B. I. News on the 'Net, July 1-14, 2019

Mass from Holy Cross

July 14, 2019

Pinky Harmon read on Saturday.....Father Mathew and Father Jim con-celebrants

Patrick Nugent read on Sunday..Father Mathew and Father

View video of the services HERE

Christian Church Service

July 14, 2019

View video of the service HERE

Beaver Island Historical Activities for 2019

From AMVETS Post 46: Thank You Beaver Island

July 7th was a good day for Amvets Post 46. It was our first breakfast of the year. Thanks to all of you, those on the island and those heading home, Post 46 had a very successful breakfast.
The success of the breakfast is due in no small measure to the many people, visitors and islanders alike, who stopped in for breakfast and perhaps a chat with others who love this island. But this breakfast’s success is also due to a hidden cause; the many volunteers who came to help set up, serve, cook, clean and bus tables.

Many of you may not know that the set up for each breakfast starts about a week before the chosen day when supplies both of food and hard goods are loaded in. On the appointed day itself the work begins at the hall between 5:00 & 5:30 a.m. Just to have coffee ready for our 8:00 a.m. opening, the urns need to be started no later than 6:00 a.m. And so it goes. Eggs have to be prepared. Pancakes need to be started and sausage cooked. It all takes time and hands. More importantly, this is not like breakfast at home - serve four, wash up and all is done. On the 7th we served just about 250 meals between 8:00 and Noon. That’s a lot of cooking cleaning dishwashing, table busing, and coffee making.

The fact is that our post is just not big enough to staff a breakfast of this magnitude by itself any longer. We need volunteers to come out and support the post. And boy did we get support. There are far too many wonderful volunteers to name individually in this thank you. But you all should know that your effort was, is and will continue to be greatly appreciated by the members of Amvets Post 46. Quite frankly we were a bit bowled over by how many of you came to help. Our success was fueled by the constant stream of volunteers who kept coming in to do whatever they could. Your help was needed. Your gift of it is appreciated. Thank you all for giving it so freely.

I said I wouldn’t list volunteers’ names, and I won’t. But I would be remiss if I did not give a shout out to the members’ wives, families and even grandchildren who came and helped. In the same way special mention is due to two people one a member of the post and one not. Thanks to Dick McEvoy and to K.K. Antkoviak both of whom played a large role in organizing the volunteer effort. Personally, I want to thank our members for once again coming through and working like - well - soldiers to get the job done.

Finally, I will pass on a comment that we heard a lot on the 7th. It was to the effect that the breakfast was fun because it seemed to be such a community gathering. Benefitting our shared community is a core charge of our post. And from my vantage point in the kitchen it seemed that the tables full of people eating, talking and just enjoying one another’s company, epitomized what it is that makes our shared island so wonderful.

To all of you who made it happen thank you. I hope we will see you all again for Labor Day..

Jim Latta, Quartermaster
AMVETS Post 46

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 14, 2019

This afternoon Joe and I head off to the mainland. It's time for blood tests, CAT scan, and whatever else they decide upon to see if I'm still in remission. Those darn little critters (nerves) are making my stomach a bit jumpy but as my 94 year old mother says, "it'll all work out". So am taking a deep breath, pulling up my big girl panties, going for it and praying that the cancer is still in remission. I am taking my computer so I can still do the weather.

It's 53° this morning, sunny skies, wind is from the ESE at 1 mph, humidity is 96%, pressure is 30.13 inches. Today will be mainly sunny. Tonight will have a few passing clouds but a stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Pollen levels are low-medium at 4.6 while the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and dock. Marine forecast as follows:
Today West wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight South wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Night Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 feet. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE in 1882, John Ringo, the famous gun-fighting gentleman, is found dead in Turkey Creek Canyon, Arizona.

Romanticized in both life and death, John Ringo was supposedly a Shakespeare-quoting gentleman whose wit was as quick as his gun. Some believed he was college educated, and his sense of honor and courage was sometimes compared to that of a British lord. In truth, Ringo was not a formally educated man, and he came from a struggling working-class Indiana family that gave him few advantages. Yet, he does appear to have been better read than most of his associates, and he clearly cultivated an image as a refined gentleman.

By the time he was 12, Ringo was already a crack shot with either a pistol or rifle. He left home when he was 19, eventually ending up in Texas, where in 1875 he became involved in a local feud known as the “Hoodoo War.” He killed at least two men, but seems to have either escaped prosecution, or when arrested, escaped his jail cell. By 1878, he was described as “one of the most desperate men in the frontier counties” of Texas, and he decided it was time to leave the state.

In 1879, Ringo resurfaced in southeastern Arizona, where he joined the motley ranks of outlaws and gunslingers hanging around the booming mining town of Tombstone. Nicknamed “Dutch,” Ringo had a reputation for being a reserved loner who was dangerous with a gun. He haunted the saloons of Tombstone and was probably an alcoholic. Not long after he arrived, Ringo shot a man dead for refusing to join him in a drink. Somehow, he again managed to avoid imprisonment by temporarily leaving town. He was not involved in the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral in 1881, but he did later challenge Doc Holliday (one of the survivors of the O.K. Corral fight) to a shootout. Holliday declined and citizens disarmed both men.

The manner of Ringo’s demise remains something of a mystery. He seems to have become despondent in 1882, perhaps because his family had treated him coldly when he had earlier visited them in San Jose. Witnesses reported that he began drinking even more heavily than usual. On this day in 1882, he was found dead in Turkey Creek Canyon outside of Tombstone. It looked as if Ringo had shot himself in the head and the official ruling was that he had committed suicide. Some believed, however, that he had been murdered either by his drinking friend Frank “Buckskin” Leslie or a young gambler named “Johnny-Behind-the-Deuce.” To complicate matters further, Wyatt Earp later claimed that he had killed Ringo. The truth remains obscure to this day.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Microsoft founder Bill Gates encourages the Giving Pledge, a notion that, if you are fortunate enough, you should be giving 50 percent of your wealth to those who need it most. As of 2013, he has donated $28 billion and has saved around 6 million lives by bringing vaccines and better healthcare to people worldwide.

WORD OF THE DAY embezzle (im-BEZZ-ul) which means to appropriate. English has a lot of verbs that mean "to steal," including pilfer, rob, swipe, plunder, filch, and thieve. Embezzle differs from these by stressing the improper appropriation of property to which a person is entrusted—often in the form of company funds. First appearing in English in the 15th century, embezzle derives via Middle English from the Anglo-French embesiller, meaning "to make away," formed from the prefix en- and the verb besiller, meaning "to steal or plunder." Related to embezzle is bezzle, a verb used in some British English dialects to mean "to waste or plunder" or "to drink or eat to excess."

Historical Society Spring 2019 Newsletter

July 13, 2019

Chuck Carpenter RIP

Charles Ira Carpenter, 85, passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at American House in Holland. Chuck was born on Mackinac Island in 1933 to Charles and Ardis Carpenter. He graduated from Holland High School in 1951 and later from Grand Rapids Junior College. He served in the US Marine Corp where he was stationed in Japan.

Chuck would go on to work for Bolhuis Manufacturing and Johnson Controls. He and his wife Jean retired to Beaver Island where they have lived for the last 20 years. Chuck was an avid golfer, hunter, fisherman and enjoyed playing cards with his friends.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Ardis Carpenter, brothers Joe and Don Carpenter, friends Jack Bolhuis, Bob Weirda and Dale Bekker. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean Carpenter; children Sue (Rick) Middlecamp, Charles Carpenter; grandchildren Courtney, Kaitlin and Joscelyn; great-grandchildren Carter and Charles.

A memorial gathering to celebrate his life will be 6-8 pm, Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at Lakeshore Memorial Services, 11939 James Street, Holland. At 7:15 there will be a time of sharing followed by military honors.

Please visit www.lakeshorememorial.com to leave a message or memory for the Carpenter family.

Interests-An Editorial by Joe Moore

July 13, 2019

In a conversation with a friend whom I hadn't seen in about ten years, I was asked about what I was doing now that I'm no longer doing EMS, having retired from EMS and from teaching ten years earlier. The conveersation cam around to what I was interested in, and I had a hard time coming up with the specifics of interests that this person was trying to nail me down to describing. I spoke about the pelican with the pouch injury, and I told him about the fascination that I have with the osprey. You know we have the only nesting pair of osprey on any island in the Great Lakes, or so I've been told.

Yes, I'm interested in the osprey, the loons, beaver, muskrats, and all the animals and wildlife on Beaver Island. After this conversation, I decided to take a week and just take pictures of things that interested me. The variety is quite larger than the most obvious of Barney's Lake, Gull Harbor, and the microwave tower, although they are included in several stories. This conversation ended with, "I don't know how I ever had time to do all the things that I enjoy doing."

Golfing is definitely on the list although the frequency has decreased since the passing of my good friend that played every day. Fishing hasn't happened in quite a while, but I love doing that too. Just wading in the water is fun also. Looking at all of God's creations, human, animal, insect, etc is a passion as well. So, here are a few things that I've found interesting in the last week.

These were just some of the interesting items seen in the last week. I can't imagine how many more I'll see in the next week.

The one that caught my attention and got the old brain wondering was this head scratching question. How did that horse get out of the electric fenced area?

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 13, 2019

Another beautiful morning, sunny skies with a few clouds, 64°, humidity is 93%, wind is from the west at 5 mph, pressure is 29.88 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. It should be all sun by this afternoon and clear skies tonight. Pollen levels are low-medium at 4.5 with the top allergens being grasses, plantain, and dock. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy then becoming mostly sunny in the morning then becoming sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight West wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday West wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Night South wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1985, at Wembley Stadium in London, Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially open Live Aid, a worldwide rock concert organized to raise money for the relief of famine-stricken Africans. Continued at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia (where Joan Baez famously kicked it off by telling the crowd "this is your Woodstock, and it's long overdue") and at other arenas around the world, the 16-hour “superconcert” was globally linked by satellite to more than a billion viewers in 110 nations. In a triumph of technology and good will, the event raised more than $125 million in famine relief for Africa.

Live Aid was the brainchild of Bob Geldof, the singer of an Irish rock group called the Boomtown Rats. In 1984, Geldof traveled to Ethiopia after hearing news reports of a horrific famine that had killed hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians and threatened to kill millions more. After returning to London, he called Britain’s and Ireland’s top pop artists together to record a single to benefit Ethiopian famine relief. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was written by Geldof and Ultravox singer Midge Ure and performed by “Band Aid,” an ensemble that featured Culture Club, Duran Duran, Phil Collins, U2, Wham!, and others. It was the best-selling single in Britain to that date and raised more than $10 million.

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was also a No. 1 hit in the United States and inspired U.S. pop artists to come together and perform “We Are the World,” a song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. “USA for Africa,” as the U.S. ensemble was known, featured Jackson, Richie, Geldof, Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, and many others. The single went to the top of the charts and eventually raised $44 million.

With the crisis continuing in Ethiopia, and the neighboring Sudan also stricken with famine, Geldof proposed Live Aid, an ambitious global charity concert aimed at raising more funds and increasing awareness of the plight of many Africans. Organized in just 10 weeks, Live Aid was staged on Saturday, July 13, 1985. More than 75 acts performed, including Elton John, Queen, Madonna, Santana, Run DMC, Sade, Sting, Bryan Adams, the Beach Boys, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Queen, Duran Duran, U2, the Who, Tom Petty, Neil Young, and Eric Clapton. The majority of these artists performed at either Wembley Stadium in London, where a crowd of 70,000 turned out, or at Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium, where 100,000 watched. Thirteen satellites beamed a live television broadcast of the event to more than one billion viewers in 110 countries. More than 40 of these nations held telethons for African famine relief during the broadcast.

A memorable performance of the concert was by Queen, particularly frontman Freddie Mercury, who unexpectedly stole the show with a fierce performance. With the group losing steam as they went into the early 1980s after a career of multiple hits, they offered the crowd an unforgettable 20-minute performance. Going from "Bohemian Rhapsody" to "We Will Rock You" and finishing with "We Are the Champions," Queen captivated the audience with a journey through their hits, with Mercury at the helm.

Another top moment was by Phil Collins in Philadelphia after flying by Concorde from London, where he performed at Wembley earlier in the day. He later played drums in a reunion of the surviving members of Led Zeppelin. Beatle Paul McCartney and the Who’s Pete Townsend held Bob Geldof aloft on their shoulders during the London finale, which featured a collective performance of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Six hours later, the U.S. concert ended with “We Are the World.”

Live Aid eventually raised $127 million in famine relief for African nations, and the publicity it generated encouraged Western nations to make available enough surplus grain to end the immediate hunger crisis in Africa. Geldof was later knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his efforts.

In early July 2005, Geldof staged a series of “Live 8″ concerts in 11 countries around the world to help raise awareness of global poverty. Organizers, led by Geldof, purposely scheduled the concert days before the annual G8 summit in an effort to increase political pressure on G8 nations to address issues facing the extremely poor around the world. Live 8 claims that an estimated 3 billion people watched 1,000 musicians perform in 11 shows, which were broadcast on 182 television networks and by 2,000 radio stations. Unlike Live Aid, Live 8 was intentionally not billed as a fundraiser–Geldof’s slogan was, “We don’t want your money, we want your voice.” Perhaps in part because of the spotlight brought to such issues by Live 8, the G8 subsequently voted to cancel the debt of 18 of the world’s poorest nations, make AIDS drugs more accessible, and double levels of annual aid to Africa, to $50 billion by 2010.

DID YOU KNOW THAT in the early 20th century, those who resided in North Frisia under Prussian rule were not allowed to raise the Danish flag. But some crafty North Frisians took action by breeding a pig, known as the Danish Protest Pig, to be red in color, with a large white stripe around its belly—thus creating an animal version of the flag. As they technically did not break the law, and because it wouldn’t have been feasible to ban the breeding of pigs, the Danes successfully protested Prussia.

WORD OF THE DAY torrid (TOR-id) which means 1) a : parched with heat especially of the sun : hot; b : giving off intense heat : scorching; 2) : ardent, passionate. Torrid derives from the Latin verb torrēre, which means "to burn" or "to parch" and is an ancestor of our word toast. Despite the dry implications of this root, it is also an ancestor of torrent, which can refer to a violent stream of liquid (as in "a torrent of rain"). Torrid first appeared in English in the 16th century, and was originally used to describe something burned or scorched by exposure to the sun. The term torrid zone later came about to refer to tropical regions of the Earth. Torrid has taken on several extended meanings that we would use for hot, including "showing fiery passion," as in "torrid love letters," or "displaying unusual luck or fortune," as in "a baseball player on a torrid hitting streak."


Could this be the 30th Annual Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive?


A special meeting of the Peaine Township Election Commission will be held on
Monday July 15, 2019, at 2:00pm
at the Peaine Township Hall
36825 Kings Hwy
Beaver Island, MI 49782


  1. Approve Minutes of 10/11/18 Special Election Commission Meeting
  2. Appoint Election Inspectors for the August 6th, 2019 Election
  3. Appoint Receiving Board Members for the August 6th, 2019 Election

Men's Summer Golf League-Week 5 Results

Ron and Larry are leading the pack with Gerald and Kirk followed by Kevin and Mike making a surge.

Gull Harbor Wade

July 12, 2019

The plan is to have the time to wade the Gull Harbor Road from one end of the protected area to the other end. This is something planned to be done monthly to keep track of the high water levels. There was another reason to do this wading today. After an unsuccessful pelican capture, the editor wanted to rule out Gull Harbor area as a location for the retreat of the pelican. This was a combined reason for the wading, and both were accomplished on this day.

The water is at least 38 inches deep over the roadway without including the waves. At one point, the camera around the editor's neck needed to be held up to chest level to keep the waves from splashing on the cameras. The walking trail behind the former ponds has at least six to eight inches of water over the top of the trail, and trees are coming down due to the water loosening the roots from the ground.

View a gallery of photos taken on the wade HERE

View video of the wade HERE

Christie Heller Purdue and Mike Purdue Have Twins

Welcome to the world BOYS! Henrik Heller Perdue (6lbs 4ozs) and Bo Michael Perdue (6lbs 14ozs) surprised us all by arriving a bit early on Monday July 8, 2019. Boys are at the NICU in Traverse City building up their lung strength. Sisters are over the moon happy and can’t wait to snuggle their brothers! Thank you for all the prayers and positive thoughts. God is good! @mperdue11 @ Traverse City, Michigan

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 12, 2019

Perfect morning, clear skies, sunny, 56°, wind from the NNW at 2 mph, humidity is 98%, pressure is 29.97 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Today will be mostly sunny with a few afternoon clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Pollen levels are low-medium at 4.3 while the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and dock. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Saturday Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday Night Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signs into law a measure calling for the awarding of a U.S. Army Medal of Honor, in the name of Congress, “to such noncommissioned officers and privates as shall most distinguish themselves by their gallantry in action, and other soldier-like qualities during the present insurrection.” The previous December, Lincoln had approved a provision creating a U.S. Navy Medal of Valor, which was the basis of the Army Medal of Honor created by Congress in July 1862. The first U.S. Army soldiers to receive what would become the nation’s highest military honor were six members of a Union raiding party who in 1862 penetrated deep into Confederate territory to destroy bridges and railroad tracks between Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Atlanta, Georgia.

In 1863, the Medal of Honor was made a permanent military decoration available to all members, including commissioned officers, of the U.S. military. It is conferred upon those who have distinguished themselves in actual combat at risk of life beyond the call of duty.

DID YOU KNOW THAT dogs have been known for the longest time as man’s best friend, but Americans are increasingly taking that to a new level. A 2017 study from Rover.com conducted over three years found that 54 percent of dog owners are willing to end a relationship if their pup doesn’t like their partner.

The study also found that 94 percent of dog owners consider their dogs to be a part of their family, and 78 percent include their pups in major family moments. Since one in four people said they bring their cuddly companions on first dates, maybe consider bringing dog treats instead of flowers next time.

WORD OF THE DAY dearth (DERTH) which means 1) scarcity that makes dear; specifically: famine. 2) an inadequate supply: lack. The facts about the history of the word dearth are quite simple: the word derives from the Middle English form derthe, which has the same meaning as our modern term. That Middle English form is assumed to have developed from an Old English form that was probably spelled dierth and was related to dēore, the Old English form that gave us the word dear. (Dear also once meant "scarce," but that sense of the word is now obsolete.) Dearth, in one form or another, has been used to describe things that are in short supply since at least the 13th century, when it often referred to a shortage of food.

Celebrate World Firefly Day by Keeping Nights Dark

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From a Former BICS Graduate, Now a Teacher

July 11, 2019

There are certain expressions we see in the faces of others that leave an indelible imprint on our psyche.  

Maybe a long lost reuinion of old friends where double-takes and jaw dropping makes for wide eyes.  

Or, maybe you've seen that 5 (or 45) year old boy get that toy they've been dream-surfing about for eons.  That expression looks more like ants crawling up the leg, bouncing and eyebrows stretching back the scalp.

I have a bit of a crazy idea, and by the way of introducing it to you, I'd like to share a magical expression that I have saved in my memory locker from when I was a boy.

My dad was a teacher on the Island when I was little, and that meant that I had to go to school earlier than the other kids.  I'd spend this time waiting for the sun to peek over the lighthouse while thumbing through a book in the school library.

It was one of these mornings when the magic happened.

You see, an Island family had a dog named Stubby (to be honest, I think there were several 'Stubbys' over the years). In any event, to a 1st grader like me, this Stubby looked like Clifford the Big Red Dog's younger, and tanner cousin.

Now when this Island family went out commercial fishing each day, Stubby went out looking for treats.  All dogs know that the best percentages for treats come from walking up to a religious sister and begging.

At that time, the Convent wasn't a vacation residence, it housed Dominican nuns. One of those nuns was Sr. Marie Eugene. Sr. Marie taught K-3 in one room.

It was an intense experience being her student- something akin to basic training in the military, just with more Elmer's glue in some spots. 

Anyhow, Stubby took a liking to the fact that Sr. Marie Eugene took a liking to giving him a treat.  

So, instead of just hanging around the Convent, Stubby would whimper one treat down there, and follow Sister up the hill looking for more.

In those days, Dominican sisters wore lots of layers of robe-like dresses and whatnot. Could have been several tactical secret pockets with dog buscuits in there for all I know.

In any event, I saw Sister walking up the hill to school. Stubby followed a few steps behind.  

I could see Sister turn around a few times pointing a finger. 

Stubby's ears and tail would drop a notch, and he'd stop for a moment.  

Once Sister started moving, Stubby would saunter a few steps behind as before.

This continued until Sister unlocked the front door. 

Stubby must've thought that this "school place" was where the treats came from, because his whole demeanor changed.

He crouched down low, and set off with power! He went right between Sister's legs, nearly knocking her down.  I could see her glasses bounce on her nose as she tried her best not to become unsaddled by the excited lab.  

Her eyes showed pure terror while her jaw and mouth were set with a fury few mortals have witnessed and lived to speak of.

The ride itself only lasted a few seconds, and Sister caught herself with one hand on the school door. Her landing was what kids would later call a "Japan Air" in the X-games. Once she gathered her wits, she looked at me watching in the window.

A braver kid would have nose-dived back in the book, pretending not to notice. I left the book where it was in midair, and bolted as quick as Stubby to my Dad's classroom.

Stubby became very skilled at timing his entry into the school. In fact, none of our administrators could really stop him.  He'd visit a classroom, knock the stuff off your desk with his tail, determine whether a treat was available, and leave without a word when he was satisfied that there were other more important errands to attend to.

A lifetime or two after this, and much to the karmic delight of my past educators, I became a teacher myself.  I inherited some traits from my dad: hating paperwork, and developing an ability to smile politely during non-essential meetings (if you've been to an essential meeting at school as a teacher, let me know....)

I never developed Sister Marie Eugene's innate rodeo balance or her ability to draw the letter "F" in such a way that it would inject fear into the recipient.  

However, even as a kid I noticed that after a while, kids were no longer distracted by a dog in the classroom, they were actually less stressed.

Science has proven this in the past several years.  In my own classroom, I've secured the permissions to have a highly trained dog at school. It was quite a logistical/legal gauntlet, let me tell you.

However, I can say with complete confidence that having a dog with me at school has decreased truancy, helped at least one kid not to run away, and brought several openly defiant kiddos back into the building.

Each morning, Jamie, the lab I've been borrowing from a neighbor, will greet each kid that comes in my door. Sometimes he'll stay with this or that kiddo a little longer. At first I didn't understand why this was happening. Now, I think that I do.

There was this little girl down at the office one day. She was stewing something fierce. She wasn't talking, but I could see four letter words being formed on her lips and clenched jaw. Looked like she was even clenching up her toes waiting to unload on the principal.

I was taking Jamie out to water his favorite bush, and he walked right up to that kid. She immediately relaxed and petted the dog. After a few moments, I asked how she was. 

"Ok, I guess. I'm in trouble."

"Sorry kiddo, hope it goes ok for ya."


Later on, I learned the kid's story.  Imagine the most traumatizing thing you could come home to.  That's what this kid came home to a few years prior.

Visiting with a dog isn't gonna fix that. Not much will. However, visiting with a dog can help provide a relief from looping negative thoughts.  Our minds can take us to some dark places if we're not careful.  A visit with a trained canine can break that cycle, and help a kiddo to get a different perspective.

Now, I've got a few months of having a dog in the classroom most school days. Might be one of the few teachers in the country trying it. I don't have longitudinal data, just my own experiences and about a decade of teaching.

It makes a positive difference.  Kids will work extra hard to have their furry friend in class.  They will tenaciously police any food that is dropped.  

The class has another shared and united purpose outside of themselves. 

Individual kids can find calm despite past trauma (which is tenfold more common than most folks think: incarcerated parent(s), sleeping in a car, substance abuse, etc.)

I visited a kennel that specializes in English Cream Golden Retrievers (a more relaxed breed than the Labrador). I met the momma and papa dogs, checking for temperament.  

I put a deposit down on a puppy.  Due to the "job" this dog will have, I've been given "pick of the litter." That doesn't happen anymore.  It costs the breeder a considerable amount of money.

This specialized breed with specialized training will cost a great deal of money.  

Would you be willing to donate a dollar or two to my cause for kids? 

This really does make a difference. Each time we get a little closer to the goal, I have an expression that causes my wife and kids to laugh.  I don't think it's as expressive as Sr. Marie Eugene's, but it is like scoring a goal for a kiddo with lots of burdens.  It's one way we can brighten their days.

If you can help, here's the link

Thanks for thinking it over! Puppys' eyes are opening. That's a pretty great expression too :) 

From Phillip Michael Moore

Info on Pelican

July 11, 2019

“It came to my attention that there is an injured white pelican that has been seen near the lighthouse in the harbor for several days. I am writing to let you know that we are aware of the situation and the bird appears to have an injury to the pouch under the bill. The extent of that injury is unknown.

I have been in contact with the local deputy and DNR officer regarding this matter, as well as a veterinarian and wildlife rehabilitator. An attempt was made to capture the bird in order to get it to the rehabilitator but the attempt was not successful as the bird is able to swim and fly.

At this time I recommend that if you observe the pelican that you please keep your distance to prevent any additional stress to the animal.

To all that reported the pelican to us, Thank you. I appreciate your concern and interest."

Sincerely, Jennifer Kleitch, local DNR Wildlife Biologist

Our local summer deputy, with some CMU students, was the one that attempted to capture the pelican. That capture attempt was unsuccessful, and the pelican flew off around the harbor area. The pelican may still be in the harbor area somewhere.

After the wade of Gull Harbor on Friday, it is absolutely certain that the pelican did not go to Gull Harbor.

St. James Board Meeting

for July 10, 2019

(Posted July 5, 2019, at 4:45 p.m. Video added on July 11, 2019)

1.       Agenda

2.       Monthly Finance Report

3.        Supervisor’s Lens

a.       Finance

b.      Non-Motorized Paved Trail

c.       Font Lake Drawdown

d.      Anderson/Woollam Marina Project

e.      Webinar 2 of 6 Michigan and Marijuana: How to Frame A Public Conversation Around Local Marijuana Regulation

f.        BIHS Request to Remove Pocket Park and Streetlight

g.       Reapprove National Floodplain Insurance Program Ordinance

h.      Municipal Dock Employee Restructuring 2019

4.       Finance Committee Report

5.       Ordinances

a.       Flood Plan Management

b.      Recreational Marijuana Opt-Out

6.       Recreational Marijuana Webinar 2: Public Input

7.       BIHS Letter of Request

Marijuana Public Engagement Slides

View video of the meeting HERE

Thank you to Dawn Marsh for recording this meeting!


Holy Cross Bulletin for July 2019

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Minutes

July 11, 2019 (Received date and posted date)

June 27, 2019    2:00 PM (Date of the meeting)

View the minutes HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 11, 2019

It's 60° this morning, feels like 58° thanks to the WNW wind at 14 mph, humidity is 81%, pressure is 29.88 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. The cloudy skies this morning will be come partly cloudy by this afternoon. Winds will be from the NW at 10 to 20 mph. Pollen levels are low-medium at 3.6 while the top allergens are grasses, dock, and nettle. Marine report as follows:
Overnight Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Waves 2 feet or less.
Thursday Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Thursday Night North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE in 1804, in a duel held in Weehawken, New Jersey, Vice President Aaron Burr fatally shoots his long-time political antagonist Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, a leading Federalist and the chief architect of America’s political economy, died the following day.

Alexander Hamilton, born on the Caribbean island of Nevis, came to the American colonies in 1773 as a poor immigrant. (There is some controversy as to the year of his birth, but it was either 1755 or 1757.) In 1776, he joined the Continental Army in the American Revolution, and his relentless energy and remarkable intelligence brought him to the attention of General George Washington, who took him on as an aid. Ten years later, Hamilton served as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, and he led the fight to win ratification of the final document, which created the kind of strong, centralized government that he favored. In 1789, he was appointed the first secretary of the treasury by President Washington, and during the next six years he crafted a sophisticated monetary policy that saved the young U.S. government from collapse. With the emergence of political parties, Hamilton was regarded as a leader of the Federalists.

Aaron Burr, born into a prestigious New Jersey family in 1756, was also intellectually gifted, and he graduated from the College of New Jersey (later Princeton) at the age of 17. He joined the Continental Army in 1775 and distinguished himself during the Patriot attack on Quebec. A masterful politician, he was elected to the New State Assembly in 1783 and later served as state attorney. In 1790, he defeated Alexander Hamilton’s father-in-law in a race for the U.S. Senate.

Hamilton came to detest Burr, whom he regarded as a dangerous opportunist, and he often spoke ill of him. When Burr ran for the vice presidency in 1796 on Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican ticket (the forerunner of the Democratic Party), Hamilton launched a series of public attacks against Burr, stating, “I feel it is a religious duty to oppose his career.” John Adams won the presidency, and in 1797 Burr left the Senate and returned to the New York Assembly.

In 1800, Jefferson chose Burr again as his running mate. Burr aided the Democratic-Republican ticket by publishing a confidential document that Hamilton had written criticizing his fellow Federalist President John Adams. This caused a rift in the Federalists and helped Jefferson and Burr win the election with 73 electoral votes each.

Under the electoral procedure then prevailing, president and vice president were not voted for separately; the candidate who received the most votes was elected president, and the second in line, vice president. The vote then went to the House of Representatives. What at first seemed but an electoral technicality—handing Jefferson victory over his running mate—developed into a major constitutional crisis when Federalists in the lame-duck Congress threw their support behind Burr. After a remarkable 35 tie votes, a small group of Federalists changed sides and voted in Jefferson’s favor. Alexander Hamilton, who had supported Jefferson as the lesser of two evils, was instrumental in breaking the deadlock.

Burr became vice president, but Jefferson grew apart from him, and he did not support Burr’s renomination to a second term in 1804. That year, a faction of New York Federalists, who had found their fortunes drastically diminished after the ascendance of Jefferson, sought to enlist the disgruntled Burr into their party and elect him governor. Hamilton campaigned against Burr with great fervor, and Burr lost the Federalist nomination and then, running as an independent for governor, the election. In the campaign, Burr’s character was savagely attacked by Hamilton and others, and after the election he resolved to restore his reputation by challenging Hamilton to a duel, or an “affair of honor,” as they were known.

Affairs of honor were commonplace in America at the time, and the complex rules governing them usually led to an honorable resolution before any actual firing of weapons. In fact, the outspoken Hamilton had been involved in several affairs of honor in his life, and he had resolved most of them peaceably. No such recourse was found with Burr, however, and on July 11, 1804, the enemies met at 7 a.m. at the dueling grounds near Weehawken, New Jersey. It was the same spot where Hamilton’s son had died defending his father’s honor in 1801.

There are conflicting accounts of what happened next. According to Hamilton’s “second”—his assistant and witness in the duel—Hamilton decided the duel was morally wrong and deliberately fired into the air. Burr’s second claimed that Hamilton fired at Burr and missed. What happened next is agreed upon: Burr shot Hamilton in the stomach, and the bullet lodged next to his spine. Hamilton was taken back to New York, and he died the next afternoon.

Few affairs of honor actually resulted in deaths, and the nation was outraged by the killing of a man as eminent as Alexander Hamilton. Charged with murder in New York and New Jersey, Burr, still vice president, returned to Washington, D.C., where he finished his term immune from prosecution.

In 1805, Burr, thoroughly discredited, concocted a plot with James Wilkinson, commander-in-chief of the U.S. Army, to seize the Louisiana Territory and establish an independent empire, which Burr, presumably, would lead. He contacted the British government and unsuccessfully pleaded for assistance in the scheme. Later, when border trouble with Spanish Mexico heated up, Burr and Wilkinson conspired to seize territory in Spanish America for the same purpose.

In the fall of 1806, Burr led a group of well-armed colonists toward New Orleans, prompting an immediate U.S. investigation. General Wilkinson, in an effort to save himself, turned against Burr and sent dispatches to Washington accusing Burr of treason. In February 1807, Burr was arrested in Louisiana for treason and sent to Virginia to be tried in a U.S. court. In September, he was acquitted on a technicality. Nevertheless, public opinion condemned him as a traitor, and he fled to Europe. He later returned to private life in New York, the murder charges against him forgotten. He died in 1836.

DID YOU KNOW THAT you might not want to bring up the popular video game Frogger in Germany. There, they like to protect their frogs, toads, and other amphibians. In order to save them from harm when crossing the street, conservation organizations installed more than 800 fences along popular roadways. Along these fences are buckets, so when they try to cross, they eventually hop into one. At the end of the day, wildlife conservationists collect the buckets and release frogs across the road into a nearby forest with ponds and lakes.

WORD OF THE DAY ostentatious (ah-stun-TAY-shus) which means attracting or seeking to attract attention, admiration, or envy often by gaudiness or obviousness. Showy, pretentious, and ostentatious all mean "given to outward display," but there are subtle differences in their meanings. Showy implies an imposing or striking appearance, but usually also implies cheapness or bad taste. Pretentious suggests an appearance of importance not justified by a thing's value or a person's standing. Ostentatious is the biggest show-off, stressing the vanity of the display. English speakers derived ostentatious from the noun ostentation, which can be traced back, via Middle French, to the Latin verb ostentare (meaning "to display"), a frequentative form of the verb ostendere, meaning "to show."

Familiar Faces 23

By Joe Moore

There once was a young man from the city, who sat and listened to the old man.  He proceeded to tell the young man about the many things that he had done in his life.  One thing after another in historical order.  The young man sat and listened while drinking an after work drink at the bar and restaurant that the young man worked.

It was so boring to hear all of this, but it seemed impossible that one person had done this much in one lifetime.  The young man said, “How could you have been all these different people in just one lifetime?”
The old man said, “You will see and understand when you get older.”

Read the rest of the story HERE

BIHS Picnic at the Point

July 10, 2019

Today's presenter was Lori Taylor-Blitz, museum director

This presentation was a combined history of the Print Shop, and introduction to the history of that building, the announcements of activities during next week's Museum Week, and a short discussion on the mural at the Marine Museum and its restoration. Many pictures of the Print Shop as well as the plans for the future addition were also discussed.

Attendees at the Picnic at the Point

Some others attended also

The future plans for the Print Shop were discussed.

View video of the presentation HERE

New Voter Rights

A Day on the Mainland

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 10, 2019

We had .08 inches of rain during the night...more like a heavy drool, but we'll take it. Right now we have partly cloudy skies, 66°, humidity is at 88%, wind is from the SE at 5 mph, pressure is 29.87 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are low-medium at 3.3 while the top allergens are grasses, dock, and nettle. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots becoming southwest. Gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers in the morning. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight West wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Waves 2 feet or less.
Thursday Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Thursday Night Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE in 1925, in Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called Scopes Monkey Trial begins with John Thomas Scopes, a young high school science teacher, accused of teaching evolution in violation of a Tennessee state law.

The law, which had been passed in March, made it a misdemeanor punishable by fine to “teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.” With local businessman George Rappleyea, Scopes had conspired to get charged with this violation, and after his arrest the pair enlisted the aid of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to organize a defense. Hearing of this coordinated attack on Christian fundamentalism, William Jennings Bryan, the three-time Democratic presidential candidate and a fundamentalist hero, volunteered to assist the prosecution. Soon after, the great attorney Clarence Darrow agreed to join the ACLU in the defense, and the stage was set for one of the most famous trials in U.S. history.

On July 10, the Monkey Trial got underway, and within a few days hordes of spectators and reporters had descended on Dayton as preachers set up revival tents along the city’s main street to keep the faithful stirred up. Inside the Rhea County Courthouse, the defense suffered early setbacks when Judge John Raulston ruled against their attempt to prove the law unconstitutional and then refused to end his practice of opening each day’s proceeding with prayer.

Outside, Dayton took on a carnival-like atmosphere as an exhibit featuring two chimpanzees and a supposed “missing link” opened in town, and vendors sold Bibles, toy monkeys, hot dogs, and lemonade. The missing link was in fact Jo Viens of Burlington, Vermont, a 51-year-old man who was of short stature and possessed a receding forehead and a protruding jaw. One of the chimpanzees–named Joe Mendi–wore a plaid suit, a brown fedora, and white spats, and entertained Dayton’s citizens by monkeying around on the courthouse lawn.

In the courtroom, Judge Raulston destroyed the defense’s strategy by ruling that expert scientific testimony on evolution was inadmissible–on the grounds that it was Scopes who was on trial, not the law he had violated. The next day, Raulston ordered the trial moved to the courthouse lawn, fearing that the weight of the crowd inside was in danger of collapsing the floor.

In front of several thousand spectators in the open air, Darrow changed his tactics and as his sole witness called Bryan in an attempt to discredit his literal interpretation of the Bible. In a searching examination, Bryan was subjected to severe ridicule and forced to make ignorant and contradictory statements to the amusement of the crowd. On July 21, in his closing speech, Darrow asked the jury to return a verdict of guilty in order that the case might be appealed. Under Tennessee law, Bryan was thereby denied the opportunity to deliver the closing speech he had been preparing for weeks. After eight minutes of deliberation, the jury returned with a guilty verdict, and Raulston ordered Scopes to pay a fine of $100, the minimum the law allowed. Although Bryan had won the case, he had been publicly humiliated and his fundamentalist beliefs had been disgraced. Five days later, on July 26, he lay down for a Sunday afternoon nap and never woke up.

In 1927, the Tennessee Supreme Court overturned the Monkey Trial verdict on a technicality but left the constitutional issues unresolved until 1968, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a similar Arkansas law on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Tsutomu Yamaguchi survived both nuclear attacks to Japan when the U.S. dropped atomic bombs during World War II. Some 260,000 people survived the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, but Japanese engineer Tsutomu Yamaguchi was one of the very few who endured the horror of both blasts and lived to the tell the tale.

Tsutomu Yamaguchi was preparing to leave Hiroshima when the atomic bomb fell. The 29-year-old naval engineer was on a three-month-long business trip for his employer, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and August 6, 1945, was supposed to be his last day in the city. He and his colleagues had spent the summer working long hours on the design for a new oil tanker, and he was looking forward to finally returning home to his wife, Hisako, and their infant son, Katsutoshi.

Around 8:15 that morning, Yamaguchi was walking to Mitsubishi’s shipyard a final time when he heard the drone of an aircraft overhead. Looking skyward, he saw an American B-29 bomber soar over the city and drop a small object connected to a parachute. Suddenly, the sky erupted in a blaze of light, which Yamaguchi later described as resembling the “the lightning of a huge magnesium flare.” He had just enough time to dive into a ditch before an ear-splitting boom rang out. The shock wave that accompanied it sucked Yamaguchi from the ground, spun him in the air like a tornado and sent him hurtling into a nearby potato patch. He’d been less than two miles from ground zero.

“I didn’t know what had happened,” he later told the British newspaper The Times. “I think I fainted for a while. When I opened my eyes, everything was dark, and I couldn’t see much. It was like the start of a film at the cinema, before the picture has begun when the blank frames are just flashing up without any sound.” The atomic blast had kicked up enough dust and debris to nearly blot out the morning sun. Yamaguchi was surrounded by torrents of falling ash, and he could see a mushroom cloud of fire rising in the sky over Hiroshima. His face and forearms had been badly burned, and both his eardrums were ruptured.

Yamaguchi wandered in a daze toward what remained of the Mitsubishi shipyard. There, he found his coworkers Akira Iwanaga and Kuniyoshi Sato, both of whom had survived the blast. After spending a restless night in an air raid shelter, the men awoke on August 7 and made their way toward the train station, which they had heard was somehow still operating. The journey took them through a nightmarish landscape of still-flickering fires, shattered buildings and charred and melted corpses lining the streets. Many of the city’s bridges had been turned into twisted wreckage, and at one river crossing, Yamaguchi was forced to swim through a layer of floating dead bodies. Upon reaching the station, he boarded a train full of burned and bewildered passengers and settled in for the overnight ride to his hometown of Nagasaki.

While Yamaguchi returned to his wife and child, the whole world turned its attention toward Hiroshima. Sixteen hours after the explosion, President Harry Truman gave a speech that revealed the existence of the atom bomb for the first time. “It is a harnessing of the basic power of the universe,” he said. “The force from which the sun draws its power has been loosed against those who brought war to the Far East.” A B-29 bomber called the “Enola Gay” had taken off from the Pacific island of Tinian and flown some 1,500 miles before detonating a bomb known as “Little Boy” in the skies over Hiroshima. The blast had immediately killed some 80,000 people, and tens of thousands more would perish in the weeks that followed. Truman warned in his statement that if Japan did not surrender, it could expect “a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth.”

Yamaguchi arrived in Nagasaki early in the morning on August 8 and limped to the hospital. The doctor who treated him was a former school classmate, but the blackened burns on Yamaguchi’s hands and face were so severe the man didn’t recognize him at first. Neither did his family. When he returned home afterwards, feverish and swaddled in bandages, his mother accused him of being a ghost.

Despite being on the verge of collapse, Yamaguchi dragged himself out of bed on the morning of August 9 and reported for work at Mitsubishi’s Nagasaki office. Around 11 a.m., he found himself in a meeting with a company director who demanded a full report on Hiroshima. The engineer recounted the scattered events of August 6—the blinding light, the deafening boom—but his superior accused him of being mad. How could a single bomb destroy an entire city? Yamaguchi was trying to explain himself when the landscape outside suddenly exploded with another iridescent white flash. Yamaguchi dropped to the ground just seconds before the shock wave shattered the office windows and sent broken glass and debris careening through the room. “I thought the mushroom cloud had followed me from Hiroshima,” he later told the newspaper The Independent.

The atom bomb that hit Nagasaki was even more powerful than the one dropped on Hiroshima, but as Yamaguchi would later learn, the city’s hilly landscape and a reinforced stairwell had combined to muffle the blast inside the office. His bandages were blown off, and he was hit by yet another surge of cancer-causing radiation, but he emerged relatively unhurt. For the second time in three days, he’d had the misfortune of being within two miles of a nuclear explosion. For the second time, he’d been fortunate enough to survive.

After fleeing from the skeleton of the Mitsubishi building, Yamaguchi rushed through a bomb-ravaged Nagasaki to check on his wife and son. He feared the worst when he saw a section of his house had been reduced to rubble, but he soon found both had sustained only superficial injuries. His wife had been out looking for burn ointment for her husband, and when the explosion came, she and the baby had taken refuge in a tunnel. It was yet another strange twist of fate. If Yamaguchi hadn’t been hurt at Hiroshima, his family might have been killed at Nagasaki.

In the days the followed, Yamaguchi’s double-dose of radiation took its toll. His hair fell out, the wounds on his arms turned gangrenous, and he began vomiting incessantly. He was still languishing in a bomb shelter with his family on August 15, when Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced the country’s surrender in a radio broadcast. “I had no feeling about it,” Yamaguchi later told The Times. “I was neither sorry nor glad. I was seriously ill with a fever, eating almost nothing, hardly even drinking. I thought that I was about to cross to the other side.”

Yet unlike so many victims of radiation exposure, Yamaguchi slowly recovered and went on to live a relatively normal life. He served as a translator for the U.S. armed forces during their occupation of Japan, and later taught school before resuming his engineering career at Mitsubishi. He and his wife even had two more children in the 1950s, both of them girls. Yamaguchi dealt with the horrific memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by writing poetry, but he avoided discussing his experiences publicly until the 2000s, when he released a memoir and became part of the anti-atomic weapons movement. He later journeyed to New York in 2006 and spoke about nuclear disarmament before the United Nations. “Having experienced atomic bombings twice and survived, it is my destiny to talk about it,” he said in his speech.

Tsutomu Yamaguchi wasn’t the only person to endure two atomic blasts. His coworkers Akira Iwanaga and Kuniyoshi Sato were also in Nagasaki when the second bomb fell, as was Shigeyoshi Morimoto, a kite maker who had miraculously survived Hiroshima despite being only a half-mile from ground zero. All told, some 165 people may have experienced both attacks, yet Yamaguchi was the only person officially recognized by the Japanese government as a “nijyuu hibakusha,” or “twice-bombed person.” He finally won the distinction in 2009, only a year before he died at the age of 93.

WORD OF THE DAY lionize (LYE-uh-nyze) which means to treat as an object or great interest or importance. The lion is traditionally regarded as the king of beasts, and perhaps rightly so—the lion is brave, stately, and quite often ferocious. Those qualities that earn the lion respect from other creatures were probably in people's minds when, in the 18th century, lion came to be used for a person who is similarly well-regarded, especially after a long and distinguished career in a particular field. A veteran lawmaker might be considered one of the lions of the Senate; a literary lion has enjoyed a long career as a successful writer. This sense of lion forms the basis of lionize, which first appeared in English in the early 19th century.

Election 8/6/19

To the qualified electors of the following Cities/Townships notice is hereby given that a Special
Election will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, for the purpose of:

Voting on the following proposal (s): (if any)

Beaver Island District Library Prop - 1

Library Millage Proposal

Shall the Beaver Island District Library, County of Charlevoix, be authorized to levy an amount not
to exceed 1.00 mill ($1.00 for each $1,000 of taxable value), of which .9864 mill is a renewal of
the millage rate that expired in 2018 and .0136 mill is new additional millage to restore the
millage rate previously authorized, against all taxable property within the Beaver Island District
Library district for a period of four (4) years, 2019 to 2022, inclusive, for the purpose of
providing funds for all district library purposes authorized by law? The estimate of the revenue
the Beaver Island District Library will collect in the first year of levy (2019) if the millage is
approved and levied by the Library is approximately $116,000.

Julie Gillespie Cecelia Borths, County Clerk
St. James Township, Clerk 203 Antrim St
P.O. Box 85 Charlevoix MI 49720
Beaver Island MI 49782 231-547-7200

The Polls of said election will be open at 7 o’clock a.m. and will remain open until 8 o’clock
p.m. of said day of election.

List of all polling place locations:

St. James Township Hall
37735 Michigan Ave, Beaver Island, MI 49782

AUGUST 6, 2019


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that any qualified elector of any of the above- mentioned Townships who is not already registered, may register to vote at the office of the Township Clerk; the office of the County Clerk; a Secretary of State branch office, or other designated state agency. Registration forms can be obtained at mi.gov/vote and mailed to the Township Clerk. Voters who are already registered may update their registration at www.expressSOS.com.

The last day to register in any other manner other than in-person with the local clerk is Monday, July 22, 2019.

After this date, anyone who qualifies as an elector may register to vote in person with proof of residency (MCL168.492) at the local Clerk’s offices listed below:

• St. James Township Hall……………………………………….37735 Michigan Ave Beaver Island, MI 49782
Special Hours Saturday and Sunday, August 3 & 4, 2019 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This election is for the purpose of:

Voting on the following proposal (s):

Beaver Island District Library Prop - 1

Library Millage Proposal

Shall the Beaver Island District Library, County of Charlevoix, be authorized to levy an amount not to exceed 1.00 mill ($1.00 for each $1,000 of taxable value), of which .9864 mill is a renewal of the millage rate that expired in 2018 and .0136 mill is new additional millage to restore the millage rate previously authorized, against all taxable property within the Beaver Island District Library district for a period of four (4) years, 2019 to 2022, inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for all district library purposes authorized by law? The estimate of the revenue the Beaver Island District Library will collect in the first year of levy (2019) if the millage is approved and levied by the Library is approximately $116,000.

Wednesday July 10, 2019. 6:30pm
St James Township Hall, 37735 Michigan Ave, Beaver Island MI 49782


I. Appointment of Election Inspectors for August 6, 2019 library millage election

2. Appointment of Receiving Board

Julie Gillespie

Absentee Voter Link

Please post this link for absentee ballots for the upcoming election, https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_8716_8728-21037--,00.html


Great Lakes Water Levels

477 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226


DETROIT- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that that based on preliminary data, new record high monthly mean water levels were set on Lake Superior, Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario in June.

The new record June levels are between three and four inches higher than the previous records for the month, which were set in 1986 on Lakes Superior, St. Clair and Erie and in 2017 on Lake Ontario. The records for lakes St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are the highest for any month dating back to 1918. Lake Michigan-Huron was less than one inch from its June record. Additional record high water levels are possible on all the Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair this summer.
“With another wet month across the Great Lakes basin, water levels continued to rise in June and have reached some of the highest levels in our recorded history, which dates back to 1918,” said Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of Watershed Hydrology, Detroit District.

Wet weather continued in June, which allowed water supplies to the lakes to remain high. June was the third consecutive month with above average precipitation across the Great Lake basin as a whole. This persistently wet weather has also allowed stream flows into the Great Lakes to remain well above average for this time of year.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, in coordination with partners in Environment and Climate Change Canada, release the official six month forecast for the Great Lakes. This Monthly Bulletin of Water Levels for the Great Lakes is complete at the beginning of each month, with the latest edition covering the period from July to December. The link can be found at the end of this news release.

For Immediate Release:
July 9, 2019
Release No. 070919-01
Emily Schaefer, 313-226-4681;
313-410-4157 (cell)
477 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226


The Great Lakes region will continue to see the threat of coastal flooding and shoreline erosion especially during storm events. Localized water levels are often impacted by winds and can be significantly higher during storms. Water levels and flow rates in the connecting channels of the Great Lakes are also high and may, depending on winds and other atmospheric conditions, lead to localized flooding.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has authority to support communities in flood fighting by providing technical expertise, and in certain instances, provide flood fight supplies, such as sand bags and plastic sheeting. This assistance must be requested by state authorities. Communities should contact their county emergency management offices, who can begin coordination with the state and the Corps. At this time, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, is providing technical assistance to Macomb, Monroe, St. Clair and Wayne Counties in Michigan. For additional information, contact Emily Schaefer, public affairs specialist, at 313-226-4681 or Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of Watershed Hydrology at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District at 313-226-6442.
To find the Monthly Bulletin of Water Levels for the Great Lakes visit: https://www.lre.usace.army.mil/Missions ... -Forecast/

To find more information about international outflow regulation activities visit:

Osprey Hatchlings

July 9, 2019

The female osprey has been on the edge of the nest for a few days now, three or four. This usually means that the eggs have hatched.

Today, both the male and female were up on the nest, and a picture of at least two hatchlings was taken. There could be another one or even two in the nest, but the picture only contains two.

Beaver Island Association Annual Meeting

July 8, 2019

The Beaver Island Association held its annual meeting at the Beaver Island Community Center beginning at a little after 4 p.m. yesterday. The president of the association is Kevin Boyle with former president Bob Anderson also in attendance.

BIA President Kevin Boyle

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Peaine Township Board Meeting

July 8, 2019

Board Members present


View packet for the meeting HERE

The packet includes the agenda and resolutions, etc.

View video of the meeting HERE

Betsy Smith Centerboard Salvage

by Dick Burris

B.Smith Centerboard salvage:

I still have two cabled deadeyes, one from the "Betsy Smith", and the other from the "Sunnyside" on North Fox Island.

I found the centerboard of the shipwreck "Bessie Smith", that Sawtelle had beneath the pontoons when it broke up in storm (circa "69"), in Iron Ore Bay, on the south end of Beaver Island. I brought the centerboard on the beach to later load on my trailer.

A few days later, Used a snatch block hooked to, what was then, a cable crossing sign, and was sliding it on plank onto the trailer, using the truck, on the end of the rope to slide it on.

There had been some mention about the legality of Shipwreck salvage. I had gone this far, so proceeded to slide the the centerboard, with planks onto the trailer.

I was just finishing the loading, when I blocked off the only vehicle going through that morning. Of all people, it happened to be an (high up DNR official.) I told him I was taking it off the beach, and explained what it was. He told me, at that time there were no restrictions on items taken from the beach; but NOT to take things from the shipwrecks themselves.

Soon after, they included in the restrictions, of artifacts on the beach in their laws. This put an end to my salvage collections.

A lot of the White Oak boards ended up as mantles in many of the fireplaces that I built on the island. Also some of the stone fireplaces had a piece of iron ore installed in them: ore that still lays, in, and around the hull of the wreck.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 9, 2019

Mostly sunny this morning, 53°, humidity is 96%, wind is from the north at 1 mph, pressure is 30.05 inches, and visibility is 7 miles. Pollen levels are low-medium at 3.6. Top allergens are grasses, dock, and nettle. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming onshore. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday South wind 10 to 15 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday Night Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE in 1918, William Faulkner joins the Royal Air Force on this day, but will never see combat because World War I will end before he completes his training.

Faulkner joined the RAF after his high school sweetheart, Estelle, married another man. He quit his hometown, Oxford, Mississippi, visited friends in the North, and headed to Canada, where he joined the Royal Air Force. After the war, he returned to Mississippi, where he wrote poetry. A neighbor funded the publication of his first book of poems, The Marble Faun (1924). His first novel, Soldiers’ Pay, was published two years later.

Faulkner got a second chance at his high school sweetheart when Estelle, now the mother of two, divorced her first husband. She married Faulkner in 1929, and the couple bought and restored a ruined mansion near Oxford while Faulkner finished The Sound and the Fury, published in October 1929. The following year, he published As I Lay Dying, with Light in August (1932) and Absalom, Absalom (1936) following.

Faulkner’s novels challenged conventional forms and were slow to catch on with the reading public. His work did not earn him enough money to support his family, so he supplemented his income selling short stories to magazines and working as a Hollywood screenwriter. He wrote two critically acclaimed films, both starring Humphrey Bogart. To Have and Have Not was based on an Ernest Hemingway novel, and The Big Sleep was based on a mystery by Raymond Chandler. He published a classic collection of short stories, Go Down, Moses, in 1942. The collection included “The Bear,” one of his most famous stories, which had previously appeared in the Saturday Evening Post.

Faulkner’s reputation received a significant boost with the publication of The Portable Faulkner (1946), which included his many stories set in Yoknapatawpha county. Three years later, in 1949, he won the Nobel Prize for literature. His Collected Stories (1950) won the National Book Award. During the rest of his life, he lectured frequently on university campuses. He died of a heart attack at age 65.

DID YOU KNOW that the fire hydrant patent is credited to Frederick Graff Sr., who was the chief engineer for Philadelphia Water Works during the early 1800s. Unfortunately for Graff Sr., the patent was destroyed when the patent office in Washington, D.C., burned down in 1836. After 100 years, retired firefighter George Sigelakis reinvented the hydrant after they had been failing to work in too many critical emergencies.

WORD OF THE DAY donnish (DON-ish) which means bookish, pedantic. The adjective donnish “bookish, pedantic” is a derivative of the Oxbridge term don “a head, fellow, or tutor of a college.” The English noun comes from the Spanish title of respect Don prefixed to a man’s name, as Don Quixote. Spanish don, Portuguese dom ultimately come from Late Latin domnus, a shortening of Latin dominus “lord, master.” Domnus is also the source of Italian Donno, usually reduced to Don, a title of respect for a man, such as Don Corleone. Latin domina “mistress (of a household), lady (of the imperial family)” is the feminine of dominus, and the source of French and English dame, Spanish doña, Portuguese dona, and Italian donna “woman, lady of the house” and Madonna, literally “my lady,” not only a title of the Virgin Mary, but also a respectful form of address equivalent to French madame. In medieval Florence Madonna was shortened to Mona “Ma’am,” an informal but respectful title for a married woman, such as Mona Lisa. In the Neapolitan dialect (and other southern Italian dialects), intervocalic d becomes r, Madonna thereby becoming Maronna, the final a falling away, leaving the interjection Maronn’, a cry of exasperation. Donna has become a female given name in some parts of the United States with large Italian American populations. Donnish entered English in the early 19th century.

St. James Special Public Works Meeting

2 p.m., July 10, 2019

View meeting notice HERE

Cool Summer Mornings

by Cindy Ricksgers

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging July 2019 Update

July 8, 2019

Should 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. 

A draft survey was sent to Judy Gallagher and Carol Creasser on June 5, 2019, to review and provide input regarding COA services and programs for the Seniors on Beaver Island.  The PABI board wanted to assist with this survey as they felt they too could benefit from the survey results.  This was developed out of a request from residents during the County Board of Commissioners meeting in May.  I have followed up and am waiting for a response to date.

The COA recently collaborated with the BI Health Center, Dale Boehm and Lindsay Bauman, Au.D., Doctor of Audiology for Great Lakes Ear Nose & Throat Specialists to get some free hearing screenings for seniors.  They saw 31 patients!  Lindsay will be returning on August 27th to fit 8 with hearing aids so we are pleased to have been able to assist in this connection for our seniors needing help.

The Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program to date this program is being utilized by 14 of residents and for homemaking (cleaning) and we have 1 combo Homemaking/Personal Care use.   We are pleased that Beaver Island Homemaking contractors are contacting the COA directly now to better understand what homemaking services are covered by the COA.  There continues to be a misconception by seniors as to what is included in the Beaver Island In-Home Reimbursement Program even though it is outlined in every program packet.  “The Commission will reimburse the provider who renders service to Beaver Island seniors’ citizens (those 60 and older) up to $80 monthly per household in TOTAL for any personal care, homemaker services, or respite care services. Seniors choose their own providers.  The providers are not COA employees so the COA has nothing to do with the quality or supervision of the services.  The intent of the program is to reimburse services that keep seniors independent and in their own homes.  Anything a senior asks to be done outside of what is outlined below for service and costs are the responsibility of the senior.


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 will be making changes to this program for the next fiscal year beginning October 1, 2019 since our re-evaluation has brought to light more problems and once these changes are approved by the County Commissions I will share them with you.

We have not had any individuals express interest in the Wellness Check program partnered with the Sheriff’s Department this month.  The County Commissioners approved the renewal agreement between the COA and the Sheriff’s Department beginning 10/1/19 for this program. 

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:

July 15, 2019 at the Boyne Falls Township Hall 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.    

  • The COA BI Volunteer Appreciation Dinner has been rescheduled to be included with the BI Senior Picnic in August.
  • July there will be no Sunday Dinner due to lack of a viable location and the additional summer crush at the participating restaurant(s).
  • Kathie has done a great job organizing and adding activities such as Bingo, crafts, an Ice Cream Social and a couple of other outing for seniors.

Meal Voucher Program update:

There have been many unhappy calls regarding seniors not having enough choice on Beaver Island any longer with regards to the meals and voucher program.  The COA is continuing to try to find alternatives and get previous partners back on the program.  To date, there have been no changes regarding participation from Hodgson Enterprises, Inc with the BI Nutrition Program.  

The COA approached John Gordon the Station Manager with the CMU Biological Station to see if they would be interesting in being a part of the BI Nutritional Program.  They expressed interest and information was shared but we were recently informed that they would not be able to participate in the program as they are not set up to meet the requirements and the work involved to run the program for such a short time.

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

View Senior Hi-Lites HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 8, 2019

Partly cloudy this morning, 55°, humidity is at 96%, wind is from the west at 1 mph, pressure is 30.09 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are low-medium at 4. Top allergens are grasses, dock, and nettle. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Light winds becoming onshore 5 to 10 knots. Partly sunny with haze. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday West wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Night South wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1951, Paris, the capital city of France, celebrates turning 2,000 years old. In fact, a few more candles would’ve technically been required on the birthday cake, as the City of Lights was most likely founded around 250 B.C.

The history of Paris can be traced back to a Gallic tribe known as the Parisii, who sometime around 250 B.C. settled an island (known today as Ile de la Cite) in the Seine River, which runs through present-day Paris. By 52 B.C., Julius Caesar and the Romans had taken over the area, which eventually became Christianized and known as Lutetia, Latin for “midwater dwelling.” The settlement later spread to both the left and right banks of the Seine and the name Lutetia was replaced with “Paris.” In 987 A.D., Paris became the capital of France. As the city grew, the Left Bank earned a reputation as the intellectual district while the Right Bank became known for business.

During the French Renaissance period, from the late 15th century to the early 17th century, Paris became a center of art, architecture and science. In the mid-1800s, Napoleon III hired civic planner Georges-Eugene Hausmann to modernize Paris. Hausmann’s designs gave the city wide, tree-lined boulevards, large public parks, a new sewer system and other public works projects. The city continued to develop as an important hub for the arts and culture. In the 1860s, an artistic movement known as French Impression emerged, featuring the work of a group of Paris-based artists that included Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Today, Paris is home to some 2 million residents, with an additional 10 million people living in the surrounding metropolitan area. The city retains its reputation as a center for food, fashion, commerce and culture. Paris also continues to be one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, renowned for such sights as the Eiffel Tower (built in 1889 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution), the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral (built in 1163), Luxembourg Gardens and the Louvre Museum, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “Mona Lisa.”

DID YOU KNOW THAT Greenland Sharks are known to be some of the oldest living animals in our world. Researchers did carbon dating on a Greenland Shark that was caught in 2014 and found it to be around 392 years old. Further testing revealed that our fishy friends could be up to 500 years old. Yes, that would mean that our geriatric friends would have been alive when Leonardo Da Vinci painted the “Mona Lisa.”

WORD OF THE DAY caducity (kuh-DOO-si-tee) which means frailty; transitoriness. Caducity is an uncommon noun meaning “frailty, weakness of old age.” It comes from French caducité “obsolescence, cancellation,” a derivation of the adjective caduc “obsolete, deciduous,” from the Latin adjective cadūcus “fallen, falling, liable to fall, frail, fleeting.” Caducity entered English in the 17th century.

Mass from Holy Cross

July 7, 2019

Father Doug was con-celebrat with Father Jim Siler on Saturday night with Pinky Harmon the reader.

On Sunday, the reader was Brian Foli, and the choir had another instrument added to the hymns and the parts of the service.

View video of the service HERE

Christian Church Service

July 7, 2019

View video of the service HERE

Glen McDonough Memorial Concert

at Reddeer

July 6, 2019

The 11th Annual Glen McDonough Memorial Concert took place last night at Reddeer on King's Highway. There were some great performers who played and sang and enjoyed the company of all those present. The sponsors of this concert deserve a standing ovation for the concert efforts. The event was live streamed at Beaver Island TV.

Patrick and Eleanor McDonough, sponsors

There were several fiddlers at the concert last night including the attendees to the Eve Glen Music School. The concert was held in the front yard next to the cabins below the hill on King's Highway.

The instructors of the music school Ruby John and Dane

Sheri Mooney Timsak sang.

Ruby and the students played

Danny, Danny, and Brother Jim

Stan played and sang a few songs.

Joe Moore played three styles of music.

Glen Hendrix played Pat Bonner tunes

View a gallery of photos HERE

It was a great time had by all who attended the concert, and several headed out to hear Danny, Danny, and Brother Jim at the Donegal Danny's Pub.

View video of the Concert HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 7, 2019

It's a toss up if it's partly sunny or partly cloudy. I'm thinking of going with the partly sunny thought. Right now it's 56°, humidity is at 97%, wind is from the ENE at 3 mph, pressure is 30.11 inches, and visibility is 10 miles Pollen levels are at 4.1 which is considered low-medium. Top allergens are grasses, dock, and nettle. The marine forecast as follows:
Today Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots becoming north. Sunny. waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight East wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Light winds. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Night Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1930, construction of the Hoover Dam begins. Over the next five years, a total of 21,000 men would work ceaselessly to produce what would be the largest dam of its time, as well as one of the largest manmade structures in the world.

Although the dam would take only five years to build, its construction was nearly 30 years in the making. Arthur Powell Davis, an engineer from the Bureau of Reclamation, originally had his vision for the Hoover Dam back in 1902, and his engineering report on the topic became the guiding document when plans were finally made to begin the dam in 1922.

Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States and a committed conservationist, played a crucial role in making Davis’ vision a reality. As secretary of commerce in 1921, Hoover devoted himself to the erection of a high dam in Boulder Canyon, Colorado. The dam would provide essential flood control, which would prevent damage to downstream farming communities that suffered each year when snow from the Rocky Mountains melted and joined the Colorado River. Further, the dam would allow the expansion of irrigated farming in the desert, and would provide a dependable supply of water for Los Angeles and other southern California communities.

Even with Hoover’s exuberant backing and a regional consensus around the need to build the dam, Congressional approval and individual state cooperation were slow in coming. For many years, water rights had been a source of contention among the western states that had claims on the Colorado River. To address this issue, Hoover negotiated the Colorado River Compact, which broke the river basin into two regions with the water divided between them. Hoover then had to introduce and re-introduce the bill to build the dam several times over the next few years before the House and Senate finally approved the bill in 1928.

In 1929, Hoover, now president, signed the Colorado River Compact into law, claiming it was “the most extensive action ever taken by a group of states under the provisions of the Constitution permitting compacts between states.”

Once preparations were made, the Hoover Dam’s construction sprinted forward: The contractors finished their work two years ahead of schedule and millions of dollars under budget. Today, the Hoover Dam is the second highest dam in the country and the 18th highest in the world. It generates enough energy each year to serve over a million people, and stands, in Hoover Dam artist Oskar Hansen’s words, as “a monument to collective genius exerting itself in community efforts around a common need or ideal.”

DID YOU KNOW THAT there is a world record - and a happy ending - for the greatest distance thrown in a car accident? A car traveling 70 miles per hour struck Matthew McKnight, an off-duty paramedic, when he stopped to help out with an accident on the side of an interstate in 2001. He was thrown 118 feet, almost half a football field.

Dr. Eric Brader, his emergency room physician, told McKnight he should send it into the Guinness Book of World Records, but McKnight brushed it off as a joke. Brader was so impressed by the feat that he sent in the paperwork anyways, which was approved in 2003, but didn’t make the cut until its 2008 edition.

WORD OF THE DAY everywhen (EV-ree-hwen) which means all the time; always. Everywhen “at all times, always” usually appears in the phrase “everywhere and everywhen.” The word dates from the mid-17th century, but it has never really caught on.

A Busy June

View video HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 6, 2019

This time I'm letting Joseph Moore sleep in as I woke up first.

It's 63° this morning and not nearly as humid as it has been. That's a good thing! Cloudy skies, humidity is 78%, wind is from the north at 9 mph, pressure is 30.06 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are at 4.2 which is low-medium, top allergens are grasses, dock, and nettle.

Marine forecast as follows:
Today North wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Chance of sprinkles in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Night Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1957, the front-page headline of the Liverpool Evening Express on July 6, 1957, read “MERSEYSIDE SIZZLES,” in reference to the heat wave then gripping not just northern England, but all of Europe. The same headline could well have been used over a story that received no coverage at all that day: The story of the first encounter between two Liverpool teenagers named John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Like the personal and professional relationship it would lead to, their historic first meeting was a highly charged combination of excitement, rivalry and mutual respect.

It’s easy to assume that John and Paul would eventually have met on some other day had a mutual friend not chosen that hot and humid Saturday to make the introduction. But as much as they had in common, the two boys lived in different neighborhoods, went to different schools and were nearly two years apart in age.

Only John was scheduled to perform publicly on July 6, 1957. The occasion was the annual Woolton Parish Church Garden Fete, a parade and outdoor fair at which John and his Quarrymen Skiffle Group had been invited to play. The main attractions were a dog show and a brass band, but a family connection had helped get the Quarrymen added to the bill as a nod to the hundreds of teenagers in attendance. Midway through their first set, 15-year-old Paul McCartney showed up and watched, transfixed, as John, despite his rudimentary guitar skills and his tendency to ad-lib in place of forgotten lyrics, held the crowd with charm and swagger. After the show, it was Paul’s turn to impress John.

A mutual friend made the introduction in the nearby church auditorium, where John and his bandmates slouched on folding chairs and barely acknowledged the younger boy. Then Paul pulled out the guitar he was carrying on his back and began playing Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock,” then Gene Vincent’s “Be Bop A Lula,” then a medley of Little Richard numbers. As Jim O’Donnell writes in The Day John Met Paul, his book-length account of this historic moment in music history, “A young man not easily astonished, Lennon is astonished.” Paul’s musicianship far outstripped the older Lennon’s, but more than that, John recognized in Paul the same passion Paul had detected in John during his earlier onstage performance. Soon Paul was teaching a rapt John how to tune his guitar and writing out the chords and lyrics to some of the songs he’d just played.

Later that evening, walking home with one of his bandmates, John announced his intentions toward their new acquaintance. Two weeks later, John Lennon invited Paul McCartney to join the Quarrymen.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Greenland Sharks are known to be some of the oldest living animals in our world. Researchers did carbon dating on a Greenland Shark that was caught in 2014 and found it to be around 392 years old. Further testing revealed that our fishy friends could be up to 500 years old. Yes, that would mean that our geriatric friends would have been alive when Leonardo Da Vinci painted the “Mona Lisa.”

WORD OF THE DAY ansa (AN-suh) which means either of the apparent extremities of the rings of Saturn or of other planets, especially when viewed from a distance under certain conditions, when they look like two handles. English ansa comes via French anse “handle” from Latin ānsa “handle (of a cup, a door), a loop, an opening, an opportunity.” As a term in art history or archaeology, ansa means “an incised, decorated handle of a vase.” The astronomical sense “one of the apparent extremities of the rings of Saturn or other celestial bodies” is a New Latin sense dating from the 17th century. Latin ānsa is akin to Old Prussian ansis “hook, kettle-hook” and Lithuanian ąsà “pot handle.”

American White Pelican

July 5, 2019

(Information from birdweb and Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

The American White Pelican has been seen for three days now at Whiskey Point near the St. James Township Hall.

The American White Pelican is a huge waterbird with very broad wings, a long neck, and a massive bill that gives the head a unique, long shape. They have thick bodies, short legs, and short, square tails. During the breeding season, adults grow an unusual projection or horn on the upper mandible near the tip of the bill.

Adult American White Pelicans are snowy white with black flight feathers visible only when the wings are spread. A small patch of ornamental feathers on the chest can become yellow in spring. The bill and legs are yellow-orange. Immatures are mostly white as well, but the head, neck, and back are variably dusky. American White Pelicans feed from the water’s surface, dipping their beaks into the water to catch fish and other aquatic organisms. They often upend, like a very large dabbling duck, in this process. They do not plunge-dive the way Brown Pelicans do. They are superb soarers (they are among the heaviest flying birds in the world) and often travel long distances in large flocks by soaring. When flapping, their wingbeats are slow and methodical.

American White Pelicans typically breed on islands in shallow wetlands in the interior of the continent. They spend winters mainly on coastal waters, bays, and estuaries, or a little distance inland.

Most populations of American White Pelicans are migratory; exceptions are birds breeding in Texas and Mexico. Populations breeding west of the Rocky Mountains typically move south to California and the west coast of Mexico. Migrants move north in March and south from early September to late November. Small numbers of non-breeding American White Pelicans remain in eastern Washington throughout the year. The American White Pelican is listed as an endangered species in Washington. Colonies have disappeared from historical breeding areas around Moses Lake. American White Pelicans are extremely sensitive to human disturbance of breeding colonies. Disturbance may cause adults to expose eggs and young to predators and temperature stress or to abandon nests altogether. Habitat destruction has also contributed to population decline.

One of the most interesting things to this reporter is that this pelican did not seem to fear humans paddling by in kayaks, zipping by on jetskis, or motoring by in power boats. The pelican didn't mind the humans walking up toward it to take pictures either. This reporter walked up to the pelican and got within eighteen feet before the pelican decided that that was close enoiugh. There was no alarm in the pelican's actions. It just got up and walked away about four feet and then looked back at the reporter to figure out whether to move further or just stay put. The reporter backed away to leave the pelican in peace.

View a gallery of photos of the pelican and other birds HERE

View video of the pelican HERE

4th of July Fireworks

Both sides of main street from the public beach to the point were loaded with viewers of the fireworks here on the island. The interesting way that is used by some islanders to describe whether there are quite a few visitors and summer residents here for the 4th is to take a look at the line of cars headed out the Kings Highway after the fireworks are over. One of these islanders said, "You have tail lights as far as you can see down the road."

The display this year was as good as have been provided to the viewers. With the interesting perspective of being on one of the harbor boats, it must have been amazing. These pictures and the video were taken from right next to the post office. Another person at that location said, "Impressive for a small town!"

Some examples of the great display...

The editor's favorite fireworks

View a large gallery of the fireworks' photos HERE

View video of the fireworks HERE

Boat Parade and Boats in the Harbor

July 4, 2019

There were quite a few boats out in the harbor to view the fireworks last night. Some of these even lit up their boat for the boat parade.

One example

View a small gallery of pictures of these boats HERE

View a short video clip of the boat parade HERE

Editorial by Joe Moore

The cell phone companies providing service on Beaver Island are not providing enough bandwidth and access during times of summer population and summer visitors. This was proven as fact yesterday on the 4th of July when access with a special commercial account was not possible due to the number of people accessing the tower that provide this service to Beaver Island. No live streaming was possible using this commercial account. Accessing downloaded web pages was near impossible, and it did not matter whether the attempts were made using Verizon or ATT.

The entire purpose of having this special Verizon account is to be able to live stream from anywhere there is a cell phone signal. The upload speed on TDS remained within the limits, but there was no TDS plug-in ethernet at the location of the parade. The wireless signal did not have enough power either, so it was simply impossible to live stream using cell phone or wireless in the downtown area.

The cell companies need to do something to improve this service not only in the populated areas in St. James Township, but also down the island as well, where family had a rental cottage. They had very limitied access to anything from that location either.

Thanks to the Telecommunications Committee there shoiuld be some movement, we hope, in the improvement of this, not only for businesses, but also for emergencies when they occur. Let's get this figured out, and provide these services to our visitors, the ones that help us pay the bills.

Weather by Joe

July 5, 2019

Right now on Carlisle Road, it is 72 degrees outside with a relative humidity of 88%. We got just a trace of rain last night with the sun shining right now, but partly sunny, partly cloudy sky. The pressure is 29.98 and visibility is just less than nine miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain. There is an expected high near 80, not quite as warm as yesterday. Winds will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a continuation of the partly cloudy skies and the same 20% chance of rain. The wind will switch to the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. The low will be near 60.

TOMMOROW, it is forecast for only a 10% chance of rain with all numbers similar to today's. The difference is that the wind will switch to the N and increase to 10 to 15 mph.

Word of the Day

inkhorn; adjective; (INK-horn); ostentatiously learned; Picture an ancient scribe, pen in hand, a small ink bottle made from an animal's horn strapped to his belt, ready to record the great events of history. In 14th-century England, such ink bottles were dubbed (not surprisingly) inkhorns. During the Renaissance, learned writers often borrowed words from Latin and Greek, eschewing vulgar English alternatives. But in the 16th century, some scholars argued for the use of native terms over Latinate forms, and a lively intellectual debate over the merits of each began. Those who favored English branded what they considered ostentatious Latinisms "inkhorn terms" after the bottles carried by scholars, and since then we have used inkhorn as an adjective for Latinate or pretentious language.

On this Day

On July 5, 1946, French designer Louis Reard unveils a daring two-piece swimsuit at the Piscine Molitor, a popular swimming pool in Paris. Parisian showgirl Micheline Bernardini modeled the new fashion, which Reard dubbed “bikini,” inspired by a news-making U.S. atomic test that took place off the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean earlier that week.

European women first began wearing two-piece bathing suits that consisted of a halter top and shorts in the 1930s, but only a sliver of the midriff was revealed and the navel was vigilantly covered. In the United States, the modest two-piece made its appearance during World War II, when wartime rationing of fabric saw the removal of the skirt panel and other superfluous material. Meanwhile, in Europe, fortified coastlines and Allied invasions curtailed beach life during the war, and swimsuit development, like everything else non-military, came to a standstill.

In 1946, Western Europeans joyously greeted the first war-free summer in years, and French designers came up with fashions to match the liberated mood of the people. Two French designers, Jacques Heim and Louis Reard, developed competing prototypes of the bikini. Heim called his the “atom” and advertised it as “the world’s smallest bathing suit.” Reard’s swimsuit, which was basically a bra top and two inverted triangles of cloth connected by string, was in fact significantly smaller. Made out of a scant 30 inches of fabric, Reard promoted his creation as “smaller than the world’s smallest bathing suit.” Reard called his creation the bikini, named after the Bikini Atoll.

In planning the debut of his new swimsuit, Reard had trouble finding a professional model who would deign to wear the scandalously skimpy two-piece. So he turned to Micheline Bernardini, an exotic dancer at the Casino de Paris, who had no qualms about appearing nearly nude in public. As an allusion to the headlines that he knew his swimsuit would generate, he printed newspaper type across the suit that Bernardini modeled on July 5 at the Piscine Molitor. The bikini was a hit, especially among men, and Bernardini received some 50,000 fan letters.

Before long, bold young women in bikinis were causing a sensation along the Mediterranean coast. Spain and Italy passed measures prohibiting bikinis on public beaches but later capitulated to the changing times when the swimsuit grew into a mainstay of European beaches in the 1950s. Reard’s business soared, and in advertisements he kept the bikini mystique alive by declaring that a two-piece suit wasn’t a genuine bikini “unless it could be pulled through a wedding ring.”

In prudish America, the bikini was successfully resisted until the early 1960s, when a new emphasis on youthful liberation brought the swimsuit en masse to U.S. beaches. It was immortalized by the pop singer Brian Hyland, who sang “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini” in 1960, by the teenage “beach blanket” movies of Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon, and by the California surfing culture celebrated by rock groups like the Beach Boys. Since then, the popularity of the bikini has only continued to grow.

4th of July Parade, 2 p.m.

An attempt was made to live stream the parade, but the Internet is still having issues today, just like it was yesterday. At least the Verizon network was preventing some video to be broadcast. Anyway, the Beaver Island 4th of July Parade began a little after 2 p.m. with lots and lots of people lining the main street from the playground all the way to the lumber company and down the back highway as well.

View a gallery of pictures of the parade HERE

View video of the parade HERE

BIA-Island Currents

July 4, 2019

Weather by Joe

July 4, 2019

Right now on Independence Day, the sun is shining. It is 65 degrees with atmospheric pressure of 29.98. The relative humidity is 91% with visibility of ten miles. The dewpoint is 60, so it is unlikely to have much fog out there.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a high near 83. There is a slight chance of showers, about 20%. Winds will be from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. It should be a beautiful day for a parade.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for possible isolated thunderstorms, about 30% chance. The low will be near 60 degrees with light and variable wind.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for morning thunderstorms, about 40% chance. The high will be near 80. The wind will switch to the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Word of the Day

gerandole; noun; (JEER-un-dohl); a radiating and showy composition; an ornamental branched candlestick; a pendant earring usually with three ornaments hanging from a central piece

The earliest uses of girandole in English, in the 17th century, referred to a kind of firework or to something, such as a fountain, with a radiating pattern like that of a firework. Such a pattern is reflected in the word's etymology: girandole can be traced back by way of French and Italian to the Latin word gyrus, meaning "gyre" or "a circular or spiral motion or form." By the 18th century, girandole was being used for a branched candlestick, perhaps due to its resemblance to the firework. The word's use for a kind of earring was lit during the 19th century.

On this Day

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain and its king.

The declaration came 442 days after the first volleys of the American Revolution were fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts and marked an ideological expansion of the conflict that would eventually encourage France’s intervention on behalf of the Patriots.

The first major American opposition to British policy came in 1765 after Parliament passed the Stamp Act, a taxation measure to raise revenues for a standing British army in America. Under the banner of “no taxation without representation,” colonists convened the Stamp Act Congress in October 1765 to vocalize their opposition to the tax.

With its enactment in November, most colonists called for a boycott of British goods, and some organized attacks on the customhouses and homes of tax collectors. After months of protest in the colonies, Parliament voted to repeal the Stamp Act in March 1766.

Why did the American Colonies declare independence?

Most colonists continued to quietly accept British rule until Parliament’s enactment of the Tea Act in 1773, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a monopoly on the American tea trade.

The low tax allowed the East India Company to undercut even tea smuggled into America by Dutch traders, and many colonists viewed the act as another example of taxation tyranny. In response, militant Patriots in Massachusetts organized the “Boston Tea Party,” which saw British tea valued at some 18,000 pounds dumped into Boston Harbor.

The British Parliament, outraged by the Boston Tea Party and other blatant acts of destruction of British property, enacted the Coercive Acts, also known as the Intolerable Acts, in 1774. The Coercive Acts closed Boston to merchant shipping, established formal British military rule in Massachusetts, made British officials immune to criminal prosecution in America, and required colonists to quarter British troops.

The colonists subsequently called the first Continental Congress to consider a united American resistance to the British.

With the other colonies watching intently, Massachusetts led the resistance to the British, forming a shadow revolutionary government and establishing militias to resist the increasing British military presence across the colony.

In April 1775, Thomas Gage, the British governor of Massachusetts, ordered British troops to march to Concord, Massachusetts, where a Patriot arsenal was known to be located. On April 19, 1775, the British regulars encountered a group of American militiamen at Lexington, and the first shots of the American Revolution were fired.

Initially, both the Americans and the British saw the conflict as a kind of civil war within the British Empire: To King George III it was a colonial rebellion, and to the Americans it was a struggle for their rights as British citizens.

However, Parliament remained unwilling to negotiate with the American rebels and instead purchased German mercenaries to help the British army crush the rebellion. In response to Britain’s continued opposition to reform, the Continental Congress began to pass measures abolishing British authority in the colonies.

In January 1776, Thomas Paine published “Common Sense,” an influential political pamphlet that convincingly argued for American independence and sold more than 500,000 copies in a few months. In the spring of 1776, support for independence swept the colonies, the Continental Congress called for states to form their own governments, and a five-man committee was assigned to draft a declaration.

The Declaration of Independence was largely the work of Virginian Thomas Jefferson. In justifying American independence, Jefferson drew generously from the political philosophy of John Locke, an advocate of natural rights, and from the work of other English theorists.

The first section features the famous lines, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The second part presents a long list of grievances that provided the rationale for rebellion.

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted to approve a Virginia motion calling for separation from Britain. The dramatic words of this resolution were added to the closing of the Declaration of Independence. Two days later, on July 4, the declaration was formally adopted by 12 colonies after minor revision. New York approved it on July 19. On August 2, the declaration was signed.

The Revolutionary War would last for five more years. Yet to come were the Patriot triumphs at Saratoga, the bitter winter at Valley Forge, the intervention of the French, and the final victory at Yorktown in 1781. In 1783, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris with Britain, the United States formally became a free and independent nation.

Happy Birthday, America!

Barney's Lake, Osprey, and Pelicans

July 3, 2019

After the golf tournament, there were a few places that needed to get checked to make certain that nothing bad had happened, but looking for some excitement without it. There were very few things to see in the way of animals at Barney's Lake, but there were some nice looking flowers and butterflies.

Can you see me?

There you are!

Wildflowers galore

Wildflowers and butterflies

and more and more....

Without any way to view the osprey nest from above, there is no sure way to know if the eggs have hatched on the microwave tower nest, but when the osprey is sitting on the side of the nest, it is likely that the osprey is there for a good reason, perhaps to prevent squishing the little hatchlings??\

What's in the nest, momma osprey?

So baby birds were easily seen at Whiskey Point as was the pelican. The kildeer and their babies were easily seen as well a a duck and ducklings. The pelican was the most unusual thing to see here near the St. James Township Hall at Whiskey Point.

What is that white lump out by the water's edge?

The adult kildeer and the little ones.

An American White Pelican resting on the water's edge.

A duck and ducklings

The Emerald Isle heading to Charlevoix and a sailboat motoring into the harbor.

The day was absolutely beautiful with sunshine and warm temperatures, and there were lots of wildlife and wildflowers to see and enjoy!

View at short pelican video HERE

4th of July Golf Tournament at Beaver Island Golf Course

July 3, 2019

Eighteen teams of four or five golfers gathered at the Beaver Island Golf Course, today, July 3, 2019, for the 4th of July Golf Tournament. This means that two teams will start on each of the nine holes, and the time for a round of golf is about three plus hours with each team playing best ball. No player can have more than two drives in this round of golf. Two teams, 5B and 9A, tied with a score of four under par, so a play-off was needed. As historically determined one person drives, another does the second shot, another the third, another the fourth, and the fifth one plays next, if needed. Then they start over at the top, if needed.

Most years, if there is a play-off, only the first hole is needed to determine the champions of the tournament, and such was the same today.

The winning team

View a short video HERE

Weather by Joe

July 3, 2019

Up early this morning for the golf tournament at the Beaver Island Golf Course, the temperature is getting close to sixty at 7:15 a.m. The pressure 29.88 with visibility of 7 miles, must be some fog somewhere with the dewpoint close to the temperature, and the humidity at 98%.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with only a 10% chance of rain. The high will be near 80 degrees, and winds will be light and variable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for almost the same as today except the temperature will drop to near 60.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a 20% chance of rain with partly cloudy skies. with a high near 80 with an increasing wind from the SSW from light to 5 to 10 mph.

Word of the Day

sedulous; adjective (SEJ-uh-lus); involving or accomplished with careful perseverance; diligent in application or pursuit

No fooling—the word sedulous ultimately comes from Latin se dolus, which literally means "without guile." Those two words were eventually melded into one, sedulo, meaning "sincerely" or "diligently," and from that root developed Latin sedulus and English sedulous. Don't let the sed- beginning mislead you; sedulous is not related to words such as sedentary or sedate (those derive from the Latin verb sedēre, meaning "to sit"). Sedulous people are not the sedate or sedentary sort. They're the hardworking types Scottish author Samuel Smiles must have had in mind when he wrote in his 1859 book Self-Help, "Sedulous attention and painstaking industry always mark the true worker."

On this Day

On the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s last attempt at breaking the Union line ends in disastrous failure, bringing the most decisive battle of the American Civil War to an end.

In June 1863, following his masterful victory at the Battle of Chancellorsville, General Lee launched his second invasion of the Union in less than a year. He led his 75,000-man Army of Northern Virginia across the Potomac River, through Maryland, and into Pennsylvania, seeking to win a major battle on Northern soil that would further dispirit the Union war effort and induce Britain or France to intervene on the Confederacy’s behalf. The 90,000-strong Army of the Potomac pursued the Confederates into Maryland, but its commander, General Joseph Hooker, was still stinging from his defeat at Chancellorsville and seemed reluctant to chase Lee further. Meanwhile, the Confederates divided their forces and investigated various targets, such as Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania capital.

On June 28, President Abraham Lincoln replaced Hooker with General George Meade, and Lee learned of the presence of the Army of the Potomac in Maryland. Lee ordered his army to concentrate in the vicinity of the crossroads town of Gettysburg and prepare to meet the Federal army. At the same time, Meade sent ahead part of his force into Pennsylvania but intended to make a stand at Pipe Creek in Maryland.

On July 1, a Confederate division under General Henry Heth marched into Gettysburg hoping to seize supplies but finding instead three brigades of Union cavalry. Thus began the Battle of Gettysburg, and Lee and Meade ordered their massive armies to converge on the impromptu battle site. The Union cavalrymen defiantly held the field against overwhelming numbers until the arrival of Federal reinforcements. Later, the Confederates were reinforced, and by mid-afternoon some 19,000 Federals faced 24,000 Confederates. Lee arrived to the battlefield soon afterward and ordered a general advance that forced the Union line back to Cemetery Hill, just south of the town.

During the night, the rest of Meade’s force arrived, and by the morning Union General Winfield Hancock had formed a strong Union line. On July 2, against the Union left, General James Longstreet led the main Confederate attack, but it was not carried out until about 4 p.m., and the Federals had time to consolidate their positions. Thus began some of the heaviest fighting of the battle, and Union forces retained control of their strategic positions at heavy cost. After three hours, the battle ended, and the total number of dead at Gettysburg stood at 35,000.

On July 3, Lee, having failed on the right and the left, planned an assault on Meade’s center. A 15,000-man strong column under General George Pickett was organized, and Lee ordered a massive bombardment of the Union positions. The 10,000 Federals answered the Confederate artillery onslaught, and for more than an hour the guns raged in the heaviest cannonade of the Civil War. At 3 p.m., Pickett led his force into no-man’s-land and found that Lee’s bombardment had failed. As Pickett’s force attempted to cross the mile distance to Cemetery Ridge, Union artillery blew great holes in their lines. Meanwhile, Yankee infantry flanked the main body of “Pickett’s charge” and began cutting down the Confederates. Only a few hundred Virginians reached the Union line, and within minutes they all were dead, dying, or captured. In less than an hour, more than 7,000 Confederate troops had been killed or wounded.

Both armies, exhausted, held their positions until the night of July 4, when Lee withdrew. The Army of the Potomac was too weak to pursue the Confederates, and Lee led his army out of the North, never to invade it again. The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point in the Civil War, costing the Union 23,000 killed, wounded, or missing in action. The Confederates suffered some 25,000 casualties. On November 19, 1863, President Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address during the dedication of a new national cemetery at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Civil War effectively ended with the surrender of General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia in April 1865.

RIP Matt Kinzinger

He was at the place he loved and hoped to one day retire to full time.

Our family would like to thank the Beaver island community, the sheriff's department, fire department and especially the Coast Guard for the help in this situation. We were lucky to have such incredible resources to help during this the time of need.

Kinzinger, Matthew R. Age 50 of Cedar Springs died Sunday, June 30, 2019 mfrom a drowning accident on his beloved Beaver Island.

Matthew was born January 28, 1969, in Ypsilanti, MI the son of Anthony and Janet (Riggs) Kinzinger. He served in the U.S. Navy, and was a boiler engineer at Veolia Power Plant in Grand Rapids. He loved his happy place at Beaver Island along with fishing and racing. He loved his family and was so very proud of his children.

Surviving are his wife, Sandy; children, Chase and Rylee; parents, Anthony and Janet Kinzinger; brother, Erik Kinzinger; sister, Karri (Jeffrey) Ratuszny; nephews, Tyson and Trenton; parents-in-law, Robert and Barbara Loncar; sister-in-law, Wendy (Eric Peterson) Loncar; many close friends especially, Brian Schild.

The family will greet friends Friday, July 5 from 5:00 pm until time of service at 7:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Neva Swinson officiating. Military honors by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard.

Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home - Cedar Springs
13603 Northland Dr., NE P. O. Box 389
Cedar Springs, MI 49319

(information from post on Forum by E. Kinzinger)

Purple Emerald Ash Borer Traps

Beaver Island Association volunteers have been busy this past week working to monitor and control Emerald Ash Borers (EAB) on the island.

As you drive the roadways, you will notice that the Purple EAB traps and lures have been placed in ash trees. We're not anticipating a trap coming down but should you find an EAB trap down or have questions, please contact Beth and Ed Leuck at 448-2196 or Pam Grassmick at 448-2314.

Join us on July 8th from 4-6 p.m. at the Community Center for BIA's Annual Meeting with updates on the EAB initiative and much more. These meetings are always free and open to the public. More information can be found at: www.beaverislandassociation.org


by Cindy Ricksgers

Egg-laying Turtle

July 1, 2019

With all the vehicles zooming down the roadway, there is a little reasonable fear that the turtles may be victims of these vehicles flying by at the higher speeds. This turtle had just finished laying her eggs on the side of the Kings Highway, and wasn't quite sure which way to go. The vibrations of the vehicles must have caused her confusion, so a Good Samaritan moved her off the busy roadway.

And, another creature was hitching a ride on her back

Butterflies at Barney's Lake

July 1, 2019

Normally, the yellow Monarch butterflies collect in some interesting places. Today that place was near Barney's Lake. There were lots of them flying around, and this collection of quite a few caught the eye of the editor, so a few pictures were taken. Enjoy the butterfly beauty!

Now, all the butterflies were not yet located in one place, but they seemed to be congregating in the same area.

But, there was one lone butterfly flapping its wings, but not moving like the others.

How do butterflies communicate?

EcoFair Day 2

Saturday evening

When the Heritage Park activities drew to a close, the Kenwabikise sisters provided an amazing Anishinabe supper including fry bread and corn soup at the Holy Cross Parish Hall. The afternoon meal began near 3:30 p.m. and continued until the next presentation began about 4:30 p.m. The Kenwabikise ladies had been working on this meal for at least two days in the Parish Hall kitchen as well as work prior to the kitchen.

Editor's note: This was a very busy day, and the video could not be live streamed from two places at once, so the video of this evenings' preseentations was recorded starting about five minutes late. Thanks to Robert Cole for getting the camera recording, due to the editor's prior commitment.

The evening began at 4:30 p.m. approximately with Peter Sinclair presenting "Climate Change and Energy Solutions," about a two hour presentation. The editor found this presentation amazing with so many important facts that this will be viewed many times by him. This took place in a darkened Parish Hall. This was followed by a Third Coast Conversation with Eric Hemenway, also very intersting.

View a small gallery of photos of the evening HERE

View video of the evening HERE

View video Part 2 of the evening HERE

EcoFair Day 2

Saturday afternoon

Editor's note: This was an amazing display of scientific, cultural, and social information about the ecology of the Great Lakes with some emphasis on history as well. There was only so much time that could be devoted to this fantastic event, so the morning events could not be covered, but the majority of the other afternoon and evening events were live streamed as well as recorded.

The Dark Sky Project presentation did not take place, but th music did. It was recommended to everyone to stop by the Dark Sky tent and have a conversation with Bill Markey. The other vendors were Katie Scripps with Providence Farms, the Beaver Island Historical Society, Cross Fisheries, and Art in the Park according to the brochure. There was a nice hot dog lunch with goodies brought by attendees.

The presentations were truly informative by knowledgeable presenters.

A view of the attendees during one presenation by Samual Seth Bernard

There were presentations by Seth Bernarad about the Clean Water Campaign, by Karen Turnbill about Enbridge Pipeline 5, Nbish Paul Kenwabikise on the Pipeline 5, and Jennifer Rupp on Third Coast Conversation, based upon the program.

View a gallery of photos of the afternoon HERE

There was a presentation of two awards for ecological efforts to the locals, one to an individual and the other for a business.

Frank D'Andraia received the individual award and McDonough's Market received the business award.

View of the tents and tables at Heritage Park.

View video of the afternoon presentations HERE

View Part 2 of the video afternoon presentations HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

June 30, 2019

The services took place at the regularly scheduled times, Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m.. The reader for Saturday was Linda Gatliff Wearn. The reader for Sunday was Jacque LaFreniere. The celebrant was Father Jim Siler.

View video of the services HERE

Christian Church Service

June 30, 2019


Video of the service HERE

St. James Election Information

Notice of Registration 080619 St James[8664]

Election Notice 080619 St James[8664]

June 19th Information Presentation about Marina

View the slideshow info HERE

Motorcyclist Dies

On June 30, 2019 at approximately 2:42 p.m., the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle accident which occurred on US-31 North near the entrance to the Charlevoix Country Club in Hayes Township.

The crash occurred when a motorcycle driven by 55-year old Illinois resident, Christopher Drake, struck the back of a vehicle making a left-hand turn into the Charlevoix Country Club. Drake was taken to Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Drake was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Charlevoix City Police Department, Charlevoix Township Fire Department, and Charlevoix EMS.
This incident is still under investigation.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 2, 2019

Cloudy skies this morning, 61°, humidity is 96%, wind is from the SW, pressure is 29.88 inches, and visibility is about 5 miles. Pollen levels are low medium at 3.5. Top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Light winds. Areas of fog in the morning. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Light winds. Patchy fog. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday Night Light winds. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1964, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law the historic Civil Rights Act in a nationally televised ceremony at the White House.

In the landmark 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in schools was unconstitutional. The 10 years that followed saw great strides for the African American civil rights movement, as non-violent demonstrations won thousands of supporters to the cause.

Memorable landmarks in the struggle included the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955—sparked by the refusal of Alabama resident Rosa Parks to give up her seat on a city bus to a white woman—and the “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. at a rally of hundreds of thousands in Washington, D.C., in 1963.

As the strength of the civil rights movement grew, John F. Kennedy made passage of a new civil rights bill one of the platforms of his successful 1960 presidential campaign. As Kennedy’s vice president, Johnson served as chairman of the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunities. After Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963, Johnson vowed to carry out his proposals for civil rights reform.

The Civil Rights Act fought tough opposition in the House and a lengthy, heated debate in the Senate before being approved in July 1964. For the signing of the historic legislation, Johnson invited hundreds of guests to a televised ceremony in the White House’s East Room.

After using more than 75 pens to sign the bill, he gave them away as mementoes of the historic occasion, in accordance with tradition. One of the first pens went to King, leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), who called it one of his most cherished possessions. Johnson gave two more to Senators Hubert Humphrey and Everett McKinley Dirksen, the Democratic and Republican managers of the bill in the Senate.

The most sweeping civil rights legislation passed by Congress since the post-Civil War Reconstruction era, the Civil Rights Act prohibited racial discrimination in employment and education and outlawed racial segregation in public places such as schools, buses, parks and swimming pools.

In addition, the bill laid important groundwork for a number of other pieces of legislation–including the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which set strict rules for protecting the right of African Americans to vote–that have since been used to enforce equal rights for women as well as all minorities.

DID YOU KNOW THAT apples originally come from Asia. The first pies were baked in Medieval Europe. Even the concept of putting apples in pie traces back to a recipe from England in 1381. Nevertheless, the phrase “as American as apple pie” turned up by 1924 and became a common saying during the years of the Second World War.

WORD OF THE DAY tmesis (tuh-MEE-sis) the interpolation of one or more words between the parts of a compound word, as be thou ware for beware. Tmesis is not a misspelling of thesis; tmêsis “cutting” is a Greek noun, a derivative of the verb témnein “to cut, prune, castrate.” Tmesis is a feature of the archaic epic syntax of the Iliad and Odyssey, in which there is a separation of an adverb (which becomes a prefix in Classical Greek) from its verb by an intervening word or phrase, as in the Iliad en d’autòs edýseto nṓropa chalkòn “… and he himself put on his gleaming bronze,” where the adverb en is separated from its verb edýseto by the phrase d’autòs “and he himself.” Tmesis is rare and archaic in modern English, as in “Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words” (that is, “Beware of him, yourself…”), 2 Timothy 4:15, Authorized Version. More than a few of us may admit familiarity with tmesis as it occurs in such adjectives as fantastic or unbelievable or in adverbs like absolutely, in which the fan-, un-, and abso- are separated from the rest of the word by an overworked vulgarism.

Long Night

by Cindy Ricksgers




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

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

Posted at 9:30 a.m., 4/16/18

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

St. James Township Meetings Schedule

September 5, 2018

View video of the meeting 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

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

You will need Quicktime or another music player to enjoy this link.

The music played in the Holy Cross Hall in the late 70's and early 80's, recorded for posterity and shared here.

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 1, 2019

Cloudy skies this morning, 62°, humidity is at 90%, wind is from the NE at 1 mph, pressure is 29.94 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are at low-medium 2.9 while the top allergens are grasses, dock, and plantain. Marine forecast as follows:
Today West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Light winds. Patchy fog. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday West wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Night Light winds. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE At midnight on July 1, 1997, Hong Kong reverts back to Chinese rule in a ceremony attended by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles of Wales, Chinese President Jiang Zemin, and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. A few thousand Hong Kongers protested the turnover, which was otherwise celebratory and peaceful.

In 1839, Britain invaded China to crush opposition to its interference in the country’s economic, social, and political affairs. One of Britain’s first acts of the war was to occupy Hong Kong, a sparsely inhabited island off the coast of southeast China. In 1841, China ceded the island to the British with the signing of the Convention of Chuenpi, and in 1842 the Treaty of Nanking was signed, formally ending the First Opium War.

Britain’s new colony flourished as an East-West trading center and as the commercial gateway and distribution center for southern China. In 1898, Britain was granted an additional 99 years of rule over Hong Kong under the Second Convention of Peking. In September 1984, after years of negotiations, the British and the Chinese signed a formal agreement approving the 1997 turnover of the island in exchange for a Chinese pledge to preserve Hong Kong’s capitalist system. On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong was peaceably handed over to China in a ceremony attended by numerous Chinese, British, and international dignitaries. The chief executive under the new Hong Kong government, Tung Chee Hwa, formulated a policy based on the concept of “one country, two systems,” thus preserving Hong Kong’s role as a principal capitalist center in Asia.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Canadian actor James Doohan, best known for playing Montgomery “Scotty” Scott on the original Star Trek series, served in World War II with the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. As a commissioned lieutenant, he led his troop up a mine-strewn Juno Beach as part of the Allied Forces’ D-Day invasion. Later in the day, he was wounded by friendly fire that caused the amputation of the middle finger on his right hand. You might not have noticed it because, during his time on Star Trek, directors did the best they could to avoid showing the injury on screen.

WORD OF THE DAY orgulous (AWR-gyuh-luhs) which means haughty; proud. The English adjective orgulous has about as many spelling variants in Middle English (orgeilus, orgeyllous, orguillous, etc.) as its Old French source (orguillus, orguilleus, orgueilleux, etc.). The base of the French word is a Germanic (Frankish) noun, cognate with Old English orgol, orgel “pride,” and akin to the Old High German adjective urguol “outstanding.” Shakespeare uses orgillous once, in Troilus and Cressida, but the adjective was obsolete by the mid-17th century, only to be resuscitated by Sir Walter Scott and Robert Southey in the first half of the 19th century.

People Passing Away

Carol J. Myers

Mike and Tim Myers' mother...

Carol J. Myers, 90, of Beaver Island, passed away June 27, 2019, in Charlevoix, Michigan.

Carol was born on July 2, 1928, in Elkhart, Indiana.

No services have been planned.

Arrangements have been handled by the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Sign her online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com .

Sandi Birdsall

Sandi Birdsall passed away. Sandi Birdsall passed away unexpectedly last night, June 28, 2019. . Jim's address is 3053 Rio Arria Loop, Las Cruces, NM 88012.

EcoFest Day One

The first day of the EcoFair began on June 28, 2019, at the Holy Cross Parish Hall. The program began on Beaver Island time, meaning that it took about twenty minutes to get everything together and get the forty to fifty people into their seats and ready for the presentations to begin. So, it was about 6:20 p.m. that maked the started of this weekend activity. The first two presentations were by Karen Turnbull and Shamus Norgaard.

Introduction by Karen Turnbull and recognition of organizers

Shamus Norgaard presentation

These presentations were recorded. This was followed by the entire audience joining Janaan Cornstalk over at the public beach for a Water Blessing. It was requested that no video and no pictures be taken during this part of the program.

Janaan Cornstalk spoke about the Water Blessing.....Gather at the public beach for the blessing

Shamus Norgaard then began the collection of stones and this collection was for the Cairn, an Irish Tradition, where the stones will later be made into some type of sculpture.

This was followed by music back at the parish hall by Samual Seth Bernard. The possible description of the music is a combination of blues, jazz, and modern eco-music played on guitar and piano simultaneously with vocal over the top.

The musicians

The view out the parish hall front door

Grooving to the music

Then there was the Bill Markey presentation of the Dark Sky Project.

View video of those presentations HERE

BICS Seeking Staff


Beaver Island Teacher Positions Open!

Beaver Island Community School (BICS) is looking for awesome applicants to teach at the elementary level or mathematics at the secondary level. BICS is a great place to teach. The school features small multi-grade class sizes, focuses on individualized instruction, and benefits from a supportive community surrounded by natural beauty. If you, or someone you know is interested, please have them visit the school's website at www.beaverisland.k12.mi.us and click on the quick link. The application deadline for the secondary mathematics position is July 8, 2019 and the deadline for the elementary position is July 15, 2019. For more information, contact superintendent-principal Wil Cwikiel at (231) 448-2744 or wilc@beaverisland.k12.mi.us.

Volleyball Coach

Soccer Coach

Junior Class Advisor Job Posting

BICS Basketball Camp

July 8-11, 2019

Irish Festival Planned for September 2019


Resale Shop

The summer schedule at Island Treasures Resale Shop will begin on Tuesday, June 4. The shop will be open Tues. through Sat. from noon until 4:00. Please tell your friends.

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 

Telecommunications Committee 2019 Meeting 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

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2019 Meeting Dates

June 15

September 21

December 14 (Annual Meeting)

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

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule

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

BIESA Meeting Dates


Thursday, February 22, 2019 2:00PM

From the BIESA minutes for May 31, 2018


Posted at 1:45 p.m., 7/27/18

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

July 2019


Waste Management Committee Meeting Schedule

1st Tuesday of the Month at 1 p.m. at Peaine Hall

View schedule HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

June 30, 2019

Contradance Summer 2019 Schedule

Dances start at 7 p.m. at the St. James Episcopal Church



Beautiful Roadside Wildflowers

June 27, 2019

Looking for Jack in the Pulpit's was the excuse for the ride, but there are so many gorgeous wildflowers out there alongside the roadways. You won't see them zooming past them at 35-55 mph. You have to slow down to see the small and tender, easily damaged wildflowers alongside the roadway. Sometimes, you even have drive on the shoulder of the roadway to see them down in the ditches. The editor fell into one of the ditches getting this picture of the Showy Lady Slippers.

The wet shoes and socks were worth it to get this picture.

View a gallery of the photos taken today HERE


by Dick Burris

I almost hate to send these foolish things; but can you imagine the thoughts of these divers left in an uninhabited part of a strange island, not knowing what would happen if they were just left there?

Charro would invariably load his boat with as many divers as he could, with all of their tanks and dive gear, he thought that it would pay handsomely, instead of the meager, or average profit from a regular dive trip.

This worked well most days when the sea was mostly calm. Many times the sea would be rough; and with a small team of divers, he would elect to just abort the trip for a more favorable day. The dive clubs on rougher days used to take their divers around to the opposite side of the island, for dives sheltered by the lee of the island from the winds; it would calm there and a more enjoyable dive.

I had taken a few of these diversion trips, even some with Charrro. Passing through the north end, between Isla De Pasion, and Cozumel, sometimes was a little iffy in these small vessels.

Charro one day had a full load of divers and all of their gear. They were motoring with only about three inches of freeboard; and the chop was reaching a point of sinking the boat.

Charrro announced, "Guys you're gonna have to swim ashore, and I'll pick you up later."

I heard him telling this story a few years later; and mentioned nonchalantly, "I don't know why those guys were mad at me??"

To Charro, it ONLY made sense. This struck me so funny, cuz it was just a "Charro" thing!

Bernie Miller Obituary

Miller – Bernadine “Bernie” Rose Miller aged 64, was welcomed into the loving arms of her Savior on Thursday, June 20, 2019; after a courageous four-year battle with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Martha Miller of Beaver Island. Bernadine is survived by her daughters, Carrie F. Butkin, Kristi L. Butkin; grandson, Antonio “Juju” Rodriguez; lifelong friend, Denise Cate; special friend, Steven Salhaney and many nieces and nephews.

As per Bernie’s wishes, she has been cremated and her ashes will be returned home to Beaver Island. A celebration of her life will be held later. Memorial contributions can be made to the family to help off-set funeral expenses. To share a photo, memory or sign the online guestbook please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com

Men's Golf League Week 4 Results

June 27, 2019

Week four of the men's golf league took place on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. There are several teams that are up near the top of the leader board. Week five will be postponed since next Wenesday is the 4th of July Golf Tournament at the Beaver Island Golf Course, which always takes place the day before the celebration of Independence Day. The 3rd of July is next Wednesday.

Picnic at the Point

History of the Roads and the Maps of Beaver Island

June 26, 2019

This is a series of programs at the Whiskey Point Light offered by the Beaver Island Historical Society. The presentations take place on the Wednesdays as part of the historical society's open the Whiskey Point Light and picnic where you bring your lunch and eat while learning something about the history of Beaver Island or the Archipelago. The Whiskey Point light is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but the Picnic on the Point with the historical presentations only happen on Wednesdays. It was announced today that these will continue into November and be available all summer long.

The picnickers gather at the point to hear the presentation which began at noon.

Talking about the history of many different things today, and joining in the tour of the light tower.

The presenter today was Bobbi Welke, a historical society member in charge of the walking trail, which is almost completed. Sixteen of the seventeen of these locations have been place, so the walking tour is almost completed. The hold-up is the replacement of the fencing at the township cemetery.

Lori Taylor-Blitz introduces the speaker today

Bobbi Welke, today's presenter

Questions were welcomed.....Some of the old surveying equipment....Bobbi shows some maps

Interested people asked questions and helped provide some answers as Bobbi Welke ended her presentation.

Lori Taylor-Blitz spoke about the other historical society activities as well as the Eco-Fair coming up this weekend.

View video of the presentation HERE

View the presentation notes HERE

Picnic at the Point

June 19, 2019

The Beaver Island Historical Society has scheduled these events for Wednesdays and Saturdays with different subjects each week. Today's subject was the History of Aviation on Beaver Island. The presenter for this was to be Paul Welke, but the weather was not cooperating and the fog might lift at any time and make the flying begin for the day with Paul needed to help them catch up for the day. Angel Welke did an excellent presentation for the aviation history with emphasis on the need for this as a transportation methods when the ferry was not running and during emergency situations.

First let's talk about the fog. It was easy to see if one decided to watch the Emerald Isle head out on the ferry run from Beaver Island to Charlevoix. Take a look at the picture of the EI disappearing into the fog.

A series of photos of the EI heading into the fog can be viewed HERE

There was a lot of fog out there as you can see by these pictures, which explains the lack of flights for the day, as well as Paul Welke's absence. Angel Welke did a good job presenting and passed around a variety of pictures.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the presentation HERE

View scanned copies of the photos passed around HERE

(This begins with Angel Welke's bullet points for the talk)

(Thank you, Angel, for your help in providing this story)

St. James Township Board Meeting Rescheduled

June 26, 2019

The regularly scheduled St James Monthly Board Meeting that was scheduled for July 3, 2019 has been rescheduled for July 10, 2019 at 5:30 pm at St James Township Hall, 37735 Michigan Ave, Beaver Island 49782

View notice HERE

NLMIC - LTBB request for volunteers

Greetings everyone!

The Little Traverse Bay Bands is organizing an invasive plant removal event on High Island next month, and we are looking for volunteers to help us!  We will be hand pulling small patches of spotted knapweed along the east coast of the island (not the spit, where the endangered piping plovers are currently nesting).  By targeting these smaller, outlying patches, we can contain the knapweed and keep it from spreading all around the shoreline.  We will be taking our boat over to High Island for the day and we can pick up people in either Harbor Springs on the mainland or on Beaver Island.  We are hoping to make the trip on July 23, but if the weather does not cooperate, we will have July 25 as a backup date.  If are interested in helping us to pull spotted knapweed on High Island, please contact me at 231-242-1670 or by email at njansen@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov.  I will put together a list of people who are interested, and contact them with more details as the time gets closer.



Noah Jansen, Conservationist

Natural Resource Department

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Open Now--Whiskey Point Brewing

A quick trip into the building to take a few pictures and do a little video shows that there is just a very small amount that needs to be accomplished to be ready to open this new Beaver Island business. According to those in the know, there are approximately eighteen individuals helping to bring this project to completion, some with finances, and others with hard work. The building looks amazing, and there is no doubt that Bud and Skip McDonough would be proud of the use of the old McDonough store in this project.

View a small gallery of pictures inside the building HERE

View the video of the inside of the building HERE

The music is compliments of the Beaver Island Goodtime Boys of "On the Beach of Beaver Island"

BIRHC Board of Directors Meeting

Minutes, Saturday, June 15, 2019

Familiar Faces 21

By Joe Moore

Posted at 2 p.m., 6/22/19

As I prepared today to play the music for the funeral of my friend and previous patient, I can’t but look back and remember the ambulance run for this wonderful lady.

“BIEMS, respond to the Bustle Drive residence for a 56 year old female with chest pain.  She was seen at the rural health center yesterday, but the pain has returned.  Per the patient, “The pain has returned with a vengeance,” the Dispatch Center paged the local EMS.

Yes, I was the paramedic on-call for this emergency, but I also had another paramedic on the island that called that she was enroute to the ambulance barn.  I had Bee to be my backup and team mate.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Pinky’s Fire

by Dick Burris

I was called one frigid, blustery evening, by Marge Wagner, informing me that Pinky’s house was on fire, and they had no pumps that would work at the site, she asked if my pump was working, and I told her I'd be right in town in a few minutes with it.  I then, lived at Lake Geneserath fourteen miles from town.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Local Quilter Semifinalist in International Quilt Show

Linda McDonough from Beaver Island is a semifinalist for the 2019 AQS QuiltWeek-Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 21-24, 2019, at the DeVos place Convention Center. Linda has been chosen to display the quilt, "A Child's Paradise--Beaver Island, along with 365 others in this AQS contest. First, Second, and Third Place prizes in seven categories will be awarded, along with seven overall awards including Best of Show.

Congratulations to you Linda McDonough for your semifinalist rating, and BINN wishes you a positive outcome at the DeVos Place show.

Read the whole news release HERE

BIHS Print Shop Porch-Joyce Bartel's Bench

June 14, 2019

Today, Karl Bartels donated a beautiful white oak bench for use on the Beaver Island Historical Socieety at the Print Shop Museum. Karl said that this was given to the BIHS in memory of his mother Joyce Bartels, who worked for close to thirty years for that organization in the summers.

View a small gallery of photos HERE

The placque on the bench

Amy Sue and Karl sitting on the bench

View video of the presentation HERE

Pancake Breakfast

Sunday - July 7, 2019, 8 am to noon
Holy Cross Parish Hall

A Sign of Caring

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the picture.

Early History of Beaver Island EMS

(When it was still all volunteers....This is the opening of a book called "Rural EMS is Different.")

Preface—The History of Beaver Island EMS

Beaver Island EMS was a conception begun by Dr. Joseph Christie and both township governments on or around 1975 when an old Red Cross ambulance was purchased for Dr. Christie and a twin engine aircraft was acquired to transport emergency patients.  Unfortunately, both the old ambulance and the aircraft were gone before the true beginning of Beaver Island EMS. 

Michael F. McGinnity, RN, re-established the need for prehospital care and transportation when he initiated the contact with LifeLink, Inc. from Petoskey, Michigan to offer the first Basic EMT class on Beaver Island in 1985.  Students in the first class included Ruth Gregg, Perry and Sandy Fortier, Roger Laars, Mike McGinnity, John and Joyce Runberg, and Bill McDonough.   John LaMont was the instructor for this course offered on Beaver Island.  The beginning group initiated a purchase of an old ambulance from Mackinac City, and began the work of stocking it with supplies.

The second EMT class occurred the following year with John LaMont, Larry Hansen, and Mike McGinnity taking turns teaching the program in 1986.  The students in the second class included Neal and Connie Boyle, Ruth Gregg, Bill Markey, Jim Hibbler, Mary Delamater, Jerry Sowa, and Joe Moore.  Quite a few of the successful students from the first class left the Island which required the second class.

From this second EMT class developed the leadership to form an organization with Neal Boyle, president; Bill Markey, Vice-President; Connie Boyle, treasurer; and Joyce Runberg, Secretary.  The official beginnings were in 1986, but the organization was fully up and running with two divisions in May 1987.  The two divisions included a land and water division of Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services and Rescue, which were individually headed by Neal Boyle, the land division, and by Alan Muma, the water division.  Alan Muma, the BI deputy sheriff, was the first recognize the need for a rescue boat to help stranded visitors and to have the ability to rescue people in the water.  The original organizational motto was “Islands of Safety”.

After several months, Bill Markey became the new acting president, and the first on-call list was published.  Many hours were spent fundraising to better equip the organization for its noble mission.  In July of 1988, a new leader emerged and was elected president.  Jerry Sowa, as a retired marine officer, had the experience to lead the organization and to move it forward.  Under his leadership, the first EMT-Specialist class was taught.  Those completing this class included Joe Moore, Bill Markey, Jerry Sowa, and Mike McGinnity.  Bill Markey took the helm in November 1988 and realized that we needed an Island-based education program so he sent Joe Moore off the Island to take the EMT Instructor Coordinator program in April 1989. 

During Bill Markey’s presidency several important changes took place to make Beaver Island EMS more professional.  A State of Michigan approved special study was written to allow the Beaver Island EMT-Specialists to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), to start Intravenous fluids, and to place a tube in the trachea of a cardiac arrest patient, but BIEMS was unable to participate without the equipment in October 1989.

The Beaver Island Medical Center helped sponsor a fundraising campaign named “Hundred with a Heart” to raise the necessary money for the AED.  The campaign was very successful and a plaque was purchased to mark this historic event, and included engraving the names of all who donated to make this successful.

Bill Markey also was successful in improving the emergency communications on Beaver Island.  In August of 1990, the repeater tower went up near the old Peaine Township hall.  This repeater tower is still in use today. (Tower taken down by Peaine Township Board recently.)  Bill Markey is also responsible for the completion of the OSHA required “Clean Room” in the ambulance garage.  Bill deserves a big thank you for all this work in getting these accomplished.

In 1991, after Alan Muma had left Beaver Island, a new rescue boat captain became involved.    Jim Owens, also a deputy sheriff like Alan Muma, became the contact person for stranded vessels in northern Lake Michigan.  While Jim Owens was the rescue boat captain, the boat was used for true water rescue, for towing stranded vessels, for helping lost vessels, and for training.  Several BIEMS personnel became trained by a retired United State Coast Guard Commander and author of the Water Rescue textbook published by Mosby Lifeline.  This training encompassed personal rescue, victim rescue, water search and rescue, and land search and rescue.  In June of 1992, the township governments decided to raffle the rescue boat and dedicate the money from the raffle to purchase of water rescue equipment.

After Bill Markey stepped down as the president (chairperson), Joe Moore took over as chairperson.  Then Mike and Bev Russell became involved in BIEMS which was probably the most productive history of BIEMS.  BIEMS received a Rural EMS grant to purchase training equipment so that necessary training for EMTs could continue.  Mike and Bev helped out in so many way that they can’t all be listed here, but some include financial solvency with millage for BIEMS,  fiscal and operations reports to the township, and State of Michigan approved education sponsorship.   Bev and Mike Russell were also part of the first paramedic program ever taught on Beaver Island which included Joe Moore, Karl Kiss, and Bob Hamil.  Mike and Bev Russell worked diligently to get BIEMS up to the Advanced Life Support (ALS) level that allows Beaver Island to provide the same level of care as an agency in the “big city”.

 Most recently Joe Moore has shared this chairperson position with Gerald LaFreniere, and now the current Executive Director of BIEMS is Sarah McCafferty. (2006)

The current membership includes Tim McDonough, Joe Timsak, Jim Stambaugh, Abigail Adams, Emily Gray, Michelle LaFreniere, and John Works, Jr., as medical first responders (61 hours of training);  Basic EMTs Cindy Gillespie, Dawn Traficante, Christy Albin, Sarah McCafferty, and Karen Whitecraft (200+ hours of training;)  EMT-Specialists Gerald LaFreniere (300+ hours of training);  and Joe Moore and Ken Bruland, paramedics.  In addition to this resident group of EMS providers, during the summer months, BIEMS also have two paramedics and instructors Lisa and Steve Rose, both paramedic instructors at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Recently, Steve and Lisa Rose with local instructor Joe Moore have taught a second paramedic program on the Island.  Students in the program included Sarah McCafferty, Ken Bruland, and Dawn Traficante.  It will be late August before any of these people will be able to license at the paramedic level.  The hours totaled for all training up to and including this paramedic program total 1200+ hour of training.
Beaver Island EMS has three vehicles to respond to emergencies.  Two of those are diesel fueled ambulances, Type III, which is a van chasis with a box on the back of the chasis, one is licensed at the Basic Life Support Level, Fifty-seven Alpha One, and the other is licensed at the Advanced Life Support Level, Fifty-seven Alpha Two.  The other vehicle is called the Echo car which means it has all of the equipment necessary to make it an advanced life support vehicle.  Beaver Island EMS has been licensed at the Advanced Life Support (ALS) level since the year 2000.
Transportation of the ill or injured victim is still the main focus of Beaver Island EMS and will remain its main mission.  As we move into the future, we need to work (as a community) toward making this mission as easy a possible for our volunteer EMS.  Discussions need to take place on how to transport an ill or injured patient from the Island to the mainland in a more efficient manner.

HERE are the PowerPoint slides of a presentation done at the Upper Pennisula EMS Conference in 2012

Peaine Township Board Meeting

June 10, 2019

Packet for this meeting HERE

Reports were givn about the historical society, the BI Mac Party, and the BI EcoFair

View video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Development Corporation


View brochure HERE

Beaver Island Historical Activities for 2019

Your Help in Controlling Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard has been confirmed on the Keebler Trail and on a logging trail across from the south-end lighthouse. It is currently in bloom and you can have a positive impact on the control of this plant. We are in an early detection and rapid response phase and garlic mustard could early be controlled, if you act now. It is easier and cheaper to deal with this plant this spring vs. the expense of future control efforts which may not be effective.

Why care about this latest invasive: In some woodlands, dense stands of garlic mustard in the spring threaten showy spring blooming ephemerals like spring beauty, trilliums and trout lilies. Other research points toward potentially negative impacts on timber species and forest health. Many land managers consider it to be one of the most potentially harmful and difficult to control invasive plants in the region. Wildlife will not eat it and it degrades the forests. When it dominates the ground layer of the forests, the plant destroys fungi in the forest which is needed for the regeneration of woody plants.

What you can do: Learn to identify garlic mustard, especially if you are out on the trails.  
If you see this plant, it is now in bloom. Pull the plant out with the roots before it goes to seed and discard in a bag at the Transfer Station. It pulls easily.
If you see a patch that has gone to seed (July), do not walk or ride your bike through it as you will spread the seeds. One plant can produce up to 3,000 seeds.
Please document where you saw the garlic mustard and we will gps and enter it into the state database.

The following is a good information link to educated yourself about this plant and the negative effects it poses to our forests and native plants. www.tworiverscoalition.org/garlic_mustard.asp

Thanks for you help in controlling invasive species on Beaver Island!  
Pam Grassmick
Beaver Island Association

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