B. I. News on the 'Net, August 6-20, 2017

Weather by Joe

August 20, 2017

Once again I am up before Phyllis, and she is resting comfortably, or, at least, she is asleep. She was a little better last night and actually ate some ice cream. On to the weather.....

Right now, at 7:15 a.m., it's 62 degrees outside with pressure at 29,97. Visibililty is seven miles, probably because the dewpoint is 61 degrees and the humidity is at 98%. We've had no rain that could be measured in the last 24 hours. The weather machine says 0.0, even though we got a little sprinkle last night. There is a 50% chance of rain tonight after dinner and 70% chance overnight. The clouds right now are scattered at 7000 feet.

The National Weather Service stated that today will be sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Tonight there will be a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 5 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Word of the Day: daymare (dey-mair) This is a noun that means a distressing experience, similar to a bad dream, occurring while one is awake or an acute anxiety attack. Daymare is formed on the analogy of the much earlier noun nightmare (which dates from the 14th century). The element -mare in both words has nothing to do with mares, stallions, or horses: it comes from the Germanic noun marō “elf, goblin, incubus, succubus, nightmare,” appearing as mare, mære in Old English and Mahr and Nachtmahr “nightmare” in German. Daymare entered English in the 18th century.

On this Day:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Betty Hudgins Passes Away

It was announced tonight at the Holy Cross Catholic Church Mass that Betty Hudgins had passed away. No other information was available. When more becomes available, BINN will post it.

Weather by Joe

August 19, 2017

Phyllis is sleeping in this morning, which is good for healing, and hopefully will help her get over this Beaver Island Crud. You don't want to catch it. That's for sure. On to the weather....

Right now at 7:30 a.m., it's 61 degrees with a pressure 29.86. According to weatherground, it's clear with a humidity of 62% and a dewpoint of 48 degrees. If this correct, then there shouldn't be much fog around today, not like yesterday. There hasn't been any rainfall in the last twelve hours, so that's partly the cause of the lower humidity. The high projected to be 73 degrees with a low around 63 degrees. There is a 15% chance of rain throughout the day.

From the National Weather Service:

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 73. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers between 10pm and midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph

Word of the Day: theine (thee-een) This word is a noun, and it means "caffeine, especially in tea." It comes from New Latin thea tea + -ine

On this Day: On this day in 1909, the first race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, now the home of the world’s most famous motor racing competition, the Indianapolis 500.

Built on 328 acres of farmland five miles northwest of Indianapolis, Indiana, the speedway was started by local businessmen as a testing facility for Indiana’s growing automobile industry. The idea was that occasional races at the track would pit cars from different manufacturers against each other. After seeing what these cars could do, spectators would presumably head down to the showroom of their choice to get a closer look.

The rectangular two-and-a-half-mile track linked four turns, each exactly 440 yards from start to finish, by two long and two short straight sections. In that first five-mile race on August 19, 1909, 12,000 spectators watched Austrian engineer Louis Schwitzer win with an average speed of 57.4 miles per hour. The track’s surface of crushed rock and tar proved a disaster, breaking up in a number of places and causing the deaths of two drivers, two mechanics and two spectators.

The surface was soon replaced with 3.2 million paving bricks, laid in a bed of sand and fixed with mortar. Dubbed “The Brickyard,” the speedway reopened in December 1909. In 1911, low attendance led the track’s owners to make a crucial decision: Instead of shorter races, they resolved to focus on a single, longer event each year, for a much larger prize. That May 30 marked the debut of the Indy 500–a grueling 500-mile race that was an immediate hit with audiences and drew press attention from all over the country. Driver Ray Haroun won the purse of $14,250, with an average speed of 74.59 mph and a total time of 6 hours and 42 minutes.

Since 1911, the Indianapolis 500 has been held every year, with the exception of 1917-18 and 1942-45, when the United States was involved in the two world wars. With an average crowd of 400,000, the Indy 500 is the best-attended event in U.S. sports. In 1936, asphalt was used for the first time to cover the rougher parts of the track, and by 1941 most of the track was paved. The last of the speedway’s original bricks were covered in 1961, except for a three-foot line of bricks left exposed at the start-finish line as a nostalgic reminder of the track’s history.

(from history.com)

Myah Nicole Gillespie is Born

Jimmy and Alyssa announce the birth of their baby

Born today to James Gillespie and Alyssa Lundin was Myah Nicole Gillespie. She weighed 8 pounds and 7 ounces. Myah was 20 inches long.

Congratulations, Jimmy and Alyssa!

Peaine Township Board Minutes for August

Regular meeting minutes

Special meeting minutes

Nina and Pinta in Lake Michigan

Pictures from video by Paul Welke

In fourteen hundred ninety-two

Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;

He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

These two vessels are sailing in the Great Lakes and recently made a stop in Grand Traverse Bay. There were some protestors out in the bay when these vessels came in to dock. The facts of the Christopher Columbus are not necessarily consistent with the poem that many had to learn in school. That is why some of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians were involved in the protests.

There are lots of negatives involved in the several voyages of Christopher Columbus. You can read about some of them HERE. and HERE and HERE. The ships are certainly beautiful to view even if what they represent upsets some people. It would be good to make the facts known, and perhaps sometime they will be revealed to our students.


Video by Paul Welke

Weather by Joe

August 18, 2017

Phyllis isn't feeling well this morning, and she asked me to do the weather. It certainly looks grey and yucky outside right now. We had a little over a half an inch of rain since midnight according to the weather machine in the front yard. It's 63 degrees out with the wind out of the southeast at 3 mph according to the same monitor in the front yard. The pressure 29.48 with visibility of ten miles. It is mostly cloudy at 800 feet and overcast at 1300 feet. The dewpoint is 62 degrees. The humidity is 97%. There is a 15% chance of rain starting about 10 a.m. The radar shows a little rain coming over the lake, but the majority of it is on the mainland.

The national weather forecast is: Scattered showers, mainly before 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 68. Breezy, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Word of the Day: confabulate (kuh n-fab-yuh-leyt); verb meaning to converse informally or chat. Today's weather seemed as if the writer is confavulating with a friend.

On this Day:

On this day in 1991, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is placed under house arrest during a coup by high-ranking members of his own government, military and police forces.

Since becoming secretary of the Communist Party in 1985 and president of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1988, Gorbachev had pursued comprehensive reforms of the Soviet system. Combining perestroika (“restructuring”) of the economy–including a greater emphasis on free-market policies–and glasnost (“openness”) in diplomacy, he greatly improved Soviet relations with Western democracies, particularly the United States. Meanwhile, though, within the USSR, Gorbachev faced powerful critics, including conservative, hard-line politicians and military officials who thought he was driving the Soviet Union toward its downfall and making it a second-rate power. On the other side were even more radical reformers–particularly Boris Yeltsin, president of the most powerful socialist republic, Russia–who complained that Gorbachev was just not working fast enough.

The August 1991 coup was carried out by the hard-line elements within Gorbachev’s own administration, as well as the heads of the Soviet army and the KGB, or secret police. Detained at his vacation villa in the Crimea, he was placed under house arrest and pressured to give his resignation, which he refused to do. Claiming Gorbachev was ill, the coup leaders, headed by former vice president Gennady Yanayev, declared a state of emergency and attempted to take control of the government.

Yeltsin and his backers from the Russian parliament then stepped in, calling on the Russian people to strike and protest the coup. When soldiers tried to arrest Yeltsin, they found the way to the parliamentary building blocked by armed and unarmed civilians. Yeltsin himself climbed aboard a tank and spoke through a megaphone, urging the troops not to turn against the people and condemning the coup as a “new reign of terror.” The soldiers backed off, some of them choosing to join the resistance. After thousands took the streets to demonstrate, the coup collapsed after only three days.

Gorbachev was released and flown to Moscow, but his regime had been dealt a deadly blow. Over the next few months, he dissolved the Communist Party, granted independence to the Baltic states, and proposed a looser, more economics-based federation among the remaining republics. In December 1991, Gorbachev resigned. Yeltsin capitalized on his defeat of the coup, emerging from the rubble of the former Soviet Union as the most powerful figure in Moscow and the leader of the newly formed Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

(from history.com)

From the Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord

Bishop Steven J. Raica

Deacon JIm Siler to be ordained to the priesthood

"I am happy to announce that I will ordain Deacon James Siler to the priesthood for the Diocese of Gaylord on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island. The date coincides with the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the parish’s feast day. Vespers will be held on Wednesday evening, September 13, at 7:00 p.m. also at Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island.

Usually priestly ordinations take place at the Cathedral in Gaylord. However, Deacon Siler has been serving as Pastoral Administrator for Holy Cross on Beaver Island for nearly two years and we want to ensure that as many parishioners there as possible can join in the celebration of this special occasion.

It will be beautiful and I believe the first time there's been an ordination on Beaver Island. There's a lot of excitement already built up for the ordination. For more information, log on to the Diocese of Gaylord's website."

Deacon Jim Siler

“This is a joy-filled moment for our diocese and will be a very special and unique opportunity,” stated Candace Neff, Director of Communications for the Diocese of Gaylord. “Usually priestly ordinations are held at the Cathedral in Gaylord. Holding it on the Island not only makes it easier for Holy Cross parishioners to attend, but will also provide a beautiful setting and experience for those who make the trip for the celebration. Everyone is really excited -- both here and on Beaver Island.”

Space inside the Holy Cross Church is limited, however, so plans are being made for overflow areas across the street as well as for live streaming the liturgies on the internet.

Deacon Siler received a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies in 2009 from Grand Canyon University and received his Master of Divinity from Loyola University in 2013. He was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Patrick R. Cooney on February 7, 2009.

Deacon Siler has served the parishes of Our Lady of the Lake in Prudenville, St. Ann-St. Edward in Cadillac, St. Theresa in Manton and St. Stephen in Lake City in the Diocese of Gaylord. He also worked as hospital chaplain for Mercy Hospital in Grayling and Cadillac.

Deacon Siler was named Pastoral Administrator of Holy Cross Parish on Beaver Island by Bishop Steven J. Raica and has served there since November 1, 2015.

Reflecting on his upcoming ordination, Deacon Siler said, “As I enter unworthily into priesthood, I humbly submit to permit the grace of God to act in my soul to produce all those good works for which God has prepared us beforehand. By God’s grace, may I become and remain the humble servant and holy priest that God created me to be.”

 (from the Diocese of Gaylord website)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 17, 2017

Rainy day (I could probably stop with that), 65°, wind is at 23 mph from the SE, humidity is at 97%, pressure is falling from 29.71 inches, visibility is 1.5 miles, pollen levels are medium at 5.3 and the predominant pollen is ragweed, nettle, and chenopods.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy with rain showers. Highs in the upper 60s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers in the evening then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.
TODAY: Southeast wind 10 to 20 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots increasing to 30 knots in the morning. Periods of showers and scattered thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 3 feet in the morning, then subsiding to 2 feet or less in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DATE of August 17, 1969 - After three days, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in New York came to an end.

DID YOU KNOW THAT room temperature is defined as between 20 to 25C (68 to 77F)?

WORD OF THE DAY: kibitzer (KIB-it-ser) which means a giver of uninvited or unwanted advice. Kibitzer is an informal word borrowed originally into American English from Yiddish kibitzer (also kibbitzer), a derivative of the Yiddish kibetsn and German kiebitzen “to look over the shoulders of card players and offer unsolicited advice and comments.” The Yiddish and German verbs derive from the noun German Kiebitz “lapwing, plover, busybody.” Kibitzer entered English in the 20th century.

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 16, 2017

Mostly cloudy this morning, 61°, wind is at 9 mph from the east, humidity is at 94%, pressure is steady at 30.01 inches, visibility is 8.7 miles, today's UV index at noon will be high at 7, the pollen index for today is medium-high at 9.5, and the top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. High in the upper 70s. East winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TODAY: East wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Mostly sunny early in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 16, 1960 - The free-fall world record was set by Joseph Kittinger. He fell more than 16 miles (about 84,000 feet) before opening his parachute over New Mexico. I'm sure someone is thinking about Baumgartner, who jumped from a helium balloon in the stratosphere. Joe Kittinger holds the record for the longest free fall at around 4 minutes and 36 seconds when he jumped from 102,000 feet. Even though Felix Baumgartner jumped from quite a bit higher, he only had a free fall time around 4 minutes and 20 seconds.

DID YOU KNOW THAT: apples are more effective at waking you up in the morning than coffee? Despite the high sugar levels, eating an apple is a much healthier alternative to drinking coffee. The sugars are also one of the main reasons apples have similar effects to caffeine. Vitamins from apples, specifically the skin, are released slowly throughout the body, making you feel more awake. However, I'm NOT giving up my morning coffee!

WORD OF THE DAY: paludal (puh-LOOD-l) which means of or relating to marshes. The English adjective paludal is formed from Latin palūd- (stem of palūs) “swamp, marsh, fen.” The noun palude “swamp, fen” existed in English from the time of Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?–1400), who first used it, to Richard Hakluyt (1552?–1616), the English geographer and editor whose works greatly influenced Shakespeare (1564–1616). Hakluyt used Palude as a part of a place name, as in “the Palude or marshes of Venice.” Italian also uses palude as a common noun and as a place name, in the form Paludo, e.g., San Giacomo in Paludo (a small island in the Venetian lagoon). Italian also has the family name Padula, a metathesized form of palude, for someone who lived in or near a fen or swamp. Paludal entered English in the 19th century. Still, it doesn't have the same ring to it as Miller's Marsh here on the island. Miller's Paludal? Nawww.

Let Me Say This

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 15, 2017

Only four more days before our kids, and all their families, start arriving and we can hardly wait. It's been two years since some of them were home! Now, to keep our fingers and toes crossed that the weather is terrific for them.

Right now we have clear skies, 60°, wind is at 10 mph from the NW, humidity is at 91%, pressure is steady at 29.83 inches, visibility is 10+ miles, UV index rating is high at 7, pollen levels are medium-high at 9, top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Northwest winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows int he mid 50s. Northwest winds at 10 mph in the evening becoming light. Gusts up to 20 mph.
TODAY: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny early in the morning then becoming sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 15, 1970 - Mrs. Pat Palinkas became the first woman to ‘play’ in a pro football game when she held the ball for the Orlando, FL, Panthers. (From wikipedia;) She was a placekick holder for her husband Steven Palinkas for the minor league (or semi-professional, depending on the source Orlando Panthers in the Atlantic Coast Football League. She attended Northern Illinois University.

At the time of Mr. and Mrs. Palinkas's signing with Orlando, the team was in severe financial straits, having lost thousands of dollars running the team on a large budget. The incoming ownership group sought a way to draw fans to the gate without the big-budget talent it had relied upon in the 1960s. The publicity that came with a female football player, and the profits that could be realized by hiring a box-office draw at league minimum salary, was likely a key factor in the duo's signing.

Palinkas's first day of play was August 15, 1970, against the Bridgeport Jets, in front of twelve thousand fans. On her first play, Palinkas was attacked by Jets defenseman Wally Florence, who admittedly (and unsuccessfully) attempted to "break her neck" as punishment for what he perceived to be "making folly with a man's game." Palinkas went on to appear four more times: three consecutive successful extra point kicks, and a field goal attempt that was blocked.

After her husband injured his leg (reducing his field goal range from 40 yards to an unacceptable 25 yards) and failed to make the preseason cut, Palinkas (after surviving a threat from ACFL Commissioner Cosmo Iacavazzi to block her contract and prevent her from playing) remained the team's holder for a new kicker, Ron Miller, mainly because she was a draw at the box office; she lost interest in the game soon after the decision and was suspended shortly after the start of the season.

After being placed on the Panthers' taxi squad, Palinkas left the team, in part due to the low pay; she received $25 for each of the two preseason games in which she appeared, and was planning on demanding a greater share than the standard $100 ACFL salary had she played in any regular season games. Palinkas was one of several Panthers players who quit the team prior to the end of the season because of salary disputes, and several of her teammates complained of not being paid at all. She held an option to return to the team in 1971 (which transferred to the Roanoke Buckskins after the Panthers suspended operations) but, because of the relocation distance and other problems she experienced during her time playing football, she let it lapse.

Palinkas, after her brief stint in professional football, returned to her home in Tampa, Florida to start a family and continue her career as a first grade teacher.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the most forgotten things when packing for a vacation are: your phone charger, toothpaste, swimsuit, first aid items, a brush or comb, underwear, and a laundry bag? How many have YOU forgotten?

WORD OF THE DAY: ululate (UHL-yuh-leyt) which means to lament loudly and shrilly. Ululate is a straightforward borrowing from Latin ululātus, past participle of the verb ululāre “to howl, shriek.” The verb derives from the noun ulala and a variant uluca “owl” from a Proto-Indo-European root of imitative origin: u- with variants ul-, ulul-, and uwal- “to howl.” (Imitative roots must be handled carefully because it is easy to make unjustified derivations.) The variant u- is the source of German Uhu “owl.” Latin uluca is related to Sanskrit úlūka- “owl.” The root variant uwal- is the source of German Eule “owl” and English owl. Ululate entered English in the 17th century.

Katie LaFreniere Nationally Registered

Katie LaFreniere in HOSA classroom

Through a program at the Beaver Island School in the Health Occupations area, Katie LaFreniere studied the curriculum for becoming an emergency medical responder (EMR). This month Katie LaFreniere went down to Traverse City to take the National Registry of EMT certification exam of EMR. . Katie LaFreniere passed this national exam. Katie is now a nationally registered emergency medical responder. When Katie turns 18 this December, she will be able to license as a Medical First Responder in the State of Michigan. Parents Gerald LaFreniere and Tammy LaFreniere are both EMTs for our local EMS and must be very proud of their daughter.

Katie LaFreniere's National Registry certificate

Aunt Katie's Eulogy

by Cindy Ricksgers


Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 14, 2017

Mostly cloudy skies this morning, 57°, wind is at 7 mph from the south, humidity is at 88%, pressure is steady at 29.89 inches, visibility is 9.4 miles, UV index levels are high at level 6, pollen levels are medium high at 9.0, the top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. West winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening then party cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Light winds.
TODAY: Light winds. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Light winds. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 14, 1945 Japan's surrender made public

On this day in 1945, an official announcement of Japan's unconditional surrender to the Allies is made public to the Japanese people. From charbor74.blogspot.com comes this:

Even though Japan's War Council, urged by Emperor Hirohito, had already submitted a formal declaration of surrender to the Allies, via ambassadors, on August 10, fighting continued between the Japanese and the Soviets in Manchuria and between the Japanese and the United States in the South Pacific. In fact, two days after the Council agreed to surrender, a Japanese submarine sank the Oak Hill, an American landing ship, and the Thomas F. Nickel, an American destroyer, both east of Okinawa.

In the afternoon of August 14, Japanese radio announced that an Imperial Proclamation was soon to be made, accepting the terms of unconditional surrender drawn up at the Potsdam Conference. That proclamation had already been recorded by the emperor. The news did not go over well, as more than 1,000 Japanese soldiers stormed the Imperial Palace in an attempt to find the proclamation and prevent its being transmitted to the Allies. Soldiers still loyal to Emperor Hirohito repulsed the attackers.

That evening, General Anami, the member of the War Council most adamant against surrender, committed suicide. His reason: to atone for the Japanese army's defeat, and to be spared having to hear his emperor speak the words of surrender.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the safest car color is white? Have you ever wondered if certain car colours are safer than others? If so, ponder no more. Monash University Accident Research Centre has conducted an extensive study examining the colour of the vehicles involved in crashes resulting in death, injury or the towing of a vehicle between 1987 and 2004.

White has been considered the safest car colour for years and rightly so according to the research, which shows a clear correlation between the car colour and crash incidence. There is a 12% higher risk of being involved in a crash in a black vehicle compared to a white vehicle.

The next least safe colours are silver and grey, an interesting fact given that the most popular car colour in Australia is Silver. Whilst white is the safest, the next safest colours include bright tones like red and yellow. The underlying reason why white and bright colours are safer than black and dark colours including dark blue and dark green, is that they are easier to see against the black road.

The study also looked at various times of day to test whether white is consistently the safest at night. The results indicated that white and brighter colours are safer at night, albeit to a lesser degree. Another interesting observation from the study is that darker coloured cars have an increased risk of being in more serious accidents.

So if you’re not fussed with the colour of your car and safety of your family is of utmost concern, then choose a white one or a bright colour!

WORD OF THE DAY: iconoclastic (ahy-kon-uh-KLAS-tik) which means attacking or ignoring cherished beliefs and long-held traditions, etc., as being based on error, superstition, or lack of creativity. Iconoclastic is an adjective derived from the nouns iconoclasm “image smashing” and iconoclast “image smasher.” The Greek noun eikṓn means “image, likeness,” whether a painting or a statue; -clast and -clastic- derive from the Greek adjective klastós “broken in pieces.” The most famous instance of iconoclasm began under the Byzantine emperor Leo III the Isaurian (c680–741). It lasted from about 726 to 787 and was partly based on the injunction against graven images in the Hebrew Bible (the second of the Ten Commandments recorded in Exodus and Deuteronomy). A second period of iconoclasm occurred in Switzerland, the Holy Roman Empire, France, and elsewhere in western Europe in the 16th century during the Protestant Reformation. Iconoclastic entered English in the 17th century. The modern nonreligious, secular sense arose in the 19th century.

Osprey, Loons, and Deer This Week

August 13, 2017

It's been a busy week, but not sure what got accomplished. The doe with three fawns was seen several times this week out by Barney's Lake. The fawns are still in the curious state, and wonder what is going on around them.

View a small gallery of photos of the mom and her triplets out near the Fogg property HERE

The loons on Barney's Lake are still there with just one fledgling. There has been lots of traffic on the lake recently with boats, boats and motors, kayaks, etc. The loons have been trying to stay away from all of this.

The osprey fledgling(s) on the Sloptown microwave tower have been leaving the nest and resting in the trees across the road. It won't be long and all the osprey will be leaving the island. There are not any guarantees, but a nesting pair has been coming to Beaver Island for quite a while, and is know as the only nesting pair of ospreys on a Great Lakes island.


View a gallery of photos of the osprey HERE


Christian Church Bulletin

August 13, 2017

Sunday Mass from Holy Cross, 9:30 a.m.

Deacon Jim Siler is off the island until next Saturday, so Deacon Paul Fifer from Petoskey was here for the Masses on Saturday and Sunday. The Homecoming weekend Masses usually have a lot of parish members busy with the Homecoming Dinner, which this year was on Saturday instead of the usual Sunday. The chicken was wonderfully cooked and delicious last night for dinner along with mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coel slaw, and a dinner roll. Excellent meal, and there might be some leftovers for snacks today too.

Saturday night lector Linda Wearn

Holy Cross Altar

Lector Kitty McNamara......Deacon Paul Fifer

View video of the service HERE

Ten people viewed the Mass on Sunday morning live. Today, three others viewed the Mass on demand.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 13, 2017

This morning we have clear skies, 63°, wind is at 6 mph from the SW, humidity is at 86%, pressure is steady at 29.96 inches, visibility is 9.9 miles, UV level is high at 7, pollen levels are medium high at 9.0, and the predominant pollen is ragweed, nettle and chenopods.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. South winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.
TODAY: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 13, 1889 - A patent for a coin-operated telephone was issued to William Gray. According to the Smithsonian magazine:

By the 1880s, the telephone was a critical component of American infrastructure, but the man on the street looking to make a call had to locate one of the relatively rare agent-operated telephone pay stations and pay a fee to make a call. This could be a great inconvenience, as one William Gray would find out in 1888. The son of Scottish immigrants, Gray was a precision machinery polisher and amateur tinkerer in Hartford who was best known for designing an improved chest protector for baseball catchers that became the game's standard in the 1890s. As for the pay phone though, the story goes that Gray was inspired to create it when, depending on whom you ask, either his boss, his neighbor or the workers at a nearby factory refused to let him use their phone to call a doctor for his ailing wife. Eventually, Gray found a phone and his wife recovered, but he was left with an idea: public telephones.

DID YOU KNOW THAT: black on yellow are the 2 colors with the strongest impact? Printing a black page is problematical, whatever the colour of text. Reading such a page is difficult, whether on paper or a web page. Your instinct is right, yellow on black would be hard on the eyes. Yellow and black is the highest contrast color combination, but contrast is not the same as readability. There is a trade-off between contrast and readability: too little contrast makes things hard to read, but too much contrast creates so much vibration that it diminishes readability.

High contrast makes more sense outdoors when something needs to be read at a distance at high speed (driving at night), but even on the highway, yellow and black is used sparingly, for warning signs. Normal highway signs use less-jarring white on green or blue on white. Yellow on black is really overkill on a stationary screen 12" away from the reader's eyes.

WORD OF THE DAY: aperient (uh-PIR-ee-uhnt) which means having a laxative effect; stimulating evacuation of the bowels. From Latin aperire (to open). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wer- (to cover), which also gave us overt, cover, warranty, warren, garage, garret, garment, garrison, garnish, guarantee, and pert. Earliest documented use: 1626.

McDonough's Market Wins Tournament

The team sponsored by McDonough's Market has won the championship game in the Homecoming Softball Tournament at the Bud McDonough Memorial Ball Park. The team went undefeated throughout the tournament. Congratulations to the whole team, and, of course, to Skip McDonough!

Thanks to Denise McDonough for the first picture, and Casey McDonough for the second.

A Beaver Island Run This Fall

September 2, 2017
Beaver Island, MI

9:00 A.M. – Half Marathon
9:30 A.M. – 10K
10:00 A.M. – 5K

If you register before August 24th, you will get a teeshirt. There will be registration the night before the event, September 1, 2017, from 5-6 p.m. on the porch at Dalwhinnie. You can also register for the race on the morning of the race at the public beach at 8:00 on Saturday September 2, 2017.. The race iwll start at the public beach

The Beaver Island half marathon will cover the 13.1 miles over a variety of surfaces and beautifully changing scenery. The course will start downtown at Paradise Bay near the Beaver Island Ferry dock and head south along the paved Kings Highway. This will give way to a turn to the west on a good gravel road coursing around beautiful Barney’s Lake.

Near the half way mark the course changes to wonderful trail through the woods finally coming out along the west side of the island running with Lake Michigan on your left. This gravel road will bring you back east along Font Lake before reaching town. The last portion of the run will be back on paved road through town along Paradise Bay back to the start/finish.

You can also register online at this link HERE.

Peaine Special Meeting

to consider rezoning of agricultural to airport

August 14, 2017 at 10 a.m.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 12, 2017

August is flying past at record speed it seems. Actually, this whole summer has even though I lost part of it being sick. Oh well, next summer will be better.

Right now we have clear skies, 59°, wind is at 16 mph from the NW, humidity is at 91%, pressure is steady at 29.90 inches, visibility is 8.9 miles, UV levels are high at 7, pollen levels are medium high at 8.6, and the top allergens are ragweed, nettle, and chenopods.
TODAY: Partly sunny. A 20% chance of rain showers int he morning. Highs in the lower 70s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 50s. West winds at 10 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through This Afternoon
TODAY: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts up to 25 knots. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 2 to 3 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 12, 1939 - "The Wizard of Oz" premiered in Oconomowoc, WI. Judy Garland became famous for the movie's song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." The movie premiered in Hollywood on August 15th. The film’s producers reportedly wanted to test-market the film in the Midwest before making the big Hollywood splash. None of the movie’s leading players attended the event.

There were a handful of other sneak previews elsewhere, but none were remembered like the one in Oconomowoc, which still holds and outdoor screening of the movie each year. The Strand no longer stands in downtown Oconomowoc. There is a small monument marking the historic moment.

DID YOU KNOW THAT in a deck of cards the king of hearts is the only king without a moustache? A deck of playing cards is filled with enigmas and mysteries. One of the most enduring features a man with no mustache. The King of Hearts is one of the most iconic cards in the deck, mainly because of his awkwardly placed sword. Because of that, he's earned the nickname of “suicide king.” The four kings, for example, are based on real rulers: the king of diamonds represents the wealthy Julius Caesar; the king of clubs is the brutal Alexander the Great; the king of spades represents the strong but kind David of Israel; and the king of Hearts represents the emotionally disturbed Charles VII of France.

WORD OF THE DAY: analgesic (an-uhl-JEE-zik) which means (adjective): Reducing or eliminating pain.
(noun): Something that reduces or relieves pain. From Latin analgesia (absence of pain), from Greek analgesia, from an- (not) + algos (pain). Earliest documented use: 1852.

Homecoming Softball

McDonough's Market versus Carlsons

The softball tournament began today, and McDonough's Market played tonight at 5 p.m. The local team played very well scoring nine runs in one innning according to report Deb Bousquet. Deb took the pictures and did the video for this game. Thank you, Deb!

View a gallery of photos for this game HERE

View video of this game HERE

By the way, McDonough's Market won 19-7.

Northern Michigan Island Cooperative Meets

on Beaver Island, August 17, 2017

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Novelist Neff at Library

LD Ryan at BIDL

LD Ryan was at the Beaver Island District Library last night. The evening was about a book that LD has written. The publicity didn't get posted in time for BINN to advertise it, but here are the items about the presentation last night.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 11, 2017

Remember that old song, "Into every life a little rain must fall"? You go it! That would be today. We got about 1/4 inch last night, so everything is nice and clean for today along with dust levels being nice and low. In my dad's version, "it's a Beaver Island liquid sunshine day." Either way, we're up and breathing, so it's a good day. It's also a good day to remember that it's our daughter, Courtney's, fifth wedding anniversary. So, congratulations to Courtney and Mike!

Right now I'm showing cloudy skies, 63°, wind at 4 mph from the west, humidity is at 95%, pressure is steady at 29.83 inches, visibility is 6.4 miles, UV levels are moderate today at 5, pollen levels are low/medium at 2.5 with the top allergens being grasses, nettle, and chenopods.
TODAY: Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 60s. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers in the evening then a slight chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TODAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots in the afternoon. Patchy fog early in the morning. Chance of showers through the day. Slight chance of thunderstorms this morning. Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 4 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DATE of August 11, 1909 - The American ship Arapahoe became the first to ever use the SOS distress signal off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC. telegraph operator Theodore Haubner called for help from the steamship, S. S. Arapahoe. He was momentarily confused because a new telegraph code “SOS” had recently been ratified by the Berlin Radiotelegraphic Conference to replace the old “CDQ”, and he wondered which signal he should send. He sent both.

Haubner’s transmission was the first recorded American use of “SOS” to call for help.

The letters “SOS” themselves do not stand for anything. Their representation as three dots, three dashes, and three dots was distinctive and easy to relay on the telegraph. Just as with “CQD,” which meant “calling all stations-distress,” the code indicated that radio traffic should cease until the emergency is over but, if possible, those on the receiving end should answer the distress signal.

The disabled S. S. Arapahoe was rescued when the signal was heard by the wireless station at Hatteras. Only a few months later, Haubner, the telegraph operator, received an “SOS” from the S. S. Iroquois making him the first American radio operator to both send and receive a distress call.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The sperm of a MOUSE is longer than the sperm of an elephant? A mouse sperm is about 124 micrometers long compared to 56 micrometers for an elephant sperm (which is roughly the same size as human sperm). Quantity wise, a mouse ejaculation contains about 9.5 million sperm to an elephant's 200 billion. If there was a prize for biggest sperm in nature, it would go to Drosophila bifurca, a tiny fruit fly whose coiled sperm would measure more than 2 inches long if straightened out. That's 1,000 times longer than an average human sperm.

WORD OF THE DAY: nimbus (NIM-buh s) which means a cloud, aura, atmosphere, etc., surrounding a person or thing. Latin nimbus and nebula (“cloud, mist”) both derive from a complicated Proto-Indo-European root enebh- or nebh- (with many variations, e.g., nembh-) “cloud, fog, mist.” A simple variant of this root, nebh-, is the source of Greek néphos “cloud,” Slavic (Polish) niebo “sky, heaven,” and Hittite nebis “sky, heaven.” The variant nembh- is the source of Latin nimbus “violent rainstorm, thundercloud,” but also “cloud (in general)” and finally “bright cloud that envelops a deity appearing to mortals,” which in Christian usage comes to mean “saint’s halo or aureole.” Nimbus entered English in the early 17th century.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 10, 2017

Happy Birthday today to my husband, Joseph Moore! Besides being my spouse, he's my best friend, he's always "there" when needed, I can't imagine dealing with life without him. So happy birthday, Joe!

This morning it's mostly cloudy, 64°, wind is at 9 mph from the south, humidity is at 89%, pressure is steady at 29.99 inches, visibility is 6.8 miles, UV levels are still high at 7, pollen levels are medium high at 7.8, and the top allergens are grasses, nettle, and plantain.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning then scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the morning.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms in the evening then scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. Light winds.
TODAY: South wind 5 to 10 knots becoming east early in the evening. Slight chance of showers early in the morning, then chance of showers in the morning. Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Light winds. Patchy fog. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 10, 1846 - The Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the U.S. Congress. The "Nation's Attic" was made possible by $500,000 given by scientist James Smithson.

The British scientist James Smithson (1765–1829) left most of his wealth to his nephew Henry James Hungerford. When Hungerford died childless in 1835, the estate passed "to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase & diffusion of knowledge among men", in accordance with Smithson's will. Congress officially accepted the legacy bequeathed to the nation, and pledged the faith of the United States to the charitable trust on July 1, 1836. The American diplomat Richard Rush was dispatched to England by President Andrew Jackson to collect the bequest. Rush returned in August 1838 with 105 sacks containing 104,960 gold sovereigns (about $500,000 at the time, which is equivalent to $11,245,000 in 2016)

Once the money was in hand, eight years of Congressional haggling ensued over how to interpret Smithson's rather vague mandate "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge." Unfortunately, the money was invested by the US Treasury in bonds issued by the state of Arkansas which soon defaulted. After heated debate, Massachusetts Representative (and ex-President) John Quincy Adams persuaded Congress to restore the lost funds with interest and, despite designs on the money for other purposes, convinced his colleagues to preserve it for an institution of science and learning. Finally, on August 10, 1846, President James K. Polk signed the legislation that established the Smithsonian Institution as a trust instrumentality of the United States, to be administered by a Board of Regents and a Secretary of the Smithsonian.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Dalmations are the only breed of dog that gets gout (because they are the only mammals, other than humans, which produce uric acid).All mammals excrete waste products in their urine, but only humans, great apes and Dalmatian dogs always produce elevated levels of uric acid in their urine and blood. Other dog breeds do not usually produce uric acid.

In humans, this can result in kidney stones, hypertension and gout, a painful inflammation of the joints. In Dalmatians, high uric acid levels result in the formation of bladder stones that often have to be removed surgically.

Scientists have known since the early 1900s that all Dalmatians have this trait; however, the gene responsible has remained elusive.

WORD OF THE DAY: palindrome (PAL-in-drohm) which means a word, line, verse, number, sentence, etc., reading the same backward as forward, as Madam, I'm Adam or Poor Dan is in a droop. The earliest known palindrome was found at Herculaneum, which was buried along with neighboring Pompeii in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, 79 a.d. The palindrome was written in Latin and is known as the “Sator Square.” The square is also a word square, that is, when the words are arranged one beneath another in a square, they read the same horizontally and vertically. The square reads "SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS" and is capable of several translations, the most plausible being “The sower Arepo holds the wheels with care.” Its significance and purpose have been vigorously debated since the late 19th century. The word palindrome was coined by the English poet and dramatist Ben Jonson (c1573–1637).


by Cindy Ricksgers

AMVETs Scholarship Available

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 9, 2017

Mother Nature gave everything a little shower to rid the trees and grasses of dust and make them look all shiny and clean. Now we have mostly cloudy skies, 60°, wind is at 6 mph from the east, humidity is at 92%, pressure is steady at 30.07 inches, visibility is 6.3 miles, UV is high at 7, pollen levels are medium high at 7.8, and the top allergens are grasses, nettle, and plantain.
TODAY: Partly sunny. A 20% chance of rain showers in the morning. Highs in the upper 70s. Light winds becoming west at 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. A 20% chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows around 60. Light winds. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.
TODAY: Light winds. Slight chance of showers through the day. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: South wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 9, 1848 - Martin Van Buren was nominated for president by the Free-Soil Party in Buffalo, NY. Never heard of the Free-Soil Party? The party leadership consisted of anti-slavery former members of the Whig Party and the Democratic Party. Its main purpose was to oppose the expansion of slavery into the western territories, arguing that free men on free soil comprised a morally and economically superior system to slavery. It was a single-issue party that appealed to and drew its greatest strength from New York State. The party membership was largely absorbed by the Republican Party between 1854 and 1856, by way of the Anti-Nebraska movement.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Despite its name, the French fry is not French. The origins of the French fry have been traced back to Belgium, where historians claim potatoes were being fried in the late-1600s.

According to local Belgian lore, poor villagers living in Meuse Valley often ate small fried fish they caught in the river. During the winter months the river would freeze over — making fishing impossible and forcing the villagers to find other sources of food.

Enter the potato. The villagers turned to the root plant, slicing and frying it much in the same way they prepared the fish. And just like that, the earliest French fries were born.

American soldiers stationed in Belgium were first introduced to French fries during World War I. As the official language of the Belgian army was French, soldiers nicknamed the delicious fried potatoes “French fries." The name stuck, and decades later we're still giving credit to the wrong country.

French fries are one of the most popular side dishes in the world. When it comes to dipping, fries often find themselves covered in ketchup, mayonnaise, or vinegar, but that seems to be where the universal preference ends.

In Belgium, people prefer to eat French fries with cooked mussels or with a fried egg on top. The United Kingdom is famous for its “fish and chips." In the Middle East, fries are wrapped in pita bread with chicken, and in France they are served with grilled steak. Canadians serve up poutine, a dish consisting of french fries and cheese curds, topped with brown gravy!

WORD OF THE DAY: ventifact (VEN-tuh-fakt) a pebble or cobble that has been faceted, grooved, and polished by the erosive action of wind-driven sand. Ventifact, “stone shaped by the wind or sandstorms,” is a rare word, used in geology and physical geography, and is modeled on the much earlier noun artifact (artefact), which dates from the mid-17th century. Ventifact derives straightforwardly from Latin ventum “wind” ( venti- is the Latin combining form) and factum, the past participle, also used as a noun, of the verb facere “to make, do” (with as many senses as the English verbs). Latin ventum is related to English wind, winnow, and weather. Latin facere and the adjective facilis “easy, easy to do” derive from a very common Proto-Indo-European root dhē- “to put, place, set,” from which Germanic (English) derives do and deed, Greek tithénai “to set, put,” and Slavic (Polish) dzieje “history” (i.e., things done, deeds). Ventifact entered English in the early 20th century.

Peaine Township Election Results

Airport millage Yes, 87; No 23

Road millage Yes, 102; No 9

EMS millage: Yes 85; No 27

All three millages passed in Peaine Township

Katherine Elizabeth Ricksgers Passes Away

Katherine Elizabeth Ricksgers of Beaver Island, Michigan passed away quietly on August 7, 2017, in her home, surrounded by family and friends. 

Katherine was born on October 19, 1928, one of six children born to George and Otilia (Schmidt) Ricksgers. She was born and raised in the same farm house on the King’s Highway where she spent her retirement years. She attended the Sunnyside School through eighth grade, and went to the high school in St. James. She often read from the light of the moon shining into her bedroom window. 

After graduation and a short stint of working as a waitress at a restaurant in town, Katherine moved to Pontiac. She worked at the soda counter of a drug store until getting a job in the mail room at Pontiac Motors, where she was employed for thirty years. 

Katherine enjoyed sports and games; she was active in bowling leagues in the winter, and golf leagues in the summer. She played poker and many other card games. 
Katherine liked to travel. She visited many scenic areas of the United States by car, from the New Jersey shore to the Gulf of Mexico. She visited Beaver Island every year. After retirement, Katherine took an extensive tour through Alaska, and visited several European countries. 

Katherine was preceded in death by her parents, George and Otilia, her step-mother Florence, and brothers: Henry, Alfred, Robert and Kenneth. She is survived by her sister, Margaret, and many nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will be held at 7:00 P.M., on Sunday, August 13, at the Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island. Funeral services will be 11 A.M. Monday, August 14, followed by interment at Holy Cross cemetery. 

Arrangements are being handled by the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Online guestbook at www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.

Peaine Township Regular Meeting Agenda

August 2017

Presentation at Community Center

Understanding the Middle East Conflicts: An insider’s insights.
Thursday, August 10, 2017 4:30pm @ BIC Center Hangout

Major (retired) Jason Criss Howk, is an author, public speaker, adjunct lecturer, and advisor. He focuses on Islam, foreign policy, national security, leadership, and strategy. He retired after 23 years in the U.S. Army operating on joint, interagency, and multinational teams conducting defense, diplomacy, education, and intelligence missions. He holds an MA in Middle East & South Asia Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, studied Dari and Arabic at the Defense Language Institute, and has focused his career on the broader Middle East and the Islamic World. He is a Malone Fellow in Arab and Islamic Studies and a former term member on the Council on Foreign Relations.
During his career, Jason served as an assistant and advisor to three General officers involved with the Afghanistan war. He assisted Ambassador Karl Eikenberry (the first US Ambassador to Afghanistan) when he served in Kabul leading the U.S. effort to build the new Afghan National Army and to orchestrate the U.S. and UN led Afghanistan Security Sector Reform (SSR) program. He later assisted General Stan McChrystal (head of all Joint Special Operations in the area) while he was evaluating and developing the new Afghan War strategy. Finally, Jason assisted Sir Graeme Lamb as he partnered with the Afghan government to develop an internationally supported Afghanistan Peace and Reconciliation process. In all these positions and in many others Jason worked directly with Muslim colleagues from Middle Eastern and South Asian nations and dozens of military and diplomatic officers from the international community.
Jason earned a governmental success medal from Afghanistan and has been honored with the Legion of Merit and two Bronze Star Medals.

His new book The Qur'an: a Chronological Modern English Interpretation is on sale internationally and getting great reviews from his targeted audience, non-Muslims that know nothing (or very little) about Islam.

He is currently leading innovative "intro to Islam" discussions across the United States to educate people about the differences among the religion of Islam and the concept of Islamism as a political ideology. His aim is to increase understanding and promote peaceful coexistence.

His talks are a no-nonsense and honest dialogue that aims to answer everyone's questions. Half of the presentation is an introduction to Islam and terrorism course that takes you from Islam's founding up to the ISIS catastrophe. The other half of the presentation is a Q&A session.

Join us for a very unique opportunity of learning and understanding these issues, in person on Beaver Island.

It’s All about Control

An editorial by Joe Moore

There are many things in life that seem to make no sense whatsoever.  In sixty-seven years, I have seen this just about everywhere that I have visited or lived.  Here are a some examples.

From Mathew Thomas

This is a public post on the beaverislandforum:

To the Island:

Each difficult situation we face can be an opportunity for something positive, so please allow me to speak for a moment about the Island, Baroque, its musicians and you.

I have come to your home for the past eleven years, and I can tell you I love Beaver Island deeply. I look forward to my return each year, and each year it is a bit more difficult to say goodbye. I have brought my wife and daughter, friends and extended family, and my musical colleagues - they have all been enchanted by this place and could not imagine their lives without it.

All of us at Baroque are keenly aware that we are your guests. We take great pride in the cultural, economic and educational value we try to provide to you each summer. We are delighted to present our events here and for you, and it is with gratitude that we arrive and perform. We revel and immerse ourselves in this place, its nature, people and culture.

Mr. Moore’s heart is in the right place, and I understand his wish to provide music to those who are unable to attend our events. My email had nothing to do with either Mr. Moore’s generosity or capability, and I offer my sincere apology if my words sounded disrespectful as there was no disrespect intended.

As Baroque on Beaver’s 16th season comes to a close, I wish to say a heartfelt “thank you” to the Beaver Island community from all of us. To all the year-round residents, the summer folk, the local businesses, sponsors and advertisers, thank you for your hundred-thousand welcomes and great support.  

Until next time,
Matthew Thomas
Festival Manager
Baroque On Beaver

(No personal communciation has taken place.)

From Richard Gillespie

Here's a little tribute to my cousin who was just bigger than life!

VINCENT (Vincent Rice)
Rich Gillespie 8/2017

Vincent, there once was a song,
Named Starry Starry Night.
It was not written for you,
But now there's a chance it might.

For it spoke of a wonderful man,
Who left this earth too soon.
A man with talent and a soul,
That could reach up to the moon.

The song went on to paint so well,
A man whose labor was of art.
It seemed to follow you at times,
For too soon we had to part.

Though you suffered not for a feeble mind,
Yours was powerful, thoughtful and kind.
Your smile painted a picture broad and deep,
We felt for so long that you we would keep.

Your deeds did paint those pictures bright,
Echos of your laughter into the night.
But now we have a sad sad frown,
And will miss those gentle eyes of brown.

For Vincent, you touched our very soul,
You made many feel joyful and whole.
A person so real, happy and bright,
Yes, you Vincent, were our starry night.

And when the clouds swirl, and
The colors change their hue.
We will be watching Vincent,
For we will know its you.

Our weathered faces are lined with pain,
Until the chance to see you again.
And Vincent as the song did say, the world
Was never meant for anyone as beautiful as you!


Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 8, 2017

Looks like it's going to be another beautiful Beaver Island summer day. At the moment we have clear skies, 63°, wind is at 11 mph from the southwest, humidity is at 83%, pressure is steady at 29.99 inches, visibility is 6.0 miles, UV levels are high at 7, and pollen levels are medium high at 7.9, top allergens are grasses, nettle, and plantain.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds at 10 mph shifting to the west in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows int he upper 50s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 8, 2000 - The submarine H.L. Hunley was raised from ocean bottom after 136 years. The sub had been lost during an attack on the U.S.S. Housatonic in 1864. The Hunley was the first submarine in history to sink a warship.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Cows can't bite because they don't have top front teeth. They may “gum” you, but they can't bite you. Cattle do have molars on the upper and lower jaw, but their incisors are only the lower jaw. ... All ruminant animals have a tough dental pad on their top lip instead of top front teeth.Their lower fronts shear off the foliage, and probably have proven much more useful for that than the fronts. Adaptation to such eating methods likely has reduced the need for the upper fronts, or more rather by natural selection those animals with reduced upper front teeth were better foragers (and better survivors) than those that have more pronounced frontal incisors.

WORD OF THE DAY: mussitation (muhs-i-TEY-shuh n) which means 1) muttering; mumbling; murmuring. 2) silent movement of the lips in simulation of the movements made in audible speech. Mussitation, a very rare noun, derives from Late Latin mussitātiō (stem mussitātiōn-) “suppression of the voice, silence.” The sense of “moving the lips in silence but as if speaking” is a modern medical sense dating from the late 19th century. Late Latin mussitātiō derives from the Latin verb mussitāre “to speak in a low tone, grumble, take no notice of, bear silently.” Mussitation entered English in the mid-17th century.

Christian Church Bulletin for August 6, 2017

Holy Cross Bulletin for August 2017

Bake Sale

Gregg Fellowship Center, August 12, 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 7, 2017

Mostly cloudy this morning with patchy fog, 55°, wind is at 10 mph from the NW, humidity is at 90%, pressure is steady at 30.01 inches, visibility is 5.1 miles, UV levels are high at 6, and pollen levels are medium high at 7.4. with the top allergens being grasses, nettle, and plantain.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Northwest winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.
TODAY: North wind 5 to 10 knots becoming west in the afternoon. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of August 7, 1947 - The balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki, which had carried a six-man crew 4,300 miles across the Pacific Ocean, crashed into a reef in a Polynesian archipelago. From history.com comes the full story:

In 1937, fledgling Norwegian zoological researcher Thor Heyerdahl traveled to the South Pacific with his newlywed wife to study the flora and fauna of the isolated Marquesas Islands. As he collected a menagerie of specimens on the tiny Polynesian island of Fatu Hiva, however, Heyerdahl’s curious mind drifted from thoughts of living creatures to those of ancient civilizations.

Aware of the prevailing scholarly wisdom that people from Southeast Asia had arrived from the west to first populate Polynesia, the Norwegian couldn’t help but notice the trade winds and breakers rolling across the Pacific Ocean from the east. Heyerdahl noted the presence of South American plants such as the sweet potato in Polynesia and the similarities between stone figures on Fatu Hiva and the monoliths erected by ancient South American civilizations. He saw parallels in the physical appearances, rituals and myths of Polynesians and South Americans, and around the glow of a fire, he listened as an elder spoke of a demigod named Tiki who brought his ancestors to the island from a big country beyond the eastern horizon.

Heyerdahl returned to Norway with fish, jars of beetles and a new dream—to challenge conventional wisdom and demonstrate that the first people who settled Polynesia came from the east, not the west. He abandoned his zoology studies and developed an ethnological theory that two waves of people from the Americas populated the South Pacific. The first wave, Heyerdahl said, arrived around A.D. 500 from pre-Incan Peru by way of Easter Island on rafts that drifted on the currents of the Pacific Ocean; the second came approximately 500 years later from the coast of British Columbia by way of Hawaii. Critics thought the theory impossible and said the open rafts of South America’s pre-Incan civilizations were hardly seaworthy enough to make an oceanic crossing.

Heyerdahl, however, was determined to prove that such a voyage was possible—even if it meant risking his life. Although the Norwegian had no sailing experience and couldn’t even swim, he announced plans to make the perilous crossing on a log raft built only with tools available to pre-Columbian South Americans. “Your mother and father will be very grieved when they hear of your death,” one skeptical diplomat told Heyerdahl when hearing of his plan. Promising “nothing but a free trip to Peru and the South Sea islands and back,” Heyerdahl recruited a five-man crew who built a 30-by-15-foot raft made of nine balsawood logs harvested from the Ecuadorian jungle lashed together with hemp ropes. An open bamboo cabin with overlapping banana leaves covering the roof provided the only protection from the elements.

With a smash of a coconut against the bow, the vessel was christened Kon-Tiki after the legendary Peruvian sun god who had vanished westward across the sea, a mythical figure who served as the mirror image to the Polynesian demigod Tiki who had arrived from the east. On April 28, 1947, Kon-Tiki departed Callao, Peru, with six men and a Spanish-speaking green parrot aboard. Borne along by the northeast-east trade winds that billowed the massive square sail bearing the image of the bearded Kon-Tiki, the raft groaned and creaked as it drifted across the vast blue desert of water.

Although the vessel carried a radio that the crew used to provide daily meteorological and oceanographic observations, a rescue would have been nearly impossible given their remote location in the ocean. They navigated with just the sun, stars, currents and winds as their guides. They maneuvered the raft with only the sail, paddles and a temperamental steering oar as they beat against waves that in stormy conditions towered higher than their masts.

Each morning the cook collected the flying fish that flopped onto the deck overnight. The seaweed and shellfish that grew on Kon-Tiki’s underside lured sardines, tuna, dolphins and at least one unwelcome visitor. One day when crewmember Knut Haugland leaned over to wash his hands, he came face-to-face with a 30-foot whale shark, the world’s largest fish species. “Its body rose to the surface like a small mountain,” he recalled in his diary. After circling the vessel for an hour, the enormous sea monster thankfully found other ocean prey.

On the voyage’s 93rd day, Heyerdahl and his crew finally spotted palm trees on the horizon. The winds and currents, however, kept the vessel out at sea. More than a week later, as dawn broke on August 7, they spotted a reef on the starboard side. As the fragile timber raft approached the jagged reef, the cresting waves grew and sent tons of water splashing over Kon-Tiki. The crew clung to whatever they could as the mast snapped and the swells heaved them onto the Raroia atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago near Tahiti.

All arrived safely—except for the parrot that had vanished during a storm out at sea—after covering 4,300 nautical miles in 101 days, an average speed of 42.5 miles per day. Heyerdahl had proved that an ancient voyage from South America to Polynesia was possible. However, he could not prove that it had actually occurred, and most scholars continue to dismiss his theory and believe the first Polynesian settlers arrived from Southeast Asia.

Heyerdahl recounted the epic voyage in the bestselling 1950 book “Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft” and in a documentary the following year that won the Academy Award. He continued to conduct research expeditions to Easter Island, the Galapagos Islands and South America until his death in 2002, and he led voyages across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans in primitive vessels similar to Kon-Tiki to prove how other ancient civilizations may have been interconnected. The raft he sailed across the Pacific Ocean in 1947 is now on display at the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo.

DID YOU KNOW THAT an elephants ears are used to regulate body temperature? Elephants have very few sweat glands: only in their feet, in a narrow area around their toenails.

WORD OF THE DAY: antitussive (an-tee-TUHS-iv) which means 1) suppressing or relieving coughing 2) something that suppresses or relieves coughing. From Latin anti- (against) + tussis (cough). Earliest documented use: 1909.



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.

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Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

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Airport Commission Meeting

April 1, 2017

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Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

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St. James Township Meeting Video

April 5, 2017

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April 24, 2017, 7 p.m.

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On the Beach of Beaver Island

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When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

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August Dinner on Saturday, 8/12/17

Please note that the August Dinner will be on SATURDAY this year! Bring on those ball players! Delicious meal for $14, homemade desserts included! Take-Out Orders Available!

Saturday, August 12, 2017
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Holy Cross Hall

Grilled Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Corn, Rolls, and Homemade Desserts!

Adults $14.00
Children Under 12 $8.00

Come One! Come All!

***Proceeds to benefit Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Mass from Holy Cross, 9:30 Sunday

This Sunday morning marks two years that BINN has been live streaming Mass from Holy Cross. The original reason for this is to provide those who can't physically be on the island and opportunity to view a little piece of home, and for those that can't physically attend the church service. This is the reason for all of the many areas of live streaming that BINN participates. This morning we had a visiting priest, Peter Lawrence, who visited Holy Cross last year fairly soon after his ordination. He is visiting the island from Lansing Diocese.

Today, Deacon Jim Siler announced that he will be ordained in forty days right here on Beaver Island at Holy Cross. He stated that he had permission from the bishop to announced this, this weekend. There should be a press release coming from the Diocese as early as tomorrow.

Father Lawrence

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Sports Boosters' Car Wash

August 5, 2017

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Whiskey Point Fresnel Lens on Display

The fresnel lens on display.

The fresnel lens was removed from the Whiskey Point Light last year and moved over to the St. James Township Hall. (http://beaverislandnewsarchives.com/Beaver%20Island%20News/SubNews/July%2018-31,%202016.html down at the bottom of the page.) As you may have previously read on BINN, the St. James Township Board had set aside the corner of the building at the St. James Hall that faces the entry into the harbor as a location for the removed lens from the Whiskey Point Light. Tony Connaghan built a nice display area in the corner of the building with a bay window. (This was reported on BINN when the work was completed. http://beaverislandnews.com/SubNews/June%2012-25,%202017.html) Just this week, Kurt Fosburg of Superior Lighthouse Restoration came to the island and cleaned the lens, placed the lens in the room designed for the lens, and placed a small lamp in the lens.

Elaine West and Kathleen McNamara have been working hard on this project since the LED lights in the tower replaced the fresnel lens. The lighthouse work was started by Don Vyse, and these ladies did the follow up work on the lens. The lens is now ready to be viewed by anyone interested by walking up the handicapped ramp on the side of the building closest the Coast Guard Boat House, which is now CMU's research facility.

The LED light in the tower now.

Three different views of the fresnel lens

Southhead Light and Lighthouse in Disrepair

An editorial plus information by Joe Moore

(Contact has been made by BINN to both school districts involved and the Michigan Historical group.)

(Lots of pictures included in this PDF)

It wasn’t that long ago that I drove by the lighthouse at the south end of the island and noticed water coming out the front porch door of the house itself.  Since I am getting older, I don’t remember when this was, but I immediately called someone about this.  I then went back down there a few days later, and the water was still coming out the door.  I made a second phone call to a friend that I know had been working down there before the Lighthouse School closed.  Then I forgot about this situation, putting it out of my memory.

The editor would be happy to hear from anyone regarding this issue, but especially those that are working toward fixing the issues shown in the pictures.

Vincent Rice, RIP

Vincent passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. Age 30 years. He was born June 2, 1987 in Bay City, Michigan. Vincent was a member of Corpus Christi Parish-Holy Trinity Church and was a member of the Knights Columbus #414. He worked for many years in the Construction industry.

He is survived his father and step mother, Kevin and Judith Rice of Bay City; his mother Bonnie Cull-Rice and her special friend, Mike Migut; his sister Bridget (Craig) Hannenberg, their children, McKenna Claire and Kaleigh Maeve, his brother, Kevin Rice Jr. his step sisters and brothers, Angela (Joseph) Eisenman and Family of Midland, Amy Kolak (Dan Kosuch) and Family of Mt. Pleasant , SC, Marty (Becky) Kolak and Family of Bay City, Melissa (Brent Vrable) and family of Bay City; his uncles and aunts, Fred Rice of Boston, MA, Tom and Patty Rice of Pentwater, MI, Linda Rice of Las Vegas, NV, Sara Rice of Kalamazoo, Sally Walczak of Bay City, Patricia and Randy Cox of Auburn, Nancy (Paul) Madaj of Scottsdale, AZ, Dale and Nancy Cull, Dennis Cull and his special friend Noel Echhorn, Carly Bell, Mary and Dave Van Den Bosch; Jim and Mary Ann Cull , Julie and Mike Cherry , Peggy and Gary Bowersock, John Cull and his special friend, Linda Serva. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wilfred and Helen Rice, Raymond J. and R. Claire Cull, his step grandmother, Frances Debo, his uncles, Paul Rice, Steve Walczak and Michael Cull.

The Funeral Liturgy and Rite of Committal will be celebrated Monday, August 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Corpus Christi Parish-Holy Trinity Parish. The celebrant will be Rev. Fr. Robert J. Kelm with cremation following. The family will be present at the Gephart Funeral Home, Inc. on Sunday to received family and friends from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Vigil for the Deceased will take place Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Vincent will be taken to the church on Monday to lie state from 10:00 a.m. until the time of mass. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider donations to Wishes of the family.

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What Did You Say 53

by Joe Moore

One of my early-in-my-career former students came to do some work at my house today.  What the work is doesn’t really matter in this short story, but it was something that I couldn’t do by myself.  That’s the most important admission here.  While he was doing the work, he began to talk about the Baroque on Beaver concerts that were to take place this week, and that he had had a teacher many years ago that exposed him to classical music.  That story goes like this.






Island Treasures Resale

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017,  the Resale Shop will welcome donors and shoppers at noon as we begin our summer schedule. The summer schedule is Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon until 4:00.

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