B. I. News on the 'Net, August 6-18, 2019

Beaver Island Christian Church Service

August 18, 2019

View video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

August 18.2019

The normal times for Saturday afternoon Mass and Sunday morning Mass are 4 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. respectively. The reader for Saturday was Pinky Harmon.

Pinky Harmon

The reader for Sunday morning was Brian Foli. The celebrant for both Masses was Father Jim Siler. Sunday's service had some special music for Communion. It included "Amazing Grace" by Joe Moore on violin and Philip Michael Moore on guitar. The choir same a communion hymn. This was followed by a meditation song "Ave Maria" sung a capella by Philip Michael Moore.

Brian Foli.................Father Jim Siler................Philip Michael Moore

During the music at communion, the power spiked and the camera quit recording. The back-up included some distortion, but a communion music file was rescued and is fixed as best as this editor can do.

View video of the Masses HERE

View video of Rescued Sunday Communion music HERE

This Blog

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 18, 2019

Last full day of the visit with the kids. Courtney Moore Pelcha managed to surprise them with a last minute visit. She's on a flight back home this morning and tomorrow Mike, Jessica, and the girls catch the ferry. It's been a wonderful week, sorry to see it end.

Right now it's 63°, wind is from the ESE at 5 mph, humidity is at 95%, pressure is 29.83 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Thunderstorms are likely this afternoon and early evening. Pollen levels are medium at 7. Top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today South wind 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest 10 to 20 knots in the afternoon. Patchy fog early in the morning. chance of showers in the morning. Showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Tonight West wind 10 to 20 knots. Showers and thunderstorms likely. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Monday West wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Night Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DAY in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is ratified by Tennessee, giving it the two-thirds majority of state ratification necessary to make it the law of the land. The amendment was the culmination of more than 70 years of struggle by woman suffragists. Its two sections read simply: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” and “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

America’s suffrage movement was founded in the mid 19th century by women who had become politically active through their work in the abolitionist and temperance movements. In July 1848, 200 woman suffragists, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, met in Seneca Falls, New York, to discuss women’s rights. After approving measures asserting the right of women to educational and employment opportunities, they passed a resolution that declared “it is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise.” For proclaiming a woman’s right to vote, the Seneca Falls Convention was subjected to public ridicule, and some backers of women’s rights withdrew their support. However, the resolution marked the beginning of the woman suffrage movement in America.

The first national women’s rights convention was held in 1850 and then repeated annually, providing an important focus for the growing woman suffrage movement. In the Reconstruction era, the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted, granting African American men the right to vote, but Congress declined to expand enfranchisement into the sphere of gender. In 1869, the National Woman Suffrage Association was founded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to push for a woman suffrage amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Another organization, the American Woman Suffrage Association, led by Lucy Stone, was formed in the same year to work through the state legislatures. In 1890, these two groups were united as the National American Woman Suffrage Association. That year, Wyoming became the first state to grant women the right to vote.

By the beginning of the 20th century, the role of women in American society was changing drastically: Women were working more, receiving a better education, bearing fewer children, and three more states (Colorado, Utah, and Idaho) had yielded to the demand for female enfranchisement. In 1916, the National Woman’s Party (formed in 1913 at the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage) decided to adopt a more radical approach to women's suffrage. Instead of questionnaires and lobbying, its members picketed the White House, marched, and staged acts of civil disobedience.

In 1917, America entered World War I, and women aided the war effort in various capacities, which helped to break down most of the remaining opposition to women's suffrage. By 1918, women had acquired equal suffrage with men in 15 states, and both the Democratic and Republican parties openly endorsed female enfranchisement.

In January 1918, the women's suffrage amendment passed the House of Representatives with the necessary two-thirds majority vote. In June 1919, it was approved by the Senate sent to the states for ratification. Campaigns were waged by suffragists around the country to secure ratification, and on August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment. On August 26, it was formally adopted into the Constitution by proclamation of Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby.

DID YOU KNOW THAT peanuts aren't technically nuts. They’re legumes. According to Merriam-Webster, a nut is only a nut if it’s “a hard-shelled dry fruit or seed with a separable rind or shell and interior kernel.” That means walnuts, almonds, cashews, and pistachios aren’t nuts either. They’re seeds.

WORD OF THE DAY hiatus (hye-AY-tus) which means:
1 a : a break in or as if in a material object : gap
b biology : a gap or passage in an anatomical part or organ
2 a : an interruption in time or continuity : break; especially : a
period when something (as a program or activity) is
suspended or interrupted
b : the occurrence of two vowel sounds without pause or
intervening consonantal sound
Hiatus comes from hiare, a Latin verb meaning "to gape" or "to yawn," and first appeared in English in the middle of the 16th century. Originally, the word referred to a gap or opening in something, such as a cave opening in a cliff. In the 18th century, British novelist Laurence Sterne used the word humorously in his novel Tristram Shandy, writing of "the hiatus in Phutatorius's breeches." These days, hiatus is usually used in a temporal sense to refer to a pause or interruption (as in a song), or a period during which an activity is temporarily suspended (such as a hiatus from teaching)

Men's Golf League, Week 10 Results

August 17, 2019

Osprey Saga

by Joe Moore

August 17, 2019

In 2018, the osprey fledglings departed the island on the 19th of August, so it was getting close to that date, and this editor had not seen the fledglings out of the nest. That caused some worry even though friends had seen one in a tree on Sloptown Road. This year, the ospreys were slightly late in arriving, so there was worry that they wouldn't produce hatchlings. That was a waste of worry. The hatchling was seen in the nest after a while. Then there was worry that the fledglings wouldn't learn to fly in time to depart with the parents, going wherever ospreys go at the end of the season.

All of this worry was wasted. There is at least one osprey fledgling, and maybe two. The fledgling was either seen twice on the same day in two different trees, or there were two different fledglings. These old eyes couldn't answer that question. Perhaps your eyes are better than mine. All that can be said here is that the nest on top of the microwave tower was successful at producing at least one hatchling that is now a fledgling. Here are three pictures of the birds seen today.

One in the dead tree....................Another (possibly) in the tree by the tower

So, the osprey addict's season is over for this year, although they might be seen for a few more days.

Weather by Joe

August 17, 2019

There was a large quantity of music and dancing scheduled for this weekend. There really isn't any way that anyone can be in more than one place at one time, but through the magic of Facebook live, some of the music is available to be viewed by those not able to go out and enjoy it. This is the Contradance weekend at the the Holy Cross Hall. There was music by Mike Moore and friends last night at the Beachcomber. There was also some great music last night at the Circle M.

Anyway, we got the much needed rain last night which didn't do much to curtail all the fun and games and dancing. The Carlisle Road weather station shows that we got just under a half of inch of rain total overnight.

Right now, just before nine a.m., it is 65 degrees with relative humidity of 93% and a pressure of 29.78. The dewpoint is 65 degrees, so there could be some fog out there somewhere. The visibility is listed at ten miles, so not much fog, but it could be patchy.

TODAY, it is expected to have morning clouds giving way to a sunny afternoon. The high should be in the 70s with winds from the W at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low around sixty. Winds will drop off and be light and variable. There is still a 10% chance of rain today and tonight.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for thuderstorms with a high near eighty. The chance of rain is 80%. The wind will switch to the S at 10 to 20 mph.

No pollen levels need by posted since allergies are going wild this morning.

On this Day:

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

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

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

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

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

A 25th anniversary celebration of Woodstock took place in 1994 in Saugerties, New York. Known as Woodstock II, the concert featured Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills and Nash as well as newer acts such as Nine Inch Nails and Green Day. Held over another rainy, muddy weekend, the event drew an estimated 300,000 people. A 50th anniversary festival was planned for 2019, but never came to fruition. 

Word of the Day:

Tortuous; (TOR-chuh-wus); adjective; marked by repeated twists, bends, or turns; marked by devious or indirect tactics

Be careful not to confuse tortuous with torturous. These two words are relatives—both ultimately come from the Latin verb torquere, which means "to twist," "to wind," or "to wrench"—but tortuous means "winding" or "crooked," whereas torturous means "painfully unpleasant." Something tortuous (such as a twisting mountain road) might also be torturous (if, for example, you have to ride up that road on a bicycle), but that doesn't make these words synonyms. The twists and turns that mark a tortuous thing can be literal ("a tortuous path" or "a tortuous river") or figurative ("a tortuous argument" or "a tortuous explanation"), but you should consider choosing a different descriptive term if no implication of winding or crookedness is present.

(From history dot com and Merriam Webster)

Pride of Baltimore II Visits

August 15, 2019

This morning, August 16, 2019, was the "Pride of Baltimore" departing Paradise Bat headed out. The vessel had been anchored here for a couple of days, and it was featured in many photos including one sent in to the TV 9 and 10 Newsroom by Layla Hall. These photos were not about anything except the "Pride of Baltimore" and not an attmpt to capture the moon and the vessel together in a photo. Layla did a great job in that picture.

Pride of Baltimore at anchor after it came into the harbor, 8/14/19

Pride of Balitmore the night before it left the harbor, 8/15/19

Read more about the Pride of Baltimore HERE

and HERE

August Full Moon

August 15, 2019

This full moon was captured just outside the Circle M last night while the group was on break. This full moon cast some spooky shadows on the ground as the editor headed home. It distracted enough to prevent all the equipment from being brought out and taken home. A second trip back was necessary to accomplish that task.

This full moon has different names. One is "Green Corn Full Moon" and the other is the "Sturgeon Full Moon." It was gorgeous!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 16, 2019

Slept in a bit because we stayed up way past our normal bedtime. I imagine that the same thing will happen tonight as Mike Moore and friends will be playing at the Beachcombers around 9 or so.

Beautiful blue skies this morning, 61°, wind is from the south at 4 mph, humidity is at 98%, pressure is 29.93 inches, visibility is 10 miles, and there is a 40% chance of rain by 6 pm (an 80% chance of thunderstorms tonight) Pollen levels are medium-high at 9.1. Top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today South wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast early in the evening. Patchy fog early in the morning. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday Night South wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

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

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT Chicago's nickname, the windy city, was coined by 19th- century journalists who were referring to the fact that its residents were “windbags” and “full of hot air.”

WORD OF THE DAY satiate (SAY-shee-ayt) which means to satisfy (a need, a desire, etc.) fully or to excess. Satiate, sate, surfeit, cloy, pall, glut, and gorge all mean to fill to repletion. Satiate and sate sometimes imply only complete satisfaction but more often suggest repletion that has destroyed interest or desire, as in "Years of globe-trotting had satiated their interest in travel" and "Readers were sated with sensationalistic stories." Surfeit implies a nauseating repletion, as in "They surfeited themselves with junk food," while cloy stresses the disgust or boredom resulting from such surfeiting, "The strong scent of the flowers cloyed her." Pall emphasizes the loss of ability to stimulate interest or appetite—for example, "A life of leisure eventually began to pall." Glut implies excess in feeding or supplying, as in "a market glutted with diet books," and gorge suggests glutting to the point of bursting or choking, "They gorged themselves with chocolate."

Peaine Township Meeting

August 15, 2019

This meeting was scheduled for Monday, August 12, 2019, but was rescheduled for Thursday, August 15, 2019.

View meeting packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

RIP Danny Peck

Danny Peck

Danny Peck lived on the island for many years, played drums in a large number of different groups, and played with the editor and Mike Moore.

B. I. Cultural Arts History at Picnic at the Point

The Picnic at the Point series, paired with the ability to climb the stairs in the lighthouse, has been quite popular this summer. This is a combination of two really popular parts of the history of Beaver Island. The actual climb up the lighthouse including the up-close-and-personal view of the light, and the gorgeous Paradise Bay harbor view, makes the experience of the history a popular activity.

This week's presentation was about the history of the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association from the perspective of Anne Glendon. Present also at the point was one of the founders of this group, the editor of this website, Joe Moore. The presentation spoke more about the history of the orchestra and chorus's development from a local event with invited visitors with one or two concerts to a professional classical music festival with events over two weekends in July and August. This obviously necessitated the costs and budget increasing and the fees for some of the events also increasing.

The views of attendees and the harbor

Views of family enjoying the lighthouse

View video of this presentation HERE

The Emerald Ash Borer and Wood Movement to the Islands

In 2019, the Townships of Peaine and St. James passed an ordinance regulating and banning the movement of firewood, logs, lumber and wood pallets from the mainland to the Beaver Island Archipelago. Any wood brought to the Islands had to be bark free and/or processed in a manner which made it free of insects and disease.

The major concern was for the forests of the Archipelago, as there has been a massive incursion of the Emerald Ash Borer in the State of Michigan-- which has devastated the Ash tree population on the Michigan mainland. In hopes of keeping the Beaver Islands free of infestation, island volunteers have been monitoring our forests for years, with the help of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

In 2017, an Emerald Ash Borer trap captured a female emerald ash borer. Tests in 2018 and this spring have also found the beetle’s larvae in two isolated Ash locations on Beaver Island. A full court press has ensued with a multidisciplinary team coming to the Island in March of this year to conduct surveys and to begin eradication processes. The team, consisting of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Charlevoix-Antrim-Kalkaska-Emmet Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (COKE CISMA) and volunteer members of the Beaver Island Association.

Pamela Grassmick, a resident of Beaver Island and a member of the Beaver Island Association, has been instrumental in bringing attention to the issue. She and others have worked for over a decade in monitoring our forests and wetlands for invasive species of all kinds. “We actually stripped the trees and looked at the larvae. There are different stages of the larvae and we found all stages present in two spots on the island,” Grassmick said.

Due to the early detection and the control methods now in place, forestry experts think Beaver Island has a good chance of controlling this pest. “The professionals feel confident we can control this on the island – if we get on top of it right now,” Grassmick said.

To that end, the Townships have passed this ordinance and will plan on enforcing it. Signs, bringing attention to the Ordinance, will be placed at all ports of entry to the island. The Beaver Island Ferry Company and both airports will have warning signs placed where travelers to the Islands can see them. Businesses, campgrounds and other gathering places will also post these signs. Pam Grassmick adds: “The Beaver Island Townships’ signs are a vital step in controlling the movement of untreated wood which could harbor invasive forest pests. Islanders recognize that the ecology and economic future are dependent on the health of our forests and it is great to see the township’s support in action.”

All are encouraged to buy or obtain fire wood locally, and to be especially mindful not to move Ash wood around the island or between the islands of the Beaver Island Archipelago.

For more information on the Emerald Ash Borer and the work that is taking place to eradicate it, please go to the Beaver Island Association website: www beaverislandassociation.org. The Township websites will also carry more information about this ordinance.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 15, 2019

Mostly cloudy skies this morning, 59° right now but should warm up to at least the mid 70s, wind is from the west at 2 mph, humidity is 90%, pressure is 30.03 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium-high at 9.1. Top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today Light winds. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday Night South wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1969, the Woodstock music festival opens on a patch of farmland in White Lake, a hamlet in the upstate New York town of Bethel.

Promoters John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield and Michael Lang originally envisioned the festival as a way to raise funds to build a recording studio and rock-and-roll retreat near the town of Woodstock, New York. The longtime artists’ colony was already a home base for Bob Dylan and other musicians. Despite their relative inexperience, the young promoters managed to sign a roster of top acts, including the Jefferson Airplane, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Sly and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival and many more.

Plans for the festival were on the verge of foundering, however, after both Woodstock and the nearby town of Wallkill denied permission to hold the event. Dairy farmer Max Yasgur came to the rescue at the last minute, giving the promoters access to his 600 acres of land in Bethel, some 50 miles from Woodstock.

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT there was a real John Chapman who planted thousands of apple trees on U.S. soil. But the apples on those trees were much more bitter than the ones you’d find in the supermarket today. “Johnny Appleseed” didn’t expect his fruits to be eaten whole, but rather made into hard apple cider.

WORD OF THE DAY miscible (MISS-uh-bul) which means capable of being mixed; specifically : capable of mixing in any ratio without separation of two phases. Miscible isn't simply a lesser-known synonym of mixable—it's also a cousin. It comes to us from the Medieval Latin adjective miscibilis, which has the same meaning as miscible and which derives, in turn, from Latin miscēre, meaning "to mix." Miscēre is also the ultimate source of our mix; its past participle mixtus (meaning "mixed") spawned mixte in Anglo-French and Middle English, and mix came about as a back-formation of mixte. The suffix -able gives us mixable, thereby completing its link to miscible. Miscible turns up most frequently in scientific discussions where it is used especially to describe fluids that don't separate when they are combined.


Received at 7 p.m. 8/14/19

A special meeting of the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority will be held at the Peaine Township Hall at 2:00 pm on Thursday, August 15, 2019.

The BIESA board will review, discuss and adopt a purchase agreement for an ambulance for EMS.


Meeting Agenda
August 15, 2019 7PM

View the agenda HERE

Morning Pages

by Cindy Ricksgers

Christian Church Bulletin

August 11, 2019

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 14, 2019

Yea!! Blue skies this morning after the drab day yesterday. Right now it's 63°, wind is from the north at 6 mph, humidity is 68%, pressure is 29.95 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots early in the morning. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight East wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Thursday Light winds. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Thursday Night South wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1784, on Kodiak Island, Grigory Shelikhov, a Russian fur trader, founds Three Saints Bay, the first permanent Russian settlement in Alaska.

The European discovery of Alaska came in 1741, when a Russian expedition led by Danish navigator Vitus Bering sighted the Alaskan mainland. Russian hunters were soon making incursions into Alaska, and the native Aleut population suffered greatly after being exposed to foreign diseases. The Three Saints Bay colony was founded on Kodiak Island in 1784, and Shelikhov lived there for two years with his wife and 200 men. From Three Saints Bay, the Alaskan mainland was explored, and other fur-trade centers were established. In 1786, Shelikhov returned to Russia and in 1790 dispatched Aleksandr Baranov to manage his affairs in Alaska.

Baranov established the Russian American Company and in 1799 was granted a monopoly over Alaska. Baranov extended the Russian trade far down the west coast of North America and in 1812, after several unsuccessful attempts, founded a settlement in Northern California near Bodega Bay. British and American trading vessels soon disputed Russia’s claims to the northwest coast of America, and the Russians retreated north to the present southern border of Alaska. Russian interests in Alaska gradually declined, and after the Crimean War in the 1850s, a nearly bankrupt Russia sought to dispose of the territory altogether.

The czarist government first approached the United States about selling the territory during the administration of President James Buchanan, but negotiations were stalled by the outbreak of the American Civil War. After the war, Secretary of State William H. Seward, a supporter of territorial expansion, was eager to acquire the tremendous landmass of Alaska, one-fifth the size of the rest of the United States. On March 30, 1867, Secretary of State William H. Seward signed a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska for $7.2 million. Despite the bargain price of roughly two cents an acre, the Alaskan purchase was ridiculed in Congress and in the press as “Seward’s folly,” “Seward’s icebox,” and President Andrew Johnson’s “polar bear garden.” In April 1867, the Senate ratified the treaty by a margin of just one vote.

Despite a slow start in settlement by Americans from the continental United States, the discovery of gold in 1898 brought a rapid influx of people to the territory. Alaska, rich in natural resources, has been contributing to American prosperity ever since. On January 3, 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting the territory of Alaska into the Union as the 49th state.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the original oranges from Southeast Asia were a tangerine-pomelo hybrid, and they were actually green. In fact, oranges in warmer regions like Vietnam and Thailand still stay green through maturity.

WORD OF THE DAY garniture (GAHR-nih-cher) which means:
1 : embellishment, trimming
2 : a set of decorative objects (such as vases, urns, or clocks)
In Middle French, garniture meant "accessory." It is an alteration of the Old French noun garneture, which is derived from the verb garnir, which meant "to equip, trim, or decorate." In fact, an Anglo-French stem of garnir, garniss-, is the source of the English verb garnish, which in its senses of "to decorate" and "to embellish" shares a similar relationship to garniture that the verb furnish shares with furniture. Furnish comes from the Anglo-French furniss-, a stem of the verb furnir or fournir, which also gave rise to the Middle French fourniture, the source of the English furniture. (Merriam-Webster)

Special St. James Meeting

August 13, 2019

Tonight's special St. James meeting was related and specifically called for the decision on the Wolam Foundation offer to provide the Anderson marina as a gift to the township with some specific restrictions.

St. James Township Special Meeting Notice

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 7:00PM

View meeting notice HERE

The resolution motion was made by Kitty McNamara, supervisor, and seconded by Paul Cole, trustee. The resolution passed with a vote of 4 Yea to 1 Nay.

View video of the meeting HERE

Beaver Island Telecommunications Committee Meeting Notice

View notice HERE

Scams on Facebook

News on the 'Net would like to take this opportunity to alert members of the community to please be aware of some of the Facebook posts you comment on. These posts ask questions such as, "What was your favorite teacher's name? Who was your 1st grade teacher? Who was your childhood best friend? What was your first car?" etc.

Do these questions sound familiar? They should. These are the same questions you are asked as security questions when setting up bank accounts and credit card accounts.

When answering these questions and posting them, you are giving out answers to your security questions that you may be using without realizing it.

Hackers are setting these up as a "get to know each other better" game on Facebook. They can then build a profile of you and use this information to hack your accounts or open up new lines of credit in your name. Not all of these on Facebook are scams. However, it is best to remain vigilant and refrain from participating in such activities as there is no way to tell which ones may have been created by scammers.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 13, 2019

Mike and Jessica arrived on the boat, along with their girls. So very nice to have them here, even for a short time. Counting our blessings. This morning it's cloudy, 64°, wind is from the west at 4 mph, humidity is 74%, pressure is 29.89 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. There is a 40% chance of rain showers this morning (boy, is it ever needed). Pollen levels are high at 10. Top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots early in the morning becoming variable 10 knots or less. Slight chance of showers through the day. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday Night East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1878, Kate Bionda, a restaurant owner, dies of yellow fever in Memphis, Tennessee, after a man who had escaped a quarantined steamboat visited her restaurant. The disease spread rapidly and the resulting epidemic emptied the city.

Yellow fever, which is carried by mosquitoes, originally came from West Africa and was brought to the United States on slave ships. The disease requires warm weather to survive and thrives in wet and hot summers when mosquitoes can breed prodigiously. After a three-to-six-day incubation period, an afflicted person feels flu-like symptoms such as fever and aches. After a very short remission, a more intense stage often follows, during which the victim vomits blood and suffers liver and renal failure. Jaundice is also a typical symptom, which is how yellow fever got its name. If a victim dies, it usually happens within two weeks. Survivors can feel the effects for months.

In the 19th century, it was not known that mosquitoes carried yellow fever. New York City, Philadelphia and New Orleans all experienced serious epidemics that spread rapidly and killed thousands. Memphis, a city of 50,000, had outbreaks in 1855, 1867 and 1873, with each outbreak getting progressively worse. Those who came down with yellow fever were quarantined in an effort to prevent the disease from spreading. Often, they were made to wear yellow jackets as a means of identification.

In July 1878, an outbreak of yellow fever was reported in Vicksburg, just south of Memphis. Memphis officials reacted by stopping travel to the city from the south. However, William Warren, a steamboat worker, somehow slipped away and into Kate Bionda’s restaurant on the shore of the Mississippi on August 1. The next day he needed hospitalization and was sent to President’s Island for quarantine, where he died. Kate Bionda, the first Memphis resident to get yellow fever, died on August 13. After that, yellow-fever infections spread quickly throughout Memphis.

Most of the residents who were able to fled the city. Twenty-five thousand people picked up and left within a week. For the most part, it was the African-American residents who remained in town, although they died at a much lower rate than the white residents who contracted the disease. An average of 200 people died every day through September. There were corpses everywhere and near continual ringing of funeral bells. Half of the city’s doctors died.

The epidemic ended with the first frost in October, but by that time, 20,000 people in the Southeast had died and another 80,000 had survived infection. In the aftermath, open sewers and privies were cleaned up, destroying the breeding grounds for mosquitoes and preventing further epidemics.

Today, yellow-fever outbreaks still occur in Africa and South America.

DID YOU KNOW THAT though a stunning sight, this natural treasure is neither the deepest nor the widest canyon in the world. That distinction goes to Tibet’s Yarlung Tsangpo, which is around 30 miles longer than the southwestern gorge and drops 17,567 feet—more than two miles deeper than the Grand Canyon.

WORD OF THE DAY smite (SMYTE) which means:
1 : to strike sharply or heavily especially with the hand or an
implement held in the hand
2 a : to kill or severely injure by so striking
b : to attack or afflict suddenly and injuriously
3 : to cause to strike
4 : to affect as if by striking
5 : captivate, take
Today's word has been part of the English language for a very long time; the earliest documented use in print dates to the 12th century. Smite can be traced back to the Old English smītan, meaning "to smear or defile." Smītan is akin to the Scottish word smit, meaning "to stain, contaminate, or infect," as well as to the Old High German bismīzan, "to defile." In addition to its "strike" and "attack" senses, smite has a softer side. As of the mid-17th century, it can mean "to captivate or take"—a sense that is frequently used in the past participle in such contexts as "smitten by her beauty" or "smitten with him" (meaning "in love with him"). Its past tense is smote. (Merriam-Webster)

NOTICE from Peaine Township

(Received in an email at 3:23 p.m., 8/12/19

The regular meeting of the Peaine Township Board for Monday, August 12, 2019. has been RESCHEDULED for THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019 AT 7:00PM
(at the Peaine Township Hall, 36825 Kings Hwy)

Peaine Township Clerk,                            

Carla Martin

Agenda for rescheduled meeting HERE

Revised agenda for a Tuesday Special Meeting

Back on Track

By Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 12, 2019

Mostly cloudy this morning, 63°, wind is from the WSW at 3 mph, humidity is 90%, pressure is 29.92 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. There may be areas of patchy fog early. Pollen levels are medium-high at 8.7. Top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today North wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy then becoming mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Northeast wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Night Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

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

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

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

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

Sue’s extraordinarily well-preserved bones have allowed scientists to determine many things about the life of T.rex. They have determined that the carnivorous dinosaur had an incredible sense of smell, as the olfactory bulbs were each bigger than the cerebrum, the thinking part of the brain. In addition, Sue was the first T.rex skeleton to be discovered with a wishbone, a crucial discovery that provided support for scientists’ theory that birds are a type of living dinosaur.

DID YOU KNOW THAT not only are they the tallest animal in the kingdom, giraffes may be the most creatively fastidious, using their on-average 21-inch tongues to clean their own ears.

WORD OF THE DAY plaintive (PLAYN-tiv) which means expressive of suffering or woe: melancholy. Like its relative plangent, plaintive is often used to describe sad sounds. "A plaintive wail," for example, is a common use. Plaintive and plangent (along with relatives plaintiff and complain) ultimately derive from the Latin verb plangere, meaning "to strike," "to beat one's breast," or "to lament." This Latin verb led to plaint, an Anglo-French word (and now also an English word) meaning "lamentation." Plaint is the root of Middle English plaintif (meaning "lamenting" or "complaining"), which gave rise to plaintive as well as the noun plaintiff. (Merriam-Webster)

August Dinner 2019

August 11, 2019

The 5 p.m. view of the hall at the August Dinner

Lots and lots of grilled, delicious chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy as well as cole slaw makes for an amazing dinner, especially with each server being a half of a chicken. Then to top it all off, there were tons of desserts, coffee, water, and lemonade.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

While it is too early to get the final statistics, it appeared that the hall was full of lots of hungry people, and that the dinner was a huge success.

View a video of the attendees, the workers, and the grillers HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

August 11, 2019

Father John Paul was the celebrant at both th Saturday afternoon and the Sunday morning Masses. They took place at the 4 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. times respectively. Both services were live streamed on Beaver Island TV.

On Saturday, the reader was Pinky Harmon, and on Sunday, the reader was Jacque LaFreniere. On Sunday, Father John Paul was given the Beaver Island Blessing, which was led by Jacque LaFreniere.

Pinky..........................Jacque.........................Father John Paul

View video of the Masses HERE

Speeding Down the Roads

An editorial by Joe Moore, August 11, 2019

I think that we all have to be reminded sometimes about the speed limits and the most important law regarding speed, the one that talks about "too fast for conditions." The Sheriff's Department sent over one of the automatic speed check machines to make certain that we did get reminded. I am the first to admit that I let my foot off the accelerator too late to make the 25 mph speed limit sign. This machine makes me think about it by providing me the actual speed I am going, so I slow down.

Thre is another reason to slow down, even if the speed limit is 55 mph on the roads outside of the 25 mph speed limit sign. The safety of yourself and your family should be the highest priority, so slowing down will generally help you assure that safety. There are many things you will never see if you are zipping down the roadway. Here is a collection of some of those things with an emphasis on wildlife. The car zipping by Barney's Lake in front of me did not get a chance to see the heron go through its many poses, first hiding, then showing its size in an attempt to scare me away. The car in front of me never even saw the butterflies flitting around the boat launch. The one zipping down Sloptown certainly didn't see the deer that was almost killed by their speeding car. Lucky for the deer, it jumped back away from the road at the last second. The driver didn't even know the deer was there. It could have been a bad day for the driver and the deer.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

It has been suggested that there should be a prize for those that slow down enough to actually see what is going on around them: the wildlife, the child coming out of the driveway, and the wilflife that just happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 11, 2019

Two items for today. First of all, it's Courtney Moore Pelcha and Mike Pelcha's wedding anniversary. Wishing them every happiness and many wonderful years. Love you guys! Second item is that tomorrow Mike Moore, Jessica Moore, and our two grand-daughters arrive for a visit. Can't wait to see them!

Oh yeah, the weather. Well, we have clear, blue skies, 68°, wind is from the SW at 10 mph, humidity is 82%, pressure is 29.97 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium-high at 9.1. Top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots early in the morning. Sunny early in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Night Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY Robin Williams, the prolific Oscar-winning actor and comedian, died by suicide on this day in 2014. He was 63.

On the big screen, Williams, who was born in Chicago in 1951, made his debut in the 1977 low-budget comedy “Can I Do it ‘Til I Need Glasses?” then went on to appear in films such as “The World According to Garp” (1982), “Moscow on the Hudson” (1984) and “Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987), for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination, in the best actor category, for his performance as an Armed Forces Radio disc jockey. Williams also received best actor Oscar nods for his role as an influential English teacher in “Dead Poets Society” and his role as a delusional homeless man in “The Fisher King” (1991).

Among the performer’s other credits are “Aladdin” (1992), in which he voiced the part of the genie, “Mrs. Doubtfire,” in which he portrayed a British nanny and “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won an Oscar, in the best supporting actor category, for his role as a therapist. Williams followed these projects with films including “One Hour Photo” (2002), “The Night Listener” (2006), the “Happy Feet” series (2006-11) and the “Night at the Museum” series (2006-14).

Williams was involved in a number of charitable causes, such as co-hosting telethons, along with Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg, for Comic Relief, an organization that helps homeless people. The actor also was a regular on USO tours, entertaining American troops around the world. In his stand-up routines, Williams spoke openly about his experiences with substance abuse and sobriety.

After Williams died, tributes poured in from the Hollywood community and beyond. President Barack Obama said: “[He] was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan and everything in-between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien—but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.”

DID YOU KNOW THAT if you’ve ever gotten sick of having the hiccups, keep Charles Osborne in mind. The Iowa native started a hiccup spree in 1922 (as he was preparing a hog to slaughter) and just kept going until 1990, when, all of a sudden, he just stopped. The grand total: 68 years.

WORD OF THE DAY démarche (day-MARSH) which means:
1 a : a course of action : maneuver
b : a diplomatic or political initiative or maneuver
2 : a petition or protest presented through diplomatic channels
When it comes to international diplomacy, the French may not always have the last word—but they have quite a few, many of which they've shared with English. We began using démarche—which in French can mean "gait," "walk," or "action," among other things—in the 17th century. It was first used generally in the sense of "a maneuver," and before long it developed a specific use in the world of diplomacy. Some of the other diplomacy-related words we use that come from French include attaché, chargé d'affaires, communiqué, détente, and agrément—not to mention the words diplomacy and diplomat themselves. (Merriam-Webster)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 10, 2019

If someone sat down and tried to outline the qualities that a great partner has, I’m sure the list of qualities would include things like: loving, caring, kind, sympathetic, strong, compassionate, astute, intelligent, hardworking, driven, humorous… and little would the that person writing that list know that they were describing you! Happy birthday, Joseph Moore. Thank you for being YOU!

He gets a great day to celebrate too. It's sunny, 64°, clear blue skies, wind is from the west at 7 mph, humidity is 81%, pressure is 29.95 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium-high at 9.3. The top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. Marine forecast as follows:
Today West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Night Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1793, after more than two centuries as a royal palace, the Louvre is opened as a public museum in Paris by the French revolutionary government. Today, the Louvre’s collection is one of the richest in the world, with artwork and artifacts representative of 11,000 years of human civilization and culture.

The Louvre palace was begun by King Francis I in 1546 on the site of a 12th-century fortress built by King Philip II. Francis was a great art collector, and the Louvre was to serve as his royal residence. The work, which was supervised by the architect Pierre Lescot, continued after Francis’ death and into the reigns of kings Henry II and Charles IX. Almost every subsequent French monarch extended the Louvre and its grounds, and major additions were made by Louis XIII and Louis XIV in the 17th century. Both of these kings also greatly expanded the crown’s art holdings, and Louis XIV acquired the art collection of Charles I of England after his execution in the English Civil War. In 1682, Louis XIV moved his court to Versailles, and the Louvre ceased to be the main royal residence.

In the spirit of the Enlightenment, many in France began calling for the public display of the royal collections. Denis Diderot, the French writer and philosopher, was among the first to propose a national art museum for the public. Although King Louis XV temporarily displayed a selection of paintings at the Luxembourg Palace in 1750, it was not until the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789 that real progress was made in establishing a permanent museum. On August 10, 1793, the revolutionary government opened the Musée Central des Arts in the Grande Galerie of the Louvre.

The collection at the Louvre grew rapidly, and the French army seized art and archaeological items from territory and nations conquered in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. Much of this plundered art was returned after Napoleon’s defeat in 1815, but the Louvre’s current Egyptian antiquities collections and other departments owe much to Napoleon’s conquests. Two new wings were added in the 19th century, and the multi-building Louvre complex was completed in 1857, during the reign of Napoleon III.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the Grand Louvre, as the museum is officially known, underwent major remodeling. Modern museum amenities were added and thousands of square meters of new exhibition space were opened. The Chinese American architect I.M. Pei built a steel-and-glass pyramid in the center of the Napoleon courtyard. Traditionalists called it an outrage. In 1993, on the 200th anniversary of the museum, a rebuilt wing formerly occupied by the French ministry of finance was opened to the public. It was the first time that the entire Louvre was devoted to museum purposes.

DID YOU KNOW THAT although we usually think of it as a goofy game at summer camp, but tug of war used to be seen as a serious athletic event. So much so, that it was part of the Summer Olympics at every one of the Games until 1920. Over the game’s Olympics history, the country that proved best at it was the United Kingdom: two golds, two silvers, and a bronze.

WORD OF THE DAY balkanize (BAWL-kuh-nyze) which means to break up (a region, a group, etcl) into smaller and often hostile units. The Balkan Peninsula of southeastern Europe is lapped by the Adriatic Sea in the west and the Black Sea in the east. It is named for the Balkan Mountains, a mountain range which extends from its border with Serbia to the Black Sea. (Balkan derives from the Ottoman Turkish balḳān, meaning "wooded mountain or mountain range.") The Balkan States are commonly characterized as comprising Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia, with mainland portions of Greece and the European portion of Turkey often being included as well. The English word balkanize (often written with a capital B) is the lexical offspring of geography and history: the decline of the Ottoman Empire in the 18th century led to a series of revolts that accelerated the fracturing of the region into a number of smaller states whose unstable coexistence led to violence that came to a head in World War I. Since the early 20th century, balkanize and its related noun, balkanization, have come to refer to the kind of divisive action that can weaken countries or groups, as well as other things. (Merriam-Webster)

Dark Skies Info

This study puts Beaver Island, specifically, among the most "pristine" night skies in the entire east half of the country!


Township Cemetery Fence Work

August 9, 2019

At a couple of township board meetings, the Historical Society reported over the winter that their walking tour was to be installed this spring. In the spring, all was accomplished except for one location. This would be placed when the township cemetery fence had been replaced. The fence is now in place.

The fencework is now done, and looks good!

View video of the fencework HERE

Font Lake Drawdown Work

August 9, 2019

This St. James Township project was completed and is ready in case next year has such high water levels in Font Lake. A trip out to the area seemed to be in order, so that the project could be viewed.

Some pictures of the ditching necessary to accomplish the run-off water next year.

The water level on August 9, 2019.

View video of the drawdown work HERE

St. James Township Campground

August 9, 2019

St. James Township has quite a few plans for improvments at the township campground. It seemed important to take a quick trip out there to provide a fairly early idea of what the campground is currently like, and then, after the changes are done, record what those changes are. It is difficult sometimes to have any comparison of items when you don't see them all that often.

Notice the size of the signs and the ease in reading them.


A new additional near the registration area.

The walk down to the beach, not much beach there, is part of Font Lake overflow system.

A view from the bottom of the bluff looking at the outer islands; Whiskey, Trout, and Garden.

While it is obvious that the view of the outer island will not change when the campground gets its facelift, it was just beautiful that the photos had to be taken.

View video of the campground HERE

BI Transportation Authority

Agenda and Notice Aug 13 2019 Regular Meeting

July 9 2019 reg meeting minutes draft

Lots of Videos

August 9, 2019

There was a need to get a list of videos completed for the last couple of years, and this necessitated some research. While doing this research, the editor found his own picture in the video one of the original Bach on Beaver performances held at the Episcopal Mission Church here on Beaver Island.

Joe Moore on the left, Jason Economides on the right

Anyway, the list was completed and lots of memorable events came up in the lists. There were close to one thousand video folders with some having many video clips inside. Some of these are being rebroadcast at the Beaver Island TV website at http://beaverisland.tv

These along with some of the more current videos make up a 24 hour broadcast on this Beaver Island TV website of many of the videos over the last two years. There is quite an archive of these videos in the last ten years, some going back to the earlier days on the island including some Rogers Carlisle soundless video from 1950.

The editor is always looking for more video tapes. It has been discovered that many of the VHS video tapes are degrading and may soon be no longer viewable. If you have knowledge of any of these tapes or if you have some that have some historical significance, please contact the editor at medic5740@gmail.com.

Contradance Weekend

Mathew H. Hohn Memorial

On September 1, 1961, Matthew H. Hohn was hired as an Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University (CMU) in the Dept. of Biology. Hohn was promoted to full Professor in 1965 and as Coordinator of the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island, Michigan, in 1967. He retired from CMU in 1986. After retirement, he lived in St. James on Beaver Island.

Matt and Ellie Hohn

Matthew H. Hohn died on March 18, 1999.  There was a Memorial Service for Matt Hohn down at the CMU Biological Center.

View video of the memorial service at CMU HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 9, 2019

Facebook sent me one of those memory thingys - I've been doing this morning post for almost 10 years! Holy cow! So here we go for today... blue skies, 65°, wind is from the west at 10 mph, humidity is 72%, pressure is 29.82 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium-high at 9.4. The top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods. (before I get a bunch of messages asking about chenopods, here's the lowdown from pollen.com "Chenopodium plants are annual herbs with an erect or spreading stem that range from 1 to more than 4 feet tall. The leaves are alternate with a length of 1 to 5 inches. The flowers are small and inconspicuous and the fruit is bladder-like. Chenopods grow in open areas and disturbed soil, such as roadsides and dry, sandy areas. The environment (moisture, day length and shade) causes marked differences in the growth form of the plants. The pollen production can range from meager to abundant. In pollen counts, goosefoot and lamb's quarters is often interchanged with the plant called pigweed (Amaranthus) for a few reasons. Flowering and pollen shed occurs at the same time and the pollen grains look very similar to analysts conducting pollen counts through their microscopes. Common names for these plants are also used interchangeably depending on where you are in the country." Marine forecast as follows:
Today Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Tonight Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Saturday West wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday Night Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1974, in accordance with his statement of resignation the previous evening, Richard M. Nixon officially ends his term as the 37th president of the United States at noon.

Before departing with his family in a helicopter from the White House lawn, he smiled farewell and enigmatically raised his arms in a victory or peace salute. The helicopter door was then closed, and the Nixon family began their journey home to San Clemente, California. Richard Nixon was the first U.S. president to resign from office.

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT you've no doubt been cooking up pasta at some point in your life and tossed in a pinch of salt, believing that will not only add some extra flavor to the dish, but make the proceedings move along faster. But despite popular belief, salt doesn’t make water boil any faster—and may actually slow it down by increasing the water’s boiling point—to about 216 degrees Fahrenheit, compared to the standard 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

WORD OF THE DAY omnium-gatherum (ahm-nee-um-GA-thuh-rum) which means a miscellaneous collection (as of things or persons). English abounds in Latin phrases. They roll off the learned tongue like peas off a fork: tabula rasa, ab ovo, a posteriori, deus ex machina, ex cathedra, mea culpa, terra firma, vox populi, ad hominem, sub rosa. Omnium-gatherum belongs on that list too, right? Not exactly. Omnium-gatherum sounds like Latin, and indeed omnium (the genitive plural of Latin omnis, meaning "all") is the real thing. But gatherum is simply English gather with -um tacked on to give it a classical ring. We're not suggesting, however, that the phrase is anything less than literate. After all, the first person known to have used it was John Croke, a lawyer who was educated at Eton and Cambridge in the 16th century. (Merriam-Webster)

Submit Your Birds for Testing

Great Lakes region ruffed grouse hunters – we need you!

The ruffed grouse West Nile virus surveillance project will enter year two this fall. The collaborative study began in 2018, between Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources and the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study group.

The study is being conducted to learn more about West Nile virus (WNV) exposure and infection in ruffed grouse in the Great Lakes region. Recently, WNV has become a topic of interest due to a rise in ruffed grouse testing positive for the disease. A study in Pennsylvania recently reported that WNV may have contributed to population declines in areas of lower-quality habitat or where habitat was scarce.  In 2017, WNV was identified in 12 ruffed grouse in Michigan. The virus was confirmed in one ruffed grouse in the early 2000s in Minnesota and detected in Wisconsin ruffed grouse in 2018.

“Evaluating various impacts on grouse populations from influences like weather to the effects of disease is valuable information. By testing birds from key areas in the state, we hope to learn the extent to which ruffed grouse are being exposed to West Nile virus, and how it may be affecting them,” said laboratory technician Julie Melotti from the Michigan DNR Wildlife Disease Lab.

Participation from grouse hunters in the region will be an important component of the study. We encourage grouse hunters to voluntarily submit birds for testing.

Each state has a targeted sampling region and goal. During the 2018 grouse season, Michigan received 209 of the 400 desired samples, from select counties in the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula. Additionally, the Michigan DNR has not documented any unexpected declines in grouse populations across the state and has no data to suggest the state’s populations are in peril. Further information on WNV in ruffed grouse and how to obtain sampling kits in Michigan can be found on the Michigan DNR’s WNV and Ruffed Grouse FAQ sheet.

Minnesota collected 273 sample kits of its 400-sample goal. This year, Minnesota is broadening the sampling area to include the statewide ruffed grouse range. Sampling kits will be made available on Sept. 3. For more information on obtaining a sampling kit, please visit the Minnesota grouse hunting webpage.

In 2018, Wisconsin confirmed its first three cases of West Nile Virus in ruffed grouse. The Wisconsin DNR received 238 ruffed grouse samples last year and plans to release 500 sample kits this year. Hunters interested in assisting the DNR in the surveillance study can obtain test kits from their local wildlife biologists. Contact information for the Wisconsin DNR and additional information regarding ruffed grouse is available online at Wisconsin’s ruffed grouse webpage

The final test results from the first year of surveillance still are being analyzed and are expected by early fall. It is important to understand that many factors influence annual variations in grouse populations in the Great Lakes region.

The multi-year, multi-state design of this surveillance project is its strength, and we are grateful to have the collaboration of our neighboring states on this effort.  These data, once received, will be looked at in the broader context of other variables over time.

The Michigan DNR veterinarian has been contacted about this issue. We are awaiting information about how this can be accomplished here on Beaver Island.

From Kelly Straka, DVM MPH:

"e are currently focusing the surveillance effort in grouse from 4 different 3-county areas across the Upper and Norther Lower Peninsulas as shown below.   Hunters from Beaver Island that may travel to these counties can certainly help us out.  I have attached full instructions that are included with our sampling kits for more information."

Sampling Grouse for West Nile Virus Instructions

St. James Meeting

August 7, 2019, Meeting

April 20, 2019 BIAC meeting minutes


Phragites Ordiance Summary

Phragmites ordin 6-27-08



From Supervisor McNamara:

Attached are the agenda and notes for St James Township's August 7 meeting.  The following was not included in the Supervisor's Lens, but is important to share:  

After more than 18 months of board discussion, public input sessions, research and negotiation, it is now time for the board to make a decision about whether or not St James Township is willing to accept the Gift of the Marina and Waterfront Vacant Lots subject to the forms of the 'Donation and Preservation Agreement' and the 'Conservation Easements' with Little Traverse Conservancy.   

Agenda Item:

·        Anderson/Woollam Marina Project Update & Action Item

o   Review Final Documents

§   Donation and Preservation Agreement between JAW Foundation and the Township

§  Beaver Island Marina Conservation Easement between BI Marine and Little Traverse Conservancy

§  Beaver Island Waterfront Conservation Easement between JAW Foundation and Little Traverse Conservancy.

  • Discuss Resolution to accept the Gift of the Marina and Waterfront Vacant Lots    
To Summarize the Offered Gift -- 6 parcels of waterfront property with marina structures, 2 vacant waterfront lots, up to 100K to improve fuel dock and dispensing equipment, up to 50K to re-side and re-roof pole barn, up to 10K to improve lighting and $ for transition expenses.  Further, the gift  meets the following township goals:
Goals as defined in Master Plan and Recreation Plan
oIncrease and Improve Accessibility to Lake Michigan
oMaximize  Recreational Opportunities Using Existing Assets and Natural Resources
oMake the Island’s Recreational Assets more Easily Accessible to its Own Citizens
}Objectives as defined and to be Met by Project
◦Public Boat Ramp/Launch in Harbor
◦Designate Areas for Public Parking for Boaters
Other Objectives Met by the Project
◦Seasonal Dock Opportunity for year-round and seasonal property owners
◦Non-boater Access to Improved Green Space

◦Improvement of Harbor View and Tidiness of Harbor Area

View video of the meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 8, 2019

Partly cloudy skies this morning, 65°, wind is from the NW at 9 mph, humidity is at 88%, pressure is 29.69 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium at 6.2. The top allergens are grasses, nettle, and plantain. Marine forecast as follows:
Today West wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy early in the morning then clearing. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Tonight Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Friday Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Friday Night Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1988, the Chicago Cubs host the first night game in the history of Wrigley Field.

The first-ever night game in professional baseball took place nearly 60 years earlier, on May 2, 1930, when a Des Moines, Iowa, team hosted Wichita for a Western League game. The match-up drew 12,000 people at a time when Des Moines was averaging just 600 fans per game. Evening games soon became popular in the minors: As minor league ball clubs were routinely folding in the midst of the Great Depression, adaptable owners found the innovation a key to staying in business. The major leagues, though, took five years to catch up to their small-town counterparts.

The first big league night game took place in Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 24, 1935, and drew 25,000 fans. The crowd stood by as President Franklin D. Roosevelt symbolically switched on the lights from Washington, D.C. To capitalize on their new evening fan base, the Reds played a night game that year against every National League team–eight games in total–and despite their lousy record of 68-85, paid attendance rose 117 percent. Over the next 13 seasons, the rest of the major league parks followed suit, with one exception, Wrigley Field, which by 1988 was the second oldest ballpark in use after Boston’s Fenway Park. For 74 seasons, the Cubs played only day games at home. Finally, on August 8, 1988, the Cubs played the Philadelphia Phillies in the park’s first night game. Ninety-one-year-old Cubs fan Harry Grossman was chosen to turn on the lights. After counting to three, he flipped the switch, and announced “Let there be light.”

Rick Sutcliffe started the game for the Cubs, and gave up a home run to Phil Bradley of the Phillies on his fourth pitch. The Cubs’ star second baseman Ryne Sandberg answered with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, and with the Cubs leading in the bottom of the fourth inning 3-1, the game was called due to rain. Because the five innings needed for the game to be official were not completed, Wrigley’s first night game is officially recorded as a 6-4 win over the New York Mets on August 9, 1988.

DID YOU KNOW THAT in Russia, beer was classified as a soft drink until 2011, when it was officially reclassified as alcoholic by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The change came out partly because of the rise in popularity of the drink, with sales rising more than 40% during the previous decade as it was marketed as a healthier alternative to vodka.

WORD OF THE DAY aggregate (AG-rih-gut) which means 1) a mass or body of units or parts somewhat loosely associated with each other; 2) the whole sum or amount: sum total. It descends from aggregāre ("to cause to flock together" or "to join together"), a Latin verb made up of the prefix ad- (which means "to," and which usually changes to ag- before a g) and greg- or grex (meaning "flock, herd, or group"). Greg- also gave us congregate, gregarious, and segregate. Aggregate is commonly employed in the phrase "in the aggregate," which means "considered as a whole." Aggregate also has some specialized senses. For example, it is used to describe a mass of minerals formed into a rock, and materials like sand or gravel that are used to form concrete, mortar, or plaster.

Men's Golf League Results, Week 9

August 8, 2019

Carol Creaser, RIP

Carol was born on November 7, 1946, and passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019.

Carol was a resident of South Bend, Indiana, at the time of passing.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 7, 2019

Another beautiful morning. It's 64°, clear skies, wind is from the SSW at 5 mph, humidity is 100%, pressure is 29.77 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. We MAY get a stray shower (and we can use some rain). After midnight the the chance of rain increases to 80%. Pollen levels are medium-high at 8.1. The top allergens are grasses, nettle, and plantain. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Rain showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Thursday Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Thursday Night Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DAY in 1782, in Newburgh, New York, General George Washington, the commander in chief of the Continental Army, creates the “Badge for Military Merit,” a decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk, edged with a narrow binding of silver, with the word Merit stitched across the face in silver.

The badge was to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action” and permitted its wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge. The honoree’s name and regiment were also to be inscribed in a “Book of Merit.”

Washington’s “Purple Heart” was awarded to only three known soldiers during the Revolutionary War: Elijah Churchill, William Brown and Daniel Bissell, Jr. The “Book of Merit” was lost, and the decoration was largely forgotten until 1927, when General Charles P. Summerall, the U.S. Army chief of staff, sent an unsuccessful draft bill to Congress to “revive the Badge of Military Merit.”

In 1931, Summerall’s successor, General Douglas MacArthur, took up the cause, hoping to reinstate the medal in time for the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth. On February 22, 1932, Washington’s 200th birthday, the U.S. War Department announced the creation of the “Order of the Purple Heart.”

In addition to aspects of Washington’s original design, the new Purple Heart also displays a bust of Washington and his coat of arms. The Order of the Purple Heart, the oldest American military decoration for military merit, is awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who have been killed or wounded in action against an enemy. It is also awarded to soldiers who have suffered maltreatment as prisoners of war.

DID YOU KNOW THAT JEEP is an Army term? The sporty vehicles go their names from an army abbreviation for “General Purpose,” or “G.P.” which phonically translates to “JEEP.” Hoo-ah.

WORD OF THE DAY ransack (RAN-sak) which means 1) to look through thoroughly in often a rough way; 2) to search through and steal from in a forceful and damaging way: plunder. Ransack carries the image of a house being roughly disarranged, as might happen when you are frantically searching for something. This is appropriate given the word's origin. Ransack derives, via Middle English ransaken, from Old Norse rannsaka; the rann in rannsaka means "house." The second half of rannsaka is related to an Old English word, sēcan, meaning "to seek." But our modern use of the word isn't restricted to houses. You can ransack a drawer, a suitcase, or even the contents of a book (for information). A now-obsolete frequentative form of ransack, ransackle, gave us our adjective ramshackle.

Election Results

St. James Township

Beaver Island District Library Millage



Peaine Township

Peaine Township Operating Millage



Peanine Township Transfer Station Millage



Peanine Township Fire Renewal Millage



Peanine Township Medical Center Renewal Millage



Beaver Island District Library Millage



All millages on the ballot in both townships passed today, August 6, 2019!

Picton Castle Visits Paradise Bay

This is the tall ship "PIcton Castle", a 284-ton Barque that is traditionally rigged and is operated as a training ship based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her draft is 14'6. Beam is 24'. Sail area is 12,450 square feet! She has a steel hull. Rig height is 97'. Sparred length is 179'. She was built in 1928 and as a crew of 12. Her website is https://www.picton-castle.com/ to get more information.

The Picton Castle entered Paradise Bay a little before 7 p.m., 8/6/19

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the sailing vessel HERE

Beaver Island Commission on Aging Sunday Summer Picnic

August 18th, 2019
11:30 - 1:30 pm
@Port of St. James Pavilion

$4.00 to ALL Beaver Island & Charlevoix Residents/property owners
$8.00 for a Spouse UNDER 60 or Family members.

MENU: Hamburgers & Hot Dogs on the Grill, Chips, Salads, Fruit, Cookies

Music: TBA

Please join me for Summer Fun, Dancing, and Congregate with Friends & Family

Feel free to call me with any question,

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 6, 2019

It's obvious I slept in - Joe still is - but since we're both retired it's allowed. Right now we have cloudy skies, 66°, wind from the NNW at 5 mph, humidity is 89%, pressure is 29.74 inches, and visibility is 10 miles, although there may be areas of patchy fog. By this afternoon, clouds should float away, leaving us with sunny skies. Pollen levels are medium at 6.8. The top allergens are grasses, nettle, and plantain. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today West wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest in the morning. Mostly cloudy early in the morning then clearing. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday Night West wind 5 to 10 knots. Rain showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DAY in 1945, the United States becomes the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry during wartime when it drops an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.

Though the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan marked the end of World War II, many historians argue that it also ignited the Cold War.

Since 1940, the United States had been working on developing an atomic weapon, after having been warned by Albert Einstein that Nazi Germany was already conducting research into nuclear weapons. By the time the United States conducted the first successful test (an atomic bomb was exploded in the desert in New Mexico in July 1945), Germany had already been defeated. The war against Japan in the Pacific, however, continued to rage. President Harry S. Truman, warned by some of his advisers that any attempt to invade Japan would result in horrific American casualties, ordered that the new weapon be used to bring the war to a speedy end.

On August 6, 1945, the American bomber Enola Gay dropped a five-ton bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. A blast equivalent to the power of 15,000 tons of TNT reduced four square miles of the city to ruins and immediately killed 80,000 people. Tens of thousands more died in the following weeks from wounds and radiation poisoning. Three days later, another bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, killing nearly 40,000 more people. A few days later, Japan announced its surrender.

In the years since the two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan, a number of historians have suggested that the weapons had a two-pronged objective. First, of course, was to bring the war with Japan to a speedy end and spare American lives. It has been suggested that the second objective was to demonstrate the new weapon of mass destruction to the Soviet Union.

By August 1945, relations between the Soviet Union and the United States had deteriorated badly. The Potsdam Conference between U.S. President Harry S. Truman, Russian leader Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill (before being replaced by Clement Attlee) ended just four days before the bombing of Hiroshima. The meeting was marked by recriminations and suspicion between the Americans and Soviets. Russian armies were occupying most of Eastern Europe. Truman and many of his advisers hoped that the U.S. atomic monopoly might offer diplomatic leverage with the Soviets. In this fashion, the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan can be seen as the first shot of the Cold War.

If U.S. officials truly believed that they could use their atomic monopoly for diplomatic advantage, they had little time to put their plan into action. By 1949, the Soviets had developed their own atomic bomb and the nuclear arms race began.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the Sulabh International Museum Of Toilets in New Delhi, India features a rare collection of objects “detailing the historic evolution of toilets” from 2500 BC to right up until today. Learn about the toilet systems of ancient societies, the elaborately decorated toilets of 18th and 19th century Europe, and even a toilet from Austria that’s shaped like a lion so that you can feel like you’re riding the wild beast while doing your business.

WORD OF THE DAY totem (TOH-tum) which means an object (such as an animal or plant) serving as the emblem of a family or clan and often as a reminder of its ancestry. Totem comes to us from Ojibwa, an Algonquian language spoken by an American Indian people from the regions around Lake Superior. The most basic form of the word in Ojibwa is believed to be ote, but 18th-century English speakers encountered it as ototeman (meaning "his totem"), which became our word totem. In its most specific sense, totem refers to an emblematic depiction of an animal or plant that gives a family or clan its name and that often serves as a reminder of its ancestry. The term is also used broadly for any person or thing having particular emblematic or symbolic importance. The related adjective totemic describes something that serves as a totem, that depicts totems ("totemic basketry," for example), or that has the nature of a totem.

Charlevoix County COA August Update

Just a note to keep you up to date on what is going on with the COA and to respond to requests for more information.  Please find attached the August 2019 Senior Hi-Lites Newsletter

Should you have ANY questions about program requirements or qualifications, please contact Kathie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island or Sheri Shepard in the COA Office. 

A draft survey was sent to Judy Gallagher and Carol Creasser on June 5, 2019 to review and provide input regarding COA services and programs for the Seniors on Beaver Island.  The Judy and Carol are now unable to assist the COA with this survey and getting it out to the senior residents on the island.  The COA will be completing the development of the electronic survey and the paper survey this month on our own and will have it available to Beaver Island Seniors in September 2019.  Instructions on survey availability and completion will come in the September 2019 BI Update.   

The Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program to date this program is being utilized by 14 of residents and for homemaking (cleaning) and we have 1 combo Homemaking/Personal Care use.   We are pleased that Beaver Island Homemaking contractors are contacting the COA directly now to better understand what homemaking services are covered by the COA.  There continues to be a misconception by seniors as to what is included in the Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program even though it is outlined in every program packet.  “The Commission will reimburse the provider who renders service to Beaver Island seniors’ citizens (those 60 and older) up to $80 monthly per household in TOTAL for any personal care, homemaker services, or respite care services. Seniors choose their own providers.  The providers are not COA employees so the COA has nothing to do with the quality or supervision of the services.  The intent of the program is to reimburse services that keep seniors independent and in their own homes.  Anything a senior asks to be done outside of what is outlined below for service and costs are the responsibility of the senior.


Personal Care can include: Bed bath, sponge bath, or shower, Foot Care (no cutting nails), Hair Care (wash, dry, roller set style-NO cutting hair), Skin (wash, apply lotion), Oral Care (brush teeth, soak, and wash dentures) Perineal Care(assist), Dressing (assist with dressing and laying out clothes for night and morning), Colostomy Care (empty bag, replace), Catheter Care(wash), Toileting, Assist with TED hose. Homemaking duties may include: Bed linens changed, make the bed, dust wash dishes, take out the trash, clean kitchen, clean stove, clean refrigerator, vacuum, sweep, mop, clean bathroom, grocery shop, errands, bring in mail and laundry. Respite Care can include: Bed bath, sponge bath or shower, Foot Care (no cutting nails), Hair Care (wash, dry roller set, style-NO cutting hair), Skin (wash, apply lotion), Perineal Care(assist), Dressing (assist with dressing and lay out clothes for night and morning), Toileting, Light housekeeping, Assist with eating and light meal prep.”

We will be making changes to this program for the next fiscal year beginning October 1, 2019 since our re-evaluation has brought to light more problems and once these changes are approved by the County Commissions I will share them with you.

We have not had any individuals express interest in the Wellness Check program partnered with the Sheriff’s Department this month.  The County Commissioners approved the renewal agreement between the COA and the Sheriff’s Department beginning 10/1/19 for this program. 

Reminder if you didn’t realize that you have had a choice all this time??   Beaver Island Seniors are welcome to be a part of the Charlevoix County Mainland Senior Centers and the services, activities, lunches/dinners and events provided at the centers through the COA.  When you schedule your appointments, shopping and family events on the mainland, look to coordinate your visit with the opportunities the COA is providing, and make an appointment to participate if it is required.  Otherwise, just show up.  Services, Activities, lunches/dinners and events are listed for all Senior Center locations in the attached Newsletter.  Appointments are required for Foot Clinics and some events so please call the center you would like to visit directly to see what is needed.  Contact names, phone numbers and addresses are also available on our Newsletter.

The next COA Advisory Board Meetings are:

August 19, 2019 at the COA Building at 10am

The COA Advisory Board meets all around Charlevoix County including Beaver Island so that they are accessible to all the aging population of Charlevoix County at a coordinated time and place each month – The Beaver Island meeting is scheduled on Beaver Island for September 16th at the BI Community Center upstairs room at 10am. 

As a reminder, the Mainland Senior Centers Hours are:

9a-2p Monday through Friday October through April

9a-2p Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday May through September.  Wednesday’s hours are 2p-7p for Wednesday Night Dinners May through September (there is not lunch or Home Delivered Meals that day).

They are closed for most of the National Holidays.

Beaver Island COA Office Updates:

The BI COA Office is located at 26466 Donegal Bay Rd and the hours are 8a-5p Monday through Friday.  Please do not contact Kathie outside of this time frame for services.  The phone number is 231-448-2124.  “Sunday Dinners” are still planned for once a month August through May and is a lunch but the locations for these “dinners” may change dependent upon availability and costs.  The office is still closed for most of the National Holidays.    

  • The COA BI Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was rescheduled to be included with the BI Senior Picnic on August 18th.
  • The COA BI Office now has Shelf Stable Snacks available for our Charlevoix County residents aged 60 years old and above to be available 1x a month for pick up. Selection will vary depending upon availability. Please contact Kathie for more information.
  • The BI COA Office now has a Senior Resource Manual available for review.  Kathie is happy to make copies of information as needed.
  • Monday Aug 12th at 2p will be the COA Ice Cream Social at Daddy Franks for our Charlevoix County residents aged 60 years old and above.

Meal Voucher Program update:

There have been many unhappy calls regarding seniors not having enough choice on Beaver Island any longer with regards to the meals and voucher program.  The COA is continuing to try to find alternatives and get previous partners back on the program.  To date, there have been no changes regarding participation from Hodgson Enterprises, Inc with the BI Nutrition Program.  

The Beaver Island Community School will start up their participation with this program on September 3, 2019.

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

Address: 218 W. Garfield Avenue, Charlevoix, MI  49720

View Senior Highlights HERE


BINN has been monitoring the osprey hatchling(s) and the water level at Gull Harbor since the beginning of the season. It appears that there is only one osprey hatchling in the nest, but the only way to verify this would be to send a drone up, and that is not recommended since the adult osprey are in protection mode right now. The two adults were seen chasing away a fairly large group of crows, which prompted a walk around of the area to make certain that no hatchling had been knocked out of the nest. Here is the most recent picture of the osprey hatchling and its protective adult.

The Gull Harbor area is flooded as almost everyone knows, but the water levels continue to rise somewhat above the 1986 high water level. The water is coming in on the roadway and is only a little way from the driveway of the last home on the roadway. When the wind comes out of the east there may be more roadway washed away. Here is the picture of the opening to Gull Harbor just past the last house.

The Beaver Island TV website has been broadcasting several of the events that have recently occurred on the island including the Contradance on August 3rd, the interview with Bill Markey of the Dark Skies Project, and several of the Museum Week activities and events. Included usually are the Glenn McDonough Memorial Concert and the Music on the Porch event and others.



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

The Chamber of Commerce of Beaver Island has posted this, and BINN found it on facebook. It's a very nice video, viewable on YouTube.

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 4/16/18

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

St. James Township Meetings Schedule

September 5, 2018

View video of the meeting HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

The Beaver Island Water Trail is active.เธข  Check out the paddling guide.

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 5, 2019

I think we're coming to the end of the run of hot days. We have an 80% chance of rain today and tonight. Right now I'm showing 67°, wind is from the SSW at 8 mph, humidity is 90%, pressure is 29.90 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium-high at 7.5, while the top allergens are grasses, nettle, and plantain. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Night Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT there are 118 ridges on the side of a dime? There are also 119 ridges (which are called reeded edges) on the side of a quarter, 150 on the side of a half dollar, 198 on a dollar, and 133 on a Susan B. Anthony dollar.

WORD OF THE DAY passim (PASS-im) which means in one place or another: here and there. Passim is from the Latin word passus ("scattered"), itself from pandere, meaning "to spread." Pandere is the root of the common word expand and the not-so-common word repand, meaning "having a slightly undulating margin" (as in "a repand leaf" or "a repand colony of bacteria"). It is also the progenitor of pace, as in "keep up a steady pace." Passim itself appears in English both on its own and as part of the adverb sic passim, which means "so throughout." Sic passim is typically used to indicate that a word or idea is to be found at various places throughout a book or a writer's work.

Mass from Holy Cross

August 4, 2019

The Saturday and Sunday Masses were at their regular time, 4 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Both services were live streamed at Beaver Island TV. Parts of the two services were also recorded. Our local pastor Father Jim Siler provided both services. Pinky Harmon read on Saturday, and Kitty McNamara Green read on Sunday.



View video of the services HERE

Christian Church Service

August 4, 2019

Bulletin for August 4th

View video of part of the service HERE

Irish Festival Planned for September 2019

Contradance August 3rd

Last night at the Episcopaal Mission Church, the chairs were cleared and the wood floor was shining as the 7 p.m. start time of this session of the Contradance began. It looked like everyone was having so much fun. The smiles, even though it was above 80 degrees, were so nice to see in this less than formal atmosphere. It was obvious that everyone was truly enjoying themselves as the group danced and danced. The young lady doing the calling also was having a great time, and the musicians, the Cut Finger Band, were also having some great music to share with all present. We had a keyboard, a fiddler, an Irish drum, a banjo, and another percussionist with spoons and cow bell. The atmosphere was one of joy, and the editor was quite easily drawn into the joy and the music.

View an interview with the caller and two dance videos HERE

Holy Cross Bulletin August 2019

Homecoming Dinner

Sunday, August 11, 2019

4:30-7:30 p.m.

July 2019

Video made of pictures of the last two weeks of July 2019.

View video HERE



Resale Shop

The summer schedule at Island Treasures Resale Shop will begin on Tuesday, June 4. The shop will be open Tues. through Sat. from noon until 4:00. Please tell your friends.

St James Township Meeting Time Change

St James Township Regular Monthly Meeting times have changed from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM.เธข  The board will continue to meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the St James Township Hall at the Point.เธข เธข 

Telecommunications Committee 2019 Meeting Schedule

Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

Island Summit Final Reports

The Island Summit took place down at the CMU Biological Center on the east side of Beaver Island this past September from the 23-25. There were participants from twelve Great Lakes islands. These are the reports from that summit.

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2019 Meeting Dates

June 15

September 21

December 14 (Annual Meeting)

Meetings are on Saturdays at 10 AM in the BIRHC Community Room
37304 Kings Highway

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:เธข เธข  8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:เธข เธข  12:00 - 5:00

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

Public Meeting Dates



List including St. James Finanace and Public Works Committee Meeting HERE

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

August 2019


Waste Management Committee Meeting Schedule

1st Tuesday of the Month at 1 p.m. at Peaine Hall

View schedule HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

August 11, 2019

Contradance Summer 2019 Schedule

Dances start at 7 p.m. at the St. James Episcopal Church



BIC Center Movie Schedule: August 2019

Aug. 10th  is our stand up comedy night, Aug. 30th is Erin Corburn Live, both at 8pm


Long Shot

3 August 2019


3 August 2019


6 August

Plus One

9 August 2019

Ugly Dolls (Special Friday Night Movie)

13 August 2019

Amazing Grace


Pokemon-Detective Pikechu

17 August 2019 (7pm)

Avengers Endgame

18 August 2019

Avengers Endgame Special Showing


The Hustle

24 August 2019

A Dogs Journey

24 August 2019


27 August 2019

The Biggest Little Farm

31 August 2019

Secret life of Pets 2

31 August 2019

The Sun is also a Star

Video Report for July 2019

The live streaming website of Beaver Island TV, reported 375 unique visitors with at total of 898 visits in the first four weeks of July. These numbers come from the video server for the live streaming and the rebroadcast of video.

The current video on Beaver Island News on the 'Net was viewed by 157 unique IP addresses with 305 views. The older videos from the Archives website show 56 unique IP addresses, but have 579 views. The most popular videos included Music on the Porch, Stone Circle Discussion, and Peaine Township Meeting for July.

While the month of July has been busy for live streaming and recorded video, the subscriber base is also quite busy doing their summer activities. Some will get a chance to review these clips after the summer season slows down in four to six week.

Historical Society Spring 2019 Newsletter

July 13, 2019

From a Former BICS Graduate, Now a Teacher

July 11, 2019

There are certain expressions we see in the faces of others that leave an indelible imprint on our psyche.  

Maybe a long lost reuinion of old friends where double-takes and jaw dropping makes for wide eyes.  

Or, maybe you've seen that 5 (or 45) year old boy get that toy they've been dream-surfing about for eons.  That expression looks more like ants crawling up the leg, bouncing and eyebrows stretching back the scalp.

I have a bit of a crazy idea, and by the way of introducing it to you, I'd like to share a magical expression that I have saved in my memory locker from when I was a boy.

My dad was a teacher on the Island when I was little, and that meant that I had to go to school earlier than the other kids.  I'd spend this time waiting for the sun to peek over the lighthouse while thumbing through a book in the school library.

It was one of these mornings when the magic happened.

You see, an Island family had a dog named Stubby (to be honest, I think there were several 'Stubbys' over the years). In any event, to a 1st grader like me, this Stubby looked like Clifford the Big Red Dog's younger, and tanner cousin.

Now when this Island family went out commercial fishing each day, Stubby went out looking for treats.  All dogs know that the best percentages for treats come from walking up to a religious sister and begging.

At that time, the Convent wasn't a vacation residence, it housed Dominican nuns. One of those nuns was Sr. Marie Eugene. Sr. Marie taught K-3 in one room.

It was an intense experience being her student- something akin to basic training in the military, just with more Elmer's glue in some spots. 

Anyhow, Stubby took a liking to the fact that Sr. Marie Eugene took a liking to giving him a treat.  

So, instead of just hanging around the Convent, Stubby would whimper one treat down there, and follow Sister up the hill looking for more.

In those days, Dominican sisters wore lots of layers of robe-like dresses and whatnot. Could have been several tactical secret pockets with dog buscuits in there for all I know.

In any event, I saw Sister walking up the hill to school. Stubby followed a few steps behind.  

I could see Sister turn around a few times pointing a finger. 

Stubby's ears and tail would drop a notch, and he'd stop for a moment.  

Once Sister started moving, Stubby would saunter a few steps behind as before.

This continued until Sister unlocked the front door. 

Stubby must've thought that this "school place" was where the treats came from, because his whole demeanor changed.

He crouched down low, and set off with power! He went right between Sister's legs, nearly knocking her down.  I could see her glasses bounce on her nose as she tried her best not to become unsaddled by the excited lab.  

Her eyes showed pure terror while her jaw and mouth were set with a fury few mortals have witnessed and lived to speak of.

The ride itself only lasted a few seconds, and Sister caught herself with one hand on the school door. Her landing was what kids would later call a "Japan Air" in the X-games. Once she gathered her wits, she looked at me watching in the window.

A braver kid would have nose-dived back in the book, pretending not to notice. I left the book where it was in midair, and bolted as quick as Stubby to my Dad's classroom.

Stubby became very skilled at timing his entry into the school. In fact, none of our administrators could really stop him.  He'd visit a classroom, knock the stuff off your desk with his tail, determine whether a treat was available, and leave without a word when he was satisfied that there were other more important errands to attend to.

A lifetime or two after this, and much to the karmic delight of my past educators, I became a teacher myself.  I inherited some traits from my dad: hating paperwork, and developing an ability to smile politely during non-essential meetings (if you've been to an essential meeting at school as a teacher, let me know....)

I never developed Sister Marie Eugene's innate rodeo balance or her ability to draw the letter "F" in such a way that it would inject fear into the recipient.  

However, even as a kid I noticed that after a while, kids were no longer distracted by a dog in the classroom, they were actually less stressed.

Science has proven this in the past several years.  In my own classroom, I've secured the permissions to have a highly trained dog at school. It was quite a logistical/legal gauntlet, let me tell you.

However, I can say with complete confidence that having a dog with me at school has decreased truancy, helped at least one kid not to run away, and brought several openly defiant kiddos back into the building.

Each morning, Jamie, the lab I've been borrowing from a neighbor, will greet each kid that comes in my door. Sometimes he'll stay with this or that kiddo a little longer. At first I didn't understand why this was happening. Now, I think that I do.

There was this little girl down at the office one day. She was stewing something fierce. She wasn't talking, but I could see four letter words being formed on her lips and clenched jaw. Looked like she was even clenching up her toes waiting to unload on the principal.

I was taking Jamie out to water his favorite bush, and he walked right up to that kid. She immediately relaxed and petted the dog. After a few moments, I asked how she was. 

"Ok, I guess. I'm in trouble."

"Sorry kiddo, hope it goes ok for ya."


Later on, I learned the kid's story.  Imagine the most traumatizing thing you could come home to.  That's what this kid came home to a few years prior.

Visiting with a dog isn't gonna fix that. Not much will. However, visiting with a dog can help provide a relief from looping negative thoughts.  Our minds can take us to some dark places if we're not careful.  A visit with a trained canine can break that cycle, and help a kiddo to get a different perspective.

Now, I've got a few months of having a dog in the classroom most school days. Might be one of the few teachers in the country trying it. I don't have longitudinal data, just my own experiences and about a decade of teaching.

It makes a positive difference.  Kids will work extra hard to have their furry friend in class.  They will tenaciously police any food that is dropped.  

The class has another shared and united purpose outside of themselves. 

Individual kids can find calm despite past trauma (which is tenfold more common than most folks think: incarcerated parent(s), sleeping in a car, substance abuse, etc.)

I visited a kennel that specializes in English Cream Golden Retrievers (a more relaxed breed than the Labrador). I met the momma and papa dogs, checking for temperament.  

I put a deposit down on a puppy.  Due to the "job" this dog will have, I've been given "pick of the litter." That doesn't happen anymore.  It costs the breeder a considerable amount of money.

This specialized breed with specialized training will cost a great deal of money.  

Would you be willing to donate a dollar or two to my cause for kids? 

This really does make a difference. Each time we get a little closer to the goal, I have an expression that causes my wife and kids to laugh.  I don't think it's as expressive as Sr. Marie Eugene's, but it is like scoring a goal for a kiddo with lots of burdens.  It's one way we can brighten their days.

If you can help, here's the link

Thanks for thinking it over! Puppys' eyes are opening. That's a pretty great expression too :) 

From Phillip Michael Moore

Early History of Beaver Island EMS

(When it was still all volunteers....This is the opening of a book called "Rural EMS is Different.")

Preface—The History of Beaver Island EMS

Beaver Island EMS was a conception begun by Dr. Joseph Christie and both township governments on or around 1975 when an old Red Cross ambulance was purchased for Dr. Christie and a twin engine aircraft was acquired to transport emergency patients.  Unfortunately, both the old ambulance and the aircraft were gone before the true beginning of Beaver Island EMS. 

Michael F. McGinnity, RN, re-established the need for prehospital care and transportation when he initiated the contact with LifeLink, Inc. from Petoskey, Michigan to offer the first Basic EMT class on Beaver Island in 1985.  Students in the first class included Ruth Gregg, Perry and Sandy Fortier, Roger Laars, Mike McGinnity, John and Joyce Runberg, and Bill McDonough.   John LaMont was the instructor for this course offered on Beaver Island.  The beginning group initiated a purchase of an old ambulance from Mackinac City, and began the work of stocking it with supplies.

The second EMT class occurred the following year with John LaMont, Larry Hansen, and Mike McGinnity taking turns teaching the program in 1986.  The students in the second class included Neal and Connie Boyle, Ruth Gregg, Bill Markey, Jim Hibbler, Mary Delamater, Jerry Sowa, and Joe Moore.  Quite a few of the successful students from the first class left the Island which required the second class.

From this second EMT class developed the leadership to form an organization with Neal Boyle, president; Bill Markey, Vice-President; Connie Boyle, treasurer; and Joyce Runberg, Secretary.  The official beginnings were in 1986, but the organization was fully up and running with two divisions in May 1987.  The two divisions included a land and water division of Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services and Rescue, which were individually headed by Neal Boyle, the land division, and by Alan Muma, the water division.  Alan Muma, the BI deputy sheriff, was the first recognize the need for a rescue boat to help stranded visitors and to have the ability to rescue people in the water.  The original organizational motto was “Islands of Safety”.

After several months, Bill Markey became the new acting president, and the first on-call list was published.  Many hours were spent fundraising to better equip the organization for its noble mission.  In July of 1988, a new leader emerged and was elected president.  Jerry Sowa, as a retired marine officer, had the experience to lead the organization and to move it forward.  Under his leadership, the first EMT-Specialist class was taught.  Those completing this class included Joe Moore, Bill Markey, Jerry Sowa, and Mike McGinnity.  Bill Markey took the helm in November 1988 and realized that we needed an Island-based education program so he sent Joe Moore off the Island to take the EMT Instructor Coordinator program in April 1989. 

During Bill Markey’s presidency several important changes took place to make Beaver Island EMS more professional.  A State of Michigan approved special study was written to allow the Beaver Island EMT-Specialists to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), to start Intravenous fluids, and to place a tube in the trachea of a cardiac arrest patient, but BIEMS was unable to participate without the equipment in October 1989.

The Beaver Island Medical Center helped sponsor a fundraising campaign named “Hundred with a Heart” to raise the necessary money for the AED.  The campaign was very successful and a plaque was purchased to mark this historic event, and included engraving the names of all who donated to make this successful.

Bill Markey also was successful in improving the emergency communications on Beaver Island.  In August of 1990, the repeater tower went up near the old Peaine Township hall.  This repeater tower is still in use today. (Tower taken down by Peaine Township Board recently.)  Bill Markey is also responsible for the completion of the OSHA required “Clean Room” in the ambulance garage.  Bill deserves a big thank you for all this work in getting these accomplished.

In 1991, after Alan Muma had left Beaver Island, a new rescue boat captain became involved.    Jim Owens, also a deputy sheriff like Alan Muma, became the contact person for stranded vessels in northern Lake Michigan.  While Jim Owens was the rescue boat captain, the boat was used for true water rescue, for towing stranded vessels, for helping lost vessels, and for training.  Several BIEMS personnel became trained by a retired United State Coast Guard Commander and author of the Water Rescue textbook published by Mosby Lifeline.  This training encompassed personal rescue, victim rescue, water search and rescue, and land search and rescue.  In June of 1992, the township governments decided to raffle the rescue boat and dedicate the money from the raffle to purchase of water rescue equipment.

After Bill Markey stepped down as the president (chairperson), Joe Moore took over as chairperson.  Then Mike and Bev Russell became involved in BIEMS which was probably the most productive history of BIEMS.  BIEMS received a Rural EMS grant to purchase training equipment so that necessary training for EMTs could continue.  Mike and Bev helped out in so many way that they can’t all be listed here, but some include financial solvency with millage for BIEMS,  fiscal and operations reports to the township, and State of Michigan approved education sponsorship.   Bev and Mike Russell were also part of the first paramedic program ever taught on Beaver Island which included Joe Moore, Karl Kiss, and Bob Hamil.  Mike and Bev Russell worked diligently to get BIEMS up to the Advanced Life Support (ALS) level that allows Beaver Island to provide the same level of care as an agency in the “big city”.

 Most recently Joe Moore has shared this chairperson position with Gerald LaFreniere, and now the current Executive Director of BIEMS is Sarah McCafferty. (2006)

The current membership includes Tim McDonough, Joe Timsak, Jim Stambaugh, Abigail Adams, Emily Gray, Michelle LaFreniere, and John Works, Jr., as medical first responders (61 hours of training);  Basic EMTs Cindy Gillespie, Dawn Traficante, Christy Albin, Sarah McCafferty, and Karen Whitecraft (200+ hours of training;)  EMT-Specialists Gerald LaFreniere (300+ hours of training);  and Joe Moore and Ken Bruland, paramedics.  In addition to this resident group of EMS providers, during the summer months, BIEMS also have two paramedics and instructors Lisa and Steve Rose, both paramedic instructors at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Recently, Steve and Lisa Rose with local instructor Joe Moore have taught a second paramedic program on the Island.  Students in the program included Sarah McCafferty, Ken Bruland, and Dawn Traficante.  It will be late August before any of these people will be able to license at the paramedic level.  The hours totaled for all training up to and including this paramedic program total 1200+ hour of training.
Beaver Island EMS has three vehicles to respond to emergencies.  Two of those are diesel fueled ambulances, Type III, which is a van chasis with a box on the back of the chasis, one is licensed at the Basic Life Support Level, Fifty-seven Alpha One, and the other is licensed at the Advanced Life Support Level, Fifty-seven Alpha Two.  The other vehicle is called the Echo car which means it has all of the equipment necessary to make it an advanced life support vehicle.  Beaver Island EMS has been licensed at the Advanced Life Support (ALS) level since the year 2000.
Transportation of the ill or injured victim is still the main focus of Beaver Island EMS and will remain its main mission.  As we move into the future, we need to work (as a community) toward making this mission as easy a possible for our volunteer EMS.  Discussions need to take place on how to transport an ill or injured patient from the Island to the mainland in a more efficient manner.

HERE are the PowerPoint slides of a presentation done at the Upper Pennisula EMS Conference in 2012

Beaver Island Development Corporation


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Beaver Island Historical Activities for 2019

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