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Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 6, 2020

It's 28° outside this morning, feels like 12° thanks to a west wind at 16 mph and gusting to 26 mph. Humidity is at 69%, dew point is 20°, pressure is at 29.81 inches, cloud cover is 90%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today will be windy with a mix of clouds and sun. Just think in 73 days, 15 hours, and 37 minutes, it'll be spring!

ON THIS DAY in 1838, Samuel Morse’s telegraph system is demonstrated for the first time at the Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown, New Jersey. The telegraph, a device which used electric impulses to transmit encoded messages over a wire, would eventually revolutionize long-distance communication, reaching the height of its popularity in the 1920s and 1930s.

Samuel Finley Breese Morse was born April 27, 1791, in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He attended Yale University, where he was interested in art, as well as electricity, still in its infancy at the time. After college, Morse became a painter. In 1832, while sailing home from Europe, he heard about the newly discovered electromagnet and came up with an idea for an electric telegraph. He had no idea that other inventors were already at work on the concept.

Morse spent the next several years developing a prototype and took on two partners, Leonard Gale and Alfred Vail, to help him. In 1838, he demonstrated his invention using Morse code, in which dots and dashes represented letters and numbers. In 1843, Morse finally convinced a skeptical Congress to fund the construction of the first telegraph line in the United States, from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore. In May 1844, Morse sent the first official telegram over the line, with the message: “What hath God wrought!”

Over the next few years, private companies, using Morse’s patent, set up telegraph lines around the Northeast. In 1851, the New York and Mississippi Valley Printing Telegraph Company was founded; it would later change its name to Western Union. In 1861, Western Union finished the first transcontinental line across the United States. Five years later, the first successful permanent line across the Atlantic Ocean was constructed and by the end of the century telegraph systems were in place in Africa, Asia and Australia.

Because telegraph companies typically charged by the word, telegrams became known for their succinct prose–whether they contained happy or sad news. The word “stop,” which was free, was used in place of a period, for which there was a charge. In 1933, Western Union introduced singing telegrams. During World War II, Americans came to dread the sight of Western Union couriers because the military used telegrams to inform families about soldiers’ deaths.

Over the course of the 20th century, telegraph messages were largely replaced by cheap long-distance phone service, faxes and email. Western Union delivered its final telegram in January 2006.

Samuel Morse died wealthy and famous in New York City on April 2, 1872, at age 80. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT there are estimated to be 72 million deaf people around the world. There are also about 300 different sign languages—including American Sign Language and International Sign Language—as well as 41 countries that recognize them as an official language. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY agrarian (uh-GRAIR-ee-un) which means:
1 : of or relating to fields or lands or their tenure
2 a : of, relating to, or characteristic of farmers or their way of life
b : organized or designed to promote agricultural interests
Today, an acre is generally considered to be a unit of land measuring 43,560 square feet (4,047 square meters). Before that standard was set, it's believed that an acre represented a rougher measurement: the amount of land that could be plowed in one day with a yoke of oxen. Both acre and agrarian derive from the Latin noun ager and the Greek noun agrós, meaning "piece of land, field." (You can probably guess that agriculture is another descendant.) Agrarian, first used in English in the 16th century, describes things pertaining to the cultivation of fields, as well as the farmers who cultivate them. (merriam-webster.com)

St James Planning Commission Documents


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St. James Meeting Documents for January

BIAC Ordinanance January 2020


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Doing Fine

by Cindy Ricksgers

Epiphany Masses from Holy Cross

Epiphany is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child, and thus Jesus' physical manifestation to the Gentiles. (Wikipedia)

Epiphany is technically on January 6, 2020, but is observed on January 4th and 5th at the weekend services. Saturday afternoon Mass was at 4 p.m., and Sunday Mass was at its regular time of 9:30 a.m. Both services were live streamed as well as recorded.

A guest reader on Saturday.....Father Jim reads the Gospel.

On Sunday, Brian Foli was the reader......Father Jim gave a wonderful sermon today.

View Mass on Saturday HERE

View Mass on Sunday HERE

Christian Church Service

January 5, 2020

This church service begins every Sunday morning in the off-season at 10 a.m. at the Beaver Island Christian Church. The bulletin for today's service is above.

Since this was the first service of the new year, the January Birthday Cake was waiting for those present after the service along with coffee and juice.

View video the service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 5, 2020

Happiest of birthdays to our son, Mike Moore! Hope you have an absolutely fabulous day! Chili for dinner?

We have a Winter Weather Advisory from 1 pm today until 7 am on Monday. Snow and blowing snow expected. Total accumulations of 2 to 5 inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph. Right now we have 31°, feels like 30°, cloudy skies, wind is from the SW at 5 mph, humidity is 83%, dew point is 27°, pressure is 29.96 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles.Chance of snow for today is 100% with winds from the south. Tonight winds will be from the west at 20 to 30 mph and a 70% chance of more snow.

ON THIS DAY in 1933, construction begins on the Golden Gate Bridge, as workers began excavating 3.25 million cubic feet of dirt for the structure’s huge anchorages.

Following the Gold Rush boom that began in 1849, speculators realized the land north of San Francisco Bay would increase in value in direct proportion to its accessibility to the city. Soon, a plan was hatched to build a bridge that would span the Golden Gate, a narrow, 400-foot deep strait that serves as the mouth of the San Francisco Bay, connecting the San Francisco Peninsula with the southern end of Marin County.

Although the idea went back as far as 1869, the proposal took root in 1916. A former engineering student, James Wilkins, working as a journalist with the San Francisco Bulletin, called for a suspension bridge with a center span of 3,000 feet, nearly twice the length of any in existence. Wilkins’ idea was estimated to cost an astounding $100 million. So, San Francisco’s city engineer, Michael M. O’Shaughnessy (he’s also credited with coming up with the name Golden Gate Bridge), began asking bridge engineers whether they could do it for less.

Engineer and poet Joseph Strauss, a 5-foot tall Cincinnati-born Chicagoan, said he could.

Eventually, O’Shaughnessy and Strauss concluded they could build a pure suspension bridge within a practical range of $25-30 million with a main span at least 4,000 feet. The construction plan still faced opposition, including litigation, from many sources. By the time most of the obstacles were cleared, the Great Depression of 1929 had begun, limiting financing options, so officials convinced voters to support $35 million in bonded indebtedness, citing the jobs that would be created for the project. However, the bonds couldn’t be sold until 1932, when San-Francisco based Bank of America agreed to buy the entire project in order to help the local economy.

The Golden Gate Bridge officially opened on May 27, 1937, the longest bridge span in the world at the time. The first public crossing had taken place the day before, when 200,000 people walked, ran and even roller skated over the new bridge.

With its tall towers and famous trademarked "international orange" paint job, the bridge quickly became a famous American landmark, and a symbol of San Francisco. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Nowadays, it's a commonly known fact that some birds fly to warmer climates for the winter in order to escape the frigid temperatures. However, up until the 19th century, some people—including Aristotle—believed that birds spent the cold season in hibernation at the bottom of the sea. Still, others believed that they took a much farther trip and flew to the moon for the winter, according to Atlas Obscura. (bestlifeonline.com/winter-facts)

WORD OF THE DAY permutation (per-myoo-TAY-shun) which means:
1 : often major or fundamental change (as in character or condition) based primarily on rearrangement of existent elements; also : a form or variety resulting from such change
2 a : the act or process of changing the lineal order of an ordered set of objects
b : an ordered arrangement of a set of objects
Permutation has not changed all that much since it was borrowed into Middle English from Anglo-French as permutacioun, meaning "exchange, transformation." Permutacioun traces back to the Latin verb permutare, meaning "to change thoroughly, exchange," and ultimately derives from the Latin mutare, "to change." Other descendants of mutare in English include commute, mutant, and mutual. Permutation also has a specific application in the field of mathematics relating to the ordering of a given set of objects. For example, permutations of items a, b, and c are abc, acb, bac, etc. (merriam-webster.com)

Beaver Island Christmas Decorations

Beaver Island Christmas Decorations...full of wonder, joy, and happiness! Wishing you all many blessings in 2020! Pictures taken on Christmas night......Music played at the Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve......

View this video HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 4, 2020

It's 28° outside this morning, feels like 23°, cloudy skies, wind is from the NW at mph, humidity is 90%, dew point is 26°, pressure is 29.88 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 7 miles.

ON THIS DAY in 1965, in his State of the Union address, President Lyndon Baines Johnson lays out for Congress a laundry list of legislation needed to achieve his plan for a Great Society. On the heels of John F. Kennedy’s tragic death, Americans had elected Johnson, his vice president, to the presidency by the largest popular vote in the nation’s history. Johnson used this mandate to push for improvements he believed would better Americans’ quality of life.

Following Johnson’s lead, Congress enacted sweeping legislation in the areas of civil rights, health care, education and the environment. The 1965 State of the Union address heralded the creation of Medicare/Medicaid, Head Start, the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the White House Conference on Natural Beauty. Johnson also signed the National Foundation of the Arts and Humanities Act, out of which emerged the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through the Economic Opportunity Act, Johnson fought a War on Poverty by implementing improvements in early childhood education and fair employment policies. He was also a strong advocate for conservation, proposing the creation of a green legacy through preserving natural areas, open spaces and shorelines and building more urban parks. In addition, Johnson stepped up research and legislation regarding air- and water-pollution control measures.

Under Kennedy, then-Vice President Johnson led the government’s quest to develop American excellence in the sciences. As president, the ongoing technology race with the Soviet Union spurred Johnson to continue the vigorous national program of space exploration begun by Kennedy. During Johnson’s presidency, the National Air and Space Administration (NASA) achieved the extraordinary and unprecedented accomplishment of orbiting a man around the moon.

Though many of Johnson’s programs remain in place today, his legacy of a Great Society has been largely overshadowed by his decision to involve greater numbers of American soldiers in the controversial Vietnam War. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the panda at your local zoo may look like it's at home in its cozy sanctuary. But unless you live in China, the pandas that you're seeing are just visiting. That's because every one of the gentle giants in zoos around the world are on loan from China. Yes, they're technically the property of the government of China, according to Vox. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY mendacious (men-DAY-shus) which means given to or characterized by deception or falsehood or divergence from absolute truth.

Mendacious and lying have very similar meanings, but the two are not interchangeable. Mendacious is more formal and literary, suggesting a deception harmless enough to be considered somewhat bland. Lying is more blunt, accusatory, and often confrontational. You might yell, "You lying rat!" in an argument, but you would most likely stick to the more diplomatic, "Aren't you being somewhat mendacious?" in a business meeting. Mendacious can also imply habitual untruthfulness, whereas lying is more likely to be used to identify specific instances of dishonesty. (merriam-webster.com)

Thomas Edward Matela

March 12, 1963 ~ December 27, 2019 (age 56)


Thomas E. Matela, 56 of Beaver Island, passed away December 27, 2019 on Beaver Island.  Thomas was born on March 12, 1963 in Hammond, Indiana, to Raymond A. Matela and Grace (Boyle) Matela.

He is survived by his daughter Teresa (Corey), son Thomas Matela, granddaughters Lydia and Kylee, along with three sisters, Vicki, Joan and Elizabeth, and two brothers Raymond and John. 

A full obituary will appear soon. 

No services are planned at this time. 

Arrangements are in the care of the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Sign his online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com


by Daniel R. Craig


He was found slumped in his vehicle on the side of the road, not far from the general store. This is rural Michigan and I guess he was lucky someone checked on him and called 911.His color was a smurfy blue with respirations of maybe 4-6, pinpointed pupils, unresponsive to painful stimuli. Alright, one more opiate overdose for the books, time to go to work.
Nasal narcan administered up the nose. Sternal rubs and painful stimuli to wake him. No go.

We extricated him from the vehicle onto our stretcher and rush him over to our "office". The patient compartment or back of the rig is our domain. It's our work space, territory, office, it's our "kingdom".

Rescue breathing with a BVM, IV established, 2 more mg of narcan administered, cardiac monitor on, Blood Sugar good, all primarily care preformed. Now my man is still unresponsive and not doing any better then when he was sitting in the car. As I am the "king" when rendering patient care in the back of the rig I make the decisions. These decisions would never be made without the help and imput of my partner and other first responders. Well, on this particular day were at the point of 2 more mg of narcan IVP or more aggressive physical simulation.

The sternal rubs, pressure points, pinching doesn't seem to be working to wake my man. At this point I went with option two "physical stimulation " over 2 mg of narcan. My decision because the back of an ambulance is my "kingdom". I'm sitting on the bench seat overlooking the patient. I look to my left at the back doors and see no one peering in through the windows. I look over at my partner and her expression is like "what's next"? Glance to my right and the deputy is looking at us from the open doors with the expression on his face like "what's next".

So I reach deep down into my left front pocket and pull some "magic" out. The decision was all mine. I take responsibility for all my actions. I stood to get better leverage and stability before administering the "magic". With my right hand I grabbed my man's head, hair and all to steady it. With my left hand that pulled the magic from my pocket I hauled off and slapped my man. I believe it was a "three stroker" two aggressive forward swings and a light backward hand as not to hurt my knuckles. My partner should remember, it might of been one good forward hand. But I think it was three, as I like that number...lol.

Well now, my man's eyes popped wide open and he took a "deep breath," his first in who knows how long. I looked at my partner and the duputy and their eyes where as "wide open" as the patient's. I guess they were not prepared for the "magic" I had just admisitered.

Some may say I was out of line. There was no need for such drastic and aggressive measures. I say "my kingdom, my decision". My man made it to the hospital to live another day and all the way in denied he does drugs. I guess there's a good explanation for the track marks and the wad of cash in his pocket. I administered some "magic" and no harm was done.

There are times when we just need a little "magic". Stay safe....smile, laugh, love....494

Snowy Owl Capers

January 3, 2020

The snowy owls on Beaver Island have been moving around quite a bit. It is known that there are at least two of them, but there may be more. First, one owl spent days stopping by to check out the Holy Cross Church and the priest's home. Then there were two, one at the St. James Township Hall, and the second at the Bonedeo property by the Yacht Dock. More sightings included the tennis courts and tennis court fence. This first picture was taken by Svetlana Stebbins.

Congratulations, Sveta! You captured the snowy owl in flight.

The snowy owl was also seen at the peak of the roof on the Tidmore home, but, by the time that the editor got home and brought back a camera, that owl had moved.

Then, once again, in the same area, the snowy owl was spotted on top of Lisa Gillespie's home and gift shop. The editor happened to have the camera this time, so these pictures were taken.

Then, later in the day, the Northern Islander and Beaver Beacon posted a picture on facebook. This picture showed two snowy owls fighting over a duck. That story will have to be told by Cynthia Johnson, who got the photo and some video.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 3, 2020

It's 33° this morning, feels like 25°, mostly cloudy skies, wind is from the NW at 9 mph with gusts to 16 mph, humidity is 75%, dew point is 26°, pressure is rising from 29.70 inches, cloud cover is 90%, and visibility is 10 miles.

ON THIS DAY Franklin Delano Roosevelt, an adult victim of polio, founds the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which he later renamed the March of Dimes Foundation, on January 3, 1938. A predominantly childhood disease in the early 20th century, polio wreaked havoc among American children every summer. The virus, which affects the central nervous system, flourished in contaminated food and water and was easily transmitted. Those who survived the disease usually suffered from debilitating paralysis into their adult lives. In 1921, at the relatively advanced age of 39, Roosevelt contracted polio and lost the use of his legs. With the help of the media, his Secret Service and careful event planning, Roosevelt managed to keep his disease out of the public eye, yet his personal experience inspired in him an empathy with the handicapped and prompted him to the found the March of Dimes.

In 1926, Roosevelt started the non-profit Georgia Warm Springs Foundation on the site of the springs he visited to partake of the waters’ therapeutic effects. Twelve years later, he reinvented the charity as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (NFIP). The NFIP was a non-partisan association of health scientists and volunteers that helped fund research for a polio vaccine and assisted victims on the long path through physical rehabilitation. Funded originally through the generosity of wealthy celebrities at yearly President’s Birthday Balls, the foundation could not raise money fast enough to keep pace with polio’s continued toll on America’s children and, during the Depression, the polio epidemic worsened. In 1938, Roosevelt decided to appeal to the general public for help. At one fundraiser, celebrity singer Eddie Cantor jokingly urged the public to send dimes to the president, coining the term March of Dimes. The public took his appeal seriously, flooding the White House with 2,680,000 dimes and thousands of dollars in donations.

In subsequent years, the March of Dimes continued to lead lucrative fundraising campaigns that set the model for other health-related foundations. In 1941, the foundation provided funding for the development of an improved iron lung, which helped polio patients to breathe when muscle control of the lungs was lost. The March of Dimes appointed Dr. Jonas Salk to lead research for a polio vaccine in 1949. Roosevelt, who died in 1945, did not live to see Salk develop and test the first successful polio vaccine in 1955. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW The British royal family may be the most famous royal family on the planet, but there are still plenty of other nobles out there. In total, there are 28 royal families who rule over a total of 43 countries around the world, including Japan, Spain, Swaziland, Bhutan, Thailand, Monaco, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Liechtenstein. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY foible (FOY-bul) which means:
1 : the part of a sword or foil blade between the middle and point
2 : a minor flaw or shortcoming in character or behavior : weakness
In the 1600s, English speakers borrowed the French word foible to refer to the weakest part of the sword or foil, that part being the portion between the middle and the pointed tip. Despite the superficial resemblance, foible does not come from foil. The French foible was an adjective meaning "weak." (That French word, which is now obsolete, is derived from the same Old French term, feble, which gave us feeble.) The English foible soon came to be applied not only to weaknesses in blades but also to minor failings in character. It appeared in print with that use in the 17th century, and now the "character flaw" sense is considerably more popular than the original sword application. (merriam-webster.com)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 2, 2020

Easy to tell we live in Michigan - the weather is constantly changing. Either that, or Mother Nature is having some sort of personality conflict - first the weather is too warm, then rain, followed by freezing rain, the one heck of a snow storm, and this morning it's raining again. I'm showing 39°, feels like 30°, raining, wind from the SSW at 10 mph with gusts to 16 mph, humidity is at 87%, dew point is 35°, pressure is 29.40 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. By 9:30 or so, the rain will end and we'll just have cloudy skies.

ON THIS DAY The Weavers, one of the most significant popular-music groups of the postwar era, saw their career nearly destroyed during the Red Scare of the early 1950s. Even with anti-communist fervor in decline by the early 1960s, the Weavers' leftist politics were used against them as late as January 2, 1962, when the group's appearance on The Jack Paar Show was cancelled over their refusal to sign an oath of political loyalty.

The importance of the Weavers to the folk revival of the late 1950s cannot be overstated. Without the group that Pete Seeger founded with Lee Hays in Greenwich Village in 1948, there would likely be no Bob Dylan, not to mention no Kingston Trio or Peter, Paul and Mary. The Weavers helped spark a tremendous resurgence in interest in American folk traditions and folk songs when they burst onto the popular scene with "Goodnight Irene," a #1 record for 13 weeks in the summer and fall of 1950. The Weavers sold millions of copies of innocent, beautiful and utterly apolitical records like "Midnight Special" and "On Top of Old Smoky" that year.

And then it came to light that members of the group had openly embraced the pacifism, internationalism and pro-labor sympathies of the Communist Party during the 1930s. When word of their political past spread, the backlash was swift. The Weavers' planned television show was canceled, the group was placed under FBI surveillance and Seeger and Hays were called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. The Weavers lost their recording contract with Decca in 1951, and by 1953, unable to book most concert venues and banned from appearing on television and radio, they disbanded.

The Weavers enjoyed a significant comeback in the late 1950s, but the group never shook its right-wing antagonists. On the afternoon of January 2, 1962, in advance of a scheduled appearance on The Jack Paar Show, the Weavers were told by NBC officials that their appearance would be canceled if they would not sign a statement disavowing the Communist party. Every member of the Weavers refused to sign. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT The British royal family may be the most famous royal family on the planet, but there are still plenty of other nobles out there. In total, there are 28 royal families who rule over a total of 43 countries around the world, including Japan, Spain, Swaziland, Bhutan, Thailand, Monaco, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Liechtenstein. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY cosmeticize (kahz-MET-uh-syze) which means to make (something unpleasant or ugly) superficiallyy attractive. Cosmeticize first appeared in print in the early 19th century as a descendant of the noun cosmetic. Originally, its use was often literal, with the meaning "to apply a cosmetic to," but today it is more frequently used figuratively. Cosmeticize does occasionally draw criticism; usage commentators are sometimes irritated by verbs coined using -ize as they can sound like silly nonce words. Cosmeticize is fairly well established, however, in contrast with the two other rarer verbs that have been derived from cosmetic: cosmetize and the homograph cosmetic, which often turn up in literal senses ("cosmetize the face"; "a face cosmeticked with bright rouge"). (merriam-webster.com)

Solemnity of Mary Mass at Holy Cross

January 1, 2020

There were two opportunities to attend this service at the Holy Cross Catholic Church this year. One was at 4 p.m. on the December 31, 2019, and the other was at 9:30 a.m. this morning. Both services were in memory of Archie and Francis LaFreniere and were live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv

Jacque LaFreniere was the reader on NYE

New Year's had sun shining through the windows. Father Jim did all the readings and the prayers.

View video of NYE Mass HERE

view video of NY Mass HERE

A Wonderful Hall Party to Bring in 2020

January 1, 2019

This year's return to having a Holy Cross Hall Party for New Year's Eve was a terrific idea, and one that this editor hopes will continue. Some of the best gatherings on Beaver Island in the past were held at this Parish Hall. This year the band was from off the island, and, luckily for all, the weather cleared enough for the Island Airways plane to get them to the island.

The band that played at the Hall was named the Hillbilly Executives, and the music was an amazing combination of different styles with most of them what could be referred to as Beaver Island Music, at least the music played on Beaver Island for the last fifty years or so.

The editor was unable to attend the party due to illness as well as illness in the family, but there were wonderful videos posted on facebook of the party and a couple that will be shared here. Thank you to Julie Gillespie for sharing her video and thank you to Dawn Marsh for sharing her picture. You can blame the edits and errors on this editor.

The fundraising effort was to benefit the Holy Cross Cemetery Fund.

View JG's video HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 1, 2020

Welcome to 2020! Some of you welcomed it down at the Hall or at a similar party. Hopefully, you aren't suffering too much. It's 25° outside this morning, feels like 13°, wind is from the west at 12 mph, humidity is at 80%, dew point is 19°, pressure is at 29.64 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Winds will be from the southwest today from 10 to 20 mph.

ON THIS DAY in 45 B.C., New Year’s Day is celebrated on January 1 for the first time in history as the Julian calendar takes effect.

Soon after becoming Roman dictator, Julius Caesar decided that the traditional Roman calendar was in dire need of reform. Introduced around the seventh century B.C., the Roman calendar attempted to follow the lunar cycle but frequently fell out of phase with the seasons and had to be corrected. In addition, the pontifices, the Roman body charged with overseeing the calendar, often abused its authority by adding days to extend political terms or interfere with elections.

In designing his new calendar, Caesar enlisted the aid of Sosigenes, an Alexandrian astronomer, who advised him to do away with the lunar cycle entirely and follow the solar year, as did the Egyptians. The year was calculated to be 365 and 1/4 days, and Caesar added 67 days to 46 B.C., making 45 B.C. begin on January 1, rather than in March. He also decreed that every four years a day be added to February, thus theoretically keeping his calendar from falling out of step. Shortly after Caesar was assassinated in 44 B.C., Mark Anthony changed the name of the month Quintilis to Julius (July) to honor him. Later, the month of Sextilis was renamed Augustus (August) after his successor.

Celebration of New Year’s Day in January fell out of practice during the Middle Ages, and even those who strictly adhered to the Julian calendar did not observe the New Year exactly on January 1. The reason for the latter was that Caesar and Sosigenes failed to calculate the correct value for the solar year as 365.242199 days, not 365.25 days. Thus, an 11-minute-a-year error added seven days by the year 1000, and 10 days by the mid-15th century.

The Church became aware of this problem, and in the 1570s Pope Gregory XIII commissioned Jesuit astronomer Christopher Clavius to come up with a new calendar. In 1582, the Gregorian calendar was implemented, omitting 10 days for that year and establishing the new rule that only one of every four centennial years should be a leap year. Since then, people around the world have gathered en masse on January 1 to celebrate the precise arrival of the New Year. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Step aside John, James, Mary, and Jane—the most popular name in the world is believed to be Muhammad. According to the Independent, an estimated 150 million men and boys around the world share this name. The popularity is thanks to a Muslim tradition of naming each first-born son after the Islamic prophet. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY reduc (ree-DUKS) which means brought back - used post-positively. In Latin, redux (from the verb reducere, meaning "to lead back") can mean "brought back" or "bringing back." The Romans used redux as an epithet for the goddess Fortuna with its "bringing back" meaning; Fortuna Redux was trusted to bring those far from home back safely. It was the "brought back" meaning that made its way into English. Redux belongs to a small class of English adjectives that are always used postpositively—that is, they always follow the words they modify. Redux has a history of showing up in titles of English works, such as John Dryden's Astraea Redux (a 17th-century poem on the happy restoration and return of the majestic Charles the Second), Anthony Trollope's 19th-century Phineas Redux, and John Updike's 20th-century Rabbit Redux. (merriam-webster.com)

Waves and Snow

December 30, 2019

Turn around on Beaver Island, and the weather can change from 40 degrees and raining to 30 degrees and snowing. After gaining the ability to get out the front door, some pictures of the snow will be taken, but in the meantime, here are a few taken as the snow was just starting on Monday.

The concerns were about a floating object in the harbor, then that changed to the water coming over the rocks and flooding the public beach, and then the snow began.

Waves washing up near the BIBCO dock....Wildlife unaffected

Waves at Whiskey Point

Flooded public beach park

Snowing begins

Snow on the trees

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 31, 2019

The older I get, the faster time moves. It hardly seems possible to me that tonight we bid farewell to 2019 and welcome 2020. As with any year, there were great times, sad times, silly times, serious times, we argued, we made up, some of us traveled to far off parts while others were lucky if they made it to Charlevoix. Tonight be careful in your travels as you celebrate, the roads are slippery, and we would really like you around to ring in 2021 next year. So, Happy New Year to each of you! May it be everything you wish for.

It's been snowing on and off most of the night, right now I'm showing 29°, feels like 19°, wind is from the NNW at 9 mph with gusts to 20 mph, humidity is 100%, dew point is 29°, pressure is rising from 29.29 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 1 mile. Winds will remain in the 15 to 25 mp range more of the day with on and off snow showers.

ON THIS DAY Former teen idol Rick Nelson dies in plane crash in De Kalb, Texas, on December 31, 1985.

When the teenage Ricky Nelson launched his pop career in 1957 by picking up a guitar and singing at the end of an episode of The Adventures of Ozzie And Harriet, he established a template for pop-music stardom that inspired hundreds of imitators in the decades that followed. But what Ricky Nelson had that so many other actors who failed as pop stars didn’t was undeniable musical talent. Having the full weight of the American Broadcasting Corporation behind him at the start of his career certainly guaranteed that the younger son of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson would sell a few records, but it didn’t guarantee that he wouldn’t stink. And Ricky Nelson didn’t stink—not by a long shot.

Beginning with his double-sided hit debut single, “I’m Walkin” b/w “A Teenager’s Romance” (1957), Nelson reeled off a string of 30 rockabilly-tinged top 40 hits in the next five years—more than any other artist in the same period save for Elvis Presley and Pat Boone. Like Elvis himself, Nelson saw his commercial appeal take a major hit with the arrival of the Beatles in 1964. Nelson would remain musically relevant over the next decade, though, even earning credit for helping inspire the California sound of artists like Linda Ronstadt and The Eagles with his country-inspired late 1960s work. But after a brief revival in the early 1970s fueled by the #6 pop hit “Garden Party” (1972), Nelson’s career as a recording artist essentially ended.

Nelson continued to tour frequently, however, and it was on one such tour that he boarded a chartered DC-3 in Guntersville, Alabama, bound for a New Year’s Eve appearance in Dallas. Shortly before reaching Dallas, however, the cabin of Nelson’s plane apparently filled with smoke due to a fire of undetermined origin. While the two pilots of the plane would survive their attempted emergency landing in a field outside De Kalb, Texas, all seven passengers on board were killed, including the first pop star to cross over from the Nielsen charts to the Billboard chats, Rick Nelson.

In 1987, Rick Nelson was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—an honor no other former child actor has yet achieved. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Not all bacteria are bad. In fact, some of those itty-bitty biological cells are actually good for us and aide the world in various and complex ways. And that's nice to know, considering there are around 4 quadrillion quadrillion individual bacteria on our planet, according to NPR. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY shindig (SHIN-dig) which means:
1 a : a social gathering with dancing
b : a usually large or lavish party
2 : fracas, uproar
At a glance, shindig appears to combine shin and dig, and thus might seem to suggest a painful kick to the leg—especially when you know that one of the first senses of shindig in English refers to a gathering at which people dance. It is more likely, however, that shindig is an alteration of shindy, which is itself the alteration of another word, shinny, used of a variation of hockey that is played with a curved stick and a ball or block of wood. It's not entirely clear how the game of shinny gave shindy its first meaning (the "social gathering with dancing" meaning that is also the original meaning of shindig) but shinny remains the most likely origin. (merriam-webster.com)

December Video Report

December 30, 2019

A lot of rebroadcast videos were viewed at the http://beaverisland.tv website. With two video servers now operating, there is a separate server for the live streaming than for the rebroadcast video. Both of them are shown on the same website page given above.

417 unique IP addresses viewed 1406 video clips using a total bandwidth of 66.3 GB. This was divided into on demand videos from 299 unique IPs, viewing 889 video clips and using 53.8 GB of bandwidth, and the rebroadcast was viewed by 149 unique IPs viewing 407 events of rebroadcast video total and using 12.5 GB of bandwidth.

The live stream was viewed by 92 unique IP addresses, viewing about two events each which included 15 hours of video total.

A Floating Object

December 30, 2019

One observant person called the house this morning early, so a trip downtown was in order. Something was floating off the end of the BIBCO dock. Between the rain, freezing rain, and now snow, there was no way to see this object up close. It was too dangerous to be walking out on the Yacht Dock, and the BIBCO dock was all locked up. Perhaps someone else may see this object floating or coming ashore. Could it be a floating dock section with something on top of it? You decide.

Thanks to the Powers' Hardware and the WVBI webcams, the object can be seen, if not identified for sure.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 30, 2019

It's SNOWING! It's 33°, feels like 21°, wind is from the ENE at 14 mph with gusts to 24 mph, humidity is 96%, dew point is 32°, pressure is falling from 29.28 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 5 miles. There is a Wind Advisory for most of the Lower Peninsula until 7 pm. If you have to be out driving in it, please be very careful!

ON THIS DAY At 8 p.m. on December 30, 1936, in one of the first sit-down strikes in the United States, autoworkers occupy the General Motors Fisher Body Plant Number One in Flint, Michigan. The autoworkers were striking to win recognition of the United Auto Workers (UAW) as the only bargaining agent for GM’s workers; they also wanted to make the company stop sending work to non-union plants and to establish a fair minimum wage scale, a grievance system and a set of procedures that would help protect assembly-line workers from injury. In all, the strike lasted 44 days.

The Flint sit-down strike was not spontaneous; UAW leaders, inspired by similar strikes across Europe, had been planning it for months. The strike actually began at smaller plants: Fisher Body in Atlanta on November 16, GM in Kansas City on December 16 and a Fisher stamping plant in Cleveland on December 28. The Flint plant was the biggest coup, however: it contained one of just two sets of body dies that GM used to stamp out almost every one of its 1937 cars. By seizing control of the Flint plant, autoworkers could shut down the company almost entirely.

So, on the evening of December 30, the Flint Plant’s night shift simply stopped working. They locked themselves in and sat down. “She’s ours!” one worker shouted.

GM argued that the strikers were trespassing and got a court order demanding their evacuation; still, the union men stayed put. GM turned off the heat in the buildings, but the strikers wrapped themselves in coats and blankets and hunkered down. On January 11, police tried to cut off the strikers’ food supply; in the resulting riot, known as the “Battle of the Running Bulls,” 16 workers and 11 policemen were injured and the UAW took over the adjacent Fisher Two plant. On February 1, the UAW won control of the enormous Chevrolet No. 4 engine factory. GM’s output went from a robust 50,000 cars in December to just 125 in February.

Despite GM’s enormous political clout, Michigan Governor Frank Murphy refused to use force to break the strike. Though the sit-ins were illegal, he believed, he also believed that authorizing the National Guard to break the strike would be an enormous mistake. “If I send those soldiers right in on the men,” he said, “there’d be no telling how many would be killed.” As a result, he declared, “The state authorities will not take sides. They are here only to protect the public peace.”

Meanwhile, President Roosevelt urged GM to recognize the union so that the plants could reopen. In mid-February, the automaker signed an agreement with the UAW. Among other things, the workers were given a 5 percent raise and permission to speak in the lunchroom. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Earthquakes can range from minor tremors that are barely noticeable to building-toppling ground-shakers that cause massive destruction. But it's an inevitable part of life for those who live in countries such as China, Indonesia, Iran, and Turkey, which are some of the most earthquake-prone places on the planet. However, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, Japan records the most earthquakes in the world. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY penultimate (pih-NUL-tuh-mut) which means:
1 : next to the last
2 : of or relating to the next to the last syllable of a word
Penultimate isn't the last word in words for things that are next to last. There is a pair of noun synonyms that are used commonly enough to have gained entry into abridged dictionaries: penult and penultima. Although all three can refer to something that's next to last, penult and penultima are usually a bit more specific; they are used most often to identify the next to last syllable of a word. All three derive from paenultima, a Latin root from paene ("almost") and ultima ("last"). You may occasionally hear the word penultimate used as an intensified version of ultimate, as in "a race they've called 'the penultimate challenge.'" This use isn't typically found in edited prose, however, or in dictionaries. (merriam-webster.com)

Windy and Rainy Day

December 29, 2019

This weather is quite interesting. Instead of snowing and blowing, today the island has wind and rain. There seems to be a great deal more winds from the east this year than most other days in the past. It is must very wet and very windy.

View a short video clip of the wind and rain HERE

Sunday Mass from Holy Cross

December 29, 2019

Christmas season continues.

The reader Jacque LaFreniere......The celebrant Father Jim Siler

View video of the service HERE

BI Christian Church Service

December 29, 2019

There was no video of the service this morning, so a copy of the sermon is posted below.

View video of the end of the service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 29, 2019

At the present time, it's more like spring than winter. It's raining, 36°, feels like 20°, wind is from the east at 22 mph with gusts to 31 mph, humidity is 97%, dew point is 35°, pressure is falling from 29.87 inches, cloud cover is 100% and visibility is 3 miles. It looks as though today will be windy and rainy, as Pooh would say, "a blustery day".

ON THIS DAY in 1845, six months after the congress of the Republic of Texas accepts U.S. annexation of the territory, Texas is admitted into the United States as the 28th state.

After gaining independence from Spain in the 1820s, Mexico welcomed foreign settlers to sparsely populated Texas, and a large group of Americans led by Stephen F. Austin settled along the Brazos River. The Americans soon outnumbered the resident Mexicans, and by the 1830s attempts by the Mexican government to regulate these semi-autonomous American communities led to rebellion. In March 1836, in the midst of armed conflict with the Mexican government, Texas declared its independence from Mexico.

The Texas volunteers initially suffered defeat against the forces of Mexican General Santa Anna–the Alamo fell and Sam Houston’s troops were forced into an eastward retreat. However, in late April, Houston’s troops surprised a Mexican force at San Jacinto, and Santa Anna was captured, bringing an end to Mexico’s efforts to subdue Texas.

The citizens of the independent Republic of Texas elected Sam Houston president but also endorsed the entrance of Texas into the Union. The likelihood of Texas joining the Union as a slave state delayed any formal action by the U.S. Congress for more than a decade. In 1844, Congress finally agreed to annex the territory of Texas. On December 29, 1845, Texas entered the United States as a slave state, broadening the irrepressible differences in the United States over the issue of slavery and setting off the Mexican-American War. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW that you might think you're accustomed to frigid air and blustery winds, but the average winter day has nothing on the coldest day ever recorded, which was -144 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature was recorded in Antarctica during a span of research between 2004 and 2016. Just a few breaths of air at that temperature would induce hemorrhaging in your lungs and kill you. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY gallivant (GAL-uh-vant) which means:
1 informal : to travel, roam, or move about for pleasure
2 dated, informal : to go about usually ostentatiously or indiscreetly with members of the opposite sex
Back in the 14th century, gallant, a noun borrowed from the French galant, denoted a young man of fashion. By the middle of the next century, it was being used more specifically to refer to such a man who was attentive to, and who had a fondness for the company of, women. In the late 1600s, this "ladies' man" sense gave rise to the verb gallant to describe the process a paramour used to win a lady's heart, and "to gallant" became synonymous with "to court." Etymologists think that the spelling of the verb gallant was altered to create gallivant, which originally meant "to act as a gallant" or "to go about usually ostentatiously or indiscreetly with members of the opposite sex." Nowadays, however, gallivant is more likely to describe wandering than romancing. (merriam-webster.com)

Saturday Mass from Holy Cross

December 28, 2019

The Saturday afternoon Mass from Holy Cross was livestreamed. There were no servers. Our celebrant was Father Jim Siler, who also did the readings.

View video of the Mass HERE

Wendy Anne

December 27, 2019

Yes, the Wendy Anne is still transporting items to and from the island. While a lot of people were watching the moving of an apartment buidling, the Wendy Anne was also working to transport some logs and equipment off the island.

Snowy Owl

December 27, 2019

For those that have been wanting to see the snowy owl, and there may be more than two, one of them has, for two days in a row, been on the cross on the steple of Holy Cross Church for two days in a row. The time for the sightings have been between three and four in the afternoon. As many seemed interested, this might help you see the owl, if you are interested. The owl has been chased away from this location by many people getting out of their cars and speaking loudly and excitedly.

Just watching...

These close-ups were lightened in PS.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 28, 2019

It's mostly cloudy this morning, 33°, feels like 28°, wind is from the SW at 7 mph, humidity is at 85%, dew point is 29°, pressure is 30.21 inches, cloud cover is 90%, and visibility is 10 miles. There is a 30% chance of rain this afternoon, becoming a steady rain overnight. The wind will turn to the east and increase to 15 to 25 mph.

ON THIS DAY in 1895, the world’s first commercial movie screening takes place at the Grand Cafe in Paris. The film was made by Louis and Auguste Lumiere, two French brothers who developed a camera-projector called the Cinematographe. The Lumiere brothers unveiled their invention to the public in March 1895 with a brief film showing workers leaving the Lumiere factory. On December 28, the entrepreneurial siblings screened a series of short scenes from everyday French life and charged admission for the first time.

Movie technology has its roots in the early 1830s, when Joseph Plateau of Belgium and Simon Stampfer of Austria simultaneously developed a device called the phenakistoscope, which incorporated a spinning disc with slots through which a series of drawings could be viewed, creating the effect of a single moving image. The phenakistoscope, considered the precursor of modern motion pictures, was followed by decades of advances and in 1890, Thomas Edison and his assistant William Dickson developed the first motion-picture camera, called the Kinetograph. The next year, 1891, Edison invented the Kinetoscope, a machine with a peephole viewer that allowed one person to watch a strip of film as it moved past a light.

In 1894, Antoine Lumiere, the father of Auguste (1862-1954) and Louis (1864-1948), saw a demonstration of Edison’s Kinetoscope. The elder Lumiere was impressed, but reportedly told his sons, who ran a successful photographic plate factory in Lyon, France, that they could come up with something better. Louis Lumiere’s Cinematographe, which was patented in 1895, was a combination movie camera and projector that could display moving images on a screen for an audience. The Cinematographe was also smaller, lighter and used less film than Edison’s technology.

The Lumieres opened theaters (known as cinemas) in 1896 to show their work and sent crews of cameramen around the world to screen films and shoot new material. In America, the film industry quickly took off. In 1896, Vitascope Hall, believed to be the first theater in the U.S. devoted to showing movies, opened in New Orleans. In 1909, The New York Times published its first film review (of D.W. Griffith’s “Pippa Passes”), in 1911 the first Hollywood film studio opened and in 1914, Charlie Chaplin made his big-screen debut.

In addition to the Cinematographe, the Lumieres also developed the first practical color photography process, the Autochrome plate, which debuted in 1907. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT People who live in Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya Hill, Australia, need a little patience when it comes to learning to spell their hometown's name. But you know what? So do the folks from Lake Chargoggagoggman-chauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in Massachusetts and Tweebuffelsmeteen-skootmorsdoodgeskietfontein, South Africa.

None of them have quite as much work to do when jotting down their address as those who live in Taumatawhakatangihanga-koauauotamateaturipukakapikimaung-ahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, New Zealand, though. At 85 letters long, this is the longest place name in the world. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY impervious (im-PER-vee-us) which means:
1 a : not allowing entrance or passage : impenetrable
b : not capable of being damaged or harmed
2 : not capable of being affected or disturbed
The English language is far from impervious, and, of course, a great many Latinate terms have entered it throughout its history. Impervious is one of the many that broke through in the 17th century. It comes from the Latin impervius, which adds the prefix im- to pervius, meaning "passable" or "penetrable." Pervius—which is also the source of the relatively uncommon English word pervious, meaning "accessible" or "permeable"—comes from per-, meaning "through," and via, meaning "way." (merriam-webster.com)

Moving an Apartment Building

December 27, 2019

The break in the winter weather, providing the melting of most of the snow, made this movement of the apartment building next to the marina and Dahlwhinnie's. A lot of preparation was necessary yesterday and the work began this morning of the actual move preparation.

The first step was to drag the building out toward the street and then get wheels under the whole structure.

The power company had to remove two power lines that cross the street and remove the Christmas decorations as well. After the building was moved, they had to be put back up.

The pathway of the move was down the main street to Gallagher with a left turn onto the Back Highway, and then onto the property.

The building was moved to a lot between Perry Souders and Sally Lounsberry. There will still be a lot of work to get it back in shape, but is is moved.

View a gallery of photos of the move HERE

View video of the move HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 27, 2019

It's 37° this morning, feels like 26°, mostly cloudy skies, wind is from the west at 13 mph, humidity is 81%, dew point is 32°, pressure is rising from 30.00 inches, cloud cover is 90%, and visibility is 10 miles.

ON THIS DAY At the height of the Great Depression, thousands turn out for the opening of Radio City Music Hall, a magnificent Art Deco theater in New York City. Radio City Music Hall was designed as a palace for the people, a place of beauty where ordinary people could see high-quality entertainment. Since its 1932 opening, more than 300 million people have gone to Radio City to enjoy movies, stage shows, concerts and special events.

Radio City Music Hall was the brainchild of the billionaire John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who decided to make the theater the cornerstone of the Rockefeller Complex he was building in a formerly derelict neighborhood in midtown Manhattan. The theater was built in partnership with the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and designed by Donald Deskey. The result was an Art Deco masterpiece of elegance and grace constructed out of a diverse variety of materials, including aluminum, gold foil, marble, permatex, glass, and cork. Geometric ornamentation is found throughout the theater, as is Deskey’s central theme of the “Progress of Man.” The famous Great Stage, measuring 60 feet wide and 100 feet long, resembles a setting sun. Its sophisticated system of hydraulic-powered elevators allowed spectacular effects in staging, and many of its original mechanisms are still in use today.

In its first four decades, Radio City Music Hall alternated as a first-run movie theater and a site for gala stage shows. More than 700 films have premiered at Radio City Music Hall since 1933. In the late 1970s, the theater changed its format and began staging concerts by popular music artists. The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, which debuted in 1933, draws more than a million people annually. The show features the high-kicking Rockettes, a precision dance troupe that has been a staple at Radio City since the 1930s. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT For simplicity's sake, most of the more than 200 countries in the world use the metric system when describing things like length or mass. However, there are three countries that stand out: Liberia, Myanmar, and the United States.

And soon, that number might be down to two. In 2018, Liberia commerce and industry minister Wilson Tarpeh said the government plans to adopt the metric system in order to promote accountability and transparency in trade, according to the Liberian Observer. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY punctilio (punk-TILL-ee-oh) which means:
1 : a minute detail of conduct in a ceremony or in observance of a code
2 : careful observance of forms (as in social conduct)
We'll get straight to the point: there are a number of English words that come from Latin pungere, meaning "to prick" or "to sting." Punctilio is one of these words. It traces back to pungere by way of Italian puntiglio (meaning "small point," "point of honor," or "scruple"), Spanish puntillo (the diminutive of punto, meaning "point"), and Latin punctum (also meaning "point"). The adjective punctilious, meaning "marked by or concerned about precise accordance with the details of codes or conventions," is a close relative of punctilio. Do you have any guesses for other pungere derivatives? Punctuate, puncture, compunction, punctual, and pungent are some of the more common ones. (merriam-webster.com)

Beaver Island Christmas Decorations

December 25, 2019

This year on Christmas night, there was no video done of the decorations. The reason was mostly related to the issue of fog, due to the higher temperatures. So, pictures were taken of the majority of the decorations in and around the town area, out Barney's Lake Road and down the East Side Road. The limited distance seemed also related to the fog. Fog so thick that the headlights actually blinded the driver due to the reflection of the light. There were several deer that were out and moving on Christmas night, so that added to the shortened trip this year.

Noticeably missing this year were the wonderful decorations on the former John McCafferty property, which were the favorite of this editor. All of these pictures were taken from the public roadway, and no trespassing took place. This is done to help those appreciate the Christmas holiday and are not able to be in town to see the decorations. Enjoy!

Each of these are thumbnail. You can click on the thumbnail and see a larger version of the picture. If you don't click, you won't see the enlarged picture.

Can you see the Angel from the COA December lunch?


There are so many wonderful decorations this year in the short drive. Great job to all those who decorated! Sorry if yours didn't get included!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 26, 2019

Well, we seemed to survive Christmas, even with no snow. Now to begin gearing up for New Years Eve!

Right now I'm showing 38°, feels like 27°, wind is from the ESE at 14 mph with gusts to 21 mph, humidity is at 97%, dew point is 38°, pressure is at 29.88 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 5 miles.

ON THIS DAY Mobster Bugsy Siegel opens the glitzy Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 26, 1946.

Well-known singer and comedian Jimmy Durante headlined the night's entertainment, with music by Cuban band leader Xavier Cugat. Some of infamous gangster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel’s Hollywood friends, including actors George Raft, George Sanders, Sonny Tufts and George Jessel were in attendance.

The grand opening of the Flamingo Hotel, however, was a flop. Bad weather kept many other Hollywood guests from arriving. And because gamblers had no rooms at the hotel, they took their winnings and gambled elsewhere. The casino lost $300,000 in the first week of operation.

Siegel and his New York “partners” had invested $1 million in a property already under construction by Billy Wilkerson, owner of the Hollywood Reporter as well as some very popular nightclubs in the Sunset Strip. Wilkerson had wanted to recreate the Sunset Strip in Las Vegas, with a European style hotel with luxuious rooms, a spa, health club, showroom, golf course, nightclub and upscale restaurant. But he soon ran out of money due to the high cost of materials immediately after the war.

Siegel, who held a largest interest in the racing publication Trans America Wire, was drawn to Las Vegas in 1945 by his interest in legalized gambling and off-track betting. He purchased The El Cortez hotel for $600,000 and later sold it for a $166,000 profit.

Siegel and his organized crime buddies used the profits to influence Wilkerson to accept new partners. Siegel took over the project and supervised the building, naming it after his girlfriend Virginia Hill, whose nickname was “The Flamingo” because of her red hair and long legs.

Two weeks after the grand opening, the Flamingo closed down. It re-opened March 1, 1947, as The Fabulous Flamingo. Siegel forced Wilkerson out in April, and by May, the resort reported a profit, but it wasn’t enough to save Siegel.

Convinced that Siegel wasn’t giving them a “square count,” it is widely believed that his partners in organized crime had him killed while he was reading the paper June 20, 1947, at Hill’s Beverly Hills mansion. Hill was in Paris, having flown the coop after a fight with Siegel 10 days prior. The crime remains unsolved to this day.

Surviving a series of name and ownership changes, the hotel is known today as The Flamingo Las Vegas. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW Silence is golden, as they say. And while it may not be worth quite as much as jewels and gold to most people, it certainly was the primary goal for those who built the quietest room in the world. Located at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, the lab room measures a background noise of -20.35 dBA, which is 20 decibels below the threshold of human hearing and breaks previous records for spaces that were deemed the planet's quietest places, according to CNN.

"As soon as one enters the room, one immediately feels a strange and unique sensation which is hard to describe," Hundraj Gopal, a speech and hearing scientist and principal designer of the anechoic chamber at Microsoft, told CNN. "Most people find the absence of sound deafening, feel a sense of fullness in the ears, or some ringing. Very faint sounds become clearly audible because the ambient noise is exceptionally low. When you turn your head, you can hear that motion. You can hear yourself breathing and it sounds somewhat loud." (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY whipsaw (WIP-saw) which means:
1 : to saw with a whipsaw
2 : to beset or victimize in two opposite ways at once, by two-phase operation, or by the collusive action of two opponents
A whipsaw is a type of hand-powered saw worked by two people, one of whom stands on or above the log being sawed and the other below it, usually in a pit. The tool dates back to the 15th century, but it was not until the 19th century that anyone thought to use the saw's name figuratively to describe situations in which someone or something is doubly "cut," or hurt. Today, the word is commonly used when discussing financial crises or losses as well as ideological changes (as in government policy) that might "cut." (merriam-webster.com)

Christmas Morning Mass at Holy Cross

December 25, 2019

The Mass began at the regular time of 9:30 a.m. with the reader, Jacqueline LaFreniere, the celebrant Father Jim Siler, and the servers Brain and Aedan Cole.

View video of the Christmas Mass HERE

Christmas Eve at Holy Cross

December 24, 2019

The Carol Sing began at a little after 7:30 p.m. at Holy Cross with Mass following at 8 p.m.

Kitty McNamara was the reader..Patrick Nugent was the server....The celebrant was Father Jim Siler.

Father Jim gives the Homily

The attendees listen and pass the Baby Jesus.

The service ended close to 9:15 p.m.

View video of the Christmas Eve Mass HERE

Christmas Eve at the Christian Church

December 24, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.

A beautiful and well attended service at the Christian Church for Christmas Eve

The church was decorated.

Lots of decorations, minister and wife, and Heidi Bearss on keyboard.

The participants in the service:

Prayers and the candles are lit.


Bill Detwhiler sang a beautiful carol.

The readings continued

Joe Moore played "O Holy Night"

Ruth Gregg did the final prayer.

The Candlelight Service ends with the singing and humming of "Joy to the World."

View video of this service HERE

View a short clip of the attendees HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 25, 2019

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Wishing you all a safe, happy, and healthy holiday!

It's 37° this morning, cloudy skies, humidity is 100%, dew point is 37°, wind is from the ENE at 4 mph, pressure is rising from 29.90 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 2 miles. It certainly isn't a white Christmas, but we can make the best of it by enjoying what we do have.

ON THIS DAY in 1914, just after midnight on Christmas morning, the majority of German troops engaged in World War I cease firing their guns and artillery and commence to sing Christmas carols. At certain points along the eastern and western fronts, the soldiers of Russia, France, and Britain even heard brass bands joining the Germans in their joyous singing.

At the first light of dawn, many of the German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines across no-man’s-land, calling out “Merry Christmas” in their enemies’ native tongues. At first, the Allied soldiers feared it was a trick, but seeing the Germans unarmed they climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the enemy soldiers. The men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings and sang carols and songs. There was even a documented case of soldiers from opposing sides playing a good-natured game of soccer.

The so-called Christmas Truce of 1914 came only five months after the outbreak of war in Europe and was one of the last examples of the outdated notion of chivalry between enemies in warfare. In 1915, the bloody conflict of World War I erupted in all its technological fury, and the concept of another Christmas Truce became unthinkable. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT while it might seem safe to assume that the Canary Islands were named after canary birds, but the location was actually named after dogs. Although it's off the coast of northwestern Africa, the archipelago is actually part of Spain. In Spanish, the area's name is Islas Canarias, which comes from the Latin phrase Canariae Insulae for "island of dogs." World facts related to dogs? Now those we can get behind! (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY evergreen (EV-er-green) which means:
1 : having foliage that remains green and functional through more than one growing season
2 a : retaining freshness or interest : perennial
b : universally and continually relevant : not limited in applicability to a particular event or date
Which adjective do you think has existed longer in English, evergreen or perennial? If you count the hyphenated form ever-green (which of course means "always green"), then evergreen is older; its earliest known use dates from the 16th century. The hyphen-free form is first seen in writing from the 17th century as an adjective as well as a noun, meaning "conifer." The earliest known use of perennial as an adjective meaning "remaining green all year long" appears in the first half of the 17th century. Evergreen also wins in the more general "long lasting" sense. It began appearing in figurative use circa mid-17th century, whereas perennial began to be used with that "enduring" meaning in the early 18th. (merriam-webster.com)

Making Merry

December 24, 2019

by Cindy Ricksgers

Christmas Eve Services Tonight

December 24, 2019

There are two Christmas Eve Services tonight. The first one is at the Beaver Island Christian Church at 5:30 p.m..The Christmas Eve Service at Holy Cross begins with caroling at 7:30 p.m.followed by Mass at 8 p.m. Both services are planned to be live streamed at http://beaverisland.tv

Waste Management December 17 Meeting Minutes

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 24, 2019

We're almost there. All the hustle and bustle, the tip-toeing and secret hiding places will soon be replaced with gladness and joy as we step into Christmas day tomorrow morning. After all a new baby is born! I sincerely hope everyone will be relaxed and happy. Nothing has to be absolutely perfect, it will all work out, so just enjoy the day, family, and friends.

This morning we are registering 31°, feels lie 21°, wind is from the ESE at 10 mph with gusts to 16 mph, humidity is 87%, dew point is 27°, pressure is 30.23 inches, cloud cover is 76% and visibility is 10 miles.

ON THIS DAY in 1972, comedian Bob Hope gives what he says is his last Christmas show to U.S. servicemen in Saigon. Hope was a comedian and star of stage, radio, television and over 50 feature films.

Hope was one of many Hollywood stars who followed the tradition of traveling overseas to entertain American troops stationed abroad. The 1972 show marked Hope’s ninth consecutive Christmas appearance in Vietnam. Hope endorsed President Nixon’s bombing of North Vietnam to force it to accept U.S. peace terms, and received South Vietnam’s highest civilian medal for his “anti-communist zeal.” Although some antiwar protesters criticized Hope for supporting government policies in Vietnam, the comedian said he believed it was his responsibility to lift spirits by entertaining the troops.

Also on this day: President Nixon suspends Operation Linebacker II for 36 hours to mark the Christmas holiday. The bombing campaign against North Vietnam had been operating since December 18, when Nixon initiated the campaign to force the North Vietnamese back to the Paris peace negotiations. On December 28, the North Vietnamese announced that they would return to Paris if Nixon ended the bombing. The bombing campaign was halted and the negotiators met during the first week of January. They quickly arrived at a settlement–the Paris Peace Accords were signed on January 23, and a cease-fire went into effect five days later. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT France is a beautiful country, filled to the brim with delicious wines, scrumptious cheese, and tons of romance. So it's no surprise that more people want to visit France than any other country in the world, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

In 2017, the European country welcomed 86.9 million people. Spain was the second-most popular destination with 81.8 million visitors, followed by the United States (76.9 million), China (60.7 million), and Italy (58.3 million). La vie est belle! (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY luminaria (loo-muh-NAIR-ee-uh) which means a traditional Mexican Christmas lantern originally consisting of a candle set in sand inside a paper bag. Luminaria is a fairly recent addition to English; early usage dates from the 1930s, about the time that the Mexican Christmas custom started to gain popularity among Anglo-Americans. In some parts of the U.S., particularly New Mexico, these festive lanterns are also called farolitos, which means "little lanterns" in Spanish. We borrowed luminaria from Spanish, but the word has been around with exactly the same spelling since the days of Late Latin. The term ultimately traces to the classical Latin luminare, meaning "window," and to lumen, meaning "light." It is related to other light-bearing words such as luminary, illuminate, and phillumenist (a fancy name for someone who collects matchbooks).

Snowy Owl Near Dark

December 23, 2019

Attempts to capture the snowy owl in flight seems more difficult than a human flying on his or her own without any equipment starting on solid ground. The only opportunities that this editor has had to capture a picture have all turned out to be too dark, from too far away, and with no notice of the owl to take flight. There will still be attempts made, but success may be less than common.

If you haven't noticed, the snowy owl seems to really enjoy being on the cross on top of the steeple of the Holy Cross Church. On other days, the bells would ring and off the owl would fly. That didn't happen today. The bells rang, the owl stayed put, and, only when the light was beginning to wane, did the owl depart.

Snowy owls are the largest North American owls, and they’re among the largest owls in the world. They are 20”–28” in length, with a wing span of 54”–66”, and weigh 3.25–6.5 lbs. Males are typically smaller than females.

Despite their name, most snowy owls are not pure snowy white. They range from all white to black and white, with a pattern of dark, prominent bars—except on the face, which is always white. Females typically have more dark markings than males.

The eyes of snowy owls, like those of all owls, are enormous in proportion to their heads. Owls cannot move their eyes, so they must turn their entire heads, which they swivel a full 270° with the help of 14 neck vertebrae. Snowy owls have deep yellow eyes. A protruding upper eyelid acts as a shade from sunlight.

To keep the birds warm, the face, beak, legs, and feet of Snowy Owls are covered with fine, fur-like feathers. This heavy covering of feathers has made it difficult to read the owls' leg bands without recapturing them.

Snowy owls eat voles, lemmings, and other small rodents, as well as birds. On their summer breeding grounds, it’s daylight 24 hours a day, so snowy owls hunt in the light. In the winter they prefer to find food under cover of darkness. They hunt by hovering in the air looking for prey, or by watching for prey from a perch.(from Mass Audubon.org)

View a short video of the snowy owl HERE

Listen to the snowy owl sounds HERE

2000-2001 In Full Swing with Advanced Life Support, Our Busiest Year Yet

(Found this yesterday while searching for some video clips. Did history repeat itself?)

Posted on December 23, 2019, but written in 2001, by Joe Moore

In one particular Allied Health class, we were talking about the three trimesters of pregnancy.  “One of the students in this class that we know and love beat the odds by being born during the second trimester of pregnancy.”  The fifteen year old student was my colleague’s daughter that was the cause of one of my early ambulance runs.  I then showed my class the video on “Emergency Childbirth.”  Some of the female students had to put their heads down on their desks because it was overwhelming to them to view the process of birth.

This always amazes me.  The process that billions of mothers have gone through, and we still have a hard time recognizing how natural a process it is.  We still mask it in mystery, try to keep it hidden, and “protect” our teenagers from knowing about this wonderful process.  I don’t know why that society wants this kept from them and even from the adults.  I can’t imagine a more spiritual experience than being present at the moment of birth at which the child takes his/her first breath and becomes a breathing human being.  Why do we hide this from our youngsters in their teenage years?  Another of my colleagues was in the work room just off of the Allied Health classroom, and she came out and said at the conclusion of the class, “I can’t imagine a better birth control video than the one you just have shown.  Anyone that wants to go through that process after seeing it is just nuts.  The girls will be talking about that throughout their high school career.”  The students just took this in stride as another opportunity to learn something “even though it’s gross.”

Read the rest of the story HERE

BIEMS Executive Director Posting and Job Description

December 23, 2019

Timeline and process for hiring EMS Executive Director

Job Description Exec Director

Executive Director Job Posting 2019

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 23, 2019

It's 37° this morning, feels like 23°, wind is from the WSW at 17 mph, humidity is 96%, dew point is 36°, pressure is 29.89 inches, cloud cover is 0%, and visibility is 10 miles.

ON THIS DAY in 1783, following the signing of the Treaty of Paris, General George Washington resigns as commander in chief of the Continental Army and retires to his home at Mount Vernon, Virginia.

Washington addressed the assembled Congress:

“Happy in the confirmation of our independence and sovereignty, and pleased with the opportunity afforded the United States of becoming a respectable nation, I resign with satisfaction the appointment I accepted with diffidence; a diffidence in my abilities to accomplish so arduous a task; which however was superseded by a confidence in the rectitude of our cause, the support of the supreme power of the Union, and the patronage of Heaven."

Washington’s willingness to return to civilian life was an essential element in the transformation of the War for Independence into a true revolution. During the war, Congress had granted Washington powers equivalent to those of a dictator and he could have easily taken solitary control of the new nation. Indeed, some political factions wanted Washington to become the new nation’s king. His modesty in declining the offer and resigning his military post at the end of the war fortified the republican foundations of the new nation.

Although he asked nothing for himself, Washington did enter a plea on behalf of his officers:

“While I repeat my obligations to the army in general, I should do injustice to my own feelings not to acknowledge, in this place, the peculiar services and distinguished merits of the gentlemen who have been attached to my person during the war. It was impossible the choice of confidential officers to compose my family should have been more fortunate. Permit me, sir, to recommend in particular, those who have continued in the service to the present moment, as worthy of the favorable notice and patronage of Congress."

The patronage Washington requested seemed most pressing as the army had narrowly survived several mutinies and a near-attempted coup the previous autumn. The veteran officers who had helped to keep the army intact desired western lands in thanks for their service. Their claims would constitute a major issue for the new American government as it attempted to organize the settlement of what had been the colonial backcountry.

Washington concluded:

“Having now finished the work assigned to me, I retire from the great theatre of action; and bidding an affectionate farewell to this august body, under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my commission, and take any leave of all the employments of public life.”

General Washington’s respite proved extremely brief. He was unanimously elected to the first of two terms as president of the United States in 1788. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW The "weapons-grade" Dragon's Breath chili pepper is so hot it's downright deadly. If you ate one, it could potentially cause a type of anaphylactic shock, burning the airways and closing them up.

'So how exactly do hot peppers, such as Dragon's Breath, maim or kill those who try to eat them? Let's start with the pepper's spicy stats: Dragon's Breath is so spicy, it clocks in at 2.48 million heat units on the Scoville scale, a measurement of concentration of capsaicin, the chemical that releases that spicy-heat sensation people feel when they bite into a chili pepper. Dragon's Breath is hotter than the current record-holder, the Carolina Reaper, which packs an average of 1.6 million Scoville heat units, as well as U.S. military pepper sprays, which hit about 2 million on the Scoville scale, according to the Daily Post.

In comparison, the habanero pepper is downright mild at about 350,000 Scoville heat units, as is the jalapeño pepper, which registers at up to 8,000 heat units, according to PepperScale, a site dedicated to hot peppers. Bell peppers have a recessive gene that stops the production of capsaicin, so they have zero heat units, PepperScale reported. ' (livescience.com)

"I've tried it on the tip of my tongue and it just burned and burned," said Mike Smith, the hobby grower who invented the Dragon's Breath along with scientists from Nottingham University. So why make such an impractical pepper? As it turns out, the chili was initially developed to be used in medical treatment as an anesthetic that can numb the skin. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY discriminate (diss-KRIM-uh-nayt) which means:
1 a : to see the special features of
b : to perceive a difference in : differentiate
2 : to distinguish by discerning or exposing differences; especially : to distinguish from another like object
3 : to make a difference in treatment or favor on a basis other than individual merit
Although many methods or motives for discriminating are unfair and undesirable (or even illegal), the verb itself has a neutral history. English speakers borrowed it from the past participle of the Latin verb discriminare (meaning "to distinguish or differentiate"), which, itself, is derived from the verb discernere, meaning "to distinguish between." Discernere, in turn, was formed by combining the prefix dis- (meaning "apart") and cernere ("to sift"). Other descendants of discernere include discern and discernible (as you no doubt guessed), discreet, and indiscretion. In addition, the root cernere gives us concern, certain, decree, and even secret. (merriam-webster.com)

Mass from Holy Cross

December 22, 2019

The regular Sunday Mass took place at its normal time of 9:30 a.m. this morning. It was good to see some younger family members visiting for the holidays. Our celebrant was Father Jim Siler with the reader being Patrick Nugent.

The service began with the lighting of the Advent Candles.

The Advent Candles before the service began

The prayers and the lighting of the candles

Patrick Nugent doing the readings....Father Jim Siler reading the Gospel.

Announcements at the end of Mass

View video of the Mass HERE

Christian Church Service

December 22, 2019

View video of the service HERE

Beautiful Sky Just After Sunset

December 21, 2019

Took these photos just after returning from church and a ride to the point. The sky was gorgeous over the top of my house looking to the Southeast.

Saturday Afternoon Mass

December 21, 2019, at 4 p.m.

Father Jim Siler returned for this weekend masses. On Saturday, there was no server and no reader. Father Jim did the readings and prayers at the beginning of Mass and lit the 4th Advent candle.

View video of the service HERE

BIRHC Annual Meeting Minutes

December 14, 2019
10:00 AM BIRHC Community Room

Present- Board members- Don Spencer, Maura Turner, Diane McDonough, Bill Johnson, Paul Welke
Absent- Jim Wojan (phoned in to participate in new business)
Guest-Connie Wojan
Staff-Tammy Radionoff, Ann Partridge, Joan Matejovsky
Public- Brad Grassmick, Kathie Ehinger, Kitty McNamara, Paul Niehaus, Dawn Marsh, Steve Radionoff, Frank D’Andraia, Joe Reed, Angel Welke

Call to order
President Don Spencer called the meeting to order at 10:02 am                                                                
Revision to agenda
No revision to the agenda was made                                                                    
Review, revisions & approval of minutes
Minutes to October 1, 2019 meeting were approved (Maura Turner/Bill Johnson) unanimous
Minutes to November 14, 2019 meeting were approved (Bill Johnson/Maura Turner) unanimous                                            
Financial report               
State funding was restored and increased from $100,000 to $250,000. Jim Haveman and Bill McDonough were thanked for their part in the restoration of funds.
Committee Reports
Resource Development               
Connie Wojan suggested including a legacy, planned giving program in the winter newsletter which she volunteered to without compensation. The discussion continued to include the legacy planned giving on the BIRHC website and in the BIRHC calendar add in the newspaper. Approved (Welke/McDonough) unanimously approved                
Building Maintenance  
Shingles on building to be power washed, repaired, and stained in late spring. Maura Turner is working on RFP to get quotes. Motion made to review RFP at next meeting (Welke/Johnson) unanimously approved.                                               
Operations Report
Free eye exams and free glasses were provided to qualifying patients in October. Dental Clinics North began seeing patients in November. Agreement was signed with iPatientCare to begin implementation of electronic medical records for the clinic in November.                                                                
Old Business
Bylaw Revision
Revisions made to wording in sections 3.06 and 3.07 of the bylaws to clarify the process of replacing board members in the event of a mid-year vacancy (Bill Johnson/Paul Welke) unanimous                                          
New Business
Telephone System
Telephone system is in need of updating. Quotes are to be obtained from three different suppliers if possible.                                                
Computer System
Computer system needs to be replaced to maintain federal regulatory compliance. Quote presented was accepted (Paul Welke/Diane McDonough) with one nay vote by Bill Johnson
Mackinac Straits Health System visit
Contact Rod Nelson of Mackinac Straights to gain perspective on being part of a larger organization/affiliation before continuing discussions with McLaren.
Search for New Book Keeper    
Motion to authorize Tammy Radionoff and Bill Johnson to post the position and research prospective book keepers (Don Spencer/Diane McDonough)                                     
Employee Christmas Gift
Motion made to give BIRHC employees $50 Christmas bonus and to give Donna Kubic a $1,000 bonus (Don Spencer/Diane McDonough) unanimous.                                           
Election of Board Members
Recommendations by Bill Johnson and Jim Wojan to elect Cody Randall and Frank D’Andraia  to fill board positions (Jim Wojan/Bill Johnson) nay vote by Paul Welke.                                     
Election of Bill Johnson to second term               
(Paul Welke/Diane McDonough) unanimous
Election of Officers                                        
Vice President: Paul Welke (Bill Johnson/Diane McDonough) unanimous
Treasurer: Bill Johnson (Don Spencer/Paul Welke) unanimous
Secretary: Frank D’Andraia (Diane McDonough/Paul Welke) unanimous
Appoint Don Spencer as Board Liaison  
(Bill Johnson/Paul Welke) unanimous    
Set 2020 Meeting Dates
January 11, 2020; April 25, 2020; July 18, 2020; September 12, 2020; December 12, 2020                                  
Committee Assignments
President-Don Spencer; Vice President-Paul Welke;  Secretary-Frank D’Andraia; Treasurer- Bill Johnson
Dr. John Martin; Ann Partridge; Cecilia Peasley; Bill Johnson; Cody Randall
Chair- Diane McDonough; Jim Wojan; Paul Welke
Chair- Bill Johnson; Don Spencer; Frank D’Andraia
Resource Development and Marketing/Fund Exploration:
Chair- Connie Wojan, Co-Chair-Frank D’Andraia; Ann Partridge
Building Maintenance:
Jim Wojan; John Works Jr.                                          
Public Comment
Connie Wojan gave public recognition to Mary Cook for 15 years of service and advice.
Motion to adjourn
Motion made at 11:40 am (Bill Johnson/Paul Welke)

Respectfully submitted by: Tammy Radionoff, Managing Director

Congress and President Agree on Need for New Great Lakes Icebreaker

December 20, 2019

CLEVELAND, OHIO (December 20, 2019) – The 2020 Federal Appropriations Bills, which the President is expected to sign today, includes vital language directing the U.S. Coast Guard to stand up a major acquisition program office to enhance icebreaking capacity on the Great Lakes. The Lake Carriers’ Association applauds Congress and President Trump on this significant, formal step for the acquisition of a Great Lakes heavy icebreaker.

Read the rest of the story HERE

PABI Seeks Chief Executive Officer

December 20, 2019

The Preservation Association of Beaver Island (or PABI), operator of the Beaver Island Community Center (the BIC Center) and WVBI, the island’s FM community radio station, seeks a Chief Executive Officer. As the highest-ranking executive employee, the new CEO will be the ultimate leader and decision-maker for the organization, reporting to PABI’s Board of Directors. He or she will demonstrate the leadership needed to forward PABI’s mission and vision. The new CEO is expected to strengthen the organization and lead it into the next decade of continuous improvement and long-term sustainability.

PABI is a strong, 25 year-old non-profit organization on Beaver Island, a 32 mile trip across Lake Michigan from the mainland. The Island has a busy summer, but quiet times over the other seasons. The BIC Center brings the island a summer concert and performance series, off-season performances, Saturday movies and seasonal events while also hosting community meetings and events. Interesting and adventuresome visitors and residents come to the BIC Center for information on Island events and activities, music and other types of entertainment—or just to relax and enjoy one another and the views.

The BIC Center serves as the Birding and Waterway Trailheads for the Island and fosters a strong and friendly community through shared communication and entertainment. PABI employs part or full-time people as needed, and benefits from many volunteers. The CEO must live on the Island with its approximately 700 year-round residents, while working to stay in touch with our seasonal residents and regular visitors.

The CEO’s compensation depends on the extent of the candidate’s qualifications and prior experience—with negotiable levels of compensation and benefits.


PABI seeks a CEO with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to conduct the significant administrative responsibilities the position requires. They include:

  • Demonstrated expertise in managing and operating a non-profit organization, with both administrative and financial responsibility;
  • Experience in guiding and assisting a non-profit Board with their governance duties;
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills with diverse audiences;
  • The willingness to accept general control and responsibility for managing the organization according to board policy;
  • Experience in leading organizational strategic planning;
  • Successful experience in hiring, training, and managing staff;
  • Experience and skill in fund-raising—including the relationship-building work needed to support those programs; and
  • Successful study in higher education, with a bachelors degree preferred.


1. As the 501 (c) 3’s primary decision maker—he/she develops and carries out short & long-range plans for the organization, developing annual budgets and goals, and updated operating policies that enhance PABI’s mission and vision.

2. He/she formulates and implements the organization’s overall strategy for successful achievement of its mission and vision—providing direction and action needed to achieve the established goals.

3. As chief administrator, the CEO defines all staffing needs, sets compensation levels, hires staff as needed, ensures they collectively have the skills needed to perform the work, and evaluates and acts appropriately on their respective contributions.

4. As a non-profit leader, the CEO designs and leads the fundraising activities—helping raise the needed funds to support his/her selected programs and activities.

5. As a community leader, the CEO works with other community leaders and engages the community to increase and maintain PABI’s visibility and valued contributions.

6. As a key Board Advisor, the CEO assists with Board governance—evaluating and reporting regularly on PABI’s progress—identifying needs and plans to further success.

7. As the lead PABI administrator, he or she signs bonds, mortgages, and other agreements in the name of and on behalf of PABI, as approved and instructed by the Board.

8. As CEO, he or she sees that all orders and resolutions of the Board are carried into effect—performing the assigned duties, and delegating some to others as needed.

Apply HERE

Great Lakes Islands Summit Final Report

December 20, 2019

View the complete document HERE

Request for Bids

December 20, 2019

The Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority and the Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services are requesting bids on an ambulance. The document is shown below:

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

December 20, 2019

The BICS faculty and staff send a HUGE THANK YOU to the parents, families, and community members who worked so hard to spread holiday cheer this past week. Whether it was sharing your time to help with Santa’s Workshop to be a success, coordinating the strings concert, driving our carolers from house to house, all the treats, gifts, and good tidings delivered to show your appreciation for our work, thank you for spreading holiday cheer. You are what makes this community great! 

December 20th & 21st Islanders Basketball @ Grand Marais
Today and tomorrow our Islanders travel to Grand Marais to take on the Polar Bears.  Go Islanders!

Winter Break December 21st through January 5th
Winter break starts this Saturday school will resume on Monday January 6th.

T-Shirt Design Contest
BICS students will have the opportunity to design this year’s Ice Fishing Tournament and Winter Carnival t-shirt. Attached is the flyer for the Ice Fishing Tournament T-Shirt Design Contest.

The Best News Regarding Isolated School Funding!
This morning, Governor Whitmer signed the supplemental budget bill that effectively restores the money for rural and isolated funding. These financial resources are incredibly important to Beaver Island Community School and schools on  Mackinac Island, Drummond Island, Grand Marais, and Paradise. We are grateful that the House, Senate, and the Governor could put their differences aside and come together to restore this funding. A huge thank you to all our parents and community members who called, e-mailed, and wrote letters to Senator Schmidt, Representative Cole, and Governor Whitmer. Your voices were heard in Lansing!

Happy Holidays!

T-Shirt Design Contest

The Data Disaster

An editorial by Joe Moore

December 18, 2019

First of all, I want to provide you with the background of this story. In the winter of 2017-2018, I began the digitization of the VHS tapes, normal and 8 mm tapes of the collection at the Beaver Island Historical Society as well as any other tapes that I could get my hands on. The reason is that this period of time may end up lost by the deterioration of the tapes. Most of these tapes were made available to everyone interested through two separate websites; Beaver Island TV and Beaver Island News Archives.

The majority of these tapes were backed up using two methods. One copy of the video file was placed on a data DVD and stored at the BIHS location. The second back up was on a specially purchased external hard drive that was kept in my possession. The video was important to me, but I also wanted to be able to make this more recent history available to all.

When the files on this external hard drive were accessed, the back up of the files was useless because the hard drive crashed. There were two attempts made to access this data by professional data recovery companies. They were unable to recover the data due to the broken and scratched components. Frustration was the explosive emotion atop the head of this editor. The purpose of the external hard drive was to be a backup to all the work over two winters and two other seasons, and the data was not recoverable.

I'm not sure whether it was old age or loss of memory or whatever, but I had a third backup that I had completely forgotten about. Every single one of the videos made available to others was posted on a video website, and, it was discovered yesterday that all of them that were posted were also available to me for download. This means that every video that I shared with others was still accessible and downloadable by me. YAHOOOOOO!

Disaster averted, almost. Every single one that had been posted on the websites was available to me as a backed up video file. The only ones not available were those that had not yet been shared with others. I began the download of these files yesterday. It took most of the afternoon and evening, but twenty plus files were downloaded and re-uploaded to yet aother back up website, so this makes four complete backups of the lost data. I will never again have to worry about over a year of work lost.

Owl on Holy Cross

December 16, 2019

Several people have seen and have taken pictures of the snowy owl on the cross at Holy Cross. Today, the editor got a chance to take a couple of pictures. The church bells began to ring at 4 p.m., and off the owl went. As the bells began to bong, the swap of the lenses was in process, but the owl stayed long enough to get these.

Peaine Documents December

Peaine Minutes December 2019

Peaine Parks and Rec Plan signed

beaver island district library board 12 16 19 from Peaine Township

New Year's Eve Party at the Hall

Charlevoix County COA December Dinner

December 15, 2019

Kathie's Cooking...Ham, Sweet Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Cranberry-Apple-Sausage Stuffing, Gravy, Fresh Salad. Desert- Cheesecake

View short video of the dinner HERE

BIRHC Annual Meeting

December 14, 2019


View video of the meeting HERE

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors

December 14, 2019 10 a.m.

Meeting Agenda

Change to Bylaws

BOD Minutes October 1, 2019

BOD Minutes Nov 14, 2019 Spl Mtg




Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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Transfer Station Hours

October 30, 2019

The Transfer Station Winter Hours are 11:00 a.m til 5:p.m. Monday thru Saturday effective this Friday.

Waste Management Committee Meeting Draft Agenda

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 1:00PM.

A Thing of Beauty

This one act play took place at the Beaver Island Community Center last night, December 12, 2019. The actors were students at the Beaver Island Community School.

The scenes of the play

The actors

The program from the performance including the thanks to the volunteers.

Pictures from the video of the program below. Thanks to Dawn Marsh for these.

Ms. Dianna Biehl

Permission was granted for viewing the video on this BINN website.

View video HERE

Turkeys and Deer at the Turkey Feeder

December 12, 2019

The turkeys have been ignoring this feeder for over a week now. Attempts to lure the turkeys to the feeder had been unsuccessful. The thrown corn from their regular feeding location was attempted with the movement of the feed closer and closer to the metal feeder had been unsuccessful from the beginning until just this morning. The deer came in last night and chased the turkeys away from the very spot that had been the goal.

The doe with the tongue issue hadn't been seen since before deer season began. She had two fawns with her.

The turkeys stood off in their familiar spot and watched the deer. Cars drove by on the King's Highway and didn't spook the deer. Two cars drove by down Carlisle Road and didn't spook the deer. Then it got slightly darker, the third car shined its lights on the deer as it turned onto Carlisle Road, and the deer and the turkeys were gone.

Waking up this morning to a light snow falling, the turkeys were gathered around the turkey feed provided by the Wildlife Club. The first turkeys began to use the feeder, and the editor was standing by the window with his mouth hanging open. Finally a couple of pictures were taken.

So, now the feeder was being used by the turkeys. Will this continue?

St. James Board Work Session

December 11, 2019, 6-8 p.m.

View agenda HERE

View video of the meeting HERE




BIRHC Meeting Dates 2020

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

January 11, 2020

April 25, 2020

July 18, 2020

September 12, 2020

December 12, 2020

Beaver Island Telecom-munication Advisory Committee




St James Township Meeting Time Change

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

BICS Basketball Schedule

19-20 Basketball Practice Schedule

BI BBall Game Schedule

Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule for 2020

Time is noon at the BI Airport

February 3, 2020

April 20, 2020

August 17, 2010

October 26, 2020

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:เธข เธข  8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:เธข เธข  12:00 - 5:00

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

Public Meeting Dates



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


Emerald Ash Borer Report from the BIAA

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Update

by | Dec 10, 2019

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is responsible for the death of hundreds of millions of ash trees in 30 states. Ash trees make up an integral part of our island’s forest system. Without ash, natural processes and cultural activities are significantly or forever altered.

Over a decade ago, members of the Beaver Island Association board (BIA) reached out to Michigan State University, state and federal agencies for guidance in protecting the island’s forests from EAB. The ash trees are predominantly located on the eastern half of Beaver Island. The Nature Conservancy’s Senior Scientist, Dave Ewert, identified that the transportation of infested firewood from the mainland to be the biggest threat to the island’s ash species. Following the state’s quarantine on the transportation of firewood being rescinded for the archipelago, the island’s townships enacted a wood transportation ordinance which prohibited the movement of untreated wood to any of the local islands.

Each year for over a decade the BIA volunteers secured purple EAB traps with lures, made available by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). For months the purple traps hung in strategic locations collecting insects. In October of 2019, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development entomologists confirmed that the traps had captured multiple EAB throughout Beaver Island and in Northcutt Bay, Garden Island. This EAB confirmation was a game changer for the island’s ash trees.

Michigan first detected EAB in 2002 when the southern half of the state was witnessing the death of the ash trees. Michigan spent the next decade researching and developing a strategy to control EAB. The first line of defense was an attempt to keep the EAB off the island through a wood movement quarantine. Failing that, The Beaver Island Archipelago used current research directed activities to assist in controlling the emergence of the islands’ EAB. Multiple control efforts included: Signage reminding travelers that untreated wood products are prohibited from movement around the islands. Select ash trees were girdled to attract EAB and act as sink trees. These trees will be cut down this winter. Four parasitoid or predator EAB species, known as keystone species in Asia for control for EAB, were introduced in ash stands positive for EAB. The parasitoids were produced and supplied from the
United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) EAB Parasitoid Rearing Facility in Brighton, MI. Based on MSU, USDA, and DNR Forestry recommendations, we obtained and introduced these small bio-control warriors. The parasitoids seek out and kill EAB. If the parasitoid release is successful, BIA volunteers will collect specimens in June of 2020. If the EAB numbers fall then these parasitoids decrease or cease to exist. A dozen specimen trees were treated by an arborist with a chemical to again assist with control of EAB. The chemical injections were made possible through St. James Township’s invasive species budget.

BIA volunteers will continue this winter to engage federal, state, and regional organizations in efforts to control the now present population of Emerald Ash Borers. The other alternative is to do nothing and let the ash trees succumb to the ravages of an invasive species. BIA and many off-island agencies believe the Beaver Island Archipelago has a fighting chance to preserve a viable ash tree population.

Contact Pam Grasmick for further information.

View map of EAB Traps HERE

Townships' Decorations

December 7, 2019

A quick trip through the downtown area last night showed the excellent efforts to help decorate for the season. There are many to thank, but the simple view of a few should show how much the rest of the community appreciates this effort.

The Town Tree

Just a couple of those to be seen

Peaine Township Board Meeting

December 9, 2019

BIWMC Structure, Repsonibility & Authority FINAL

Certificate of clerk re Burris Road

Draft Resolution - Recreation Plan_120519_KL

View agenda for this meeting HERE

Additional documents for this meeting

View video of this meeting HERE

Christmas Cantata TODAY!

This year's Christmas Cantata was a very challenging piece of vocal music. This Cantata was dedicated to Phil Becker, who led the Christmas Carol Sing and the music last year. The resumption of the Christmas Cantata was in Phil Becker's honor. The challenging music had unusual time signatures, unusual rhythm combinations, and quite a bit of dissonance.

The Cantata tradition continued with Kathy Speck conducting the Cantata with Sheri Richards leading the carols to be sung by all those present in the room. There were over a hundred people in attendance with less than twenty singing in the Cantata Choir.

The program consisted with Prelude music by the string trio consisting of Sheri Richards, violin; Cynthia Pryor, cello; and Joe Moore on viola. Several Christmas carols were played while people came into the building and took their seats.

Kathy Speck began the program with her reading of the dedication of this year's Cantata to Phil Becker, a very missed member of the Cantata Choir. You can read that dedication in the program that is presented below.

Thank you's and Dedication

Another tradition includes the beginning of the first part of the program with "O Holy Night" played by Judi Meister on piano and Joe Moore on violin.

The German carol "Still, Still, Still" was sung by Sheri Richards and Sally Stebbins, and accompanied by Judi Meister on piano.

The two ladies, Leona Pease and Sheri Timsak, sang "Christmas Halleluia" with alternating verses.

The String Trio got back up to play two more Christmas carols as part of the program.

It was now time for the Cantata Choir to enter and be prepared to sing the Cantata "Let the Whole World Sing," by Joel Raney, which he labeled a Christmas Musical. The narrator was Adam Richards.

Kathy Speck conducted the Christmas musical, and Sheri Richards conducted the Christmas Carols.

The Cantata Choir with Kathy Speck conducting

Sheri Richards conducting the carols.

Pre-Cantata Program and Cantata Participants

"Let the Whole World Sing" Program with Carols

The pictures in this article were taken by Phyllis Moore. The editor was performing in the program at several places, and the video camera was somehow turned to not show the entire choir or the narrator. The first posting of the video of the Cantata will not show the entire group. The editor apologizes for this, but does not know how it happened.

View the video of the program HERE

Luckily, the editor prepared for an equipment failure, and a second video camera was set up in the corner to record the entire program. The view is much wider, but includes the whole choir and the majority of the audience.

View this video HERE

Peaine Township Planning Commission Minutes

November 11, 2019

The Founding Documents for the Airport Commission

The Intergovernmental Agreement

The Rules for Procedure

Joint Township Meeting, December 6, 2019, at Noon

A little after noon, Kathleen McNamara, St. James Township Supervisor, and William Kohls, Peaine Township Supervisor, called the meeting to order. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a recommendation of the Beaver Island Airport Commission, hear from the consultants from Meade and Hunt, and to make some decisions about the property on the east end of the township airport.

In explanation of the current situation, in 2011, the FAA identified a tree issue on the property east of the cleared fields on the east side of the road, in line with the airport runway. At that time, Bob Banville owned and operated the Shanoule, which was a bed and breakfast and the Banville home. Bob Banville gave permission to allow the trees that were causing the FAA issue to be cut.

With Mr. Banville's death, the property was sold to a Mr. Artaza. The negotiations with Mr. Artaza began in 2016 to get an agreement regarding the property shown in the maps presented below. The issues are that the FAA could come and determine that the instrument approach as well as several other acronyms for the FAA and the Michigan Department of Transportation were not within the legally required parameters. This could mean a shutdown of certain operations of the airport, or at least the limited use of the airport due to the lack of these parameters.

The Beaver Island Airport Commission released a notice that the negotiations for the Avigation Agreement, the agreement that would allow removal of the obstructions required by the FAA, had come to an end. There was noted that the negotiations were at an impasse. At a BIAC meeting on November 12, 2019, the BIAC voted unanimously to recommend to the townships to "proceed with condemnation process for parcels B and D" shown in the map above.

At the Joint Township Boards' meeting today, December 6, 2019, the two boards had the opportunity to meet with the BIAC with the consultants from Meade and Hunt on the conference telephone for questions and answers and an updating on the process that had been worked on since March 2018. With the negotiations coming to an end nineteen months later, there seemed to be no other options available that made any sense.

Those present at the meeting today included Rachel Teague, Airport Manager; Larry Kubic, William Kohls, Ernie Martin, and Carla Martin representing Peaine Township; Dave Paul and John Martin representing the Airport Commission along with their township representatives; Kathleen McNamara, Joe Moore, Julie Gillespie, and Paul Cole representing St. James Township; and Jessica Anderson, St. James Township Deputy Clerk.

After much discussion and many questions answered, both the St. James and Peaine Township Boards voted unanimously by all voting members present to proceed with the condemnation process for parcels B and D of the Artaza property in the map above. There were two other resolutions, one to include negotiations with Carl Hites, and the other to hire the Peaine Township attorney to proceed with the condemnation.

The meetings of the St. James Board and the Peaine Board adjourned at approximately 1:45 p.m. There may be a press release coming out to provide further information in the near future.

Snowy Owl, Sleeping and Hunting

December 6, 2019

This snowy owl resting on the top of Roger Sommers' building.

On the prowl closer to dark down by the public restrooms. Dinner of duck, I presume.

St. James Meeting

December 4, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at St. James Hall

View video of the meeting HERE

DRAFT Minutes of November 6, 2019 Regular St. James Board Meeting

2019 Sewer Rate Study Update

BIAC Min Stds Draft 22019

Bills for Payment

BIWMC Structure, Repsonibility & Authority FINAL

Brewery Memo 11-14-19

Gen Fund Budget 1119

Gen Fund Budget 1219

Marina Budget Report 1119

Marina Budget Report 1219


Payroll 110519-120319

Road Fund Budget 1119

Road Fund Budget 1219

Sewer Budget Report 1119

Sewer Budget Report 1219




Transfer Station_Recycling Attendant (Part-time) Final

A Place of the Heart

by Robert Cole

What Did You Say 71

by Joe Moore

This is one of three books written about the EMS situations that have occurred on the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes. The first was “Rural EMS IS Different.” This is the second one, but all three have had additions and deletions. The third one is “Familiar Faces.”

None of these stories have provided any actual patient demographics or any data that would purposefully cause a typical community member to remember who the person in the story is, nor where the emergency took place, except by using the fictional references in the stories themselves.

You can guess that many of these stories have made me ask the question that titles this book, “What Did You Say?”

View the final chapter HERE

Hemlock Survey Letter

November 25, 2019

As noted and should be stressed is that this survey is voluntary offered to private property owners and free of charge thanks to a grant from The Nature Conservancy (Shaun Howard, TNC).  This survey takes place during the winter-probably in February-same as last year. (from Pam Grassmick)

Thanks to a grant from The Nature Conservancy, the CAKE CISMA is gearing up for our second hemlock survey season, to monitor and detect any potential hemlock woolly adelgid infestations in our service area. For those that may be unfamiliar with this invasive species, the hemlock woolly adelgid (or HWA) is a parasitic insect that feeds exclusively on hemlock trees. If left untreated, infested hemlocks can die in as little as 4-10 years. This invasive species is working its way north, supposedly using the Lake Michigan shoreline as its primary avenue to expand its range. If left unchecked, Michigan’s native hemlock population could be in serious trouble. We are preparing to survey both public and private lands to ensure that this species does not establish itself in Northern Michigan.

I have attached a letter informing about this critical issue and what is currently being done. On the back side of the letter is a land access consent form, giving permission to the CISMA to access private property to survey hemlocks. This survey is cost-free to the landowner through the grant. If you could please circulate this letter through your organization and to your members, and perhaps print some copies for display in your lobbies (as applicable), this would be very helpful and greatly appreciated. Our goal this survey season is to fill in gaps from last year on private lands. If you need me to print some and send some to you, please let me know and I'll be happy to provide you with some.

As always, thank you for partnering with us! We appreciate the potential to work with each of you in helping preserve and protect one of Northern Michigan's beloved evergreens, the Eastern Hemlock.


Benjamin VanDyke

View the letter HERE

Great Lakes Islanders Find Common Concerns

Great Lakes Islands Alliance gathers for third annual meeting

The article talks about the last meeting of these island representatives and their common areas of concern. The article has some great pictures as well.

View the article HERE

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

BI Transfer Station and Recycle Center

Beaver Island Transfer Station Rates Effective 1_2019

The Emerald Ash Borer and Wood Movement to the Islands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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