B. I. News on the 'Net, January 6-19, 2020

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 19, 2020

It's a wee bit nippy this morning at 17°, feels like 4°, wind is from the north at 10 mph with gusts to 20 mph, humidity is 75%, dew point is 10°, pressure is rising from 30.00 inches, cloud cover is 90%, and visibility is 10 miles. Looks like its going to be one of those gray, winter days with lots of cloudy skies.

ON THIS DAY in 1966, following the death of Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi becomes head of the Congress Party and thus prime minister of India. She was India’s first female head of government and by the time of her assassination in 1984 was one of its most controversial.

Gandhi was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of the independent Republic of India. She became a national political figure in 1955, when she was elected to the executive body of the Congress Party. In 1959, she served as president of the party and in 1964 was appointed to an important post in Lal Bahadur Shastri’s ruling government. Soon after becoming prime minister, Gandhi was challenged by the right wing of the Congress Party, and in the 1967 election she won only a narrow victory and thus had to rule with a deputy prime minister.

In 1971, she won a resounding reelection victory over the opposition and became the undisputed leader of India. That year, she ordered India’s invasion of Pakistan in support of the creation of Bangladesh, which won her greater popularity and led her New Congress Party to a landslide victory in national elections in 1972.

During the next few years, she presided over increasing civil unrest brought on by food shortages, inflation, and regional disputes. Her administration was criticized for its strong-arm tactics in dealing with these problems. Meanwhile, charges by the Socialist Party that she had defrauded the 1971 election led to a national scandal. In 1975, the High Court in Allahabad convicted her of a minor election infraction and banned her from politics for six years. In response, she declared a state of emergency throughout India, imprisoned thousands of political opponents, and restricted personal freedoms in the country. Among several unpopular programs during this period was the forced sterilization of men and women as a means of controlling population growth.

In 1977, long-postponed national elections were held, and Gandhi and her party were swept from office. The next year, Gandhi’s supporters broke from the Congress Party and formed the Congress (I) Party, with the “I” standing for “Indira.” Later in 1978, she was briefly imprisoned for official corruption. Soon after the ruling Janata Party fell apart, the Congress (I) Party, with Indira as its head, won a spectacular election victory in 1980, and Gandhi was again prime minister.

In the early 1980s, several regional states intensified their call for greater autonomy from New Delhi, and the Sikh secessionist movement in Punjab resorted to violence and terrorism. In 1984, the Sikh leaders set up base in their sacred Golden Temple in Amritsar. Gandhi responded by sending the Indian army in, and hundreds of Sikhs were killed in the government assault. In retaliation, Sikh members of Gandhi’s own bodyguard gunned her down on the grounds of her home on October 31, 1984. She was succeeded by her son, Rajiv Gandhi. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT In 2006, a Coca-Cola employee offered to sell Coca-Cola secrets to Pepsi. Pepsi responded by notifying Coca-Cola. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY intercalate (in-TER-kuh-layt) which means:
1 : to insert (something, such as a day) in a calendar
2 : to insert between or among existing elements or layers
Intercalate was formed from the Latin prefix inter-, meaning "between" or "among," and the Latin verb calāre, meaning "to proclaim" or "to announce." It was originally associated with proclaiming the addition of a day or month in a calendar. An instance of intercalation occurred in the earliest versions of the Roman calendar, which originally consisted of 304 days and 10 months and was determined by the lunar cycle (the remaining 61.25 days of winter were apparently ignored). According to some Roman legends, it was Numa Pompilius, the second king of Rome, who intercalated the months January and February. Eventually, the word's use broadened to include other instances of introducing new elements or layers into a preexisting system. (merriam-webster.com)

Saturday Afternoon Mass

January 18, 2020

Even the snow drifts could not delay the normal 4 pm.. Saturday Mass at Holy Cross. The seven inches of snow with wind blowing it didn't prevent this service from taking place.

Father Jim Siler was the celebrant, the reader, and our pastor through the entire service.

View video of this service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 18, 2020

Well, the storm has arrived. It didn't divide and go around us. Snow is coming down sideways and fast. It's 26°, feels like 6°, wind is from the ESE at 21 mph with gusts to 31 mph, humidity is 89%, dew point is 23°, pressure is falling from 29.94 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 2 miles. If you don't have to be out, grab a good book and hunker down. We are in a Winter Weather Advisory until 1 pm on Sunday.

ON THIS DAY January 18, 1778, the English explorer Captain James Cook becomes the first European to travel to the Hawaiian Islands when he sails past the island of Oahu. Two days later, he landed at Waimea on the island of Kauai and named the island group the Sandwich Islands, in honor of John Montague, who was the earl of Sandwich and one his patrons.

In 1768, Cook, a surveyor in the Royal Navy, was commissioned a lieutenant in command of the H.M.S. Endeavor and led an expedition that took scientists to Tahiti to chart the course of the planet Venus. In 1771, he returned to England, having explored the coast of New Zealand and Australia and circumnavigated the globe. Beginning in 1772, he commanded a major mission to the South Pacific and during the next three years explored the Antarctic region, charted the New Hebrides, and discovered New Caledonia. In 1776, he sailed from England again as commander of the H.M.S. Resolution and Discovery and in 1778 made his first visit to the Hawaiian Islands.

Cook and his crew were welcomed by the Hawaiians, who were fascinated by the Europeans’ ships and their use of iron. Cook provisioned his ships by trading the metal, and his sailors traded iron nails for sex. The ships then made a brief stop at Ni’ihau and headed north to look for the western end of a northwest passage from the North Atlantic to the Pacific. Almost one year later, Cook’s two ships returned to the Hawaiian Islands and found a safe harbor in Hawaii’s Kealakekua Bay.

It is suspected that the Hawaiians attached religious significance to the first stay of the Europeans on their islands. In Cook’s second visit, there was no question of this phenomenon. Kealakekua Bay was considered the sacred harbor of Lono, the fertility god of the Hawaiians, and at the time of Cook’s arrival the locals were engaged in a festival dedicated to Lono. Cook and his compatriots were welcomed as gods and for the next month exploited the Hawaiians’ good will. After one of the crewmembers died, exposing the Europeans as mere mortals, relations became strained. On February 4, 1779, the British ships sailed from Kealakekua Bay, but rough seas damaged the foremast of the Resolution, and after only a week at sea the expedition was forced to return to Hawaii.

The Hawaiians greeted Cook and his men by hurling rocks; they then stole a small cutter vessel from the Discovery. Negotiations with King Kalaniopuu for the return of the cutter collapsed after a lesser Hawaiian chief was shot to death and a mob of Hawaiians descended on Cook’s party. The captain and his men fired on the angry Hawaiians, but they were soon overwhelmed, and only a few managed to escape to the safety of the Resolution. Captain Cook himself was killed by the mob. A few days later, the Englishmen retaliated by firing their cannons and muskets at the shore, killing some 30 Hawaiians. The Resolution and Discovery eventually returned to England. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT If a Polar Bear and a Grizzly Bear mate, their offspring is called a “Pizzy Bear”.(thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY vicarious (vye-KAIR-ee-us) which means
1 : experienced or realized through imaginative or sympathetic participation in the experience of another
2 a : serving instead of someone or something else
b : that has been delegated
3 : performed or suffered by one person as a substitute for another or to the benefit or advantage of another : substitutionary
4 : occurring in an unexpected or abnormal part of the body instead of the usual one
If you act in someone's stead, you take his or her place, at least temporarily. The oldest meaning of vicarious, which dates to the first half of the 1600s, is "serving instead of someone or something else." The word vicarious derives from the Latin noun vicis, which means "change," "alternation," or "stead." Vicis is also the source of the English prefix vice- (as in "vice president"), meaning "one that takes the place of."(merriam-webster.com)

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

January 17, 2020

Islanders Basketball at Ojibwe January, 17th
Due to the adverse weather forecast this weekend, the BICS Basketball teams had to fly to Brimley this morning to take on the Ojibwe Eagles today. Go Islanders!

Rescheduled Basketball Games
The Hannahville away game that originally scheduled in December is now scheduled for Wednesday, January 29th as a day trip only to Hannahville. The Munising basketball home game originally in January will now be on Monday, February 17th Munising will be a day trip only to B.I.

Crockpot Cook-Off Rescheduled for January 31st @ Basketball Home Games against Big Bay De Noc
The Crockpot (or Insta-Pot) Cook-Off was originally scheduled for February 28th we have decided to move it to the Basketball home games against Big Bay De Noc on January 31st. This way, you provide the deliciousness, the entertainment for the event will be the Islanders vs. the Black Bears basketball games, and all the proceeds go to the BICS Sports Boosters!  Please plan on entering the Crockpot Cook-Off. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Robert.

Next Thursday and Friday, January 23rd and 24th Half Days
Next Friday is the last day of the first semester of school.  Thursday and Friday will be half days of school for exams. There will be exam study sessions on Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Congratulations to Mackenzie Martin
Mackenzie just received notice that she made the Dean’s List at Baker Community College for her Marketing Class she took last semester. 

Home Games and Athlete Senior Parent Recognition Next Friday and Saturday
Next week Islander home games against Mackinac Island Lakers.  Friday night will be athlete senior parent recognition night.  Sports Boosters will have concessions on Friday and the Cheer Club will hold concessions Saturday morning.     

Have a Great Weekend!

Isolated School's Funding Good News

January 17, 2020

This past fall, there was a disagreement between Governor Whitman and the legistlation on the budget. At that time the school funding for many small schools in the Northern Lights League, all the very rural schools in Northern Michigan, was vetoed by the Governor. This had a great impact on these small schools. On Beaver Island this accounted for approximately 8% of the school's budget, but in other districts it amounted almost 25% of their budget with percentage of other in between.

This interview with Beaver Island Community School's Superintendent Wil Cwiekel explains the outcome of the 22D funding for these schools.

Last week, Beaver Island Community School Superintendent Wil Cwikiel joined other isolated rural school superintendents (Greg Nyen from Grand Marais, Tom McKee from Paradise, Bob Lohff from Mackinac Island, and Robert Vaught from Drummond Island) and traveled to Lansing. While there, the superintendents met with Speaker Lee Chatfield, Senator Wayne Schmidt, and Governor Gretchen Whitmer to discuss the future of funding for isolated schools.

View video of the interview HERE

Crock-Pot Cook-Off

The BICS Sports Booster’s annual Crock-pot Cook-off is scheduled for Friday, January 31st! This is also the last home Basketball games for the year!

Save the date! Come on out and cheer on the Islanders' Basketball teams! Go Big Green!

If you are willing to donate a crockpot of your favorite food, please let me know! Last year we had 28 different options to choose from!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 17, 2020

It's 19° outside this morning, mostly cloudy skies, wind is from the SE at 4 mph, humidity is at 71%, dew point is 11°, pressure is 30.81 inches, cloud cover is 90%, and visibility is 10 miles. We are in a Winter Weather Advisory from 3 am Saturday until 1 pm Sunday. They are predicting accumulations of 4 to 8 inches of snow. Last big storm predicted passed us by, maybe this one will too. If not, we're ready to take it on.

ON THIS DAY, January 17, 1950, 11 men steal more than $2 million ($29 million today) from the Brink's Armored Car depot in Boston, Massachusetts. It was the perfect crime—almost—as the culprits weren’t caught until January 1956, just days before the statute of limitations for the theft expired.

The robbery’s mastermind was Anthony “Fats” Pino, a career criminal who recruited a group of 10 other men to stake out the depot for 18 months to figure out when it held the most money. Pino’s men then managed to steal plans for the depot’s alarm system, returning them before anyone noticed they were gone.

Wearing navy blue coats and chauffeur’s caps–similar to the Brink's employee uniforms–with rubber Halloween masks, the thieves entered the depot with copied keys, surprising and tying up several employees inside the company’s counting room. Filling 14 canvas bags with cash, coins, checks and money orders—for a total weight of more than half a ton—the men were out and in their getaway car in about 30 minutes. Their haul? More than $2.7 million—the largest robbery in U.S. history up until that time.

No one was hurt in the robbery, and the thieves left virtually no clues, aside from the rope used to tie the employees and one of the chauffeur’s caps. The gang promised to stay out of trouble and not touch the money for six years in order for the statute of limitations to run out. They might have made it, but for the fact that one man, Joseph “Specs” O’Keefe, left his share with another member in order to serve a prison sentence for another burglary. While in jail, O’Keefe wrote bitterly to his cohorts demanding money and hinting he might talk. The group sent a hit man to kill O’Keefe, but he was caught before completing his task. The wounded O’Keefe made a deal with the FBI to testify against his fellow robbers.

Eight of the Brink's robbers were caught, convicted and given life sentences. Two more died before they could go to trial. Only a small part of the money was ever recovered; the rest is fabled to be hidden in the hills north of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. In 1978, the famous robbery was immortalized on film in The Brink's Job, starring Peter Falk. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT The only letter that doesn’t appear on the periodic table is J. (thefacrtsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY tontine (TAHN-teen) which means: a joint financial arrangement whereby the participants usually contribute equally to a prize that is awarded entirely to the participant who survives all the others. Tontines were named after their creator, a Neapolitan banker named Lorenzo Tonti. In 1653, Tonti convinced investors to buy shares in a fund he had created. Each year, the investors earned dividends, and when one of them died, their share of the profits was redistributed among the survivors. When the last investor died, the capital reverted to the state. Louis XIV of France used tontines to save his ailing treasury and to fund municipal projects, and private tontines (where the last surviving investor—and subsequently their heirs—got the cash instead of the state) became popular throughout Europe and the U.S. Eventually, though, tontines were banned; there was just too much temptation for unscrupulous investors to bump off their fellow subscribers. (merriam-webster.com)

Sister Marie Eugene Charbonneau

Life Story & Obituary

February 5, 1926 – June 25, 2009

Read this on the Dominican Sisters' website HERE

Waste Management Committee Agenda

January 21, 2020, at 1 p.m.

Jean Wierenga Obituary

Jean Wierenga, 83, of Beaver Island, passed away January 9, 2020, at Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital in Charlevoix.

Jean was born September 22, 1936, to Ezra F. Baker and Ruth (Bitner) Baker, in New Carlisle, Ohio.

Jean is preceded in death by daughter Peggy Stigall.

A memorial service will take place in the Spring,  Jean will be laid to rest next to her daughter Peggy in the Beaver Island Township Cemetery.

Surviving are Jean's children; Patricia Brown of Tipp City, Ohio; Jerry Souders (Brenda) of New Carlisle, Ohio; Perry Souders( Lori) of Beaver Island, and very special grandson JP Stigall of Beaver Island, and husband George (Satch) Wierenga.

Arrangements are in the care of the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 16, 2020

We have lots of fresh snow covering the "old" stuff this morning. It's 27°, feels like 9°, wind is from the NW at 17 mph, with gusts to 24 mph, humidity is at 89%, dew point is 24°, pressure is rising from 30.29 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 2 miles. Scattered snow showers today.

ON THIS DAY in 1605 Miguel de Cervantes' El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha, better known as Don Quixote, is published. The book is considered by many to be the first modern novel as well as one of the greatest novels of all time.

The protagonist is a minor noble, Alonso Quixano, whose obsessive reading of chivalric romances drives him mad. He adopts the name Don Quixote and, along with his squire Sancho Panza, roams around La Mancha, a central region of Spain, taking on a number of challenges which exist entirely in his mind. Quixote attacks a group of monks, a flock of sheep, and, most famously, some windmills which he believes to be giants. The episodic story is intentionally comedic, and its intentionally archaic language contributes to its satirization of older stories of knights and their deeds.

The novel was an immediate success, although Cervantes made only a modest profit off of its publication rights. It was re-published across Spain and Portugal within the year. Over the next decade, it was translated and re-published across Europe and widely read in Spain's American colonies. Over the subsequent centuries, critics have continued to praise, analyze, and re-interpret Don Quixote. Many analyses focus on the theme of imagination and the more subversive elements of the text, which has been taken as a satire of orthodoxy, chivalry, patriotism and even the concept of objective reality. The novel gave rise to a number of now-common idioms in Spanish and other languages, including the English phrase "tilting at windmills" and the word "quixotic." Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy, another novel frequently called one of the greatest of all time, was heavily influenced by Don Quixote, as was Mark Twain's enormously influential The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which explicitly references Cervantes' work. Cerebral, comedic and groundbreaking, Don Quixote has endured in a way that only a select few novels could. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW Back when dinosaurs existed, there used to be volcanoes that were erupting on the moon. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY hirsute (HER-soot) which means
1) hairy
2) covered with coarse stiff hairs
Hirsute has nearly the same spelling and exactly the same meaning as its Latin parent, hirsutus. The word isn't quite one of a kind, though—it has four close relatives: hirsutism and hirsuties, synonymous nouns naming a medical condition involving excessive hair growth; hirsutal, an adjective meaning "of or relating to hair"; and hirsutulous, a mostly botanical term meaning "slightly hairy" (as in "hirsutulous stems"). The Latin hirsutus is also an etymological cousin to horrēre, meaning "to bristle." Horrēre gave rise to Latin horrōr-, horror, which has the various meanings of "standing stiffly," "bristling," "shivering," "dread," "consternation," and is the source, via Anglo-French, of our word horror. The word horripilation—a fancy word for goose bumps—is also a hirsute relation; its Latin source, horripilāre, means "to shudder," and was formed from horrēre and pilus ("hair"). (merriam-webster.com)

BICS WH Presentation, Night 2

January 15, 2020

The second night of presentations took place beginning at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Wednesday. There were four presentations tonight.

The BICS students' teacher

The students; Emmy, Quintan Susie, and Elisha

Topics; ghost guns; the development of cinema (pt. 2); risks of pregnancy; smartphone addiction

The audience there to hear the presentations and ask questions of each presenter.

View video of the presentations HERE

(These presentations were live streamed.)

Request for Work for St. James Township Revised

January 15, 2020


by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

January 15, 2020

Right now on Carlisle Road at 8:30 a.m., it is 30 degrees with cloudy skies, visibility of ten miles, and pressure of 30.15. The dewpoint is 21 degrees with a relative humidity of 69%. The wind is from te W at 5 mph.

TODAY, it is expected to remain cloudy with snow showers expected in the afternoon. The high will be around 30 degrees. There is a 60% chance of snow with accumulations of up to one inch. The winds will be light and variable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for occasional snow showers with a low around 24 degrees. The wind will be from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. There is a 50% chance of snow with accumulations up to one inch.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with snow showers mainly in the morning. The is to be near 27 with winds blowing hard at 15 to 25 mph from the NW with high gusts expected. 50% chance of snow.


artifice; noun; (AHR-tuh-fus); clever or artful skill; an ingenious device; false or insincere behavior

Do great actors display artifice or art? Sometimes a bit of both. Artifice stresses creative skill or intelligence, but it also implies a sense of falseness and trickery. Art generally rises above such falseness, suggesting instead an unanalyzable creative force. Actors may rely on some of each, but the personae they display in their roles are usually artificial creations. Therein lies a lexical connection between art and artifice. Artifice derives from artificium, Latin for "artifice." That root also gave English artificial. Artificium, in turn, developed from ars, the Latin root underlying the word art (and related terms such as artist and artisan).


On January 15, 2009, a potential disaster turned into a heroic display of skill and composure when Captain Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III safely landed the plane he was piloting on New York City’s Hudson River after a bird strike caused its engines to fail. David Paterson, governor of New York at the time, dubbed the incident the “miracle on the Hudson.” Sullenberger, a former fighter pilot with decades of flying experience, received a slew of honors for his actions, including an invitation to Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration and resolutions of praise from the U.S. Congress.

About a minute after taking off from New York’s La Guardia Airport on January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 collided with one of the aviation industry’s most threatening foes: a flock of geese. Crippled by the bird strike, both engines lost power and went quiet, forcing Captain Sullenberger to make an emergency landing. When air traffic controllers instructed the seasoned pilot to head for nearby Teterboro Airport, he calmly informed them that he was “unable” to reach a runway. “We’re gonna be in the Hudson,” he said simply, and then told the 150 terrified passengers and five crew members on board to brace for impact.

Ninety seconds later, Sullenberger glided the Airbus 320 over the George Washington Bridge and onto the chilly surface of the Hudson River, where it splashed down midway between Manhattan and New Jersey. As flight attendants ushered passengers into life jackets, through emergency exits and onto the waterlogged wings of the bobbing jet, a flotilla of commuter ferries, sightseeing boats and rescue vessels hastened to the scene. One survivor suffered two broken legs and others were treated for minor injuries or hypothermia, but no fatalities occurred. After walking up and down the aisle twice to ensure a complete evacuation, Sullenberger was the last to leave the sinking plane.

In October 2009, the now-famous pilot, known to his friends as “Sully,” published a book about his childhood, military background and career entitled “Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters.” He retired from US Airways after 30 years in the airline industry on March 3, 2010, and has since devoted his time to consulting, public speaking and advocating for aviation safety.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

BICS WH Presentations, Night 1

Adam Richards, BICS teacher

Four students doing presentations. Elsie, Sky, Mackenzie, and Jessica

evolution of street gangs.....development of language.....abortion and personhood...roots of Disney stories

Another night of excellent presentations!

This is first night of presentations that took place for this class at BICS. The presentations began a little after 6:30 and continued to just about 8 p.m. The talks were all about twelve minutes each with a question and answer period after each presentation. These young ladies did an excellent job. You can view their presentations using the link below:

View video of the presentations HERE

Peaine Township Board Meeting

January 13, 2020

Peaine Board

Peaine Agenda 01132020

Peaine General Fund

Peaine Minutes December 2019

Peaine Minutes December 2019 cont

Peaine Township Airport Fund

Peaine Township Waste Management Fund

Bill Markey speaks about Dark Skies Project

View short video of this meeting HERE

Weather by Joe

January 14, 2020

Phyllis is off today for a flurry of medical appointments. She has been sick for a couple of weeks, and we hope that this trip will help her figure out how to get well.

Right now on Carlilse Road at 8 a.m., it is hovering just above freezing at 33 degrees. The pressure is 30.04 with visibility of ten miles. The dewpoint is 29 degrees and humidity is 88%.

TODAY, it is expected for patchy freezing drizzle with possible snow as well this morning. This will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. The temperature should remain in the mid 30s. The wind will be from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 70% with accumulation of less than one inch.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a temperature down around 27 degrees. The wind will switch to the WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 10%.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with snow showers developing in the afternoon. The high will be near 30 degrees with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 60% with accumulation up to one inch.

WORD OF THE DAY: lily-livered; adjective (LILL-ee-LIV-erd); lacking courage; cowardly

The basis of the word lily-livered lies in an old belief. Years ago, people thought that health and temperament were the products of a balance or imbalance of four bodily fluids, or humors: blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile. It was believed that a deficiency of yellow bile, or choler, the humor that governed anger, spirit, and courage, would leave a person's liver colorless or white. Someone with this deficiency, and so white-livered, would be spiritless and a coward. Lily-livered and white-livered have been used synonymously since the 17th century, but lily-livered is now the more common expression, probably because of its alliteration.


The theologian, musician, philosopher and Nobel Prize-winning physician Albert Schweitzer is born on January 14, 1875 in Upper-Alsace, Germany (now Haut-Rhin, France).

The son and grandson of ministers, Schweitzer studied theology and philosophy at the universities of Strasbourg, Paris and Berlin. After working as a pastor, he entered medical school in 1905 with the dream of becoming a missionary in Africa. Schweitzer was also an acclaimed concert organist who played professional engagements to earn money for his education. By the time he received his M.D. in 1913, the overachieving Schweitzer had published several books, including the influential The Quest for the Historical Jesus and a book on the composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

Medical degree in hand, Schweitzer and his wife, Helene Bresslau, moved to French Equatorial Africa where he founded a hospital at Lambarene (modern-day Gabon). When World War I broke out, the German-born Schweitzers were sent to a French internment camp as prisoners of war. Released in 1918, they returned to Lambarene in 1924. Over the next three decades, Schweitzer made frequent visits to Europe to lecture on culture and ethics. His philosophy revolved around the concept of what he called “reverence for life”–the idea that all life must be respected and loved, and that humans should enter into a personal, spiritual relationship with the universe and all its creations. This reverence for life, according to Schweitzer, would naturally lead humans to live a life of service to others.

Schweitzer won widespread praise for putting his uplifting theory into practice at his hospital in Africa, where he treated many patients with leprosy and the dreaded African sleeping sickness. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 1952, Schweitzer used his $33,000 award to start a leprosarium at Lambarene. From the early 1950s until his death in 1965, Schweitzer spoke and wrote tirelessly about his opposition to nuclear tests and nuclear weapons, adding his voice to those of fellow Nobelists Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Service Announcement

January 13, 2020

DETROIT, MI - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, strongly urges individuals to use caution around Great Lakes structures and to be aware of safety hazards resulting from high water levels.

Many accidents and incidents near harbor structures occur during the turbulent weather seasons of fall and winter, but higher than normal water levels pose safety threats year round. The lakeshore attracts local residents and visitors alike. Strong winds, storms and high water levels can bring powerful impacts to the shoreline and harbor structures.

Read the rest of the PSA HERE

Edna "Skip" McDonough Passes Away

Edna Grace “Skip” McDonough,  88, of Beaver Island, passed away on January 9, 2020, at Charlevoix Area Hospital surrounded by her family.

Skip was born on January 8, 1932, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Ralph and Marie (McGeath) Johnson.

She was a graduate of Mercy Central School of Nursing in Grand Rapids.  She married Joseph Lloyd “Bud” McDonough on November 6, 1954.  Skip enjoyed spending time with her family more than anything else.  She also spent many hours playing cards and drinking wine with all her friends.  She was a faithful,  long time member of Holy Cross Catholic Church on Beaver Island.

She is survived by 7 children, Timothy (Denise) of Beaver Island, Thomas (Laurie) of the Villages, FL, Daniel (Kathy) of Gainesville, FL, William (Tammy) of Beaver Island, James (Diane) of Beaver Island,  Lynn McDonough of Beaver Island, Todd (Julie) of Cedar, 23 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph “Bud” McDonough, Granddaughter Logan McDonough, 2 sisters, Joan Tiggleman, Beverly Albrecht as well as her parents.

Visitation will be on Sunday, January 12 from 4-6 p.m. with a Rosary at 6 p.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Funeral Mass will take place on Monday, January 13 at 11:00 a.m. also at Holy Cross Church  with Fr. Jim Siler and Fr. Pat Cawley

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery following mass.  Following burial there will be a luncheon at Holy Cross Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to, Holy Cross Catholic Church, Charlevoix Community Foundation, PABI Community House, the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids.

Arrangements are being handled by the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

Online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the funeral Mass HERE

208 unique IP addresses viewed the live stream of the service today!

There was an issue with the PA at the church today making some voices unable to be picked up by the microphone in the choir loft. The editor was busy playing the organ and violin and could not get down to adjust the PA volume. Thanks to Danny Gillespie for heading down there and turning it up a little bit toward the end of the service! The editor took four hours trying to fix the low volume using several programs including Magix Sound Cleaning Lab, Vegas Studio Movie Maker, and, after several attempts, came up with something just slightly better than the link above, but this is as good as it gets.

View audio improvements in the video HERE

Weather by Joe

Janauary 13, 2020

At 8:30 a.m. on Carlisle Road, Beaver Island, it is 22 degrees with light snow coming down. It is cloudy with visibility of 5 miles. The pressure is 30.25 and the humidity is at 86%.

TODAY it is expected to continue with light snow in the morning with a high of 28. This afternoon it will become partly cloudy. There is a 50% chance of snow. Winds will be light and variable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a 20% chance of snow. The low will be 27 degrees, and the wind will blow from the SE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies with snow in the morning with a high of 36 degrees. The winds will switch to the SSW at 10 to 15 mph. The snow may accumulate to one inch with the 50% chance.

WORD OF THE DAY: glom; verb; (GLAHM) take, steal, seize, catch

It's a classic case of glomming: Americans seized on glaum (a term from Scots dialect that basically means "to grab") and appropriated it as their own, changing it to glom in the process. Glom first meant "to steal" (as in the purse-snatching, robber kind of stealing), but over time that meaning got stretched, resulting in figurative uses. Today we might say, for example, that a busy professional gloms a weekend getaway. Glom also appears frequently in the phrase "glom on to," which can mean "to appropriate for one's own use" ("glom on to another's idea"); "to grab hold of" ("glom on to the last cookie"); or "to latch on to" ("glom on to an opinion" or "glom on to an influential friend").


On January 13, 1128, Pope Honorius II grants a papal sanction to the military order known as the Knights Templar, declaring it to be an army of God.

Led by the Frenchman Hughes de Payens, the Knights Templar organization was founded in 1118. Its self-imposed mission was to protect Christian pilgrims on their way to and from the Holy Land during the Crusades, the series of military expeditions aimed at defeating Muslims in Palestine. For a while, the Templars had only nine members, mostly due to their rigid rules. In addition to having noble birth, the knights were required to take strict vows of poverty, obedience and chastity. In 1127, new promotional efforts convinced many more noblemen to join the order, gradually increasing its size and influence.

By the time the Crusades ended unsuccessfully in the early 14th century, the order had grown extremely wealthy, provoking the jealousy of both religious and secular powers. In 1307, King Philip IV of France and Pope Clement V combined to take down the Knights Templar, arresting the grand master, Jacques de Molay, on charges of heresy, sacrilege and Satanism. Under torture, Molay and other leading Templars confessed and were eventually burned at the stake. Clement dissolved the Templars in 1312.

The modern-day Catholic Church has admitted that the persecution of the Knights Templar was unjustified and claimed that Pope Clement was pressured by secular rulers to dissolve the order. Over the centuries, myths and legends about the Templars have grown, including the belief that they may have discovered holy relics at Temple Mount, including the Holy Grail, the Ark of the Covenant or parts of the cross from Christ’s crucifixion. The imagined secrets of the Templars have inspired various books and movies, including the blockbuster novel and film The Da Vinci Code.

Mid-January Miscellany

by Cindy Ricksgers

Sunday Snow Flurries

January 12, 2020

Some fairly big snow flakes were coming down from the sky this afternoon. The accumulation should not be very much, but the snow globe with this light snow is quite pretty.

View a short video of the flurries HERE

Christian Church Service

January 12, 2020

This service ran today from 10 a.m. to a little after 11 a.m., and was followed by cookies and coffee and tea, etc.

The SD card of the video has come up missing. The video will be posted when found.

Mass from Holy Cross

January 12, 2020

The regular Sunday morning 9:30 a.m. was celebrated by Father Jim Siler. The reader was Ann Partridge.

View video of the Mass HERE

Weather by Joe

January 12, 2020

Right now on Carlisle Road, Beaver Island, the temperature is 11 degrees with a pressure of 30.27 and visibility of ten miles. The dewpoint is 4 degrees and relative humidity is 78%.

TODAY, it is expected to have a mix of sun and clouds in the morning which will give way to clouds in the afternoon. The high will be near 20 degrees with light and variable winds.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies and late night snow showers with a low of 18 degrees. The winds will be from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of snow is 50%.with less than an inch expected.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with snow showers in the morning. The high will be just below 30 degrees. Winds will be light and variable. Chance of snow will be 50%.

WORD OF THE DAY: weal; noun; (WEEL); a sound, healthy, or prosperous state

Weal is most often used in contexts referring to the general good. One reads, for example, of the "public weal" or the "common weal." The latter of these led to the formation of the noun commonweal, a word that once referred to an organized political entity, such as a nation or state, but today usually means "the general welfare." The word commonwealth shares these meanings, but its situation is reversed; the "political entity" sense of commonwealth is still current whereas the "general welfare" sense has become archaic. At one time, weal and wealth were also synonyms; both meant "riches" ("all his worldly weal") and "well-being." Both words stem from wela, the Old English word for "well-being," and are closely related to the Old English word for "well."


An international panel overseeing the restoration of the Great Pyramids in Egypt overcomes years of frustration when it abandons modern construction techniques in favor of the method employed by the ancient Egyptians.

Located at Giza outside Cairo, some of the oldest manmade structures on earth were showing severe signs of decay by the early 1980s. Successful repair work began on the 4,600-year-old Sphinx in 1981, but restoration of the pyramids proved destructive when water in modern cement caused adjacent limestone stones to split. On January 12, 1984, restorers stopped using mortar and adopted the system of interlocking blocks practiced by the original pyramid builders. From thereon, the project proceeded smoothly.

The ancient Egyptians built nearly 100 pyramids over a millennium to serve as burial chambers for their royalty. They believed that the pyramids eased the monarchs’ passage into the afterlife, and the sites served as centers of religious activity. During the Old Kingdom, a period of Egyptian history that lasted from the late 26th century B.C. to the mid-22nd century B.C., the Egyptians built their largest and most ambitious pyramids.

The three enormous pyramids situated at Giza outside of Cairo were built by King Khufu, his son, and his grandson in the Fourth Dynasty. The largest, known as the Great Pyramid, was built by Khufu and is the only one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” from antiquity that still survives. The Great Pyramid was built of approximately 2.3 million blocks of stone and stood nearly 50 stories high upon completion. Its base forms a nearly perfect and level square, with sides aligned to the four cardinal points of the compass.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Saturday Mass from Holy Cross

January 11, 2020

This was the regular 4 p.m. Saturday Mass.

The celebrant tonight was Father Jim Siler, and the reader was Denise Hoffman.

View video of the Mass HERE

Graphic Reality in EMS

(Don't read this if you are grossed out by serious descriptions of emergencies.)

Written by Charles Cali, former #235, EMS

Well, before you see it in the Sunday paper I want to share with all of my friends first. I will warn you this is GRAPHIC, however, it is REAL.

"Call my dad!," "Please call my dad!," "I cannot, not right now, we need to get you to the hospital." I remember the day, it was sunny, working with one of my best friends. Stand by fire! Excited, usually one of those calls that we get to stand there and hope no one gets hurt.

As we were en route, we started to receive updates via our truck computer… house on fire, neighbors state its an abandoned house, I remember telling my partner "oh, another one." Next update, neighbors report there's a man on fire walking down the street. Our jaws drop, we hoped it wasn't right, or some feeble attempt to get the fire department there faster.
I remember turning the corner and seeing him. He stood on the corner silent, not waving his hands, not yelling, not doing anything but standing there.

Still smoldering, naked, all of his hair was gone, anything to make him recognizable gone — just a human figure standing there. His eyes matched the neighbors who witnessed the event, wider then I have ever seen. "Am I going to die?"… "not now"….. "call my dad"…. "not now"... What else could I say to him?

Read the rest of the story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 11, 2020

Well, we are still in a Winter Storm Watch until Sunday at 7:00 am. A combination of snow and sleet are expected with total accumulations of 2 to 5 inches. I guess we'll just wait and see what Mother Nature delivers to the island as many times it splits and goes around us. We did get some fresh snow during the night. Right now I'm showing 24°, feels like 10°, cloudy skies, wind is from the north at 13 mph with gusts to 21 mph, humidity is 79%, dew point is 19°, pressure is rising from 30.08 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles.

ON THIS DAY in 1908, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt declares the massive Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona a national monument.

Though Native Americans lived in the area as early as the 13th century, the first European sighting of the canyon wasn’t until 1540, by members of an expedition headed by the Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado. Because of its remote and inaccessible location, several centuries passed before North American settlers really explored the canyon. In 1869, geologist John Wesley Powell led a group of 10 men in the first difficult journey down the rapids of the Colorado River and along the length of the 277-mile gorge in four rowboats.

By the end of the 19th century, the Grand Canyon was attracting thousands of tourists each year. One famous visitor was President Theodore Roosevelt, a New Yorker with a particular affection for the American West.After becoming president in1901 after the assassination of President William McKinley, Roosevelt made environmental conservation a major part of his presidency. After establishing the National Wildlife Refuge to protect the country’s animals, fish and birds, Roosevelt turned his attention to federal regulation of public lands. Though a region could be given national park status–indicating that all private development on that land was illegal–only by an act of Congress, Roosevelt cut down on red tape by beginning a new presidential practice of granting a similar “national monument” designation to some of the West’s greatest treasures.

In January 1908, Roosevelt exercised this right to make more than 800,000 acres of the Grand Canyon area into a national monument. “Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is,” he declared. “You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.”

Congress did not officially outlaw private development in the Grand Canyon until 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Grand Canyon National Park Act. Today, more than 5 million people visit the canyon each year. The canyon floor is accessible by foot, mule or boat, and whitewater rafting, hiking and running in the area are especially popular. Many choose to conserve their energies and simply take in the breathtaking view from the canyon’s South Rim–some 7,000 feet above sea level–and marvel at a vista virtually unchanged for over 400 years. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Canadians say “sorry” so much that a law was passed in 2009 declaring that an apology can’t be used as evidence of admission to guilt. (thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY convoke (kun-VOHK) which means to call together to a meeting. The Latin noun vox ("voice") and verb vocare ("to call") have given rise to many English words, including convoke. Other English descendants of those roots are usually spelled with voc and have to do with speaking or calling. Thus, a vocation is a special calling to a type of work; an evocative sight or smell calls forth memories and feelings; and a vocal ensemble is a singing group. Provoke, irrevocable, equivocate, and vociferous are a few of the other descendants of vox and vocare. The related noun convocation refers to those whom have been called together. (merriam-webster.com)

Contrasting Three Day Weather

January 10, 2020

Searching for snow owls for the last three days, it was impossible not to see the contrasts in the weather. From the wind pushing the Lake Michigan waters into the harbor with waves in contrast with the show movement of the ice at Gull Harbor on Wednesday to the almost calm harbor on Friday. What an amazing change in things over these last three days.

Calm outside the harbor on Wednesday

Slow moving ice on the water covering Gull Harbor Road

To snow falling and blocking your vision

To wind driven seish causing spashing waves on the shoreline on Thursday

To a calm water harbor on Friday in the sunshine.

View a small gallery of photos HERE

View a video clip of the contrasts HERE

Historical Video Digitized This Week

BINN Editor Joe Moore has been working to digitize some historical video. Many of the historical videos have been presented on this website in the past. These are all new. This will continue for those subcribers who may be interested in viewing them. They all can be viewed at the links given below:

Donna Stambaugh's Class Play 1996

House Party 1996

Play at the Hall 1995

St Patricks Day 1995

BICS Board Meeting Packet

for January 13, 2020

View the packet HERE

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

January 10, 2020 

Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Regional Competition
The HOSA trip has been cancelled due to weather.

Boys Basketball Home Games January 10th & 11th
Basketball games for this weekend have been cancelled due to weather.

Regular School Board Meeting Monday, January 13th, 6:30pm
The BICS Board of Education meeting will take place at 7:00 pm on January 13th in room 115.

11th & 12th Grade Speeches at Peaine Township Hall January, 14th & 15th at 6:30 pm
The 11th- and 12th-grade world history students will be delivering their second “Little-Big History” talks at Peaine Township Hall! Tuesday, January 14 and Wednesday, January 15.  On both evenings, the speeches will take place from 6:30 pm to 8 p.m. Join us if you can—your questions are essential to our students’ learning!

The broad range of speech topics include:
* smartphone addiction
* roots of Disney stories
* risks of pregnancy
* ghost guns
* the development of cinema (pt. 2)
* exercise - helpful or harmful?
* the purpose of sports
* abortion and personhood
* development of language
* evolution of street gangs

Islanders Basketball at Ojibwe January, 17th & 18th
BICS Basketball teams will head to Ojibwe to take on the Eagles next weekend.

T-Shirt Design Contest Change in Due Date
Attached is the flyer for the Ice Fishing Tournament T-Shirt Design Contest.  The first flyer we sent out had the wrong design due date, the actual due date is January 16th.  

Have a Great Weekend!

Basketball Games Canceled

The BICS basketball games scheduled for this weekend have been canceled due to the approaching bad weather.

Game Club Announces Ice Fishing Tournament

The 5th Annual Beaver Island Lake Geneserath Ice Fishing Tournament is scheduled for February 5th and 6th. You can sign up at the Powers Hardware. They are having door prizes all weekend. The Kids' Tournament is scheduled from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m., Sunday. Lunch will be available from 12 to 2 pm.

The adult tournament will take place at the same time as the Kids' Tournament.

There will also be a Winterfest on Saturday in the town area with games from 12 to 5 p.m. including a snowmobile competition, at Luminary Walke at 7 p.m. and there will be live music on both Friday and Saturday by the Sydney Burnham Band. For more information contact the Chamber of Commerce at 231-448-2505.

View the poster HERE.

Jean Wierenga Passes Away

News has been received that Jean Wierenga has passed away. More information will be provided once received.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 10, 2020

We are in a Winter Storm Watch until Sunday at 6 a.m, What? Heavy snow possible of 8 to 11 inches and winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Hard to believe, so we'll have to wait and see, as it's now 37° feels like 31°, wind is from the west at 8 mph, humidity is 86%, dew point is 33°, pressure is rising from 30.03 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles.

ON THIS DAY in 1901, a drilling derrick at Spindletop Hill near Beaumont, Texas, produces an enormous gusher of crude oil, coating the landscape for hundreds of feet and signaling the advent of the American oil industry. The geyser was discovered at a depth of over 1,000 feet, flowed at an initial rate of approximately 100,000 barrels a day and took nine days to cap. Following the discovery, petroleum, which until that time had been used in the U.S. primarily as a lubricant and in kerosene for lamps, would become the main fuel source for new inventions such as cars and airplanes; coal-powered forms of transportation including ships and trains would also convert to the liquid fuel.

Crude oil, which became the world’s first trillion-dollar industry, is a natural mix of hundreds of different hydrocarbon compounds trapped in underground rock. The hydrocarbons were formed millions of years ago when tiny aquatic plants and animals died and settled on the bottoms of ancient waterways, creating a thick layer of organic material. Sediment later covered this material, putting heat and pressure on it and transforming it into the petroleum that comes out of the ground today.

In the early 1890s, Texas businessman and amateur geologist Patillo Higgins became convinced there was a large pool of oil under a salt-dome formation south of Beaumont. He and several partners established the Gladys City Oil, Gas and Manufacturing Company and made several unsuccessful drilling attempts before Higgins left the company. In 1899, Higgins leased a tract of land at Spindletop to mining engineer Anthony Lucas. The Lucas gusher blew on January 10, 1901, and ushered in the liquid fuel age. Unfortunately for Higgins, he’d lost his ownership stake by that point.

Beaumont became a “black gold” boomtown, its population tripling in three months. The town filled up with oil workers, investors, merchants and con men (leading some people to dub it “Swindletop”). Within a year, there were more than 285 actives wells at Spindletop and an estimated 500 oil and land companies operating in the area, including some that are major players today: Humble (now Exxon), the Texas Company (Texaco) and Magnolia Petroleum Company (Mobil).

Spindletop experienced a second boom starting in the mid-1920s when more oil was discovered at deeper depths. In the 1950s, Spindletop was mined for sulphur. Today, only a few oil wells still operate in the area. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the scientific term for brain freeze is “sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia”.(thefactsite.com)

WORD OF THE DAY elixir (ih-LIK-ser) which means:
1 a (1) : a substance held to be capable of changing base metals into gold
(2) : a substance held to be capable of prolonging life indefinitely
b (1) : cure-all
(2) : a medicinal concoction
2 : a sweetened liquid usually containing alcohol that is used in medication either for its medicinal ingredients or as a flavoring
3. : the essential principle
Elixir has roots in the practice of alchemy; it was used in the Middle Ages as the word for a substance believed to be capable of changing base metals into gold. Its later use for a drug purported to prolong one's life led to its use in the names of medicines of mostly questionable effectiveness. Today, it is often used generally for anything thought capable of remedying all ills or difficulties, be they physical or otherwise. The word came to us via Middle English and Medieval Latin from Arabic al-iksīr; it probably ultimately derives from Greek xērion, meaning "desiccative powder." (merriam-webster.com)

Holy Cross Bulletin for January 2020

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 9, 2020

It's 21° outside this morning with a wind chill of 4°, wind is from the ESE at 15 mph with gusts to 23 mph, humidity is at 66%, dew point is 11°, pressure is falling from 30.30 inches, cloud cover is 91%, and visibility is 10 miles. There is about an 80% chance of snow today along with high winds that could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

ON THIS DAY in 1887, on one of the worst days of the “worst winter in the West,” nearly an inch of snow falls every hour for 16 hours, impeding the ability of already starving cattle to find food.

The plains ranchers had seen hard winters before, but they had survived because their cattle had been well-fed going into the winter. By the mid-1880s, though, the situation had changed. In the hopes of making quick money, greedy speculators had overstocked the northern ranges in Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas. Deceived by a string of mild winters, many ranch managers were also no longer putting up any winter-feed for their stock. Disaster arrived in 1886.

The summer of 1886 was hot and dry, and by autumn, the range was almost barren of grass. The cold and snow came early, and by January, record-breaking snowfalls blanketed the plains, forcing the already weakened cattle to expend vital energy moving through the snow in search of scant forage. In January, a warm Chinook wind briefly melted the top layers of snow. When the brutal cold returned (some ranches recorded temperatures of 63 degrees below zero), a hard thick shell of ice formed over everything, making it almost impossible for the cattle to break through the snow to reach the meager grass below. With no winter hay stored to feed the animals, many ranchers had to sit by idly and watch their herds slowly die. “Starving cattle staggered through village streets,” one historian recalls, “and collapsed and died in dooryards.” In Montana, 5,000 head of cattle invaded the outskirts of Great Falls, eating the saplings the townspeople had planted that spring and “bawling for food.”

When the snow melted in the spring, carcasses of the once massive herds dotted the land as far as the eye could see. One observer recalled that so many rotting carcasses clogged creek and river courses that it was hard to find water fit to drink. Millions of cattle are estimated to have died during the “Great Die Up” as it came to be called, a darkly humorous reference to the celebrated “Round Up.” Montana ranchers alone lost an estimated 362,000 head of cattle, more than half the territory’s herd.

Besides sending hundreds of ranches into bankruptcy, the hard winter also brought an abrupt end to the era of the open range. Realizing they would always have to grow crops to feed their animals, ranchers decreased the size of their herds and began to stretch barbed wire fences across the open range to enclose new hay fields. By the 1890s, the typical rancher was also a farmer, and cowboys spent more time fixing fences than riding herd or roping mavericks. Belatedly, settlers realized that they had to adapt to the often-harsh demands of life on the western plains if they were to survive and thrive. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT When the Apollo astronauts walked on the surface of the moon, they left behind footprints that will remain there for a very long time. Due to the fact that there is no atmosphere on the moon and therefore no wind or water to blow or wash anything away, Arizona State University scientist Mark Robinson told Space that traces of the Apollo exploration could last between "ten and a hundred million years." (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY belated (bih-LAY-tud) which means:
1 : delayed beyond the usual time
2 : existing or appearing past the normal or proper time
Long ago, there was a verb belate, which meant "to make late." From the beginning, belate tended to mostly turn up in the form of its past participle, belated. Eventually, belate itself fell out of use, leaving behind belated as an adjective that preserved the original notion of delay. As you may have guessed, belate and its descendant belated derive from the adjective late; belate was formed by simply combining the prefix be- ("to cause to be") with late. Belated was also once used in the sense "overtaken by night," as in "belated travelers seeking lodging for the night." This sense was in fact the first meaning of the adjective, but it has since fallen into disuse. (merriam-webster.com)

BIRHC Board Meeting Time Change

The BIRHC Board Meeting scheduled for 1/11/20 has been changed to 1/18/20 from 9:30 to 11:30am.

Meetings take place in the Community Room at the Health Center located at 37304 Kings Hwy.
Agenda and materials available onsite.

BICS Meeting Time Change

BIRHC Board Special Meeting 1/10/20, 9am

President Don Spencer has called a Special Board Meeting at the Health Center in the Community Room. The time is Friday, January 10, 2020, from 9:00am to 12:00pm.

BIRHC will host two guests from the Straits Hospital System that manages eight medical facilities, including the Mackinac Island Medical Center. This meeting is an opportunity for those Board Members who can attend to learn from the experiences of our guests.

There is no other business to be conducted.

Transportation Authority Meeting Canceled

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 8, 2020

First of all, Happy Birthday to Skip McDonough, matriarch of the McDonough clan and God-mother to my husband, Joe, and to our son, Michael. Sending you lots of love!

It's frigid out there this morning at 16°, wind chill of -4°, wind is from the NW at 17 mph, with gusts to 25 mph, humidity is 70%, dew point is at 8°, pressure is rising from 30.15 inches, cloud cover is 90%, and visibility is 10 miles. We have a 50% chance of snow today. It will be mostly cloudy and windy. Stay warm and take good care of any outdoor animals!

ON THIS DAY January 8, 1877, Oglala Lakota warrior Crazy Horse and his men—outnumbered, low on ammunition and forced to use outdated weapons to defend themselves—fight their final losing battle against the U.S. Cavalry in Montana.

Six months earlier, in the Battle of Little Bighorn, Crazy Horse and his ally, Sitting Bull, led their combined forces of Sioux and Cheyenne to a stunning victory over Lieutenant Colonel George Custer (1839-76) and his men. The Indians were resisting the U.S. government’s efforts to force them back to their reservations. After Custer and over 200 of his soldiers were killed in the conflict, later dubbed “Custer’s Last Stand,” the American public wanted revenge. As a result, the U.S. Army launched a winter campaign in 1876-77, led by General Nelson Miles (1839-1925), against the remaining hostile Indians on the Northern Plains.

Combining military force with diplomatic overtures, Nelson convinced many Indians to surrender and return to their reservations. Much to Nelson’s frustration, though, Sitting Bull refused to give in and fled across the border to Canada, where he and his people remained for four years before finally returning to the U.S. to surrender in 1881. Sitting Bull died in 1890. Meanwhile, Crazy Horse and his band also refused to surrender, even though they were suffering from illness and starvation.

On January 8, 1877, General Miles found Crazy Horse’s camp along Montana’s Tongue River. U.S. soldiers opened fire with their big wagon-mounted guns, driving the Indians from their warm tents out into a raging blizzard. Crazy Horse and his warriors managed to regroup on a ridge and return fire, but most of their ammunition was gone, and they were reduced to fighting with bows and arrows. They managed to hold off the soldiers long enough for the women and children to escape under cover of the blinding blizzard before they turned to follow them.

Though he had escaped decisive defeat, Crazy Horse realized that Miles and his well-equipped cavalry troops would eventually hunt down and destroy his cold, hungry followers. On May 6, 1877, Crazy Horse led approximately 1,100 Indians to the Red Cloud reservation near Nebraska’s Fort Robinson and surrendered. Five months later, a guard fatally stabbed him after he allegedly resisted imprisonment by Indian policemen.

In 1948, American sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski began work on the Crazy Horse Memorial, a massive monument carved into a mountain in South Dakota. Still a work in progress, the monument will stand 641 feet high and 563 feet long when completed. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT Tokyo is a booming city—not only by Japanese standards, but also compared to cities around the world. With around 37 million people living in Tokyo, it's the world's largest city when it comes to population size, according to Reuters. The next largest city is Delhi, India, (population 29 million) and Shanghai, China (population 26 million). (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY surfeit (SER-fut) which means:
1 : an overabundant supply : excess
2 : an intemperate or immoderate indulgence in something (such as food or drink)
3 : disgust caused by excess
There is an abundance—you could almost say a surfeit—of English words that derive from the Latin facere, meaning "to do." The connection to facere is fairly obvious for words spelled with "fic," "fac," or "fec," such as sacrifice, benefaction, and infect. For words like stupefy (a modification of Latin stupefacere) and hacienda (originally, in Old Spanish and Latin, facienda) the facere factor is not so apparent. As for surfeit, the "c" was dropped along the path that led from Latin through Anglo-French, where facere became faire and sur- was added to make the verb surfaire, meaning "to overdo." It is the Anglo-French noun surfet ("excess"), however, that Middle English borrowed, eventually settling on the spelling surfeit. (merriam-webster.com)

Additional Documents for St James Board Meeting

January 8, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.

Bills for approval 120419-10720

Dock Fund Budget Report 0120

Draft Minutes of 12619 Meeting

Draft Minutes of 121119 Board Work Meeting

DRAFT Minutes of 12042019 Regular

Gen Fund Budget 0120

Payroll 120419-010720

Road Fund Budget 0120

Sewer Fund Budget Report 0120

2020 Timeline - Marina Improvements


01062020 Engineering Services Proposal - PEI

assignment of public highway easement

ltr to McNamara re release of public ROW 01-02-2020

SJTWP Purchasing Policy Adopted August 2017

View video of this meeting HERE

(Posted video at 8 p.m. 1/8/2020)

Historical Video

January 7, 2019

This editor has become obsessed with the digitization of video tapes. The historical tapes of years past are deteriorating and this lost is more than this editor is wanting to see take place. Some of these videos show those many people that we have lost participating in community events. Some of these videos show how the activities took place twenty to twenty-five years ago or more.

So, this is an invitation to anyone reading this that has historical tapes of events on Beaver Island, to contact this editor and make arrangements to have your tapes digitized before these historical tapes have deteriorated too much to be recovered. If you have even one tape that shows a historical event on Beaver Island, and you are willing to share it with others, contact me.

Home phone 231-448-2416, Cell phone 231-675-5193 or email at medic5740@ yahoo.com or medic5740@gmail.com

Here is a sample of one that was just digitized. It is a Donna Stambaugh Class Play from 1996.

View the video HERE

One Room

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 7, 2020

For the first time°, in a week or so, I slept like a log, so sorry I'm late getting this up. Right now I'm showing 35°, feels like 19°, lightly snowing, humidity is at 79%, dew point is 29, wind is from the WSW at 21 mph, pressure is falling from 29.75 inches, cloud cover is 100%, and visibility is 10 miles. Snow this morning should give way to some clearing this afternoon. Temps will be falling to near 30°. Tonight the winds will pick up so it'll be windy with occasional snow showers.

ON THIS DAY Congress sets January 7, 1789 as the date by which states are required to choose electors for the country's first-ever presidential election. A month later, on February 4, George Washington was elected president by state electors and sworn into office on April 30, 1789.

As it did in 1789, the United States still uses the Electoral College system, established by the U.S. Constitution, which today gives all American citizens over the age of 18 the right to vote for electors, who in turn vote for the president. The president and vice president are the only elected federal officials chosen by the Electoral College instead of by direct popular vote.

Today political parties usually nominate their slate of electors at their state conventions or by a vote of the party’s central state committee, with party loyalists often being picked for the job. Members of the U.S. Congress, though, can’t be electors. Each state is allowed to choose as many electors as it has senators and representatives in Congress. During a presidential election year, on Election Day (the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November), the electors from the party that gets the most popular votes are elected in a winner-take-all-system, with the exception of Maine and Nebraska, which allocate electors proportionally. In order to win the presidency, a candidate needs a majority of 270 electoral votes out of a possible 538.

On the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December of a presidential election year, each state’s electors meet, usually in their state capitol, and simultaneously cast their ballots nationwide. This is largely ceremonial: Because electors nearly always vote with their party, presidential elections are essentially decided on Election Day. Although electors aren’t constitutionally mandated to vote for the winner of the popular vote in their state, it is demanded by tradition and required by law in 26 states and the District of Columbia (in some states, violating this rule is punishable by $1,000 fine). Historically, over 99 percent of all electors have cast their ballots in line with the voters. On January 6, as a formality, the electoral votes are counted before Congress and on January 20, the commander in chief is sworn into office.

Critics of the Electoral College argue that the winner-take-all system makes it possible for a candidate to be elected president even if he gets fewer popular votes than his opponent. This happened in the elections of 1824, 1876, 1888, 2000 and 2016. However, supporters contend that if the Electoral College were done away with, heavily populated states such as California and Texas might decide every election and issues important to voters in smaller states would be ignored. (history.com)

DID YOU KNOW THAT while we associate George Washington with the $1 bill, and including the first president on the "1" bill has a natural logic, he was not actually the first to appear on $1 legal tender. That honor went to Salmon P. Chase, whose face went on the country's first $1 note issued in 1862, during the Civil War.

As Secretary of the Treasury at the time, Chase also happened to be the man who was designing the country's first bank notes—so it seems he thought quite highly of himself. The first use of George Washington on the $1 note was not until 1869. (bestlifeonline.com)

WORD OF THE DAY dragoon (druh-GOON) which means:
1 : to subjugate or persecute by harsh use of troops
2 : to force into submission or compliance especially by violent measures
A dragoon was a mounted European infantryman of the 17th and 18th centuries armed with a firearm called by the same name. No arm-twisting should be needed to get you to believe that the firearm's name, which came to English from French, is derived from its semblance to a fire-breathing dragon when fired. History has recorded the dragonish nature of the dragoons who persecuted the French Protestants in the 17th century during the reign of Louis XIV. The persecution by means of the dragoons led to the use of the word dragoon as a verb. (merriam-webster.com)

CAKE Quarterly Newsletter

October thru December 2019

View this newletter HERE

BICS Junior and Senior Talks

That next round of public talks (this year, little big-histories) is right around the corner. Next week, in fact.
Tuesday January 14th and Wednesday January 15th
630-8pm both nights
Peaine Township Hall

Speaking Tuesday the 14th, not necessarily in this order:

Speaking Wednesday the 15th, not necessarily in this order:



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

The Beaver Island Water Trail is active.เธข  Check out the paddling guide.

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

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

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of all public meetings will be posted

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Airport Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Minutes

Beaver Island District Library Board Minutes

Peaine Township Board Minutes

BIRHC Board Meeting Minutes

St. James Township Meeting Minutes

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Minutes

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Transportation Authority Minutes

Joint Human Resources Commission Minutes

Waste Management Committee Minutes

Beaver Island Airport Commission Minutes New for 2011!

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Transfer Station Hours

October 30, 2019

The Transfer Station Winter Hours are 11:00 a.m til 5:p.m. Monday thru Saturday effective this Friday.

Beaver Island COA Activities for January

Charlevoix County COA Update

January 6, 2020

Good Morning,

Just a note to keep you up to date on what is going on with the COA and to respond to requests for more information.  Please find attached the January 2020 Senior Hi-Lites NewsletterShould you have ANY questions about program requirements or qualifications, please contact Kathie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island or Sheri Shepard in the COA Office. 

The Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program


Personal Care can include: Bed bath, sponge bath, or shower, Foot Care (no cutting nails), Hair Care (wash, dry, roller set style-NO cutting hair), Skin (wash, apply lotion), Oral Care (brush teeth, soak, and wash dentures) Perineal Care(assist), Dressing (assist with dressing and laying out clothes for night and morning), Colostomy Care (empty bag, replace), Catheter Care(wash), Toileting, Assist with TED hose. Homemaking duties may include: Bed linens changed, make the bed, dust wash dishes, take out the trash, clean kitchen, clean stove, clean refrigerator, vacuum, sweep, mop, clean bathroom, grocery shop, errands, bring in mail and laundry. Respite Care can include: Bed bath, sponge bath or shower, Foot Care (no cutting nails), Hair Care (wash, dry roller set, style-NO cutting hair), Skin (wash, apply lotion), Perineal Care(assist), Dressing (assist with dressing and lay out clothes for night and morning), Toileting, Light housekeeping, Assist with eating and light meal prep.”

We have had no one express interest in the Wellness Check program partnered with the Sheriff’s Department this month.

Reminder if you didn’t realize that you have had a choice all this time??   Beaver Island Seniors are welcome to be a part of the Charlevoix County Mainland Senior Centers and the services, activities, lunches/dinners and events provided at the centers through the COA.  When you schedule your appointments, shopping and family events on the mainland, look to coordinate your visit with the opportunities the COA is providing, and make an appointment to participate if it is required.  Otherwise, just show up.  Services, Activities, lunches/dinners and events are listed for all Senior Center locations in the attached Newsletter.  Appointments are required for Foot Clinics and some events so please call the center you would like to visit directly to see what is needed.  Contact names, phone numbers and addresses are also available on our Newsletter.

The next COA Advisory Board Meetings are:

January 20, 20 at the East Jordan Senior Center at 10am

The COA Advisory Board meets all around Charlevoix County including Beaver Island so that they are accessible to all the aging population of Charlevoix County at a coordinated time and place each month. 

As a reminder, the Mainland Senior Centers Hours are:

9a-2p Monday through Friday October through April

9a-2p Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday May through September.  Wednesday’s hours are 2p-7p for Wednesday Night Dinners May through September (there is not lunch or Home Delivered Meals that day).

They are closed for most of the National Holidays.

Beaver Island COA Office Updates:

The BI COA Office is located at 26466 Donegal Bay Rd and the hours are 8a-5p Monday through Friday.  Please do not contact Kathie outside of this time frame for services.  The phone number is 231-448-2124.  “Sunday Dinners” are still planned for once a month August through May and is a lunch but the locations for these “dinners” may change dependent upon availability and costs.  The office is still closed for most of the National Holidays.    

  • Reminder: The BI COA Office has a computer available to be used by seniors on BI to access their Patient Portal with their Dr. Office; connect with Great Lakes ENT for Hearing Aid Adjustments, connect with Social Security, MY Free Taxes, Medicare and Medicaid resources along with a variety of other useful resources.  Use will need to be coordinated with Kathie.
  • Reminder: The COA BI Office now has Shelf Stable Snacks available for our Charlevoix County residents aged 60 years old and above to be available 1x a month for pick up. Selection will vary depending upon availability. Please contact Kathie for more information.
  • Reminder: The BI COA Office now has a Senior Resource Manual available for review.  Kathie is happy to make copies of information as needed.
  • Reminder: BI Home Delivered Meal clients are allowed to get an additional 5 meals sent to them to be used when the COA Office is closed or a Home Delivery is not possible due to weather.  Please contact Kathie for more information.

Meal Voucher Program update:

Nutritional Program Renewal Agreements were signed and returned to the COA by the following establishments to date, so these are the only places on Beaver Island accepting Vouchers at this time.:

  • Beaver Island Community School
  • Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli

Other Updates:

  • Senior Snow Removal Program enrollment time frame will be extended until January 31, 2020 or until the budget has been expended.   

Those seniors who are age 60 or older will be required to complete an eligibility packet including the Snow Removal Self Declaration Form for the 2019/2020 season, provide proof of all income along with a copy of their proof of residency.  A completed packet will be the sole way of determining eligibility at this time.  Once the senior has completed the packet and returned it to the COA Office and eligibility has been determined, the senior will receive a letter informing them that they are enrolled in the program along with the designated vouchers.  If the eligible senior leaves their residence for a month or longer, they will not be eligible for the program until they return to the residence.  This program is for homeowners and independent residential rentals as a supplemental support to the costs of snow removal and does NOT apply to commercial buildings, assisted living facilities or apartment complexes to offset their costs of snow removal.

Other Updates Continued:

  • There is a new Beaver Island Mobile Barber!  Please welcome Steve Radionoff as he is offering $15.00 haircuts for seniors.  You can contact Steve directly at 231-357-2175.
  • There will be a paper making class with the Beaver Island Seniors.  Cindy Risksgers will hold a class on January 14th Tuesday, @ Peaine Twp. Hall, 2pm.  Cindy Risksgers will be teaching a brief history of paper making, and several methods for making and embellishing your own papers. She will explain sizing papers, and how to dry handmade papers. There will be time for everyone to experiment with different methods and materials.  If participants have small (not too precious) photos to work with, they can bring them, as well as bits of lace, dried flowers, etc. to incorporate in to their sheets. Kathie will provide everything needed, though, and lots of extras to play around with.  Should be great fun and educational!
  • Reminder that as of October 1, 2109, if you are 60 years old or older, a BI Charlevoix County Resident of 5 months or more and have successfully completed the application process and become a member for the BI FIT program through the Beaver Island Community Schools, the COA will pay the Beaver Island Community Schools $25 towards your annual membership fee for October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020.  This supports the COA’s goal for creating a healthy exercise option for aging adults on BI.
    • As the school BI FIT program started in September 2019 for an annual term, the COA has paid the School for any approved Senior Applications they took in September and the School will reimburse the Island senior their membership fee.  Please contact them directly.
  • Reminder: New BI Student Volunteer Service Learning Program through the Beaver Island Community School!

This application will be available at BICS and the BI COA office.  Seniors will be able to fill out the back to offer a volunteer opportunity to a student or students.  This could be raking leaves, lawn care, painting, shoveling snow, cleaning a garage, moving, building or fixing something, etc.   After approval, students will be able to get assigned and complete the project in exchange for volunteer hours required for graduation.

Happy New Year!

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

Address: 218 W. Garfield Avenue, Charlevoix, MI  49720

Senior Highlites HERE



BIRHC Meeting Dates 2020

Meetings are on Saturdays at 10 AM in the BIRHC Community Room
37304 Kings Highway

January 11, 2020

April 25, 2020

July 18, 2020

September 12, 2020

December 12, 2020

Beaver Island Telecom-munication Advisory Committee




St James Township Meeting Time Change

St James Township Regular Monthly Meeting times have changed from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM.เธข  The board will continue to meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the St James Township Hall at the Point.เธข เธข 

BICS Basketball Schedule

19-20 Basketball Practice Schedule

BI BBall Game Schedule

Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

View schedule HERE

Island Summit Final Reports

The Island Summit took place down at the CMU Biological Center on the east side of Beaver Island this past September from the 23-25. There were participants from twelve Great Lakes islands. These are the reports from that summit.

Short Summary

Complete Report

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule for 2020

Time is noon at the BI Airport

February 3, 2020

April 20, 2020

August 17, 2010

October 26, 2020

Library Story Times

Please join early childhood educator, Kim Mitchell, for story time with your baby, toddler, or preschooler beginning Monday, September 11. 2017, at 10:30 a.m.. As well as reading stories, also included are songs, finger plays, movement, art, and free-play. Each week will focus on a specific theme along with activities to develop listening, socialization, gross and fine motor skill-building, creativity, as well as play-time while caregivers get a chance to socialize, and of course, check out books!

No cost is required, but registration is appreciated so enough materials are available, though visitors to the island are welcome to drop-in. Kim has taught toddler play groups for Lamaze and preschool and has numerous books, toys, and activities she would love to share. If interested, please contact Kim at beaverislandkim@gmail.com or call 448-2532.

New Library Hours

The Beaver Island District Library is pleased to announce new hours of operation intended to optimize the availability of our facility, staff, and resources to the school.

*Note also the new closing time for the school year.*

Weekdays:เธข เธข  8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:เธข เธข  12:00 - 5:00

Weekdays during scheduled school breaks, the library will open at 10:00 and close at 5:00.

Public Meeting Dates



List including St. James Finanace and Public Works Committee Meeting HERE


St James Planning Commission Documents


form - mobile food vending app - FILLABLE

MSU Extension Marijuana Finance Webinar for Local Gov


Waste Manangement Minutes December 2019

St. James Meeting Documents for January

BIAC Ordinanance January 2020


SJTB agenda 1.08.20


Beaver Island Christmas Decorations

Beaver Island Christmas Decorations...full of wonder, joy, and happiness! Wishing you all many blessings in 2020! Pictures taken on Christmas night......Music played at the Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve......

View this video HERE

A Wonderful Hall Party to Bring in 2020

January 1, 2019

This year's return to having a Holy Cross Hall Party for New Year's Eve was a terrific idea, and one that this editor hopes will continue. Some of the best gatherings on Beaver Island in the past were held at this Parish Hall. This year the band was from off the island, and, luckily for all, the weather cleared enough for the Island Airways plane to get them to the island.

The band that played at the Hall was named the Hillbilly Executives, and the music was an amazing combination of different styles with most of them what could be referred to as Beaver Island Music, at least the music played on Beaver Island for the last fifty years or so.

The editor was unable to attend the party due to illness as well as illness in the family, but there were wonderful videos posted on facebook of the party and a couple that will be shared here. Thank you to Julie Gillespie for sharing her video and thank you to Dawn Marsh for sharing her picture. You can blame the edits and errors on this editor.

The fundraising effort was to benefit the Holy Cross Cemetery Fund.

View JG's video HERE

December Video Report

December 30, 2019

A lot of rebroadcast videos were viewed at the http://beaverisland.tv website. With two video servers now operating, there is a separate server for the live streaming than for the rebroadcast video. Both of them are shown on the same website page given above.

417 unique IP addresses viewed 1406 video clips using a total bandwidth of 66.3 GB. This was divided into on demand videos from 299 unique IPs, viewing 889 video clips and using 53.8 GB of bandwidth, and the rebroadcast was viewed by 149 unique IPs viewing 407 events of rebroadcast video total and using 12.5 GB of bandwidth.

The live stream was viewed by 92 unique IP addresses, viewing about two events each which included 15 hours of video total.

Moving an Apartment Building

December 27, 2019

The break in the winter weather, providing the melting of most of the snow, made this movement of the apartment building next to the marina and Dahlwhinnie's. A lot of preparation was necessary yesterday and the work began this morning of the actual move preparation.

The first step was to drag the building out toward the street and then get wheels under the whole structure.

The power company had to remove two power lines that cross the street and remove the Christmas decorations as well. After the building was moved, they had to be put back up.

The pathway of the move was down the main street to Gallagher with a left turn onto the Back Highway, and then onto the property.

The building was moved to a lot between Perry Souders and Sally Lounsberry. There will still be a lot of work to get it back in shape, but is is moved.

View a gallery of photos of the move HERE

View video of the move HERE

Waste Management December 17 Meeting Minutes

BIEMS Executive Director Posting and Job Description

December 23, 2019

Timeline and process for hiring EMS Executive Director

Job Description Exec Director

Executive Director Job Posting 2019

Congress and President Agree on Need for New Great Lakes Icebreaker

December 20, 2019

CLEVELAND, OHIO (December 20, 2019) – The 2020 Federal Appropriations Bills, which the President is expected to sign today, includes vital language directing the U.S. Coast Guard to stand up a major acquisition program office to enhance icebreaking capacity on the Great Lakes. The Lake Carriers’ Association applauds Congress and President Trump on this significant, formal step for the acquisition of a Great Lakes heavy icebreaker.

Read the rest of the story HERE

PABI Seeks Chief Executive Officer

December 20, 2019

The Preservation Association of Beaver Island (or PABI), operator of the Beaver Island Community Center (the BIC Center) and WVBI, the island’s FM community radio station, seeks a Chief Executive Officer. As the highest-ranking executive employee, the new CEO will be the ultimate leader and decision-maker for the organization, reporting to PABI’s Board of Directors. He or she will demonstrate the leadership needed to forward PABI’s mission and vision. The new CEO is expected to strengthen the organization and lead it into the next decade of continuous improvement and long-term sustainability.

PABI is a strong, 25 year-old non-profit organization on Beaver Island, a 32 mile trip across Lake Michigan from the mainland. The Island has a busy summer, but quiet times over the other seasons. The BIC Center brings the island a summer concert and performance series, off-season performances, Saturday movies and seasonal events while also hosting community meetings and events. Interesting and adventuresome visitors and residents come to the BIC Center for information on Island events and activities, music and other types of entertainment—or just to relax and enjoy one another and the views.

The BIC Center serves as the Birding and Waterway Trailheads for the Island and fosters a strong and friendly community through shared communication and entertainment. PABI employs part or full-time people as needed, and benefits from many volunteers. The CEO must live on the Island with its approximately 700 year-round residents, while working to stay in touch with our seasonal residents and regular visitors.

The CEO’s compensation depends on the extent of the candidate’s qualifications and prior experience—with negotiable levels of compensation and benefits.


PABI seeks a CEO with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to conduct the significant administrative responsibilities the position requires. They include:

  • Demonstrated expertise in managing and operating a non-profit organization, with both administrative and financial responsibility;
  • Experience in guiding and assisting a non-profit Board with their governance duties;
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills with diverse audiences;
  • The willingness to accept general control and responsibility for managing the organization according to board policy;
  • Experience in leading organizational strategic planning;
  • Successful experience in hiring, training, and managing staff;
  • Experience and skill in fund-raising—including the relationship-building work needed to support those programs; and
  • Successful study in higher education, with a bachelors degree preferred.


1. As the 501 (c) 3’s primary decision maker—he/she develops and carries out short & long-range plans for the organization, developing annual budgets and goals, and updated operating policies that enhance PABI’s mission and vision.

2. He/she formulates and implements the organization’s overall strategy for successful achievement of its mission and vision—providing direction and action needed to achieve the established goals.

3. As chief administrator, the CEO defines all staffing needs, sets compensation levels, hires staff as needed, ensures they collectively have the skills needed to perform the work, and evaluates and acts appropriately on their respective contributions.

4. As a non-profit leader, the CEO designs and leads the fundraising activities—helping raise the needed funds to support his/her selected programs and activities.

5. As a community leader, the CEO works with other community leaders and engages the community to increase and maintain PABI’s visibility and valued contributions.

6. As a key Board Advisor, the CEO assists with Board governance—evaluating and reporting regularly on PABI’s progress—identifying needs and plans to further success.

7. As the lead PABI administrator, he or she signs bonds, mortgages, and other agreements in the name of and on behalf of PABI, as approved and instructed by the Board.

8. As CEO, he or she sees that all orders and resolutions of the Board are carried into effect—performing the assigned duties, and delegating some to others as needed.

Apply HERE

Great Lakes Islands Summit Final Report

December 20, 2019

View the complete document HERE

Request for Bids

December 20, 2019

The Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority and the Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services are requesting bids on an ambulance. The document is shown below:

Emerald Ash Borer Report from the BIAA

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Update

by | Dec 10, 2019

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is responsible for the death of hundreds of millions of ash trees in 30 states. Ash trees make up an integral part of our island’s forest system. Without ash, natural processes and cultural activities are significantly or forever altered.

Over a decade ago, members of the Beaver Island Association board (BIA) reached out to Michigan State University, state and federal agencies for guidance in protecting the island’s forests from EAB. The ash trees are predominantly located on the eastern half of Beaver Island. The Nature Conservancy’s Senior Scientist, Dave Ewert, identified that the transportation of infested firewood from the mainland to be the biggest threat to the island’s ash species. Following the state’s quarantine on the transportation of firewood being rescinded for the archipelago, the island’s townships enacted a wood transportation ordinance which prohibited the movement of untreated wood to any of the local islands.

Each year for over a decade the BIA volunteers secured purple EAB traps with lures, made available by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). For months the purple traps hung in strategic locations collecting insects. In October of 2019, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development entomologists confirmed that the traps had captured multiple EAB throughout Beaver Island and in Northcutt Bay, Garden Island. This EAB confirmation was a game changer for the island’s ash trees.

Michigan first detected EAB in 2002 when the southern half of the state was witnessing the death of the ash trees. Michigan spent the next decade researching and developing a strategy to control EAB. The first line of defense was an attempt to keep the EAB off the island through a wood movement quarantine. Failing that, The Beaver Island Archipelago used current research directed activities to assist in controlling the emergence of the islands’ EAB. Multiple control efforts included: Signage reminding travelers that untreated wood products are prohibited from movement around the islands. Select ash trees were girdled to attract EAB and act as sink trees. These trees will be cut down this winter. Four parasitoid or predator EAB species, known as keystone species in Asia for control for EAB, were introduced in ash stands positive for EAB. The parasitoids were produced and supplied from the
United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) EAB Parasitoid Rearing Facility in Brighton, MI. Based on MSU, USDA, and DNR Forestry recommendations, we obtained and introduced these small bio-control warriors. The parasitoids seek out and kill EAB. If the parasitoid release is successful, BIA volunteers will collect specimens in June of 2020. If the EAB numbers fall then these parasitoids decrease or cease to exist. A dozen specimen trees were treated by an arborist with a chemical to again assist with control of EAB. The chemical injections were made possible through St. James Township’s invasive species budget.

BIA volunteers will continue this winter to engage federal, state, and regional organizations in efforts to control the now present population of Emerald Ash Borers. The other alternative is to do nothing and let the ash trees succumb to the ravages of an invasive species. BIA and many off-island agencies believe the Beaver Island Archipelago has a fighting chance to preserve a viable ash tree population.

Contact Pam Grasmick for further information.

View map of EAB Traps HERE

The Founding Documents for the Airport Commission

The Intergovernmental Agreement

The Rules for Procedure

Great Lakes Islanders Find Common Concerns

Great Lakes Islands Alliance gathers for third annual meeting

The article talks about the last meeting of these island representatives and their common areas of concern. The article has some great pictures as well.

View the article HERE

Beaver Island Transfer Station Information

BI Transfer Station and Recycle Center

Beaver Island Transfer Station Rates Effective 1_2019

The Emerald Ash Borer and Wood Movement to the Islands

In 2019, the Townships of Peaine and St. James passed an ordinance regulating and banning the movement of firewood, logs, lumber and wood pallets from the mainland to the Beaver Island Archipelago. Any wood brought to the Islands had to be bark free and/or processed in a manner which made it free of insects and disease.

The major concern was for the forests of the Archipelago, as there has been a massive incursion of the Emerald Ash Borer in the State of Michigan-- which has devastated the Ash tree population on the Michigan mainland. In hopes of keeping the Beaver Islands free of infestation, island volunteers have been monitoring our forests for years, with the help of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

In 2017, an Emerald Ash Borer trap captured a female emerald ash borer. Tests in 2018 and this spring have also found the beetle’s larvae in two isolated Ash locations on Beaver Island. A full court press has ensued with a multidisciplinary team coming to the Island in March of this year to conduct surveys and to begin eradication processes. The team, consisting of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Charlevoix-Antrim-Kalkaska-Emmet Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (COKE CISMA) and volunteer members of the Beaver Island Association.

Pamela Grassmick, a resident of Beaver Island and a member of the Beaver Island Association, has been instrumental in bringing attention to the issue. She and others have worked for over a decade in monitoring our forests and wetlands for invasive species of all kinds. “We actually stripped the trees and looked at the larvae. There are different stages of the larvae and we found all stages present in two spots on the island,” Grassmick said.

Due to the early detection and the control methods now in place, forestry experts think Beaver Island has a good chance of controlling this pest. “The professionals feel confident we can control this on the island – if we get on top of it right now,” Grassmick said.

To that end, the Townships have passed this ordinance and will plan on enforcing it. Signs, bringing attention to the Ordinance, will be placed at all ports of entry to the island. The Beaver Island Ferry Company and both airports will have warning signs placed where travelers to the Islands can see them. Businesses, campgrounds and other gathering places will also post these signs. Pam Grassmick adds: “The Beaver Island Townships’ signs are a vital step in controlling the movement of untreated wood which could harbor invasive forest pests. Islanders recognize that the ecology and economic future are dependent on the health of our forests and it is great to see the township’s support in action.”

All are encouraged to buy or obtain fire wood locally, and to be especially mindful not to move Ash wood around the island or between the islands of the Beaver Island Archipelago.

For more information on the Emerald Ash Borer and the work that is taking place to eradicate it, please go to the Beaver Island Association website: www beaverislandassociation.org. The Township websites will also carry more information about this ordinance.

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