B. I. News on the 'Net, January 1-14, 2018

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 14, 2018

It's 15°, feels like 7°, lightly snowing, humidity is at 73%, pressure is rising from 30.56 inches, wind is from the WSW at 7 to 10 mph, and visibility is 9 miles.
TODAY: Snow showers in the morning then a chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Highs around 19°. South winds at 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 mph. Wind chill readings 4 below to 14 below zero.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers in the evening then show showers after midnight. Lows around 13°. South winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

ON THIS DATE of January 14, 1952 - NBC's "Today" show premiered. "It was the brainchild of television executive Sylvester Weaver, who was then vice president of NBC. Weaver was president of the company from 1953 to 1955, during which time Today's late-night companion The Tonight Show premiered. In pre-production, the show's proposed working title was The Rise and Shine Revue.

Today was the first program of its genre when it premiered with original host Dave Garroway. The program blended national news headlines, interviews with newsmakers, lifestyle features, other light news and gimmicks (including the presence of the chimpanzee J. Fred Muggs who served as the show's mascot during the early years), and local news updates from the network's stations. It has spawned several other shows of a similar type, including ABC's Good Morning America, and CBS' now-defunct The Early Show. In other countries, the format was copied – most notably in the United Kingdom with the BBC's Breakfast Time and TV-am's Good Morning Britain, and in Canada with Canada AM on CTV." (Wikipedia)

DID YOU KNOW THAT an elephant's trunk may be most famous for its display of spray as it sucks up water to drink and splash. But just how effective of a water tool is it? It can suck up to 10 gallons of water a minute and can hold up to two gallons of water at a time! (And for the record, the elephant doesn't drink directly through the trunk, yet uses it so bring water to its mouth.)

WORD OF THE DAY: confabulate (kuh n-FAB-yuh-leyt) which means to converse informally; chat. Confabulate has a straightforward origin in the Latin verb confābulārī “to converse, discuss,” which in turn is a compound of fābulārī “to talk, chat” (the source of Spanish hablar and Portuguese falar “to speak”). Fābulārī is formed from the noun fābula “story, narration,” which in turn derives from the simple verb fārī “to speak.” The Latin root fā- derives from the Proto-Indo-European root bhā-, which is very well represented in the classical languages: Latin, e.g., fāma “fame,” fātum “fate” and Greek, e.g., phḗmē (dialect phā́mā) “utterance, report, fame” (as in Polýphēmos “much spoken of, famous,” and the name of the Cyclops in the Odyssey) and phṓnē “sound, voice” (as in telephone, microphone). Confabulate entered English in the early 17th century.


by Cindy Ricksgers

Munising Baptist vs BICS

Just a short blurb about the outcome of the games this past weekend. Each games' photos and video will be available once processed, probably later today. The Islanders and the Lady Islanders won both Friday night and Saturday morning. The Islanders shooting was much better on Saturday morning, as well as their passing game. The Lady Islanders won handily last night, but this morning, it was nail biter for all those watching online as well as those who were in the BICS gymnasium. The Lady Islanders won this game by one free throw in overtime.

View a small gallery of Lady Islanders from Friday HERE

View a small gallery of Lady Islanders from Saturday HERE

View a small gallery of Islanders from Friday HERE

View a small gallery of Islanders from Saturday HERE

View Video of the Lady Islanders from Friday HERE

View Video of the Lady Islanders from Saturday HERE

View Video of the Islanders from Friday HERE

View Video of the Islanders from Saturday HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 13, 2018

Winter is back with a vengeance. It's 5°, feels like -5°, wind is at 7 mph from the NE, humidity is at 89%, pressure is steady at 30.40 inches, and visibility is 5 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers in the morning. Highs around 13°. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the morning. Wind chill readings 1 below to 11 below zero.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with isolated snow showers in the evening then partly cloudy with scattered snow showers after midnight. Lows around 6°. West winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%.

ON THIS DATE of January 13, 1854 - Anthony Faas of Philadelphia, PA, was granted the first U.S. patent for the accordion. He made improvements to the keyboard and enhanced the sound.

DID YOU KNOW THAT there are more insects in the world than all other animals combined? Actually, yes, I did. Those of us living on the island know that there are more mosquitoes than anything else and we grow them so big that they have numbers on their sides just like the airplanes!

WORD OF THE DAY: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (NOO-muh-noh-UL-truh-MY-kruh-SKOP-ik-SIL-i-koh-vol-KAY-no-KOH-nee-O-sis, nyoo-) which means a lung disease caused by silica dust. From New Latin, from Greek pneumono- (lung) + Latin ultra- (beyond, extremely) + Greek micro- (small) + -scopic (looking) + Latin silico (like sand) + volcano + Greek konis (dust) + -osis (condition). Earliest documented use: 1935.
At 45 letters, it’s the longest word in any English language dictionary. It’s a trophy word -- its only job is to serve as the longest word. In day-to-day use, its nine-letter synonym “silicosis” works just as well. Whatever you call it, it is deadly.

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

January 12, 2018


BICS Basketball January 12th & 13th
Home games tonight and tomorrow against the Munising Baptist Bobcats. Tip-off for the first game is at 5:30 p.m. Friday and at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Sports Boosters will have concessions Friday night and the Cheer Club will have breakfast concessions Saturday morning. Go Islanders.

Student Council Fun Night Tonight!
The BICS Student Council is hosting an activity night tonight for the Munising Baptist Bobcats. Current students only unless you have prior (two days before hand) permission from the principal.

Lego Club Saturday, January 13th  
Lego Club at the Beaver Island District Library on Saturday January 12th  at 1pm. This week’s theme “Dream Home.”

NWEA Testing Kindergarten through 5th Continues next week January 15th-19th
BICS Elementary students will continue doing NWEA testing next week.  It is important that students get a full night rest and eat a healthy breakfast.  Please make sure they come to school with their Chromebooks charged and ready to go!

Half Days of School January 18th & 19th End of First Semester
Exams will be held on January 18th and 19th for Secondary Students.  See attached Schedule.

BICS Basketball January 19th & 20th @ Ojibwe
BICS Basketball teams will head to Ojibwe to take on the Eagles.

Strings Concert in BICS High School Commons

Dr. David Reimer lead the strings group into the high school commons area with the fourteen chairs already set up. Dr. Reimer comes to the island twice each week for lessons on stringed instruments, specifically violin, viola, and cello. Today's concert was two-fold: provide an opportunity for these students to perform, and to highlight the music that is possible from this program. Unfortunately, the plans for the Cummins String Quartet were canceled due to the poor road conditions on the mainland. This concert was just wonderful for those who attended. The concert was live streamed for those who might have no ability to physically be present in the room. It was also recorded. Permission was obtained from Dr. David Reimer for the recording to also be made available to BINN subscribers.

Superintendent Wil Cwikiel introduced the program and asked those present to welcome the strings group into the commons area.

Dr. Reimer introduced the group and the program began

High school student soloist

Bach played on violin by Dr. Reimer

Preparing to perform the "Orange Blossom Special"

View video of the performance HERE

Refinancing Game

An Editorial by Joe Moore

So, I don't mind starting out by telling you that there are just over ten years on my mortgage payments, partially because I volunteered many, many hours to the community in EMS and in teaching EMS classes. I eventually had to get paid a little bit to make up for a summer job that was needed to help pay the bills. That's the reason for not being able to work or do things like others. No matter what anyone else tells you, the $4.33 per hour that I was paid was just to cover the costs of not being able to work a regular summer job in the service industry. As the primary paramedic on Beaver Island for several years since 2012 up to my retirement in July 2016, I never got a raise even after giving twenty-six months of extra effort in EMS.

This is all set up, so there will be some understanding about the refinancing situation. Since retiring from teaching at BICS in 2007, my income was limited to retirement pension and EMS wages. I gave a year's notice to both townships, and then worked fourteen more months to prevent loss of the the island's Advanced Life Support, but I never got a raise or an increase in EMS wages since they were established in 2001. So, for fifteen years, the wages received were below minimum wage.

One last thing, before I get to the refinancing issue. As I have attended many meetings on the island over the last few years, I was astounded to hear someone on the governing authority for EMS state that the paramedic could do anything they wanted to do as long as they were able to respond to the pager. I want to clear that up. I don't know where this person got this particular idea, but it is completely and utterly false. In the sixteen years as a paramedic on Beaver Island, I was never allowed to go south of Paid Een Oggs Road on the west side of the island, nor south of the Hannigan Road on the east side unless I was on an emergency response. There were plenty of things that I could not do. I could not go fishing, swimming, boating, camping, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, nor could I play music at the businesses in town or at the Hall parties. So, when someone uses the excuse that I wasn't worth minimum wage, I get a little angry. Let's summarize this with the fact that I wasn't allowed to go as far south as the current paramedic lives for fifteen years if I was on call.

So, now we get to the refinancing game, and, if you have read the above, you will probably understand why I still have a mortgage to pay. I have spent the last four months looking for refinancing options for this mortgage since the income is now limited to retirement pension and early Social Security. In addition to sub-minimum wage for years, I also helped all three of my children get through college, and my student loan debt is equivalent to my mortagage debt, and then add on the medical expenses due to recent health issues in my family.

So, looking for refinancing options has become a priority. Now, before you begin thinking that this HARP lowered interest refinance is such a good idea, I need to tell you that I am a teacher of mathematics, or at least I was. You can sit there with a straight face and tell me that my payments will be lower because the interest rate is lowered, but the math teacher needs to see the bottom line, an amortization schedule, and the total cost of making these payments over the term of the refinanced mortgage.

After going through the seven separate offers that I have received, I can tell you that none of them is a really good deal. The best offer would extend my mortgage for five additional years, but would truly cost me just $179 more than the current mortgage prior to financing. While the payment would be lowered, it would last for five additional years. The worst offer would be for the same length as my current mortgage, but would increase my payments for fifteen dollars per month for the ten years.

The math teacher looks at this and determines that , unless something else goes wrong and causes a catastrophic issue in my family's lives, it make absolutely no sense to refinance, HARP or otherwise. So, why is this the case? It is really obvious to me at this time. Closing costs and other fees, such as evaluation of the home and property, eat up any and all savings that might be gained. Yes, you read that right. The salesmen or saleswomen don't tell you that you really will end up paying more money, even with a lowered interest rate.

So, I suggest that you look really hard at the financing offers that you receive, HARP or not HARP, and find out just how much more it is going to cost you over the term on the refinanced mortgage. Don't let the saleman tell you how much better off you will be without checking the math!

Strings Concert Today at BICS

Due to slippery roads on the mainland, three of the Cummings Quartet members will not be able to make their flight to the island. Because our students are ready to play, we are still planning on having a concert today, but with some significant modifications. Here is the new plan:

Free Community Concert Featuring Beaver Island Community School (BICS) Students
12:00 Noon - 12:20 pm
Beaver Island Community High School Commons

We hope to be able to bring back the Cummings Quartet in the future, but for now, let's hear some hot music on this cold day!

Homecoming Dance 2001

This is another of the tapes that has been digitized as part of a project taken on by Editor Joe Moore for the Beaver Island Historical Society. This shows the joyous celebration of Homecoming from the past. The music was out on the stage of the Holy Cross Hall with Ed Palmer, Rich Scripps, Danny Gillespie, Pat Bonner's studious student Glen Hendrix, Shaker Hites, and others. The dancers and the musicians demonstrate the joy of getting together and simply enjoying the chance to celebrate the opportunity to be on Beaver Island and renew acquaintances and friendships.

View video HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 12, 2018

It's white and very slippery outside so please go slow and be very careful!. There is a Special Weather Statement issued from the National Weather Service about the icy conditions. Right now it's 16°, feels like -6°, lightly snowing, humidity is at 76%, pressure is rising from 30.04 inches, wind is from the NNW at 15 mph with gusts to 21 mph, visibility is 5 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. A 20% chance of snow showers in the morning. Highs around 15°. North winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy in the evening then mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows around 5°. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Wind chill readings 2 below to 12 below zero.

ON THIS DATE of January 12, 1943, the Office of Price Administration announced that standard frankfurters/hot dogs/wieners would be replaced by ‘Victory Sausages.’ Sixty years later, the silliness continued in our nation’s capitol as on March 11, 2003, US Representatives Bob Ney and Walter Jones had the Congressional cafeterias change their menus from French fries and French toast to Freedom fries and Freedom toast. The menus quickly went back to normal as people said, “Quit messing with my food, you goobs, and do something that has some substance.” (Thanks go to Joel Byers) for this tidbit)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the placement of a donkey’s eyes in its’ heads enables it to see all four feet at all times!

WORD OF THE DAY: silver-tongued (SIL-ver-TUHNGD) which means persuasive; eloquent. Silver-tongued may be named for the pleasing resonance of a silver bell. Even more pleasing and eloquent, therefore, would be chrysostom or chrysostomos “golden-mouthed,” from Greek chrysόstomos, from chrysόs “gold” and stόma “mouth.” As an epithet, chrysostom is reserved for the ancient Greek philosopher and historian Dio (or Dion) Chrysostom (c40–c115 a.d.), but in particular for the Greek patriarch and Church Father John Chrysostom (c347–407). On the first page of Ulysses, the unreliable, malevolent narrator refers to Buck Mulligan, who has gold fillings in his teeth and a very bawdy wit, as chrysostomos. Silver-tongued entered English in the late 16th century.

Bach on Beaver

The first of the Baroque on Beaver Concerts

The Bach on Beaver was started with the idea that classical music, beginning with the Baroque era of music, was not available to the island residents. This was the effort to bring some of the Classical music experience to the island people, residents and summer people as well. The first concert took place in the Episcopal Church as Jane Maehr, Jean Howell, and Joe Moore were involved in this church including the music for services. This first concert had all music by Johann Sebastian Bach.

" Director Charles Krutz must have been delighted to perform with his daughter, Holly Lutz (violin), his grand-daughter, Katie Lutz (cello) and three other grandchildren: Tim, Anna, and Elizabeth Lutz.
John (bass) and Sandy (flute) Gerrish have three children who came to the island for the event: Philip (violin), Deborah (viola), and Elizabeth (cello). Ivan Suminski, one of the Gerrish's grandchildren, also participated. One can't help but speculate about what holiday events must be like for these two musical families. Imagine retiring to the living room after Thanksgiving dinner for several Bach minuets played by violinists spanning three generations!
In spite of the intense heat, more than 125 people crowded into St. James Episcopal Mission church for Sunday night's performance. Folks trying to beat the heat lined the wheelchair ramp and a few clever souls brought chairs and enjoyed the music while sitting on the lawn.
The breeze outside must have been wonderful but it would have been a shame to miss the visual aspect of the concert. Professor Krutz portrayed J.S. Bach, dressed in a white, curled wig, red cutaway coat and knickers, long white stockings, and a shirt with lace collar and cuffs. Bach's trunk contained many unusual and ancient musical instruments, including the zink and several lovely brass horns. Meistro Krutz played them all!

Seeing Bach in the "flesh" was surely memorable but the highlight of the evening was the Three Minuets from the Anna Magdalena Notebook, performed by four of the Gerrish and Lutz grandchildren. These young people played flawlessly and with amazing concentration! Ivan Suminski (age 5) was an inspiration!
Other musicians in the instrumental ensemble included Jason Economides and his wife, Patty Baser, both members of the Grand Rapids Symphony. Beaver Island's own Joe Moore (a former member of the Grand Rapids Symphony)added his talents to the violin section, and claims he hasn't had so much fun in years. P.J. Neihaus played the flugelhorn on one number and Jane Maehr contributed her piano playing skills on the continuo. Jeanne Howell was the event coordinator as well as one of the flautists. Thank you, Jeanne, for all your work, and thanks to all the musicians for contributing their time and talents to bring such a wonderful musical event to the Island.

A group of Island singers made up a choir, and after four rehearsals with Mr. Lutz they made a lovely presentation of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," "Now thank we all Our God," and "Alleluia" from Cantata No. 79. Marianne Weaver, one of the sopranos in the chorus, presented "Sheep May Safely Graze." Her clear, pure voice was suited to that lovely selection. Other chorus members were: Soprano: Christy Albin, Annette Dashiell, and Krys Lyle; Alto: Peg Hoogandorn, Doris Larson, Judi Meisster, and Jean Palmer; Tenor: Bill Detwiler, Bob Hoogandorn and Chris VanLooy; Bass: Phil Becker, Martin Maehr, P.J. Neihaus, and Earl Seger.

Don Vyse, Citizen of the Year, acted as M.C. for the evening, engaging in dialogue with Bach prior to each selection. There were even a few unrehearsed jokes, and Bach drew a chuckle with a comment about politicians. The five Brandenburg Concertos were lovely but "Air" (Suite No. 3 in D Major) and "Sinfonia" (from Cantata No. 29) were so entrancing that members of the audience could understand the quote from H. Walcha which was printed in the program, "Bach opens a vista to the universe. After experiencing him, people feel there is a meaning to life after all.” " (from Beaver Beacon, August 2002)

Bach and the choir

Concertmaster Jason Economides

View Video HERE

Hickory Beaver Flattail Fest

Robert Cole Interviews Michael Gardner in 2001

This Beaver Island event began in 1975 and continued through 1980 or 1981. This started out as a fairly small music festival with one band and a few boodlers playing and grew and grew and greww over the five years before it was shut down. Robert Cole interviews Michael Gardner and takes a walking tour to different places, including the festival site in the video clip.

Photo by Dick Burris of the festival site

Mike points out the signage

View the video interview and tour HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 11, 2018

I think we're getting close to the end of the January thaw. This morning we have 48°, feels like 36°, humidity is at 90%, pressure is steady at 29.62 inches, wind is from the SW at 16 mph with gusts to 23 mph, and visibility is 8 miles.
TODAY: Slight chance of rain showers and drizzle in the morning, then rain showers in the afternoon. Patchy fog in the morning, then areas of fog in the afternoon. HIghs around 50°. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Cloudy. Rain showers and a chance of snow showers in the evening, the a chance of snow showers after midnight. Areas of fog in the evening. Patchy blowing snow after midnight. Breezy. Little or no snow accumulation. Ice accumulation of less than one quarter of an inch. Lows around 14°. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 35 mph.

ON THIS DATE of January 11, 1805 - The Michigan Territory was created. From wikipedia:
"Michigan Territory was established by an act of the United States Congress on January 11, 1805, effective June 30 of that year.[6] The act defined the territory as "all that part of the Indiana Territory, which lies North of a line drawn east from the southerly bend or extreme of lake Michigan, until it shall intersect lake Erie, and East of a line drawn from the said southerly bend through the middle of said lake to its northern extremity, and thence due north to the northern boundary of the United States." A historical marker at a roadside park, approximately three miles east of Naubinway at 46°05′50″N 85°23′51″W, commemorates the northernmost point of Lake Michigan, which is located approximately one mile west of the park.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the average porcupine has 30,000 spikes? Porcupines use the quills as a defense. They make shake them, which makes them rattle, as a warning to potential predators. If that doesn't work, they may charge backwards into the predator. The quills are loosely attached but cannot be thrown or projected, according to the Animal Diversity Web. Some quills have scales or barbs that make them very hard to remove. Once a quill is lost, it isn't lost forever. They grow back over time. A North American porcupine can have 30,000 or more quills, according to National Geographic. (I want to know who had the lovely job of counting those quills??)

WORD OF THE DAY: floccinaucinihilipilification (FLOK-si-NO-si-NY-HIL-i-PIL-i-fi-KAY-shuhn) which means the action or habit of estimating something as worthless. "action or habit of estimating as worthless," 1741, a combination of four Latin words ( flocci, nauci, nihili, pilifi) all signifying "at a small price" or "for nothing," which were listed together in a rule of the well-known Eton Latin Grammar. The kind of jocular formation that was possible among educated men in Britain in those days. Just so, as in praesenti, the opening words of mnemonic lines on conjugation in Lilley's 16c. Latin grammar, could stand alone as late as 19c. and be understood to mean "rudiments of Latin."

Before one of you asks me for a sentence using this word, here it is: “I have been gathering relevant state public investment data since 2000 and in that time have provided a consistent approach to calculating Our Fair Share. I hope I avoid the floccinaucinihilipilification.”
Colin Dwyer; Region Has Missed Out on Due Wealth; Townsville Bulletin (Australia); Jun 10, 2014.

Or a shorter one: “She tells me that Floccinaucinihilipilification is the name she wants our first child to have. I say the name is terribly long.”
Craig Stone; The Squirrel that Dreamt of Madness; Troubador; 2016.

Cynthia Johnson's--Snowy Owl Attacks Duck

This video shows the predator aspect of the snowy owl, and the fight for life of the mallard duck who is caught in owl's talons. Cynthia Hector Johnson captured video and pictures of the snowy owl taking a duck. This video is an excellent example of one species surviving due to predation of another.

From Audubon.org: "A large, powerful owl of the high Arctic tundra, colored for camouflage during northern winters. In summer it may be nomadic, concentrating and nesting where there are high populations of the small rodents called lemmings. At other times it takes a wide variety of prey, including birds as big as geese. During some winters, large numbers of Snowy Owls appear south of the Canadian border; those that stop in towns and cities invariably cause a stir and attract media attention.

The snowy owl feeds on wide variety of prey. Takes mammals including rabbits, hares, voles, ground squirrels. In coastal areas may feed heavily on birds, including ducks, geese, grebes, murrelets, and sometimes songbirds. Also may eat fish, carrion."

Don't watch the video if you are faint of heart, or if you will be upset with a duck in the claws of the pedatory snowy owl.

View video HERE

Ice Fishing Tournament

Lake Geneserath



John Fiegen & Angel Welke

On January 10, 2018, the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners set May 8, 2018, as the date for a vote in Peaine and St. James Townships to decide if the townships should be consolidated into one township. The county acted after receiving in November petitions signed by registered voters in both townships that met requirements of Michigan’s township consolidation law.  We were the circulators of those petitions.

The proposal that the county authorized for the ballot on May 8, the date scheduled for statewide elections, will be as follows:

Shall the townships of Peaine and St. James be consolidated as the township of Beaver Island, with the following extra voted millages and expiration dates:
• Fire, 1.0 mill, 12/31/2018
• Health Center, 2.0 mills, 12/31/2018
• Transfer Station, 1.8 mills, 12/31/2019
• Roads, 1.4 mills, 12/31/2019
• Townships’ Airport, .85 mill, 12/31/2019
• Emergency Medical Services, 3 mills, 12/31/2019
• Historical Society, .1 mill, 12/31/2019
• Township Operation, 3.6 mills, 12/31/2018

The consolidation proposal must be approved by a majority of voters in each township, or it will not take effect.

If consolidation is approved, Beaver Island Township will take effect November 20, 2018, under state law. It will be a general law township, like Peaine and St. James Townships, and will have five trustees, including a supervisor, clerk, and treasurer. Election of the new township’s board will occur at the August 2018 primary and the November 2018 general elections, just as election of Peaine and St. James township boards would have occurred. 

In addition, a temporary coordinating committee will be established to prepare for consolidation. It will draft resolutions for consideration by the new township board and an interim budget. The committee will contain the supervisors, clerks, and treasurers of Peaine and St. James Townships. It may also contain several township residents who are registered voters, but this remains to be determined.

Under the county’s decision, each township may decide to also use the May 8 election to allow voters to elect at least one registered voter to the coordinating committee. (An elected or appointed township officer or employee is not eligible to be a resident member of  the coordinating committee.) Under state law, St. James may allow the election of up to two residents, because it had the larger population in the 2010 U.S. Census. Under the county’s decision, each township must pass a resolution by February 13, 2018 if it wants to allow election of residents. Any resident who wants to be on the May 8 ballot must by February 7 submit to the relevant township’s clerk a qualifying petition signed by at least 15 registered voters in the same township.


The Michigan township consolidation law requires that the proposal state the name of the new township and specify the “extra voted millages” for the consolidated township. This is the authorized rate, which sets the cap on the rate that a township board may levy against a property’s taxable value.

Between Peaine and St. James Townships, there are eight extra voted millages for different purposes with different authorized rates and expiration dates. In some cases, the townships levy less than the authorized amount.

The consolidation proposal contains all of the townships’ different extra voted millages, but would set authorized rates that blend together the existing Peaine and St. James authorized rates. The expiration dates for millages in the proposal would not extend beyond an existing expiration date already approved by voters.

Memorial Day Concert 2002

The amazing talent of many island residents, visitors, and friends can be quite outstanding. Barry Pischner was the host of all of these concerts, and there was a large group who participated in these concerts.

View a gallery of photos of some of the participants HERE

View video of the concert HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 10, 2018

It's 34° this morning, feels like 25°, clear skies, humidity is at 71%, pressure is falling from 29.91 inches, wind is from the SSE at 10 mph with gusts to 17 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny in the morning then becoming cloudy. Patchy fog in the afternoon. Slight chance of drizzle in the afternoon. Highs around 40°. South winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Cloudy. Patchy fog through the night. Chance of drizzle in the evening. Drizzle likely after midnight. Lows around 40°. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

ON THIS DATE of January 10, 1956 - Elvis Presley recorded his first songs as an RCA Victor artist in Nashville. Elvis recorded "Heartbreak Hotel," "I Was the One," "I’m Counting On You," "I Got a Woman" and "Money Honey."

DID YOU KNOW THAT Among children, most allergic reactions to food are caused by peanuts, milk, soybean, tree nuts, eggs, and wheat. The majority of children stop being allergic to foods early on in their childhood. Allergic adults typically react to citrus fruit, nuts, fish, peanuts, shellfish, and wheat.
The top eight food allergies are:
Fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod)
Crustacean shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, shrimp)
Tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans)

WORD OF THE DAY: denouement (dey-noo-MAHN) which means 1) the outcome or resolution of a doubtful series of occurrences; 2) the final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel 3) the place in the plot at which this occurs. Denouement is from the French word meaning literally “an untying,” equivalent to dénouer “to untie.” It ultimately derives from Latin nōdāre, derivative of nōdus “knot.” It entered English in the mid-1700s.

Peaine Township Agenda

for January 10, 2018

Tranportation Authority Applying for 2019 Funds

Snowy Owl on the Prowl

Picking up an older lady to take her out to dinner tonight, right next to the Post Office, while waiting in the care, there was a snowy owl chasing one of the mallard ducks down the roadway, flying very low, just about two feet off the road. After taking the two ladies to the Pub for $2 Tuesday, the editor went back to the location and found the snowy owl sitting on top of the Beaver Boutique building, currently owned by Jon Bonadeo, by the yacht dock. Here are a few pictures that were taken at about 4:30 p.m. today.

This predator was watching all the ducks in the yard by the Post Office as they took off headed as far away from the owl as possible. This video clip was taken at the same time as the pictures.


Short Snowshoe Adventure

January 9, 2018

View a small gallery of photos HERE

View a short video of the adventure HERE

Cloyd Ramsey Excerpts

Interview by Shamus Norgaard

Cloyd Ramsey quote


Cloyd Ramsey talks about logging

View video of this group of excerpts HERE

BICS Board Meeting

January 8, 2018

The BICS Board of Education had its regular monthly meeting last night, January 8, 2018. The board meeting packet includes minutes from the last regualr meeting, minutes from the committee meetings, the schedule of meetings including regular board meetings and committee meetings. BINN missed the opportunity to live stream this meeting and apologizes for not making this available to anyone interested.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 9, 2018

More January thaw stuff. It's 26°, feels like 22°, humidity is at 70%, pressure is steady at 30.15 inches, wind is from the WNW at 6 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 30s. Light winds.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s. South winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

ON THIS DATE of January 9, 1902 - New York State introduced a bill to outlaw flirting in public. The Smithsonian magazine did an article on this. The actual bill reads as posted:
"Any person who is intoxicated in a public place, or who shall by any offensive or disorderly act or language, annoy or interfere with any person or persons in any place or with the passengers of any public stage, railroad car or ferryboat, or who shall disturb or offend the occupants of such conveyance by any disorderly act or language or display, although such conduct may not amount to an assault or battery, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor."

DID YOU KNOW THAT honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.

WORD OF THE DAY: suspiration (suhs-puh-REY-shuh n) which means a long, deep sigh. English suspiration comes directly from Latin suspīrātiōn-, the stem of the noun suspīrātiō “a sigh,” a derivative of the verb suspīrāre “to fetch a deep breath, breathe out, exclaim with a sigh.” The combining form su- is a reduced form of the preposition and prefix sub “under, from under.” The Latin verb spīrāre “to breathe” is also the source of English spirit and sprite. Suspiration entered English in the 16th century.

Beaver Island Basketball Teams Visit Washington Island

Many years ago a relationship was developed between these two island, Beaver Island and Washington Island. This relationship was fostered by Kitty McNamara, principal and Joe Moore, teacher, accompanied the group on the trip over to Washington Island. Joe met a teacher named Jim Rose, and this trip allowed continued communication between the islands for a while. Then, as sometimes happens, the relationship was simply and utterly dropped for several years.

This year of 2018 was the year for this renewal of a relationship between these two islands once again, as the Islander boys' and girls' basketball teams traveled to Washington Island. Although Jim Rose, Washington Island teacher, is retired now from teaching, he is a photographer and spent this past weekend making certain that the visit was documented in pictures. Jim Rose sent a large collection of pictures to Kerry Smith, who then forwarded them to Joe Moore.

Joe Moore, editor of BINN, then contacted Jim Rose by email to get a full album of pictures from Jim Rose. So, one retired teacher on Beaver Island and one retired teacher on Washington Island communicated and determined that these pictures should be shared, so these albums are on BINN for all subscribers to view.

View a small gallery of pictures of BI on WI HERE

View a small gallery of BICS Girls playing on WI HERE

View a small gallery of BICS Boys playing on WI HERE

4th of July 2004 Parade in the Pouring Rain

This is another of the videos in the Beaver Island Historical Society collection, done by Robert Cole, that has the spirit of the island standing out. Nothing was going to stop the parade, not even a pouring rain. Robert knew that the equipment couldn't get wet, so he found a location to be out of the rain and still capture the spirit of day. Several of those in this parade are no longer with us, either passing on, or having left the island. This also put the damper, quite literally, on the outside games as well.

View a small gallery of pictures from the video HERE

Inside Carnival

View video of the parade and carnival HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 8, 2018

January thaw maybe, hope so, but not a sloppy that, just temps around 30°! Right now it's 28° with a wind chill of 15° (sure is better than what we have been dealing with), humidity is at 84%, pressure is steady at 28.74 inches, wind is from the west at 13 mph with gusts to 17 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Periods of snow showers and a slight chance of freezing drizzle in the morning, then scattered snow showers ad a slight chance of freezing drizzle in the afternoon. Breezy. Little or no snow accumulation. Highs in the lower 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with isolated snow showers in the evening then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows around 18°. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. gusts up to 30 mph decreasing to 20 mph after midnight.

ON THIS DATE of January 8, 1814 - The Battle of New Orleans began. The War of 1812 had officially ended on December 24, 1814, with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent. The news of the signing had not reached British troops in time to prevent their attack on New Orleans. Some of us learned this historic tidbit thanks to Johnny Horton's song:

"In 1814 we took a little trip
Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississippi
We took a little bacon and we took a little beans
And we caught the bloody British in the town of New Orleans

We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin'
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they began to runnin'
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

We looked down the river and we seed the British come
And there must have been a hundred of 'em beatin' on the drum
They stepped so high and they made their bugles ring
We stood behind our cotton bales and didn't say a thing

We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin'
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they began to runnin'
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

Old Hickory said we could take 'em by surprise
If we didn't fire our muskets till we looked 'em in the eyes
We held our fire till we seed their faces well
Then we opened up our squirrel guns and gave 'em
Well, we

Fired our guns and the British kept a-comin'
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they began to runnin'
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

Yeah they ran through the briers and they ran through the brambles
And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn't go
They ran so fast that the hounds couldn't catch 'em
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

We fired our cannon till the barrel melted down
So we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round
We filled his head with cannonballs 'n' powdered his behind
And when we touched the powder off, the gator lost his mind

We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin'
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they began to runnin'
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

Yeah they ran through the briers and they ran through the brambles
And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn't go
They ran so fast that the hounds couldn't catch 'em
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

Hut, hut, three, four
Sound off, three, four
Hut, hut, three, four
Sound off, three, four
Hut, hut, three, four"

Ok, how many of you sang that as you read it??? That's the ear worm for today (Sing along HERE)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a “Friday the 13th.”?

WORD OF THE DAY: senectitude (si-NEK-ti-tood) which means old age. From Latin senectus (old age), from senex (old). Ultimately from the Indo-European root sen- (old), which is also the ancestor of senior, sir, sire, senate, senile, Spanish señor, and surly (which is an alteration of sirly, as in sir-ly). Earliest documented use: 1796.

52 Lists for Happiness Project 2

by Cindy Ricksgers

Music on the Porch 2003

Found as part of the digitizing project was the second tape of the 2003 Museum Week Music on the Porch. The tape begins with Cindy Gillespie Cushman singing a song and ends with Glen Hendrix playing fiddle with another guy on fiddle and one on the accordian. It includes Danielle Cary Scheller singing, and Jeremy Sowa on guitar, Stryder Croswhite singing, and Robert Cole reciting a poem.

Cindy Gillespie Cushman.....Sheri Mooney Timsak......Barry Pischner

Jeremy Sowa and Daniell Cary Scheller......Stryder Croswhite..........Robert Cole...........

Glen Hendrix and friends

View video of this Music on the Porch HERE

What a Difference a Day Makes

Saturday, January 6, 2018, was a bitterly cold day with some sunshine, very light winds when there was any at all, and dangerously cold for anyone not dressed for it. The temperature was sixteen degrees below zero.

Even on such a cold day, some really adventurous people made their way out on the ice to do some ice fishing on the harbor.


Then on Sunday, January 7, 2018, the bitter cold was gone, the temperature was up to twenty degrees, but the snow was coming down and blowing around like crazy and drifting across the roadway. Here's a picture of the situation from the intersection of King's Highway and Donegal Bay Road, looking down at Pinky Harmon's yard.


And now, as the sun, hidden by the clouds, is going down, the winds have opened up the ice near the mouth of the harbor, and there is open water out near the point.

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

These services on Saturday and Sunday are call "Epiphany" and took place at 4 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Also known as Three Kings Day, this is feast day in Christianity that celebrates the revelation that the Christ child is God incarnate. The feast commermorates the visit of the three Magi. The services almosst always include the song "We Three Kings."

Father James Siler lead both services.

Ann Partridge read on Saturday, and Heidi Vigil on Sunday

Father Jim Siler read the Gospel and gave the sermon.

(Thank you Father JIm for the excellent understanding of Epiphany!)

View video of the service HERE

At the Christian Church

Meanwhile, the minister at the Beaver Island Christian church took some time at the beginning of the service to allow attendees to get through the windy, snowy, and drifting weather. After a late start, the service was quite different toward the end with the minister leaving the chapel area while several carols were sung including "We Three Kings" and then he returned, dressed as a servant of one of the Magi. He told his story, which was captured in video by Ruth Gregg. The video is presented here once it was processed.

View video of this presentation HERE

The Scripps' Brothers Band and Community Choir

This particular tape was labeled one way on the tape and another way on the case, so this concert down by the yacht dock took place in either 2000 or 2004. This is an High 8 tape that has been digitized from the collection of Phil Gregg.This concert was during the July 4th week with several patriotic songs included in the performance. The Community Choir included many island people including the community choir leader Kathy Speck.

No matter which year it took place, it is a historical event for music on Beaver Island. The concert was availaable to everyone in an open area with no specific requirements except to enjoy the music, the atmosphere of a beuatiful day, and sing along if you wanted to do so.

Band performs....and then joined by the choir

View video of this concert HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 7, 2018

We are having a heat wave! Wouldn't it be nice to turn into a January thaw? Right now its 27°, feels like -5°, humidity is at 68%, pressure is falling from 29.98 inches, wind is from the SW at 23 mph with gusts to 34 mph, and visibility is 3 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers in the morning, then a chance of snow showers and a slight chance of freezing drizzle in the afternoon. Areas of blowing snow in the morning. Patchy blowing show in the afternoon. Windy. Highs in the mid 20s. Southwest winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph.
TONIGHT: Cloudy. Chance of freezing drizzle and snow showers in the evening, then snow showers likely and a slight chance of freezing drizzle after midnight. Breezy. Lows in the mid 20s. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

ON THIS DATE of January 7, 1896 - The "Fannie Farmer Cookbook" was published. (this is the favorite cookbook at our house and we have several different versions)
'From wikipedia:
"Fannie Farmer was born on 23 March 1857 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, to Mary Watson Merritt and John Franklin Farmer, an editor and printer. Although she was the oldest of four daughters, born in a family that highly valued education and that expected young Fannie to go to college, she suffered a paralytic stroke at the age of 16 while attending Medford High School. Fannie could not continue her formal academic education;[1] for several years, she was unable to walk and remained in her parents' care at home. During this time, Farmer took up cooking, eventually turning her mother's home into a boarding house that developed a reputation for the quality of the meals it served.

At the age of 30, Farmer, now walking (but with a substantial limp that never left her), enrolled in the Boston Cooking School at the suggestion of Mrs. Charles Shaw.[1] Farmer trained at the school until 1889 during the height of the domestic science movement, learning what were then considered the most critical elements of the science, including nutrition and diet for the well, convalescent cookery, techniques of cleaning and sanitation, chemical analysis of food, techniques of cooking and baking, and household management. Farmer was considered one of the school's top students. She was then kept on as assistant to the director. In 1891, she took the position of school principal.

Fannie published her best-known work, The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, in 1896. Her cookbook introduced the concept of using standardized measuring spoons and cups, as well as level measurement. A follow-up to an earlier version called Mrs. Lincoln's Boston Cook Book, published by Mary J. Lincoln in 1884, and some criticized her for using some of the recipes, the book under Farmer's direction eventually contained 1,850 recipes, from milk toast to Zigaras à la Russe. Farmer also included essays on housekeeping, cleaning, canning and drying fruits and vegetables, and nutritional information.

The book's publisher (Little, Brown & Company) did not predict good sales and limited the first edition to 3,000 copies, published at the author's expense.The book was so popular in America, so thorough, and so comprehensive that cooks would refer to later editions simply as the Fannie Farmer Cookbook, and it is still available in print over 100 years later.

Farmer provided scientific explanations of the chemical processes that occur in food during cooking, and also helped to standardize the system of measurements used in cooking in the USA. Before the Cookbook's publication, other American recipes frequently called for amounts such as "a piece of butter the size of an egg" or "a teacup of milk." Farmer's systematic discussion of measurement — "A cupful is measured level ... A tablespoonful is measured level. A teaspoonful is measured level." — led to her being named "the mother of level measurements."

Farmer left the Boston Cooking School in 1902 and created Miss Farmer's School of Cookery. She began by teaching gentlewomen and housewives the rudiments of plain and fancy cooking, but her interests eventually led her to develop a complete work of diet and nutrition for the ill, titled Food and Cookery for the Sick and Convalescent which contained thirty pages on diabetes. Farmer was invited to lecture at Harvard Medical School and began teaching convalescent diet and nutrition to doctors and nurses. She felt so strongly about the significance of proper food for the sick that she believed she would be remembered chiefly by her work in that field, as opposed to her work in household and fancy cookery. Farmer understood perhaps better than anyone else at the time the value of appearance, taste, and presentation of sickroom food to ill and wasted people with poor appetites; she ranked these qualities over cost and nutritional value in importance.

During the last seven years of her life, Farmer used a wheelchair. Despite her immobility, Farmer continued to lecture, write, and invent recipes; she gave her last lecture 10 days before her death.The Boston Evening Transcript published her lectures, which were picked up by newspapers nationwide. Farmer also lectured to nurses and dietitians, and taught a course on dietary preparation at Harvard Medical School. To many chefs and good home cooks in America, her name remains synonymous today with precision, organization, and good food.

Fannie Farmer died in 1915, aged 57, and was interred in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

DID YOU KNOW THAT camels are born without humps?

WORD OF THE DAY: scrouge (skrouj) which means to squeeze, press, or crowd. Alteration of scruze (to squeeze), a blend of screw + squeeze. Earliest documented use: 1755.

3rd Annual Ice Fishing Tourney at Lake G

The 3rd annual Lake G. ice fishing tournament is coming up just around the corner! February 17th and 18th free fishing weekend.
The kids division is free, ages 0-14. Saturday 10am-2pm, lunch served at noon. Kids fish all open species with prizes for largest fish 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

The adult division has a 10 dollar buy in.

15+ years of age, Saturday 6am - Sunday 3pm
Prizes included are walleye 1st place biggest fish by weight, and pike 1st-2nd-3rd big fish by weight.

Sign up is at Powers Hardware or at the boat launch during tournament. All entrants must be signed up before entry onto lake. Please sign up kids ahead of time so we know how many to expect.

For more information, or if you would like to donate. call Levi Connor at 231-459-6697, or email at leviconnor@yahoo.com.

Strang Roundtable Discussion

John Runberg, Sr, introduced the moderator

John Niceman, Strangite....Jerry Gordon, decendant of Strangite

Vidky Spieth, Utah Mormon.....Anna Marie Aldeman, playwright

This was sone of the msot interesting discussions with questions from the audience being incorporated in the discussion. Answers to some questions included: Was Strang a prophet, a counterfeit, or something else? What would northern Michigan be like if Strang had not been assassinated? Why did a polygamous man have his wife dress up as a man, or was this here idea to gain respect for her ideas?

There were six groups of Mormons prior to the assassination, and there were six groups as this round table discussion took place. Interesting?

View video of this roundtable HERE

The Beaver-Mackinac War and the Assassination of King Strang

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 6, 2018

Dayam, it's cold outside! This is NOT a good week to be licking flag poles or lamp posts! At my house it's -14°, clear skies, humidity is at 78%, pressure is rising from 30.49 inches, wind if from the north (at the present time things are calm), and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny with scattered snow showers. Highs around 11°. East winds at 10 mph shifting to the south in the afternoon. Lowest wind chill readings 22° below to 32° below zero in the morning.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Patchy blowing snow after midnight. Lows around 6°. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph shifting to the southwest 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 45 mph after midnight. Wind chill readings 3° below to 13° below zero.

ON THIS DATE of January 6, 1987 - Elton John cancelled all live performances for a year after having throat surgery.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Bananas grow pointing upwards, not downwards. Botanically speaking the banana is a berry, and it grows on a plant that's a herb (not a tree). Each banana plant produces only one 'bunch' of bananas and then dies. However, that bunch may weigh up to 50 kilos.

WORD OF THE DAY: boustrophedon (boo-struh-FEED-n) which means an ancient method of writing in which the lines run alternately from right to left and from left to right. Only students of ancient scripts, especially (but not exclusively) of ancient Greek, will know the meaning and etymology of boustrophedon “like the ox turns (in plowing).” The major components of the Greek adverb boustrophēdón are the nouns boûs (stem, bou-) “bull, cow, ox,” and strophḗ “a turn, twist.” In the earliest Greek writing (mid-8th century b.c.), the first line was written from right to left (“retrograde,” as always in Phoenician and Hebrew); the second line from left to right; the third line retrograde, etc. Boustrophedonic writing was obsolete in Athens and most other parts of Greece by the mid-5th century b.c. Boustrophedon entered English in the 18th century.

Tech Guy Gets Beat Up

by Joe Moore

Today, January 5, 2018, was one of those days that I wish I could have avoided. The explanation is very simple, but somewhat lengthy. Suffice it to say that I spent most of the day working to get my main laptop computer working, and once working to get it to work properly. I will say that the Microsoft support people were less than helpful in resolving the main issue even after a payment of one cent less than $100 for their support. After about two hours on the phone and eventually phone and support taking control of the computer remotely, nothing had changed. Microsoft didn't really make any money, but, more importantly, they DID NOT fix the problem.

About two additional hours into researching the issue, a somewhat unlikely place provided the solution to the problem. There were a total of seventeen solutions on the Internet to the problem. Most of them had already been tried by the Microsoft support person from India. I went out and did a search also of the YouTube videos, watched them all and tried them all. I had all but given up when a completely uncalled for video popped up on my screen. It had nothing to do with the problem that I was experiencing. It told me that a few Windows errors could be resolved by making a change in the boot sequence in the DOS-based boot order on start-up.

So, almost seven hours after the issue began preventing my major computer work on the most important computer in my possession, a completely off-handed, easy change in the boot sequence order of hard-drives was done. I made the change, and it worked to solve the problem. It was resolved a little after 7:30 p.m. tonight. What a load lifted off my shoulders!

Now, I just want to know why the technicians at Microsoft didn't know about the conflicts possible with this boot order of the drives.

B. I. Transportation Authority Meeting

Agenda for January 9, 2018 Meeting

December Minutes

First Ice Fisherman and Shanty on Harbor

The first ice fisherman on the ice of Paradise Bay today was Levi Connor. He has set up a shanty and marks the beginning of the ice fishing season. Hope he is successful and that all that effort is worthwhile.

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for sending these two pictures to BINN.

Good luck on the ice, Levi!

Levi Connor reported that there was about seven inches of ice, and snow machines have taken trips across the harbor as well. Hopefully it is safe for all as this season begins.

The Building of the Schooner "Madeline"

(Posted with the permission of the Maritime Heritage Alliance)

Building the schooner Madeline
Between 1985 and 1990, 165 Maritime Heritage Alliance volunteers gave 40,000 hours to build the schooner Madeline, a 56-ft. twin-masted replica of an 1840's commercial vessel.
When not on tour at Great Lakes ports, Madeline is berthed at Elmwood Township's old Coal Dock (Discovery Pier) on West Bay Shore Drive, just south of the Elmwood Township Marina. 

History of the Madeline
The MHA's schooner Madeline is a reconstruction of a mid-19th century Great Lakes schooner and one of the State of Michigan's official tall ships. She was built between 1985 and 1990 in Traverse City, Michigan by volunteer members of the non-profit group, the Maritime Heritage Alliance.
Her mission is to serve as a floating center for the interpretation of Great Lakes maritime history. She is open to visitors in her home port of Traverse City and travels to other Great Lakes ports under local sponsorship. Madeline's financial support comes entirely from people who are interested in preserving Great Lakes history. This includes MHA members and others around the Great Lakes who believe in what we are doing.

The video is presented with the permission of the Maitime Heritage Alliance.

View the video HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 5, 2018

It's -4 outside at the present time with a wind chill of -4, (we're pretty lucky as lots of places in Michigan are a whole lot colder this morning and lots of schools closed due to the temperatures), humidity is at 78%, pressure is rising from 30.27 inches, wind is from the NE at 4 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny with scattered snow showers. Highs around 4°. North winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Wind chill readings 22 below to 32 below zero. PLEASE be careful if you must be outside!
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Lows around 6 below. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph decreasing to 20 mph after midnight. Wind chill readings 12 below to 22 below zero. PLEASE if your water pipes are on an outside wall or if the underside of your home is not protected from the wind, leave water running in those faucets (about a pencil thin stream) and open the cupboard doors to let heat in. It can save you from having frozen pipes.

Happy Birthday, Mike Moore! We hope you have a wonderful day! Chili for dinner??

ON THIS DATE of January 5, 1914 - Ford Motor Company announced that there would be a new daily minimum wage of $5 and an eight-hour workday.

From the Saturday Evening Post: In 1914, Henry Ford made a big announcement that shocked the country. It caused the financial editor at The New York Times to stagger into the newsroom and ask his staff in a stunned whisper, “He’s crazy, isn’t he? Don’t you think he’s crazy?”

That morning, Ford would begin paying his employees $5.00 a day, over twice the average wage for automakers in 1914.

In addition, he was reducing the work day from 9 hours to 8 hours, a significant drop from the 60-hour work week that was the standard in American manufacturing.

Ford arrived at the new wage scale during a meeting with his managers.

He wrote on the board the Ford wage standards: minimum pay of $2.34 for a nine-hour day. He tossed down the chalk and said: “Figure out how much more we can give our men.”

The Ford executives worked all day, cautiously adding 25¢ an hour, and then another 25¢. Every so often Ford walked back in, said: “Not enough,” and walked out.

Finally they had doubled the basic pay—up to $4.80 a day. One man snapped, “Why don’t you make it $5 a day and bust the company right?”

“Fine,” said Henry Ford. “We’ll do that.”

From Forbes: At the time, workers could count on about $2.25 per day, for which they worked nine-hour shifts. It was pretty good money in those days, but the toll was too much for many to bear. Ford's turnover rate was very high. In 1913, Ford hired more than 52,000 men to keep a workforce of only 14,000. New workers required a costly break-in period, making matters worse for the company. Also, some men simply walked away from the line to quit and look for a job elsewhere. Then the line stopped and production of cars halted. The increased cost and delayed production kept Ford from selling his cars at the low price he wanted. Drastic measures were necessary if he was to keep up this production.

The $5-a-day rate was about half pay and half bonus. The bonus came with character requirements and was enforced by the Socialization Organization. This was a committee that would visit the employees' homes to ensure that they were doing things the "American way." They were supposed to avoid social ills such as gambling and drinking. They were to learn English, and many (primarily the recent immigrants) had to attend classes to become "Americanized." Women were not eligible for the bonus unless they were single and supporting the family. Also, men were not eligible if their wives worked outside the home.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails? Fingernails grow about three-four times faster than toenails. Scientists don't know what biological mechanism is behind the different growth rates. But, they do have theories based on more than 100 years of finger and toenail observations.

WORD OF THE DAY: turncoat (TURN-koht) which means a person who changes to the opposite party or faction, reverses principles, etc.; renegade. There are several possibilities for the origin of turncoat. One is that two English barons in the early 13th century changed fealty to King John (c1167–1216), literally changing their coats of arms from one lord to another. Another is that during the siege of Corfe Castle (1645) during the English Civil Wars (1642–51), Oliver Cromwell’s soldiers turned their coats inside out to match the colors of the Royalist army. A similar expression “to wear the King’s coat,” dating from the mid-19th century, means “serve in the King’s army.” The now obsolete idiom “to be in someone else’s coat,” dating from the mid-16th century, meant the modern “to be in someone else’s shoes.” Turncoat entered English in the 16th century.

2nd Annual Christmas Cantata Sunday, 12-8-02

This performance includes Evie Folkening, Joe Moore, the young Children's Choir, and the Cantata Choir with an encore of "Mary Did You Know?" It's great to here this music and see these faces. So are no longer with us in this world and others are not on the island anymore.

Our leader, Kathy Speck

Children's choir.....Evie Folkening and Joe Moore.......Joe Moore

The Cantata Choir

Marianne Weaver and Melissa Bailey, soloists

Kathy Directing the Cantata Choir

Joe Moore plays bass on a swinging tune

View video of this performance HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 4, 2018

It's beyond invigorating anymore. I love winter, but this is getting crazy and it suppose to continue for a few more days. Right now I'm showing 3° with a wind chill of -16°, cloudy skies, humidity is 65%, pressure is rising from 30.20 inches, wind is from the north at 13 mph with gusts to 18 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.


TODAY: Partly sunny with scattered snow showers. Highs around 4°. North winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Wind chill readings 17 below to 27 below zero.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Lows around 9 below zero. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Wind chill readings 16 below to 26 below.

IF you absolutely HAVE to go out, please bundle up well, go slowly because blowing snow can cause white out areas, and walk carefully, as there is ice under that snow.

ON THIS DATE of January 4, 999 - A drifting Nicaraguan fishing boat was found by the Norwegian oil tanker Joelm. The fisherman had been lost at sea for 35 days after the engine of their vessel quit working.

DID YOU KNOW THAT dogs sweat through the pads on their feet? While dogs have a small amount of sweat glands (which are prominently in the paw pads), their primary source of heat exchange (i.e., getting rid of heat) is by panting. Vasodilation (i.e., dilating of blood vessels [which can cause a flushing appearance on the skin]) is another method. Dogs only produce sweat on areas not covered with fur, such as the nose and paw pads, unlike humans who sweat almost everywhere. However, they do have sweat glands, called apocrine glands, associated with every hair follicle on their body.

WORD OF THE DAY: moira (MOI-ruh) which means 1) {among ancient Greeks} a person's fate or destiny 2) Classical Mythology. a) the personification of fate b) Moiai, the Fates. Moira comes straight from Greek moȋra “part, portion of booty, one’s portion in life, division (of land, people), political party.” The Greek noun comes from a widespread Proto-Indo-European root (s)mer- to remember,” the source of Latin memoria “memory,” and Germanic (Old English) murnan “to be anxious, care,” English mourn. In Greek mythology there were three Moirai ( Moerae), the “Fates” that controlled human life: Clotho ( Klōthṓ) “the Spinner (of the thread of human life”), who determined when a person was to be born and was in charge of the present; Lachesis ( Láchesis) “the Disposer (of lots or portions),” who was in charge of the past and measured the length of human life; and Atropos ( átropos) “the Unturnable, Inflexible,” who was in charge of the future and cut the thread of human life, causing death.

St. James Township Meeting 7 p.m.

January 3, 2018

(See below for the documents for this meeting)

St. James Township Board members all arrived in the blowing snow at the township hall for the regular monthly meeting. There were just four people present in the room besides the board members. You can view the agenda for the meeting below.

View video of the meeting HERE

St. James Recreation Plan Meeting

January 3, 2018

Patrick Cull and Kathleen McNamara Green, along with others, have been working on this recreation plan, with the idea to get it approved for the 2018 granting cycle. All of the pieces of this plan need to meet or exceed the requirements of the Michigan DNR in order to qualify for many of these grants, and it just makes sense to work with them instead of against them.

Today's presentation continued without the help of the off-island consultant due to the weather. Flights from Charlevoix were not going to happen with the blowing snow and the lake effect snow, creating a white-out condition in Charlevoix. The two mentioned above were requred to make the presentation, and both did a great job of presenting their work to the just less than thirty island resident attendees.

The following small gallery of photos includes all the slides presented, but cannot suggest the interest and the discussion that took place. Some attendees has some great ideas and even a few were added to the presentation. There should be a completed plan available fairly soon on the St. James Township website. Once this is complete, there will be a thirty day period in which the public is welcome to make comments.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the plan presentation HERE

Documents for St James Meeting

January 3, 2018


Supervisor’s Lens, DECEMBER 28, 2017

Board Finance Report for January 3, 2018

General Fund, December 7, 2017 through January 4, 2018

Yacht Dock Fund, December 7, 2017 through January 4, 2018


Sewer Use Fund, December 7, 2017 through January 4, 2018

Road Fund, December 7, 2017 through January 4, 2018

December Rescheduled Minutes 2017

Museum Week 2003-Living in a Lighthouse

This Museum Week presentation took place with the presenters dressed in period garb. There was a slide show at the end and a question and answer period at the end.

View video of this presentation HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 3, 2018

It's 18°, feels like 1°, lightly snowing, humidity is at 81%, pressure is steady at 29.83 inches, wind is from the west at 13 mph, and visibility is 3 miles.


TODAY: Periods of snow showers. Patchy blowing snow in the afternoon. Highs around 18°. West winds 5 to 15 mph shifting to the northwest 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 35 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Scattered snow showers. Lows around 3 below. North winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph decreasing to 25 mph after midnight. Wind chill readings 10 below to 20 below zero.

ON THIS DATE of January 3, 1938, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, an adult victim of polio, founds the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which he later renamed the March of Dimes Foundation. A predominantly childhood disease in the early 20th century, polio wreaked havoc among American children every summer. On March 26, 1953, American medical researcher Dr. Jonas Salk announces on a national radio show that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes the crippling disease of polio. Polio cases have decreased by over 99% since 1988, from an estimated 350 000 cases then, to 37 reported cases in 2016. As a result of the global effort to eradicate the disease, more than 16 million people have been saved from paralysis. Thanks to effective vaccine, the United States has been polio-free since 1979. But poliovirus is still a threat in some countries. Be part of the success story and get your child vaccinated on schedule. Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The skeleton of Jeremy Bentham is present at all important meetings of the University of London? Jeremy Bentham has been sitting in a corridor at University College London since 1850.

The moral philosopher, whose advocacy of animal welfare, prison reform, universal suffrage, and gay rights was far ahead of his time, left a will with specific instructions on the treatment of his corpse. In it, he decreed that his skeleton and mummified head be assembled, clad in a black suit and seated upright on a chair in a wooden cabinet, under a placard reading "Auto Icon." He also suggested that his corpse could preside over regular meetings of his utilitarian followers.

WORD OF THE DAY: patrician (puh-TRISH-uh n) which means:
1) a person of noble or high rank; aristocrat.
2) a person of very good background, education, and refinement.
3) a member of the original senatorial aristocracy in ancient Rome
The Latin adjective and noun patricius, patritius dates to the comedies of the Roman dramatist Plautus (c254-c184 b.c.). The word means having the rank and dignity of the patrēs (Roman senators), or a person with that dignity, a noble. According to the Roman historian Livy (59 b.c.–17 a.d.), Romulus, the legendary founder of Rome, appointed the first 100 senators and named them patrēs (fathers). From the time of the reign of the emperor Constantine (288?–337 a.d.) onward, patricius was a high honorary title that entailed no specified duties and was only occasionally awarded. Patrician entered English in the 15th century.

Peaine Township's 155th Birthday

On August 24, 2002, Peaine Township threw itself a party for its 155th birthday. After a barbeque, a ceremony took place in the Peaine Township Hall with the Board, delegates from the MTA, Shirley Roloff, and about 30 guests. John Works, Jr., Peaine Township supervisor, made some opening remarks.

Amelia Compo, a descendant of Chief Payzhickwaywedong, offered a prayer in which she asked that knowledge be increased and shared as a way to bring all people together. After the prayer Fred and Cindy Haubold presented a copy of the 1852 map of Beaver to the Township, with a second drawing on the back showing the bearings of various water routes linking Paradise Bay to the mainland.

Three of Amelia's sisters were present, including Tootsie Keeshik, who had driven up from Virginia for the occasion. She is descended from Chief Peaine through his son Antoine, Antoine's son James, and James' daughter Lucy, who was her mother. She talked about the uncertainties surrounding the Chief's arrival (he was born in 1805), the origin of his name (which means 'cloudy day'), and the mistaken communication that led to the Native Americans being called Ottawa--they thought they were being asked what do you do?, and their answer, Ottawa, means We are traders.

Alvin LaFreniere imparted some historical knowledge.

View video of this celebration HERE

(Information about this comes from the Beaver Beacon website, copyright Island Design)

From CCE Central Dispatch

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2018

So our friends in Charlevoix County wanted to share in the fun of more snow!
Emmet County is now included in the Winter Weather Advisory

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Gaylord MI Emmet- Including the city of Petoskey


* WHAT...Lake effect snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the morning commute on Wednesday. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected.

*WHERE...Emmet County

* WHEN...From midnight tonight to 7 PM EST Wednesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Weather Advisory for lake effect snow means lake effect snow is forecast that will make travel difficult in some areas. Use caution when traveling.

Two Radio Broadcasts about Island Summit

and the Great Lakes Island Coalition

Both of these are on michiganradio.org

Island Summit

Great Lakes Island Coalition

BIRHC Meeting Minutes

for December 2017

View the minutes HERE

Dr. Delbert Belfy

by Dick Burris

Dr. Delbert Belfy
By Dick Burris

Back problems started for me when I was sixteen. Though the years I have had visits to osteopathic doctors. Tossing pairs of full ten gallon milk cans on the milk truck could have started it.

Anyway through the years my back would go out, and I learned if I wore heavy clothes to keep me warm and laid block to tire out, and relax the muscles that were pulling at my spine, and sweat it out, the pain would go away. This therapy worked many times through my working years.

When moving to the island in "1971" there were a lot of fireplaces and stone work to do and very little block to lay. Maybe a little over a year later, back problems returned, and young Dr. Sundara worked on it, and prescribed "Darvon" for the pain. Finally the back problems caused a ruptured disc, and I was considering surgery.

I was wishing for a block job to do for my improvised cure, when I received a call from Charlevoix; Delbert Belfy offered me a job laying block because his block layer wasn't keeping up. I jumped at the chance, and told him about the back problem, and that I could still lay block anyway. So he told me to come over and he would meet me at the boat.

I arrived in Charlevoix, and came off the boat shuffling down the ramp to meet Delbert. He said later that he wondered what he had done hiring a cripple like this to lay block, but later that afternoon, I and his elderly Mason finished the basement job, I had laid 400 that afternoon.

The next day we poured a garage slab, and it started to sprinkle, so Delbert and I troweled it beneath a poly tarp.

I was staying in a house trailer Del's son was in. A huge crawlspace job came up, and Del wanted to
start framing the next week on it, so he told the crew they would have to finish it that weekend. Ron told me that the crew wanted the weekend off;  So I told him that if they had the block and mortar constantly in place on Friday, that tomorrow we can complete the job, and they would have the weekend off.

The "tomorrow" was Friday; the crew swung into action, seeing that everything was perfect for me to do the block laying. Delbert went along with the proposed (one day project), and also started spreading the bed joints ahead of me; which worked fine for the first 200 block, then his wrist gave out, but that didn't stop us.
I was popping "Darvons" all day to ease the pain, along with my extra clothes for the self proclaimed therapy. By around six o'clock we finished (1262 blocks), and cleaned up. The crew had the weekend off as promised.

Danny Gillespie from an island family, was one of the crew, along with the Belfys that also lived on the island.  Needless to say, this story went all over the island. Therefore I can tell this story without being deemed a liar.
Delbert has since told me many times that he should have charged me for the therapy of repairing my ruptured disk; which "I guess" it did, for actually, that did the repair,and never has bothered me since.

Another List

by Cindy Ricksgers

Christian Church Bulletin

December 31, 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 2, 2018

Welcome to winter in the north! Yup, still feel like we're living at one of the poles. Right now I'm showing 16° with a wind chill of -8°, humidity is at 77%, pressure is falling from 30.22 inches, wind is from the west at 17 mph with gusts to 32 mph, and visibility is 5 miles.


TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Breezy. Flurries in the morning. Highs around 20°. West winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph. Wind chill readings 2 below to 12 below zero.
TONIGHT: Patchy blowing snow in the evening. Snow showers. Breezy. Lows around 14°. Southwest winds 10 to 25 mph shifting to the west 10 to 15 mph after midnnight. Gusts up to 40 mph.

ON THIS DATE of January 2, 1892 - Ellis Island opened as America's first federal immigration center. Annie Moore, at age 15, became the first person to pass through. (No, no relation)

DID YOU KNOW THAT On average, a chameleon's tongue is roughly twice the length of its body. In humans, that would be a tongue about 10 to 12 feet (about 3 to 4 meters) long. To test his hypothesis, Anderson examined high-speed video of chameleons catching insects.

WORD OF THE DAY: watershed (WAW-ter-shed, WOT-er-shed) which means an important point of division or transition between two phases, conditions, etc. Watershed may be an ordinary English compound, the element shed having the rare sense “a part made in one’s hair.” Watershed may also be a loan translation from the German compound Wasserscheide (Scheide in German means "boundary, border, limit, divide"). Watershed entered English in the 18th century.

A New Year's Project

by Cindy Ricksgers

Gull Harbor Ice Shoves

Yesterday, the trip to Whiskey Point suggested that a visit to Gull Harbor should be scheduled, and today presented with an opportunity to do just that. The issue was that there wasn't any plowing done. Gathering snowshoes and warm layers of clothing, the editor headed out to the area to get some pictures. Low and behold, the plows had been down the road, AND several vehicles had been through all the way to Gull Harbor. Driving there was a simple mode, but getting cocky was not the thing to do as you will see in the video.

No snowshoe adventure took place today, but there were many opportunities to take pictures of interesting items on this extended trip.

Ice shoves covered with snow, and open water on the horizon, not to far out

Ice buoy at Whiskey Point iced in

Down by the Yacht Dock

Whiskey Point from Pinky's hosue

McDonough's Road Boat House

Drooping snow at Harbor View


I Must Admit...

by Cindy Ricksgers

Beaver Island Virtual Tour

This website was started by Phyllis Moore as part of the beginnings of Beaver Island News on the 'Net. When Phyllis turned the News website over to her husband Joe, the Beaver Island Tour website was continued by Jeff Cashman and hosted by Island Design. The website is currently up to date for just less than ten years ago. There have been many changes since then, but the historical aspect of this look into the history of Beaver Island makes it just as valuable as it was then.

Visit beaverislandtour.com HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 1, 2018

Welcome to 2018! It's starting out on the chilly side. Right now, at 5:30, I'm showing 10° with a wind chill of -15°, humidity is at 81%, pressure is steady at 30.40 inches, wind is from the WNW at 13 mph with gusts to 22 mph, and visibility is 4 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Patchy blowing snow. Highs around 14°. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Lowest wind chill readings 12 below to 22 below zero in the morning.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers in the evening, then isolated snow showers after midnight. Lows around 10°. West winds 10 to 20 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph increasing to 35 mph after midnight.

ON THIS DATE of January 1, 1895 - In Battle Creek, MI, C.W. Post created his first usable batch of Monks Brew (later called Postum). It was a cereal-based substitute for caffeinated drinks.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Since the advent of the internet, the print phone book has largely become an artifact of a past age. At least one city has attempted to ban the phone book’s yellow pages on environmental grounds. But in February 1878, the phone book was cutting-edge technology.

First published on this day in 1878, the telephone directory widely considered to be the absolute first phone book was nothing but a sheet of cardboard with the names of both private people and businesses who had a telephone. No phone numbers, mind you, just that they HAD a phone.

The fact that there were 50 people to call in New Haven, Connecticut in 1878 definitely had something to do with the fact that the telephone was invented near there less than two years previously and was first demonstrated by inventor Alexander Graham Bell in New Haven.

WORD OF THE DAY: instauration (in-staw-REY-shuh n) which means 1) renewal; restoration; renovation; repair; 2) Obsolete. an act of instituting something; establishment. English instauration comes directly from the Latin noun instaurātiōn- (stem of instaurātiō) “renewal, repetition,” a derivative of instaurāre “to renew, repeat,” originally “to set up stakes or poles (in building),” from the obsolete noun staurus. The Latin root of the verb and noun is stau-, an uncommon extension of the Proto-Indo-European root stā-. The same rare variant also appears in Greek staurόs “upright stake, pile (for a foundation).” Staurόs is also the word used in the gospels, e.g., Matthew 27:40, for the cross on which Jesus was crucified. Instauration entered English in the early 17th century.

Happy New Year from News on the 'Net

First Broadcast on Beaver Island TV

The first three hour broadcast of recorded video took place on Beaver Island TV tonight. Eighteen unique IP addresses viewed the broadcast of Stanley Floyd identifying post cards, the Cold Last Day of 2017, a little of the 2nd Annual Christmas Cantata, and the Jerry LaFreniere Roast. The equipment worked well after quite a long experimentation using different connections and different programs. This may not seem unusual to those who watch the satellite channels or any of several different video streaming services, but News on the 'Net wanted to give this a try, and it worked well.

So, there are several other ways to provide parts of the Beaver Island life besides reading about it in a paper. The live stream of Mass from Holy Cross took place this morning as well. It is interesting that this could not have happened at any better time. The BINN website had surpassed expectations this month, and had amazingly used up the bandwidth limits imposed by the hosting server site. So, for a short period of time, no viewing of Beaver Island News on the 'Net was possible. After negotiating an upgrade in bandwidth, the limitations was lifted and the bandwidth was doubled. The growth is quite beyond expectation on both websites; BI News on the 'Net and Beaver Island TV, and the possibilities are endless as we move into 2018.

Cold Last Sunday of 2017

Well, the weather report this morning stated that the temperature was twelve below zero, and it was pretty obvious from the frostnip hands that it was cold outside when the pictures and video were taken just after 10:30 am. There is not much to say beyond "BRRRR" other than we have since had a heat wave at 2 p.m. of eleven degrees, a twenty plus degree difference. Anyway, it is still pretty out there, even though it's very, very cold, particularly when you get in a little breeze.

Whiskey Point from the Public Beach (not a day for a beach party)

Beautiful trees on the King's Highway

The sunshine peeks through the bigger trees and illuminates this one pine tree.


Mass from Holy Cross

December 31, 2017

Our own Father James Siler read the Gospel and gave the sermon about the importance of family, the importance of the Holy family and each individual's responsibility to live the example given. The reader today was Jacque LaFreniere. The server was Jared Robert and the Eucharistic ministers were Pete LoDico and Mark LaFreniere. Tammy McDonough lead the choir and played her dad's guitar.

Saturday night lector Heidi Vigil

Sunday morning lector Jacque LaFreniere

Sunlight shining in the stained glass window

Father Jim Siler giving the sermon

View video of the service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 31, 2017

Brrrrr, I say again, brrrrr! No mincing words, it's damn cold out there. This morning it is MINUS 12 (thank the Lord it isn't windy), humidity is at 79%, pressure is rising from 30.45 inches, wind is from the north (although it isn't blowing at the moment), and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Slight chance of snow showers in the morning, then a chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Highs around 11°. Light winds becoming southwest at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of snow is 50%. Wind chill readings 13 below to 23 below zero.
TONIGHT: Snow showers in the evening then snow showers likely after midnight Lows around 5°. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph increasing to 35 mph after midnight.


ON THIS DATE of December 31, 1929 - Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played "Auld Lang Syne" as a New Year's Eve song for the first time. What's the story behind the song? Do you know all the words? There's still time to learn them before midnight tonight. Thanks to Traci L. Weisenback of the Huron Daily Tribune for the history of this special song:

"The clock strikes midnight. The sparkling ball drops at Times Square. Streamers fly, horns blare, glasses are clinked together and champagne is sipped in celebration of a brand new year.

Then, people start singing a song that, on the surface, doesn’t make a lot of sense. Something about old lang sign?

By the time the song is sung, though, many people have had too many drinks to care if the song is nonsensical.

The song is “Auld Lang Syne,” and the only time it’s typically sung is New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Where did this song come from, and what does it mean?

According to about.com and infoplease.com, “Auld Lang Syne” started its life as a poem written by Scottish poet Robert Burns. He transcribed it (and made some refinements to the lyrics) after he heard it sung by an old man from the Ayrshire area of Scotland, Burns' homeland.

Although Burns' poem was dated to 1788, there are some lyrics that appear to have been taken from an earlier poem by James Watson, titled “Old Long Syne.”

It wasn't long before the song became traditional in Scotland and the British Isles as a folk song to be sung to commemorate the New Year. As folks from that area of the world immigrated to the U.S., they brought the tradition with them and it became a part of American tradition.

It was bandleader Guy Lombardo who popularized the song and turned it into a New Year's tradition, according to infoplease.com. Lombardo first heard “Auld Lang Syne” in his hometown of London, Ontario, where it was sung by Scottish immigrants. When he and his brothers formed the famous dance band, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, the song became one of their standards. Lombardo played the song at midnight at a New Year's eve party at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City in 1929, and a tradition was born. After that, Lombardo's version of the song was played every New Year's Eve from the 1930s until 1976 at the Waldorf Astoria.

The literal meaning of “Auld Lang Syne” is “Old Long Since” or “Long, Long Ago,” according to about.com. The original language of “Auld Lang Syne” is actually Scots, which is an Anglic language of Scotland.

The lyrics talk about raising a toast to days gone by and all the festive adventures shared between friends.

The portion of the song most people sing is the first verse: “Should old acquaintance be forgot / and never brought to mind? / Should old acquaintance be forgot / and days o' lang syne?”

These lines ask whether one can forget the days that have gone by and the friends with whom those days have been spent.

This year, blow your friends and family away by singing the chorus and the other verses of the song, which recall fun days gone by.

The chorus:

For auld lang syne, my dear,

For auld lang syne,

We'll take a cup of kindness yet,

For auld lang syne!


And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp (pint tankard)

And surely I'll be mine,

And we'll take a cup o kindness yet,

For auld lang syne!

We twa (two) have run about the braes (hills),

And pou'd (pulled) the gowans (daisies) fine,

But we've wander'd monie (many) a weary fit,

Sin auld lang syne.

We twa (two) have paidl't (paddled) in the burn

Frae (from) morning sun till dine,

But seas between us braid (broad) have roar'd

Sin auld lang syne.

And there's a hand my trusty fiere (friend),

And give us a hand o thine,

And we'll take a right guid-willie waught (goodwill drink),

For auld lang syne

The song has been used in many films over the years. According to about.com, its first film use was in the 1937 Shirley Temple film “Wee Willie Winkie.” Shirley sings the song to a Scottish soldier on his death bed.

The confusion of the meaning of the song was depicted in the film “When Harry Met Sally,” in which Harry (Billy Crystal) states he never fully understood what the song meant.

“I mean, 'Should old acquaintance be forgot'? Does that mean that we should forget old acquaintances, or does it mean if we happened to forget them, we should remember them, which is not possible because we already forgot?” he said.

“Auld Lang Syne” has been used in a variety of songs, as well. Some performers record the original song, while others do their own version.

Bobby Darin recorded a Christmas version in 1960, titled “Christmas Auld Lang Syne.” in 1976, a disco version of “Auld Lang Syne” was recorded by Salsoul Orchestra, headed by Vincent Montana, Jr., and was released as a full disco album. They then became known as the Mistletoe Disco Band. To date, this is still one of the most widely played versions of “Auld Lang Syne,” being played on radio and television shows around the world on New Year's Eve.

Dan Fogelberg recorded a solemn song called “Same Old Lang Syne” on his 1981 album “The Innocent Age.” The song was about encountering an old flame not on New Year's Eve, but on Christmas Eve.

The Canadian band Barenaked Ladies performed a rendition of the song “Auld Lang Syne” on their 2004 CD “Barenaked for the Holidays.” Billy Joel sang and released “Auld Lang Syne” in his live CD titled “2000 Years: The Millennium Concert,” and is known to play the song both lyrically or piano solo in his concerts during holiday seasons.

Kenny G recorded a saxophone version of the song in 1999 to commemorate the Millennium.

Whether you just listen to the song or you partake in singing it at the top of your lungs, now you have a better understanding of the tradition of “Auld Lang Syne.”

Just don’t forget about it.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Since New Year’s Eve 2008, the city of Mobile, Alabama raises a 12 foot tall lighted mechanical Moon Pie to celebrate the coming of the New Year.

WORD OF THE DAY: resolution (rez-uh-LOO-shuh n) which means:
1. a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group.
Compare concurrent resolution, joint resolution.
2. the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, etc.
3. a resolve; a decision or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.
Her resolution to clear her parents' name allowed her no other focus in life.
4. the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute; firmness of purpose:
She showed her resolution by not attending the meeting.
5. the act or process of resolving or separating something into constituent or elementary parts.
6. the resulting state.
7. Optics. the act, process, or capability of distinguishing between two separate but adjacent objects or sources of light or between two nearly equal wavelengths.
Compare resolving power.
late 14c., "a breaking into parts," from Old French resolution (14c.) or directly from Latin resolutionem (nominative resolutio) "process of reducing things into simpler forms," from past participle stem of resolvere "loosen" (see resolve ). Sense of "a solving" (as of mathematical problems) first recorded 1540s, as is that of "power of holding firmly" (cf. resolute ). Sense of "decision or expression of a meeting" is from c.1600. Meaning "effect of an optical instrument" is from 1860.

BIRHC Strategic Plan

Although Editor Joe Moore offered to post this for them on News on the 'Net immediately after their December 9th meeting, it was never sent to BINN. The minutes for that meeting have not been received fourteen business days after this meeting. BINN downloaded the Strategic Plan from the BIRHC website to make it available to subscribers and other interested individuals. It will be available immediately, and another formal request was sent for the minutes as well.

BIRHC Strategic Plan HERE



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 1, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority


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

St. James Township Meeting Video

April 5, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

April 24, 2017, 7 p.m.

View a small gallery of pictures of the meeting HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

May 3, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

June 7, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

June 19, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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John Lorenzen Presents 'Celtic Culture and Native American Life'

This video is from Museum Week on July 17, 2002. This presenter takes time to make a direct comparison between the Celtic culture and the Natuive American culture and life. John Lorenzen uses a flip chart and some handouts to provide evidence of the comparisons.

View video of this presentation HERE

2nd Annual Christmas Cantata, Tape 2

The Cantata Choir

Melissa Bailey Sings a Solo

One special song with cool bass line

This is part of the project of digitizing the collection of tapes at the Beaver Island Historical Society. This is the second tape, but the first tape has not been found at this point. This was about fifteen years ago. The video includes close-ups of the choir members.

View this video HERE

Helen Collar at the Print Shop Museum

Interviewed by Shirley Gladish, August 1990

Helen Collar on the Irish immigrants to Beaver Island

Helen Collar was interviewed at the Print Shop Museum with her drawings of the Irish immigrants on the wall behind her. She is interviewed by Shirley Gladish, former BIHS director. This video is nice and clear and full of information.

View video of this interview HERE

History of Medicine on Beaver Island 1997

Presentation by Doctor Phil Lange

This is another of the collection of VHS tapes at the Beaver Island Historical Society. This video tape has seriuosly degraded audio. Every effort was made to get the audio recovered, but the process was not as successful as this editor would like to have accomplished. This tape had no credit written on it, but was definitely part of Museum Week. It took place in the Holy Cross Parish Hall where the audio is always a challenge.

Henry Hill introduces Dr. Lange

Dr. Phillip Lange

Dr. Lange speaks about the early doctors on the island, but concentrates upon his ideas regarding the reasons for the departure of our non-physician provider, on-call 24/7365. The issues of required changes in the medical center, why it had to change its name, and the independence of EMS, as well as the costs of emergency air transporation.

View video of this presentation HERE

December Video Report

With no days left in the year of 2017, the statement that this has been "a very good year" is definitely true as related to the viewing of video clips and live streaming for the island. In this month of December so far,there have been 585 unique IP addresses viewing 2852 video clips using 244.3 GB of bandwidth.

There has been more live streaming done this month than in the few months preceeding December. The live streams have been viewed by 106 people. The recorded video has been viewed by 429 unique IP addresses. This information comes directly from the video server hosting the live stream and the video clips.

The most popular video clip this month was the "Bethlehm Babe" historical performance during a Christmas Cantata in 2010 along with the interview of our historical society director regarding the Waterways exhibit. Both of these video clips has over two thousand views this month. Several others have been viewed over a thousand times. These include the "Oldest Deer" video, the "Change in the Circle M" video, the "Donegal Bay Road Project" video, and the "Visit of the Mackinaw" video clips.

The "Ordination of Jim Siler" had over six hundred views during this month of December as have my favorites "Fledged Osprey Feeding" and the "Ryan Wellman Flyover." Over four 29ndred views to the "Christmas Breakfast' and the "Light Snow on Evergreens" clips.

Strang Reenactment and Olsen Play

Strang reenactment

This video was already digitized in the collection at the Beaver Island Historical Society. There are some glitches in the audio. After spending five hours trying to fix the audio, this editor gave up and is posting it just the way it is. There isn't anything that this level of audio knowledge can do to fix this up. Another was thrown out completely since it could not be fixed and could not be heard at all.

The video presented here is a Fremont Middle School Reenactment of the Mormon history of James Jesse Strang on Beaver Island and the shooting. Afterword, there is a play with Phil Becker, Jayne Bailey, Melissa Bailey, and Barry Pischner and discussion after that.

The play followed by questions and discussion

BIESA Minutes of November Meeting

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The Rushin' Girls

The following is from beaverisland.net, copyright Island Design

In "1941, five young women from Pontiac who had grown to know and love Beaver Island banded together to produce the monthly Rushin' News, so called because they were always "rushin' around." Their idea was to help Beaver Islanders in the service maintain contact with their home during the fearful days of the war. Their first issue contained stories and snippets of news that were similar in tone to Margaret Hanley's contributions to the Charlevoix Courier (see The Journal of Beaver Island History for samples.) Month by month over the next three and a half years the subscription list grew, until it passed 285. News from the Island was gathered until a few days before the publication date, and then the five girls (Marian Rick, Mary Fox, Rita Vallier, Margaret Lynch, and Kay Partney) worked through a few nights on an old mimeo machine to get the ten-page paper ready to mail. Collections, dances, and other fund-raising activities took place both on and off the Island to cover costs; their was no subscription fee. When Kay Partney joined the WAVES in 1944, artist and poet Eleanor Harrington was drafted to take her place.

Some of those who received the paper are familiar names: Erwin Belfy, John Bonner, Dan, Owen, Pat, and William Boyle, Francis and John Burke, Daniel F, Daniel L, Edward, Eileen, Francis, James, Leo, Norman, and Victor ("Father Vic") Gallagher, Paul (Danny) and Robert Gatliff, Robert Gibson, Dan and Gerard Gillespie, Dan Greene, Fred Korthase, Art, Bing, and Pete McCafferty, Rolland McCann, Don and Ed McCauley, Robert McDonough, Ben, Bernard, Billie, and Francis O'Donnell, Charles Pischner, George and Henry Ricksgers, and many others. The letters they wrote back to the staff indicated how much these issues meant to them, and how important they were for keeping them sane when the whole world was going mad.

When the war ended, the returning service men and women frequently stopped by the editorial office to say hello to the intrepid staff, whom many of them had not previously met. As it turned out, two members of the staff wound up marrying subscribers. The cessation of hostilities also brought to an end the printing of the paper. It would be ten years before the Beacon arose to resume carrying the news of our goings-on to the Island's many friends."

The interview took place by Bill Cashman and Robert Cole as part of the Historical Society collection of videos of the oral history of Beaver Island. These files are being digitized by BINN Editor Joe Moore and presented to BINN subscribers as part of this agreement between the BIHS and BINN. The Island Design copyright is for the website beaverisland.net. The above information was written by Bill Cashman.

View video HERE



Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BICS Meeting Schedules

Christmas Lunch and Santa's Workshop

The Beaver Island Friends of Veterans will hold the Annual Children's Christmas Lunch and Santa's Workshop on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the Beaver Island Community School. A hot dog lunch will be served at 11:00, with a visit to Santa to follow.  We will also hold Santa's Workshop that same day so the youngsters can purchase their Christmas gifts for family and friends at a nominal price.  We wish you all a Happy Holiday!!

BI Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

Island Treasures Resale

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017,  the Resale Shop will welcome donors and shoppers at noon as we begin our summer schedule. The summer schedule is Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon until 4:00.

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule


Holy Cross Bulletin for

January 2018

Christian Church Bulletin

January 14, 2018


BICS Calendar 2017-18

HSC Meeting Dates Schedule

BI Airport Commission Meeting Schedule

Bank Hours Change

January thru April
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

May thru June
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

July thru August
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

September thru October
Monday Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

November thru December
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Island Treasures Resale Shop

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 !

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

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