B.I. News on the 'Net, January 9-22, 2017

Pictures of the Fog from the Air

Pictures by Paul Welke

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

View small gallery of pictures HERE

Forward Steps

by Cindy Ricksgers

Communion Service from Holy Cross

January 22, 2017

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

View video of this service HERE

Beaver Island Christian Church Bulletin

January 22, 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

Solidarity Walk

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


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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 21, 2017

It's 34° outside this morning, feels like 29°, wind is at 6 mph from the ESE, humidity is at 99%, pressure is steady at 29.56, and visibility is 1.6 miles. Today: Cloudy. Areas of dense fog through the day. Areas of drizzle and patchy light freezing drizzle in the morning. Patchy drizzle in the afternoon. Highs around 40°. Southeast winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Cloudy. Areas of fog. Patchy drizzle. Lows in the mid 30s. South winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of January 21, 1861 - The future president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis of Mississippi, resigned from the U.S. Senate. Four other Southerners also resigned.

Did you know that dark green lettuce leaves are more nutritious than lighter ones?

Word of the day: multitudinous (muhl-ti-TOOD-n-uh s) which means existing, occurring, or present in great numbers; very numerous; forming a multitude or great number. Multitudinous is a partial borrowing from multitudin-, the stem of the Latin noun multitūdō “crowd, multitude.” The adjectival suffix -ous derives from the Old French suffix -os, -ous, -us, from the Latin suffix -ōsus. The Latin adjective multitūdinōsus does not exist. The word entered English in the 17th century.

Ruby Ann

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

Bob Tidmore Video of Jimmy Ken Breaking Ice

Foggy Day, January 20, 2017

Ojibwe Basketball Games Canceled!

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

TV 9+10 webcams BI and Charlevoix

What causes fog?

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

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

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

What do we need to get rid of the fog?

How does fog dissipate?

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

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 20, 2017

It's certainly a pea-soup fog out there this morning. We live across the street from the Medical Center and can barely see it even with the street lights on. It's 33°, feels like 28°, wind is at 5 mph from the east. humidity is at 99%, pressure is steady at 29.67 inches, and visibility is 0.4 miles. Did I mention it is VERY foggy? Today: Cloudy. Widespread fog in the morning, then areas of fog in the afternoon. Scattered rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s. East winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Numerous rain showers and isolated snow showers in the evening. Areas of fog through the night. Little or no snow accumulation. Ice accumulation of less than one quarter of an inch. Lows in the mid 30s. Light winds.

On this date of January 20, 1937 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to be inaugurated on January 20th. The 20th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution officially set the date for the swearing in of the President and Vice President.

Did you know that arachibutyrophobia is fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth?

Word of the day: asseverate (uh-SEV-uh-reyt) which means to declare earnestly or solemnly; affirm positively. Asseverate is formed from asseverat-, the stem of assevērātus, the past participle of the Latin verb assevērāre “to act or speak seriously or in earnest.” (The Latin adjective sevērus means “serious, grave”). The word entered English in the 18th century, replacing the earlier verb assever.

Carol Burton Appointed to CCCF

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

Read article HERE

Eagles on the Ice in the Fog

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

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

Video Report for 2016

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

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

Timeout for Art: Studio Time

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 19, 2017

This sleeping in seems to be becoming a habit. Anyhow, it's overcast, 36° with a windchill of 31°, wind is at 9 mph from the SSW, humidity is at 93%, pressure is steady at 29.87 inches, and visibility is 5.8 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 30s. South winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows around 30°. Light winds.

On this date of January 19, 1957 - Johnny Cash made his first network TV appearance, on CBS' "Jackie Gleason Show."

Did you know that chocolate is the number 1 food craved by women?

Word of the day: esperance (ES-per-uh ns) which means hope. Esperance offers a perfect example of the “prothetic” or “prosthetic” vowel e that appears before an s followed by a stop consonant such as p, t at the beginning of a word in some Romance languages. Latin sperāre “to hope” is esperar in Spanish and Portuguese and espérer in French, but sperare in Italian. The prothetic vowel has persisted in modern Spanish, e.g., estación, and in Portuguese, e.g., estação “(train, bus) station,” but not in modern French formations, e.g., station, or in borrowings, e.g., sport (from English). The word entered English in the 15th century.


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

St. James Township Minutes 01/04/17

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 18, 2017

Slept in so running a bit late. Overcast sky this morning, 33°, windchill of 25°, wind is at 9 mph from the WSW, humidity is at 98%, pressure is steady at 29.85 inches, and visibility is 2.5 miles. Today: Cloudy. Slight chance of freezing drizzle in the morning. Areas of fog in the morning, then patchy fog in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 30s. Southwest winds 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph increasing to around 35 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

On this date of January 18, 1911 - For the first time an aircraft landed on a ship. Pilot Eugene B. Ely flew onto the deck of the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco harbor.

Did you know that 93% of households in Denmark consume wine (the highest % in the world with France second with 85% of households)?

Word of the day: katzenjammer (KAT-suh n-jam-er) which means 1) uneasiness; anguish; distress. 2) the discomfort and illness experienced as the aftereffects of excessive drinking; hangover. Katzenjammer is a borrowing from German, in which the obvious, literal sense of the word (“wailing of cats”) does not apply and instead has the meaning “hangover.” The word entered English in the mid-19th century. The additional senses of katzenjammer date from the late 19th century.

Peaine Township Meeting Agenda, Video, and Minutes

January 11, 2017

View video of the meeting HERE

Minutes of this meeting


Grant Received by PABI


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artifacts to Memories: Mom's Old Typewriter

by Cindy Ricksgers

A Piano for Beaver Island

“101 is a very good age to be”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 17, 2017

We are under a Winter Weather Advisory until noon today. It's mostly cloudy this morning, 32° with a windchill of 23°,wind is at 10 mph from the ENE, humidity is at 92%, pressure is at 29.83 and falling, and visibility is 4.9 miles. Today: Light freezing rain, rain and light sleet in the morning, then a chance of rain and light freezing rain in the afternoon. Patchy fog through the day. Little or no snow accumulation. Highs in the mid 30s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain and light freezing rain in the evening. Patchy fog through the night. Lows in the upper 20s. Light winds.

On this date of January 17, 1913 - All partner interests in 36 Golden Rule Stores were consolidated and incorporated in Utah into one company. The new corporation was the J.C. Penney Company.

Did you know that the ice cream cone was introduced in 1904?

Word of the day: hegira (hi-JY-ruh, HEJ-uhr-uh) which means a journey or migration, especially when taken to escape an undesirable situation. From the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE to escape persecution. From Arabic hijra (departure), from hajara (to depart). Earliest documented use: 1590.

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

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

Beaver Island Survey Results

Doris Shirk Passed Away

Doris M. Shirk, 90 of Gaylord, passed away at home on Saturday, January 14, 2017. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

It is with deep regret we are contacting you about the death of our mother, Doris Shirk. Doris starting having complications after her heart valve surgery just before she was moved to a rehabilitation center in her home town of Gaylord.  She had a number of strokes, the first of which seemed mild and she was able to continue her regimen.  The weekend of January 8th John noticed more slurring of speech when speaking to her. At that time her daughter had come up to discuss her prognosis and treatment especially in view of her not eating much at all, and by Tuesday that week we think she must have had another stroke because she could not speak and had no strength on the right side. She then was found to have C-diff and with the antibiotic treatment her kidneys failed and she was comatose. She was assigned to Hospice by Friday at which time John went up to see her and confirm what we had been hearing from our niece about her condition. She was sent home Saturday under Hospice care, and by Saturday night mom succumbed to death.

Mom , who was born on September 7, 1926 was 90+ years at her death.

And as you know from being with her, she lived them to the fullest during her sojourn here on earth.

There will be no funeral per her wishes. She is to be cremated and her ashes taken to SJoint Planning Commission Meetingouth Manitou and Beaver Island, two places she loved dearly.

Thank you for your friendship with mom and our family. Keep us in your prayers as we handle the difficulties of grieving and dealing with mom’s death.

John & Felicia Shirk


January 18, 2017

What Did You Say 4

by Joe Moore

So it’s another softball bonanza weekend on Beaver Island.  As an EMT and as an auxiliary officer volunteer, I never look forward to these weekends because they are always busy for the public safety agencies-usually not the fire department, but for law and EMS.

This weekend was to be one of those.  Tonight, I’m riding with the deputy and my friend, all rolled into one person named George.   He is a deputy paid for part time hours, but working overtime all the time in the summertime here on Beaver Island.    George has done everything possible to make my volunteering fun and has even made sure that I have a uniform with official belt, nightstick, and all the other paraphernalia.   Yes, I even look the part.  Most visitors would think that I was another deputy.

What did you say?

Read the rest of the story HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 16, 2017

Clear skies this morning, 26°, feels like 14°, wind is at 14 mph from the WSW with gusts to 20 mph, humidity is at 81%, pressure is rising from 30.12 inches, and visibility is 9.7 miles. We are in a Winter Weather Advisory until January 17th at 12:00 p.m. for mixed winter precipitation (wet snow, sleet, freezing rain) so be careful out there and make sure your supplies are stocked up. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening, then cloudy with a 50% chance of snow after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s. Light winds becoming east at 10 mph after midnight.

On this date of January 16, 1943 - Ernest Tubb made his debut appearance at "The Grand Ole Opry" in Nashville, TN.

Did you know that the ice cream cone was introduced in 1904?

Word of the day: satori (suh-TOR-ee) which means a sudden enlightenment or intuitive understanding. From Japanese satori (understanding), from satoru (to know or understand). Earliest documented use: 1727.

Ice Fishing on the Harbor

Bob Tidmore took this picture as the portable shanty was being taken down around 3 p.m.

After going to the COA luncheon dinner, a trip to the point is an absolute must. Looking out, a portable ice fishing shanty was visible out on the ice in the harbor. The first thought is: are they catching anything? The trip to the point was accomplished and home awaited.

Kathie Ehinger with a 40 inch Northern Pike

This picture above gives the answer to the previous question. Obviously, this trophy Northern pike was difficult to get through the hole in the ice. Kathie messaged me and said, "It was a trophy, but I let go back."

There are some fish in the harbor, someone might say. Let's just hope that the ice is safe before we end up with an ice rescue. Congratulations, Kathie on your trophy!

Sunday, Sunday...

by Cindy Ricksgers

Mass from Holy Cross, 9:30 a.m., Today, Sunday, January 15, 2017

Today, the island was fortunate to have Father Mathew come back for a visit. The choir also joined Father Mathew in singing parts of the Mass, something he really enjoys doing.

Heidi did the reading of scripture, Deacon Jim the reading of the Gospel, and Father Mathew gave the Homily.

View video of the entire Mass HERE

COA Dinner Today, Sunday, January 15, 2017

11 a.m.-Noon

Video of Luncheon

Pictures from the Luncheon 

The COA Dinner Luncheon included pork roast, mashed potatoes and gravey, bread, and green beans with an apple desert. Each person except for a small few received a prize. The names drawn were done so in the unusual fashion. Since there were so many prizes, the drawing was done for the losers only, with only atotal of six persons not winning something.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 15, 2017

Clear skies, 14°, wind at 2 mph from the south, humidity is at 91%, pressure is steady at 30.30 inches, and visibility is 8.7 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs around 30°. Southwest winds at 10 mph, Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 20°. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

On this date of January 15, 1943 - The Pentagon was dedicated as the world's largest office building just outside Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA. The structure covers 34 acres of land and has 17 miles of corridors.

Did you know that a connected bunch of bananas is called a hand and individual bananas are called fingers?

Word of the day: igneous (IG-nee-uh s) which means 1) of, relating to, or characteristic of fire. 2) produced under conditions involving intense heat, as rocks of volcanic origin or rocks crystallized fro molten magma.

Saturday Islanders vs Maplewood

Another win by the Islanders!

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the game HERE

Saturday Lady Islanders vs Maplewood

The Lady Islanders were close to a win this morning against Maplewood. They played well, but once again had a hard time getting the ball through the hoop.

View a gallery of photos of the game

View video of the game HERE

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Saturday January 21, 3 p.m.

A special showing here on Beaver Island

Friday Night Islanders vs Maplewood

The Islanders simply outplayed the Maplewood Baptist team on Friday night. They out-rebounded them as well as had a higher rate of shooting. The Islander team also got the younger players in the game, and the older players made sure that the youngers got a chance to shoot the ball and score points. You can view a gallery of over seventy photos below as well as watch the video of the games.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the game HERE

Friday Night Lady Islanders vs Maplewood

This scoreboard score doesn't tell much about the game that the Lady Islanders played. There is a gallery of eighty plus pictures that tells more than the words can express. The Lady Islanders played with heart and sportsmanship. You can also watch the video of the game using the links below.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View the video of the game HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 14, 2017

This morning it's overcast skies, 21°, windchill of 12°, wind is at 14 mph from the W, humidity is at 83%, pressure is falling from 30.42 inches, and visibility is 8.8 miles. Today: Partly sunny with isolated snow showers. Highs in the mid 20s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows around 13°. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.

On this date of January 14, 1943 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane while in office. He flew from Miami, FL, to French Morocco where he met with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to discuss World War II.

Did you know that a cat can keep purring while inhaling and exhaling?

Word of the day: laterigrade (LAT-er-i-greyd) which means having a sideways manner of moving, as a crab. Laterigrade derives from later-, the inflectional stem of the Latin noun latus “side,” and the Latin noun and combining form gradus “a step, pace,” a derivative of the verb gradī “to walk, step.” The word is rare, used to describe the locomotion of spiders and crabs. It entered English in the 18th century.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 13, 2017

It's Friday the 13th, and for millions of folks south of us it is going to be a terrible weather day with ice, loss of power, snow, flooding, etc. I'm so thankful I live here. It's a wee bit chilly this morning. I'd say there's a nip in the air, but it's more like a good sized bite at 13°, windchill of 0, mostly cloudy skies, wind is at 15 mph from the WNW with gusts to 26 mph, humidity is at 83%, pressure is rising from 30.59 inches, and visibility is 9.6 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Patchy blowing snow in the morning. Scattered snow showers in the morning, then isolated snow showers in the afternoon. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Isolated snow showers in the evening, then a slight chance of snow after midnight. Lows around 6°. South winds at 10 mph.

On this date of January 13, 1968 - Dr. K.C. Pollack of the University of Florida audio lab reported that tests found that the noise levels at rock & roll concerts was harmful to teenage ears.

Did you know that there is a law in Boise, Idaho that states that residents may not fish from a giraffe's back? From Dumb Laws.

Word of the day: crambo (KRAM-boh) which means 1) inferior rhyme. 2) a game in which one person or side must find a rhyme to a word or a line of verse given by another. Crambo, earlier crambe, comes from the Latin phrase crambē repetīta “cabbage reheated, re-served,” a phrase in Juvenal’s “Seventh Satire” (“Reheated cabbage kills teachers”) referring to unimaginative writing. The Latin crambē is a borrowing from Greek krámbē, a kind of cabbage. Crambo, the rhyming game, entered English in the mid-17th century; crambe, inferior rhyme, in the early 17th.

Full Wolf Moon

The phone rang. "You have to get to the park and see this moon. It's amazing!"

Yvonne Crandall was absolutely correct!

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Public Works Committee Time Change

Michigan Sees Increase in Influenza

Marty Maehr Passes Away

Marty Maehr has died at the Glacier Hill Hospice in Ann Arbor. He was 84 years old. More information will be posted when available.

Martin L. Maehr, age 84, died in Ann Arbor on January 10, 2017, surrounded by his family.  The cause was complications from Alzheimer’s Disease.
Dr. Maehr was a professor of education at the University of Michigan’s School of Education and professor of psychology in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.  He retired in 2005 when he was named Professor Emeritus by the Regents of the University of Michigan.
Dr. Maehr received his B. A. and M. Div. degrees from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Nebraska.  Prior to the University of Michigan, Dr. Maehr served on the faculty at Concordia Senior College in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and the University of Illinois.  At the University of Illinois, Dr. Maehr held several positions including Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology, Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs in the College of Education and Director of the Institute for Child Behavior and Development.  At the University of Michigan, Dr. Maehr served as the first Director of the Combined Program of Education and Psychology.
Professor Maehr’s research focused on intrinsic motivation and social-cultural origins of achievement. He was widely published and received numerous awards, including a Pew Foundation resident fellowship at the Erasmus Institute, University of Notre Dame, and a senior school fellowship at Leuven University, Belgium.
Dr. Maehr’s research afforded him the opportunity to travel widely.  In the 1970s he was a member of University of Illinois’ Tehran Research Unit at the University of Tehran, in Iran, where he lived with his wife Jane and their three children.  Later, he spent time at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and lectured in universities throughout China, Australia and Europe.
Despite extensive world travel, the place Dr. Maehr was most passionate about was Beaver Island, a community in Northern Michigan that he and his family began visiting more than forty years ago and where they maintain a home.
Dr. Maehr played baseball in college and was an avid tennis player, regularly participating in Liberty Athletic Club’s tennis program, where he was known as “the Silver Fox.”
Dr. Maehr is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jane, and his children Marty (Ann Arbor), Mike (Urbana, Illinois) and Kate and her husband Sam Pickering (Oak Park, Illinois) and his grandchildren Sylvia, Naomi, Joe and Ben.
Memorial services will be held at a later date in Ann Arbor and on Beaver Island.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association, Greater Chicago Food Depository or Trinity Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor.

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by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 12, 2017

Partly cloudy skies, 20°, windchill of 14°, wind at 6 mph from the N with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 79%, pressure is rising from 29.90 inches, and visibility is 9.6 miles. Pretty much a typical winter day in January. Today: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow. Highs in the mid 20s. Northeast winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph shifting to the west with gusts to around 35 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow. Lows around 11°. West winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

On this date of January 12, 2006 - The U.S. Mint began shipping new 5-cent coins to the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks. The coin has an image of Thomas Jefferson taken from a 1800 Rembrandt Peale portrait in which the president is looking forward. Since 1909, when presidents were first depicted on circulating coins, all presidents had been shown in profile.

Did you know pandas spend 12 hours a day eating bamboo?

Word of the day: fard (fahrd) which means 1) to apply makeup. 2) to embellish or gloss over. From Old French fard (makeup), from farden (to apply makeup), of Germanic origin. Earliest documented use: 1450.

Mimi Lewis' Blog Story from 2007

When going onto facebook to see what some of my prior students were doing, these stories were showing up in my 'news feed.' A couple of these were former students, and the stories intrigued me, showing a completely different side of these individuals from the memories of the past. Mimi was willing to share these blog entries from her 'Myspace' days. Since they are almost ten years in the history of the island, they can't be too damning for anyone mentioned. Mimi's message said, "Forgive the grammar." That's the subject they remember of this teacher.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 11, 2017

County fellows are out working on the slippery roads. Give Doug, Josh, and Steve a huge thank-you when you see them. First snow, then rain, snow again, and in between it all high, high winds. Please be extra careful if you have to be out driving in it. School here on the island now joins hundreds on the mainland, being called off for the day. Right now i'm showing 22° with a windchill of 8°, wind is at 17 mph from the west with gusts to 44 mph, humidity is at 84%, pressure is rising from 29.78 inches, and visibility is 9.7 miles. Today: Cloudy with a 50% chance of snow. Highs in the upper 20s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Gusts up to 40 mph decreasing to 30 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Cloudy with a 40% chance of snow. Lows around 17°. North winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of January 11, 1805 - The Michigan Territory was created.

Did you know that a bear in hibernation loses up to 25% of its body weight?

Word of the day: myrmidon (MUR-mi-don) which means a person who executes without question or scruple a master's commands. Myrmidon (Greek Myrmidṓn) in Greek myth was the son of Zeus and Eurymedusa, whom Zeus seduced disguised as an ant. Her son was called Myrmidon (by an ancient, false etymology from mýrmēx, the ancient Greek word for “ant”) and was regarded as the ancestor of the Myrmidons, a tribe in Thessaly whose warriors followed Achilles to Troy. There is no hint of thuggery or blind obedience or sycophancy in the ancient sources, all of which are modern developments from the mid-17th century. Greek mýrmēx is related to the obsolete English noun mire “ant,” still present in pismire. The word entered English in the 15th century and referred to the Trojan War.

Beaver Island Has a Snow Day!

Update: No school today on Beaver Island due to the snow and ice, January 11, 2017.

While the snow storm was predicted to be coming today, it wasn't quite a prepared community that met this storm. There had been snow promised before, lake effect snow, and the island got very little. A little snow is probably all that the island will get. Well, surprise, surprise, surprise, the island got dumped on with blowing winds and drifting snow, and then the snow became wet snow on top of the other snow with the possibility of rain or more wet snow. A good guess might be about six inches of snow fell, but that's hard to measure since the winds have been blowing it around so much that it's really hard to tell where to measure it.

Picture of the point from the playground......picture out the harbor from the point

Whiskey Point and a look toward the boat dock from the point.

Video at Whiskey Point


Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 10, 2017

It's looking like we may be in for an interesting day. We are under two weather items: 1) Winter Weather Advisory until 5:00 today. 2) High Wind Watch until 5 a.m. tomorrow. Right now it's mostly cloudy, 30° (there's our heat wave), windchill of 18°, wind is at 16 mph from the SE with gusts to 21 mph, humidity is at 94%, pressure is falling from 29.69 inches, and visibility is 3.6 miles. Today: Snow in the morning, then rain and snow in the afternoon. Highs around 40°. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Tonight: Rain and periods of snow showers in the evening, then periods of snow showers after midnight. Windy. Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to around 55 to 60 mph. In other words, it's going to be a slushy, windy mess.

On this date of January 10, 1956 - Elvis Presley recorded his first songs as an RCA Victor artist in Nashville. Elvis recorded "Heartbreak Hotel," "I Was the One," "I’m Counting On You," "I Got a Woman" and "Money Honey."

Did you know that toads only eat moving prey?

Word of the day: flackery (FLAK-uh-ree) which means publicity and promotion; press-agentry. Flackery comes from flack, a word said to be derived from the name of a famous movie publicity agent, Gene Flack. Flack has been used in English since the 1930s.



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

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Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

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October 27, 2016

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December 29, 2016

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BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

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BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

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Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

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Peaine Township Meeting

November 9, 2016

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December 14, 2016

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St. James Township Meeting Video

November 2, 2016

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December 7, 2016

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January 4, 2017

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On the Beach of Beaver Island

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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

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What Did You Say? #3

by Joe Moore

“Joe, this is John.  We have a couple of lost hunters down near the south end of the island.  They were supposed to be back at their cottage for lunch today.  It’s now 3 p.m., and we need to start looking before it gets dark with hopes that we find them,” the deputy sheriff called me on the phone.  “You don’t need your uniform, but you should get your radio and pager and the big flashlight to bring with you in case we have to look after dark.  I’ll pick you up in about ten minutes.”

What did you say?

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BICS Middle School Writings

Students at the BICS have been reading books and writing book reviews. They have also written some personal narratives that may be found at the following link. This is the school's website open to the public.


Phyllis' Daily Weather

January 9, 2017

I slept in, enjoying the soft warmth of the bed, only to wake up to the sounds of snow plows. We finally got snow! Right now it's 21°, windchill of 5°, wind is at 21 mph from the SW with gusts to around 30 mph, humidity is at 92%, pressure is rising from 30.10 inches, and visibility is 2.6 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Areas of blowing snow showers in the morning, then isolated snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 20s. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph decreasing to 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Snow. Lows in the mid 20s. South winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

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

Did you know that female condors lays a single egg once every 2 years?

Word of the day: crepitate (KREP-i-teyt) which means to make a crackling sound; crackle. Crepitate derives from Latin crepitātus, the past participle of crepitāre “to rattle, rustle, chatter,” a frequentative verb from crepāre and having the same meaning. The word entered English in the 17th century and meant “to break wind, fart,” a meaning that crepitāre had in Latin; the word’s politer senses date from the 19th century.

B. I. Christian Church Bulletin

January 8, 2016

Life Goes On

by Cindy Ricksgers

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

January 8, 2016

Eight unique IP addresses viewed the live stream today.

Father John Paul gave the sermon

Prayers prior to communion

View video excerpts HERE

Lots of Freight and Mail Waiting in Charlevoix

(Pictures by Paul Welke)

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

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

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

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

BICS Board Meeting Documents

for January 9, 2017

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

Live Streaming of BICS Basketball

January 6+7. 2017

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

Saturday Morning Basketball, 1/7/2017

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

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the game HERE

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

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the game HERE

Friday Basketball on Beaver Island, 1/6/2017

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

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

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the game and cheers HERE

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

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the game and cheers HERE





Link to St. James Township Audit Documents

Vist state website HERE

(Thank you, Maura Turner for this link)

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

St James Audit Financials

2016 St James Audit Deficencies

St James Audit Procedures Report

St James Deficit Letter

Christian Church Bulletin

January 8, 2016


Holy Cross Bulletin for January 2017

BICS Basketball Schedule 2016-17

BICS School Calendar 2016-17

BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates Schedule

Charlevoix Summer Transit
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Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

November 5

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

We will be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from noon until 4:00. During those hours we will gladly accept your "gently used, barely used, like new " items. Please be sure that your donations be in season, clean, and in good repair. Thank you for your support !

Open for shopping and donations

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or Donna at 448-2797.

Saving Birds Newsletter

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