B. I. News on the 'Net, July 13-19, 2015

More Beaver Island Television

More Beaver Island TV - Indigo Guide Steve Martinez prepares to release a big small mouth bass caught during the July taping of a segment for Michigan Out Of Doors TV. (see photo www.facebook.com/beaverisland ) The PBS show is currently slated to air on August 6th. You can check here for local channels and times. https://www.michiganoutofdoorstv.com The host of the show is Jimmy Gretzinger. Thanks to Fresh Air Aviation for providing complementary transportation for the show.

Michigan Out of Doors is one of the country’s oldest shows on television dating back to the 1950’s when the original host / producer was Mort Neff. He was host from 1951-1975 and fished the Beaver Archipelago with Archie LaFreniere many times.  

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 20, 2015

First of all, I'm going to start today by wishing Joe a Happy 44th Anniversary. I was thinking back... Joe was 20 and I was 23, that meant that I was old enough to buy the beer BUT he knew how to cook (my college roommates and I had hired him for that very job)... we eloped (my Dad had always said that if I eloped he'd give me $500 and a ladder; I'm still waiting on that promise) ...back then our first apartment was a whopping $150 a month and that included utilities... we've had lots of ups and downs but through it all we've been there for each other. I love you, Joe!

Right now it's 66°, wind is at 15 mph from the SW with gusts to 19 mph, humidity is at 60%, pressure is falling from 1005 mb, and visibility is at 9.6 miles. Today: Partly sunny. a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the upper 50s. Northwest winds at 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph, decreasing to 20 mph after midnight.

On this date of July 20, 2003 - In India, elephants used for commercial work began wearing reflectors to avoid being hit by cars during night work.

Did you know that brontology is the study of thunder?

Word of the day: plutonian (ploo-TOH-nee-uhn) which means 1. Relating to the dwarf planet Pluto. 2. Relating to Pluto, the god of the underworld in the Greek mythology. 3. Relating to the underworld. Via Latin from Greek Plouton (Pluto, the god of the underworld). Earliest documented use: 1604.

Top O' the Pines

In the top of the pine tree, a cedar waxwing checks out the neighborhood.

Denis Sullivan Visits the Island

This sailing vessel is anchored in Paradise Bay tonight, July 19, 2015.

"The S/V Denis Sullivan is a re-creation of a typical 19th century 3-masted Great Lakes schooner. Her triangular sail on the upper foremast—the raffee—is a sail unique to Great Lakes schooners of the time. Schooners like the S/V Denis Sullvian were the common vessels on the Great Lakes from 1833 to the 1890s.

​The S/V Denis Sullivan's design was inspired by and based on five Great Lake schooners from the late 19th century: Moonlight, Rouse Simmons, Lucia A. Simpson, Clipper City and Challenge.

The ship is named after Captain Denis Sullivan, the owner and captain of the Moonlight in 1874.The Moonlight was said to the "Queen of the Lakes" because of the vessel's reputation of being the fastest and finest cargo vessel on the Great Lakes."


Lake Michigan Islands Management Plan

now available for review

The Department of Natural Resources invites those interested in the management of the Lake Michigan islands to review, ask questions and provide input on the draft Northern Lake Michigan Islands Management Plan.

This plan addresses state-managed land administered by the DNR on Beaver, Garden, High, Hog, North Fox, South Fox and Whiskey islands. In May and November 2014, the DNR hosted public meetings to gather input from island residents, partners, tribal governments, local governments and conservation organizations. Information from these meetings then was used to draft the plan.

“It’s been a great process of pulling together many different interests on the use of the state-managed land on Lake Michigan islands,” said DNR field operations manager Keith Kintigh. “We’ve used the information gathered to draft a management plan, and it’s now ready to be reviewed.”

Those who would like to comment on the draft plan are asked to email kintighk@michigan.gov before Aug. 31 or attend an open house Monday, July 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Beaver Island Community School, 37895 King’s Highway on Beaver Island.

Today, Sunday, July 19, 2015 Mixed Doubles Golf

1:30 pm

Winners; Nel Worsfold and Jim McElwain

A more perfect day for golf could not have been planned in advance. There was a little southwest wind gusting to 20 mph, but the breeze kept the heat somewhat at bay. The eight teams of one male and one female headed out and play lasted approximately three hours. It was just a gorgeous day!

How was the golf? Well, for some it was amazing and for others it was not so amazing! The first place team was made up of Jim McElwain and Nel Worsfold with a score of 39. The second place team was Lars and Doris Larsen with a score of 40. Two teams tied for third place with a score of 41. Fun was had by all. We can all look forward to the next outing when it is scheduled

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 19, 2015

Beautiful morning. It's 65° on my back deck, wind is at 9 mph from the SW with gusts up to 25 mph, humidity is at 62%, pressure is rising from 1007 mb, and visibility is at 9.5 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

On this date of July 19, 1799 - The Rosetta Stone, a tablet with hieroglyphic translations into Greek, was found in Egypt.

Did you know that a nanosecond is one billionth of a second?

Word of the day: petrous (PE-truh-s) which means 1) like stone, especially in hardness; stony; rocky. 2) Anatomy. noting or pertaining to the hard dense portion of the temporal bone, containing the internal auditory organs; petrosal. Petrous comes from the Latin word petrōsus meaning "rocky." First Known Use: 14th century

Baroque on Beaver Special Family Event

Baroque on Beaver Special Family Event:  Join musicians from the Baroque on Beaver Festival Orchestra for a “Discover the Orchestra/Musical Instrument Petting Zoo” on, Saturday, August 1st from 2PM-3PM at the BI Community School. The zoo is free as is the “Family Concert that follows at the Beaver Island Community School Gymnasium.  The concert program features an engaging, age-appropriate, educational orchestral concert experiences especially for families. The petting zoo features generous and talented musicians from the Baroque on Beaver Festival Orchestra, who will be on hand to teach and demonstrate the instruments. Don’t miss this opportunity to introduce your child to the world of music. Instruments furnished!   For more information, please call: 888-511-5189 x-103

Lori and Rory Deliver New Baby

Teagan Dale Connaghan was born at 9:22 pm on July 17,2015. He weighed 8.6 lb and was 21 iches long.

Proud mom Lori White and prouder dad Rory Connaghan announce that all are doing well.


Robert Gillespie Funeral

 Garden Tour Benefit  Another Big Hit!

How do you take a day out of your busy summer schedule to just have fun?  Come on the Garden Tour!  45 lucky attendees bought tickets and were treated to a full day of camaraderie,  interesting garden venues, great food, and transportation.  The Wellness Garden Benefit was able to entertain these guests with the help of many fine Beaver Islanders including our hosts:  Sue and Bob Welke,  Laurel Vietzen and Robert Warski, Doug Edgar and Sharolyn Hunter, Ray Matela, Ed and Willie Welter,  Amvets Representative  Bob Tidmore, and our final Dessert hostess Lois Stipp.

We also are most grateful for the generosity of our CMU transport vans and their drivers.  It would have been much more difficult to accomplish this without them!  We also would like to extend a hearty thank you to Eric and Dana Hodgson and the staff of the Beaver Island Lodge Restaurant, for the great food, prompt and attentive service as well as the lovely setting.  Many thanks also to island resident and former Garden Tour host,  Bruce Struik for the donation of his wonderful homemade cheesecakes! In one word:  scrumptious!  Thanks also to Lois Stipp and her volunteers at the Beaver Island Gallery for giving us a cool and elegant venue in which to have our final dessert stop.  

We can't go anywhere without our Beaver Island Press Corps, so thank you Frank Solle, Joe Moore, camera gal Deb Bousquet and Elaine West for the fine coverage.  Many thanks to landscaper Barb Rahn for her guidance as a docent in two of the gardens that she has personally planned, planted and cared for.  We learned the latin names for so many of the plants and flowers this year.

Have I mentioned our guest speaker at lunch, who stole the show?  Thank you Heidi Vigil for the humorous "expose"  on Gardening As We Age. Heidi you need to join our local Thespian group! Many compliments have been heard regarding this new addition to our lunch hour.

Let us not forget the many others who helped behind the scenes:   John Gordon (CMU station manager),  and his drivers Beth Uzarski, Vickie Newman,  and Crystal. Additionally we thank the  BIRHC staff for their never-ending help in coordinating ticket sales, the Wellness Gardeners Connie Wojan, Judy Jones, Alana Anderson, Sandy Howell, Leonor Jacobson, Jan Paul, and Jan Freeman for helping sell tickets out in just 5 days time; that's a new record!

Thank you BICS for letting us use the kiosk, as well as all the Beaver Island merchants who posted our flyers.

Lastly, but not leastly, I personally would like to thank Jan Paul for her amazing collection of prizes that she gave out all day long and kept the party going!  We even delivered them the next morning to people who had to leave early! The lunch planning and table decorations were all her work and nobody could have done a nicer job.  What a nice addition to our Garden Tour Benefit!

Dana D'Andraia may not have been here in person but her spirit came through in her writings.  Thank you Dana for all the scouting last fall, the interviews this spring, and the amazing "blurbs" you did on each garden. We missed your presence though!

One last thank you to our BI community for their continued support of the Wellness Garden Campus.  Each year our volunteers weed, mulch, fertilize, plant and water to help keep it thriving.  And yes, it has matured into one big bloomin' garden!  Stop by and smell the flowers, sit on the benches, visit our Fairy Garden which has been improved upon by Cheryl Podgorski. We couldn't do it without the community support and would be happy to have some new volunteers join us.  Thank You All.   

Submitted by Leonor Jacobson

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 18, 2015

It's going to be a hard day for the island, saying, "see you later" to Robert Gillespie. Perhaps we should be saying, "'Go raibh mile maith agat'" (thank you) to him. Thanks for being who he was. I suppose it happens to everyone when someone you grew up with passes on, but most of yesterday I kept remembering things about Robert: playing Hide-N-Seek around the old sawmill, driving back and forth from the Point to the 4 corners - later on advancing to going "around the horn", swimming off James' dock, Robert in the full cast after doing cartwheels across the harbor while water skiing (he broke lots of bones), building the new Medical Center building among other buildings he did, all the shipwreck furniture, and the list goes on and on. It was rather like counting sheep but instead was little snippets of how I remember Robert over the years, so I'm to say to him 'Go raibh mile maith agat' as he's laid to rest with his ancestors.

It's incredibly foggy this morning, it's 63°, wind is at 4 mph from the south, humidity is at 62%, pressure is rising from 1008 mb, and visibility is at 0.5 miles. Today: Partly sunny. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph.

On this date of July 18, 1947 - U.S. President Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act, which placed the Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro Tempore next in the line of succession after the vice president.

Did you know that Chevy Chase's real first name is Cornelius?

Word of the day: fogdog (FOG-dawg) which means a bright spot sometimes seen in a fog bank. Fogdog arose in the mid-1800s as a combination of fog and sundog, which refers to a bright circular spot on a solar halo or an incomplete rainbow.

BICS Special Board Meeting

July 20, 2015, 10 a.m.

Flood Area at Gull Harbor

The area out on the northern portion near Whiskey Point called Gull Harbor is flooded. Portions of the road at Gull Harbor and down near the "car wash" are flooded across the road. Several vehicles continue to drive through this flooded area churning up the gravel and clay into muddy, mucky mess. The CCRC, the road commission, has posted the ends of the road as 'Flood area' and getting stuck down there is your own fault. This roadway should be temporarily blocked off to prevent traffic. The trail area out at Gull Harbor is still accessible, and there are lots of trails behind the trail area to allow you to walk.

Posted near Whiskey Point Light on Gull Harbor Drive

Three pictures from the Whiskey Point entrance to Gull Harbor.

Three pictures from the 'car wash' end of Gull Harbor Drive

The high water isn't bothering this common tern.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 17, 2015

It's a wet morning with light rain. On the up side, dust isn't a problem for those driving around the island right now. It's 63°, wind is at 9 mph from the south with gusts up to 18 mph, humidity is at 60%, pressure is falling from 1008 mb, and visibility is at 6.8 miles. Today: Cloudy. Chance of drizzle and isolated rain showers in the morning. Highs in the mid 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. Southwest winds at 10 mph.

On this date of July 17, 1941 - Brigadier General Soervell directed Architect G. Edwin Bergstrom to have basic plans and architectural perspectives for an office building that could house 40,000 War Department employees on his desk by the following Monday morning. The building became known as the Pentagon.

Did you know that 80% of all people hit by lightning are men?

Word of the day: superannuated (soo-per-AN-yuh-way-tud) which means (1.) : outmoded, old-fashioned (2.) a : incapacitated or disqualified for active duty by advanced age b : older than the typical member of a specified group. Superannuated was first put to use in English in the 1600s, having been borrowed from Medieval Latin superannuatus, past participle of superannuari ("to be too old")—from Latin super- ("over" or "above") and annus ("year"). Shortly thereafter, we made our own verb, superannuate, from the adjective. Superannuate means "to dismiss or retire from service with a pension" as well as "to declare obsolete," meanings that are still in active service. Superannuated can mean "outmoded or old-fashioned," as in "superannuated slang" or the "superannuated navy ships" of our second example, or it can simply mean "older than usual," as in our first example sentence.

Local School Boards Can Award Diplomas to Certain Veterans

Military veterans of World War II, the Korean conflict and Vietnam who did not receive their high school diploma due to their military service, can now be awarded a diploma by their local school district.

School districts within Char-Em ISD service area of Charlevoix, Emmet and northern Antrim counties want to get the word out to area veterans about this recently passed legislation that authorizes Michigan school boards to award high school diplomas to the veterans or their families.

Public Act No. 55 of 2014 allows school districts to award diplomas to veterans who meet the following criteria:

  • Before graduation from high school, the military veteran enlisted or was drafted into the armed forces of the United States during World War II, the Korean conflict or the Vietnam era.
  • At the time of enlistment, the military veteran was enrolled in a high school in the school district to which the application is made.
  • The military veteran did not graduate from high school.
  • The military veteran served under honorable conditions during World War II, the Korean conflict or during the Vietnam era.

Qualified veterans or their families must complete an application and submit it to the district of the high school he/she was enrolled in at the time of enlistment. The application can be found at:
Questions about the process should be directed to the district superintendent’s office.

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is committed to connecting those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and their families to the services and benefits they have earned through their service. The agency works to identify and break down barriers veterans face in employment, education, healthcare and quality of life. For more information, visit www.MichiganVeterans.com.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 16, 2015

Beautiful, summer morning... sunny, clear skies, and it's not snowing. Right now it's 57°, wind is at 6 mph from the south, humidity is at 54%, pressure is rising from 1015 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening, then mostly cloudy with rain showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. Light winds becoming southeast 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation 70%.

On this date of July 16, 1935 - Oklahoma City became the first city in the U.S. to install parking meters.

Did you know that Finland has the largest number of islands in the world (over 179,550)?

Word of the day: white-livered (hwyt-LIV-uhrd) which means cowardly. From the former belief that a lack of vigor or courage was from a deficiency of bile which showed in a light-colored liver. Earliest documented use: 1546. Also known as lily-livered.


(This event was sold out on Wednesday, July 15, 2015)

Fifty people participated in this 5th Annual Wellness Garden Tour. Ten more people joined the group for lunch. The event was an excellent opportunity to not only enjoy the gardening efforts of some on the island, but also a great time. There will be pictures and photos of this event available when processed.

9:15- 9:30 am Board vans at Public Beach in downtown St. James

9:45  First Garden:  Welke House Whiskey Point

"Cottage by the Sea" -- How a place becomes named sometimes holds unexpected poignancy.  Let Bob Welke, only the third owner of this 1869 cottage, tell us how the name came to be after the Welkes purchased it in 1960. The Welkes have added to the original structure slowly over the years,  including the stone fireplace which Sue chose over indoor plumbing!! But this is a garden tour, and there's far more garden than the pretty patch by the front door.  Sue is blessed with limestone rocks, sand, and a fierce wind that crosses the bay.  So Sue makes her vegetable as well as flower container gardens in the shelter of the house. The spirit of Sue's garden lies in the way she responds to the necessities of modern living.  A new well head placed smack dab in the middle of the lawn is now encircled by flowers all summer long. This year she spotted the transformer box as a blight upon her soil and therefore and asked her artist  granddaughter Kate Welke to turn it into a garden of paint.  Seems like this could be a new trend! Thank you Sue and Bob for all your hard work in keeping our island harbor as a welcoming sight for over 50 years now.

10:30 am  Head to 26205 Pine St.


"Northern Flight" -- Here is another naming story:  When Laurel Vietzen and Robert Warski acquired this property it was called Vale of Tralee.  However multiple evidence pointed to a previous name,  Northern Flight, which seems perfect for these two who came here for escape and quiet.
Their landscaper, Barb Rahn, has also hit it right for the gardens here.  In her words:   "There are three things about this very shady retreat.  First, native plants are incorporated into each of the five garden spaces.  Second, the stone borders have nestled stones rather than  stones in a linear border. Third, the homeowners have incorporated antiques from the premises to add whimsy to their landscape.  You will see plenty of native Beaver Island plants including Columbine, Solomon's Seal, Forget-me-nots, Hepatica, Mosses and Snowberry. Barb has introduced carefully selected hybrids to mingle with the natives making it appear as though they had always been there.  Barb's discerning eye and deft hand make this setting perfectly Beaver Island appropriate.
It is just right. Thanks Laurel and Bob.

11:15 am 27321 Donegal Bay Rd:

"Camp Beaver" -- After long careers in law enforcement, how does a couple keep busy in retirement?  Doug Edgar and Sharolyn Hunter (aka Pinky) will show us how... and HOW!!  A committed boater, Doug was tricked by an Irishman into making a purchase on dry land which turned out to be an unfinished log cabin in the woods. Jump ahead fifteen years and we have a completed home in a large clearing with several purposeful outbuildings in our sight.  There are so many collections and projects, and humor --Not subtle!--you just have to call it a blue sky "Man Cave".  But wait! There's more. Here is a garden created with imagination and heart, along with all that energy.  Don't miss the picture map in stone, and let our host tell the stories of how his plantings hold memories.  Take a peek in Sharolyn's studio and then wander down "Pinky's Path"  to end our tour outside his "gated" premises. Thanks to you both, Doug and Sharolyn.

12 noon:    Lunch at the Lodge -- Thank you Dana and Eric for allowing our group to spend their lunch hour in the luxurious surrounds of the Beaver Island Lodge and Restaurant.  Jan Paul has planned (with Eric) a lovely lunch, a few door prizes, and a guest speaker who you all will recognize.

1:15pm :  26080 Main St.

"Harbor House" -- We all go by this lovely abode each time we are on Main Street. The home of Ray Matela and his family of 7 kids has been adorned with flowers inspired by his wife Grace (who was the BIRHC accountant for many years).  The Knock-Out roses are splendid and cover the front harbor border blooming continuously and with little maintenance. Heidi Vigil has filled the planters in her usual artful manner, and Ray just has to sit back and "smell the roses" in his retirement.  His son John, keeps watch of Harbor House in the winter when Ray heads to California to see family. Grace Boyle Matela grew up on Beaver Island and so their summers here meant loads of family parties, including a special one for her mother Beatrice's 80th birthday.  Ray recalls Joe McDonough and Ed Wojan hauling a piano over to his deck on a barge of Joe's,  just for such a party!   Never a dull moment he says. Skip Duhammel carved his totem pole out on the street side of Harbor House.  Each carved figure is a symbol of their life:     Top ---- Polish Eagle for his dad
                  Second---RAM's head for Ray's initials
                   Third-- seven fish represents seven children
                   Fourth--- wise old owl (Grace)
                   Fifth ---Beaver Island
                   Bottom--- turtle for Jack Boyle
Now we will see his family story when we go by Harbor House on Main Street. Thanks to you Ray!!

2:00pm   Ed and Willie Welter's  Main St.:  

"The Boathouse" -- This is a very public space, seen from the sidewalk or through your vehicle's windows and even by boaters in the harbor.  This is why Ed and Willie Welter want it to be cheerful and inviting.  If you ever wondered if a perennial  will offer color all season long, this is your garden. Check out the Geranium "Rozanne", Heuchera "Georgia Peach", and the "Stella D'Oro" day lillies.  Each of them offering color from May through October. They can be seen in the Children's Garden next to their picnic area. PLEASE refrain from walking on the stone path in the Children's area. This part of our tour will be guided by landscaper Barb Rahn.  She will tell us about this happy gathering place where multi-generations have had their outdoor activities.  It is a space where water, boats, gardens and shelter all meet. A one-of-a-kind bench anchors one corner, and summer blooming perennials and shrubs add easy color. Barb has updated their garden with lovely, well-grown plantings. Beyond the turf grass is a shore which we have to watch our step on, but walk out on the dock to enjoy the harbor view.  Lastly, the Children's Garden is just that:  for the kids;  so please look, but don't wander in!   Be sure to thank the Welters for letting us in today

 2:45pm Main St.:

 "Veteran's  Park" -- As is our custom, we like to feature one of our "public" spaces that has been taken care of by a group of dedicated individuals, our Amvets Post #426.   This park was given to them as an easement by Wolverine Power after the old generator was taken down. Many people have been instrumental in planning, building the site, raising the funds for the memorial, putting in the honorary bricks and they need to be thanked.  Bob and Peg Hoogendoorn have done the flower plantings, Alvin LaFreniere cares for the flags (which often need to be replaced due to weather and wind damage at $125 each!). Members of the post have placed the brick pavers. This is an ongoing project that we should all recognize as important to our BI veterans.  Donations are gratefully accepted at PO Box #319. Please thank a vet for their service to our country.
Thanks to Bob Tidmore for his talk today.

3:00pm    Donegal Bay Rd.  Beaver Island Art Gallery (formerly Montaage)   "Just Desserts" -- This day will end with something old turning into something new!!  This new owner has already proven herself as a dedicated business owner and fine artist.  She volunteers and donates time and energy to many BI functions. She supports the community and is opening her doors for our dessert tea.  Can you guess where our last stop is today? The dessert has been lovingly made by Bruce Struik, long-time gardener and once a Garden Tour host.  His cheesecake was a big hit then and will be today! Thanks for joining in our Fifth Celebration of our Wellness Garden Benefit.  All the proceeds after costs will fund our Wellness Garden project at both the BIRHC and Forest View.

Video of the Garden Tour HERE

Thanks from Leonor Jacobson, Jan Paul, Dana D'Andraia and the Wellness Gardeners.  

Men's Summer Golf League Results for Week 6

Ron W. & Larry L.
Ivan & Buck
Jeff M. & Ryan
Dan & Rob
Howard & Joe
Gerald & Kirk
Chuck & Ernie
Francis & Larry
Ron S. & David


Bye Week


Bye Week completed
Team #5 beat Team #1 11-9
Team #6 beat Team #2 13-7
Team #9 beat Team #3 15-5
Team #8 beat Team #4 11-9
Posted in Clubhouse

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 15, 2015

Wednesday, which means it's Men's Golf League for Joe and Bingo for me. This is how we do the days at our house. Right now it's 53°, clear skies, wind is at 6 mph from the NE, humidity is at 94%, pressure is rising from 1015 mb, and visibility is at 9.7 miles. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Northeast winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Light winds.

On this date of July 15, 1916 - In Seattle, WA, Pacific Aero Products was incorporated by William Boeing. The company was later renamed Boeing Co.

Did you know that each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades = David; Clubs = Alexander the Great; Hearts = Charlemagne; Diamonds = Caesar?

Word of the day: double-dome (DUHB-uhl-dohm) which means an intellectual. From double + dome (slang for head). Earliest documented use: 1938. Example: “George has the double-dome’s knack for using twice as many words as necessary to express simple concepts.”
Nick Pinkerton; Most Important Election of Their Lifetime; Village Voice (New York); Oct 15, 2008.

BICS Board Meeting

July 13, 2015

Here is the agenda:

Video for the meeting HERE

Holy Cross Church

Mass at 5:30 p.m., July 18, 2015

Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 14, 2015

Nice, badly needed rain yesterday and last night. Right now it's 62°, wind is at 12 mph from the NW, humidity is at 97%, pressure is steady at 1000 mb, and visibility is at 9.1 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Areas of fog in the morning. Scattered rain showers in the morning, then a slight chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 70s. North winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

On this date of July 14, 1868 - Alvin J. Fellows patented the tape measure.

Did you know that Antarctica is 98% ice and 2% barren rock?

Word of the day: blackleg (BLAK-leg) which means 1. One who works while other workers are on strike. 2. A swindler, especially in games such as gambling. 3. One of various diseases of plants or cattle. It’s unclear how the term came to be employed for a strikebreaker. Earliest documented use: 1722.

Flowers in the Yard

Clematis, White Rose, Lilies, Red Rose, and two-tone orange and red rose

Interesting Harbor Clouds

These were taken on July 13, 2015, at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Vivian Olivia Cary Enters the World

Vivian Olivia Cary into the world July 12, 2015, at 12:53 a.m. She weighs 6 pounds 11 ounces, and she's 20 perfect inches long! Mommy (Leaha Grace Cary) and baby are both doing great.

Ford Outfitters TV Show Beaver Island Episode

Sportsman Channel Sunday July 19, 2015

“A big THANKS to the Boat Co & Isle Haven Resort. This show was slated for September. It is running in the #3 spot in July because the producers think it is so good! You’re going to find this shockingly well done. It is far and away the biggest budget & best TV piece ever done about Beaver Island. It includes overhead drone and underwater footage,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steve West.

With the Ford level budget it is the top of the line on InterMedia's Sportsman Channel. A 26 second teaser will be available here soon. http://www.thefordoutfitters.com/ The show airs on channel 395 on Dish Network and is available on most of the large cable systems. Once the show has aired it will be available to view on line at the web address above.

All air times for episode #3



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DNR to Have Open House

Involves the Northern Michigan Islands

What Plans does the DNR have for the Beaver Archipelago?

July 20, 2015, 1-4 p.m.

Community Cook-Out

The District Library Youth Group sponsored a Community Cook-Out at the Peaine Township Park behind the Peaine Township Hall on July, 12, 2015. This event featured potluck dishes and grilled hot dogs and brats. The event began at 5 p.m. and was scheduled to continue until 10 p.m. The event was to benefit the Ellen Welke Memorial Fund to help those with medical issues with transportation costs. The event raised over $800 from free will donations.

Gerald hard at work cooking hotdogs and brats

The layout of potluck dishes

Video Clip of the Cook-out


Gallery Open House

The Gallery owned and operated by Lois Stipp opened in the location of the former Montaage. The Gallery had an Open House on July 12, 2015. The video clip of this open house provides the viewer with an idea of the variety and the extensive collection of paintings, photographs, and other items available at this location.

A few examples

Video Clip of the Open House




Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

View video of the meeting HERE

Emergency Services Authority

February 26, 2015

Video is HERE

First Meeting of Five for Emergency Services Authority

View Video of this meeting HERE

May 28, 2015

Video of this event is available HERE

June 30, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

BIRHC Board Meeting

March 21, 2015

Link to video of the meeting HERE

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015

BICS Board Meetings

April 24, 2015

Video of the meeting is HERE

May 12, 2015

Video of this meeting is available HERE

Video of this May 15th meeting is available HERE

View video May 21st Meeting HERE

June 8, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 29, 2015

Video can be viewed HERE

Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

April 8, 2015

View video of this meeting HERE

May 13, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

June 10, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

St. James Township Meeting Video

April 1, 2015

Video of the meeting HERE

May 6, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

The report from the St. James Township website, which is a report to the St. James taxpayers, can be viewed HERE.

June 3, 2015

Video of this can be viewed HERE

July 1, 2015

Video of this meeting HERE

Waste Management Committee

October 21, 2014

View video of the meeting

Beaver Island Community Center


At the Heart of a Good Community

SUMMER HOURS: Mon – Sat, 9am – 9pm
Sun 10am – 6pm


Check www.BeaverIslandCommunityCenter.org or the Community Center for listings

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

Click HERE

Community Calendar

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

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

Beaver Island Natural Resources and Eco-Tourism Steering Committee Minutes

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

for July 13, 2015

Right now it's 62° outside, wind is at 4 mph from the south, humidity is at 57%, pressure is steady at 1018 mb, and visibility is at 9.4 miles. Today: Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds at 10 mph. 40% chance of precipitation. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, than a chance of rain showers after midnight. Patchy fog in the evening with areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. Light winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

On this date of July 13, 1836 - John Ruggles received patent #1 from the U.S. Patent Office for a traction wheel used in locomotive steam engines. All 9,957 previous patents were not numbered.

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

Word of the day: longhair (LONG-hair) which means 1. An intellectual. 2. One having a deep interest in the arts, especially in classical music. 3. A male with long hair, especially a hippie. 4. A cat having long hair. From Old English lang + haer. Earliest documented use: 1893.

Robert Gillespie Obituary

Robert Jewell Gillespie, 65, of Beaver Island, died Thursday, July 9, 2015, at McLaren Northern Michigan In Petoskey. He was born January 14, 1950, on Beaver Island to Jewell Francis and Rita Mae (O'Donnell) Gillespie. Robert graduated from the Beaver Island School in 1968.

He worked as a diver and dock builder and commercial builder. He was an expert at building shipwreck furniture. He built the Beaver Island Community Center, and the Beaver Island Medical Center, the CMU Biological Center, the fire-hall, school, car wash, yacht club, and the Beaver Island Boat Dock.

Robert was a member of the Beaver Island Wildlife Club, a life member of the NRA, and enjoyed golfing, boating, and hunting.

On May 25, 1991, he married Lisa L. Vance on Beaver Island. He is survived by Lisa, and their son, Cody of Traverse City. Robert is also survived by his brothers and sisters, John (Jeanne) of Beaver Island, Billy (Jan) of Chicago, Mary (Edward) Palmer of Beaver Island, Danny (Tammy) of Charlevoix, Richie (Laura) of Beaver Island, Julie Gillespie of Charlevoix, Kathy Maudrie, and Cindy (Dusty) Cushman of Beaver Island.

One of Robert's favorite sayings is a quote from John Wayne: “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”

The wake will be 6-8 pm Friday, July 17, at the Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island where the Rosary will be recited at 7 pm. Funeral mass will be 11 am, Saturday, July 18, at Holy Cross Church, the Reverend Patrick Cawley officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery on Beaver Island.  A luncheon will be served at the Holy Cross Hall following the services.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the Beaver Island Medical Center, or to the Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive.

A Day for Me

by Joe Moore

Have you ever had a day in which all you wanted to do is just what you wanted to do.

Yesterday was just such a day for me.  It wasn’t all that exciting, but it was exactly what I needed.  For some, a day at the beach with friends and drinks might fit their desire.  For others, the drive around the island might make the day perfect.  Here is my day for those that might want to see another option.

I drank my coffee, posted Phyllis’ Weather, and had breakfast.  Then I was obsessed with helping someone understand a topic that was near and dear to my heart.  It approached ten, and I went out to the golf course to join a couple of older gentlemen and hit a few golf balls.  This is nothing new, but today I decided to walk around the golf course.  That IS new.  It was good exercise, and I didn’t play very well, but I had done what I wanted to do.
After two hours of walking around the golf course, I stopped in to see a friend at work, just to pass the time, and to keep my day moving.  I tried to arrange some reporters to cover the happenings on the island that day, so that I could continue doing what I wanted to do.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I love providing information to the island using Beaver Island News on the ‘Net with text, pictures, and video, but this day was to be ‘my’ day, just for me, even though it was never spoken out loud.
Next, after a quick lunch, I decided that the yard needed to be mowed with those nasty weed seed heads sticking up all over the yard.  I got the electric mower out and mowed the part of the yard in front that had obstacles, the side yard that had obstacles, and then mowed the back yard that is fenced for our dogs and a small garden.  The mosquitoes were quite active, so I stopped the mower and ran around the house to douse myself in bug dope.  I finished mowing all around the house making two stops to put the grass and weed clippings into the compost pile.  I plugged in the mower to recharge the battery, and went inside to relax for a few minutes.

Doing these things provided me with an opportunity to think about many happenings in my life, and reflect on them.  You all know that I live on and love Beaver Island and its people.  There have been so many losses of such good people with several more surviving, but have cancer.  I wondered about how such an isolated community could have such a high number of people having these types of problems that had or could cause death.  I reflected on my youngest daughter Andrea, who is moving thousands of miles away to pursue her dreams, but the half acre yard around my new house and my old house was still calling my name.  They said, “Mow me, mow me,” and I translated that to “more for me, more for me.”  This referred to more time to think.
My wife interrupted the thoughts and wanted me to take a break and go have a beer with some good friends, but I was being selfish.  I wanted this time for me to think.

The Sears riding mower is one of my few luxuries.  I went out and filled up the small gas can from the larger gas can to be able to put fuel in the riding mower.  At one point in time, someone complained about me not mowing the yard at the old house part of the property.  The first time it was mowed in a few years was one of the last times that I had the opportunity to work alongside another island resident who has moved on to his reward.  I took the time to think about all these friends who have died.  I thought about how each had enriched my life.  I thought about those fighting the battle against cancer, and I thought about how seemingly unfair this was.  Well, the gas was in the mower.  I briefly thought about how the act of putting gas in the mower wasn’t even part of my memory because I was thinking about other things and other people.

I remembered a wonderful situation of providing care to an emergency patient with the provider at the medical center.  The details and the success were all flowing out of one part of my brain into the other part that dealt with emotions.  Gosh, that was an almost perfect time of using my knowledge alongside another provider, and the success made the life of one friend and neighbor much better.  The fog did not beat us on this one day.  The patient did not need to be transported anywhere.  We fixed him right here on Beaver Island, and we worked together doing it.

I started the riding mower, set the blade depth, and began riding.  All through the mowing of the front yard around and around and back and forth, I began thinking about how I had contributed to the community in which we live.  I wondered if this was enough.  I wondered if I should push myself to continue to contribute.  Then it dawned on me.  I wondered how all these wonderful friends had answered this question as they awaited the next chapter of their lives or their death.  I remembered visiting a friend with cancer, and that allowed me to look back on the wonderful times we spent together outside in a winter camp, at a camp on Garden Island, and the times when we had disagreed on issues, but accepted the others position, and, most importantly, accepted the others position and moved on and still friends.  I know that the tears ran down my face during this memory, but I wouldn’t give this up for anyone.

Before I knew it, the front yard was mowed.  It was almost as if the mower had been on automatic pilot.  The small ‘island’ between the Kings Highway, Carlisle Road, and my driveway was next.  This has rose bushes, clematis, and a trellis made from some cheap wood with diagonal crosses.  I’m sure it has a name, but the name isn’t important.  I had to stop my thinking for this particular part of the yard because the area to be mowed contained some danger if you weren’t paying attention.  My thoughts strayed to being careful not to roll the mower over, to protection from being pushed off the mower by apple tree branches, to being careful around the electric power boxes in front of the trellis, and to making sure I didn’t shoot mower-propelled gravel stones out into a car on the Kings Highway.

My wife and friends were over having a nice conversation and a drink or two when I headed over to the yard around the old house.  It’s amazing how good I felt as I began the cutting of the grass in the old house’s yard.  At one point I had to shut down the mower to move the garden hose so I could mow around the fenced-in garden area.  The friend stood up and waved over the fence saying, “Hi.”  I waved back and responded, but back to the mowing I went.  I finished mowing the old yard and around the garden area, went back around the tall cedar hedge and finished the little strip that I missed, got the gas ready for the next time, and went into the house to collapse.

I’d been at this mowing business for a little over three and a half hours.  My very next thought was a hot bath in the tub to get the dirt and grime out of my ears and crevasses of my body.  Yes, I’m certain I lost about four pounds of sweat during this mowing time, but I began hydrating and relaxing in the jets of the hot tub.  Several layers of dirt and vegetable matter were washed off, and I decided that the rest of the day was going to continue as time for me.  Part of me felt guilty that I didn’t cover the events of this summer evening, but the part of me that was thinking about just me decided not to go record the concert, not go and take pictures at a performance, and not worry about anyone or anything else for the rest of ‘my day off for just me.’

I had a nice dinner with my wife, and then decided to put the cooled bath water to use by giving the two dogs a bath.  They avoided me for the rest of the night.  I replayed some of the memories that I had thought about during the day, watched some TV, checked some emails, wrote another long email about a topic that I have invested some twenty-eight years in, and went to bed early.

This was a day for me.  I had discovered that there really hadn’t been too many of those recently.  I discovered that I rather enjoyed the day, enjoyed the memories, and looked forward to making some more.  While there may have been times of depression during the day with thoughts about death and dying friends and neighbors, there were also many feelings of happiness for the accomplishments of the day and the memories of the past.

I truly recommend setting aside a day for yourself doing those things that you enjoy.  It is certainly worth the effort.  Try it sometime!

Peaine Township Board Meeting

July 8, 2015

Video of meeting HERE

A Beaver at Barney's Lake?

Just visiting for the succulent lily pads, or setting up residence?

Veteran's Memorial Flags Honor Bud Cruickshank

Today the flags at the Veterans' Memorial will be at 1/2 mast in honor of Bud Cruckshank. Additionally the US Navy flag, Bud's branch of service, will fly on the left flagpole.

Reminder: Service at Episcopal Church today, July 8th at 1 pm.

What's New at the Library?

See what's new this week at the Beaver Island District Library at:

*** http://wowbrary.org/ nu.aspx?fb&p=9446-54 ***

There are three new bestsellers, nine new children's books, and two other new books.

The new bestsellers this week are "The Truth According to Us: A Novel," "Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle," and "The Fateful Lightning: A Novel of the Civil War."

Beaver Island Fireworks from Two Locations

4th of July from the Post Office and Public Beach










Beaver Island Music Festival

July 16-18, 2015

BINGO Announcement

Organizations Wanting Dates on the Community Calendar

BINN sponsors a Community Calendar as a one-stop location for anyone to view the meetings, programs, and events taking place on Beaver Island. BINN just included the entire year of 2015 in this location. Events already planned for a specific week or date could be placed in this location, so that no one else schedules an event that might conflict with your meeting, program, or event. In order for the editor to place these meeting, programs, or events on the Community Calendar, that information has to be emailed to the editor at medic5740@gmail.com. Please get this information to the editor as soon as possible.

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the spring schedule on Tuesday, May 19.  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

If you need help with your donation, call the shop at 448-2534

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2015:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

Sept. 19
Dec. 12 -annual meeting

B I Christian Church Worship Leaders

9:30 a.m. service

Bible study

every Tuesday evening at 7:00; discussion led by pastor of the previous Sunday-

-Everyone welcome!! Bible study 7:00 - 8:00; coffee/dessert fellowship after Bible study.

Message to All B.I. Organizations

BINN is willing to post any and all events on the News on the 'Net website! There is one exception to this rule.

BI News on the 'Net cannot post your event if you don't send the information to BINN!

Auditor's Report for St. James Township

for Year Ending March 31, 2014

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the link to this report.




Men's Summer Golf League Results Week 5

Ivan & Buck
Ron W. & Larry L.
Jeff M. & Ryan
Dan & Rob
Howard & Joe
Chuck & Ernie
Gerald & Kirk
Francis & Larry
Ron S. & David
Had bye week
Bye Week

Week Five Results

Team #1 beat Team #7 12-8
Team #5 beat Team #3 12-8
Team #4 beat Team #9 12-8
Team #8 beat Team #6 12-8


Team #1 vs Team #5
Team #2 vs Team #6
Team #3 vs Team #9
Team #4 vs Team #8
Team #7 BYE Week

Gerrish Family Concert at 7:30 pm, July 6, 2015

All proceeds went to the Beaver Island Historical Society.

If you were at this concer at 7:30 PM at the Gregg Fellowship Center, you were glad you did. The Gerrish family, (gradparents Sandy and John) have been coming to Beaver Island since 1992 and own a cabin on the west side. 

They are a very talented family of strings musicians who also play many other instruments and sing. Family members performing tonight include 6 young adult grandchildren. 

Their afternoon Children's concert was enjoyed by adults and children alike. Those attending had the opportunity to handle and play many instruments.

The evening concert has approximately seventy attendees including adults and children. The concert was just over an hour and a half, but the music was amazing, and time never lagged even during a short intermission to set up a performance.

Kitty McNamara Green welcomed all who attended

Sandy Gerrish welcomes all and explains the process for the night

Two violins and piano

John Gerrish performs grandson's homework assignment

Soloists and accompanist

Ensemble with Grandpa

Trio of two sons and mom

Laying the instruments to the side and vocalize.

An Amazingly Talented Gerrish Family

Video Available HERE

William “Bud” Cruickshank RIP

William “Bud” Cruickshank, 87, of Beaver Island, died Monday, June 29, 2015, at Grandvue medical Care Facility in East Jordan. He was born February 25, 1928, in Port Huron to Arthur and Mary M. (Willey) Cruickshank. He graduated from Port Huron High School in 1946, and earned a Bachelor's degree from Wayne State University.

Bud served in the US Navy during WWII during the Korean War.

He worked for General Motors retiring in 1984. Following retirement he made his home on Beaver Island.

On September 9, 1950, William married Barbara Milller in Port Huron and she survives. Bud is also survived by his sons, Dan of Grand Rapids, and Scott (Patricia) of Hesperia; daughter-n-law, Deborah of Royal Oak; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sons, William Jr., Grant, and Brian.

The wake will be Tuesday at Bud's home. Funeral will be 1pm, Wednesday, July 8, at the Beaver Island Episcopal Church, Pastor HowardDavis officiating. Burial will take place at the Beaver Island Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Beaver Island AMVETS.

The Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix is serving the family.

Service was held at the Episcopal Mission Church, with Howard Davis. The following items were scanned and posted as memories of Bud Cruickshank.

23rd Psalm

In Memory of

Around the Horn

by Joe Moore

Whether it's because Phyllis and I are getting older or whether it's really been so long that we can't remember, this was the first time around the island in quite some time. Apparently Sunday, July 5, 2015, was a good day to go around the island because we saw quite a few people in vehicles and quite a few people on Iron Ore Bay, as well as lots of pictures on facebook. The trip "around the horn" means a trip all the way around the island with many stops at places along the way. These stops included Mike Boyle's beach, CMU, Lake G, public access of Cable's Creek, Southhead Lighthouse, Iron Ore Beach and Creek, Miller's Marsh, Sloptown Microwave Tower, Barney's Lake, and a special dinner of roasted chicken, lettuce salad from the garden, and a pasta side dish that will never ever by made again. Yes, Joe was doing the cooking.

The purpose of the trip was to go around the island with our youngest Andrea Jo, since she will be moving out to Washington state for a Master's Degree program in Laboratory Sciences of the University of Washington. There wasn't a much better day to make this trip. The weather was gorgeous, the company wonderful, and the time to actually take four and a half hours to go around the island is usually not possible. Joe has had the last week off from being on-call, so this was a very good week to enjoy the 4th of July weekend and do things that haven't normally been done. Here are some pictures of the trip around the horn.

Obviously, wildflowers are everywhere and stops for pictures were absolutely necessary!

Cable's Creek has running water in July!

Beautiful flowers and then a stop at the lighthouse.

And a stop at Iron Ore Bay and Creek. Lots of people there, but pictures were not taken of people.

Across the road were these flowers

Obviously at Miller's Marsh where three cars of people joined us.

Having a conversation with the other visitors

Some flowers before we arrived at the Big Rock

More beauty and then a milkweed getting ready to blossom.

This was a very fun trip down and around the island. We took lots of time, got lots of pictures, and met lots of people. We passed lots of cars, bicycles, and motor bikes. We got home and were quite tired from climbing a lighthouse and walking in the bright sunshine. We highly recommend doing this more than once every couple years!

4th of July Golf Tournament

The Annual 4th of July Golf Tournament began this morning at approximately 9 a.m. on July 3, 2015, with seventeen teams signed up to play, but only sixteen teams showed up. This tournament has blossomed into the major fund raising event for the Beaver Island Golf Course. With some golf course closing due to the change in the population age of golfers, Beaver Island is fortunate to still have an open golf course.

Somewhere between 70 and 80 golfers were on the golf course beginning to arrive near 8 a.m. and finishing up with prizes and a hot dog lunch with macaroni salad, baked beans, and chips. The winners of the golf tournament were two married couples; Patrick and Sara McDonald, and Bill and Karen Disch with a score of five under par, 30.

The winning team pose for pictures.

All gathered around as Kevin Stipp, event organizer, provided the rules for the golf tournament.

After hearing the rules, registered players headed out to their assigned start hole to wait the shotgun start.

John Works and his daughter Meg Works prepare the cannon.

Let the tournament begine!

John and Meg pose for a quick photo.

The lunch provided by the Beaver Island Golf Course.

The trophy for the members of the winning team.

Picture of the scoreboard

John Works thanks all for participating.

Kevin Stipp and John Works announce the winners.

Patrick and Sara McDonald, and Bill and Karen Disch, win with score of 30.

Prizes for longest drives on certain holes and closest to the pin on second shot on others were presented to the winner for each hole.

See you next year for yet another 4th of July Golf Tournament!

Beaver Island Loon Report!

Updated Story

After the rescue of the Loon on West Side Dr., I decided to check out some of the lakes for a Loon Report to the island.

Greene's Lake still had a loon on nest July 2. There is a second loon on the lake, presumably the mate who was calling when a young eagle soared out of the trees being harassed by a small bird. I believe the loon rescued was from this lake.

Fox Lake on July 5 had a pair with two young chicks. Hurray! They also have an eagle, adult, hanging around and made some calls when they spotted it in a tree. I was in a kayak, and didn't see it until it soared out over me and the loons. They weren't happy!

Barney's Lake on July 4 still had a pair with two chicks.

Font Lake has two pairs, one with two chicks near the south end of the lake and one with one chick on the north end.

Lake G. has a pair with one chick.

So please be aware of the following: Eagles are a major threat to chicks. If the adults are disturbed- from boating too close, etc.., they may try to draw off the perceived threat and leave the chicks untended. The chicks are then open to predation from the eagles. The eagles have been seen on all the inland lakes. So please keep your distance. The loons will call when they feel threatened. IF you hear them calling, you are too close.

Secondly, if you find a landed loon on a road, woods or wherever, try to catch it in a towel or coat, wrap and keep the head under the wrap. It's bill is sharp and long and it will try to stab you. Release it into the nearest large water- one of the inland LAKES (not ponds or streams) or Lake Michigan. Watch to see that it is swimming and diving. OR CALL ME 448-2220 and I will rescue. Please call me in either event and let me know.

Thirdly, Loons are fish eaters. If you are fishing too, they are after the same prey as you. Please keep your distance. They are excellent divers and underwater swimmers- swimming up to 60+yards from where they dive. If something bad happens and you both end up on opposite ends of the fishing line, it could be very stressful for you both. So please be careful.

Loons are a threatened species and under protection. It is illegal to harass loons. If you see anyone harassing a loon, call the DNR, call me, call the deputy.

It has been several years since we had a successful fledging of loons on the island. Let's hope this year will be wildly successful. So far we have 8 chicks and one more on nest!

*****Note that Tom Hawkins has some beautiful photos of the loons on the north end of Font. It would be wonderful if he would allow some to be printed in the paper!

***** Loon rescue: The evening of June 25, I received a call from Ron Wojan, that there was a loon in the middle of West Side Drive. Mark and I grabbed a jacket and drove down to rescue it. Just north of Green’s Bay Rd/Green’s Lake Rd. we found a very tired adult loon in the middle of the road. There was a blood trail behind it. Mark distracted the loon and I covered it with the jacket and picked it up. Then we took it up to Green’s Lake, as it was the closest body of water. While uncovering it, I thought I had hold of it’s bill, but when the head popped out, I realized I had mistaken the wing for the bill. It started to poke at us and grabbed Mark’s thumb and held on. Eventually, we persuaded it to release the thumb and got it into the water, where it happily swam away, flapping its wings. We watched it for a bit and saw it dive and swim, apparently well.
The blood, I think, was from its feet scraping in the road.
How did it get there? Well, it could have been forced into the trees by an eagle or other bird believing it to be a threat. Once in the trees, it cannot maneuver and crashed, luckily on the road where it could be seen and rescued.
Why can’t it just take off? Loons are very well adapted for water living and cannot stand on dry land nor take off into flight. They need a significant “run way” on water just to get airborne. Even if the lake is large enough for the flight to happen, sometimes the lake is too small, or closely wooded so the loon must circle the lake to gain enough altitude to get above the trees.

So thank you to Ron for calling, and for the others who also called or posted on the forum to help the bird.

Original Story

We have 8 Loon Chicks on Beaver Island  and one still on the nest! This is wonderful since we haven’t had this number in quite a long time. So I am asking that you be aware of Loons and their babies. Keep a distance. Any interference could open the chicks to predation from Eagles and others. I always stay at least 50 yards away. If you are fishing be wary (both you and the adults are after the same prey), so don’t cast your lines near them and move away from them.

The locations of the loons/chicks are Lake Geneserath (1 pair with 1 chick), Fox Lake (1 pair with two chicks), Font Lake (2 pairs with a total of 3 chicks), Barney’s Lake (1 pair with 2 chicks) and Green’s Lake (still on nest as of 7/2).

On another note… sometimes loons end up in the middle of a road. I had a call last Thursday (6/25) about a loon on West Side Dr. near Green’s Lake Road. So down the road I went. Most folks aren’t aware that Loons do not walk on land, cannot fly from land and must be physically moved to water. Using a coat, Mark and I captured the loon, (keeping the head covered to prevent it from stabbing us with its bill) and took it to Green’s Lake to release. There was a lot of blood on the road, so we wanted to check it out. I thought I had hold of it’s bill through the coat and we were unwrapping the body when the head popped out. I had hold of its wing instead! So it started to peck at my leg, and grabbed Mark’s thumb.  It seemed fine, despite the blood and I believe it was just from scratching its feet on the gravel road. Releasing it into the water, it quickly swam away, flapping wings and diving. All is well. Please call me (448-2220) if you find a misplaced loon and I’ll rescue it.

I checked on the loons at Green’s Lake the evening of July 2. One was on nest and the other began calling from the opposite end of the lake when a young eagle soared out over the lake (being chased by a small bird).

So that’s all for now. Please enjoy seeing the loons and chicks, but from a distance.

Jacque LaFreniere

Steinbach Family, Friends of Beaver Island Fire Department

Coming off the Emerald Isle on July 2, 2015, was another wonderful addition to the Beaver Island 4th of July Parade. Karen Steinbach and her husband Tom Cullimore decided to honor Anna Steinback's memory and once again provide beauty to the parade for Beaver Island. What a wonderful idea!

Meet the Anna SteinbachFire Chief Car

Coming off the boat.....Sitting by the fence.....Tom Cullimore poses by the car

Karen Steinbach poses next to the fire chief car.

Quite a wonderful addition to the island parade!

Video of July 2nd Boat and the Fire Chief care coming off the boat HERE

Fifth Annual Garden Tour


Beaver Island Association

Supporting Environmental and Economic Sustainability


Monday, JULY 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Community Center

Podiatrist to Visit the Island

Dr. Patrick Richmond, Podiatrist, will be returning to the Beaver Island Rural Health Center to see patients on Monday, July 20. Call us at 448-2275 to make an appointment.

New Library Hours

The Beaver Island District Library will now be staying open until 8 pm on Thursday evenings and opening at 11 am Saturday mornings.

So BIDL hours are as follows:

Monday: 10-6
Tuesday: 10-6
Wednesday: 10-6
Thursday: 10-8
Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 11-5

Calling All Bookies

Calling all Bookies (the kind that LOVE BOOKS, not gambling...:)!!
BOBI (Bookies of Beaver Island) Meets at The Beaver Island District Library

Summer is here at long last! We think Mother Nature understands this now and will act accordingly for us all to enjoy some great weather :) The undeniable sign of summer; EIGHT dynamic people at BOBI last night, and a lively discussion of " A Fall of Marigolds"!
We decided the author would have benefited by having us as consultants, but despite that, overall the book was a good read.
Lots of talk about who is reading what, and book idea swaps. We are a diverse group in our tastes, which adds to the fun as we read outside our comfort zones.

Coming up...
For our Tues, July 28, 7pm meeting: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien 

About young men in the Vietnam war---from a new angle.
(Already in at BIDL, if you need a copy, please check with Patrick, MG, or Kathy to sign out-we have 2 copies and BOBI has priority on these books until our meeting, so please reading return promptly when you finish so everyone has a chance)

For our Tues, Aug 25, 7pm meeting: South of Superior by Ellen Airgood

This author was just at BIDL for a reading, and everyone loved her!
A novel about life in the U.P.

For our Tues, Sept 22, 7pm meeting: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

It has everything from elephant behavior to human parent/child relationships.

For our Tues, Oct 27, 7pm meeting: Lost In Shangri-La by Michael Zuckoff

Stranded on an island with Stone-Age natives...

We tried to pick a good variety of books, and had plenty of suggestions to choose from. Hope to see everyone on July 28th! And an early Happy 4th to all!
Brenda Welter

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