B. I. News on the 'Net, July 15-August 5, 2019

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 5, 2019

I think we're coming to the end of the run of hot days. We have an 80% chance of rain today and tonight. Right now I'm showing 67°, wind is from the SSW at 8 mph, humidity is 90%, pressure is 29.90 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium-high at 7.5, while the top allergens are grasses, nettle, and plantain. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Night Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DAY in 1957, "American Bandstand" goes national. Television, rock and roll and teenagers. In the late 1950s, when television and rock and roll were new and when the biggest generation in American history was just about to enter its teens, it took a bit of originality to see the potential power in this now-obvious combination. The man who saw that potential more clearly than any other was a 26-year-old native of upstate New York named Dick Clark, who transformed himself and a local Philadelphia television program into two of the most culturally significant forces of the early rock-and-roll era. His iconic show, American Bandstand, began broadcasting nationally on this day in 1957, beaming images of clean-cut, average teenagers dancing to the not-so-clean-cut Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” to 67 ABC affiliates across the nation.

The show that evolved into American Bandstand began on Philadephia’s WFIL-TV in 1952, a few years before the popular ascension of rock and roll. Hosted by local radio personality Bob Horn, the original Bandstand nevertheless established much of the basic format of its later incarnation. In the first year after Dick Clark took over as host in the summer of 1956, Bandstand remained a popular local hit, but it took Clark’s ambition to help it break out. When the ABC television network polled its affiliates in 1957 for suggestions to fill its 3:30 p.m. time slot, Clark pushed hard for Bandstand, which network executives picked up and scheduled for an August 5, 1957 premiere.

Renamed American Bandstand, the newly national program featured a number of new elements that became part of its trademark, including the high school gym-like bleachers and the famous segment in which teenage studio guests rated the newest records on a scale from 25 to 98 and offered such criticisms as “It’s got a good beat, and you can dance to it.” But the heart of American Bandstand always remained the sound of the day’s most popular music combined with the sight of the show’s unpolished teen “regulars” dancing and showing off the latest fashions in clothing and hairstyles.

American Bandstand aired five days a week in live national broadcast until 1963, when the show moved west to Los Angeles and began a 24-year run as a taped weekly program with Dick Clark as host.

DID YOU KNOW THAT there are 118 ridges on the side of a dime? There are also 119 ridges (which are called reeded edges) on the side of a quarter, 150 on the side of a half dollar, 198 on a dollar, and 133 on a Susan B. Anthony dollar.

WORD OF THE DAY passim (PASS-im) which means in one place or another: here and there. Passim is from the Latin word passus ("scattered"), itself from pandere, meaning "to spread." Pandere is the root of the common word expand and the not-so-common word repand, meaning "having a slightly undulating margin" (as in "a repand leaf" or "a repand colony of bacteria"). It is also the progenitor of pace, as in "keep up a steady pace." Passim itself appears in English both on its own and as part of the adverb sic passim, which means "so throughout." Sic passim is typically used to indicate that a word or idea is to be found at various places throughout a book or a writer's work.

Mass from Holy Cross

August 4, 2019

The Saturday and Sunday Masses were at their regular time, 4 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Both services were live streamed at Beaver Island TV. Parts of the two services were also recorded. Our local pastor Father Jim Siler provided both services. Pinky Harmon read on Saturday, and Kitty McNamara Green read on Sunday.



View video of the services HERE

Christian Church Service

August 4, 2019

Bulletin for August 4th

View video of part of the service HERE

Contradance August 3rd

Last night at the Episcopaal Mission Church, the chairs were cleared and the wood floor was shining as the 7 p.m. start time of this session of the Contradance began. It looked like everyone was having so much fun. The smiles, even though it was above 80 degrees, were so nice to see in this less than formal atmosphere. It was obvious that everyone was truly enjoying themselves as the group danced and danced. The young lady doing the calling also was having a great time, and the musicians, the Cut Finger Band, were also having some great music to share with all present. We had a keyboard, a fiddler, an Irish drum, a banjo, and another percussionist with spoons and cow bell. The atmosphere was one of joy, and the editor was quite easily drawn into the joy and the music.

View an interview with the caller and two dance videos HERE

Holy Cross Bulletin August 2019

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 4, 2019

Gosh, I sure hope that the weather is like this when Mike, Jessica, and the girls come. We have another hot, sunny, summer day building. Right now it's 59°, wind is from the WSW at 2 mph, humidity is at 94%, pressure is 30.06 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium-high at 7.5. The top allergens are grasses, nettle, and plantain. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Light winds becoming north 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight South wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Monday Night West wind 5 to 10 knots. Showers and thunderstorms likely. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DAY in 1944, acting on tip from a Dutch informer, the Nazi Gestapo captures 15-year-old Jewish diarist Anne Frank and her family in a sealed-off area of an Amsterdam warehouse. The Franks had taken shelter there in 1942 out of fear of deportation to a Nazi concentration camp. They occupied the small space with another Jewish family and a single Jewish man, and were aided by Christian friends, who brought them food and supplies. Anne spent much of her time in the so-called “secret annex” working on her diary. The diary survived the war, overlooked by the Gestapo that discovered the hiding place, but Anne and nearly all of the others perished in the Nazi death camps.

Annelies Marie Frank was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on June 12, 1929. She was the second daughter of Otto Frank and Edith Frank-Hollander, both of Jewish families that had lived in Germany for centuries. With the rise of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in 1933, Otto moved his family to Amsterdam to escape the escalating Nazi persecution of Jews. In Holland, he ran a successful spice and jam business. Anne attended a Montessori school with other middle-class Dutch children, but with the German invasion of the Netherlands in 1940 she was forced to transfer to a Jewish school. In 1942, Otto began arranging a hiding place in an annex of his warehouse on the Prinsengracht Canal in Amsterdam.

On her 13th birthday in 1942, Anne began a diary relating her everyday experiences, her relationship with her family and friends, and observations about the increasingly dangerous world around her. Less than a month later, Anne’s older sister, Margot, received a call-up notice to report to a Nazi “work camp.” Fearing deportation to a Nazi concentration camp, the Frank family took shelter in the secret annex the next day. One week later, they were joined by Otto Frank’s business partner and his family. In November, a Jewish dentist—the eighth occupant of the hiding place—joined the group.

For two years, Anne kept a diary about her life in hiding that is marked with poignancy, humor, and insight. The entrance to the secret annex was hidden by a hinged bookcase, and former employees of Otto and other Dutch friends delivered them food and supplies procured at high risk. Anne and the others lived in rooms with blacked-out windows, and never flushed the toilet during the day out of fear that their presence would be detected. In June 1944, Anne’s spirits were raised by the Allied landings at Normandy, and she was hopeful that the long-awaited liberation of Holland would soon begin.

On August 1, 1944, Anne made her last entry in her diary. Three days later, 25 months of seclusion ended with the arrival of the Nazi Gestapo. Anne and the others had been given away by an unknown informer, and they were arrested along with two of the Christians who had helped shelter them.

They were sent to a concentration camp in Holland, and in September Anne and most of the others were shipped to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. In the fall of 1944, with the Soviet liberation of Poland underway, Anne was moved with her sister Margot to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. Suffering under the deplorable conditions of the camp, the two sisters caught typhus and died in February 1945. The camp was liberated by the British less than two months later.

Otto Frank was the only one of the 10 to survive the Nazi death camps. After the war, he returned to Amsterdam via Russia, and was reunited with Miep Gies, one of his former employees who had helped shelter him. She handed him Anne’s diary, which she had found undisturbed after the Nazi raid.

In 1947, Anne’s diary was published by Otto in its original Dutch. An instant best-seller and eventually translated into more than 70 languages, The Diary of Anne Frank has served as a literary testament to the nearly six million Jews, including Anne herself, who were silenced in the Holocaust.

The Frank family’s hideaway at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam opened as a museum in 1960. A new English translation of Anne’s diary in 1995 restored material that had been edited out of the original version, making the work nearly a third longer.

DID YOU KNOW THAT it's no secret that the Statue of Liberty is a mighty monument. The copper section alone is 151 feet and one inch tall. But if Lady Liberty needed a new pair of sandals, it would take size 879 shoes to cover her massive feet.

WORD OF THE DAY faze (FAYZ) which means to disturb the composure of : disconcert, daunt. Faze (not to be confused with phase) first appeared in English in the early 1800s—centuries after the works of Shakespeare and Chaucer were penned. But both of those authors were familiar with the word's ancient parent: faze is an alteration of the now-rare verb feeze, which has been in use since the days of Old English (in the form fēsian), when it meant "to drive away" or "to put to flight." By the 1400s, it was also being used with the meaning "to frighten or put into a state of alarm." The word is still used in some English dialects as a noun meaning "rush" or "a state of alarm or excitement."

Homecoming Dinner

Sunday, August 11, 2019

4:30-7:30 p.m.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 3, 2019

..and another sunny, summer day... There are a few clouds wandering around so there is a chance of a stray rain storm. Right now I'm showing 63°, wind is from the NNE at 1 mph, humidity is 97%, pressure is 30.05 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium at 6.8 and top allergens are grasses, nettle, and plantain. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly cloudy early in the morning then clearing. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Light winds. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Night Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE, August 3, 1958, the U.S. nuclear submarine Nautilus accomplishes the first undersea voyage to the geographic North Pole. The world’s first nuclear submarine, the Nautilus dived at Point Barrow, Alaska, and traveled nearly 1,000 miles under the Arctic ice cap to reach the top of the world. It then steamed on to Iceland, pioneering a new and shorter route from the Pacific to the Atlantic and Europe.

The USS Nautilus was constructed under the direction of U.S. Navy Captain Hyman G. Rickover, a brilliant Russian-born engineer who joined the U.S. atomic program in 1946. In 1947, he was put in charge of the navy’s nuclear-propulsion program and began work on an atomic submarine. Regarded as a fanatic by his detractors, Rickover succeeded in developing and delivering the world’s first nuclear submarine years ahead of schedule. In 1952, the Nautilus’ keel was laid by President Harry S. Truman, and on January 21, 1954, first lady Mamie Eisenhower broke a bottle of champagne across its bow as it was launched into the Thames River at Groton, Connecticut. Commissioned on September 30, 1954, it first ran under nuclear power on the morning of January 17, 1955.

Much larger than the diesel-electric submarines that preceded it, the Nautilus stretched 319 feet and displaced 3,180 tons. It could remain submerged for almost unlimited periods because its atomic engine needed no air and only a very small quantity of nuclear fuel. The uranium-powered nuclear reactor produced steam that drove propulsion turbines, allowing the Nautilus to travel underwater at speeds in excess of 20 knots.

In its early years of service, the USS Nautilus broke numerous submarine travel records and on July 23, 1958, departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on “Operation Northwest Passage”—the first crossing of the North Pole by submarine. There were 116 men aboard for this historic voyage, including Commander William R. Anderson, 111 officers and crew, and four civilian scientists. The Nautilus steamed north through the Bering Strait and did not surface until it reached Point Barrow, Alaska, in the Beaufort Sea, though it did send its periscope up once off the Diomedes Islands, between Alaska and Siberia, to check for radar bearings. On August 1, the submarine left the north coast of Alaska and dove under the Arctic ice cap.

The submarine traveled at a depth of about 500 feet, and the ice cap above varied in thickness from 10 to 50 feet, with the midnight sun of the Arctic shining in varying degrees through the blue ice. At 11:15 p.m. EDT on August 3, 1958, Commander Anderson announced to his crew: “For the world, our country, and the Navy—the North Pole.” The Nautilus passed under the geographic North Pole without pausing. The submarine next surfaced in the Greenland Sea between Spitzbergen and Greenland on August 5. Two days later, it ended its historic journey at Iceland. For the command during the historic journey, President Dwight D. Eisenhower decorated Anderson with the Legion of Merit.

After a career spanning 25 years and almost 500,000 miles steamed, the Nautilus was decommissioned on March 3, 1980. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982, the world’s first nuclear submarine went on exhibit in 1986 as the Historic Ship Nautilus at the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut.

DID YOU KNOW THAT one of the largest pyramids in the world is a Bass Pro Shops in Memphis, Tennessee? If you’re not able to travel all the way to Egypt to see the great pyramids in Giza, then you might want to plan a trip to Memphis, Tennesee, to see the local Bass Pro Shops Megastore. At 321-feet tall with a 535,000-square-foot interior, it’s one of the largest pyramids in the world and features a hotel, an indoor swamp, an aquarium, a bowling alley, and the world’s tallest freestanding elevator which can take you to an observation deck.

WORD OF THE DAY silly season (SIL-ee-SEE-zun) which means a period (such as late summer) when the mass media often focus on trivial or frivolous matters for lack of major news stories. Silly season was coined in the 19th century to describe the time when journalists face a bit of a conundrum: Washington is on summer break and European governments are on vacation, but the columns of space newspapers typically devote to politics must still be filled—hence, stories about beating the heat and how celebrities are also managing to do so. The idea is comical, really, since there's always something going on somewhere. P.G. Wodehouse understood the absurdity inherent in the term when he wrote in his 1909 comic novel, The Swoop! or How Clarence Saved English, "It was inevitable, in the height of the Silly Season, that such a topic as the simultaneous invasion of Great Britain by nine foreign powers should be seized upon by the press." Inevitable indeed.

July 2019

Video made of pictures of the last two weeks of July 2019.

View video HERE

Men's Golf League Week 8 Results

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 2, 2019

Wash, rinse, repeat, as today is a copy of yesterday, and the day before. Right now it's 64°, wind from the SSW at 5 mph, humidity is 91%, pressure is 30.14 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium at 7. Top allergens are grasses, nettle, and plantain. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday Light winds. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday Night Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1865, The captain and crew of the C.S.S. Shenandoah, still prowling the waters of the Pacific in search of Yankee whaling ships, is finally informed by a British vessel that the South has lost the war.

The Shenandoah was the last major Confederate cruiser to set sail. Launched as a British vessel in September 1863, it was purchased by the Confederates and commissioned in October 1864. The 230-foot-long craft was armed with eight large guns and a crew of 73 sailors. Commanded by Captain James I. Waddell, the Shenandoah steered toward the Pacific and targeted Yankee whaling ships. Waddell enjoyed great success, taking six ships in the South Pacific before slipping into Melbourne, Australia, for repairs in January 1865.

Within a month, the Shenandoah was back on the loose, wreaking havoc in the waters around Alaska. The Rebel ship captured 32 additional Union vessels, most of which were burned. The damage was estimated at $1.6 million, a staggering figure in such a short period of time. Although the crew heard rumors that the Confederate armies had surrendered, Waddell continued to fight. He finally accepted an English captain’s report on August 2, 1865. The Shenandoah pulled off another remarkable feat by sailing from the northern Pacific all the way to Liverpool, England, without stopping at any ports. Arriving on November 6, Waddell surrendered his ship to British officials.

DID YOU KNOW THAT when Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein passed away on April 18, 1955, he left behind specific instructions when it came to the disposal of his body, according to one National Geographic investigation. Einstein didn’t want his corpse to be worshiped or his brain to be studied, so he instructed those who were responsible for his remains to “cremate them, and scatter the ashes secretly in order to discourage idolaters.”

However, Thomas Harvey, the pathologist on call when Einstein died at New Jersey’s Princeton Hospital, didn’t quite follow those instructions. Instead, he stole Einstein’s brain. From there, things got even weirder. When Einstein’s family found out, his son apparently didn’t object to the theft and Harvey was able to keep the brain in two jars in his basement before moving it to “a cider box stashed under a beer cooler.”

WORD OF THE DAY clarion (KLAIR-ee-un) which means brilliantly clear; also: loud and clear. In the Middle Ages, clarion was a noun, the name for a trumpet that could play a melody in clear, shrill tones. The noun has since been used for the sound of a trumpet or a similar sound. By the early 1800s, English speakers also started using the word as an adjective for things that ring as clear as the call of a well-played trumpet. Not surprisingly, clarion ultimately derives (via the Medieval Latin clario-) from clarus, which is the Latin word for "clear." In addition, clarus gave English speakers clarify, clarity, declare ("to make clearly known"), and clear itself.

Kenneth J. Kamp, RIP

May 29, 1956 ~ July 29, 2019 (age 63)

Kenneth Joseph Kamp, 63, of Kewadin, passed away on Tuesday, July 29, 2019.  He was born on May 29, 1956 in Detroit, MI, the son of Dr. Robert and Mary (Kuhn) Kamp.

Ken has been a cherry farmer in Kewadin since 1982, and he loved every minute of it.  When he wasn’t on the farm, he enjoyed fishing, boating, flying remote control airplanes, and driving his cherished Mustang Shelby. He loved playing games with his kids, from a competitive tennis match to scrabble around the kitchen table.

Ken is survived by four children, Thayer (Drew) McDonough of Beaver Island, Alison (Kyle) Jewett of Nunica, MI, Ashley (Zach Tucker) Kamp of Williamsburg, and Andrew (Erica Wilkinson) Kamp of Kewadin; three brothers, Mike Kamp of Lombard, IL, Jim (Karen) Kamp of Bloomfield Hills, and Joe Kamp of Traverse City;  three sisters, Jane Johnson of Onekema, Mimi (Gary Hofer) Kamp of Traverse City, and Suzi (John) Mills of Frankfort.  And his treasured grandchildren Connor and Owen McDonough and Will Jewett (with Baby Jewett on the way).

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, August 2, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Kamp Farm, 1246 US 31 S Kewadin, MI 49648.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Please sign his online guestbook at www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements have been handled by the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

Dark Skies Project

July 30, 2019

On July 30, 2019, the Beaver Island District Library arrandged for Solar System Ambassadors to come to the island and help those interested learn how to use their telescopes at a workshop. This whole session was dedicated to finding the dark skies out at the Donegal Bay Pavilion. Mick Grosko and Rod Cortright met to help people learn about the dark sky tool named a telescope. Each person present had personal contact by these two ambassadors.

Mick Grosko and Rod Cortright

Today, August 1, 2019, Bill Markey, Dark Skies Project Coordinator, met with the editor to discuss the project. Bill provided the pictures up above of the training in telescope use.

Bill Markey

Some of the items that the Dark Sky gathering was to accomplish included; how dark the island is and how to use it; to determine how much interest there might be; and to notify attendees that Beaver Island is in the middle of a dark area in Lake Michigan that allows great viewing of the astronomical phenomema.

View video of the interview HERE

"This past Tuesday night Star Party at Donegal Bay Pavilion was a tremendous success. There are least three big takeaways I get from the experience. First and foremost the beauty and the wowzie of Tuesday night's sky over Beaver Island demonstrated to everyone, visitor and resident alike, just how dark our sky really is.
Secondly, It was an eye-opener about how many people came out and stayed at least till the Station flew over. The interest and support were encouraging and the Dark Sky Project will continue and perhaps grow.
Thirdly, intermittently, the moans, groans, and shouts of 'Turn out your lights" overamped the oos, and ahs, and wows of the celestial sights, demonstrating how half the Beaver Island Dark Sky Sites are vulnerable to car lights interference.
What do you think?
Without a doubt it was the best Star Party the Island's ever had."

"Beaver Island Dark Sky Sites List

All are State, County, Township, Conservancy, or Associations Land. All (except Whiskey Point and Twp Airport) have better than 21.5mags/arcsecond squared SQM darkness ratings.

Drive-to Sites

You can drive to these sites, park, and you're there. It's up to you to control carlights or personal lights interference.

Whiskey Point. (town lights also)
North Shore Park
Donegal Bay Beach
Donegal Bay Pavilion
Barney's Lake
Township Airport (two track across road)
Big Field (north of Miller's Marsh)*
Iron Ore Bay Point Betsy
Iron Ore Bay Beach
Southend Lighthouse
Wagner Campground
Little Sand Bay Nature Preserve*

Hike-to Sites

Trails from parking areas vary in distance from 1/10 mile to 1/2 mile. It is recommended to visit Site's during daylight.

Lookout Point (Sucker Pt.) 1/10 mile
Petritz Nature Preserve. 2/10 m
Township Campground below bluff
McCauley Point. 1/4 m
Bonners Landing. 2/10 m
Lefts Point. 1/10 m
Olivers Point. 2/10 or 4/10 m
Greens Bay/McFadden pt. 1/10 m
Big Field. 1/10 m*
French Bay Point. 1/2 m
Cables Bay Beach. 2/10 m
Little Sand Bay Nature Preserve 1/10-1/2m*

LSB and Big Field have both capabilities"

Bill Markey said, "It can take more than twenty minutes to get your eyes used to the dark. Red doesn't seem to cause your pupils to constrict, but headlights or white flashlight do."

Keep your eyes open for the next event(s) posted on the Dark Skies Project facebook page.

Bake Sale

August 10, 2019

Phyllis' Daily Weather

August 1, 2019

Happy first day of August! Blue skies, sunny, 55°, no wind at the moment, humidity 99%, pressure 30.19 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Mother Nature has perfected her recipe - start out cool and then slowly warm up. It also makes for great sleeping weather. Pollen levels are medium at 6.7, while the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and nettle. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today West wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday Night Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1944, Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl hiding out in Nazi-occupied Holland whose diary came to serve as a symbol of the Holocaust, writes her final entry three days before she and her family are arrested and placed in concentration camps.

Frank, 15 at the time, received the diary on her 13th birthday, writing in it faithfully during the two years she and seven others (including her parents, Otto and Edith, and sister, Margot; her father’s business associate Hermann van Pels, his wife, Auguste, and son, Peter; and Fritz Pfeffer, the dentist of Otto Frank’s secretary) lived in a secret annex behind her father’s business in Amsterdam during World War II.

In her final entry, Frank wrote of how others perceive her, describing herself as “a bundle of contradictions.” She wrote:

“As I’ve told you many times, I’m split in two. One side contains my exuberant cheerfulness, my flippancy, my joy in life and, above all, my ability to appreciate the lighter side of things. By that I mean not finding anything wrong with flirtations, a kiss, an embrace, an off-color joke. This side of me is usually lying in wait to ambush the other one, which is much purer, deeper and finer. ….”

She continued that what she says is not what she feels, which is why, in her words, she had a reputation for being “boy-crazy as well as a flirt, a smart aleck and a reader of romances.”

“The happy-go-lucky Anne laughs, gives a flippant reply, shrugs her shoulders and pretends she doesn’t give a darn. The quiet Anne reacts in just the opposite way. If I’m being completely honest, I’ll have to admit that it does matter to me, that I’m trying very hard to change myself, but that I'm always up against a more powerful enemy.”

Of the eight prisoners, Otto Frank was the only survivor. Anne Frank died in 1945 from typhus at Germany’s Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Her diary was published by her father in 1947; it has since become a worldwide bestseller.

DID YOU KNOW THAT when Santa Claus makes his trip around the world on Christmas Eve, you can rest assured that he’s legally allowed to drive his sleigh—at least in the United States. In 1927, the jolly man in the red suit was given a pilot’s license from the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Aeronautics William P. MacCracken.

According to the Library of Congress, “The old saint called at the Commerce Department in Washington” and when he arrived, his picture was taken as he was given his license, airway maps, “and the assurance that the lights would be burning on the airways on Christmas Eve.”

WORD OF THE DAY luftmensch (LOOFT-mensh) [the "oo" is as in "foot"] which means an impractical contemplative person having no definite business or income. Are you one of those people who always seem to have their head in the clouds? Do you have trouble getting down to the lowly business of earning a living? If so, you may deserve to be labeled a luftmensch. That airy appellation is an adaptation of the Yiddish luftmentsh, which breaks down into luft (a Germanic root meaning "air" that is also related to the English words loft and lofty) plus mentsh, meaning "human being." One of the earliest known uses of luftmensch in English prose is found in Israel Zangwill's 1907 story collection Ghetto Comedies, in which he writes, "The word 'Luftmensch' flew into Barstein's mind. Nehemiah was not an earth-man…. He was an air-man, floating on facile wings." The plural form of the noun is luftmenschen.

Picnic at the Point-History of the District Library

July 31, 2019

The presentation at Whiskey Point Light today at noon was given by Patrick McGinnity, the librarian for the Beaver Island District Library for the last six years. The presentation was a brief history of the library.

There were a large number of people at the lighthouse, quite a few awaiting a tour of the light tower.

View video of the presentation HERE

This presentation was photographed from up at the top of the lighthouse by Todd Lounsberry. Thanks for sharing the picture of the presentation and the view. Added 080119.

The presentation from the top....

The view from the top of the lighthouse

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 31, 2019

Another beautiful day in the making. Mother Nature has perfected her recipe.. blue skies, sunshine, 57°, wind from the WNW at 8 mph, humidity 90%, pressure 30.17 inches, and visibility 10 miles. Today will be filled with abundant sunshine and clear skies. Pollen levels are medium at 7.1, while the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and nettle. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Thursday West wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Thursday Night Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1975, James Riddle Hoffa, one of the most influential American labor leaders of the 20th century, is officially reported missing after he failed to return home the previous night. Though he is popularly believed to have been the victim of a Mafia hit, conclusive evidence was never found and Hoffa’s fate remains a mystery.

Born in 1913 to a poor coal miner in Brazil, Indiana, Jimmy Hoffa proved a natural leader in his youth. At the age of 20, he helped organize a labor strike in Detroit, and remained an advocate for downtrodden workers for the rest of his life. Hoffa’s charisma and talents as a local organizer quickly got him noticed by the Teamsters and carried him upward through its ranks. Then a small but rapidly growing union, the Teamsters organized truckers across the country, and through the use of strikes, boycotts and some more powerful though less legal methods of protest, won contract demands on behalf of workers.

Hoffa became president of the Teamsters in 1957, when its former leader was imprisoned for bribery. As chief, Hoffa was lauded for his tireless work to expand the union, and for his unflagging devotion to even the organization’s least powerful members. His caring and approachability were captured in one of the more well-known quotes attributed to him: “You got a problem? Call me. Just pick up the phone.”

Hoffa’s dedication to the worker and his electrifying public speeches made him wildly popular, both among his fellow workers and the politicians and businessmen with whom he negotiated. Yet, for all the battles he fought and won on behalf of American drivers, he also had a dark side. In Hoffa’s time, many Teamster leaders partnered with the Mafia in racketeering, extortion and embezzlement. Hoffa himself had relationships with high-ranking mobsters, and was the target of several government investigations throughout the 1960s. In 1967, he was convicted of bribery and sentenced to 13 years in prison.

While in jail, Hoffa never ceded his office, and when Richard Nixon commuted his sentence in 1971, he was poised to make a comeback. Released on condition of not participating in union activities for 10 years, Hoffa was planning to fight the restriction in court when he disappeared on the afternoon of July 30, 1975, from the parking lot of a restaurant in Detroit, not far from where he got his start as a labor organizer. His family filed a missing persons report to the Bloomfield Township police the next day. Several conspiracy theories have been floated about Hoffa’s disappearance and the location of his remains, but the truth remains unknown.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the longest place name in the world is 85 letters long? Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is in New Zealand and is 85 letters long. And when it comes to other super long place names, it’s followed by Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Wales, Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in the U.S., Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein in South Africa, and Azpilicuetagaraycosaroyarenberecolarre in Spain. Imagine having to fill in a form with those place names!

WORD OF THE DAY importune (im-per-TOON) which means to press or urge with troublesome persistence. Importune has many synonyms—including beg, entreat, beseech, and implore. Beg suggests earnestness or insistence especially in asking for a favor ("the children begged to stay up late"). Entreat implies an effort to persuade or to overcome resistance ("she entreated him to change his mind"). Beseech implies great eagerness or anxiety ("I beseech you to have mercy"), and implore adds to beseech a suggestion of greater urgency or anguished appeal ("he implored her not to leave him"). But it is importune that best conveys irritating doggedness in trying to break down resistance to a request and the accompanying annoyance ("the filmmakers were importuning viewers for contributions"), as it has since Middle English speakers adopted it from Anglo-French.

Familiar Faces 24

By Joe Moore

(TThis is a reminder that although these situations, illnesses, medical problems, or trauma, have happened on Beaver Island, the story is fiction even if based upon factual situations.)

Heading home after a couple of days on the mainland for medical appointments, and, on the boat, are couple of familiar faces.  You just never know when you will have an opportunity to talk to them.

One is a former student that absolutely didn’t appreciate the efforts made to teach them things, but took the introduction to the medical field and ran with it with an associate degree in nursing.  This kind of situation happens more as you get older.  You get to see the former students as they have grown up and expanded their interests and their skills.  I can remember some things from the hours spent trying to inspire some learning with this student.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Better Than This?

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 30, 2019

Blue, sunny skies this morning, 61°, wind is from the NW at 11 mph, humidity is at 77%, pressure is at 29.96 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium at 7.1. The top allergens are grasses, plantain, and nettle.Marine forecast as follows:
Today Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Tonight North wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday Night Light winds. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1956, two years after pushing to have the phrase “under God” inserted into the pledge of allegiance, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a law officially declaring “In God We Trust” to be the nation’s official motto. The law, P.L. 84-140, also mandated that the phrase be printed on all American paper currency. The phrase had been placed on U.S. coins since the Civil War when, according to the historical association of the United States Treasury, religious sentiment reached a peak. Eisenhower’s treasury secretary, George Humphrey, had suggested adding the phrase to paper currency as well.

Although some historical accounts claim Eisenhower was raised a Jehovah’s Witness, most presidential scholars now believe his family was Mennonite. Either way, Eisenhower abandoned his family’s religion before entering the Army, and took the unusual step of being baptized relatively late in his adult life as a Presbyterian. The baptism took place in 1953, barely a year into his first term as president.

Although Eisenhower embraced religion, biographers insist he never intended to force his beliefs on anyone. In fact, the chapel-like structure near where he and his wife Mamie are buried on the grounds of his presidential library is called the “Place of Meditation” and is intentionally inter-denominational. At a Flag Day speech in 1954, he elaborated on his feelings about the place of religion in public life when he discussed why he had wanted to include “under God” in the pledge of allegiance: “In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource in peace and war.”

DID YOU KNOW THAT if you straightened out Lake Superior's shoreline alone, it would reach from Duluth to the Bahamas.

WORD OF THE DAY phalanx (FAY-lanks) which means 1 : a body of heavily armed infantry in ancient Greece formed in close deep ranks and files; broadly : a body of troops in close array; 2 : one of the digital bones of the hand or foot of a vertebrate; 3 a : a massed arrangement of persons, animals, or things; b : an organized body of persons. The original sense of phalanx refers to a military formation that was used in ancient warfare and consisted of a tight block of soldiers standing shoulder to shoulder, several rows deep, often with shields joined. The word phalanx comes from the Greeks, though they were not the only ones who used this formation. The Greek term literally means "log" and was used for both this line of battle and for a bone in a finger or toe. The word and its senses passed into Latin and then were adopted into English in the 16th century. These days, a phalanx can be any arranged mass, whether of persons, animals, or things, or a body of people organized in a particular effort.

How Long Do You Wait?

An Editorial by Joe Moore

How long do you wait for service in a restaurant?  Let’s say that you have been sitting at a table, and people who came in after you get served, five or six tables worth of people, and you had a reservation for your table.  Let’s say that you sit there for exactly one hour, and no one talks to you to tell you that you will be taken care of shortly.  Are you going to sit there to be waited on for over an hour?

No, I didn’t think so.

Now let’s transfer this situation to a rural health center or a doctor’s office.  You’ve got a 9 a.m. appointment.  You get there early, so you can get the simple procedure done and get home for breakfast.    How long do you sit in the waiting room?  You sit there for over an hour.  No one says one word to you.  No one says that they’re running behind.  No one says that they’ll get to you shortly.  How long do you wait in the waiting room?  Are you going to wait for more than an hour?

No, I didn’t think so.

Is it your job to contact the restaurant manager?  Is it your job to inquire about what’s going on in the doctor’s office?  Is it your job to figure out the problem and attempt to help them out? 

Will you be a willing participant in the service, or lack thereof, and continue your wait?

No, I didn’t think so, and therefore I did not. Waiting more than an hour and ten minutes for a five minute procedure does seem excessive, does it not?

The average wait time at a doctor's office is 18 minutes and and 13 seconds, so I'd suggest that 70 minutes is excessive with not one contact being made. Perhaps, the "Was that fast enough for you?" on the following rescheduled appointmnt was not exactly professional?

BIC Center Movie Schedule: August 2019

Aug. 10th  is our stand up comedy night, Aug. 30th is Erin Corburn Live, both at 8pm


Long Shot

3 August 2019


3 August 2019


6 August

Plus One

9 August 2019

Ugly Dolls (Special Friday Night Movie)

13 August 2019

Amazing Grace


Pokemon-Detective Pikechu

17 August 2019 (7pm)

Avengers Endgame

18 August 2019

Avengers Endgame Special Showing


The Hustle

24 August 2019

A Dogs Journey

24 August 2019


27 August 2019

The Biggest Little Farm

31 August 2019

Secret life of Pets 2

31 August 2019

The Sun is also a Star

Around the Island

July 28, 2019

After live streaming the Mass from Holy Cross, the editor and family decided to take a ride around the island. The specific locations became less important than the interestng things seen. The most surprising thing was the fact that there was no parking place down at Iron Ore Bay, and the large number of people down there enjoying the sunshine and the water. The day was beautiful, but also very warm and humid, so that explains the large number of people near the water. Also, the coolness of the Southhead Lighthouse tower building before climbing was surprising as well, but the temperature got quite warm if you took a few steps headed up toward the top.

The North Arm of Lake Geneserath was also surprising in that there were quite a few boats and a seaplane seen from the launch area.

The most interesting part of the trip were the flowers and the wildlife.

View a gallery of photos HERE

Barney's Lake Pictures

View a gallery of pictures HERE

Although loons can be heard on Barney's Lake, the editor has yet to see them up close, at least close enough to get a picture.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 29, 2019

Cloudy, windy, and humid day in the works from the looks of things. Right now it's 71°, wind is from the SSW at 13 mph, humidity is 81%, pressure is 29.70 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. We have a 50% chance of rain. Pollen levels are low-medium at 2.6. Top allergens are grasses, plantain, and nettle. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 4 feet in the morning.
Tonight Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Night North wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE in 1862, Confederate spy Marie Isabella “Belle” Boyd is arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C. It was the first of three arrests for this skilled spy who provided crucial information to the Confederates during the war.

The Virginian-born Boyd was just 17 when the war began. She was from a prominent slaveholding family in Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), in the Shenandoah Valley. In 1861, she shot and killed a Union solider for insulting her mother and threatening to search their house. Union officers investigated and decided the shooting was justified.

Soon after the shooting incident, Boyd began spying for the Confederacy. She used her charms to engage Union soldiers and officers in conversations and acquire information about Federal military affairs. Suspecting her of spying, Union officers banished Boyd further south in the Shenandoah, to Front Royal, Virginia, in March 1862. Just two months later, Boyd personally delivered crucial information to General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson during his campaign in the valley that allowed the Confederates to defeat General Nathaniel Banks’s forces at the Battle of Winchester. In another incident, Boyd turned two chivalrous Union cavalrymen who had escorted her back home across Union lines over to Confederate pickets as prisoners of war.

Boyd was detained on several occasions, and on July 29 she was placed in the Old Capitol Prison in Washington. But her incarceration was evidently of limited hardship. She was given many special considerations, and she became engaged to a fellow prisoner. Upon her release one month later, she was given a trousseau by the prison’s superintendent and shipped under a flag of truce to Richmond, Virginia. Boyd was arrested again in 1863 and held for three months. After this second imprisonment, she became a courier of secret messages to Great Britain. In 1864, her ship was captured off the coast of North Carolina, and the ship and crew were taken to New York. Captain Samuel Hardinge commanded the Union ship that captured Boyd’s vessel, and the two were seen shopping together in New York. He followed her to London, and they were married soon after.

Boyd was widowed soon after the end of the war, but the union produced one child. Still just 21, Boyd parlayed her spying experiences into a book and an acting career. She died in Wisconsin in 1900.

DID YOU KNOW THAT there are almost 8 million possible seven-digit phone numbers per area code? Each area code has 792 possible prefixes or NXX codes (for example, NXX-XXXX or 555-1234), explains the Public Utility Commission of Texas. And each “NXX” has 10,000 possible phone numbers attached to it. So, with a little math, we know that theoretically, there are 7,920,000 possible seven-digit phone numbers in each area code. Obviously, not all of these numbers are put into use, so you don’t have to try nearly 8 million numbers if you’re trying to randomly dial a friend who lives nearby.

WORD OF THE DAY addlepated (AD-ul-pay-tud) which means being mixed up: confused. In Middle English an adel eye was a putrid egg. The stench of such an egg apparently affected the minds of some witty thinkers, who hatched a comparison between the diminished, unsound quality of an adel eye (or addle egg as it came to be called in modern English) and an empty, confused head—or pate. "Your owne imagination, which was no lesse Idle, then your head was addle all that day," wrote one 17th-century wit at play with the words idle and addle. Today, addle is often found in combination with words referring to one's noggin, as in addlepated, addlebrained, and addle-headed.

Mass from Holy Cross

July 28, 2019

On Saturday afternoon, Holy Cross had a visiting deacon who read the Gospel and read the prayers. Linda Wearn did the other readings.

On Sunday morning, our own Father Jim Siler was the celebrant with Bill McDonough doing the readings.

View video of the services HERE

Christian Church Service

July 28, 2019

The camera was all set to go, set up on the counter of the kitchen in the Christian Church. It was plugged in. It was pointed toward the service area. The camera was ready to record. All that the camera needed was for someone to push the record button at the beginning of the service and push it one more time at the end of the service. It was also necessary to make certain that the sliding wood doors were open enough for the camera to be able to record the service. Unfortunately, no one pushed the record button, and the doors were not open enough to be able to record the service at the front of the church.

So, apologies to all, but there was no service recorded at the Beaver Island Christian Church this week. Hopefully, this can be remedied for the next Sunday service.

Osprey Report for 4th Week in July 2019

There are perhaps two hatchlings in the nest, but so far there is no photographic proof of this. The hatchling(s) are getting older and the adults are making them feed themselves with one of the adults close by the nest and ready to protect it. At one point on Saturday evening a murder of crows surrounded the nesting site, but one adult osprey chased them all off by flying around and making the osprey call. The young in the nest were not giving the juvenile cry for help as would normally take place. One adult flew off, and was seen later in the tree eating a fish.

Taking a little time off in the tree.

Guarding the nest from the lightning rod...

Checking on the hatchling(s)

Catching a snack before delivering the food to the nest.

This editor believes that the adults are maing the hatchling(s) feed on the fish themselves now instead of feeding them beak to beak.

Video Report for July 2019

The live streaming website of Beaver Island TV, reported 375 unique visitors with at total of 898 visits in the first four weeks of July. These numbers come from the video server for the live streaming and the rebroadcast of video.

The current video on Beaver Island News on the 'Net was viewed by 157 unique IP addresses with 305 views. The older videos from the Archives website show 56 unique IP addresses, but have 579 views. The most popular videos included Music on the Porch, Stone Circle Discussion, and Peaine Township Meeting for July.

While the month of July has been busy for live streaming and recorded video, the subscriber base is also quite busy doing their summer activities. Some will get a chance to review these clips after the summer season slows down in four to six week.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 28, 2019

Blue skies, sunny, 63°, wind from the west at 1 mph, humidity 99%, pressure 29.97 inches and visibility 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium at 6.7, while the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and nettle. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Light winds. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Southwest wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Monday Night West wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE in 1945, a United States military plane crashes into the Empire State Building killing 14 people. The freak accident was caused by heavy fog.

The B-25 Mitchell bomber, with two pilots and one passenger aboard, was flying from New Bedford, Massachusetts, to LaGuardia Airport in New York City. As it came into the metropolitan area on that Saturday morning, the fog was particularly thick. Air-traffic controllers instructed the plane to fly to Newark Airport instead.

This new flight plan took the plane over Manhattan; the crew was specifically warned that the Empire State Building, the tallest building in the city at the time, was not visible. The bomber was flying relatively slowly and quite low, seeking better visibility, when it came upon the Chrysler Building in midtown. It swerved to avoid the building but the move sent it straight into the north side of the Empire State Building, near the 79th floor.

Upon impact, the plane’s fuel exploded, filling the interior of the building with flames all the way down to the 75th floor and sending flames out of the hole the plane had ripped open in the building’s side. One engine from the plane went straight through the building and landed in a penthouse apartment across the street. Other plane parts ended up embedded in and on top of nearby buildings. The other engine snapped an elevator cable while at least one woman was riding in the elevator car. The emergency auto brake saved the woman from crashing to the bottom, but the engine fell down the shaft and landed on top of it. Quick-thinking rescuers pulled the woman from the elevator, saving her life.

Since it was a Saturday, fewer workers than normal were in the building. Only 11 people in the building were killed, some suffering burns from the fiery fuel and others after being thrown out of the building. All 11 victims were workers from War Relief Services department of the National Catholic Welfare Conference, into the offices of which the plane had crashed. The three people on the plane were also killed.

An 18 foot by 20 foot hole was left in the side of the Empire State Building. Though its structural integrity was not affected, the crash did cause nearly $1 million in damages, about $10.5 million in today’s money.

WORD OF THE DAY evince (ih-VINSS) which means 1) to constitute outward evidence of 2) to display clearly : reveal. It derives from Latin evincere, meaning "to vanquish" or "to win a point," and can be further traced to vincere, Latin for "to conquer." In the early 1600s, evince was sometimes used in the senses "to subdue" or "to convict of error," meanings evincing the influence of its Latin ancestors. It was also sometimes used as a synonym of its cousin convince, but that sense is now obsolete. One early meaning, "to constitute evidence of," has hung on, however, and in the 1800s it was joined by another sense, "to reveal."

Madeline Visits

The present day Madeline is 56' in deck length with an overall length of 92'. Her beam is 16' with a draft of 7'. Her masts are 68' and 71', and she is presently rigged with 1,539 sq. ft. of sail. Her gross tonnage is 50 tons.

The Madeline was tied up on the end of the Beaver Island Marina dock, and these two pictures were taken.

Between 1985 and 1990, 165 Maritime Heritage Alliance volunteers gave 40,000 hours to build the schooner Madeline, a 56-ft. twin-masted replica of an 1840's commercial vessel.

When not on tour at Great Lakes ports, Madeline is berthed at Elmwood Township's old Coal Dock (Discovery Pier) on West Bay Shore Drive, just south of the Elmwood Township Marina. 

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 27, 2019

Not exactly a beautiful morning, but we did get some rain during the night .4 inches along with some loud thunder boomers. Right now it's 70°, wind is from the SSW at 12 mph, humidity is 84%, pressure is 29.93 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Cloudy now and will become partly cloudy this afternoon. We might get a stray shower or thunderstorm. Pollen levels are at low-medium 3.5 while the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and nettle. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Patchy fog early in the morning. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Tonight Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Night South wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Showers likely. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE in 1921, at the University of Toronto, Canadian scientists Frederick Banting and Charles Best successfully isolate insulin–a hormone they believe could prevent diabetes–for the first time. Within a year, the first human sufferers of diabetes were receiving insulin treatments, and countless lives were saved from what was previously regarded as a fatal disease.

Diabetes has been recognized as a distinct medical condition for more than 3,000 years, but its exact cause was a mystery until the 20th century. By the early 1920s, many researchers strongly suspected that diabetes was caused by a malfunction in the digestive system related to the pancreas gland, a small organ that sits on top of the liver. At that time, the only way to treat the fatal disease was through a diet low in carbohydrates and sugar and high in fat and protein. Instead of dying shortly after diagnosis, this diet allowed diabetics to live–for about a year.

A breakthrough came at the University of Toronto in the summer of 1921, when Canadians Frederick Banting and Charles Best successfully isolated insulin from canine test subjects, produced diabetic symptoms in the animals, and then began a program of insulin injections that returned the dogs to normalcy. On November 14, the discovery was announced to the world.

Two months later, with the support of J.J.R. MacLeod of the University of Toronto, the two scientists began preparations for an insulin treatment of a human subject. Enlisting the aid of biochemist J.B. Collip, they were able to extract a reasonably pure formula of insulin from the pancreases of cattle from slaughterhouses. On January 23, 1921, they began treating 14-year-old Leonard Thompson with insulin injections. The diabetic teenager improved dramatically, and the University of Toronto immediately gave pharmaceutical companies license to produce insulin, free of royalties. By 1923, insulin had become widely available, and Banting and Macleod were awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine.

(As an insulin dependent diabetic, I'm thankful to these fellows)

DID YOU KNOW THAT the next time you eat something that flaunts the rich flavor of vanilla, you might want to be aware of—or do your best to ignore—the fact that castoreum, a goo that beavers excrete to mark their territory, is sometimes used to enhance the flavor of vanilla in food, according to National Geographic. The goo is “generally regarded as a safe additive” by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but you’ll probably never come across it in real life because it’s difficult and expensive to collect.

WORD OF THE DAY bildungsroman (BIL-doonks-roh-mahn) which means a novel about the moral and psychological growth of the main character. Bildungsroman is the combination of two German words: Bildung, meaning "education," and Roman, meaning "novel." Fittingly, a bildungsroman is a novel that deals with the formative years of the main character, and in particular, with the character's psychological development and moral education. The bildungsroman usually ends on a positive note, with the hero's foolish mistakes and painful disappointments over, and a life of usefulness ahead. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's late 18th-century work Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre (Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship) is often cited as the classic example of a bildungsroman. Though the term is primarily applied to novels, in recent years some English speakers have begun to apply it to films that deal with a youthful character's coming-of-age.

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association


The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association is pleased to announce the 2019 Baroque on Beaver Festival Schedule! Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details.

Friday July 26, 7:30 - Lincoln Trio at the Beaver Island Community Center

Saturday July 27, 7:30 - Jeeyoon Kim at the Beaver Island Community Center

Monday July 29, 4:30 - "Brass on the Grass" at Whiskey Point Lighthouse featuring Metallurgy

Tuesday July 30, 7:30 - "Chamber Music Across Eras" at the Cmu Biological Station

Wednesday July 31, 7:30 - "The Founder's Concert: Grant Us Peace" at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Kevin Simons, conductor

Thursday August 1, 2:00 - "Chamber Music al fresco" at the Beaver Island Studio & Gallery featuring the Donegal Bay Winds

Thursday August 1, 7:30 - "Papas and Sons" at the Beaver Island Community School featuring Jeeyoon Kim, pianist and Robert Nordling, conductor

Friday August 2, 7:30 - "Mozart's Farewell" at the Beaver Island Community School, Robert Nordling, conductor

Saturday August 3, 7:30 - "All the World's a Stage" at the Beaver Island Community School, Robert Nordling, conductor

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 26, 2019

Another delightful day in paradise. Right now it's 69°, wind is from the SSW at 10 mph, humidity is 77%, pressure is 30.11 inches and visibility is 10 miles. The forecast says cloudy skies this afternoon and a stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Guess we'll have to wait and see, in the meantime, enjoy this - you'll miss by February. Pollen levels are medium at 6.9. Top allergens are grasses, plantain, and nettle. Marine forecast is as follows:

Today Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 in the afternoon knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Tonight South wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet.
Saturday Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
Saturday Night Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DAY in 1775, the U.S. postal system is established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general. Franklin (1706-1790) put in place the foundation for many aspects of today’s mail system.

During early colonial times in the 1600s, few American colonists needed to send mail to each other; it was more likely that their correspondence was with letter writers in Britain. Mail deliveries from across the Atlantic were sporadic and could take many months to arrive. There were no post offices in the colonies, so mail was typically left at inns and taverns.

In 1753, Benjamin Franklin, who had been postmaster of Philadelphia, became one of two joint postmasters general for the colonies. He made numerous improvements to the mail system, including setting up new, more efficient colonial routes and cutting delivery time in half between Philadelphia and New York by having the weekly mail wagon travel both day and night via relay teams. Franklin also debuted the first rate chart, which standardized delivery costs based on distance and weight.

In 1774, the British fired Franklin from his postmaster job because of his revolutionary activities. However, the following year, he was appointed postmaster general of the United Colonies by the Continental Congress. Franklin held the job until late in 1776, when he was sent to France as a diplomat. He left a vastly improved mail system, with routes from Florida to Maine and regular service between the colonies and Britain. President George Washington appointed Samuel Osgood, a former Massachusetts congressman, as the first postmaster general of the American nation under the new U.S. constitution in 1789. At the time, there were approximately 75 post offices in the country.

Today, the United States has over 40,000 post offices and the postal service delivers 212 billion pieces of mail each year to over 144 million homes and businesses in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, the American Virgin Islands and American Samoa. The postal service is the nation’s largest civilian employer, with over 700,000 career workers, who handle more than 44 percent of the world’s cards and letters. The postal service is a not-for-profit, self-supporting agency that covers its expenses through postage (stamp use in the United States started in 1847) and related products. The postal service gets the mail delivered, rain or shine, using everything from planes to mules. However, it’s not cheap: The U.S. Postal Service says that when fuel costs go up by just one penny, its own costs rise by $8 million.

DID YOU KNOW THAT depending on where in the world you live, rain may be just as much of an inevitability. And for some Maryland residents, rain and taxes are both inescapable and tied together thanks to the “rain tax,” which was passed by the state legislature and signed into law in 2012.

WORD OF THE DAY motley (MAHT-lee) which means:
1 : variegated in color
2 : made up of many different people or things
Motley made its debut as an English adjective and noun in the 14th century, but etymologists aren't completely sure where it came from. Many think it probably derived from the Middle English mot, meaning "mote" or "speck." The word is also used as a noun identifying a multicolored fabric, a garment made from such a fabric, or—perhaps the best known sense of all—the fool who often wore such outfits in the European courts of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Beaver Island Music Festival

3 Melodious Days in the Middle of Lake Michigan
By Logan T. Hansen

Music festivals are generally synonymous with a few things. Live music played at a high volume is a given, but other words and phrases and terms that might fit right in include: a weekend off the grid, lots of free spirits (or hippies, if you prefer), and perhaps a teensy bit of excessive alcohol consumption.

The Beaver Island Music Festival has these things — but it also has a little something more. Of those words and phrases and terms that describe what music festivals are and what kind of experience you can expect to come along with them, the term “family-oriented” probably isn’t one that readily comes to mind. But on Beaver Island, where a wide range of musicians, artists and performers have brought the middle of the woods to life every third weekend in July for nearly two decades now, it’s a term that’s more than fitting.

The 17th iteration of the Beaver Island Music Festival took place over the course of three magical days and nights this past week, from Thursday to Saturday, and it was likely the largest “family” gathering that organizers have put on yet, one unofficial estimation putting Friday night’s total alone at no less than 1,200 people.

That may be small compared to the likes of Electric Forest and Faster Horses, but it’s not all about numbers for the folks on the island. It’s more about creating an environment where everyone feels welcome, including your typical festivalgoers, as well as older folks and families with young children. The best part about it was that these different groups could coexist with one another at the same festival, without anyone cramping anyone else’s style.

How is this possible? Well, it starts with the way the festival grounds are set up. The camping situation, as explained upon arrival, is fashioned in such a way that families have their own space near the entrance to the campground, while slightly rowdier festivalgoers can be found further in and the hardcore contingent that survives the whole weekend on approximately six hours of sleep (or thereabouts) are even deeper in the woods.

The pursuit of appealing to all age groups then turns toward the lineup itself, and in which order the artists perform on a given night. The early evening was filled with more low-key performances, which this year included sets from the likes of Escaping Pavement, a southeastern Michigan duo known for their acoustic ballads, and Zaynab Wilson, a Trinidadian-Canadian singer/songwriter who brings a mix of folk and Caribbean sound to the stage.

As the night wore on, the acts ramped up a degree, the male half of Moonbeau, a synth-pop group out of Ohio, losing his shirt — and his mind — while jamming out with the help of a tambourine during a later set on Friday night, and the members of Flexadecibel, a seven-piece, groove-centric band from Muskegon, igniting the crowd with lively tunes punctuated by the trombone, saxophone and keyboard after dark on both Thursday and Saturday nights.

As the musical acts just mentioned might indicate, a third aspect of the festival meant to draw folks of all shapes and stripes is the diversity of the artists that step on stage. You might think a smaller music festival on an island, in the woods, would attract nothing but folk singers, but that is hardly the case. While there certainly were folk-y groups (Dave Boutette & Kristi Lynn Davis, BigFoot Buffalo), things also got funky (G-Snacks, Flexadecibel), downright rock ‘n roll (Falling Through April, Jesse Ray & the Carolina Catfish), and difficult-to-categorize (ClusterPluck, Hymn for Her).

All of them combined to put on a three-day festival that was, at times, emotionally stirring, and, at other times, contagiously dance-inducing. If we assume this dynamic is present year after year — and it seems safe to do so — it’s not difficult to see why first-timers become second-timers become third-timers, and on and on.

Aaron Markovitz and Emily Burns, the duo comprising Escaping Pavement, were first-timers this time around. They’d travelled up from metro Detroit to perform three sets at the festival, but on Saturday afternoon they found themselves sitting on the front porch of Harbour Market, fresh off a bike ride to Donegal Bay on the island’s west side. Their excursion had been cut a little short due to incoming rain, but that was all right, they weren’t about to let it put a damper on their weekend.

“We came in on Thursday, did a couple sets yesterday, doing a set later tonight,” Markovitz said. “(Friday) was awesome, though; it was like a wonderful, awesome, receptive crowd. Makes us feel good.

“Since it’s our first time, I didn’t know how big of a festival it was, but it seems like a lot more people rolled in (last night). It’s great that they can put on a decent-sized festival and pull that off — you know, getting everything over here and the way that they make that all happen.

“It’s kind of surprising how many musicians and everything they can get here.”

Surprising isn’t exactly the word Martha Loomis would use — not in terms of the number of musicians that made their way to the island, at least. The number of festivalgoers and vendors, though? The term would definitely be more fitting in that sense. Attending her second straight festival as a vendor, Loomis, the artist behind Ethereal Acorns (think handmade jewelry plucked straight from the great outdoors), could definitively say that attendance at the 2019 event blew the doors right off the previous year.

“(Last year), there was a coffee vendor, New Holland Brewing was sponsoring, so they were giving out samples; there was a hammock vendor, a henna vendor — I guess there were like five vendors — and this year, there’s probably double that,” Loomis said, adding that the largest night in 2018 might have had something like 300 people in attendance.

Compare that to Friday night this year, which, again, had an estimated 1,200 at the very least, and you get a pretty good picture of the way things are headed (granted, some inclement weather kept many from attending a year ago).

“This is one of the smallest festivals that I do … but it’s good to see the growth,” she said. “I like to see that, and I want to keep coming back because of that. It means good things for next year: it’s just going to get busier.”

Putting something like this together obviously takes a lot of effort. You might say it takes a village — or in this case, an island — to pull it off, but since the festival’s inception in 2003, it has also taken the care and dedication of one particular family. From the site of the festival grounds down to the kids manning the merchandise booth, the Beaver Island Music Festival has the Burton family stamped all over it.

Carol Burton, executive director and festival coordinator since the beginning, is the person largely responsible for making the event the family affair that it is today. On top of handling all the logistics; booking all the bands and performers; hosting the festival at Beaver Island Hideaway Campground, which she and her husband own; and, of course, advocating and marketing the hell out of the thing, Carol and her family, including five kids, make sure festivalgoers have the best experience possible when they travel to this little slice of heaven in the middle of Lake Michigan.

This time around was no exception, as members of the Burton clan made themselves visible all weekend long, picking people up at the dock in St. James Harbor; running shuttles (AKA rented minivans) on the hour; serving up nachos, macaroni and more to satisfy all the “hungry beavers”; and doing whatever else it took to make sure everyone had the time of their lives.

From performances at the Breakfast Club each morning to wide-ranging conversations around the communal fire deep into the night, from trips into town for fresh supplies to time spent at the beach on the edge of St. James, from cold ones at the Shamrock to sitting back and listening to marvelous music makers from Michigan and beyond, it was a mission accomplished: another year, another successful festival in the books.
Logan T. Hansen
Freelance Writer/Travel Blogger
University of Michigan '16
Cell: 231-239-2521

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 25, 2019

..and another mostly sunny day is on tap for today. We might get a stray shower but will have to wait and see if one pops up. Right now it's 63°, wind is from the WSW at 5 mph, humidity is 100% pressure is at 30.10. Pollen levels are 6.2 which is medium, while the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and cattail. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Friday Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Friday Night Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DAY in 1941, the American automaker Henry Ford sits down at his desk in Dearborn, Michigan and writes a letter to the Indian nationalist leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The letter effusively praises Gandhi and his campaign of civil disobedience aimed at forcing the British colonial government out of India.

By July of 1941, Ford’s pacifist views led him to despair at the current global situation: Nazi Germany had invaded Poland, causing Britain and France to declare war against it. The United States, led by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was firmly on the side of the Allies, but Ford was convinced that the country should remain neutral, despite mounting pressure from the government for his company to start mass-producing airplanes to help defeat the Nazis. The previous May, Ford had reluctantly bowed to this pressure, opening a massive production facility for airplane production at Willow Run, near Dearborn, to manufacture B-24E Liberator bombers for the Allied war effort.

As Douglas Brinkley writes in “Wheels for the World,” his history of Ford Motor Company, the automaker disliked imperialism and was hopeful that Gandhi’s campaign would succeed in pushing the British out of India and establishing Indian home rule. In addition, Ford Motor Company had long enjoyed healthy sales in the cities of Bombay (now Mumbai) and Calcutta. Ford’s letter to Gandhi, now included in the Henry Ford Museum and Library, read: “I want to take this opportunity of sending you a message…to tell you how deeply I admire your life and message. You are one of the greatest men the world has ever known.”

The letter was sent to the Mahatma (as Gandhi was known) via T.A. Raman, the London editor of the United Press of India. According to Raman, Brinkley recounts, Gandhi didn’t receive the letter until December 8, 1941–the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Greatly pleased, he sent in response a portable spinning wheel, one of the old-fashioned devices that Gandhi famously used to produce his own cloth. The wheel, autographed in Hindi and English, was shipped some 12,000 miles and personally delivered to Ford by Raman in Greenfield Village, Michigan. Ford kept it as a good luck charm, as well as a symbol of the principles of simplicity and economic independence that both he and Gandhi championed.

DID YOU KNOW THAT if you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from allergies, we’ve got bad news for you: Allergy season is getting longer and more intense each year, according to a 2019 study published in The Lancet Planetary Health. Likely another unfortunate result of climate change, scientists have found that pollen counts across the Northern Hemisphere have increased over the last 20 years and that pollen season is increasing 0.9 days a year worldwide.

WORD OF THE DAY undergird (un-der-GERD) which means:
1 archaic : to make secure underneath
2 : to form the basis or foundation of : strengthen, support
The English verb gird means, among other things, "to encircle or bind with a flexible band." When undergird first entered English in the 16th century, it meant "to make secure underneath," as by passing a rope or chain underneath something (such as a ship). That literal sense has long since fallen out of use, but in the 19th century undergird picked up the figurative "strengthen" or "support" sense that we still use. Gird and consequently undergird both derive from the Old English geard, meaning "enclosure" or "yard." Gird also gives us girder, a noun referring to a horizontal piece supporting a structure.

Men's Golf League Results-Week 7

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 24, 2019

Blue skies, 60°, wind from the WSW at 5 mph, humidity 93%, and visibility is 10 miles. Another perfect Beaver Island summer day in the making. Pollen levels are medium at 6.2 while the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and cattails. The marine report is as follows:
Today Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Thursday Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Thursday Night Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DATE in 1911, American archeologist Hiram Bingham gets his first look at Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru that is now one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

Tucked away in the rocky countryside northwest of Cuzco, Machu Picchu is believed to have been a summer retreat for Inca leaders, whose civilization was virtually wiped out by Spanish invaders in the 16th century. For hundreds of years afterwards, its existence was a secret known only to the peasants living in the region. That all changed in the summer of 1911, when Bingham arrived with a small team of explorers to search for the famous “lost” cities of the Incas.

Traveling on foot and by mule, Bingham and his team made their way from Cuzco into the Urubamba Valley, where a local farmer told them of some ruins located at the top of a nearby mountain. The farmer called the mountain Machu Picchu, which meant “Old Peak” in the native Quechua language. The next day–July 24–after a tough climb to the mountain’s ridge in cold and drizzly weather, Bingham met a small group of peasants who showed him the rest of the way. Led by an 11-year-old boy, Bingham got his first glimpse of the intricate network of stone terraces marking the entrance to Machu Picchu.

The excited Bingham spread the word about his discovery in a best-selling book, sending hordes of eager tourists flocking to Peru to follow in his footsteps up the Inca trail. The site itself stretches an impressive five miles, with over 3,000 stone steps linking its many different levels. Today, more than 300,000 people tramp through Machu Picchu every year, braving crowds and landslides to see the sun set over the towering stone monuments of the “Sacred City” and marvel at the mysterious splendor of one of the world’s most famous man-made wonders.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the title of Srijan Timilsina’s 2014 Guinness World Record-setting book is practically a full text in itself. Including 1,809 words (or 11,284 characters) it begins, The historical development of the Brain i.e. from its formation from Annelida: Earthworm, Lugworm, Rag worm, Amphitrite, Freshwater worm, Marine worm, Tubifex, Leech. etc, Arthropoda: Housefly, Butterfly, Honey bee, Fairy shrimp, Horseshoe crab, Tick, Bluebottle, Froghopper, Yellow crazy ant…,” and continues to list pretty much every insect, fish, and mammal you can think of, including humans.

It then goes on to ask questions like, “What did they find and what did they eat? How did they defend from their enemies and attack them? Which is the oldest stone ever discovered? Which ancestor of human being first started to walk with the help of two limbs?” It finally ends with, “Solutions of above inquisitiveness are included in this book,” which you think would go without saying, but perhaps not if you want your title to set a world record.

WORD OF THE DAY hapless (HAP-lus) which means having no luck: unfortunate. Hapless literally means what you'd expect it to mean: "without hap"—hap being another word for fortune or luck. Hap derives from the Old Norse word for "good luck," a word that is also the source of our happen and happy. English has several words to describe those lacking good fortune, including ill-starred, ill-fated, unlucky, and luckless, a word formed in parallel to hapless by adding the suffix -less. Ill-starred suggests bringing calamity or the threat of a terrible fate ("the ill-starred year the Great Depression began"). Ill-fated refers only to being doomed ("the ill-fated voyage of the Titanic"). Unlucky and luckless usually apply to a person or thing notably or chronically unfortunate ("an unlucky slots player," "some luckless investors swindled in the deal").

Coming Home on the Ferry

Looking forward to arriving home.....

July Nature Pictures-Week 3

Although no picture of a loon on Barney's Lake has been taken by the editor, there are loons on this lake. An eagle flew over, and the loon gave a cry of danger.

Lots of osprey photos were taken, here are a few.

One hatchling is getting bigger

Barney's Lake Rabbit Whisperer-Sad to see the ticks on them...

The goslings are growing up on Barney's Lake.

Flowers in the wild that smell good and look pretty.

School Days

by Dick Burris

Dad would wake Jack and me in the morning, and take us in the truck from the house; up the road, by the school, and down Bullock Road to the farm. We would do jobs like milking cows, feed the cattle, clean out stalls, and clean behind the milk cows.

Jack was not to fond of getting up that early in the morning, but I would be sent back to wake him; NOT an easy task, for he was two years older, and at that time of day was meaner than a snake!! I always had to dodge punches; I would have preferred to face a bull or enraged dog.

Anyway, we would try to get everything done; but sometimes if all wasn't done, we would be excused to flee across the field to the house to clean up and get ready for school.

Jack was faster than I, so he would run with the milk pail to the top of the hill, and set it down for me.

I would take the pail the rest of the way. When I arrived Jack would be cleaned up and nearly ready to leave for school. When I was ready for the race to school, Jack would be almost there. Usually I'd be running up the school hill, and hear the bell ringing. This happened so many times, the teacher got annoyed and gave me a rough time. No-one wanted to cross Mrs. McClellan, cuz when she'd crank her Model A Ford, she'd almost lift it off the ground!

The school had a furnace in the basement, with a register into the center of the room, that made a great place to drop rubber bands to stink up the school.

Many times I was shaken and/or stood in the corner for laughing. I really think I've been punished more for laughing than any other thing that I've done in my life! Even in the Army, I had to do push-ups.

One time Bill Meade, and I were filling a bottle with urine; he told me that in a short time it would explode. (It of course was difficult to coax me into mischief!) And one of the male neighbors got wind of this; and at that time we had a single beautiful school teacher. The neighbor took advantage of this info to avail himself to this beauty. We were listening to the conversation, and hearing him express several times,"dare's vater in dee basement" finally frustrated, said," PISS!!" Needless to say, Bill and I were sent to the basement to eliminate this problem.

I remember the cloak rooms in the back of the schoolroom where we put our lunches. The privies were outside of the schoolhouse near the fences. One poor family had sandwiches of just bread and LARD; I felt so sorry for them. They also had to walk well over a mile to get to school every day. Poor people of that time didn't even have adequate food or clothing; let alone "cellphones."

Whats New at COA!

July 23, 2019 

We will be having a monthly delivery of shelf stable food items.  These items are FREE to any Beaver Island /Charlevoix resident over the age of 60.  This month I have Dried Cranberries, Dried Plums, and Multi grain cereal.

Please stop by the Beaver Island Commission on Aging office, 26466 Donegal Bay Rd.   8am -4pm  daily,  M-F.

August 12th. Ice Cream Social at Daddy Franks. Come congregate and cool off with a FREE kiddie Ice Cream.  2- 2:30pm only.  Available to all Beaver Island/ Charlevoix residents over 60.

I should be finalizing the August Picnic this week. I will let you know the details soon.

Have a Great Day,

Kathie A. Ehinger

Site Coordinator

Beaver Island Commission on Aging

Beach Mat Installed

July 23, 2019

Thanks to Darrel Butler the handicapped mat purchased by AMVETS Post 46 is now installed at the St James public swim beach. It consists of 66-feet of a grass mat and then 50-feet of the mat on the sand. Per Dickie McEvoy's design it extends into the water (at todays water level). Thanks to all those who support the fund raising activities of Post 46.

Thank you's to Bob Tidmore for the story and the pictures.

Thank you to the AMVETS Post 46 for doing this!

Editorial by Joe Moore

The following email was sent to the Customer Service Department of the US Post Office.

I find that someone in authority at the US Post Office has made a specific requirement for accessing to the mail in my post office box.  I find that this requirement ridiculous and less than customer service.  I am only allowed to get my mail if I remember to bring my post office box key.

Now, that may be an appropriate action in a large post office, but it makes no sense in this very small community.  I have been a resident of Beaver Island for forty-four years, and have had the same Post Office Box for this period of time.  Before, in the earlier years, there was a combination to open the box.  Now there is a key.

If I leave my key at home accidentally, I am no longer able to get my mail.  Every postal employee knows who I am and which box I pay for and have paid for for many years.  I find it ridiculous that these employees cannot reach into my box to hand me my mail.  They have to hand me my packages because there is no room in the box for them, so WHY am I not able to get my mail without my key?

What I want to know is this.  If I show them my key, can they get the mail out of the box, or am I required to get the mail out of the box myself? 

I think that someone, somewhere made some ruling due to so error, and now we all have to pay for that error.  I didn't do anything wrong, so why am I being punished?

This also means that I can't pick up the mail for my 94 year old mother-in-law.

Joe Moore, P.O. Box 50, Beaver Island, MI 49782, 231-448-2416

Stargazing at Donegal Bay Pavilion

July 30, 2019, 9 p.m.

Music on the Porch

July 22, 2019

The re-scheduled, a week later, Music on the Porch was attended by over one hundred and fifty, although it was difficult to count them as they all came and left. Approximately one hundred stayed for the entire two hours of wonderful music and entertainment. To speak about the loss of entertainers due to the rescheduling seems fruitless since the night was full of great entertainment with lots of different styles of music and singing filled the air of Paradise Bay on a beautiful night.

Lori Taylor-Blitz, director introduce the evening.

Kitty McNamara-Green dedicated the night's program to Antje Price.

Sheri Mooney Timsak was hostess for the program and opened the program with a beautiful song.

Rita and Edward Palmer........Cynthia Pryor...........Ted Prawat

Chris Screvin, guitar virtuoso............Tessa Jones....................Chevron...........

Joe Moore...............Joddy Croswhite..........Sierra Woodring

Sheri Timsak thanked everyone, and we thanked Sheri for her hostessing and coordinating the entire night.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the performances HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 23, 2019

Partly cloudy skies this morning, 61°, wind is from the NW at 7 mph, humidity is 84%, pressure is 30.03 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Pollen levels are medium at 5.7 while the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and cattail. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday West wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Wednesday Night Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1967, the Detroit riots began.

The Detroit Riots were among the bloodiest riots in American history. The strife occurred during a period of Detroit’s history when the once-affluent city was struggling economically, and race relations nationwide were at an all-time low.

The Detroit Police Department’s vice squad often raided illegal drinking establishments in the city’s poorer neighborhoods, and at 3:35 a.m. on Sunday morning, July 23, they moved against a club that was hosting a party for returning Vietnam War veterans. The early-morning police activity drew a crowd of onlookers, and the situation rapidly deteriorated.

Soon thousands of people had spilled out onto the street from nearby buildings, throwing rocks and bottles at the police, who quickly fled the scene. Looting began on 12th Street, where the illegal club was located, and shops and businesses were ransacked.

By dawn, the first fire broke out, and soon much of the street was ablaze. By midmorning, every policeman and fireman in Detroit was called to duty. Back on 12th Street, officers struggled to control the crowd, and firemen were attacked as they tried to battle the flames.

The rioting continued all week, and the U.S. Army and the National Guard were called in to quell the worst of the violence. By the time the bloodshed, burning and looting ended after five days, 43 people were dead, 342 people were seriously injured and nearly 1,400 buildings had been burned or ransacked.

DID YOU KNOW THAT the North Star might seem like a fixed marker in the sky. However, what we now recognize as the North Star, Polaris, hasn’t always been our guiding light—and it won’t always be in the future. By the year 13,000 A.D., the star Vega will take its place, according to NASA. And by the year 26,000, Polaris will be right back where it was and return to its status as the North Star.

WORD OF THE DAY desideratum (dih-sid-uh-RAH-tum) which means something desired as essential. These are some close cousins of the common word desire. All trace their roots to the Latin sīder-, or sīdus, which has historically been understood to mean "heavenly body," but which may also have an older, non-celestial meaning of "mark, target, goal." Whether etymologically starry or grounded, dēsīderāre, meaning "to long for," was born when Latin de- was prefixed to sīder-. Dēsīderāre begat Anglo-French desirer, which in turn brought forth English desire, desirous, and desirable in the 13th and 14th centuries, with desideration following in the 15th. Then, in the 17th century, English acquired desiderate ("to wish for") and desideratum (desiderata in the plural), all of which can lay claim to direct ancestry from desiderare.

GLIA Receives Mott Foundation Grant

July 22, 2019

On behalf of Northland College and in partnership with the GLIA Steering Committee and other partners, we are excited to announce receipt of a new $50,000 grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation:


This 18-month project will be instrumental for GLIA as it continues to grow and find its place within the region!  Expect details and discussion at the 3rd Annual Great Lakes Islands Summit on Mackinac Island in October (info and registration here).

Northland College will administer the grant in cooperation with project advisory team consisting of the GLIA Steering Committee; Jon W. Allan Group, LLC; the Island Institute; and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (formerly Michigan Office of the Great Lakes).

Thanks – and congratulations – to Northland College for its continued support of GLIA!


Matt P

GLIA Coordinator

Matt Preisser

Lake Coordinator

Water Resources Division

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

517-256-5276 (new) | PreisserM@Michigan.gov


by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 22, 2019

You might be getting tired of this, but it's another beautiful Beaver Island day in the making. Sunny skies, 58°, wind is from the NNW at 7 mph, humidity is 79%, pressure is 30.05 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. Expect a whole day of this. Pollen levels are medium at 5.9 while the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and cattail. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots rising to 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots in the afternoon. Partly cloudy early in the morning then clearing. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tuesday Night Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 2003, U.S. Army Private Jessica Lynch, a prisoner-of-war who was rescued from an Iraqi hospital, receives a hero’s welcome when she returns to her hometown of Palestine, West Virginia. The story of the 19-year-old supply clerk, who was captured by Iraqi forces in March 2003, gripped America; however, it was later revealed that some details of Lynch’s dramatic capture and rescue might have been exaggerated.

Lynch, who was born April 26, 1983, was part of the 507th Ordnance Maintenance Company from Fort Bliss, Texas. On March 23, 2003, just days after the U.S. invaded Iraq, Lynch was riding in a supply convoy when her unit took a wrong turn and was ambushed by Iraqi forces near Nasiriya. Eleven American soldiers died and four others besides Lynch were captured.

Lynch, who sustained multiple broken bones and other injuries when her vehicle crashed during the ambush, was taken to an Iraqi hospital. On April 1, she was rescued by U.S. Special Forces who raided the hospital where she was being held. They also recovered the bodies of eight of Lynch’s fellow soldiers. Lynch was taken to a military hospital in Germany for treatment and then returned to the United States.

Lynch’s story garnered massive media attention and she became an overnight celebrity. Various reports emerged about Lynch’s experience, with some news accounts indicating that even after Lynch was wounded during the ambush she fought back against her captors. However, Lynch later stated that she had been knocked unconscious after her vehicle crashed and couldn’t remember the details of what had happened to her. She also said she had not been mistreated by the staff at the Iraqi hospital and they put up no resistance to her rescue. Critics–and Lynch herself–charged the U.S. government with embellishing her story to boost patriotism and help promote the Iraq war.

In August 2003, Lynch received a medical honorable discharge. She collaborated on a book about her experience, I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story, which was released later that year. In April 2007, Lynch testified before Congress that she had falsely been portrayed as a “little girl Rambo” and the U.S. military had hyped her story for propaganda reasons. According to Lynch: “I am still confused as to why they chose to lie and tried to make me a legend when the real heroics of my fellow soldiers that day were, in fact, legendary.” She added: “The truth of war is not always easy to hear but is always more heroic than the hype.”

DID YOU KNOW THAT in 2013, Animal Planet aired Mermaids: The New Evidence, a documentary—or rather, a mockumentary—that “proved” the half-human-half-fish beings exist. And while the program was fake, plenty of the 3.6 million viewers that watched believed that the fictional claims were real. In fact, so many people were fooled that the U.S. government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a statement on its website addressing the confusion, saying: “Mermaids: The New Evidence is just entertainment. No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.”

WORD OF THE DAY whinge (WINJ) which is British : to complain fretfully : whine. Whinge isn't a simple spelling variant of whine. Whinge and whine are actually entirely different words with separate histories. Whine traces to an Old English verb, hwinan, which means "to make a humming or whirring sound." When hwinan became whinen in Middle English, it meant "to wail distressfully"; whine didn't acquire its "complain" sense until the 16th century. Whinge, on the other hand, comes from a different Old English verb, hwinsian, which means "to wail or moan discontentedly." Whinge retains that original sense today, though nowadays it puts less emphasis on the sound of the complaining and more on the discontentment behind the complaint.

Christian Church Service

July 21, 2019

Joe Fox led the service and played the guitar to accompany the hymns

View video of the service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross

July 21, 2019

The Saturday and Sunday Masses were live streamed. On Saturday the service was at 4 p.m. and Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. The Saturday service had Pinky Harmon as reader. The Sunday service had Joanie Banville as the reader. The celebrant for both Masses was Father Jim Siler.

Saturday afternoon

Sunday morning

Denise Hoffman sang a beautiful a capella song during Communion.

View video of the services HERE

Beaver Island Music Fest

An editorial by Joe Moore

Although I didn't get out to the music festival in the woods as much as I wanted to this year, I want to relate the impression of this old music teacher. As I headed out to the festival location, I decided to pretend that I was new to Beaver Island, and then see if I got to the right place. What I discovered was really simple. It didn't matter if you were walking, riding a bicycle, driving a car, or any mode of transportation, there was no way that you couldn't find the festival location, unless you purposefully ignored the signs. That, in itself, was impressive. Then heading into the woods, there were friendly people directing vehicles to the parking area.

Now, I'm not impressed easily, but as a paper boy delivering papers out at the Traverse City State Park many years ago, I was truly impressed at the number of campsites with tents in many, many places surrounding the festival area. Just like the entire island attitude welcoming everyone, the festival workers did the same. At one point, there were so many people lined up to get tickets that it seemed like the working of a fine clock as many helpers got into the purposeful actions to get people into the festival.

The collection of sellers was a wide range of topics from food tent to blacksmith to locally brewed beer by Whiskey Point Brewers. The age range varied from toddlers to middle age adults to some of us older people ranging from 70 to 90. The music was spectacular with individual performances to group performances from folk to rock and a little country thrown in for good measure. Our local performer Ed Palmer performed with his daughter Rita. Wide range of talents and wide range of styles made this a one of a kind music fest.

Yes, there was a little more traffic than normal heading out to the festival location. Yes, there were lots of people. Yes, everyone seemed pleased with what the purpose of this event was, and enjoyed the time spent out in the woods. There was everything that you needed to be comfortable and entertained, and I would recommend this event for any and every single person that can take some time away from their busy life. I enjoyed my time out at the festival, and I only wish that the cold symptoms and flu like symptoms would not have happened on this particular weekend.

Great job to the Music Festival Board and the Organizers!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 21, 2019

What a beautiful summer morning! Everything is cleaned from dust by the rain last evening, the sky is blue with a few little clouds floating by, it's 63°, wind is from the WNW at 6 mph, humidity is at 92%, pressure is 29.94 inches and visibility is 10 miles. It's gearing up to be a great day. Pollen levels are 6.1, which is medium. Top allergens are grasses, plantain, and cattail. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots early in the evening. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight North wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Monday Night Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE in 1865, in what may be the first true western showdown, Wild Bill Hickok shoots Dave Tutt dead in the market square of Springfield, Missouri.

Hollywood movies and dime novels notwithstanding, the classic western showdown–also called a walkdown–happened only rarely in the American West. Rather than coolly confronting each other on a dusty street in a deadly game of quick draw, most men began shooting at each other in drunken brawls or spontaneous arguments. Ambushes and cowardly attacks were far more common than noble showdowns.

Nonetheless, southern emigrants brought to the West a crude form of the “code duello,” a highly formalized means of solving disputes between gentlemen with swords or guns that had its origins in European chivalry. By the second half of the 19th century, few Americans still fought duels to solve their problems. Yet, the concept of the duel surely influenced the informal western code of what constituted a legitimate-and legal-gun battle. Above all, the western code required that a man resort to his six-gun only in defense of his honor or life, and only if his opponent was also armed. Likewise, a western jury was unlikely to convict a man in a shooting provided witnesses testified that his opponent had been the aggressor.

The best-known example of a true western duel occurred on this day in 1865. Wild Bill Hickok, a skilled gunman with a formidable reputation, was eking out a living as a professional gambler in Springfield, Missouri. He quarreled with Dave Tutt, a former Union soldier, but it is unclear what caused the dispute. Some people say it was over a card game while others say they fought over a woman. Whatever the cause, the two men agreed to a duel.

The showdown took place the following day with crowd of onlookers watching as Hickok and Tutt confronted each other from opposite sides of the town square. When Tutt was about 75 yards away, Hickok shouted, “Don’t come any closer, Dave.” Tutt nervously drew his revolver and fired a shot that went wild. Hickok, by contrast, remained cool. He steadied his own revolver in his left hand and shot Tutt dead with a bullet through the chest.

Having adhered to the code of the West, Hickok was acquitted of manslaughter charges. Eleven years later, however, Hickok died in a fashion far more typical of the violence of the day: a young gunslinger shot him in the back of the head while he played cards. Legend says that the hand Hickok was holding at the time of his death was two pair–black aces and black eights. The hand would forever be known as the “dead man’s hand.”

DID YOU KNOW THAT in the 1870s, the city of Liège, Belgium, attempted to employ 37 felines as mail carriers, according to the BBC. Messages were tucked into waterproof bags that the kitties would carry around their necks. However, while one cat apparently made it to its destination in under five hours, the other felines took up to a day to complete their journeys. Due to the fact that the cats weren’t particularly reliable and definitely weren’t speedy, the service didn’t last very long.

WORD OF THE DAY redaction (rih-DAK-shun) which means: 1 a : an act or instance of preparing something for publication
b : an act or instance of obscuring or removing something from a document prior to publication or release
Can you pick the words from the following list that come from the same Latin root?

A. redaction B. prodigal C. agent D. essay
E. navigate F. ambiguous

If you guessed all of them, you are right. Now, for bonus points, name the Latin root that they all have in common. If you knew that it is the verb agere, meaning to "to drive, lead, act, or do," you get an A+. Redaction is from the Latin verb redigere ("to bring back" or "to reduce"), which was formed by adding the prefix red- (meaning "back") to agere. Some other agere offspring include act, agenda, cogent, litigate, chasten, agile, and transact.

Chuck Carpenter, Sr. Memorial at Veteran's Memorial

Readings and prayers by Joe Fox

Sheri Timsak sang two songs and then all present sang "Amazing Grace."

Joe Reid led the AMVETs portion of the Memorial.

View the video of the service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 20, 2019

We didn't get the storms that the weatherman was forecasting although the temperature and humidity have dropped considerably. This morning we have partly cloudy skies, 68°, wind is from the WSW at 12 mph, humidity is at 88%, and visibility is 9 miles. Pollen levels are low at 0.7 while the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and cattail. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Patchy fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Light winds. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Sunday Night North wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE in 1969, at 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to more than a billion people listening at home: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.

The American effort to send astronauts to the moon has its origins in a famous appeal President John F. Kennedy made to a special joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961: “I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.” At the time, the United States was still trailing the Soviet Union in space developments, and Cold War-era America welcomed Kennedy’s bold proposal.

In 1966, after five years of work by an international team of scientists and engineers, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) conducted the first unmanned Apollo mission, testing the structural integrity of the proposed launch vehicle and spacecraft combination. Then, on January 27, 1967, tragedy struck at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, when a fire broke out during a manned launch-pad test of the Apollo spacecraft and Saturn rocket. Three astronauts were killed in the fire.

Despite the setback, NASA and its thousands of employees forged ahead, and in October 1968, Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, orbited Earth and successfully tested many of the sophisticated systems needed to conduct a moon journey and landing. In December of the same year, Apollo 8 took three astronauts to the dark side of the moon and back, and in March 1969 Apollo 9 tested the lunar module for the first time while in Earth orbit. Then in May, the three astronauts of Apollo 10 took the first complete Apollo spacecraft around the moon in a dry run for the scheduled July landing mission.

At 9:32 a.m. on July 16, with the world watching, Apollo 11 took off from Kennedy Space Center with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin Jr., and Michael Collins aboard. Armstrong, a 38-year-old civilian research pilot, was the commander of the mission. After traveling 240,000 miles in 76 hours, Apollo 11 entered into a lunar orbit on July 19. The next day, at 1:46 p.m., the lunar module Eagle, manned by Armstrong and Aldrin, separated from the command module, where Collins remained. Two hours later, the Eagle began its descent to the lunar surface, and at 4:18 p.m. the craft touched down on the southwestern edge of the Sea of Tranquility. Armstrong immediately radioed to Mission Control in Houston, Texas, a famous message: “The Eagle has landed.”

At 10:39 p.m., five hours ahead of the original schedule, Armstrong opened the hatch of the lunar module. As he made his way down the lunar module’s ladder, a television camera attached to the craft recorded his progress and beamed the signal back to Earth, where hundreds of millions watched in great anticipation. At 10:56 p.m., Armstrong spoke his famous quote, which he later contended was slightly garbled by his microphone and meant to be “that’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” He then planted his left foot on the gray, powdery surface, took a cautious step forward, and humanity had walked on the moon.

“Buzz” Aldrin joined him on the moon’s surface at 11:11 p.m., and together they took photographs of the terrain, planted a U.S. flag, ran a few simple scientific tests, and spoke with President Richard M. Nixon via Houston. By 1:11 a.m. on July 21, both astronauts were back in the lunar module and the hatch was closed. The two men slept that night on the surface of the moon, and at 1:54 p.m. the Eagle began its ascent back to the command module. Among the items left on the surface of the moon was a plaque that read: “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon–July 1969 A.D–We came in peace for all mankind.”

At 5:35 p.m., Armstrong and Aldrin successfully docked and rejoined Collins, and at 12:56 a.m. on July 22 Apollo 11 began its journey home, safely splashing down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:51 p.m. on July 24.

There would be five more successful lunar landing missions, and one unplanned lunar swing-by, Apollo 13. The last men to walk on the moon, astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt of the Apollo 17 mission, left the lunar surface on December 14, 1972. The Apollo program was a costly and labor intensive endeavor, involving an estimated 400,000 engineers, technicians, and scientists, and costing $24 billion (close to $100 billion in today’s dollars). The expense was justified by Kennedy’s 1961 mandate to beat the Soviets to the moon, and after the feat was accomplished ongoing missions lost their viability.

DID YOU KNOW THAT when it’s an adult, the “Immortal Jellyfish,” scientifically named Turritopsis dohrnii, can transform its cells back to its childhood state. This usually happens when it is physically harmed, sick, or even when it is starving. The jellyfish evolved this skill in order to survive throughout history, specifically when latching onto ships. Since it can hitchhike, its DNA has spread and the not-so-rare species is emerging all over the world.

WORD OF THE DAY cogent (KOH-junt) which means
1 a : appealing forcibly to the mind or reason : convincing
b : pertinent, relevant
2 : having power to compel or constrain
"Trained, knowledgeable agents make cogent suggestions ... that make sense to customers." It makes sense for us to include that comment from the president of a direct marketing consulting company because it provides such a nice opportunity to point out the etymological relationship between the words cogent and agent. Agent derives from the Latin verb agere, which means "to drive," "to lead," or "to act." Adding the prefix co- to agere gave Latin cogere, a word that literally means "to drive together"; that ancient term ultimately gave English cogent. Something that is cogent figuratively pulls together thoughts and ideas, and the cogency of an argument depends on the driving intellectual force behind it.

Flags at Half Mast

The flags at the Veterans Park are at 1/2 staff in honor of fellow veteran and former Marine Chuck Carpenter

Museum Week Art Show

July 19, 2019

The Art Show has been taking place for the last three days, the 17th, 18th, and 19th with today being the last day of show. Lois Stipps was the organizer of this year's show, and one of her ideas was to have several photographers submit some of their best photos, and then offer them for sale to benefit the historical society. All of this was in addition to the artists in many veins including pottery, painting, jewelry, and more.

Many of the photos donated

The other art was place on three sided panels for display.

Lois Stipps and friend

Tina Morgan selling raffle tickets for the Lois Stipps' painting

View video of the Art Show HERE

Music Fest 2019 Friday

July 19, 2019

Music festival in the woods down the West Side Road

Even if this trip to Beaver Island is your very first trip here, there is no way that you can get lost if you are headed down to the Beaver Island Music Festival. The signs are as clear as they can possibly be. The video show many of the signs pointing the way and the first three groups to play on Friday afternoon.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View video of the trip to and a couple of hours at the Music Fest HERE

Frank Mays, Sole Living Survivor of Carl D. Bradley

July 18, 2019

Frank Mays,

Last evening, about sixty people crammed into the Episcopal Mission Church to hear the presentation about the sinking of the Carl D Bradley by the now sole survivor of this disaster, Frank Mays. The presentation ended up being just less than one hour in the somewhat warm and muggy evening starting at 7 p.m. Frank Mays tells the story about his group in a life raft and the problems of staying in the raft and keeping from dying from hypothermia.

The SS Carl D. Bradley was a self-unloading Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Michigan storm on November 18, 1958. Of the 35 crew members, 33 died in the sinking. 23 were from the port town of Rogers City, Michigan. Her sinking was likely caused by structural failure from the brittle steel used in her construction.

Built in 1927 by the American Ship Building Company in Lorain, Ohio, the Bradley was owned by the Michigan Limestone division of U.S. Steel, and operated by the Bradley Transportation Line. She retained the title of "Queen of the Lakes" for 22 years as the longest and largest freighter on the Great Lakes. The four crew members who reached the only free life raft were repeatedly thrown off by the massive waves and only two survived

View video of the presentation HERE

The Strang Series

At the Episcopal Mission Church

View video of both presentations HERE

Board of Education Meetings Rescheduled

July 19, 2019

Committee Meetings and Board Meeting Notice

Stone Circle Discussion

All images of the stones and stone circle in this story are the property of M.T.Bussey - bisctimeandagain@gmail.com They are used with permission.

Terri Bussey, Frank Ettawagesik, and Melissa Wialotrik participated in the Stone Circle Discussion with Cynthia Pryor,the modeerator. Also reporting in the video is Alvin LaFreniere as representative from the historical society.

Frank Ettawagesik


..............................................Melissa, Terri, and Frank...............Melissa Wialotrik,Cynthia Prior, Terri Bussey, and Frank Ettawagesik

Terri Bussey.............................................Alvin LaFreniere

.....................Terri and Frank................Cynthia Johnson and Cynthia Pryor

The following pictures are from Beaver Island Stone Circle - Rising Time and Again - Home.htm

View video of the discussion HERE

Picnic at the Point

July 17, 2019

This program is offered every Wednesday with the lighthouse tower open and available for climbing to the top. The program is designed for you to bring a picnic lunch and eat lunch while one person from the Historical Society or arranged by them to speak on a topic of interest. Today's prsentation was on aids to navigation done by Dick McEvoy.

What better place to talk about aids to navigation than the one that marks the entrance to Paradise Bay, Beaver Island's natural harbor

Dickie gave recognition to the the lighthouse here at Whiskey Point, the life-saving service, and the Coast Guard and pointed out the flag tower across the road.

View a gallery of pictures HERE

Here are some examples of the Aids to Navigation:

Alexandria..........Swimming buoy.............Diver's buoy

Fog building and lighthouse at the South Beaver Head Light

Grey's Reef.........Bell Buoy example......Lansing Shoal Light

Examples of light ship.......radio fog signal........Red and Green marking buoys

Red Right Returning

Squaw Island Lighthous and Tending Aids to Navigation

View video of the presentation HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 19, 2019

Cloudy this morning but will clear to partly cloudy. It's going to be a sweltering, hot day so keep hydrated and try to stay cool. It's 71° right now, wind is at 9 mph from the SW, humidity is at 92%, pressure is 29.70 inches, and visibility is 4 miles. Pollen levels are low-medium at 3.4 while the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and cattail. Marine forecast as follows:
Today Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Patchy fog. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday West wind 5 to 10 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Saturday Night Light winds. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE in 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The irregularly shaped stone contained fragments of passages written in three different scripts: Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic. The ancient Greek on the Rosetta Stone told archaeologists that it was inscribed by priests honoring the king of Egypt, Ptolemy V, in the second century B.C. More startlingly, the Greek passage announced that the three scripts were all of identical meaning. The artifact thus held the key to solving the riddle of hieroglyphics, a written language that had been “dead” for nearly 2,000 years.

When Napoleon, an emperor known for his enlightened view of education, art and culture, invaded Egypt in 1798, he took along a group of scholars and told them to seize all important cultural artifacts for France. Pierre Bouchard, one of Napoleon’s soldiers, was aware of this order when he found the basalt stone, which was almost four feet long and two-and-a-half feet wide, at a fort near Rosetta. When the British defeated Napoleon in 1801, they took possession of the Rosetta Stone.

Several scholars, including Englishman Thomas Young made progress with the initial hieroglyphics analysis of the Rosetta Stone. French Egyptologist Jean-Francois Champollion (1790-1832), who had taught himself ancient languages, ultimately cracked the code and deciphered the hieroglyphics using his knowledge of Greek as a guide. Hieroglyphics used pictures to represent objects, sounds and groups of sounds. Once the Rosetta Stone inscriptions were translated, the language and culture of ancient Egypt was suddenly open to scientists as never before.

The Rosetta Stone has been housed at the British Museum in London since 1802, except for a brief period during World War I. At that time, museum officials moved it to a separate underground location, along with other irreplaceable items from the museum’s collection, to protect it from the threat of bombs.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Dr. Seuss, the popular children’s book author who is known for his rhyming skills, was born with the name Theodor Seuss Geisel. Seuss is his mother’s maiden name, and their family pronounces it as “soice” (rhyming with voice). Seuss’ college friend Alexander Liang even wrote a poem about the common misconception.

WORD OF THE DAY gnomic (NOH-mik) which means characterized by aphorism. A gnome is an aphorism—that is, an observation or sentiment reduced to the form of a saying. Gnomes are sometimes couched in metaphorical or figurative language, they are often quite clever, and they are always concise. We borrowed the word gnome in the 16th century from the Greeks, who based their gnome on the verb gignōskein, meaning "to know." (The other gnome—referring to the dwarf of folklore—comes from New Latin and is unrelated to the aphoristic gnome.) We began using gnomic, the adjective form of gnome, in the late 18th century. It describes a style of writing, or sometimes speech, characterized by pithy phrases, which are often terse to the point of mysteriousness.

Jingle Dance at Whiskey Point Light

July 16, 2019

With drumming, dancing, and presentations, the Jingle Dance was explained and demonstrated by the Indian present at Whiskey Point. From individual dances to group dances to involvement in a dance for all around the Whiskey Point Light, this event was informative and simply a joyously fun opportunity to learn about the heritage of the first residents of the Beaver Archipelago.

View video of this event HERE

Thanks to Dawn Mooney Marsh for the video work!

Heritage Park Blacksmithing

July 16, 2019

This is another of the highlights of Museum Week activities. Watching the blacksmiths do their work and practice their craft is fascinating. The video of this was done by Dawn Mooney Marsh, and it shows a nice variety of the work going on there.

View video of the blacksmiths HERE

This Place Matters-Picnic at the Southhead Lighthouse

July 14, 2019

This was the first activity on the Museum Week Schedule of Activities. The gathering down at the Southhead Lighthouse included presentations, music, tours, and a picnic lunch. Thank you to Robert Cole for doing the video of this event for BINN. About one hundred seventy-five people attended this even. (If anyone knows the location of a heavy duty extension cord about 50 feet in length, please return it to Editor Joe Moore.)

View video of this event HERE

Men's Golf League, Week 6

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 18, 2019

It's already 70° this morning (actually that was the same reading as 12:30 this morning), wind is from the south at 10 mph, humidity is at 73%, pressure is 29.81, and visibility is 10 miles. Cloudy skies so don't be surprised to see some scattered thunderstorms. Pollen levels are low-medium at 4.1 while the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and dock. Marine forecast is as follows:
Today Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots. Showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms, manly late morning to early afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Patchy fog. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less.
Friday Night West wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE in 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.

DID YOU KNOW THAT bacteria and fungi eat away at fallen trees, but that wasn’t always the case. Bacteria had to evolve to eat wood, so hundreds of millions of years go, trees would fall at death, leaving large piles of dead wood. Forest fires of unimaginable proportions would burn the massive mounds of dead wood. And that’s where most of the coal today on Earth came from, according to National Geographic.

WORD OF THE DAY speculate (SPEK-yuh-layt) which means:
1 a : to meditate on or ponder a subject : reflect
b : to review something idly or casually and often
2 : to assume a business risk in hope of gain; especially : to
buy or sell in expectation of profiting from market
3 : to take to be true on the basis of insufficient evidence :
4 : to be curious or doubtful about : wonder
Speculate was adopted into English in the late 16th century from Latin speculatus, the past participle of the verb speculari, which means "to spy out" or "to examine." Speculari, in turn, derives from specula, meaning "lookout post," and ultimately from the Latin verb specere, meaning "to look (at)." Other conspicuous descendants of specere are inspect and suspect. Some less obvious descendants are the words despise, species, specimen, and as you may have speculated, conspicuous.

B.I. Airport Commision Reschedules August Meeting

The Beaver Island Airport Commision meeting is scheduled for August 10, 2019, but is no changed to one week earlier on August 3, 2019, at 9 a.m. at the airport terminal of the Beaver Island Airport.

View the special meeting notice HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 17, 2019

Whew! Now that I can breathe again - and for a whole year - I'm feeling sooo much better. Thanks everyone!

This morning it's 63°, wind is from the NE at 6 mph, humidity is 99%, pressure is 29.95 inches, and visibility is 10 miles. It's going to be hot and humid today so find a comfortable place to wait it out. Don't forget your pets, this heat and humidity gets to them too - AND they are wearing fur coats! The pollen levels are low-medium at 4.7 while the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and dock. Marine forecast as follows:
Today East wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the late morning then 20 knots early in the evening. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Thursday Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Showers and thunderstorms likely. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Thursday Night Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 3 feet. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE in 1955, Disneyland, Walt Disney's metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy, and futurism opened. 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 14 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.

DID YOU KNOW THAT At the Bank of Philadelphia on August 1, 1798, a sum of $162,821 was stolen from the vault. There was no sign of forced entry so it was thought to be an inside job. Patrick Lyon was imprisoned as the prime suspect, as he had been the carpenter that worked on the vault doors.

But then, they realized a man named Isaac Davis had been depositing large sums of money into the Bank of Philadelphia. It turned out, he was one of the robbers involved. In 1799, Lyon was freed, and Davis only ended up repaying the money without serving a day in jail.

WORD OF THE DAY provender (PRAH-vun-der) which means 1) dry food for domestic animals: feed; 2) food, victuals. When English speakers first chewed on the word provender around 1300, it referred to a stipend (also known as a prebend) that a clergyman received from his cathedral or collegiate church. Within a half a century, the word's current meanings had developed. These days you're most likely to encounter provender in articles written by food and travel writers. A few such writers confuse provender with purveyor, meaning "a person or business that sells or provides something," but most of them keep the words straight, as Deidre Schipani does in this quote from the Post and Courier, of Charleston, South Carolina: "The kitchen remains true to its local roots. Buying from island farmers, fisherman, shrimpers, butchers and small local artisans keeps the provender and purveyors in alignment."

July 26 Blood Drive Remembers Lifelong Beaver Island Resident

Local residents encouraged to donate life-saving blood to help strengthen Michigan’s dangerously low blood supply

BEAVER ISLAND, Mich. – Tuesday, July 16, 2019 – Beaver Island residents are encouraged to donate life-saving blood to help strengthen Michigan’s dangerously low blood supply at a memorial blood drive that honors a lifelong resident.

The Rita Gillespie Memorial Blood Drive is from noon-6 p.m. July 26 at the Gregg Fellowship Center, located at 38215 Kenwabikise Lane on Beaver Island.

The drive began in 1989 and honors the life of Gillespie, who was diagnosed with Leukemia in the mid-1980s. She succumbed to the disease in 1988. The drive is organized by Kellie Sopczynski, manager of donor services for Versiti Blood Center of Michigan in Saginaw and Gillespie’s granddaughter.

“I want to thank all of the past donors, especially Connie Wojan, who have made this drive a succes,s” Sopczynski said. “This year marks the 30th anniversary of the blood drive, and I am honored to be a part of it. My grandma would be so proud of this small island community.”   

The drive comes at a time when blood donations are urgently needed. Earlier this week, Versiti issued an emergency plea for blood donations as Michigan’s blood supply dipped to a dangerously low level, with just a half-day supply of critically needed O-positive and O-negative types available.

O-negative donors are universal blood donors, meaning their red blood cells can be transfused to all patients. O-negative blood is needed in hospital emergency rooms throughout Michigan for situations when there is no time to determine a patient’s blood type.

Donating blood takes about an hour. Anyone age 17 or older in good health who meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to give. Parental consent is required for donors age 16 to give. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes their birth date. 

Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-866-642-5663 or visit Versiti online. 

Versiti Blood Center of Michigan, formerly Michigan Blood, has collected blood throughout the state since 1955. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, the non-profit organization provides blood products and services to nearly 80 Michigan hospitals. Versiti collects more than 114,000 units of blood each year in Michigan at eight donation centers and through the operation of more than 3,400 community blood drives throughout the state. 


Versiti Blood Center of Michigan is a non-profit blood center headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich. Founded in 1955, it is the primary provider of blood products and services for nearly 80 hospitals throughout Michigan and is an established leader in quality and service. Versiti collects more than 114,000 units of blood each year throughout the state at eight permanent donation sites and more than 3,400 community blood drives. For more, visit versiti.org/Michigan.


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St. James Township Public Works Committee

July 17, 2019

View meeting notice HERE

Weather by Joe

July 16, 2019

Right now on Beaver Island, it is 67 degrees at 7 a.m. with a pressure of 29.78 and visibility of nine miles. The dewpoint is 66 with relative humidity of 92%, which might explain some of the fog, after getting a quarter inch of rain yesterday.

TODAY, it is expected, to get up to 77 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. There is a 20% chance of rain. Winds will continue from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for thundrstorms early with a 40% chance of rain, a low near 60, and winds switching to the N at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a high in the upper 70s. Winds will switch to the ENE at 10 to 15 mph. There is a 20% chance of rain.

Word of the Day; auxiliary; adjective; (awg-ZILL-yuh-ree); offering or providing help; functioning in a subsidiary capacity

Auxiliary is used in a wide range of capacities in English to describe a person or thing that assists another. A fire department may bring in auxiliary units, for example, to battle a tough blaze, or a sailboat may be equipped with auxiliary engines to supply propulsion when the wind disappears. In grammar, an auxiliary verb assists another (main) verb to express person, number, mood, or tense, such as have in "They have been informed." The Latin source of auxiliary is auxilium, meaning "help."

On this Day

On this day in 1945, at 5:29:45 a.m., the Manhattan Project comes to an explosive end as the first atom bomb is successfully tested in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Plans for the creation of a uranium bomb by the Allies were established as early as 1939, when Italian emigre physicist Enrico Fermi met with U.S. Navy department officials at Columbia University to discuss the use of fissionable materials for military purposes. That same year, Albert Einstein wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt supporting the theory that an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction had great potential as a basis for a weapon of mass destruction. In February 1940, the federal government granted a total of $6,000 for research. But in early 1942, with the United States now at war with the Axis powers, and fear mounting that Germany was working on its own uranium bomb, the War Department took a more active interest, and limits on resources for the project were removed.

Brigadier-General Leslie R. Groves, himself an engineer, was now in complete charge of a project to assemble the greatest minds in science and discover how to harness the power of the atom as a means of bringing the war to a decisive end. The Manhattan Project (so-called because of where the research began) would wind its way through many locations during the early period of theoretical exploration, most importantly, the University of Chicago, where Enrico Fermi successfully set off the first fission chain reaction. But the Project took final form in the desert of New Mexico, where, in 1943, Robert J. Oppenheimer began directing Project Y at a laboratory at Los Alamos, along with such minds as Hans Bethe, Edward Teller, and Fermi. Here theory and practice came together, as the problems of achieving critical mass—a nuclear explosion—and the construction of a deliverable bomb were worked out.

Finally, on the morning of July 16, in the New Mexico desert 120 miles south of Santa Fe, the first atomic bomb was detonated. The scientists and a few dignitaries had removed themselves 10,000 yards away to observe as the first mushroom cloud of searing light stretched 40,000 feet into the air and generated the destructive power of 15,000 to 20,000 tons of TNT. The tower on which the bomb sat when detonated was vaporized.

The question now became—on whom was the bomb to be dropped? Germany was the original target, but the Germans had already surrendered. The only belligerent remaining was Japan.

A footnote: The original $6,000 budget for the Manhattan Project finally ballooned to a total cost of $2 billion.

Beaver Island Board of Education Meeting

July 15, 2019, 7 p.m.

Packet for the meeting

St. James Township Board of Review Scheduled

July 16, 2019; 3 p.m.

View meeting notice HERE

Weather by Joe

July 15, 2019

Right now on Beaver Island at 8 a.m., it is 62 degrees. There is visibility of ten miles with hardly a breath of wind. The humidity is 74%. It's startomg to be a nice day with a pressure of 30,01.

TODAY, it is expected to change. It is forecast for a 100% chance of thundershowers today with an accumulation of almost a half inch of rain. The wind will be from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph with an expected high of 74.

TONIGHT and TOMORROW, it is forecast for an 80% chance of thunderstorms with an accumulation of over one inch total. The winds will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight, the temperature will get down to 67 and tomorrow get up to the high 70s. It sounds like a wet night and morning coming up, so batten down the hatches.

Word of the Day: nosegay; noun; ( NOHZ-gay); a small bunch of flowers

Nosegay is a homegrown word—that is, it originated in English. 15th-century Middle English speakers joined nose (which meant then what it does today) with gay (which, at the time, meant "ornament"). That makes nosegay an appropriate term for a bunch of flowers, which is indeed an ornament that appeals to the nose. Today, the word nosegay is especially common in the bridal business, where it usually refers to a specific type of bouquet: a round, tight bunch of flowers as opposed to a cascading bouquet or other type of arrangement. Occasionally, the word is used metaphorically for things that somehow resemble a bouquet. For example, a compact collection of enjoyably lighthearted short stories might be called "a nosegay of a book."

On this Day

On this day in 2006, the San Francisco-based podcasting company Odeo officially releases Twttr—later changed to Twitter—its short messaging service (SMS) for groups, to the public.

Born as a side project apart from Odeo’s main podcasting platform, the free application allowed users to share short status updates with groups of friends by sending one text message to a single number (“40404”). Over the next few years, as Twttr became Twitter, the simple “microblogging” service would explode in popularity, becoming one of the world’s leading social networking platforms.

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams first made his name in the Silicon Valley tech world by founding the Web diary-publishing service Blogger, which he sold to Google in 2003 for several million dollars. In 2005, William co-founded Odeo with another entrepreneur, Noah Glass; that fall, however, Odeo’s main service was made obsolete when Apple launched iTunes (including a built-in podcasting platform).

After Williams asked the team of 14 employees to brainstorm their best ideas for the flailing startup, one of the company’s engineers, Jack Dorsey, came up with the concept of a service allowing users to share personal status updates via SMS to groups of people. By March 2006, they had a working prototype, and a name—Twttr—inspired in part by bird sounds, and adopted after some other choices (including FriendStalker) were rejected. Dorsey (@Jack) sent the first-ever tweet (“just setting up my twttr”) on March 21.

At the time Twttr launched to the public in July 2006, it was still a side project of Odeo, while the company’s primary offering, the podcasting platform, was going nowhere. That fall, according to a report in Business Insider, Williams bought out the company’s investors, changed Odeo’s name to Obvious Corporation and fired Glass, whose role in the birth of Twitter (including coming up with its name) wouldn’t become public until years later.

Within six months after the launch, Twttr had become Twitter. Once the service went public, its founders imposed a 140-character limit for messages, based on the maximum length of text messages at the time; this was later expanded to 280 characters.

Use of Twitter exploded at the South by Southwest convention in Austin, Texas, in March 2007, when more than 60,000 tweets were sent per day, and grew rapidly from there. By 2013, the New York Times reported that the company had more than 2,000 employees and more than 200 million active users. That November, when the company went public, it was valued at just over $31 billion.

Though Twitter’s user base is much smaller than that of Facebook (which has more than 2 billion monthly active users as of 2019), it has increasingly become a source of breaking news and information, especially for younger users. The company’s prominence rose with the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, who was outspoken on Twitter throughout his campaign and has often tweeted policy decisions or other announcements during his administration. Like other social media companies, Twitter and Dorsey, its CEO, have faced pressure to police the content on the site more closely to prevent bullying, harassment and hate speech, as well as better protect its users’ privacy in a heightened political climate. 

Mass from Holy Cross

July 14, 2019

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

Patrick Nugent read on Sunday..Father Mathew and Father

View video of the services HERE

Christian Church Service

July 14, 2019

View video of the service HERE

Beaver Island Historical Activities for 2019

From AMVETS Post 46: Thank You Beaver Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jim Latta, Quartermaster
AMVETS Post 46

Historical Society Spring 2019 Newsletter

July 13, 2019



Cinematic Tour of Beaver Island

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

View it here

Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

ContraDance Summer 2018 Schedule

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

ContraDance begins in May!


St. James Township Finance Committee

Meeting Dates

St. James Township Meetings Schedule

September 5, 2018

View video of the meeting HERE

The Beaver Island Water Trail

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

Water Trail website HERE

See paddling guide HERE


Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

View presentation HERE

Invasives, Maps, Report, and Graphics

Link to the Beaver Island Airport 10-year Plan

On the Beach of Beaver Island

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

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

When Santa Missed the Boat to Beaver Island

as read by Phil Gregg

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

Interests-An Editorial by Joe Moore

July 13, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Men's Summer Golf League-Week 5 Results

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

Gull Harbor Wade

July 12, 2019

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

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

View a gallery of photos taken on the wade HERE

View video of the wade HERE

Christie Heller Purdue and Mike Purdue Have Twins

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

Irish Festival Planned for September 2019


Resale Shop

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

St James Township Meeting Time Change

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

Telecommunications Committee 2019 Meeting Schedule

Transportation Authority Meeting Schedule

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Island Summit Final Reports

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

Short Summary

Complete Report

BIRHC Board Meeting Dates

2019 Meeting Dates

June 15

September 21

December 14 (Annual Meeting)

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

Beaver Island Airport Committee Meeting Schedule

Library Story Times

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

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

New Library Hours

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

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

Weekdays:เธข เธข  8:30 - 5:00

Saturday:เธข เธข  12:00 - 5:00

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

Public Meeting Dates



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

BIESA Meeting Dates


Thursday, February 22, 2019 2:00PM

From the BIESA minutes for May 31, 2018


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

Holy Cross Church Bulletin

August 2019


Waste Management Committee Meeting Schedule

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

View schedule HERE

Christian Church Bulletin

June 30, 2019

Contradance Summer 2019 Schedule

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



Chuck Carpenter RIP

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

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

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

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

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


From a Former BICS Graduate, Now a Teacher

July 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

It was one of these mornings when the magic happened.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This continued until Sister unlocked the front door. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you can help, here's the link

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

From Phillip Michael Moore

St. James Board Meeting

for July 10, 2019

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

1.       Agenda

2.       Monthly Finance Report

3.        Supervisor’s Lens

a.       Finance

b.      Non-Motorized Paved Trail

c.       Font Lake Drawdown

d.      Anderson/Woollam Marina Project

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

f.        BIHS Request to Remove Pocket Park and Streetlight

g.       Reapprove National Floodplain Insurance Program Ordinance

h.      Municipal Dock Employee Restructuring 2019

4.       Finance Committee Report

5.       Ordinances

a.       Flood Plan Management

b.      Recreational Marijuana Opt-Out

6.       Recreational Marijuana Webinar 2: Public Input

7.       BIHS Letter of Request

Marijuana Public Engagement Slides

View video of the meeting HERE

Thank you to Dawn Marsh for recording this meeting!


Holy Cross Bulletin for July 2019

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Minutes

July 11, 2019 (Received date and posted date)

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

View the minutes HERE

Familiar Faces 23

By Joe Moore

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

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

Read the rest of the story HERE

New Voter Rights

Election 8/6/19

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

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

Beaver Island District Library Prop - 1

Library Millage Proposal

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

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

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

List of all polling place locations:

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

AUGUST 6, 2019


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

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

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

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

This election is for the purpose of:

Voting on the following proposal (s):

Beaver Island District Library Prop - 1

Library Millage Proposal

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

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


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

2. Appointment of Receiving Board

Julie Gillespie

Absentee Voter Link

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


Peaine Township Board Meeting

July 8, 2019

Board Members present


View packet for the meeting HERE

The packet includes the agenda and resolutions, etc.

View video of the meeting HERE


Charlevoix County Commission on Aging July 2019 Update

July 8, 2019

Should you have ANY questions about program requirements or qualifications, please contact Kathie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island or Sheri Shepard in the COA Office. 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

The next COA Advisory Board Meetings are:

July 15, 2019 at the Boyne Falls Township Hall at 10am

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

As a reminder, the Mainland Senior Centers Hours are:

9a-2p Monday through Friday October through April

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

They are closed for most of the National Holidays.

Beaver Island COA Office Updates:

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

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

Meal Voucher Program update:

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

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

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

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

View Senior Hi-Lites HERE

A Busy June

View video HERE

BIA-Island Currents

July 4, 2019

Purple Emerald Ash Borer Traps

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

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

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

St. James Election Information

Notice of Registration 080619 St James[8664]

Election Notice 080619 St James[8664]

June 19th Information Presentation about Marina

View the slideshow info HERE

A Sign of Caring

Thanks to Bob Tidmore for the picture.

Early History of Beaver Island EMS

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

Preface—The History of Beaver Island EMS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beaver Island Development Corporation


View brochure HERE

Beaver Island Historical Activities for 2019

Your Help in Controlling Garlic Mustard

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

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

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

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

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

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