B.I. News on the 'Net, August 3-9, 2015

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for August 10, 2015, 8 a.m.

Going to be a busy week for us. Today is Joe's birthday and tomorrow I meet Andrea in Charlevoix to begin our cross-country trip to Washington state. Am I packed yet? Nope, but will be later on today. As for the weather, I'll try to do it as we go, however I don't know if there will be internet access at all of our stops. We'll have to wait and see.

Right now it's 65°, wind is at 3 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 65% making it muggy, pressure is steady at 1012 mb, and visibility is at 2.6 miles. Today: Patchy fog in the morning. Numerous rain showers and chance of thunderstorms throughout the day. Highs in the mid 70s. Light winds becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Scattered rain showers in the evening. Lows around 60. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

On this date of August 10, 1973 - Arnold Palmer did not make the cut for the final two rounds of the PGA Golf Championship. It was the first time in his career.

Did you know that chalk is made from tiny plankton fossils?

Word of the day: saturnalia (sat-uhr-NAY-lee-uh) which means a time of unrestrained revelry. From Latin Saturnalia (relating to Saturn). In ancient Rome, Saturnalia was a festival organized in honor of the Roman god Saturn who also gave his name to the planet Saturn. Earliest documented use: 1591.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for August 7, 2015, 8 a.m.

Joe and I are headed to Traverse City this afternoon. I'm taking my laptop, but can't guarantee that I'll have WiFi to post the weather this weekend. Right now it's 62°, wind is at 8 mph from the south east, humidity is at 56%, pressure is falling from 1015 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Southeast winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers in the evening, then rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. South east winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of August 7, 1782 - George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart. I thought the history of this was interesting so here it is: The award known as the Purple Heart has a history that reaches back to the waning days of the American Revolution. The Continental Congress had forbidden General George Washington from granting commissions and promotions in rank to recognize merit. Yet Washington wanted to honor merit, particularly among the enlisted soldiers. On August 7, 1782, his general orders established the Badge of Military Merit:

"... The General ever desirous to cherish virtuous ambition in his soldiers, as well as to foster and encourage every species of Military merit directs whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings, over his left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth or silk edged with narrow lace or binding."

This award was open only to enlisted men and granted them the distinction of being permitted to pass all guards and sentinels as could commissioned-officers. The names of the recipients were to have been kept in a "Book of Merit" (which has never been recovered). At the present time there are three known recipients of the Badge of Military Merit: Sergeant Elijah Churchill, 2nd Continental Dragoons; Sergeant William Brown, 5th and Sergeant Daniel Bissel, 2nd Connecticut Continental Line Infantry.

Washington stated that the award was to be a permanent one, but once the Revolution ended, the Badge of Merit was all but forgotten until the 20th century.

General John J. "Blackjack" Pershing suggested a need for an award for merit in 1918, but it was not until 1932 that the Purple Heart was created in recognition of Washington's ideals and for the bicentennial of his birth. General Order No.3 announced the establishment of the award:

"...By order of the President of the United States, the Purple Heart, established by General George Washington at Newburgh, August 7, 1782, during the War of the Revolution is hereby revived out of respect to his memory and military achievements.

By order of the Secretary of War:
Douglas MacArthur
General, Chief of Staff

On May 28, 1932, 137 World War I veterans were conferred their Purple Hearts at Temple Hill, in New Windsor, NY. Temple Hill was the site of the New Windsor Cantonment, which was the final encampment of the Continental Army in the winter of 1782-1783. Today, the National Purple Heart continues the tradition begun here in 1932, of honoring those who have earned the Purple Heart.

The Purple Heart has undergone many changes with respect to the criteria for being awarded. At first, the Purple Heart was exclusively awarded to Army and Army Air Corps personnel and could not be awarded posthumously to the next of kin. In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order allowing the Navy to award the Purple Heart to Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guard personnel. Also in that year, the Purple Heart was made available for posthumous award to any member of the military killed on or after December 7, 1941.

Originally the Purple Heart was awarded for meritorious service. Being wounded was one portion of consideration for merit. With the creation of the Legion of Merit in 1942, the award of the Purple Heart for meritorious service became unnecessary and was therefore discontinued. The Purple Heart, per regulation is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed Services after April 5, 1917 has been wounded, killed, or has died after being wounded.

Did you know that: there are over 100,000 different species of butterflies?

Word of the day: exungulate (ek-SUNG-uh-layt) which means to pare nails, claws, etc. From Latin exungulare (to lose the hoof), from ex- (out) + ungula (claw, nail, hoof, talon, etc.). Earliest documented use: 1623.


With beverages provided by BICC Women’s Circle


12:30 PM at Gregg Fellowship Hall

Call now for reservations:

Island Treasures Resale         231-448-2534
Dee Gallagher                   231-448-2262

Donation Jar will be available with proceeds to the BI Food Pantry, BIFDA, and EMS

Gospel Song Concert

There will be a Gospel music concert/Hymn sing at the Beaver Island Christian Church this Friday, at 7 PM. Our featured guest is Ceska Sutton, from Washington DC. This is her fourth year of singing with us at church, and her second concert on Beaver Island. We will also have Sheri Timsak, the Richards strings, and Mike Scripps, as well as a choir. We will also sing some familiar hymns. Join us for a good time of music, free admission,this Friday at 7PM. Hope you can make it!

Sewer System Update for August 2015

Prepared for St. James Meeting, August 5, 2015

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for August 6, 2015, 8 a.m.

It's 56° right now, wind is at 2 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 54%, pressure is rising from 1012 mb, and visibility is at 9.5 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Light winds becoming north at 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. Northeast winds at 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

On this date of August 6, 1945 - The American B-29 bomber, known as the Enola Gay, dropped the first atomic bomb on an inhabited area. The bomb named "Little Boy" was dropped over the center of Hiroshima, Japan. An estimated 140,000 people were killed. (8:16am Japanese time).

Did you know that India has a Bill of Rights for cows? India's bill of rights for cows calls for a ban on killing the animals. The bill of rights states, the cow is the embodiment of divine virtues like love, compassion, benevolence, tolerance and non-violence, and that it commands reverence and cultural sanctity.

Word of the day: masticate (MAS-ti-kayt) which means 1. To chew. 2. To reduce to pulp by crushing and grinding. From Latin masticare (to chew), from Greek mastikhan (to gnash the teeth). Earliest documented use: 1562.

St. James Township Board Meeting

August 5, 2015

The typical things were on the agenda. First the pledge, approval of minutes, and approval of payments. This was followed by any correspondence, and then reports on the Dangerous Structures Update, Sub-committee report, and the Yacht Dock report. Under old business was an appointment to the BI Transportation Authority, a letter from Vince Pickhardt, and the Sewer Rate Study. Under New Business was a Township Airport Resolution, the Donegal Bay Road bid, the Waste Management Committee request to become an authority, and the millage for the rural health center.

Eleven people were in the audience including Ron Wojan who got the bid for the Donegal Bay project. Public comment was on the agenda also.

Video of meeting available HERE

Barney's Lake Beauty

Special School Board Meeting Scheduled

The Beaver Island Board of Education Finance Committee has scheduled a special board meeting on August 10, 2015, at 9 a.m. for the purpose of reviewing the monthly budget. The Regular Board of Education meeting will take place on August 10, 2015, at 7 p.m.

Men's Summer Golf League, Week 9 Results

Next week, August 12, 2015, will be the playoff night to determine the final results of the Men's Summer Golf League. The first and second place teams are separated by one point. There is also a close call for third place with only two points separating the two teams, so playoff night will be very important in determining the final standings of the summer league. The Fall Golf League will begin on August 19, 2015.

Ivan & Buck
Howard & Joe
Jeff M. & Ryan
Ron W. & Larry L.
Ron S. & David
Gerald & Kirk
Francis & Larry
Chuck & Ernie
Dan & Rob
Team #1 beat Team #9 14-6
Team #2 beat Team #5 14-6
Team #8 beat Team #3 14-6
Team #6 tied Team #7 10-10

Congratulations to McDonough's Market!

McDonough's Market has been named the 2015 Al Kessel Outstanding Retailer award winner by the Michigan Grocers Association.

Read story HERE

TV 9 and 10 Story Here

What's New at the Library?

See what's new this week at the Beaver Island District Library at:

*** http://wowbrary.org/ nu.aspx?fb&p=9446-58 ***

There are three new bestsellers, four new audiobooks, 15 new children's books, and 42 other new books, including one that is available online.

The new bestsellers this week are "Badlands," "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life," and "The Dying Grass: A Novel of the Nez Perce War."


The Charlevoix County Road Commission will accept applications for Road Maintenance Worker/Truck Driver at their Beaver Island garage. Applicants shall be experienced in Construction and Utility Work, and shall possess a Class “A” CDL with Air Brake and Tanker endorsements. Applicants shall be required to take a road test in a Road Commission supplied vehicle. Applications shall be received at the Charlevoix County Road Commission office, 1251 Boyne Avenue, PO Box 39, Boyne City, MI 49712-0039 until 3:00pm
September 11, 2015.
Application forms are available at the Boyne City office, by calling (231) 582-7330 or online www.charlevoixcounty.org/ccrc.asp.
The Charlevoix County Road Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Charlevoix County Road Commission

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for August 5, 2015, 8 a.m.

At tad chilly this at 57°, wind is at 8 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 53%, pressure is steady at 1018 mb, and visibility is at 9.9 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs around 70. Northwest winds 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mp. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 50. Light winds.

On this date of August 5, the village of Chicago was incorporated. The population was approximately 250.

Did you know that caterpillars have over 2,000 muscles?

Word of the day: regurgitate (ri-GUHR-ji-tayt) which means 1) To bring up undigested food through the mouth. 2) To repeat something without understanding it. From Latin regurgitare (to overflow or flow back), from re- (again) + gurgitare (to flood), from gurges (whirlpool). Earliest documented use: 1578.

Bake Sale

Bake Sale, Saturday, August 810:00 - 2:00
Sponsored by Women's Circle
All proceeds go to the fund for updating the kitchen in the  Gregg Fellowship Center; specifically the stove.

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive Successful

A total of 81 donors tried to donate blood. Out of those, 68 units were collected. "Beaver Island volunteers and the Red Cross did awesome job. My thanks to all," stated Connie Wojan This year’s Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive was a huge success, both in terms of the number of donors and the short processing times experienced by those donors. Most of the 81 people who volunteered to give blood were done in about an hour. Two extra nurses who came all the way from Big Rapids and a more efficient layout in Gregg Hall led to a very positive experience for all who showed up.
The Beaver Island Blood Drive team and the Red Cross were delighted that so many donors came out; especially the young first time donors of which there were several. We are also very grateful to the dozens of volunteers who made the effort to help out at a busy time of the year. It couldn’t have happened without all the faithful cookie bakers, escorts, loaders, unloaders, registration people and drivers. It would also not have happened without the sponsorship of Holy Cross Church, the Beaver Island Christian Church (which once again donated the use of their hall), discounted rates from Island Airways and the Beaver Island Boat Company and several generous private donors.
Each blood donation is spun into up to three components: Red cells, plasma and platelets. Thus the 67 usable units collected helped as many 191 ill or injured people. Many thanks to all from the Beaver Island Blood Drive Team.
Connie Wojan, Connie Boyle

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for August 4, 2015, 7 a.m.

Right now I'm showing 61°, wind at 10 mph from the west, humidity at 57%, pressure rising from 1007 mb, and visibility is at 9 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Numerous rain showers in the morning then isolated rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 60s. West winds at 10 mph shifting to the northwest in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Isolated rain showers in the evening. Lows in the lower 50s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph in the evening becoming light. Gusts up to 25 mph.

On this date of August 4, 1735 - Freedom of the press was established with an acquittal of John Peter Zenger. The writer of the New York Weekly Journal had been charged with seditious libel by the royal governor of New York. The jury said that "the truth is not libelous."

Did you know that ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine? In an effort to boost sales, one enterprising manufacturer bottled ketchup as “Dr. Miles’ Compound Extract of Tomato”, claiming that it had the capability to cure anything from baldness to athlete’s foot, and all points in between. In a counter-attack, the H.J. Heinz Company rooted out scientific studies which claimed that tomatoes had antioxidants which were beneficial in preventing cancers. While this is true, the carotenoid known as lycopene, which actually is present in ketchup, occurs in such small quantities that it does not provide any significant medical benefits to the consumer.

Word of the day: osculate (OS-kyuh-layt) which means to kiss. From Latin osculatus, past participle of osculari (to kiss), from osculum (kiss; literally, little mouth), diminutive form of os (mouth). Ultimately from the Indo-European root os- (mouth), which also gave us usher, oral, orifice, oscillate, os, and ostiary. Earliest documented use: 1656.



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

February 26, 2015

Video is HERE

First Meeting of Five for Emergency Services Authority

View Video of this meeting HERE

May 28, 2015

Video of this event is available HERE

June 30, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015

BICS Board Meetings

June 8, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 29, 2015

Video can be viewed HERE

July 13, 2015

Video for the meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

April 8, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

May 13, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 10, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

July 8, 2015

Video of meeting HERE


St. James Township Meeting Video

April 1, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

May 6, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

The report from the St. James Township website, which is a report to the St. James taxpayers, can be viewed HERE.

June 3, 2015

Video of this can be viewed HERE

July 1, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

SUMMER HOURS: Mon – Sat, 9am – 9pm
Sun 10am – 6pm


Check www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org or the Community Center for listings

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

A completely new feature includes a monthly calendar for each month of the entire year of 2015. Please send me your events and they will be posted so others can schedule their events without conflict. Email your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com.

If you or your organization has an event you'd like posted on this Community Calendar, please contact me and I'll add it in.  Please try to get me the information as early as possible.

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Birth Announcement

Brittany Teal Crandall Bousquet and David Bousquet announce the birth of their daughter, Amelia Rai Bousquet. She weighed 7lb 8 oz and is 20 1/4" long, She was born at 2:42 p.m on August 3, 2015, in Lansing, Michigan. Proud grandparents are Yvonne and Steve Crandall and Debbie and Kevin Bousquet.

Ceremony to Honor Native American Veterans

This ceremony took place on August 1, 2015, beginning with the assembly of participants close to 12:30 pm at the Beaver Island AMVETs Veterans' Memorial.

 Draft Ceremony Agenda

·      At 12:45 the color guards from Grand Traverse and Little Traverse raise their separate Tribal flags on the left and right flagpoles.

1:00 PM

·      Flyover by Island Airways

·      Welcome to visitors, housekeeping, history of park (movie at 3:00 etc.) Bob Tidmore

·      Pledge of allegiance  Alvina Napont

·      Albert Colby opens ceremony

·      Joe Mitchel from Charlevoix opening ceremony

·      Comments from Albert Colby

·      Comments from Grand Traverse Tribe Speaker

·      George Anthony; the history of Native Americans and their service in the Armed Forces. 

·      Comments from other guests

·      Reading of the name of each veteran—the ringing of a bell will follow each name

·      Rifle Salute for Robert Keshik from High Island who was killed in action in Korea August 5, 1950.  Post 46 will provide the men and rifles.

o   The color  guards and Post 46 lower all flags to ½ mast.

o   Joe Mitchel blessing

o   The reading of Robert Keshik’s background and service history.

§  Detail attention—

§  Detail Present Arms

§  Taps---Post 120 from Grand Traverse City

§  Rifle Salute—Post 46 Beaver Island

§  Detail Order Arms—

§  Detail—At Ease—

·      Closing comments—Albert Colby

·      Detail Dismissed---Post 46 and color guards—Bob Tidmore

(DSC pictures by Phyllis Moore, P pictures by Deb Bousquet)

The bricks in the Memorial Walk at the Veteran's Memorial for the American Indian Veterans

The bell to be rung for each veteran added to the walk

Phyllis' panorama

Panaorama from pics by Deb

Additional pictures of the event

Phyllis' Video of Specific Parts of the Dedication

Flyover by Island Airways

Rifle Salute


Yah Wheh Ha

View video of the entire dedication HERE 


by Cindy Ricksgers

A Violent Storm Passes

Update Number 2: It's 7:30 pm and four waves of thunderstorms have passed over Beaver Island. The Island got over an inch and a quarter of rain according to the weather station on Carlisle Road. There are mud puddles in the roadways on most gravel roads. One of the puddles was twenty feet long and six feet wide. There are plenty of plants that are actually saying, "Ahhhhh," as the moisture has saved some, but others are beyond saving. Time to check out the garden tomorrow to see if anything is left after the wind and the rain.

Update: The rain has started again as of 11:30 a.m. at the Carlisle weather station.

Reports of power outages due to downed trees on Old Fox Lake Road, Fox Lake Road, and West Side Road have come in. The Beaver Island Fire Department was calling for the Charlevoix County Road Commission on the local radio frequency. The assumption is that the Road Commission should be out clearing some of the downed trees and removing them from the roadways. The two Dangerous Weather Alerts were posted and have passed as of 11 a.m. The Carlisle Road weather station shows three-quarters of an inch of rain came down during this storm. If the power is not out at your location, it is probably flickering.

Radar of the storm at 11 a.m.

It also appears that there is more storm west of the island headed this direction. Several comments from the CCE Dispatch Center suggest that there are lots of issues across the area. One sincere request was made by the dispatch center to keep all traffic down to open the airways for priority one traffic. In other words, the storm is causing so many issues that the dispatch center is overwhelmed with phone calls and radio communications.

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority

Meeting of July 30. 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Things You Don't Expect on a Golf Course

While it wouldn't be unusual to see a monarch on the golf course in July, it certainly is unusual for one to land on your hand gloved with a golf glove while sitting in the shade awaiting your competition for the day.

Phragmities Administrator Position



August Dinner

The Homecoming August Dinner is Sunday, August 9, 2015, from 4:30-7:30 pm or until they run out of chicken. The menu includes chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, slaw, rolls, and desserts. The dinner cost is $12/ adult dinner, $6 kids.

BINGO Announcement

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

BINN sponsors a Community Calendar as a one-stop location for anyone to view the meetings, programs, and events taking place on Beaver Island. BINN just included the entire year of 2015 in this location. Events already planned for a specific week or date could be placed in this location, so that no one else schedules an event that might conflict with your meeting, program, or event. In order for the editor to place these meeting, programs, or events on the Community Calendar, that information has to be emailed to the editor at medic5740@gmail.com. Please get this information to the editor as soon as possible.

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

Talking Threads Quilt Guild invites all quilters, sewers, knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, and any other crafters to Peaine Township Hall on Wednesdays from 9:30 until noon. � Bring your projects, supplies, and enthusiasm. � Call Darlene at 448-2087 if you have questions , or just stop in on Wednesday.

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the spring schedule on Tuesday, May 19.  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

If you need help with your donation, call the shop at 448-2534

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2015:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

Sept. 19
Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

August 2 and 9:  Todd Sutton, Washington DC
16:  Dean Byrom; Pittsburgh PA
 23 and 30:  Ed Ross; Jackson MI

September 6:  Tom VandenHeuvel; Fennville MI
   13:  Howard Davis
   20:  Pete Harris;  Manchester MI
   27 and October 4:  Gerry Heyboer; Jenison MI

October 11:  Howard Davis
 18 and 25:  Harvey Ouwings; Grand rapids MI

Nov 8:  Howrd Davis
November 15:  El Zwart; Hudsonville MI

Bible study

every Tuesday evening at 7:00; discussion led by pastor of the previous Sunday-

-Everyone welcome!! Bible study 7:00 - 8:00; coffee/dessert fellowship after Bible study.

Message to All B.I. Organizations

BINN is willing to post any and all events on the News on the 'Net website! There is one exception to this rule.

BI News on the 'Net cannot post your event if you don't send the information to BINN!

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.




Actual Facts about Differences in Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support

(and Who’s in Charge after declaration of an emergency) Part III
By Joe Moore, paramedic and paramedic instructor

Who should make transport arrangements for all emergency patients on Beaver Island?

The following question was submitted to the Director of EMS, Marvin Helmker, Michigan Department of Community Health, now MDHHS.
So who should be arranging emergency medical transport of the patient?
Marvin Helmker, EMS Division of MDCH, states:
“I would say more appropriately (the paramedic would function) in accordance with the local MCA protocols, as well as consultation with the receiving ED physician.”

In a life threatening or could-become a life threatening condition, where should the patient be transported?
Here are some quotes from the State of Michigan EMS protocols:

“Transport Destination Decisions A. In matters of imminent threat to life or limb, (the ambulance must) transport to the closest appropriate facility*. …

c. No other individuals are permitted to determine destination of patient
without prior approval of on-line medical control: (police, fire, bystander physician, etc.) 
(And there are protocols for this to happen, after EMS provider contact with medical control physician.)

*Closest appropriate facility may be a facility capable of providing definitive care or, if definitive care is not readily available, resuscitative care for the patient’s condition in consultation with on-line medical control or as defined by protocol.”
“The patient experiences an imminent threat to life or clinical deterioration and, in the medical judgment of the EMS personnel, the patient may be transported to the closest appropriate facility. Documentation of the reason for the diversion shall be included in the EMS patient care record.”

Does the primary care provider have the authority to dictate treatment of an emergency patient?

Marvin Helmker says, “It is my understanding that once a caller has declared a medical emergency, EMS is in charge of patient assessment and treatment upon arriving on the scene.  If another medical professional is on the scene, the hope would be that this individual would work cooperatively with EMS for the benefit of the patient.  If this does not occur, the highest licensed EMS provider on the scene should contact medical control for their direction in how to proceed.  Typically, if the non-EMS medical professional on scene wishes to assume patient care responsibilities, he/she would be required to accompany the patient in the ambulance to the hospital.  (see 333.20967, PA 368 of 1978, Part 209)”

To whom is the EMS agency accountable?

Based upon R 325.22202, An EMS agency is accountable to the medical control authority, not to the providers of the rural health center.

“(A medical control authority must)(g) Make each licensed life support agency and individual accountable to the medical control authority in the provision of emergency medical services, as defined in department-approved protocols.”
“Rule 210. (1) Each life support agency and emergency medical services personnel licensed under this part is accountable to the medical control authority in the provision of emergency medical services within the medical control authority region, as defined in department-approved protocols.”

Who determines the transport method and destination of the patient?

No one except the medical control physician has the authority to demand BIEMS personnel transport a patient to a specific location or using a specific emergency air transport service nor does anyone have authority to demand a patient be transported to a facility that is not the “closest appropriate facility” as defined in EMS law, rules, and protocols.  The transport destination is determined by the EMS agency personnel after consultation with the medical control physician and the patient.

Act 368 of 1978

333.20967 Authority for management of emergency patient or management of scene of emergency; declaring nonexistence of emergency.
Sec. 20967.
(1) Authority for the management of a patient in an emergency is vested in the licensed health professional or licensed emergency medical services personnel at the scene of the emergency who has the most training specific to the provision of emergency medical care. If a licensed health professional or licensed emergency medical services personnel is not available, the authority is vested in the most appropriately trained representative of a public safety agency at the scene of the emergency.
(2) When a life support agency is present at the scene of the emergency, authority for the management of an emergency patient in an emergency is vested in the physician responsible for medical control until that physician relinquishes management of the patient to a licensed physician at the scene of the emergency.
(3) Authority for the management of the scene of an emergency is vested in appropriate public safety agencies. The scene of an emergency shall be managed in a manner that will minimize the risk of death or health impairment to an emergency patient and to other individuals who may be exposed to the risks as a result of the emergency. Priority shall be given to the interests of those individuals exposed to the more serious remediable risks to life and health. Public safety officials shall ordinarily consult emergency medical services personnel or other authoritative health professionals at the scene in the determination of remediable risks.
(4) If an emergency has been declared, the declaration that an emergency no longer exists shall be made only by an individual licensed under this part or a health professional licensed under article 15 who has training specific to the provision of emergency medical services in accordance with protocols established by the local medical control authority.

Time to definitive care is the most important issue that a EMS provider must consider during the determination of transportation destination and method. 

So which method of transportation gets the patient to definitive care in the shortest amount of time? 

The answer to this is so obvious to everyone on the island that I can’t believe that it is even questioned.  If an aircraft is sitting at Welke Airport on Beaver Island, ready and available, the priority one patient can be at Charlevoix Area Hospital Emergency Room or McClaren Northern Michigan Hospital Emergency Room in less than an hour.  Since “Time is Muscle” in a cardiac emergency, and “Time is Tissue” in a possible stroke, and time is an important issue in most priority one and priority two patients, why would it make sense to contact any off-Island air transport providers for most priority one and two patients?  There may be situations in which the paramedic would make a decision to contact an off-Island air transport, but these are few and far between, and would be based upon a decision made between the medical control physician and the paramedic according to the legislation, rules, and protocols.  Time is also saved because the BIEMS paramedic doesn’t have to provide an oral and written report to anyone since the BIEMS paramedic will get into a BIEMS licensed aircraft heading to a destination that was determined by that paramedic and the medical control physician.  The BIEMS licensed air transport vehicle will take just 20 minutes to fly and land at Charlevoix Airport or Harbor Springs Airport and no more than ten minutes to the definitive care at either hospital mentioned above.

The same equipment will accompany the patient and the paramedic from the ambulance and in the aircraft, so the switching of equipment will not be necessary at the airport.  Time will not need to be taken to write out the report for the ambulance run, prior to turning the patient over to the air transport service.  How much time does this save?  Well, if you consider the calls in which an off-Island air transport vehicle was called, the time taken after the patient is loaded into the aircraft may exceed fifteen minutes, while equipment is attached, baseline vital signs are taken, and yet another patient assessment takes place by EMS providers not familiar with the patient and the previous assessments done on Beaver Island.  In just another few minutes using Island Airways aircraft, the patient could be at the hospital instead of sitting on the tarmack of the township airport.

So, the Beaver Island EMS paramedic in charge, or the EMT in charge, should be making the transport method decision, the transport destination decision, and the method of treatment decisions in consultation with the medical control physician; and the rural health center provider should be alerting EMS prior to any transport arrangements being made.  This is what the BIRHC policy, signed by Dr. Newcomb, states.  This is what the EMS law, administrative rules, and the State of Michigan protocols, adopted by Charlevoix Medical Control Authority, also state.

What's New at the Library?

See what's new this week at the Beaver Island District Library at:

*** http://wowbrary.org/ nu.aspx?fb&p=9446-57 ***

There are one new bestseller, one new children's book, and 24 other new books.

The new bestseller this week is "The Martian: A Novel."

Summer Men's Golf League Results

Ivan & Buck
Howard & Joe
Jeff M. & Ryan
Ron W. & Larry
Chuck & Ernie
Francis & Larry
Gerald & Kirk
Ron S. & David
Dan & Rob

0 means the team had a bye week

Chuck and Ernie is the only team that hasn't had a bye week

Team #8 beat Team #2 13-7
Team #6 beat Team #3 14-6
Team #7 beat Team #4 14-6
Team #5 beat Team #9 13-7
Team #1 vs Team #9
Team #2 vs Team #5
Tam #3 vs Team #8
Team #6 vs Team #7
Team #4 BYE

Meeting Video Recordings

An Editorial by Joe Moore

There have been some suggestions that Beaver Island News on the 'Net has purposely edited out certain portions of certain meetings for the benefit of certain board members. First of all, since I do all the editing, processing, and posting of videos, I wish to notify everyone who subscribes to News on the 'Net, that I do NOT edit out anything purposefully from a public meeting video. If something is missing from the video, it certainly is accidental. If anything thing is edited out of the video, it is because someone's name has been used in the public meeting in a disciplinary setting without the person being present to defend themselves. This has only happened once in all the years of providing video to these meetings. Once in a while there will be a glitch or a forgetful videographer will forget to turn the video camera on record or something like that, but none of this is done on purpose or at the request of any board member.

These videos are completed and recorded and posted and are kept available for a minimum of four years. They are only removed after four years because the memory requirements and storage costs would be prohibitive without financial help to accomplish a longer period of storage. Usually four years is sufficient, but if someone wants to step up and pay for additional storage of the video, BINN will gladly do so. If the boards were willing to provide an external hard drive, I would happily keep these videos for longer, recording them on the external hard drive as I process the video.

I would like to repeat this one more time. BINN does not and never has purposely removed any video of any public meeting, nor any portion of any video of a public meeting because a board member asked it be removed.

Electronically signed by Joe Moore, editor of BINN

Actual Facts about Differences in Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support

(and Who’s in Charge after declaration of an emergency) Part II
By Joe Moore, paramedic and paramedic instructor

ALS Runs by Joe Moore, paramedic, during 2014

Here is a link to a youtube video that explains the differences between ALS and BLS ambulances:

Here is the Wikepedia article explaining the difference between ALS and BLS:

Joe Moore, paramedic, went on a total of 71 ambulance runs and flights in the year of 2014.  Advanced life support skills and equipment were available for all 71 events.  Out of 71 patient runs and patient flights, 15 patients were treated and transported at a basic life support level including four who were flown off the island with Island Airways,  5 patients were not transported (two of these were treated at the advanced life support level and released), and 2 patients were dead on scene.  The rest of these runs and flights were advanced life support and required a paramedic.  Every single one of these was entered into a data base as required by the State of Michigan, Department of Community Health and can be verified.

This makes a total of 49 advanced life support ambulance runs and flights completed by one paramedic, Joe Moore.  Runs entered into the data base by another paramedic will not show up in my list of runs.  Nineteen (19) of these were advanced life support flights of patients off the island using Island Airways.

Thirty (30) of these were advanced life support ambulance runs on Beaver Island.  NIneteen of these thirty patients were flown off the island using Island Airways at an advanced life support level. Four additional patients were taken off island by Valley Medflight.  One was taken off island by USCG helicopter, and one was taken off the island on a USCG boat.

This makes five advanced life support runs of Joe Moore’s patients being treated and released by the BIRHC.

I have worked side by side with all the providers of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center:  Michael McGinnity, Penny Kiss, Susan Meis, Bev Russell, Chris VanLooy, and Sue Solle.  I have worked in the BIRHC and in Charlevoix Hospital for clinical with Dr. Newcomb and Dr. Mann.  We have all worked together for the benefit of the patient.

So, I guess I know the difference between an ALS run and a BLS run.  If a patient has received an IV, an advanced airway, or any medication by mouth, an injection into a muscle, or a medication by the IV line, this patient is NOT a basic life support patient.  It is an advanced life support run requiring a paramedic. 

While I am explaining this, I need to also explain that the assessment and the treatments by a basic EMT in a basic life support ambulance are entirely different than the assessment and treatments provided by a paramedic in an advanced life support vehicle.  The paramedic does a body-systems assessment and makes a differential diagnosis, and treats the body system(s) that are affected. 

If you are not sure about that, I would suggest that you compare the education of a basic EMT of 192 hours of classroom time with 32 hours of clinical with 1100 hours of classroom time for a paramedic, clinical skills based upon completion of the skills in the clinical environment of a hospital, and an internship with an Advanced Life Support ambulance.  A new paramedic has at least six times the educational hours and six times the experience of a new EMT.

If the BIRHC and the BIEMS are allowed by Charlevoix Medical Control Authority  to continue the wonderful partnership that has been established, then it makes no difference whether the treatments happen at the BIRHC, prior to the BIRHC, or whether the ambulance bypasses the BIRHC.  An advanced life support run is not determined by where the advanced treatment takes place.   BIRHC is not a licensed facility.  There are no transfers from a doctor’s office or a rural health center.

Scenario 1:  As an example, let’s suppose that a patient walks into the medical center with chest pain.  The provider at the BIRHC gives the patient the treatments for chest pain including all of the same treatments that are required and these are done at the BIRHC.  The provider then determines that the patient needs to go to the hospital.  This patient is still an advanced life support patient even if all of the treatments are provided at the rural health center because a basic EMT cannot monitor a patient that has had advanced life support interventions because more interventions may be needed, and a basic EMT cannot do these interventions.

Scenario 2:  In this scenario, the chest pain patient calls for the ambulance from his home.  The patient could have had all the same treatments completed by the paramedic before the patient was taken to the medical center.  This makes it an advanced life support run.

Scenario 3:  Or, the same treatments as in scenario two were completed without a stop at the medical center.  The decision to bypass the BIRHC is made by the paramedic on call.   It is still an advanced life support run. 
In all three scenarios, the runs require a paramedic and the runs are advanced life support runs due to the level of care provided to the patient.

So, tell me now why we don’t need advanced life support on Beaver Island.  Tell me now how a primary care provider can step right in and do the job of a paramedic in the field.  And lastly, tell me what State of Michigan legislative statute allows an RN, an FNP, or a PA to function in the back of an advanced life support ambulance or an air transport vehicle licensed by the State of Michigan.  The fact is that they can, if and only if, they are also licensed as a paramedic or there is another paramedic onboard.

The following statistics relate only to the runs mentioned above.  Out of 71 total runs, 15 of them were “only” basic life support runs.  This represents 21% of the runs.  They are basic life support runs because the advanced life support assessment did not reveal any advanced life support issues that required advanced life support treatments.  Using simple arithmetic, this means that 79% of the runs were advanced life support runs.  In the runs by Joe Moore, 49 of them were advanced life support runs, not the seventeen runs reported by another source.

I will very gladly grant that the providers at the BIRHC are very competent and excellent at providing care.  I will admit that many of the patients who needed care in 2014 were provided that care by these same providers.  I will also say that a lot of the advanced care provided to the advanced life support patients were provided that advanced care by these providers.  Just because the advanced care took place at the health center does not make these transports into basic life support ambulance runs.  It matters not where the advanced care took place. The method in determining that the ambulance runs and the ambulance transport and air transport are advanced life support transports is based upon what care was provided and not on where the care was provided..  If the health center wants credit for providing the advanced care, I would gladly provide them that credit.  It does not turn an ambulance transport or an air transport into anything other than an advanced life support transport.  As a matter of fact, this advanced care provided at the health center actually complements the need for advanced emergency medical care and transport of patients.

To provide you with some really specific numbers over the years, I'll start with 2015. So far in this year, there were 51 calls for service. Out of these there were 31 advanced life support runs based upon the treatments provided, 13 basic life support runs, 5 calls for service were canceled, and 2 patients refused transport. Sixteen of these involved trauma, six were difficulty breathing runs, four were chest pain patients, five were other cardiac issues, five involved acute abdominal pain, one involved unknown illness, 1 was hypoglycemia and was treated and released, and two were psychiatric emergencies.

In 2013+2014, I will only relate the conditions of my patients. COPD/asthma/difficulty breathing patients numbered 17. Trauma patients numbered 33 ranging from minor lacerations to severe head injuries. There were 17 patients with cardiac issues. Four had had a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Fifteen had suspected stroke or transient ischemic attacks. Five had either hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. Seventy patients had an IV running. Fourteen were treated with Atrovent and/or Albuterol or both. Six received narcotics or benzodiazipines. Five needed IV dextrose, all patients, except minor trauma such as minor lacerations, were monitored with a cardiac monitor.

Going back in history, we find that in 2012 there were 39 ALS patients and 17 BLS patients. In 2011, there were 34 ALS and 14 BLS. In 2010, there were 40 ALS and 23 BLS. In 2009, there were 34 ALS and 29 BLS. In 2008, there were 50 ALS patients and 27 BLS patients. In 2007, there were 43 ALS patients and 24 BLS patients. In 2006, there were 47 ALS patients and 28 BLS patients. In 2005, there were 48 ALS patients and 20 BLS patients. So from 2005-partway of 2015, the number of ALS patients are almost double the number of BLS patients, or 66% of patients are advanced life support patients. The total of advanced life support patients has numbered a little over four hundred and averaged forty ALS patients per year.

So the question to be asked is which of your friends and relatives out of the four hundred would you have denied emergency medical care and monitoring at the advanced life support level?

Actual Facts about Differences in Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support

(and Who’s in Charge after declaration of an emergency) Part I

By Joe Moore, paramedic and paramedic instructor

A Basic EMT functions independently from a paramedic only in a licensed Basic Life Support ambulance based upon Basic Life Support protocols.  The paramedic functions independently in an Advanced Life Support ambulance based upon Advanced Life Support protocols governed by the county and/or regional medical control authority.  Beaver Island EMS has one BLS ambulance licensed, one ALS ambulance licensed, one licensed ALS emergency response vehicle, and one licensed ALS air transport vehicle.
These State of Michigan protocols are the assessments and treatments allowed for these two completely different life support levels, paramedic and Basic EMT.
A Basic EMT (192 hours of education and training) can do these skills:

  1. Oxygen administration
  2. Physical restraint of patient
  3. Epi-pen for Anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction after medical control contact
  4. Intranasal Narcan after training by paramedic instructor and after medical control contact
  5. Bandaging and Airtight dressings
  6. Spinal  immobilization
  7. Blood Glucose Metering
  8. Advanced splinting skills
  9. Determine Priority of Patient based upon assessment
  10. Chest Pain protocol including Oxygen, aspirin, and nitroglycerin
  11. Combitube as advanced airway
  12. Basic Patient Assessment
  13. Read and monitor SPO2 for oxygen levels
  14. Basic Life Support if certified by the AHA
  15. Basic PreHospital Trauma Life Support if certified
  16. Basic Pediatric Emergencies for PreHospital Providers if certified
  17. Advanced Stroke Life Support Assessment and Treatment if certified by  the UMiami
  18. Cardiac defibrillation
  19. Determine closest, most appropriate facility

Here is a list of procedures that a paramedic can do that a Basic EMT cannot do.  It is based upon a review of the State of Michigan Emergency Medical Protocols authorized by the Charlevoix County Medical Control Authority.
A paramedic (1100 hours of education and training and at least 250 hours of internship) can do all the Basic EMT skills above and can do these also:

  1. Monitor EKG and Understand rhythms and treatments
  2. Administer IV fluids including IV drip rates
  3. Monitor patient who has received IV, IM, or oral drugs
  4. Administer drugs, ( Basics can do nitro, aspirin, albuterol, and oxygen)
  5. Make a differential diagnosis
  6. Advanced Cardiac Life Support Assessment and Treatment  if certified by the AHA
  7. Pediatric Advanced Life Support Assessment and Treatment if certified by the AHA
  8. Advanced Pediatric Emergencies for PreHospital Providers if certified AAP
  9. Advanced PreHospital Trauma Life Support if certified by one of two organizations.
  10. Read 12-lead EKG
  11. Read carbon dioxide levels, monitor, and understand  meaning of waveforms
  12. Advanced Patient Assessment-Body System Specific and make differential diagnosis
  13. Plural Decompression
  14. Perform Oral and Nasal tracheal intubation
  15. Needle and Surgical Crico, a surgical airway
  16. Do CPAP and BIPAP
  17. Synchronized  Cardioversion and Pacing
  18. Do Patient Sedation
  19. Clear C-spine, pre-medical control contact, Basics after medical control and unlikely
  20. Chemical Restraint of patient
  21. Intra-osseus access as well as IV access
  22. Do Return of Spontaneous Circulation treatments
  23. Administer and monitor IV drip medications using IV pump
  24. Pain Management protocol
  25. Function as provider in ALS Air Transport vehicle or in ALS ambulance
  26. Accept patient with ALS interventions performed

As a short summary of these two lists follows.  A Basic EMT cannot use a cardiac monitor for diagnosis or monitoring of a patient without a paramedic.  Cardiac monitoring is an advanced life support skill.  A Basic EMT cannot accept a patient with an IV running at anything except a keep vein open rate and cannot adjust the drip rate, only turn off the IV.  A Basic EMT cannot monitor a patient after receiving drugs because they have not had the needed education in indications, contraindications, side effects, and untoward effects of these medications.  In a diabetic emergency, a basic EMT can assess it, but not treat it beyond oral glucose.  Treating a diabetic emergency requires advanced life support.  In a patient with severe pain or nausea, the Basic EMT can assess it, but not provide pain relief or anti-nausea medications, and can’t independently monitor the patient afterword. A Basic EMT has lots of skills, but the paramedic has all these same skills and many more.

I am proud to say that I have become an instructor in emergency medical services and have taught EMS classes and programs since 1989.  I am licensed to teach all levels of pre-hospital care from medical first responder up through paramedic.  I am certified to teach American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and well as Basic Life Support.  I am certified to teach Pediatric Emergencies for Pre-Hospital Providers through the American Academy of Pediatrics.  I am certified to teach Advanced Stroke Life Support by the University of Miami.  I am currently trying to get recertified to teach International Trauma Life Support and Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support.  I have been adjunct faculty for Kellogg Community College and North Central Michigan College.  I have provided EMS services on Beaver Island for twenty-eight years, working alongside some great healthcare providers at the medical center and now the BIRHC.

I have taught more than thirty-five complete courses at all levels of emergency medical services.  I have taught paramedics, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians in certification courses for most of these above mentioned classes in Charlevoix, Marshall, Petoskey, Marquette, and Traverse City.  These statements are statements of fact and are not meant to glorify me.  They are made in the same manner as a resume to provide you with the information about my knowledge of the differences between basic life support and advanced life support.  I would not have to state the qualifications if my expertise was accepted based upon my years of service.

It is NOT legal for an FNP, a PA, an RN, or a physician to function in the back of an advanced life support ambulance if the reason for doing so is to replace a paramedic.  There must be a paramedic in this advanced life support ambulance and/or in the advanced life support air transport vehicle.  These primary care levels can accompany the paramedic if and only if the medical control physician provides them that authority for each transport, AND this provider accompanies the patient all the way to the hospital.  These same providers are not to be on the emergency medical scene unless they have completed the same permission and conditions mentioned above, and, unless asked to remain by the paramedic in charge, they should leave.  That’s what the law, rules, and protocols state.
It is also NOT legal for an FNP, a PA, an RN, or a physician to function in the back of a basic life support ambulance while providing care at an advanced life support level.  All requirements of the above paragraph must be completed prior to this occurring.

Why is the information important for the entire community to know?  There have been inaccurate reports mailed and discussed in the community about numbers of advanced life support calls which could have been basic life support calls.  There have been suggestions of lowering the level of care to the basic life support level.  There have been suggestions that primary care providers can function as emergency care providers outside of their facility.  There have been violations of the law, rules, and protocols by removal of decision-making from the paramedics in charge at an emergency.   And, I am personally unhappy with any and all of these, and believe it is time for facts to come out about any and all of this.

Where is the Baroque on Beaver Coverage?

Beaver Island News on the 'Net would very much like to provide video and picture coverage for the festival events for Baroque on Beaver. BINN would love to have the opportunity to livestream some of these concerts for those unable to attend the concerts. There are quite a few of the founding members of the Bach on Beaver, the original name of the festival, who are unable to attend due to ill health or simply old age. There are those that live on Beaver Island who are physically unable to attend the concerts. It is certainly a shame that these individuals are unable to view the concerts due to their inability to physically be present, but the issue involves intellectual property, a legal term that prevents BINN from covering the events.

From the Baroque on Beaver website under frequently asked questions:

"Can I bring my camera or video recorder?
Photography and video recordings are prohibited during concerts."

So, Beaver Island News on the 'Net is simply unable to provide coverage of the festival concerts. Apparently, the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association is unable or does not wish to provide these experiences to those unable to physically attend the events.

Editorial Comment: As one of the performers in the original Bach on Beaver events, this truly saddens me. The original idea was to provide classical music exposure to the Beaver Island community. Obviously, this event is truly a popular event bringing lots of visitors and musicians to the island. My vision, as part of the founding group and former BICAA board member, was to have the music playing simultaneiously in McDonough's Market, Stoney Acres, and many other businesses, so that the entire community could hear the wonderfully inspiring classical music. Then the live concerts could be at least heard by those who have to work during the festival concerts, or by those unable to physically attend the concerts, or by those sitting in their yacht in the middle of the harbor. The livestreaming service of BINN could provide all of this including a "direct to the individual" classical music experience.

The last Baroque on Beaver concerts that were able to be covered by BINN can be found on the Archives website http://beaverislandnewsarchives.com HERE

What's In A Name?

Paradise Bay

The name of the harbor on Beaver Island is frequently given as "Paradise Bay," There couldn't be any other better description of this location that the word "paradise." The following pictures answer the many times that people have asked, "What do you do on Beaver Island?"

Let's put some answers down here about what is going on here on Beaver Island on July 26, 2015. We have people kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, wading, boating in a yacht, boating with a pontoon boat, sunning themselves on the beach, playing with dogs, using jet skis, and relaxing and enjoying the beautiful day. All of these pictures were taken at the public beach next to and across from the Holy Cross Catholic Church and the Holy Cross Parish Hall. These pictures explain why the name of the harbor is "Paradise Bay," because these activities are the activities completed in a paradise.

Short Video Clip of Paradise Bay


If you are a classical music fan, add to this two concerts, one a pop up concert for the tour boat that docked at the Beaver Island Boat Company, and another concert at the Community Center.in the evening, and you have yet another definition of paradise.

Giant Hogweed or Cow Parsnip

Cindy Ricksgers wrote, "We have very large healthy Cow Parsnip plants on this archipelago that mimic the appearance of Giant Hogweed but do not have the dangerous side effects. I have followed up on several reports of Giant Hogweed, but have always found this to be the case. At this time, to the best of our knowledge, we do NOT have Giant Hogweed on Beaver Island or the outer islands.
We do have a much smaller invasive plant - Wild Parsnip - that has similar burning, blistering side effects. The Beaver Island Association's pamphlet on our top 10 invasive plants (available for free at the Community Center) gives a good description of it. On Beaver Island, it has been noted off McCauley Road, and at the south end of the King's Highway. In every case, if you are unsure of a plant's safety or identity, it is best to steer clear, and seek expert advice."

Here is a comparison of the two plants:

Out in the Donegal Bay area in the Port of St. James, there are plants that are pretty tall, and some have thought that this might be Giant Hogweed. Here are some pictures of the plants out in the Island Woods area:

How about getting a botanist to make a trip out to this site, and provide us with an explanation about what this plant is and what it is not? That's the recommendation from Pam Grassmich, who arranged exactly that with Beth Leuck (a naturalist) and Ed Leuck (a botanist).

Ed Leuck explains the differences between the two plants

Ed Leuck, Pam Grassmick, and Beth Leuck

Video Interview of Ed Leuck on the plants in Port St. James HERE

Beaver Island Veterans Project (BIVP)

The Beaver Island community, AMVETS Post 46, and local friends of veterans are proud to announce the formation of the Beaver Island Veterans Project (BIVP). The BIVP's first-year project is to invite a disabled veteran to the island for a retreat of several days. A public presentation may also be given by the visiting veteran during that time. We are currently in contact with the Gaylord and Saginaw MI VA centers to find a worthy candidate for this program. The BIVP will be hosting special fund-raisers this August and September to support this effort. AMVETS Post #46 will be accepting tax-deductible donations for the BIVP and it's programs. Volunteer support is welcome and appreciated, so please watch this space for updates.

For more information, please contact Dickie McEvoy at 231-448-2799 or mcevoy0403@aol.com, or Jean Kinsley at 231-448-2856

Run Beaver Island on Labor Day Weekend

You can plan a visit and invite a friend to the Beaver Island ½ Marathon, 10K and 5K. A new improved route for the 1/2 marathon route has been designed along with a port-a-john and more water stations. The shirts for this event will be performance fabric. Added to this year is a 10K route in additional to the 1/2 marathon and 5K. This year you can bring your pet with you on the 5K, and there will be a pet prize given for the best time. The proceeds for this Run Beaver Island event will go to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.

Complete run info: http://beaverisland.org/run to learn about visiting Beaver Island please see www.beaverisland.org . Please share the information with a friend.


Lake Michigan Islands Management Plan

now available for review

The Department of Natural Resources invites those interested in the management of the Lake Michigan islands to review, ask questions and provide input on the draft Northern Lake Michigan Islands Management Plan.

This plan addresses state-managed land administered by the DNR on Beaver, Garden, High, Hog, North Fox, South Fox and Whiskey islands. In May and November 2014, the DNR hosted public meetings to gather input from island residents, partners, tribal governments, local governments and conservation organizations. Information from these meetings then was used to draft the plan.

“It’s been a great process of pulling together many different interests on the use of the state-managed land on Lake Michigan islands,” said DNR field operations manager Keith Kintigh. “We’ve used the information gathered to draft a management plan, and it’s now ready to be reviewed.”

Those who would like to comment on the draft plan are asked to email kintighk@michigan.gov before Aug. 31 or attend an open house Monday, July 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School, 37895 King’s Highway on Beaver Island.

Flood Area at Gull Harbor

The area out on the northern portion near Whiskey Point called Gull Harbor is flooded. Portions of the road at Gull Harbor and down near the "car wash" are flooded across the road. Several vehicles continue to drive through this flooded area churning up the gravel and clay into muddy, mucky mess. The CCRC, the road commission, has posted the ends of the road as 'Flood area' and getting stuck down there is your own fault. This roadway should be temporarily blocked off to prevent traffic. The trail area out at Gull Harbor is still accessible, and there are lots of trails behind the trail area to allow you to walk.

Posted near Whiskey Point Light on Gull Harbor Drive

Three pictures from the Whiskey Point entrance to Gull Harbor.

Three pictures from the 'car wash' end of Gull Harbor Drive

The high water isn't bothering this common tern.

Library Hours

The Beaver Island District Library will now be staying open until 8 pm on Thursday evenings and opening at 11 am Saturday mornings.

So BIDL hours are as follows:

Monday: 10-6
Tuesday: 10-6
Wednesday: 10-6
Thursday: 10-8
Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 11-5

Donate to the Food Pantry

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