B. I. News on the 'Net, February 17- March 1, 2020

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 29, 2020

Happy Leap Year Day!

Mostly cloudy skies this morning, 21°, feels like 10°, wind is from the NW at 10 mph with gusts to 18 mph, humidity is 68%, dew point is 12°, pressure is at 30.00 inches, cloud cover is 76%, and visibility is 10 miles A few flurries are possible early. Partly cloudy today with a high of about 28°. Winds from the west at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight expect partly cloudy skies. Lows near 25°, Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

ON THIS DAY, February 29, 1940, Gone with the Wind is honored with eight Oscars by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. An epic Southern romance set during the hard times of the Civil War, the movie swept the prestigious Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, Film Editing, and Actress categories. However, the most momentous award that night undoubtedly went to Hattie McDaniel for her portrayal of “Mammy,” a housemaid and former enslaved woman. McDaniel, who won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award, was the first African American actress or actor ever to be honored with an Oscar.

Born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1895, McDaniel demonstrated her talents as a singer and actress while growing up in Denver, Colorado. She left school while a teenager to become a performer in several traveling minstrel groups and in 1924 became one of the first African American women to sing on U.S. radio. With the onset of the Great Depression, she was forced to take work as a ladies’ washroom attendant in a Milwaukee club. The club, which hired only white performers, eventually made an exception and let her sing, and she performed there for a year before setting her sights on Hollywood.

In Los Angeles, she won a small role on a local radio show called The Optimistic Do-Nuts and before long had become the program’s main attraction. In 1932, she made her film debut as a Southern house servant in The Golden West. In American movies at the time, African American actors and actresses were generally limited to house servant roles, and McDaniel apparently embraced this stereotype, playing the role of maid or cook in nearly 40 films in the 1930s. Responding to criticism by groups such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) that she was perpetuating stereotypes, McDaniel responded that she would rather play a maid on the screen than be one in real life. Furthermore, she often subverted the stereotype by turning her maids into sassy, independent-minded characters who sometimes made white audiences shift uncomfortably in their seats.

Her most famous role was as Mammy in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind. Directed by Victor Fleming and based on the best-selling Margaret Mitchell novel of the same name, the movie remains the highest-grossing movie of all time when inflation is taken into account. Although she was honored with an Oscar, liberal African Americans sharply criticized McDaniel for accepting a role in which her character, a former slave, spoke nostalgically about the Old South.

McDaniel’s film career declined in the late 1940s, and in 1947 she returned to radio as the star of the nationally broadcast The Beulah Show. In the program, she again portrayed an effervescent Southern maid but in a markedly un-stereotypical manner that won praise from the NAACP. In 1951, while filming the first episodes of a television version of the popular show, she had a heart attack. She recovered to do a few more radio programs but in 1952 died of breast cancer at the age of 57. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Mount Rushmore cost less than one million dollars to construct. It took 14 years to build €“ from 1927 to 1941, and took 400 workers. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY untenable (un-TEN-uh-bul) which means:
1 : not able to be defended
2 : not able to be occupied
Untenable and its opposite tenable come to us from Old French tenir ("to hold, have possession of") and ultimately from Latin ten“re ("to hold, occupy, possess"). We tend to use untenable in situations where an idea or position is so off base that holding onto it is unjustified or inexcusable. One way to hold onto the meaning of untenable is to associate it with other ten“re descendants whose meanings are associated with "holding" or "holding onto." Tenacious ("holding fast") is one example. Others are contain, detain, sustain, maintain, and retain. (merriam-webster.com)

District Basketball Fundraiser Results

February 28, 2020

BI News on the 'Net Editor Joe Moore, formerly a health occupations teacher at BICS, was sick for this fundraiser, so there was not any BINN person at the fundraiser tonigh to take picturest. Dawn Marsh set up the video camera to help capture the spirit of the event, even though she had to work concessions as well.

So, each basketball player was to shoot a total of one hundred free throws. The purpose was to either get pledges for each one made or donations to help cover the costs of trip to the district basketball tournament, something that isn't possible every year. One hundred free throw attempts make the percentage of successes exactly the same number of actual successes. Below is a table of those participating and their successes.

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This makes the average shooting percentage of free throws for both the Islanders and the Lady Islanders over 60%.

View some video of the Free Throw-a-thon HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 28, 2020

Thank you for all the well wishes, calls, and prayers. They are truly appreciated. Hopefully I will have improved enough to end the home lock-down when I cross the street today. Have a dentist appointment in Charlevoix on the 3rd and don't want to have to cancel it again. Anyhow, thank you all for caring

Cloudy skies this morning, 21°, feels like 2°, wind is from the NW at 17 mph with gusts to 29 mph, humidity is 77%, dew point is 15°, pressure is 29.77 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today will be windy with occasional snow showers. Winds from the NW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow is 70% and winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph. Pretty much the same into the evening. Most of the lake effect snow has missed us, thank goodness.

ON THIS DAY in 1983, the celebrated sitcom M*A*S*H bows out after 11 seasons, airing a special two-and-a-half hour episode watched by 77 percent of the television viewing audience. It was the largest percentage ever to watch a single TV show up to that time.

Set near Seoul, Korea, behind the American front lines during the Korean War, M*A*S*H was based on the 1968 novel by Richard Hooker and the 1970 film produced by 20th Century Fox and directed by Robert Altman. Its title came from the initials for the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, an isolated compound that received wounded soldiers and was staffed by the show’s cast of doctors and nurses.

At the heart of M*A*S*H were the surgeons Dr. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce (Alan Alda) and Dr. “Trapper” John McIntyre (Wayne Rogers); these roles were played in the Altman movie by Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould, respectively. Hawkeye and Trapper’s foils on the TV show were Dr. Frank Burns (Larry Linville) and Senior Nurse Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan (Loretta Swit), who disapproved of the surgeons’ boozing, womanizing and disregard for military authority. Other key characters in the series were the bumbling camp commander, Lt. Col. Henry Blake (McLean Stevenson) and his clerk and right-hand-man, Corporal Walter “Radar” O’Reilly (Gary Burghoff).

M*A*S*H premiered on the CBS television network in September 1972. Under threat of cancellation during its first season because of low ratings, the show turned things around the following year, landing in the top 10 in the ratings and never dropping out of the top 20 for the rest of its run. While the show began as a thinly veiled critique of the Vietnam War, its focus switched to more character-driven plotlines after that war’s anti-climactic end, allowing the series to continue to hold the public’s attention as it developed. In the middle of the show’s tenure, Alda began to take more and more creative control, co-writing 13 episodes and directing more than 30, including the series finale. Alda became the first person ever to win Emmy Awards for acting, directing and writing for the same show.

Elements such as long-range and tracking camera shots as well as sophisticated editing techniques distinguished M*A*S*H from more traditional TV sitcoms. From the beginning, the influence of Altman’s movie was evident in the cinematic nature of the show’s camera work. In addition, each half-hour episode of M*A*S*H contained a signature mixture of dramatic and comedic plot lines, and its success marked the rise of a new genre of TV show dubbed “dramedy.”

After earning consistently high ratings throughout its 11-year run, M*A*S*H enjoyed enduring popularity in the following decades, as it became one of the world’s most syndicated shows. It also spawned an unsuccessful spin-off, AfterMASH, which CBS aired from 1983 to 1985. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Samsung means “three stars” in Korean. This was chosen by the founder because he wanted the company to be powerful and everlasting like stars in the sky. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY coax (KOHKS) which means:
1 : to influence or gently urge by caressing or flattering : wheedle
2 : to draw, gain, or persuade by means of gentle urging or flattery
3 : to manipulate with great perseverance and usually with considerable effort toward a desired state or activity
In the days of yore, if you made a "cokes" of someone, you made a fool of them. Cokes€”a now-obsolete word for "fool"€”is believed to be the source of the verb coax, which was first used in the 16th century (with the spelling cokes) to mean "to make a fool of." Soon, the verb also took on the kinder meaning of "to make a pet of." As might be expected, the act of "cokesing" was sometimes done for personal gain. By the 17th century, the word was being used in today's senses that refer to influencing or persuading people by kind acts or words. By the 19th century, the spelling cokes had fallen out of use, along with the meanings "to make a fool of" and "to make a pet of." (merrimam-webster.com)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 27, 2020

Winter is usually my favorite season but I think I'm changing my mind. I'm down again with influenza and pneumonia according to the Medical Center. Anything to get attention I guess. (Mike Eicher, Teddy is getting lots of hugs when I have to cough LOL) Anyhow, I'm stuck in the house with a ton of meds and hopefully will start to feel better in a day or two. In the meantime, the weather continues,,,,

It's 17° outside and feels like 9°, wind is from the NW at 8 mph, with gusts to 18 mph, humidity is at 75%, dew point is 11°, pressure is falling from 29.86 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. The wind will be increasing today and tonight at 20 to 30 mph with higher gusts possible and there is a 50% chance of snow.

ON THIS DAY in 1864, the first Union inmates begin arriving at Andersonville prison, which was still under construction in southern Georgia. Andersonville became synonymous with death as nearly a quarter of its inmates died in captivity. Henry Wirz, who ran Andersonville, was executed after the war for the brutality and mistreatment committed under his command.

The prison, officially called Camp Sumter, became necessary after the prisoner exchange system between North and South collapsed in 1863 over disagreements about the handling of black soldiers. The stockade at Andersonville was hastily constructed using slave labor, and was located in the Georgia woods near a railroad but safely away from the front lines. Enclosing 16 acres of land, the prison was supposed to include wooden barracks but the inflated price of lumber delayed construction, and the Yankee soldiers imprisoned there lived under open skies, protected only by makeshift shanties called “shebangs,” constructed from scraps of wood and blankets. A stream initially provided fresh water, but within a few months human waste had contaminated the creek.

Andersonville was built to hold 10,000 men, but within six months more than three times that number were incarcerated there. The creek banks eroded to create a swamp, which occupied a significant portion of the compound. Rations were inadequate, and at times half of the population was reported ill. Some guards brutalized the inmates and there was violence between factions of prisoners.

Andersonville was the worst among many terrible Civil War prisons, both Union and Confederate. Wirz paid the price for the inhumanity of Andersonville; he was executed in the aftermath of the Civil War. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Bees actually have knees. The expression comes from the fact that they store large build ups of pollen in hairy baskets on their knees. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY trenchant (TREN-chunt) which means:
1 : keen, sharp
2 : vigorously effective and articulate; also : caustic
3 a : sharply perceptive : penetrating
b : clear-cut, distinct
The word trenchant comes from the Anglo-French verb trencher, meaning "to cut," and may ultimately derive from the Vulgar Latin trinicare, meaning "to cut in three." Hence, a trenchant sword is one with a keen edge; a trenchant remark is one that cuts deep; and a trenchant observation is one that cuts to the heart of the matter. Relatives of trenchant in English include the noun trench ("a long ditch cut into the ground") and the verb retrench ("to cut down or pare away" or "to cut down expenses"). (merriam-webster.com)

Excellent Video on Islanders Sports

When this editor finds something that is well done, and is also involves Beaver Island, it is worthwhile to share it. This one qualifies.

View an excellent video on the Great Lakes Island Tournament HERE

Ash Wednesday at Holy Cross

February 26, 2020

Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day of prayer and fasting. ... Ash Wednesday derives its name from the placing of repentance ashes on the foreheads of participants to either the words "Repent, and believe in the Gospel" or the dictum "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

Ash Wednesday is a significant day on the Christian calendar, denoting the beginning of the repentant period of Lent which precedes Easter. It's observed by individuals from various sectors of Christianity, including Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans and Methodists.

Catholics are not supposed to eat meat on Ash Wednesday. They also are expected to give up meat on Fridays during Lent. Catholics also are expected to fast on Ash Wednesday. Fasting means consuming only one full meal a day; two smaller meals that don't together add up to a full meal also are allowed.

Lent is traditionally described as lasting for 40 days, in commemoration of the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, before beginning his public ministry, during which he endured temptation by Satan.

There is no mention of Ash Wednesday in the Bible. But there is a tradition of donning ashes as a sign of penitence that predates Jesus. In the Old Testament, Job repents “in dust and ashes,” and there are other associations of ashes and repentance in Esther, Samuel, Isaiah and Jeremiah.

The reader tonight was Leona Pease, and our celebrant was Father Jim Siler. There seems to be bug going around the island with lot of people sick.

View video of the service HERE

BIESA Meeting Canceled

for February 27, 2020

View notice HERE

Planning Commissions' Meetings

St James Township has a special meeting on February 28, 2020.


St. James Township has a public hearing on this same night


Due to the Primary Election being on March 10, 2020, the Peaine Township Planning Commission will be on March 3, 2020, at 5 p.m.

View notice HERE

Weather by Joe

February 26, 2020

Someone, not sure whom, brought back a dread mocus virus from a trip to the mainland, and Phyllis and I both have managed to contract it. Coughing until you chest and diaphragm hurts, achy all over, earache, but expecially a horrendous headache, are the symptoms at this household on Carlisle Road. That meant no Fat Tuesday or $2 Tuesday for us, so we missed the special at the Stoney Acre Grill.

Right now on Carlisle Road, it is cloudy with a little sun peeking through. The pressure is 30.18 with visibility of ten miles. It's pretty dry out there with humidity at 53%. Oh, and the temperature is 21 degrees.

TODAY, it is expected to get up to 25 degrees, with partly cloudy skies becoming overcast in the afternoon. We are not expected to get any precipitation during the day. Winds will be NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for the possibility of snow flurries. It will be cloudy with temeprature down to about 17 and winds from the north at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it i forecast for it to be increasingly windy with a 50% of snow showers. The high will be about 22. The winds will blow from the NNW at 20 to 30 mph with gusts going higher. There is a possibility of accumulation of snow of 1 to 3 inches.

ON THIS DAY in history:

Hitler authorizes the founding of the Reich Luftwaffe

On February 26, 1935, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler signs a secret decree authorizing the founding of the Reich Luftwaffe as a third German military service to join the Reich army and navy. In the same decree, Hitler appointed Hermann Goering, a German air hero from World War I and high-ranking Nazi, as commander in chief of the new German air force.

The Versailles Treaty that ended World War I prohibited military aviation in Germany, but a German civilian airline€“Lufthansa€“was founded in 1926 and provided flight training for the men who would later become Luftwaffe pilots. After coming to power in 1933, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler began to secretly develop a state-of-the-art military air force and appointed Goering as German air minister. (During World War I, Goering commanded the celebrated air squadron in which the great German ace Manfred von Richthofen€““The Red Baron”€“served.) In February 1935, Hitler formally organized the Luftwaffe as a major step in his program of German rearmament.

The Luftwaffe was to be uncamouflaged step-by-step so as not to alarm foreign governments, and the size and composition of Luftwaffe units were to remain secret as before. However, in March 1935, Britain announced it was strengthening its Royal Air Force (RAF), and Hitler, not to be outdone, revealed his Luftwaffe, which was rapidly growing into a formidable air force.

As German rearmament moved forward at an alarming rate, Britain and France protested but failed to keep up with German war production. The German air fleet grew dramatically, and the new German fighter€“the Me-109€“was far more sophisticated than its counterparts in Britain, France, or Russia. The Me-109 was bloodied during the Spanish Civil War; Luftwaffe pilots received combat training as they tried out new aerial attack formations on Spanish towns such as Guernica, which suffered more than 1,000 killed during a brutal bombing by the Luftwaffe in April 1937.

The Luftwaffe was configured to serve as a crucial part of the German blitzkrieg, or “lightning war”€“the deadly military strategy developed by General Heinz Guderian. As German panzer divisions burst deep into enemy territory, lethal Luftwaffe dive-bombers would decimate the enemy’s supply and communication lines and cause panic. By the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, the Luftwaffe had an operational force of 1,000 fighters and 1,050 bombers.

First Poland and then Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium, and France fell to the blitzkrieg. After the surrender of France, Germany turned the Luftwaffe against Britain, hoping to destroy the RAF in preparation for a proposed German landing. However, in the epic air battle known as the Battle of Britain, the outnumbered RAF fliers successfully resisted the Luftwaffe, relying on radar technology, their new, highly maneuverable Spitfire aircraft, bravery, and luck. For every British plane shot down, two German warplanes were destroyed. In the face of British resistance, Hitler changed strategy in the Battle of Britain, abandoning his invasion plans and attempting to bomb London into submission. However, in this campaign, the Luftwaffe was hampered by its lack of strategic, long-range bombers, and in early 1941 the Battle of Britain ended in failure.

Britain had handed the Luftwaffe its first defeat. Later that year, Hitler ordered an invasion of the USSR, which after initial triumphs turned into an unqualified disaster. As Hitler stubbornly fought to overcome Russia’s bitter resistance, the depleted Luftwaffe steadily lost air superiority over Europe in the face of increasing British and American air attacks. By the time of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in June 1944, the Luftwaffe air fleet was a skeleton of its former self.

WORD OF THE DAY: injunction; noun; (in-JUNK-shun); the act or an instance of enjoining : order, admonition; a court order requiring a party to do or refrain from doing a specified act

Injunction derives, via Anglo-French and Late Latin, from the Latin verb injungere, which in turn is based on jungere, meaning "to join." Like our verb enjoin, injungere means "to direct or impose by authoritative order or with urgent admonition." (Not surprisingly, enjoin is also a descendant of injungere.) Injunction has been around in English since at least the 15th century, when it began life as a word meaning "authoritative command." In the 16th century, it developed a legal second sense applying to a court order. It has also been used as a synonym of conjunction, another jungere descendant meaning "union," but that sense is extremely rare.

INTERESTING Fact: No square piece of paper can folded in half more than seven times.

Titan Challenge

Titan Challenge was February 25th in Grand Rapids The students in Mrs. Boyle’s Advanced Business Management class have been working diligently in the Junior Achievement program, The Titan Challenge.

The online simulation requires students to apply their knowledge of business as they compete in the highly competitive industry of the fictional Holo-Generator. Students work in teams to make decisions about price, production, marketing, capital investment, charitable giving, and research and development. The impact of their decisions will lead to the success or failure of their Holo-Generator company.

BICS students traveled to Grand Rapids for the annual competition involving approximately 40 teams from across the state. Final results: In a field of 40 teams, BICS teams took 6th (Zander, Jessica, Mackenzie) and 8th (Eli, Quintan, Jared) Within their respective pools they were in the top 2 positions most of the day. In the end, the top 10 teams were all fairly close to each other in total points.

Great job in a very challenging and fast-paced Business Competition! Students also went on a Davenport University tour and mini career fair. Also thanks to Mr. Gerald LaFreniere for being our driver/chaperone!

Waste Management Meeting Draft Minutes


View these minutes HERE

Welcome to the March Edition of the Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter

February 25, 2020

Received this in an email this morning and though it might be a good thing to share this with all subscribers. Winter services begin at 10 a.m. They are recorded on video and made available to all subscribers.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 25, 2020

Clear skies, 28°, feels like 21°, wind is from the NNE at 8 mph, humidity is 78%, dew point is 22°, pressure is 30.07 inches, cloud cover is 0%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today and tonight will be generally cloudy with winds from the NNE at 10 to 20 mph.

ON THIS DAY 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. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT There is a Scottish tartan designed for Mars exploration. It was officially registered in 2016 to be worn during Mars science, exploration and outreach activities. (thefactsite.com)

Naturally, red is the dominant color, a nod to the planet's reddish surface hue and "Red Planet" nickname. The dark blue color evokes the planet's watery history. The green lines represent "Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun, the presence of habitable conditions on the planet and the possible future presence of life in the form of human settlement," according to the Scottish Register of Tartans. Finally, the heavy white line references Mars' poles.

The weaving of this tartan pattern is restricted only to the designer, Geoffrey (Tailor), a kiltmaker and custom tartan weaver in Scotland. University of Edinburgh astrobiology professor Charles Cockell commissioned the tartan.

The tartan opens up some scintillating possibilities for Mars fashion. Imagine the first human expedition to Mars with astronauts decked out in tartan spacesuits and relaxing under a dome in Mars-tartan kilts. That's a vision for the future we can all get behind. (cnet.com)

WORD OF THE DAY dissemble (dih-SEM-bul) which means:
1 : to hide under a false appearance
2 : to put on the appearance of : simulate
3 : to put on a false appearance : to conceal facts, intentions, or feelings under some pretense
We don't have anything to hide: dissemble is a synonym of disguise, cloak, and mask. Disguise implies a change in appearance or behavior that misleads by presenting a different apparent identity ("The prince disguised himself as a peasant"). Cloak suggests a means of hiding a movement or an intention ("The military operation was cloaked in secrecy"). Mask suggests some often obvious means of hiding or disguising something ("The customer smiled to mask her discontent"). Dissemble (from Latin dissimulare, meaning "to disguise or conceal") stresses the intent to deceive, especially about one's own thoughts or feelings, and often implies that the deception is something that would warrant censure if discovered. (merriam-webster.com)


Beaver Island Birding Trail Festival ”Warblers on the Water

May 22-24, 2020

The 7th annual Beaver Island Birding Festival, Warblers on the Water, will be held on May 22-24, 2020, 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 and lodging is available on the website.

Accomplished field trip leaders will guide participants 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 Day weekend event. 

Featured speakers include Dr. Ed Leuck on “Carnivorous Plants and Orchids of Beaver Island,” and Dr. Beth Leuck on “Monarchs, Milkweeds, Mimicry, and Migration: The Story of Coevolution, an Endangered Biological Phenomenon, and the Decline of a Charismatic Butterfly.” Andrea and Terry Grabill will again lead a Windshield Birding Tour of Beaver Island, and during six other morning and evening field trips participants will explore birds in diverse habitats on the island. In addition, field trips to Garden Island and High Island are scheduled via chartered boats. A workshop taught by Dr.Nancy Seefelt on sketching birds will be offered on Sunday afternoon.

For more specific information about Warblers on the Water visit http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/warblers. 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.

Video Report for February

February 24, 2020

The videos are now being hosted on two different servers, so it takes two different sets of numbers to help understand the viewing. This first and the original servers shows at total of 550 unique IPs viewing over 900 clips or events, using 33.3 GB of bandwidth. This breaks down to videos viewed on beaverisland.tv of 364 unique IPs viewing 744 clips or events, and using 22.6 GB of bandwidth, older video clips viewed by 40 viewers of 60 clips or events; and video viewable through this website and most recent clips of 125 uniques viewing 189 clips or events, and using 9 GB of bandwidth.

The second server is primarily used now for the live events and live streaming. This server had 262 unique IP viewers with 370 views, approximately a total of 74 hours of watched live events, and from 16 different websites.

The Beaver Island TV had 424 unique IPs visiting and visiting 788 times during the month of February so far.

This does not include some of the videos posted on facebook, such as the clip of the basketball game where a young man got to shoot a couple of shots. This clip had over 1500 views. The Beaver Island Awaits You video clip had over 250 views on facebook. The ice volcano video clip had several views as well as three shares on facebook.

It's been a busy month working on historical video as well with several tapes digitized and made available on Beaver Island TV as well as this website.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 24, 2020

Another warm-ish day! AND it's sunny! Right now I'm showing 34°, feels like 33°, wind is from the west at 6 mph, humidity is 76%, dew point is 27°, pressure is 29.89 inches, cloud cover is 0%, and visibility is 10 miles.

ON THIS DAY in 1840, former President John Quincy Adams begins to argue the Amistad case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

A practicing lawyer and member of the House of Representatives, John Quincy Adams was the son of America’s second president, founding father and avowed abolitionist John Adams. Although John Quincy Adams publicly downplayed his abolitionist stance, he too viewed the practice as contrary to the nation’s core principles of freedom and equality. After serving one term as president between 1825 and 1829, Adams was elected to the House of Representatives, in which he served until his death in 1848. During his tenure, he succeeded in repealing a rule that prevented any debate about slavery on the House floor.

In 1839, a Spanish slave ship named La Amistad appeared off the coast of New York. The “slaves” aboard it, who were free Africans kidnapped in Africa and originally bound for sale in Cuba, had rebelled, killing the Spanish ship’s captain and cook. The African mutineers then promised to spare the lives of the ship’s crew and their captors if they took them back to Africa. The crew agreed, but then duped the slaves by sailing up the coast to New York, where they were taken into custody by the U.S. Navy.

A complicated series of trials ensued regarding the ownership and outcome of the ship and its human cargo. The capture of the Amistad occurred in an era in which debate over the institution of slavery, its legality within the United States and its role in the American economy became more intense. Although the federal government had ruled the slave trade between the U.S. and other countries illegal in 1808, the “peculiar institution” persisted in the South and some northeastern states.

The Navy captains who commandeered the Amistad off the coast of New York turned the ship in to authorities in Connecticut. In Connecticut at this time, slavery was still technically legal, a fact that further complicated the case. Abolitionists filed a suit on behalf of the Africans against the slave captors for assault, kidnapping and false imprisonment. Spain, backed by a 1795 anti-piracy treaty with the U.S., also claimed rights to the Amistad and her cargo. President Martin Van Buren, personally neutral on the issue of slavery and concerned about his popularity in southern states, supported Spain’s claim.

After two district courts ruled in favor of the abolitionists, President Van Buren immediately instructed the U.S. attorney general to appeal. Abolitionists hired Adams, who some referred to as “Old Man Eloquent,” to argue for the Africans’ freedom in the Supreme Court.

In a seven-hour argument that lasted two days, Adams attacked Van Buren’s abuse of executive power. His case deflated the U.S. attorney’s argument that the treaty with Spain should override U.S. principles of individual rights. In appeasing a foreign nation, Adams argued that the president committed the “utter injustice [of interfering] in a suit between parties for their individual rights.” In a dramatic moment, Adams faced the judges, pointed to a copy of the Declaration of Independence hanging on the courtroom wall, and said “[I know] no law, statute or constitution, no code, no treaty, except that law€which [is] forever before the eyes of your Honors.”

Adams’ skillful arguments convinced the court to rule in favor of returning the Africans to their native country, but later, President Tyler refused to allocate federal funds to send the Africans back to Africa. Instead, the abolitionists had to raise money to pay for the expense. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Santa Claus was issued a pilot’s license from the U.S. government in 1927. They also gave him airway maps and promised to keep the runway lights on. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY acumen (AKA-yoo-mun) which means keenness and depth of perception, discernment, or discrimination especially in practical matters. A keen mind and a sharp wit can pierce the soul as easily as a needle passes through cloth. Remember the analogy between a jabbing needle and piercing perception, and you will readily recall the history of acumen. Our English word retains the spelling and figurative meaning of its direct Latin ancestor, a term that literally means "sharp point." Latin acūmen traces to the verb acuere, which means "to sharpen" and is related to acus, the Latin word for "needle." In its earliest English uses, acumen referred specifically to a sharpness of wit. In modern English, it conveys the sense that someone is perceptive enough to grasp a situation quickly and clever enough to apply that ability. (merriam-webster.com)

Christian Church Service

February 23, 2020

View video of this service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

February 22+23, 2020

Our parish priest, Father Jim Siler, was back from his schooling to be able to provide the Saturday afternoon Mass at 4 p.m., and the Sunday morning Mass at 9:30 a.m. He did, unfortunately for him, bring back some type of virus, and he wasn't feeling well. Get well soon, Father Jim!

The reader for both services was Brian Foli.

Saturday readings, Gospel, and sermon

Most often, this editor does not comment on the sermon, but both Saturday and Sunday messages were obviously especially excellent from our pastor. Thank you, Father Jim!

Sunday readings, prayers, and sermon

View the Saturday service HERE

View the Sunday service HERE

On Sunday, we had a trumpet joining in the service. Thank you for your help!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 23, 2020

Sunny skies again! It's 35°, feels like 27°, wind is from the south at 9 mph, humidity is 87%, dew point is 31°, pressure is 29.82 inches, cloud cover is 0%, and visibility is 10 miles. Today should be a mix of clouds and sun with temperatures in the upper 30s. Winds from the SSW 15 to 25 mph.

ON THIS DAY in 1945, during the bloody Battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines from the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Regiment of the 5th Division take the crest of Mount Suribachi, the island’s highest peak and most strategic position, and raise the U.S. flag. Marine photographer Louis Lowery was with them and recorded the event. Americans fighting for control of Suribachi’s slopes cheered the raising of the flag, and several hours later more Marines headed up to the crest with a larger flag. Joe Rosenthal, a photographer with the Associated Press, met them along the way and recorded the raising of the second flag along with a Marine still photographer and a motion-picture cameraman.

Rosenthal took three photographs atop Suribachi. The first, which showed five Marines and one Navy corpsman struggling to hoist the heavy flag pole, became the most reproduced photograph in history and won him a Pulitzer Prize. The accompanying motion-picture footage attests to the fact that the picture was not posed. Of the other two photos, the second was similar to the first but less affecting, and the third was a group picture of 18 Marines smiling and waving for the camera. Many of these men, including three of the six Marines seen raising the flag in the famous Rosenthal photo, were killed before the conclusion of the Battle for Iwo Jima in late March.

In early 1945, U.S. military command sought to gain control of the island of Iwo Jima in advance of the projected aerial campaign against the Japanese home islands. Iwo Jima, a tiny volcanic island located in the Pacific about 700 miles southeast of Japan, was to be a base for fighter aircraft and an emergency-landing site for bombers. On February 19, 1945, after three days of heavy naval and aerial bombardment, the first wave of U.S. Marines stormed onto Iwo Jima’s inhospitable shores.

The Japanese garrison on the island numbered 22,000 heavily entrenched men. Their commander, General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, had been expecting an Allied invasion for months and used the time wisely to construct an intricate and deadly system of underground tunnels, fortifications, and artillery that withstood the initial Allied bombardment. By the evening of the first day, despite incessant mortar fire, 30,000 U.S. Marines commanded by General Holland Smith managed to establish a solid beachhead.

During the next few days, the Marines advanced inch by inch under heavy fire from Japanese artillery and suffered suicidal charges from the Japanese infantry. Many of the Japanese defenders were never seen and remained underground manning artillery until they were blown apart by a grenade or rocket, or incinerated by a flame thrower.

While Japanese kamikaze flyers slammed into the Allied naval fleet around Iwo Jima, the Marines on the island continued their bloody advance across the island, responding to Kuribayashi’s lethal defenses with remarkable endurance. On February 23, the crest of 550-foot Mount Suribachi was taken, and the next day the slopes of the extinct volcano were secured.

By March 3, U.S. forces controlled all three airfields on the island, and on March 26 the last Japanese defenders on Iwo Jima were wiped out. Only 200 of the original 22,000 Japanese defenders were captured alive. More than 6,000 Americans died taking Iwo Jima, and some 17,000 were wounded. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT The word “velociraptor” comes from the Latin words “velox” which means swift, and “raptor” which means robber. Literally €“ speedy robber! (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY misbegotten (miss-bih-GAH-tun) which means:
1 : unlawfully conceived : illegitimate
2 a : having a disreputable or improper origin : ill-conceived
b : contemptible, deformed
In the beginning, there was the Old English begiten, and begiten begot the Middle English begotyn, and begotyn begot the modern English begotten, and from thence sprung misbegotten. That description may be a bit flowery, but it accurately traces the path that led to misbegotten. All of the Old English and Middle English ancestors listed above basically meant the same thing as the modern begotten, the past participle of beget, meaning "to father" or "to produce as an effect or outgrowth." That linguistic line brought forth misbegotten by adding the prefix mis- (meaning "wrong," "bad," or "not") in the mid-1500s. (merriam-webster.com)

Peaine Meetings and Minutes February

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Library Board 2 21 2020

Peaine Minutes Sp Election Commission 2 14 2020

Weather by Joe

February 22, 2020

Right now on Beaver Island's Carlisle Road at 9 a.m., it is 32 degrees with a dewpoint of 26 degrees. The pressure is 30.03 with partly cloudy, partly sunny skies. The visibility is ten miles. The wind is from the SW at 13 mph with gusts to 20.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a high near 34 degrees. The temperatures should remain in the low to mid 30'a throughout the day. Winds will continue from the SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 10%.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a few clouds with a low around freezing. Winds will continue from the SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 10%.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for intervals of clouds and sunshine. Temperatures will remain steady in the mid-30's. Winds will continue from the SW but will increase to 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

ON THIS DAY in 1942

President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders Gen. Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines, as the American defense of the islands collapses.

The Philippines had been part of the American commonwealth since it was ceded by Spain at the close of the Spanish-American War. When the Japanese invaded China in 1937 and signed the Tripartite Pact with fascist nations Germany and Italy in 1940, the United States responded by, among other things, strengthening the defense of the Philippines. General MacArthur was called out of retirement to command 10,000 American Army troops, 12,000 Filipino enlisted men who fought as part of the U.S. Army, and 100,000 Filipino army soldiers, who were poorly trained and ill prepared. MacArthur radically overestimated his troops’ strength and underestimated Japan’s determination. The Rainbow War Plan, a defensive strategy for U.S. interests in the Pacific that was drawn up in the late 1930s and later refined by the War Department, required that MacArthur withdraw his troops into the mountains of the Bataan Peninsula and await better-trained and -equipped American reinforcements. Instead, MacArthur decided to take the Japanese head on€“and he never recovered.

On the day of the Pearl Harbor bombing, the Japanese destroyed almost half of the American aircraft based in the Philippines. Amphibious landings of Japanese troops along the Luzon coast followed. By late December, MacArthur had to pull his forces back defensively to the Bataan Peninsula€“the original strategy belatedly pursued. By January 2, 1942, the Philippine capital of Manila fell to the Japanese. President Roosevelt had to admit to himself (if not to the American people, who believed the Americans were winning the battle with the Japanese in the Philippines), that the prospects for the American forces were not good€“and that he could not afford to have General MacArthur fall captive to the Japanese. A message arrived at Corregidor on February 20, ordering MacArthur to leave immediately for Mindanao, then on to Melbourne, Australia, where “You will assume command of all United States troops.” MacArthur at first balked; he was fully prepared to fight alongside his men to the death if necessary. MacArthur finally obeyed the president’s order in March.


pontificate; verb; (pahn-TIF-uh-kayt); to speak or express opinions in a pompous or dogmatic way;to officiate as a pontiff; a special Mass

In ancient Rome, the pontifices were powerful priests who administered the part of civil law that regulated relationships with the deities recognized by the state. Their name, pontifex, derives from the Latin words pons, meaning "bridge," and facere, meaning "to make," and some think it may have developed because the group was associated with a sacred bridge over the river Tiber (although there is no proof of that). With the rise of Catholicism, the title pontifex was transferred to the Pope and to Catholic bishops. Pontificate derives from pontifex, and in its earliest English uses it referred to things associated with such prelates. By the late 1800s, pontificate was also being used derisively for individuals who spoke as if they had the authority of an ecclesiastic.


Stan loves to hear himself talk and will often pontificate on even the most trivial issues.

"If a talker's objective through nonstop chatter is to impress others, I have a life lesson worth sharing. People generally are resentful and/or bored by hearing another pontificate about the greatness of themselves." €” Mike Masterson, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 28 Dec. 2019

Did you know unless food is mixed with saliva you can't taste it.

(From history dot com and merriamwebster dot com)

Trip to the South End

February 21, 2020

There were several motives for this trip today. Mainly, there had been some mention of ice volcanoes, ice bergs, and lots of interesting things to see down at Iron Ore Bay, so that's the main purpose of this trip today. Were there some of these things down there?

Well, you will have to decide on your own based upon viewing the pictures. Another impressive picture was of the lighthouse at the south end. It certainly looks different in the winter time.

The lighthouse with the windmill blades moving quite quickly.

So on to the Iron Ore Bay Park, but first a quick picture near the Saxton residence.

On to the Iron Ore

A couple of driveway walks to see how the erosion is destroying some of the properties down there.

An obvious view of the erosion going on the East Side

Some interesting views seen on the shoreline on the East Side

View a gallery of photos HERE

So, another purpose of the trip was to check out the cabins, at least a couple of them, so the ice's effect on the erosion could be evaluated. a complete video of the trip is available below.

View video of the trip HERE

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

February 21, 2020

February 21st & 22nd Northern Lights League Basketball Tournament @ Hannahville
Today and tomorrow our Islanders are in Hannahville for the NLL Tournament. Go Islanders!

Middle Schoolers respond to the Call of the Wild!
Mrs. Behl’s middle school English Language Arts students will be experiencing literature first hand! They have been reading Jack London’s Call of the Wild in class and will be heading over to the mainland with Mrs. Behl and Mr. McNeil this weekend to go dog sledding and then watching the novel come to life on the big screen. Special thanks to our partners in this venture that are making it possible for this trip: Island Airways, Treetops Resort, and The Harbor Springs Lyric Theatre.

Cheri Leach from Raven Hill Discovery Coming to BICS Monday, February 24th
Cheri Leach will be coming to Beaver Island Monday to work on STEM Programs with the entire K-6th elementary students. Science Rules!

Titan Challenge February 25th in Grand Rapids
The students in Mrs. Boyle’s Advanced Business Management class have been working diligently in the Junior Achievement program, The Titan Challenge. The online simulation requires students to apply their knowledge of business as they compete in the highly competitive industry of the fictional Holo-Generator.  Students work in teams to make decisions about price, production, marketing, capital investment, charitable giving, and research and development. The impact of their decisions will lead to the success or failure of their Holo-Generator company. BICS students will be traveling to Grand Rapids for the annual competition involving approximately 60 teams from across the state.

District Basketball Tournament Fundraiser!
The BICS Varsity Basketball players will be doing a “Free-Throw-a-Thon” to raise money to help pay for the added costs of them participating in the MHSAA District Tournament. Varsity athletes will be seeking pledges from family and friends. Contributors can pledge an amount for each free throw made (out of 100 attempts) or a flat fee. The Free-Throw-a-Thon will take place after school on Friday, February 28th. Boosters will have concessions on hand starting at 5:00 pm. The free throws will begin at 5:30 pm. Pledge high and often€and come out and see the action next Friday. We appreciate your support for our athletic program!

March is Reading Month!
The March is Reading Month committee members have been busy planning events in March to promote literacy on Beaver Island. Highlights include guest readers including Senator Wayne Schmidt and Representative Triston Cole, a “pop-up” bookstore, book-themed menu items, and amazing decorations throughout the building. Thanks to generous support from Islanders, we will again be providing “book bucks” so that each student will have some extra cash to purchase books. More information to come next week!

March Menus and Order Sheets
Attached are March’s menus and order sheets.  Please have them turned into the office no later than Wednesday next week. 

March 2020 Breakfast Menu

March 2020 Breakfast Order Sheet

March Lunch Menu 2020

March 2020 Lunch Ordering Sheet

Have a Great Weekend!

So Long

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 21, 2020

Sunny skies this morning!! It's 21°, feels like 2°, but with the sun, it's all ok. Wind is from the WSW at 18 mph, humidity is 81%, dew point is 16°, pressure is 30.29 inches, cloud cover is 0, and visibility is 10 miles. Today a mix of sun and clouds. Winds will be from the SW at 25 to 35 mph. Higher wind gusts are possible.Late tonight the winds will decrease to 10 to 20 mph.

ON THIS DAY in 1848, The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx with the assistance of Friedrich Engels, is published in London by a group of German-born revolutionary socialists known as the Communist League. The political pamphlet€“arguably the most influential in history€“proclaimed that “the history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles” and that the inevitable victory of the proletariat, or working class, would put an end to class society forever. Originally published in German as Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei (“Manifesto of the Communist Party”), the work had little immediate impact. Its ideas, however, reverberated with increasing force into the 20th century, and by 1950 nearly half the world’s population lived under Marxist governments.

Karl Marx was born in Trier, Prussia, in 1818€“the son of a Jewish lawyer who converted to Lutheranism. He studied law and philosophy at the universities of Berlin and Jena and initially was a follower of G.W.F. Hegel, the 19th-century German philosopher who sought a dialectical and all-embracing system of philosophy. In 1842, Marx became editor of the Rheinische Zeitung, a liberal democratic newspaper in Cologne. The newspaper grew considerably under his guidance, but in 1843 the Prussian authorities shut it down for being too outspoken. That year, Marx moved to Paris to co-edit a new political review.

Paris was at the time a center for socialist thought, and Marx adopted the more extreme form of socialism known as communism, which called for a revolution by the working class that would tear down the capitalist world. In Paris, Marx befriended Friedrich Engels, a fellow Prussian who shared his views and was to become a lifelong collaborator. In 1845, Marx was expelled from France and settled in Brussels, where he renounced his Prussian nationality and was joined by Engels.

During the next two years, Marx and Engels developed their philosophy of communism and became the intellectual leaders of the working-class movement. In 1847, the League of the Just, a secret society made up of revolutionary German workers living in London, asked Marx to join their organization. Marx obliged and with Engels renamed the group the Communist League and planned to unite it with other German worker committees across Europe. The pair were commissioned to draw up a manifesto summarizing the doctrines of the League.

Back in Brussels, Marx wrote The Communist Manifesto in January 1848, using as a model a tract Engels wrote for the League in 1847. In early February, Marx sent the work to London, and the League immediately adopted it as their manifesto. Many of the ideas in The Communist Manifesto were not new, but Marx had achieved a powerful synthesis of disparate ideas through his materialistic conception of history. The Manifesto opens with the dramatic words, “A spectre is haunting Europe€“the spectre of communism,” and ends by declaring: “The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workers of the world, unite!”

In The Communist Manifesto, Marx predicted imminent revolution in Europe. The pamphlet had hardly cooled after coming off the presses in London when revolution broke out in France on February 22 over the banning of political meetings held by socialists and other opposition groups. Isolated riots led to popular revolt, and on February 24 King Louis-Philippe was forced to abdicate. The revolution spread like brushfire across continental Europe. Marx was in Paris on the invitation of the provincial government when the Belgian government, fearful that the revolutionary tide would soon engulf Belgium, banished him. Later that year, he went to the Rhineland, where he agitated for armed revolt.

The bourgeoisie of Europe soon crushed the Revolution of 1848, and Marx would have to wait longer for his revolution. He went to London to live and continued to write with Engels as they further organized the international communist movement. In 1864, Marx helped found the International Workingmen’s Association€“known as the First International€“and in 1867 published the first volume of his monumental Das Kapital€“the foundation work of communist theory. By his death in 1884, communism had become a movement to be reckoned with in Europe. Twenty-three years later, in 1917, Vladimir Lenin, a Marxist, led the world’s first successful communist revolution in Russia. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW The largest stadium in the world is the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium in North Korea. It can hold up to 114,000 spectators. It covers 51 acres and is 197 feet tall. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY numismatic (noo-muz-MAT-ik) which means:
1 : of or relating to the study or collection of coins, tokens, and paper money
2 : of or relating to currency : monetary
The first metal coins are believed to have been used as currency by the Lydians, a people of Asia Minor, during the 7th century B.C.E., and it is likely that folks began collecting coins not long after that. The name that we give to the collection of coins today is numismatics, a word that also encompasses the collection of paper money and of medals. The noun numismatics and the adjective numismatic came to English (via French numismatique) from Latin and Greek nomisma, meaning "coin." Nomisma in turn derives from the Greek verb nomizein ("to use") and ultimately from the noun nomos ("custom" or "law"). From these roots we also get numismatist, referring to a person who collects coins, medals, or paper money. (merriam-webster.com)

A Day Off

by Joe Moore

Another answer to the question: "What do you do on Beaver Island?" is coming right now. Besides posting on this website, there are other aspects of life on Beaver Island that make it a truly amazing place to live, as well as an amazing place to visit.

Yesterday was a special day, mainly because the day was spent doing those things that I truly like to do. I updated this website with the weather for Phyllis, and then I decided to work on some historical video. This was interrupted by some technology work necessary to get the Beaver Island TV rebroadcast back online and working. Then back to the video work.

I had previously captured a lot of the BIHS historical video tapes, but had a near disaster in losing all that work on my hard drives. That made this concrete sequential person work at getting a back-up of all the video work done for historical purposes. A Dropbox account was set up, and lots of video needed to be uploaded to complete the back up. That kept one computer busy for about eight hours.

On the other computer, I continued to work on capture in a digital format of some other video on VHS tapes. This project keeps me busy at a desktop computer during the capture of the video. The captured video then needs to be converted to something that is easier to store by decreasing the screen size from 1080 width to 720 or 640 depending on the quality of the video. After that, the video needs to be copied into a folder and saved in three places. Yes, this means a back up of the back up.

The video is then burned to a data DVD for the owner of the video as data files. The video is copied to another external hard drive, then the video is uploaded to the Dropbox website.

Then, if I'm going ot use the video for this website, I have to convert it yet again. Then it is uploaded to the video server somewhere in California. I create a webpage for this specific video, write the HTML code for having the video display properly, upload the webpage, and then the video is available for all the subscribers to view.

If I'm going to use it for the rebroadcast on Beaver Island TV, then I have to copy it to yet another computer and set up the playlist for the rebroadcast. This doesn't seem much like a day off to most people, but there were other interruptions in these processes that made this truly a day off.

I took a two hour break from video work and had some time for my other hobby, playing music. This string trio got together and played music for about an hour and a half. We have a cellist, a violinist, and violist in the group. The editor plays viola. What a fantastic hour and a half! We played a little Gershwin and some Irish tunes and talked about making this trio into a quartet and play some classical quartet music.

All three of us had another commitment for the afternoon, so we went off to those other things, reluctantly, at least for this editor.

Next I had choir rehearsal at the Holy Cross Catholic Church where another dedicated group of vocalists get together to help provide music for Saturday and/or Sunday services. At this rehearsal, I get challenged to play on the organ for religious music, and, although I'm not an accomplished organist, I do my best to help get this job done, mostly as another hobby.

Then, Stoney Acre had a liver and onions special, and seven of us got together to support this effort. The editor did NOT eat this mainly because it was a constant twice a week meal at our home when growing up, and onions and I have never gotten along. Five of the seven had this special, and others came in the door for the special as well. A little socializing took place before and after the meal. This was yet another example of taking the day off by going out to eat.

Home we went after a trip to the point and a short stop to drop off two of our invitees. By this time, it was truly an evening of just relaxation of checking facebook, monitoring the Dropbox upload until it was complete, and watching television shows that we enjoy, sit-coms and a new female chief of police show, before bedtime.

So, this is just one answer to the question: "What do you do on Beaver Island?" Oh, and by the way, at the point we got a chance to say hello to the owl whisperer, someone who was braving the cold windy night to get a picture of the snowy owl in the dark.

What are you doing wherever you are? We're pretty content here even without video camera work and digital camera photography.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 20, 2020

Boy, I am having a time with this today. Right now I'm showing 16°, feels like 10°, wind is from the NNW at 7 mph, humidity is 76%, dew point is 9°, pressure is at 30.57 inches, cloud cover is 90%, and visibility is 10 miles.

ON THIS DAY In a highly controversial vote on February 20, 1985, the Irish government defies the powerful Catholic Church and approves the sale of contraceptives.

Up until 1979, Irish law prohibited the importation and sale of contraceptives. In a 1973 case, McGee v. The Attorney General, the Irish Supreme Court found that a constitutional right to marital privacy covered the use of contraceptives. Pressured by strong conservative forces in Irish society, particularly the Roman Catholic Church, the government was slow to change the law to reflect the court’s decision, and a number of proposed bills failed before reaching the books.

In 1979, the Irish health minister, Charles Haughey, introduced a bill limiting the legal provision of contraceptives to “bona fide family planning purposes.” Signed into law in November 1980, the Health (Family Planning) Act ensured that contraceptives could be sold by a registered pharmacist to customers with a valid medical prescription. Still, many people saw the law as too strict. Over the next several years, a movement began to make contraceptives more easily available, causing bitter divisions inside and outside of the Dail, Ireland’s main house of Parliament.

As the government debated the changes, Catholic Church leaders railed against them, warning that increased access to contraceptives would encourage the moral decay of Ireland, leading to more illegitimate children and increased rates of abortion and venereal disease. On the eve of the vote in early 1985, the Dublin archbishop claimed the legislation would send Ireland down a “slippery slope of moral degradation.” Some politicians were even threatened with violence if they voted for the legislation.

On February 20, 1985, a coalition of the Fine Gael and Labour parties led by Dr. Garret FitzGerald defeated the opposition of the conservative Fianna Fail party by an 83-80 vote. The new legislation made non-medical contraceptives (condoms and spermicides) available without prescriptions to people over 18 at pharmacies; it also allowed for the distribution of these contraceptives at doctors’ offices, hospitals and family planning clinics. Though it was still illegal to advertise contraceptives and use of the birth control pill remained restricted, the vote marked a major turning point in Irish history€”the first-ever defeat of the Catholic Church in a head-to-head battle with the government on social legislation. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT bears often hunt walruses by simply charging at a group of them and eating the ones that were crushed or wounded in the mass panic to escape. Direct attacks are rare. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY judgment (JUJ-munt) which means:
1 a : the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing
b : an opinion or estimate so formed
2 a : the capacity for judging : discernment
b : the exercise of this capacity
3 a : a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion
b : an opinion so pronounced
4 : a formal decision given by a court
5 : a divine sentence or decision
Judgment can also be spelled judgement, and usage experts have long disagreed over which spelling is the preferred one. Henry Fowler asserted that "the OED [Oxford English Dictionary] prefers the older & more reasonable spelling. Judgement is therefore here recommended€." William Safire held an opposite opinion, writing, "My judgment is that Fowler is not to be followed on his spelling of judgement." Judgement is in fact the older spelling, but it dropped from favor and for centuries judgment was the only spelling to appear in dictionaries. That changed when the OED (Fowler's source) was published showing judgement as an equal variant. Today, judgment is more popular in the U.S., whereas both spellings make a good showing in Britain. (merriam-webster.com)

BIBCO Schedule 2020

February 19, 2020

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 19, 2020

It's 17° this morning, feels like 6°, partly sunny, wind is from the WNW at 9 mph with gusts to 20 mph, humidity is at 65%, dew point is 7°, pressure is rising from 30.41 inches, cloud cover is 45%, and visibility is 10 miles.

ON THIS DAY 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. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT The group of spikes at the end of stegosaurid tails are called the “thagomizer”. They had no distinct name until the term was coined in 1982 by a cartoonist. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY eradicate (ih-RAD-uh-kayt) which means:
1 : to do away with as completely as if by pulling up by the roots
2 : to pull up by the roots
Given that eradicate first meant "to pull up by the roots," it's not surprising that the root of eradicate means, in fact, "root." Eradicate, which first turned up in English in the 16th century, comes from eradicatus, the past participle of the Latin verb eradicare. Eradicare, in turn, can be traced back to the Latin word radix, meaning "root" or "radish." Although eradicate began life as a word for literal uprooting, by the mid-17th century it had developed a metaphorical application to removing things the way one might yank an undesirable weed up by the roots. Other descendants of radix in English include radical and radish. Even the word root itself is related; it comes from the same ancient word that gave Latin radix. (merriam-webster.com)

No Electricity

by Cindy Ricksgers

February 18, 2020

District Basketball Fundraiser

February 18, 2020

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 18, 2020

So, the snow did arrive and it's stunningly beautiful outside. However, I'm just as glad I cancelled my mainland appointment as I'd have to wade out to my car. Right now I'm showing 29°, humidity is at 98%, dew point is 29°, wind is from the west at 4 mph, pressure is at 29.69 inches, cloud cover is 100%. and visibility is 2 miles. Today the wind will pick up and come from the WNW 20 to 30 mph. Chance of more snow is 60%. Tonight the winds will die down to 15 to 25 mph. A few flurries or snow showers are possible.

ON THIS DAY in 1885, Mark Twain publishes his famous€“and famously controversial€“novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Twain (the pen name of Samuel Clemens) first introduced Huck Finn as the best friend of Tom Sawyer, hero of his tremendously successful novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Though Twain saw Huck’s story as a kind of sequel to his earlier book, the new novel was far more serious, focusing on the institution of slavery and other aspects of life in the antebellum South.

At the book’s heart is the journey of Huck and his friend Jim, a runaway slave, down the Mississippi River on a raft. Jim runs away because he is about to be sold and separated from his wife and children, and Huck goes with him to help him get to Ohio and freedom. Huck narrates the story in his distinctive voice, offering colorful descriptions of the people and places they encounter along the way. The most striking part of the book is its satirical look at racism, religion and other social attitudes of the time. While Jim is strong, brave, generous and wise, many of the white characters are portrayed as violent, stupid or simply selfish, and the naive Huck ends up questioning the hypocritical, unjust nature of society in general.

Even in 1885, two decades after the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn landed with a splash. A month after its publication, a Concord, Massachusetts, library banned the book, calling its subject matter “tawdry” and its narrative voice “coarse” and “ignorant.” Other libraries followed suit, beginning a controversy that continued long after Twain’s death in 1910. In the 1950s, the book came under fire from African-American groups for being racist in its portrayal of black characters, despite the fact that it was seen by many as a strong criticism of racism and slavery. As recently as 1998, an Arizona parent sued her school district, claiming that making Twain’s novel required high school reading made already existing racial tensions even worse.

Aside from its controversial nature and its continuing popularity with young readers, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been hailed by many serious literary critics as a masterpiece. No less a judge than Ernest Hemingway famously declared that the book marked the beginning of American literature: “There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.” (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT during the entire run of Gilligan’s Island, it was never revealed if “Gilligan” was his first or last name. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY bootless (BOOT-lus) which means useless, unprofitable. This sense of bootless has nothing to do with footwear. The "boot" in this case is an obsolete noun that meant "use" or "avail." That boot descended from Old English bōt and is ultimately related to our modern word better, whose remote Germanic ancestor meant literally "of more use." Of course, English does also see the occasional use of bootless to mean simply "lacking boots," as Anne Brontë used the word in Agnes Grey (1847): "And what would their parents think of me, if they saw or heard the children rioting, hatless, bonnetless, gloveless, and bootless, in the deep soft snow?" (merriam-webster.com)

Hungry Deer

February 17, 2020

There is a turkey feeding station near the corner of Carlisle Road and Kings' Highway. The station is specifically designed to prevent the deer from getting to the corn. The deer are obviously hungry and looking for food right now. We have them in our yard trying to find food under the sunflower seed feeders in the side yard. There have also been ducks figuring out how to get some corn from the turkey feeder.

Circles of Ice in the Harbor

February 17, 2020

There seemed to be some concentric circles in the harbor for the last couple of days, possibly caused by the wind. It is unusual to have such perfectly shaped circles show up in a harbor.

These were taken on Sunday.

These were taken on Monday.

BI Waste Management Committee

Draft Agenda BIWMC February 18, 2020

Beaver Island Waste Management Committee Minutes February 11, 2020

wm meeting docs 2 18 2020

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 17, 2020

Beautiful blue skies this morning. I sure hope they are tomorrow as I have an appointment on the mainland then. Right now it's 7°, feels like -2°, wind is from the east at 5 mph, humidity is at 84%, dew point is -2°, pressure is rising from 30.23 inches, cloud cover is 76%, and visibility is 10 miles. Look for partly cloudy skies today with winds from 10 to 15 mph from the SE.

ON THIS DAY On February 17, 1972, the 15,007,034th Volkswagen Beetle comes off the assembly line, breaking a world car production record held for more than four decades by the Ford Motor Company’s iconic Model T, which was in production from 1908 and 1927.

The history of the VW Beetle dates back to 1930s Germany. In 1933, Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany and announced he wanted to build new roads and affordable cars for the German people. At that time, Austrian-born engineer Ferdinand Porsche (1875-1951) was already working on creating a small car for the masses. Hitler and Porsche later met and the engineer was charged with designing the inexpensive, mass-produced Volkswagen, or “people’s car.” Hitler’s plan was that people could buy the cars by making regular payments into a savings stamp program. In 1938, work began on the Volkswagen factory, located in present-day Wolfsburg, Germany; however, full-scale vehicle production didn’t begin until after World War II.

In the 1950s, the Volkswagen arrived in the U.S., where the initial reception was tepid, due in part to the car’s historic Nazi connection as well as its small size and unusual rounded shape (which later led to it being dubbed the “Beetle”). In 1959, the advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach launched a groundbreaking campaign that promoted the car’s diminutive size as a distinct advantage to consumers, and over the next several years, VW became the top-selling auto import in the U.S. In 1998, Volkswagen began selling the highly touted “New Beetle” while still continuing production of its predecessor. After more than 60 years and over 21 million vehicles produced, the last original Beetle rolled off the line in Puebla, Mexico, on July 30, 2003.

The world’s original best-selling car, Henry Ford’s Model T, first went into production at a Detroit, Michigan, plant in 1908. Referred to as the car that “put the world on wheels,” the Model T revolutionized the automotive industry€“and American society in general€“by providing affordable, reliable transportation for the average person. In 1913, Ford Motor Company began employing the moving assembly line at its plant in Highland Park, Michigan, which reduced the assembly speed of a chassis from 12 hours and eight minutes to one hour and 33 minutes. The following year, Ford produced 308,162 vehicles, more than the output of all other carmakers combined. By 1924, the 10 millionth Model T came off the assembly line. When production finally ended, after 19 years, in May 1927, over 15 million Model Ts had been built. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Scotland was one of the few countries able to hold off being conquered by the Romans in the first century A.D. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY probity (PROH-buh-tee) which means an adherence to the highest principles and ideals : uprightness. Probity and its synonyms honesty, honor, and integrity all mean uprightness of character or action, with some slight differences in emphasis. Honesty implies a refusal to lie or deceive in any way. Honor suggests an active or anxious regard for the standards of one's profession, calling, or position. Integrity implies trustworthiness and incorruptibility to a degree that one is incapable of being false to a trust, responsibility, or pledge. Probity, which descends from Latin probus, meaning "honest," implies tried and proven honesty or integrity. (merriam-webster.com)

Ducks, Duck, and More Ducks

February 16, 2020

Everyone knows that we have a lot of ducks spendingthe winter here in the harbor area of Beaver Island. The snowy owls have had several for dinner, but the numbers don't seem to decrease noticeably. Today, the majority of the ducks were in one small location, so the picture was taken to show how dense the small pond of bubbler water is.

If you want to, click on the photo and take some time to count them all.

Christian Church Service

February 16, 2020

Patrick Nugent gave the sermon today at the Christian Church

View video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

February 15+16, 2020

The Holy Cross Catholic Church had its regular service schedule this week even without Father Jim Siler, who is going to school. Our visiting priests, two of them, According to Father Jim Siler, the two visitors love to rabbit hunt with Mark LaFreniere. The two priests are Father Charles Dorakoski and Father Don Guyman. These two shared the Mass on Saturday at 4 p.m. and on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Saturday afternoon pictures with Reader Brian Foli and the two visiting priests.

Sunday morning pictures with reader Jacque LaFreniere and the two visiting priests.

View video of the Saturday afternoon service HERE

View video of the Sunday morning service HERE

Almost a Lousy Day

by Cindy Ricksgers

Holy Cross Bulletin for February 2020

Colleen McDonough Has Baby Girl

Meet Carmen Faye Hoeksema, starting off at 7 lb. 0 oz., 20.5 in., with a FULL head of dark black hair. Colleen and hubby Corey Hoeksema are the proud parents.

Patrons for the Arts in Rural Communities

(PARC) Patrons of the Arts in Rural Communities

Winter Fest February 14 &15 - Sydney Burnham
March 14/15 St. Patricks Celebration - TBD
May Big Read/Our Town - Cut Finger Band, TBD
PARC @ Community Center June 10 - New York Nightingales
PARC @ BI Community Center June 13 - American Dreamer
Beaver Island Sustainability Fair June 26 & 27 - The Real Ingredients
July 15th - Cari Ray & the Shaky Legs - The Hacky Turtles
July 19 - Dave Boutette & Kristi Davis - Roma Ransom 
July 19 PARC @ BI Community Center - Aoife Scott
Beaver Island Mac Party July 22 - Chatham Rabbits - The Legal Immigrants

Emerald Isle Irish Festival September 11-13, 2020 - The Byrnes Brothers, One For The Foxes, Kitty Donohoe, Danny-Danny-&-Brother Jim, Ruby John & Dane Hyde

View the annual report HERE


At 10:00 am, on February 13, 2020, Adam Anderson, representative of Anderson Marina, presented St James Township Supervisor Kathleen McNamara with keys to the marina buildings. The key exchange and transfer of ownership was a deal at least two years in the making. In February 2018, boater, conservationist, and Beaver Island enthusiast, John Woollam, presented the Beaver Island community and St James Township with a Beaver Island Marina Purchase Proposal Draft Concept. In very general terms, the proposal suggested that the JA Woollam Foundation buy the Anderson Marina and gift it to the township for use as either a profitable marina or a waterfront park.

After two years of discussion, public meetings, research and negotiation, the township is well on its way to operating the new marina: Beaver Island Municipal ‘Marina North’. The marina will be operated as one with the township’s existing Municipal Marina, now referred to as ‘Marina South’. Andersons and the JAW Foundation signed final documents in October 2019, and Andersons were allowed 120 days in which to vacate the property and remove all equipment not required to run the marina. The Andersons met that requirement to the tee and the property is now cleaned up, is free of cars and equipment, and is under the exclusive management of St James Township.

Since the transaction was finalized in October 2019, the following items have been completed on the property: apartment building moved, bubblers installed, agreement to remove barge and crane reached, old fuel dispensing equipment removed for replacement, new siding for pole barn received. In anticipation of a mid- June 2020 opening, these improvements will be completed: new siding on pole barn, raise existing docks because of high water, replace and relocate fuel dispenser to sell diesel and recreational fuel (no automotive fuel) and complete some basic landscaping. Much of this work is also being funded by the JA Woollam Foundation.

The ratio of transient slips to seasonal slips will remain similar to the past. Rates for seasonal boaters will be very similar to past rates, and 2019 seasonal customers will be contacted to see if they wish to return. Transient slips will be booked on the DNR reservation system in the same way as the township’s other municipal dock. The township recently took action to support grant writing aimed at future replacement of the aging docks with a floatation docking system. St James Township officials are extremely grateful to John Woollam and his foundation for making this gift a reality. It is a gift that will provide dividends to the Beaver Island community long into the future.

Adam Anderson, representative of Anderson Marina, presents St James Township Supervisor Kathleen McNamara with keys to the marina buildings.


February 12, 2020

Again this year, St James and Peaine Townships will fund a spectacular fireworks display celebrating our country’s Independence Day. This year’s display will be shot off at dusk on Sunday, July 5, 2020 rather than the traditional 4th of July shoot. The change in date is the result of a difficult situation for the fireworks industry as customers who typically have their show on the closest Saturday to the 4th merge with customers who traditionally have their shows on the 4th every year. Add to this, the increased logistics and travel time required to do a shoot on the Island, and it is not surprising that companies were unable to provide a show here on the Saturday, the fourth.

The display will be shot from the traditional location on the south side of the harbor and will begin at dusk on Sunday the 5th of July. Great Lakes Fireworks (greatlakesfireworks.com) of West Branch will be providing the display this year with a lineup and variety of shells that surpasses that of last year. Great Lakes Fireworks provides shows for many northern Michigan communities €“ they even did a private shoot on South Fox Island last summer.

The Beaver Island ‘Big Parade’ is expected to be held on Saturday afternoon, the 4th of July. The Chamber of Commerce will soon be setting a theme for the parade. It is hoped that the ‘Boat Parade’ will be scheduled as a festive prelude to the fireworks on Sunday evening as residents and visitors gather in the harbor area to enjoy the pyrotechnic display.

St. James Township Campground to Start Renovations in the Spring

The St. James Township Campground, located just off Donegal Bay Road on Beaver Island, will begin a major renovation and addition of facilities this Spring.  Currently the campground is for rustic camping only with a policy of “first come first served’; has three pit toilets; and a manual water pump which services 10 lovely rustic camp sites on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.  Each site has a picnic table and fire ring.

In March, bids will go out for the addition and development of a full-service bath house with flush toilets, sinks and showers for both men and women.  Six of the campsites will be upgraded to electric.  While the rest of the camp sites will remain rustic, there are future plans to expand the number of rustic campsites to include a group gathering site which can house multiple tents and campers.

The campground will be renovated with the plan to have the buildings and sites completed by the end of year, 2020. In the meantime, current rustic sites will be available throughout the summer.  Construction of the electric sites and bath house will begin after Labor Day and the campground will be shut down to camping at that time.  In 2021 then, there will be a new process instituted for the reservation of sites.  Additionally, a Campground Host will be on site to assist campers as needed.

The campground already has a Picnic Area with picnic tables and grills with some planned access to the Lake Michigan shore for swimming and small boating.  Due to the high-water issue in Lake Michigan, plans for the Beaver Island Water Trail, for pulling out kayaks and canoes at the campground, may be delayed until waters recede.  It is also the perfect location for Dark Sky viewing as the view to the north is unobstructed.  Plans for a Dark Sky viewing platform are also in the works for future implementation.

Located just one mile from the town of St. James on the Beaver Island Bike Trail, it is an accessible location for campers visiting the Island €“ well within walking and biking distance to shops, restaurants, museums, the ferry and other community attractions.

Go to www.stjamestwp.org for more information.  The current rate for a rustic camp site is $10 per night and this will not change until all renovations are completed.

Kathleen McNamara
St. James Township Supervisor
231 448-2014

St. James Township Clerk on Primary Election

February 7, 2020

March 10, 2020 will be a Presidential Primary Election.

There are absentee ballot applications available on the bulletin board at the Governmental Center and you can also request one from me at clerk.stjamestwp.bi@gmail.com

Here is a link to access a absentee ballot application online
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/Abse ... 5377_7.pdf

Also here is a link to the Secretary of State Election website:
https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-1 ... -,00.html
Julie Gillespie, St. James Township Clerk

Water Levels to Continue to Rise


DETROIT- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that January 2020 water levels were higher on all lakes than they were in January 2019, and are expected to continue that trend into the spring and summer.

According to Corps records, lakes Michigan and Huron both set new record high January levels, previously set in 1987. Lake Superior set new record high January levels previously set in 1986. Lake St. Clair tied its record high level set in January 1986.

“It is likely that water levels on lakes  Michigan  and Huron will  set new monthly  mean record high levels over the next six months,” said John Allis, chief of the Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office, Detroit District. “This sets the stage for coastal impacts and damages in 2020 similar to, or worse than, what was experienced last year.”

The Corps urges those impacted by the high water levels of 2019 to prepare for similar or higher levels again in 2020. The most  recent six-month forecast of Great Lakes water levels  shows water levels continuing to be well above average and near record high levels over this period.

The Detroit District monitors and forecasts Great Lakes’ water levels and provides the data and analysis on their Website www.lre.usace.army.mil.

Several natural factors contribute to the record high lake levels. Persistent wet conditions across the Great Lakes basin continue to drive high water levels.  Many cities  across the basin  set records in 2019 for the wettest period on record. The warmer than normal  temperatures in January led to greater runoff and reduced evaporation across much of the Great Lakes basin.

Late winter and spring is a period of seasonal rise on all of the Great Lakes due to increased rainfall and runoff. Water levels typically peak in the summer or early fall. Significant erosion continues in many locations as water levels remain extremely high. Strong storm systems and resulting large waves have led to substantial erosion along much of the Great Lakes coastline.

To find more information about Great Lakes high water visit this link:
https://www.lre.usace.army.mil/About/Great-Lakes-High-Water/ which includes information about how to protect property and investments along the coast and related Corps programs and authorities.


The Great Lakes Islands' Alliance had a call-in meeting yesterday with the following agenda:

Proposed agenda

  • 10 min: Welcome/introductions (All)
  • 5 min: annual review of GLIA membership roster, attached (Matt)
  • 30 min: Steering Committee report-out (January 15 minutes attached)
    • SC vacancy (Michael C)
    • 2020 Summit money manager role (Michael C)
    • Surplus from 2019 Summit (Michael C)
    • Mott Project update (Lisa B)
    • New GLIA website (Mike G) €“ review/input requested, see DRAFT site: http://glianews.com/
  • 10 min: 2020 Islands Summit update (Peter H, Jordan K, Dave D, Mike G)
    • Final Summit sponsor flyer, attached
  • 5 min: Miscellaneous events/activities (as time allows)
    • Islands session at Jan 2020 Stewardship Network Conference
  • Other?

The documents emailed for this meeting are presented below:

GLIA Sponsorship Pager2020 Final

GLIA SC Minutes_Jan 15 2020

Copy of GLIA Roster

Charlevoix County COA Update and Job Offer

Good Morning,

Please find below a new posting for the Charlevoix County Beaver Island Site Coordinator position.  We are saddened that Kathie will be moving off island as she has been a great asset to us and the Beaver Island aging adults and the Beaver Island community as a whole.  Please wish her the very best and encourage GREAT candidates to apply to further continue her good works with us.

Employer:  Charlevoix County

Department:  Commission on Aging / Maintenance

Position: Site Coordinator

Pay Range:  $14.55 to start, full time (40 hours) with benefits

                      Monday through Friday with one Sunday per month, Sept. to Apr.      


This position is responsible for the daily COA senior services for Beaver Island residents and will be based in the Charlevoix County Center. This position also coordinates programs, services, staff travel and other needs between the mainland and the island.  As this position is based in the Charlevoix County Building, which is also home to other county services provided on the island, this position will also coordinate staffing and building needs between the mainland and island which may include but not be limited to:  cleaning of offices and bathroom, clearing of doorways and entrance area, delivery of home delivered meals (and/or packaging/preparation as needed) pickup and drop off of supplies, orders or staff from the ferry or airports as needed in conjunction with administration, maintenance, building safety or other departments, and may be asked to travel to the county’s lighthouse facility on occasion.  The right person must be willing to learn new skills or take on new duties as necessary, as well as being flexible and willing to assist as needed.  Travel for county business will be completed with the use of county vehicles located on the island.


You must possess the physical abilities to lift a maximum of 50 pounds and transfer items to and from vehicles and/or dining and office facilities

Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license

Must be able to answer phones, perform basic office duties and operate a computer


This is primarily an indoor position, working in an office space both with co-workers, and at times, as the only person present.  Occasional outdoor needs, such as deliveries to seniors or group outings may occur from time to time.  This office is located in a building shared with sheriff/jail staff and their facilities, as well as Transit vehicles and personnel.

How to Apply: 

cover letter, resume AND Charlevoix County employment application (located on the “employment opportunities” page of www.charlevoixcounty.org) must be submitted AS ONE PACKAGE via email:  administration@charlevoixcounty.org via walk in or mail:  Human Resources, 301 State St., Charlevoix, MI  49720

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




Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Meeting Minutes

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BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

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Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Ecotourism Goals Draft, rev. 3, 19 Jan 2010

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

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Transfer Station Hours

October 30, 2019

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

Beaver Island Archipelago Trails Association Funding Request

February 3, 2020

Beaver Island Archipelago Trails Association, Planning Rationale and Funding Request

Executive Summary BIATA Matching Fund Request

Charlevoix County COA Update

February 3, 2020

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 2020 Senior Hi-Lites NewsletterShould you have ANY questions about program requirements or qualifications, please contact Kathie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island or Sheri Shepard in the COA Office. 

The Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program


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

We have had one person express interest in the Wellness Check program partnered with the Sheriff’s Department this month.

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

The next COA Advisory Board Meetings are:

February 17, 20 at the COA Office at 10am

The COA Advisory Board meets all around Charlevoix County including Beaver Island so that they are accessible to all the aging population of Charlevoix County at a coordinated time and place each month. 

As a reminder, the Mainland Senior Centers Hours are:

9a-2p Monday through Friday October through April

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

They are closed for most of the National Holidays.

Beaver Island COA Office Updates:

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

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

Meal Voucher Program update:

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

  • Beaver Island Community School
  • Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli

Other Updates:

  • Senior Snow Removal Program enrollment time frame will be extended until February 29, 2020 or until the budget has been expended.   

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

Other Updates Continued:

  • There is a new Beaver Island Mobile Barber!  Please welcome Steve Radionoff as he is offering $15.00 haircuts for seniors.  You can contact Steve directly at 231-357-2175.
  • Reminder that as of October 1, 2109, if you are 60 years old or older, a BI Charlevoix County Resident of 5 months or more and have successfully completed the application process and become a member for the BI FIT program through the Beaver Island Community Schools, the COA will pay the Beaver Island Community Schools $25 towards your annual membership fee for October 1, 2019 €“ September 30, 2020.  This supports the COA’s goal for creating a healthy exercise option for aging adults on BI.
    • As the school BI FIT program started in September 2019 for an annual term, the COA has paid the School for any approved Senior Applications they took in September and the School will reimburse the Island senior their membership fee.  Please contact them directly.
    • BI FIT’s winter hours at BICS is Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-11am.  
  • Reminder: New BI Student Volunteer Service Learning Program through the Beaver Island Community School!

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

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org




BIRHC Meeting Dates 2020

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

April 25, 2020

July 18, 2020

September 12, 2020

December 12, 2020

Beaver Island Telecom-munication Advisory Committee




St James Township Meeting Time Change

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

BICS Basketball Schedule

19-20 Basketball Practice Schedule

BI BBall Game Schedule

Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule for 2020

Time is noon at the BI Airport

February 3, 2020

April 20, 2020

August 17, 2010

October 26, 2020

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:€ธข €ธข  8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:€ธข €ธข  12:00 - 5:00

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

Public Meeting Dates



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


NLMIC Meeting, Feb 5th, in Charlevoix

Hello Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative,

Thanks to all who made the trip to Charlevoix (or phoned in) and participated in another excellent meeting.  Jennifer and I will be working with Laurie to type up the notes and will route those around to everyone soon, along with a tentative date for the next meeting.

In the meantime, here are a few time-sensitive items:

  • Posting for the island internships (2) with the CAKE CISMA (attached).  This will be an amazing summer opportunity for CMU undergrads (or potentially other university if not enough from CMU).  The posting has been shared with key personnel at CMU but we’d like to utilize the NLMIC as well €“ please share with your own networks.  Deadline for applications is March 1, 2020.  Please direct questions to Benjamin VanDyke at cakeisst@gmail.com.
  • Request for projects with US Fish & Wildlife Service Coastal Program (attached).  Christie D gave an overview of this program at the meeting.  To view the specific priorities for the northern LM islands, open the Strategic Work Plan document and jump to pg 11-12 for the Straits of Mackinac focus area.  Project ideas are due by March 5, 2020.  Please direct questions to Christie Deloria at christie_deloria@fws.gov.


Matt P & Jennifer K

Beaver Island CMU IS Internship Program Position Posting 2020

Coastal Idea Template 2020

Dear partners in coastal management

FY19_GreatLakes_CP_Annual Accomplishment_Report12_19

Midwest Coastal Program Strategic Plan Final 3_23_17


BICS Board of Education Meeting

February 11, 2020, at 7 p.m.

View the board packet HERE

View video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Board Meeting

February 10, 2020, at 7 p.m.

View the agenda HERE

View the Board Packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

St. James Township Committee Minutes

February 7, 2020

St. James Finance Committee Minutes

St. James Public Works Committee Minutes


February 3, 2020, at Noon

View minutes of this meeting HERE

BIESA Special Meeting

BIESA notice of meeting on 013020

BIESA minuttes of meeting on 013020 DRAFT-1

Peaine Township Minutes January

Peaine Minutes Special 1 29 2020

Peaine minutes January 2020

Editor's note: Even after several letters of request, BINN's request of subscription to these documents; minutes, and other documents; these documents are not being provided by Peaine Township. OMA and FOIA requests have not been honored, unless they are submitted for every single thing. These were NOT sent. The editor had to go looking for them to be able to provide them to you.

This is a public OMA and FOIA request to Peaine Township to please send electronic copies of your public documents to the editor of Beaver Island News on the 'Net including minutes, finanacials, notices, postings, and all other public documents.

St. James Township Meeting

February 5, 2020

Besides the regular business of the minutes and bills to pay and budget, the meeting began with a presentation by Kitty McNamara on the plans for the Beaver Island Municipal Marina North (the old Anderson marina, formerly the Beaver Haven Marina). Kitty's did an excellent presentation of the plans, short term and long term, and the process necessary to get the marina back up into operation for this summer.

There were seventeen members of the community in attendance for the beginning of this presentation. There were fifteen viewers of the live stream.

View a PDF of the Marina North Presentation HERE

All requests from this presentation were approved by the Board, and the supervisor was congratulated on an excellent presentation and thanked for her hard work.

The bid for the campground work was awarded to the lowest bidder of the two bids. District Library Board members were appointed. Congratulations to Becca Foli and Kemberly Mitchell. Kitty McNamara was assigned to the Beaver Island Airport Commission for a three year term. The board also were informed that Cody Randall was the new Executive Director of Beaver Island EMS as appointed by the BI Emergency Services Authority.

There was only one community comment and question which was related to the Harbormaster position. The board will take this under advisement, and consider this at the next meeting. There are many more documents discussed at this meeting down below in the story named St. James Meeting Documents.

View video of the meeting HERE

St. James Board Meeting Documents

February 5, 2020, 5:30 p.m.


ltr to McNamara re release of public ROW 01-08-2020 rev

monthly finance report 2_february.2020

SJTB agenda 02.05.2020


Bills for approval 010820-020420

DRAFT Minutes of 01.08.2020 Regular (1)

Gen Budget 012020 (2)

Payroll 010820-020420

Road Fund Budget 012020

Sewer Fund Budget 012020


by Richie Gillespie

January 29, 2020

Well, 20 years ago today at around 2:30 pm Bud Martin and Ernie, his older brother and a Vietnam Veteran who had his share of troubles both with being shot, agent orange and later Huntington's Chorea, a devastating neurological disease and myself had a pretty big “adventure.”

Ernie, brothers Emmett, Buddy, Mike and I all took a nice sunny day ride to Garden Island on the ice. It was a bright beautiful sunny day. Once there we ambled around on the edge of the shore when Buddy came up with the bright idea that it was such a good day we should “scoot” over to Mackinaw City, some 42 miles away! Just as that was being said, Mike feet dropped through the ice! Well, we were very near the shore so they didn't drop far! When that happened Mike and Emmett's enthusiasm took an immediate turn back toward Beaver Island!

Read the rest of the story HERE

Snowy Owl Battle

January 22, 2020

The Snowy Owls were seen in many locations over the months of late November and early December. Cynthia Johnson watched one fly over her truck with a duck in his talons. Cynthia followed the owl to down near the public beach, and got video of the owl being attacked by another snowy owl in what appears and attempt to steal the duck.

Cynthia Johnson sent the video to BINN, and some editing was done to the video to remove some shaky parts. In addition a few pictures from BINN and sound track was added as well.

View the edited video HERE

Emerald Ash Borer Report from the BIAA

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Update

by | Dec 10, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Pam Grasmick for further information.

View map of EAB Traps HERE

The Founding Documents for the Airport Commission

The Intergovernmental Agreement

The Rules for Procedure

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

BI Transfer Station and Recycle Center

Beaver Island Transfer Station Rates Effective 1_2019

The Emerald Ash Borer and Wood Movement to the Islands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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