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Christian Church Bulletin

February 19, 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

Ben Delamater and Derek Ehinger Win in Fishing Tournament

Thank you to Kathie Ehinger for the picture.

Brian Antkoviak Wins Fishing Tournament

Thanks to KK for the picture and information.

Valentine's Day Fundraiser

for the Ellen Welke Fund

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

What's Going On?

by Cindy Ricksgers

Mass from Holy Cross

February 19, 2017

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

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

Jacque LaFreniere, Dean Jim Siler, Father Peter Wigton

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

View video of this Mass HERE

Roy Ellsworth Passes Away

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

Emmalee Antkoviak Wins Fishing Tournament

Thanks to KK for the picture and the information.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 19, 2017

Nasty cold, or something, so am up early this morning. It's 37° outside, although it feels like 31°, clear skies, wind is at 8 mph from the west with gusts up to 17 mph, humidity is at 75%, pressure is rising from 29.92 inches, visibility is 9.9 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 40s. Light winds. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s. Light winds.

On this date of February 19, 1807 - Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama. He was later tried and acquitted on charges of treason.

Did you know that 8.5 million tons of water evaporates from the Dead Sea every day?

Word of the day: fress (FRES) which means to eat or snack, especially often or in large quantities. Fress comes from German fressen or Yiddish fressn “to devour, eat (of animals).” German essen and Yiddish essn "to eat" and fressen are exact parallels in form to English eat and fret "to worry." Fret and fress- come from Germanic fra-etan ”to eat up, eat completely.”

A Beautiful Saturday Drive to Lake G

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

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

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

View a small gallery of photos HERE

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

Lake G Fishing Tourney

Video of registration and prizes


Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 18, 2017

We're having a heat wave, not a tropical heat wave, but certainly much warmer than it has been. Right now it's 44°, although the windchill makes it feel like 37°, wind is at 17 mph from the SW with gusts to 27 mph, humidity is at 88%, pressure is rising from 29.50 inches, and visibility is 9.7 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. West winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

On this date of February 18, 1930 Elm Farm Ollie (known as "Nellie Jay" and post-flight as "Sky Queen") was the first cow to fly in an airplane as part of the International Air Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. On the same trip, which covered 72 miles in a Ford Trimotor airplane from Bismarck, Missouri, to St. Louis, she also became the first cow milked in flight. This was done ostensibly to allow scientists to observe midair effects on animals, as well as for publicity purposes. A St. Louis newspaper trumpeted her mission as being "to blaze a trail for the transportation of livestock by air."
Elm Farm Ollie was reported to have been an unusually productive Guernsey cow, requiring three milkings a day and producing 24 quarts of milk during the flight itself. Wisconsin native Elsworth W. Bunce milked her, becoming the first man to milk a cow mid-flight. Elm Farm Ollie's milk was sealed into paper cartons which were parachuted to spectators below. Charles Lindbergh reportedly received a glass of the milk.

Did you know that 80% of the world's rose species come from Asia?

Word of the day: craquelure (krak-LOO R, KRAK-loo r) which means a network of fine cracks or crackles on the surface of a painting, caused chiefly by shrinkage of paint film or varnish. Craquelure came to English in the early 1900s from the French verb meaning “to crackle, to crack.”

CCSD States Accidental Death on Beaver Island

February 17, 2017

Sheriff Chuck Vondra reports the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 29 year old male on Beaver Island which occurred today.  The male victim was on the Island for a visit.  It appears to be an accidental death but remains under investigation at this time.

Peaine Meeting Minutes

February 8, 2017

Special St. James Meeting Minutes

February 13, 2017

BIESA Meeting Notice, Minutes, and Agenda

Meeting schedule for January and February received 2/16/17

Minutes of January BIESA meeting, received 2/17/17

Agenda for February BIESA meeting, received 2/17/17

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 17, 2017

Partly cloudy this morning, 27° with a windchill of 22°, wind is at 6 mph from the SE, humidity is at 81%, pressure is steady at 29.76 inches, and visibility is 9.7 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 40s. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of February 17, 1801 - The U.S. House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. Jefferson was elected president and Burr became vice president.

Did you know that chalk is made from tiny plankton fossils? Chalk is formed from lime mud, which accumulates on the sea floor in the right conditions. This is then transformed into rock by geological processes: as more sediment builds up on top, and as the sea floor subsides, the lime mud is subjected to heat and pressure which removes the water and compacts the sediment into rock. If chalk is subject to further heat and pressure it becomes marble.
The lime mud is formed from the microscopic skeletons of plankton, which rain down on the sea floor from the sunlit waters above. The Coccolithophores are the most important group of chalk forming plankton. Each miniscule individual has a spherical skeleton called a cocosphere, formed from a number of calcareous discs called coccoliths. After death, most coccospheres and coccoliths collapse into their constituent parts.

Word of the day: politicaster (puh-LIT-i-kas-tuhr) which means 1) a petty politician. 2) an unstatesmanlike practitioner of politics. 3) an ill-suited or disliked politician. From mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Milton (1608–1674), poet and polemicist. From politic + -aster, perhaps after Italian politicastro.

Islanders versus Eagles and Lady Islanders versus Lady Eagles

The games were scheduled as make-up games for Valentine's Day night and the next morning. This was the last home game of the season.

Islanders and Lady Islanders go to Hannahville this weekend for the tournament for the Northern Lights League.

(Video and pictures by Cheryl Phillips)

View pictures of Tuesday's Lady Islanders' game HERE

View video of this game HERE

View pictures of Tuesday's Islanders' game HERE

View video of this game HERE

View pictures of Wednesday's Lady' Islanders' game HERE

View video of this game HERE

View pictures of Wednesday's Islanders' game HERE

View video of this game HERE

Beautiful Sunrise

Photos by Paul Welke on 2/16/17

When I'm Not Making Art

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 16, 2017

There is nothing better than your very own bed! (and the pups snuggled in with us). Right now the island has overcast skies, it's 16° with a windchill of 10°, wind is at 4 mph from the NE, humidity is at 82% so it feels dry, pressure is steady at 29.92 inches, and visibility is 9.4 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 20s. Light winds. Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows around 19°. Light winds.

On this date of February 16, 1857 - The National Deaf Mute College was incorporated in Washington, DC. It was the first school in the world for advanced education of the deaf. The school was later renamed Gallaudet College.
Founded in 1864, Gallaudet University was originally a grammar school for both deaf and blind children. It was the first school for the advanced education of the deaf and hard of hearing in the world and remains the only higher education institution in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students. Hearing students are admitted to the graduate school and a small number are also admitted as undergraduates each year. The university was named after Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, a notable figure in the advancement of deaf education, who was hard of hearing.
Gallaudet University is officially bilingual, with American Sign Language (commonly abbreviated ASL) and English used for instruction and by the college community. Although there are no specific ASL proficiency requirements for undergraduate admission, many graduate programs require varying degrees of knowledge of the language as a prerequisite.

Did you know that rainbows can only be seen in the morning or late afternoon. If the sun happens to be 42-degrees or higher above the horizon you won't be able to see a rainbow because it would be below the horizon.

Word of the day: procrustean (proh-KRUHS-tee-uh m) which means 1) tending to produce conformity by violent or arbitrary means. 2) pertaining to or suggestive of Procrustes. Procrustean entered English in the mid-1600s. The term comes from Procrustes, a robber in classical mythology who stretched or amputated the limbs of travelers to make them conform to the length of his bed.

Obituary for Nancy Jo Whitlock (Freye)

Nancy Jo (Freye) Whitlock, age 64, passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 with her loving family by her side.

She was born April 2, 1952 in Muskegon to Robert and Walthea (Boven) Freye. She was baptized in the Bluffton Christian Reformed Church. Nancy attended Muskegon Christian Schools grades 1-8 and then transferred to Mona Shores Schools and graduated in 1970. She received her Associates Degree in Business Administration from Muskegon Community College. Nancy traveled widely as a volunteer coordinator for the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee. In 1979 she traveled to Lawton, Oklahoma and Wichita Falls, Texas where she met Bobby D. Whitlock, and married him on July 2, 1981 in Muskegon.

SURVIVORS include her husband, Bob; mother, Walthea Freye of Norton Shores; 4 brothers: Tim (Wanda) Freye of Fruitport, Dan (Mary) Freye of Montague, Mark Freye of Traverse City, Bruce (Brenda) Freye of Fruitport; sister, Beth Freye of Grand Rapids; in-laws: Boneva (Gerald) Cass, Jerald (Mary) Whitlock both of Carlsbad, New Mexico, Martha (Jerald) Yarbrough of San Angelo, Texas; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Freye.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held 1:00 PM Friday, February 17, 2017 at The Lee Chapel, 6291 S. Harvey St., (231) 798-1100, with her husband, Pastor Bob Whitlock, officiating. VISITATION with the family will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place in Fruitport Cemetery. MEMORIALS to the Temple United Methodist Church – MAP Supper House will be appreciated. Share memories with the family at their On-line Guest Book at www.sytsemafh.com

Artifacts to Memories: Red Chair

by Cindy Ricksgers

BICS News Release

Board Hires New Superintendent/Principal

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 15, 2017

The wind has been howling all night long. It's 21° with a windchill of 8°, wind is at 15 mph from the NNW with gusts to 34 mph, humidity is at 83%, pressure is rising from 29.75 inches, and visibility is 9 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Areas of blowing snow. Highs in the lower 20s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Areas of blowing snow in the evening. Scattered snow showers in the evening then isolated snow showers after midnight. Lows around 12°. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of February 15, 1903 - Morris and Rose Michtom, Russian immigrants, introduced the first teddy bear in America. Now for the full story if the teddy bear: Boxed and wrapped in paper and bows, teddy bears have been placed lovingly underneath Christmas trees for generations, to the delight of tots and toddlers around the world. But the teddy bear is an American original: Its story begins with a holiday vacation taken by President Theodore Roosevelt.

By the spring of 1902, the United Mine Workers of America were on strike, seeking shorter workdays and higher wages from a coal industry that was suffering from oversupply and low profits. The mine owners had welcomed the strike because they could not legally shut down production; it gave them a way to save on wages while driving up demand and prices.

Neither side was willing to give in, and fearing a deadly wintertime shortage of coal, Roosevelt decided to intervene, threatening to send in troops to the Midwest to take over the anthracite mines if the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement. Throughout the fall, despite the risk of a major political setback, Roosevelt met with union representatives and coal operators. In late October, as temperatures began to drop, the union and the owners struck a deal.

After averting that disaster, Roosevelt decided he needed a vacation, so he accepted an invitation from Mississippi Governor Andrew Longino to head south for a hunting trip. Longino was the first Mississippi governor elected after the Civil War who was not a Confederate veteran, and he would soon be facing a re-election fight against James Vardaman, who declared, “If it is necessary every Negro in the state will be lynched; it will be done to maintain white supremacy.” Longino was clearly hoping that a visit from the popular president might help him stave off a growing wave of such sentiment. Vardaman called Roosevelt the “coon-flavored miscegenist in the White House.”

Undeterred, Roosevelt met Longino in mid-November, 1902, and the two traveled to the town of Onward, 30 miles north of Vicksburg. In the lowlands they set up camp with trappers, horses, tents, supplies, 50 hunting dogs, journalists and a former slave named Holt Collier as their guide.

As a cavalryman for Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest during the Civil War, Collier knew the land well. He had also killed more than 3,000 bears over his lifetime. Longino enlisted his expertise because hunting for bear in the swamps was dangerous (which Roosevelt relished). “He was safer with me than with all the policemen in Washington,” Collier later said.

The hunt had been scheduled as a 10-day excursion, but Roosevelt was impatient. “I must see a live bear the first day,” he told Collier. He didn’t. But the next morning, Collier’s hounds picked up the scent of a bear, and the president spent the next several hours in pursuit, tracking through mud and thicket. After a break for lunch, Collier’s dogs had chased an old, fat, 235-pound black bear into a watering hole. Cornered by the barking hounds, the bear swiped several with its paws, then crushed one to death. Collier bugled for Roosevelt to join the hunt, then approached the bear. Wanting to save the kill for the president but seeing that his dogs were in danger, Collier swung his rifle and smashed the bear in the skull. He then tied it to a nearby tree and waited for Roosevelt.

When the president caught up with Collier, he came upon a horrific scene: a bloody, gasping bear tied to a tree, dead and injured dogs, a crowd of hunters shouting, “Let the president shoot the bear!” As Roosevelt entered the water, Collier told him, “Don’t shoot him while he’s tied.” But he refused to draw his gun, believing such a kill would be unsportsmanlike.

Collier then approached the bear with another hunter and, after a terrible struggle in the water, killed it with his knife. The animal was slung over a horse and taken back to camp.

News of Roosevelt’s compassionate gesture soon spread throughout the country, and by Monday morning, November 17, cartoonist Clifford K. Berryman’s sketch appeared in the pages of the Washington Post. In it, Roosevelt is dressed in full rough rider uniform, with his back to a corralled, frightened and very docile bear cub, refusing to shoot. The cartoon was titled “Drawing the Line in Mississippi,” believed to be a double-entendre of Roosevelt’s sportsman’s code and his criticism of lynchings in the South. The drawing became so popular that Berryman drew even smaller and cuter “teddy bears” in political cartoons for the rest of Roosevelt’s days as president.

Back in Brooklyn, N.Y., Morris and Rose Michtom, a married Russian Jewish immigrant couple who had a penny store that sold candy and other items, followed the news of the president’s hunting trip. That night, Rose quickly formed a piece of plush velvet into the shape of a bear, sewed on some eyes, and the next morning, the Michtoms had “Teddy’s bear” displayed in their store window. (smithsonianmag.com)

Did you know that the world's first paved streets were laid in Rome in 170 B.C.?

Word of the day: sine die (SAHY-nee DAHY-ee, SIN-ey-DEE-ey) which means without fixing a day for future action or meeting. Sine die “without a day (set for resuming business)” is not a technical term in Roman law, political procedure, or religion; it is a Latin phrase used nearly exclusively in modern legislative and corporate procedure. The phrase entered English in the 17th century.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day to all! In spite of traveling, here's the island weather - thanks to modern technology and my computer and phone. Right now it's mostly cloudy, 31° with a windchill of 22°, wind is at 11 mph from the SW with gusts up to 20 mph, humidity is at 88%, pressure is steady at , and visibility is 9.3 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers in the morning, then periods of rain showers and scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Numerous snow showers in the evening then scattered snow showers after midnight. Areas of blowing snow in the evening.

On this date of February 14, 1876 - Alexander Graham Bell filed an application for a patent for the telephone. It was officially issued on March 7, 1876.

Did you know that all the planets in our solar system could fit inside Jupiter?

Word of the day: spoony (SPOO-nee) which means 1) foolishly or sentimentally amorous. 2) foolish, silly. Spoony comes from a rare sense of spoon “a shallow person, fool, simpleton,” first recorded at the end of the 18th century and occurring for the last time in Finnegans Wake. Spoony, the adjective that derives from spoon, entered English in the early 19th century.

BICS NHS Frozen Night

BICS Weekly Update

BICS Board Meeting Packet

February 13, 2017

Airport Commission Minutes and Plan

Minutes of February 2017 meeting......SJX Five Year Plan

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 13, 2017

It's 26° outside this morning, with a windchill of 18°, wind is at 8 mph from the southwest and gusting to 24 mph, humidity is at 79%, pressure is steady at 30.18 inches, and visibility is 9.8 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s. Southwest winds at 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Flurries likely after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of February 13, 1914 - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (known as ASCAP) was formed in New York City. The society was founded to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members.

Did you know that there are over 80,000 different species of ants?

Word of the day: pedagogy (PED-uh-goh-jee) which means 1) the function or work of a teacher; teaching. 2) the art or science of teaching; education; instructional methods. Pedagogy entered English around 1570. It comes from Greek paidagōgía meaning “office of a child’s tutor.”

Christian Church Bulletin

February 12, 2017

Wet, Heavy Snowfall on Sunday Morning

Headed south of S-curve on King's Highway--No flights as of noon

Video of short drive through S-curve


Morning Snowfall

by Cindy Ricksgers

Service from Holy Cross, 2/12/2017, 9:30 a.m.

The weather was no cooperative again for the priest to come over from Charlevoix, so this morning the Communion Service was live streamed from Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island.

On this snowy day, seven people viewed the live stream of the service.

Deacon Jim Siler officiated at the service this morning with Jacque LaFreniere doing the readings.

Video of this service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 12, 2017

It's snowing, 30° with a windchill of 24°, wind is at 5 mph from the SW, humidity is at 91%, pressure is steady at 29.82 inches, visibility is 3.8 miles. Today: Scattered snow showers in the morning then periods of snow showers in the afternoon. Patchy blowing snow in the afternoon. Breezy. Highs in the mid 30s. Southwest winds 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph increasing to west 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Numerous snow showers in the evening then scattered snow showers after midnight. Blowing snow in the evening.

On this date of February 12, 1912 - China's boy emperor Hsuan T'ung announced that he was abdicating, ending the Manchu Ch'ing dynasty. Subsequently, the Republic of China was established.

Did you know that caterpillars have over 2,000 muscles?

Word of the day: calliopean (kuh-lahy-uh-PEE-uh n) whichmeans piercingly loud; resembling a calliope in sound. Calliopean entered English in the mid-1800s. In Greek Kalliópē means ”the beautiful voiced” and is the name of the Muse of eloquence, epic poetry, or even of all poetry. Joshua C. Stoddard patented his raucous ”Steam Calliope,” a musical instrument that uses compressed steam to produce sound, in the U.S. in 1855, which sealed the fate of the Muse.

North and East of the Harbor

Ducks at Whiskey Point

Gull Harbor view back toward Paradise Bay

Gull Harbor looking East and Northeast

Icebergs and ice

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 11, 2017

Overcast skies this morning, 29° with a windchill of 21°, wind is ranging from 8 to 13 mph from the NW, humidity is at 89%, pressure is rising from 29.83, and visibility is 9.2 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 30s. North winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow after midnight. Lows in the mid 20s. Light winds.

On this date of February 11, 1752, the Pennsylvania Hospital opened as the very first hospital in America. Pennsylvania Hospital was founded in 1751 by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin "to care for the sick-poor and insane who were wandering the streets of Philadelphia." At the time, Philadelphia was the fastest growing city in the 13 colonies. In 1730, the population numbered 11,500 and had grown to 15,000 by 1750 (the city continued to grow and by 1776, its 40,000 residents made Philadelphia the second largest English-speaking city in the British Empire).
The docks and wharves along the Delaware River teemed with activity as ships bound for foreign ports loaded up with flour, meat and lumber while overseas vessels delivered European-manufactured goods and wines. Foreign visitors noted with envy the city's growing prosperity. Although the majority of the population was neither extremely wealthy nor extremely poor, there was a significant increase in the number of immigrant settlers who were "aged, impotent or diseased."
At the time, colonial America's urban centers were far healthier than their European counterparts. Nevertheless, the Philadelphia region, according to city leaders of the day, was "a melting pot for diseases, where Europeans, Africans and Indians engaged in free exchange of their respective infections." Faced with increasing numbers of the poor who were suffering from physical illness and the increasing numbers of people from all classes suffering from mental illness, civic-minded leaders sought a partial solution to the problem by founding a hospital.
The idea for the hospital originated with Dr. Thomas Bond. Born in Calvert County, Maryland, Bond, a Quaker, moved to Philadelphia as a young man. In 1738, in order to further his medical education, he went abroad to study medicine in London. While in Europe, Bond spent time at the famous French hospital, the Hotel-Dieu in Paris, and became impressed with the continent's new hospital movement. Bond returned to Philadelphia in 1739 and two years later was appointed Port Inspector for Contagious Diseases.
Bond and Benjamin Franklin were long-standing friends. Bond was a member of Franklin's Library Company and helped establish the American Philosophical Society and the Academy of Philadelphia, which evolved into the University of Pennsylvania.
Around 1750, Bond "conceived the idea of establishing a hospital in Philadelphia for the reception and cure of poor sick persons." The idea was a novelty on this side of the Atlantic, and when Bond approached Philadelphians for support they asked him what Franklin thought of the idea. Bond hadn't approached his good friend because he thought it was out of Franklin's line of interest, but because of the reaction he received, Bond soon turned to Franklin. After hearing the plan, Franklin became a subscriber and strong supporter. Franklin's backing was enough to convince many others that Bond's projected hospital was worthy of support.
Franklin organized a petition, although not signed by him, bearing 33 names and brought it to the Pennsylvania Assembly on January 20, 1751. The petition stated that although the Pennsylvania Assembly had made many compassionate and charitable provisions for the relief of the poor, a small provincial hospital was necessary. After a second reading on January 28, the petitioners were directed to present the Assembly with a bill to create a hospital. Presented a week later, the bill encouraged the Assembly to establish a hospital "to care for the sick poor of the Province and for the reception and care of lunaticks."
The hospital bill met with some objections from rural members of the Assembly because they thought the hospital would only be serviceable to the city. At this critical juncture, Franklin saved the day with a clever plan to counter the claim by challenging the Assembly that he could prove the populace supported the hospital bill by agreeing to raise 2000 pounds from private citizens. If he was able to raise the funds, Franklin proposed, the Assembly had to match the funds with an additional 2000 pounds. The Assembly agreed to Franklin's plan, thinking his task was impossible, but they were ready to receive the "credit of being charitable without the expense."
Franklin's fundraising effort brought in more than the required amount. The Assembly signed the bill and presented it to Lieutenant Governor James Hamilton for approval. After amending the bill several times, Hamilton signed it into law on May 11, 1751.
From early 1752 until the east wing of the Pine Building opened in 1755 Pennsylvania Hospital was housed in the home of recently deceased John Kinsey, a Quaker and Speaker of the Assembly.
So pleased was Franklin that he later stated: "I do not remember any of my political manoeuvres, the success of which gave me at the time more pleasure..."
To illustrate the purpose of the hospital, the inscription "Take care of him and I will repay thee" was chosen and the image of the Good Samaritan was affixed as the hospital seal. (from Penn Medicine)

Did you know that queen termites can live up to 50 years?

Word of the day: noblesse oblige (noh-BLES 0h-BLEEZH) which means the moral obligation of those of high birth, powerful social position, etc., to act with honor, kindness, generosity, etc. Honoré de Balzac uses the phrase noblesse oblige in his 1835 novel Le Lys dans la Vallée (The Lily of the Valley) and mentions that it was already old. The phrase entered English in the mid-19th century.

Flying to School

Reprinted with permission of Great Lakes Today, a public radio collaborative. For more stories, go to www.greatlakestoday.org


On Lake Erie, some students fly to school

Great Lakes Today's Elizabeth Miller flew to an island in Lake Erie recently, to visit Ohio's smallest school, and her report was featured on All Things Considered:

School traffic never bothers Max Schneider.

Listen to the All Things Considered story.

In the airplane he takes to class every day, his commute is pretty easy.

It's nearly 7:30 a.m. when a small, five-passenger Piper Saratoga plane takes off from the mainland in Port Clinton, Ohio. Pilot Bob Ganley is on his way to pick up students heading to school.

His first stop is Middle Bass Island, about a mile away from the school. Instead of a bus stop, Max's father is dropping him off at the Middle Bass airport to meet the plane.

On western Lake Erie, there are only a few inhabited islands. The school on Middle Bass closed in 1982.

So Max and four other students go to Put-in-Bay School, located on South Bass Island. Their school bus will be this Piper plane. Ganley has two students to pick up: Max, a 10th-grader and Cecilia, a ninth-grader.

After landing in Put-in-Bay's airport, Max and Cecilia walk to a large yellow van waiting in the airport's empty parking lot. They join two teachers who flew over from the mainland earlier.

In the summer, golf carts and bikes carry thousands of tourists across these streets. But this time of year, there are only about 400 people on the island.

Max's mother, Katie, teaches English here. Her family lives on Middle Bass, but during the winter, she rents a place near school just in case the plane is unable to fly.

"If they know there's weather coming in, they'll stay just because they don't want to be late for school or miss out on school," she says.

A round-trip flight to school on this island costs the Middle Bass school system nearly $100 per student each day. But Katie Schneider, who pays her own fare each week, says she and her husband have never considered making the move to Put-in-Bay.

"Middle Bass is our home," she says. "That's where he grew up; that's where he was raised. That's where our family history is."

Put-in-Bay School is much like any other school on the mainland. There are state tests, after-school clubs and even prom. But Put-in-Bay Superintendent and Principal Steve Poe says it's the smallest public school in the state.

"We have 81 students pre-K through 12," he said. "Average class is about a half-dozen to eight students. That makes us unique with the individual attention our kids get."

Max's 10th-grade class has only three students. And his sister Lucy's eighth-grade class has just five boys and three girls. Because they live across the lake from most of their friends, Max says they try to make the most of their days at school.

"Living on the island, I don't get to hang out with a lot of the kids a whole lot because I'm usually back on Middle Bass, and you can't hang out when there's a mile of water between you," he says.

Air transport also comes into play when it comes to the school's sports teams.

The entire community shows up for games to cheer on the Put-in-Bay Panthers. It all seems like a normal school event until an announcer thanks people from the opposing team for bringing milk to the island.

That's right: milk. That's something even more appreciated when living on an island three miles from the shore.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 10, 2017

It's 19° outside this morning with a windchill of 9°, wind is at 9 mph from the SW with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 70%, pressure is falling from 30.02 inches, and visibility is 9.5 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow. Highs around 30°. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Cloudy. Chance of snow and a slight chance of freezing drizzle in the evening then a slight chance of light freezing drizzle after midnight. Lows around 30°. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

On this date of February 10, 1968 - The Beatles turned all of their business affairs over to the newly formed Apple record company.

Did you know that it takes about 125 silkworms to produce one necktie? In the 28th Century BC the writings of Confucius, and legend tell the story of a silkworm's cocoon falling into Empress Hsi-Ling-Shih, Lei-Tzu’s cup of tea. The cocoon became un-raveled into strands of silk in her cup as she tried to remove it; intrigued she thought to weave the strands into thread. With the Emperor’s interest, she studied the silkworm, therefore learning the art of raising silkworms, known as sericulture. Educating her court about the silkworms, she therefore created the beginning of silk manufacturing and trade. (various sources)

Word of the day: whiffler (HWIF-ler, WIF-ler) which means 1) a person who frequently shifts opinions, attitudes, interests, etc. 2) a person who is vacillating or evasive in an argument. Whiffler has a sense that is now sadly obsolete, “one who smokes tobacco,” dating from the early 17th century. Its current sense dates from the mid-17th century.

BITA Meeting Canceled

Visiting Merlin

View a small gallery of pictures of the merlin HERE

The Merlin (Falco columbarius) is a small species of falcon from the Northern Hemisphere, with numerous subspecies throughout North America and Eurasia. A bird of prey once known colloquially as a pigeon hawk in North America, the Merlin breeds in the northern Holarctic; some migrate to subtropical and northern tropical regions in winter. Males typically have wingspans of 53–58 centimetres (21–23 in), with females being slightly larger. They are swift fliers and skilled hunters who specialize in preying on small birds in the size range of sparrows to quail. The Merlin has for centuries been well regarded as a falconry bird. In recent decades merlin populations in North America have been significantly increasing, with some merlins becoming so well adapted to city life that they forgo migration. (from Wikipedia)

Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative

Subcommittee Meeting on January 12, 2017, Minutes

What Did You Say 6

by Joe Moore

When living on an island in the middle of Lake Michigan, the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes, you sometimes have to do things in a manner never ever to be understood by those that have never been that isolated or are not that isolated for any length of time.

Some of my favorite reports given as a paramedic to another paramedic, after being with a patient for hours upon hours is, “The patient has had 24 milligrams of morphine sulfate total given over the last eight hours.” 

What did you say?

Read the rest of the story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 9, 2017

It's a wee bit chilly out there this morning, but then it's still winter. Right now I'm showing 14° with a windchill of -2°, wind is at 15 mph from the west with gusts to 21 mph, humidity is at 76%, pressure is rising from 30.01 inches, and visibility is 8.6 miles. Today: Snow showers in the morning, then snow showers likely in the afternoon. Highs around 17°. West winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows around 11°. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of February 9, 1895 - Volley Ball was invented by W.G. Morgan in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Morgan, who was born in New York, is known as the inventor of volleyball which he originally named Mintonette.
Later, Alfred Halstead re-named Mintonette volleyball because the object of the game was to volley a ball back and forth over a net.
Morgan studied at the Springfield College of the YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) where he met James Naismith.
Naismith, in 1891, had recently invented the game of basketball. During the summer of 1895, Morgan moved to the YMCA at Holyoke where he became Director of Physical Education.
In this role, Morgan had the opportunity to direct a vast program of exercises and sport classes for male adults. His leadership was eagerly accepted, and his classes grew in large numbers. He came to realize he needed a different type of competitive recreational game in order to vary his physical fitness program.
Basketball, which sport was beginning to develop, seemed to suit young people, but it was necessary to find a less violent and less intense alternative for the older members.
Morgan took some of the characteristics from tennis and handball along with basketball. Morgan liked the game of tennis, but tennis required rackets, balls, a net.
He didn't like all the equipment, but he did like the idea of a net.
Morgan invented volleyball, which was originally called Mintonette. Mintonette was designed to be an indoor sport. Mintonette was less rough than basketball for older members of the YMCA, while still requiring some athletic ability.
The first rules required for a net to be 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 meters) high, a 25 × 50 foot (7.6 × 15.2 meter) court. Each team could have as many players as a team wanted.
A match was nine innings with three serves for each team in each inning. There was no limit to the number of ball contacts for each team before sending the ball to the other side of the court.
In case of a miss serve, a second try was allowed. Hitting the ball into the net was a fault, with loss of the point or a side-out, except in the case of a first serve attempt. (from strength and power for volleyball)

Did you know that a bumble bee flaps its wings about 180 times per second and about 11,000 times per minute?

Word of the day: muckrake (MUHK-reyk) which means to search for and expose real or alleged corruption, scandal, or the like, especially in politics. John Bunyan in his The Pilgrim’s Progress (1684) uses a muck-rake as a symbol for a carnal mind, and later interpreted as the pursuit of worldly gain. Muckrake continued to have a pejorative sense throughout the 19th century in addition to its original sense “a rake for piling up dung or muck.” By the mid-19th century muckrake acquired the sense of “journalism that exposes corporate monopolies, political machines, and urban poverty,” best exemplified by Jacob Riis. President Theodore Roosevelt used muckraker in this last sense in a 1906 speech: ”The men with the muck rakes are often indispensable to the well being of society; but only if they know when to stop raking the muck, and to look upward to the celestial crown above them, to the crown of worthy endeavor.”

BICS Finance Committee Meeting 2/8/17

Peaine Township Meeting Agenda

February 8, 2017

View video of this meeting HERE

St James Township Meeting Minutes

February 1, 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 8, 2017

Overcast skies this morning, 20° with a windchill of 5°, wind is at 18 mph from the northwest with gusts to 30 mph, humidity is at 84%, pressure is rising from 29.81 inches, and visibility is 6.1 miles. Today: Periods of snow showers in the morning then numerous snow showers in the afternoon. Patchy blowing snow through the day. Highs around 20°. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Numerous snow showers. Lows around 9°. Northwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of February 8, 1896 - The Western Conference was formed by representatives of Midwestern universities. The group changed its name to the Big 10 Conference.

Did you know that there are only 3 sets of letters on a keyboard which are in alphabetical order (f g h, j k l, and o p)? I'll bet you all looked at your keyboards to check if that was true, didn't you?

Word of the day: troglodyte (TROG-luh-dahyt) which means 1) a person of degraded, primitive, or brutal character. 2) a prehistoric cave dweller. 3) a person living in seclusion. "cave-dweller," 1550s, from Middle French troglodyte and directly from Latin troglodytae (plural), from Greek troglodytes "cave-dweller, cave-man" (in reference to tribes identified as living in various places by ancient writers; by Herodotus on the African coast of the Red Sea), literally "one who creeps into holes," from trogle "hole, mouse-hole" (from trogein "to gnaw, nibble, munch;" see trout) + dyein "go in, dive in"

COA Sunday Dinner

Sunday, February 12, 2017, 11 a.m.

The LIAA and Beaver Island Master Plan Meeting

February 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Harry Burkholder, Executive Director of the LIAA from Traverse City, and Kaite Sieb, LIAA Community Planner, finally made it to the island after weather issues preventing three separately scheduled gatherings here on the island. The purpose of this meeting was to provide and opportunity to summarize what has been accomplished so far, to provide the community with yet another chance to comment on the information gathered so far, and to provide an outline of the rest of the process. This was quite an undertaking, this Master Plan. The process is quite involved, but the work of this group is very obvious in the amount of information that was presented at this meeting.

View a gallery of photos from before and during the presentation HERE

Harry Burkholder presented the 'where we are and where we're going'

After the presentation and the food provided, Katie Sieb explained the stations and the work that was request of those present.

Sample Stations

View a small gallery of participants HERE

View video of the presentation and station discussion HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 7, 2017

I expected to wake up to ice, but evidently the weather folks on television don't take into consideration that we live on an island. The nearest precipitation is 37 miles to the south. Right now we have overcast skies, 27° with a windchill of 13°, wind is at 21 mph from the ESE, humidity is at 89%, pressure is falling from 29.68 inches, and visibility is 8.4 miles. We are under a Winter Weather Advisory until midnight tonight for a wintry mix including freezing rain, wet snow, and sleet. Today: Light freezing rain, chance of snow and light freezing drizzle in the morning. Tonight: Snow rain.

On this date of February 7, 1964 - The Beatles arrived in New York to begin their first U.S. tour.

Did you know that the shortest national anthem in the world by text length, is the one for Japan, "KImigayo". It is made up of 32 characters and is only 11 bars of music in length. It is also one of the oldest national anthems in the world.

Word of the day: dog whistle (DOG [h]wis-uhl) which means a coded message that appears innocuous to the general public, but that has an additional interpretation meant to appeal to the target audience, for example, to racists. From the allusion to a dog whistle whose high-pitched sound is inaudible to humans but can be heard by dogs. Earliest documented use: 1995.

Lake G Fishing Tourney

PABI Ice Classic Begins

The 2017 Ice Classic is underway.  A spell of cold weather gave us some good ice in the north end of the harbor and today we launched the tower.  Thanks to this years launch team, Mark Engelsman, Jim McDonough and Jimmy Wojan who brought his 4-weeler on the ice to assist.  Also thanks to Ron Wojan who moved  the tower  with his lift yesterday from the deep snow to the other side of the dock. 

Tickets are available at McDonoughs Market and the Community Center, $5,00 each or 6 (that’s right six) for  $20.00

The person who picks the correct date, hour and minute  the tower goes into the water receives half the proceeds, the other half go to support the Beaver Island Community Center.

Thanks for your support.

Bob  Tidmore


Successful HOSA Students Interviewed

February 6, 2017

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

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

View a small gallery of pictures of the HOSA students HERE

View the video interviews HERE

Beaver Island--What a Great Place to Visit!

Found this video on YouTube, BIBCO the possible source.

One of the nice things about this video is that it has scenes from the island in all the seasons.

View video HERE

Airport Commission Minutes

June 21, 2016 Special Meeting

August 2016


October 2016

These minutes are posted here for subscribers to view. Thank you for sending them to me.

MDHHS Recommends Drill in Schools

Michigan Schools prepare for cardiac emergencies this week with drills

LANSING, Mich. – Children and adults in Michigan can be kept safer when schools are prepared to provide CPR and use a defibrillator in response to cardiac emergencies.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging schools to participate in Michigan Schools CPR/Automated External Defibrillator Drill Week beginning today. The week is part of American Heart Month during February.

Since about 1 in 5 Michiganders are in a Michigan school building each day, schools are a key location to be prepared for a sudden cardiac arrest that could jeopardize the lives of students, staff or visitors. Sudden cardiac arrest is the sudden loss of heart function that stops blood from flowing.

Every year, approximately 326,000 people in the U.S. fall victim to sudden cardiac arrest at home or in public locations such as schools, with only 10 percent surviving. Prompt delivery of CPR and defibrillation of a victim’s heart can double or triple the person’s chance of surviving.

Annual CPR/automated external defibrillator drills can help schools prepare to recognize sudden cardiac arrest and provide immediate intervention which is critical for survival.

Since July 2014, state law has required Michigan schools to have a written cardiac emergency response plan. In December 2016, Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law legislation that requires CPR/automated external defibrillation instruction no later than the 2017-2018 school year for students enrolled in grades seven to 12.

MDHHS – together with the Michigan Department of Education, American Heart Association and Michigan Alliance to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young – developed the MI HEARTSafe School Program in 2015 to support and recognize schools that take steps to prepare for a cardiac emergency. Designation as a MI HEARTSafe School requires a CPR/defibrillator drill. To date, 268 schools have received the award.

“Cardiac arrest is often an unexpected event and is especially frightening when a young person is involved,” said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive. “Early recognition and immediate intervention is critical for survival, and our hope is that all Michigan schools will know how to respond when someone – whether a student or an adult – has a cardiac arrest. We support the idea of designating drill weeks throughout the year for this purpose.”  

The American Heart Association recommends the “Chain of Survival” that includes five important steps:

Using CPR within one minute and an automated external defibrillator within three to five minutes of a victim’s collapse is crucial for increasing the chance of survival.

Schools previously participated in the drills Nov. 7-11, 2016, but are encouraged to practice the drill at any convenient time throughout the school year.

“The important thing is that students and staff have a chance to practice at least once a year so they know what to do in the event of a real emergency,” Wells said. “Publicizing the drill weeks statewide helps remind everyone to make sure it gets on the calendar.”

For additional details and application forms for MI HEARTSafe Schools, visit www.migrc.org/miheartsafe. For more information about sudden cardiac arrest of the young prevention in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/scdy.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 6, 2017

It's 21° outside this morning with a windchill of 15°, mostly cloudy skies, wind is at 4 mph from the west, humidity is at 81%, pressure is steady at 30.01 inches, and visibility is 4.4 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow. Highs int he upper 20s. Light winds. Tonight: Cloudy. Slight chance of light freezing drizzle in the evening then a chance of snow.

On this date of February 6, 1778 - The United States gained official recognition from France as the two nations signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance in Paris.

Did you know that the first drug that was sold as a water soluble tablet was aspirin in 1900?

Word of the day: paralogize (puh-RAL-uh-jahyz) which means to draw conclusions that do not follow logically from a given set of assumptions. Paralogize entered English from Medieval Latin paralogizāre, from Greek paralogízesthai meaning “to reason falsely.” It's been used in English since the late 1500s.

A Path to Happiness

by Cindy Ricksgers

B.I. Christian Church Bulletin


Mass from Holy Cross, 9:30 a.m. Sunday

BINN has had a goal of live streaming Mass from Holy Cross since the beginning of Holy Week 2016. So far, every Sunday has been live streamed aslong with some of the special events whether happy or sad. The live streaming may only provide access to a few people each week, but this does provide access to the service for those that wouldn't otherwise be able to attend the service. Some one hundred and twenty plus unique IP addresses viewed the services from Holy Cross since this began. This morning beaverisland.tv had eight visits. Some services have had no viewers, some have had several. As this service is available to anyone in the world, BINN will continue to provide it for those that can't attend in person.

Today's service was no exception. You can view video excerpts of today's Mass from Holy Cross, Sunday, February 5, 2017, HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 5, 2017

Snowy, snowy, snowy! Finally, and the biggest benefit it that it is covering all the dirty, melted, icy stuff. Everything looks so nice and clean. Joe's excited because he wants to go snowshoeing and finish his walk around the island on the shoreline. Right now it's 27°, windchill makes it feel like 16°, wind is at 15 mph from the west with gusts up to 36 mph, humidity is at 88%, pressure is rising from 29.74 inches, and visibility is 6.5 miles.

Today: Snow in the morning then scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers in the evening then a chance of snow after midnight. Lows around 18°. West winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 30 mph in the evening.

On this date of February 5, 1846 - "The Oregon Spectator", based in Oregon City, became the first newspaper published on the Pacific coast.

Did you know that the first aluminum drink can was introduced in 1959? Coors introduced the first all-aluminum, seamless, two-piece beverage container. Recycling was instituted at the same time (Coors paid 1 cent for each can returned to the brewery). Aluminum cans made inroads into the soft drink market in 1964, when Royal Crown Cola released both its RC Cola and Diet Rite beverages in two-piece, 12-ounce aluminum containers. In their first year on the market, 1 million cases of soda were packaged using aluminum cans. In addition to being lighter in weight than their steel predecessors, aluminum cans provide a superior surface on which to print text and graphics. This capability increased the opportunity to establish and promote shelf presence and brand awareness. (from aluminum.org)

Word of the day: juggernaut (JUHG-er-nawt) which means 1) any large, overpowering destructive force or object as war, a giant battleship, or a powerful football team. 2) anything requiring blind devotion or cruel sacrifice. Juggernaut, Jagernaut, Jaggarnat, Jagannat are some of the English approximations of the pronunciation of Hindi Jagannāth and Sanskrit Jagannātha. In Sanskrit and Hindi short a is pronounced like the u in but, which explains the choice of u over a. This also explains the English spelling punch “the beverage composed of five ingredients” from Hindi and Sanskrit pañca ”five”.) The English gg is to insure the “hard” pronunciation of the English g, as in get, and not the “soft” one as in gem. The English er and ar are misguided attempts to render the same Hindi and Sanskrit a. It also unintentionally shows the nonrhotic, or r-less pronunciation of British English. The final syllable naut is a fanciful association or mistake of using the English combining form -naut “sailor,” as in Argonaut,” to represent the long a of Hindi and Sanskrit (it is pronounced like the German long a as in Staat “state.”) The last form, Jagannat, represents Hindi and Sanskrit pronunciation pretty well. Juggernaut entered English in the mid-17th century.

B. I. Airport Commission

Meeting on February 4, 2017

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Video of the two hour meeting HERE

(Photos and video by Cheryl Phillips)

Beaver Island Workshops

On Thursday, January 26, 2017, Executive Director of Northern Community Mediation (NCM) flew over to Beaver Island to facilitate two workshops entitled “Seeing Eye to Eye Without Going Head to Head.” The first workshop was held in the afternoon at the Beaver Island Community School. Approximately 40 students and teachers participated. In the late afternoon, the second workshop took place at the Community Center, where roughly 20 residents attended.

The purpose of the workshops was to help people understand that conflict is not necessarily a bad thing. It is how people handle conflict that makes it positive or negative. By incorporating group discussions and exercises with humor, Millar was able to make the point that there are basically five approaches to handling conflict: competition, accommodation, withdrawl, compromise and collaboration. The effectiveness of each approach is totally dependent upon the given circumstances. The example that Millar used was the Super Bowl. Neither Tom Brady nor Matt Ryan would approach that game other than with a competitive spirit. In no way would any of the other four approaches to conflict be appropriate.

Pam Grassmick made the initial contact with Millar to arrange for the workshops. Ann Partridge contributed her creative talent to produce an inviting flyer. Millar summarized the experience. “I feel it was worthwhile for everyone involved. I for one had a wonderful time, but then it is always fun to go to Beaver Island.”

Northern Community Mediation is a non-profit organization that provides an alternative means of resolving conflict. Trained mediators, who meet with the parties involved in a dispute, facilitate so that the individuals themselves can resolve the conflict

Anyone interested in learning more about Northern Community Mediation should contact Dr. Jane Millar at 231.487.1771.

Pictured from left to right in the back are Pam Grassmick, Sharon Misiak, Ann Partridge, and Cindy Ricksger. In the back on the right is Pam Moxhan. In the forefront from left to right are Kitty McNamara, Kathy Tidmore and Vicky Smith. (This photo was taken by BINN)

Coed Game Saturday and Girls Game Saturday

The Paradise team played the first game today as a coed game. There was a second game of just the Lady Islanders and the Lady Rockets with three quarters of time. The games were both fun to watch. The videographer today was the editor and BINN shared all the video from all the games with the Paradise coach.

Twenty-seven people watched the games last night and this morning for the live stream using nineteen unique IP addresses.

Our officials for this weekend were Daniel and Courtney Ashefelter

Beaver Island coaches Dan Burton and Tamie LaFreniere

Paradise coach Brian Sikkenga

Pictures of the first game are HERE

Pictures of the second game are HERE

View video of the coed game HERE

Lady Islanders vs Lady Rockets HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 4, 2017

The sky is covered with stars this morning, and it's lovely. The dogs, on the other hand, didn't notice as they were busy trying to get back inside. They think it's way too cold. Sympathetic soul that I am, made them venture out anyhow. Right now it is 20° with a windchill of 6°, wind is at 16 mph from the west with gusts to 25 mph, humidity is at 79°, pressure is steady at 30.22 inches, and visibility is 9.8 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 20s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Tonight: Periods of snow showers. Patchy blowing snow. Lows in the mid 20s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of February 4, 2004, the social networking website Facebook.com was launched.

Did you know that the expression to 'knuckle down' originated from playing marbles (players used to put their knuckles to the ground for their best shots)

Word of the day: feinschmecker (FAHYN-shmek-uh r) which means gourmet. The German noun Feinschmecker literally means ”fine-taster” from fein “fine” and Schmecker “taster.” The word entered English in the late 19th century.

Co-ed Islanders vs Rockets Friday

This is the final score of the co-ed basketball game tonight, February 4, 2017. Islanders win!

Halftime dance by the cheeleading squad begins

The younger cheerleaders do an amazing cheer!

Here is a gallery of photos from the night

View video of the parent recognition and game HERE

BICS Student at HOSA Competition and Excellent Results

Update: Sveta and Brennan placed in the top ten for Home Health Care

Tessa got 1st Place in Home Health Care

Olya 2nd place in Clinical Nursing, Katie 3rd place in Clinical Nursing

All BICS students qualify for State Competition!

These BICS students are in the Health Occupations Students of American program at the school here. Two of them, the first on the right and the last on the left have successfully passed their CNA exams. All are in Muskegon today, February 3, 2017, for a competition of HOSA students. Congratulations to Tessa Jones and Olya Stebbins on their certification as nurses aides. The students are competing in clinical nursing and in home healthcare.

New Annual Event Set For Beaver Island

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce has announced that they will host a Community Appreciation Day on Saturday May 20 this spring. The 20th is Armed Forces Day and Beaver Island has a large veteran population. Plans call for an outdoor community pig roast and beverages with a free will donation request.

The new community event will replace the annual Citizen of the Year award banquet that was held each spring beginning in 2001. “Our goal is to include more of the Island community in a less formal event. An individual award is still an option but not necessarily each year,” said Chamber President Rachel Teague. Chamber board member Jean Kinsley said, “We see this as kind of a fun kick off to the Island ’s peak season.”

The new event will be held at the Beaver Island Boat Co ferry dock. The option to move inside the 130 foot ferry Emerald Isle will be available in case of rain. “The Boat Company looks forward to partnering with the Chamber of Commerce on this fun new event,” said chamber board member and Boat Co Operations Manager Tim McQueer.

“As a dedicated outdoor pig roast fan I’m looking forward to this new informal event for all. If the donations should exceed the cost the extra will be used for our Beaver Island marketing activities.” said Chamber Executive Director Steve West. 

Chamber of Commerce board member Mark Englesman serves up roast pork at a Beaver Island roast.

BICS Weekly Update for February 6-10

BICS Events Calendar 2017

St. James Special Meeting Notice for Budget

Video Report for January 2017

During the month of January there were a total of 478 unique IP addresses viewing video. This included 307 watching the current video, 69 watching video in the archives, and 144 watching the live streaming video of events. 2513 current video clips were viewed, 82 archived clips were viewed, and 182 live views of the live streaming events. A total bandwidth of 92.2 GB was used viewing the video clips during January.


A interesting news story about gin from juniper berries picked on Beaver Island, almost 200 pounds of them, then distilled in Michigan and bottle in Michigan.

Link to a video about this gin HERE

Here is the Up North Live story link

Bruce Lauren Kinsley Obituary

Bruce Lauren Kinsley, 80, of Beaver Island, died Saturday, January 28, 2017, at his home. He was born October 9, 1936, in Ann Arbor to Lauren and Mildred (Stoll) Kinsley. He grew up in Ann Arbor, and served in the US Navy from 1955-57, stationed in Hawaii. Returning home from the Navy, he made his home in Saline, Mich. and for a short time lived in Florida, returning to Saline. On April 30, 1977, he married Jean L. Welke in Saline. For the past sixteen years, they have made their home on Beaver Island.

Bruce worked as a self employed General Contractor.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; stepsons, Tim Tubbs, and Greg Purtzenski; grandchildren, Matt Kinsley, Shelbi (Tracey) Kinsley, Travis Tubbs, Shana Tubbs, Kevin Purtzenski; great-grandchildren, Levi and Mia.

Cremation has taken place. A private service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beaver Island Rural Health Center, or to Beaver Island Friends of Veterans.

Please share a memory of Bruce or your condolences at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com

February St. James Board Meeting

February 1, 2017 Meeting

View video of this meeting HERE

Since there might be some very interested in the debt retirement resolutions, they are presented below:

The above is a debt forgiveness resolution for Sewer Fund to General Fund.

Debt retirement for the Yacht Dock to General Fund



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

October 27, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

December 29, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

November 9, 2016

View Video of this meeting HERE

December 14, 2016

View video of the meeting HERE

January 11, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

November 2, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

December 7, 2016

View video of the meeting HERE

January 4, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Effective Tuesday, 9/8/15
CLOSED Labor Day, 9/7 Happy Holiday!!
M-F 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-9pm
231 448-2022

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

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Beaver Island Performs at Crooked Tree Concert

The Crooked Tree Youth Orchestras performed at Crooked Tree Arts Center on January 29, 2017. The concert began a 3 p.m. in the afternoon. Beaver Island Community School String students and Sheri Richards attended and performed at this concert. Here is the program identifying all the participants and all the instsructors.

(pictures and program from Sheri Richards and Theresa McDonough)

View a gallery of pictures HERE

An Amazing Gift

Deacon Paul from the St. Francis Catholic Church in Petoskey came to help celebrate 9:30 a.m. Mass this morning at Holy Cross Catholic Church. He had found something while searching through the Franciscan priests materials in an old file cabinet or dresser. Anyway, it was a key with a ribbon attached along with a label that said this key was the key to the church on High Island. Deacon Paul presented this gift to the Parish here on Beaver Island saying, "Here is a much better place for this key to reside."


Fundraiser for Ellen Welke Fund

Michelle LaFreniere is working on a fundraiser for the Ellen Welke Fund. She is going to baking and selling cookies for Valentine's Day. Donations can also be made.

"For anyone wanting to donate to our fundraiser for the Ellen Welke Fund, you can send the checks to Michelle LaFreniere at PO Box 25, Beaver Island, MI 49782.. Please write the checks out to Holy Cross Catholic Church and put in the Memo : Ellen Welke Fund."


The Dangers of Not Playing Video Games

by Paul Cole

Posted with permission

Maybe it was because of money, or maybe it was just a conscious decision by my parents, but my brothers and I were never allowed much technology or TV while growing up. We didn’t have the early video games like nintendo, and TV was limited to one hour a night, if homework was completed.

Of course we could sneak in a bit of “Lawrence Welk” or “All in the Family” if my Dad was watching (...and a one and a two...). Dancing Norma Zimmer and the guy with the accordion are burned in my brain to this day. If we were lucky, my dad would be out plowing the roads and we could watch the Muppets. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy were comedy icons to the young Cole boys.

This lack of tech increased our sense of adventure, especially during the winter months. When not towing behind some truck or car we would attempt to get our old snowmobile running. The old Johnson snowmobile would only run on every other tuesday on a full moon when the sun was out, it seemed. And when it did decide to run, it only managed a measly 15 mph at best. The puffing blue exhaust created the illusion of speed, however, even as my dad passed us in his truck. Anyone on the island who knows Donald Cole’s driving will understand just how slow we had to be going for that to be possible! I was told some years ago, “you know you’re on a good boodle around the Island if Donald Cole passes you by.” So needless to say, we resorted to sledding a lot.

In our younger days, we would run across the street next to the Rectory and sled, or go down “below the hills”, which was on the other side of the medical center. We used to sled for hours after school and on the weekends when we weren’t building birdhouses out back in our netshed. (For whatever reason, my dad decided one year it would be a great idea to build birdhouses as a project. I think we must have built at least 200 of them, and passed them out to any and every islander who gave the slightest indication they wanted one. Needless to say, the constant birdhouse construction only reinforced our desire to get out and go sledding.)

As we grew older, we grew more daring in where we went sledding, graduating to Donegal Bay and Mt. Pishiga. These sand dunes satisfied our thirst for a while, but our need for speed pushed us to find steeper and steeper dunes covered in snow. Eventually, we discovered “Suicide Run”. It was a dune just around the bend from Mt. Pisgah, with a slope so steep it seemed almost vertical. The bottom was surrounded by massive, sturdy Evergreens (perfect for crashing into).

We soon discovered the art of flying down the hill at 5000 mph and bailing out right at the very end to avoid the trees. Just any old sled was not worthy of our monstrous dune, though...we found an old schoolbus hood was perfect; it held a bunch of us at once and the greater weight increased our speed. Many a time a I barely missed a tree, bailing out just before the hood would crash into trees.. No doubt, Suicide Run was a much better adrenaline rush than old Johnson. Looking back, I think our parents would have decked us alongside the head if they only knew… or worse, forced us to build more bird houses.

As they do, all good but stupid adventures come to an end. That same winter, our next door neighbors came up for a visit on Christmas. Rosie and Claude’s girls went sledding with us one day, and of course we had to show them Suicide Run. Poor little Amy did not bail out soon enough, and her arm hit a tree and promptly snapped….she.probably should have stayed home and played a video game. They are way less dangerous than a green bus hood full of adventurous boys.

Suicide Run immediately became a banned option for sledding, and doubtlessly reinforced our “hooligan” reputation among some islanders. Adventure being a Hooligan….one in the same I guess. If only we had played more video games, then poor Amy would never have had a cast that Christmas season.

We never really increased our T.V. or video game time after Amy’s break, but I think we had to build some more birdhouses as a consequence and took a break from sledding for a few days. Winter moved on with more huge colorful birdhouses, Lawrence Welk in the background and we moved on to Iceberging and ice fishing... but that's another story.


Today, BIC CENTER, 01/26/17, 4:30 PM

This program was live streamed and recorded for those unable to attend.

Title Slide

Jane Milar, the presenter

Jane Milar became the Executive Director of Northern Community Mediation Service in July 2003.

She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Albion College with a major in English and minors in Business & Economics, Psychology and Spanish. Her Master of Arts Degree is in Child Psychology from St. Lawrence University, and her doctorate degree is from Eastern Michigan University in the field of Leadership.

Jane is active in the community. She is a past district-governor of Rotary International, and presently chairs the grants committees and in that cpacity also serves on the District Rotary Foundation Committee. She is a trainer for Rotary Leadership Institute, vision facilitation, and leadership sessions for the District Assembly and the president-elect training. She also co-chairs the Training Instittue, which is part of the Zone Institute. She has been responsible for planning the district conference and is a past president of her local club.

Jane is a past president of the Women's Resource Center, as well as Crooked Tree Arts Center. In 2005, she was the recipient of the prestigious Athena Award.

View a small gallery of photos of the presentation HERE

View Video of the Entire Presentation HERE

Group Work Clip 1


Group Work Clip 2

Margo Marks Featured in Marine News Magazine

January 2017

Recently, BIBCO President/General Manager, Margo Marks, was featured in Marine News Magazine for her work with the Passenger Vessel Association.

Here is the link with you: http://www.marinelink.com/magazines/marinenews/201701 (pg. 12)..


Link to St. James Township Audit Documents

Vist state website HERE

(Thank you, Maura Turner for this link)

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

St James Audit Financials

2016 St James Audit Deficencies

St James Audit Procedures Report

St James Deficit Letter

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

Holy Cross Bulletin for

February 2017

Christian Church Bulletin

February 12, 2017

February 19, 2017


BICS School Calendar 2016-17

BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates Schedule

BI Airport Commission Meeting Schedule

Charlevoix Summer Transit
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Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

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

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

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