B. I. News on the 'Net, August 31-September 6, 2015

Thank You for First Responders!

This Saturday September 12th the Beaver Island Association is sponsoring an event to recognize and thank our Beaver Island first responders including the Beaver Island Fire Department, the Beaver Island EMS, the Rural Health Center, the Charlevoix County Sherriff Department, and the pilots of Island Airways. 

We are roasting a pig and the public is invited to bring a dish, sign up sheets are at McDonough’s Market and the Community Center. 

The event will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Beaver Island Community Center. 

There is no charge for the event. 

Please join us.
The Beaver Island Association 
P.O. Box 390 
Beaver Island, MI 49782

Garden Walk and Ice Cream Social Sunday, September 13th Noon-2pm at Forest View

Enjoy a nice little guided tour of our Wellness Gardens and a chance to meet the residents, new manager and some board members of the Forest View facility.  Stop in after church for ice cream , courtesy of Daddy Frank's, homemade cookies by the residents and board members.  Grab a free hotdog and purchase your drinks at Stoney Acres.  Get a guided tour of the vegetable garden planted and harvested by the Forest View residents. 
We will tell you our plans and some of our purchases from our fund-raising events.  Bring the kids and show them the Fairy Garden!  Come see what CMU did for Ellie's Walk.  Meet our Wellness Gardeners!  Hope to see you there.  Leonor Jacobson

"What is the Island Institute and what do they do?"

Seasonal and year-round Beaver Island residents are asking great questions about the upcoming meeting on September 22nd from 3-6 p.m. at the Community Center. "What is the Island Institute and what do they do?" 

The Island Institute, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983 with a goal of ensuring balanced use and a healthy future for the islands and waters of the Gulf of Maine (www.islandinstitute.org).  With a staff of 41 full time and 4 part time employees, and 10 Island Fellows who live and work in island communities, the Institute operates according to a three-year strategic planning cycle, with priorities developed in collaboration with island residents and our 22-member Board of Trustees. 

Their mission is to work to sustain Maine’s island and remote coastal communities and to exchange ideas and experiences to further the sustainability of communities there and elsewhere. Maine has 15 year-round un-bridged island communities, with approximately 5,000 year-round residents, and another 144 working waterfront communities reliant on fisheries, with a coastal population of 100,000. While these communities continue to struggle with extreme challenges in creating sustainable livelihoods and community institutions, the Island Institute has seen evidence of improvement and local success. Institutionally, they are dedicated to sharing lessons learned from our partnerships with island and remote coastal communities in Maine and elsewhere.

Current programming focuses on: K-12 education programs; college scholarships and internships; a leadership and entrepreneurship training program; small business support through a micro-loan and investment fund; and targeted programming to stabilize energy costs, affordable housing, and to ensure that fisheries remain a viable economic base for isolated natural-resource dependent communities.  They also support Fellows who live and work in these communities on locally-defined projects for one or two years. In addition to programming, they publish a weekly e-newsletter, a monthly newspaper with a distribution of 65,000 (www.workingwaterfront.com) and an annual Island Journal.

We will add more as the agenda is released.  Everyone is welcome to join us on September 22nd from 3-6 p.m. at the Community Center to learn more about how we can share ideas to support the vitality of our island community.

AMVETs Labor Day Breakfast

This breakfast has become a tradition on the island that provides excellent food for the many visitors to come to the island for this weekend. There are quite a few summer residents having to get back to the mainland for several reasons including the start of the school year, or just time to get back to the grind. This breakfast gives them another choice for the morning before they have to leave. Thank you AMVETs for doing this great service!

Almost 200 people stopped by at the Holy Cross Hall between the open and closing hours to partake in the breakfast. Hopefully, the late Labor Day will not effect the ability to continue this tradition.

Notification of Herbicide Application

Wildlife and Wetlands Solutions will be applying herbicide to your area of Beaver Island Lake Michigan shoreline, roadsides, Font Lake, Barney’s Lake, and other inland aquatic areas to control invasive plants (including phragmites) between September 8 and 31, 2015. The Charlevoix Conservation District holds an aquatic nuisance certificate of coverage for the treatment on Beaver Island, number ANC9400025.

Spotted knapweed, sweet clover, bladder campion, Canada thistle, bull thistle, marsh thistle, and European swamp thistle are controlled using glyphosate (Brand name: AquaNeat, rate of application: 2-4%), or tricoplyr (Brand name: Renovate 3, rate of application: 2-4%), a surfactant (Cygnet Plus, rate of application: 0.8%), and a tracer dye (Cygnet Select).

Reed canary grass, wild parsnip, and narrow-leaf cattail are controlled using glyphosate (Brand Name: AquaNeat, rate of application: 2-4%), a surfactant (Cygnet Plus, rate of application: 0.8%), and a tracer dye (Cygnet Select).

Phragmites is controlled using glyphosate (Brand Name:AquaNeat, rate of application 1.5-2%), imazapyr (Brand Name: Habitat, rate of application, 1.5-2%), a surfactant (Cygnet Plus, rate of application: 0.8%), and a tracer dye (Cygnet Select).

Application will occur by foliar spraying with a backpack sprayer. Water access is restricted for 24 hours following application. A risk/benefit statement concerning herbicide treatment is available by email at wildlife@wildlifewetlands.com.

For information on the herbicide application procedure or timing of application, contact Nick Kafcas at (307) 247-3572.

This notice is given because of the proximity of your property to the area being sprayed. Your property may not actually be treated if permission was not given or if invasive plants are not present on your property. If another occupant is present at the property, please notify them of the potential treatment times, water restrictions, and methods.

Wildlife and Wetlands Solutions, Vickie Smith
4371 N Long Lake Rd
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 943-0762

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day! Summer went speeding past. Hopefully, things will calm down and we can meander through autumn and enjoy all the things it offers. Right now it's 69°, wind is at 7 mph from the south with gusts to 24 mph, humidity is still at 95% making it muggy, pressure is steady at 1010 mb, and visibility is at 5 miles. Today: Periods of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the lower 60s. West winds 5 to 10 mph in the evening becoming light.

On this date of September 7, 1813 - The nickname "Uncle Sam" was first used as a symbolic reference to the United States. The reference appeared in an editorial in the New York's Troy Post.

Did you know that mosquitoes dislike citronella because it irritates their feet?

Word of the day: quixote (kee-HO-tee, KWIK-suht) which means someone who is unrealistic, naive, chivalrous, idealistic, etc. to an absurd degree. After Don Quixote, hero of the eponymous novel by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). Earliest documented use: 1644.

Labor Day Run

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Beaver Island Labor Day Weekend Run offered three options for runners or walkers. There was , a half marathon, a 10 K run, and a 5 K run. Over one hundred runners signed up for the three options. That is quite an accomplishment for the organizers of this event. To get over one hundred people to come to Beaver Island to run on the beach, in the woods, and down pavement is truly an accomplishment.

The following pictures are a selection of the pictures taken of this event.

Getting ready for the finishers

BINN reporter Deb Bousquet stayed around until the last three passed the finish line. These three represent three generations of the same family.

View Video of the Event

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 6, 2015

It's 70° outside already and it's not even 8 am, wind is at 9 mph from the south, humidity is at 95%, pressure is steady at 1016 mb, and visibility is at 7.9 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening, then cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely after midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of September 6, 1620 - The Pilgrims left on the Mayflower from Plymouth, England to settle in the New World.

Did you know that bananas contain no fat, cholesterol or sodium?

Word of the day: astraphobia (as-truh-FOH-bee-uh) which means an abnormal fear of thunder and lightning. Astraphobia comes to English from the Greek astrapḗ meaning "lightning," and phobos meaning "fear."

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 5, 2015

It's 66° outside this morning, wind is at 4 mph from the southeast, humidity is at 97% so it's rather muggy, pressure is steady at 1018 mb, and visibility is at 3.7 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Areas of fog in the morning. Scattered rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. Light winds becoming south 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of September 5, 1698 - Russia's Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards. Russian Tsar Peter the Great imposed a taxes on beards as part of a effort to westernise his nobility. The Tsar had just returned from a tour of Europe (where most men were clean shaven) and was determined to revolutionise Russian society, culture and even fashion. As a result of the new beard tax, all men – except peasants and clergymen – had to pay 100 roubles for a copper or silver ‘beard token’, which had a moustache and a beard engraved onto it. The token also bore the message ‘the beard is a useless burden’. The Tsar was not the first leader to fiscally punish the facially hirsute: England’s Henry VIII and his daughter Queen Elizabeth I had launched a similar war on whiskers in the 16th century. The Russian beard tax was finally abolished in 1772.

Did you know that there are 132 rooms, 32 bathrooms, 25 bedrooms, 69 closets, and 6 levels to accommodate all the people who live in, work in, and visit the White House. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 7 staircases, and 3 elevators.

Word of the day: gargoyle (GAHR-goil) which means 1) a grotesquely carved figure of a human or animal. 2) a spout, terminating in a grotesque representation of a human or animal figure with open mouth, projecting from the gutter of a building for throwing rain water clear of a building. In the 12th century, St. Bernard of Clairvaux reportedly complained about the new sculptures in the cloisters where he lived. "Surely," he is quoted as saying, "if we do not blush for such absurdities we should at least regret what we have spent on them." St. Bernard was apparently provoked by the grotesque figures designed to drain rainwater from buildings. By the 13th century, those figures were being called gargoyles, a name that came to Middle English from the Old French gargoule. The stone beasts likely earned that name because of the water that gargled out of their throats and mouths; the word gargoule is imitative in origin. 1250-1300; Middle English gargoile < Old French gargouille, gargoule literally, throat


September 4, 2015

Met some nice people out at Donegal Bay tonight. This is their first trip to the island, this Labor Day weekend. They are pretty impressed so far, and very excited to be here. The sunset just showed itself a little bit, and disappeared before the whole sun was visible. Here are the pictures from tonight's sunset.

Ayleana Marie Grogan is Born

Ayleana Marie (A-lee-on-uh) entered this world today, September 4, 2015. Born to Rachel and Andy Grogan, she weighed seven point seven pounds and was 20.5 inches in length. Proud Beaver Island grandparents are Jim and Diane McDonough and Jimmie and Lynn Grogan of Alabama.

Andrew.. Ayleana... Adelyn

BICS Volleyball vs. Maplewood Baptist

Approximately sixty people viewed the volleyball games in person, but another twenty-eight view the live streaming of the game on the Internet at http://beaverisalnd.tv.

The Beaver Island community got to get their first look at the 2015-16 Lady Islanders volleyball team on September 3, 2015, the week before school starts. The Maplewood Baptsist team doesn't fly to the island. A short conversation with the coach revealed that the team and the chaperones left the Kinross area in the UP at 6 a.m. and came by bus to Charlevoix, got on the boat, and road the Emerald Isle over to Beaver Island. They then played a double match of volleyball. After the volleyball, the team has to take the 5:20 p.m. boat from Beaver Island, and then drive home, not arriving until after 10 p.m. Quite the dedicated group from Kinross, and they were very effective on the volleyball court.

Beaver Island Lady Islanders are a young team with two seniors, only one playing on this particular set of matches, one junior, one sophomore, and one freshman with all the rest being seventh and eighth graders. The Maplewood Baptist Black Bears have four seniors, two juniors, and two sophomores, so, obviously, have much more experienced players on their team.

This "Black Bears" team from the UP put on a very strong defeat to our Lady Islanders. The Maplewood team won both matches 3-0. There were several very strong players on the Maplewood team, but one young lady had a very wicked jump serve.

Here are the scores for the two matches:

Match 1

Match 2

The Lady Islanders:

The Lady Black Bears:

Some Lady Islander photos Match 1:

Match 2

Video of the two matches HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 4, 2015

Mighty quiet in town this morning. My Dad used to say, "you could shoot a cannonball down Main Street and not hit a thing" and it seems exactly that today. Right now it's 66°, wind is at 11 mph from the east, humidity is at 86%, pressure is steady at 1016 mb, and visibility is at 9.2 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Areas of fog in the morning. Scattered rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. East winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms in the evening and after midnight. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. Southeast winds at 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 50%.

On this date of September 4, 1781 - Los Angeles, CA, was founded by Spanish settlers. The original name was "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula," which translates as "The Town of the Queen of Angels."

Did you know that the world's smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand?

Word of the day: beleaguer (bi-LEE-guhr) which means 1. To surround with troops. 2. To beset with difficulties. From Dutch belegeren (to camp around), from be- (around) + leger (camp). Ultimately from the Indo-European root legh- (to lie or lay), which also gave us lie, lay, lair, fellow, and laager. Earliest documented use: 1589.

St. James Township Meeting

September 2, 2015

The regular monthly meeting of the St. James Township Board was held on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting began as usual with the Pledge, approval of minutes, discussion on the bills and approval with exceptions. There were reports on the dangerous structures as an update, a sub-committee on the sewer system and account processes report, and a yacht dock report. Under New Business, the Beaver Island Association made a presentation (see below), there was discussion of millage rates and approval, and the library board vacancy will be posted for interested persons.

View video of the meeting HERE

BIA Announces Collaborative Project with Maine Islands

Representatives from the Beaver Island Association made a short presentation at last night's St. James Township Meeting related to a collaborative project with unbridged Maine islands. The following documents describe this project.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 3, 2015

We had quite a storm in the early morning hours, the thunder and lighting woke me for a few minutes (and I went immediately back to sleep). Right now it's 65°, wind is at 12 mph from the east with gusts up to 21 mph, humidity is at 95%, pressure is steady at 1014 mb, and visibility is at 6.1 miles. Today: Areas of fog in the morning. Showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. East winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

On this date of September 3, 1999 - Mario Lemieux's ownership group officially took over the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins. Lemieux became the first player in the modern era of sports to buy the team he had once played for.

Did you know that catfish have over 100,000 taste buds? The average person has about 10,000 taste buds. That number may seem like a lot, but it pales in comparison to the animal that has the most. That's because this creature has taste buds not only in its mouth, but all over its body. Catfish, those beady-eyed fish named for their feline-like whiskers, typically have more than 100,000 taste buds. Some large catfish can have as many as 175,000.

Word of the day: cosset (KOS-et) which means verb tr.: To pamper. noun: A pet; a spoiled child. Of uncertain origin, probably from Old English cotsaeta (cot sitter or cot dweller). Ultimately from the Indo-European root sed- (to sit), which is also the source of sit, chair, saddle, assess, sediment, soot, cathedral, tetrahedron, sessile, surcease, assiduous, and eyas. Earliest documented use: 1579.

Men's Fall Golf League Results

Jeff & Ryan
Frank & Doug
Ron S. & Rob
Ron W.& Bill
Francis & Larry
Chuck & Ernie
Buck & Joe
Kirk & Gerald
Week #3 Results:
Team #2 beat Team #1 12-8
Team #4 beat Team #3 14-6
Team #5 beat Team #6 13-7
Tean #7 beat Team #8 14-6
Week #4 Schedule:
Team #2 vs Team #7
Team #1 vs Team #5
Team #3 vs Team #6
Team #4 vs Team #8

Transit Bus Availability Falters

Update: Effective September 7th the Transit hours will be---11:30AM  – 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday

The dates with no coverage are:  September 8, 9, 11,16, 25 and October 2.

Tuesday and Wednesday the 8 and 9th
Friday the 11th
Wednesday the 16th
Friday the 25th
Friday October 2nd

Any questions please call the Charlevoix Transit Authority at 231-582-6900.

What is an emergency?

Research and editorial by Joe Moore

There seems to be a misunderstanding in the community about what really is an emergency. The following information provides you with some answers. 

From the National Institute of Health:
"Signs of an Emergency

How quickly do you need care? If a person or unborn baby could die or be permanently disabled, it is an emergency. Call 911 to have the emergency team come to you right away if you cannot wait, such as for:

Stopped breathing

Head injury with passing out, fainting, or confusion

Injury to neck or spine, especially if there is loss of feeling or inability to move

Electric shock or lightning strike

Severe burn

Severe chest pain or pressure

Seizure that lasted 3 to 5 minutes

Trouble breathing

Passing out, fainting

Pain in the arm or jaw

Unusual or bad headache, especially if it started suddenly

Suddenly not able to speak, see, walk, or move

Suddenly weak or drooping on one side of the body

Dizziness or weakness that does not go away

Inhaled smoke or poisonous fumes

Sudden confusion

Heavy bleeding

Possible broken bone, loss of movement, especially if the bone is pushing through the skin

Deep wound

Serious burn

Coughing or throwing up blood

Severe pain anywhere on the body

Severe allergic reaction with trouble breathing, swelling, hives

High fever with headache and stiff neck

High fever that does not get better with medicine

Throwing up or loose stools that does not stop

Poisoning or overdose of drug or alcohol

Suicidal thoughts


If you have an emergency, who are you going to call?

I recommend dialing 911 and having Beaver Island EMS respond to your location. They will not only evaluate your condition and make a recommendation in a short period of time, but they will also get you to definitive care if you need that care.

"TIME is muscle," states the American Heart Association. "Time is Tissue," states the AHA and the University of Miami Stroke Education Center.

If you do not need immediate definitive care for your emergency, they will take you to the rural health center on Beaver Island. If you do need this definitive care, Beaver island EMS will get you efficiently to the hospital of your choice unless your condition requires another facility. It’s all about caring for our patients and getting them efficently to the definitive care of a licensed emergency room.

How efficiently? The following are examples: chest pain patient from page to McLaren Northern Michigan in less than an hour, a difficulty breathing patient from page to McLaren Northern Michigan in less than an hour, possible stroke patient to McLaren Northern Michigan in less than forty-five minutes, and fractured hip stabilization with IV, cardiac monitoring, and pain control to Charlevoix Area Hospital in less than forty-five minutes. All of these patients are advanced life support patients.

 “Who you gonna call?” We hope your answer is not “Ghost Busters,” but 911.

2015 Statistics
Joe Moore, one of two on-Island paramedics and one of four paramedics including the visiting paramedics, has gone on 12 ALS runs this year from January to mid-August, and an additional ten air transports in the Beaver Island EMS Air Transport vehicle, and one in a USCG helicopter. In addition to these 22 ALS runs and air transports, Joe has also transported 5 patients at the basic life support level because they did not need advanced life support treatments or monitoring.

The total of advanced life support runs by all paramedics for 2015 from January through mid-August is 38, and the total of basic life support runs is 17. In addition to the ambulance runs, 27 advanced life support patients were flown using BIEMS air transport and two basic life support patients were flown by BIEMS air transport. This makes a total of 82 ambulance runs and air transports by your local emergency medical service. 

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=9446-62 ***

There are three new bestsellers, five new videos, six new audiobooks, 18 new children's books, and 59 other new books.

The new bestsellers this week are "Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian," "Silver Linings: A Rose Harbor Novel," and "Wind/Pinball: Two Early Novels." The new videos this week include "Northern Exposure - The Complete Fifth Season," "Northern Exposure - The Complete Fourth Season," and "Northern Exposure - The Complete Third Season."

BICS Fall Sports Schedules for Soccer and Volleyball

AMVETS Post 46 Labor Day Breakfast 

Holy Cross Hall

Sunday   September 6, 2015

8:30 AM – Noon

Proceeds go to support Island Veterans, the Memorial Park and 

the annual scholarship to Beaver Island graduates

Two Favorite Birds

A loon on Barney's Lake

Hummer in back yard

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 2, 2015

It's looking to be another miserably hot and humid day today. Yesterday was like walking in a sauna so I figure today will be more of the same. Thank goodness for a/c!! As you can see, it's quite hazy out this morning. Right now it's 68°, wind is at 2 mph from the southwest with gusts up to 18 mph, humidity is at 95% so it's mighty muggy, pressure is rising from 1014 mb, and visibility is at 4.2 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 80s. Light winds becoming northwest at 10 mph in the afternoon. There is a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Again with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Northwest winds at 10 mph in the evening, becoming light.

On this date of September 2, 1666 - The Great Fire of London broke out. The fire burned for three days destroying 10,000 buildings including St. Paul's Cathedral. Only 6 people were killed.

Did you know that a newborn kangaroo is about 1 inch tall?

Word of the day: descry (di-SKRY) which means 1. To catch sight of. 2. To discover or detect. From Old French descrier (to cry out), from crier (to cry), from Latin critare, from quiritare (to cry out). Earliest documented use: before 1400.

What Working Together Looks Like

A No Transport Emergency

by Joe Moore

(Another imaginary story)
It’s nine thirty at night on a foggy night on an island in Lake Michigan when the telephone rings.  I was getting ready for bed since bedtime if almost always 10 p.m. unless there is something very special going on.  I managed to pick up the wireless phone in about three rings.  The call was from another health care provider.

“Hello, “ I said.

“Joe, this is Jane.  Can you come over to the health center and give me a hand?”  Jane had an interesting tone of voice that suggested urgency.

“I’ll put my shoes on and be right over,” I answered her and hung up the phone.  My wife asked what was going on, and I answered, “I don’t know, but she wants me to come over to the medical center to help her out.”
With emergency response vehicle in my driveway, and with the closeness of the medical center, less than a quarter mile away, I was to arrive at the medical center in less than three minutes.  I walked into the medical center to find a thirty-eight year old neighbor lady on the bed in room one. 

Jane, a physician’s assistant,  said, “I need to get an IV started.  Will you try?  This is Lynette, and she is having a serious cardiac rhythm problem with a heart rate of just less than 200.  We need to get her stabilized quickly before anything more serious happens,” and her voice had that hurried, very concerned tone that I have heard before during seriously scary emergencies.  Just then her cellphone rang.

“It’s the cardiologist at Northern.  I’ve got to take this call.  Start the IV for me will you, please?” Jane said as she walked into the hallway from the exam room to take the call. 

“Okay,” I said as I moved to open the cart with the IV supplies.  “And I’ll hook up the oxygen at 2-4 liters per minute per ACLS protocols.”  I moved to hook up the oxygen by nasal prongs and place it on the patient.  I put the constricting band on her arm, and began looking for an easy vein in the left arm close to the elbow.  I was remembering the protocol for Supraventricular Tachycardia from the ACLS class that I had taught a couple of months ago.  The closer the vein to the heart, the more likely the medication will work.  A nice vein popped right up in the bend line of her elbow on the inside of her arm.  Putting gloves on and arranging the IV supplies; the catheter, the ten cc syringe of normal saline, the alcohol, the IV tubing, the saline lock, and the clear plastic cover of the IV site called a TegaDerm.

“Lynette, you’re going to feel a poke in your left arm.  I’m going to start your IV and get ready for the treatments that I am certain the cardiologist will suggest,” I stated and poked her arm just as I finished the sentence.  I got good flashback, covered the site with the Tegaderm, and finished hooking up the saline lock and pushed in the saline.  “All finished,” I said as the line was hooked up and running at about 50 cc/hr.  I immediately grabbed my stethoscope and listened to her breath sounds to make certain she had baseline of clear lung sounds.  Next I went on to hooking up the cardiac monitor with the oxygen monitor.  The four leads showed exactly what I had expected to see, a heart rate with a rate of 186-192, somewhat regular, but much too fast for the heart to pump effectively.

“Lynette, I need to put on some electrodes on your chest.  I will cover you up, so that your privacy is protected from any other EMS people who might respond here.  I’ll have to unbutton your blouse to get them in the proper places,” I stated factually, “Then we will get a 12-lead EKG to verify what we suspect.”

“Do what you need to do,” Lynette said.  “I don’t care.”

As I put the last electrode on her chest under her left arm, Jane came back in the room and said, “I see that you have been busy.  Let’s get the 12-lead for verification, but I see SVT on the monitor, and we will follow the ACLS protocols for this.  I have orders from the cardiologist to try the vagal maneuvers first, then Adenosine, and, if the Adenosine does not work, I’m to push Cardizem, but his cardiology nurse should be calling back before then to see how we are progressing.”

“Okay,” I said, “I have the normal saline syringes ready on the tray there.  The IV is patent and running just a little faster than Keep Vein Open, pushing the 12-lead button now.”
To Lynette, “I’d like you to relax and think of something calming while we get the results of this test.  Close your eyes, and put yourself in your ‘happy place.’”

Within a couple of minutes, we had 12-lead confirmation of Suprventricular Tachycardia, and we were ready to begin the treatment according to the ACLS protocols.  It starts with 6 mg of Adenosine followed quickly by a push of saline to get the drug to the heart as quickly as possible.  The Adenosine was drawn up by the PA and ready to be pushed.  The normal saline syringe was attached and ready.  “Lynette,” Jane said, “I want you to pretend that you have to push out a big turd.  Hold your breath and push.” 
Lynette followed the instructions perfectly.  The rhythm changed to a rate of 172, but quickly came back up once again and this time to 198.  “Lynette, try that one more time,” Jane said, “and try to hold the push and your breath just a little longer.”

Lynette did it just as asked, but the very same thing happened.  Lynette said, “Arhhr. I can’t do it any better than that.  I’m starting to get sweaty.  Is that supposed to happen?”

Jane said, “Don’t worry about that right now.  We’re moving on to the next step in the treatment.  Are you ready, Joe?”  I nodded.  “On the count of three.  One, Two, THREE.”

The six milligrams of the medication went into her vein, pushed in with the normal saline quickly, and the monitor showed the heart rate dropping, some nasty looking beats, so squiggly lines, and then right back to the 192 rate.
Jane said, “We’ll give Lynette a rest for a minute or so, and then we’ll try it again.  How are you doing, Lynette?”

Lynette said, “That felt kind of funny, not ‘Ha, ha’ funny, strange is what I meant to say.  I’m still a little sweaty though.”

“That’s normal,” Jane said.  “The first treatment didn’t work.  We’re getting ready for a second treatment.”  To me, Jane said, “I’m going up to 12 milligrams of Adenosine.  Let’s open the IV up to wide open.  What size catheter did you use?”
“I started the IV with an 18 gauge catheter, which should be big enough to get the fluid in quickly,” I stated.

“Okay,” Jane said, “let’s get ready.  My syringe has 12 milligrams, and I’m using the closest port to the catheter.  Let’s make certain we are doing this at the same time.”

“Okay, I’m ready.  I have the second closest port, and this time, I’ll pinch the IV tubing above my port when we push,”  I said.
“Ready, we’ll do this one on Push.  I’ll say one, two, three, and then push.  Are you ready?” Jane asked.

“All set,” I said, and I reached up to pinch the IV tubing, then pushed the print button on the monitor.
“One, two, three, PUSH, “ Jane said.

Double the medication went in push by the normal saline, and we waited….

The monitor showed a definite slowing of the rhythm.  The rhythm ceased entirely for a few seconds.  We were getting concerned for a second when the rhythm returned.  It was as normal as you can imagine.  There were no unusual nor fast beats that could be seen.  Both Jane and I had been holding our breath, and we exhaled at exactly the same time.  The whoosh of relief came out of us like the push of the drug into the vein.

Lynette said, “What happened?  I feel better.  I’m not dizzy anymore.  I can see clearly.  You guys did it.  I’m feeling fine now.”

We turned the IV down.  We turned the oxygen down to 2 lpm and then turned it off taking off the nasal prongs because the oxygen monitor said she was oxygenating just fine.  The cardiac monitor showed Normal Sinus Rhythm.  Another 12-lead EKG showed the same.

The phone rang.  It was the cardiology nurse.  Jane talked to her for a few seconds and then handed me the cell phone.  “Hello,“ I said.

“You two have been busy this evening haven’t you?” the voice on the other end said.  “Well, it sounds like you have fixed the problem for tonight.  Good job!  Will you be transporting this patient to the hospital?”

I said, “Well, we’d like to do so, but the planes are not flying tonight due to the fog.  The patient is stable at this time, so the Coast Guard will not transport her.  I believe that we are it for the night.  Here’s the PA,” and I handed the phone back to the PA.

Once again the PA left the room to talk to the cardiology nurse.  Jane came back in and said, “Good job!  The cardiology nurse and the cardiologist are quite pleased that we fixed the patient tonight.  They gave me the follow-up treatment for the patient.  Since you started the IV, I’ll discontinue it, so you can go home and get some sleep.  Thanks for your help!”

I drove home feeling wide awake, and it took three hours before I came down from the natural high.  Helping people and knowing how and what to do to resolve serious issues is very satisfying.  I saw the patient driving home while I was watching the late, late show, and finally got to sleep about three in the morning.

63 Aspirations

by Cindy Ricksgers

Baroque on Beaver Festival 14th Year Ends on High Note

Pure Michigan Event – attracts nearly 2000 to Beaver Island’s classical music festival

Following 10 days of jazz, classical and choral music, the annual Baroque on Beaver Festival ended on a very upbeat note. The festival, held on Beaver Island in Northern Lake Michigan, was a resounding success featuring 12 different programs and multiple pop-up performances, including one aboard a tugboat, and over 70 Michigan musicians and singers. This Pure Michigan event on America’s 4th coast, celebrated its 14th consecutive season in 2015.
More info at http://baroqueonbeaver.org/in-the-news/

Island Airways Hangar Party

TV News / Weather SkyCam A Reality

After two years of working for it the Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the link to the CBS 9&10 / Fox 32 TV SkyCam.


The cam is now operational and Beaver Island has already been featured. Now viewers will see Beaver Island hundreds of time each year providing tens of thousands of dollars worth of great Beaver Island images annually.

The full range of pan is over 300 degrees and takes in Main Street in both directions.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for September 1, 2015

First day of September... what a quick, short, summer it was. Right now it's 64°, wind is at 9 mph from the south west with gusts up to 17 mph, humidity is at 95% making it muggy, pressure is steady at 1015 mb, and visibility is at 4.4 miles. Today: Sunny in the morning becoming partly sunny. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 80s. South west winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. South west winds 5 to 10 mph.

On this date of September 1, 1970 - The last episode of "I Dream of Jeannie" aired on NBC-TV. The show premiered was on September 18, 1965.

Did you know that a chameleon's tongue is twice as long as its body?

Word of the day: belie (bi-LY) which means 1. To give a false impression: misrepresent. 2. To show to be false: contradict. From Old English beleogan (to deceive by lying). Earliest documented use: before 1000.

Stoney Acres and Donegal Danny's Pub

Labor Day Weekend




Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

June 30, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Meeting of July 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 2015-16


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


Video of this meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

June 10, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

July 8, 2015

Video of meeting HERE


St. James Township Meeting Video

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

August 5, 2015

Video of meeting available HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Effective Tuesday, 9/8/15
CLOSED Labor Day, 9/7 Happy Holiday!!
M-F 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-9pm
231 448-2022

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!

Subscriptions Expire

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


Order T-Shirts or Hoodies

Community members can order t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts to support Beaver Island Community School soccer team and/or volleyball team. These forms should be filled out and returned to Kerry Smith at school before September 4, 2015. Click on the small version of the form and save it to your computer. Then open the document from your computer and print it out, fill it out, and return to BICS office, Kerry Smith.

Soccer team shirt.................Volleyball team shirt

Preparing the Community Calendar

BINN is beginning the preparations for the 2016 Beaver Island Community Calendar. The events that are already scheduled for the coming year will be gladly be posted on the calendar. Any organization that has dates can be posted, but they have to be sent to the editor. Joe Moore said, "I have to be aware of the activity in order to post information about the activity." Save your dates now, so there are fewer conflicts!

Bank Hours Change

Starting Tuesday September 1st, the hours at the Beaver Island branch of the Charlevoix State Bank, will be : Monday - Friday 9am until 1pm, Monday through Friday.

Beach Rangers

Beach Rangers, now is the time to start walking the beaches and recording any dead birds, and fish found.   Recently found were 4 Red Neck Grebes on Donegal Bay. Contact me if you wish to participate and are willing to walk the beaches this fall.
Jacque, 448-2220

Out With the Old, and In With the New

Martin Oil Company and Island Energies seemed to spend a lot of time in preparation for the new fuel barge being built in the UP. This fuel barge will haul 32,000 gallons of fuel on one trip, and right now is sitting empty at the Martin dock across the street from the St. James Township owned Deputy's residence. The older tanker, a single hulled tanker, the Tanker II, is tied up just a short distance from the new "Petroqueen" tanker, a dual hulled vessel required by regulation starting January 2015. The "Petroqueen" is bright and shiny, and brand new just having made the maiden voyage from the UP back to Beaver Island.

Tanker II

Meet the New "Petroqueen"

One very beautiful as well as useful tanker!

Auditions for Vintage Hitchcock:

Auditions for Vintage Hitchcock will be held at the Transit Building (across from the boat dock) on Thursday 9/3 at 7 p.m.
Scripts are available at the District Library. Take a look. It will be a live Radio play similar to what we did with "It's a Wonderful Life" last fall. We also will need a sound person to make all the sounds live on stage!

If you can't make auditions, but are interested, contact me- Jacque at 2220 or John at 2902

Super Moon

August 29, 2015

From the playground........at the carwash

Across from Runbergs

Special School Board Meeting

August 28, 2015 at 5 p.m.

The goals of this meeting were to approve or reject the proposed BICS-BIEA teachers' contract, to approve appointments of lead teachers (pending staff approval), to award the 2015-16 bid for the BICS lunch program, to decide on potential changes in the BICS school day and the school calendar, and to share thoughts on what Board members believe BICS should be known for including an update in the work in SchoolRise.

Eight people attended the meeting. They learned that the Shamrock would be providing the school lunches. They also learned that BICS was losing one of their talented teachers. Miranda Rooy is leaving to teach art and music in the Kalamazoo Public School system.

View video of this meeting HERE

Thelma Johnson Dies



by Cindy Ricksgers

Holy Cross News

Wednesday Mass: 9/2 at 9 a.m.

B. I. Emergency Services Authority Meeting

August 27, 2015, 2 pm at Peaine Hall

Video of the meeting HERE

Farmer's Market

Thursday morning, August 27, 2015

This morning the Beaver Island Farmer's Market, out at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop, had lots of items available. The best part of these things that were for sale? They were produced or made locally. The growth of this Thursday morning event has been exponential. These pictures were taken this morning.

If you can, get out and support these local people, producing local goods, for sale locally!

Video of the Famer's Market





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

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.




Men's Fall Golf League Results Week 2

Jeff & Ryan
Frank & Doug
Ron S. & Rob
Ron W.& Bill
Francis & Larry
Chuck & Ernie
Buck & Joe
Kirk & Gerald
Forfeit 12-0 no Scores
Week #2 Results:
Team #1 beat Team #4 12-0 Forfeit
Team #2 beat Team #3 15-5
Team #5 tied Team #8 10-10
Team #7 beat Team #6 15-5
Week #3 Schedule:
Team #1 vs Team #2
Team #3 vs Team #4
Team #5 vs Team #6
Team #7 vs Team #8

BOBI Book Club- Upcoming Titles/Dates

We did change our previously decided upon dates for Sept and October, so here is the NEW schedule:

For Tuesday, Sept 15th, 7pm: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult 

For Tuesday, October 13th, 7 pm: Lost In Shangri La by Michael Zuckoff 

(New) For MONDAY, November 16th, 7pm: Knocking On Heaven's Door by Katy Butler

*Please speak to Patrick, MG, or Kathy regarding BOBI book availability, there is a BOBI sign out sheet at the desk :)

There Are Speedy Transports

Another Imaginary Ambulance Run
By Joe Moore

Lest those reading these stories believe that every emergency transport from Beaver Island is a marathon, perhaps, a different time-frame story may inform.
“Beaver Island EMS, respond to a residence in St. James Township, xxxx Main Street, for a 78 year old female.  Unknown problem, but the caller expressed a need for a quick response,”  the pager tone causing indigestion with an adrenalin rush in the middle of breakfast.

Luckily, I am less than three city blocks away from the residence.  I walk out to the echo car, an emergency response vehicle, flipped on the lights and siren and responded to the residence.  I left the lights on, turned off the siren, and parked the echo car with the lights on, purposely parking on the wrong side of the road to provide the ambulance help with locating the residence.  Up to the front door I walk.  We were paged at 8:12 a.m., and I am at the door at 8:14 a.m., one of the quickest responses ever.
The door is opened by a home care provider who states, “I was out on the deck smoking a cigarette, when she hollered at me to ‘Get in here right now.’  I don’t know what’s wrong.”

I see the patient sitting in a kitchen chair, which is nowhere near the kitchen.  The chair is placed between the living room and the entrance.  “That’s as far as I could get her.  She wanted me to take her to the medical center, but she couldn’t walk any farther.”
The lady who is the patient says, “Joe Gregg, what are you doing here?’  The written word can’t explain the way she said the words.  They were slurred, stretched out, and only made with one side of her mouth moving.  She had facial droop on one side of her face, but was understandable.

To break up the story just a little bit, I had just been to a special training two months before called Advanced Stroke Life Support, a program out of the University of Miami, so I immediately began the special assessment that had been learned at this training.
“Okay, Martha, I need you to close your eyes.”  (She did.) “Now show me your smile.” (She had no movement on one side of her face.)  “Thank you.  Nice smile. Now, can you say something for me.  Say, ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.’” (She was able to say all the words, but was not able to say them clearly without slurring her speech.)  To the caregiver I asked, “Does she have diabetes or has she had any alcohol to drink this morning?”

The caregiver said, “I just got here.  I left her last night when she said she was going to bed last night.  She was fine yesterday.  I come over to make her some coffee and breakfast.  She doesn’t drink, and I didn’t do anything wrong.”

“No, I’m not suggesting that you did anything wrong.  I don’t smell alcohol, and I was just looking to confirm that she hadn’t had anything to drink,” I said. “You just got here? Where was she when you arrived?”

“I found her in the bathroom….” The caregiver said.  The patient began speaking to interrupt the caregiver.

  “I can tell him myself,”  the patient said, still slurring her words.  “I got up about 8, and had to go to the bathroom, like every morning.  I got to the bathroom, and sat down.  I had to push, you know, hard, and the next thing I know, I can’t get off the pot. I sat there a couple of minutes, Shawn was late, you know, and she helped me here.  I wanted to go to the med center.”  The speech while slurred was understandable, but the timing of the last sentence and the slurring made it very difficult to understand.  It came out something like this, “I……wan…..ted…tuh….gggoooe…. tuuuuh…thuuuuh…ehhhd..tuuur.”

This whole conversation was completed, and my “prove-its-not-a-stroke” training kicked in.  I picked up the radio and said, “57A2, this is a stroke alert, respond immediately.  Don’t wait for anyone else, just get here NOW!  Central Dispatch, 97 echo 4.”  
“97 echo four, go ahead with your traffic,” from Central Dispatch.

“Can you please contact the air transport company at 238-xxx and arrange an emergent flight from Beaver Island to Harbor Springs?”  “Roger, echo four.”  The ambulance arrived with one EMT within a minute.  I checked my watch, and it was 8:20 a.m.
We all learn in our training regarding heart attack that “Time is muscle.”  We learn about strokes that “Time is Tissue.”  Time is a very important factor in some conditions.  This was not a broken bone that could wait.  This was a stroke or a stroke mimic.  As the EMT came to the door and opened it, I said, ”We need the ambulance cot right now.  We’ll load her on the cot and get moving to the airport right away.”

The patient was placed on the cot carefully, but quite quickly.  While this was happening, I said to the caregiver, “Grab a small suitcase, put in a change of clothes for Martha including her socks and shoes, and do it in a hurry because we’re leaving in less than two minutes.  Bring any of her medications with you.”

“I’ll grab her medications list and her meds,” the caregiver stated.
We move the patient quickly to the ambulance and loaded the cot and patient on the cot into the back door of the ambulance.  Dawn was my EMT, and she followed instructions very well.  She asked, “Are we going to the medical center?”  Terry, another EMT, arrived, and I said, “Terry, please drive the echo car to the airport and bring the caregiver with you.  We are leaving right now.  Please hurry, because ’Time is Tissue.’”

Now there were lots of things that I needed to get done on the way to the Welke Airport to meet the plane.  I did a set of vital signs, placed the patient on low flow oxygen, and set up for an IV.  I completed the IV and began the Miami Emergency Neurological Deficit (MEND exam).  The patient was no longer able to speak.  The facial droop was more prominent.  While able to follow commands only one side of her body was able to move, and the situation was getting more serious every minute.
I said, “Dawn, ask Central when the plane will be ready.”  We were about four minutes from the airport.  Dawn said, “They say the airplane is ready and waiting for us.”  On arrival at the airport, we removed the ambulance cot, quickly moved the patient from the ambulance cot, and loaded the aircraft cot into the plane.  We placed all the need equipment for the flight in the luggage door of the plane.  We were ready to leave.

“All set?” our pilot asked.

“We need to wait for the caregiver,” I said, and just then the echo car pulled in at the airport.  “Terry, bring her and the medication list and the suitcase over right away.  We are ready to go.”  If this seems rushed, it truly was rushed because brain tissue doesn’t last very long when it loses its blood supply.  To me, the cause of the stroke, whether a blood clot or bleeding vessel, really didn’t matter.  I had no way to determine the cause.  While waiting for the caregiver to climb in the plane, we did a glucose stick to eliminate that stroke mimic.

Very shortly we were in the air enroute to Harbor Springs with the patient’s final destination being the Emergency Room of Northern Michigan Hospital.  The other stroke mimics were eliminated during the flight, and a radio report was attempted to the hospital.  “You are very scratchy,” the NMH radio operator said, and that’s the last communication we received from NMH.  No patient report could be given if they couldn’t hear or understand us.

“Charlevoix Area Hospital, 97 Air 1 on HEARN radio,” I called.  “Go ahead, Beaver Island,” was the response.  “Charlevoix, we are enroute to Harbor Springs Airport with a Stroke Alert patient.  The onset of symptoms was 8 a.m. this morning.  The patient has facial droop on the left side with left sided weakness.  The blood glucose is 92.  No remarkable vital signs are noted.  Would you please contact Northern and notify them of the Stroke Alert and ask them to contact us on the radio?”
“Beaver Island, you have a stroke alert patient headed to Northern.  Why didn’t you call them on the radio? “

“I’m sorry. I forgot to tell you that they are having a radio issue or something.  I attempted to give a patient report to them, and they never responded.  Please give them the report via telephone, and ask them to call us on the radio,” I responded.

“Ok, Beaver Island, and your estimated time of arrival?” Charlevoix asked.

“We should be at the Harbor Springs Airport within ten minutes, “I said.

“Charlevoix Area Hospital, clear,” the nurse at Charlevoix stated.

“Central Dispatch, 97 Air One,” I called. 

“97 Air One, Central,” they responded. 

“Central, would you notify Allied EMS that we will be at the Harbor Springs Airport in ten minutes with a Stroke Alert patient.  Would you ask them to meet us at the airport?” was my radio traffic.
“Clear, Air One, I’m toning out Allied right now,” Central Dispatch responded.

A few minutes later, I notified Central, “Central Dispatch, 97 Air One is on final approach, Harbor Springs Airport.” 

Central responded, “Copy, 97 Air one.  Allied was pulled from your call, and I toned out a backup rig to meet you at the airport.  Your transport may be delayed fifteen to twenty minutes.”

“Roger, Central,” I responded while fuming.  I wondered what in the world could have caused the priority one stroke alert to be ignored and the ambulance pulled from our priority one patient.  I was downright angry, but I had to relax, take a couple deep breaths while we were landing, and pass on the information to the pilot.  He stated, “That’s stupid,” and I completely agreed with him.

We landed at the Harbor Springs Airport, and there was no ambulance in sight.  My handheld radio would not work, and it was probably a good thing because I was angry.  We had rushed our patient over thirty-two miles of water to get her to the hospital in a very timely manner, only to find that our transportation to the hospital was delayed, and the hospital couldn’t take the time to call us on the radio, or they didn’t have a procedure in place in case their radio didn’t work.

We arrived at Harbor Springs Airport at 9:18 a.m.  Allied EMS arrived at 9:27 a.m. and the patient transfer took place.  We could monitor the Emmet frequency, but never heard the Allied ambulance call Central to notify the dispatcher that they had arrived at the hospital, but a ten minute drive to Northern should have placed the patient in the ER by no later than 9:40 a.m.  The EMS call from beginning to end was just a little over an hour, 66 minutes for the Beaver Island EMS portion of the run.

This put the patient at the hospital within the three hour window from symptom onset to treatment.  We would be hard put to get the patient where they needed to be within a shorter period of time.  We did our job, and we did it well, but we were still upset that it took another ten minutes of waiting to take the patient to the hospital.  We were still upset that the special noise-cancelling headset and microphone connected to the handheld radio could not be heard in Petoskey, but could be heard fifteen miles further south in Charlevoix

We loaded our equipment back into the aircraft and flew home.  We had an ambulance to clean and two reports to write, one for the ground ambulance and one for the air transport.  The cleaned ambulance was waiting for us.  Terry had done his part, and all we had to do there was replace the equipment that we had taken.  We had completed a good job in a timely manner, and under the circumstances, we were satisfied with our performance.  We talked about the run after the ambulance was readied for the next run. 

Phone Service Discounts Available for Those in Need

TDS Telecommunications Corp. ensures income-eligible customers have access to affordable phone service through the government’s Federal Lifeline and Tribal Link-Up assistance programs; helps phone service remain affordable.

MADISON, Wis. (Aug. 26, 2015) — The goal is to ensure all Americans have access to phone service to connect with family, employers, and emergency services. To accomplish this, TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®), along with other phone companies across the country, offer Lifeline and Tribal Link-Up, federal programs designed to keep phone service affordable.

For 30 years, Lifeline has been connecting low-income Americans to affordable, basic phone service. The program provides a discount to eligible consumers for a traditional landline or wireless service plan. Similar to Lifeline, Tribal Link-Up provides phone discounts for qualified residents living on tribal land. Both programs ensure access to the opportunities and security that phone service provides.

Qualifications for Lifeline and Tribal Link-Up vary by state. However, they are typically available to people who receive federal or state assistance. According to the U.S. Census Bureau an estimated 45.3 million Americans were living in poverty in 2013.

“Access to phone service is something everyone should have,” says Kevin Hess, executive vice president at TDS. “Americans should not have to choose between phone service and food, clothing, electricity, or heat. By making Lifeline and Tribal Link-Up available to our customers in need, phone service can be a resource for them, rather than a burden.”

For more information, to check on eligibility, or to request an application visit tdstelecom.com/about/lifeline or call 888-CALL-TDS.

Lifeline and Link-Up are government assistance programs funded through the Universal Service Fund program. They are non-transferable. Only eligible consumers may enroll in either program; limit of one discount per household.

For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager – PR / TDS Telecommunications Corp. / 608-664-4471 / cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com

Beaver Island Meat Festival

On a chilly, wet, and cloudy Sunday, the Millars, Doug and Linda, who own a place in Port St. James, put on a meat party. It is called a meat festival because the primary part of the picnic and music gathering is a roast pig and beef roast. There were lots of other dishes brought as a "dish to pass" and lots of desserts. It was also an opportunity to try some different flavored jello shots, five hundred and forty of them. The music was provided by Paul, Layla, and Cory with a guest drummer, Kevin Gillespie.

And, a good time was had by all!

A Letter from the Stambaugh Family

Wonderful Tribute to Jim Stambaugh

(Thanks to Tara Palmer Pop)

Despite the overwhelming sadness we all felt last Friday; gathering with BICS Alumni at the school to do a final VICTORY cheer for Mr. Stambaugh was therapeutic. The cheer that he had done with us all so many times over the years (often imitated, never duplicated) was this time, for him. For his victory in all of our lives. Our grief was vast and the tears were many...but the hugs and story telling were a reminder that he has given us all so many gifts that we will continue to share with each other for years to come.

Student use of the Transit System

The Charlevoix County Transit System has implemented some new rules this year for transporting students.   If you want your child to use the transit bus this year you are required to:

Read the agreement for transport, sign it and send/e-mail it to the Transit Authority.  To e-mail it, download the document and fill it out using Adobe or another PDF reader.   E-mail it back to the transit authority at info@cctransit.org.   Or print it out and after filling it out drop it off at the transit office and we’ll fax it back.  If no one is there leave it on the desk.

The form link is


Read and fill out the second form, same procedure as above.  

That form link is


The link to the Transit web page is http://www.charlevoixcounty.org/transit.asp

If you have any questions please call the transit office at 231-582-6900

This needs to be done by September 1.


Bob Tidmore

Celebration of the Life of Jim Stambaugh, Friday, 8/21/15, at 2 p.m.

The pictures and the video of this celebration will take time to process, but the Celebration of the Life of Jim Stambaugh was very well attended with many firemen and many Marines, many family members and friends, colleagues, and many former students. Over 260 people filled the seats and bleachers of the Beaver Island Community School. In addition, 80 more watched the live stream of the celebration of Jim Stambaugh's life. While some watching the live stream had sound issues, those with headphones or speakers were able to hear the accolades, the happy and the sad stories. Many cried and many laughed and at times, several laughed and cried at the same time including the editor of BINN.

It was and is obvious that Jim Stambaugh had an impact on many lives, no matter what your relationship with him was.

The pre-service activities included many participants in different locations. The procession of fire trucks and family began at the Stambaugh home and continued in to the school.

Many gathered at the school outside while the gymnasium was empty and the flag at half mast.

The Final Call for 5780


The fire trucks in procession with the family passed the school.

The friends and former students participated in the BICS Cheer lead by Cory Sowa

The fire trucks continued down past the Veteran's Memorial. (Photos here by Larry Hanz)

The fire trucks went to Whiskey Point, turned around and headed back to the school.

While the trucks made the trip to the point and back, people began to enter the school gym.

A Memorial to Jim Stambaugh

John Works, Jr. Officiant



Opening Prayer

A Life that Matters: Jason Stambaugh

Once a Marine, Always a Marine: Bob Hoogendorn

"Far Side Banks of Jordan": sung by former students Hilary Palmer, Rita Palmer, and Cory Sowa

Tony Stambaugh

Don Mort

Deb Robert

Ryan Wojan

John Works, Jr. - BIFD

"What a Wonderful World": sung by Joddy Croswhite

Reading: Sally Lounsberry

5 - 5 - 5 Salute

Closing Remarks

Final Prayer

Recessional: Native American Flute

Video of the Celebration of the Life of Jim Stambaugh



Elaine West...Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!  You did a wonderful job announcing at the Funky Fun Fashion Show.  And a big Thank you!!! to all the ladies young and old who modeled, even those hooked in to model as they came in the door to the hall.  Thank you! to those who helped set up, run with door prizes, and who stayed to clean up afterward. Thank you to Lenore Jacobson and friends who provided and arranged the flowers.  Thank you to the Beaver Island Christian Church Ladies Circle for providing the beverages.  And mostly...Thank you to the ladies who attended the event.  $508 was evenly split between the BI Food Pantry and BIFDA.  Dee

View video of the Fashion Show HERE

2015 Beaver Island Pelagic Tour-Back by Popular Demand!

Registration is now active for the 2015 Pelagic Tour.  Birders will arrive on the ferry on September 26 and depart 27th.  Last year's event filled in 3 days!  Register early.

Urgent Care Standards

BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan Urgent Care Information

If you are looking for a walk-in clinic or an urgent care center in Michigan, you may not find them in the Find a Doctor tool. The information provided below will explain the two types of urgent care centers and how you can determine if facilities in your area are in your network. There are two types of urgent care centers – hospital owned and freestanding. Hospital owned urgent care centers are fully owned and operated by acute care hospitals. Freestanding urgent care centers are not owned by a hospital and include Retail Health Clinics and other clinics that may offer extended hours care or see patients without requiring an appointment
Urgent Care Centers offer walk-in care for patients with illnesses or injuries that do not require the intensity of care offered at an emergency room, but typically cannot wait for a scheduled appointment in a physician's office. Examples of some urgent (non-emergency) illnesses include: sprains, ear infections, and non-emergency allergic reactions.

If you have an urgent health situation, you may want to contact your family doctor. Typically they have an on-call doctor who is available 24 hours a day. If you use an Urgent Care Center, please consider the following — there are two different types of Urgent Care Centers: Hospital-owned Urgent Care Facility and Free Standing Urgent Care Center.

Specifics for a Free Standing Urgent Care Center

Facility is not owned by a hospital
Provides medically necessary services for the treatment of illness and injuries that have  the potential to develop into further disability or death if treatment is delayed longer than 24 hours.
BCBSM treats freestanding Urgent Care Centers just like a physician office visit.

These standards are set by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

Standard Rationale
Urgent care centers  Standard 11
Policy and procedure for handling walk-ins 
Urgent care facilities need to have a written policy and procedure to address the flow of patients that present to the facility without an appointment.
Patients seen without a prior appointment
Urgent care facilities need to see patients who do not have an appointment prior to presenting to the facility.
Qualified physician present or immediately available
Urgent care facilities need to keep one physician on site or immediately available during posted hours of operation.
Professionals with cardiac/trauma life support skills present
Urgent care facilities will have staff trained in cardiac and/or trauma life support on site during the posted hours of operation.
Range of services offered/hours clearly defined and communicated
The public and relevant organizations need to be aware of what services urgent care facilities offer and what hours they are open for operation.
 Laboratory and X-ray requirements
Urgent care facilities must have on-site laboratory and radiology services that meet CLIA and OFIS criteria.

- See more at: http://www.priorityhealth.com/provider/manual/office-mgmt/site-visits/urgent-care#sthash.0zvftobI.dpuf


Sharing Solutions Between Beaver Island and Maine Island Communities

September 22, 2015, 3-6 p.m.

Please join us at the Beaver Island Community Center on September 22nd from 3-6 p.m. for an informational Open House.

The Beaver Island Association in collaboration with the Office of Great Lakes and the Island Institute in Maine, has secured funding to bring together a group of highly respected professionals for a presentation: “Sharing Solutions between Beaver Island, Michigan and Maine Island Communities – Building Local Capacity through Community Exchanges”.

The purpose of the project is to initiate and facilitate dialogue and collaboration between the Beaver Island community and similar island communities along coastal Maine.

As isolated island communities, we have much in common and would benefit from sharing solutions to our most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges, which span multiple disciplines such as education, health care, and environment. Project partners anticipate that this project will lay the initial groundwork and galvanize interest among other island communities throughout the Great Lakes, with the potential to spur the creation of a broader, cross-region network of island communities.

Who should attend: community members, summer residents, business owners, local organizations, county and township officials, students, and anyone interested in the vitality of the Beaver Island community.

For further information contact the Beaver Island Association board members.

Veteran Bricks for the Memorial Park

We will be ordering  bricks the end of this week so if you want to place an order please do so.  It takes about 6-8  weeks to get the bricks and we will do our best to get them in this year depending  on the weather. 

You can order on-line at:


...and pay via PayPal , or send us an e-mail and we'll e-mail back  a brick form.

AMVETS Post 46


1st Responder Appreciation Day

Provided by the Beaver Island Association

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.


Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Donate to the Live Streaming Project


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

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