B. I. News on the 'Net, December 29, 2015-January 3, 2016

Vehicle Fire by Township Airport

A little before two p.m. on Sunday, January 3, 2016, the Beaver Island Fire Departent was paged to the township airport for a vehicle fire. Upon arrival, the vehicle was fully involved in the flames including the tires. Two fire department pumpers and a tanker responded to the scene along with the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department deputy and BIEMS. The vehicle was just getting ready to turn onto Donnel Mors Lane from the Airport Road when the heater fan wouldn't shut off. The occupants saw flame and quickly unloaded the vehicle and moved away from it. The vehicle is a total loss. There were no reported injuries to the occupants of the vehicle nor to the fire department or other responders.

Surfing in January

Many thanks to Bob Tidmore for this video clip. If you were to ask if anyone was going surfing today, you'd get an interesting look from the person asked. Yet, here is someone surfing in Charlevoix off the public beach.

Video clip, picture was taken from


From Jeff Powers


Just a note to remember the memories of some of the Beaver Island Pets that we have lost this past year.

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ~ Anatole France

I want to pause and remember the beloved pets who crossed over the “Rainbow Bridge” this year. I apologize I am sure there are more than these and please add them to this post. These wonderful pets gave such wonderful unconditional love to their owners and families a rare gift indeed.

“Eddie” Johnson
“Jessie” Cook
“Dexter” Stebbins
“Tanner” Gregory
“Cricket” Lyle
“Casey” Stebbins
“Scooby” Nicholas
“Little Girl” Tracy
“Midnight” Stevens
“Tippy” Brouard
“Clover” Ricksgers
“Daisy” Mitchell
“Hannah” Fogarty
“Shania” Butler
“Fonzie” Burton
“Xena” Carey
“Wilbur” Welke
“Little Oliver Twist” Gallagher
“Ringo” Plastrik
“Izzie” Cook
“Sammy” Birch
“Scooby” Kubesh
“Star” McNew
“Finnegan” McDonough
“Rosie” Amster
“Willa” Stambaugh
"Zena" Wirth
“Willow” Wierenga
“O’Malley” Lafreniere
“Axle” Albertson
“Nollaig” Racine
"Hunter' Eicher
“Kitty O’Shea” Racine
“Alex” Slanga

Syd Welke

It has been a great honor to serve Beaver Island by caring for these wonderful creatures as we enter my 26th year of doing so.

Jeffrey F Powers DVM

The 52 Lists Project

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 3, 2016

Brrrr! Right now it's 26° with a windchill of 15°, wind is 15 mph from the NW with gusts to 36 mph, humidity is at 84%, pressure is rising from 1015 mb, and visibility is at 4.8 miles. Today: Areas of blowing snow in the morning. Snow showers and patchy light freezing drizzle in the morning then snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 20s. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Snow showers in the evening then scattered snow showers after midnight. Lows around 9° Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of January 3, 1938 - The March of Dimes was established by U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The organization fights poliomyelitis. The original name of the organization was the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

Did you know that there is a name for that "pins and needles" feelings you get sometimes? It's called paresthesia.

Word of the day: prepossessing (pree-puh-ZES-ing) which means that impresses favorably; engaging or attractive. Prepossessing entered English in the mid-1600s.

B. I. Community Center Movies

for January 9th

One Gorgeous Sunset

on January 2, 2016

It was worth the trip out to Donegal Bay to catch this sunset.

Sunset Gallery

My New Year's Resolutions

An Editorial by Joe Moore

As I sit in my chair watching the television and hear about all these resolutions that people have made, such as “I’m going to lose weight,” “I’m going to get organized,” and “I’m going to improve my life,” etc., I think about some of the things that have transpired in the last year or so, and wonder what I could do to improve the situations that may not have been very positive.

So, my New Year’s resolutions are these: 

If I have done something in the last year or so that has made you uncomfortable, I apologize.  If I have questioned your motives over something in the last year or so, I’m sorry that we had a disagreement about this.  If I have actually upset your apple cart in the last year or so, I’m sorry that you had to experience that.  Whatever I may have done to make you upset, I sincerely apologize.

There are three personal things that I have resolved:

The first is that when my medical certifications, licenses, and instructor certifications come up for renewal, I will NOT be renewing them, so, if you want a course taught by me, you better speak up soon.

The second is not anything new, but is necessary to restate for the 2016 year.  When I encounter a situation where my patient’s best patient care is not occurring, I will speak out for the best patient care possible given the circumstances provided.  I further resolve that each patient that I encounter in an emergency will get the best patient care possible, and will be transported to definitive care by the quickest possible, acceptable, and legal method.

The third resolution is to continue to follow the EMT Oath that I took in 1986:

“Be it pledged as an Emergency Medical Technician, I will honor the physical and judicial laws of God and man. I will follow that regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of patients and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, nor shall I suggest any such counsel. Into whatever homes I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of only the sick and injured, never revealing what I see or hear in the lives of men unless required by law.

I shall also share my medical knowledge with those who may benefit from what I have learned. I will serve unselfishly and continuously in order to help make a better world for all mankind.

While I continue to keep this oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life, and the practice of the art, respected by all men, in all times. Should I trespass or violate this oath, may the reverse be my lot.

So help me God.”

As editor of Beaver Island News on the ‘Net, I resolve to provide information to my community in a timely manner without bias and without comments unless they are labeled as editorial.  I pledge to continue to provide pictures, video, and text in a timely manner until such time as this becomes financially or physically impossible.

If you are supportive of my resolutions, may your year be wonderful.  If you are antagonistic of these resolutions, I will apologize in advance for my reactions.

Special St. James Township Board Meeting

1/4/2016 at 7 p.m.


by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 2, 2016

This 2016 is moving pretty quickly, it's already the second. It's 29° outside with a windchill of 19°, wind is at 12 mph from the WNW with gusts to 22 mph, humidity is at 81%, pressure is falling from 1014 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Cloudy. Chance of flurries in the morning. Highs in the lower 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph shifting to the southwest 15 to 20 in the afternoon. Gusts up to 35 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers in the evening, then snow showers after midnight. Areas of blowing snow after midnight. Breezy. Lows in the mid 20s. West winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

On this date of January 2, 1892 - Ellis Island opened as America's first federal immigration center. Annie Moore, at age 15, became the first person to pass through.

Did you know that there is a name for unreadable handwriting? It's griffonage.

Word of the day: redintegrate (red-IN-ti-greyt, re-DIN-) which means to make whole again; restore to a perfect state; renew; reestablish. Redintegrate can be traced to the Latin redintegrāre meaning "to make whole again." It entered English in the mid-1400s.

Winter Day

Photo by Bob Tidmore

A beautiful winter view of Paradise Bay, Beaver Island's harbor

Looking Ahead

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 1, 2016

Well hello 2016. I couldn't keep myself awake long enough to welcome you in. The island lost so many in 2015, that we're all praying that you will be a much happier year. Right now it's 26° outside with a windchill of 13°, wind is at 19 mph from the west with gusts to 28 mph, humidity is at 84%, pressure is rising from 1015 mb, and visibility is at 6.9 miles. Today: Occasional snow showers. Highs in the upper 20s. West winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Lows in the mid 20s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

On this date of January 1, 1902 - The first Tournament of Roses (later the Rose Bowl) collegiate football game was played in Pasadena, CA.

Did you know that the names of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with (not counting the words "North" and "South"?

Word of the day: first-foot (furst-foo t) which means the first person to cross the threshold of a house on New Year's Day and a bringer of good fortune. First-foot is a compound of the adjective first and the noun foot. It entered English in the late 1700s.

Timeout for Art: Underway

by Cindy Ricksgers

Volunteer EMS?

Historical Information and Editorial by Joe Moore

Beaver Island EMS was founded in 1986 with an EMT class taught by John LaMont, current director of Boyne City EMS, because Mike McGinnity, provider at the medical center, knew he would need some help during serious emergencies.  Another class was completed in 1987 and the beginnings of EMS were completely volunteer.  All but two from the original class left the island. The next year another class was taught.  Fortunately, another more advanced class was taught in 1989 because the treatments needed by the emergency patients on the island required more advanced skills.

Continue reading HERE

Happy New Year!

from News on the 'Net

Okay, okay! It's not 365, it's 366 due to leap year! Just one more day to add to your superb 2016!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for December 31, 2015

Thought we'd take this year out in style - by really sleeping in. Holy moley, I can't remember the last time I slept in this late. I'd still be in bed if the phone hadn't been ringing. Wishing each and everyone one of you a safe and happy New Year. Right now it's 30° with a wind chill of 20°, wind is at 11 mph from the WNW with gusts to 16 mph, humidity is at 81%, pressure is steady at 1020 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Periods of light snow. Highs in the lower 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph increasing to 30 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Periods of light snow in the evening, then periods of snow showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 20s. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of December 31, 1929 - Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played "Auld Lang Syne" as a New Year's Eve song for the first time.

Did you know that this morning I suffered from dysania? That is the state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning.

Word of the day: clinquant (KLING-kuh nt) which means glittering, especially with tinsel; decked with garish finery. Clinquant entered English in the late 1500s and ultimately derives from the Dutch klinken meaning "to sound."

Last but not least.... Go Michigan State Spartans!!

Frozen Sleet

Having made a trip to the airport, the grass and the trees has this sheen of ice that showed some beauty along with the danger of the slippery roadways. This required another trip out on the icy roads to get some of these pictures that are presented here.

It was desired to get some close-up pictures of the ice as well as the longer distance photos as well.

Some interesting buds and berries

Even some pine needles looked interesting with ice and crystals

And then some frozen grass and twigs

Just too fascinated to quit....

And some milk weed ice coverings

No matter the cold, the snow, the frozen drizzle; the beauty is still there!



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

June 30, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Meeting of July 30. 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 27, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

September 24, 2015

Video of this meeting is HERE

October 29, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

November 24, 2015

Video of this meeting is HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

June 8, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 29, 2015

Video can be viewed HERE

July 13, 2015

Video for the meeting HERE


Video of this meeting HERE

August 28, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

September 14, 2015

Video HERE

November 9, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

June 10, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

July 8, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

September 9, 2015

View video HERE

October 14, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

The report from the St. James Township website, which is a report to the St. James taxpayers, can be viewed HERE.

June 3, 2015

Video of this can be viewed HERE

July 1, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 5, 2015

Video of meeting available HERE

September 2, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

October 7, 2015

Video of the meeting is HERE

November 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

December 2, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

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

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

for December 30, 2015

I think it's pretty invigorating outside this morning as the dogs didn't want to stay out long. Right now I'm showing that it's 27°, wind is at 3 mph from the ENE, humidity is at 92%, pressure is steady at 1022 mb, and visibility is 3.9 miles. Today: Cloudy. Chance of flurries and light freezing drizzle in the morning, then snow in the afternoon. Highs around 30°. Light winds. Tonight: Snow showers. Lows in the mid 20s. West winds at 10 mph.

On this date of December 30, 1936 - The United Auto Workers union staged its first sit-down strike, at the Fisher Body Plant in Flint, MI.

Did you know that agraffe is the name for that wired cage that holds the cork in a bottle of champagne?

Word for the day: revenant (REV-uh-nuh nt) which means 1) a person who returns 2) a person who returns as a spirit after death; ghost. 1827, from French revenant (fem. revenante), noun use of present participle of revenir "to return

Lawrence McDonough, 101, Passed Away

Sometime during the night, or early morning of 12/29/2015, Lawrence McDonough passed away.

Lawrence Matthew McDonough passed away at the age of 101 at his home surrounded by his family. Lawrence was born and raised on Beaver Island, Michigan on November 15, 1914 to Sylvester “Vesty" McDonough and Mary Connaghan, one of eight children. He married Winifred LaFreniere in 1939 who proceeded him in death in 2009. They raised 6 children, sons Gary (Jean), Lawrence (Kay), Joseph (Tarry), Kevin (Linda), and two daughters, Pamela (Brad) Grassmick and Kathie (Timothy) Gonyeau. He enjoyed his 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lawrence was raised on Sand Bay on the Jordan River and worked his family’s homesteaded farm. He was blessed with good friends and family, a strong sense of community, and had a grand sense of humor. He had frequent visitors seeking his stories of early island life as well as all of the changes and progress that he saw on Beaver Island during his lifetime. Some of his various careers included: owning the first pasteurized dairy; sailing the Great Lakes on freighters; logging; and serving as a board of director for the first BIBCO. He was captain of the first Emerald Isle and the Beaver Islander. He managed the Beaver Island Boat Company until his retirement in 1980.

A spring funeral service at Holy Cross Catholic Church is being planned. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Cross Church or Beaver Island EMS.

Looking Back

By Cindy Ricksgers

Movies at the Community Center

January 2, 2015

Pan (2015)
PG | 1h 51min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
12-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and danger, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.
Stars: Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund

Pan is a 2015 American 3D fantasy action-adventure family film directed by Joe Wright, produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Paul Webster, Warner Bros., Berlanti Productions and RatPac-Dune Entertainment, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures with music by John Powell and written by Jason Fuchs. The film is a prequel to Scottish author J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan story, first staged in 1904. It stars Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Adeel Akhtar, Nonso Anozie, Amanda Seyfried, Kathy Burke, Lewis MacDougall, Jack Charles, Cara Delevingne, Na Tae-joo, Bronson Webb, Kurt Egyiawan, Paul Kaye, Emerald Fennell, Jack Lowden, and Levi Miller as the title character. It serves as an origin story for Peter Pan and Captain Hook.

Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)
Approved | 2h 3min | Comedy, Crime, Musical
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. |
In Chicago, during the Prohibition, two rival gangs compete for control of the city's rackets.

Snow or Not

by Cindy Ricksgers

Thank You

This is a shout-out and a huge "Thank You, Very Much," to all those who worked to keep the power on and to help keep the roads clear on Christmas Eve Day with winds gusting to gale force. Thank you, Mike McDonough, Jim Wojan, Steve Crandall, and Doug Gillespie, as well as to any others that helped with individual downed trees and blocked roadways! A few pictures were taken on the north end of the island. There were many pictures also on facebook by those who might have been stranded. Driving by the generators at the Four Corners, the sounds of generators added to the sound of the winds.

While some on the island were out of power and able to run on generators at their homes, others were just out of power.

Take care out there, and be safe!

Beaver Island Christmas Light Pictures


Merry Christmas from Beaver Island News on the 'Net!




BOBI (BIDL Book Club)

For Tuesday, 12/15 @7p: An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor 
For Tuesday, 1/19 @7p: Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie 
For February (date tbd): In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

CC Transit Bus Back to Monday-Friday

In an email, Bob Tidmore notified me that two new transit bus drivers have been hired and effective immediately, the transit bus is back on its Monday through Friday schedule.

Preparing the Community Calendar

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

Bank Hours Change

Starting in January the Beaver Island Branch of Charlevoix State Bank will be starting their winter hours. The hours for January, February, March and April will be Tuesday and Friday from 9am until 2pm. The bank will be closed on January 1st for the New Years Day holiday.

Beach Rangers

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

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule


Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the winter schedule.  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Thursdays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

If you need help with your donation, call the shop at 448-2534

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

Bible study

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

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.




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