B. I. News on the 'Net, July 18-31, 2016

County Home Repairs and Home Improvement Programs

Mass from Holy Cross Excerpts

July 31, 2016

Father John Paul at Holy Cross, Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

View excerpts from Mass HERE

William Turner Passes Away

1928 - 2016

William J. Turner


Williamston lost one of its favorite citizens with the death of Bill Turner on July 30, 2016 after a short bout with lung cancer.

William Jerome Turner was born on June 9, 1928 to Mac and Marie Turner and lived most of his life in Williamston. Raised with a strong work ethic and a loyal sense of service to his country and community, Bill remained active and involved in farming and service organizations his entire life.  He was a member of the Williamston High School Class of 1946 and earned his business degree from Michigan State University.

An enlistment in the Navy during the Korean War promoted a lifelong relationship with the American Legion Post 296 where he served as adjutant for 30 years.  He was proud of his service to the Webberville Lions Club, Masonic Lodge and Williamston Depot Museum.

One of his life's highlights was a random trip to Beaver Island in 1969 which resulted in a place that became a second home and made special family memories.

Bill married Patricia DeLage in 1955.  Together they started and ran a John Deere dealership in Williamston for 35 years.  Bill and Pat instilled a work hard, play hard style as they raised their four children.  He is survived by those children Mike (LeAnn), Susan Snow, Peggy (Wayne) Marlatt, and Dan (Kara) along with ten grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; and special friend Arlene Czyman.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Pat; second wife Jerrie; sister, Agnes Emery and his parents. 

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, Williamston Chapel, funeral arrangements are pending.

For those desiring, contributions may be made to Williamston Senior Center, P.O. Box 343, Williamston, MI 48895, or Webberville Lions Club, P.O. Box 615, Webberville, MI 48892 in memory of Bill.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.grwilliamston.com
Published in Lansing State Journal on July 31, 2016 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lsj/obituary.aspx?n=william-turner&pid=180841989&fhid=11050#sthash.Z6hka3T8.dpuf

A Few Pictures of Wildlife

All were taken on July 31, 2016, Loon are obviously an obsession along with ospreys.

The 52 Lists Project #31

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 31, 2016

It's the last day of July. This summer has sped past, seemingly faster than most. It's hard to believe that tomorrow will be the 1st of August and that Labor Day won't be all that far behind. Let's enjoy what we have left of these summer days. Right now it's 64°, partly cloudy, wind is at 4 mph from the east, humidity is at 92% making it a bit muggy, pressure is steady at 1017 mb, visibility is 9.7 miles, pollen levels are medium at 6.8, and the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and nettle. Today: Partly sunny. Slight chance of rain showers in the morning, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. East winds at 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight: Mostly clear. A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the upper 50s. Southeast winds at 10 mph. MARINE REPORT NE wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy then becoming partly sunny in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: East wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of July 31, 1969 - A Moscow police chief reported that thousands of Moscow telephone booths had been made inoperable by thieves who had stolen phone parts in order to convert their acoustic guitars to electric.

Did you know that gunpowder is formed by mixing charcoal, saltpetre and sulphur?

Word of the day: polyphonic (pol-ee-FON-ik) which means consisting of many voices or sounds. Polyphonic can be traced to the Greek terms polýs meaning "many" and phōnḗ meaning "voice." It entered English in the late 1700s.

Funky Fashion Show and Potluck Luncheon

Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 12:30 pm, at Gregg Fellowship Hall

Just This One

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 30, 2016

Another beautiful day is lined up for the island. Right now it's 63°, clear skies, wind is at 4 mph from the NE, humidity is at 92% so it's a bit muggy, pressure is rising from 1017 mb, visibility is 7.7 miles, pollen levels are medium at 6.6, and the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and nettle. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s, East winds at 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s. East winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening. MARINE REPORT Today: East wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: East wind 5 to 10 knots. Partly cloudy. 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. (Incidentally, there is a wonderful book by Doug Stanton, called "In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors" that is well worth the read.

Did you know that according to the old English time system a moment is 1 and a half minutes?

Word of the day: aesthete (ES-theet) which means a person who has or professes to have refined sensitivity toward the beauties of art or nature. Aesthete finds its roots in the Greek aisthánesthai meaning "to perceive." It entered English in the late 1800s.

Why Delay the Inevitable?

by Joe Moore

Why Delay the Inevitable?
By Joe Moore

It’s 7 p.m. on a beautiful, but muggy summer night.  You’ve taken some time to actually take your shoes off and wade in the water at the public beach.  You’ve pulled up your uniform pants above your knees and are enjoying a break from the regular routine.  Your radio and your pager are in your shoes on top of the towel.  Your loving wife is in her swimming suit and swimming in the harbor beach water which is not bath water warm, but very refreshing.  My wife and I have brought two separate vehicles.  I’m in the “echo car,” and she is in the family car.

Most of the sun worshippers are gone for the day, but there are a few die-hards still there and quite a few are playing volleyball on the beach with the net set up.  It’s about as nice a day as anyone could ask for until the pager goes off.

“Station 75 EMS, respond to the East Side campground for a 45 year old female who has a knee injury.  The patient stepped out of her small tear-drop trailer and twisted her knee.  She is in a great deal of pain, and the caller described the leg as looking funny,” Central Dispatch paged and radioed the information twice.

“So ends our evening at the beach,” I tell my wife

“What’s going on?” my wife asks.

“Somebody got hurt at the East Side Campground and is in a lot of pain,”  I answered as I dried my feet and legs and quickly put on my socks and shoes.  “See you whenever I get done.”

“Be careful,” my wife admonished.  “Dinner will be waiting, but you’ll have to warm it up.”

“Okay, love you,” I holler as I sprint up the beach to the emergency response vehicle.

“7571 is enroute to the garage,” the radio blares.

“Copy, 7571 is enroute to the garage,” Central Dispatch responds.

“7546, is enroute to the garage,” radios another EMT, Central confirms that.

When I finally am able to get on the radio, I call Central, “75 Echo Four is enroute to the East Side Campground.”

“Time enroute is 1920,”  Central responds.

The emergency lights are flashing, and the siren is blaring, as I depart the public beach and head up the church hill and turn onto the Kings Highway.  I pass the old medical center and the ambulance garage going about thirty miles per hour, and come up behind a vehicle going about fifteen with all the windows rolled up with the music blaring so loud that I can hear it.  The music is so loud that the driver can’t hear the siren.  I’d pass them, but there is oncoming traffic, and they are not pulling over to the side of the road either.  I try several different tones and finally use the last resort of the warbling siren and the horn and flashing the lights.  Finally, the car turns off at the Carlisle Road, and the traffic from the other direction has finally pulled off the road. I kick in the carburetor and the engine roars into life, and I’m up to fifty miles per hour as I head down the Kings Highway past the Four Corners.  I’m making good time down the highway, but have to slow down and be prepared for cars pulling out of the driveways or from Sloptown Road or Paid Een Ogs Road. 

As I come to the end of the pavement of the Kings Highway, I have to slow to make a left turn down McCaulley Road.  As I begin to speed up on this gravel road, I glance in the mirror and see nothing but a cloud of dust flying up from the roadway.  I hope I don’t have to get behind anyone and try to see through this blinding dust.  A quick turn onto the East Side Road, and I’m headed in the right direction.

“75 Alpha 2 is enroute to the East Side campground,”  I hear on the radio.  I’m going to be at least ten minutes ahead of the ambulance arriving at the campground. 

“7578 is enroute from Nomad, “ another EMT responds.   I am happy to hear that my good friend and EMT will be on scene shortly since he is closer.

I fly into the campground and immediately shut off the lights.  The siren has been off since the turn into the campground.  Now to find the patient.

“7578 is on scene,” the radio blares.  He must be right behind me.

There is a no problem locating the patient since there is only one trailer in the campground.  The patient’s friend is waving both arms over her head and screaming, ”Over here!  Over here!”

As I get out of the emergency response vehicle, I can see immediately that this patient needs to get to an orthopedic surgeon.  Even from a distance, it is obvious that this patient has a fracture/dislocation of her knee.  It is grossly deformed and very swollen.  As I walk up, my buddy is just behind me.

“How did this happen?” I asked the patient.

“I just came out of the trailer, and the step moved, and down I went,” she stated.  “It hurts like hell.

“Did you hit your head or fall over?”  I asked.

“No, my friend just helped me get up and sit in the chair.  I’m okay except for this leg,” she says.

“I have to check you over,” I say as I begin my head to toe assessment checking her head, neck, back, and all the way down to her toes.  As I check out the injured leg, I note that there is no pulse in the foot below the injury.

“What do you need?” my buddy asks.

“Before we move her, I need to give her something for pain,” I state matter-of-factly.

“Grab me the blue bag and the large drug box, please,” I begin to develop a treatment plan in my head.

“Okay, I’ll grab them from the echo car,”  he says as he heads in that direction. “The ambulance is still about ten minutes out.”

I know the patient from years past when I was a school teacher in my first year.  This is the only student that purposely walked out of my classroom after she received a lower grade than she’d ever gotten in her life.  We discovered later that she had skipped a question on the multiple choice test and all of her answers were correct, just in the wrong place on the answer sheet.

“Jane, I am going to give you something for pain,” I tell her.  “Are you allergic to any medications?”

“No, I’m allergic to no drugs, but I am allergic to bee stings,” Jane answers.

Bob arrives with the blue bag and the drug box.  I ask him, “Will you get a set of vitals for me?”

I break the seal on the drug box, and begin to prepare the medication for pain.  Grabbing an alcohol wipe, I ask my patient once again, “Are you allergic to any medications?”

“I already told you NO,” my patient, Jane, replies.

“Okay, I just have to make certain before I give you this drug for pain,” I answer her.  I’m also checking to make sure she has no neurological issues going on.  Good memory, check.  Understands, check.  Am I distracting her from her pain?  Check.

“Okay, Jane, you are going to feel this needle going in,” I say to her while wiping the skin with alcohol. I’m going to give you something for pain.”

The patient received 10 milligrams of morphine in her deltoid muscle.

“Didn’t even feel that,” Jane said.

“Okay, now that the ambulance is here.  I’ll need another set of vital signs.  Jane, I am going to cause you some pain.  I have to see if I can get blood flow back to your lower leg.  (To the arriving crew and Bob) Right now, there is no pulse in her foot below the injury.  I need to see if I can get that circulation restored.  Let’s get her onto the cot first.”

The patient is assisted to the stand and then sit on the cot while I protect the leg from movement.  No matter what, we know that this is going to cause her pain, but she has pain meds on board.  Once Jane is on the cot, I pull traction on her leg.  Yes, I actually have to CAUSE my patient pain.

“Son….of…..a…BITCH,” Jane screams.

“I’ve got a pulse now,” I report to my crew. “We’ll have to keep track of this pulse during transport.”

“Do you want to splint the leg?” Bob asks.

“I think it will be fine without anything possible slowing the circulation to the lower leg, but we will put a pillow under the knee to keep it from moving on the cot,”  I respond to him.

The crew is busy getting the patient secure on the cot, and getting another set of vital signs.  Other than an increased pulse rate due to pain, the vitals are all within normal limits.

Jane’s friend asks, “Are you taking her to the medical center?  I have her family on the phone, and they want to know.”

“No,” I respond.  “We are taking her to the hospital where a trauma doctor can assess and determine the need for surgery.”

“Where is she going?” the friend asks quite persistently.

“Petoskey is our suggestion, but we won’t know until we transfer the patient to the Northern Air Transport people.  Jane will decide if they suggest she go elsewhere,” I answered and that seemed to satisfy the friend.  I turned back to the crew and the emergency at hand.

“Okay, all strapped in?”  I ask.

“Ready to go,” Bob states.

“Slow and easy, no rush in getting in the rig,” I answer.  “Every bump is going to hurt.”

We load the patient into the ambulance, and the rest of the assessment and treatment plan are able to be completed.

“Are you ready to go?”  Bob asks.

“Why don’t you come back here and give me a hand for a couple minutes?”  I answer.

Bob climbs in the back, and immediately realizes that I need an IV set up and an IV bag spiked.  I locate a vein and say to Jane, “You’re going to feel a poke here in your left arm near your elbow in a minute.  I have to start an IV, get another set of vital signs and then we’ll head out.  Okay?”

We work at these needs, and we have success .  Bob asks,” How do you want this set? as the IV fluids begin to run, TKO?”
“Yup,” I respond as I finish the dressing for the IV and tape it several times to keep from pulling it out.

“Okay, vitals are done,” James, the other EMT states.  “They are all within normal limits.”

“Next, Bob, you want put on a cardiac monitor for me, please?”  I ask as I continue the assessment and the questions for the patient.

We are finally finished with the complete patient assessment and Bob informs me, ”We don’t have our local air transport vehicle because the pilot’s are all ‘timed-out.’”

“Okay, next on the list is Northflight, right?” I query.

“Yup, I’ll give them a call on the cellphone,”  Bob says as he steps out of the ambulance.  It makes no sense to get moving the ambulance until we know where we are going.  When our locally licensed air transport vehicle is available, that is the most efficient, saves a lot of time, and goes where we want our patient to go.  Our second and third options are Northflight out of Traverse City and Valley Med out of the Upper Penninsula.

“Northern Air is gathering a crew, and they will be calling us on the 800 radio.  That will free up your VHF for calling anyone else,” Bob said as he climbed into the front of the ambulance.  “Are you ready to go?”

“Yes, let’s take it easy since every bounce and bump will cause Jane pain,” I replied.  “Are you sane, Jane in pain?”  I say to my patient.

She smiles and says, “Just as corny now as you were in school.”

“Oh, come on, it made you smile anyway.  I distracted you just a little, didn’t I?”

We hit a bump and Jane screams.

  “Okay, we need to slow this down a little,” I say loudly over the noise of the rig.  To Jane, “Excuse me a minute.  I have to put together a radio report and move over by the radio.  Can you give me a number to represent the amount of your pain?  On a scale of 0 meaning no pain, and 10 being the worst pain you’ve ever had, what number would you give it?”

“A twelve,” Jane states with a grimace on her face.

“Thank you and I’m sorry,” I say.  “I’m going to call on the radio and get permission to give you some more pain meds.”

“Thanks, I’d appreciate something to help with this pain,” Jane said.

Time for this paramedic to call and talk to the medical control physician.

“Charlevoix Hospital, 75 Alpha 2, Medic Joe,”  I called on the VHF radio.

“Go ahead, 75 Alpha 2,”  Charlevoix Hospital ER responded.

“Charlevoix Hospital, this is Beaver Island, Medic Joe.  We are enroute to the Beaver Island Township Airport with a 45 year old female with a possible fracture/dislocation of her right knee. Upon arrival on the scene, the patient did not have a palpable pulse in the foot of that leg.  Prior to movement, the patient was given 10 mg of Morphine intramuscularly.  The patient’s vital signs were all within normal limits.  The patient was loaded onto the ambulance cot and an attempt was made to pull traction on that leg to restore circulation to that foot.  The traction was successful for restoration of circulation. Break………

Continuing………The patient has an IV of Normal Saline in the left antecubital fossa with a 20 gauge catheter, and it is running at keep vein open (KVO) at this time.  Patient relates that her pain is still 10 out ten on the 0-10 pain scale.  Request an order for additional 10 mg of morphine IV for pain control.

Northern Air Transport is still forty-five minutes out minimum.  Our plan is to fly this patient using Northern to Traverse City and on to Munson Hospital.”

“75 Alpha 2, standby,” the radio blared.

The 800 radio traffic started, “Beaver Island, Northern Air on 800.”

I reached over and keyed that microphone.  “Go ahead Northern Air.”

“We are just preparing to lift off now and our ETA is 13 minutes to Beaver Island,” they stated.  “Can we get a patient report?”

“ 75 Alpha 2, Charlevoix, “ came over the VHF radio.  “Per Doctor, you are to give 2-10 mg of morphine IV as needed for pain.”

“Standby, Northern Air,” I said into the 800 radio.

“Charlevoix, copy your traffic.  The order is for 2-10 mg of morphine IV,” I responded to the hospital.

“That is correct.  Permission is also granted for the bypass to Munson,” Charlevoix ER stated.

“Roger, copy that traffic.  Permission to bypass granted.  75 Alpha 2, Clear,” I stated.

I gave pretty much the same report to Northern Air Transport as I gave to the hospital, but included the additional 10 mg of morphine that I was going to give as soon as I was off the radio.  They acknowledged the report, and I cleared that radio transmission as well.

Finally, I could give my patient something additional for pain.  She rested comfortably, or at least as comfortably as possible with the injury she had.
We took our time going from the East Side campground out to the township airport.  Upon arrival, we made small talk with the patient to continue to distract her from her pain.  There wasn’t any more treatments to provide since her oxygen saturation and other vital signs were normal.  We kept track of her pedal pulse, the pulse in her foot, to make sure that we did not lose it again. 

It seemed like forever before the aircraft arrived.  The plane flew over the airfield and circled and finally landed.  It took seven minutes to get down on the ground, shut down the engines, and have the crew climb out and come to the ambulance.

I gave the patient report with updates to the medic from Northern Air, and removed our cardiac monitor, O2 monitor, and blood pressure cuff.  That was necessary since we haven’t figured out a way to get our equipment back from the big city.

We wheeled our ambulance cot out to the aircraft and assisted the slide of the patient up into the aircraft with the patient screaming, “DAAAAMNN!” as she was moved.  There were a few other exclamations that I won’t provide here.

The total time for the aircraft to arrive after the call was one hour and twenty minutes after our call to them.  They sat on the tarmac for close to ten minutes before take-off getting their equipment on the patient, checking to make sure the IV was open and running, and providing the patient with additional pain relief.

We cleared the airport and headed back to do the paperwork, clean up the ambulance for the next patient, and fax the run report to the medical records at the hospital.  Our paperwork arrived at the hospital just as the patient was wheeled into the ER at the hospital, based upon the normal flight time, transfer time at the Traverse City Airport, and the fifteen to twenty minutes necessary to get the patient across town to the hospital.

This patient needed two surgeries in the next few days at the trauma center before being released from the hospital. 

The patient was very happy with her care and her arrival at the hospital and the almost seamless transport to the definitive care that she needed, but some in the community wanted to ask me why we did it the way we did.

How come you didn’t take this patient to the medical center?

My answer is really very simple.  Just read the title of this story.  Why delay the inevitable?  Then I ask the questioner a couple of questions.  What could the medical center do for this patient that I hadn’t already done?  Would manipulation of this leg, found without distal circulation, during the x-ray at the medical center have improved the outcome for this patient?  What emergency care could have been provided that I hadn’t already provided?
Why would we delay the inevitable transport of a patient in pain needing surgery for the trauma to her knee?

These people who asked turned around and stomped away from me, angry at me.  Why were they angry at me?  Was their anger an emotional reaction to my logical questions, when they didn’t want to be logical?

Antje Price at Protar's Home

Antje Price on Protar's Porch

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video of Antje Price HERE

You can view some more pictures of the Protar Home HERE from 2007

MDHHS Press Release

Joint Statement from DEQ and MDHHS

LANSING, Mich. - Based upon the filing of the charges, the DEQ and MDHHS will each be suspending two current employees without pay until further review of the charges can be conducted. Two additional state employees charged are no longer with DEQ or MDHHS. DEQ and MDHHS will continue to monitor the legal proceedings and evaluate next steps as appropriate.

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 29, 2016

Looks like it's going to be a perfect island summer day. Right now it's 66°, clear, blue skies, wind at 10 mph from the east with gusts up to 18 mph, humidity is at 81% so it feels a bit muggy, pressure is rising from 1015 mb, and visibility is 9.8 miles, pollen levels are medium at 6.6, and the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and nettle. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 50s. Northeast winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening. MARINE REPORT: Today: Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Mostly sunny early in the morning then becoming sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of July 29, 1958 - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was authorized by the U.S. Congress.

Did you know that paper money was first used in China?

Word of the day: skylark (SKAHY-lahrk) which means to frolic; sport. Skylark entered English in the late 1600s as the name for a bird known for its in-flight singing. The verb sense is first attested in the early 1800s.

Merry, Merry, Mary Days

by Cindy Ricksgers

Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority Regular Meeting

July 28, 2016

The meeting began with a review and opportunity to revise the agenda. This was followed by approval of the regular meeting minutes from May 26, 2016, as well as special meetings held July 5, 2016, and July 14, 2016. Next came reports from the fire department and from EMS.

The majority of the meeting was spent on discussion of the EMS Status including an interim plan for paramedic staffing and funding for that staffing; a long term plan that should include a millage proposal for the November ballot; and contingency planning. This was followed by public comment. Several community members have stepped up to help out the BIESA in getting specific tasks completed.

Video of this meeting is HERE

Blood Drive was TODAY, July 28, 2016

Update: The Red Cross Blood Drive on Beaver Island was a huge success! We surpassed our goal! We had 77 people come to donate. Thank you to each and every one. Sixty-five units were collected. To those who were deferred, we appreciate your efforts and your desire to make a difference. That has happened to both of us, so we know how you feel. We will see you all next year! Thank you to everyone who helped make the day run smoothly, including our many volunteers, bakers, people who donated funds and items, BI Christian Church, BI Boat Company and Island Airways.

~Connie Wojan and Connie Boyle

  Remember to bring your driver's license or other photo ID

If you have any questions about donating....

2. Go online to http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/donation-faqs#Eligibility To see a list of of FAQs

3. Go online to see specific eligibility info: http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements

If you want to Save Time tomorrow.....

4. RAPID PASS - Save time by going online on donation day and printing this out - be sure to bring it with you when you donate. (This can save you additional time.)

NOTE: If you would like help with going on line and printing your Rapid Pass, Patrick McGinnity is willing and able to help you at the BI District Library!

Holy Cross Bulletin for August 2016

Osprey Feeds Itself First This Time

Today, Thursday, July 28, 2016, the adult osprey left the nest and went fishing. Although there are no pictures of this osprey catching the fish, there are pictures of him feeding on the fish first, prior to delivering the rest of the fish to the nest to feed his mate and the fledglings in the nest. The choir of osprey sounds is amazing to hear if you stop and take the time to listen.

View a gallery of pictures of the ospreys


In the first part of the clip, the adult osprey is in the tree and the mate and fledglings are in the nest calling for food. The second part of the clip is after the adult has delivered the food to the nest. It's quite a bit quieter.

Beaver Island's Back-up Ambulance

The back-up ambulance is temporarily parked in front of the old medical center while the vehicle's paperwork is submitted to the State of Michigan MDHHS Licensing Division for the EMS and Trauma licensing office. This ambulance has quite a few miles on it, but it was checked out by Holden and Holden, the builders of the primary ambulance that is parked in the garage at the same location. The lettering and repairs were completed downstate, and the rig was delivered to the Beaver Island Boat Company in Charlevoix. The BIBCO had room on yesterday's boat, so this rig was picked up by Kevin White, Director of BIEMS, on the arriving boat on July 27, 2016, when it arrived at approximately 4:45 p.m.

Plans for the new rig are still being worked out by the director and the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority.

Timeout for Art: Failures

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 28, 2016

Got up to a damp deck, so we had a little rain during the night. Right now it is 61°, wind is at 5 mph from the NE, humidity is at 93% so it's feeling a bit muggy, pressure is steady at 1016 mb, visibility is 9.7 miles, pollen levels are medium at 6, and the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and cattail. Today: Partly sunny. Numerous rain showers in the morning, then scattered rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. Northeast winds at 10 mph. Chance of showers are 70%. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s. Northeast winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. MARINE REPORT Northwind 5 to 10 knots. Numerous showers early in the morning, then scattered showers in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of July 28, 1951 - The Walt Disney film "Alice in Wonderland" was released.

Did you know that the drinking straw was invented in 1886?

Word of the day: virgule (VUR-gyool) which means a short oblique stroke (/) between two words indicating that whichever is appropriate may be chosen to complete the sense of the text in which they occur. Virgule entered English from French, where it means "comma, little rod." It ultimately derives from the Latin virgula meaning “rod.”

Feeding the Young Ospreys

The two adult ospreys are kept busy this time of year hunting for food, delivering the food, and feeding the young ospreys in the nest. The major food for the young and old ospreys is fish. The ospreys nest in a high location very close to the food source location. These ospreys have been seen at Barney's Lake and Font Lake, which is their preferred hunting locations.

View a gallery of osprey pictures HERE

Career Pathway: Aviation

Paul Welke speaks about career opportunities in avaiation

(Picture taken from the video)

View video HERE

Walking with Darla

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 27, 2016

It's 67° this morning, wind is at 5 mph from the NW with gusts to 18 mph, humidity is at 93% so it feels muggy, pressure is steady at 1015 mb, visibility is 9.5, pollen levels are medium at 5.7, and the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and cattail. Today: Partly sunny. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. Northwest winds at 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. North winds at 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. MARINE REPORT: Northwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms early in the morning. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of July 27, 1804 - The 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. With the amendment Electors were directed to vote for a President and for a Vice-President rather than for two choices for President.

Did you know that the lie detector was invented in 1921?

Word of the day: sonorous (suh-NAWR-uh s) which means rich and full in sound, as language or verse. Sonorous derives from the Latin root sonor meaning "sound." It entered English in the early 1600s.

Beaver Island Internet Access Survey

The Beaver Island Association is working to improve Internet service on the Island.  As part of this project, we ask all residents and visitors to complete this short survey on use of Internet while on Beaver Island. The results, posted at the conclusion of the survey, will be used to guide next steps in the project, grant applications, potential partnerships, and so forth.

It will take less than 5 minutes of your time. We greatly appreciate your input. Take the survey HERE

Board of Directors

Beaver Island Association

House Party

Tuesday: Exercises in Writing #8

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 26, 2016

Beautiful, blue skies overhead, it's 67°, wind is at 8 mph from the SW, humidity is at 91% so it feels a bit muggy, pressure is steady at 1015 mb, visibility is at 9.6 miles, pollen levels are medium at 6.4, and the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and cattail. Today: Sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 80s. West winds at 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. West winds at 10 mph. MARINE REPORT: Today: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of July 26, 1984 - Prince's movie "Purple Rain" premiered in Hollywood, CA.

Did you know that Sir Isaac Newton was 23 when he discovered the law of gravity?

Word of the day: inculcate (in-KUHL-keyt, IN-kuhl-keyt) which means to implant by repeated statement or admonition; teach persistently and earnestly. Inculcate descends from the Latin verb inculcāre meaning "to trample, tread" with the root word calx meaning "heel." It entered English in the mid-1500s.

A Letter to the Beaver Island Community

A letter to the Beaver Island community,

Let me quickly introduce myself.  My name is Terry Grabill, Science Department Chair, Fremont Middle School, Fremont, MI.  You may be familiar with me as I’ve been bringing FMS students to Beaver since 1999 as part of a summer science extension through Fremont Public Schools. 

We call our program Beaver Island Group and it’s an immensely popular opportunity for our out-going eighth grade students.  Our mission is to offer this extension as an opportunity for motivated kids to get an up-close-and-personal experience with field biology and geology.  The program has evolved into exploration of the island’s colorful history and community service work.

B.I.G. is housed at CMU’s Biological Station, where we sleep, take our meals and have lab facilities.  We partner with BI Historical society, in fact we developed a good relationship.. and friendship with Bill Cashman.  Our group constructed and donated the replica gate for the Protar tomb and in 2006 our group performed the enactment of the Strang assassination in town.  We partner with the Alliance for the Great Lakes for the past decade through their Adopt-a-Beach program to clean and perform water quality monitoring at the Jewel Gillespie park and Little Sand Bay. 

Our program has been greatly successful, in part, because of generous support from our Fremont Area Community Foundation.  The foundation, however, has re-assigned our grand eligibility and has cut our funding from $8000 annually to around $3500.  I’ve always prided us on being able to offer the program to families with relatively little family contribution, allowing every family to afford to send their kid if he/she is selected for participation.  With the decrease in funding, I’m in a position where I either double the family contribution or cut back on programming.

So, I’m asking for help. BIG brings a lot of kids to Beaver and I know lots of families come at the encouragement of BIG alumni.  I would like to invite you to help financially to our cause.  I’d gladly accept community donations to:

Fremont Public Schools, Beaver Island Group, Terry Grabill, SCI chair, 500 Woodrow, Fremont, MI  49412

Beaver Island---Special Conservation Partner of the Year

This year, the Community of Beaver Island was chosen as our Special Conservation Partner of the Year. The island was selected because of its dedication to maintaining healthy ecosystems by removing or controlling invasive species and by protecting island trees from disease and pests, such as the quarantine against bringing wood onto the island in order to prevent introducing the emerald ash borer. This jewel in Lake Michigan serves as a critical stopover site for birds migrating to and from the Tropics. It also hosts thousands of pairs of many Neotropical - and resident - nesting bird species. Three years ago, a birding trail was launched, drawing hordes of birders to the island. The trail, and subsequent activities and events celebrating birds, has served to significantly raise awareness about the need to continue protecting habitats needed by avifauna.
Jim Jones, Island resident and Beaver Island Association Board Member, traveled to Omena to receive the award. He also accepted a plaque designating Beaver Island the first island in the world to receive a Saving Birds Thru Habitat Certified Bird Habitat award. These awards will hang in the Beaver Island Community Center for all to see and appreciate.

Kay Charter and Jim Jones

On July 21st, Saving Birds Thru Habitat, an organization that promotes protection of habitat for North American birds, presented the Beaver Island community with the Conservation Partner of the Year award.  Jim Jones, board member for the Beaver Island Association, received the award for the island community. Beaver Island was doubly honored to accept a second award from Saving Birds Thru Habitat as the first island in the world to be certified for efforts to control invasive species and create healthy habitat for nesting and migratory birds. To showcase premier birding habitats on the island, the Beaver Island Birding Trail was created three years ago and has been visited by birders from across the country.  More information on Beaver Island birding can be found at http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org .  The economic benefit of the Beaver Island Birding Trail to the island and region is substantial and will continue to be of value to the island economy and its birds.

The Twenty-first Century Begins

by Joe Moore

I guess it is only fitting that the very first BIEMS run in the year 2000 was to involve our dedicated, retired physician as patient, and our paramedic instructor as paramedic.  Our 75 year old male physician patient was having chest pain that started while he was attending church this Sunday morning. 

BIEMS was paged to his East Side address a little before noon.  The patient presented himself to the medical center and stated, “I’ve had four doses of nitro spray.  It has relieved the pain somewhat.  It started as a nine on a scale of zero to ten, but is now down to about a three.” 

The patient was given 325 mg aspirin by mouth at the medical center.  He was started on oxygen at 10 liters per minute and had an IV started with normal saline to keep his vein open.   His vital signs were pulse of 64 with an elevated ST segment shown on the ECG, lungs clear with respirations of 18, a blood pressure of 150/74, and skin pale, cool, and clammy. 

Our friend had a history of open heart surgery nine years ago and a heart attack only two years ago, after which they placed a stint in one of his cardiac arteries.  The patient had a fairly long list of medications that he was taking including Coumadin, a blood thinner usually given for people with atrial fibrillation.  Within ten minutes of BIEMS arrival, our beloved retired physician was loaded onto the ambulance cot and was being transported to the local airport.  The BIEMS cot was loaded directly into the local airline’s aircraft, and our paramedic instructor climbed in with him.  He was the only licensed paramedic on the island on this day, and therefore the best qualified person to transport our patient. 

By about 20 minutes after the hour, the aircraft was in the air.  The patient reported that he was pain-free at this time.  By quarter to one, the patient was loaded into the Charlevoix EMS Ambulance, and we accompanied the patient to the hospital.  Our friendly patient was moved from the BIEMS cot to the Charlevoix Hospital ER bed using a sheet lift, and a verbal report was given to the nurse in the ER.   Our friend was treated in the Charlevoix ER and then transferred up to Northern Michigan Hospital to be treated by his cardiologist.

In May of this same year, BIEMS was paged to Lake Geneserath for a capsized boat.  The phone call had been placed by another resident on the lake who had seen two men fishing in a boat earlier.  When she looked out onto the lake a good while later, she saw the boat overturned with two men holding onto the capsized boat.   

There were two men in the water when BIEMS, the fire chief, and the local deputy arrived at the lake.  The two men were on the far side of the lake away from the residence that reported the emergency.  The deputy and I searched driveway after driveway trying to find someone home that had a boat available to use to try to reach the men in the water.  We found a couple at home who had a boat in their garage.  The owner had just gotten the motor set up for the season.  The deputy and I acted like a tractor, and together we pulled the 16 foot aluminum boat and motor that was on a trailer from the garage.  We pushed the trailered boat across about 100 yards of lawn down to the water’s edge and into the water. 
The deputy, the fire chief, an MFR-firefighter, and I went out to help the two men out of the water.  Both men were not able to pull themselves into the boat due to the coldness of their muscles and the hypothermia that each was suffering from.  They had been in the cold water of the inland lake for about one hour.  It took twenty minutes to get them back to the shore near the launch point of the borrowed boat where the ambulance was waiting.  Both patients were cold and wet. 

The men were wrapped in blankets and transported in a very warm ambulance to the medical center.  Here we began the process of passive rewarming for our patients.  We warmed blankets in the dryer.  We took IV bags and heated them in the microwave.  We placed warm IV bags in the groin, the armpits, and at the neck.  The core temperature was taken rectally.  (You can tell when a patient is very ill.  They don’t care about where you take the temperature, and they don’t care if you take their clothes off.)  Warmed towel and warmed blankets were replaced as needed to keep the temperature around them quite a bit higher than the air in the building. 

Some of us working to assist them actually broke out in a sweat from the heat around the patients.  Of course, we also turned up the thermostat of the medical center as well.  We even rigged a method of warming the oxygen that was given by non-rebreather mask.   We hooked up a humidifier to each oxygen tank after warming the fluid in the plastic humidifier jug that was attached to the regulator of the tank.  We then wrapped this plastic humidifier jug in hot packs designed to warm up anything that needed warming up. 

We got a patient history on each patient.  Each patient’s skin was pink, but cold.  Both patients were alert and oriented, but only slightly confused.  Their vital signs were within normal limits for any 79 year old male and 83 year old male.  We continued the passive warming for about 40 minutes, and then arranged for two local airplanes to take the two patients to Charlevoix.  We arranged for two ambulances to meet us at the Charlevoix Airport also. 

We carefully loaded up one patient on the ambulance cot and another on a folding cot.  We replaced the IV bags with warmer ones.  We replaced the blankets and sheets with nice warm ones.  We loaded both patients into our very warm ambulance and drove to the local airport where both airplanes had been warmed up and were awaiting our arrival.  We flew both patients in separate airplanes to Charlevoix where both planes were met by an Charlevoix EMS Ambulance to transport the patients to Charlevoix Hospital.  Interestingly enough, the patient’s body temperature was close to normal when each arrived separately at the hospital.  Both patients were to arrive back on Beaver Island the next day to resume their spring fishing vacation.

By June of this year, we were ready to begin the process of licensing as an advanced life support agency.  We four paramedic students, having passed our exams in April, had received our paramedic licenses.  It was now time to get all the paperwork done for the Bennett Bill.  This bill would allow us to function as an advanced life support (ALS) agency for two years while we completed a development plan to become a full time ALS agency. 

We responded to an emergency for a 49 year old male patient who wandered into the deputy’s substation residence with a severe head laceration.  He stated that he tripped over a table and fell striking his head on the corner of the wood stove.  This had happened about three hours ago.  He went to sleep for a while and decided to get some assistance now.  He was able to walk even though he stated that he had consumed at least a 12-pack of beer.  His vital sings were within normal limits.  He was oriented, and his pupils were reactive to light and of equal size.  We transported the patient to the medical center where the nurse practitioner advised the patient that he should go to the mainland to be treated. 

BIEMS contacted the local airport.  They were not able to fly due to the weather.  BIEMS contacted Northflight.  They were not able to fly due to the weather either.  Our last resort was to contact the USCG Air Station in Traverse City.  The Flight Surgeon would not put a crew at risk in the poor weather for “only a laceration.”  Patient care was turned over to the nurse practitioner with a stable patient and a pressure dressing was applied to the wound on the head.  BIEMS could not transport the patient anywhere due to the weather. 

We had several runs with our chronic patients that have been mentioned earlier in this writing.  They are not going to be written about again this year because nothing much had changed except the weather and the year. 

In the early evening at about 7 p.m. in July, we were paged to an address on Donegal Bay Road.  There we found a 41 year old male patient complaining of shortness of breath and chest pain.  The patient stated, “My heart is pounding out of my chest.”  He further stated that he has had this problem for about a month and has been having these symptoms on and off for a month.  The pain came on while he was lying in his bed.  He tried to sit up and could not sit up.  He tried to sleep and he couldn’t sleep.  The pain was in his left chest.  His father had had open heart bypass surgery about eight years ago.  He stated that he had not eaten at all today, and only had water to drink all day. 

The patient denied having any alcoholic beverages or any drug usage that day.  He does smoke about a half of pack of cigarettes per day.  He continued to describe his pain as starting in the front of his left chest, but now it is radiating to his back.  His vital signs were a little abnormal with a pulse rate of 120 and regular, respirations of 16, and a blood pressure of 170/110.  His temperature taken orally was 99.9 degrees.  An IV was started to provide a route for drug therapy if needed and to keep the vein open. 

He was alert and oriented with an oxygen saturation of 96%.  His lungs were clear in all fields.  After oxygen was applied, his saturation went up to 98-100%.  The patient stated he had been coughing up yellow/green mucous for about two days.  He was loaded onto the ambulance cot and taken to the medical center to be evaluated by the nurse practitioner.  He was given a baby aspirin to chew which did not cause any change in pain complaint.  He was given .4 mg of nitroglycerin under his tongue which did not cause any change in his pain level either. 

The patient was loaded back into the ambulance to be taken to the local airport.  Enroute to the airport, the patient stated that it was still hard to breath.  We noted no accessory muscle use, no nasal flaring, and no retractions in his chest.  He was showing sinus tachycardia on the monitor.  The patient, on the BIEMS ambulance cot, was loaded into the local airline’s aircraft and flown to Charlevoix with further transport to Charlevoix Hospital by normal means.

In July, we were called to the Beaver Island Community School President’s (my boss by some interpretations of the position) emergency at the medical center for a 48 year male patient who was complaining of acute pain in the right upper abdomen radiating to the right flank.  This patient had a previous history of kidney stones.  There had been a decrease in urine output for the day with a strong odor.  Pain medications had been taken four times today.  He had been treated with Demerol (pain medication) and Visteril (anti-nausea drug) last night.  His vital signs were all within normal limits with his skin warm and dry.  His abdomen was soft, but there was tenderness in the upper right quadrant.  The stethoscope revealed normal bowel sounds.  There was a great deal of pain on palpation of the right flank.  An IV of normal saline was started and run at about 150 ml per hour.  The medical control physician ordered Demerol and Vistaril tonight as well, and the patient received both medications before leaving the medical center.    The patient was transported by normal means to Charlevoix Hospital by local airline.

Do you remember the 49 year old male patient that you read about up above?  We were now up and running as an ALS agency whenever we had a paramedic available.  We had five paramedics available on this day and all responded.   We were called to his residence in early August for this patient having a seizure.   I was the first paramedic on scene. The previous Saturday night, he had fallen and struck his head again, and he was again treated at the medical center for a laceration to his head.  He had been intoxicated last Saturday night.  The people staying near his house stated he had been stumbling and falling since last Saturday night. 

He had numerous bruises to his chest, face, arms, and legs.  Witnesses state that he had four seizures this morning lasting about five minutes each.  When he would wake up after one his seizures, he would refuse any medical help.  He would refuse to be taken to the medical center.  Upon BIEMS arrival, the patient was found on the floor actively seizing with full body involvement called grand mal. 

The airway was opened and he was quickly transferred from the floor to the ambulance cot.  In the heat of the moment, I remember I was yelling at the patient, “Come on now, we need you to breathe.  Come on, BREATHE!  We’re here to help you, but you have to BREATHE!”    He must have listened because he soon began breathing on his own.  The patient had been incontinent and his pants were wet.  

His first set of vital signs, taken in his house, indicated a heart rate of 142, respirations of 24, and a blood pressure without a stethoscope of 164.  His skin was pink, but wet and warm.  He was moaning.  His pupils were equal and reactive to light.  We loaded the patient into the back of the ambulance and immediately obtained a 12-lead EKG.  While one paramedic did the ekg, another paramedic started an IV of Ringers Lactate, which had some added electrolytes, in his right arm.  As soon as both were established and completed, the patient had yet another grand mal seizure that lasted about two minutes.  His airway was difficult to maintain, but it was opened again.  The patient was given 5 mg of Valium slow IV push to help control his seizures. 

Oxygen was administered by non-rebreather mask at high flow.  We continued the assessment and noticed that the patient had a condition known as “raccoon eyes”.  This condition is usually an indication of a fracture of the base of the patient’s skull.  We began transportation of the patient to the local airport.  Enroute, we obtained a blood sugar which was within normal levels.  The patient did not have normal reflexes in his feet.  We loaded the patient into the local airline’s aircraft and flew with him to Charlevoix. 

Now, since we were ALS, we needed to go directly to the hospital with the patient accompanying him in the Charlevoix EMS ambulance.  The patient was turned over to the RN in ER at Charlevoix Hospital, and a verbal report was given to the ER physician, who happened to be the physician who visited Beaver Island on a regular basis.

The next emergency was quite unusual in several respects.  We were called to meet a boat coming into the Beaver Island Marine with a “sick” woman aboard.  The boat was not at the marina when we arrived so we pulled the ambulance up as close to the fill dock as possible.  The patient, we learned on the radio, was a 66 year old female, who had taken a “Dramamine” while out in the boat.  That’s all we knew until the boat roared up to dock.  We learned that twenty minutes after taking the “Dramamine”, she began feeling tightness in her throat so she took “Pseudoephedrine” and immediately began to feel worse.  

The patient vomited, and then she became difficult to arouse.  She was quite lethargic.  The patient’s husband stated that she was allergic to red die, and “Pseudoephedrine” is red.  As a side note, all through the paramedic class, my paramedic instructor Steve would say to me, “Okay, Joe, you take the lead,” which meant I was in charge of the patient.  Now that we were both paramedics and Steve had responded to this call, I was in a position to say to him, “Steve, when the patient arrives, YOU take the lead.” 

We needed to strap the patient to a backboard in order to get her out of the boat and onto the dock.  The nine people who responded each had a role to play with some responders doing the medical treatment and other taking care of the movement of the patient from inside the boat to finally up on the dock.  With four people in the boat and four people out of the boat on the dock, the process of moving the patient was not a very difficult task, just risky.  One slip and our patient could end up in the water.  The patient was moved into the ambulance with ease. 

The patient became slightly more responsive and complained about difficulty breathing, and she was actually gasping to breathe.  Vital signs were obtained with a pulse of 109, respirations of 16, and a blood pressure of 94 by palpation (without a stethoscope.)  An Epi-pen was immediately administered in the upper, outside of her leg.  The IV was started of normal saline, and, per protocol, 25 mg of Benadryl slow IV push was administered.  The patient continued to experience difficulty breathing.  A pulse oximeter reading of 88% was obtained. 

The patient’s vital signs were not very good.  Her new vitals were pulse of 125 and irregular with a faint radial pulse, blood pressure was not obtainable, and her respirations were gasping.  Her skin was pale, cool, and wet.  She was barely conscious and responsive to pain.  Report was radioed to medical control.  BIEMS received the following order, “Give one amp of epinephrine 1:10000 IV push.”  The dose was unusual since that is the dose used for a cardiac arrest patient.  The order was repeated to the physician over the radio, “Your order was for one amp of epi 1:10,000 IV push.”  The doctor confirmed his dosage.  The cardiac monitor was immediately applied to this patient prior to the administration of the ordered drug.  The patient had a regular sinus rhythm, very normal prior to administration of the IV drug.  Immediately following the administration of the epinephrine 1:10,000 IV, the patient heart slowed, and then jumped from below 60 to 140 beats per minute.  There was no change in her pulse oximeter reading so the patient’s breathing was assisted with a bag-valve-mask and 100% oxygen. 

The patient was not tolerating the assisted ventilations very well, and she was conscious enough not to tolerate any airway adjunct.  She was acting like she might vomit.  Her blood sugar was measured with a glucometer, and a reading of 226 was obtained, a little high.  This patient was transported to the local airport and flown over to Charlevoix, BIEMS personnel accompanied her to the hospital.  By the time the patient arrived in the ER at Charlevoix Hospital, her vital signs were all within normal limits.  The patient was monitored in the ER for a little over an hour and released to spend the night in a motel there in Charlevoix.

This year was the busiest year ever up to this point for our local EMS group.  There were some interesting statistics for viewing as I looked back over this year’s runs.  We had successfully passed our paramedic exam in April.  We became an Advanced Life Support more than half-way through the year.  However, a full 82% of our ambulance runs for this year of 2000 were advanced life support runs.  Several of them were definitely life threatening emergencies requiring advanced life support.  We had our chronic patients who were always ALS.  We had heart attacks, severe allergic reactions, seizures, and many other emergencies that required our ALS skill and drugs.  We ended this year full of satisfaction with having successfully helped many people and having finally “gone ALS.

BIESA Meeting This Thursday

Emergency Services Authority meets this Thursday, July 28th at 2 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. The new township website is active: http://www.peainetwp.org/government_departments/emergency_services_authority.php

Some selected clips from last ESA meeting:


Drakan Harald Harfagre Departs

One Man's Dream Come True

While this vessel was only in Paradise Bay for part of one day, it's influence is truly amazing!

Levi Connor put a great deal of effort into making his dream come true. Researching and following this vessel's trip from Norway all the way to Beaver Island. Imagine his happiness and joy at actually being able to board the vessel and look around. Levi Connor is willing to share his experience, and he has provided a video for all of us to experience.

View Conan's (Levi's) video HERE

View pictures of the vessel's departure HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 25, 2016

It's 68° this morning, clear skies, wind is at 9 mph from the west, humidity is at 90% which makes it feel muggy, pressure is steady at 1011 mb, visibility is 9.4 miles, the pollen level is medium at 5.5, and the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and cattail. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds at 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. West winds at 10 mph. MARINE REPORT Today: West wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the afternoon. Sunny early in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Waves 2 to 3 feet. Tonight: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of July 25, 1805 - Aaron Burr visited New Orleans with plans to establish a new country, with New Orleans as the capital city.

Did you know that there is enough petrol in a full tank of a Jumbo Jet to drive the average car 4 times around the world?

Word of the day: chiasmus (kahy-AZ-muh s) which means a reversal in the order of words in two otherwise parallel phrases as in "He went to the country, to the town went she". Chiasmus stems from the Greek word chiasmós meaning "crossing," and which in turn is formed on the root chi, the twenty-second letter of the Greek alphabet (X, χ). It entered English in the 1870s.

Birthdays Past

by Cindy Ricksgers

Preparing for Advanced Life Support

by Joe Moore

This year of 1998-9 did not make our lives less busy, but instead was the busiest year on record up to this time for emergency responses.  The few traumas that we had stick out in my mind more than the medical emergencies.  We had a 38 year old male patient, the father of one of my students at school, fall off his dock onto the side of his boat.  He had managed to get himself to the medical center and was seen by our visiting medical control physician.  An x-ray was taken and both the physician and the nurse practitioner thought they saw a pelvic fracture on the x-ray of the right side of the pelvis. 

The patient kept complaining of burning to his right back buttock area, but denied any numbness or tingling in his legs.  He admitted to drinking a “couple of beers.”  His vital signs were all within normal limits, but he was convinced to be transported.  He was placed on his left side which was his position of comfort with a pillow behind his right buttock, and he was loaded onto the ambulance cot.  The patient received 45 mg of Toradol, (liquid motrin) by intramuscular injection prior to leaving the medical center.  The patient tolerated the flight well, and he was turned over to the Charlevoix EMS crew at the Charlevoix Airport after being flown by the local airline.

BIEMS has an ambulance on “stand-by” at all the local school’s soccer games.  We have been requested to provide this service by the school’s principal and athletic director.  Our visiting rival team from Mackinac Island was playing here on Beaver Island in October when a fourteen year old student from Mackinac collided with one of the Beaver Island players and fell to the ground landing on her left arm and hitting her head.  The patient complained of left shoulder pain and cervical spine pain (in her neck).  The pain in her arm was at the middle of her upper arm. 

The patient’s history included a history of diabetes, Type II.  Our nurse practitioner was seriously concerned about the cervical neck pain.  The patient was able to move all four extremities even though she had limited motion in the left arm due to pain.  The collision happened at 10:15 a.m. and there was no way to get the patient off the island without the helicopter from the Traverse City Air Station of the United States Coast Guard.  We splinted this girl’s left arm with a rigid splint, a sling, and swathe.  We completely immobilized her spine using a cervical collar and a spine board.  The patient was given 30 mg Toradol as an intramuscular injection prior to leaving the medical center. 

She was put on low flow oxygen as a precaution. We talked to the only available USCG Flight Surgeon who was stationed in Cape Cod, and he approved the medical evacuation of this patient by helicopter.  We transported the patient to the township airport to await the USCG.  While at the township airport, we checked the patient’s blood sugar and determined that it was within normal limits.  The USCG helicopter arrived at 12:45.  We turned the patient over to the Coast Guard EMT with the understanding that this patient would be flown to Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey where her parent’s would meet her in the emergency room.

BIEMS was paged to the medical center for another trauma at about 1:30 in the afternoon during deer season for a 63 year old male who had “hit his head on his truck door while trying to get in” the truck.  As a healthcare provider, we all want to believe our patient’s description of how this injury occurred.  I, for one, was not too sure about this one. 

The patient stated that he went to his knees after hitting his head on the door, but he did not lose consciousness.  He had vital signs all within normal limits, so the nurse practitioner had tried to and had successfully sutured the 7 centimeter (approximately 2.5 inch) laceration on the top of his head.  The bleeding would not stop even with a pressure dressing over the wound and after suturing the wound closed.  It was time to get the patient over to the hospital for further evaluation and treatment.  The patient was able to move all extremities, and he denied any loss of consciousness, as well as any other pain.  The patient had walked into the medical center.  The patient was loaded on the ambulance cot inside the medical center, another pressure dressing was applied, and he was taken to the local airport to be flown to Charlevoix following our normal procedure.  He was turned over to the Charlevoix EMS crew at 2:20 p.m. that afternoon for further transport to the Charlevoix Emergency Room.

There was no larger undertaking made by any previous group of Beaver Island volunteer than to figure out a method of getting the two year paramedic program from Kellogg Community College (KCC) in Battle Creek, Michigan, transferred up to this island in the middle of Lake Michigan named Beaver, a full 32 miles away from our closest port and closest airport.  The mere suggestion of such a feat had several northern Michigan EMS people in disbelief, mainly our regional EMS coordinator.  He could not believe that this small group of volunteers would be able to pull this off.  We did, and this is how we did it.

We worked with Steve and Lisa to put together a schedule that could work for them and could work for us.  All of the people involved in this endeavor had full time jobs.  We couldn’t just quit our job and go to school.  We couldn’t just ignore our chores around the house or ignore the pager when it called us to an emergency.  We’d have to figure out a way around all of these things and still accomplish what we needed to do.

Our schedule began with Saturdays and Sundays in the off-season. Since all participants were already licensed at the EMT level or above, we could dispense with the first year of the paramedic program and move directly into the second year program. 

During the months of February, March, April, and May we would cover the topics of Roles and Responsibilities of a Paramedic, Medical Legal, Patient Assessment, Communications, Respiratory Emergencies, Acid/Base Balance, Fluids, IV Therapy, Shock, and begin the Pharmacology. 

After June arrived and for the rest of the summer, we would meet three days per week, adding Friday night to the schedule.  Our topics throughout the summer would be Pharmacology throughout June and most of July and Cardiovascular Emergencies including defibrillation, pacing, and EKG interpretation,  This took place during the busy summer tourist season. 

Once the local Beaver Island School was back in session in September, we continued our training.  Central Nervous System Trauma, Other Trauma, Acute Abdomen, Diabetes, Communicable Diseases and Disease Transmission, Behavioral Emergencies, Poisons and Poisoning, Geriatric, OB/GYN, and Pediatrics brought us up to the November deer season.

Environmental Emergencies, Hazardous Materials, and Stress Management were to round out our training, and our class was scheduled to end in January. 

Wow, that was to be a very stressful period of time in our lives, wasn’t it?  But, we needed to add a few more topics, spread this out over a longer period of time, schedule clinical time with EMS agencies and hospitals, and try to fit all of this in to meet the schedule requirements of several instructors and students.  We also had to work around the weather with our instructors driving from Battle Creek to Charlevoix, and, most importantly, we had to work around the weather between Charlevoix and Beaver Island across Lake Michigan in the fall and over two winter seasons. 

A blow by blow description of each class would bore the reader, but let’s suffice it to say that the weather did play a part in some of the classes.  We sometimes had to spend really long 12 hour days to make up the scheduled time that was missed due to the inability of the instructors to get to the island.  I had to teach a couple of classes since I am an instructor/coordinator with lecture notes faxed to me from Battle Creek.  I put in several extra hours making sure that my lectures were good enough to have everyone successfully pass the State of Michigan paramedic exam.  I believe that before the class was over, these two paramedic instructors had become more than friends to each other, but more than friends to the Beaver Island EMS group as well. 

Before April of 2000, four very proud Beaver Island EMS paramedics got off an airplane to the cheers of our community.  We were now individually licensed to provide the advanced level of treatments that we wanted to provide to our community.  We had a few more hoops to jump through, however.  We had to figure out how to make this small, rural, volunteer agency into an advanced life support agency.  Thank goodness we had some very dedicated volunteers including Mike and Bev who did most of the work in the background while I was the front man.

An important piece of legislation had been passed to allow an equipped agency with advanced level equipment to provide advanced level treatment when the agency had a paramedic available.  This was known as the Bennet Bill.  We applied for, and successfully received Bennet Bill advanced life support status.  We needed a vehicle and a cardiac monitor, a lockable, secure drug safe, and extra equipment, exactly the extra equipment that would go into an advance life support ambulance without the ambulance cot. 

Our plan was to have two ambulances, both licensed at the basic life support level, available to go to different locations on the island with the advanced life support vehicle going wherever advanced life support treatments were needed.  Mike and Bev put in many hours making all of this happen.  Bob and I also helped, but Mike and Bev were the ones who did all of the paperwork, scheduled all the appointments, and really pushed to get us ready to provide advanced life support to our community.  My hat is off to both Mike and Bev.

We can’t forget the wonderful grant that was provided to us by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.  This group has helped Beaver Island many times over the years, and this opportunity did not pass them by.  We received a grant from them for the purchase of the cardiac monitor that we needed to be able to provide the advanced life support that we so desperately wanted to provide to our island community.  They stepped up and made sure that we had enough money to get the monitor that we wanted along with the training equipment that we needed to maintain our skills.  Many thanks go to our friends at the Grand Traverse Band for their help in accomplishing our goal.  We could never have accomplished this goal without your help.

April of the year 2000, BIEMS became an advanced life support agency, able to provide the same treatments as anywhere else in the U.S.  We were able now to provide the advanced treatments that our patients needed, and to continue that advanced treatment from the scene of the emergency all the way to the hospital.  East Jordan EMS beat us in getting this license level by two weeks, but we were far ahead of the other agencies in Charlevoix County in getting our license to the highest level possible.  This goal of advanced life support has been in place now in 2016 for sixteen years. 

Mass from Holy Cross Catholic Church

July 24, 2016

Father Mathew returned to the island to provide Mass to the Holy Cross Parish.

View video of this service HERE

The 52 Lists Project #30

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 24, 2016

We got some rain during the night, thank goodness, as it was badly needed. According to the radar there's more coming. In the meantime, it's 69°, mostly cloudy, wind is at 5 mph from the SE, humidity is at 95%, making it feel muggy, pressure is falling from 1012 mb, visibility is 8.7 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 4.7, and the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and cattail. Today: Mostly cloudy. Rain showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. West winds at 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. MARINE REPORT Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through This Afternoon Today: Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots. Chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms early in the morning, then showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 4 feet in the morning. Tonight: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of July 24, 1866 - Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the U.S. Civil War.

Did you know that to crack a whip the tip must be travelling faster than the speed of sound?

Word of the day: pantechnicon (pan-TEK-ni-kon) which means a furniture van; moving van. Pantechnicon can be traced to the Greek pân meaning "everything" and technikón meaning "artistic, skillful." It entered English in the 1830s as the name of a London bazaar that eventually came to be used as a furniture warehouse, thus giving rise to the "furniture van" sense of the term.

CMU Boathouse Open House

View a gallery of pictures HERE


Information on the CMU-BIBCO Research

Drakan Harald Harfagre

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 23, 2016

Right now it's a nice 63°, clear skies, wind is at 4 mph from the west, humidity is at 94% making it muggy, pressure is rising from 1013 mb, visibility is 7.1 miles, pollen levels are medium at 6.1, and the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and cattail. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s. Light winds. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. Northeast winds at 10 mph shifting to the southeast after midnight. MARINE REPORT Today: Light winds. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of July 23, 1715 - The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts.

Did you know that cars were first started with ignition keys in 1949?

Word of the day: connubial (kuh-NOO-bee-uh l) which means of marriage or wedlock; matrimonial; conjugal. Connubial finds its origin in the Latin verb nūbāre meaning "to marry." It entered English in the mid-1600s.

Osprey Fledglings

One adult was in the dead tree, and the second was on the east side of the nest. The two fledglings were on the west side of nest with their heads sticking up.

The two adults

The fledglings

Draken Harald Harfagre

Update: The sailing vessel left Paradise Bay last night, July 22, 2016, at approximately 10:40 p.m. A beautiful sight in the harbor is now on its way to Chicago.

Phyllis Moore wrote, "Lots of excitement in the harbor this afternoon as the Draken Harald Harfagre, a viking longship sailing from Haugesund, Norway dropped anchor in Paradise Bay. This ship is an historic 115-foot wooden longship. It crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Norway. The Draken, as it is known, has an open deck, meaning that the crew sleeps in shifts in a tent. The tent can shelter 16 sailors. The crew sleeps in watches, 4 hours work and 4 hours rest. There is no "under deck" on a Viking ship. It is so shallow that there is only room for ballast and food storage. There are two heads (ships toilets) and a very small nook for their navigation instruments). Cooking is done in an open air kitchen on deck. They survived the rough seas around Iceland and now are sailing in the very warm and humid waters of Lake Michigan."

View a gallery of pictures HERE

August Primary

Coming August 2, 2016

On August 2, 2016, the August Primary will take place with voting at the township halls, Peaine Township Hall and St. James Township Hall. This primary election also includes EMS millage renewal, Historical Society millage renewal, and other county millage renewals. The actual ballots as proofs are presented below.

The important fact about this election is that you can only choose to vote on one side of the partisan ballot, and it makes no difference whether you are a registered Republican or a register Democrat or an independent. You can vote on one column, either the Republican column or the Democratic column in the partisan section of the ballots. This primary will determine which candidates will be running in the general election this November. If two Republicans are running for the same non-Trustee position, only one of them will be on the November ballot, as an example. If two or more Republicans are running for the two Trustee positions, then two of them can be on the November ballot.

In St. James Township, two candidates for the position of Trustee and one for the Supervisor, Treasurer and Clerk.    There are four candidates for Trustee on the Republican ticket  and only  two of them can be on the ballot.

Peaine Ballot for 08/02/2016

St. James Ballot of 08/02/2016

Arranmore-Beaver Island Connection

from Museum Week 2016, July 21, 2016

With a panel of Islanders on the stage at the Beaver Island Community Center last night at a little after 7 p.m., the connections between Arranmore Island and Beaver Island was presented with PowerPoint, pictures, photographs, sketches, and video. It is obvious, even to an outsider, that this connection not only exists, but also continues to this day, with only a little time in the middle 1960's with the lapse in connection restored with the help of Hellen Collar, artist and historian.

From Left to Right: Mary Beth Greene Nelson, Kitty McNamara Green, Robert Cole, Tammy Pischner McDonough, and Bill McDonough

The program ended with the beautiful voices of Tammy McDonough, her sister, and her niece singing a song from Arranmore

View a gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the presentation HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 22, 2016

There is nothing better than your very own bed for a good night's sleep! Right now it's 67° outside, clear skies, wind is at 7 mph from the west, humidity feels muggy at 93%, pressure is steady at 1012 mb, visibility is 9.2 miles, pollen levels are medium at 5.6, and the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and cattail. Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the mid 60s. West winds at 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the evening. MARINE REPORT Today: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: West wind 5 to 10 knots. Clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of July 22, 1963 - The Beach Boys released the single "Surfer Girl."

Did you know that the revolving door was invented in 1888?

Word of the day: woolgathering (WOO L-gath-er-ing) which means indulgence in idle fancies and in daydreaming; absentmindedness. Woolgathering entered English in the mid-1500s. The daydreaming sense grew out of the literal sense as the activity of gathering tufts of wool was thought not to be exceedingly mentally demanding.

Some Things...

by Cindy Ricksgers

New Telephone Scam Circulating Charlevoix County

Sheriff W.D. (Don) Schneider would like to warn citizens of the latest telephone scam where suspect(s) telephone citizens posing as representatives of the Charlevoix County Sheriffs’ Office, even using the call back number 231-547-4461.  The suspect(s) advise the citizen there are problems with their credit card account, therefore attempting to recover account numbers and information from their credit card account.  The suspect(s) are very convincing on the phone while requesting this information. 

Charlevoix Sheriff’s Office would never telephone any citizen requesting this type of personal information.  A deputy would respond in person to the citizen’s residence.

Please do not EVER give out any personal or financial information over the telephone.   

Timeout for Art: Painted Collage

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 21, 2016

Thank you all for the lovely anniversary wishes. We're headed home today and although this has been nice, our own little nest is better! Right now on Beaver Island it's 73°, clear skies, wind is at 15 mph from the SW with gusts up to 25 mph, humidity is at 85% and it is muggy, pressure is steady at 1014 mb, visibility is 9.6 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 4.1, and the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and dock. Today: Partly sunny. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Heat index readings around 99. Tonight: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall. Lows in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. MARINE REPORT Small Craft Advisory In Effect From 8 AM EDT This Morning Through Friday Morning. Today: Southwest wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Scattered showers in the morning. Scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less building to 2 to 4 feet in the morning. Tonight: Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

On this date of July 21, 1997 - The U.S.S. Constitution, which defended the United States during the War of 1812, set sail under its own power for the first time in 116 years.

Did you know that the Chinese used fingerprints as a method of identification as far back as AD 700?

Word of the day: megillah (muh-GIL-uh) which means a lengthy and tediously complicated situation or matter. Megillah came to English from the Hebrew məgillāh meaning “scroll” by way of the Yiddish megile.

Fourteen Years of EMS, We Need Advanced Life Support-Part II

by Joe Moore

(This story is presented with the permission of the patient.)

Our other chronic EMS patient still had not gotten his diabetes under control.  Most of the time, BIEMS could predict the events leading up to his state of insulin shock.  Insulin shock is when the blood stream does not carry enough sugar to the brain.  Since the brain basically needs two things to survive, which are oxygen and sugar, having too little sugar available to feed the brain is not a good condition to be in.  Our chronic diabetic would take his insulin by injection in the morning and then go about his typical day.  The day would consist of a lot of outdoor work including energy burning work.  This kind of work burns up the sugar quite quickly.  With enough insulin in the body to help the body use up the sugar, pretty soon the sugar stores are quite empty. 

This happened at almost the same time every day with this patient.  Just a little before noon, his sugar levels in his blood would drop to a point that even with a glucometer, a device to measure sugar levels, the reading would not register a number.  It would just read “low”.  This patient needed to eat lunch a little before noon to allow his body to build the sugar level back up to acceptable levels for his brain.  If he did not eat lunch on time, his sugar levels would drop, and we would find him in some interesting places.  

One of those places was simply sitting in his rocking chair by his computer.  We might get a phone call from a bystander who just happened to stop by and find him sitting in the chair unresponsive.  If no one found him, he might slide out of the chair and onto the floor completely unconscious with airway problems besides the sugar problem.  We once found him outside slumped over a wood pile or back further on his property unresponsive in a pick-up truck.  This patient was also interestingly abusive and combative while his sugar level was low.  If the insulin shock time period was only about one hour to one and one-half hours, the patient would be alert enough to shout obscenities at anyone coming in the door to help him.  Between one and one-half and two and one-half hours in insulin shock, the patient would be very combative, and we would have to restrain him in order to get an IV started and use the medical sugar called D50 injected into his veins to help him out.  If the insulin shock time period was greater than two and one-half hours, we usually found this patient completely unresponsive with airway problems caused by his own mucous.  At this point he also usually had his teeth clenched, and we were able to help him only by giving him medical sugar D50 through the IV.  Most of the time, the patient would wake back up within a couple of minutes after administration of the D50.  He would be angry at himself, angry with his wife, or angry with us for being in his house.  We all knew that this was not the person that we came to help.  There is no one who wants to be ill or injured.  His sugar level in his blood determined his response to our treatment.  We all knew that.

We had requested and had received permission for some special protocols to be able to provide this advanced treatment to certain patients on the island.  We had worked to get an Epi-pen protocol to help adults and children with serious allergic reactions.  We had worked to get a D50 protocol to allow us to take care of insulin shock patients.  We had worked to get the Automatic External Defibrillator protocol to allow us to help our cardiac arrest patients.  All of these protocols required us to have special training sessions at least every six months.  BIEMS tried to offer this training every four months to keep the information fresh in our minds.  We had done all this for the simple reason that we wanted to help our Beaver Island friends, neighbors, and visitors with the advanced skills that were most likely to occur and with the care that could make a difference in whether a patient lived or died.  We had pushed the envelope of patient care beyond the level that was generally accepted in the State of Michigan.  Rural EMS needs to continue to do this.  Rural EMS needs to get the patient care to the patient.  The only way to accomplish this, without a complete paramedic course and upgrade to advance life support, is to document the numbers of patients who are having a specific condition.  Once documented, you can then begin to approach your medical director with the requested treatment.  Of course, some one will have to design the training program that allows this to move forward.  Then you have to want this special protocol, push for this special protocol, and document the special protocol once you have it in place.  This is how most of the things mentioned above have become common practice in areas without advanced life support in Michigan.


2016 represents the sixteenth year of advanced life support on Beaver Island. This chronic patient represents the most important reason for maintaining advanced life support on Beaver Island. I personally have responded to this person's residence a total of thirty-two times over my almost thirty years of service in EMS on Beaver Island. Thirty-two times, this patient's life was in danger. Thirty-two times, the outcome could have been negative. Advanced Life Support saved this patient's life MANY times. Some responses were not so serious. Maybe, just maybe, basic life support would have saved this patient ten times out of the thirty-two. Maybe, just maybe, the one time that this patient was not in insulin shock, might have allowed the patient to arrive at the hospital alive, but I wouldn't have given anyone even odds of this happening with only BLS. Intubation, maintenance of an airway, and fluids were necessary, and the patient was placed on a ventilator in the hospital. Without ALS, maybe, just maybe, we might have lost this patient.

How many times was this patient taken to the medical center? No more than five times. Why? The patient either needed immediate definitive care on scene, or he needed definitive care in a hospital.

This is not the only patient that survived due to ALS being on Beaver Island, but it is a great example of the excellence in patient care that exists on Beaver Island, and is proof that ALS MUST BE MAINTAINED!

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 20, 2016

Wow! 45 years since we eloped! That hardly seems possible. Like every couple we've had our ups and downs, but we sorta like each other so we work it out. It also helps that we seldom get mad at the same time and that we're too lazy to fight. Not to get too sloppy, but love you bunches and we all know I'm always right... Now, on to the weather. Right now at our house on Beaver Island it's 66°, partly cloudy, wind is at 8 mph from the south, humidity is at 84% and it feels a bit muggy, pressure is steady at 1022 mb, visibility is 9.7 miles, pollen levels are medium at 5.2, and the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and dock. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds at 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 20 mph. MARINE REPORT Today: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly sunny early in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

On this date of July 20, 1944 - U.S. President Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term of office at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Did you know that that after petrol, coffee is the largest item bought and sold?

Word of the day: bildungstoman (BIL-doo ngz-roh-mahn) {just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?} which means a type of novel concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a young protagonist. Bildungsroman is of German origin. Its first element, Bildung, means "formation" and its second element, Roman, means "novel." Before someone asks, here is a quote, using it in a sentence, from Jerome Meckier, Dickens's Great Expectations: Misnar's Pavilion versus Cinderella, 2002 "Great Expectations is the only bildungsroman of its day that one may call a tragicomedy; it goes on long enough (and is written with sufficient retrospective) for Pip to learn that life is one too."



by Cindy Ricksgers

Exercises in Writing #7

by Cindy Ricksgers

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 19, 2016

Skies are clear, sun is shining, it's daylight in the swamps, and we are headed across to the mainland this afternoon for a couple days. In the meantime, it's 56°, wind is at 3 mph from the NW, humidity is at 92%, pressure is rising from 1020 mb, visibility is at 5.3 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 4.7, and the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and dock. Today: Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. Light winds becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows around 60. Light winds becoming south at 10 mph after midnight. MARINE REPORT Today: Light winds. Sunny. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

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

Did you know that you shed a complete layer of skin every 4 weeks? (I'd rather be shedding a couple pounds every 4 weeks)

Word of the day: doctrinaire (DOK-truh-NAIR) which means dogmatic about others' acceptance of one's ideas; fanatical. Doctrinaire entered English from French with roots in the Latin doctrīna meaning "teaching." It came into widespread use in English in the early 1800s.

Special St. James Meeting

July 18, 2016 (posted 11:45 p.m.)

The special meeting was to discuss the emergency funding necessary to keep Advanced Life Support for Beaver Island EMS.

View video of the meeting HERE

Museum Week---Music on the Porch, July 18, 2016, 7 p.m.

Over two hundred people of a wide range of ages attended the Beaver Island Historical Society opening to Museum Week for Music on the Porch. Sheri Timsak was the MC. John McCafferty provided the sound equipment and made certain that the volumes and the tonal adjustments were made. The program began with tribute to two museum supporters and workers who have died in the last year: Joyce Bartels and Barry Pischner. The tribute was given by Kathleen (Kitty) McNamara Green, the director.

The Performers

Kitty McNamara Green gives tribute

MC Sheri Timsak performs also

Tessa Jones sings "Halleluia".....Ed Palmer backs Joe Moore's evolution of fiddle playing

....Northfield Boys' Choir....Accompaniest for the boys' choir

Doris Larson tells a story..........the talented Gerrish Family

Ed McCauley.................Ed Palmer.................Matt (Celtic) Kilroy

LD Ryan...................Haley Smith..............John McCafferty

Chris Screvens, clasical guitarist............Doris Larson's story

Gerrish family finishes the night and gets a standing ovation.

View a gallery of pictures of Music on the Porch HERE

View video of the performances HERE

Fourteen Years of Existence for BIEMS—We Need Advanced Life Support!

by Joe Moore

The first call in January of 1999 was another one of those situations that we had encountered which proved once and for all that rural areas need advanced life support.  There had been many a call in the last fourteen years that turned out well because our health center provider had been available to help and provide the advanced care for the patient.  This was not always true, and those patients without the advanced care were not always positive outcomes.  The lack of advanced care did not always have any bearing in the survivability of the patient.  The real problem with lack of advanced care came from the EMS crew themselves.  We knew what we could do to help our patients IF advanced care was available, but more importantly, we knew what we could NOT do if advanced care was NOT available.  This year was the turning point in the history of Beaver Island EMS because we would do anything necessary to move from a basic ambulance service to an advanced level of care ambulance.  We would beg, borrow, and/or steal if necessary to get this job done.  But first, here are some of the reasons why we felt that way.

Our chronically ill 48 year old female who lived down near Greene’s Lake had called dispatch for help on this cold January morning at 10 a.m.  The roads were snow covered, but it was daylight, and going slowly down the West Side Road was the only way we were going to get there safely.  Snow drifts abounded.  We had no four wheel drive.  Slipping and sliding, we continued down the road trying not to get stuck or slide off the road.  We made it, but it took quite a while.

 Our patient had shortness of breath this morning which was brought on by “the cold that I have had since yesterday.”  She was unable to get up and go to the bathroom.  She could not walk more than two or three feet.  She had a loose, congested, but unproductive cough.  She had a history of an enlarged heart, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  Yet she continued to smoke cigarettes.  She had diminished breath sounds with wheezes in both lungs with possibly absent breath sounds in the base of her left lung.  We had no provider available to be able to help this patient with some advanced care.  We first put her on a nasal cannula because she was afraid of having “too much oxygen” might cause her to “stop breathing.”  Her oximeter reading was 85% on this low level of oxygen.  Her vital signs were pulse 120 and regular, respirations 32, and blood pressure 148/90.  We changed the oxygen over to a non-rebreather mask at 12 liters per minute, and her vital signs improved with pulse down to 100, respirations down to 24, and a 97% oximeter reading.  This was all the treatment we could provide in our basic ambulance.  We transported her to the local airport and flew with her over to Charlevoix.  The total time from page to turning over to the Charlevoix crew was one hour and forty minutes due to the snow on the roadway.

In February one of my family’s closest friends, a church member who had invited us for dinner many times, was going out to her car on the cold and icy evening about 6 p.m. This 68 year old woman had fallen on the ice in her driveway and managed to drag herself into her house to call 911.  She was found on the floor just inside the entryway to her house by the phone.  She had left upper leg and hip pain and pain in her left arm near her elbow.  She was able to move her elbow and had used that arm to prop herself up to be able to get to the phone and dial 911.  She had a history of hip replacement three years ago.  She had no allergies to drugs, but every pain medication made her nauseous and made her “blood pressure fluctuate.”  Her left leg was rotated externally and somewhat shortened as related to the other leg.  She had pulses in all extremities. 

We splinted her legs together using a pillow in between and plenty of triangle bandages. (Do you get the idea that I really like triangle bandages?)  We placed her on a backboard for extra splinting and for ease of movement.  The patient was a widow with no family on the island anymore.  Patient was not willing to have any IV pain medication even though it was available.  We contacted the local airline, and they could not fly due to the snow and the blowing wind.  Visibility was not good.  We had to contact the USCG Air Station in Traverse City to see about getting a helicopter to transport our patient.  The USCG was not comfortable with the patient having an IV to monitor since their swimmer that night was only trained to the level of a first responder. 

The medical control physician would have allowed our RN/EMT to give 60 mg of Toradol (liquid motrin), but our patient refused the intramuscular injection because she was afraid of vomiting.  She would take a “couple of Tylenol”, so we got permission from medical control for that.  Her vital signs remained fairly stable with a normal increase in pulse and blood pressure when we moved her.  Almost two hours after dispatch, we left the scene enroute to the township airport. 

The helicopter had been delayed for a short time due to weather.  The helicopter did not need much in the way of a runway, thank goodness.  The airport runways were drifting badly with snow in the blowing wind.  The tarmack next to the terminal building was clear so the helicopter set down right close by the building.  We had the patient moved from the ambulance cot to a folding stretcher that would fit inside the helicopter.  We were ready to move right after the report was given.  The BIEMS crew braved the howling wind and carried the patient out to the chopper and loaded her in.  They took off from the Beaver Island Township Airport with her destination in question.  The snow storm might make it impossible to land in Charlevoix, so we could not notify her children of where she was be transported for about fifteen minutes when we heard the helicopter on the radio stating that they were able to land in Charlevoix and were, at that moment, landing.

Some of you reading this probably know about a rule of law in EMS.  You must never turn your patient over to someone with a lower level of training and/or a lower level of patient care.  We on Beaver Island know this rule as well as anyone else, but we also know the real world.  The pilot and captain of that helicopter was not going to take an EMT from Beaver Island in his helicopter because of the weather.  The issue was very simple.  Turn our patient over to a first responder in the helicopter or keep our patient from becoming transported to the hospital where she needed to go.  For us in EMS, this was a very simple decision that we had made many times before.  We chose to get the patient to the hospital by whatever means possible without worrying about what rule or law we had broken or were about to break.  Patient care comes first.  We’ll deal with the lawsuits at a later time.

 We were dispatched to unknown medical situation after ten o’clock at night for a 27 year old male.  While we were enroute to the ambulance barn to get the rig, someone called in and asked the dispatcher for more information.  The dispatcher called back and radioed us, “They thought that the victim was sleeping, but now there is no pulse, and they are attempting to perform CPR.” 

Upon arrival we observed a white male lying on his back on the bedroom floor next to the bed.  His right arm was across his chest.  Obvious rigidity was present with his skin cold and red on the top surface.  His eyes were open, and teeth clenched.  There was no pulse felt at the carotid artery, and there was no movement of his chest.  The patient had no life signs whatsoever.  Before any further treatment was attempted, contact was made with the medical control physician at Charlevoix Hospital.  Upon physician order, another assessment was conducted with the same result, and the patient was pronounced dead.  The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Deputy was on the scene, and he made contact with the Deputy Medical Examiner who concurred with the decision to not attempt life support measures.

BIEMS had the solemn duty now to gently load our friend and our neighbor into a body bag, and remove him from the house to be placed at a location for safe-keeping until the morning when his body could be flown off the island, and prepared for burial.  This is another of those services that BIEMS performs because someone has to do it.  He was transported to the medical center and placed in the specific location for this purpose until the next morning when we again solemnly loaded him into the ambulance and took him to the airport.  This friend had a history of alcohol abuse.  We could only guess at what was his cross to bear.  He was an excellent companion for his female friend to whom he was dedicated.  We were going to miss him for many reasons.  Sometimes this job just isn’t any fun at all.

In June, we were called to a 52 year teacher’s residence at just after noon.  He had fallen from a ladder and fallen about eight feet onto the cement pad.  He was complaining of right hip pain, but he denied any loss of consciousness.  His skin was pink, warm, and dry, and he was alert and oriented with reactive pupils.  He denied any back, head, or neck pain, but the mechanism of injury suggested possible injury so he was log rolled onto the backboard.  His vital signs were heart rate of 90 and regular, respirations of 14, and blood pressure of 170/120, quite a high blood pressure.  We used a pillow splint to keep the legs from moving as well as the backboard.  He had a history of hip replacement on the affected side.  We used full spinal immobilization to get him ready for transport.  Immediately upon placement and immobilization on the backboard his hip pain diminished.  He had pulses, movement, and sensation in all his extremities including the injured one.  The patient was at the local airport within 30 minutes and ready to be flown to the hospital using the local airline.  Even teachers are not exempt from accidents and the need to be transported in an emergency.

This June was a busy one.  This was when we first discovered that more than one emergency can happen on the same day.  There were to be lots of days like that during this year.  We were paged to a 74 year old woman, a wonderful lady member of the same church that we attended.  She believed she might be having an allergic reaction to the new medication that she was on.  She had been seen at the medical center earlier in the week for swelling of her feet and high blood pressure.  The medication she was concerned about was one to help with both conditions.  She had taken one about 45 minutes prior to calling EMS.  This medication, she believed, had caused her to have chills that caused her to shake and her asthma flared up.  Her husband stated that she had a similar reaction to a “water pill” about twenty-five years before.  EMS found the patient wrapped in blankets in her bed shaking.  Expiratory wheezing was heard especially in the right lower lobe of her lung.  She had a persistent, but unproductive cough, and pedal edema, the swelling of her feet was present.  Her oximeter reading was 86% on room air, and her temperature was 102 taken in her armpit.  Medical control was contacted, and an IV ordered.  She was placed on oxygen by non-rebreather mask, and helped to the ambulance cot.  She was loaded into the ambulance, and she was transported to the local airport for a local airline charter to the mainland accompanied by two BIEMS EMTs.

In July, a patient who lives way down at the southern end of Beaver Island called 911 because of abdominal pain.  She was a 50 year old female with a prior history of removal of her uterus and her appendix, so we could rule out both of those.  The patient was laying on her couch moaning.  She had pain in her back radiating around toward her left lower abdomen in the pelvic area. We started the patient on low flow oxygen.  An IV was started after vital signs obtained.  Vitals were pulse of 60, respirations of 24, and blood pressure of 172/100.  The patient’s skin was pink, warm, but moist.  Her respirations decreased with the oxygen administration of 4 liters per minute by nasal cannula.  We loaded the patient carefully onto the ambulance cot and placed the cot into the ambulance.  There was no change in the patient’s condition during transport of the flight over to Charlevoix.  Patient was still very uncomfortable upon arrival at the hospital.  She could find no position of comfort. 

This was our first ambulance run with our new paramedic instructors, Steve and Lisa.  We were on our way to becoming an advanced life support agency.  We discussed that this lady probably had a kidney stone that was causing her serious pain.  If we had been an advanced life support agency, we would probably given her some medication to ease the pain after calling medical control and getting an order.  We would be able to do this kind of treatment in about one more year of class, and completion of paperwork for licensing at the advanced life support level. 

Every run from here on became a run where we wished we had that advanced level of licensure already.  We now knew what we could have done, but couldn’t do it until people were licensed as paramedics and until the agency was licensed to provide the advanced level of care that we wanted to provide.  There was so much more to learn in the paramedic class, but so much we wanted to do for our patients.  The true motive for going to school for 18 months, every other weekend, was to be able to provide the care that our patients needed, and that we could not provide, without the advanced life support ambulance.

This was also the year in which we helped our chronic EMS patients the most.  Our asthma patient was transported many times with difficulty breathing episodes.  Several times we would enter the house to help her and note the smell of cigarettes.  There were two asthma patients living in that home.  Both of them should have quit smoking.  No one in that home should be smoking while oxygen is being used in the home.  Unfortunately, neither of the asthma patients or any others living in the home could or would quit smoking.  Whether the trigger for the asthma attack was a house full of smoke, or a house full of stress, or a house full of illness, the BIEMS ambulance crew made many trips down the island to Green’s Lake to help this very ill, very young lady.  It was very sad to see her so ill so often.  BIEMS tried to act like a social worker.  We tried to get her to move into town closer to the medical center so that her treatment could be more frequent and less emergent.  We tried to get the others in the house to go outside to smoke.  It is close to impossible, when you are a smoker, to not want a cigarette when someone else is smoking.  Smoking is a very social habit as well.  When someone else lights up, you have a tendency to reach for a cigarette also.  Both our asthma patients in this house continued to smoke, feeding the damage to their lungs.

Monday...the Possibilities Are Endless

by Cindy Ricksgers



Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

Video by Kaylyn Jones HERE

Airport Commission Meeting

April 4, 2015

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Emergency Services Authority

Information from Our School

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Schedule

BICS Board Meeting Schedule 2015-16


BICS Board Meetings

April 18, 2016

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May 9, 2016

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June 13, 2015

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Anti-Bullying Presentation to BICS Parents

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Peaine Township Meeting

April 13, 2016

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May 11, 2016

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June 8, 2016

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July 13, 2016

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St. James Township Meeting Video

April 6, 2016

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On the Beach of Beaver Island

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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

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Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 18, 2016

We had quite a light show last night but this morning it's 63°, clear skies, wind is at 10 mph from the WNW with gusts to 17 mph, humidity is at 87% so it feels a bit muggy, pressure is rising from 1015 mb, visibility is 9.6 miles, pollen levels are low-medium today at 4.1, and the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and dock. Today: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Northwest winds at 10 mph in the evening becoming light. MARINE REPORT Today: Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Gusts up to 20 knots in the morning. Partly cloudy. Waves 2 feet or less. Tonight: North wind 5 to 10 knots. Mostly clear. Waves 2 feet or less.

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

Did you know that red blood cells are produced in bone marrow?

Word of the day: arrears (uh-REERZ) which means the state of being behind or late, especially in the fulfillment of a duty, promise, obligation, or the like. Arrears can ultimately be traced to the Latin term ad retrō, with ad- meaning "toward" and indicating direction, tendency, or addition, and retrō meaning "behind."

Mass from Holy Cross, Beaver Island, Excerpts

Only six or seven people viewed this mass live on the Internet this morning, July 17, 2016, but that's six more that had the opportunity to see the joy and love of Holy Cross Parish, Beaver Island. The morning boasted some great harmonies as the Gerrish family joined the choir with some beautiful harmonies. Thank you to all who helped out this morning as Tammy McDonough played guitar and a guest guitarist played during communion.

View video excerpts HERE

Phyllis' Daily Weather

July 17, 2016

It's 63­° outside this morning, wind is at 10 mph from the south, humidity is at 75%, pressure is falling from 1017 mb, visibility is 9.8 miles, pollen levels are low-medium at 4.5, and the top allergens are grasses, plantain, and dock. Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers in the morning, then rain showers likely in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts to around 25 mph increasing to 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph in the afternoon. Chance of showers is 70%. Tonight: Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. An 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. MARINE REPORT Small Craft Advisory In Effect Through Late Tonight Today: South wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots.
Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 3 feet building to 2 to 4 feet in the afternoon. Tonight: West wind 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

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

Did you know that 1 square inch of human skin contains 625 sweat glands?

Word of the day: ambrosial (am-BROH-zhuh l) which means exceptionally pleasing to taste or smell; especially delicious or fragrant. Ambrosial is the adjectival form of ambrosia, the food of the gods in classical mythology. It can be traced to the Greek brotōs meaning "mortal."

52 Lists Project #29

by Cindy Ricksgers

Barney's Lake Loon Babies

The mother and father loons were out on Barney's Lake last night, July 15, 2016, teaching the two loon babies how to dive under the water. This is a major defense mechanism for young loons, who are still unable to fly. It's a protection against predators and raptors such as eagles and hawks. This teaching was happening on the lake last night.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

Interesting Quotes from the BIESA Meeting of July 14, 2016

"Northflight can be here in fifteen minutees," said one attendee at this meeting. This is partially true. The flying time for the Northflight fixed wing aircraft from Traverse City Airport to the Beaver Island Township Airport is fifteen minutes. This fifteen minutes is the time in the air from one location to another. It does not include the activiation of the service, the determination if another emergency is happening in Northern Michigan at the same time, the time necessary to gather a crew, or other very important things like circling the township airport, landing, and shutting down the engines, getting a report from the medic here on Beaver Island, loading the patient into the aircraft. Replacing the Beaver Island equipment with Northflight equipment, engine pre-flight, firing up the engines, taking off, and then flying to the destination.

It's not a violation of any privacy to really provide some complete information about this topic. So here is the actual information for a patient turned over to Northflight this summer. Northflight was contacted at 12:47 pm. Beaver Island patient turned over to Northflight at the township airport at 13:50, or 1:50 p.m. Aircraft engines fire up. Aircraft takes off at 14:05 or 2:05 p.m. flying patient to Charlevoix with approximately ten additional minutes of flying time per Northflight pilot. Total time to Charlevoix Airport was one hour and thirty-eight minutes approximately.

Let's compare this to the time for the same flight using the BIEMS licensed air transport vehicle. If notification was made at 12:47 p.m., it might take ten minutes to put the FAA approved air transport cot into the airplaine, but during that ten minute period of time, the BIEMS ambulance would be headed to Welke Airport and would be pulling into the airport shortly after the aircraft was placed on the tarmack. Loading time might be ten minutes. Once loaded, the plane is ready to take off. Flight time to Charlevoix is fifteen to twenty minutes depending on wind direction. Patient arrives at Charlevoix Airport in no more than forty minutes, at 1:27 p.m., almost a full hour ahead of the Northflight aircraft, and before the Northflight aircraft has even landed at the township airport.

Which one makes the most sense when the rules of emergency medicine state, "Time is Muscle," and "Time is Tissue," and "Time is Brain," when talking about heart attacks, bleeding, and brain issues?

"Twenty minutes is a longtime in the airplane," said one attendee at this meeting. My reply is this. Taking one hour off the arrival time for an emergency patient of the transport time is more important than your worry about the twenty minutes of flight time, and, in the last sixteen years of the history of emergency medical patients, there has been maybe a total of three patients that got any treatments by the Northflight crew or the Valley Med crews that weren't already provided prior to their arrival on the island.

"The clinic can provide all of this..." said one attendee. This may be true, but will clinic be able to give up the practitioner to travel with the patient? Will the clinic practitioner take the time to write up the EMS report? Will the clinic practitioner be able to travel with the patient all the way to hospital as required by law?

The overwhelming sentiment outpoured in this meeting was to maintain ALS, and NOT go backward twenty-seven years in the history of Beaver Island to when the island only had BLS emergency medical services.

Beauty Abounds

View a small gallery flower pictures HERE

Garden Tour Success


Thanks to the strategic planning of committee members Jan Paul, Dana D’Andraia, Sally Stebbins and Janice Freeman we had a most elegant and fun-filled day. Our garden hosts included Anne and Paul Glendon, Mary Ellen and Larry Dawson, and Sandy and David Howell; all residing in Peaine township. The St. James host was John Fiegen and our public building stop this year was to our ever-blooming Wellness Garden. A big thank you to all of these hosts for allowing 45 attendees to descend upon their serene spots.

Of course, what day would be complete without lunch and dessert??

Thank you to Eric and Dana Hodgson for the fabulous, delicious sit-down luncheon at the Restaurant at the Lodge. Jan and Janice did a bang-up job with fresh flowers in old-styled water pitchers for table decor to compliment the “everything old is new again” theme of the tour this year. Not to be outdone was our guest speaker and ultimate gardener Heidi Vigil!   As before, she made us laugh while teaching us a few tricks playing off our theme of the day.

Jan Paul’s prizes, many donated by Pat Rowley, were a hit amongst the attendees.  Thank you Jan and Pat!

Desserts were bountiful and also scrumptious!  We arrived at our final stop, B I Studio and Gallery, to find our hostess Lois Stipp with a table full of assorted desserts made by Island bakers from old family recipes. These included treats by Jean Gillespie, Connie Wojan, Bev Cantwell, Connie Boyle, Jean Carpenter, and Sandy Lodico.  Thank you ladies for taking our theme to a new height!

We also would like to thank these people who each year have provided transportation for our attendees.  The CMU vans cut down on the “road rally” effect of our first two garden tours. CMU has maintained the wildflower garden with their Honors students every year and we appreciate their interest in being part of the Wellness Garden.  Thank you Becky Uzarski, Vickey Newman,  Crissa Lynn Snyder, and coordinator John Gordon. You are an immense presence on Beaver Island and we appreciate your participation in our Wellness Garden activities.

Sheri Richards, Frank D’Andraia, Bruce Parker and Anne Glendon also provided transport. Thank you one and all!

As we all know the Garden Tour proceeds allow us to continue work on beautifying and maintaining our Wellness Garden at BIRHC and Forest View. Thank you attendees who came early to get your tickets. We sold out in three days time!

Lastly, but not leastly,  we can’t do this without  Betty Hudgins, who tirelessly helps us with tickets, flyers, donations, and screens the phone calls with all the daily barrage of questions from interested attendees.  Thank you, thank you Betty!  Mary Cook and Donna Kubic also have kept our books for us; thank you Ladies.

Remember to watch next May for our Garden Tour plans as well as sale of tickets.  Hmmmmm……. wonder which gardens we will visit?  See you then!

Gratefully submitted by Leonor Jacobson for the Wellness Gardeners

Bake Sale

The Beaver Island Christian Church Women's Circle is having a bake sale on August 13th.

CMU Water Presentation

"The Global Freshwater Crisis" and "Pacific Salmon in Native Alaska and Introduced Great Lakes Ecosystems: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" July 13, 2016

Wednesday evening, July 13, 2016, beginning a little after 7 p.m., a Notre Dame professor named Dr. Gary Lamberti. The presentation was about the world's water, specifically about fresh water and sanitation water and the areas of the world that are without these necessary human and ecologically clean water as well as the effects on the fisheries and food chain. Approximately thirty people attended this presentation at the James C. Gillingham Academic Center.

View a gallery of pictures of this presenation HERE

View video of this presentation HERE

BICS Needs Girls Volleyball Coach




House Party

BIDL Summer Reading Olympics to Start

Beaver Island District Library’s Summer Reading Olympics program will start on June 20, 2016.
What can be more important than a child’s education? Did you know that children who don’t read over the summer don’t maintain their reading level, but actually reduce their ability? So what can parents do?
Sign your child up for Beaver Island District Library’s Summer Reading program! It’s free and easy to join: just sign up and start reading! Children will earn rewards and entries into a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer.
Children who read 20 minutes a day, keep a reading log, and write a review of the books they read will earn Bronze, Silver, or Gold medals, based upon their total minutes read. Readers can bring their logs and reviews to the library weekly to “check in” and receive a prize! For young readers, a parent or older sibling can read to them and it will count as well!
Beaver Island District Library and the Teen Advisory Board are also planning summer events for the various grade levels. Some events include workshops (such as a Writer’s Workshop and Drawing Manga/Anime), game nights, reading with elders (including senior citizens and elder mentors), summer Rainy Day Read Ins and Book swaps.
Each medal earned, each review written, and each BIDL event attended will earn the reader an additional chance at the Grand prize at the end of the summer.
Contact the Beaver Island District Library for more information or to sign up for this exciting program.
Also, stop by and check out the book sale this summer! Inexpensive reads in a variety of subjects.

Christian Church Bulletin

July 10, 2016

Holy Cross Bulletin for August 2016

Holy Cross Bulletin July 2016

Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter 2016

BIHS Schedule for 2016

HSC Meeting Dates

BIESA Meeting Schedule

Charlevoix Summer Transit
Summer Hours

Monday-Friday 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Except Holidays)

Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Phone 231-448-2026 for Service

Bank Hours Change

January thru April
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

May thru June
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

July thru August
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September thru October
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November thru December
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Beach Rangers

Beach Rangers, now is the time to start walking the beaches and recording any dead birds, and fish found.   Recently found were 4 Red Neck Grebes on Donegal Bay. Contact me if you wish to participate and are willing to walk the beaches this fall.
Jacque, 448-2220

Airport Commission Regular Meeting Schedule

August 6

November 5

Talking Threads Quilt Guild WEDNESDAYS

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

Island Treasures Resale Shop

Island Treasures Resale Shop will start the summer schedule on June 7th..  We will be open from noon until 4:00 Tuedays through Saturdays.

Open for shopping and donations

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

or Donna at 448-2797.

BIRHC Meeting Dates Set

The board of directors of the BIRHC has set these meetings for 2016:
All are Saturdays at 10 AM in the Community Room at the Center:

Sept 17

December 10 Annual Meeting



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