B. I. News on the 'Net, January 2-8, 2017

B. I. Christian Church Bulletin

January 8, 2016

Life Goes On

by Cindy Ricksgers

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

January 8, 2016

Eight unique IP addresses viewed the live stream today.

Father John Paul gave the sermon

Prayers prior to communion

View video excerpts HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 8, 2017

A heat wave of about 28° would be appreciated about now. All the snow is blowing past us to the mainland and we've been left with the bitter, bitter cold and wind. At the moment I'm showing 12° with a windchill of 0°, wind is at 10 mph from the northwest with gusts up to 25 mph, humidity is at 77%, pressure is rising from 30.46 inches, and visibility is 5.3 miles. Today: Patchy blowing snow in the morning. Periods of snow showers in the morning, then numerous snow showers in the afternoon. Highs around 17°. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Scattered snow showers in the evening, then periods of snow showers after midnight. Patchy blowing snow after midnight. Breezy. Snow may be heaving at times after midnight (provided it doesn't blow right over the island) Lows around 16°. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 45 mph.

On this date of January 8, 2009 - In Egypt, archaeologists entered a 4,300 year old pyramid and discovered the mummy of Queen Sesheshet.

Did you know that the greyhound is the fastest dog and can reach speeds of up to 72kph (45mph)?

Word of the day: fallal (fal-LAL) which means a bit of finery; a showy article of dress. The origin of fallal is unclear. It may be an alteration of furbelow “a ruffle or flounce; a piece of showy trimming.” Furbelow is a variant of falbala and of other related words in Provençal and some Italian dialects. All three words (fallal, furbelow, falbala) entered English very close together at the beginning of the 18th century.

Lots of Freight and Mail Waiting in Charlevoix

(Pictures by Paul Welke)

Update: Freight is caught up today, Sunday, January 8, 2017, from last week's bad weather!

Updated on January 5, 2017, at 12:45. There is still lots and lots of freight over in Charlevoix. The quantity simply hasn't decreased since flights yesterday and so far today. The above picture from Island Airways show that more is waiting to come to the island. Can you see the reason for the backup by looking out the opening?

Besides the usual delays in getting packages and mail sent and received due to the busy Christmas season, the weather around the Beaver Island and Charlevoix area has not been too cooperative after New Year's Day either. The planes were unable to fly yesterday, and according Island Airways President Angela Welke, there is plenty of freight and mail awaiting the ability to fly to the island.

"It looks like we have about 4,600 lbs of stuff waiting to get to Beaver Island including mail, newspapers, Fed Ex, UPS, prescriptions, food, auto parts, constructions supplies, etc.," Angel said. "Mother Nature has been a tough business partner the last two days.   We are hoping the snow lets up in Charlevoix to allow us to get some people and stuff moved today!"

BICS Board Meeting Documents

for January 9, 2017

Board Packet................Teacher Qualifications

Live Streaming of BICS Basketball

January 6+7. 2017

Thanks to Ralph Williamson and Kimberly Mitchell's donation to the live streaming project, both of the basketball games were live streamed. A total of fifty unique IP addresses viewed the games with a total viewing of the two games of over eighty total viewers. Some of these were parents, some were former students, and all were appreciative of the ability to see these games while they were happening.

Saturday Morning Basketball, 1/7/2017

The difference this morning was basically that the Islanders played the Eagles first, and continued their excellent rebounding and shooting to take the lead early and maintain it throughout the game. This made the first game another win for the Islanders.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the game HERE

Valiant effort after valiant effort by the Lady Islanders, even good shots simply would not go in. The Lady Eagles kept the Lady Islanders from getting offensive rebounds and continued to tie up the ball for jump balls throughout the game whenever the Lady Islanders stopped moving. Some good lay-ups also would not drop. When getting rebounds, the Lady Islanders simply couldn't get the ball to go in the basket. The Lady Islanders played well and exhibited terrific sportsmandship, but the Lady Eagles just out-muscled them under the basket and on the ball.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the game HERE

Friday Basketball on Beaver Island, 1/6/2017

The Lady Islanders put on a good battle against the Lady Eagles from Hannahville, but fell to defeat with very few successful rebounds and shots that just simply would not go in the basket. The Lady Islanders played with heart and soul and sportsmanship. The Lady Eagles won the game on Friday night. The Lady Eagles were very good at tieing up the ball and causing mayhem against the Islander offense.

If you view the gallery of photos, you will see the cutest group of cheerleaders. The cheerleaders are also in the video clip of each game as well.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the game and cheers HERE

The Islanders outplayed the Eagles from Hannahville in the game last night. It appeared that the Hannahville game was pretty much a three point game, while the Islanders were more of a fast break type game. The Islanders won last night, and were very good at ball handling.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the game and cheers HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 7, 2017

Still darn cold outside. Right now it's 12°, windchill of -3°, wind is at 11 mph from the west with gusts to 21 mph humidity is at 73%, pressure is rising from 30.25 inches, visibility is 9.8 miles. Today: Periods of snow showers. Patchy blowing snow in the afternoon. Highs around 14°. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Periods of snow showers. Patchy blowing snow. Breezy. Lows around 9°. Northwest winds 10 to 25 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 35 mph.

On this date of January 7, 1896 - The "Fannie Farmer Cookbook" was published. (Happens to be our favorite cookbook at the Moore house)

Did you know that in West Virginia roadkill may be taken home for supper? (from Dumb Laws)

Word of the day: frondescence (fron-DES-uh ns) which means 1) leafage; foliage. 2) the process or period of putting forth leaves, as a tree, plant, or the like. Frondescence derives from the New Latin noun frondescentia, a derivative of frondescent-, the present participle stem of frondescēns “becoming leafy,” from the inchoative verb frondescere “to become leafy, put forth leaves,” a derivative of frondēre “to have leaves.”

St. James Public Works Schedules Meetings

Human Services Meeting Schedule


by Daniel R. Craig

I step out of the trauma room into the main emergency room. Just outside the doorway I see him. Standing there with a shit ass grin on his face. He pulls off his stocking hat and his hair is plastered to his head from the sweat. We make eye contact and I smile. No words can ever explain the feeling when you save a life. It's a deep inner emotional satisfaction and it keeps us going. Lord knows it doesn't happen often, but when it does its a natural high.

I head back into the trauma room as the Doctor is telling the patient he has had a heart attack and his heart had stopped beating. He nods my way and said these guys saved your life. I said "No..no not me. The other old guy and his young partner."

It all started about forty minutes previous . Call came in, chest pain fifty some year old male. The crew made the scene and found the gentleman complaining of chest pain. Not bad a two or three out of ten. He had just walked off the lake after ice fishing when the pain started. Vitals checked, patient loaded onto the stretcher and humped to the rig through the snow. For those of you who have never pushed and pulled a stretcher through the snow, it's not an easy task. At the back doors of the ambulance the gentleman goes into a seizure. Damn...Stretcher loaded into the rig, pads applied to the chest, seizing stopped, v-fib on the cardiac monitor.

Charge...shock..150. The patient jerks...gasped. ..then opens his eyes. He asks what just happened. The crew is really moving now...IV...drug box out...oxygen switched over....into action. Enroute to the hospital I jump onto the rig to assist, but the reaper has already been beaten back by then. Four to six minutes that's all you have for the most part when going into v-fib without intervention. Old saying comes back to mind "Edison is the best medicine."

I walk out to the rig to help clean the mess. The crew went into the unknown, was met by mayham and managed to beat back the reaper. As I walked back to my rig I looked over at the old guy with the sh_t _ss grin and the young woman with the beaming smile. No words can explain the feeling, it's rooted deep. It was a honor to assist my dear friends on that call.

For those of us on the front lines, words need not be spoken for we see it in the eyes and the facial expressions. Damn, how I love that "sh_t _ss grin"...stay safe..smile, laugh, love..."494"

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 6, 2017

It's still dang cold out, mainland schools are still have some closings. The island is now sporting a delicate, lacy, petticoat of ice along the shoreline. It's 14° this morning, windchill is 1°, wind is at 12 mph from the west with gusts to 19 mph, humidity is at 83%, pressure is rising from 29.98 inches, and visibility is 5 miles. This is not a good day for a beach party! Today: Periods of snow showers. Highs around 16°. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Periods of snow showers. Lows around 6°. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Reminding myself that it isn't cold, it's invigorating (it's not working).

On this date of January 6, 1952 - "Peanuts" debuted in Sunday papers across the United States.

Did you know that squirrels can climb trees faster than they can run on the ground?

Word of the day: etiolate (EE-tee-uh-leyt) which means 1) to cause to become weakened or sickly; drain of color or vigor. 2) to cause (a plant) to whiten or grow pale by excluding light. Etiolate comes from the French verb étioler “to make pale, etiolate (plants),” probably derivative of a Norman French dialect form of standard French éteule, from Old French estoble, estuble “stubble,” from Latin stipula “stalk, straw.” The word entered English in the 18th century.

B.I. Transportation Authority

January 10, 2017, Noon

We Need the "Coasties"

by Pam Moxham

A few years back around Christmas, a patient had to be evacuated off Beaver Island.  My buddy Kevin White, (EMT), and I, (RN /MFR), got to go too.  The United States Coast Guard (Coasties) arrived in their super-duper speedy boat , and off we set.

St. James Quarterly Sewer Report

Timeout for Art: Not Yet

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 5, 2017

I simply don't know how it's possible that we have a son who is 41 today, but it seems that we do. Happy Birthday, Phillip Michael. We are so proud of all your accomplishments, (and that you married that red-headed girl). Have a fabulous day/month/year! Love you!

Winter Storm Warning in effect from 4:34 am, EST on January 5, 2017 through 4:00 PM EST on January 06, 2017. This is the same storm that has been going on for the past two days - they keep extending the date. The heavy snow seems to be missing the island, thank goodness. Right now it's 15°, windchill is -1°, wind is at 17 mph from the west with gusts up to 26 mph, humidity is at 89%, pressure is rising from 29.80 inches, and visibility is 8.4 miles. Today: Periods of snow showers. Areas of blowing snow in the morning. Patchy blowing snow in the afternoon. Highs around 15°. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Periods of snow showers. Lows around 8°. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

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

Did you know that the life span of an ostrich is 40 to 45 years?

Word of the day: draconian (drey-KOH-nee-uh n, druh-) which means rigorous; unusually severe or cruel. Draconian refers to Draco, the Athenian lawgiver who according to ancient tradition had the laws of Athens written down and introduced new laws, perhaps in 621/620 b.c.e. Draco’s criminal laws were severe; most crimes were punished by death. Asked why the punishments were so extreme, Draco answered that small crimes deserved the death penalty and that he could think of no harsher penalty for major crimes. The Athenian statesman Solon repealed all of Draco’s laws except those on homicide, possibly in 594/3 b.c.e. The word entered English in the 18th century.

News from BICS

Walking Indoors: 

All Beaver Island Community members are welcome to walk in the Beaver Island Community School gym!  The gym is available from 8:30 am – 11:00 am and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.   Please check in with the office personnel when you enter the building.  Also note that when the weather is particularly cold or inclement there may be elementary students having recess in the gym between 10-10:15 or 2:00-2:15.   If you have any questions, call the school at 231-448-2744.

St. James Township Board Meeting

January 4, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 4, 2017

Winter Storm Warning in effect from 4:31 am EST on January 4, 2017 through 12:00 PM EST on January 05, 2017. Lots of school closings on the mainland. Here on the island I'm showing 22° with a windchill of 6°, wind is at 23 mph from the west with gusts up to 30 mph, humidity is at 87%, pressure is steady at 29.56 inches, and visibility is 6.5 miles. Today: Periods of snow showers. Blowing snow. Windy. Highs int he lower 20s. West winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph. Tonight: Periods of snow showers. Blowing snow in the evening. Areas of blowing snow after midnight. Breezy. Lows around 12°. West winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

On this date of January 4, 1885 - Dr. William Grant performed the first successful appendectomy. The patient was Mary Gartside.

Did you know that in Bexley, Onio Ordinance number 223, of 09/09/19 prohibits the installation and usage of slot machines in outhouses.

Word of the day: emolument (ih-MOL-yuh-muh nt) which means profit, salary, or fees from office or employment; compensation for services. Emolument comes from the Latin noun ēmŏlŭmentum, ēmŏlĭmentum “profit, advantage.” Most modern sources claim that the noun derives from the verb ēmŏlĕre “to grind out (grain in a mill)”; the derivative noun would mean “profit from fees received for grinding grain.” Older sources claim that the noun derives from the verb ēmōlīrī “to cause by effort, stir up, rouse,” but the long vowels in ēmōlīrī do not agree with the short vowels of ēmŏlŭmentum, ēmŏlĭmentum. The word entered English in the 15th century.

The Great Lakes Report

View the report at www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/SOGL_2016_546173_7.pdf, and discover how the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes works to protect and restore Michigan’s water resources by visiting www.michigan.gov/deqogl.

Beaver Island and other Birding Trails are discussed on page nineteen of this report and is presented below.

The More Things Change....

by Cindy Ricksgers

What Did You Say? #2

by Joe Moore

There are many unusual aspects to doing emergencies on the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes.  Some of them may involve the geographical isolation of this particular location, but others are due to the somewhat unique qualities and traditions of the people here. (Sometimes you just shake your head, and then wonder what you got yourself into.)

“Beaver Island EMS, you are needed at the Pager residence for a pregnant thirty year old female.  She needs transport to the hospital,” dispatch paged.

Read the rest of this short story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 3, 2017

The National Weather Service in Gaylord has issued a Winter Storm Warning for lake effect snow and blowing snow...which is in effect from 4 am Wednesday to noon EST Thursday. For right now, I'm showing 33°, windchill of 25°, overcast skies, wind at 11 mph from the east with gusts to 16 mph, humidity is at 96%, pressure is falling from 29.83 inches, and visibility is 4.1 miles. Today: Snow showers likely, A slight chance of rain showers and light freezing rain in the morning, then rain showers, snow showers, light sleet and light freezing rain in the afternoon. patchy fog through the day. Highs in the mid 30s. Northeast winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the morning. Tonight: Snow showers. Areas of fog in the evening. Areas of blowing snow after midnight. Lows in the lower 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph increasing to west 15 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph after midnight.

On this date of January 3, 1938 - The March of Dimes was established by U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The organization fights poliomyelitis. The original name of the organization was the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

Did you know that flamingoes can live up to 80 years old?

Word of the day: murmuration (mur-muh-REY-shuh n) which means 1) a flock of starlings. 2) an act or instance of murmuring. Murmuration-, the inflectional stem of the Latin noun murmurātiō, derives from the verb murmurāre “to mutter, make a gentle sound, roar, grumble.” Murmurāre is a Latin reflex of mormor-, murmur-, a Proto-Indo-European onomatopoeic root that appears in ancient Greek mormýrein “to boil noisily (of water),” Sanskrit marmara- “rustling, rushing,” Lithuanian murmėti “to babble, mutter,” and German murmeln “to mumble, murmur.” The word entered English in the 14th century.

First Eagle of 2017

The plan was to head out to Gull Harbor and take the dog for a walk late in the afternoon of Monday, January 2, 2017. That plan was interrupted by an eagle in the shallows out by the reeds near the Villa Cabins.

Eagle in Harbor


Just as the dog was under control, a picture was perfect, and a vehicle came by and chased the eagle away.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Wind at Gull Harbor




Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

August 25, 2016

View Video of this Meeting HERE

September 29, 2016

Video of the meeting is available HERE

October 27, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

September 12, 2016

video for the meeting is availalble for viewing HERE


View Video of this meeting HERE

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

September 29, 2016

Video of this meeting may be viewed HERE

October 11, 2016

View Video of this meeting HERE


View video of the meeting HERE

November 9, 2016

View Video of this meeting HERE

December 14, 2016

View video of the meeting HERE


St. James Township Meeting Video

September 21, 2016

Video of this meeting is available HERE

October 5, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

October 19, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

November 2, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

December 7, 2016

View video of the meeting HERE

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

Effective Tuesday, 9/8/15
CLOSED Labor Day, 9/7 Happy Holiday!!
M-F 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-9pm
231 448-2022

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

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Meeting Minutes

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as soon as they are received.

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Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 2, 2017

Right at 32° this morning with a windchill of 24°, mostly cloudy skies, wind is at 9 mph from the east, humidity is at 84%, pressure is steady at 30.27 inches, and visibility is 9.9 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s. East winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Tonight: Cloudy. Slight chance of snow in the evening, then a chance of rain, light freezing rain. Snow and a slight chance of light sleet after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. East winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of January 2, 1929 - The United States and Canada reached an agreement on joint action to preserve Niagara Falls.

Did you know that the night vision of tigers is 6 times better than humans?

Word of the day: yeasayer (YEY-sey-er) which means 1) a person with an optimistic and confident outlook. 2) a person who habitually agrees with or is submissive to others. Yeasayer entered English in the 1910s. It is an alteration of naysayer, a term with an opposite meaning, which predates yeasayer by about 200 years. Yea has been used in English since before 900 and means “yes.”

On to the New Year

by Cindy Ricksgers

Mass from Holy Cross, 9:30 a.m, 1/1/17

Mass tbis morning had eight viewers during the live stream. Just about sixty attended today on New Year's Day.

You can view excerpts of this Mass HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 1, 2017

Happy New Year. I wonder how many of us will be writing 2016 for the date until our fingers/brain remembers the correct year? Happens to me all the time. My New Year resolution isn't to lose weight (although I do need to), nor is it to be rich (although I'd like to suffer with that problem for a bit), nope, my resolution is to finish all those half-done knitting projects in time for next Christmas. I have a much better chance of not breaking that one than I do of the other two.

For the first day of 2017, it's 33° outside with a windchill of 20°, wind is at 21 mph from the SW with gusts to 34 mph, humidity is at 67%, pressure is rising from 29.84 inches, and visibility is 9.6 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 30s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 20s. Light winds becoming east at 10 mph after midnight.

On this date of January 1, 1863 - U.S. President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that all slaves in the rebel states were free.

Did you know that the longest street in the world is Yonge Street in Toronto Canada measuring 1,896 km (1,178 miles)?

Word of the Day: hansel (HAN-suh l) which means a gift or token for good luck or as an expression of good wishes, as at the beginning of the new year or when entering upon a new situation or enterprise. Handsel is a confusing blend of Old English and Old Norse words. The Old English noun handselen literally means “hand-gift, handing over, manumission.” The Middle English forms hanselle, handselne, honselne “good-will gift, token of good will” were influenced by Old Norse handsal “hand-shake, hand-clasp (for sealing a purchase or a promise).” The word entered English before the 11th century.

Happy New Year from News on the 'Net

Happy new year glitter  

Year's End

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

December 31, 2016

The island is now covered in a delicate layer of white - not in feet, thank goodness, but a generous coating making everything look fresh and hiding the grass that was so out of place for northern Michigan at the end of December. Today is the last day of 2016, a year that in some ways flew past so quickly but with lots of bumps and curves we didn't expect and will have to learn to adjust to. For those of you going out and ringing in the New Year, please be smart and careful while having a good time.

Right now it's 31° outside with a windchill of 22°, wind is at 11 mph from the SE, humidity is 94%, pressure is falling from 29.36 inches, and visibility is 3.5 miles. We are still under a Winter Weather Advisory until 11 am. Today: Snow and light freezing drizzle in the morning, then a chance of snow and light freezing drizzle likely in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 30s. South winds at 10 mph shifting to the west in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers in the evening, then a slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 20s. West winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of December 31, 1891 - New York's new Immigration Depot was opened at Ellis Island, to provide improved facilities for the massive numbers of arrivals.

Did you know that a hippopotamus can run faster than a man?

Word of the day: toodle-oo (tood-l-OO) which means goodbye; so long. The origin of toodle-oo is unclear. It may be from toodle, a variant of tootle, which means "to walk unsteadily, like a toddler." It may also be from tootle, which means “to toot gently (on a flute); to move slowly or leisurely.” Finally, the word may be imitative of the toot of an (early) automobile horn or klaxon. None of the three possibilities satisfactorily accounts for the -oo element. The word appeared in English in the early 1900s.

St James Township Meeting of Public Works Committee

January 4, 2017-At the Yacht Dock about the Reservation System

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Meeting

December 29, 2016

The regular meeting of the Beaver Island ESA was called to order by Bill Kohls with all five member present including Brad Grassmick, Jim McDonough, Dave Howell, and Kitty McNamara Green, the new St. James Township representative. The regular meeting minutes for October and the special meeting minutes for November were approved. There was a discussion of Board membership and positions. Dave Howell offered to be the secretary of the ESA, and discussion will take place about the treasurer position. Rick Speck will remain as the bookkeeper for BIEMS. There was discussion about St. James Township giving the accounting for the Beaver Island Fire Department to the ESA. The ESA will be posting for each meeting in 2017 with the first quarter being the last Thursday of each month.

Jim McDonough gave a short report for the fire department including a report that included a decrease in the number teams for the department due to lower numbers participating. Rhonda Pavialcek, the on call paramedic gave a report about the number of EMS runs, about a planned grant being submitted to replace the emergency response vehicle, and about a planned first responder and Basic EMT class that would start in January 2017. The board approved the expenditures for books, workbook, and testing.

The board also reported on a meeting that included preparing a request for proposals for off-island agencies taking over the administration of BIEMS. This Request for Proposal is not yet ready to be sent out to places including Northflight and East Jordan (Jordan Valley EMS). The currrent paramedics were discussed with possibility of contract negotiations taking place between the two who have been discussed in the past.

Joe Moore asked about whether the Amendment process had been completed. He was told that the paperwork had been signed by both townships, but that it had not yet been published or sent to the State of Michigan.

The meeting adjourned after approximately one hour.

View video of this meeting HERE

Ice Classic

Just a “little” more ice and we’ll move the tower from the shore onto the ice.  Thanks to Don Trisch and Paul Johnson for helping move the tower to Bill Hirschey’s lot on the harbor. 

Bob Tidmore, PABI

Here is a review of the past winners.

2016 No ice

2015  3:40 PM  April 15th The amount was $432.50

2014     11:01   AM  April 28th  The winner collected  $527.25.

2013 12:18 PM April 11--winner collected $700 

2012 No Ice

2011 12:20 PM  April 10th---The winner collected over $1,046

2010-4:10 PM March 18---The winner collected over $700.00

2009-1:58 PM April 9, 2009---The winner Collected over $1,100

2008-11.34 PM on April 8----The winner Collected over $1,200

2007- 2:52 PM on March 28th ---The winner Collected Over $1,200!

2006- 8:29 PM on March 29th---The winner Collected Over $600!

Final Video and Website Report for December 2016

(Up through December 31, 2016)

During the month of December for all video available for viewing on the streaming server, there were 630 unique IP addresses viewing 3.033 video clips, using 164.3 GB of bandwidth. Of this amount, the current video included 473 unique IPs, viewing 2690 vudei clips, using 145.5 GB of bandwidth. View of older clips included 123 uniques viewing 145 video clips, using 11.6 GB of bandwidth.

The live streaming video was viewed by 82 indiviudal IP addresses and used 2.4 GB of bandwidth. Most of this was for Mass from Holy Cross viewing and/or Christmas Concert viewing..

The Beaver Island News on the 'Net website had 1,271 visitors from unique IP addresses, with a total of 5,560 visits, and individuals viewing 8,708 pages.

The data below is up to December 26, 2016:

The Beaver Island News Archives website had visits from 910 unique IP addresses, with a total of 1848 visits, and individuals viewing 5,556 pages.

The Beaver Island TV website had visits from 183 unique IP addresses, with a total of 256 visits, and individuals viewing 468 pages.

Over one thousand people were provided news from Beaver Island over the last month using Beaver Island News on the 'Net, and viewing hundreds of pictures and thousands of video clips.

Christmas Eve Mass from Holy Cross

The church was bathed in candle light for the Carol Singing.

Our priest Father John Paul, Deacon Jim Siler, and our servers

The pageant during the reading of the Gospel.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the Mass from Holy Cross on Christmas Eve HERE

Christmas Eve Service from the BI Christian Church

This service began at 5 p.m. tonight, December 24, 2016.

The program

View video of the service HERE


Christmas Toy Drive 2016

Link to St. James Township Audit Documents

Vist state website HERE

(Thank you, Maura Turner for this link)

The following were downloaded from the above website and are available here.

St James Audit Financials

2016 St James Audit Deficencies

St James Audit Procedures Report

St James Deficit Letter

Christian Church Bulletin

January 1, 2017

January 8, 2016


Holy Cross Bulletin for January 2017

BICS Basketball Schedule 2016-17

BICS School Calendar 2016-17

BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates Schedule

Charlevoix Summer Transit
Summer Hours

Monday-Friday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Except Holidays)

Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Phone 231-448-2026 for Service

Bank Hours Change

January thru April
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

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

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

September thru October
Monday Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

November thru December
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

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

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.

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:

December 10 Annual Meeting

Saving Birds Newsletter

from Kay Charter



Donate to the Food Pantry

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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