B. I. News on the 'Net, February 9-15, 2015

Emergency Services Authority

Special Meeting

Kori Danielle Maudrie

She is 7 pounds 7 ounces, and 18 inches long

Happy parents are Heather Lynn Cary and Brandon Maudrie.

Congratulations to the whole family!

Ricardo Lugo Interviewed

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

View Interview HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for February 16, 2015

Mother Nature really needs to get back on her meds. It's so cold that Grandpa’s teeth were chattering - in the glass! This bitter, bitter cold is a bit much for everyone, although it IS just a wee bit warmer this morning at zero with a wind chill of -8. Wind is at 4 mph from the SE, humidity is at 75%, pressure is 1030 mb and falling, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Cloudy with a chance of snow this afternoon. Highs around 14 with light winds. Tonight: Snow showers. Lows around 6. Light winds.

On this date of February 16, 1991 - The 300th episode of "Saturday Night Live" aired on NBC.

Did you know that ostriches have a 14 meter (46 foot) long small intestine?

Word of the day: frozen which means 1. to become hardened into ice or into a solid body; change from the liquid to the solid state by loss of heat. 2. to become hard or stiffened because of loss of heat, as objects containing moisture. Transitive sense first recorded 14c., figurative sense c.1400. Meaning "become rigid or motionless" attested by 1720. Sense of "fix at a certain level, make non-transactable" is 1922. Freeze frame is from 1960, originally "a briefly Frozen Shot after the Jingle to allow ample time for Change over at the end of a T.V. 'Commercial.' " ["ABC of Film & TV," 1960].

Ice Shoves at Gull Harbor

Click to see the panorama of Gull Harbor

Video clip of Gull Harbor Ice Shoves


Ice Coverage Around Beaver Island

A Beaver Island Wedding

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

At Donegal Danny's Pub

Rita Palmer caught the bouquet

Marie dances with Glenn Felixson

The cake is cut, and served by Michelle LaFreniere

Video of Steve and Marie Boyle dancing at their wedding


Congratulations, Steve and Marie!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for February 15, 2015

Holy %&(%$ it's COLD out there! Just a warning, do not be licking any flagpoles today, and keep a close eye on your pets! I'm registering -13 and falling with a wind chill of -30! Wind is at 7 mph from the NE with gusts to 16 mph, humidity is at 72%, pressure is at 1038 mb and rising, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Sunny. Highs around 1 below zero. North winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the morning. Lowest wind chill readings 29 below to 39 below zero in the morning. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 12 below zero. Light winds. Please stay safe if you must be outside.

On this date of February 15, 1879 - U.S. President Hayes signed a bill that allowed female attorneys to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Did you know that India has over 50 million monkeys?

Word of the day: arctic (ahrk-tik) which means as an adjective 1. of, relating to, or located at or near the North Pole 2. Coming from the North Pole or the arctic region. As a noun 1. the region lying north of the Arctic Circle or the the northernmost limit of tree growth; the polar area north of the timber line. late 14c., artik, from Old French artique, from Medieval Latin articus, from Latin arcticus, from Greek arktikos "of the north," literally "of the (constellation) Bear," from arktos "bear; Ursa Major; the region of the north," the Bear being a northerly constellation. From *rkto-, the usual Indo-European base for "bear" (cf. Avestan aresho, Armenian arj, Albanian ari, Latin ursus, Welsh arth); see bear (n.) for why the name changed in Germanic. The -c- was restored from 1550s. As a noun, "the Arctic regions," from 1560s.

This Old Cookbook-16

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

Frozen Cookies

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

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

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

Flour (no amount given)

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

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

Make into two rolls, put in freezer overnight.

Slice and bake.

Linda Glendenning, 8 years old

From the Community Center

The BI Community Center is closed today, Saturday, February 14, 2015.

From the Resale Shop

February 14, 2015

The wind chill warning is scary! Island Treasures Resale Shop will not be open today!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day! It's 9 and feels like -7 outside this morning, wind is at 13 mph from the NW with gusts to 21 mph, humidity is at 83%, pressure is at 1011 mb and rising, and visibility is at 5 miles. Today: Snow showers. Blowing snow. Windy. Highs around 4. NW winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph shifting to the north 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph in the afternoon. Wind chill readings 23 below to 33 below zero. Tonight: Mostly clear. Isolated snow showers in the evening. Breezy. Lows around 15 below zero. North winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph decreasing to 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph after midnight. Wind chill readings 25 below to 35 below zero.

On this date of February 14, 1958 - On CBS television Walter Cronkite reported that the Iranian government has banned rock & roll becausee it is against the concepts of Islam and also a hazard to health.

Did you know that giraffes has the highest blood pressure of any animal?

Word of the day: foible (FOI-buhl) which means 1. A minor weakness or an idiosyncrasy in someone's character. 2. The weaker, upper part of a sword blade. From obsolete French foible (feeble), from Latin flere (to weep). Earliest documented use: before 1648.


by Joe Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for February 13, 2015

It's cold, but lovely outside this morning. Lacy clouds floating across the moon and an owl hooting from the neighbors tall trees. However, it's 10 with a wind chill of zero. There are two weather alerts for us: a winter weather advisory and a wind chill warning until noon on Saturday.

Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 5 PM this afternoon to noon EST Saturday...
Wind chill warning in effect from noon Saturday to 11 am EST Sunday...These winter weather products are being issued for nasty winter weather...revolving around snow...blowing snow and frigid wind chills.
Timing of snow: snow will develop and intensify across much of northwest lower and The Straits region late this afternoon. The snow will continue into the evening before lighter lake effect snow and blowing snow develops overnight into Saturday morning.
Wind chill values: 25 to 40 degrees below zero Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.
Snow amounts: 1 to 4 inches.
Other impacts: blowing snow late tonight into Saturday with periods of reduced visibility and hazardous travel.

Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Highs around 19. Light winds becoming southwest 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Snow showers. Blowing snow after midnight. Lows around 1. West winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of February 13, 2000 - Charles M. Schulz's last original Sunday "Peanuts" comic strip appeared in newspapers. Schulz had died the day before.

Did you know that there are 7 points on the Statue of Liberty's crown to represent the seven seas?

Word of the day: solicitude (suh-LIS-i-tood, -tyood) which means care or concern for another. From Latin sollus (whole), ultimately from the Indo-European root sol- (whole), which brought us solid, salute, save, salvo, soldier, catholicity, salutary, and salubrious + citus, past participle of ciere (to arouse), ultimately from the Indo-European root kei- (to set in motion), which also gave us cinema, kinetic, excite, and resuscitate. Earliest documented use: 1412.

Fish for FREE this weekend!

Just a reminder this Saturday and Sunday brings the 2015 Winter Free Fishing Weekend to Michigan!

On those two days all fishing license fees will be waived. Residents and out-of-state visitors will be able to enjoy fishing on both inland and waters of the Great Lakes for all species of fish during their respective open seasons. Please note all other regulations still apply during that time.

There are plenty of ways to take advantage of the upcoming Free Fishing Weekend – whether that means heading out to your favorite fishing hole or taking your family to an organized event. Events are being held throughout Michigan, including in the counties of Arenac, Baraga, Bay, Chippewa, Emmet, Gogebic, Huron, Ingham, Iosco, Mackinac, Muskegon, Oakland, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, St. Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wexford.

Please note all events are subject to local weather conditions.

More information on the events mentioned above and on this weekend’s unique opportunity to fish for free can be found at michigan.gov/freefishing.  

This Old Cookbook-15

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

Applesauce Cookies

2 eggs..................1 cup sugar

1 heaping tablespoon lard.............1 and 1/2 cups of applesauce

2 teaspoons soda............a dash of salt

2 and 1/2 cups of flour..............1 teaspoon of vanilla

Mix in the order given

Drop by teaspoon on greased pan

Bake at 425 until golden brown

John Harrington, 8 years old

This recipe was made on February 12, 2015. The applesauce was homemade from the apples on the corner of Kings Highway and Carlisle Road. The applesauce had been kept in the freezer for over a year. The recipe called for lard, but instead of lard, butter was used. The cookies are absolutely delicious without being too sweet. They have a smooth texture, are softer than store-bought cookies, and have a light flavor of applesauce. All in all, an excellent recipe that makes three dozen plus cookies about 2.5 inches in diameter.

Peaine Township Board Meeting

February 11, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for February 12, 2015

It's going to be an invigorating day today. Right now it's -1 with a wind chill of -21, wind is at 15 mph from the NW with gusts to 30 mph, humidity is at 77%, pressure is at 1026 mb and rising, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Partly sunny with scattered snow showers. Highs around 5. North winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Will chill readings 17 below to 27 below zero. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Lows around 8 below zero. West winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the evening. Wind chill readings 10 below to 20 below zero.

On this date of February 12, 1892 - In the U.S., President Lincoln's birthday was declared to be a national holiday.

Did you know that Jack is the most common name in nursery rhymes?

Word of the day: comportment (kuhm-PORT-muhnt) which means behavior; demeanor; bearing. From French comportement (behavior), from comporter (to bear), from Latin comportare (to transport), from com- (with) + portare (to carry). Ultimately from the Indo-European root per- (to lead, pass over), which also gave us support, petroleum, sport, passport, colporteur, rapporteur, deportment, Swedish fartlek, Norwegian fjord, and Sanskrit parvat (mountain). Earliest documented use: 1605.

Beaver Island's Newest Registered EMT

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

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

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

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

Congratulations, Jenna!

BICS Board Meeting

Monday, February 9, 2015

Board Meeting Video HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for February 11, 2015

Went to bed with a stiff neck thinking it would be gone come morning... didn't happen, so I'm moving a bit slow. I know, I know, it's the meanness coming out. It's 24 outside, feels like 13, wind is at 11 mph from the south, humidity is at 91%, pressure is at 1013 mb and falling, and visibility is at 5.9 miles. Today: Snow and patchy light freezing drizzle in the morning, then scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Blowing snow in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 20s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph shifting to the west with gusts to around 35 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Scattered snow showers in the evening then numerous snow showers after midnight. Blowing snow through the night. Lows near zero. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 40 mph. Lowest wind chill readings 12 below to 22 below zero after midnight.

On this date of February 11, 1752 - The Pennsylvania Hospital opened as the very first hospital in America.

Did you know that Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise?

Word of the day: opprobrium (uh-PRO-bree-uhm) which means 1. Strong criticism. 2. Public disgrace. From Latin opprobrium (reproach), from ob- (against) + probrum (infamy, reproach). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bher- (to carry), which also gave us bear, birth, barrow, burden, fertile, transfer, offer, suffer, euphoria, and metaphor. Earliest documented use: 1656.

Corned Beef Dinner Raffle

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

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

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

From the Beaver Island Association

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


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

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for February 10, 2015

It's so still and quiet outside, not a sound to be heard of the wind, nor of critters scuttling around. It's 15, wind is at 1 mph from the east, humidity is at 91%, pressure is at 1028 mb and steady, and visibility is at 9.4 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 20s. East winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Cloudy with a chance of snow. Lows around 18. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

On this date of February 10, 1763 - The Treaty of Paris ended the French and Indian War. In the treaty France ceded Canada to England.

Did you know that the Earth weighs 6,588,000,000,000,000,000 tons?

Word of the day: recrudescence (ree-kroo-DES-uhns) which means a renewed activity after a period of dormancy. From Latin recrudescere (to become raw again), from re- (again) + crudescere (to get worse), from crudus (raw). Earliest documented use: 1665.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for February 9, 2015

Stayed out a bit to enjoy the sky which looks like the celestial jeweler dropped his diamonds and they are scattered all across the heavens. So pretty, however, it's still darn cold! Thank goodness for Moon boots. Now I'm wishing I had a "higher from the road" car (I love my Volt, but it's only about 5 inches off the roadway) because I'm thinking that the sunrise might be spectacular with the ice shove at Gull Harbor. If you get a photo of it, please share. Oh well, I can't have everything. It's 2 and feels like -12. Wind is at 8 mph from the NE with gusts up to 16 mph, humidity is at 80%, pressure is at 1024 mb and rising, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs around 17. North winds at about 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows near zero. Light winds.

On this date of February 9, 1870 - The United States Weather Bureau was authorized by Congress. The bureau is officially known as the National Weather Service (NWS).

Did you know that emus can't walk backwards?

Word of the day: exordium (ig/eg-ZOR-dee-uhm, ik-SOR-) which means the beginning or introductory part of anything, especially of a discourse, treatise, etc. From Latin ex- (out, from) + ordiri (to begin). Earliest documented use: 1531.

Charlevoix County Proud Contest

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

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



Emergency Services Authority

Meeting 12/11/14

Video HERE

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

January 15, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015

Common Core Presentation to School Board and Community

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

January 12, 2015

Video of the meeting

January 27, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

Peaine Township Board Meeting

November 12, 2014

Click Here to view video

Peaine Township Meeting

December 10, 2014

Link to video of the meeting

St. James Township Meeting Video

January 7, 2015

You can view the video of the meeting HERE

Friday, January 16, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon – Sat  8am – 5pm
Sun Closed 

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


Community Center Information for October 2014


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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Airport Commission Meeting

November 1, 2014.

Video of the meeting HERE

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Ecotourism Goals Draft, rev. 3, 19 Jan 2010

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

Subscriptions Expire

You can subscribe online by using PayPal and a credit card. Please click the link below if you wish to renew online:


Gull Harbor Ice Shoves

Panorama of Gull Harbor

Automatic camera setting

Playing with the exposure, ISO, and speed

And then depth of field

Beaver Island Taekwondo

Having never attended a Beaver Island Taekwondo class, and having only watched and recorded the demonstrations of the club, the editor was very much impressed at the physical workout that the Beaver Isalnd Taekwondo Club puts in during a regular class. This class took place on February 7, 2015, and included tests of several of the participants.

"When you visit a taekwondo dojo or participate in a taekwondo class for the first time you will notice that the students will be wearing a variety of different colored taekwondo belts. The color of these taekwondo belts signify each students level of training and proficiency. For example a white belt student would be at the beginning level of learning the art and technique of taekwodo, while a black belt student would be at an advanced level of training and proficiency.

As a student passes their grading level, they will be awarded the next taekwondo belt level. This signifies that the student has reached the standards required for their current taekwondo belt color, and that they have learned and proven the abilities required for that belt level. They then begin the next stage of their training to learn, achieve, and demonstrate the requirements of the next taekwondo belt level.

The taekwondo belts system requires that each student is required to demonstrate the standards and requirements of their current taekwondo belt before they are allowed to progress to the next belt level. So it goes that they progress from one belt level, to the next, and so on until they reach the level of black belt

The progression of taekwondo belts would typically follow this color sequence:

  • White belt (10th gup)
  • White belt with a yellow tag or tip (9th gup)
  • Yellow belt (8th gup)
  • Yellow belt with a green tag (7th gup)
  • Green belt (6th gup)
  • Green belt with a blue tag (5th gup)
  • Blue belt (4th gup)
  • Blue belt with a red tag (3rd gup)
  • Red belt (2nd gup)
  • Red belt with a black tag (1st gup)
  • Black belt (1st dan)

White belt or 10th gup represents a beginning. It signifies innocence or purity, and indicates a lack of knowledge for the mind to have true control over the body.

Yellow belt (7th and 8th gup) represents a seed taking root in the earth and beginning to react to the sun. This can be seen as the laying of the foundation of taekwondo.

Green belt (6th and 5th gup) represents the beginning growth of the seed as taekwondo knowledge and skills begin to develop.

Blue belt (4th and 3rd gup) represents the growth and maturing of the young plant and how it continues its skyward growth toward the heavens. This correlates to the student starting to solidifying skills and knowledge as taekwondo training progresses.

Red belt (2nd and 1st gup) represents danger. This element of danger is illustrated by the student’s proficient taekwondo knowledge and technical skills, but where there is still a lack of control and discipline to properly harness the knowledge and skills.

Black belt (1st dan) represents the opposite of white. It is the level of training where all of the previous taekwondo belt colors or gup levels merge into one color. A black belt signifies proficiency and maturity in taekwondo knowledge and skill.

The levels of black belt beyond first dan are measured by dan or degree. These range from 1st dan and continue through to exalted status of 9th dan.

The key point when discussing taekwondo belts is that while the belt colors might vary throughout the various schools, associations, and organizations, the 10 gup levels will remain consistent and offer a reference point throughout the industry."

All of the above information came from http://www.koreantaekwondo.com/traditional-taekwondo/taekwondo-belts/

The instructors are Dave Avery, a 6th Dan black belt, and will be testing for 7th Dan; and Sue Avery, 1st Dan black belt.

The Beaver Island Taekwondo Club meets at the BICS gymnasium on Wednesday at 5:30 pm and on Saturday at 3 pm. The styles are Moo Sool Do, Tang Soo Do and San Mak Hapkido, as well as WTF Taekwondo.and the group has attended competitions in sport taekwondo.

Our Beaver Island group has worked pretty hard and have accomplished a great deal in the belts and gups. Here are a few of the participants and their levels:


Jewell Gillespie Cushman is now a red belt, 2nd Gup

Quinn Jones is now a green belt - 6th Gup

Kevin White, purple and white belt, 7th Gup

Austyn Oliver, purple and white belt, 7th Gup


Riley Williamson, purple and white belt, 7th Gup   

Brendyn Oliver, purple and white belt, 7th Gup

Susi Myers is now a purple belt - 8th Gup

John Robert pre-tested for his green and white belt

Sarah Avery pre-tested for her deputy black belt

View video of the Taekwondo Class Here

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE



Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Winter Schedule 2014-2015

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

From Holy Cross

Charlevoix County Transit Winter Hours

Beaver Island

Winter Hours

(Effective Monday, November 17, 2014)

  Demand Response Service

Monday – Friday

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Closed Weekends 

Phone 231-448-2026

For Service

Children under 6 yrs $.50

Sr. Citizen  (60 and over) Currently Free

Handicap $.50

Youth (ages 6 to 19) $1.00

Regular Fare (ages 20 to 59) $1.50

Passenger fares are double 15 miles and over.

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

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

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

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

      15:  Pat Nugent
      22 and March 1:  Mike Scripps

March 8:  Pastor Howard Davis

Bible study

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

-Everyone welcome!!

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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Meeting Schedule

Beaver Island Human Services Commission

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

From the Transfer Station

Recycling Information--No Cloth in off-season

2014-15 BICS Basketball Schedule

BID Library Announcement

Crafters take note:

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

Plans for the Proposed Dock in Charlevoix

Public Notice

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

(Thanks to Bob Tidmore for this information.)

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.

Grand Rapids Party Invitation

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for February 8, 2015

It's 14 outside and feels like -2, if your coffee hasn't brought your eyes up past half-mast, step outside! The wind is blowing at 18 mph from the east with gusts up to 32 mph, humidity is at 88%, pressure is at 1012 mb and rising, and visibility is at 2.1 miles. Today: Cloudy with a chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs around 19. Northeast winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Tonight: Cloudy. Lows around 3. Northeast winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of February 8, 1964 - The publisher of the song "Louie Louie" offered $1,000 to anyone would could find suggestive lyrics in the song.

Did you know that the most common disease is tooth decay?

Word of the day: pneumatic (noo-MAT-ik, nyoo-) which means 1. Of or relating to air, wind, or gases. 2. Spiritual. 3. Buxom, zaftig. From Greek pneuma (breath, wind, spirit). Ultimately from the Indo-European root pneu- (to breathe), which is also the source of pneumatic, pneumonia, apnea, sneer, sneeze, snort, snore. Earliest documented use: 1624.

Emily Jines Scores High

Emily Jines attended a Health Occupations Students of America competition in Muskegon, Michigan, with Emily Burton and her instructor Kathie Ehinger. Emily placed second in the competition of medical spelling. Emily placed fourth in Veterinary Science.

BICS Basketball, 2/6/15

Video is being processed as are pictures of this particular last scheduled home game of the season for the seniors. There may be a makeup game this coming week. The co-ed basketball team from Paradise, the Rockets, came to the island yesterday with four boys and one girl. Their retired coach, Alan Smith, came out of retirement to help these five students. The Islanders and the Rockets played two games separated by Senior Parent Recognition and a PTA meeting. The Islanders won both games.

One of the wonderful things about our Beaver Island Community School is the pep assembly tradition, and the pep assembly on February 6, 2015, was another perfect expression of the family nature of our school. The starting players from the Islanders were to play the teachers in a somewhat short game. The fun part of the game was that the Islanders had to wear hot-pad gloves on both hands. This led to some very humorous situations and a lot of fun was had by everyone in the gymnasium. This pep assembly took place before school was dismissed for the day.

A few pictures of the fun....

The score that meant nothing, but the teachers won....

And the Mr. Stambaugh-created cheer "Ahhhhhr"

V-I-C-T-O-R-Y that's our Island battle cry!

Link to pictures of the games and Parent Recognition

Video of Game 1, Parent Recognition, and Game 2

BICS Board Meeting Packet

Agenda and Minutes and Attachments

Holy Cross Sunrise

Phyllis Moore's Sunrise Picture on 2/6/15

History of the Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids

A Short History

(Provided by Dee Gallagher)

Posting for Pilot Member of the BI Airport Commission

Posting for BI District Library Board from Peaine Township

Obituary for Rod Nackerman


Rodney C. “Bud” Nackerman of Lake Orion, MI passed away following a short illness on Sunday, February 1, just 14 days shy of his 85th birthday. Rod was born to Frank and Grace (Campbell) Nackerman in 1930 on Beaver Island, MI. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruth Ann Robbins, in 1983, as well as his sister, Barbara Huston, and his close friend Bill Cashman, in 2014.

Rod leaves behind 3 sons: Michael (Patty McBride) of Richmond, VA; Daniel (Ann Long) of Lake Arrowhead, CA; and Patrick of Lake Orion; and 2 daughters: Maureen (Bill) Wilde of New Richmond, WI; and Mary Muto of Mendocino, CA. He also precedes in death his loving sisters: Rose (Harold) Smith, Ellen (Richard) Verduyn, and Colleen Krusky, along with his brother/sister in-laws Jim (Maureen) Robbins and Richard (Marjorie, dec.) Laurent. Rod was beloved by 13 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, dozens of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and extended family including Donna, Jim, Sandra, and especially his best friend Rex the beagle.

Rod began his working career at Schroeder’s gas station in Pontiac and then joined the U.S.A.F. He was a Crew Chief and Veteran of the Korean War. It was during this time that a written correspondence began with Ruth Ann – he proposed with a ring in a coffee can via US Mail, and they were married in Cadillac in 1954. Their family relationships were built on a strong foundation of faith in God through the Catholic Church. Rod bought a milk delivery business and was a Sealtest Milkman for 10 years. He was a foreman at Pontiac Motors for 22 years, and he also started Tabletop Tax Service in 1960, spending 50 years as a tax preparer in over 300 clients’ homes.

Rod was greatly involved in his church parishes, children's schools, and both of his home communities. He worked tirelessly as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Crittenton Hospital Auxiliary, FISH, and 'No One Dies Alone'. He also served on several boards, including the BI Chamber of Commerce and the BI Historical Society and Museum.

Rod was happiest when he was working outdoors, raking leaves or removing juniper bushes from the property on his island home, with his dog by his side. And all who knew him realized that to stop in to say hello to Rod meant a commitment to playing the game of Rumikub, no matter the day or the hour! He lived a fascinating life rooted in his island childhood, a love of travel, devotion to his family, service to others, and most of all, kindness, cheerfulness, humor and good will.

A visitation will be held Saturday, February 14, 2-5pm, with a prayer service at 4pm, at Silverbell Chapel, Modetz Funeral Home, 100 East Silverbell Road, Orion, MI.

Per Rod’s specific wishes, a Funeral Mass and burial will be held in early June, on Beaver Island, MI, at Holy Cross Catholic Church and Cemetery. A traditional Irish-Island after-party will take place at the Nackerman family farm. All are invited (except complete strangers - but perhaps a few of those too...)

Memorial contributions are appreciated and can be sent to the Historical Society, Food Pantry, or Community Center at Beaver Island, MI 49782.

St. James Township Meeting, 2/4/15

The agenda of the meeting included approval of the minutes of the last two meetings of the board, the regular meeting and the meeting with the auditors. The board voted to eliminate one sentence in the auditor meeting minutes. The sentence removed was "All in all, the accountants stated the township is in good shape financially." There was some discussion in the approval of minutes. There were a few questions about the payments as well, but the payments were approved. There was a report on the Great Lakes Fisheries Grant and the Emergency Dredging Grant Funding letter from the DNR.

There was an update and discussion of the Dangerous Structures Ordinance and the three letters that have been sent to property owners. It was decided that there should be an opportunity for these owners to meet with a board member and do a walk through or walk around the properties in questions prior to any further action.

The addition to the firehall was discussed and its progress was reported as "moving forward." Angel Welke brought the language for a change in the structure of the Waste Management Committee, with the possibility of making the committee into an authority. Rick Speck presented language formulated by the Peaine attorney to expand the Emergency Services Authority from two members to five members with three being from Peaine Township and two from St. James Township. In making this concession for a majority of Peaine members, the Peaine board has agreed to match full millage for the emergency services instead of matching dollars. The resolution for the change in the document was approved by the St. James Township board contingent upon the approval of the St. James attorney.

There were two positions to be filled for the Board of Review. Alice Belfy was appointed to the Board of Review and the other applicant was appointed as an alternate. Jean Wierenga stated that Alice Belfy would be attending the training for the position. Ed Troutman would be attending the advanced training session.

Ktty McNamara reported on the improvement of the township website and on some other possible items that could be added to the website to make information more readily available to the public. The discussion centered around who should be providing information and how it would to presented to Krys Lyle, the township web administrator.

The board discussed road projects as well as the procedure to change seasonal road designations. The road project discussion centered around Donegal Bay Road and improvements that the board could afford. Jim Wojan suggested that the gravel be applied and has agreement from the CC Road Commission as well as their willingness to send over a grater and two trucks. Kitty McNamara discussed the need to establish a Capital Improvement Plan to comply with the law and the needs of the township. The board appointed a committee to begin work on the budget, which was a good step in moving forward with the projects needed to be accomplished in the township.

Cindy Rickgers gave a very interesting report on the progress of invasive species, the issues surrounding the treatment, and the need to get the approval of both the CC Road Commission and Great Lakes Energy for treatment in the easements controlled by these agencies. She also reported on a letter that needed to be sent to all property owners near the easements. This report was succinct and very complete.

Video of the meeting HERE

Property Tax Renewal Language

for St. James Township, May Election

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

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

Teen Advisory Board to Host Arts and Crafts Party at BIDL

Hannah Robert's Senior Presentation

Approximately fifty people, parents, students, and friends, gathered in the BICS gymnasium to view Hannah Robert's accomplishments throughout her school career here on Beaver Island. An additional off-and-on-Island audience of six viewed her presenation through live streaming video. This live streaming was provided as a public service by Beaver Island News on the 'Net.

Her presentation was to provide the proof of her successful completion of the graduate profile for graduates of the Beaver Island Community School. The first presentation to demonstrate completion of the BICS Graduate Profile was presented by Andrea Moore on Thursday, January 31, 2008, which took place in the old school building.

Some of Hannah's Displays

Mrs. Beth Croswhite explains the procedure of scoring to the attendees.

Hannah presenting her accomplishments

Video clips of Hannah Robert's presentation HERE

Pushing Through

by Cindy Ricksgers

Gail's Walk Scheduled

5th and 6th Grade Play Announced

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

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

Jared Robert

Gage Anderson

Emmalee Antkoviak

Raeleigh Brandt

Jessica LaFreniere

Skylar Marsh

Mackenzie Martin

Elisha Richards

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

2015 Warblers on the Water Events

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

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

Ice Fishing on the Harbor

Some Island parents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends took some youngsters out on the ice to do some ice fishing today, January 31, 2015. It looked like fun.

PABI Fundraiser Begins

The 10th Annual PABI Ice Classic is under way!

To participate, you guess the date and time the PABI buoy will go through the ice on Paradise Bay. The correct or closest guess wins half the total purse. The rest goes to PABI.

Tickets are $5 each or six for $20 and are available at the Community Center, from any PABI Board Member or by calling 231 448-2022.

From Holy Cross

February Mass Intentions:

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

From the Chamber of Commerce

Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

2014 Citizen of the Year Plans

We are pleased to report that Triston Cole, our new State Representative will be visiting Beaver Island on May 16 and addressing our annual gathering about Michigan tourism that evening at our 14th annual Citizen of the Year award banquet. Please plan to attend and welcome Rep Cole to Beaver Island. At the February Chamber Directors meeting we will be outlining plans for the banquet that will be announced in late February.

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


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

BICS Special Board Meeting

January 27, 2015

The BICS Board of Education had a special meeting last night, January 27, 2015. Seventeen people were in the audience, and all board members, who are on the island, were present. The board packet showed a very organized agenda with a great deal of business.

The agenda and packet

Video of this meeting HERE

A Very Interesting Song

"Do Something" by Matthew West

The following song was something that can help us all understand why we are on the island and what makes the island a special place. Most of us are, in fact, doing something to help in our community.

This is not a country and western style of music; not sure the genre, but it makes us think.

Click Here to play the Song

Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

Donate to the Live Streaming Project


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

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