B. I. News on the 'Net, July 17-30, 2017

July Video Report

There are three services that Beaver Island News on the 'Net uses to make video and news available. The total video usage this month has included 430 unique IP addresses viewing 2,257 video clips, and using bandwidth of 119.5 GB. Obviously, the live stream is done separately than the other two. This month of July 2017, the live stream has had viewing from 112 unique IP addresses with views of 190 during this month with bandwidth usage at 13.1 GB. The current video has had viewing by 285 unique IP addresses viewing 1983 video clips using bandwidth of 100.7 GB. The older video clips had viewing from 72 unique IP addresses viewing 84 clips using 5.8 GB of bandwidth.

This represents only the video and not the text, pictures, albums, and galleries on these three separate website addresses. Beaverislandnews.com had 1,085 unique visitors, viewing 6.866 pages during 4,934 visits. Beaverislandnewsarchives.com had 1104 visitors, viewing 3,162 pages during 2,059 visits. Beaverisland.tv had 300 unique visitors, viewing 1,253 pages, during 742 visits.

A Garden is Hope

by Cindy Ricksgers

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

July 29+30, 2017

Today was the fiftieth anniversary of Father John Paul's church back in his homeland. This made the day special, and there was special music as well with an added trumpet to the choir and the organ.

Saturday night lector John Fiegen...Sunday morning lector Patrick Nugent

Deacon Jim Siler read the Gospel for both services.

Father John Paul gave the sermon for both services.

Two other pictures from the service

View video of the service HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 30, 2017

Clear skies at the moment, 63°, wind is at 9 mph from the SW, humidity is at 88%, pressure is steady at 30.10 inches, visibility is 8.8 miles, UV levels are very high at 8, and pollen levels are in the medium range at 6.9.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. HIghs around 80°. West winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds at 10 mph.
TODAY: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 30, 1945 - The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian. Only 316 out of 1,196 men aboard survived the attack. Doug Stanton, of Traverse City, wrote a wonderful book on this story. It's one of those that's hard to put down. If you get a chance, check it out "In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors" by Doug Stanton.

DID YOU KNOW THAT The foot accounts for 25% of the bones in the human body? and that there are roughly 250,000 sweat glands on a pair of feet?

WORD OF THE DAY: variegated (VAIR-ee-i-gey-tid) which means varied in appearance or color; marked with patches or spots of different colors. The first element of the Latin verb variegāre “to diversify, make different colors” is the adjective varius “mottled, spotted, speckled; different, changing.” The second element of the Latin verb, -egāre, is a combining form of the verb agere, originally “to drive, lead” but with as many developed senses in Latin as do, make, or run in English. Variegated entered English in the mid-17th century.

What Did You Say 51

by Joe Moore

As you get older and have things get in the way of your dreams, the scanner can be an amazing friend in your exhaustion.  I just heard the local EMS get paged to the medical center for a patient having difficulty breathing.  The call went out with a page from Central Dispatch, the ambulance responded within a few minutes, the emergency response vehicle zipped in and arrived quickly.  Arrangements were made for the air transport aircraft, the patient was headed out to the airport and flown off quickly.  The patient was picked up in Charlevoix for a quick transport to Charlevoix Area Hospital.
Why a good thing?

Read the rest of the story HERE

Deputy Peacock and Mast

by Richard Burris

Deputy Peacock and Mast
By Dick Burris

We had a deputy called Peacock, that was a diver. He decided to make an underwater tow sled out of an old snowmobile. So he took out the motor, and made some up and down, and right/left steering fins for it.
One day he asked me if I would tow him on an experimental view of the bottomlands of the harbor area. Of course, thinking that it would be an interesting thing to do, went along with the idea. He hooked his sled to the stern post of the Burr-ls-Bell, and we commenced to cover the bottom, going about five mph.
Just for fun, he was towed toward. and angled into the the N4 buoy anchor chain, just out from the coast guard station. He at that point, abandoned the sled and came to the surface. By this time the sled was past the chain, so I waited until he had time to return to the sled, and proceeded to tow him back toward town.
We went on a course behind the boat, and yacht docks, "an interesting area, because of lost items that could be found there." Then we started up through the shallow channel leading to the Marina. This was the time of year that the seaweed was growing profusely. All of a sudden the boat seemed to slow down and the towline tightened like a " banjo stl ring" so thought I should stop and see what was causing it.
I then witnessed something that might appear in a science fiction movie, A huge wad of seaweed surfaced, with two arms flailing franticly, to extricate their body from it's mass entanglement of seaweed. The sled was brought to the surface and cleared of seaweed; and that was the last time that the sled was used to my knowlege.

Sailboat mast:
When we lived on Lake Geneserath, a friend and neighbor, knowing that I was a diver, asked me if we could find his sailboat mast, that had fallen into the lake.
So one morning Perry Fortier, my buddy and son in law, took the pram, towline and t ow-board to the neighbors cottage and he went with us to establish a search pattern.
The pattern started fairly close to shore, to zig zag, back and forth out into deeper water. On each turn the line would go slack, and I and the t ow-board would wait for the next movement forward on the bottom of the lake.
There were several runs and turns: on what happened to be the LAST turn, all stopped and off the left was the mast and sail.
So I swam over to it, and was going to just surface with it, when noticing the tow-board still on the bottom.

The depth at this point was nearly forty feet deep, so I thought I'd surprise Perry with the intended "find".
Holding the tow-board in one hand, and pointing the mast upward with the other; I glided to the surface. As the mast started to rise at the surface, all motion stopped; Perry said he thought he was being approached by a submarine, seeing what appeared to be a periscope, ascending from the depths.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 29, 2017

Clear skies this morning, 60°, wind is at 5 mph from the NW, humidity is at 84%, pressure is rising from 30.15 inches, visibility is 10+ miles, UV levels are very high at 8, and pollen levels are medium at 7.1.
TODAY: Sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Northwest winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Southwest winds at 10 mph.
TODAY: Light winds becoming west 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 29, 1786 - "The Pittsburgh Gazette" became the first newspaper west of the Alleghenies to be published. The paper's name was later changed to "The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette."

DID YOU KNOW THAT astronauts can't burp in space 'cause there's no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their stomachs?

WORD OF THE DAY: membrahophone (mem-BREY-nuh-fohn) which means any musical instrument, as a drum, in which the sound is produced by striking, rubbing, or blowing against a membrane stretched over a frame. Membranophone was first recorded in the 1930s. It’s a blend of membrane, a late Middle English term from Middle English membraan “parchment,” which ultimately derives from Latin membrāna, and -phone, a combining form used in words for musical instruments.

From Peaine Township

The following information was received today, July 28, 2017, in an email from the supervisor at 3:11 p.m. The other information about the ballot proposals were already posted by BINN below, so only the front page of the document is different than the ballot proposals already posted.

Osprey Update

"Come onnnn, Dad. Cooome ooon, Dad," the youngster whines. "Honey, get that food up here, Here, HEEERE!" the wife hollers. Well, those were the things running through this photographers mind as he watched the osprey and listened to the crying of the birds in the nest. The last one heard reminded me of the utter disgust that a wife can have when the husband doesn't do what he has been asked and asked to do. The pictures kind of show the situation, and the video allows you to hear it.

"I'm just getting a bite or two first."



BIESA Meeting

July 27, 2017

The regular meeting of the BIESA took place at the Peaine Township Hall at 2 pm. yesterday. Four of the five authority members were present. There was no fire department representative present. The agenda is shown below on this page and included a backup plan presented by CCE (also below).

The authority board members

The CCE representatives

  1. Call to Order
  2. Review/revise agenda
  3. Approve Minutes from June 29, 2017 Regular Meeting
  4. Approve Minutes from July 13, 2017 Special Meeting.
  5. Report by Greg Clark, Assistant Director, of the C.C.E/9-1-1 Central Dispatch Authority, update on work completed since June Meeting.
  1. Reports
    1. Fire
    2. EMS - Directors Report:

EMT Course Update and National Testing
Status of the old E-Car

  1. Report on DBA for Fire Department and status of bank account and fund transfer.
  2. Report on transfer of insurance from St. James Township to ESA
  3. RFP for audit of 2016-2017 fiscal year
  4. Status of responses to RFP to provide Emergency Medical Service on Beaver Island
  5. Public Comment


View the video of this meeting HERE

Bristol Bay Departs

After providing tours of the vessel yesterday, July 27, 2017, the Bristol Bay headed out of Paradise Bay toward Charlevoix. The vessel was pushing a barge on its way out of the harbor. The USCG vessel was a welcome sight at the BIBCO dock here on the island.

Video of the departure


B. I. Blood Drive Successful

Connie Boyle reports that the goal of the blood drive held on July 27, 2017, was a total of 65 units of blood, and the wonderful attendance for the island include the goal reached and surpassed with 67 units. More to come o nthis in the near future.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 28, 2017

Has anyone else noticed that some of the trees are already changing colors? We noticed it last week on the drive between Charlevoix and Petoskey. Yesterday the large tree in Bill Hersey's front yard has some definite color. Seems way, way too early to me.

Mostly cloudy skies at the moment, 60°, wind is at 12 mph from the NE, humidity is at 89%, pressure is steady at 30.04 inches, visibility is 10+ miles, UV will be very high today at 8, and pollen levels will be at medium levels at 6.7.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. Northeast winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Light winds.
TODAY: Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 28, 1945 - A U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York City's Empire State Building. This 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 jet 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 jet 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.

DID YOU KNOW THAT frogs can't swallow with their eyes open? So, how DO they swallow? They use their eyes to force their food down their throats, as they don't have the necessary muscles to chew their food. It is their eyes which are actually sinking down inside of its skull to push down on the food.

WORD OF THE DAY: ballon (ba-LAWN) which means the lightness and grace of movement that make a dancer appear buoyant. Ballon is a French term used especially in ballet, describing a dancer who appears to be floating in the air while executing a jump or other movement, like “His Airness,” Michael Jordan. Earlier English spellings of the word include balonne, baloune, and balloone as well as balloon. The original sense of the word in the early 17th century was “ball,” specifically a large, sturdy, inflated leather ball hit with the arms protected with wooden boards or kicked like a soccer ball. By the late 17th century ballon and balloon had developed the meaning “a large globular glass vessel” used for chemical distillation; and by the late 18th century, balloon (thus spelled) also meant “a round, flexible, airtight bag that rises into the air when inflated with heated air or gas.” Balloon becomes the standard English spelling in the late 17th century. Ballon, as a ballet term, entered English in the 19th century.

911 Outage Back-up Plan

The back-up plan to help resolve the unusual situation of 911 being out was presented today at the BIESA meeting by CCE representatives. The plan involves the use of the medical center forwarding phone system and the medical center communications center area radio, which includes a combination VHF radio and an 800 MHz radio installed there. The plan is to use this area and possibly train someone to operate the system after installation of a communications board. This is still in the planning stages, but the plan so far was approved by the BIESA.

Peaine Special Election Ballot

August 8, 2017

Although no information has been forthcoming from the Peaine Township to Beaver Island News on the 'Net, a search today of the Charlevoix County website found the ballot and the ballot language for this special election which includes airport renewal millage of .75 mills, EMS millage which is new for Peaine Township of 3 mills, and road millage renewal of 1 mill. All of these millages would be for three years., The election is on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, in eleven days.

Bristol Bay, USCG Cutter, Visits Beaver Island

The Bristol Bay pulled into Paradise Bay yesterday, July 26, 2017, and tied up at the end of the Beaver Island Boat Company dock. This vessel is a cutter of the Bay class. he 140-foot Bay-class Cutters are state of the art icebreakers used primarily for domestic ice breaking duties. They are named after American Bays and are stationed mainly in Northeast U.S. and Great Lakes. 

WTGBs use a low-pressure-air hull lubrication or bubbler system that forces air and water between the hull and ice. This system improves icebreaking capabilities by reducing resistance against the hull, reducing horsepower requirements

The rumor is that the vessel will be open for tours after noon today, July 27,2017. Although the editor has not been aboard this exact vessel, its Biscayne Bay cousin was used for an interesting EMS patient transport years ago.


Bristol Bay and barge from BIBCO dock

Bristol Bay and barge from Whiskey Point

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 27, 2017

Mentally telling the coffee maker to hurry the heck up! In the meantime, we received over an inch of rain yesterday. Right now it's clear skies, 60°, wind is at 10 mph from the NW, humidity is at 92%, pressure is steady at 29.99 inches, visibility is 8.7 miles, UV will be very high today at 9, and the pollen levels will be medium at 6.0.
TODAY: Partly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the mid 70s. North winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph after midnight.
TODAY: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Areas of fog early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DATE of July 27, 1777 - The marquis of Lafayette arrived in New England to help the rebellious American colonists fight the British. An interesting tidbit from history.com: " In 1785, Lafayette sent seven large French hounds across the Atlantic Ocean as gifts for Washington. To increase the size of a pack of black-and-tan English foxhounds that had been given to him by his patron, Lord Fairfax, the future first president of the United States bred the hunting dogs with the imports. The combination of the English hounds, descended from those brought to the American colonies by Robert Brooke in 1650, and French canines helped to create the American Foxhound. The American Kennel Club, which calls the dog “easy-going, sweet-tempered, independent,” recognized the American Foxhound as a breed in 1886."

DID YOU KNOW THAT camel's milk doesn't curdle? The structure of the protein in camel milk differs from cows, goats, sheep, and other animals commonly used to produce cheese. Due to its composition, camel milk does not curdle naturally and won’t coagulate as easily as other types of milk. This may be a result of its unique casein micelles, the multi-molecular structure formed by caseins and held together by calcium. Despite the obstacles, Mauritanian Tiviski Dairy developed Caravene, a soft, creamy cheese with a bloomy rind. Its similarities to brie and camembert have earned it the nickname ‘Camelbert.’

WORD OF THE DAY: ostensible (ah-STEN-suh-buhl) which means appearing as such; supposed. From French ostensible, from Latin ostendere (to show, stretch out), from ob- (in front of) + tendere (to stretch). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ten- (to stretch). Earliest documented use: 1743.

Plants Bulletin

Includes an excellent article "The Case of the Stolen Beaver Slippers" by Beth Leuck about the Lady Slippers on the island.

St. James Public Works Committee Meeting

Baroque on Beaver Schedule of Events

Even though the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association did not send their list of events to BINN this year, as a former BICAA board member, the editor supports their efforts to bring the music to Beaver Island. If BINN was allowed to live stream these events, every single one of them would be available to all those unable to be at the performances including those physically unable to get to them. At this point, no cameras of any kind are allowed according to their website, so live streaming or even photographs are not welcome. Nevertheless, here is the scanned schedule of events for the next twelve events.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 26, 2017

Had a great $2 Tuesday at the Pub. It was wonderful to get back with all my friends, even though I was drinking rootbeer. Today is going to be a liquid sunshine sort of day. Right now it is breezy and overcast on the island. It's 68°, wind is at 20 mph from the south, humidity is at 91%, pressure is falling from 30.04 inches, visibility is 10+ miles, lightning is 29 miles away at the moment, UV is moderate at 5, while polllen levels are low at 2.7.
TODAY: Rain showers and a chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then rain showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening then partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. West winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph becoming light.
MARINE REPORT: Small Craft Advisory Until 8 pm Tonight
TODAY: Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots. Showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 3 to 5 feet.
TONIGHT: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.

ON THIS DATE of July 26, 1775 - A postal system was established by the 2nd Continental Congress of the United States. The first Postmaster General was Benjamin Franklin.
The Post Office Department was created in 1792 from Franklin's operation, elevated to a cabinet-level department in 1872, and transformed in 1971 into the U.S. Postal Service as an agency of the U.S. government.

DID YOU KNOW that cats have over 100 vocal chords? If you are a cat owner, you know this is a true fact. Cats seem to possess at least 10 times as many vocal sounds as their canine rivals — more than 100, as compared to the paltry 10 of man’s best friend.

It’s unclear who’s doing the counting or how they are doing it — those figures sound a little too precise — but it is definitely true that cats communicate more vocally than dogs do.

You see, dogs have mastered the noble art of Marcel Marceau — the art of the mime.

A faithful canine companion knows that with some simple contractions of the facial muscles, she can produce an expression that will tug on the heartstrings or warn the owner of her imminent displeasure. She is content to practice this art in silence because she knows that all it takes is a look of pitiable pleading and her food dish will be filled.

The cat, meanwhile, is a haughtier animal. While dogs pay homage to their owners as the breadwinners of the pack, cats believe that humans are, at best, their equals. Instead of engaging in the undignified but effective ploys of the dog, cats are happy simply to order us about. The fact that their orders may or may not be heeded is a sign of our defective character, rather than their own lower status in the household.

WORD OF THE DAY: autarky (AW-tahr-kee) which means the condition of self-sufficiency, especially economic, as applied to a nation. Autarky comes from the Greek noun autárkeia “self-sufficiency, independence,” a compound of the combining form auto- “self” and the verb arkeîn “to suffice.” The word is problematic in English because its spelling is almost identical with that of autarchy “absolute sovereignty,” and the pronunciations of the two words are identical. Autarky entered English in the 17th century.

TDS Planning to Improve Internet Access

BINN received an email from the Chamber of Commerce that came from TDS. This email suggested that the Internet access for most people on Beaver Island would be improved. BINN has contacted TDS to verify and gather more information before posting this email. Beaver Island definitely needs improved Internet speed and broadband access, but timelines are needed, and more specific information is needed. For example, what has been done already? What is the time frame for the improvement? Will this improvement be enough to take care of the needs of the current residents and future residents? What will be the cost of the improvements? Will those with much lower speeds have some improvement? If so, how much?

These and other questions have been asked in an email to the contact mentioned in the email. Here is a copy of that email:

"MADISON, Wis. (July 14, 2017) – Construction is now under way to expand and improve broadband to 671 locations in Beaver Island, Mich. TDS Telecom (TDS®) began work in January with the work expected to be completed in early 2018.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocated $3.3 million to reach residents in some of the hardest to serve areas in Michigan. The funding will also be used to maintain a voice and broadband network as well as building out to these locations. The FCC’s Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) will provide funding to 671 locations on Beaver Island.

Michigan residents can visit the TDS website to find out how this federal program may impact their location. 

Depending on location, most TDS customers in eligible rural areas will receive guaranteed broadband speeds of 25Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload (25/3). Under the agreement with the FCC, the remaining customers will receive broadband service at lower speeds of 10/1 and 4/1Mbps.

“We are excited to start work on this project to move faster connections to customers in Beaver Island,” said Jean Pauk, manager – State Government Affairs at TDS. 

In January, TDS announced it elected to receive approximately $75.1 million a year to increase broadband access in 25 states from the FCC’s A-CAM, under the Connect America Fund (CAF) program. TDS will leverage the funds over the next 10 years to support the buildout of rural broadband networks to nearly 160,000 locations across the country.

TDS has been doing business in Michigan since 1982 and owns five telephone companies in the state. TDS employs 66 people in Michigan.

Media contact:  Cheryl McCollum, Associate Manager of Public Relations / 608-664-2388 / cheryl.mccollum@tdstelecom.com"

Another news release:

"Construction to expand, improve broadband to 671 locations in Beaver Island begins, work expected to be completed in early 2018
MADISON, Wis. (July 14, 2017) – Construction is now under way to expand and improve broadband to 671 locations in Beaver Island, Mich. TDS Telecom (TDS®) began work in January with the work expected to be completed in early 2018.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocated $3.3 million to reach residents in some of the hardest to serve areas in Michigan. The funding will also be used to maintain a voice and broadband network as well as building out to these locations. The FCC’s Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) will provide funding to 671 locations on Beaver Island.

Michigan residents can visit the TDS website to find out how this federal program may impact their location. 

Depending on location, most TDS customers in eligible rural areas will receive guaranteed broadband speeds of 25Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload (25/3). Under the agreement with the FCC, the remaining customers will receive broadband service at lower speeds of 10/1 and 4/1Mbps.

“We are excited to start work on this project to move faster connections to customers in Beaver Island,” said Jean Pauk, manager – State Government Affairs at TDS. 

In January, TDS announced it elected to receive approximately $75.1 million a year to increase broadband access in 25 states from the FCC’s A-CAM, under the Connect America Fund (CAF) program. TDS will leverage the funds over the next 10 years to support the buildout of rural broadband networks to nearly 160,000 locations across the country.

TDS has been doing business in Michigan since 1982 and owns five telephone companies in the state. TDS employs 66 people in Michigan.

Media contact:  Cheryl McCollum, Associate Manager of Public Relations / 608-664-2388 / cheryl.mccollum@tdstelecom.com

Here is the map of Beaver Island showing where the improvements are supposed to be made:

The blue areas are those that are supposed to be improved.

BICS Special Committee Meetings and Reschedule August Meeting

What I Remember

by Cindy Ricksgers

Little Eagles of Siberia Children's Choir and Dance Group

This group performed last night, July 24, 2017, at the Beaver Island Community Center. The performance was exceptional and much appreciated by the audience. There were several hosts for the visiting group, who shoed the singers and dancers a little bit of what Beaver Island is like. Kudos to the Community Center and Ann Partridge for getting this quality international group to the island to perform.

(Thanks to Kathleen Belfy Antkoviak for the pictures and the video.)

View video clips of the performance and the group leaving on the ferry HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 25, 2017

After all the excitement of yesterday, I slept well and Joe is still out cold. Right now I'm showing 62°, clear skies, wind is at 5 mph from the south, humidity is at 84% so just a bit muggy, pressure is steady at 30.22 inches, visibility is 10+ miles, the UV index is very high at 9 so grab that sunscreen, and the pollen index is medium at 6, the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and cattail.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. A 20% chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph increasing to 30 mph after midnight.
MARINE REPORT: Thunderstorms are possible late overnight across eastern upper Michigan and far northwest lower MIchigan. Severe storms are not anticipated.
TODAY: Light winds becoming southwest 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.
TONIGHT: South wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

ON THIS DATE of July 25, 1978 - Louise Joy Brown, the first test-tube baby, was born in Oldham, England. She had been conceived through in-vitro fertilization. So what has her life been like? I went to Wikipedia to find out: "In May 1999, Natalie was the first human born after conception by IVF to give birth herself—without IVF—to daughter Casey. Natalie has subsequently had three additional children; sons Christopher, Daniel, and Aeron, the last of whom was born in August 2013.

In 2004, Brown married nightclub doorman (bouncer) Wesley Mullinder. Dr. Edwards, who delivered Brown, attended their wedding.Their son Cameron, conceived naturally, was born on 20 December 2006. Brown's second son, Aiden Patrick Robert, was born in August 2013.

DID YOU KNOW THAT fire usually moves faster uphill than downhill? Forest fires move faster uphill than downhill. This is because heat rises; if a fire is going uphill the flame from the top of one tree would burn the bottom of the tree above it, causing that tree to burn and continue to the next tree. They also move faster uphill because fires need oxygen, fuel, and heat to burn.

WORD OF THE DAY: allision (uh-LIZH-uhn) which means a moving object striking against a stationary object. From Latin allidere (to strike against), from ad- (toward) + laedere (to harm). Earliest documented use: 1615 (collision is also from 1615). In maritime usage, the term allision is used for a vessel striking a fixed object, while collision is between two moving ships. Frequently, the word collision is used in both cases.

Llyod Cochran Passes Away

Lloyd Ernest Cochran passed away peacefully on July 17, 2017, in Arizona. He was 83.

Lloyd was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan, son of Bruce and Belle Cochran. Lloyd met his wife Delores and they married in 1955 while he was in the army. Upon their return to Ypsilanti Lloyd earned a masters degree in Industrial Arts from Eastern Michigan University. He taught school and later started Cochran’s Sporting Goods. After 21 years running the business Lloyd and Delores sold out and moved to Beaver Island where they had vacationed for many years. They traveled in the winters and found their winter home in Congress, Arizona.
Lloyd was always active in the outdoors. He loved flying his planes, hunting, fishing, diving, snowmobiling, 4 wheeling, gold mining, shooting, and traveling. They made many friends along the way.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Delores, son Dan Cochran (Kathleen), grandchildren Ben and Alivia Cochran, and daughter Dianne Harbaugh (Bill). Lloyd was preceded in death by his two brothers Earl Watkins and Leo Cochran. No services are planned at this time.

For those of us who knew Lloyd, he will be sorely missed. He was a kind and gentle man, with a great sense of humor and the ability to tell amazing stories.

August Dinner on Saturday, 8/12/17

Please note that the August Dinner will be on SATURDAY this year! Bring on those ball players! Delicious meal for $14, homemade desserts included! Take-Out Orders Available!

Saturday, August 12, 2017
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Holy Cross Hall

Grilled Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Corn, Rolls, and Homemade Desserts!

Adults $14.00
Children Under 12 $8.00

Come One! Come All!

***Proceeds to benefit Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Lois Postma (VanDerWall) Passes Away

POSTMA - Lois Postma (VanDerWall) aged 76, of Caledonia, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, July 22, 2017. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Shelby Northouse; and sister, Patricia Botting. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 56 years, David; children, Larry (Beth) Postma, Diane (Jim) McDonough, Laura (Donald) Northouse, Andrew (Sheri) Postma, Mindy (Dustin) Gardner; seven grandchildren with one more grandson due at the end of August; three step-grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sisters and brother, Anna (Gene) Medlin, Hermina (Gord) Vink, Siegurd (Annette) VanDerWall; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Don Botting, Mart (Barbara) Postma, Ken (Gail) Postma, Martha Wilson, Marie Postma, Maureen Postma; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 am Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the Stroo Funeral Home with Rev. Merlin Buwalda officiating. Interment in Pine Hill Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Lois may be made to Faith Hospice. The family will greet visitors on Tuesday from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.

STROO FUNERAL HOME, 1095 68th Street, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Sunday Ride

July 23, 2017

Before the rain fell this afternoon, it was important to get a quick ride in before a special activity beginning near four p.m., so off the photographer went to Barney's Lake and down Sloptown Road. There was a Caspian Tern at Barney's Lake fishing, and the loons were seen on the far end of the lake away from the boat launch. Then the osprey were seen in the nest. Of course, there were a few flowers to photograph as well. There is no way to capture the smell of the milkweed, but the pictures show its beauty, if not its smell.

This unusual bird was seen at Gull Harbor on the sign., and the ducks were in the roadway swimming.

Then out to Barney's Lake to see the loons.

And a bunch of flowers

Milkweed flowers with a wonderful odor.

And others.......

Caspian tern dives to get some lunch, a dive into the water is successful.

A check of the osprey fledglings on the edge of the nest with an adult looking on.

Video of the osprey in the nest. Turn up the volume to hear their vocalizations.


Right Here, Right Now

by Cindy Ricksgers

BI Christian Church Bulletin

July 23, 2017

BIESA Documents for July

Agenda for July 27, 2017 Meeting

Draft Minutes for Meeting in June 2017

Draft Minutes for Special Meeting in July 2017

Beaver Island Music Festival

"This yeasr's festival was probably the most well attended one so far," one attendee arrived. There were quite a few groups, and the pictures show a large group of attendees in it. This year it took place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, during the same week as Museum Week and the Mackinac sailboat race.

You can't miss the roadway this year.

Signs showing all the way out to the festival site.

Thanks to Bill Markey for the pictures.

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

The Sunday Mass from Holy Cross Catholic Church was live streamed this morning beginning at 9:30 a.m. with Jacque LaFreniere as the lector, Deacon Jim reading the Gospel, and Father John Paul giving the homily.Ten IP addresses and/or people viewed the live stream this morning.

Jacque LaFreniere.....Deacon Jim.......Father John Paul

View video of the service HERE

Osprey Fledgling

July 22, 2017

The osprey fledgling is exercising its wings on the edge of the nest. It is possible that there might be a younger one still in the nest, but it was not seen today. There is a week to ten days still before the fledgling leavers the nest based upon the pictures and information from other years.

Fledgling on the side of the nest

An adult in the foreground and fledgling in the background

Fledgling exercising its wings.

What Did You Say 50

by Joe Moore

Retirement from providing EMS in a small community is really difficult.  The difficulties are not just worry about the people that you care about.  It also means that the providers in EMS may not know the previous medical history, nor your knowledge about that particular patient.  The main difference is your experiences with that particular patient that you have transported previously, socialized with, and maybe even attended the same church, and done many other things with.

Read the rest of the story HERE

Smoked and Barbecued Sliced Chicken Breast

By Joe Moore

Thaw out three frozen boneless chicken breasts to just soft on the outside.  Slice the chicken breasts into two inch wide slices along the longest length of the breasts.  Drip olive oil on each piece, turn over and drip again.  Take chopped garlic and put a light coating of the chopped garlic on top of the chicken slices, turn over and do the same thing.  Allow to sit and marinade until the slices are thawed, but no less than thirty minutes.

While the chicken is thawing and marinating, light the charcoal grill outside in the yard.  Then go find some dead branches on the apple trees in your yard or stockpile of some dead apple branches.  Break these branches into pieces approximately six inches in length.  Wait for the charcoal to be ready.

When the charcoal is ready, place the apple wood over the top of the coals.  Place the grilling surface back on the grill.  Put the chicken slices on the grilling surface.  Make sure that you shut down all the air movement into and out of the grill including the vents on the bottom and the vents on the top.  Let the chicken smoke about ten minutes.

Open the grill and allow the applewood to just get flaming a second time while you turn the chicken over.  Shut down the grill a second time to allow the smoke to flavor the chicken.  You will wait another ten minutes.
Then remove the chicken from the grill and place into a baking dish in a single layer.  Drizzle barbeque sauce over the top of the chicken and sprinkle a little brown sugar on top of the barbeque sauce.  Place in a 350 degree oven for twenty minutes uncovered. 

Check the chicken to make certain it is done by cutting one of the slices when your mouth begins watering due to the wonderful smoky smell that fills the kitchen.

It was excellent served with cottage cheese and beets, but might be better with baked potatoes and sour cream with green beans or the potatoes and vegetables of your choice.


by Dick Burris

My first visit to the shipwreck Cayuga was in 1967, I had only been diving for a year, and I was anxious to explore the shipwrecks in the archipelago. There was a story about this shipwreck going around, that there had been an an attempt to raise it,  and that the lifting equipment was left there after an ill-fated attempt to raise the vessel.

Read the rest of the story HERE

View a gallery of Dick Burris' Cayuga photos HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 23, 2017

I forgot to mention yesterday, that today's weather will be for both today and tomorrow as we have a 7 am flight off-island tomorrow morning. Hopefully, my oncologist will say, "no chemo", and we'll be done with this whole side trip. Fingers and toes crossed!

Right now it's 64°, mostly cloudy, wind is at 13 mph from the SE, humidity is at 94% making it a bit muggy, pressure is steady at 29.77 inches, visibility is 5.5 miles, UV levels are very high at 8, and pollen levels are low at 0.7.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. HIghs around 70°. Southeast winds at 10 mph shifting to the north with gusts to around 20 mph in the afternoon.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening then a chance of rain showers after midnight. Lows around 60°. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening.
TOMORROW: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 70°. NOrtheast winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the morning.
TOMORROW NIGHT: Clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. North winds at 10 mph in the evening becoming light.
Today: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots in the afternoon. Chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.
Tonight: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Tomorrow: North wind 10 to 15 knots. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet.
Tomorrow night: Light winds. Patchy fog. Waves 2 feet or less. winds and waves higher in the vicinity of thunderstorms.

ON THIS DATE of July 23, 1715 - The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts. That tower isn't the one that visitors tour today. The original one was blown up in an incident during the Revolutionary War and was rebuilt by the newly-formed United States in 1783. The second tower is the one that now shines out for sailors.
Even as technology allowed the Coast Guard to phase out resident keepers from its other lighthouses, Boston Light will continue to be staffed. In 1989, Congress mandated the agency to keep the facility manned and open to the public in perpetuity.

DID YOU KNOW THAT lightning strikes the Earth 6,000 times every minute? From Kids Discover here are 11 awesome facts about lightning:
*How hot is a lightning bolt? Only about 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit — roughly five times hotter than the surface of the sun!
*Lightning flashes more than 3 million times a day worldwide — that’s about 40 times a second. Not all those flashes hit the ground — some happen between or inside clouds.
*An average lightning bolt can release enough energy to operate a 100-watt light bulb for more than three months straight (about 250 kilowatt-hours of energy).
*Lightning starts in cumulonimbus clouds — aka thunderheads — which have a positive charge up top and a negative charge below. We don’t know how the charges start, but water droplets and ice crystals carry them.
*That negative charge in the cloud creates a positive charge on Earth below, and the two charges start trying to connect and create a circuit. Ever seen electrical sparks jump across a space? It’s like that, but way bigger.
*The air between the clouds and Earth blocks the connection — until the charge gets so strong that an electrical impulse called a “stepped leader” shoots down from the cloud.
*The leader drops in steps of about 150 feet each at about 136,000 mph, until it almost reaches the ground. That’s when an electrical charge called a streamer rises up to meet it and complete the circuit.
*Then a bolt of electricity streaks back up along the leader’s path at about 62 million mph and creates lightning. More bolts can rise up the same path again right after. Because it all happens so fast, all we see is one bolt of lightning.
*All that energy travels along a path about as wide as a thumb!
*The streamer can travel up through a building, a tree, or even a person, which can be fatal.
*Lightning kills about 2,000 people a year, so stay inside during lightning storms.

WORD OF THE DAY: polemic (puh-LEM-ik) which means a controversial argument, as one against some opinion, doctrine, etc. Polemic comes from the Greek adjective polemikós, a derivative of the noun pólemos “war, battle” in the strict sense and not as in, say “war of words.” The adjective is also restricted to warfare. The current (and only) senses “controversial, controversialist,” first appear in Middle French in the late 16th century and in English as an adjective and noun in the early 17th century.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 22, 2017

Didn't exactly appreciate the fireworks going off at 2 am in the neighbors' yard, so slept in to make up for the lost sleep. Right now it's partly cloudy, 64°, wind is at 6 mph from the SE, humidity is at 94% so it's a bit muggy, pressure is falling from 29.88 inches, visibility is 9.6 miles, UV is very high at 9 so slather on that sunscreen, and pollen levels are low at 0.7
TODAY: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers. Highs in the upper 70s. East winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening then rain showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. Southeast winds at 10 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Today: East wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 22, 1376 - The legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin leading rats out of town is said to have occurred on this date.

DID YOU KNOW THAT sponges hold more cold water than hot? Why is that, you ask? It's because cold and hot water have different densities. Cold water is more dense than hot water.

WORD OF THE DAY: tarn (tahrn) which means a small mountain lake or pool, especially one in a cirque. Tarn comes from Old Norse tjǫrn, “small lake, pool.” It was originally restricted to northern English dialects (where the Danes settled) or in written works about northern England. Tarn became mainstream English in the works of the Lake Poets (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey) in the early 19th century. Oh, you wondered what a cirque was? That's an amphitheatre-like valley formed by glacial erosion.

Beautiful Summer Day

July 21, 2017

Some are out fishing. Some are on a paddle board. Some are sailing. Some are powerboating. It's a gorgeous day on Beaver Island.

Museum Week Art Show

The Museum Week Art Show has been able to be viewed and purchases made since Wednesday and through today, Friday, from noon until 4 p.m. Today is the last day of the art show. This wonderful showing was organized by Lois Stipps, and there has been a fairly good attendance at the show this year.

View a gallery of photos HERE

View a ten minute video of the show below:

On the way home from the Art Show there was more music coming from the Print Shop Museum Porch:


Special St. James Meeting

July 21, 2017

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 21, 2017

<sigh> so much for fingers that haven't used a keyboard for weeks. I had this just about finished when I lost it and using the control/z didn't work. Somewhere in cyberspace there's a half finished morning report. Trying again. Good Morning! Thank you all for the lovely anniversary wishes! We had a fabulous dinner at the Circle M. If you haven't eaten there yet, try it out as the food and service are beyond compare.

As for the weather. Right now it's 62°, partly cloudy with patchy fog, wind is at 5 mph from the SW, humidity is at 99% so it's muggy, pressure is steady at 29.99 inches, visibility is 3.3 miles, UV is very high at 9 so please minimize your sun exposure and keep applying that sunscreen. Pollen levels are medium at 5.8
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 80s. West winds at 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy in the evening then mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 60s. Light winds.
MARINE REPORT: Today: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: East wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.

ON THIS DATE of July 21, 2000 - NBC announced that they had found nearly all of Milton Berle's kinescopes. The filmed recordings of Berle's early TV shows had been the subject of a $30 million lawsuit filed by Berle the previous May. So what is a kinescope recording? It is a recording of a television program on motion picture film, directly through a lens focused on the screen of a video monitor. The process was pioneered during the 1940s for the preservation, re-broadcasting and sale of television programmes before the use of commercial broadcast-quality videotape became prevalent for these purposes.

DID YOU KNOW THAT if you add up all the numbers from 1 to 100 consecutively (1 + 2 + 3...) it totals 5050? Now there's something to give the kids to do if they complain they're bored and it's raining outside.

WORD OF THE DAY: niveous (NIV-ee-uhs) which means snowy or resembling snow. From Latin niveus, from nix (snow). Earliest documented use: 1623.

Busy Boating Night

July 19, 2017

Beaver Island Marina and Municipal Marina last night after the races..

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 20, 2017

Well, it seems I've been given the "go-head" from my doctor so I'm bbbaaaacccckkkk! Before I start the weather, there is a bit I'd like to share. I could title this "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" or "Cancer: The Gift That Keeps On Giving". I can't decide. This has been one wild ride so far. I never expected to spend almost two weeks in the hospital, that's for sure. I certainly didn't expect to weather such an invasive surgery and all that goes with it (yes, I'm still very, very sore so if you see me, hug very lightly on the left side, please). As for the "Gift", boy, I think I can speak for both Joe and I, that we have learned so much. We've added new words to our vocabularies, we've met so many fabulous doctors, nurses, care givers, etc., who have helped us walk down this new road. We can't say enough about Mclaren Northern Michigan who have been totally wonderful - from start to finish. Although there really are no words, very, very, special thanks go to Dr. Talbott, my surgeon, along with his whole office; the nurses I had in the hospital especially, Jenni Timsak, Murphy Gillespie, Paula Jo Peters, tech guys, Alex and Chris, along with others whose names escape me at the moment, and all the wonderful caregivers there, the most humbling are all of you for the hundreds of cards, letters, phone calls, meals, visits, and all the things I can't remember. If you have to be sick, do it on Beaver Island, you are never fighting alone, you have an entire army behind you. Thank you seems so small, but it's all we have. There is so much more I'd like to say, but don't want to bore you all silly, AND the weather is waiting and I want to see if I remember how to do it and if I should just let Joe continue on as he did such a great job the past six weeks..

On a lighter note, Happy 46th Anniversary to the best husband/wife there could be, Joseph Moore! He's been the absolute best to help deal with all my health issues, to put up with my crankiest days when nothing could make me comfortable, and in general just putting up with me at all. You're my bestest friend, and I can't imagine doing any of this without you. (P.S. Sorry I didn't care for the stuffed mushrooms)

At the moment it's 61°, cloudy skies, wind is at 9 mph from the SE, humidity is at 94%, pressure is steady at 29.94 inches, visibility is 9.5 miles, UV is very high so minimize sun exposure and apply sunscreen, and pollen levels are low to medium at 4.7 with the top allergens being grasses, plantain, and dock.
TODAY: Some clouds in the morning will give away to generally sunny skies in the afternoon. Expect a high of 76°. Winds will be WSW from 5 to 10 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear skies. Low of 59°. Winds WNW from 5 to 10 mph.
MARINE REPORT: Today: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots becoming west in the afternoon. Slight chance of thunderstorms early in the morning. Chance of showers early in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

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

DID YOU KNOW THAT toilets use 35% of indoor water use? That's not all as the average shower uses about 17 gallons; your dishwasher takes about six gallons per load (hand washing dishes can be an even bigger drain since running the sink takes two gallons per minute. Ten minutes of dish washing can cost 20 gallons). Brushing your teeth, washing your hands, spend ten minutes a day ding that and you've used about 20 gallons.

WORD OF THE DAY: empyrean (em-PIR-ee-uhn) which means 1. Relating to the highest heaven, believed to contain pure light or fire. 2. Relating to the sky; celestial. 3. Sublime; elevated. From Latin empyreus, from Greek empyrios (fiery), from pur (fire). Other words derived from the same root are fire, pyre, pyrosis (heartburn), and pyromania (an irresistible impulse to set things on fire). Earliest documented use: 1500.

P.S. I didn't proof-read so I hope this all makes sense.

BICS Posting for Food Service Position

Stone Circle and Archeology

July 18, 2017

Approximately sixty people attended the presentations last night at Holy Cross Church. The technology gave people some difficulties, so the presentations were a little bit delayed by about a half an hour. Terry Bussey's presentation about the stone circle or medicine wheels was very interesting. The only issue with both presentation was the technology and the inability to hear due to the failure to use the microphone effectively. Thanks to Holy Cross Catholic Church for a great venue for these presentations. Perhaps a microphone that is attached to the presenters would have made the volume of the audio much better. There could also have been a much bigger screen to enlarge the slides used in the presentation, maybe one about twice the size of the one used.

BINN could only dedicate two hours to doing this work yesterday, so the second program could not be completed. You will need a speaker turned up to be able to hear the video during the talking. The singing is great and loud enough, but the talking is a little hard to hear.

View pictures from the Stone Circle website HERE

View pictures from the presentation HERE

View video of the presentations HERE

(All pictures are the property of Terry Bussey.)

Weather by Joe

July 19, 2017

Today is the day that Phyllis goes across to get checked out by her surgeon. Of course, since she can't drive, her warden is going with her. There will be some tests done, with the doctor's appointment sandwiched in between. The return to discuss the tests will be next week as we learn about options and possible continuing treatments. Your prayers will be appreciated for some positive outcomes from these tests. Thank you so much for the wonderful bean soup and bread for dinner last night. It was delicious, and the chocolate brownies just topped the day off with a nice treat! On with the weather....

This morning at 6:45 a.m. it is 64 degrees with an expected high of 78 and a low of 60. Right now the dewpoint is 64 degrees with humidity at 97%. The pressure is 30.06 with visibility of ten miles. The skies are overcast at at 600 feet and mostly cloudy below that. The forecast is for clearing to partly cloudy with less than 4% chance of rain for today. Get out and enjoy the day because rain is forecast for tomorrow.

Word of the Day: edacious (ih-DAY-shus) adjective; having a huge appetite; excessively eager: Tempus edax rerum. That wise Latin line by the Roman poet Ovid translates as "Time, the devourer of all things." Ovid's correlation between rapaciousness and time is appropriate to a discussion of edacious. That English word is a descendant of Latin edax, which is a derivative of the verb edere, meaning "to eat." In its earliest known English uses, edacious meant "of or relating to eating." It later came to be used generally as a synonym of voracious, and it has often been used specifically in contexts referring to time. (from Merriam Webster) This word describes the desire for Phyllis to get well. Joe is edacious for her recovery.

On this Day:

On this day 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.


by Cindy Ricksgers

Rapid Response Vehicle

News Release by BIEMS

Grants Awarded to Purchase Rapid Response Vehicle

The Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority (BIESA) provides fire and rescue operations as well as an emergency medical service and medical evacuations for the Beaver Island community in northern Lake Michigan. Beaver Island is the most remote, inhabited island in the Great Lakes.

The BIESA purchased a state-of-the-art Rapid Response Vehicle to enable paramedics to efficiently respond to 911 calls to serve island residents. The vehicle is outfitted with the required lights and radio communication to align with Charlevoix Central Dispatch and warning equipment as required by the State of Michigan. Funding partners include the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and the Charlevoix County Community Foundation (C3F).

Brian Meade, the Executive Director of Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services, made the announcement and added that, “Delivering emergency medical services on a sparsely populated and geographically remote island is difficult.  Our ability to quickly respond to medical emergencies is critical.  The benefits of a rapid response vehicle with a paramedic include fast intervention for time sensitive medical emergencies. Beaver Island is fortunate to receive financial support from these two funding partners to make this purchase possible.”

Maureen Radke, Program Officer for (C3F) added, “We are pleased at this opportunity to partner with the BIESA to help improve medical response efforts.  The island is fortunate to have capable leadership and trained paramedics to serve the medical needs of the community. Credit is given to the BIESA board and staff for their continuing efforts to improve this important community service.”

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is a local charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all citizens of Charlevoix County by building permanent endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership resources to serve the community. More information about the Charlevoix County Community Foundation may be found at www.c3f.org or by calling 231-536-2440.

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians allocates 2% of the gaming revenue twice annually. Beginning in 1994, they have awarded more than $29 million to local organizations.

This vehicle arrived on the island on May 25, 2017. Here is the video of that vehicle's arrival:

BIEMS Gets Emergency Response Vehicle Today

May 25, 2017


The new echo car

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Shirley Detwiler Memorial, Tuesday, 10 a.m.

July 18, 2017

Close to a hundred people attended this wonderful celebration of the life of Shirley Detwiler. The informal program began with husband Bill, included a nice talk by Mike Deur, had some very nice testimonials by friends and family, included a capella singing of one hymn, and ended with a final prayer by Mike Deur. Bill Detwiler sang a special song in memory of his wife just before the final song. Beaver Island News on the 'Net live streamed the memorial. Twenty-seven people watched the live stream.

Bill Detwiler..............Mike Deur

View video of the memorial HERE

Weather by Joe

July 18, 2017

Phyllis shared her insomnia with me, and I am now the one up at 4 a.m. wondering why. I'm not in pain. I'm just awake. I will try to get back to sleep in a bit, but decided to see what the weather forecast is this early in the morning. We had a late dinner last night due to the work of live streaming music on the porch. Thirty-seven additional people viewed the program last night from all over the state and country. The roast beef dinner was wonderful. Thank you so much for bringing that wonderful meal! On to the weather.....

Right now, at 4 a.m., it is 59 degrees with an expected high of 78 and a low of 62. The pressure is 30.04 with visibility of ten miles. It's clear with a dewpont of 58 degrees. and humidity at 99 %. At 1 p.m. there is a 15% chance of rain, which increases to 90% at 10 p.m. So, we are likely to get a thunderstorm overnight tonight. Enjoy the daytime if you have things to do outside.

It's now 9 a.m., and the sky is no longer clear. It's 67 degrees and overcast skies at 4000 feet. The pressure is down to 30.02, and the humidity is down to 82%. The forecast is still for rain.

Word of the Day: vindicate; (VIN-duh-kayt); verb: to avenge; to free from allegation or blame; to justify; to defend; to maintain a right to: It's not surprising that the two earliest senses of vindicate are "to set free" (a sense that is now obsolete) and "to avenge." Vindicate, which has been used in English since at least the mid-16th century, derives from Latin vindicatus, the past participle of the verb vindicare, meaning "to set free, avenge, or lay claim to." Vindicare, in turn, derives from vindex, a noun meaning "claimant" or "avenger." Music on the Porch is vindicative of the need for a Museum Week and all the historical activities it brings.

On this Day:

On this day 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. Thecustom 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. (from history.com)

Music on the Porch, Monday, 7 p.m.

The traditional beginning of Museum Week is on Monday night, and it's called Music on the Porch, where many people come and perform their style of music and tell stories, and/or read poems. This night was absolutely wonderful with many participants, and the program went on for more than two hours with the final acts being cut short or simply cut out entirely. Besides the over two hundred people who attended the program live, almost forty people watched the program live since it was live streamed on beaverisland.tv. The MC of the program was Sheri Timsak.

"Thanks to all the amazing performers,and to all the people that came out to listen to the great music last night for Music on the Porch! Also thanks to all that helped set up and clean up, to all the BI Historical board members, Lori Blitz-Taylor, Karl Bartels, John McCafferty, Tracey McCrumb, Joddy Croswhite, Steve Trish Williams Scott. Joseph Moore and Alan Vicstein! It was a magical night!" Sheri Timsak posted this on facebook, and it truly was a magical night.

The participants

Board member Sandy Birdsall.....Museum Director Lori Taylor-Blitz

MC Sheri Timsak

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View page 1 of video HERE

View page 2 of video HERE

View page 3 of video HERE

View page 4 of video HERE

Video of the crowd from the crowd


Weather by Joe

July 17, 2017

The day yesterday was better with Phyllis' recovery. She got out and walked over to the garden in preparation for her walking between tests at the hospital. Her back is still very sore, right between her shoulder blades and next to her spine. Although we know recovery takes time, the steps forward are so small that it's frustrating. On to the weather....

At 7:30 a.m. this morning,the temperature is 50 degrees and the skies are clear with an expected high of 74 degrees and a low of 60. The pressure is 30.09 and the visibility is ten miles. The dewpoint is 50 degrees and the humidity is at 98%. It should be a nice sunny day outside today.

Word of Day: steadfast (STED-fast), adjective; firmly fixed in place : immovable; not subject to change; firm in belief, determination, or adherence : loyal: Steadfast has held its ground in English for many centuries. Its Old English predecessor, stedefæst, combined stede (meaning "place" or "stead") and fæst (meaning "firmly fixed"). An Old English text of the late 10th century, called The Battle of Maldon, contains our earliest record of the word, which was first used in battle contexts to describe warriors who stood their ground. Soon, it was also being used with the broad meaning "immovable," and as early as the 13th century it was applied to those unswerving in loyalty, faith, or friendship. Centuries later, all of these meanings endure. We are steadfast in our movement toward recovery.

On this day:

Disneyland, Walt Disney’s metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy, and futurism, opens on July 17, 1955. The $17 million theme park was built on 160 acres of former orange groves in Anaheim, California, and soon brought in staggering profits. Today, Disneyland hosts more than 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. The newest Disneyland, in Hong Kong, opened its doors in September 2005. (from history.com)

Beaver Island Blood Drive

Thursday, July 27, 12:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Blood Drive on Beaver Island!

This is the 25th Annual Red Cross blood drive, in memory of Rita Gillespie. It will be held at the Beaver Island Christian Church. It is sponsored by Holy Cross Church & Beaver Island Christian Church with support from Island Airways and BI Boat Company.

For details or to schedule an appointment please call Connie Wojan at 448-2379 or Connie Boyle at 448-2491 or visit redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: BEAVERISLE)

"This is for all my Wonderful Students and Island FB friends: Would you consider donating blood on Thurs, July 27 and would you ask your family and friends if they would like to sign up to donate blood? They can call me or go online for an appt. There is a blood shortage this year. Remind them it only takes an hour and can save 3 lives! Young adults age 16 can donate if they have a parent sign the form that's online - bring it in with them that day. Thank you for helping!"

Connie Boyle

Museum Week This Week



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

Airport Commission Meeting

April 1, 2017

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Emergency Services Authority


BICS Board Meetings

November 14, 2016

School Board Meeting Packet HERE

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Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

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St. James Township Meeting Video

April 5, 2017

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April 24, 2017, 7 p.m.

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May 3, 2017

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June 7, 2017

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June 19, 2017

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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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Larry Miller Memorial Service Scheduled

There will be a memorial service for Larry Miller on July 29, 2017, at Holy Cross Cemetary at 11 a.m. Deacon Jim Siler will be officiating. Luncheon will follow at noon at the Peaine Township Hall.

Lawrence “Larry” LeValley Miller, age 76, of Beaver Island passed away on June 9, 2017, at Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital.

Friendly Visitation

by Cindy Ricksgers

Mass from Holy Cross

July 16, 2017

Holy Cross Church was filled this morning for Mass. We had two visiting priests, but both have island ties. Father Mathew is part of the Allen clan that is having a reunion this week. Father Doug Mayer, who has a cabin here on the island. Both love the island. Deacon Jim Siler and the two priests shared the job today with Patrick Nugest as the lector. Deacon Jim read the Gospel, and Father Mathew told the story of becoming a priest as the sermon. Intersting story, it was!

Patrick Nugent reads.......Father Mathew gives sermon

Deacon Jim, Father Mathew, and Father Doug listen as Patrick reads.

Singing one of the hymns

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Peaine Township Meeting Minutes

July 12, 2017

Special Election Committee Minutes

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A Picture in Words

by Joe Moore

After having slept in this morning, with a groggy brain, disheveled hair, and sleep in my eyes, the floaters of old age began affecting my mood as I approached the coffee maker. Phyllis had already pushed the start button, and the coffee was ready. As I reached out to grab a cup from the counter where I left it last night, I was distracted by a movement out the window above the sink full of dirty dishes. I was definitely distracted as I saw three drenched turkeys trying to hide underneath the droopy red maple tree in the front yard, their soulfully sad faces suggesting that they wanted out of the downpour that was wetting them through their feathers. These were first year little turkeys and looked about the size of wet. miniature football from a little kid's yard. As I glanced out the window, my eyes cleared for a moment to see an adult turkey out in the yard, not under the tree, beginning shaking the moisture off of his feathers. The younger ones watched, but didn't mimic that action. I reached over to fill my coffee cup while still looking out the window.

When I heard the clunk, clunk of the ice cubes going into the cup and on the floor, I realized and looked to see the ice cubes missing the cup and landing on the floor. You can guess how stupid that made me feel as I left the cup on the counter and picked up the cubes to put them in the sink before I slipped and fell on my dupa. I decided I better concentrate on where the coffee cup went as I dispensed the coffee into the cup. I took one look out the window to see three, first year turkeys copying the actions of the male and begin their walk to follow the other ten turkeys on their way back across Carlisle Road to the medical center. Picking up a camera at this point wasn't even in my brain.

Some learning took place inside and outside of the house this morning. Hope you have an amazing day, wet, dry, or otherwise!

Barbara Boyles Passes Away

November 20, 1947-July 11, 2017

BOYLES, Barbara Moffett, 69, returned to her heavenly home on July 11, 2017 after a valiant battle with a long illness. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace.

Barbara was born to the late Robert S. and Helen (Romanowski) Moffett, owner of Moffett Food Service, in Flint, MI on November 20, 1947. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1969, with a degree in Art. She worked as an accomplished artist for many years. She was a skilled Painter, Potter, Calligrapher, Paper Maker, Book Binder and Instructor. She taught at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit and was involved in the Flint Institute of Art and the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. She taught an artist retreat on Beaver Island for 20 years. She loved painting children's furniture and crocheting handmade teddy bears for children and those young at heart. Some of her pieces of art remain on display at Hurley Hospital and additional places in Genesee County. Barbara's pieces were personal and spiritual. In addition to her art, she was a dedicated member of her Bible Study groups in Flint and Beaver Island, MI.

Barbara was blessed with a loving family. She married her best friend, Frederick J. Boyles, on July 4, 1969 in Flint, MI. Barbara raised two children (Jason & Amy) with patience, guidance and lots of love. Barbara was devoted and passionate for animals, the Beaver Island community and her two grandchildren, Jonathan (J.J.) and Nina. She especially cherished her summers on Beaver Island with her children and grandchildren. Barbara's unconditional love, warmth and grace had an impact on all who knew her. She is dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace with her creator.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Frederick; her daughter Amy; her daughter-in-law Stacy; her grandchildren Jonathan Jason (J.J.) and Nina; and her brothers, Bruce and Jeff Moffett; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her son, Robert Jason; and her parents.

A Memorial Service will be held for Barbara at Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint, MI on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m., with a dinner to follow the service. The family gratefully declines flowers, but donations can be made to the MPN Research Foundation (http://www.mpnresearchfoundation.org), American Red Cross and/or Be The Match (bethematch.org) in her name. Please join the Bone Marrow Registry!

Peaine Township Meeting Documents

for meeting on July 12, 2017

Ballot language

Water Trail letter.......................Request for Proposal Communications

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St. James Board of Review Meeting

Tuesday Visit to Ospreys

The visit on Tuesday to the microwave tower on Sloptown Road showed the actual size of the hatchlings in the nest compared to an adult. Although there was only one able to be viewed from the ground, it was obvous that there was movement of another in the nest. If you look closely at the pictures, you will see the hatchling interacting with the adult on the edge of the nest.



Island Treasures Resale

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017,  the Resale Shop will welcome donors and shoppers at noon as we begin our summer schedule. The summer schedule is Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon until 4:00.

Charlevoix County COA Senior Highlights

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June 11, 2017

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9th Annual Glenn McDonough Memorial Concert


Eve Glen McDonough Music School

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

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