B. I. News on the 'Net, January 15-28, 2018

Readings and Sermon from Holy Cross, Sunday

January 28, 2018

Due to the contact by GIA Publications and One License.com, BINN is unable to include the music portions of the service from Holy Cross. The fee increased by over 100% before the end of the first license period. This made the inclusion of the sung parts of the service to be deleted from what BINN can live stream and record. This is too important to not provide some live stream and recorded access for our subscribers and others. BINN will continue to provide the parts of the service that can be provided. Those parts included the readings, the sermon, and the prayers, which can all be completed without an interruption in the live stream.

This means that the live stream will begun approximately ten minutes after the start of the service and end approximately thirty minutes later. Today, January 28, 2018, is the first limitation of the service availability. Even with the license, many other musical performances could not be live streamed or recorded, including the Baroque on Beaver performances, just to name one. The Diocese of Gaylord was contacted by email to find out if our service could be included in any license that they may have.

Saturday lector Ann Partridge...Sunday lector Joan Banville

Celebrant Father James Siler

View video HERE

Peaine Township Recreation Plan

Thanks to the forum, there is a link for finding this recreation plan. It is not easily found otherwise. Checking the minutes of Peaine Township, no resolution for approval of this recreation plan can be found. It must be a draft plan, since it was never approved officially in the minutes. There was a public hearing, but no resolution of approval was passed can be found in the minutes.

Here is the 2013-2018 recreation plan

Senior Parent Recognition

Each year as the BICS Sports Season comes near a close, the parents of seniors in the sports' program are recognized. This is a wonderful tradition, and it continues on the island. During the break between the Lady Islander and the Islander games, the seniors and their parents come to the center of the court. The seniors present green and white flowers to their parent(s). This year the seniors received an alumni tee shirt as well.

This year there were only two seniors in the sports programs, and they, as well as their parents, were beaming as they approached the mid-court area.

Forrest Avery and parents

Katie LaFreniere and parents


Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 28, 2018

Thank you for all the lovely thoughts and prayers. They are truly appreciated. As my 93 year old mother constantly says, "it'll all work out" and she's right it will. We just have to be patient on the ride. This morning it's 26° outside, feels like 18°, wind is from the NW at 8 mph, humidity is at 79%, pressure is rising from 30.27 inches, and visibility is 7 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers. Highs in the mid 20s. North winds 5 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows around 10°. North winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

ON THIS DATE of January 28, At 11:38 a.m. EST, on January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe is on her way to becoming the first ordinary U.S. civilian to travel into space. McAuliffe, a 37-year-old high school social studies teacher from New Hampshire, won a competition that earned her a place among the seven-member crew of the Challenger. She underwent months of shuttle training but then, beginning January 23, was forced to wait six long days as the Challenger‘s launch countdown was repeatedly delayed because of weather and technical problems. Finally, on January 28, the shuttle lifted off.

Seventy-three seconds later, hundreds on the ground, including Christa’s family, stared in disbelief as the shuttle broke up in a forking plume of smoke and fire. Millions more watched the wrenching tragedy unfold on live television. There were no survivors.

In 1976, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) unveiled the world’s first reusable manned spacecraft, the Enterprise. Five years later, space flights of the shuttle began when Columbia traveled into space on a 54-hour mission. Launched by two solid-rocket boosters and an external tank, only the aircraft-like shuttle entered into orbit around Earth. When the mission was completed, the shuttle fired engines to reduce speed and, after descending through the atmosphere, landed like a glider. Early shuttles took satellite equipment into space and carried out various scientific experiments. The Challenger disaster was the first major shuttle accident.

In the aftermath of the disaster, President Ronald Reagan appointed a special commission to determine what went wrong with Challenger and to develop future corrective measures. The presidential commission was headed by former secretary of state William Rogers, and included former astronaut Neil Armstrong and former test pilot Chuck Yeager. The investigation determined that the disaster was caused by the failure of an “O-ring” seal in one of the two solid-fuel rockets. The elastic O-ring did not respond as expected because of the cold temperature at launch time, which began a chain of events that resulted in the massive loss. As a result, NASA did not send astronauts into space for more than two years as it redesigned a number of features of the space shuttle.

In September 1988, space shuttle flights resumed with the successful launching of the Discovery. Since then, the space shuttle has carried out numerous important missions, such as the repair and maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope and the construction of the International Space Station.

On February 1, 2003, a second space-shuttle disaster rocked the United States when Columbia disintegrated upon reentry of the Earth’s atmosphere. All aboard were killed. Despite fears that the problems that downed Columbia had not been satisfactorily addressed, space-shuttle flights resumed on July 26, 2005, when Discovery was again put into orbit. (History.com staff)

DID YOU KNOW THAT 'Bookkeeper' and 'bookkeeping' are the only 2 words in the English language with three consecutive double letters?

WORD OF THE DAY: earworm (EER-wurm) which means a tune or part of a song that repeats in one’s mind. The English noun earworm is a calque or loan translation of the German compound Ohrwurm “earwig (the insect), catchy tune” (the all but identical Dutch oorworm means only earwig). Earworm entered English in the late 16th century in the sense earwig ; its current sense dates from the late 20th century.

Peaine Township Special Meeting Scheduled

January 29, 2018

Mackinac Island at Beaver Island B-ball 8:30 am Saturday

The Islanders and the Lady Isladers put on quite a show this Saturday morning, January 27, 2018, against a very aggressive Mackinac Island Lakers and Lady Lakers. Fifty-seven unique IP addresses viewed the games today.

The Islanders won their game this morning with a score of 40 to 35. The Lady Islanders won their game by a score of 57 to 29. Congratulation to the Islanders and Lady Islanders on two games that were quite exciting to watch.

View pictures from the Lady Islanders' game HERE

View pictures from the Islanders' game HERE

View Video of the Lady Islander game and cheers HERE

View Video of the Island game HERE

Beaver Island Basketball Friday

The Lady Islanders were up first and were playing very hard against the Lady Lakers. With a game that was a nail biter, all the fans in the building were not disappointed. It was a very good game. Way to go Lady Islanders!

Lady Islanders won this game 42 to 33 over the Lady Lakers. The Lady Islanders will play again this morning, Saturday, January 27, 2018.

The Islanders kept us all on the edge of our seat last night as well. The Islanders played hard and were behind, but the end result was an Islander win! The score of the Islanders versus the Lakers at the final bell was 53 for the Islanders and 50 for the Lakers.

One hundred and six unique IP addresses viewed the games on Beaver Island TV for the games on Friday night, and the games will be live on Saturday as well.

Here we go, Islanders! Here we go!

View pictures from the Lady Islanders's game HERE

View pictures from the Islanders' game HERE

View video of Lady Islanders' game HERE

View video of Islanders' game HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 27, 2018

..and we are home safe and sound. It's the best place to be! Seems that the test results from last week showed that I do have something growing in my chest and on my thyroid. Guess I'm just lucky. My 93 year old mom gets a letter from her doctor saying how healthy she is - - I'd sure like to get one of those. Oh well, things could be so much worse. God decides all this, not me, so I just have to roll with the punches as the saying goes. Besides, I have to keep you all (and Joe) entertained so you don't get bored. I have another appointment next Wednesday, the 31st, with an ENT in Petoskey, where he/she will decide how to deal with the tumor on the thyroid. Personally, I think Henry (that lonely brain tumor that sits in my head) is trying to drum up girl-friends, so perhaps I should name the one in my throat, Maud. Just waiting on a date for when I have to go over for another PET scan. Anyhow, just updating you as to where things stand at the moment. Many, many thanks to whomever paid for our room at the Weathervane this past trip across. Thank you, thank you! We truly appreciated it.

As for the weather...right now I'm showing 40°, mostly cloudy skies, humidity is at 80%, pressure is steady at 29.77 inches, wind is from the SW at 13 mph with gusts to 24 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Highs around 40°. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 20s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gutsts to around 30 mph.

ON THIS DATE of January 27, 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. (History.com staff)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Some lipstick does contain something called "pearl essence". Also known as " pearlescence ", this silvery substance is literally found in fish scales! It is primarily sourced from herring and can be found in many lipsticks, nail polishes and other cosmetic products due to the shimmer effect it creates.

WORD OF THE DAY: consuetude (KON-swi-tood) which means a custom, especially as having legal force. Consuetude comes from Old French consuetude, in Old French a learned borrowing or Latinism from Latin consuētūdō “custom, usage, habit; idiom or usage (in language); customary right or usage in law (its usual modern sense); companionship, familiarity, social intercourse, sexual intercourse, illicit love affair.” Consuetude entered English in the 14th century.

Emergency Services Meeting on 1/25/18


View video of the meeting HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

Beaver Island Association Newsletter

Weather by Joe

January 26, 2018

In Charlevoix this morning, hoping to get home, weather permitting. The current conditions at 7:30 a.m. on Beaver Island are 28 degrees and clear skies. Humidy is 90%, pressure is steady at 30.17 inches, winds from the souotheast at 6 mph. Visibility is 7 miles. For today, mostly sunny with highs in the mid 40's. South winds at 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight mostly cloudy with 20% chance of rain showers and breezy. Lows will be in the upper 30s with south winds 15-25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

Word of the Day: retrodict --verb---- ret-ruh-DIKT----to utilize present information or ideas to infer or explain (a past event or state of affairs)--Geologists have retrodicted the positions of the continents millions of years ago.

On this Day:

On January 26, 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip guides a fleet of 11 British ships carrying convicts to the colony of New South Wales, effectively founding Australia. After overcoming a period of hardship, the fledgling colony began to celebrate the anniversary of this date with great fanfare.

Australia, once known as New South Wales, was originally planned as a penal colony. In October 1786, the British government appointed Arthur Phillip captain of the HMS Sirius, and commissioned him to establish an agricultural work camp there for British convicts. With little idea of what he could expect from the mysterious and distant land, Phillip had great difficulty assembling the fleet that was to make the journey. His requests for more experienced farmers to assist the penal colony were repeatedly denied, and he was both poorly funded and outfitted. Nonetheless, accompanied by a small contingent of Marines and other officers, Phillip led his 1,000-strong party, of whom more than 700 were convicts, around Africa to the eastern side of Australia. In all, the voyage lasted eight months, claiming the deaths of some 30 men.

The first years of settlement were nearly disastrous. Cursed with poor soil, an unfamiliar climate and workers who were ignorant of farming, Phillip had great difficulty keeping the men alive. The colony was on the verge of outright starvation for several years, and the marines sent to keep order were not up to the task. Phillip, who proved to be a tough but fair-minded leader, persevered by appointing convicts to positions of responsibility and oversight. Floggings and hangings were commonplace, but so was egalitarianism. As Phillip said before leaving England: “In a new country there will be no slavery and hence no slaves.”

Though Phillip returned to England in 1792, the colony became prosperous by the turn of the 19th century. Feeling a new sense of patriotism, the men began to rally around January 26 as their founding day. Historian Manning Clarke noted that in 1808 the men observed the “anniversary of the foundation of the colony” with “drinking and merriment.”

Finally, in 1818, January 26 became an official holiday, marking the 30th anniversary of British settlement in Australia. And, as Australia became a sovereign nation, it became the national holiday known as Australia Day. Today, Australia Day serves both as a day of celebration for the founding of the white British settlement, and as a day of mourning for the Aborigines who were slowly dispossessed of their land as white colonization spread across the continent.

BIESA Meeting Today, 2 pm

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 25, 2018

We're off to the mainland this morning on the first flight to meet with my oncologist and get the results of all those tests I had last week. Prayers, good thoughts, and crossed fingers would be great - although I do know it's hard to do Facebook with your fingers crossed - so maybe skip that part. We'll be back tomorrow.
Right now we're showing 22°, cloudy skies, humidity is at 85%, pressure is steady at 30.31 inches, wind is from the north at 3 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers and patchy freezing drizzle in the morning, then a chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Highs around 30°. Southwest winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the mid 20s. Southeast winds at 10 mph.

ON THIS DATE of January 25, 1905, at the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa, a 3,106-carat diamond is discovered during a routine inspection by the mine’s superintendent. Weighing 1.33 pounds, and christened the “Cullinan,” it was the largest diamond ever found.

Frederick Wells was 18 feet below the earth’s surface when he spotted a flash of starlight embedded in the wall just above him. His discovery was presented that same afternoon to Sir Thomas Cullinan, who owned the mine. Cullinan then sold the diamond to the Transvaal provincial government, which presented the stone to Britain’s King Edward VII as a birthday gift. Worried that the diamond might be stolen in transit from Africa to London, Edward arranged to send a phony diamond aboard a steamer ship loaded with detectives as a diversionary tactic. While the decoy slowly made its way from Africa on the ship, the Cullinan was sent to England in a plain box.

Edward entrusted the cutting of the Cullinan to Joseph Asscher, head of the Asscher Diamond Company of Amsterdam. Asscher, who had cut the famous Excelsior Diamond, a 971-carat diamond found in 1893, studied the stone for six months before attempting the cut. On his first attempt, the steel blade broke, with no effect on the diamond. On the second attempt, the diamond shattered exactly as planned; Asscher then fainted from nervous exhaustion.

The Cullinan was later cut into nine large stones and about 100 smaller ones, valued at millions of dollars all told. The largest stone is called the “Star of Africa I,” or “Cullinan I,” and at 530 carats, it is the largest-cut fine-quality colorless diamond in the world. The second largest stone, the “Star of Africa II” or “Cullinan II,” is 317 carats. Both of these stones, as well as the “Cullinan III,” are on display in the Tower of London with Britain’s other crown jewels; the Cullinan I is mounted in the British Sovereign’s Royal Scepter, while the Cullinan II sits in the Imperial State Crown. (from History.com Staff)

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. Have a good sleep tonight!

WORD OF THE DAY: reverie (REV-uh-ree) which means a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing. Reverie has calmed down from its original meaning of wild emotion, wild behavior, anger, fury (the 14th and 15th centuries). The Middle French nouns reverie and resverie derive from Middle French verbs resver, raver, rever “to be insane, behave deliriously” (in modern French rȇver means only “to dream”). The current English meaning of daydreaming dates from the 15th century.

The Prudent Layperson

An Editorial by Joe Moore

Recently, I have been doing a lot of research on this topic because I wanted to get a better understanding of what this phrase actually meant, and how it applies to certain situations related to injuries and illness.  I also wanted to verify that I had been teaching this topic properly for over twenty-five years.   In this research, I’ve discovered that it is quite a common method to refer to a situation that may be called an emergency.

Read the rest of the editorial HERE


Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 24, 2018

It's too dark out yet to see if the trees are still sparkling after yesterday's ice storm. They looked so lovely as we were walking over to the Pub last night, but of course we had no camera. Right now it's 11°, feels like 4°, partly cloudy, humidity is at 84%, pressure is rising from 30.21 inches, wind is from the north at 4 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Highs around 20°. Northeast winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows around 11°. Light winds.

ON THIS DATE of January 24, 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 studies conducted by NASA have concluded that the Atacama Desert located in northern Chile is in fact the driest desert in the world. Some weather stations in the Atacama have never received rain. Periods of up to four years have been registered with no rainfall in the central sector, delimited by the cities of Antofagasta, Calama and Copiapó, in Chile. Evidence suggests that the Atacama Desert may not have had any significant rainfall from 1570 to 1971.

WORD OF THE DAY: quodlibet (KWOD-luh-bet) which means a subtle or elaborate argument or point of debate, usually on a theological or scholastic subject. The Latin indefinite pronoun and adjective quodlibet is the neuter singular of quīlibet (also quīlubet) “who(m)/what it pleases, who(m)/what you like, whoever, whatever.” Latin libēre, lubēre “to be dear, be pleasing” is related to English love and to Slavic (Polish) lubić “to like, enjoy." By the 14th century, medieval scholars used the noun quodlibētum “whatever (subject or topic) you like,” as in disputātiō dē quodlibētō “a debate on any topic one likes.” Quodlibet entered English in the 14th century.

Beaver Island Township Consolidation Website

There has been a website set up for the Consolidation of Peaine Township and St. James Township. You can go there to find out information if you are interested.

Link to website HERE

Be Careful in This Ice

Beaver Island got a good three to four inches of snow with wind drifting the snow, and then freezing rain on top of the snow. Here are some pictures of the ice that makes things quite dangerous outside if you are going out. Be careful out there!

Ice topper next to 3/8 inch cord......Ice on the trees.................close-up of ice on the trees..

Icy tree limb...................crust next to power cord

View two short video clips HERE

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

No, I Don't Have Cold

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 23, 2018

Be careful out there, we have a layer of ice on top of that snow, making it very slippery. We are still under a Winter Weather Advisory until noon.
TODAY: Cloudy, snow, freezing drizzle, and a light chance of light freezing rain in the morning, then a chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Patchy fog in the morning, then patchy blowing snow in the afternoon. Breezy. Total daytime snow accumulation up to one inch. Highs in the mid 20s. North winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to 10 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 40 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows around 8°. North winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 40 mph decreasing to 25 mph after midnight.

ON THIS DATE of January 23, 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 a person usually makes a lot of hand gestures when telling a true story. When telling a lie a person's hands will stay noticeably still.

WORD OF THE DAY: maladroit (mal-uh-DROIT) which means unskillful; awkward; bungling; tactless. English maladroit is a direct borrowing from French. The first element, mal-, is from the French adverb and combining form mal- “badly, ill,” from the Latin adverb male with the same meaning. The second element is the French adjective adroit “skillful, deft,” in origin a prepositional phrase à droit (also à dreit) “by or according to right; correctly.” The element à is from Latin ad “to, up to, towards.” Dreit (droit) is the French development of Vulgar Latin drēctum, drictum “straightened, straight,” from Latin dīrectum, dērectum “straight, right.” Maladroit entered English in the 17th century.

Live Streaming of Mass from Holy Cross

News on the 'Net has been live streaming and recording the entire Saturday and Sunday Masses from Holy Cross Church here on Beaver Island. BINN was just notified by the One License website that the cost of doing this live streaming of the music will increase from the $155 per year fee to $350 per year. The donation of the license fee from the editor of BINN cannot increase by this amount. So, as of today, January 22, 2018, the live stream from Holy Cross will be limited to the readings and the sermon. None of the Mass parts nor any of the hymns can be broadcast without this license.

This is just one more example of how being straight forward and honest about the live stream and recording has caused another event to be denied to the public. This was being done for the benefit of those unable to attend the service, and specifically to give them an opportunity to participate if they were unable to attend. BINN wishes to apologize to those that have been able to watch. It is sad to have this kind of license fee for such a samll group of people, but a more than one hundred percent increase seems way beyond reasonable for the small numbers of those who view the services.

Jerry LaFreniere Pole Barn Party 2005

Another wonderful pole barn party in the Beaver Island House Party tradition, took place in March 2005. The musicians shown in this first tape of the party are Edward Palmer, Cindy Gillespie Cushman, Rich Scripps, and Kevin White.

View video of this party HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 22, 2018

It seems Mother Nature has decided to serve us up some sort of ugly special for today and tonight. If you must be out and about, please be very careful. We are still under a Winter Weather Advisory until Tuesday at 12:00 a.m. Right now I'm showing 34°, feels like 20°, foggy, humidity is at 98%, pressure is steady at 29.98 inches, wind is from the east at 14 mph with gusts to 17 mph, visibility is 3.7 miles.
TODAY: Chance of snow, slight chance of light freezing rain and freezing drizzle in the morning, then rain, snow, light sleet, and a chance of freezing rain in the afternoon. Areas of fog through the day. Breezy. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 4 inches. Ice accumulation of less than one quarter of an inch. Highs in the mid 30s. East winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to 10 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 40 mph.
TONIGHT: Rain, snow, and a slight chance of light freezing rain in the evening, then rain with possible snow, freezing rain and sleet likely after midnight. Areas of fog through the night. Total nighttime accumulation up to 2 inches. Ice accumulation of less than one quarter of an inch. Lows in the lower 20s. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 45 mph decreasing to 35 mph after midnight.

ON THIS DATE of January 22, 1998, in a Sacramento, California, courtroom, Theodore J. Kaczynski pleads guilty to all federal charges against him, acknowledging his responsibility for a 17-year campaign of package bombings attributed to the “Unabomber.”

Born in 1942, Kaczynski attended Harvard University and received a PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan. He worked as an assistant mathematics professor at the University of California at Berkeley, but abruptly quit in 1969. In the early 1970s, Kaczynski began living as a recluse in western Montana, in a 10-by-12 foot cabin without heat, electricity or running water. From this isolated location, he began the bombing campaign that would kill three people and injure more than 20 others.

The primary targets were universities, but he also placed a bomb on an American Airlines flight in 1979 and sent one to the home of the president of United Airlines in 1980. After federal investigators set up the UNABOM Task Force (the name came from the words “university and airline bombing”), the media dubbed the culprit the “Unabomber.” The bombs left little physical evidence, and the only eyewitness found in the case could describe the suspect only as a man in hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses (depicted in an infamous 1987 police sketch).

In 1995, the Washington Post (in collaboration with the New York Times) published a 35,000-word anti-technology manifesto written by a person claiming to be the Unabomber. Recognizing elements of his brother’s writings, David Kaczynski went to authorities with his suspicions, and Ted Kaczynski was arrested in April 1996. In his cabin, federal investigators found ample evidence linking him to the bombings, including bomb parts, journal entries and drafts of the manifesto.

Kaczynski was arraigned in Sacramento and charged with bombings in 1985, 1993 and 1995 that killed two people and maimed two others. (A bombing in New Jersey in 1994 also resulted in the victim’s death.) Despite his lawyers’ efforts, Kaczynski rejected an insanity plea. After attempting suicide in his jail cell in early 1998, Kaczynski appealed to U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. to allow him to represent himself, and agreed to undergo psychiatric evaluation. A court-appointed psychiatrist diagnosed paranoid schizophrenia, and Judge Burrell ruled that Kaczynski could not defend himself. The psychiatrist’s verdict helped prosecutors and defense reach a plea bargain, which allowed prosecutors to avoid arguing for the death penalty for a mentally ill defendant.

On January 22, 1998, Kaczynski accepted a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole in return for a plea of guilty to all federal charges; he also gave up the right to appeal any rulings in the case. Though Kaczynski later attempted to withdraw his guilty plea, arguing that it had been involuntary, Judge Burrell denied the request, and a federal appeals court upheld the ruling. Kaczynski was remanded to a maximum-security prison in Colorado, where he is serving his life sentence.

DID YOU KNOW THAT professional baseball uniforms were made of wool until the 1940s, rendering most players a sweaty, wobbly mess during the midsummer months. As such, Babe Ruth introduced to his teammates an unusual technique for keeping cool: He pried the leaves off a head of cabbage and spread them over the ice in a cooler. When they were sufficiently chilled, a leaf under the cap would supply much-needed relief for a few innings before needing to be replaced. A large man with an extra-large noggin, the Babe was said to require two leaves for the method to be fully effective. And considering his legendary appetite for hot dogs, this was probably the closest he came to ingesting any vegetables. (from biography.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: featly (FEET-lee) which means 1) neatly; elegantly; 2) suitably; appropriately; 3) skillfully. Featly is an archaic word, used mostly as an adverb and occasionally, since the 19th century, as an adjective. The word derives from the Middle English adverb feetly, fetly “properly, suitably,” from the Old French adjective fait, fet “made (for something),” from the Latin adjective factus “made.” The English suffix -ly is the usual suffix for forming adjectives and adverbs of manner. Featly entered English at the beginning of the 15th century.

Ray Kiogima on the Odawa Language, Museum Week Presentation 2006

William ‘Ray’ Kiogima, of Harbor Springs, walked on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, from complications of the heart. He was 84.

Ray was a jack-of-all-trades. Not only did he serve as a finish carpenter and a rock mason, Ray worked at the Andrew J. Blackbird Museum. Ray was an avid member of the LTBB community. He served on the Housing Commission for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians since 1996. Besides his family, his greatest joy was preserving and teaching the Odawa language. Ray was instrumental in getting the Odawa language program started in the Harbor Springs High School, with classes recently becoming available in Petoskey, as well. He authored two Odawa language books and consulted on more.

This presentation was made at the Holy Cross Parish Hall as part of Museum Week. This video is one of the digitized videos completed by BINN Editor Joe Moore for the Beaver Island Historical Society.

Ray Kiogima speaking about the Odawa Language

Ray also spoke about Odawa legends and explained some of how the word parts were put together to distinguish tenses of verbs and how to tell the difference between doing something today and going to do something tomorrow. Ray answered several questions as well during this presentation. This was Ray Kiogima's first trip to Beaver Island

View video of this presentation HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

January 21, 2018

Holy Cross has two weekend Masses, which provides all parishioners two opportunities to participate in the services at Holy Cross Church. Saturday, the service is at 4 p.m., and Sunday the service is at 9:30 a.m.

Father Jim Siler celebrated both services. Ann Partridge was the lector for Saturday night with Sophie McDonough the server.

On Sunday Kitty McNamara was the lector.

Phil Becker led the choir on both Saturday night and Sunday morning, but Pam O'Brien and Tammy McDonough were missed this weekend. Five people watched the live stream last night and eleven watch this morning.

View video of the service HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

January 21, 2018

52 Lists for Happiness #4

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 21, 2018

A little break from the cold, Mother Nature must be feeling sorry for us. Anyhow, right now it's 34°, humidity is at 98%, pressure is steady at 29.98 inches, wind is from the north, and visibility is 3 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog. Highs around 40°. Light winds.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog through the night. A 30% chance of snow after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s. East winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph after midnight.

ON THIS DATE of January 21, U.S. President Jimmy Carter grants an unconditional pardon to hundreds of thousands of men who evaded the draft during the Vietnam War.

In total, some 100,000 young Americans went abroad in the late 1960s and early 70s to avoid serving in the war. Ninety percent went to Canada, where after some initial controversy they were eventually welcomed as immigrants. Still others hid inside the United States. In addition to those who avoided the draft, a relatively small number–about 1,000–of deserters from the U.S. armed forces also headed to Canada. While the Canadian government technically reserved the right to prosecute deserters, in practice they left them alone, even instructing border guards not to ask too many questions.

For its part, the U.S. government continued to prosecute draft evaders after the Vietnam War ended. A total of 209,517 men were formally accused of violating draft laws, while government officials estimate another 360,000 were never formally accused. If they returned home, those living in Canada or elsewhere faced prison sentences or forced military service. During his 1976 presidential campaign, Jimmy Carter promised to pardon draft dodgers as a way of putting the war and the bitter divisions it caused firmly in the past. After winning the election, Carter wasted no time in making good on his word. Though many transplanted Americans returned home, an estimated 50,000 settled permanently in Canada, greatly expanding the country’s arts and academic scenes and pushing Canadian politics decidedly to the left.

Back in the U.S., Carter’s decision generated a good deal of controversy. Heavily criticized by veterans’ groups and others for allowing unpatriotic lawbreakers to get off scot-free, the pardon and companion relief plan came under fire from amnesty groups for not addressing deserters, soldiers who were dishonorably discharged or civilian anti-war demonstrators who had been prosecuted for their resistance.

(written by history.com staff)

DID YOU KNOW THAT The average lifespan of a major league baseball is just 7 pitches. The lifespan of a baseball is so short because every foul ball is lost, every home run is lost, and whenever a ball is scuffed, the umpire discards it for batting practice. The yarn or string used to wrap the baseball can be up to one mile in length. Rawlings, the official baseball brand of Major League Baseball makes baseballs with microchips inside that record a ball's speed.

WORD OF THE DAY: vulnerary (VUHL-nuh-rer-ee) which means: used to promote the healing of wounds, as herbs or other remedies. The Latin adjective and noun vulnerārius first appears in the writings of the Roman polymath Pliny the Elder (23–79 a.d.), who perished in the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 a.d. while trying to observe the eruption). As an adjective, vulnerārius means “(bandage) for dressing wounds"; as a noun, it means “surgeon.” Vulnerary entered English at the end of the 16th century.

Beautiful Sky

January 20, 2018

After a mission of mercy in which a family member got stuck, and after getting them unstuck, a trip to Donegal Bay seemed needed to take a look and see for the possibility of a later sunset trip to get pictures. The sky looked interesting at 3 p.m., so a few pictures were taken.

After a trip to church, there was just time to get out to Donegal Bay to check on the sunset. It was worth the trip.

Pictures were taken from the public area on Donegal Bay and from the top of the hill by the old fish swimming pool.

View video of the sky HERE

Requiem Chorale 2003

First on the program was a group of high school aged young ladies that included Ms. Wirth, Christine McDonough, Kristen Russell, Melissa Peters, Brenna Green, Leaha Cary, Emily Gray, Danielle Cary, and Megan Heller. The choral group was led by Marth Guth with Lorraine Dawson on the piano.

The second part of the program was performed by the Cantata Choir 2003 directed by Martha Guth in performing a Requiem. This group was singing with Lorraine Dawson on organ with individual parts played on violin by Chirsty Albin and Joe Moore. This performance also included a solo by Christy Albin and a solo by Phil Becker. The performers included Christie VanLooy, Mike Scripps, Joe Moore, Bob Hoogendoorn, Earl Seeger, Tom Whitman, Phil Becker, and Glen Felixson in the back row. In the front row are (r to l) Jean Palmer Wierenga, Peg Hoogendoorn, Jayne Bailey, Deb Harwood, Melissa Bailey, Marianne Weaver, Mary Scholl, and Christy Albin.

View video of Islanders performing the Requiem HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 20, 2018

and I'm home where I belong. Many thanks to Beverly Cantwell (for driving me), to Lisa and Jerry Sladek (for the room and board, and to Carol and Doug Bunting (for the wine and all the laughs). Joe and I will go over next week for the results of all this crazy testing. Anyhow, at the moment I'm showing 33°, feels like 28°, humidity is at 90%, pressure is rising from 29.71 inches, wind is from the west at 14 mph, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Highs around 40°. West winds 5 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s. Light winds.

ON THIS DATE of January 20, Minutes after Ronald Reagan’s inauguration as the 40th president of the United States, the 52 U.S. captives held at the U.S. embassy in Teheran, Iran, are released, ending the 444-day Iran Hostage Crisis.

On November 4, 1979, the crisis began when militant Iranian students, outraged that the U.S. government had allowed the ousted shah of Iran to travel to New York City for medical treatment, seized the U.S. embassy in Teheran. The Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran’s political and religious leader, took over the hostage situation, refusing all appeals to release the hostages, even after the U.N. Security Council demanded an end to the crisis in an unanimous vote. However, two weeks after the storming of the embassy, the Ayatollah began to release all non-U.S. captives, and all female and minority Americans, citing these groups as among the people oppressed by the government of the United States. The remaining 52 captives remained at the mercy of the Ayatollah for the next 14 months.

President Jimmy Carter was unable to diplomatically resolve the crisis, and on April 24, 1980, he ordered a disastrous rescue mission in which eight U.S. military personnel were killed and no hostages rescued. Three months later, the former shah died of cancer in Egypt, but the crisis continued. In November 1980, Carter lost the presidential election to Republican Ronald Reagan. Soon after, with the assistance of Algerian intermediaries, successful negotiations began between the United States and Iran. On the day of Reagan’s inauguration, the United States freed almost $8 billion in frozen Iranian assets, and the hostages were released after 444 days. The next day, Jimmy Carter flew to West Germany to greet the Americans on their way home.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the Olympic flag's colors are always red, black, blue, green, and yellow rings on a field of white? This is because at least one of those colors appears on the flag of every nation on the planet.

WORD OF THE DAY: doodlesack (DOOD-l-sak) which means a bagpipe. Doodlesack, a respelling of German Dudelsack “bagpipe,” literally “bagpipe sack,” is a rare word in English. The German word is, or seems to be, a derivative of dudeln “to tootle” (unless the verb is a derivative of the noun). Even in German Dudelsack appears not to be a native word but is likely to be a borrowing from a Slavic language, e.g., Polish and Czech dudy “bagpipe.” Doodlesack entered English in the mid-19th century.

Peaine Minutes January 2018

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

January 19th, 2018


BICS Basketball January 19th & 20th @ Ojibwe
BICS Basketball teams will head Ojibwe to take on the Eagles this weekend. Congrats to all our basketball players for sweeping all four games against Munising Baptist last week!

Lego Club Saturday, January 20th  
Lego Club at the Beaver Island District Library on Saturday January 20th  at 1pm. This week’s theme is “Minecraft Home Base.”

Semester 2 Begins on the 22nd!
Unbelievable but true—we are already halfway through the school year! Have a great weekend and get ready to start the second half of the year with enthusiasm!

BICS Basketball Home Games January 26th & 27th  
Mark your calendars for next weekend—We have home games against the Mackinac Island Lakers. We look forward to having the whole community here to cheer on the Islanders!  Plan on having dinner and breakfast at the school to support our Boosters program!

Cummings Quartet Coming to the Island on Friday, March 2nd
Due to inclement weather, three-quarters of The Cummings Quartet was not able to make it to the Island last week. Thanks to some creativity on behalf of David Reimer (Gerber Strings Director), Island residents Sheri Richards and Cynthia Pryor, and our own student musicians, we held an impromptu concert here at school. Think of this as a “warm-up” concert, as the Cummings Quartet wants to try again to share their music with us noon on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Beaver Island Community Center. This free concert is made possible by the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, BICS, Beaver Island Community Center, Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association, and the Charlevoix Circle of Arts. All community members are welcome, so spread the word and bring neighbors! 

Box Tops
The Preschool-First Grade Students are collecting Box Tops.  Please clip Box Top Coupons-each one is worth $.10 for our school!  Box tops can be given to a first grader, or turned into the collection box in Ms. Green’s classroom.

Sunshine and Beauty

This photographer has an amazing eye for beauty, and permission was received to post this picture. The subject is beautiful and so is the thought behind the post. Becca Bowman Foli is the photographer, and BINN is unable to applaud loudly enough for this photograph. It was taken at Whiskey Point near the CMU boathouse.

Beaver Island House Party

This continuing saga of the historical society tape digitization has shown the wonderful tradition of the Beaver Island House Party. These gatherings still continue, but are not nearly as full of Island people and friends as in the past. This is perhaps due tot he aging population of the year round residents, and partly due some being on the outside of the gathering because they don't know about it taking place.

This video is of a house party taking place in the previously Gillespie-owned garage that had been converted to a residence by Cindy Gillespie Cushman It may include an Irishman or two as well. This house party is taped by Robert Cole.

View video of this house party HERE

Weather by Joe

Phyllis is on the mainland for medical appointments this morning, so the weather may or may not be in the same format. The temperature at 7:30 a.m. this morning is 29 degrees with fair skies. The dewpoint is 24 with visibility of ten miles. The humidity is 84% and the pressure is 29.94. Sunrise will be at 8:17 a.m. with sunset at 5:30 p.m.

Today, it is supposed to be mostly cloudly with temperatures ranging from 32 to 35 with winds from the southwest at 15-25 mph. Tonight will also be mostly cloudy with the temperature lingering around the freezing mark. There is no expected precipitation today with the official percentage being 10% chance. The word regarding weather today may unofficially be sloppy.

WORD OF THE DAY is: enfant terrible which is pronounced [ahn-fahn te-ree-bluh]. This comes from French meaning an incorrigible child, as one whose behavior is embarrassing. In English it generally means an outrageously outspoken or bold person who says and does indiscreet or irresponsible things or a person whose work, thought, or lifestyle is so unconventional or avant-garde as to appear revolutionary or shocking.

In French enfant terrible means “terrible child,” one whose language and behavior are embarrassing to adults. From the beginning of the appearance of enfant terrible in English in the mid-19th century, the phrase has also referred to adults who embarrass or compromise their party or faction by outrageous speech or behavior, especially artists or other creative people notorious for their unconventional lifestyle


On this day in 1809, poet, author and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts.

By the time he was three years old, both of Poe’s parents had died, leaving him in the care of his godfather, John Allan, a wealthy tobacco merchant. After attending school in England, Poe entered the University of Virginia (UVA) in 1826. After fighting with Allan over his heavy gambling debts, he was forced to leave UVA after only eight months. Poe then served two years in the U.S. Army and won an appointment to West Point. After another falling-out, Allan cut him off completely and he got himself dismissed from the academy for rules infractions.

Dark, handsome and brooding, Poe had published three works of poetry by that time, none of which had received much attention. In 1836, while working as an editor at the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond, Virginia, Poe married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm. He also completed his first full-length work of fiction, Arthur Gordon Pym, published in 1838. Poe lost his job at the Messenger due to his heavy drinking, and the couple moved to Philadelphia, where Poe worked as an editor at Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine and Graham’s Magazine. He became known for his direct and incisive criticism, as well as for dark horror stories like “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Also around this time, Poe began writing mystery stories, including “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The Purloined Letter”–works that would earn him a reputation as the father of the modern detective story.

In 1844, the Poes moved to New York City. He scored a spectacular success the following year with his poem “The Raven.” While Poe was working to launch The Broadway Journal–which soon failed–his wife Virginia fell ill and died of tuberculosis in early 1847. His wife’s death drove Poe even deeper into alcoholism and drug abuse. After becoming involved with several women, Poe returned to Richmond in 1849 and got engaged to an old flame. Before the wedding, however, Poe died suddenly. Though circumstances are somewhat unclear, it appeared he began drinking at a party in Baltimore and disappeared, only to be found incoherent in a gutter three days later. Taken to the hospital, he died on October 7, 1849, at age 40. (from history.com)

Brian Gallagher Interviewed by Shamus Norgaard

This is a continuation of the digitization of the tapes from the Beaver Island Historical Society. Brian talks about early years on Beaver Island, as well as his Air Force experiences. Only three tapes were found and all were digitized. There may be a fourth tape, but it has not been found at this point.

View page one of the interview clips HERE

View page two of the interview clips HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 18, 2018

Right now we have 27°, feels like 12°, humidity is at 73%, pressure is steady at 29.86 inches, wind is from the west at 15 mph.
TODAY: Mostly sunny in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 30s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. A 20% chance of snow showers in the evening. Lows in the mid 20s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the evening.

ON THIS DATE of January 18, 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 retired basketball sensation Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike each year than all the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined?

WORD OF THE DAY: jetsam (JET-suhm) which means goods thrown overboard to lighten a ship in distress. An alteration of the word jettison. Earlier, jettison was the act of throwing goods overboard to lighten a ship in distress. From Latin jactare (to throw), frequentative of jacere (to throw). Earliest documented use: 1491.

Sunset in the Woods

This photo is courtesy of Bill Detwhiler

Received in an email today. Thanks, Bill, love it!

Town Clock Dedication 2004

On July 3, 2004, three dozen people gathered in front of the Beaver Island Ttransportation Authority Building for the dedication of the Town Clock, presented by Larry Malloy. Supervisor Don Vyse accepted the gift on the behalf of the Township, and, as Reverend Joe Howell prepared to offer a blessing, promised that from this point on he would do everything in his power to keep both faces showing the same time.

Don Vyse thanks Larry Malloy......Don reads Dedication ......Barbara Schwartzfisher, Larry, Joe Howell

Father Joe Howell dedicates the clock with a prayer.

View video of the clock dedication HERE

Notice of Special Meeting

St. James Township Board
Monday, January 22, 2018
St. James Township Hall – 37735 Michigan Avenue – Beaver Island MI  49782
12 o’clock Noon


  1. Determine the Number of Resident Members of the Township Election Consolidation Coordinating Committee

January 15, 2018

(News Release from St. James Township, Supervisor Kitty McNamara)

On January 10, 2018, Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution approving a proposition to consolidate Peaine Township and St James Township as the Township of Beaver Island with certain millage rates. See link below to view the complete resolution.
Passage of the Charlevoix County Resolution to put the proposition on the May 8th ballot means that the township must do the following things:

  1. Understand the duties of the coordinating committee, should the ballot proposition pass
    1. If the ballot proposition passes in both townships, current legislation establishes a coordinating committee made up of the supervisor, clerk and treasurer (all of whom were elected by voters in November of 2016) of Peaine and St James Townships.  The coordinating committee would carry out duties as defined in Michigan Compiled Law, see link below.
  2. Set a special meeting soon to decide whether or not to have voters elect resident members to the consolidation coordinating committee.  Gather input for decision through discussion with Peaine Township.
    1. If board decides to have resident electors on coordinating committee, determine and advertise procedures for candidates to place their names on the ballot
  3. Think about how the proposition affects short term township board projects and goals

Township residents should know that the St James Township Board as a whole will seek to remain neutral in the discussion of the proposition and will seek to provide information which voters request in a timely manner.  The St James Township Board is committed to providing factual information to island residents and welcomes input on how, where and when this can be accomplished.  A township consolidation proposition tab will be added to the township’s website as a location to post relevant factual information. The township supervisor will be the township’s contact person for inquiries and/or requests for information. 

Link to County Resolution 18-006

Link to Michigan Compiled Law related to coordinating Committee   

3rd Annual Last Pole Barn Party 2002

Edward..........Joe and Cindy and Edward......Add Hilary and John

Mary K and Patty and others

The title of this story and video in itself is an amazing joke. While the last pole barn party was before the turn of this 21st century, these parties continued due to the desire of Jerry LaFreniere to get the house party tradition moving and to continue this wonderful tradition. Hence, this was the third annual last pole barn party. Sixteen years ago, the musicians just got together and played music and had a wonderful time These parties will remain as the perfect example of the house party tradition, even though help in the famous "Jerry LaFreniere Pole Barn."

View video of this party HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 17, 2018

Yup, it's still winter (I looked out and didn't see a blade of green grass). Sigh!! So that explains why it's 22°, feels like 3°, cloudy skies, humidity is at 70%, pressure is steady at 30.23 inches, wind is from the WSW at 18 mph with gusts to 28 mph, visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Isolated snow showers in the morning. Patchy blowing snow through the day. Windy. Highs in the mid 20s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph increasing to 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 40 mph in the afternoon. Chance of snow is 20%.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Windy. Patchy blowing snow through the night. Lows in the lower 20s. Southwest winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

ON THIS DATE of January 17, 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. {from This Day In History}

DID YOU KNOW THAT In 1963, major league baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, "They'll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run." On July 20, 1969, an hour after Neil Armstrong set foot on the surface of the moon, Perry hit is first, and only, home run while playing for the San Francisco Giants.

WORD OF THE DAY: paralipsis (par-uh-LIP-sis) which means the suggestion, by deliberately concise treatment of a topic, that much of significance is being omitted, as in “not to mention other faults.” The rhetorical term paralipsis comes from Late Latin paralīpsis, which dates from the 3rd century and is a direct borrowing of Greek paráleipsis, a rhetorical term used and possibly coined by Aristotle in his Rhetoric to Alexander (also known by its Latin title Rhetorica ad Alexandrum). Preterition and apophasis are equivalent terms. Paralipsis entered English in the 16th century.

What Did You Say 33

By Joe Moore

I was busy working at the high school as a teacher about ten years ago, but this memory is about as clear as it can ever be.  I’m in the middle of correcting some Algebra tests for my first year class when the classroom phone rings.  Since school is out for the day, it’s unusual to get a phone call through the office, and I’m a little concerned.

“Joe, your wife called, and you need to go to the medical center,” the office lady said.  “You need to head out right away.”

Read the rest of the story HERE

Not Today, But...

by Cindy Ricksgers

Streaming of Video

BINN is working on details to be able to stream recorded video on the Beaver Island TV website. The ability to stream previously recorded video has been worked out, but specifics of doing so have not been completed. As we work through this, the basketball games from this past weekend will be streamed on Beaver Island TV as a test of this possibility. This streaming will take place on the Internet starting at 1 p.m. today, January 16, 2018.

This is only a test of the system, and the possibility of doing this in the future. This stream will be available to anyone and everyone at http://beaverisland.tv

These two basketball games from last Friday night were successfully streamed between 1 pm. and 3 pm today. This was an experiment, and was quite successful. Hopefully, this can become just one more service for Beaver Island News on the 'Net to pursue.

Crashing a Car

by Mike Moore

(Editor's note: As a Charelvoix County Sheriff's Department Auxiliary Officer, EMT Specialist, and, of course, my son't teacher at our small school here on Beaver Island, I can't post this without tears of laughter dripping down my cheeks. Jim Owens was the deputy sheriff, and he and Jo Ellen Owens were our good friends. Who would you call if you had an accident?)

After the ice run, there were no missteps with vehicles.

In fairness, I was grounded from the minivan, and both of my cars had officially made it into that dark gentle night when the car crusher came to the island.

Somewhere in that early spring I had earned my way back behind the wheel by accident. Somethin needed doin- and my parents either forgot about my exile from the van, or were just tired of me moping around.

I drove carefully. For a while. Trips to get a package at the airport. Give this person a ride. Go to the post office. Stop by McDonoughs. Eventually that led to me being able to use the van for my own desires. And I was careful. For a good long while. Really, for a long time I was really careful. Until I wasn't.

I think it was November. In all the time that had past, more of my pals got their own cars, and so things became a bit more fragmented. Instead of 4 kids in a car, we had two and two. So, if you've got two cars and nowhere in particular to go, you improvise. Sometimes your improvisations go too far. It was called "Cat and Mouse." It wasn't a common thing for me- in fact, this was to be my first time playing in a car. My only other experience was once a moped. One car would lead and try to lose the other car.

I had a good combination of cassettes. I removed a hair rock album, because I figured the Hits from the 1940s would be a better sountrack. I told my passenger that we were going to put our seatbelts on- just in case. He inquired as to the reason. I replied that I had seen this once in a cartoon, and we sped off. We lost our "tail" and were just tooling around.

After a while, my passenger began to repeatedly complain about my choice of music- who doesn't like hearing Mule Train on repeat? I finally acquiesed. We were on a straightaway, and I reached down to get a cassette. Which just slipped out of my fingers.

We were going about 35 when we hit the beech tree. We hit hard. The back wheels lifted and reset in their partner's tracks. Airbags. Sore shoulders. The van was in bad shape, all crumply.

Now, my parents were incensed about the earlier ice "rescue," so I knew this was bad. No mysterious fog to aid me. No flurry of snow to harden the soil of the grave I was digging for myself. I couldn't go home. When you're on an island there's not many places to run (or hide) for long.

Our "pursuers" showed up. They said some expletives as they looked at the van. "What are you going to do?"

There was a pause. There was only person I could think of who wouldn't "necessarily" cheer my parents on as they murdered me.

"Take me to the Sherrif."

They did, and then drove away immediately at a speed just below wheel squealing. I was infected, and they didn't want this contaigen.

There was lots of questions about drinking, and no, I hadn't been. The Deputy took me to the site, and he wrote stuff down.

"Want me to bring you home?"

"No, I need you to come in with me, my parents are gonna kill me."

Now, in my rational mind, I didn't think that my parents would want to hurt me. However, I wasn't in my rational mind. I wasn't sure they would be once I told them.

I had crashed a car. I went looking for the Law- on purpose! I had destroyed the "precious."

I wasn't even thinking about driving ever again- I just wanted to get through the night.

The Deputy reluctantly joined me in the house.

My Mom wakes up in a special way. Sort of like if you hit her with 5000 volts through her toenails. Could be a nap, could be morning- doesn't matter.

Waking her up will startle her, which in turn will startle the @&>/ out of you.

After the shock lurches her from a prone position to upright in a half a second with big eyes, she'll then whisper at a yelling volume, "WHAT?!"

You'll then be hard pressed to answer. Part of your brain will be wondering how all those laws of physics just got broken like in the Exorcist, the adrenal glands will be pumping "fight or flight," and you'll be consumed with wondering whether you just pissed yourself.

Then, she'll get closer to you- without walking, and ask you in a slightly quieter, but more intense whisper, "WHAT?" Then, since you've already pissed yourself with the nearness and intensity, you'll be able to answer with a few words because you're not worried about your bladder anymore.

"The sherrif is here-"


"For God's sake Mom, listen... I crashed the car, I brought the Sherrif because..."

"YOU crashed MY car?"

At this point I didn't know which was better: sleepy momma, or awake momma.

"Let me get your Dad" Then she mumbled something that involved my demise.

Now, my Dad wakes up differently. He's like a bear coming out of hibernation.

You can poke him once or twice, and he'll just growl a bit. That third time though, you better have a good reason.

I heard a growl.

Knowing that I had a few moments before he was up, I turned on the kitchen light, and subtly moved myself on the other side of the Deputy.

They wondered into the kitchen, and I could see a questioning look in their eyes- why was the Deputy here?

I figured this to be a good thing, and so related the whole of the tale.

My mom told me I was damn lucky my passenger wasn't hurt, because if I had- her voice trailed off as her eyes met the Deputy.

Eventually, knowing that my murder would be premeditated, the Deputy moved on- despite my repeated offers to make him a cup of coffee...

And that, Mom, is how I crashed your minivan.

If people just appreciated music from the Big Band era, none of this would have happened...

Sorry, again for the van. I hope I brought you a laugh after all these years.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 16, 2018

It's rather chilly out according to the three dogs. I'm taking their word for it. Right now I'm showing 3°, humidity is at 86%, pressure is steady at 30.43, wind is from the north, and visibility is 10 miles.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers in the morning then a slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Highs around 18°. North winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers. Lows around 8°. Light winds becoming southwest at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph after midnight. Wind chill readings 1 below to 11 below zero.

ON THIS DATE of January 16, 1919. The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,” is ratified on this day in 1919 and becomes the law of the land.

The movement for the prohibition of alcohol began in the early 19th century, when Americans concerned about the adverse effects of drinking began forming temperance societies. By the late 19th century, these groups had become a powerful political force, campaigning on the state level and calling for total national abstinence. In December 1917, the 18th Amendment, also known as the Prohibition Amendment, was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.

Prohibition took effect in January 1919. Nine months later, Congress passed the Volstead Act, or National Prohibition Act, over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto. The Volstead Act provided for the enforcement of prohibition, including the creation of a special unit of the Treasury Department. Despite a vigorous effort by law-enforcement agencies, the Volstead Act failed to prevent the large-scale distribution of alcoholic beverages, and organized crime flourished in America. In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, repealing prohibition. (Thanks go to history.com - this day in history)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the ostrich has the biggest eyes in the whole animal kingdom. Its eye is bigger than its brain.

WORD OF THE DAY: decathect (dee-kuh-THEKT) which means to withdraw one's feelings of attachment from (a person, idea, or object), as in anticipation of a future loss. Decathect is an extremely rare word in English, used only in Freudian psychology. It is formed from the common prefix de-, signifying privation or removal, and the very rare verb cathect “to invest emotional energy.” Cathect is a derivative of the adjective cathectic (from Greek kathektikόs “capable of holding or retaining”), from the noun káthexis “holding, possession, retention.” The English noun cathexis is an arcane translation or partial translation of Sigmund Freud’s Besetzung, a common, ordinary word in German meaning “(military) occupation, cast (of a play),” from the verb besetzen “to occupy, stock, fill.” Decathect entered English in the 20th century.

Operation Iraqi Freedom, December 23, 2003

Ron Gregg, Islander, presents

Ron Gregg, home for the first time in many years, scheduled a presentation at the Beaver Island Community for this Christmas vacation time. His presentation included video, slides, and discussion of the Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom was:

A protracted military conflict in Iraq that began in 2003 with an attack by a coalition of forces led by the United States and that resulted in the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime. US combat troops were withdrawn in 2010.

View video of this presentation HERE

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Expanded services always mean expanded costs. BINN now has the ability to live stream from anywhere that can reach a cellphone tower. In an attempt to provide expanded services to our subscribers, the first attempt was a live stream of a boodle around the town area and out to Eagle Hill Road to show the Christmas decorations on the island. The second event was the live stream of the Candlelight Christmas Eve Service from the Beaver Island Christian Church.

BINN is now working on a method to use the live streaming website to display recorded content, and this, too, will take additional effort and time to accomplish. Perhaps the beaverisland.tv website can become similar to an Internet video website with historical video included as part of the programming on this website.

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Boat Company Posts 2018 Schedule

By searching facebook this morning, the BIBCO has posted a link for the 2018 boat schedule. The BIBCO will also be taking vehicle reservations beginning tomorrow, January 16, 2018. Here is the link to the schedule:

View schedule HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 15, 2018

Lightly snowing outside, 17°, feels like 0°, humidity is at 83%, pressure is steady at 30.31 inches, wind is from the SE at 14 mph with gusts to 21 mph, and visibility is 3 miles.
TODAY: Snow. Highs in the lower 20s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Snow showers in the evening then a slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows around 11°. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

ON THIS DATE of January 15, 1943 - The Pentagon was dedicated as the world's largest office building just outside Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA. The structure covers 34 acres of land and has 17 miles of corridors.

DID YOU KNOW THAT dolphins Keep an Eye Out While Sleeping. Dolphins have a clever trick that doesn't involve jumping in the air for fish: They can overcome sleep deprivation and remain constantly vigilant for days at a time by resting one half of their brain while the other half remains conscious. The phenomenon of sleeping with just one eye closed was most recently discovered in Wahlberg's epauletted fruit bats (Epomophorus wahlbergi), but also occurs in marine mammals such as common porpoises, bottlenose dolphins and some seals as well as in many birds including domestic chickens, mallards and Humboldt penguins.

WORD OF THE DAY: vatic (VAT-ik) which meas of, relating to, or characteristic of a prophet. The Latin noun vātis or vātēs “soothsayer, prophet, poet, bard” is probably a borrowing from a Celtic language (it has an exact correspondence in form and meaning with Old Irish fáith “seer, prophet,” from Proto-Celtic wātis). The Latin noun and Celtic root wāt- are from a Proto-Indo-European root meaning “to be spiritually aroused.” One of the Germanic forms of this root appears in the Old English adjective wōd “raging, crazy,” which survives in modern English in the adjective wood. Vatic entered English in the early 17th century.

3rd Annual Ice Fishing Tourney at Lake G

Lake Geneserath

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

The adult division has a 10 dollar buy in.

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

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

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

Memorial Day Concert 2002

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

View a gallery of photos of some of the participants HERE

View video of the concert HERE

Tranportation Authority Applying for 2019 Funds

Beaver Island Virtual Tour

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

Visit beaverislandtour.com HERE

BIRHC Strategic Plan

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

BIRHC Strategic Plan HERE



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 1, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority


BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

April 5, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

April 24, 2017, 7 p.m.

View a small gallery of pictures of the meeting HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

May 3, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

June 7, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

June 19, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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

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Holy Cross Bulletin

January 2018

Christian Church Bulletin

January 14, 2018

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

Sunday, January 14, 2018

This morning's church service at Holy Cross included Deacon Paul Fifer, who helped Father Jim Siler this weekend for both Masses, Saturday night and Sunday morning. Both services were live streamed and made available to anyone at no charge. Father Jim Siler told the congregation that Deacon Paul is to be thanked for the then Deacon Jim Siler coming to Beaver Island. Deacon Paul also spoke about the quiet and the opportunity to pray and get closer to God when on Beaver Island and away from the hustle and bustle of mainland life. Deacon Paul spoke about being kept on the island due to weather issues last year on this same weekend. He stated he wasn't able to get home until the Thursday following the weekend that he had visited here on the island. Father Jim even jokingly stated that if Deacon Paul's wife had liked Beaver Island, Deacon Paul would have come instead of getting him appointed here.

Saturday lector Heidi Vigil, Sunday lector Pat Nugent

Deacon Paul Fifer read the Gospel and gave the sermon.

View video of the service HERE

Munising Baptist vs BICS

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

View a small gallery of Lady Islanders from Friday HERE

View a small gallery of Lady Islanders from Saturday HERE

View a small gallery of Islanders from Friday HERE

View a small gallery of Islanders from Saturday HERE

View Video of the Lady Islanders from Friday HERE

View Video of the Lady Islanders from Saturday HERE

View Video of the Islanders from Friday HERE

View Video of the Islanders from Saturday HERE

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

January 12, 2018 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strings Concert in BICS High School Commons

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

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

Dr. Reimer introduced the group and the program began

High school student soloist

Bach played on violin by Dr. Reimer

Preparing to perform the "Orange Blossom Special"

View video of the performance HERE

Refinancing Game

An Editorial by Joe Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BICS Meeting Schedules

BI Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:   8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:   12:00 - 5:00

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

Island Treasures Resale

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

BICS Committee Meeting Schedule

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Meeting Schedule


Holy Cross Bulletin for

January 2018

Christian Church Bulletin

January 14, 2018


BICS Calendar 2017-18

HSC Meeting Dates Schedule

Bank Hours Change

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May thru June
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July thru August
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September thru October
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November thru December
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Island Treasures Resale Shop

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

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