B. I. News on the 'Net, February 15-21, 2016

The 52 Lists Project #8

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 21, 2016

It's 26° outside this morning, feels like 15°, wind is at 12 mph from the N with gusts to 18 mph, humidity is at 86%, pressure is rising from 1021 mb, and visibility is at 9.5 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Scattered flurries. Highs around 30°. North winds at 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Scattered flurries. Lows around 13°. North winds at 10 mph. gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of February 21, 1878 - The first telephone directories issued in the U.S. were distributed to residents in New Haven, CT. It was a single page of only fifty names. NOTE: Some of us can remember when the Beaver Island phone book was only one page too.

Did you know that sleeping through winter is hibernation, while sleeping through summer is estivation?

Word of the day: passel (PAS-uh l) which means a group or lot of indeterminate number. Passel is an alteration of the word parcel meaning "a quantity or unit of something." It entered English in the early 1800s.

Here is Saturday

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 20, 2016

The rain took down a lot of snow yesterday, making driving and walking interesting. Very slippery. This morning it's 35° with a windchill of 26°, wind is at 15 mph from the SW with gusts to 29 mph, humidity is at 88%, pressure is rising from 1001 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 40s. West winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. Lows in the upper 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

On this date of February 20, 1942 : Lt. Edward O’Hare downed five Japanese bombers that were attacking the carrier Lexington, in April he was presented the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Roosevelt. He was shot down and killed on November 26th 1943 while leading the a night time fighter attack on a Japanese aircraft carrier. In 1949 the Chicago, Illinois Orchard Depot Airport was renamed O'Hare International Airport in his honor.

Did you know that the medical term for ice cream headaches is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia?

Word of the day: frontispiece (FRUN-ti-spees) which means 1. An illustration facing or preceding the title page of a book. 2. A facade, especially an ornamental facade, of a building. 3. An ornamental pediment over a door or window. The word was formed by corruption of French frontispice by association with the word ‘piece’. It’s from Latin frontispicium (facade), from front- (front) + specere (to look). Ultimately from the Indo-European root spek- (to observe), which also gave us spy, spice, species, suspect, expect, spectrum, despise, despicable, bishop, telescope, specious, speciesism, soupcon, prospicient, perspicuous, speculum, omphaloskepsis, and conspectus. Earliest documented use: 1598.

Special School Board Meeting

February 25, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

The Lake House (Inside)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 19, 2016

It's 32° outside this morning, feels like 21°, wind is at 16 mph from the SE with gusts to 27 mph, humidity is at 85%, pressure is falling from 1010 mb, visibility is at 9.6 miles. We are under a weather alert until noon today. Today: Cloudy. Chance of snow and patchy light freezing drizzle in the morning, then rain with possible snow and drizzle in the afternoon. Breezy. Highs in the lower 40s. South winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Rain in the evening, then a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Windy. Lows in the mid 30s. West winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

On this date of February 19, 1945 United States Marines landed on the tiny island of Iwo Jima where they were met with heavy resistance from the Japanese.

Did you know that there's a basketball court above the Supreme Court? It's known as the Highest Court in the Land.

Word of the day: cosmology (koz-MOL-uh-jee) which means the branch of philosophy dealing with the origin and general structure of the universe, with its parts, elements, and laws, and especially with such of its characteristics as space, time, causality, and freedom. Cosmology stems from the New Latin cosmologia, which in turn derives from the Greek kósmos meaning "cosmos" and the combining form -logy, which is used in the name of sciences or bodies of knowledge.

Ferdie Speaks Out

(The following story is fiction, although it is based upon an historical EMS patient.   It does contain a topic that some may find offensive.)
By Joe Moore

Hello, my name is Ferdie.  I’ve been a regular customer of Beaver Island EMS for almost ten years.  I know that I have made some of the EMTs and the first responders angry over the years.  I can tell by the way that they speak to me, and about me, but I truly have a medically diagnosed problem that I can’t control.  Everybody knows me as the crazy guy that lives on the East Side.

I have a medical condition in which my intestines don’t work the way they should.  For some reason, and the doctors don’t really know why, my intestines just fill up and simply won’t empty.  I get the same response from just about everyone I’m around.

Read the story HERE

Timeout for Art: Sketch-a-Day

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 18, 2016

It's 19° outside this morning, feels like 11°, wind is at 7 mph from the south, humidity is at 84%, pressure is steady at 1031 mb, and visibility is at 9.5 miles. Today: Sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Highs around 30°. South winds at 10mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. gusts up to 25 mph. Lowest wind chill readings 9 below to 19 below in the morning. Tonight: Chance of snow and sleet in the evening, then snow. Sleet and freezing rain likely after midnight. Breezy. Lows in the upper 20s. Southeast winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

On this date of February 18, 1885 - Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published in the U.S. for the first time.

Did you know that Barry Manilow did not write his hit "I Write the Songs"? He did, however, write State Farm's "Like a Good Neighbor" jingle and "I am stuck on Band-Aids, 'cause Band-Aid's stuck on me."

Word of the day: autodidact (aw-toh-DAHY-dakt) which means a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education; a self-taught person. Autodidact can be traced to the Greek autodídaktos meaning "self-taught." The combining form auto- is used in formation of compound words and means "self," "same," "spontaneous."

Harbor Ice

Looking out the mouth of the harbor from the playground. The mainland doesn't look very far away, does it?

Looking back toward town from Whiskey Point

Stoney Acres and Donegal Danny's Officially Change Hands

Today was the day, February 17, 2016, that the previous owners of Stoney Acre Grill and Donegal Danny's Pub have handed the torch off to Dana and Eric Hodgson. Liam and Marilyn posted the following on facebook for everyone"

"IT IS OFFICIAL...with heavy hearts full of love & gratitude to all, today Tuesday the 16th of February is our last day with Stoney and the PUB. Thank you all for so many wonderful memories. Peace & Love Liam & Marilyn"

The new owners have posted the following sign on the door for those that may have been frequent customers:

The Lake House (Continuing)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 17, 2016

Mmmm, there is nothing better than that first sip of morning coffee! It's 17° outside, feels like 5°, wind is at 10 mph from the NNW with gusts to 25 mph, humidity is at 73%, pressure is rising from 1021 mb, and visibility is at 9.3 miles. Today: Partly sunny with scattered snow showers. Highs around 19°. North winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 30% chance of snow showers in the evening. Lows around 6°. Light winds becoming south at 10 mph after midnight.

On this date of February 17, 1911 the First Electric Self Start was installed in a Cadillac By GM. Up till this time and all cars needed to be started by cranking a starting handle which was hard work and caused multiple minor injuries when the car backfired during the starting process.

Did you know that University of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh played Screech's cousin on a 1996 episode of Saved by the Bell: The New Class?

Word of the day: llutestring (LOOT-string) which means a glossy silk fabric. This fabric has nothing to do with a lute string. The word is a corruption of French lustrine, from Italian lustrino, from Latin lustrare (to make bright). Ultimately from the Indo-European root leuk- (light), which also gave us lunar, lunatic, light, lightning, lucid, illuminate, illustrate, translucent, lux, lynx, pellucid, lucubrate, limn, levin, and lea. Earliest documented use: 1661.

Special Notice of Openings

St. James Township

The Lake House (Outside)

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 16, 2016

It's 26° outside this morning, feels like 21°, wind is at 4 mph from the SW, humidity is at 83%, pressure is steady at 1010 mb, and visibility is 9.1 miles. Today: Cloudy. A 40% chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs around 30°. West winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Snow likely in the evening, then chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows around 15°. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of February 16, 1857 - The National Deaf Mute College was incorporated in Washington, DC. It was the first school in the world for advanced education of the deaf. The school was later renamed Gallaudet College.

Did you know that the 50-star American flag was designed by an Ohio high school student for a class project? His teacher originally gave him a B–.

Word of the day: posthumous (POS-chuh-muhs) which means happening after someone’s death, but relating to something done earlier. For example, a book published after the death of the author, a child born after the death of the father, an award given after the death of a person. From Latin posthumus, alteration of postumus, superlative of posterus (coming after). The word literally means “subsequent” but since it was often used in contexts relating to someone’s death, people began associating the word with humus (earth) or humare (to bury) and amended the spelling. Earliest documented use: 1608.

Before I Go...

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 15, 2016

I'm late today, had to go take one of those fasting blood tests for my A1C. Anyhow, it's snowing out, 19° with a windchill of 7° (can you say heat wave), wind is at 10 mph from the SSW with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 89%, pressure is falling from 1016 mb, and visibility is at 5.6 miles. Today: Snow in the morning, then snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 20s. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers in the evening, then a slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows around 20°. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

On this date of February 15, 1965, it was proclaimed by Queen Elizabeth II of England that the Maple leaf would become Canada’s new national flag symbol. This new Canadian national flag was raised on this day above Parliament Hill in Ottawa, which is the Capital of Canada.

Did you know that a 2009 search for the Loch Ness Monster came up empty? Scientists did find over 100,000 golf balls.

Word of the day: megrim (MEE-grim) which means 1. (In plural, megrims) Low spirits. 2. Whim. 3. Migraine. From misreading of in as m in the word migraine. From French migraine, from Latin hemicrania (pain in one side of the head), from Greek hemi- (half) + kranion (skull). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ker- (horn or head), which also gave us unicorn, horn, hornet, rhinoceros, reindeer, carrot, carat, and cerebrate. Earliest documented use: 1440.




Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

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Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

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Emergency Services Authority

June 30, 2015

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Meeting of July 30. 2015

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August 27, 2015

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September 24, 2015

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October 29, 2015

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November 24, 2015

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January 28, 2016

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BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

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Information from Our School

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BICS Board Meetings

June 8, 2015

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August 28, 2015

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September 14, 2015

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November 9, 2015

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January 11, 2016

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Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

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Peaine Township Meeting

June 10, 2015

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July 8, 2015

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October 14, 2015

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January 21, 2016

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November 4, 2015

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1/4/2016 at 7 p.m.

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Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

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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

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52 Lists Project #7

by Cindy Ricksgers

More Thank Yous 3

by Joe Moore

Now on to thank the most dedicated teacher that I ever met.  Sister Marie Eugene was teaching grades kindergarten through fourth grade.  She was the model that I tried to follow.  She put hours upon hours of work into her plans for her classroom.  Here was a lady who was dedicated to making certain that every single student progressed at their own level of ability, AND worked to improve that ability.

This Dominican nun had created her own science of management of FIVE grade levels in her classroom at one time.  She made the learning almost a competition, but that competition was an individual in competition with what they could do one week to another, one month to another, one semester to another.  This individual competition with oneself was beautiful in design and format.  It was called the Folder of Challenges by me.

I remember my own kids spending hours studying and working on the items that were in this folder.  Some of the items in this folder over those five grade levels including:

Can count to one hundred for the youngers, can count by 2’s up to 10’s for the olders
Can name all fifty states, up to a challenge for all to be able to locate the states on a map.
Math facts were also a part of the challenges, always a challenge.  Everything from addition facts up through simple fractions were part of the plan.

There was not one child that Sister Marie Eugene ignored, no matter the behavior.  She did have the positive reinforcement down pat.  Recess was always part of the positives.  I still remember Sister Marie Eugene being the pitcher position in kickball so that every child could get a little challenge, but just enough to make the game a positive for all the students.  Only freezing temperatures kept this out of her lesson plans.  Then with snow, the game like “fox and geese” where a big circle was tramped down in the snow made a circle in the field with spokes like a wheel became the physical education program for these ages.  Here’s some info about the game:

“Start with a circle about 30 feet in diameter.  Inside the circle make 6 spokes like a wheel, starting from the middle of the circle. Each should be the same width apart.  Choose one player as the fox. The other players will be geese. The fox takes his place in the center of the circle.  The geese go and stand along the circle rim or on one of the wheel spokes. Sister would shout, "One, two, three, GO!" and the fox takes off, chasing the geese.  When the fox tags a goose, the goose becomes the fox's pal and chases after the geese.  The more fox chasing geese, the harder it becomes to stop falling prey to one of them.  The winner is the last goose left standing.  He then becomes the new fox.”

This became a never ending story or a never ending game during the winter months which the kids never seemed to tire of.  When the snow melted, the kids would slip and slide, tromp through the water, and just continue the fun until there was enough clear ground for kickball.  Unless you were deathly ill, you participated in this physical education program.

There was never any doubt about what the rules were in Sister Marie’s classroom, and everything you can imagine had a rule including how to go to the bathroom, when to go to the office and how to go to the office, and everything else including whose turn it was to take the attendance report to the office, which was right across the hallway from her classroom.  Even who got to do what activity when was part of the plan.  The olders were required to help all of the youngers from getting their boots on and off to snow pants and every other thing that you can imagine including helping them learn to tie their shoelaces and zip up their pants.

The things that Sister Marie Eugene dealt with in the way of discipline were very minor compared to today’s standards.  Part of the reason for that is that her students were engaged in activities including helping others with their folder, practice activities for science and social studies, and doing chores in the classroom including feeding the mouse, the fish in the tank, or just general cleaning chores of their desk or other places in the classroom.  I was amazed to find out that even the cleaning of the chalk erasers were scheduled to a particular grade level, and they took turns doing this chore.

On my second year of teaching, after my directed teaching and student teaching, it was suggested that I volunteer in Sister Marie Eugene’s classroom by Sister Dennis Marie.  I honestly think that they conspired to get me involved in the education process.  The folder and the activities and the interaction with the engaged elementary kids helped me in doing an elementary music program for this group of kids which blossomed to include the fifth and six graders also, but during a different class period.  I thought I was hired to be a secondary teacher and the next thing you know I involved in doing elementary music classes and private music lessons as well.

Sister Marie Eugene welcomed the volunteer into her classroom for more than one reason.  She had plenty to keep her busy trying to teach reading, writing, and arithmetic, as well as science and social studies.  I did a little calculation back then and have done it again several times since.  Five subjects per day times four grades, first, second, third, and fourth, makes 20 preparations per day, and we’ll add another three including games and activities for the kindergartners makes twenty-three preps per day.  A teacher in a mainland school teaching one grade would have, at most, seven preps per day, if you included recess and physical education in their responsibilities.  Sister Marie Eugene had three times that amount of preparations with the folder and activities as well as recess on top of that.  She spent more time in the school that two or three other teachers combined.

But, she made the classroom routine fun for the kids, challenging enough for the kids and their parents, and certainly challenging for the teachers that taught those kids after she was done with them at the end of fourth grade.  These kids were go-getters and used to working and learning and moving through-out the classroom completing activities and chores.

When my oldest and his class were entering seventh and eighth grade, I got assigned just two grades of students.  I became the seventh and eighth grade homeroom teacher.  I taught them homeroom (which was like a 1st hour study hall), English Grammar, Spelling and Mathematics.  I had used Sister Marie’s model of activities and folders in my design.  The students went to the science lab for science, to another classroom for Reading and Literature, physical education in the gym, and went to yet another classroom for Social Studies.  Then they came back to their homeroom for the end of the day.

Those that hadn’t completed the homework for the day were required to stay after school for 7th hour, an opportunity to complete their work without further penalty.  Very few of the kids in my son’s grade ever had a 7th hour.  They worked very hard completing all the activities including fraction problems with all operations and story problems as well.

There is no way that I could have developed my program for these grades without having had a wonderful example in Sister Marie Eugene.  Our students had two hours of English every day, which put them ahead of many on the mainland, and had two teachers working with them for all aspects of these subjects.

Thanks you so much, Sister Marie Eugene, for your excellent example in educational activities and your dedication to all your students.  I hope I followed your example successfully.

Sister Marie Eugene was one of the last two Dominicans on the island.  She and Sister Rock left the island, and the convent was to no longer see the Dominicans on Beaver Island.  Both of these, Sister Marie Eugene and Sister Rock have passed on to their heavenly reward.  They both set an example for many of us on Beaver Island.


The small diamonds made by the reflection of the sunlight on the crystals of the snow.......The crystals are so small and so are the snowflakes. At below zero temperatures everything is brittle, but there is plenty of beauty out there.

The frost and snow on the trees.

Not very comfortable temperatures for humans, but the turkeys and birds just keep chattering away and visiting the feeders.

Great Lakes Pipeline Way Past Its Expiration Date

"The Straits of Mackinac connect Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, and divide Michigan’s lower peninsula from its upper peninsula. But the gorgeous blue expanse of this part of the Great Lakes region is threatened by a danger lurking just beneath its surface: two degrading oil pipelines."

The pipelines are now 62 years old

Read Article HERE

More Thank Yous 2

by Joe Moore

This thank you goes out to one of the nicest nuns and the most caring principal that I have ever met.  Sister Dennis Marie was her name then, and she became the principal in the late 70’s.  At the time, there was only one other lay teacher in the school, and that did not last long after I began teaching, so I became the only lay teacher working with the nuns.  This group of Dominican nuns worked tirelessly to try to provide the best education possible for the kids in the school, providing them with every opportunity that could financially be provided.

I began teaching in the school my second fall living on Beaver Island.  The principal wanted someone to help out the kids with the individualized learning program, or programmed learning in Algebra.  She had kids that needed to do this work, and there was no one in the building with a mathematics background.  She spoke to me about doing this since I had taken Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, and finished them in 10th grade, and I had a group science minor in college with emphasis in mathematics.  My background included a major in music, and the high school kids didn’t have many electives, so that was another reason for getting me into teaching at the Beaver Island Community School.

So, how could we make this work for the school and for me?  Well, first of all, I had to get certification as a teacher, so the first year, I did my student teaching and my directed teaching right here on Beaver Island with my supervising teacher being Sister Dennis Marie.  Let’s be honest.  She didn’t do much in the way of supervising because she was teaching as well as being principal.  She was just too busy to truly supervise me.  She was, however, the best teaching mentor that I could have had. 

One example may suffice.
After having a group of high school students in my Music History class, and having the group join up and attempt to overthrow the teacher, and get him upset, they were very successful.  One of the now island businessmen, currently in business on the island, was in my high school class.  He, some relatives, and several others decided that I wasn’t worth listening to.  They pushed every button you can imagine, and I ended up in the principal’s office instead of them after class was over.

I walked into Sister Dennis’ office with tears in my eyes.  “I don’t think that I am cut out to be a teacher, “ I blurted out.

“Whoa,” she said, “slow down, take a deep breath, and tell me what’s going on.”

I took the time to explain the situation of the uncooperative students, and she changed the subject on me.  “How are the math students doing in Algebra?” she asked.

“They are doing pretty well,”  I said.  “The programmed text doesn’t really challenge the students the way a teacher can. “

“Did you listen to what you just said?” she asked me.

It hit me like a ton of bricks.  I had just called myself a teacher.  She recognized something in me from talking to the students and the parents and looking in on me from the science room next door.  She said, “I really like the way that you interact with the students.  I like the way you answer their questions.  I like the way you search for what their real issue is, find it, and help them fix it.”

“Yes, thank you, that class is enjoyable because they know they HAVE to take that one, and they HAVE ti do well to keep up their grade point average.  They know their parents will get on them, if they don’t do the work,” I said confidently.

“Okay then,” Sister Dennis said.  “You have your answer now, don’t you?”

“What? What answer?” I said.

“Go home and think about this, and we’ll talk tomorrow,”  she said.

I went home and told my wife how terrible the day had been, that I had almost quit teaching, and that I wanted to go back to flipping burgers.  She was supportive, but must have known that I needed to sleep on this situation, maybe even dream about it.
I woke up the next morning with just as much confusion about whether I wanted to continue in the teaching profession or not.  I got ready for school, just like every other weekday, and went into the school with trepidation.  When I came through the door, Sister Dennis said, “Do you like to fish for trout?”

“How’d she know that?” I wondered and then said, “I love trout fishing.  I used to stop every night on my way home from work and fish a trout stream on the way home.”

Sister Dennis said, “Then tomorrow is Saturday.  What time do you want to go fishing at Fox Lake?  I’ll bring the bait.  You bring your best fishing pole, and we’ll see how you do with fishing.”

We set a time, and went fishing on Saturday.  We both caught rainbow trout that Saturday afternoon.  We didn’t talk about school at all.  We didn’t really talk much about anything either.  We just fished and enjoyed the day and the fishing.  On the way home, Sister Dennis said, “Drop me off at the convent.  So, are you coming to school on Monday, or do I look for someone else to do the job?”

After a relaxing day of fishing and enjoying the outdoors, I really didn’t have anything to say.  I’m usually quite quick with my anger, but there wasn’t any anger in me at that time.  Somehow, she had relaxed the negative emotions right out of me, and I said, “I’ll be there.”

The very next Monday, I had another student act up in class, and that student walked right out of the classroom.  I was upset, but somehow, that fishing trip popped back into my head, and I told the student, “I can’t make you stay here, but I hope you’ll come back and give me another chance.”

Every time for the next thirty years that I had a ‘bad’ day, I remembered the wonderful day of fishing, relaxation, and sunshine of that one shared day on Fox Lake.  There were more fishing days in those early years, and they all became examples of the peace that you could find if you just searched a little for it.

I’ve now been retired from teaching at the Beaver Island Community School for eight years.  On a visit back to the island, Sister Dennis confided in me, “Joe, I honestly didn’t think that you’d make it as a teacher.  I thought sure you’d quit, but I’m glad you made it because I knew you’d be a good one.”

Thank you to Sister Dennis Marie for her confidence, her emotional support, and her love of teaching.  You truly made a difference in this one.

Peaine Township Board Meeting

February 10, 2016

Video available HERE




HSC Meeting Dates

50th Anniversary of Grand Rapids Party


BIESA Meeting Schedule


BOBI (BIDL Book Club)

For February (date tbd): In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

CC Transit Bus Back to Monday-Friday

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

Preparing the Community Calendar

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

Bank Hours Change

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

BICS 2015-16 Basketball Schedule

Beach Rangers

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

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

February 6

April 2

August 6

November 5

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2016:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

March 19

June 18

Sept 17

December 10 Annual Meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

Bible study

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

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.




Donate to the Food Pantry

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

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