B. I. News on the 'Net, January 23- February 5, 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 5, 2017

Snowy, snowy, snowy! Finally, and the biggest benefit it that it is covering all the dirty, melted, icy stuff. Everything looks so nice and clean. Joe's excited because he wants to go snowshoeing and finish his walk around the island on the shoreline. Right now it's 27°, windchill makes it feel like 16°, wind is at 15 mph from the west with gusts up to 36 mph, humidity is at 88%, pressure is rising from 29.74 inches, and visibility is 6.5 miles.

Today: Snow in the morning then scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers in the evening then a chance of snow after midnight. Lows around 18°. West winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 30 mph in the evening.

On this date of February 5, 1846 - "The Oregon Spectator", based in Oregon City, became the first newspaper published on the Pacific coast.

Did you know that the first aluminum drink can was introduced in 1959? Coors introduced the first all-aluminum, seamless, two-piece beverage container. Recycling was instituted at the same time (Coors paid 1 cent for each can returned to the brewery). Aluminum cans made inroads into the soft drink market in 1964, when Royal Crown Cola released both its RC Cola and Diet Rite beverages in two-piece, 12-ounce aluminum containers. In their first year on the market, 1 million cases of soda were packaged using aluminum cans. In addition to being lighter in weight than their steel predecessors, aluminum cans provide a superior surface on which to print text and graphics. This capability increased the opportunity to establish and promote shelf presence and brand awareness. (from aluminum.org)

Word of the day: juggernaut (JUHG-er-nawt) which means 1) any large, overpowering destructive force or object as war, a giant battleship, or a powerful football team. 2) anything requiring blind devotion or cruel sacrifice. Juggernaut, Jagernaut, Jaggarnat, Jagannat are some of the English approximations of the pronunciation of Hindi Jagannāth and Sanskrit Jagannātha. In Sanskrit and Hindi short a is pronounced like the u in but, which explains the choice of u over a. This also explains the English spelling punch “the beverage composed of five ingredients” from Hindi and Sanskrit pañca ”five”.) The English gg is to insure the “hard” pronunciation of the English g, as in get, and not the “soft” one as in gem. The English er and ar are misguided attempts to render the same Hindi and Sanskrit a. It also unintentionally shows the nonrhotic, or r-less pronunciation of British English. The final syllable naut is a fanciful association or mistake of using the English combining form -naut “sailor,” as in Argonaut,” to represent the long a of Hindi and Sanskrit (it is pronounced like the German long a as in Staat “state.”) The last form, Jagannat, represents Hindi and Sanskrit pronunciation pretty well. Juggernaut entered English in the mid-17th century.

B. I. Airport Commission

Meeting on February 4, 2017

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Video of the two hour meeting HERE

(Photos and video by Cheryl Phillips)

Beaver Island Workshops

On Thursday, January 26, 2017, Executive Director of Northern Community Mediation (NCM) flew over to Beaver Island to facilitate two workshops entitled “Seeing Eye to Eye Without Going Head to Head.” The first workshop was held in the afternoon at the Beaver Island Community School. Approximately 40 students and teachers participated. In the late afternoon, the second workshop took place at the Community Center, where roughly 20 residents attended.

The purpose of the workshops was to help people understand that conflict is not necessarily a bad thing. It is how people handle conflict that makes it positive or negative. By incorporating group discussions and exercises with humor, Millar was able to make the point that there are basically five approaches to handling conflict: competition, accommodation, withdrawl, compromise and collaboration. The effectiveness of each approach is totally dependent upon the given circumstances. The example that Millar used was the Super Bowl. Neither Tom Brady nor Matt Ryan would approach that game other than with a competitive spirit. In no way would any of the other four approaches to conflict be appropriate.

Pam Grassmick made the initial contact with Millar to arrange for the workshops. Ann Partridge contributed her creative talent to produce an inviting flyer. Millar summarized the experience. “I feel it was worthwhile for everyone involved. I for one had a wonderful time, but then it is always fun to go to Beaver Island.”

Northern Community Mediation is a non-profit organization that provides an alternative means of resolving conflict. Trained mediators, who meet with the parties involved in a dispute, facilitate so that the individuals themselves can resolve the conflict

Anyone interested in learning more about Northern Community Mediation should contact Dr. Jane Millar at 231.487.1771.

Pictured from left to right in the back are Pam Grassmick, Sharon Misiak, Ann Partridge, and Cindy Ricksger. In the back on the right is Pam Moxhan. In the forefront from left to right are Kitty McNamara, Kathy Tidmore and Vicky Smith. (This photo was taken by BINN)

Coed Game Saturday and Girls Game Saturday

The Paradise team played the first game today as a coed game. There was a second game of just the Lady Islanders and the Lady Rockets with three quarters of time. The games were both fun to watch. The videographer today was the editor and BINN shared all the video from all the games with the Paradise coach.

Twenty-seven people watched the games last night and this morning for the live stream using nineteen unique IP addresses.

Our officials for this weekend were Daniel and Courtney Ashefelter

Beaver Island coaches Dan Burton and Tamie LaFreniere

Paradise coach Brian Sikkenga

Pictures of the first game are HERE

Pictures of the second game are HERE

View video of the coed game HERE

Lady Islanders vs Lady Rockets HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 4, 2017

The sky is covered with stars this morning, and it's lovely. The dogs, on the other hand, didn't notice as they were busy trying to get back inside. They think it's way too cold. Sympathetic soul that I am, made them venture out anyhow. Right now it is 20° with a windchill of 6°, wind is at 16 mph from the west with gusts to 25 mph, humidity is at 79°, pressure is steady at 30.22 inches, and visibility is 9.8 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 20s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Tonight: Periods of snow showers. Patchy blowing snow. Lows in the mid 20s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of February 4, 2004, the social networking website Facebook.com was launched.

Did you know that the expression to 'knuckle down' originated from playing marbles (players used to put their knuckles to the ground for their best shots)

Word of the day: feinschmecker (FAHYN-shmek-uh r) which means gourmet. The German noun Feinschmecker literally means ”fine-taster” from fein “fine” and Schmecker “taster.” The word entered English in the late 19th century.

Co-ed Islanders vs Rockets Friday

This is the final score of the co-ed basketball game tonight, February 4, 2017. Islanders win!

Halftime dance by the cheeleading squad begins

The younger cheerleaders do an amazing cheer!

Here is a gallery of photos from the night

View video of the parent recognition and game HERE

BICS Student at HOSA Competition and Excellent Results

Update: Sveta and Brennan placed in the top ten for Home Health Care

Tessa got 1st Place in Home Health Care

Olya 2nd place in Clinical Nursing, Katie 3rd place in Clinical Nursing

All BICS students qualify for State Competition!

These BICS students are in the Health Occupations Students of American program at the school here. Two of them, the first on the right and the last on the left have successfully passed their CNA exams. All are in Muskegon today, February 3, 2017, for a competition of HOSA students. Congratulations to Tessa Jones and Olya Stebbins on their certification as nurses aides. The students are competing in clinical nursing and in home healthcare.

Sunrise Pictures from the Air

February 3, 2017 by Paul Welke

Harbor Ice

February 3, 2017 by Paul Welke

New Annual Event Set For Beaver Island

The Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce has announced that they will host a Community Appreciation Day on Saturday May 20 this spring. The 20th is Armed Forces Day and Beaver Island has a large veteran population. Plans call for an outdoor community pig roast and beverages with a free will donation request.

The new community event will replace the annual Citizen of the Year award banquet that was held each spring beginning in 2001. “Our goal is to include more of the Island community in a less formal event. An individual award is still an option but not necessarily each year,” said Chamber President Rachel Teague. Chamber board member Jean Kinsley said, “We see this as kind of a fun kick off to the Island ’s peak season.”

The new event will be held at the Beaver Island Boat Co ferry dock. The option to move inside the 130 foot ferry Emerald Isle will be available in case of rain. “The Boat Company looks forward to partnering with the Chamber of Commerce on this fun new event,” said chamber board member and Boat Co Operations Manager Tim McQueer.

“As a dedicated outdoor pig roast fan I’m looking forward to this new informal event for all. If the donations should exceed the cost the extra will be used for our Beaver Island marketing activities.” said Chamber Executive Director Steve West. 

Chamber of Commerce board member Mark Englesman serves up roast pork at a Beaver Island roast.

BICS Weekly Update for February 6-10

BICS Events Calendar 2017

St. James Special Meeting Notice for Budget

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 3, 2017

By the lagging to go out this morning, and the race to get back inside, the dogs have informed me that it is COLD out there. Right now I'm showing 14° with a windchill of -2, wind is at 14 mph from the west with gusts to 29 mph, humidity is at 77%, pressure is rising from 30.19 inches, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Periods of snow showers. Patchy blowing snow. Highs around 18°. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Patchy blowing snow in the evening. Scattered snow showers. Lows around 17°. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of February 3, 1913 - The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It authorized the power to impose and collect income tax.

Did you know that sound travels 10 times faster through granite than air? Sound travels most slowly in gases and the fastest in solids.

Word of the day: unctuous (UNGK-choo-uhs) which means displaying insincere earnestness or piousness; oily. From Latin unctum (ointment), from unguere (to anoint). Earliest documented use: 1387.

Video Report for January 2017

During the month of January there were a total of 478 unique IP addresses viewing video. This included 307 watching the current video, 69 watching video in the archives, and 144 watching the live streaming video of events. 2513 current video clips were viewed, 82 archived clips were viewed, and 182 live views of the live streaming events. A total bandwidth of 92.2 GB was used viewing the video clips during January.


A interesting news story about gin from juniper berries picked on Beaver Island, almost 200 pounds of them, then distilled in Michigan and bottle in Michigan.

Link to a video about this gin HERE

Here is the Up North Live story link

Bruce Lauren Kinsley Obituary

Bruce Lauren Kinsley, 80, of Beaver Island, died Saturday, January 28, 2017, at his home. He was born October 9, 1936, in Ann Arbor to Lauren and Mildred (Stoll) Kinsley. He grew up in Ann Arbor, and served in the US Navy from 1955-57, stationed in Hawaii. Returning home from the Navy, he made his home in Saline, Mich. and for a short time lived in Florida, returning to Saline. On April 30, 1977, he married Jean L. Welke in Saline. For the past sixteen years, they have made their home on Beaver Island.

Bruce worked as a self employed General Contractor.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; stepsons, Tim Tubbs, and Greg Purtzenski; grandchildren, Matt Kinsley, Shelbi (Tracey) Kinsley, Travis Tubbs, Shana Tubbs, Kevin Purtzenski; great-grandchildren, Levi and Mia.

Cremation has taken place. A private service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beaver Island Rural Health Center, or to Beaver Island Friends of Veterans.

Please share a memory of Bruce or your condolences at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com

February St. James Board Meeting

February 1, 2017 Meeting

View video of this meeting HERE

Since there might be some very interested in the debt retirement resolutions, they are presented below:

The above is a debt forgiveness resolution for Sewer Fund to General Fund.

Debt retirement for the Yacht Dock to General Fund

St. James Special Meeting Notice

Timeout for Art: No Art.

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 2, 2017

Today my Dad would have caught up with Mom in age (he married an older woman - by two months). So tonight we'll go out for dinner with Mom to celebrate his day. This is an annual family outing to remember him and enjoy a few chuckles at some of his antics.

It's a chilly one today and not likely to warm up much. Bundle up and stay warm! This morning I'm showing 15°, windchill of -1°, wind is at 19 mph from the west with gusts to 28 mph, humidity is at 76%, pressure is rising from 30.10 inches, and visibility is at 9.8 miles. Today: Numerous snow showers. Highs around 16°. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers. Lows around 11°. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of February 2, the first documented American reference to Groundhog Day can be found in the diary of James Morris, a Morgantown, PA storekeeper. The diary entry is dated February 4, 1841: Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas day, the day on which, according to the Germans, the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks nap, but if the day be cloudy he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate.

Did you know that the first city to mint its own gold coins was Florence, Italy in 1252?

Word of the day: umbra (UHM-bruh) which means 1) shade; shadow. 2) the invariable or characteristic accompaniment or companion of a person or thing. Umbra entered English around the year 1600. It comes from the Latin term meaning "shade, shadow."

From Charlevoix Hospital

Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital CEO Lyn Jenks testified before a state Senate subcommittee late last year on the importance of CRNAs for rural hospitals such as the one in Charlevoix.  She also values the work of the advance practice professionals in her community.

“We are grateful for their efforts on behalf of our patients and for the ways they help rural hospitals like ours continue to thrive,” she said.


Jean McDonough

Family nurse practitioner Jean McDonough, FNP-BC, is among those professionals and returned to Charlevoix in July 2015 to the hospital where she held her very first nursing job. As a family nurse practitioner she serves as a primary care provider under the oversight of a physician. Her clinical experience includes pediatrics, family practice, women’s health and urgent care. She has a passion for children and adolescents, having been involved for 12 years with Camp Quality of Michigan, a non-profit organization that supports children with cancer and their families.

“Charlevoix is a great community and I’m grateful to be back and be a part of ensuring our patients have continued access to care that is close to home,” she said.

Holy Cross Bulletin

February 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

February 1, 2017

Welcome to February! It's 27° outside this morning, feels like 16°, wind is at 13 mph from the west with gusts to 25 mph, humidity is at 84%, pressure is rising from 29.81 inches, visibility is 9.6 miles. Today: Numerous snow showers. Highs in the mid 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Periods of snow showers in the evening then numerous snow showers after midnight. Patchy blowing snow after midnight. Lows around 13°. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph increasing to 30 mph after midnight.

On this date of February 1, 1893 - Thomas A. Edison completed work on the world's first motion picture studio in West Orange, NJ. He built it behind his West Orange, New Jersey laboratory in 1893. The Black Maria--a slang term for the prisoner transport vans the building resembled--was covered with tar paper, had a removable roof, and rotated on a track to capture sunlight. Here, lab assistants filmed short movies for Edison's Kinetoscope motion picture viewer. If you'd like to see a photo of Black Maria, go here: https://www.thehenryford.org/…/digital-coll…/artifact/289345

Word of the day: ataraxia (at-uh-RAK-see-uh) which means a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquility. Ataraxia “impassiveness, calmness” is best known from and associated with the ethics of the Athenian philosopher Epicurus (341–270 b.c.). It is acquired by shunning politics and obnoxious people, by paying no attention to the gods or an afterlife, and by devoting oneself to trustworthy friends and a simple life. Ataraxia was important to the Stoic philosophers, also, but for them the final goal was apatheia, which means not “apathy” in the modern sense but “calmness,” imperturbability gained from the pursuit of virtue. Ataraxia (spelled atarxie) entered English in the early 17th century.

Special School Board Meeting, Notice and Agenda

February 2, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

Beaver Island Performs at Crooked Tree Concert

The Crooked Tree Youth Orchestras performed at Crooked Tree Arts Center on January 29, 2017. The concert began a 3 p.m. in the afternoon. Beaver Island Community School String students and Sheri Richards attended and performed at this concert. Here is the program identifying all the participants and all the instsructors.

(pictures and program from Sheri Richards and Theresa McDonough)

View a gallery of pictures HERE

Artifacts to Memories: Baskets

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 31, 2017

Overcast skies this morning, but on the bright side, it's $2 Tuesday and the last day of January, so spring is coming! Right now I'm showing 22°, feels like 14°, wind is blowing between 6 and 11 mph from the SE, humidity is at 87%, pressure is steady at 29.60 inches, and visibility is 9.2 miles. Today: Cloudy. Slight chance of snow in the morning then a chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 20s. Light winds. Tonight: Snow. Lows in the mid 20s. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of January 31, 1865 - The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. It was ratified by the necessary number of states on December 6, 1865. The amendment abolished slavery in the United States.

Did you know that diamonds mined in Brazil are much harder than those found in Africa? The hardest natural diamonds mostly originate from the Copeton and Bingara fields located in the New England area in New South Wales, Australia. These diamonds are generally small, perfect to semiperfect octahedra, and are used to polish other diamonds.

Word of the day: kanone (kuh-NOH-nuh) which means a person who is an expert skier. Kanone came to English from the German word literally meaning "cannon," which comes from Italian cannone. This, in turn, derives from Italian canna "tube."

St. James Special Meeting Minutes

January 30, 2017

Open House on New Master Plan 

Beaver Island planning commissions to host public open house on new master plan


The planning commissions of Beaver Island are hard at work developing a new master plan for the Island, but public feedback is needed; come review ideas for the Island’s improvement and share your opinions about a variety of topics on Monday, February 6 at 7 p.m.

BEAVER ISLAND, Mich.January 30, 2017 – Beaver Islanders are invited to a public open house held at the Beaver Island Community Center on Monday, February 6 at 7 p.m. to showcase the work of the Island's planning commissions on a new master plan for Beaver Island. Your opinions and ideas are needed!

Come enjoy a meal and the company of your friends and neighbors while sharing your ideas and feedback with the Peaine Township and St. James Township planning commissions. The meeting will consist of a brief presentation explaining more about the master planning process, immediately followed by a time for participants to visit various “stations” to complete activities, answer questions, and provide feedback.

Since August of 2016, the planning commissions of Beaver Island have jointly been participating in the Resilient Beaver Island planning project. This project will result in a new master plan for Beaver Island and is addressing a wide range of concerns such as natural resources, the local economy, population and housing trends, and more.

The planning commissions urge everyone to attend this important meeting! One important element of the master plan is an action plan developed with input from the public. Possible ideas for the future of the Island were collected during meetings and an online survey in November 2016. Now, the planning commissions need the public’s help to identify the individuals and organizations willing to partner together to work to achieve the community’s vision for the future.

All project materials and notes are available on the project webpage at www.resilientmichigan.org/beaverisland. The Draft Master Plan is being revised and edited. A copy will be available in the month of February for everyone to review, in advance of the mandatory 63-day comment period expected to begin in early spring. The feedback gathered at the February 6 meeting will be incorporated into the Draft Master Plan.

The resources for the Resilient Beaver Island effort are being provided through the Traverse City-based nonprofit Land Information Access Association (LIAA), which is also managing the project. Project costs have been covered by a grant provided to LIAA by the Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality.

What Did You Say 5

by Joe Moore

“There is absolutely no way to get this patient off the island tonight,” the RN at the medical center stated.  “I have two patients here who are allergic to a bug spray that was sprayed in their home, and I can’t get them off the island.  Are you willing to give me a break, keep track of them for a bit, so I can go home and eat dinner?”

Read the rest of the story HERE

Beautiful Sunrise Over Skim Ice

(Pictures by Paul Welke)

In an early morning flight today, Paul Welke took some pictures of the sunrise. The favorite picture of the group from the editor's perspective is shown here. A small gallery of pictures is included below. Thank you, Paul, for sharing!

Sunrise over skim ice

View a small gallery of pcitures HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 30, 2017

A tad chilly this morning. It's 15°, wind is at 6 mph from the NNW, humidity is at 82%, pressure is steady at 29.89 inches, and visibility is 9 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Highs in the lower 20s. Light winds becoming southwest at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow. Lows around 20°. Southeast winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

On this date of January 30, 1969 - The Beatles made their last-ever public appearance as a group. The performance of "Get Back" was filmed for the movie "Let It Be."

Did you know that brontology is the study of thunder?

Word of the day: equivoque (EK-wuh-vohk) which means 1) an equivocal term; an ambiguous expression. 2) a play on words; pun. 3) double meaning; ambiguity. Equivoque entered English in the late 1300s, and was originally spelled equivoc. It derives from the Late Latin term aequivocus meaning "ambiguous."

Mass from Holy Cross

January 29, 2017

Father John Paul from Charlevoix....Deacon Paul from Petoskey

There have been several services this last few weeks where no priest could get in to do the Mass. Today, January 29, 2017, at Holy Cross we had three helpers to give us help. Father John Paul, who loves coming over to the island, came from Charlevoix; Deacon Paul, who also has been coming to the island years, came from Petoskey. Deacon Paul read the gospel, and the sermon was given by our own Deacon Jim Siler. You can view exceprts from the service this morning by clicking on the link below.

View the video of the service HERE

WVBI Report on BIESA Meeting

by Kevin Boyle

Listen HERE

Sunday Snowfall

by Cindy Ricksgers

An Amazing Gift

Deacon Paul from the St. Francis Catholic Church in Petoskey came to help celebrate 9:30 a.m. Mass this morning at Holy Cross Catholic Church. He had found something while searching through the Franciscan priests materials in an old file cabinet or dresser. Anyway, it was a key with a ribbon attached along with a label that said this key was the key to the church on High Island. Deacon Paul presented this gift to the Parish here on Beaver Island saying, "Here is a much better place for this key to reside."


Fundraiser for Ellen Welke Fund

Michelle LaFreniere is working on a fundraiser for the Ellen Welke Fund. She is going to baking and selling cookies for Valentine's Day. Donations can also be made.

"For anyone wanting to donate to our fundraiser for the Ellen Welke Fund, you can send the checks to Michelle LaFreniere at PO Box 25, Beaver Island, MI 49782.. Please write the checks out to Holy Cross Catholic Church and put in the Memo : Ellen Welke Fund."


The Dangers of Not Playing Video Games

by Paul Cole

Posted with permission

Maybe it was because of money, or maybe it was just a conscious decision by my parents, but my brothers and I were never allowed much technology or TV while growing up. We didn’t have the early video games like nintendo, and TV was limited to one hour a night, if homework was completed.

Of course we could sneak in a bit of “Lawrence Welk” or “All in the Family” if my Dad was watching (...and a one and a two...). Dancing Norma Zimmer and the guy with the accordion are burned in my brain to this day. If we were lucky, my dad would be out plowing the roads and we could watch the Muppets. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy were comedy icons to the young Cole boys.

This lack of tech increased our sense of adventure, especially during the winter months. When not towing behind some truck or car we would attempt to get our old snowmobile running. The old Johnson snowmobile would only run on every other tuesday on a full moon when the sun was out, it seemed. And when it did decide to run, it only managed a measly 15 mph at best. The puffing blue exhaust created the illusion of speed, however, even as my dad passed us in his truck. Anyone on the island who knows Donald Cole’s driving will understand just how slow we had to be going for that to be possible! I was told some years ago, “you know you’re on a good boodle around the Island if Donald Cole passes you by.” So needless to say, we resorted to sledding a lot.

In our younger days, we would run across the street next to the Rectory and sled, or go down “below the hills”, which was on the other side of the medical center. We used to sled for hours after school and on the weekends when we weren’t building birdhouses out back in our netshed. (For whatever reason, my dad decided one year it would be a great idea to build birdhouses as a project. I think we must have built at least 200 of them, and passed them out to any and every islander who gave the slightest indication they wanted one. Needless to say, the constant birdhouse construction only reinforced our desire to get out and go sledding.)

As we grew older, we grew more daring in where we went sledding, graduating to Donegal Bay and Mt. Pishiga. These sand dunes satisfied our thirst for a while, but our need for speed pushed us to find steeper and steeper dunes covered in snow. Eventually, we discovered “Suicide Run”. It was a dune just around the bend from Mt. Pisgah, with a slope so steep it seemed almost vertical. The bottom was surrounded by massive, sturdy Evergreens (perfect for crashing into).

We soon discovered the art of flying down the hill at 5000 mph and bailing out right at the very end to avoid the trees. Just any old sled was not worthy of our monstrous dune, though...we found an old schoolbus hood was perfect; it held a bunch of us at once and the greater weight increased our speed. Many a time a I barely missed a tree, bailing out just before the hood would crash into trees.. No doubt, Suicide Run was a much better adrenaline rush than old Johnson. Looking back, I think our parents would have decked us alongside the head if they only knew… or worse, forced us to build more bird houses.

As they do, all good but stupid adventures come to an end. That same winter, our next door neighbors came up for a visit on Christmas. Rosie and Claude’s girls went sledding with us one day, and of course we had to show them Suicide Run. Poor little Amy did not bail out soon enough, and her arm hit a tree and promptly snapped….she.probably should have stayed home and played a video game. They are way less dangerous than a green bus hood full of adventurous boys.

Suicide Run immediately became a banned option for sledding, and doubtlessly reinforced our “hooligan” reputation among some islanders. Adventure being a Hooligan….one in the same I guess. If only we had played more video games, then poor Amy would never have had a cast that Christmas season.

We never really increased our T.V. or video game time after Amy’s break, but I think we had to build some more birdhouses as a consequence and took a break from sledding for a few days. Winter moved on with more huge colorful birdhouses, Lawrence Welk in the background and we moved on to Iceberging and ice fishing... but that's another story.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 29, 2017

It's 21° this morning, feels like 11°, mostly cloudy skies, wind is at 7 mph from the NW with gusts to 22 mph, humidity is at 76%, pressure is rising from 29.70 inches, and visibility is 8.9 miles. Today: Snow showers in the morning then scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 20s. North winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with isolated snow showers. Lows around 13°. North winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of January 29, 2014 - Archaeologists announced that they had uncovered what they believed to be the oldest temple in Roman antiquity. The temple was found at the Sant'Omobono site in central Rome.

Did you know that English is the official language of the skies, and all pilots, regardless of their country of origin, identify themselves in English on international flights.

Word of the day: parergon (pa-RUR-gon) which means 1) something that is an accessory to a main work or subject; embellishment. 2) work undertaken in addition to one's principal work. Párergon, a Greek noun meaning “secondary business, side job” comes from the Greek preposition and prefix pará “alongside, beyond” and the (Attic) Greek noun érgon “work.” Other dialects, e.g., Doric, preserve the more conservative form wérgon, which shows more clearly the relationship between the modern English noun “work” (from Germanic werkam) and the ancient Greek forms. The ancient Greek and Germanic nouns derive from Proto-Indo-European wergom. The word entered English in the 17th century.

A Damaged Power Pole

Someone took out a power pole, which caused one house to loose power. This temporary fix will have to do until GLE repairs it.

Bruce Kinsley Has Passed Away

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Lady Islanders 1, Lady Lakers 1

Lakers 2, Islanders 0

The games were live streamed on facebook by students, partially last night, both games this morning.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 28, 2017

Boy, did we ever sleep in. Right now I'm showing 29°, windchill of 18°, mostly cloudy skies, wind is at 12 mph from the NW with gusts to 21 mph, humidity is at 91%, pressure is rising from 29.53 inches, and visibility is 6.4 miles. Today: Snow showers in the morning then numerous snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 20s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 35 mph. Tonight: Snow showers. Lows around 19°. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

On this date of January 28, 1915 - The Coast Guard was created by an act of the U.S. Congress to fight contraband trade and aid distressed vessels at sea. The United States Coast Guard is this nation's oldest and its premier maritime agency. The history of the Service is very complicated because it is the amalgamation of five Federal agencies. These agencies, the Revenue Cutter Service, the Lighthouse Service, the Steamboat Inspection Service, the Bureau of Navigation, and the Lifesaving Service, were originally independent, but had overlapping authorities and were shuffled around the government. They sometimes received new names, and they were all finally united under the umbrella of the Coast Guard. The multiple missions and responsibilities of the modern Service are directly tied to this diverse heritage and the magnificent achievements of all of these agencies. (from the USCG)

Did you know that a nanosecond is one billionth of a second?

Word of the day: yerk (yuhrk) which means 1) To rise, stir, strike, whip, pull, kick, etc. 2) A sudden movement, kick, jerk, stab, etc. Of uncertain origin. Perhaps imitative. Earliest documented use: 1424.

St. James Special Meeting

January 30, 2017, for Parks Grant Application

Weather 1, Beaver Island 0

This has been the year for the most interrupted plans for a large number of island residents. Starting with basketball games being canceled over the past weekend and continuing with the lack of mail for four days, it might be a record of some sort. Yesterday, January 26, 2017, the freight and mail got caught up. With several pictures of the freight over on the mainland being on facebook, BINN decided to take a few of the freight here on the island. Being out there to pick up one of the many pieces of freight, and with only a cellphone to take the pictures, here they are. They certainly show that the island workers, as well as the mainland workers, were quite busy loading and unloading freight and mail.

Michelle and helpers were quite busy, almost as busy as the postmaster the day before.

Luckily, most of us living on the island get used to this inconvenience, and it doesn't bother us as much as some others.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 27, 2017

... and there is a light covering of snow on the ground, albeit light, but it sure beats fog. Right now I'm showing 29°, windchill of 18°, wind is at 15 mph from the west with gusts to 25 mph, humidity is at 86%, pressure is steady at 29.65 inches, and visibility is 8.2 miles. Today: Snow showers in the morning, then scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 30s. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Lows in the mid 20s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of January 27, 1888, the National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C., for “the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge.”

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

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

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

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

Did you know that a 15th anniversary is called a quindecennial?

Word of the day: inexorable (in-EK-suhr-uh-buhl) which means incapable of being persuaded, moved, or stopped. From Latin in- (not) + exorare (to prevail upon), from ex- (out) + orare (to pray, beg). Earliest documented use: 1553.


Today, BIC CENTER, 01/26/17, 4:30 PM

This program was live streamed and recorded for those unable to attend.

Title Slide

Jane Milar, the presenter

Jane Milar became the Executive Director of Northern Community Mediation Service in July 2003.

She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Albion College with a major in English and minors in Business & Economics, Psychology and Spanish. Her Master of Arts Degree is in Child Psychology from St. Lawrence University, and her doctorate degree is from Eastern Michigan University in the field of Leadership.

Jane is active in the community. She is a past district-governor of Rotary International, and presently chairs the grants committees and in that cpacity also serves on the District Rotary Foundation Committee. She is a trainer for Rotary Leadership Institute, vision facilitation, and leadership sessions for the District Assembly and the president-elect training. She also co-chairs the Training Instittue, which is part of the Zone Institute. She has been responsible for planning the district conference and is a past president of her local club.

Jane is a past president of the Women's Resource Center, as well as Crooked Tree Arts Center. In 2005, she was the recipient of the prestigious Athena Award.

View a small gallery of photos of the presentation HERE

View Video of the Entire Presentation HERE

Group Work Clip 1


Group Work Clip 2

St. James Meeting to Start Early

February 1, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Timeout for Art: No Art

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 26, 2017

Mostly cloudy skies this morning, 33°, feels like 25°, wind is at 11 mph from the NW, humidity is at 96%, pressure is at 29.48 inches and rising, visibility is 8.4 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Snow in the morning then a chance of snow showers in the afternoon. No snow accumulation. Highs in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Snow showers likely in the evening then snow showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of January 26, 1837 In Washington, D.C., President Andrew Jackson signs the bill making Michigan the nation's 26th state. The enactment ended a struggle that began more than two years earlier, when 23-year-old acting Territorial Governor Stevens T. Mason declared that Michigan had a "right" to be a state, despite Congress's refusal to endorse a state constitutional convention. The struggle had become focused on the ownership of a 500-square-mile stretch of land called the Toledo Strip. Ohioans and Michiganians traded hostile words and then mobilized their militias to assert their claims. While Congress debated the matter, Michiganians wrote a state constitution with several farsighted features, including a comprehensive public education system under a state superintendent. President Jackson's signature also finalized Michigan's acceptance of a congressional proposal giving Toledo to Ohio and the wilderness of the western Upper Peninsula to Michigan.

Did you know that Chevy Chase's real first name is Cornelius?

Word of the day: visage (VIZ-ij) which means face, appearance, or expression. From Old French vis (face), from Latin visus (sight, appearance), from videre (to see). Ultimately from the Indo-European root weid- (to see), which also gave us guide, wise, vision, advice, idea, story, history, previse, videlicet, vidimus, vizard, and invidious. Earliest documented use: 1303.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 25, 2017

Whoo hooo, the fog seems to have lifted! Mostly cloudy skies this morning, 33°, windchill at 28°, wind is at 5 mph from the NW, humidity is at 99%, pressure is steady at 29.63 inches, and visibility is 8.9 miles. Today: Patchy drizzle in the morning, then snow. Tonight: Snow. Lows in the lower 30s. North winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of January 25, 1924 - The 1st Winter Olympic Games were inaugurated in Chamonix in the French Alps.

Did you know that 80% of all people hit by lightning are men?

Word of the day: ineffable (in-EF-uh-buhl) which means 1) incapable of being expressed: indescriable 2) not to be expressed: taboo. From Latin in- (not) + effari (to speak out), from ex- (out) + Latin fari (to speak). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bha- (to speak), which also gave us fable, fairy, fate, fame, blame, confess, and infant (literally, one unable to speak), apophasis, and confabulate. Earliest documented use: 1450.

St. James Finance Committee Meeting Scheduled

Margo Marks Featured in Marine News Magazine

January 2017

Recently, BIBCO President/General Manager, Margo Marks, was featured in Marine News Magazine for her work with the Passenger Vessel Association.

Here is the link with you: http://www.marinelink.com/magazines/marinenews/201701 (pg. 12)..

Beware Newest Scam

from the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff Chuck Vondra would like to warn citizens on another scam circulating.  A subject calls claiming to be a Consumers’ Power representative.  The representative advises the citizen he is calling to advise their electric bill is past due, and before the electricity is shut off they need to have credit information to set the account straight.  The representative even gave the citizen a number to call to verify, only this number was also bogus.  Please be very careful not to give any information over the telephone.

Artifacts to Memories: One Photograph

by Cindy Ricksgers

BICS Weekly Update for January 23rd

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 24, 2017

If you're planning on driving, be very careful as the roadways are very slippery thanks to snow/ice during the night. You'll never guess what it is right now... foggy again! It's 34°, wind is at 2 mph from the NE, humidity is at 99%, pressure is steady at 29.73 inches, and visibility is 0.6 miles. Today: Cloudy. Areas of fog in the morning then patchy fog in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s. Light winds. Tonight: Cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Patchy light freezing drizzle after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Light winds.

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 Antarctica is 98% ice and 2% barren rock?

Word of the day: intrapreneur (in-truh-pruh-NUR) which means an employee of a large corporation who is given freedom and financial support to create new products, services, systems, etc., and does not have to follow the corporation's usual routines or protocols. Intrapreneur dates from the 1970s and is formed on the analogy of entrepreneur, which entered English in the mid-19th century. The element intra- is a direct loan from the Latin adverb and preposition intrā “inside, within,” which later in Latin was also used as a prefix. Entre is a French preposition and prefix meaning “between, among” and derives from the Latin adverb, preposition, and prefix inter “between, among.” Entre- is obsolete in forming new words in English, inter- being used instead.

First Responder Class and EMT Class Begin Today

Today is an important day for the history of Beaver Island EMS.  After the loss of the education sponsorship and the work of Ronda Pavlicek and former instructor Joe Moore, the paperwork was completed and approved for an EMT class for adults and a medical first responder class for students.  This is important for several reasons.  The students of BICS have had Health Occupations programs for years and Kathie Ehinger has been doing these classes, but the emergency medicine component has not been taught in the school for at least four years.

Some of the former graduates of the BICS used the MFR and/or the EMT class as an introduction into the medical field.  There are many of them including members of the Adams, the McDonough, the McCafferty, and other island families.  These all had their training as part of the Beaver Island EMS education sponsorship with one of the students from this program being the youngest licensed EMT in the State of Michigan.

In the previous years, there was an articulation agreement with North Central Michigan College that allowed students from BICS to enter the paramedic program with credit for their Basic EMT program and the ability to finish prerequisites and finish the paramedic program in an additional year of study.  The agreement is no longer in effect, but it is certainly something that could be reinstated.

Ronda Pavlicek licensed as an EMT in 1985, upgrading to EMT Specialist in 1992, and is a licensed paramedic instructor with expiration in 2018.  No original paramedic licensing data is available on the state licensing website.

Based upon her presentation at the last BIESA meeting, Ronda is also a fire instructor, so that may mean something good also for our fire department here on the island.  We know that a couple of younger guys are interested in the fire training, and, since we have lost firefighters, more training on the island is good thing.

Good luck to the new instructor, the high school first responder students, and the adult evening EMT class members!

Letter to Community from Deacon Jim

BICS Interviews for Superintendent

Jannuary 27 and February 1, 2017

Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 23, 2017

I've been seeing so many sunrise photos from friends. I went digging in my pictures for these three, which were taken several years ago, and are my favorites of a Beaver Island sunrise. In other news, it's foggy again. These clouds are so lazy that they are lying on the ground. Right now it's 34°, wind is at 4 mph from the east, humidity is at 99%, pressure is rising from 29.68 inches, and visibility is 0.9 miles. Today: Cloudy. Areas of dense fog in the morning. Patchy dense fog in the afternoon. Patchy drizzle through the day. Highs in the upper 30s. Light winds. Tonight: Cloudy. Scattered rain showers and areas of drizzle in the evening, then scattered rain showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Light winds.

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 green tea has 50% more vitamin C than black tea?

Word of the day: quotidian (kwo-TID-ee-uhn) which means 1) commonplace; ordinary. 2) occurring every day. From Old French cotidian, from Latin quotidianus/cotidianus, from quotidie (each day), from quot (how many). Earliest documented use: 1393.

What Did You Say-Prologue

By Joe Moore

I spent thirty years of my life advocating for the emergency patients of Beaver Island.  Part of that time I was also on the Beaver Island Fire Department, and part of that time I spent as an auxiliary officer for the Beaver Island Deputy.  I think the last two were about fifteen years for each, but not necessarily one only at a time—the times mentioned certainly overlapped.

Read the rest of this prologue HERE

Pictures of the Fog from the Air

Pictures by Paul Welke

There is a lot to be said for being in the right place to take the picture. Paul Welke was flying and got this small gallery of photos of the sunrise and then the fog over Beaver Island. This picture shows the true definition of fog, which is a layer of low hanging moisture or clouds down near the ground. Saturday pictures, BINN believes.

View small gallery of pictures HERE

Forward Steps

by Cindy Ricksgers

Communion Service from Holy Cross

January 22, 2017

Can anyone remember a time in the last few years in which the weather has prevented as many events as this particualr year? The LIAA has attempted to arrive for a couple of meetings, and they are canceled due to weather. The basketball games for this weekend were canceled due to the fog. Several people planning trips on and off the island had them canceled due to the fog. Well, today's Mass was also canceled due to the fog. The priest could not fly in due to the fog, which apparently covers the majority of the State of Michigan. Today's service was a Communion Service led by Deacon Jim Siler.

View video of this service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 22, 2017

Thick, thick fog this morning. I've attached a picture from Power's webcam. There is a Dense Fog Advisory out for all of northern Michigan. In some places visibility is less than one quarter of a mile, so if you do have to venture out, please be careful. Right now it's 35°, wind is at 3 mph from the ESE, humidity is at 99%, pressure is steady at 29.52 inches, and visibility is 0.4 miles. Today: Cloudy. Areas of dense fog. Highs in the lower 40s. Light winds. Tonight: Cloudy. Areas of fog through the night. Patchy drizzle in the evening. Areas of drizzle after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Light winds.

On this date of January 22, 1930 - In New York, excavation began for the Empire State Building.

Did you know that fresh apples float because they contain 25% air?

Word of the day: talisman (TAL-is-muh n) which means anything whose presence exercises a remarkable or powerful influence on human feelings or actions. Talisman comes into English in 1630-40 from French talisman, Spanish talismán, Portuguese talismã, or Italian talismano, all of which are alterations of the Arabic plural noun ṭilasmāt (singular ṭilasm) “talisman.” The final -n in the western European languages is unexplained. The Arabic word comes from Greek télesma “payment (made or to be made).” In Byzantine Greek and in Muslim North Africa, télesma and ṭilasm also referred to objects and statues consecrated for the protection of a city or town. The word entered English in the 17th century.

Solidarity Walk

Some of the island residents, male and female, met down at the public beach to meet in solidarity with many others marching and demonstrating throughout the world regarding many issues that they are concerned about. Some of our relatives and friends are participating in Washington, DC, Lansing, and in other places in the world. The group met at the public beach at noon today, January 21, 2017, and part of the group decided to walk around the block. A little over twenty participated today.


Rob Groesbeck's photo of the group at the park.

Ruby Ann

Some wonderful pictures and information about the fish tug Ruby Ann was found today on facebook. BINN immediately contacted the owner of the webpage to get permission to post the story including pictures of the Ruby Ann breaking ice right here in St. James Harbor, Beaver Island, Michigan. The vessel is still sittig in drydock here on the island with a plan to be worked on for the future of fishing here. The tgb looks a little rough right now, but the newest owner has plans for the vessel.

Bob Tidmore Video of Jimmy Ken Breaking Ice

Foggy Day, January 20, 2017

Ojibwe Basketball Games Canceled!

Island Airways BI webcam.......Power's Do It Best webcam

TV 9+10 webcams BI and Charlevoix

What causes fog?

Given that all the other factors influencing humidity remain constant, at ground level the relative humidity rises as the temperature falls. This is because more water vapor cokndenses as the temperature falls further beneath the dew point. Dew point temperature is never greater than the air temperature because relative humidity cannot exceed 100%.

In technical terms, the dew point is the temperature at which the water vapor in a sample of air at constant barometric pressure condenses into liquid water at the same rate at which it evaporates. At temperatures below the dew point, the rate of condensation will be greater than that of evaporation, forming more liquid water. The condensed water is called dew when it forms on a solid surface. The condensed water is called either fog or a cloud, depending on its altitude, when it forms in the air. (from Wikipedia)

So, let's look at the condition on Beaver Island right this moment at 10:45 a.m. on Friday. The temperature is 32.2 degrees. The dewpoint is 32 degrees. The visibility is .2 miles and the humidty is 98%. So, the air is holding as much moisture as it can, but some of that moisture has condensed and is forming the fog. The fog is the cause of the lack of visibility. The lack of visibility is the cause of the inability to fly aircraft under visual flight rules.

What do we need to get rid of the fog?

How does fog dissipate?

It is also possible for the fog, upon rising to form larger droplets that fall out of the sky as rain. If the temperature is near freezing, as it is today, this rain may become freezing rain. Welcome to Northern Michigan!

Currently no flights are going on or off the island due to this temperature, dewpoint, humidity, and therefore fog.



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

October 27, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

December 29, 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

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

November 9, 2016

View Video of this meeting HERE

December 14, 2016

View video of the meeting HERE

January 11, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

November 2, 2016

View video of this meeting HERE

December 7, 2016

View video of the meeting HERE

January 4, 2017

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

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Carol Burton Appointed to CCCF

In an article in the Petoskey Review, BINN found that this foundation appointed Carol Burton as a trustee to the Charlevoix County Community Foundation.

Read article HERE

Eagles on the Ice in the Fog

The phone rang and the person on the other end said, "There are some big birds on the ice out from Buddy Martin's Dock. They might be eagles." Well, they were, but it was difficult to get a picture through the fog. The eagles were a long way out on the edge of the ice. There were two juvenile eagles and one adult eagle.

Be careful out there if you are walking anywhere today. The body doesn't do too well with a fall on the ice.

Video Report for 2016

Five thousand, three hundred, thirty-one (5331) unique IP addresses have viewed the video from January 1, 2016, up until January 19, 2017, viewing thirty-eight thousand, six hundred forty-one (38,641) video clips, and using bandwidth of one thousand seven hundred and thirty GB. Of this, the 2788 unique IP addresses have viewed 23,574 video clips of current video. The archived video include 2,147 unique IP addresses viewing 13,466 video clips. The live streamed video included 887 unique IP addresses viewing 1601 events.

Over the last year, over five thousand people have been exposed to the video of events on Beaver Island viewing over thirty-eight thousand video clips. That's a pretty amazing amount of video access for such a small place!

Timeout for Art: Studio Time

by Cindy Ricksgers


BIC CENTER, 01/26/17, 4:30 PM

St. James Township Minutes 01/04/17

Grant Received by PABI


Contact: Ann Partridge, Events Director
Beaver Island Community Center, 26215 Main Street, Beaver Island, MI 49782
(231) 448-2022 www.beaverislandcommunitycenter.org   ann.partridge@biccenter.org

The Preservation Association of Beaver Island and the Charlevoix County
Community Foundation want to make sure everything is perfectly clear.

Beaver Island, MI January 12, 2017 – The Preservation Association of Beaver Island and the Charlevoix County Community Foundation have partnered to ensure that all hearing-impaired Island residents and visitors patronizing the BIC Center for any event have access to the most clear, crisp audio currently available in assistive listening technology.

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation has awarded a $6,000 grant to PABI to assist in the acquisition and installation of an ‘induction hearing loop’ in the Beaver Island Community Center’s Event Center. This system, endorsed by the Hearing Loss Association of America and the American Academy of Audiology, electromagnetically transmits sound from the Center’s audio system directly to the ‘telecoils’ in an individual’s own hearing aids or cochlear implants.

“For people with hearing aids, simply increasing the volume doesn’t increase the clarity,” said Ann Partridge, Events Director for the BIC Center, “especially considering factors such as background noise, distance from the sound source, room size, dialogue and music. This system delivers the sound directly from our sound system to the listener’s own hearing device, which has already been customized for their particular hearing needs.”

More than 72% of current hearing aids and all cochlear implants have telecoils or ‘T-coils’
and typically only need activation by the audiologist. Once activated, accessing the system simply involves the ‘flip-of-a-switch’ on the users’ device. Those who do not have hearing aids, or devices with t-coils, will still be able to utilize the system via checkout of portable devices available at the counter at the BIC Center.

For most people with ‘t-coil activated’ hearing aids who visit public places such as airports, museums, government buildings and performance arenas, this technology has probably
already been experienced.

Installation of the new hearing loop system is slated to take place in the spring and be fully operational for this coming BIC Center’s summer season events. With installation requiring cutting into the Community Center flooring to allow for a ‘phased-array’ patterning of the wiring for the transmitting of the magnetic signals, as well as extensive wiring to the sound-booth and testing of the transmitters and receivers, the BIC Center Events Center may be closed down for a short time.

A special ‘Test Run’event will be held for the system and PABI would like to invite all who have hearing impairment to participate. If you are interested, please call 231-448-2022 or email ann.partridge@biccenter.org. Dates and details will be published in the Northern Islander and on the Beaver Island Community Calendar at beaverislandcommunitycenter.org or wvbi.net.

“With over 34% of BI residents above the age of 65, the ‘hearing loop system’ is a very practical commitment to our Island community,” said Partridge.

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to improving and enriching life for all who live in Charlevoix County. Their collaborative efforts on Beaver Island have encompassed projects with the BI Community School, District Library, Cultural Arts Association, Preservation Association, Historical Society, BI Association, Community Development Corp, Rural Health Center and more.

“The Charlevoix County Community Foundation has been an important part of the success of the Beaver Island Community Center and WVBI,” says Carol Creasser, President of the Board of the Preservation Association of Beaver Island. “We look forward to more collaboration on projects enhancing the future of Beaver Island.”

More information regarding the Charlevoix County Community Foundation can be found at www.c3f.org or by calling 231-536-2440.

A Piano for Beaver Island

“101 is a very good age to be”

The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association will celebrate the acquisition of a fully restored 1916 Mason & Hamlin grand piano with a concert featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Garrick Ohlsson on July 15 at the Beaver Island Community Center auditorium.

BICAA’s grand concert piano was purchased with the aide of considerable Island support. Anne Glendon, BICAA Chair Emeritus, spearheaded the fundraising drive and she did so in record time, said BICCA Chair, Frank D’Andraia.

“This is truly a special moment for the Association and for Beaver Island,” D’Andraia noted and then added: “Mason & Hamlin pianos are legendary for their artistry in craftsmanship and luscious depth of sound. The Association is delighted to acquire an instrument that was built during the golden age of the piano. Owning a Mason & Hamlin will give BICAA artists the opportunity to use equipment of the caliber they encounter in concert halls on the mainland and will definitely enhance the listening pleasure of audiences who attend the Association's Baroque on Beaver Music Festival.”

Founded in 1854, Mason & Hamlin is one of America’s oldest and most respected piano manufacturers. Of the hundreds of American piano companies that flourished in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Mason & Hamlin is one of only a handful that survive today.

Mason & Hamlin is headquartered in Haverhill, Massachusetts, not far from its original location in Boston, the birthplace of American piano design and manufacturing

To mark the acquisition and to pay tribute to the many donors who made the piano purchase possible, the BICAA Board of Directors has arranged for a special piano concert featuring the renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson. The concert will take place on July 15th at the Beaver Island Community Center auditorium and tickets may be purchased at the Community Center information  desk or by calling (231) 448-2022.

Garrick Ohlsson is one of the world’s leading interpreters of the music of Frédéric Chopin and has come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. Ohlsson can be heard on the Arabesque, RCA Victor Red Seal, Angel, BMG, Delos, Hänssler, Nonesuch, Telarc, Hyperion and Virgin Classics labels.

A native of White Plains, New York, Garrick Ohlsson began his piano studies at the age of 8, at the Westchester Conservatory of Music; at 13 he entered The Juilliard School in New York City. His musical development has been influenced in completely different ways by a succession of distinguished teachers.  Although he won First Prizes at the 1966 Busoni Competition in Italy and the 1968 Montréal Piano Competition, it was his 1970 triumph at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, where he won the Gold Medal (and remains the only American to have done so), that brought him worldwide recognition as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Mr. Ohlsson was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1994; He received the 1998 University Musical Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor; and in 2014 he was the recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. He makes his home in San Francisco.


The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association was formalized as a 501c3 corporation in 2006. BICAA’s mission is “To serve the Beaver Island community by promoting and supporting the cultural arts, including the annual Baroque on Beaver Festival.” The Baroque on Beaver Festival runs over a 10 day span, this year from July 28 through August 6.

For information about Baroque on Beaver, please see: http://www.baroqueonbeaver.org/ or by calling 8885115189.

Master Plan meetings January 18th, 24th and 31st

Three public meetings of the Joint Planning Commission are scheduled in January to continue to draft the Beaver Island Master Plan, beginning this Wednesday night, January 18. Each meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Peaine Township Hall and everyone is encouraged to join! 

  • Wednesday, January 18th, 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 24th, 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 31st, 7 p.m.

Beaver Island Survey Results





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 22, 2017


Holy Cross Bulletin for

February 2017

Christian Church Bulletin


BICS Basketball Schedule 2016-17

BICS School Calendar 2016-17

BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates Schedule

BI Airport Commission Meeting 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

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.

Saving Birds Newsletter

from Kay Charter



Donate to the Food Pantry

Use this button below to donate to the Food Pantry.

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

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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

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