Beaver Island News on the 'Net, December 4-30, 2018

The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project #52

December 30, 2018

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 12:45 p.m.

Weather by Joe

December 30, 2018

Perhaps we'll take turns doing the weather, and it's my turn.

Right now on Carlisle Road it is 28 degrees with the pressure at 29.97 and visibility of ten miles. We have three layers of clouds; mostly cloudy at 2500; mostly cloudy at 3000, and overcast at 12000 feet. The dewpoint is 23 degrees and the relative humidity is 70%.

TODAY, it is expected to be mostly cloudy with possible peeks of the sun and a high of 31 degrees. Winds will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to about the same as today with an increase chance of precipitation from 0 to 10%, and the winds will switch to the SSW, but stay at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a 70% chance of precipitation with temperatures near freezing, and the wind will switch to the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Word of the Day:

obdurate; adjective; (AHB-duh-rut); stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing; hardened in feelings; resistant to persuasion or softening influences

When you are confronted with someone obdurate, you may end up feeling dour. During the encounter, you may find that you need to be durable to keep your sanity intact. Maybe you will find such situations less stressful in the future if you can face them knowing that the words obdurate, dour, and durable are etymological kissing cousins. All of those words trace back to the Latin adjective durus, which means "hard." This adjective can still be found in dura mater, the name for the tough fibrous material that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, which comes from a Medieval Latin phrase meaning, literally, "hard mother."

On this Day:

In post-revolutionary Russia, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) is established, comprising a confederation of Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine, and the Transcaucasian Federation (divided in 1936 into the Georgian, Azerbaijan, and Armenian republics). Also known as the Soviet Union, the new communist state was the successor to the Russian Empire and the first country in the world to be based on Marxist socialism.

During the Russian Revolution of 1917 and subsequent three-year Russian Civil War, the Bolshevik Party under Vladimir Lenin dominated the soviet forces, a coalition of workers’ and soldiers’ committees that called for the establishment of a socialist state in the former Russian Empire. In the USSR, all levels of government were controlled by the Communist Party, and the party’s politburo, with its increasingly powerful general secretary, effectively ruled the country. Soviet industry was owned and managed by the state, and agricultural land was divided into state-run collective farms.

In the decades after it was established, the Russian-dominated Soviet Union grew into one of the world’s most powerful and influential states and eventually encompassed 15 republics–Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Belorussia, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. In 1991, the Soviet Union was dissolved following the collapse of its communist government.

Posted at 8 a.m.

Charles W. Creasser, MD

Mar 06, 1944 - Dec 22, 2018

GRANGER - Dr. Charles William Creasser (Charlie), was born on March 6, 1944 to the late Georgia A. and Malcolm O. Creasser. He passed away unexpectedly, at the age of 74, in his son's home on Saturday December 22, 2018 in Granger, IN.

Charlie was the loving husband of Carol June Schilling Creasser for over 50 years. They were lifelong partners in everything they did including raising their five children. Charlie graduated from Medical School in 1969 from Indiana University. He completed his internship at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, IN and his residency at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. He served in the United Stares Navy from 1973-1975 in Charleston, SC. Charlie was an anesthesiologist for 30 years in the South Bend Community until he retired in 2006. He practiced at Memorial Hospital, South Bend Clinic, and Allied Physicians.

Charles was preceded in death by his daughter, Elizabeth A. Creasser. He is survived by his sister Carolyn Decker; a son Russ (Denise) Creasser; his daughters: Kelly (Tom) Mailloux, Wendy (Chris) Schindler, and Holly (Craig) Bentley: grandchildren, Joshua Mailloux, Sarah Mailloux, Ashleigh Davidson, Rachael Behr, and Mitchell Schindler; two nieces and one nephew.

Charles was a man of values: loyalty, dependability, respectfulness, a great friend and patient teacher were just a start as to who he was. His biting humor, stories and sharing jokes would keep us all wanting more. He was an amazing woodworker, fly-fisherman, sailor, and Dad. He thoroughly enjoyed music, from classical to rock, reading, and traveling the world with Carol June at his side. His Beaver Island, MI home and workshop were always waiting for his return as a perfectionist in all he did. He never cleaned up his mess very well.

Our loss is great not just to our family, but to his Beaver Island and South Bend Communities.
Donations can be made to: Charles Creasser Memorial Fund, c/o Beaver Island Community Center, P.O. Box 494, Beaver Island, MI 49782.

There will be no visitation or services. McGann Hay Funeral Homes is entrusted with arrangements.
To send condolences, please visit:

Updated Video Report for December

As of the 29t hof December, the video server has seen 706 unique IP addresses view 2667 video clips, using 176.4 GB of bandwidth. This breaks down to 449 viewing current video, 2147 views using 145 GB of bandwidth. The live stream and rebroadcast has grown to 254 unique IP addresses viewing 489 times, and using 30.5 GB of bandwidth. The older video clips were viewed by 25 unique IP addresses.

The most watched video clips included the Presentation of Trouphies from the first ever Great Lakes Basketball Tournament with 1754 views; the November video ad and the End of November video ad has 960 views; and the Dorothy Gerber String Performance at the CCCOA lunch of just over 250 views. The Christmas Concert at the BI Christian Church has had over 160 views.

The Beaver Island TV website has had 1032 hits from Michigan towns of Kingley, Caledonia, Bay City, Beaverton, Bellville, and, of course, Beaver Island. The busiest days were December 7th and 8th and December 20th, each with over a hundred views.

They view numbers do not include any viewers that watched video clips on facebook, yet another outlet for viewing. Each of the videos posted on facebook had over 200 views. Perhaps the most viewed video on facebook was the "Christmas Lights on Christmas Eve" with just under 500 views.

Posted at 11:45 a.m., 12/29/18


Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 29, 2018

Joe's feeling under the weather this morning so you'll have to contend with my bad eyesight. It's COLD out there this morning at the teeth-chattering 15°; wind chill make it feel like 7°. Wind is at 6 mph from the north north east and pressure is 30.27. Light snow today through Thursday with a high temperature of 36° on Monday.

ON THIS DAY in 1890, in the final chapter of America’s long Indian wars, the U.S. Cavalry kills 146 Sioux at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.

Throughout 1890, the U.S. government worried about the increasing influence at Pine Ridge of the Ghost Dance spiritual movement, which taught that Indians had been defeated and confined to reservations because they had angered the gods by abandoning their traditional customs. Many Sioux believed that if they practiced the Ghost Dance and rejected the ways of the white man, the gods would create the world anew and destroy all non-believers, including non-Indians. On December 15, 1890, reservation police tried to arrest Sitting Bull, the famous Sioux chief, who they mistakenly believed was a Ghost Dancer, and killed him in the process, increasing the tensions at Pine Ridge.

On December 29, the U.S. Army’s 7th cavalry surrounded a band of Ghost Dancers under the Sioux Chief Big Foot near Wounded Knee Creek and demanded they surrender their weapons. As that was happening, a fight broke out between an Indian and a U.S. soldier and a shot was fired, although it’s unclear from which side. A brutal massacre followed, in which it’s estimated almost 150 Indians were killed (some historians put this number at twice as high), nearly half of them women and children. The cavalry lost 25 men.

The conflict at Wounded Knee was originally referred to as a battle, but in reality it was a tragic and avoidable massacre. Surrounded by heavily armed troops, it’s unlikely that Big Foot’s band would have intentionally started a fight. Some historians speculate that the soldiers of the 7th Cavalry were deliberately taking revenge for the regiment’s defeat at Little Bighorn in 1876. Whatever the motives, the massacre ended the Ghost Dance movement and was the last major confrontation in America’s deadly war against the Plains Indians.

Conflict came to Wounded Knee again in February 1973 when it was the site of a 71-day occupation by the activist group AIM (American Indian Movement) and its supporters, who were protesting the U.S. government’s mistreatment of Native Americans. During the standoff, two Indians were killed, one federal marshal was seriously wounded and numerous people were arrested.

WORD OF THE DAY gussy (GUHS-ee) which means to enhance the attractiveness of in a gimmicky, showy manner. The verb gussy is usually followed by up. Gussy up “to dress elaborately, dress up, smarten up” is an American and Canadian slang term, and like many slang terms, its etymology is obscure. Gussy up may derive from gussie, an Australian and American slang term for a weak, effeminate man (first appearing in Australia and the US in 1901 or 1902). The verb phrase gussy up appears in 1906 in Canada and in 1912 in the US.


The Historical Society is organizing a Beaver Island Oral History Project based on Island events during the 1950s, '60s and ’70s. The public is invited to attend group sessions moderated by Ed Wojan at the St. James Township Hall. The meetings will be twice a month on the first and third Mondays in January, February and possibly March. The February and March dates will be confirmed at the January meetings.

The events will be live streamed by Joe Moore and recorded for future Society publications. Please consider attending and sharing your stories or tuning in to reminisce Island memories! Naturally, the meetings are family friendly. Beverages will be provided. Feel free to bring a dessert


JANUARY 7, 2019 7-9 P.M.
JANUARY 21, 2019 7-9 P.M.

Posted at 6 p.m., 12/28/18

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

Dec 15 2018, Annual Meeting Minutes

Dec 20, 2018l Special Meeting minutes

Posted at 4:30 p.m., 12/28/18

The "State of the Great Lakes"

from the Office of Great Lakes

As part of this statewide report on the Great Lakes, the granddaughter of Mike and Susan Myers, the daughter of Sarah Myers McCafferty, and a former BICS student has documented the visit of the Great Lakes presentation that took place right here on Beaver Island at the St. James Township Hall this past summer. Erin Dixon was the representative that took time to demonstrate and describe the presentation while it was here on Beaver Island. This was coordinated by the Beaver Island Historical Society as well. Erin's story about the display is on page 18 of this document.

Posted at 1:45 p.m., 12/29/18

Weather by Joe

December 28, 2018

While we had a white Christmas, it's pretty obvious that we'll have a wet, sloppy week before New Year's. At 9 a.m. the temperature is 43 degrees. The pressure is 29.55 and visibility is 1.5 miles. The sky is overcast at 200 feet. The dewpoint is 42 degrees, and relative humidity is 98%. We have puddles in the driveway. The weather station says we got 1.5 inches of snow, but mostly ours was rain.

TODAY, there is a 50% chace of rain/snow showers. The temperatures will increase to the mid-40's this morning, and then will be doing a quick drop. The temperatures this afternoon will be down to near 25 with the wind blowing from the NW at 15 to 25 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to drop to the mid-teens in temperature with winds continuing strong from the N at 15 to 25 mph. There is a 20% chance of snow.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a cold day with mostly cloudy skies. Temperature will be in the low 20's, and the winds will be from the NW and decrease to 5 to 10 mph.

Word of the Day:

canorous; adjective; (kuh-NOR-us); pleasant sounding

In Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821), the author Thomas de Quincey describes a manservant who, after accidentally letting a loaded trunk fall down a flight of stairs, "sang out a long, loud, and canorous peal of laughter." Canorous typically describes things, such as church choirs or birds in the spring, that are a pleasure to listen to. It derives from the Latin verb canere ("to sing"), a root it shares with a number of words that evoke what is sweet to the ear, such as chant, canticle ("a song"), cantor ("a leader of a choir"), carmen ("a song, poem, or incantation"), and even accent.

On this Day:

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

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

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

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

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

Posted at 9:15 a.m.

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority

December 27, 2018

The Emergency Services Authority had their regularly scheduled meeting today, December 27, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. There was very little on the agenda for the emergency services authority; approval of minutes of the last meeting, reports from fire and EMS, and public comment.

View video of the meeting HERE

Posted at 7:30 p.m., 12/27/18

Weather by Joe

December 27, 2018

Right now on Carlisle Road, Beaver Island, it is 31 degrees with a relative humidity of 85%. The winds is from the E at 5 mph, and the pressure is 30.15. We have scattered clouds at 1800 feet and completely overcast at 7000 feet. The dewpoint is 29 degrees with a visibility of ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to have a 100% chance of precipitation. The morning snow may give way to rain as the high temperature is to be 37 degrees. The E wind is kicking up and will switch to the SE at 15 to 25 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to continue to rain with up to a third inch total. The temperature will stay in the mid-30's, making a real mess out of the roads. The wind will switch to the S and continue at 15 to 25 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a 50% chance of rain/snow mix with a high near 40 degrees, but the temperatures are expected to begin falling to the mid-20's and wind switching to NW, but staying strong at 15 to 25 mph.

Word of the Day:

enervate; verb; (EN-er-vayt); to reduce the mental or moral vigor of; to lessen the vitality or strength of

Enervate is a word that some people use without really knowing what it means. They seem to believe that because enervate looks a little bit like energize and invigorate it must share their meaning—but it is actually their antonym. Enervate comes from the Latin enervatus,the past participle of the verb enervare, which literally means "to remove the sinews of," but is also used figuratively in the sense of "to weaken." The Latin enervare was formed from the prefix e-, meaning "out of," and nervus, meaning "sinew or nerve." So etymologically, at least, someone who is enervated is "out of nerve."

On this Day:

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

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

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

In 1999, the Hall underwent a seven-month, $70 million restoration. Today, Radio City Music Hall remains the largest indoor theater in the world.

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

Christmas Lights on Beaver Island

on Christmas Eve

View video HERE

Posted at 8:45 a.m., 12/26/18

Weather by Joe

December 26, 2018

We got through the first of the holidays without anything but joy and happiness with seeing some old friends and family. We continued the traditioons of attending all the church services for Christmas, played some music, and socialized with family near and far. It was a great Christmas! Now, we can all relax a little bit, clean up the messes that naturally occur, and continue the fellowship that makes Beaver Island such a special place. On with the weather.....

Right now on Carlisle Road it is 31 degrees. The pressure is 30.42, and visibility is ten miles. We have scattered clouds at 1200 feet, mostly cloudy skies at 1700 feet, and overcast at 2400 feet. The dewpoint is 29 degrees and the relative humidity is 87%. We got another dusting of snow measured at a quarter of an inch, more like ice pellets than snow, but slippery nervertheless.

TODAY, it is expected to remain cloudy with a high right where we are at 31 degrees. Winds are to be light and variable. Chance of snow is 20% and we might see a peek or two of sunshine.

TONIGHT, it is expected to have snow showers late, rated at 50% chance, a low of 27, and winds will pick up from the SE at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a 100% chance of precipitation, possibly a mix of snow and rain, depending upon the temperature. The high will be near 37 degrees and winds will stay from the SE, but increase to 15 to 25 mph.

Word of the Day:

utmost; adjective (UT-mohst); situated at the farthest or most distant point; of the greatest or highest degree, quantity, number, or amount

Utmost traces back to the Old English ūtmest, a superlative adjective formed from the adverb ūt, meaning "out." Ūtmest eventually evolved into utmost, perhaps influenced by the spelling of the word most. Not surprisingly, the earlier sense of utmost carries the same meaning as outermost. The second sense of utmost, meaning "of the greatest or highest degree," first appeared in English in the 14th century. A related word is utter, meaning "absolute" or "total," as in the phrase "utter chaos"; it comes from Old English utera, meaning "outer," and ultimately from ūt.

You all have the utmost happiness and joy in this holiday season!

On this Day of 1941:

Less than three weeks after the American entrance into World War II, Winston Churchill becomes the first British prime minister to address Congress. Churchill, a gifted orator, urged Congress to back President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s proposal that America become the “great arsenal of democracy” and warned that the Axis powers would “stop at nothing” in pursuit of their war aims.

Born at Blenheim Palace in 1874, Churchill joined the British Fourth Hussars upon his father’s death in 1895. During the next five years, he enjoyed an illustrious military career, serving in India, the Sudan, and South Africa, and distinguishing himself several times in battle. In 1899, he resigned his commission to concentrate on his literary and political career and in 1900 was elected to Parliament as a Conservative MP from Oldham. In 1904, he joined the Liberals, serving a number of important posts before being appointed Britain’s First Lord of the Admiralty in 1911, where he worked to bring the British navy to a readiness for the war he foresaw.

In 1915, in the second year of World War I, Churchill was held responsible for the disastrous Dardanelles and Gallipoli campaigns and was thus excluded from the war coalition government. However, in 1917 he returned to politics as a cabinet member in the Liberal government of Lloyd George. From 1919 to 1921, he was secretary of state for war and in 1924 returned to the Conservative Party, where two years later he played a leading role in the defeat of the General Strike of 1926. Out of office from 1929 to 1939, Churchill issued unheeded warnings of the threat of Nazi and Japanese aggression.

After the outbreak of World War II in Europe, Churchill returned to his post as First Lord of the Admiralty and eight months later replaced Neville Chamberlain as prime minister of a new coalition government. In the first year of his administration, Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany, but Churchill promised his country and the world that Britain would “never surrender.” He rallied the British people to a resolute resistance and expertly orchestrated Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin into an alliance that eventually crushed the Axis.

After a postwar Labor Party victory in 1945, he became leader of the opposition and in 1951 was again elected prime minister. In 1953, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. After his retirement as prime minister, he remained in Parliament until 1964, the year before his death.

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

Christmas in Church on Beaver Island

December 24 and 25, 2018

The holidays are all about family and the chance to socialize with friends and family. The Christmas Service at the Christian Church began at 5:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve with one grandchild playing the piano. That set the tone of sharing scripture and carols with everyone throughout the service. Nine readings, nine carols, some with special performances, "O Holy Night," and ending with "Silent Night." This is another tradition that should not get changed or eliminated. This service was not live streamed or recorded.

The Christian Church Christmas Eve Service was well attended, and some of the participatns in this service followed over to the Holy Cross Catholic Church to help sing and bring joy and happiness through music for the Holy Cross Catholic Church Christmas Eve Mass which began with Carol Singing at 7:30 p.m. This service began unlike many others, with the young children of the parish being invited up to here the story of Jesus from Father Jim Siler. This was a nice addition to the service, and the children got an opportunity to bless the manger.

Holy Cross was decorated for Christmas

Then the story began with Father Jim holding the baby....

Then the children got to use water to sprinkle the baby in the manger

Then the Mass continued.....

With blessings and the reading done by Kitty McNamara

Father JIm waited for the prayers to be read by Kitty McNamara

On Saturday and on Sunday, Sheri Timsak sang the Hallelujah with Christmas lyrics.

The service continued...

View video of the full Mass HERE

The Christmas morning Mass started the same way, but there were no young ones to gather round.

Father Jim did the service with Jacque LaFreniere doing the readings and the prayers.

View Excerpts of this service HERE

Posted at 3:15 p.m. 12/25/18

Weather by Joe

December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas from all those on Carlilse Road! On with the weather.....

Right now it is 21 degrees on Carlilsle Road with a pressure of 30.16. We had a ery light dusting of snow last night. The humidity is 89%. The sky is overcast at 2400 feet. Visibility is at ten miles.

TODAY, Christmas Day, it is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high near freezing. Winds will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a low of 26 degrees. The wind will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies with a high near 30 degrees, and winds will be light and variable.

Word of the Day:

benison; noun; (BEN-uh-sun); blessing, benediction

Benison and its synonym benediction share more than a common meaning; the two words come from the same root, the Latin benedicere, meaning "to bless." (Benedicere comes from the Latin bene dicere—"to speak well of"—a combination of the Latin bene, meaning "well," and dicere, "to say.") Of the two words, benediction is more common today, but benison has a longer history in English. Records show that benison has been used in our language since the 13th century, whereas benediction didn't appear in print until the 15th century.

On this Day:

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

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

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

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

Merry Christmas from BINN!

Listen to Phil Gregg Read "When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island"

Weather by Joe

December 24, 2018

Happy Christmas Eve! We woke up to some more snow, and it will be white Christmas Eve day anyway.

Right now on Carlisle Road it is 29 degrees with overcast skies at 900 feet. The visibility is ten miles. The pressure is 29.95. We got just shy of an inch and a half of snow in the last 24 hours. The dewpoint is 25 degrees with relative humidity of 90%.

TODAY, it is expected to remain cloudy with temperatures remaining in the low thirties. The wind will be from the WNW at 4 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected for the wind to switch to the NNE at 5 to 10 mph with a low around 24 degrees.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a cloudy day with a high of 32 degrees. Winds will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph. While TV weather suggests there might be a chance of freezing rain, BINN hopes it missed the island for Christmas Day.

Word of the Day:

Mass from Holy Cross

grinch; noun; (GRINCH); one who spoils the pleasure of others

When Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, wrote the children's book How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 1957, he probably had no idea that grinch would soon enter the general lexicon of English. Like Charles Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge (whose name has become synonymous with miser), the Grinch changes his ways by the story's end, but it's the unreformed character who "hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!" who sticks in our minds. The ill-natured Grinch, with his heart "two sizes too small," provides us with a lively symbol of someone we love to hate, and his name has thus come to refer to any disgruntled grump who ruins the pleasure of others.

On this Day:

The Treaty of Peace and Amity between His Britannic Majesty and the United States of America is signed by British and American representatives at Ghent, Belgium, ending the War of 1812. By terms of the treaty, all conquered territory was to be returned, and commissions were planned to settle the boundary of the United States and Canada.

In June 1812, the United States declared war against Great Britain in reaction to three issues: the British economic blockade of France, the induction of thousands of neutral American seamen into the British Royal Navy against their will, and the British support of hostile Indian tribes along the Great Lakes frontier. A faction of Congress, made up mostly of western and southern congressmen, had been advocating the declaration of war for several years. These “War Hawks,” as they were known, hoped that war with Britain, which was preoccupied with its struggle against Napoleonic France, would result in U.S. territorial gains in Canada and British-protected Florida.

In the months following the U.S. declaration of war, American forces launched a three-point invasion of Canada, all of which were repulsed. At sea, however, the United States was more successful, and the USS Constitution and other American frigates won a series of victories over British warships. In 1813, American forces won several key victories in the Great Lakes region, but Britain regained control of the sea and blockaded the eastern seaboard.

In 1814, with the downfall of Napoleon, the British were able to allocate more military resources to the American war, and Washington, D.C., fell to the British in August. In Washington, British troops burned the White House, the Capitol, and other buildings in retaliation for the earlier burning of government buildings in Canada by U.S. soldiers. The British soon retreated, however, and Fort McHenry in Baltimore harbor withstood a massive British bombardment and inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

On September 11, 1814, the tide of the war turned when Thomas Macdonough’s American naval force won a decisive victory at the Battle of Plattsburg Bay on Lake Champlain. A large British army under Sir George Prevost was thus forced to abandon its invasion of the U.S. northeast and retreat to Canada. The American victory on Lake Champlain led to the conclusion of U.S.-British peace negotiations in Belgium, and on December 24, 1814, the Treaty of Ghent was signed, ending the war. Although the treaty said nothing about two of the key issues that started the war–the rights of neutral U.S. vessels and the impressment of U.S. sailors–it did open up the Great Lakes region to American expansion and was hailed as a diplomatic victory in the United States.

News of the treaty took almost two months to cross the Atlantic, and British forces were not informed of the end of hostilities in time to end their drive against the mouth of the Mississippi River. On January 8, 1815, a large British army attacked New Orleans and was decimated by an inferior American force under General Andrew Jackson in the most spectacular U.S. victory of the war. The American public heard of the Battle of New Orleans and the Treaty of Ghent at approximately the same time, fostering a greater sentiment of self-confidence and shared identity throughout the young republic.

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

Mass from Holy Cross

December 23, 2018

The normal weekend Masses took place this weekend with the Saturday service at 4 p.m., and the Sunday servier at 9:30 a.m. There was no reader on Saturday afternoon, so Father Jim Siler did the readings. On Sunday morning, Jacque LaFreniere was the readers.

Father Jim Siler doing the readings on Saturday.

Jacque LaFreniere reads on Sunday, Father Jim give the Sunday sermon.

Saying a prayer.

View video of the Mass HERE

Posted at 8:15 pm, 12/23/18

Christian Church Bulletin

December 23, 2018

Posted at 6 p.m., 12/23/18

What’s Remembered; What’s Forgotten

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 5:45 p.m., 12/23/18

Loss of Two Good Islanders

Editorial by Joe Moore

This getting older stuff isn't for sissies, that's for sure! Two island friends of different types of friendships have passed away in the last week.

Phil Becker was a fellow musician, a wonderful friend in a time of difficulty for me, and an excellent helper in the church choir, leading us most every Sunday, and coming on Saturday afternoons when needed. Phil and I had played music together for many years, but the last three years at the Catholic church was truly a blessing for me to work with Phil. He was just a very good singer, and any mistakes were atutomatically blamed on himself by himself, but almost no one knew about any mistakes at all.

Phil and I would laugh about the tiny little things that we both recognized as not important. We never had an argument about any topic, making sure to leave any controversy out of our discussions. He might have had a different opinion than I did, but we both took the time to listen and accept the other's position, and moved on without any anger. There is no doubt in my mind that Phil is in heaven and smiling down on all of us, wanting to help out in any way that he can. Rest in Peace, dear friend Phil!

The other man who passed away with the same serious heart attack, did so off the island. Charley Creasser was definitedly the opposite of my opinions on many topics. We could, however, easily talk about our ideas, discuss the positives in both sides of the issue, and part with a smile after he would crack some joke about how dumb I could be, but it was just a crack and definitely not meant in any serious way. I remember the one time that we were both on the same side of the same issue, and neither of us knew how to communicate about it. We just stated our opinion, nodded, and walked away from each other without any joke or anything except a smile and a wave.

I am truly blessed to have known both of these men. It is truly sad for the entire island that they both passed away from serious heart attack issues. Both are in God's hands now, and both are completely at peace. We will miss them both; they were definitely different island characters, but, no matter what, they both had an impression on this editor.

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

December 23, 2018

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane includes:

BICS Graduation 2014 (30 min)

BICS Sports Awards 2014 (45 min)

Birding Presentation 5/23/14 (45 min)

Christmas Cantata 12/7/13 (1.5 hrs)

Jr./Sr Banquet 2014 (30 min)

Volleyball 9/7/13 (45 min)

This is available to anyone, anywhere at

The broadcast begins as 1:30 p.m.

All times approximate. Enjoy!

Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Posted at 12:45 p.m., 12/23/18

Weather by Joe

December 23, 2018

As Christmas approaches, let's remember our friends and family. A phone call, a Skype, some contact, even if it can't be personal contact with your presence, will be appreciated more than the present. Have the gift of the Christmas season be you.....

On with the weather......

Right now on Carlilse Road, it is 29 degrees with relative humidity of 95%. The pressure is 29.87. Visibility is less than one mile. It is mostly cloudy at 800 feet, but overcast at 1200 feet. We got about a quartin inch of snow overnight.

TODAY, it is expected to have a 90% chance of snow this morning with accumulation up to an inch. The temperature should stay close to thirty. The winds will be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to have snow showers with an accumulation of about one more inch. The percent of precipitation is given as 60%. Winds will switch to the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast a 20% chance of snow with a high near freezing. It will be partly cloudy with winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph. Perhaps, we well have a white Christmas after all.

Word of the Day:

assuage; verb; (uh-SWAY); to lessen the intensity of (something that pains or distresses); to make quiet; to put an end to by satisfying

Scholars assume that the word assuage derives from assuaviare, a Vulgar Latin term that combines the prefix ad- ("to" or "toward") and the Latin suavis, meaning "sweet," "pleasant," or "agreeable." (Suavis is also the source of the adjective suave.) To assuage is to sweeten or make agreeable or tolerable, and it is far from the only English word for relieving or softening something difficult. Others include allay, alleviate, and mitigate. Allay implies an effective calming or soothing of fears or alarms, while alleviate implies temporary or partial lessening of pain or distress. Mitigate suggests moderating or countering the force or intensity of something painful.

On this Day:

On this day in 1888, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, suffering from severe depression, cuts off the lower part of his left ear with a razor while staying in Arles, France.He later documented the event in a painting titled Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear. Today, Van Gogh is regarded as an artistic genius and his masterpieces sell for record-breaking prices; however, during his lifetime, he was a poster boy for tortured starving artists and sold only one painting.

Vincent Willem van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853, in the Netherlands. He had a difficult, nervous personality and worked unsuccessfully at an art gallery and then as a preacher among poor miners in Belgium. In 1880, he decided to become an artist. His work from this period–the most famous of which is The Potato Eaters (1885)–is dark and somber and reflective of the experiences he had among peasants and impoverished miners.

In 1886, Van Gogh moved to Paris where his younger brother Theo, with whom he was close, lived. Theo, an art dealer, supported his brother financially and introduced him to a number of artists, including Paul Gauguin, Camille Pisarro and Georges Seurat. Influenced by these and other painters, Van Gogh’s own artistic style lightened up and he began using more color.

In 1888, Van Gogh rented a house in Arles in the south of France, where he hoped to found an artists’ colony and be less of a burden to his brother. In Arles, Van Gogh painted vivid scenes from the countryside as well as still-lifes, including his famous sunflower series. Gauguin came to stay with him in Arles and the two men worked together for almost two months. However, tensions developed and on December 23, in a fit of dementia, Van Gogh threatened his friend with a knife before turning it on himself and mutilating his ear lobe. Afterward, he allegedly wrapped up the ear and gave it to a prostitute at a nearby brothel. Following that incident, Van Gogh was hospitalized in Arles and then checked himself into a mental institution in Saint-Remy for a year. During his stay in Saint-Remy, he fluctuated between periods of madness and intense creativity, in which he produced some of his best and most well-known works, including Starry Night and Irises.

In May 1890, Van Gogh moved to Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris, where he continued to be plagued by despair and loneliness. On July 27, 1890, he shot himself and died two days later at age 37.

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

December 22, 2018

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane includes:

St. Patrick's Day Games from 2014 (30 min)

Citizen of the Year 2014 (40 min)

Mary Beth Kur at BICS 5/2/14 (1 hr)

Anishinabe Cultural Presentation 11/12/13 at BICS )1/5 hr)

BI vs Grand Marais Basketball boys first then girls 1/14/14 (1.5 hr)

As always this available to anyone anywhere at

All times are approximate. Broadcast begins at 10 a.m.


Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Weather by Joe

December 22, 2018

Right now it is 22 degrees here on Carlisle Road with relative humidity of 86%. The pressure is 29.74. The wind is from the W at 6 mph. We had just shy of an inch of snow and ice on the deck yesterday making everywhere you touched very icy.

TODAY, it is expected to have morning clouds giving way to some sun in the afternoon. There is a 20% chance of snow. The high will be 26 degrees, and the wind will be from the N at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to be cloudy with a low of 23 degrees with light and variable winds. Percent chance of precipitation remains at 20%.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a 50% chance of snow with a high near freezing or just below. Wind will be from the SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Word of the Day:

compendious; adjective; (kum-PEN-dee-us); marked by brief expression of a comprehensive matter

Compendious is applied to things that are brief in statement or expression, but oftentimes the brevity is chock-full of meaning. Its synonyms run the gamut, giving us concise, terse, succinct, pithy, laconic, and summary. Concise simply suggests the removal of all that is superfluous or elaborative ("a concise description"). Terse implies pointed conciseness ("a terse reply"). Succinct implies the greatest possible compression ("a succinct letter of resignation"). Pithy adds the implication of richness of meaning or substance ("pithy one-liners"). Laconic implies brevity to the point of seeming rude or indifferent ("a laconic stranger"). Summary suggests the stating of main points with no elaboration ("a summary listing of the year's main events").

On this Day:

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is given the world premiere in 1808.

If the initial reviews failed to recognize it as one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, one needs to understand the adverse conditions under which the work was first heard. The concert venue was freezing cold; it was more than two hours into a mammoth four-hour program before the piece began; and the orchestra played poorly enough that day to force the nearly deaf composer—also acting as conductor and pianist—to stop the ensemble partway into one passage and start again from the very beginning. It was, all in all, a very inauspicious beginning for what would soon become the world’s most recognizable piece of classical music: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67—the “Fifth Symphony”—which received its world premiere on this day in 1808.

Also premiering that day at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna were Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58, and the Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68—the “Pastoral Symphony.” But it was the Fifth Symphony that, despite its shaky premiere, would eventually be recognized as Beethoven’s greatest achievement to that point in his career. Writing in 1810, the critic E.T.A. Hoffman praised Beethoven for having outstripped the great Haydn and Mozart with a piece that “opens the realm of the colossal and immeasurable to us…evokes terror, fright, horror, and pain, and awakens that endless longing that is the essence of Romanticism.”

That assessment would stand the test of time, and the Fifth Symphony would quickly become a centerpiece of the classical repertoire for orchestras around the world. But beyond its revolutionary qualities as a serious composition, the Fifth Symphony has also proven to be a work with enormous pop-cultural staying power, thanks primarily to its powerful four-note opening motif—three short Gs followed by a long E-flat. Used in World War II-era Britain to open broadcasts of the BBC because it mimicked the Morse-code “V” for “Victory,” and used in the disco-era United States by Walter Murphy as the basis for his unlikely #1 pop hit “A Fifth Of Beethoven,” the opening notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony have become a kind of instantly recognizable musical shorthand since they were first heard by the public on this day in 1808.

Posted at 8 a.m.

BIRHC Has Special Meeting

December 20, 2018

This special BIRHC meeting was scheduled to work on some itmes that were tabled at the meeting on December 15, 2018. The agenda can be viewed HERE

Video of this special meeting can be viewed HERE

Last Boat of the 2018 Season

The last of the officially schedule ferry runs took place today, December 21, 2018. The Enerald Isle's scheduled runs are officially ended with its return to the island today.

View a gallery of photos for the last docking of the Emerald Isle HERE

Posted at 3 p.m., 12/21/18

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

December 21, 2018

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane Includes"

Replay of BICS Holiday Program 12/20/18 (40 min)

Northern Lights League Soccer Tournament 2011 Highlights
Grand Marais vs Beaver Island (20 min)
Munising vs Beaver Island (30 min)

4th of July Parade 2011 (15 min)

Premiere Night of Community Center (5 min)

Serenade 5/22/2011 (30 min)

Veteran's Memorial Dedication 7/2011 (20 min)

Video 7/7/11 (shorts)

Walleye Pond 6/2011 (10 min)

Xmas decorations 2011 (short)

32 Miles of Water (30 min)

Broadcast will begin at 1:30 p.m.

All of these events will be live streamed at

As always, these events are available to anyone, anywhere!

Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Peaine Township Meeting Minutes

December 12, 2018

Posted at 9:15 a.m., 12/21/18

BICS Holiday Program

This night, December 20, 2018, at the Beaver Island Community Center was very entertaining. There was singing by some of the cutest little ones, there was string music, and there was theater. It was completely inspiring to see all the BICS students involved in music and theater performing with such enthusiasm and skill.

Front of the program

Inside the program

Thank-you's on the back of the program

The elementary singers

The strings performing

The skit

A very entertaining evening indeed!

View video of the performance HERE

Posted at 7:45 a.m., 12/21/18

Weather by Joe

December 21, 2018

What an entertaining night last night at the BICS Holiday Program! Singing, string performance, and theater make for a very entertaining and excellent start to the holiday season! On with the weather.....

Right now on Carlilse Road we have a light covering of snow. We have an overcast sky at 700 feet and visibility of six miles. The pressure is 29.46. the wind is from the NNW at 6 mph. The temperature is 32 degrees making a windchill of 26 degrees. The relative humidity is 95% with a dewpoint of 31 degrees.

TODAY, it is expected to snow in the morning with a high temperature of just above freezing. Winds will be from the north at 15 to 25 mph. The chance of snow is at 20%.

TONIGHT, it is expected to remain cloudy with the chance of precipitation down to 10%. The low will go down to 20 degrees and the wind wind continue from the N at 15 to 25. It will be chilly out there tonight.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for continued cloudy skies with a high in the upper 20's. The wind will be from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day:

solstice; noun; (SAHL-stiss); either of the two points on the ecliptic at which its distance from the celestial equator is greatest; the time of the sun's passing one such point on the ecliptic which occurs about June 21 to begin summer in the northern hemisphere and about December 21 to begin winter in the northern hemisphere

In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice usually occurs on June 20 or 21 and the winter solstice on December 21 or 22. In the Southern Hemisphere, where the seasons are reversed, the solstices are exactly the opposite. For several days around the time of the solstices, the sun's appearance on the horizon at sunrise and sunset seems to occur at the same spot, before it starts drifting to the north or south again. Solstice gets its shine from sol, the Latin word for "sun." The ancients added sol to -stit- (a participial stem of sistere, which means "to stand still") and came up with solstitium. Middle English speakers shortened solstitium to solstice in the 14th century.

On this Day:

On this day in 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York explodes in midair over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members aboard, as well as 11 Lockerbie residents on the ground. A bomb hidden inside an audio cassette player detonated in the cargo area when the plane was at an altitude of 31,000 feet. The disaster, which became the subject of Britain’s largest criminal investigation, was believed to be an attack against the United States. One hundred eighty nine of the victims were American.

Islamic terrorists were accused of planting the bomb on the plane while it was at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany. Authorities suspected the attack was in retaliation for either the 1986 U.S. air strikes against Libya, in which leader Muammar al-Qaddafi’s young daughter was killed along with dozens of other people, or a 1988 incident, in which the U.S. mistakenly shot down an Iran Air commercial flight over the Persian Gulf, killing 290 people.

Sixteen days before the explosion over Lockerbie, the U.S. embassy in Helsinki, Finland, received a call warning that a bomb would be placed on a Pan Am flight out of Frankfurt. There is controversy over how seriously the U.S. took the threat and whether travelers should have been alerted, but officials later said that the connection between the call and the bomb was coincidental.

In 1991, following a joint investigation by the British authorities and the F.B.I., Libyan intelligence agents Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah were indicted for murder; however, Libya refused to hand over the suspects to the U.S. Finally, in 1999, in an effort to ease United Nations sanctions against his country, Qaddafi agreed to turn over the two men to Scotland for trial in the Netherlands using Scottish law and prosecutors. In early 2001, al-Megrahi was convicted and sentenced to life in prison and Fhimah was acquitted. Over the U.S. government’s objections, Al-Megrahi was freed and returned to Libya in August 2009 after doctors determined that he had only months to live.

In 2003, Libya accepted responsibility for the bombing, but didn’t express remorse. The U.N. and U.S. lifted sanctions against Libya and Libya agreed to pay each victim’s family approximately $8 million in restitution. In 2004, Libya’s prime minister said that the deal was the “price for peace,” implying that his country only took responsibility to get the sanctions lifted, a statement that infuriated the victims’ families. Pan Am Airlines, which went bankrupt three years after the bombing, sued Libya and later received a $30 million settlement.

Posted at 7 a.m.

DRAFT Minutes of Beaver Island Telecommunication Advisory Committee Meeting

St James Township Hall | December 11, 2018 5:00PM

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance Broadband Fiber Consortium Brochure

Posted 12:30 p.m., 12/20/18

Weather by Joe

December 20, 2018

It seems impossible to be looking out the front door and seeing puddles five dWeather by Joeays before Christmas. This is just unheard of, but the warmth will help with the heating bills.

Right now on Carlisle Road it is 39 degrees. Yes, it is above freezing. The pressure is 29.60 and the visibility is ten miles. The dewpoint is 35 degrees and the relative humidity is 82%. We didn't get the rain that was forecast according to the weather gauge here.

TODAY, it is expected to rain with a 60% chance. The temperature will hover around forty, yes 40, and the wind will be from the S at 5 to 10 mph. The rain is supposed to start just before nine a.m.

TONIGHT, it is expected to remain with a a chance of precipitation at 50%, but the colder temperatures hovering around 30 may cause the rain to switch to snow. Winds will switch to the NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a 50% chance of morning snow showers. The high may just barely get above freezing, and the winds will be from the N at 15 to 25 mph.

Word of the Day:

frenetic; adjective; (frih-NET-ik); marked by excitement, disorder, or anxiety-driven activity

When life gets frenetic, things can seem absolutely insane—at least that seems to be what folks in the Middle Ages thought. Frenetik, in Middle English, meant "insane." When the word no longer denoted stark raving madness, it conjured up fanatical zealots. Today, its seriousness has been downgraded to something more akin to "hectic." But if you trace frenetic back through Anglo-French and Latin, you'll find that it comes from Greek phrenitis, a term describing an inflammation of the brain. Phren, the Greek word for "mind," is a root you will recognize in schizophrenic. As for frenzied and frantic, they're not only synonyms of frenetic but relatives as well. Frantic comes from frenetik, and frenzied traces back to phrenitis.

On this Day:

On this day in 1957, while spending the Christmas holidays at Graceland, his newly purchased Tennessee mansion, rock-and-roll star Elvis Presley receives his draft notice for the United States Army.

With a suggestive style–one writer called him “Elvis the Pelvis”–a hit movie, Love Me Tender, and a string of gold records including “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel,” Presley had become a national icon, and the world’s first bona fide rock-and-roll star, by the end of 1956. As the Beatles’ John Lennon once famously remarked: “Before Elvis, there was nothing.” The following year, at the peak of his career, Presley received his draft notice for a two-year stint in the army. Fans sent tens of thousands of letters to the army asking for him to be spared, but Elvis would have none of it. He received one deferment–during which he finished working on his movie King Creole–before being sworn in as an army private in Memphis on March 24, 1958.

After six months of basic training–including an emergency leave to see his beloved mother, Gladys, before she died in August 1958–Presley sailed to Europe on the USS General Randall. For the next 18 months, he served in Company D, 32nd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armor Corps in Friedberg, Germany, where he attained the rank of sergeant. For the rest of his service, he shared an off-base residence with his father, grandmother and some Memphis friends. After working during the day, Presley returned home at night to host frequent parties and impromptu jam sessions. At one of these, an army buddy of Presley’s introduced him to 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, whom Elvis would marry some years later. Meanwhile, Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, continued to release singles recorded before his departure, keeping the money rolling in and his most famous client fresh in the public’s mind. Widely praised for not seeking to avoid the draft or serve domestically, Presley was seen as a model for all young Americans. After he got his polio shot from an army doctor on national TV, vaccine rates among the American population shot from 2 percent to 85 percent by the time of his discharge on March 2, 1960.

Santa's Helpers

December 19, 2018

Bright and early this morning at the Beaver Island Community School, Santa's helpers were in the gymnasium for the younger students including preschool youngsters to help them get a gift or two for their family members. This tradition is one that provides the youngers of the community a chance to participate in the giving that our holiday season, called Christmas, is all about. Thank you to all the adults that participated and all the parents of these children who sent them to the gym. Thank you also to Bob Tidmore for the pictures below:

And a good time was had by all!

Posted at 11:45 a.m., 12/19/18

Weather by Joe

December 19, 2018

One tired old man slept in this morning. If you drive by this Carlisle Road location you will see why. The ramp is the reason. On with the weather....

Risght now it is 39 degrees and pressure is 29.71. The dewpoint is 32 degrees with relative humidity at 82%. We haven't had any precipitation in the last 24 hours.

TODAY, it is expected to rain although the percentatge is given at 30%. The temperature should remain in the high thirties, and the showers, if we get them, are forecast for this afternoon. Winds will be from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to to remain in the high thirties as well as remain cloudy. Winds will continue from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for rain with the percentage being 60%. The wind will stay from the SSW and decrease slightly.

Word of the Day:

tchotchke; noun; (CHAHCH-kuh); knicknack, trinket

Just as trinkets can dress up your shelves or coffee table, many words for "miscellaneous objects" or "nondescript junk" decorate our language. Knickknack, doodad, gewgaw, and whatnot are some of the more common ones. While many such words are of unknown origin, we know that tchotchke comes from the Yiddish tshatshke of the same meaning, and ultimately from a now-obsolete Polish word, czaczko. Tchotchke is a pretty popular word these days, but it wasn't commonly used in English until the 1970s.

"How someone organizes their desk can tell you a lot about how they get work done. That's why we're stepping into the offices of enviably creative (and productive) people to look at what's on their desks—pens and notebooks and gadgets, but also décor and tchotchkes." — Deva Pardue and Maxine Builder, The New York Magazine, 10 Sept. 2018

On this Day in 1777:

With the onset of the bitter winter cold, the Continental Army under General George Washington, still in the field, enters its winter camp at Valley Forge, 22 miles from British-occupied Philadelphia. Washington chose a site on the west bank of the Schuylkill River that could be effectively defended in the event of a British attack.

During 1777, Patriot forces under General Washington suffered major defeats against the British at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown; Philadelphia, the capital of the United States, fell into British hands. The particularly severe winter of 1777-1778 proved to be a great trial for the American army, and of the 11,000 soldiers stationed at Valley Forge, hundreds died from disease. However, the suffering troops were held together by loyalty to the Patriot cause and to General Washington, who stayed with his men. As the winter stretched on, Prussian military adviser Frederick von Steuben kept the soldiers busy with drills and training in modern military strategy.

When Washington’s army marched out of Valley Forge on June 19, 1778, the men were better disciplined and stronger in spirit than when they had entered. Nine days later, they won a victory against the British under Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Monmouth in New Jersey.

BIRHC Special Meeting

December 20, 2018

Posted at 8:15 p.m., 12/18/18

A Dick Burris Story

by Dick Burris

Norm Cash
By Dick Burris
Norm Cash, a famous baseball player came up missing one day, and Bill McDonough and I were searching the suspected area, Bill was coming toward me, and we met right at the body.
His glasses were still tightly fitted to his face; he was lying on the lake bottom on his back and was wearing boots. My thoughts then was he died with "his boots on"

Bill and I brought him to shore and the EMTs took him away.

Later the Sheriff’s department took all of the credit. So Bill and I considered ourselves and the EMTs temporary employees, and billed the county for our diving services and for the EMT service also. They actually paid it. lol

((News excerpt from the Chicago Tribune) October 1986)

Cash, 51, drowned in Lake Michigan Sunday after failing off a slippery dock on Beaver Island, where he and his wife, Dorothy, owned a condominium, authorities said.
At the time of the accident, Cash was headed back to his 33-foot cabin cruiser, the "Stormin' Norman"­-the nickname he earned during his 15 years with the Tigers.

Brendan LaBlance, a friend who made the trip to Beaver Island with Cash and his wife, told the Detroit News the three went to dinner at the King Strang Hotel, then to the Shamrock Bar.
Cash left the bar alone just before midnight and returned to the boat, but LeBlance said the former first baseman was not intoxicated when he slipped off the dock into the chilly waters of northern Lake Michigan.

"Everything seemed fine," he told the newspaper. "But it was raining and miserable. The dock was in very bad shape and he was wearing cowboy boots."

Divers recovered Cash's body at 11:15 a.m. Sunday in about 15 feet of water. The Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department said there was no evidence of any foul play.

Cash's body was returned to the Detroit area Sunday night, but funeral arrangements were still pending Monday. In addition to his second wife, Cash is survived by a son, Jay Carl, and a daughter, Julie. The family lived in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills.

"I've never known a ballplayer who got as much fun out of playing baseball, " said Jim Campbell, the Tigers'  president and chief executive officer.  Campbell called Cash a " free spirit."

"He was one of the more entertaining guys I've ever been around. He got along with the fans, the media, with everybody. He was one of the great ball players in Tiger history."

"He never let anyone get down. He was such a happy-go-lucky guy, he made everyone feel good," said former teammate Al Kaline.

Bill Freehan, another former Tiger, said, ''No matter how things were going, he always had that country-boy sense of humor. Even if the fans or media were on him, he could laugh at himself.''

Freehan said Cash never discussed his personal problems, such as a batting slump or the breakup of his first marriage in 1972.

''I don`t know how to deal with this,'' said retired Tiger pitcher Earl Wilson. ''He was just a fun guy. He enjoyed life to the fullest.''

Cash himself once said, ''I`ve got to enjoy myself no matter what I`m doing. I get a kick out of playing the game. People see me this way when I`m going bad and think I don`t take the game seriously. I can`t help that. It`s just my way.''

(Editor's comments: I remember growing up and playing Little League baseball. Of course Norm Cash was everyone's hero in the Traverse City Little League. He was an amazing player that all the league players wanted to become. There was no way I even knew that Norm Cash was visiting Beaver Island at that time in 1986, but the story was the talk of the town for a while. I was taking my Basic EMT class at the time and wondered what it would have been like to meet him.)

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 12/18/18

Weather by Joe

December 18, 2018

Right now on Carlisle Road it is 24 degrees with a cloudy sky. The pressure is 30.14 and visibility is ten miles. The dewpoint is 16 degrees and relative humidity is 80%. We received no precipitation according to the gauge on the post here.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with 0% chance of precipitation. The high should be in the mid-30's with wind from the S at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to remain about the same as the daytime. The chance of precipitation increases to 10%. The wind comes from SW at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a 20% chance of prcipitation. The winds wil continue from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day:

millefleur; adjective; (meel-FLER); having an allover pattern of small flowers and plants

Millefleur (which can also be spelled millefleurs) came directly from French into English in the 17th century as a word for a perfume distilled from several different kinds of flowers. The literal meaning of mille fleurs in French is "a thousand flowers," so it is easy to see how millefleur came to be applied to patterns or backgrounds of many tiny flowers or plants. A similarly colorful extension of "a thousand flowers" can be seen in the word millefiori. That term, which refers to ornamental glass characterized by multicolored flower-like designs, comes from mille fiori, the Italian phrase meaning "a thousand flowers."

On this Day:

On December 18, 1620, the British ship Mayflower docked at modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, and its passengers prepared to begin their new settlement, Plymouth Colony.

The famous Mayflower story began in 1606, when a group of reform-minded Puritans in Nottinghamshire, England, founded their own church, separate from the state-sanctioned Church of England. Accused of treason, they were forced to leave the country and settle in the more tolerant Netherlands. After 12 years of struggling to adapt and make a decent living, the group sought financial backing from some London merchants to set up a colony in America. On September 6, 1620, 102 passengers–dubbed Pilgrims by William Bradford, a passenger who would become the first governor of Plymouth Colony–crowded on the Mayflower to begin the long, hard journey to a new life in the New World.

On November 11, 1620, the Mayflower anchored at what is now Provincetown Harbor, Cape Cod. Before going ashore, 41 male passengers–heads of families, single men and three male servants–signed the famous Mayflower Compact, agreeing to submit to a government chosen by common consent and to obey all laws made for the good of the colony. Over the next month, several small scouting groups were sent ashore to collect firewood and scout out a good place to build a settlement. Around December 10, one of these groups found a harbor they liked on the western side of Cape Cod Bay. They returned to the Mayflower to tell the other passengers, but bad weather prevented them from docking until December 18. After exploring the region, the settlers chose a cleared area previously occupied by members of a local Native American tribe, the Wampanoag. The tribe had abandoned the village several years earlier, after an outbreak of European disease. That winter of 1620-1621 was brutal, as the Pilgrims struggled to build their settlement, find food and ward off sickness. By spring, 50 of the original 102 Mayflower passengers were dead. The remaining settlers made contact with returning members of the Wampanoag tribe and in March they signed a peace treaty with a tribal chief, Massasoit. Aided by the Wampanoag, especially the English-speaking Squanto, the Pilgrims were able to plant crops–especially corn and beans–that were vital to their survival. The Mayflower and its crew left Plymouth to return to England on April 5, 1621.

Over the next several decades, more and more settlers made the trek across the Atlantic to Plymouth, which gradually grew into a prosperous shipbuilding and fishing center. In 1691, Plymouth was incorporated into the new Massachusetts Bay Association, ending its history as an independent colony.

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

Dorothy Gerber Strings Serenade the COA Lunch Attendees

Dave Reimer, head of this Dorothy Gerber Strings Program in northern Michigan, came to the island on Sunday to help the BICS String Students put on a very nice concert for the COA luncheon. each of the string students performed a solo as well as playing accompaniement for others AND performing as a group.

The string students, teachers, and performers.

David Reimer gave an introduction.

Then the students performed their solos.

Cello solos

Violin solos

Elijah Richards, Sheri Richards, and David Reimer play together.

Elijah and Sheri Richards

View a small gallery of photos HERE

View video of the Concert HERE

Posted at 3:30 p.m., 12/17/18

CC COA Lunch

December 6, 2018

Skip McDonough talked Phyllis and Joe Moore into going to the COA lunch after Sunday morning Mass. On arrival, the newer COA manager was having a difficult time finding all the pieces to the coffee dispeners, but managed to find some Thermos type that the coffee was placed in. After a couple of cups of coffee, our table that included Sandy and Pete LoDico, Paul Niehaus, Bill Hirschey, Skip, Phyllis, and Joe were served by the volunteers working this morning.

The dinner was very tasty with beef roast, potatoes mashed and gravy, vegetables mixed, a good dinner roll, and an amazing cherry/apple sweeet and sour dessert. The socialization was the best part of the entire meal. Chatting with others, and telling each about how things were going was the most important part of this lunch.

Today was Dawn George's last COA lunch as she is leaving the island and moving away. We were pleased to meet Kathie Ehinger, the new COA manager here on the island.

Dawn helping solve the issues and get the lights working properly

Dawn George and Kathie Ehinger provide information and do a drawing for gifts.

The luncheon was accompanied by a Strings' Concert by the Dorothy Gerber String Program here on Beaver Island. (See above) At the end of the concert there are two video clips about the CCCOA.

CCCOA attendees 

Posted at 3:15 p.m., 12/17/18

52 Lists for Happiness, #51

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 1:30 p.m., 12/17/18

Mass from Holy Cross

December 16, 2018

The Beaver Island weekend was quite eventful. There were lots of activities including the church services on Saturday and Sunday. Mass was held at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Saturday at 4 pm. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. We had a visiting priest since Father Jim Siler went to Lake City to have Christmas with his family. The visiting priest is from Lake City, so the two just traded assignments for Saturday and Sunday. The visiting priest was Father Mathew Cowen.

The reader on Saturday was Bryan Foli, and on Sunday the reader was Patrick Nugent.

View video of the services HERE

Christmas Concert

December 15, 2018

Phil Becker, MC of the program

As most of the readers of this website already have heard, Phil Becker, the master of ceremonies and organizer of this year's Christmas Concert, passed away the day after this wonderful tradition took place at the Beaver Island Christian Church. This was to be his crowning achievement of his long career in music and theater here on Beaver Island. The Carol Sing at the end kept all performers and audience members singing and easily put most in the Christmas spirit. Phil Becker will be missed by this editor and by the whole community. To this end, BINN dedicates this video to Phil Becker!

Concert Program

View video of the concert HERE

Joe Moore and Judy Meister.................Pam O'Brien

Bryan Foli, Sheri Richards, Bill Detwhiler, and Phil Becker.......Elisha Richards.....................................................

String Trio; Sheri Richards, Joe Moore, Cynthia Pryor

French Carol by Judi Meister, Bryan Foli, and Sally Stebbins.......Becca Foli...............................

The Richards Family

Adam Richards, Sheri Richards, and Sally Stebbins

Leona Pease and Sheri Timsak

Adam Richards

The Carol Sing with all participating

Sheri Timsak ends the program.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

Many thanks to Masha Stebbins for her photography skills.

11:45 a.m., 12/17/18

Saturday-Islanders and Lady Islanders Soundly Defeat Hannaville

On Saturday morning the Islanders played hard against the Hannaville Soaring Eagles. Once again the game seemed quite rough with the physical activity that resembled the professional basketball games. The Islanders returned the same and result was a couple of twisted nnkles or knees. The Islanders continued to put forth maximum effort, and the Hannahville coach became quite angry.

View a small gallery of photos from the 1st half

View a samll gallery of phots from the 2nd half

View video of the game HERE

Saturday's Lady Islanders versus the Lady Soaring Eagles was a sound defeat with the Lady Islanders outplaying the Hannaville team and winning by a huge margin.

View a small gallery of photos from the 1st half

View a small gallery of photosfrom the 2nd half

View video of the game HERE

Posted at 8:45 a.m., 12/17/18

Weather by Joe

December 17, 2018

Right now on Carlisle Road it is 28 degrees with winds from the west at 9 mph making a windchill of 25. It's downright chilly out there with this wind. The preessure is 29.92 and relative humidity is 80%. The sky is overcast at 2200 feet and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with temperatures near 30 degrees. Winds will be from the NW at 10 to 20 mph. There is only a 20% chance of snow.

TONIGHT, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a low around 25 degrees. The chance of precipitation is given as 0%. Winds will be from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a 10% chance of snow. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 35 degreess. Wuds will switch to the S at 10 to 20 mph.

Word of the Day:

epitome; noun; (ih-PIT-uh-mee); typical or ideal example; a brief presentation or statement of something

Epitome first appeared in print in 1520, when it was used to mean "summary." If someone asks you to summarize a long paper, you effectively cut it up, mentioning only the most important ideas in your synopsis, and the etymology of epitome reflects this process. The word descends from Greek epitemnein, meaning "to cut short," which in turn was formed from the prefix epi- and the verb temnein, which means "to cut." Your summary probably also presents all the key points of the original work, which may explain why epitome eventually came to be used for any person or object that is a clear or good example of an abstraction.

On this Day:

Near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft. Orville piloted the gasoline-powered, propeller-driven biplane, which stayed aloft for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet on its inaugural flight.

Orville and Wilbur Wright grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and developed an interest in aviation after learning of the glider flights of the German engineer Otto Lilienthal in the 1890s. Unlike their older brothers, Orville and Wilbur did not attend college, but they possessed extraordinary technical ability and a sophisticated approach to solving problems in mechanical design. They built printing presses and in 1892 opened a bicycle sales and repair shop. Soon, they were building their own bicycles, and this experience, combined with profits from their various businesses, allowed them to pursue actively their dream of building the world’s first airplane.

After exhaustively researching other engineers’ efforts to build a heavier-than-air, controlled aircraft, the Wright brothers wrote the U.S. Weather Bureau inquiring about a suitable place to conduct glider tests. They settled on Kitty Hawk, an isolated village on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, which offered steady winds and sand dunes from which to glide and land softly. Their first glider, tested in 1900, performed poorly, but a new design, tested in 1901, was more successful. Later that year, they built a wind tunnel where they tested nearly 200 wings and airframes of different shapes and designs. The brothers’ systematic experimentations paid off–they flew hundreds of successful flights in their 1902 glider at Kill Devils Hills near Kitty Hawk. Their biplane glider featured a steering system, based on a movable rudder, that solved the problem of controlled flight. They were now ready for powered flight.

In Dayton, they designed a 12-horsepower internal combustion engine with the assistance of machinist Charles Taylor and built a new aircraft to house it. They transported their aircraft in pieces to Kitty Hawk in the autumn of 1903, assembled it, made a few further tests, and on December 14 Orville made the first attempt at powered flight. The engine stalled during take-off and the plane was damaged, and they spent three days repairing it. Then at 10:35 a.m. on December 17, in front of five witnesses, the aircraft ran down a monorail track and into the air, staying aloft for 12 seconds and flying 120 feet. The modern aviation age was born. Three more tests were made that day, with Wilbur and Orville alternately flying the airplane. Wilbur flew the last flight, covering 852 feet in 59 seconds.

During the next few years, the Wright brothers further developed their airplanes but kept a low profile about their successes in order to secure patents and contracts for their flying machines. By 1905, their aircraft could perform complex maneuvers and remain aloft for up to 39 minutes at a time. In 1908, they traveled to France and made their first public flights, arousing widespread public excitement. In 1909, the U.S. Army’s Signal Corps purchased a specially constructed plane, and the brothers founded the Wright Company to build and market their aircraft. Wilbur Wright died of typhoid fever in 1912; Orville lived until 1948.

The historic Wright brothers’ aircraft of 1903 is on permanent display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Saturday Sunset and Sunday Sunrise

December 15 and 16, 2018

After a busy Saturday, the skies were clear and a beautiful sunset seemed to worth the drive to Donegal Bay to check out. There was no disappointment for this short drive.

View a small galery here

Up early on Sunday, but no so early that the first rays were caught. It was again a beautiful view out the mouth of the harbor.

Posted at 10 p.m., 12/16/18

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Posted at 9:45 p.m., 12/16/18

BIRHC Annual Meeting

December 15, 2018, at 10 a.m.

View agenda HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Posted at 7:45 p.m., 12/16/18

Lady Islanders and Islanders Win Against Hannahville

Junior Cheerleaders

Junior Cheerleaders Cheer

The Lady Islanders played first on Friday evening, and the Lady Islanders played well. They were quite a team as the game went on with helping each other get into a position to score. They won the game on Friday evening.

View a gallery of photos of the Friday Lady Islander game HERE

View video of the Friday Lady Islander game HERE

BICS High School Cheerleaders Cheered for the Islander game

Do you want to play in the second half?

The Islanders had their work cut out for them against the Hannahville Soaring Eagles. The game was becoming quite physical with moving screens and quite a bit of pushing going on. The Islanders worked together as a team in order to win this game.

View a gallery of photos fo the Friday Islander game HERE

View video of the Friday Islander game HERE

Weather by Joe

December 16, 2018

With a lot of things happening on the weekend, this beautiful sunny weekend, the weather has been great. Hannahville boys' and girls' basketball, medical center board meeting, Christmas Concert, and church services, this editor has been busy. There are no complaints from this place on Carlisle Road. It's just the reason that the weather this Sunday morning is a little later than normal for a Sunday. On with the weather.....

Right now on Carlisle Road it is 32 degrees with a light breeze from the east. The gauge shows a trace of precipitation over the last 24 hours. The pressure is 29.91 and the relative humidity is 97%. At the township airport, it shows the relative humidity at 100% and visibility of 10 miles. This seems like a contradictory list since this usually means fog. The dewpoint is at 30 degrees.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a high near 38 degrees. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 15 mph. There is a 10% chance of rain.

TONIGHT, it is expected to continue to be partly cloudy with a low near 25 degrees. The winds will switch to the WNW at 15 to 25 mph. There is a 10% chance of rain.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a cloudy day with temperatures near 30. The chance of precipitation increases to 20%. Winds will switch to the NW and remain strong at 15 to 25 mph.

Word of the Day:

vitiate; verb (VISH-ee-aytl); to make faulty or defective; to make ineffective

Here's one for word puzzle lovers—and anyone allured by alliteration. The sentence "Vivian vituperated the vicious villain for valuing vice over virtue" contains three words that derive from the same Latin source as vitiate. Can you identify all three? If you picked vituperate (a verb meaning "to scold"), vicious, and vice, your puzzle prowess is beyond reproach. Like vitiate, all three descend from the Latin noun vitium, meaning "fault" or "vice."

On this Day:

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 z 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.

Posted at 8 a.m.

Weather by Joe

December 15, 2018

Busy day today for this reporter and performer. BICS Basketball this morning and the Community Christmas Concert this afternoon. Hope to see you there, but if you can't be there, you can still watch the live stream at ......On with the weather....

Right now on Carlisle Road, it is 25 degrees with not even a breath of wind. The skies are clear. The pressure is 30.13. The humidity is 94%. There is a chance this morning of some patchy fog.

TODAY, it is expected to be a sunny day with a high temperature of 37 degrees. The winds will be light and variable. It should be a beautiful day.

TONIGHT, it is expected to be down near freezing with clear skies. The winds will be from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with the same high temperature as today. The winds will switch to the SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day

nidus; noun; (NYE-dus); a nest or breeding place; a place or substance in an animal or plant where bacteria or other organisms lodge and multiply

Nidus literally means "nest" in Latin, and some of its relatives in English suggest this connection in a straightforward way. For example, we have nidification for the process of building a nest, and nidicolous, meaning "reared in a nest." But nidus itself, when used as an English word, is apt to refer to a place where bacteria lodge and multiply. Consequently, the extended use of nidus in English often has a negative connotation referring to a source of undesirable opinions or behaviors.

On this Day of 1791:

Following ratification by the state of Virginia, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known collectively as the Bill of Rights, become the law of the land.

In September 1789, the first Congress of the United States approved 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. The amendments were designed to protect the basic rights of U.S. citizens, guaranteeing the freedom of speech, press, assembly, and exercise of religion; the right to fair legal procedure and to bear arms; and that powers not delegated to the federal government would be reserved for the states and the people.

Influenced by the English Bill of Rights of 1689, the Bill of Rights was also drawn from Virginia’s Declaration of Rights, drafted by George Mason in 1776. Mason, a native Virginian, was a lifelong champion of individual liberties, and in 1787 he attended the Constitutional Convention and criticized the final document for lacking constitutional protection of basic political rights. In the ratification struggle that followed, Mason and other critics agreed to support the Constitution in exchange for the assurance that amendments would be passed immediately.

On December 15, 1791, Virginia became the 10th of 14 states to approve 10 of the 12 amendments, thus giving the Bill of Rights the two-thirds majority of state ratification necessary to make it legal. Of the two amendments not ratified, the first concerned the population system of representation, while the second prohibited laws varying the payment of congressional members from taking effect until an election intervened. The first of these two amendments was never ratified, while the second was finally ratified more than 200 years later, in 1992.

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

December 14, 2018

Posted at 3:30 p.m., 12/14/18

Agenda for BIRHC Meeting

December 15, 2018, at 10 a.m.

View agenda HERE

Posted at 11:45 a.m., 12/14/18

Walk Down Memory Lane

No Walk Down Memory Lane today or tomorrow. The equipment needs to be moved and set up for some activities going on this weekend. These activities include;

BICS Basketball tonight at 5:30 p.m. Lady Islanders first, Islanders after.

BICS Basketball Saturday morning 8:30 am.

Christmas Concert from the Beaver Island Christian Church on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Saturday afternoon Mass from Holy Cross at 4 p.m.

Sunday morning Mass from Holy Cross at 9:30 a.m.

All of these events will be live streamed at

As always, these events are available to anyone, anywhere!

Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Peaine Special Meeting

This is the Peaine notice of the joint township meeting taking place with the BIAC at the Peaine Hall.

Meeting notice HERE

Posted at 9:45 a.m., 12/14/18

Weather by Joe

December 14, 2018

Make sure that you keep up with all the activities happenings this holiday season. Get out an attend as many as you can. Holiday cheer is good for you! On the island, the first is the Christmas Concert tomorrow at the Beaver Island Christian Church at 2 p.m. On with the weather....

Right now on Carlisle Road it si 34 degrees with a pressure of 29.98. The relative humidity is 92%. Visibility is now at 5 miles. We had almost a third of an inch of precipitation in the last 24 hours, but there was about half that much reported at the township airport.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy, but we might even see just a little bit of sun later this afternoon. The temperature should be in the mid-30s. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph. 10% chance of rain.

TONIGHT, it is expected to be clear with a temperature around freezing. There remains a 10% chance of precipitation tonight. The wind will be from the W at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a SUNNY day with very low chance of precipitation. Temperatures will remain in the low to mid 30s. The wind will be light and variable.

Word of the Day:

zibline; noun; (ZIB-uh-leen); a soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair, alpaca, or camel's hair

Though zibeline is woven from the hair of alpacas, camels, or Angora goats, its name actually traces back to a Slavic word for the sable, a small mammal related to the weasel. The Slavic term was adopted into Old Italian, and from there it passed to Middle French, then on to English in the late 1500s. English zibeline originally referred to the sable or its fur, but in the 19th century it developed a second sense, applying to a soft, smooth, slightly furry material woven from a mixture of animal hairs. It's especially suited to women's suits and coats, or, as a fashion columnist in the December 6, 1894 issue of Vogue observed, "Zibeline ... makes an exceedingly pretty, warm theatre cloak, not too fine to be crushed into the small one-chair space."

On this Day in 1799:

George Washington, the American revolutionary leader and first president of the United States, dies of acute laryngitis at his estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia. He was 67 years old.

George Washington was born in 1732 to a farm family in Westmoreland County, Virginia. His first direct military experience came as a lieutenant colonel in the Virginia colonial militia in 1754, when he led a small expedition against the French in the Ohio River valley on behalf of the governor of Virginia. Two years later, Washington took command of the defenses of the western Virginian frontier during the French and Indian War. After the war’s fighting moved elsewhere, he resigned from his military post, returned to a planter’s life, and took a seat in Virginia’s House of Burgesses.

During the next two decades, Washington openly opposed the escalating British taxation and repression of the American colonies. In 1774, he represented Virginia at the Continental Congress. After the American Revolution erupted in 1775, Washington was nominated to be commander in chief of the newly established Continental Army. Some in the Continental Congress opposed his appointment, thinking other candidates were better equipped for the post, but he was ultimately chosen because as a Virginian his leadership helped bind the Southern colonies more closely to the rebellion in New England.

With his inexperienced and poorly equipped army of civilian soldiers, General Washington led an effective war of harassment against British forces in America while encouraging the intervention of the French into the conflict on behalf of the colonists. On October 19, 1781, with the surrender of British General Charles Lord Cornwallis’ massive British army at Yorktown, Virginia, General Washington had defeated one of the most powerful nations on earth.

After the war, the victorious general retired to his estate at Mount Vernon, but in 1787 he heeded his nation’s call and returned to politics to preside over the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The drafters created the office of president with him in mind, and in February 1789 Washington was unanimously elected the first president of the United States.

As president, Washington sought to unite the nation and protect the interests of the new republic at home and abroad. Of his presidency, he said, “I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn in precedent.” He successfully implemented executive authority, making good use of brilliant politicians such as Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson in his cabinet, and quieted fears of presidential tyranny. In 1792, he was unanimously reelected but four years later refused a third term.

In 1797, he finally began a long-awaited retirement at his estate in Virginia. He died two years later. His friend Henry Lee provided a famous eulogy for the father of the United States: “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

Waste Management Committee Founding Document

The founding document signed by Joseph Martin and Liz Clapham

View the document HERE

Posted 1:30 p.m., 12/13/18

Christmas Concert

December 15, 2018 at 2 p.m.

at Beaver Island Christian Church

Posted at 6 p.m., 12/9/18

Possible program HERE

Posted at 12:30 p.m., 12/13/18

CCSD Reports New Scam

Sheriff Chuck Vondra would like to warn citizens of a scam where a citizen was contacted on his computer and in the update it said they needed an immediate response because there was a virus on his computer and he needed to call the number on the screen.  Citizen called the number and they said they were Apple care assigned to tech and advised he was infected with lots of viruses but he could fit it, the tech wanted the computer open for one and a half hours.  Citizen called back in an hour and a half and said everything was fixed.  Before he fixed the computer he gave three choices for payment; one year, three years or seven years.  Citizen chose three year and paid $400.00 by PayPal.  This scam occurred on 12/11/18 at 5:15pm.  This citizen believed he was calling a legitimate Apple company, but it was not.  Be sure to contact the actual company yourself and do not rely on phone numbers given by someone posing as a representative.

Posted at 12 noon, 12/13/18

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

December 13, 2018

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane includes:

BICS Basketball, boys and girls highlights from 1/29/11 (30 min)

Beaver Bite and Boodle 10/10/11 (15 min)

B on B Quintet 8/2011 (45 min)

Bridgid Gillespie Cushman Senior Presentation 2/16/12 (40 min)

Elementary Spring Serenade 5/24/11 (45 min)

Forestview Grand Opening 7/11/11 (45 min)

BIRHC and Forestview Walking Gardens (5 min)

More Gardens (30 min)

Holiday Program 12/14/11 (40 min)

Hot Air Balloon visit (10 min)

This is available to anyone, anywhere at

The broadcast begins as 10 a.m.

All times approximate. Enjoy!

Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Posted at 9:30 a.m.

Peaine Township Board Meeting

December 12, 2018, 7 p.m. Agenda

View video of this meeting HERE

Thanks to Pam Grassmick for the video work!

Posted at 8:30 a.m., 12/13/18

Weather by Joe

December 13, 2018

As the holidays approach, it is nice to see the decorations. A trip with some video might be in the near future. On with the weather....

Right now on Beaver Island it is 34 degrees with a light south wind at 2 mph. The relative humidity is 89% with a pressure of 29.92. The sky is overcast at 1200 feet with visibility of 5 miles, but there are patches of fog all over the northern tip of the mitt with visibility over the Mackinac Bridge of less than three miles. We got about a 1/4 inch of snow and a trace of rain in the last 24 hours.

TODAY, it is expected to continue the temperatures above freezing. The winds will be from the S at 5 to 10 mph. The sky will remain cloudy with a 10% chance of precipitation.

TONIGHT, it is expected to remain above freezing with rain or snow showers late with a 50% chance. Winds will be from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for temperatures in the mid-30's with morning clouds giving way to afternoon sun. Winds will remain from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Just maybe we'll see some sun tomorrow. It's been cloudy for so long now, some have forgotten about the beautiful sunshine.

Word of the Day

perennial; adjective; (puh-REN-ee-ul); present at all seasons of the year; persisting for several years usually with new herbaceous growth from a perennating part; regularly repeated or renewed

Nowadays when we talk about "perennial plants," or simply "perennials" (perennial can be a noun, too), we mean plants that die back seasonally but produce new growth in the spring. But originally perennial was equivalent to evergreen, used for plants that remain with us all year. We took this "throughout the year" sense straight from the Romans, whose Latin perennis combined per- ("throughout") with a form of annus ("year"). The poet Ovid, writing around the beginning of the first millennium, used the Latin word to refer to a "perennial spring" (a water source), and the scholar Pliny used it of birds that don't migrate. Our perennial retains these same uses, for streams and occasionally for birds, but it has long had extended meanings, too.

On this Day in 1571:

English seaman Francis Drake sets out from Plymouth, England, with five ships and 164 men on a mission to raid Spanish holdings on the Pacific coast of the New World and explore the Pacific Ocean. Three years later, Drake’s return to Plymouth marked the first circumnavigation of the earth by a British explorer.

After crossing the Atlantic, Drake abandoned two of his ships in South America and then sailed into the Straits of Magellan with the remaining three. A series of devastating storms besieged his expedition in the treacherous straits, wrecking one ship and forcing another to return to England. Only The Golden Hind reached the Pacific Ocean, but Drake continued undaunted up the western coast of South America, raiding Spanish settlements and capturing a rich Spanish treasure ship.

Drake then continued up the western coast of North America, searching for a possible northeast passage back to the Atlantic. Reaching as far north as present-day Washington before turning back, Drake paused near San Francisco Bay in June 1579 to repair his ship and prepare for a journey across the Pacific. Calling the land “Nova Albion,” Drake claimed the territory for Queen Elizabeth I.

In July, the expedition set off across the Pacific, visiting several islands before rounding Africa’s Cape of Good Hope and returning to the Atlantic Ocean. On September 26, 1580, The Golden Hind returned to Plymouth, England, bearing treasure, spice, and valuable information about the world’s great oceans. Drake was the first captain to sail his own ship all the way around the world–the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan had sailed three-fourths of the way around the globe earlier in the century but had been killed in the Philippines, leaving the Basque navigator Juan Sebastián de Elcano to complete the journey.

In 1581, Queen Elizabeth I knighted Drake, the son of a tenant farmer, during a visit to his ship. The most renowned of the Elizabethan seamen, Sir Francis Drake later played a crucial role in the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

Posted at 8 a.m.

St. James Township Draft Minutes

for December 5, 2018 Meeting

Posted at 2 p.m., 12/12/18

Beaver Island Airport Committee Special Meeting

for December 18, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at Peaine Hall

This is also a joint township meeting for Peaine and St. James. There will be a closed session on this day.

Posted at 2 p.m., 12/12/18

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

December 12, 2018

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane includes:

Baroque on Beaver Recital 7/26/11 (45 min)

BICS Graduation 6/6/12 (40 min)

Citizen of the Year 2012 (45 min)

Volleyball, Lady Islanders vs Mackinac Island 2/4/12 (45 min)

Antler Point Restriction Public Meeting 4/4/11 (1.5 hr)

Baroque on Beaver Friday 2011 (1.5 hr)

BI Softball 2011 (Highlights of McDonough and Ryan Smith teams) (10 min)

Barney's Lake Interview 10/2011 (10 min)

All times approximate.

As always, this is available to anyone, anywhere at

The broadcast begins at 10:00 a.m.


Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

Weather by Joe

December 12, 2018


Right now on Beaver Island it is 31 degrees that feels like 25 due to the wind gusting from 0 to 10 mph. The pressure is 29.83 with relative humidity at 81%. The sky is overcast at 2200 feet with visibility of ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to remain cloudy with temepratures in the low to mid-30s. Winds will be from the SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is at 20%.

TONIGHT, it is expected to have clouds early, but clearing late. The chance of precipitation remains at 20%. The low will be near freezing and the winds will continue from the SE at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies with the chance or precipitation dropping to 10%. Temperatures will remain in the low to mid-30's. The wind will switch to the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Word of the Day:

lunette; noun (loo-NET); something that has the shape of a crescent or half-moon; an opening in a vault especially for a window; a low crescentic mound (as of sand) formed by the wind

Lunette, a word borrowed from French, looks like it should mean "little moon"—luna being Latin for "moon" and -ette being a diminutive suffix. There is indeed some 17th-century evidence of the word being used for a small celestial moon, but that meaning is now obsolete. Earlier, in the 16th century, lunette referred to a horseshoe having only the front semicircular part—a meaning that still exists but is quite rare. Other senses of lunette that are infrequently used nowadays include "a blinder especially for a vicious horse" and, in the plural form, "spectacles." (Lunettes is the usual term for eyeglasses in modern French.) The oldest meaning of lunette still in common use is "something shaped like a crescent or half-moon," which our evidence dates to the early 1600s.

On this Day in 1901:

Italian physicist and radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi succeeds in sending the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean, disproving detractors who told him that the curvature of the earth would limit transmission to 200 miles or less. The message–simply the Morse-code signal for the letter “s”–traveled more than 2,000 miles from Poldhu in Cornwall, England, to Newfoundland, Canada.

Born in Bologna, Italy, in 1874 to an Italian father and an Irish mother, Marconi studied physics and became interested in the transmission of radio waves after learning of the experiments of the German physicist Heinrich Hertz. He began his own experiments in Bologna beginning in 1894 and soon succeeded in sending a radio signal over a distance of 1.5 miles. Receiving little encouragement for his experiments in Italy, he went to England in 1896. He formed a wireless telegraph company and soon was sending transmissions from distances farther than 10 miles. In 1899, he succeeded in sending a transmission across the English Channel. That year, he also equipped two U.S. ships to report to New York newspapers on the progress of the America’s Cup yacht race. That successful endeavor aroused widespread interest in Marconi and his wireless company.

Marconi’s greatest achievement came on December 12, 1901, when he received a message sent from England at St. John’s, Newfoundland. The transatlantic transmission won him worldwide fame. Ironically, detractors of the project were correct when they declared that radio waves would not follow the curvature of the earth, as Marconi believed. In fact, Marconi’s transatlantic radio signal had been headed into space when it was reflected off the ionosphere and bounced back down toward Canada. Much remained to be learned about the laws of the radio wave and the role of the atmosphere in radio transmissions, and Marconi would continue to play a leading role in radio discoveries and innovations during the next three decades.

In 1909, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in physics with the German radio innovator Ferdinand Braun. After successfully sending radio transmissions from points as far away as England and Australia, Marconi turned his energy to experimenting with shorter, more powerful radio waves. He died in 1937, and on the day of his funeral all British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) stations were silent for two minutes in tribute to his contributions to the development of radio.

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

I Hold Back

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 5:30 p.m., 12/10/18

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging December 2018 Update

Good Morning,

Just a note to keep you up to date on what is going on with the COA and to respond to requests for more information.  Please find attached the December 2018 Senior Hi-Lites Newsletter and 2019 COA Advisory Board Meeting schedule.  We have also made available, at the COA office on BI, a Prescription Savings Card issued by the CharEm United Way, though we were given limited quantities.  The COA has nothing to do with this Prescription Savings Card or program but we wanted to make it available on Beaver Island since it is available in all of our Senior Centers.  For more information please contact the CharEm United Way directly.

As many of you already know, Dawn George has decided to leave Beaver Island and her position with the COA.  We wish Dawn the very best and appreciate all she has done of the aging population on Beaver Island on behalf of the COA.

We are excited to confirm today that Kathie Ehinger has accepted our offer to work for the COA as Dawn’s replacement.  She will be shadowing Dawn this week and working with both the BI School and the COA to meet her split responsibilities though the month of December.  To allow her to transition positively, the COA Office on Beaver Island may be closed on days Kathie is unable to be there or the hours maybe changed to better accommodate Kathie’s schedule for the month of December.  Though we understand this is an inconvenience to our aging population on BI, we also value the potential that Kathie brings to the position and are willing to make small concessions for a few weeks.  We only lease the PABI office space from 9a-2p and have been told by the Board President that it is not available in December for any other hours but they may be flexible in the New Year.  We will keep the island posted as soon as we have confirmed dates and times for this transition.

The Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program to date is still only being utilized by less than a handful of residents and for homemaking (cleaning) only.  We have not received any requests for reimbursement for CNA services.  We also have had no interest in the Wellness Check program with partnered with the Sheriff’s Department on. 

We have a new Program starting this month through our Health Care Services staff.  The Charlevoix County Commission on Aging’s Health Care Service Staff will be implementing a “Client Reassurance Program.” We will be the local friends and neighbors checking in on our clients who have become part of our local friends and neighbors.  The Health Care Service Staff will be doing periodic phone calls to existing clients to check in and be yet another sources of personal contact and comfort to our aging clients as they age in place.  The intention of this program is to provide contact and support for our homebound seniors and seniors that have little or no support or for those who do not have family in the area. These periodic but regular checks will be on their personal wellbeing and safety concerns.  Clients can elect to not receive a phone call at any time or to be re-added to the call list at any time.  We don’t want our aging clients to feel alone while aging in place and their safety is our primary concern especially when there is little or no support other than our services in place.

The next COA Advisory Board Meetings are:

December 17, 2018 at the COA Office Building – Lower Level Conference Room at 10am

The COA Advisory Board meets all around Charlevoix County including Beaver Island so that they are accessible to all the aging population of Charlevoix County at a coordinated time and place each month.  Please see the attached schedule for 2019 meeting dates.

As a reminder, the Mainland Senior Centers Hours are:

9a-2p Monday through Friday October through April

9a-2p Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday May through September.  Wednesday’s hours are 2p-7p for Wednesday Night Dinners May through September (there is not lunch or Home Delivered Meals that day).

They are closed for most of the National Holidays.

Beaver Island COA Office Hours are:
9a-2p Monday through Friday year-round.  “Sunday Dinners” are once a month October through May and is a lunch.

They are closed for most of the National Holidays.

Meal Voucher Program update:

We received signed renewal agreements from the BI Schools and the Dalwhinnie.  These have been forwarded to the County Commissioners for approval and signature on 12/19/18.   Though the renewal agreements have been sent to the Shamrock and the Stoney Acre Grill, we still have not received the signed contracts back to date.  We have reached out to Eric Hodgson numerous times with no response so it is unclear what their intentions are.

PABI/Community Center Lease update:

A new lease has been signed by the Community Center Board regarding the COA office space and will be signed by the County Commissioners on 12/19/18.  The lease amount has increased by 17% and as this increase was not budgeted for, the remaining revenue from 2017-2018 will be having to be directed towards these costs for 2018-2019.

The COA offices and all of our Senior Centers will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25.  We will also be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

Lastly, as a reminder when sharing the COA updates please make sure the information is current and correct.  Please share this information with anyone you feel needs it and as always, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103


Address: 218 W. Garfield Avenue, Charlevoix, MI  49720

 COA Meeting Schedule

December Newsletter "Highlights"

Posted at 12:00 noon, 12/11/18

Request for Proposals
December 10, 2018
Beaver Island Community School
 (231) 448-2744

School-Wide Paging and Bell System
(Bid Proposals Due at 3:30 pm on Thursday, December 20, 2018)


Please consider this document a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) for the installation of a school-wide paging and bell system at Beaver Island Community School (BICS). Sealed bid proposals must be received in the BICS office before 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2018All bidders are welcome to be present at the opening.

Beaver Island Community School reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids.

The scope of this project involves installing a school-wide intercom/paging and bell system that interfaces with our current NEC telephone system. The new system will require the addition of speakers in areas of the building that are not current serviced by speakers (hallways, locker rooms, kitchen, elementary cafeteria, common areas, and the exterior of the building). Ideally, in addition to the ability to announce to all zones simultaneously (“all page” message), the system will be divided into zones that allow specific messages to be announced to specific geographic areas in the building (e.g., individual classrooms, the elementary wing, the kitchen, or gymnasium).

The project price must include the following:

Any qualified contractors interested in submitting a bid are encouraged to contact Superintendent-Principal Wilfred Cwikiel at the (231) 448-2744 to discuss and review the project prior to preparing and submitting a bid. A simple diagram of the building layout is available to qualified bidders.

All submitted bids must include:

All bid proposals must be received in the BICS office before 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2018

Posted at 11:15 a.m., 12/11/18

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

December 11, 2018

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane is from 2009 and 2011. This re-broadcast includes:

Kevin O'Donnell highlights 2009 (20 min)

Mongolian Children Highlights 2009 (30 min)

Music on the Porch 2009 highlights (20 min)

Lady Islander Volleyball 9/11/09 highlights (45 minutes)

5th and 6th grade play 4/29/11 (1 hr)

Citizen of the Year 2011 (1/2 hr)

Spring Musical 2011 (1/2 hr)

Christmas Cantata 2011 (1 hr)

All times approximate.

As always, this is available to anyone, anywhere at

The broadcast begins at 10:00 a.m.


Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Weather by Joe

December 11, 2018

The weather lady is still under the weather and is unable to do her morning job. On with the weather.....

Right now on Beaver Island it is 28 degrees with relative humidity of 88%. The pressure is 29.81 and visibility is 7 miles. We had a trace of precipitation in the last 24 hours. The dewpoint is 24 degrees and the sky is overcast at 1000 feet.

TODAY, it is expected to remain cloudy with the temperature haning around the freezing mark or just above. Winds are from the NW at 5 to 10 mph. Possible freezing drizzle with the cahnce being 20%.

TONIGHT, it is expected to be mostly cloudy with the temperature down below thirty with the chance of snow down to 10%. The winds will switch to the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies with a high of 34. The winds will stay from the ESE, but increase to 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day:

immure; verb; (ih-MYOOR); to enclose within or as if within walls; to build into a wall; especially : to entomb in a wall; imprison

Like mural, immure comes from murus, a Latin noun that means "wall." Immurare, a Medieval Latin verb, was formed from murus and the prefix in- (meaning "in" or "within"). Immure, which first appeared in English in the late 16th century, literally means "to wall in" or "to enclose with a wall," but it has extended meanings as well. In addition to senses meaning "to imprison" and "to entomb," the word sometimes has broader applications, essentially meaning "to shut in" or "to confine." One might remark, for example, that a very studious acquaintance spends most of her time "immured in the library" or that a withdrawn teenager "immures himself in his bedroom every night."

On this Day:

On this day in 1941, Adolf Hitler declares war on the United States, bringing America, which had been neutral, into the European conflict.

The bombing of Pearl Harbor surprised even Germany. Although Hitler had made an oral agreement with his Axis partner Japan that Germany would join a war against the United States, he was uncertain as to how the war would be engaged. Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor answered that question. On December 8, Japanese Ambassador Oshima went to German Foreign Minister von Ribbentrop to nail the Germans down on a formal declaration of war against America. Von Ribbentrop stalled for time; he knew that Germany was under no obligation to do this under the terms of the Tripartite Pact, which promised help if Japan was attacked, but not if Japan was the aggressor. Von Ribbentrop feared that the addition of another antagonist, the United States, would overwhelm the German war effort.

But Hitler thought otherwise. He was convinced that the United States would soon beat him to the punch and declare war on Germany. The U.S. Navy was already attacking German U-boats, and Hitler despised Roosevelt for his repeated verbal attacks against his Nazi ideology. He also believed that Japan was much stronger than it was, that once it had defeated the United States, it would turn and help Germany defeat Russia. So at 3:30 p.m. (Berlin time) on December 11, the German charge d’affaires in Washington handed American Secretary of State Cordell Hull a copy of the declaration of war.

That very same day, Hitler addressed the Reichstag to defend the declaration. The failure of the New Deal, argued Hitler, was the real cause of the war, as President Roosevelt, supported by plutocrats and Jews, attempted to cover up for the collapse of his economic agenda. “First he incites war, then falsifies the causes, then odiously wraps himself in a cloak of Christian hypocrisy and slowly but surely leads mankind to war,” declared Hitler-and the Reichstag leaped to their feet in thunderous applause.

Posted at 8:15 a.m.

BICS Board Meeting Tonight

December 10, 2018, at 7 p.m.

View board meeting packet HERE

Posted at 11:30 p.m., 12/10/18

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane includes:

We'll start the morning with the replay of the games from the first ever Great Lakes Island's Basketball Tournament with three games played by the island teams, each about 3/4 hour each.

Lady Islanders vs Washington Island
Islanders vs Washington Island
lady Islanders vs Putin Bay

This will be followed by a look into the year 2009.

Highlights from the following events will be seen:

Beaver Tales 7/10/2009

BICS Dedication 5/2009

Baroque on Beaver Friday 2009

Mackinac Soccer Tournament 2009

As always, this is available to anyone, anywhere at

The broadcast begins at 9 a.m.


Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Posted at 8:45 a.m., 12/10/18

Weather by Joe

December 10, 2018

Right now on Carlisle Road it is 30 degrees but feels like 29 due to an average wind speed of 3 mph from the south. The pressure is 30.01 with visibility of ten miles. The sky is overcast at 2000 feet with the relative humidity at 74% with a dewpoint of 24 degrees.

TODAY, it is expected to get up to 32 degrees with a cloudy skies and the possibly getting to the mid-30's. Winds will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

TONIGHT, it is expected to cloudy early, but clearing later. The precipitation chance is 10%, and the low will be in the mid-20'a. The winds will switch to the W at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies with a chance of precipitation of 20%. The temperatures will be in the mid to low 30'a. The wind will switch to the NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Word of the Day:

repartee; noun; (rep-er-TEE); a quick and witty reply; a succession or interchange of clever retorts : amusing and usually light sparring with words

One person often noted for her repartee was Dorothy Parker, writer and legendary member of the Algonquin Round Table. Upon hearing that Calvin Coolidge had died, she replied, "How can they tell?" The taciturn Coolidge obviously didn't have a reputation for being the life of the party, but he himself came out with a particularly famous repartee on one occasion. When a dinner guest approached him and told him she had bet someone she could get him to say more than two words, he replied, "You lose." Repartee, our word for such a quick, sharp reply (and for skill with such replies) comes from the French repartie, of the same meaning. Repartie itself is formed from the French verb repartir, meaning "to retort."

On this Day:

The first Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace. The ceremony came on the fifth anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor of dynamite and other high explosives. In his will, Nobel directed that the bulk of his vast fortune be placed in a fund in which the interest would be “annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.” Although Nobel offered no public reason for his creation of the prizes, it is widely believed that he did so out of moral regret over the increasingly lethal uses of his inventions in war.

Alfred Bernhard Nobel was born in Stockholm in 1833, and four years later his family moved to Russia. His father ran a successful St. Petersburg factory that built explosive mines and other military equipment. Educated in Russia, Paris, and the United States, Alfred Nobel proved a brilliant chemist. When his father’s business faltered after the end of the Crimean War, Nobel returned to Sweden and set up a laboratory to experiment with explosives. In 1863, he invented a way to control the detonation of nitroglycerin, a highly volatile liquid that had been recently discovered but was previously regarded as too dangerous for use. Two years later, Nobel invented the blasting cap, an improved detonator that inaugurated the modern use of high explosives. Previously, the most dependable explosive was black powder, a form of gunpowder.

Nitroglycerin remained dangerous, however, and in 1864 Nobel’s nitroglycerin factory blew up, killing his younger brother and several other people. Searching for a safer explosive, Nobel discovered in 1867 that the combination of nitroglycerin and a porous substance called kieselguhr produced a highly explosive mixture that was much safer to handle and use. Nobel christened his invention “dynamite,” for the Greek word dynamis, meaning “power.” Securing patents on dynamite, Nobel acquired a fortune as humanity put his invention to use in construction and warfare.

In 1875, Nobel created a more powerful form of dynamite, blasting gelatin, and in 1887 introduced ballistite, a smokeless nitroglycerin powder. Around that time, one of Nobel’s brothers died in France, and French newspapers printed obituaries in which they mistook him for Alfred. One headline read, “The merchant of death is dead.” Alfred Nobel in fact had pacifist tendencies and in his later years apparently developed strong misgivings about the impact of his inventions on the world. After he died in San Remo, Italy, on December 10, 1896, the majority of his estate went toward the creation of prizes to be given annually in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace. The portion of his will establishing the Nobel Peace Prize read, “[one award shall be given] to the person who has done the most or best work for fraternity among nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies, and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” Exactly five years after his death, the first Nobel awards were presented.

Today, the Nobel Prizes are regarded as the most prestigious awards in the world in their various fields. Notable winners have included Marie Curie, Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, George Bernard Shaw, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, Martin Luther King, Jr., the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Nelson Mandela. Multiple leaders and organizations sometimes receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and multiple researchers often share the scientific awards for their joint discoveries. In 1968, a Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science was established by the Swedish national bank, Sveriges Riksbank, and first awarded in 1969.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences decides the prizes in physics, chemistry, and economic science; the Swedish Royal Caroline Medico-Surgical Institute determines the physiology or medicine award; the Swedish Academy chooses literature; and a committee elected by the Norwegian parliament awards the peace prize. The Nobel Prizes are still presented annually on December 10, the anniversary of Nobel’s death. In 2006, each Nobel Prize carried a cash prize of nearly $1,400,000 and recipients also received a gold medal, as is the tradition.

Posted at 7:30 a.m. (from Merriam Webster and

The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project #50

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 8:15 p.m., 12/9/18

Mass from Holy Cross

The two services of Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. had different readers for each service. Saturday, the reader was Kitty McNamara, and on Sunday the reader was Jacque LaFreniere. Our own Father Jim Siler was the celebrant. While Father Jim will be doing services this week, he will be headed to Lake City next weekend and trading with the Lake City priest who will be coming to do our masses next weekend.

Kitty McNamara, Saturday reader

Jacque LaFreniere, Sunday reader

Father Jim Siler, celebrant both masses

View video of the services HERE

Posted at 6 p.m., 12/9/18

Article About Caitlin Wetzel

Brain Cancer Patient Finds Hope with Emerging New Therapy

Glimmers of promise

Posted at 8:15 a.m., 12/9/18

Weather by Joe

December 9, 2018

Right now on Carlilse Road it is 23 degrees. The pressure is 30.22 and the visibility is ten miles. The sky is overcast at 1200 feet. The dewpoint is 14 degrees, and the air is holding 83% of the moisture that it is able to hold (relative humidity).

TODAY, it is expected to have morning clouds giving way to sun in the afternoon. The high temperature will be close to 30 degrees and the winds will be from the West at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a low near 27 degrees. The chance of snow will increase from 0% today to 20% tonight. The winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a cloudy day with temepratures approaching the freezing/thawing point. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to15 mph.

Word of the Day:

galumph; verb; (guh-LUMF)l to move with a clumsy heavy tread

Bump, thump, thud. There's no doubt about it—when someone or something galumphs onto the scene, ears take notice. Galumph first lumbered onto the English scene in 1872 when Lewis Carroll used the word to describe the actions of the vanquisher of the Jabberwock in Through the Looking Glass: "He left it dead, and with its head / He went galumphing back." Etymologists suspect Carroll created galumph by altering the word gallop, perhaps throwing in a pinch of triumphant for good measure (in its earliest uses, galumph did convey a sense of exultant bounding). Other 19th-century writers must have liked the sound of galumph, because they began plying it in their own prose, and it has been clumping around our language ever since.

On this Day:

In Poland, Lech Walesa, founder of the Solidarity trade union, wins a landslide election victory, becoming the first directly elected Polish leader.

Walesa, born in 1943, was an electrician at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk when he was fired for union agitation in 1976. When protests broke out in the Gdansk shipyard over an increase in food prices in August 1980, Walesa climbed the shipyard fence and joined the thousands of workers inside. He was elected leader of the strike committee, and three days later the strikers’ demands were met. Walesa then helped coordinate other strikes in Gdansk and demanded that the Polish government allow the free formation of trade unions and the right to strike. On August 30, the government conceded to the strikers’ demands, legalizing trade unionism and granting greater freedom of religious and political expression.

Millions of Polish workers and farmers came together to form unions, and Solidarity was formed as a national federation of unions, with Walesa as its chairman. Under Walesa’s charismatic leadership, the organization grew in size and political influence, soon becoming a major threat to the authority of the Polish government. On December 13, 1981, martial law was declared in Poland, Solidarity was outlawed, and Walesa and other labor leaders were arrested.

In November 1982, overwhelming public outcry forced Walesa’s release, but Solidarity remained illegal. In 1983, Walesa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Fearing involuntary exile, he declined to travel to Norway to accept the award. Walesa continued as leader of the now-underground Solidarity movement, and he was subjected to continual monitoring and harassment by the Communist authorities.

In 1988, deteriorating economic conditions led to a new wave of labor strikes across Poland, and the government was forced to negotiate with Walesa. In April 1989, Solidarity was again legalized, and its members were allowed to enter a limited number of candidates in upcoming elections. By September, a Solidarity-led government coalition was in place, with Walesa’s colleague Tadeusz Mazowiecki as premier. In 1990, Poland’s first direct presidential election was held, and Walesa won by a landslide.

President Walesa successfully implemented free-market reforms, but unfortunately he was a far more effective labor leader than president. In 1995, he was narrowly defeated in his reelection by former communist Aleksander Kwasniewski, head of the Democratic Left Alliance.

Posted at 7:45 a.m. (from Merriam Webster and

Great Lakes Islands Alliance

Connects Communities

View webpage HERE

The steering committee of the alliance includes:

The committee includes:

  • Michael Childers, Madeline Island, Wisconsin (Lake Superior), Chair
  • Bob Anderson, Beaver Island, Michigan (Lake Michigan)
  • Kristy Beyer, Drummond Island, Michigan (Lake Huron)
  • Mike Gora, Middle Bass Island, Ohio (Lake Erie)
  • Joe Shorthouse, Manitoulin Island, Ontario (Lake Huron)

Posted at 6:30 p.m., 12/8/18

Islanders Split Games Against Grand Marais

On the Friday night of this weekend, the Grand Marais Polar Bears put up an amazing show of stealing the ball, and running down the court and making lay-ups. The primary force on the Grand Marais team, although not the only force, was #23, Mehmet Benli, an exchange student attending Grand Marais High School. There were others that took on the Islanders and blocked shots, but main reason the Islanders lost on Friday was the shot percentage. If the Islanders had made only 20% of their missed shots, only 1 in 5, they would have won the game.

This does not take anything away from the play of the Polar Bears. Their shooting percentage was much higher from outside as well as in the lane.

On Saturday morning, the Islanders were aware of the Polar Bear strategy, and the Islander played as a team with a much higher shooting percentate. This gave them the excellent score for the win. Even the bench made some shots this morning with high fives for all.

View pictures from Friday night's game HERE

View pictures of Saturday's game HERE

View video of Friday's game HERE

View video of Saturday's game HERE

Posted at 6:15 p.m., 12/8/18

Lady Islanders Win Twice

Friday and Saturday Games against Grand Marais Polar Bears

The Junior Cheerleaders on Friday

The weekend the Grand Marais boys' and girls' team cam to the island to play basketball. The Lady Islanders were quite on their game this weekend in both of the games, one on Friday night and one after the boys' team on Saturday morning. Some of the shots wouldn't fall on Friday night, but they began to go in on Saturday morning.

View photos of the Lady's Friday night game HERE

View photos of the Lady's Saturday game HERE

View video of the Lady's Friday night game HERE

View video of the Lady's Saturday game HERE

Posted at 5:45 p.m., 12/8/18

Weather by Joe

December 8, 2018

Right now on Carlilse Road it is 23 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. The pressure is 30.39 and visibility of ten miles. The sky is overcast at 2800 feet. The dewpoint is 10 degrees and relative humidity is 70%. We had some snow flurries yesterday, but not much accumulation, perhaps a quarter inch.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with clearing to partly cloudy later in the day. The high will be 28 degrees and winds will be from the W at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to be mostly clear with a low of 25 degrees. The winds will be from the WSW at 10 to 20 mph. There is only a 10% chance of snow.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a 10% chance of snow. Winds will be from the W at 10 to 20 mph.

Word of the Day:

approbation; noun (ap-ruh-BAY-shun); commendation; praise; an act of approving formally or officially

Approbation is similar in meaning to approval, and it is also very close to approval etymologically. Both words trace back to the Latin verb approbare, which means "to prove" or "to approve." Approbation meant "proof" when it first appeared in English in the 14th century, and by the early 1500s it had come to mean "formal or official approval," a sense it still retains in certain ecclesiastical contexts. Today, however, we mostly use approbation in the looser sense of "approval, admiration, or praise." The related verb approbate means "to approve or sanction," and the adjective approbatory means "expressing approval or commendation."

On this Day:

John Lennon, a former member of the Beatles, the rock group that transformed popular music in the 1960s, is shot and killed by an obsessed fan in New York City. The 40-year-old artist was entering his luxury Manhattan apartment building when Mark David Chapman shot him four times at close range with a .38-caliber revolver. Lennon, bleeding profusely, was rushed to the hospital but died en route. Chapman had received an autograph from Lennon earlier in the day and voluntarily remained at the scene of the shooting until he was arrested by police. For a week, hundreds of bereaved fans kept a vigil outside the Dakota–Lennon’s apartment building–and demonstrations of mourning were held around the world.

John Lennon was one half of the singing-songwriting team that made the Beatles the most popular musical group of the 20th century. The other band leader was Paul McCartney, but the rest of the quartet–George Harrison and Ringo Starr–sometimes penned and sang their own songs as well. Hailing from Liverpool, England, and influenced by early American rock and roll, the Beatles took Britain by storm in 1963 with the single “Please Please Me.” “Beatlemania” spread to the United States in 1964 with the release of “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” followed by a sensational U.S. tour. With youth poised to break away from the culturally rigid landscape of the 1950s, the “Fab Four,” with their exuberant music and good-natured rebellion, were the perfect catalyst for the shift.

The Beatles sold millions of records and starred in hit movies such as A Hard Day’s Night (1964). Their live performances were near riots, with teenage girls screaming and fainting as their boyfriends nodded along to the catchy pop songs. In 1966, the Beatles gave up touring to concentrate on their innovative studio recordings, such as 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, a psychedelic concept album that is regarded as a masterpiece of popular music. The Beatles’ music remained relevant to youth throughout the great cultural shifts of the 1960s, and critics of all ages acknowledged the songwriting genius of the Lennon-McCartney team.

Lennon was considered the intellectual Beatle and certainly was the most outspoken of the four. He caused a major controversy in 1966 when he declared that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus,” prompting mass burnings of Beatles’ records in the American Bible Belt. He later became an anti-war activist and flirted with communism in the lyrics of solo hits like “Imagine,” recorded after the Beatles disbanded in 1970. In 1975, Lennon dropped out of the music business to spend more time with his Japanese-born wife, Yoko Ono, and their son, Sean. In 1980, he made a comeback with Double-Fantasy, a critically acclaimed album that celebrated his love for Yoko and featured songs written by her.

On December 8, 1980, their peaceful domestic life on New York’s Upper West Side was shattered by 25-year-old Mark David Chapman. Psychiatrists deemed Chapman a borderline psychotic. He was instructed to plead insanity, but instead he pleaded guilty to murder. He was sentenced to 20 years to life. In 2000, New York State prison officials denied Chapman a parole hearing, telling him that his “vicious and violent act was apparently fueled by your need to be acknowledged.” He remains behind bars at Attica Prison in New York State.

John Lennon is memorialized in “Strawberry Fields,” a section of Central Park across the street from the Dakota that Yoko Ono landscaped in honor of her husband.

Posted at 7:30 a.m.

BICS Weekly Memo

December 7, 2018

Posted at 4 p.m., 12/7/18

Sarah Marie Bray

April 22, 1949 ~ December 6, 2018 (age 69)

Sarah Marie Bray, 69, of Pullman, formerly of South Haven, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2018 in Charlevoix, Michigan. She was born April 22, 1949 to Paul and Isabelle (Wabinimkee) Kenwabikise on Beaver Island where she was raised. She lived in the South Haven area for many years where she drove bus for the South Haven, Fennville, and Bloomingdale school districts. She enjoyed camping, star gazing, and hunting.

She is preceded in death along with her parents by siblings – Leonard, John, Robbie, Stevie, and Doris Kenwabikise and Margaret Way.

Sarah is survived by her children – Edwin and Chris (Debra) Harris both of Pullman and Melissa (Ryan) Woodley of Grand Junction, grandchildren – Shelby and Hannah Harris and Reece and Mirra Woodley, and siblings - Caroline (Buck) Ramey, Nancy (Denney) Harris, Pauline (George) Anthony, Diane (Sonic) Smith, Mary Kenwabikise-Halpen, Joey Kenwabikise, and Jimmie (Barb) Kenwabikise.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home in South Haven. Memorial services will follow visitation at 2:00 PM at the funeral home. A luncheon will follow services at the American Legion Post #49, 129 Michigan Avenue, South Haven, Michigan 49090. 

Posted at 1:30 p.m., 12/7/18

An Interesting Interview with Joe Cunningham

Picture credit the link below.

Joe Cunningham, for those of you that are somewhat knew to the island's history, was an amazing Beaver Island musician, guitarist, and vocalist. He performed solo, as well as in a group that consisted of Mathew Marston, Gwen Marston, and Joe Moore for several years at the old Circle M, before the bar was added to the porch room. He is interested in many different music types, but his main fervent activity insludes giving quilting seminars and quilting. This interview provides the basis of his beginnings here on Beaver Island in quilting. Read the interview HERE

Weather by Joe

December 7, 2018

It appears as if winter has set in whether we are ready for it or not. The weather lady is still not able to see well enough to do the weather, so here we go again......

Right now on Carlisle Road it is 20 degrees and cloudy. The high temperature for the day might go up a few degrees in the mid to low 20's. Winds are from the W , but with very little strength at this time. The pressure is 30.3 with visibility of ten miles. The clouds are overcast at 3100 feet. The dewpoint is 5 degrees with dry air at 50% relative humidity. Our weather machine does not show any precipitation in the last 24 hours.

TODAY, it is expected to stay cloudy. There is a 20% chance of snow with high expected to be 23 degrees. Winds will be from the W at 5 to 10 mpn.

TONIGHT, it is expected to be partly cloudy with the temperature dropping down to 19 degrees. The chance of snow remains at 20%. The winds will increase from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly sunny skies with 0% chance of snow. The temperature will approach 30 degrees, and the winds will switch back to the west at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day

sandbag; verb; (SAND-bag); o bank, stop up, or weight with sandbags; to treat unfairly or harshly; to conceal or misrepresent one's true position, potential, or intent especially in order to take advantage over : to hide the truth about oneself so as to gain an advantage over another

In the 19th century, the verb sandbag began to be used to describe the act of bludgeoning someone with a small, sand-filled bag—a tactic employed by ruffians, usually as a prelude to robbing their victims. The verb went on to develop metaphorical extensions, such as "to coerce by crude means." By the 1940s, it was being used of a strategy in which a poker player with a good hand bets weakly, in order to draw other players into holding on to their hands and raising the bet. The use of sandbag has since evolved to refer to a general strategy of playing down one's position in order to gain some sort of advantage.

Management must have realized that reading employee survey responses aloud at the company-wide meeting would make employees feel sandbagged, but they chose to do it anyway.

On this Day

At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II.

With diplomatic negotiations with Japan breaking down, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his advisers knew that an imminent Japanese attack was probable, but nothing had been done to increase security at the important naval base at Pearl Harbor. It was Sunday morning, and many military personnel had been given passes to attend religious services off base. At 7:02 a.m., two radar operators spotted large groups of aircraft in flight toward the island from the north, but, with a flight of B-17s expected from the United States at the time, they were told to sound no alarm. Thus, the Japanese air assault came as a devastating surprise to the naval base.

Much of the Pacific fleet was rendered useless: Five of eight battleships, three destroyers, and seven other ships were sunk or severely damaged, and more than 200 aircraft were destroyed. A total of 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,200 were wounded, many while valiantly attempting to repulse the attack. Japan’s losses were some 30 planes, five midget submarines, and fewer than 100 men. Fortunately for the United States, all three Pacific fleet carriers were out at sea on training maneuvers. These giant aircraft carriers would have their revenge against Japan six months later at the Battle of Midway, reversing the tide against the previously invincible Japanese navy in a spectacular victory.

The day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, President Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of Congress and declared, “Yesterday, December 7, 1941–a date which will live in infamy–the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” After a brief and forceful speech, he asked Congress to approve a resolution recognizing the state of war between the United States and Japan. The Senate voted for war against Japan by 82 to 0, and the House of Representatives approved the resolution by a vote of 388 to 1. The sole dissenter was Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana, a devout pacifist who had also cast a dissenting vote against the U.S. entrance into World War I. Three days later, Germany and Italy declared war against the United States, and the U.S. government responded in kind.

The American contribution to the successful Allied war effort spanned four long years and cost more than 400,000 American lives.

Garden Island Stories

by Dick Burris

Vision Quest:
One day the sheriff asked me to take him to the north end of Garden Island, to investigate a death that happened t here.
"Key waydenoquey"         the leader of the group had one of the old indian things to do, called "vision quest"; It consisted in staying in a closed tent with a fire in the middle. The heat of the fire would drain the electrolytes from the body, and cause one to have visions. It was one of the things they would do to establish some kind of a status (I think)?
Anyway the lady died in this ceremony, and the sheriff was going over there from Beaver Island to investigate the incident,
When we arrived, The deputy "Capman" aka Capgun rowed ashore, and we pulled the pram back for the sheriff, The sheriff was dressed (fit to kill), and stepped into the pram and it slid to one side dropping him in the lake. Capman giggled, and was still giggling all the way back.
The sea was running nearly five feet, making us rock and role; this didn't set too well with the sheriff, because he was prone to seasickness. Key gave him crackers, and told him they would help with seasickness. I suggested that he sit on the seat in the stern; that, that location presented the least motion. But he insisted on hugging the post of an observation tower near the helm; nibbling on crackers all the way back. You just couldn't help feeling sorry for him.
I think that knowing the whole story, he had to consider it more like suicide or plan gone wrong,

Garden Island Mail:
Another trip; a few people were brought to the camp, and we were carrying some of the mail. We ferried the people ashore. with a line tied to a shrub on shore and bitten to a cleat on the boat.
As we were pulling out in a very rough sea and, we in shallow water, and hoping to get out without hitting bottom; we saw some of the clan tugging on the rope and waving franticly. We had forgotten the mail, but didn't know it at that time. We were drift ing toward the shallows. and a deckhand said, "What should I do?"

I told him, "Bite the line to the cleat."

And we dragged them into the lake. Later we found why they were doing that. We did bring the mail the next day with more passengers.

Overnighter at Garden Island:

One evening it was getting dark, so I decided to anchor in a pocket of deeper water, just north of the camp; I placed a heavy anchor astern, one on the bow, and two side anchors. There was an offshore wind that night, that did a 180 degree change later.
In the night I woke to the stern being slapped by the heavy sea. So. I tied the stern line to the samson post on the bow; then unfastened the stern post and it immediately swung around tangling the other three lines. the other lines were switched and the then, the bowline was brought up, so the boat was sitting where it was to begin with.

Posted at 8 p.m., 12/6/18

TRUST and Facts

An Editorial by Joe Moore

Merriam Webster defines trust as a noun as “reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something; one in which confidence is placed; a charge or duty imposed in faith or confidence or as a condition of some relationship.”  As a verb, Merriam Webster defines trust as “to rely on the truthfulness or accuracy of; to place confidence in; to extend credit to;”

This is not a complete listing of the definitions, but it is a list that particularly applies to this editorial.

Here are my favorite quotes about trust:

“Respect is earned. Honesty is appreciated. Trust is gained. Loyalty is returned.”  And:

“My love is unconditional. My trust and respect are not.” And;

“Trust is earned when actions meet words.”

All three of these quotations are from the top thirty quotations regarding trust. (from a google search).

So, it appears that trust must be earned by actions and not by words.  That is the basis of this editorial.

Refusal to communicate information to the only news service able to immediately post this information doesn’t fit any of the definitions or the quotes.  The group that this editorial is about is not fostering trust with this news service.  Refusal to send information about the meetings to take place, and refusal to send minutes to this news service does not meet any definition or any quote.

So, if the readers of this want more information, I have a series of facts about the requirements in the original agreement, and more facts about the violations of this agreement, but I’m done fighting this battle. 

There is a link on the homepage of that will lead you to information that has been received by this news service from this one entity.  Nothing will be added unless it is received from that entity.  This link is available to anyone in the world, so any excuses about this being a subscription service and not available to the public is simply baseless.

So, this news service will continue to wait for this one entity to earn the trust back. The measure of that trust will be based upon the information received and posted for the entire world to see.

BI Transportation Authority Meeting

Agenda and Notice Dec 11 2018 Regular Meeting

Nov 13 2018 reg meeting minutes draft

Posted at 11 a.m., 12/6/18

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane

Today's Walk Down Memory Lane 12/6/18

Christmas Concert 12/4/16 (1.5 hrs)

Christmas Lights on Beaver Island 2015 (10 min)

4th of July Fireworks 2011 (10 min)

Baroque on Beaver Thursday 2011 (1.25 hrs)

Font Lake Snowshoe Adventure (2 min)

Forestry Presentation and Fieldwork (2 hrs)

Lady Islanders vs Washington Island 12/1/18 (3/4 hr)

Islanders vs Washington Island 12/1/18 (3/4 hr)

Lady Islanders vs Putin Bay Panthers 12/1/18 (3/4 hr)

This re-broadcast is available to anyone, anywhere at

All times are approximate.

Broadcast to begin at 10:00 a.m.


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Weather by Joe

December 6, 2018

Back home early yesterday with a cautiously optimistic appointment with the radiation oncologist, who we don't need to see again, and our oncologist, who we don't need to see for three months. In three months we'll have to get another CAT scan to check out the chest and abdomen. So, now we move on to other issues including thyroid, dental, and eye issues. The first priority is the fact that our retired librarion can't see, as p;ossible side effect of the chemotherapy. We've eliminated infection of tear ducts, dry eyes, and other infections with appointments with specialists, so now we move on to trying to solve this problem. Anyway, on to the weather......

Right now on Carlisle Road it is 28 degrees. The pressure is 29.92 with visibility down to 5 miles. There are three layers of clouds, scattered clouds at 1600 feet, mostly cloudy at 5000 feet, and overcast at 7000 feet. The dewpoint is 19 degrees, and the relative humidity is 80%. We got about a half inch of snow in the last 24 hours.

TODAY, it is expected to stay at just below 30 degrees with cloudy skies. The winds will be from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph. The chance of precipitation is 20%.

TONIGHT, it is expect to be cloudy early, but have clearing later in the night. That will allow the temperature to drop to about 18 degrees. Winds will be from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance stays at 20%.

TOMORRROW, it is forecast morning clouds giving way to partly sunny skies with a high of 24. Winds will switch to the W at 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day:

dossier; noun; (DOSS-yay); a file containing detailed records on a particular person or subject

Gather together various documents relating to the affairs of a certain individual, sort them into separate folders, label the spine of each folder, and arrange the folders in a box. Dossier, the French word for such a compendium of spine-labeled folders, was picked up by English speakers in the 19th century. It comes from dos, the French word for "back." The verb endorse (which originally meant "to write on the back of") and the rare adjective addorsed ("set or turned back to back," a term primarily used in heraldry) are also derived, via the Anglo-French endosser and French adosser respectively, from dos. The French dos has its origins in the Latin dorsum, a word which also gave English the adjective dorsal ("situated on the back"), as in "the dorsal fin of a whale."

On this Day:

On this day in 1884, in Washington, D.C., workers place a nine-inch aluminum pyramid atop a tower of white marble, completing the construction of an impressive monument to the city’s namesake and the nation’s first president, George Washington. As early as 1783, the infant U.S. Congress decided that a statue of George Washington, the great Revolutionary War general, should be placed near the site of the new Congressional building, wherever it might be. After then-President Washington asked him to lay out a new federal capital on the Potomac River in 1791, architect Pierre L’Enfant left a place for the statue at the western end of the sweeping National Mall (near the monument’s present location).

It wasn’t until 1832, however–33 years after Washington’s death–that anyone really did anything about the monument. That year, a private Washington National Monument Society was formed. After holding a design competition and choosing an elaborate Greek temple-like design by architect Robert Mills, the society began a fundraising drive to raise money for the statue’s construction. These efforts–including appeals to the nation’s schoolchildren–raised some $230,000, far short of the $1 million needed. Construction began anyway, on July 4, 1848, as representatives of the society laid the cornerstone of the monument: a 24,500-pound block of pure white marble.

Six years later, with funds running low, construction was halted. Around the time the Civil War began in 1861, author Mark Twain described the unfinished monument as looking like a “hollow, oversized chimney.” No further progress was made until 1876–the centennial of American independence–when President Ulysses S. Grant authorized construction to be completed.

Made of some 36,000 blocks of marble and granite stacked 555 feet in the air, the monument was the tallest structure in the world at the time of its completion in December 1884. In the six months following the dedication ceremony, over 10,000 people climbed the nearly 900 steps to the top of the Washington Monument. Today, an elevator makes the trip far easier, and more than 800,000 people visit the monument each year. A city law passed in 1910 restricted the height of new buildings to ensure that the monument will remain the tallest structure in Washington, D.C.–a fitting tribute to the man known as the “Father of His Country.”

Posted at 8 a.m. (from Merriam Webster and

St. James Documents for 12/5/19 Meeting


Beaver Island Contract 19

Beaver Island Proposal 19

budget development policy



Posted at 7:15 p.m., 12/5/18

View video of the meeting HERE

Posted at 9:15 p.m., 12/5/18

Supervisor's Lens

Posted at 6:30 p.m., 12/8/17

Rescheduled St James Public Works Committee Meeting

Friday, December 7, 2018 @ 5:00PM

Posted at 4:15 p.m., 12/5/18

Weather by Joe

December 5, 2018

This morning's weather is coming to you from Petoskey, Michigan, as well as all the postings yesterday, but is still Beaver Island news and weather information, from the weather station at that location. With one more medical appointment on the docket today, the information will be very important to Phyllis and me. We are cautiously optimistic. We'll pass that information on as it becomes available. With a slip and fall at one of the most popular locations on Beaver Island, Joe is limping around with three large bruises on his leg and slightly higher on his body, but nothing is broken except his pride. On with the weather.....

Right now on Beaver Island, it is 28 degrees. The barometric pressure is 29.9 with visibility of ten miles. It is overcast at 2100 feet. The dewpoint is 20 degrees and the relative humidity is 76%. There was no accumulation of snow overnight.

TODAY, it is expected to have a high temperatrue just below freezing with a 50% chance of snow. The winds will be from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to have a 70% chance of light snow with the low temperature of 26 degrees. It is possible to have an accumulation of up an inch of snow early tonight. The wind will be form the W at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for possible morning snow showers. The chance is at 30%. The high will be around 28 degrees and the wind will be from the NW at 10 to 20 mph.

Word of the Day:

abandon; noun; (uh-BAN-dun)'; a thorough yielding to natural impulses

he sense of abandon defined above is a relative newcomer to the English language, dating from the early 1800s, but an earlier noun sense, defined as "the act of abandoning," was in use in the 1600s. The earlier sense was influenced by the verb abandon, which was borrowed by Middle English in the 1300s from Anglo-French abanduner. The Anglo-French term in turn came from the phrase (mettre) a bandun, meaning "to hand over" or "to put in someone's control." The newer sense has been more directly influenced by French abandon, which means not only "abandonment or surren

On this Day:

At 2:10 p.m., five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers comprising Flight 19 take off from the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station in Florida on a routine three-hour training mission. Flight 19 was scheduled to take them due east for 120 miles, north for 73 miles, and then back over a final 120-mile leg that would return them to the naval base. They never returned.

Two hours after the flight began, the leader of the squadron, who had been flying in the area for more than six months, reported that his compass and back-up compass had failed and that his position was unknown. The other planes experienced similar instrument malfunctions. Radio facilities on land were contacted to find the location of the lost squadron, but none were successful. After two more hours of confused messages from the fliers, a distorted radio transmission from the squadron leader was heard at 6:20 p.m., apparently calling for his men to prepare to ditch their aircraft simultaneously because of lack of fuel.

By this time, several land radar stations finally determined that Flight 19 was somewhere north of the Bahamas and east of the Florida coast, and at 7:27 p.m. a search and rescue Mariner aircraft took off with a 13-man crew. Three minutes later, the Mariner aircraft radioed to its home base that its mission was underway. The Mariner was never heard from again. Later, there was a report from a tanker cruising off the coast of Florida of a visible explosion seen at 7:50 p.m.

The disappearance of the 14 men of Flight 19 and the 13 men of the Mariner led to one of the largest air and seas searches to that date, and hundreds of ships and aircraft combed thousands of square miles of the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and remote locations within the interior of Florida. No trace of the bodies or aircraft was ever found.

Although naval officials maintained that the remains of the six aircraft and 27 men were not found because stormy weather destroyed the evidence, the story of the “Lost Squadron” helped cement the legend of the Bermuda Triangle, an area of the Atlantic Ocean where ships and aircraft are said to disappear without a trace. The Bermuda Triangle is said to stretch from the southern U.S. coast across to Bermuda and down to the Atlantic coast of Cuba and Santo Domingo.

Posted at 8:15 a.m. (from Merriam Webster and


Posted at 2:45 p.m., 12/4/18

Today's St. James Public Works Committee Meeting is Canceled

It will be rescheduled! Posted at 2:15 p.m., 12/4/18

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Weather by Joe

December 4, 2018

Off the island today for two days of medical appointments, but we'll continue to report the information as it is received by those willing to share it by email. Hope you all have a great couple of days! On with the weather....

Right now, at 6:30 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 30 degrees. The pressure is 30.09 with visibility of ten miles. The sky is overcast at 2500 feet. The dewpoint is 20 degrees with relative humidity at 70%. The slight breath of wind is from the NNW.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with temperatures hanging around 30 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 0%. Wiinds will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph

TONIGHT, it is expected to continue to be cloudy with a 20% chance of snow. The low will be in the mid-20's. It will remain cloudy with the winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a repeat of today's weather with temperatures around 30 and cloudy skies. The wind will be from the WSW increasing to 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day:

perspicacious; adjective; (per-spuh-KAY-shus); of acute mental vision or discernment

Perspicacious is similar in meaning to shrewd and astute, but a sharp mind will also discern subtle differences among them. All three denote being acute in perception and sound in judgment, but shrewd stresses practical, hardheaded cleverness, whereas perspicacious implies unusual power to see through and comprehend what is puzzling or hidden. Astute suggests both shrewdness and perspicacity, as well as diplomatic skill.

On this Day:

President George H. Bush orders 28,000 U.S. troops to Somalia, a war-torn East African nation where rival warlords were preventing the distribution of humanitarian aid to thousands of starving Somalis. In a military mission he described as “God’s work,” Bush said that America must act to save more than a million Somali lives, but reassured Americans that “this operation is not open-ended” and that “we will not stay one day longer than is absolutely necessary.” Unfortunately, America’s humanitarian troops became embroiled in Somalia’s political conflict, and the controversial mission stretched on for 15 months before being abruptly called off by President Bill Clinton in 1993.

In 1992, clan-based civil-war fighting and one of the worst African droughts of the century created famine conditions that threatened one-fourth of Somalia’s population with starvation. In August 1992, the United Nations began a peacekeeping mission to the country to ensure the distribution of food and medical aid, but it was largely unsuccessful. With U.N. troops unable to control Somalia’s warring factions, security deteriorating, and thousands of tons of food stranded in portside warehouses, President Bush ordered a large U.S. military force to the area on December 4, 1992. Five days later, the first U.S. Marines landed in the first phase of “Operation Restore Hope.”

With the aid of U.S. military troops and forces from other nations, the U.N. succeeded in distributing desperately needed food to many starving Somalis. However, with factional fighting continuing unabated, and the U.N. without an effective agenda to resolve the political strife, there seemed no clear end in sight to Operation Restore Hope when President Bill Clinton took office in January 1993.

Like his predecessor, Clinton was anxious to bring the Americans home, and in May the mission was formally handed back to the United Nations. By June 1993, only 4,200 U.S. troops remained. However, on June 5, 24 Pakistani U.N. peacekeepers inspecting a weapons storage site were ambushed and massacred by Somalia soldiers under the warlord General Mohammed Aidid. U.S. and U.N. forces subsequently began an extensive search for the elusive strongman, and in August, 400 elite U.S. troops from Delta Force and the U.S. Rangers arrived on a mission to capture Aidid. Two months later, on October 3-4, 18 of these soldiers were killed and 84 wounded during a disastrous assault on Mogadishu’s Olympia Hotel in search of Aidid. The bloody battle, which lasted 17 hours, was the most violent U.S. combat firefight since Vietnam. As many as 1,000 Somalis were killed.

Three days later, with Aidid still at large, President Clinton cut his losses and ordered a total U.S. withdrawal. On March 25, 1994, the last U.S. troops left Somalia, leaving 20,000 U.N. troops behind to facilitate “nation-building” in the divided country. The U.N. troops departed in 1995 and political strife and clan-based fighting continued in Somalia into the 21st century.

Posted at 6:45 a.m.



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

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 4/16/18

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

St. James Township Meetings Schedule

September 5, 2018

View video of the meeting HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

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

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BICS Holiday Program

December 20, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the BIC Center

Christmas Program at the Christian Church

There will be a Christimas Program at the Beaver Island Christian Church on December 15, 2018, at 2 p.m. The program will be dedicated to Mike and Shelley Scripps for their dedication to the Christmas Cantata over these many years. The program will consist of solos, duets, and other groups performing, and the will end with a Christimas Carol Sing.

Posted at 8 p.m. on 123/18

Holiday Decorations Downtown

As the two townships decided to help the Chamber of Commerce get some holiday decorations up to make the downtown look more like the holidays, volunteers hung these decorations, and Jim Wojan did the town tree.

These pictures are the daytime view of the decorations. There will be some nightime pictures and video done as we approach the holiday.

Mass from Holy Cross

December 2, 2018

The reader for both services was Bryan Foli, who also sang in the choir. Thank you, Bryan. Father Jim Siler was the celebrant for both services, Saturday at 4 p.m., and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Both services were live streamed.

With the basketball tournament across the street at the school, the live streaming at the church made for the eighth hour of live streaming for the day.

View video excerpts of Saturday and Sunday Mass HERE

Posted at 1:15 p.m., 12/3/18

Lady Islanders versus Putin Bay

This was the last game of the tournament. Our Lady Islanders had played hard throughout the tournament, but the Putin Bay Panthers seemed to not only outweigh, but also outshoot our Lady Islanders.

This photo kind of shows the size difference between the two teams. Although all our Lady Islanders played hard, there was one Panther that was truly amazing to watch play the game. #24 of the Panthers was a very talented player, and this showed through all the situations that occurred in the game. The Putin Bay Lady Panthers were the winners of the ladies' tournament. The game was recorded and you can view it below.

Our young cheeleaders performed once again

View a gallery of photos of this final game HERE

View video of this final game HERE

The Winners

Putin Bay Lady Panthers

Beaver Island Islanders

Posted at 5 p.m., 12/2/18

Games in Between Islanders and Lady Islanders

It was interesting to watch the other island teams play against one another as well as be there to cheer on the Beaver Island teams. The game of Washington Island versus Mackinac Island was one of those with the boys' teams.

View a small gallery of pictures of the Washington Island versus Mackinac Island Boys HERE

It was also interesting to watch the ladies teams from other islands. The ladies' game was Washington Island versus Putin Bay.

View a small gallery of pictures of the Washington Island versus Putin Bay ladies HERE

Posted at 4 p.m., 12/2/18

Mackinac Island versus Putin Bay boys basketball also was played before the last Lady Islander game. The last Lady Islander game was the last game in the tournament.

View a small gallery of pictures of the Mackinac Island versus Putin Bay boys game HERE

Posted at 4:15 p.m., 12/2/18

Lady Islanders in Great Lakes Island Basketball Tournament

BINN was not available to record and live stream on Friday, November 30, 2018, but two games were broadcast and recorded on Saturday, December 1, 2018. There are several pictures also that were taken on the Saturday morning and afternoon.

The Lady Islanders first game on Saturday was against the Washington Island ladies. It was quite interesting to see these two different teams match up. Just about each and every Washington Island team member was taller and heavier than the ladies from Beaver Island. The Lady Islanders didn't have the right range for baskets in the first half. There were lots of missed shots by even some of the better shooters on the Lady Islander team.

Elsie gets the jump..............Sky shoots...........Sveta takes a charge

Jessica attacks and lays one up.

View a gallery of pictures from the first half HERE

2nd half shooting improved, but the Lady Islanders were behind.

View a small gallery of pictures from the second half HERE

During the half time at this game, the young cheerleaders performed their cheers. They also gave the athletic director Kerry Smith some flowers for her birthday.

Lining up for the cheers

Delivering the flowers to Mrs. Smith

Happy Birthday, Kerry!

View video of this game HERE

Posted at 3:30 p.m., 12/2/18



Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

BICS Basketball Schedule

Posted at 6:45 p.m., 11/14/18


Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2018 Meeting Dates

March 10

June 16

September 15

December 8 (Annual Meeting)

BICS Meeting Schedules

Regular Meeting Schedule 2018

Committee Meeting Schedule2018

Beaver Island Airport Committee 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 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.

St. James Meetings for 2018-19

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Dates

Thursday, June 28, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, August 30, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, October 25, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, December 27, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, February 22, 2019 2:00PM

From the BIESA minutes for May 31, 2018

Posted at 1:45 p.m., 7/27/18

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

December 2018

Posted at 5:30 p.m., 12/2/18



Christian Church Bulletin

November 25, 2018


BICS Calendar 2017-18

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