B. I. News on the 'Net, January 12-18, 2015

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for January 19, 2015

Mostly cloudy this morning, 18 and feels like 10, wind is at 6 mph from the NE, humidity is at 83%, pressure is 1020 mb and rising, visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Scattered flurries in the morning. Highs around 18. Light winds. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A chance of snow after midnight. Lows around 8. Light winds.

On this date of January 19, 1883 - Thomas Edison's first village electric lighting system using overhead wires began operation in Roselle, NJ.

Did you know that there are 1,929,770,126,028,800 different color combinations possible on a Rubik's Cube?

Word of the day: ultracrepidarian (uhl-truh-krep-i-DAYR-ee-uhn) which means adjective: Giving opinions beyond one’s area of expertise. noun: One who gives opinions beyond one’s area of expertise. From Latin ultra (beyond) + crepidarius (shoemaker), from crepida (sandal). Earliest documented use: 1819.

Fresh Made Bagels for Sale

Juniors Jordan Marsh, Liam Hodgson, Lillian Wiser, Zack Bousquet , Sarah Avery, Emily Burton and Ryan Boyle will be contacting you. If you do not hear from them, you can call Jordan Marsh @ 2910 (after school hours), or email Mary Palmer at maryp@bics.us or maryp@beaverisland.k12.mi.us

The bagels come baked, bagged and tagged. The sale will go from Now til February 11th. Please make checks payable to BICS-Junior Class and must be brought into school or given to one of the Juniors by February 11th. Bagels range from $6.00 to $8.25 a ½ dozen with over 20 flavors. The bagels will be here for pick up on February 20th.

The Food Pantry will also gladly accept Bagels if you care to purchase for them.

The bagels can be frozen for up to 3 months.

The Flavors are the same for this sale as they were for the last time: Plain, Whole Wheat, Everything, Pumpernickel, Tomato Basil, Cheddar Herb, Garlic, Onion, Salt, Cinnamon Raisin, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, Honey Oat, Poppy, Sesame, Jalapeno, Cinnamon Apple Pie, Cinnamon Danish, Swiss Melt, Asiago Cheese, Cheddar Twist. The last 4 are the gourmet ones and a little more expensive..

Thank you in advance,
Mary Palmer and the Junior Class.

Former Island Resident Betty Pittman Dies

After a long period of illness, Betty Pittman (Mary E.) has passed away. Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Pittman, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at her home in Charlevoix.

A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlevoix.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m.

District Library Completes Strategic Planning

On Saturday, January 17, 2015, two BICS students, four community members, one library staff member, the library director, and board members attended a strategic planning program led by Kirk Welter, the library board president-elect. Through activities in team building, the brainstorming was fast and furious, as ideas flowed and suggestions, no matter how seemingly outrageous, were presented, discussed, and narrowed. These gatherings started last year, as a pre-budget and planning program. This was an amazing opportunity for observation of a wide range of ages, a wide range to technological expertise, and a wide range of philosophies.

The thirteen people in this room came up with just short of a hundred wonderful ideas, pared them down to three to six categories in four divisions, and left the building enthused about accomplishing some of these suggestions in the next five years. It was pointed out that four or five of last year's ideas had been successfully implemented with very positive outcomes.

Hopefully, the ideas will be compiled and shared with the community.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for January 18, 2015

I haven't been out driving, but I'm hoping that the roads aren't too slippery as the temperature has dropped to 32, and the wind chill is at 23. Wind is at 12 mph from the west with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 89%, pressure is at 1001 mb and rising, visibility is at 9.7 miles. I'm sincerely hoping that todays weather is wrong. Today: Cloudy. Occasional light freezing drizzle and flurries. Highs around 30. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Cloudy. Occasional light freezing drizzle in the evening. Occasional light flurries through the night. Lows around 11. Northwest winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of January 18, 1911 - For the first time an aircraft landed on a ship. Pilot Eugene B. Ely flew onto the deck of the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco harbor.

Did you know that all of the cobble stones used to line the streets in New York were originally stones found in the hulls of Belgian ships ballast?

Word of the day: coeval (ko-EE-vuhl) which means adjective: Having the same age or duration. noun: A contemporary. From Latin coaevus, from co- (in common) + aevum (age), from Greek aion (age). Ultimately from the Indo-European root aiw-/ayu- (vital force, life, eternity) that is also the source of ever, never, aye, nay, eon, eternal, medieval, primeval, utopia, Sanskrit Ayurveda.

Apology to BICS Basketball

BINN had every intention of flying off the island and heading to Munising to attempt to live stream the video of the basketball games this weekend. Neither of the two camera operators were able to do this. The editor was busy with the meetings and the processing of the video of those meetings. There just wasn't any possibility of the editor making the trip. Then, it was determined by contacting the principal of the Munising Baptist School that there was no Internet access available at the location of the games. And lastly, there was no one who stepped up to help cover the costs of the travel and the motel for the trip. So, BINN apologizes for not doing this historical live streaming for the students and parents and fans of the BICS basketball teams.

The future of this live streaming possibility is in the hands of the subscribers and the fans. The costs of expanding must be meet somehow, and, as of right now, this will not be possible. We need some businesses to step up to help support this effort. BINN is willing to give credit to those businesses or individuals that are supporting the new, historical live streaming events.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for January 17, 2015

It's 20 with a wind chill of 6 this morning. Wind is at 16 mph from the SE with gusts up to 24 mph, humidity is at 77%, pressure is at 1013 mb and falling, visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Cloudy. Chance of freezing drizzle today and snow in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 30s. South winds 10 to 20 mph. Tonight: Cloudy. Drizzle and freezing drizzle after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 24 mph.

On this date of January 17, 1913 - All partner interests in 36 Golden Rule Stores were consolidated and incorporated in Utah into one company. The new corporation was the J.C. Penney Company.

Did you know that 70% of all Irish barley grown goes towards the production of Guinness beer?

Word of the day: milliner (MIL-uh-nuhr) which means someone who designs, makes, or sells women's hats. After Milan, Italy, from where women's wares were imported. First recorded use: 1530.

This Old Cookbook-12

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

Some of you may have figured this out, but you certainly will figure it out after this week's recipe. Here is recipe number twelve, a recipe for a main course for dinner instead of a desert.

Hamburg Supreme

1 pound of hamburg.............1 egg

2 teaspoons of prepared mustard.............2/3 teaspoon of salt

3 slices of dried bread...........Add minced onions if desired

Soak bread in water then squeeze

Add meat and other ingredients

Make into thick oblong patties.

Fry brown on both sides.

Drain oil off, and then add 1/2 cup water. Simmer dry (and repeat two more times.)

by Joe Moore, 8 years old

This cookbook was made for Mother's Day 1958 as a Mother's Day gift to our mothers from the entire third grade class at Oak Park Elementary School, Garfield Avenue, Traverse City, Michigan. The school grounds back up to the Traverse City Fair Grounds. The school is still there and is still open, and doesn't look much different today, fifty-six years later. At this time in 1958, all of our cooking was done over a wood stove in the kitchen. We did not have an oven at that time. A propane gas stove was added about a year later.

Special St. James Meeting to Discuss Audit

Friday, January 16, 2015

Two representatives from the Certified Public Accountants firm of Mason, Kammermann, and Rohrback, PC, met with the St. James Township Board beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the township hall on Whiskey Point. Velda Kammermann amd Corey Bascom attended the meeting as these representatives. The majority of the meeting was spent with these representatives explaining what the audit shows and what it does not show. The accrual method of accounting with the requirements of the State of Michigan seems to require a great deal of explanation. The majority of the slightly over two hour meeting was taken with explanation and the answering of questions posed by board members and, toward the end, the public.

Velda Kammermann amd Corey Bascom

The video for this meeting is being uploaded and will be available later.

Another item on the agenda was tabled, the item was "Board Work Session on Individual Duties and Responsibilities," but the need to renew three millages, getting the language written for these, and including them in the May 2015 election was approved by the St. James Board. These millages are:

Name Mills
Operating 3.2500
Airport 1.0000
Transfer Station 1.7500

It is important to note that these are the millages that will be requested during the election. These are not necessarily the millages that will be levied. The St. James Board has the authority to levy up to these amounts.

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for January 16, 2015

It's 15 outside this morning with a wind chill of 2, it's enough to wake you right up if you step out. Wind is at 10 mph from the NW with gusts up to 21 mph, humidity is at 79%, pressure is at 1017 mb and rising, visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Numerous snow showers in the morning. Highs around 15. Northeast winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 30 mph in the morning. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Chance of flurries after midnight. Lows around 3. Southeast winds at 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph after midnight. Wind chill readings 12 below to 22 below zero.

On this date of January 16, 1961 - Mickey Mantle signed a contract that made him the highest paid baseball player in the American League at $75,000 for the 1961 season.

Did you know that artificial Christmas trees have outsold real ones every year since 1991?

Word of the day: pregustator (pri-guh-STAY-tuhr) which means a person whose job is to taste food or drink before it’s served. From Latin pre- (before) + gustare (to taste). Ultimately from the Indo-European root geus- (to taste or choose), which also gave us choice, choose, gusto, ragout, and disgust. Earliest documented use: 1670.

Domestic Violence Veto by Governor Snyder

View NY Times Story HERE

Some Winter Pictures

This is the ice buoy out at Whiskey Point. It's completely under the ice.

Snow drifts up the side of the DNR building. You can see the snow underneath the screens.

Do you know where this very interesting tree is?

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

January 15, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

Governor Snyder Vetoes Bill Restricting Bio-Diversity

Environmental groups hailed Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday for vetoing a bill that they say would have hindered the state’s ability to protect its native plant and animal species.

Read Detroit News story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for January 15, 2015

Nothing in the minus category this morning! It's 27 with a wind chill of 13, wind is at 18 mph from the SW with gusts to 26 mph, humidity is at 85%, pressure is 1014 mb and steady, and visibility is at 9.4 miles. There is a Special Weather Statement for today covering all of northern Michigan. Possible black ice this morning. A light fog and mist is combining with freezing temperatures and resulting in a thin glaze of ice. Please pay close attention while driving. Today: Cloudy. Flurries likely through the day. Highs in the upper 20s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Numerous snow showers. Lows around 12. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of January 15, 1974 - "Happy Days" premiered on ABC-TV.

Did you know that Americans spend a total of $10 Million each day on potato chips. The average American eats about 16.9 lbs. of potato chips each year.

Word of the day: arenicolous (ar-uh-NIK-uh-luhs) which means living, growing, or burrowing in sand. From Latin harena/arena (sand) + colere (to inhabit). Earliest documented use: 1851.

Peaine Township Meeting

January 14, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

Michigan Mentors

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for January 14, 2015

Had a dream it was spring....then I woke up and quickly learned it's still winter. It's 18 and falling, wind chill is at 4, wind is at 16 mph from the SW with gusts up to 25 mph, humidity is at 84%, pressure is at 1027 mb and falling. Visibility is at 9.5 miles. Today: Cloudy with scattered snow flurries. Highs in the lower 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Cloudy. Scattered flurries in the evening. Lows around 17. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph after midnight.

On this date of January 14, 1943 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane while in office. He flew from Miami, FL, to French Morocco where he met with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to discuss World War II.

Did you know that moisture (not air) causes super glue to dry?

Word of the day: senary (SEN-uh-ree) which means 1. Relating to the number six. 2. Having sixth rank. 3. Having six parts or things. From Latin senarius (consisting of six). Ultimately from the Indo-European root s(w)eks (six), which also gave us semester, siesta, and Sistine (named after Pope Sixtus IV). Earliest documented use: 1661

Grand Rapids Party Invitation

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.

Planning Underway for

MDNR-Administered Lands on Northern Lake Michigan Great Lakes Islands

(Letter received regarding the planning)

Thank you for your interest and willingness to participate in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources planning effort for MDNR-administered lands on northern Lake Michigan Great Lakes islands. During the recent public comment period ending November 30, 2014, we received a great deal of input through 24 written correspondence and 3 public meetings attended by over 30 individuals. These comments have helped us to identify and solidify several important issues that we hope to address through the remainder of our planning effort. These issues in no particular order include:

Invasive species control.

American beech decline.

Wildlife habitat management with an emphasis on early successional habitat and hard mast.

Identification and protection of unique natural features.

Recreational infrastructure development and maintenance including trail improvements, boating access, water trail development, remote airplane access, and outer-island shelter improvements.

Partnerships and collaboration to prioritize and implement conservation projects and improve natural resource-based economies

Environmental enforcement and cleanup

Our next step is to invite key partners together to help with the crafting of a final strategic plan for MDNR-Administered lands on the Islands. This effort will occur over the next several months. Our goal is to have a draft plan available for public review by the end of April with final Department approvals by mid-July. Thank you again for your interest in the conservation and management of public lands on Northern Lake Michigan Great Lakes Islands.


Keith M. Kintigh, Wildlife Field Operations Manager

Northern Lower Peninsula, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Cadillac Operations Service Center

8015 Mackinaw Trail, Cadillac, MI 49601

W: (231) 775-9727x6030 C: (989) 619-2296

We believe human well-being is directly tied to wildlife and wild places, so we work to conserve our wildlife resources. Won't you join us in a hunting, trapping or wildlife viewing experience soon?

BICS Board of Education Meeting

January 12, 2015

The Beaver Island Community School Board of Education met at the school tonight for the first meeting of 2015. This board is a completely different board from the one that met in December with six out of seven members being a different member. The new board members are Kathy Speck, Judy Boyle, Susi Myers, , Jessica Anderson, Dusty Cushman, and Judy Gallagher. (This is from left to right in the picture above with Riley Justis, superintendent, on the right.) Jessica Anderson had previously expressed her desire to not be president of the new board, so Judy Gallagher was elected to the position of Board President.

In attendance at this meeting were twenty-three community members along with all seven board members. One major change affecting those interested in attending the meetings is the change of time from 7:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the second Monday of the month. There was also a special meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on January 27, 2015, for board orientation and training. The evaluation of the administrator was postponed from February 1 to March 1.

Video of the meeting

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for January 13, 2015

It's a calm 7 outside this morning with no wind chill! Wind is at 3 mph from the south, humidity is at 85%, pressure is at 1044 mb and steady, visibility is at 7.3 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs around 18. Light winds. Tonight: Mostly clear. Chance of flurries. Lows around 7. Southwest winds at about 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of January 13, 1942 - Henry Ford patented the plastic automobile referred to as the "Soybean Car." The car was 30% lighter than the average car.

Did you know that turnips turn green when sunburnt?

Word of the day: ascesis (uh-SEES-is) which means the practice of severe self-discipline or self-control. Also spelled as askesis. From Greek askesis (exercise or training), from askein (to exercise or work). Earliest documented use: 1873.

Rock Dove or Rock Pigeon

This is a fairly common bird, but the color of the feathers caught my attention. Different feather patterns than the other mourning doves around our feeder.

This bird looked much larger also, but that is probably due to the puffing of the feathers to help insulate the bird and keep it warm.

BI Emergency Services Authority Meeting Notice



Emergency Services Authority

Meeting 12/11/14

Video HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

2014 School Board Meetings

Common Core Presentation to School Board and Community

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

PTA Informational and Organizational Meeting

Video of this meeting HERE

November 13, 2014

View two camera edited video of the BICS meeting HERE

BICS School Board Meeting

December 8, 2014

Here is the video of the board meeting for those interested.

Peaine Township Meeting

Peaine Township Board Meeting

November 12, 2014

Click Here to view video

Peaine Township Meeting

December 10, 2014

Link to video of the meeting

St James Township Board Meeting

October 1, 2014

Video of the meeting HERE.

St. James Township Meeting Video,

November 5, 2014, 7 p.m.

(Posted 11/6/2014, 2:45 p.m.)

Video HERE

December 3, 2014

Click HERE to watch the video

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

September - May HOURS

Mon – Sat  8am – 5pm
Sun Closed 

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


Community Center Information for October 2014


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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Airport Commission Meeting

November 1, 2014.

Video of the meeting HERE

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

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

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for January 12, 2015

It's 18 with a wind chill of 7, wind is at 9 mph from the west, humidity is at 77%, pressure is at 1022 mb and steady while visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Partly sunny with numerous snow showers in the morning. Highs around 14. North winds 4 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 11 below zero. Northeast winds at about 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the evening. Wind chill readings 6 below to 16 below zero.

On this date of January 12, 1971 - "All In the Family" debuted on CBS-TV.

Did you know that the last Play Boy centerfold to have staples was published in 1985?

Word of the day: apricate (AP-ri-kayt) which means verb intr.: To bask in the sun. verb tr.: To expose to the sun. From Latin apricari (to bask in the sun). Earliest documented use: 1691. Despite a similar spelling, the word apricot has a different origin. It’s from Latin praecox (early-ripening).

Talking Threads Back on for Wednesday, January 14th

A Late Update

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for January 11, 2015

We're having a heat wave compared to the temps we've had. It's 18 outside right now, wind is at 9 mph from the west, humidity is at 77%, pressure is at 1022 mb and steady. Visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy with occasional flurries. Highs in the lower 20s. Light winds. Tonight: Snow showers likely. Lows around 10. Northwest winds around 10 mph.

On this date of January 11, 1805 - The Michigan Territory was created.

Did you know that porcupines float in water?

Word of the day: tarry (TAIR-ee) which means verb intr.: To delay, stay, or wait. verb tr.: To wait for. noun: A short stay; a sojourn. adjective: Of, like, or smeared with tar. For verb, noun: From Middle English tarien/taryen (to delay). Earliest documented use: 1451.
For adjective: From tar, from Old English teru. Earliest documented use: 1552.

Sneaky Coders at Work

When you hear stories of different businesses geting hacked for customer's information, you expect that there might be a monetary interest in the process of the hacking. These hackers might get some money from someone for this information that is hacked from the giant coporation. If this is the reason for hacking, then they (the hackers) certainly have made a silly mistatke in hacking the beaverislandnews.com website. Yes, we were hacked, but the crazy part of this is that certain code was added to the Beaver Island News on the 'Net website that placed a yellow bar at the top of the Current News page. This yellow bar said, "Wishing you a very productibe New Year 2015" with a button that said "Click Here." This button took you to a random Internet page that wanted you to buy something. It was like an advertisement you might see on lost of webpages, but the editor of BINN did not put it there.

How that code got on the Current News page is still a mystery. The website host was able to access the page and delete the code from it, and that resolved the issue. The antivirus company and the cloud scanner could not find anything that could have placed it there. It's gone, but how it got there may never be determined. While glad that it's gone, it a serious concern. How in the world did the code get there? McAfee couldn't find anything, Panda Global Protection couldn't find anything. Neither could Maleware Bytes, Spybot, nor a couple of Cloud-based scanners.

It is pretty obvious that the hacker that placed this code on the BINN Current News page wasn't going to get rich doing it, so motive is missing. The reward of having accomplished this task couldn't be very high either in satisfaction or in monetary value. So why did they do it? The only thing that the editor can figure out is that they did it just to see if they could do it.

Gone, but not forgotten.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for January 10, 2015

Happy 10th Birthday to the strongest, bravest, always smiling boy I know, Kelton Hunter. Kelton spends a good share of his weeks right now traveling back and forth to Grand Rapids for chemo treatments as he has leukemia. Kelton is always smiling. He's surely a hero. Right now it's 8 from the SW and falling with gusts to 22 mph, wind chill is -11, humidity is at 81%, pressure is at 1020 mb and rising, visibility is at 9.5 miles. Today: Areas of blowing snow along with frequent snow showers. West winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Wind chill readings 6 below to 16 below zero. Tonight: Frequent snow showers. Lows around 8. West winds at about 15 mph.

On this date of January 10, 1949 - Vinyl records were introduced by RCA (45 rpm) and Columbia (33.3 rpm).

Did you know that the fingerprints of koala bear are indistinguishable to that of a human?

Word of the day: gamp (gamp) which means a large umbrella. After Sarah Gamp, a nurse in Charles Dickens's novel Martin Chuzzlewit. She carries a large umbrella. Earliest documented use: 1864.

Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids Announces

Grand Rapids Party Date

Mark your calendars for the date of Saturday, February 28, 2015, for the Grand Rapids Party

Elvis Was in the Pub

Stoney Acres and Donegal Danny's Pub celebrated Elvis Presley's birthday yesterday in what has become an annual event. The weather was terrible. It was rumored that Elvis got stuck in a driveway and was a little late arriving, but the world's favorite and Beaver Island's celebrity percussionist were in the Pub last night. Thanks to Miranda Rooy and Danielle Dedloff for the pictures of this year's Elvis.

Green, Green Grass of Home by Elvis

Thank You!

by The Old Paramedic

Many thanks to the two snow plow operators that cleared out in front of the echo car this morning! One of them was Jeff Mestelle. Thank you, Jeff! The other one was a dark or black pickup, and we want to thank you for your help also. While getting out to the echo car in an emergency, it is nice to know that the car will get past the county's pile of plowed snow. This morning there was no pile to drive through due to these Good Samaritans who quickly dropped their plows and pushed it out of the way. Then cleared the snow from in front of the echo car making it easy to get out to the road. Many thanks from this old paramedic!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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for January 9, 2015

Well, we're still here. Not a surprise, the Beaver Island Community School is closed. The wind, cold and snow made it but everyone seems to have snuggled in and although it's still snowing, we're all doing just fine. Right now it's 13 and falling, wind chill is at -4, wind is at 17 mph from the west with gusts to 33 mph, humidity is at 83%, pressure is at 1008 mb and rising. and visibility is at 3.2 miles. Today: Snow showers and blowing snow. Highs around 10. West winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Wind chill readings 6 below to 16 below zero. Tonight: Snow showers. Areas of blowing snow through the night. Lows around 2. West winds 15 to 20 mph. Wind chill readings 9 below to 19 below zero.

On this date of January 9, 1902 - New York State introduced a bill to outlaw flirting in public.

Did you know that flamingos can only eat when their heads are upside down?

Word of the day: litterateur (lit-uhr-uh-TUR) which means an author of literary or critical works. From French littérateur, from Latin litterator (teacher of letters, grammarian, critic), from litterae (letters, literature), from littera (letter). Earliest documented use: 1806.


Board of Directors

regularly scheduled

 January 2015 meeting



Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for January 8, 2015

We are under a Winter Storm Warning that will be in effect from 1 pm this afternoon until 10 am on Friday. So please plan accordingly. A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow and strong winds making travel very dangerous or impossible. Right now it's 9 outside this morning with a wind chill of -11, wind is at 21 mph from the west with gusts to 29 mph, humidity is at 84%, pressure is at 1018 mb and steady, visibility is at 8.5 miles. Today: Scattered snow showers with areas of blowing snow through the day. Breezy. Highs around 16. Southwest winds 14 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Wind chill readings 9 below to 19 below zero. Tonight: Snow. Blowing snow through the night. It may be heavy at times. Lows around 7 Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph shifting to the west 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 35 mph.

On this date of January 8, 1815 - 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.

Link to the Johnny Horton Song, The Battle of New Orleans

Did you know that dolphins can hear underwater sounds from 24km (15miles) away?

Word(s) of the day: locus classicus (LO-kuhs KLAS-i-kuhs) which means an authoritative and often quoted passage from a book. From Latin locus (place) + classicus (classical, belonging to the first or highest class). Earliest documented use: 1853.



Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Winter Schedule 2014-2015

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

Open for shopping and donations

If you need help with your donation, call the shop at 448-2534
or Donna at 448-2797.

From Holy Cross

Charlevoix County Transit Winter Hours

Beaver Island

Winter Hours

(Effective Monday, November 17, 2014)

  Demand Response Service

Monday – Friday

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Closed Weekends 

Phone 231-448-2026

For Service

Children under 6 yrs $.50

Sr. Citizen  (60 and over) Currently Free

Handicap $.50

Youth (ages 6 to 19) $1.00

Regular Fare (ages 20 to 59) $1.50

Passenger fares are double 15 miles and over.

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


BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

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

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

Feb 1:  service written by Pastor Harold Kruse
       8:  Pastor Howard Davis
      15:  Pat Nugent
      22 and March 1:  Mike Scripps

March 8:  Pastor Howard Davis


Bible study

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

-Everyone welcome!!

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

Beaver Island Human Services Commission Meeting Schedule

Beaver Island Human Services Commission

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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



There Are Speedy Transports

Another Imaginary Ambulance Run
By Joe Moore

Lest those reading these stories believe that every emergency transport from Beaver Island is a marathon, perhaps, a different time-frame story may inform.

“Beaver Island EMS, respond to a residence in St. James Township, xxxx Main Street, for a 78 year old female.  Unknown problem, but the caller expressed a need for a quick response,”  the pager tone causing indigestion with an adrenalin rush in the middle of breakfast.

Luckily, I am less than three city blocks away from the residence.  I walk out to the echo car, an emergency response vehicle, flipped on the lights and siren and responded to the residence.  I left the lights on, turned off the siren, and parked the echo car with the lights on, purposely parking on the wrong side of the road to provide the ambulance help with locating the residence.  Up to the front door I walk.  We were paged at 8:12 a.m., and I am at the door at 8:14 a.m., one of the quickest responses ever.
The door is opened by a home care provider who states, “I was out on the deck smoking a cigarette, when she hollered at me to ‘Get in here right now.’  I don’t know what’s wrong.”
I see the patient sitting in a kitchen chair, which is nowhere near the kitchen.  The chair is placed between the living room and the entrance.  “That’s as far as I could get her.  She wanted me to take her to the medical center, but she couldn’t walk any farther.”
The lady who is the patient says, “Joe Gregg, what are you doing here?’  The written word can’t explain the way she said the words.  They were slurred, stretched out, an only made with one side of her mouth moving.  She had facial droop on one side of her face, but was understandable.

To break up the story just a little bit, I had just been to a special training two months before called Advanced Stroke Life Support, a program out of the University of Miami, so I immediately began the special assessment that had been learned at this training.

“Okay, Martha, I need you to close your eyes.”  (She did.) “Now show me your smile.” (She had no movement on one side of her face.)  “Thank you.  Nice smile. Now, can you say something for me.  Say, ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.’” (She was able to say all the words, but was not able to say them clearly without slurring her speech.)  To the caregiver I asked, “Does she have diabetes or has she had any alcohol to drink this morning?”

The caregiver said, “I just got here.  I left her last night when she said she was going to bed last night.  She was fine yesterday.  I come over to make her some coffee and breakfast.  She doesn’t drink, and I didn’t do anything wrong.”

“No, I’m not suggesting that you did anything wrong.  I don’t smell alcohol, and I was just looking to confirm that she hadn’t had anything to drink,” I said. “You just got here? Where was she when you arrived?”

“I found her in the bathroom….” The caregiver said.  The patient began speaking to interrupt the caregiver. 

“I can tell him myself,”  the patient said, still slurring her words.  “I got up about 8, and had to go to the bathroom, like every morning.  I got to the bathroom, and sat down.  I had to push, you know, hard, and the next thing I know, I can’t get off the pot. I sat there a couple of minutes, Shawn was late, you know, and she helped me here.  I wanted to go to the med center.”  The speech while slurred was understandable, but the timing of the last sentence and the slurring made it very difficult to understand.  It came out something like this, “I……wan…..ted…tuh….gggoooe…. tuuuuh…thuuuuh…ehhhd..tuuur.”

This whole conversation was completed, and my “prove-its-not-a-stroke” training kicked in.  I picked up the radio and said, “57A2, this is a stroke alert, respond immediately.  Don’t wait for anyone else, just get here NOW!  Central Dispatch, 97 echo 4.”  
“97 echo four, go ahead with your traffic,” from Central Dispatch.

“Can you please contact the air transport company at 238-xxx and arrange an emergent flight from Beaver Island to Harbor Springs?”  “Roger, echo four.”  The ambulance arrived with one EMT within a minute.  I checked my watch, and it was 8:20 a.m.

We all learn in our training regarding heart attack that “Time is muscle.”  We learn about strokes that “Time is Tissue.”  Time is a very important factor in some conditions.  This was not a broken bone that could wait.  This was a stroke or a stroke mimic.  As the EMT came to the door and opened it, I said, ”We need the ambulance cot right now.  We’ll load her on the cot and get moving to the airport right away.”

The patient was placed on the cot carefully, but quite quickly.  While this was happening, I said to the caregiver, “Grab a small suitcase, put in a change of clothes for Martha including her socks and shoes, and do it in a hurry because we’re leaving in less than two minutes.  Bring any of her medications with you.”

“I’ll grab her medications list and her meds,” the caregiver stated.

We move the patient quickly to the ambulance and loaded the cot and patient on the cot into the back door of the ambulance.  Dawn was my EMT, and she followed instructions very well.  She asked, “Are we going to the medical center?”  Terry, another EMT, arrived, and I said, “Terry, please drive the echo car to the airport and bring the caregiver with you.  We are leaving right now.  Please hurry, because ’Time is Tissue.’”

Now there were lots of things that I needed to get done on the way to the Welke Airport to meet the plane.  I did a set of vital signs, placed the patient on low flow oxygen, and set up for an IV.  I completed the IV and began the Miami Emergency Neurological Deficit (MEND exam).  The patient was no longer able to speak.  The facial droop was more prominent.  While able to follow commands only one side of her body was able to move, and the situation was getting more serious every minute.
I said, “Dawn, ask Central when the plane will be ready.”  We were about four minutes from the airport. 

Dawn said, “They say the airplane is ready and waiting for us.”  On arrival at the airport, we removed the ambulance cot, quickly moved the patient from the ambulance cot, and loaded the aircraft cot into the plane.  We placed all the needed equipment for the flight in the luggage door of the plane.  We were ready to leave.

“All set?” our pilot asked.

“We need to wait for the caregiver,” I said, and just then the echo car pulled in at the airport.  “Terry, bring her and the medication list and the suitcase over right away.  We are ready to go.”  If this seems rushed, it truly was rushed because brain tissue doesn’t last very long when it loses its blood supply.  To me, the cause of the stroke, whether a blood clot or bleeding vessel, really didn’t matter.  I had no way to determine the cause.  While waiting for the caregiver to climb in the plane, we did a glucose stick to eliminate that stroke mimic.

Very shortly we were in the air enroute to Harbor Springs with the patient’s final destination being the Emergency Room of Northern Michigan Hospital.  The other stroke mimics were eliminated during the flight, and a radio report was attempted to the hospital.  “You are very scratchy,” the NMH radio operator said, and that’s the last communication we received from NMH.  No patient report could be given if they couldn’t hear or understand us.

“Charlevoix Area Hospital, 97 Air 1 on HEARN radio,” I called.  “Go ahead, Beaver Island,” was the response.  “Charlevoix, we are enroute to Harbor Springs Airport with a Stroke Alert patient.  The onset of symptoms was 8 a.m. this morning.  The patient has facial droop on the left side with left sided weakness.  The blood glucose is 92.  No remarkable vital signs are noted.  Would you please contact Northern and notify them of the Stroke Alert and ask them to contact us on the radio?”
“Beaver Island, you have a stroke alert patient headed to Northern.  Why didn’t you call them on the radio? “

“I’m sorry. I forgot to tell you that they are having a radio issue or something.  I attempted to give a patient report to them, and they never responded.  Please give them the report via telephone, and ask them to call us on the radio,” I responded.

“Ok, Beaver Island, and your estimated time of arrival?” Charlevoix asked.

“We should be at the Harbor Springs Airport within ten minutes, “I said.

“Charlevoix Area Hospital, clear,” the nurse at Charlevoix stated.

“Central Dispatch, 97 Air One,” I called. 

“97 Air One, Central,” they responded. 

“Central, would you notify Allied EMS that we will be at the Harbor Springs Airport in ten minutes with a Stroke Alert patient.  Would you ask them to meet us at the airport?” was my radio traffic.
“Clear, Air One, I’m toning out Allied right now,” Central Dispatch responded.

A few minutes later, I notified Central, “Central Dispatch, 97 Air One is on final approach, Harbor Springs Airport.”

Central responded, “Copy, 97 Air one.  Allied was pulled from your call, and I toned out a backup rig to meet you at the airport.  Your transport may be delayed fifteen to twenty minutes.”
“Roger, Central,” I responded while fuming.  I wondered what in the world could have caused the priority one stroke alert to be ignored and the ambulance pulled from our priority one patient.  I was downright angry, but I had to relax, take a couple deep breaths while we were landing, and pass on the information to the pilot.  He stated, “That’s stupid,” and I completely agreed with him.

We landed at the Harbor Springs Airport, and there was no ambulance in sight.  My handheld radio would not work, and it was probably a good thing because I was angry.  We had rushed our patient over thirty-two miles of water to get her to the hospital in a very timely manner, only to find that our transportation to the hospital was delayed, and the hospital couldn’t take the time to call us on the radio, or they didn’t have a procedure in place in case their radio didn’t work.

We arrived at Harbor Springs Airport at 9:18 a.m.  Allied EMS arrived at 9:27 a.m. and the patient transfer took place.  We could monitor the Emmet frequency, but never heard the Allied ambulance call Central to notify the dispatcher that they had arrived at the hospital, but a ten minute drive to Northern should have placed the patient in the ER by no later than 9:40 a.m.  The EMS call from beginning to end was just a little over an hour, 66 minutes for the Beaver Island EMS portion of the run.
This put the patient at the hospital within the three hour window from symptom onset to treatment.  We would be hard put to get the patient where they needed to be within a shorter period of time.  We did our job, and we did it well, but we were still upset that it took another ten minutes of waiting to take the patient to the hospital.  We were still upset that the special noise-cancelling headset and microphone connected to the handheld radio could not be heard in Petoskey, but could be heard fifteen miles further south in Charlevoix.

We loaded our equipment back into the aircraft and flew home.  We had an ambulance to clean and a report to write.  The cleaned ambulance was waiting for us.  Terry had done his part, and all we had to do there was replace the equipment that we had taken.  We had completed a good job in a timely manner, and under the circumstances, we were satisfied with our performance.  We talked about the run after the ambulance was readied for the next run. 

This quick transport of our patient would not have happened without the island-based air transport operated by Island Airways and licensed by Beaver Island EMS. Did you know that the Island Airways FAA certified air ambulance, licensed by BEIMS, is the only island-based air transport vehicle in the state, in the Great Lakes region, and possibly in the lower 48 states of the US?

St. James Township Board Meeting

The St. James Township Board met at 7 p.m. at the township hall on this below zero windchill night of January 7, 2015.. All board members were in attendance. There were a few devoted attendees to the meeting. Rachel Champenoy is resigning as EMS Executive Director effective February 8, 2015. The Emergency Services Authority is to move forward. Another position for the authority will be posted. Jean Wierenga resigned as the FOIA Coordinator. Kitty McNamara was appointed as interim FOIA officer. Agenda items need to be submitted to the supervisor and/or the clerk the Friday prior to the meeting and the agenda to be out on Monday. January 16, 2015, will be a special meeting for the auditor including budgets at 10 a.m. Verizon will be place three small items on the Donegal Bay tower in their leased space. This will not have any effect on the ATT area.

You can view the video of the meeting HERE

Winter Storm Warning for January 6th

The storm and white-outs at the township airport.

Kings Highway headed north

Welke Airport

Terminal at Welke Airport

The harbor from the post office looking to Whiskey Point

These pictures are for those who don't know what kind of winter Beaver Island has been having. Those who are not here in the winter, whether summer residents or visitors, have no idea of the interesting weather that the island can have in the winter, so here is a window on the conditions on January 6, 2015.


Beaver Island's Drop in Gas Price

The price is $4.499 instead of $4.989.

The price of gas on Beaver Island has dropped nearly 50 cents per gallon. Thank you, Island Energies! 

BICS Minutes of December 2014 Meeting


As an editor's note, the FOIA request related to documents and the 23 unanswered questions have been dropped by BINN due to the ridiculous costs for the request. While a suggested action might have been less expensive, the dragging of the emails into a folder for electronic viewing, this request was met by the same costs. The information that the BICS administrator will provide is apparently only that information that is required to be provided.

In another FOIA request, BINN requested copies of all documents sent out to the school board members. It was requested that the minutes be provided in a timely manner, within the five business days of the meeting, or even the ten day requirement. It was also requested that a copy of agenda of the meeting and all attachments sent to board members be included as well.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for January 7, 2015

It is dangerously cold out, today. If you let your pets out, please keep track of them as they can freeze too. It's 2 degrees and falling, wind chill is -18 degrees, wind is at 17 mph from the NNW with gusts to 30 mph, humidity is at 81%, pressure is at 1026 mb and rising, visibility is at 4.9 miles. Today: Snow showers. Areas of blowing snow. Highs around 8. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Wind chill readings 13 below to 23 below. Tonight: Snow showers. Areas of blowing snow. Breezy. Lows around 5. West winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Wind chill readings 14 below to 24 below zero.

On this date of January 7, 1896 - The "Fannie Farmer Cookbook" was published. (Our favorite "go to" cookbook)

Did you know that the cheetah is the only cat that can't retract it's claws?

Word of the day: peripeteia (per-uh-puh-TEE-uh) which means a sudden or unexpected change of fortune, especially in a literary work. A classic example is Oedipus learning about his parentage. From Greek peripiptein (to change suddenly), from peri- (near, around) + piptein (to fall). Ultimately from the Indo-European root pet- (to rush or fly), which also gave us feather, petition, compete, perpetual, pterodactyl, helicopter, pterodactyl, propitious, pinnate, pteridology (study of ferns), lepidopterology (study of butterflies and moths), pencel (flag at the end of a lance), and impetuous. Earliest documented use: 1591.

This Old Cookbook-11

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

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup white sugar..........1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup shortening.............2 eggs

1 cup peanut butter.............3 cups of flour sifted 3 or 4 times

2 and 1/2 teaspoons of soda

Cream sugar and shortening, add eggs.

Add flour, soda, and peanut butter.

Work with hands, then make into small balls.

Flatten with a fork, then bake 350 degrees for 10 minutes

David Miedema, 7 years old

Note: In you have someone who is allergic to peanut butter, the recipe can be made with sunflower butter.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

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

for January 6, 2015

It's so cold that Anderson Cooper 360 is now Anderson Cooper 36! Right now it's 8 degrees with a wind chill of -9 degrees, wind is at 15 mph from the west with gusts up to 24 mph, humidity is at 84%, pressure is at 1023 mb and falling, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Snow showers. Highs around 14 degrees. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Wind chill readings 9 below to 19 below zero. Tonight: Snow showers. Blowing snow. Breezy. Lows around 1 degree. Northwest winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph. Wind chill readings 8 below to 18 below zero.

On this date of January 6, 1994 - Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by an assailant at Cobo Arena in Detroit, MI. Four men were later sentenced to prison for the attack, including Tonya Harding's ex-husband.

Did you know that the bones of a pigeon weigh less than its feathers?

Word of the day: longueur (long-GUHR) which means a long and dull passage in a work of literature. From French longueur (length), from Latin longus (long). Ultimately from the Indo-European root del- (long), which also gave us lounge, lunge, linger, longitude, long, belong, and along. Earliest documented use: 1791.

The Marginal Effect of One Paramedic

by Joe Moore

Although this wording was taken from a post on the beaverislandforum.com website, it is not a reflection on the person who wrote that post.  Here are some facts about the EMS on Beaver Island. 

  1. Beaver Island EMS is a separate entity from the Beaver Island Fire Department.
  2. Beaver Island EMS had a total of 87 emergency medical calls on Beaver Island in the year 2014.  Mathematically, this number is small compared to a service on the mainland, but to those 87 people and their families, this was a very important service.  For four or five patients during the summer of 2014, advanced life support (ALS) with a paramedic was very important.  These four or five patients would not have survived with a basic life support agency (BLS) transporting them.  They would not have survived the trip to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center (BIRHC) where they may have had the opportunity to receive the advanced life support care that they needed.
  3. BIEMS became an advanced life support agency in the year 2000.  In that first year, there were just less than one hundred calls for service, which means the number of patients that needed advanced life support were approximately the same number as 2014.  The BIEMS agency was not only an advanced life support agency, but also a State of Michigan certified initial education sponsor and a certified continuing education sponsor.  The highest level of EMS instruction allowed under that certification is now called Advanced EMT by the National Registry of EMTs.
  4. So, for the last fifteen years, Beaver Island has had an advanced life support service, and the residents, summer and winter, as well as visitors have been able to rely on the EMS system to help them in an emergency.
  5. For those who are not familiar with the organization of BIEMS, it was organized as a club made up with volunteers.  In 1987-88, this group raised its own money for everything with the help of the Beaver Island Medical Center.  When the service became Limited Advanced, the intermediate level of emergency services, it became obvious that during the summer months volunteers needed to be paid something to give up their summer jobs.  Most employers would not allow their cook or cashier to walk out to go on an emergency, leaving their business understaffed with the possibility of not returning to the island the same day.  So we took a reasonable pay per call amount and gave those people flying off the island with a patient a flat rate of $20.
  6. When BIEMS became an advanced life support agency with the ability to treat many emergencies in the same manner as an emergency room, we had to have paramedics available for emergencies.  These paramedics had to be available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year as required by the laws of the State of Michigan.  Once again, the summer season became an issue.  A person that spent the two years of junior college to work and study to become  a paramedic could not be expected to continue to volunteer and give up the summer employment to be a volunteer, so the pay for being available was set to a wage for a common type job for a 12 hour shift of $8.00 per hour, or $100 per day.  But the on-call paramedic had to be available for a full 24 hours.  This began in 2002-2003 or thereabout.  This pay was only for the summer months because three of the paramedics had full time jobs that allowed them a regular income AND allowed them to be available for emergencies at any time of the day in any season of the year.  And what are we paying paramedics after thirteen years?  Would you believe $100 per day or $4.33 per hour?  No raise, no incentives, nothing.
  7. In the same time frame, the Beaver Island EMS purchased a new chassis for an ambulance and a used box and had this ambulance put in service as the primary ambulance.  The year was 2003.  The emergency response vehicle was also replaced in the next year or so.  These vehicles are the same vehicles that were in service as Mike and Bev Russell left the island.  These are the same vehicles in use today.  On the positive side, this ambulance is a four wheel drive modified van chassis, has less than fifteen thousand miles on it, and is still the primary response ambulance.  The used ambulance purchased to replace the gift ambulance from East Jordan EMS was one with a hundred thousand miles on it, and wasn’t expected to last this long.  It is unusable during the hot summer months because there is no working climate control on the ambulance, a requirement for even a basic life support ambulance.  So the situation now is that both an ambulance and an emergency response vehicle need to be replaced.
  8. Someone said, “Let’s get rid of the emergency response vehicle.”  I’m absolutely certain that this would be a really, really bad idea for EMS on Beaver Island.  On a response down the island or a response out into Port St. James, the emergency response vehicle can be on the scene from eight to ten minutes more quickly that the ambulance because the ambulance must wait for the responders to arrive at the garage, but the ERV can leave immediately with one paramedic on board to arrive more quickly on the scene and begin assessment and treatment  While it’s true that the majority of the treatment awaits the ambulance, it makes no sense to waste the 8-10 minutes of time for a delayed ambulance response.  “Time is muscle,” Time is tissue,” and time may be the difference between life and death in a life threatening emergency.
  9. The difference between the organizational finances now and in the historic past of BIEMS is this:  The paramedic, the EMT, and the MFR all get paid a very minimal amount to be available.  This represents about a 75% increase in the on call wages, the availability wages.  When divided over the last fifteen years, it represents an increase of 5% per year with the lower level licensees being paid for the first time, and the paramedic being paid the exact same in 2014 as was paid in 2004.  No raise, no thank you gifts, and no other perks were provided to the paramedic.  The director of EMS began to be paid when Sarah McCafferty took over as director.  This was not a paid position prior to that time, which was approximately 2006-7. It should be a paid position since there is a large quantity of paperwork necessary to accomplish the provision of emergency medical care in any agency licensed by the State of Michigan.
  10. Unless someone talks to and convinces people already living on Beaver Island to step up and do the training, and unless those that step up for the training have a reasonable expectation to be paid a living wage, and unless we cover the license requirements for maintaining an advanced life support agency license, here are the things that will be lost immediately:
    1. Advanced Life Support Agency license for BIEMS
    2. Advanced Life Support  vehicle license for 57 Alpha 2, the primary ambulance
    3. Advanced Life support vehicle license for 57 Echo 4, the emergency response vehicle
    4. Ability to educate and train island people beyond the EMT level
    5. Air Transport Vehicle licensed at advanced life support level
  11. The cost of bringing a paramedic over to Beaver Island from the mainland will be very expensive.  Let’s consider someone willing and able to come and spend three days in a row to cover as paramedic.  The flight cost is approximately $100 for three days or $33.00 per day.  The motel costs for this will be approximately $100 per day.  The wages for paying this person to come and provide coverage will be at least $250 per day.  This makes an estimation of cost for covering EMS with one paramedic from the mainland approximately $1000 or $10,000 per month.  This adds up to $120,000 per year.  This is cost prohibitive.  It would take more than two mills per township to pay for the paramedic and maintain the advanced life support license.
  12. We have two paramedics on Beaver Island right now.  Neither one of those, nor any others who might be interested in the education or training are going to continue or start doing the paramedic’s job for the $4.33 per hour or $100 per day.  Kathy Ehinger and Joe Moore are both working and covering the paramedic position for sub-minimum wage pay right now.  No person, no matter how dedicated, is going to go through a two year junior college program and work for $4.33 per hour.  Even if they went through the training, had to buy their own books, and pay their own costs for the education and training, why would they stay on Beaver Island and help their neighbors for $4.33 per hour?  They could go to work for Boyne City EMS and make $200 for a 12 hour shift or go to work for Emmett County EMS and make three times the Beaver Island rate per hour.  What’s going to keep them here?
  13. Well, you might say, “We can’t afford advanced life support then.”  That’s not true.  You just have to convince some of the people who are currently licensed at the Basic EMT level to take the education program that is being given, literally given, $10-12,000 worth of tuition per person to the island by Lisa Ferris-McCann.  You have to provide them with some reason to give up 1200 hours of family time to take this program.  You have to provide them maybe even some financial help to accomplish the program, for flights and lodging for clinical.  Maybe you should pay them the $4.33 per hour to attend the classes, and then give them a bonus if they successfully complete the program and become licensed.  Some carrot needs to be there if you want them to give and give and give 1200 or more hours to getting licensed as a paramedic.  This sketch of a plan certainly won’t cost you the $120,000 or more for just one year of paramedic.  Get the people who have a vested interest in the provision of emergency medical services on Beaver Island, and give them some reason to go through this education program. If the township or BIEMS is not willing to invest in these people, why would they work hard toward paramedic licensing?  If you expect them to pay for it and you expect them to sign a contract and you don’t give them anything, why would they give of themselves and make their family sacrifice? A $4.33 hourly pay rate after the license is a rotten, stinky, moldy carrot, and this will not convince anyone to do the program.
  14. In the meantime, while these carrot people are doing the training, you need to convince some of the people who have provided EMS on the island as paramedics to come to the island and cover some of the days until the program is completed.  Here are some names of people who could come over and help that know what the island EMS is like:  Mike Russell, Bev Russell, Kristen Russell Potter, Sarah McCafferty, Bob Hamil, Steve Rose, and Shirley Sigler Curtis.  I’ll bet that Kathie Ehinger has some more names of people who would love to come here and cover.  Has anyone asked her?  Has any contacted these people?   You need to contact an EMS agency on the mainland and pay the costs mentioned above for whatever days you can’t cover using these people and Kathie Ehinger.  Who knows, if you are putting forth some serious effort, you might even get Joe Moore to cover a couple of shifts per week after he gets a thirty day vacation from EMS, something he hasn’t had in four years.
  15. It is now January 5, 2015, and you have less than 90 days to make up your mind and DO SOMETHING.  Finish the Emergency Services Authority paperwork, get the two townships to approve it.  Fill the five positions.  Contact some possible paramedics.  Convince Beaver Island resident EMTs to take the program.  Get the program scheduled for an on island paramedic class.  DO SOMETHING!

I didn’t work the last twenty-eight years to get Beaver Island EMS to the advanced level only to have it go backwards fifteen years.

Joe Moore, paramedic instructor

Safe Home News Release

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Habitat Certification

by Kay Charter

(Thanks to Jim Stevenson for the bird photos.)

Baltimore Oriole............Magnolia Warbler.........Red-eyed Wren

From the Oldest 2

Written by Philip Michael Moore

I'll tread most carefully. Catholic teaching has been open towards the idea that some form of evolution may have affected creation. That's not new, a pope talking about it explicitly is- I think it's great.

However, whether you are a fundamentalist evangelical, or a die-hard Darwinist- either way, female goats still have ovaries, mosquitoes feed off blood, and male seahorses hold their own young. Nothing is really different.

I would carefully suggest that one could be a rocket scientist, and still be a fundamentalist when it comes to creation. I'm neither, but it's not anti-science to have reservations about a scientific theory- which is what evolution is.

Science is the use of data in the known universe to better understand the known universe. By it's very nature, science can't explain what is beyond. There's hypothesis, which might become a theory, and then in the rarest circumstances, it might become law- like gravity, or thermodynamics.

My point is, none of us were around when life came to be on earth, so why is it such a hot-button topic? Further, from a non-theological and practical point, what real difference does it make to disagree on the details of it. The cow still has multiple stomachs, there is still mitosis and meiosis, and the specific gravity of gold is still the same.

I think the many and varied stories of creation are really cool, and worth knowing. It's be a great boon to diversity to have people learn about them. Not one over the other (no exclusivity) just, these are some of the things that people believe on the subject.

It seems as though the fundamentalist is afraid of religion being laughed off, and the Darwinist is spooked that somehow alternate theories are ludicrous, and that they spread like a virus. I think the impassioned voices on both sides are impassioned about other things and bring them to the topic. It is as if both have zealous religiosity.

Beyond creation itself, there are loads of data that support the idea of evolution, but there is some small but real data that disputes it. Either way, traffic will still stink in South Hill and Mt. Pleasant.

I want my kids to understand biology, and also intelligent design. I want them to see Genesis as the first book in a love story. I want them to wonder about it all. What doesn't everybody get this worked up about plate techtonics, or black holes? We're still arguing about what light is made of, and what foods are actually healthy- both of those might be more important.

So, I've probably irritated both my fundamentalist and Darwinist friends. Sorry, I tried to be evenly irritating? It'd be good for the fundamentalist to see the data that points to evolution, and equally good for the Darwinist to take an opened minded look at creation science data. It's harder to find, but it's out there if you look.

I just wish the pounce would mellow on the topic. A goat still bleats. The fish still swim, and some monkeys still throw poop at you if you're not careful. Doesn't matter much to me how near or distantly related they are to each other. I turn 40 in a couple of days, that is a scientific anomaly in itself.

From the Oldest 1

Written by Philip Michael Moore

He's probably out in the swamp somewhere, mentally waxing poetic about Thoreau. But, on the off chance that this post could reach the wild man, I'll continue.

Jim Stambaugh. I was on the track team, well, actually more of the field part. That guy was so patient. I'd practice throwing the discus, and even chipmunks a mile away would flee in terror. I literally had no aim. I hit the side of the school so many times, the white paint was checkered with black rubber from the practice disk. Mr. Stambaugh would smile, seeing chaos theory in spinning action.

There were two things that he taught me that were most pivotal. First, I was head over heels for this girl or that, and I showed him some poetry that I had written. He had the guts to tell me it was junk, and that I had the ability to write more deeply about more important things. That was a sting, but he put it in such a way that I could bear it. That must have been a tightrope. How do you help a kid to feel good about their writing in general, but to hit them with honesty like that?

He also explained what it meant to be a Renaissance man. Boy, did that have an effect. You didn't have to do just one thing, and he challenged us to stretch. Funny as a kid how you can falsely believe that you can only be good at one discipline.

In my own teaching, I've tried to lift some Stambaughisms. The answer to all math problems is 5, to press kids to craft a piece of writing, and to strive for authenticity. At least I have a beard, so that counts for something.

So, man of the woods, should someone drag a tablet out to one of your hides in the cedars, or just tell you in the street if you're forced into metro St. James, your students still think fondly of you. This one is most grateful. Oh yeah, and sorry for the run-on sentences-old habits die hard.

Another Unique EMS Run on Beaver Island

Another Imaginary Patient

by Joe Moore

Plans for the Proposed Dock in Charlevoix

Public Notice

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

(Thanks to Bob Tidmore for this information.)

BIEMS Transports Fall Victim

A Real Patient

by Joe Moore

BIEMS was paged to an emergency on the afternoon of Saturday, January 3, 2015.

For one of the emergencies that occur on Beaver Island, a fall victim is one that can have an almost uncountable number of causes and/or problems. Did the person fall because of a faint? Did the person faint because of a heart problem? Did the person fall from a height that could have caused serious head injuries, neck injuries, or other serious trauma? Does the person who fell remember falling? Did anyone see the person fall? Did the person's blood pressure drop instantly and that caused the fall? Is the person dehydrated? What is the cause of the problem? How do we treat the problem? Does the person need to fly off the island? Is the weather good enough to fly off the island? Do we use our locally licensed air transport vehicle or do we call in an off-Island air transport vehicle? If the weather is bad, is this life threatening, and, if so, will the Coast Guard come to transport the patient and the paramedic?

All of these questions went through this paramedic's head after the pager alerted BIEMS to a person who had fallen. It's truly amazing that the people that arrived first on this scene in less than five or six minutes from the last page were the paramedic and the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department deputy. This community needs to thank our temporary deputy for her service to the community. She won't take any kudos, but her help was the perfect thing for the paramedic within the first few minutes of this emergency. Why is this so remarkable? The paramedic asked her to do something to help with the emergency, and she jsut did it without questioning the need. She then followed up with a couple of questions, and cleared from the scene. So, this paramedic wants to give kudos to Deputy Nicole Smith, and thank her for responding to the emergency and helping out! Thank you, Nicole!!

Then,thank you to the volunteer EMS crew that arrived to help. Two people were on call; one MFR/EMT and one EMT, but four additional people arrived to help out, too. Thank you to all of you for your concern for a fellow Island resident! Thank you also for your dedication to respond to emergencies and help your neighbors! Thank you to all involved! This paramedic was truly thankful for your help and your service to the community!

So, BIEMS was paged to a fall victim. The BIEMS ambulance provided treatment and transported the patient to the BIRHC with the BIRHC provider alerted to meet the ambulance there. Neurological exams and EKG were completed as the BIRHC provider came in the door. This wonderful working relationship between BIEMS and BIRHC needs to continue as it provides excellent patient care, and the saying "two heads are better than one" certainly pertains here on Beaver Island. Both the BIRHC provider and the paramedic agreed that the patient was stable, but needed to get to the mainland for further tests to answer some of those questions mentioned in paragraph one. The patient was stable at the time of further transport, so Island Airways was called for an emergency flight off the island.

Everything went smoothly, with no serious weather difficulties and no serious concern of the patient needing treatments in transport that our BIEMS Advanced Life Support service could not provide. The patient arrived at Charlevoix Area Hospital within a short two hour period of time to be evaluated by the emergency room physician and make available whatever additional tests might be neeeded.

This is the quickest way to get a patient to the hospital. We used a ground ambulance and crew on Beaver Island, an aircraft and pilot from Island Airways to make the flight, and another ground ambulance in Charlevoix to get the patient to the emergency room of Charlevoix Area Hospital where one of the Pine River doctors could continue whatever assessment and treatment necessary.

This paramedic is also thankful to the Island Airways for the return flight which allowed him to sleep in his own bed instead of in a motel stuck in Charlevoix.

Island Airways Announces 70th Anniversary Celebration

2015 marks the 70th Anniversary of McPhillips Flying Service, Inc.

Island Airways, Beaver Island, Michigan-----January 1, 2015 marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of the 70th anniversary of the start of McPhillips Flying Service, Inc. McPhillips Flying Service, Inc. was established in 1945 and Welke Aviation was established in 1975. In the early 1980s these companies merged to establish Island Airways.

Celebration Highlights
Starting in January, each person who flies with Island Airways will be entered in a monthly drawing for a free round trip ticket. Additionally, monthly prize drawings will be held. All customers who fly each month will be entered in these drawings. The monthly prize drawings will include Island Airways merchandise, discount coupons for travel, etc.

Later in 2015, a "Customer Appreciation Hangar Party" will be held in the large hangar at Welke Airport. More details on this celebration will be announced in the coming months.

In December 2015, a drawing will be held for a booklet of 10 one way tickets. All passengers who travel with Island Airways in 2015 will be entered in the drawing.

Company History
McPhillips Flying Service, Inc. has been serving the aviation needs of residents and visitors to Beaver Island since 1945. The company was started by Joe and Ane’ McPhillips to provide mail and passenger service to Beaver Island when the ferry was unable to run. The first aircraft was a WWII surplus Sikorsky Flying Boat. The company expanded over the course of 70 years to include a fleet of four Britten Norman Islanders, a Piper Aztec, and a Piper Apache. In recent years the company has flown about 30,000 passengers per year as well as nearly 1.5 million pounds of freight. The services provided have also increased to include year-round Federal Express, UPS, prescriptions, hazardous materials, and air ambulance service. McPhillips Flying Service, Inc. still holds the United State Postal Service Contract.....one of the longest running air mail contracts in the Continental United States.

Please refer to www.islandairways.com for additional information on the history of McPhillips Flying Service, Inc.
For more information:
Angela LeFevre-Welke
231 547 2141 or angel@islandairways.com
For more information on Island Airways:

Book Review 2-December 2014

Follow the River

by James Alexander Thom

Mary Ingles was twenty-three, married, and pregnant, when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement, killed the men and women, then took her captive. For months, she lived with them, unbroken, until she escaped, and followed a thousand mile trail to freedom----an extraordinary story of a pioneer woman who risked her life to return to her people.

This book was recommended and was on the National Bestseller list. There's a really good reason for this honor. The book is an amazing story of strength in the setting of a western. The exciting and graphical descriptions of the life of the American Indian of the Shawnees is combined with the almost unbelievable relationships that are forged by the main character with others in the story. This is a combination between a survival novel, a romantic novel, and a western. This is well worth reading!

The cost is $7.99 for paperback, $7.99 for Nook, and $5.99 for Kindle.

January Waste Management Meeting Canceled

BID Library Announcement

Crafters take note:

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

2014-15 BICS Basketball Schedule

From the Transfer Station

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