B.I. News on the 'Net, February 3-16, 2020

Ducks, Duck, and More Ducks

February 16, 2020

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

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

Christian Church Service

February 16, 2020

Patrick Nugent gave the sermon today at the Christian Church

View video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

February 15+16, 2020

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

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

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

View video of the Saturday afternoon service HERE

View video of the Sunday morning service HERE

Almost a Lousy Day

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 16, 2020

It's 23° this morning, feels like 15°, the winds have dropped considerably, being from the NW at 8 mph now, humidity is 76%, dew point is 17°, pressure is rising from 30.00 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles.

ON THIS DAY February 16, 1968 sees the first official "911" call placed in the United States. Now taken for granted as first course of action in the event of emergency by nearly all of the nation's 327 million people, 911 is a relatively recent invention and was still not standard across the United States for many years after its adoption by Congress.

As telephones became common in U.S. households, fire departments around the country recommended establishing a single, simple number to be dialed in the event of a fire or other emergency. A similar system had been implemented in the United Kingdom decades earlier, in 1936, when the code 999 was chosen for emergency telegraph and phone communications. The Federal Communications Commission decided to act in 1967, but the number itself came not from the government but from AT&T, the corporation that controlled nearly all phone lines in the U.S. via its long-distance service and ownership of local Bell Telephone subsidiaries. At the time, AT&T was considered a "natural monopoly," a monopoly allowed to exist because high infrastructure costs and barriers to entry prevented challengers from emerging. AT&T suggested the number 911 because it was easy to remember and, crucially, had not yet been designated as an area code or other code, which would make the transition easier.

The first 911 call was placed by Rep. Rankin Fite, the Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives, in the town of Haleyville, AL on February 16th of the following year. Nome, Alaska adopted the system a week later. Still, it would years before the system was widespread and decades before it was uniform. It was only in 1973 that the White House issued an official statement in favor of 911, and even that a suggestion rather than a law or executive order. By 1987, 50 percent of the nation was using the system. Canada chose to adopt the same number for its emergency calls, and 98% of the US and Canada can now contact emergency services by dialing 911. 999 is in use in a number of former British colonies, and the number 112 is used in Russia, Brazil, and other nations, even sometimes routing to the same services as 911 in the U.S. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT The world’s first motel is in San Luis Obispo. Built in 1925. When opened, it cost $1.25 for a two-room bungalow with a kitchen and a private adjoining garage.(thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY stipulate (STIP-yuh-layt) which means
1 : to make an agreement or covenant to do or forbear something : contract
2 : to demand an express term in an agreement
3 : to specify as a condition or requirement (as of an agreement or offer)
4 : to give a guarantee of
Like many terms used in the legal profession, stipulate has its roots in Latin. It derives from stipulatus, the past participle of stipulari, a verb meaning "to demand a guarantee (from a prospective debtor)." Stipulate has been a part of the English language since the 17th century. In Roman law, oral contracts were deemed valid only if they followed a proper question-and-answer format; stipulate was sometimes used specifically of this same process of contract making, though it also could be used more generally for any means of making a contract or agreement. The "to specify as a condition or requirement" meaning of stipulate also dates to the 17th century, and is the sense of the word most often encountered in current use. (merriam-webster.com)

Holy Cross Bulletin for February 2020

Colleen McDonough Has Baby Girl

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 15, 2020

We are in a Lakeshore Flood Warning until 6 pm tonight. It is 26°, feels like 11°, wind is from the SSW at 15 mph with gusts to 26 mph, humidity is at 78%, dew point is 20°, pressure is falling from 29.99 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Chance of snow for today is 90% with winds from the SW at 20 to 30 mph. Winds will die down to 10 to 20 mph this evening and a few flurries or snow showers are possible.

ON THIS DAY A massive explosion of unknown origin sinks the battleship USS Maine in Cuba’s Havana harbor on February 15, 1898, killing 260 of the fewer than 400 American crew members aboard.

One of the first American battleships, the Maine weighed more than 6,000 tons and was built at a cost of more than $2 million. Ostensibly on a friendly visit, the Maine had been sent to Cuba to protect the interests of Americans there after a rebellion against Spanish rule broke out in Havana in January.

An official U.S. Naval Court of Inquiry ruled in March that the ship was blown up by a mine, without directly placing the blame on Spain. Much of Congress and a majority of the American public expressed little doubt that Spain was responsible and called for a declaration of war.

Subsequent diplomatic failures to resolve the Maine matter, coupled with United States indignation over Spain’s brutal suppression of the Cuban rebellion and continued losses to American investment, led to the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in April 1898.

Within three months, the United States had decisively defeated Spanish forces on land and sea, and in August an armistice halted the fighting. On December 12, 1898, the Treaty of Paris was signed between the United States and Spain, officially ending the Spanish-American War and granting the United States its first overseas empire with the ceding of such former Spanish possessions as Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines.

In 1976, a team of American naval investigators concluded that the Maine explosion was likely caused by a fire that ignited its ammunition stocks, not by a Spanish mine or act of sabotage. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT There is a town in Nebraska called Monowi with a population of one. The only resident is a woman who is the Mayor, Bartender and Librarian. It is the only incorporated municipality in the United States with such a population. (thefactsite.com) ...and you thought our town was small!!

WORD OF THE DAY vinaceous (vye-NAY-shus) which means: of the color of red wine. The first recorded evidence of vinaceous in English dates from 1678, shortly before the accession of Mary II. If ever the queen used vinaceous, she was probably in the confines of her landscaped garden, admiring the vinaceous shades of petals or studying the vinaceous cap of a mushroom; since its beginning, vinaceous has flourished in the earthy lexicon of horticulture and mycology. It has also taken flight in the ornithological world as a descriptive word for the unique red coloring of some birds, like the vinaceous purple finch. (merriam-webster.com)

Patrons for the Arts in Rural Communities

(PARC) Patrons of the Arts in Rural Communities

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

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

View the annual report HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Hope you have a fabulous day! Warm hearts but chilly weather outside again today. Right now I'm showing 11°, feels like -4°, wind is from the west at 13 mph, with gusts to 16 mph, humidity is at 69%, dew point is 3°, pressure is rising from 30.35 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. This afternoon will be partly cloudy with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Tonight the wind will pick up again from the SSW 20 to 30 mph with higher wind gusts possible.

ON THIS DAY Future President Theodore Roosevelt’s wife and mother die, only hours apart, on February 14, 1884.

Roosevelt was at work in the New York state legislature attempting to get a government reform bill passed when he was summoned home by his family. He returned home to find his mother, Mittie, had succumbed to typhoid fever. On the same day, his wife of four years, Alice Lee, died of Bright’s disease, a severe kidney ailment. Only two days before her death, Alice Lee had given birth to the couple’s daughter, Alice.

The double tragedy devastated Roosevelt. He ordered those around him not to mention his wife’s name. Burdened by grief, he abandoned politics, left the infant Alice with his sister Bamie, and, at the end of 1884, struck out for the Dakota territories, where he lived as a rancher and worked as a sheriff for two years. When not engrossed in raising cattle or acting as the local lawman, Roosevelt found time to indulge his passion for reading and writing history. After a blizzard wiped out his prized herd of cattle in 1885, Roosevelt decided to return to eastern society. Once back in New York in 1886, he again took up politics and took over raising his precocious daughter, Alice, who later became a national celebrity.

After stints in the Spanish-American War and as governor of New York, Roosevelt won a spot as William McKinley’s vice-presidential running mate in 1896. When McKinley died at the beginning of his second term in 1901, Roosevelt moved into the White House, where he and his family would spend the next eight years.

Alice grew to admire and respect her father yet, according to her memoirs and friends, she harbored resentment toward him for having abandoned her as a baby. Not long after he married his second wife, Edith, in 1886, Alice found herself competing not only with her father’s political cronies and new wife for his attention, but also with her five half-siblings who arrived in quick succession. The high-spirited Alice perhaps took to scandalous behavior in retaliation.

The Roosevelt era coincided with a repressive time in women’s history, but the outspoken and independent Alice flouted acceptable behavior and reveled in the spotlight as first daughter. Alice’s activities as a young adult, such as smoking and staying out late with boys, irked her father, who nevertheless indulged her. In one instance when she repeatedly burst into a White House meeting, Roosevelt shrugged apologetically, I can either run the country or I can control Alice, but I cannot possibly do both.

After Roosevelt left office, Alice maintained a high profile in Washington society. She was banned from visiting the Taft White House after a voodoo doll of Mrs. Taft was found buried (by Alice) in the front lawn. President Wilson also banned her from White House society in retaliation for her making a lewd comment about him in public. Wilson was not her only target—she once remarked that her friend, Warren Harding’s vice president Calvin Coolidge, looked as though he’s been weaned on a pickle. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT On February 14, around the year 270 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed.

Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families.

To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.

When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Valentine was arrested and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. The sentence was carried out on February 14, on or about the year 270.

Legend also has it that while in jail, St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine.”

For his great service, Valentine was named a saint after his death.

In truth, the exact origins and identity of St. Valentine are unclear. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under the date of 14 February.” One was a priest in Rome, the second one was a bishop of Interamna (now Terni, Italy) and the third St. Valentine was a martyr in the Roman province of Africa.

Legends vary on how the martyr’s name became connected with romance. The date of his death may have become mingled with the Feast of Lupercalia, a pagan festival of love. On these occasions, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed. In 496 A.D., Pope Gelasius decided to put an end to the Feast of Lupercalia, and he declared that February 14 be celebrated as St Valentine’s Day.

Gradually, February 14 became a date for exchanging love messages, poems and simple gifts such as flowers. (history.com)

WORD OF THE DAY Cupid (KYOO-pid) which means:
1 : the Roman god of erotic love
2 not capitalized : a figure that represents Cupid as a naked usually winged boy often holding a bow and arrow
According to Roman mythology, Cupid was the son of Mercury, the messenger god, and Venus, the goddess of love. In Roman times, the winged "messenger of love" was sometimes depicted in armor, but no one is sure if that was intended as a sarcastic comment on the similarities between warfare and romance, or a reminder that love conquers all. Cupid was generally seen as a good spirit who brought happiness to all, but his matchmaking could cause mischief. Venus wasn't above using her son's power to get revenge on her rivals, and she once plotted to have the beautiful mortal Psyche fall in love with a despicable man. But the plan backfired: Cupid fell in love with Psyche, and she eventually became his immortal wife. (merriam-webster.com)

BICS Weekly Update

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update
February 13, 2020

No School for Students February 14th
February 14th is a teacher professional development day. No School for students.

BICS Basketball @ Paradise February 14th
A co-ed team of Islanders basketball players will travel to Paradise to take on the co-ed Paradise Rockets team.

Home Makeup Basketball Games Monday the 17th 
Islander home makeup games against Munising Baptist Monday the 17th starting at 12:30. Please come to the school to cheer on our team for these important games!

District Basketball Tournament Fundraiser!
The BICS Varsity Basketball players will be doing a “Free-Throw-a-Thon” to raise money to help pay for the added costs of them participating in the MHSAA District Tournament taking place the first two weeks in March. Varsity athletes will be seeking pledges from family and friends. Contributors can pledge an amount for each free throw made (out of 100 attempts) or a flat fee. The Free-Throw-a-Thon will take place after school on Friday, February 28th. We appreciate your support for our athletic program!

Beaver Island Winter Fest February 15th
Ice Fishing Tournament February 16th
TONS of great prizes and lots of fun on both Saturday and Sunday. Get out and enjoy the beautiful frozen waterscape! Special thanks to the Beaver Island Wildlife Club and the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce for coordinating this winter extravaganza!

February 21st & 22nd Northern Lights League Basketball Tournament @ Hannahville
Next weekend our Islanders travel to Hannahville for the NLL Tournament.

Have a Great Weekend!
Stay Warm Out There!


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

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

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

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

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


February 12, 2020

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

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

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 13, 2020

It's a bit more than invigorating this morning. I'm showing 5°, feels like -11°, wind is from the north at 13 mph with gusts to 20 mph, humidity is at 72%, dew point is -1°, pressure is rising from 30.00 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. The high for today should be about 10°. The winds will continue. Stay warm and check on any outside critters.

ON THIS DAY in 1633, Italian philosopher, astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome to face charges of heresy for advocating Copernican theory, which holds that the Earth revolves around the Sun. Galileo officially faced the Roman Inquisition in April of that same year and agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence. Put under house arrest indefinitely by Pope Urban VIII, Galileo spent the rest of his days at his villa in Arcetri, near Florence, before dying on January 8, 1642.

Galileo, the son of a musician, was born February 15, 1564, in Pisa, in what is today known as Italy. He entered the University of Pisa planning to study medicine, but shifted his focus to philosophy and mathematics. In 1589, he became a professor at Pisa for several years, during which time he demonstrated that the speed of a falling object is not proportional to its weight, as Aristotle had believed. According to some reports, Galileo conducted his research by dropping objects of different weights from the Leaning Tower of Pisa. From 1592 to 1630, Galileo was a math professor at the University of Padua, where he developed a telescope that enabled him to observe lunar mountains and craters, the four largest moons of Jupiter and the phases of Venus. He also discovered that the Milky Way was made up of stars. Following the publication of his research in 1610, Galileo gained acclaim and was appointed court mathematician at Florence.

Galileo’s research led him to become an advocate of the work of the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543). However, the Copernican theory of a sun-centered solar system conflicted with the teachings of the powerful Roman Catholic Church, which essentially ruled Italy at the time. Church teachings contended that Earth, not the sun, was at the center of the universe. In 1633, Galileo was brought before the Roman Inquisition, a judicial system established by the papacy in 1542 to regulate church doctrine. This included the banning of books that conflicted with church teachings. The Roman Inquisition had its roots in the Inquisition of the Middle Ages, the purpose of which was to seek out and prosecute heretics, considered enemies of the state.

Today, Galileo is recognized for making important contributions to the study of motion and astronomy. His work influenced later scientists such as the English mathematician and physicist Sir Isaac Newton, who developed the law of universal gravitation. In 1992, the Vatican formally acknowledged its mistake in condemning Galileo. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Ben & Jerry’s has an online flavor graveyard for their 10 discontinued ice cream flavors. Each one has a photo, life span, and epitaph. (thefactsite.com) Here's a link to the Flavor Graveyard's most missed flavors if you scroll down. https://www.benjerry.com/flavors/flavor-graveyard

WORD OF THE DAY gustatory (GUSS-tuh-tor-ee) which means relating to or associated with eating or the sense of taste. Gustatory is a member of a finite set of words that describe the senses with which we encounter our world, the other members being visual, aural, olfactory, and tactile. Like its peers, gustatory has its roots in Latin—in this case, the Latin word gustare, meaning "to taste." Gustare is a somewhat distant relative of several common English words, among them choose and disgust, but it is a direct ancestor of gustatory, gustation, meaning "the act or sensation of tasting," and degustation, meaning "the action or an instance of tasting especially in a series of small portions." (merriam-webster.com)

TV 7 and 4 Visits the Island School

Paul Cole, Chamber of Commerce Director brought the crew to the school.

View short video clip HERE

Lady Islanders and Islander Versus Lady Lakers and Lakers

February 12, 2020 at noon

The attendees to the basketball game at noon.

The Mackinaw Island Lady Lakers and the Lakers came to Beaver Island today to play a make-up game for both teams all in one day. The games began with the Lady Islanders playing against the Lady Lakers. The Lady Islanders took an early lead, but the ending score was much closer, too close for comfort. The Lady Islanders won by one point.

Mary Patay, Lady Laker coach; Tammy LaFreniere Lady Islander coach

.........Sky scores..........Elsie controls the ball........Jess puts up a rebound

View a gallery of Lady Islander photos HERE

View video of Lady Islander game HERE

The Laker boys' team had only three high school students on it, and the younger players had a rough time against the Islanders. The Lakers played hard, but the talented Islander boys took off with a large lead in the first half. Coach Burton played the younger boys, giving all of them a chance to play. Islanders win by a large margin.

John Brady swish......Jared lays it up

Micah lays one in......Aedan shoot from outside

View a gallery of Islander photos HERE

View video of Islander game HERE

Our cheerleaders are divided into two groups, junior cheerleaders and senior cheerleaders. They worked very hard today to entertain and get the attendeed involved in the cheers.

The junior cheerleaders

Senior cheerleaders

View video of the cheers HERE

View the video of the live streamed game HERE

St. James Township Campground to Start Renovations in the Spring

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kathleen McNamara
St. James Township Supervisor
231 448-2014

NLMIC Meeting, Feb 5th, in Charlevoix

Hello Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative,

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

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

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


Matt P & Jennifer K

Beaver Island CMU IS Internship Program Position Posting 2020

Coastal Idea Template 2020

Dear partners in coastal management

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 12, 2020

It's 29° outside this morning, feels like 13°, wind is from the SW at 17 mph with gusts to 28 mph, humidity is 77%, dew point is 23°, pressure is 29.90 inches, cloud cover is 76%, and visibility is 10 miles. It's going to be a windy day so hang on to your hats. Chance of snow is 40% to 60%.

ON THIS DAY February 12, 1789, Vermont Patriot Ethan Allen dies of a stroke at age 52 on his Winooski River homestead.

Allen is best remembered as the patriotic leader of the Green Mountain Boys, who took the British fort at Ticonderoga with Benedict Arnold in May 1775. He also had a varied career defending his land interests in the New Hampshire Grants (now part of Vermont) from any challenge. Allen, like Arnold, faced charges of treason; he attempted to negotiate terms by which Vermont could rejoin the British empire in the early 1780s when New York blocked its acceptance as one of the United States.

Allen was the eldest of eight children born to Joseph and Mary Baker Allen in Connecticut. Joseph Allen was among a group of New Englanders who had acquired titles to land in what is now Vermont from the government of New Hampshire. When New York claimed the right to sell the same land and began to do so, Allen led the protest in defense of the New Hampshire Grants. When his father died in 1755, Ethan assumed the mantle of leadership, and led the Green Mountain Boys in guerrilla actions against New York landowners in Vermont. New Yorkers responded by issuing a warrant for his arrest and a reward of £100 for anyone bringing him into custody.

Allen earned the title of Patriot by his actions at Ticonderoga. Although displeased with his colonial neighbors, Allen had no affection for the British. He and Arnold took Ticonderoga and seized the cannon that would allow the Patriots to drive the British from Boston before the 22 British troops stationed at the fort realized that they were at war with their colonies. Allen continued into Canada, where he was taken prisoner by the British in Montreal in August 1775. He was held for three years before being released in the colony he most despised, New York.

Allen spent the rest of his life serving and promoting the interests of Vermont. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Swedish meatballs originated from a recipe King Charles XII brought back from Turkey in the early 1800s. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY resile (rih-ZYLE) which means: recoil, retract; especially : to return to a prior position. Resile is a resilient word: it's been in use in English since the early 1500s. It's also a cousin of resilient, and both words derive from the Latin verb resilire, which means "to jump back" or "recoil." (Resilire, in turn, comes from salire, meaning "to leap.") Resilient focuses on the ability of something to "bounce back" from damage, whereas resile generally applies to someone or something that withdraws from an agreement or "jumps back" from a stated position. Resile is a word that shows up only occasionally in U.S. sources; it is more common in British and especially Australian English. (merriam-webster.com)

Winter Settles In

by Cindy Ricksgers

Statement: Trump Budget Shortchanges Great Lakes 

Molly Flanagan, Alliance for the Great Lakes Vice President for Policy

Chicago, IL (February 10, 2020) - Earlier today President Trump released his FY21 budget proposal. Alliance for the Great Lakes Vice President for Policy Molly Flanagan released the following statement:

“Although the President has proposed funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, his budget includes significant overall cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other environmental programs. Funding for the GLRI is important, but not nearly enough to protect the lakes. 

Over the past three years, the Trump administration has gutted parts of the Clean Water Act and proposed major rollbacks of the National Environmental Policy Act, two of our nation’s cornerstone environmental policies. And in each of his budgets, the President has proposed significant cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others charged with enforcing environmental regulations and implementing programs like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. 

Moreover, the lack of enforcement and understaffed environmental agencies, puts past investments in Great Lakes restoration at risk. While we fully support funding for the GLRI, money alone won’t protect the Great Lakes.”

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 11, 2020

Turned the furnace down to 68° (as we do every night), got up this morning and it's 62° in here! We did sleep well though. Hurry up coffee and get heating furnace! Right now I'm showing 28° outside, feels like 14°, wind is from the WSW at 14 mph, humidity is 75%, dew point is 21°, pressure is 29.91 inches, cloud cover is 90% and visibility is 10 miles.

ON THIS DAY in 1805, Sacagawea, the Shoshone interpreter and guide to the Lewis and Clark expedition, gives birth to her first child, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau.

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark first met the young Sacagawea while spending the winter among the Mandan Indians along the Upper Missouri River, not far from present-day Bismarck, North Dakota. Still only a teenager, Sacagawea was the wife of a French-Canadian fur trapper, Toussaint Charbonneau, who had purchased her from Hidatsa kidnappers the year before. The Hidatsa had taken Sacagawea from her homeland along the Continental Divide in modern-day southwestern Montana and southeastern Idaho, where she was the daughter of a prominent Shoshone chief. Viewing such captives as little more than slaves, the Hidatsa were happy to sell Sacagawea and another woman to Charbonneau, who used them as laborers, porters, and sexual companions.

That winter, Lewis and Clark hired Charbonneau as an interpreter for their projected expedition to the Pacific and back, provided he agreed to bring along his young wife. Lewis and Clark knew they would have to obtain horses from the Shoshone to cross the Continental Divide, and Sacagawea’s services as an interpreter could prove invaluable. Charbonneau agreed, and she became the only woman to join the Corps of Discovery.

Two months before the expedition was to depart, Lewis and Clark found themselves with another co-traveler, who later proved useful in an unexpected way. On this day in 1805, Sacagawea went into labor. Lewis, who would often act as the expedition’s doctor in the months to come, was called on for the first and only time during the journey to assist in a delivery. Lewis was anxious to insure his new Shoshone interpreter was in good shape for the arduous journey to come, and he later worriedly reported “her labour was tedious and the pain violent.” Told that a small amount of the rattle of rattlesnake might speed the delivery, Lewis broke up a rattler tail and mixed it with water. “She had not taken [the mixture] more than ten minutes before she brought forth,” Lewis happily reported.

Named Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, the cries of the healthy young boy announced the arrival of a new member of the Corps of Discovery. No one, it seemed, contemplated leaving Sacagawea and her infant son behind–when the party set out up the Missouri in April 1805, Sacagawea carried Jean Baptiste on her back in an Indian cradleboard. Nicknamed “Pomp” or “Pompey” by Clark, who developed a strong attachment to the boy, Jean Baptiste accompanied his mother on every step of her epic journey to the Pacific and back.

Mother and son both were invaluable to the expedition. As hoped, Sacagawea’s services as a translator played a pivotal role in securing horses from the Shoshone. Jean Baptiste’s presence also proved unexpectedly useful by helping to convince the Indians the party encountered that their intentions were peaceful-no war party, the Indians reasoned, would bring along a mother and infant.

When the Corps of Discovery returned east in 1805, Charbonneau, Sacagawea, and Jean Baptiste resumed the fur-trading life. Little is known of Sacagawea’s subsequent fate, though a fur trader claimed she died of a “putrid fever” in 1812 at a Missouri River trading post. True to a promise he had made to Sacagawea during the expedition, Clark paid for Jean Baptiste’s education at a St. Louis Catholic academy and became something of an adoptive father to the boy. A bright and charismatic young man, Jean Baptiste learned French, German, and Spanish, hunted with noblemen in the Black Forest of Germany, traveled in Africa, and returned to further explore the American West. He died in 1866 en route to the newly discovered gold fields of Montana. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT When mice live in the wild, they typically only live for about six months. This is mostly due to the fact that they have so many predators. However, in a controlled environment like being kept as a pet, they can live up to two years. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY obloquy (AH-bluh-kwee) which means:
1 : a strongly condemnatory utterance : abusive language
2 : the condition of one that is discredited : bad repute
English speakers can choose from several synonyms to name a tongue-lashing. Abuse is a good general term that usually stresses the anger of the speaker and the harshness of the language, as in "scathing verbal abuse." Vituperation often specifies fluent, sustained abuse; "a torrent of vituperation" is a typical use of this term. Invective implies vehemence comparable to vituperation but may suggest greater verbal and rhetorical skill; it may also apply especially to a public denunciation, as in "blistering political invective." Obloquy, which comes from the Late Latin ob- (meaning "against") plus loquī (meaning "to speak"), suggests defamation and consequent shame and disgrace; a typical example of its use is "subjected to obloquy and derision." (merriam-webster.com)

Snowy Owl

February 9, 2020

While earlier in this past month or two, there were at least two snowy owls on the island, but they had not been seen in town for a while. This one was sitting way out on the ice in the middle of the harbor. The black dot that could be seen way out there was brought in with the longest setting on the camera from the yacht dock parking lot. They're still here.

Coming This Weekend

BICS Board of Education Meeting

February 11, 2020, at 7 p.m.

View the board packet HERE

View video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Planning Commission Meeting

February 11, 2020, 5 p.m.

View the agenda HERE

Peaine Township Board Meeting

February 10, 2020, at 7 p.m.

View the agenda HERE

View the Board Packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 10, 2020

Looks like a scene from Frozen outside this morning. We got 3 or 4 inches of snow yesterday and last night. It's beautiful! Right now I'm showing 13°, sunny skies, the wind is calm, humidity is at 91%, dew point is 11°, pressure is rising from 30.08 inches, cloud cover is 10%, and visibility is 10 miles.

ON THIS DAY in 1957, Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the best-selling “Little House” series of children’s novels based on her childhood on the American frontier, dies at age 90 in Mansfield, Missouri.

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls was born in a log cabin near Pepin, Wisconsin, on February 7, 1867, the second of Charles and Caroline Quiner Ingalls’ four daughters. As a child, she lived with her family in Indian Territory in Kansas, as well as in farming communities in Minnesota and Iowa. In the late 1870s, the Ingalls moved to Dakota Territory, settling in present-day De Smet, South Dakota. Laura Ingalls worked as a school teacher in the area, starting in her teens, and in 1885, married Almanzo Wilder, a local homesteader 10 years her senior. In 1886, the couple had a daughter; their only other child, a son, died shortly after his birth in 1889.

In 1894, after several years of drought in South Dakota, the Wilders traveled by covered wagon to Mansfield, Missouri, in the Ozarks, where they established a farm. Years later, Laura Ingalls Wilder began contributing essays to local newspapers. In 1932, Wilder, then in her 60s, published her first novel, “Little House in the Big Woods,” an autobiographical account of pioneer life in Wisconsin. The book became a success, and she went on to publish seven more novels based on her experiences growing up on the American frontier in the 1870s and 1880s. These books, including “Little House on the Prairie” (1935), “On the Banks of Plum Creek” (1937) and “The Long Winter” (1940), chronicled the joys and hardships (including illnesses, crop failures, blizzards, fires and grasshopper plagues) that Wilder and her family experienced. A ninth novel, “The First Four Years,” (1971) was published posthumously, as were several other books based on Wilder’s journals and letters. Wilder’s daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, an author and journalist, is believed to have helped edit her mother’s books, although the exact extent of her collaboration is unknown.

The “Little House” books have been translated into dozens of languages and continue to be read by legions of fans. The books also inspired a hit TV series, “Little House on the Prairie,” which originally aired from 1974 to 1982 and starred Melissa Gilbert as the plucky Laura and Michael Landon as her father Charles.

After Laura Ingalls Wilder died in 1957, her longtime Missouri home, Rocky Ridge Farm, became a museum. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT The color red does not make bulls angry. In fact, bulls are partially color blind compared to healthy humans, so that they cannot see red. According to the book "Improving Animal Welfare" by Temple Grandin, cattle lack the red retina receptor and can only see yellow, green, blue, and violet colors. (thefactsite.com)

Bulls are irritated by the movement of the cape. They see the waving fabric and charge, regardless of color. In fact, the muleta is only used in the final 3rd of a bullfight The matador uses it to hide his sword, and he pierces the bull as it charges past. The cape is traditionally red to mask the bloodstains. (businessinsider.com)

WORD OF THE DAY debonair (deb-uh-NAIR) which means:
1 : suave, urbane
2 : lighthearted, nonchalant
In Anglo-French, someone who was genteel and well-brought-up was described as deboneire—literally "of good family or nature" (from the three-word phrase de bon aire). When the word was borrowed into English in the 13th century, it basically meant "courteous," a narrow sense now pretty much obsolete. Today's debonair incorporates charm, polish, and worldliness, often combined with a carefree attitude (think James Bond). And yes, we tend to use this sense mostly, though not exclusively, of men. The "carefree" characteristic of a debonair person influenced the modern "lighthearted, nonchalant" sense of the word, as illustrated by film critic Owen Gleiberman: "It wouldn't be wrong to call Ocean's Eleven a trifle, but it's a debonair trifle made with high-wire effrontery, the kind that can't be faked. This giddy and glancing charade is one of the most sheerly pleasurable movies to come out this year…." (merriam-webster.com)

COA Senior Dinner

February 9, 2020

The food for today was delicious and included Cheese Raviolis, Italian Meatballs, Red Sauce, Parmesan Cheese, Fresh side Salad, Garlic Bread, and Desserts including cheesecake. This may be the last senior dinner with Kathie Ehinger. She will be leaving the island.

View a small gallery of photos HERE

View a video of the dinner HERE

Christian Church Service

February 9, 2020

View video of this service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

February 8+9, 2020

Saturday afternoon Mass is at 4 p.m., and Sunday morning Mass is at 9:30 a.m. Both were live streamed from Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island.

On Saturday, the reader was Brian Foli. On Sunday, the reader was Joanie Banville. The celebrant for both services was Father Jim Siler. Father Jim will be gone for the next couple weeks, so visiting priests will be visiting while he is gone.



A New Addition

View video of Saturday Service HERE

View video os Sunday Service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 9, 2020

It's a cold one! Judging by the tint of the clouds, the sunrise must have been spectacular. Right now I'm showing 28°, feels like 13°, wind is from the WSW at 15 mph with gusts to 20 mph, humidity is at 70%, dew point is 20°, pressure is at 30.16 inches, cloud cover is 90%, and visibility is 10 miles. 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected this afternoon.

ON THIS DAY in 1971, pitcher Leroy “Satchel” Paige becomes the first Negro League veteran to be nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame. In August of that year, Paige, a pitching legend known for his fastball, showmanship and the longevity of his playing career, which spanned five decades, was inducted. Joe DiMaggio once called Paige “the best and fastest pitcher I’ve ever faced.”

Paige was born in Mobile, Alabama, most likely on July 7, 1906, although the exact date remains a mystery. He earned his nickname, Satchel, as a boy when he earned money carrying passengers’ bags at train stations. Baseball was segregated when Paige started playing baseball professionally in the 1920s, so he spent most of his career pitching for Negro League teams around the United States. During the winter season, he pitched for teams in the Caribbean and Central and South America. As a barnstorming player who traveled thousands of miles each season and played for whichever team met his asking price, he pitched an estimated 2,500 games, had 300 shut-outs and 55 no-hitters. In one month in 1935, he reportedly pitched 29 consecutive games.

In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier and became the first African American to play in the Major Leagues when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. The following year, Paige also entered the majors, signing with the Cleveland Indians and becoming, at age 42, baseball’s oldest rookie. He helped the Indians win the pennant that year and later played for the St. Louis Browns and Kansas City A’s.

Paige retired from the majors in 1953, but returned in 1965 to pitch three innings for the Kansas City A’s. He was 59 at the time, making him the oldest person ever to play in the Major Leagues. In addition to being famous for his talent and longevity, Paige was also well-known for his sense of humor and colorful observations on life, including: “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you” and “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Playboy has been publishing braille versions of their magazines since 1970, however no pictorial representations are included. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY expunge (ik-SPUNJ) which means:
1 : to strike out, obliterate, or mark for deletion
2 : to efface completely : destroy
3 : to eliminate from one's consciousness
In medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, a series of dots was used to mark mistakes or to label material that should be deleted from a text, and those deletion dots can help you remember the history of expunge. They were known as puncta delentia. The puncta part of the name derives from the Latin verb pungere, which can be translated as "to prick or sting" (and you can imagine that a scribe may have felt stung when their mistakes were so punctuated in a manuscript). Pungere is also an ancestor of expunge, as well as a parent of other dotted, pointed, or stinging terms such as punctuate, compunction, poignant, puncture, and pungent. (merriam-webster.com)


February 3, 2020, at Noon

View minutes of this meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 8, 2020

Jack Frost and Mother Nature got together during the night and this morning is the result. I'm showing 8°, feels like -1, wind is from the NE at 5 mph, humidity is 79%, dew point is 3°, pressure is at 30.16 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 5 miles. We have a 30% chance of snow flurries and showers today. Tonight that changes to a 50% chance of snow.

ON THIS DAY a classic “Nor’easter” storm that brought a severe blizzard to New England finally subsides on February 8, 1978, and the region begins to dig out from under several feet of snow. Over the previous 72 hours, some areas of Rhode Island and Massachusetts had received as many as 55 inches of snow.

Three major weather systems all converged near the Atlantic Coast on February 5, and New York City was the first to be hit with a snowstorm. As the storm moved northeast, it stalled over Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, catching many of the region’s residents by surprise. It is estimated that 3,500 cars were abandoned on Massachusetts streets and highways and several people died in their vehicles on Interstate 93 when they became trapped. A college hockey playoff was played at the Boston Garden despite the weather, and many of the spectators were unable to return home.

On February 6, the blizzard whipped up powerful sustained winds of up to 50 miles per hour with gusts of nearly 100 mph. Fifty-foot waves on the Massachusetts coast wiped out seaside homes, while further north, in Maine, waves destroyed three lighthouses and an amusement pier.

One of the hardest-hit communities in New England was Providence, Rhode Island, where travel became nearly impossible and Governor Joseph Garrahy ordered all businesses except grocery stores closed. Few of these stores had any food in stock, and eventually, supplies had to be airlifted in to Providence College. Similar conditions were found in areas of Boston, and looting broke out in some spots. Governor Michael Dukakis banned all cars from the roads because stuck vehicles were making it impossible for snow plows to clear the streets.

In the end, 56 deaths between February 5 and February 8 were attributed to the blizzard. Thousands more people were left homeless. In one tragic incident, a young child died after becoming lost in the snow–although he was only yards from his home, he could not be located. This was the worst blizzard to hit New England since 1888. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT For most Americans, having a million dollars isn’t enough to be considered “wealthy.” It would take a net worth of more than double that amount: $2.27 million.

That’s according to Charles Schwab’s 2019 Modern Wealth Survey, which asked 1,000 adults between age 21 and 75 what personal net worth they would need in order to be wealthy. (cnbc.com)

WORD OF THE DAY lenticulat (len-TIK-yuh-ler) which means:
1 : having the shape of a double-convex lens
2 : of or relating to a lens
3 : provided with or utilizing lenticules
"Lentil-shaped"—that's the meaning of Latin lenticularis, the parent of English's lenticular. It's an appropriate predecessor because a double-convex lens is one that is curved on both sides, giving it a shape similar to that of a lentil. English speakers borrowed the Latin term in the 15th century. Lenticularis, in turn, derives from lenticula, which is the source of the English word lentil and a diminutive of the Latin form lent-, lens, meaning "lentil." You probably won't be too surprised to learn that lent-, lens also gave English the word lens. (merriam-webster.com)

BIESA Special Meeting

BIESA notice of meeting on 013020

BIESA minuttes of meeting on 013020 DRAFT-1

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update
February 7, 2020

Islanders Storm the Soo!
BICS Basketball athletes, coaches, and parent chaperones flew off the island at noon so they could tour the Lake Superior State University Campus this afternoon. They will be visiting their nursing program, Robotics Lab, and their Fisheries Lab. Tomorrow our students are guests of the LSSU Athletic Department and attend the LSSU vs. SVSU Women’s and Men’s basketball games. Thanks to LSSU’s Admissions and Athletic Departments, as well as our coaches volunteer parent chaperones for making this trip possible!

Islanders Basketball Teams at Maplewood February 7th & 8th
BICS Basketball teams are at Maplewood this weekend. Go Islanders!

Home Makeup Basketball Games Wednesday the 12th
Islander home makeup games against Mackinac Island Lakers Wednesday the 12th starting at Noon. Please come to the school to cheer on our team for these important games!

No School for Students February 14th
February 14th is a teacher professional development day. No School for students.

BICS Basketball @ Paradise February 14th
Islanders will travel to Paradise to take on the Rockets.

Ice Fishing Tournament February 15th

Have a Great Weekend!


Feb 11 2020 meeting rescheduled

Peaine Township Minutes January

Peaine Minutes Special 1 29 2020

Peaine minutes January 2020

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

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

St. James Township Clerk on Primary Election

February 7, 2020

March 10, 2020 will be a Presidential Primary Election.

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

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

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

St. James Township Committee Minutes

February 7, 2020

St. James Finance Committee Minutes

St. James Public Works Committee Minutes

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 7, 2020

We had a feather dusting of snow during the night. Right now it's 25°, feels like 17°, cloudy skies, humidity is at 79%, dew point is 19°, wind is from the NNE at 8 mph, is 29.62 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. We have a 20% chance for flurries or snow showers today along with north winds at 10 to 20 mph.

ON THIS DAY in 1812, the most violent of a series of earthquakes near Missouri causes a so-called fluvial tsunami in the Mississippi River, actually making the river run backward for several hours. The series of tremors, which took place between December 1811 and March 1812, were the most powerful in the history of the United States.

The unusual seismic activity began at about 2 a.m. on December 16, 1811, when a strong tremor rocked the New Madrid region. The city of New Madrid, located near the Mississippi River in present-day Arkansas, had about 1,000 residents at the time, mostly farmers, hunters and fur trappers. At 7:15 a.m., an even more powerful quake erupted, now estimated to have had a magnitude of 8.6. This tremor literally knocked people off their feet and many people experienced nausea from the extensive rolling of the earth. Given that the area was sparsely populated and there weren’t many multi-story structures, the death toll was relatively low. However, the quake did cause landslides that destroyed several communities, including Little Prairie, Missouri.

The earthquake also caused fissures–some as much as several hundred feet long–to open on the earth’s surface. Large trees were snapped in two. Sulfur leaked out from underground pockets and river banks vanished, flooding thousands of acres of forests. On January 23, 1812, an estimated 8.4-magnitude quake struck in nearly the same location, causing disastrous effects. Reportedly, the president’s wife, Dolley Madison, was awoken by the tremor in Washington, D.C. Fortunately, the death toll was smaller, as most of the survivors of the first earthquake were now living in tents, in which they could not be crushed.

The strongest of the tremors followed on February 7. This one was estimated at an amazing 8.8-magnitude and was probably one of the strongest quakes in human history. Church bells rang in Boston, thousands of miles away, from the shaking. Brick walls were toppled in Cincinnati. In the Mississippi River, water turned brown and whirlpools developed suddenly from the depressions created in the riverbed. Waterfalls were created in an instant; in one report, 30 boats were helplessly thrown over falls, killing the people on board. Many of the small islands in the middle of the river, often used as bases by river pirates, permanently disappeared. Large lakes, such as Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee and Big Lake at the Arkansas-Missouri border, were created by the earthquake as river water poured into new depressions.

This series of large earthquakes ended in March, although there were aftershocks for a few more years. In all, it is believed that approximately 1,000 people died because of the earthquakes, though an accurate count is difficult to determine because of a lack of an accurate record of the Native American population in the area at the time. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT During the Prohibition era, the U.S. Government allowed Whiskey to be sold through pharmacies. As a result, Walgreens grew from 20 retail stores to almost 400. (thefactsite.com)

While it is hard to believe that you’ll hear your doctor say something similar today, it seems that this was quite common in the United States after January 16, 1920, when National Prohibition officially began and a doctor’s prescription became the only way one could legally obtain alcoholic beverages.

According to the law, alcohol consumption was allowed, but only if the spirits had been bought before 1920. A great side effect of this law saw some very resourceful Americans finding ways to acquire alcohol, giving way to the emergence of moonshiners and illegal traders of alcohol.

The government fought hard, with a total of 1,520 Federal Prohibition agents employed to ensure no alcohol was present in the country, but their efforts were pointless. During the prohibition era, criminal organizations were effectively given a gateway into earning incredible amounts of money, and consequently, criminal activity increased. Aside from the mafia, another group to prosper financially from prohibition were doctors, who had the power to administer alcohol by prescription.

In that time, alcohol was widely accepted as a form of medication, thus being prescribed by physicians for therapeutic purposes. The doctors in the United States lobbied to make prohibition non-applicable to medicinal liquors. In 1921, there was even a Congress held speaking of the value and benefits of beer for health purposes. Their efforts were successful, and only six months after prohibition was introduced, more than fifteen thousand doctors and fifty-seven thousand pharmacists got their license to prescribe and sell alcohol.

Predictably, thousands of people across the country became very sick in no time. Some of them were actually ill, but most were feigning illness in order to get a prescription for booze. Alcohol was used for the treatment of various conditions and ailments, including tuberculosis, headaches, toothache, high blood pressure, or anemia. To buy spirits from the pharmacy, one had to pay $3 for each prescription, the equivalent of $40 today.

A limit was established on the number of prescriptions per head, so a single patient could only get one prescription per week, paying three dollars for a pint of whiskey, gin or brandy. It is estimated that doctors across the United States earned approximately $40 million during the 13 years of the prohibition period.

The pharmaceutical business grew, and as legal distributors of alcohol, pharmacists also gained greatly in wealth. For example, Walgreens, one of the largest pharmacy chains in the United States, had more than 8,000 stores around the country. The company was established in 1901 in Chicago, and by 1919 there were twenty Walgreen pharmacies in the city. Some 10 years later, the number of their stores amounted to 550 in total, having spread across the entire country. The reason for their expansion was, of course, the Prohibition Act and their trade with alcoholic beverages. Even though the prohibition era ended almost 85 years ago, the company continues to sell alcohol to this day. Neighboring countries like Canada and Mexico, which had no prohibition, also profited from the ban in the United States. The distilleries and breweries in these countries produced alcohol which was either smuggled onto American soil or consumed by the Americans who visited those countries.

On December 5, 1933, the Twenty-first Amendment was ratified, declaring the end of prohibition. Alcohol was once again back in the stores for people to buy freely, and without a doctor’s prescription. It is safe to say that prohibition was an unsuccessful experiment which did not make the country sober, and only helped certain individuals earn vast amounts of money.

Despite the change in the law, certain states decided not to repeal prohibition immediately and instead continued the ban of alcohol for some time. The last state to lift the ban on alcohol trading in the United States was Mississippi, which eventually ended prohibition in 1966. (thevintagenews.com)

WORD OF THE DAY infantilize (IN-fun-tye-lyze) which means:
1 : to make or keep infantile
2 : to treat as if infantile
Infantilize is just a baby, relatively speaking. It first saw the light of day in the early 1900s, when social scientists started using the term to discuss the ways in which treating humans as helpless can prolong or encourage their dependency on others. The adjective infantile, which gave birth to infantilize, is far more mature: it dates to the 17th century. Infantile sometimes literally means "relating to infants"—that is, to children in the first year of life—but it also has a broader meaning. If you chide someone for their infantile behavior, you rebuke the person for acting immaturely or childishly. (merriam-webster.com)

Water Levels to Continue to Rise


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Proposed agenda

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

The documents emailed for this meeting are presented below:

GLIA Sponsorship Pager2020 Final

GLIA SC Minutes_Jan 15 2020

Copy of GLIA Roster

COA Valentines Sunday Dinner

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 6, 2020

Still a wee bit chilly at 17°, cloudy skies, calm winds, humidity is at 88%, dew point is 15°, pressure is falling from 29.71 inches, cloudy cover is 91%, and visibility is 10 miles. Cloudy day and night in the forecast with light winds from the NNE from 5 to 10 mph.

ON THIS DAY in 1917, just three days after U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s speech of February 3, 1917—in which he broke diplomatic relations with Germany and warned that war would follow if American interests at sea were again assaulted—a German submarine torpedoes and sinks the Anchor Line passenger steamer California off the Irish coast.

The SS California departed New York on January 29 bound for Glasgow, Scotland, with 205 passengers and crewmembers on board. Eight days later, some 38 miles off the coast of Fastnet, Ireland, the ship’s captain, John Henderson, spotted a submarine off his ship’s port side at a little after 9 a.m. and ordered the gunner at the stern of the ship to fire in defense if necessary. Moments later and without warning, the submarine fired two torpedoes at the ship. One of the torpedoes missed, but the second torpedo exploded into the port side of the steamer, killing five people instantly. The explosion of the torpedo was so violent and devastating that the 470-foot, 9,000-ton steamer sank just nine minutes after the attack. Despite desperate S.O.S. calls sent by the crew to ensure the arrival of rescue ships, 38 people drowned after the initial explosion, for a total of 43 dead.

This type of blatant German defiance of Wilson’s warning about the consequences of unrestricted submarine warfare, combined with the subsequent discovery and release of the Zimmermann telegram—an overture made by Germany’s foreign minister to the Mexican government involving a possible Mexican-German alliance in the event of a war between Germany and the U.S.—drove Wilson and the United States to take the final steps towards war. On April 2, Wilson went before Congress to deliver his war message; the formal declaration of U.S. entrance into the First World War came four days later. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Johnny Cash, the Man in Black, was a singer, guitarist and songwriter ... song, Carrie scraped together enough money so that he could take singing lessons. However, his teacher advised him to stop taking lessons and to never deviate from his natural voice. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY canard (kuh-NARD) which means:
1 a : a false or unfounded report or story; especially : a fabricated report
b : a groundless rumor or belief
2 : an airplane with horizontal stabilizing and control surfaces in front of supporting surfaces; also : a small airfoil in front of the wing of an aircraft that can increase the aircraft's performance
In 16th-century France, vendre des canards à moitié was a colorful way of saying "to fool" or "to cheat." The French phrase means, literally, "to half-sell ducks." No one now knows just what was meant by "to half-sell"; the proverb was probably based on some story widely known at the time, but the details have not survived. At any rate, the expression led to the use of canard, the French word for "duck," with the meaning of "a hoax" or "a fabrication." English speakers adopted this canard in the mid-1800s. The aeronautical sense of canard, used from the early days of flying, comes from the stubby duck-like appearance of the aircraft. (merriam-webster.com)

Charlevoix County COA Update and Job Offer

Good Morning,

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

Employer:  Charlevoix County

Department:  Commission on Aging / Maintenance

Position: Site Coordinator

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

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


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


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

Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license

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


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

How to Apply: 

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

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

Address: 218 W. Garfield Avenue, Charlevoix, MI  49720

St. James Township Meeting

February 5, 2020

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

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

View a PDF of the Marina North Presentation HERE

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

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

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

View video of the meeting HERE

St. James Board Meeting Documents

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


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

monthly finance report 2_february.2020

SJTB agenda 02.05.2020


Bills for approval 010820-020420

DRAFT Minutes of 01.08.2020 Regular (1)

Gen Budget 012020 (2)

Payroll 010820-020420

Road Fund Budget 012020

Sewer Fund Budget 012020

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 5, 2020

It's a bit invigorating out this morning according to Gizmo and Gadget, who didn't want to get off the deck. Right now I'm showing 20°, feels like 14°, wind is from the WSW at 7 mph, humidity is at 71%, dew point is 12°, pressure is 30.18 inches, cloud cover is 76% and visibility is 10 miles. As the day goes on, winds will pick up to 10 to 15 mph.

ON THIS DAY in 1631 Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island and an important American religious leader, arrives in Boston in the Massachusetts Bay Colony from England. Williams, a Puritan, worked as a teacher before serving briefly as a colorful pastor at Plymouth and then at Salem. Within a few years of his arrival, he alarmed the Puritan oligarchy of Massachusetts by speaking out against the right of civil authorities to punish religious dissension and to confiscate Indian land. In October 1635, he was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony by the General Court.

After leaving Massachusetts, Williams, with the assistance of the Narragansett tribe, established a settlement at the junction of two rivers near Narragansett Bay, located in present-day Rhode Island. He declared the settlement open to all those seeking freedom of conscience and the removal of the church from civil matters, and many dissatisfied Puritans came. Taking the success of the venture as a sign from God, Williams named the community “Providence.”

Among those who found a haven in the religious and political refuge of the Rhode Island Colony were Anne Hutchinson,like Williams, exiled from Massachusetts for religious reasons; some of the first Jews to settle in North America; and the Quakers. In Providence, Roger Williams also founded the first Baptist church in America and edited the first dictionary of Native American languages. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Gennaro Pelliccia is Costa's Master of Coffee. What exactly does he do? Well, it is his job to determine whether a coffee bean or blend is suitable to leave Costa's roasting plant in London and be distributed to their 2,800 stores globally. His role is so important that Costa insured his tongue for ten million pounds! (thefactsite)

WORD OF THE DAY ancillary (AN-suh-lair-ee) which means:
1 : of lower or secondary class or rank : subordinate, subsidiary
2 : providing additional help or support : auxiliary, supplementary
Ancillary derives from the English word ancilla, a rare word that means "an aid to achieving or mastering something difficult." That word derives from Latin, in which it means "female servant." While English ancilla is unlikely to be encountered except in very specialized contexts (such as philosophy or quantum computing), ancillary picks up on the notion of providing aid or support in a way that supplements something else. In particular, the word often describes something that is in a position of secondary importance, such as the "ancillary products in a company's line." (merriam-webster.com)

Something from Nothing

by Cindy Ricksgers

Michigan's March 10th Presidential Primary Election

February 4, 2020

Giving everyone a "heads up" that in just over a month, you will have an opportunity to vote in the Presidential primary election in Michigan. Both St. James and Peaine Townships are preparing for this election.

There are fifteen (15) Democrats and four (4) Republicans on this ballot, but you must choose one party to vote, either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party.

You do not have to wait to cast your vote. Voters can apply to receive an absentee ballot to vote in the March 10 presidential primary right now. All registered voters can request an absentee ballot for any reason from their local clerks.

Democratic Party

  • U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
  • U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.
  • Montana Gov. Steve Bullock
  • South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Former U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro
  • Former U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Md.
  • U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hi.
  • U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
  • U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
  • Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam
  • U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
  • Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Penn.
  • Businessman Tom Steyer
  • U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
  • Author Marianne Williamson
  • Businessman Andrew Yang

Republican Party

  • President Donald Trump
  • Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford
  • Former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill.
  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld

The Michigan presidential primary is scheduled for March 10, 2020. Along with the candidates listed on the ballot, voters also may choose “uncommitted” as an option while voting on other local issues.

You can see more about the candidates at this link from MLive. According to the county clerk, there are no local issues on the ballot for this primary.

Whether you use the absentee ballot option or not, please vote.

View the Peaine Township notice HERE

View a sample ballot HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 4, 2020

This is going to be a quicky as I have a 9:00 flight. Right now it's 26°, feels like 14°, wind is from the NW at 12 mph with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is 69%, dew point is 17°, pressure is rising from 30.03 inches, cloud cover is 90%, and visibility is 10 miles.

ON THIS DAY On February 4, 2004, a Harvard sophomore named Mark Zuckerberg launches The Facebook, a social media website he had built in order to connect Harvard students with one another. By the next day, over a thousand people had registered, and that was only the beginning. Now known simply as Facebook, the site quickly ballooned into one of the most significant social media companies in history. Today, Facebook is one of the most valuable companies in the world, with over 2 billion monthly active users.

The origins of Facebook have been highly scrutinized (including in the critically acclaimed 2010 film The Social Network), but the exact source of the idea remains unclear. What is obvious is that Zuckerberg had twin gifts for coding and causing a stir, both of which served him well at Harvard. The previous year, he had become a campus celebrity by creating FaceMash, a website where students could vote on which of two randomly-selected Harvard women was more attractive, and quickly running afoul of both the administration and several women's groups. FaceMash was short-lived but wildly popular, leading Zuckerberg to consider the value of creating a campus-wide social network.

Over the course of his sophomore year, Zuckerberg built what would become Facebook. When it launched on February 4, he and his roommates were glued to their screens, watching as an estimated 1,200-1,500 of their fellow students signed up for their site within its first 24 hours of existence. From there, Facebook expanded rapidly, moving to other Boston-area schools and the rest of the Ivy League that spring. By the end of the year, the site had 1 million users, angel investor Peter Thiel had invested $500,000, and Zuckerberg had left Harvard to run Facebook from its new headquarters in California.

From there, Facebook spread across the world, becoming not only an incredibly valuable company but also one of the most important institutions of the early 21st Century. The go-to social media site for a generation of internet users (and one which was readily adopted by older users as it transformed from exclusive to universal), Facebook was one of the major forces that brought the internet into the highly-participatory phase full of user-generated content sometimes referred to as "Web 2.0." It has also remained controversial. In addition to accusations that it allows false news and fake accounts to proliferate, Facebook has drawn criticism both for selling its users' data and for failing to adequately protect it. Nonetheless, Facebook continues to dominate the social media market, generating by far the most ad revenue and maintaining over half of the total market share. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW In Svalbard, a remote Norwegian island, it is illegal to die. This is because bodies are unable to be buried safely due to the permafrost on the ground. If you are about to die, they fly you back to mainland Norway to pass on there. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY scumble (SKUM-bul) which means:
1 a : to make (something, such as color or a painting) less brilliant by covering with a thin coat of opaque or semiopaque color applied with a nearly dry brush
b : to apply (a color) in this manner
2 : to soften the lines or colors of (a drawing) by rubbing lightly
The history of scumble is blurry, but the word is thought to be related to the verb scum, an obsolete form of skim, meaning "to pass lightly over." Scumbling, as first perfected by artists such as Titian, involves passing dry, opaque coats of oil paint over a tinted background to create subtle tones and shadows. Although the painting technique dates to the 16th century, use of the word scumble is only known to have begun in the late 18th century. The related noun form soon followed. (merriam-webster.com)

Beaver Island Archipelago Trails Association Funding Request

February 3, 2020

Beaver Island Archipelago Trails Association, Planning Rationale and Funding Request

Executive Summary BIATA Matching Fund Request

Charlevoix County COA Update

February 3, 2020

Good Morning,

Just a note to keep you up to date on what is going on with the COA and to respond to requests for more information.  Please find attached the February 2020 Senior Hi-Lites NewsletterShould you have ANY questions about program requirements or qualifications, please contact Kathie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island or Sheri Shepard in the COA Office. 

The Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program


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

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

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

The next COA Advisory Board Meetings are:

February 17, 20 at the COA Office at 10am

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

As a reminder, the Mainland Senior Centers Hours are:

9a-2p Monday through Friday October through April

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

They are closed for most of the National Holidays.

Beaver Island COA Office Updates:

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

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

Meal Voucher Program update:

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

  • Beaver Island Community School
  • Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli

Other Updates:

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

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

Other Updates Continued:

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

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

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

B.I. Airport Commission Meeting

February 3, 2020

The Airport Commission met at noon today. There was a quorum present and there was one person who called in. Today's meeting had approval of several meetings' minutes. One set of closed session minutes were also approved. Discussion took place regarding the budget, and the 2019-2020 Amended Budget was approved. Also, the Proposed Budget for 2020-2021 was approved by the airport commission. A Motion was passed to replace the fuel sales equipment. Discussion of the acquisition of property was also discussed. There was also some discussion regarding the purchase of fuel.

View the meeting documents HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 3, 2020

Cloudy skies, 32°, humidity is at 75%, dew point is 25°, wind is from the WNW at 4 mph, pressure is 29.78 inches, cloud cover is 91%, and visibility is 10 miles. Pretty much another gray winter day.

ON THIS DAY in 1924, Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, dies in Washington, D.C., at the age of 67.

In 1912, Governor Wilson of New Jersey was elected president in a landslide Democratic victory over Republican incumbent William Howard Taft and Progressive Party candidate Theodore Roosevelt. The focal point of President Wilson’s first term in office was the outbreak of World War I and his efforts to find a peaceful end to the conflict while maintaining U.S. neutrality. In 1916, he was narrowly reelected president at the end of a close race against Charles Evans Hughes, his Republican challenger.

In 1917, the renewal of German submarine warfare against neutral American ships, and the “Zimmerman Note,” which revealed a secret alliance proposal by Germany to Mexico, forced Wilson to push for America’s entry into the war.

At the war’s end, President Wilson traveled to France, where he headed the American delegation to the peace conference seeking an official end to the conflict. At Versailles, Wilson was the only Allied leader who foresaw the future difficulty that might arise from forcing punitive peace terms on an economically ruined Germany. He also successfully advocated the creation of the League of Nations as a means of maintaining peace in the postwar world. In November 1920, President Wilson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts at Versailles.

In the autumn of 1919, while campaigning in the United States to win approval for the Treaty of Versailles and League of Nations, Wilson suffered a severe stroke that paralyzed his left side and caused significant brain damage. This illness likely contributed to Wilson’s uncharacteristic failure to reach a compromise with the American opponents to the European agreements, and in November the U.S. Senate refused to ratify the Treaty of Versailles or the League of Nations.

During his last year in office, there is evidence that Wilson’s second wife, Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, may have served as acting president for the debilitated and bed-ridden president who often communicated through her. In March 1921, Wilson’s term expired, and he retired with his wife to Washington, D.C., where he lived until his death on February 3, 1924. Two days later, he was buried in Washington’s National Cathedral, the first president to be laid to rest in the nation’s capital. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT in 2009, Stephen Hawking held a reception for time travelers, but didn’t publicize it until after. This way, only those who could time travel would be able to attend. Nobody else attended.

"You are cordially invited to a reception for time travelers hosted by Professor Stephen Hawking," the invite said. "To be held in the past, at the University of Cambridge Gonville & Caius College, Trinity Street, Cambridge."

Of course, just giving a mere address is not enough information for any potential time traveler, so Hawking included the location of the party "in the exact co-ordinates in time and space."

The gathering, which took place on 28 June, 2009, also had the important disclaimer that no RSVP was required to attend.

Alas, after waiting patiently for his guests to arrive, it soon became apparent that no time travelers were going to come. "What a shame," Hawking said. "I was hoping a future Miss Universe was going to step through the door." (thefactsite.com and newsweek.com)

WORD OF THE DAY hierophant (HYE-uh-ruh-fant) which means:
1 : a priest in ancient Greece; specifically : the chief priest of the Eleusinian mysteries
2 a : a person who explains : expositor
b : one who defends or maintains a cause or proposal : advocate
Hierophant, hieroglyphics, and hierarch have a common root: hieros, a Greek word meaning "sacred." Hieroglyphics joins hieros with a derivative of glyphein, the Greek verb for "to carve." Hierarch, a word that can refer to a religious leader in a position of authority, joins hieros with a derivative of archein, meaning "to rule." Hierophant itself joins the root with a derivative of phainein, which means "to show." The original hierophants were priests of the ancient Greek city of Eleusis who performed sacred rites. In the 17th century, when the word was first documented in English, it referred to these priests. By the 19th century, English speakers were using the term in a broader sense. A hierophant can now be a spokesperson, a commentator, an interpreter, or a leading advocate. (merriam-webster.com)

Crockpot Cook-Off

January 31, 2020

Starting at 5 p.m. on last Friday night, the cook-off dinner took place as the basketball teams warmed up and began playing. The smells and the tastes were a huge variety from soft and simple to hot and complicated. There was everything from meatballs to dips with chilis and soups included as well.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View the video of the dishes HERE

Christian Church Service

February 2, 2020

View video of the Christian Church Service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

February 2, 2020

This weekend had its normally scheduled services at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Both services were live streamed on Beaver Island TV at http://beaverisland.tv

The reader on Saturday was Brian Foli. The reader on Sunday was Patrick Nugent. Our Beaver Island resident priest Father Jim Siler was the celebrant at both.

View video of the Saturday Mass HERE

View video of the Sunday Mass HERE

Winter Activities and Ice Fishing Tourney

The Chamber of Commerce and the Beaver Island Wildlife Club are sponsoring an activity weekend, part down at Lake G for the fishing, and part in town for other activities. Here are the flyers telling about the weekend coming up:



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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Transfer Station Hours

October 30, 2019

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

BICS Basketball This Weekend

February 1, 2020

Saturday morning was a repeat of Friday night as far as the win/loss category goes. Unfortunately, the Lady Islanders lost their game, but the Islanders won theirs. This update will include some pictures from Friday night as well as from Saturday morning, along with the Senior Parent Recognition, the Cheerleaders, and the Saturday game video.

Islanders and Lady Islanders roster and other team roster

Friday night Lady Islander game photos

View a gallery of photos of this game HERE

Friday night Islander game photos

View a gallery of photos of the Islander game HERE

Saturday morning Islander pictures

Saturday morning Islander gallery HERE

Lady Islanders Saturday morning pictures

View a gallery of photos of the Lady Islanders Saturday game HERE

Cheerleaders on Friday and Saturday

View a gallery of cheerleading photos HERE

Friday Night Senior Parent Recognition

Every year there is a seniors' and senior parents' recognition.

View a small gallery of photos from this ceremony HERE

View video of Saturday games and cheers HERE

Font Lake Levels and Jiminy Cricket

January 27, 2020

With lots of dedicated effort and work last year, the Font Lake levels were considered and a plan for allowing the overflow to follow the trench named as "Jiminy Cricket" among other names. A project was designed and completed to prepare for this Spring's run-off waters from Font Lake to hopefully help prevent the flooded basements and crawl spaces that occurred last year.

A quick check of this run-off water was completed this afternoon. The actual run-off waters were photographed and recorded on video. Each person viewing the pictures and the video will have to make their own decision as will an engineer for the township to decide if the culvert under Donegal Bay Road is large enough to handle the spring run-off waters coming from Font Lake.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the run-off HERE

Beaver Island Waste Management Committee

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.
Peaine Township Hall Meeting Room

View Notice HERE


BIRHC Meeting Dates 2020

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

January 11, 2020

April 25, 2020

July 18, 2020

September 12, 2020

December 12, 2020

Beaver Island Telecom-munication Advisory Committee




St James Township Meeting Time Change

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

BICS Basketball Schedule

19-20 Basketball Practice Schedule

BI BBall Game Schedule

Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule for 2020

Time is noon at the BI Airport

February 3, 2020

April 20, 2020

August 17, 2010

October 26, 2020

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:เธข เธข  8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:เธข เธข  12:00 - 5:00

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

Public Meeting Dates



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


Airport Commission Documents and Agenda

Feb 3, 2020, 12 pm

Aug 3 BIAC meeting minutes

Sept 30 BIAC Special meeting minutes

Feb 3, 2020 Agenda BIAC


by Richie Gillespie

January 29, 2020

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

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

Read the rest of the story HERE


Video Report for January 2020

With two servers providing the video on the Beaver Island TV website, http://beaverisland.tv, the website page count is the only complete report of page access. During the month of January 2020, there were 664 unique IP addresses viewing video on this page, there were 1105 viewings, and the bandwidth used was 230 MB. This was obviously increased by a large number of viewers of two funerals during this month. These sad events represented a total of over 300 views of this webpage.

Obviously, there are viewers of video from the Beaver Island News on the 'Net webpage as well as viewers from the Beaver Island News Archives website that would not be included in the live stream, so a second look provides more information. This servers lists a total of 801 unique IP addresses, viewing 1442 clips or events, and using 48.6 GB of bandwidth. This divides into 619 viewers of rebroadcast video, 146 viewers of current video, and 40 viewers of archived video.

The live video server shows 366 unique IP viewers with 445 views, with 84 hours of video watched from 18 different websites. This breaks down into 425 viewers in the U.S. from 25 different states, 9 viewers from the United Kingdom, 7 from Namibia, 2 from Mexico, and 2 from Canada.

Jack Gallagher Funeral

January 25, 2020

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the service HERE

B. I. Waste Management Committee Minutes January 2020

A SPECIAL MEETING of the BIWMC is set for 2:00 pm, on February 11, 2020, at the Peaine Township Hall.

The next regulatory scheduled meeting of the BIWMC is February 18, 2020, @ 1:00 pm at the Peaine Township Hall.

View the minutes HERE

Historical Video Digitized This Week

BINN Editor Joe Moore has been working to digitize some historical video. Many of the historical videos have been presented on this website in the past. These are all new. This will continue for those subcribers who may be interested in viewing them. They all can be viewed at the links given below:

Donna Stambaugh's Class Play 1996

House Party 1996

Play at the Hall 1995

St Patricks Day 1995

Snowy Owl Battle

January 22, 2020

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

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

View the edited video HERE

Game Club Announces Ice Fishing Tournament

The 5th Annual Beaver Island Lake Geneserath Ice Fishing Tournament is scheduled for February 5th and 6th. You can sign up at the Powers Hardware. They are having door prizes all weekend. The Kids' Tournament is scheduled from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m., Sunday. Lunch will be available from 12 to 2 pm.

The adult tournament will take place at the same time as the Kids' Tournament.

There will also be a Winterfest on Saturday in the town area with games from 12 to 5 p.m. including a snowmobile competition, at Luminary Walke at 7 p.m. and there will be live music on both Friday and Saturday by the Sydney Burnham Band. For more information contact the Chamber of Commerce at 231-448-2505.

View the poster HERE.

CAKE Quarterly Newsletter

October thru December 2019

View this newletter HERE

Emerald Ash Borer Report from the BIAA

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Update

by | Dec 10, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Pam Grasmick for further information.

View map of EAB Traps HERE

The Founding Documents for the Airport Commission

The Intergovernmental Agreement

The Rules for Procedure

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

BI Transfer Station and Recycle Center

Beaver Island Transfer Station Rates Effective 1_2019

The Emerald Ash Borer and Wood Movement to the Islands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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