B. I. News on the 'Net, January 25-31, 2016

Barry Pischner Passes Away

Barry and daughters singing for Music on the Porch

Pischner, Barry Michael Age 76, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Sunday, January 31, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family. Barry was a man who loved his family and God above all else.

Barry was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Dolores (Gillespie) Pischner; his brother, Roger and sister, Joanne Pearl. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 55 years, Marylee; their children, Tammy (Bill) McDonough, Marnie (Dan) Byers and Melissa (Bob) Stull; grandchildren, Joe (Alli) McDonough, Barry McDonough, Bailey McDonough, Katie (Sam) Trumpie, Jake Byers, Nick Byers, Ryleigh Stull, Tara Stull; great grandchild, Carter Trumpie; several nieces and nephews who were very special to him and many friends and relatives that he loved dearly.

Barry had a lifelong career in residential furniture design. He belonged to the Grand Rapids Furniture Designers Association where he served a term as president and was a member of the Kendall Alumni Association. He served as Vice President of the Beaver Island Historical Society and had a passion for his work at the Beaver Island Marine Museum. Barry was a longtime member of Assumption Parish in Belmont and a summer parishioner of Holy Cross Parish on Beaver Island. Barry enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Music, playing the guitar and singing were a huge part of his life. He loved sailing and was happiest near water on Beaver Island. He had great talent in woodworking and building hand-made model boats and furniture. His beautiful, strong marriage to Marylee and his girls always came first in this life. Barry's generous, loving spirit and sense of humor will be greatly missed.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 6369 Belmont Ave., Belmont. The family will greet relatives and friends on Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm with a Rosary prayed at 6:30 pm at Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE, Belmont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beaver Island Historical Society/Marine Museum, P.O. Box 263, Beaver Island, MI 49782.

To share a photo or memory and to sign the family's online guestbook, please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com

A Little Music from Barry and his daughters:

Music on the Porch 2008


Barry and Daughter

Barry and Daughters 

 Barry's Two Daughters

Barry Pischner at the Community Center

Barry 2009 

Donegal Danny's Saturday Party

The band was outstanding! The music was stupendous! The celebration was hearty! The event was live on the Internet from Donegal Danny's! That's got a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

Saturday's party at the Donegal Danny's Pub was completely different from Friday's party, but completely and utterly amazing! The band, made up of Joddy Croswhite, Patti Cull, Layla Hall, Miranda Rooy, and Kevin White with guests jumped right back into the wonderful music that Beaver Island has heard previously by the similar group, performing in year's past. Paul Niehaus added some interesting additional percussion and Kevin Gillespie played the jembe to add to the sounds in the room. What a wonderful combination of sounds and an obvious love of music shown by the performers.

View Gallery of Pictures HERE

View Video of Music HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 31, 2016

It may be the last day of January, but Mother Nature is giving us a January thaw. It's 36° outside this morning and feels like 30°, wind is at 7 mph from the SSW with gusts to 24 mph, humidity is at 95%, pressure is steady at 1002 mb, and visibility is at 4.9 miles. Today: Chance of rain in the morning, then rain likely in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 40s. Light winds. Chance of rain 70%. Tonight: Snow and rain in the evening, then snow likely after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s. Northwest winds at 10 mph.

On this date of January 31, 1940 - The first Social Security check was issued by the U.S. Government.

Did you know that You breathe on average about 5 million times a year?

Word of the day: cryophilic (krahy-oh-FIL-ik) which means preferring or thriving at low temperatures. Cryophilic is formed from the combining form cryo- from the Greek krýos meaning "icy cold," and -philic, a combining form used to form adjectives that characterize classes of substances or organisms with an affinity for a chemical, environment, etc., as specified by the initial element. It entered English in the early 1900s

52 Lists Project 5

by Cindy Ricksgers

Live Streaming and Video Report for January 2016

Considering the fact that the only live streaming done this month were the following events, BINN is pretty proud of the viewers that we got for this short period of time. BINN livestreamed the Maine Island Report, the Senior Meeting, the Mackinaw/Beaver Island basketball games and the Stoney Acre and Donegal Dannys Pub Party for the last two nights. An amazing 168 unique IP addresses viewed these events. Of course, there is no way to know how many were viewing at each address. In addition to this, the total views were 307 for these few events. These views mean that some were watching more than one event. The last live stream of the month was the Saturday Night Donegal Danny's Parfty with 46 viewers for this event alone.

As of 11:45 p.m. on January 30, 2016, two thousand two hundred sixty-five (2,265) video clips were watched during the month of January. A total listing of 581 unique IP addresses watched at least one video clip on BINN.

More Thank You’s are Necessary In Other Areas Too

More Thank You’s are Necessary In Other Areas Too
By Joe Moore

In another area of the spectrum of things in the life of the author, I’d like to send out another thank you.

In the beginning of my work life, I worked with my hands in a garden for a rich man out on the peninsula, one of them near Traverse City, Michigan.  I rode my bike out there when I was twelve.  He made a very nice employer giving me tips on how to accomplish a task, but the main thing was just to keep at the task until it was done and move on to the next one.  I don’t remember his name, but his wife’s name was Betty, and she always made us take breaks and fed us lunch and lemonade and cookies, and treated me like I was one of the family.  I hoped that I learned something from them.

I them moved on to riding my bicycle to the Big Boy Restaurant on the corner of 8th Street and the highway of US-31 N.  I started washing dishes there at thirteen.  I will confess that I lied about my age to get the job, but Chet, a partial owner, and Ed, the manager, were not so concerned about that.  They want to get the job done and get it done right.  Both Chet and Ed taught me how to wash dishes in the busy restaurant, and they showed me the most efficient way of doing the job, even though their methods were slightly different.  I also learned a lot of the skill from the waitresses, who showed me how to make the job even easier, but sorting the trash, the dishes, and the silverware while I was clearing the tables to help them during the rushes that occurred for every meal in the restaurant, four per pay. 

Some will ask how I got four meals per day since the most common habit for most people is three meals per day.  Why four?  Well, I got my mom to sign a paper that would allow me to work during the summer time at night, so the fourth meal ended up being the bar rush, after the bars closed.  I Iearned quickly that bussing tables and helping the waitresses during the bar rush allowed me to make much more money than the $.85 (Yes, that’s right 85 cents) per hour.

Apparently, I was making points with both Chet and Ed by being willing to work and do the job to the best of my ability.  They found out on my fourteenth birthday that I had been working there without a work permit, somewhat illegally.  They moved me out of the dish room and downstairs to the commissary.  This was a perfect move because I had always been curious about how all those dishes were prepared.  You see, this was an Elias Brothers Big Boy, but was a franchised operation, and the owner, John Mosher, was not tied into buying everything from the Elias Brothers Commissary in Detroit.  There were things that were required to be purchased from them, like the special Big Boy sauce, but when the recipe for that sauce was discovered by John Mosher, we began making the sauce in our local commissary.


We made onion rings, and I really mean ONION RINGS!  Every day that I went to work we processed onion rings.  The trays that we used were 24 by 36 inches by 9 inches deep.  Every day we made ten to twelve full trays of onion rings.  This was really a somewhat complicated process.  To start with, the four inch diameter onions had to be peeled and sliced.  I was not allowed to do the slicing since I was only fourteen years old.  You had to be sixteen to operate the electric slicer, so I ended up being the one the separated the onions into separate rings, and they had to be rings.  If one of the onion rings broke, it had to be set aside to be used as chopped onion.  So, to continue, every onion was separated into rings with the centers and broken rings set aside to be chopped later.  The first step in making the onion rings was to soak them overnight in a milk mixture that was also prepared in the local commissary.  I don’t remember the recipe, but I know it had something like A-1 Sauce in it, but not sure what else.  You had to have enough milk-soaked onion rings ready for the next day because they had to soak overnight.

Then the next day you took one of those  big green trays 36x24x9 and filled it half way, no more, no less, with the flour.  You took another tray, the same size, and filled it half way with breading mix.  Then you mixed up a mixture of eggs, milk, spices, and more A-1 into an “egg wash.”   The order of process was quite crucial.  You strained the onion rings out of the milk mixture into yet a third tray.  The milk soaked onion rings would be placed into the floor tray and coated with flour, and the flour-coated rings would be placed yet into another tray to rest.  You were not allowed to let the flour get chunky, so if it started getting clumps, you had to use a sifter to eliminate the chunks.  All of the ten to twelve trays of flour-coated onion rings needed to be completed before you began the breading process.  The first step in the breading process was to take the floured trays and reverse their order with the first tray completed and rested being on top.  Your sifted floor was then through in the trash being too contaminatde to be used for anything else and too nasty to use on the next day.

Twelve trays of onion rings floured, it was time to use one hand in the floured rings and dunk them in the egg wash.  The left hand did this and then you held it up just the right amount of time to get the ‘drips’ off, and your left hand dropped the egg-wash rings into the tray of breading mix.  Your right hand had to be kept dry, so you picked up a handful of breading mix and dumped it over the rings, then move the rings around in the breading mix and picked the breaded rings out and placed them into another big green tray.
I thought that I could do things differently and more efficiently by using both my hands to do both jobs, the egg wash and the breading.  First of all, the onion rings were not very pretty done that way.  Second of all, after the second or third bunch of rings, your fingers got two to three times bigger than normal from the stuck breading on them, and you felt pretty stupid about that.  You quietly went over to the sink and washed and dried your hands after hiding the clumps of breading in the trash can in the commissary.  You learned quickly that there was one efficient and probably only one way to get the pretty onion rings that you might want to buy if you were paying for the rings.

For a while, we even had to then weigh the onion rings into one portion, based on weight, and place them into little cardboard containers and placed them into yet another green tray.  This took at least another couple of hours, and the franchise owner decided that the extra rings given on an order was not worth the labor or the time necessary to put them into single portions.  It always amazed me at how many orders of onion rings were sold on a summer day.  This process, without the portion control, took between four and five hours for a summer day.  It kept one person busy for that long anyway because I was that person.  At the time, I was making $1.05 per hour, and an order of deep fried onion rings was $.89.

Let’s just do the math for one second.  Twelve trays of onion rings would be stacked  in stacks of six trays each.  Six trays would be 54 inches tall, or about four and a half feet.  The trays were three feet by two feet, so the volume of the onions rings in the refrigerated cooler was 4.5 x 3 x 2, or 27 cubic feet of onion rings per day.  No matter what, that was a lot of onion rings.

So, what did I do with the rest of my day in the commissary?  As I’ve already said, I learned how to make Big Boy sauce, but in addition to that I chopped onions, made tartar sauce, cut cod fish into portion sized pieces for breading per order up in the kitchen, chopped lettuce for salad, made sandwich size leaves of lettuce for sandwiches, and miscellaneous other preparations.  My last job of the day was to go upstairs, make a list of items that needed to be stocked in the kitchen, and make trips up and down the stairs with items to fill in the green trays and the other containers in the kitchen.

When I left for the day, I did not need to go to the gym, do any other exercise, or worry about my weight because I was moving throughout the entire day, and, I might add, I was tired, even as a fourteen year old, after an eight hour day.

This job almost kept me out of trouble for two years, when I got a promotion, and was moved up to the position of breakfast cook helper, which I’ll continue another time.

But, I need to thank Chester Dean for his amazing confidence in me as worthy of a chance to work in the commissary, or the back kitchen as some called it.  Thanks, Chet!

Of course, Chester Dean passed away many years ago from bone cancer, one of the most painful cancers!  I was very fortunate to find out about his illness and to send him a card, which his wife was able to read to him while he was still coherent and his pain was controlled as much it could be.  I got a nice note from Chet’s wife after his death informing me that Chet thought of me as just another son, sometimes wayward, but always loved.  Thanks again, Chet!

Beaver Island Birding Events

Celebrate Beaver Island's spectacular location and habitats as birds and birders migrate to the island for the 2016 Warblers on the Waters (WOW) events.  An outstanding group of expert field guides and trips are scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend. Field trips, demonstrations, and presentations are free to registrants due to the generosity of island businesses and organizations.  For more information visit the Beaver Island Birding Trail's website: http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org Registration for birding events has already been brisk, so please register ASAP.  

A special thanks to the Charlevoix County Transit Authority who will assist with van transportation to take birders to sites.

Off island advertisement of the WOW event is occurring through Michigan Audubon, Pure Michigan, Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Events web blast, Little Traverse Conservancy, and the magazine, Blue.  Thank you to the Beaver Beacon, Chamber of Commerce, News on the Net, the Northern Islander, and WVBI-the Voice of Beaver Island for their assistance promoting the event.

Islanders versus Lakers

The Islanders played their first home game of the season this year at home against the Lakers, as did the Lady Islanders versus the Lady Lakers. The Lakers won both games on Friday night and Saturday morning against the younger Islanders. There were some high points, but the real issue was the experience level of most of the Mackinaw players. The Lady Islanders just couldn't get the ball through the hoop.

Photo Album of the Games HERE

Deb Bousquet's Photo Album of Friday and Saturday HERE

Video of Friday's Games HERE

Video of Saturday's Games HERE

Donegal Danny's Celebration Friday Night

Many of the island people attended the Friday celebration on Donegal Danny's Pub. Beaver Island News on the 'Net was present and live streamed video from the party from 9 pm until almost midnight. The highlight of the night included wonderful music by Danny and Danny with Edward and Hilary Palmer joining in. Even Joe Moore and John McCafferty got up and joined the group individually for a few tunes during the first three hours of celebration. Liam Racine got up and made a few emotional comments:

There is a mountain of people that we want to thank; but it would be like climbing K2. So I'm going to skip over all of that, because I've thanked people personally, and thanked them through this silly Facebook thing.

But there's two people at the summit that I have to say 'Thank You' to, that Marilyn and I have to say 'Thank You' to, and that is Steve and El Hagerman. Without them, we wouldn't be standing here today. Their love, and their selflessness is unmatched. And without ever asking for a dime they have worked for us tirelessly day after day. They are one of the crown jewels in this experience. Their friendship...there's no way even to be able to quantify it. Our love and thanks to them.

To fourteen years of staff: those who are here, those who are still working with us, those who are no longer here, or God knows where they are--everything you did left a little bit of magic here. This place would not be the same without all of those people. Thanks. Thanks for working here, thanks for caring, thanks for loving. Thanks to Kevin Barry! Thanks for listening to us, and thanks for listening to us coaching day in and day out--like Pat Reilly, "practice, practice, practice"--endlessly. I think it made a difference, and we appreciate that.

Thank you to all of our patrons. Twenty-seven thousand people a year. And that's not just Steve and Roy and 'Kayak' Ken, no. There are other people who showed up! Whether you were 110% Stoney, or, meh, 10% Stoney, thank you. I hope and I believe that we met or exceeded your expectations.

We have to take a cap off to our mentors. Marilyn and I had such great people that we learned under. Places like Charlie's Crab, Bistro Bella Vita, Thornapple Village Inn, Gibsons, the Honey Creek...God Bless You All!

(Thanks to Robert Cole for the transcription.)

Pictures HERE

Liam's Farewell and Thank You

Video Clips of the Celebration HERE

Bringing the Farm to Hunt Road

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 30, 2016

It's 34° and feels like 24°, wind is from the WSW at 16 mph with gusts to 28 mph, humidity is at 87.9%, pressure is at 29.44". Today: Cloudy with a chance of snow or patchy drizzle and light freezing drizzle in the morning, then partly sunny in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain and light freezing rain after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of January 30, 1847 - the town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco.

Did you know that the word laser stands for 'Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation'?

Word of the day: isthmus (IS-muh s) which means a narrow strip of land, bordered on both sides by water, connecting two larger bodies of water. Isthmus entered English from Latin in the mid-1500s and ultimately derives from the Greek isthmós "neck of land."

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 29, 2016

Joe has generously shared his cold with me, so my chest and head are not feeling great. Good time to stay in and just knit. Right now it's 12° with a wind chill of 3°, wind is at 5 mph from the north with gusts to 25 mph, humidity is at 76.9%, pressure is at 29.92. Today: Partly sunny with scattered snow showers. Highs in the lower 20s. North winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph in the morning becoming light. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s. South winds at 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of January 29, 1966 - The Bobby Fuller Four's "I Fought The Law" was released.

Did you know that the original name of the University of Michigan, which was founded in 1817, was Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania. Yeah, try chanting that at a football game.

Word of the day: zenith (ZEE-nith) which means a highest point or state; culmination. Zenith comes from the Middle English cenith, which in turn traces back to the Old Spanish zenit. The lineage continues to the Arabic samt meaning "road" as in samt ar-rās, "road above one's head."

More on Hunt Road

by Cindy Ricksgers

25 Mb Down and 5 Mb Up Update

The first Internet connection with these speeds on Beaver Island using TDS DSL has been successfully installed and all Windows machines are working quite well. There is some issue between the new 2200 modem and the Apple devices. The research has not been very helpful on the Internet about this problem. The level I support people want the modem to be replaced, which is the first step in any situation where the modem does not connect wireless devices. The new modem will be installed when it arrives.

In the meantime, it is quite an amazing difference in upload speed for files, specificallly video files. The 15 Mb connection has an upload speed of just less than 1 Mb. The first upload of video using a wireless connection betwen the laptop and the modem was amazingly fast. An almost 150 MB video file uploaded in four minutes. This size file would normally take over twenty minutes, so this move will make the uploads a lot quicker and will allow the videos to become available even sooner. Normally the video of an evening meeting is converted before bedtime, and then the upload is done overnight since it takes so long to upload, at least three or four hours. This may make the video upload time reasonable and the video available to subscribers sooner.

As soon as the Apple device problem gets resolved, there will be another update.

Congratulations to Alex Kuligoski!

On December 19, 2015, Alex Kuligoski received her diploma from Grand Valley State University. She has a Bachelor's of Science degree. Alex graduated with a bachelors of science in therapeutic recreation with a minor in psychology!

Mistake, Yes; Nonfeasance, Maybe; Definitely Not Malfeasance

An Editorial by Joe Moore

Malfeasance is “the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing (used especially of an act in violation of a public trust).”

This definition states very clearly that the action is legally unjustified.  As this pertains to the Sewer System Fund in St. James Township, the township board legally voted several times to transfer money from one fund to another fund to protect the township from default on a loan for the sewer system.  There can be no singling out of any of the township board members since the entire board throughout the years voted to make these transfers of funds.

What is malfeasance in a public office?
Malfeasance in office, or official misconduct, is the commission of an unlawful act, done in an official capacity, which affects the performance of official duties.

Malfeasance is at a higher level of wrongdoing. It is intentional conduct that is wrongful or unlawful, especially by officials or public employees.

Financial reports have been available at every meeting of the township board since the institution of the sewer ordinance.  Why didn’t any of you bring this up for the last ten years or more?  Every business owner in this sewer district could have participated and informed the township board of the mistake.  Did any of them step forward?

In order to prove malfeasance, you have to prove an illegal motive and that this action was purposely committed, usually for personal gain.  There has not been one iota of proof that these actions were completed purposefully. Do you want to go back and demean the entire list of board members from way back at the beginning of the discussion of the sewer system.  If you do, then here is the list that needs to be included in your accusation:

Don Vyse, Tim McDonough, Raymond Cole, Rick Speck, Jim Wojan, Bill Haggard, Kitty McNamara,  and Jean Wierenga were all board members throughout the discussion and the passing of the Sewer Ordinance or voting on the fund transfers.  Then you can also consider the legal counsel of St. James Township as a part of the responsible parties as well as the accounting firms doing the audits for about fifteen years.  Any attempt to blame individual board members is ludicrous.

I’d personally like to see some legal proof that any public official was malfeasant.  Were mistakes made?  Of course they were.  Were they made on purpose for personal gain?  Not one iota of proof has been presented.  Is there missing money?  No, the money has just not been collected from the sewer district users.  How will this be resolved?  The township will have to collect the sewer fees that were not billed and/or not collected, and the fees will have to pay back the money borrowed from the General Fund and the Road Fund.

There is not one statement made so far, nor a document presented, that would suggest any purposeful or purposely illegal activity by any of the township board members mentioned in the list above, nor the lawyer, nor the auditors.

Did the township lawyer or the township auditors point out this error in the first ten years of the existence of the sewer fund?  No.  When did this error come to the attention of the township board?  Not until late 2014 and early 2015 at the earliest, more than ten years after the beginning of the system.

BI Emergency Services Authority

Meeting on January 28, 2016, at 2 p.m.

A quorum of three BIESA members were present for the meeting. Thank you to Jim McDonough, Bill Kohls, and Dave Howell for being on the island and willing to attend the meeting. The meeting was attended by Kevin White, Executive Director of BIEMS; BINN videographer Deb Bousquet; Karen Wojan; Sue Solle, FNP for BIRHC; Rachel Champenoy; and Elaine West. The fire department had responded to two fires since the last meeting. The house fire was discussed, and the fire was discovered by Island Airways on a return medical trip to Traverse City, which allowed the fire department to get there within about fifteen minutes and save the majority of the home, although the outbuilding on one rear room were destroyed.

Kevin White provided his director's report, and the need for budget work for the 2016 budget year was discussed. Kevin White is to have a input into this process. Kevin also announced a radio grant received in the amount $3320, acquired due to the work of Brad and Pam Grassmick and Gerald LaFreniere. It was suggested that Brad Grassmick attend the presentation of the check.

Video of the meeting HERE

More Thank You's 4

by Joe Moore

Now, while Mike McGinnity was off the island going to the frigid north country of North Dakota to continue his education as a physician’s assistant.  During Mike’s absence, Dr. Phil Lange filled in as the medical center provider since he already had the license.  Now, some will say that he didn’t have a license and had to go back and fill out the paperwork to get his license again.  It doesn’t matter, except his dedication to the island as the medical center board chairman couldn’t have been a better choice.

Dr. Lange was an excellent organizer and excellent physician.  During Mike’s absence he kept the island people on track and did his best to keep us healthy.  Minor injuries including lacerations and stitches were just fine, but Doctor Lange left most of the emergencies to the local EMS.  Doctor Lange had been an EMS patient in the past, and knew our abilities quite well.  Dr. Lange was a wonderful addition to the medical care providers on Beaver Island.  He was knowledgeable enough to be able know what might happen next, and would get the patient over for needed tests prior to them having an emergency.

Dr. Lange was also an excellent performer, doing many comedy routines as well as vocal music routines not only at the community center but also at the traditional Music on the Porch at the Mormon Print Shop Museum in the summer.

Dr. Phil Lange was also an intelligent individual that was willing to look on all sides of a situation, listen to the differences of opinion, and then negotiate a middle ground.  His excellent patient care ethics and the attitude that suggested “these are my people, and I won’t let anyone get in the way.”

When Mike McGinnity got back from his physician’s assistant program, everyone knew that he would be leaving after the end of his two year contractual agreement with the medical center.  He knew that it was time that he moved on to other experiences and knew that he could not continue to be the only provider of medical care on the island.

Once again, Dr. Lange stepped forward and helped the medical center board get through the feeling of doom when the announcement came that Mike and family would be leaving the island.

Thank you, Dr. Phil Lange, for your teaching us all that we could get through the times of trouble, could make our own way through the troubled times, and resolve many issues that arose in the history of medical care on the island.  Hopefully, you are smiling down on our island and encouraging us all to look toward the most positive patient care goals, no matter what our personal opinion.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 28, 2016

It's 33° with a windchill of 23°, wind is from the west at 15 mph with gusts to 38 mph, humidity is at 89.8%, pressure is at 29.37, sunrise will be at 8:08 am and sunset will be at 5:42 p.m. Today: Blowing snow in the morning. Snow, rain, and areas of freezing drizzle in the morning. Snow showers likely in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Snow showers likely in the evening, then a chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows around 13°. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of January 28, 1956 - Elvis Presley made his first appearance on national television on "The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show" on CBS.

Did you know that During the war of 1812, Detroit was hotly-contested territory? It was surrendered to the British in 1812, but the first attempt to retake the city in 1813 resulted in the River Raisin Massacre, which had the highest number of American casualties of any battle of the war. Detroit was finally recovered some nine months later during the Battle of Lake Erie.

Word of the day: insouciant (in-SOO-see-uh nt) which means free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant. Insouciant entered English from French, based on the French verb soucier meaning "to worry." Ultimately it finds its roots in the Latin sollicitāre meaning "to disturb."

COA Senior Services May Disappear

An update on the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging (COA) senior services situation on Beaver Island: by Pam Grassmick:

Following our recent meeting with Shirley Gillespie, Executive Director of the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging, our in-home caregiver has been reduced to part time status and the arthritis exercise classes have been cut from 3 times a week to 1 time a week. Beaver Island was given one month (about 3 weeks remaining) to increase the demand for in-home services or COA in-home services may be cut totally. The only way to increase demand is to let those over 60 in our community know that COA in-home services are just a phone call away. 

Islanders are an independent lot and "aging in place" has largely been dependent upon assistance from relatives and close friends. But our demographics have changed. Our island population is older-10 years older on average than most of Charlevoix County, with roughly 31% over the age of 70. And many of us no longer have children living on the island that can assist in our care to "age in place". However, all of us pay taxes to ensure that elder-care in-home services are available throughout Charlevoix County through the Commission on Aging. 

When COA's caregiver was first introduced to the island's elders (and I mean my parents), we had the difficult discussion with them of how to help them stay independent within their home. We told them COA services would help them remain safely in their own home. "Give it a two week trial". Well, COA's caregiver wiggled her way into their hearts and allowed them to receive COA services and care at home. Many studies have shown that the ability to remain in one's home significantly increases longevity and quality of life. 

Due to the amount of tax funding sent from each island property owner, we are equally due services to allow our elders to safely remain on Beaver Island. The cost of COA services is based on a sliding-scale determined by income, and is a great "deal" as the taxes collected offset the cost of in-home services. Most island elders don't need full-time services. Some of the services COA provides deals with assistance for daily tasks such as light housekeeping, laundry, medication reminders, providing nutritional meals, and personal care. 

So, just what is needed from each person over 60 to prevent the losing of our hard-fought COA services? No one wants to admit that we need help, but if we don't utilize COA services, they may no longer be available to anyone on the island, including our friends, relatives, and neighbors. Individuals require different amounts of help. Help keeps COA services for Beaver Island. If you feel that you could use some help-or know of someone over 60 who could-and would like to check on potential services available from COA, it is as easy as a phone call. Please contact Ann Partridge, Charlevoix County Commission on Aging, Beaver Island Site Coordinator: 448-2022 or Shirley Gillespie, Executive Director of Charlevoix County Commission on Aging:  231-237-0103 or 866-428-5185,or Jean Kinsley, COA Advisory Board Island Representative:  448-2856. 

A couple of pertinent articles from the Maine trip related to their island experiences with senior services and "aging in place": 


The wild turkey: January’s Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial featured bird

The Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty from now through the end of December. Each month, an important bird species with a great conservation story will be featured.

The comeback of the wild turkey is one of the greatest wildlife conservation stories in America’s history. Today, there are more than 7 million wild turkeys in the United States; however, there was a time when the sighting of a wild turkey in this country was rare.

Wild turkeys were a common element in Michigan prior to the arrival of European settlers. In fact, wild turkeys have been in North America for a long time. Turkey bones dating back 50,000 years have been found in caves in the eastern United States. During the pre-Columbian times of Michigan’s history, it is estimated that more than 94,000 wild turkeys roamed the state. The wild turkey is native solely to the New World, indigenous to the wilds of this continent, and is the ancestor of all domestic turkeys worldwide.

By 1900, the wild turkey was absent from every county in Michigan.  As European settlers cleared the land to build cities, the turkey’s preferred habitat became scarce.  In addition, turkeys were heavily exploited and sold at market. 

Luckily, in the early 20th century, the conservation movement began to pick up steam in the public consciousness and in the government.  Laws, like the Lacey Act of 1906, regulated market hunting. The Weeks-McLean Act of 1913 allowed the federal government to set hunting seasons. 

In 1916 a Migratory Bird Treaty was signed between the U.S. and Great Britain (on behalf of Canada) protecting birds that migrate across political borders. Though wild turkeys do not migrate, they still benefitted from the protections set forth by the treaty and from habitat work completed on behalf of migratory species. 

In the early 1900s, conservationists set out to re-establish wild turkeys, but their efforts met with limited success. In 1905, Cleveland Cliffs Mining Company released turkeys on Grand Island, off Munising in Lake Superior, but the birds didn’t survive. The earliest documented attempt by the DNR to re-establish turkeys in Michigan was in 1919 and again in 1920.

In those two years, 65 hand-reared wild turkeys were released at the Sanford Game Refuge. Birds and “turkey sign” were seen in the vicinity until 1925, but the refuge manager reported that the birds were “popped-off” by violators. More unsuccessful releases were made through the late 1930s in southern Michigan.

In 1937, a national coalition of conservationists – virtually all of them hunters, backed by the sporting arms and ammunition industries – persuaded Congress to direct the receipts from an excise tax on those items into a special fund to be distributed to the state for wildlife restoration. Had it not been for this key legislation, the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (also known as the Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937), wild turkeys and a variety of other wildlife would have been reduced to nothing more than part of local lore and national legend. With this type of nationwide support, there was increased interest in wild turkey restoration.

In the spring of 1954, the Department of Natural Resources purchased 50 turkeys and 400 eggs from the Pennsylvania Allegheny Wild Turkey Farm. The 50 birds were released at six sites in the Allegan State Game Area, and the eggs were incubated at the Mason State Game Farm. Not all birds and eggs survived, so additional restoration attempts continued. By 1964, approximately 2,000 free-ranging birds had become established in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

During the late 1950’s, the rocket net was adapted, from similar nets used in Europe to capture waterfowl, for use on turkeys. This new wildlife capture technique revolutionized the ability of resource managers to live-trap wild turkeys for restoration efforts. Since the use of rocket nets in Michigan began, wild turkey live-trapping and translocation has been part of Michigan’s management program.

In 1983, the DNR, working together with many partners, acquired wild turkeys from Iowa and Missouri for translocation to southern Michigan. Since 1983, numerous releases of wild trapped birds from other states and newly restored southern Michigan sites have occurred, and the population has expanded to historic levels. For the first time in history, wild turkeys can be found in parts of every county in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula plus areas of the Upper Peninsula.

Managing wild turkeys in Michigan involves the complex interactions of turkey populations, their habitat and their relationship to people. Hunting plays an important role in wild turkey management.  Since 1968, spring seasons have been the primary hunt times. In 1977, there were 5,000 square miles open for spring turkey hunting in the Mio, Baldwin and Allegan hunting units. By 1991, wild turkeys occupied about 22,000 square miles of spring hunting area in the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula. Truly, the wild turkey population range had expanded dramatically.

Today, turkeys inhabit most counties, and there are more areas open to spring hunting than at any time in Michigan history. In 1977, a hunter’s chances of drawing a license to hunt were about 25 percent. Today, all individuals are guaranteed an opportunity to buy a spring turkey hunting license.

In 1977, hunter success was below 10 percent. Today, hunters experience about 30-percent success regardless of whether they hunt the first hunt period or the last period. In 1977, hunters harvested 400 turkeys. Today, over 30,000 turkeys are taken by successful hunters. Michigan is ranked seventh in the nation for turkey harvest, trailing Missouri, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, New York and Mississippi. 

Don’t miss your shot at a wild turkey!  Spring license applications are on sale now until Feb. 1.  Purchase your application online at E-License or anywhere licenses are sold.

To learn more about the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty, visit www.fws.gov/birds/MBTreaty100.

Timeout for Art: Picking Up

by Cindy Ricksgers

More Thank You's 3

by Joe Moore

Next on the agenda was the need to upgrade the ability to care for patients on Beaver Island.  There were some pilot studies that we could participate in IF AND ONLY IF we became EMT Specialists, the middle license for EMS providers.  We managed to talk the same Larry Hansen into coming over and teaching the class with Mike McGinnity as the back-up instructor.

Why did we need to upgrade?  We had some youngsters on the island who were deathly allergic to bee stings.  We had a brittle diabetic on the island who could have a serious insulin shock reaction.  We had other older people who also needed some intravenous fluids when they were transported to the hospital.  We had an older population that could have a cardiac arrest, and we did not have the treatment capability for this.  Our medical center provider was overworked as it was, and he did not want to also have to accompany the patient all the way to the hospital leaving sick people on Beaver Island without a care provider.  So with the help of Bob Roloff from Charlevoix EMS and Fire, we became part of a pilot study which allowed Basic EMTs the ability to use an Epi-Pen, the definitive care for an allergic reaction, as well as the ability of EMT-Specialists to give IV Dextrose, the definitive treatment for insulin shock.  We also participated in a special study for the use of automatic external defibrillators by Basic EMTs.

So, on one day in 1989, three of us passed the EMT-Specialist exam after completing the education and training that included IVs and intubation, and Acid Base Balance.   On the same day, I took the Basic EMT exam and the EMT Instructor Coordinator Exam after taking the Instructor Coordinator class in the Traverse City area on weekends.

I was busy testing for five hours.  Everyone else was done in about an hour and a half.  I was required to pass the Basic EMT exam with a score of 85% or better as a requirement for the Instructor Coordinator requirements.  Luckily, I passed all three exams and became licensed as an EMT-Specialist and an EMS Instructor Coordinator on July 1, 1989.

This program represented a turning point in the history of Beaver Island EMS as well as a turning point in the emergency care of the patients on Beaver Island.  With only one health center provider on the island, he was frequently making ALL the emergency calls prior to July 1, 1989.  He was on-call twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week, and, although Mike McGinnity was essential to the medical care needs of the island people at this time, this was just way too much to ask of one person.
Because our emergency healthcare needs could be somewhat handled by the local EMS group, a group that Mike had helped teach, the medical center provider could actually step back a little bit, get a little bit of time off, and enjoy the island.  The same driven provider eventually got involved in the Michigan National Guard and became a deacon in the Catholic Church here on Beaver Island, all while being the primary provider of medical care on the island.

I was blessed to be taught and mentored by Mike McGinnity.  His patience and his patient care ethic was a wonderful thing to watch, to experience, and to learn.  There was never a question about whether Mike cared about his patients, his friends, his parishioners, or island residents and visitors to the island.  I can only hope that I have been able and continue to emulate his patient care model during that period in the Beaver Island Medical Center history.  There was never a situation in which the EMS and medical center provider did not work together for the benefit of the patient.  Mike also taught us all the need to be creative, to be willing go above and beyond the textbook teachings, and to figure out what was best for the patient no matter what else might be involved.

Jumping into the future, Mike was covering on the island as BIRHC provider about ten years later, after Beaver Island EMS had become an advanced life support agency.  As BIEMS was paged to a cardiac patient down the west side of the island, we knew that Mike McGinnity would be responding at some point in time.  We completed all of the patient assessment and treatments for the cardiac condition of the patient including an IV drip medication in our protocol.  Mike joined me in the back of the ambulance on this beautiful summer day while we awaited the air transport aircraft from Traverse City to arrive at the township airport.  He jumped in the back of the ambulance ready to go to work.  We shook hands, and I introduced the island visitor to him.  Mike asked him a couple of questions, looked around at the monitoring equipment and treatments going on, and decided he didn’t need to do anything.

Mike said, “You are getting excellent care here.  I guess that I’m not needed here.”  To me, “Good job!” and Mike got out of the ambulance and headed back to spend time with his family.  He may not know this, but that was the ultimate compliment that he could have given me.

Thank you to Mike McGinnity, an excellent role model and mentor, from all of us who had the privilege to work with him.

....And More

by Cindy Ricksgers

Proposed Bill to Prevent Freedom of Information

Bill to Protect the Security of Safety Information of the Energy Infrastructure

House Bill 4540

Article on this topic HERE

If this article is correct, and if this bill passes, the end result is that no one except the company will know the status of the pipelines running through the Straits of Mackinac. The safety information will be able to be prevented from public knowledge, based upon the security of the corporations data. After the oil spill in the Kalamazoo River and the Flint Water Crisis, the State of Michigan House members wish to make this information protected from public scrutiny.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 27, 2016

A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect at 7 p.m. tonight and continue until 7 a.m. on Thursday. So be careful out there, especially if driving. Right now it's 27° and feels like 22°, wind is from the WNW at 7 mph, humidity is at 84%, and it's partly cloudy. Today: Mostly cloudy. Numerous snow showers in the morning, then scattered snow showers in the afternoon. Highs around 30°. West winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 increasing to southwest 15 to 20 mph with gusts to around 40 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Snow. Blowing snow. Breezy. Lows in the upper 20s. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 45 mph.

On this date of January 27, 1945 - Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.

Did you know that Detroit residents were the first in the nation to have phone numbers? It seems that by 1879, the city had grown so large that operator were no longer able to route the calls by name alone.

Word of the day: pugnacious (puhg-NEY-shuh s) which means inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative. Pugnacious stems from the Latin pugnāre meaning "to fight," and shares ancestry with English word pugilism meaning "the art or practice of fighting with the fists; boxing." Pugnacious entered English in the mid-1600s.

More Thank You's 2

by Joe Moore

I’m not really sure how Mike McGinnity talked me into taking an EMT class.  I remember that the year was 1985, and one EMT class had just finished.  Several people had been successful in passing the State of Michigan required test, both the written and the practical skills portion.  I don’t remember who all was in that first EMT class, several of the people who took the first class have moved off the island, and Mike McGinnity was looking for some more help.  I know that Bill McDonough was in that first class, and Ruth (Gregg) Himebauch, Dennis Cieslak, and the Fortiers, Sandy and Perry.  They took the program taught by John LaMont, who is now the director of Boyne City Ambulance Service.

Sandy and Perry were getting ready to move off the island, Dennis and Ruth were wanting to take the program again, and there were some others interested as well. 

Right around this time, a very intelligent lady, who happened to be an RN, and lived down at Lake Geneserath, was teaching CPR classes.  I was teaching school at the time, and thought it might be a good idea to redo my CPR training as one step toward gaining some knowledge that might help someone else.

Her name is B.J. Wycoff, and she and her husband still live down at Lake G.  BJ was a real go-getter and was truly an inspiration.  She peaked my interest in learning, and I sometimes believe that she and Mike McGinnity conspired in secret to get me into doing emergency medical care.  Whether they did or not, I was soon enrolled in an EMT class and flying off the island to take classes to become a CPR instructor.  With a young family, I wouldn’t have done that without some prompting, some planned compliments, and some fairly well coordinated efforts by others.

In 1986, I enrolled in the Basic EMT class with several others:  Dennis Cieslak, Mary Delamater, Connie and Neal Boyle, John and Joyce Runberg, Ruth Gregg, and Bill Markey to name a few.  We were involved in some pretty intensive training with Larry Hansen, now an RN and paramedic, and Mike McGinnity, RN, our Beaver Island Medical Center provider.  There were three ways to learn things during those days.  There was the way we would be tested for the State of Michigan licensing test, the method really used in the field, and John LaMont’s way.  We had to be proficient in all three ways.  As a new person in emergency medical services, this was very frustrating.  I wanted to learn the ONE right way, but I quickly learned that there were more ways to accomplish a task based upon the equipment on hand.  It forced us all to become creative in a very serious and emergency situation.

Just one example might be helpful for the reader to understand.  A broken upper leg between the knee and the hip is called a fractured femur.  The emergency treatment for a fractured femur is to put a specialized splint on the leg.  This splint is called the traction splint.  This treatment was part of the State of Michigan practical skill testing that we would take in the late Spring of 1987.  We practiced and practiced this skill in conjunction with a backboard and straps.  There is a timed portion to this test, and, if you exceed this time, you do not pass the skills’ station.  The class was having a test on this particular skill, and, just to be funny, or to make this newbie become creative, Larry Hansen and Mike McGinnity planned a trick on me.  When I arrived to test out on that particular skill, traction splinting, the one piece of equipment that we had practiced with throughout the skills practice was missing.  Yes, I had to figure out how to accomplish the skill of traction splinting without a traction splint.  Interestingly enough, no one else in the class was required to do this.  I figured out that the two important parts of this skill were to pull traction on the patient’s leg to break the muscle spasm and align the bones and then figure out how to keep it that way.

Back in those days, there was a piece of equipment on the ambulance called military anti-shock trousers or MAST pants.  There was a pair of MAST pants at the testing station, so the MAST pants’ legs went over my arms as I pulled traction on both legs.  My helper pulled the MAST pants into the proper position and inflated them.  This kept the leg in the same position without releasing the traction on the leg.  Once inflated, traction was maintained, and I passed.  Larry asked me, “Where’d you learn that?”
My response was, “You tried to trick me, and I figured out another way to accomplish the same thing.”

Larry said, “I’m going to use this as another way in my teaching.  Today, the teacher was taught by the student.  You should become an instructor.”

Thanks to Larry Hansen for his prompting, his thought-provoking challenge, and his confidence in my teaching ability.

Public Notice from the Beaver Island Transportation Authority

More Thank You's 1

by Joe Moore

More Thank You’s Are Necessary

The date isn’t important, but it’s very early in the 1980’s.  I have the day off from cooking at the Shamrock under Betty, the one-order-at a-time cook, who is Barb Becker’s mother.  Buzz Anderson is the husband of Betty, and he is always in the Shamrock for Breakfast and Lunch rushes, wanting his meals put at the beginning of the list of orders, so he can get back to work.

Today, I’m not cooking.  I’m headed into town from Carlisle Road and Kings Highway.  I get through the curves headed toward town, and I see some guys flagging me down.  They have a pick-up pulled into the yard of McCann House, and they want me to come help them.  They have just arrived and tell me that there is a lady in the house that has had a stroke.  There isn’t a doctor available right now, but this lady needs to get over to the hospital.  These boys are Tim and Bill McDonough, and they have decided that the store is too busy for them to leave the island, so we (this includes me and really means me) need to get the lady out of the house and into the back of the pickup.

They end up finding a fairly narrow inside door, take it off the hinges and promptly loaded this 85 year old lady onto the door.  With my help, we carry her out of the house, down the steps, and place her in the back of the pickup.  “Get in,” they tell me, and, of course they mean in the back end of the pickup.

I kneel down beside the lady, who is laying on the door on her side, and we head out to the township airport.  Joe McPhillips has been contacted and he will be flying the lady over to the mainland to the Charlevoix Airport.  The seats are out of the plane, and the door just barely fits inside the plane with the lady lying on it, facing me.  “Climb in,” they tell me again, and this young guy with nothing by early CPR training many years ago and first aid training many years ago is flown across to the Charlevoix Airport where we are met by Charlevoix Fire Department and EMS/Rescue.

The patient is lifted gently by all those present in Charlevoix over to their ambulance cot, and they leave me standing there at the airport.  Joe McPhillips says, “Come on inside.  I’ll fly you back on the next flight back to the island.  I’ll get you a glass of water.  You look a little pale.”

I’m fairly certain that I was just a little bit shy of being completely passed out.  I sat down and in the waiting room in Charlevoix, and I put my head between my knees.  Joe came out with a glass of water, and said, “Are you feeling any better?”

I took a sip and promptly vomited on his shoes, and said, “I am now, but I’m truly sorry.”

“Well, now I need to clean my shoes, and get someone to clean the floor.  You’re not used to doing this sort of thing, are you?” he teased.

“I was doing okay until you brought me that glass of stinky water.  What’s the smell of that water?” I replied.

“It’s got a little sulfur smell, and a little iron color, but it’s not that bad,” Joe said.

“Well, after what I’ve been through today on my day off, I think I’ll not take a day off next week,” I said.  “That water tastes like crap.  I had a jumpy stomach from the flight with all the bouncing around and all the stress of not knowing what to do to help that lady,” I answered.

The person behind the counter was listening and said, “Joe, where did you get that water.”

Joe said, “It was on top of the desk in the office in a plastic container.  I just poured it into a glass and gave it to him.  Why?”

“That was somebody’s water test from a shallow well on the island.  It was going to be picked up by the health department and sent for testing for bacteria.  They thought the shallow well was too close to the septic system.  You gave that young man some leached poopy water.  I can smell it from over here,” she said.  “No wonder he puked on you.”

“I’ll be damned,” Joe said, “and I’m really sorry.”

“So am I for puking on your shoes,”  I replied, and he went back into the office, changed his pants and shoes, and came back out.

“Let’s get you back to the island, since I poisoned you,” Joe said.  “Obviously, the flight is on me, both directions.”

Such was my first Beaver Island emergency experience.  I do have to thank Joe McPhillips for the trip back to the island, but I never did thank him for the contaminated water he gave me to calm me down. Oh, yes, thank you also, Joe McPhillips for my very memorable first medical emergency experience. You certainly made it memorable.


by Cindy Ricksgers

Ice Classic Canceled

As there is not enough ice in the harbor this year the “Ice Classic” is canceled for 2016.  This also happened in 2012.

Thanks for your support over the years.

Bob Tidmore

The Sewer Fund Situation

The Sewer Fund Situation

The St. James Township Sewer System was started back in history almost fifteen years ago.  The St. James Township Board members at the time were Don Vyse, supervisor; Jean Palmer, clerk; Jim Wojan, Treasurer; Tim McDonough, trustee; and Ray Cole, trustee.

From a meeting in May 2001, there was interest in “forming the sewer district from Forest Street (Ace Hardware corner ) to Frankie Lane (Post Office corner).  This area has the highest septic field volume on the harbor.  The concept is essentially a larger model of the typical septic tank field.  After the potential septic site and the project costs are finalized, a Public Hearing will be held.  If the project moves ahead, it will be done at the time of the road paving.”

From a meeting in February 2007, Don Vyse, as supervisor, requested a special account be set up for the sewer fund.

In April 2011,” the St. James Board had a very intense conversation about the sewer system repairs that are necessary. The tanks out on Donegal Bay Road need to be coated on the inside with a substance that will prevent the acid in the waste from destroying the cement tanks at the the site. The tanks are approximately 42x12 (2 tanks) and one somewhat smaller. The cost to the users of the sewer system will be in the neighborhood of $60,000.”

In July 2011, “The discussion about the DNR-required sewer system began anew. The costs of original installation was discussed as well as the increase in monthly cost of being connected. One taxpayer was concerned about the cost of the FOIA request from the engineering firm, the cost being slightly more than $180. A motion was passed to have the township pay that FOIA cost.”

“Today, April 8, 2014, at approximately 2:30 p.m. an announcement was made that the sewer system was thawed out and was now working. The pipes had been frozen out on the Donegal Bay Road from the Emerald Isle Hotel out to near Ed and Connie Wojan's home. All of the downtown sewer system customers will be happy to hear that the system is now working, although the bill for the repairs has not yet been determined.
We all hope that this issue is resolved for good, and that the downtown businesses will be ready to continue to operate through the summer using this system.”

New sewer ordinance link http://beaverislandnews.com/2014%20Sewer%20Ordinance/seweruseandrateordinance.pdf

From St James Township minutes May 2015:
“Letter read from Gary Voogt suggesting delay installation of sewer clean-outs until after Labor Day.  Board not in favor of the delay. Also board wants to see repair on bike path at the entrance of the Resale Shop by May 15, 2015.  Motion by Wojan, seconded by Wierenga, to require work done by May 15, 2015, and clean-outs installed by July 1. 2015. Motion carried. Roll call vote.  All approved.”

From St James Township minutes June 3, 2015:
“Update on Installation of Sewer Clean-outs by July 1, 2015:
An e-mail received day of meeting from Engineer Zach Voogt recommends delaying installation of clean-outs until after Labor Day with a completion date of October, 1, 2015.  Board questions his authority to make this decision.  Motion by Wierenga and seconded by Speck to stand firm on the July 1, 2015 date for completion of work.  Motion carried. Haggard voted no.”

On June 11, 2015 from St James Township minutes;
“Sewer Project:
The upcoming installation of the clean-outs for the sewer was discussed at the regular meeting held on June 3, 2015.  At that time the board, by motion, agreed the project should remain on time to be completed by July 1, 2015.  However, after careful consideration the board now felt with the tourist season beginning, this time would not be good to have sewer line torn up.  If any breakdowns on the line were to occur, it would become very costly to keep the sewer functioning.  At the May meeting it was suggested the current bid by Gillespie Enterprises should be thrown out since he had not completed the project and re-bid.  Since that idea was rejected, the board now feels it must rescind the motion made at the June meeting and delay any further work on the sewer line until after Labor Day. Also, require the Engineer, Zach Voogt, or a representative from his firm be on site to do inspections of the installation of the clean-outs, not have someone else do the inspections.  Also enforce the $100 a day fine if work not completed by October 1, 2015.Motion by McNamara and seconded by Speck to rescind motion for previous sewer clean out completion date to be July 1, 2015.  Motion carried.
Motion made by McNamara with regret that project not completed by 5/31/2015 or 7/1/2015, in public safety, extend date to 10/01/2015 and to impose a daily fee of $100 thereafter until completed.  It is also understood that cleanouts will be inspected as completed.  Motion seconded by Speck.  All in favor.”

As you can tell from these short excerpts from the St. James Township minutes or News on the ‘Net articles, the sewer has been in the township planning for nearly fifteen years.  During that time, St. James Township has gone through supervisors Don Vyse, Rick Speck, and now Bill Haggard.  Then trustees Ray Cole and Tim McDonough have been replaced by Rick Speck and Kitty McNamara.  So the current board members are Jean Wierenga, clerk; Jim Wojan, treasurer; Bill Haggard, supervisor; Rick Speck, trustee; and Kitty McNamara, trustee.

A new audit of St. James Township suggests that for the year ending March 31, 2015, the Road Fund and the General Fund of the St. James Township Board are owed money by other funds of the township. 

The sewer fund had a net deficit of $63,121 based upon this audit for April 1-March 31, 2015, and the yacht dock fund had a net deficit of $46,548 based upon this audit for April 1-March 31, 2015. 

The actual amounts owed to the General Fund and the Road Fund by the Sewer Fund may be between $100-150 thousand, and the amount owed the General Fund from the Yacht Dock Fund may be between $40-50 thousand.  Whatever these amounts turn out to be, a repayment plan will need to be determined by the township board and approved by the State of Michigan.

While the Clerk and the Treasurer put in hundreds of hours getting the paperwork completed for this audit, they received no thank you from anyone.  There is no way that this was done purposely.  Mistakes were made, noted, and the movements forward will be monitored by all taxpayers that are interested in the outcome. 

So, the real questions remain.  How will this money be paid back to the Road Fund and the General Fund?  What involvement will the State of Michigan have in this process, if any?  Where does the Sewer Fund stand in the collection of fees to begin the repayment to these funds? 

Editorial Comment by Joe Moore:

It’s time that the negativity related to this unfortunate situation to be put aside.  It’s time that everyone began working together to get the township back to proper fund balances for those funds that were borrowed.  It’s time to give credit where credit is due and to thank those that have worked so hard to get this straightened out,

Yes, mistakes were made.  They have been acknowledged, and efforts to correct the issues are in progress.  Let’s keep track of the progress of the repayments when they begin, and let the plans, to be put in place by the township board, correct the problems. There have never been any intentions that the taxpayers of St. James Township would end up footing the bill for these errors. Those that participate in the sewer system will have to make their payments to the Sewer Fund, and the Sewer Fund will have to repay the money borrowed from the Road Fund and the General Fund.



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

June 30, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Meeting of July 30. 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 27, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

September 24, 2015

Video of this meeting is HERE

October 29, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

November 24, 2015

Video of this meeting is 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

June 8, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 29, 2015

Video can be viewed HERE

July 13, 2015

Video for the meeting HERE


Video of this meeting HERE

August 28, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

September 14, 2015

Video HERE

November 9, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

January 11, 2016

Video of the meeting is HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

June 10, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

July 8, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

September 9, 2015

View video HERE

October 14, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

January 13, 2016

Video of Meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

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

June 3, 2015

Video of this can be viewed HERE

July 1, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

August 5, 2015

Video of meeting available HERE

September 2, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

October 7, 2015

Video of the meeting is HERE

November 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

December 2, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

1/4/2016 at 7 p.m.

Video can be viewed HERE

January 6, 2016

Video HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

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

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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.

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Today's Weather by Joe

for January 26, 2016

1 p.m. update: Anyone saying that this snow is beautiful has not been outside shoveling and pushing this wet snow. It is pretty to look at, but not so pretty to try to get out to your car and get going somewhere. On Carlisle Road, the snow came off the roof and the front door could not be opened. The snow came off the roof on the back side also and just barely could the shoveler squeeze out. The dogs have a run in the back yard now after losing two pound in sweat alone. The car is shoveled out thanks to another pound or so of sweat at a good friend that trades wine for plowing. Thank you to all that helped today. The sick guy on Carlisle thanks you. Now the lake effect snow begins with wind out of the north.

The reason that Joe is doing the weather this morning is that Phyllis had to get to the mainland for an appointment, and the weather was supposed to include a snowstorm after freezing rain and possible fog.

The temperature is 31 degrees with a windchill of 26. The pressure is 29.65 inches with a visibility of 1.0 mile. The clouds are overcast at 500 feet. The dewpoint is 30 degrees with humidity at 96%.

The forecast is for an additional snow from lake effect prior to another system moving in tomorrow afternoon. There is a 50% chance of snow today until after 10 p.m. with a low temperature tonight of 21 degrees.

Did you know that the AHA changed CPR from ABC to CAB? (Read below what that jargon means)

Today's phrase of the day: The "cauldron of viral mutation" is located across the street from the Holy Cross Church. By the way, this is a joke with a certain amount of truth in it.

(The American Heart Association has changed the order of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Instead of checking and fixing issues with airway and breathing first, the new standard requires compressions of the chest first.)

The House on Hunt Road

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 25, 2016

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

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

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

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

52 Lists 4

by Cindy Ricksgers

Christian Church Raises Funds for Kathy Speck

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

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

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

Thank you,
The Executive Board,
Judi Meister, Moderator

Kathy Speck Healing Fund

Click Here to access the donation page

What Happened to the Ice?

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

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

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

Human Services Commission Meeting Dates

First 25 MB Connection Installed

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

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

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

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

St James Audit

East Side Tower Agreement and Lease



Redos Can Be Frustrating

An Editorial by Joe Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Citizen of the Year 2015 Nominations Open

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

Here is a link to the nomination form.


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

Special Meeting of the St. James Board

January 20, 2016, at 1pm

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

View video of this meeting HERE

Special Meeting Peaine Township

January 21, 2016 at 11:00 am

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

View video of this short meeting HERE





HSC Meeting Dates

50th Anniversary of Grand Rapids Party


BIESA Meeting Schedule


BOBI (BIDL Book Club)

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

CC Transit Bus Back to Monday-Friday

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

Preparing the Community Calendar

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

Bank Hours Change

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

BICS 2015-16 Basketball Schedule

Stoney Acre Senior Menu

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

Beach Rangers

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

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

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

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

February 6

April 2

August 6

November 5

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

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

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

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

March 19

June 18

Sept 17

December 10 Annual Meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

Bible study

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

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

Message to All B.I. Organizations

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

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

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.




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