B. I. News on the 'Net, February 1-28, 2019

Beaver Island TV

February 28, 2019

All of today's broadcast come from the historical society collection from the Oral History tapes digitized by BINN editor Joe Moore, except for the last event.

This broadcast is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv and the broadcast will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Agnes Bird Interview

Earl Gallagher Interview

Glenn Felixson Interview about nautical issues and completed at the Yacht Dock

Bernadette McCaulley Interview

Glen Felixson interview at the Boat Shop

4th of July Parade 2014


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Glenn Felixson Interview at Yacht Dock

This interview took place down at the yacht dock on Glenn's last day working on the dock as harbormaster. The interview includes adventures in the river near Chicago, as well as on the Great Lakes and Beaver Island.

View this interview HERE

Agnes Bird Interview

The is another of oral history digitized tapes from the Beaver Island Historical Society archives. This project was started by Robert Cole and continued by others. This is an interesting interview, even more so than some of the others. Take the time to watch it if you have an interest in history.

View this interview HERE

Yet Another Reason to Not Transport Firewood

The following article is surely another reason to not transport firewood.  Also, Oak Wilt attacks red oaks which is the tree species that the island has and needs. With both townships passing the Wood Transport Ordinance, signage is needed at all ports of potential entry. Also getting the word out about not transporting wood to the islands is needed on all fronts.  The Emerald Ash Borer team is planning on being on Beaver Island March 25 and 26th for a survey.

Showcasing the DNR: Battling oak wilt disease

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

In state forests and on urban streets, the oak is a mighty tree. Towering nearly 100 feet tall, it can live up to 150 years and offers plenty of shade under its heavily-leafed, spreading branches.
But oaks – especially trees in the red oak family – face a threat from a disease known as oak wilt, caused by a fungus with microscopic spores that can infect and kill a red oak within weeks.
“The leaves begin to turn brown, with parts of them still green,” said James Wieferich, a forest health specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “When the leaves start dropping in the middle of summer, that’s when we get a lot of oak wilt calls.”
Wieferich said there’s good news and bad news about oak wilt.
The bad news: you cannot save a red oak that is already showing symptoms.
The good news: simple actions, such as refraining from pruning oak trees between April 15 and July 15 and covering accidental bark wounds with paint, can help keep healthy trees from being infected.
On city streets, those steps help keep tree loss to a minimum. In state forests, plows and selective cutting help keep the disease at bay.
People who spot a tree with symptoms of oak wilt – in the city or the forest – are encouraged to check the DNR’s interactive oak wilt map at Michigan.gov/ForestHealth to report it.
So, what is this infection that can take down a towering oak?
Oak wilt is caused by the fungus Bretziella fagacearum. It spreads from tree to tree by underground root contact, through tiny, sap-feeding beetles that carry spores from fungal pads on infected trees into wounds on healthy oaks.
Spores also can be found on recently cut firewood from trees that died of oak wilt. This is one of the reasons why the DNR and other agencies advise against moving firewood.
Oaks in the red oak family, including black oak, northern red oak and northern pin oak, are most susceptible to the disease, which kills trees by interrupting the flow of sap.
Trees in the white oak group are less susceptible because they have a different internal cell structure that prevents rapid spread of the infection through the tree. Trees in the white oak group have rounded leaf edges and include white oak and swamp white oak.

The highest risk of infection occurs from April 15 through July 15, but it is prudent to avoid pruning or injuring oak trees until they have lost leaves for the winter.
If pruning or removing oaks cannot be avoided during the high-risk period, or a tree gets damaged, immediately cover wounds with tree-wound paint or latex-based paint. Treating tree wounds with paint is not usually recommended; doing so to combat oak wilt is the exception.
Infected trees will usually begin to display symptoms beginning in June through September. The symptoms include the leaves showing two colors during these months and rapid leaf drop from the tree’s upper crown.
Those trees are usually easy to spot in a backyard. DNR staffers also are keeping an eye out for oak wilt in state forests and taking measures to stop its spread.
“We prioritize our treatment efforts in new areas where there is not a lot of oak wilt,” said Scott Lint, a forest health specialist with the DNR.
Those areas include Otsego and Cheboygan counties in northern Michigan. In the Upper Peninsula, control efforts are focused on Menominee, Iron and Dickinson counties.
Other priority spots include state campgrounds and trail access sites where people come to enjoy the woods.
“For the rest of the state forest, we prioritize by the quality of the oak,” Lint said. “We tend to prioritize high-quality northern red oak rather than pin oak.”
Once an infection is spotted in a priority area, DNR staffers bring in a piece of heavy equipment known as a vibratory plow. It creates a deep trench to separate the roots of the infected tree from trees outside the perimeter.
“All of the trees within that circle have the potential to become infected and die,” Lint said.
Other oak trees within the circle are cut down. Sometimes they are salvaged for timber; other times they are left in place.
Within a treated area, new trees that sprout from stumps are likely to die from oak wilt because they are connected to the infected underground root system, where the disease can linger for a few years.  The roots of new oaks that generate from seeds aren’t deep enough to become infected. 
“Once we do the plowing, we have removed the risk of oak wilt spreading,” Lint said. “New seedlings that originate from seed will grow in that same area uninfected.”
Tips to avoid oak wilt:

If the presence of oak wilt is suspected:

Whether in the forest or in urban areas, land managers and property owners taking a few relatively simple steps can prevent oak wilt infection and keep oaks towering over our backyards, city streets and forests for decades into the future.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 28, 2019

Ok, Mother Nature, this is the last day of February, could this please be the last day of bitter cold temperatures?? Right now I'm showing -7°. Humidity is at 82%, wind is from the NNE at 1 mph, cloudy skies, pressure is 30.19 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Looking ahead, snowfall from tomorrow evening into Saturday morning will total 2-4 inches. Today is going to be mostly cloudy and cold.

ON THIS DATE 2013, less than three weeks after making the unexpected announcement that he would step down, 85-year-old Pope Benedict XVI officially resigns. Citing advanced age as the reason for giving up his post as the leader of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church, Benedict was the first pontiff to relinquish power in nearly 600 years. Two weeks after Benedict resigned, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected pope.

The son of a policeman, Benedict was born Joseph Ratzinger in the village of Marktl in Bavaria, Germany, on April 16, 1927. During World War II, he was drafted into the German military, which he deserted toward the end of the war. He was held as a POW by Allied forces for a short time in 1945. Ratzinger went on to be ordained into the priesthood in 1951. Afterward, he served as a professor of theology at several German universities until 1977, when he was appointed the archbishop of Munich and Freising; later that year he was elevated to cardinal. From 1981 to 2005, Ratzinger headed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a powerful Vatican office responsible for enforcing Catholic doctrine. In that role, he earned the nickname “God’s Rottweiler.”

On April 19, 2005, following the death of Pope John Paul II, the 78-year-old Ratzinger was elected the 265th pope. During his eight-year papacy, Benedict championed a conservative agenda while also contending with scandals involving clergy sex-abuse and corruption at the Vatican Bank.

On February 11, 2013, Benedict, the oldest person elected to the papacy since the 18th century, announced he would resign, saying he no longer had the mental and physical strength required to lead one of the world’s largest religious organizations. The move was all but unprecedented, as until that point all popes of the modern era had remained in office until death. The last pope to resign, Gregory XII, did so in 1415 to end a civil war in the church called the Great Western Schism. Prior to that, in 1294, Pope Celestine V quit after just five months in the job (he hoped to return to his life as a hermit but instead his successor had him imprisoned and he died in captivity).

On March 13, 2013, white smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel indicated that a conclave of Catholic cardinals had elected a new pope, the 76-year-old Bergoglio. Six days later, in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, he was inaugurated as the Catholic Church’s 266th pontiff. The first South American to helm the church and the first non-European to do so in more than 1,200 years, he also was the first pope to take the name Francis and the first member of the Jesuit order to become pontiff. Francis soon distinguished himself for his humble style (among other things, he opted to live in a Vatican guesthouse rather than the regal papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace, where, for more than a century, his predecessors resided) and for his vision for a church focused less on divisive social issues and more on serving the poor and oppressed.

After retiring, Benedict, whose title became pope emeritus, moved into a former convent inside Vatican City.

DID YOU KNOW THAT in the 16th and 17th centuries in the country of Turkey, anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death.

WORD OF THE DAY petrichor (PE-tri-kawr) which means a distinctive scent, usually described as earthy, pleasant, or sweet, produced by rainfall on very dry ground.Petrichor is an uncommon word used in mineral chemistry or geochemistry to describe the pleasant scent of rain falling on very dry ground. Petrichor is a compound of the Greek nouns pétrā “rock, stone” (as in petroleum “rock oil”) and īchṓr, the juice or liquid—not blood!—that flows in the veins of the Olympian gods. About 60 percent of ancient Greek words have no satisfactory etymology; īchṓr is one of them. Petrichor was coined by two Australian chemists, Isabel “Joy” Bear and Richard Grenfell Thomas, in 1964.

Observation Platform Proposed

There is a proposal to build an observation platform, on the bluff, on Peaine Township prpperty, where Mrs. Redding’s Trail turns and heads south. The proposal is being made by Bonnie-Cull Rice. This project is to have no cost to the townships, and will be brought before the Peaine Planning Commission on March 12, 2019, at 7: 00 p.m..

View the plan of the proposal HERE

Hungry Wildlife

February 27, 2019

Looking out the breakfast room window on and off all day, today and yesterday, and the day before, it was noticed the fighting between the birds and squirrels for the food from the bird feeder here on Carlisle Road. There are ducks, turkeys, blue jays, cardinals, chickedees, and squirrels all attacking the bird feeders anyway they are able to do so. When the turkeys are on top of the snowbanks, pecking at the feeders, the ducks and the other birds are trying to get at the food that falls down to the ground.

The ducks are trying to chase away the turkeys. The turkeys are trying to chase away the ducks. The squirrels are chasing away every other species. The pictures in the gallery show these chases and the swarming that is taking place around the feeders.

View the gallery of photos HERE

Beaver Island TV

February 27, 2019

All the video broadcast today is from Beaver Island News on the 'Net, and is done so to put the entire Oral History meetings on at one time.

BI-FIT Interview with W. Cwikiel

Interview with Wil Scikiel, BICS Principal/Superintendent

Oral History Meeting #1

Oral History Meeting #2

Oral History Meeting #3

Oral History Meeting #4

This is availaable to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

The broadcast starts at 10 a.m.


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 27, 2019

We are in another Winter Weather Advisory until today at 5:00 pm. At the moment, I'm showing 12°, feels like 3°, wind is from the ESE at 5 mph, humidity is at 88%, pressure is falling from 30.35 inches, and visibility is 2 miles. Snowfall for today will total 1 to 3 inches; roads and sidewalks will be slippery.

ON THIS DATE in 1860, President Abraham Lincoln poses for the first of several portraits by noted Civil War-era photographer Mathew Brady. Days later, the photograph is published on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar with the caption, Hon. Abram [sic] Lincoln, of Illinois, Republican Candidate for President.

A relatively new art form, the photograph (or daguerreotype) showed an unusually beardless Lincoln just moments before he delivered an address at Cooper Union that day. The address, in which he articulated his reasons for opposing slavery in the new territories, received wild applause and garnered strong support for his candidacy among New Yorkers.

Lincoln was re-introduced to Brady a year after his election. The president shook Brady’s hand and said Mr. Brady and the Cooper Institute made me president. Brady went on to photograph Lincoln several more times before Lincoln’s death in 1865. Brady also snapped photos of first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and two of Lincoln’s sons.

Brady’s works also include shots of President Zachary Taylor at his inauguration in 1849, President Millard Fillmore in 1850 and Confederate President Jefferson Davis in 1861. After Brady’s wife approached Mrs. Grant on behalf of her husband, General Ulysses S. Grant agreed to let Brady tag along with the Union Army during the Civil War. Many of his resulting works now reside in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.

Lincoln was not the first presidential candidate, or president, to be photographed–that honor went to John Quincy Adams in 1843.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Kotex was first manufactured as bandages, during WWI.

WORD OF THE DAY: divertissement (dih-VUR-tid-muhnt) which means a diversion or entertainment. The English noun divertissement comes directly from the French divertissement “amusement, entertainment, diversion.” Divertisse- is the long stem of the verb divertir “to amuse, entertain”; it comes from Latin dīvertere or dēvertere “to turn away, divert, make a detour, digress”; the French suffix -ment, from the similar Latin noun suffix -mentum, denotes action or resulting state. Divertissement entered English in the 18th century.

BI Fit Begins Operations on March 4th!

Interview with Wil Cwikiel at the BI FIT area in the BICS Gymnasium HERE

BI Fit is a unique community collaboration between Island residents and the Beaver Island Community School (BICS) that creates the opportunity for Island residents to exercise in the BICS gymnasium. In addition to walking the perimeter of the gym, members can work out on various exercise equipment, including a treadmill, exercise bike, and a rowing machine in the BI Fit Zone.

Use of the gym is limited to specific times when trained volunteers are on hand to ensure safety and anyone using the equipment must be a member of BI Fit. Membership requirements include paying an annual fee ($15.00 for the remainder of this school year), signing a membership agreement, completing a member participant waiver/consent for emergency treatment form, and having a Michigan State Police background check.

Exercise sessions begin the week of March 4, 2019. Membership registration packets are available now at the BICS office or at the BI Fit tab on the Beaver Island Community School website (www.beaverisland.k12.mi.us). Get a membership packet to fill out today so you can start exercising on March 4th!

Special thanks to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, and private donations of time, money, and equipment. Also, a huge thanks to the many volunteers who have contributed their time to become BI Fit Exercise Monitors. BI Fit would not be possible without this outpouring of support!

We hope you enjoy BI Fit. We are here to provide a place that fosters health, wellness, and longevity. Have Fun!

BI Fit Membership Packet HERE

View video of the interview with Wil Cwikiel in the BIFIT exercise area HERE

Interview with Wil Cwikiel

February 26, 2019

The initial interview with the principal/superintenedent of the Beaver Island Community School was done to introduce Wil Cwikiel to the community, particularly those who did not have much connection to the school. You can view this interview done in August 2017 HERE

Today's interview was to reintroduce our BICS Superintendent/Principal to those that haven't had much contact with the school, and to ask about the progress made at the school since the first interview. Discussion took place about the teaching staff, administrative staff, janitorial staff, teacher aides, and, of course, the principal himself. There was also discussion about the school board members and the cooperative relationships that have to be present in a small school district with about 5.5 students per teach for class size. There was also discussion about the successes as well as the challenges of a small out-of-formula school district.

Thank you to Wil Cwikiel for allowing this interview and for the positive attitude and friendly discussion during the interview!

View this interview HERE

Beaver Island TV

February 26, 2019

Once again this is a combination of the Phil Gregg video collection, the BIHS oral history collection, and BINN video archives.

This broadcast is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

The broadcast will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Bernadette McCauley Interview

Brian Gallagher Interview

Burkes, Greens, and Lefts

Clare Adkin High Island Presentation

Christmas Cantata 2003

5th and 6th Grade Play 2010


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 26, 2019

Another invigorating morning, it's 3°. Humidity is at 85%, wind is from the NW at 5 mph (making it feel like 2°), pressure is at 30.51 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. today look for a mix of clouds and sun early followed by cloudy skies this afternoon. High temperature of 12°. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight cloudy with light snow developing after midnight. Low 6°. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 70%. About one inch of snow expected.

ON THIS DATE in 1929, in one of his final acts as president, Calvin Coolidge dedicates acreage in the Grand Teton mountain range as a national park.

A Vermont native, Coolidge appreciated the outdoors and, like many Americans, enjoyed the romance of the American Wild West. He was an experienced rider and had an electric bucking horse installed in the White House as a form of exercise. Coolidge’s term coincided with the growth in popularity of dude ranches, particularly in Wyoming and Montana. Coolidge enjoyed them so much that the normally staid and unexpressive president even allowed photographers to photograph him in Indian headdress or cowboy attire.

In the 1920s, cattle ranching and homesteading in the Yellowstone and Grand Teton regions hit an economic slowdown. While some families persisted in farming and ranching, others opened their lands to hunting, fishing and dude ranching as a way to supplement their income. In 1925, residents of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, near the Tetons circulated a petition supporting the establishment of a park, declaring “we have tried ranching, stock-raising, and from our experience have become of the firm belief that this region will find its highest use as a playground.”

The petitioners found a receptive audience in President Coolidge, who was an avid proponent of limiting commercial development in the West’s most spectacular natural areas. In 1925, Coolidge signed Executive Order 4631, which marked off several hundred acres in the area for the preservation of the region’s elk population. Two years later, Coolidge closed an additional 23,000 acres in the Tetons to homesteaders under Executive Order 4685. Coolidge’s actions angered many, including farmers and ranchers who protested governmental control of how they could use land that was once considered their private property. In addition, Forest Service officials argued that Coolidge’s orders limited the agency’s control over regional forestry practices. But, with the help of a growing contingent of Americans from many walks of life who supported preservation of America’s natural wonders, including industrialist John D. Rockefeller, Coolidge persuaded Congress to approve the park.

The original boundaries of the Grand Teton National Park included just the Teton mountain range and several lakes. Total acreage of the park increased under Franklin Roosevelt in 1943 and again by an act of Congress in 1950. Today, the park consists of more than 300,000 acres.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the world's youngest parents were age 8 and 9. They lived in China and had their child in 1910.

WORD OF THE DAY cozen (KUHZ-uhn) which means to cheat, deceive, or trick. The verb cozen has a doubtful ancestry. One plausible etymology has cozen associated with the noun cousin (i.e., the relative), modeled on the French usage of the verb cousiner “to call ‘cousin,’” i.e., to claim fraudulent kindred to gain some profit or advantage. A second etymology derives cozen from Italian cozzonare “to engage in horse trading, cheat,” from cozzone, from Latin coctiōn-, the inflectional stem of coctiō “a dealer, broker.” Cozen entered English in the 16th century.

Peaine Township February 2019 Meeting Minutes

Nancy White Passes Away

February 25, 2019

Nancy White has passed away. More information will be posted when received.

Beaver Island TV

February 25, 2019

Some of this broadcast comes from the BIHS VHS tape collection and some from BINN archives. The broadcast can be viewed by anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

Today's broadcast will begin at 11:30 a.m.

BI House Party 1996

Antje Price Interview

St. Pat's Day Games 2014

Arranmore Twinning Ceremony

Father Pat's 40th

Grand Marias Trip

Bach on Beaver 2010

Paddle for Food clips and Presentation 2010

Senior Housing 12/26/2010

Snowy Day 4/8/2010


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

BIO 597z6: Beaver Island Bird Diversity during Migration

(2 credits or non-credit workshop)
May 20 - May 25, 2019
Instructors: Dr. Nancy Seefelt

An investigation of bird diversity during spring migration on Beaver Island using field observation, field techniques, and museum specimens. Course includes experience in mist-netting and bird banding. Participants must be able to hike outdoors. Binoculars required and supplied by participants.

Prerequisites: 12 credit hours of Biology or permission of instructor.

More information about this course and the station can be found at:  https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/se/cmubs/Pages/default.aspx

For specific information about the course, please contact Nancy Seefelt (seefe1ne@cmich.edu).  For more information about the CMU Biological Station, registration and costs, please contact John Gordon, Station Manager (gordo2jj@cmich.edu)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 25, 2019

It's certainly a whole lot colder than it was yesterday at this time. Right now I'm showing 13°, wind is from the west at 15 mph making it feel like -8°. Humidity is at 80%, pressure is 30.00 inches, cloud cover is 99%, wind gusts are up to 24 mph, and visibility is 2 miles. For today, blowing and drifting will be a problem. It's also going to be cold with the high around 14°. I think I'm going to stay indoors and knit. It is NOT a good beach day.

ON THIS DATE in 1828, John Adams, son of President John Quincy Adams, marries his first cousin and inadvertently follows a pattern of keeping marriages within the family.

John Adams’ grandfather, President John Adams, had married his third cousin, Abigail Smith. Intermarriage skipped a generation with John Quincy Adams, who married a non-relative. But, at 25 years old, John Quincy’s second-eldest son, John, married his first cousin on his mother’s side, 22-year-old Mary Catherine Hellen, in a private ceremony at the White House.

Exactly nine months and seven days after the wedding, Mary Catherine gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter named Mary Louisa, in the White House family quarters. Mary and John gave her the name Mary, after her mother, and the middle name Louisa after her paternal grandmother Louisa Catherine Adams, the wife of John Quincy Adams.

In 1853, Mary Louisa Adams also married a family member–her second cousin, William Clarkson Johnson, the son of her first cousin, Abigail Louisa Smith Adams, and President John Adams’ great-grandson. Both bride and groom descended from President John Adams–the wedding constituted the first marriage between descendants of two presidents. While both Mary Louisa and her new husband were descendants of President John Adams, only Mary Louisa was directly related to President John Quincy Adams.

The Adams’ were not the only presidential family to intermarry. In 1905, Franklin Delano Roosevelt married Eleanor, his fifth cousin once removed. Eleanor did not have to change her name upon marrying, since her maiden name was also Roosevelt. Her father, Elliot, was the brother of former President Theodore Roosevelt.

DID YOU KNOW THAT a pregnant goldfish is called a twit?

WORD OF THE DAY: evenfall (EE-vuhn-fawl) which means twilight; dusk; the beginning of evening. Evenfall, "the beginning of evening, dusk," from its very look is a poetic word. It is reasonable to assume, but impossible to prove, that evenfall was modeled on the earlier nightfall (1700). Evenfall entered English in the 19th century.

Mass from Holy Cross

February 24, 2019

After a quick trip to Lake City, Father Jim Siler made it back to the island to be the celebrant for the two weekend Masses at Holy Cross Church, Beaver Island. The reader on Saturday afternoon was Brian Foli. The reader on Sunday morning was Ann Partridge.

Brian Foli...................Ann Partridge

Father Jim Siler

View video of the services HERE

Marine Ways

by Dick Burris

One of my first commercial jobs in the north was to do underwater work on a marine ways in Charlevoix, MI..

A group from Beaver Island were dismantling ways to later install them in the harbor at Beaver Island. Art Reibel, Bill Welke, and Wayne Chapman had taken on this quest.

My job was to go along the ways with SCUBA and unbolt sections of beams and rails, so they could be loaded on the barge to ship to the island. I was amazed how easy it was to unscrew the bolts. The (PH) factor of the water prevented rust from freezing the bolts, as it does on the surface. Charlie Martin used to immerse engines in the lake so he could easily disassemble them later, with this theory.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Sunday Morning Miscellany

by Cindy Ricksgers

Christian Church Bulletin

February 24, 2019

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 24, 2019

Our back deck is decorated with a very thin layer of ice, as are the railings. Didn't even look out front. Temperature is right at 32°, humidity is at 99%, wind is from the ESE at 7 mph making it feel like 26°, pressure is at 28.99 inches and visibility is 4 miles. Snow is expected today along with very strong winds. Just stay safe!

ON THIS DATE in 1836, in San Antonio, Texas, Colonel William Travis issues a call for help on behalf of the Texan troops defending the Alamo, an old Spanish mission and fortress under attack by the Mexican army.

A native of Alabama, Travis moved to the Mexican state of Texas in 1831. He soon became a leader of the growing movement to overthrow the Mexican government and establish an independent Texan republic. When the Texas revolution began in 1835, Travis became a lieutenant-colonel in the revolutionary army and was given command of troops in the recently captured city of San Antonio de Bexar (now San Antonio). On February 23, 1836, a large Mexican force commanded by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana arrived suddenly in San Antonio. Travis and his troops took shelter in the Alamo, where they were soon joined by a volunteer force led by Colonel James Bowie.

Though Santa Ana’s 5,000 troops heavily outnumbered the several hundred Texans, Travis and his men determined not to give up. On February 24, they answered Santa Ana’s call for surrender with a bold shot from the Alamo’s cannon. Furious, the Mexican general ordered his forces to launch a siege. Travis immediately recognized his disadvantage and sent out several messages via couriers asking for reinforcements. Addressing one of the pleas to “The People of Texas and All Americans in the World,” Travis signed off with the now-famous phrase “Victory or Death.”

Only 32 men from the nearby town of Gonzales responded to Travis’ call for help, and beginning at 5:30 a.m. on March 6, Mexican forces stormed the Alamo through a gap in the fort’s outer wall, killing Travis, Bowie and 190 of their men. Despite the loss of the fort, the Texan troops managed to inflict huge losses on their enemy, killing at least 600 of Santa Ana’s men.

The brave defense of the Alamo became a powerful symbol for the Texas revolution, helping the rebels turn the tide in their favor. At the crucial Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 910 Texan soldiers commanded by Sam Houston defeated Santa Ana’s army of 1,250 men, spurred on by cries of “Remember the Alamo!” The next day, after Texan forces captured Santa Ana himself, the general issued orders for all Mexican troops to pull back behind the Rio Grande River. On May 14, 1836, Texas officially became an independent republic.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the chicken is one of the few things that man eats before it's born and after it's dead.

WORD OF THE DAY halidom (HAL-i-duhm) which means a holy place, as a church or sanctuary. Halidom is a rare word meaning “holy place, sanctuary.” Its Old English form, hāligdōm, is a compound formed of the adjective hālig “holy” and the abstract noun suffix -dōm (English -dom). Hāligdōm originally meant “holiness, sanctity” in Old English, but this sense was obsolete by the 17th century. The concrete senses of hāligdōm, "chapel, sanctuary” and “relic,” are as old as the abstract sense. Halidom entered English before 1000.

Lester Connaghan Visits the Museums 2002

Video was done of Lester Connaghan's visit to the two museums and his comments.

View the video HERE

Johnny Paul Kenwabikise Interview

by Shamus (Jim) Noorgard

The interview took place at Johnny Paul's home here on Beaver Island in 2009.

View video of this interview HERE

Digitizing VHS Tapes, Why?

by Joe Moore

I was asked the other day why that I was taking my time and equipment to digitize the tapes that were part of the Beaver Island Historical Society collection of Oral History Tapes. It took me a while to actually think up the reason for taking the hours necessary to capture this onto a computer, process the video, and post it for others. As a matter of fact it took most of the fall and almost half of the winter to come up with a valid reason.

The tapes represent the past residents of the island. The tapes talk about the past residents of the island, their activities, their friends, their adventures, and who did what with whom. Since I have spent more than forty years living here on Beaver Island, I guess that I have become an "Islander" and therefore, I have caught the history bug, and infection of the mind, not contagious, but very virulent. I simply can't get enough of the history of this place that I have grown to love. I raised my three kids here. I taught my three kids here at the Beaver Island Community School. I have helped my community members and summer visitors here for almost thirty years when they needed medical help in an emergency.

I think that any one of these statements in the above paragraph are a good enough reason to be interested in the place that I continue to live and love. Now, some of these tapes are of people that are no longer with us, and some I knew quite well as friends. Some were here many years before I discovered Beaver Island, and their memories need to be preserved for the future members of this beautiful place.

Another reason is that these people speak from the heart without making any excuses, and are not masking the difficulties that they may have faced during the years that they lived in this archipelago. I'm fascinated by the settlements on High Island and Garden Island besides the history of Beaver Island. If I can get another perception of this wonderful place from the history directly from those that experience it, why wouldn't I want to work on these tapes and provide the information for anyone who is interested?

Enough said. I'll continue doing this work of digitizing videos until I am told to stop or until I can't do it anymore. I'll continue to do "Today's News as Close to Today as Possible," as long as I can physically and financially do that also, even if the banner is buried in the snow banks along the Kings Highway and the driveway. Hope you find something that you enjoy as much as I enjoy doing this.

Beaver Island TV

February 23+24, 2019

Saturday's broadcast should begin around 10:30 a.m.

Mary Bert McDonough 1991

Phil Gregg 1992

Lady Islanders at NLL 2019 Game 1

Beaver Island Ingenuity 2008

Ann Broder 1990

The broadcast can be seen at http://beaverisland.tv

Mass from Holy Cross will be live streamed at 4 p.m.

Included today is also the content of Sunday's broadcast.

Tomorrow's broadcast includes recently captured. Along with these two video interviews, there are oral history interviews and BICS presentations.

As always, these are available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

The broadcast on Sunday will begin shortly after the live stream of Mass from Holy Cross.

Johnny Paul Kenwabikise interview with Shamus (Jim) Noorgard 2009

Lester Connaghan in the museums in 2002

Skip McDonough and Lilliam Gregg interview by Ed Wojan 1/2019

Christmas Concert 2018

BICS Civics Presentations 2019

BI Ingenuity 2008

Jewell Gillespie interview by Robert Cole


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 23, 2019

Cloudy skies and 26°, wind is at 6 mph from the east making it feel like 20°. Humidity is at 91%, pressure is at 30.31 inches, visibility is 9 miles. Hopefully, you in northern Michigan have stocked your shelves, gassed up your car, etc. Hopefully I'm wrong, but if the weatherman is correct, it's going to be a wild ride from this afternoon through Monday morning.

ON THIS DATE in 1940, folk singer Woody Guthrie writes one of his best-known songs, “This Land is Your Land.”

Born in Okemah, Oklahoma, in 1912, Guthrie lived and wrote of the real West, a place of hard-working people and harsh environments rather than romantic cowboys and explorers. Though he was a son of a successful politician and businessman, during his early teens his mother fell ill and the family split apart. For several years, Guthrie spent his summers working as a migrant agricultural laborer. When he was 15, he left home to travel the country by freight train. Among his meager possessions were a guitar and harmonica. Guthrie discovered an eager audience among the hobos and migrant workers for the country-folk songs he had learned in Oklahoma.

In 1937, he traveled to California where he hoped to become a successful western singer. He appeared on several West Coast radio shows, mostly performing traditional folk songs. Soon, though, he began to perform his own pieces based on his experiences living among the vast armies of the poor and dispossessed created by the Great Depression. While in California he also came into contact with the Communist Party and became increasingly sympathetic to its causes. Many of his songs reflected a strong commitment to the common working people, and he became something of a musical spokesman for populist sentiments.

“This Land is Your Land,” reflected not only Guthrie’s support for the common folk, but also his deep love for his country. The verse celebrated the beauty and grandeur of America while the chorus drove home the populist sentiment that the nation belonged to all the people, not merely the rich and powerful. Probably the most famous of his more than 1,000 songs, “This Land is Your Land” was also one of his last. Later that year Guthrie moved to New York where his career was soon after interrupted by World War II. After serving in the Merchant Marines, he returned to New York, where he continued to perform and record his old material, but he never matched his earlier prolific output.

Guthrie’s career was cut short in 1954, when he was struck with Huntington’s Disease, a degenerative illness of the nervous system that had killed his mother. His later years were spent in a New York hospital where he received visitors like the adoring young Bob Dylan, who copied much of his early style from Guthrie. Guthrie died in 1967, having lived long enough to see his music inspire a whole new generation and “This Land is Your Land” become a rallying song for the Civil Rights movement.

DID YOU KNOW THAT according to tests made at the Institute for the Study of Animal Problems in Washington, D.C., dogs and cats, like people, are either right-handed or left-handed—that is, they favor either their right or left paws.

WORD OF THE DAY prodigal (PROD-i-guhl) which means wastefully or recklessly extravagant. Prodigal ultimately derives from the Late Latin adjective prōdigālis “wasteful,” from the Latin adjective prōdigus (with the same meaning), a derivative of the verb prōdigere “to drive forth or away; to waste, squander.” Prōdigere is a compound of the preposition and combining form pro, pro- “forth, forward” and agere “to drive (cattle), ride (a horse).” Aristotle in Book IV of the Nicomachean Ethics defines the virtue of liberality (with respect to wealth) as the mean between the opposite vices of prodigality and stinginess, the prodigal man being one who wastes money on self-indulgent pleasures. The most famous case of prodigality is from Luke's gospel (15:11-32), the “Parable of the Prodigal Son.” Prodigal entered English in the 15th century.

BICS Weekly Memo 2-22-19

Beaver Island TV

February 22, 2019

As promised yesterday, the Oral History Meetings will be broadcast today, along with some other interesting videos. As always, this is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

3rd Oral History Meeting, February 11, 2019

Oral History Meeting 4, February 18, 2019

Beaver Island Ingenuity circa 2009

Historical Society Construction Plans, 11/5/18

The Wisdom of the Trees, Noorgard and Myers 2009

Eclipse video (short)

Grace Cole Interview

The broadcast will begin at 9:30 a.m.


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 22, 2019

here is a storm predicted for late Saturday and Sunday so the next two days would be good for stocking up, especially if the power goes out. (batteries, candles, food, pet food, etc) Right now we have cloudy skies, 26°, humidity is at 79%, wind is from the WNW at 3 mph, pressure is at 30.42 inches and visibility is 10 miles.Today is going to be cloudy with a high of 30°.

ON THIS DATE in 1980, the U.S. men’s hockey team pulls off one of the biggest upsets in sports history with a 4-3 victory over the heavily favored Soviet Union at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. Two days later, the Americans went on to beat Finland and take home the gold medal.

In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The Soviet squad, previously regarded as the finest in the world, fell to the youthful American team 4-3 before a frenzied crowd of 10,000 spectators. Two days later, the Americans defeated Finland 4-2 to clinch the hockey gold.

The Soviet team had captured the previous four Olympic hockey golds, going back to 1964, and had not lost an Olympic hockey game since 1968. Three days before the Lake Placid Games began, the Soviets routed the U.S. team 10-3 in an exhibition game at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Americans looked scrappy, but few blamed them for it–their average age, after all, was only 22, and their team captain, Mike Eruzione, was recruited from the obscurity of the Toledo Blades of the International League.

Few had high hopes for the seventh-seeded U.S. team entering the Olympic tournament, but the team soon silenced its detractors, making it through the opening round of play undefeated, with four victories and one tie, thus advancing to the four-team medal round. The Soviets, however, were seeded No. 1 and as expected went undefeated, with five victories in the first round.

On Friday afternoon, February 22, the American amateurs and the Soviet dream team met before a sold-out crowd at Lake Placid. The Soviets broke through first, with their new young star, Valery Krotov, deflecting a slap shot beyond American goalie Jim Craig’s reach in the first period. Midway through the period, Buzz Schneider, the only American who had previously been an Olympian, answered the Soviet goal with a high shot over the shoulder of Vladislav Tretiak, the Soviet goalie.

The relentless Soviet attack continued as the period progressed, with Sergei Makarov giving his team a 2-1 lead. With just a few seconds left in the first period, American Ken Morrow shot the puck down the ice in desperation. Mark Johnson picked it up and sent it into the Soviet goal with one second remaining. After a brief Soviet protest, the goal was deemed good, and the game was tied.

In the second period, the irritated Soviets came out with a new goalie, Vladimir Myshkin, and turned up the attack. The Soviets dominated play in the second period, outshooting the United States 12-2, and taking a 3-2 lead with a goal by Alesandr Maltsev just over two minutes into the period. If not for several remarkable saves by Jim Craig, the Soviet lead would surely have been higher than 3-2 as the third and final 20-minute period began.

Nearly nine minutes into the period, Johnson took advantage of a Soviet penalty and knocked home a wild shot by David Silk to tie the contest again at 3-3. About a minute and a half later, Mike Eruzione, whose last name means “eruption” in Italian, picked up a loose puck in the Soviet zone and slammed it past Myshkin with a 25-foot wrist shot. For the first time in the game, the Americans had the lead, and the crowd erupted in celebration.

There were still 10 minutes of play to go, but the Americans held on, with Craig making a few more fabulous saves. With five seconds remaining, the Americans finally managed to get the puck out of their zone, and the crowd began counting down the final seconds. When the final horn sounded, the players, coaches, and team officials poured onto the ice in raucous celebration. The Soviet players, as awestruck as everyone else, waited patiently to shake their opponents’ hands.

The so-called Miracle on Ice was more than just an Olympic upset; to many Americans, it was an ideological victory in the Cold War as meaningful as the Berlin Airlift or the Apollo moon landing. The upset came at an auspicious time: President Jimmy Carter had just announced that the United States was going to boycott the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and Americans, faced with a major recession and the Iran hostage crisis, were in dire need of something to celebrate. After the game, President Carter called the players to congratulate them, and millions of Americans spent that Friday night in revelry over the triumph of “our boys” over the Russian pros.

As the U.S. team demonstrated in their victory over Finland two days later, it was disparaging to call the U.S. team amateurs. Three-quarters of the squad were top college players who were on their way to the National Hockey League (NHL), and coach Herb Brooks had trained the team long and hard in a manner that would have made the most authoritative Soviet coach proud. The 1980 U.S. hockey team was probably the best-conditioned American Olympic hockey team of all time–the result of countless hours running skating exercises in preparation for Lake Placid. In their play, the U.S. players adopted passing techniques developed by the Soviets for the larger international hockey rinks, while preserving the rough checking style that was known to throw the Soviets off-guard. It was these factors, combined with an exceptional afternoon of play by Craig, Johnson, Eruzione, and others, that resulted in the miracle at Lake Placid.

This improbable victory was later memorialized in a 2004 film, Miracle, starring Kurt Russell.

DID YOU KNOW THAT an eagle can kill a young deer and fly carrying it.

WORD OF THE DAY futilitarian (FYOO-til-i-TAIR-ee-uhn) which means a person who believes that human hopes are vain, and human strivings unjustified. Futilitarian is a humorous blend of futile and utilitarian. The word was coined in scorn for the utilitarian philosophy for the jurist and philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) and the philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill (1806-73). Futilitarian entered English in the 19th century.

Crockpot Cook-Off and Celebrity Games

March 1, 2019

Sheila Lyons Kaplinski 7-3-09

This is an interview of this individual by Seamus (Jim) Norgaard done in July of 2009.

View video of this intnerview HERE

Evelyn Olson and Laverne Nicholson 2011

This interview was completed by Bill Cashman of these two mentioned individuals. The interview took place in 2011 while Bill was the BIHS director.

View video of this interview HERE

Beaver Island TV

February 21, 2019

There haven't been any broadcasts other than live streams for the last week, due to the processing of a lot of video during that same time period. Today, we will broadcast some of the video that we worked so hard on over the last week.

As always, this video can be viewed by anyone, anywhere while it is broadcast at http://beaverisland.tv

Lady Islanders Northern Lights League Tournament Game 1 2/16/19

Islanders Northern Lights League Tournament Game 1 2/16/19

Lady Islanders Northern Lights League Tournament Semifinals 2/16/19

Peaine Township Meeting 2/18/19

Oral History Meeting #4 2/18/19

Earl Gallagher Interview by Robert Cole

Broadcast will begin at 11 a.m.


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 21, 2019

Snow showers and 29° today. Next year would someone please get Mother Nature a different gift? She's about worn her snow globe out this year. Humidity is at 85%, wind is from the WSW at 18 mph making it feel like 17°, pressure is at 29.83 inches, and visibility is 7 miles.

TODAY, there is a 50% chance of snowshowers in the morning. The high will be near 32 degrees. The wind will be from the W at 15 to 25 mph

TONIGHT, it is expected to have only a 10% chance of precipitation with a low of 17 degrees. The wind will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a mostly sunny day with a high near 32 degrees with only a 10% chanc of precipitation. Winds will be from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

ON THIS DATE in 1965, in New York City, Malcolm X, an African American nationalist and religious leader, is assassinated by rival Black Muslims while addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights.

Born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1925, Malcolm was the son of James Earl Little, a Baptist preacher who advocated the black nationalist ideals of Marcus Garvey. Threats from the Ku Klux Klan forced the family to move to Lansing, Michigan, where his father continued to preach his controversial sermons despite continuing threats. In 1931, Malcolm’s father was brutally murdered by the white supremacist Black Legion, and Michigan authorities refused to prosecute those responsible. In 1937, Malcolm was taken from his family by welfare caseworkers. By the time he reached high school age, he had dropped out of school and moved to Boston, where he became increasingly involved in criminal activities.

In 1946, at the age of 21, Malcolm was sent to prison on a burglary conviction. It was there he encountered the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, the leader of the Nation of Islam, whose members are popularly known as Black Muslims. The Nation of Islam advocated black nationalism and racial separatism and condemned Americans of European descent as immoral “devils.” Muhammad’s teachings had a strong effect on Malcolm, who entered into an intense program of self-education and took the last name “X” to symbolize his stolen African identity.

After six years, Malcolm was released from prison and became a loyal and effective minister of the Nation of Islam in Harlem, New York. In contrast with civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X advocated self-defense and the liberation of African Americans “by any means necessary.” A fiery orator, Malcolm was admired by the African American community in New York and around the country.

In the early 1960s, he began to develop a more outspoken philosophy than that of Elijah Muhammad, whom he felt did not sufficiently support the civil rights movement. In late 1963, Malcolm’s suggestion that President John F. Kennedy’s assassination was a matter of the “chickens coming home to roost” provided Elijah Muhammad, who believed that Malcolm had become too powerful, with a convenient opportunity to suspend him from the Nation of Islam.

A few months later, Malcolm formally left the organization and made a Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, where he was profoundly affected by the lack of racial discord among orthodox Muslims. He returned to America as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz and in June 1964 founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity, which advocated black identity and held that racism, not the white race, was the greatest foe of the African American. Malcolm’s new movement steadily gained followers, and his more moderate philosophy became increasingly influential in the civil rights movement, especially among the leaders of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.

On February 21, 1965, one week after his home was firebombed, Malcolm X was shot to death by Nation of Islam members while speaking at a rally of his organization in New York City.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Crocodiles and alligators are surprisingly fast on land. Although they are rapid, they are not agile, so if you ever find yourself chased by one, run in a zigzag line. You'll lose him or her every time.

WORD OF THE DAY tabula rasa (TAB-yuh-luh RAH-suh) which means a mind not yet affected by experiences, impressions, etc. In Latin tabula rasa means “erased tablet, a tablet rubbed clean (of writing).” Tabula has many meanings: “flat board, plank, table, notice board, notice, game board, public document, deed, will.” For schoolchildren the schoolmaster’s command Manum dē tabulā "Hand(s) off the tablet!" meant “Pencils down!” Rasa is the past participle of radere “to scrape, scratch, shave, clip.” The inside surfaces of a folded wooden tablet were raised along the edges and filled with wax for writing. The wax could be erased by smoothing with the blunt end of a stylus (more correctly stilus) or by mild heat. The Latin phrase is a translation of Greek pinakìs ágraphos “tablet with nothing written on it, blank tablet,” from Aristotle’s De Anima (Greek Perì Psychês, “On the Soul): “What it [the mind] thinks must be in it just as characters may be said to be on a writing tablet (pinakìs) on which nothing is yet actually written (ágraphos).” Tabula rasa entered English in the 16th century.

PABI Mailing

Received in the mail on 2/20/19

PABI, POB 494, Beaver Island, MI 49782

The Preservation Association of Beaver Island is requesting input from the island residents regarding the Beaver Island Community Center. You can read the letter below.

Earl Gallagher Interview

by Robert Cole

This interview is with Brian Gallagher's uncle. Brian's father James H. Gallagher was the brother of Earl Gallagher. Brian's dad was James William Gallagher. BINN thinks this is the right connection. Most of Robert Cole's interviews begin with an introduction of who the person is and how they were connected, but this video collection doesn't begin this way.

View video of this interview HERE

Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative
Cultural Resources Committee Meeting Minutes and Documents

021219.Draft Management Plan V2

CRC_Minutes_101618 V2


Oral History Meeting #4

The fourth oral history meeting took place on Monday night at 7 p.m. at the St. James Township Hall. The attendees number had decreased, and more questions were discovered as unanswered, but important to the history of the island from 1950-1970. Those attending were coming up with more items that should be included in the project. Ed Wojan provided the email addresses of those willing to work on this project as well as telephone numbers for those researching these topics.

There are several families that have not been in attendance that could help reveal answers to these questions: Gillespie, Martin, McCafferty, McDonough, and others. These families are encouraged to send a representative to the next few meetings to take place the first and third Mondays of March and April.

View video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

February 18, 2019

View agenda HERE

View packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 20, 2019

What a surprise! We are in another Winter Weather Advisory until 1 am on Thursday. Expect snow, freezing drizzle, and slippery roads. Mother Nature is doing her best to keep us from being bored this winter. Right now we have cloudy skies and 21°.humidity is at 84%, wind is at 7 mph from the ESE making it feel like 12°. Pressure is at 30.0 inches and visibility is 10 miles. Expect snow today and the high will be around 26°.

ON THIS DATE an episode of the hit TV sitcom “Seinfeld” titled “The Pothole” airs for the first time on this day in 1997; it includes a story line in which the character Kramer adopts a stretch of the fictional Arthur Burghardt Expressway through the real-life Adopt-a-Highway program.

The roots of the Adopt-a-Highway program date back to 1984, when James Evans, an engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation, noticed litter blowing out of the back of a pickup truck he was driving behind in Tyler, Texas. Concerned about the growing cost to the government of keeping roadways clean, Evans soon began asking community groups to volunteer to pick up trash along sections of local highways they could “adopt.” Though Evans got no takers for his idea, Billy Black, the public information officer for the Tyler District of the Texas Department of Transportation, took up the cause and organized the first official Adopt-a-Highway program, which included training and equipment for volunteers. The first group to participate in the program was the Tyler Civitan Club, and on March 9, 1985, a sign was erected to indicate that the group had adopted a two-mile stretch along Texas’s Highway 69. Similar signs began popping up in the area as other groups volunteered to beautify their own stretches of highway. The program eventually spread to thousands of towns and cities across the U.S. and to such countries as Canada, Japan and New Zealand.

Businesses, schools and churches are among the main organizations to participate in the Adopt-a-Highway program (also known in some places as Sponsor-a-Highway). Over the years, however, some controversial groups, including the Ku Klux Klan, have tried to become involved—and thereby receive signs along highways acknowledging their effort. After the state of Missouri rejected a Ku Klux Klan group’s application to join the program, the white supremacist organization charged in court that its free-speech rights had been violated. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Missouri couldn’t prevent the KKK from participating in the Adopt-a-Highway program as long as the group’s members picked up litter.

As for Kramer (played by Michael Richards) on “Seinfeld,” his efforts to clean up the one-mile stretch of roadway he adopted because he was upset about failing highway infrastructure, quickly went awry. First, he repaints the highway, turning it from four lanes into two, which creates chaos among drivers. He then tries to change it back to two lanes and in the process spills paint thinner on the pavement. A mail truck driven by the character Newman (Wayne Knight) generates sparks that ignite with the paint thinner, causing his truck to catch fire.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the two-foot long bird called a Kea that lives in New Zealand likes to eat the strips of rubber around car windows.

WORD OF THE DAY behemoth (bih-HEE-muhth) which means any creature or thing of monstrous size or power. The traditional etymology of the Hebrew noun behemoth is that it is an augmentative or intensive plural of bəhēmāh “beast,” a derivative of the West Semitic root bhm “to be dumb.” It is also possible that Hebrew bəhēmāh is an adaptation to Hebrew phonology of Egyptian p-ehe-mau “hippopotamus” (literally “ox of the water”). Behemoth entered English in the 14th century.

Beaver Island Birding Trail Festival—Warblers on the Water

May 24-26, 2019

The 6th annual Beaver Island Birding Festival, Warblers on the Water, will be held on May 24-26, 2019, on Beaver Island, in northern Lake Michigan. The island is a spring migratory song and shore bird mecca with over 200 species of birds recorded from the island. Registration is limited and birders are urged to register early through the Beaver Island Birding Trail website at http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org.

Transportation to the island is via ferry or air taxi. Lodging is available on the island, and transportation for the various field trips will be provided to registered participants. More information about transportation, food, and lodging is available on the website.

Researchers and expert field trip leaders will lead trips to some of the island’s 30+ birding sites. Whether you are a novice or expert birder there will be something for you during this Memorial Weekend event. The birding trips are flexible and use local guides to get the most out of your exploration of the northern Lake Michigan islands’ history, natural resources, and scenery. A featured field trip to High Island which lies to the west of Beaver Island is scheduled for registered participants.

Presentations on the history of Beaver Island and the night sky are also scheduled.

For more specific information about Warblers on the Water visit http:// www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/warblers.html. Information about transportation to and accommodations on Beaver Island can be found at http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/accommodations.html, and for information about the island visit the Chamber of Commerce’s web site at http://beaverisland.org. or (231) 448-2505.

(Photos courtesy of Darrell Lawson)

4th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament

At Lake Geneserath

This years ice fishing tournament was again a big success! The ice wasn’t as favorable as we would have preferred, but we made due. Here is a list of this year's winners:

Adult division pike 1st place: Gail Cwikiel 2nd place: Gus Connaghan 3rd place: Turner Jones

Adult bluegill division 1st place: Bryan Antkoviak 2nd place: Randy Jakubus 3rd place: Eric Naranjo

Kids pike division 1st place: Sophie Mcdonough 2nd place: Aurora Randall

We are excited for next season!

The pictures were taken by Mike Eicher, and BINN thanks him for his willingness to share them.

View a gallery of photos HERE

Garden Island Adventure

February 16, 2019

Thanks to Brian Cole for the information and the pictures of this adventure. A trip across the ice to Garden Island is an adventure not taken by this editor in many moons, but the younger ones seem to make the trip whenever they get a chance. Rumor has it that there might be another trip to Garden Island this coming weekend. Brian's pictures are amazing, showing many of the reasons that people would make this adventurous journey. A couple of really popular celebrities also made the trip. The adventure demonstrates that there is plenty to do on Beaver Island, and the surrounding islands, in the wintertime.

View a gallery of Brian's pictures HERE

Interesting Visitor

This past week on Thursday, those in the town area heard and some saw the USCG helicopter fly over. There was a lot of curious people wondering what was going on, and why the helo flew over. The answer was provided by Paul Welke in a post on facebook.

This past Thursday, a USCG Jayhawks helo stops at Welke Airport after dropping off a maintenance crew at White Shoals lighthouse. Island Airways loaned them a car to go to the Shamrock for lunch. It turns out someone there picked up the tab! Gotta love Beaver Island!

Thank you Paul for your post and for the pictures of this event.

White Shoals Light

Pictures at Welke Airport, Beaver Island

Busy Beaver Island Weekend

by Joe Moore

While the kids, BINN editor, and chaperones were off to the Northern Light League Basketball Tournament, there were many other activities going on here on Beaver Island. There was the 4th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament taking place on Lake Geneserath on Saturday and Sunday, and an adventurous group headed across the ice to Garden Island on snowmobiles. And, some people ask, "What do you do on Beaver Island?"

There were those out snowshoeing, ice fishing, camping in the snow, snowmobiling, having great food cooked over an open fire, and simply enjoying the Beaver Island winter. That's a heck of a good way to spend your weekend as far as most of the Islanders are concerned. Does that answer the question?

Then on top of the busy weekend, you can add a busy Monday as well. Processing video and pictures took all of Monday during the day, and then setup for the 4th Oral History Meeting on Monday at 7 p.m., kept this editor busy. There were two meetings happening at the same time on the same day. This editor certainly appreciates the help of another to video the Peaine Township re-scheduled meeting on the exact same day at the exact same time.

So President's Day was also a busy day, as well as the day after as more pictures and more video needs to be processed.

Catching Up, Slowing Down

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 19, 2019

Brrrr! It's -8° outside this morning! Calm, humidity is at 83%, pressure is at 30.62 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. There IS a bright. full moon out though.Cloudy today and the high could get up to 22°.

ON THIS DATE in 1847, the first rescuers reach surviving members of the Donner Party, a group of California-bound emigrants stranded by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

In the summer of 1846, in the midst of a Western-bound fever sweeping the United States, 89 people–including 31 members of the Donner and Reed families–set out in a wagon train from Springfield, Illinois. After arriving at Fort Bridger, Wyoming, the emigrants decided to avoid the usual route and try a new trail recently blazed by California promoter Lansford Hastings, the so-called “Hastings Cutoff.” After electing George Donner as their captain, the party departed Fort Bridger in mid-July. The shortcut was nothing of the sort: It set the Donner Party back nearly three weeks and cost them much-needed supplies. After suffering great hardships in the Wasatch Mountains, the Great Salt Lake Desert and along the Humboldt River, they finally reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains in early October. Despite the lateness of the season, the emigrants continued to press on, and on October 28 they camped at Truckee Lake, located in the high mountains 21 kilometers northwest of Lake Tahoe. Overnight, an early winter storm blanketed the ground with snow, blocking the mountain pass and trapping the Donner Party.

Most of the group stayed near the lake–now known as Donner Lake–while the Donner family and others made camp six miles away at Alder Creek. Building makeshift tents out of their wagons and killing their oxen for food, they hoped for a thaw that never came. Fifteen of the stronger emigrants, later known as the Forlorn Hope, set out west on snowshoes for Sutter’s Fort near San Francisco on December 16. Three weeks later, after harsh weather and lack of supplies killed several of the expedition and forced the others to resort to cannibalism, seven survivors reached a Native American village.

News of the stranded Donner Party traveled fast to Sutter’s Fort, and a rescue party set out on January 31. Arriving at Donner Lake 20 days later, they found the camp completely snowbound and the surviving emigrants delirious with relief at their arrival. Rescuers fed the starving group as well as they could and then began evacuating them. Three more rescue parties arrived to help, but the return to Sutter’s Fort proved equally harrowing, and the last survivors didn’t reach safety until late April. Of the 89 original members of the Donner Party, only 45 reached California.

DID YOU KNOW THAT when opossums are "playing 'possum," they are not playing. They actually pass out from sheer terror.

WORD OF THE DAY mare (MAHR-ey, MAIR-ee) which means any of the several large, dark plains on the moon and Mars. Latin mare “sea” is obviously but irregularly derived from Proto-Indo-European mori- “body of water, lake.” The Latin word “ought” to be more (the a is unexplained). The Proto-Indo-European mori- becomes Old Church Slavonic morje “sea, ocean,” Lithuanian marė “lagoon, bay,” and, in the Germanic languages, English mere (i.e., a lake or a pond), German Meer “sea, ocean,” Gothic marei “sea.” Latin mare used to describe the lunar feature first appears in Michael van Langren’s map of the moon (1645). Mare first entered English in the 19th century.

Christian Church Bulletin

February 17, 2019

Mass from Holy Cross

February 17, 2019

The regularly schedule Masses for Holy Cross Parish took place this past weekend, Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The editor of BINN was not on the island this weekend, but arrangements had been made to have a replacement live stream the two Masses.

Father Jim Siler was the celebrant, and the reader for both services was Brian Foli.

Brain Foli doing the readings......Father Jim Siler reading the Gospel

View video excerpts of Sunday's Mass HERE

Northern Lights League Trip

for the Basketball Tournament

by Joe Moore

This was a wonderful trip from Beaver Island to Sault St. Marie for the students, coaches, parents, and this editor. As I was beginning this process of getting to go, I decided that there would be not one participant in this trip that should be blocked from seeing the videos and the pictures of what was recorded as part of this trip. In that vein, I decided to purposefully not record swimming pool trips by the students and eating events since their could be some embarrassment possible from either of these kinds of events. It was also decided that there would be a link given, so that everyone interested could view the pictures and the videos for the tournament. The games were live streamed for anyone to view the games. On Saturday, one hundred thirteen unique IP addresses viewed the tournament games that were provided to anyone, anywhere. It's impossible to know how many viewed the games at each IP address. It could be one person, or it could be many.

The tournament games that were live included all but the first game played up to the middle of the first final game. It was then decided it was time to head back to Petoskey. That timing was about perfect since we got to view the sunset from the Mackinac Bridge. The kids got to eat in Petoskey, either KFC or tacos, and they got to shop at Meyers. We then headed back to Charlevoix to spend the night at the Weathervane.

I want to personally thank the Sports Boosters and Beaver Island Community School for allowing me to go along and record this trip. I enjoyed the company, got to see friends from the other schools and visitors to the tournament, and got to know some of the kids much better. I also got to see Sault St. Marie and Rudyard and all the locations that we passed along the way. The link that is provided below will be given to the school, so every participant that wants to view the videos and the pictures will have an opportunity to do so, along with all the subscribers to BINN.

View all the pictures and videos HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 18, 2019

It's a balmy 7° outside this morning but feels like -3°. Wind is from the north at 6 mph. Humidity is at 83%, pressure is 30.25 inches, clear skies, and visibility is 10 miles. Sunny today. The high should be around 16°.

ON THIS DATE the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the winners of the first Academy Awards on this day in 1929. It was a far cry from the suspense, glamour and endless press coverage surrounding the Oscars today: The first award recipients’ names were printed on the back page of the academy’s newsletter. A few days later, Variety published the information–on page seven.

Spearheaded by movie mogul Louis B. Mayer, the Academy was organized in May 1927 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the film industry. The first awards went to movies produced in 1927 and 1928. Though the announcements were made in February 1929, the actual awards weren’t given out until May 16, 1929, in a ceremony and banquet held in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Some 270 people attended the dinner, many paying $5 each for a ticket.

The first Academy Award winners received gold statuettes designed by art director Cedric Gibbons and sculpted by George Stanley. The Academy’s first president, the silent film actor Douglas Fairbanks, handed out the statuettes to the winners, who included Janet Gaynor for Best Actress (for three different films: Seventh Heaven, Street Angel and Sunrise) and the German-born Emil Jannings (The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh) for Best Actor. Frank Borzage and Lewis Milestone both won Best Director awards, for Seventh Heaven and Two Arabian Knights, respectively. Best Picture honors went to Wings, the World War I drama directed by William Wellman.

In the second year of its awards, the Academy changed its policy and began releasing the names of each year’s winners to the press at 11 p.m. on the night of the awards ceremony. This practice ended in 1940 after the Los Angeles Times broke from tradition and published the results in its evening edition, which meant they were revealed before the ceremony. The Academy subsequently instituted a system of sealed envelopes, which remains in use today. The awards weren’t nicknamed “Oscars” until 1931, when a secretary at the Academy noted the statue’s resemblance to her Uncle Oscar, and a journalist printed her remark.

The awards were broadcast on radio until 1953, when the first televised Oscars program aired. Since then, the Academy Awards have become one of the world’s most watched television events, drawing as many as 1 billion viewers worldwide. The comedian Bob Hope presided over the ceremony a total of some 20 times; other hosts have included Will Rogers, Jack Benny, Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres and Jon Stewart.

DID YOU KNOW THAT according to Chinese acupuncture, there is a point on the head that you can press to control your appetite. It is located in the hollow just in front of the flap of the ear.

WORD OF THE DAY fourscore (FAWR-SKAWR) which means four times twenty; eighty. Americans will recognize the phrase “Fourscore and seven years ago” from the Gettysburg Address (whether they will know what a score of years amounts to is another question). Most Americans will recognize the line from Psalm 90, “The days of our years are threescore years and ten” and will probably guess 70. The noun score comes from Old English scoru “a tally of 20,” from Old Norse skoru “a notch, scratch, tally of 20.” Score is one of the developments from the very complicated Proto-Indo-European root sker-, ker- “to cut.” In Latin the suffixed form ker-sna appears in cēna “dinner,” literally “a slice.” Old Latin also has the form cesnas; Oscan (an Italic language spoken in southern Italy) has the very conservative form kersnu “dinner.” Sker-, ker- in Germanic (English) appears in shear "to cut" and shears "scissors," shard, shirt (from Old English scyrte), and skirt (from Old Norse skyrta). Fourscore entered English at the end of the 13th century.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 17, 2019

It's bitter,show bitter cold out there today compared to yesterday. I'm showing 7°, feels like -2° thanks to the NNE wind at 5 mph. Humidity is at 90%, pressure is 30.20 inches. and visibility is 10 miles. Today will be generally cloudy with a high of 21°. Winds from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph.

ON THIS DATE the first "Trial of the Century" happened in 1906.

Union leaders Bill Hayward, Charles Moyer, and George Pettibone are taken into custody by Idaho authorities and the Pinkerton Detective Agency. They are put on a special train in Denver, Colorado, following a secret, direct route to Idaho because the officials had no legal right to arrest the three union executives in Colorado. The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), of which Hayward was president, tried in vain to stop the unofficial arrests.

Idaho had resorted to this gambit in an attempt to bring the union leaders to justice for the assassination of former governor Frank Steunenberg. On December 30, 1905, a powerful bomb affixed to Steunenberg’s front gate exploded and killed him as he was returning to his home in Caldwell, Idaho. The former governor was a target for union miners after his role in breaking a strike in Coeur d’Alene years earlier.

In order to solve the crime, Idaho called in the Pinkerton Agency and the country’s most famous private detective, James McParland. He was the man responsible for bringing down the Molly McGuires, a secret Irish society from Pennsylvania’s mining district. All men visiting Caldwell were detained and questioned after the bombing, and police began to focus on a man named Tom Hogan.

Through a combination of trickery and intimidation, McParland got Hogan to admit that his name was really Harry Orchard and that he had been hired by the Western Federation of Miners. Orchard implicated Bill Hayward, Charles Moyer, the president of the Western Federation of Miners, and others in the plot to kill Steunenberg. However, these men were in Colorado, where local authorities were friendly to the unions and would not extradite them based on the confession of a murderer.

Government officials in Idaho, including the current governor and chief justice, sanctioned a plan to kidnap Hayward, Moyer, and Pettibone so that they could be put on trial in Caldwell. Despite the blatant illegality of their operation, the union leaders lost their appeals in federal court and were forced to stay in Idaho to be charged with conspiracy to commit murder. However, the union had one more ace up its sleeve.

Clarence Darrow, who was on his way to becoming the country’s foremost defender of liberal causes, was brought in to defend the case. It was the first “Trial of the Century,” drawing national media attention and celebrity attendees. When none of Orchard’s accomplices would corroborate his story, the case came down to Orchard’s testimony alone. At Hayward’s trial, Darrow made an impassioned 11-hour closing argument that mercilessly attacked Orchard, and the jury acquitted.

Hayward, who was almost certainly guilty, later fled the country to Russia. He was buried at the Kremlin in 1928.

DID YOU KNOW THAT a kiss stimulates 29 muscles and chemicals that cause relaxation. Women seem to like light and frequent kisses while men like them more strenuous.

WORD OF THE DAY milieu (mil-YOO) which means surroundings, especially of a social or cultural nature. Milieu is still unnaturalized in English, as its several pronunciations indicate. The French word means “middle, medium, environment.” (In Old French miliu means “the middle.”) Milieu breaks down into the prefix mi- and the noun lieu. Mi- ultimately derives from the Latin adjective medius “middle, middle of, in the middle” (the same prefix occurs in French Midi “midday, the south”). The French noun lieu “place” comes
from Latin locus. A lieutenant is literally “a place holder, one who holds the place of another, a substitute” (for a higher authority). Milieu entered English in the mid-19th century.

BICS at NLL Tournament

The tournament was over for the Islanders and the Lady Islanders late yesterday when they did not make it into the finals, but they played hard and with amazing sportmanship. My hat's off to our Lady Islanders, who fought hard with only six players. The sportsmanship in this game was shown by the Mackinac Island coach and team as well. The pictures and the video of the games will be posted when they are processed, which won't happen until the editor gets back to the Island.

Needless to say, but it will be said anyway......Proud to be an Islander and proud to support out Beaver Island students!

Just a tidbit of information added here related to the live streaming. 113 unique IP addresses viewed the live stream from Rudyard this past weekend, from all over the state and the country.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 16, 2019

Joe is in the UP with the Islanders and Lady Islanders to live-stream their tournament today. I'm guessing it'll begin around 8:30 or 9 am. (Don't know when it will start. Joe) If you'd like to watch (it'll be all day) go to http://beaverisland.tv

It's 20° outside this morning and with the wind from the north at 3 mph it's feeling like 15°.Pressure is at 30.14 inches, visibility is 9 miles, and humidity is 10%. Cloudy today with a high of 21°.

ON THIS DATE in 1923, in Thebes, Egypt, English archaeologist Howard Carter enters the sealed burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamen.

Because the ancient Egyptians saw their pharaohs as gods, they carefully preserved their bodies after death, burying them in elaborate tombs containing rich treasures to accompany the rulers into the afterlife. In the 19th century, archeologists from all over the world flocked to Egypt, where they uncovered a number of these tombs. Many had long ago been broken into by robbers and stripped of their riches.

When Carter arrived in Egypt in 1891, he became convinced there was at least one undiscovered tomb–that of the little known Tutankhamen, or King Tut, who lived around 1400 B.C. and died when he was still a teenager. Backed by a rich Brit, Lord Carnarvon, Carter searched for five years without success. In early 1922, Lord Carnarvon wanted to call off the search, but Carter convinced him to hold on one more year.

In November 1922, the wait paid off, when Carter’s team found steps hidden in the debris near the entrance of another tomb. The steps led to an ancient sealed doorway bearing the name Tutankhamen. When Carter and Lord Carnarvon entered the tomb’s interior chambers on November 26, they were thrilled to find it virtually intact, with its treasures untouched after more than 3,000 years. The men began exploring the four rooms of the tomb, and on February 16, 1923, under the watchful eyes of a number of important officials, Carter opened the door to the last chamber.

Inside lay a sarcophagus with three coffins nested inside one another. The last coffin, made of solid gold, contained the mummified body of King Tut. Among the riches found in the tomb–golden shrines, jewelry, statues, a chariot, weapons, clothing–the perfectly preserved mummy was the most valuable, as it was the first one ever to be discovered. Despite rumors that a curse would befall anyone who disturbed the tomb, its treasures were carefully catalogued, removed and included in a famous traveling exhibition called the “Treasures of Tutankhamen.” The exhibition’s permanent home is the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

DID YOU KNOW THAT wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

WORD OF THE DAY snowbird (SNOH-burd) which means a person who vacations in or moves to a warmer climate during cold weather. Snowbird has three distinct meanings. The original meaning, “a bird that spends winters in a cold climate,” dates from the late 17th century; the second, “a person who travels from the cold north to spend the winter in the warm, sunny south,” dates from the mid-1920s; the third sense, “a person addicted to heroin or cocaine,” dates from around 1915.

Rescheduled Peaine Township Meeting

February 18, 2019, at 7 p.m.

Beaver Island ESA Minutes

Special Meeting, February 7, 2019

Budget Bill Supports Great Lakes Priorities

The final 2019 federal budget that was signed into law today supports core programs to restore and protect the Great Lakes, which are top priorities of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.

The bill’s Great Lakes investments will benefit people in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.  The budget bill includes:

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (734) 904-1589. You can also reach our policy director, Chad Lord, at (202) 454-3385, clord@npca.org.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 15, 2019

Well, the weatherman was wrong, it wasn't 8 inches, but it was enough that my front door won't open so I'm going to drink my coffee and contemplate. Perhaps Mother Nature needs a small hot flash - just for a day or so. The islander sports teams are suppose to head to Rudyard today for a tournament. Let's hope the weather is good both ways for them. Joe will be live streaming them once he gets there at beaverisland.tv
It's partly cloudy at the moment and 18°, wind is at 19 mph from the west so it feels like 2°, humidity is at 85%, pressure is at 29.46 inches, and visibility is 6 miles. We are in a Winter Weather Advisory until Friday at 7:00 pm

ON THIS DATE a massive explosion of unknown origin sinks the battleship USS Maine in Cuba’s Havana harbor, killing 260 of the fewer than 400 American crew members aboard.

One of the first American battleships, the Maine weighed more than 6,000 tons and was built at a cost of more than $2 million. Ostensibly on a friendly visit, the Maine had been sent to Cuba to protect the interests of Americans there after a rebellion against Spanish rule broke out in Havana in January.

An official U.S. Naval Court of Inquiry ruled in March that the ship was blown up by a mine, without directly placing the blame on Spain. Much of Congress and a majority of the American public expressed little doubt that Spain was responsible and called for a declaration of war.

Subsequent diplomatic failures to resolve the Maine matter, coupled with United States indignation over Spain’s brutal suppression of the Cuban rebellion and continued losses to American investment, led to the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in April 1898.

Within three months, the United States had decisively defeated Spanish forces on land and sea, and in August an armistice halted the fighting. On December 12, 1898, the Treaty of Paris was signed between the United States and Spain, officially ending the Spanish-American War and granting the United States its first overseas empire with the ceding of such former Spanish possessions as Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines.

In 1976, a team of American naval investigators concluded that the Maine explosion was likely caused by a fire that ignited its ammunition stocks, not by a Spanish mine or act of sabotage.

DID YOU KNOW THAT there are more living organisms on the skin of a single human being than there are human beings on the surface of the earth.

WORD OF THE DAY onomastic (oh-uh-MAS-tik) which means of or relating to proper names. English onomastic comes straight from the Greek adjective and noun onomastikós, which has quite a few meanings: “pertaining to a name, naming, special name; (in grammar) nominative (case); vocabulary (organized by subject and not by letter).” Onomastikós is a derivative of the verb onomázein “to name, call by name,” itself a derivative of the noun ónoma, the Greek development of Proto-Indo-European nomen-, which appears in Latin as nōmen, Germanic (English) name, and Sanskrit nā́ma. One of the things that make Greek Greek is the presence of prothetic vowels (prothetic means “put in front”) at the beginning of a word, such as the o- in ónoma, the a- in ástron “star” (akin to English star and Latin stella, from assumed sterla), the e- in ennéa “nine” (Latin novem, Sanskrit náva). Some of the prothetic vowels can be explained according to Indo-European linguistics, others not; they are a source of endless research and speculation. Onomastic entered English in the 18th century.

St. James Township Board Minutes

for February 2, 2019 Meeting

St James Resolution Accept Michigan Recreation Passport Grant

St James Draft Minutes of 020619 meeting

Septic Pump Request for Proposal

for BICS

The Four Letter Word

by Cindy Ricksgers

Telecommunications Committee 2019 Meeting Schedule

Great Backyard Bird Count

February 15-18, 2019

Do you watch birds at your feeder? Your observations could help professionals better understand the birds on Beaver Island. Who's ready to count birds this weekend? You can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count simply by counting birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC.

Check out this global citizen science project at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/get-started/ Learn how to get started, get printable bird lists for your area, and find links to online bird guides to help with tricky IDs.  

(Thanks to Pam Grassmick for this post)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day to all! It's 24° outside this morning. We have a 60% chance of snow. Humidity is at 90%, wind is from the ESE at 10 mph making it feel like 13°, pressure is 29.73, and visibility is at 10 miles. Looking ahead, snowfall from the morning into late tonight will total 3-6 inches in some places.

ON THIS DATE around the year 278A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed.

Couples across the globe typically recognise the annual celebration by exchanging gifts, flowers and cards, although it it isn't a public holiday in every country.

The feast of St Valentine of February 14 was first established in 496 by Pope Gelasius I, who included Valentine among all those "... whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God."

While the details of who St Valentine was are contested, one thing is agreed upon: he was martyred and buried on February 14 at the Roman cemetery on the Via Flaminia, the ancient road from Rome to Rimini.

However the details we have of St Valentine could be of one saint or two conflated saints with the same name; this means there are many different biographies in circulation.

The most popular legend is that St Valentine - a priest from Rome - was arrested after secretly marrying Christian couples, who were being persecuted by Emperor Claudius II in the third century AD.

As helping Christians was considered a crime, St Valentine was imprisoned; while in jail he attempted to convert the emperor to Christianity and was condemned to death. He was beaten with stones and clubs, before being beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate.

Wearing a coronet made from flowers and with a stencilled inscription, St Valentine's skull now resides in the Chiesa di Santa Maria in Cosmedin, on Rome’s Piazza Bocca della Verità.

A casket containing a number of St Valentine's bones and a vial of his blood have been stored in the Whitefriar Street Church, in Dublin, since 1936, and couples regularly visit the religious shrine to ask him to watch over their lives.

Many couples preparing to marry also head to this church on February 14, the feast day of the saint, for a Blessing of the Rings in the presence of the reliquary.

When it comes to Valentine's Day, some countries around the world celebrate love differently and have their own traditions.

In Denmark, couples exchange pressed white flowers called snowdrops while in the Philippines, weddings and vow renewal ceremonies significantly increase on the romantic day, with couples gathering at shopping centres and other public places to tie the knot.

In South Africa, women wear their hearts on their sleeves on Valentine's Day, quite literally, by pinning the names of their love interests to their shirts.

China celebrate its own version of Valentine's Day called Qiki, during which young women prepare offerings of fruit to Zhinu, a heavenly king's daughter, in the hope of finding their perfect match.

In Brazil, they celebrate Dia dos Namorados, translating as "Lovers' Day", on June 12, with music festivals and performances, while in Argentina, they celebrate love for an entire week during July, in what is called "Sweetness Week".

DID YOU KNOW THAT like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.

WORD OF THE DAY attractancy (uh-TRAK-tuhn-see) which means the capacity, especially of a pheromone, to attract. Attractant is to attractance and attractancy as repellent is to repellence and repellency. Both sets of words are used mostly in biochemistry to describe chemicals, such as pheromones or insectifuges, that attract, drive away, or affect the behavior of other creatures. Attractancy entered English in the 20th century.

Snow and More Snow

February 13, 2019

Trying to get the front door open here on Carlisle Road. It took almost ten minutes just to get out the door.

Blowing snow, picture taken at the post office looking toward Whiskey Point

Blowing snow, picture taken at the playground looking toward Whiskey Point

Snow on the level after the vortex and melt; 16 inches: Total snow on the level 20 inches.

These were taken on the back deck here on Carlisle Road in an area somewhat out of the wind.

Three Different Types of Woodpeckers

At the feeders

Visitors to the bird feeders for the last two days included these woodpeckers. It is believed that they represent three different types of woodpeckers.

Beaver Island TV

Tonight's broadcast will begin about 6:30 p.m. It's starting late for two reasons; lots of snow drifts to move and the opportunity for those working during the day to view the video, if they are interested.

The broadcast includes:

4th of July Golf 7/3/2008

Electric Vehicle Coming off the boat June 2008

Assorted Clips 1/20/08

Indian Heritage Clips 7/2/2008

Irish Soul Clip

Imagineering 7/26/08

Music on the Porch 2008

3rd Oral History Meeting 2/11/19

As always, this is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

St James Public Works Committee Scheduled

2/14/19, 11:30 a.m., Governmental Center

Posted at 11:45 a.m., 02/13/19

Northern Lake Michigan Island Cooperative Meeting Scheduled

The agenda and other information below:

NLMIC Charter

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 13, 2019

No school today due to the storm. The County guys were out plowing late and it's still snowing, albeit not nearly as hard. During the height of the storm visibility was under 500 yards! Try to stay in so they can get everything cleaned up. If you're like us, it's up over both doors so it'll be a challenge to get out. Thank you to whomever took a loader or bulldozer to our driveway off the King's Highway, it was mighty deep there.

It's 18° outside right now, snow showers, humidity is at 85%, wind is at 11 mph and feels like 5°, pressure is at 29.6 inches, and visibility is 4 miles. Today expect snow showers with low visibility.

ON THIS DATE in 1861 the earliest military action to be revered with a Medal of Honor award is performed by Colonel Bernard J.D. Irwin, an assistant army surgeon serving in the first major U.S.-Apache conflict. Near Apache Pass, in southeastern Arizona, Irwin, an Irish-born doctor, volunteered to go to the rescue of Second Lieutenant George N. Bascom, who was trapped with 60 men of the U.S. Seventh Infantry by the Chiricahua Apaches. Irwin and 14 men, initially without horses, began the 100-mile trek to Bascom’s forces riding on mules. After fighting and capturing Apaches along the way and recovering stolen horses and cattle, they reached Bascom’s forces on February 14 and proved instrumental in breaking the siege.

The first U.S.-Apache conflict had begun several days before, when Cochise, the Chiricahua Apache chief, kidnapped three white men to exchange for his brother and two nephews held by the U.S. Army on false charges of stealing cattle and kidnapping a child. When the exchange was refused, Cochise killed the white men, and the army responded by killing his relatives, setting off the first of the Apache wars.

Although Irwin’s bravery in this conflict was the earliest Medal of Honor action, the award itself was not created until 1862, and it was not until January 21, 1894, that Irwin received the nation’s highest military honor.

DID YOU KNOW THAT it is physically impossible for you to lick your elbow?

WORD OF THE DAY synastry (si-NAS-tree) which means the comparison of two or more natal charts in order to analyze or forecast the interaction of the individuals involved. English synastry is an astrological term coming ultimately from Greek synastría, a noun compounded of the Greek preposition and prefix syn, syn- “with,” completely naturalized in English, the Greek noun ástro(n) “star,” familiar in astronomy, astronaut, and astrology, and the abstract noun suffix -ia, which is also native to Latin, becoming the noun suffix -y in English. Synastry entered English in the 17th century.

The Blizzard of 2019

February 12, 2019

BICS is closed, the BI Transfer Station is closed, the BIRHC is closed, the Community Center is closed, the Waste Management Meeting for this afternoon is canceled, the Peaine Township Meeting for tomorrow is canceled and will be rescheduled. While it is a little difficult to measure the snow when it is blowing so hard, the editor first shoveled three and a half inches off the front deck. After a quick appointment at the medical center, the editor shoveled another three inches of snow off the front deck, and, when you look outside there is another inch and half on top of the deck yet again.

With all these closures and cancellations, the editor got stuck in the medical center parking lot. Thank you to Bob Marsh for helping me get unstuck after a long time outside in the wind and cold. The suggestion is that you don't go anywhere unless you absolutely have to go there today until this blizzard is over, either later tonight or tomorrow morning.

If you want pictures, you'll have to take your own, because the editor is not going anywhere today after being stuck once, and once is enough.

Oral History 70's Last Night

February 11, 2019

7 p.m. at St. James Hall

Attendees above

Newspaper article about medical center ground breaking 1953

Picture used in this article above

Some other pictures shared by Sheri Mooney Timsak

The event was live streamed by Joe Moore, viewed by about twenty unique IP addresses, and recorded for future society publications.

February - 1970’s Oral History Meeting Topics

Haborview 2 was built in 70-71
The pool was added in '72

1972...Island Rental Service (where Karl Heller's business is now located) was built.

Zoning ordinances went into effect on the Island in 1975

South Shore date??

Island Fishing...Perry Gatliff and Terry Van Arkel

Jewell Gillespie purchased the American Girl to transport gas...it had been brought in barrels prior to that.

1976 was the Bicentennial and Archie LaFreniere, Ed Wojan and Bill Cashman were on the committee. The 1st Beaver Island Journal was also published in '76.

1977...the 1st Wojan/Cashman map. This was the 1st time it had been updated since Archie LaFreniere did one in 1938.

1979 Wojan Realty Office was built

1979 McDonough road was put in.

1979 Green's Bay was bought and subdivided by Walter Wojan, Ed Wojan and Bill Cashman

Bill Cashman had his Island Homes, Inc and Larry Delameter was his contractor along with Bing McCafferty and other construction companies. They built spec homes in Port St James along with many other homes on the Island.

McCafferty Motel...year??

1975 Welke Aviation. Welke Airport completed in late 1960s.

Cable was run underwater for electricity.

McGlocklins bought the Circle M from the Martin's.

View video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island TV

February 12, 2019

Today's broadcast includes the following:

Christmas Cantata 2009

Baroque on Beaver Interviews

Baroque on Beaver Audience and Martha

Baroque on Beaver Sunday

BICS Holiday Program 2010

Bird Lady

Video Clips 12/40/08

Pinky Lee Clips

Funky Fashion Show August 2013

As always, this broadcast can be viewed by anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

The broadcast starts at 9:15 a.m.

Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 12, 2019

The big storm for this today hasn't arrived just yet, but the wind is picking up. It's in southern MI heading north. Right now it's just cloudy, 19°, wind is from the ENE at 26 mph making it feel like 1°, humidity is at 82%, pressure is at 30.02, and visibility is 4 miles. We are in a Winter Storm Warning until Wednesday at 9 am.

Snow will spread up into the region through this morning, and persist through tonight. Freezing drizzle is also possible this afternoon and this evening. Storm total snow accumulations of 8 to 11 inches are expected by Wednesday morning, with localized higher amounts possible. Wind gusting as high as 35 mph will cause blowing and drifting snow.

ON THIS DATE in 1915, Lorne Greene, the actor who played Ben Cartwright on the immensely popular television Western Bonanza, is born in Ontario, Canada. An only child, Greene later said he based his portrayal of Ben Cartwright on his own father, Daniel Greene.

Greene’s rise to national stardom in Bonanza did not come until relatively late in his career. He first began acting as a student at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, where he abandoned his major in chemical engineering to follow the more exciting lure of the stage. For several years he worked in the theater in New York City, but he won his first major position in 1939 as an announcer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His deep, warm voice soon earned Greene the title, “The Voice of Canada.” During World War II, he served as a flying officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. When he returned to Canada, Greene began to win more acting roles in the fledgling Canadian television industry. In 1954, he made his big screen debut as the Apostle Peter in The Silver Chalice.

Greene’s big break came in 1959. The American TV producer David Dortot spotted Greene playing a small role in the Western Wagon Train. Dortot was in the midst of creating a new TV Western based on the adventures of a rancher father and his three sons. He thought Greene would be perfect for the role of “Pa”-Ben Cartwright. Greene agreed to take the role. His three TV sons (each by a different wife) were the thoughtful and mature Adam (Pernell Roberts), the gentle giant Hoss (Dan Blocker), and the hot-blooded young romantic Little Joe (Michael Landon).

Bonanza debuted on NBC in 1959 and remained on the air until 1973, making it one of the longest running TV Westerns ever. Somewhat unique among the many other TV Westerns of the time that emphasized solitary cowboys and gunmen, Bonanza focused on the strong familial bonds between Ben Cartwright and his three sons. The silver-haired Greene created a Ben Cartwright who was an ideal father. Strong, compassionate, and understanding, “Pa” shepherded his sons through tough times with a grace and wisdom that won him the affection of millions of viewers. Besides offering appealing characters and interesting story lines, Bonanza was also popular because it was the first network Western to be televised in color.

After Bonanza was canceled in 1973, Greene acted in several other short-lived TV shows, including Battlestar Galactica. He died in 1987 at the age of 72, still best remembered by millions as “Pa” Cartwright.

DID YOU KNOW THAT according to Genesis 1:20-22, the chicken came before the egg.

WORD OF THE DAY marvy (MAHR-vee) which means marvelous, delightful. Marvy is in origin an American slang term, a shortening of marvelous and the very common adjective suffix -y. Marvy first entered English in the 1930s.

BICS Board Meeting

February 11, 2019. 7 p.m.

View packet HERE

Ice Near Kelly's Point

A friend stopped by and suggested that Pingle's Point had some blue ice, and pictures needed to get taken of this beautiful colored ice. Pingle's Point is not on any of the maps that were in possession of the editor. Six separate maps were viewed, but no label of any point named Pingle's Point. There was a Pingle's Road, someone suggested. It was down past Lake Geneserath, another stated.

So the adventure began, a trip down the island looking for some ice shoves somewhere on the East Side near Pingle's Point. Not sure that Pingle's Point was found, but there were some great views of the push ice that resembled mountains from a distance. A walk along the ice mounds seemed quite worth the exercise.

Out there in the distance are the push ice piles.

Along the shoreline about 50 yards out from shore

And there it is!

Tine to head back to shore.....

Ice on the trees from the ice storm

View a gallery of pictures HERE

Adventure Near Kelly's Point Video


It was certainly worth the trip down the island. The exercise was excellent as well. If you decide to go down there, be very careful, take someone with you, and be prepared to do a lot of slipping and falling.

Beaver Island TV

February 11, 2019

The broadcast today will include a complete mix of items from the BINN historical video and the BIHS video. Lots of interesting topics will be broadcast.

As always, it is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

5th and 6th Grade Play 2014

1st Ever Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

Glen Felixson at Model Boat Shop 4/5/2001

Glen Felixson at Yacht Dock

Hinkle Concert 6/20/13

Junior Senior Banquet at Holy Cross Hall 2014

Merlin vesus Bluejay 1/5/14

Snowshoe Adventure 2/13/14

BICS Volleyball Districts 11/7/13

And, don't forget the Oral History meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the St. James Hall!


Broadcast starts at 9:30 a.m.

Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 11, 2019

Mother Nature gave us a light dusting of snow overnight. Right now it's 16°, humidity is 91%, wind is from the east at 10 mph making it feel like 3°, pressure is 30.39, and visibility is 4 miles. Cloudy today with a high of 23°. Expected snowfall in the next 48 hours is 8 to 12 inches.

ON THIS DATE in 1805, Sacagawea, the Shoshone Indian interpreter and guide to the Lewis and Clark expedition, gives birth to her first child, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau.

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark first met the young Sacagawea while spending the winter among the Mandan Indians along the Upper Missouri River, not far from present-day Bismarck, North Dakota. Still only a teenager, Sacagawea was the wife of a French-Canadian fur trapper, Toussaint Charbonneau, who had purchased her from Hidatsa kidnappers the year before. The Hidatsa had taken Sacagawea from her homeland along the Continental Divide in modern-day southwestern Montana and southeastern Idaho, where she was the daughter of a prominent Shoshone chief. Viewing such captives as little more than slaves, the Hidatsa were happy to sell Sacagawea and another woman to Charbonneau, who used them as laborers, porters, and sexual companions.

That winter, Lewis and Clark hired Charbonneau as an interpreter for their projected expedition to the Pacific and back, provided he agreed to bring along his young wife. Lewis and Clark knew they would have to obtain horses from the Shoshone to cross the Continental Divide, and Sacagawea’s services as an interpreter could prove invaluable. Charbonneau agreed, and she became the only woman to join the Corps of Discovery.

Two months before the expedition was to depart, Lewis and Clark found themselves with another co-traveler, who later proved useful in an unexpected way. On this day in 1805, Sacagawea went into labor. Lewis, who would often act as the expedition’s doctor in the months to come, was called on for the first and only time during the journey to assist in a delivery. Lewis was anxious to insure his new Shoshone interpreter was in good shape for the arduous journey to come, and he later worriedly reported “her labour was tedious and the pain violent.” Told that a small amount of the rattle of rattlesnake might speed the delivery, Lewis broke up a rattler tail and mixed it with water. “She had not taken [the mixture] more than ten minutes before she brought forth,” Lewis happily reported.

Named Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, the cries of the healthy young boy announced the arrival of a new member of the Corps of Discovery. No one, it seemed, contemplated leaving Sacagawea and her infant son behind–when the party set out up the Missouri in April 1805, Sacagawea carried Jean Baptiste on her back in an Indian cradleboard. Nicknamed “Pomp” or “Pompey” by Clark, who developed a strong attachment to the boy, Jean Baptiste accompanied his mother on every step of her epic journey to the Pacific and back.

Mother and son both were invaluable to the expedition. As hoped, Sacagawea’s services as a translator played a pivotal role in securing horses from the Shoshone. Jean Baptiste’s presence also proved unexpectedly useful by helping to convince the Indians the party encountered that their intentions were peaceful-no war party, the Indians reasoned, would bring along a mother and infant.

When the Corps of Discovery returned east in 1805, Charbonneau, Sacagawea, and Jean Baptiste resumed the fur-trading life. Little is known of Sacagawea’s subsequent fate, though a fur trader claimed she died of a “putrid fever” in 1812 at a Missouri River trading post. True to a promise he had made to Sacagawea during the expedition, Clark paid for Jean Baptiste’s education at a St. Louis Catholic academy and became something of an adoptive father to the boy. A bright and charismatic young man, Jean Baptiste learned French, German, and Spanish, hunted with noblemen in the Black Forest of Germany, traveled in Africa, and returned to further explore the American West. He died in 1866 en route to the newly discovered gold fields of Montana.

DID YOU KNOW THAT toxic house plants poison more children than household chemicals do.

WORD OF THE DAY amphiscians (am-FISH-ee-uhnz) with means inhabitants of the tropics. Amphiscians is an altogether strange word, at least in its meaning. The English word, a plural noun, comes from Medieval Latin Amphisciī “those who cast a shadow on both sides,” i.e., in the tropics a person’s shadow will fall towards the north or towards the south depending on whether the sun is above or below the equator. Amphisciī is a straightforward borrowing of Greek amphískioi (a plural adjective used as a noun) “casting a shadow or shadowy on both sides,” formed from the preposition and prefix amphí, amphi- “around, about” (akin to Latin ambi- with the same meaning) and the noun skiá “shadow, shade, specter” (from the same Proto-Indo-European root from which English has shine). (Heteroscians is, of course, the opposite of amphiscians.) Amphiscians entered English in the 17th century.

Mass from Holy Cross

February 10, 2019

This weekend the regularly scheduled Masses took place on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. The celebrant was our own Father Jim Siler. The reader on Saturday was Brian Foli. The reader on Sunday was Jacque LaFreniere.

Beautiful church with sunshining through the windows

Brain Foli, reader..............Father Jim Siler

Jacque LaFreniere, reader.............Father Jim Siler

View video from both services HERE

COA Senior Dinner at BICS

February 10, 2019

The senior dinner took place today at the Beaver Island Community School Commons Area. On the menu was the pulled pork, delicious potatoes with peppers and onions, dinner roll, with coffee and/or juice. The dessert was amazing. It was fountain of white chocolate with strawberries, blueberries, pretzels, and devil's food cake. This was just an amazing and delicious meal today. It started at 11 a.m. Here are a few pictures and a short video clip of the attendees.

One of the volunteers

Short video clip


Christian Church Bulletin

February 10, 2019


by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 10, 2019

Cloudy skies and 7°. We have a 20% chance of snow. Humidity is at 85%. Wind is from the WNW (although it's calm at the moment). Pressure is at 30.62 inches and visibility is 10 miles. Snow showers today and the high should be about 18°.

ON THIS DATE in 1957, Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the best-selling “Little House” series of children’s novels based on her childhood on the American frontier, dies at age 90 in Mansfield, Missouri.

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls was born in a log cabin near Pepin, Wisconsin, on February 7, 1867, the second of Charles and Caroline Quiner Ingalls’ four daughters. As a child, she lived with her family in Indian Territory in Kansas, as well as in farming communities in Minnesota and Iowa. In the late 1870s, the Ingalls moved to Dakota Territory, settling in present-day De Smet, South Dakota. Laura Ingalls worked as a school teacher in the area, starting in her teens, and in 1885, married Almanzo Wilder, a local homesteader 10 years her senior. In 1886, the couple had a daughter; their only other child, a son, died shortly after his birth in 1889.

In 1894, after several years of drought in South Dakota, the Wilders traveled by covered wagon to Mansfield, Missouri, in the Ozarks, where they established a farm. Years later, Laura Ingalls Wilder began contributing essays to local newspapers. In 1932, Wilder, then in her 60s, published her first novel, “Little House in the Big Woods,” an autobiographical account of pioneer life in Wisconsin. The book became a success, and she went on to publish seven more novels based on her experiences growing up on the American frontier in the 1870s and 1880s. These books, including “Little House on the Prairie” (1935), “On the Banks of Plum Creek” (1937) and “The Long Winter” (1940), chronicled the joys and hardships (including illnesses, crop failures, blizzards, fires and grasshopper plagues) that Wilder and her family experienced. A ninth novel, “The First Four Years,” (1971) was published posthumously, as were several other books based on Wilder’s journals and letters. Wilder’s daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, an author and journalist, is believed to have helped edit her mother’s books, although the exact extent of her collaboration is unknown.

The “Little House” books have been translated into dozens of languages and continue to be read by legions of fans. The books also inspired a hit TV series, “Little House on the Prairie,” which originally aired from 1974 to 1982 and starred Melissa Gilbert as the plucky Laura and Michael Landon as her father Charles.

After Laura Ingalls Wilder died in 1957, her longtime Missouri home, Rocky Ridge Farm, became a museum.

DID YOU KNOW THAT there are over 87,000 Americans on waiting lists for organ transplants.

WORD OF THE DAY prebuttal (pri-BUHT-l) which means an argument constructed in anticipation of a criticism. Prebuttal is a clever combination of the prefix pre- “before” and (re)buttal. It is equivalent to the Latin rhetorical term prolēpsis “anticipation in the form of a brief summary” or Late Latin procatalēpsis “anticipation and rebuttal of an opponent’s arguments,” a borrowing from Greek prolēpsis “(in rhetoric) anticipation” and prokatálēpsis “anticipation and rebuttal of an opponent’s arguments.” Former Vice President Al Gore seems to be the first person to use prebuttal in 1996.

Beaver Island TV

February 9, 2019

Today's broadcast is mostly from 2010, almost ten years ago. That was the beginning of the video work for BINN in 2009, and the 2010 video improved upon the previous work. Here is the lineup for today:

Recorder Workshop 5/4/10

BIBCO Gathering 4/11/10

Columbian Music Presnetation 3/12/10

Emmalees Welcoming 3/6/10

Reappraisal Explained 1/23/10

Sowa Brothers Clips

Winter Fun at Lake G

The broadcast will begin at 10:30 a.m.

As always, today will also include a live stream from Holy Cross at 4 p.m.

This is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Weather by Joe

February 9, 2019

Right now on Beaver Island it is 10 degrees with a wind out of the NW at 7 mph that makes the windchill 4 degrees. It's overcast at 2700 feet, and the gauge says we got .75 inches of precipitation in the last 24 hours. The atmospheric pressure is 30.7, relative humidity is 90%, and visibility is 5 miles.

TODAY, it is expected to have snow showers (30% chance) with a high of 14 and winds from the W at 5 to 10 mph

TONIGHT, it is expected to be mostly cloudy with 0% chance of snow, and a low of 9 degrees with winds light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a cloudy day with a high of 18 degrees. A slight chance of snow is possible with light and variable winds.

Word of the Day:

precind; verb; (prih-SIND); to withdraw one's attention;o detach for purposes of thought

Prescind derives from the Latin verb praescindere, which means "to cut off in front." Praescindere, in turn, was formed by combining prae- ("before") and scindere ("to cut" or "to split"). So it should come as no surprise that when prescind was first used during the 17th century, it referred to "cutting off" one's attention from a subject. An earlier (now archaic) sense was even clearer about the etymological origins of the word, with the meaning "to cut short, off, or away" or "to sever." Other descendants of scindere include rescind ("to take back or make void") and the rare scissile ("capable of being cut").

On this Day in 1825, the presidential election is decided in the House:

As no presidential candidate received a majority of electoral votes in the election of 1824, the U.S. House of Representatives votes to elect John Quincy Adams, who won fewer votes than Andrew Jackson in the popular election, as president of the United States. Adams was the son of John Adams, the second president of the United States.

In the 1824 election, 131 electoral votes, just over half of the 261 total, were necessary to elect a candidate president. Although it had no bearing on the outcome of the election, popular votes were counted for the first time in this election. On December 1, 1824, the results were announced. Andrew Jackson of Tennessee won 99 electoral and 153,544 popular votes; John Quincy Adams of Massachusetts received 84 electoral and 108,740 popular votes; Secretary of State William H. Crawford, who had suffered a stroke before the election, received 41 electoral votes; and Representative Henry Clay of Kentucky won 37 electoral votes.

As dictated by the U.S. Constitution, the presidential election was then turned over to the House of Representatives. The 12th Amendment states that if no electoral majority is won, only the three candidates who receive the most popular votes will be considered in the House.

Representative Henry Clay, who was disqualified from the House vote as a fourth-place candidate, agreed to use his influence to have John Quincy Adams elected. Clay and Adams were both members of a loose coalition in Congress that by 1828 became known as the National Republicans, while Jackson’s supporters were later organized into the Democratic Party.

Thanks to Clay’s backing, on February 9, 1825, the House elected Adams as president of the United States. When Adams then appointed Clay to the top Cabinet post of secretary of state, Jackson and his supporters derided the appointment as the fulfillment of a corrupt bargain.

With little popular support, Adams’ time in the White House was for the most part ineffectual, and the so-called Corrupt Bargain continued to haunt his administration. In 1828, he was defeated in his reelection bid by Andrew Jackson, who received more than twice as many electoral votes than Adams.

(From Merriam Webster and history dot com, posted at 8:30 a.m.)

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

February 8th, 2019

Islanders Basketball @ Maplewood February 8th & 9th  
The boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are slated to travel to Maplewood to take on the Black Bears. Go Islanders!

Saturday is Movie Day at the Community Center
Come on down to the Community Center this Saturday, February 9th, for an afternoon and/or evening movie. Here’s what will be on the big screen:
4:00 pm—The Maltese Falcon
7:00 pm—The Ryder

No School for Students Next Friday February 15th
This is a teacher professional development day. So, while our students are outside enjoying this spectacular snow, the teachers will be inside focusing on curriculum!

Northern Lights League Tournament in Rudyard Next Friday and Saturday February 15th & 16th
Our boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will head to Rudyard next weekend for the NLL Tournament. We wish our athletes well and am so grateful for the many parents who are planning to attend!

Lake Geneserath Ice Fishing Tournament—February 17, 2019
The Beaver Island Wildlife Club is sponsoring the 4th Annual Lake Geneserath Ice Fishing Tournament on February 16th and 17th. Sunday the 17th will involve many activities for kids, including fishing instruction, snacks, lunch, and an ice-skating rink! You don’t need to have any experience ice fishing…and all kids will receive a free ice fishing pole, lure, and bait. The kids’ activities begin at 10:00 a.m. and go until 2:00 p.m. Meet at the North Arm boat launch!

March 1st—Crock Pot Cookoff!
You have three weeks to perfect your recipe or to whet your appetite (or both!). Mark your calendars for the best gustatory adventure on Beaver Island! More information to follow!

Mark Your Calendars! BICS Book Fair is Coming March 7th and 8th!
A dedicated group of bibliophilic volunteers are coordinating many activities to celebrate March is Reading Month! One of these activities is a book fair that will feature dozens of new titles for young and old alike. Thanks to some fundraising by a former PTA group, each BICS student will receive $10.00 in “Book Bucks” to go toward a purchase a new book. Keep your eyes peeled for more information, but in the meantime, save your pennies kiddos so you can combine them with your book bucks to enhance your personal library!

Have a Great Weekend!

Beaver Island TV

February 8, 2019

Had some equipment failure yesterday, but finally got it working. Hopefully, this same equipment will work again today. Anyway, here is the list of video to be broadcast today beginning at noon:

Interview with Teresa Boyle Gallagher 2000

St. Patrick's Day Games 2014

AMVETs Memorial Service 8/7/13

Anishinabe Cultural Presentation 11/12/13

Beaver Island vesus Mackinac Island Soccer 10/21/13

BICS Graduation 6/8/13

Birding Presentation 5/23/14

Christmas Cantata 12/7/2013

As always, this is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 8, 2019

It's still winter out there and we are in a Winter Weather Warning until 7 pm tonight. Right now we have cloudy skies, 11°, a 10% chance of more snow, wind is from the west at 18 mph making it feel like -8°, pressure is 29.92 inches, and visibility is 4 miles. Today will be cloudy with 18 mph winds out of the west.

ON THIS DATE A classic “Nor’easter” storm that brought a severe blizzard to New England finally subsides on this day in 1978, and the region begins to dig out from under several feet of snow. Over the previous 72 hours, some areas of Rhode Island and Massachusetts had received as many as 55 inches of snow.

Three major weather systems all converged near the Atlantic Coast on February 5, and New York City was the first to be hit with a snowstorm. As the storm moved northeast, it stalled over Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, catching many of the region’s residents by surprise. It is estimated that 3,500 cars were abandoned on Massachusetts streets and highways and several people died in their vehicles on Interstate 93 when they became trapped. A college hockey playoff was played at the Boston Garden despite the weather, and many of the spectators were unable to return home.

On February 6, the blizzard whipped up powerful sustained winds of up to 50 miles per hour with gusts of nearly 100 mph. Fifty-foot waves on the Massachusetts coast wiped out seaside homes, while further north, in Maine, waves destroyed three lighthouses and an amusement pier.

One of the hardest-hit communities in New England was Providence, Rhode Island, where travel became nearly impossible and Governor Joseph Garrahy ordered all businesses except grocery stores closed. Few of these stores had any food in stock, and eventually, supplies had to be airlifted in to Providence College. Similar conditions were found in areas of Boston, and looting broke out in some spots. Governor Michael Dukakis banned all cars from the roads because stuck vehicles were making it impossible for snow plows to clear the streets.

In the end, 56 deaths between February 5 and February 8 were attributed to the blizzard. Thousands more people were left homeless. In one tragic incident, a young child died after becoming lost in the snow–although he was only yards from his home, he could not be located. This was the worst blizzard to hit New England since 1888.

WORD OF THE DAY roborant (ROB-er-uhnt) which means strengthening. Roborant comes from Latin rōborant- (the stem of rōborāns), present participle of rōborāre “to strengthen, invigorate,” a derivative of the noun rōbor (stem rōbur-) “oak, oak tree.” From rōborāre Latin forms corrōborāre “to strengthen, harden” (English corroborate). Latin also has an archaic form rōbus for rōbur, and the archaic form clearly shows the source of Latin rōbustus “strong, powerful” (English robust). The Latin noun rōbus is akin to the adjective rōbus “red” and dialectal rūfus “light red, fox red” (English rufous), the noun rōbīgō (also rūbīgō), stem rōbīgin- (rūbīgin-) “rust,” and its derivative adjective rōbīginōsus “rusty” (English rubiginous). Roborant entered English in the 17th century.

What's in Front of Me

by Cindy Ricksgers

Showcasing the DNR

Dan Eichinger, new director for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, shown in his office at Constitution Hall in Lansing./

Showcasing the DNR: Eichinger draws on deep outdoor tradition in new role as DNR director

Michigan DNR’s 21st director youngest to hold the post

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

As a boy, Dan Eichinger could be found with a spinning rod in hand, haunting the tree-lined banks of the Middle Branch River, trying to avoid the stream’s suckers in favor of a tug on his line from a big brown trout.

Like lots of good Michigan folks, he loves the woods and water – they’re in his blood.

Eichinger, 38, grew up hunting deer in that same part of Osceola County near Marion, a mid-Michigan village of about 850 people, situated along Highway 66 – about 10 miles north of where the Middle Branch flows into the Muskegon River.

Born in Cadillac, raised in Holland, Eichinger’s paternal lineage is steeped in natural resources conservation advocacy and appreciation.

“My grandfather was Ryan Bontekoe. He was a charter member of the Pigeon River Advisory Council and served on that group until he passed away in 1994,” Eichinger said. “So, he was involved from the early 1970s to the mid-1990s.”

Bontekoe was the president of Michigan United Conservation Clubs in 1977. Not quite a decade later, that same post was held by Eichinger’s father, John.

“Later in his career, my dad was the executive director of Safari Club International and he was president/CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society until his retirement last June,” Eichinger said.

Since those boyhood days in Osceola County, where he got hooked on fishing and hunting, Eichinger has followed the boot prints of his father and grandfather down a path to devoted service and support of numerous conservation and natural resources endeavors.

He was schooled at Michigan State and Central Michigan Universities, earning a bachelor’s degree in political theory and constitutional democracy and master’s degrees in fisheries and wildlife and public administration.

Eichinger worked as membership director for MUCC, after a stint there as an intern during college. From 2004 to 2007, he was a conservation and natural resources policy advisor to Lt. Gov. John Cherry during the Jennifer Granholm administration.

After that, he was hired by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

“From 2007 to 2009, I served as legislative liaison, working under then-Director Becky Humphries,” he said.

His work then included aiding passage of legislation creating Michigan’s Recreation Passport to help fund state parks. The Passport replaced vehicle windshield stickers for park entry.

“I then joined the Wildlife Division and worked with Russ Mason as assistant to the chief,” Eichinger said.

He would help establish the DNR Wildlife Division’s first Policy and Regulations Unit, later serving as its supervisor.

In 2012, Eichinger left the DNR for an administrator’s job at Central Michigan University, which would bring him closer to his home and family.

Two years later, he returned to MUCC to become executive director – continuing his family’s tradition of holding top-level positions with the country’s most effective state-based conservation organization.

After the November 2018 election, Eichinger said speculation began about who might serve in various positions in the new administration of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Eichinger was urged by several people to put his name forward, given his experience and situational awareness of state government. Weeks later, he said he was fortunate to find himself on a short list of finalists for the DNR director’s position.

He remembers getting the call and the nod as a “great Christmas present.”

“I was still in my PJs on a Sunday morning when I found out,” Eichinger said. “It was a little before Christmas when I was talking to the governor.”

His first day on the job was Jan. 2. Eichinger is the DNR’s 21st director, standing on the shoulders of giants with names like Hoffmaster and MacMullan.

“It’s a huge responsibility, only outweighed by the honor of doing the work,” Eichinger said. “This isn’t just work that I do, this is how I live my life.”

Eichinger’s home is in western Isabella County, where he lives with his wife and the couple’s 8-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter. There, they hunt ruffed grouse and American woodcock. They also enjoy camping and fishing for bluegill.

A waterfowl shooter, he is also a birder. He said he has studied ornithology and has always been interested in bird biology.

“I am not a life-lister, but usually travel with my Audubon guide so that we can identify the different birds we find on our adventures,” he said.

Eichinger sent a message to DNR employees soon after his appointment.

“Over the coming weeks, I look forward to reconnecting with many of you, meeting those I don’t know and learning about how we can advance new priorities, celebrate and maximize our current success, and continually strive toward personal and professional growth and development,” he wrote. “As employees of the DNR, we are fortunate to wake up every day to work on things that matter to so many people.”

Looking ahead, Eichinger said he has a few top-drawer DNR priorities, including continuing to battle fish and wildlife diseases – with the scourge of chronic wasting disease at the spearpoint of those efforts.

Eichinger will insist Michigan remain a leader in preventing exotic bighead and silver carp from entering the Great Lakes, while coordinating state and federal action to curb greater grass carp proliferation in Lake Erie.

He also plans to continue fighting an entire suite of forest resource pests and diseases, which can negatively affect everything from commerce and ecology to recreation and employment.

Eichinger said the DNR’s year-long park centennial celebration in 2019 reminds us of the century-old heritage of state park development across Michigan. The downside of that benchmark is a reminder that Michigan has a 100-year-old park system with a bulging backlog of unfunded park maintenance and improvement projects.

“I’m concerned that at some point that’s going to crush the park system,” he said.

With a declining user base of hunting and fishing license buyers Eichinger said the DNR needs to challenge itself to find solutions to meeting funding needs heading into the future.

In the long term, he said the department needs to continue its work to recruit, retain and reactivate declining numbers of hunters and anglers, reframing the conversation about those activities in rural communities, while remaining relevant.

“In the short-term, we’ve got to change those trend lines now,” Eichinger said.

To do that, he wants to focus on enhanced efforts to make Michigan more of a destination state. Eichinger pointed to a recently released study commissioned by MUCC that showed the statewide economic impacts from hunting and fishing license purchases support 171,000 jobs and generate $11.2 billion annually.

Eichinger suggested making those data available to a wider nationwide audience would increase interest in greater development of Michigan’s recreation economy prospects.

During his first month on the job, Eichinger has been working to reacquaint himself with the DNR, listening to constituents and partner groups, while developing his priorities for the agency moving forward.

“The biggest impression so far is the quality of people we have working here,” he said.

Eichinger said DNR personnel see their jobs as “mission-based work” they believe in because, like him, they are invested in natural resources and recreation activities in their own daily lives.

Eichinger will be meeting DNR staffers face-to-face over the next few weeks through a series of all-employee staff meetings being held from Bellaire to Sault Ste. Marie.

Meanwhile, amid the hectic pace of his new job, Eichinger still plans to find time to return to nature himself, with his family and his hunting dog.

He said Beaver Island has become one of his favorite places on the planet. He also remains rooted in destinations he enjoyed in his younger days, including the Lake Michigan shore near Holland and the Pigeon River Country of the heart of the Lower Peninsula.

The forests, lakes, streams and elk there within the Pigeon’s 104,000 acres remind him of his grandfather and make him feel very connected to his family.

From time to time, his mind drifts back to those beautiful blueberry days down around Marion where he spent those early formative years exploring the Middle Branch River in pursuit of German browns.

“I trout fish now, mostly with a fly rod,” he said. “but I still spin quite a bit, and that is how I first started fishing.”

Check out previous Showcasing the DNR stories in our archive at michigan.gov/dnrstories. To subscribe to upcoming Showcasing articles, sign up for free email delivery at michigan.gov/dnr.

Beaver Island TV

February 7, 2019

Today's broadcast is set for the afternoon beginning at 1:30 p.m. The editor's "get up and go" got up and went this morning with sleeping in, not eating breakfast until noon, and trying to get some ambition started. It's been quite a failure in that department today, but that's the way it goes sometimes.

This broadcast is, as always, available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

The videos today are:

Ron Gregg Returns from Desert Storm

Scripps' Band and Community Choir Concert 2000

Silvester Howard, First Legally Taken Deer

Stone Circle 1988

Beaver Island Ingenuity 2008


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 7, 2019

(Sorry, slept in this morning) Mother Nature must have decided that the "new" snow wasn't white enough so she added to it during the night. Right now we have cloudy skies and 20°. There is a 50% chance of even more snow. Humidity is at 92%. Wind is from the ENE at 12 mph making it feel like 8°. Pressure is 30.04 inches.Visibility is 4 miles. It's going to be windy today and the high should be about 24°.

ON THIS DATE in 1964, Temerity ultimately comes from the Latin noun temeritās (inflectional stem temeritāt-) “rashness, recklessness, thoughtlessness.” The Latin noun is a derivative of the adverb temerē (with the same meanings), and temerē in form is a fossil form of an assumed noun temus (stem temer-) “darkness” and meant “in the dark, blindly.” The Latin forms come from a Proto-Indo-European root teme- “dark,” with a suffixed noun form temesra “darkness.” Temesra in Latin becomes tenebrae (plural noun) “darkness” (source of tenebrous). The Latin name for the River Thames is Tamesis (Tamesa), adapted from a local Celtic language in which Tamesas means “dark river.” Temerity entered English in the 15th century.

Two days later, Paul McCartney, age 21, Ringo Starr, 23, John Lennon, 23, and George Harrison, 20, made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, a popular television variety show. Although it was difficult to hear the performance over the screams of teenage girls in the studio audience, an estimated 73 million U.S. television viewers, or about 40 percent of the U.S. population, tuned in to watch. Sullivan immediately booked the Beatles for two more appearances that month. The group made their first public concert appearance in the United States on February 11 at the Coliseum in Washington, D.C., and 20,000 fans attended. The next day, they gave two back-to-back performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, and police were forced to close off the streets around the venerable music hall because of fan hysteria. On February 22, the Beatles returned to England.

The Beatles’ first American tour left a major imprint in the nation’s cultural memory. With American youth poised to break away from the culturally rigid landscape of the 1950s, the Beatles, with their exuberant music and good-natured rebellion, were the perfect catalyst for the shift. Their singles and albums sold millions of records, and at one point in April 1964 all five best-selling U.S. singles were Beatles songs. By the time the Beatles first feature-film, A Hard Day’s Night, was released in August, Beatlemania was epidemic the world over. Later that month, the four boys from Liverpool returned to the United States for their second tour and played to sold-out arenas across the country.

Later, 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. In 1970, the Beatles disbanded, leaving a legacy of 18 albums and 30 Top 10 U.S. singles.

During the next decade, all four Beatles pursued solo careers, with varying success. Lennon, the most outspoken and controversial Beatle, was shot to death by a deranged fan outside his New York apartment building in 1980. McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997 for his contribution to British culture. In November 2001, George Harrison succumbed to cancer.

DID YOU KNOW THAT La Paz, Bolivia has an average annual temperature below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. However, it has never recorded a zero-degree temperature. Same for Stanley, the Falkland Islands, and Punta Arenas, Chile.

WORD OF THE DAY dullsville (DUHLZ-vil) which means something boring or dull. Dullsville, originally an Americanism, is an obvious, self-explanatory compound. The suffix -ville comes from the French noun and suffix ville, -ville “city, town,” a straightforward development of Latin villa “farmhouse, farm, estate.” Both French and English use the suffix -ville to form placenames (nearly 20 percent of the topony

BITA Meeting Canceled

From CC Commission on Aging

Good Morning all,

I just wanted to let you know that Eric Hodgson has terminated his Voucher Meal Program Agreement for both the Stoney and the Shamrock suddenly and effective yesterday with the Commission on Aging.  Eric has also cancelled his participation in this Sunday’s Meal.  As the PABI kitchen is not going to be able to meet our needs for this dinner, the Beaver Island School has been gracious enough to host the Sunday Dinner at the School for this Sunday.  Kathie will be changing the flyers and the posting on the forum this change.  We are disappointed in Eric’s sudden decision and we know our seniors on Beaver Island will be too.  Kathie will be notifying each individual who has purchased a voucher for this month of this change and letting the clients purchasing in the future of this change.  

We anticipate that those who have received meals from those locations in the past will be now be going to the Dalwhinnie and the Beaver Island School and we have notified these locations of this change today so that they can anticipate increased numbers.  Please share with seniors that they will need to give the school as much prior notice as possible (preferably one week ahead of time) if they plan to use their vouchers there. 

It is our intention to continue having a nutrition program available to our aging community on Beaver Island and even with this change, we will be issuing vouchers,  providing Home Delivered Meals and our Sunday Dinners.  The Commission on Aging along with the Area Agency on Aging of Northern Michigan will be reevaluating this Beaver Island Congregate Meals, Home Delivered Meals and Voucher Meals program over the next 60-90 days. 

We appreciate our relationship with you and want to continue moving forward with good communication.

Please share this information with anyone you feel needs it and as always, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.
Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

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

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St. James Township Meeting 2/6/19

The St.James Township Board Meeting began right at 5 p.m. tonight, February 6, 2019. The meeting was live streamed as well as recorded. The agenda items can be viewed in the document links below.

With the resignation of Jeff Powers as a trustee of the board, one of the first items on the agenda was the appointment of his replacement trustee. After Supervisor Kitty McNamara thanked the three applicants; Richie Gillespie, Linda McDonough, and Paul Cole; the board, after discussion, appointed Deputy Supervisor Paul Cole to the trustee position, opening up the Deputy Supervisor position. Check out the agenda for more topics in discussion at the meeting.

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View video of the meeting HERE

Beaver Island TV

February 6, 2019

The broadcasts today will end with the St. James Township Meeting being live streamed tonight starting at 5 p.m. The same location will be at http://beaverisland.tv

The historical broadcasts include:

Ray Kiogam on the Odawa Language

Requiem Choral, Beaver Island Christian Church 2003

Rod Nackerman Interview

Graduation 2009 with Father Pat as commencement speaker

This can be viewed by anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

The broadcast will begin at 10:30 a.m.


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 6, 2019

It's 13° this morning - at least it's in the double digits, although the windchill takes it down to -2° because the wind is from the NE at 15 mph. Pressure is at 30.11 inches and visibility is 5 miles. Mother Nature decided that our snow was looking rather dirty so she dumped 3 or 4 inches of the fresh stuff during the night. Today will be cloudy and the high will be 19°.

ON THIS DATE in 1952, after a long illness, King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland dies in his sleep at the royal estate at Sandringham. Princess Elizabeth, the oldest of the king’s two daughters and next in line to succeed him, was in Kenya at the time of her father’s death; she was crowned Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953, at age 27.

King George VI, the second son of King George V, ascended to the throne in 1936 after his older brother, King Edward VIII, voluntarily abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. During World War II, George worked to rally the spirits of the British people by touring war zones, making a series of morale-boosting radio broadcasts (for which he overcame a speech impediment) and shunning the safety of the countryside to remain with his wife in bomb-damaged Buckingham Palace. The king’s health deteriorated in 1949, but he continued to perform state duties until his death in 1952.

Queen Elizabeth, born on April 21, 1926, and known to her family as Lilibet, was groomed as a girl to succeed her father. She married a distant cousin, Philip Mountbatten, on November 20, 1947, at London’s Westminster Abbey. The first of Elizabeth’s four children, Prince Charles, was born in 1948.

From the start of her reign, Elizabeth understood the value of public relations and allowed her 1953 coronation to be televised, despite objections from Prime Minister Winston Churchill and others who felt it would cheapen the ceremony. Elizabeth, the 40th British monarch since William the Conqueror, has worked hard at her royal duties and become a popular figure around the world. In 2003, she celebrated 50 years on the throne, only the fifth British monarch to do so.

The queen’s reign, however, has not been without controversy. She was seen as cold and out-of-touch following the 1996 divorce of her son, Prince Charles, and Princess Diana, and again after Diana’s 1997 death in a car crash. Additionally, the role in modern times of the monarchy, which is largely ceremonial, has come into question as British taxpayers have complained about covering the royal family’s travel expenses and palace upkeep. Still, the royals are effective world ambassadors for Britain and a huge tourism draw. Today, the queen, an avid horsewoman and Corgi dog lover, is one of the world’s wealthiest women, with extensive real-estate holdings and art and jewelry collections.

DID YOU KNOW THAT nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously?

WORD OF THE DAY temerity (tuh-MER-i-tee) which means reckless boldness, rashness. Temerity ultimately comes from the Latin noun temeritās (inflectional stem temeritāt-) “rashness, recklessness, thoughtlessness.” The Latin noun is a derivative of the adverb temerē (with the same meanings), and temerē in form is a fossil form of an assumed noun temus (stem temer-) “darkness” and meant “in the dark, blindly.” The Latin forms come from a Proto-Indo-European root teme- “dark,” with a suffixed noun form temesra “darkness.” Temesra in Latin becomes tenebrae (plural noun) “darkness” (source of tenebrous). The Latin name for the River Thames is Tamesis (Tamesa), adapted from a local Celtic language in which Tamesas means “dark river.” Temerity entered English in the 15th century.

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Beaver Island TV

February 5, 2019

Today's broadcast of recorded video includes video from the Oral History Project of the Beaver Island Historical Society as well as recorded video by News on the 'Net.

This video is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

Today's broadcast will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Museum Week 1994

Music on the Porch 1991

ODonnell Price Interview

Perry Smith Interview

Beaver Island Ingenuity 2008

Claudia and Martha 2010


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

The First Time I Was Afraid

Posted on February 5, 2019

by Cindy Ricksgers

Natalie Goldberg asks, “When was the first time you were afraid?” It seems like an odd question. I remember being afraid when I was quite young, but was that the first time? Probably not. It’s only the first that I remember.
I was told that when I was a baby, my sister Brenda, one year older than me, tried to tip me out of the bouncy chair that was suspended in the doorway. It probably scared me, but I have no memory of it. Mostly, I was probably afraid that she didn’t like me, as I’ve wanted her approval all of my life. Either way, I don’t remember.

I was likely frightened when I was two years old, and my mother went into the hospital to have another baby. I would’ve been too young to understand much beyond the fact that my mama, who was always there, was not home. I’m sure the world was strange and frightening when she came home from the hospital with an infant…that was very demanding of her time and attention. I don’t remember it, though.

Likewise, I have no memory of going to the Detroit Zoo as a small child. I know it happened, because someone brought a movie camera along. I have seen the giraffes, antelope and exotic birds on the resulting film. It had an impact on me, I’m sure, but I don’t remember it.

The reason that I know the zoo made a big impression is because I remember having a nightmare…about being trampled by elephants. I know my parents both showed up at my bedside. I remember being patted and hugged, and told that everything was okay. “There are no elephants here,” my mother said. That is my earliest memory of being afraid.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 5, 2019

I guess that yesterdays "warm" weather was a fluke. Today we're back into the teens BUT all the rain melted a lot of the snow. Be careful, it's slippery out there! I'm showing 14° with a windchill of 1°, wind is from the NNW at 10 mph, humidity is at 75%, and pressure is 30.20 inches. According to the weatherman expected snowfall in the next 48 hours is 3 to 5 inches. We are under another Winter Weather Advisory so be careful out there.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy in the morning, giving way to some sunshine this afternoon. The high will be 14 degrees with the wind from the NE at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to snow with the possible accumulation of up to three inches, 90% chance. Winds will be from the E at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a 20% chance of snow. The wind will be from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph.

ON THIS DATE of February 5, 1783, an earthquake devastates southern Italy. The estimated 7.5 to 8.0-magnitude quake struck at about 1 p.m. in the Calabria province. Within a minute, over 100 villages were leveled throughout the region. In several cases, communities were literally wiped away with no survivors or standing structures remaining. The quake also produced an uncommon number of fractures in the Earth’s surface. In one case, a mile-long ravine–nearly 100 feet wide–was instantly created. According to one report, more than 100 goats fell into another crack in the earth. A witness also claimed that “two mountains on the opposite sides of a valley walked from their original position until they met in the middle of the plain, and there joining together, they intercepted the course of a river.” New lakes appeared across the region.

Several hundred people from the town of Scilla survived the initial quake and fled to a nearby beach for shelter. Many then drowned when a second tremor at midnight prompted a tsunami. The tsunami also killed thousands of people in Reggio di Calabria and Messina, towns that sit opposite each other across the strait between Calabria and Sicily. The misery continued across southern Italy and Sicily for the remainder of the winter. With food supplies disrupted, the survivors were at risk of starvation. In addition, another quake on March 28 killed another 2,000 people. Including aftershocks and the indirect effects of the earthquakes, a total of 80,000 people died in the earthquake of 1783.

DID YOU KNOW THAT February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

WORD OF THE DAY hoggery (HAW-guh-ree) which means slovenly or greedy behavior. Hoggery in its original (and still current) sense means “a place where hogs are kept.” The sense “swinish behavior, piggishness, greediness” dates from the 19th century. The latter sense is close to the Yiddish chazerei “piggery, filth, junk food, junk,” ultimately derived from Hebrew ḥazīr “pig.” Hoggery entered English in the 17th century.


February 10th

11am - 1pm
AT Beaver Island Community Center
Hosted by: Stoney Acres
Pulled Pork with 2 side sauces; Carolina Mustard & Smoky Kansas City
Green Bean Casserole
O'Brien Potatoes
DESERT: White Chocolate Fountain with Strawberries, Vanilla Wafers, Pretzels, Angel Food Cake

Door Prizes

School Closes Early Today, Oral History Rescheduled

With the hazardous road conditions, Beaver Island Community School has closed for the day. Tonight's oral history meeting has been reschedule to next Monday, February 11, 2019. The second oral history meeting will be the following Monday, February 18, 2019.

It is reported that the temperature will start going down at 2 p.m. this afternoon with decreases down to below freezing with possible freezing rain and glare ice around 7 p.m., which is the reason for the closings today.

Holy Cross Bulletin, February 2019

Update from CC COA

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 February 2019 Senior Hi-Lites Newsletter. 

The Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program to date is still only being utilized by less than a handful of residents and for homemaking (cleaning) only.  We have not received any requests for reimbursement for CNA services.  There continues to be a misconception as to what is included in the Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program even though it is outlined in every program packet.  “The Commission will reimburse the provider who renders service to Beaver Island seniors citizens (those 60 and older) up to $80 monthly per household in TOTAL for any personal care, homemaker services, or respite care services. Seniors choose their own providers.  The intent of the program is to reimburse services that keep seniors independent and in their own homes.  SERVICES COVERED:

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 will be reevaluating this program over the next year as we have been told of the need but do not have our island aging community accessing the services through this program.

We have recently had 2 individuals express interest in the Wellness Check program with partnered with the Sheriff’s Department on. 

As a reminder from my update to you all on November 12, 2018: “Even after lowering the insurance requirement on our Senior Snow Removal Program, there are not any letters of interest submitted from contractors on Beaver Island willing to participate.”  There is NO Senior Snow Removal Program in Charlevoix County this year, so please do not refer individuals to the COA office for this service.  Also, please do not submit any snow removal bills to the COA office for payment as this is not something we current do.  We are very aware of the need for this service but without community partners to provide the services our hands are tied.  Our hope is to revise this program to be available next winter.  I will keep you posted.

The next COA Advisory Board Meetings are:

February 18, 2019 at the COA Offices 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:

Charlevoix County on behalf of the COA has terminated our Lease Agreement with the Community Center on Beaver Island effective March 1, 2019.  We appreciate the collaborative partnership we have shared with the PABI in the past, but with a new Charlevoix County Building on the island it made sense for a variety of reasons to move our office to that building located, which is still in town and across from the Library, on Donegal Bay Road.  Once we are assigned a new phone number, we will share that with you all and update our information on our resources.  We hope to continue a positive relationship with the PABI as they are the Community Center that serves the entire community, including seniors.  Our plan is to expand further into the community with other community collaborations that best meet the needs and wants of the aging community on Beaver Island.  This is in direct response to concerns made by aging islanders this year about lack of choices and about how the COA spends the taxes for aging services.  For the month of February the COA Office hours will be 9a-2p Monday through Friday.  “Sunday Dinners” are still planned for once a month October 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.  COA Office Hours will be changing in March as the office will be open 8a – 5p.

Meal Voucher Program update:

All Restaurants will need to provide us with the required updated information outlined in the renewal contracts.  That information we need is:

The Beaver Island School has already provided us with the above information.

The COA offices and all of our Senior Centers are open when Schools are closed.  The COA Offices only close if Charlevoix County closes.  We keep the senior centers open as we want our aging community to be able to access hot meals, be able to deliver Home Delivered Meals to our community with the greatest need and to provide a warm building with entertainment on these days.  Charlevoix Transit is free so we encourage our aging community to utilize transit on these days for road safety.

The volunteer group, through the Northern Michigan Community Action Agency, who has done taxes at our Charlevoix Senior Center in the past, is going to now be doing them at the First Baptist Church on M66 in Charlevoix.  They will be doing tax preparation, open to the public, walk in basis from Tuesday, February 12, 1019 through Tuesday, April 9, 2019 on Tuesdays ONLY from 9a-1p – These dates and times have been updated from last month’s update.  There will be an appointment option available but individuals would need to call the Northern Michigan Community Action Agency in Traverse City for more information and appointments.  Please refer anyone wanting free taxes done to this resource.

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

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

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

Senior Highlights

Mass from Holy Cross

February 3, 2019

This past weekend the Holy Cross Church had its normally schedule masses of Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. These two services were live streamed on Beaver Island TV. The readings and prayers were recorded on Saturday and the whole mass recorded on Sunday. Our celebrant was Father Jim Siler, who also did the blessing of the throats for Feast of St. Blaise. So, after each service on both days, the congregation could go to the front of the church by the altar and have their throats blessed.

Saturday reader Brian Foli......Sunday reader Bill McDonough

Father Jim Siler

View video of these services HERE

Beaver Island TV

February 4, 2019

Today's broadcast will include some historical video. It includes the first video professionally produced as well as the first DVD produced. Then it goes into some older video. The broadcast will start at 9:30 a.m.

We will also be live streaming the Oral History Meeting from the St. James Township Hall at 7 p.m. tonight.

Beaver Island Ingenuity 2008

What Do We Do on Beaver Island.....when you're not here 2009

Big Band video from 9/2008

Indian Heritage clips 2008

McDonough's Market 75th Anniversary 6/2008

Music Friday 8/2008

Museaum Week 1993 Protar Event

Cantata 2010

As always this is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv


Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 4, 2018

We're right at 32° this morning with the wind from the east at 18 mph making it feel like 20°. There is a 30% chance of rain. Humidity is at 99%, pressure is at 29.73 inches and visibility is 6 miles. Today we can look forward to cloudy conditions with 18 mph winds out of the east.

TODAY, it is expected to have 100% chance of rain with about a quarter inch coming down. The high temperature will be near 35 degrees, and the wind will be from the ESE switching to the SW at 10 to 20 mph

TONIGHT, it will be cloudy with a 20% chance of rain. The low will be down near 8 degrees. The wind will increase coming from the NW at 15 to 25 mph, making it feel colder.

TOMMORROW, it is forecast for a cloudy day with a high temperature of 13 degrees. The wind will switch to the NE at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of snow is 10%.

ON THIS DATE February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, the 19-year-old daughter of newspaper publisher Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped from her apartment in Berkeley, California, by two black men and a white woman, all three of whom are armed. Her fiance, Stephen Weed, was beaten and tied up along with a neighbor who tried to help. Witnesses reported seeing a struggling Hearst being carried away blindfolded, and she was put in the trunk of a car. Neighbors who came out into the street were forced to take cover after the kidnappers fired their guns to cover their escape.

Three days later, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), a small U.S. leftist group, announced in a letter to a Berkeley radio station that it was holding Hearst as a “prisoner of war.” Four days later, the SLA demanded that the Hearst family give $70 in foodstuffs to every needy person from Santa Rosa to Los Angeles. This done, said the SLA, negotiation would begin for the return of Patricia Hearst. Randolph Hearst hesitantly gave away some $2 million worth of food. The SLA then called this inadequate and asked for $6 million more. The Hearst Corporation said it would donate the additional sum if the girl was released unharmed.

In April, however, the situation changed dramatically when a surveillance camera took a photo of Hearst participating in an armed robbery of a San Francisco bank, and she was also spotted during a robbery of a Los Angeles store. She later declared, in a tape sent to the authorities, that she had joined the SLA of her own free will.

On May 17, Los Angeles police raided the SLA’s secret headquarters, killing six of the group’s nine known members. Among the dead was the SLA’s leader, Donald DeFreeze, an African American ex-convict who called himself General Field Marshal Cinque. Patty Hearst and two other SLA members wanted for the April bank robbery were not on the premises.

Finally, on September 18, 1975, after crisscrossing the country with her captors–or conspirators–for more than a year, Hearst, or “Tania” as she called herself, was captured in a San Francisco apartment and arrested for armed robbery. Despite her claim that she had been brainwashed by the SLA, she was convicted on March 20, 1976, and sentenced to seven years in prison. She served 21 months before her sentence was commuted by President Carter. After leaving prison, she returned to a more routine existence and later married her bodyguard. She was pardoned by President Clinton in January 2001.

DID YOU KNOW THAT San Francisco cable cars are the only National Monuments that can move?

WORD OF THE DAY rigmarole (RIG-muh-rohl) which means an elaborate or complicated procedure: to go through the rigmarole of a formal dinner. Rigmarole, with many variant spellings in the 18th century, is probably a reduction of ragman roll, a long catalog or list, a sense dating from the early 16th century. In Middle English ragmane rolle was a roll or scroll of writing used in a game of chance in which players draw out an item hidden in the roll. This game of chance possibly arose from Ragemon le bon (Rageman the Good), an Anglo-French poem. The sense “confused, incoherent, foolish, or meaningless talk” dates from the 18th century; the sense “elaborate or complicated procedure” dates from the 19th.

Beaver Island Ingenuity

By Joe Moore

The first professional video produced and recorded by Editor Joe Moore using video and pictures by Joe and Phyllis Moore was created for the purpose of documenting the event in 2008.  Back in these days, ten plus years ago, the video was either done on a VHS video camera or the newer digital tapes called microcassettes.  This video needed to be “captured” from the tape camera in real time, meaning that the recording and the capturing took the same amount of time before any editing could be done.  Usually the capturing took more time with the need to move the tape back or ahead to get the scenes done correctly, and then, and only then, could the pieces be put together in editing to create a digital video of the quality desired. 

Then the video, once digitized and ready for the final version, needed to be converted to a smaller, less memory intensive, version to be uploaded onto the Internet.  The upload might even take all night due to the slow upload speeds of a dial-up service.  Once the video was uploaded, a link to a website to display the video could be created for viewers to see the video.  Once again, the slower download speeds would limit the size of the video clips because the viewer would get bored waiting for the video clip to download.

The attempt to make a video using pictures and video was also more complicated back then.  A special program had to be purchased that would allow all of this capturing, editing, and finally uploading the finished product.  Almost no one ever believed that the video would be able to be viewed almost immediately by anyone.  No one would have thought that a video could be sent live to a website and viewed immediately by those interested.  That’s how far we have come in the last ten years.  A cellphone can send a live video to a facebook account and many can watch it in real time.

This video took hours upon hours to create, not including the time needed to take the pictures and the video clips, but it was truly an example of Beaver Island Ingenuity, not only for the subject of the video, but also by the people involved in taking the pictures and video, and the processing of this final product.

We hope you enjoy this first professional effort done back in 2008 as the beginning effort to provide video of “Today’s News as Close to Today as Possible,” the motto of BINN.

We had done videos prior to this using the uploading of Quicktime files, but these were not nearly as professional as this first professional one done in 2008.

Then after this, late in 2009, after a couple of years of video work, a DVD was made.  “What Do We Do on Beaver Island?……When you’re not here.” 

My good friend and fellow teacher, Jim Stambaugh agreed to do the narration on this DVD.  It was a collection of many of the things that had been recorded over the couple of early years of video on News on the ‘Net.  This was a DVD to promote and raise funds for the next step in the development of video for this same website and the development of the Beaver Island TV website that would be the location of the live streamed video.  The live streaming made the motto of the website a reality with events being presented almost simultaneously with the event’s occurrence, well, maybe a slight 30 second delay.  That’s how the video developed to allow the events to be presented to anyone, anywhere, if they were interested. 

The development of the video from the beginning to today’s live streaming and re-broadcast have been a dream come true for the editor.  We live streamed the first and only Ordination at Holy Cross Catholic Church for our own Father Jim Siler, which included a multi-camera mixer to make certain that all of the service could be viewed by those watching the live stream.  For more than two years, we have live streamed every weekend Mass from Holy Cross.  We have lived streamed many other events including soccer, volleyball, and basketball games for the school, lots of meetings and gatherings, and the current Oral History Project, spearheaded by Ed Wojan, as a project of the Beaver Island Historical Society.

Enjoy “Beaver Island Ingenuity,” which only took two minutes to upload in 2019.

View Beaver Island Ingenuity HERE

Oral History Partial List for Meeting 2/4/19

7 p.m. at St. James Hall

The Island was booming with businesses popping up in the 70's.

To name a few...

Haborview 2 was built in 70-71
The pool was added in '72

1972...Island Rental Service (where Karl Heller's business is now located) was built.
Zoning ordinances went into effect on the Island in 1975

South Shore date??

Island Fishing...Perry Gatliff and Terry Van Arkel

Jewell Gillespie purchased thr American Girl to transport gas...it had been brought in barrels prior to that.

1975 Welke Aviation. Welke Airport completed in late 1960s.

1976 was the Bicentennial and Archie LaFreniere, Ed Wojan and Bill Cashman were on the committee. The 1st Beaver Island Journal was also published in '76.

1977...the 1st Wojan/Cashman map. This was the 1st time it had been updated since Archie FaFreniere did one in 1938.

1979 Wojan Realty Office was built

1979 McDonough road was put in.

1979 Green's Bay was bought and subdivided by Walter Wojan, Ed Wojan and Bill Cashman

Bill Cashman had his Island Homes, Inc and Larry Delameter was his contractor along with Bing McCafferty and other construction companies. They built spec homes in Port St James along with many other homes on the Island.

McCafferty Motel...year??

Christian Church Bulletin

February 3, 2019


by Cindy Ricksgers

Beaver Island TV

February 3, 2019


February 3, 2019

Beaver Island Tv will broadcast starting at 11:30 a.m.

It is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

Holiday Hilarity 2010

Mt. Pisgah 2010

Basketball, boys and girls, 2/6/2010

Raising the Baltimore Anchor 1992

Ramon Nelson 1991


Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 3, 2018

Foggy and freezing mist out there today. Right now I'm showing 32°. Wind is from the SW at 4 mph, humidity is at 98%, pressure is at 29.74 inches. If you must be out, be careful as it's slippery.

TODAY, it is expected to remain foggy with temperatures in the mid-30s. Winds will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to continue with light rain or freezing rain. The low will be near 30. The wind will be from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a 100% chance of rain with temperatures near 37 degrees. The ESE winds will switch to the SSW at 10 to 20 mph

ON THIS DATE in 2008, the New York Giants stunned the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, pulling off one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.

The Patriots and Giants met at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona in front of 71,101 fans. New England came into the game with an unblemished 18-0 record, and was attempting to become the second team to finish an undefeated season with a Super Bowl victory. The first was the Miami Dolphins, who went 17-0 in 1972 after besting the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.

Led by quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Randy Moss, the Patriots averaged 36.8 points per game during the 2007 regular season. Brady threw an NFL-record 50 touchdown passes and was named NFL MVP. The Giants, on the other hand, had finished just 10-6 in the regular season and needed three straight playoff wins on the road to make the Super Bowl. Their toughest test came in the NFC Championship game, when they managed to escape with an overtime win over the Green Bay Packers in sub-zero temperatures. They entered Super Bowl XLII as 12-point underdogs.

Five weeks before the Super Bowl, the Patriots and Giants had faced off in the final game of the regular season, when New England was able to clinch its perfect 16-0 season with a close 38-35 win at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. But when the two teams met in the big game on February 3, the score would be much lower. At halftime, New England was holding on to a slim 7-3 lead. The Patriots were up again late in the fourth quarter, by a score of 14-10, but the Giants had possession, setting up a dramatic Super Bowl finish.

With just one minute, 15 seconds remaining and their Super Bowl hopes dwindling, Giants quarterback Eli Manning pulled away from several Patriots defensive players and threw the ball down the field. Little-used wide receiver David Tyree, who had scored his first touchdown of the season earlier in the game, out-jumped Patriots safety and four-time All-Pro Rodney Harrison to catch the ball, cradling it against his helmet with one hand as the two men fell to the ground. Four plays later, with only 35 seconds on the clock, Manning tossed the game-winning touchdown into the hands of Plaxico Burress. The Giants’ defense, which sacked Brady five times during the game, stopped New England on the next four plays to seal the win. Manning, the younger brother of superstar QB Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts, took home Super Bowl MVP honors, matching his brother’s feat one year earlier in Super Bowl XLI.

The two teams would meet again in 2012 in Super Bowl XLVI, with the Giants dealing New England a 21-17 defeat in near-identical fashion, coming from behind in the game’s final minutes. Manning, who completed 30 of 40 passes in the game for 296 yards, with one touchdown pass and zero interceptions, was again named Super Bowl MVP.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The cruise liner Queen Elizabeth 2 moves only six inches for each gallon of fuel it burns.

WORD OF THE DAY hygge (HOOG-uh) which means the feeling of coziness and contentment evoked by simple comforts, as being wrapped in a blanket, having conversations with friends or family, enjoying food, etc. Hygge is still an unnaturalized word in English. It is a Danish noun meaning “coziness, comfort, conviviality.” Danish hygge comes from Norwegian hygge (also hyggje in Nynorsk), but the Norwegian word doesn’t have the same emotive force as the Danish. The further derivation of the Norwegian forms is uncertain, but they may derive from Old Norse (and Old Icelandic) hyggja “thought, mind, opinion, thoughtfulness, care.” Hygge entered English in the 20th century.


Beaver Island TV

February 2, 2019

No matter what the broadcast will end before 4 p.m. to allow for the live stream of the Mass from Holy Cross today at 4 p.m. The broadcast will begin at 11:30 a.m. today and will include;

Life Among the Mormons presented by Shirley Gladish

Phil Gregg's slideshow

Phil Gregg' Roast

As always this is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

The two Phil Gregg videos are presented on what would have been his 94th birthday.

Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Cheating Death

by Dick Burris

I kinda consider myself a halfway sharp individual; but the following stories, by admission of some incredibly stupid things that I've done, seem to blow that theory.

In 1966. at 37 years of age. I entered the underwater world of skin and SCUBA diving. I chose the single hose SCUBA regulator, over the double hose because it was the newest thing, and less cumbersome.

My instructor had given me too much lead weights to wear, and then took half away because he saw me wallowing in the silt on the bottom of the lake.

This is a series of four separate stories of close encounters with the natural dangers of water, no matter whether fresh water or salt water. You can read these stories HERE.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 2, 2018

We're having a heat wave! It's 21° with a wind chill of 3°!! Humidity is at 84%, wind is from the west at 20 mph with gusts to 28 mph, pressure is 29.95 inches, and visibility is 7 miles. A bit of snow is expected this morning - less than an inch though (if the weatherman is right) Things could get icy late tonight.

TODAY, it is expected to get up to 24 degrees with morning snow showers, 70% chance with accumulation up to one inch. Winds will be from the WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it iexpected to have a 50% chance of precipitation, but it could be snow or ice. The temperature will get down to 19 degrees, and wind will switch to the SE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for an increase above freezing to near 35 degrees with rain showers. Chance of rain: 50%. The wind will be from the S at 5 to 10 mph.

Today, Groundhog Day, was my Dad's birthday. He would have been 94 today. Happy Birthday in heaven, Daddy! We sure miss your laugh and stories.

ON THIS DATE in 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into its burrow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring.

Groundhog Day has its roots in the ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas, when clergy would bless and distribute candles needed for winter. The candles represented how long and cold the winter would be. Germans expanded on this concept by selecting an animal–the hedgehog–as a means of predicting weather. Once they came to America, German settlers in Pennsylvania continued the tradition, although they switched from hedgehogs to groundhogs, which were plentiful in the Keystone State.

Groundhogs, also called woodchucks and whose scientific name is Marmota monax, typically weigh 12 to 15 pounds and live six to eight years. They eat vegetables and fruits, whistle when they’re frightened or looking for a mate (they’re sometimes called whistle pigs) and can climb trees and swim.

They go into hibernation in the late fall; during this time, their body temperatures drop significantly, their heartbeats slow from 80 to five beats per minute and they can lose 30 percent of their body fat. In February, male groundhogs emerge from their burrows to look for a mate (not to predict the weather) before going underground again. They come out of hibernation for good in March.

In 1887, a newspaper editor belonging to a group of groundhog hunters from Punxsutawney called the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club declared that Phil, the Punxsutawney groundhog, was America’s only true weather-forecasting groundhog. The line of groundhogs that have since been known as Phil might be America’s most famous groundhogs, but other towns across North America now have their own weather-predicting rodents, from Birmingham Bill to Staten Island Chuck to Shubenacadie Sam in Canada.

In 1993, the movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray popularized the usage of “groundhog day” to mean something that is repeated over and over. Today, tens of thousands of people converge on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney each February 2 to witness Phil’s prediction. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club hosts a three-day celebration featuring entertainment and activities.

This Groundhog Day, peek inside the lifestyles of some lesser-known groundhog prognosticators across the United States and Canada.

1. The earliest predictor: Shubencadie Sam
By virtue of living east of every other celebrity groundhog in North America, Nova Scotia native Sam, a resident of Shubencadie Provincial Wildlife Park in Canada, takes the prize as the earliest to issue a Groundhog Day prediction regarding whether spring will come early or late. Unlike some other celebrity groundhogs with fancy homes, Sam lives in a relatively rustic hollowed-out log. Despite his humble lifestyle Sam boasts a large Twitter following, and fans around the globe follow his every move on a live webcam. On February 2, a bagpiper and town crier will attempt to coax Sam from his log house to issue a weather forecast. Should Sam venture forth, his prediction will be the first to herald our winter fate.

2. The upstart: Staten Island Chuck
In 1981, Charles G. Hogg, better known as “Chuck,” began his rise as the groundhog soothsayer of Staten Island Zoo, New York. Although Chuck is not as well-known as his rival in Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil, Chuck gained notoriety in 2009 when he bit New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg on the finger during the city’s Groundhog Day event. As New York’s only genuine groundhog, Chuck resides in relative luxury with his own cabin at the zoo. Each February 2, the mayor hoists Chuck out of his cabin to obtain a weather forecast. Staten Island Chuck claims an 80 percent accuracy rate in his predictions of an early spring or lingering winter, according to zoo officials. Like other celebrity groundhogs, Chuck maintains his own Twitter account in order to interact with fans.

3. The southern gentleman: General Beauregard Lee
As befits a groundhog with two honorary doctoral degrees and a commendation from the National Weather Service, General Beauregard Lee (or “Beau,” as he’s known to friends) lives in the lap of luxury near Atlanta, Georgia. His plantation at the Yellow River Game Ranch includes a miniature white-columned southern mansion complete with its own verandah, an architectural water fountain and a satellite dish. Since at least 1988, when he appeared on a nationally televised weather segment, Beau has been the go-to groundhog forecaster for the southeastern seaboard. He opens his “groundhog hotline” at 6:00 a.m. every February 2 so that anxious fans around the globe may receive his prediction by telephone.

4. The groundhog-in-costume: University of Dallas
Fifty years ago, students of the University of Dallas, Texas, chose Groundhog Day as their official school holiday. While they don’t have an actual groundhog or make weather predictions, they are known for throwing a swell party. Simply called “Groundhog,” the celebratory weekend festival culminates with a party in the aptly named Groundhog Park and features live bands, food and beer. The school’s official mascot is the Crusader, but the unofficial Groundhog mascot is arguably more popular. The University of Dallas Groundhog celebration is thought to be the second-largest in the United States, after the Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, event. In fact, the festivities aren’t limited to the Dallas campus: Alumni take the party on the road by hosting celebrations in their own hometowns.

5. The albino groundhog: Wiarton Willie
Tiny Wiarton, Ontario, has built quite a tourist trade around the annual weather predictions of its albino groundhog, Willie. Begun in 1956, the three-day winter festival now attracts thousands of people for the music and sports, sort of like a rock concert with curling. Events include a Queen of the Festival pageant and, of course, the ceremonial pronouncement by Willie as to the advent of spring or the continuation of winter. Willie travels with an entourage of advisors, who handle media relations. Rumors of scandal have cropped up around Wiarton Willie over the years, including an unconfirmed report that the untimely death of the original groundhog in 1999 resulted in a stuffed dummy being hastily substituted for the late rodent at the festival. Today Willie’s descendant, also an albino, acts as Ontario’s Groundhog Day prognosticator.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes.

WORD OF THE DAY prognosticate (prog-NOS-ti-keyt) which means to forecast or predict (something future) from present indications or signs. Prognosticate, which comes from the Greek prognōstikos (foretelling), first appeared in English during the 15th century. Since that time, prognosticate has been connected with things that give omens or warnings of events to come and with people who can prophesy or predict the future by such signs.

Video Report for January 2019

Last month's video was kept quite busy for the live stream and re-broadcast events. The total unique IP addresses for the month of January was 397, viewing 1443 clips or events, using 96.5GB of bandwidth. This breaks down to current video unique IPs of 213 viewing 1013 video clips, using 65.6 GB of bandwidth. The live stream and re-broadcast video was viewed by 190 unique IP addresses, viewing 402 clips, using 29.7 GB of bandwidth. The smallest number of IPs was viewing the older video clips on the archives website. That number was 25 unique IP addresses, with 28 clips viewed, using 1.2 GB of bandwidth.

The Beaver Island TV website had 489 visitors with unique IP addresses, visiting 2076 times, This week, Beaver Island TV has presented 32+ hours of re-broadcast video.

Beaver Island TV

February 1, 2019

The broadcast today will once again include some video from 2009:

BICS Volleyball from 9/11/09

Music on the Porch 2009

These will be followed by:

Hank Gowman Interview

Helen Collar Interview

Jerry LaFreniere Pole Barn Party 11/25/2000

Interview of Johnny Andy Gallagher

This is once again available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

The broadcast will begin at noon today.

Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 1, 2018

Supposedly the Polar Vortex is leaving us (I doubt anyone will miss is) and a taste of warm(er) weather is coming this weekend. Let's keep our fingers crossed. Right now I have -3°, cloudy skies, 20% chance of snow, humidity is at 78%, wind is from the NNW, pressure is 30.35 inches and visibility is 9 miles. Today look for cloudy skies and the high will be about 17°.

TODAY, it is expected to to warm up to 17 degrees with a 40% chance of snow showers. The wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to stay close to 15 degrees with a 60% chance of snow with an accumulation up to an inch. The wind will incrrease from the SW to 15 to 25 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies with an increase of temperature to 25 degrees. The wind will switch from the W to the S at 10 to 15 mph.

ON THIS DATE in 1884, the first portion, or fascicle, of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), considered the most comprehensive and accurate dictionary of the English language, is published. Today, the OED is the definitive authority on the meaning, pronunciation and history of over half a million words, past and present.

Plans for the dictionary began in 1857 when members of London’s Philological Society, who believed there were no up-to-date, error-free English dictionaries available, decided to produce one that would cover all vocabulary from the Anglo-Saxon period (1150 A.D.) to the present. Conceived of as a four-volume, 6,400-page work, it was estimated the project would take 10 years to finish. In fact, it took over 40 years until the 125th and final fascicle was published in April 1928 and the full dictionary was complete–at over 400,000 words and phrases in 10 volumes–and published under the title A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles.

Unlike most English dictionaries, which only list present-day common meanings, the OED provides a detailed chronological history for every word and phrase, citing quotations from a wide range of sources, including classic literature and cookbooks. The OED is famous for its lengthy cross-references and etymologies. The verb “set” merits the OED’s longest entry, at approximately 60,000 words and detailing over 430 uses.No sooner was the OED finished than editors began updating it. A supplement, containing new entries and revisions, was published in 1933 and the original dictionary was reprinted in 12 volumes and officially renamed the Oxford English Dictionary.Between 1972 and 1986, an updated 4-volume supplement was published, with new terms from the continually evolving English language plus more words and phrases from North America, Australia, the Caribbean, New Zealand, South Africa and South Asia.In 1984, Oxford University Press embarked on a five-year, multi-million-dollar project to create an electronic version of the dictionary. The effort required 120 people just to type the pages from the print edition and 50 proofreaders to check their work. In 1992, a CD-ROM version of the dictionary was released, making it much easier to search and retrieve information.Today, the dictionary’s second edition is available online to subscribers and is updated quarterly with over 1,000 new entries and revisions. At a whopping 20 volumes weighing over 137 pounds, it would reportedly take one person 120 years to type all 59 million words in the OED.

DID YOU KNOW THAT there is enough fuel in full jumbo jet tank to drive an average car four times around the world?

WORD OF THE DAY sirenic (sahy-REN-ik) which means of or characteristic of a siren. English Siren (the mythical creature) comes from Greek Seirḗn, which has no reliable etymology. The Sirens first occur in the The Odyssey (book 12); there are only two of them, they are unnamed, and they live on an island yet sit in the middle of a flowery meadow surrounded by the moldering bones of the mortals they have beguiled. What the Sirens tempt Odysseus with is knowledge, irresistible for the curious, restless hero: “We know everything that happened at Troy, what the Argives (Achaeans, Greeks) and Trojans suffered at the will of the gods, and we know everything that happens on the all-nourishing earth.” Homer says nothing about the physical appearance of the Sirens—nothing about birds with the torso and arms of a woman, how many Sirens there were, their names and genealogy, all of which are later additions. The suffix -ic, however, has an excellent etymology: it comes from the Proto-Indo-European adjective suffix -ikos. The Greek form of this suffix is -ik ós, in Latin -icus (-ique in French). English -ic may come from the Greek, Latin, or French forms.

Miserable Two Days

While everyone on the island and in northern and even southern Michigan have been suffering from the cold temperatures, the blowing snow, and white out conditions. These brought the windchills down to seventeen below zero with blizzard conditions. These two photos were taken in the midst of this.

This is a photo taken at the public beach looking out toward the lighthouse, the St. James Hall, and the boathouse.

This is a photo taken from the area of the Rustic Villa Cabins looking back across the harbor.

There is not much to be seen in either picture except the ghost of the buildings that were across the harbor from the locations where the pictures were taken. It was less than a mile of visibility.

Now imagine that you are on a ship out in the storm with winds blowing the snow and reduced visibility on top of the negative, below zero temperatures and wind chills. There were two vessels that sought protection from the winter storm using Beaver Island for protection. These vessels were down by Sand Bay on the east side of Beaver Island. Several Islanders commented on them being there, and their lights were seen from the harbor area near the post office.

Larry Hanz posted this on the Beaver Island Forum:

"This per Boatnerd.com :
Lake Michigan
The tugs Bradshaw McKee and Barbara Andrie were in the lee of Beaver Island Wednesday night due to high winds. The McKee departed Charlevoix on Sunday and has the cement barge Commander with her. The tugs have been operating in the area between Charlevoix and Beaver Island since Sunday, it is unknown why they have been spending so much time in this area. "

From marinetraffic.com:

One of the vessels that was near Sand Bay for the last two days:

This info was taken at 12: 30 p.m.

Paul Welke got these pictures on one of the flights today from Welke Airport to Charlevoix before the vessels left the lee of the island. Thank you, Paul and Island Airways, for sharing these pictures!

Tonight at 7 p.m., the marine traffic website shows these two vessel south of Beaver Island, as you can see in this picture:

Beaver Island TV

Today's broadcast takes a little bit of explanation. These video clips were some of the original clips recorded by editor Joe Moore for Beaver Island News on the 'Net. The clips could not be posted in their entirety because the costs from memory on the Internet ten years ago were very expensive, so most of these are fairly short clips. They are also more like highlight clips, in some cases, because the capture of the video from the minitapes took soo long, and the processing and posting also took a logn time, due to the very slow Internet speeds at the time. Although the dial-up was the best there was at the time, it might take all night to upload the video files to the video server.

Then the video server provider closed their video server for upgrades, effectively deleting all the videos that were posted on that server.

What this all means is that the videos from 2008-2010 have been unavailable to anyone due to the files' deletions. That is what is being presented to you today in this broadcast. These are videos that cannot be seen anywhere else than right here on http://beaverisland.tv They are not available in the Archives of Beaver Island News on the 'Net, at least many of them are not since they were the ones deleted by the video server. Using my current video server, they will be broadcast as we can locate and present them.

Here are the clips:

4th of July 2009

Music July 2009

Beaver Tales July 2009

Wildlife Club Walleye Pond 2009

Baroque on Beaver Friday night 2009

Then today we go back to the videos from the two collections, BIHS and Phil Gregg:

Helen Pike and Bea Boyle on Schools on Beaver Island

Henry Hill

History of Medicine on Beaver Island by Doctor Phillip Lange

Once again this is available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

The broadcast will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net


by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 31, 2018

I don't know about you, but I think I'm "invigorated" enough by this bitter cold. It's no longer invigorating, it's damn cold for both man and beast. I swear even the juniper bushes are shivering and the turkey tribe is spending most of their days standing on one leg while warming the other against their bodies. Right now I'm showing -4° with a windchill of -14°. So it's a bit warmer than yesterday. Wind is from the west at 13 mph, humidity is at 73% and pressure is 30.19 inches. Visibility is 2 miles. Today we can expect partly cloudy conditions with a wind chill of -21°. Stay safe and warm.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a high near 3 degrees. Winds will be from the west at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to continue the partly cloudy condition with the temperature getting down a little below zero. The winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a high of 19 degrees. The wind will switch to the SW at 5 to 10 mph

ON THIS DATE, January 31, 1990, the Soviet Union’s first McDonald’s fast food restaurant opens in Moscow. Throngs of people line up to pay the equivalent of several days’ wages for Big Macs, shakes, and french fries.

The appearance of this notorious symbol of capitalism and the enthusiastic reception it received from the Russian people were signs that times were changing in the Soviet Union. An American journalist on the scene reported the customers seemed most amazed at the “simple sight of polite shop workers…in this nation of commercial boorishness.” A Soviet journalist had a more practical opinion, stating that the restaurant was “the expression of America’s rationalism and pragmatism toward food.” He also noted that the “contrast with our own unrealized pretensions is both sad and challenging.”

For the average Russian customer, however, visiting the restaurant was less a political statement than an opportunity to enjoy a small pleasure in a country still reeling from disastrous economic problems and internal political turmoil.

The arrival of McDonald’s in Moscow was a small but certain sign that change was on the horizon. In fact, less than two years later, the Soviet Union ceased to exist as a nation, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as leader of the country, and various Soviet republics proclaimed their independence. As the American newsman reported, the first Russian McDonald’s customers “had seen the future, and it works, at least as far as their digestive tract.”DID YOU KNOW THAT a category three hurricane releases more energy in ten minutes that all the world's nuclear weapons combined?

WORD OF THE DAY gibble-gabble (GIB-uhl-GAB-uhl) which means senseless chatter. There is not much to say about gibble-gabble: it is usually explained as a reduplication of gabble with a variation of the vowel, except that the noun gabble appears in print in 1602, two years after gibble-gabble (the verb gabble first appears in print in the late 16th century).

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 30, 2018

Beaver Island Community School is closed today! I'm showing 2° with a windchill of -21°. Wind is from the WNW at 14 mph. Humidity is 80%, Pressure is 29.64 inches. Visibility is 2 miles. It's bitter cold so stay in with a good book. We are in a Winter Storm Warning until Thursday at 12:00 pm.

TODAY, it is expected to continue to snow with accumulation up to 1 inch, but the issue is the wind that will blow from the WNW at 20 to 30 mph causing the 2 degrees to feel much colder.

TONIGHT, it is expected to continue to snow early with a low of -3 degrees. The wind will switch to the W, but continue to blow at 20 to 30 mph, creating a severe windchill.

TOMORROW, it is forecasst for partly cloudy sky with a high of 3 degrees. The wind will continue from the W, but will decrease somewhat to 1- to 15 mph.

ON THIS DATE in 1948, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the political and spiritual leader of the Indian independence movement, is assassinated in New Delhi by a Hindu fanatic.

Born the son of an Indian official in 1869, Gandhi’s Vaishnava mother was deeply religious and early on exposed her son to Jainism, a morally rigorous Indian religion that advocated nonviolence. Gandhi was an unremarkable student but in 1888 was given an opportunity to study law in England. In 1891, he returned to India, but failing to find regular legal work he accepted in 1893 a one-year contract in South Africa.

Settling in Natal, he was subjected to racism and South African laws that restricted the rights of Indian laborers. Gandhi later recalled one such incident, in which he was removed from a first-class railway compartment and thrown off a train, as his moment of truth. From thereon, he decided to fight injustice and defend his rights as an Indian and a man. When his contract expired, he spontaneously decided to remain in South Africa and launched a campaign against legislation that would deprive Indians of the right to vote. He formed the Natal Indian Congress and drew international attention to the plight of Indians in South Africa. In 1906, the Transvaal government sought to further restrict the rights of Indians, and Gandhi organized his first campaign of satyagraha, or mass civil disobedience. After seven years of protest, he negotiated a compromise agreement with the South African government.

In 1914, Gandhi returned to India and lived a life of abstinence and spirituality on the periphery of Indian politics. He supported Britain in the First World War but in 1919 launched a new satyagraha in protest of Britain’s mandatory military draft of Indians. Hundreds of thousands answered his call to protest, and by 1920 he was leader of the Indian movement for independence. He reorganized the Indian National Congress as a political force and launched a massive boycott of British goods, services, and institutions in India. Then, in 1922, he abruptly called off the satyagraha when violence erupted. One month later, he was arrested by the British authorities for sedition, found guilty, and imprisoned.

After his release in 1924, he led an extended fast in protest of Hindu-Muslim violence. In 1928, he returned to national politics when he demanded dominion status for India and in 1930 launched a mass protest against the British salt tax, which hurt India’s poor. In his most famous campaign of civil disobedience, Gandhi and his followers marched to the Arabian Sea, where they made their own salt by evaporating sea water. The march, which resulted in the arrest of Gandhi and 60,000 others, earned new international respect and support for the leader and his movement.

In 1931, Gandhi was released to attend the Round Table Conference on India in London as the sole representative of the Indian National Congress. The meeting was a great disappointment, and after his return to India he was again imprisoned. While in jail, he led another fast in protest of the British government’s treatment of the “untouchables”–the impoverished and degraded Indians who occupied the lowest tiers of the caste system. In 1934, he left the Indian Congress Party to work for the economic development of India’s many poor. His protege, Jawaharlal Nehru, was named leader of the party in his place.

With the outbreak of World War II, Gandhi returned to politics and called for Indian cooperation with the British war effort in exchange for independence. Britain refused and sought to divide India by supporting conservative Hindu and Muslim groups. In response, Gandhi launched the “Quit India” movement it 1942, which called for a total British withdrawal. Gandhi and other nationalist leaders were imprisoned until 1944.

In 1945, a new government came to power in Britain, and negotiations for India’s independence began. Gandhi sought a unified India, but the Muslim League, which had grown in influence during the war, disagreed. After protracted talks, Britain agreed to create the two new independent states of India and Pakistan on August 15, 1947. Gandhi was greatly distressed by the partition, and bloody violence soon broke out between Hindus and Muslims in India.

In an effort to end India’s religious strife, he resorted to fasts and visits to the troubled areas. He was on one such vigil in New Delhi when Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist who objected to Gandhi’s tolerance for the Muslims, fatally shot him. Known as Mahatma, or “the great soul,” during his lifetime, Gandhi’s persuasive methods of civil disobedience influenced leaders of civil rights movements around the world, especially Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the main library at Indiana University sinks over an inch a year. When it was designed engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

WORD OF THE DAY bootstrap (BOOT-strap) which means to help (oneself) without the aid of others. Bootstrap, originally spelled boot-strap, entered English in its literal sense in the second half of the 19th century. By about 1900 the idiom “to pull (oneself) up by (one's) bootstraps” was used to exemplify an impossible task, i.e., “Why can’t a man stand up by pulling on his bootstraps?”. By 1916 the idiom had also acquired the meaning “to better oneself by rigorous, unaided effort.” In the mid-20th century, bootstrap acquired the technical meaning "a fixed sequence of instructions for loading the operating system of a computer," i.e., the program loaded first would pull itself (and the others) up by the bootstrap, from a somewhat earlier usage in the mid-1940s in reference to electrical circuits.



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

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

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

St. James Township Meetings Schedule

September 5, 2018

View video of the meeting HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 29, 2018

Sigh. I seriously doubt anyone would be complaining if summer weather continued for days and days BUT this below zero crap is really wearing folks down. Yes, we are still in a Winter Storm Warning until Thursday at 12:00 pm. Right now I'm registering -13°. Humidity is 78%, wind is calm for the moment, dew point is -16°, pressure is 29.64 inches, and visibility is 7 miles.

TODAY, it is expecteed to snow with accuulations up to three inches. There is an 80% chance. The high will be just above ten degrees. The SE winds will switch to WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to have a 50% chance of snow with accumulation up to an additional 2 inches. The low will be -2 degrees, and the wind will will be from the WNW at 15 to 25 mph.

TOMORRROW, it is forecast for 40% chance of snow with accumulations through snow showers up to 2 inches. The high will be near zero, and the winds will be the WNS at 20 to 30 mph.

ON THIS DATE in 1891 following the death of her brother, King Kalakaua, Liliuokalani becomes the last monarch of the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaii, first settled by Polynesian voyagers sometime in the eighth century, saw a massive influx of American settlers during the 19th century, most coming to exploit Hawaii’s burgeoning sugar industry. In 1887, under pressure from U.S. investors and American sugar planters, King Kalakaua agreed to a new constitution that stripped him of much of his power. However, in 1891, Liliuokalani ascended to the throne and refused to recognize the constitution of 1887, replacing it instead with a constitution that restored the monarchy’s traditional authority.

Two years later, a revolutionary “Committee of Safety,” organized by Sanford B. Dole, a Hawaiian-born American, staged a coup against Queen Liliuokalani with the support of U.S. Minister John Stevens and a division of U.S. Marines. Stevens recognized Dole’s new government on his own authority and proclaimed Hawaii a U.S. protectorate. Dole submitted a treaty of annexation to the U.S. Senate, but most Democrats opposed it, especially after it was revealed that most Hawaiians did not want annexation. President Grover Cleveland sent a new U.S. minister to Hawaii to restore Queen Liliuokalani to the throne under the 1887 constitution, but Dole refused to step aside and instead proclaimed the independent Republic of Hawaii, which was organized into a U.S. territory in 1900.

Liliuokalani herself spent much of the remainder of her life in the United States, where she unsuccessfully petitioned the federal government for compensation for seized property and other losses. The territorial legislature of Hawaii finally voted her an annual pension of $4,000 and permitted her to receive the income from a small sugar plantation. In additional to her political fame, Liliuokalani is also known for composing many Hawaiian songs, including the popular “Aloha Oe,” which translates to “Farewell to Thee.”

DID YOU KNOW THAT the cigarette lighter was invented before the match?

WORD OF THE DAY synecdoche (si-NEK-duh-kee) which means a figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or the whole for a part, the special for the general or the general for the special, as in ten sail for ten ships.

(Joe added the forecast and posted this at 8:30 a.m.)

Christian Church Bulletin

January 27, 2018

Beaver Island TV

Today's broadcast includes interviews with:

Ann Broder 1990

Antje Price

Arranmore Twinning Ceremony

Bernadette McCauley

Brian Gallagher

Phil Gregg and slides 1992

This will be available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

The starting time will be 11:30 a.m. on 1/28/19.

Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 28, 2018

Mother Nature is certainly showing us her "cold" side. This morning I'm showing -5°, with the wind from the ENE at 13 mph making the windchill -25°. In other words, it's darn cold out there and the temp will continue to drop as the day goes on. Humidity is at 73%, chance of snow is 60%, pressure is 30.09 inches, and visibility is 4 miles.

TODAY, it is expected that we will have snow with an accumulation of two inches. The high will be near zero, and the winds will be from the ENE at 20 to 30 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected that we will continue to have snow, another accumulation of at least an inch, and the wind will continue from the ENE at 20 to30 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecasst for more snow, with an accumulation up to two inches. The wind will switch to the W and decrease to 10 to 20 mph.

ON THIS DATE John Burgoyne, poet, playwright and British general, submits an ill-fated plan to the British government to isolate New England from the other colonies on this day in 1777.

Burgoyne’s plan revolved around an invasion of 8,000 British troops from Canada, who would move southward through New York by way of Lake Champlain and the Mohawk River, taking the Americans by surprise. General Burgoyne believed he and his troops could then take control of the Hudson River and isolate New England from the other colonies, freeing British General William Howe to attack Philadelphia.

General Burgoyne’s plan went into effect during the summer of 1777 and was initially a success—the British captured Fort Ticonderoga on June 2, 1777. However, the early success failed to lead to victory, as Burgoyne overextended his supply chain, which stretched in a long, narrow strip from the northern tip of Lake Champlain south to the northern curve of the Hudson River at Fort Edward, New York. As Burgoyne’s army marched south, Patriot militia circled north, cutting the British supply line.

Burgoyne then suffered defeat in Bennington, Vermont, and bloody draws at Bemis Heights, New York. On October 17, 1777, a frustrated Burgoyne retreated 10 miles and surrendered his remaining 6,000 British forces to the Patriots at Saratoga. Upon hearing of the Patriot victory, France agreed to recognize the independence of the United States. It was, of course, France’s eventual support that enabled the Patriots’ ultimate victory.

The defeat at Saratoga led to General Burgoyne’s downfall. He returned to England, where he faced severe criticism and soon retired from active service.

DID YOU KNOW THAT recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to operate a television for three hours?

WORD OF THE DAY plexus (PLEK-suhs) which means any complex structure containing an intricate network of parts. Plexus is a straightforward borrowing of Latin plexus “twining, braid, plaiting,” a very rare noun that appears first (and only) in the Roman poet and astrologer Marcus Manilius (1st century a.d.), who wrote a long, tedious poem on astronomy. Plexus is a derivative of the verb plectere “to twine, plait,” from the Proto-Indo-European root plek, plok- “to braid, plait,” from which Greek derives plékein “to twine, plait” and plokḗ “a twining, twisting.” The root plek-, plok- regularly becomes fleh-, flah- in Germanic, which, with the addition of the suffix -s, becomes fleax in Old English (English flax). Plexus entered English in the 17th century.

Mass from Holy Cross

January 27, 2019

Holy Cross Catholic Church had its normal Mass schedule through the week and the weekend, even with the very cold temperatures. On Saturday, the reader was Brian Foli, and on Sunday, the reader was Kitty McNamara. The celebrant was our own Father Jim Siler. Following Sunday Mass, there was a Pastoral Council meeting to discuss possible building improvements.

Kitty McNamara...........Father Jim Siler

The choir director was Pam O'Brien with organist Joe Moore. There were four in the choir loft on Saturday, and seven in the choir loft for Sunday.

View video of the services HERE

CPR Class Available

Posted at 2 p.m., 1/22/19

Ice Fishing Tournament

February 16+17, 2019

Posted at 11:30 a.m., 11/16/18







Telecommunications Committee 2019 Meeting Schedule

Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

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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


BICS Meeting Schedules

Regular Meeting Schedule 2018

Committee Meeting Schedule2018

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

St. James Meetings for 2018-19

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Dates


Thursday, February 22, 2019 2:00PM

From the BIESA minutes for May 31, 2018


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

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

December 2018

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

Waste Management Committee Meeting Schedule

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

View schedule HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

November 25, 2018


BICS Calendar 2017-18

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