B. I. News on the 'Net, February 20-26, 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 26, 2017

It's 28° outside this morning, feels like 16°, partly cloudy skies, wind is at 15 mph from the SW with gusts up to 21 mph, humidity is at 81%, pressure is falling from 29.95 inches, and visibility is 8.5 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs in the mid 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 35 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows in the lower 20s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph decreasing to 25 mph after midnight.

On this date of February 26, 1863 - U.S. President Lincoln signed the National Currency Act.
So what is the National Currency Act? This Act imposed federal regulation on banks, the first such control since the dissolution of the Second Bank of the United States in 1837.
An economic crisis in 1857 caused several banks to fail because of the inadequacy of the banking system that had been established to replace the Second Bank of the United States. (The Second Bank had operated as the national bank and had provided some stability, but it closed in 1837. Between 1837 and 1857, state banks operated but were not regulated by the federal government.) Once the Civil War began, Abraham Lincoln proposed the first National Currency Act of 1863 to help finance the war by creating a system of national banks that were to issue the only legal paper currency. Congress passed the law on February 25, 1863. Its three main goals were to create a system of national banks, create a uniform national currency, and finance the Civil War.
The law intended to create a stable financial system though stricter supervision of banks by the federal government. The act established new operational standards for banks, established minimum amounts of capital to be held by banks in reserves, and defined how banks were to make and administer loans.
The law’s second aim was to eliminate the more than 10,000 types of paper money issued by individual banks and to guarantee that legal paper currency could be exchanged for gold or silver currency. A uniform currency made transacting business easier. The new currency was issued against federally backed bonds, as is modern money. The government financed the war by selling these bonds and the limited printing of the new “greenback” banknotes.
The act established the Office of Comptroller of the Currency under the direction of the Treasury Department. Hugh McCulloch, the first appointed comptroller, wrote a revised version of the National Currency Act known as the National Bank Act of 1863. These two acts served as the foundation of the United States banking system until the Federal Reserve Act was passed in 1913

Did you know that in Fairbanks, Alaksa it is considered an offense to feed alcoholic beverages to a moose.

Word of the day: meritorious (mer-i-TAWR-ee-uh s) which means deserving praise, reward, esteem, etc. praiseworthy. Meritorious is a good example of semantic amelioration. The Latin adjective meritōrius means “earning money, bringing in money, for hire.” Meritōrium is a noun use of this adjective and means “a room or place rented for a short time.” The plural of this noun meritōria means “house of prostitution, brothel.” Meritorious acquired a positive meaning in Middle English “entitling a person to a reward, especially a reward from God.” The word entered English in the first half of the 15th century.

Interesting Mix of Precipitation

With an interesting mix of freezing rain and blowing snow, the last two days have been plagued with no airplanes flying, no mail, and no freight.

Video of snow and ice


Small gallery of pictures HERE

Levi Connor Talks About Fishing Tourneys

Levi talks about the Lake G Ice Fishing Tournament and the future Spring Tournament.


Thank you to Kathie Ehinger, Theresa McDonough, KK Belfy, and Levi Connor for the pictures in this album!

View pictures HERE

USCG Helicopter Evacuates Emergency Patient

February 25, 2017

Sometimes evacuation of emergency patients from Beaver Island is a little more difficult than others. It took two attempts to get the helicopter to be able to land on Beaver Island at the Beaver Island Township Airport. The first attempt was scrubbed due to freezing rain and blowing snow reducing visibility and making the trip impossible somewhere close to 6 a.m. The patient had been unable to fly off the previous afternoon or throughout the night due to the bad weather.

Later in the morning, the helicopter from Air Station Traverse City was able to land at the airport and transport the patient with a life threatening condition to Traverse City' Cherry Capital Airport where the patient was taken by ground ambulance to Munson Medical Center. The Biscayne Bay, based in St. Ignace, was also dispatched to head toward the island in case the helicopter was unable to land on the second attempt.

USCG helo on Beaver Island with the BIEMS ambulance ready for patient transfer (Photos by Pam Moxham)

It was a long night for the EMS and the medical center staff. Thank you to all for your extra efforts for the benefit of this patient!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 25, 2017

In the last 24 hours we've gone through snow, freezing rain, and back to light snow. Right now it's 25° with a windchill of 16°, overcast skies, wind is at 9 mph from the NNE with gusts to 18 mph, humidity is at 95%, pressure is steady at 29.51 inches, and visibility is 2.5 miles. We are still under a Winter Weather Advisory until 7 pm tonight. Today: Periods of snow showers and widespread light freezing drizzle in the morning, then snow in the afternoon. Patchy blowing snow through the day. Breezy. Highs in the mid 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph increasing to 10 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 40 mph. Tonight: Areas of blowing snow in the evening. Snow in the evening then numerous snow showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 20s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 40 mph decreasing to 30 mph after midnight.

On this date of February 25, 1791 - The President, Directors and Company, of the Bank of the United States, commonly known as the First Bank of the United States, was a national bank, chartered for a term of twenty years, by the United States Congress It followed the Bank of North America, the nation's first de facto central bank.
Establishment of the Bank of the United States was part of a three-part expansion of federal fiscal and monetary power, along with a federal mint and excise taxes, championed by Alexander Hamilton, first Secretary of the Treasury. Hamilton believed a national bank was necessary to stabilize and improve the nation's credit, and to improve handling of the financial business of the United States government under the newly enacted Constitution.
The First Bank building is now a National Historic Landmark located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, within Independence National Historical Park. (from wikipedia)

Did you know that Nearly 5,000 species of plants are used for medicine in China today, a fact that is of increasing interest to western medical researchers and pharmaceutical companies. Two examples: first, Trichosanthes kirilowii, a member of the gourd family found only in China, is being studied by medical researchers for its strong activity against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Second, the Chinese populations of Artemisia annua, which is a member of the sunflower family, show great promise against drug-resistant Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Some 250 million people around the world contract malaria each year. Only the drug derived from Artemisia annua appears to be effective against all strains of the malaria parasite. (from flora.harvard.edu)

Word of the day: runnel (RUHN-l) which means 1) a small stream; brook; rivulet. 2) a small channel, as for water. Runnel entered English in the 1570s and combines the noun run (in the sense “small stream”) with the diminutive suffix -el.

St. James Township Agenda

March 1, 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 24, 2017

We are under a Winter Weather Advisory until 1 am Saturday. Some schools in northern Michigan are closed due to snow, but not us. According to the radar, we should be getting a mess of snow. Just took the dogs out and it is just beginning here but it more like little, tiny balls of ice instead of flakes. Right now it's 30°, windchill of 20°, wind is at 13 mph from the ENE with gusts to 19 mph, humidity is at 85%, pressure is steady at 29.92 inches, and visibility is 7.3 miles. Today: Snow, chance of thunderstorms and freezing rain are in the mix for this morning. Tonight: Rain and light freezing rain. For those of us who are sick with the galloping crud going around, we're going to hunker down in our homes with blankets, meds, and jammies.

On this date of February 24, 1925 - A thermite was used for the first time. It was used to break up a 250,000-ton ice jam that had clogged the St. Lawrence River near Waddington, NY. So what's a thermite? I wondered about that too so I looked it up. Thermite is a pyrotechnic composition of metal powder, fuel and metal oxide. When ignited by heat, thermite undergoes an exothermic reduction-oxidation (redox) reaction. Most varieties are not explosive but can create brief bursts of high temperature in a small area. Its form of action is similar to that of other fuel-oxidizer mixtures, such as black powder.

Did you know that the study of mountains is called orology (from Greek oros ὄρος for 'mountain' and logos λόγος). It is a field of research that concentrates on the Earth's surface's part that is covered by mountain landscapes.

Word of the day: scapegrace (SKEYP-greys) which means a complete rogue or rascal; a habitually unscrupulous person; scamp. Scapegrace literally means “one who has escaped or avoided God’s grace.” It derives from the archaic verb scape or ’scape “to escape.” The word entered English in the early 19th century.

Emergency Services Authority Meeting

February 23, 2017

Agenda for February BIESA meeting

View Video of this meeting HERE


A Continuing Saga

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 23, 2017

With some viral bug running rampant on the island, today is probably a good day to stay in, stay warm, drink lots of fluids, and rest. Mostly cloudy skies, 35°, windchill of 28°, wind is at 10 mph from the northwest with gusts to 18 mph, humidity is at 97%, pressure is rising from 29.71 inches and visibility is 5.1 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Isolated rain showers in the morning. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of snow in the evening then snow likely after midnight. Lows in the the upper 20s. Northeast winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of February 23, 1861 U.S. President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take his office after an assassination attempt in Baltimore. The bigger story goes like this: Even before Lincoln took office, people were trying to kill him. In February of 1861, Lincoln left Springfield, Illinois by train to Washington, DC. On the way there, he was set to make a stop off in Baltimore. Right before he and his family left, his aides received reports of a planned assassination attempt in Baltimore and ordered the train to proceed immediately to Washington. News of the assassination attempt was made by Chicago detective Allan Pinkerton who would lead the Union Intelligence Service which would become Secret Service. Working undercover, Pinkerton engaged in a conversation with a Captain Ferdinanda and an associate who told him “that damned abolitionist shall never set foot on Southern soil but to find a grave. One week from today the North shall want a new president, for Lincoln will be dead.” Lincoln didn’t want to believe the news and continued onto Baltimore. His wife, Mary Todd, finally convinced him to abandon the trip and they went straight to Washington – the assassination attempt was avoided. (from myfivebest.com)

Did you know that the softest known mineral is talc? Talc is an important ingredient in many products, such as cosmetics, rubber, ceramics and paints. It is also used in industrial products that include pesticides and lubricants. While talc is the softest mineral, it is actually very heavy; it is as dense or denser than marble. Soapstone, which was commonly used as material for statues, is an extremely dense, talc-based mineral. It is a metamorphic rock, which means it was originally a different kind of rock that changed under heat and pressure. Talc is composed of hydrated magnesium silicate. (from reference.com)

Word of the day: paralipsis (par-uh-LIP-sis) which means drawing attention to something while claiming to be passing over it. From Latin paralipsis, from Greek paraleipsis (an omission), from paraleipein (to leave on one side), from para- (side) + leipein (to leave). First recorded use: 1550. Note: Paralipsis is especially handy in politics to point out an opponent's faults. It typically involves these phrases:
"not to mention"
"to say nothing of"
"I won't speak of"
"leaving aside"

Congratulations, Captain Ron Marsh!

Ron Marsh has successfully passed the course of study for his 100 ton Captain's license! Congratulations, Ron! The whole island is proud of your accomplishment!

Watching the Fog Roll In

Today between three o'clock and a little after four pm, the fog just began to roll in.

Welke Airport aat 4:30 p.m.

A drive by the township airport did not reveal any more visibility.

View a samll gallery of the fog rolling in at the point and at the airport HERE

Here's a video clip of the same rolling fog.


Joint Township Meeting on Master Plan

March 6, 2017

Public Works Committee Meeting Schedule

March 9, 2017

Organizational Meeting Scheduled

March 17, 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 22, 2017

Darn coughing woke me up this time. Oh well, I got first dibs on the coffee. All this warm weather has taken most of the snow away and our critters are loving have full run of the backyard instead of being limited to their maze of tunnels. When you're a Chihuahua and a Yorkie, snow deeper than a few inches becomes difficult to walk through. Right now I'm showing mostly cloudy skies, 46°, windchill of 41°, wind is at 8 mph from the SW with gusts to 16 mph, humidity is at 84%, pressure is steady at 29.75 inches, and visibility is 9.1 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers. Lows in the mid 30s. Light winds becoming west at 10 mph after midnight.

On this date of February 22, 1855 - The U.S. Congress voted to appropriate $200,000 for continuance of the work on the Washington Monument. The next morning the resolution was tabled and it would be 21 years before the Congress would vote on funds again. Work was continued by the Know-Nothing Party in charge of the project. On February 22, 1859 - U.S. President Buchanan approved the Act of February 22, 1859, which incorporated the Washington National Monument Society "for the purpose of completing the erection now in progress of a great National Monument to the memory of Washington at the seat of the Federal Government." Last, but certainly not least, on February 22, 1885 - The Washington Monument was officially dedicated in Washington, DC. It opened to the public in 1889.

Did you know that rice is one of the most cultivated grains in the world. It belongs to the family Poaceae. There are 40 000 varieties of rice that differ in size, texture, color and taste. Rice originates from China. People consume rice at least 4000 years. Rice can be found on all continents except on the Antarctica. Hundreds of millions tons of rice are produced each year. Depending on the country, rice can be planted and harvested either manually (Asia) or mechanically (North America). New varieties of rice can tolerate drought, floods and salty terrains. Bacterial and fungal diseases and insects are major threats for the successful harvest. Rice is different from all other crops in that it is usually grown in a flooded field. The base of the rice stalk will be under water most of the growing season. Rice can be grown on dry ground and is sometimes grown in that manner in developing countries, but the field yields are much lower and quality is lower with dry land rice. Rice is essentially a type of grass. It is an annual and happens to grow well in water. When grown on dry land other grasses and weeds can overtake rice and dramatically reduce field yields and quality. (There are no herbicides that can selectively kill other grasses without killing rice.) Controlled flooding of rice fields is a very effective means of weed control and rice flourishes in water. In areas with short growing seasons, the rice only yields one crop. In some areas after cutting, the rice is allowed to grow back and produce a second crop. Rice typically needs about 120 days of warm sunny weather to grow and mature, rice needs soil that can hold water. (Imagine trying to grow rice on sandy land.), and there must be an abundance of water to economically grow the crop. For mechanized farming, the land must be able to be drained and hold heavy equipment. These factors limit the acreage where rice can be grown. (Kidzsearch.com and sagefoods.com)

Word of the day: dudgeon (DUHJ-uh n) which means a feeling of offense or resentment; anger. Dudgeon entered English in the 1560s and is of uncertain origin.

Roy Elsworth Obituary

Roy Elsworth, father, grandfather, brother, and friend passed on February 17, 2017, in his Beaver Island home.  He was 79 years old.

Roy Harvey Elsworth was born March 13, 1937, in East Jordan, Michigan, to Carl and Lydia Elsworth.  He graduated from Michigan State University in 1963  He began worked at Agrico and later managed the Hiawatha Sportsman Club prior to moving to Beaver Island in the late 1970’s as a Realtor.  In the following years, Roy became the proprietor of the Erin Motel. 
Roy was a passionate sportsman and aviator, which led him to travel widely, both for seeing and experiencing other countries and cultures, sights and to hunt game.  He also enjoyed many pets, horses, restoring cars, and building everything, (from clocks to airplanes). He was constantly reading, learning and inspiring, while humbly teaching, helping and guiding anyone and everyone who was in need. His capacity for giving selflessly, laughter, puns & practical jokes will never be forgotten and will remain with us until we meet again.
Roy is survived by his former wife Beatrice (Snarski) Elsworth and his three children:  Shari Wojciehowski (Terry Zornow and his children Taylor and Molly) of Little Chute WI; Duane Elsworth (Cindy) of Pittsfield MA; Roger Elsworth of Menominee MI; his brother Ray and grandson Michael (special friend Abby). Also his 'step daughter' Yvonne Maison of Rexton MI, nephews and nieces: Neil Erno (JoAnn), Greg, Ken and Don Erno, Karen Huszarik and Tammy Walter-DeSonia.
 A memorial gathering will be announced at a future date, in which all will be able to celebrate Roy's life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Beaver Island Wildlife Club, P.O. Box 103, Beaver Island, MI 49782.

What Did You Say 7

by Joe Moore

What Did You Say? 7  A Cross Country Skiing Adventure

Living on the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes can certainly create some unique adventures, some involving public safety and some just being individual creativity.  This archipelago is in northern Lake Michigan about straight north of Traverse City, Michigan, and northwest of Charlevoix, Michigan, about straight west from the Mackinaw State Forest, and just a little south of west from the Straits of Mackinaw. 

Archipelago of Beaver Islands included the inhabited island named Beaver island, a privately owned island with its own airstrip called Trout Island, another privately owned island with a beautiful lighthouse called Squaw Island,  and other islands that are owned by the state:  Hog Island, Garden Island, High Island, Whiskey Island, and Gull Island as the commonly known islands, but also include Grape Island, Hat Island, Shoe Island, and Pismire Island.  The two islands south of Beaver are also included in the archipelago, but are normally not included in local discussion.  They are South Fox Island and North Fox Island.

Being many islands in a group has certain advantages, such as the blocking of some of the wind and waves from some directions, the ability for freighters to wait in the safety of the lee of the islands, and the simple adventure of visiting some of the outlying islands.  To give an example of this type of adventure in years past, I point to the visit of Garden Island in the winter time of the science students of the Beaver Island Community School.  The DNR cabin there was used in the winter when the ice was thick between Beaver Island and Garden Island.  Science students would go over and spend some time there in study of many topics and just for the adventure of having crossed the ice.  Some crossing was just by hiking, some skiing, some snowshoeing, and some on snowmobiles

Read the rest of the story HERE

Artifacts to Memories: Cabinet Hangers

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 21, 2017

Since 1 am our smoke alarm has been going beep, beep, beep. Yes, it needs a new battery however, neither McDonough's nor the hardware is open yet. There is no shut-off on the dang thing. Finally, I couldn't take it any longer. It is now resting comfortably on the sofa under a pile of blankets (still beeping, but well muted) while Joe seems to be sleeping through the whole episode. Anyhow, on to the weather. Right now at 6 am it's overcast, drizzling that has produced .17 of an inch of rain since midnight, 40°, windchill of 32°, wind is at 13 mph from the south with gusts to 24 mph, humidity is at 87%, pressure is steady at 29.78, and visibility is 6.7 miles. Today: Patchy fog in the morning. Cloudy with scattered rain showers in the morning then partly sunny with isolated rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 40s. West winds at 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph decreasing to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of February 21, 1958 - The first Flying V guitar, by Gibson, was shipped from a factory in Kalamazoo, MI.

Did you know that onions are part of the lily family?

Word of the day: excoriate (ik-SKAWR-ee-eyt, SKOHR) which means to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally. In Latin the verb excoriāre meant only “to strip the skin, bark, shell” (it also had an obscene sense). The modern sense “to denounce, upbraid” arose in English in the late 19th century. Excoriate in its Latin senses entered English in the late 15th century

Haiti Mission Work

Dear Family and Friends,

Once again our family, Ralph, Riley and myself are going to Mizak, Haiti from March 30th - April 11th to do mission work. This will be our third trip.

This year we will continue to do some of our same projects as well as some new ones. Ralph will continue his electrical training with the 5 Haitian men that he began with our first year. These men are very grateful for the
knowledge and skill that Ralph, Larry (another electrician team member), and Joe (our previous team leader and Electrical Engineer) provide them. They get a daily lesson and lots of hands-on learning. Our team and other
individuals have made it possible for them to also be attending an electrician school, so they will indeed have a useable trade by the time they graduate. They have been very vocal in their appreciation of giving
the gift of education versus a monetary donation. I will teach again classes for Expectant Moms and New Moms, Vacation Bible School and this year I will be helping the women artisans, which I'm very excited about.
Riley will be assisting both Ralph and I as well as doing computer work for the artisans and keeping up with his homework. This year instead of going on a trip to a nearby waterfall and lake to swim for the day, we've opted
to visit an orphanage in Jacmel called the Hands and Feet Project.

Any donation you may provide our small team of 5 would be a huge blessing. Two of our past members have had serious medical situations that will not allow them to go this year, and they were crucial in our fundraising. Your
donation will help with the many, many materials we bring for teaching and electrical work, our donation to the orphanage, our travel on and off the island, as well as our food and lodging. For those that have donated in the
past, thank you very, very much!

Kim, Ralph and Riley

Donations can be sent to:

Kim Mitchell
P.O. Box 140
Beaver Island, MI. 49782



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Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

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Peaine Township Meeting

November 9, 2016

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When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

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Good Morning, Beaver Island!

A beautiful sunrise picture by Brian Cole to start your day

Christian Church Bulletin

February 19, 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 20, 2017

We've had two spectacular days and it looks like we're in for another one. While I do realize that winter isn't over, this is a very nice break in the weather. Right now I'm showing 33° with a windchill of 27°, wind is at 7 mph from the ESE, humidity is at 84%, and clear skies. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. Southeast winds 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Slight chance of rain showers in the evening, the rain showers after midnight. Lows around 40°. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of February 20, 1962 - John Glenn made space history when he orbited the world three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. He was the first American to orbit the Earth. He was aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule. Glenn witnessed the Devil's Cigarette Lighter* while in flight. *On November 6, 1961, in the Saraha Desert of Algeria, a natural gas well ignited when a pipe ruptured. The flames rose between 450 feet and 800 feet. The fire burned until April 28, 1962 when a team led by Red Adair used explosives to deprived the fire of oxygen. (Devil's Cigarette Lighter)

Did you know that it takes 5 years for an oyster to produce a medium sized pearl?

Word of the day: statecraft (STEYT-kraft) which means the art of government and diplomacy. Statecraft in modern usage has a positive connotation or at least a neutral one. From the time of William Penn (1644–1718) to the present, statecraft has also meant “cunning, devious politics or statesmanship.” The word entered English in the mid-17th century.

Ben Delamater and Derek Ehinger Win in Fishing Tournament

Thank you to Kathie Ehinger for the picture.

Brian Antkoviak Wins Fishing Tournament

Thanks to KK for the picture and information.

Valentine's Day Fundraiser

for the Ellen Welke Fund

A huge thank you to all the "Angel Bakers" who helped to raise over $1100 for the Ellen Welke Fund. There are so many to thank. The bakers, Sheri Mooney Timsak and Heidi Vigil. The suppliers, Joseph Moore, Mary Buys Cook, Beverly Cantwell, Pam Moxham, and Michelle Dreffs. The decorators were Dawn E. Mooney-Marsh, Vicki Matela Smith, Deborah LaFreniere Robert, Tessa Jones, Kim Jones and the worlds best sprinkler Lisa Gillespie! They all had more than one job, but the organizer of the fundraiser also needs thanks. Thank you, Michelle LaFreniere for organizing and helping get this fundraiser going and helping make it so successful! Michelle wasnts to thank her delivery girl Chris Heikka.

What's Going On?

by Cindy Ricksgers

Mass from Holy Cross

February 19, 2017

The celebrants today were Father Peter Wigton and Deacon Jim Siler. The reader was Jacque LaFreniere.

There were 18 visitors to the live stream of today's Mass on February 19, 2017

Jacque LaFreniere, Dean Jim Siler, Father Peter Wigton

Father Peter spoke about the sad few days in lives lost here on Beaver Island and a personal experience.

View video of this Mass HERE

Roy Ellsworth Passes Away

Roy passed away yesterday, February 19, 2017, at his residence in the Erin Motel.

Emmalee Antkoviak Wins Fishing Tournament

Thanks to KK for the picture and the information.

A Beautiful Saturday Drive to Lake G

The sun was shining. The sky was blue with just a few clouds. The temperature was in the 40's. There was a fishing tournament was going on down at Lake Geneserath. Why not go for a ride and see what might be going on down there? So the trip was made. The usual spots for taking pictures were not revealing any beautiful waterfalls or running water. The closeness to the lake did not reveal any interesting ice formations. So a ride down to Lake G was just a leisurely drive with no reall excitement going on.

Upon arrival, the fishing tournament action was way down away from the north arm access. Someone suggested that people had driven out there, but not with a low car like we had driven and not with an elderly woman in the car. That kind of excitement was not needed.

Vehicles and fishermen off Hemlock Point...A ways away...

View a small gallery of photos HERE

The desire to cover the fishing out on the ice was quelled by the distance away from the parking area. There was no one handy to provide a ride out there, so the return trip to town took precedence over a long walk.

Lake G Fishing Tourney

Video of registration and prizes


Successful HOSA Students Interviewed

February 6, 2017

News on the 'Net was invited to the BICS to interview the successful HOSA students who had all qualified to go on from the Regional HOSA competition to the State of Michigan competition in Traverse City. It is interesting to hear from these students about their interests that have sprouted from the Health Occupation Students of American program at the Beaver Island Community School.

Both Olya Stebbins and Tessa Jones were successful at the competition and in certification as CNA.

View a small gallery of pictures of the HOSA students HERE

View the video interviews HERE


Link to St. James Township Audit Documents

Vist state website HERE

(Thank you, Maura Turner for this link)

The following were downloaded from the above website and are available here.

St James Audit Financials

2016 St James Audit Deficencies

St James Audit Procedures Report

St James Deficit Letter

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

Holy Cross Bulletin for

February 2017

Christian Church Bulletin

February 19, 2017


BICS School Calendar 2016-17

BICS Events Calendar 2017

BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates Schedule

BI Airport Commission Meeting Schedule

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Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

We will be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from noon until 4:00. During those hours we will gladly accept your "gently used, barely used, like new " items. Please be sure that your donations be in season, clean, and in good repair. Thank you for your support !

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

Saving Birds Newsletter

from Kay Charter



Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Donate to the Live Streaming Project


The Live Streaming Project includes BICS Sports Events, Peaine Township Meetings, Joint Township Meetings, and much more.

Your donation may allow these events to be live streamed on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv

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