B. I. News on the 'Net, February 27-March 5, 2017

Crazy Turkeys

March 5, 2017

Is Spring Fever in the air? What is the cause of the somewhat crazy actions of the male tom turkeys in the driveway today? The only likelihood is that they are deciding whos' on first, who's on second, etc. It certainly is an interesting early afternoon here on Carlisle Road.

View a small gallery of photos here

View of the actions in the driveway by the crazy turkeys


Holy Cross Bulletin

March 2017

Live from Holy Cross

March 5, 2017, at 9:30 a.m.

This first Sunday in Lent service was begun a little after 9:30 a.m. while some were just a little late due to the slippery roads. The celebrant was Father John Paul, who did make it over from Charlevoix after being delayed several days due to the interesting Beaver Island weather. The reader today was Joan Banville with the sermon given by our own Deacon Jim Siler.

Nine unique IP addresses viewed the morning's service on the Internet at http://beaverisland.tv

It has been a while since the priest from Charlevoix was able to get to the island and celebrate the Mass from Holy Cross.

View video of the service HERE

Video Report for February 2017

Four hundred seventy-three unique IP addresses viewed 3,074 video clips using 114 GB of bandwidth during the month of February 2017. Of this, forty-four unique IP addresses viewed 6.4 GB of live streamed video with a total viewing of 84 views during this month. Of this total viewership of 473 in the month, 408 unique IP addresses viewed 2944 video clips of current monthly view clips using 105.3 GB of bandwidth. Forty-six viewed some of the older video clips..

I Give Up

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 5, 2017

Partly cloudy skies this morning, 23° with a windchill of 10°, wind is at 15 mph from the SE with gusts to 25 mph, humidity is at 79%, pressure is falling from 30.39 inches, and visibility is 9.7 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs around 40°. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of rain and light freezing rain in the evening, then a chance of rain and a slight chance of light freezing rain after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of March 5, 1845 - The U.S. Congress appropriated $30,000 to ship camels to the western U.S. I was curious to learn more about this adventure, so I went hunting and found this article by Robert Froman: It’s hard to imagine the old west without images of the classic cowboy riding his horse off into the sunset. Yet, if things had gone differently, those old western movies would have had John Wayne riding into town on his camel. When the Lone Ranger was blurting out, “Hi-Yo Silver, away!”, he would have been referring to his two-humped friend. And Roy Rogers would have had a dromedary named Trigger.

To see what I am talking about, we must set our timepieces back to the first part of the nineteenth century. At this time, the United States was undergoing a great expansion in size and most of the land that it obtained in the southwest was desert. It was not a place for man, horses, or mules. Lack of water meant lack of life. Yet, the United States government was determined to explore this territory.

In 1836, Major George H. Crosman felt that he had the perfect solution. He proposed that the U.S. government purchase a bunch of camels. After all, what other animal was better suited for desert conditions? He was certain that this was the answer to their problem. Yet, like all good ideas, it fell on deaf ears. That was until Jefferson Davis, who was a Mississippi senator at the time, was told about the camel scheme. He regularly suggested the importation of camels to anyone that would listen, but, again, the idea went nowhere.

The tide began to change in 1852 when Davis was appointed as Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce. Now he was in the position to recommend the purchase of the camels. It took him another three years, but eventually Davis got the idea approved. On March 3, 1855, the Congress appropriated $30,000 “to be expended under the direction of the War Department in the purchase and importation of camels and dromedaries to be employed for military purposes.” The U.S. Camel Corps was now officially in existence.

Now it was time to get some camels. There were none to be found in the United States, so Major Henry C. Wayne and Lieutenant David D. Porter were sent aboard the Navy ship Supply to the eastern Mediterranean to purchase some. Their knowledge of camels was minimal at best, so their first purchases were poor ones. Once they learned the ropes, they were able to obtain thirty-three of the animals at an average cost of $250 each. The camels were boarded on the ship for their three-month voyage across the sea.

From the moment the camels got on the ship, it was obvious that this plan was headed for failure. Knowing little about the care of camels, Wayne and Porter hired six Arabs and one Turk to make the journey to the United States. Just being born in one of these countries, however, does not make you a camel expert. Like the Americans sent to get the camels, these guys basically knew nothing. The Turkish man, who was hired as the veterinarian, had one treatment for everything that ailed these animals: he tickled their noses with a chameleon tail. Clearly, he was well studied in veterinary medicine!

The ship finally arrived in Indianola, Texas on May 14, 1856. One camel had died on the journey but two were born along the way, so the team was ahead by one. Within minutes of unloading, however, there were problems. First, just the sight of camel made the horses and mules go berserk. Second, they smelled really, really bad and no one wanted to deal with them.

After some fattening up, the camel team was placed at Camp Verde (near San Antonio, Texas) under the command of Lieutenant Edward F. Beale. We can be pretty certain that Beale, who had enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of fourteen, never dreamed he would be asked to lead a pack of dirty, smelly Army camels across the desert. Beale’s mission was quite clear. He was to survey a route from Fort Defiance in New Mexico to eastern California along a trail that would someday become the western portion of that road where you could get your kicks… on Route 66. Clearly, this involved the crossing of a lot of desert terrain. This sounds like a job for… Underdog! No, wait a second. He would die of thirst also. No, this sounds like a job for the super camels!

And off they went. At first, the camels struggled to keep up with the horse and mule teams. They may not have needed as much water, but boy, were the camels slow! However, as in that classic race of the tortoise and the hare, you should always bet on the slow guy. After a few days, the camels adapted to their new environment and left the others in the dust.

When Beale completed his official report and submitted it to Congress, it was clear that the camel experiment was a great success. By this time, John B. Floyd had replaced Jefferson Davis as Secretary of War and made the recommendation to Congress to import one thousand more camels. It looked as if the western spotlight on the horse was about to fade into history.

Whoa! Not so fast! Hold your horses!

Making a recommendation is one thing. Actually getting the money to do it was another. You see, the United States had a big, big problem at the time. The country was on the verge of a Civil War and the last thing Congress needed to deal with was a herd of camels.

Just in case you didn’t know, there was a Civil War. The two sides fought and fought and the United States eventually agreed to be purchased by AOL/Time Warner. (Well, maybe not.) During the war, Camp Verde, which was still home to the camels that did not journey with Beale to California, fell under Confederate control and played absolutely no part in the war. The camels were treated very poorly, mainly because they were misunderstood. If there is one thing that a camel demands, it is R-E-S-P-E-C-T. The camels basically treat you the way you treat them. Hit them with a stick and they will spit on you. Kick them and they will kick you back. It was not unusual for a camel to “accidentally” get loose and have to fare for itself in the desert. As a result, the camels got the reputation of dirty, nasty, and uncooperative animals. Few people had any use for these beasts.

When the war was over, Congress no longer had any interest in the camels. The railroad was expanding west, providing a much better means of transportation. The remaining camels were all auctioned off to the highest bidder, although interest was minimal. Many of these same camels were occasionally seen roaming the vast American desert as late as the beginning of the twentieth century. Unfortunately, the hatred against them was very high and many ranchers used the camels for target practice.

One of the Arabs originally hired for taking care of the camels, a man named Hadji Ali, whose name was Americanized as Hi Jolly, tried for many years to convince others how useful the animals could be. But even he had no success and was forced to let his camels go. Today a monument stands in Arizona in tribute to Hi Jolly and the U.S. Camel Corps.

And so ends the grand camel experiment. It’s hard to imagine how a plan that was so right could end up going so wrong.

Did you know that Nintendo first produced playing cards?

Word of the day: jettison (JET-i-suhn) which means 1) to cast off something regarded as unwanted or burdensom. 2) the act of discarding something. Originally, jettison was the act of throwing goods overboard to lighten a ship in distress. From Latin jactare (to throw), frequentative of jacere (to throw). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ye- (to throw), which also gave us jet, eject, project, reject, object, subject, adjective, joist, jactitation, subjacent, and jaculate. Earliest documented use: 1426.

Trip to the South End

After seeing some wonderful sunset pictures taken by Trish Scott from Iron Ore Bay, the thought of the editor was to see what it looked like down the east side during the daytime after such an amazing snowstorm with somewhere around fourteen inches of snow. The snow was still on the trees at the beginning of the trip especially those areas protected from the wind.

Trish Scott's Iron Ore Sunset

Snow on the trees

View a gallery of pictures HERE

Then headed back up the east side due to fear of getting stuck on the Iron Ore Bay unplowed roadway headed east, there were what appeared to be rocks with ice frozen on top of them. Stopping to get a picture of the cool reflection off the stone, it moved. Yes, what was thought to be a stone wasn't a stone.

Mute swans surprised the editor on the drive back north

Then a quick trip to the point to make certain that the light didn't fall down, or just because it was a tradition. Seen a long way out on the ice were two eagles.

Eagles on the ice a long way out

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 4, 2017

Brrrr, it's -4° outside this morning, clear, blue, skies, wind is at 6 mph from the east, humidity is at 84%, pressure is steady at 30.72 inches, and visibility is 9.3 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 20s. Southeast winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows around 19°. Southeast winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of March 4, 1950 - Walt Disney’s "Cinderella" was released across the U.S.

Did you know that there are 2,598,960 possible hands in a 5 card poker game?

Word of the day: lotus-eater (LOH-tuh s-ee-ter) which means a person who leads a life of dreamy, indolent ease, indifferent to the busy world; daydreamer. In book 9 of the Odyssey, Odysseus tells the story of being blown off course for nine days as he was rounding Cape Malea (the southern tip of the Peloponnesus) westward toward Ithaca, his home island. On the tenth day Odysseus and his companions landed on an unnamed island that the Greek historian Herodotus (5th century b.c.) located on the Libyan coast. The Greek historian Polybius (2nd century b.c.) specifically identified the island as Meninx (now Djerba) off the Tunisian coast. The Greek noun lōtós “lotus” in ancient times referred to several different herbs, plants, shrubs, and trees. One of these, the shrub Ziziphus lotus, is often thought to be the lotus of the Odyssey. Lotus-eater entered English in the 17th century.

BICS Update for March 6-10th

No Apologies

by Cindy Ricksgers

Snow Day Pictures

March 2, 2017

After getting some help yesterday clearing the driveway, and after getting the senior relative clear and able to leave the house, the time came to take some pictures of the beautiful snow that had fallen. Even after three hours of shoveling and blowing snow, the beauty was obvious.

Ducks and Whiskey Point

Christmas tree impersonation.....McDonough Road beauty

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 3, 2017

It's a chilly one out there today! Right now I'm showing 13° with a windchill of 4°, wind is at 7 mph from the NW, humidity is at 84%, pressure is rising from 30.49 inches, and visibility is 5.9 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Highs around 18°. Light winds becoming west at 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with isolated snow showers. Lows around 10°. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of March 3, 1931 - The "Star Spangled Banner," written by Francis Scott Key, was adopted as the American national anthem. The song was originally a poem known as "Defense of Fort McHenry." So, what was the National Anthem before this date? "The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States, with lyrics written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key. Key, a 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet, wrote them as a poem after seeing the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, by British ships in Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812.
The poem, titled "Defense of Fort McHenry," was set to the tune of the popular British drinking song "The Anacreontic Song", more commonly known by its first line, "To Anacreon in Heaven," and became a well-known American patriotic song. With a range of one and a half octaves, it is known for being difficult to sing. It was recognized for official use by the Navy in 1889 and the President in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a Congressional resolution on 3 March 1931 (46 Stat. 1508, codified at 36 USC §301). Although the song has four stanzas, only the first is commonly sung today, with the fourth ("O thus be it ever when free men shall stand ...") added on more formal occasions.
Before 1931, there was no recognized National Anthem for the US. Although, 'God Bless America' and even 'My Country 'tis of Thee(America)' were always sung and played at major occasions before that time.

Did you know that Tug of war was contested as a team event in the Summer Olympics at every Olympiad from 1900 to 1920? Originally the competition was entered by groups called clubs. A country could enter more than one club in the competition, making it possible for one country to earn multiple medals. This happened in 1904, when the United States won all three medals, and in 1908 when the podium was occupied by three British teams.[1] Sweden was also among the top countries with two medals, one as a member of the mixed team.

Word of the day: hydra (HAHY-druh) which means a persistent or many-sided problem that presents new obstacles as soon as one aspect is solved. Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340-c1400) was the first English writer to use ydre, the nine-headed serpent. Middle French ydre derives from Latin hydra, itself a borrowing of Greek hýdra “water-serpent.” Hýdra is closely related to Greek hýdōr “water,” and both words come from the Proto-Indo-European root wed-, wod-, ud- “wet, water.” This same root is the source of “wet, water,” and “wash” in Germanic (English); of voda “water” and vodka “vodka” in Slavic (Czech), of Hittite wātar “water.” Ud- is the variant of the root for both Greek hýdōr and Old Irish uisce “water” (from unattested ud-skio-) and the immediate source of English whisky/whiskey.

James Bruce Buckner Sr. of Bear Lake, Michigan

James “Jim” Bruce Buckner Sr., 75, of Bear Lake, died Sunday, February 26, 2017, at Paul Oliver Living and Rehabilitation Center in Frankfort.  He was born July 24, 1941, the son of Albert and Mary (Blacklock) Buckner.

Born in Muskegon, Jim moved to Elberta where he lived until 1952 when his family moved to Howell.  Jim worked hard to provide for his family, retiring from the oil industry as field foreman.  Jim was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish.  He also liked to go for rides to enjoy the peace and quiet of the woods, often with his faithful dog, “Archie,” or to visit Elberta to take in the breathtaking views of Lake Michigan with his wife and best friend, Marian.  Most of all, Jim loved to spend time with his family, and he always looked forward to large family dinners with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

On September 2, 1960, Jim married Marian Story who survives him.  He is also survived by: his children, Barbara (Bob) Rishel, Sharon (Bob) Roelofs, James Buckner Jr., Richard Buckner, Marianne (Tyone) Gilliand, and Carla (Nathan) Martin; his grandchildren, Aimee (Chris), Derek, Keith (Abbey), Greg, Danielle (Andy), Shelby, Lori, Zakary, B.J. (Laneah), and Cheyanne; his great-grandchildren, Alex, Christopher, Joey, Piper, Olivia, Melanie, Andrew, Alexis, Aiden, Lakaylah, and Silas; his siblings, Joyce (Bob) Bartig and Albert (Karen) W. Buckner; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by: his praents; his great-grandson, Keegan; and by his infant sister, Mary.

Memorial services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Terwilliger Funeral Home, in Kaleva, with the Reverend Cy Bowman officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until time of services at the funeral home. 

The Terwilliger Funeral Home, in Kaleva, is in charge of arrangements.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 2, 2017

March certainly came in like a lion! Now we just have to dig ourselves out. Be very careful out there, it's ice under all that wet, heavy snow. Kudos to the Doug Gillespie and crew for working so hard clearing the roads. Having done a ride-along with them years ago, I know just how hard it is to plow during a blizzard. Way to go, guys! Right now I'm showing 18°, wind chill of 8°, mostly cloudy skies, wind is at 8 mph from the NNW with gusts to 21 mph, humidity is at 82%, pressure is rising from 30.20 inches, and visibility is 9.3 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Highs in the mid 20s. Northwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Lows around 11°. Northwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of March 2, 1877 - In the U.S., Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election by the U.S. Congress. Samuel J. Tilden, however, had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876.

Did you know that people in Iceland read more books per capita than any other country? Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country in the world, with five titles published for every 1,000 Icelanders. But what's really unusual is the timing: Historically, a majority of books in Iceland are sold from late September to early November. It's a national tradition, and it has a name: Jolabokaflod, or the "Christmas Book Flood." (npr.org)

Word of the day: crocodilian (krok-uh-DIL-ee-uh n) which means 1) hypocritical; insincere. 2) of, like, pertaining to a crocodile. 3) any reptile of the order Crocodylia, comprising the true crocodiles and the alligators, caimans, and gavials. Crocodilian can mean "hypocritical, insincere." The insincerity of crocodiles has been noted since ancient times and is also reflected in the term "crocodile tears" (crocodiles supposedly weep for the victims they are eating). Crocodile tears are mentioned in a collection of ancient Greek proverbs attributed to Plutarch (a.d. c46–c120). The proverbs compare the crocodiles’ behavior to that of people who desire or cause the misfortune or death of others but afterward publicly mourn them. Crocodilian entered English in the 17th century.

Notifications of School Closure

BICS Closed March 2, 2017

According to two posts seen on facebook by parents, the schood day for Beaver Island Community School has been canceled for March 2, 2017, due to the snowstorm, winds, and icy roads. Further updates will be posted as the information becomes available.

BICS Closing for Today


Powers Do It Best webcam shot of downtown...Island Airways webcam on the island at Welke Airport

10:30 a.m., March 1, 2017:

"Beaver Island Community School is closing for the day due to poor weather and road conditions. Parents are currently being contacted to pick up their children. Be safe everyone!"

So, yesterday in the afternoon there was fog with a dewpoint and temperature both hovering around the mid-thirties, and today had freezing rain and now snow falling with an almost complete white-out condition. The old saying about weather is true this year for the island. "Turn around, and it will change."

First Year of Diving

by Dick Burris

First Year of Diving: 1966
By Dick Burris

   On an early trip to Beaver Island, I decided I wanted to see what was under water in Lake Genazarath; so I made myself an inner tube raft to support one end of a breathing hose, and used the other end in my mouth. I had no idea of the dynamics of the underwater world; needless to say, my chest hurt afterwords. This introduced me to the term "thoracic squeeze".
When we returned from our vacation, Pat said,"Why don't you take a SCUBA course?"

There was a dive shop, just outside of town, and I spotted it and wheeled my truck in. Of course I immediately signed up for the class, and bought all of the necessary paraphernalia.  Among the limited regulators supply was a "single hose" one; to me it looked less complicated, and I figured it looked like the regulator of the future; later found this to be true. I spotted a mask with a purge valve in it, and selected it, cuz I didn't want water in it that I couldn't just blow out.

The Decor upstream regulator worked well for me in water up to about 100'.  The upstream second stage was fine until the first stage (could) deliver 3000 pounds psi, instead of 140 pounds working pressure, that the second stage hose wasn't designed  for.  I've heard stories that that did happen a few times
The class had a handbook that amongst other things, explained the physics of (Charles & Boyle's law).   I passed the test, and a few days later it was time for the first underwater SCUBA experience.  We went to Barnes Lake for the initial dive.   Our instructor Hal Harding aka (Happy Hal  Harding) cuz I had never seen him smile.   Hal put six 3# weights on my weigh belt; that got me down,  I mean really down.   Hal noticed that I was burrowed in the silt like bullhead;  so he took off three of the weights, that made my buoyancy a little positive, which is perfect.
There were 4 divers in the group, so we buddied up in 2 pairs; my buddy seemed scared to death.  We were supposed to do a buddy breathing ascent from 30 feet;  so I handed my buddy my mouthpiece at the bottom, he took about 4 breaths, and I snapped it back, took a quick breath, and handed it back.  This went on until we reached the surface. This was nerve wracking, but we passed the course.
We then decided to have a dive club.  We had a meeting and wanted to name the club.  I mentioned (The guppies & alligators), that didn't go over big; "the later definition did not exist at that time, lol".    We finally decided on Aquanauts, and had patches made.
Hal had purchased a six by six Army surplus Duck. We all got together for a dive with it on Lake Nepessing, SW of Lapeer. There was a boat launch at the "Hotel" on the lake.  Wanting to cover all bases;  I loaded a sump pump and generator in the Duck, just in case.  I was suited up and ready to jump in, when Hall called me back.  He said,"we're taking water! Does that pump work?"
We dropped the pump down into the water and pumped it out; but it was still running in. The driveshaft to the front wheels had been taken out, and there was a 1-1/2 inch stream gushing into the hull. We knew we had no front wheel drive, so we engaged both of the live axles, and the propeller, and sped it up the ramp. There was a sigh of relief when we were on (terra firma).
In the fall we decided to go to Tobermory Canada, and decided to take a compressor with us, to make sure we had air for our SCUBA tanks.  At customs, they wanted 10% value, to make sure we didn't sell it in Canada; money which they would return upon re-entry to Michigan.   None of us had that much with us. So we said we bought it from a junk yard and only paid $300.00 for it;  lucky for us, they bought the story and we went on our way.
When we reached Tobermory, they had a huge LeRoy compressor.  And told us, we should buy air from them.  They could not get the LeRoy running, so the shoe was on the other foot; and we sold them air from our unit (Ingersoll Rand).  
The water in "Big Tub Harbor" was so clear; I threw a penny in and watched it go down to the 40' bottom. We dove many shipwrecks there;  the one I liked best was the "Forest City" (city of Detroit) was written on the stern.
Our dive boat was run by a guy I named "Captain foul mouth" because many foul adjectives intermingled in his speech. The carburetor in his craft leaked gasoline all of the time we were motoring. Not too comforting, but what the heck!!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

March 1, 2017

First of March already, making it seem as though 2017 is picking up speed as it moves on into the year. I think the majority of my brain cells are still thinking it's January. Living up to the hype, March is coming in like a lion. We are under a Winter Storm Warning with heavy snow until 1 am Thursday. Right now I'm showing 31°, windchill of 22°, wind at 13 mph from the NE with gusts up to 19 mph, humidity is at 97%, pressure is steady at 29.64 inches, and visibility is 1.8 miles. Today: Periods of snow showers, rain showers, and a slight chance of freezing rain in the morning becoming all snow. Tonight: Periods of snow showers in the evening then numerous snow showers after midnight. Lows around 14°. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

On this date of March 1, 1937 - U.S. Steel raised workers’ wages to $5 a day.

Did you know that when baby polar bear cubs are born they cannot see or hear for their first month?

Word of the day: malfeasance (mal-FEE-zuh ns) which means the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing (used especially of an act in violation of a public trust). Tracing the history of the word malfeasance (with an earlier spelling male-feasance) “illegal act, official misconduct” is as disorienting as getting lost in a hall of mirrors. The phrase Male-feasance and Mis-feasance is first recorded in 1663. Misfeasance (spelled misfeasance) “wrongful use of lawful authority” is first recorded in Sir Francis Bacon’s The Elements of the Common Lawes of England (1630). Male-feasance may be a reworking of misfeasance with replacement of the combining form mis- with mal-. The law being very traditional in its terminology, the change of prefix may have been influenced by malfeasor (variously spelled) “malefactor,” which had a very brief history in print—less than a century—and was obsolete by the late 15th century.

BICS Weekly Update

February 28, 2017

What Did You Say? 31

by Joe Moore

This situation of being the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes can sometimes be simply frustrating, but also can be devastatingly frustrating.

What did you say?

Yes, you don’t have any control over the weather.  Sometimes, there is simply no way to get a patient to the hospital.  Take the following situation which is completely fictional although it has happened several times here on the island.

A patient with a serious emergency walks into the medical center.  It’s obviously a situation in which the patient needs definitive care.  There is no flying of any aircraft due to the freezing rain down south or the snow up north.  The patient’s condition requires hospitalization, but there is absolutely no way to transport him.  The local flying services cannot fly due to the freezing rain coming down in Charlevoix.  The air transport out of Traverse City can’t fly due to the same problem.  The air transport from the Upper Peninsula cannot fly due to the blowing snow.  The visibility is not allowing anything to move.  The Coast Guard helicopter cannot fly either.

What did you say?

These are the times that the local EMS and the medical staff have to work together to try to figure out what they can do to help keep the patient alive and viable for the definitive treatment that (s)he needs.  The time of being stranded on this island is truly a frustrating time.  Even though the doctors in the medical control understand this situation, at least the ones that have been stranded on the island, the treatments are limited to stabilization and attempt to maintain this patient’s stability.  Having drugs is not the problem.  Having a good working relationship is not the problem.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Beaver Island Birding Trail Festival—Warblers on the Water

May 26-28, 2017

The 4th annual Beaver Island Birding Festival, Warblers on the Water, will be held on May 26-28, 2017, on Beaver Island, in northern Lake Michigan. The island is a spring migratory song and shore bird mecca with over 200 species of birds recorded from the island. Registration is limited and birders are urged to register early through the Beaver Island Birding Trail website  at http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org.

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

Expert speakers, researchers, and field guides will lead workshops and field trips to some of the island’s 30+ birding sites. Whether you are a novice or expert birder there will be something for you during this Memorial Weekend event.

Featured speakers include Jerry Weinrich, retired wildlife biologist with the Michigan DNR, who will present, “Michigan Eagles and Ospreys, A Bird’s Eye View,” Brian Allen, author,  researcher, and conservationist, who will present “Birding Peru, Penguins to Piping Guans,” and Darrell Lawson, President of the Petoskey Regional Audubon Society, who will offer “Birding 101,” a popular program with advice on all aspects of birding. Field trips include a demonstration of mist netting by Dr. Nancy Seefelt, a biology professor at Central Michigan University, and two evening trips to spot owls and other nocturnal animals.

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

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Kick off  Memorial Day Weekend and summer with a birding trip to one of Michigan’s most scenic and pristine locations-- Beaver Island-- where there are “no crowds, no traffic; just good birding.”

Joint Planning Commission Meeting

February 27, 2017

The Planning Commissions from St. James Township and Peaine Townships met with the LIAA project manager last night at 7 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. BINN was interested in this meeting because it was officially the last meeting of these groups prior to the Joint Township Meeting that will take place on March 7, 2017. At this future meeting, next Tuesday, the two townships will be presented the Master Plan that these groups have been working on for a long time. Previous LIAA meetings have been presented live on the Internet as well as recorded.

One of the reasons for video and pictures of this meeting is to provide the community the members who have been working on this for a long time. Their dedication and efforts need to be recognized. The Master Plan work in still not completed, but will take the form of a submission to the two township boards and moving toward consensus and implementation.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video of this meeting HERE

(Video and pictures by Cheryl Phillips)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 28, 2017

Happy last day of February! Considering the forecast I guess I'm glad I'm down with my annual bout of the dread mocus disease. Overcast skies this morning, 35° outside although it feels like 28°, wind is at 9 mph from the SE, humidity is at 82%, pressure is falling from 30.04 inches, and visibility is 9.6 miles.Today: Rain showers likely and a chance of light freezing rain in the morning then rain showers in the afternoon. Areas of fog through the day. Highs in the mid 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Rain showers. Areas of fog. Lows in the lower 30s. Light winds becoming northeast at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph after midnight.

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 warthogs can reach speeds of 29 mph? and that they can live for 15 years?

Word of the day: shrive (shrahyv) which means 1) to grant absolution to (a penitent). 2) to impose penance on (a sinner). 3) to hear the confession of (a person). Shrive is a borrowing from Latin scrībere “to write, draw” and occurs in all the Germanic languages except Gothic, e.g., Old Norse skrifa “to write, draw,” Old High German scrîban, German schreiben. Old English scrīfan and Middle English shriven, schrifen mean “to impose a penance on (a penitent)” and by extension “to hear (someone’s) confession, absolve (som

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 27, 2017

Finally a great night of sleep, which is why I'm late getting this up. Right now I'm showing clear skies, 21°, wind at 2 mph from the SW with gusts to 19 mph, humidity is at 81%, pressure is steady at 30.23 inches, and visibility is 9.9 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 30s. South winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. South winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of February 27, New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration. I thought it might be interesting to learn more about Mardi Gras, as what little I know is what I've seen on television. So from mardigrasneworleans.com, here is the history of this celebration.

The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. From here, the traditional revelry of "Boeuf Gras," or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies.

On March 2, 1699, French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville arrived at a plot of ground 60 miles directly south of New Orleans, and named it "Pointe du Mardi Gras" when his men realized it was the eve of the festive holiday. Bienville also established "Fort Louis de la Louisiane" (which is now Mobile) in 1702. In 1703, the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile celebrated America's very first Mardi Gras.

In 1704, Mobile established a secret society (Masque de la Mobile), similar to those that form our current Mardi Gras krewes. It lasted until 1709. In 1710, the "Boeuf Gras Society" was formed and paraded from 1711 through 1861. The procession was held with a huge bull's head pushed along on wheels by 16 men. Later, Rex would parade with an actual bull, draped in white and signaling the coming Lenten meat fast. This occurred on Fat Tuesday.

New Orleans was established in 1718 by Bienville. By the 1730s, Mardi Gras was celebrated openly in New Orleans, but not with the parades we know today. In the early 1740s, Louisiana's governor, the Marquis de Vaudreuil, established elegant society balls, which became the model for the New Orleans Mardi Gras balls of today.

The earliest reference to Mardi Gras "Carnival" appears in a 1781 report to the Spanish colonial governing body. That year, the Perseverance Benevolent & Mutual Aid Association was the first of hundreds of clubs and carnival organizations formed in New Orleans.

By the late 1830s, New Orleans held street processions of maskers with carriages and horseback riders to celebrate Mardi Gras. Dazzling gaslight torches, or "flambeaux," lit the way for the krewe's members and lent each event an exciting air of romance and festivity. In 1856, six young Mobile natives formed the Mistick Krewe of Comus, invoking John Milton's hero Comus to represent their organization. Comus brought magic and mystery to New Orleans with dazzling floats (known as tableaux cars) and masked balls. Krewe members remained anonymous.

In 1870, Mardi Gras' second Krewe, the Twelfth Night Revelers, was formed. This is also the first recorded account of Mardi Gras "throws."

Newspapers began to announce Mardi Gras events in advance, and they even printed "Carnival Edition" lithographs of parades' fantastic float designs (after they rolled, of course - themes and floats were always carefully guarded before the procession). At first, these reproductions were small, and details could not be clearly seen. But beginning in 1886 with Proteus' parade "Visions of Other Worlds," these chromolithographs could be produced in full, saturated color, doing justice to the float and costume designs of Carlotta Bonnecase, Charles Briton and B.A. Wikstrom. Each of these designers' work was brought to life by talented Parisian paper-mache' artist Georges Soulie', who for 40 years was responsible for creating all of Carnival's floats and processional outfits.

1872 was the year that a group of businessmen invented a King of Carnival, Rex, to preside over the first daytime parade. To honor the visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff, the businessmen introduced Romanoff's family colors of purple, green and gold as Carnival's official colors. Purple stands for justice; gold for power; and green for faith. This was also the Mardi Gras season that Carnival's improbable anthem, "If Ever I Cease to Love," was cemented, due in part to the Duke's fondness for the tune.

The following year, floats began to be constructed entirely in New Orleans instead of France, culminating with Comus' magnificent "The Missing Links to Darwin's Origin of Species," in which exotic paper-mache' animal costumes served as the basis for Comus to mock both Darwin's theory and local officials, including Governor Henry Warmoth. In 1875, Governor Warmoth signed the "Mardi Gras Act," making Fat Tuesday a legal holiday in Louisiana, which it still is.

Like Comus and the Twelfth Night Revelers, most Mardi Gras krewes today developed from private social clubs with restrictive membership policies. Since all of these parade organizations are completely funded by their members, New Orleanians call it the "Greatest Free Show on Earth!"

Did you know that only pregnant females polar bears hibernate? Well, it isn't exactly hibernation, It's referred to as "denning" instead of hibernation. Only the expecting females den. All the non-pregnant females and males remain active though the winter months.

Word of the day: offing (AW-fing, AWF-ing) which means near future. In nautical use, offing is the part of sea visible from the shore, but beyond anchoring ground. From off (away), from of. Earliest documented use: 1600.

Communion Service from Holy Cross, 9:30 a.m. Sunday

The weather hasn't done much in the way of cooperation for the last few days. The rumor is that the aircraft was on its way from Charlevoix, ran into a snow storm, and had to turn around and go back. Father John Paul has been trying to get to the island since Thursday or Friday, but the weather is not cooperating. The joke from Deacon Jim at the service today was that, "If I need to, I'll get Father John Paul over here in a rowboat." It was planned for him to be here for a week from last Thursday through Ash Wednesday, but no such luck in the weather.

Twelve unique IP addresses viewed the live stream of the service this morning.

Ann Partridge, reader; Deacon Jim Siler, celebrant

View video of the service HERE



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

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Emergency Services Authority

October 27, 2016

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December 29, 2016

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February 23, 2017

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BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

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Information from Our School

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BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

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Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

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Peaine Township Meeting

November 9, 2016

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December 14, 2016

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January 11, 2017

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February 8, 2017

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St. James Township Meeting Video

November 2, 2016

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December 7, 2016

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January 4, 2017

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On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

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The Good Things

by Cindy Ricksgers

Interesting Mix of Precipitation

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

Video of snow and ice


Small gallery of pictures HERE

Levi Connor Talks About Fishing Tourneys

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


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

View pictures HERE

USCG Helicopter Evacuates Emergency Patient

February 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

St. James Township Agenda

March 1, 2017


Congratulations, Captain Ron Marsh!

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

Watching the Fog Roll In

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

Welke Airport aat 4:30 p.m.

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

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

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


Joint Township Meeting on Master Plan

March 6, 2017

Public Works Committee Meeting Schedule

March 9, 2017

Organizational Meeting Scheduled

March 17, 2017





Link to St. James Township Audit Documents

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St James Audit Financials

2016 St James Audit Deficencies

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St James Deficit Letter

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

Holy Cross Bulletin for

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Christian Church Bulletin

March 5, 2017

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