B. I. News on the 'Net, February 23-March 1, 2015

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for March 2, 2015

It's 14 with a wind chill of 2, wind is at 9 mph from the west with gusts up to 17 mph, humidity is at 84%, pressure is rising from 1028 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Flurries in the morning. Highs in the lower 20s. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of snow after midnight. Lows around 2. South winds at about 10 mph.

On this date of March 2, 1807 - The U.S. Congress passed an act to "prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States... from any foreign kingdom, place, or country."

Did you know that more people are killed by hippopotamuses then by lions, elephants and water buffalos combined?

Word of the day: parastatal (par-uh-STAYT-l) which means as a noun: A company or agency owned wholly or partly by the government. As an adjective: Relating to such an organization. From Greek para- (beside) + state, from Latin status (condition). Earliest documented use: 1944.

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It is quite interesting that the video clips from 2009 took only 3.42 gigabytes (less than one DVD) with the majority of the clips being highlights of events. From that BINN moved on to video of complete sports evens, complete board meetings, and complete adventures beginning in 2010 with 11.36 gigabytes (three DVDs)with added events and board meetings of different organizations of most of them by 2015 with a total of 180 gigbytes of mp4 video on the server (at $1/GB/month), and now we are live streaming sports events. It is also interesting that you can view minutes of the majority of the agencies, authorities, and boards on the Beaver Island News on the 'Net website without searching a great deal.

The BINN will be moving forward with video advertisements for interessted businesses, and the limits are only the business persons' imagination. Standby for some interesting changes in the website related to advertisements.

The video from 2009 will be the first video that will be removed from the BINN archives, then followed by the 2010 video. If you haven't checked this out at http://beaverislandnewsarchives.com, your should see it before it is gone.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for March 1, 2015

Yup, slept in and enjoyed every minute of it. Woke up to this lovely pink and fluffy sunrise over the harbor via Richie's webcam. Mother Nature finally got her act together this morning and nothing is reading in the minus category! Welcome March! We were getting quite tired of February and bitter cold. Right now it's 17 with a wind chill of 5, wind is at 8 mph from the southwest with gusts up to 19 mph, humidity is at 75%, pressure is falling from 1029 mb, and visibility is at 9.9 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs in the mid 20s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph increasing to 30 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows around 11. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of March 1, 1961 - The Peace Corps was established by U.S. President Kennedy.

Did you know that the atomic symbol for iron is Fe (the original name for iron was Ferric)?

Word of the day: viscera (VIS-uhr-uh) which means 1. The internal organs located in the main cavities of the body, especially those in the abdominal cavity. 2. The interior parts. Plural of Latin viscus (flesh, internal organ). Earliest documented use: 1651.

Vacation Bible School

Please Join Us at…


“Weird Animals: Where Jesus’s Love is One-of-a-Kind”
June 30th, July 1st & 2nd
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

For children ages 3 – 12.
(Arts & Crafts, Music, Storytelling, Imagination Stations, Games & more!)
To be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church
***Family Picnic immediately following VBS on Thursday, July 2nd…Details to follow.***

As always, there is no charge to attend VBS.
If you would like to make a donation to this program, please send it to the Beaver Island Christian Church, earmarked for VBS!

Brought to you by: Beaver Island Christian Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Lighthouse Fellowship and the St. James Episcopal Mission

Please register early:
Debbie Robert 448 – 2048 or debrob2@yahoo.com
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***Volunteers Needed***

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for February 28, 2015

I wonder what it's like to wake up and find the temperature and/or wind chill is NOT below zero? Maybe we'll find out around July or August. Safe travels to and fro for those headed to the Grand Rapids party this weekend. Some of us have to stick around here and make sure the island doesn't sink or get crushed by the ice. Right now it's 2 with a wind chill of -9, wind is from the southwest at 8 mph, humidity is at 83%, pressure is rising from 1038 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Mostly sunny with highs in the lower 20s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear in the evening then mostly cloudy with snow showers after midnight. Lows around 12. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of February 28, 1983 - "M*A*S*H" became the most watched television program in history when the final episode aired.

Did you know that womens hearts beat faster than mens?

Word of the day: pontificate (pahn-TIF-uh-kayt) which means 1 a : to officiate as a pontiff b : to celebrate pontifical mass 2 : to speak or express opinions in a pompous or dogmatic way. Medieval Latin 1575-85.

National Honor Society Inductees

From left to right: Ryan Boyle, Meg Works, Sarah Avery, Hannah Roberts,the two new inductees, and Lillian Wiser.

Simeon Richards and Courtney Smith have joined the National Honor Society at BICS.

Scott McGinnity to Retire from US Army

Scott McGinnity and his wife, Marianne Rubinberg McGinnity

Scott McGinnity is retiring from the US Army after 23 years of service on July 31, 2015. Last night, February 26, 2015, he was honored at the Richmond Hill City Center during a Hail and Farewell Ceremony hosted by 1st brigade 1-47 Field Artillery at Fort Stewart, Georgia. During the ceremony all incoming higher enlisted Non Commissioned Officers as well as Officers were introduced (Hailed) and all outgoing/retiring higher enlisted Non Commissioned Officers and Officers were honored (Fare-welled). Scott received the Battalion Colors (the Battalion Flag which represents the 1-41 Field Artillery Battalion).

The picture on the left is when scott returned from his last deployment and the picture on the right is our daughter, Sammie, in his uniform for his Father's Day photos as his last Father's Day in the Army. They were lucky enough that their last duty station placed them in coastal Georgia, so they are only 4 hours from Mike & Pat McGinnity and have the opportunity to see them quite a bit! Marianne said, "We really need to make a Beaver Island trip in the near future...when its warmer....and the snow is gone."

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for February 27, 2015

(Sigh) another cold morning. Normally winter is my favorite season, but this one has certainly worn out its welcome. I don't mind the snow, just these bitter, bitter cold temperatures. Oh well, this too will pass (although I do hope it passes soon). Right now it's -12 with a wind chill of -24, wind is at 5 mph from the SW, humidity is at 82%, pressure is rising from 1032 mb, and visibility is at 9.9 miles. Today: Mostly sunny with a chance of flurries in the morning. Highs around 14. West winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear with lows around -4. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Lowest wind chill readings will be from -19 to -29 after midnight.

On this date of February 27, 1827 - New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration.

Did you know that your right lung takes in more air than your left?

Word(s) of the day: per contra (per KON-truh) which means as an adverb: On the contrary. As a noun: The opposite side. From Latin per (per) + contra (against). Earliest documented use: 1554.

USCG Does Orientation Flights

While waiting for a flight to Beaver Island on Wednesday, a USCG helicopter flew over the airport doing something similar to a touch and go landing without actually touching down. The helicopter flew the length of the runway and then took off north. After a return flight to the island, the USCG helicopter was heard flying over the harbor area heading south. This made an opportunity for a quick picture.

Charlevoix City Council Kills Dock Expansion

Plans for the Proposed Dock in Charlevoix

The Beaver Island Transportation Authority responded to this notice.

Apparently the Charlevoix City Council listened to the voters and listened to the letters that were submitted regarding this proposed dock. The BIBCO and the BITA were both against this expansion for safety reasons. The City Council voted 4-2 to kill the project.

Read more about this HERE

From Holy Cross

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day: “Patrick,” an award winning film narrated by Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List), with Gabriel Byrne ( The Usual Suspects), as the voice of Patrick offers a dramatic new look at one of the best loved icons of world religion. The story of St. Patrick is part adventure and a tale of spiritual awakening. Filmed entirely on location in Ireland featuring an Emmy nominated soundtrack will be shown at 430pm. Saint Patrick’s Day in the Church. Running time: 60 minutes.

The Green Flag--The Irish Flag

March Mass Intentions

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Special Meeting

The ESA met today, February 26, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. There were thirteen interested people in attendance. The purpose of the ESA meeting today was to appoint an Interim BIEMS Director until such time as the ESA was expanded by the two township to five directors, two from St. James and three from Peaine. There were two applications. One was from Kathie Ehinger. The second application was from Danielle Dedloff and Kevin White to share the position. A little discussion took place about the applicants. Since Danelle Dedloff had previously done this position, it was decided that the appointment of those two people made sense. The ESA Board voted to approve Danielle Dedloff and Kevin White to the director position.

There was public comment after the interim director decision was made. There was comment that suggested that the ESA may have violated the protocol for medical control authorities that was downloaded from the Michigan Department of Public Health website. It was suggested that there were other policies and procedures on that website. Bill Kohls stated that he read the email attachments, and he believed that this was related to the medical treatment of an emergency patient, and that it was not referenced or did not pertain to the disciplinary actions taken one week ago with the appeal two days ago. Other public comment dealt with today's decision, and this person suggested that it may make more sense to hire the person with the highest licensure level for the position of EMS director.

There was some discussion about the possible rate of pay for visiting paramedics, and that air transportation and lodging would be provided. The ESA gave the authority to fill in the empty medic positions by paying this person a negotiated amount that would be determined by the interim directors.

Video is HERE

Uniqueness of the Winter Ice from Above

The title to this short article represents an idea that the ice in Lake Michigan is not static. While it moves in a much slower pace than many other observed situation, it moves nonetheless. These first photos are of the ice on the lake between Beaver Island and Charlevoix on an early Monday morning flight from the island.

Departing from Welke Airport

Many different ice formations including some ice shoves

Another factor in the changing ice is the blowing snow.

And, finally approaching the mainland

Approaching and over-flying Charlevoix Airport

The golf course and the marinas look quite different in the winter time.

And then, on the way down to the runway in Charlevoix.

Returning to the Island on Wednesday

After being stranded in Charlevoix and spending the night Tuesday night in the Charlevoix motels and eating in the Charlevoix restaurants, many island residents were delayed by the blizzard of February 24, 2015, causing complete white-outs on the highways and visibility of less than 2-tenths of a mile down to zero. This made the trip back to the island from Charlevoix a quite different view than the trip off the island on Monday. Many of the features of the ice were simply covered with snow and not as visible as they were on Monday.

It was much more clear and less windy on Wednesday

Leaving Charlevoix

The snow covered ice formations looked completely different.

The island in the distance.

More ice and snow but looking completely different than Monday.....the harbor in the distance and Garden Island

Home looks pretty good in a blanket of snow, but it's cold.

Home again... "Ain't It Good to Be Back Home Again!" Thanks, John Denver, for the tune.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for February 26, 2015

HOLY HECK, it is beyond cold outside this morning! I go away for a couple nights (thanks to blizzards) and come home to this. Cold or not, it felt so good to sleep in our own bed last night. Right now, it is MINUS 18 BELOW ZERO with a wind chill of MINUS 32 and still going down according to my weather station. Wind is at 6 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 80%, pressure is at 1027 mb and steady, and visibility is at 9.1 miles. If you must go outside today, please bundle up well. If you have pets that need out, please keep an eye on them as their feet will freeze quickly in these temps. Today: Sunny. Highs around 7. Northwest winds at about 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 7 below zero. Light winds.

On this date of February 26, 1990 - The 100th episode of "MacGyver" aired.

Did you know that You are more likely to get stung on windy, warm days because wind can push them into your path easily?

Word(s) of the day: bona fide (BOH-nuh fyd, FY-dee) which means as an adjective: Genuine. As an adverb: In good faith; sincerely. From Latin bonus (good) + fides (faith). Earliest documented use: 1542.


by Joe Moore

Here it is early January, actually the first of the year.  It is late afternoon almost dark.  BIEMS is paged to a person who took a fall on the beach.  Wait a minute—did you say a fall on the beach on January first?  Yes, that’s exactly what I said.  To get to our patient, we need to park down over a small bluff at a summer resort cabin complex.  We need to walk approximate 150 yards to get to the beach, and then walk another 300 yards down the beach.  The patient was out to get some exercise.  The beach looked clear of snow, and why not walk down the beach if you want to walk down the beach in January?  This 25 year old female had managed to twist her ankle while walking and had heard something snap.  It was the left ankle.  It was windy and chilly, but there was no way for her to get back to her starting spot which had been the public beach and playground just down the road from the school.  We called back to a crew member at the ambulance and had them bring down a pillow and the backboard.  We used the pillow to splint the ankle and the backboard as the transport medium for the patient.  An ambulance cot does not wheel very well in sand even if the sand is frozen.  We carried the patient on the backboard down the beach and back to the ambulance loading her onto the ambulance cot as close to the ambulance as possible due to the snow on the ground.  We loaded the ambulance cot into the ambulance and then started to go up the hill or little bluff to the Kings Highway.  It took three tries to back up and get a running start to make it up that bluff to the Kings Highway due to the ice on the road.  Finally making it up the bluff, we turned right and two houses down from there we arrived at the medical center.  The patient was embarrassed to have caused “all this fuss”.  Her walking partner said, “I had no idea how I was going to get you down the beach and back up that bluff.  Just say ‘thank you’ and get on with your treatment.”  She did exactly that, and every day at work for about three weeks she reminded me how much she appreciated the help as she came to work with crutches.

We have done some very interesting things on Beaver Island when it comes to patient care.  It is not the care that we provided that is interesting.  It is what we called the care.  How do make a patient a “direct admit” to the hospital when the patient is picked up during an emergency run at the patient’s house?  The 78 year old man had been a patient in my care before.  He was again having a problem.  This time in January the call was very different and unrelated to his previous problems.  If there is a lesson in this, it would be to keep the patient uppermost in your mind and not why you have been called to his/her house the previous number of times.  This time the patient was confused, had a fever, and a cough, and had been incontinent in his bed.  The patient was unable to identify anyone in the room including his youngest daughter who had been taking care of him.  He had a history of a serious head injury, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, possibly had aspiration pneumonia due to the previous surgery that he had undergone.  His oxygen saturation on 2 liters per minute of home oxygen was 92%.  He was changed over to BIEMS portable oxygen, loaded onto the ambulance cot, and then a set of vital signs were taken.  His blood pressure was 132/80, his pulse 104, and his respirations were 22 and labored.  The patient was transported to Charlevoix ER by the normal efficient route and wheeled directly to his assigned room.  It certainly was different for us to pass by the ER and take a patient directly to his room. 

Our chronic “fallen and can’t get up” patient is a 89 year old female mentioned earlier, but this call is another of the reminders that you must always go into these kinds of situations with an open mind.  We were paged to respond to this residence by an emergency call button that routed a call to one of the many home health systems monitoring older patients in their homes.  The patient had fallen and couldn’t get up as usual, but there was something about her appearance this time that made us stand back and take a good look at the mechanism of injury and the location of the patient.  The patient was also complaining of pain in her chest, neck, back, hips, and her right leg.  She was found sitting up against a chair fairly close to her bathroom with her back against the chair.  She denied any shortness of breath, respiratory distress, or chest pain in her upper chest.  There appeared to be a shortening of her right leg and an external rotation of the same leg.  Although she could not tell us the day of the week or the date, she was able to identify all of the responders who had come to her aid.  Because of the severe spinal abnormality and the difficulty with her backboarding on previous occasions, we got permission from medical control after a thorough assessment to forgo the backboarding this time.  We did put a pillow between her legs and splint one leg to the other using triangle bandages.  We did use the backboard as another type of splint for her hips instead of for spinal immobilization.  We provided this lady oxygen at two liters per minute by nasal cannula and transported her by the local airlines and Charlevoix EMS to Charlevoix Hospital. 

One of the Island’s priests was an interesting character.  He played the flute, and he and I got together quite frequently, at least once each week, to play Baroque music together in his basement.  I was a music major in college, and my main instrument was the violin, but I also played viola.  He had a very large dog of mixed breed which weighed almost as much as he did.  It was his habit to get out every day and run.  He wanted to stay in good shape.  On this June evening he was doing his usual jog, but he decided that it would be a good idea to walk the dog at the same time instead of doing them as separate activities.  He began jogging out the Kings Highway from the town area, and another dog happened to be running loose.  Father’s dog decided to take off after the other dog, forgetting that his master was on the other end of a leash.  Either that or the dog didn’t have enough brain power to remember the leash.  The dog took off fast and before Father could let go of the leash the dog had managed to jerk his arm and pull him over face first to the ground and drag him a little way down the road.  Father  let the dog go and somehow managed to pick himself up off the ground and walk back to the medical center on his own power.  He has abrasions and bruising of his knees and his nose, but the most painful injury was not to his pride.   It was a serious shoulder dislocation.  The patient could walk under his own power.  He had managed to get to the medical center on his own, but the PA did not think that he would be able to do all the walking necessary to get himself onto the plane and over to Charlevoix without help from EMS.  We used a sling and swathe to stabilize the shoulder, and BIEMS transported Father on our ambulance cot to Charlevoix Hospital by normal means.  Father was never able to hold his flute up to be able to play it again after that shoulder injury.  I truly missed my classical music friend and our get-togethers playing Bach and other Baroque composer’s music.

A teaching colleague’s father-in-law called for help from his home only a couple of doors down from the medical center.  He was 80 years old and had been ill recently.  We were called to the home when he had a high temperature and a severe cough.  Assessment also revealed a very rigid abdomen and high blood pressure.  We put a pulse oximeter probe on his finger and the meter read 57%.  It was moved to another finger and it read the same.  Our patient was not getting enough oxygen into his lungs and into his blood stream.  High flow oxygen, 15 liters per minute by non-rebreather mask, was given, and his pulse oximeter moved up from 57% to 88%.  We were finally beginning to help this patient improve.  His vital signs were BP 188/88, respirations 42 before the oxygen and 24 after the oxygen, and his pulse rate continued to be between 100 and 120 beats per minute.  It was essential that this patient be evaluated in the Charlevoix ER also.  We were very glad that we had developed this efficient means of getting a patient to the mainland for Emergency Room care.  He was loaded onto the ambulance cot in a sitting position, and transported to the ER by normal means.

During this summer season, we had three patients with suspected kidney stones.  This must be an excruciatingly painful situation.  The age range of these was from a 33 year old female through and including a 60 year old male patient.  The overall symptoms of all of these patients included flank pain that radiated from the lower back into the groin area.  Another common thread included blood in the urine.  The time of year really didn’t have relation to these either with one in February and the other two during the summer.  The main treatment was the same in all cases:  IV for hydration and pain relieving medications, and transport.

We had a couple more cardiac emergencies during this year.  One where they called us in time to be able to help, and another where we tried our best and lost.  In October a 69 year old female called and complained of chest pain at about 9:30 p.m.  The patient’s husband administered nitroglycerin and it didn’t seem to help at all.  The patient had substernal chest pain upon EMS arrival with shortness of breath.  Her skin was pale, cool, and clammy.  She had a past history of high blood pressure, poorly controlled and prior history of mini-strokes, transient ischemic attacks.  There was no history of coronary artery disease, and no prior chest pain episodes.  The three nitros given by the husband prior to EMS arrival had not relieved the pain.  The pain had occurred some two and one-half hours earlier, and the husband’s nitroglycerin had completely relieved the pain.  Vital signs were pulse 60, respirations 18, and blood pressure 260/104.  The patient’s lungs were clear.   She was given 100% oxygen by face mask.  An IV of normal saline was started, and she was attached to the cardiac monitor which showed normal sinus rhythm.  She was given two of her own antacid tablets to determine if this would help while arrangements were made for her transport off the island.  Northflight was contacted for an emergency air transport from Beaver Island to Charlevoix Hospital.  The patient was loaded up onto the BIEMS ambulance cot and taken to the township airport to await Northflight.  The patient rested comfortably and was turned over to Northflight crew for her transport.

The last call of the year 1995 was to the home of an 82 year old male patient who lived on the East Side Road.  The patient had been called by his family and there was no answer.  This was unusual for this to occur on Christmas Eve.  They knew he had to be home, and they were concerned.  BIEMS responded to the residence to find the wife sitting on the floor next to her husband.  She could not get up to answer the telephone.  He was unresponsive with garbled speech.  He had fallen earlier in the day, and his wife had been able to help him up that time.  This time she was too weak to help him up, and she couldn’t get up herself.  The patient was unresponsive with an irregular breathing pattern.  There was no radial pulse, but a good strong carotid pulse was present.  The blood pressure was 60 by palpation.  There was no cyanosis, lungs were clear, and heart rate was regular and sinus rhythm.  Pupils were fixed and not responsive to light in the mid-range size.  The oxygen saturation was 96% on room air.  The blood sugar was measured at 850 which was quite high.  Our patient was probably in a diabetic coma.  He was treated with oxygen by non-rebreather mask, a rapid infusion IV, was monitored both cardiac and oxygen saturation and rapidly transported by our normal method to Charlevoix Hospital.  There was no more field treatment to perform..

The runs in the year 1995 began in January and ended in December.  They had finally spread out across the entire calendar year, and they were increasing in numbers as well.

Weather in Charlevoix

by Joe Moore (8 a.m.)

While some of us are still sitting in a motel room in Charlevoix, others may be thinking about the weather on Beaver Island. Phyllis is in this same motel room, so she will try to catch up tomorrow on her daily weather. At the moment, it is -1 on Beaver Island with a windchill of -12. There seems to be about a 10% chance of snow and about ten miles of visibility. This all, probably, will lead to a few flights going back and forth from Beaver Island to the mainland. Upon arrival on the island, there will be a few chores to accomplish after loading the car and heading home. There will be snow blowing needed in the driveway as well as the mauling of us by our dogs who have been well taken care of by the cats. Several other chores will meet us at the door, so give us a little bit of time before you contact us by phone. Email is always good. Think positive thoughs and act on these with a positive attitude.

Ice Coverage in Upper Lake Michigan

February 24, 2015

Snow, Snow, and More Snow

by Joe Moore

There must be an indicator of bad luck that I missed. Or, maybe an indicator of visibility that I missed. Whatever the cause, the snow is coming down and the visibility less than half a mile. The interesting part of this is that it is much warmer today than it was yesterday, but, with the temperature increase we are getting the snow. I wouldn't even mind the snow at all if I were sitting in my own living room, drinking a nice cup of coffee and thinking about snowshoeing or taking a walk or whatever, but right now I'm sitting in the motel room in Charlevoix thinking of all the things that I could be doing on Beaver Island, which includes attending a meeting and keeping up with what is going on. Oh well, no weather by Phyllis this morning, but all you have to do is look out your window, if you are on the island and see the snow. I can't, but I can look at the radar, and see the continuing movement of the snow on the map.

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The next best thing to being on the island is to take a look at the weather there using Richie Gillespie's webcam. Thanks for the webcam, Richie! It verifies the radar above showing visibility that doesn't allow viewing of the Whiskey Point Light.

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See you back on the island when this storm settles down. If you are on the island, find something enjoyable to do inside in the warmth, or just enjoy it with your favorite winter activity.

Cindy Ricksgers' First Beaver Beacon

Emergency Services Authority Special Meeting

February 24, 2015, 2 p.m.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for February 23, 2015

Perhaps we're all going to have to learn the American Sign Language as our teeth are chattering so much we can't talk. Another bitterly cold day at 9 below zero with a wind chill of 24 below zero. Bundle up well if you do have to go out. Don't lick the flagpoles, don't try opening the car doors without your gloves on, and if you kiss your spouse outside you may end up literally stuck to each other. Be careful, be safe, and watch out for your pets. right now the humidity is at 76%, pressure is at 1039 mb and steady, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Partly sunny with a 50% chance of snow showers. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Lowest wind chill readings will be 24 below to 34 below zero in the morning. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance of snow showers in the evening then mostly cloudy with snow showers after midnight. Areas of blowing snow after midnight. Lows around 4. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph increasing to 40 mph after midnight. Wind chill readings 7 below to 17 below zero.

On this date of February 23, 1836 - In San Antonio, TX, the siege of the Alamo began.

Did you know that hypnotism is banned in public schools in San Diego?

Word(s) of the day: modus operandi (MOH-duhs op-uh-RAN-dee) which means a particular way of doing something, especially a person’s typical mode of operation. From Latin modus operandi, from modus (mode) + operari (to work). Earliest documented use: 1654.




Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Emergency Services Authority

Meeting 12/11/14

Video HERE

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

January 15, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015

Common Core Presentation to School Board and Community

View video of the BICS Board Meeting and KaiLonnie Dunsmore's presentation HERE

January 12, 2015

Video of the meeting

January 27, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Monday, February 9, 2015

Board Meeting Video HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

Peaine Township Board Meeting

November 12, 2014

Click Here to view video

Peaine Township Meeting

December 10, 2014

Link to video of the meeting

February 11, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

January 7, 2015

You can view the video of the meeting HERE

Friday, January 16, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE


Video of the meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon – Sat  8am – 5pm
Sun Closed 

web: www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org
email: bicommunitycenter@tds.net
phone: 231 448-2022


Check www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org or the Community Center for listings

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

Community Calendar

A completely new feature includes a monthly calendar for each month of the entire year of 2015. Please send me your events and they will be posted so others can schedule their events without conflict. Email your schedule of events to medic5740@gmail.com.

If you or your organization has an event you'd like posted on this Community Calendar, please contact me and I'll add it in.  Please try to get me the information as early as possible.

Airport Commission Meeting

November 1, 2014.

Video of the meeting HERE

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

News on the 'Net welcomes minutes to all public meetings. All organizations are welcome to submit meeting minutes for publication on this website. Please email them to medic5740@gmail.com.

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

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

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Subscriptions Expire

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Charlevoix County Proud Contest

Click on the BICS logo above to vote for the Beaver Island Community School Soccer Team!

It is the Charlevoix County Proud contest, and the winning sports team or band will get their picture posted on the side of a Charlevoix County transit bus for a year. All of our kids can be featured on the wrap, but we had to choose one team for voting purposes, so we chose soccer as it is our largest team.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

(Phyllis Moore has been posting daily weather reports on facebook for quite a long time. This seems like a very popular item based upon the "likes" that she gets. They will also be posted on BINN. This added new feature is provided, of course, with the writer's permission)

for February 22, 2015

It's still winter out there. Just giving a heads up that Joe and I are heading off island for Monday and Tuesday. Remember my stiff neck from almost two weeks ago? Still have it so we're going across to get an xray of my neck to see if it's a pinched nerve. Anyhow, I'm not taking my laptop so there won't be any weather for those two days. Look for me again come Wednesday morning. Right now it's zero outside and feels like -13, wind is at 7 mph from the northwest, humidity is at 84%, and pressure is at 1028 mb and rising. Visibility is at 9.8 miles. We are under a wind chill advisory until 1:00 p.m. tomorrow. Please be very careful if you have to be outside. Today: Chance of snow showers. Highs around 5. NW winds at 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph in the afternoon. Wind chill readings will be from eleven below to twenty-one below zero. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows around 13 below zero. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph in the evening. Wind chill readings 20 below zero to 30 below zero.

On this date of February 22, 1879 - In Utica, NY, Frank W. Woolworth opened his first 5 and 10-cent store.

Did you know that the average American eats 263 eggs a year?

Word of the day: parthenogenesis (par-thuh-no-JEN-uh-sis) which means reproduction without fertilization. From Greek partheno- (without fertilization, maiden) + -genesis (creation). Earliest documented use: 1849.


National Invasive Species Awareness Week

February 22-28, 2015

Information HERE


Ice Shoves at Gull Harbor

Click to see the panorama of Gull Harbor

Video clip of Gull Harbor Ice Shoves


Ice Coverage Around Beaver Island

A Beaver Island Wedding

Steve Boyle and Marie Shimenetto Get Married on February 15, 2015

At Donegal Danny's Pub

Rita Palmer caught the bouquet

Marie dances with Glenn Felixson

The cake is cut, and served by Michelle LaFreniere

Video of Steve and Marie Boyle dancing at their wedding


Congratulations, Steve and Marie!

This Old Cookbook-16

This old cookbook was found as an old house was being cleaned and items sorted out. It comes from a project of an elementary classroom from May 1958. BINN will present one recipe each week until the cookbook's last. An attempt will be made each week to actually make the weekly recipe. The title page states, "Dear Mother...I hope this book will help you cook."

Frozen Cookies

2 cups brown sugar.......1 cup lard

3 eggs..............Nutmeats and chocolate chips (no amount given)

1 teaspoon soda.........2 tablespoon sof hot water.

Flour (no amount given)

Cream sugar, lard, eggs, add soda and water.

Add nuts and chips and flour to make a stiff dough.

Make into two rolls, put in freezer overnight.

Slice and bake.

Linda Glendenning, 8 years old

Beaver Island's Newest Registered EMT

Congratulations to Jenna Wilk, Beaver Island's newest nationally registered emergency medical technician! Jenna Wilk went to take the NREMT exam on February 10, 2015. The next step for the graduate of the Beaver Island EMS Basic EMT program is to fill out her licensing application. Jenna Wilk has successfully completed all requirements to become licensed by the State of Michigan, so submission of the license application along with the licensing fee will provide Beaver Islaand with another State of Michigan licensed EMT!

Jenna Wilk was part of a program that was provided by a partnership between Beaver Island EMS and Beaver Island Community School that began on May 1, 2014, and completed on August 19, 2014. The program was taught by BIEMS Instructor Coordinator Joseph Moore, a paramedic and paramedic instructor. There were four other students in the class, and the class provided opportunities for already licensed BIEMS personnel to receive continuing education credits, a requirement for continuing to be licensed by the state.

The Basic EMT program is a two hundred classroom hour program with practical skills examinations and thirty-two hours of clinical practice, approximately half in the emergency room and half working on a mainland ambulance.

Jenna Wilk is currently employed by the Beaver Island Lighthouse School at the Southhead Light as a teacher. In 2014, Jenna Wilk was employed by the Beaver Island Community School.

Congratulations, Jenna!



Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

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

Winter Schedule 2014-2015

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
12:00 until 4:00

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

Charlevoix County Transit Winter Hours

Beaver Island

Winter Hours

(Effective Monday, November 17, 2014)

  Demand Response Service

Monday – Friday

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Closed Weekends 

Phone 231-448-2026

For Service

Children under 6 yrs $.50

Sr. Citizen  (60 and over) Currently Free

Handicap $.50

Youth (ages 6 to 19) $1.00

Regular Fare (ages 20 to 59) $1.50

Passenger fares are double 15 miles and over.

Note: There will be a $10.00 fee on any returned (bounced) checks written to Charlevoix County Transit

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2015:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

March 21
June 20
Sept. 19
Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders


8:  Pastor Howard Davis
15:  Pat Nugent
22:  Steve Finch
29 (PalmSunday)-Pastor Bob Whitlock
April 3:  Good Friday service @ 6:30 p.m.
April 5 (Easter)-Pastor Bob Whitlock
April 5: 11:30--Community Easter Brunch--everyone welcome

Bible study

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

-Everyone welcome!!

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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Meeting Schedule

Beaver Island Human Services Commission

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

From the Transfer Station

Recycling Information--No Cloth in off-season

2014-15 BICS Basketball Schedule

BID Library Announcement

Crafters take note:

There is an open crafting group at the library every other Wednesday night (1st and 3rd Wed. of the month) starting at 7pm. This is not a "class" but a time to bring whatever you do, be it knitting, scrap-booking, or whatever (provided it is somewhat portable) and work on it amongst warm company.

Plans for the Proposed Dock in Charlevoix

Public Notice

The Beaver Island Transportation Authority will be responding to this notice.

(Thanks to Bob Tidmore for this information.)

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.

Grand Rapids Party Invitation

Emergency Services Authority Special Meeting

A special meeting of the BIESA took place at the Peaine Township Hall at 2 p.m. February 19, 2015. The two items on the agenda included a disciplinary issue with one EMT with a verbal assault and insubordination accusation. The board suspended the EMT pending an appeal of the corroborated behavior. It was publicly announced that the Executive Director Rachel Champenoy had quit. The two-person board agreed to post for the BIEMS Executive Director position immediately, and to have a meeting on February 26, 2015, one week later, to move on the hiring of an interim director until such time that the three additional ESA directors' positions were filled, two from Peaine Township, and one more from St. James Township. The positions have to be filled by the two township boards, if they have applicants, at the March board meeetings.

Every effort was made to protect the identity of the individual who was suspended.

In an effort to make certain that this would not be given out by BINN, a loud beep was placed in the video file to completely cover up any conversation that might provide the identity of the individual including the normally scheduled duty day. Having never worked with this technology before, it took quite a bit of time to make the beep loud enough to cover up the parts of the meeting that could reveal the identity. It took a very loud volume to cover up the audio.

The beep is REALLY LOUD,

so be careful if you are listening to the video with headphones. It had to be loud to completely cover up the audio that might identify the EMS individual who was suspended.

Video of the BIESA Meeting


Emily Jines' Senior Presentation

Beth Croswhite introduced Senior Emily Jines, who did her presentation today.

All the granduating seniors from BICS need to provide proof via a senior presentation that they have achieved the Graduate Profile determined by the Board of Education of the Beaver Island School District. Emily Jines' presentation today, February 17, 2015, was the last presentation of the school year. Emily is one of four graduating seniors for 2015.

Emily had the graduate profile and her proofs of successful completion of the requirements of the BICS Graduate Profile all nicely placed into a Powerpoint presentation, but, in addition, Emily also had additional items on several tables set around the room. Emily did her presentation in the high school commons area. Emily's presentation was live streamed on http://beaverisland.tv, an option open to any graduating senior. The only requirement for the live streaming was to just send an email to the editor of Beaver Island News on the 'Net asking that it be live streamed. 50%, 2/4 presentations were live streamed on the Internet.

Some of the items on the tables submitted as proof of completion:

Emily Jines had attended several different schools, but was fortunate to find a home for the last two years on Beaver Island.

Good Job and Congratulations, Emily!

Video of Emily Jine's Presentation HERE


By Joe Moore

It was quite an interesting past time thinking about the first ten years of the history of BIEMS.  The most important parts were the patient contacts.  They were so few and far between in those early days.  We filled out a fairly simple form with so little information.  We thought we were so very good back then.  We really didn't do badly for a green bunch of prehospital providers.  The only pattern we had to follow was the one we developed ourselves after reading and observing during clinical rotations.  Not that we didn't help our patients and get them to the hospital--we did!  We pretty much concentrated on getting them to the hospital or at least to the Beaver Island Medical Center.  We really didn't take much time in the assessment other than get a general idea of what might be going on.  We did kind of decide whether the problems were trauma or medical, but our real expertise was developing a system that got our patients to the mainland as quickly and as efficiently as possible.  I am going to give you some idea of the ambulance runs we were involved in during those early years.

(All of these are fictional runs with no base in reality.)

We found an 80-year-old female on the living room floor.  This is certainly not the first time we have been called to this residence for a “woman has fallen and can’t get up.”  This time there were multiple bruises to both arms and legs.  The patient complained of pain to the back of her head and complained of severe back pain and chest pain.  She stated that she fell last night about 11 or midnight, and  it is now ten o’clock in the morning.  She has been on the floor ever since falling last night.  She crawled out to the kitchen area from the bathroom.  Although the patient is conscious, she also seemed confused.  She has a history of having a heart attack and eye surgery which made it difficult for her to see.  This is one of the reasons that we have been here so often.  She does not see well enough to avoid the obstacles in her home.
Her vital signs were within normal limits with a pulse of 68, respirations of 24, and blood pressure of 150/70.  Since the patient was not too reliable, since there were bruises, and since we were not certain of the mechanism of injury, we decided the best idea was to protect the patient with full spinal immobilization.  A cervical collar was applied to protect the patient’s neck.  This application was not easy since the patient had a severe curvature of the spine.  The spinal immobilization techniques learned in our EMT class taught us how to backboard a patient with a straight back, not one in the shape of a flattened-letter ‘C.’   We chose the cervical collar based upon the measurement training that we received in class.   We logrolled the patient using the best method possible, but our log was not flat, but curved.  We immobilized and padded the patient the best that we could.   We loaded her onto the cot, and transported her by ambulance to the airport. The BIEMS cot was loaded into the aircraft with patient aboard.  The patient was accompanied via aircraft to Charlevoix Airport where she was turned over to Charlevoix EMS for transport to Charlevoix Hospital.
BIEMS was written up by ER staff for improper spinal immobilization.  The cervical collar was too large resulting in hyperextension of the patient's neck.  There were also pressure marks on her chin and shoulders.  BIEMS screwed up in the application of the wrong size cervical collar.  We had to respond to the situation, which included apologizing to our patient.  We also needed to retrain all participants in that ambulance run, so a discussion took place with crew members, and a video tape on application of proper-sized cervical collar was viewed by all participants.  We learned in this situation that all patients do not fit the mold that we learned in the classroom. We learned that we had been taught principles of immobilization not strict recipes for treatment.  There was no negative outcome for the patient so no disciplinary action was recommended.  We had several other opportunities to help this lady, adapt our methods of treatment, and overcome the obstacles to spinal immobilization.  It takes experience to figure out that textbook ideals do not fit real patients.

On an excellent weather August day, a 76-year-old male presented to the Beaver Island Medical Center with crushing pain in the center of his chest (Substernal chest pain is an indication of possible heart attack.) since 2 a.m. (for last 7 hours, denial is one of the most effective evaluators of heart attack.).  No shortness of breath or difficulty breathing was reported.  The electrocardiogram (EKG) showed ST elevation in three leads (a stronger indication of a possible heart attack).  The patient was alert and oriented.  Oxygen was administered by nasal cannula at 4 liters per minute.  An IV of D5W was started with a 20 gauge catheter.  Vital signs were pulse 80, respirations 28, and blood pressure 148/84.  The patient was kept on the cardiac monitor.   A Basic EMT ambulance service is not trained (officially) in EKG monitoring, but we felt more comfortable knowing that there was electrical activity in our patient’s heart.  The patient was loaded onto cot, and the cot was loaded into ambulance.  Transport was to the closest airport.  Enroute to the airport, the patient had runs of ventricular tachycardia and unifocal premature ventricular contractions suggesting serious outcome possibilities.  The RN and the EMT recognized these serious cardiac rhythms.  The patient could go into cardiac arrest. 
Contact was made with the Physician’s Assistant back at the BI medical center, and we made a request for lidocaine to be administered prior to our departure.  The PA met us at the airport and administered the IV medication named lidocaine.   A lidocaine drip was mixed and run at 2 mg/min.  The RN-EMT accompanied the EMT on the flight to Charlevoix.  The patient was accompanied by the BIEMS EMT and RN to the hospital, and a report was given to the ER doctor.  The patient survived. 
We had made a significant difference in the life of one individual and his family.  This family has now become enthusiastic advocates for our local EMS group.  This man’s daughter would come to Beaver Island in 2000 and 2006 and provide instruction on Beaver Island for the EMS group by teaching two paramedic classes.

On an October day, a 46-year-old male presented himself to the medical center on Beaver Island.  He had been vomiting bright red blood for about the last hour and a half.  When asked how many times, he stated,” Three.”  When asked how much each time, he stated, “A couple of mouthfuls each time.”  He had no prior history of any abdominal illness or injury.  He was not a drinker or smoker, and he had not been using aspirin or any other over-the-counter medications.  He was alert and oriented.  His vitals signs were:  pulse of 120, respirations of 20, and blood pressure of 124/86.  He received oxygen by non-rebreather mask at 15 liters per minute, an IV of Normal Saline in his right hand with a 20 gauge catheter running at 125 cc/hr. 
The patient pretty much passed out as the IV was started.  His blood pressure dropped to 80/60, and no radial pulse (in the wrist) was noted.  The patient was put in a Trendelenburg position (feet up, head down), IV was opened up for about three minutes to flowing as fast as possible, and his blood pressure increased back to 120/90 with a pulse of 96.  This patient had a vasovagal episode with syncope.  (He fainted.)  The patient was loaded onto the ambulance cot and into the ambulance.  He was flown by local airlines to Charlevoix where he was turned over to Charlevoix EMS for the 2-3 minute trip to Charlevoix Area Hospital. 
The flight with the local airlines is very quick—about 20 minutes.  The aircraft is just large enough for the patient cot and for the EMTs to sit facing the patient’s head.  There is room for plenty of equipment, but there really is no room for patient treatment.  We usually only had the ability to monitor the patient in the aircraft.  This can become exceedingly important when the patient is having difficulty keeping his airway open.  Sometimes, in a condition known as congestive heart failure and/or pulmonary edema, a patient may have thick mucous or “bubbly” thin mucous that s(he) needs to clear out of the airway.  It is really important on these occasions to make certain that portable suction is available to help your patient maintain a clear airway.  With breathing difficulty already a problem, you don’t want any “yuck” getting in the way of the air going in and out.  There was one occasion when the BIEMS crew forgot to take the jump kit, suction catheter, and portable suction machine along in the aircraft.  The only available material for helping remove the mucous from the patient’s mouth was the EMT’s T-shirt.  Ripped up T-shirt, wrapped around the EMT’s finger, was used to sweep the mucous out of the patient’s mouth after turning the patient’s head to the side.  This flight was probably one of the more interesting twenty minutes in BIEMS history.  This too was a learning experience that needed to occur to help us prepare for the medical flights in the future.

On a September day, a 60-year-old patient was found in cardiac arrest in a home about 8 miles from town.  The patient had been complaining of chest pain for about two days with the pain increasing today.  The patient was unconscious upon EMS arrival.  The patient had refused to go to the medical center that morning or search out any treatment.  (Denial is an important indicator of possible heart attack.)  The patient had a history of heart problems.  Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) was in progress by a bystander upon BIEMS arrival.  CPR was continued by EMS using a bag-valve-mask and 100% oxygen while the semiautomatic external defibrillator (AED) was attached. 
The AED analyzed, and it indicated “Shock indicated”.  One shock at 200 Joules was given.  This shock stopped the quivering of the heart called ventricular fibrillation, but the resulting cardiac outcome was asystole, or no electrical activity.  The AED’s job is to stop the quivering of the heart with the hope that the heart with start beating again.  This is premise of AED’s in public places with high population.  It has been very successful in these high population areas like congested airports in big cities.  This patient’s heart did not start beating again.  The PA was not on the Island, so a retired doctor was called to the residence to pronounce the patient dead.  BIEMS helped the family by removing the patient’s body from the home.  The body was transported to Charlevoix and picked up by Winchester Funeral Home.  The death certificate was signed by the Island’s physician who worked for the medical center and supervised the PA.

The BIEMS crew felt like it had lost not only a neighbor, but also a friend, and a relative.  The EMTs felt really depressed after this situation, but managed to get the ambulance cleaned up and ready for yet the next emergency.  A lot of discussion took place amongst the four responding EMTs.  We asked each other over and over again the nagging questions, “Could we have done something different to change the outcome?”  The resounding answer was obvious.  The patient eliminated his chances of survival by ignoring the problem for two days.  He may even have survived the episode had he called in the morning, but, unfortunately for him and his wife, they waited until he was completely and utterly in cardiac arrest.
BIEMS was called to a propane gas stove explosion at approximately 1:30 in the afternoon on a beautiful June day.  The 17-year-old female patient was burned about the face and arms.  Her nasal hairs were singed.  She denied any shortness of breath or any difficulty in breathing.  Her vital signs were pulse 108, respirations of 20, and blood pressure of 140/86.  This patient had partial thickness burns to her face and inner forearms.  She was in a great deal of pain.  She was put on 10 liters of oxygen by non-rebreather mask.  She was loaded on the ambulance cot and transported to the medical center.  At the medical center, she received her IV of normal saline with an 18 gauge catheter run at 100 ml/hr.  This IV was started for two purposes.  One purpose was to provide a route for the pain medication to be given.  The second was for giving fluids in case her vital signs were to deteriorate.  She received Demerol 20 mg slow IV push for the pain.  She was further transported to Charlevoix Area Hospital using the local air flying service with the patient turned over to Charlevoix EMS at Charlevoix Airport.

It is definitely a scary situation when a young person is injured like the above situation especially when the young lady is a student in one of your classes during the regular school year.  She was in a great deal of pain, and she needed some pain relief.  The pain was somewhat reduced with the medication that was given.  She will never forget the time that one of her teachers helped her in a time of terror and trouble.  Neither will forget the necessary patient assessment of burns on her neck and chest.  The two participants viewed each other in an entirely different light after this experience.

At 11:00 in the morning of my wedding anniversary, BIEMS was paged to West Side Road for an unresponsive man found slumped over the wheel of his van.  The patient was in full cardiac arrest with no respirations and no pulse.  The man had been in this condition for an unknown period of time.  Bystander CPR was in progress.  There was no information about his medical history.  Intubation was attempted by the PA and by the EMT-Specialist on the scene.  Both attempts were unsuccessful.  The patient had aspirated massive amounts of vomit and it was difficult to see the vocal cords to pass the tube even after several suctions attempts.  An IV was attempted while CPR was continued and was successful in the right antecubital area of the elbow using an 18 gauge needle with D5W.    When the cardiac monitor was applied, there was no electrical activity of the heart.  Despite all attempts to resuscitate the patient, he patient had died. 
Ten days later, BIEMS personnel were called to transport a 78 year old female patient who was complaining of shortness of breath.  The call was from Garden Island via marine radio.  The patient’s location was on the north shore of Garden Island which meant quite a boat trip to get to the patient.  Equipment and two EMTs were on board a personally owned boat whose owner had volunteered to help.  Jump kit and oxygen were taken aboard the boat for the trip.  The path to get to the north shore of Garden Island is an interesting one.  The boat traveled straight out of the mouth of Paradise Bay to the first buoy marking its entrance.  A sharp left hand turn, and we lined up with the buoy named the Garden Island Buoy.  Another left and we lined up with the north end of Trout Island.   We traveled the full length of Garden Island from east to west.  Then we carefully slowed to make a turn heading almost straight north.  There is a great deal of shoal water around these Islands, and stranding the rescuers in a boat would not help the patient at all.  The navigator did an excellent job getting us around the west end of Garden Island, we could finally see the camp on the north shore.   Again, it took a great deal of skill to avoid rocks and shallows to get us about 50 feet from shore.  It had taken a little over an hour to get out to this location.  At this point we put the anchor out, had one person jump into the water up to his shoulders and walk the boat in slowly to the shoreline.  We were met on the beach by a group of quite interesting characters.  We were told that the person we needed to help was being helped down to the beach by her followers.  This person was teaching Native American healing and herb use to the group of followers on Garden Island.  As she arrived in an interesting wagon, one that might be used to transport luggage at an airport, she required that we wait until she had performed a ceremony of welcome for us and a ceremony of departure for her and for her followers.  This was all part of the culture that she was immersing her followers in.  The ceremony was fairly brief, and I don’t remember too much about it since I was trying to get her vital signs and trying to get a nasal cannula with oxygen on her while the ceremony took place.  It had something to do with blowing smoke to the four winds and being offered a smoke.  I passed on the offer because I wasn’t sure what was being smoked.
After the ceremony, we helped our patient into the boat, and our navigator directed our craft in a reverse pathway back to Paradise Bay and Beaver Island.  I didn’t pay as much attention to the navigation on the way back to Beaver Island as I did on the way out to Garden Island because I now had a patient to take care of.    The patient said she had been getting shorter and shorter of breath every day for the last week.  Her lung sounds were wet and bubbly suggesting that she might be in congestive heart failure.  We wanted to increase the amount of oxygen, but decided it would be better to keep the amount low so we wouldn’t run out of oxygen on the way back.  Our patient did seem really tired and became quite sleepy, but she could be aroused by talking to her.  Her vital signs were variable since her heartbeat was irregular, but the pulse centered around 60 beats per minute, her respirations around 30 breaths per minute, and her blood pressure 90/56.  We purposely left her sitting up because any other position made it impossible for her to breathe.  The way back to the Beaver Island Harbor was actually much quicker because there were buoys to aim toward.  We arrived back in the harbor, loaded our patient onto the ambulance cot, keeping her in a sitting position, and transported her to the medical center where our medical control physician happened to be spending the day. 
The patient ended up with a Foley catheter for monitoring her urine output.  Of course she had an IV for drug administration in the right wrist with a 20 gauge catheter, and the doctor ordered Lasix 40 mg slow IV push.  This drug puts the kidneys into overdrive, making them remove water from the blood stream.  The idea here is to make less blood volume so that the fluid will not continue to back up into the lungs.  The patient was monitored by the physician, PA, and RN at the medical center for about 2.5 hours.  She was not considered stable enough to be moved for that period of time. 
After what seemed like a very long time, the patient was determined to be stable enough for transport.  The patient was loaded into the ambulance, taken to the local airport, and was flown over to Charlevoix using the local air transport operation.  Interestingly enough, BIEMS personnel did not need to go on this flight.  The patient was accompanied in the aircraft by the doctor and the RN.  Both the doctor and the RN had to get back to Charlevoix Hospital to work the midnight shift, so this worked out fine for the EMTs.

On another beautiful summer August day, a fourteen year old girl was stung by a bee and was having an allergic reaction.  She had a history of asthma and inhaler use, and she did have an allergy to bee stings.  Upon EMS arrival, the patient was anxious and hyperventilating.  Her skin color was normal with no cyanosis (blue color to skin).  When her nail bed was squeezed and blanched, the circulation returned within 2 seconds—good capillary refill.  She was conscious and alert and very upset.  The patient was given oxygen at 8 liters per minute by regular face mask.  The patient was quickly loaded into the ambulance and transported to the medical center.  The patient was informed about the treatment that was to be provided, and an Epi-pen was readied for use.  The Epi-pen is an automatic injector that is activated when it is pressed against the leg.  It injects adrenaline, a naturally occurring substance in the human body.  She received one Epi-pen injection which places the epinephrine in the subcutaneous fatty tissue of the outside of the leg.  This medication works to help reduce the swelling caused by the severe allergic reaction.  It also makes the heart beat more effectively, and changes the circulatory status of the patient.  Her vital signs were pulse of 100, respirations of 30, and blood pressure of 120/60 which, of course, changed with the administration of the medications.  Her next medication was Bennadryl 25 mg injected into her muscle of the same leg as the Epi-pen. This drug is an anti-histamine, which reverses some the body’s reactions to the allergen.  She also received an injection of SoluMedrol (a steroid) 40 mg in the muscle of the other leg.  She was not transported anywhere else.  She was monitored at the medical center, her parents were notified, and she was released to her parents with orders for follow up treatment to include ice to the sting site, inhaler as needed, and additional Bennadryl.  Her parents were asked to call for an EMS response if any allergic reaction symptoms returned.

It was lunch time on a September afternoon when BIEMS was called to the local restaurant for a 43-year-old female who had a seizure-type episode, collapsed onto the floor, and became pulseless and was not breathing.  The medical control physician, PA, and RN were all out to lunch at this restaurant at this same location as the person who had the problem.  I guess if you are going to have the “big one” it is best to have it when there are all these medical people around you.  It was a just a moment before they noticed this patient go down.  CPR had been performed prior to EMS arrival.  The doctor and the RN were quick to help.  The patient became somewhat responsive, but also became combative when she became responsive.  Her vital signs were pulse of 92 when it returned, respirations of 24, and blood pressure of 120/84.  She was placed on the ambulance cot and given oxygen at 6 liters per minute via face mask.  She received an IV in her right elbow area of D5W as a route for medication if needed.  She was transported directly from the restaurant to the airport and flown via local airline to Charlevoix, Charlevoix EMS to Charlevoix Hospital.  This patient ended up with a pacemaker to keep her heart at a constant rate instead of the irregular beating caused by an electrical disturbance in her heart.

On a cold December evening, a 64-year-old male fell on the back steps after slipping on some ice.  Upon BIEMS arrival at the scene, the patient was sitting on the ground being supported from the backside by a bystander.  Patient was complaining of a painful right shoulder.  Patient denied any neck or back pain, and denied any loss of consciousness.  He denied striking his head during his fall.  Patient was complaining of being very cold having been outside in 30-32 degree weather.  Patient was guarding his right arm and right shoulder.  Since it was so cold out, we decided to move him onto the ambulance cot and get him out of the cold.  He had a history of COPD, and was having difficulty breathing, so he was assisted in using his inhaler.   The decision was made to sling and swathe the arm, and transport to the medical center for further evaluation in the warmth of the facility.  The patient walked using a cane.  The patient was alert and oriented, but in slight respiratory distress.  The patient was unloaded and wheeled up the ramp at the medical center and care was turned over to the PA on duty.  Vital signs were all within normal limits, and no further transport was required.

(It is important to note that these situations unique to Beaver Island would not be tolerated today. The EMS legislation has many more requirements today than 28 years ago.)

Emergency Services Authority

Special Meeting

Kori Danielle Maudrie

She is 7 pounds 7 ounces, and 18 inches long

Happy parents are Heather Lynn Cary and Brandon Maudrie.

Congratulations to the whole family!

Ricardo Lugo Interviewed

Matha Guth's Husband's Interview for the Sarasota Opera

View Interview HERE

Islander and Lady Islander Basketball

The Lady Islanders played the Lady Eagles from Ojibwe in a game that began at 12:30 p.m. on February 18, 2015. Twenty unique IP addresses viewed the live streamed video of these games on http://beaverisland.tv. Both the Islanders and the Lady Islanders won their games on this very cold Wednesday. The teams' games had ended and the players, referees, and coaches looked out the windows of the school to a complete white-out. There was no viewing the Whiskey Point Lighthouse or anything across the harbor. The lake effect snow storm ended up quite a bit farther north than forecast, so no flying was going to happen right away.

Our officials for both games, Dave Reeb on the left

Tessa Jones introduced the teams......Lady Islanders...................Lady Eagles................

BICS Cheerleaders.................the spectators on site on the bleachers

Some of the action and the scores at appropriate stops of action

Video of Lady Islander game HERE

Islanders versus Eagles

Tessa Jones introduced the teams

The Islanders versus the Eagles basketball game following the Lady Islanders versus the Lady Eagles game. This game was very close throughout, and there was no predicting the outcome until the last few seconds of the game.

Jump ball...

Some of the action of the boys' game:

Video of the Islanders game HERE

Beaver Island Alumni Basketball Tournament & Chili-Soup Cook-off


The fundraising event sponsored by the Beaver Island Sports Boosters will take place on March 6, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School.  Please come out and support our great sports program!

The announcer will be Adam Richards. The referees will be Dan Burton, Mike Myers, John Robert, and Tammy LaFreniere. The Score Keeper will be Gerald LaFreniere.

Diane McDonough will coach for teams Green and Red.  Team Green’s  Captain is Kitty McNamara. The rest of the players will be Rick Speck, Ernie Martin, Hannah Robert, Justin Martin, Liam Hodgson, and Brandon Maudrie. Team Reds captain is Meg Works.  The rest of the players on the Red Team will be Ben Delamater, Travis Martin, Simeon Richards, Rita Palmer, Brian Timseck, and Nichole Smith.

Tim McDonough will be the coach for teams White and Blue. The White Captain will be Patrick McGinnity.  The rest of the players on the White Team will be Kevin White, Tim McDonough, Emily Burton, Katie LaFreniere, Joe Linteau, and Jewel Gillespie-Cushman. The Blue Team Captain will be Cameron LaVasseur.  The rest of the players on the Blue Team will be Jeff Powers, Zack Bousquet, Forest Avery, Ronny Marsh, and Doug Campbell.

Entertaining you will be the Beaver Island Cheer Leaders, the Taekwondo Class, and maybe some beautiful violin music from some of our students.

The Chili/Soup judges will be Kathy Ehinger, Ben Delamater, Riley Justice, Mark Engelman and….YOU for the Peoples Choice Award.

Still time to get on a team or enter a Chili or Soup! call 231-838-2883 for more information.

If you are interested in participating in the Basketball Tournament we are still looking for some more players. Dust off those tennis shoes and come out for some fun. Winning team will be presented with a super cool trophy and the rights to boast for a year! Call Carol@ 231-838-2883

If you are interested in entering your Chili call Sue@ 231-448-2670.
Island Judges will decide who gets the bragging rights to the best island chili and they will also get a super cool trophy!

Game we are suggesting $3 for Adults and $1 for Students.

Concessions will be open during game.

Nita Louise Ricksgers Dies

Nita Louise Ricksgers, age 55, of Lapeer, died Saturday February 14, 2015. Nita was born April 9, 1959, in Lapeer to Robert W. and Janice M. (Carpenter) Ricksgers. She worked in various jobs during lifetime including: waitress, seamstress and administration at a title company.

Ms. Ricksgers is survived by her children: Tina Waterous and Tony Hook; grandson: T.J. Wataerous; siblings: Brenda (Keith) Morey of Lapeer, Cindy Ricksgers of Beaver Island, Ted (Teresa) Ricksgers of Lapeer, Cheryl (dear friend Joel) Bruff of North Branch, Robin (dear friend Dick) Karrer of Attica and Amy (Dennis) Dorr of Lapeer; many nieces and nephews; and many special friends including...Dianne, Kelly and Glenda. Nita was preceded in death by her parents: Robert and Janice Ricksgers; sisters: Darla and Sheila; and brothers: David and Bobby.

A memorial service for Nita will be held 11:00AM Wednesday, February 18, 2015. at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Lapeer, Father Doc Ortman will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service on Wednesday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to McLaren Hospice, 1515 Cal Drive, Davison, MI 48423. Arrangements for cremation have been entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Lapeer, Michigan. www.MuirBrothersLapeer.com


by Joe Moore

Spring and summer of 1993 brought quite an interesting mix of different types of emergencies.  It is not as if we didn’t have emergencies in the winter, but we have very few of them.  It was usually the beginning of May or late May before the visitors began coming back to the Island for the spring and summer.  More population means more ambulance runs.  Becoming better known for your ability to help get patients to the help they need also helps.  In May and early June the majority of our ambulance runs were related to two body systems, circulatory and respiratory with the emphasis on the heart problems.

In early May we were paged to a 54 year old man who had been having chronic heart problems.  He had a history of atrial fibrillation, a condition where the top part of the heart just quivers instead of effectively pumping the blood to the bottom of the heart.  We again met our patient at the Beaver Island Medical Center.  In the urban areas this would be referred to as a transfer of a patient from a doctor’s office to a hospital, but because Beaver Island is as rural as it can get, it became quite an unusual transfer.  Bee, our EMT/RN, and Joe, our EMT-Specialist, arrived at the medical center to take the patient to the township airport.  There was no availability of a licensed air transport ambulance operation on this particular night.  There was no availability of our local airline on this night.  There was no ferry boat running yet in the season as an option.  We had to carefully monitor our patient and wait for a return phone call from the United States Coast Guard Flight Surgeon after contacting the Traverse City Air Station in Traverse City, Michigan.

The call came fairly quickly from the Air Station in Traverse City.  The Flight Surgeon was there at the Air Station, and he wanted a report on the condition of our patient.  We quickly told him that there was no medical center provider available to give the report, but that we would gladly tell him what we knew.  The patient had a history of heart problems including atrial fibrillation.  His blood pressure was low at 98/54, his respirations were only slightly high at 24, but his pulse was fast and irregular at 120 beats per minute.  We had only the availability for basic life support on the island at the time, but we could provide oxygen and an IV.  The patient was alert and oriented, but pale, cool, and diaphoretic (sweaty).  The Flight Surgeon from the Air Station made a decision to come to the island in the helicopter to take the patient back to Traverse City.    We started the IV in addition to the oxygen by nasal cannula at 4 liters per minute, and waited for the call that would tell us that the helicopter had taken off from Traverse City Airport.

It was only thirty minutes later and the helicopter was in the air enroute to the Beaver Island Township Airport with a flight time of 35-45 minutes depending on the wind’s direction and weather.  We loaded our patient on the ambulance cot and loaded the cot into the ambulance.  We turned on our emergency lights and siren.  We left the medical center with a cardiac monitor on the patient, and headed down the Kings Highway and across Paid-Een-Og’s Road to the Township Airport.  Our patient cooperated and his heart cooperated, because we were able to turn the patient over to the USCG physician at the township airport without having any serious complications in our patient’s condition.  The flight physician was not familiar with our methods of transfer, and the Coast Guard had brought no basket stretcher with them to load the patient into.  We got out a folding stretcher from our ambulance and carefully helped our patient off the ambulance cot and onto that folding stretcher.  We had to disconnect the cardiac monitor because the crew couldn’t guarantee that they could bring the equipment back to the Island.  We sent our patient with oxygen and IV on our folding stretcher not knowing if the patient or the equipment would ever come back to the Island. 
We found out from our patient that he had been flown to Traverse City Airport, and loaded onto a Northflight ground ambulance and taken across town to Munson Hospital.  He was treated and kept overnight and part of the next day, and then he was released.  This wonderful patient stopped in the ER to make sure that he personally brought back the oxygen tank, the oxygen tank regulator, and our folding cot.  Three days after his emergency, he drove up to the medical center, and made sure that we got all of our equipment back including a replacement nasal cannula, blankets, and sheets.  Literally everything that we used to make his trip comfortable was returned to us.  Quite an amazing patient he was!

The next patient was a 62 year old male patient who was complaining of chest pain and a burning sensation at approximately 6:45 p.m.  This patient had a serious cardiac history including two angioplasties, where the cardiologist goes into the heart through the vessels beginning in the leg and opens up the arteries of the heart.  This patient had had a previous heart attack which explains the surgery about five years ago.  He was alert and responsive in his home, but complaining of the chest pain and the burning sensation.  He was loaded onto the ambulance stretcher and loaded into the BIEMS ambulance and transported to the Beaver Island Medical Center.   At the medical center, the PA tried nitroglycerin three times, but this did not give the patient relief from pain.  During his prior heart attack and short episodes of angina, minor chest pain that goes away with nitro, the nitroglycerin had helped.  This time it did not help.  At 8:15, we were finally able to begin to load this patient into the aircraft of the local airlines.  His vitals remained stable with pulse of 56, respirations of 16, and blood pressure 110/70. 
We loaded our ambulance cot right into the airplane, and we climbed in with him.  During the flight, he had one round of nausea and vomiting in the aircraft which required help from us using portable suction.  He described his pain as slightly better in the plane, but not much worse than when we had picked him up originally.  Upon arrival in Charlevoix, we turned him over to the Charlevoix EMS crew, so we could get back home that night.

I am a school teacher at the Beaver Island Community School, and I am frequently called upon help out if a child twists an ankle, hits her/his head, or is otherwise injured.  On this particular morning with graduation nearing, all the students and the teachers were busy in the classrooms of the high school and middle school getting ready for final exams.  Just about every room was reviewing with some kind of game.  In my classroom, we were using the Jeopardy formatted game with great success and the students seemed to be enjoying it.  They really didn’t mind the time spent on the review, and they knew that it was for their benefit to spend this time on it.  On this June morning, I was called out of my classroom by the school secretary to come to the office.  There lying on the floor of the classroom was a 24 year old female.  This lady had forgotten to take her morning medications because she got up late, and ended up having a syncopal episode (she fainted).  She denied having any chest pain, but she had a headache, mild nausea, and was extremely light-headed.  She was very weak, and mostly she complained of just being over-tired.  Lying on the floor had brought her back to consciousness, but her pulse rate was 132 and quite irregular.  Her radial pulses were very weak, and she had very slow capillary refill.  It took over five seconds for the blanching to return to pink in her nail beds.  Her pulse rate continued to be very erratic ranging from 98 to 146 with respirations of 16.  Her blood pressure ranged from 110/76 to 126/86. 
The decision was made to transport this visiting patient direct to Northern Michigan Hospital without stopping at the medical center.  An IV of D5W (250 cc bag) was run just fast enough to keep the vein open through a 20 gauge catheter.  She was put on 4 liters per minute of oxygen by nasal cannula and on a cardiac monitor which revealed atrial fibrillation with runs of “unifocal PVCs” per the PA.  We loaded this patient up onto the ambulance cot and into our ambulance.  We transported her to the local airport for local airline transportation to Charlevoix Airport where we again turned her over to the Charlevoix EMS crew.  This crew was not comfortable with the cardiac monitor so the BIEMS crew jumped into the back of the Charlevoix ambulance and continued patient care on the trip from Charlevoix to Petoskey.  I gave my first patient report to the ER staff at Northern Michigan Hospital, just as the cardiologist entered the room.  He said, “Good job, Beaver Island.”  We left the NMH ER feeling pretty good about having helped a visitor with a serious medical emergency. 
Unfortunately, when we got back to Charlevoix, there were no more flights back to the Island.  We were stuck for the night in Charlevoix.  Neither of us had much money, so the Charlevoix crew loaned us one hundred dollars to help cover the cost of the 2 motel rooms and something to eat.  We made arrangements to send a letter to the Weathervane and the Lodge in Charlevoix to allow our Beaver Island EMTs to spend the night when stuck there, and have the bill sent directly to Beaver Island EMS.  We really did not plan to be in the town let alone be stuck in a motel room without any luggage.  Thanks to Bob of the Charlevoix crew for the help on that particular night with the loan.  We also learned to put some money in our run box for food and/or gasoline.  Each trip was a learning experience that we had to figure out one run at a time.

On the very next day, after returning to the Island and preparing for my final examinations, we got past the school day before being paged to yet another cardiac event.  This was a 72 year old lady who lived a quarter mile down the road from the school.  She was complaining of epigastric (just above the belly button, but below the ribs) and substernal chest pain for about one hour.  She had nausea and was short of breath with moderate to severe respiratory distress.  She had no history of any heart problems, but had recently been treated at the medical center for an infection.  When the pain got worse, she walked to her son’s home, and EMS was called.  She was alert and oriented, but her symptoms suggested a cardiac cause so the cardiac monitor was applied.  Her heart rate was regular at 92, her respirations were normal but slightly fast at 24, and her blood pressure was 126/82.  We began treating her with oxygen at 15 liters per minute by non-rebreather mask and started an IV of D5W in the right antecubital area to keep the vein open for medication using a 20 gauge catheter.  The patient was given morphine by the PA slow IV push, and she vomited about 2 minutes later.  After clearing her airway and about 10 minutes later, she was given another 2 mg of morphine which she tolerated very well.  She was transported to the local airport and flown using the local airline with BIEMS personnel aboard.  
During the flight, her pain resolved, she rested well, and her breathing was normal with no further nausea or vomiting.  She continued in normal sinus rhythm in lead II for the rest of the flight.  Just before landing, the pain recurred and another 2 mg of morphine was given to relieve the pain.  The patient was transported in the Charlevoix EMS ambulance with the BIEMS PA and EMT-Specialist aboard.  The weather was good that evening and our pilot was willing to wait for us.  The flight back to the island was a beautiful night flight with all the lights in northern Michigan to guide us home.

Final exams were finally completed and yet another class had graduated from the high school.  The summer season of tourists had begun in full session.  As with most of the residents of Beaver Island, I too had to join the summer work force to be able to provide the needed services to the visitors to Beaver Island.  My background, before teaching, had been in the restaurant business, so it made perfect sense to get back into that business.  The management areas were usually handled by a family member since most of the businesses were and are family businesses.  This opened up very few management positions, so I took a position as a short order cook.  My favorite time of day to cook is in the morning.  I just love to cook breakfast.  I like to use egg pans. 
Back in the 28th Street Big Boy days in Grand Rapids, I used to have a contest each week with one of the customers.  Each week we would add one egg to the pan to see if I could flip that many eggs.  If I was successful, he paid for his breakfast.  If I broke a yoke, I paid for his breakfast.  The first week we started with three eggs, and we worked up from there.  Since this customer came in every other day, we saw him three or four times per week.  I was successful more than fifty percent of the time, and when the number of eggs got high enough, we would have to split the breakfast anyway because no one can or should eat that much food.  On the last week of the contest, I was to flip a full dozen eggs.  That was to be the last time because it was getting much too expensive to pay for this much food that even two of us could not eat.  I was successful at flipping one dozen eggs in an egg pan meant for two eggs, and I didn’t break a yoke!  That is why I like breakfast.  There is a little challenge to get the food cooked quickly and to make sure that the food looks good as well as tastes good.  This is why I was not available for ambulance runs during the mornings and even after lunch.  No one would hire someone just to cook breakfast so I had to take a breakfast and lunch job.  The ambulance runs during the day had to be taken by someone else.

On a hot evening in July, BIEMS was paged to the “fancy” restaurant on the Island.  By the way, this was my second restaurant to work in when I moved to the island.  The restaurant has a different name now, but it is still the fancy place to go to eat dinner.  The bar is made of beautiful old shipwreck lumber as are the tables in the cocktail lounge.  The cocktail lounge and restaurant overlook the most gorgeous sunset that you can see on Beaver Island or anywhere else.  You look out the windows to see beautiful Lake Michigan with some of the outer Islands in the Beaver Island Archipelago.  The wines, food, and fancy liqueurs can cost you a lot of money here, but the experience is worth every cent.  This is a special occasion place for my wife and I.  We were paged to the restaurant for a 74 year old male patient for a “possible heart attack”.  The man had “passed out during dinner while reaching for his wallet”.  (This became fertile material back at the station where we made jokes about why he had the problem.  “He probably had one look at the bill, and his heart couldn’t take it.”) He had then tried to stand up after recovering from his syncope.  He became pale and sweaty as he tried to leave the dining room and collapsed while in the entryway to the dining room. 
When EMS arrived through the utility entrance, we found a customer standing just inside the dining room entrance door saying, “Only a couple of EMTs can come in here.  We are in the middle of the dinner hour.”  Two of our EMTs entered and immediately called for everyone else who had responded.  The original entry EMTs had heard a report of possible seizures, and they were not comfortable being alone with this patient who might seize at any moment.  We moved quickly to get the ambulance cot into the entryway, loaded up the patient as quickly and carefully as possible, and got him outside the restaurant and into the back of our ambulance.  It was here that we were able to do a complete assessment without interrupting anyone else’s dinner.  We found that the patient had been incontinent which means he had lost control of his bladder and his bowels.  This was very embarrassing for our patient when he woke up about four minutes later.  His pulse oximetry reading had remained close to 100% throughout the ordeal, and we had, of course, quickly gotten our patient on high flow oxygen and even had an IV running before he woke up. 
He told us that his first seizure had occurred two years prior to this after having a stroke.  His stroke had been in March and his first seizure had been in November.  His medications included medications to prevent seizures.  The patient had had a total of five episodes of seizure-like full body convulsions based upon what was reported to EMS and what EMS had seen.  The patient had become conversant and denied having any pain at all---no chest pain, no difficulty breathing, and no muscle pain.  
In the back of the ambulance, we had also hooked the patient up to the cardiac monitor which showed normal sinus rhythm in lead II.  The patient had normal vital signs including a pulse of 60, respirations of 16, and a blood pressure which started low at 120/76 while unresponsive and then climbed slowly but surely to 180/80.  Interestingly enough, his oxygen saturation on 8 liters per minute kept decreasing from 99% at the onset to 87% upon arrival at the airport.  He was taken to the local airport and transported by the local airlines to Charlevoix, Charlevoix EMS to Charlevoix Hospital. 

The muggy weather of July had set in, and we were at the height of the tourist season.  One of the store owners had a nosebleed that would not stop.  She had been treated at the medical center, and the nose bleed had stopped.  The weather had been foggy on the day of the original nose bleed, and the patient had not wanted to leave her business in the busiest time of the year to go to the hospital.  The next day as she readied the store for opening (this happened to be my wedding anniversary), the nosebleed would not stop again.  She waited until almost noon before calling for EMS.  When we arrived, the patient was in the restroom with blood running down her chin from her nose.  This blood was not dripping; it was running. 
Her vital signs were taken as one of the EMTs pinched her nose shut with her gloved hands.  The pulse rate was up to 120 beats per minute,  her respirations were gasping as she tried to breathe through her mouth at a rate of 30, her blood pressure was not low, but running around 150/80.  We suctioned her mouth continually to try to keep her from getting nauseous and preventing her from vomiting.  Her oxygen saturation was 97% without any oxygen, and we couldn’t figure out how to put a mask or a nasal cannula on her anyway.  We determined that taping a tube to her cheek and using “blow-by” oxygen was the only way that would help her get the oxygen that she needed.  We stopped at the medical center to determine what the medical control doctors thought we might do to help stop the bleeding.  Pinching the nose was certainly NOT helping.  This procedure only made the bleeding go down the back of her throat which put her airway in jeopardy and required almost constant suctioning.  We had an IV of normal saline running as well for fluid replacement.  The doctor in the Charlevoix ER suggested finding some way to tamponade the blood from inside and at the back of her nostrils.  If the pressure could be put on in this way, we might get the bleeding under control. 
“You probably should take this patient to Northern because she will need surgery by an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist,” our physician stated. 
The fog from the previous day was still hanging around the Harbor Springs Airport where we would usually fly into for a patient going to Northern Michigan Hospital, but the Charlevoix Airport was clear “If you go right now!” was what our local airline pilot told us.  There wasn’t much time to figure out a treatment method, but our RN and PA came up with an idea.
“How about if we use two Foley catheters?  We insert one in each nostril, and then we inflate the balloon on the end.  If we pull on these Foleys, we might be able to stop the bleeding,” our medical center staff opined.  I thought that this was a pretty gross idea.  Putting a catheter meant for the urinary track into a person’s nose just didn’t seem right, but we had to get the bleeding under control, and we had to move quickly before the fog rolled into Charlevoix like it was already in Harbor Springs.  The two Foley catheters were inserted and inflated, and I was assigned to keep them from moving so that the bleeding sites could clot.  The patient was in pain from the pressure that I put on the contraption that we cobbled up, but it worked like a charm.  The bleeding would stay controlled as long as I continued to pull traction on the Foley catheters.  
We loaded up our patient and flew her over to Charlevoix using the local pilot.  At Charlevoix Airport, we contacted Charlevoix Hospital and gave our report.  “Bypass Charlevoix Hospital and go direct to Northern Michigan Hospital,” were the orders that we received.  I had pulled traction on these Foley catheters maintaining bleeding control for the twenty minute flight, so why not continue with the working plan all the way up to Petoskey another twenty minutes?  We had not needed to suction her airway even once on the airplane because the Foleys were working.  Charlevoix EMS gave the patient and BIEMS crew a lights-and-siren run up to Petoskey where we were hustled into the ER at Northern. 
The nurse in the ER took one look at what this patient had up her nose and just shook her head.  I think she thought that we were absolutely nuts.  She pretty much ignored our report and then said, “I think we should get those out of her nose.” 
The patient said, “You will not touch those wonderful things until the doctor gets in here.  What these EMTs have done have provided me with the only relief from a nosebleed that has lasted two days.”  The nurse’s mouth dropped open from that comment, but shortly, the ENT came in and said, “What an ingenious idea using two Foley catheters to stop the bleeding!  How long has the bleeding been under control?”  We told him about forty minutes, and he said, “Good job.  I think we’ll leave those in place until we get the patient into surgery.  If we try to move them now, we could break the clot and start the whole bleeding process again.”    I had gotten the patient’s blood running down both of my arms past the wrists which was washed off before leaving the NMH ER.   The BIEMS crew left that ER feeling pretty good about the whole run.  The store owner went to surgery and was back at work one week later.

That summer proved to be interesting in the trauma department as well.  We had a mail jeep rollover about three-quarters of the distance down the Kings Highway that was mentioned earlier.  Now I’ll tell the rest of the story.  The 54-year-old male was traveling in the mail jeep with a 32-year-old female whose last names were not the same.  When Bee and I arrived at the accident scene there were two patients and two EMTs.  We kept asking for the dispatcher to keep paging the rollover accident until we ended up with enough personnel here to help us take care of the two patients.  We ended up with plenty of firemen who hovered around the bra-less 32-year-old female whose was attractive even with her wounds.  This younger lady was complaining of left shoulder pain, back pain, and head and neck pain. 
She had a laceration to her right forehead, and she stated, “It hurts on the right side of my chest when I breathe.”  The head to toe survey for additional injuries found a bruised left foot and that the laceration extended from her forehead to her right ear.  She had been thrown from the vehicle and was found sitting up on the side of the road close to the vehicle.  Her vital signs were all within normal limits.  She was fitted with a cervical collar.  Then the crew lifted her straight up and placed her on the backboard.  They helped her to lie down on the board and fully immobilized her to the backboard to protect her spine.  Bee directed most of this treatment, made sure she received oxygen, and loaded her into the ambulance using the folding cot which was designed just for this purpose.  (We have an EMT seat on the right side of our ambulance when looking at it from the rear.  This bench seat is designed to hold a second patient when the ambulance crew has this need.)  The 32-year-old patient was placed on the bench seat on a folding cot after she was immobilized on a back board.
The older male patient was quite concerned about the accident, but most of his concern was about whether his insurance company would get this report, and whether his wife would read the report.  You see, this female passenger was not his wife.  He also had a laceration to the forehead, but his was on the left forehead.  He had a “road-rash” abrasion to his left forearm, and he complained of pain “all-over”  He had the beginnings of some great bruises, and he said he had tingling of his left hand.  He could not remember the accident, nor could he remember the entire day. 
He had no memory of who his passenger had been either.  He had been thrown from the mail jeep during the rollover accident also, and he was found sitting upright on the side of the road next to the vehicle.  He had good movement in all his extremities, but we decided to provide full spinal immobilization based upon the mechanism of injury.  I directed treatment of this patient while Bee worked on the other.  We dressed his forehead laceration, and we gave him oxygen by face mask.  His oxygen saturation was 92% prior to the oxygen and 100% after oxygen was applied.  His vital signs were all within normal ranges.  His backboard was placed upon the ambulance cot, and he was loaded into the ambulance next to his female friend.  We now had a predicament.  How do we get two patients off Beaver Island at the same time?
We called the local airlines, and the owner said, “No problem.  We’ll just fly two planes.”  We transported both patients to the local airport and loaded two patients into two separate airplanes.  There had been only four EMTs respond to this emergency so that meant that all four were going to be leaving the island with the patients.  We loaded our patients into the aircraft with Bee in one and me in another.  By the way, Bee was with the female patient the whole time.  We each took one other EMT into the two planes after parking and locking up the ambulance at the airport.  We flew the two patients over to Charlevoix Airport where two Charlevoix EMS ambulances were awaiting our arrival.  We loaded the two patients into these ambulances and turned the patients over to them.  Both patients went to Charlevoix Hospital. 
All four of the Beaver Island EMTs climbed into one aircraft and were flown back to Beaver Island where we had to search for replacement equipment to restock and re-equip our ambulance.  This was the beginning of making sure that we had a backup piece for all of our equipment.  We needed an extra ambulance cot, extra backboards, extra traction splints, extra just about everything that you can imagine because we might never know when we would have to treat more than two patients at the same time.

In EMS training we are all taught about mechanism of injury and which types of injuries represent serious mechanism of injury.  The run this August day would teach us more about mechanism of injury than any textbook anywhere.  At about noon on this warm, clear day we were paged down the East Side Road to a summer residence.  We could see from the road that this had an addition under construction.  We had been paged to a 46-year-old male patient who had fallen from a ladder.  Upon arrival we found the patient sitting up on a cement slab complaining of a headache.  He had an abrasion to his right elbow and his right thigh which we could see because he was in shorts.  He had good movement to all his extremities and denied any numbness or tingling in his extremities.  He had fallen from a 5-6 foot step ladder according to the workers with him.  He had been on the third or fourth step when he slipped off the ladder and fell hitting his head on either the dirt next to the cement knee wall or on the cement knee wall itself.
 Palpation to the head found one portion of his skull that “hurts like hell”.  The patient was oriented to who he was and where he was, but he had no memory of being on the ladder.  His vital signs were all within normal limits and his pupils were equal and reactive to light.  We thought that his mechanism of injury would suggest full spinal immobilization.  That is what we did even though his fall was not far enough to fit the serious mechanism of injury that we had learned in class.  We put him on 4 liters of oxygen by nasal cannula, started an IV of Lactated Ringers per medical control, and loaded him into the back of the BIEMS ambulance. 
We hadn’t made it down his driveway when he began to vomit.  We quickly turned the backboard on the ambulance cot at a forty-five degree angle propped in this position by pillows and suctioned his airway.  We needed to suction this patient again in the airplane after taking off from the local airport enroute to Charlevoix.  Another trauma patient quickly and efficiently transported to a hospital.  We found out later that day that this patient had a fractured skull, was transferred to Northern Michigan Hospital for evaluation, and returned to the Island a week later.

We had a much busier year in 1993 with ambulance runs earlier in the year and some much later in the year as well.  We were truly learning to provide excellent patient care to our friends, neighbors, and tourists.  We were a well-oiled patient transport mechanism with a little patient treatment thrown in to make the trip an ambulance run.


by Joe Moore

(It's automatically terrifying because these unfortunate individuals are our friends, neighbors, and/or relatives)

It's a beautiful summer morning, and the pager goes off, "Station 57 EMS, respond to the tennis court for a 35 year old female with an arm injury."  Our primary ambulance responds right behind the echo car.  We are on the scene and at the patient's side within two minutes.  The patient is a friend who tripped and slid on the court and fell on her left elbow.  The elbow is deformed suggesting a dislocation, but without an x-ray there is no way to rule out a fracture in addition to the dislocation.  The patient rated the pain as a 9 on a scale (zero meaning no pain and ten the worst pain the patient has ever felt).  We splinted the elbow in the position found, loaded the patient onto the ambulance cot, and loaded the cot into the ambulance.  We did not begin transport right away due to the amount of pain the patient was in.  The dirt, gravel, and bumpy roads would cause the patient agony with every bump.  We immediately started an IV, and contacted medical control for an order for pain control.  We got our order for morphine and gave it before leaving the tennis court area.  We also began our trip to the BIRHC.  The patient received 30 mg of Toradol IV which is like Motrin.  The patient's pain level did not decrease much without traction on the injured arm.  We rigged up a low tension traction splint for her arm using a rigid splint duct taped at a 90 degree angle to the stretcher sticking up about three feet above the cot.  We used an ankle hitch for a leg traction splint to go around the patient's wrist.  This was attached to triangle bandages used to pull the slight tension over the top of the rigid splint.  We continued pain management with morphine, loaded the patient, and transported her to the township airport where we turned her over to the crew of Northflight fixed wing aircraft.  The splint (rigged to pull traction) would not fit through the opening of the aircraft, so the flight crew had to hold manual traction throughout the 15 minute flight to Charlevoix and the 3 minute transport by Charlevoix ambulance to the hospital.  We finished the paperwork, stocking, and replenishing of supplies at 2:22 p.m. a little over two and one-half hours after the emergency began.

"Station 57, respond to .... West Side Road, to an 82 year old female victim of a fall on her porch."  This is an unusual day on Beaver Island because we have a former physician assistant (PA) visiting the island who is taking the place of our current FNP at the BIRHC.  I respond with the echo car and find the patient lying on a small deck attached to the home.  The ambulance is a few minutes behind me.  Her right leg is externally rotated, and she is lying on her left side.  I palpated her leg, and pressed gently inward from the outside of her hips.  She let out a string of expletives separated by, " Why... Did... You....Do...that?"  A complete head-to-toe assessment revealed no further injuries.  A pertinent history determines that she had just returned from getting the mail from the mailbox.  She tripped going up the steps, twisted, and felt something snap as she fell.  We stabilize her hip and leg against her other leg with two small pillows in between them and by tying them together with triangle bandages.  We slide her on her side onto a long board to help stabilize her pelvis.  As we are ready to load the patient onto our cot, the PA arrives on scene by personal vehicle.  We load our patient into the ambulance, and the PA gets in with us.  We get an IV started, and I contact medical control by radio with a report and a request for narcotic pain relief.  We do not drive on the gravel roads in toward town and the BIRHC because its 5 miles to the rural health center and only 3 miles to the township airport.  It made no sense to travel 13 miles (5 in, 5 back out, and the additional 3) on bumpy gravel roads and cause the patient that much pain with pain on every bump.  We drive directly to the township airport, but we drive very slowly and gently, avoiding as many bumps as possible.  The arrangements for the fixed wing air transport is made by cell phone.  The patient will be flown to Charlevoix to be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon in the emergency room at the local hospital.  We wait two hours for the patient's flight off the island.  Our patient was kept relatively pain free with narcotics.  Total time for this emergency was a little over three hours and forty-five minutes.  (The PA had practiced on the island years before when we were just a basic life support agency.  It was quite different to work alongside him in an advanced life support emergency.  Really, she just sat and watched us do our job.)

(This was not the only time we were paged to this address. Although this lady had only two hips, we were called to her home three times over the years.  She had a second hip fracture and complications from a hip repair on the first leg.  Osteoporosis is quite an insidious disease costing this country a large amount of money in healthcare costs.  Most of our providers got to know this lady quite well finding her in nightgown once and in the bathroom shower another time.  She is like everyone's grandmother, and she gets that kind of care and concern.)

One of my students from the local high school was riding a dirt bike without a license and without a helmet.  He was riding all the back roads trying to stay out of sight of the deputy.  Unfortunately, the back roads are gravel and his inexperience caused him to lay the bike down and fall on his arm causing a possible humerous (upper arm) fracture.  The day was warm, but also humid, and because of the fog, the aircraft couldn't fly.  No Northflight, no Coast Guard, no local flying service, none were available.  The ferry service had made its trips for the day so we quite literally had no commercial means of getting this patient to the emergency room.  We began to call boat owners on the island to arrange some method of getting this patient to a physician at the local hospital in Charlevoix.  We found a very reliable, experienced boater.  He agreed to take the patient, his father, and an EMT to the mainland in his 28 foot cruiser.  He took his boat down to the local marina, filled it up with gas, and agreed to accept the cost of gas for a round trip for the fee.  BIEMS again favored the best possible patient care and ignored the law for the good of the patient.  We loaded the patient into a privately owned boat, sending an EMT along to be available to adjust the splinted arm's sling and swathe as needed during the 32 mile water "ambulance" trip to Charlevoix, Michigan.  The boat had radar so this was not dangerous.  The EMT got back that same day after the fog cleared.  The total time invested in this run just shy of six and one-half hours.

Over the years we have gotten pretty good at immobilizing and/or treating injured shoulders.  One physician was climbing up on the one large rock named Paul Bunyan's Watch Bob.  This rock sticks about five and one-half feet out of the ground down on the Fox Lake Road.  The part of the rock that is out of the ground is about 9 feet wide and has worn smooth from climbers and the weather.  Like many island visitors, this physician wanted to climb up onto the rock.  He was successful at getting up on top, but, while standing on top, slipped and fell hands first off the rock.  As we found out with the x-ray at the BIRHC, his arm was fractured in an unusual way.  The shaft of his arm was pushed into the ball portion of the ball and socket joint of his shoulder.  The BIRHC did not have the proper size shoulder immobilizer.  I used four triangle bandages at about $1.25 each to double sling and double swathe his arm and shoulder.  He was more comfortable than he had been for several hours, and he was going back to the mainland on a yacht that day.  He signed his release from further transport and complimented us all on the excellent treatment and service.

Another shoulder came into the rural health center.  The patient had been partying the night before.  He had fallen while going up the steps to his motel room and had dislocated his shoulder at about 3 a.m.  He had contacted the FNP on Saturday around noon.  The weather was again not conducive to transportation.  No flights were possible by any aircraft.  This patient was now in agony.  Besides a big hangover, his dislocated shoulder was really painful.  The FNP called me at home and asked if I couldn't get another EMS person to come help relocate this shoulder.  I had assisted with one of these years ago, so I got Jay to come in and help.

 After nine hours of injury, the muscles in and around the shoulder area were in serious spasm.  Our job was to break the spasm and stretch them so the arm bone could go back into the shoulder girdle.  The first method described by the FNP was not successful.  We administered more medication and tried again.  Still no luck was coming for our patient.  A phone call to the emergency physician provided another suggestion.  We were to put our patient on his stomach, and while I was pulling his torso away from the side of the cot, Jay was to pull down toward the floor perpendicular to the cot.  The patient received more medication, Valium and Versed were the medications used.  We tried three times with no success.  The fourth time we put the cot up to its highest position.  I made a figure eight out of a sheet around his torso and shoulder and leaned my body weight into the counter- traction.  Jay put a great deal of his weight into the traction, and we maintained this for a couple minutes.  We finally broke the muscle spasm and were successful at relocation verified by x-ray, and this patent was put into a sling and swathe to allow the shoulder to heal.  This is not your usual EMS run and definitely not the treatments most EMS people provide.  All directed by a trusting FNP onsite and a trusting MD across the 32 mile pond in Charlevoix.

Well, Joe, I really don't see anything all that terrifying about this trauma chapter.  My answer is as simple as this:  It may not be terrifying to read this, but it certainly was terrifying and painful for the patient and the empathetic providers.

At 8:20 pm on a beautiful July evening, when BIEMS gets paged to a residence near the harbor area on the northeastern part of the island.  I run lights and siren in the echo unit. "Station 57 EMS, respond to a fall at a construction site."  When I arrive at the address, I look around the residence for construction and find nothing.  I run up to the door and ask, "Where is your husband?  We were paged to a fall at a construction site."  The wife screams, "He's at the Pierson’s down the East Side.”   I jump back into the echo car, turn the lights and siren back on, and get on the radio.  "57-Alpha 2, respond to the Pierson’s down the East Side for this emergency NOT the residence."  As I pass the ambulance I see the questioning look on the driver's face.  (The phone call to 911 came from the residence.  Someone on the scene had called the patient’s home, and the wife had called 911.  Central Dispatch had used the phone number’s location on their map to dispatch us to that address.)

When we arrive at the construction site, we find a 47 year old male patient on the ground after a fall from a roof onto cement.  He is unconscious and on his back.  There is bleeding from his ears with a pool of blood on the cement around his head.  The patient groans, but does not respond appropriately to a verbal command.  His airway is open, and he is breathing at 16 breaths per minute.  Circulation is adequate with a radial pulse at 68 beats per minute.  His vital signs are, so far, within normal range, but he is seriously injured.  I determine that he is the highest priority patient, and we will move him as quickly as possible.  This is the terror that we have nightmares about. 

This patient is a friend and a neighbor.  This patient needs immediate surgery within the Golden Hour--the first 60 minutes after a trauma occurs.  However, before we can move our patient, we have to protect him.  Due to the mechanism of his injury, a fall on his head from approximately twelve feet, we need to protect our patient's spine including his neck and back.  We suspect a head injury so full immobilization is very appropriate.  We put on a cervical collar to protect his neck, administer oxygen at 12 liters per minute, and work to place our patient on a long backboard, but our patient becomes combative, a bad sign, and five of BIEMS personnel work to secure the patient with straps to the backboard.  Our patient has pulses in all extremities before and after back boarding.  We use a four person lift with one more person protecting cervical spine.  We lift the patient up and place him onto the ambulance cot. 

While we were working on the patient yet another EMT is making phone calls to arrange the flight.  Jay tells us that the USCG helicopter will be enroute so we head for the BIRHC to wait in a controlled environment.  Further assessment reveals that his pupils are equal and reactive, but they react sluggishly.  The cardiac monitor shows normal sinus rhythm.  Even though we are off the scene in eleven minutes, we have to wait for the off-island aircraft.  It is very frustrating.  As we unload the cot from the back of the ambulance at the BIRHC, we have the conversation with both FNPs.  We will keep the patient on our cot.  The IV had been started in the left forearm, and the FNPs re-assess the patient while we await the helicopter.  Sinus bradycardia, a heart rate below 60 beats per minute, is noted on our monitor, and suctioning of the mouth is needed.

One hour after being paged to this emergency we are enroute to the township airport.  The Golden Hour is gone waiting for air transportation.  While enroute, the patient begins vomiting blood from his nose and mouth.  The EMT begins with suctioning to clear the airway.  The paramedic inserts a Combitube after attempting to visualize the vocal cords and attempting intubation.  Ventilation was provided with a bag-valve mask. The medical control physician is contacted by radio, and the physician granted the request to take this patient direct to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. 

The visiting, on-call paramedic asks as she walks out to the helicopter that has just landed, “Will I be able to get back to the island?”  Even with the seriousness of this situation, I can’t answer without a smile on my face.  “I sure hope so!” (When we fly with the USCG helicopter, we get stranded because the USCG will not bring us back home.  This paramedic will be stranded in Traverse City overnight and will have to arrange her own transportation back to Charlevoix.)

The paramedic continued to maintain the airway and ventilate the patient throughout the entire flight.  BIEMS did the best job possible for this patient.  If we had this run to do over, if “do-overs” were possible, the one thing we would definitely change is the time before transportation.  Even though we had no control over that item, we still wonder if it could have made a difference.  What we wouldn't give for an equipped aircraft ready and available on Beaver Island for just such a situation.

(And now, we do have a licensed air transport vehicle, owned and operated by Island Airways, but licensed by our EMS service.  Thank you, Island Airways!)

Corned Beef Dinner Raffle

The ladies of the Beaver Island Friends of Veterans will be selling raffle tickets for a corned beef dinner basket with the drawing to be held on Friday, March 13,2015 at 8:00 PM at The Shamrock.  Tickets are 6/$5.00

The basket includes all the fixings for a real Irish boiled dinner, along with a few Irish beverages and "things Irish".

You can get your tickets from the members of Beaver Island Friends of Veterans or at Stoney Acres or the Shamrock from 5:00 to 7:30 on the night of the raffle.  If you are approached, please be generous as the proceeds of this raffle help the organization with their projects in the community throughout the year.

From the Beaver Island Association

We are pleased to announce the updated link to the Beaver Island Birding Trail for the 2015 Warblers on the Water Events. The events will be held over Memorial Weekend- May 22-24.  The festivities include presentations and field trips by expert guides.  


Thanks to our generous 2015 sponsors for their assistance with the Beaver Island Birding Trail events. 

The sponsors are the Beaver Island Association, Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Lodge, Central Michigan University, Beaver Island Community Center, Dalwhinnies' Bakery and Restaurant, Island Airways, and the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant. 
The Beaver Island Association 
P.O. Box 390 
Beaver Island, MI 49782

History of the Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids

A Short History

(Provided by Dee Gallagher)

Posting for Pilot Member of the BI Airport Commission

Posting for BI District Library Board from Peaine Township

Property Tax Renewal Language

for St. James Township, May Election

Language for Operational millage, Airport millage, and Transfer Station millage

This language was approved at the St. James Township Meeting on 2/4/15.

Gail's Walk Scheduled

5th and 6th Grade Play Announced

The 5th & 6th Graders are performing “Hurry up and Wait” by Burton Bumgarner.  It contains 6 separate scenes depicting 6 ways in which we are asked to “Hurry up and Wait!”  The play will be held on Friday, March 20th at 7pm at the BI Community Center.  Tickets will be on sale as of February 1st.  $5.00 each.

This year’s 5th & 6th graders include:  

Jared Robert

Gage Anderson

Emmalee Antkoviak

Raeleigh Brandt

Jessica LaFreniere

Skylar Marsh

Mackenzie Martin

Elisha Richards

All proceeds, from both the play and the Raffle will go toward funding the 5th & 6th Grade trip to Camp Hayowentha as well as the 7th & 8th grade Trip to Washington DC.

2015 Warblers on the Water Events

We are pleased to announce the updated link to the Beaver Island Birding Trail for the 2015 Warblers on the Water Events. The events will be held over Memorial Weekend- May 22-24.  The festivities include presentations and field trips by expert field guides. http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org/warblers.html

Thanks to our generous island sponsors for their assistance with the Beaver Island Birding Trail events. The sponsors are the Beaver Island Association, Beaver Island Boat Company, Beaver Island Community Center, Beaver Lodge, Central Michigan University, Dalwhinnies' Bakery and Restaurant, Island Airways, and the Shamrock Bar and Restaurant. 

From Holy Cross

February Mass Intentions:

930am Sunday 01 February: Kay McElwain, req. Family. Blessing of candles.
900am Tuesday 03 February: Tina Walker, req. Gary and Tina Morgan
900am Thursday 05 February: Mary Bonner Antrim, req. Family
930am Sunday 08 February: Byron Loy Groesbek, Father of Rob Groesbek
900am Tuesday 10 February: Russell and Joy Green, req. Kevin Green
900am Thursday 12 February: Sr. Eileen Doherty, req. Father Jim Doherty
930am Sunday 15 February: Patrick and Elizabeth LaFreniere & Family, req. Jean LaFreniere
900am Tuesday 17 February: Russell and Joy Green, req. Kevin Green
900am Wednesday 18 February Ash Wednesday: Ash Wednesday Scripture Services with ashes distributed, and followed by Stations of The Cross
700pm Wednesday 18 February Ash Wednesday Mass with the distribution of Ashes: Intentions of the Parish
900am Thursday 19 February: Patrick and Elizabeth LaFreniere
930am Sunday 22 February First Sunday of Lent: Russell and Joy Green, req. Kevin Green
900am Tuesday 24 February: John Eustice req. Father Jim Doherty
900am Thursday 26 February: Janet O’Donnell req. Family

From the Chamber of Commerce

Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

2014 Citizen of the Year Plans

We are pleased to report that Triston Cole, our new State Representative will be visiting Beaver Island on May 15 and addressing our annual gathering about Michigan tourism that evening at our 14th annual Citizen of the Year award banquet. Please plan to attend and welcome Rep Cole to Beaver Island. At the February Chamber Directors meeting we will be outlining plans for the banquet that will be announced in late February.

A 2014 Citizen of the Year nomination form can be found here.


“News on the Net’s Joe Moore was our 2012 Citizen of the Year. Everyone’s nomination is welcome. You don’t have to be a Chamber member to make a nomination”, said Executive Director Steve West.  

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