B. I. News on the 'Net, December 4-17, 2017

Christian Church Bulletin

December 17, 2017

Christian Church Christmas Eve Service

Mass from Holy Cross, 9:30 Sunday

Father Jim Siler is in his home parish celebrating Mass, so Beaver Island's Holy Cross Parish had a visiting priest this morning. Father Don Geyman celebrated the service today with Patrick Nugent doing the readings.

Pat Nugent doing the readings

Father Don reading the Gospel and giving a short sermon

Fr. Donald Geyman is the appointed Rector of St. Mary Cathedral and Pastor of St. Mary in Grayling, St. Thomas Aquinas in Elmira and Holy Redeemer in Vanderbilt. Fr. Geyman has also been appointed the Vicar for Clergy for the diocese.  Many of you are familiar with Fr. Don as he has served as the Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Gaylord since 2007. He has also been serving as the Sacramental Minister for the Boyne Valley Catholic Community which includes the parishes of St. Matthew in Boyne City, St. Augustine in Boyne Falls and St. John Nepomucene in Praga.  Fr. Don began his service to the Northern Lights Catholic Community on July 1, 2015.

View video of the service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 17, 2017

Went to Mass last night so I don't have to venture outside until around 12:30 to take Mom and Ruthie to the airport for Mom's doctor appointments (and most likely some shopping).

Cloudy skies at the moment, 21°, feels like 13°, humidity is at 80%, pressure is steady at 30.24 inches, wind is from the east at 8 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of freezing drizzle and flurries in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 20s. Southeast winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the morning.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog. Chance of flurries and a slight chance of freezing drizzle. Lows in the mid 20s. Southeast winds at 10 mph shifting to the southwest after midnight.
TODAY: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of flurries in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog. Slight chance of freezing drizzle and snow showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of December 17, 1986 - Wayne "Danke Schoen" Newton won a $19.2 million suit against NBC News. NBC had aired reports claiming a link between Newton and mob figures. The reports were proven to be false.

DID YOU KNOW THAT What is called a “French kiss” in the English speaking world is known as an “English kiss” in France.?

WORD OF THE DAY: wassail (WA-sail) which means spiced ale or mulled wine drunk during celebrations for Twelfth Night and Christmas Eve. Traditionally drunk as an integral part of wassailing, a Medieval English drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year. Also drank at Pagen celebrations such as Yule.

Ramon Nelson

on the

House of David on High Island and Benton Harbor

This is anothe roral history interview done by Robert Cole. Ramon Nelson was interviewed in 1991, twenty-six years ago. The video has degraded a great deal, and so did the audio on the VHS tape. Editor Joe Moore spent the better part of two full days attempting to remove a high pitch squal from the audio. The video files were taken into Sound Forge, and a parametric equalized was used to attempt to rescue the voice of Robert Cole and Ramon Nelson. It was not possible to remove all the noise from the video, but a serious attempt was made for those interested in learning about life in the House of David on High Island as a young boy and young man.

View video of the 1991 Interview HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 16, 2017

And yet again it's lightly snowing, 17°, feels like 13°, humidity is at 82%, pressure is rising from 29.92 inches, wind is from the NE at 5 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Numerous snow showers in the morning. Highs around 19°. Northeast winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy, Lows around 12°. East winds at 10 mph.
TODAY: North wind 5 to 10 knots becoming east in the morning. Scattered snow showers early in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
TONIGHT: East wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of December 16, 1773, in Boston Harbor, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships and dump 342 chests of tea into the harbor.

The midnight raid, popularly known as the “Boston Tea Party,” was in protest of the British Parliament’s Tea Act of 1773, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a virtual monopoly on the American tea trade. The low tax allowed the East India Company to undercut even tea smuggled into America by Dutch traders, and many colonists viewed the act as another example of taxation tyranny.

When three tea ships, the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver, arrived in Boston Harbor, the colonists demanded that the tea be returned to England. After Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused, Patriot leader Samuel Adams organized the “tea party” with about 60 members of the Sons of Liberty, his underground resistance group. The British tea dumped in Boston Harbor on the night of December 16 was valued at some $18,000.

Parliament, outraged by the blatant destruction of British property, enacted the Coercive Acts, also known as the Intolerable Acts, in 1774. The Coercive Acts closed Boston to merchant shipping, established formal British military rule in Massachusetts, made British officials immune to criminal prosecution in America, and required colonists to quarter British troops. The colonists subsequently called the first Continental Congress to consider a united American resistance to the British.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the word “queue” is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed?

WORD OF THE DAY: apopemptic (ap-uh-PEMP-tik) which means pertaining to leave-taking or departing; valedictory. The English apopemptic is a straightforward borrowing of the Greek adjective apopemptikós, “pertaining to dismissal, valedictory,” a derivative of the adverb and preposition apό- “off, away” and the verb pémpein “to send,” a verb with no clear etymology. The Greek noun pompḗ, a derivative of pémpein, means “escort, procession, parade, magnificence,” adopted into Latin as pompa (with the same meanings), used in Christian Latin to refer to the ostentations of the devil, especially in baptismal formulas, e.g., “Do you reject the devil and all his pomps?” Apopemptic entered English in the mid-18th century.

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

December 15, 2017


Homework Help at the Library
The great staff and volunteers at the Beaver Island District Library will be coordinating study sessions at the Library Monday through Thursday from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm. Volunteers will be on hand to help with all subjects, including math. Remember too that your teachers are available to meet with you for extra help after school every day!

BICS Basketball December 15th & 16th
Our basketball teams head to Hannahville to take on the Soaring Eagles. Go Islanders!

Santa’s Workshop and Santa Visit!
Brought to you by the Friends of Veterans and AMVETS, the wonderful Santa’s Workshop and Visit will take place from 11-2 on Saturday, December 16th. Please note that Santa will arrive around noon.  All kids will be able to shop, visit with Santa and EVERYONE is welcome to enjoy a complementary hot dog lunch.  Notes and Christmas Labels have been sent home with your children.

Mark Your Calendars—Don’t Miss “A Cowhand’s Christmas Carol”
Please join us at the Beaver Island Community Center at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19th for this year’s BICS Christmas Play: “A Cowhand’s Christmas Carol.” Brought to you by the BICS secondary Drama Class, this play will be sure to delight plum pudding lovers of all ages! Admission for adults is $5.00, and students are free!

Back by Popular Demand—Holiday and Christmas Caroling!
On Wednesday, December 20th, our students will be bringing joy to homes around Beaver Island with their lovely voices singing such holiday favorites as Silent Night, the Dreidel Song, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. The students will leave school about 2:00 pm and make 10-12 stops, ending at Forest View.  Please considering helping out as a driver or making a treat to share with our carolees (the people to whom we will be caroling).  If you can help out, please contact Mrs. Robert.

Annual 4th/5th grade Christmas breakfast at Mrs. Robert’s:
The 4th & 5th grade students will be spending the day at Mrs. Robert’s house making breakfast, baking and sledding on Thursday December 21st, please be sure to turn your permission slip into Mrs. Robert.

Secret Santa:
The secondary students and staff will be participating in Secret Santa all week:
Monday: Food/Drink; Tuesday: Card/Ornament; Wednesday: Gag Gift; Thursday: Final Gift Exchange.

Friday December 22- Tuesday January 2nd: Holiday Break.

Have a Fantastic Weekend!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 15, 2017

The world is turning white out there as you can see from Power's webcam! We are in a Winter Weather Advisory until midnight Saturday. Please be careful if you have to be out traveling. Right now it's snowing (of course), 23°, wind chill of 17°, humidity is at 89%, pressure is steady at 29.73 inches, wind is from the WNW at 6 mph, visibility is 2 miles.
TODAY: Periods of snow showers. Highs in the mid 20s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Periods of snow showers in the evening then numerous snow showers after midnight. Lows around 15°. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect until December 16, at 4:00 am CST
TODAY: Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Periods of snow showers early in the morning, then numerous snow showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 3 to 5 feet in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Scattered snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

ON THIS DATE of December 15, 1939 - "Gone With the Wind," produced by David O. Selznick based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell, premiered at Loew's Grand Theater in Atlanta. The movie starred Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the yearly risk (in the United States) of dying from a shark attack is roughly 1 in 250 million. In contrast, the yearly risk of dying from a vending machine accident is roughly 1 in 112 million. The vending machine is indeed roughly twice as lethal as the shark!

WORD OF THE DAY: mishpocha (mish-PAW-khuh, mish-POO KH-uh) which means an entire family network comprising relatives by blood and marriage and sometimes including close friends; clan. (It may be a Yiddish word, but it also works very well for Beaver Island.) There are several spellings for mishpocha (e.g., mishpochah, mishpacha, mishpachah) and pronunciations for the -ch- (representing the Hebrew letter heth) that Americans find difficult. Mishpocha comes from mishpokhe, the Yiddish pronunciation of Hebrew mishpāḥāh “family, clan.” Mishpocha entered English in the mid-19th century.

Matt of Fogg Towing, Leaves

Editor Joe Moore spoke with Matt Fogg last night after he arrived at his dock bringing his last load of freight to the island for this shipping season. When asked, Matt said, "Only a one way trip this time. I'll leave tomorrow, and that will be it for the season." Matt left with some logs and what looked like firewood, cut and split, and head out of the harbor on his way to Ironton, where the tug and barge will spend the winter.

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for getting this photo and video to BINN, so the last trip could be documented.


Here is Matt's Wendy Anne position a little before 5 p.m.

2004 Hall Dance for Museum Week

In July 2004, the Museum Week still had a Holy Cross Parish Hall Dance for Museum Week. The dance included entertainment by Rich Scripps, Edward Palmer, Hillary Palmer, and Cindy Gillespie Cushman. The video was only a short snapshot of this dance back then. This is a continuation of the project mentioned previously.

Pictures from the video of this performance

View a couple of video clips of this night HERE

"The Tinker" 1994 Production

by the Beaver Island Community Players

This also is part of the digitizing project that BINN Editor Joe Moore is doing for the Historical Society. The production took place in the Holy Cross Parish Hall with Pinky Harmon, Joddy Croswhite, and Patrick McGinnity as some of the performers in the program. The video is not as clear as the standards of today, but the historical filming marks an important point in the history of the island community for drama, directing, and acting. The three mentioned actors have given their approval for the presentation of this with the best comment being,"I'd like to see it myself. I didn't know that it was recorded."

Here are a few pictures taken from the video:

View the video HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 14, 2017

It's a wee bit warmer out there today. Right now I'm showing 18° with a windchill of 8°, humidity is at 75%, pressure is rising from 29.91 inches, wind is from the WNW at 7 mph, snowing, and visibility is 7 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers in the morning, then snow showers likely in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 20s. Light winds becoming west 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Snow showers. Lows around 20°. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TODAY: East winds 10 to 15 kt becoming northeast 10 to 20 kt. Waves 1 to 3 ft.
TONIGHT: East winds 10 to 20 kt becoming southeast 20 to 25 kt. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms overnight. Waves 2 to 4 ft building to 3 to 5 ft.

ON THIS DATE of December 14, 1799 - The first president of the United States, George Washington, died at the age 67. From the Mount Vernon digital encyclopedia "The Death Of George Washington":

On Thursday, December 12, 1799, George Washington was out on horseback supervising farming activities from late morning until three in the afternoon. The weather shifted from light snow to hail and then to rain. Upon Washington's return it was suggested that he change out of his wet riding clothes before dinner. Known for his punctuality, Washington chose to remain in his damp attire.

The next morning brought three inches of snow and a sore throat. Despite feeling unwell, Washington went to the hanging wood area on the east side of the Mansion after the weather cleared to select trees for removal. Throughout the day it was observed that Washington's voice became increasingly more hoarse. Friday evening, as typical for most evenings, Washington read from the newspapers with his secretary Tobias Lear and his wife Martha. Due to the increased throat irritation, Washington asked Lear to complete the reading.

After retiring for the night Washington awoke in terrible discomfort at around two in the morning. Martha was concerned about his state and wanted to send for help. However, having just recovered from a cold herself, Washington would not allow his wife to leave the comfort of their room. When Caroline, the house slave, came to light the fire at daybreak, Martha sent for Tobias Lear who rushed to the room. There he found Washington in bed having difficulty breathing. Lear sent for George Rawlins, an overseer at Mount Vernon, who at the request of George Washington bled him. Lear also sent to Alexandria for Dr. James Craik, the family doctor and Washington's trusted friend and physician for forty years.

While waiting for Dr. Craik's arrival, Rawlins extracted a half-pint of blood. Washington favored this treatment—despite Martha's voiced concern— as he believed that it cured him of past ailments. Washington was also given a mixture of molasses, butter, and vinegar to sooth his throat. This mixture was difficult to swallow causing Washington to convulse and nearly suffocate.

As the morning progressed Washington did not feel any relief. Martha requested that Tobias Lear send for a second doctor, Dr. Gustavus Brown of Port Tobacco. Brown was a physician that Craik felt had an excellent reputation for diagnosis and moderate medicating. Dr. Craik arrived at nine in the morning, examined Washington and produced a blister on his throat in an attempt to balance the fluids in Washington's body. Craik bled Washington a second time and ordered a potion of vinegar and sage tea prepared for gargling.

At eleven, Dr. Brown had not yet arrived and Craik sent for a third physician, a definite sign that he felt the ailment was serious. At noon an enema was administered, but there was no improvement in Washington's condition. Washington was bled for the fourth and final time. It was later reported that a total of thirty-two ounces of blood was extracted during the last bleeding.

Another conference of physicians occurred. Craik administered an emetic to induce vomiting, though without beneficial results. Despite the care and attention of three physicians, his beloved wife, friends and servants, George Washington's condition worsened. At four-thirty in the afternoon, George called Martha to his bedside and asked that she bring his two wills from his study. After review Washington discarded one, which Martha burned.

George Washington then called for Tobias Lear. He told Lear, "I find I am going, my breath can not last long. I believed from the first that the disorder would prove fatal. Do you arrange and record all my late military letters and papers. Arrange my accounts and settle my books, as you know more about them than any one else, and let Mr. Rawlins finish recording my other letters which he has begun."

At five in the afternoon George Washington sat up from bed, dressed, and walked over to his chair. He returned to bed within thirty minutes. Craik went to him and Washington said, "Doctor, I die hard; but I am not afraid to go; I believed from my first attack that I should not survive it; my breath can not last long." Soon afterward, Washington thanked all three doctors for their service. Craik remained in the room. At eight at night more blisters and cataplasms were applied, this time to Washington's feet and legs. At ten at night George Washington spoke, requesting to be "decently buried" and to "not let my body be put into the Vault in less than three days after I am dead."

Between ten and eleven at night on December 14, 1799, George Washington passed away. He was surrounded by people who were close to him including his wife who sat at the foot of the bed, his friends Dr. Craik and Tobias Lear, housemaids Caroline, Molly, and Charlotte, and his valet Christopher Sheels who stood in the room throughout the day. According to his wishes, Washington was not buried for three days. During that time his body lay in a mahogany casket in the New Room. On December 18, 1799 a solemn funeral was held at Mount Vernon.

DID YOU KNOW THAT a banana contains 75% water? A banana contains 75% water and 25% dry matter. It packs about 80 important nutrients like potassium, manganese, protein, phosphorous, calcium, iron, carbohydrates and fiber.

WORD OF THE DAY: tidings (TAHdingz) which means news, information, or intelligence. Tidings “news, events,” the archaic verb tide “to happen, occur,” the noun tide, “regular rise and fall of ocean water,” the verb betide “to happen to, befall,” and the noun time “duration or the measurement of duration” all derive from the Germanic root tī- “to divide,” from the complicated Proto-Indo-European root dā- and its variants dai- and dī-. In form tidings derives from the Old English noun tīdung “announcement, news item,” from the verb tīdan “to happen” (source of the archaic verb tide), influenced by the Old Norse neuter plural noun tīthindi “news, events.” The singular noun tiding entered English before 1100, and the plural noun appeared in the 14th century.

Phyllis' addendum:

I know I already did the weather, but after that I read my son, Michael's post. He may be a school teacher, but I think he really needs to spread his wings as a writer. I was laughing so hard I was crying after reading today's post:

"Water spraying in my face like a WWII sub movie- running upstairs to the water panel thingy- scurrying through the neighborhood soaked through, and looking crazed. Enlarged eyes, water dripping. Ringing the doorbells, voice cracking, "Can you help me?!"

I'm not good at fixing dishwashers.

So, when THAT dishwasher threatened to explode, I went out and bought the most expensive and quietest one I could find. A week ago it started making an odd noise...

I turned off the power and the water, and we were without a dishwasher for a few days. My daughters FREAKED out. I then explained to them my harrowing tales as an indentured servant to my parents.

Split wood. Stack wood. Bring wood in. Wash dishes BY HAND. Dry dishes. Every night.

I still don't think they believe me. This brought back a nightmarish memory. A pan that was forged in the fires of Hell. A pan designed for one purpose: the torture of teenagers.

The broiler pan.

There is a temperature that cooks food. There is a temperature that melts metal. My parent's oven was often set just this side of metal melting. It was the temperature of alchemists. It could turn barbecue sauce into metal welds on the pan.

I hated the broiler pan. I threw in in the garbage on more than one occasion- only to pull it out later realizing how much trouble I'd be in. If only we had lived in a place where a fake burglary could have been plausible. I left it outside when it was raining once, hoping that lightning and the pitter-patter of raindrops would help.

Nothing ever did. Lightning never struck. Pure evil can't be massaged to goodness with Dawn dishsoap.

I picked out a broiler pan a few months ago. Amazon said non-stick. Amazon lied. Likely under duress from some darkened shadowy figure selling these awful devices. And- my oven wasn't set at alchemy levels!

Our dishwasher works, but now makes a different uncharacteristic noise. The broiler pan sits in that drawer under the oven like an unspeakable family curse.

As for my teenage servitude, my parents decided to buy both a dishwasher AND an electric furnace the year I moved out!

In life, there are loops that repeat themselves. They are hard to escape. Mine involve a broiler pan and a dishwasher.

I'm a survivor, but each time I think I'm at the end of the story, someone cooks with a broiler pan- not knowing my history of struggling against that evil. Then, the dishwasher makes a weird noise.

The monster rises for another sequel."

New, but Familiar Deputy

Nate Humble will be moving to the mainland to take over the schedule of this new, but familiar deputy. We all know this deputy as Nicole Smith, who is married to Nick Olson now, so our deputy to replace Nate Humbold is Nicole Olson. They, Nick and Nicole, are moving to the island this weekend. Nicole has island connections. Her parents are the Prawats, and her grandfather is Jack Gallagher.

"Nate Humble will be coming over to the mainland this weekend to take over Deputy Olson’s schedule.  Nicole is very fond of Beaver Island and all the citizens, and she is looking forward to making it her new home.  Please welcome her with open arms.  Nate Humble is excited to come to Charlevoix for his duties, Nate is now engaged to his girlfriend who lives on the mainland." (from an email from Debbie Storm of CCSD)

Gerald LaFreniere has posted an invitation on facebook for the island residents to attend a going-away party, 6-8 p.m., Friday, December 15, 2017, at the LaFreniere residence on Freesoil Avenue.

What Did You Say 21

By Joe Moore

Not every emergency is a life versus death struggle, although they may become one.  Some examples might help us understand the previous quote.

“Beaver Island EMS, respond to a vehicle rollover on Paid Een Ogs Road and West Side Road,” Central pages.  “This is two-vehicle Personal Injury Accident with no entrapment. Injuries unknown at this time.”

“Echo 4 is enroute to the scene,” I respond before the second call goes out.

Read the story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 13, 2017

Another brisk day coming at us. Right now I'm showing 17° with a wind chill of 6°, snowing, humidity is at 89%, pressure is falling from 29.71 inches, wind is from the ESE at 8 mph, and visibility is 1 mile.
TODAY: Cloudy. Slight chance of snow in the morning, then a chance of snow in the afternoon. HIghs around 16°. East winds at 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow in the evening then partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows around 9°. North winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT: The Coast Guard Icebreaker Mackinaw is still anchored off the east side of the island and can be seen from town. No clue as to why they've been there for two days now.
TODAY: Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Chance of snow. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Slight chance of snow showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DATE of December 13, 1964 - In El Paso, TX, President Johnson and Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz set off an explosion that diverted the Rio Grande River, reshaping the U.S.-Mexican border. This ended a century-old border dispute. (As those who have been to Iron Ore Bay know, rivers/creeks can change at a whim as had happened with the Rio Grande.)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the most active Muscle of the human body is the muscle of the eye. It has been estimated that it moves about more than 100,000 times a day. And the most incredible thing is that most of these movements which are quite rapid take place when we are sleeping.

WORD OF THE DAY: deasil (DEE-zuh l) which means clockwise or in a direction following the apparent course of the sun: considered as lucky or auspicious. The “Oxen of the Sun,” the 14th episode of Ulysses (if one makes it that far) begins, “Deshil Holles eamus,” a three-word sentence in three languages (Irish, English, Latin) meaning, “Let us go towards the right (i.e., auspiciously) to Holles (Street, site of the maternity hospital).” Deasil is a Gaelic adverb and adjective meaning “toward the right, clockwise, following the sun (i.e., auspiciously).” The word has several spellings (e.g., deiseal, deisal, and Joyce’s deshil) and several pronunciations. The Gaelic root is des(s)- “to the right,” derived from the Proto-Indo-European extended root deks-, source of Latin dexter, Greek dexiόs, both meaning “to the right, on the right, right,” and Sanskrit dákṣina- “to the right, southerly." Deasil entered English in the 18th century.

Peaine Township Meeting Agenda

December 13, 2017

Pletcher; and Short Dive stories

by Dick Burris

Tom Pletcher, a diver friend, owned a sea-plane; and we decided to use it for a dive on the shipwreck "Niko". We located it, and taxied over it, and dropped an anchor there. We struggled our dive gear on, and did our dive on it. The sea was dead calm that day; which was great until time to take off, and go back to the island.

Read the story HERE

Grandpa Ted

by Cindy Ricksgers

USCG Mackinaw Visits the Island

Perhaps sharing duties with the USCG Cutter Alder, the Mackinaw is off Beaver Island this morning. With all the snow that the island has obtained, access to the roads that would allow quick and easy photos and video are blocked with snow.and not passable. The pictures here were taken from the point or Gull Harbor even though a trip down the East Side was made in an effort to get closer views.


Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 12, 2017

BRRRrrrrr! Is the word of the day! Right now it's 13°, feels like -5° (that's a wee bit chilly), humidity is 65%, pressure is steady at 29.91 inches, wind is from the NNW at 14 mph with gusts to 24 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
**We are in a Winter Weather Advisory until midnight tonight**
TODAY: Periods of snow showers in the morning then numerous snow showers in the afternoon. Patchy blowing snow through the day. Breezy. Highs around 14°. NOrth winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Wind chill readings to 10 below zero.
TONIGHT: Numerous snow showers in the evening then scattered snow showers after midnight. Lows around 7°. North winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Gale Warning in effect through this afternoon
TODAY: North wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Periods of snow showers early in the morning, then scattered snow showers in the morning. Waves 7 to 10 feet. Waves occasionally around 12 feet.
TONIGHT: North wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Scattered snow showers. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

ON THIS DATE of December 12, 1899 - George Grant patented the wooden golf tee. Hitting a golf ball became a lot easier after Dr. George Grant invented and patented the first golf tee in 1899. Before Grant's invention, golfers carried buckets of sand from hole to hole and built up sand mounds from which to hit the balls. Grant was born in Oswego, New York in 1847 to former slaves.

DID YOU KNOW THAT it takes 1 alligator to make a pair of shoes and 3 for a pair of boots?

WORD OF THE DAY: wanderjahr (VAHN-duh- r-yahr) which means a year or period of travel, especially following one's schooling and before practicing a profession. Wander-year, the English translation of German Wanderjahr, was first recorded in English about 1880. Its German original entered English about a dozen years later. Like the German noun, wander-years meant the period between one’s finishing artisanal training or graduation from university and the beginning of one’s career. German and English wander derive from the Proto-Indo-European root wendh- “to turn, weave,” the source of “wind” (the verb) and “wend,” whose past tense, “went,” now serves as the past tense of the verb “to go.” Year and Jahr derive from the Proto-Indo-European root yēr- “year, season,” source of Greek hṓrā “period, season,” adopted into Latin as hōra “hour” (of varying length), the source, through Old French of English “hour.”

Cloyd Ramsey Interviewed by Jim Norgaard

Cloyd Ramsey

This is a continuation of the digitzing of the BIHS video. This interview was completed in 2010 by Jim Norgaard. Cloyd had grown up on Beaver Island fifty years ago, and speaks of many of the island families as farmers and fishermen, and also discusses the atmosphere of growing up here prior to the 1950's. This is labeled as tape number one, but a second tape has not been found so far.

As many of you know, Cloyd passed away recently, and his music was appreciated by many including the editor of BINN. Joe Moore said, "I was privileged to play music with Cloyd, and I enjoyed listening to him play."

View video of the interview HERE

Garrett Cole Interviewed by Jim Norgaard

Commercial Fishing in the Later Years

This is another of the oral history interviews. This one is done by Jim Norgaard. Jim interviews Garrett Cole about the commercial fishing and his early experiences in doing the work on the fish tug. As part of the project of digitizing these videos, Editor Joe Moore has come across some that are complete files without breaking them into shorter clips. This is presented exactly as it was completed, just in digital format about the last days of commercial fishing.

View video of the interview HERE

Roast of Jerry LaFreniere

Jerry LaFreniere listens to the jokes while read by Jayne Bailey

This tradition is another of those that have gone by the wayside on the island. It was one of the best social occasions that happened here. It took place in the Holy Cross Parish Hall, and occured yearly. This was the fourth roast. The Parish Hall was packed to the rafters for each and every one of these roasts as you can see in the video. This roast was hosted by Jayne Bailey and Lisa Gillespie. The speakers included PInky Harmon, Helen Pike, Alvin LaFreniere, Phil Gregg, Glen Felixson, Eula Thomas, Kitty McNamara, Jack Spanhak, Tim McDonough, Deb Roberts, Michelle LaFreniere, and included pictures and video of family and friends.

Jerry's Rebuttal was read by Michelle LaFreniere at the very end of the video. This laughter is contagious, and it becomes quite a wonderful reflection on the past, and the memories that we all have of Jerry LaFreniere.

View video of this roast HERE

Fresh Snow

by Cindy Ricksgers

Lawrence and Winnifred McDonough

Interviewed in Charlevoix in 2001 by Robert Cole

Lawrence McDonough with his wive Winnie

This is also part of the Historical Society collection of oral history completed by Robert Cole. This interview took place in May of 2001 at the McDonough home in Charlevoix. This video has much better quality than some of the others. It had also been converted much earlier, which may be the reason for the difference in quality. This is the first video file that runs for much longer than the clips that Editor Joe Moore captures. The entire tape includes separate interviews with Lawrence first, followed by the interview of Winnifred. This view is much more than an hour in length.

View the video of the interviews HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 11, 2017

Woke up and couldn't get back to sleep so might as well do the weather. Right now I'm showing 20°, humidity is at 68%, pressure is steady at 29.96 inches, wind is from the north, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Scattered snow showers in the morning then show showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 20s. South winds at 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Snow showers. Patchy blowing snow after midnight. Breezy. Lows around 13°. West winds 5 to 10 mph increasing to northwest 15 to 25 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 40 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Gale Warning in effect from late tonight through Tuesday afternoon
TODAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots becoming south 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots in the morning, then becoming southwest 5 to 10 knots early in the evening. Isolated snow showers early in the morning, then snow showers in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 40 knots. Chance of snow showers. Waves 6 to 9 feet.

ON THIS DATE of December 11, 1946 - The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established by the U.N. General Assembly. The fund provides relief to children in countries devastated by war.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the first train reached a top speed of only 8 kmh (5 mph)?

WORD OF THE DAY: contretemps (KON-truh-tan, Kawn-truh-TAN) which means 1) an unforeseen and unfortunate occurrence; 2) a disagreement or dispute. Originally contretemps was a fencing term meaning a pass or thrust made at a wrong moment. From French contre- (against) + (time). Earliest documented use: 1684.

Christian Church Bulletin

December 10, 2017

Music on the Porch 2002

This is part of the project that Robert Cole did for the Beaver Island Historical Society. Joe Moore, editor of BINN has been working to digitize the VHS tapes down at the museum. There are several that have been completed. This is just one of the DVDs that had been converted.

Glen Hendrix plays Irish tunes and Signe Thomas dances

Joe Moore, Jeanne Howell, and Jane Maehr play classical music

Barry Pischner sings

Wendy White, Mary K, Nancy Butler, and Patti Cull

Robert Cole played the penny whistle.

Then it got quite a bit darker, but the entertainment continued.

Signe sang

The Community Choir lead by Kathy Speck sang some patriotic songs.

Sheri Timsak sang and then a preview of the music in town followed.

View video of the Music on the Porch 2002 HERE

Marjorie McCann Obituary

Marjorie J. McCann

December 7, 2017. Age 95. Loving wife of the late James Omer McCann. Dearest mother of Sandra Smith (Ron), Nancy Plumley (David), Anita Marini (Steven), Lisa Ferris-McCann (Don) and Colleen McCann. Beloved grandmother of Bridgit, Shanna, Lindsay, Katie, Deanna, Megan, Michael, Abby, Erin, Anna and Emily. Also survived by 9 great grandchildren.

Recipient of Rotary, Paul Harris Fellow, City of Dearborn Beautiful Commissioner, Dearborn Genealogical Society and former teacher in the Dearborn Public Schools.

Memorials made to Heart to Heart Hospice or Dearborn Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund. Visitation Sunday, 2-8pm at the Dearborn Chapel of the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 22546 Michigan Avenue. Funeral Service to be held Monday 10am, Instate 9am, at the First United Methodist Church of Dearborn, 22124 Garrison.

Mass from Holy Cross

December 10, 2017

This morning's Mass began on time, 9:30 a.m., and finished on time for those that may have wanted to attend the COA Sunday Dinner, which was also today. Our reader this morning was Jacque LaFreniere. Tammy McDonough lead the choir. The service was quite eventful, and BINN will make no comments. You will have to view the video to discover what the last sentence means.

Viw a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the service HERE


By Daniel Craig

The driveway was plowed as we approached the house. It was a crisp winter night and a pond sat to our left. Now folks plow only enough to turn their vehicles around, not an ambulance.
A garage was directly to our front, the house to our right. It's going to be tight with the turn radius of this rig. My partner and I agree the best thing to do is back up to the house. My partner is a great driver, great EMT, great gal all around. She whips the rig forward, then into reverse but just can't quite clear the snow bank on the left corner.

So, we pull forward directly towards the pond. The lights distinctively show the pond but no ground in front of us. Backwards we go, but don't clear the snow bank. The second time around as the ground disappeared and I saw nothing but pond all I said was, " Don't put us into the pond."

I would have said it to anyone. We looked at each other and backwards we went. We didn't quite clear the snow bank. My partner put the rig in park. She calmly looked over at me and said, "You do it.".

Then she climbed out of the rig and stood off to the side in the snow with her arms folded across her chest! I thought Italian women were suppose to be vocal! Glad it wasn't one of the other girls I work with.....they’d be all over me!

Yet, she wanted me to risk breaking a hip walking around this rig on an icy driveway and possibly putting the damn thing into the pond. How do you explain that?..."I put the rig into a pond.".

Yeah, guess she doesn't want to do any swimming tonight! So, I make my way around the back of the rig holding on to whatever I could. No go.....ain't gonna climb no damn snow bank. I go around the front clutching the brush guard, cow catcher, deer slayer whatever you want to call it, so I don't fall and bust my patootie!

Remember, it's a crispy night.  Lots of ice! I finally make it into the driver’s seat, and there she stood with her arms folded across her chest. I couldn't see her eyes in the dark, but I'm sure she was glaring at me.
She sure wasn't cheering me on! The heck with it! Off I go.....ground disappears...the pond and star studded sky come into view....brake, slide, reverse.......after a few tries I cleared the snow bank, and there she stood with her arms folded across her chest!

Glad I wasn't with one of those other girls.....they’d be all over me!

Stay safe....smile, laugh, love.....494

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 10, 2017

Cloudy skies this morning, 24°. feels like 13°, humidity is at 77%, pressure is steady at 29.78 inches, wind is from the west at 10 mph with gusts to 16 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Snow showers in the morning then snow showers likely in the afternoon. HIghs in the mid 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Snow showers likely. Lows around 14°. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.
MARINE REPORT: There are only three more scheduled ferry runs left of this season, Once the last ferry goes on the 22nd, I will stop with the Marine Reports until the ferry starts up again.
TODAY: Small Craft Advisory in effect through this evening. West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the morning, then becoming northwest with gusts to around 25 knots in the afternoon. Snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of snow showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DATE of December 10, 1906 - U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.

DID YOU KNOW THAT that in developed countries 27% of food is thrown away? If you have a few minutes, read this article at the bottom of my post about how much food in the United States is thrown away. It's well worth your time. https://www.theguardian.com/…/us-food-waste-ugly-fruit-vege…

WORD OF THE DAY: brachylogy (bruh-KIL-uh-jee) which means brevity of diction; concise or abridged form of expression. English brachylogy comes straight from the Greek noun brachylogía “brevity of speech or writing” and is generally positive in its connotations. Brachylogía, unsurprisingly, was attributed to the Spartans. Brachylogy entered English at the end of the 16th century.

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Annual Meeting

Connie Wojan lead the meeting..........Dr. John Martin gave a report

Mary Cook gave the financial report.....Maura Turner asks a question

The newest BIRHC board member

Don Spencer presented the Strategic Five Year Plan.


The meeting began a 10 a.m., today, December 9, 2017. Editor Joe Moore stayed through two and half hours of the meeting, but left as the board discussed a possible Strategic Five Year Plan. The plan was presented by Don Spencer, and then an extensive discussion ensued, which included a page by page, section by section discussion. As this discussion came to an end, the editor left.

Dr. John Martin gave a report at the beginning of the meeting, answered questions, and, after answering them, departed from the meeting.

Part of the meeting was a short discussion of how the BIRHC would be proceeding toward getting a dentist as part of the services on the island. A possible grant could be written to help purchase the equipment for the dentist. There is some interest in coming to the island by some Charlevoix dentist who was not identified. It sounded as if it might be May or June of 2018 for any movement on the dentist issue.

View video of the meeting HERE

Editor Joe Moore offered to post the documents for this meeting on the afternoon of December 9, 2017, if the documents were sent. No documents were received as of 7 p.m., December 10, 2017, so the written documents were scanned and are presented below:

Agenda for the December 9, 2017 Meeting

Minutes September 2017 Meeting, page 1

Minutes September 2017 Meeting, page 2

Mintues November 3, 2017 Meeting, page 1

Mintues November 3, 2017 Meeting, page 2

Profit and Loss October 2017, page 1

Profit and Loss October 2017, page 2

Profit and Loss October 2016-September 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 9, 2017

Winter is definitely here, and the white stuff is still lightly, floating down. Our lilac bush in the back yard looks as though it's covered with snowballs. It's all so pretty, however, keep in mind that these snowy roads, and decks, are also very slippery, so be extra careful when outside. Right now I'm showing 28°, feels like 16°, light snow, humidity is at 81%, pressure is rising from 29.74 inches, wind is from the ENE at 16 mph, and visibility is 7 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Numerous snow showers in the morning then scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 20s. North winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Lows around 17°. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect from 7 am EST this morning through Sunday afternoon
TODAY: North wind 10 to 20 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots. Numerous snow showers early in the morning, then scattered snow showers in the morning. Isolated snow showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less building to 3 to 5 feet in the morning.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Scattered snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

ON THIS DATE of November 9, 1978 - "Soul Man," John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's version, was released under the name, "The Blues Brothers."

DID YOU KNOW THAT volleyball was invented in 1895? The game of volleyball, originally called “mintonette,” was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan after the invention of basketball only four years before. Morgan, a graduate of the Springfield College of the YMCA, designed the game to be a combination of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball. (from athleticscholarships.net/history-of-volleyball)

WORD OF THE DAY: pervious (PUR-vee-uh s) which means 1) open or accessible to reason, feeling, argument, etc.;
2) admitting of passage or entrance; permeable
The adjective pervious is far less common than its opposite, impervious. Both adjectives come from the Latin root noun via “road, street, highway.” Latin via derives from the very common Proto-Indo-European root wegh- “to go, travel by vehicle,” source of Latin vehere “to carry, convey” and its derivative noun vehiculum “carriage, conveyance, vehicle,” as well as Germanic (English) “wagon, wain, way.” Pervious entered English in the 17th century.

Mass from Holy Cross

December 8, 2017

This service is commonly known as the Mass of the Immaculate Conception. This service took place a 6 p.m. in the evening so that workers could also attend. The reader last night was Jacque LaFreniere. Father James Siler read the gospel and gave the sermon. Tammy McDonough lead the choir and played guitar for the hymns, and Joe Moore played the organ for the parts of the service that were sung. Sophie was the server.

View video of the service HERE

Beaver Island Transportation Meeting

Rescheduled St. James Meeting

Peaine Board of Review Meeting

An Editorial by Joe Moore

How Are Some Decisions Made?

We are going to pretend that you are the owner of a very popular restaurant.  Your chef is absolutely amazing.  The chef is thorough, creative, and very dependable.  The days he works is obvious in the bottom line of your business. 
Your chef works four days a week.  The customers know which four days he works.  The parking lot is packed with cars, and the business does not close on time for any of these four days.  Now, it’s not that the other three days of the week are not busy, but the customers can tell when your chef is working by the mood and the joy that seems to emulate out of the business on those days.  Sometimes, the chef’s days off are really slow in business.  You can tell who is cooking at your restaurant just by driving by the building based upon cars in the parking lot.
Now, something serious comes up for your chef, and he needs to take some time off.  He is still willing to supervise and willing to continue to provide days of service, but not the same days of the week and not nearly as often.  What are you going to do?  Are you going to fire this excellent chef?  Or are you going to work with him as he works through the issues in his life?

Is your decision going to be to replace your popular chef with a chef that specializes in a specific cuisine? What is gained by eliminating this special and popular chef? Do you improve your business by doing so?

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 8, 2017

We are in another Winter Weather Advisory and have white on the ground. The Advisory is in effect until midnight tonight. Lake effect snow, slippery road conditions, blowing snow, and additional snow. Right now it's 26°, feels like 9°, humidity is at 79%, pressure is steady at 29.73 inches, wind is from the west at 15 mph with gusts to 23 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY:Periods of snow showers in the morning then numerous snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 20s. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Periods of snow showers. Lows around 19°. West winds at 10 mph in the evening becoming light. Gusts up to 20 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect through this afternoon
TODAY: West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots early in the evening. Periods of snow showers early in the morning, then numerous snow showers in the morning. Scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Waves 4 to 7 feet. Waves occasionally around 8 feet.
TONIGHT: North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Periods of snow showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DATE of December 8, 1968 - Graham Nash announced the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash three days after he quit the Hollies.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the average soccer ball is made up of 32 leather panels and held together by 642 stitches? Try to remember this one, you never know, it might be a Jeopardy question.

WORD OF THE DAY: dundrearies (duhn-DREER-eez) which means long, full sideburns or muttonchop whiskers. Dundreries came to English in the 1860s after the sideburns worn by actor Edward A. Sothern as Lord Dundreary, a character in the play Our American Cousin (1858) by Tom Taylor.

Pearl Harbor Day

On December 7th the AMVETS fly the Navy flag along with the American and State Flags at the Veterans Park but due to the inclimate weather this year we will forgo the tradition.

Please keep in mind the sacrifice of those 2,403 citizens of the United States who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on this day in 1941.  

Bob Tidmore

USCG Cutter Alder Visits the Island

The Alder came near the island yesterday, December 6, 2017, and began the process of swapping out the buoys to prepare for winter. The Alder then anchored overnight and the process continued today starting around 8:15 this morning, December 7, 2017. The Alder launched a smaller vessel to take of the smaller buoys in the harbor marking the channel. Then the Alder retrieved that vessel, and finally finished the exchange of the Whiskey Point Bell Buoy with a winter ice buoy. The Alder then headed out of the harbor.

USCG Cutter Alder anchored off Luney's Point at 8L20 p.m. December 6, 2017

Alder approaches the Whiskey Point buoy........Smaller USCG craft harvested the harbor buoys......The Alder as seen from the Fogg dock....

The Alder has the smaller vessel approach it...taken from public beach

Marine Traffic views of the location of the Alder.

The bell buoy is raised............The ice buoy is deployed..............The ice buoy is in place

View video of a short documentary of this process HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 7, 2017

es, we are getting some of that lake effect snow, but not nearly as much as the mainland. We are still in a Winter Storm Warning until 4 pm this afternoon. Right now it's 25°, feels like 9°, wind is from the WNW at 15 mph with gusts to 24 mph, humidity is at 78%, pressure is steady at 29.92 inches, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Periods of snow showers. Highs in the upper 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Periods of snow showers. Lows around 20°. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory in effect through Friday evening
TODAY: Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Periods of snow showers early in the morning, then scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Waves 4 to 7 feet subsiding to 4 to 6 feet in the afternoon. Waves occasionally around 8 feet.
TONIGHT: West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Periods of snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

ON THIS DATE of December 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor, located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu was attacked by nearly 200 Japanese warplanes. The attack resulted in the U.S. entering into World War II.

DID YOU KNOW THAT sound travels 4.3 times faster through water than in air? In water, the particles are much closer together, and they can quickly transmit vibration energy from one particle to the next. This means that the sound wave travels over four times faster than it would in air, but it takes a lot of energy to start the vibration.

WORD OF THE DAY: gleek (gleek) which means to make a joke; jest. Gleek was first recorded between 1540 and 1550. It is of uncertain origin.

Museum Week 1993 Protar Event

This is another VHS tape that is being digitized by Editor Joe Moore for the Beaver Island Historical Society. This is from 1993, and includes a dramatic play presentation of some of Protar's life. The program includes lots of island people and is great to view them in these roles. These VHS tapes are degrading and some of the video is deteriorating, as can be seen by a couple of the pictures below:

The Protar Lady

Doctor Lange receives a photo

Jim Stambaugh played the part of Protar in the presentation.

Ryan Wojan, Pat McGinnity, Jim Stambaugh, and Phil Becker

Some of the older Islanders having applie juice and reminiscing.

View video of the presentation HERE

Documents for St. James Meeting

2017 December 6 Finance Report

2018 4th of July Fireworks Display RFP (1)



171205 - DRAFT Poverty Guidelines Policy


171206 - Draft Seasonal Slip Allocation Policy - Draft (1)


171206 - Waiver of Penalty for Not Filing Property Transfer

Dec 2017 Proposed Amended Budget with Notes

Notes of Meeting with Hodgson

Priliminary Budget Report Nov 2017

Sewer Rate Study Memo - Nov 2017

Bills to be paid:


120617 - MUNICIPAL

120617 - SEWER FUND


St. James Meeting Canceled for Tonight

Holy Cross Bulletin for December 2017

Christian Church Bulletin

December 3, 2017

Rural Health Center Annual Meeting

December 9, 2017 at 10 a.m.

Island Fellow Leaving

We’re writing to inform the island community that, for medical reasons, our island fellow Stefanie Burchill has been forced to cut short her time here on Beaver Island.  This is a disappointing development for Stefanie and our community, but it was beyond anyone's control.  The Island Institute immediately reached out to previous graduate fellows who might be willing and able to step in and take over, but has been unable to find a replacement at this time. Stefanie spoke very highly of her time on Beaver Island and of the residents and organizations that she met and with whom she worked: 

Thank you for your great mission to encourage the growth of this beautiful community. I cannot thank you enough for all of the immense hospitality and kindness you have showed me in this short time. I apologize for all of the work that I have left undone.”

During the next month, the island community will need to determine whether to pursue having another fellow next year to carry on the mission of the original site application. Personally, we remain committed to pursuing the communication project and rolling over the funding now in place for 2018.  The Island Institute will begin their process of recruiting fellows for Maine in January and has offered to continue providing support for Beaver Island should we choose to make another go of it. We would appreciate your thoughts.

Thank you all for your generous support of the communication project and of Stefanie during her stay here.  We will be providing additional information over the upcoming weeks.  Should you have any questions please contact either Pam (2314) or Kevin (3189)

Pam Grassmick and Kevin Boyle

Which is the Oldest Legal Deer?

There was an email awaiting me about the oldest deer, and Rich Gillespie said that the deer over the entrance to his office building downtown across from the boat dock was given to him by Larry Malloy, who told him that this was the first deer taken legally on the island. Larry said that his father got the deer in the late thirty's, but the two hanging on the wall there don't seem to match the one in the old film, so, who is Silvester Howard, and is he the one that got the first deer or was Larry Malloy's father?

Here are pictures from Richie's office:


Rainy and Windy, Windy, and Then Snow and Wind

The weather has certainly thrown as kinds of mixes and precipitation at the island in the last three days. The first day of really, really windy days started early on in the weekend, but then the nasty driving rain arrived prior to the temperature drop and the beginning of the blowing snow in blizzard-like conditions encountered today the 6th day of December. On Monday, some pictures were captured of the rain and the wind and its effects out at Gull Harbor. The driving rain on Monday changed to just wind and a mix on Tuesday, and then the temperatures began dropping, and Wednesday brought on the white-out conditions that are seen today on and off.

As the saying goes, Monday was a good day for ducks.

Waves crashing into the shore on the northeast on Monday.


Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 6, 2017

It is dang cold out there. So far, the majority of the snow is hitting the mainland and not us. Reminder for those who planned on sending my mom a birthday card, December 13 is drawing close. She's been so thrilled with those she has received so far. Thank you so much!
On a sad note, the night before last Tara Palmer Pop, and her husband, Chuck Pop, lost their home to fire. The heroine of the story is their daughter, Elizabeth, who woke them up. A horrible way to begin the holiday season. Thank God for angels watching over them and for Elizabeth!

Right now we are in a Winter Storm Warning until 4:00 pm on Thursday. Even with a small amount of snow, the wind will be blowing hard causing drifting and limiting visibility. Listening to our scanner, there are very, very slippery roads out there so please be careful. If you have any egg laying birds, make certain that they do not have their backs to the wind or they are going to be laying the same egg over and over again. It's miserable out there!

Right now it's 24°, feels like -1°, lightly snowing, humidity is at 67%, pressure is steady at 29.62 inches, wind is from the west at 26 mph with gusts to 31 mph. Visibility is 10 miles. NOT a day for a beach party as your paper plates would blow away and the beer would probably freeze to your lips.
TODAY: Periods of snow showers. Patchy blowing snow. Breezy. HIghs in the upper 20s. West winds 10 to 25 mph. Gusts up to 45 mph decreasing to 35 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Periods of snow showers. Lows in the lower 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
MARINE REPORT: We are still in the Gale Warning along with a Winter Storm Warning.
TODAY: West wind up to 30 knots. Gusts up to 40 knots decreasing to 30 knots in the late morning. Snow showers. Waves 8 to 11 feet. Waves occasionally around 13 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Scattered snow showers. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

ON THIS DATE of December 6, 1993 - The Eagles taped a video for Travis Tritt's version of "Take It Easy" which led to their reunion.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the term "disc jockey" was ostensibly coined by radio gossip commentator Walter Winchell in 1935, and the phrase first appeared in print in a 1941 Variety magazine, used to describe radio personalities who introduced phonograph records on the air.

WORD OF THE DAY: palmy (PAH-mee) which means 1) glorious, prosperous, or flourishing: the palmy days of yesteryear. 2) abounding in or shaded with palms: palmy islands. 3) palmlike. Palmy in its literal sense “made or covered with palm leaves” first appears in English in the mid-15th century. Its current, most common sense, “prosperous, flourishing,” first appears in Hamlet (1603).

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 5, 2017

Wow! The wind is something else this morning, if this keeps up, the island may be blown into a different position in Lake Michigan, heck we might even end up at the tip of Door County in Wisconsin.

At the moment I'm showing 40° feels like 35°, cloudy skies, humidity is at 75%, pressure is rising from 29.31 inches, wind is from the SW at 29 mph, with gusts to 40 mph, and visibility is at 10 miles.

We are in a WINTER STORM WARNING from now through Thursday at 12 pm
We are also in a WIND ADVISORY from now until 4 this afternoon.

TODAY: Cloudy and windy. High temperature around 44°, Dew point will be around 28° with an average humidity of 71%. Will will be about 38 mph from the WSW.
TONIGHT: Cloudy and windy. Low temperature around 27°. Dew point will be around 19° with an average humidity of 69%. Winds will be at 31 mph from the west.
MARINE REPORT: Gale Warning in effect through late tonight
TODAY: Southwest gales to 35 knots with gusts to around 45 knots decreasing to up to 30 knots with gusts to around 40 knots in the afternoon. Chance of showers early in the morning. Scattered snow showers in the morning. Waves 11 to 14 feet. Waves occasionally around 17 feet.
TONIGHT: West wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 40 knots. Periods of snow showers. Waves 10 to 13 feet.
WEDNESDAY: West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Periods of snow showers. Waves 6 to 9 feet.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Periods of snow showers. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

ON THIS DATE of December 5, 1945 - The so-called "Lost Squadron" disappeared. The five U.S. Navy Avenger bombers carrying 14 Navy flyers began a training mission at the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station. They were never heard from again.

DID YOU KNOW THAT DVDs are physically the same size as a CDs but can store 13 times more data?

WORD OF THE DAY: logomachy (loh-GOM-uh-kee) which means 1) a dispute about or concerning words. 2) an argument or debate marked by the reckless or incorrect use of words; meaningless battle of words. English logomachy comes straight from the Greek noun logomachía “battle of words.” The Greek noun is very rare and also very late, first used in the First Epistle to Timothy, traditionally attributed to St. Paul (c5-67 a.d.). Logomachy entered English at the end of the 16th century.

Theresa Boyle Gallagher

The is an interview by Robert Cole of Theresa Boyle Gallagher in 2000. This is a continuation of the digitizing project that is taking place of the VHS tapes from the Beaver Island Historical Society.

View video of the interview HERE

More Pictures ID's by Stanley Floyd

This is another VHS tape that Robert Cole made when talking to Stanley Floyd about identifying picutres of older island people. This one is edited to remove the blank spaces between the pictures, or at least shorten the balnk spaces, so that you can see the pictures and here Stanley identify them. It appears that some of the video was shot of a trip across on the ferry boat to Charlevoix from Beaver Island. This is another VHS tape made by Robert Cole that is being digitaized by Editor Joe Moore.

One sample picture

View the video HERE

Clare Left Cull

Interviewed by John Cull, Bonnie Cull, and Robert Cole

This is a continuation of the digitizing project that Editor Joe Moore is doing for the Beaver Island Historical Society. The VHS tapes are beginning to deteriorate, and converting them to digital files is very important to preven loss of these wonderful oral history documentations.

View video of the interview HERE

St. James Planning Commission Meeting Cancellation

Big Moon

by Cindy Ricksgers

Newest Members of the Elks

Shaun McDonough told BINN that this took place this past weekend as these newest inductees were provided the membership in the Elks Lodge of Charlevoix. Shaun suggested that this was the first of Beaver Island memberships, but that this was certainly not the last. He suggested that this was not a secret, and that there was a possibility of more island people joining the Elks.

From their website:

Greetings and welcome to Charlevoix Elks Lodge #2856. We are Michigan's newest Lodge instituted on Saturday September 6, 2008.  Located along the shores of three lakes, Lake Michigan, Round Lake and Lake Charlevoix, our Northern Michigan town is known as "Charlevoix the Beautiful". Our Lodge is located just north of the the downtown business district at 12735 US 31 North, and we meet on the second & fourth Wednesday's of the month at 7 p.m. If you are going to be in the Charlevoix area, please stop by and join us for some good old fashioned Northern Michigan hospitality. Our club is open Monday - Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Sundays at noon during the football season.  We have 2 pool tables, multiple large screen TVs, darts and numerous video games for your enjoyment.  If you have any questions, feel free to call our Lodge for additional information at 231-237- 0200 or email us at charlevoixelks@gmail.com.  Our mailing address is P.O. Box 395, Charlevoix, MI 49720.

Mission Statement of the Elks

To inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks care and Elks share.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 4, 2017

It looks like a liquid sunshine sort of morning. I had been contemplating putting up outside lights but I know I'd shrink even more in the rain. Right now it's 45° feels like 35°, humidity is at 68%, pressure is falling from 29.88 inches, wind is from the SE at 14 mph with gusts to 19 mph, and visibility is 9 miles.
TODAY: Periods of rain showers in the morning then periods of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 50s. South winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.
TONIGHT: Periods of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Breezy. Lows in the mid 30s. South winds 15 to 25 mph. Gusts up to 40 mph increasing to 50 mph after midnight.
MARINE REPORT: *** Gale Warning in effect through late Tuesday night ***
Today: South wind 15 to 25 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots increasing to 35 knots in the morning. Chance of showers early in the morning, then periods of showers in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 3 to 5 feet.
TONIGHT: South gales to 35 knots with gusts to around 45 knots. Periods of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 9 to 12 feet.
TUESDAY: Southwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 45 knots. Chance of rain and snow showers. Waves 9 to 12 feet.
TUESDAY NIGHT: West wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 40 knots. Periods of snow showers. Waves 9 to 12 feet. Winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of November 4, 1956 - Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash recorded together (the Million Dollar Quartet). The session would not be released for 25 years.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the meaning of 'Blue Chip' comes from blue casino chips which have a high value? Blue chips were the highest value denomination when placing a wager. Accordingly, blue chip stocks are thought the be the most valuable holdings an investor has in his portfolio; the ones you want to hang on to for life and pass down to your children and grandchildren in trust.

WORD OF THE DAY: xanadu (ZAN-uh-doo) which means a place of great beauty, luxury, and contentment. Xanadu is associated with the English poet and critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) in his poem “Kubla Khan,” written in a “reverie” (possibly inspired by opium) in 1797. The first two lines run: “In Xanadu did Kubla Khan / A stately pleasure dome decree:” Kubla (Kublai) Khan (1215–94) was the grandson of the Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan (1162-1227) and was the first emperor of the Chinese Yuan dynasty. Xanadu is from Chinese (Mandarin) Shàngdū (“Upper Capital”), now in Inner Mongolia about 220 miles north of Beijing. Xanadu first entered English in the 17th century.

2:00 p.m. Christmas Cantata

This year's Christmas Cantata took place today, December 3, 2017, at the Beaver Island Christian Church, beginning at 2 p.m.The Beaver Island Cantata Choir and other musicians presented the Annual Christmas Cantata.

The Prelude was "O Holy Night" played by Joe Moroe on violin and Judi Meister on piano

The Children's Choir and Percussion was next.

This group played, "Joy to the World," "Jingle Bells," "Away in a Manger," and "Silent Night" with Eli, Emmalee, Gage, Kevin, and Layla on percussion. The other singers were Ally Selby, Annika Anderson, Demetrios Richards, Ella Moon, Eli richards, Emmalee Antkoviak, Gage Anderson, Kevin James, Kiro Turner, Lilly Moon, Micah richards, and Sienna Anderson.

The Richards family performed some songs and Sheri and Adam Richards finished up the set of songs.

A small ensemble of voices performed Cohen's "Halleluia" with Sheri Timsak as soloist.

The next on the program was the presentation of the Cantata Choir of "The Promise of a King," a Christmas proclamation of Hope, words and music by Lloyd Larson and Joseph M. Martin.

The Cantata Choir was conducted by Sheri Richards with narration by Adam Richards.

The Audience:


The following people participated in the Cantata Choir:


Marie Boyle, Shelly Scripps, and Sheri Timsak


Diane McDonough, Judi Meister, kathy Speck, and Jean Wierenga


Joe Moore, Mike Scripps, and Rhonda Pavilicek


Bob Bass, Phil Becker, Bill Detwiler, Rob Grosbeck, Larry Hall, and Tom Whitman

Kathy Speck wrote:

"When Judi first asked me if I would write something in our program, I started thinking abou the cantatas in years past. This year's program, "The Promise of a King", was first presented in 2003; I recently listened to the CD of our performance, and it brought back many fond memories! Mike and Rich Scripps brought their brothers-Bil, Doug, and their Uncle John, and along with other musicians on the island-Judi Meister, Laraine Dawson, Brenda LeFevre, Signe Thomas, Tammy LaFreniere, Patti Cull, and Evie Folkening- provided an 'orchestra' to play with the choir rather than the recorded music you will hear today. Pinky Harmon was our narrator, and I was the choir director. We had thirty-three choir members then. It was so wonderful and an experience we will never forget!

One of our choir members at that time was taken from us this year--Betty Hudgins. The whole community will miss her friendly smile. Also in the choir that year and many more years after that was our friend Shirley Detwiler, who we also lost this year. She was a special lady and always greeted everyone saying, 'You look so pretty today," or "You sang so well today," or "What can I do to help?" etc. We will all miss her!

Some health problems kept Mike and Shelly Scripps away from our practices recently, but we thank them so much for still coming this weekend and doing all that they do. We were also lucky to have Mike here to help with the kids' part of the program, which we have grown to love. A big thank you to Sheri Richards for taking over the practices and directing our choir today--we can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate it! We also would like to thank Bob Bass for--well, just about everything he does for the Christmas progra. A huge thank you to Joe Moore for help with practice CD's and all the work of setting up the live-streaming of our program for others to watch who can't be here today.

Lastly, I personally want to thank all of you ro the prayers and support you have given me in the past two years. It has been a long road, but each month has gotten better and better!



View a gallery of pictures of the performance HERE

Many thanks to Phyllis Moore and Phil Becker for helping with the pictures!

View video of the performance HERE

9:30 a.m. Mass from Holy Cross

The first Sunday in Advent means the beginning of the season heading toward Christmas as the culmination. This morning's service took place at the normal time with our Father James Siler presiding. Anne Partridge did the readings for the service, and the first Advent candle was lighted (lit). The service was live streamed and well as recorded.

View video of the service HERE

Donegal Bay Road Clearing Tree Work Almost Completed

Rich Gillespie gave BINN a call today to notify it that the clearing along Donegal Bay is almost completed. When Editor Joe Moore arrived near the S-curve by the St. James Township Campground and the end of the bike path, his crew was still working on clearing some small trees and junipers from along the north side of the road of Donegal Bay Road.

Here are couple of pictures of them workig along the side of the road:

Road Work Signs........Taking down small trees and taking out junipers

Running a chain saw behind the brush.

View a video of the trip out and back on Donegal Bay Road


Report for November 2017

Accessing Beaver Island News on the 'Net at http://beaverislandnews.com were 1290 unique IP addresses in November with 5.375 visits. The 20th of the month was the busiest day with 269 visitors. The videos were viewed from 420 unique IP addresses, viewing 2634 video clips, using 175 GB of bandwidth. Thirty-four unique IP addresses viewed the live stream during the month. BINN had a very busy month with visitors increasing as well as bandwidth increasing. Thank you all for your support!

Jerry LaFreniere Pole Barn Party 11252000, Tape 2

This tape is the second tape of a group of two. Editor Joe Moore has not found the first tape so far. It does give a glipse into the idea of a house party tradition carried on into the 21st Century. These parties at the pole barn were always well attended and were always a lot of fun. This tape shows the end of the music for the party and includes some people performing as well.

Hilary Palmer sings

Edward on the piano

Visiting fiddler with Joe and John on accompaniment

View video of the second VHS tape of this party HERE

Paul Perry Smith

Interviewed by Robert Cole in Charlevoix

This is also part of the oral history project of the Beaver Island Historical Society. Perry was interviewed in Charlevoix by Robert Cole as part of this project. Joe Moore, Editor of News on the 'Net, is digitizing these video and posting them on this website. Seeing and hearing these old island people provides a glimpse into the past residence and life of the Island people.

View video of the interview HERE

Bernadette McCauley

Interviewed by Robert Cole

Most of us nowdays might not have even met this lady, but some will remember her as Bernadette Jouzapatis. There are many that won't know that she was a McCauley, grew up on the island, and even worked at the now King Strang Hotel. Robert Cole interviews her in this video. There is no date available, but this is part of the oral history archives at the BI Historical Society. BINN is digitizing the VHS tapes and providing them to subscribers as well as

View video of this interview HERE

Some More Old Film

"Silvester Howard, First Legally Taken Deer on Beaver Island."

Beaver Island News on the ‘Net has been working to digitize the VHS tapes of the BI Historical Society.  This tape was labeled was "Silvester Howard, First Legally Taken Deer on Beaver Island."  This clip comes from some old film that was captured on VHS tape.  All of these historical Beaver Island tapes can be viewed as they are digitized for subscribers at http://beaaverislandnews.com

There is a lot more on this group of clips from the BIHS. This is all from old film with many more topics in there without any sound at all: commercial fishing, old ferry boat,  drive around the harbor in the early years, flying over the harbor area in a biplane, and much more.

View these old film clips HERE

Waves at Iron Ore Bay

There were some interesting waves coming into Iron Ore Bay due to the southwest wind on Tuesday. The waves decreased in heighth as we continued up the East Side Road. Even at the Southhead Lighthouse, the waves were not as interesting or as big.

View a gallery of photos of the waves HERE

Interesting Reflection

Miller's Marsh

Fall Visitor

There had been several reports of the visitor posted on facebook a week or more ago. This picture was captured near his home on the West Side Road by Bill Detwhiler. One beautiful snowy owl picture, Bill! Thank you for sharing!

Can You See It?

Something standing in the middle of the West Side Road that ran off into the woods. Can you see it in the above picture?

If you are just patient, you might somehow be lucky enough to get a picture that you can recognize.

Cable's Creek and Bay in the Fall

With permission from the family, a trip was made to check out the home down the Cable's Creek roadway. The creek is running quite full and has plenty of water emptying into Lake Michigan. One comment was made about how clear the water was, and another one commented on how cold the water was.

View a gallery of photos of the creek HERE

BINN has always checked out the flow of the Cable's Creek in the springtime, but this is the first trip down to check it out in the fall. This trip was made on November 28, 2017, about three in the afternoon. It was quite surprising to the editor to see the flow of water so strong at this time of year.

View video of the Creek and the Bay HERE

Beaver South Head Lighthouse Views

Sunshine peaked through the clouds on November 28, 2017, so a trip to the south end seemed to fit into the schedule. The somewhat abandoned, but sincerely cared-about light and lighthouse, needs to be brought back up to its previous condition. There was a leak in the roof that is now patched. Thank you to those who did the work! Take a look at some of the pictures, and you may see some other things that need some attention.

Read a reply to a letter sent by BINN to the state HERE

The above pictures were taken on the sunny day, and are presented as somewhat different views of the light and lighthouse itself. There are more pictures in the gallery HERE.

Since the Lighthouse School has closed, there have been maintenance issues down at the light and the lighthouse, which you can tell from the response to the BINN letter to the state. There was no access to the inside of the lighthouse on this trip to get pictures of the damages inside, but it appeared in one of the pictures in the gallery that one upstairs window was open a little, and rain and snow might be able to blow in this winter and cause more damage.

View a video of the trip around outside of the light and lighthouse HERE

Boating Days

by Dick Burris

Boating days:
In my early teens, I just loved the water and had finally taught myself how to swim; as I was one of those that weighed more than the water.  My dad was a builder and there were always enough boards around to make a boat; we were on a farm and I saw hog-troughs as a design for a floating device, to paddle around in.
I took three six foot 1x12s, and screwed them together with caulking. Both ends were just a flat board.  The side boards were flailed out to make it around two feet wide on the top.  This craft was pretty tippy, but when I fell out, it could be rocked, to splash the water out over the sides. When it was practically empty, I could quickly draw it under me, and squirm in again and hand paddle to my 1"x 3"x 2' oar.
At one point I thought I needed a motor for it; I had a small starter and lots of scrap metal to use for it. I did build one, but it was too heavy and cumbersome for such a small vessel; it was tried in shallow water and immediately dumped battery and all in the lake.  Building the device was a real fiasco. We had some welder friends that gave me the idea to build a welder. I filled a crock with salt brine, and placed home-made electrodes about six inches apart in the brine; with the attached wires to holding devices for the welding rod and clamp device. Surprisingly it made a decent arc.

Now I needed a mask, so I took some glass and smoked it with oily gas in a deep pan; it did smoke the glass, but the fire got a little out of control.    Of course it was very close to the gas storage tank, so I thought I would drift it out of the garage with my foot.  When I shoved it, some gas went on my pant leg, and it caused third degree burns on my leg. This had to be ignored, cuz, my buddy and I had a motor to build and test that day. We found out that the mother did work but was an overkill and sunk the hog trough.  When I got home I told my poor sweet mother I had burned my leg; she about had a fit but dressed it for me.

In the morning my eyes were glued shut with mucus from the welding with smoked glass. I swung my leg out of bed, and really found out how much a burn could hurt with the added pressure.

Boat #2 was a six foot marine plywood mosquito boat, the hull was made of 1/4 " marine plywood with brass screws.  I had bought a ten horse Sea King outboard from Montgomery Wards magazine for  $200.00.  We had to shift weight forward when the throttle was thrown; and it would bullfrog forward, about 30 mph.  I took a neighbor for a ride, and she named it "Weee."

I built two hydroplanes after that. They were very short too.   We pulled skis and tow boards with them; doing circles under power,  that would send a tow board sideways, at an accelerated speed.
One day my brother talked me into Coot "hell diver" hunting with it. He brought his shot gun, and we'd zoom up to the coots; just before they would dive, he'd shoot one, and I'd scoop it in, as we zoomed by.
After the 4th coot, we saw the game warden coming, and sped beck to the trailer; threw the boat on and sped home. We cooked the ducks, and the meat was like rubber tires.

One time in March, I wanted to ride the board, so I held onto the dock, until the engine was revved up; then let loose, only to sink in the icy water. My pilot had seaweed around the propeller! We had it planned to drop throttle just as we reached the dock, so I could step off, and not get wet.

 One year I got a deal on a beautiful Christ Craft, with a twenty HP outboard motor. It was very fast and maneuverable, until the motor flipped into Otter Lake. Soon after that I took up SCUBA, but never found it on the silty bottom.

Next, I acquired an inboard "IO" drive with V8, 20' steel boat. It rocked and rolled a lot, so I welded three inch strakes just below the water line on both sides of the boat; it just bobbed after that, and slid a little in rough seas.

When I reached the island one year; I had junked a six cylinder Valient, and Clyde Fogg welded a straight shaft "stuffer box" in for me; and I junked the IO drive unit.  Then for awhile I had a Christ Craft lapstrake inboard with a 283 V8 engine. I spun off the 13x9 prop, and replaced it with a 13x13 square prop.  This gave a water speed of nearly 50mph!   A trip to Charlevoix was under an hour.  I hauled a lot of cargo with it in quite rough seas, which eventually loosened the hull, and it was leaking.

I decided then to use the 283 engine in the steel boat "Burr-Is-Bell" This boat now would go 14 mph in most seas; which made it easy on the "speed/time/distance' piloting.   The ''Burr-Is-Bell" pilot house was ugly as sin, so I built a fully enclosed hull with a small pilot house with a plywood closure flap across the back. I'm sure it could roll over and not take on water. It was the perfect dive boat. You could store gear below, and dress on deck. I had taken it to Charlevoix when the ferry wouldn't run.

Too many stories go with this boat (It would be like a book to include them.

I'm now on my 5th inflatable.   We've been to all of the islands and mainland many times with them. They are so easy and inexpensive to run. The last one is a Zodiac RIB "Rigid Inflatable Boat", that is safer than the others because if a tube loses air, it can still make it back.   Inflatables are great bottom searchers cuz they can go very slow and assume the speed of "GPS" readings; when you arrive on a shipwreck, at a slow speed;it's image will appear on the graph below..

The boat with the 20hp mother that ended up in Otter :Lake

Burr-Is-Bell coming to island with licensed motorized inner tube

Fully enclosed

Irish boat shop ramp, leaving for Beaver Island

L Z Reagle's old boat in Petoskey;
I bought it when Dave and I were shopping.

Home made dingy from top of an old van,
On the LZ Christ Craft. Landing barge ahead

Van that the brown dingy was made from is getting towed to the dump.

  The story above left out two steel boats and five dinghies. I bought an island boat, that was previously owned by Robert Gillespie, his "Gem Hunter" powered by a two cycle diesel. I used it for diving, and transporting (Kewaydenoque's) group and their supplies, to the north shore of Garden Island. I called this vessel "El Barquichelo" meaning (wretched little vessel, in Spanish)

On the last trip coming back from Garden it acted like it was running out of fuel, so I limped up to the dock with it and shut it down. Later when I tried to start it; a four foot pipe wrench wouldn't turn it over. Then it was junked. It's observation tower is on the bluff overlooking the west shore of Beaver Island, on Glynn's property.

The next steel boat was akin to the boat in the movie "Niagra" starring Marilyn Monroe. Six cylinder gas powered. I named it "Pegleg" After my friend Peg, with (leg/nautical expression), and (Pegleg the pirate). Later it attained the name 'White Trash" with a duel name of "Basura Blanca" the Spanish version. I gave this boat away, and went to inflatables, because of cost and other conveniences.

Also omitted from the story, were five dinghies, and a State licensed inner tube.

Shore dives sometimes required a long swim to the dive site, so I had a big inner tube, plywood support for a 1 1/2 hp tow motor; which had to be converted, in order to operate it from the back, (push became pull) with this modification. A dive flag was attached, and also a reel cord end, so it could be towed at different depths when the diver was on the bottom. I was hassled by marine officers about legality, so I licensed the damn thing; painted the numbers on it adjoining the "state" stickers. I no longer felt the need for it, so I traded the motor to Phil Gregg for a steel pram that was latter named, "Good Girl". 

I had a van that I had scrapped to make a trailer with the frame; it had a nice metal top that could ,with a little work, become a nice "high prow" DInghy. With iron pipe, plywood, styrofoam, and other scrap items I found. The high prow, and the rounded sides made it the best rough sea dinghy ever. Dave Gladish said that I looked like a turtle; walking with it on my back, to flip it into the lake.

I bought an eight foot aluminum pram that was much lighter for smoother seas. All of these dinghies when stored upside down on shore, and all had multiple places for snakes to climb into;and later, usually when in the water, they would avail themselves.

One day I had the small pram on my back, to carry to the shore. I've never been afraid of snakes; but this time a snake dropped on my shoulder, it kept slithering around my neck, and was making a second round. I was trying to shake it off, but it kept going around. I ended up running the last few feet, and threw the boat in the water, grabbed the snake and threw it on the ground. Those stinky things are not something I want against my skin!

Raising the Anchor of the Baltimore

Video by Phil Lange

This video footage was taken in 1992 by Phillip Lange. The anchor from the shipwreck of the Baltimore was located off of Hog Island, and several island men went out to recover it. There was a piece of the vessel attached to the chain on one end and the anchor on the other. The "Gem Hunter" powered the barge out to the location with a crane onboard the barge. Robert Gillespie operated the crane and brought the anchor up from the bottom and placed it on the barge. This is part of the BIHS VHS tape collection and was digitized by BINN Editor Joe Moore.

View the video HERE

Henry "Hank" "Bud" Gowman Interview

by Joyce Bartels in 2004

This is part of some of the video VHS collection at the Beaver Island Historical Society. This interview took place in Lansing by Joyce Bartels in 2004. Henry Gowman talks about his life on the island in the 1920s.

View this interview HERE

Former Resident Building a Snowmachine

Mike Hurkmans, former Paid Een Ogs Road Beaver Island resident, has another project going up in the UP where they moved. He and his wife Sharon were always interested in the off-road riding, but never did any snowmobiling when they lived here on the island. As part of a project that Mike decided to start, building a comfortable machine that could travel over the snow became quite an obsession. Those of you on the island know that Mike was always working on something in his workshop here, the one attached to the house.

Mike took the concept of comfortable riding of an ORV and completely transferred it to comfortable snowmobiling. His idea of an enclosed snowmachine with wide skis, and his mechanical abilities have allowed this interesting project to be be near completion. Sharon Hurkmans sent BINN a link to the pictures of the project as it was begun and, now completed except for painting, weighing, and licensing. It will be interesting to see this vehicle out operating in the snow once it is registered.

View a gallery of pictures of snowmachine coming together HERE

Emerald Isle Ferry Boat

Bill McDonough-Presentation in 1997 on the New Ferry Boat

The Museum Week 1997 presentation took place in the Holy Cross Hall with echoing sound and magnified crackles.  The video was taken from near the back of the hall, which made the sound quite difficult to hear.   After two days of working to try to make the sound better, first to make it so it could be heard, and then to attempt to eliminate the noise, the result is less than perfect, but the investment of time and effort as well as program purchases is completed to the best of this editor’s capability.
The video camera was held by hand and is jiggly as well as zooming in and out, but it does beat no video.

This year of 2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the maiden run of the Emerald Isle ferry, and it will be marked with free passage on the ferry on December 4, 2017, and free passage is only for this one day.
If you come to the island on that day on the Emerald Isle, you will have to purchase a ticket to return to the mainland, and vice versa, since there is only one boat on that day, and the return trip would have to be on another day without free passage.

Bill’s presentation is quite informative, and interesting information is presented even though it is difficult to hear.  It’s too bad that the camera operator was not much closer, and that there was no use of a microphone for the presentation.
It is interesting to hear the difference between perceived information from July 1997 and the facts from 2017.  There was obviously no thought of breakdowns in 1997, nor the turnover in the transportation authority members and directors.  And, there are thoughts of purchasing another boat floating around.  The history of the ferry service to the is another interesting topic for someone to research.

View video of this presentation HERE

Cookie Carnival

December 9, 2017



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

Airport Commission Meeting

April 1, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority


BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

April 5, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

April 24, 2017, 7 p.m.

View a small gallery of pictures of the meeting HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

May 3, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

June 7, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

June 19, 2017

View video of the meeting 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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Phil Gregg Roast from 2000

Another VHS video from the Phil Gregg collection

Phil Gregg’s Roast 2000
If there is one thing that we can think about from the past on Beaver Island, it should be about how we could laugh WITH one another instead of laughing AT one another.  The roasts from this period of Beaver Island history certainly fit this situation.
The year before the roastee (perhaps not a word, but used anyway) was Tim McDonough, who got an opportunity to speak near the end of the roast.
The camera was located in a position to get good video as well as pick up the sound from the microphone used by all the speakers.  Bill Pallidino and Jayne Bailey were the hosts of this program, and the laughs were and still are very welcome to this editor.
(On a personal note, I was late to this roast due to an emergency run, but still had a chance to speak.)
It’s also wonderful to see some of these people who no longer live on Beaver Island or have passed on to another life.

Lots of family and friends filled the Holy Cross Parish Hall for this program.  Laughter abounded.  Many told their stories and some were even received by email and read on the stage.  It would be wonderful to bring back this kind of project to get us to laugh at ourselves

Jayne Bailey, hostesses........Bill Pallidino, host

Phyllis Gregg Moore roasts her father.

Elwood Baker was next.

Lots more people shared stories and made us laugh.

Marilyn Duda...............Claire Cull..................Sue Welke

Bob Welke....................Gary Huard................Joe Moore

.......................Bill Hirschey............Eula Thomas (from Dolly Parton?)

Phil's gift from Dolly Parton??

One of the decorations above the HC Hall stage for the roast.

Pinky Harmon.............Alvin LaFreniere

Harold Lounsberry with quite a list

Tim McDonough, 1999 roastie got a chance to get even.

Phil got a chance to tell a story or two also.

This gathering of island residents, friends, and relatives was a wonderful evening of great laughter, smiles, and a few tears. These are the kinds of gatherings that have made Beaver Island a great place to live.

View video of the Phil Gregg Roast Part 1 of 2000 HERE

View video of the Phil Gregg Roast Part 2 of 2000 HERE

The Very First Christmas Cantata

Coming up very soon is the Christmas Concert for 2017, and it makes sense sometimes to look back at the previous performances and compare the lenghth and the content. This is one chance for that.

As you can probably tell by the many historical postings of video completed by the editor, he is obsessed with this project. This video comes from the Phil Gregg collection, not the BIHS collection of VHS tapes. This cantata was the first one done on the island and took place in 2001. There were a large number of singers in this group, the adult group singing the cantata "Listen."

Also performing were some very young people that you will probably be able to identify, the editor playing violin, island musicians playing music for the accompaniment, and Kathy Speck conducting the children's choir and the adult choir.

Judi Meister on piano.....Laurain Dawson on organ

Our young people participating

Judi Meister and Joe Moore playing "Ave Maria"

Narrators Phil Gregg and Pinky Harmon

The large cantata choir

View video of this performance HERE

Sales Calls Using a 448- Number

While it may or may not be legal, there have been several sales calls from the 448- exchange numbers to the home phone. These are the numbers that are from unknown callers that have called and tried to sell something:

448-6333............. 448-8597................. 448-6537

At least six calls have been received at this Carlisle Road residence, so the policy will now be easily followed. Unless the caller is identified as someone known to be a Beaver Island residence, the call will receive an automatic hang up.

Helen Pike Presentation on Beaver Island Schools

Helen Pike...........Bea Boyle

This presentation took place many years ago at the Holy Cross Parish Hall, probably in the 1994-5 Museum Week. There is a short presentation by Bea Boyle also toward the end. Helen speaks about attending school here on the island and some of the many schools that moved around in the era of logging on the island. Bea speaks about attending Sunnyside School. This part of the collection of VHS video tapes of the Beaver Island Historical Society that are being digitized by BINN Editor Joe Moore..

View video of this presentation HERE

Bethlehem Babe from Christmas Cantata 2010

The Beaver Island group performs this music by an unknown author, arranged by Joe Moore

This piece of music has been performed by several people and groups, but the story of the Dominican sister fits the joyous occasion, although it is unlikely that it is correct, especially with Marilyn Holmes recording it and several other arrangers publishing it now.


Dedication of Beaver Island Christian Church

July 1985

This video was taken by Jack Cull. The editing was done by Michael Himebach. This was part of Phil Gregg's collection of VHS tapes. There are many people from the older days of the church that can be seen on this video. The list includes Phil Gregg doing an introduction and speaking, Curt Petrak, Dave Gladish, and several previous members of the church singing and worshipping together.

Phil Gregg doing the introduction

Phil introduces the stained glass window designers and makers, Nancy Sommer and Donna Hardenburg.

View video of the entire service and dedication HERE



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November 2017

December 2017

January 2018

Christmas Lunch and Santa's Workshop

The Beaver Island Friends of Veterans will hold the Annual Children's Christmas Lunch and Santa's Workshop on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the Beaver Island Community School. A hot dog lunch will be served at 11:00, with a visit to Santa to follow.  We will also hold Santa's Workshop that same day so the youngsters can purchase their Christmas gifts for family and friends at a nominal price.  We wish you all a Happy Holiday!!

BI Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

Island Treasures Resale

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

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule


Holy Cross Bulletin for

December 2017

Christian Church Bulletin

December 3, 2017


BICS Calendar 2017-18

HSC Meeting Dates Schedule

BI Airport Commission Meeting Schedule

Bank Hours Change

January thru April
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

May thru June
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

July thru August
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

September thru October
Monday Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

November thru December
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Island Treasures Resale Shop

We will be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from noon until 4:00. During those hours we will gladly accept your "gently used, barely used, like new " items. Please be sure that your donations be in season, clean, and in good repair. Thank you for your support !

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Donate to the Live Streaming Project


The Live Streaming Project includes BICS Sports Events, Peaine Township Meetings, Joint Township Meetings, and much more.

Your donation may allow these events to be live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv

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