B.I. News on the 'Net, January 4-10, 2016

Regular Gas on Beaver Island

Gage Anderson Completes Math Objectives

Judith Gallagher, Jessica Anderson, Gage Anderson, Deb Robert (L to R)

Congratulations to BICS 6th Grader, Gage Anderson for completing 100% of his Aleks Pie (earning him his very own Apple Pie to take home and share with his family!). To accomplish this task, Gage worked diligently both at home and at school to master 438 math topics! Gage will now be working toward mastery of the Middle School Course topics. Way to go Gage! Here we go Islanders! Here we go!

The 52 Lists Project 2

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 10, 2016

On this snowy morning it's 24° with a wind chill of 9° (if that doesn't wake you right up when you step outside, I don't know what will), wind is at 21 mph from the north with gusts to 27 mph, humidity is at 81%, pressure is falling from 1010 mb, and visibility is 7 miles. Today: Snow showers. Blowing snow. Windy. Highs in the mid 20s. North winds 15 to 20 mph shifting to the northwest 15 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 40 mph. Tonight: Blowing snow in the evening. Snow showers. Breezy. Lows around 14°. Northwest winds 15 to 25 decreasing to 5 to 15 mph after midnight. Gusts up to 40 mph.

On this date of January 10, 1946 - The first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly took place with 51 nations represented.

Did you know that rays of sunlight coming from a certain point in the sky aka what your aunt might have called "God's rays." is actually called crepuscular rays.

Word of the day: cineaste (SIN-ee-ast, SIN-ey-ast) which means 1) any person, especially a director or producer, associated profes-sionally with filmmaking. 2) an aficionado of filmmaking. Cineaste comes from the French cinéaste. It entered English in the early 1900s.

Rita and Jeff Fundraiser at Stoney Acres

January 9, 2016

Video clip of the fundraiser


"Thank you, thank you, thank you," from Rita and Jeff

(photo courtesy of Mary Palmer)

Hello, I'm Iggy

by Joe Moore

Hello, my name is Iggy.  No, that’s not my real name.  This is a story about a young girl, her parents, a special Michigan State Policeman, a rural island EMS agency, and a flying service as well as a mainland ambulance service and a mainland hospital.  Yes, I am that young girl, and I prefer to remain nameless to protect all of us involved.  I am a grown woman now and have babies of my own.

It was a beautiful summer day on Beaver Island.  My mom dropped me off at the public beach.  I was seven years old, and pretty used to playing on my own, but I also could play with my brothers and sisters.  I have two brothers and two sisters now, but they are all older than me.  I don’t remember where they were on this beautiful day, but I do remember there were lots of kids playing at the public beach, and I made friends easily.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Snowy Owl in St. James

Snowy Owl with prey kept away from the crows, possibly a seagull.

Link to Gallery

Video Clip Below:


Rita and Jeff's Go Fund Me Link

In case you didn't know, two serious emergencies occurred on Beaver Island on one day. One of them was that Rita's and Jeff's house caught fire

You can help them by clicking on the link below to donate.


Tom Whitman's Accident

As some of you may know, Tom Whitman had an accidental fall.

He will likely be laid up for six to eight weeks and be wheelchair bound.

Deb LaFreniere is organizing a meal list for those that want to help out with that.

For those unable to help with meals, the donation link below is available to donate using PayPal.

Tom Whitman Donation Button


All money coming in to this link will be given to Tom Whitman and Jenna Wilk to help them out.

Or, you can mail a check donation to Tom Whitman, Beaver Island, MI 49782

50th Anniversary of Grand Rapids Party

Welcome Beaver Islanders, Family, and Friends,

We are fast approaching our 50th party.   Hard to believe but on February 27th, 2016, it’s here.  Please join us in celebrating this achievement and help continue to support our Island.  Throughout the evening, please make it a point to thank those original members both in attendance and in memories.

*** Call EARLY for reservations. *** *** Call EARLY for reservations. ***
Mention “Beaver Island Celebration.”  Room rates are $72.00 Friday night and $85.00 Saturday night plus taxes each night. Come Friday night and stay both nights. Make it a weekend get-a-way!

Be sure to reserve by February 12th. After that date, the room prices are not guaranteed. The local number must be called, 616-949-9222. Do not call the national number. You will be told the hotel is full. If you are told no rooms are available, be sure you are speaking with someone at the Ramada Plaza in Grand Rapids. Call Early!

In 1965 a group of Beaver Islanders in Grand Rapids felt there was a need to financially assist Holy Cross Church in building the convent. That is when the Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids was formed, and the "Beaver Island Caper" was originated. The Club started at Richie and Janet O'Donnell's home in Wyoming.  Present were Richie and Janet O’Donnell, Brian Gallagher, Glen and Eleanor McDonough, Bob (Holiday) and Charlotte McDonough, and Bob Delaney. The first party was in 1966.  A tradition had begun. 

The Island has reached a milestone with the Grand Rapids Party. Reflecting back, one can’t help but wonder if the founding members thought their ideas would be still carried on 50 years later (we should ask them.)  It’s amazing to be part of the legacy.  Can you imagine if they wondered about the future?  Will the Party still be a tradition in another 50 years?

Please continue to encourage our little Beaver Islanders with music and dance at the “Kid’s Hour”; 7:30 to 8:30.  Kids 17 and under are free.  A  Kids’ Basket of Joy is being added for those little dancers.   All attending the Kids Hour will be entered to win.  Goody bags will be handed out to the youngsters whose names are not drawn. 

Remembering the past parties and how Island tradition was valued with such well dressed men and women; please honor the founders and fellow gatherers with your Sunday best.

 Along with these additions, you will find other attractions new and old.  Be sure to attend and find out what they are.

We are looking forward to seeing you all again.  Please feel free to pass the invitation around and promote our gathering.  Let’s make things happen.  It’s time to make another successful party.

Thank you from all of us,

The Beaver Island Club of Grand Rapids

Creative Fire Journal, Day 3

by Cindy Ricksgers

BITA Meeting Canceled

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 9, 2016

It IS winter, but right now we're getting liquid snow so everything is slushy. It's 36° outside, although with the windchill it feels like 31°, wind is at 6 mph from the west, humidity is at 96%, pressure is falling from 1011 mb, and visibility is 4.2 miles. We are in a winter storm warning from 7 p.m. tonight until 7 p.m. Sunday evening. That means that severe winter weather conditions are expected. Today: Cloudy with drizzle, chance of rain and snow. Widespread fog. Highs in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Snow likely in the evening, then snow after midnight. Blowing snow after midnight. Lows in the lower 20s. North winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph increasing to 35 mph after midnight.

On this date of January 9, 1902 - New York State introduced a bill to outlaw flirting in public.

Did you know that in Kalamazoo, Michigan it is against the law to serenade your girlfriend?

Word of the day: offing (AW-fing, OF-ing) which means 1) the more distant part of the sea seen from the shore, beyond the anchoring ground. 2) a position at a distance from shore. Offing is formed from the adverb off meaning "away from a place" and the suffix -ing. It entered English in the early 1600s.


by Cindy Ricksgers

(Photo by Jeff Powers, DVM)

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 8, 2016

It's 35° outside right now, although it feels like 28°, wind is at 8 mph from the ESE, humidity is at 93%, pressure is falling from 1017 mb, and visibility is 5.7 miles. Today: Cloudy. Numerous snow showers, chance of rain showers and light freezing rain in the morning, then scattered rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s. Southeast winds 5 to 16 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Scattered rain showers in the evening, then numerous rain showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. South winds at 10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.

On this date of January 8, 1675 - The first corporation was chartered in the United States. The company was the New York Fishing Company.

Did you know that the fleshy thing around the neck of a turkey is called a snood?

Word of the day: sybaritic (sib-uh-RIT-ik) which means pertaining to or characteristic of a sybarite; characterized by or loving luxury or sensuous pleasure. Sybaritic derives from the name of the ancient Greek city Sybaris, which was known for the luxurious lifestyles of its inhabitants. It entered English in the early 1600s.

St James Township Regular Meeting

January 6, 2016

Video HERE

Father Gabriel Fox Has Passed Away

Father "Gabe" has left this world and entered heaven's gate on December 29, 2015. This was confirmed by the parish that he assisted and by the diocese that he was in. More information will be posted when available.

Rev. Gabriel J. AKA James L. Fox, born and raised in Chicago Heights, IL, and died Monday, December 29, 2015 in St. Petersburg Florida after a short illness. He attended the former St. Ann's Parish School and graduated from Bloom Township High School in 1954. In 1968, he joined the Conventual Franciscan Province Order in Indiana and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1974 in Rome.

Father Gabriel served parishes in Indiana, Wisconsin and Kentucky, before being assigned pastor of Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island, MI for 6 years. In 1986, he joined the Diocese of Gaylord, MI and served as pastor of several churches in Frankfort, Ossineke, Black River and Manistee, where he retired in 2001.

Father Gabriel is survived by his sister, Barbara Zandi (the late James) of Fort Mohave, AZ, his brother-in-law, George Sedlacek (Bonnie) of Crete, several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Helen (Bergin) Fox, his stepfather, Joseph Magner and one niece Elizabeth Young.

Visitation will be held at St. Agnes Church in Chicago Heights on Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 9:30AM until time of funeral mass at 11:00AM and a burial at Assumption Cemetery in Glenwood, IL following the mass. Memorials may be directed to the Priest Retirement Fund of the Diocese of Gaylord, Michigan. "I lived, I was loved, I was happy! I'll see you in Heaven!" - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/daily-southtown/obituary.aspx?pid=177150687#sthash.C9eCbQcW.dpuf

A First and Maybe Last

Attempt at Poetry

by Joe Moore

On my way to Whiskey Point on a summer afternoon,
‘Round the harbor we go to see the rising of the moon.
A gorgeous day is on its way,
 Almost every day;  here on Paradise Bay.

The sun is shining, the clouds so high,
Oh, what a wonderful sky!
Whiskey Point is in sight and much more to see,
What more can we ask as we pass the geo-cache tree?

To the point we’ll always go, it’s a tradition don’t you know?
No sense in fighting things when it’s easier to see the glow.
When asked the question time after time, it’s easy to say,
“Round the Harbor and to the point is tradition every single day.

On the way to Whiskey Point on a winter afternoon,
The snow banks high, no sun in the sky, it’s grey and cold.
But we still make the trip, day after day.
We’ll make the trip day or night in search of what’s been sold.
We’ll take the time to do it, It never does get old.
We make it now no matter what, it is habit can’t you say?
We’ll take our trip around the horn when we have the time,
But a trip to Whiskey Point , you see, takes less and is fine.

Here we go, once again a trip, maybe even have a sip
Or two of beer, you may take, on this special trip.
No matter ‘round the horn or to the point on land,
It’s much better than you’ll know, on the mainland.
Unless you take the time to go, maybe even with the flow
Of traffic east to west or west to east, always north to south to north.
You take the trip to truly see the paradise in which we live and grow.

So let’s once again make sure, that Whiskey Point is still here,
What better thing to do, when you have none to fear,
Then head once more to see the sights of beauty there.
Maybe on to Gull Harbor, perhaps an eagle we might see
In that big old dead tree, or a heron view with glee.
Imagine those who see this for the first time, and take the time to stare.
Look across the harbor bay, and just wait to hear you say,
Let’s make sure we have the time to do this every day.

Timeout for Art: Worthwhile

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 7, 2016

Mother Nature is teasing us. Right now it's 35°, wind is at 4 mph from the WSW, humidity is at 85%, pressure is steady at 1022 mb, and visibility is 9.5 miles. Today: Cloudy. Chance of flurries. Highs in the upper 30s. Light winds. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Cloudy. Chance of flurries in the evening, then snow likely after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Light winds.

On this date of January 7, 1896 - The "Fannie Farmer Cookbook" was published. (This is the absolute favorite cookbook at our house)

Did you know that philtrum is the name for that groove located just below your nose and above the middle of your lips?

Word of the day: terpsichorean (turp-si-kuh-REE-uh n) which means 1) pertaining to dancing. 2) (initial capital letter) of or relating to Terpsichore. 3) a dancer. Terpsichorean comes from the name of the Muse of dancing and choral song in classical mythology, Terpsichore.

Creative Fire Journal 2

by Cindy Ricksgers

Violet M. Deur

April 12, 1924 - January 5, 2016

Mrs. Violet M. Deur, age 91 years of Newaygo, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday afternoon, January 5, 2016 from the Newaygo Medical Care Facility in Fremont. She was born on April 12, 1924 in Bailey, Michigan to Glenn & Hazel (Barnum) Detwiler. She graduated from Grant High School, and attended Western Michigan University. Mrs. Deur worked on the family dairy farm for many years, she was an avid gardener, and she had been a Fremont Public School bus driver for 13 years until her retirement. On December 14, 1945 she married Richard "Dick" Deur and he preceded her in death on January 21, 2005.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Linda L. Deur on October 22, 2009; by her brother, Esman Detwiler; and by her sister, Eileen Bonter. She is survived by 2 sons: Michael (Linda) Deur of Newaygo, Theodore (Audrey) Deur of Ishpeming, Michigan; 4 grandchildren: Bruce (Andrea) Deur, Michelle (Rex) Hyzer, Melanie (Terry) Yoder, Sarah(Drew) Owsinski; 12 great grandchildren & 4 step-great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Mary Ellen Wamser of Sparta, Esther (Frank) Austin of Bailey; 1 brother, Willard "Bill" (Shirley) Detwiler of Beaver Island; several brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law; and by many nieces & nephews.

The Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home with Mr. Terry Yoder officiating. Visitation will also be on Saturday from 12-1 PM. Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Fremont. Suggested Memorial: The Gideons International - Newaygo Camp. You can sign the online guest book at www.kroeze-wolffis.com. Arrangements are by Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home, Inc. of Fremont.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 6, 2016

Today let's all keep Kathy Speck in our thoughts and prayers as she undergoes open heart surgery to fix a couple of broken valves. Also, let's give major thanks for yesterday's medical emergency that involved a flight to Traverse City. Because of that flight, on the return trip pilot, Paul Welke, and Ben Delamater, along with paramedic Joe Moore, saw smoke and fire and quickly reported it. Thanks to that flight, the home of Jeff Stewart and Rita Palmer was saved albeit a few burned spots AND all pets are safe. Very special thanks to Island Airways, Beaver Island Fire Department, and Beaver Island EMS! This truly is a wonderful place to live!

Outside right now it's 35°, feels like 24°, wind is at 19 mph from the SW with gusts to 36 mph, humidity is at 77%, pressure is steady at 1024 mb, and visibility is 9.7 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows around 30°. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

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

Did you know that studies show that knitting reduces the risks of high blood pressures, creates good brain developments and improvements and also decreases the abnormal heart rate cases. Knitting also provides relaxation and reduces stress hence benefiting overall health.

Word of the day: unputdownable (uhn-poo t-DOU-nuh-buh l) which means so interesting or suspenseful as to compel reading. Unputdownable, as a term used to describe books, entered English in the 1930s. However, earlier senses based on the verb phrase put down meaning "criticize" or "suppress" appeared in English as early as the mid-1800s.

Busy Emergency Services Today

January 5, 2016

Fire on East Side Drive

Both Beaver Island EMS and Beaver Island Fire Department had a busy day today. A 62 year old male had a fall from 12 feet, had some serious trauma, and this patient needed to be flown to Traverse City to Munson Medical Center. There were three choices to accomplish this task: BIEMS Island Airways licensed aircraft, Northflight EMS out of Traverse City, or Valley Med out of Iron Mountain. The Emergency Room was contacted, and the paramedic on call said, "We can wait for Valley Med or Northflight. They will be here in an hour, or we leave with the patient in ten minutes using a local aircraft."

The Nurse spoke with the doctor, and stated, "Use the quickest method possible to get him here."

So. Island Airways was contacted and a seamless transition took place, both at the BIRHC and at Welke Airport, where he was loaded into the BIEMS licensed air transport vehicle and flown to Traverse City. The BIEMS on-call paramedic and EMTwere to accompany the patient with Paul Welke the pilot of aircraft with Ben Delamater in the copilot's seat. The patient was provided advanced life support monitoring and care during the flight.

BIEMS paramedic and EMT were transported in the Northflight ground ambulance to the Munson Hospital ER, Trauma Room, where the patient report was given to the trauma team. Beaver Island EMS paramedic Joe Moore said, "Wow, it was so neat to see a whole trauma team in action. I got to give my report to the trauma surgeon, and all the nurses and technicians listened to the report carefully. I was treated with respect and given a "thumbs up" by the Northflight paramedics and the RN in the ER. I felt part of a team with the sole purpose of helping the patient get through this rough time."

This was the first time that the BIEMS paramedic was required to go all the way to the hospital, and also the first time Joe Moore had an opportunity to see a busy Level II Trauma Center and trauma team. Northflight Ground EMS transported the BIEMS crew back to the Traverse City Airport, and the aircraft headed back to Beaver Island.

Paul Welke and Ben Delamater were talking abouit some smoke in Northport, and the ride back was a little bumpy. Flying over Lake Geneserath to checkout the ice conditions, it didn't take Paul and Ben very long to notice smoke on the East Side of the island. The storage building behind a home was fully involved in flames, and the flames were quickly approaching the residence. Paul Welke got on the radio, notified his wife Angel Welke, who contact 911 for the fire department to be dispatched.

BIFD responded quickly with a pumper from the East Side Fire Station. BIEMS responded to standby at the East Side Station after the plane landed and other EMS providers took the ambulance, and Joe Moore took the emergency response vehicle to the standy location.

Yes, it was a busy day for the emergency services on Beaver Island. The Charlevoix County Deputy Sheriff also responded to the fire.

Here are some pictures of the flight back from TVC and of the fire from the air: HERE

The Beaver Island Community is invited to a

Maine Islands Trip Debriefing

From Island Representatives


January 16, 2016 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Beaver Island Community Center 

Purpose of meeting:  (1) to review and discuss with the Beaver Island community the lessons learned by Beaver Island representatives on the Maine island trip, (2) to begin discussion of approaches to addressing the key issues identified so far (including setting priorities and interested parties) and (3) based on discussion of (1) and (2), identify other issues that should be considered.

Please attend and let’s share ideas.

Additional information on trip can be found at:


Live WVBI Interview: HERE

Special St. James Township Board Meeting

1/4/2016 at 7 p.m.

Video can be viewed HERE

30 Day Journal Project

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 5, 2016

41 years ago today our oldest, Phillip Michael was born. I know for a fact it's not really THAT long ago. Time just warped past. Seems like it was just a year or so ago he was learning to ride a bike, maybe a couple months since he met Jessica while playing soccer against Grand Marais, just days since they were married... take time to enjoy your little ones. They grow up so fast and move on. On the other hand, he's enjoying his grown-up life in Washington state, teaching, raising two beautiful girls with Jess, playing his music, playing with his boat, and hopefully, still doing those beautiful woodworking projects. I'm so very proud of the man he has become. Happy Birthday, Mike!

Right now it's 29° outside, feels like 16°, wind is at 19 mph from the south with gusts to 21 mph, humidity is at 84%, pressure is steady at 1031 mb, and visibility is 9.6 miles. Today: Partly sunny. A chance of snow showers in the morning. Highs in the lower 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 40 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 40 mph.

On this date of January 5, 1961 - "Mr. Ed" debuted. The show would run for six years.

Did you know that the Michelin man is known as Mr. Bib? His name was Bibendum in the company's first ads in 1896.

Word of the day: kvell (kvel) which means to be extraordinarily pleased; especially, to be bursting with pride, as over one's family. Kvell is an Americanism with roots in the Yiddish term kveln meaning "be delighted." It entered English in the 1960s.

Underwater Adventure

Thanks to Pam Grassmick for sending me this link to the Dan Burton Underwater Snowmobile video

Click HERE to view it

No, I Didn't Know

No, I Didn’t Know by ChickyMedic
(Posted with permission from the author)

You see, when I was little, I didn’t dream of becoming a paramedic. I wanted to be a vet, or an artist, or whatever else was jotted down in my school memories scrap book mom kept. I was a lifeguard and swim instructor in high school. When faced with the college applications, paramedic seems like an easy program. At the time, I thought I would just do it, and continue on with something else after. But, I got a job and the money came in.
When my friends were struggling with getting real jobs, and paying off student loans, I was doing night shifts, and planning out how to decorate my living room.

So, as life goes on, I stuck with my career choice. I gained experience and seniority, vacation days, and benefits. I gained amazing coworkers, a pension plan, and PTSD.

Back to the start of my story…(geesh, that was a small detour around the world wasn’t it…)  As I said, I’ve been off work since May.  My doctor diagnosed me with the sexy diagnosis of PTSD, and told me I need some time off.  My therapist tells me I’ve been collecting traumas for my ENTIRE CAREER.

Wait, WHAT?

But that can’t be true.  I’ve prided myself on “not bringing my work home” I very proudly tell my family that I “leave my work crap in the car”  I thought that was true.  Imagine how I felt when I found out what a crappy job I’ve been doing all these years.  Turns out my work permeated my thick shell and started to mess with me.  I felt betrayed by my own self.

Honest people ask me “Didn’t you know what the job would be like?”  Well, yes, I would drive fast, take care of the sick and injured, get a lot of time off, and get paid well.

But honestly?  No, I didn’t know!

How does one EVER know, entirely what it feels like to watch a human take their last breath?  I don’t remember that course in college.
How does one EVER know, how it feels to be verbally abused by a patient while you are trying to help them.
How does one EVER get the sound of someone’s screams out of your head at night after you’ve untwisted their mangled leg.
How does one EVER know the feeling of finding a friend at the ER entrance, and holding her, because you’ve just brought in her husband, who sustained a horrible life threatening injury.
How does one EVER know how it feels to clean up THAT MUCH BLOOD off the floor of the ambulance.
How does one EVER know how it will feel when holding the hand of an Alzheimer patient, and explain to them over and over that the nursing home IS their home.  There was no course in college that taught me how to handle that.
How does one EVER know how to feel when called to your coworkers home, because his wife found him without a pulse.  How do you get her sobs out of your mind?
How does one EVER know how it feels to care for an injured child after her father put the entire family in the car and drove drunk in the middle of the night. I think about her often, I wonder how her face healed, and I wonder what became of her father.
How does one EVER know how to feel after plucking a 4 year old out of a lake?  And spending the next 10 hours counting down until you get home to hold your own 4 year old?
No, I didn’t know how it would feel to drive my daughter to the beach, and see the spot where I did a call that took a young man’s ability to walk.  I think about him every time I drive past.
How does one EVER know how it feels to tell the family that their loved one has died.  That there is nothing left for us to do for them.  How did you know that you would see their grief stricken faces as you try to sleep that night.
How does one EVER know how it would feel to arrive at someone’s house, and share with them the WORST. DAY. OF. THEIR. LIFE.  Nobody calls 911 to share joy and good news.  They call on the worst day, and my job is to help them.  I never knew the sort of weight that had on me.

No, I didn’t know that my job involved comforting a child while her mother gets restrained by police.  No I didn’t know that I have to explain to an elderly man that he should have called the ambulance sooner, maybe if I arrived a little sooner, I could have helped his wife.

So to answer?  

No.  I didn’t know what it would be like.  There’s no course, or book, or university degree that will prepare you for how you will feel.  And to say that you did know? That’s naive, and it’s not honoring your ability to feel.  It is not honoring yourself as a HUMAN.  What is so wrong with FEELING?  When did we stop honoring our feelings for the sake of being STRONG?  As first responders, we need to be strong, yes, we need to put on the armor, and go to battle, multiple times every day.  But what we are bad at, what we REALLY REALLY bad at, is taking the armor off, and giving ourselves permission to not be ok.

So I guess I had something to say.  It’s ok, to not be ok.  And if you ever want to know?  No, I didn’t know what it would be like.

Unphotogenic Food

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for January 4, 2016

Ok, we've really, really run into winter now, and the beach party is cancelled! It's 13° with a windchill of -1°, wind is at 9 mph from the NNE with gusts from 19 to 25 mph, humidity is at 77%, pressure is rising from 1034 mb, and visibility is at 9.5 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Scattered snow showers in the morning. Highs around 16°. Northeast winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. Lows around 12°. South winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph increasing to 35 mph after midnight.

On this day of January 4, 1850 - The first American ice-skating club was organized in Philadelphia, PA.

Did you know that the strip separating window panes is called a muntin?

Word of the day: salubrious (suh-LOO-bree-uh s) which means favorable to or promoting health; healthful. Salubrious finds its roots in the Latin word for "health," salūs. It entered English in the mid-1500s.

1976 Interview by Charlevoix Courier

from Volume 11, No 20

Vehicle Fire by Township Airport

A little before two p.m. on Sunday, January 3, 2016, the Beaver Island Fire Departent was paged to the township airport for a vehicle fire. Upon arrival, the vehicle was fully involved in the flames including the tires. Two fire department pumpers and a tanker responded to the scene along with the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department deputy and BIEMS. The vehicle was just getting ready to turn onto Donnel Mors Lane from the Airport Road when the heater fan wouldn't shut off. The occupants saw flame and quickly unloaded the vehicle and moved away from it. The vehicle is a total loss. There were no reported injuries to the occupants of the vehicle nor to the fire department or other responders.

Surfing in January

Many thanks to Bob Tidmore for this video clip. If you were to ask if anyone was going surfing today, you'd get an interesting look from the person asked. Yet, here is someone surfing in Charlevoix off the public beach.

Video clip, picture was taken from





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

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

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

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

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

as soon as they are received.

News on the 'Net welcomes minutes to all public meetings. All organizations are welcome to submit meeting minutes for publication on this website. Please email them to medic5740@gmail.com.

Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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From Jeff Powers


Just a note to remember the memories of some of the Beaver Island Pets that we have lost this past year.

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ~ Anatole France

I want to pause and remember the beloved pets who crossed over the “Rainbow Bridge” this year. I apologize I am sure there are more than these and please add them to this post. These wonderful pets gave such wonderful unconditional love to their owners and families a rare gift indeed.

“Eddie” Johnson
“Jessie” Cook
“Dexter” Stebbins
“Tanner” Gregory
“Cricket” Lyle
“Casey” Stebbins
“Scooby” Nicholas
“Little Girl” Tracy
“Midnight” Stevens
“Tippy” Brouard
“Clover” Ricksgers
“Daisy” Mitchell
“Hannah” Fogarty
“Shania” Butler
“Fonzie” Burton
“Xena” Carey
“Wilbur” Welke
“Little Oliver Twist” Gallagher
“Ringo” Plastrik
“Izzie” Cook
“Sammy” Birch
“Scooby” Kubesh
“Star” McNew
“Finnegan” McDonough
“Rosie” Amster
“Willa” Stambaugh
"Zena" Wirth
“Willow” Wierenga
“O’Malley” Lafreniere
“Axle” Albertson
“Nollaig” Racine
"Hunter' Eicher
“Kitty O’Shea” Racine
“Alex” Slanga

Syd Welke

It has been a great honor to serve Beaver Island by caring for these wonderful creatures as we enter my 26th year of doing so.

Jeffrey F Powers DVM

The 52 Lists Project

by Cindy Ricksgers

B. I. Community Center Movies

for January 9th

One Gorgeous Sunset

on January 2, 2016

It was worth the trip out to Donegal Bay to catch this sunset.

Sunset Gallery

My New Year's Resolutions

An Editorial by Joe Moore

As I sit in my chair watching the television and hear about all these resolutions that people have made, such as “I’m going to lose weight,” “I’m going to get organized,” and “I’m going to improve my life,” etc., I think about some of the things that have transpired in the last year or so, and wonder what I could do to improve the situations that may not have been very positive.

So, my New Year’s resolutions are these: 

If I have done something in the last year or so that has made you uncomfortable, I apologize.  If I have questioned your motives over something in the last year or so, I’m sorry that we had a disagreement about this.  If I have actually upset your apple cart in the last year or so, I’m sorry that you had to experience that.  Whatever I may have done to make you upset, I sincerely apologize.

There are three personal things that I have resolved:

The first is that when my medical certifications, licenses, and instructor certifications come up for renewal, I will NOT be renewing them, so, if you want a course taught by me, you better speak up soon.

The second is not anything new, but is necessary to restate for the 2016 year.  When I encounter a situation where my patient’s best patient care is not occurring, I will speak out for the best patient care possible given the circumstances provided.  I further resolve that each patient that I encounter in an emergency will get the best patient care possible, and will be transported to definitive care by the quickest possible, acceptable, and legal method.

The third resolution is to continue to follow the EMT Oath that I took in 1986:

“Be it pledged as an Emergency Medical Technician, I will honor the physical and judicial laws of God and man. I will follow that regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of patients and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, nor shall I suggest any such counsel. Into whatever homes I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of only the sick and injured, never revealing what I see or hear in the lives of men unless required by law.

I shall also share my medical knowledge with those who may benefit from what I have learned. I will serve unselfishly and continuously in order to help make a better world for all mankind.

While I continue to keep this oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life, and the practice of the art, respected by all men, in all times. Should I trespass or violate this oath, may the reverse be my lot.

So help me God.”

As editor of Beaver Island News on the ‘Net, I resolve to provide information to my community in a timely manner without bias and without comments unless they are labeled as editorial.  I pledge to continue to provide pictures, video, and text in a timely manner until such time as this becomes financially or physically impossible.

If you are supportive of my resolutions, may your year be wonderful.  If you are antagonistic of these resolutions, I will apologize in advance for my reactions.


by Cindy Ricksgers

Winter Day

Photo by Bob Tidmore

A beautiful winter view of Paradise Bay, Beaver Island's harbor

Looking Ahead

by Cindy Ricksgers

Volunteer EMS?

Historical Information and Editorial by Joe Moore

Beaver Island EMS was founded in 1986 with an EMT class taught by John LaMont, current director of Boyne City EMS, because Mike McGinnity, provider at the medical center, knew he would need some help during serious emergencies.  Another class was completed in 1987 and the beginnings of EMS were completely volunteer.  All but two from the original class left the island. The next year another class was taught.  Fortunately, another more advanced class was taught in 1989 because the treatments needed by the emergency patients on the island required more advanced skills.

Continue reading HERE

Frozen Sleet

Having made a trip to the airport, the grass and the trees has this sheen of ice that showed some beauty along with the danger of the slippery roadways. This required another trip out on the icy roads to get some of these pictures that are presented here.

It was desired to get some close-up pictures of the ice as well as the longer distance photos as well.

Some interesting buds and berries

Even some pine needles looked interesting with ice and crystals

And then some frozen grass and twigs

Just too fascinated to quit....

And some milk weed ice coverings

No matter the cold, the snow, the frozen drizzle; the beauty is still there!




BOBI (BIDL Book Club)

For Tuesday, 12/15 @7p: An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor 
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


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 2015:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

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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