B. I. News on the 'Net, January 14-27, 2019

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 27, 2018

Surprise, surprise, we're still in a Winter Weather Advisory. It's 2° outside this morning with a wind chill of -14°! (at least it's not the wind chill of -25 that the tv weatherman predicted). Humidity is at 60%, Wind is from the WNW at 10 mph, and pressure is at 29.91 inches. It's going to be frigid all day with a couple of snow flurries thrown in.

TODAY, it is expected that we have a 40% chance of snow with accumulation up to one inch. The high will be in the single digits and the wind will be from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph, making if very cold windchill.

TONIGHT, it is expected that we have a 60% chance of snow with accumulation up to one inch. The low will be near five below zero. The wind will start NNW at 5 to 10 mph, but will switch to the ENE increasing to 15 to 25 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a 70% chance of snow with accumulation up to 2 inches. The high will be near zero, and the winds will be from the ENE at 20 to 30 mph.

ON THIS DATE in 1888, the National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C., for “the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge.”

The 33 men who originally met and formed the National Geographic Society were a diverse group of geographers, explorers, teachers, lawyers, cartographers, military officers and financiers. All shared an interest in scientific and geographical knowledge, as well as an opinion that in a time of discovery, invention, change and mass communication, Americans were becoming more curious about the world around them. With this in mind, the men drafted a constitution and elected as the Society’s president a lawyer and philanthropist named Gardiner Greene Hubbard. Neither a scientist nor a geographer, Hubbard represented the Society’s desire to reach out to the layman.

Nine months after its inception, the Society published its first issue of National Geographic magazine. Readership did not grow, however, until Gilbert H. Grosvenor took over as editor in 1899. In only a few years, Grosvenor boosted circulation from 1,000 to 2 million by discarding the magazine’s format of short, overly technical articles for articles of general interest accompanied by photographs. National Geographic quickly became known for its stunning and pioneering photography, being the first to print natural-color photos of sky, sea and the North and South Poles.

The Society used its revenues from the magazine to sponsor expeditions and research projects that furthered humanity’s understanding of natural phenomena. In this role, the National Geographic Society has been instrumental in making possible some of the great achievements in exploration and science. To date, it has given out more than 1,400 grants, funding that helped Robert Peary journey to the North Pole, Richard Byrd fly over the South Pole, Jacques Cousteau delve into the sea and Jane Goodall observe wild chimpanzees, among many other projects.

Today, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions. National Geographic continues to sell as a glossy monthly, with a circulation of around 9 million. The Society also sees itself as a guardian of the planet’s natural resources, and in this capacity, focuses on ways to broaden its reach and educate its readers about the unique relationship that humans have with the earth.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors?

WORD OF THE DAY oillionaire (OIL-yuh-nair) which means a millionaire whose wealth is derived from the petroleum industry. It is no surprise that oillionaire, “a millionaire whose wealth is derived from the petroleum industry,” was originally an Americanism, the U.S. having so much petroleum, the U.K. none. The formation of oillionaire is obvious, a blend of oil and millionaire. Oillionaire entered English in the 1920s.

Beaver Island TV

January 27, 2019

Getting set up for the broadcast for Sunday after the live stream of Mass from Holy Cross at 9:30 a.m.

The weekend seems like a good time to do some old time islander interviews, mostly done by Robert Cole. Then a 1950s video with no sound.

Grace Cole Interview

Jewell Gillespie Interview 1/1991

Mary Bert McDonough Interview 3/1991

1950s films with no sound

These are available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

Enjoy hearing from these old time Islanders and seeing the video from the 50s.

Will post start time on Sunday after church is done.

Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Peaine Twp Special Meeting

There will be a special meeting of the Peaine Township Board on January 28, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Peaine Townhip Hall. The item on the agenda is related to the Charlevoix County Millage Fund.

View the notice HERE

Michigan Joins the Union

January 26, 2019

Michigan joined the union of the United States behind Ohio and Illinois, but ahead of Wisconsin. Michigan joined on this date in 1837. Now, Michigan is a midwestern U.S. state bordering 4 of the Great Lakes. It contains more than 11,000 inland lakes, spread across its lower and upper peninsulas. Its largest city, Detroit, is famed as the seat of the U.S. auto industry, which inspired Diego Rivera’s murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Also in Detroit is Hitsville U.S.A., original headquarters of the Motown record company.

Say "Ojibwa" (O-'jib-way) quickly and it might just sound a little like "Michigan." Michigan derived its name from the Indian word "Ojibwa" which means "large lake." Four of the five Great Lakes, the largest lakes in the United States, border Michigan. Even before Michigan became a state, large towns grew up along the edge of the lakes.

In 1835, the Michigan territory enacted its first constitution, but statehood was delayed until 1837. The reason for the delay was because the territory was involved in what was known as the Toledo War, a boundary dispute with Ohio. The dispute was settled when Michigan gave up its claim to the mouth of the Maumee River at Toledo, Ohio.

On January 26, 1837, President Andrew Jackson signed a bill making Michigan the nation's 26th state. Additional land was given to Michigan, the part of the state known as the Upper Peninsula, making it the state with the most area bordering the shores of the Great Lakes.

( from http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/reform/jb_reform_michigan_3.html)

Posted at 12:30 p.m., 1/26/19

Beaver Island TV

January 26, 2019

After the power outages yesterday, the broadcast was delayed due to router failures. It finally started at about 1 p.m. and continued until 9 p.m. You can read the list in the story down below on what was shown. Today, the editor slept in to make up for about five hours of lost sleep due to the power outage. Anyway, today's broadcast list is down below. It will be a short one due to the live stream from Holy Cross that starts at 4 p.m.

2014 Shopping Cart Races and Fish Toss for St. Pat's Day (30+ min)

Mary Beth Kur at BICS on 5/2/2014 (1 hr)

BIBCO Gathering 4/2010 (short)

Eagle on the Ice 1/24/2010 (short)

Winday Day and Eagle on the Ice (4/10/2010) (short)

Father Pat's 40th 6/2010 (15 min)

First Sailor of the Year, 4/4/2010 (short)

AMVETs Memorial Service 2010 (10 min.)

This can be viewed by anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

The broadcast will begin at noon.

Joe Moore, editor

Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 26, 2018

Mostly cloudy skies this morning, 3° is the current temperature. The high for today will be 12°. There's a 20% chance of snow. Humidity is 62%. Wind is from the SW at 6 mph making the wind chill -8°. Pressure is 30.15 inches and visibility is 9 miles

TODAY, it is expected to reamin cloudy with the chance of snow at 20%. The high temperature will be near 12 and the winds will be from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to snow with an accumulation of one inch. The low will be near zero and the wind will increase for the WNW to 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast to be partly cloudy with a high near 2 degrees with the winds from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

ON THIS DATE of January 26, 1962, “The Twist” by Chubby Checker finally ends its record-setting run at #1.

Back in 1958, Ernest “Chubby” Evans was a high-school student and part-time chicken-plucker about to be touched by the hand of fate, in the person of Dick Clark. For his industry holiday card that year, Clark decided to have a Christmas novelty record made, and he delegated the job to a friend in the business named Kal Mann. Mann’s friend Tony Anastasi, owner of the Philadelphia poultry market where young Ernest Evans worked, suggested that Mann give his charismatic young employee a shot at recording the tune. Thus did Chubby Evans—renamed Chubby Checker by Dick Clark’s wife as a takeoff on “Fats Domino”—take the first, small step down a path toward selling more than 250 million records worldwide.

The song that would make Checker rich and famous—”The Twist”—had been a non-hit in 1958 for its writer, Hank Ballard, best known for 1954’s “Work With Me Annie,” which was then considered filthy enough to warrant an FCC ban. Believing “The Twist” to be a potential smash, but unwilling to have the controversial Ballard on his American Bandstand, Dick Clark picked the wholesome Chubby Checker to record a cover. With the help of Clark’s tireless on-air promotion, “The Twist” turned Chubby Checker into an overnight success when it shot to the top of the Billboard pop chart in September 1960.

As all hit records do, “The Twist” then faded away. The dance craze it popularized did, too, as America’s teenagers moved on to things like the Mashed Potato and the Pony. Chubby Checker had a second #1 hit just five months after “The Twist” with “Pony Time,” and then something remarkable happened. A full year after the initial success of “The Twist,” a gossip item in the New York papers placed actress Merle Oberon and the elderly exile Prince Serge Obolensky of Russia at the Peppermint Lounge, Twisting the night away. Suddenly a fad was reborn—this time among American adults, who took to the Twist with an alacrity that must have provoked uncountable cringes among their teenaged children. Soon enough, “The Twist” began a remarkable second run up the charts, reclaiming the #1 spot on January 13 and finally relinquishing it on this day in 1962. It was the first and only time a pop single has fallen completely out of Billboard‘s “Hot 100″ only to re-attain the #1 spot in a completely separate release.

DID YOU KNOW THAT If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies you have $1.19. you also have the largest possible amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.

WORD OF THE DAY sashay (sa-SHEY) which means to glide, move, or proceed easily or nonchalantly. Nobody, but nobody, could sashay, “walk nonchalantly,” like Jack Benny across the front of a stage. Sashay is an Americanism, a metathetic variant (or mispronunciation if one prefers) of chassé, the French term for a gliding step performed in a quadrille or square dancing. ( Chassé is the past participle of chasser “to chase.”) Sashay entered English in the 19th century.

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

January 25, 2019

Islanders Basketball @ Mackinac Island January 25th & 26th
The boys and girls basketball teams travel to Mackinac Island to take on the Lakers.

Saturday is Movie Day at the Community Center
Come on down to the Community Center this Saturday, January 26th, for an afternoon and/or evening movie. Here’s what will be on the big screen:
4:00 pm—Tea With the Dames
7:00 pm—Bad Times at the El Royale

February 1st and 2nd Islanders Boys Basketball Travel to Paradise
Next weekend the boys basketball team will travel to Paradise to play the Rockets

January is School Board Appreciation Month!
Beaver Island Community School is grateful to all the current and past (and future) community members who choose to commit their time to guiding the school district. Please take a moment over the next month to thank our school board members when you see them!

Mark Your Calendars—Lake Geneserath Ice Fishing Tournament—February 17, 2019
The Beaver Island Wildlife Club is sponsoring the 4th Annual Lake Geneserath Ice Fishing Tournament on February 16th and 17th. Sunday the 17th will involve many activities specifically for kids, including fishing instruction, snacks, lunch, and an ice-skating rink! You don’t need to have any experience ice fishing…and all kids will receive a free ice fishing pole, lure, and bait. The kids’ activities begin at 10:00 a.m. and go until 2:00 p.m. Meet at the North Arm boat launch!

Have a Great Weekend!

Posted at 2:30 p.m., 1/25/19

Interesting Morning

January 25, 2019

At somewhere close to three this morning, the power went out for several people on Beaver Island, but not all. According to the Great Lakes Energy website the outage area was on this map in grey.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., after being out for about seven and a half hours, the power came back on for the Forestview Senior housing and Carlisle Road. Many thanks to the GLE crew for all their work this morning to help us get the heat back on. At this point, there has been no announcement as to the cause of the power outage.

The windchill just now on Carlisle Road is below zero, so it is very helpful to get the heat back on for many of those without power for this period of time. The breakfast from Dahlwhinnie's was delicious, and thank you to them for keeping the power on for them to be able to cook the breakfast. Thanks to the propane heater back up installed by Robert's John Service, we have been warm here on the corner of Carlisle and King's Highway. Waking up to light that propane heater after never having to use it before was a challenge, but one that was overcome.

With the power back on, we can now have a good cup of coffee, which is needed since we've been up since three a.m., but the snow is so beautiful that a few pictures were needed to show this beauty.

Here is a panorama picture of the harbor taken from the Rustic Villa Cabins

Posted at 11:15 a.m., 1/25/19

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 25, 2018

Right now, it;s just before five a.m., and the power is out, perhaps to the whole island, but not sure. We are up and have the back up propane heater going. The skies are cloudy and it's 12 degrees. The wind is from the NW at 14 mph, making it feel like it's minus 4. The pressure is 29.9 Inches. Visibility is 8 miles. The high for today will be 11 degrees. Chance of snow 20%.

TODAY, it expected to snow with a 40% chance for the day. The high temperature is expected to be near 10 degrees. The wind will be out of the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to have the temperature drop to near zero with a 20% chance of snow. The wind will continue from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a high of 13 degrees and the wind will continue from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Word of the Day:

myopic; (mye-OH-pik); adjective; near-sighted; lacking in foresight or discernment : narrow in perspective and without concern for broader implications

Myopia is a condition in which visual images come to a focus in front of the retina of the eye, resulting in defective vision of distant objects. Those with myopia can be referred to as "myopic" (or, less formally, "nearsighted"). Myopic has extended meanings, too. Someone myopic might have trouble seeing things from a different perspective or considering the future consequences before acting. Myopic and myopia have a lesser-known relative, myope, meaning "a myopic person." All of these words ultimately derive from the Greek myōps, which comes from myein (meaning "to be closed") and ōps (meaning "eye, face").

On this Day:

In Los Angeles, California, cult leader Charles Manson is convicted, along with followers Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, and Patricia Krenwinkle, of the brutal 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others.

In 1967, Manson, a lifetime criminal, was released from a federal penitentiary in Washington State and traveled to San Francisco, where he attracted a following among rebellious young women with troubled emotional lives. Manson established a cult based on his concept of “Helter Skelter”–an apocalyptic philosophy predicting that out of an imminent racial war in America would emerge five ruling angels: Manson, who would take on the role of Jesus Christ, and the four members of the Beatles. Manson convinced his followers that it would be necessary to murder celebrities in order to attract attention to the cult, and in 1969 they targeted Sharon Tate, a marginally successful actress who was married to Roman Polanski, a film director.

On the night of August 9, 1969, with detailed instructions from Manson, four of his followers drove up to Cielo Drive above Beverly Hills and burst into Polanski and Tate’s home. (Polanski was not home and friends were staying with the pregnant Tate.) During the next few hours, they engaged in a murderous rampage that left five dead, including a very pregnant Sharon Tate, three of her friends, and an 18-year-old man who was visiting the caretaker of the estate. The next night, Manson followers murdered Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in their home in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles; this time, Manson went along to make sure the killings were carried out correctly. The cases went unsolved for over a year before the Los Angeles Police Department discovered the Manson connection. Various members of his cult confessed, and Manson and five others were indicted on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

In January 1972, Manson and three others were found guilty, and on March 29 all four were sentenced to death. The trial of another defendant, Charles “Tex” Watson, was delayed by extradition proceedings, but he was likewise found guilty and sentenced to death. In 1972, the California Supreme Court abolished the death penalty in California, and Manson and his followers’ death sentences were reduced to life imprisonment.

Posted at 7 a.m., 1/25/19

Beaver Island TV

The program for January 25, 2019, will be:

The 2009 BICS Holiday Program, which includes all grade levels, teachers and staff. (15 minutes)

New Year's Eve music 2009 clips (short)

Paddle for Food, Ken Bruland 10/18/09 (short)

St. Patrick's Games Outside 2010 (15 min)

Winter Fun at Lake G, February 2010 (15 min)

Christmas Cantata 2009 (This did not have sound on the 24th, so it was redone) (1.25 hr)

BICS Graduation 2004 (30+ min)

Aidan Gallagher 6/12/2002 (45 min)

Andy Tennesen Strangite 2005 (45 mint)

Anna Dowell Hammond 2004 (20 min)

Baroque on Beaver 2004 (2.5 hrs)

This is available to anyone, anywhere, at http://beaverisland.tv

Hope you enjoy it!

Joe Moore, editor
Beaver Island News on the 'Net

Lake Geneserath Salvage

by Dick Burris


Lake Geneserath salvage:

During the winter two trucks had ventured onto the ice only to break through, and stay there until spring. They went back later and fished out the chain saws from the pickup box.

On a sunny mid-April day, a group of people gathered at the north arm of Lake Geneserath where a pickup owned by the Bob Graves Sawmill family had gotten about 100 yards out from the boat launch, and broke through. It was now on the bottom, sunken into about six feet of water and two feet of silt. Someone took a skiff out and located the truck and placed a buoy near it. About that time, a neighbor (Phil Wykoff) joined from the other side of the North Arm, where he lived. He was in his own boat and joined in on the salvage attempt. They went to boat ramp where the logging truck was set up to bring the truck out of the water and proceeded to pull the cable out to the pickup. It took them about an half hour to struggle it out the pickup.

I suited up with SCUBA gear and swam out to the back of the pickup, and I was to fasten a log chain to the rear bumper of the truck. This did not turn out to be an easy task, for the rear bumper  was buried in the silt. To make matters worse, it had a metal plate that almost reached the bumper, and is was a job to force the thick chain and grab hook through between the plate and the bumper.

NOW, to do this in two feet of silt was a big and nasty challenge. Using the bumper as a weight to submerge, I forced my arms and part of my body to get the chain to slide under the bumper; I was already in thin silt, so I could not see, and every thing was by feel. At this point I had to get DEEPER in order to push the chain through the plate clearance and bumper, so that the grab hook could be attached back to the chain.

My arms were not long enough, so with my arm under the bumper,  I took the other hand, and I pushed my head down into the thick silt. This allowed my shoulder to get deep enough to thread the chain. This was "not a pleasant scenario." Every time I would exhale there was a (BLUB BLUB) and you wouldn't believe how silt stinks!!

Now the chain was secure to the bumper, and I handed the other end to the boat crew to hook to the cable, and I swam to shore.

Reaching the shore, I took off my mask. Someone said,"what the hell is on your face?''

I ran my hand over it and it was covered with black silt. I did remember purging silt from the mask, but never thought of it sticking to my face.

I had told Bobby Graves of a stump near the shore that could snag things, if not avoided; but he seemed to ignore it; and the pickup was snagged for about ten minutes, as the crane of the log truck had it full length out of the water freeing it.

As the truck came out of the water a door was open and about a foot of sludge oozed out of the cab.

That job done; I left my gear on, and went across to the other side of the north arm, (by road), and swam out with a cable and hooked on to Don Conner's truck. This was easy for Ernie Martin had run logs under it in the winter, with an attempt to bring it to the surface. I have much of this on an old 8mm cassette tape. (only surface video)

Posted at 10:45 a.m., 1/24/19

I Don't Remember

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 10:30 a.m., 1/24/19

Beaver Island Eco-Fair
June 28-30, 2019

More information will be posted when available.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 24, 2018

Enjoy today's "warm" spell because tonight we'll be entering another really cold winter arena. You might want to consider leaving your water running (pencil size stream) so your pipes don't freeze - also leave the cupboard doors open under the sinks so warm air can get in there too. Bring your pets indoors!
Right now it's cloudy and 24°. 40% chance of snow. Humidity is at 79%. Wind is from the west at 8 mph making it feel like 15°. Pressure is 29.74 inches and visibility is 10 miles. Keep warm and be safe!

TODAY, it is expected to have afternoon snowshowers with a 60% chance of snow. The high will be near 25 and winds from the W at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is expected to continue the snow with the chance of 70% with a low temeprature of 6 degrees. The wind will be from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph making the windchill below zero.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for morning snow with the overnight accumulation from 3 to 4 inches total. The high will be near 10 degrees, but with the wind continuing, it will be near zero windchill.

(added by Joe at 9:15 a.m.)

ON THIS DATE in 1935, canned beer made its debut. In partnership with the American Can Company, the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company delivered 2,000 cans of Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale to faithful Krueger drinkers in Richmond, Virginia. Ninety-one percent of the drinkers approved of the canned beer, driving Krueger to give the green light to further production.

By the late 19th century, cans were instrumental in the mass distribution of foodstuffs, but it wasn’t until 1909 that the American Can Company made its first attempt to can beer. This was unsuccessful, and the American Can Company would have to wait for the end of Prohibition in the United States before it tried again. Finally in 1933, after two years of research, American Can developed a can that was pressurized and had a special coating to prevent the fizzy beer from chemically reacting with the tin.

The concept of canned beer proved to be a hard sell, but Krueger’s overcame its initial reservations and became the first brewer to sell canned beer in the United States. The response was overwhelming. Within three months, over 80 percent of distributors were handling Krueger’s canned beer, and Krueger’s was eating into the market share of the “big three” national brewers–Anheuser-Busch, Pabst and Schlitz. Competitors soon followed suit, and by the end of 1935, over 200 million cans had been produced and sold.

The purchase of cans, unlike bottles, did not require the consumer to pay a deposit. Cans were also easier to stack, more durable and took less time to chill. As a result, their popularity continued to grow throughout the 1930s, and then exploded during World War II, when U.S. brewers shipped millions of cans of beer to soldiers overseas. After the war, national brewing companies began to take advantage of the mass distribution that cans made possible, and were able to consolidate their power over the once-dominant local breweries, which could not control costs and operations as efficiently as their national counterparts.

Today, canned beer accounts for approximately half of the $20 billion U.S. beer industry. Not all of this comes from the big national brewers: Recently, there has been renewed interest in canning from microbrewers and high-end beer-sellers, who are realizing that cans guarantee purity and taste by preventing light damage and oxidation.

DID YOU KNOW THAT a "jiffy" is an actual unit of time: 1/100th of a second.

WORD OF THE DAY buzzwig (BUHZ-wig) which means 1) a person of consequence; 2) a large, bushy wig; 3) a person wearing such a wig. A buzzwig “bigwig, big shot” is someone who wears a large, bushy wig. The first syllable, buzz, may be a shortening of busby, the very large fur hat worn by hussars on parade. Buzzwig entered English in the 19th century.



The line-up for 1/24/19 includes re-broadcast of the following:

Oral History Interview of Skip McDonough and Lillian Gregg from 12/39/19(2 hrs)

Cantata from 2009 (1.5 hrs)

Celtic Games 2009 (30 min)

Columbian Music Presentation (short)

Graduation 2010 (1 hr)

Holiday Hilarity 12/18/2009 (45 min)

This will be available to anyone, anywhere at http://beaverisland.tv

The broadcast will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 23, 2018

We're having a heat wave - compared to a few days ago! Right now I'm showing 22°. We have a 50% chance of snow, humidity is at 89%, wind is from the SSw, pressure is 29.88 inches and visibility is 10 miles. We are in a Winter Storm Warning until 7:00 pm.

ON THIS DATE in 1957, machines at the Wham-O toy company roll out the first batch of their aerodynamic plastic discs–now known to millions of fans all over the world as Frisbees.

The story of the Frisbee began in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where William Frisbie opened the Frisbie Pie Company in 1871. Students from nearby universities would throw the empty pie tins to each other, yelling “Frisbie!” as they let go. In 1948, Walter Frederick Morrison and his partner Warren Franscioni invented a plastic version of the disc called the “Flying Saucer” that could fly further and more accurately than the tin pie plates. After splitting with Franscioni, Morrison made an improved model in 1955 and sold it to the new toy company Wham-O as the “Pluto Platter”–an attempt to cash in on the public craze over space and Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).

In 1958, a year after the toy’s first release, Wham-O–the company behind such top-sellers as the Hula-Hoop, the Super Ball and the Water Wiggle–changed its name to the Frisbee disc, misspelling the name of the historic pie company. A company designer, Ed Headrick, patented the design for the modern Frisbee in December 1967, adding a band of raised ridges on the disc’s surface–called the Rings–to stabilize flight. By aggressively marketing Frisbee-playing as a new sport, Wham-O sold over 100 million units of its famous toy by 1977.

High school students in Maplewood, New Jersey, invented Ultimate Frisbee, a cross between football, soccer and basketball, in 1967. In the 1970s, Headrick himself invented Frisbee Golf, in which discs are tossed into metal baskets; there are now hundreds of courses in the U.S., with millions of devotees. There is also Freestyle Frisbee, with choreographed routines set to music and multiple discs in play, and various Frisbee competitions for both humans and dogs–the best natural Frisbee players.

Today, at least 60 manufacturers produce the flying discs–generally made out of plastic and measuring roughly 20-25 centimeters (8-10 inches) in diameter with a curved lip. The official Frisbee is owned by Mattel Toy Manufacturers, who bought the toy from Wham-O in 1994.

DID YOU KNOW THAT most lipstick contains fish scales?

WORD OF THE DAY adrenalize (uh-DREEN-l-ahyz) which means to stir to action; excite. Adrenalize is an unimaginative compound of the noun adrenaline and -ize, a Greek verb suffix completely naturalized. Adrenalize was first used in the early 20th century in the now rare sense “to treat with adrenaline.” In the 1930s it acquired a metaphorical meaning, “to stir to action, excite; be stirred to action, be excited.”

Health Department Requests Help

The Health Dept. of Northwest MI needs your input!

The Early Childhood Behavioral Health Initiative (ECBHI) was established in 2011 to enhance the availability of, and access to, behavioral health services for children ages 0-5 and their families in Charlevoix, Emmet, and Northern Antrim counties.

Based on a Needs Assessment completed when the program launched in 2011, the ECBHI has provided three specific community services along with working with other agencies to promote social emotional health in our area. Since it has been 8 years since the last needs assessment, we have developed a survey for parents to complete in order to give us a clear picture of the current landscape to see if early childhood needs are being met, and if they aren’t, what is needed to meet those needs.

If you are a parent, we ask that you please take the short survey below. Your responses will help develop important programs and resources in our area.


Thank you very much!

Posted at 5:30 p.m., 1/22/19

CPR Class Available

Posted at 2 p.m., 1/22/19

Telecommunications Meeting Minutes

Posted at 11:15 a.m., 1/22/19

Oral History Meeting #2

January 21, 2018

The second meeting in the gathering of the oral history of the island in the last five decades of the twentieth century took place last night, Monday, January 21st. The gathering was again recorded for the research of the Beaver Island Historical Society. The plan is to use these meetings, research using written records, and interviews to compile the information by each decade into a new Jounal of Beaver Island History.

The meeting was well attended with represetnatvies from the Gregg, McDonough, Connaghan, Adams, Cole, McCafferty, Wojan, LaFreniere, Felix, Bartells, and other families. This meeting concentrated on the 1960s. The topics continued and included the population decrease near the end of the 50s and early 60s and its recovery, the McClure Oil Company, the building and explansion of Isle Haven and Harborview I motels, Beaver Haven Marina, the Beaver Islander ferry, and the Perry Crawford family, who built the Erin Motel and the Beaver Tail Restaurant.

Carl Felixson told of the the building of the now named Rustic Villa Cabins and the Grill. The discussions continued including the American Central Corporation relating to the Port St. James Subdivision, Central Michigan University Biological Station, contractors and construction, the closing of the Coast Guard Station, the change in the commercial fishing, and the establishment of the historical society.

The night came to a close close to 9 p.m. with the discussion of fly-ins and the graduating classes in the 50s and 60s. The individual and family interviews will continue when scheduled.

View video of the meeting HERE

Posted at 11 a.m., 1/22/19

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 22, 2018

It's a wee bit warmer this morning. I'm showing 19°, which feels like 4° thanks to the SE wind blowing at 12 mph. At least it's not in the minus today. Humidity is at 73%, pressure is 30.00 inches. We are in a Winter Weather Advisory until 5 pm on Wednesday. Snow will make an appear this afternoon with predicted accumulations of 6 to 9 inches.

ON THIS DATE The death of Queen Victoria on January 22, 1901, ends an era in which most of her British subjects know no other monarch. Her 63-year reign, the longest in British history, saw the growth of an empire on which the sun never set. Victoria restored dignity to the English monarchy and ensured its survival as a ceremonial political institution.

Born in 1819, she came to the throne after the death of her uncle, King William IV, in 1837. As a young woman ascending to the throne, her future husband described her “as one whose extreme obstinacy was constantly at war with her good nature.” Her first prime minister, Lord Melbourne, became her close friend and adviser, and she succeeded in blocking his replacement by Tory leader Sir Robert Peel in 1839. Two years later, however, an election resulted in a Tory majority in the House of Commons, and Victoria was compelled to accept Peel as prime minister. Never again would she interfere so directly in the politics of democratic Britain.

In 1839, her first cousin Albert, a German prince, came to visit the English court at Windsor, and Victoria proposed to him five days after his arrival. Prince Albert accepted, and in February 1840 they were married. He soon became the dominant influence in her life and served as her private secretary. Among his greatest achievements as royal consort was his organization of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the first world’s fair, in the Crystal Palace in London. He also steered her support away from the Whigs to the conservative Tories; she later was a vocal supporter of Benjamin Disraeli, leader of the Conservative Party.

Victoria and Albert built royal residences at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight and at Balmoral Castle in Scotland and became increasingly detached from London. They had nine children, including Victoria, later the empress of Germany, and the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII. In 1861, Albert died, and Victoria’s grief was such that she did not appear in public for three years. She never entirely got over the loss, and until the end of her life she had her maids nightly lay out Albert’s clothes for the next day and in the morning replace the water in the basin in his room.

Disraeli coaxed her out of seclusion, and she was impressed by his efforts to strengthen and expand the British Empire. In 1876, he had her made “empress of India,” a title which pleased her and made her a symbol of imperial unity. During the last few decades of her life, her popularity, which had suffered during her long public absence, increased greatly. She never embraced the social and technological advances of the 19th century but accepted the changes and worked hard to fulfill her ceremonial duties as head of state. When she died, she had 37 surviving great-grandchildren, and their marriages with other monarchies gave her the name the “grandmother of Europe.”

DID YOU KNOW THAT in space, astronauts cannot cry because there is no gravity and tears can't flow.

WORD OF THE DAY shirty (SHUR-tee) which means bad-tempered; irritable; cranky. The adjective shirty derives from the phrase “to have one’s shirt out, get one’s shirt out, get someone’s shirt out, to be or become annoyed.” “Getting one’s shirt out” is one possible result of swinging one’s arms in an argument in a pub; a head-butt is another. Shirty entered English in the 19th century.

Sunrise This Morning

January 21, 2018

Thank you to Bob Tidmore for the video of this morning's sunrise. It certainly shows the beautiful sun coming up over the harbor. Thank you for sharing!


Posted at 5:15 p.m., 1/21/19

Christian Church Bulletin

January 20, 2019

Posted at 10:15 a.m., 1/21/19

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 21, 2018

...and another cold one. Right now I'm showing -13° but no wind chill, thank goodness (so far). Humidity is at 70%, pressure is 30.56 inches. It's just plain cold and will be cold all day. We might make it to 16° this afternoon!

ON THIS DATE Patsy Cline, one of the most important figures in country music history, first gains national attention with her winning appearance on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts on January 21, 1957. Widely admired for her incredible voice, Cline also stood out for her trailblazing independence as a female star in an era very much dominated by men. As many classic recordings as she left behind, her career was hampered for many years by a terrible recording contract and cut short by her tragic death in an airplane crash en route to Nashville from Kansas City in March 1963.

Arthur Godfrey was a major figure in American radio and television in the 1940s and 1950s, presiding as host over a number of different programs in both mediums simultaneously. From his morning news and chat show on CBS radio to his variety shows on CBS television, Godfrey was a popular and ubiquitous presence for the better part of two decades. His most popular program was Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, a program featuring amateur entertainers making their national television debuts. Among the future stars who got a critical early break by appearing on Talent Scouts were Tony Bennett, Lenny Bruce, Marilyn Horne and Pat Boone. A certain loose-hipped young singer from Memphis by the name of Presley failed to earn a spot on Talent Scouts in 1955, but otherwise the show's track record was admirable. After several years of struggling for a breakthrough in small venues and on regional radio, Patsy Cline made the most of her invitation to Talent Scouts, wowing the studio audience with her performance of the now-classic "Walkin' After Midnight."

"Walkin'" made it to #2 on the country music charts and #12 on the pop charts, strongly hinting at Cline's crossover potential. But the strict terms of her recording contract with a small label called Four Star limited her to working with that label's stable of songwriters, who failed to write another hit for Patsy for the duration of her contract. It was not until 1960, when Cline signed on with Decca Records that her fortunes improved. Under the direction of the legendary Nashville producer Owen Bradley, Cline scored a #1 country hit with "I Fall to Pieces," another with "She's Got You," and then a top-10 country and pop hit with the Willie Nelson-penned "Crazy," the classic recording for which Patsy Cline is perhaps best remembered.

DID YOU KNOW THAT every year 16 million gallons of oil runs off pavement into streams, rivers, and eventually, oceans in the United States. This is more oil than was spilled by the Exxon Valdez.

WORD OF THE DAY creed (kreed) which means 1) any system or codification of belief or of opinion. 2) any system, doctrine, or formula of religious belief, as of a denomination. Creed has existed in English since before the year 1000. Its Middle English form crede and its Old English form crēda ultimately derive from Latin crēdō meaning “I believe.”

Posted at 8 a.m.

Eclipse of the Moon

January 20, 2018

The editor stayed up to get some picutres of the full eclipse of the moon by watching the earth's shadow all but eliminate the moon from the sky. It was 10,000 times dimmer during this eclipse, and the cameras were having a difficult time getting to focus in such limited light. Here are the pictures of the night

9:36 p.m...........................10:06 p.m.....................10:07 p.m.

10:36 p.m......................11:06 p.m.

11:36 p.m....................12:06 a.m......................12:06 a.m.

12:36 a.m.

As the moon got darker, it was much more difficult to get the cameras to focus, and the last picture at 12:36 could not get focused at all using the automatic focus of the cameras. The video camera would not focus at all after midnight.

12:56 a.m.

Time to hit the hay for the night. Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Posted at 1 a.m., 1/21/19

View an amateurish compilation of video clips combined of the eclipse HERE

Posted at 8:15 a.m., 1/21/19

Mass from Holy Cross

January 20, 2019

The two Catholic services were at their normally scheduled times, Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The celebrant was our own Father Jim Siler. The reader on Saturday was Brian Foli. The reader on Sunday was Patrick Nugent. There were two servers on Sunday.

Sunshine coming in the church windows, even though it was mighty cold outside.

The altar and the baptismal font in the morning sunlight

Pat Nugent reading.......Father Jim giving the sermon.......the servers listening...

Mass continued

View video of the two services HERE

COA Lunch

January 20, 2018

The menu today was chicken (lemon pepper), fried potatoes, spicy corn, and chocolate pudding with cherries and whipped cream. All of the chicken had pepper on it, along with the potatoes and the corn with several other spices. Somewhere between thirty-five and forty people attended and ate including the volunteers.

After the lunch, Kathie Ehinger, Beaver Island's COA employee director, spoike about the possibilities available to the seniors on the island. There were lots of possibilities that you can hear about in the video available at the link below.

View the video of the raffle and the discussion after the lunch HERE

Posted at 4:30 p.m., 1/20/19

A Teacher I Remember

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 3:15 p.m., 1/20/19

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

January 18, 2019

Last Basketball Home Games and Senior Parent Recognition -- January 18th & 19th
Islanders Basketball Host the Ojibwe Eagles
Tonight and tomorrow BICS boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will host the Ojibwe Eagles. BICS Boosters will hold concessions on Friday night and BICS Cheer Club will have breakfast concessions on Saturday morning.  Senior parent recognition will take place on Friday night for all seniors who have participated in sports their senior year and their parents.

Saturday is Movie Day at the Community Center
Come on down to the Community Center this Saturday, January 19th, for an afternoon and/or evening movie. Here’s what will be on the big screen:
4:00 pm—Journey to the Edge of the Universe (Documentary)
7:00 pm—1985

January 21st Scholarship Presentation for Juniors and Seniors
Mishelle Shooks from the Charlevoix Community Foundation will be at BICS for a presentation on scholarships beginning at 2:30 pm this coming Monday.

January 22nd Presentation on Cyber Safety and Vaping
On Tuesday, State Trooper Corey Hebner will be at BICS presenting to BICS students about Cyber Safety and Vaping.

January is School Board Appreciation Month!
Beaver Island Community School is grateful to all the current and past (and future) community members who choose to commit their time to guiding the school district. Please take a moment over the next month to thank our school board members when you see them!

Change in Basketball Schedule
There has been a change to the basketball schedule for the weekend of February 1st and 2nd. BICS boys’ basketball team will travel to Paradise that weekend.

February Breakfast/Lunch Menus and Order Sheets
Attached you will find the breakfast and lunch menus and order sheets for February.  Please have these filled out and returned to the office by next Friday January 25th.
Mark Your Calendars—Lake Geneserath Ice Fishing Tournament—February 17, 2019
The Beaver Island Wildlife Club is sponsoring the 4th Annual Lake Geneserath Ice Fishing Tournament on February 16th and 17th. Sunday the 17th will involve many activities specifically for kids, including fishing instruction, snacks, lunch, and an ice-skating rink! You don’t need to have any experience ice fishing…and all kids will receive a free ice fishing pole, lure, and bait. The kids’ activities begin at 10:00 a.m. and go until 2:00 p.m. Meet at the North Arm boat launch!

Have a Great Weekend!

February 2019 Lunch Menu

February 2019 Breakfast Order Sheet

February Breakfast Menu

Posted at 2 p.m., 11/20/19

Lady Islanders' Last Homegame

The Lady Islanders took control of the game in the second quarter and didn't let up through the rest of the game.

View a gallery of photos of the Lady Islanders' last home game HERE

View video of the Lady Islanders' last home game HERE

Sixty unique IP addresses viewed the live streamed video on Friday night with thirty viewing on Saturday morning.

Posted at 1:45 p.m., 1/20/19

Islanders' Last Homegame

January 19, 2018

As written in the story below, the Islanders were playing in a spectator nail-biting contest during the first half, but later in the second half the Islanders pulled ahead.

View a gallery of photos of this last homegame HERE

View video of this last homegame HERE

Posted at 1:30 p.m., 11/20/19

Last Homegame Crowd

The Beaver Island Basketball teams, the Islanders and the Lady Islanders, had their last basketball homegame of the season this past Saturday. The boys' team played first in the morning, and that was followed by the Lady Islanders' game, the very last homegame of the season. Some of the faithful spectators were captured in the video and pictures taken during the halftime of the last game.

Short video clip of the spectators during halftime of the last home game 

Posted at 1:15 p.m., 1/20/19

Last Night's Moon

January 19, 2019

Although not completely full, the moon last night was beautiful in the very cold evening over Paradise Bay. With only a few courageous people out downtown at the Beachcomber, the editor didn't pass one single car as a trip into town was called for due to a phone call from Lil Gregg telling the editor to check out the moon over the harbor. Several pictures were taken on this short trip into town just before it got completely dark.

Ice in the Harbor

The moon from Whiskey Point

Posted at12:45 p.m., 11/20/19

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 20, 2018

Cold, colder, coldest... right now I'm showing -3, with a wind chill of -16° thanks to a NE wind at 6 mph. Invigorating to say the very least. Pressure is 30.33 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. It's going to be a very cold day so take care.

ON THIS DATE GM takes an interest in Oakland Motor Car Corp. January 20, 1909, newly formed automaker General Motors (GM) buys into the Oakland Motor Car Corporation, which later becomes GM’s long-running Pontiac division.

Oakland Motor Car was founded in 1907 in Pontiac, Michigan, by Edward Murphy, a manufacturer of horse-drawn carriages. The following year, another former buggy company executive, William Durant, founded General Motors in Flint, Michigan, as a holding company for the Buick Motor Company. GM soon bought other automakers, including Oldsmobile and Cadillac. In 1909, Oakland became part of GM. The first Pontiac model made its debut as part of the Oakland line in the 1920s. The car, which featured a six-cylinder engine, proved so popular that the Oakland name was eventually dropped and Pontiac became its own GM division by the early 1930s.

Pontiac was initially known for making sedans; however, by the 1960s, it gained acclaim for its fast, sporty muscle cars, including the GTO and the Firebird. The GTO, which was developed by auto industry maverick John DeLorean, was named after a Ferarri coupe–the Gran Turismo Omologato–and is considered the first classic muscle car. According to The New York Times: “More than any other G.M. brand, Pontiac stood for performance, speed and sex appeal.”

Pontiac’s sales reached their peak in 1984, with approximately 850,000 vehicles sold (about four times as many as 2008), according to the Times, which noted that experts believe GM hurt the Pontiac brand in the 1970s and 1980s by opting for a money-saving strategy requiring Pontiacs to share platforms with cars from other divisions.

In 2008, GM, which since the early 1930s had sold more vehicles than any other automaker, lost its sales crown to Toyota. That same year, the American auto giant, hard hit by the global economic crisis and slumping auto sales, was forced to ask the federal government for a multi-billion-dollar loan in order to remain operational. On April 27, 2009, GM announced plans to phase out the Pontiac brand, which had become unprofitable, by 2010. A little over a month later, on June 1, GM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and promised to emerge as a leaner, more efficient company.

DID YOU KNOW THAT A ten-year-old mattress weighs double what it did when it was new due to debris that it absorbs over time. That debris includes dust mites (their droppings and decaying bodies), mold, millions of dead skin cells, dandruff, animal and human hair, secretions, excretions, lint, pollen, dust, soil, sand, and a lot of perspiration, which the average person loses at a rate of a quart a day.

WORD OF THE DAY altiloquent (awl-TIL-uh-kwuhnt) which means high-flown or pretentious. Altiloquent, “(in language) high-flown, pretentious,” comes from Latin alti-, a combining form of the adjective altus “high” and loquent-, the stem of the present participle loquēns “speaking, talking, having the power of speech,” from the verb loquī. (The adjective altiloquēns does not exist in Latin.) Altiloquent dates from the 17th century.

Islanders and Lady Islanders Win Friday and Saturday

In some nail-biting games on Friday and on Satruday, the Islanders and the Lady Islanders were victorious of the Ojibwe Eagles and the Ojibwe Lady Eagles. With less than two minutes in each of the four games, the games could have gone either direction, but the Islanders and Lady Islander put forth major efforts and were able to win all of the games.

View a gallery of the Lady Islanders Friday night game HERE

View video of the Lady Islanders Friday night game HERE

View a gallery of the Islanders Friday night game HERE

View video of the Islanders Friday night game HERE

Saturday video and pictures will be posted when processed.

Posted at 7 p.m., 1/19/19

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 19, 2018

Even dentures are chattering this morning. I'm showing 3° with a wind chill of -10°. This is NOT looking to be a good beach day. Humidity is at 81%, wind is from the NE at 7 mph, pressure is 30.43 inches and visibility is 10 miles. Look for partly cloudy skies today and the high will be 9°.

ON THIS DATE in 1993, the band Fleetwood Mac reunites to perform at the recently elected U.S. President Bill Clinton’s first inaugural gala.

Fleetwood Mac had faced much intra-band squabbling since their 1970s heyday, why they released one of the biggest albums of all time—Rumours—and a string of decade-defining hits like “Landslide,” “Rhiannon,” “Say You Love Me” and “Go Your Own Way.” And then, of course, there was “Don’t Stop” (as in “thinking about tomorrow”), which was candidate Bill Clinton’s unofficial theme song during the 1992 presidential campaign.

Along with Truman’s “I’m Just Wild About Harry,” Eisenhower’s “I Like Ike” and Ross Perot’s “Crazy,” Clinton’s “Don’t Stop” can certainly be placed within the catchy-and-memorable subset of Presidential campaign songs—in contrast to, say, “Buckle Down with Nixon,” “Get on a Raft with Taft” and “Huzzah for Madison.” Clinton’s theme song may have lacked specificity regarding his political agenda, but it had a good beat, a warm vibe and a chorus that audiences could sing along to. Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 recording of “Don’t Stop” played in a seemingly endless loop from the night of Clinton’s nomination at the 1992 Democratic National Convention that previous summer through to election night in November, so that by the time January rolled around, the mere playing of the record would have seemed a disappointing way to end the evening of the Inaugural gala.

And so the Clinton transition team sprang into action and accomplished a political feat that certainly seemed to bode well for the new president’s ambitious plans to bring peace and stability to Haiti and overhaul the nation’s health-care system. It had been more than five years since Lindsay Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks had shared a stage, but in a true coup of diplomacy, the Clinton team convinced the entire Rumours-era lineup of Fleetwood Mac to reunite for a truly historic live performance of “Don’t Stop” on this day in 1993.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Erosion at the base of Niagara Falls has caused the falls to recede approximately seven miles over the past 10,000 years.

WORD OF THE DAY freegan (FREE-guhn) which means a person who buys as little as possible and makes use of recycled or discarded goods and materials, in an effort to reduce waste and limit environmental impact. Freegan is a blend of free and vegan. One who practices freeganism is usually also but not necessarily a vegetarian or vegan. Freeganism differs from the usually disparaging term dumpster diving in that freegans are anticonsumerist and anticapitalist in their ideology, but are actively engaged in alternative lifestyles. Freegan entered English in the late 20th century.

Beaver Island TV

By Joe Moore

It is time for the island to add an Internet TV option to the radio station and the print news options.  There are plenty of opportunities to present not only live streamed video, but also recorded video and historical video to anyone interested in the island or who may stumble upon the streaming video by accident.

Beaver Island has many great events taking place throughout the year ranging from church services to public meetings to school events including sports events.  The live streaming will always take precedence over recorded video, and juggling how to keep this up and running as a somewhat permanent possibility will always be a challenge on a strict budget.

As soon as the technology is in place, Beaver Island TV will be up and broadcasting.  The number of hours per day are yet to be determined.  The amount of historical video is yet to be determined.  The number and names of advertisers is yet to be determined, but we have some dedicated advertisers already.  The only determined fact is that Beaver Island TV will be broadcasting at http://beaverisland.tv, the same location of the live streamed video, and will be edited by Beaver Island News on the ‘Net editor Joe Moore.

The options are endless, and I am looking forward to hearing from you with any ideas that you may have.  Please send them to medic5740@gmail.com.

Posted at 11 a.m., 1/18/19

Homecoming 1968

The following assignment pages for Holy Cross Parish Hall Homecoming Dinner in 1968 was provided to the editor by Phyllis Moore from some old papers. It is quite interesting to read the names of those that were working that summer. It may even be valuable to those doing the Oral History Project of the Beaver Island Historical Society.

Homecoming Assignments Page 1

Homecoming Assignments Page 2

School Days

by Dick Burris

(This one is rated PG)

School Days:

Dad would wake Jack and I in the morning, and take us in the truck from the house; up the road, by the school, and down Bullock road to the farm. We would do jobs like milking cows, feed the cattle, clean out stalls, and clean behind the milk cows.

Jack was not to fond of getting up that early in the morning, but I would be sent back to wake him; NOT an easy task, for he was two years older, and at that time of day was meaner than a snake!! I always had to dodge punches; I would have preferred to face a bull or enraged dog.

Anyway, we would try to get everything done; but sometimes if all wasn't done, we would be excused to flee across the field to the house to clean up and get ready for school.

Jack was faster than I, so he would run with the milk pail to the top of the hill, and set it down for me.

I would take the pail the rest of the way. When I arrived Jack would be cleaned up and nearly ready to leave for school. When I was ready for the race to school, Jack would be almost there. Usually I'd be running up the school hill, and hear the bell ringing; this happened so many times, the teacher got annoyed and gave me a rough time. No-one wanted to cross Mrs. McClellan, cuz when she'd crank her Model A Ford, she'd almost lift it off theground!

The school had a furnace in the basement, with a register into the center of the room, that made a great place to drop rubber bands to stink up the school.

Many times I was shaken and/or stood in the corner for laughing. I really think I've been punished more for laughing than any other thing that I've done in my life! Even in the Army, had to do push-ups.

One time Bill Meade, and I were filling a bottle with urine; he told me that in a short time it would explode. (It of course was difficult to coax me into mischief!!) And one of the male neighbors got wind of this; and at that time we had a single beautiful school teacher. The neighbor took advantage of this info to avail himself to this beauty.

We were listening to the conversation, and hearing him express several times,"dare's vater in dee basement" finally frustrated, said," PISS!!"

Needless to say, Bill and I were sent to the basement to eliminate this problem.

I remember the cloak rooms in the back of the schoolroom where we put our lunches. The privies were outside of the schoolhouse near the fences.

One poor family had sandwiches of just bread and LARD; I felt so sorry for them. They also had to walk well over a mile to get to school every day. Poor people of that time, didn't even have adequate food or clothing; let alone "cellphones"

Volleyball Jones

by Daniel R. Craig

(Editor's note: This story is XXX rated, but is fascinating due to real things that EMS providers may have to do.)

"Volleyball Jones, I got a volleyball Jones.... I got a volleyball Jones, oh baby..oo-oo-oo"

For those of you unfamiliar with Detroit, there are two cities within the Big D....Highland Park and Hamtramck. These are older neighborhoods. But in the day, upper middle class or even rich, stately homes, even mansions...elegant neighborhoods.

Get a call from dispatch to an address in "The Park"l we make the address. Huge house, well maintained for the time period. We head up to the porch; this place has mansion written all over it. Wide stairs leading to a porch the length of the house, large double doors as the entrance. The door opens and were told the patient. is on the second floor.

Read the rest of the story (remember XXX rated) HERE

Posted at 10:45 a.m., 1/18/19

Mid-December Snowy Owl Pictures

Becca Foli captured these pictures in the middle of December 2018 of the snowy owl. Fascinated by this cold weather visitor, Becca is willing to share them with News on the 'Net subscribers. What an amazing capture of the wildlife visitor to the island!

View a small album of pictures HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 18, 2018

It's 19° this morning and feels like 7° thanks to the WNW wind blowing at 12 mph. Wakes you right up. Pressure is 30.11 inches and visibility is 10 miles. The high for today should be about 20°. It's not going to warm up much.

ON THIS DATE in 1919, in Paris, France, some of the most powerful people in the world meet to begin the long, complicated negotiations that would officially mark the end of the First World War.

Leaders of the victorious Allied powers–France, Great Britain, the United States and Italy–would make most of the crucial decisions in Paris over the next six months. For most of the conference, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson struggled to support his idea of a “peace without victory” and make sure that Germany, the leader of the Central Powers and the major loser of the war, was not treated too harshly. On the other hand, Prime Ministers Georges Clemenceau of France and David Lloyd George of Britain argued that punishing Germany adequately and ensuring its weakness was the only way to justify the immense costs of the war. In the end, Wilson compromised on the treatment of Germany in order to push through the creation of his pet project, an international peacekeeping organization called the League of Nations.

Representatives from Germany were excluded from the peace conference until May, when they arrived in Paris and were presented with a draft of the Versailles Treaty. Having put great faith in Wilson’s promises, the Germans were deeply frustrated and disillusioned by the treaty, which required them to forfeit a great deal of territory and pay reparations. Even worse, the infamous Article 231 forced Germany to accept sole blame for the war. This was a bitter pill many Germans could not swallow.

The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, five years to the day after a Serbian nationalist’s bullet ended the life of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and sparked the beginning of World War I. In the decades to come, anger and resentment of the treaty and its authors festered in Germany. Extremists like Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist (Nazi) Party capitalized on these emotions to gain power, a process that led almost directly to the exact thing Wilson and the other negotiators in Paris in 1919 had wanted to prevent–a second, equally devastating global war.

DID YOU KNOW THAT at any given time, there are 1,800 thunderstorms in progress over the earth's atmosphere.

WORD OF THE DAY perfunctory (per-FUHNGK-tuh-ree) which means performed merely as a routine duty; hasty and superficial. Perfunctory comes from the Late Latin adjective perfunctōrius “done carelessly or superficially.” Perfunctōrius is a derivative of the verb perfungī “to carry through, discharge one’s part or duty,” a compound of the prefix per- signifying completeness, thoroughness, or intensity and the verb fungī “to perform, discharge, carry out.” It is therefore curious that the Latin adjective (and its English derivative) means “done carelessly” and not “done thoroughly and completely.” Perfunctory entered English in the 16th century

These Peanuts are MINE

Get out of here. Mine, mine, mine

The Definition of Loneliness

COA Menues

The senior menues that are available now include the lunch at the BICS, the lunch/breakfast at Dahlwhinnies, and the lunch and dinner at the Stoney Acre Grill. There is quite a wide range of options for the seniors that participate in the meal ticket program.

Dahlwhinnie's Breakfast items:

2 eggs, hashbrowns, fruit, toast, orange juice, and milk

English muffin, 1 egg, sausage, cheese, hashbrowns, orange juice, and fruit

Veggie Omelet with cheese, hashbrowns, orange juice

Dahlwhinnie's Lunch items:

Hamburger, lettuce, tomator, ketchup, mustard, potatoe, vegetable, fruit, and milk

BBQ chicken or pork sandwich, vegetable, potato, fruit, and milk

Tuna melt on English muffin, potato, vegetable, fruit, and milk

Just like any other trip to a restaurant, it is your responsibility to make certain that the business is open and is serving at the time that you wish to go there.

Beaver Island Community School Lunch Program:

The school requests that you call a week or so ahead to make certain that enough food is prepared for you to join the lunch period. Here is the menu for the rest of January:

Monday the 21st: Chicken Sandwich, oven fries, fresh vegetables, and fruit

Tuesday the 22nd: Nachos, refired beans, fresh vegetables, and fruit

Wednesday the 23rd; Lasagna, garlic bread, fresh vegetables, and fruit

Thursday the 24th: Pepperoni Calzone, bosco stick, fresh vegetables, and fruit

Friday the 25th: Chicken Pot Pie, fresh vegetables, and fruit

Monday the 28th: Orange Chicken, brown rice, fresh vegetables, and fruit

Tuesday the 29th: Chicken Enchiladas, refried beans,fresh vegetables, and fruit

Wednesday the 30th: Salisbury steak, noodles, fresh vegetables, and fruit

Thursday the 31st: Pizza, bosco stick, fresh vegetables, and fruit

Friday, February 1: Cheeseburger macaroni, fresh vegetables, and fruit

Stoney Acre Grill, lunch and dinner

Slider, French fries, coleslaw, milk, and juice

Wings, French fries, coleslaw, milk, and juice

1/2 Grilled cheese, French fries, coleslaw, milk, and juice

Chicken strips, French fries, coleslaw, milk, and juice

Beef Taco, rice and beans, milk and juice

White chicken chili, salad, juic, bread, and milk

There are plenty of options out there for seniors using the meal program here on Beaver Island supported by the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging. Take advantage of some of these wonderful options.

Posted at 8:45 p.m., 11/17/19

St. James Township Finance Committe Date Change

Monday, January 21, 2018, 1 p.m., Governmental Center

View Meeting Notice HERE

Posted at 7 p.m., 1/17/19

Jean Catherine Lois LaFreniere

November 02, 1940 - January 15, 2019

Jean Catherine Lois LaFreniere, age 78, of Ionia passed away January 15, 2019, after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.  Her constant companion, caregiver and special friend, Bruce DeGarmo, was at her side.  Jeanie, daughter of Patrick and Elizabeth (Floyd) LaFreniere, was born on Beaver Island, Michigan, on November 2, 1940, and proudly shared her love for the island and its Irish heritage with everyone she met.  Her love for the island was only surpassed by her love for her family, especially her great-nieces, Sarah (Sweet Pea) and Sabrina (Gremlin) Swartz; and her niece, Judy (Tom) Swartz.  Her nephew, Edward (Julie) LaFreniere, the first of his generation, was near and dear to her heart as were his children.  Her God son, Ryan John Bogus, and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends brought joy to her life.

Jeanie was married to John Osmolinski in 1965 until he passed away in 1984.  She remained close to stepson, Dave (Deb) Engebretsen; granddaughter, Lori; grandson, David; and five great-grandsons.  She married Harry Frazer in 1991 and was widowed in 2010.  She was particularly close to stepson, Jeff Frazer.  Jeanie's life changed immeasurably when she was welcomed into the Jeff and Cindi Young family which included their children, Tyler Young, Jeni (Scott) Edwards, and grandson, Lain, who affectionately referred to Jeanie as "Grandma Sweets."  Jeanie was also welcomed with open arms by the extended DeGarmo family who she loved and appreciated.

Jeanie loved music and dancing and was famous for her Irish Jig.  For more than two decades, she crafted beautiful needle-point calendars as Christmas gifts for family and friends.  Jeanie loved Christmas so much she started putting up her decorations in October.  Her last Christmas was especially nice as she was able to visit with so much of her family.  Jeanie was the proud matriarch of her family, having been preceded in death by her loving siblings:  Mary Minor, Patrick LaFreniere, John LaFreniere, Margaret Ann Polhemus, Joe LaFreniere, and Isabel LaFreniere.  Her long-time sisters-in-law, Lois LaFreniere and Marcia LaFreniere survive her.Visitation for Jeanie will be on Monday, January 21, 2019, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Lake Funeral Home in Ionia with a luncheon to follow from noon until 2 p.m. at the Ionia Moose Lodge.  Interment services will be this Summer at the Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island.  Online condolences may be made at www.lakefuneralhomes.com

Posted 6:30 p.m., 1/17/19

Interview with Donald Cole

January 16, 2019

This is a continuation of the Oral History Project of the Beaver Island Historical Society, and the interview on Wednesday was with Donald Cole at his appartment next to Dahlwhinnie's. Present were Paul Cole, Ed Wojan, and the BINN editor to ask Don some questions about his memories of the island. As we all are discoving in this process, these older island people begin to have lapses in memory, and some days are better than others to hear their stories.

The interviewers, Ed Wojan, and Paul Cole

Don Cole

As part of this interview, it was revealed that Don Cole, when in the service, was a courier, and Don shared this document with the group.

Personal information was covered up.

Don also spoke about the mill down at Nomad, and he shared the picture on the wall. He had several pictures of his memories that could also be shared in the future.

View video of the interview HERE

Robert Cole Interview of Don Cole and Little Joe LaFreniere

Posted at 10 a.m., 1/17/19


by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 1117/19

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 17, 2018

The very best thing about getting up early is that very first sip of coffee! Another cloudy day and add bitter cold to it. Right now I'm showing 13°. There is a 20% chance of snow. Humidity is at 83%, wind is from the east at 1 mph,pressure is 30.25 inches and visibility is 10 miles. A good day for indoor projects.

ON THIS DATE in 1950, 11 men steal more than $2 million from the Brinks Armored Car depot in Boston, Massachusetts. It was the perfect crime–almost–as the culprits weren’t caught until January 1956, just days before the statute of limitations for the theft expired.

The robbery’s mastermind was Anthony “Fats” Pino, a career criminal who recruited a group of 10 other men to stake out the depot for 18 months to figure out when it held the most money. Pino’s men then managed to steal plans for the depot’s alarm system, returning them before anyone noticed they were gone.

Wearing navy blue coats and chauffeur’s caps–similar to the Brinks employee uniforms–with rubber Halloween masks, the thieves entered the depot with copied keys, surprising and tying up several employees inside the company’s counting room. Filling 14 canvas bags with cash, coins, checks and money orders–for a total weight of more than half a ton–the men were out and in their getaway car in about 30 minutes. Their haul? More than $2.7 million–the largest robbery in U.S. history up until that time.

No one was hurt in the robbery, and the thieves left virtually no clues, aside from the rope used to tie the employees and one of the chauffeur’s caps. The gang promised to stay out of trouble and not touch the money for six years in order for the statute of limitations to run out. They might have made it, but for the fact that one man, Joseph “Specs” O’Keefe, left his share with another member in order to serve a prison sentence for another burglary. While in jail, O’Keefe wrote bitterly to his cohorts demanding money and hinting he might talk. The group sent a hit man to kill O’Keefe, but he was caught before completing his task. The wounded O’Keefe made a deal with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to testify against his fellow robbers.

Eight of the Brinks robbers were caught, convicted and given life sentences. Two more died before they could go to trial. Only a small part of the money was ever recovered; the rest is fabled to be hidden in the hills north of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. In 1978, the famous robbery was immortalized on film in The Brinks Job, starring Peter Falk.

DID YOU KNOW THAT in Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, it has never rained.

WORD OF THE DAY gadabout (GAD-uh-bout) a person who moves about restlessly or aimlessly, especially from one social activity to another. Gadabout is a noun use of the verb phrase (to) gad about “to move restlessly or aimlessly from place to place.” The Middle English verb gad, gadden is likely a back formation from the Old English noun gædeling “companion in arms, kinsman, fellow” and in the 16th century, “vagabond, wanderer”). Gadabout entered English in the 18th century.

Ice Fishing Tournament

February 16+17, 2019

Posted at 11:30 a.m., 11/16/18

Smart 911

There is yet another opportunity to get information to the CCE Dispatch Center, and this method is called "Smart 911." CCE is the dispatch center for the counties of Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet Counties. The information forms that the medical center and the local EMS are giving out provide the information to keep at your residence, and is a very important method of getting the information to your local emergency agencies when you are not able to provide that information. The disadvantage, if any, of having this information at home, is simply that the information is not with you if you are involved in an emergency at any other locations.

Enter "Smart 911." This is service endorsed by our dispatch center in Petoskey. You fill out your information on the "Smart 911" and this information is stored in a data base. The advantage of this information location is that it is associated with your home phone, your cellphone, your name, your birthdate, and includes the same kind of information that you may keep in your emergency kit at home. This information can be provided to the local EMS at any scene of any emergency involving you or a member of your household.

You can even list your pets in case of a fire or other emergency to get them some help.

For two adults, it took just less than fifteen minutes to enter all of the information into the Smart 911 website. The CCE Dispatch Center is sending some more information to BINN after their board meeting today, or tomorrow at the latest. This information will be posted as soon as it is received.

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 1/16/19

Here are a couple of brochures provided by CCE Dispatch, quite interresting.



Visit this free service website HERE

Added at 9:15 a.m., 1/18/19

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 16, 2018

Thank God for a good furnace! It's 16° and with the wind at 16 mph from the NNW it's feeling like -3°! Mostly cloudy skies, dew point is at 7°. and pressure is rising from 30.15 inches. It's going to be a really cold one so take good care of those outside animals.

ON THIS DATE in 1780, British Admiral Sir George Rodney, with 18 ships-of-the-line, engages an inferior Spanish squadron of 11 battleships commanded by Don Juan de Langara off the southwestern coast of Portugal at Cape St. Vincent, in what comes to be known as The Moonlight Battle. (Ships-of-the-line is the 18th century term for ships substantial enough to be used in a battle line, a tactic of war in which two lines of ships faced off against each other.)

The Spanish, who were at war with the British because they had chosen to back the American rebels in the War for Independence, saw the British fleet in pursuit and attempted to retreat home to the port of Cadiz. As they fled, Rodney decided to ignore the accepted rules of naval engagement, which involved two lines of ships bombarding one another with cannon much like two lines of infantry confronting one another across a battlefield. Instead, he decided to attempt to overtake of the Spanish ships by giving orders of general chase–having each British ship chase the Spanish fleet to the best of its ability. The British hounded the Spanish until 2 a.m., when the Spaniards finally surrendered.

Four Spanish battleships and two frigates escaped capture, but the British took De Langara’s flagship and five others before running into shoals and ending the chase. One Spanish ship with its entire crew was lost in battle. Thirty-two Britons died, and 102 were wounded.

Credit for the British victory belongs not only to their greater number of ships and Admiral Rodney’s decision to give chase, but also to the British ships’ barnacle-free copper bottoms, which allowed them to outpace the less technologically advanced Spanish fleet. The fact that the two fleets engaged in battle overnight was an anomaly in 18th-century sea warfare, and earned the encounter the title The Moonlight Battle, and a painting by Francis Holman, despite its comparative insignificance in the Revolutionary War.

WORD OF THE DAY akimbo (uh-KIM-boh) which means with hand on hip and elbow bent outward. The origin of English akimbo is disputed. The various Middle English spellings include in kenebowe, a kenbow, on kenbow, a canne-bow.... The Middle English forms look like a prepositional phrase composed of in or on (reduced to a) and another word (or other words) of uncertain origin and meaning. Some authorities consider the rest of the phrase to be native English words meaning “(a) sharp angle,” with keen in the sense of “sharp” and bow in the sense of “angle, bow” (as in elbow). Others consider the source to be Old Norse í keng boginn “bent in a bow or curve,” but the sense “with hand on hip and elbow bent outward” does not occur in Old Norse or Icelandic; yet others go to Old French chane, kane, quenne “pitcher, jug, flagon” and English bow “handle.” Akimbo entered English in the 15th century.

Peaine Township Regular Meeting Minutes

January 9, 2019, at 7:00PM at the Peaine Township Hall

Posted at 3 p.m., 11/15/19

The Color Red

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 2 p.m., 1/15/19

BI Boat Company 2019 Schedule

Posted at 12:45 p.m., 1/15/19


January 15, 2019
Ongoing discussions continue between the Anderson Family, current owners of Beaver Island Marina and JA Woollam Foundation (JAWF) about purchase of the marina property by the foundation for donation to St James Township.  The acquisition of the property for transfer to the township has been part of the public discourse for nearly a year; Mr. John Woollam presented the idea in a public meeting in February of 2018.  Since then, discussion and negotiation has taken place between Anderson and JAWF to reach an acceptable buy-sell agreement. 

Simultaneously, St James Township involved itself with research and planning related to the benefits and challenges associated with a potential gift of the marina property.  Throughout the course of the year, the township reviewed, supported and passed two resolutions authorizing personnel to continue to pursue the acquisition.  One of the resolutions identified the townships intent for use of the property should it come to into township ownership (see below). During that process the township held two formal open meetings and accepted comments online about the acquisition which led to the development of the Harbor Plan which was subsequently adopted by the state of Michigan.

Per board resolution, the Township has identified the following items as priorities for potential use of the property were it to come into Township ownership:


Boat Launch

Essential to maintain on harbor.

Fuel Dock

Essential to maintain on harbor.

Sales Office

Office to be maintained, but maybe not as extensive as existing

Boater Showers & Lounge

Essential for visitors. Perhaps have public access restrooms.


Essential to maintain on harbor, but must determine ‘right size’

County Road Commission Land

Property likely used as designated parking for boat launch


Car Rental, Car Repair, Large Boat Storage, Boat Repair

Not to be provided by township.

Apartment Building

Not to be operated by township.  

If Anderson and JAW Foundation move closer to an agreement it will necessitate township decision-making concerning acquisition.  The process will continue with an upcoming meeting between Anderson, JAWF, St James Township and Little Traverse Conservancy, which will hold an agreed-to conservation easement on the property.  The township board will hold a special meeting, likely at the end of January, to review and discuss the details of an acquisition plan in preparation for voting on the topic in the near future.

The township board encourages constituents to voice their concerns and questions by contacting board members and/or attending board meetings to express concern – email and phone contact information for all board members can be found at the St James Township Website. If the township gains ownership of the property, the residents of St. James Township and of Beaver Island will continue to play a role through public input meetings and visioning events.  Public input is necessary in order to a plan and execute the running of the marina and use of the adjacent property.

Kitty McNamara
St James Township
Phone: (231) 448-2014


PO Box 85
Beaver Island MI 49782




Posted at 12:45 p.m., 1/15/19

Campground Improvement Grant

January 15, 2019

A focus area for the St James Township board is making improvements to the recreational infrastructure which is so necessary to the economic life of the island, and to the well-being of those who make Beaver Island their home.  To that end, during 2018, the township completed an updated 5-Year Recreation Plan which was approved and which allowed the township to apply for a $150,000.00 Recreation Passport Program Grant.  The township was recently notified that its application for St James Campground Improvements grant garnered the second highest score of 68 applicants state-wide and was awarded the full amount of $150,000.00. 

The campground improvement project includes increasing the number of camping sites from 12 to 30, including 10 RV sites, building a restroom/shower facility, bringing in electrical service and improving access to the beach.  A goal of the project is to preserve the rustic beauty of the site while providing amenities that visitors and residents can enjoy.  The timeline for implementation of the project is being researched – best case scenario would have much of the work completed by mid-summer 2019.  The schedule will depend upon the timeline of the State of Michigan and its requirements for issuing the grant money. 

The township also received notification that its Harbor Plan, an addendum to the 5-Year Recreation Plan, was approved by the MDNR following submission in October of 2018. Approval of this Harbor Plan will allow the township to apply for grants for improvements to the harbor area through several state sponsored grant programs.  The township anticipates submitting a grant request for the spring 2019 granting deadline.  The township board will decide by the end of January which project(s) warrant seeking state grants. As the board begins its budget planning for 2019-2020, thought will be given to the amount of general fund dollars that can be committed to parks and recreation improvements.

Kitty McNamara
St James Township
Phone: (231) 448-2014


PO Box 85
Beaver Island MI 49782





Posted at 12:45 p.m., 1/15/19

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 15, 2018

Cloudy skies again this morning. 27°. These gray days are rather depressing, I'd rather some sun or even a snow storm just for a little diversion from the drabness. At least it's calm, no wind. humidity is 66%, pressure is 30.08 inches. There is a special weather statement for today that some roads are slippery for the morning commute so be careful out there and aware of slippery roads.

ON THIS DATE in 1967, at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the first-ever world championship game of American football. In the mid-1960s, the intense competition for players and fans between the National Football League (NFL) and the upstart American Football League (AFL) led to talks of a possible merger. It was decided that the winners of each league’s championship would meet each year in a single game to determine the “world champion of football.”

In that historic first game–played before a non-sell-out crowd of 61,946 people–Green Bay scored three touchdowns in the second half to defeat Kansas City 35-10. Led by MVP quarterback Bart Starr, the Packers benefited from Max McGee’s stellar receiving and a key interception by safety Willie Wood. For their win, each member of the Packers collected $15,000: the largest single-game share in the history of team sports.

Postseason college games were known as “bowl” games, and AFL founder Lamar Hunt suggested that the new pro championship be called the “Super Bowl.” The term was officially introduced in 1969, along with roman numerals to designate the individual games. In 1970, the NFL and AFL merged into one league with two conferences, each with 13 teams. Since then, the Super Bowl has been a face-off between the winners of the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC) for the NFL championship and the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy, named for the legendary Packers coach who guided his team to victory in the first two Super Bowls.

Super Bowl Sunday has become an unofficial American holiday, complete with parties, betting pools and excessive consumption of food and drink. On average, 80 to 90 million people are tuned into the game on TV at any given moment, while some 130-140 million watch at least some part of the game. The commercials shown during the game have become an attraction in themselves, with TV networks charging as much as $2.5 million for a 30-second spot and companies making more expensive, high-concept ads each year. The game itself has more than once been upstaged by its elaborate pre-game or halftime entertainment, most recently in 2004 when Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” resulted in a $225,000 fine for the TV network airing the game, CBS, and tighter controls on televised indecency.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The star Antares is 60,000 times larger than our sun. If our sun were the size of a softball, the star Antares would be as large as a house.

WORD OF THE DAY ratiocinate (rash-ee-OS-uh-neyt) which means to reason; carry on a process of reasoning. English ratiocinate comes straight from Latin ratiōcinātus, the past participle of the verb ratiōcinārī “to reckon, calculate, reason.” The Latin noun ratio “reckoning, act of reckoning, calculation” is a derivative of the verb rērī “to hold a belief or opinion, believe, think,” from the root rē-, rēi- “to reason, count, reckon,” a very complicated and problematic root that is also the source of English read and rede (from Old English rǣdan “to read, give counsel”) and riddle (from Old English rǣdels, rǣdelse “counsel, opinion, imagination, riddle”). The Latin combining form -cinārī is a verb suffix formed from nouns to denote a specific activity; its further etymology is unknown. Ratiocinate entered English in the 17th century.

Christian Church Bulletin

January 13, 2019

Posted at 7 p.m., 11/14/19

Then There Were Few

by Daniel R. Craig

Throughout my career I have cared for many veterans. No matter what my views are of current or past political agendas, I always support our veterans. The grunts, foot soldiers, the front liners. Those that are "heros" who have laid there life on the line to help maintain our freedom.

Early in my career, it was WW 1 veterans from the "Great War".....the war to end all wars. Not many, but I do know I had a few where in the back of the rig. Then came the "Greatest Generation ". World War 2 veterans were many. I rendered care to the infantry soilder, pilots, bombcrews, navel personnel, even a spy working through Canada with the OSS.

Many would talk about their combat experiences and life back in the day. Some not. I would never pry, just show intrest and respect. Some were too sick to converse, so I would tend to them the best I could. Many stories were heard from these brave men and women from the "Greatest Generation ".

Now I find myself tending and caring for the "Vietnam Vet". My generation. A generation I can relate to, for I have lived within its time. Always respect and the utmost of care will be rendered to these individuals. I am honored to help in their time of need. I thank all our veterans for their services.

He could see it in my "eyes" and in my "facial expression". It shocked me and not much shocks me now a days. He was a large tall man of solid built, weighting in at around 250 lbs. He had gone down in the back bathroom lying on the cold ceremic floor for more then 36 hours without intervention. His stepson had found him 30 minutes previous.

We had entered the house from the garage with multiple turns into the bedroom to where he laid on the floor of the adjoining bathroom. There was no way we could get a stretcher back there.

His body had failed him. He had plus four edema in both lower extremities. On the cold floor for more then 36 hours....hypothermia...compartment syndrome....his labs and pH had to be totally out of wack...kidney shutdown...His body was slowly shutting down.

Yet, in his eyes I could see sharpness and his respirations were normal! He was in a controlled state, in a tragic situation and he knew it. Amazing...I have never seen anything quite like this before. I assured him we were there for him......I left him in the caring hands of my partner. I grabbed the stepson and went to work on a plan to get him out to the rig....found an easy exit off the back deck.

I asked the stepson if I could get the rig back there. It was a go. All the while the stepson was updating me on his stepfather and what he knew about him. Hardworker, loved muscle cars, health issues the last five years. Also, he was a medic in Vietnam. We worked as a team. I put the stepson and his daughter to work. They assisted my partner and I in extrication, from the bathroom to the stretcher waiting in the family room over looking the deck.

We carried him on a blanket making sure not to bang him into doorwalls. We got him onto the stretcher and secured. I was proud in the way we worked as a "team" in a difficult situation. We wheeled and secured the stretcher in the rig.

I climbed in and told my partner, "Let's roll.

I looked down at him and said, "I heard you were a "field medic" in Vietnam."

He mouthed something. I leaned closer to listen, and he said " I was a corpsman".

A corpsman not a field medic. He was proud of the fact that he was a corpsman. I took his hand, smiled down at him and thanked him for his service. He knew his chances were slim....I knew his chances were slim. I went to work rendering care to this "hero". He was proud and I was honered to serve him!

Stay safe....smile, laugh, love......494

Posted at 4:30 p.m., 11/14/19

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association


The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association is pleased to announce the 2019 Baroque on Beaver Festival Schedule! Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details.

Friday July 26, 7:30 - Lincoln Trio at the Beaver Island Community Center

Saturday July 27, 7:30 - Jeeyoon Kim at the Beaver Island Community Center

Monday July 29, 4:30 - "Brass on the Grass" at Whiskey Point Lighthouse featuring Metallurgy

Tuesday July 30, 7:30 - "Chamber Music Across Eras" at the Cmu Biological Station

Wednesday July 31, 7:30 - "The Founder's Concert: Grant Us Peace" at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Kevin Simons, conductor

Thursday August 1, 2:00 - "Chamber Music al fresco" at the Beaver Island Studio & Gallery featuring the Donegal Bay Winds

Thursday August 1, 7:30 - "Papas and Sons" at the Beaver Island Community School featuring Jeeyoon Kim, pianist and Robert Nordling, conductor

Friday August 2, 7:30 - "Mozart's Farewell" at the Beaver Island Community School, Robert Nordling, conductor

Saturday August 3, 7:30 - "All the World's a Stage" at the Beaver Island Community School, Robert Nordling, conductor

Shore Dive to the Bessie Smith

By Dick Burris

A friend of mine came to Beaver Island to visit. Jim was a school teacher, and was not too athletic. He expressed that he too would like to experience diving on a shipwreck.

One. Day we elected to make a shore dive to the shipwreck "Bessie Smith" that lay almost 1/4 mile out in Iron Ore Bay, on the south end of Beaver Island.

We parked our car near the beach, and suited up. Not wanting to swim all of that distance, we, with fins in hand, waded on a shoal that extended into the lake, and ended beyond the hull of the wreck. The shoal went by the wreck within a few yards on its west side.

We stopped there;where we could see the darkened water to the east, and donned our fins. And we swam to the hull section. We explored it for several minutes.

Then we surfaced, and I asked Jim if he wanted to see one of the side sections of the wreck, which was about fifty yards northeast of the hull. He nodded yes. So off we went, I kept watching him, for I had never dove with him before.

All of a sudden he stopped. I turned to face him, and I could sense panic in his eyes. I said, "Are you OK?"

And he responded, "I can't breathe!!"

Knowing this was an anxiety attack, I told him calmly, "Don't try to swim, just relax and breath slowly, and we will drift back to the shoal."

Then I slid under his upper torso, and inflated my Uni-suit enough to lift his head and shoulders well out of the water.

There was some wind, and wave action that day, in a favorable direction; for it was taking us right toward the shoal we had started from.

CPR had entered my mind, from minute one, and I was wondering if I would be capable of doing it in a lake situation. Luckily it didn't become necessary.

We just drifted along like an inflatable boat. I was in a position to watch his reactions,

He calmed quite soon, and laid there saying nothing as we drifted toward the shoal. After about ten minutes, he looked at me, and said,'Tm OK, We can swim to the shoal now", and we did.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 14, 2018

Cloudy skies this morning. It's 29°, feels like 18° thanks to the WSW wind blowing at 14 mph. humidity is at 86%. Pressure is 30.26. A few snow flurries or snow showers are possible today. It's still slippery out there under the snow so walk carefully.

ON THIS DATE Benedict Arnold, the American general during the Revolutionary War who betrayed his country and became synonymous with the word “traitor,” was born in 1741.

Arnold, who was raised in a respected family in Norwich, Connecticut, apprenticed with an apothecary and was a member of the militia during the French and Indian War (1754-1763). He later became a successful trader and joined the Continental Army when the Revolutionary War broke out between Great Britain and its 13 American colonies in 1775.

During the war, Arnold proved himself to be a brave, skilled leader, helping Ethan Allen’s troops capture Fort Ticonderoga in 1775 and then taking part in the unsuccessful attack on British Quebec later that year, which earned him a promotion to brigadier general. Arnold distinguished himself in campaigns at Lake Champlain, Ridgefield and Saratoga, and gained the support of George Washington. However, Arnold had enemies within the military and in 1777, a group of lower-ranking men were promoted ahead of him. Over the next several years, Arnold married a second time and he and his wife led a lavish lifestyle in Philadelphia, racking up substantial debt. Money problems and the resentment Arnold felt over not being promoted faster were factors in his decision to become a turncoat.

In 1780, Arnold was given command of West Point, the American fort on the Hudson River in New York (and future home of the United States Military Academy, established in 1802). Arnold contacted Sir Henry Clinton, head of the British forces, and proposed handing over West Point and its men. On September 21 of that year, Arnold met with British Major John Andre and made his traitorous pact, in which the American was to receive a large sum of money and a high position in the British army. However, the conspiracy was uncovered and Andre was captured and killed. Arnold fled to the enemy side and went on to lead British troops in Virginia and Connecticut. He later moved to England, though he never received all of what he’d been promised by the British. The former American hero and patriot died in London, in relative obscurity, on June 14, 1801.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The moon is moving away from the Earth at a tiny, although measurable, rate every year. 85 million years ago it was orbiting the Earth about 35 feet from the planet's surface.

WORD OF THE DAY phatic (FAT-ik) which means denoting speech used to express or create an atmosphere of shared feelings, goodwill, or sociability rather than to impart information. Bronislaw Malinowski (1884-1942), the Polish-born US anthropologist, coined phatic in 1923. Phatic applies to speech expressive of goodwill and sociability, as at a bar or a cookout. Phatic is composed of the Greek participle phatós “spoken, (that) may be spoken, famous” and the adjective suffix -ic. Phatós comes from the Greek verb phánai “to speak,” from the common Proto-Indo-European root bhā- “to speak.” The root bhā- is the source of Latin fārī “to speak” with its many derivatives, e.g., fāma “fame.” Fārī is also the source of infant, from Latin īnfant-, stem of īnfāns “unspeaking,” formed from the negative prefix in- (from the same Proto-Indo-European source as English un-) and fāns, the present participle of fārī. The same root is the source of English boon “benefit, blessing” via Old Norse bón “prayer, request.”

Last Mass of the Christmas Season

January 13, 2019

Today January 13, 2019, ends the Christmas season in the Church calendar. Today also marked the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. In addition to these events, we had a visitor this weekend, Deacon Paul Fifer, who did the reading of the Gospel at both services and gave the sermon at both services as well. We had our own Father Jim Siler doing the majority of the services as well.

The reader on Saturday was Brian Foley. The reader on Sunday was Joanie Banville. The choir was singing joyous songs on both days with some very nice harmony as well.

Saturday Night

The Beautiful Church Decorations for Christmas

Sunday Morning

Deacon Paul Fifer

Final Blessing

View video of the services HERE

Posted at 3:15 p.m., 1/13/19

A Memory of My Aunt

by Cindy Ricksgers

Posted at 11:30 a.m., 1/13/19

Familiar Faces 10

by Joe Moore

You can always remember certain situations in your life unless the dementia disease takes control.  In the current history, I seem to forget some of the people that helped form my mode of emotional attachments to my patients.  The education of teachers in the EMS field introduces one to the three areas of instruction needed for all caring EMS providers.  They are the didactic, the skill, and the affective domains of learning.

Everyone is fully capable of learning the didactic domain if and only if they put in the effort unless they truly have too many distractions or an unfortunate learning disability.  The one person that makes the difference is the instructor, who must instill in the students the need to gain the basics of knowledge of many emergency situations so that proper assessment and treatments can occur.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Posted at 11:30 a.m., 1/12/19



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

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 4/16/18

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

St. James Township Meetings Schedule

September 5, 2018

View video of the meeting HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

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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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

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Congratulations, Ray and Devon!

Ray Byron and Devon Byron preseent their second son, Robert James Byron, born January 11, 2019, He weighed 7 lbs 11oz and was 19 3/4 inches long.

Posted at 11:15 a.m., 1/12/19

COA Lunch Scheduled

January 20, 2018

Posted at 9:45 a.m., 1/12/19

BICS Board Meeting Packet


Posted at 6 pm, 1/11/19

Telecommunications Meeting Scheduled

Posted at 6 p.m., 1/11/19

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update
January 11, 2019

Islanders Basketball Teams @ Munising Baptist this Friday and Saturday!
The Islanders head off the Island today to Munising to take on the Munising Bobcats. Go Islanders!

Saturday is Movie Day at the Community Center
Come on down to the Community Center this Saturday, January 12th, for an afternoon and/or evening movie. Here’s what will be on the big screen:
4:00 pm—Wizard of Oz
7:00 pm—Night School

January is School Board Appreciation Month!
Beaver Island Community School is grateful to all the current and past (and future) community members who choose to commit their time to guiding the school district. Please take a moment over the next month to thank our school board members when you see them!

BICS School Board Meeting, 7:00 pm, Monday, January 14, 2019
We always love to have community members join us for the BICS Board of Education meetings. Feel free to stop by Connie Boyle’s room at 7:00 pm the second Monday of every month.

Reminder-- Semester 1 Exams and Student Half Days Thursday and Friday, January 17th & 18th
Next Thursday and Friday will be half days for students and semester 1 exams. There will also be study sessions for the secondary students from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday and Thursday. Study hard this weekend, eat well, and get lots of sleep!

January 18th & 19th Islanders Basketball Will Host the Ojibwe Eagles and Senior Parent Recognition
Next weekend BICS boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will host the Ojibwe Eagles on Friday night and Saturday morning.  BICS Boosters will hold concessions on Friday night and BICS Cheer Club will have breakfast concessions on Saturday morning.  Senior parent recognition will take place on Friday night for all seniors who have participated in sports their senior year and their parents.

Change in basketball schedule
There has been a change to the basketball schedule for the weekend of February 1st and 2nd there will be no home game.  BICS boys’ basketball team will travel to Paradise that weekend.

Reminder to all Parents and Visitors
BICS staff would like to remind everyone to please sign in and check in with office staff before continuing through the school. 
Have a Great Weekend!

Posted at 6 p.m., 1/11/19

BICS Civics Presentations, 6 p.m. 1/10/19

Once again, this retired teacher is completely impressed by the speaking ability of our 9th and 10th grade students in the Civics class at Beaver Island Community School. On Thursday evening, the topics ranged from "Psychopaths" to "Gender Identity," and the students provided excellent presentations as well as thoughfully answering questions, being honest when the answers were not known. This program required in the Adam Richard's class was well attended with only a few empty seats.

Gathering for the Presentations

Adam Richards gives an introduction

The presenters

Attentive and Questioning Audience

Mr. Richards thanks everyone for their attendance

View video of these presentations HERE

Posted at 11 a.m., 1/11/19


The Historical Society is organizing a Beaver Island Oral History Project based on Island events during the 1950s, '60s and ’70s. The public is invited to attend group sessions moderated by Ed Wojan at the St. James Township Hall. The meetings will be twice a month on the first and third Mondays in January, February and possibly March. The February and March dates will be confirmed at the January meetings.

The events will be live streamed by Joe Moore and recorded for future Society publications. Please consider attending and sharing your stories or tuning in to reminisce Island memories! Naturally, the meetings are family friendly. Beverages will be provided. Feel free to bring a dessert


JANUARY 7, 2019 7-9 P.M.
JANUARY 21, 2019 7-9 P.M.

Posted at 6 p.m., 12/28/18



Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

BICS Basketball Schedule

Posted at 6:45 p.m., 11/14/18


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

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2018 Meeting Dates

March 10

June 16

September 15

December 8 (Annual Meeting)

BICS Meeting Schedules

Regular Meeting Schedule 2018

Committee Meeting Schedule2018

Beaver Island Airport Committee 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.

St. James Meetings for 2018-19

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Dates

Thursday, June 28, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, August 30, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, October 25, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, December 27, 2018 2:00PM
Thursday, February 22, 2019 2:00PM

From the BIESA minutes for May 31, 2018


Posted at 1:45 p.m., 7/27/18

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

December 2018

Posted at 5:30 p.m., 12/2/18

Waste Management Committee Meeting Schedule

1st Tuesday of the Month at 1 p.m. at Peaine Hall

View schedule HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

November 25, 2018


BICS Calendar 2017-18

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