B. I. News on the 'Net, July 1-July 18, 2021

Arranmore Connection 1

July 18, 2021

Today was a truly fascinating day with a connection using the Internet to Arranmore Island, Ireland, from the Beaver Island Historical Society Print Shop Museum with lots of interested parties in attendance on the Beaver Island end of the connection.  There was a panel of four, three were on Beaver Island, and one was connected using the Zoom program along with others on Arranmore Island.

Robert Cole was the moderator.

On the island panel members:  Pam O'Brien, Linda Wearn, and Marie Connaghan LaFreniere.

Lori Taylor-Blitz introduce the other main participants.

some of the audience present

Dick Mulvihill gave a short talk.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the connection HERE

Mass from Holy Cross Sunday

July 18, 2021

The Sunday Mass from Holy Cross was at 11 a.m.  The Cantor was Brian Foli, but there were a few others in the choir loft today.  The church was full with people standing at the back.  There were two priest today.  The reader was Sally Stebbins and Anne Partridge did some announcements as well.

Sally Stebbins reading.....Visiting priest, Fr. Lino, read the Gospel.......Another visiting priest, Fr. Matthew, gave the sermon

Sally Stebbins and Anne Partridge did the announcements.

View video of the Mass HERE

Beaver Island Christian Church Sunday Service

July 18, 2021

Three ladies made announcements at the beginning of the service. Judi Meister did regular announcement.  Alan Anderson gave information about the bake sale.  Kimberly Mitchell spoke of the needs of Haiti.

The Christian Church Bulletin

The pastor's call to worship.....Bob Anderson did the Old Testament reading.......The pastor call the children up for their message.

The children stacking stones during there message.........Special music for the congreatation

Alana Anderson read the New Testament reading

The pastor gave an interesting sermon.

View video of the service HERE

Saturday Mass from Holy Cross

July 17, 2021

The Saturday Mass from Holy Cross was live streamed at http://beaverisland.tv.  It was also recorded.  The reader was Pinky Harmon.  The priest has connections to the Allen family on the harbor.

View video of the Saturday Mass HERE

Mackinac Bridge Temporarily Closed Due to Bomb Threat

Coast Guard redirects vessel traffic

July 18, 2021

SAULT SAINT MARTE , Mich. - The Coast Guard issued a Safety Marine Information Broadcast (SMIB) establishing a one nautical mile security zone around the Mackinaa Bridge after Michigan State Police confirmed an active bomb threat.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. EST.1he Mackinac Bridge Authority closed the Mackinac Bridge after beiug notified of a bomb threat. Taking immediate action, the Coast Guard diverted a Station St. lgnace response boat to the area and issued an SMIB. The Coast Guard instructed transiting commercial vessels to anchor while local law enforcement executed multiple sweeps of the bridge surface and the Station St. Ignace response boat and local law enforcement marine units conducted sweeps underneath.

After Coast Guard and local law enforcement completed multiple sweeps above and below the bridge, the Mackinac County Emergency Director issued the all clear and the Coast Guard terminated the security zone.

For more information, contact LT Tyler S. Carlsgaard, Public Affairs Officer. at 906-635-3310

Weather by Joe

July 18, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Right now, at 7:30 a.m., it is 62 degrees with humidity of 99%. The pressure is 30.19, and there is no wind. The dewpoint is 60 degrees. Visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be sunny with a high near 80. The wind will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low near 60. Wind will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunny skies with a high near 80. Winds will be from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
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ON THIS DAY
On July 18, 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who first took office in 1933 as America’s 32nd president, is nominated for an unprecedented third term. Roosevelt, a Democrat, would eventually be elected to a record four terms in office, the only U.S. president to serve more than two terms.
Roosevelt was born January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York, and went on to serve as a New York state senator from 1911 to 1913, assistant secretary of the Navy from 1913 to 1920 and governor of New York from 1929 to 1932. In 1932, he defeated incumbent Herbert Hoover to be elected president for the first time. During his first term, Roosevelt enacted his New Deal social programs, which were aimed at lifting America out of the Great Depression. In 1936, he won his second term in office by defeating Kansas governor Alf Landon in a landslide.
On July 18, 1940, Roosevelt was nominated for a third presidential term at the Democratic Party convention in Chicago. The president received some criticism for running again because there was an unwritten rule in American politics that no U.S. president should serve more than two terms. The custom dated back to the country’s first president, George Washington, who in 1796 declined to run for a third term in office. Nevertheless, Roosevelt believed it was his duty to continue serving and lead his country through the mounting crisis in Europe, where Hitler’s Nazi Germany was on the rise. The president went on to defeat Republican Wendell Wilkie in the general election, and his third term in office was dominated by America’s involvement in World War II.
In 1944, with the war still in progress, Roosevelt defeated New York governor Thomas Dewey for a fourth term in office. However, the president was unable to complete the full term. On April 12, 1945, Roosevelt, who had suffered from various health problems for years, died at age 63 in Warm Springs, Georgia. He was succeeded by Vice President Harry S. Truman. On March 21, 1947, Congress passed the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which stated that no person could be elected to the office of president more than twice. The amendment was ratified by the required number of states in 1951.
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WORD OF THE DAY
parry; verb; (PAIR-ee)
Definition
1 : to ward off (something, such as a weapon or blow)
2 : to evade (something, such as a question) by an adroit answer
Did You Know?
Parry (which is used in fencing, as well as in other applications) was borrowed from French parer, meaning "to ward off" or "to avert," and may specifically have come directly from the plural imperative form of that word, parez. The French likely borrowed the word from Italian parare, meaning "to prepare, adorn, avert, shield, keep out." That word's source is Latin parāre, meaning "to supply, provide, make ready," an ancestor to many familiar English words, among them prepare, repair, emperor, separate, and apparatus.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Edward Palmer, RIP

July 17, 2021

Today, Beaver Island lost its "Music Man" in that Edward Palmer moved on to his next two step or waltz in heaven.  His most famous comment is "Is Everybody Happy" is a little difficult to answer today.  More information will be made available when it becomes available.

Cemetery Walk and Talk

July 17, 2021

This is the first cemetery talk of the summer.  They will take place most of the summer in July and August.  The presenters pictures are below.

Lori Taylor-Blitz told everyone about the Museum Week activities that started today.

Jacque LaFreniere introduced each of the speakers.

Alvin LaFreniere.......Pam O'Brien........Linda Wearn

Kathy Tidmore........Julie Runberg

View video of the presentation HERE

Barney's Lake Sun Through the Trees

July 16, 2021

Through the trees, the sun created an interesting view through the trees while heading north from Sloptown Road on Barney's Lake Road.

This is what the editor's eyes saw.  The camera did not capture it that way, so some editing was necessary.

Sun Over Paradise Bay

July 16, 2021

The island beauty can easily be shown when the evening approaches sunset.  The sun was shining so brightly and had a reddish tint last night.  These two pictures were taken from the northern shore of the harbor, showing the beautiful colors of the sky.

Weather by Joe

July 17, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! There are some clouds out there this morning at 6:30 a.m. with a temperature of 57 degrees and humidity at 99%. The pressure is 30.10 and it is still with very little breeze. The rain we got on July 15th was three-quarters of an inch. Visibility is given as nine miles.
TODAY, it is expected to be sunny with a high of 82 degrees, a high in the low 80's and winds light and variable. In other words, it should be a beautiful day.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low near 60. Winds will continue to be light and variable.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly sunny skies with a high near 80. Winds will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.
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ON THIS DAY
Disneyland, Walt Disney’s metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy and futurism, opens on July 17, 1955. The $17 million theme park was built on 160 acres of former orange groves in Anaheim, California, and soon brought in staggering profits. Today, Disneyland hosts more than 18 million visitors a year, who spend close to $3 billion.
Walt Disney, born in Chicago in 1901, worked as a commercial artist before setting up a small studio in Los Angeles to produce animated cartoons. In 1928, his short film Steamboat Willy, starring the character “Mickey Mouse,” was a national sensation. It was the first animated film to use sound, and Disney provided the voice for Mickey. From there on, Disney cartoons were in heavy demand, but the company struggled financially because of Disney’s insistence on ever-improving artistic and technical quality. His first feature-length cartoon, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938), took three years to complete and was a great commercial success.
Snow White was followed by other feature-length classics for children, such as Pinocchio (1940), Dumbo (1941), and Bambi (1942). Fantasia (1940), which coordinated animated segments with famous classical music pieces, was an artistic and technical achievement. In Song of the South (1946), Disney combined live actors with animated figures, and beginning with Treasure Island in 1950 the company added live-action movies to its repertoire. Disney was also one of the first movie studios to produce film directly for television, and its Zorro and Davy Crockett series were very popular with children.
In the early 1950s, Walt Disney began designing a huge amusement park to be built near Los Angeles. He intended Disneyland to have educational as well as amusement value and to entertain adults and their children. Land was bought in the farming community of Anaheim, about 25 miles southeast of Los Angeles, and construction began in 1954. In the summer of 1955, special invitations were sent out for the opening of Disneyland on July 17. Unfortunately, the pass was counterfeited and thousands of uninvited people were admitted into Disneyland on opening day. The park was not ready for the public: food and drink ran out, a women’s high-heel shoe got stuck in the wet asphalt of Main Street USA, and the Mark Twain Steamboat nearly capsized from too many passengers.
Disneyland soon recovered, however, and attractions such as the Castle, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Snow White’s Adventures, Space Station X-1, Jungle Cruise, and Stage Coach drew countless children and their parents. Special events and the continual building of new state-of-the-art attractions encouraged them to visit again. In 1965, work began on an even bigger Disney theme park and resort near Orlando, Florida. Walt Disney died in 1966, and Walt Disney World was opened in his honor on October 1, 1971. Epcot Center, Disney-MGM Studios, and Animal Kingdom were later added to Walt Disney World, and it remains Florida’s premier tourist attraction. In 1983, Disneyland Tokyo opened in Japan, and in 1992 Disneyland Paris–or “EuroDisney”–opened to a mixed reaction in Marne-la-Vallee. Disneyland in Hong Kong opened its doors in September 2005.
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WORD OF THE DAY
topor; noun; (TOR-per)
Definition
1 a : a state of mental and motor inactivity with partial or total insensibility
b : a state of lowered physiological activity typically characterized by reduced metabolism, heart rate, respiration, and body temperature that occurs in varying degrees especially in hibernating and estivating animals
2 : apathy, dullness
Did You Know?
The English word torpor is a 13th-century borrowing from Latin: torpōr-, torpor mean "numbness, paralysis, absence of energy, lethargy," and correspond to the Latin verb torpēre, meaning "to be numb, lack sensation; to be struck motionless; to be sluggish or lethargic." Early use of the English word is found in a 13th-century guide for religious recluses, where it refers to a spiritual or intellectual lethargy, but scant evidence of the word appears between that point and the 1600s, when the word began to be used in reference to both mental and physical sluggishness. The related adjective torpid (from the Latin adjective torpidus, meaning "numbed" or "paralyzed") has since the 15th century been used to mean "numb," but today it more often means "lacking in energy or vigor."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Two Running Events

Posted on July 16, 2021

There are two running events scheduled for the cooler fall weather here on Beaver Island.  The posters for these events are below, which explain the events.

Weather by Joe

July 16, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! It's almost 8 a.m. and it's 59 degrees. The humidity is 99%. The pressure is 30.06. There is no wind right now. The sky is clear, and visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to be full of sunshine with a high near 80. The wind will be light and variable.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low of 57. Winds will be light and variable.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for mainly sunshine with a high in the lower 80's. Winds will remain light and variable.
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ON THIS DAY
On July 16, 1790, the young American Congress declares that a swampy, humid, muddy and mosquito-infested site on the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia will be the nation’s permanent capital. “Washington,” in the newly designated federal “District of Columbia,” was named after the leader of the American Revolution and the country’s first president: George Washington. It was Washington who saw the area’s potential economic and accessibility benefits due to the proximity of navigable rivers.
George Washington, who had been in office just over a year when the capital site was determined, asked a French architect and city planner named Pierre L Enfant to design the capital. In 1793, the first cornerstones of the president’s mansion, which was eventually renamed the “White House,” were laid. George Washington, however, never lived in the mansion as it was not inhabitable until 1800. Instead, President John Adams and his wife Abigail were the White House’s first residents. They lived there less than a year; Thomas Jefferson moved in in 1801.
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WORD OF THE DAY
omniscient; adjective; (ahm-NISH-unt)
Definition
1 : having infinite awareness, understanding, and insight
2 : possessed of universal or complete knowledge
Did You Know?
One who is omniscient literally knows all. The word omniscient, which has been part of English since at least the beginning of the 17th century, brings together two Latin roots: the combining form omni-, meaning "all" or "universally," and the verb scire, meaning "to know." You will recognize omni- as the prefix that tells all in such words as omnivorous ("eating all" or, in actual use, "eating both plants and animals") and omnipotent ("all-powerful"). Scire likewise has a number of other knowledge-related descendants in English, including conscience, science, and prescience (meaning "foreknowledge").
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Young Loon on Barney's Lake

July 15, 2021

The adult loons with their chick are keeping up in the north end of the lake.  Tonight, the adult and the chick were swimming way up there and quite a distance from the public access.  The only angle to actually see them was from the public access at the boat launch area.  The loons could not be seen from the roadway even if walking on the lake side of the road.

Peaine and St. James Township Ask You to Complete a Survey

ST JAMES & PEAINE TWPS ARE APPLYING FOR FEDERAL BROADBAND GRANT. If you live on the Island (year-round or seasonal) or run a business on the Island, you can help the application process by completing a survey. Just go to either of the township's websites and click on the BROADBAND SURVEYS LINK. Make sure you also complete the Speed Test. Please complete as soon as possible.

The townships are applying to the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Infrastructure Program. With our partner, Great Lakes Energy, Beaver Island is applying for a multi-million-dollar grant to build an island wide fiber to the home (FTTH) network and a fiber backhaul to the mainland. This is an ambitious and essential grant proposal which, if successful, will prepare the Beaver Island community to fully engage in the modern world. The grant deadline is August 17th and award announcements will be made in November 2021.

http://www.stjamestwp.org/broadband_surveys.php

http://www.peainetwp.org/

St James Board of Review

July 20, 2021, @ 10 a.m.

Public notice......................Agenda

IMPORTANT information for Beaver Island Commission Aging clients.

The Audiologist specialists who have previously visited Beaver Island are returning on August 12, 2021. We have appointments available to see the doctors of audiology from the Great Lakes Ear Nose & Throat Specialists. If you are interested in seeing them, please contact the Beaver Island Commission on Aging to make an appointment. Time slots are filling up fast. If you know someone age 60 and older who may benefit from this service, please contact the Beaver Island Commission on Aging at 448-2124. If no one answers then leave a message and Lonnie Allen will return the call as soon as possible.

Weather by Joe

July 15, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! It's wet out there today. Right now on Carlisle Road at 7 a.m., it is 64 degrees with relative humidity at 99%. There is a light wind from the W at 2 mph. The pressure is 29.81. Visibility is ten miles.

Phyllis Gregg Moore is is off to the mainland today for tests; MRI and CAT scan to check on the progess of her cancer.

TODAY, it is expected to have showers early with clearing in the afternoon for some sunshine. The high will be in the mid-70's. Wind will be from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low in the mid-50's. Wind will be from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunny skies with a high near 80. Wind will be from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
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ON THIS DAY

On July 15, 1903, the newly formed Ford Motor Company takes its first order from Chicago dentist Ernst Pfenning: an $850 two-cylinder Model A automobile with a tonneau (or backseat). The car, produced at Ford’s plant on Mack Street (now Mack Avenue) in Detroit, was delivered to Dr. Pfenning just over a week later.
Henry Ford had built his first gasoline-powered vehicle–which he called the Quadricycle–in a workshop behind his home in 1896, while working as the chief engineer for the main plant of the Edison Illuminating Company in Detroit. After making two unsuccessful attempts to start a company to manufacture automobiles before 1903, Ford gathered a group of 12 stockholders, including himself, to sign the papers necessary to form the Ford Motor Company in mid-June 1903. As Douglas Brinkley writes in “Wheels for the World,” his history of Ford, one of the new company’s investors, Albert Strelow, owned a wooden factory building on Mack Avenue that he rented to Ford Motor. In an assembly room measuring 250 by 50 feet, the first Ford Model A went into production that summer.
Designed primarily by Ford’s assistant C. Harold Wills, the Model A could accommodate two people side-by-side on a bench; it had no top, and was painted red. The car’s biggest selling point was its engine, which at two cylinders and eight-horsepower was the most powerful to be found in a passenger car. It had relatively simple controls, including two forward gears that the driver operated with a foot pedal, and could reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour (comparable to the car’s biggest competition at the time, the curved-dash Oldsmobile).
Dr. Pfenning’s order turned out to be the first of many, from around the country, launching Ford on its way to profitability. Within two months, the company had sold 215 Fords, and by the end of its first year the Mack Avenue plant had turned out some 1,000 cars. Though the company grew quickly in the next several years, it was the launch of the Model T in 1908 that catapulted Ford to the top of the automobile industry. The Lizzie’s tremendous popularity kept Ford far ahead of the pack until dwindling sales led to the end of its production in 1927. That same year, Ford released the second Model A amid great fanfare; it enjoyed similar success, though the onset of the Great Depression kept its sales from equaling those of the Model T.
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WORD OF THE DAY

flounder; verb; (FLOUN-der)

Definition
1 : to struggle to move or obtain footing : thrash about wildly
2 : to proceed or act clumsily or ineffectually
Did You Know?
Flounder is a relatively common verb that current evidence dates to the late 16th century, when it was likely born by means of an alteration of an older verb, founder. The two have been confused ever since. Today, founder is most often used as a synonym of fail, or, in the case of a waterborne vessel, as a word meaning "to fill with water and sink." Formerly, it was also frequently applied when a horse stumbled badly and was unable to keep walking. It's likely this sense of founder led to the original and now-obsolete meaning of flounder: "to stumble." In modern use, flounder typically means "to struggle" or "to act clumsily"; the word lacks the finality of founder, which usually denotes complete collapse or failure, as that of a sunken ship.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Wigwam Presentation by Cheryl Podgorski

At the BIHS Print Shop Museum

July 14, 2021

The presentation was at the Print Shop Museum in the new section of the building.  Cheryl Podgorski was introduced by Lori Taylor-Blitz.  The was about the wigwam, but also about the Anashinabe people.

Phil Gregg Slideshow

July 14, 2021

After most family gatherings at the Gregg household, Phil Gregg would take out his slide projector and give a short history of the island or of part of his life.  This video of a particular slideshow is a great presentation of some of the Beaver Island history that the Gregg family experienced or were notified about.  Phil always gave a good presentation, and it is great to hear his voice again.  The video is from a slideshow filmed by Phyllis Gregg Moore.

View the video HERE

Weather by Joe

July 14, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Here on Carlisle Road, it is 67 degrees with 96% relative humidity at 7:30 a.m. The pressure is 29.98, and the tree tops are calm. It is partly cloudy with visbility at ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a chance of a shower or a thundershower. The high will be near 80. Winds will be out of the SW at 10 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for scattered thundershowers with rain possible off and on throughout the night. The low will be in the mid-60's. The chance of rain is 60% with an accumulation expected of over an inch of rain. The wind will be from the SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for a shower or two in the morning. This will become partly cloudy in the afternoon. The high will be near 70. The wind will be from the N at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 40%.
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ON THIS DAY
During the First Crusade, Christian knights from Europe capture Jerusalem after seven weeks of siege and begin massacring the city’s Muslim and Jewish population.
Beginning in the 11th century, Christians in Jerusalem were increasingly persecuted by the city’s Islamic rulers, especially when control of the holy city passed from the relatively tolerant Egyptians to the Seljuk Turks in 1071. Late in the century, Byzantine Emperor Alexius Comenus, also threatened by the Seljuk Turks, appealed to the West for aid. In 1095, Pope Urban II publicly called for a crusade to aid Eastern Christians and recover the holy lands. The response by Western Europeans was immediate.
The first crusaders were actually undisciplined hordes of French and German peasants who met with little success. One group, known as the “People’s Crusade,” reached as far as Constantinople before being annihilated by the Turks. In 1096, the main crusading force, featuring some 4,000 mounted knights and 25,000 infantry, began to move east. Led by Raymond of Toulouse, Godfrey of Bouillon, Robert of Flanders, and Bohemond of Otranto, the army of Christian knights crossed into Asia Minor in 1097.
In June, the crusaders captured the Turkish-held city of Nicaea and then defeated a massive army of Seljuk Turks at Dorylaeum. From there, they marched on to Antioch, located on the Orontes River below Mount Silpius, and began a difficult six-month siege during which they repulsed several attacks by Turkish relief armies. Finally, early in the morning of June 3, 1098, Bohemond persuaded a Turkish traitor to open Antioch’s Bridge Gate, and the knights poured into the city. In an orgy of killing, the Christians massacred thousands of enemy soldiers and citizens, and all but the city’s fortified citadel was taken. Later in the month, a large Turkish army arrived to attempt to regain the city, but they too were defeated, and the Antioch citadel surrendered to the Europeans.
After resting and reorganizing for six months, the crusaders set off for their ultimate goal, Jerusalem. Their numbers were now reduced to some 1,200 cavalry and 12,000 foot soldiers. On June 7, 1099, the Christian army reached the holy city, and finding it heavily fortified, began building three enormous siege towers. By the night of July 13, the towers were complete, and the Christians began fighting their way across Jerusalem’s walls. On July 14, Godfrey’s men were the first to penetrate the defenses, and the Gate of Saint Stephen was opened. The rest of the knights and soldiers then poured in, the city was captured, and tens of thousands of its occupants were slaughtered.
The crusaders had achieved their aims, and Jerusalem was in Christian hands, but an Egyptian army marched on the holy city a few weeks later to challenge their claim. The Egyptians’ defeat by the outnumbered Christians in August ended Muslim resistance to the Europeans for the time being, and five small Christian states were set up in the region under the rule of the leaders of the crusade.
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WORD OF THE DAY
shibboleth; noun; (SHIB-uh-luth)
Definition
1 a : a word or saying used by adherents of a party, sect, or belief and usually regarded by others as empty of real meaning
b : a widely held belief
c : truism, platitude
2 a : a use of language regarded as distinctive of a particular group
b : a custom or usage regarded as distinguishing one group from others
Did You Know?
The Bible's Book of Judges (12:4-6) tells the story of the Ephraimites, who, after they were routed by the Gileadite army, tried to retreat by sneaking across a ford of the Jordan River that was held by their enemy. The Gileadites, wary of the ploy, asked every soldier who tried to cross if he was an Ephraimite. When the soldier said "no," he was asked to say shibbōleth (which means "stream" in Hebrew). Gileadites pronounced the word "shibboleth," but Ephramites said "sibboleth." Anyone who didn't pronounce the initial sh was killed on the spot. When English speakers first borrowed shibboleth, they used it to mean "test phrase," but it has acquired additional meanings since that time.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Peaine Township Board Meeting Agenda

July 13, 2021, @ 7 p.m.

Thank you to Dawn Marsh for recording the video of the meeting!

View video of the meeting HERE

Museum Week Starts Next Week

Date Event
17-Jul-21 Walk and Talk at Holy Cross Cemetery 1:30pm
18-Jul-21 Arranmore Connections Pt 1 2pm Print Shop and online
Ice Cream Social 4pm Print Shop
19-Jul-21 Music on the Porch 7pm Print Shop
20-Jul-21 Beads, Bones, Pipes, and Seeds with Scott Demel 7pm online and Print Shop
21-Jul-21 Amik Society Beaver Island: A Story of Place 7pm Print Shop
Art Show Gregg Hall 11am-4pm
22-Jul-21 Ross Richardson Seeking The Lord. The Hunt for Lord Jarvis Shipwreck 7pm Print Shop
CMU Field Trip Cost $10 9am Reservations Required Call the Print Shop (231) 448-2254
Art Show Gregg Hall 11am-4pm
23-Jul-21 Author Miles Harvey King of Confidence 7pm Print Shop
Art Show Gregg Hall 11am-4pm
24-Jul-21 Arranmore Connections Part 2 2pm Print Shop and Online

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July 12, 2021

Weather by Joe

July 13, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! There are clouds in the sky this morning with a tmeperature of 66 degrees at 7:30 a.m. The humidity is 95% with a pressure of 30.00. Visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to have some showers early with clouds in the afternoon. The chance of rain is 50%. The winds will be light and varaiable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a few clouds with a low near 60. Winds will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunshine and clouds mixed with a possible passing thundershower. The high will be near 80, and the winds will continue from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.
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ON THIS DAY
In Los Angeles, California, Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts is nominated for the presidency by the Democratic Party Convention, defeating Senator Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas. The next day, Johnson was named Kennedy’s running mate by a unanimous vote of the convention.
Four months later, on November 8, Kennedy won 49.7 percent of the popular vote in one of the closest presidential elections in U.S. history, surpassing by a fraction the 49.6 percent received by Vice President Richard M. Nixon, a Republican.
On January 20, 1961, on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., John Fitzgerald Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th president of the United States. A fourth-generation Irish American, Kennedy was also the nation’s first Catholic president. During his famous inauguration address, Kennedy, the youngest candidate ever elected to the presidency, declared that “the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans” and appealed to Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
Kennedy, his wife Jacqueline, and the large Kennedy clan seemed fitting representatives of the youthful spirit of America during the early 1960s, and the Kennedy White House was later idealized by admirers as a modern-day “Camelot.” In foreign policy, Kennedy actively fought communism in the world, ordering the controversial Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba and sending thousands of U.S. military “advisers” to Vietnam. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he displayed firmness and restraint, exercising an unyielding opposition to the placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba but also demonstrating a level-headedness during tense negotiations for their removal. On the domestic front, he introduced his “New Frontier” social legislation, calling for a rigorous federal desegregation policy and a sweeping new civil rights bill. On November 22, 1963, after less than three years in office, Kennedy was assassinated while riding in an open-car motorcade with his wife in Dallas, Texas.
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WORD OF THE DAY

ruthless; adjective; (ROOTH-lus)

Definition

: having no pity : merciless, cruel

Did You Know?

Ruthless can be defined as "without ruth" or "having no ruth." So what, then, is ruth? The noun ruth, which is now considerably less common than ruthless, means "compassion for the misery of another," "sorrow for one's own faults," or "remorse." And, just as it is possible for one to be without ruth, it is also possible to be full of ruth. The antonym of ruthless is ruthful, meaning "full of ruth" or "tender." Ruthful can also mean "full of sorrow" or "causing sorrow." Ruth can be traced back to the Middle English noun ruthe, itself from ruen, meaning "to rue" or "to feel regret, remorse, or sorrow."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

One Loon Chick on Barney's Lake

July 12, 2021

After keeping track of the loon nest on Barney's Lake for almost a month, the editor was informed that there was one of two eggs hatched on this lake.  Many others had seen the loon chick, and other pictures had been taken.  Today, before noon, the Loons were seen way up in the north end of the lake.

As we all may wish for a successful nesting, as this is the second nesting of this loon pair, it is joyful to be able actually see the loon chick, even if quite far away.

Marine Museum Lunchtime Talk

Sponsored by the BI Historical Society

July 12, 2021

Lawrence McDonough and Family

Today's presentation was done by Pamela Grassmick, daughter of Lawrence and Winnifred McDonough.  The presentation was short on this hot and humid day, but the presentation was also a good summary of the family history and Lawrence's work on the Island and off the island.  The presentation began shortly after noon and was somewhat short, but very informative.

The presentation was at the Marine Museum Monday this week featuring Pam Grassmick!  She will be talking about her father Captain McDonough and his maritime history.
Where: Marine Museum
When: 12:15-1:00pm

Pam Grassmick

 

View video of the presentation HERE

Weather by Joe

July 12, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! We had a great visit from Cousin Bill Gregg. The whole Moore family is here on Beaver Island, and it's great to have family here. A good dinner was had at Lillian Gregg's home with all the family. Great food, great conversation, and lots of love and hugs.

Right now on Carlisle Road, it is 63 degrees at 8 am with no wind and humidity at 99%. The pressure is 30.13. The sky is clear and visibility is ten miles. Looks like another beautiful day in paradise.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a high near 80. Wind will be from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for increasing clouds becoming overcast. A stray thundershower is possible. The low temperature will be near 60. The wind will be from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for showers in the morning. It is to remain cloudy in the afternoon with a high in the low 70's. Winds will be light and variable. Chance of rain is 40%.
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ON THIS DAY

Wild Bill Hickok begins to establish his reputation as a gunfighter after he shoots three men during a shootout in Nebraska.
Born in Homer (later called Troy Grove), Illinois, James Butler Hickok moved to Kansas in 1855 at the age of 18. There he filed a homestead claim, took odd jobs, and began calling himself by his father’s name, Bill. A skilled marksman, Hickok honed his abilities as a gunslinger. Though Hickok was not looking for trouble, he liked to be ready to defend himself, and his ability with a pistol soon proved useful.
By the summer of 1861, Hickok was working as a stock tender at a stage depot in Nebraska called Rock Creek Station. Across the creek lived David McCanles, a mean-spirited man who disliked Hickok for some reason. McCanles enjoyed insulting the young stockman, calling him Duck Bill and claiming he was a hermaphrodite. Hickok took his revenge by secretly romancing McCanles’ mistress, Sarah Shull.
On this day in 1861, the tension between Hickok and McCanles came to a head. McCanles may have learned about the affair between Shull and Hickok, though his motivations are not clear. He arrived at the station with two other men and his 12-year-old-son and exchanged angry words with the station manager. Then McCanles spotted Hickok standing behind a curtain partition. He threatened to drag “Duck Bill” outside and give him a thrashing. Demonstrating remarkable coolness for a 24-year-old who had never been involved in a gunfight, Hickok replied, “There will be one less son-of-a-bitch when you try that.”
McCanles ignored the warning. When he approached the curtain, Hickok shot him in the chest. McCanles staggered out of the building and died in the arms of his son. Hearing the shots, the two other gunmen ran in. Hickok shot one of them twice and winged the other. The other workers at the station finished them off.
The story of Hickok’s first gunfight spread quickly, establishing his reputation as a skilled gunman. In 1867, Harper’s New Monthly Magazine published a highly exaggerated account of the shoot-out which claimed Hickok had single-handedly killed nine men. The article quoted Hickok as saying, “I was wild and I struck savage blows.” Thus began the legendary career of “Wild Bill.”
For the next 15 years, Hickok would further embellish his reputation with genuine acts of daring, though the popular accounts continued to exceed the reality. He died in 1876 at the age of 39, shot in the back of the head by a young would-be gunfighter looking for fame.
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WORD OF THE DAY

emprise; noun; (em-PRYZE)
Definition

: an adventurous, daring, or chivalric enterprise

Did You Know?
Someone who engages in emprises undertakes much, so it's no surprise that emprise descends from the Anglo-French word emprendre, meaning "to undertake." It's also no surprise that emprise became established in English during the 13th century, a time when brave knights engaged in many a chivalrous undertaking. Fourteenth-century author Geoffrey Chaucer used emprise to describe one such knight in "The Franklin's Tale" (one of the stories in The Canterbury Tales): "Ther was a knyght that loved and dide his payne / To serve a lady in his beste wise; / And many labour, many a greet emprise, / He for his lady wroghte er she were wonne."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Church Services This Weekend

Mass from Holy Cross Saturday

July 10, 2021

Visiting Priests

Reader was Pinky Harmon

View video of the Mass HERE

Mass from Holy Cross Sunday

July 11, 2021

All of the visiting priests were concelebrating Sunday's Mass.  The Mass Celebrant was Father Patrick O"Loughlin, LC.  The Concelebrants were:  Frs. Brett Tairn, LC; Matthew Kaderabeck, LC; Daniel Brendenburg, LC;  Lino Otero, LC; and Paul Alger, LC.  This is the list of priests on Sunday from right to left.

Jacque LaFreniere was the reader.

Reading the Gospel......Giving the Sermon

All of the celebrants

View video of the Mass HERE

Beaver Island Christian Church

July 11, 2021

Judi Meister gave the announcements and played the hymns.

Pastor Lee Bracey gave the opening prayer and did a Children's Sermon.

Mary Ellen Dawson and Richard Speck did the readings.

Pastor Lee Bracey gave the sermon

Watch video of the service HERE

Episcopal Service

July 11, 2021

View video of the service HERE

Weather by Joe

July 11, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Right now at 7:30 a.m. on Carlisle Road it is 55 degrees with the humidity at 99%. The pressure is 30.04, and the treetops are still. The sky is clear, and visibility is at ten miles.
Phyllis had a rough day yesterday, and unusually up before me, but is still sleeping this morning. Prayers are appreciated.
TODAY, it is expected to be sunny to partly cloudy with a high near 80 degrees. Winds will be light and variable. Looks like a beautiful day in paradise!
TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a low in the mid-50s with light and variable winds.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunshine and clouds mixed with a high near 80. Wind will be from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
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ON THIS DAY
In one of the most famous duels in American history, 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 aide. 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 York State Assembly in 1784 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 joined Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican ticket (the forerunner of the Democratic Party) as vice president in the 1796 election, 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 the 1800 election, Jefferson and Burr became running mates again. 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, 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 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.
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WORD OF THE DAY
nonplus; verb; (nahn-PLUS)
Definition
: to cause to be at a loss as to what to say, think, or do : perplex
Did You Know?
Does nonplus perplex you? You aren't alone. Some people believe the non in nonplus means "not," and assume that to be nonplussed is to be calm and poised, but in fact the opposite is true. If you are among the baffled, the word's history may clarify things. In Latin, non plus means "no more." When nonplus debuted in English in the 16th century, it was used as a noun synonymous with quandary. Someone brought to a nonplus had reached an impasse in an argument and could say no more. In short time, people began applying nonplus as a verb, and today it is often used in participial form with the meaning "perplexed" (as in "Joellen's strange remark left us utterly nonplussed").
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

The Beaver Island Wave

The Wave

by Phil Gregg

Published in The Beaver Beacon, June 2008

I was recently asked if I would mind writing a little article regarding the Beaver Island “wave.” To tell the truth, it has been a fact of life here on the Island for so long that I hadn't given it any more thought than breathing in and out. It is true, though, this phenomenon does seem to occur in areas of small populations, and especially remote areas. After very little research it has been noted that islands seem to be the prevailing location for the “wave.” Not only that, Beaver Island seems to stand out as having a larger percentage of “wavers.” After visiting Mackinac, Drummond, Bois Blanc, Summer, and Nebish Islands here in the north, it’s obvious Beaver does indeed stand out with this particular trait.
Of course, “wavers” in general are laid-back people. A person with a discerning eye might even be able to use the responding “wave” as a barometer to determine the attitude of the responder.
For the most part a hearty “wave” is certainly a friendly gesture, giving you the urge to respond like-wise. Once you have become familiar with a “waver” you have no doubt started something that can go on forever.
In the past people drove the same cars for years so you pretty much knew who you were going to be waving at. Now, of course, it's a different story. You would think people changing vehicles almost annually would really put a whammy on the “wave.” Not so! It's so firmly established by now, everyone is eligible for the “wave.”
People who are busy, or in a hurry, often use a subtle “wave” that you really have to watch for. That's when just a finger is raised off the steering wheel. Generally it's the index finger. If it's the middle finger – well, that's something else.
At the beginning of this article it was mentioned the Island is a laid-back place, noted for it's friendly people and informal way of life. If you should see a guy with a necktie on he's either going to a wedding or a funeral, or is a visiting Jehovah's Witness, but regardless, just wave! It should be noted however, to not wave has been considered “Beaver Island Road Rage!”

Phil Gregg's original handwritten copy of "The Wave"

Phil Gregg

Weather by Joe

July 10, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Right now on Carlisle Road it is 57 degrees with humidity at 99%. The pressure is 30.08. There is barely any breeze in the tree tops. It is officially partly cloudy, but it's sunny now. Visibility is ten miles. It is interesting that the dew point is 56 degrees with a high humidity, but there doesn't appear to be too much fog to effect visibility.
TODAY, it is expected to be a sunny day with high near 80. The winds will be light and variable. In other words, this should be a beautiful, yet hot and humid day.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for a fairly clear night with a few passing clouds. The low will be in the mid-50's. Winds will be light and variable.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for more having more clouds than sun compared to today. It will have a high near 80 degrees. Wind will be from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph.
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ON THIS DAY
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.
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WORD OF THE DAY
cataract; noun; (KAT-uh-rakt)
Definition
1 : a clouding of the lens of the eye or of its surrounding transparent membrane that obstructs the passage of light
2 a : waterfall; especially : a large one over a precipice
b : steep rapids in a river
c : downpour, flood
Did You Know?
Cataract dates to the 14th century and comes from the Latin word cataracta, meaning "portcullis." The Latin pertains to the ocular cataract, probably because it obstructs one's vision much like the portcullis's heavy iron grating obstructs passage into a fortress or castle. Cataracta has another meaning, however—"waterfall"—and that meaning gave English the water-related meanings that came in later centuries. The connection between the two Latin meanings can be seen in katarassein, the Greek source of cataracta. It means "to dash down," an action we see in both the slamming portcullis and the cascading waterfall.
(from Merrian Webster and history dot com)

Do  You See the Fawn?

July 9, 2021

First of all, let it be know that you wouldn't have even seen the deer if you were going down Sloptown Road at more than 35 mph.  So the challenge is this:  Can you see the fawn in this picture? The editor caught this out of the corner of his eye, stopped the care, and backed to determine if the fawn was actually there. It is.  Can you see it?

State May Return Superior Beach to the Ojibwe


(from Northern Wilds magazine)

(Posted with permission)

Weather by Joe

July 9, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! It's really great when there is time to actually sit down with family! Our son and family are here. It's so good to see them!
Right now on Carlisle Road, it is sunny, but officially partly cloudy. At 8 a.m. it is 55 degrees. Humidity is at 97%. The pressure is 30.02. We got just under a tenth of an inch of rain yesterday. Visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to be sunny. The high will be in the mid-70's, and wind from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for a clear sky with the low near 50. Winds will be light and variable.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunshine. The high will be in the upper 70's. Winds will be light and variable.
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ON THIS DAY
On July 9, 1762, the wife of Russia’s new emperor, Peter III, rallies the army regiments of St. Petersburg against her husband and is proclaimed Empress Catherine II, the sole ruler of Russia.
More commonly known as Catherine the Great, she would stay on the throne for the next 34 years, longer than any other female ruler in Russian history.
The former Sophie von Anhalt-Zerbst was born in 1729 in what is now Poland. Her father was a minor Prussian prince; her mother was a member of the house of Holstein-Gottorp, one of Germany’s most celebrated families. At 15, Sophie scored an invitation to Russia from Empress Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great, who was searching for a bride for her nephew and chosen heir to the throne, the Grand Duke Peter, who was also Sophie’s cousin on her mother’s side. They were married the following year, and Sophie converted to Orthodox Christianity, adopting the name Catherine.
Peter and Catherine’s marriage was unhappy from the beginning, and neither one was faithful. Catherine later hinted in her memoirs that her husband hadn’t fathered any of her four children, but most historians believe he did father her first son, Paul, born in 1754.
Soon after the Empress Elizabeth died and Peter ascended to the throne in early 1762, his many enemies plotted to overthrow Peter and replace him with 7-year-old Paul. Instead, the ambitious Catherine acted quickly to seize the advantage for herself. With the help of her lover, Gregory Orlov, she won the military’s support and had herself proclaimed Russia’s sole ruler in July 1762, forcing her husband to abdicate his throne. Peter was assassinated just eight days later by Catherine’s supporters, casting some doubt on her legitimacy as ruler.
Despite this turbulent beginning, Catherine’s reign would be remembered as a time of significant progress and achievement for Russia. Like Peter the Great, she worked to Westernize the nation and make it strong enough to hold its own against the great powers of Europe. Under Catherine, Russia’s borders expanded to the west and south, encompassing Crimea as well as much of Poland.
Notorious for her many lovers, Catherine showed less affection for her son, Paul, whom she supposedly considered passing over as heir in favor of his son, Alexander. But before she could do so, Catherine died of a stroke in 1796, leaving Paul to inherit the throne. He was assassinated five years later, opening the way for Catherine’s adored grandson, Alexander I, to become the next ruler in the Romanov dynasty.
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WORD OF THE DAY
aleatory; adjective; (AY-lee-uh-tor-ee)
Definition
1 : depending on an uncertain event or contingency as to both profit and loss
2 : relating to luck and especially to bad luck
3 : characterized by chance or indeterminate elements : aleatoric
Did You Know?
If you're the gambling type, then chances are good you've come across aleatory in your travels. Deriving from the Latin noun alea, which refers to a kind of dice game, aleatory was first used in English in the late 17th century to describe things that are dependent on uncertain odds, much like a roll of the dice. The term now describes things that occur by sheer chance or accident, such as the unlucky bounce of a golf shot or the unusual shape of an ink blot. Going a bit further, the term "aleatory music" (also called "aleatoric music" or "chance music") describes a musical composition in which certain parts are left for the performer to concoct through improvisation.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

BICS Board Meeting

July 12. 6:30 p.m.

View the Board packet HERE

BITA Meeting

July 12, 2021, @Noon

July 13 2021 regular meeting agenda BITA

June 8 2021 minutes BITA

High Water Damages

Posted July 8, 2021

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence communities to spend nearly $2 billion over next five years combating coastal damages from climate change

·         Survey respondents reported spending $878 million USD over past two years to respond to coastal challenges;

·         Mayors urgently call on Congress to include needed funds in the upcoming infrastructure package.

CHICAGO, July 8, 2021 – A survey of 241 cities, villages and other jurisdictions along the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River shows that coastal damage from climate change will cost at least $1.94 billion over the next five years, with shoreline communities having already spent $878 million over the past two years. These figures only represent a fraction of the true need as not all shoreline jurisdictions are reflected in this figure.

“While water levels in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River basin are naturally variable with cyclical highs and lows, climate change is exacerbating these fluctuations, with water levels reaching record highs in recent years,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik, Chair of the Cities Initiative.  “High water levels, paired with severe storm events and wave action, are leading to greater erosion and flooding that threaten public and private properties, critical infrastructure, and recreation and tourism amenities in shoreline communities.”

This new information illustrates the scope and magnitude of climate impacts on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River and the need for increased federal assistance for coastal communities struggling to respond to threats to critical infrastructure and assets along their shorelines.  The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, along with other regional organizations, are calling for funding in an upcoming infrastructure package to enable Great Lakes states and local governments to prepare for, respond to, and build resilience to current and future impacts from high lake levels and severe weather events.

“Communities around the Great Lakes face a growing crisis, and we need both the Federal Governments of the U.S. and Canada to assist with the necessary investments,” said Mayor Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee, WI. “Our coastal infrastructure is vital to the economic and recreational health of our communities, and coordinated action is required.”

The eight Great Lakes states have over 4,500 miles of shoreline, nearly as much as all the states bordering on the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and west coasts combined. A substantial, targeted investment in coastal resilience in the Great Lakes is warranted and will generate substantial benefits for the environmental and economic health of shoreline communities in the region. 

Survey Findings:

Top Concerns and Priorities

Communication and Engagement

Resources and Support

Planning and Response

The Coastal Resilience Needs Assessment Survey was completed in partnership with the University of Illinois Applied Research Institute and collected information from March through May 2021. The survey received nearly 300 responses from 241 jurisdictions across all eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces that border the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. 

About The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative  

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative is a binational coalition of over 120 U.S. and Canadian mayors and local officials working to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. The Cities Initiative and local officials integrate environmental, economic and social agendas to sustain a resource that represents approximately 80% of North America’s surface freshwater supply, provides drinking water for 40 million people, and is the foundation upon which a strong regional economy is based. 

Great Lakes Energy Candidate from Beaver Island

July 9, 2021

If you are a GLE Customer in this district, you can vote by mailing the back page or the Island Currents. 

View Nathan's website HERE

Peaine Planning Commission Meeting Times

as of July 8, 2021

Regular Meeting Dates and Times

as of July 8, 2021

Weather by Joe

July 8, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! This weather is late this morning because the writer slept in due to a summer cold.
At 8:30 a.m., it is 56 degrees. Humidity is 99%. There is a light breeze from the SE at 2 mph. Pressure is 29.83. With the dew point close to the temperature, there could be fog out there, and visibility is 3 miles.
TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy and damp with expected drizzle. It will be partly cloudy this afternoon with a high in the mid-60's. Winds will be from the ESE at 10 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for clouds with a low near 50 with light and variable winds.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunshine. The high will be in the mid-70's. Winds will be from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
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ON THIS DAY
On July 8, 1941, upon the German army’s invasion of Pskov, 180 miles from Leningrad, Russia, the chief of the German army general staff, General Franz Halder, records in his diary Hitler’s plans for Moscow and Leningrad: “To dispose fully of their population, which otherwise we shall have to feed during the winter.”
On June 22, the Germans had launched a massive invasion of the Soviet Union, with over 3 million men. Enormous successes were enjoyed, thanks in large part to a disorganized and unsuspecting Russian army. By July 8, more than 280,000 Soviet prisoners had been taken and almost 2,600 tanks destroyed. The Axis power was already a couple of hundred miles inside Soviet territory. Stalin was in a panic, even executing generals who had failed to stave off the invaders.
Franz Halder, as chief of staff, had been keeping a diary of the day-to-day decision-making process. As Hitler became emboldened by his successes in Russia, Halder recorded that the “Fuhrer is firmly determined to level Moscow and Leningrad to the ground.” Halder also records Hitler’s underestimation of the Russian army’s numbers and the bitter infighting between factions within the military about strategy. Halder, among others, wanted to make straight for the capital, Moscow; Hitler wanted to meet up with Field Marshal Wilhelm Leeb’s army group, which was making its way toward Leningrad. The advantage Hitler had against the Soviets would not last. Winter was approaching and so was the advantage such conditions would give the Russians.
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WORD OF THE DAY
mulct; verb; (MULKT)
Definition
1 : to punish by a fine
2 a : to defraud especially of money : swindle
b : to obtain by fraud, duress, or theft
Did You Know?
A fine assessed as a penalty for an infraction is generally considered justifiable. Fraud, on the other hand, is wrong—it's just the sort of thing that deserves a fine. So in mulct we have a unique word, one that means both "to fine" and "to defraud." The "fine" sense came first. Mulct was borrowed from the Latin word for a fine, which is multa or mulcta. The "fine" sense is still in use, mostly in legal contexts ("the court mulcted the defendant for punitive damages"), but these days mulct is more often used for an illegal act. It has been speculated that the "defraud" use may have developed from an association with the verb milk, in its "to exploit, to coerce profit from" meaning (as in "she was milked by the lawyers for everything she had"), but that speculation has never been proven.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

St. James Township Meeting

July 7, 2021, @ 5:30 p.m.

The St. James Board voted to have their August meeting in the last week of July, so the St. James meeting will be on July 28, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.

Documents for tonight's meeting are below:

2021 Invasive Woody Plants Treatment

2021-07-07-01 Resolution Bottomlands Fogg

2021-07-07-02 Resolution REQUESTING DNR ESTABLISHMENT OF LOCAL WATERCRAFT CONTROL ON FONT LAKE

2021-07-07-03 Twp Investment Policy

Draft Minutes , June 2, 2021 regular meeting

EGLE Documents - Fogg 2021

General Ledger Accoun Activity Dock

General Ledger Account Activity Gen Fund 7.21

General Ledger Account Activity Road 7.21

General Ledger Account Activity Sewer 7.21-1

Informative Letter

Invasives Species Update for St James

June 24, 2021 Special Meeting Draft Minutes

Owner Consent for Treatment

Owner Consent for Woody Plant Species Treatment 2021(1)

Payments Journal 7.21

Points to Consider in Evaluating Shoreline Projects 10-01-20 (1)

Public Hearing on Invasives

The meeting was finished prior to 6:30 p.m. with all the business completed that could be completed.

View video of the meeting HERE

From BI COA

July 7, 2021

Hello friends,
I have updated the Beaver Island Commission on Aging Office hours. Also please accept my apologies if I have not been in the office when you have visited.
I hope this will help us connect in the future. C.O.A. office hours are:
  • TUESDAYS: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • WEDNESDAYS and THURSDAYS: 8 a.m. -10 a.m.
or
  • WEDNESDAYS and THURSDAYS 11 a.m. -5 p.m. at the former lighthouse school property at the south end of the island.
  • FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • CLOSED ON SUNDAYS and MONDAYS
The main change is closing Mondays and opening on Saturdays. I hope being open Saturdays makes it a more flexible for clients of the C.O.A. on Beaver Island. July meal vouchers are available now and can be purchased at the C.O.A. office.
I suggest all clients to call the office first at 448-2124, because there are times I will be at the bank, airport or running other errands throughout our Island community and I want to make sure I can serve each of you to the best of my ability.
Dalwhinnie has a new summer menu for Commission on Aging clients that began on July 1.
The Beaver Island C.O.A. walking club at 9 a.m. is now on Saturdays beginning on July 10. Each Saturday we will meet at the C.O.A office and walk to the Beaver Island Harbor Lighthouse and back to the office. C.O.A. clients are invited to walk at their own pace and walk the distance they choose too. No requirement to walk to lighthouse and back.
I know some Commission on Aging clients are not on Facebook or the Beaver Island Forum. I am doing my best to know who they are and trying to inform them of C.O.A. events and activities in other ways.
Please understand I work for the Charlevoix County C.O.A and Charlevoix County maintenance, which means I am not always available in the office. Calling 448-2124 usually will help us connect faster.
Grace and peace,
Lonnie Allen

BICS Board Meeting

Monday, 6:30 p.m., at BICS

View the agenda and public packet HERE

Loon Nest on Barney's Lake

July 6, 2021

The editor took two trips out to the Barney's Lake to check on the nesting location of the loons.  There was no loon on the nest in the afternoon. What does this mean?

Unfortunately, there is no answer to this question at this time.  Did any eggs hatch? How many chicks?  Again, no answer at this time. 

Here are the two pictures taken on Tuesday.

Afternoon picture..........Early evening picture

Weather by Joe

July 7, 2021

Good morning from a damp Beaver Island! We had a quarter of an inch of rain yesterday and so far a quarter of inch of rain today as of 7:45 a.m. It is 60 degrees out with humidity at 99%. The win is from the E at 2 mph and the pressure is 29.98. It is cloudy and visibility is five miles.
TODAY, it is expected to rain. The high will be just a little tiny bit warmer than the temperature is now, in the lower 60's. Winds will be from the E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 90% with an expected accumulation of another quarter inch.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a chance of showers. The wind will be from the E at 10 to 15 mph. The low will be in the mid-50's. Chance of rain is 50%.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with partial clearing as the day progresses. The high will be in the upper 60's. ENE winds will be blowing at 10 to 15 mph.
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ON THIS DAY
On July 7, 1863, the Union’s Lt. Colonel Christopher “Kit” Carson leaves Santa Fe with his troops, beginning his campaign against the Native Americans of New Mexico and Arizona. A famed mountain man before the Civil War, Kit Carson was responsible for waging a destructive war against the Navajo that resulted in their removal from the Four Corners area to southeastern New Mexico.
Carson was perhaps the most famous trapper and guide in the West. He traveled with the expeditions of John C. Fremont in the 1840s, leading Fremont through the Great Basin. Fremont’s flattering portrayal of Carson made the mountain man a hero when the reports were published and widely read in the east. Later, Carson guided Stephen Watts Kearney to New Mexico during the Mexican-American War. In the 1850s he became the Indian agent for New Mexico, a position he left in 1861 to accept a commission as lieutenant colonel in the 1st New Mexico Volunteers.
Although Carson’s unit saw action in the New Mexico battles of 1862, he was most famous for his campaign against Native Americans. Despite his reputation for being sympathetic and accommodating to tribes such as the Mescaleros, Kiowas and Navajo, Carson waged a brutal campaign against the Navajo in 1863. When bands of Navajo refused to accept confinement on reservations, Carson terrorized the Navajo lands—burning crops, destroying villages, and slaughtering livestock. Carson rounded up some 8,000 Navajo and marched them across New Mexico for imprisonment on the Bosque Redondo Reservation, over 300 miles from their homes, where they remained for the duration of the war.
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WORD OF THE DAY
incumbent; noun; (in-KUM-bunt)
Definition
1 : the holder of an office or ecclesiastical benefice
2 : one that occupies a particular position or place
Did You Know?
When incumbent was first used in English in the 15th century, it referred to someone who occupied a benefice—a paid position in a church. This was often a lifetime appointment; the person could only be forced to leave the office in the case of certain specific legal conflicts. In the mid-17th century, incumbent came to refer to anyone holding any office, including elected positions. In the modern American political system, incumbent typically refers to someone who is the current holder of a position during an election for that position. The word also functions as an adjective with its most common meanings being "occupying a specified office" ("the incumbent mayor") and "obligatory" ("it is incumbent upon us to help"). Incumbent came to English through Anglo-French and derives from the Latin incumbere, meaning "to lie down on."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

International Joint Commission Great Lakes Survey

July 6, 2021

WINNER! WINNER!  CHICKEN DINNER!

Homecoming Dinner/August Dinner
Save the Date: Sunday, August 8th
Chicken Dinner w/ all the fixins’!
Holy Cross Hall
***Volunteers Needed!***

St. James Township Meeting Documents for July 2021

monthlyfinancereport7_july.2021

SJTBagn070721

BIESA Minutes June 2021

Read/download June minutes HERE

Peaine Township Minutes

for 6/8/2021

View the minutes HERE

Posting for BIESA Position

Island TDS Internet Down

July 6, 2021

Update: 2:30 p.m., the Internet is back up.  Hoping it stays working!

The TDS Internet is down and has been for a couple of hours.  It's now 1 p.m., and there is still no Internet connection. What does that mean for Beaver Island News on the 'Net and Beaver Island TV?  It means that island subscribers are unable to view either website.  The TV website cannot receive the transmissions coming from the island.  After all the work on live streaming and recording the events of this last week, this is truly very frustrating.  The work is completed, but no island people can see it.

Yes, using a Verizon hotspot, I am able to update the website that no island person can view.  So, this post is for those off the island that wonder why they are not hearing from the Islanders.

 
 

 

Mass from Holy Cross

July 4, 2021

The main celebrant of this morning's Mass was Father Daniel Brendenburg, LC; concelebrants were father Lino Otero, LC; Mathew Kaderabek, LC; and Paul Alger, LC.

Celebrants

Sally Stebbins was the reader.

View video of the Mass HERE

Happy Day

by Cindy Ricksgers

Barney's Lake Loon Nest

July 4, 2021

There are lots of things to do on the 4th of July here on Beaver Island after the parade.  Most of them involve other people, but the editor was more interested in the loon addiction and the status of the nest on Barney's Lake.  With any amount of luck, the egg(s) in the nest will possibly hatch this week.  The many predators have so far stayed away from the nest even though coyotes have been heard on the west side of the lake as recently as yesterday.  Humans have so far stayed far enough away from the nest to keep from chasing the loon off the nest, even though the fishing on Barney's Lake has been really good.  Just ask the Episcopal priest, who has posted pictures on facebook.

BINN will continue to monitor the nest at least once daily until the hatch occurs.

The grass has grown up quite high all around the lake, and getting a picture from the shoreline is more difficult as you can see.  The grass on the public access site on the southern edge is almost as tall as the editor, so pushing the grass aside provided the picture, but no one pushed the grass aside over by the nest on the west side of the lake.

On July 5, 2021, at 9 a.m., it is pouring rain, so hopefully that won't cause any issues with this nest.

Veteran's Social on Beaver Island in July

June 15, 2021

Sunday Presentations by Drs. Leuck

Sunday, May 30th at 1:30 pm—Dr. Beth Leuck presented “Monarchs, Milkweeds, Mimicry, and Migration: The Story of Co-Evolution, and Endangered Biological Phenomenon and the Decline of a Charismatic Butterfly”

View video of Beth Leuck's presentation HERE

Sunday, May 30th, at 3:00 pm—Dr. Ed Leuck presented “Orchids and Bog Plants of Beaver Island”

View video of Ed Leuck's presentation HERE

B. I. Community School Meetings

January 27, 2021

2021 Meetings Schedule

Committee of the Whole Mtg 2021

BEAVER ISLAND AIRPORT COMMISSION

will hold its 2021 meetings on the following dates at 12:00 p.m. at the Beaver Island Airport

Feb 1st, April 19th, August 16th , and October 25th - 2021

Shamrock COA Menu

From Charlevoix COA

July 5, 2021

Good Morning,

Just a note to keep you up to date on what is going on with the COA and to respond to requests for more information.  Please find attached the July 2021 Senior Hi-Lites NewsletterShould you have ANY questions about program requirements or qualifications, please contact Lonnie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island or Sheri Shepard in the COA Office. 

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

All Mainland Senior Centers are open with no COVID restrictions as of July 1, 2021.

Beaver Island COA Office Updates:

The BI COA Office is located at 26466 Donegal Bay Rd will now be open daily with new protocols in place for the safety of those visiting and our staff.  The phone number is 231-448-2124. 

The COA will end emergency frozen meals for seniors to pre-purchase at the BI COA on July 2, 2021.

Meal Voucher Program update:

Nutritional Program Participation for the following locations has been approved by the Charlevoix County Commissioners

  • Beaver Island Community School – The school is closed for the summer.  Meals will resume when school starts back up.
  • Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli 
  • The Shamrock 

As a reminder, only Charlevoix County Tax paying residence are allowed to participate in the BI Voucher Meal Program because the taxes that are paid by you should be used by you.  A big thank you to our participating restaurants who immediately notified us of a couple who fraudulently got vouchers.  This allowed us to make sure no more were issued.  Please continue to discourage this kind of behavior from your family, friends and visitors. 

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 Highlights HERE

Beaver Island Fireworks

July 5, 2021

The fireworks last night were not disappointing, although the lack of a boat parade was.  The fireworks began a little later than previous displays, but the video includes about a half hour of the evening sounds and sights from next to the post office.

View a large gallery of photos of the fireworks HERE

View video of the preview of the fireworks and the fireworks HERE

Weather by Joe

July 6, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 8 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 67 degrees with relative humidity at 99%. The pressure is 29.92. There is only a slight breeze in the red maple in the front yard. We received three-quarters of an inch of rain yesterday. It is partly cloudy with visibility of ten miles. It is four degrees cooler at Greene's Bay.
TODAY, it is expected to have some sun this morning with increasing clouds this afternoon. High temperature will be in the mid-70's. Wind will be from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for rain. The low will be in the mid-50's. The wind will be from the NE at 10 to 15 mph. The chance of rain is listed as 100%. Accumulation could be up to an inch.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for rain in the morning followed by cloudy skies and likely more rain in the afternoon. The high will be in the low 60's. Winds will be from the ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is listed as 76% with accumulation of a quarter inch.
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ON THIS DAY
On July 6, 1775, one day after restating their fidelity to King George III and wishing him “a long and prosperous reign” in the Olive Branch Petition, Congress sets “forth the causes and necessity of their taking up arms” against British authority in the American colonies. The declaration also proclaimed their preference “to die free men rather than live as slaves.”
As in the Olive Branch Petition, Congress never impugned the motives of the British king. Instead, they protested, “The large strides of late taken by the legislature of Great Britain toward establishing over these colonies their absolute rule…” Congress provided a history of colonial relations in which the king served as the sole governmental connection between the mother country and colonies, until, in their eyes, the victory against France in the Seven Years’ War caused Britain’s “new ministry finding all the foes of Britain subdued” to fall upon “the unfortunate idea of subduing her friends also.” According to the declaration, the king’s role remained constant, but “parliament then for the first time assumed a power of unbounded legislation over the colonies of America,” which resulted in the bloodletting at Lexington and Concord in April 1775.
At this point, Congress assumed that if the king could merely be made to understand what Parliament and his ministers had done, he would rectify the situation and return the colonists to their rightful place as fully equal members of the British empire. When the king sided with Parliament, however, Congress moved beyond a Declaration of Arms to a Declaration of Independence.
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WORD OF THE DAY
deter; verb; (dih-TER)
Definition
1 : to turn aside, discourage, or prevent from acting
2 : inhibit
Did You Know?
The word deter is rooted in fear. It was borrowed into English around the mid-16th century from the Latin verb deterrēre, which in turn was formed by combining de-, meaning "from" or "away," with terrēre, meaning "to frighten." Terrēre is also the source of terror, terrible, and even terrific, which originally meant "very bad" or "frightful." These days, you may be deterred by something that frightens you or by something that simply causes you to think about the difficult or unpleasant consequences of continuing. The word can also mean "to inhibit," as in "painting to deter rust."
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Sunset on July 3, 2021

The thought of this editor was that the sunset tonight should be quite unusual due to the smoke in the atmosphere from a wildfire in Canada.  The sunset was not normal tonight.  First of all, be assured that there were no filters used in the taking of these photographs.  Nothing fancy, no special settings, absolutely just as the pictures came off the camera.

The first one was taken on Sloptown Road, long before sunset was to take place, by at least an hour.

Next, a short, slow drive down Barney's Lake Road in almost a darkened roadway was taken.  A stop at the lake to check on the loon nest took place, and then this picture of the sun shining over Barney's Lake was taken.

Now, a picture of the sunset is normally taken out by Donegal Bay, so a trip through Buddy Martin's Trail was in order, but the editor was surprised to see that the sun was beginning to disappear, not going down by the edge of the earth on the west, but instead in the smoke in the air to the west.

As you might notice, the camera was having a difficult time doing the focus with the differing amount of light coming through the smoke.  The last picture was taken a good ten minutes before the scheduled sunset, and, it might be said that the sun did not set on July 3rd.  It just disappeared.

It truly was a very interesting time for sunset tonight!

 

 

BI Christian Church Service

July 4, 2021

BIC Church Bulletin......Judi Meister gave announcements

Lay Minister Chris Bass....Bob Bass did one reading......Sue Oole did the second reading

Judi Meister played the hymns

View video of the service HERE

Cemetery Walks Scheduled

July 5, 2021

The Beaver Island Historical Society will be hosting a series of cemetery walks and talks on the following dates. All are welcome to attend, free! Will last about one hour.

July 17 @ 1:30 pm Holy Cross Cemetery
July 25 @ 11 am. Holy Cross Cemetery
August 1 @ 11 am Townships Cemetery (in town)
August 8 @ 11 am Holy Cross Cemetery
August 15 @ 11 am Holy Cross Cemetery

In case of rain, we will meet at the Print Shop Museum.

A Great Lakes Jewell

Copyright 2007

This was a project of the Beaver Island Association. The video and pictures take us back to the times when John Works was the Peaine Supervisor, Don Vyse was the St. James Township Supervisor, and Bill Cashman was the Beaver Island Historical Society Director. It's great to see and hear these people, particularly those that are no longer with us. The kids are all grown up now. This is worth the time to watch the video.

View the video HERE

4th of July Parade

July 4, 2021

The sirens began making the noise at the right time, 1 p.m., but the trip was not because the parade was beginning, it was because there was an emergency just outside the Shamrock Bar downtown.

The rest of the parade was waiting to begin until the ambulance cleared the area for the parade. Island Airways did do the normal parade starting flyover.

Excellent job, Island Airways!

View a gallery of photos of the parade HERE

View video of the parade preparation and the parade HERE

Many thanks to the Beaver Island Boat Company and Neal Green for the use of the flat bed truck to give a great view of the parade!

Docents-and-Volunteers-Needed

for the Beaver Island Historical Society

View the notice HERE

Joe's Junk Website Up

February 1, 2021

Hello Islanders!
My 100 year Joe's Junk clean-up project has officially started. After coordinating with the townships and others, our website is now public and we need your help with inventorying. Feel free to go to joesjunk.org and answer a few questions about your junk.

When we have a good idea of how much junk there is, we can approach potential buyers and coordinate logistics. But we need your help. And tell your neighbors and friends to help too. I recently learned there was a toxic clean-up job here in the 70's. It took years and made the harbor look awful. Let's avoid that. Join us today! Go to joesjunk.org. And remember, IT'S NOT ABOUT BLIGHT OR BLAME. IT'S ABOUT OUR WATER.

Barbara Rahn

Weather by Joe

July 5, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! You know it's going to be a warm one when the air conditioner is running at 6 a.m. It's 8 a.m. on Carlisle Road with a temperature of 75 degrees. The humidity is 87%. The wind is from the N at 5 mph. The pressure is 29,94. Visibility is ten miles. It is four degrees cooler at Greene's Bay.
TODAY, it is expected to be wet one with thunderstorms forecasted for this morning. The thunderstorms may continue into the afternoon. The rain will be accompanied by gusty winds. The high will be just a few degrees warmer than it is now, perhaps close to 80. SW winds will be at 10 to 20 mph, with higher gusts possible. Chance of rain today is 90%.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for scattered thunderstorms early with cloudy skies after midnight. The low will be in the lower 60's. The wind will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for clouds and sunshine taking turns during the day. The high will be in the low 70's. Winds will switch to the NNW at 10 to 15 mph.
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ON THIS DAY
On July 5, 1946, French designer Louis Réard 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 Réard 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 Réard, developed competing prototypes of the bikini. Heim called his the “atom” and advertised it as “the world’s smallest bathing suit.” Réard'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, Réard promoted his creation as “smaller than the world’s smallest bathing suit.” Réard called his creation the bikini, named after the Bikini Atoll.
In planning the debut of his new swimsuit, Réard 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. Réard'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.
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WORD OF THE DAY
quondam; adjective; (KWAHN-dum)
Definition
: former, sometime
Did You Know?
Looking for an unusual and creative way to say "former"? Quondam (which came to English in the 16th century from Latin quondam, meaning "at one time" or "formerly") certainly fits the bill. Or maybe you'd prefer one of its synonyms: whilom, ci-devant, or preterit. Or you could really go crazy with umquhile, a word that is extremely rare even in its more natural Scots English setting. Quondam itself isn't exactly ubiquitous, but it's used more than any of the other words above. If you're looking for something a bit more pedestrian, you might try yet another synonym: erstwhile. Despite its wonderfully archaic flavor, erstwhile is a highly favored alternative.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Weather by Joe

July 4, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:30 a.m. it is 64 degrees under partly cloudy skies. The humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 29.83, and the wind is calm with the tops of the trees still. Visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to have clouds with some sun this morning with more clouds in the afternoon. The high will be in the low 80's. Winds will be from the SW at 10 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers and possible thunder showers overnight. The chance of rain tonight is 40%. The wind will continue from the SW at 10 to 15 mph. The low will be near 70.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for mixed clouds and sun with possible thunderstorms Chance of rain is 60%. The wind will be strong with gusty winds from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.
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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.
How did the American Colonies declare independence?
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.
When did American colonies declare independence?
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.
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WORD OF THE DAY
patriot; noun; (PAY-tree-ut)
Definition
: one who loves and supports his or her country
Did You Know?
To be called a patriot—the word ultimately derives from Greek patrios, meaning "of one's father,"—is today considered an honor, but it wasn't always this way. For much of the 17th century, to be deemed a "good patriot" was to be a lover of one's country who agreed on political and/or religious matters with whoever was doing the deeming. British loyalists applied the word like a badge to supporters of the ruling monarchy, but then the word took on negative connotations as it was applied first to hypocritical patriots—those who espoused loyalty to the Crown but whose actions belied that espousal, and then to outright anti-royalists. But in the 18th century, American writers, including Benjamin Franklin, embraced patriot to define the colonists who took action against British control. After the American Revolutionary War, patriot settled back into more neutral use, but to this day writers on both sides of the aisle grapple over the word.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Saturday Mass from Holy Cross

July 3, 2021

For the next couple of weeks, the Mass schedule at Holy Cross Catholic Church is changed.  Normally, there is only a Sunday Mass at 12:15 p.m.  This weekend, there was a Saturday Mass at 4 p.m. and there will be a Sunday Mass at 11 a.m. on July 4, 2021.

There are five visiting priest on the island at this time, and they all participated in the Saturday Mass today.  The video of the Mass is available to be viewed HERE

Pinky Harmon did the readings.

4th of July Beaver Island Golf Tournament

July 3, 2021

This tournament began this morning at 9 a.m. with a canon shot by Beaver Island Golf Course owner John Works.  This was the 40th Annual 4th of July Golf Tournament.  This year there were 18 teams with two teams, A and B, starting on each hole.  In addition to the trophy for the lowest score, which was five under par 30, there were also lots of prizes given after the tournament and lunch was over.

The organizer of the tournament is Kevin Stipps with his family checking people in, collecting fees, and passing out tee shirts. There were 18 teams - 90 golfers in all. The winning team was a Welke group - Greg, Ben, Dan, Jack, and Sydney with score of 30. 

Weather by Joe

July 3, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island. Here on Carlisle Road at 7:30 a.m., it is 63 degrees with a light wind out of the NNW at 2 mph. The humidity is 92%. The pressure is 29.84. It is officially partly cloudy and a little cooler at Greene's Bay at 61 degrees. Visibility is ten miles. The Canadian fire has placed its smoke over the island and the rest of the mainland as well.
TODAY, it is going to be a warm one. The high is predicted to be in the middle 80's. The wind will be from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear to partly cloudy skies with a low between 60 and 65. Winds will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a high in the lower 80's. Winds will be from the W at 10 to 15 mph.
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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 in the thousands.
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.
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WORD OF THE DAY
inimical; adjective; (ih-NIM-ih-kul)
Definition
1 : being adverse often by reason of hostility or malevolence
2 a : having the disposition of an enemy : hostile
b : reflecting or indicating hostility : unfriendly
Did You Know?
In inimical, one finds both a friend and an enemy. The word descends from Latin inimicus, which combines amicus, meaning "friend," with the negative prefix in-, meaning "not." In current English, inimical rarely describes a person, however. Instead, it is generally used to describe forces, concepts, or situations that are in some way harmful or hostile. For example, high inflation may be called "inimical" to economic growth. Inimicus is also an ancestor of enemy, whereas amicus gave English the much more congenial amicable (meaning "friendly" or "peaceful") and amiable (meaning "agreeable" or "friendly").
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative

Greetings, Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative,

We hope your summer is going well!  We have a few updates to share.

1) Fall NNLMIC Meeting

Please hold October 14 & 15 for our fall meeting, to be held at Peaine Township Hall on Beaver Island (thanks, Krys!).  We thought we’d mix it up and propose a 2-day format to allow more time for relationship building (especially in the evening) and maybe a chance to get out and move around on field trips.  We’re cautiously optimistic that this will be an in-person meeting but can revert to Zoom if the covid situation turns south.

Meeting Nitty Gritty

Call for Agenda Topics (incl. field trips!)

Please contact me and Jennifer if you’d like to propose a meeting topic, want to give a presentation, and/or can coordinate a field trip/site visit.  Field trips could include anything in the NLMIC’s ecological/natural resources or cultural resources realm where visiting a site is both possible for a large group and important for awareness and discussion.  For distant field trips, we do not have any extra funding for group transportation so it would require a convoy of personal vehicles or maybe someone could arrange/coordinate busses?   (expect 20-25 people max)

2) Sharing member updates

We hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Matt & Jennifer

Matt Preisser

Lake Coordinator

Water Resources Division

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

517-256-5276 | PreisserM@Michigan.gov

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Beaver Island Archipelago Trails Association

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Grant Press Release-1

3 Weeks into the Nesting Loon

July 2, 2021

Weather by Joe

July 2, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:30 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 56 degrees with relative humidity at 99%. There is no movement in the tree tops. There is very little wind. The pressure is 30,08. The sky is clear. It's 51 degrees at Greene's Bay. Always wondered why there could be that wide of a difference, but it must have something to do with the gauge being in the sun or in the shade.
TODAY, it is expected to be mostly sunny with a few clouds in the afternoon. The high will be in the mid-70's. Wind will be from the NW at 10 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a low near 60 degrees. Wind will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunny skies. The high will be in the low 80's. The wind will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.
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ON THIS DAY
On July 2, 1937, the Lockheed aircraft carrying American aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan is reported missing near Howland Island in the Pacific. The pair were attempting to fly around the world when they lost their bearings during the most challenging leg of the global journey: Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island, a tiny island 2,227 nautical miles away, in the center of the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Itasca was in sporadic radio contact with Earhart as she approached Howland Island and received messages that she was lost and running low on fuel. Soon after, she probably tried to ditch the Lockheed in the ocean. No trace of Earhart or Noonan was ever found.
Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas, in 1897. She took up aviation at the age of 24 and later gained publicity as one of the earliest female aviators. In 1928, the publisher George P. Putnam suggested Earhart become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. The previous year, Charles A. Lindbergh had flown solo nonstop across the Atlantic, and Putnam had made a fortune off Lindbergh’s autobiographical book We.
In June 1928, Earhart and two men flew from Newfoundland, Canada, to Wales, Great Britain. Although Earhart’s only function during the crossing was to keep the plane’s log, the flight won her great fame, and Americans were enamored of the daring young pilot. The three were honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York, and “Lady Lindy,” as Earhart was dubbed, was given a White House reception by President Calvin Coolidge.
Earhart wrote a book about the flight for Putnam, whom she married in 1931, and gave lectures and continued her flying career under her maiden name. On May 20, 1932, she took off alone from Newfoundland in a Lockheed Vega on the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight by a woman. She was bound for Paris but was blown off course and landed in Ireland on May 21 after flying more than 2,000 miles in just under 15 hours. It was the fifth anniversary of Lindbergh’s historic flight, and before Earhart no one had attempted to repeat his solo transatlantic flight. For her achievement, she was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by Congress. Three months later, Earhart became the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the continental United States.
In 1935, in the first flight of its kind, she flew solo from Wheeler Field in Honolulu to Oakland, California, winning a $10,000 award posted by Hawaiian commercial interests. Later that year, she was appointed a consultant in careers for women at Purdue University, and the school bought her a modern Lockheed Electra aircraft to be used as a “flying laboratory.”
On March 17, 1937, she took off from Oakland and flew west on an around-the-world attempt. It would not be the first global flight, but it would be the longest–29,000 miles, following an equatorial route. Accompanying Earhart in the Lockheed was Frederick Noonan, her navigator and a former Pan American pilot. After resting and refueling in Honolulu, the trio prepared to resume the flight. However, while taking off for Howland Island, Earhart ground-looped the plane on the runway, perhaps because of a blown tire, and the Lockheed was seriously damaged. The flight was called off, and the aircraft was shipped back to California for repairs.
In May, Earhart flew the newly rebuilt plane to Miami, from where Noonan and she would make a new around-the-world attempt, this time from west to east. They left Miami on June 1, and after stops in South America, Africa, India, and Southeast Asia, they arrived at Lae, New Guinea, on June 29. About 22,000 miles of the journey had been completed, and the last 7,000 miles would all be over the Pacific Ocean. The next destination was Howland Island, a tiny U.S.-owned island that was just a few miles long. The U.S. Department of Commerce had a weather observation station and a landing strip on the island, and the staff was ready with fuel and supplies. Several U.S. ships, including the Coast Guard cutter Itasca, were deployed to aid Earhart and Noonan in this difficult leg of their journey.
As the Lockheed approached Howland Island, Earhart radioed the Itasca and explained that she was low on fuel. However, after several hours of frustrating attempts, two-way communication was only briefly established, and the Itasca was unable to pinpoint the Lockheed’s location or offer navigational information. Earhart circled the Itasca‘s position but was unable to sight the ship, which was sending out miles of black smoke. She radioed “one-half hour fuel and no landfall” and later tried to give information on her position. Soon after, contact was lost, and Earhart presumably tried to land the Lockheed on the water.
If her landing on the water was perfect, Earhart and Noonan might have had time to escape the aircraft with a life raft and survival equipment before it sank. An intensive search of the vicinity by the Coast Guard and U.S. Navy found no physical evidence of the fliers or their plane.
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WORD OF THE DAY
gormandize; verb; (GOR-mun-dyze)
Definition
: to eat greedily, gluttonously, or ravenously : devour
Did You Know?
Gormandize entered English in the mid-1500s as a modification of gourmand, a term borrowed from the French that served as a synonym for glutton. The meanings of both gourmand and gormandize were clearly disparaging until the 19th century, when gourmet came into use to refer to a connoisseur of food and drink. Since then, the meaning of gourmand has softened, so that it now simply suggests someone who likes good food in large quantities. Gormandize still carries negative connotations of gluttony, but it can also imply that a big eater has a discriminating palate as well as a generous appetite.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Men's Summer Golf League, Week 4

June 30, 2021

Week four of the Men's Summer Golf League took place on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. The competition seems quite close  with several teams within four points of each other.  Those tied for first place are Mike Sowa/Kevin Stipps and John Robert/John Brady Robert with a total of 52 points.  Close behind these two teams are two more teams  just two or three points below the leaders.  Here are the scores for the league for Week 4.

Thunderstorm Misses the Island

July 1, 2021

Last evening, the thunder could be heard by our dogs before the storm actually passed north of Beaver Island.  Then, the thunder could be heard by all on the north end of the island.  Luckily, the storm passed north of Beaver Island, and another one passed south of the island down near the Leland area.  Not much more rain is needed right away, but Mother Nature will send us whatever she wants.

Little Ones Showing Up

July 1, 2021

There are lots of turkeys, ducks, geese, and other birds going through the process of reproduction.  Some of them are beginning to show up.  Some in the roadways, some alongside the road, some in the fields.  Here is a picture of the first turkeys from a batch outside of town on Barney's Lake Road.

Fog, Fog, and More Fog

July 1, 2021

The Island has had more than its share of foggy days recently.  There seemed to be four foggy days in a row.  Then we had a one day break. Then we were in the fog on the last day of June once again. Some can even find beauty in the fog.  Others not so much.

Feelin' the Vibes

July 1, 2021

What's that idiot doing stopped in the middle of the road?  Why would anyone block the road like that?  What is he doing?  Don't you know that I'm in a hurry to get back to the bar?  Stop blocking the roadway!  Get out of the way, stupid! Quit getting in my way!

Well, these are just a few of the thoughts radiated by some people, as well as some actual comments that the editor has heard as the pictures are taken to show the beauty of our wildlife.  The answer is given in the following picture of "just a bird."

If you see the editor's car sitting at a weird angle on the roadway, you can be guaranteed that there is something interesting to see.  So, slow down a little and maybe, just maybe, you'll get a chance to see some of nature's beauty right in the middle of the roadway in the turn-around at Whiskey Point.

From Beaver Island COA

July 1, 2021

Timeout for Art: One Thing to Another

by Cindy Ricksgers

June 30, 2021

Songs of Barry Pischner

July 1, 2021, 5-7 p.m.

View video of the event HERE

Over fifty people watched the live stream.

Some of those who attended.

View a gallery of photos HERE

Weather by Joe

July 1, 2021

Good morning from a sunny Beaver Island! It is 59 degrees on Carlisle Road at 8 a.m. The humidity is at 92%. The pressure is 30.02 with a slight wind at 2 mph from the NE. The sky is clear, and visibility is ten miles.
TODAY, it is expected to have plenty of sunshine. The high will be near 70. Wind will be from the N at 10 to 15 mph.
TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear to partly cloudy skies with a low near 50. The wind will continue from the N at 10 to 15 mph.
TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunshine and a few clouds. The high will be in the middle 70's. The wind will be from the NW at 5 to 10 mph
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ON THIS DAY
The autonomous Dominion of Canada, a confederation of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the future provinces of Ontario and Quebec, is officially recognized by Great Britain with the passage of the British North America Act. July 1 will later become known as Canada Day.
During the 19th century, colonial dependence gave way to increasing autonomy for a growing Canada. In 1841, Upper and Lower Canada—now known as Ontario and Quebec—were made a single province by the Act of Union. In the 1860s, a movement for a greater Canadian federation grew out of the need for a common defense, the desire for a national railroad system, and the necessity of finding a solution to the problem of French and British conflict. When the Maritime provinces, which sought union among themselves, called a conference in 1864, delegates from the other provinces of Canada attended. Later in the year, another conference was held in Quebec, and in 1866 Canadian representatives traveled to London to meet with the British government.
On July 1, 1867, with passage of the British North America Act, the Dominion of Canada was officially established as a self-governing entity within the British Empire. Two years later, Canada acquired the vast possessions of the Hudson’s Bay Company, and within a decade the provinces of Manitoba and Prince Edward Island had joined the Canadian federation. In 1885, the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed, making mass settlement across the vast territory of Canada possible.
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WORD OF THE DAY
bijou; noun; (BEE-zhoo)
1 : a small dainty usually ornamental piece of delicate workmanship : jewel
2 : something delicate, elegant, or highly prized
Did You Know?
Bijou (which can be pluralized as either bijoux or bijous) has adorned English since the late 17th century. We borrowed it from French, but the word ultimately traces to Breton, a Celtic language closely related to Cornish and Welsh and spoken by inhabitants of the Brittany region of northwest France. Our modern English word derives from Breton bizou, which means "ring." That history makes bijou a rare gem in English because, although the Breton people occupied part of England for many years before they were pushed into France by the Anglo-Saxons in the 5th and 6th centuries, very few Breton-derived words remain in our language. (Another Breton descendant is menhir, a term for a kind of monolith.)
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Plant Sale for Wellness Garden Another Success

June 30, 2021


The three hour plant sale held in the Wellness Garden surrounding the BIRHC medical center on Saturday, June 19th earned over $1200. The sale was extended the following day at the new, Sunday, outdoor market next to Daddy Frank's, earning an additional $400.  The total raised in those two days was over $1600.00. This money will be used to further enhance and maintain the approximately one quarter acre garden.  No tax dollars are used for the garden, but donations of money, plants and labor are appreciated.

Thank you to all who purchased plants and thank you to the volunteers and growers including Glen LaFreniere, Maureen Cull, Maria LoDico, Ann Partridge, Janee Boyle, Emily Rudell, Sandy and Dave Howell, Bob Evans, Denise McDonough, Donna Stambaugh, McDonough's Market, Kenn and Betty Scoggin, Sally Stebbins, Monica Longlet, Jake, MJ and Greg Lawson, Nadra Johnson, Connie Wojan, Jan Paul, Heidi Vigil, Susan Hawkins, Carmen Galdanes, Alana Anderson, Bruce Parker, Dana and Frank D'Andraia, Leonor and Bruce Jacobson, and Barb Rahn, coordinator.

The 10 plus specialty gardens, which comprise the Wellness Garden, provide a calming vista for those waiting for treatment at the medical center, and a place of relaxation and reflection for visitors who stroll through. The garden can be entered through the wooden trellis/arch at the north end of the parking lot for BIRHC, and is open to all. We invite you to enjoy the garden this season.

Celebration of Life of Caitlin Boyle

June 30, 2021

Today's Mass was for the family of Caitlin Boyle.  Mother Nature played her trump card with the fog preventing the arrival of Father Pat.  The Celebration of Life was delayed with the hope that Father Pat could get to the island.  That did not happen.  Luckily, Father Peter Wigton got on the ferry this morning at 8:20 a.m. in Charlevoix and was present for this service.

Caitlin's Celebration of Life Program

The front of the church by the altar..

While the church awaited the arrival of Father Pat Cawley, it was decided that Neal and Connie Boyle would provide some information about Caitlin and the family.

Neal started speaking first and Connie followed.

The procession took place in silence.

Two readers from the family

Father Peter read the Gospel reading

Reading the prayers..

The recessional

View video of the service HERE

St. James and Peaine Township Public Hearing

August 5, 2021 @ 5 p.m.

St. James and Peaine Township Public Hearing
37830 Kings Highway
Beaver Island, MI 49782
(231) 448-2014

36825 Kings Highway
Beaver Island, MI 49782
(231) 448-2389

Notice of Public Hearing
To be held 5pm,
August 5, 2021
Peaine Township Hall

PLEASE TAKE NOTE that on the 5th day of August, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. the St. James and Peaine Townships Terrestrial Invasive Species (TIS) Committee will hold a Public Hearing to give owners of the listed properties within the Townships an opportunity to show cause why their property should not be included among those properties to be treated as needed within the TIS Eradication Zone. The TIS Eradication Zone consists of those lands within the St. James and Peaine Townships which are currently infested or at risk of infection from terrestrial invasive species. Written comments will also be received by mailing them to TIS Administrator, 37830 Kings Hwy, Beaver Island, MI 49782 or contacting via email at invasivespadm.bi@gmail.com.
A copy of this notice along with the listed properties is on file in the TIS Administrator’s Office located at:
St. James Government Center
37830 Kings Hwy, Beaver Island, MI 49782

Dated: June 30, 2021
Posted:

Submitted by:
Shelby Harris TIS Administrator of
St. James and Peaine Townships
P.O. Box 3, 37830 Kings Hwy,
Beaver Island, MI 49782
(231) 330-0422
June 30, 2021

View the meeting notice HERE

Island Airways Summer 2021 Update

June 28, 2021

Art and Design, Interview of Patrick McGinnity

posted June 27, 2021

View the video at this link HERE

Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive

July 30, 2021

You can schedule your appointment HERE

Beaver Island Sustainability Fair

SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 2021

The Sustainability Fair did take place today.  The location of the lunch and afternoon activities took place at the Gregg Fellowship Hall.  There was a large amount of information provided to those that attended this location. The only complaint that the editor heard throughout the entire full day, which continues tonight, was that there seemed to be a lot of down time between some of the presentations.  Some making this type of comment were headed out the door.  Others made the comment that they couldn't hear the speaker, particularly when they did not use the microphone.  Finally, someone said, "The elders are having trouble hearing."  This caused most all to use the microphone.

View video of the entire afternoon HERE

View a gallery of presenters, introducers, and speakers and singers HERE

Christian Church July 2021 Newsletter

June 26, 2021

View/download the newsletter HERE

BICS Graduation Speakers

June 22, 2021

The speakers for graduation from the Beaver Island Community School were the subject of the 2021 Graduation Ceremony and its speaker Deborah LaFreniere Robert. So, there are certain years that have no doubt of who the graduation speaker was. The reason for lack of doubt is that the names were recorded by Beaver Island News on the 'Net.

YEAR
GRADUATION SPEAKER
2003
Jim Stambaugh
2004
Joddy Croswhite
2005
Judi Meister
2006
Adam Chittle
2007
Jim and Donna Stambaugh
2008
Beth Croswhite
2009
Father Pat
2010
Adam Chittle
2011
Adam Richards
2012

Forest Powers

Adam Richards

2013
Deb Robert
2014
Kitty McNamara
2015
Emily Gray
2016
Adam Richards
2017
Connie Boyle
2018
Kitty McNamara
2019
Judi Meister
2020
Mike Myers
2021
Deb Robert
YEAR
GRADUATION SPEAKER

Now, if these are not correct, the editor would like very much to correct the list. The editor is still looking for the list going back to 1975, so if you have any information, please email it to medic5740@gmail.com

St. James Township Press Release –

June 22, 2021

St. James Township of Beaver Island is pleased to announce that they are recipients of a grant awarded by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  This grant award will fund two years of work supporting the Island’s Terrestrial Invasive Species program for the whole Beaver Island Archipelago. Funding and technical support for this project is being provided by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coastal Program and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

“We’re excited about working with St James Township and helping continue invasive species control effort in the Beaver Island Archipelago.  This effort will be critical to maintain quality habitat for threatened and endangered species on the Islands,” states Christie Deloria, Great Lakes Coastal Program Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Kitty McNamara, St. James Township Supervisor is also very pleased with the announcement.  “We are so pleased that this grant will enable us to continue the great work that has taken place to date in the islands.  We have worked hard to establish a good Terrestrial Invasive Species platform and this grant will now provide the necessary funding to see us through to 2024.  While St. James Township is the recipient of the grant, we are working hand-in-hand with Peaine Township to implement this project.”

The project will enable Shelby Harris, the Beaver Island Terrestrial Invasive Species Administrator who works for both Beaver Island townships, to hire two Invasive Species Technicians for the summers of 2022 and 2023.  This team will be surveying the main island of Beaver Island and the outer islands including Garden, High and Hog Islands and identifying areas where invasive species control efforts are needed, as well as mapping locations of threatened and endangered species.

The team will be collaborating with personnel of the Michigan DNR,  the Michigan Natural Features Inventory group of the DNR, Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) groups in northern lower Michigan, the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Central Michigan University,  Land Conservancies and many interested Beaver Island organizations, especially the Beaver Island Association (BIA) and the Preservation Association of Beaver Island.  The group will be working with landowners, schools and other groups to provide public education messages to visitors, host public forums and provide informational pamphlets about invasive and threatened species in the Archipelago.

Pamela Grassmick, of the BIA, has been the focal point of the efforts of Invasive Species work for the past few decades in the Archipelago.  "The USFWS grant award recognizes the unique ecological attributes that define our archipelago. Beaver Island has rare species and is one of the highest scoring islands for biodiversity in Lake Michigan. By providing St. James Township with solid funding, it will protect high quality natural areas that could otherwise become quickly degraded by invasive species. The general well-being of the Island community is dependent on its environmental quality that supports a natural resource-based economy."

We all need to thank Pam for the outstanding work she and the BIA have done to keep the Invasive Species work going and in bringing focus to the Islands in the important work of protecting critical habitat for our rare and endangered species in the Beaver Island Archipelago.

BEAVER ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER SUMMER HOURS

Call the Concession stand for Pizza (call ahead 448-2022), pretzels, breakfast sandwiches, drinks and lots more.

Why is the Bill Wagner Campground Named This?

June 17, 2021

Back in 1979, the Noyes family were teaching at the school. Barb taught English, and Jim taught Industrial Arts. As a project for the English students at the Beaver Island Community School, Barb Noyes had her students investigate and report on the island people. Here is the report on Bill Wagner from the archives at the Beaver Island Historical Society.

"Island People 1979

Bill Wagner

The island Department of Natural Resources Officer is Bill Wagner. His job keeps him moving all the time.

Every day he has to check the weather. Outside the station there are three water and snow sample cans. Two fo the cans contained acids and the other stays plain. There recording and three completed samples from each of the cans are sent to the Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago monthly. The temperature is also recorded. There are temperature gauges that record the minimum and maximum termperatures daily. At the end of the month all the temperatures are averaged, and the averages are sent to the National Weather Bureau.

Outside in front of the station stands a Smoky the Bear Fire Danger sign. This is part of the National Fire Danger System. The High, Low, Moderate, and other fire danger readings are found by recording the amount of rainfall, how many days since the last rain, temperature. humidity, and wind speed. This sign is posted from about April through October, so people may see what the fire danger is. Mr. Wagner is responsible for fire prevention and inspection on all the out island also.

Firefighting is also a part of the job. The station is on the Island fire number. The DNR has some equipment, and the volunteer fire department has two fire trucks. Mr. Wagner also keeps track of bulldozers and other heavy equipment that is owned by the local people, so, in the case of fire, he will know what equpment is nearest and if it is working. Help is usually easy to come by when it comes to a fire. (It may be inexperienced help, but it is help.

All you have to do is drive through town with a siren on, and everyone follows. It works out well that way because the firefighters have all the help that they need in most cases. Here on Beaver Island we have been very fortunate as far as big fires go.

"We never had any big fires that I've been around to report, " says Mr. Wagner. "What went on before I got here, I have no idea.

Bill Wagner also maintains the State Forest Camp Ground on the east side of the island. There are twenty-five campsites, trash barrels, a pump for water, toilets, and tables. Wagner is also in charge of taking registration there.

We keep wagner pretty busy here on Beaver Island. In addition, he is trying to build a new house and run a farm on the side."

The BINN editor was fortunate to know Bill Wagner and his family. They also took a really strong effort to help establish the Beaver Island Christian Church along with many others. Any of the long time island families know of this family, respect their efforts, and are sorry that the family has moved off the island. Bill has passed away, and his wife Marge is in a retirement home of some kind.

Invasive Species Workers

June 8, 2021

Shelby Harris, director; Interns; Hunter Torolski and Liz LaScala...........

Editor Joe Moore met these young invasive species works at Shelby Harris' office today at 2 p.m. The interns were taking a breaking from a walk around the island over the next two weeks to check for phragmites and any other invasive species.

View video of the interview HERE

Beaver Island Transit Spring/Summer 2021 Hours

Beaver Island By 16 Foot Boat

A Restless Viking Production

A little history and a little geography, although not completely correct, is part of this video about a trip to Beaver Island from the mainland in a sixteen foot boat. Over to the island on one day, and back to the mainland on the next. It is worth watching.

View the video HERE

Dark Sky Project-List of Locations

April 7, 2021

Guide to Beaver Island Dark Sky Viewing Areas
These locations are accessible to the public for night viewing in the same way as daytime visits. Some locations have become inaccessible because of high water. It is advisible to visit sites during daylight for familiarity
Beaver Island Dark Sky Sites
ref. Wojan/Cashman Map 2018
List includes ownership and comments on qualities, viewing angles, access and light pollution problems encountered.
BI Dark Sky sites on the Big Lake will have visible light domes over towns and cities on the horizon. Inland sites will have less.
Private Property policy; you have to know somebody.
There are some very good Dark Sky Sites on private property but the BIDSP can only advise that you obtain permission from the property owners before entering private property.
LTC - Little Traverse Conservancy
SoM - State of Michigan
StJ - St James Township
Peaine - Peaine Township
Associations (you gotta know somebody)
NORTH
Whiskey Point - St. James Twp - All directions
car lights town lights
Potentially one the best viewing areas but until something is done about the excessive light pollution it remains marginal
Gull Harbor - St James Twp- NE to SW
flooded
general astronomy, meteor showers, n. lights
seasonally flooded, car lights
Sucker Point - Lookout Point Association All directions
Excellent sky quality with friendly neighbors.
Sucker Point Lake Drive- excellent sky quality
Northeast only, summer sunrises,
Moon and Planet risings
Aurora Borealis. Very dark
Car lights
St. James Township campground - NW to NE
Excellent sky quality but a limited view to mostly north
A prime location for viewing Northern Lights
WEST
Donegal Bay Township beach - St. James township
South to North, excellent sky quality
Perfect for sunsets, meteor showers, northern lights, overhead
viewing, and Zodiacal Light. Car lights from the road can be
blocked.
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Donegal Bay pavilion - Port St. James Assoc. - SW - NW
sunsets, meteor showers, western sky
Excellent sky quality but has lighting issues
pavilion has newly installed lighting car lights
McCauley Point - State of MI - 360° All directions
Excellent sky quality with locations with zero lights
1/4 mile trail
Barneys Lake Nature Preserve - LTC - excellent sky quality
Barney's Lake is in a bowl that blocks all light sources
except for the airport beacon when it's operating or the
occasional rare car on the road
Bonners Landing - State of MI - 360° all directions
Excellent sky quality and very dark
The road down the bluff is private so parking is
recommended on top. Less than a 1/4 mile
Township Airport - 360° All directions
Township Airport - 360° All directions
Use the two-track road opposite the runway near the
Coffee Shop. Even with the standing lights at the airport
there is good viewing in all directions. A convenient
location.
The Big Field St of MI Inside proposed BI Dark Sky Sanctuary
Excellent sky quality with zero light sources.
Reach by the two track road north of Miller's Marsh and stop at the "Y". You're there.
Light domes from Traverse City MI can be visible
Camp #3 Clearing. Inside proposed BI Dark Sky Sanctuary
Reached by following Camp#3 Trail (Road) south past
Fire Tower Rd and Green's Lake to where the sky opens up.
Probably the remotest viewing area on the list but with
zero light sources or visible light domes it's probably the
darkest. Partially tree covered but is situated alongside
Tower Ridge swamp with viewing lanes through the trees.
SOUTH
Iron Ore Bay west/Point Betsy - State of MI - NE to NW
high water has reduced usable area
all directions, very dark - north limited
Iron Ore Bay beach - Townships - E to W. Excellent sky quality
Light domes from Traverse City and Green Bay WI lend
Grandeur to viewing the sky over Lake Michigan, but the
lights from the few houses are not a problem. Both sites
on Iron Ore Bay are a long way from town but well worth
it. Outstanding.
Beaver Head Light House - Charlevoix County -
Overhead sky quality is excellent with zero light sources. The
horizons are blocked but the Beaverhead light house
silhouette in the view can be very special
EAST
Cables Bay Beach - State of MI - NE to SW
Very dark - north limited
1/4 trail from bridge
Wagners Campground - State of MI, Peaine twp - NE to SE
Excellent for viewing planet and moonrises over Lake
Michigan and the Mainland. Lightdomes from Traverse
City toThe Soo
Grandeur
Little Sand Bay Nature Preserve #1 featured viewing area.
Probably the most convenient but extremely dark viewing
area with the biggest sky. It's considered the best Beaver
Island Dark Sky Viewing Area outside of the Sanctuary. By
the house is very good but there is a short trail to the field
viewing area to the north that has zero light sources
HARBOR
Harbor Beach - Township -
Even with the town lights and the car lights the view of the
sky here is good and familiar constellations and planets can
be identified. Room for lots of improvement.
Whiskey Point - STJ, Central Michigan U., Remains the best example of the need for improvement in the sky quality in the Harbor. Too many unnecessary, unshielded light fixtures withthe wrong color bulbs.

All I've Ever Known: Margaret Gallagher's Story

Made in 1992 by John Callister for BBC

View this video HERE

My thatched cottage without modern immenites....

Documentary I produced for the BBC in 1992 that has proven to be very popular from its first broadcast, and continues to attract interest from across the world in 2020. Margaret Gallagher from Belcoo, County Fermanagh, N. Ireland, enjoys her rural lifestyle, living without modern amenities. This was shot on 16mm film. It reached one million views by June 2019 without any advertising and those numbers continue to climb in 2020. Fantastic! Many thanks to all viewers and especially those who have left such kind comments. I was in touch with Margaret in 2019 and she is thrilled at the response. John Callister callister.tv

Beaver Island Music Festival 2021

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Help keep the music alive! Join the BIMF Team. Together we have the power to accomplish some pretty incredible things. We see it every day! The campaigns you support, the causes you rally behind, and the projects you bring to life, are what keeps the beat going. We need your help to support musicians and the cultural arts to keep the music flowing. You're doing something amazing by purchasing a Team BIMF t-shirt to support us in the work we are doing.
THANK YOU!

Since 2003 the Beaver Island Music Festival, an annual community-based event, has grown a vibrant cultural community on a remote Lake Michigan island. PARC is dedicated to creating ways to retain and support artists, personnel, festival goers, and community members who have been affected by the many cancellations by trying to minimize the devastating economic impact. We plan to continue events, either in person or by creating new platforms, that will support the mission of our organization and make sure this vital asset to our rural and isolated community does not disappear. These artists represent the cultural history and spirit of the island with a combination of traditional and current music. The Festival means much more than a set of musical performances. It is a way of bringing people to Beaver Island every year to experience the natural beauty, community spirit, enjoy talented musicians, and support an island that depends on summer visitors for its economic resilience. In the coming months we will need your support to keep moving forward into 2021. Beaver Island Music Festival 2020 will become BIMF 2021 with artists returning for a stronger festival. For more information https://bimf.ne

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WWTV/WWUP- Preserving History: Saving the Squaw Island Lighthouse

This was an amazing video done by Corey Adkins. The call to him came from Brian Cole, and the project to restore the Squaw Island Lighthouse is quite the amazing and wonderful project documented by Corey Adkins. It can be viewed at the following link:

View the video HERE

Help Clean Up the Island

February 26, 2021

Link to the Joes' Junk website HERE

A Video from the Past

copyright 2004 by Phillip Michael Moore

About seventeen years ago, the director of Beaver Island EMS was Joe Moore. His son Phillip Michael Moore was in a Master's Degree program in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. It just so happened that the video project for his degree was to be a documentary about BIEMS and the need for a local air ambulance. His video was very professionally done.

It also happened that his grandfather, Phil Gregg, happened to have a heart attack while Michael was on the island filming for this documentary. Lots of volunteer EMS people are shown in this video, along with some of the patients, of course with their permission. The documentary was completed in 2004, prior to the second paramedic class taught on Beaver Island, so some of the current EMS providers were not in this documentary.

At the time of the filming, BIEMS was a volunteer EMS agency with people getting paid only a small amount for each emergency to help cover their gas expenses for participating in an emergency call. Some of them are listed here: Jim Stambaugh, Tim McDonough, Cindy Cushman, Gerald LaFreniere, and others. The "32 Miles of Water" title of the documentary referred to the miles from Beaver Island to the mainland hospitals of Charlevoix and Petoskey.

The Beaver Island community is so fortunate to now have Island Airways with a FAA certified air ambulance that has been operating for more than ten years now. At the time this video was made, the only emergency flights were done by Northflight EMS out of Traverse City, Michigan, or the US Coast Guard helicopter, also out of Traverse City. Sarah McCafferty was the EMS director and then Danielle Dedloff when the BIEMS licensed the Welke Aviation 866JA Britten Norman Islander aircraft with the State of Michigan as an air transport vehicle under the BIEMS agency license. This is the most efficient method of getting a patient off Beaver Island and to a hospital when an emergency occurs.

The concern 17 years ago was the time necessary to get the patient to the mainland hospital with the Golden Hour being the popular EMS period of getting the patient to the operating room within this 60 minute period of time. With the flight time from Traverse City to Beaver Island being almost an hour, this Golden Hour was taken up just getting the aircraft here. Now, with the Island Airways aircraft here on the island, the time to Charlevoix Airport or Harbor Springs Airport is less than 20 minutes or less than half the time to get the plane to the island from Traverse City.

The modern advanced life support agency, completed by a locally based air transport capability makes the island quite capable of transporting a patient within this Golden Hour, but only if the local aircraft and local pilot are available. Thank you, Paul Welke and Island Airways for you commitment to helping BIEMS accomplish this goal.

This video is seventeen years old, or thereabouts, but the accomplishments can still be applauded. Great job and thank you to all the volunteers that allowed this service to accomplish many successes. It has only been four and half years that the BIEMS is now a paid paramedic ALS agency, and the same challenges are still with us here today. The work of all those in the past to get this system set up in an efficient manner cannot be ignored. Great job to all the volunteers!

View this documentary from 2004 HERE

Transfer Station Website Up and Running

August 19, 2020

View the website HERE

The Founding Documents for the Airport Commission

The Intergovernmental Agreement

The Rules for Procedure

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