move and find some more munchies.

Posted at 9:15 a.m., 8/20/18

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 20, 2018

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

67 years ago today, my sister, Ruth Ellen Gregg, made her appearance in the world that brought my reign as an only child to a screeching halt. Happy Birthday, Ruthie. It also happens to be the birthday of my sister-in-law, Ann Gregg, too. Happy Birthday, Ann.

Clear skies again (what rough weather, huh) 66°, dew point 64°, humidity is at 93%, pressure is steady at 1016 mb, visibility is 5.7 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs around 80°. Southeast winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of rain showers in the evening then a chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. East winds at 10 mph. Chance of showers 50% (let's hope we DO get some badly needed rain).
TODAY: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast in the afternoon. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: East wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
TUESDAY: North wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Showers likely. Waves 4 to 6 feet.
TUESDAY NIGHT: North wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

ON THIS DATE of August 20, 1911, a dispatcher in the New York Times office sends the first telegram around the world via commercial service. Exactly 66 years later, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sends a different kind of message–a phonograph record containing information about Earth for extraterrestrial beings–shooting into space aboard the unmanned spacecraft Voyager II.

The Times decided to send its 1911 telegram in order to determine how fast a commercial message could be sent around the world by telegraph cable. The message, reading simply “This message sent around the world,” left the dispatch room on the 17th floor of the Times building in New York at 7 p.m. on August 20. After it traveled more than 28,000 miles, being relayed by 16 different operators, through San Francisco, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Saigon, Singapore, Bombay, Malta, Lisbon and the Azores–among other locations–the reply was received by the same operator 16.5 minutes later. It was the fastest time achieved by a commercial cablegram since the opening of the Pacific cable in 1900 by the Commercial Cable Company.

On August 20, 1977, a NASA rocket launched Voyager II, an unmanned 1,820-pound spacecraft, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was the first of two such crafts to be launched that year on a “Grand Tour” of the outer planets, organized to coincide with a rare alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Aboard Voyager II was a 12-inch copper phonograph record called “Sounds of Earth.” Intended as a kind of introductory time capsule, the record included greetings in 60 languages and scientific information about Earth and the human race, along with classical, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll music, nature sounds like thunder and surf, and recorded messages from President Jimmy Carter and other world leaders.

The brainchild of astronomer Carl Sagan, the record was sent with Voyager II and its twin craft, Voyager I–launched just two weeks later–in the faint hope that it might one day be discovered by extraterrestrial creatures. The record was sealed in an aluminum jacket that would keep it intact for 1 billion years, along with instructions on how to play the record, with a cartridge and needle provided.

More importantly, the two Voyager crafts were designed to explore the outer solar system and send information and photographs of the distant planets to Earth. Over the next 12 years, the mission proved a smashing success. After both crafts flew by Jupiter and Saturn, Voyager I went flying off towards the solar system’s edge while Voyager II visited Uranus, Neptune and finally Pluto in 1990 before sailing off to join its twin in the outer solar system.

Thanks to the Voyager program, NASA scientists gained a wealth of information about the outer planets, including close-up photographs of Saturn’s seven rings; evidence of active geysers and volcanoes exploding on some of the four planets’ 22 moons; winds of more than 1,500 mph on Neptune; and measurements of the magnetic fields on Uranus and Neptune. The two crafts are expected to continue sending data until 2020, or until their plutonium-based power sources run out. After that, they will continue to sail on through the galaxy for millions of years to come, barring some unexpected collision.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.

WORD OF THE DAY: squamous (SKWEY-muhs) which means covered with or formed of squamae or scales. The adjective squamous is a direct borrowing of Latin squāmōsus “covered with scales, scaly”, a derivative of the noun squāma “scale (on a fish or reptile), metal plate used in making armor.” The ultimate etymology of squāma is unclear, but it is related to squālēre “to be covered or crusted in scales or dirt,” and the derivatives of squālēre include squālidus “having a rough surface” and squālor “roughness, dirtiness, filth.” Squamous entered English in the 16th century.

Mass from Holy Cross

August 19, 2018

Two services this weekend, one on Saturady at 4 p.m., and the other on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m., were live streamed on Beaver Island TV. The reader on Saturday was Pinky Harmon, and the reader on Sunday was Brian Foli. Our own Father Jim Siler was the celebrant.

Altar at Holy Cross

Pinky reading on Saturday; Father Jim reading the Gospel

Baptismal font in the sunshine on Sunday morning

Brian Foli reading on Sunday

Father Jim Siler giving the sermon

View exerpts from these services HERE

Posted at 1:30 p.m., 8/19/18

What Did You Say 29

by Joe Moore

In the earlier days of EMS on Beaver Island, there was a much closer relationship between all of the public services.  Not only did they work together to get the job done in a very professional way, but they also did things together.  Nonetheless, the EMS has always felt like the unappreciated born-out-of-wedlock child of the fire department.  That has not changed much, but the sense of working together has changed.  Even though the EMS moved from a completely volunteer service to a paid on-call service over the last sixteen years, the fire department has continued to be completely volunteer.  This may be because there are so few calls for service from the fire department.   EMS could not continue in that same way.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Posted at 11:30 a.m., 8/19/18

The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project #34

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 11:30 a.m., 8/19/18

Mid-August Pictures

Beautiful Beaver Island pictures set to the Beaver Island Goodtime Boys music from their album.

Posted at 11:30 a.m., 8/19/18

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

Peaine Minutes from August and Rules for Peaine Hall

August 2018 Minutes

Rules for Peaine Hall Use

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



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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Subscriptions Expire

You can subscribe online by using PayPal and a credit card. Please click the link below if you wish to renew online:


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

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.

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

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

Early August Back to July 2018 in Pictures

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

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

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.

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)

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



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

Regular Meeting Schedule 2018

Committee Meeting Schedule2018

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 August 2018

Beaver Island Christian Church Bulletin


August 12, 2018

BICS Calendar 2017-18

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Donate to the Live Streaming Project

The Live Streaming Project includes BICS Sports Events, Peaine Township Meetings, Joint Township Meetings, and much more.

Your donation may allow these events to be live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv