B.I. News on the 'Net, December 7-22, 2019

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 22, 2019

For those arriving on the island expecting piles of the white stuff, it's melting quickly. Right now I'm showing 39°, feels like 29°, wind is from the WSW at 13 mph, humidity is 88%, dew point is 36°, pressure is 30.06 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 30s.

ON THIS DAY 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 December 22, 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. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT You might think twins are a rarity, but they're actually becoming more common than ever. "From about 1915, when the statistical record begins, until 1980, about one in every 50 babies born was a twin, a rate of 2 percent," writes Alexis C. Madrigal of The Atlantic. "Then, the rate began to increase: by 1995, it was 2.5 percent. The rate surpassed 3 percent in 2001 and hit 3.3 percent in 2010. [That means] one out of every 30 babies born is a twin."

Scientists believe this trend is due to the fact that older women tend to have more twins, and women are choosing to start families later. Fertility treatments such as in-vitro fertilization likely also play a role. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY fulgent (FULL-jint) which means dazzling bright: radiant. "The weary Sun betook himself to rest; — / Then issued Vesper from the fulgent west." That's how the appearance of the evening star in the glowing western sky at sunset looked to 19th-century poet William Wordsworth. Fulgent was a particularly apt choice to describe the radiant light of the sky at sunset. The word derives from the Latin verb fulgēre, meaning "to shine," a root which is itself akin to the Latin flagrare, meaning "to burn." English speakers have been using fulgent to depict resplendence since at least the 15th century. (merriam-webster.com)

Beautiful Sky Just After Sunset

December 21, 2019

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

Saturday Afternoon Mass

December 21, 2019, at 4 p.m.

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

View video of the service HERE

BIRHC Annual Meeting Minutes

December 14, 2019
10:00 AM BIRHC Community Room

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

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

Respectfully submitted by: Tammy Radionoff, Managing Director

Congress and President Agree on Need for New Great Lakes Icebreaker

December 20, 2019

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

Read the rest of the story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 21, 2019

Happy First Official Day of Winter - yippee! Right now I'm showing 37°, feels like 27°, mostly cloudy skies, wind is from the SSW at 12 mph, humidity is 86%, dew point is 33°, pressure is falling from 30.21 inches, cloud cover is 90%, and visibility is 5 miles. We might see some peeks of sunshine later this afternoon.

ON THIS DAY in 1996, Margret Rey, who with her husband Hans created the popular “Curious George” children’s books about a mischievous monkey, dies at age 90 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Reys, both German Jews, escaped wartime Europe in 1940 and fled to America. The following year, the first “Curious George” book was published in the United States.

Margret Rey was born Margarete Waldstein in Hamburg, Germany, in May 1906. She studied art in her homeland then later moved to Rio de Janeiro and worked as a photographer. In Brazil, she became re-acquainted with Hans Rey (born Hans Reyersbach), a fellow Hamburg native who she had met as a child. The couple married in 1935 then relocated to Paris, France, where Hans was a newspaper cartoonist and Margret wrote advertising copy. In 1939, “Raffy and the Nine Monkeys,” a children’s book written and illustrated by Hans, was published in France (an English-language version of the book was titled “Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys”). One of the monkeys in the book, who was always getting in trouble, served as the model for Curious George.

As the Reys worked on the manuscript for what would become the first Curious George book, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party continued their rise to power in Europe. In June 1940, shortly before the Nazis entered Paris, Hans and Margret escaped the city on homemade bicycles, taking with them little more than a collection of their manuscripts. After traveling to Spain, Portugal and Brazil, the Reys sailed to New York late that same year. “Curious George” was published in 1941, and the Reys collaborated on six sequels, including “Curious George Takes a Job” (1947), “Curious George Flies a Kite” (1958) and “Curious George Goes to the Hospital” (1966). Hans illustrated the books while Margret did the writing. (Despite their partnership, Hans initially received sole credit on covers, as H.A. Rey, because the couple’s publisher thought it would distinguish their books from the glut of female children’s book authors at the time.) According to The Los Angeles Times: “Barely 5 feet tall and red-haired, Rey said she occasionally served as her artist husband’s human model for their impish little monkey. She would scrunch up her face, move her limbs about or even leap from one piece of furniture to another.”

After Hans died in 1977, Margret went on to collaborate with Alan Shalleck on more than two dozen Curious George books as well as an animated TV show. When Margret died in December 1996, following complications from a heart attack, a new team continued to produce additional books in the series. Today, the Reys’ creation remains a beloved character in children’s literature. Curious George books have been translated into multiple languages, sold millions of copies and spawned a variety of merchandising deals. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the world's total population is more than 7.5 billion. And obviously, that number sounds huge. However, it might feel a little more manageable once you learn that if every single one of those people stood shoulder-to-shoulder, they could all fit within the 500 square miles of Los Angeles, according to National Geographic. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY kowtow (KOW-tow) which means:
1 : to show obsequious deference : fawn
2 : to kneel and touch the forehead to the ground in token of homage, worship, or deep respect
Kowtow originated as a noun referring to the act of kneeling and touching one's head to the ground as a salute or act of worship to a revered authority. In traditional China this ritual was performed by commoners making requests to the local magistrate, by the emperor to the shrine of Confucius, or by foreign representatives appearing before the emperor to establish trade relations. (In the late 18th century, some Western nations resisted performing the ritual, which acknowledged the Chinese emperor as the "son of heaven.") The word kowtow derives from Chinese koutou, formed by combining the verb kou ("to knock") with the noun tou ("head"). (merriam-webster.com)

PABI Seeks Chief Executive Officer

December 20, 2019

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apply HERE

Great Lakes Islands Summit Final Report

December 20, 2019

View the complete document HERE

Request for Bids

December 20, 2019

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

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

December 20, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Holidays!

T-Shirt Design Contest

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 20, 2019

Last ferry of the season leaves this morning. No more boats until April. Hope you have your freezers and pantries fill, along with your fuel tanks. It's another cold morning. I'm showing 28°, feels like 18°, humidity is at 81%, dew point is 22°, wind is from the ESE at 10 mph with gusts to 16 mph, pressure is at 30.51 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Final marine forecast is as follows:


Today Southeast wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Partly to mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Tonight South wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Slight chance of freezing drizzle. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Saturday Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Partly sunny. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

Saturday Night Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 3 to 5 feet

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 basic training–which included 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 Division 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. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT North Korea and Cuba are the only places you can't buy Coca-Cola.

No matter where you go, it's comforting to know you can always enjoy a Coca-Cola. Well, almost anywhere. While this fizzy drink is sold practically everywhere, it still hasn't (officially) made its way to North Korea or Cuba, according to the BBC. That's because these countries are under long-term U.S. trade embargoes.

However, some folks say you might be able to snag a sip of the stuff if you try hard enough (although it'll typically be a lot more expensive than what you would pay in the states—and probably imported from a neighboring country such as Mexico or China). (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY xenophobia (zen-uh-FOH-bee-uh) which means fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign. If you look back to the ancient Greek terms that underlie the word xenophobia, you'll discover that xenophobic individuals are literally "stranger fearing." Xenophobia, that elegant-sounding name for an aversion to persons unfamiliar, ultimately derives from two Greek terms: xenos, which can be translated as either "stranger" or "guest," and phobos, which means either "fear" or "flight." Phobos is the ultimate source of all English -phobia terms, but many of those were actually coined in English or New Latin using the combining form -phobia. Xenophobia itself came to us by way of New Latin and first appeared in print in English in the late 19th century. (merriam-webster.com)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 19, 2019

It's 24° this morning, feels like 14°, humidity is at 82%, dew point is 19°, wind is from the south at 9 mph, pressure is falling from 30.13 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots becoming northwest 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots in the afternoon. Scattered snow showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 3 to 5 feet in the morning.

Tonight Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

Friday Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Friday Night South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1843, Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol” is published.

Dickens was born in 1812 and attended school in Portsmouth. His father, a clerk in the navy pay office, was thrown into debtors’ prison in 1824, and 12-year-old Charles was sent to work in a factory. The miserable treatment of children and the institution of the debtors’ jail became topics of several of Dickens’ novels.

In his late teens, Dickens became a reporter and started publishing humorous short stories when he was 21. In 1836, a collection of his stories, Sketches by Boz, later known as The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, was published. The same year, he married Catherine Hogarth, with whom he would have nine children. The short sketches in his collection were originally commissioned as captions for humorous drawings by caricature artist Robert Seymour, but Dickens’ whimsical stories about the kindly Samuel Pickwick and his fellow club members soon became popular in their own right. Only 400 copies were printed of the first installment, but by the 15th episode 40,000 copies were printed. When the stories were published in book form in 1837, Dickens quickly became the most popular author of the day.

The success of the Pickwick Papers was soon reproduced with Oliver Twist (1838) and Nicholas Nickleby (1839). In 1841, Dickens published two more novels, then spent five months in the United States, where he was welcomed as a literary hero. Dickens never lost momentum as a writer, churning out major novels every year or two, often in serial form. Among his most important works are David Copperfield (1850), Great Expectations (1861), and A Tale of Two Cities (1859).

Beginning in 1850, he published his own weekly circular of fiction, poetry, and essays called Household Words. In 1858, Dickens separated from his wife and began a long affair with a young actress. He gave frequent readings, which became immensely popular. He died in 1870 at the age of 58, with his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, still unfinished. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT The Nobel Committee declined to award the Nobel Peace Prize in 1948 because "there was no suitable living candidate." This was meant as tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, who was assassinated earlier that year without receiving the Prize. (allthatsinteresting.com)

WORD OF THE DAY haggard (HAG-urd) which means:
1 of a hawk : not tamed
2 a : wild in appearance
b : having a worn or emaciated appearance : gaunt
Haggard comes from falconry, the sport of hunting with a trained bird of prey. The birds used in falconry were not bred in captivity until very recently. Traditionally, falconers trained wild birds that were either taken from the nest when quite young or trapped as adults. A bird trapped as an adult is termed a haggard, from the Middle French hagard. Such a bird is notoriously wild and difficult to train, and it wasn't long before the falconry sense of haggard was being applied in an extended way to a "wild" and intractable person. Next, the word came to express the way the human face looks when a person is exhausted, anxious, or terrified. Today, the most common meaning of haggard is "gaunt" or "worn." (merriam-webster.com)

The Data Disaster

An editorial by Joe Moore

December 18, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 18, 2019

It's a cold one! Right now I'm showing 11°, wind chill of -8°, cloudy skies, wind is from the NNW at 15 mph with gusts to 22 mph, humidity is 69%, dew point is 3°, pressure is rising from 30.05 inches, cloud cover is 100% and visibility is 5 miles. If you have outside pets, please let them in or offer them warmth of some kind. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots early in the evening. Gusts up to 30 knots. Periods of snow showers. Waves 4 to 7 feet subsiding to 4 to 6 feet in the afternoon. Waves occasionally around 9 feet.

Tonight South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Periods of snow showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Thursday Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Scattered snow showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Thursday Night Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

Lake effect snow will continue today, once again targeting the typical snowbelts of northwest lower and eastern upper Michigan. The majority of snow gradually diminishes this afternoon through this evening. Allow extra travel time with snow-covered roads and reduced visibility. Otherwise, cold wind chills are expected through the day today with many areas stuck below zero. Protect exposed skin as frostbite can occur in under 1 hour in these conditions.

In addition, some lakeshore flooding is possible across portions of northwest & northeast lower Michigan as waves of 4 to 8 combined with already high water levels will lead to beach flooding and erosion. There is potential for property damage as waves may completely submerge pier decks and boat docks.

ON THIS DAY the song that topped the Billboard pop chart on December 18, 1961, was an instant classic that went on to become one of the most successful pop songs of all time, yet its true originator saw only a tiny fraction of the song’s enormous profits.

The story begins in Johannesburg, South Africa, where in 1938, a group of Zulu singers and dancers called Solomon Linda and the Evening Birds stepped into the first recording studio ever set up in sub-Saharan Africa and recorded a song called “Mbube”—Zulu for “the lion.” “Mbube” was a regional hit, and it helped make Solomon Linda into a South African star. But the story might have ended there had a copy of the record not made its way to New York City in the early 1950s, where it was saved from the slush pile at Decca Records by the legendary folklorist Alan Lomax. Without actually hearing any of the records in a box sent from Africa, Lomax thought a friend of his might be interested in the box’s contents. That friend was the folksinger Pete Seeger.

Unable to understand the lyrics of “Mbube,” Seeger transcribed the central chant as “Wimoweh,” and that became the name of the song as recorded by the Weavers and released in early 1952, just as the group was about to be blacklisted thanks to the McCarthy hearings. Eventually, Jay Siegel, the teenage lead singer of the Tokens, would hear and fall in love with “Wimoweh” through the Kingston Trio’s cover version of the Weavers’ song. The Tokens’ label commissioned English-language lyrics for the song, which was re-titled “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and went on to become not just a #1 song on this day in 1961, but one of the most-covered, most successful pop songs of all time.

In an excellent article for Rolling Stone magazine in 2000, South African journalist Rian Malan followed both the music and the money associated with “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” exposing the sequence of business arrangements that ended up making millions for a handful of prominent U.S. music publishers while yielding only a $1,000 personal check from Pete Seeger to Solomon Linda during Linda’s lifetime. Because his composition was treated as public-domain “folk” material by Seeger and by the subsequent writer of the English-language lyrics in the Tokens’ version, Linda never participated in the royalty stream generated by either “Wimoweh” or “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” And prior to reaching an undisclosed settlement in 2006, his heirs received only a tiny fraction of the millions of dollars they might have been due had Linda retained his songwriting credit on what Malan rightly calls “The most famous melody ever to emerge from Africa.”

DID YOU KNOW THAT After Hitler ordered the deportation of Denmark's Jewish population, Danish citizens organized a massive evacuation of the Jews to neutral Sweden, despite the risks. In the end, 99% of Danish Jews survived the Holocaust. (allthatsinteresting.com)

WORD OF THE DAY aught (AWT) which means 1) anything; 2) all, everything. "If you know aught which does behove my knowledge / Thereof to be inform'd, imprison't not / In ignorant concealment," Polixenes begs Camillo in William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, employing the "anything" sense of aught. Shakespeare didn't coin the pronoun aught, which has been a part of the English language since before the 12th century, but he did put it to frequent use. Writers today may be less likely to use aught than were their literary predecessors, but the pronoun does continue to turn up occasionally. Aught can also be a noun meaning "zero," and "the aughts" is heard occasionally for the decade at the beginning of a century (say, 1900-1909 or 2000-2009) in which the penultimate digit is a zero. (merriam-webster.com)


by Cindy Ricksgers

Slippery Roads

December 17, 2019

This morning, the Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services and the Beaver Island Fire Department were paged to a personal injury accident down the East Side Road. It was reported that two vehicles were involved. Two ambulances were dispatched along with several fire trucks. The air transport vehicle was standing by. There were no serious injuries because "57 Air One" was told that it could stand down. All of this occurred before nine a.m.

The news for those that might need to consider it is simple. The roads are slippery, slow down, and drive safely.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 17, 2019

It's 26° degrees outside, feels like 15°, cloudy skies, wind is from the WSW at 10 mph, humidity is 73%, dew point is 18°, pressure is falling from 29.95 inches, cloud cover is 90%, and visibility is 10 miles. It's probably going to be a blustery afternoon as snow showers arrive along with an uptick of the wind from 20 to 30 mph from the NW with higher gusts possible.
**Winter Weather Advisory for Emmet, Cheboygan, Antrim, Otsego, Kalkaska, Charlevoix and Crawford Counties from 4pm Tuesday to 7pm Wednesday. 3-6″ of snow will be possible with isolated areas seeing 5-10″ of snow. This could lead to very slow commutes Wednesday with reduced visibilities and slick conditions.

Marine forecast is as follows:


Today West wind 10 to 20 knots. Gusts up to 30 knots. Flurries in the morning, then numerous snow showers in the afternoon. waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 4 feet.

Tonight Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Scattered snow showers. Waves 5 to 8 feet.

Wednesday Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Scattered snow showers. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

Wednesday Night Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of snow showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1903, 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. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT George Lazenby wasn't an actual actor. He got himself a suit, a Rolex and a new haircut, then met with the producer and made up movies he had been in. He later landed the role of James Bond. (allthatsinteresting.com)

WORD OF THE DAY flibbertigibett (flib-er-tee-JIB-ut) which means a silly flighty person. Flibbertigibbet is one of many incarnations of the Middle English word flepergebet, meaning "gossip" or "chatterer" (others include flybbergybe, flibber de' Jibb, and flipperty-gibbet). It is a word of onomatopoeic origin, created from sounds that were intended to represent meaningless chatter. William Shakespeare apparently saw a devilish aspect to a gossipy chatterer; he used flibbertigibbet in King Lear as the name of a devil. This use never caught on, but the devilish connotation of the word reappeared over 200 years later when Sir Walter Scott used Flibbertigibbet as the nickname of an impish urchin in the novel Kenilworth. The impish meaning derived from Scott's character was short-lived and was laid to rest by the 19th-century's end, leaving us with only the "silly flighty person" meaning. (merriam-webster.com)

Owl on Holy Cross

December 16, 2019

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

Peaine Documents December

Peaine Minutes December 2019

Peaine Parks and Rec Plan signed

beaver island district library board 12 16 19 from Peaine Township

New Year's Eve Party at the Hall

Charlevoix County COA December Dinner

December 15, 2019

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

View short video of the dinner HERE

Christian Church Service

December 15, 2019

View video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

December 15, 2019

Joan Banville was the reader, and the celebrant was Father Christopher Jarvis.

View video excerpts from Saturday and Sunday HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 16, 2019

Cloudy skies and 28°, feels like 14°, humidity is at 68%, dew point is 19°, wind is from the WSW at 14 mph with gusts to 17 mph, pressure is 30.08 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. The marine forecast is as follows:


Today West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of flurries. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 3 to 5 feet in the morning.

Tonight West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of flurries. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

Tuesday West wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

Tuesday Night Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Snow showers likely. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

The last ferry of the season is scheduled to leave the island on December 20th at 8:20 am. After that point I won't be adding the marine forecast until April when ferry service begins for 2020.

ON THIS DAY in 1773, at Griffin's Wharf in Boston, Massachusetts, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships and dump 342 chests of tea into the harbor.

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT a man named Tsutomu Yamaguchi was on a business trip in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb dropped. He was wounded, but returned to his hometown of Nagasaki, where the very next day the second atomic bomb was dropped. He survived both blasts and lived to 93. (allthatsinteresting.com)

WORD OF THE DAY mellifluous (muh-LIFF-luh-wus) which means:
1) having a smooth rich flow
2) filled with something (such as honey) that sweetens
In Latin, mel means "honey" and fluere means "to flow." Those two linguistic components flow smoothly together in mellifluus (from Late Latin) and mellyfluous (from Middle English), the ancestors of mellifluous. The adjective these days typically applies to sound, as it has for centuries. In 1671, for example, poet John Milton wrote in Paradise Regained of the "Wisest of men; from whose mouth issu'd forth Mellifluous streams." But mellifluous can also be used of flavor, as when wine critics Eric Asimov and Florence Fabricant used it to describe pinot grigio in the 2014 book Wine With Food: "Most pinot grigios give many people exactly what they want: a mellifluous, easy-to-pronounce wine that can be ordered without fear of embarrassment and that is at the least cold, refreshing, and for the most part cheap." (merriam-webster.com)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 15, 2019

Mostly cloudy skies this morning, 21°, feels like 15°, wind is from the north at 7 mph, humidity is 74%, dew point is 14°, pressure is rising from 29.93 inches, cloud cover is 90%, and visibility is 10 miles. Marine Forecast is as follows:


Today West wind 10 to 20 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots. Scattered snow showers in the morning, then isolated snow showers in the afternoon. Waves 3 to 5 feet subsiding to 2 to 3 feet in the afternoon.

Tonight West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Isolated snow showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Monday West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

Monday Night Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 1944, legendary bandleader Glenn MIller disappears over the English Channel.

General James Doolittle of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), hero of the daring “Doolittle Raid” on mainland Japan and later the unified commander of Allied air forces in Europe in World War II, offered the following high praise to one of his staff officers in 1944: “Next to a letter from home, Captain Miller, your organization is the greatest morale builder in the European Theater of Operations.” The Captain Miller in question was the trombonist and bandleader Glenn Miller, the biggest star on the American pop-music scene in the years immediately preceding World War II and a man who set aside his brilliant career right at its peak in 1942 to serve his country as leader of the USAAF dance band. It was in that capacity that Captain Glenn Miller boarded a single-engine aircraft at an airfield outside of London on December 15, 1944—an aircraft that would go missing over the English Channel en route to France for a congratulatory performance for American troops that had recently helped to liberate Paris.

It would be difficult to overstate the magnitude of Glenn Miller’s success in the years immediately proceeding America’s entry into World War II. Though he was a relatively unspectacular instrumentalist himself—he’d played the trombone in various prominent orchestras but never distinguished himself as a performer—Miller the bandleader came to dominate the latter portion of the swing era on the strength of his disciplined arrangements and an innovation in orchestration that put the high-pitched clarinet on the melody line doubled by the saxophone section an octave below. This trademark sound helped the Glenn Miller Orchestra earn an unprecedented string of popular hits from 1939 to 1942, including the iconic versions of numbers like “In The Mood” (1939), “Tuxedo Junction” (1939) and “Chattanooga Choo Choo” (1941), as well as Miller’s self-penned signature tune, “Moonlight Serenade” (1939).

The Glenn Miller Orchestra played its last-ever concert under Miller’s direction on September 27, 1942, in Passaic, New Jersey, and shortly thereafter, Miller entered the Army. After nearly two years spent stateside broadcasting a weekly radio program called I Sustain The Wings out of New York City, Miller formed a new 50-piece USAAF dance band and departed for England in the summer of 1944, giving hundreds of performances to Allied troops over the next six months before embarking on his fateful trip to France on this day in 1944.

The wreckage of Miller’s plane was never found. His official military status remains Missing in Action. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Oxford University is older than the Aztec Empire. (allthatsinteresting.com)

WORD OF THE DAY delectation (dee-lek-TAY-shun) which means delight, enjoyment. Pleasure, delight, and enjoyment are all synonyms and all signify the agreeable emotion accompanying the possession or expectation of what is good or greatly desired. Why, then, use delectation, that not-so-familiar synonym? Because, as with most synonym groups, each word has its own subtle distinctions. Pleasure stresses satisfaction or gratification of the senses. Delight adds the idea of liveliness or obviousness in that satisfaction, often less enduring than pleasure. Enjoyment suggests a wide range of deep pleasure from merely transient, though complete, gratification to deep-seated happiness. Delectation (which is from the Latin word for "delight") suggests a reaction to pleasurable experience consciously sought or provided. More than all the others, it connotes amusement or diversion. (merriam-webster.com)

Saturday Mass from Holy Cross

December 14, 2019

Although Father Jim Siler is in Lake City area to have an early Christmas with his family and to say Mass there, Holy Cross has the priest from the Lake City area, who just got to the island today due the weather issues limiting flying. Father Christopher Jarvis celebrated the 4:00 p.m. Mass at Holy Cross today, the third Sunday of Advent service.

The Advent Candles at the beginning of the service.

Father Jarvis lights the three Advent Candles.

Brian Foli did the reading and the Psalm, and Father Jarvis read the Gospel.

Father Jarvis gave a riveting sermon.

View video of the service HERE

National Honor Society Delivers Cookies

This group of boys from the National Honor Society from the Beaver Island Community School were out today delivering cookies to seniors. Thank you! Your efforts are appreciated!

Cookie Carnival at Gregg Fellowship Center

December 14, 2019, 11 a.m til 3 p.m.

Santa and Mrs. Dawson

Ladies working at the beginning of the cookie carnival

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the goodies HERE

BIRHC Annual Meeting

December 14, 2019


View video of the meeting HERE

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors

December 14, 2019 10 a.m.

Meeting Agenda

Change to Bylaws

BOD Minutes October 1, 2019

BOD Minutes Nov 14, 2019 Spl Mtg


Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 14, 2019

Today we say goodbye to Ron and Kayleigh as they head home to Tennessee. It was wonderful to have them home to celebrate Mom's birthday this year. Safe travels!

At the moment I'm showing 32°, cloudy skies, humidity is at 87%, dew point is 28°, wind is from the NW at 4 mph, pressure is 29.69 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots rising to 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots early in the evening. Chance of drizzle and freezing drizzle, along with a chance of afternoon snow. Patchy fog in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Tonight Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Scattered snow showers. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

Sunday Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Cloudy. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

Sunday Night West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY in 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Adam Lanza kills 20 first graders and six school employees before turning a gun on himself. Earlier that day, he killed his mother at the home they shared.

The Sandy Hook shooting was, at the time, the second-deadliest mass shooting in the United States after the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech, in which a gunman killed 32 students and teachers before committing suicide.

Shortly after 9:30 a.m., 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot through a plate-glass window next to Sandy Hook’s locked front entrance in order to gain access to the school. Hearing the noise, the school principal and school psychologist went to investigate and were shot and killed by Lanza, who was armed with a semiautomatic rifle, two semiautomatic pistols and multiple rounds of ammunition. Lanza also shot and wounded two other Sandy Hook staff members.

He then entered two first-grade classrooms, where he gunned down two teachers and 15 students in one room and two teachers and five students in the other room. The children Lanza murdered, 12 girls and 8 boys, were 6 and 7 years old. Twelve first-graders from the two classrooms survived.

When Lanza heard the police closing in on him, he killed himself in a classroom at approximately 9:40 a.m.

Police soon learned that sometime earlier that morning, before arriving at Sandy Hook, Lanza had shot and killed his 52-year-old mother at their home. She owned the weapons her son used in his deadly rampage.

Investigators determined that Lanza, who had attended Sandy Hook as a boy, acted alone in planning and carrying out the attack, but they were unable to find a motive for his actions or discover why he had targeted Sandy Hook.

In November 2013, the Connecticut State’s Attorney released a report noting that Lanza had “significant mental health issues that affected his ability to live a normal life and to interact with others.” However, mental-health professionals who had worked with him “did not see anything that would have predicted his future behavior,” according to the report.

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, President Barack Obama called for new gun-safety measures; however, his primary legislative goal, expanded background checks for gun buyers, was blocked by the U.S. Senate.

The community of Newtown, which has some 27,000 residents and is located about 45 miles southwest of Connecticut’s capital, Hartford, eventually decided to tear down Sandy Hook Elementary School. It was razed in the fall of 2013; a new school was built on the same site. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Commercial flights were allowed to fly any course to their destination and would often detour over points of interest. This ended in 1956 when two planes crashed mid-flight over the Grand Canyon. (allthatsinteresting.com)

WORD OF THE DAY impugn (im-PYOON) which means: to assail by words or arguments : oppose or attack as false or lacking integrity. When you impugn, you hazard repugnant pugnacity. More simply put, you risk insulting someone so greatly that they may punch you in response. The belligerent implications of impugn are to be expected in a word that derives from the Latin verb pugnare, which means "to fight." In its earliest known English uses in the 1300s, impugn could refer to a physical attack (as in, "the troops impugned the city") as well as to figurative assaults involving verbal contradiction or dispute. Over time, though, the sense of physical battling has become obsolete and the "calling into question" sense has predominated. As you might expect, pugnare also gave English other fighting words, including repugnant and pugnacity. (merriam-webster.com)

Waste Management Committee Meeting Draft Agenda

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

A Thing of Beauty

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

The scenes of the play

The actors

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

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

Ms. Dianna Biehl

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

View video HERE

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

December 13, 2019

Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament Results
It’s always a great day to be an Islander, but last weekend was especially great. Congratulations to our Boys basketball team for taking home the first place trophy and our Lady Islanders who finished in second place.

Islanders Basketball @ Hannahville December 13th & 14th
Our Boys and Girls Basketball teams head to Hannahville to take on the Soaring Eagles this weekend. Go Islanders!

Wednesday December 18th Santa’s Workshop
Brought to you by the Friends of Veterans and AMVETS, the wonderful Santa’s Workshop will begin at BICS around 8:30 am and run through lunch in order to give the 7th-12th graders a chance to shop if they wish. Please remember to send money with your students so they can do their holiday gift shopping!

Strings Concert Wednesday December 18th at 11:45 am
Come and hear some wonderful music on Wednesday, December 18th  at 11:45 am. The strings students will perform a mini concert in the gymnasium.

Thursday December 19th Holiday Caroling
Our students will be bringing joy to homes around Beaver Island with their lovely voices singing some Holiday Carols. The students will leave school about 2:00 pm and make 10-12 stops, ending at Forest View.  Please consider helping out as a driver or making a treat to share with our carolees (the people to whom we will be caroling).  If you can help out, please contact Mrs. Robert.

BI Fit Volunteers Needed
BI Fit is looking for CPR certified volunteers to staff BI Fit a couple days a month.  Hours of operation are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, from 9-11 am. If interested, please contact BICS office.

Even Better News Regarding Isolated School Funding!
The Michigan House and Senate have approved legislation that restores critical funding to schools on Beaver Island, Mackinac Island, Drummond Island, Grand Marais, and Paradise. There is only one more step in this process, and that is for Governor Whitmer to sign the legislation into law. Governor Whitmer has made every indication that she will sign the bill when it makes it to her desk. A huge thank you to all our parents and community members who called, e-mailed, and wrote letters to Senator Schmidt, Representative Cole, and Governor Whitmer. Your voices were heard in Lansing!

December Events--Mark Your Calendars
Wednesday 18th –Santa’s Workshop
Wednesday 18th –Holiday Concert by BICS Strings Class
Thursday 19th –Holiday Caroling
Saturday 21st to January 5th –Winter Break

Have a Great Weekend and Go Islanders!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 13, 2019

We begin Friday the 13th with a fresh covering of snow. Mom is beginning her 96th year with a nice, blank page. Thank you all for the cards, flowers, calls, and visits She keeps saying, "I can't believe it." So thank you for helping make today extra special.

Right now on the island it's 31°, feels like 30°, cloudy skies, wind is from the NNE at 4 mph, humidity is 100%, dew point is 31°, pressure is 29.94 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 3 miles. Marine forecast is as follows:

Today South wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of snow early in the morning. Chance of drizzle and freezing drizzle early in the morning, then slight chance of drizzle in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.

Tonight Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of drizzle and freezing drizzle. Waves 2 feet or less.

Saturday Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Chance of drizzle. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Saturday Night Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of snow showers and drizzle. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

Remember there are only three more boats after today. I will stop doing the marine report after December 20th.

ON THIS DAY American General Charles Lee leaves his army, riding in search of female sociability at Widow White’s Tavern in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

General George Washington had repeatedly urged General Lee to expedite his movements across New Jersey in order to reinforce Washington’s position on the Delaware River. Lee, who took a commission in the British army upon finishing military school at age 12 and served in North America during the Seven Years’ War, felt slighted that the less experienced Washington had been given command of the Continental Army and showed no inclination to rush.

Famed for his temper and intemperance, the Mohawk had dubbed Lee Boiling Water. Lee was an adopted tribesman through his marriage to a Mohawk woman, but his union apparently failed to quell his interest in prostitutes. Lee rode to Widow White’s tavern with a minimal guard and it was there that Banastre Tarleton and the 16th Queen’s Light Dragoons captured him on the morning of December 15.

The former comrades were now captor and captive. After being disappointed in his efforts to acquire a lucrative royal appointment, Lee had retired to the colonies in 1773 and quickly joined the Patriot cause. Tarleton had sworn in a London club that he would hunt down the traitor to the crown and relieve him of his head. Fortunately for Lee, Tarleton failed to keep his promise, although the vain general may well have preferred a quick end to the humiliation of being led from Widow White’s tavern to New York City in his nightdress.

The British rejoiced at the capture of the Patriots’ best-trained commander, while Washington fruitlessly negotiated for his release. Meanwhile, Lee enjoyed his captivity, even drafting a battle plan for his captors from plush accommodations in which his personal servant maintained his three rooms and no doubt served his food and wine in a most civilized fashion. The British did not act upon his plan, and Lee reported to Valley Forge upon his release in May 1778. After a series of arguments with Washington, Lee was suspended from the army in December 1778 and dismissed in 1780. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Almost all chickens eaten today come from the winner of the 1948 'Chicken of Tomorrow' Contest whose genetics now dominate poultry farms worldwide. (allthatsinteresting.com)

WORD OF THE DAY tractable (TRAK-tuh-bul) which means:
1 : capable of being easily led, taught, or controlled : docile
2 : easily handled, managed, or wrought : malleable
Docile, obedient, and amenable are synonyms of tractable, but those four words have slightly different shades of meaning. Tractable describes an individual whose character permits easy handling, while docile implies a predisposition to submit readily to authority. Obedient is often used to describe compliance with authority, although that compliance is not necessarily offered eagerly. Amenable, on the other hand, is usually used when someone cooperates out of a desire to be agreeable. Tractable dates from the early 16th century and derives from the Latin verb tractare ("to handle" or "to treat"). Despite the resemblance, this root did not give us the noun tractor or verbs such as contract or attract—those all derive from a loosely related Latin verb trahere ("to draw or pull"). (merriam-webster.com)

B.I. Airport Commission Schedule of Regular Meetings

December 12, 2019

Turkeys and Deer at the Turkey Feeder

December 12, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 12, 2019

It's much warmer this morning then it was yesterday. Right now I'm showing 22°, light snow, humidity is at 69%, dew point is 13°, wind is from the SW at 4 mph, pressure is falling from 30.42 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. We are in a Winter Weather Advisory until 1 am Friday. Total snow accumulations expected 3-7 inches. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming southeast 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the late morning. Chance of snow early in the morning, then snow in the morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Tonight Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Drizzle, snow and a chance of freezing drizzle. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

Friday South wind 5 to 10 knots. Cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

Friday Night South wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of drizzle and freezing drizzle. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DAY December 12, 1980, American oil tycoon Armand Hammer pays $5,126,000 at auction for a notebook containing writings by the legendary artist Leonardo da Vinci.

The manuscript, written around 1508, was one of some 30 similar books da Vinci produced during his lifetime on a variety of subjects. It contained 72 loose pages featuring some 300 notes and detailed drawings, all relating to the common theme of water and how it moved. Experts have said that da Vinci drew on it to paint the background of his masterwork, the Mona Lisa. The text, written in brown ink and chalk, read from right to left, an example of da Vinci’s favored mirror-writing technique. The painter Giuseppi Ghezzi discovered the notebook in 1690 in a chest of papers belonging to Guglielmo della Porto, a 16th-century Milanese sculptor who had studied Leonardo’s work. In 1717, Thomas Coke, the first earl of Leicester, bought the manuscript and installed it among his impressive collection of art at his family estate in England.

More than two centuries later, the notebook–by now known as the Leicester Codex–showed up on the auction block at Christie’s in London when the current Lord Coke was forced to sell it to cover inheritance taxes on the estate and art collection. In the days before the sale, art experts and the press speculated that the notebook would go for $7 to $20 million. In fact, the bidding started at $1.4 million and lasted less than two minutes, as Hammer and at least two or three other bidders competed to raise the price $100,000 at a time. The $5.12 million price tag was the highest ever paid for a manuscript at that time; a copy of the legendary Gutenberg Bible had gone for only $2 million in 1978. “I’m very happy with the price. I expected to pay more,” Hammer said later. “There is no work of art in the world I wanted more than this.” Lord Coke, on the other hand, was only “reasonably happy” with the sale; he claimed the proceeds would not be sufficient to cover the taxes he owed.

Hammer, the president of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, renamed his prize the Hammer Codex and added it to his valuable collection of art. When Hammer died in 1990, he left the notebook and other works to the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Several years later, the museum offered the manuscript for sale, claiming it was forced to take this action to cover legal costs incurred when the niece and sole heir of Hammer’s late wife, Frances, sued the estate claiming Hammer had cheated Frances out of her rightful share of his fortune. On November 11, 1994, the Hammer Codex was sold to an anonymous bidder–soon identified as Bill Gates, the billionaire founder of Microsoft–at a New York auction for a new record high price of $30.8 million. Gates restored the title of Leicester Codex and has since loaned the manuscript to a number of museums for public display. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT There are around 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body. If you took them all out and laid them end to end, they’d stretch around the world more than twice. (allthatsinteresting.com)

WORD OF THE DAY belle epoque (BEL-ay-POK) which means a period of high artistic or cultural development. In the years before World War I, France experienced a period of economic growth that produced a wealth of artistic and cultural developments. That era has been described as excessive, glittering, gaudy, and extravagant, but the tumultuous days of war that followed it inspired the French to call that productive period la belle époque—literally, "the beautiful age." The term belle epoque soon found its way into English, where it came to be used to refer not only to the glory days of late 19th-century France, but to any similarly luxurious period. It is now used to more elegantly convey the sentiments of another nostalgic expression, "the good old days." (merriam-webster.com)

Last Full Moon of the Decade

December 11, 2019

St. James Board Work Session

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

View agenda HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

A Thing of Beauty

at the BIC Center

FREE Entertainment: Come see A THING OF BEAUTY , a one act play by Maurice Berger (@Pioneer Drama) on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at 7pm at BIC Center. Mrs. Behl's Drama class has been working hard and having fun: Kevin James will be playing The Man, Jessica LaFreniere as The Police Officer & The Woman, Micah Richards as Mr. Jones & The Boy, Sharon Schwartzfisher as The Daughter, and Susi Myers as The Mom. Free Will donations will be accepted to help defer production costs. See you soon!

St. James Special Meeting Agenda

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

View agenda HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 11, 2019

I'd say it's a tad bit invigorating this morning. I'm showing 10°, feels like -17°, cloudy skies, humidity is 71%, dew point is 3°, wind is from the WSW at 23 mph, with gusts to 30 mph, pressure is 30.07 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 4 miles. NOT a good beach day. Expect snow squalls today. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. periods of snow showers early in the morning, then numerous snow showers in the afternoon. Waves 5 to 8 feet. Waves occasionally around 10 feet.

Tonight West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Scattered snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

Thursday South wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Snow showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Thursday Night Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Snow showers likely. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DAY After ruling for less than one year, Edward VIII becomes the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. He chose to abdicate after the British government, public, and the Church of England condemned his decision to marry the American divorcée Wallis Warfield Simpson. On the evening of December 11, he gave a radio address in which he explained, “I have found it impossible to carry on the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge the duties of king, as I would wish to do, without the help and support of the woman I love.” On December 12, his younger brother, the duke of York, was proclaimed King George VI.

Edward, born in 1894, was the eldest son of King George V, who became the British sovereign in 1910. Still unmarried as he approached his 40th birthday, he socialized with the fashionable London society of the day. By 1934, he had fallen deeply in love with American socialite Wallis Warfield Simpson, who was married to Ernest Simpson, an English-American businessman who lived with Mrs. Simpson near London. Wallis, who was born in Pennsylvania, had previously married and divorced a U.S. Navy pilot. The royal family disapproved of Edward’s married mistress, but by 1936 the prince was intent on marrying Mrs. Simpson. Before he could discuss this intention with his father, George V died, in January 1936, and Edward was proclaimed king.

The new king proved popular with his subjects, and his coronation was scheduled for May 1937. His affair with Mrs. Simpson was reported in American and continental European newspapers, but due to a gentlemen’s agreement between the British press and the government, the affair was kept out of British newspapers. On October 27, 1936, Mrs. Simpson obtained a preliminary decree of divorce, presumably with the intent of marrying the king, which precipitated a major scandal. To the Church of England and most British politicians, an American woman twice divorced was unacceptable as a prospective British queen. Winston Churchill, then a Conservative backbencher, was the only notable politician to support Edward.

Despite the seemingly united front against him, Edward could not be dissuaded. He proposed a morganatic marriage, in which Wallis would be granted no rights of rank or property, but on December 2, Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin rejected the suggestion as impractical. The next day, the scandal broke on the front pages of British newspapers and was discussed openly in Parliament. With no resolution possible, the king renounced the throne on December 10. The next day, Parliament approved the abdication instrument, and Edward VIII’s reign came to an end. The new king, George VI, made his older brother the duke of Windsor. On June 3, 1937, the duke of Windsor and Wallis Warfield married at the Château de Cande in France’s Loire Valley.

For the next two years, the duke and duchess lived primarily in France but visited other European countries, including Germany, where the duke was honored by Nazi officials in October 1937 and met with Adolf Hitler. After the outbreak of World War II, the duke accepted a position as liaison officer with the French. In June 1940, France fell to the Nazis, and Edward and Wallis went to Spain. During this period, the Nazis concocted a scheme to kidnap Edward with the intention of returning him to the British throne as a puppet king. George VI, like his prime minister, Winston Churchill, was adamantly opposed to any peace with Nazi Germany. Unaware of the Nazi kidnapping plot but conscious of Edward’s pre-war Nazi sympathies, Churchill hastily offered Edward the governorship of the Bahamas in the West Indies. The duke and duchess set sail from Lisbon on August 1, 1940, narrowly escaping a Nazi SS team sent to seize them.

In 1945, the duke resigned his post, and the couple moved back to France. They lived mainly in Paris, and Edward made a few visits to England, such as to attend the funerals of King George VI in 1952 and his mother, Queen Mary, in 1953. It was not until 1967 that the duke and duchess were invited by the royal family to attend an official public ceremony, the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to Queen Mary. Edward died in Paris in 1972 but was buried at Frogmore, on the grounds of Windsor Castle. In 1986, Wallis died and was buried at his side. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT The first American woman to go to medical school was admitted as a joke. Geneva Medical School thought it was joke when Elizabeth Blackwell applied to attend 1847. She graduated in 1849, started her own practice, and opened an infirmary for the poor. (allthatsinteresting.com)

WORD OF THE DAY sodden (SAH-dun) which means:
1 a : dull or expressionless especially from continued indulgence in alcoholic beverages
b : torpid, sluggish
2 a : heavy with or as if with moisture or water
b : heavy or doughy because of imperfect cooking
Nowadays, seethed is the past tense and past participle form of the verb seethe (which originally meant "to boil or stew"). Originally, however, seethe could also be conjugated in the past tense as sod and in the past participle as sodden. By the 14th century, sodden had become an independent adjective synonymous with boiled. And, by the 16th century, it had taken on the figurative sense used to describe someone who appears dull, expressionless, or stupid, particularly as a result of heavy drinking. Today, sodden is commonly used as a synonym of soaked or saturated. Seethe followed a different figurative path: while one who is sodden may appear dull, torpid, or sluggish, one who is seething is highly agitated, like a pot of boiling water. (merriam-webster.com)

Peaine Township Board Meeting

December 9, 2019

BIWMC Structure, Repsonibility & Authority FINAL

Certificate of clerk re Burris Road

Draft Resolution - Recreation Plan_120519_KL

View agenda for this meeting HERE

Additional documents for this meeting

View video of this meeting HERE

Emerald Ash Borer Report from the BIAA

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Update

by | Dec 10, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Pam Grasmick for further information.

View map of EAB Traps HERE


by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 10, 2019

With a thin layer of ice covered by a bit of fresh snow, it's very slippery out there so be darn careful! Right now I'm showing 18°, feels like 6°, mostly cloudy skies, humidity is at 67%, dew point is 8°, wind is from the NNW at 10 mph with gusts to 18 mph, pressure is rising from 29.87 inches, cloud cover is 90% and visibility is 10 miles. Flurries and snow showers throughout the day. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today West wind 10 to 20 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots. Scattered snow showers. Waves 4 to 6 feet subsiding to 3 to 5 feet in the afternoon.

Tonight West wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Periods of snow showers. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

Wednesday West wind 15 to 25 knots. Chance of snow showers. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

Wednesday Night West wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knot Mostly cloudy. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

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, Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama. 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. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT The 442nd Infantry Regiment, a largely Japanese American unit that served during WWII, did so while their families were held in internment camps. Their motto was "Go for Broke" and they were the most decorated unit in U.S. military history. (allthatsinteresting.com)

WORD OF THE DAY reiterate (ree-IT-uh-rayt) which means to state or do over again or repeatedly sometimes with wearying effect. Can you guess the meaning of iterate, a less common relative of reiterate? It must mean simply "to state or do," right? Nope. Actually, iterate also means "to state or do again." It's no surprise, then, that some usage commentators have insisted that reiterate must always mean "to say or do again AND AGAIN." No such nice distinction exists in actual usage, however. Both reiterate and iterate can convey the idea of a single repetition or of many repetitions. Reiterate is the older of the two words—it first appeared in the 15th century, whereas iterate turned up in the 16th century. Both stem from the Latin verb iterare, which is itself from iterum ("again"), but reiterate took an extra step, through Latin reiterare ("to repeat"). (merriam-webster.com)

BICS Board Meeting Packet

for December 9, 2019

111119 Regular Board Minutes

120419 Finance Committee Mtg Notes

12-3-19 Policy Committee Notes

2019-12-09_BICS_Board Finance Report

BICS Brd. Mtg. Agd. 12-9-19

BICS Curriculum Committte Notes 12-5-19

BICS Facilities Committee Notes 12-4-19


Mass from Holy Cross

December 8, 2019

The Advent season is underway with this week's two Advent candles being lit at the beginning of the service after the reader provides the information regarding this action.

The candles before the beginning of the Mass

The candles are lit to start the service

The Sunday reader was Ann Partridge....Father Jim Siler gave the sermon.

View video of this HERE

Beaver Island Christian Church Service

December 8, 2019

View video of the service HERE

Great Lakes' Islands' Basketball Tournament

This past weekend was a busy one for the Beaver Island Community. Friday and Saturday was the Great Lakes' Islands' Basketball Tournament on Mackinac Island. Several island families attended this tournament.

The Great Lakes' islands attending were Beaver Island, Mackinac Island, Washington Island, and Putin Bay. The following picture shows all of the participants.

Great Lakes' Islands' Basketball Tournament Participants

The BICS Islander Basketball team won each game played scoring them the first place team in this tournament. Excellent play by all of the Beaver Island boys' team members was outstanding with the high scorer being John Brady Robert.

The BICS Lady Islander Basketball team played some very exciting basketball games. The ladies lost one game by one single basket. Then, the following games were nail biting games with an overtime win in one game, and then a last 1.7 second inbound throw by Sky Marsh and a catch and basket by Elsie Burton. The ladies' team came in second in this tournament due to the one loss, but every game was so very close for the Lady Islanders that all viewers were on the edge of their seats.

This tournament was at the very beginning of the basketball season for the BICS teams playing in the Northern Lights League. This tournament shows the highly qualified students here on Beaver Island. It also shows the excellent coaching by our coaches, Dan Burton and Tamie LaFreniere. The number of people interested, but unable to attend, was also a statement of the support our island students have in their efforts at sportsmanship and basketball play.

Thank you's go out to those who took the time and the efforts to provide a live stream of the second day of the tournament. This editor surely appreciated the efforts of many to provide this live video to others.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 9, 2019

It's 35° this morning, feels like 30°, cloudy skies, humidity is at 97%, dew point is 34°, wind is from the east at 7 mph, pressure is falling from 29.65 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 7 miles. There's an 80% chance of precipitation of either snow showers for a mixture of rain and snow. Winds will pick up throughout the day. Marine forecast as follows:


Today East wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming north with gusts to around 20 knots early in the evening. Patchy fog through the day. Slight chance of rain early in the morning. Rain in the morning. Light freezing rain likely and a chance of snow in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.

Tonight Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Snow showers and showers. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

Tuesday Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots. Chance of snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

Tuesday Night West wind 10 to 20 knots. Chance of snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1854, The Examiner prints Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” which commemorates the courage of 600 British soldiers charging a heavily defended position during the Battle of Balaklava, in the Crimea, just six weeks earlier. Tennyson had been named poet laureate in 1850 by Queen Victoria.

Tennyson was born into a chaotic and disrupted home. His father, the eldest son of a wealthy landowner, was disinherited in favor of his younger brother. Forced to enter the church to support himself, the Reverend Dr. George Tennyson became a bitter alcoholic. However, he educated his sons in the classics, and Alfred Tennyson, the fourth of 12 children, went to Trinity College at Cambridge in 1827. The same year, he and his brother Charles published Poems by Two Brothers. At Cambridge, Tennyson befriended a circle of intellectual undergraduates who strongly encouraged his poetry. Chief among them was Arthur Hallam, who became Tennyson’s closest friend and who later proposed to Tennyson’s sister.

In 1830, Tennyson published Poems, Chiefly Lyrical. The following year, his father died, and he was forced to leave Cambridge for financial reasons. Besieged by critical attacks and struggling with poverty, Tennyson nevertheless remained dedicated to his work and published several more volumes.

The sudden death of Tennyson’s dear friend Arthur Hallam in 1833 inspired several important works throughout Tennyson’s later life, including the masterful In Memoriam of 1842. Later that year, he published a volume called Poems, containing some of his best works. The book boosted Tennyson’s reputation, and in 1850 Queen Victoria named him poet laureate. At long last, Tennyson achieved financial stability and finally married his fiancée, Emily Sellwood, whom he had loved since 1836.

Tennyson’s massive frame and booming voice, together with his taste for solitude, made him an imposing character. He craved solitude and bought an isolated home where he could write in peace. In 1859, he published the first four books of his epic Idylls of the King. Eight more volumes would follow. He continued writing and publishing poems until his death in 1892.

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!” he said.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismayed?
Not though the soldier knew
Someone had blundered.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flashed all their sabres bare,
Flashed as they turned in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wondered.
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right through the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reeled from the sabre stroke
Shattered and sundered.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell.
They that had fought so well
Came through the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wondered.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!

NOTE: In the end, of the roughly 670 Light Brigade soldiers, about 110 were killed and 160 were wounded, a 40 percent casualty rate. They also lost approximately 375 horses. Despite failing to overrun Balaclava, the Russians claimed victory in the battle, parading their captured artillery guns through Sevastopol. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Scorpions are incredibly resilient: scientists have frozen scorpions overnight, left them in the sun the following day, and when thawed, the arthropod walked away unscathed. (allthatsinteresting.com)

WORD OF THE DAY oxymoron (ahk-sih-MOR-ahn) which means a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (such as cruel kindness); broadly : something (such as a concept) that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements. The Greeks exhaustively classified the elements of rhetoric, or effective speech and writing, and gave the name oxymoron—literally "pointed foolishness"—to the deliberate juxtaposing of seemingly contradictory words. The roots of oxymoron, oxys meaning "sharp" or "keen," and mōros meaning "foolish," are nearly antonyms themselves, making oxymoron nicely self-descriptive. Oxymoron originally applied to a meaningful paradox condensed into a couple of words, as in "precious bane," "lonely crowd," or "sweet sorrow." Today, however, what is commonly cited as an oxymoron is often simply a curiosity of language, where one or both elements have multiple meanings (shrimp in "jumbo shrimp" doesn't mean "small"; it refers to a sea creature), or a phrase whose elements seem antithetical in spirit, such as "classic rock." (merriam-webster.com)

Christmas Cantata TODAY!

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

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

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

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

Thank you's and Dedication

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Cantata Choir with Kathy Speck conducting

Sheri Richards conducting the carols.

Pre-Cantata Program and Cantata Participants

"Let the Whole World Sing" Program with Carols

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

View the video of the program HERE

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

View this video HERE

Days of Spillage, Days of Late

December 8, 2019

by Cindy Ricksgers

Peaine Township Meeting Agenda

December 9, 2019

View agenda for this meeting HERE

Townships' Decorations

December 7, 2019

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

The Town Tree

Just a couple of those to be seen

Moon Through the Trees

December 7, 2019

An amazingly wonderful night with music, decorations, and this moon!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 8, 2019

We did an excellent job of sleeping in this morning. Don't forget that the Christmas Cantata is at 2:00 this afternoon at the Christian Church.

Right now it's 40°, feels like 27°, wind is from the south at 17 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph, humidity is 70%, dew point is 31°, pressure is 29.76 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today Southwest wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 35 knots becoming west 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots early in the evening. Cloudy. Waves 6 to 9 feet. Waves occasionally around 11 feet.

Tonight North wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of drizzle and freezing drizzle. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

Monday Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Rain showers, chance of drizzle and freezing drizzle. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

Monday Night Northwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Snow showers likely. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

ON THIS DAY in 1980, 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.

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. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Nutella was invented during WWII, when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his chocolate ration. (allthatsinteresting.com)

WORD OF THE DAY circumscribe (SER-kum-skrybe) which means
1 a : to constrict the range or activity of definitely and clearly
b : to define or mark off carefully
2 a : to draw a line around
b : to surround by or as if by a boundary
3 : to construct or be constructed around (a geometrical figure) so as to touch as many points as possible
Circumscribe has a lot of relatives in English. Its Latin predecessor circumscribere (which roughly translates as "to draw a circle around") derives from circum-, meaning "circle," and scribere, meaning "to write or draw." Among the many descendants of circum- are circuit, circumference, circumnavigate, circumspect, circumstance, and circumvent. Scribere gave us such words as scribe and scribble, as well as ascribe, describe, and transcribe, among others. Circumscribe was first recorded in the 15th century; it was originally spelled circumscrive, but by the end of the century the circumscribe spelling had also appeared. (merriam-webster.com)

BIC Center Santa and Sales

December 7, 2019

Today, December 7, 2019, was the "Shop Local" event on the island. The only stop possible today was at the Beaver Island Community Center for the BINN editor.

The highlight for the kids was the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus

View a small gallery of photos HERE

View video HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

Saturday, December 7, 2019

The Second Sunday of Advent service today was at 4 p.m.. The reader was Brian Foli. Father Jim Siler lit the Advent Candles.

Brian Foli was the reader. Father Jim Siler was the celebrant.

View video of the Mass HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 7, 2019

Cloudy skies, and calm winds for now. It's 28°, humidity is 85%, dew point is 24°, pressure is falling from 30.28 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. The winds will pick up as the day wears on. Marine forecast is as follows:


Today South wind 10 to 20 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots increasing to 30 knots early in the evening. Scattered snow showers early in the morning. Scattered showers in the morning, then isolated showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less building to 3 to 5 feet in the morning.

Tonight South wind up to 30 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Cloudy. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

Sunday Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 5 to 8 feet.

Sunday Night Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Chance of showers and light freezing rain. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

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. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW Doctors' sloppy handwriting kills more than 7,000 people annually in the United States. (allthatsinteresting.com)

WORD OF THE DAY vexillology (vek-suh-LAH-luh-jee) which means the study of flags. "The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history." Woodrow Wilson was speaking of the U.S. flag when he made that statement in an address in June of 1915, but those who engage in vexillology—that is, vexillologists—would likely find the comment applicable to any national banner. Vexillologists undertake scholarly investigations of flags, producing papers with titles such as "A Review of the Changing Proportions of Rectangular Flags since Medieval Times, and Some Suggestions for the Future." In the late 1950s, they coined vexillology as a name for their field of research, basing it on vexillum, the Latin term for a square flag or banner of the ancient Roman cavalry. The adjectives vexillologic and vexillological and the noun vexillologist followed soon thereafter. (merriam-webster.com)

Peaine Township Planning Commission Minutes

November 11, 2019

The Founding Documents for the Airport Commission

The Intergovernmental Agreement

The Rules for Procedure

Joint Township Meeting, December 6, 2019, at Noon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COA December Sunday Dinner




Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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Transfer Station Hours

October 30, 2019

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

BICS Fall Sports Schedules



Waste Management Committee Meeting Schedule

1st Tuesday of the Month at 1 p.m. at Peaine Hall

View schedule HERE

Beaver Island Airport Commission Special Meeting


The BIAC met today at the Peaine Township Hall at approximately 11:30 a.m. with the sole purpose of the meeting according to the agenda was to set the dates for the required BIAC meetings for 2020. The minutes of this meeting will be posted when received.

The meeting dates set for 2020 are for the regular meetings, and do not include any special meetings. The meeting times are at noon and the dates are:

February 3, 2020

April 20, 2020

August 17, 2010

October 26, 2020

Snowy Owl, Sleeping and Hunting

December 6, 2019

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

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 6, 2019

Evidently Mother Nature though our snow cover was looked a bit tired and dirty, so this morning we have a nice, fluffy couple of inches to cover the old stuff. Right now we have 30°, feels like 18°, wind is from the NNW at 13 mph, with gusts to 28 mph, dew point is 22°. humidity is 71%, pressusre is rising from 30.07 inches, cloud cover is 90%, and visibility is 10 miles. Marine forecast is as follows:



Today Northwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Scattered rain and snow showers, mainly this morning. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 4 to 6 feet in the morning.

Tonight West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of snow showers. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

Saturday Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Scattered rain and snow showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.

Saturday Night Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Cloudy. Waves 4 to 7 feet.

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.” (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW Danny Devito used to work as a hairdresser. For corpses. (allthatsinteresting.com)

WORD OF THE DAY gingerly (JIN-jer-lee) which means very cautious or careful. Etymologists take a gingerly approach to assigning any particular origins to this word. While it might have come from the name of the spice, there's nothing concrete to back up that idea. Another conjecture is that it's related to an Old French word, gensor, which meant "delicate." That's because in 16th century English an earlier sense of gingerly often referred to dancing or walking with dainty steps. Not till the 17th century did it change to apply to movements that were cautious in order to avoid being noisy or causing injury, and to a wary manner in handling or presenting ideas. Not too surprisingly, given its -ly ending, gingerly is also quite often correctly used as an adverb, as in "they moved gingerly on the icy pond." (Merriam-Webster.com)


As The Great Lakes Freeze Up Starts – Concerns Mount About Adequate Icebreaking from both Coast Guards

CLEVELAND, OHIO (December 5, 2019) – With the Lake temperatures falling and significant ice formation imminent, the U.S. economy is facing potential job losses and serious financial implications with binational icebreaking assets that continue to age and seem frozen in time.

“The nation’s economy depends on reliable and predictable icebreaking on the Great Lakes.  Last year, when cargoes carried on U.S. Great Lakes ships were delayed or cancelled because of inadequate icebreaking, 5,000 jobs were lost and the economy took a $1 billion hit,” said Jim Weakley, President of the U.S.-based Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA).

The reliability and number of U.S. and Canadian icebreaking assets on the Great Lakes is critical for the flow of cargoes to freshwater ports during the winter and spring commercial shipping seasons.

“Compounding the recurring severe ice conditions are record high water levels across the Great Lakes and connecting channels.  Annual ice jams at places like Algonac, East China and Marine City in the St Clair River, cause flooding of properties and damage to sea walls.  Icebreaking is essential to minimizing damaging impacts to shoreline communities from ice,” stated Justin Westmiller, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for St. Clair County, Michigan.

Unfortunately the outlook is not good for reliable icebreaking on the Great Lakes.  In fact, the number of U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers today is just 60 percent of what they were in the 1980s and 1990s for a system that has more shoreline than the entire U.S. east coast. 

The U.S. Coast Guard has only 11 icebreakers in service, down from 19. During the ice season, as many as five have been sidelined with engine failures and other age-related problems.   The Canadian Coast Guard has only two icebreakers, down from seven.   Six of the U.S. Great Lakes icebreakers are 40 years-old and the Canadian’s two icebreakers are 50 and 35 years-old.

“We continue to voice our concerns that both the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards need to take this seriously and put more icebreaking resources in the Great Lakes and repower the current aging assets to ensure they can continue to break ice.  However, the response has been slow as molasses in winter and insufficient for the decrepit fleet of icebreakers.  We are at a critical juncture, just to keep the small number of icebreaking ships operating is an ongoing challenge,” said Weakley.

Last year, three U.S. icebreakers were out of action during the ice season with significant engine problems.  The Canadians also suffered engine failures that kept them from joining the effort in eastern Lake Superior and the St. Mary’s River where dozens of idled commercial ships were stranded for days.  Icebreaking assets were stretched thin with boats stuck in Lake Erie, Lake Superior and the St Mary’s River.

This lack of adequate icebreaking on the Lakes continues to have far-reaching national implications.  Jobs across the country are being lost as Great Lakes shipping companies struggle to move the vital building blocks of America during the ice season. “Our industry requires efficient deliveries this winter which customers depend on to keep their operations uninterrupted,” stated Mark Pietrocarlo, LCA Board Chairman. Dave Groh, President of VanEnkevort Tug and Barge added, “We are hopeful that cargo will move this winter, it is critical to keeping the steel mills and power stations operating and people employed.”

About Lake Carriers’ Association

Since 1880 Lake Carriers’ Association has represented the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet, which today can annually move more than 90 million tons of cargos that are the foundation of American manufacturing, infrastructure, and power generation: iron ore, limestone, coal, cement, and other dry bulk materials such as grain and sand.  In turn, these cargos generate and sustain 146,500 U.S. jobs in the eight Great Lakes states and have an annual economic impact of more than $25.6 billion to the U.S. economy.


BIRHC Meeting Dates 2020

January 11, 2020

April 25, 2020

July 18, 2020

September 12, 2020

December 12, 2020

Beaver Island Telecom-munication Advisory Committee




St James Township Meeting Time Change

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

BICS Basketball Schedule

19-20 Basketball Practice Schedule

BI BBall Game Schedule

Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2019 Meeting Dates

September 21

December 14 (Annual Meeting)

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

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule for 2020

Time is noon at the BI Airport

February 3, 2020

April 20, 2020

August 17, 2010

October 26, 2020

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:เธข เธข  8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:เธข เธข  12:00 - 5:00

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

Public Meeting Dates



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

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

November Bulletin

Great Lakes Islands Association

Documents for call in

2019 Islands Summit summary_DRAFT 12032019

2019-GLIA SUMMIT Press Release

GLIA SC_minutes_November 20 2019


St. James Meeting

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

View video of the meeting HERE

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

2019 Sewer Rate Study Update

BIAC Min Stds Draft 22019

Bills for Payment

BIWMC Structure, Repsonibility & Authority FINAL

Brewery Memo 11-14-19

Gen Fund Budget 1119

Gen Fund Budget 1219

Marina Budget Report 1119

Marina Budget Report 1219


Payroll 110519-120319

Road Fund Budget 1119

Road Fund Budget 1219

Sewer Budget Report 1119

Sewer Budget Report 1219




Transfer Station_Recycling Attendant (Part-time) Final

COA Monthly 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 2019 Senior Hi-Lites NewsletterShould you have ANY questions about program requirements or qualifications, please contact Kathie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island or Sheri Shepard in the COA Office. 

The Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program


Personal Care can include: Bed bath, sponge bath, or shower, Foot Care (no cutting nails), Hair Care (wash, dry, roller set style-NO cutting hair), Skin (wash, apply lotion), Oral Care (brush teeth, soak, and wash dentures) Perineal Care(assist), Dressing (assist with dressing and laying out clothes for night and morning), Colostomy Care (empty bag, replace), Catheter Care(wash), Toileting, Assist with TED hose. Homemaking duties may include: Bed linens changed, make the bed, dust wash dishes, take out the trash, clean kitchen, clean stove, clean refrigerator, vacuum, sweep, mop, clean bathroom, grocery shop, errands, bring in mail and laundry. Respite Care can include: Bed bath, sponge bath or shower, Foot Care (no cutting nails), Hair Care (wash, dry roller set, style-NO cutting hair), Skin (wash, apply lotion), Perineal Care(assist), Dressing (assist with dressing and lay out clothes for night and morning), Toileting, Light housekeeping, Assist with eating and light meal prep.”

We have had no one express interest in the Wellness Check program partnered with the Sheriff’s Department this month.

Reminder if you didn’t realize that you have had a choice all this time??   Beaver Island Seniors are welcome to be a part of the Charlevoix County Mainland Senior Centers and the services, activities, lunches/dinners and events provided at the centers through the COA.  When you schedule your appointments, shopping and family events on the mainland, look to coordinate your visit with the opportunities the COA is providing, and make an appointment to participate if it is required.  Otherwise, just show up.  Services, Activities, lunches/dinners and events are listed for all Senior Center locations in the attached Newsletter.  Appointments are required for Foot Clinics and some events so please call the center you would like to visit directly to see what is needed.  Contact names, phone numbers and addresses are also available on our Newsletter.

The next COA Advisory Board Meetings are:

December 16, 2019 at the COA Building in Charlevoix 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. 

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 Updates:

The BI COA Office is located at 26466 Donegal Bay Rd and the hours are 8a-5p Monday through Friday.  Please do not contact Kathie outside of this time frame for services.  The phone number is 231-448-2124.  “Sunday Dinners” are still planned for once a month August through May and is a lunch but the locations for these “dinners” may change dependent upon availability and costs.  The office is still closed for most of the National Holidays.    

  • Reminder: The BI COA Office has a computer available to be used by seniors on BI to access their Patient Portal with their Dr. Office; connect with Great Lakes ENT for Hearing Aid Adjustments, connect with Social Security, MY Free Taxes, Medicare and Medicaid resources along with a variety of other useful resources.  Use will need to be coordinated with Kathie.
  • Reminder: The COA BI Office now has Shelf Stable Snacks available for our Charlevoix County residents aged 60 years old and above to be available 1x a month for pick up. Selection will vary depending upon availability. Please contact Kathie for more information.
  • Reminder: The BI COA Office now has a Senior Resource Manual available for review.  Kathie is happy to make copies of information as needed.
  • Reminder: BI Home Delivered Meal clients are allowed to get an additional 5 meals sent to them to be used when the COA Office is closed or a Home Delivery is not possible due to weather.  Please contact Kathie for more information.

Meal Voucher Program update:

Nutritional Program Renewal Agreements were signed and returned to the COA by the following establishments to date, so these are the only places on Beaver Island accepting Vouchers at this time.:

  • Beaver Island Community School
  • Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli

Other Updates:

  • Senior Snow Removal Program enrollment will be from 10/21/19 – 12/27/19 or until the budget has been expended.   
Those seniors who are age 60 or older will be required to complete an eligibility packet including the Snow Removal Self Declaration Form for the 2019/2020 season, provide proof of all income along with a copy of their proof of residency.  A completed packet will be the sole way of determining eligibility at this time.  Once the senior has completed the packet and returned it to the COA Office and eligibility has been determined, the senior will receive a letter informing them that they are enrolled in the program along with the designated vouchers.  If the eligible senior leaves their residence for a month or longer, they will not be eligible for the program until they return to the residence.  This program is for homeowners and independent residential rentals as a supplemental support to the costs of snow removal and does NOT apply to commercial buildings, assisted living facilities or apartment complexes to offset their costs of snow removal.

Other Updates Continued:

  • Reminder that as of October 1, 2109, if you are 60 years old or older, a BI Charlevoix County Resident of 5 months or more and have successfully completed the application process and become a member for the BI FIT program through the Beaver Island Community Schools, the COA will pay the Beaver Island Community Schools $25 towards your annual membership fee for October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020.  This supports the COA’s goal for creating a healthy exercise option for aging adults on BI.
    • As the school BI FIT program started in September 2019 for an annual term, the COA has paid the School for any approved Senior Applications they took in September and the School will reimburse the Island senior their membership fee.  Please contact them directly.
  • Reminder: New BI Student Volunteer Service Learning Program through the Beaver Island Community School!

This application will be available at BICS and the BI COA office.  Seniors will be able to fill out the back to offer a volunteer opportunity to a student or students.  This could be raking leaves, lawn care, painting, shoveling snow, cleaning a garage, moving, building or fixing something, etc.   After approval, students will be able to get assigned and complete the project in exchange for volunteer hours required for graduation.

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

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

View Senior Highlights HERE

A Place of the Heart

by Robert Cole

What Did You Say 71

by Joe Moore

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

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

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

View the final chapter HERE

Familiar Faces Postlude

by Joe Moore

As the thoughts of so many familiar faces continue to show up in my mind’s eye, this could continue chapter after chapter, but there has to be an ending.  That doesn’t mean that the stories will stop, but this collection of these emergency medical stories will come to an end.

The simple facts of EMS on this most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes are interesting of themselves, and then you have to add the emergencies taking place in the Beaver Archipelago, outer islands around Beaver Island.  The many concepts of being completely isolated only make this even more interesting. 

Read the rest of the postlude HERE

The 1st Annual Thanksgiving Polar Plunge

November 28, 2019, at 11:30 a.m.

The started out as a challenge to try to raise about $200 for the Beaver Island Food Pantry. Michelle LaFreniere decided to post this Polar Plunge Challenge on facebook. As of the posting of this story on BINN, the facebook challenge has raised over $3200.00 for the BI Food Pantry through the donation button on facebook. There have been other donations as well including some mailed and some given the day of the challenge. Hilary Palmer seems to have been the idea lady for this event, and she began the event and did the countdown for those going into the chilled water.

The windchill just before the challenge was below thirty degrees with the air temperature just at freezing.

This is just one example of how the Beaver Island Community comes together to help those in need. Thank you to all those who participated! Thank you to all who donated! The BI Food Pantry should not have many issues this winter due to all of your efforts.

Michelle LaFreniere before the plunge

View a gallery of pictures of the participants and attendees HERE

View video of the Polar Plunge HERE

Michelle LaFreniere after the plunge

All done with the Polar Plunge

Community Thanksgiving Service

Thanksgiving Day at 10 a.m.

View bulletin for this service HERE

View the words for one hymn HERE

View video of the service HERE

Hemlock Survey Letter

November 25, 2019

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

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

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

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


Benjamin VanDyke

View the letter HERE

Public Meeting Dates


Great Lakes Islanders Find Common Concerns

Great Lakes Islands Alliance gathers for third annual meeting

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

View the article HERE

St. James Special Meeting

November 22, 2019, at Noon

The purpose of the meeting today was to provide authorization for the supervisor to submit a grant application as well as a grant letter for the purposes of getting funding for the project of fuel dock improvements at the new marina. The supervisor was granted authority to submit an application to the Grand Traverse Band.

Draft Minutes of the Waste Management Meeting

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 1:00PM

View the minutes HERE


Dated October 15, 2019

Read the Press Release HERE

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

BI Transfer Station and Recycle Center

Beaver Island Transfer Station Rates Effective 1_2019

The Emerald Ash Borer and Wood Movement to the Islands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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