B. I. News on the 'Net, December 15-21, 2014

Snowy Owl

Picture by Phyllis Moore

This snowy owl is either young or a female based upon the coloring.

There have been sightings of snowy owls from Beaver Island down to Kalamazoo over the last few weeks, some reported as early as December first. A little research and reading on websites such as allaboutbirds.org suggests that the owls are moving south due to the lack of food in the northernmost areas of the planet. "When lemming populations drop, as they do periodically, snowy owls suffer," a knowledgeable birder said. "Probably the most likely food available around Beaver Island would be rabbits or field mice."

In another story on the snowy owl, it was reported that last year one snowy owl starved to death down in the southern part of Michigan in Allegan County. The reason for the lack of food for the snowy owls has not been determined. Although two snowy owls have been reported on Beaver Island, one at the township airport and one in town, there is no way to know if they will stay on the island or are just moving past, headed farther south. Here's to wishing the snowy owls a healthy and safe winter right here on Beaver Island.

On the Shortest Day of the Year....

by Cindy Ricksgers

Last Boat Leaves This Morning

The last boat of 2014 season for the Beaver Island Boat Company left the island this morning close to the same time as the sunrise. The Emerald Isle left the island, made a trip to Charlevoix, loaded the last boat freight, and returned to the island at its scheduled time. Greg Doig and Bob Tidmore both took pictures from the boat. Here are a few morning pictures.

Greg's beautiful sunrise photo

Bob Tidmore's pictures

Thank you both for sharing your pictures.

Greg Doig took some video of the morning as well. Thanks, Greg!

Sunrise video clip


Departure Video


Snowy Owl Plus

Stopping to take a picture of a lost seagull sitting on top of the skim ice, Pam Moxham said, "There's a snowy owl on top of the Bonadeo's building by the yacht dock."

A trip down to the post office and yacht dock was in order to see if the snowy owl was still in attendance.

Yes, indeed, the snowy owl was still sitting on the top of the roof, but after coming back from the bank, the snowy owl had moved to the peak of the roof on Clare Cull's house, directly across from the post office. A trip out to the township airport revealed yet another photo op. Here is the sun glistening off the ice covered grasses.

Early Elementary Writings

The following writings are taken from the PreK-1st grade classroom blog: http://mirandarooy.edublogs.org/

BICS Holiday Program 7 p.m., 12/17/14

The Beaver Island Community School Holiday Program for 2014 was presented at the Beaver Island Community Center on December 17, 2014, beginning at 7 p.m. and last just a little over 30 minutes. The Preschool through Fourth Grade Choir sang Feliz Navidad, Jingle Bells, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with three soloists, Micah Richards, Olga Burton, and Sy Engelsman; Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and Silver Bells.

The singing was followed by the Fifth and Sixth Grade skit, A Cowboy Christmas. The program ended with the combined grades PreK through Sixth Grade singing We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

The welcome was given by Miranda Rooy.

The PreK through 4th Grade Singers

Two of the soloists:

The skit begins:

The narrators

The cowboys...........the cows

Each section began with the narrators.

The Cowboy Santa

The cook and a cowboy..

Then combined grades sing the last song.

Video of the program is HERE

From Holy Cross

Pinhole Pipeline Leak Opens Upper Pennisula's EYES

Read Detroit Free Press Article HERE

Connor Joseph McDonough Birth Announcement

Connor Joseph McDonough has arrived. He weighed 6lbs, 13.5oz, and was 21 inches in length. Mom is Thayer McDonough. Proud Dad is Drew McDonough. Grandparents from Beaver Island are Tim and Denise McDonough, and another great grandchild for Skip McDonough.

BIRHC and BIEMS Ship Patient Via USCG Vessel

A little before 6 p.m. this evening, December 16, 2014, the USCG vessel 45721 from Charlevoix arrived at the Beaver Island Boat Company Dock here on Beaver Island. With the last two days being too foggy for medical evacuations, the second day for one particular 52 year old male patient complaining of abdominal pain, the BIRHC with BIEMS decided to get the Coast Guard to do an evacuation by ship. The vessel arrived at the BIBCO dock on Beaver Island just before the ambulance arrived. The ambulance crew was doing a BLS transport with EMT Kevin White and RN/MFR Pam Moxham assisted the patient onto the vessel with help from the USCG crew, and the patient was transported by water to the mainland with Charlevoix being the destination. The BIEMS crew will be stranded in Charlevoix overnight, and will probably be coming back on the ferry boat tomorrow.

This is just one more of the typical differences between EMS on Beaver Island and EMS on the mainland of Michigan. Take a look at the special circumstances of attempting to do emergency transport of a patient when the fog or other weather prevents aircraft. including the USCG helicopter of out Traverse City, unable to fly to or from Beaver Island.

USCG Vessel 45721 approaches the harbor.

USCG enters the harbor.

Docked and awaiting the patient.

The ambulance arrives and EMT Kevin White discusses the best way to get the patient aboard.

Getting the patient aboard, and preparation for departure, which includes contacting Group Soo.

Headed to Charlevoix with the patient and two BIEMS personnel.

Video clips of the story


January Waste Management Meeting Canceled

Lost and Found

by Cindy Ricksgers

This Old Cookbook-8

This old cookbook was found as an old house was being cleaned and items sorted out. It comes from a project of an elementary classroom from May 1958. BINN will present one recipe each week until the cookbook's last. An attempt will be made each week to actually make the weekly recipe. The title page states, "Dear Mother...I hope this book will help you cook."

Lemon Custard Pie

4 eggs..........1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sugar................1 and 1/2 teaspoons lemon extract

3 cups scalded milk...............1 unbaked pie shell

Beat eggs, stir in sugar, add to milk.

Cook mixture, stirring constantly.

When cooled, add lemon and pour into unbaked pie shell.

Bake at 450 degrees for ten minutes.

Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes more.

Douglas Rinal, 8 years old

Dog Island: The Plane Crash

by Lance Terrill Olson

This book written by Lance Terrill Olson is presented to BINN subscribers through an agreement between BINN editor and the author. This book is about an imaginary plane crash that takes place on an imaginary island, Dog Island. The book is for sale at a few places on the island.

The Final Chapter---Chapter 8---Subterfuge

"The FAA and the FBI have been working together on this case. They are getting political pressure from certain Congressmen to end the investigation. Fortunately, the pressure did not come through official channels, so they continued.

"What tipped off the FAA and the FBI was that they found a timer, shut-off valve on the plane's fuel line. Our plane wasn't meant to reach Mackinac Island! Thank God we crashed on this Island and Tommy saved us, or we might still be missing.

Michael and Denise looked stunned, but said nothing.

"The FBI thinks that someone didn't want me to present my findings at the Conference. I don't know if you know it, but there were drugs stored aboard that plane. The pilot had a police record for drug related crimes."

Denise nodded her head and said, "A Special Agent Johnson from the FBI visited our house the day after the crash and asked about what Tommy knew about the brown, wax paper packages that were aboard. He said it was cocaine and that they suspected that the pilot was on his way to Detroit for a delivery after dropping you off."

"Yes, that's what they indicated to me in the hospital too. But, now, after finding that timer, shut-off valve on the plane, they think that someone wanted me to crash into Lake Michigan near Dog Island and have them find the drugs floating around the wreckage. That way, they could discredit me and imply that, being a Chemist, I probably had something to do with the drugs."

Denise and Michael had a similar reaction. They both got a shiver down the back of their necks.

"Well, how did you find this pilot? Obviously, you chartered him and his plane for the trip." said Michael.

"That is another story that helped the FBI to become suspicious. My best friend, Gloria met the pilot in a coffee shop she frequents for lunch. He led the conversation around to the fact that he was flying to Canada on vacation. He was going across Lake Michigan and then across Mackinac Island. Gloria told him about my scheduled trip and the man said he would be happy to fly us for next to nothing. Gloria got his number and gave it to me and I called him.  It sounded like a perfect coincidence!

"The twist is, as it turns out, that man wasn't our pilot!
The FBI got a composite sketch from Gloria and it wasn't the same man! And the phone number went to a prepaid cell phone and wasn't traceable. Apparently, whoever this man was, he hired the pilot and set things up after he got my call."

"Go on," Michael said slowly, after needing a second for all this to sink in.

"Well, now they think that maybe Ron's 'accident' may not have been an accident. It might have been a warning to me  not to pursue my findings. Especially not to present them in writing." She got tears in her eyes. "Even my supervisor advised me not to pursue it. I didn't see it. I thought I was doing something for mankind by publishing my findings. I'm such a Pollyanna sometimes!"

"What could be so earth-shattering that someone would go to all these lengths and spend all that money? It must have been very costly to set something like that up to stop you," said Denise.

"My findings were that a well known, over-advertised pain reliever, when taken frequently by some pregnant  women, causes autism in their children, later on. I have all the facts from the research I did. Of course, it wasn't 100% conclusive, but I'd say it was at least 80% that I'm right. Further research was needed to make it official."

Again, Denise and Michael, who where sitting on the edges of their seats listening to the story, sank back slowly, exasperated. They looked at each other and at Susan and didn't say a word, mulling over the consequences of this disclosure. "Oh, my God!" Denise finally said.

"What are you going to do? Your life must still be in great danger. My God! We are probably in danger, too, now that you are here! Where are the kids!? Michael, get the kids back here, now!"

Michael was halfway down the steps to the water when he saw the kids walking back with me. We had pretty rocks and driftwood and even a clean cormorant skeleton. Of course, I was soaked to the bone and a little smelly too... they said. He said to Tommy, "Why don't you go in the house and show Lizzy your beach debris collection. Don't leave the house without talking to us first."

Without a word, Tommy and Lizzy went into the house, smiling at each other. Only the kids and I knew that Liz had given Tommy a cigar while we were down on the beach. She pulled it from her jacket pocket, inside a baggie so her mother wouldn't smell it, and gave it to him after looking over her shoulder to be sure that the adults weren't watching. Liz said, "The one you had at the plane crash was broken... My uncle has a whole box of them and probably won't miss this one...."

"Gee, thanks!" Tommy said. "The one I had with me really got crushed and messed up while I was walking in the dark. I had to throw it away." When he looked at her, she had a big smile. And then he did too. Now they had a secret to share... Tommy wasn't sure what was happening, but for some reason, not because of the cigar, he really liked this girl.

Anyway, I was banished to the outside until I dried off in the sun. The kids seemed happy and were oblivious to what was going on with the adults. I noticed the expressions on the adult faces and knew that something wasn't right. So I laid down, facing them, and stayed alert.

Soon, the adults were talking again in hushed tones and they looked more conspiratorial. Susan said, "Tonight on the national news, they are going to leak the story about my findings. They won't mention my name. They will say that many pregnant women who frequently took the specific pain reliever had autistic children later on. Then, my family will be safe. There will be no further reason to hurt us. Others will pick up the banner and run with it."

Michael looked at his watch. The evening news would  be on in about 20 minutes. He said "I think I'm going to need something a little stronger to drink. Anyone want some bourbon or maybe a brandy?" The ladies eventually chose wine after they all went inside.  Michael turned on the TV. I was banished to the deck for now, but I took up a position just outside the screened slider on the deck so I could watch everyone.

Sure enough, the lead into the news report was, "Tonight we have a medical revelation that will turn out to be one of the most important breakthroughs regarding the high increase in Autism cases over the last 25 years in this country. What is the cause? What are the possible consequences for one large Drug Maker? We'll be back shortly. Please stay tuned."

And then there was a commercial for some prescription drug that helps people with sore feet. One of the side effects was that it may cause strokes or renal failure if used by some people. "Check with your doctor to determine if this drug is right for you."

After that, another commercial came on. "Have you or a loved one suffered a stroke, or even death after using the prescription drug 'Wartaway?' If so, then you may be entitled to a monetary settlement. Contact the Law Offices of Wewill, Suem and Howe."

While they waited for the news anchor's next words, they sat there with rapidly beating hearts and sweaty palms. The adrenalin rush was causing them all to have acid stomachs.

"This is Byron Lively with the news. Tonight we have an important story that will answer the question 'Why has Autism been on the increase in this country for the past 25 years or  so?' Is it because of child vaccinations, something in the air or water? No, it wasn't either of these.  It was found, by researchers at the Center for Disease Control, that some pregnant women who frequently took the over-the-counter pain reliever, PainLess, had children who became Autistic later on. PainLess is a well known, highly advertised pain reliever that replaced the cheaper, once-popular aspirin that was used frequently in the past.

"It is not known, specifically, what ingredient or ingredients in PainLess causes the birth defect, however, the Federal Drug Administration has vowed to reanalyze the drug and the usage data and design new tests to find the culprit.
For now, the drug is being taken off the shelves across America. It is not known if the drug will continue to be sold overseas.

"Now, where does this news leave the Drug company, Waymont Bios who manufactures PainLess? It was discovered by investigative journalists from our affiliate in Atlanta that Waymont Bios was sold off by it's parent company Streed Pharmaceuticals over two months ago, in a quiet sale. It is not known if Streed Pharmaceuticals was aware of this problem and separated the companies to avoid liability. A federal investigation is now underway by the U.S. Attorney General's office.

"In our studio, tonight, is our legal analyst, Mark Toddman, to comment on this revelation. Mark, what liability does Waymont Bios have now that it is known that PainLess is a major cause of Autism?"

"Well, Byron, of course there will be lawsuits... thousands of them. We are talking about liability in the billions and billions of dollars! Not only in damages for providing the faulty drug, but for care of the Autistic children that will suffer because of it, the rest of their lives."
"Thank you, Mark."

"Thank you for having me, Byron."
There was a short pause, and then, with a look of deep concern on his face, Byron continued... "In other news, Doctor J was arrested again for assaulting his ex-wife, Shaniqua, the popular singer. In the police report......"

"Crap!" Michael said to the TV as he snapped it off.

Then, with a big smile on his face. "Looks like you and your family are safe now, Susan. Congratulations! Too bad you probably won't get any credit for exposing this problem."

Susan had a sad smile, but one of relief.  "Excuse me. I'm going to call Ron and get his reaction." Michael noticed she was getting out her cell phone.

"You better use our land line. The cell tower signal doesn't reach this far down the Island."

The next day, with the sun shining brightly in a cloudless sky, we all went for a tour of the Island.  They ate at one of the restaurants and got to know each other better. I had to ride in the back cargo area. The stable flies weren't out and the mosquitoes kept to the shade. Tommy and Lizzy got to know each other even better and agreed to write to each other often.

That afternoon, Susan and Lizzy were taken to the ferry for their journey back across the 32 miles of sparkling water. Deputy Jackson was just outside the gates, watching and he waved with a smile on his face. Goodbyes were said and promises of getting together in the future were made.  They seemed happy and healthy, glad to know that they were once again safe.

*      *      *      *      *

Well, I hope you liked the story.  You are probably thinking that I should have received more credit for my part in saving these people. I don't really care because I was only responsible for helping Tommy... and I did. It was my obligation. I will get my reward when I leave here.
I can hear Tommy and his mom's car coming down the gravel road now. Sounds like the shocks aren't going to last too much longer...

This is what is exciting to me! It will be good to see him again.

The End



Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

2014 School Board Meetings

Common Core Presentation to School Board and Community

View video of the BICS Board Meeting and KaiLonnie Dunsmore's presentation HERE

PTA Informational and Organizational Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

Board Meeting


Video of this meeting can be viewed HERE

Special Board Meeting

October 18, 2014

Video of the Special Meeting HERE

November 13, 2014

View two camera edited video of the BICS meeting HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

October 8, 2014

Video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Board Meeting

November 12, 2014

Click Here to view video


St James Township Board Meeting

October 1, 2014

Video of the meeting HERE.

St. James Township Meeting Video,

November 5, 2014, 7 p.m.

(Posted 11/6/2014, 2:45 p.m.)

Video HERE

December 3, 2014

Click HERE to watch the video

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon – Sat  8am – 5pm
Sun Closed 

web: www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org
email: bicommunitycenter@tds.net
phone: 231 448-2022


Community Center Information for October 2014


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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Airport Commission Meeting

November 1, 2014.

Video of the meeting HERE

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Bud Martin and Matt Fogg Make Another Trip

The Shamrock tug and fuel barge made another trip over the weekend. The weather seems to have been better for shipping on the water than for flying to and from the Island. Most of us are very familiar with the weather issues on Beaver Island, but some of the visitors aren't quite as familiar with the inability to go or do anything off the island. Bud just took advantage of the lack of ice, and made another fuel run while the weather cooperated. It also gave him a chance to hear some Country and Western music up in the UP in Escanaba.

Interesting enough, Matt Fogg was pleased with the foggy night when he came in last night, December 14, 2014. He said, "Last year on this same day we made a trip and had to break six inches of ice in the harbor. It was 4 degrees." Glad you had a safe crossing, Matt!

Interesting Day on the Golf Course

(Picture and story by Frank Solle)

"Neither rain nor sleet nor cold nor snow stays these duffers from the swift completion of their appointed round."

With apologies to Herodotus and the PO, these words, purposefully rearranged, seemed appropriate for a little December 14 golf fun, until, that is, the sun popped out for a few brief minutes---it must have seen us on the course and decided to smile down, or take pity, whatever the case may be. But as the photo shows, there was golf and sun and, yes, still a bit of snow here and there, but nothing that could stop a pair of intrepid golfers from getting in a round, or at least a handful of holes, this afternoon. Yet another example of what it is we do here to entertain ourselves.

The Buckster plays a chip out of the snow to the 9th green like a pro. A great shot, but not quite enough to match his opponent's well-played par on the finishing par 4 at the Beaver Island Golf Course to wrap up a December outing (just saying).

Sunday's Shopping Event

Sunday, December 14, 2014, was designated a Sunday shopping event by a small group of retailers here on Beaver Island. Included in the event were Powers' Do It Best Hardware, Shipwreck Shirts, and the Community Center with sellers present to name a few. BINN reporter Deb Bousquet took a little trip around and got a few pictures of the event with some of the items and some of the locations included.

Hope you had a chance to check out some of the sales from 2-5 p.m. today, December 14, 2014!

Custer's Gold

A New Western

This book has not been completed, but any book that can keep the editor interested to Chapter 38 must be a good Western. Having read every Western that the Beaver Island District Library has, this gives the editor license to suggest this particular book as one that you should read. Intrigue, battles, affairs, and some actual history make this book worth reading. The particular points of view given in this book include several chapters by different characters, but all fitting quite well into the chronology of the book. The book also points out the complete disregard of the US government to the contracts made with many American Indian tribes, and the slaughter of many of the members of these tribes. This review is written before finishing the book for two reasons: Not to give away the ending and not to provide any resolution of the events that include criminal acts and perhaps, immoral acts as well. It is worth the cost of buying and putting your hands on this book. It is currently not available in electronic format, but may be soon.


Beaver Island Family Events

There are some events that spell out the wonderfulness of living in a small place called Beaver Island. This week Lillian Gregg turned 90 years old, actually on 12/13/14. A small family gathering took place at Stoney Acre Grill for dinner. The gathering grew to include Skip McDonough, Bill and Tammy McDonough, and Jim and Diane McDonough. Several other people stopped by at the table to wish Lillian a Happy Birthday. This was not the only celebration that took place this week for Lil's birthday. There was the Red Hat's luncheon birthday party, the card night at the Shamrock birthday party, and the Tuesday night gathering birthday party. Perhaps the best part of the birthday week was the gathering of all three of Lil's children including Ron Gregg and his wife Ann, Ruth Gregg, and Phyllis Gregg Moore.

Skip McDonough and Lillian Gregg's birthday gathering at the Shamrock

On the same day in a different city, Mt. Pleasant, Lillian's granddaughter Andrea Jo Moore, walked in her graduation ceremony at Central Michigan University. Andrea graduated with two degrees, a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree. Does this help answer the age old question, "What do you do on Beaver Island?"

Happy Birthday, Lil!

Congratulations, Andrea!

From Stoney Acres

Sunday is Campbells Homemade PIZZA 4-8:30pm
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Salad & Breadsticks too!
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A fantastic Menu with Signature Hand Cut Beef and Lobster Tails
Yummy Appetizers, Dessert & Shrimp Saute, Full Menu Too!
Great Tunes...Good Times at Stoney & the PUB!

Emerald Isle Returns

(11:15 pm, 12/13/14)

At approximately 9:35 pm, on December 13, 2014, the Emerald Isle ferry arrived at the dock on Beaver Island after being in dry dock for a while. The evening was quite foggy, but the ferry made good time from Charlevoix. Welcome home Emerald Isle!



BICS Cheerleaders Fundraiser

The BICS Cheerleaders are having a fundraiser today. They are selling Christmas trees, but, instead of a set fee, they are asking for a donation. BINN stopped to get a picture and a little video of their efforts. They were at the Happy Paddle kayak shack next to Daddy Franks.

Short video clip


Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Winter Schedule 2014-2015

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
12:00 until 4:00

Open for shopping and donations

If you need help with your donation, call the shop at 448-2534
or Donna at 448-2797.



Also, the Friends of Veterans and the AMVETS of Post #46 will again partner to host a Santa’s Workshop at the Beaver Island Community School on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, to enable the kids to purchase affordably priced gifts for their families and friends. Older students and adults will be available to help the youngsters select and wrap their purchases. Notices will be sent home from school as a reminder of this great event.


From Holy Cross

Charlevoix County Transit Winter Hours

Beaver Island

Winter Hours

(Effective Monday, November 17, 2014)

  Demand Response Service

Monday – Friday

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Closed Weekends 

Phone 231-448-2026

For Service

Children under 6 yrs $.50

Sr. Citizen  (60 and over) Currently Free

Handicap $.50

Youth (ages 6 to 19) $1.00

Regular Fare (ages 20 to 59) $1.50

Passenger fares are double 15 miles and over.

Note: There will be a $10.00 fee on any returned (bounced) checks written to Charlevoix County Transit


BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

March 21
June 20
Sept. 19
Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

Bible study

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

-Everyone welcome!!

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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Meeting Schedule

Beaver Island Human Services Commission

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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


Lunch with Santa

Lunch with Santa began with a hot dog lunch provided by the Friends of the AMVETs with several young ladies and men attending the luncheon. The program began at 11:30 a.m. with lunch, and Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived about 12:15 p.m. Another year and another wonderful program for the kiddies on 12/13/14.


Ladies in the kitchen cooking the hot dogs..

Eating lunch

Santa arrives with Mrs. Claus

And it's time to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what you want for Christmas.

Then some pictures of Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the workers


Emergency Services Authority

Meeting 12/11/14

Video HERE

Beaver Island Lighthouse School Performance

December 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Community Center

Approximately 75 people attended the program at the Community Center. The program began with an American Indian Hoop Dance. It was well accepted. The audience was blown away, not only by the comedy, but by the dramatic presentation at the end. In addition to the audience in the building, another fifty-four unique IP addresses also watched the program. Since there is no way to know how many people watched at an individual IP address, we can only state that over one hundred thirty people watched the performance tonight, December 11, 2014.

Santa character was narrator and comedian.

Traditional Native American Hoop Dance

Steve Finch introduced the first skit

"This program does not meet the Common Core Standards," stated the state inspector.

"Where is the punishment?" asked the state inspector.

The state inspector repeats the non-compliance issues, but the Board of Education praises the program.

There were two video productions that were part of the performance, and then a second skit.

Christmas presents skit

Then Santa provides a few more gifts and jokes.

The dramatic skit that followed was very figurative and spoke of the battle within each child. This skit was powerful, but gladly had a happy ending.

The white shirt represents the power of good inside each child.

The internal battle of good versus evil was portrayed with the dark side representing evil.

The movement toward the dark side with temptations figuratively presented.

The attempts of family and true friends helping to break the perceived evil victory.

More temptations that are turned away.

"The Battle Within" lyrics sung to Peter, Paul, and Mary melody.

Steve Finch thanks all who attended the performance

Video of the performance HERE

At the Gregg Fellowship Center

 Christian Church Annual Cookie Carnival NOON until  4PM, December 11, 2014

In years past, the Cookie Carnival had a limited variety of types of cookies. That certainly was not true for this year's cookie carnival. Each and every one of these pictures were of at least one different type of cookie and some include more than one. There was also peanut brittle, chocolate cherries, and other items besides the wide variety of cookies.

Lorrie and Jean were the head cashiers for the Cookie Carnival.

Lillian Gregg, who turns 90 years old this weekend, posed with the nutmeg logs that she has made for years and years.

Video clip of the cookies and other items


Flags at 1/2 Mast at the Memorial Park

To Honor Deputy Whitaker Who Died in the Line of Duty

Michigan Senate Votes to Gut Michigan Endangered Species Act

Peaine Township Meeting

December 10, 2014

Link to video of the meeting

Northern Lights League Names All-League Teams

For Soccer and Volleyball

All-League Volleyball Teams

All-League Soccer Team

USCG Alder Replaces Summer Buoys

Every fall or early winter, the USCG sends a buoy tender out to replace the aids to navigation or buoys for vessels traveling around the Beaver Island Archipelago. Some, like the harbor channel buoys are simply removed. Today, Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the USCG Vessel Alder came to the mouth of the harbor, and could be seen up close at Whiskey Point. The summer buoy was removed and replaced by the the winter ice buoy while another smaller vessel was launched to take care of the other buoys between the island and in the harbor.

Preparing to place the ice buoy.

Interested ice sculptures causing by the waves on a bush near Whiskey Point

Placing the ice buoy at the mouth of the harbor.

Replacing the one mile buoy

Video clips of the Alder


Hot Milk White Cake

This hot milk white cake recipe is a very simple one. There are not lots of added ingredients. It is a simple white cake. The icing is carmelized brown sugar mixture as shown in the recipe. It is not complicated to make, and it is really very tasty. The major difference between this cake recipe and the store-bought cake mix is that it does not contain as much sugar, and, of course, does not have all the additives that you will find if you look on the label of the cake mix. Absolutely delicious!. See the recipe down, lower on this page.

Sunday's Cantata

There are two performance of the Christmas Cantata. One is on Saturday at 3 p.m., and the second performance is on Sunday at 3 p.m. While just shy of 50 people attended the Saturday performance, just shy of seventy people attended the Sunday performace. A little over one hundred unique IP addresses viewed the Cantata this past weekend. It is not possible to guess how many people viewed the live streaming of these events. It is only know that at least one person at each IP address viewed the performances, so this makes at least two hundred people enjoyed the Christmas presents to the community by the musicians, children and adults.

Here are some pictures taken on Sunday during the performance.

Joe and Judi..............Sheri and Mike...........Miranda and MIke

Sheri R, Marianne, and Sheri........Sheri and Mike.........Sheri..........................................Mike...........

Strings Ensemble

Men's Choir

Layla Hall......Little Drummer Boy with Children's Choir.......Mike Scripps

Mike Scripps and Bell Choir

Mike Scripps solos and cute little soloist

Cantata Choir singing I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Children's Choir join adults for Silent Night

Click Here for Video of Sunday's Performance

BICS School Board Meeting

December 8, 2014

This meeting was the last for the appointed board members. These appointed members were Julie Martin, John Martin, and Gerald LaFreniere. This also the last meeting for Dana Hodgson as board member. The new board members will begin at the January meeting. They are Judy Boyle, Judy Gallagher, Dave Avery, Kathy Speck, Susan Myers. The two that will be continuing on the board are Dusty Cushman and Jessica Anderson.

As expected the twenty-three questions asked at previous board meetings between May and October 2014 by community members were not answered. The offer to answer these questions privately was again repeated, but the board did not answer even one of those previously asked questions. Perhaps the new board sitting in January 2015 will be more willing to answer publicly asked questions.

Here is the video of the board meeting for those interested.

Eye Opening Questions

An editorial by Joe Moore

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Four Steps To Build A Culture Of Open Communication--The following is from an article by David Hassell for Forbes (modified by Joe Moore):

Here are four ways you can create an environment centered on open, two-way communication that builds cohesion.

1. Institute a Transparent Workplace
A common mistake administrators make is not sharing information across the organization. This demonstrates a lack of confidence and can lead to distrust. The best way to prevent this is to practice open, transparent communication.

2. Get Rid of “Us vs. Them” 
When administrators and staff aren’t communicating, administrators need to build practices that strengthen relationships between different stakeholders including the community.  You need to have a strong culture of open feedback and communication, but this is something you build over time by establishing genuine human connections.
Always look for ways to build connections between people.

3.  Make Your OKRs Public
To keep everyone aligned and focused on a set outcome, establish objectives and key results (OKRs). Always frame these within larger goals to show staff how their efforts support big-picture objectives, and make all OKRs public throughout the organization.

4. Ask and Answer Specific Questions
Your staff members have tremendous insight into the inner workings of your organization, and the best way to tap into this intelligence is by asking the right questions. In addition to regular team meetings, a feedback tool that asks employees relevant questions can prove invaluable for recognizing achievements and identifying challenges.
By maintaining regular, direct communication with staff members and community members, you’ll gain valuable insights into the operations of each part of the educational system and be able to resolve issues quickly.
Building a culture of transparent communication will open doors throughout your organization and the community, and help your entire organization run more efficiently.

This Old Cookbook-7

This old cookbook was found as an old house was being cleaned and items sorted out. It comes from a project of an elementary classroom from May 1958. BINN will present one recipe each week until the cookbook's last. An attempt will be made each week to actually make the weekly recipe. The title page states, "Dear Mother...I hope this book will help you cook."

Hot Milk White Cake

Beat 2 eggs until thick--lemon color

Add 1 cup of sugar gradually, 1 teaspoon of vnilla

Sift 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add this to first mixture.

Heat 1/2 cup milk and 1 Tablespoon butter to boiling.

Add milk and butter all at once to the other. Mix well.

Bake 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees.

Frosting for Above Cake

5 Tablespoons brown sugar, 3 Tablespoons butter, 2 Tablespoons of cream

Mix over heat.

When cake is done--remove from the oven---cover with the above frosting.

Brown under broiler.

Watch to keep from burning.

Marsha Zick, 7 years old

Dog Island: The Plane Crash

by Lance Terrill Olson

This book written by Lance Terrill Olson is presented to BINN subscribers through an agreement between BINN editor and the author. This book is about an imaginary plane crash that takes place on an imaginary island, Dog Island. The book is for sale at a few places on the island.

Chapter 7-----The Survivors

About three weeks later, the little girl and her mom visited Dog Island. They were greeted at the ferry, in town, by Tommy and his father and me. Tommy's mom stayed at home to complete some last-minute preparations.

Tommy didn't recognize them in the crowd disembarking from the ferry. But then, he saw a woman with a cast on her arm, next to a small girl, nearing the bottom of the stairs.
They looked so different! He thought, without the cast, he wouldn't have been able to pick them out.

I recognized the girl by her size and smell and she got down on her knees to hug me and pet me fondly. We were both smiling. Of course, I was wagging my tail like she was a long lost friend. Well that and because of the smell of a treat in her pocket. So I kept nudging her pocket from which she finally withdrew the treat and gave it to me. I saw Tommy roll his eyes. "I'm just a dog you know!" I tried to convey to Tommy with my eyes...

Tommy and his dad walked over to them and his dad put out his hand to the woman and said, "I'm Tommy's dad, Michael. Denise stayed home to take care of some last-minute things since there wouldn't be enough room in the car.  And this, of course is Tommy and it looks like your daughter has already reunited with Max. Welcome to Dog Island." Then  he handed her a map of the Island and a flyswatter.

The mother looked at the flyswatter, briefly, and got the joke. With a big grin on her face, she said, "I'm Susan and this is my daughter Elizabeth. We call her Liz or Lizzy. It's so nice to finally meet you. And Tommy, it is really nice to meet you under better circumstances." She barely gave me any attention at all.

After shaking hands, and after Susan gave Tommy a long heartfelt hug, they walked to the ferry luggage rack and found their luggage and loaded it into the SUV. She volunteered "My husband, Ron, is still recuperating from a boating accident he had about two months ago." She got quiet, like there was something more she wanted to say but decided against it. "Maybe sometime in the future, he will ride along and meet you wonderful folks. Thank you for meeting us at the ferry. I've decided that driving is a lot safer.” and then she gave a big smile.

"You're quite welcome. We're happy to have you here and we have been looking forward to your visit. We'll just take a quick ride and show you the town and the lighthouse. Then, maybe tomorrow, we'll tour the Island and show you some other sights."

Before we could get into the SUV, Deputy Sherriff Jackson came over to us. He, almost always comes to the ferry dock when a ferry is coming in. But this time, I noticed that the other "summer" Deputy was sitting in his own car looking out the window at us from across the street. Deputy Jackson said, "Hi, Michael and Tommy. I assume this is Susan and Liz?"

Susan put out her hand to greet him with a smile. He said, "It's nice to see you are recovering so well. How long before the cast comes off?"

"About another two weeks, I think," she said.

"How long will you be on the Island?"

Susan smiled and said, "Just till tomorrow afternoon, I'm afraid. It is so beautiful here. Maybe we'll come back for a longer stay when my husband can make it."

The Deputy said, "I've been in touch with Special Agent Johnson and he says they haven't been able to pinpoint where your pilot was going. But, he said that this case was still keeping them very busy..." Then, he winked at her in a way  so no one could see him except Susan.  But, I saw him do it! I wondered what he was up to....

"Well, have a nice stay. Just by coincidence, Michael, Deputy McCarty and I will be working down near your area while they are here.  If you or they need me for anything, just call this number, and I'll be there in a flash.  Keep this card handy..." He gave Michael and Susan both, his card. Then, he turned and headed for his cruiser.

Susan and Michael sat in the two front bucket seats and Tommy, Liz, and I took up the back seat. There was still the smell of the treat so I kept licking her face.  I'm a dog... get over it!

The drive home was uneventful except for all the jarring and shaking on the washboard road. Michael said, "I know the shaking probably bothers you, but we are used to it and we'd rather have this than blacktop. It helps to remind us where we are."

"This Island is really beautiful from the ferry and seeing it close up in the sunshine is an extra treat. I love all these trees along the road. It's like going through a tunnel. You must be very well known on the Island... everyone that we pass waves at you."  Michael laughed and said, "No, that is just a small town thing. We are all friendly here and waving is sort of like sharing your feelings of contentment."

When we got home, Denise met them on the small deck behind the house, on the driveway side. Michael got the luggage while Tommy and Lizzy were playing with me in the driveway. I never did get another treat from her. But, "If you don't play, you can't win," I always say.

Denise and Susan hit it off immediately and they went through the house to the larger deck overlooking Lake Michigan.

"Oh, my God," Susan said. "This is such a beautiful view. You must feel really grateful for living here." Denise just smiled.

Later, that evening, after settling in and having an early dinner, Susan, Denise, and Michael sat out on the deck with some vodka-tonics and got to know each other better. Tommy and Lizzy went down to the water with me and we  disappeared down the beach, exploring.

"What is it that you do, Susan?" Denise asked.

"I'm a research chemist with a private firm in Wisconsin. We study and analyze data and trials of drugs and medications, usually after they are released by the FDA. Our clients are some of the largest, multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical companies in this country, but we have some multi-national companies as well. My firm is in Madison.
Since I research documents and analyze the track records of new drugs with my computer, I don't need to be there. I usually work out of our home in Appleton. It is very convenient for me, especially since Ron got hurt. I can take care of Lizzy too, without having her out with strangers all the time."

"And what does your husband do there?"

"Ron is an Architect and Builder in Appleton. He builds residential homes and sometimes commercial properties around our part of the State. He has won many awards for his work. Of course, he is limited in what he is able to do right now. But, he gets out and is working the best he can."

"If you don't mind me asking, where were you headed when your plane crashed?" asked Michael.
She, again, got a little quiet and then you could see determination in her face. "I was going to Mackinac Island to present a paper on my findings regarding an over-the-counter pain reliever I was studying. The Conference was sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Analysts Association. It was a chance to get away with Lizzy and have some well needed vacation as well as present my findings to this group."

"Sounds interesting," Denise said. "Too bad you couldn't present it. Are you going to have a chance to present it sometime in the future?"

"Well, my paper was included in the Conference minutes, but since I wasn't there, they just wrote a synopsis of the paper. They seemed to leave out the most important parts of my findings. Well, actually, they included it but the way it was presented, it was a little ambiguous. It didn't get the attention that it needed and deserved. It was a very important breakthrough. They haven't asked me to present it anytime in the future." Then, she broke down sobbing.

Denise and Michael looked at each other, puzzled.

Michael said, "I'm sorry, maybe I'm getting too personal with my questions. Let's talk about something else."

But, Susan recovered and said, "No, you should know what's going on. Tommy saved my life and changed the outcome of something horrible.

"I'm not supposed to tell anyone… the FBI swore me to silence... but I just can't keep it to myself any longer. If you swear not to say anything to anyone, I'll tell you the story."

Denise became frightened, but Michael was curious. "You don't have to say anything to us, but if you want to, we promise not to let it get out."

Last Fuel Trip for the Shamrock of 2014

(Photos by Frank Solle)

Frank Solle got these wonderful pictures of the fuel barge and the Shamrock arriving back on Beaver Island for the last trip of the 2014 season. Frank is a photographer extraordinaire, and these pictures are terrific!

Coming in the harbor

Heading toward Martin's Dock

Arrival at dock

This will be the last trip of this fuel barge, according to the following USCG directives in enforcement of the elimination of the single hull oil/fuel barges beginning January 1, 2015. Beginning on this date, the single hull vessels are prohibited for transporting oil and oil products. A link to these directives is posted below.

View USCG Directives HERE

Until such time that a double hulled barge is purchased and arrives on Beaver Island, any fuel transport will have to take place in trucks transported by either the St. James Marine or the Beaver Island Boat Company.

Pearl Harbor Day

The American Flag is the burial flag of Lt. Col Giles McCann. According to Alvin Lafreniere, he was the only person from the island to serve in three wars WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

The Honor and Remember flag is on the right pole That pole normally has the Michigan Flag.

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the story and the picture.

14th Annual Christmas Cantata

The first performance of the Christmas Cantata of 2014 was at the Beaver Island Christian Church beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014. The program began with Kathy Speck thanking lots of people for their help in getting all of the different pieces of the puzzle in place to make this 14th Annual Cantata a success.

Kathy Speck welcomes those who have attended.

Joe Moore and Judi Meister performed O Holy Night.

Sheri Timsak and Mike Scripps performed Ordinary Baby

A Men's Choir performed two carols, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Joy to the World.

The Men's Choir included Adam Richards, Steve Stewart, Larry Hall, Bob Bass, Tom Whitman, Bill Detwiler, Bob Hoogendoorn, and Mike Scripps, with Mike Scripps on the keyboard.

Miranda Rooy sand Breath of Heaven, accompanied by Mike Scripps

Sheri Timsak,Marianne Weaver, and Sheri Richards performed O Night Divine

Mike Scripps sang Mary's Wish

Sheri Richards' String Ensemble performed a Christmas Carol Medley

The Strings Ensemble was made up of Sheri, Simeon, Elish, and Micah Richards; Kai and Zander Drost, Courtney Smith, and Sally Stebbins.

A group of young performers joined Sheri Richards, Layla Hall, and Rich Scripps to perform The Little Drummer Boy.

The youngsters included Sienna Anderson, Sophie McDonough, Micah Richards, Zander Drost, Gage Anderson, Elisha Richards, Simeon Richards, and Courtney Smith. They also performed Peace on Earth, O Holy Night, and Silent Night.

Cantata Choir

The Cantata Choir processed into the aisles with Sheri Richards and Mike Scripps playing. The Cantata Choir sopranos were Deb Bousquet, Shirley Detwiler, Shelly Scripps, Marie Shimenetto, Sheri Timsak, Marianne Weaver, Lillian Wiser, and Karen Whitecraft. The choir altos were Peg Hoogendoorn, Diane McDonough, Judi Meister, Kim Mitchell, Sheri Richards, Miranda Rooy, Davi Stein, and Jean Wierenga. The choir tenors were Susie Fisher, Bob Hoogendoorn, Joe Moore, and Deb Plastrik. The choir basses were Bob Bass, Bill Detwiler, Larry Hall, Mike Scripps, Steve Stewart, and Tom Whitman.

The Cantata Choir performed I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, celebrating peace on earth, arranged by Nan and Dennis Allen.

The Cantata narrators were Adam Richards and Elaine West

The pieces of music in the "Bells" Cantata were Carol of the Bells, O Come O Come Emmanuel, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, and.........

Marie Shimenetto had a solo in I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.

One of the last two songs in the Cantata was Silent Night, with solos by Larry Hall and Bob Hoogendoorn, as well as featuring the Kids Choir.

The Cantata Finale was He Is My Peace. This was a wonderful performance. If you missed the Saturday performance, you still can attend the Sunday performance which begins at 3 p.m. at the Christian Church.

(Many Thanks to Phyllis Moore for the pictures.)

Link to video of the performances HERE

Birth Announcement

Mackenzie Elizabeth

Welcome to the world, Mackenzie Elizabeth Gorlewski! She was born on December 5, 2014. She weighed 7 lbs 14 ozand was 21 inches long. She has ots of dark hair! Her proud big brother Trevor is in love, just like the rest of her family. Proud parents are Lindsy McDonough Gorlewski and Andrew Gorlewski. Proud grandparents are Tim and Denise McDonough. Proud great-grandmother is Skip McDonough.

Soaring Eagles Soar Over Islanders

The Hannahville Soaring Eagles won both basketball games last night, Friday, December 5, 2014. The Lady Soaring Eagles and the Soaring Eagles truly soared above the Lady Islanders and the Islanders. The Soaring Eagles, boys and girls, have become quite an aggressive group of basketball players. They are attacking the ball. They were stealing the ball. They were running past the Islanders for easy lay-ups. The Soaring Eagles will be a serious competitor for the Northern Lights League title.

The Lady Islanders played well. The senior Lady Islanders played with respect and celebrated the successes of their team. The island should be proud of these Lady Islanders. They played with class, kept playing hard, and never gave up. Great job, Lady Islanders! The Islanders basketball team is a young team with upper classmen sitting in the bleachers. The Islanders played hard, and only a few times became frustrated due to the ball handling capabilities of their opponent. The Islanders played hard, celebrated their successes, and displayed sportsmanship.

Games begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

Pictures and video will be posted when processed.

BITA Meeting Rescheduled

Annual Toy Drive

The Annual Toy Drive is under way!

If you would like to donate a toy, there are collection boxes in the Island Airway Terminals on Beaver Island and in Charlevoix. Or you may give the toy to Connie Boyle at home or the school office. (You can even leave it in my car wherever you see me, if you'd like----whatever is easiest for you!)

The toys go to children who live on or off the island. Families that qualify for help through social services are encouraged to fill out the paperwork with the county. Everyone's privacy is maintained as the toys are sent to social services (so please do NOT wrap the toys) and they will pick out which toys are best-suited for each child, based on age and gender. Beaver Island families who qualify will then receive toys from social services.

If you would prefer to make a donation and have someone do the shopping for you, I can take care of that---just give me a call at 231-448-2491.

It is helpful if most of the toys are donated by the week before Christmas so there is time to make sure all children are covered. But I will keep collecting toys after that.

Thank you, in advance, for your support. Everyone is always amazed at the quality and number of toys we collect!

Sincerely, Connie Boyle

BID Library Announcement

Crafters take note:

There is an open crafting group at the library every other Wednesday night (1st and 3rd Wed. of the month) starting at 7pm. This is not a "class" but a time to bring whatever you do, be it knitting, scrap-booking, or whatever (provided it is somewhat portable) and work on it amongst warm company.

FOIA Request Update 11/25/14

An Editorial by Joe Moore

Editor Joe Moore picked up a FOIA packet from the BICS office on Monday. Thank you for complying with the request. Apparently, the request did not get the information that would answer all the twenty-three questions asked. The following is coded to show what information was obtained from the FOIA request, information that doesn't exist, and information that was withheld due to the extensive costs suggested to obtain it. An appeal was sent to Jessica Anderson, President of the Board of Education requesting that the questions be answered and asking that the costs be waived or reduced. While several of the requests have been provided, the questions asked at board meetings from May through October have not been answered.

The following is the one question that has been answered out of the twenty-three asked at public board meetings:

What is science teacher’s certification? The answer is that he has certification for Science in High School, which was a concern by some.

A few other questions can be answered by the fact that there is no policy for some issues related to the questions. A request has been made to Riley Justis, superintendent/principal, via email to sends answers to the questions. BINN hopes to get answers to those questions and post them for any interested persons.

2014-15 BICS Basketball Schedule

Martha Guth CD Release

Martha Guth, opera singer and vocalist extraordinare, who has performed multiple times during Baroque on Beaver Classical Music Festival, now has a brand new CD for sale. The name of the CD is Schubert’s Women in Music.

Schubert’s unforgettable characterizations of women: Gretchen, Suleika, Mignon, Ellen and Delphine are the subject of this CD, devoted to exploring Schubert’s homage to das ewig Weibliche, Goethe’s expression for the eternally feminine. Soprano Marta Guth and fortepianist Penelope Crawford present these unique portraits with insight and sympathy, enhanced by the use of a magnificent original fortepiano by the great Viennese maker, Conrad Graf.

Email from Martha Guth

Dear friends, colleagues and neighbors!

I hope this email finds you all well---and for those of you fellow Americans---deeply rested after a lovely Thanksgiving weekend!

I am sending this big email around to you all because I am beyond thrilled to announce that my first solo CD is available! It is a disc of Schubert songs with Penelope Crawford on Fortepiano, playing an original Viennese Graf Fortepiano. This instrument is extremely rare, and for those of you who don't know about it, it was the precursor to the piano, and is able to make some really beautiful colors. It is a very different experience working with this kind of instrument, especially with Penny who knows and loves it so well! The songs are a group of some best loved and lesser known gems of Schubert's enormous song output, and all were tied together in a magnificent essay written by the very distinguished musicologist Dr. Susan Youens. Musica Omnia is a very special label out of Boston, and they have been really wonderful collaborators in producing the disc.

Suffice it to say that I am really proud of the way this project turned out, and I hope that you will consider following the link to the Musica Omnia Website. Right now it is available in hard copy, which when I really want something, for me, is still is the best option (and it is a beautiful booklet and package). But if you are interested in digital format, that will be out and distributed through Naxos in February.

p.s. We already have a second disc in the planning stages!

Here is the link:


All my good wishes are with you all and your loved ones during the coming holiday season,


You can read more about the release HERE

You can order one HERE

Agents Investigate Elaborate Great Lakes Fish Trafficking Operation

Interesting article

While the article is interesting, there is no way of determing its consequences.

Response to FOIA Request

by Joe Moore

I am going to publicly ask that these twenty-three questions be answered publicly either in a public meeting or by publishing the answers in a newspaper or on a news website.
Just to summarize the situation so far, I watched the video of the school board meetings from May through October 2014.  There were a total of twenty-three questions asked in the public meetings of the BICS Board of Education during that period of time.  None of these twenty-three questions had been answered in the following months. In November one question was answered—one of twenty-three.
In an attempt to get answers to the questions, I submitted all of the questions to the president of the school board.  I did not receive any indication that the letter was received, nor any response to the questions being asked. 
So, ten days later I submitted a FOIA request which included the questions.  I did get a response from the president of the board and the superintendent.
At the November 2014 rescheduled school board meeting, one question was answered. 
I received an email requesting that I meet with Riley Justis, superintendent, and I responded that I would not meet with him until I received something from him regards the FOIA request.
Here is Riley Justis’ response to my FOIA request.

Apparently, in order to get answers to these twenty-three questions, I have to be prepared to pay over $3500.00, or over $150.00 per question asked.

Okay, I can't help myself. I have to comment. It takes 4000 pages of documents and 67 hours of work to answer the 23 questions. That's just less than twenty pages for each question, three hours of work for each questions, and $150 for each question. Does this seem logical to you? Considering that many policies don't exist, how can decisions be made about situations when there is no policy? Six of seven board members have resigned in the last two years. Why? The first ever grievance was filed by the Beaver Island Education Association. Why? Questions asked publicly will not be answered publicly. Why? Just answer the questions!

Crooked Tree Strings Program to Begin

Students who have at least 1 year experience will be Intermediates. Those students who have 2 or more years of experience can join the Youth Orchestra program starting with the Concert Orchestra. The Winter Concert will be on February 1, 2014, for Youth Orchestra and Spring Concert on May 17, 2014, for all string players. Sheri Richards will be teaching these classes.

Weekly classes will be held at Beaver Island Community School starting Monday, November 24, 2014, no class on November 26 (Thanksgiving Holiday)

Mondays & Wednesdays
3:30-4:20 Beginning
4:20-5:00 Intermediate
5:00-6:00 Concert Orchestra

Cards for the strings program provided by Crooked Tree can be handed into the school office.

For more information contact the Crooked Tree Arts Center, 231-347-4337 or visit www.crookedtree.org.<http://www.crookedtree.org./> or Sheri Richards at richaada@gmail.com<mailto:richaada@gmail.com>

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

From the Transfer Station

Recycling Information--No Cloth in off-season

Donate to the Food Pantry

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

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