B.I. News on the 'Net, January 18-24, 2016

The House on Hunt Road

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 25, 2016

Ever since the "upgrade" to our internet, I'm unable to connect to my weather things. NOT a happy camper at the moment. Oh well, I'll do the best I can. It's 29° outside this morning, wind is at 4 mph from the west, humidity is at 81%, pressure is rising from 1013 mb, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 30s. South winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Snow. Lows in the upper 20s. Southeast winds at 10 mph.

On this date of January 25, 1858 - Mendelssohn’s "Wedding March" was presented for the first time at the wedding of the daughter of Queen Victoria and the Crown Prince of Prussia.

Did you know that Vernor's Ginger Ale, which was created by a Detroit druggist, is possibly the oldest soft drink still on the market. It's definitely the oldest-surviving brand of ginger ale.

Word of the day: cupidity (kyoo-PID-i-tee) which means eager or excessive desire, especially to possess something; greed; avarice. Cupidity can be traced to the Latin word cupidus meaning "eager, desirous" from the Latin verb cupere "to desire.

52 Lists 4

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 24, 2016

Hmmm, none of my weather station thingys are working correctly today so I'm going to punt. I do know it's 31° outside but feels like 21° thanks to the wind, which is at 14 mph from the SW, pressure is at 1015 mb and falling, and visibility is 9.7 miles. Today: Flurries or freezing drizzle possible early. Cloudy skies. Tonight: Cloudy. Winds light and variable.

On this date of January 24, 1848 - James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill in northern California. The discovery led to the gold rush of '49.

Did you know that The J.W. Westcott II, which operates out of Detroit, is the world's only floating post office, as it delivers mail to ships as they pass under the Ambassador Bridge.

Word of the day: vociferous (voh-SIF-er-uh s) which means crying out noisily; clamorous. Vociferous descends from the Latin vociferārī meaning "to shout," which in turn derives from the Latin root vōx meaning "voice." It entered English in the early 1600s.

Christian Church Raises Funds for Kathy Speck

As many of you know, Kathy Speck has had a rough couple of months.  First, a stroke on November 17—then a few weeks at home before heart surgery on January 6.  She is still in the hospital; if all goes according to plan, the doctors hope to move her out of Critical Care on Monday, January 25.  She needs to gain more strength before rehab can start.  Family members are taking turns staying with her.


Kathy and Rick have contributed a lot to church life at Beaver Island Christian Church over the years and we would like to support them now:  with prayers, with cards/letters (you can send mail in care of Fran Teeter, 3801 Creekside Dr., Traverse City MI 49684).  And, of, course, expenses continue to climb. 

If you would like to help with expenses, please write a check to Beaver Island Christian Church, put “Kathy Speck” on the memo line, and mail it to PO Box 21, Beaver Island MI 49782.  The Benevolent Fund of Beaver Island Christian Church will match donations with $500.


Thank you,
The Executive Board,
Judi Meister, Moderator

Kathy Speck Healing Fund

Click Here to access the donation page

What Happened to the Ice?

It is quite interesting that the snow had covered most of the ice that had covered just about everything including tree branches, old apples still hanging on the trees, and most of everything outside in the yard. With the winds blowing pretty good, making a somewhat white-out condition in the usual spots like Willy Schidt's corner, it seemed like the wind had broken the ice and made most of it fall down on the ground near the tree trunks.

Now, today, out comes that big ball shining in the sky, and the ice still shows on the trees under this bright sunshine. So, to answer the question? The ice is still on the trees in some cases, as you can see in these two pictures. You'll have to click on the thumbnails to see the larger views.

Look at the tops of these trees to see the ice.

Bruises

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 23, 2016

It's 22° outside this morning, wind is at 2 mph from the NE, humidity is at 86%, pressure is steady at 1025 mb, and visibility is 8.8 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 20s. Light winds. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s. Southwest winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of January 23, 1907 - Charles Curtis, of Kansas, began serving in the United States Senate. He was the first American Indian to become a U.S. Senator. He resigned in March of 1929 to become U.S. President Herbert Hoover’s Vice President.

Did you know that the actual name for those silent letters in words is actually aphthongs?

Word of the day: selenology (sel-uh-NOL-uh-je) which means the branch of astronomy that deals with the nature and origin of the physical features of the moon. Selenology stems from the Greek word for "moon," selḗnē. In English, the combining form seleno- means "moon"; the combining form -logy is used in the names of sciences or bodies of knowledge.

Human Services Commission Meeting Dates

First 25 MB Connection Installed

The first 25 MB download connection on Beaver Island was installed today at 26450 Carlisle Road. The Ookla speed test results are very promising. See the picture below, which is a screen shot of the speed test results wirelessly from a laptop.

The business contract for three years was required to get this program, but it may be available to residences as well as businesses. The sales department promised that this could be upgraded in the future to the 50/10 MB connection when the pricing is determined. So a much quicker Internet connection is now available on the island. Contact TDS to find out if you are in a location that can get this improved speed.

The connection was not without its own issues. At 4:00 p.m., the wireless capability of the modem quit working, so contact was made with tech support. The ethernet connections worked just fine, but the wireless quit working for a period of approximately 45 minutes, but by 5:15 p.m. with ethernet wires connected to both laptops, the wireless connection was re-established with the modem. Apparently TDS will be sending out another modem and sending out a technician to varify that the issue is resolved. Not sure what the squirrel did off the treadmill for just under an hour, but, perhaps the issue is resolved for the night. Anyway, two laptops are connected via ethernet, and iphones are connecting wirelessly. The network printer will be rebooted also.

Follow up with tech support and then a second phone call to me suggested that the outage was caused by some behind the scenes kind of work necessary by TDS, so this is probably just a short glitch in the workings of the new Internet connection. Follow up will only be necessary if the problems occur after 8 p.m. tonight.

St James Audit

East Side Tower Agreement and Lease

Agreement

Lease

Redos Can Be Frustrating

An Editorial by Joe Moore

So, here we sit on the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes. We need to train and educate some first responders and some EMTs to help fill out the on-call schedule. When you think about this, it shouldn't be a very difficult task since we have an instructor coordinator who has been doing this since 1989. Yes, this instructor has taught these programs in the Beaver Island Community School and to the community for twenty-six years, and the successful candidates have been getting licensed and providing the volunteer services to this community for all of those 26 years. For six of those years, Sarah McCafferty continued the tradition in the school and to the community.

Now, enter a new head of the EMS and Trauma Division, putting pressure on everyone in the EMS arena. In October, an "emergency" inspection took place after the quick change of directors of our local EMS agency. Within a three year period, BIEMS had three different directors and one office manager. This new person in Lansing is an 'enforcer' and not a helper. Now after months of working very hard to accomplish the requirements of the new leader by complying with legal documents for the ambulance, the echo car, and the aircraft, we get the bad news. We will have to re-apply for our education programs and our continuing education sponsorship.

What's the big deal? It's a common requirement, right? No, it's not a common requirement. Renewal is the most common way of accomplishing this, and the BIEMS renewal was sent in and received prior to the expiration date of these sponsorships, but the 'enforcers' in Lansing are requiring us to redo all of the paperwork and go through the entire process of getting these sponsorships back. That should be easy, shouldn't it?

Well, the time commitment alone is at least forty to fifty hours of analyzing, comparing, retyping, and resubmission of the paperwork. That wouldn't be so bad, but then you also have to contact the clinical sites and get them to provide current clinical contracts. Otherwise the application will be denied. The time we have waited, since September 2015, to offer these programs and continuing education programs, and the time necessary to complete the renewal requirements was wasted since we did not get a renewal inspection. Instead we have to do this whole application procedure over once again, even though we have been an education sponsor for more than 20 years.

The real question is whether this instructor, almost a year after retirement deadline, wants to give yet another six months of work and waiting and wondering if the program will be approved after all this work, and then take another nine months or so to teach the program IF it gets approved.

It might be nice if we had some helpers in Lansing instead of just enforcers, and thank you so much goes out to the person or persons who helped convince the 'enforcers' to come to Beaver Island for the 'emergency' inspection.

Going Back

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 22, 2016

It's warming up a tad! Let's keep those in the path of the big winter storm in our thoughts and prayers. They aren't as used to big snow storms like we are. Right now I'm showing 27°, wind is at 6 mph from the WNW, humidity is at 92%, pressure is steady at 1028 mb, visibility is at 8.5 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Highs in the upper 20s. Northeast winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the morning. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows around 15°. Light winds.

On this date of January 22, 1968 - "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", debuted on NBC TV.

Did you know the world's largest limestone quarry is located near Rogers City, Michigan?

Word of the day: sitzmark (SITS-mahrk, ZITS-) which means a sunken area in the snow marking a backward fall of a skier. Sitzmark derives from the German sitzen meaning "to sit." It entered English in the 1930s.

NEWS – NEWS – NEWS

Contact: Steve West / 231.448.2505 / Chamber@BeaverIsland.org  

 

Citizen of the Year 2015 Nominations Open

The award(s) will honor an individual, couple or community organization that has made a significant contribution to making Beaver Island a better place to live, work or visit.

Here is a link to the nomination form.

http://beaverisland.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/CitizenofYearForm-2015.pdf

The nomination deadline is April 29 and the award banquet is slated for May 21.

Special Meeting of the St. James Board

January 20, 2016, at 1pm

St. James Township Board held a special meeting on January 20th at 1PM at the Township Hall to hear the audit report for 2014-2015 from the Janew auditor, Doug Vredeveld with the firm of Vredeveld Haefner CPA's.

View video of this meeting HERE

Special Meeting Peaine Township

January 21, 2016 at 11:00 am


A Special Meeting of the Peaine Township Board will be held at the Peaine Township Hall at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 21, 2016.  The purpose of the meeting is to consider and approve a transaction whereby the Township will transfer ownership of the East Side Tower to Central Michigan University. 

View video of this short meeting HERE

Timeout for Art: Using Up

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 21, 2016

Took the dogs out last night before bed and it was so lovely out. Clear skies, lots of stars, fresh snow sparkling under the moonlight, just perfect. Right now it's 9°, wind is at 1 mph from the NNE, humidity is at 89%, pressure is steady at 1027 mb, and visibility is at 9.9 miles. Today: Cloudy. Scattered snow showers all day. Highs in the mid 20s. Light winds becoming west at 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Numerous snow showers in the evening, then scattered snow showers after midnight. Lows around 16°. Northwest winds at 10 mph.

On this date of January 21, 1957 - Singer Patsy Cline appeared on Arthur Godfrey's nighttime TV show. She performed "Walking After Midnight."

Did you know that Michigan abolished the death penalty in 1846 for all crimes other than treason, becoming not only the first state but the first English-speaking government in the world to do so.

Word of the day: presenteeism (prez-uh n-TEE-iz-uh n) which means the practice of coming to work despite illness, injury, anxiety, etc., often resulting in reduced productivity. Presenteeism was formed on the basis of the word absenteeism, which means "frequent or habitual absence from work, school, etc." It entered English in the 1930s.

9th Annual Project Connect

The 2016 Project Connect will be held on Wednesday, March 9th from 1:00 to 7:00 pm at the Odawa Casino in Petoskey. Project Connect is a day of service for those in need right here in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. If you or someone you know is struggling with financial problems, housing issues, employment challenges or health concerns please join us for a day of free services!

This event will connect individuals with a range of health and human services provided by over 60 local non-profit agencies and other business. Free services are available in areas such as: Kids & Parenting; Veterans Affairs; Health including screenings and vaccinations; Housing including utility support; Finance including tax preparation; Food Assistance; and much more. A hot snack will be prepared and served with the help of students from Boyne City and Petoskey High Schools’ Culinary Arts programs. Guests can receive gifts of household and personal care items. If you wish to register for assistance at the event it is recommended that you bring picture ID, social security number, Medicaid or private insurance information and/or proof of income. Free transportation is available to and from the event, call your local transportation agency to schedule a ride. For more details regarding services provided at the event please go to www.ProjectConnect231.com.

We believe that by helping people on the road to a more self-sufficient life, we will in turn strengthen our community as a whole.

Volunteers are also needed to help with Project Connect. You can register to help and find more information on United Way’s Volunteer Connections, go to www.charemunitedway.org and click on the Volunteers link.

Project Connect is a project of the Charlevoix-Emmet Human Services Coordinating Body.

Contact:

Caitlin Koucky or Dana Lorian

2016 Project Connect Co-Chairs

ProjectConnect231@gmail.com

231-622-5211

www.ProjectConnect231.com

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by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 20, 2016

It's 16°, feels like 9°, wind is at 5 mph from the SW, humidity is at 76%, pressure is steady at 1026, and visibility is 9.5 miles. Today: Snow showers. Highs in the lower 20s. Light winds. Tonight: Cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows around 10°. Light winds.

On this date of January 20, 1937 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to be inaugurated on January 20th. The 20th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution officially set the date for the swearing in of the President and Vice President.

Did you know that Sault Ste. Marie, founded in 1668, was the first European settlement in the Midwest, and the third-oldest one west of the Appalachians?

Word of the day: aposiopesis (ap-uh-sahy-uh-PEE-sis) which means a sudden breaking off in the midst of a sentence, as if from inability or unwillingness to proceed. Aposiopesis comes from the Greek word of the same spelling that translates to "a full silence." It is ultimately derived from the Greek verb siōpáein meaning "to be silent." Aposiopesis entered English in the mid-1500s.

Senior Meeting on January 19th

Community Center 1-3 p.m.

Less than 10% of the people attending the meeting today, January 19, 2016, had attended the Saturday meeting about the Debriefing from the Maine Islands trip. A little less than thirty people attended today's meeting with an additional twelve people veiwing the live streaming video of the discussion and information presented.

The meeting began with the report from Bill McDonough and Pam Grassmick about the Maine Islands information about "aging in place." The statistics regarding the life expectancy for those removed from their island homes being very much less than those that were allowed to "age in place." This would mean the life expectancy, as well as the quality of life, would be improved if some ways could be developed for people to continue to live in their homes with some community support for certain needs.

Bill McDonough...............Pam Grassmick

Shirley Gillespie, Executive Director of the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging, was introduced by Ann Partidge, BI COA person. Shirley Gillespie gave a report on the status of COA activities on Beaver Island, and gave the impression that the COA home care person might no long be needed, and that that position may be eliminated. There were several people in the audience that wanted to assure her that there were those on the island that needed this care, but were not in a position to apply themselves. The public also pointed out that the information does not get out to those that might need some of these services since they are not going daily to a senior center like many are doing on the mainland.

Shirley Gillespie

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging
218 W. Garfield St., Charlevoix, MI 49720
Phone: (231) 237-0103 , Toll Free: (866) 428-5185 FREE
Fax: (231) 237-0105

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

John Hess made a presentation from the Charlevoix County Veteran's Affairs Office. John made the group aware of some of the things that his office can do for veterans beyond those that are available through the VA.

John Hess

Director: John Hess

Phone: (231) 547-7220

Fax: (231) 547-7232

Email: hessj@charlevoixcounty.org

Assistant to the Director: Teresa F. Gallant

Phone: (231) 547-7220

Fax: (231) 547-7232

Email: gallantt@charlevoixcounty.org
Office Hours

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  (Monday thru Thursday)

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.(Friday)

Other times by appointment.

It was brought to the attention of the CCCOA Executive Director that no information had been made available on Beaver Island about the possibility of, or more importantly, the elimination of the patient care CNA employed by the CCCOA on Beaver Island. While the commission may have discussed this for months, Beaver Island was not aware publicly of such a major change for the island people.

View Gallery of Pictures from the Senior Meeting HERE

View Video of the Senior Meeting HERE

Something Else

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 19, 2016

It's 18° outside this morning with a windchill of 4°, wind is from the NNW at 7 mph with gusts to 18 mph, humidity is at 77%, pressure is rising from 1029 mb, and visibility is 9.3 miles. Today: Snow showers in the morning, then scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 20s. Light winds. Tonight: Cloudy. Scattered snow showers in the evening, then snow showers after midnight. Lows around 13°. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of January 19, 1953 - Sixty-eight percent of all TV sets in the U.S. were tuned to CBS-TV, as Lucy Ricardo, of "I Love Lucy," gave birth to a baby boy.

Did you know that polar bears are left-handed, or rather left-pawed?

Word of the day: kerflooey (ker-FLOO-ee) to cease functioning, especially suddenly and completely; fall apart; fail. Kerflooey is formed from the slang term flooey meaning "amiss or awry," and the prefix ker-, which is used in formation of onomatopoeic and other expressive words, usually forming adverbs or interjections.

Where Are the Turkeys?

During the fall, Carlisle Feeding Station had groups of turkeys attending the corn placed on the north side of the road. This winter there haven't been very many turkeys around the Carlilse road location. There would be a group of four or five every once in a while under the sunflower feeders in the yard on the corner, but these few would run away after a short time and head across the Kings Highway. It was unusual to not have the turkeys in a group of twenty or so.

Digging out the snowshoes and heading north of Carlisle seemed to be the possible anwer to the the questions of "where are the turkeys." All the fresh snow was providing an excellent opportunity to see the turkey tracks in the snow, so a trip behind Forest View Apartments senior housing and over to the old Cashman house and on to Hefflen's house was a good idea. And answers were obtained.

It appears as if the turkeys are not traveling in the large groups right now. They are traveling in small groups of three, four, or five, based upon the tracks and the pattern of tracks seen in the wood. The tracks are crossing the Kings Highway north of Carlisle Road heading over toward Font Lake and Maloney's, but south of roadway heading to the fields back in the woods called Maloney's.

It is possible that the turkeys in this area roost in the trees together and perhaps even meet back up on the west side of Kings Highway, but they are traveling in smaller groups this winter than they were in the fall.

About sixty yards north of Forest View, turkey tracks are seen.

Another fifty yards or so and another set up tracks.

Cashman's old house, a downed fence and lots of downed trees.

Another set of tracks, just before getting to the Hefflen's

Back out to the Kings Highway and headed home.

Snowshoe through there, if you dare.

Everybody Isn’t Good at Everything

by Joe Moore

Everybody isn’t good at everything…


I, for one, was not born with a single drop of mechanical blood in my body.  My older brother got all of that mechanical ability.  At one point he had eleven cars in our yard that he was working on, and he overhauled an engine in our bedroom.  He did teach me how to use a wrench and I could remove bolts and unscrew things, but I didn’t know the order in which to do them, so he had to direct me.


Fast forward to Beaver Island and an old Ford station wagon previously owned by Pat LaFreniere, I believe.  The car wasn’t running very well, and Harold Lounsberry told me that it needed the carburetor rebuilt.  Remember carburetors?

 
At the time, Lawrence McDonough sold us the two trailers on the old McDonough farm, and he and Winnie were operating a Laundromat in the house on Kings Highway.  Lawrence wanted to help us get a start here on the island, so he gave us the land contract with reasonable monthly payments.  Lawrence was a great neighbor and even allowed us to tap into his well.  He knew that we could rent out the second trailer and help with the monthly payments.  Lawrence was an excellent helper, a terrific neighbor, and a good landlord.


So, back to the carburetor. …


Harold came over and told me to write down the procedure for taking the carburetor off.  He told me the procedure necessary and also told me that the mounting of the rebuilt carburetor would follow the exact opposite order of steps.  He told me the correct carburetor rebuild kit to purchase, which I also wrote down.  Harold could fix anything, but more importantly, he was also a helper and an excellent teacher.  Harold was teaching and/or assistant principal at the time, and had to get back to work, but told me, “You can do this, but you can call me if you run into any problems.”


Then Harold took me fishing to the outer island, and we had a blast catching and releasing smallmouth bass in Garden Island Harbor.  I could fish without direction, but Harold even made a suggestion regarding the rigging of my line that helped me make more catches.  By the time I was done and back to Beaver Island, I had built up my confidence, and the next morning I ordered the carburetor rebuild kit.  It took almost two weeks to get the kit, and with school starting soon, I had a deadline.  I could walk to school, hitch a ride, or figure another way to get there, but I wanted to prove to myself that I could actually do this rebuild.


So, the weekend after the kit arrived, I decided I better get this done. Luckily, I was Phil Gregg’s son-in-law, and Phil owned a marina called Beaver Haven.  Phil had just about every tool that anyone might need to fix just about everything.  These tools were either owned by Phil or the marina, OR they were owned by Harold Lounsberry, who worked there in the summers as a mechanic to help Phil out.


Of course, the bedroom in the trailer was too small to try to do the work there like my brother did, but the largest flat surface in a mobile home is a kitchen table.  I very carefully opened the carburetor kit box, and found a very detailed list of steps necessary to take the carburetor apart as well as a list of how to put it back together with the new parts.  Yes, I still had Harold’s list also.

 
I gave Harold a call that weekend, but he wasn’t home in Ypsilanti.   He was probably out working on something outside, so I decided that I’d study the list of steps before I did anything toward taking the carburetor off the car.  I continued that study staring at all the parts sitting on the table, and talked to myself while my wife was at work.  I said, “You can do this.  There are lots of instructions.  There are lots of good pictures.  Your father-in-law has all the tools.  You can call Harold if you need help.  What are you waiting for?”  I answered myself, “But you don’t have any mechanical ability.  Why would anyone think you could do this?” 

The last thing that came out of my mouth was something Phil had said to me on another project, “You never know if you can do something unless you try!”


Three days later, after eating all our meals on our laps, the carburetor was rebuilt and back on the car.  Yes, the car was running.  NO, there were no left-over parts except the replaced parts.  No, I did not have to call Harold for help.  No, no one else came and did it for me.  Since I could afford the rebuild kit, but not the labor to rebuild it, we had a working car once more and did not have to ride a bicycle or hitch a ride with someone.


With the foreign parts with translated-to-English-from-foreign-languages instructions, I know I would never be able to do this today.  But, from a musician to a “get your hands dirty” kind of man, I had somewhat transformed.


Phil Gregg taught me many things working for him during the summers at the Beaver Haven Marina.  Instead of just pumping gas, docking boats, and doing the clean-up after completed projects, Phil began having me do some mechanical things, at least they were considered mechanical by me.  I was fixing tires on the old manual powered tire machine.  I was plugging holes in tubeless tires.  I was taking apart split-rim logging truck tires, and fixing them.  I was learning how to change oil, do grease jobs, refill lower units on motors.  He even had me sanding and painting boat bottoms and began to teach me the skills of varnishing wood trim.


From one rebuilt carburetor and the help of these three very special men, I began to develop confidence in my abilities beyond music, fishing, and teaching.  I was becoming an Islander who was to wear many hats throughout my adult life.


So, many, many thanks go out to these three men, who saw something in me worth developing.  They have all three passed on, but I know that they are in heaven looking down and smiling at the accomplishments that they helped me gain enough confidence to achieve.  


Thank you, Lawrence! 
Thank you, Harold! 
Thank you, Phil! 
I couldn’t have done any of this without your help!


So the question of the day is:  Are you a helper or an enforcer?

Lake Effect Snow

For a place that "never" gets lake effect snow, Beaver Island has just created a new record in the snowfall caused by lake effect snow as predicted by the weathermen on television. These bands of lake effect snow have historically not hit the island. They have bypassed this geographical location and usually just hit Charlevoix and the mainland. Interestingly enough, this year is not only the more interesting in weather patterns, but changes in the jet stream have caused us to become part of this "lake effect" phenomena. It is kind of pretty outside. Snow machines and snow shoes seem to be the equipment choices of the week..

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT...

* EXPECT SNOW TO CONTINUE...HEAVY AT TIMES...INTO EARLY THIS EVENING.

* THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL RATES WILL BE 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR.

* ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 7 INCHES ARE EXPECTED.

* NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES DUE TO HEAVY SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS.

* PLAN ON DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

Creative Fire Journal Day 6

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 18, 2016

Lots of mainland schools closed.The storm sort of swirled around us. We got some snow and wind, but nothing like the mainland did. Right now I'm showing 12° with a windchill of -3°, wind is at 14 mph from the WNW with gusts to 22 mph, humidity is at 89%, pressure is rising from 1016 mb, and visibility is 2.6 miles. Today: Snow showers. Breezy. Highs around 15°. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph. Tonight: Snow showers. Lows around 10°, Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph in the evening becoming light.

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

Did you know that octothorpe is the actual name for the pound (#) button on a telephone?

Word of the day: aeonian (ee-OH-nee-uh n) which means eternal; everlasting. Aeonian can be traced to the Greek word aiṓn meaning "space of time, age."

The 52 Lists Project 3

by Cindy Ricksgers

Bob Welke Passes Away

Bob Welke passed away peacefully at home on January 16, 2016, surrounded by his loving family His Celebration of Life will be at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater, Friday, January 22, 2016, with visitation from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm with celebration of his life at 7 pm. His burial with a Catholic mass will be in May.

Story of Robert (Bob) A. Welke’s Life

Robert A. (Bob) Welke, Age 81, of Beaver Island and Coldwater passed away on January 16, 2016, after a short illness. He was born on July 22, 1934, to William and Elizabeth (Oberle) Welke in Detroit, MI. After graduating from Walled Lake High School, Bob attended the University of Detroit, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering in 1958. He married the love of his life, E. Sue (Schulte) Welke, on October 6, 1956. Bob began work for the Michigan Department of Transportation in 1958 as a surveying rodman in Lawrence, MI for the proposed I-94 freeway and worked as a licensed professional engineer for 39 years, rising to the position of Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation in 1996. He retired in August 1997 to focus on his beloved family life and to enjoy his home on Beaver Island.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater on Friday, January 22, 2016. The visitation will be between 2:00 and 4:00 pm and 6:00 and 8:00 pm. A prayer service and celebration of life will be held at 7:00 pm. In May, a Catholic Mass will be held at Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island followed by burial at the Holy Cross cemetery.

Bob and Sue raised seven children: Tim (Patti), Bobbi, Tom (Barb), Beth, Mike (Renee), Scott (Michelle Thornton), and Bill (Teri). He enjoyed his 15 grandchildren: Ben (Barbara), Greg (Jenna), Lauren (Taylor Rohlfs), Drew (Carrie), Kate, Karly, Mariah, Makyle, Malina, Brett, Morgan, Erin, Dan, Jack, and Abby. He was proud of his four great grandchildren: Braden, Brice, Brinley, and Ryan. He especially enjoyed his faithful side-kick Molly. Bob was proceeded in death by his parents and his brothers, Chuck, Bill, and Don Welke.

Bob’s distinguished career culminated with the 2006 induction into the Michigan Transportation Hall of Honor. While Director of MDOT, Bob was responsible for streamlining operations in state government and authorizing an increase in transportation revenues. Throughout his nearly 40-year career, he made numerous contributions to Michigan’s transportation system. Under his leadership, the department decentralized its program and operational delivery activities through the creation of Transportation Service Centers. Bob was nationally recognized for his contributions in the use of recycled materials in highway construction. He also introduced the Adopt-A-Highway program to Michigan, as well as the rumble safety strips to Michigan’s state highways. After retirement from MDOT, Governor Engler appointed Bob to serve as chairman of the Transportation Funding Study Committee.

While based in Coldwater, Bob was the Project Engineer responsible for the original construction of I-69 in Branch County, including the building of the Coldwater Welcome Center, which is now named in his honor, along with his daughter, Bobbi, who retired after a 31-year career working at MDOT. Bob and Bobbi collaborated between 1993 and 1997 on designing and building the second Blue Water Bridge located between Port Huron, MI and Point Edward, Ontario. Bob was proud of all of his children, as they are actively involved with their families and communities.

Bob gave back to the community as a member of the Coldwater Jaycee’s, helping to establish Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Coldwater, and serving on the school boards of St. Charles Catholic Schools, Coldwater Community Schools, and the Kalamazoo Catholic Dioceses. He also served as President of Beaver Island’s Port St. James Property Association Board of Directors. He is a past member of Coldwater’s St. Charles Catholic Church and is a member of Beaver Island’s Holy Cross Church. An avid pilot, Bob enjoyed flying between Coldwater and Beaver Island. He loved Beaver Island his entire life, from the time Mel Gallagher taught him to walk, through the years he spent hunting, fishing, gardening, and farming. Bob and Sue’s home on the island since 1959 was where he spent some of his happiest times with family and friends. Planning and executing a home, garden, or farm project was never-ending on the island.

In lieu of flowers, you may consider a donation to a charity of your choice, or a donation to any of the following charities: Beaver Island Community Center, the Ellen Welke Memorial Fund at Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island, or the Humane Society of Branch County. www.dutcherfh.com

Creative Fire Journal Day 5

by Cindy Ricksgers

Maine Islands Debriefing

The Maine Islands Debriefing began at approximately 3:07 and continued past 5:30 pm today, January 16, 2016. This meeting was live streamed on the Internet by Beaver Island News on the 'Net. This meeting was held in the Beaver Island Community Center and was MC'd by Kevin Boyle. Approximately thirty people were in attendance to the meeting with fifteen additional people viewing on the Internet.

Kevin Boyle, MC

The members traveling to the Maine Islands present were Ernie Martin, Bill McDonough, Patrick McGinnity, Kitty McNamara Green, and Pam Grassmick. Each of these representatives had an opportunity to speak about what they individually believed was the take-away ideas gained from the trip to Maine.

Ernie Martin................Bill McDonough.........Patrick McGinnity

Kitty McNamara Green......Pam Grassmick

The major topics were related to broadband/cell service, healthcare/EMS, quality K-12 education, work force housing, and improved marketing. These topics were determined at a previous meeting when the Maine Island Institute people visited Beaver Island. Some additional topics included aging in place, home energy assistance, the Maine Island Collaborative, small business assistance, affordable childcare, the Island Institute, and Island Fellows Program.

The community present was divided into five groups for brainstorming that included identifying needs and priorities; identifying strengths; identifying assets; and putting together volunteer advisory teams for the topics that came out of the brainstorming session.

Pam Grassmick provided information about the upcoming visit in April 2016 from the Maine islanders and the Office of Great Lakes.

View Gallery of Debriefing Pictures HERE

View video of the Debriefing HERE

Speaking of Ice

Beauty and gorgeousness may both be in the eyes of the beholder, particularly during the winter time. These pictures were taken around the northern part of the island on the morning of January 16, 2016. This beholder finds it gorgeous.

A few more are in the album HERE

Iced-Out Again

The BICS Basketball teams, the Islanders and the Lady Islanders, haven't had much luck with the weather this winter. The weather seems to be against them in that they haven't had much opportunity to compete in the Northern Lights League Basketball games. One weekend they couldn't go off island due to the weather, and this weekend Maplewood Baptist was unable to come to the island due to the icing conditions and a winter storm warning for the weekend.

If there is any advantage to this icing, it is the beauty that it creates in Mother Nature with some common trees and bushes getting an interesting coverage of crystal clear ice and then some addition of snow to create a wonderful contrast in their normally slumbering winter states.

Then the BICS teams decided to play basketball anyway with boys' and girls' teams mixing it up on the court. Deb Bousquet videoed the scrimmages and took a few pictures, and these are being processed.

It makes no difference who won in this scrimmage! They're all winners!

View video of the scrimmages HERE

     

Links

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

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Emergency Services Authority

June 30, 2015

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Meeting of July 30. 2015

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August 27, 2015

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September 24, 2015

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October 29, 2015

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November 24, 2015

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BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

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Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16

 

BICS Board Meetings

June 8, 2015

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June 29, 2015

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July 13, 2015

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8/10/15

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August 28, 2015

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September 14, 2015

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November 9, 2015

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Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

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Peaine Township Meeting

June 10, 2015

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July 8, 2015

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September 9, 2015

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October 14, 2015

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St. James Township Meeting Video

The report from the St. James Township website, which is a report to the St. James taxpayers, can be viewed HERE.

June 3, 2015

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July 1, 2015

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August 5, 2015

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September 2, 2015

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October 7, 2015

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November 4, 2015

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December 2, 2015

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1/4/2016 at 7 p.m.

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January 6, 2016

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Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

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On the Beach of Beaver Island

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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

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2nd Installment of Maine Island Trip

by Patrick McGinnity

Maine Trip
Part II

The next morning we set out early for Rockland, where we would be catching the ferry to Vinalhaven. We broke our fast at the Country Kitchen, and then most of us trekked down to the ferry dock on foot. The weather had turned a bit colder and there was a hint of rain on the blustery sea air. The seas during the 15 mile trip (an hour and fifteen minutes or so) were rolling a tad, but nothing out of the ordinary for those used to traveling Lake Michigan. This trip took us past North Haven and the narrow Fox Islands Thoroughfare (Northhaven and Vinalhaven were once known as North and South Fox) separating it from Vinalhaven, and down along the southwestern edge of the latter. Rounding Norton Point, Carver’s Harbor opened up before us. Relatively narrow and sheltered, the harbor truly is an impressive sight, with so many lobster boats moored so closely together one could almost imagine crossing from one side to the other by jumping from one to the next.

Vinalhaven is very much centered on lobstering. Especially in November, as the season wraps up for the smaller boats, the piers and streets are crowded with pick-up trucks loaded with traps and bouys. Everything about it proclaims proudly that this is a hard working community without pretension. The year-round population of Vinalhaven is in the neighborhood of 1200 people, 80% of whom are in some way tied to on the lobster industry. It is a rugged island composed largely of granite, the quarrying of which was a major industry up until the early 1900s. It is estimated that 20% of the island’s economy is based on tourism, while 80% is lobstering.

We hiked from the dock to the unassuming emergency services building, where we met with Pat Lundholm, the Vinalhaven Ambulance Services Director, and Marc Candage, the Fire Chief. During our tour, we discussed in some depth Vinalhaven’s emergency services and how they coordinate with each other and with their health center. With the Fire department and EMS working out of the same building, it was impressive to see the level of integration and cooperation between the different departments. The town health center is also closely tied to their emergency services, with a provider from the health center accompanying patients in the ambulance to the mainland. The health center is staffed by one Physician Assistant and three Nurse Practitioners. Vinalhaven does not have a dedicated, on-island air service, so the bulk of emergency runs see ambulance and crew traveling to the mainland on the ferry. With the boat trip taking over an hour, the time it takes to reach a mainland hospital can be significant. In emergencies where time is of the essence, coast guard air transport is also an option. Of course, just as is the case here, many of the year-round residents are volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel. We even spoke to one fellow who is trained to drive an ambulance, though he is not an EMT or Paramedic. It just goes to show that on any island, there is plenty to be done, and people often contribute in a variety of ways.

As an interesting side note, regulations regarding the maximum number of hours or trips a ferry captain can be at the wheel without time off means that an emergency run results in the cancellation of the next regularly scheduled ferry trip (apparently they don’t have additional captains on the island who could take over a run). While this surely does inconvenience passengers, it doesn’t quite throw a wrench into things the way it would with the BIBCO reservations, as their ferries are loaded on a first come, first served basis.

From Emergency services, it was only a short walk along the granite-curbed street to the aptly-named Tidewater Motel, where several of us would be staying (the others were put up at a nice house owned by Pat from the Vinalhaven EMS). I kid you not, the hotel rooms were as close to being on a boat as you can get without actually boarding one. The motel, and indeed the street itself, was built on a pier of sorts, supported by (to my eye) precariously-stacked granite blocks. The tide flowed in under the motel and filled Carver’s Pond, where school kids set lobster pots from rowboats to learn the trade. The pond is actually huge, a tidal lake that never completely drains out, but sends a flood of water back out to sea with every ebb tide. Looking out the windows of my room, it alternately looked like I was at the bow of a boat, plowing through the oncoming water from the harbor, or like I was at the stern, watching the building’s wake flow back out to sea.

After everyone got settled, we convened once more in the (also aptly-named) Gathering Place, a suite of rooms above part of the motel, with a large kitchen, a living room, and two dining areas. This is where we would be spending much of our free time while on Vinalhaven. For lunch that first day we were treated to an amazing lobster etoufee [should have an emphasis over both the first and second “e”] served by Yvonne Thomas, Island Institute Education Director and CFO of Vinalhaven Seafood LLC, a family business providing etoufee and fresh lobster shipped to your home (well, not to our home, because we are well beyond their shipping limit). This value-added business was hatched by one of her sons while in high school, and is now run by his younger brother, though the whole family is heavily involved. The etoufee was delightful, served on a bed of rice—the perfect thing to warm us up after a rather chilly morning.

Over lunch we discussed lobster, of course, as well as education on the islands. One interesting point that came up was the Island Teacher’s Conference, “a networking and professional development opportunity for educators who share both the challenges and advantages of teaching in small, geographically isolated communities.” Of particular note, this conference invites educators from elsewhere to participate, so it might be interesting to send a teacher or two from Beaver Island sometime. We also discussed the drug problem that lobstering’s relatively easy money had fostered on the islands, the scope of which I found hard to believe.

After lunch we enjoyed a driving tour, visiting the windmills, owned by the 1,700-member Fox Islands Electric Cooperative, which generate approximately 60% of the two islands’ electricity. Most of the power generation happens in the winter months, when the number of residents is lower, so power is sold back to the mainland grid, while the summer months see that flow of power reverse, as island demand exceeds the three turbines generating capacity. There are, or course, residents who complain about the noise and shadow flicker, and the co-op attempted to buy out several nearby homeowners at the beginning of the project.

We also passed the small transfer station, and stopping off at the edge of the Thoroughfare, a narrow strait between the Vinalhaven and its neighbor to the north. Apparently there is a certain amount of commuter traffic across the Thoroughfare, as well as a bit of a rivalry. Indeed, the vacation homes at the northern end of Vinalhaven are considered “more North Haven than Vinalhaven.”

Next we met up with Phil Crossman, the owner of the Tidewater and Town Selectman, at the Old Engine House to learn a bit about the Vinalhaven Historical Society and the history of the town itself. Inside the Engine House is the old steam-powered fire engine which was restored to functionality several years ago. In the rear of the building is the small, seasonal Chamber of Commerce Information Center, which is adorned with historic photos of the quarrying days. The Vinalhaven Chamber of Commerce, which is run by volunteers, is working on making the island more tourist friendly in hopes of decreasing the economic dependence on lobster. We discussed efforts to preserve some of the old buildings of Historic Downstreet, which is the downtown and comprises Vinalhaven’s tourist district.

The last place we visited that day was Island Village Childcare (IVC), a daycare facility run by a nonprofit organization created to provide high quality and affordable childcare service to island families and summer residents. Karen Burns, our Island Institute guide for the week, also happens to be the Finance Director of IVC. Located in an old house owned by a church that only uses it on weekends, the daycare is state licensed and focuses on learning through hands-on exploration and interactive play. As a nonprofit, the daycare relies on donations and fundraisers to help cover operating costs, activities, and purchase supplies for IVC's children. It was clear that the childcare facility was operating at capacity, and we were told that they are working toward building something larger to accommodate the demand. One thing that we heard there, and again at the eldercare facility the following day, was how the Town had been surprised that, far from being expensive unsustainable programs, childcare and eldercare had actually emerged as economic drivers, creating jobs and supporting related service providers.

That evening, after a bit of a break to visit some of the downtown businesses and relax, we got together in the Gathering Place to visit before heading out to dinner at the Pizza Pit. Located in a wharf-side building that in a previous life had been used for bait storage, the unpretentious restaurant was redolent with the aromas of hot pepperoni and melted cheese. We piled into a pair of booths and tucked in to some of the best pizza I’d had in some time. Interestingly, the Pizza Pit was strictly BYOB, so we’d walked down from the Gathering Place carrying our beverages of choice.

Afterward, we returned to the hotel to chat until the busy day started to catch up with some of us and we retired for the night. That night several members of our team represented Beaver Island in fine fashion at the Sand Bar (the one year-round bar), as always working hard to gather information about the islands from the locals.

THURSDAY- November 12th

The next morning dawned really, really early. (Did I mention that Maine—being on the far eastern end of the same time zone we are near the western edge of—sees the sun long before we do, and gets dark in November at around 4:00 pm?) I woke to what I thought was the sound of someone in one of the neighboring rooms taking the longest shower ever, only to realize that it was the tide pouring past out of the pond again.

We convened outside the motel in the chill morning before walking down to the Surfside, a breakfast destination that opens its doors at 3:00 am to cater to the lobstermen’s schedules. It was filled with locals and the comingled smells of eggs, bacon, and coffee. I sat at a table with Karen, who warned us that only folks from “away” asked for menus at the Surfside—those in the know (like us) simply ordered what they wanted. I’ll admit to cheating a bit and ordering something from the dry-erase board showing the specials, but unlike that other table of Michiganders we didn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

Our first destination for the day was the Vinalhaven Land Trust, which is something akin to the Little Traverse Conservancy, though focusing entirely on the single island. The Land Trust has been in existence for thirty years, had 900 acres in stewardship, and has conducted programming in the Vinalhaven School for nearly two decades, including an after school program for Pre-K – 5th Grade. The trust is funded largely through donations, which it uses to purchase land, provide stewardship for lands, and to fund its educational programs. Volunteers are integral to the stewardship of Trust lands. They are interested in a school Global Information System (GIS) program, to get school kids involved in mapping the trust lands and the island as a whole, and get them into stewardship of the land. One of their initiatives of late has been trimming hiking trails wider to reduce the chances of picking up ticks while walking them.One of themost impressive things we saw at the Trust was an amazing set of detailed wall maps of the island, showing everything from topography, to watersheds, to trail systems, to areas of historic cultural significance. Our friends from the Office of the Great Lakes were especially enthusiastic about the prospect of developing such maps for Great Lakes islands like ours.

Next we stopped at the Vinalhaven School, a beautiful new K-12 public school with an enrollment of around 180 students. Evident throughout our visit to the school, and indeed to the entire island, was the pervasive sense of Place (yes, Place with a capital “P”). The school, though new, was thoroughly grounded in the community’s past and present. One of the first things we noticed about the school was the Boatbuilding Shop, a two-story timber frame built as a shop class project several years ago. The shop is now the home of the shop program itself, and particularly their wooden boat building program. The island, both the past and present of which are so tightly bound to the sea, chose to carry on the tradition of building wooden boats, and to pass it on to their children, many of whom came from families of fishermen and lobstermen. Something we heard during our visit to the school, was the concern that the teachers have about the lack of career diversity on the island, and how a decline in the lobster industry would impact the community. Though school consistently told and celebrated the community’s past, it also focused on educating students for a future that would likely be quite different. The school lobby, complete with a 2nd storey bridge, a wall of rough quarried granite, and a mosaic tile compass rose on the floor, also featured a fleet of model lobster boats suspended from a contraption something like an orrery (a moving replica of the solar system), but which was connected to a weathervane on the school roof that caused the boats to face into the wind, just like the boats in the harbor down the road.

After touring the school, we met for lunch back at the Sandbar with fellows and mentors from the Institute’s Island Fellows Program. One of the most interesting programs that the Island Institute runs involves imbedding Island Fellows in island communities for two-year fellowships. The fellows are picked from amongst the best and the brightest college graduates, and each year individual islands submit proposals for how they could make use of a fellow. Examples of projects Island Fellows would work on include the building community capacity for in-home elder care and fostering parent participation in the school. The institute matches fellows with communities and the work begins. The fellows receive a wage, $7000 in year one and $12,000 in year two, and the communities in which they are imbedded provide them with lodging. Many of the fellows, it turns out, end up staying long term. According to the Island Institute, one-third of the more than one hundred fellows placed over the past 15 years continue to live and work on islands or in coastal communities; nearly 60% of Fellows remain in Maine, which is also important as they carry their island experience with them to organizations on the mainland. In fact, our hostess for the week, Karen, had been a fellow imbedded in the Vinalhaven community, and the current town manager was hired following two years as a fellow assisting with the town’s comprehensive planning process. What intrigues me is how this program works as an antidote to the so called “brain drain” small towns tend to suffer. Here the Island Institute is bringing in young, talented, passionate people, some of whom become permanent parts of the communities to which they are assigned.

Following lunch, we walked up the hill to the Ivan Calderwood Homestead, a facility operated by Vinalhaven Eldercare Services, whose mission is:

“to provide the opportunity for Vinalhaven elders to age in place: in their homes, in the community, on the island, to maintain elders’ connections to island traditions, community and family, to promote dignity, safety, health, comfort and a respectable quality of life and to be a sustainable organization.”

The organization was initially formed to provide transportation for aging community members and to enhance safety in their homes to allow them to remain in their own homes as long as possible. Five years later the eight-bed Homestead was opened in a home that was donated for that purpose. One of the fellows we’d met at lunch works and lives at the eldercare facility.

We next toured the Vinalhaven Public Library, which began its life as a Carnegie library, one of more than 1500 of which were built with money donated by Andrew Carnegie beginning in the late nineteenth century. A beautifully integrated addition was built in 2007, providing space for a new Children's Room, a Teen Center, and reading, meeting and exhibition areas with additional space for volunteers and staff. Of particular note was a room dedicated to local history, with many interesting items on display in glass cases, and a large collection of books of local interest and historical significance. At the dedication of the renovated library, Maine’s first lady said that “Island libraries are essential life-changing institutions,” and that the “renovation and addition sends a powerful message that reading and learning are important and valued.” The preservation of the past, in this case the historical collection and indeed the Carnegie building itself, coupled with investment in the community’s future by updating and creating additional space for the youth in the library closely echoed what we’d observed at the school.

We also visited a gym located in a remodeled schoolhouse. The relatively simple gym is owned by the Town itself, and there is a modest membership fee. Like the gym we’d seen at the Islesboro Community Center, the Vinalhaven gym was evidence of the island’s focus on the long-term health of community members.

Dinner that night was perhaps the highlight of our trip. We came together at the Gathering Place for one final time, this time joined by Karen and her husband Bruce, a young lobsterman. The previous evening, Kitty had taught their two charming children to play marbles, and Bruce had agreed to join us for dinner on our last night. He and Karen cooked up an obscene number of lobsters, and Kitty and Pam made some side dishes (unfortunately, I was too distracted by lobsters to do justice to any other offerings). Bruce showed us how best to penetrate the chitonous defenses of these tasty crustaceans, and we were off to the races. Discussions that night ran the gamut, from disputes between islands over rights to particular fishing grounds to lobster-tail puppetry (which I may have invented), and when all was said and done it was among the finest evening among friends, both old and new, that I’ve spent in some time.

FRIDAY- November 13th

The next morning, we rose early to catch the 7:00 ferry back to Rockland for the annual meeting of the Maine Islands Collaborative. A beautiful day was dawning over Carver’s Harbor as we bid farewell to Vinalhaven. The seas were calm and again we spent the trip outside. As a reward, we were treated to a brief glimpse of a porpoise breeching as we neared the mouth of Rockland Harbor. A short drive from the dock brought us to the Maine Island Institute.

We arrived just in time for breakfast at which we got to meet the Institute’s Programs Directors. Several were familiar faces we’d met during our travels, but seeing them all together in one room really drove home the monumental energy and incredible talent the Institute has harnessed in its efforts to order to improve life on the Maine Islands and beyond. During the Maine Islands Collaborative meeting, we were introduced to representatives from nearly every inhabited Maine island, who shared their triumphs, challenges, and offered assistance to their neighbors. It was quite inspiring, even at the end of a whirlwind trip. In the final installment in this series, we’ll delve a bit more deeply into the takeaways from this experience, and look ahead to what comes next.

More Maine Islands Pictures HERE

Movies This Weekend and Next

 

 

 

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50th Anniversary of Grand Rapids Party

 

BIESA Meeting Schedule

BOBI

BOBI (BIDL Book Club)


For Tuesday, 1/19 @7p: Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie 
For February (date tbd): In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

CC Transit Bus Back to Monday-Friday

In an email, Bob Tidmore notified me that two new transit bus drivers have been hired and effective immediately, the transit bus is back on its Monday through Friday schedule.

Preparing the Community Calendar

BINN is beginning the preparations for the 2016 Beaver Island Community Calendar. The events that are already scheduled for the coming year will be gladly be posted on the calendar. Any organization that has dates can be posted, but they have to be sent to the editor. Joe Moore said, "I have to be aware of the activity in order to post information about the activity." Save your dates now, so there are fewer conflicts!

Bank Hours Change


Starting in January the Beaver Island Branch of Charlevoix State Bank will be starting their winter hours. The hours for January, February, March and April will be Tuesday and Friday from 9am until 2pm. The bank will be closed on January 1st for the New Years Day holiday.

BICS 2015-16 Basketball Schedule

Stoney Acre Senior Menu

If you are part of the senior group, you can get an excellent meal for lunch or dinner at Stoney Acres. If you forget your coupon, you can get the same items from the senior menu for $8.00. Give it a try! You miay like the options available.

Beach Rangers

Beach Rangers, now is the time to start walking the beaches and recording any dead birds, and fish found.   Recently found were 4 Red Neck Grebes on Donegal Bay. Contact me if you wish to participate and are willing to walk the beaches this fall.
Jacque, 448-2220

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

February 6

April 2

August 6

November 5

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the winter schedule.  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Thursdays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2016:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

March 19

June 18

Sept 17

December 10 Annual Meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service


Bible study

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

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.

 

 

 

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


Donate to the Live Streaming Project

 

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

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