B. I. News on the 'Net, August 21-September 19, 2021

Beach Clean-up Successful

September 18, 2021

This year's Beach Cleanup was very successful. Thanks to all the volunteers who made that possible!

Sharon Henry-Warren - Little Sand Bay
Robin Thompson - South French Bay (end of Andy's Trail)/Greene's Bay North & South/Beaver Head Lighthouse (1mile East)
Richards Crew & Sawyer - French Bay
Beth Dodge - McCauley Point to Donegal
Marta & Addy Stien - Back Beach
Jay Hoorn - Back Beach
Tracy & Dave Case - Beaver Head Lighthouse(heading East)
David Hill - McCauley's Point to Donegal/McCauley's Point to Bonner's Landing
Laura Green - McCauley's Point to Bonner's Landing
Nicole Olson - McCauley's Point to Bonner's Landing
Sue and Chris Screven - Donegal Bay
Emily Ruddell - Donegal Bay
Lisa and Todd Chiesa - Back Beach
Kate & Bash Garrett - Iron Ore Bay
Bob & Alana Anderson - Western Shores
Alan & Bev Vicstien - Martin's Point to Martin's Bluff
Rene Rogers - Paradise Bay - North Dock to South Bay & Boat Dock to North Bay
Dick Mulvihill - Wicklow Beach
Burgess Family - Little Iron Ore Bay
Karen Hirschey - St. James Campground (heading East)
Trish & Steve Scott - Cables Bay

If you would like to head out to clean a beach or two, it would be welcomed! Remaining beaches to clean:

We had a record turnout this year! Many reports of little trash collected compared to previous years. I would say about half a truck bed was collected between the items dropped off after the project and reports of drop-offs to the Transfer Station. It is apparent we are surrounded by many who are showing care for this beautiful place on a regular basis. If this is you, you are making a difference. Thank you!

I would like to send a shout out to the Beaver Island Association - https://www.beaverislandassociation.org/
The BIA is the driving force behind sponsoring this Beach Cleanup Event and promoting environmental sustainability on this piece of paradise. Please consider becoming a member and supporting this island association.

Thanks to those who provided goodies for the cleanup crew - THELMA'S (homemade date and nut-butter granola bar with Michigan Cherries and a dark chocolate drizzle) & Beth Dodge (chocolate chip cookies). It is wonderful to have such thoughtful people in our community!

Also, many thanks to the good folks at the Beaver Island Community Center, BI Transfer Station, and the Alliance for the Great Lakes for making this event possible! The reports that were completed and handed in will be sent to the Alliance for the Great Lakes for further study.

Sheri Richards

Alvina H. (Umlor) Hockey, age 87, of Conklin, RIP

February 16, 1934 - September 17, 2021


HOCKEY – Alvina H. (Umlor) Hockey, age 87, of Conklin, entered into eternal rest with her family by her side on Friday, September 17, 2021.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Gilford Hockey; daughter, Susan Hockey; grandson, Douglas Ashley Jr.; siblings, Bertha Meier, Laverne Umlor; and several siblings-in-law.

Alvina is survived by her loving children, Mary (William) Monroe, Rose (Mike) Martin, Arleen (Rocky) Bowser, Marleen (Joseph) Homik, Jim Hockey, and Shirley (Tim) VanderMolen; 21 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Laurissa Zimmer, Ethel Nutt, Bernice (Clyde) Johnson, Agnes (Leon) Schwartz; sister-in-law, Joan Umlor; many nieces and nephews.

Alvina will be remembered as a loving, caring woman. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Alvina also enjoyed crocheting, working on puzzles, and going to the casino.

The family will receive family and friends at Beuschel Funeral Home, 5018 Alpine Avenue, Comstock Park, on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m., with Deacon Ed Harwood officiating.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, with Rev. Father Andrew Ayers as celebrant.

Interment will be held in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. In memory of Alvina, please consider contributions to the family’s expenses.

Cormorants Are Surviving

September 18, 2021

Several cormorants have been seen around the harbor area of Paradise Bay throughout the summer.  There were three juvenile cormorants over on the posts of the fishing dock next to Buddy Martin's dock.  The cormorants therefore are bredding and reproducing.  Some may be happy to hear this news, but others might be upset due to the problem that cormorants pose to the perch and other fisheries.

Three on the posts....

A close-up on one.

How Many Laptops Do You Have?

September 19, 2021

This question wasn't asked in any particular tone of voice, just a little curiosity, and a little desire to understand.  I think my anser was, "It takes more than one hand to count them>"

Well, folks, it take three laptops to process items for Beaver Island News on the 'Net.  It takes one to actually do the posting to the website.  It takes another to process pictures.  It takes a third to process videos.  Now, this all could be done on one laptop if you didn't mind waiting hours to get one story completed, but there are a few that get posted every day, and the waiting time is just too much.

Now, it also takes three computers to do the video for the Beaver Island TV website.  One is a desktop for capturing and converting old Super 8 tapes and VHS tapes into digital video to used for the TV website.  One laptop is needed to play the playlist, and yet another is needed to do the broadcast to the TV website for historical and current video that is not live streamed.

Now, there are two more laptops in use for doing the actual live streamed video using the Internet to get the live video to the video servers.  One is portable for all the events that are in different places.  One is permanently placed for live streaming in a place that is done frequently.

So, I have seven laptops that do different jobs, and one desktop for a specific job.  The Beaver Island TV website has currently had issues with the two laptops for broadcasting and playing the historical video.  These laptops will need to be replaced or repaired before the historical video can continue to be broadcast.

This might answer the question or may actually bring up more questions. BINN editor Joe Moore is happy to answer those questions as they come in.

Weather by Joe

September 19, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:30 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 56 degrees with humidity at 95%. The wind is from the S at 2 mph. The pressure is 30.13. It is partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it expected to be full of sunshine. The high will be in the upper 70's. The wind will be from the S at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for mostly clear skies with a low in the mid-60's. The wind will be from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with periods of rain later in the day. The chance of rain is 80%. The high will be in the upper 70's. The wind will continue from the SSE at 10 to 20 mph.
In the early morning hours of September 19, 1777, British General John Burgoyne launches a three-column attack against General Horatio Gates and his American forces in the First Battle of Saratoga, also known as the Battle of Freeman’s Farm.
Coming under heavy cannon fire from the approaching British troops, General Gates initially ordered the Northern Army to be patient and wait until the British neared before launching a counter-attack. General Gates’ second in command, American Brigadier General Benedict Arnold, strongly disagreed with Gates’ orders and did not hesitate to share his opinion with his superior. After arguing for several hours, General Arnold was finally able to convince Gates to order American troops onto the battlefield to meet the center column of the approaching British, and to dispatch a regiment of riflemen to intercept the British right flank.
Although the Americans were able to inflict severe casualties on the British, the delay in ordering a counter-attack forced the Americans to fall back. During the five-hour battle, the Americans lost approximately 280 troops killed, while the British suffered a more severe loss of more than 550 killed.
Due to their heated argument and disagreement over military decisions at the First Battle of Saratoga, General Gates removed General Arnold as his second in command. Arnold continued to feel slighted by the army he served, and in 1780, he betrayed the Patriot cause by offering to hand over the Patriot-held fort at West Point, New York, to the British. With West Point in their control, the British would have controlled the critical Hudson River Valley and separated New England from the rest of the colonies. Arnold’s wife, Margaret, was a Loyalist and would not have objected to his plans. However, his plot was foiled, and Arnold, the hero of the early battles of Ticonderoga and Saratoga, became the most famous traitor in American history. He continued to fight on the side of the British and, after the war, returned to Britain, where he died destitute in London in 1801.


lucid, adjective; (LOO-sid)

What It Means

Lucid means "very clear and easy to understand."

// The author has a lucid writing style that makes the book enjoyable to read.


"Kynpham's prose is lucid and engaging and often lyrical and poetic…." — Kanchan Verma, Wired, 13 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

Lucid comes from the Latin verb lucere, meaning "to shine," which is reflected in its meanings "filled with light" or "shining." It also describes someone whose mind is clear or something with a clear meaning.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

A Moment of Peace

September 17, 2021

Sometimes, it is just necessary to find a place that provides peacefulness.  The location on this particular day is Barney's Lake public access.  While others were there to do some birding, this editor was just searching for peace.  Here are two examples of that peacefulness that was present at this location last evening.

Deer over on the west side of the lake from the public landing

Loon adult and loon chick, as the chick approaches fledgling status

Beaver Island Fire Department Paged

September 17, 2021

A little after 9 p.m. last night the Beaver Island Fire Department was paged to the neighborhood of the Cary Concrete location on King's Highway.  To a passing observer, it appeared that there was a structure on fire.  There were several fire trucks and fire personnel responding to the emergency as paged over the radio.

Luckily there was a fire department officer able to respond quickly to find that the fire was really burning garbage.  This raises a couple of things in this editor's mind.  Are there not requirements for reporting any burning on Beaver Island through a burning permit?  If so, why did this person doing the burning not get a burning permit?  And, why would this person not know what the rules are?

There is no effort to blame anyone in this story, but perhaps, some of the newer people should be informed about how to go about doing some of things that they might not have done on the island previously, AND this information should be publicly available.

Weather by Joe

September 18, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:30 a.m. on Carlisle Road it is 48 degrees. Humidity is at 98%. There is no wind. The pressure is 30.20. It is partly cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 70 degrees. Winds will be light and variable. The rain missed us completely.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low near 50 degrees. Winds will continue to be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly sunny skies with a high in the upper 70's. Wind will be from the S at 10 to 15 mph.
Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s army pulls away from Antietam Creek, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, and heads back to Virginia. The day before, at the Battle of Antietam, Lee’s force had engaged in the bloodiest one-day battle of the Civil War against the army of General George B. McClellan. The armies struggled to a standstill, but the magnitude of losses forced Lee to abandon his invasion of Maryland.
The significance of the battle was not Lee’s withdrawal, but McClellan’s lack of pursuit. When Lee settled into a defensive line above Antietam Creek on September 16, he had only about 43,000 troops. McClellan had around 50,000 in position on September 17, with many more on the way.
On September 18, the armies remained in their positions without fighting. By this point, Lee was highly vulnerable. His army had its back to the Potomac River, just a few miles away, and a quarter of his force had been lost in the previous day’s battle. And after more than two weeks of marching, his men were tired. McClellan, on the other hand, welcomed thousands of additional troops on September 18. But, although he outnumbered Lee’s troops by almost three times, McClellan did not pursue Lee. In fact, despite constant urging from President Abraham Lincoln and Chief of Staff Henry Halleck, McClellan did not move toward Virginia for over a month. McClellan overestimated the size of Lee’s force, assuming that Lee had nearly 100,000 troops in his command, and insisted that the fall of Harpers Ferry, Virginia, on September 15 allowed an additional 40,000 Confederate troops—in his inflated estimation—to fight at Antietam.
In McClellan’s defense, it should be noted that his soldiers were extremely fatigued after the Battle of Antietam, which was the bloodiest day of the war. It would be difficult to rally them for another attack; but certainly not impossible. Instead, Lee was allowed to escape with his command intact. A chance to destroy the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was lost, and the war lasted another two and a half years.
vignette; noun; (vin-YET)

What It Means

A vignette is a short written description or a brief scene in a movie or play.
// The play's program features a brief vignette about each member of the cast.

// The documentary is a series of vignettes showing the lives of three families under quarantine during the pandemic.


"Additional pregame and in-game presentations will feature tributes and vignettes honoring [Phil] Niekro as one of baseball's greatest knuckleball pitchers." — The Albany (Georgia) Herald, 9 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

Vignette comes from the Middle French noun vigne, meaning "vine." In English, the word was first used in the early 17th century for a design or illustration that ran along the blank border of a page, or one that marked the beginning or end of a chapter. Such designs got their name because they often looked like little vines. It wasn't until the late 19th century that vignette began being used for a brief literary sketch or narrative.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Lawrence Clair Pease, Sr., RIP

September 9, 1943 ~ September 14, 2021 (age 78)


Lawrence Clair Pease, Sr., 78, of Lawton, passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2021. 

He was born September 9, 1943 in Grand Rapids, the son of  R. Homer Pease and Leola (Dulyea) Pease.

Larry served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. He then went to work for 44 years for American Cyanamid which later became Cytec.  Larry enjoyed construction and renovating projects. He also took pride in maintaining his yard, taking trips to the casino and going for car rides.  

On February 4, 1967, in Kalamazoo, he married Carole (Kniss) Pease who survives. 

He is also survived by his two sons, Lawrence (Leona) Pease, Jr. and Robert Pease, four grandchildren, Lawrence Pease III, Kathy Pease, Taylor Pease and Madison Lawson, six great-grandchildren, two brothers, John and Danny Pease, one sister, Sandy Brewer; 

Larry was preceded in death by his sisters,  Allene, Mary, Donna, Julie and Betty, brothers, Bob, Bill, Jim, Tom and David, along with his great-granddaughter, Alileonna.

Services with military honors will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery, 15501 Dickmann Road, Augusta, Michigan on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. 


Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

Friday, September 17, 2021

Call to Register for Vaccine Clinic—11 am-3:00 pm on September 29th

The next Beaver Island Community Vaccine Clinic will be held at BICS from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. This clinic is for whatever vaccines any Islander might need. In addition to this clinic being for those who received their first dose of COVID-19 in August, the Health Department will have on hand this year's flu vaccine, COVID-19 vaccines, and other vaccines. Please call (800) 432-4121 to schedule your appointment and to make sure they bring over your vaccines. When you call this number, listen for the prompts to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine even if you are requesting a different vaccine so you can talk to a live person. Once you get a live person, you can request your vaccines and they will schedule you.

In Sports Action…

…the Islanders soccer and volleyball teams travel to Big Bay De Noc this weekend to take on the Black Bears. On Wednesday, the Islander’s soccer team traveled to Boyne City to take on Boyne City Concord. Though Boyne City Concord was victorious, our soccer athletes got some good experience on the soccer pitch. Best of luck to the Volleyball and Soccer athletes this weekend. Go Islanders!

Beaver Island History Adventure is Back—Call for Volunteers!

Beaver Island Community School is proud to be an important part of the greater Beaver Island community (we are not called a “community” school for nothing!) and we are so lucky to be able to use the entire Island as our classroom. As you can see from our FaceBook page, many of our teachers have been getting their students outside to explore the Island in the last two weeks. On Thursday, September 30th, all K-12 students will be engaged in the Beaver Island History Adventure. We will need some parents and community members to make this happen. We need volunteers to help out from 11:15 am to 3:20 pm on Thursday the 30th to help staff an event or accompany a group of students on the adventure. If you are able to volunteer, please contact the school ASAP so we can get you the volunteer forms to complete and let Mrs. Robert and Mr. Richards know they can count on you.

Focus on Mental Health

Again this year we are partnering with Boyne City Public School and the Health Department of Northwest Michigan to provide mental counseling services for our students. Ms. Deb sent out the paperwork on Thursday via email. If you would like a hard copy to fill out, let us know. If you would like your student to work with a professional counselor as part of this program, please complete the paperwork and bring it to the office.

Be on the Lookout for MRSA

It has been brought to my attention that there have been some outbreaks of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) among Beaver Island’s youth. Please see the attached MRSA fact sheet sent to me by the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. If you think your student might have MRSA, please contact the BIRHC or your family doctor.

Get Your Smile On—School Picture Day Planned for October 6th

Make sure this is on your calendars…the teachers sent home info packets with your students Thursday. If you don’t see it, check the bottom of their backpacks!

Have a Great Weekend!

Deb Pomorski
BICS Secretary

View/Download MRSA Fact Sheet HERE

Interesting Sandhill Crane Behavior

September 16, 2021

Seen in the field on Sloptown Road, the behavior of the two sandhill cranes was quite interesting.  Although several attempts were made to capture the behavior on video, the video camera would not show it as clearly as the pictures taken.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Loon Adults Still With Loon Chick

September 16, 2021

Curious about the length of time that it takes for a loon chick to become a fledgling, a Google search provided the answer.  You can view that answer at the link below.


This loon chick hatched in the second week in July.  The loon chick on this lake is approaching fledgling and independent status may take another three weeks or more, and this explains the later than normal presence of the adult loons on Barney's Lake.

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors Meeting

September 16, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. at Peaine Hall

View agenda for this meeting HERE

Updated on September 17, 2021

Board members and staff


This meeting took place yesterday at the Peaine Township  Hall with three members attending through Zoom, and the majority of others present.  There were also four members of the public present including the editor of Beaver Island News on the 'Net.  The meeting was live streamed on Beaver Island TV. Dr. John Martin and Ann Partridge, members of the staff, were also present at the meeting.

A packet of consent was handed out at the beginning of the meeting, which confused this editor, in that the items in that packet were approved without discussion, but assurances of legality and possible advance receipt of this document will take place in the future.  Here is that document:

Packet for BIRHC Quarterly Meeting HERE

View video of this meeting HERE

From Pam Grassmick

September 16, 2021

I have had several calls about dead birds on beaches. It may well be that avian botulism is the cause.

The last major bacterial outbreak on Lake Michigan was in 2016 when many cormorants, mergansers, loons, and other waterfowl were affected.

If you find freshly dead birds on our beaches, please call Pam Grassmick at 448-2314. One or two of these birds will be shipped off island to the Michigan DNR for autopsy.

From the Michigan Sea Grant website:

Additional information can be found:



Weather by Joe

September 17, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:30 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 66 degrees with humidity at 82%. The wind is from the E at 4 mph. The pressure is 29.95. It is partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with increasing clouds. Afternoon rain is expected with an 80% chance of rain. The high will be in the mid-70's with wind from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for some passing clouds with a low near 50. The wind will be from NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for lots of sunshine with a high near 70 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.


Beginning early on the morning of September 17, 1862, Confederate and Union troops in the Civil War clash near Maryland’s Antietam Creek in the bloodiest single day in American military history.
The Battle of Antietam marked the culmination of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the Northern states. Guiding his Army of Northern Virginia across the Potomac River in early September 1862, the great general daringly divided his men, sending half of them, under the command of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, to capture the Union garrison at Harper’s Ferry.
President Abraham Lincoln put Major General George B. McClellan in charge of the Union troops responsible for defending Washington, D.C., against Lee’s invasion. Over the course of September 15 and 16, the Confederate and Union armies gathered on opposite sides of Antietam Creek.
Fighting began in the foggy dawn hours of September 17. As savage and bloody combat continued for eight hours across the region, the Confederates were pushed back but not beaten, despite sustaining some 15,000 casualties.
By the time the sun went down, both armies still held their ground, despite staggering combined casualties–nearly 23,000 of the 100,000 soldiers engaged, including more than 3,600 dead. McClellan’s center never moved forward, leaving a large number of Union troops that did not participate in the battle.
On the morning of September 18, both sides gathered their wounded and buried their dead. That night, Lee turned his forces back to Virginia.


precarious; adjective; (prih-KAIR-ee-us)

What It Means

Precarious means "characterized by uncertainty, insecurity, or instability that threatens with danger."

// College debt leaves many students in a precarious financial situation after graduation.

// The books were stacked high in a precarious tower.


"Staff may be anxious about returning to the office and want to be assured of their safety while leaders are in the precarious position of having to make what they think is the right call." — Bernard Coleman, Inc., 18 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

"This little happiness is so very precarious, that it wholly depends on the will of others." Joseph Addison, in a 1711 issue of Spectator magazine, couldn't have described the oldest sense of precarious more precisely—the original meaning of the word was "depending on the will or pleasure of another." Precarious comes from a Latin word meaning "obtained by entreaty," which itself is from the word for prayer, prex.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Grill Gone

September 16, 2021

On a quick drive to the point and back, it was obvious that there was a major change in the harbor area.  The "Grill" that used to be the kid's hangout and a place to get something to eat at crazy hours of the day is no longer in existence. The building had been moved over to the location by Harry Wante and made into a summer home.  Today, the entire building was torn down.

This is just another piece of Beaver Island history that is gone, and this time completely gone.

View a short video clip HERE

Community Flu Clinic

11:00 AM -3:00 PM at

Weather by Joe

September 16, 2021

Good early morning from Beaver Island! At 5:30 a.m., it is 52 degrees on Carlisle Road with humidity at 99%. There is no wind. The pressure is 30.06. It's partly cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be sunny with high in the mid- 70's. Winds will be from the S at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for generally clear skies with a low in low 60's. Winds will continue from the S at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies in the morning with increasing clouds in the afternoon with a chance of rain given as 60%. The high will be in the low 70's. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.


On September 16, 1893, the largest land run in history begins with more than 100,000 people pouring into the Cherokee Strip of Oklahoma to claim valuable land that had once belonged to Native Americans. With a single shot from a pistol the mad dash began, and land-hungry pioneers on horseback and in carriages raced forward to stake their claims to the best acres.
Ironically, not many years before that same land had once been considered worthless desert. Early explorers of Oklahoma believed that the territory was too arid and treeless for white settlement, but several suggested it might be the perfect place to resettle Native Americans, whose rich and fertile lands in the southeast were increasingly coveted by Americans. The U.S. government later took this advice and began removing eastern tribes like the Cherokee and Choctaw to Oklahoma Territory in 1817. No more eager than the whites to leave their green and well-watered lands for the arid plains, some Native Americans resisted and had to be removed by force-most tragically, the 4,000 Cherokee who died during the brutal overland march known appropriately as the “Trail of Tears.”
By 1885, a diverse mixture of Native American tribes had been pushed onto reservations in eastern Oklahoma and promised that the land would be theirs “as long as the grass grows and the water runs.” Yet even this seemingly marginal land did not long escape the attention of land-hungry Americans. By the late nineteenth century, farmers had developed new methods that suddenly made the formerly reviled Plains hugely valuable. Pressure steadily increased to open the Native lands to settlement, and in 1889, President Benjamin Harrison succumbed and threw open large areas of unoccupied Native American lands to white settlement. The giant Cherokee Strip rush was only the largest of a series of massive “land runs” that began in the 1890s, with thousands of immigrants stampeding into Oklahoma Territory and establishing towns like Norman and Oklahoma City almost overnight.


exonerate; verb; (ig-ZAH-nuh-rayt)

What It Means

Exonerate means "to clear from a charge of wrongdoing or from blame."

// The witness' testimonies were key in exonerating the defendant.

// The report exonerated the captain from any blame for the ship's running aground.


"The actor met with Sooner State oil rig workers who helped him prepare for his role in 'Stillwater' as a father desperate to exonerate his jailed daughter of a murder conviction in France." — Peter Sblendorio, The Buffalo (New York) News, 1 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

Exonerate comes from the Latin verb exonerare, meaning "to unburden." That verb combines the prefix ex- with onus, meaning "load" or "burden." In its earliest uses, exonerate was applied to physical burdens—a ship, for example, could be exonerated of its cargo when it was unloaded. Later it was used in reference to the freeing of any kind of burden, including blame or charges of wrongdoing.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Peaine Township Meeting

September 14, 2021

View packet for this meeting HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Thank you to Dawn Marsh for recording this meeting!

Mary A. Bradley, RIP

Mary A. Bradley, 95, of Charlevoix, passed away on September 11, 2021 at Charlevoix Munson Hospital.

She was born on December 8, 1925, on Beaver Island, the daughter of Lester and Myrtle (Roddy) Gallagher.

Following High School Graduation in Charlevoix in 1943, she went to nurses training at Mercy Central School of Nursing at St. Mary Hospital in Grand Rapids. Once becoming an RN, she worked at Charlevoix Hospital for many years.

Mary was a devout Catholic and was a longtime member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlevoix where she served on the Altar Society. She was a Red Cross volunteer and a junior golfer mentor for 25 years.

Surviving are her 7 children, Timothy (Kathy) Bradley of Charlevoix, Lauren Bradley of Charlevoix, Lynne (Juan) Carbonell of Traverse City, Lawrence “Buck” Bradley of Charlevoix, Thomas Bradley (Janna Wieland) of Charlevoix, Therese “Terri” Higgins of Tampa and Charlevoix and John Bradley of Charlevoix as well as 15 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and 10 nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her husband John “Jack” Bradley, siblings Eileen Sutherland, Robert and Lester Gallagher, a son-in-law Randy Higgins and her parents.

Visitation will be on Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. at the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes with a Rosary beginning at 7:30.

Funeral Mass will be on Friday, September 17, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church with Fr. Peter Wigton officiating.

Burial will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Charlevoix.

Memorial contributions may be made to Nana’s Wish, 14707 Rocky Brook Dr., Tampa, FL, 33625, Charlevoix Food Pantry, 100 W. Hurlbut St., Charlevoix, MI, 49720 or to the St. Mary School, 1005 Bridge St., Charlevoix, MI, 49720.

To all, our mother had so many special friendships and we know how much she loved each and every one of you. Thank you to the nursing staff, home health care and doctors at Charlevoix Hospital for the loving care you provided to our mother! A special thank you to her dear friend Lil Left, you were a blessing to mom and our family, we will be forever grateful!!

Arrangements are being handled by the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

Sign her online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com

Weather by Joe

September 15, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 8 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 56 degrees with no wind. The humidity is 99%. The pressure is 29.87. The rain received yesterday amounted to a little over a half inch. It is partly cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to have early patchy fog in some areas. It should be a sunny day with a high in the low 70's. The wind will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a low in the high 50's. Winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a high in the mid-70's. Wind will be from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph.


The Battle of Britain reaches its climax when the Royal Air Force (RAF) downs 56 invading German aircraft in two dogfights lasting less than an hour. The costly raid convinced the German high command that the Luftwaffe could not achieve air supremacy over Britain, and the next day daylight attacks were replaced with nighttime sorties as a concession of defeat. On September 19, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler postponed indefinitely “Operation Sea Lion”—the amphibious invasion of Britain. Although heavy German aid raids on London and other British cities would continue through spring 1941, the Battle of Britain was effectively won.
In May and June 1940, Holland, Belgium, Norway and France fell one by one to the German Wehrmacht, leaving Great Britain alone in its resistance against Hitler’s plans for Nazi world domination. The British Expeditionary Force escaped the continent with an impromptu evacuation from Dunkirk, but they left behind the tanks and artillery needed to defend their homeland against invasion. With British air and land forces outnumbered by their German counterparts, and U.S. aid not yet begun, it seemed certain that Britain would soon follow the fate of France. However, Winston Churchill, the new British prime minister, promised his nation and the world that Britain would “never surrender,” and the British people mobilized behind their defiant leader.
On June 5, the Luftwaffe began attacks on English Channel ports and convoys, and on June 30 Germany seized control of the undefended Channel Islands. On July 10—the first day of the Battle of Britain according to the RAF—the Luftwaffe intensified its bombing of British ports. Six days later, Hitler ordered the German army and navy to prepare for Operation Sea Lion. On July 19, the German leader made a speech in Berlin in which he offered a conditional peace to the British government: Britain would keep its empire and be spared from invasion if its leaders accepted the German domination of the European continent. A simple radio message from Lord Halifax swept the proposal away.
Germany needed to master the skies over Britain if it was to safely transport its superior land forces across the 21-mile English Channel. On August 8, the Luftwaffe intensified its raids against the ports in an attempt to draw the British air fleet out into the open. Simultaneously, the Germans began bombing Britain’s sophisticated radar defense system and RAF fighter airfields. During August, as many as 1,500 German aircraft crossed the Channel daily, often blotting out the sun as they flew against their British targets. Despite the odds against them, the outnumbered RAF flyers successfully resisted the massive German air invasion, relying on radar technology, more maneuverable aircraft, and exceptional bravery. For every British plane shot down, two Luftwaffe warplanes were destroyed.
At the end of August, the RAF launched a retaliatory air raid against Berlin. Hitler was enraged and ordered the Luftwaffe to shift its attacks from RAF installations to London and other British cities. On September 7, the Blitz against London began, and after a week of almost ceaseless attacks several areas of London were in flames and the royal palace, churches, and hospitals had all been hit. However, the concentration on London allowed the RAF to recuperate elsewhere, and on September 15 the RAF launched a vigorous counterattack.
Prime Minister Churchill was at the underground headquarters of the RAF at Uxbridge that day and watched as the English radar picked up swarms of German aircraft crossing over British soil. The British Spitfires and Hurricanes were sent up to intercept the German warplanes and met them in a crescendo of daring and death. When it appeared that the RAF’s resources were exhausted, Churchill turned to Air Vice-Marshal Keith Park and asked, “What other reserves have we?” Park replied, “There are none,” but then, fortunately, the German planes turned and went home.
Fifty-six German planes were shot down that day, though the number was inflated to 185 in British newspapers. Britain had lost 40 planes but denied the Luftwaffe air supremacy. There would be no German invasion of Britain. The Battle of Britain, however, continued. In October, Hitler ordered a massive bombing campaign against London and other cities to crush British morale and force an armistice. Despite significant loss of life and tremendous material damage to Britain’s cities, the country’s resolve remained unbroken. In May 1941, the air raids essentially ceased as German forces massed near the border of the USSR.
By denying the Germans a quick victory, depriving them of forces to be used in their invasion of the USSR, and proving to America that increased arms support for Britain was not in vain, the outcome of the Battle of Britain greatly changed the course of World War II. As Churchill said of the RAF fliers during the Battle of Britain, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”


tribulation; noun; (trib-yuh-LAY-shun)

What It Means

Tribulation, which is often used in the phrase "trials and tribulations," refers to a trying experience. It can also mean "unhappiness, pain, or suffering."
// The young, ambitious chef knew of trials and tribulations of opening a new restaurant, but he was ready for the undertaking.

// Her son's illness has been a source of great tribulation.


"On the road to meet his destiny, Gawain must face a series of fearsome trials, tribulations and temptations as he gradually learns the true nature of chivalry." — Susan Granger, The Westport (Connecticut) News, 13 Aug.2021

Did You Know?

The writer and Christian scholar Thomas More, in his 1534 work A dialoge of comforte against tribulation, defined the title word as "euery such thing as troubleth and greueth [grieveth] a man either in bodye or mynde." These days, however, the word tribulation is commonly used as a plural noun, paired with trials, and relates less to oppression and more to any kind of uphill struggle. Tribulation comes from a Latin noun meaning "threshing board."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Heron in the Harbor Near Dark

September 12, 2021

Near the stone house across the road from the ballpark driveway, this heron was seen out a on pennisula of sand near this property.  There were lots of ducks and geese by the shoreline near the roadway, and slowing down to take some pictures caused the geese and the ducks to set up a ruckus, which in turn scared the heron.  These four pictures were taken from the stone house out to Whiskey Point as the heron was fleeing.

Flying out near Whiskey Point headed toward Gull Harbor, this heron was long gone, due to the ruckus of the ducks and geese.


Help Keep Beaver Island Beautiful!

Saturday, September 18, 9AM

9:00AM Meet at the Community Center, and head out to the beaches from there.

12:00PM We will return to the Community Center for hot dogs and drinks!

Sponsored by the Beaver Island Association, the annual Beach Cleanup is a tradition of fun and good work! Meet at the Community Center at 9AM to pick up supplies. Return at 12 noon with your haul. We will have trucks at the Community Center in order to transport any refuse collected.

Looking forward to sharing the adventures! Please click the link to add your name to the volunteer list.


The Beaver Island Association

Supporting Environmental and Economic Sustainability

St. James Township Public Works Committee

September 15, 2021, at 11 a.m., at the St. James Hall



BICS Seeks Bids for Roof Work

September 13, 2021

Approved at the school board meeting last night, the request for bids is being sent out to those who may wish to get a job working on the roof over the boiler room at the school.

From BICOA-First Two Bingo winners

September 13, 2021

Tina and Gary Morgan are the first Beaver Island C.O.A Bingo winners for September. Gary and Tina avoided the three nasty whammies in the four secret envelopes by sticking to the prize closet. The prize closet guarantees you leave with a prize by choosing from a variety of gifts. These prizes include paper towels, food items, toilet paper, a variety of games, medication lock boxes or safes to name a few, along with much, much more to pick from!

In game show fashion our Bingo winners can trade up their prize and take a chance for a cash prize by picking one of the four secret envelopes, though they risk picking a whammy and losing it all.

The winning continues all month long for all Commission on Aging clients playing our at home Bingo. Bingo cards are available at the Beaver Island C.O.A. office. Call 448-2124 for more information about the game or our other programs offered on Beaver Island.

Grace and peace be with you,

Lonnie Allen

Site Coordinator, Beaver Island COA

Charlevoix County Beaver Island

Building coordinator/Maintenance assistant

(231) 448-2124


BICCenter Concessions-Anytime

View the BIC Center Concession List HERE

From BICOA-Meeting Canceled

September 13, 2021

The meeting cancelation of today's meeting from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Medicare/Medicaid informational meetings today at the Community Center with Boehm and Tarrant Associates.  They are unable to come to the island today.

Harbor Sky

September 13, 2021

A beautiful evening around the harbor.

Peaceful Deer

September 13, 2021

Lots less traffic out by the Sloptown Road and Barney's Lake Road last night made it possible to see the deer just taking it easy and enjoying the grazing and laziness allowed by the lack of zooming vehicles going by.

First one caught just standing

Some of us humans might take a good look at this and consider taking some time for just the peace and quiet of nature that is all around us here on Beaver Island!

Weather by Joe

September 14, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Up many times during the night, but the wake-up this morning was due to thunder, lightning, and pouring rain at just before 7:20 a.m.

It's 63 degrees out there at 7:30 a.m. with a 2 mph wind from the E. It is raining. The humidity is listed as 99%. The pressure is 29.65. It is cloudy with visibility given as three miles.

TODAY, it is expected to continue with the thunderstorms in the morning hours. It should become partly cloudy in the afternoon with a high in low 70's. The wind will be from the SW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 100%.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for passing clouds with a high in the low 50's. The wind will be from the WNW at 10 yo 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunshine with a high in the lower 70's. The wind will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.


On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key pens a poem which is later set to music and in 1931 becomes America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The poem, originally titled “The Defence of Fort M'Henry,” was written after Key witnessed the Maryland fort being bombarded by the British during the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the sight of a lone U.S. flag still flying over Fort McHenry at daybreak, as reflected in the now-famous words of the “Star-Spangled Banner”: “And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”
Francis Scott Key was born on August 1, 1779, at Terra Rubra, his family’s estate in Frederick County (now Carroll County), Maryland. He became a successful lawyer in Maryland and Washington, D.C., and was later appointed U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.
On June 18, 1812, America declared war on Great Britain after a series of trade disagreements. In August 1814, British troops invaded Washington, D.C., and burned the White House, Capitol Building and Library of Congress. Their next target was Baltimore.
After one of Key’s friends, Dr. William Beanes, was taken prisoner by the British, Key went to Baltimore, located the ship where Beanes was being held and negotiated his release. However, Key and Beanes weren’t allowed to leave until after the British bombardment of Fort McHenry. Key watched the bombing campaign unfold from aboard a ship located about eight miles away. After a day, the British were unable to destroy the fort and gave up. Key was relieved to see the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry and quickly penned a few lines in tribute to what he had witnessed.
The poem was printed in newspapers and eventually set to the music of a popular English drinking tune called “To Anacreon in Heaven” by composer John Stafford Smith. People began referring to the song as “The Star-Spangled Banner” and in 1916 President Woodrow Wilson announced that it should be played at all official events. It was adopted as the national anthem on March 3, 1931.
Francis Scott Key died of pleurisy on January 11, 1843.


responsive; adjective; (rih-SPAHN-siv)

What It Means

Responsive means "quick to respond or react in a desired or appropriate manner."

// The Senator was responsive to the concerns voiced by the town's council and residents.

// The eye contains cells that are responsive to light.


"A mobile responsive website is one that adapts to fit different screens, most notably mobile phones. It can do this in a number of ways that improve visibility and usability. For example, a mobile responsive site will have pictures that change to fit the screen size. Buttons and text will do the same, so they can all be viewed properly on a phone screen." — June Potter, The Times Union (Albany, New York), 17 June 2021

Did You Know?

Responsive comes from the joining of Latin responsus with the suffix -ivus, which gave English -ive. That suffix changes verbs into adjectives, as in suggestive or corrosive. Responsus is a form of respondēre, which means "to answer" and is the source of English's respond. Responsive enters the language with the meaning "giving response" or "answering." Examples are "a responsive letter" or "a responsive glance." Nowadays, it variously describes people or things that immediately respond or react to something, such as "a responsive audience" or "a car with responsive steering."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

BICS Board Meeting

September 13, 2021, @ 6:30 p.m.

The BICS Board of Education, missing one member, Jamie Jarvie Moon, met outside the front door of the building under the arch.  The meeting was a little chilly and windy in temperature, but the group worked together quite well and accomplished the agenda with discussion in a short period of time.

View the public board packet HERE

View video of meeting HERE

The meeting was live streamed as well as recorded.

Lagging Behind

September 13, 2021

by Cindy Ricksgers

Some Things You See for Calming Peace and Quiet

September 13, 2021

A sandhill crane moving in the field.....A deer laying in the grass near Welke Airport

Please Drive Slowly, Safely, and Responsibly!

An Editorial by Joe Moore

September 13, 2021

Although no information has been received about this accident on the corner of Frankie's Lane and Main Street, it does present the obvious suggestion mentioned in the title to this editorial by Joe Moore.  As I sit in this chair on the corner of Carlisle Road and Kings Highway, I see heavy trucks, dump trucks, and cement trucks zipping by this intersection along with many cars doing the same.  There are some that are going  by at reasonable speed, and, even though, they may all be going at a legal speed, some are driving at a speed that is obviously "too fast for conditions."

What is meant by this statement?  If you can't stop your car or truck in the assured distance for stopping to prevent an accident, you are driving too fast.  It's as simple as that.  Out of the forty cars and trucks that have passed this intersection this morning in the two hours, less than 20% have been driving at a speed that could prevent an accident with a child riding a bicycle, a deer crossing the road, turkeys crossing the road, or just a vehicle pulling out from the Beaver Island Rural Health Center driveway or turning north from the Carlisle road intersection.

This situation has not improved with the arrival of September days, when the traffic is supposed to be less than summertime, but it has not decreased nor has the speed of the vehicles coming in the Kings Highway.

As has been posted in prior editorials, the amount of time that is saved from the Four Corners to the 25 mph sign is less than fifteen seconds if you are driving the legal speed limit instead of slowing down to a reasonable speed of 35 mph instead of the legal 55 mph.  This editor does not believe that fifteen seconds is worth the damage you could do to another person or an animal.  So PLEASE SLOW DOWN!

Church Services for 9/12/2021

September 13, 2021

The two church services from the Beaver Island Christian Church and the Mass from Holy Cross were live streamed on Beaver Island TV for any who could not physically attend the services.

Christian Church Service

Judi Meister.......Pastor Gene Drenth

Readers:  Alana and Bob Anderson

View video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

Reader Bill McDonough.....Celebrant Father Peter Wigton

View video of the Mass HERE

Weather by Joe

September 13, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island. At 7:30 a.m., it is 54 degrees with no wind. The humidity is at 91%. The pressure is 30.10. It is cloudy with visbility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to have a mix of sun and clouds with a high near 70 degrees. The wind will be light and variable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies becoming cloudy with rain overnight. Chance of rain is 90%. The low will be near 60 degrees. The wind will be from the ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for thunderstorms in the morning. There is a 90% chance of rain. This will give way to cloudy skies later in the day with a high near 70 degrees. The wind will be from the SSE at 10 to 15 mph.


After decades of bloody animosity, representatives of Israel and Palestine meet on the South Lawn of the White House and sign a framework for peace. The “Declaration of Principles” was the first agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians towards ending their conflict and sharing the holy land between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea that they both claim as their homeland.
Fighting between Jews and Arabs in Palestine dates back to the 1920s when both groups laid claim to the British-controlled territory. The Jews were Zionists, recent emigrants from Europe and Russia who came to the ancient homeland of the Jews to establish a Jewish national state. The native Arabs (they did not yet call themselves Palestinians) sought to stem Jewish immigration and set up a secular Palestinian state.
On May 14, 1948, the State of Israel was proclaimed, and five Arab nations attacked in support of the Palestinian Arabs. Israelis fought off the Arab armies and seized substantial territory originally allocated to the Arabs in the 1947 United Nations partition of Palestine. After two successive U.N.-brokered cease-fires, the State of Israel reached formal armistice agreements with Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria in February 1949. These agreements left Israel in permanent control of the territory it had conquered during the conflict.
The departure of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs from Israel during the war left the country with a substantial Jewish majority. Israel restricted the rights of the Arabs who remained. Most Palestinian Arabs who left Israeli territory retreated to the West Bank, then controlled by Transjordan (present-day Jordan), and others to the Gaza Strip, controlled by Egypt. Hundreds of thousands of exiled Palestinians moved permanently into refugee camps.
By the early 1960s, the Palestinian Arab diaspora had formed a cohesive national identity. In 1964, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) was formed as a political umbrella organization for several Palestinian groups and meant to represent all the Palestinian people. The PLO called for the destruction of the State of Israel and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
In the Six-Day War of 1967, Israel seized control of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights. Israel permanently annexed East Jerusalem and set up military administrations in the occupied territories. Although Israel offered to return some of the territory seized in return for "the security requirements of Israel," the Arab League opted against formal negotiations in the Khartoum Resolution on September 1, 1967.
The Sinai was later returned to Egypt in 1979 as part of an Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement, but the rest of the occupied territories remained under Israeli control. A faction of Israelis called for permanent annexation of these regions, and in the late 1970s nationalist Jewish settlers moved into the territories as a means of accomplishing this aim.
After the 1967 war, the PLO was recognized as the symbol of the Palestinian national movement, and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat organized guerrilla attacks on Israel from the PLO’s bases in Jordan and, after 1971, from Lebanon. The PLO also coordinated terrorist attacks against Israelis at home and abroad. The Palestinian guerrilla and terrorist activity provoked heavy reprisals from Israel’s armed forces and intelligence services. By the late 1970s, Arafat had won international acceptance of the PLO as the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.
Violence mounted in the 1980s, with Palestinians clashing with Jewish settlers in the occupied territories. In 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon to dislodge the PLO. In 1987, Palestinian residents of Gaza and the West Bank launched a series of violent demonstrations against Israeli authorities known as the intifada, or the “shaking off.” Shortly after, Jordan’s King Hussein renounced all administrative responsibility for the West Bank, thereby strengthening the PLO’s influence there. As the intifada raged on, Yasser Arafat proclaimed an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on November 15, 1988. One month later, he denounced terrorism, recognized the State of Israel’s right to exist, and authorized the beginning of “land-for-peace” negotiations with Israel.
Israel refused to open direct talks with the PLO, but in 1991 Israeli diplomats met with a joint Jordanian-Palestinian delegation at the Madrid peace conference. In 1992, Labor Party leader Yitzhak Rabin became Israeli prime minister, and he vowed to move quickly on the peace process. He froze new Israeli settlements in the occupied territory and authorized secret negotiations between Israel and the PLO that began in January 1993 in Oslo, Norway. These talks resulted in several key agreements and led to the historic peace accord of September 13, 1993.
On the South Lawn of the White House that day, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and PLO foreign policy official Mahmoud Abbas signed the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements. The accord called for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank town of Jericho and the establishment of a Palestinian government that would eventually be granted authority over much of the West Bank. President Bill Clinton presided over the ceremony, and more than 3,000 onlookers, including former presidents George Bush and Jimmy Carter, watched in amazement as Arafat and Rabin sealed the agreement with a handshake. The old bitter enemies had met for the first time at a White House reception that morning.
In his remarks, Rabin, a former top-ranking Israeli army general, told the crowd: “We the soldiers who have returned from the battle stained with blood; we who have seen our relatives and friends killed before our eyes; we who have fought against you, the Palestinians; we say to you today in a loud and clear voice: Enough of blood and tears. Enough!” And Arafat, the guerrilla leader who for decades was targeted for assassination by Israeli agents, declared that “The battle for peace is the most difficult battle of our lives. It deserves our utmost efforts because the land of peace yearns for a just and comprehensive peace.”
Despite attempts by extremists on both sides to sabotage the peace process with violence, the Israelis completed their withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and Jericho in May 1994. In July, Arafat entered Jericho amid much Palestinian jubilation and set up his government–the Palestinian Authority. In October 1994, Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin, and Shimon Peres were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts at reconciliation.
In September 1995, Rabin, Arafat, and Peres signed a peace agreement providing for the expansion of Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank and for democratic elections to determine the leadership of the Palestinian Authority. Just over a month later, on November 4, 1995, Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish extremist at a peace rally in Tel Aviv. Peres became prime minister and pledged to continue the peace process. However, terrorist attacks by Palestinian extremists in early 1996 swayed Israeli public opinion, and in May Benjamin Netanyahu of the right-wing Likud Party was elected prime minister. Netanyahu insisted that Palestinian Authority Chairman Arafat meet his obligation to end terrorism by Palestinian extremists, but sporadic attacks continued and the peace process stalled.
In May 1999, Ehud Barak of the Labor Party defeated Netanyahu in national elections and pledged to take “bold steps” to forge a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. However, extended negotiations with the PLO ended in failure in July 2000, when Barak and Arafat failed to reach an agreement at a summit at Camp David, Maryland. In September 2000, the worst violence since the intifada broke out between Israelis and Palestinians after Likud leader Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount, the holiest Islamic site in Jerusalem. Seeking a strong leader to suppress the bloodshed, Israelis elected Sharon prime minister in February 2001. Though Arafat pledged to join in America’s “war on terror” after the attacks of September 11, 2001, he was not able to garner favor with U.S. President George W. Bush, who was strongly pro-Israel. In December 2001, after a series of Palestinian suicide attacks on Israel, Bush did nothing to stop Israel as it re-conquered areas of the West Bank and occupied parts of Ramallah, effectively imprisoning Arafat in the Palestinian Authority's headquarters..
After Israel dismissed an alternative peace plan put forth by the Arab League in March 2002, Palestinian attacks increased, causing Israel to again turn to military intervention in the West Bank. A cycle of terrorist attacks, IDF reprisals, and failed diplomacy continued for the next two years.
In late October of 2004, reports surfaced that Arafat was seriously ill. He was flown to Paris for treatment, and in early November fell into a coma. He was pronounced dead on November 11.
Mahmoud Abbas became the new chairman of the PLO and was elected president of the Palestinian Authority in January 2005. The next year, Hamas, seen by many observors as a terrorist organization, won control of the Palestinian legislative body, complicating any potential negotiations. Despite an Israeli withdrawal from the disputed Gaza territory, and the fact that both sides ostensibly are committed to a two-state solution, peace in the region remains elusive.


inflammable; adjective; (in-FLAM-uh-bul)

What It Means

Inflammable describes things that can easily catch fire. It also means "easily excited or angered."

// The gas is highly inflammable.

// The messenger trembled as he stuttered out the news of the army's defeat to the highly inflammable king.


"First, butane is inflammable (or flammable—whichever way you like to say it)." — Rhett Allain, Wired, 31 Mar. 2016

"'Don't trouble about it, Clym. They may get to be friends.' He shook his head. 'Not two people with inflammable natures like theirs.'" — Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native, 1878

Did You Know?

Combustible and incombustible are opposites but flammable and inflammable are synonyms. Why? The in- of incombustible is a common prefix meaning "not," but the in- of inflammable is a different prefix. Inflammable comes from Latin inflammare ("to inflame"), itself from in- (here meaning "in" or "into") plus flammare ("to flame"). Flammable also comes from flammare. In the early 20th century, firefighters worried that people might think inflammable meant "not able to catch fire," so they adopted flammable and nonflammable as official safety labels and encouraged their use to prevent confusion. In general use, flammable is now the preferred term for describing things that can catch fire, but inflammable is still occasionally used with that meaning as well.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Islander Soccer Scrimmage Against Island Adults

September 11, 2021

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the scrimmage HERE

Lady Islander Volleyball Scrimmage

September 11, 2021, beginning at Noon

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the scrimmage HERE

Coming Soon

September 12, 2021

BINGO Numbers from BICOA

View the numbers in this document HERE

From Bob Sramek

September 12, 2021

As some of you are Preparing to Leave the Island for the Season, please consider donating your Unopened, Non-Perishable items to the Beaver Island Food Pantry. It is located at the Gregg Fellowship Center. In addition to financial assistance, The Beaver Island Food Pantry provides food items to individuals and families in need year-round “because we are a family.”
Housed at the Gregg Fellowship Center of the Beaver Island Christian Church, this community pantry benefits young and old alike. Fall and winter are the times of greatest need.
Important donations are those which cannot be purchased using the SNAP(Food Stamp) program and include any nonfood items such as:
- Pet foods
- Cleaning supplies, paper products, and other household supplies.
- Hygiene items, cosmetics
- Vitamins and supplements
If you would like to donate pantry items, these non-perishable items are always needed: canned fruits and vegetables, canned beans, soups, tuna, canned chicken, canned spaghetti and ravioli, pasta sauce. We also need ramen, boxed macaroni and cheese, boxed potatoes and taco or burrito ingredients. Paper towels and toilet paper are also distributed at the pantry. And don't forget to add some fun things(sweets) to your donation as well. Please help to provide full, warm bellies and huge smiles to your fellow islanders in need. Many of us have comfortable lives on Beaver Island, and donating a few canned goods or paper products would have an extremely minimal effect upon us, yet a huge impact on someone in need of those items. Please Help! Thank You!
Collection points for donations include the vestibule of the Beaver Island Christian Church, the Beaver Island Community Center, the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, Fresh Air Aviation, Holy Cross Church and Island Airways.
Monetary donations are tax-deductible. Checks may be made out to the Beaver Island Christian Church. Please write Food Pantry on the memo line. the address is PO Box 21, Beaver Island, MI 49782. Or use the Donation button at the bottom of the home page of Joe Moore’s Beaver Island News on the Net at www.beaverislandnews.com. If you have questions, please call Judi Meister at 231.448.2963 or Beth Croswhite at 231.448.2820.

Live Streaming Video

September 12, 2021

BI News on the 'Net continues to live stream video on the Beaver Island TV website.  Yesterday, the Veteran's Ceremony for 9/11 was live streamed from the Beaver Island Fire Department.  The the volleyball scrimmage in the school gym was next on the stream.  Soccer scrimmage was the last of the live stream events for Saturday.  Today, the church services from the Beaver Island Christian Church and the Mass from Holy Cross will be live streamed at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. respectively.

Sometimes, it takes a day or two to process the recorded video and the pictures before they can be posted on Beaver Island News on the 'Net. Such is the case of lots of pictures taken for the volleyball and the soccer match, both scrimmages.  They will be available as soon as they are processed.

Thank you to all that support this website and those donations that come in for the Beaver Island TV website!  We could not continue to do this work without your help!  Thank you to the helpers providing the power and/or Internet for all these events!

The Beaver Island TV broadcast of current and historical video will continue in the near future.  The death of a couple of computers and the issues with Windows 10 are being worked on.  We will resume the 24 hour broadcast as soon as the equipment is replaced and the issues resolved.

Adult Loons Have Not Left Chick at Barney's Lake

September 12, 2021

This is quite interesting as in years past, the adult loons would be long gone from the lake and the loon chick would be on his own as (s)he finishes his development and migrates from the island inland lake.  On this past Friday, with no other humans near the lake public access, the loons, adult and chick, swam fairly close to the the bench there at Barney's Lake.  They were close enough to get some fairly good pictures with detail that was unexpected, but the most important fact is that on September 10, 2021, the adult loon was still helping the loon chick and still protecting this loon chick.

Whenever there are dangers for the loons, they give a specific call of warning.  There was no call of warning as the early evening light began to get somewhat less.  Here are three of the more than a hundred pictures taken to show this adult protection continue.

Weather by Joe

September 12, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:30 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 50 degrees with no wind. The humidity is at 97%. The pressure is 29.92. We haven't had any rain measured by the rain gauge since the 7th of September, or in the last five days, other than a sprinkle. It is partly cloudy, and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to have rain showers in the morning with sunshine in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 50%. The high will be near 70. The wind will be from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a low near 50. Winds will be from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a few clouds from time to time with high near 70. Winds will be light and variable.


adversary; noun; (AD-ver-sair-ee)

What It Means

Adversary is a word for an enemy or opponent.

// The adversaries met at the negotiating table again, hoping to reach an agreement.


"Large-scale special effects and intrepid derring-do are wedded to themes of clan solidarity, compassion toward adversaries and contrition for past misdeeds in director Cate Shortland's Marvel Comics-derived action adventure." — The Arlington (Virginia) Catholic Herald, 2 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

Adversary comes from Latin advertere, meaning "to turn toward." The vertere of advertere means "to turn" and is the source of a number of English words. Along with obvious derivatives like inadvertent and adverse are some surprises, including anniversary, vertebra, and prose (this last coming by way of a Latin contraction of a form of the verb provertere, meaning "to turn forward").


Near Montignac, France, a collection of prehistoric cave paintings are discovered by four teenagers who stumbled upon the ancient artwork after following their dog down a narrow entrance into a cavern. The 15,000- to 17,000-year-old paintings, consisting mostly of animal representations, are among the finest examples of art from the Upper Paleolithic period.
First studied by the French archaeologist Henri-Édouard-Prosper Breuil, the Lascaux grotto consists of a main cavern 66 feet wide and 16 feet high. The walls of the cavern are decorated with some 600 painted and drawn animals and symbols and nearly 1,500 engravings. The pictures depict in excellent detail numerous types of animals, including horses, red deer, stags, bovines, felines, and what appear to be mythical creatures. There is only one human figure depicted in the cave: a bird-headed man with an erect phallus. Archaeologists believe that the cave was used over a long period of time as a center for hunting and religious rites.
The Lascaux grotto was opened to the public in 1948 but was closed in 1963 because artificial lights had faded the vivid colors of the paintings and caused algae to grow over some of them. A replica of the Lascaux cave was opened nearby in 1983 and receives tens of thousands of visitors annually.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

911 Ceremony at the BIFD Station by Veterans


The Beaver Island Veterans joined the fire department personnel and the EMS providers at the Beaver Island Fire Station for a ceremony for the twentieth anniversary.  Dan Burton lead the veteran's group.  John Works spoke for the the entire group as an officer in the fire department.  And Sheri Timsak lead the group in the singing of "God Bless America."  Bob Anderson lead the group in a prayer.

Sheri Timsak...............John Works............Bob Anderson

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the ceremony HERE

Busy Year at the Transfer Station


The editor has it on good authority that this was one of the busiest summers in the history of the Beaver Island Transfer Station.  The loaded barge demonstrates the huge amount of items to be shipped off the island for this very next trip.  This is also the biggest load on the barge ever loaded by the BI Transfer Station.

View a short video HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

September 14, 2021, at 7:00 PM

View the agenda HERE

Beaver Island Waste Management Committee

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at 1:00 PM


BIWMC Agenda Sept 2021

Weather by Joe

September 11, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:30 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 66 degrees with humidity at 99%. The wind is from the S at 4 mph. The pressure is 29.78. It is cloudy, and visibility is at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy this morning with showers possible this afternoon. Chance of rain is 30%. The high will be in the mid-70's. The winds will be from the SW at 15 to 25 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for some clouds with a low in the lower 50's. The wind will switch to the N at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies in the morning becoming cloudy in the afternoon. The high will be near 70 with NW winds at 5 to 10 mph.


At approximately 8:45 a.m. on a clear Tuesday morning, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact left a gaping, burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in higher floors. As the evacuation of the tower and its twin got underway, television cameras broadcasted live images of what initially appeared to be a freak accident. Then, 18 minutes after the first plane hit, a second Boeing 767—United Airlines Flight 175—appeared out of the sky, turned sharply toward the World Trade Center, and sliced into the south tower at about the 60th floor. The collision caused a massive explosion that showered burning debris over surrounding buildings and the streets below. America was under attack.
The attackers were Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and several other Arab nations. Reportedly financed by Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorist organization, they were allegedly acting in retaliation for America’s support of Israel, its involvement in the Persian Gulf War, and its continued military presence in the Middle East. Some of the terrorists had lived in the United States for more than a year and had taken flying lessons at American commercial flight schools. Others had slipped into the U.S. in the months before September 11 and acted as the “muscle” in the operation. The 19 terrorists easily smuggled box-cutters and knives through security at three East Coast airports and boarded four flights bound for California, chosen because the planes were loaded with fuel for the long transcontinental journey. Soon after takeoff, the terrorists commandeered the four planes and took the controls, transforming the ordinary commuter jets into guided missiles.
As millions watched in horror the events unfolding in New York, American Airlines Flight 77 circled over downtown Washington, D.C. and slammed into the west side of the Pentagon military headquarters at 9:45 a.m. Jet fuel from the Boeing 757 caused a devastating inferno that led to a structural collapse of a portion of the giant concrete building. All told, 125 military personnel and civilians were killed in the Pentagon along with all 64 people aboard the airliner.
Less than 15 minutes after the terrorists struck the nerve center of the U.S. military, the horror in New York took a catastrophic turn for the worse when the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed in a massive cloud of dust and smoke. The structural steel of the skyscraper, built to withstand winds in excess of 200 mph and a large conventional fire, could not withstand the tremendous heat generated by the burning jet fuel. At 10:30 a.m., the other Trade Center tower collapsed. Close to 3,000 people died in the World Trade Center and its vicinity, including a staggering 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers, and 37 Port Authority police officers who were struggling to complete an evacuation of the buildings and save the office workers trapped on higher floors. Only six people in the World Trade Center towers at the time of their collapse survived. Almost 10,000 other people were treated for injuries, many severe.
Meanwhile, a fourth California-bound plane–United Flight 93–was hijacked about 40 minutes after leaving Newark International Airport in New Jersey. Because the plane had been delayed in taking off, passengers on board learned of events in New York and Washington via cell phone and Airfone calls to the ground. Knowing that the aircraft was not returning to an airport as the hijackers claimed, a group of passengers and flight attendants planned an insurrection. One of the passengers, Thomas Burnett, Jr., told his wife over the phone that “I know we’re all going to die. There’s three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you, honey.” Another passenger—Todd Beamer—was heard saying “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll” over an open line. Sandy Bradshaw, a flight attendant, called her husband and explained that she had slipped into a galley and was filling pitchers with boiling water. Her last words to him were “Everyone’s running to first class. I’ve got to go. Bye.”
The passengers fought the four hijackers and are suspected to have attacked the cockpit with a fire extinguisher. The plane then flipped over and sped toward the ground at upwards of 500 miles per hour, crashing in a rural field in western Pennsylvania at 10:10 a.m. All 45 people aboard were killed. Its intended target is not known, but theories include the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, or one of several nuclear power plants along the eastern seaboard.
At 7 p.m., President George W. Bush, who had spent the day being shuttled around the country because of security concerns, returned to the White House. At 9 p.m., he delivered a televised address from the Oval Office, declaring “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” In a reference to the eventual U.S. military response he declared: “We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.”
Operation Enduring Freedom, the U.S.-led international effort to oust the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and destroy Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network based there, began on October 7, 2001. Bin Laden was killed during a raid of his compound in Pakistan by U.S. forces on May 2, 2011.

sedentary; adjective; (SED-un-tair-ee)

What It Means
Sedentary describes an activity in which much sitting is involved.

// Editorial work is chiefly sedentary.


"A sedentary lifestyle could increase your levels of exhaustion. Luckily, small changes in your daily life can impact your activity levels for the better. Taking the stairs instead of taking the elevator, and adding a daily walk can make you feel more energized…." — Maria Loreto, LA Weekly, 9 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

Sedentary comes from Latin sedēre, meaning "to sit." Other descendants of sedēre include dissident, insidious, preside, reside, and subsidy. Sedēre is also the base of the rare sedens, a noun meaning "a person who remains a resident of the place or region of his or her birth."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Interview with Wil Cwikiel, BICS Principal/Superintendent

September 10, 2021

Wil Cwikiel, our community school principal and superintendent, answers questions about  several topics:  How is the school year going so far?   What and how is the school doing related to the COVID situation?  How many students in the school? Who are the new staff members and what are they teaching and doing?  Who are the returning staff members and what are they teaching/ doing? Why is this school so successful?

View the interview HERE

Beaver Island Community School  Weekly Update

Friday, September 10, 2021

Beaver Island 9/11 Observance 11:00 am

AMVETS Post 46 is coordinating Beaver Island’s observance of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11/01 attacks. Islanders of all ages are encouraged to join in this observance that will take place at St. James Township Fire Station at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 11, 2021. Thank you AMVETS Post 46 for coordinating this remembrance.

Great First Week of School!

Kudos to students, parents, faculty, staff, and community members!  Although none of us thought we would be wearing masks to start the school year, the pandemic is on its own timeline. I want to thank everyone for taking care of each other and starting the year off really well.

Sports Scrimmages Tomorrow!

Although Hannahville could not make it due to quarantines, our coaches are coordinating scrimmage matches tomorrow. Volleyball starts at noon and soccer will play right after. Parents are welcome to come and watch the scrimmages. Masks are required for all athletes and spectators inside the building. Go Islanders!

Can Sorting Sunday, September 12, at 11:00 am

The next can sorting event will be held this Sunday at 11:00 am at the Transfer Station. Join us from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to raise money for school athletics, trips and activities.

Welcome New BICS Faculty and Staff Members

Our new teachers—Sara Mullen and Amanda Bedell—and our new staff members—Jim Bontrager and Moses Stone—are off to a great start and loving working at Beaver Island Community School. Thank you parents and students for giving them a warm welcome as they start the next phase of their careers here at BICS.

Got Breakfast?

Breakfast will be done the same way as last year with weekly breakfast boxes. If you want to participate, please complete the free and reduced lunch application materials sent out earlier. If you have already filled out the lunch applications, you don’t need to redo…all you have to do is let Ms. Deb know that you want to receive the breakfast boxes.

Get School Start-Up Paperwork to the Office!

If you still have school paperwork sitting around your kitchen table, please get it to Ms. Deb at the school office ASAP!

Be on the Lookout for MRSA

It has been brought to my attention that there have been some outbreaks of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) among Beaver Island’s youth. Please see the attached MRSA fact sheet sent to me by the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. If you think your student might have MRSA, please contact the BIRHC or your family doctor.

Get Your Smile On—School Picture Day Planned for October 6th

Mark your calendars for now…we will have more information next week!
Have a Great Weekend!

View the MRSA Info Sheet HERE

Weather by Joe

September 10, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! BRRR! Well, it isn't really that cold, but the chilly temperature of 46 degrees feels that way when it seems to have been in the seventies for a long time. The humidity is 99%. There is no wind at 7:30 a.m. The pressure is 30.01. It is officially clear, and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to have a mix of sun and clouds. The high will be in the low 70's. The wind will be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a few clouds with a slight chance of a rain shower. This chance is 15%. The low will be near 60 degrees. The wind will be continue from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies in the morning with developing thunderstorms in the afternoon. The chance of rain is 40%. The high will be in the mid-70'a. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.


In the first unqualified defeat of a British naval squadron in history, U.S. Captain Oliver Hazard Perry leads a fleet of nine American ships to victory over a squadron of six British warships at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.

The battle was closely contested for hours, and Perry’s flagship Lawrence was reduced to a defenseless wreck. He then transferred to the Niagara and sailed directly into the British line, firing broadsides and forcing the British to surrender. Perry had won a complete victory at the cost of 27 Americans killed and 96 wounded; British casualties were 40 dead and 94 wounded. After the battle, Perry sent a famous dispatch to U.S. General William Henry Harrison that read, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.” The Battle of Lake Erie forced the British to abandon Detroit, ensuring U.S. control over Lake Erie and the territorial northwest.


fulminate; verb; (FULL-muh-nayt)

What It Means

Fulminate means "to send forth harsh criticisms or insults."

// The writer of the editorial fulminated against the corruption in the state government that has been recently uncovered.


"Talking heads on both the right and the left now are fulminating about the labor shortage." — John Krull, The Republic (Columbus, Indiana), 28 July 2021

Did You Know?

Lightning strikes more than once in the history of fulminate. That word comes from the Latin fulminare, meaning "to strike," a verb usually used to refer to lightning strikes—it is struck from fulmen, Latin for "lightning." When fulminate was taken up by English speakers in the 15th century, it lost much of its ancestral thunder and was used largely as a technical term for the issuing of formal denunciations by ecclesiastical authorities. In time, its original lightning spark returned, describing intense strikes of a tirade.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Ronald Bruce McDonough, RIP

February 1, 1957 ~ September 5, 2021 (age 64)


Ronald Bruce McDonough, 64 of Charlevoix died Sunday, September 5th, at his home.  He was born February 1, 1957, in Ludington, to Robert Bruce and Mary Gretchen McDonough.  Ronnie grew up in Charlevoix and attended Charlevoix High School.

   After high school, Ron moved south to Florida, working as a waiter at five-star restaurants in Naples and as a commercial fisherman in Sarasota.  He later moved back to his hometown of Charlevoix, where he spent many years working in construction.  A talented carpenter, in 2016 he designed and built the tabernacle altar at St. Luke Catholic Church in Bellaire.  Ronnie was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing as well as his dogs Skeet, Callie, and Grace.  He loved his family and was a cherished son, brother, and uncle. 

   Ron is survived by his long-time girlfriend Sharon Smith, and her children Christopher (Amber) Higby and Lyndie (Alex) Michanowicz and her grandchildren Emma and Landon Higby and Ben and Georgia Michanowicz; his siblings Marylou (Randy) Stevens, Shawn (Jean) McDonough, Judy Harris, Kelly McDonough, Kathy McDonough, and Lisa (Rusty) Nichols; his nieces and nephews Kelsea Stevens (fiance' Brandon Pomranke), Melissa (Josh) Christopher, Shawn McDonough, Alyssia (Carl) Varchetti, Michael McDonough, Collin McDonough, Travis Longley, Amanda McDonough and her partner Josh, and Christopher McDonough; and 13 great-nieces  and great-nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Gretchen McDonough, and his nephew, Clinton Longley.

   Respecting his wishes, no service is planned.  A private burial will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Beaver Island, Michigan.

   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Beaver Island Elks Club # 2886, PO Box 141, Beaver Island, MI 49782 or Camp Quality Michigan Beaver Island Teen Camp, PO BOX 345, Boyne City, Michigan  49713. 

   Arrangements have been handled by the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  Please sign his online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.

Whiskey Point on Wednesday

September 8, 2021

A trip to the point took place three times during the day on Wednesday, but the view of the point from the public beach was certainly different on each trip.

About noon..............About 4 p.m........About 8 p.m.

Prentiss Brown Lays Off Sand Bay

September 9, 2021

A quick trip to Whiskey Point was in order yesterday due to the winds and the rainy skies around the noon time.  The vessel Prentiss Brown was laying of Sand Bay, presumably due to the wind and weather.  The view from Whiskey Point is shown below on the 8th.

The view of the vessel from Whiskey Point shown above is not a great picture of the vessel.  The vessel was still there overnight and this morning on the 9th.  The picture below was taken by Nancy Peterson of the vessel there this morning.  It's a great picture! Thank you for sharing!

At the time this story is posted, the Prentiss Brown is now in Charlevoix.

Notice of Special Meeting
St James Township Board
Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021 @ 5:30PM

View the meeting notice HERE

SUMMARY OF PROCEDURES - local watercraft control

font lake hearing packet


With four board members present, the resolution was passed at this special meeting after the public hearing took place.

Phil Becker Labor Day Older Vehicle Show

Labor Day

BINN Editor Joe Moore was unable to attend this event, but others were able to capture the event.  Thanks to Dickie McEvoy for the pictures and the video!  This traditional event continues, and was named after Phil Becker who was the founder of this event.

View a short video of the old vehicle parade HERE

Keep Wildlife Wild

September 3, 2021

Jacque LaFreniere

On September 8, 2021, Jacque LaFreniere, the secretary of the Beaver Island Wildlife Club, was interviewed in regard this issue, and video of that interview is below.

View video of the interview HERE

The DNR does not give permission for the raising of a deer.  It must be completed by a licensed rehabilitation agency.

Single Stream Recycling Equipment Arrives

September 8, 2021

The compactor equipment for the single stream recycling program for the Beaver Island Transfer Station arrive on the Emerald Isle ferry yesterday, the 8th.  The equipment is very similar to the equipment used for the the green bagged garbage, but this one looks nice and shiny now.  It was placed into its position behind the current compactor, and will be prepared for usage in the near future.

BINN documented the process of arrival and placement in pictures and in video, which can be viewed below.

View the gallery of pictures HERE

View the video of the process HERE

Weather by Joe

September 9, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island!

After a chilly and windy day full of surprises yesterday, as well as a bout with stomach flu, the editor woke up this morning to some sunshine with a temperature of 57 degrees. The wind is from the N at 2 mph. The humidity is at 97%. The pressure is 29.87. It is technically partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles. Although the rain gauge only shows two-tenths of an inch of rain on the 7th, we did get some sprinkles along with the wind yesterday.

TODAY, it is expected to have a mix of sunshine and clouds. There is a 15% chance of a rain shower. The high will be near 70, and the wind will be from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a few clouds with a low near 50. The wind will be from the N at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a mixture of clouds and sun with high in the low 70's. The wind will be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.


On September 9, 1776, the Continental Congress formally declares the name of the new nation to be the “United States” of America. This replaced the term “United Colonies,” which had been in general use.
In the Congressional declaration dated September 9, 1776, the delegates wrote, “That in all continental commissions, and other instruments, where, heretofore, the words ‘United Colonies’ have been used, the stile be altered for the future to the “United States.”
A resolution by Richard Henry Lee, which had been presented to Congress on June 7 and approved on July 2, 1776, issued the resolve, “That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States….” As a result, John Adams thought July 2 would be celebrated as “the most memorable epoch in the history of America.” Instead, the day has been largely forgotten in favor of July 4, when Jefferson’s edited Declaration of Independence was adopted. That document also states, “That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES.” However, Lee began with the line, while Jefferson saved it for the middle of his closing paragraph.
By September, the Declaration of Independence had been drafted, signed, printed and sent to Great Britain. What Congress had declared to be true on paper in July was clearly the case in practice, as Patriot blood was spilled against the British on the battlefields of Boston, Montreal, Quebec and New York. Congress had created a country from a cluster of colonies and the nation’s new name reflected that reality.


brogue; noun; (BROHG)

What It Means

A brogue is a low shoe, usually made of leather, with perforations and a wing tip.

// Even though his brogues are scuffed and old, Dad prefers them to his new loafers.


"I've recently returned from my annual trip to the UK and, as usual on returning, my accent (apparently) is a little more clipped than when I left, and I'm wearing brogues and—most startling of all—socks, despite the unseasonable Aussie heat." — Neale Whitaker, The Advertiser (Australia), 20 Jan. 2019

Did You Know?

Did you expect brogue to be defined as "an Irish accent"? You're probably not alone; however, brogue has two homographs (words that are spelled—and, in this case, pronounced—the same but have different origins or parts of speech). Today we're featuring brogue, the shoe, which comes from the Irish word bróg and probably derives from an Old Norse term meaning "leg covering." Brogue, the accent, comes from a different Irish word, barróg, which means "accent" or "speech impediment."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


This Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 11:00 AM, AMVETS Post 46 will conduct an observance of 9/11 at the St James Township Fire Station. For those new to the island, Beaver Island was one of the few communities to receive a structural steel portion of one of the Twin Towers and it is placed next to the Fire Station building and has received a special coating to protect it from the weather. Bob Tidmore Saturday will be a simple ceremony. Dan will call the Post to Attention and then at ease. Sheri Timsak will lead off with the song God Bless America, a prayer by Bob Anderson and then John Works will offer a tribute to first responders. Since we are short of blanks, and we have Eddie Eicher's funeral in October, Dan elected to not have a rifle salute. We will close with taps.

Greg Doig

Down the West Side in September

September 5, 2021

The Sunday afternoon seemed like it would be perfect for a ride around the island, and it was perfect going down the west side of the island all the way to Iron Ore Bay.  After the west side, the skies opened up and the rain dumped on the editor and his daughter as soon as the South End Road began.  Here is a little bit of the view on this September weekend trip "around the horn" and the sights seen.

View the photos in a gallery by the editor HERE

View the photos in a gallery by the editor's daugher HERE

The loon chick and the loon adult are still on Barney's Lake due to the late hatching of this chick.

Stopping to check on the observation platform.

The fork in the road!  Truly marking an opportunity to turn down four different roads or driveways.

A stop to check the BIG Birch

The next stop was, of course, Fox Lake to get several views.

The panoramic views were much better than these pictures show.  A gorgeous day to view Fox Lake.

Next stop was Green's Lake.

Lots of growth of water plants on Green's Lake

Miller's Marsh was next.....

Miller's Marsh was completely covered by water plants, and no animals were seen.

Lots of different types of fungal grownth were seen.

Iron Ore Bay and Iron Ore Creek were amazing.  There were people swimming before the rain began.

The Southhead Lighthouse in the rain...

The rain continued as the drive continued up the east side of the island.  No stops were made on the east side due to the rain.  The rain stopped just as the approach to Whiskey Point was taken.  A drive down the Gull Harbor Road provided some pretty wildflowers.

And, the around the horn boodle came to an end with the sun shining, the birds singing, and a great time was had by all!

(and, yes, it took two days to process these pictures)

Weather by Joe

September 8, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island!

At 7:30 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 60 degrees with the wind from the ENE at 6 mph. Humidity is 89%. The pressure is 29.50. It is cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with occasional rain showers. Chance of rain is 50%. The high will be in the mid-60's. The winds will be from the WNW at 15 to 25 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies with a chance or rain of 24%. The skies will become partly cloudy after midnight. The low will be in mid-50's. The wind will continue from the NW at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for intervals of clouds and sunshine with a 15% chance of a shower. Te high will be near 70. The wind will be from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.


Dutch Governor Peter Stuyvesant surrenders New Amsterdam, the capital of New Netherland, to an English naval squadron under Colonel Richard Nicolls. Stuyvesant had hoped to resist the English, but he was an unpopular ruler, and his Dutch subjects refused to rally around him. Following its capture, New Amsterdam’s name was changed to New York, in honor of the Duke of York, who organized the mission.
The colony of New Netherland was established by the Dutch West India Company in 1624 and grew to encompass all of present-day New York City and parts of Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey. A successful Dutch settlement in the colony grew up on the southern tip of Manhattan Island and was christened New Amsterdam.
To legitimatize Dutch claims to New Amsterdam, Dutch governor Peter Minuit formally purchased Manhattan from the local tribe from which it derives it name in 1626. According to legend, the Manhattans–Indians of Algonquian linguistic stock–agreed to give up the island in exchange for trinkets valued at only $24. However, as they were ignorant of European customs of property and contracts, it was not long before the Manhattans came into armed conflict with the expanding Dutch settlement at New Amsterdam. Beginning in 1641, a protracted war was fought between the colonists and the Manhattans, which resulted in the death of more than 1,000 Indians and settlers.
In 1664, New Amsterdam passed to English control, and English and Dutch settlers lived together peacefully. In 1673, there was a short interruption of English rule when the Netherlands temporary regained the settlement. In 1674, New York was returned to the English, and in 1686 it became the first city in the colonies to receive a royal charter. After the American Revolution, it became the first capital of the United States.


egregious; adjective; (ih-GREE-juss)

Egregious means "obviously or noticeably bad."

// It is an egregious breach of theater etiquette to not shut off one's cell phone during the performance.


"He made egregious hiring decisions. He oversaw contracts handed out to friends and family." — editorial, The Forest Park Review (Oak Park, Illinois), 11 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

Egregious comes from a Latin word meaning "distinguished" or "eminent." It was once a compliment to someone who had a remarkably good quality that placed him or her above others. Today, the meaning of the word is noticeably less complimentary, possibly as a result of ironic use of its original sense.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver Island Commission on Aging Bingo

September 7, 2021

Beaver Island Commission on Aging Bingo numbers for September 6-12, 2021

Good luck to all COA BINGO participants. Your card is good for the entire month. Play until you win. Great prizes will be rewarded to each BINGO winner throughout the month of September. All Bingo winners will choose a prize from our Prize closet or Prize drawer. Bingo winners can choose to trade in the Prize Closet or Prize drawer to pick one of three secret envelopes for cash prizes or end up with a zonk/losing envelope. Let’s have some game show fun. Pick up your monthly Bingo Card at the COA office.

Weather by Joe

September 7, 2021

Good morning form Beaver Island! At 7:15 a.m. on Carlisle Road it is 61 degrees. The humidity is 93%. The pressure is 29.69. The wind is from the S at 5 mph. Visibility is ten miles. The sky is partly cloudy.

TODAY, it is expected to have showers in the morning turning into thundershowers in the afternoon. Gusty winds and small hail are possible. Chance of rain is 60%. The wind will be from the SSW at 15 to 25 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for slight chance of a rain shower. The low will be near 60. The wind will continue to be strong from the W at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies with a shower possible in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 40%. The high will be in the mid-60's. The wind will be from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.


On September 7, 1776, during the Revolutionary War, the American submersible craft Turtle attempts to attach a time bomb to the hull of British Admiral Richard Howe’s flagship Eagle in New York Harbor. It was the first use of a submarine in warfare.
Submarines were first built by Dutch inventor Cornelius van Drebel in the early 17th century, but it was not until 150 years later that they were first used in naval combat. David Bushnell, an American inventor, began building underwater mines while a student at Yale University. Deciding that a submarine would be the best means of delivering his mines in warfare, he built an eight-foot-long wooden submersible that was christened the Turtle for its shape. Large enough to accommodate one operator, the submarine was entirely hand-powered. Lead ballast kept the craft balanced.
Donated to the Patriot cause after the outbreak of war with Britain in 1775, Ezra Lee piloted the craft unnoticed out to the 64-gun HMS Eagle in New York Harbor on September 7, 1776. As Lee worked to anchor a time bomb to the hull, he could see British seamen on the deck above, but they failed to notice the strange craft below the surface. Lee had almost secured the bomb when his boring tools failed to penetrate a layer of iron sheathing. He retreated, and the bomb exploded nearby, causing no harm to either the Eagle or the Turtle.
During the next week, the Turtle made several more attempts to sink British ships on the Hudson River, but each time it failed, owing to the operator’s lack of skill. Only Bushnell was really able to competently execute the submarine’s complicated functions, but because of his physical frailty he was unable to pilot the Turtle in any of its combat missions. During the Battle of Fort Lee, the Turtle was lost when the American sloop transporting it was sunk by the British.
Despite the failures of the Turtle, General George Washington gave Bushnell a commission as an Army engineer, and the drifting mines he constructed destroyed the British frigate Cereberus and wreaked havoc against other British ships. After the war, he became commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stationed at West Point.


suborn; verb; (suh-BORN)

Suborn means "to persuade (someone) to do something illegal (such as to lie in a court of law)." It can also mean "to obtain (false testimony) from a witness by persuasion."

// The lawyer attempted to suborn the witness.

// The prosecutor was guilty of suborning false testimony.


"Because suborning perjury is not a mistake, nor is suppressing evidence. These acts are intentional." — Melinda Henneberger, The Kansas City Star, 13 Nov. 2020

Did You Know?

Suborn is from Latin subornare, which translates literally as "to secretly furnish or equip." The sub- that brings the "secretly" meaning to subornare more commonly means "under" or "below," but it has its stealthy meaning in the etymologies of several other English words, including surreptitious (from sub- and rapere, meaning "to seize") and the verb suspect (from sub- or sus- and specere, meaning "to look at"). The ornare (meaning "to furnish") of subornare is also at work in the words ornate, adorn, and ornament.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com_

Mass from Holy Cross

September 5, 2021

Our reader Leona Pease

View video of the Mass HERE

Beaver Island Christian Church Service

September 5, 2021

A beautiful cake for those with September birthdays.

Two very committed ladies at the Christian Church

Judi Meister playing the hymns

View video of the service HERE

Weather by Joe

September 6, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At a little before 8 a.m., it is 58 degrees with a 2 mph breeze from the W. Humidity is 96%. Pressure is 29.78. It's cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to have some sun this morning with increasing clouds this afternoon. The rain chance is 15%. The high will be near 70. The wind will be from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a low near 60 degrees. The wind will be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for showers early with thunderstorm developng later in the day. Gusty winds and small hail are possible. The chance of rain is 60%. The wind will be from the SSW at 10 to 20 mph


One of Ferdinand Magellan’s five ships—the Victoria—arrives at Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Spain, thus completing the first circumnavigation of the world. The Victoria was commanded by Basque navigator Juan Sebastian de Elcano, who took charge of the vessel after the murder of Magellan in the Philippines in April 1521. During a long, hard journey home, the people on the ship suffered from starvation, scurvy, and harassment by Portuguese ships. Only Elcano and 21 other passengers survived to reach Spain in September 1522.
On September 20, 1519, Magellan set sail from Spain in an effort to find a western sea route to the rich Spice Islands of Indonesia. In command of five ships and 270 men, Magellan sailed to West Africa and then to Brazil, where he searched the South American coast for a strait that would take him to the Pacific. He searched the Rio de la Plata, a large estuary south of Brazil, for a way through; failing, he continued south along the coast of Patagonia. At the end of March 1520, the expedition set up winter quarters at Port St. Julian. On Easter day at midnight, the Spanish captains mutinied against their Portuguese captain, but Magellan crushed the revolt, executing one of the captains and leaving another ashore when his ship left St. Julian in August.
On October 21, he finally discovered the strait he had been seeking. The Strait of Magellan, as it became known, is located near the tip of South America, separating Tierra del Fuego and the continental mainland. Only three ships entered the passage; one had been wrecked and another deserted. It took 38 days to navigate the treacherous strait, and when ocean was sighted at the other end Magellan wept with joy. He was the first European explorer to reach the Pacific Ocean from the Atlantic. His fleet accomplished the westward crossing of the ocean in 99 days, crossing waters so strangely calm that the ocean was named “Pacific,” from the Latin word pacificus, meaning “tranquil.” By the end, the men were out of food and chewed the leather parts of their gear to keep themselves alive. On March 6, 1521, the expedition landed at the island of Guam.
Ten days later, they dropped anchor at the Philippine island of Cebu–they were only about 400 miles from the Spice Islands. Magellan met with the chief of Cebú, who after converting to Christianity persuaded the Europeans to assist him in conquering a rival tribe on the neighboring island of Mactan. In subsequent fighting on April 27, Magellan was hit by a poisoned arrow and left to die by his retreating comrades.
After Magellan’s death, the survivors, in two ships, sailed on to the Moluccas and loaded the hulls with spice. One ship attempted, unsuccessfully, to return across the Pacific. The other ship, the Victoria, continued west under the command of Juan Sebastian de Elcano. The vessel sailed across the Indian Ocean, rounded the Cape of Good Hope, and arrived at the Spanish port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda on September 6, 1522, becoming the first ship to circumnavigate the globe. The Victoria then sailed up the Guadalquivir River, reaching Seville a few days later.
Elcano was later appointed to lead a fleet of seven ships on another voyage to Moluccas on behalf of Emperor Charles V. He died of scurvy en route.


coiffure; noun; (kwah-FYUR)

What It Means

A coiffure is a style or manner of arranging the hair.

// Linda almost didn't recognize her daughter as Elyse came off the bus with a stylish, new coiffure.


"Perhaps in no other eras has the female coiffure reached such, well, heights, towering actual feet above the wearer's skull line." — Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun, 5 Oct. 2003

Did You Know?

Coiffure, which is a somewhat fancy way of saying "hairdo," has its roots in the French verb coiffer, which can mean "to arrange (hair)" or "to cover with a coif (any of various close-fitting caps, such as that worn under a veil by a nun)." Be careful not to confuse it with coiffeur, which refers to a person who works as a hairdresser. You may also encounter coif used as a noun to mean "hairstyle" and as a verb in the sense of "to arrange by brushing, combing, or curling" (as in "he had perfectly coifed hair"). In these cases, coif is operating as a shortened form of coiffure.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Weather by Joe

September 5, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:15 a.m., it is 61 degrees with a slight breeze from the WSW at 2 mph. The humidity is 96%. The pressure is 29.65. It is partly cloudy, and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be a mix of sun and clouds in the morning with increasing clouds and a chance of rain or thunderstorm this afternoon. Chance of rain is 40%. The high will be near 70, and the wind will be from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for rain showers in the evening with clearing overnight. Chance of rain is 50%. The low will be in the mid-50's. The wind will be from the NW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies becoming cloudy in the afternoon. The high will be in the high 60's with a wind from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph.


In response to the British Parliament’s enactment of the Coercive Acts in the American colonies, the first session of the Continental Congress convenes at Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia. Fifty-six delegates from all the colonies except Georgia drafted a declaration of rights and grievances and elected Virginian Peyton Randolph as the first president of Congress. Patrick Henry, George Washington, John Adams and John Jay were among the delegates.
The first major American opposition to British policy came in 1765 after Parliament passed the Stamp Act, a taxation measure designed to raise revenues for a standing British army in America. Under the argument of “no taxation without representation,” colonists convened the Stamp Act Congress in October 1765 to vocalize their opposition to the tax. With its enactment in November, most colonists called for a boycott of British goods, and some organized attacks on the customhouses and homes of tax collectors. After months of protest in the colonies, Parliament voted to repeal the Stamp Act in March 1766.
Most colonists continued to quietly accept British rule until Parliament’s enactment of the Tea Act in 1773, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a monopoly on the American tea trade. The low tax allowed the East India Company to undercut even tea smuggled into America by Dutch traders, and many colonists viewed the act as another example of taxation tyranny. In response, militant Patriots in Massachusetts organized the “Boston Tea Party,” which saw British tea valued at some Ý18,000 dumped into Boston harbor.
Parliament, outraged by the Boston Tea Party and other blatant acts of destruction of British property, enacted the Coercive Acts, also known as the Intolerable Acts, in 1774. The Coercive Acts closed Boston to merchant shipping, established formal British military rule in Massachusetts, made British officials immune to criminal prosecution in America, and required colonists to quarter British troops. The colonists subsequently called the first Continental Congress to consider a united American resistance to the British.
With the other colonies watching intently, Massachusetts led the resistance to the British, forming a shadow revolutionary government and establishing militias to resist the increasing British military presence across the colony. In April 1775, Thomas Gage, the British governor of Massachusetts, ordered British troops to march to Concord, Massachusetts, where a Patriot arsenal was known to be located. On April 19, 1775, the British regulars encountered a group of American militiamen at Lexington, and the first shots of the American Revolution were fired.
More than a year later, on July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence. Five years later, in October 1781, British General Charles Lord Cornwallis surrendered to American and French forces at Yorktown, Virginia, bringing to an end the last major battle of the Revolution. With the signing of the Treaty of Paris with Britain in 1783, the United States formally became a free and independent nation.


adamantine; adjective; (ad-uh-MAN-teen)

What It Means

Adamantine means "rigidly firm" or "unyielding."

// The laws were adamantine and were inscribed on bronze tablets.

// The ushers were adamantine in their refusal to let latecomers into the theater.


"The black-and-white illustrations … conjure up wind-borne snows, cliffs that rear up like waves, and waves that look as adamantine as rock." — Susannah Clapp, The Observer (London), 5 June 2021

Did You Know?

The Greek and Latin word for the hardest imaginable substance, whether applied to a legendary stone or an actual substance, such as diamond, was adamas. Latin poets used the term figuratively for things lasting, firm, or unbending, and the adjective adamantinus was applied in similar contexts. The English noun adamant (meaning "an unbreakable or extremely hard substance") as well as the adjective adamant ("inflexible" or "unyielding") came from adamas. Adamantine, however—which has such figurative uses as "rigid," "firm," and "unyielding"—came from adamantinus. Adamas is also the source of diamond. Diamas, the Latin term for diamond, is an alteration of adamas.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Celebration of Life for Edward Palmer

View video of the Rosary on September 3rd HERE

View video of the front of the church on September 4th HERE

View video of the Mass on September 4th HERE

View video of the Veteran's Memorial Service on September 4th HERE

Front of the Church

Readers for the service

Father Peter read the gospel and gave the sermon.  Father Pat concelebrated.

Prayers for the people.

Special music by Rita, Ava, and Hilary

Music after Communion by Danny, Brother Jim, and Ruby John

Speed Limit Signs

September 3, 2021

It was suggested at the St. James Township Board meeting that the speed limit signs are difficult to see for those newer residents and visitors.  It should be common knowledge that the speed limit in the town area is 25 mph. 

The signs are no much more visible thanks to the County Road Commission employees efforts.  There is no excuse now for those driving into town to not notice the signs that are present coming in on the east side of the roadway.  The brush and branches have  been cleared away to show the sign quite prominently.

So, if you are going too fast in this area, then you deserve the ticket that the deputy may issue you.

View a short video of the signs HERE

9/11 Ceremony

This Saturday September 11 at 11:00 AM, AMVETS Post 46 will conduct an observance of 9/11 at the St James township Fire Station.  For those new to the island, Beaver Island was one of the few communities to receive a structural steel portion of one of the Twin Towers and it is placed next to the Fire Station building and has received a special coating to protect it from the weather.

What Do You See?

September 3, 2021

This rock is not in a location that a lot of people will be able to see it.  So, what do you see in this picture? The editor has his own ideas, what are yours?

Weather by Joe

September 4, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 8 a.m., it is raining with the temperature at 65 degrees. The humidity is listed at 89%, but it's definitely wet out there. There is no wind. The pressure is 29.88. It is cloudy, and visibility is seven miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be wet with periods of rain and possible thunder. Chance of rain is 100%. The high will be near 70. The wind will be from the S at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a low in the upper 50's. The wind will switch to the WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly sunny skies in the morning with clouds and rain in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 40%. Thunder is possible. The high will be in the lower 70's. The wind will continue from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.


On September 4, 1886, Apache leader Geronimo surrenders to U.S. government troops. For 30 years, the Native American warrior had battled to protect his tribe’s homeland; however, by 1886 the Apaches were exhausted and outnumbered. General Nelson Miles accepted Geronimo’s surrender, making him the last Native American warrior to formally give in to U.S. forces and signaling the end of the Indian Wars in the Southwest.
Geronimo was born in 1829 and grew up in what is present-day Arizona and Mexico. His tribe, the Chiricahua Apaches, clashed with non-Native settlers trying to take their land. In 1858, Geronimo’s family was murdered by Mexicans. Seeking revenge, he later led raids against Mexican and American settlers. In 1874, the U.S. government moved Geronimo and his people from their land to a reservation in east-central Arizona. Conditions on the reservation were restrictive and harsh and Geronimo and some of his followers escaped.
Over the next decade, they battled federal troops and launched raids on white settlements. During this time, Geronimo and his supporters were forced back onto the reservation several times. In May 1885, Geronimo and approximately 150 followers fled one last time. They were pursued into Mexico by 5,000 U.S. troops. In March 1886, General George Crook (1829–90) forced Geronimo to surrender; however, Geronimo quickly escaped and continued his raids. General Nelson Miles (1839–1925) then took over the pursuit of Geronimo, eventually forcing him to surrender that September near Fort Bowie along the Arizona-New Mexico border.
Geronimo and a band of Apaches were sent to Florida and then Alabama, eventually ending up at the Comanche and Kiowa reservation near Fort Sill, Oklahoma Territory. There, Geronimo became a successful farmer and converted to Christianity. He participated in President Theodore Roosevelt’s inaugural parade in 1905. The Apache leader dictated his autobiography, published in 1906 as Geronimo’s Story of His Life.


jeopardize; verb; (JEP-er-dyze)

What It Means

Jeopardize means "to expose to danger or risk."

// "I'm not willing to jeopardize my friendship with Camille by lying to her," said Luis.


"Drugmakers believe offering a drug before studies are finished could impair its development and jeopardize FDA approval." — Christina Bennett, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 July 2021

Did You Know?

It may be hard to believe that jeopardize was once controversial, but in 1870 a grammarian called it "a foolish and intolerable word," a view shared by many 19th-century critics. The preferred word was jeopard, which first appeared in print in the 14th century. (The upstart jeopardize didn't arrive until the late 16th century.) In 1828, Noah Webster himself declared jeopardize to be "a modern word, used by respectable writers in America, but synonymous with jeopard, and therefore useless." Unfortunately for the champions of jeopard, jeopardize is now much more popular.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Dahlwhinnie COA Menu

September 3, 2021


September 3, 2021

Hello friends,

What is a dog’s favorite dinosaur movie? I will have the answer available after this brief announcement on another dining out option available.

The Beaver Island Community School lunch menus for September are ready to pick up at the C.O.A. or you may print the order form that is attached to this post. The Beaver Island Community School lunch orders need to be returned to me by the Wednesday of the week before you plan on getting a meal. For example, let’s say someone wants to get school lunches on Monday, September 13. I would need the order by Wednesday, September 8, along with meal vouchers for each day a meal is ordered. Clients will receive their meals to go only. This is the same procedure as last year. Pick up meals outside the front entrance of the school.

Meal vouchers for the month of September can be purchased by calling 231-448-2124. Individuals are encouraged to make an appointment prior to purchasing meal vouchers. The Beaver Island Commission on Aging office is closed to walk in traffic. Please call ahead and leave a message if I am not available to take the call. Voucher sales are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday thru Thursday and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is best to call first to make sure you do not show up while I am on the south end of the Island or out on County business for meetings or errands.

In person activities are still suspended due to the closure of Charlevoix County Senior centers because of increased infection rates of the Delta variant in Charlevoix County. I am not here to debate Covid with anyone, my goal is to serve the aging community on Beaver Island to the best of my ability and that includes safely conducting business for each client following the guidelines submitted to me from my superiors. Simply put, please make an appointment, and wear a mask when inside the Beaver Island Commission on Aging office.

JOKE: What is a dog’s favorite dinosaur movie? ANSWER: Jurassic Bark


Grace and peace be with you,

Lonnie Allen
Site Coordinator, Beaver Island COA
Charlevoix County Beaver Island
Building coordinator/Maintenance assistant
(231) 448-2124

Interesting Sky Over Paradise Bay

September 2, 2021

Cormorants in the Harbor Area

September 2, 2021

Recently, the cormorants have been making their presence known in the St. James Harbor area.  There have been several on the docks ringing the harbor on the north side of Paradise Bay.  Some have been seen on the dock by the CMU boathouse.

Go Fly a Kite

Alright, I will!

September 1, 2021

The title of this story does have some interesting history.  "Go fly a kite" usually had a negative connotation which generally meant something like "Get lost" or "Good gracious" or something of that matter.  Anyway, this man was doing just that at Whiskey Point.  This was quite a perfect wind and a perfect time to do exactly that, flying a kite.

Bite of Beaver at the Hall Canceled

September 3, 2021

From a Facebook post dated August 31st;

"Every year, we look forward to connecting as a community in the Holy Cross Hall sharing great food and treats at the Bite of Beaver Island. However, given the growing concerns around the Delta variant and possible restrictions of large gatherings by the health department the Chamber of Commerce board has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person component at the hall. "

Boodle to take place:

" Of course, our Beaver Island Boodle run is still scheduled to take place on Saturday October 2nd and welcomes people of all ages. All proceeds benefit the schools youth programs. We hope you can come and enjoy our events and amazing tapestry of fall colors! "

Weather by Joe

September 3, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:45 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 56 degrees with no wind. The humidity is at 95%. The pressure is 30.10. It is partly cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be overcast with a high in the mid-70's. The wind will be from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower. The low will be near 60. The winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for showers early with steady rain in the rest of the day. Chance of rain is 90%. The high will be near 70. The wind will be from the S at 10 to 15 mph.


The American Revolution officially comes to an end when representatives of the United States, Great Britain, Spain and France sign the Treaty of Paris on September 3, 1783. The signing signified America’s status as a free nation, as Britain formally recognized the independence of its 13 former American colonies, and the boundaries of the new republic were agreed upon: Florida north to the Great Lakes and the Atlantic coast west to the Mississippi River.
The events leading up to the treaty stretched back to April 1775, on a common green in Lexington, Massachusetts, when American colonists answered King George III’s refusal to grant them political and economic reform with armed revolution. On July 4, 1776, more than a year after the first volleys of the war were fired, the Second Continental Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence. Five difficult years later, in October 1781, British General Charles Lord Cornwallis surrendered to American and French forces at Yorktown, Virginia, bringing to an end the last major battle of the Revolution.
In September 1782, Benjamin Franklin, along with John Adams and John Jay, began official peace negotiations with the British. The Continental Congress had originally named a five-person committee—including Franklin, Adams and Jay, along with Thomas Jefferson and Henry Laurens—to handle the talks. However, both Jefferson and Laurens missed the sessions—Jefferson had travel delays and Laurens had been captured by the British and was being held in the Tower of London. The U.S. delegation, which was distrustful of the French, opted to negotiate separately with the British.
During the talks Franklin demanded that Britain hand over Canada to the United States. This did not come to pass, but America did gain enough new territory south of the Canadian border to double its size. The United States also successfully negotiated for important fishing rights in Canadian waters and agreed, among other things, not to prevent British creditors from attempting to recover debts owed to them. Two months later, the key details had been hammered out and on November 30, 1782, the United States and Britain signed the preliminary articles of the treaty. France signed its own preliminary peace agreement with Britain on January 20, 1783, and then in September of that year, the final treaty was signed by all three nations and Spain. The Treaty of Paris was ratified by the Continental Congress on January 14, 1784.


gasconade; noun; (gas-kuh-NAYD)

What It Means

Gasconade is confident talk or behavior that is intended to impress other people.

// After all his gasconade, the contestant couldn't manage to complete the obstacle race.


"His malevolence was only equalled by his audacity,—and this was, if possible, surpassed by his gasconade." — Nathaniel Pitt Langford, Vigilante Days and Ways, 1996

Did You Know?

The citizens of Gascony in southwestern France have proverbially been regarded as prone to bragging. Their reputation has been immortalized in such swashbuckling literary works as Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers and Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac. Linguistically, the legend survives in the word gascon, meaning "a swaggering person" or "braggart," as well as in gasconade itself.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Men's Summer Golf League

Final Week Scores and Play-off Information

September 2, 2021

BI COA Bingo Numbers

September 2, 2021

Beaver Island Commission on Aging Bingo numbers for September 1-5, 2021

Good luck to all COA BINGO participants. Your card is good for the entire month. Play until you win. Great prizes will be rewarded to each BINGO winner throughout the month of September. All Bingo winners will choose a prize from our Prize closet or Prize drawer. Bingo winners can choose to trade in the Prize Closet or Prize drawer to pick one of three secret envelopes for cash prizes or end up with a zonk/losing envelope. Let’s have some game show fun. Pick up your monthly Bingo Card at the COA office.


Just a note to keep you up to date on what is going on with the COA and to respond to requests for more information.  Please find attached the September 2021 Senior Hi-Lites NewsletterShould you have ANY questions about program requirements or qualifications, please contact Lonnie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island or Sheri Shepard in the COA Office. 

We have had no one this month express interest in the Wellness Check program partnered with the Sheriff’s Department this month.

I just wanted to update you as to where we are here at the beginning of September regarding the Senior Centers in Charlevoix County as our initial intention was to only close the Senior Centers for the month of August.

We will continue to proceed out of an abundance of caution. We are going to keep all of our Senior Centers & COA Offices CLOSED to the public until the CDC and Health Department Numbers are back to safer levels.

We are still providing all of our services, just differently. I will be reviewing the CDC and Health Department numbers and levels each week to determine a new reopening timeline and keep you updated when we are closer to a more reasonable date. 

As of today:

Charlevoix, Emmet, Antrim and Otsego Counties are all RED-High Risk Transmission Counties for COVID19. All of these counties are also at Level E on the MI Safe Start Reopening plan. Charlevoix has a positivity rate of 12%, Emmet has a 10%, Antrim has a 9% and Otsego has a 9%. As a reminder, when we could safely open up on 7/1/21 Charlevoix County was in the BLUE-Low Risk Transition, Level B and had a less than 3% Positivity rate.

Emmet County has closed their Senior Center also due to the current COVID19 numbers and are providing there services differently too.

Please be patient, kind and support our staff so that we can continue to support you with our services by staying healthy.

Meals and Activities are all subject to change due to the current COVID19 Pandemic numbers, statistics and protective measures for our aging adults and staff.

Please do not come to the Senior Center of offices if you are sick.  The impact of a sick individual in our centers of offices could shut down services if our staff gets sick and are unable to provide those services.  You can still be sick and spread the COVID19 virus if you are vaccinated.

View Senior Highlights HERE

Weather by Joe

September 2, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! The sun is shining out there at 8 a.m. with a temperature of 54 degrees. There is no wind at this time. The humidity is 99%. The pressure is 30.10. It is technically partly cloudy, and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be full of sunshine with a high in the mid-70's. Wind will be light and variable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a few clouds with a low in the lower 50's. Wind will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a high in the mid-70's. Wind will be from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.


Aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan formally surrenders to the Allies, bringing an end to World War II.
By the summer of 1945, the defeat of Japan was a foregone conclusion. The Japanese navy and air force were destroyed. The Allied naval blockade of Japan and intensive bombing of Japanese cities had left the country and its economy devastated. At the end of June, the Americans captured Okinawa, a Japanese island from which the Allies could launch an invasion of the main Japanese home islands. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur was put in charge of the invasion, which was code-named “Operation Olympic” and set for November 1945.
The invasion of Japan promised to be the bloodiest seaborne attack of all time, conceivably 10 times as costly as the Normandy invasion in terms of Allied casualties. On July 16, a new option became available when the United States secretly detonated the world’s first atomic bomb in the New Mexico desert. Ten days later, the Allies issued the Potsdam Declaration, demanding the “unconditional surrender of all the Japanese armed forces.” Failure to comply would mean “the inevitable and complete destruction of the Japanese armed forces and just as inevitable the utter devastation of the Japanese homeland.” On July 28, Japanese Prime Minister Kantaro Suzuki responded by telling the press that his government was “paying no attention” to the Allied ultimatum. U.S. President Harry S. Truman ordered the devastation to proceed, and on August 6, the U.S. B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing an estimated 80,000 people and fatally wounding thousands more.
After the Hiroshima attack, a faction of Japan’s supreme war council favored acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration, but the majority resisted unconditional surrender. On August 8, Japan’s desperate situation took another turn for the worse when the USSR declared war against Japan. The next day, Soviet forces attacked in Manchuria, rapidly overwhelming Japanese positions there, and a second U.S. atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese coastal city of Nagasaki.
Just before midnight on August 9, Japanese Emperor Hirohito convened the supreme war council. After a long, emotional debate, he backed a proposal by Prime Minister Suzuki in which Japan would accept the Potsdam Declaration “with the understanding that said Declaration does not compromise any demand that prejudices the prerogatives of His Majesty as the sovereign ruler.” The council obeyed Hirohito’s acceptance of peace, and on August 10 the message was relayed to the United States.
Early on August 12, the United States answered that “the authority of the emperor and the Japanese government to rule the state shall be subject to the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers.” After two days of debate about what this statement implied, Emperor Hirohito brushed the nuances in the text aside and declared that peace was preferable to destruction. He ordered the Japanese government to prepare a text accepting surrender.
In the early hours of August 15, a military coup was attempted by a faction led by Major Kenji Hatanaka. The rebels seized control of the imperial palace and burned Prime Minister Suzuki’s residence, but shortly after dawn the coup was crushed. At noon that day, Emperor Hirohito went on national radio for the first time to announce the Japanese surrender. In his unfamiliar court language, he told his subjects, “we have resolved to pave the way for a grand peace for all the generations to come by enduring the unendurable and suffering what is insufferable.” The United States immediately accepted Japan’s surrender.
President Truman appointed MacArthur to head the Allied occupation of Japan as Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers. For the site of Japan’s formal surrender, Truman chose the USS Missouri, a battleship that had seen considerable action in the Pacific and was named after Truman’s native state. MacArthur, instructed to preside over the surrender, held off the ceremony until September 2 in order to allow time for representatives of all the major Allied powers to arrive.
On Sunday, September 2, more than 250 Allied warships lay at anchor in Tokyo Bay. The flags of the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union, and China fluttered above the deck of the Missouri. Just after 9 a.m. Tokyo time, Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signed on behalf of the Japanese government. General Yoshijiro Umezu then signed for the Japanese armed forces, and his aides wept as he made his signature.
Supreme Commander MacArthur next signed, declaring, “It is my earnest hope and indeed the hope of all mankind that from this solemn occasion a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past.” Nine more signatures were made, by the United States, China, Britain, the USSR, Australia, Canada, France, the Netherlands and New Zealand, respectively. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz signed for the United States. As the 20-minute ceremony ended, the sun burst through low-hanging clouds. The most devastating war in human history was over.


doff; verb; (DAHF)

Doff means "to take off or remove (a hat or a piece of clothing)."

// They doffed their coats when they came inside the house.


"The public address announcer asked fans to salute the field of 33 cars as they zipped around the illustrious track on the warm-up lap. Thousands and thousands of fans doffed their caps and roared in approval of the drivers." — Dan Gelston, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 31 May 2021

Did You Know?

Time was, people talked about doffing and donning articles of clothing with about the same frequency. But in the mid-19th century the verb don became significantly more popular and left doff to flounder a bit in linguistic semi-obscurity. Doff and don have been a pair from the start: both date to the 14th century, with doff arising as a Middle English contraction of the phrase "to do off" and don as a contraction of "to do on." Shakespeare was among the first, as far as we know, to use the word as it's defined in the more general sense of "to rid oneself of" or "put aside." He has Juliet give voice to this sense when she says, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet. / … Romeo, doff thy name; / And for that name, which is no part of thee, / Take all myself."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

COA Bingo is Back

September 1, 2021

The Beaver Island Commission on Aging/Senior Center is bringing back the social distance Bingo game for Beaver Island residents age 60 and older who are registered with the COA.  Bingo is to be played remotely for the entire month. There are two bingo cards on each sheet.
BINGO rules will follow most standard BINGO games. Bingo cards contain 25 random numbers on them ranging from 1 to 75. Each week a set of 10 numbers will be available on the Beaver Island Community Center bulletin board, COA door, McDonough’s Market or online at www.beaverislandnews.com
For a bingo, mark five numbers in a row either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. Shout out BINGO (or in this case) bring the winning card to the COA office to pick a prize from the famous prize closet or prize drawer. For those daring Bingo winners skip the visible prizes and choose one of three secret envelopes containing cash prizes or zonks. The decision is yours for each Bingo winner.
BINGO cards are available at the Beaver Island Commission on Aging office where meal vouchers are purchased.
Don’t have a BINGO card? Stop by the Beaver Island COA office today to pick one up. There are plenty of fun prizes to be given away.

Additional St James Township Documents and Video

September 1, 2021, 5:30 p.m meeting

Draft Minutes , July 28, 2021 regular meeting

Expenses Dock 8.21

Expenses Road 8.21

Expenses Sewer 8.21

Statement of Revenue and Expenditures Dock 8.21

Statement of Revenue and Expenditures Gen Fund 8.21

Statement of Revenue and Expenditures Road 8.21

Statement of Revenue and Expenditures Sewer 8.21

View video of the meeting HERE

Weather by Joe

September 1, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Brrr... Well, the temperature is only 3 degrees cooler than yesterday, but the 57 degrees here on Carlisle Road feels chilly. There is no wind. The humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 29.94. It is cloudy. Visibility right now is only a half mile.

TODAY, it is expected to be sunny after the morning clouds pass. The high will be in the mid-70's. The wind will be from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low of 51. The wind will continue from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a mainly sunny day with a few afternoon clouds. The high will be in the low 70's. Winds will be light and variable.


Former U.S. vice president Aaron Burr is acquitted of plotting to annex parts of Louisiana and Spanish territory in Mexico to be used toward the establishment of an independent republic. He was acquitted on the grounds that, though he had conspired against the United States, he was not guilty of treason because he had not engaged in an “overt act,” a requirement of the law governing treason. Nevertheless, public opinion condemned him as a traitor, and he fled to Europe.
Aaron Burr, born into a prestigious New Jersey family in 1756, graduated from the College of New Jersey (later Princeton) at the age of 17. He joined the Continental Army in 1775 and distinguished himself during the Patriot attack on Quebec. A masterful politician, he was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1783 and later served as state attorney. In 1790, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. In 1796, Burr ran for the vice presidency on Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican ticket (the forerunner of the Democratic Party), but the Federalist John Adams won the presidency. Burr left the Senate and returned to the New York Assembly.
In 1800, Jefferson again chose Burr as his running mate. Under the electoral procedure then prevailing, president and vice president were not voted for distinctly; the candidate who received the most votes was elected president, and the second in line, vice president. Jefferson and Burr each won 73 votes, and the election was sent to the House of Representatives. What at first seemed but an electoral technicality–handing Jefferson victory over his running mate–developed into a major constitutional crisis when Federalists in the lame-duck Congress threw their support behind Burr. After a remarkable 35 tie votes, a small group of Federalists changed sides and voted in Jefferson’s favor.
Burr became vice president, but Jefferson grew apart from him, and he did not support Burr’s renomination to a second term in 1804. That year, a faction of New York Federalists, who had found their fortunes drastically diminished after the ascendance of Jefferson, sought to enlist the disgruntled Burr into their party and elect him governor. Burr’s old political antagonist Alexander Hamilton campaigned against him with great fervor, and he lost the Federalist nomination and then, running as an independent for governor, the election. In the campaign, Burr’s character was savagely attacked by Hamilton and others, and after the election he resolved to restore his reputation by challenging Hamilton to a duel, or an “affair of honor,” as they were known.
Affairs of honor were commonplace in America at the time, and the complex rules governing them usually led to a resolution before any actual firing of weapons. In fact, the outspoken Hamilton had been involved in several affairs of honor in his life, and he had resolved most of them peaceably. No such recourse was found with Burr, however, and on July 11, 1804, the enemies met at 7 a.m. at the dueling grounds near Weehawken, New Jersey.
There are conflicting accounts of what happened next. According to Hamilton’s “second”—his assistant and witness in the duel—Hamilton decided the duel was morally wrong and deliberately fired into the air. Burr’s second claimed that Hamilton fired at Burr and missed. What happened next is agreed upon: Burr shot Hamilton in the stomach, and the bullet lodged next to his spine. Hamilton was taken back to New York, and he died the next afternoon.
Few affairs of honor actually resulted in deaths, and the nation was outraged by the killing of a man as eminent as Alexander Hamilton. Charged with murder in New York and New Jersey, Burr, still vice president, returned to Washington, D.C., where he finished his term immune from prosecution.
In 1805, Burr, thoroughly discredited, concocted a plot with James Wilkinson, commander-in-chief of the U.S. Army, to seize the Louisiana Territory and establish an independent empire, which Burr, presumably, would lead. He contacted the British government and unsuccessfully pleaded for assistance in the scheme. Later, when border trouble with Spanish Mexico heated up, Burr and Wilkinson conspired to seize territory in Spanish America for the same purpose.
In the fall of 1806, Burr led a group of well-armed colonists toward New Orleans, prompting an immediate U.S. investigation. General Wilkinson, in an effort to save himself, turned against Burr and sent dispatches to Washington accusing Burr of treason. In February 1807, Burr was arrested in Louisiana for treason and sent to Virginia to be tried in a U.S. court. On September 1, he was acquitted on a technicality. Nevertheless, the public condemned him as a traitor, and he went into exile to Europe. He later returned to private life in New York, the murder charges against him forgotten. He died in 1836.


regnant; adjective (REG-nunt)

What It Means

Regnant means "reigning" or "dominant."

// The regnant kings commanded their armies in the battle.

// Christianity became the regnant religion during the Emperor's reign.


"The bare-chested Washington is draped in a Roman toga and clad in Roman sandals. Seated on an ornately carved chair (again, crafted according to the regnant style of Greco-Roman antiquity), he points the index finger of his right hand upward toward Heaven and in his left holds out a sheathed sword…." — Cameron Hilditch, The National Review, 4 June 2021

Did You Know?

The origin of regnant is straightforward: it comes from the Latin verb regnare, meaning "to reign." Regnare, in turn, traces back to the noun regnum, meaning "reign." (Regnum was bestowed with the meaning "kingdom" in English.) These words ultimately descend from rex, the Latin for "king" and a word familiar to those who have read or seen the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)



Sea Gulls Hanging Out

August 30, 2021

The sea gulls are just hanging on two of the docks on the northern end of the Paradise Bay, or St. James Harbor.

Flags at Half Staff

August 30, 2021

In honor of those lost in the bombing in Afganistan, the flags at the Veteran's Memorial are flying at half staff.

BITA Meeting at the BIC Center

12 noon, August 29, 2021

Mary Cook was ill and unable to attend the meeting.

The purpose of today's meeting at the Community Center was to provide results of two surveys.  One was mailed to each property owner on Beaver Island.  The other was emailed to an email list created by the Beaver Island Boat Company.  The third compilation of information was not part of either of these surveys, and was "based upon industry standards," which meant that it really had no input from anyone living on, visiting, or any other way related to Beaver Island.

View pictures of most of PP Slides HERE

The major presenter of the information.

Tim McQueer, BIBCO representative

View video of the presentation HERE

Aground Sailboat at the Public Beach

August 29, 2021

For the last couple of days, a sailboat was aground at the public beach. Sunday morning, there were people down at the beach working to get the sailboat moved outside the public swimming area.  It was complete successfully before the Sunday Mass from Holy Cross let out in the afternoon.  This work took place while the Emerald Isle was getting itself docked and prepared for the next trip back to Charlevoix.

The equipment used to get the sailboat moved got stuck in the sand at the beach.

The work continued....

The sailboat moved successfully outside of the swimming area.

View video of this story HERE

Diocese of Gaylord Response to Covid-19

August 28, 2021

Dear parishioners of Holy Cross Catholic Church,

Due to an increase in the spread of the delta variant of COVID 19 in the state of Michigan, the Diocese of Gaylord, per the suggested guidelines from the CDC, is recommending all parishioners, regardless of their vaccine status, wear a mask during all public gatherings. 

Leona Pease
Administrative Assistant
Holy Cross Catholic Church
P.O Box 145
Beaver Island, MI 49782

B. I. Community School Meetings

January 27, 2021

2021 Meetings Schedule

Committee of the Whole Mtg 2021


will hold its 2021 meetings on the following dates at 12:00 p.m. at the Beaver Island Airport

Feb 1st, April 19th, August 16th , and October 25th - 2021




St. James Township Documents for September 2021

Wednesday, September 1, 2021, @ 5:30 p.m.

Beaver Island Thanks - Tony Miller







Thesis BI Renewable Energy Future

View video of the meeting HERE

Loon Chick Stretches Its Wings

August 30, 2021

Checking up on the Barney's Lake loon chick provided an opportunity to capture a stretching and flapping of water from the loon chick's wings.  The chick is able to dive and search for food, it appears.  The adult loon is still around, but the loon chick is keeping close track of the parent. 

Every once in a while, the loon chick will be seeming to ignore the adult, and do a dive on its own, and then shake the water off its wings, as shown here.

Stretching of wings

As always, these pictures were taken with a telephoto lens from at least fifty feet away.  All of these were taken from the shore or the roadway.  Please continue to allow the growth and development of the loon chick by staying a good distance away, even if in a kayak, canoe, or boat.

Weather by Joe

August 31, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Right now on Carlisle Road it is 60 degrees with humidity at 99%. There is no wind. The pressure is 29.85. It is cloudy and visibility is just over one mile. We had 3/8 of an inch of rain two days ago, on the 29th. Time to consider mowing the grass??

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy in the morning with sunshine taking over in the afternoon. The high will be in the mid-70's. The wind will be from the N at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low in the mid-50's. The wind will be from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a mainly sunny day with a high in the mid-70's. The wind will continue from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph


On August 31, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Neutrality Act, or Senate Joint Resolution No. 173, which he calls an “expression of the desire…to avoid any action which might involve [the U.S.] in war.” The signing came at a time when newly installed fascist governments in Europe were beginning to beat the drums of war.
In a public statement that day, Roosevelt said that the new law would require American vessels to obtain a license to carry arms, would restrict Americans from sailing on ships from hostile nations and would impose an embargo on the sale of arms to “belligerent” nations. Most observers understood “belligerent” to imply Germany under its new leader, Adolf Hitler, and Italy under Benito Mussolini. It also provided the strongest language yet warning other countries that the U.S. would increase its patrol of foreign submarines lurking in American waters. This was seen as a response to Hitler’s March 1935 announcement that Germany would no longer honor the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, which prohibited Germany from rebuilding her military; he had then immediately stepped up the country’s submarine production.
Although the legislation stated that the U.S. intended to stay out of foreign wars, Roosevelt insisted that the country could not foresee future situations in which the U.S. might have to amend its neutral stance. Noting that “history is filled with unforeseeable situations that call for some flexibility of action,” Roosevelt contended that the law would not prevent the U.S. from cooperating with other “similarly minded Governments to promote peace.” In other words, he left plenty of room for America to change its mind regarding the sale of arms to friendly countries and gave it the right to exercise options to protect her own safety. This came to pass in March 1941, when the passing of the Lend-Lease Act increased America’s military exports to the British in order to help them fight off Hitler’s advance toward England.


desultory; adjective; (DEH-sul-tor-ee)

What It Means

Desultory means "marked by lack of definite plan or purpose."

// After graduation, he moved from job to job in a desultory manner.


"So my friend goes into the office with his copy, walks up to the creative director's desk, gently puts it down in front of him, and waits. The creative director looks baffled and irritated. He picks up the copy and gives it a desultory read." — Rob Long, Martini Shot (KCRW radio), 9 Apr. 2008

Did You Know

The Latin adjective desultorius was used by the ancients to refer to a circus performer (called a desultor) whose trick was to leap from horse to horse without stopping. It makes sense, then, that someone or something desultory "jumps" from one thing to another. (Desultor and desultorius, by the way, come from the Latin verb salire, meaning "to leap.") A desultory conversation leaps from one topic to another and doesn't have a distinct point or direction. A desultory student skips from one subject to another without applying serious effort to any particular one. A desultory comment is a digressive one that jumps away from the topic at hand. And a desultory performance is one resulting from an implied lack of steady, focused effort.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Edward Palmer Obituary

Edward Palmer, age 75, of Beaver Island, MI, died at his home under the tender care of his family on July 17, 2021. Edward was born on Beaver Island on June 14, 1946, to Clarence and Lorraine (Boyle) Palmer. He spent all of his life living on the island with the exception of his time in the Vietnam war and while sailing on the Ludington car ferries.

From a very young age it was evident that Edward had a natural ability to play music and sing. Over the years, he used his musical gifts to heal, entertain and celebrate many generations of Islanders. And in his later years, he enjoyed playing music for the elderly at assisted living facilities all over Northern Michigan. While he played harmonica and guitar beautifully, he mastered at the piano.

Edward enjoyed Beaver Island history and genealogy. He also loved to travel and to meet new people. He was everyone’s friend. He enjoyed making others happy through everyday small gestures of kindness. But his biggest love was for his family.

Edward is survived by his wife of 44 years, Mary Palmer; their children Tara (Charles) Palmer-Pop, Cory Palmer, Hilary Palmer and Rita (Jeffrey) Palmer-Stewart; grandchildren Mary Outrequin-Palmer, Charley Pop, Elizabeth Pop and Ava Palmer-Bousquet; siblings Evelyn (Thomas) Oleksy and Roberta Palmer. He also had many nieces and nephews that he thought the world of, and likewise.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Palmer and Lorraine (Boyle) Palmer; siblings Gracie Palmer, Irene (Palmer) Henize, Robert Palmer, Russell Palmer, Perry Palmer, Mary Anne (Palmer) Ferguson and Virginia Palmer.

Edward's family will accept friends and visitors on September 3, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a rosary at 6:30 at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Funeral Mass with take place on September 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm at Holy Cross Catholic Church followed by a short military service at Veteran’s Park. A late luncheon and celebration of life will begin immediately following at Holy Cross Parish Hall where an evening of live music by Edward’s family and old bandmates can be enjoyed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Beaver Island AMVETS Post 46 or the Ellen Welke Fund.

Arrangements are in the care of the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign his online guestbook at www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com


Public Invited
The Phil Becker Labor Day Antique and Classic Car Show

(Ok, but not just cars)
Monday, September 6, 2021
Noon – 2pm
(set-up begins at 11am bring your own table if needed)

Do you have something old you would like to share with the public? Bring it to the Whiskey Point Lighthouse and set it up.

Vehicles, snowmobiles, bicycles, boats,
antique washing machine, old keys, and doorknobs Anything of interest

Freewill donations for the Beaver Island Historical Society will be accepted

Editorial by Joe Moore

August 31, 2021

As most of you reading this will know already, the founder of Beaver Island News on the 'Net has passed away this August 23, 2021.  She started this website originally to provide information about a plane crash, so everyone would not have to wait a month to read about it.  The loss of this wonderful lady has been hard on this current editor and husband of the founder.  We made three goals this year, but missed the last one, due to cancer.  Cancer sucks!

The goals made this year were the 50th wedding anniversary, the editor's birthday, and the birthday of Phyllis' sister.  We made all three with joy and happiness, but with pain.  The cancer had spread from her lungs to her lymph nodes, to her brain, and to her bones.  The pain of watching this woman struggle to even sit up was beyond words.  Then from the beginning of the last three days of her life, she was in agony every waking moment due to this nasty disease called cancer.

Everywhere the editor goes, he wears a mask whenever inside a building.  This habit was first started to make certain that there were no diseases brought home for the loving, dear wife who had immuno-compromised issues. It is now continued to make certain that no disease, not only COVID, but many others are NOT brought to my mother-in-law, who is approaching the late ninety's of years.  You may see me in my mask at the post office, at the store, or in any restaurant or bar.  I am also wearing my mask to give you the protection from any disease that I might be carrying and could give to you.

Although this editorial is not about wearing masks, PLEASE consider this option to protect not only you and your family, but others and other families as well.

This editorial is an apology for not rolling over the website due to the many, many things that needed to be done to make the remaining days of my wife as comfortable as possible.  Now, I also need to thank all those who took the time and the effort to provide us food for dinner for entire month of August.  There is no way to show our thanks to all these amazing people and the amazing food that was provided.  If Phyllis were here, she would want to send her love to every single one of you!

Of course, I'm bawling after typing that last sentence, and I'm not afraid to tell you that.  Most of the wonderful people that subscribe to this website are caring people who will understand the issues of grief that are still plaguing this editor.  The goal that we were trying to make is the three year anniversary of the end to the chemotherapy treatments.  That anniversary was on August 30, 2021.  Phyllis passed away one week short of that goal.

Now, the goal is to roll over the website either tonight or early tomorrow, after taking care of some of the after death paperwork that is required by so many different people and different companies, as well as returning some of things that were borrowed during the last weeks.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time in this editor's life.

Men's Summer Golf League

August 28, 2021

This league usually has play on Wednesday afternoons, but there are more conflicts and many make-up games, so the scorekeeper Kevin Stipps has had his hands full with trying to get all the make-up games scored and results posted.  Thank you, Kevin, for your hard work!

The Men's Summer Golf League has two teams tied for first place based upon points.  The teams of Mike Sowa and Kevin Stipps and John Robert and John Brady Robert are tied with a total of 156 points.  In third place is the team of Brian Schild and Dave Swait with 146 points.  In fourth place is the team of Gerald LaFreniere and Doug Meaning with 136 points.

From a total strokes perspective, the team with the least strokes so far in the league are the two teams that are tied for first place. 

View statistics of the summer league HERE

A Great Lakes Jewell

Copyright 2007

This was a project of the Beaver Island Association. The video and pictures take us back to the times when John Works was the Peaine Supervisor, Don Vyse was the St. James Township Supervisor, and Bill Cashman was the Beaver Island Historical Society Director. It's great to see and hear these people, particularly those that are no longer with us. The kids are all grown up now. This is worth the time to watch the video.

View the video HERE


Church Services-August 29, 2021

August 30, 2021

Mass from Holy Cross

Father Peter Wigton......

Reader Sally Stebbins

Mass took place at Holy Cross Catholic Church at its usual time of 12:15 p.m. with Father Peter Wigton officiating.

View video of the Mass HERE

Beaver Island Christian Church

View video of the Service HERE

Weather by Joe

August 30, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! The combination of a cooler morning, a facebook glitch, and a good night's rest with the lack of a desire to get moving this morning provides the only true excuse for the time being 8:30 a.m. with the weather this morning.

It is 66 degrees with humidity at 87%. There is a light breeze from the ESE at 2 mph. The pressure is 29.83. The sky is partly cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be sunshine to start the day with a some clouds in the afternoon. The high will be in the mid-70's, and the wind will be from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a low in the mid-50's. The wind will be from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a sunny day with a high in the mid-70's. The wind will be from the N at 5 to 10 mph.


On August 30, 1776, General George Washington gives the New York Convention three reasons for the American retreat from Long Island. That same day, he rejects British General William Howe’s second letter of reconciliation.
With Howe and a superior British force having recently landed at Long Island—they handed the Continentals a humiliating defeat at the Battle of Brooklyn Heights on August 27—Washington gave these reasons for his decision to retreat: the need to reunite his forces, the extreme fatigue of his soldiers and the lack of proper shelter from the weather.
For his part, Howe had attempted to reconcile with the Patriots before blood was spilled, but had been rejected by Washington because he had failed to use Washington’s title of “general” when addressing the letter. Even after beating the Continentals at Brooklyn Heights, Howe looked for a peaceful resolution, allowing Washington and his army to escape by boat to Manhattan and sending yet another letter to Washington through American General John Sullivan. Washington refused to accept the missive, but gave Sullivan permission to deliver it to Congress in Philadelphia.
On September 11, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and other congressional representatives accepted Howe’s offer and reopened talks on Staten Island. The negotiations fell through when the British refused to accept American independence as a condition for peace.
The British captured New York City on September 15; it would remain in British hands until the end of the war.


numinous; adjective; (NOO-muh-nus)

What It Means

Numinous describes things having a mysterious or spiritual quality.

// I was filled with a numinous sensation when, in the dark of night, a shooting star flashed across the sky.

// The tourists were overcome by the numinous atmosphere of the catacombs.


"A musician, educator and serial collaborator, Win is also a collector of objects, thoughts and, of course, words—her poetry an illumination of the everyday beauty found in things both tangible and numinous." — Denise Sullivan, Datebook (The San Francisco Chronicle), 19 Oct. 2020

Did You Know?

Numinous is from the Latin word numen, meaning "nod of the head" or "divine will" (the latter sense suggesting a figurative nod, of assent or of command, of the divine head). English speakers have been using numen for centuries with the meaning "a spiritual force or influence." The meanings of the adjective include "supernatural" or "mysterious" (as in "possessed of a numinous energy force"), "holy" ("the numinous atmosphere of the catacombs"), and "appealing to the aesthetic sense" ("the numinous nuances of her art"). There are also the nouns numinousness and numinosity, although these are rare.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Weather by Joe

August 29, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:15 a.m. it is 70 degrees with 99% relative humidity. The wind is from the SSW at 2 mph. The pressure is 29.85. We received just over two-tenths of an inch of rain yesterday. It is partly cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to have a mixture of sunshine and clouds with a possible stray rainshower or thundershower. The high will be near 80 degrees. Winds will be from the SW at 15 to 25 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a low in the lower 60's with mostly clear skies. The wind will be from the W at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly sunny skies with a high in the mid-70's. The wind will be from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.


Confederate General Robert E. Lee deals a stinging defeat to Union General John Pope at the Second Battle of Bull Run, Virginia—a battle that arose out of the failure of Union General George McClellan’s Peninsular campaign earlier in the summer. Frustrated with McClellan, who was still camped on the James Peninsula southeast of Richmond, President Abraham Lincoln and General-in-Chief Henry Halleck decided to pull a substantial part of McClellan’s Army of the Potomac and send it to General John Pope’s newly formed Army of Virginia.
Lee correctly guessed that McClellan had no plans to attack Richmond, so he sent General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson north to keep an eye on Pope’s force. When it became clear that the Yankees were abandoning the peninsula, Lee moved more of his force northward to defeat Pope before reinforcements arrived.
The plan worked perfectly, and Jackson raided a major Union supply depot at Manassas, Virginia. Realizing that the Confederates were split, Pope began to pursue Jackson. But he could not find the Rebel force, which was hidden in the woods around Bull Run, the site of the war’s first major battle more than a year earlier. Pope was confused, and issued contradictory orders that frustrated his troops, who marched back and forth for two days.
By August 28, Jackson knew that help was nearby in the form of General James Longstreet’s corps. Jackson’s men emerged from the woods and attacked a Union division late in the day, but the fighting ended in a standstill. On August 29, Pope attacked, but his army did not fare well. The Confederates mauled the Union troops, and by August 30 Pope had to retreat. His army lost over 16,000 men to the Confederates’ 9,000.
Most shocking was the response of McClellan, now back from the peninsula. He was in nearby Alexandria, Virginia, and resisted sending a corps to aid Pope. Still smarting from the transfer of his troops to Pope’s command, he “wanted Pope defeated,” as Lincoln later wrote. But Lincoln could not remove McClellan for his treachery, because Lee soon began moving his army into Maryland for an invasion of the North.


lollygag; verb; (LAH-lee-gag)

What It Means

Lollygag means "to spend time doing things that are not useful."

// Stop lollygagging and get to work!

// The player was kicked off the team for lollygagging during practice.


"During Saturday's game, Sanchez lollygagged when a pitch in the dirt bounced a few feet to his right with Phillies speedy second baseman Jean Segura on first. Looking like he didn't have a care in the world, Sanchez leaned down slowly and tried to retrieve the ball with his mitt instead of his throwing hand…." — Randy Miller, The Jersey Journal (New Jersey), 15 June 2021

Did You Know?

Since the 19th century, lollygag (sometimes also spelled lallygag) has been used as a slang word to describe acts of wasting time as well as displays of affection. Nowadays, lollygag doesn't usually refer to flirting or cuddling, but back in 1946, one Navy captain considered lollygagging enough of a problem to issue this stern warning: "Lovemaking and lollygagging are hereby strictly forbidden.... The holding of hands, osculation and constant embracing of WAVES [Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service], corpsmen or civilians and sailors or any combination of male and female personnel is a violation of naval discipline...."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


Friday, August 27, 2021

Order Regarding Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission in Educational Settings within Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego County, State of Michigan

THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that all Educational Institutions and all Persons in Educational Settings must adhere to the following requirements:

  1. The Educational Institutions shall immediately adopt a policy requiring universal masking indoors and implement this policy by any and all reasonable and necessary enforcement procedures that require all children in kindergarten through grade 12, regardless of vaccination status, to consistently and properly wear a facial mask covering both nose and mouth while inside any enclosed building or structure of the Institution.
  1. The Educational Institutions shall immediately adopt a policy requiring universal masking indoors, require and implement this policy by any and all reasonable and necessary enforcement procedures that require all persons, regardless of vaccination status, providing service to any child in kindergarten through grade 12, and all persons providing service to students identified as medically fragile regardless of age, to consistently and properly wear a facial mask while inside any enclosed building or structure of the institution.
  1. The Educational Institution shall immediately post this Order and maintain the posting of this Order at each entrance to the facility and additionally document distribution of this Order to all local school districts workers.

View the full document HERE

Weather by Joe

August 28, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 8 a.m. it is 68 degrees with no wind. The humidity is at 99%. We received just over an eighth of an inch of rain yesterday with just a trace of rain so far today. The pressure is 29.94. It is partly cloudy and the visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be overcast with a chance of a passing shower or thundershower. The chance of rain is given as 20%. The high will be in the upper 70's. The wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for variable clouds with passing thunderstorms. The chance of rain is 60%. The low will be in the high 60's. The wind will be from the SSW at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for variable clouds with scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. The chance of rain is 50%. .Storms may contain strong gusty winds. The high will be 78 degrees. Winds SW at 15 to 25 mph.


On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., the African American civil rights movement reaches its high-water mark when Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech to about 250,000 people attending the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The demonstrators—Black and white, poor and rich—came together in the nation’s capital to demand voting rights and equal opportunity for African Americans and to appeal for an end to racial segregation and discrimination.
The peaceful rally was the largest assembly for a redress of grievances that the capital had ever seen, and King was the last speaker. With the statue of Abraham Lincoln—the Great Emancipator—towering behind him, King used the rhetorical talents he had developed as a Baptist preacher to show how, as he put it, the “Negro is still not free.” He told of the struggle ahead, stressing the importance of continued action and nonviolent protest. Coming to the end of his prepared text (which, like other speakers that day, he had limited to seven minutes), he was overwhelmed by the moment and launched into an improvised sermon.
He told the hushed crowd, “Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettoes of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.” Continuing, he began the refrain that made the speech one of the best known in U.S. history, second only to Lincoln’s 1863 “Gettysburg Address”:
“I have a dream,” he boomed over the crowd stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument, “that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.”
King had used the “I have a dream” theme before, in a handful of stump speeches, but never with the force and effectiveness of that hot August day in Washington. He equated the civil rights movement with the highest and noblest ideals of the American tradition, allowing many to see for the first time the importance and urgency of racial equality. He ended his stirring, 16-minute speech with his vision of the fruit of racial harmony:
“When we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, Black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'”
In the year after the March on Washington, the civil rights movement achieved two of its greatest successes: the ratification of the 24th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished the poll tax and thus a barrier to poor African American voters in the South; and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited racial discrimination in employment and education and outlawed racial segregation in public facilities. In October 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr., was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On April 4, 1968, he was shot to death while standing on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee—he was 39 years old. The gunman was escaped convict James Earl Ray.


hubris; noun; (HYOO-bris)

What It Means

Hubris means "exaggerated pride or confidence."

// His failure was brought on by his hubris.


"Bezos, who softly needled Branson's trip as being a bit too low in altitude to really be called space, scheduled his flight for Tuesday, the anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch. That is hubris of the least subtle kind." — Mitch Albom, The News Herald (Panama City, Florida), 26 July 2021

Did You Know?

English picked up both the concept of hubris and the term for that particular brand of cockiness from the ancient Greeks, who considered hubris a dangerous character flaw capable of provoking the wrath of the gods. In classical Greek tragedy, hubris was often a fatal shortcoming that brought about the fall of the tragic hero. Typically, overconfidence led the hero to attempt to overstep the boundaries of human limitations and assume a godlike status, and the gods inevitably humbled the offender with a sharp reminder of their mortality.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

A New Beaver Island Addition

August 26, 2021

Born today, August 26th at 9am, weighing in at 5 lbs.11oz, and 20 inches long is Graci Lynn Maudrie.

Proud parents are Heather Lynn Cary and Brandon Maudrie.

Loons and One Loon Chick at Barney's Lake

August 26, 2021

Just about everyday since the nest was discovered out on Barney's Lake, this editor has been checking on the Loons on this lake.  While looking for other loons on other lakes, including Font and Fox, loons have been quite scarce, but not so on the smaller lake called Barney's Lake.  To add to this, the lake is very close to the editor's home and on the loop taken for a drive just about every day.

Not every day has included this loop out to Barney's Lake, but a majority of days have included the loop.  Some days, the loons were not seen.  Others the loons were seen a long way up on the northern end of the lake.  But, yesterday the loons were not that far away, and all three were seen.  The adults are still teaching the chick to dive and to find his own food.  The adults appeared to be dropping the small fish into the water right in front of the chick.  Quite an amazing experience full of peace and the joy of viewing nature was had by this editor, something that was needed.  Here are the pictures from this visit.

A beautiful sight to see, full of the joy of nature!

View some video of the loons HERE

Weather by Joe

August 27, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7 a.m. here on Carlisle Road, it is 66 degrees with humidity at 98%. There is a breeze from the SW at 5 mph. The pressure is 30.04. The rain gauges say that we got close to an eighth of an inch or rain overnight. It is cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to have showers this morning followed by rain this afternoon. "Liquid sunshine" chances are at 80%. Accumulation may be as much as a quarter inch. The high will be near 70 degrees. The wind will be from the E at 15 to 25 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for continued rain and thunderstorms. The chance of rain is given as 70%. Locally heavy rain is possible. The wind will be from the SE at 10 to 20 mph. The low will be in the mid-60's.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for thunderstorms in the morning giving was to cloudy skies in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. Winds will be from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph. The high will be near 80 degrees.


On August 27, 1916, after Romania declares war on Austria-Hungary, formally entering World War I, Romanian troops cross the border of the Austro-Hungarian Empire into the much-contested province of Transylvania.
By the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914, Romania had long been at odds with Austria-Hungary over the issue of territory—specifically Transylvania, which was ethnically Romanian but then part of Hungary. Seeing Russia’s success against Austria on the battlefields of the Eastern Front during the summer of 1916, Romania hoped to make an advantageous entry into the war in order to realize long-held dreams of territorial expansion and national unity. On August 18, 1916, the Romanian government signed a secret treaty with the Allies; by its terms, in the event of an Allied victory Romania would acquire Transylvania, up to the River Theiss, the province of Bukovina to the River Pruth, and the entire Banat region, all territory under Austro-Hungarian control. On August 27, Romania fulfilled its treaty obligation by declaring war against Austria-Hungary.
As Romanian troops opened a new front of the war in Transylvania, British forces pressured Germany on the Somme River, and Austria faltered against Russia in the east, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany briefly panicked, telling close confidantes that “The war is lost.” He regained perspective quickly, however, and moved to strengthen Germany’s defensive position, replacing Erich von Falkenhayn with Paul von Hindenburg as chief of the German General Staff on August 28. Within two weeks, at a conference that included Turkish and Bulgarian leaders, Wilhelm sanctioned the creation of a Supreme War Command, effectively giving Hindenburg command of all the armies of the Central Powers in World War I.
The demoted Falkenhayn, meanwhile, took control of Germany’s operations against Romania; in this he was joined by another prominent German general, August von Mackensen. By December 1916, Falkenhayn and Mackensen had led their troops to a decisive victory against Romania, overrunning much of the country and occupying the capital city, Bucharest, on December 9, 1916. Though Russian troops entered Romania early the following year, the Russian army was on the verge of collapse; with the Russian Revolution that year, the rise to power of the Bolsheviks, and Russia’s subsequent exit from the war in early 1918, Romania was forced to surrender to the Central Powers at Bucharest that May, having suffered some 335,000 casualties during the course of the war, not including civilian deaths.
According to the Peace of Bucharest, Romania lost land along its coast to Bulgaria, as well as control of the mouth of the Danube River, which the Central Powers commandeered. The Treaty of Versailles in 1919 reversed these losses, however; it also gave Romania control of the long-desired province of Transylvania.


amenable; adjective; (uh-MEE-nuh-bul)

What It Means

Amenable means "willing to agree to or accept something that is wanted or asked for."

// The team leader was amenable to any reasonable suggestion.

// My boss asked if I would be amenable to working overtime.


"Our arboreal past left us forever craving the dangling fruits of the forest, a supreme source of high-calorie sugars that ensured survival. … But humans were just as amenable to dining on the bulbs, rhizomes and tubers of the savanna, especially once fire came along." — Bret Stetka, NPR.org, 18 June 2021

Did You Know?

Nowadays, amenable is often used to describe someone who is favorably disposed to something, but it ultimately comes from Latin minari, meaning “to threaten.” Since the 16th century, English speakers have been using it in courtrooms and law with the meaning “answerable,” as in “citizens amenable to the law.” It later developed the meanings “suited” (“a simple function ... which is perfectly amenable to pencil-and-paper arithmetic”—Nature, April 1973) and “responsive” (as in “illnesses that are amenable to drug therapy”). It also came to be used of people with a general disposition to be agreeable—like Mr. Dick in Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, who was “the most friendly and amenable creature in existence.”

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Ed Palmer Memorial Service

Whiskey Point Light and "The Point"

August 25, 2021

It seemed to get dark fast on this night.

Veteran's Memorial Flags

August 25, 2021

There was a nice breeze until early evening on August 25, 2021, but by the time a return trip from Whiskey Point, the breeze had stopped.

What Do We Do Now, Mom?

August 25, 2021

Wandering around the fence at the Townships' Cemetery, these young turkeys kept looking at the adult female as though asking the question, "What do we do now, Mom?"  They meandered around for a few minutes before the photographer decided to head to the point.

Beaver Island, Michigan NTIA Grant Narrative

August 26, 2021

View/download this document HERE

Sunset Time at Donegal Bay

August 25, 2021

There were quite a few people at Donegal Bay to watch the sunset or heading toward the Sunset Corner or the PSJA area of Donegal Bay to view the sunset.  This editor saw parked or heading for parking of 26 vehicles, 4 bike riders, and 4 people walking out to the area of the sunset viewing at Donegal Bay area.  The editor did not wait for the sunset, but instead took the above picture of the clouds that appeared to be obstructing the view of sunset for all these people.  It was still beautiful!

St. James and Peaine Township Suggest NO Wake on Font and Fox Lakes

August 26, 2021

Both Townships here on Beaver Island are scheduling a public hearing for the proposed No Wake on Font Lake ordinance.  The two notices are shown below.

Peaine Public Hearing Notice

If you take the time to read the Peaine document, you will see that the document includes the Font Lake area in Peaine Township as well as Fox Lake, which is all in Peaine Township. 

St. James Public Hearing Notice

The St James hearing will only include the portion of Font Lake that is in St. James Township.

Sun at Barney's Lake

August 25, 2021

Checking for the loons on Barney's Lake was interrupted by the sun's interesting views at this peaceful lake.  The sun took over the addiction to loons on this night.

The loons were not visible this evening, possibly due to the fishermen on the lake over in the normal area of the loon's feeding grounds.

Deer at Boyle's Farm

August 25, 2021

There is no decrease in the number of deer on Beaver Island.  Actually there is truly a large increase in the number of deer seen by many people who live here.  Here are a few pictures of the deer at the Boyle Farm out on Sloptown Road.

Rescheduled St. James Finance Committee Meeting

Monday, Aug 30 @1pm @ Governmental Center

Timeout for Art: Everything Else

by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

August 26, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Here on Carlisle Road at 7:15 a.m., it is 60 degrees with a 99% humidity. There is no wind, and the pressure is 30.08. The visibility is less than one mile.

TODAY, it is expected to be a mix of clouds and sun with a high near 80 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies becoming cloudy with a chance of rain of 90%. The low will be near 60 degrees. Winds will be from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for rain early with afternoon thundershowers. Chance of rain is 100%. The high will be in the low 70's, and the wind will be from the ENE at 10 to 20 mph.


The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution by proclamation of Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. The amendment was the culmination of more than 70 years of struggle by woman suffragists. Its two sections read simply: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” and “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” Despite the passage of the amendment, poll taxes, local laws and other restrictions continued to block women of color from voting for several more decades.
America’s woman suffrage movement was founded in the mid 19th century by women who had become politically active through their work in the abolitionist and temperance movements. In July 1848, 200 woman suffragists, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, met in Seneca Falls, New York, to discuss women’s rights. After approving measures asserting the right of women to educational and employment opportunities, they passed a resolution that declared “it is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise.” For proclaiming a women’s right to vote, the Seneca Falls Convention was subjected to public ridicule, and some backers of women’s rights withdrew their support. However, the resolution marked the beginning of the woman suffrage movement in America.
The first national woman’s rights convention was held in 1850 and then repeated annually, providing an important focus for the growing woman suffrage movement. In the Reconstruction era, the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted, granting African American men the right to vote, but Congress declined to expand enfranchisement into the sphere of gender. In 1869, the National Woman Suffrage Association was founded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to push for a woman suffrage amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Another organization, the American Woman Suffrage Association, led by Lucy Stone, was formed in the same year to work through the state legislatures. In 1890, these two groups were united as the National American Woman Suffrage Association. That year, Wyoming became the first state to grant women the right to vote.
By the beginning of the 20th century, the role of women in American society was changing drastically: Women were working more, receiving a better education, bearing fewer children, and three more states (Colorado, Utah, and Idaho) had yielded to the demand for female enfranchisement. In 1916, the National Woman’s Party (formed in 1913 at the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage) decided to adopt a more radical approach to woman suffrage. Instead of questionnaires and lobbying, its members picketed the White House, marched, and staged acts of civil disobedience.
In 1917, America entered World War I, and women aided the war effort in various capacities that helped break down most of the remaining opposition to woman suffrage. By 1918, women had acquired equal suffrage with men in 15 states, and both the Democratic and Republican parties openly endorsed female enfranchisement.
In January 1918, the woman suffrage amendment passed the House of Representatives with the necessary two-thirds majority vote. In June 1919, it was approved by the Senate and sent to the states for ratification. Campaigns were waged by suffragists around the country to secure ratification, and on August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment, giving it the three-fourths majority of state ratification necessary to make it the law of the land.
The package containing the certified record of the action of the Tennessee legislature was sent by train to the nation’s capital, arriving in the early hours of August 26. At 8 a.m. that morning, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed it without ceremony at his residence in Washington. None of the leaders of the woman suffrage movement were present when the proclamation was signed, and no photographers or film cameras recorded the event. That afternoon, Carrie Chapman Catt, head of the National American Suffrage Association, was received at the White House by President Woodrow Wilson and Edith Wilson, the first lady.


fugitive; noun; (FYOO-juh-tiv)

What It Means

A fugitive is a person who runs away to avoid being captured or arrested.

// News channels showed frequent descriptions of the fugitive.


"Subsequent to Hopkins' arrest, an arrest warrant for his mother … was issued on July 9, 2021 for harboring a fugitive from justice." — Kathleen Guill, The Frederick (Oklahoma) Press-Leader, 13 Jul. 2021

Did You Know?

Fugitive was adopted into English as both a noun and an adjective in the 14th century from the Latin adjective fugitivus, which itself comes from the verb fugere, meaning “to flee.”

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


August 30, 2021, @12:00 PM

September 2021 Edition of the Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter


Welcome to the September 2021 Edition of the Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter


10 a.m. beginning September 12


September 5 – Pastor Paul Scaringi

September 12 – Pastor Gene Drenth

September 19 – Greg Lawson

September 26 – Pastor Dave Martin

My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 63 : 8

FAITH STEP : Experience the joy of doing the right thing, even when it isn’t easy.


Women’s Bible Study in the Sanctuary – Thursday 10 a.m.

Men’s Coffee – Thursdays at 8:30 - Dalwhinnie’s

Bingo Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15) 

September 1, 8, 22

October 6, 20


Please send all announcements to be included in the Sunday bulletin by Thursday evening to beaverislandchristianchurch@gmail.com


The Annual Business meeting for members of the Beaver Island Christian Church will be held after the worship service on Sunday, August 29, visitors are also welcome to attend.

At that meeting, three board members will be elected. The terms of Ralph Williamson and Satch Wierenga expire this year; and there is one-year left on David Howell’s term because of his resignation from the Board.

Absentee ballots are available on the Church website, or from Judi.


Bite of Beaver 2021 takes place October 2 at Holy Cross Hall from 12 – 2 p.m.

Beaver Island Christian Church will, once again, have our Heavenly Dessert table.

Please begin thinking about your own “heavenly dessert” contribution for this event. 

All desserts are appreciated.  Pies sell especially well, and any desserts that can travel well for the take-home crowd are most appreciated.

Desserts should be uncut; the volunteers will cut into uniform pieces.

Desserts should be delivered to Holy Cross Hall from 11 – 11:30 on October 2.

If you would like to work this event, please contact Bev Vicstein at 2530.


BICC Women’s Circle Fundraiser

The Women’s Circle thanks you for the outstanding response to our No-Bake Bake Sale fundraiser.

Through the generosity of our bakers, customers and church members we raised $886 for our Church women to continue necessary projects in the parsonage and Gregg Fellowship buildings.

In these challenging times we thank you again for your help as the work of the Church continues.

All of us at BICC are cookie people! 

We love our cookies, coffee, and fellowship following the Church service. 

Problem is, not enough of us are signing up to bring cookies and host the coffee fellowship. 

If you’ve thought about it, but weren’t sure what’s involved, please prayerfully consider assisting a

It’s a simple gesture that involves a minimal amount of time, and it’s a great way to meet your fellow Churchgoers.



Praise be to God that we have the opportunity to gather together in worship.

Our thoughts and prayers for the family of Ed Palmer, Al Brouard, Sharon Hurkmans, Bob Graves 

and Eddie Eicher.

In this time of uncertainty, we lean to the Lord for encouragement, strength, and hope. 

Our faith and resolve are tested, and we all suffer in one way or another.

Remember your loved ones, neighbors, friends…and those whose paths we cross who are not yet our friends.  Turn your energy and your faith to them and minister in any way possible. 

We all have talents and resources to share.

Be kind, be patient, be the friend you wish others to be. 

Stay safe!

We will get through thistogether. 

As Pastor Bracey stated, “Don’t let anything steal your blessings.”


The bags contain a welcome letter, information on our Church, and other miscellaneous items (and feel free to add cookies or a baked gift).

This is a nice welcome package for newcomers.  Please see Judi or any member of the Board if you know of someone who you would like to welcome to our Church and the community. 


As you plan your annual giving, please prayerfully consider a donation to the Church Endowment Fund. 

We are simplifying the process by asking that you write your check directly to the church with “Endowment Fund” on the memo line. 

Please send directly to the Church, and Rick Speck will write one check for the combined donations.

Church address: 38215 Kenwabikise Ln, Beaver Island 49782



If you have usable food items (canned goods, etc.) and plan to leave your cottage for the winter, please consider donating them to the food pantry.


For additional information about the Church and current events click here:  bichristianchurch.com

We are now including bios for each visiting pastor on the church website.  If you click on a particular pastor’s name on their appointed Sunday, their bio (if available) will appear.

A Place of Peace

August 24, 2021

Barney's Lake is a very peaceful place even if there are fishermen and kayakers on the lake.  It is very seldom that you hear much in the way of human activity, except for the occasional car driving by, and, depending on the wind direction, the quiet voices of those humans on the lake.  For this editor, this is a place of peace, a place for peaceful reflection, and a great place to pray.

View a short video of the peaceful place HERE

Promise of Rain Passes By

August 24, 2021

There seemed to be a humid day with the building clouds and the promise of some rain in the air yesterday.  The clouds even looked like they could easily drop at least a sprinkle of rain on the north end of Beaver Island, but none fell out of the sky with the clouds moving north and south of the island during the day, and no rain dropped overnight. 

Beautiful sky over St. James Harbor, Paradise Bay

Heron on Kings Highway

August 24, 2021

Standing in the middle of Kings Highway, this heron was seemingly confused.  Slowing down and coming to a stop to get out the camera, the photographer did not have time as another vehicle was heading north, going quite fast and scared the bird enough to get it to fly up into the dead trees alongside the roadway.  The heron was safe, but the view of the heron standing in the middle of the roadway is burnt into the photographer's memory.

It can only be guessed that the heron was moving from one swampy area to another since there is swamp on both sides of the Kings Highway at this location.

Weather by Joe

August 25, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! This morning at 7:45 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 65 degrees with cloudy skies. There is no wind. The humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 29.88. Visibility is 1.5 miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy in the morning with a stray shower or thundershower possible. It will become partly cloudy in the afternoon. The high will be near 80 degrees. The wind will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a few clouds and a low near 60 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for generally sunny skies with a few afternoon clouds. The high will be in the upper 70's. The wind will be from the N at 5 to 10 mph.


On August 25, 1939, The Wizard of Oz, which will become one of the best-loved movies in history, opens in theaters around the United States.
Based on the 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum (1856-1919), the film starred Judy Garland as the young Kansas farm girl Dorothy, who, after being knocked unconscious in a tornado, dreams about following a yellow brick road, alongside her dog Toto, to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz. Along the way, Dorothy encounters a cast of characters, including the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Wicked Witch of the West. Though the scenes in Kansas were shot in traditional black and white, Oz appears in vivid Technicolor, a relatively new film process at the time. Nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category, The Wizard of Oz lost to the Civil War-era epic Gone With the Wind. The Wizard of Oz won a Best Song Oscar for “Over the Rainbow,” which became one of Garland’s signature hits. Garland won a special award at that year’s Oscar ceremony, for Best Juvenile Performer.
Filmed at MGM Studios in Culver City, California, The Wizard of Oz was a modest box-office success when it was first released, but its popularity continued to grow after it was televised for the first time in 1956. An estimated 45 million people watched that inaugural broadcast, and since then The Wizard of Oz has aired on TV countless times. Today, some of the film’s famous lines, including “There’s no place like home” and “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” are well-known to several generations of moviegoers.
The Wizard of Oz spawned two sequels, Journey Back to Oz (1974), an animated film featuring the voice of Judy Garland’s daughter, Liza Minnelli, and Return to Oz (1985). A remake with an African American cast, The Wiz, starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, was released in 1978 with music arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones. The Wizard of Oz was one of the first 25 films to be put on the National Film Registry, which is reserved for culturally or historically significant movies.


ossify; verb; (AH-suh-fye)

What It Means

In science, ossify means "to change into bone." Outside of science, it means "to make or become hardened and opposed to change."

// When a baby is born, many of the bones in its body have yet to ossify.


"The cultural revolution was the product of Mao's fear, if not paranoia. He worried that the communist party was becoming ossified and selfish careerists were taking over." — Michael Carey, The Alaska Dispatch News, 13 May 2021

Did You Know?

The skeletons of mammals originate as soft cartilage that gradually transforms into hard bone (in humans, the process begins in the womb and continues until late adolescence). This bone-building process has been called ossification since the late 17th century, and the verb ossify arrived soon after the noun. Both terms have come to refer to figurative types of hardening, such as that of the heart, mind, or soul. The words come from the Latin root os, meaning "bone." Os has also entered English as a synonym of bone in scientific contexts.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Not a Shore Bird

August 23, 2021

Surprised to find this bird out on the branches surrounded by water.

Barney's Lake Area

August 23, 2021

Beautiful Barney's Lake including deer near the lake, as well as a dragon fly, and the loon chick and adult loon.

From Beaver Island COA

August 24, 2021

Hello friends,
Here is another joke to start off this Beaver Island Commission on Aging announcement. What did the mythical creature serve at its barbecue? I will share the answer at the end of this announcement.
From 11 a.m. to noon on September 14 at the Beaver Island Community Center in the upstairs area Boehm-Tarrant & Associates, Inc. are presenting a Medicare 101 informational meeting and from 1-2 p.m. on September 14 at the same location another presentation on D-SNP for those that have Medicare & Medicaid will take place to help clients understand what is covered for people who have both even if they are under age 65.  
On November 12 and 13 At the Beaver Island Community Center, Bill and Toni Tarrant of Boehm-Tarrant & Associates, Inc., will be on Beaver Island to assists clients with Medicare-Medicaid open enrollment. certified agents from Boehm-Tarrant Associates to help people with the annual Medicare open enrollment.
The licensed and certified agents, who were here in 2020, will help answer questions for the open enrollment period for Medicare which begins on Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7, 2020, for coverage that takes effect on January 1, 2021.
The appointments will give residents the opportunity to review their current Medicare coverage. At the appointment, people will have the chance to compare plan options. Those options include Part D prescription drug plans and lowering premium costs in 2022. Veterans with VA benefits also can view specific plans available to them also.
Seniors looking for information or help with Medicare open enrollment must make an appointment by calling the Beaver Island Commission on Aging at 231-448-2124.
JOKE: What did the mythical creature serve at its barbecue? ANSWER: Unicorn on the cob.

Phyllis Jean Gregg Moore, RIP

August 24, 2021

Phyllis and Joe

Phyllis and Joe and family

Born on May 9, 1948, in East Lansing, Michigan, to Phillip R and Lillian I Gregg, Phyllis Jean Gregg Moore passed away on August 23, 2021, at about 6 a.m. in her home  After fighting cancer for a little over three years, the cancer had spread from her lungs to her lymph nodes, then to her brain and her bones.  Cancer sucks!

Phyllis is survived by her sister, Ruth Ellen Gregg; her brother, Ronald Gregg; and her mother, Lillian Gregg.  Also surviving are Phyllis’ three wonderful children; Philip Michael (Jessica) Moore with two terrific granddaughters; Lily and Katie; Courtney Lynn Moore Pelcha; and Andrea Jo Moore and Tyler Miller.  Phyllis’ surviving husband Joe Moore spent hours helping take care of her, and a truer love and devotion is hard to find.

Preceeding Phyllis in death were her father Phillip Gregg, her god mother Joyce Bartels and Uncle Harry, as well as Uncle Harold Lounsberry,  and her adopted family of Aunt Joy and Uncle Russ Green, Aunt Skip and Uncle Bud McDonough.

Besides being a mother with children each born seven years apart, three times, Phyllis was an assistant director at the Beaver Island Historical Society for many years, as well as a librarian at the Beaver Island District Library for an equivalent number of years.  She loved working with Shirley Gladish at BIHS  and Barbara Cruikshank at BIDL, who have both passed on also.

Phyllis also enjoyed many friendships as well with many island residents and summer residents as well as many who were considered family even without a biological connection.

Phyllis was member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church here on Beaver Island, even though her parents helped start up the Beaver Island Christian Church, and she also attended services at the St. James Episcopal Mission on the island. 

A Celebration of Life for Phyllis Gregg Moore will take place next spring, so the entire family can attend.  Your continuing prayers for our family will be greatly appreciated.

Weather by Joe

August 24, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Phyllis is no longer with us, but we will continue to provide her daily weather for all who are interested.

Right now, at 7:15 a.m on Carlisle Road, it is 69 degrees with no wind. The humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 29.84. Visibility is just over a mile and a half because the dew point is 68 degrees. It is cloudy.

TODAY, it is expected to have a mixture of sun and clouds with a high of low 80's. The winds will be light and variable. A stray shower or thundershower is possible. Chance of rain is given as 15%.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for showers this evening and thunder showers developing overnight. The chance of rain is 60%. The low will be in the mid-60's. Winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for scattered thundershowers. Chance of rain is 60%. The high will be near 80. Winds will be from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.


On August 24, 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, which could be devastating for the 700,000 people who live in the “death zones” around Vesuvius.


cryptic; adjective; (KRIP-tik)

What It Means

Cryptic refers to something that is difficult to understand or that has or appears to have a hidden meaning.

// The children were stumped by the cryptic lettering that the gas company had marked on the street.


"Major League Baseball teased an upcoming announcement Tuesday with a cryptic tweet captioned: 'Big things coming.' At this point, no one really knows what this means, except that whatever MLB plans to announce Wednesday might possibly maybe have something to do with the moon, which, in the mysterious tweet, was edited to look like a baseball hovering over the date, 6.23.21." — Michelle R. Martinelli, USA Today, 22 June 2021

Did You Know?

The history of cryptic starts with kryptein, a Greek word meaning "to hide." Can you uncover other kryptein relatives in English? Not surprisingly, crypt, meaning "underground chamber," is one. The element krypton would be another correct guess, and so would apocrypha, which can mean "writings of dubious authenticity." Kryptein also gave us several words having to do with secret codes, such as cryptogram ("a communication in cipher or code") and cryptography ("the coding and decoding of secret messages"). And cryptocurrency is currency that exists digitally and that relies on computer encryption (secret code) to prevent counterfeiting and fraud.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Joy (Again…or Still)

August 23, 2021

by Cindy Ricksgers

St. James Township Seeks Cleaner(s)

August 23, 2021

Weather by Joe

August 23, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:45 a.m., it is 54 degrees with humidity at 99%. The pressure is 29,88. There is no wind. It is partly cloudy with visibility of ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to have clouds give way to sunshine. The high will be near 80 degrees. The wind will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies. Showers and thundershowers are possible. Chance of rain is 40%. The low will be in the upper 60's. The wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a high near 80. Wind will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
On this day in 1814, first lady Dolley Madison saves a portrait of George Washington from being looted by British troops during the War of 1812.
According to the White House Historical Society and Dolley’s personal letters, President James Madison left the White House on August 22 to meet with his generals on the battlefield, as British troops threatened to enter the capitol. Before leaving, he asked his wife Dolley if she had the “courage or firmness” to wait for his intended return the next day. He asked her to gather important state papers and be prepared to abandon the White House at any moment. The next day, Dolley and a few servants scanned the horizon with spyglasses waiting for either Madison or the British army to show up. As British troops gathered in the distance, Dolley decided to abandon the couple’s personal belongings and save the full-length portrait of former president and national icon George Washington from desecration by vengeful British soldiers, many of whom would have rejoiced in humiliating England’s former colonists.
Dolley wrote to her sister on the night of August 23 that a friend who came to help her escape was exasperated at her insistence on saving the portrait. Since the painting was screwed to the wall she ordered the frame to be broken and the canvas pulled out and rolled up. Two unidentified “gentlemen from New York” hustled it away for safe-keeping. (Unbeknownst to Dolley, the portrait was actually a copy of Gilbert Stuart’s original). The task complete, Dolley wrote “and now, dear sister, I must leave this house, or the retreating army will make me a prisoner in it by filling up the road I am directed to take.” Dolley left the White House and found her husband at their predetermined meeting place in the middle of a thunderstorm.
The next night, August 24, British troops enjoyed feasting on White House food using the president’s silverware and china before burning the building. Although they were able to return to Washington only three days later when British troops moved on, the Madisons were not again able to take up residence in the White House and lived out the rest of his term in the city’s Octagon House. It was not until 1817 that newly elected President James Monroe moved back into the reconstructed building.

emigrate: verb; (EM-uh-grayt)

Emigrate means "to leave a country or region in order to live somewhere else."

// The author's family emigrated from Hungary.


"Originally from Jamaica, Martin emigrated to the UK in 2002 and enrolled in an IT course at a college in East London." — The Caribbean Today, July 2021

Did You Know?

Migrate, emigrate, and immigrate are all about being on the move. All those terms come from the Latin word migrare, which means "to move from one place to another." Emigrate and immigrate sound alike, and it is true that both involve leaving one location and entering another. The subtle difference between them lies in point of view: emigrate stresses leaving the original place, while immigrate focuses on entering the new one. You won't have trouble keeping them straight if you remember that the prefix e- means "away," as in eject, and the prefix im- or in- means "into," as in inject.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Mass from Holy Cross

August 22, 2021

Ann Partridge did the readings

View video of the Mass HERE

There was an interruption of Mass today that included an emergency services response to the church.  You can fast forward the video past that period of time if you wish.

Beaver Island Christian Church Service

August 22, 2021

The readers were Judi Meister and Rick Speck

Pastor Steven Miller

View video of the service HERE

Gloria Dugan, RIP

August 22, 2021

Gloria Dugan passed away yesterday at the age of 97.  She lived in the place out by Doneal Bay called Sandpiper. She was quite Irish and a Notre Dame fan.  She was also an excellent mathematics tutor for students here on Beaver Island in years past.  More information will be posted when available.

Weather by Joe

August 22, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! It's 63 degrees with no wind at 7:30 a.m. The pressure is 29.94. It is supposedly clear, but it doesn't look that way here. Perhaps the sun is being blocked by smoke for the wildfires. Visibility is ten miles. The humidity is at 85%.

TODAY, it is expected to be sunny with a high in the mid-70's. Winds will be from the N at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low in the mid-50's. Winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for abundant sunshine with a high near 80 with winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
The Geneva Convention of 1864 for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick of Armies in the Field is adopted by 12 nations meeting in Geneva. The agreement, advocated by Swiss humanitarian Jean-Henri Dunant, called for nonpartisan care to the sick and wounded in times of war and provided for the neutrality of medical personnel. It also proposed the use of an international emblem to mark medical personnel and supplies. In honor of Dunant’s nationality, a red cross on a white background—the Swiss flag in reverse—was chosen. The organization became known as the International Committee of the Red Cross. In 1901, Dunant was awarded the first Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1881, American humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons founded the American National Red Cross, an organization designed to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and natural disasters in congruence with the International Red Cross.


liminal; adjective; (LIM-uh-nul)

Liminal is used to describe something that is barely perceptible or that involves a transitional or in-between state.

// The essay presents an image of the border region as a liminal zone where one culture blends into another.


"In the vast but liminal space of the ocean, cargo vessels—some of the largest machines on the planet—have generally operated in obscurity." — Aurora Almendral, The New York Times, 27 June 2021
"This new body of work glows with a more subtle light. [Rick Worth] captures a particular summer kind of Key West glow, the liminal luminosity of streetlights on the poincianas or the dappled glow of sea grapes of Fort Zach." — The Key West (Florida) Citizen, 30 June 2021

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Did You Know?

When liminal first appeared in written use, it referred to something (such as a physical stimulus) which was just barely perceptible, or just barely capable of eliciting a response. This meaning is still in use today in constructions like "liminal auditory stimuli." The word comes from the noun limen, which refers to the point at which a physiological or psychological effect begins to be produced. In its most common extended meaning now, it describes a state, place, or condition of transition, as in “the liminal zone between sleep and wakefulness.” The closely related word subliminal means “below a threshold”; it can describe something inadequate to produce a sensation or something operating below a threshold of consciousness.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Trece Allen Tisdale, RIP

January 16, 1957 - August 14, 2021


Trece M. Tisdale, 64 of Ypsilanti, Michigan, passed away on August 14, 2021, surrounded by her family at University of Michigan Hospital.

Trece graduated from Florida Southern College in Lakeland Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She excelled as a waitress in Holland, Michigan, Chicago, Illinois, and the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area. She retired in June 2021 after 42 years of serving the public.  

Trece looked forward to her annual family reunion on Beaver Island. She was well loved by her sisters and brothers, her many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.  Her quick wit and style were extraordinary.

Survivors include: sisters Louise Allen, Julie Kaderabek, Mary Siebert, Elizabeth Smith, Jane Allen, Angela Allen and Emily Allen; and brothers Mike Allen and Steve Allen.

Trece was preceded in death by her parents, Henry C. and Agnes R. Allen, brothers Tom Allen and Joe Allen, and sister Patti Fogg.

A family memorial to celebrate Trece's life is planned for the summer of 2022 at Beaver Island, Michigan.

Weather by Joe

August 21, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:15 a.m. here on Carlisle Road it is 69 degrees with humidity at 99%. The wind is from the E at 2 mph. The pressure is 29.77. It is partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be a mix of clouds and sun in the morning with cloudy skies this afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. The high will be in the mid-80's. Wind will be from the SSW at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for scattered thunderstorms early with a chance of rain given as 60%. It will be partly cloudy after midnight with a low near 60. Winds will switch to the N at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mainly sunny skies with a high in the mid-70's. Wind will be from the N at 5 to 10 mph.


Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois and Abraham Lincoln, a Kentucky-born lawyer and one-time U.S. representative from Illinois, begin a series of famous public encounters on the issue of slavery. The two politicians, the former a Northern Democrat and the latter a Republican, were competing for Douglas’ U.S. Senate seat. In the seven Lincoln-Douglas debates—all about three hours along—Lincoln argued against the spread of slavery while Douglas maintained that each territory should have the right to decide whether it would become free or allow slavery. Lincoln lost the Senate race, but his campaign brought national attention to the young Republican Party.
In 1860, Lincoln won the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. In that election, he again faced Douglas, who represented the Northern faction of a heavily divided Democratic Party, as well as Southern Democrat John C. Breckinridge and Constitutional Union candidate John Bell. On November 6, 1860, Lincoln defeated his opponents with only 40 percent of the popular vote, becoming the first Republican to win the presidency.
The announcement of his victory signaled the secession of the Southern states, which since the beginning of the year had been publicly threatening secession if the Republicans gained the White House. By the time of Lincoln’s inauguration on March 4, 1861, seven states had seceded and the Confederate States of America had been formally established with Jefferson Davis as its elected president. One month later, the American Civil War began when Confederate forces under General P.G.T. Beauregard opened fire on Union-held Fort Sumter in South Carolina.


sophistry; noun; (SAH-fuh-stree)

What It Means

Sophistry refers to reasoning or arguments that sound correct but which are actually false.

// The professor challenged the student's arguments, insisting they were based on sophistry and could be easily disproven.


"If you listen to the sophistry emanating from corporate leaders…, prices for goods and services are surging, and one of the causes is quite simple: Workers want more money." — Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 11 June 2021

Did You Know?

The original Sophists were ancient Greek teachers of rhetoric and philosophy prominent in the 5th century B.C. In their heyday, these philosophers were considered adroit in their reasoning, but later philosophers (particularly Plato) described them as sham philosophers, out for money and willing to say anything to win an argument. Thus sophist (which comes from Greek sophistēs, meaning "wise man" or "expert") earned a negative connotation as "a captious or fallacious reasoner." Sophistry is reasoning that seems plausible on a superficial level but is actually unsound, or reasoning that is used to deceive.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

BIRHC Summer 2021 Newsletter

August 20, 2021

Interesting Butterfly

August 20, 2021

Thinking this was a pretty moth, it may actually be a butterfly.  Not sure, but surely is pretty!

Gull Harbor and Other Gulls

August 20, 2021

Gull Harbor has lots of gulls.  You'd think that's why it got its name.  They are the only shorebirds present here this time of year.

An adult gull and a younger gull share the post and crossbar.

Inland Lakes and Invasives Species Meeting

August 18, 2021

Lisa Borre introduces Dr. Jo Latimore

Shelby Harris, Terrestrial
Invasive Species (TIS) Administrator for St. James and Peaine Townships

View video of the presentations HERE

Thank you to Dawn Marsh for doing this video work for BINN!

Beaver Island Airport Commission Meeting

August 16, 2021, at Noon

Airport Commission members present:  Dave Paul, Carla Martin, Kitty McNamara, and Joe Moore; Airport Manager Rachel Teague

Beaver Island Airport Needs Tree Clearing

Trees that need trimming or cutting down for the 27 approach.

In a Beaver Island Airport Commission meeting, yesterday, August 16, 2021, held at the Beaver Island Townships’ Airport, it was brought to the attention of the commission that there were some serious issues taking place relating to the airport.

First, and foremost, in this editor’s opinion, is that the airport has only a temporary license to operate.  This should be of the highest priority in getting this corrected.  The issues related to this are quite complicated, and the majority of the reasons are related to the tree issues effecting every runway at this airport.
Second relates to number of trees that need to be removed or at least topped to continue to maintain the instrument flight rule approach at this airport.  There seems to be a serious issue relating to the main runway of 27 with the approach on this east end of the runway. 

Third relates to the airport beacon apparently not working.

While there are lots and lots of acronym references to these issues, a clear, concise set of plans surrounding these issues needs to be presented to the public.
For this purpose, a committee was to be formed of Dave Paul, Kitty McNamara, Dr. John Martin, and Rachel Teague to determine the priorities and provide a common language format for the public to understand the seriousness of these issues as well as a plan to attack the issues.

The meeting was held in the meeting room at the airport, but there were lots of conversations taking place in the waiting area of the airport, and the video is sometimes difficult to hear. 

The issues seem to confuse this editor, so, although that is not unusual, it seemed that the average taxpayer may not understand the situation regarding the three-degree approach versus the four-degree approach, and the change from instrument approach to visual approach, including the differences in State of Michigan requirements and the FAA requirements, and the fact that an inspection flight could take place at any time.  Then there was the statement about the night approach being limited.
This was a little like a huge dump truck emptying the truck in the front yard with you being expected to spread this dirt over a quarter acre of property, using just a spade and a rake.  That’s how little of this data was understood by this commission member.

Now, the bottom line is simple, really, as I understand it.  The airport has a bunch of trees that need to be trimmed or cut down, and that bunch is as big as the whole case of grapes shipped to a big store.  The question is how to get this information to the public and what is the plan to get this accomplished.

You will not get that accomplished by throwing out initials like PAPI, GQS, ALP, RFQ, and many others and confusing the issue with jumping between all these things.  The simple facts are really quite simple.  How many trees need to be cut?  Where are the trees?  Who owns the properties?  Who’s going to contact the property owners to get their approval?  What grants are available to help cover the costs?  When will this need to be completed?  (As if immediately isn’t the answer).   Why are the township boards not aware of this issue?  And lots more questions that a taxpayer will need to know the answers for the questions.  Where is the money going to come from?  And lastly, how did we end up in this mess in the first place?

Hopefully, the committee of the Beaver Island Airport Commission will be in a position to answer these questions and provide this information to the public and the taxpayers of Beaver Island.

View video of this meeting HERE

Documents from this Meeting HERE

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

August 10, 2021

The Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting began today at 3 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community Center.  You can view a gallery of photos HERE

You can view video of the meeting HERE

Once again there was an interruption in the  Internet access during this meeting! Pretty important to get this broadband issue resolved!

Memories and More Memories 10

by Joe Moore

As I sit here in my chair and think about some of things that happened in the past, I remember something that happened that seems to hit me in the head.  This first one has nothing to do with the emergency medical services that I provided for thirty years.

I spend a great deal of my life doing things for the Beaver Island News on the ‘Net website and for the Beaver Island TV website and provide a lot of public service in these two locations.  The sad news about cancer hit me over the last week, and this has been filling my head with sorrow and, I will admit, frustrations.  That allows other frustrations to come to mind as well.

Read the rest of the story HERE


August 4, 2021

GLIA hires project manager, announces Island Summit Oct. 3-6
Peter Huston, Project Manager
Great Lakes Islands Alliance
Phone 781-626-4732
Email: phuston@glialliance.org

July 15, 2021

Ann Arbor, MI- The Great Lakes Islands Alliance (GLIA), a voluntary, bi-national network of leaders from 15 populated islands in the Great Lakes, has taken a major step forward with the hiring of its first paid employee. Peter Huston, of Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island), Ohio, was hired as the GLIA Project Manager starting in July 2021.  Huston’s objective is to further establish the structure of the four-year old alliance, help develop GLIA’s communications and programmatic focus areas, and guide its transition into a sustainable entity. Among his first tasks is to help organize the 2021 Great Lakes Islands Summit to be hosted by four Lake Erie islands (Kelleys, Middle Bass, Pelee, and South Bass) from October 3-6.  This will be GLIA’s fourth regional event.

The two-year position is funded through a generous grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and will be housed at The Stewardship Network, a non-profit organization specializing in collaborative conservation and empowering communities. Lisa Brush, CEO and founder of The Stewardship Network, says “We are thrilled to support the islands and help give a voice to these rural underrepresented communities.”  Another GLIA partner, Matt Preisser with the State of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, welcomed Huston and noted “Peter’s background and unique skill set will offer new ways for GLIA to connect the distant island communities. GLIA’s ceiling remains very high!” 

To learn more about GLIA, visit https://glialliance.org.

More on Peter Huston: after finishing studies at Ohio State Universities’ School for Film, Peter attended Boston University where he received his degree in broadcasting and film from the School of Public Communication (SPC’81). In 1992, Peter co-produced “WorldScape,” a 13-part PBS series hosted by Walter Cronkite featuring maritime historical painter John Stobart. In 1993, Peter and two partners established Emotion Pictures and created the award winning series “The Visionaries”, hosted by Sam Waterston.  In 2010, Peter established FilmAffects to pursue documentary and factual program production. Peter also directed the EMMY-nominated documentaries “Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial” and “Trail Magic, The Grandma Gatewood Story”. As director and senior producer, Peter has continued to produce programming for PBS, Hallmark, Odyssey, Home & Garden, and has co-produced a feature film and continues to do scores of corporate and educational projects. Peter was honored as Put-in-Bay Islander of the Year, is the past President of the Put-in-Bay Arts Council, past Chairman of the Planning Board, and director of the bicentennial celebration for The Perry Group (Friends of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial).  He is on the board of directors at the Lake Erie Island Historical Society and Lake Erie Shores and Islands and is past president of the Ottawa County Visitors Bureau.  Most recently, Peter was Director of the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce.  He is now the Project Manager for Great Lakes Islands Alliance.

GLIA locations

Peter Huston photo

A Tribute to Edward Palmer

July 26, 2021

Philip Michael Moore, son of Joe and Phyllis Moore, has created a tribute song to Ed Palmer.  The song "Is Everybody Happy?" was written by Phillip Michael Moore.

View the video of the song HERE

Arranmore Connection 1

July 18, 2021

Today was a truly fascinating day with a connection using the Internet to Arranmore Island, Ireland, from the Beaver Island Historical Society Print Shop Museum with lots of interested parties in attendance on the Beaver Island end of the connection.  There was a panel of four, three were on Beaver Island, and one was connected using the Zoom program along with others on Arranmore Island.

Robert Cole was the moderator.

On the island panel members:  Pam O'Brien, Linda Wearn, and Marie Connaghan LaFreniere.

Lori Taylor-Blitz introduce the other main participants.

some of the audience present

Dick Mulvihill gave a short talk.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the connection HERE

Two Running Events

Posted on July 16, 2021

There are two running events scheduled for the cooler fall weather here on Beaver Island.  The posters for these events are below, which explain the events.

Phil Gregg Slideshow

July 14, 2021

After most family gatherings at the Gregg household, Phil Gregg would take out his slide projector and give a short history of the island or of part of his life.  This video of a particular slideshow is a great presentation of some of the Beaver Island history that the Gregg family experienced or were notified about.  Phil always gave a good presentation, and it is great to hear his voice again.  The video is from a slideshow filmed by Phyllis Gregg Moore.

View the video HERE

The Beaver Island Wave

The Wave

by Phil Gregg

Published in The Beaver Beacon, June 2008

I was recently asked if I would mind writing a little article regarding the Beaver Island “wave.” To tell the truth, it has been a fact of life here on the Island for so long that I hadn't given it any more thought than breathing in and out. It is true, though, this phenomenon does seem to occur in areas of small populations, and especially remote areas. After very little research it has been noted that islands seem to be the prevailing location for the “wave.” Not only that, Beaver Island seems to stand out as having a larger percentage of “wavers.” After visiting Mackinac, Drummond, Bois Blanc, Summer, and Nebish Islands here in the north, it’s obvious Beaver does indeed stand out with this particular trait.
Of course, “wavers” in general are laid-back people. A person with a discerning eye might even be able to use the responding “wave” as a barometer to determine the attitude of the responder.
For the most part a hearty “wave” is certainly a friendly gesture, giving you the urge to respond like-wise. Once you have become familiar with a “waver” you have no doubt started something that can go on forever.
In the past people drove the same cars for years so you pretty much knew who you were going to be waving at. Now, of course, it's a different story. You would think people changing vehicles almost annually would really put a whammy on the “wave.” Not so! It's so firmly established by now, everyone is eligible for the “wave.”
People who are busy, or in a hurry, often use a subtle “wave” that you really have to watch for. That's when just a finger is raised off the steering wheel. Generally it's the index finger. If it's the middle finger – well, that's something else.
At the beginning of this article it was mentioned the Island is a laid-back place, noted for it's friendly people and informal way of life. If you should see a guy with a necktie on he's either going to a wedding or a funeral, or is a visiting Jehovah's Witness, but regardless, just wave! It should be noted however, to not wave has been considered “Beaver Island Road Rage!”

Phil Gregg's original handwritten copy of "The Wave"

Phil Gregg

Peaine Planning Commission Meeting Times

as of July 8, 2021

Regular Meeting Dates and Times

as of July 8, 2021

Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative

Greetings, Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative,

We hope your summer is going well!  We have a few updates to share.

1) Fall NNLMIC Meeting

Please hold October 14 & 15 for our fall meeting, to be held at Peaine Township Hall on Beaver Island (thanks, Krys!).  We thought we’d mix it up and propose a 2-day format to allow more time for relationship building (especially in the evening) and maybe a chance to get out and move around on field trips.  We’re cautiously optimistic that this will be an in-person meeting but can revert to Zoom if the covid situation turns south.

Meeting Nitty Gritty

Call for Agenda Topics (incl. field trips!)

Please contact me and Jennifer if you’d like to propose a meeting topic, want to give a presentation, and/or can coordinate a field trip/site visit.  Field trips could include anything in the NLMIC’s ecological/natural resources or cultural resources realm where visiting a site is both possible for a large group and important for awareness and discussion.  For distant field trips, we do not have any extra funding for group transportation so it would require a convoy of personal vehicles or maybe someone could arrange/coordinate busses?   (expect 20-25 people max)

2) Sharing member updates

We hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Matt & Jennifer

Matt Preisser

Lake Coordinator

Water Resources Division

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

517-256-5276 | PreisserM@Michigan.gov

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Beaver Island Archipelago Trails Association

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Grant Press Release-1

Songs of Barry Pischner

July 1, 2021, 5-7 p.m.

View video of the event HERE

Over fifty people watched the live stream.

Some of those who attended.

View a gallery of photos HERE

BICS Graduation Speakers

June 22, 2021

The speakers for graduation from the Beaver Island Community School were the subject of the 2021 Graduation Ceremony and its speaker Deborah LaFreniere Robert. So, there are certain years that have no doubt of who the graduation speaker was. The reason for lack of doubt is that the names were recorded by Beaver Island News on the 'Net.

Jim Stambaugh
Joddy Croswhite
Judi Meister
Adam Chittle
Jim and Donna Stambaugh
Beth Croswhite
Father Pat
Adam Chittle
Adam Richards

Forest Powers

Adam Richards

Deb Robert
Kitty McNamara
Emily Gray
Adam Richards
Connie Boyle
Kitty McNamara
Judi Meister
Mike Myers
Deb Robert

Now, if these are not correct, the editor would like very much to correct the list. The editor is still looking for the list going back to 1975, so if you have any information, please email it to medic5740@gmail.com

Dark Sky Project-List of Locations

April 7, 2021

Guide to Beaver Island Dark Sky Viewing Areas
These locations are accessible to the public for night viewing in the same way as daytime visits. Some locations have become inaccessible because of high water. It is advisible to visit sites during daylight for familiarity
Beaver Island Dark Sky Sites
ref. Wojan/Cashman Map 2018
List includes ownership and comments on qualities, viewing angles, access and light pollution problems encountered.
BI Dark Sky sites on the Big Lake will have visible light domes over towns and cities on the horizon. Inland sites will have less.
Private Property policy; you have to know somebody.
There are some very good Dark Sky Sites on private property but the BIDSP can only advise that you obtain permission from the property owners before entering private property.
LTC - Little Traverse Conservancy
SoM - State of Michigan
StJ - St James Township
Peaine - Peaine Township
Associations (you gotta know somebody)
Whiskey Point - St. James Twp - All directions
car lights town lights
Potentially one the best viewing areas but until something is done about the excessive light pollution it remains marginal
Gull Harbor - St James Twp- NE to SW
general astronomy, meteor showers, n. lights
seasonally flooded, car lights
Sucker Point - Lookout Point Association All directions
Excellent sky quality with friendly neighbors.
Sucker Point Lake Drive- excellent sky quality
Northeast only, summer sunrises,
Moon and Planet risings
Aurora Borealis. Very dark
Car lights
St. James Township campground - NW to NE
Excellent sky quality but a limited view to mostly north
A prime location for viewing Northern Lights
Donegal Bay Township beach - St. James township
South to North, excellent sky quality
Perfect for sunsets, meteor showers, northern lights, overhead
viewing, and Zodiacal Light. Car lights from the road can be
Donegal Bay pavilion - Port St. James Assoc. - SW - NW
sunsets, meteor showers, western sky
Excellent sky quality but has lighting issues
pavilion has newly installed lighting car lights
McCauley Point - State of MI - 360° All directions
Excellent sky quality with locations with zero lights
1/4 mile trail
Barneys Lake Nature Preserve - LTC - excellent sky quality
Barney's Lake is in a bowl that blocks all light sources
except for the airport beacon when it's operating or the
occasional rare car on the road
Bonners Landing - State of MI - 360° all directions
Excellent sky quality and very dark
The road down the bluff is private so parking is
recommended on top. Less than a 1/4 mile
Township Airport - 360° All directions
Township Airport - 360° All directions
Use the two-track road opposite the runway near the
Coffee Shop. Even with the standing lights at the airport
there is good viewing in all directions. A convenient
The Big Field St of MI Inside proposed BI Dark Sky Sanctuary
Excellent sky quality with zero light sources.
Reach by the two track road north of Miller's Marsh and stop at the "Y". You're there.
Light domes from Traverse City MI can be visible
Camp #3 Clearing. Inside proposed BI Dark Sky Sanctuary
Reached by following Camp#3 Trail (Road) south past
Fire Tower Rd and Green's Lake to where the sky opens up.
Probably the remotest viewing area on the list but with
zero light sources or visible light domes it's probably the
darkest. Partially tree covered but is situated alongside
Tower Ridge swamp with viewing lanes through the trees.
Iron Ore Bay west/Point Betsy - State of MI - NE to NW
high water has reduced usable area
all directions, very dark - north limited
Iron Ore Bay beach - Townships - E to W. Excellent sky quality
Light domes from Traverse City and Green Bay WI lend
Grandeur to viewing the sky over Lake Michigan, but the
lights from the few houses are not a problem. Both sites
on Iron Ore Bay are a long way from town but well worth
it. Outstanding.
Beaver Head Light House - Charlevoix County -
Overhead sky quality is excellent with zero light sources. The
horizons are blocked but the Beaverhead light house
silhouette in the view can be very special
Cables Bay Beach - State of MI - NE to SW
Very dark - north limited
1/4 trail from bridge
Wagners Campground - State of MI, Peaine twp - NE to SE
Excellent for viewing planet and moonrises over Lake
Michigan and the Mainland. Lightdomes from Traverse
City toThe Soo
Little Sand Bay Nature Preserve #1 featured viewing area.
Probably the most convenient but extremely dark viewing
area with the biggest sky. It's considered the best Beaver
Island Dark Sky Viewing Area outside of the Sanctuary. By
the house is very good but there is a short trail to the field
viewing area to the north that has zero light sources
Harbor Beach - Township -
Even with the town lights and the car lights the view of the
sky here is good and familiar constellations and planets can
be identified. Room for lots of improvement.
Whiskey Point - STJ, Central Michigan U., Remains the best example of the need for improvement in the sky quality in the Harbor. Too many unnecessary, unshielded light fixtures withthe wrong color bulbs.

A Video from the Past

copyright 2004 by Phillip Michael Moore

About seventeen years ago, the director of Beaver Island EMS was Joe Moore. His son Phillip Michael Moore was in a Master's Degree program in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. It just so happened that the video project for his degree was to be a documentary about BIEMS and the need for a local air ambulance. His video was very professionally done.

It also happened that his grandfather, Phil Gregg, happened to have a heart attack while Michael was on the island filming for this documentary. Lots of volunteer EMS people are shown in this video, along with some of the patients, of course with their permission. The documentary was completed in 2004, prior to the second paramedic class taught on Beaver Island, so some of the current EMS providers were not in this documentary.

At the time of the filming, BIEMS was a volunteer EMS agency with people getting paid only a small amount for each emergency to help cover their gas expenses for participating in an emergency call. Some of them are listed here: Jim Stambaugh, Tim McDonough, Cindy Cushman, Gerald LaFreniere, and others. The "32 Miles of Water" title of the documentary referred to the miles from Beaver Island to the mainland hospitals of Charlevoix and Petoskey.

The Beaver Island community is so fortunate to now have Island Airways with a FAA certified air ambulance that has been operating for more than ten years now. At the time this video was made, the only emergency flights were done by Northflight EMS out of Traverse City, Michigan, or the US Coast Guard helicopter, also out of Traverse City. Sarah McCafferty was the EMS director and then Danielle Dedloff when the BIEMS licensed the Welke Aviation 866JA Britten Norman Islander aircraft with the State of Michigan as an air transport vehicle under the BIEMS agency license. This is the most efficient method of getting a patient off Beaver Island and to a hospital when an emergency occurs.

The concern 17 years ago was the time necessary to get the patient to the mainland hospital with the Golden Hour being the popular EMS period of getting the patient to the operating room within this 60 minute period of time. With the flight time from Traverse City to Beaver Island being almost an hour, this Golden Hour was taken up just getting the aircraft here. Now, with the Island Airways aircraft here on the island, the time to Charlevoix Airport or Harbor Springs Airport is less than 20 minutes or less than half the time to get the plane to the island from Traverse City.

The modern advanced life support agency, completed by a locally based air transport capability makes the island quite capable of transporting a patient within this Golden Hour, but only if the local aircraft and local pilot are available. Thank you, Paul Welke and Island Airways for you commitment to helping BIEMS accomplish this goal.

This video is seventeen years old, or thereabouts, but the accomplishments can still be applauded. Great job and thank you to all the volunteers that allowed this service to accomplish many successes. It has only been four and half years that the BIEMS is now a paid paramedic ALS agency, and the same challenges are still with us here today. The work of all those in the past to get this system set up in an efficient manner cannot be ignored. Great job to all the volunteers!

View this documentary from 2004 HERE

Transfer Station Website Up and Running

August 19, 2020

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The Founding Documents for the Airport Commission

The Intergovernmental Agreement

The Rules for Procedure

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